My reads for this week!

Happy Friday everyone!!! How has your week been?

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Now, onto this week’s must read articles πŸ™‚

There are a few amazing reads for you this week, so grab your mug of tea, coffee or glass of wine (depending on your time zone), & enjoy what I’ve prepared for you πŸ™‚

1st things 1st. You are following Danielle LaPonte’s 30 Day Challenge Videos right? RIGHT? Here’s a recap of what she’s been doing thus far, check it out & try to keep up!!

From Conscious Diva’s, a great post on being perfect πŸ™‚ & being organized (what’s that?)

I’ve always wanted to know how to cook without following a recipe…. here‘s a good way to start!

Love Lemons & here’s another post on how amazing they can be everyday!

Also have a survey here that I would love for you to take a minute to fill out. 10 quick questions & you could help so much!!! xox

Here’s a great post from Kris Carr’s site about losing our judgments & gaining more bliss! as well as Manifesting!

Gentle Living’s wonderful article about Highly Sensitive People is really really great. Take a read to understand it more.

Here’s a great post. As a mom, I usually feel unappreciated by my kids, but do I under~appreciate myself? Read here.

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New Reads for the Week!

Hey all! Excited for another Weekend of Fun? Before you head off & make amazing plans, grab a coffee, tea (or glass of wine~ depending on the time zone), & take a read on some of the things I found interesting this week!

Conscious Diva’s had another article that I liked. It talked about how you see the glass; being half full or half empty. With practice, I now see the glass half full, but it wasn’t always that way for me either. If you have trouble seeing the good in situations take a peek at this article. I especially like #1 πŸ™‚

Kris Carr’s Crazy~Sexy~Life has done it again. An article that you should not skip:

Do you notice your thoughts? Do you really notice them. After reading this article you may be surprised at how many times you do, say, or think things without even knowing! Afterwards, check out this post from the Feel~Good~Tribe about some nasty lies you may be telling yourself!

Do you have young boys that you are raising? I have two… & as a Girl who grew up with a HUGE majority of Women in my life, there is a constant struggle with how to raise them properly. It took a few years for my husband to convince me that farting & burping really were ‘normal’ for boys! I really appreciated reading this article about raising confident sons & think if you have boys in your life, then it’s worth the read for sure!

Have you ever gone to Danielle’s site? I’ve signed up for her ‘daily truth bombs‘ & they are awesome! The one that got me this week was Everything~ Absolutly Everything ~ Is Progress! Sweet right!!

Kris Carr (again) has a great article on Living & Raw foods. What’s the difference you ask, well check out the post! As a family that tries to eat as healthy as possible, the habit of eating more Living foods as a pose to Raw foods is still in the making. One step at a time right! πŸ™‚

I loved this post, 7 Mental Mistakes, little ways that are keeping you from living better. I’m printing these off & keeping them in my pocket! Lately I’ve been VERY vigilant on NOT living or worrying about the Past & Future, I have to say that it’s really quite liberating! Give it a try!

Remember Vienda? My new Guru/Mentor? Well, Week 4 & Week 5 of live your life on purpose is up….. Are you following along? How do you Love it so far?

With all this Training I’m doing for the 1/2 Marathon in Vancouver on June 24th, I thought this post about Fueling was great. I always thought it was only important to fuel when racing, not while training, boy was I wrong! I love Vega a lot. Being Vegan & Gluten Free, I feel 100000% safe using their products.

Love Yoga & Food~ why not check out the Yoga of Eating Part 1 Part 2 & Part 3. What do you think? πŸ˜‰

I have a Tremendous urge to make my Own very Personal Sprouts in my Kitchen. I also have a Strong Fear that they will go ‘bad’ & make us all sick…. Here’s hoping that all goes well ~ πŸ™‚ Kris Carr just put out a post on some easy steps to making your own here, & how’s this for timing…. a great post on using your sprouts!Β  Do you do your own sprouts?

Here is an article by Wake Up World about being the Catalyst. Are you a Catalyst? I love their site!!!

Do you compost? I think that EVERYONE should be composting. It’s easier then you may think. You don’t need a lot of space (inside or outside). In an apartment, mansion, trailer, the city or country, EVERYONE should compost. Read here.

 

What did you think of this weekends ‘must read’ posts? Are you keeping up with my Guru? What are your plans for the weekend? My sister is in town & we’re heading off on a Whale Watching tour in Tofino. It’s also my baby boy’s 7th Birthday. WoW, where did that time go??

 

 

Things you need to read!

Hi everyone! Are you so excited for the weekend? I love that it’s Friday!!! My boys have been on Spring Break for the last week & I’m pumped to be able to hang out with them for a few days.

Instead of a Review this Friday, I thought I would share some of the Amazing Posts that I read in the last few weeks. These are totally worth it. So grab yourself a cup or Tea or Coffee (or Wine, depending on what time zone you’re in) & enjoy!

This post (zero waste home tips) made me think really hard about how we Use & ReUse things in our house as well as the amount we Waste (both Food & Money). We take pride in ReUsing our bottles for Bulk Items & Composting regularly, but I now feel that there are so many more options out there for us to do. It opened my eyes to how wasteful some things are, & gave me great ideas on how to change it. I’m looking forward to saving money & the planet a little bit more now! I especially love the way they have added a 4th R (Refuse!) & remind us that it is Firstly Reduce, Then ReUse, and Lastly Recycle!

Conscious Diva’s had a nice article that also made me think. The article about The Grass is Always Greener really made me appreciate my life & helped me remember that it really is in the way you look at it, & sometimes you just need to take a step back to see where you really are.

Everyone has Money Issues right? I don’t care who you are, there is something about money that makes people a bit crazy. This article has 5 cute tips on how to be more spiritual with the moolah issues. It’s not a long post, but it is cute!

