creating a life outside the lines
A LETTER TO
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ARE SURE TO
The Joy Fund
From The Heart
REV I T ALI ZI N G
YOU R LI FE &
H OM E
She is a boho girl.
10 Fun Things TOD0 This Season
1. Watch HOCUSPOCUS.
2. Visit an ORCHARDand go apple picking.
3. Host a DESSERTPARTY.
4. Make a VIDEOBLOGto share with your future kiddos.
5. LEARNTOSAYHELOin five different languages (outside of what you already know).
6. Go to the BOOKSTOREand pick out something that you'll actually read.
7. Try MAKINGyour favorite Starbucks drink at home.
8. BAKEsomething with a bit of maple in it.
9. Take a DANCECLASS.
10. PLANa weekend getaway with your gal pals.
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If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you need to survive? Water?
Your favorite book? Mascara? Or maybe some music to keep you sane? Timeless
classics, trendy rhythm, these are the songs you can't live without.
1. Bon Iver Re:stacks
2. Tallest Man on Earth
3. Kris Allen Lost
4. Jack White Missing Pieces
5. Aretha Franklin Think
Grayson Woolery is from a small town and goes to University of Tennessee! Go
Vols! She enjoys singing, Jesus, waiting tables & laughing till her ribs hurt and
eyes water. Things she doesn't enjoy are Debbie/Danny Downers, being scared
by other people,& going without eating cheese for more than a day.
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A Letter FromTheEditor:
A year ago I was anxiously awaiting the birth of
our first child. An adventure no matter how many
twists, turns, throw-up bags or Spanx one
endures, pregnancy is a wild ride for everyone.
Unfortunately, we had an extra tumultuous trip.
And while aboard the fearful ride I put my work,
my writing, my reading, my blog and my
emotional and mental health on the back burner.
The goal was simple: take care of this wondrous
baby and everything else can be dealt with later.
And then New Year's Eve rolled around and,
Claire, our magical daughter made her grand
entrance. We eventually began to mend. And
slowly got the hang of the whole "takin' care of
baby" thing as we relaxed into a comfortable -
although hectic - routine. I even fell back into
work within two weeks of coming home. But I was
missing my blog, known then as Her Umbrella.
The problem was that I couldn't find the time,
energy or even passion to continue the
momentum of the space. So my wheels began to
turn and Her Umbrella, the digital magazine, was
re-born. The once HU blog was revamped into
just Grace Lynne Fleming (.com) - a personal, yet
public, space to share lifestyle adventures and
travel journals. But now I had the freedom to
reach out to other women and men in the
creative community and generate something
special - that had a heart I admired.
Grace Lynne Fleming, Editor-in-Chief
Magazines have always held a place in my life.
From my first Highlights subscription to my still,
slightly-odd obsession with Seventeen Magazine, this media niche is a
definite love of mine. And now we have Her Umbrella, dedicated to
creating a life outside the lines, where "she" has the freedom to move in
ways "she" didn't know "she" could.
Every woman has an umbrella with a variety of likes, dislikes, stories
and memories hidden underneath. And we're looking to uncover them.
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3 FORAUTUMN SARASTRAUSS
Grabyour scarf andyour mugfilledwithwarm, Earl Greyandenjoythebeautyof theseason.
Changing leaves. Pumpkin spice lattes. Sweaters. Apple-picking.
Autumn always feels like a fresh start because the air is crisper and kids are going back to
Allow Sara to show you why she swoons over fall, as if the season were Mr. Darcy himself, in
three fall-inspired outfits!
There's no shortage of pumpkin-flavored
foods and I like hunting for the best pumpkin
in the patch, but it doesn't compare to
apple-picking. Trying every kind of apple in
the orchard, collecting more than you need,
and then sharing the wealth with family and
friends in the hopes that they'll make you a
warm, fruit-filled pie. I was inspired by the
apples themselves, so with a gray dress as a
base I added a bright red cardigan, a turquoise,
beaded belt, a blue floral scarf and brown
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Don't get me wrong, I love iced coffee and iced tea, but
there's something magical about a steaming cup of hot chai
to warm you up when there's a chill in the air. Especially
when that cup of tea is sitting next to a good book in a cute
coffee shop. I put together an outfit that's reminiscent of
milky coffee and tea: a white scarf, a light taupe blouse, jeans,
and black ankle-strap flats. And don't forget your mug!
Brown to yellow to orange to red. The changing leaves are
stunning, and I find myself paying more attention to the
trees than the road when I drive during the autumn months.
