Friday, December 31, 2010

Sea Salt Cleanses

Cleanse Cleanse Cleanse....that is what my focus is on while we roll on through to the next. As I was talking to a friend about cleanses, I was reminded of one of my all time favorites. A Sea Salt Cleanse!  This cleanse is a very basic constipation reliever, and will help your stomach and colon loosen up if you are in discomfort. The easiest way to use a salt cleanse is to:

  •  Take about 2 teaspoons sea salt
  •  Juice of half a lemon (which usually is around 2 tablespoons of juice)
  •  A (big full) glass of warm water
Just mix all of your ingredients together, and drink up. You see, salt can typically be absorbed by the body, but sea salt in a high amount cannot be absorbed quickly, therefore it flushes right out of your system, cleaning your stomach and intestines along the way!

 Cheers to your health!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Book Journal

This Christmas, I stumbled over these old books that were recycled into new journals! These two websites have tons of fun books that make a great gift for almost everybody!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Gesture

As I was Christmas shopping today, a book with a thought provoking quote came across my path...I would like to share those words with you:

"If you simply stand taller, pull your shoulders back and punctuate your words with hand gestures, you will automatically feel a change of biochemistry and perk up...emotion is created by motion, the way you move changes the way you think and feel." - Anthony Robbins, Self-Help Guru

HMMM, sounds simple....

When I first read this thought, I started to think about my beautiful god-child and a recent visit I had with her at my sisters. As I watched her talk to anyone who would listen, I noticed how important her body language was in the coarse of her communication. She would put her hands on her hips, swing them around in the air for added drama, and raise them as high as she could when she wanted her point to really sink in...No matter what she would be saying her body would somehow be moving.

...No wonder children are so happy...

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Winter Thanks

Today was bitter cold in Chicago. I really do love the winter, but walking on iced over streets, while the wind whips around you, can make anyone want to hibernate... no, no, midwest winter is not for the faint of heart...

When I came home today, I started to think about this cold season, and why exactly I respect it so much. My conclusion is that, winter (for me) is a great reminder of how fortunate I am...that I have the ability to sleep in a toasty bed under comfy blankets...take a hot shower... drink and eat warm food...

Thank you winter for the reminder...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Miso Soup

Miso soup is my absolute favorite kind of soup! The energy my body is filled with after consuming a delicious bowl is astounding!
Now, I am always in the mood for ingredient experimentation and I've decided to bring on a twist to the basic recipe I have used for years. Hopefully,  my creation will bring about a new, tasty version, ready for tonight's dinner celebration! Just incase you are feeling as ambitious as I am, I will share the recipe below, and would love to hear your thoughts!

Ginger-Leek Miso Soup (Adapted from: If The Buddha Came To Dinner, Schatz and Shaiman)

- 4 small leeks
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 onions - sliced thinly and cut into half-moon strips
- 2 carrots, matchstick sliced
- 6 cups of water
- 4 shiitake mushroom caps, thinly sliced
- 2 ounces firm tofu, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons brown rice miso paste

*Garnish: Crumbled wakame (sea vegetable), arugula or coarsely chopped watercress

  • Trim roots off leeks. Slice off and discard the tough green leaves from the tops of the leeks. Wash the remaining white and light green portions thoroughly in cold water. Make sure to rise in between the layers to remove any sand! Shake dry and slice thinly.
  • Heat oil in a large pot and saute the leeks, onions, and carrots until the vegetables are soft. Add enough water to cover the vegetables and bring to a boil. Add the shiitakes, tofu cubes, grated ginger, and salt. Add more water for a thinner consistency. Reduce your heat to simmer and cover for 25 minutes.
  • In a bowl, dissolve the miso in a 1/2 cup of the hot broth and add to the pot just before serving. Garnish each bowl with wakame and watercress or arugula

P.S. I say dinner celebration, because every time we sit down and nourish our bodies, I believe it is a true celebration!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Doing Something Nice

Today is a great is a remarkable gift. We are alive for a purpose, and make decisions everyday that effect those blessed to exist in this Universe. Why not take the time to do something nice. Today, do something unexpected...give a gift, make a call, visit a loved one, hug a stranger, help, share, love... 

