The year flew by in a flash, as it usually does. Here we are about a week out from Christmas. Many feel rushed, stressed, and overwhelmed. I just wanted to write a post to send a friendly reminder to you all in the universe. That it’s all ok… It’s ok if you don’t have a specially designed coordinating wrapping paper scheme with all red here or all craft paper there. It doesn’t make you superior in any way, and most certainly doesn’t set you apart from the crowd. If you do have it, and it not something you stress over- in fact its something you enjoy than that’s truly awesome. However for those of you beating yourself up for not having accomplished the perfect instagramable Christmas…. please know your holidays are not ruined. The cookies will sometimes burn, the trees will eivitably get knocked down at some point, and thats ok. That is the nature of life, the imperfections are what make you REAL & to be frank, it’s beautiful. It means you care a great deal to work so hard to make magical memories & that you are fortunate enough to have your health & funds, that your biggest concern is getting everything just right. So take a step back to enjoy this season for yourself as well. You are blessed and you are prefect due to your imperfections. Remember to hug your family, laugh, just sit in the beautiful silence and absorb the energy of goodwill & love all around you. For that love is the most impressive part of the season. Namaste!
- 1 C flour
- 3/4 Bacon drippings
- 1 Package of fresh okra- chopped
- 1 T of minced garlic
- 1 package of good kelbsia sasuge
- 1 carton of reduced sodium chicken broth
- 1 T sugar
- Tony Chachere’s cajun seasoning
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can of tomato sauce
- 1 T white vinager
- 1 T worchester sauce
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 package of shelled and deveined shrimp
- White rice to serve on
In your pot cook the bacon drippings and the flour, whisk until well blended and then cook the roux for about 20 minutes, stirring constantly. Mix the garlic in the roux and cook for another hour. Whisk in the broth, sugar, cajun seasoning, diced tomatoes, sauce, simmer on medium-low heat for about 5 min. Add whole chicken breast, cover pot and cook for another 25 minutes. After chicken is cooked, remove on a plate- shread chicken and add back to the pot, then add chopped kielbasa, okra and shrimp. Serve over white rice.Enjoy!
Well it was a doozy of a day for me. I woke up pretty optimistic actually, got my yoga in & actually all together & out the door at a decent time. However I could not shake this nagging feeling that there was indeed a holiday performance at my daughters school… The kind where you dress your children up in their holiday fineware & you yourself get all gussied up to go watch them belt out the adorable holiday songs they have been practicing for months. I checked the school calendar- nothing. I checked my email for reminder emails-again nothing. I asked my daughter if she could remember if there was a program today at school- of course she said “no way!” So poor naive mom sent her girl off in a freakin paw patrol dress to school. Thank God my intuition just wouldn’t stop nagging and I asked the teachers at drop off about the situation & sure enough if the program wasn’t happening in less than an hour. So there I sat in the chapel with everyone dressed up to the nines & me in yoga pants… Yes yoga pants & a hoodie. Nice try MaryJean… but honestly your pearls have nothing on my finest athleisurewear….. That in a nut shell is Mercury going retrograde. The unexpected & uncomfortable around every corner, but then again as much as me and my children looked like a couple of misfits up in that chapel. I will never forget my baby girl scanning the audience for us & then when she found us, that huge smile of pride from seeing her momma and sissy there waving like some crazy lunatics…. That part was totally Venus going direct.
Venus went direct this morning in Libra but opposing Uranus. So sudden and earth shaking events pertaining to your love life occurring will be more likey. This doesn’t have to always be related to your romantic love life though. Love is in many forms, like me feeling the love from my baby girls pride in her holiday performance. Or you might suddenly find out your pregnant or that a beloved friend is moving back into the state for example. Venus going direct opposing Uranus can indicate sudden and jolting events in any matter relating to love and relationships in your heart.