If you're not ready to give up your summer brights, this is a
great summer-to-fall transition outfit: pair an olive green
jacket with a bright yellow dress and taupe booties.
Sara Strauss is a social media coordinator by day and an aspiring novelist by
night. She writes about style, books and inspiration on her blog, Sincerely, Sara.
You can find her reading YA novels, writing, watching Netflix and eating too
many Oreos. Follow Sara:
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She had the spirit of a gypsy.
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- 1lb ground chuck or hamburger
- 1cup diced onions
- 16 oz tomato paste
- 32 oz pinto beans- rinsed and
- 4.5 oz green chillies- undrained
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- .5 tsp oregano
- 6 oz pkg cornbread mix package
Cook the chuck/hamburger, onion
and tomato paste, drain and return
to the skillet. Stir in tomato sauce.
Stir in beans, chilies, chili powder,
cumin, oregano. Cover and cook 10
minutes on medium low. Pour into 2
quart baking dish. Prepare cornbread
mix according to package directions.
Pour over beef mixture.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes
Freshgrenbeanssautedinabit of oliveoil withadash
of salt andpepper arethebest compliment tothishearty
bite. Cozyupandtasteabit of our family-friendly,
perfectlyfall weknight dinner idea.
Melinda Birdwell is a wife to Daniel, mother to three, Dalton, Kami and McKenna and
teacher for 21 years. Once retired, she dreams of cultivating and diving into her
own catering business.
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WHY, WHEN& 6 WAYSTODOSO
DO YO U HAVE TIME FO R ?DATE
NIGHT?? If you?re a busy parent, and what parent isn?t,
it?s probably a rare occurrence and involves some
intricate logistics. Trust me I understand! Family life
keeps us so busy /that more often than not, ?date night?
is the last thing on our long list of to-dos. I have
laundry to do, I can?t find a sitter, money is tight or I just
simply do not have the energy. Those are all the
thoughts that fly threw my head every time I consider
scheduling a ?date night?with my hubby.
I know that if I allowed myself to, I could find just
about any excuse as to why the husband and I can?t
spend quality time together. Really, its not because I
don?t long for those carefree hours together, because I
often do, but rather because at some point after our
second child was born I started accepting the fact that
finding alone time as a couple can be nearly impossible
when one has kids. After the birth of my second baby I
also allowed guilt to set in and convinced myself that
everything we did had to involve the kids. Why?
Because it?s what parents do. It?s how happy families
work! Isn?t it?
As parents we work so hard to provide our kids
with the things we think will make them happy,
sometimes clearly forgetting that our children?s
happiness heavily relies on our own happiness as a
couple. As parents we want nothing more than to
provide our children with a great childhood and a loving
home to grow up in. Too often all of our time and
energy is dedicated to them. We think that this will keep
everyone happy. Well, I?m here to tell you that it won?t!
A few weeks after our daughter was born I began
feeling sad, alone, disconnected, tired, irritated and
sometimes even angry. I wasn?t sure why I was feeling
this way. I have a wonderful caring husband, two
amazing kids, and a beautiful home. I wasn?t alone!
There wasn?t anything to be angry about! At the time, I
truly couldn?t put my finger on what was making me feel
this way. Then one day my mom came over and offered
to stay with the kids so that my husband and I could
take a break, go out to do some much-needed shopping,
alone, no kids, no distractions. After spending the day
out, I suddenly realized that we had fallen into the
?parent trap." We had allowed ourselves to become so
consumed with what the kids needed, or what we
thought they needed that we had completely forgotten
about us. Without giving it much thought, we had just
accepted our new reality!
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And just like that it hit me! We needed to find a way to make couple time happen. We could not give up on
?date night?without at least giving it a really good try.
In our minds we always assumed that we would continue to have time to go out as a couple, to enjoy nice
dinners and quiet moments alone. Now that we realized that those days were long gone, we had to start getting
creative in order to find the time to spend together. We agreed that even when we can?t get a sitter or splurge on
that fancy dinner we still need to have couple time, call it ?date night?if you want. We realized how important
couple time is not only for our own happiness, but also for the happiness of our kids and our family.
Below are some simple ideas that can help you find the time to re-connect even when you think it's not an
An Afternoon Nap Snack Date
This idea is especially handy for parents of small
children who still take daily naps. If you plan ahead, a
nap can buy you some much-needed alone time. You?ll
have at least an hour or two to spend together so
make it count!
Schedule an afternoon nap snack date with each other.