If we are all energy, we have the power to control the energy we produce, share and live with.  Wouldn't it be just amazing if we used that energy..our energy... for good? 

Banana Bread

There is something about the Fall that brings upon a craving for banana bread. Maybe it's the warm fruit with spices, or the comfort of freshly baked bread... whatever it is that makes me crave this wonderful creation does not disappear until I answer the calling and get my hands on the sweet delight. If you too find yourself with a hankering for some warm, sweet banana bread, I have a little twist that you may just want to try. Mark Bittman (one of my absolute favorite food writers!) introduced coconut and two different types of flour in his banana bread recipe that I think I will try out for myself this weekend. The only problem I have with his version is how unhealthy it is. Luckily banana bread is a pretty forgiving recipe, and sugar/butter/oils can be lessened, substituted or eliminated (in some cases). I am going to share with you two bread healthy and the other less healthy. Please join in on the baking festivities and make a loaf (or two) for yourself!

Click here for Mark Bittman's version of Banana Bread (with coconut)

Click here to check out a healthy version of Banana Bread!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Adventures of Cameron and Brian

One of my best friends just started a blog with her boyfriend and I would love to share it with you! They are amazing people with a talent for living! If you love adventure, you will fall in love with all that they do, think, and share.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Secrets to a Healthy (Happy!) Home -

About a week ago, my boyfriend and I got into a discussion over the importance of ones bedroom. He sees this room as a place to sleep, while I see it as a personal oasis and sanctuary for peace. We spend so much precious time in our bedrooms and should feel relaxed, calm and safe. This makes me wonder... doesn't everyone want there home to be a healthy, relaxed and happy? Isn't it inate in us to want to make "our" space special? When I stumbled upon this article, I started to smile and had to pass it along! I do not know if you agree with me, but it is worth a read and it is definantly worth some thought! let me know what you think...

Click the link below!!!

Secrets to a Healthy (Happy!) Home -

Monday, November 8, 2010

Black and White Stones

Years ago, my mother gave my brother and I a small book of Buddhist meditations in our Christmas stockings. This book has stayed on my night stand for years and is used as a reminder. A reminder of what I want to give and take from life.... remembering the importance of slowing down and taking time for life. I want to share with you one of my favorite stories in the book that has helped me find balance with thought:

A Buddhist monk practised meditation in front of two piles of stones, one of black and the other of white. As each thought arose in his mind, he analysed whether it was good or bad. For every good thought, he took a white stone and placed it on his right side; for every bad thought, he took a black stone and placed it on his left. Each night he checked the day's stones and renewed his reslove to eliminate the black stones altogether.

The first time this story crossed my path, I read it over and over again until I really grasped what every word was attempting to explain. How easy it really is to clear out the negativity... all we need is the desire, practice, and resolve.

Book: Buddhist Meditations; for people on the go By: Gill Farrer-Halls

Friday, November 5, 2010

Magnesium Boost!

I am on a new kick, and it's a Magnesium kick! I find this mineral fascinating and have not known the depths of what Magnesium does in our bodies until now! As explained by The Office of Dietary Supplements,

Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. There is an increased interest in the role of magnesium in preventing and managing disorders such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dietary magnesium is absorbed in the small intestines. Magnesium is excreted through the kidneys.

To top it all off, Magnesium is required to metabolize food efficiently. Women need around 320 milligrams a day, while men need closer to 430 milligrams.

Great sources of Magnesium:

  • Spinach
  • Brown rice
  • Almonds and Cashews
  • Halibut
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Yogurt

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Taking Time

This past summer I had forgotten just how important reading was to me. I had not picked up a book or news paper in over two months, which is long considering I usually spend (at minimum) an hour reading some form of written word.

