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I am passionate about healthy living, healthy eating, organic gardening, and having fun along the way. My approach to healing focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit.

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

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♥ Ritusandhi : The “Joining” of Seasons – It’s that time of year.  Transitioning from one season to the other.  Fantastic information from the sassy MonicaB on the transition of seasons and what to do for our speciifc dosha.

♥ How to Make Your Own Natural Liquid Hand Soap – LOVE this simple DIY recipe for Natural hand soap from One Green Planet!  I like using lavendar, ylang ylang and grapefruit essential oils in my mix.  Play around to create your own blend. 

♥ Freeing Ourselves from the Trap of Unworthiness.-  Great article by Brandon Gilbert!   He is the master herb guy at Hyperion Herbs – one of my favorite Chinese herb sources. 

♥ How to Cook Perfect Brown Rice –  This is by far the easiest and best way to cook brown rice that I have found.  Comes out perfect every time.  I use this technique for basmati rice too.

♥ 8 Kettlebell Exercises That’ll Sculpt Your Entire Body – I love kettlebells!  I go through spells of using them, as I do with most of my exercise regimen – I like variety and go with the seasons.  This has a good demonstration video of the exercises involved.  Kettlebells work!  You will FEEL it the next day (or so) but your body will respond quickly.  Mine always does.  You can get kettlebells at local Walmart if you are interested in trying them out.  Most sport stores have them too.  Have fun (but be careful).

♥ October 2014 Monthly Forecast - Sounds exciting! 

♥ Five Spices to Rock your Digestive World – These spices are fantastic for overall health but definitely for ones digestive system.  As always though, work on the core of your digestive issues (ex. candida, gluten sensitivity, dairy intolerance, etc.) and these spices are just companions to ones health. 

♥ Nutritional Healing and the Art of the Cleanse – Seasonal changes are a great time to do a re-boot for our systems.  I’ll be doing one in a few weeks.  It makes such a difference for the body, mind and spirit.

♥ Pick Powerful Health Benefits at the Pumpkin Patch!

 ♥ One Bowl Gluten Free Banana Bread – This banana bread is AWESOME!  One of the best recipes! .  I used NuNaturals Vanila liquid stevia instead of the honey.  Please give this one a go – you’ll be happy you did.

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 Have a great weekend!

 

  If you’re looking for more inspirational reading you can flip through all my Thoughtful Thursday articles here! Be Inspired!

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May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

These Are a Few of My FAVORITE Things – Products I’m LOVING

These Are a Few of My FAVORITE Things – Products I’m LOVING

Products I’m LOVING

I’ve got a list of fantastic products that I have been using for quite some time (from a few months to a few years).  I figured I would pick a few every so often and share them with you.   These are tried and true in my book.  With these items, the quality is unsurpassed and the results speak for themselves.   Here is the first lineup of products that I use daily (even twice a day) for beauty and health inside and out.

 

VITALERBS

 

I discovered this amazing product back in the days when I took my herbalist degree through The School of Natural Healing (1998).  A synergistic blend of popular whole nutritional food for the body and nutrient dense herbs has been created into Vitalerbs.    This is the way nature intended for us to acquire our vitamins and minerals – from whole foods and herbs – the way our bodies recognize and assimilate these nutrients not from synthetic, processed or fake ingredients.   Scott and I take these daily with great results.  I feel energized, awake, aware without any jitters or stimulant effects yet at the same time with a grounded, balanced and focused response.  My body says “YES, I like these!”  Where the diet may fall short here and there, Vitalerbs fill that gap. 

I went on a 9 mile bike ride yesterday and prior to leaving the house, I popped 4 of these capsules and rode with ease like never before. 

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Scott and Kibby at Jack Rabbit trails in Hayesville, NC

I had great stamina and endurance (which is not always the case in my riding) and could have gone more but the weather became inclement so it didn’t happen.  I take these prior to my outdoor yard work or even just hanging out and not doing anything for the day – it is what the body needs daily – nutrients to do its work, repair, regeneration and healing.  This herbal/food blend gives my body just that.  I’ve tried many products but this is THE ONE I keep coming back to and feel the best with.  My Vitamix and Vitalerbs will always be by my side for overall health.


To increase the potency of Vitalerbs, Jurassic Green™ (which consist of alfalfa, barley, and Kamut grass) has been added to the formula. These three ingredients are organically grown in nutrient dense soil, harvested at peak times, juiced, and instantly flash dried using a new process that keeps the temperature below 90 degrees, retaining live the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes needed for good health.

So instead of taking a dead, fractionated vitamin that your body treats as waste – Take an all natural 100% whole vitamin and mineral food that will help you reach optimum health. Take Vitalerbs.  We do and never will be without them.  I buy mine for the best price at iHerb.com HERE.  * Use my coupon code KUG541 for a discount on 1st time purchases.*

 Ingredients:

Organic, flash dried Alfalfa
Barley and Wheat Grass (Jurassic Green™)
Organic Dandelion
Kelp
Organic Purple Dulse
Spirulina
Irish Moss
Rose Hips
Beet root
Nutritional Yeast
Organic Cayenne fruit
Blue Violet
Oatstraw
Carrot juice
Organic Ginger

Dosages:

Take 2-6 capsules 2 times daily.  Sometimes I take 4 in the morning and that is all I need for the day.

