Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, December 27, 2012

 
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>> Thursday, December 20, 2012

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>> Thursday, December 6, 2012

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If your strength is small, don’t carry heavy burdens.
If your words are worthless, don’t give advice.

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>> Thursday, November 29, 2012


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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving dear friends, whether you're in the US or somewhere else in the world, I am grateful you're here.  I'm thankful for your friendship, support, encouragement, inspiration and motivation.  You teach me and help me, many times in ways you'll never know.  I am blessed to have a beautiful, loving family, a roof over my head, income, food, my health and so much more.  I hope you have a wonderful day wherever you are!

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, November 15, 2012


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Guest Post: The Benefits of Learning About Proper Nutrition

>> Friday, November 9, 2012


The Benefits of Learning About Proper Nutrition

 

You are probably already aware that poor nutrition is the leading cause of numerous health problems, including many types of chronic disease. Nutrition also plays an important role in a person’s mental wellness and overall physical well-being. While most people know that eating a healthy diet is essential for their health, there are many diet myths out there. This is why it is important to do your research well so that you can make an educated decision about maintaining a lifestyle that includes healthy food choices.

By learning to more carefully navigate information about nutrition, and then experimenting with your own diet to see what works best for you, you will be able to gain numerous benefits.

Disease Prevention

What you put into your body will determine your risk for developing health problems, which, in turn, will affect the overall quality of your life. A healthy diet is a form of preventative medicine. Heart disease and numerous cancers can be prevented by consuming a varied diet that is focused on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. At the same time, it is important to decrease consumption of refined carbohydrates and sugars. If your goal is to live a disease-free life and to become sick less often, proper nutrition should be an essential component of your life.

Weight Management

The primary determinants of a person’s weight are fitness and nutrition. A combination of regular exercise and a healthy diet will ensure that you do not gain excess weight, or that you will be able to lose the excess weight that you’ve already put on. Once you have achieved a healthy weight, you can maintain it by consuming a balanced diet and exercising so that there is a healthy balance between how many calories you consume and how many use up. It is not necessary to be on a restrictive diet for the rest of your life. Instead, learning about proper nutrition will help you to discover how to follow a fulfilling meal plan that offers plenty of variety in addition to optimum nutrition, and that helps you to maintain a healthy weight for good.

Emotional Health

Did you know that what you put into your body can make a big difference in how you feel on any given day? Proper nutrition works on many levels to improve one’s emotional health. For one, by maintaining a healthy weight, a person is likely to have a higher self esteem and to feel a greater sense of confidence. A healthy diet is also key in boosting your energy levels. If you find yourself feeling tired most of the day, it is important to take a closer look at your diet to determine if the foods you are eating are taxing your body. Processed foods and fast food, for example, can cause a significant drop in a person’s energy levels. Healthy foods, on the other hand, can give the body a boost in energy and can promote overall feelings of greater vitality.

Improved Sleep

A scientific study carried out by researchers at the University of Sydney showed that people who eat high-glycemic, high-carb foods tend to experience reduced quality of sleep. When you eat may be just as important as what you eat. For example, many people do not sleep well or have difficulty getting to sleep if they eat right before bedtime. Poor sleep can lead to irritability, fatigue, memory problems, foggy thinking, and weight gain.

Proper nutrition is not something that you can learn overnight. For many people, it’s a matter of trial and error. Keep a food journal to determine how you feel after you eat healthy food and what effects unhealthy food choices have on your overall well-being. With time, you will learn how to achieve a diet that optimizes your physical and emotional health.

Valerie Johnston is a health and fitness writer located in East Texas. With ambitions of one day running a marathon and writing for Healthline.com ensures she keeps up-to-date on all of the latest health and fitness news.

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Guest Post: Green Ways to Deal with Pest Problems at Home

>> Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Green Ways to Deal with pest problems at Home

Maybe you're tired of breathing in more and more chemicals. Or you're looking for something more natural or humane. It's even possible that the Raids and Orkins of the world just seem too expensive.