Then of course the dreaded Mercury retrograde… Which is truly nothing to fear at all. If you get used to avoiding signing contracts and making huge decisions/ buying electronics during this period, you will grow to see that this period is really more of a Netflix & chill / reflective period of time in your life. Especially leading up to the holidays, take time to slow down think about all you have evolved and overcome in this emotional rollercoaster of a year. Truly enjoy the season and time with your loved ones. For we will be officially out of Mercury retrograde & the shadow period right in time for Christmas. Namaste!
I recently joined a group, MOPS International. This beautiful network of women encourages and equips mothers of young children to realize their potential not only as mothers, women and leaders in their community, but in their relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with their local church as well. This network of women is about uniting in our motherhood and everyday struggles to support, discover and to inspire each other in every way possible. Finding our Fire is the theme of this year. Have you ever given much thought to what your fire is? Where your passions lie? Especially as mothers, we are so consumed with living and serving our families that we often forget to remember who we are and what we stand for as individual women. We forget our fire.
Meeting with these women and listening to these wise speakers a couple of things that struck out at me were; Firstly, Truly enjoying your littles. We all have heard the “enjoy it while you can, bc it goes by in a blink of an eye”. Not only have we heard this but we all understand it (to an extend), yet the reality is it’s a very difficult concept to apply in everyday life at times. Especially when our babies are so small. We are all so so tired and most often than not in survival robot mode. It’s about making sure everyone is fed, clothed, on a decent sleeping schedule that we forget ourselves and who we are. Raising children is so hard that we don’t realize what pure joy & a treat it truly is to have these pint size little comedians in our every day-to-day life. Have your children ever told a joke or did something that made you laugh or giggle so much that you realized that this very moment of joy would not only linger in your soul forever, but would utterly transform you. That is what enjoying your children is all about. Listing to them playing their make-believe games when they don’t realize you are watching, or seeing them dance with so much enthusiasm. There is so much wisdom to be learned from the little ones about enjoying the innocence and joys in life, join them in letting yourself enjoy the beautiful world around us. Join them in their perception of the world.
Secondly, a profound change in perception will in fact transform you. Think about it… when your children are a mess and you respond in miserable way, they too will feel that energy. Then in return they will give yet an even worse reaction. Thus a vicious cycle of toxic and miserable energy emerges between you and your child. Leaving you feeling more than likely guilty and like a crappy momma at the end of the day. Now I’m not suggesting not disciplining your child, children need structure to thrive in personal opinion. I’m just also a believer in they need a positive environment as well for success for both them and for your piece of mind as the amazing momma you are.
Lastly, Yes the cliché of the old ‘one day the things driving you crazy today, you will surly miss tomorrow’…. Today you perhaps would give anything to get them to stop talking for two seconds, but yet when they are a couple of years older its important to remember how much you will give for them to include and talk with you again just like when they were little. You truly are living the special moments of your life, do not let them pass you by unnoticed.
Seeing people through Gods eyes, not your own. That’s what is so important to keep in mind. You never ever know what a person is going through. Even someone you may classify as a bubbly air head or a cold and distant bitch, is still a human being worthy of love and understanding. You have no clue if they go home at the end of the day feeling not good enough. That’s what MOPS stands for….. supporting and propping your fellow mom up… let them know you see them! and they are not only enough, they are hitting it out of the damn park!
If you are a mom or know a mom, please check out/direct them to the MOPS organization here MOPS. Especially in this day and age where there are so many mom’s out there who are struggling daily, who are lonely, starved for adult conversation, get zero to little sleep, and especially those suffering from even trickier obstacles such as depression and anxiety. We need to come together, we need to love & support one another, we need to talk to one another.