This combination provides the following vitamins and minerals in whole food quantities:
Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C.), Bioflavonoids (Vit. P), Biotin (Vit. H), Calcium, Carotene (Vit A), Choline, Pantothanic acid, Chromium, Cobalamin (Vit. B6), Cobalt, Copper, Fiber, Flourine, Folic Acid, Inositol, Iodine, Iron, Linoleic Acid (Vit. F), Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin (Vit. B3), Paba, Pangamic Acid (Vit. B15), Pantothenic Acid (Vit. B5), Phosphorus, Potassuirn, Protein (RNA), Pyridoxine (Vit. B6), Riboflaavin (Vit. B2), Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, Sulfur, Thiamine (Vit. Bl), Tin, Trace Minerals, Vitamins D and K, Zinc, and other vitamins and minerals that nature knows we need.

All of Dr. Christopher’s products are top-notch in quality ingredients (mostly organic), reliable and effective.  I have used many of them over the years with great results depending on what was needed.  I highly recommend them!  Check out this site for all his formulas and further information.  Again, iHerb.com has the best prices.  Herbs are food and the body recognizes them to nurture and heal the body. 

 

SKINNY & Co. COCONUT OIL

Skinny Coconut Oil 16.9oz Virgin

 Several months ago, Emily from Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil contacted me to see if I wanted to try a few small jars of their coconut oil.  I immediately researched the company and product before agreeing to test (that’s what I do!)  Upon exploration of their site and product, I gladly agreed to try out Skinny Coconut Oil.  I have been using coconut oil for years. I know all coconut oils aren’t created equal, but this one is very impressive.  I took my time comparing and trying out this oil to my other one.  When I put a small amount on my face, I immediately noticed the difference.  My skin absorbed the oil (drank it in, rather) and radiated a glow.  It was fed!  Other coconut oils I’ve used seem to hang around on the skin with a coating (which is nice) but this oil was different (better!) 

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is a small batch coconut oil made with a Nutralock System™. Unlike most coconut oils available on the market, Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is never heated above room temperature and goes through a slow manufacturing process to ensure their quality remains the best on the market. This process  takes about 3x as long as other processes used and requires about double the coconuts needed to fill their jars.  Yet the difference is noted upon smell, taste and feel.  QUALITY, baby!  I love it!!

Coconut Oil is known to (and I experience these results with consistent use):

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Improves Brain clarity
  • Balances Blood Sugar
  • Stabilizes hormones
  • Increases energy and endurance during a workout – 1 TB. prior to activity (that’s the way I do it)
  • Improves muscle building after training/workout and reduces recovery time – add to post-workout smoothie or 1 TB. by mouth are just a few ways to get it in (herb teas, hot tonics are great sources for this coconut oil too!)

 

Skinny Coconut Oil

Learn more about this wonderful Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil HERE.  Thank you Emily for expanding my horizons with your coconut oil.  I’m enjoying some right now in a hot tonic as I type this post.  YUM!

 

ORALIVE TOOTHPASTE

A friend turned me on to this natural toothpaste – Oralive – from Ascended Health when I was telling her about my concerns with tender gums, a tooth that was causing me concern (flaking, smell, pain – not good!), etc.  Extra-strength Oralive is a paste that is made with high quality, impressive essential oils, tissue regeneration factors and Amazon herbs, designed  with the beliefs of helping the body:

- Quell severe gum pain
– Stop gum bleeding
– Inhibit infections deep within the gums

I figured it was more economical to invest in this and give it a try than to go to a dentist. I was thinking pain and seeing big dollar signs.  The testimonials were quite impressive and I decided to go for it.   I ordered, received quickly and immediately put it to use.   Holy WOW!  I’m so glad I did.  Within a day of using this product, my gums stopped swelling, redness was gone and they looked and felt normal.  Within a week, the “wonky” tooth stopped emitting odors, stopped flaking, stopped aching and felt normal.  Could this really be?!  I have used this paste daily for about 3 months now.  I recently visited a new dentist (one of my best friends – how about that!) and she did x-rays, full cleaning and close inspection to that funky tooth.  All was normal and looked great.  She was impressed with how well my teeth and mouth looked.  I tell you, honestly, it sure didn’t feel that way a few months ago.  My gums were healthy and the “gum test” warranted low numbers (the one where they poke your gums with a sharp instrument).  My numbers from my last dental cleaning from 2 years ago (I know!) were higher – which resonates to periodontal/gum disease.   Using Oralive was the only thing I did differently for the issue.  Not any more!   Scott has been seeing and feeling positive results with usage also.  I am sold and will keep this stuff in our cabinet for usage as long as it is made.    Learn more about it HERE.  I also LOVE their “I AM BEAUTIFUL” Skin oil.  Have had great results with this product too. 

Check out my PRODUCTS PAGE for more products I use and recommend.  I’ll be sharing more goodies with you soon.

