Archive for January, 2012

~*Yummy in the New Year*~

“To Support my New Year “Solution” I have been scouring Pinterest for ideas and yummy recipes! Recently my search has brought me across some very nice recipes to kick off Spring!”

Iced Tangerine Green Tea
(Dr.Oz’s weight-orade)

The antioxidants and nutrients in green tea and citrus fruits has been proven to not only help cleanse and help your body, but also stimulate your metabolism and speed it up by 12%!

4 Green Tea Bags
1/2 Tangerine, sliced
Fresh mint leaves
Honey, to taste
Water, Just boiling
Ice

While heating the water: Get out 2 (32 oz) Mason Jars. Fill one with 2 cups of ice and place 4 teabags in the other. Slice the Tangerine and rinse the mint leaves.  Pour the hot water over the green tea bags and steep according to package directions (generally 3-4 minutes) OR, use this lovely Tea Timer offered free by Google Apps on Chrome. Squeeze the teabag between a regular and slotted spoon to get out every last drop of goodness. Add honey while the tea is warm, it is much much easier this way. Allow the tea to cool for a few minutes. Meanwhile, add the tangerine and the mint  to the ice jar. After letting cool, pour the tea into the iced jar and store in the fridge over night. It is recommended that you drink 1 pitcher daily! 

“If you are like me, you enjoy your morning smoothies. They are less troubling on your stomach (especially if you work out in the morning) and easy to take with you if you’re always on the go! But some mornings there just isn’t enough time to gather all the ingredients and measure them out and tinker with the recipe to get the right balance. So here is a neat trick I learned from MuffinTinMania.com

Coconut Green Smoothie Cups!

2 Cups Coconut water
1/3 Cup Almonds
2 Cups Spinach
2 Celery Stalks, chopped
1/4 Cup Fresh Mint
1/2 Orange, peeled
1 Tbsp. Honey
1/2 tsp. Ginger powder
2 Cups frozen mango cubes

Combine and blend all ingredients until smooth. Divide into 12 muffin cups and freeze. When you’re ready for a refreshing drink, place 1 cup of Coconut water, or chilled Green Tea, in the blender with 2 muffin cups and blend into a yummy smoothie!!

Neat Fact: Coconut water is a great way to beat boredom with every day water! The chemical makeup is so similar to that of human blood that it was used during war times in IV bags! Also, it’s a great source for potassium!

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~*{Places of Peace}*~

“A very important part of relaxing at the end of the day, or middle of the day, or any time you choose really, is having a relaxing Zen place to do so.  Below are just a few of my favorites, what I consider peaceful spaces. Now, Obviously we all like to relax differently, and in different settings. I am sharing these spaces simply because I adore them! “

 

I love the very natural feel of this room and especially LOVE the view, I am BIG on windows in a space, the more the better.

This bedroom is absolutely gorgeous. And again, the windows and that View!

 

While it looks a bit bare in the photo, I think this room would be perfect for Yoga or Tai chi practice.

 

~*Relaxing at Home Facial*~

“This is the ultimate time / money saver. Two ingredients and you can be reclining in your favorite chair or on your favorite couch, relaxing and beautifying your skin. Biore makes these lovely little strips that clear out your pores, but you’re looking to spend about $8 for 14 strips. Hardly a money wise decision. This little trick does the same exact thing, but with two ingredients, and a lot less impact on your wallet.”

 

2 Ingredient Gelatin Face Mask

1 Tbsp. Unflavored Gelatin
1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp. Milk (any kind of Milk will do)

Combine the Gelatin and the milk until it makes a chunky paste (you can add more milk if you are not sure of the consistency).  Microwave the mixture 10-15 seconds (it will become creamier with the heat, but you don’t want it to be too hot as you’ll have to apply it ASAP).  Promptly remove the mixture from the microwave and apply it immediately, this stuff sets up FAST.  Leave the mask on for 15+ minutes. You will know it’s time to take it off when it feels like you’re going to crack something when you smile. When you are ready to remove it, find an edge that will come up and start peeling!  

