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Out of this World Orange-Pineapple Juice

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Out of this World Orange-Pineapple Blueberry Juice

This morning I got up and made breakfast as I do every Sunday morning.  After Jason finished eating, he said that he wished we had orange juice.  And me, being the granter of wishes and magic, obliged.  I had 5 oranges that needed to be used up, and a pineapple that had finally ripened.

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“I juice oranges Mama”

With Elliot’s help, we juiced the pineapple and oranges in our juicer.  During the juicing process, I had a wild idea to take our orange juice to a whole new level!!!! Let’s add some frozen BLUEBERRIES!!!! I transferred the orange-pineapple juice into the Vitamix and threw in about a couple of frozen blueberries.  OMG!!!! It was so good!!! Another step toward our zero waste movement!!!

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Taste Test… “Mmmmm, it’s good Mama!”

Recipe:

  • 5-6 Oranges
  • 1 Pineapple
  • 1 Cup of frozen blueberries

Instructions:

Peel and cut up the oranges and pineapple and juice them in your favorite juicer.  I love my ACME Surpreme Juicerator (which was also thrifted, or I should say, rescued) 🙂 Then place the juice in the blender and add frozen blueberries. Blend until smooth and enjoy!!!!

 

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Say “Juice!” A family that juice together, stays together.

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Vlog Update on my Surrogate Journey

Vlog update on becoming a surrogate and preparing for pregnancy.

 

A Half a Year in Manifestation… more great things to come….

IMG_1022This year is the year of manifestation for me. I have been discovering my own power of being able to manifest the things I want and desire.  Back in January I created a vision board to help me focus and work towards the things I want to accomplish this year. I’m happy to report that most of my vision board has been completed or being actively worked on. I have a new job that I love. I have completed all three levels of Reiki training and now am a Reiki Master. I have improved my spiritual practice and continue to work at it constantly; I practice mediation everyday, and have even obtained my certification in meditation. I am currently working on another certification. I’m attending an extremely intense holistic health coaching and nutrition program, which will take me a year to complete. And the last thing on my vision board to complete is finally coming to fruition.

Last year I began researching and exploring the possibility of become a surrogate. This is something I have been wanting to do for the past 15 years.  On September 18, 2014 I applied to become a surrogate. It was my youngest son’s first birthday. I went through all the paper work application, the interview, background check, psychological exam, medical reviews and after many, many months I was finally matched with a gentleman 2 hours away from where I live.

Today I begin the first physical part of the process by starting birth control pills. I am not looking forward to taking this or the hormone injections I need to do because of the synthetic chemicals and side effects that my body will encounter. But it will only be for a short time and it will be all worth it in the end.

At the end of the month I will travel to Connecticut to see a fertility specialist and have an internal exam. If everything checks out ok, I will begin hormone injections. I have spent the last few months cleansing, praying, meditating, and getting my body ready to undergo this miracle of life, so that I can share my body to help create a family.

belly shotJason and I will be documenting this experience through blogs and vlogging. I am so excited to take this journey, and will go into this experience with no expectation and will allow things to unfold as they are intended too. I look at my beautiful boys and can’t imagine not being able to have them in my life. Not to be able to hold them when they cry, see their sweet little faces when they wake up, not to see them develop and grow into the people they are meant to become, and all the other wonderful and not so wonderful things that come with being a parent. I am honored and humbled that I can provide this for a family or someone that has not been able to conceive a child. And I am looking forward to this beautiful experience.

 

 

Pollinator Celebration

Earth day is fast approaching, and I was trying to think of something to do with my little man this past weekend to celebrate.  I took him to the local Audubon Society to participate in the first Annual Pollinator Parade. This celebration was to raises awareness of the critically low numbers of Monarch butterfly population and the plight of many other pollinator species.SAMSUNG CSC

Children and parents were encouraged to don their wings and antennas, to participate in the parade around Gilsland Farm. They had a scavenger hunt, an obstacle course of the Monarch butterfly’s migration from Maine to Mexico, art projects and a bee display.

SAMSUNG CSCMe being the procrastinator I am, waiting until Saturday night to make Elliot’s wings, and at the last minute decided I wanted to make dream catcher wings. We joined the ranks of butterflies, spiders, bees, hummingbirds, and many other giggly wiggly creatures to celebrate these unsung heroes of our planet.