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May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY ‘N CREAM Ice Cream

Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY ‘N CREAM Ice Cream

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Well, hi there Sunshine!  It’s hard to believe it is already September.  I hope you all had a great summer.  I did.  It’s been interesting though.  I have had several lessons in what to let go and allow in life.  I have learned to let go of old thought patterns, mind sets and behavioral patterns that go back to childhood (that s*it gets ingrained early!), what I don’t want in my life, what doesn’t serve me anymore, people that are not healthy to be around and more.  Upon all that awakening and embracing the courage to face it all and DO IT – BEST THING EVER!  I have felt such freedom and joy since all that came up for me to see.  After saying NO to things, people, situations and thoughts, I have had such beautiful energy to replace it.  I had to clean out the muck that was holding me back for the next level of GREAT to get through.  It’s not that the energy didn’t want to come in, it just couldn’t till I faced the other stuff and did something about it.  That’s how it works.

“Dig within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if you will ever dig.”  -Marcus Aurelius

So, enough of that for now (let me know if you want more – cause you know I’ll share it if you want it) and let’s get to that strawberry recipe I lured you into this post with.  I was at the local farmers market this past Saturday morning and one of my favorite farmers (local family who doesn’t spray pesticides or use chemical on anything) had some hydroponic organic strawberries. 

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He’s had these little beauties all season.  They are AMAZING.  As I was picking up some items amongst the booth, those strawberries were teasing me with their sweet intoxicating aroma.  I kept looking over at them and they were beckoning me.  The price was right and a joyful container came home with me.   When I got to the house, it was time for breakfast, so I made up some gluten-free oatmeal and added some chopped strawberries and dates to the finished product and WOW!  Delicious!  I had plenty of strawberries left over and I was contemplating on what else to do with them.  Well, like I said at the beginning of the post that it is hard to believe it’s September already.  It is still hot and humid here in North Georgia right now.  Then I immediately saw in my head what to make with those scrumptious strawberries. 

Strawberry ‘N Cream Ice Cream! 

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When I was a kid, I stayed with my grandmother for two weeks in Atlanta during the summer and she would always make THE BEST strawberry ice cream in the old fashioned ice cream churns during those visits.  We had to wait hours for it to finish but MY GOD it was so worth it.  I wanted to re-create that taste, consistency and texture as best I could in a healthier version.  I think I got it.  You could substitute peaches, blueberries, raspberries and such for the fruit portion and it will make a stellar ice cream.  I hope you enjoy it as much as Scott and I do.  Let’s get to that recipe for heavens sake.

 

Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY 'N CREAM Ice Cream
A creamy dreamy strawberry ice cream reminiscent of the old fashioned style.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can full fat coconut milk (organic if you can)
  2. 1 1/2 cups almond milk or nut/seed milk of choice (I used homemade almond milk) or use more coconut milk for a nut-free version
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder OR 1 TB. vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup - Grade B (more for personal taste) - see notes below for substitution
  5. pinch of pink himalayan salt - to bring out the flavors
  6. 1 to 2 cups organic strawberries (I opted for 2 cups b/c I like a rich strawberry flavor)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth (about 10 or so seconds). Taste and tweak flavors to your liking.
  2. Pour into a container (I used a glass measuring cup) and chill in fridge prior to adding to ice cream maker. It works more efficiently this way. Also, you can make this part ahead of time and have it ready for adding to machine at any time of the day.
  3. Pour chilled mixture into prepared ice cream maker.
  4. Churn for 30 minutes (or according to ice cream maker instructions).
  5. You can eat it now (like soft serve) or transfer it to a container and freeze for 2 hours for ice cream that is nice and firm (like in the photos). See notes below for leftovers.
Notes
  1. 1. Any leftovers can be put into a freezer-proof container for later enjoyment. Keep in mind that the container will need to pulled out prior to eating for thawing (it hardens) - a good 20 minutes.
  2. 2. You could use liquid stevia as a sweet substitute - 1 dropperful (15-20 drops to taste)
  3. 3. You can also make this without an ice cream maker. After blending ingredients till smooth and creamy. Pour into a freezer-proof container and put into freezer. Every 20 minutes, stir. do this till you have the consistency you want - normally an hour or so.
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Chilled strawberry cream mixture ready for ice cream maker

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Next week I’ll be posting some favorite products that I have been using and really want to share with you.

For more healthy living and organic gardening tips, quick recipes, what I’m eating and inspirational quotes, LOVE me on Facebook and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Lots of fun stuff!

May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway Winners ANNOUNCED

NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway Winners ANNOUNCED

NuNaturals Giveaway Winners ANNOUNCED

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This post is a short and sweet one.  Thank  you to everyone who participated in the NuNaturals Stevia giveaway this week.  You know if I could gift these goodies to each and every one of you, I would. 

The four winners for the NuNaturals Stevia goodie box are as follows:

  1. Jordan Dunne
  2. Raechel
  3. Robin Miller
  4. Becca F.

Congratulations, ladies! 

 Thanks again, everyone! 

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

 

♥ 10 Incredible Uses for Epsom Salt in the Garden – Fantastic tips!  I learned some new ways for epsom salts in my garden.  I love taking hot baths with these salts for detoxing and cleansing.