This can easily be done on the weekend or any other
day when you are both off from work. Forget the
laundry, cooking and any other chores that you usually
tackle during nap time and only focus on each other.
Prepare some snacks earlier in the day or even the
night before and have them ready to go as soon as the
kids pass out. A little cheese and wine spread works
nicely in my opinion, and really helps to set the adult
mood. So go ahead, dust off that ole wine bottle and
get a little romance going
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Did Someone Say
When I think of a romantic gesture,
I think of my husband bringing me
breakfast in bed. Reality is that with
kids jumping into our bed at the
crack of dawn, mornings are most
likely not the best time for romance.
But who said breakfast has to
happen in the morning? Wait until
the kids are all tucked in bed for
the night. Then pop the bubbly and
pour the OJ! Sip on a few Mimosas.
Prepare some of your favorite
breakfast treats and enjoy them
together, all snuggled up in bed,
just the two of you, under the
Take Out Isn?t Only for
Breakfast in bed is my favorite
treat! My hubby loves to do this for
me but like I said above, it?s usually
impossible when we have early
morning visitors in our bed. So how
do we sometimes beat these early
birds to it? We rise a bit earlier than
they do and don?t waste any time
cooking breakfast. Instead we order
take out for breakfast. Some egg
sandwiches from our local deli
make for a nice treat. No time
spent cooking gives us enough time
for a few extra cuddles before
breakfast and the visitors arrive!
Plan a Play Date ? One for
the Kids and One for You!
Kids are always longing for more
time with their friends, so why not
give it to them? Plan a play date for
your kids! Do they have a favorite
friend they like to visit? Maybe
they?ve been looking forward to
seeing the latest movie or checking
out some new books from your
local library. These are things they
might enjoy doing with friends. Ask
a trusted parent to take over for an
hour or two. The other parent
might also be longing for a little
kid-free time, so offer to do the
same for them at a later time. Once
your kids are off plan on enjoying a
little play date of your own. Turn off
all phones, pull the shades and
Keep ThemBusy So You Can
Don?t feel guilty for popping in a
movie or letting them play that
video game a bit longer. Choose a
time when the kids are engaged in
something that doesn?t involve your
undivided attention and step away
for a moment, just the two of you.
Take it into the next room or step
out onto the porch or in the yard.
Enjoy a moment together, a glass of
wine, a long kiss. Catch up on your
day or just sit and hold hands.
Worried that the kids won?t be safe?
Put that old baby monitor to good
use during moments like this! It
will allow you to step away while
still monitoring what?s going on in
the next room. It might not hurt to
talk to your kids about it too. If
your kids are school-aged they will
mostly likely understand that
mommy and daddy need a moment.
Let them know that you will be in
the next room and will return soon.
Just a few minutes away from the
kids can make a big difference after
a long day!
Step Out for a Matinee
If you have school-aged kids this
one can work like a charm! When
was the last time you went to the
movies alone, just the two of you?
Plan to go see a movie when the
kids are away at school. Skip out of
work a bit early or plan to do this
on a day off. Not only will you save
money on tickets, since a matinee
showing is cheaper, you?ll probably
also have the entire movie theaters
to yourselves! When was the last
time you made out at the movies?
No, really! When was it? Well, here?s
your chance! Go ahead and feel free
to act like a pair of teenagers!
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Some favorites from the season. A wrap around
your neck on a chilly evening, a whimsical tie
around your tote or a new way to cinch your waist
in a fall maxi, these are the scarves we inspire in.
Scarf: Dark Cyan,
Free People, Upstate
Silk Indigo Blanket,
Urban Outfitters, Dye
Effect Knit Mix Skinny
Old Navy, Butterfly
Trim Infinity: Camel,
Anight at the theatre.
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TODAY YOU MIGHT CATCH A GLIMPSE OF
JOY HUNT EDEN GENTLY PEDALING HER
FLOWER-COVERED, LIME GREEN HIGHLIGHTED
BICYCLE HOME FROM THE MARKET IN MOBILE-
VIBRANT FRESH FLOWERS CHEERFULLY PERCHED IN
THE BASKET AND A THOUGHTFUL SMILE ON HER
Just three years ago, Ash
Wednesday 2012, while she was on a
ski\ snowboard vacation in Aspen,
Colorado, thirty-seven year old Joy
went into sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)
while shopping in the Aspen
Emporium & Flying Circus. In what
she describes as a ?series of good
fortune,? shop owners Shae Singer
and Shirley Tipton responded
without hesitation, calling 911 and
administering CPR while waiting for
the paramedics, who happened to be
only two doors down from the shop,
to arrive. Revived by swift use of an
Automated External Defibrillator
(AED), Joy was taken to Aspen Valley
Hospital where she stayed a day
waiting for weather conditions to
allow a Flight for Life jet to transport
her to the University of Colorado
Hospital in Denver. After a series of
discouraging complications, she was
not expected to survive.