A couple weeks ago, I started craving books again, but could not find the time to actually sit down and start reading...what happens to time? Where does it go and what in the world do I do all day that makes time dissipate so?

I do not have the answer to those questions, but I do know that being conscientious of time and what we do with "it" is vital to happiness and fulfillment. Ask yourself what you can do for one hour of the day and do it! Whether it's taking a walk, calling a friend, or even reading a good book, the connection will help you stay grounded and happy.

What book am I reading?

An excellent book to have forever! With Holidays around the corner, it's a great buy for family and friends as well. Check it out at your local bookstore or online!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Funny Cards

I bought I card for my sister from my favorite card shop, known as twosided (sisters with the awesome framing store foursided) and fell in love with these hand typed, Chicago made cards. The card company is called Ravensgoods, and are created on simple stock paper and are designed as college rule paper. The inside is blank, and the envelope is made out of (what seems to be) brown paper bags. PERFECT! sometimes, it's simplicity that works best!

Send a card to someone you never know just what kind of impact you may have.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Let the pumpkin love begin! For the rest of Fall, I will try to find as many fabulous recipes for pumpkins, squashes, and root vegetables as I possibly can. Pumpkins are filled with fiber, and are an easy additive to so many foods!
Word to the wise...if you are not pureeing your own pie pumpkin (different from carving pumpkins) the canned pumpkin work just as well. But be sure you are buying pumpkin puree, and not pumpkin pie filling!

Pumpkin Pancakes


  • 2 cups pancake mix (choose your favorite!)
  • 3 Tbsp dark-brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, plus more for the griddle
  • pure maple syrup

- In a large bowl, mix together pancake mix, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
-In another large bowl, mix togetherthe milk, pumpkin, egg, vanilla extract, and oil. Add the pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients together.
- Heat up a lightly oiled pan or griddle on medium/high heat.
- Pour the batter onto the griddle (using approximately 1/4 cup per cake)
- Cook pancakes until bubbles form and sides begin to brown, than flip, and finish when the pancake is golden brown.
- Serve pancakes with maple syrup

Recipe Coutesy of MensHealth Magazine

P.S. I have found a great idea for making pancakes the perfect size without the mess! Rinse out and save your ketchup squeeze bottle. Fill up with your pancake mix, and you will have no mess, and perfect control on pancake size! (Find more simple ideas on Real Simple!)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pumpkin Seeds

Two of my dear friends decided to have a pumpkin carving contest as their birthday party theme this past weekend. They bought an array of pumpkins in various shapes and sizes, laid out knives, sharpie markers, bowls, and paper... that was all it really took to have a very successful pumpkin carving party. Creative minds mixed with friendly competition, and with the help of a little candle light, an assortment of jack-o-lanterns came to life.

After, we roasted the extra pumpkin seeds, which came out fabulously and were an immediate hit. If you are carving pumpkins this year, PLEASE save those seeds! Pumpkin seeds ( also called pepitas) are one of the most nutrient dense seeds around, and their peek season is in the fall. Why so great you ask? These little seeds are rich with zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and copper, making them a power house of healthy, energy boosting goodness.

Here are (just a few) tasty ingredients that can be added to pumpkin seeds:
  • garlic
  • sea-salt
  • allspice
  • paprika
  • cumin
  • cajan seasoning
  • hot pepper flakes
  • oregano
  • pepper
  • season all
  • onion powder

Also, I want to leave you with a basic pumpkin seed recipe for roasting:

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

-preheat oven to around 250 degrees

-rinse and dry around 2 cups of seeds, and place them into a bowl with a tablespoon each of melted butter and olive oil (or just two tablespoons of olive oil)

-add your seasonings (you can combine as many as you like! I did garlic, paprika and season all)

- lay flat of a cookie sheet and roast in the oven for about a 1/2 hour. Give them all a good toss with a spatula, and leave them for another half hour, or until golden brown.

Let cool and enjoy!