♥ East vs West –  LOVE this information from Monica Bloom. 

♥ Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World –  This is a place with BEING – finding that inner peace, freedom and joy.

Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World
Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World

Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World

Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World
Access Inner Peace in a Noisy World

♥ Hair Health (and Hair Loss) Explained – AWESOME post by Kimberly Snyder. 

♥ The Practice of ListeningConscious listening conveys respect for the source of information (person) by being fully present ,alert and creating a welcome space for interaction as opposed to closed listening where one is rehearsing answers or imposing one’s opinion already while the sounds are coming in.  We’ve all been guilty of it.  It just takes awareness and learning to step back and be there for the person (ourselves included).

♥ 6 Ways to Create a Sacred Space at Home – Fantastic article.  

6 Ways to Create a Sacred Space at Home

♥ 10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome – I’ve looked into these before, but this one is AMAZING!  This will be our next future home.  We’ve always wanted to do one,   Growing your own food is a perk with this house.  Better start saving, huh!  

♥ Learn Stomach Pulling for Superior Digestion in 4 Minutes a Day – More great information from Dr. John Douillard.

♥ The Metabolic Power of Pleasure – Interesting!

The Metabolic Power of Pleasure
The Metabolic Power of Pleasure

♥  Do You Know What Element You Are? – My gorgeous, sweet friend, Rhiannon Griffiths, has debuted her BRAND NEW FREE Ebook that tells you what Element or CF you might be, as well as recipes and “how to help” sheets that make Chinese Medicine wisdom so accessible & applicable to your modern life.   This is a wonderful book, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I hope you do too!

BRAND NEW free ebook that tells you what Element or CF you might be, as well as recipes and “how to help” sheets that make Chinese Medicine wisdom so accessible & applicable to your modern life. – See more at: http://www.rhiannongriffiths.com/free-stuff/#sthash.4xW2xAaN.dpuf
BRAND NEW free ebook that tells you what Element or CF you might be, as well as recipes and “how to help” sheets that make Chinese Medicine wisdom so accessible & applicable to your modern life. – See more at: http://www.rhiannongriffiths.com/free-stuff/#sthash.4xW2xAaN.dpuf

 


  If you’re looking for more inspirational reading you can flip through all my Thoughtful Thursday articles here! Be Inspired!

For more healthy living and organic gardening tips, quick recipes, what I’m eating and inspirational quotes, LOVE me on Facebook and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Lots of fun stuff!

May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

 

Chocolate Mint Vegan Ice Cream PLUS NuNaturals GIVEAWAY

Chocolate Mint Vegan Ice Cream PLUS NuNaturals GIVEAWAY

Chocolate Mint (AKA Peppermint Patty) Ice Cream

PLUS

NuNaturals GIVEAWAY

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I have a treat for you all today!  I mentioned several weeks ago in a post that I had a SWEET giveaway coming up for you and boy IS IT!    One of my favorite stevia companies, NuNaturals, sent me a pretty sweet (no pun intended) gift box full of stevia products to sample.  I love all of them!  I have been a huge NuNaturals fan and user for about 4 years now and when I say they are the real deal – they are!  They have a few new products in their lineup (which are all stellar in my opinion) and one of my favorites is the COCOA MINT SYRUP.  Oh, my!  This is heaven!  A sweet Chocolatey-minty syrup with the finest Peppermint oil available grown in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  I’ve used it in smoothies, tonics, desserts, hot chocolate drinks and eaten it by the spoonful.  YUMMY!

It is HOT here in North Georgia right now and I wanted to use it in something to take off that edge.  Ice cream!!!  But not just any ice cream.  I wanted something light, cooling and decadent.  Cocoa Mint syrup to the rescue!  The mint is cooling to the body and the syrup overall is light yet decadent.   It reminds me of a peppermint patty.  This is a very easy, basic vegan ice cream recipe that you can whip up in a blender and process in an inexpensive ice cream maker.  It is seriously the best ice cream I’ve ever had and healthy too. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the upset tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as Scott and I do.  It doesn’t last long in this house. 

 

and seriously the best I’ve ever had. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the sore tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/raw-vegan-chocolate-ginger-ice-cream/#sthash.YFEL9iDm.dpuf
seriously the best I’ve ever had. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the sore tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/raw-vegan-chocolate-ginger-ice-cream/#sthash.YFEL9iDm.dpuf
seriously the best I’ve ever had. It mimics all the creaminess of dairy ice cream, without any of the sore tummy issues afterwards. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/raw-vegan-chocolate-ginger-ice-cream/#sthash.YFEL9iDm.dpuf

Chocolate Mint (AKA Peppermint Patty)Vegan Ice Cream

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth (a few seconds). Pour into prepared ice cream maker. Churn for 30 minutes. You can eat it now (like soft serve) or transfer it to a container and freeze for 2 hours for ice cream that is nice and firm (like in the photos). 

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NOW it’s time for that GIVEAWAY I mentioned earlier.

