Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Ramblings

>> Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Hello everybuddy! Loved the comments and support on my last post . Many of you feel the same that it’s just nobody’s business when it comes to breastfeeding. Thank you media for stirring the pot unnecessarily.

At the same time though, while on Pinterest, one of the people I follow (or in this case, a company), Motherlove Herbal Company posted a link to an article on extended breastfeeding and its many benefits. An interesting read if you’ve got the time.

I will point out what this article mentions that the average duration for breastfeeding around the world is 4.2 years of age.

So anyway, there you go. Keep doing what YOU feel is best.

Hope you had a great Mother’s Day (even if you don’t have kids of your own, I feel like we’re all mothers in some way to someone even if they’re the furry kind). I had a good day. A few days before mama’s day, I got treated to a 2-hour Thai massage. Oh my. I’d never had one before so I was a bit freaked beforehand that it would hurt too much. It did hurt at times, she found trouble spots I had no idea I had but in the end I was just a pile of goo. It was so lovely. I can’t wait to go back! In fact, I am this weekend for an oil massage.

Oh, and speaking of this weekend, Sunday is my 5K. Woo hoo! I’m ready as I’ll ever be. Still not running it but will be walking. I was even more motivated to participate when I saw this last weekend a couple walking (dad pushing a stroller) during another ½ marathon/5K going through my neighborhood. The mom was doing the race on CRUTCHES! Man. I have zero excuse to wimp out (not that I’m planning on it). She’s my hero.

How would you guys like if I posted about some vegan eats I made/ate recently? They’re not raw (far from it) but they were good eats! I shared pics on instagram/twitter but I’m feeling like I should give more credit to them since they were someone else's recipes. Anyway, I might do that in a future post.

Till next time…

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>> Friday, May 11, 2012

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Breastfeeding a toddler.

Why is this news or still a controversy? I mean really. People get so up in arms about breastfeeding in public (I didn't too often but when I did I covered up - some don't cover up but I certainly don't find it offensive) or in this case, breastfeeding past an age some feel is appropriate. Really? Why do they care? Why does it matter? Who is it hurting? Honestly.

Bottom line: breastfeeding is healthy for both mom and child and creates an unbreakable bond. To ensure your child is getting all the nutrients and has a strong, healthy immune system breastfeeding is ideal (putting aside those who can't for various health issues or reasons, such as adoption).

People think these mothers who breastfeed for extended periods of time will continue to nurse their children into their pre-teen and teenage years. Get real and grow up.

General society and the media think we should forgo breastfeeding because of inconvenience or it's too painful and just feed babies formula or that we should automatically stop nursing by the time they're 9 months. I mean it's not normal if you don't. You're weird. A hippie. Your child will grow up to have issues. It's like porn.

It's only because other adults who aren't mature enough to mind their own business or think they know better than the mother (or anybody else for that matter) or don't know how to handle/accept what's different as not wrong are the ones who fuel this misconception and teach others to view it as abnormal. How can something innocent, healthy and beautiful be wrong?!?!

In an age where so many other controversial issues are dealt with and accepted (by large), breastfeeding a baby past a year is still way back there. Holistic health is way back there. Health eating is way back there. Ugh, it's so annoying.

All I have to say is to those are who question this is do your own research as to what's best for you and your child. If you don't like how another is doing things, MOVE ON (bunch of lookyloos)! It's not your life so stop judging and criticizing.

/rant (believe me, I could go on)

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, May 10, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!
Sunday, May 13th
To ALL the moms of humans and fur-kids
 
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"A mark for every breath you took, every blink, every sleepy yawn. One for every time you sucked your thumb, waved hello, closed your eyes and slept in the most perfect darkness. One for every time you had the hiccups. One for every dream you dreamed within me.

It isn't very pretty anymore. Some may even think it ugly. That's OK. It was your home. It's where I first grew to love you, where I lay my hand as I dreamed about who you were and who you would be. It held you until my arms could, and for that, I will always find something beautiful in it."
~by Cassie  [source]

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New Love

>> Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Howdy-ho kids! Life’s been good these days and thanks to one of my pals, Maria, for making it even better! She was sweet to send me some goodies in the mail recently and the highlight was some organic raw chocolate from Lulu’s.


my goodies

I had never sampled Lulu’s before but knew Maria was a big fan so when she parted with some of her faves and shared them with me, I was honored.