 

Whatever the reason, you aren't interested in another spray or bug bomb to deal with your pest problem. No worries - there are plenty of green ways to get rid of those bugs!

 

·      De-bug the environment. Some environments are simply breeding grounds for bugs and other pests, so one great way to solve the problem of attracting these pests is to change the environment. That means keeping your place free of things like old newspapers, paper bags, and woodpiles close to the house.

 

·      Seal it up tight. Sometimes we become so focused on killing those annoying pests who would dare to invade our space that we forget there's another option - keeping them out in the first place. A few very useful methods include covering vents with mesh, filling in holes, installing proper insulation between windows, and caulking gaps around windows and doors. For larger pests, it's also wise to invest in locks for garbage cans to keep them from getting in and rooting around.

 

·      Keep it clean. It's no secret that many bugs and other pests are attracted to the dishes we neglect to wash and the food we forget to put away. But if you do a good job of maintaining a clean home where your food is carefully sealed and protected, you'll find that far fewer pests are going to be attracted to your space. If you're lucky, they'll vacate the neighborhood completely, but even if they decide to take up residence at your neighbor's house, better them than you.

 

·      Use peppermint. Want to get rid of a roach problem? Try mixing peppermint soap into a bottle with water and spraying the areas where roaches frequent. They'll either vacate the premises because they hate the smell or die if they come into contact with the mixture. Peppermint plants are also good for keeping mice out. Who knew peppermint was so hated?

 

·      Get some moth balls. Obviously they are a great way to protect your clothes from moths, but most people don't know that these environmentally-safe helpers are also useful for keeping out another potentially dangerous pest: snakes!

 

·      Buy basil plants. Why basil? Because flies hate it for some reason. If you find yourself suffering from an abundance of the little buzzers, put a basil plant in the area where you've been seeing them the most and just watch them clear out.

 

·      Set out dry mashed potato buds and water. This is another tip for anyone suffering from a problem with mice, but be warned that this is a fatal solution. The mice fill up on the dry potato buds, and when they drink the water, the buds expand. The bloating it causes will kill them.

 

·      Call an exterminator. That's right, an exterminator. Unfortunately, some problems are just too big for a non-professional to handle, and when you've tried everything you can think of on your own, it's time to call someone. But not just anyone. While some companies out there still use dangerous chemicals, many have realized that people aren't interested in using something that could cause harm to their family or the environment. Instead, they've developed plant-based pesticides and insecticides that will get rid of your problem without the repercussions. Just make sure you ask what green methods they use.

 

About the Author: Karen Miller has been writing about green solutions for pest control services for over a decade. When she is not writing, you can find her at home with her 2 children.

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>> Thursday, November 1, 2012

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>> Thursday, October 18, 2012

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>> Thursday, October 11, 2012

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Guest Post: A call for young people to appreciate their surroundings

>> Tuesday, October 9, 2012


A call for young people to appreciate their surroundings

Stop and smell the roses: it’s a cliché that many of us would do well to take to heart.

This post is a clarion call for young people—particularly recently college grads—frustrated with their place in life to take a moment and see all the good around them. Though prospects might seem better elsewhere, though you might despise your current situation, there’s always some positive takeaway to be had. It’s just a matter of looking around you in the right places.

Whether or not you choose to see it, there are countless sources of good and wonderment around you. There’s tremendous inspiration to be drawn from the ordinary happenings of everyday life, though they might not seem noteworthy at first glance. Our lives are made up of people and things capable of inspiring creativity, positivity, and motivation.

Reflect on the technology that you rely on every day

For one thing, we live in a world completely driven by a digital lifestyle. Right now people are capable of doing things dismissed as impossible merely twenty years ago. The web boom in the early 2000s accounts for much of the modern technological marvels; it accounts for how you could spend the rest of your life looking at cat videos without ever seeing the same one twice. It’s why you can use your phone to tell what the weather will be like in Chicago tomorrow before your booking your flight online.

