A Personal Parkinsons Story

Parkinsons disease affects the nerve cells in your brain that produce dopamine. To the outside world when you hear about Parkinson you think of nothing more than tremors.

When in reality those who suffer from the disease, suffer from so much more under the surface than simply tremors alone. Symptoms range anywhere from anxiety, bladder issues, cognitive issues, insomnia, slowed movements, speech clusters and even depression. Its like a wave of underlying symptoms that just cripples one not only physically but their spirit as well. Its a disease that not only grips the affected with fear and guilt but difficult doesn’t even begin to describe how it feels for the family and friends caring for their loved ones affected.

One of my earliest and fondest memories is of bedtime cuddles with my granny. She was a champion cuddler. I would even say it was her ‘thing’ She would cuddle me so tight & we would have heartfelt late night talks about life and such way into the wee hours of the night. I will never forget her cuddling me one night and telling me “how one day I was going to grow up & fall in love & have a family of my own & then cuddle them.” She was a romantic one that granny of mine. I equally have fond memories of my Grandaddy who was the tough hardworking guy from Nashville TN. I remember him being the only one interested to talk to me about stories like the Bell Witch from Adams Tennessee and how he used to play on the Bell farm and the cave on the property where much activity was noted. I always thought of him as such a beautiful man who was the tall tough southern guy who could also be sensitive, loving, and a caring family man.Β 

Unfortunately, both of my beautiful grandparents suffered from Parkinsons. My grandfather passed away May of 2017 and my Granny recently passed away this past October.

Just like with cancer there are many different types of the Parkinsons disease you or your loved one could be suffering from. Just like with cancer, finding the specific type of this disease is key to finding more effective treatment options and could eventually prove effective in how to find a cure all together.

Below I included my favorite sites for further information on not only the horrible disease but the latest news in treatment options and in how close we are getting to finding a cure overall.

https://parkinson.org

https://www.cureparkinsons.org.uk

Namaste!

Springtime Garden Crystals

Spring has sprung! and it is glorious. Bees are buzzing…trees and flowers are budding and its just the most heavenly slice of weather one could ask for.

This is the time right here that was created especially for gardners and all you gardener wannabes (that would be me) out there. I have never been a stellar gardner myself…. Despite all my best efforts its always proved a bit difficult for me. Of course as was the case last year the one time I was pretty successful… the rabbits found ways to raid my little garden much to my dismay. I have resorted to just pretty flower pots on the balcony this year. I might pull out a small veggie garden this year but that as yet to be determined.

Anyways I stumbled on the idea of adding crystals to your garden for their energetic properties and just had to share the top four that I personally loved.

Quartz- supposed to be great for cell growth in your plants, the stone to use when setting intentions. So visualizing and setting your intention as you place some quartz around your garden will help.

Moonstone- a stone of fertility and health. This stone promotes strength & is known as a symbol of “new beginnings”. Soothes stressful environments and promotes success and good fortune.

Citrine- This stone is all about success and abundance, which is a win for any garden. The stone that simulates the properties of the sun itself lends warmth, and cleansing vitality to your garden

Moss agate- known quite literally as the gardeners stone. This stone lends grounding to the earth properties. A stone that promotes balance & vitality in your garden.

I also love how these little gemstones make the most beautiful garden decorations. Like like jewels spread amongst your garden. Let me know if any of you out there have had any luck with using gemstones in your gardens, and if so which ones where your favorite?

Gluten-free Kale And Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Gluten-free Kale & Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Handful or two of freshly washed kale
  • 3/4 C of milk
  • 1 C of gluten-free baking mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 T of honey
  • 1 T of butter
  • Chocolate chips

Set your griddle to Medium-high & in your blender, mix up the kale & milk together. Mix in together milk/kale mixture, pancake mix, egg, honey, and butter. Your batter should be on the thicker side. Thicker batter ensures fluffy pancakes. Add a little bit more milk if you prefer thinner pancakes.

Lightly grease the griddle & pour the batter (I pour about a palm size amount of batter)

Then I add a sprinkle of chocolate chips, and after you start to see bubbles form with the edges firming up you flip. Cook for about a min or two on the other side & then serve with butter and syrup of choice!

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The Cinderella Transit April 23rd

Who else is tired to death of hearing of the dreaded Mercury retrograde? What other Astrologers are tired to death of explaining the realities of mercury retrograde, and how the effects of said transit ultimately depend on placement and aspects to other aspects in your individual natal chart?