Ron at NuNaturals (who is such a sweet, fantastic guy) offered to host a wonderful giveaway to 4 winners for the following items:

  • 1 bottle of the Cherry Vanilla Stevia Liquid
  • 50 pkt box of  NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets
  • 1  bottle of NEW COCOA SYRUP
  • a bottle of the NEW SIMPLE SYRUP
  • PLUS A FREE BONUS PRODUCT! 

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Rules and Regulations for Giveaway

* Contest is open to WORLDWIDE audience.

* NuNaturals CAN NOT SHIP TO P O BOXES – Only physical addresses.

*  To ENTER, “LIKE” NuNaturals Facebook Page AND leave a comment below how you  might use some of these items if you won. 

*  Contest ends Thursday night (August 7th) and  I will be announcing the winner on Friday, August 8th.

*  Look forward to hearing from you and let the entries begin.  Good luck everyone!! ♥

*  In the meantime, you can receive DISCOUNTS on all orders placed on at NuNaturals website :  www.nunaturals.com .   When you get to the checkout page, just enter the DISCOUNT CODE ;  BLG1214  and you will receive – 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL  DECEMBER 31, 2014.   Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding   $35.00 after discounts.

 

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

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Kibby

 

Guest Post – “Grow Your Own”

Guest Post – “Grow Your Own”

Guest Post – “Grow Your Own”

I would like to introduce to you Lisa Reinhardt, who is a green smoothie enthusiast at Green-Smoothie-Recipes.net.  Lisa has a fantastic website dedicated to green smoothies, health, balance, family and more.  I wrote a post for her website -Why Green Smoothies Are GREAT For You! – please check it out. and now it is my turn to share a post she wrote for all you.  Enjoy!

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Grow Your Own

 

It is summer time.  Summer can be a time of travel, parties and fun outside.  It can also be a time to intentionally slow down, regroup, and open-up.  My life for one is ruled by the school year, the busy calendars my kids are developing and my obligations to work and life in general.  In my coaching practice with other parents, I always start in the same place.  I want to grow their awareness on what is working now for them in their lives and what support systems or people are in place.  Some people in the coaching industry call this “self-care”.  I have come to prefer to call it “self-renewal”.  

 

What does this have to do smoothies and summer?  Well, a lot actually.  As humans (whether or not we are parents) we all share some basic needs like food, water, shelter, clothes, and transportation.  But, we also have a need to belong.  We want to feel like we are part of a group.  We are social animals.  There is nothing like a little gardening to bring us together, to help us remember our place in this world and to expand our capacity for gratitude.

 

Several years ago, when I was studying to become a coach and thinking about these things, I decided that building and planting a garden would be a great benefit for me and my family. It would give our family something productive to do together.  And, in order to garden effectively, one needs to slow down and be willing to get dirty.  My garden started out as a experiment.  I was curious to see if it would work or evolve.  Over the years it has moved from my experiment, to a family project to a source of good food.

 

We have figured out both what grows well and what we like to eat and can use.  So now, my family can participate in the entire cycle of the plant: seed to smoothie.  How cool is that?

 

The reason I am writing on this topic is that it has just recently occurred to me that this little experiment of mine has truly become a big part of our family.  It serves some of our basic needs by providing us with nourishing food, but it also builds the community of our family by having us slow down and work together.  In this way, the work of the garden has grown into a familial “self-renewal” practice of its own.

 

Now, for practical purposes our little garden does not grow enough food to make our smoothies all year round, but it does give us green throughout our growing season.

 

I am grateful to have been able to create a garden that can nourish me and my family in more ways than one.  My children can appreciate where the vegetables come from, and we the parents can slow down and get our hands dirty.  

 

Then there is a the harvest.  A harvest is the result of time.  It is the result of planting the right seeds at the right time and meeting their needs with warmth, light, water and soil.  The harvest only comes when I am diligent in my care of the plants in protecting them from animals and weeds.  Even after all my efforts, I know that much of the process is beyond my control.  The harvest can feel like a miracle.  Sometimes, the harvest can feel like me or like us.

 

So slow down.  Plant a garden, even if it is as small as mine.  Take care of it and be humbled as you grow a little of your own food.  Allow yourself to become more connected to other people and to nature in the process.  Then when all goes well, you use your bounty for one of your creations, smile.   

 

I have found that a smoothie made with the spinach grown in my backyard is much tastier than nearly every other kind.  The truth is that drinking smoothies, slows our pace.  One cannot consume a smoothie too quickly.  I think growing a garden takes that pacing full circle.  Go grown your own.

 

Peace.

Lisa

 

Lisa Reinhardt is a certified parent coach at TheParentJourney.net and a green smoothie enthusiast at Green-Smoothie-Recipes.net.  She transforms families through a holistic approach.

 

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Time for the Art of BEING

Time for the Art of BEING

 Time for the Art of BEING

 

 Hi everyone!  I’m still here.  I’ve had some of you contact me and see if everything was alright – THANK YOU for that!  You don’t know how much your thoughtfulness means to me.  Yep, everything is fine!   Let me share with you what has been going on and why I have been MIA for a few months. 