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We learned a lot about the importance of pollinators in our ecosystems. Creatures like bee’s, hummingbirds, butterflies and other insects are largely responsible for many of the fruit and vegetable we eat. Things like apples, strawberries, almonds, pumpkins, cucumbers and many more exist due to the hard work of these amazing critters. I know I could not survive without almonds and strawberries, and let’s not for HONEY!!

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So what is the job of a pollinator? They transfer pollen from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant so that it can grow and produce seeds and food. According to the Maine Audubon, cross-pollination helps in at least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of the wild plants to thrive. Without them many plants would not survive. These are the little things we forget about as we go about our everyday life. Without pollinator, we would not have our beautiful fresh organic nourishing fruits and veggies!

Some of the things that that threaten the survival of pollinator like the Monarch butterfly and bees are insecticide such as Neonicotinoids, which are found on pre-treated seeds, the loss, degradation and fragmentation of habitat, non-native species and climate changes, all contribute to the loss of our pollinator champions!

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What can we do to help pollinators survive?

  1. Pesticide Free Lawns and Gardens: This not only helps the pollinators, but also keeps your children and pets from being exposed to toxic chemicals.
  2. Plan a Pollinator Garden
  3. Set up a watering station for bees

Here are some additional resources to help Pollinators in you own yard:
http://www.pollinator.org/index.html
http://www.beyondpesticides.org/pesticidefreelawns/
http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Building_a_bee_waterer/
http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/pollinatorpages/yourhelp.html

 

 

 

 

 

Maple Syrup Sunday

Toady was Maple Syrup Sunday here in Maine.  So farms with sugar shacks open their doors to the public to share the process of maple syrup makings.  I was so excited to go! It seems like every year I forget about it.  This year Elliot, Samantha and I went, but it was so cold!! Elliot was super excited when he first got there.
SAMSUNG CSCWe didn’t get to see the process of syrup making, because Elliot had a bit of a melt down as we waited in line.  Poor little guy was tired and cold, so we left before we got to see the maple syrup making.  We did get to see some animals…..
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We did a little dancing and listen to some music………SAMSUNG CSC

……..and watched how they make tools…SAMSUNG CSC

So in honor of Maple Syrup Sunday, I made some maple syrup granola bars.  Full of super food!

1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup of puffed milletSAMSUNG CSC
1/2 cup of mixed nuts
2 tbs of chia seeds
2 tbs of hemp seeds
1 1/2 tbs of lucuma powder
1 1/2 tbs of maca powder
1/4 tsp of sea salt
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup goji berrie
3/4 cup of maple syrup
4-5 dates pitted and soaked in 1/2 cup of boiling water.

Start by soaking the dates in boiling water for about 10 minutes.  Then blend until completely smooth, and add in the maple syrup.  In another bowl mixed all your dry ingredients and then add your maple syrup mix.  SAMSUNG CSC

Next spread the mixture on a dehydrator sheet if using a dehydrator, or a cookie sheet if using the oven.  I dehydrated my bars for about 5 hours.

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If you are using your oven, set it on the lowest setting and check the bars periodically.  You want them to be hard.  Cut into sizes of your preference and enjoy. 

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My Biggest Boy Turns 19 Today!!!!

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HAPPY 19th BIRTHDAY EVAN!!!!

Nineteen years ago, I gave birth to one of the most amazing human beings on the planet.  I have had the pleasure of watching this young man grow into a smart, compassionate, kind soul. I adore the person he has become. He changed my life, has made me a better person and has filled my world with so much joy.  I couldn’t be more proud to be his mother. It’s been 19 beautiful years and I can’t wait to see where his journey takes him. I love you to the so much in the whole world Evan 😉

I wrote this poem several years ago and always post it on Evan’s birthday.  This is how I will forever see my young man.

PUDDLE JUMPING

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Rubber boots
Cover chubby knees
Freckles dance
On apple cheeks
Wagon full of rock and mud
Trudging through the driveway flood
Giggles explode at worms in hand
I laugh at you as on the porch I stand
Wagon pulled with dirty hands
Scooping mud into coffee cans
One last time
In the puddle you leap
Knowing mama will save you
If it’s too deep
Brown eyes twinkle
With a devilish stares
Puddle jumping in your underwear

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me and evan

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