Modern technological marvels allow us to communicate with loved ones over huge distances in the blink of an eye, with an intimacy second only to real touch. Smartphones, tablets, virtual gaming, Skype, online grocery shopping, and online dating services: all these things have become so natural to us that we forget to appreciate how lucky we are to have any of it. How large can your problems seem when compared with such human achievement?

Appreciate the stability of your life

There’s a nasty sensationalist streak in our current media that sometimes lets us lose sight of the fact that we live in a first-world country. Turn on the television or the radio, look at a news website, and you’ll be bombarded with harrowing stories about financial ruin and tragic circumstances plaguing our country. Yes, it is true that bad things happen in this country, and there are issues that must be need to be addressed by citizens and politicians alike.

But the quality of life in America far outweighs the majority of countries on this earth, and that’s not something to be taken for granted. The majority of American grips and complaints are like a national case of “First World Problems.”

In other words, you should put things into perspective when you get worked up about trivial problems. Getting the wrong order at your local coffee shop or complaining about the annoying musical tastes of a coworker should seem like small potatoes compared to everything else going on in the world. You just need to stop and realize the relativity of your woes.

Do you take the time to appreciate your surroundings?
Nadia Jones is a freelance business and higher education blogger writing about accredited online colleges. Nadia is keenly interested in how the college students of today are shaping the professional world of tomorrow, and how they’re using the web to do it. Please send some comments her way!

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, October 4, 2012


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Giveaway Winner

>> Monday, October 1, 2012

Good morning! Happy Monday; Happy October; Happy Harvest Moon; etc...!

Many thanks to Shabby Apple for sponsoring the giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to one lucky person. There were lots of entries but hey, for a chance at winning something from Shabby Apple how can you not enter?!

To find out who won, click here.

I'm sorry not everyone could win so wipe that tear because 1) I don't want you to be sad and 2) the 10% off via my blog continues through October 19th. Yippee! As an additional note: I am an affiliate so anytime you feel like shopping, please consider going thru my link. ;)

I will have a couple more giveaways coming up. One involves music (think yoga, meditation) and the other that involves organic skincare for your baby/child. So if those sound interesting to you, check back soon.

Thanks again for all those who entered and shared about the Shabby Apple giveaway.


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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, September 20, 2012

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
~Dale Carnegie

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Giveaway from Shabby Apple

>> Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hey hey friends! Long time, eh? Well, I'm back. Yippee! And to lure you back for a visit to my little corner I thought a giveaway would be just the thing.

I'm sure many of you have heard of ShabbyApple.com or have seen the link I have in the sidebar but if you aren't familiar with them, well, then let me clue you in a bit:

Shabby Apple is about feminine style and fashion -- lovely, flirty, stylish clothing and accessories from the comfort of your home. There's a variety of styles and looks to suit your personality, body type, and the occasion so you feel and look like a million bucks! Or pretty close to it. ;)


Sure, online shopping can be a bit tricky but Shabby Apple has a helpful tool, Fit to Flatter, to ensure a positive experience and a good fit to find that perfect dress, blouse or skirt. Each item also includes a detailed description so you know upfront what to expect. They have a great return policy so if something doesn't work out as expected it won't turn into a nightmare.


Take a look around at their website and see what I'm talking about.  Also, HiHoRosie readers can save 10% when shopping at ShabbyApple.com by entering the discount code 'hihorosie10off' at checkout -- discount is good for the next 30 days, expiring October 19th.

Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a $50 gift certificate to ShabbyApple.com!

To get started, just enter via Rafflecopter below (hit 'view comments' if you're not seeing it).
Open to all US residents.
Giveaway will end September 30th with the winner announced shortly after (make sure you've provided a valid email address!).