However, Joy woke up after four days
in a medically induced coma and
made significant progress which
paved the way for surgical placement
of an Automatic Implantable
Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD). Ten
days later, she was released. Since
Joy was not allowed to fly, she and
her husband, Kenny, left Colorado in
blizzard conditions in a rental car and
arrived in Mobile after an intense
four-day expedition. She returned to
the hospital in Mobile on two
occasions- once for treatment of
blood clots and another for a heart
arrhythmia episode. Eighteen
months of medication trials finally
resulted in the discovery of the right
combination and Joy continued her
journey to recovery.
After her close dance with death,
Joy reflected on the first part of her
life and knew she had to begin
reinventing it without losing precious
time. Living in Pensacola from two
until she graduated from Tate High
School, Joy?s growing up years were
spent relishing life on the Gulf Coastendless
sunshine and year-round
water access for water skiing and
wake boarding. Athletic and
endlessly energetic, she also played
tennis, softball, and enjoyed music
with the flute and piccolo. This child
of the sun became a child of the
snow when she spent her college
years at Boise State University in
Idaho and aggressively took up skiing
England, for a few
years and then
moved to Georgia.
In addition to
working in sales
for triathlons. In 2003, Joy competed
in her first one- running ten miles,
cycling forty miles, and swimming one
half mile. All these years, she felt the
relentless tug of the Gulf Coast and
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happily returned in 2010, readily finding home in Mobile
with her husband, her family, and her new job managing
money for large businesses.
Joy?s heart condition and the placement of her
AICD have imposed extreme limitations on her activities.
Short walks and easy bicycle rides to the grocery store
and market replace triathlon training. Moving to a one
level home eliminated difficult stairs and a reluctant
retirement from her job avoided life threatening stress.
The Aspen Emporium & Flying Circus propelled
Joy?s movement towards a new direction for her energy
when they started the Joy Fund in her honor as a means
to raise money to purchase AED training and devices for
other businesses. AEDs, small portable devices which
include simple instructions, are designed to be used by
laypersons. If the AED finds a heart issue that will
respond well to an electrical shock, it provides the shock
in order for the heart to return to a normal rhythm.
On its website, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation
shares two jolting statistics which reveal how an AED can
unequivocally make the difference between life and
death for SCA victims. ?On average, only 10.6% of
EMS-treated non-traumatic SCA victims of any age
survive.? However, if bystanders take appropriate action
by calling 9-1-1, employing CPR, and using an AED,
?survival rates increase to 38% .?
admiring vintage tablecloths. Growing up in a family that
frequented yard sales on Saturday mornings, she
developed an appreciation for old items that were
capable of a new life. As Joy noted, ?I have always
preferred vintage over new.? Thus, an easy and perfect
choice emerged. Vintage tablecloths would serve as the
canvases for her apron creations.
Joy?s neighbor, former co-worker, and ?surrogate
mom,? who has a degree in fashion design, became her
sewing mentor. ?She was my guide when I couldn?t figure
By the end of 2012, Joy had designed and sewn
her first, very plain apron. Without pockets or other frills,
?It was very basic because I had no clue.? Now, her
ever-increasing sewing skills, eye for amazing fabric, and
persistence as a ?picker? at estate sales, flea markets,
yard sales, and antique stores, allow Joy to offer sunny,
vibrant aprons that immediately, yet tenderly, evoke
warm memories and a sense of comfort.
Motivated by her desire to help the shop raise
funds for these life-saving devices, Joy decided to make
and sell aprons and the Joy Fund Project (JFP) sprang into
action. Describing herself as a reluctant cook, she
explained, ?For some reason, I always liked aprons. It was
something about dressing you up for something you
didn?t want to do? making it more fun.?