“It is really that simple.  Apply this 1-2 times a week for baby-butt soft skin and lovely clean pores! “

~*Keeping Composure*~

7:30 A.M. the obnoxious blare of an ‘old-school’ alarm clock stirs me from what had just been one of the most restful sleeps I have had in a while. I scurry out of bed, clumsily don my clothes, skip the once over in the mirror (bad idea) and bolt for the campus in the heels I have been meaning to break in. It is the last day to pay for classes, and I have no idea if my Pell Grant has cleared.

Four and a half hours later, I leave the campus, having been informed that my grant had not covered all of my tuition, and I would have to wait until May to register for the Summer Semester. On top of the disheartening news, I looked like a reject Medusa, and the high heels I was wearing had transformed into objects of torture strapped to my delicate little tootsies. Needless to say, I was a mess.

And in all of this, it took the pattern of calamity at home to realize that I had allowed my panic to dictate my mood! Certainly not conducive to a stress free, calm environment needed to focus and plan out my next move. In times like these, it’s best to follow these six methods to chill out and refocus.

  1. Put your worries into context:
    It is so easy for us to feel like the world is ending if we don’t accomplish something we have set out to do. But, sure enough, the sun rises on another morning and we have another chance to get it done.
  2. Tune in, stretch and take a few slow breaths:
    Take a moment, stop what you’re doing, and pay attention to how your body is feeling. Tension is a physical manifestation of our stress (I.E. my poor little feet). Melt away tension by doing a few stretches, taking deep, thoughtful breaths and re-centering your focus.
  3. Take some time out:
    Sometimes what we really need are a few minutes to relax and think about something else entirely. Even when we have pressing matters and fast approaching deadlines, it is important to take a breather and give ourselves even a 10 minute rest. It is amazing what we can do, and in what time we can do it when we have had a few moments to just relax.
  4. Be Grateful:
    When we are in a panic, it can be hard to remember the blessings we have. During a time out, it might prove beneficial to think about these things. The roof over our heads, the food in our bellies, friends, family, anything for which we are grateful. A bit of positivity goes a long way.
  5. Acknowledge what you are avoiding:
    Panic can be caused by our subconscious too. My panic was caused by my underlying monetary issues. Delaying my semester meant delaying my career meant delaying monetary stability. Once I recognized this, I felt slightly more relieved. 
  6. Share your concerns:
    Friends, family and significant others are there to provide us with support as they always have been.  Share with them your fears and worries. Collaborate on a solution, or just use it as a time to reflect. Sometimes getting things of our chests is really all we needed. 

And at the end of it all, this leads back to making Solutions, not resolutions.  If you don’t enjoy the journey, you can’t appreciate the destination.

~* An Affirmation for 2012*~

“Today, I accept myself just the way I am.
Today, I accept my body just the way it is.
Today, I accept my mind just the way it is.
Today, I accept my heart just the way it is.
Today, the love that I have for myself is so strong that I embrace all that is me.
Self-love transforms my life from fear to joy, and guides my to healthy decisions.
Today, I share time with others, and easily forgive the injustice I feel in my mind.
Today, all of my relationships are based on respect, love and joy.
Today, I allow the divine wisdom in me to direct all of my thoughts, words, and deeds.
Today, I allow divine love to give me peace and joy.
Today, I remember I am one with all life, and give thanks for being me.”

~*Create Solutions, Not Resolutions*~

Hello, boys and girls!  Today, while relaxing, I came across a rather enlightening article on Tiny Buddah – an absolutely amazing site for those looking for articles on life improvement, life fulfilment or all around a great read on subjects we all face everyday. These articles take a more zen approach while not being too preachy. 

Being that it is officially 2012, I know we’re all making “resolutions”. But as this particular blogger (Laura Fenamore) would write: “The literal definition of the word resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something”. Now, if you’re like me, not everything is so black and white. In fact, most of my decisions come in techni-color.  Instead, she suggests making “Solutions” not “resolutions” 

By creating a solution, you are, rather than making a firm yes or no, setting up habits that not only accomplish your goal, but allow you to maintain the results long term.  She shares a situation I am sure we are all familiar with, weight loss, and makes a very valid point!

So, boys and girls, how about this year we make New Year Solutions!  And also give this woman a read, it is well worth the two minutes it will take you.