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>> Thursday, September 13, 2012


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Guest Post: 5 Creative Ways to Teach Your Child How to Write

>> Friday, August 31, 2012

Hello everyone!  I thought it'd fun and interesting to host a guest post today on a topic that's a little different than the norm around here.  This is great for those of you who have or interact a lot with young children.  It's been exciting for me watching my little YS2 learning to write and he's getting quite good.  Now, thanks to Danielle, I've got some tips on making it even more fun and challenging for him.  (Please excuse any formatting issues -- blogger is not my friend sometimes).

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5 Creative Ways to Teach Your Child How to Write

Teaching your child how to write does not have to be a boring task. There are many creative ways to engage your child in developing his/her writing skills.
 
Use handwriting worksheets. You can obtain these materials online. There is a wide array of samples from which you can choose. If your child is the initial phase of writing, you can start off with letter tracing sheets. Your child will learn how to write each letter of alphabet. Once your child has developed basic lettering skills, you can promote him/her to one-word, multi-word, and paragraph worksheets respectively. Each child develops at a different rate, therefore your child’s progress through each writing phase may vary. During each phase, make sure to congratulate your child after each assignment. You can do so by clapping after your child has written a letter, word, or paragraph. This will spur your child on to do more assignments, as well as boost his/her confidence. Before you know it, your child may be completing assignments without you initiating the activity.
 
Create traceable sheets with your child’s name.  You can write out your child’s name on a sheet of paper or do a computer generated one. Create large letters, so that your child can trace between the lines. Instead of using a regular pencil, you can have your child trace his/her name with a crayon, colored pencil, or marker. This will add an artistic touch to the activity, as well as maintain your child’s interest in writing. If you’d like to use the same traceable sheets during each assignment, you can place a plastic sheet protector over the paper. Have your child trace the letters using a dry erase marker. Your child can repeat this process multiple times without having to use a lot of paper.
 
Do finger painting activities. Teach your child how to form the letters of his/her name with the use of a finger. Instead of using paint, you may use household items such as salt, shaving cream, or pudding. This may be a bit messy, therefore you should select an area in your house where you can easily clean up after this activity. Your child’s play area may be an ideal spot. Place a tray on the floor or on a table. Spread salt on the tray. You may substitute sand for salt if you desire. Have your child form the letters of his/her name by tracing it into the salt or sand. If you decide to use the pudding or shaving cream, you may want to do so on the kitchen counter or play area. Although these products are messier, you may have your child’s undivided attention for a longer period of time, since kids enjoy partaking in activities that are fun and love getting dirty.
 
Use the sidewalk or an outdoor concrete area as a canvas. Get an assortment of thick colored sidewalk chalk. Make sure that your child can hold the chalk stick comfortably in his/her hand. You can turn this into an outdoor activity depending on the time of year and the region in which you reside. Write your child’s name in large letters. You may do so on a concrete area around your house or in a park. Have your child write his/her name using your illustration as a guide. Once your child has finished writing his/her name, you may repeat the writing process. This time you can decrease the size of the lettering in the name, and have your child repeat the process. The goal here is to get your child prepared for writing his/her name on a regular sheet of paper.
 
Do sponge painting. Let your child sponge paint his/her name on a piece of paper. As your child is writing his/her name, have him/her repeat each letter loudly. You can do an illustration before allowing your child to write on his/her own. This may make your child more comfortable during the writing process.
 
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This post is written by Danielle Norrish, a talented writer being a full-time freelancer. Her current occupation is writing for a best-resume-builder.com website, where she collects all her knowledge into the resume building.

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>> Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Giveaway: Eco Yoga Mat

>> Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hello Everyone! I have a (last minute) giveaway to share with you today.

Recently, I had been chatting on Twitter with @GeneralElectric about health (they liked the juices I was making with YS2). So just for fun they sent me a gift, which turns out to be an eco-friendly yoga mat. Woo hoo! I've been meaning to get one but didn't know where to begin in finding one.

Well, I have TWO because they were generous to send me another to give to a friend. I thought, my readers are my friends so a giveaway came to mind.