Oh She Glows is a Blog I go to regularly for Amazing Recipes. Angela is coming out with a cookbook soon & I am dying to buy it!!! (or get it as a present, whatever…;) ) Here is a recipe for Freezer Fudge that made me drool, what do you think of it?

Mung Beans are what Bean Sprouts are made of. Did you know that? Here’s a recipe for Mung Beans & Root Veggies that is Perfect for the days that are still a little too chilly for Salads πŸ™‚

Lauren over at the Holy Kale had a great article about keeping your Produce fresh longer (something I think everyone should know tips for). My only add~on would be to keep your Onions with your Apples as they keep each other from going bad (cool hey~ did you know that tip?)

Jess over at Wellness Warrior has a great 4 part video interview series with James Colqhoun from Food Matters (as well as the new film coming out March 21st Hungry for Change). Take a look at all 4 parts here #1 #2 #3 #4. There is so much info here that I just can’t get into it all. James talks about what his rules are for living a better life, how is he thankful, foods role, & so much more….. Chris & I just watched Food Matters,Β  (it’s free on YouTube) & it’s a great eye~opener. It made me much more confident to be in the field that I’m striving in (Nutrition, Fitness, Stress Management & Detoxing) & totally made me feel like eating Plants (not Animals) & taking our Supplements was A~OK!

Vienda is my new fav Guru. Here you will find Week One of her ‘uncover your authentic self’ & here you will find Week Two & Week Three (I’m still on week 2), hey~ let’s do this together!!!

Now, if you have the time & like reading things that are a bit more ‘deep’ or out there, Wake Up World always has some great posts that really make you think. Here are just a few of my favorites in the last few weeks….

Feels like something Big is going to happen

Why is Natural the Alternative

160 Uses for Coconut Oil

And Of Course, I need to Plug my Weekly Challenge (again)! There is only 2 days left until the First Challenge comes out, & Only 1 day left until my Challenge is done; which is to have 50 people sign up! Have you signed up yet? Remember that you will only be sent these Weekly Challenge Videos if you sign up!!! Go here & fill it all out (send it to a few friends while you’re at it). There is nothing to lose & only Great Health to gain! I’m so excited!

Here’s to you’re Wonderful Weekend & to you being You.Naturally!

A few to Review

On a visit to Parksville & Qualicum Beach in December while looking for our New Forever Home ‘Town’, we stumbled into a busy Christmas Craft sale. Thinking it was the perfect way to meet some locals & get some Xmas Shopping done we went right in.

Right away we found ‘Free Spirit Botanicals‘ (based right here in Victoria BC) & man was her stuff AMAZING!!!! I am always looking at soaps #1, because I love nice smelling bathroom stuff, & #2 because my youngest has a difficult time finding soap that doesn’t dry & irritate his skin. My first question is always “do you have anything for dry & sensitive skin”? Usually they show me something with too many ingredients, some have even shown me soaps with *gasp* phthalates & parabens! But for my little man I prefer simple natural soaps. The one we choose this time was the Goat’s Milk & Honey. It’s made with 3 basic ingredients ~ 100% salphonated Olive Oil, & it’s a gentle cleanser with the Honey as the moisturizer. There is wheat germ added as an exfoliation & has Vitamin E added. I was worried about the Wheat Germ (because we are gluten intolerant, but so far he’s been fine)!

I personally went for the soap pictured above. The LemonGrass Loofah. I thought it was pretty ingenious to add the Loofah right in the soap, I’ve never seen that before! I have a weird love affair with LemonGrass, & the smell of this one doesn’t disappoint! My hubby also picked up a soap that had Olive, almond, Calendula & palm oils. Ground almond, cinnamon, cloves & turmeric. He smells so manly when he gets outta the shower! The Cinnamon & Cloves especially is nice!

Here’s another Gem that I absolutely love! It’s made by a company called YoungBlood from the USA.

This is a very different, very cool kind of face/body mist that uses: Grapefruit, Lime, Rosemary, Hematite, Malakitte, Rhodolite & Zincite to rejuvenate & protect your skin. I use it throughout the day when I feel like my skin needs a little boost of energy. You know the feeling, when your face & skin feel tired~ that’s when this baby works it’s majick & you feel Refreshed, Restored! They have 3 different mist’s to choose from. I’ve only used the Restore one, but I have to say that it is SO SO nice. I picked it up a while ago when my hubby went off to Brewing School in Europe. Being at home with the kids without him for 3 months was really very hard, but using this spray (when I remembered) was a very nice way to treat myself & get away from the craziness, even if it was short lived!

I have one other product to show you here, but I’m not sure if I love it or if I hate it……. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now, & funny enough, I’m still not sure. One day I like it, one day I hate it, & one day I love it….. so strange. This one is made my Green Beaver.

It’s one of their many different toothpastes. Toothpastes, just like Rice Milk, Peanut Butter, Dried Currants, & Candles, we just can’t seem to keep enough of in our house. I’m not quite sure why, but I’m always going out to get more. My kids usually ask for a new flavour, & it’s getting hard to accommodate them. Around here we stick to Fluoride Free, & although that’s getting easier to find, some of the ingredients are still kind of iffy! This one caught my eye because of bright green colour at first, then I noticed that it had Cilantro. Well ~ Cilantro is a love or hate herb. I personally love it, so I thought I would give this paste a try. As it says on the tube, they use real flavours, & it’s true. Everytime I use it, it tastes 100% of Cilantro & Mint & 0% of ToothPaste. Maybe that’s the problem….. I do like the taste, but it doesn’t taste like I’m brushing my teeth……

Do you like Cilantro? If so, how do you use it?