Joy?s complete lack of sewing experience failed to
deter her newly found mission. When Kenny tried to be
the pragmatist and pointed out that she did not even
know how to use a sewing machine, Joy replied, ?I
managed money for multi-million dollar companies, I
should be able to figure out a sewing machine. It can?t be
After deciding on aprons, Joy was at a yard sale
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Joy?s ?basic? aprons have matured into a list of impressive
descriptions- French, children?s, collegiate tailgating
collection, team aprons. Her product line has expanded as
well. Enthusiasm for her bicycle, via the need to carry
items home from the market, resulted in B3-
bike.basket.bag. This useful handiwork, with laminated
interior, fits into a bicycle basket and carefully holds
necessities such as water bottle, cell phone, car keys and
purchased items including flowers and groceries. When
the ride is over, the basket bag lifts out freely and
becomes a tote bag. One bag does it all. When large
burlap coffee bean bags are available, Joy converts them
into tote bags, incorporating words and letters on the bag
into the design scheme.
The JFP?s distribution sources are as varied and
distinctive as its products. Shoppers discover them on site
at Pie Lab in Greensboro, Aspen Emporium & Flying Circus,
and Market on the Square in Mobile, and online at
Facebook and Etsy. In just three short years, Joy?s
aprons and other handiwork have travelled across the
country and around the world. Two aprons were delivered
to Poland, two journeyed to Guatemala to be worn by
ladies who run a mission kitchen, and two chefs in Italy
wear theirs proudly. Notably, one of the Italian restaurants
has an AED which has been used for a successful
resuscitation. In Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a bride and
groom were treated to JFP monogrammed aprons as an
after rehearsal lobster boil dinner gift. As close to home as
the southeastern states, and as far away as Rhode Island
and Washington, the JFP shares sunshine and happiness.
When a friend and JFP supporter sent Joy a dress the
friend wore when she and her young sons attended
former President Jimmy Carter?s Sunday school class in
Plains, Joy turned the well-worn dress into an apron that
will last forever and preserve incredible memories.
Always grateful for the people who saved her life and
eager to help save others, Joy was the keynote speaker for
her local American Heart Association Go Red for Women
2014 luncheon. She also serves on the Go Red for Women
2014-2015 Executive Leadership Team. After
participating as a motivational speaker for young children
and teenagers who live with AICDs at Camp Wired
Together at Children?s Harbor on Lake Martin, she and
Kenny now regularly attend as volunteers. Since its
inception, the JFP has collaborated with a Catholic church
in Mobile as well as Aspen Emporium & Flying Circus to
facilitate placement of AEDS and to provide training for
their use. With a persistent focus on awareness and
education, the fund plans to work with other churches,
nonprofit organizations, and small businesses in its
continuing quest to save lives. Joy appreciates the
multitude of additional blessings the JFP generates. Abbi,
her niece, is her first assistant. With project business, they
spend many pleasant, productive hours together
discovering fabrics and designing merchandise. Joy?s
mother, who died when Joy was a teenager, was an
accomplished seamstress and often encouraged her to
learn to sew. But Joy refused. With the JFP, sewing and
aprons created a new connection to her mother, once
stubbornly lost, and now happily found. For Joy Hunt
Eden, a potentially life-ending incident evolved into a lifepromoting
passion. Each one of her unique handmade
products profusely blossoms from Joy?s wide open heart,
carefully and directly aimed for the hearts of others.
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She feels all the
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1 . The Philosopher:
Wonderful Life Tray.
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2 . The Natural:
Agate Coasters. West
3 . The Homebody:
4 . The Creative:
Wreck This Journal
5 . The Reader: Tech
6 . The Pet-Lover:
Board. World Market,
7 . The Gilmore:
Luke's Diner Key Tag.
Pink Olive, $8
8 . The Relaxed:
Moscow Mule Mug.
9 . The Charmer:
Box. Hattan Home,
a compilation of appreciative pieces
for the lady entertainment cultivator -
from the cat lover to the artsy fart.
composed by GraceLynneFleming
1 0 .
1 0 . The Adventurer:
Bowl. Crate & Barrel,
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Dalton Weaver is a cinematography student and Nashville native. His dreams
involve creating and directing blockbuster, Hollywood films.
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She is a
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WHAT I WISH FOR
MY DAUGHTER: AN
MY WISHES LIE INFINITE AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ENOUGH WORDS OR PAPER
TO SORT THROUGH THEM ALL. You may need a magnifying glass for
some or may be embarrassed of them enough to shield them
away but to express all the wishes that I have for you is a near
impossible feat. But I shall try, because one wish I have for you
is that you jump in and try.
I wish that I could change the world for you, just enough, that
when you're 16-years-old, staring at yourself in the mirror,,
there's no question of your worth, your equality or your
contribution. I wish that confidence runs through your body
like blood and there's never a day that you feel less than your
peers or society may make you feel. I wish that you understand
the need for strength and exercising your intellect until the
day you become old and gray.