I will say that I have not used this mat (or any other) before so I can't compare it and since I just got it today I can't review it either other than I like what I see and feel. It's new to me but I'm looking forward to using it. Often. I hope. :)

GE has a facebook app (facebook.com/healthy) that you can sign up for that will help you and friends stay motivated to achieve your health goals or you can take a peak at HealthyShare.com or use the hashtag #HealthyShare.


How would you like to be the friend who gets the other Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat? I will be mailing this myself so unfortunately those who do not live in the same country as me will be excluded (US addresses only). Harsh, I know and I'm sorry.

Another thing I should point out, this comes without a carrier. It is only the mat and comes in blue.

Time to enter! Click below to get started. Giveaway will end at midnight (EST) 8/2/12.

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, July 19, 2012

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DIY: Deodorant

>> Sunday, July 15, 2012

It's been awhile since I've shared a DIY I experimented with so today I bring you homemade deodorant. I'm sure someone I know reading this will think I've totally lost it and am about to run for the hills to live out my days free of shampoo and razors (I can think of a few who think I'm weird so this will just add to the list), but honestly, that is not the case. I still shave; I still wear makeup (sometimes...less so during the summer); I still use shampoo, although, healthier kinds. I'm not 100% hippie but I do have my tendencies, which I'm proud of. Peace.

Anyway. I gave up using antiperspirants years ago and began using deodorant. What's the difference between the two you ask? One blocks/clogs your pores (bad) and one lets you breathe (good). Read here for more. Basically, steer clear of antiperspirants for your health (say no to aluminum). Deodorant is much better. If you're still curious, just google 'antiperspirant dangers' or click this link for an overview. My opinion: even if it's not proven to cause cancer (and not proven it doesn't), why risk it? If the possibility is there I try to avoid it.


So, I had been thinking about making my own deodorant for quite sometime but hesitated because it seemed a little too granola but I also was concerned about the oil content wondering if it would it get on my clothes.

Well, I got over the granola factor but still worried about the oil so in order to know I had to make some. Plus it's waaay cheaper than buying deodorant and healthier because there are only a few ingredients.

My underarms are a little sensitive. Another reason I hesitated to try this. My pits don't like roll-ons (too sticky) or the mineral rock deodorant (again, involves stickiness). I never did sprays (do those even work?? I don't like fumes so I never tried it) and the antiperspirants when I used them, I had to be careful to not use the ones that claim to not leave any white marks because whatever chemical they used made my skin break out in a rash.

I found that the basic recipe of coconut oil, baking soda and arrowroot or cornstarch is pretty much the same wherever I looked (see here and here) but I followed the recipe Kelli posted on Animal Friendly Eating because I know she's tried it and shared her notes.

Homemade Natural Deodorant (as posted on Animal Friendly Eating)

Ingredients:

5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Combine equal portions of baking soda and arrowroot powder. Then slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon until it maintains the substance you desire. It should be about the same texture as the store bought kind, solid but able to be applied easily. You can either scoop this into your old dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. After applying the product, you can just rub the remains into your hands as a lotion! This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.

I used arrowroot powder (you can buy this in the bulk section at your local market). If you opt to use cornstarch, make sure it's GMO-free and/or organic. Also, I used 6 tablespoons of coconut oil since Kelli noted that the baking soda may cause itchiness for some. Lastly, I added in drops of essential oil -- I used sweet orange -- but you can add whatever scent you like. Kelli suggested 5-10 drops, I think I used close to 10.


When I first made this, I put it in a couple of empty deodorant bottles. But as I was tapping it down into each and seeing that it was still warm, it made everything quite messy leaking out of the turn-dial that I gave up and put it in a glass jar. Works very well actually.

