Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Hey Everyone! Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? Have you put up your tree? I hope so! Now it's time to light the fire and curl up with a good Christmas show and a nice cup o'nog! Here is a simple recipe to get ya motivated.......... Raw Nog:
3 cups raw almond milk
5 large soft pitted dates
2 ripe bananas
1 vanilla bean
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
Pre-make your almond milk. Place all the ingredients in the blender and enjoy! So simple!
May I suggest the movie Elf? I love that movie! Also, if you still need to do some shopping then by all means head over to my shop, Bluegrass Market, and take advantage of the FREE shipping that is offered until Dec. 25. If you don't see what you are looking for there then browse the thousands of stores offered by Etsy. Handmade is the way to go!
Hope you all are enjoying the Holidays! Be back soon with another recipe for you to enjoy!
PS. Justin, this recipe is for you! I will make it for you when you get home for Christmas!:)
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
As far as organizing goes, well, not so much today. I did stay up late last night getting my kitchen organized and super clean so I will work on something else tonight.
This isn't easy, especially when you have other responsibilities. Being a mom can be demanding but we need to love ourselves and take care of ourselves so that we have something to give to our family. Our children want parents that are happy and healthy. That's always my goal.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I'm realistic about this butt thing. I mean, I'm 38, have FIVE kids, and have limited time to myself. I eat 80% raw, sometimes more. It's what I eat the other percentage of time that's getting me. Lots of sugar, too many calories, and not enough cardio lately.
I would like to lose about 7 pounds and get the backside a little tighter (okay, a lot tighter). I also want to feel lighter and more energetic. I need some accountability though. So that's where you Mr. blog comes in. I am officially (starting tomorrow) gettin with the program! I need to detoxify, clean up my food choices and move my bee-hind a whole lot more. Maybe even start running again (definitely some kick-your-ass spin classes). I have to do this. I will do this. I'M DOING IT!!!
I am going to weigh in at the gym tomorrow and post it here along with my food intake. I may start with a 3 day juice fast to get me going strong. I'm considering a picture too, although the idea kind of freaks me out. That probably means I should really do it. Face your fears, right?
Another thing that I wanted to mention was the ElixirCraft Mastery Course by Daniel Vitalis that I recently completed. I learned so much from the course. It was fantastic and highly recommended! But the thing that has really stuck in my mind is what he said about having a clean organized area for food prep, only having things that you like ( that mean somthing to you) and how making food and elixirs is his art. I want it to be my art. I need so bad to get rid of stuff. My home is making me a nervous wreck right now. We just downsized homes and I see that we have too much. Too much of everything. I know this is holding me back in my healthiness also. I used to be a neat freak, close to obssessive but lately with our move and homeschool and the stuff, well, I'm almost paralyzed. It's totally over-whelming. Does anyone know what I'm saying?
This all ties together with my wanting to get back on track. I'm waayyyy off track. I'm an emotional eater, so all this stress lately has led me to make poor food choices and it just snowballs, ya know? Well, the snowball has hit a wall. I'm truly ready to make some much needed changes. While I'm detoxing my body, I'm detoxing my home too. I really believe your environment is crucial to your success for being on a path to health. This isn't going to be easy, but I'm going to do it.
I'll be back tomorrow for my first day report.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I was submitting a couple of articles today for rawmom.com and therawdivas.com. I send them to an awesome lady named Aran. I've never met her in person but we correspond through cyberspace. Aran is in charge of getting all the articles sorted out for Tera. She is the kind of person that always seems kind, caring and positive. All of her emails include her signature *hug*.
Today, after she received my articles she asked how I was doing. Well, you know how sometimes you say "I'm fine" even when your not? We don't like to burden people with our problems do we? I felt compelled to email her back and tell her about my week of sick kids and no sleep. She emailed me right back with some warm words and many *hugs*. I know it's only in an email, but I really felt it. I needed it. Thank you Aran!
I thought about how important it is to give and receive hugs. We are definitely a hug deficient world, aren't we? There is a video on youtube that came out a few years ago about a guy named Juan Mann who made a sign that said FREE HUGS. He stood out on a busy street and was ready to give FREE HUGS to all that consented. It is painful to watch at first because so many people just pass him by. Finally, a little old lady stops and he gets down on his knees and they hug. It makes you smile. It's what the world needs, Less fighting and more hugging.
Now go hug someone!
Enjoy the FREE HUG video!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
If you have kids (I have 5!), you need this book! I'm telling you, your kids will absolutely love it. It's full of colorful pictures and step by step directions that are easy for just about any kid to follow. If you've been having a hard time getting your children to eat a lot of raw foods, this is perfect. Or if you need something to make raw food more exciting, this is the answer. I mean, I'm not even a kid and it got me excited!
The recipes are simple and they don't require 20 ingredients each(my pet peeve). They're nutritious (of course!) and fun!
You can get it here. What are you waiting for? Get to Un-Cooking with those Kids!
Smiles and Hugs!
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I just received an email regarding a new film coming t0 DVD soon. It's called Numen, The Nature of Plants. I have been interested in herbal healing for almost ten years now. But, my interest completely intensified after to listening to the Raw Mom Summit. I listened to Susun Weed and was just taken in by her. There was something in her voice when she spoke of herbs that really got to me and I have been obssessed ever since. I'm reading and studying everything I can get my hands on about herbal healing and aromatherapy. I'm even making my own natural healing products now. Seriously, did I mention that I am obssessed?