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Crumby Situation

Cooking is where my creativity flourishes...where artistic expression can explode with every sweet of savory creation. Anyone who really knows me can attest to how much I love food and how cooking, eating, and learning about food is always on the forefront of my mind. Lately, I have been cooking at my boyfriends apartment (bigger kitchen!) and have run into a bit of a problem...I am not the neatest of cooks! For some strange reason and without failure, by the time our meal is ready to eat, crumbs always speckle the counters and floors.

(cooking in my tiny kitchen was not so fun. What you see in this picture was all the space I had!)

This was never a problem until now, because my small kitchen did not allow for a mess... I would have to clean up while I was cooking. That was before I started cooking in John's spacious kitchen (where there is enough space to spread out and clean later). Thus, a situation has risen...
You see, my boyfriend has a bit of an obsession with clean floors and counters...I mean, of course he is obsessed with cleaning the two things I tend to dirty the most! Now that I am cooking with so much counter space, my attempts to be like Martha Stewart seem to be diminishing with every crumb left behind.

...What to do, what to do...

This may seem like a simple problem to fix, but this is where things get a bit complicated. When I try to make less of a mess, my focus leaves what I am making and our meal suffers (which I consider a sin), and when I leave the mess to clean later, John's focus tends to wander between me, the meal and the crumbs that landed on the floor (thus a very distracted conversation with our meal). Our predicament is wild really. Wild because it's like these damn little crumbles silently and consistently beckon John to get that broom and sweep them away.

Before this dilemma reaches a point of ridiculousness, I have decided to figure out a solution that will help to keep our kitchen crumb free, but still allow my creative juices to mix, measure and stir freely. (great website!)

The first fix I have found is a fabulous cutting block that is made with two pieces of bamboo. The top is made with lines of wood that leaves empty space for bread droppings to fall, while the second solid bamboo block catches and consolidates the mess until you are ready rid it away. I love this block because it is eco-friendly, easy to use, makes my cooking style more like Martha's, and keeps my boyfriend happy. In life, it's about the little things.

Stay tuned for other clean-up quick fixes... what works for us, may just work for you too!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I have sat at my computer for hours wanting to write about the wedding I was blessed to be a part of this weekend. Unfortunately, I have been at a complete loss for words as to how I should attempt in capturing the essence of what I have experienced. Words once again fail my heart, but I will do the best I can with what I have:

You see, this is my do I sum up into words what I felt when I saw one of my best friends in the entire world put on her snow white wedding dress? How can I explain the emotions that ran through my body while I stood on the alter, watching her groom well up with tears as he stare's into the eyes of his newly announced bride...

John and Annie have such an incredible bond, and I am extremely fortunate to have had the honor of watching their love bloom into something so rare, simple and true. They have been my example of what love can be...what love should be...what we all should expect, and what we deserve.

As I do not want to dull my memories with dilluted attempts in explaining just how I felt about my friends wedding, I will leave you with three simple words that (I think) sum up what Annie and John do best:


Sesame Street: Healthy Foods

If you have any children, little cousins, nieces, nephews, or are around children at all, please pass along this song! One of the easiest ways for children to learn is through music, and I love the message Sesame Street is sending!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Our Education

On most Fridays, my boyfriend and I go out on a date. Last Friday was no different. After a bike ried, dinner, some drinks and frozen yogurt, he surprised me with tickets to a movie I've been wanting to see: Waiting For Superman. Unfortunately for him, I cried through most of it and came out of the theatre boiling from frustration and anger....I know that does not sound like a positive response to a movie, but I promise you it was. Please Please Please go check this documentary out!
Education is so vital to society. Neighborhoods, financial stability, health, happiness, families, futures, careers, lifestyles, violence, stature, everything...yes, everything is affected by education.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Junk Be Gone

It's official...I have finally moved all of my many belongings into a new apartment! The move was long, tiring, and presented more than a few dilemmas, but most of them were corrected without too much of a headache, and I am now in the process of putting the decorating-pieces back together again.
Now, one of the main tasks that comes with moving is purging. I have decided to throw out belongings that no longer can be used, would be wanted, or lack in purpose. Let me give you a few examples:

-My lead pencil collection
-Directions to a friends old apartment
-March 2008 edition of Cosmo magazine
-A chipped bowl
-Cell phone, computer, and camera boxes
- Empty jars (that stack up because I never throw jars away)
-Picture frames with sayings (such as friends forever, love, and summer swimming)
-Pants that are too big, too small, and too ripped
- Anything from eighth grade (including pictures of me dunked in sun-in and spray tan)
- Headbands from second grade
- Extra no-match socks
- Pens that don't work (seems I collect them too)
- Really stupid key chains (like a pig that snorts and pretend poops)

Now that the useless belonging (that most people would have tossed years ago) are gone, it is time to minimize my material product life; I will do this by buying products that will last, work for multiple situations, stay current, and age gracefully.

For instance, I found these great key chains on, and I just love how they are classically designed, while personal in message. Now, this is a perfect gift to give anyone...something you know will never end up in the "purge pile".

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Scene

Every year around this time, my television habits tend to dwindle. I have learned my lesson the hard way with October commercials, and believe me when I say, it took many-a-nightmare to create a new Fall game plan. Now, there are some parts of the Halloween festivities that I truly adore: trick or treating, creating, brainstorming and dressing up in funny costumes. Oh how I love the trading of candy with family and friends, making spooky themed cookies and baked goods and watching neighborhoods come together in participation. On the other hand, I am not a fan of everything else Halloween brings: Ghosts stories, bloody/gory costumes, Haunted houses, scary movies, and those terrifying commercials that cover the airwaves for the month leading up to the hallowed eve. It is not a secret that I do not watch scary movies. In fact, I have not seen a single scary movie in my entire life (excluding the cult classic Donnie Darko, in which I had to psychologically break down for a college theory paper). Yes, some may label me as a bit of a baby, but, we all have to make decisions in life, I have chosen to surround myself with love stories and comedy. If I want to watch something really scary, I can always turn on the evening news.

If your Halloween thoughts are aligned with mine, I will leave you with some fabulous websites that can help spook up your festivities in the most light hearted of ways!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Borrowed Thought

Thought I should share with you part of my morning reading...

Moyers: Do you ever have this sense when you are following your bliss, as I have at moments, of being helped by hidden hands?

Campbell: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that had grown on me as the result of invisible hands coming all the time - namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living, When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.

- Josheph Campbell with Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Note Books For Thoughts

I was four (Eli six) when our parents divorced... As my father tried, in his own distant way, to ease our transition into our new, "single parent lifestyle", it was my mother who took on the responsibility of answering questions, coming up with age appropriate explanations, reassuring our souls, and calming our quizzical hearts. Thankfully, We were both very young, and transitioned as swimmingly as one could ask for. The fact of the matter is that our home was never really picturesque, and Dad disappearing for a bit was not out of the norm. Even so, my heart would ache for both of my parents.
Looking back into my vault of memories, I can come up with three major tools that helped with the couping:

1. Hugs from both parents. My young mind could not understand the depths of a divorce, but it could understand the feeling of love... and every hug reminded me that I was. My mother would give us hugs almost every time our paths crossed. She was always a security blanket that keeps you warm...never leaving your side. Dad on the other hand was random, kind of like the jackpot. Only the Lord really knew where he would disappear to, but, what I knew is that he would always come back... Magically appearing at the door. He would bend down low and Eli and I would run into his arms. Hugs from Dad was like filling up at the gas station. Right when I would feel as though I was riding on fumes, he would fill me up, reminding me to keep running strong.

2. Books about divorce. When Mom felt as though her words were not enough, she would buy children's books about divorce. They would help her point penetrate through our questioning brains. We would cuttle together on the couch and she would read books from the library. Than she would sneak in books such as Dinosaur's Divorce (my all time favorite). After, she would let us ask questions, and I would always feel better.

