hummus = HAPPINESS …

So this happened for the first time ever in my life. I know, I know, some of you are thinking how the hell has this gal never made hummus until now?! Welp, I can’t really answer that. However, I can now say that I have made hummus from scratch. And that shit was goooood. I even made the chick peas from scratch. Fancy, I  know. The first batch I made with fresh lemon juice. Then realized I had enough chickpeas left (but no lemon left) to make another batch to freeze. So I used doTERRA lemon essential oil and YUM. Like seriously, YUM. Definitely a different flavor as essential oils are more intense, yet equally delicious. I always seem to make do with what I have layin’ around ;)

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IMMUNITY in a pot …

Chicken soup is so easy to make and one of the healthiest things to eat. OH, and quite delicious too. Even I ask myself, “why don’t I make this more often?” The bones are where it’s at though; the meat is secondary and not important at all for the immune-boosting nutritious benefits. So, I buy chicken bones from the grocery store. And at Thanksgiving, I take the giant carcass home. And if I roast a chicken, I keep all the bones for soup … a 2-in-1 meal! Then, as you can see from the photo, I add a whole bunch of other delicious nutritiousness…

Literally, this is how easy it is to make soup: Throw bones in a big pot. Fill pot with water. Chop any and all veggies (For this one, I used carrots, turnips, celery, onion) and throw in the pot. Add spices that you like (I used lots of turmeric, cayenne, parsley, oregano, black pepper, thyme, seaweed flakes, bay leaves, fresh garlic). And that beautiful red pile is goji berries (optional, of course). Bring to a boil, then simmer for 2.5-3 hours. Toward the end of cooking, I also added freeze-dried shiitake mushrooms and sea salt. Your house will smell amazing, but you may have to keep walking outside and back in so you can get the full aroma again and again.

There’s really no need to measure, as you can’t mess it up. The most important part is the bones, so if that’s all you have in there, then you’re golden! If it makes too much, throw half in the freezer when you need some immune boosting in your life.

Your body will thank you … in the following ways:

  • Bone Broth – immune boosting, gut nourishing, helps body to absorb nutrients, hair/skin/nail/joint health
  • Goji Berries – immune boosting, strength-building, aid in longevity
  • Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, boosts brain and heart health, antioxidant
  • Cayenne – releases mucus/detoxifying, heart health, promotes digestion, helps with circulation/warming
  • Shiitake Mushrooms – immune boosting, heart health, anti-cancer benefits

I could keep going, however, I want you to actually read it ALL, so those are the big guns I listed. Now, go get cookin’ (and if you have any questions, reach out!)

ace of HEARTS …

I almost forgot to share these cards today! However, they would still apply to tomorrow and the next day and every day, forever. This is one of the many creative things I get to do at my awesome job. For those of you who don’t know, I work at lululemon and made these cards for our guests to attach to their Valentine’s gifts of fabulous workout gear. Now a couple of the sayings make waaaaaay more sense, right? ;)

Happy Day of Love, every day, forever.

this is TAROTIFIC! 

I had an amazing tarot reading done for me from a land far far away (aka California) by a beautiful woman. Kassy, whom I attended yoga teacher training with 8 years ago, did my reading. And she was dead-on. It was perfect. Magical. This was the first tarot reading I’d ever received in this fashion. What I loved most about this experience was being reminded of the spiritual energy that encircles this world, or universe rather, to make it possible for Kassy to “read me” from the other side of the country. 2700 miles away. Not that the number of miles matter, because she could have been on the complete other side of the world from me and still been dead-on. Seriously, how fucking cool is that?!?

A few things I’ll share from my reading: One of the statements Kassy made a few times was that I’m almost finished with something and to just keep going. I’m almost finished. What came up around this was that it was something more emotional and internal, not a physical thing (i.e. finishing a project or leaving a job). It feels like I’m going to be finished with some emotional blockage that I’ve been holding onto for however long and I will finally be freeeeeeee! She also mentioned that I should be involved in the healing arts – YES, I’m in the right place!!! And that it is important for me to spend a lot of time in nature because it gives me more of a creative spark – Hell Yes, it does!!! Honestly, every word of the reading resonated with me, but go get your own so you can feel as connected and excited as I did!

I am so honored to have received this gift from Kassy, and I want all of you to be equally honored. She has a fabulously named Etsy shop where you can do just that: MoonMamaDivination with various reading options. See what resonates with you and go for it! 

Photo courtesy of Kassy

RELEASE those toxins …

I love eggs. Like really love eggs. I used to eat 2-3/day almost every day. Then, I did an elimination diet a few months ago and discovered that eggs make me phlegmy (it may be gross, but it’ll tell you a lot about your body). I had to decrease the large number of eggs I ate each week to eating 1-3 per month. It was a sad sad day for me when I made this discovery.  Most likely the phlegm is from the white part, not the nutrient-rich delectable yolk part that I love so much, but still not ideal or convenient; plus, the white part does serve its purpose in binding foods together.

Until I am ready to give up eggs for 6 months in order to rid myself of this egg sensitivity, I drink a detox tonic after I eat an egg. You may not have an egg thing like me, but we all have toxins going into our bodies every day, from chemicals to pollution to processed foods and alcohol, etc … You or your child may have other food sensitivities or a cold/flu and need to release those toxins from your body so it can work better and feel healthier. So, drink up …

  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (raw, with ‘the mother’)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 drops Lemon essential oil (make sure the oil you use is approved for internal use; or 1 Tbsp juice of a lemon)
  • 1/4 cup of water

Combine everything together and ENJOY! It really is delicious. I will warn you that it does have a kick to it – this spice is what helps to loosen things up in the body ;)

the TRUTH is in the stillness …

The truth is in the stillness. When you can be quietly with yourself, all sorts of things will raise their tiny heads (I’m changing the expression to make it nicer). Good and not-so-good things. However, the “not-so-good” is necessary to lead you to the good, so embrace it all. I had a massage yesterday, which was one of my moments of quiet. An hour long moment with my body and mind (well, and a massage therapist). For example, I relearned that I like having my face touched, in a gentle way of course ;) and I realized that my body is so far along in its healing process that it almost feels “finished” and I realized that there are places of tension I didn’t know were there and I realized that I can relax and be still for an hour now! And other things that didn’t stick around for long but served their purpose in the moment. It’s not always easy to be silent, even for a few seconds for some people. Yet, that silence could open up so many pathways to healing. So try for just a few seconds. And then a few minutes. And then get an hour massage ;) And just notice. And listen.