The surest and most reliable way to know whether you are following your intuition is that whenever you do so, you feel more alive.    I have been increasing my communication mindfulness lately by listening deeply to what is being said.  Externally and internally.  My intuition had been speaking loudly to me and I started listening. Remember,  your instincts will never fail you. The logical mind can be duped. The eyes and ears can be bamboozled.   They see what they want to see. They hear what they want to hear.  However, your Inner Being cannot be confused. 

A few months ago I was feeling something was OFF with me.  I felt burned out from writing on the blog, things I was once passionate about lost its glitter, feeling stressed and confused about what to eat (my mind was saying one thing and my body another), I was being harsh with myself in thoughts/attitudes.  What used to work, didn’t any longer.  I felt like I was a piece of a puzzle yet the overall picture had changed, but my “piece” had not – it didn’t fit anymore.  I had been asking the Universe to “go deeper” with the cleansing of old patterns/ old behaviors/ old mindsets and to bring about healing where I could experience living from a place of peace and freedom.   So, I decided to go within and really listen.  The words I kept seeing and hearing were BEING.  My intuition was nudging me so I decided to embrace this new concept and go with it.  I have found that one of the most difficult challenges for me is when my intuition is telling me NOT to do something.  I had an idea about something I thought I should be doing and I found that I simply had no energy in it when I kept going back to it time and time again. I was trying to make myself do it, but it just wasn’t working.  I thought something was wrong with me but it took me some time to recognize that life/ my intuition was trying to give me a message that this is not the right course of action at the moment.  When I realized all of this, it opened up a whole new opportunity for me to look at EVERYTHING in my life.  The concept of DOING and BEINGAt first, it was a little unnerving because it was new and uncharted, but at the same time, I knew in my heart and soul, it was RIGHT!  It lights me up to think about it – THAT is a positive sign to me.

Our culture conditions us to believe that we must always being doing something outwardly productive.  Many of us are extremely driven and feel that we must be accomplishing something at every moment.  If we are not doing something, we feel we are wasting our time.  That others (and ourselves) will criticize us for being lazy and unmotivated.    We have lost the value of Being – taking time to rest, relax, contemplate, explore the inner realm and generally replenish and nurture ourselves.  We are terribly out of balance in this respect.   I feel this is why so many people develop chronic fatigue syndrome and other related illnesses because our bodies have to force us to stop driving ourselves and hopefully that we will LISTEN to what is being said and shown.

Doing is a state of focused, directed, goal-oriented activity.  It allows us to handle all the things we need and want to accomplish.  Being is a state where we can fully experience the present moment, without thought of the past or future.  It allows us to reach a deeper place, where we can connect with our spiritual nature.  It allows us to be in the NOW and flow with life as it comes our way.  It is important to realize and understand that spending time Being is how we replenish and revitalize ourselves.  The Being state allows us to refill ourselves with the Life Force that we have spent doing.  It literally brings us fulfillment.  They are both equally important in their own state.  It is finding the balance between the two that brings peace and freedom to our lives.

For me, my intuition was showing me how to develop the ability to relax and flow with Life, be present in the moment.   At first, with my paying attention to the inner guidance aspect so carefully, that I went through a period of feeling like I didn’t want to do much for awhile.  It was like I had gone back to school to UNLEARN what I had learned (most of my life as doer).   I was too structured, planned, organized and  I controlled too much (a hell of a lot better than I used to be, but it was time to really clear it – you remember, I was asking for it).  Taking old patterns and behaviors, mindsets, attitudes and more – swiping them from my hard drive, so to speak. These parts were not servicing me any longer and I knew it.  I was ready to face this head on – no more half ass stuff.   Then downloading some new programs, learning  new concepts, mindsets,  and awareness and then putting it all into application.  Kind of like reading a manual on how to ride a bike, but then once you actually get on the bike and ride it will you understand the overall experience.   It has and will continue to take some time to work out the kinks and bugs along the way.  But that is the fun part, right?!  It’s part of the growth process and journey for our individual selves and soul.  It never ends and I don’t want it to.  It’s not like “I’ve cleaned out my house and will never have to do it again.”  Oh, yes you will.  Unless you want to live in filth and grime.  I don’t think you do.   It may not be easy or fun at times (I’ve had some rough days of processing), but to me it is worth it on so many levels.  I have changed my mindset about it and see it as fun and exciting now.  “What new can I learn about myself today?”  It is a deeper level of making changes within myself.   I watch my thoughts that go through  my head as if I were an observer of a movie.  I have caught ALL KINDS of things that I have reviewed and changed. 

For example, a situation may arise and I can choose to react/ respond from an old place or I can see it in a different light and respond from a place of Love.  Another example, I used to look at myself in the mirror and mentally think/ say hateful things to myself.  “Look at those thighs – who is going to like you with cellulite?  You’re putting on weight – you’re no good.  You’re not as skinny as you were 2 years ago, blah, blah, blah.”  I catch those fleeting thoughts now and say “Hey!  You are wonderful. You have strong thighs that allow you lift heavy things, take long walks/ hikes, ride that fun bike.  I love you, thighs!”  I may have put on some extra weight but it looks good on me.  I look healthier, I feel better.  I don’t have to try to BE a number on a pair of jeans.  I am learning to love my body, my personality, my Life.    I am not allowing my past traumas to hold me back any longer.  I am healing them and experiencing a part of life I never allowed myself to.   It’s OK.  I wasn’t ready then, but I am now. 