3. Writing in a journal. Yes, I know I was only four years of age, and could not really write out how I was feeling. But I did scribble until it eventually turned into words. I remember dancing around our front porch one morning, and stumbling upon a brand new pink and white journal. We lived in a split (double) house, and the journal was laying on the welcome mat, by the neighbors front door. Innocently, I thought God dropped this little treasure out of the sky for me, never for a moment thinking that maybe it belonged to the neighbor! As time went on, and Eli learned how to write cursive, he would circle the symbols in my scribble that could pass for letters. Soon, I was writing all by myself, and have continuously filled pages, notebooks, post-its and journals to the brim. At times I use words, but when those fail me, I resort back to the comfort of scribble; sometimes scribble make more sense to me than words... for, it is still a comforting outlet and an expression of my thoughts.

I would like to share three of my absolute favorite things in the WORLD:
1. Hugs
2. Books
3. Writing

Funny how life works...

In conclusion, I can say divorce (in my eyes) is just like a rug burn. Yes, it can really hurt. You may bleed a bit and just might be left with a scar, but you will heal in time, and life will go on. Yes, life will go on. Just like any situation, remember to always fill up our tank...for, it's the only was to keep running strong.

The beautiful journals above can be found on ... they are on my ever growing wish list of goodies!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Oatmeal in the Morning

I could never understand how people wake up and start their day without breakfast in their belly. How do you function without morning nourishment? Better yet, how do you stay alert, calm and content? Personally, without an A.M. meal, I become quite cantankerous (i.e. difficult to deal with). To stave off a bad attitude, my go-to food happens to be a piece of fruit and a bowl of oatmeal. These fiber-rich carbohydrates kick start the day by releasing serotonin (your feel-good chemical). Oatmeal, along with whole grain and whole wheat breads, take longer to break down, leaving your stomach happy and your mind more content. Eat a strong breakfast, and notice your mood boost!

Ideas of what to add to your oats:
  • Dried fruits: cherries, raisins, cranberries, blueberries, apricots, plums
  • Fresh fruits: banana's, apples, figs (yum!), peaches, pears, berries
  • Nut-butters: peanut, almond, cashew
  • Dried nuts: Walnuts, slivered almonds, chopped hazelnuts
  • Crunchy granola (softens a bit and adds a really nice texture)
  • Sweetener: honey, agave, brown rice syrup, molasses
  • Dried Spice: Cinnamon (regular or spicy), nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Favorite Radish

Macrobiotics as a concept is something I have been deeply interested in for years. Michio Kushi explains the theory best in her introduction of The Macrobiotic Way (3rd Edition):

"Macrobiotic Theory suggests that sickness and unhappiness are natures's way of urging us to adopt a proper diet and way of life, and that these truobles are unnecessary when we live in harmony with our environment."

When I started my exploration into the world of Macro, I fell in love with the deep beauty and respect given to food, mind and body... Bettering my understanding of appreciation...appreciation for your our health, our body, mind, and our soul...for earth, water, food, and energy. Like most topic's I am passionate about, I could go on talking about macrobiotics until we all reach Neverland. But that is not at all what I want to do at the moment. What I want to do, is tell you about my favorite radish that was introduced to me through the concept of Macrobiotics....strange thing to talk about? Well, only if you want to think about it that way!

Diakon radish was the first vegetable I decided to introduce into my diet when my journey through Macro foods began, and my love for this beautiful radish grows deeper and deeper every time I eat it. Why is diakon so fabulous you ask? I will tell you! Diakon helps our body digest fatty foods. It actually dissolves fatty deposits and mucus that hang around in the body. When eating fatty food (like meat and or fish) adding diakon will actually help your body get rid of unneeded fat. The next time you are making a salad, or want to stir fry some veggies, add diakon into the mix for an easy introduction! Believe me, you will not regret your decision.