I've been using this homemade deodorant now for about two-ish weeks and it works great! I haven't had any issues with oil stains or itchiness for the matter. Although, one time I did put some on before I got a chance to shower and that did seem to cause a little itching but otherwise, none. No cancer-causing ingredients, no harsh chemicals or perfumes and it's super duper cheap, too. It's all good. I'm still working on hubby to try it. :)

If you've been thinking about trying this too, I say give it a go! It certainly can't hurt, right? What we've learned is antiperspirants are bad for our health, deodorants are better but not perfect and can also be pricey, homemade is the best choice with minimal ingredients and inexpensive. Whaddya think?

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Goodbye GITMR!

>> Friday, July 13, 2012

You may have heard already that Dhrumil has made the decision to shut down the Give it to Me Raw (GITMR) website/community on June 26th. You can watch his video here explaining his decision.

Even though I have not logged into GITMR in quite some time, I respect his decision and his reasons for it. When your heart isn't in it anymore it's probably time to move on.

Some of his comments are in line with how I view my own blog (no, I'm not going away!) but his views on holistic health. I initially started this blog with raw vegan food as the focus but as I have evolved so has my blog. As you can tell, I don't always talk about raw food. I love different topics. I love variety. Maybe it's because I get bored talking about one thing or maybe it's my personality but talking a little bit of this and a little bit of that is what I enjoy. < --- I'm talking about my blog only, not others'.

I've lost readers over the years because I don't always focus on raw food but I have other interests I like to share. I suppose there's an overall theme/vibe here where topics can relate or connect but also be completely different. It does make it a little more challenging when describing what my blog is about though! ha ha! Oh well. Varied suits me.

Anyway, going back to holistic health and raw food, I believe there are different ways to get healthy. Health is not a one-size-fits-all, including raw food. However, I'm a strong believer in its power and benefits and also, believe having raw food more present in one's diet can make a world of difference. Not enough people eat whole, raw, organic foods. But what I'm saying is, I don't believe one has to be 100% raw or whatever percentage to be considered healthy. I don't believe all cooked food is bad (with the Standard American Diet though, most foods are literally cooked to death that there is no benefit). Some people, however, go to forums like GITMR or people's blogs and argue how they are right and I/you am/are wrong. It's not as simple as that. It doesn't work that way. It's not inspiring or motivating to anyone on the receiving (or witnessing) end of that.

I'm still working on improving my own personal health journey. I have a list of things I should be doing, such as exercise and things I should be eating, many of which are raw.

Sam and I know someone who thought that because we weren't 100% raw 100% of the time, said we are liars and that we shouldn't call ourselves raw foodists at all (this person isn't raw in the least but is an angry person). Um, okaayy. This is one of the reasons why I like to steer clear of labels. They're helpful in one sense but confining in another, especially if someone is looking for something to be crabby about.

Where am I going with all this? Nowhere. I actually didn't mean to go on such a tangent. ha! But I think as we evolve, our interests change, our families grow, or what have you that what we talk about, who we associate with or where we frequent they all change as well so that's why my blog is the way it is now. Pretty much since YS2 was born my focus is mostly on him and his needs and less time putting things in the dehydrator or making pretty food presentations. Although, I've got some pulp left over from today's juice I need to make crackers with or something...

my juicing helper

Now that GITMR is shutting down, it's time to check in a little more often at rawfoodrehab.ning.com. I'm at a place in my life open to more inspiration and be more committed to MY health journey (I don't follow any one health guru to tell me what I should or shouldn't do -- I look to those who inspire). Maybe I'll see you there?

Enjoy the weekend!

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>> Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Guest Post: The Benefits of Gardening with Kids

>> Friday, July 6, 2012

Kids of all ages can enjoy gardening. Even toddlers can be helpers in the garden who dig holes, water seeds, and pick crops. Older children can get their own patch in the garden, choosing which plants they would like to grow and overseeing their care.

There are many benefits to gardening with kids, which can affect their health, development, intellectual growth, and even their relationships. Here are a few of the benefits that can come with gardening with your children:

Improved Health

One of the most obvious benefits of gardening with children is that it will foster a love of healthy eating. Children are more inclined to eat fruits and vegetables that they have grown themselves, and the more fruits and vegetables they eat, the more healthy they are likely to be.

