Back-to-School Acne


I don’t know if you are aware, but my 5th grader recently informed me that the first day of school is like the Red Carpet for young’uns.  Who knew?!  Her carpet walk was marred by the fact that she had to wear gym clothes day one while my twelve year old had more serious matters to contend with…ACNE!

Now you may not recall, but for a lot of people their teen years were filled with what felt, at the time, like crater sized pock marks on the entirety of their face.  In reality what most experienced were a few small pimples here and there, though for some it may have been worse.  In support of parents like me who may want some tools and resources I am sharing the regiment I created for my daughter.

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Thai Basil and Pumpkin Seed Pesto


I adore Thai basil!!!  So much so that I completely over did it in the garden this year.  One can only eat so much Thai food (especially if you’re not Thai), and even if you eat Thai daily each recipe only calls for so much.  Since my plants were going to flower and I still have a few months of valuable growing time I figured it best that I figure out how best to preserve the bounty.  Alas, Thai Basil Pesto.IMG_3743

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Essential Oils for Summer


So, yes, I do realize that summer is almost over and that we are all dreading the daily grind – school, homework, sports, repeat – but I taught this class and thought you might be interested in some of this information and can save the recipes for later.  For this class I used doTerra and Now essential oils.  At the bottom you will find recipes for sugar scrub, anti-itch roller and after sun spray.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are aromatic substances found in cells or glands of certain plants. They can be found in the flowers, wood, rind, leaves or roots of these plants.  These oils are used by the plant for protection from predators and to attract pollinators. When this substance is still in the plant, it is called an essence. After the distillation of a plant, the aromatic substance becomes an essential oil.

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Making the most of what we have

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Change is going to come.  You better welcome it. ~Anonymous

The past couple of weeks have been crazy, joyful, nerve wracking, frightening, exciting and so much more.  I’m sure the same can be said for everyone else out there if you take the time to analyze the emotions that run through your heads from moment to moment.

As I’ve shared in past posts this year is one of transition for me.  I’ve been working on myself, my home and my future all at once and it has not been constant smooth sailing.  Today I’d like to share where my journey has taken me thus far.

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Michael Tamez on Transformative Nutrition

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As a certified integrative health coach and award winning wellness author, Michael’s passion for healthy living was born from his own 13 year journey and health transformation experience. During this adventure, he lost 105 pounds, reversed severe sleep apnea, and also cured advanced gum disease and high blood pressure – all without medications or surgery. Today he shares with us the tremendous amount of wisdom he has gained along the way.

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From the mouth of babes

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The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.  ~Alan Watts

So, first let me apologize for the long silence.  The last month has been trying, to say the least, and my personal goals have been put on the back burner while I help my children navigate this new land of loss.  Yet, like the phoenix from the ashes, new and interesting opportunities have magically come my way.

My oldest turned twelve the week before her grandmother died and though she didn’t ask for much she requested two things…a vacation with her best friend and that I rent her a private dance studio for a week.  The first, though still not scheduled, was a no brainer.  We had already decided to do some camping this summer so now I guess we will have a +1.  She’s already in our house all the time so no biggie.  The dance studio on the other hand was causing me a bit of a conundrum.

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Terry Lancaster Talks About Self Help For the Rest of Us



BETTER! Self Help For The Rest Of Us is about putting aside our relentless pursuit of perfection and just being exactly who we are…only BETTER! One minor adjustment at a time. It’s about focus and flow. And it’s about the science of habit formation. It’s also a little bit about naked yoga and bird poop.

The dirty little secret of the self help business is this:

No book is going to change your life. Only you can do that. But BETTER! Self Help For The Rest Of Us can give you a roadmap and the tools you need to build a better life one minor adjustment at a time.

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For the Living Life Goes On


A few weeks ago a very good friend lost her mother after a long illness.  Though death had seemed a possibility the actuality of it was not something that had truly been prepared for.  At the time I remember feeling gratitude for my own aging parents and others who have contributed to my life along the way.  Little did I realize that in a breath’s width of time my own reality would be altered in ways that had you asked would have never seemed possible.

As I write this I sit in the dark of my dining room listening to my oldest in her room above attempt to wipe away her own pain with episodes of Dance Moms.  Earlier she asked me if she would ever be the same, and as much as I wanted to say ‘yes, baby, it will all be okay’ the realist in me knew that I was not allowed to promise my daughter, my love, ANYTHING!

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