I wish that you find fulfillment and that it doesn't come from
someone else's words. I wish that it comes from your
accomplishments, your dreams and the journeys that they take.
I wish that you leave bitterness aside and you stay sensitive to
the hardships and tragedies of life without forgoing your love
of others - all others - of every nook, cranny, corner and home
of the world.
I wish that you bend molds, stereotypes and assumptions, as
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you surprise all those stuck in self-proclaimed
tradition and ignorance.
I wish that you develop a hunger for enjoyment. Of
everyday simplicity's. I don't want you on a constant
search of "more" or "better," instead I wish that you
are able to stay content with yourself long enough
to get excited about bowls of ice cream and fall
I wish that you never take those simplicity's for
granted. I wish that you travel and cultivate a desire
to travel, see, read, do, explore and, most importantly,
learn, always learn.
I wish that you make time for naps, hugs, Halloween
Oreos in October, movie nights with Mom and Dad
and giggles with your pup.
I wish that you learn to embrace your femininity, as
long as it feels right, without being taught that it
makes you inferior. Instead, I want you to know that
there's power in being a woman with the ability to
wear lipstick and heels all the while ripping
someone to shreds with your words.
I wish that you follow through with those words and
commitments. I wish that you realize that there's
nothing worse than being an incomplete friend.
But most of all, I wish that you always know that I
wished for you. I dreamt of you. I crossed my fingers
for you. I prayed for you.
I love you, Claire.
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If you are interested in feeding your child a snack that?s not
from a package, but feel overwhelmed, you?re not alone. Here are some
tips to keep it simple for you and fun for your kids. This also works
really well for groups of children during play dates, field trips or study
Try serving a variety of fruits and veggies. Cut them up so
they're ready to eat with some fun but healthy things for dipping. Let's
have a peek at some ideas!
Cucumbers Superpower: Hydration! Cucumbers are 96% water. A great
choice for staying hydrated on warm summer days.
Strawberries Superpower: high levels of vitamin C and trace minerals.
Peppers Superpower: Great source of vitamin C and vitamin A (eat with
some fat to get the full benefits).
Figs Superpower: All around excellent source of concentrated nutrition.
Great source of d?ietary fiber, vitamin B6, copper, potassium,
manganese, and pantothenic acid.
Nix the overly-processed
and packaged. Instead offer
up healthy alternatives
with big benefits.
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Carrots Superpower: full of vitamin A (eat
Grapes Superpower: antioxidant boost!
Antioxidants help to neutralize free radical
damage from our environment.
Olives Superpower: loaded with
Hummus Superpower: packed with protein
and good fats for sustaining energy and
building strong healthy bodies.
Salsa Superpower: The tomatoes and lime
juice in salsa are loaded with vitamin C.
Additionally, you teach your child to love
and appreciate REAL FOOD! Yay!
Dirty Dozen/ Clean 15 The Environmental Working Group publishes
a list called the ?Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15??every year. It?s a
great guideline for choosing what produce to be particularly
concerned regarding pesticides. The 2015 list:
- Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas
- Hot Peppers
- Kale/ Collard Greens
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas (frozen)
- Sweet Potatoes
Amanda Queen is a physician assistant, fellowship trained in Integrative
Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil through the Arizona Center for Integrative
Medicine at the University of Arizona. She is a North County San Diego
mama to Zula. She blogs at Amanda?s Apothecary, Integrative Wellness.
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She will make a difference.
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A trend on-the-rise, learn how to take
care of those pastel, mermaid tresses
from a Nashville hair and makeup artist
with first-hand experience and
The first time I ever colored my hair pink
was one of the most giddy experiences of my life! I
was so excited (and scared)... but, once I saw the
cotton-candy deliciousness surrounding my face, I
knew I had made the right decision! It's been three
years and my locks have seen every color of the
rainbow. Although having mermaid hair has
probably changed my life in some very positive
ways - yes, really - there are many important factors
to consider and understand before taking the
plunge. This is a need-to-know ?survival guide? so
you have the necessary information to save you a
lot of time, money, and most importantlydisappointment.
It may not be possible for your stylist to
accomplish this service in one day. Doing creative
color properly is like performing surgery. Hairstylists
have to chemically extract all of the natural (and/or
chemically-altered) pigment from the hair without
severely changing the physical structure and
causing permanent damage. In order to do this
correctly, it may take several hours to lift out the
spectrum of colors from the hair.