Gardening also teaches children the importance of eating in season as they learn about the growth cycles of their favorite crops. Children also learn the importance of eating all-natural foods, as they see first-hand the treatment of foods that they will eat with chemicals (or with natural substances instead).

Environmental Awareness

Gardening also fosters a love of nature. Children enjoy getting in the dirt and learning about the plants, the trees, the bugs that live in the garden, and the birds and other animals who eat from the garden.

That love of nature fosters greater environmental awareness. Children who feel that connection with nature become adults who understand the impact that our actions can have on nature, such as the use of fossil fuels, or improper waste disposal, or the use of chemical products.

Character Building

No matter how big a role your children take in the garden, they can learn the patience required to grow something slowly over time, the responsibility it takes to care for something, and the discipline required to see a project through to completion. Children also develop self-confidence from the knowledge of being able to take on and accomplish goals.

These are all wonderful character traits for your children to learn, which will benefit them now and throughout life.

Sense of Teamwork and Community

When you work together with your children in a garden, you teach them the value of teamwork and community. This lesson can be strengthened by working in a community garden, where you share your space with others in your neighborhood or civic community.

Learning the value of teamwork can set your children up for success in school and work, and understanding the value of community can make them better citizens and neighbors.

Family Bonding

Gardening is a great way to share time together as a family. While you work, you have the opportunity to talk, to share your ideas, and to learn more about one another. You have the opportunity to strengthen your bond.

Children who share a strong bond with their family are more confident, happier, healthier, and better able to form close relationships with others as adults.

Gardening with children teaches them many important life lessons and has many benefits. It is character building and instills a love of healthy eating and the environment. It inspires a sense of community and encourages family bonding. There are many more benefits, including promotion of physical activity and stress relief.

Do you garden with your children? What benefits has it had for your family? Share your experiences in the comments!

Heather Green is a Christian mom, freelance writer, pet lover and the resident blogger for OnlineNursingDegrees.org, a free informational website offering tips and advice about nursing school resources and online medical assistant degrees.

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, July 5, 2012

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Everything that comes to us, comes to pass or, more accurately, for us to pass on. Not just the money in our pocket, but wisdom, objects, ideas, even opportunities, all come to us so that at the right moment we can pass them on. This is called flow. Being in the flow means being aware that the river of life is flowing to us at every moment. Being in the flow means accepting whatever comes and putting it to good use before passing it on. Going with the flow means allowing whatever comes to move on freely without holding on in any way. If we do not pass on, we are trying to block the flow and that’s when we feel pressure in our life. Pressure is always self-inflicted. Every time you feel “under pressure” look at what you need to release and to pass on to someone else. Once you do you can…relax…again.

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Catching up

>> Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hi Everyone! Happy 4th of July! For me, it's time for a stay-cation to relax and play and sleep and whatever else I need to catch up on.

Speaking of catching up, here are some pics I took in late April when YS2 and I went to a local botanical garden. I love gardens and this one was simply magical to me. I actually used my digital camera instead of my cellphone so the quality is an improvement from my usual here.

Because I had so many pictures and not wanting to bore those who may not be interested or wanting to see them all, I'm posting as a slideshow from my Flickr account (and there's many more not included!). Funny thing is, I couldn't remember my original Flickr account info it's been so long so I had to re-register.


Oh, and guess what? Little YS2 finally got his first haircut! He was 3 years and 44 days old...

even though it looks like he was really crabby, he actually wasn't :)


I nearly lost it when those first snips happened but I managed to keep it together. He was so good during the whole thing, never wiggly or crying. It helped he was distracted with Thomas the Train videos but even when those weren't playing, he was a good kid.

I miss those long curls but his new cut suits him.


Well, my friends, I hope you all have a safe and happy Independence Day or for those outside of the US, a happy 4th of July! I'll be back with more posts.

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