Of course, I quickly dove in. Who can resist chocolate?! Every once in a while I come across someone who isn’t a fan and I think, “whaaaa?” Does not compute.

Anyway, back to Lulu’s Chocolates. I tried Sedona Spice, Chocolate Maca Chunk, Aztec Crunch, and Smoked Sea Salt Almond.

What’s great about Lulu’s is she tells you exactly what goes into each bar.  They’re also low-glycemic because they are made with coconut sugar from Coconut Secret. Mmm! All of the cacao is fair-trade, sourced from small family farms using sustainable practices. Plus it’s organic. So all around you’re getting a high quality product from start to finish.

The Sedona Spice one was tasty but not that spicy to me. Maybe my taste buds weren’t that sensitive to heat that day but I didn’t detect much of a kick. Still good, just hoped it would be a bit spicier.

Aztec Crunch. Now we’re talking a different kind of kick with this one! I love cacao nibs in my chocolate (most of the time anyway) because it gives that crunch but also an extra boost of energy. I could eat this daily.

The Smoked Sea Salt Almond one was really nice. A subtle yet different flavor with the smoked sea salt. Almonds in chocolate are always A-Okay, too! A good balance of flavors. Yum.

Last but certainly not least, Chocolate Maca Chunk. Wow wow wow! Seriously, wow. This one, hands down, was my favorite! I had to refrain from eating the whole thing to save a bite (just one) for Sam but I could eat this one hourly or as a meal. When I first bit into it, I thought, hmm…interesting but then it was like BAM! More, please. If you’re not a fan of maca, you might not like it so just pass it to me if you don’t. I’ll take over. J Lulu’s has another maca bar with even more maca in it but for me, the Chocolate Maca Chunk is just perfect.

what was once left of the Chocolate Maca Chunk...now gone...

Thanks Maria for sending me these goodies! You can follow Maria Organica on her facebook page or blog for her latest happenings. And check Lulu’s Chocolate for more info on their delicious products or like their fan page.



P.S. I was not paid or expected to write this post. In fact, Lulu's Chocolates has no idea who I am. Maria does but Lulu does not so this post was all about sharing the love... That is all. :)

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A Special Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, May 3, 2012

HaPpY bIrThDaY to my little guy, Caleb!
He is 3 years old today, which brings me to tears
because it's flown by so quickly.
I love him more and more each day.
He has brought so much joy to our home. I truly am blessed.
Happy birthday sweet face.
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WEGO Health: Recap

>> Tuesday, May 1, 2012



Hey hey everybody! Hooo-weeee! I made it! I completed my first ever writer's challenge. Glad I could participate in the WEGO Health - Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge, writing 30 posts in 30 days. Well...I did 25 out of 30. Not too shabby.

I want to THANK YOU all for reading along and supporting me in my challenge, which was no easy feat (for you or for me *wink*). I learned in this process that I still do not desire to write everyday. Ha ha! I was able to participate in this challenge mainly because my time allowed but as you may have noticed, I started to slow down at the end. This was both for needing a break and also work starting to get busy again.

What was great about this challenge, with the help of the topic prompts, was stretching myself in different ways; thinking outside of my norm. It brought new life and motivation to my health focus and blogging as a whole.

A few of my favorite challenges were the health haikus, open a book..., and a letter to my 16 year old self.  The haikus were fun just because I hadn't done that in so long but the others got me to think deeper and reflect.

Again, thank you for supporting me. I had a couple who weren't along for this challenge (I'm not talking comments) and made their exits known but that's okay. It's how it goes sometimes. I know who my friends are. So if you're reading this, you are one of them and it's you who I appreciate.

Well, I will take a break from blogging. Not a hiatus, just going back to my norm and blog whenever or a few times a week. I have a very special Thoughtful Thursday planned this week you'll want to check out and I have lots of pics to share for another future post. I also have LOTS of catching up to. Forgive me.

Time to go. It's been fun and challenging. Maybe I'll do it again next year. :)

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