Once I began to surrender into the time of Being, even if only for a short while, I felt replenished, alive and at peace.  My energy has begun to move in a new direction and way – a different vibration it seems.  I’m learning to listen to my intuitive feelings and act on them.  When it is asking to move and when it desires rest.   One of the cool things I have noticed with integrating Being energy into my life with the doing energy – the issue of time begins to dissolve. I was always trying to fit everything into a time frame and feeling scattered and stressed by it.  Not so much anymore.  By feeding and nourishing myself with Being, I have let go the frantic pursuit of external success, accomplishments or exciting experiences.  I don’t NEED them to feel worthy or fulfilled.  I am fulfilled in a totally different way now – from within. Simple things bring me such joy where I am right now.  When things need to get done, I feel the energy to do them and I accomplish them with little to no effort or it may turn out that they didn’t need to be done after all.  Life has become a flow, in which I am seeing as it opens up to me exactly as it needs to.  Things, situations, experiences, miracles and more come my way when it is supposed to.  My daily mantra:  “I relax into the flow of living.”  I will sometimes change it up and say playing, receiving, giving, loving, etc. in place of living.  Whatever comes to mind or heart.   I also like to say “I experience everyday miracles.  Thank you!”

Another cool thing I have gotten from this experience is to PLAY more and have fun in whatever I am doing.  For a few days in a row, I kept hearing BIKE and PLAY.  So, I went out, bought an inexpensive bike and have thoroughly been loving it.  It has brought back a freedom and joy I experienced as a kid when I had a bike.  I am listening and paying attention to little things like this that I would have normally not allowed myself or even thought about.  I am learning to simply feel relaxed, peaceful and content to be right where I am supposed to be, with no particular need or desire to do anything else.  I feel it mostly with quiet times alone, with Scott and the dogs, and especially in nature.  I apply it when I am doing the dishes, laundry, cooking, driving, working, exercising, playing in the garden.  It’s amazing – the difference.  I feel more compassionate, understanding, nurturing, loving, at peace, non-judgmental of myself or others (accepting), and more.  The more I see/ feel it within myself, the more it reflects outside of me to others.   I’m not in this state of balance all the time.  The more I practice and apply it, the more natural it feels and is a part of me.  It is gradually unfolding and is an ongoing experience/ journey for me. I find more pleasure with limited time online (less that is), more time outdoors connecting with nature, reading, and finding new interests. There is a joy and contentment in my life now that I haven’t experienced before.  I am allowing my Life Force to guide and move me in a new and playful dance.  There are no set rules and guidelines.  Just an openness to take new steps and have fun along the way.  Life is so much better now.   Allow yourself to go deeper and release that stuff that no longer serves you.  Ask your Source for guidance and pay attention.  It’s there for you – always.

So, that’s what I have been up to.  Living, playing, experiencing life and learning new ways of Being.   I’ll be posting when the energy moves me to do so.   I’ve got a guest writer for you all next week and a SWEET giveaway right around the bend. 

As always, thank you for visiting and reading my posts.


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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Why Do I Wake Up at the Same Time Every Night? - Fascinating article.  Do you see a pattern for yourself?  Say the affirmations, work on the unresolved issues and get some good night ZZZZ’s.

♥ The Metrics of Your Soul’s Calls (How to Live on Purpose) – This an inspiring post from Vienda Maria.  Truly spoke to me. How about you?

The Metrics Of Your Soul’s Calls {How To Live On-Purpose}

– See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/the-metrics-of-your-souls-calls-how-to-live-on-purpose/#sthash.m3xRxgu2.dpuf

♥ I Hate Exercise, but It Loves Me (Dr. Sara’s 5 Tips for Biohacking Exercise When You’d Rather Do Anything Else) – I feel this way sometimes.    A great reminder to reframe the thoughts about exercise and then away you go. 

♥  “Clean and Green” Colon Cleanser – What a simple juice from my friend, Tess Masters.  Plugged up?  Drink this concoction and be FREE.  Haha!  It really works.

♥ Be Courageous. Listen To Your Intuition.  Learn to Trust Yourself – Another fantastic one from Vienda Maria. 

Yoga For Your Butt and Thighs – What a great sequence for lower body strength with a focus on the butt and thighs.

Be Courageous. Listen To Your Intuition. Learn To Trust Yourself. – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/be-courageous-listen-to-your-intuition-learn-to-trust-yourself/#comment-572825

♥ Chill For Summer –  Enjoy MonicaB’s CHILL summer playlist to keep your pitta minds at peace and remember to enjoy the simple things, even during the daily grind. It’s aaaaalll good.

♥ Why Slow Yoga? –  How interesting!  Maybe this is why I prefer Hatha  yoga – longer holds over the fast-paced flows.  When I started doing my at-home yoga regularly, I hold poses for as long as I feel them.  When I feel it is time to shift into the next one, I do so.  Utilizing this flow of relaxing into it has allowed me to get in touch with my body like never before.  I still enjoy a class out at a studio once and awhile,  but the ability to tune in to a deeper level has been wonderful, empowering, inspiring and fun.  There are some great videos on Youtube and Gaiam.tv is another great source for quality information and guidance. 