It is, unfortunately, not always your stylist?s
error if your hair doesn?t become white within one
sitting. At this time, we realistically do not have the
technology available to us to lift dark brown hair to
white in one sitting. On previously colored brown
hair, it usually takes me 4-5 lightening sessions to
accomplish the level of brightness that my clients
desire without damaging their hair.
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Splurge on the Lightening Service
This is not a good place to try to cut costs. Creating
radiant, pretty mermaid hair is only possible with a healthy,
beautiful, perfectly light canvas. Imagine drawing crayons on red
or yellow paper; the colors would be muted out. This same
concept holds true for cotton candy colors.
Do yourself a favor and go to a professional and make
sure the lightening process is done in a safe and healthy manner.
Lightening your own hair without damaging is it incredibly hard
to do and will often result in irreversible breakage and hundreds
of dollars in corrective services.
In order to maintain pastel shades, you have a couple of
options. I always recommend that my clients start off with a more
intense shade and allow it to fade into a pastel shade over the
next few weeks. Otherwise, maintaining the color may require a
visit to your stylist every 2-3 weeks.
Protect your hair?s precious and fragile bonds by making
sure that your stylist is using Olaplex. During any lightening
service, hair?s hydrogen bonds are broken and usually will
re-attach to oxygen in the air, causing a different chemical
makeup altogether. With Olaplex, these bonds are isolated and
preserved, and are therefore able to re-attach and maintain the
hair?s strength during and after a lightening session. This service
is going to cost more initially; however, it?s like purchasing
insurance for your hair. I find it so crucial to my craft that I have
built it into my pricing structure. I can no longer morally use
lightener on a customer?s hair knowing that Olaplex is an option.
It's essentially like a condom for your hair - better to be safe than
Invest in a Color-Enhancing Conditioner
The truth is, these beautiful, magical colors seem to come
with a fairy godmother in tow. However, instead of the clock
striking midnight - it's more like the 6th or 7th shampoo. And
then ... poof! The color is all gone!
Thankfully, beauty companies are starting to realize there
is a growing market for unicorn babes, like myself, and now
several color enhancing conditioners are becoming available that
help to pro-long the cotton candy colors' lifespan. A
custom-mixed, in-salon option is the EVO Fabuloso Colour
Keep it Dirty
The more you shampoo, the faster any hair color is going
to fade. Invest in a sulfate-free, color-safe Shampoo and a dry
shampoo that you love, like Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR Dry
Cleaning Spray. Use the dry shampoo as an aid in allowing your
body?s natural oil system to adjust, so you don?t need to shampoo
your hair as often.
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Beat the Heat
Using hot water on your hair will make your color fade
faster. Use cool water when you absolutely MUST shampoo.
Cooler water is going to help keep your cuticle sealed down so
the color can stay trapped in a bit longer.
The sun?s UV rays can cause free radical damage that can
lighten and weaken your hair strands. The antioxidants in
sunflower oil are able to fight off free radicals, providing a
natural UV filter to protect your hair color from being affected by
the sun. Try incorporating sunflower oil into your diet to prevent
weak, brittle hair and naturally stimulate hair growth.
There may be a lot of reasons preventing you from going
all ?My Little Pony?on your hair, but that doesn?t mean you have
to miss out on all of the fun!
There are so many options now to test-drive these colors;
on the weekends with clip-in extensions, hair chalk, or even your
favorite eyeshadow (which you?ll want to set with hairspray).
Elaina Karras is a hairstylist and makeup artist that specializes in image
development and visual branding. Her days are spent on the set of music
videos, photoshoots,and creating tutorials and reviews for her new beauty blog,
The Beauty Sensei. Elaina considers herself an advocate for the freedom of self
expression. Follow Elaina:
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seasonal-inspired treats for any day in fall
This sangria is bubbly blend of Sparkling White
Chardonnay Grape Juice and Sparkling Apple Cider with
a kiss of sweet caramel. Nothing says autumn like
apple cider and caramel apples! This yummy beverage
makes a great treat to share with family and friends on
any crisp fall day!
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Yield: 1 large pitcher Equipment:
large pitcher or jar
- 2-3 apples, cored and chopped into
- 1 bottle Sparkling White
Chardonnay Grape Juice
- 1 bottle Sparkling Apple Cider
- ¼ cup of Caramel Syrup (or a tad
more if you love caramel like I do!)
Chill both the Sparkling White Chardonnay Grape Juice
and the Sparkling Apple Cider. Core the apples and
chop them into small cubes. Place the apple cubes at
the bottom of a pitcher. Pour ¼ cup of Caramel Syrup
over the apple cubes. Pour in the chilled Sparkling
White Chardonnay Grape Juice. Pour in the chilled
Sparkling Apple Cider. Stir, pour, drizzle a little extra
caramel over the served Sangria for an added kiss of
caramel goodness and enjoy!