Lately I have been far more interested in the upcoming Cinderella transit. The Venus conjunct Chiron April 23rd, 2019. Perhaps it stems from the fact that I am already experiencing a strong square from transiting Chiron to my natal Neptune but I am feeling the stress & defiantly feeling the romantic relationship woes.

Cinderella transits are identified by either a Venus or Neptune aspect to Chiron the wounded healer. The Cinderella transit is all about romance and love & clearing old struggles or wounds to hopefully find a brighter future for you and your loved one. Your love will be tested by the universe two fold. This transit asked of you to truly dig deep for your romantic life questions.

Through this deep time of introspection, testing the every aspect of your core you will find your truth and who knows someone who truly is an advocate and believes in you and your dreams as well.

Tumeric and Ginger Immunity Tea

Tumeric & Ginger Immunity Tea

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  • Calming caffeine free tea of choice~This is my go to, but its only a seasonal item & for those who do not have a trader joes near them, your favorite herbal tea will do the trick.
This is my favorite tea to use. With calming chamomile, cinnamon, ginger and a little bit of hibiscous. Its a cup of heaven on rainy and cold day.
  • 1/2 t of turmeric
  • 1 T of honey
  • 1/2 t of freshly grated ginger
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • dash of black pepper

Start by simmering snd brewing your favorite cup of herbal chamomile tea. Afterwards stir in turmeric, fresh ginger, dash of pepper for better absorption, and garnish with honey and lemon juice.

Enjoy!

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Honoring Yourself- My Morning Meditation and Yoga Routine

Good Morning! I wanted to piece together a post that was a basic overview of my individual morning yoga & meditation routine. All I did was piece together my favorite energizing and focusing based energy poses, that takes no more than about 10 min in the morning to complete. For as mommas & busy ladies in general we all know how hectic our lives can get. It is utterly imperative to set time aside to clear and center yourself for the day ahead.

So firstly I start off in this pose and take about a couple of minutes to be still & meditate of my energy being cleared, balanced, productive, patient and protected. I try to always make sure to smile during this process because I believe it is a lovely way to set your day with energy that is positive and grateful.

From my meditation I then move on to do some cat/cow poses and make sure to truly pay attention to my slow and steadfast breathing. This is my modified version of childs pose. This is also really great for opening my hip flexors .

Then I go into my camel pose.
From there I transition into my downward facing dog position

After about three good in & out solid breaths I extended one leg behind me and hold for another couple of breaths. Then I sort of arch my foot to the other side and hold the pose again for a couple of smooth breaths.

Next I bring my foot up into my runner lunge position.

After my arm extension stretching, I immediately go into my warrior pose for a couple of nice deep breaths.

From the above pose I then would go back into downward dog and do the entire series of poses again but while using the other leg. Then I make my way back to downward facing down for the final time and then slowly walk forward to mountain pose but while hanging down in rag doll pose.

I typically always finish by slowly rising up into the pose below. I then typically down a glass of lemon water & grab my coffee. There is no set rhyme or reason to it and it’s something I dedicate to for at least 10 minutes in the morning. More is better if you can, but if your a super busy gal like me… I find 10 minutes is more than enough time to realign & to set some amazing intentions for the day. It gives me energy, focus, and all around great vibes to unfold my day to! Namaste!


Instapot Beef Pho

Instapot Beef Pho with Zoodles

  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 standard box of low sodium organic beef broth
  • 1 T of cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 large sliced sweet oninon
  • 1 T of freshly grated ginger
  • 1 T of garlic-optional
  • 1 filet of top round steak-thinly sliced
  • 2 T of fish sauce
  • Salt & peper to taste
  • 1 package of zoodles- Zucchini noodles
  • 1/2 C of sliced Bella mushrooms
  • fresh leaves of basil
  • lime slices
  • garlic chili hot sauce for garnish
  • 2 green onions -chopped

Add beef stock, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, seal your instantapot and set to the soup/broth function and set on less to 10 min. Once the broth is cooked, ladle broth into bowl on top of zoodles and place your thinly sliced beef in the hot broth to cook. Add onions, mushrooms, basil. Garnish with a squeeze of lime, salt, pepper & hot sauce to taste Enjoy!

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