Day X of 365

day-x-of-365-bHappy New Year! :) No matter what day/month/year it is… you can always make changes and implement new rituals, intentions, goals, etc. Sometimes it’s easier to use the months/years/new moons as starting points. 

Addtional things I find extra poignant to do at these times are: 
– Taking hot theraputic (epsom salt/ essential oil) baths with beeswax candles
– Body exfoliation (love these two: Giovanni Hot Chocolate scrub + Moroccan Black Soap/ Exfoliating Glove )
– Burning sage
– Burning palo santo sticks or cones
– Cleaning out and organizing (try Marie Kondo’s: The Art of Decluttering and Organizing/ review here)
Fast or cleanses
Tea Ceremonies
Technology detoxes– hence the lack of posts 😉

What do you like to do to mark the New Year and energy? Cheers to a very beautiful 2016!

P.S. mentioned this book before, but worth mentioning again cause it’s lovely: Alan Cohen’s: A Daily Dose of Sanity: A Five-Minute Soul Recharge for Everyday. Perfect for the New Year or any new day!

P.P.S.S. new posts below!

Love for Living Libations

IMG_5825I am a HUGE fan of Living Libations and cannot believe I have not written words of love for them before. Their products are the true au natural- using essential oils, organic ingredients, and of course lots of love. No need to worry about anything artificial. Plus, they smell divine and work. Btw- they use glass packaging (yes even the black that looks plastic is glass). 

Best Skin Ever/ Seabuckthorn: this is great to put all over your skin after showers/baths and when sunbathing before and after. I also love Best Skin Ever/ Rose. 

Rose Glow Creme: it’s a delicious pink color and definitely helps give you that rosey glow- subtly. 

All Seeing Eye Creme: this is light and perfect and nourishes your eye tissues.

Open Sky Eye Serum: nice to use in combination with the All Seeing Eye Creme. The name says it all.

I have to be careful with receeding gums and have been following Living Libations’ Dental Care regimen. This also includes a salt water rinse, flossing, and a water pic.

Yogi Tooth Serum: I use this to brush my gums and I also end up brushing my teeth with it as well. I like and that you are paying extra attention to your gums. You can also put a drop on your floss.

Neem Enamelizer: This stuff is used with an electric toothbrush. It cleans and supports your tooth’s enamel. Do not use flouride!

Ozonated Happy Gum Gel: I tend to forget this- but it’s good. When I do remember I rub it on clean teeth and gums before a good night’s sleep.

Not pictured, but still importante…

Poetic Pits: OMG this stuff is amazing. I can sweat in the heat and whilst exercising and thankfully I’ve been told I do not smell- but even on the hottest days you don’t want to feel like you do. The sandalwood along with the other essential oils in their formulations harmonize perfectly with your pheromones so your scent is still unique.

Their products are a little pricey and add up quickly, but it’s superb quality stuff and a little goes a long way. I’ve never regretted a purchase. Something to keep in mind- depending on which shipping option you choose it could take a while if you are not in Canada. 

I am now thinking of the other items of theirs I use regulary, but forgot to take pictures of- next time!

What are your favourite Living Libation items? x

Grain Gluten Free Easy Naan Bread Recipe

IMG_5811IMG_5813Other than this farinata recipe– most grain free tortilla/ crepe/pizza dough like recipes I’ve tried taste too much like egg. Not that the egg taste is bad, but it’s not good when it’s not what you are looking for. This naan recipe is great and super easy. We enjoyed it with some nice grass-fed butter. YUM!

Nut butter and ghee would taste great too. Think it would also work (not just because of how it looks), as a “tortilla wrapper”. It’s still more chewy vs that flat dense corn or flour tortilla, but it’s not corn/flour and the taste is very mild. Texture is great.

Let me know what you think :)

 

Grain Gluten Free Easy Naan Bread Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together with a whisk
  2. Heat cast iron pan to medium heat and make sure it's seasoned lightly with Olive Oil
  3. The batter will fluff up (somewhat like pancakes) and flip to the other side.
  4. Enjoy!
http://www.happyhealthybalance.net/grain-gluten-free-easy-naan-bread-recipe/

I Only Roll With Goddesses

hhb-goddesses.gods Did you know the hashtag #goddess is banned/not to be found on instagram? Supposedly it is because a lot of unsavory images were attached to the hashtag, but I doubt it was that many vs other hashtags. I don’t believe many use the word goddess often and I find that troublesome. Goddesses like Gods should be adored and celebrated. Goddess- is a very positive reference to a woman and it’s true- I only roll with goddesses and you should too. Just like you should only want to roll with gods- the male version of a goddess. :)

We’ve been struggling with our roles- what it is being male and female. It still needs to be sorted out and it feels like the time is ripe. Through the women’s suffrage movement, women received the right to vote. Women started working more vs being homemakers, and women lost being able to be and celebrate being women- because so much emphasis was on “women are no different vs men”. It’s confusing to men too.

Newsflash! Men and women are different- we are not the same. We are two halves that can make a whole (not saying we can only be whole with the other) and we have different strengths and weaknesses- like yin and yang.

Women are highly adaptable and people pleasers and will kill ourselves trying to do it all. Men are “hunters”. Hunter mentality conserves energy- so they are happy to let us do it all, but it’s not good for them either. It’s scientfically noted, that women are producing more testosterone and men more estrogen. You’ve probably witnessed your co-workers more closely resembling the opposite sex? So not good on so many levels. 