Well, receiving this email yesterday with a link to see a 15 minute preview was exciting. I hope you'll watch it. I will be getting this as soon as it comes out! I really want that insight into the nature of plants. It's fascinating. I always have used herbal remedies with my family when they get sick and I have to say it has worked 99.9% of the time. Plants really do heal. They are part of the Grand Design. They care for us and we should care for them too.
As you know, the name of my blog is Liquid Sunshine. I named it that because, well, what is liquid sunshine? It chlorophyl, right? And chlorophyl is made during photosynthesis when the plants draw in the sun's energy. I drink green smoothies everyday and I know that I am drinking that green energy from the sun. Liquid Sunshine.
I hope you will check out the preview for Numen.
Have a Sunshiney Day!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I really appreciate Tera Warner and the amazing work she does for women. She has built a fantastic community through rawmom.com, therawdivas.com, and greensmoothiequeen.com. If you are just getting started on the raw food diet, or need support, you'll find everything you need to keep you on the right track. Tera is taking it to the next level by adding even more information on a daily basis to keep you inspired. Being a Raw Diva or a Raw Mom is more than just your diet, it's how you live every aspect of your life. It's about living holistically and with balance.
I hope you will check in daily for a little pick-me-up. If there is any herb you want to learn about, any green ideas that interest you, or any natural recipe you're wanting to get your hands on, just drop me a comment and I'll try my best to get that on the Raw Diva blog. I will continue to blog regularly at Liquid Sunshine, too.Unless it changes, my day will be Wednesday over at the Divas. So, I hope to see you there!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
You've been around since the Han Dynasty.
You've been used to treat numerous ailments.
Respiratory, digestion and skin problems you've healed.
But for me, my sweet, warm Clove, you have given me respite from tooth and gum pain.
One q-tip and 1 drop of 100% your oil (pure clove essential oil)
Applied ever so gently to the gum area.
Ahhhh, what relief.
Anesthetic and antiseptic properties come from the eugenol which you contain.
It's no surprise you come from the same family as tea tree, myrtle, and eucalyptus.
Even dentist recognize your effectiveness.
I would never give you to anyone under two or over 65
And I would never ingest you.
But I will keep you close little Clove. So close.
My gums and teeth love you.
I love you.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I am already planning another little talk and demo with a really cool guy named Elsy. He is an acupuncturist and yoga teacher at a local Dr. office. I met him today at the meetup. I have to say that the lady who plans these meetups, Terry Breadon, is just a fantastic person. She is so knowledgeable and passionate about yoga and living a healthy lifestyle. I know that I will learn so much from her. Oh, and she brought me the biggest zucchinis I have ever seen in my life. I'll be eating those tomorrow!
I can't wait to see where my journey takes me. Life is good. :)
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
* 1 0z green clay
* 3/8 oz fine sea salt
* 3/8 oz orris-root powder
* 3/4 oz dried mint
* 1/4 tsp clove powder
How to make:
Grind the mint into a powder. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and stir throroughly to blend. Add more mint or clove if desired. Spoon the scented powder into a shaker.
How to Use:
Moisten toothbrush and shake enough powder to cover the bristles. Brush teeth in the usual way and rinse well. Will keep for 6 months but keep water out of the mixture.
Hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know if you tried it!
Have a great day!
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I LOVED the interview with Gabriel Cousens. I mean, when he talks you listen! I will have the chance to meet him and attend all of the classes he's teaching at the World Peace Yoga conference in October. I can't wait. More information to come about that soon!
Susun Weed was so interesting too. She is an herbalist, author, and much more. You can find information about her at SUSUNWEED.com. Since listening to her, my husband and I have been enjoying herbal infusions everyday. I never knew how easy they are to prepare and so good for you!
Byron Katie- WOW! I'm now reading her book Loving What Is. She discovered a process called The Work. It is an amazing way to solve problems and to see things as they truly are. Check out TheWork.com for free information and worksheets.
There were many raw mom speakers, each adding something fantastic to the summit. Different views and opinions but so much useful information.
This is just a teeny-tiny bit of the Summit there was sooo much more! You can purchase these over at rawmomsummit.com and listen to them at your leisure. I was so pleased with the Summit and it has really motivated me as a mom and raw foodist to keep going in this positive direction and it also opened me up to new things.
So if YOU need some good, healthy motivation (who doesn't?) then check it out!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
On a more positive note, I'm back and ready to rock and roll with everything. I ordered "The Box" from Rawvolution owned by Matt Amsden. It should arrive on Wednesday and I will do a full review of everything. Can't wait! I love his cookbook Rawvolution. Definitely one of my favorites. I have his famous onion bread in the dehydrator as we speak and I am making the strawberry pie tonight. If you don't have this book, you need to get it. NOW. What are you waiting for?
Friday, February 6, 2009
Everyone brought something healthy to share. I ended up sharing my food that I prepared for myself for the week also. They tried raw coconut fudge, raw lemon-coconut bars, "refried bean" collard wraps, raw onion bread, and green smoothies. I think they were pleasantly surprised.
I'll have to do this again sometime. It was a nice night.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
This blog will mostly pertain to raw food, healthy parenting, and living YOUR best life! So I hope you will join me on this journey. I would love to hear from you so leave a comment or drop me an email!
Your friend in health and happiness,