Friday, November 19, 2010

Doing Something Nice


Today is a great day...life 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 recipes...one 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.

http://passport2powder.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Secrets to a Healthy (Happy!) Home - Health.com

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 - Health.com

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!

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