Many women today don’t like to say they’re feminists. Being a feminist has gotten a bad rap. In part, because it’s confusing- everyone has a different meaning they associate it with. Plus, it seems like if you are a feminist you are not for men. Finally, everyone is realizing that we are different.

Feminist or not- we all should be for men and women. Women should receive equal pay for doing the same job as a man. Women should be able to work if they choose to. But women like men cannot do it all. We need each other. And we need to celebrate what the other brings to the table. 

Since we are talking about rolling with goddesses- I wanted to share PBS’s: The Women’s ListMeet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ new “List” film featuring Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Wendy Williams and more. All trailblazers in their fields, these women share their experiences struggling against discrimination and overcoming challenges to make their voices heard.

Whether you’re a goddess or a god, I think you will enjoy. It celebrates things we all have in one way or another experienced- failure, loss, love, success. Let’s celebrate and support each other. Ask for help and realize it’s ok not to do it all. We are here having a human experience afterall. :)

p.s. This is not to say if you want to be a she-man or a he-woman you shouldn’t be able to be just that. But generally speaking (hetrosexual partnerships), most women want a man vs a pussywillow, and most men want a woman- not a dude. 

Imagine

Peace_Lily Peace + Love. May we find our humanity. ♥

Delicious Grain-Free Gluten-Free Pastas

IMG_5309FullSizeRenderWow! There are so many more healthy alternates to “pasta” now.

Two new options, both delicious and grain-free I highly recommend and have been enjoying are: Banza is made from chickpeas and can purchase from Fresh Direct (less $) or Amazon. The other is Tolerant’s Organic Green Lentil Penne from Amazon. Tolerant has red lentil pastas as well, but have not yet tried. Tolerant is on the pricey side, but if I had to pick one I’d choose Tolerant. I like both chickpeas and lentils and have purchased both multiple times. I don’t think non-gluten/grain-free-ers would be able to tell the difference. More protein and fiber and simple ingredients.

Other gluten and grain-free pasta options previously mentioned:
Trader Joe’s quinoa brown rice pasta. It’s a great price and tastes great, but it contains grains (more rice vs quinoa) and though I could enjoy once in a while- had to be careful. Plus, there are not TJ’s by everyone.
Black bean pasta.
– Fresh (you must make) options: zucchini pasta and spaghetti squash pasta 1 and 2.

Enjoy!

What is reality? Metaphysics, the brain, love, time travel + imagination.

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I find myself lately spending loads of my free time in alter states of consciousness via practices such as meditation, day/dreaming, and creating. It’s not because I don’t enjoy my reality- I do, but it’s nice to be able to “go somewhere else” rather quickly. 😉 [Alas, a partial reason for the serious lack of blog posts… when I have time to spare, though I would like to and have much to share, my preference is to not spend it on the computer. Still finding a nice balance]. 

I have always been interested in the stars and what might be on the other side. Ever curious and still learning, I got tuned-in to energy, vibration, reality, magic, etc- and how you can create and manifest to a certain extent. I am not alone as it seems to be easy to connect quite a number of things to this reality. As such, currently on PBS: What is Reality/ The Brain with David Eagleman– a fascinating series: exploring how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world, conjures the rich and beautiful world we all take for grantedInterstellar, which I don’t want to say too much about: metaphysical/ time space reality/love- I still think about it. And About Time, which is beautiful, touching, and inspirational in the most simple- yet profound way.

There are plenty of other reminders about the beauty/magic/energy/spirits in this world and the others all around us. Remember, “we are made of stardust”, and as they say “the universe is inside of you”. Good stuff to ponder and explore in this reality or another. :)

Nature is speaking. Are we listening?


While many of us may take it for granted, the planet we live on is the very foundation of all life as we know it. Home to between 10-14 million species of life, we share this planet with billions of others that have an equal stake in maintaining it. It is for this reason that many have come to be cautious about the impact we have on many creatures’ natural habitats (including ours though we may not see it as clearly- yet). How we treat this planet has a significant impact on the quality of life for us all and in many cases it can and has become an issue of life vs death. Actions = Fate

Julia Roberts narrates a powerful message about the planet Earth. Hearing these words really helps to put things into perspective. Please watch and share. 

Delicious Gluten/Grain-Free Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Recipe

FullSizeRenderThis is seriously the most delicious grain/gluten-free cake I’ve made and devoured- ever. It’s moist and light and made from both two favourites: olive oil and chocolate. :) It’s been adapted from Nigella Lawson’s genius, with a better kind of sugar and less of it. Best with fresh fruit from your local farmer. Yum. :)

Delicious Gluten/Grain-Free Chocolate Olive Oil Cake Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Whisk together cacao and boiling water in a measuring cup. Add the vanilla. Will be a thickish paste.
  2. In one bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda and sea salt.
  3. In another bowl, mix the coconut sugar, olive oil and eggs. Mix with an electric mixture for about 3 minutes on high till the mixture is pale yellow and thick. Reduce speed and add the cocoa mixture. Then add the almond flour mixture and mix till combined.
  4. Pour the batter into a 9-inch springform pan (I used a regular glass 9" square pan) that has been brushed with olive oil. Bake in oven pre-heated to 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes. The sides will be set and the center may look slightly damp, but stick a toothpick in the center- should come out dry. Let cool and enjoy!
http://www.happyhealthybalance.net/delicious-glutengrain-free-chocolate-olive-oil-cake-recipe/