♥ Earthing: The Benefits of Connecting with Earth’s Energy – Nature never ceases to amaze  me with her simplicity of healing.  Walking barefoot in grass, on sand, any source of Earth does wonders for you on many levels.  It’s one of my healing protocols I utilize daily during the warmer months.  Give it a try if you haven’t already or get back to doing it again if you forgot about it.  Mother Nature is there waiting for you – go have fun with her.

♥ 10 Steps to Eat Better at Work – Being prepared is HUGE!   I do this a few times a week.  I plan a big prep/prepare day and have food for days ahead.  Also, when making dinner, I’ll make extra and have for leftovers throughout the week.  Be like the boyscout and always be prepared.  If you have to make other choices it’s OK.  Just make better choices most of the time and it’s no biggie when you can’t or don’t feel like it. No pressure.  Take the stress off yourself and do the best that you can.

♥ Homemade Flea Powder –  I use something very similar but thought this was a great recipe. I use wintergreen essential oil in my formula.  I have yarrow growing in the yard (I’ll harvest, dry and grind into powder) and use it in this recipe.  I use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth on the dogs, in my smoothies sometime for internal parasites or candida flare ups for Scott and I, in the house for ants, spiders, etc. It is natural and effective.  Have to take care of our furry kids in the most natural way possible. 

♥ 10 Surprising Things That Benefit Our Brain That You Can Do Everyday – This is pretty cool!

♥ NEW MOON in Cancer June 27th 2014 – Beautiful!

 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ 10 critical upgrades for a healthier body – 10 sure-fire upgrades to make your body, emotions and spirit rise above.  I would include stress reduction, allowing happiness in your life and loving oneself. 

♥ 8 Ways To Make Your Life Extraordinary, No Matter How Ordinary It Seems – I love all of these!  I hope you do too.

♥ Relax into the dust storm~ This is beautiful and poignant.

♥ 5 Life-Changing Ways To Start Your Day –  Love these!  I always take time for ME in the a.m.. I start within and greet my thoughts, feelings, spirit and space with gratitude, love, compassion and support.   It has made such a difference in how I am with myself and with others. 

♥ 18 Fantastic Ways to Let Go – Oh yes!  Just let go!  I’ve been implementing this concept into many aspects of my life, thoughts, patterns, etc.  It isn’t always easy but so rewarding.  Inspiring info. here.

Help! I Just Can’t Get Out Of My Head!!! The Gypset Guide To Get Out Of Your Head {+ Back Into Your Heart} Part 2/3 – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/help-i-just-cant-get-out-of-my-head-the-gypset-guide-to-get-out-of-your-head-back-into-your-heart-part-23/#sthash.yPfKiXIh.dpuf
Help! I Just Can’t Get Out Of My Head!!! The Gypset Guide To Get Out Of Your Head {+ Back Into Your Heart} Part 2/3 – See more at: http://www.viendamaria.com/2014/06/help-i-just-cant-get-out-of-my-head-the-gypset-guide-to-get-out-of-your-head-back-into-your-heart-part-23/#sthash.yPfKiXIh.dpuf

♥ The Ultimate Guide To Superfoods (Infographic) –  This is cute! 

♥ The Letting Go Ebook, Free – Awesome free ebook!  Check it out.  We all could use a bit of assistance in this area.

♥ Why your purpose in life is just to LIVE! –  This is powerful!  I used to think that I had to have a BIG purpose in life, to help others in a profound way, stretch myself and give, give, give.  I have learned over the years that I am enough being ME, growing, healing and LIVING. Nothing loud, spectacular or bold.  Just being within, experiencing, embracing, learning, loving and Living life in quiet and sacredness.  What beauty there is. 

♥ The Truth About Mercury Retrograde –  It’s all in our perception and how we allow to see, feel and live.  I see mercury retrogrades as a time to slow down, listen and take the lessons to heart.  They are grand lessons if we only take the time to let the wisdom and teaching IN.  Sarah Varcas explains this transition so well and in a positive light that it deems credit for.  Read all the way to the end.  Enjoy!

♥ The 21 Day Meditation Project - Have you been trying to commit to a regular meditation practice but are struggling to find the resources? Sign up here for stillness, clarity and connection.  You will receive 3 weeks of daily, guided meditations, ABSOLUTELY FREE.  Each track is about 10-15 minutes long, the perfect way to ease your way into a regular meditation practice.

Radiant Inspiring Interview – Cynthia Taylor from Flourish Wellness – Check out this wonderful interview about one of my delightful friends, Cynthia Taylor.  This woman is going places and is very inspiring.  A woman after my own heart.  I shared one of her amazing recipes on my newsletter about a month ago.  She shares fantastic recipes on her Facebook page – get over there and LIKE.  

♥ Mercury goes Retrograde June 7th 2014 – Wonderful insight from Mystic Mamma.  In the grand flow of life, these inward moving energies are conducive for fine tuning and helping to bring greater clarity, awareness, and focus.

 

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