P.S. The picture of Diakon (above) was found on an awesome site that you should check out if you have a minute!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Modern Wine Rack

Consolidating clutter is the name of my year long game. Baskets, shelves, drawers and boxes have been a god-sent, but I never could figure out what to do with my extra wine. Modern style is not exactly what I am drawn to, but this wine rack really caught my eye. Also, anything that can be attached to the wall works double duty: 1. storage 2. decoration

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


My wonderful friend Liza and I are moving into a new apartment soon. The apartment is beautiful and we are both excited to make a new home in our favorite city... but... a bit of my heart has been aching a little more than usual lately. When I was a little girl, I continuously told myself that I would live alone like a "big girl" one day. That day came; but, when I moved into my current apartment alone, with so many boxes and very limited space, an overwhelming angst came over me. 'how am I going to make a tiny apartment my warm and loving home, and how do I fit my stuff?'
As time past, clutter became organized, baskets became filled and life became clear once again. It was a years work in progress, but I have 'my space' just the way I like it...and now it's moving time.
At a sad moment, I sat on my bed with Ballou bear and a cup of tea. As I let myself sit in the sadness, a past memory warmly washed through my mind...

(on the telephone with my mother)
Mom: what are we going to do? our beautiful home has been taken from us, and I cannot fight for it any longer. It is just too painful and too hard for me. Are you mad at me?
Me: Mom, a house is just a house. It was a beautiful space because we made it that way. We made that house our home.
Mom: and now it's gone from us and I feel lost.
Me: Do not feel lost Mom. From now on, lets use the term home a bit differently. You will always and forever have a home, because we will always be your children, and we are your matter where we may be standing.
Mom: True, but our old home was my space. It was the longest place I have stayed and lived in in my entire life, and I put my all into it. So much work, so many memories. I wanted to pass it along to another young family, so that they may grow, love and laugh in it.
Me: I know... I did too, but life allows us control on only so much. Sometimes, it is best to let go and let live. Sometimes, the Universe has interesting ways of sharing grace, and allowing for new beginnings. I think it is time for the next chapter. When you stop fighting against the flow of life, the beauty will come naturally. Take a turn on your path my beautiful mama. There are new experiences, new love, exciting adventures and other houses you can proclaim as your home.
Mom: Don't you miss our old home?
Me: Yes, I do miss our old house, but our home is still in my heart.

...And the sadness I was feeling before, washed out of me with the memory. The Universe works in wonderful ways. Maybe that conversation with my mother was not for my mother at all. Maybe that wisdom was actually a glimpse of resolution. And maybe...just maybe, it was a guiding light... shining for me. I have decided to pass it along, just incase it can help guide you.

...Slow down...Remember....Live....Laugh...Love....

Friday, September 10, 2010

Omega 3's

Essential Fatty Acids cannot be made from the body, but are necessary for ones health; hence, essential! We get our Omega's through food. Taking in the recommended amount of EFA's can reduce the risk of Heart problems, elevate energy levels, and boost one's quality of life in general.

Here are some fabulous foods Omega 3's are found in:

  • Canola oil
  • Soybean oil,
  • Flaxseeds
  • Salmon
  • Walnuts
  • Crab
  • Shrimp

Thursday, September 9, 2010


A coworker of mine said one simple phrase to me yesterday that started an avalanche in my mind and heart.... She was smiling and cleaning up her desk, when she looked up and shared with me her thought: "I love being in love, don't you?"... I smiled and laughed at her beautiful acknowledgement of a wonderful feeling. Yes I love being in love...but what am I in love with? once the brainstorming started, I could not stop it from consuming my mind, heart and soul. Here are some of the things that I love being in love with...

Sharing drinks with wonderful friends...

Silly people...



Unconditional love...

The best doggie a girl could ever have...

A fridge full of fresh food...



Dancing my heart out with best friends...
Unique and pure characters...
Mothers and Daugthers...
Get-togethers and reunions...

Concerts in the rain...
Chicago life...

Cleveland's everlasting faith and hope...

What are some of the things you are in love with being in love with?


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