I had a fun project with my littles this past weekend. We made chakra play dough and added essential oils to each one that best facilitates the individual chakras. So for the root chakra (our red play dough)-the chakra associates with grounding, balance, feeling safe and secure we added an essential oil blend with ginger in it. For our Sacral chakra (orange play dough)- the chakra that harness our emotional and creative energy we used some lemongrass oil. The solar plexus (yellow play dough)-the chakra of personal will and power we added some rosemary oil. For the heart chakra (green play dough)-the chakra of compassion and love we used rose oil. The throat chakra (light blue play dough)-the chakra of expression and communication we used peppermint oil. For the third eye chakra (dark blue play dough)-the chakra of perception, intuition, and inspiration we added frankincense oil. Lastly for the crown chakra (purple play dough)-the chakra of wisdom and transcendence we used lavender oil. This was such a fun way to introduce my littles to what chakras even are, as well as introduce them to a range of amazing essential oils, but with a relatable twist with their favorite… play dough! I will note however that it is advised that children under 12 should never be exposed to eucalyptus oil and even peppermint oil should be avoided for children under 6. I add very little however and have never had issues with my children and the peppermint oil play dough. Every child is different though, so perhaps stay away from those oils all together and defiantly ALWAYS make sure to wash your littles hand after play dough playtime. Other than that one side note, this project is a fun activity to do together with your children to bond and to introduce them to both essential oils and chakras.
Chakra Play dough
- 1cup of flour
- 1 cup of water
- 2 t of cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup of salt
- 1 T of coconut (or olive) oil
- Food coloring
- Essential oils of choice
Combine flour, water, cream of tartar, salt, oil in a pot over medium heat. This combination will have the consistency of pancake batter. Keep mixing while it heats up, then after about 5 min or so the mixture will turn into a ball of play dough consistency. Remove the dough ball from the pan onto some wax paper. After the dough ball cools your going to separate the dough into 7 different dough balls and add color to each ball for the colors that represent the different chakras red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, purple. Then add the essential oils to each ball that goes with the oil that represents each chakra. store in a dry air tight container.
We got ourselves filthy today…. I mean sweaty, boots in the farm mud kinda dirty today… However we were surely rewarded with one beautiful bucket of hand-picked strawberries and a pocketful of family memories. Let me explain to you all…. I work my hind end off (as any mother typically does) to create fun family adventures. No matter how hard I work though… nothing…. and I do mean nothing ever truly goes right. In fact it is typically a series of disastrous events for our adventures. Take today for example….It took forever to get out the door so by the time we were on the roads the girls were screaming and bouncing off the walls for they had both decided to veto naps, and were starving for lunch. We pull over and get lunch then get back on the road, and then it hits me that not only did I forget hats for the girls but sunscreen as well…..We decide to wing it anyways since we had driven close to an hour outside of Atlanta to the strawberry farm. We finally get out…. get a couple of pictures. For this is a super mom must, ALWAYS make sure to get pictures at the very beginning (time is not on your side) because with littles your chances of massive meltdowns greatly increases with every passing minute…. My eldest was freaking out over having to share the bucket with her sister….my youngest was pissed we wouldn’t let her roam and eat all the unwashed strawberries her bohemian spirit could grab…. and not to mention most of the strawberries were so picked over, it was like searching for a needle in a haystack. Between the heat and my anxiety I ended the family adventure promptly by telling my husband to grab the girls and get everyone in the air-condition car NOW!….As I started picking every strawberry I could find to fill our bucket up even half of the way. On the drive home, I felt defeated and a tinge of ‘Why do I even bother?’ but then when we got home and I saw our pictures…tucked my ladies in to bed this evening with my eldest baby bear proclaiming this way the best day ever!… it hit me…. While we are all so busy worrying about how we are failing, we are forget to see just how much we do matter and impact the lives of those around us. Life flies by ferociously fast… don’t let how important you are pass you by as well.
“Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone but it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me
Let me take you down
‘Cause I going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever”
Lavender play dough
- 1cup of flour
- 1 cup of water
- 2 t of cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup of salt
- 1 T of olive oil
- 1 T of purple food coloring
- Roughly about 25 drops of essential lavender oil
- about 2 T of fresh lavender
Combine flour, water, cream of tartar, salt, oil in a pot over medium heat. This combination will have the consistency of pancake batter. Keep mixing while it heats up, then after about 5 min or so the mixture will turn into a ball of play dough consistency. Remove the dough ball from the pan onto some wax paper. After the dough ball cools add the food coloring, oil and fresh lavender and you keep folding and kneading until the play dough ball comes together.