Substitute the Sparkling White Chardonnay Grape Juice
for a bottle of your favorite White Wine or Chardonnay .
You can also skip the caramel syrup and add ½ cup of
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SparklingAppleCinnamonTea(Hot or Cold!)
This sparkling apple cinnamon tea is made with
Sparkling Apple Cider, black tea steeped with cinnamon
sticks and just a dash of lemon juice. Not only does it
taste delicious, it smells delicious too! As soon as you
start to pour it you?ll understand why I like to say, ?It
smells like autumn in a cup!?
Place tea bags and cinnamon sticks in a large
glass-measuring cup. Fill the measuring cup with 2
cups of boiling water. Let the tea steep for about 10
To make it a cold:
Chill your bottle of Sparkling Cider for 1 hour. Once the
10 minutes are up and your tea is ready, remove the tea
bags and cinnamon sticks and chill the tea in the
refrigerator for at least 1 hour. In a large pitcher
combine the chilled Sparkling Cider, the chilled black
tea, and fresh lemon juice. Stir and serve over ice.
Garnish with cinnamon sticks if you wish.
To make it a warm:
Once the 10 minutes are up and your tea is ready,
remove the tea bags and cinnamon sticks and pour the
(still hot) tea into a large teapot. Pour Sparkling Apple
Cider into the teapot. Pour in the fresh squeezed lemon
juice. Stir and pour into a teacup. Garnish with
cinnamon sticks if you wish.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes Yield: 1 large pitcher or teapot
Equipment: large pitcher or large teapot, kettle (boil water),
large glass measuring cup (to steep tea)
- 2 black tea bags
- 2 or 3 tall cinnamon sticks (plus a few more for
garnish if you wish)
- Fresh-squeezed lemon juice from 2 small lemons
- 1 bottle of Sparkling Apple Cider
Monica Encarnacion is a born and raised New Yorker and innovative educator. She loves raising her family in the
city she?s always called home. Married to her best friend and husband of 16 years, she now spends most of
her time playing and laughing with their two young children. When she?s not busy with the kids, you?ll find
her building connections through social media, writing, blogging here, cooking and taking tons of photos!
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A Vacationer'sGuidetotheHappiest PlaceonEarth
Having worked right in the heart of one of the most popular vacation spots in
the world, allowthis Disney "insider" to give you the scoop.
Disney World is a place where people from all over the world long to
visit. There's just something about the atmosphere - the characters, the
castle, the fireworks, the legacy and the magic.
Working in the parks for a little over seven years, I noticed that a lot
of guests were unaware of what was going on around them. There were so
many people who were so confused about where they were, what the parks
had to offer and why things were done a certain way. People would be
cranky and I would often ask how it was possible to be so grumpy in a place
like Disney World! Eventually, I came to realize, that it was because a lot of
the guests were unaware of so many of the most important nooks, crannies,
secrets and itineraries of the parks. So here I am to share a few tidbits that I
have learned over the years that will hopefully make planning your magical
vacation a bit easier and less of a stress.
1. Don't use a travel agent if you can help it. If you have a really good travel
agent and you have been to the parks before, it may be beneficial. However, I
cannot tell you the number of times I have experienced travel agents, who
have not worked at or for Disney, have messed up the guests' itineraries and
left them throwing their hands up in the air and angry at the front line cast
members. If you haven't been to Disney before, it can be very frustrating
when you get to the park and you have no idea what the travel agent set you
up for and what they didn't. A lot of the times, this problem occurs with
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purchasing Memory Maker, setting up Magic Bands, and dinner reservations. If you're not familiar with the
parks and have no clue what you want to do or see, this can be a huge problem. Understand that Walt Disney World
does not include Universal Studios, Sea World or Aquatica. I know that might sound like a no-brainer, but there is an
issue with guests getting confused by this every single day. A lot of the time it has to do with travel agents who
have misguided them, or have booked them in all of those parks without explaining that they are different. It's
easier to just call Disney Reservations at (407) 939-5227 and have them walk you through your planning.
2. Should you buy Park Hopper tickets? My advice is to always buy the park hoppers. I know that they are a
bit more expensive, but I really believe that it is worth it. While you're on your trip, you might decide that you want
to spend half a day in Animal Kingdom and the other half in Hollywood Studios. Or, maybe you want to spend most
of the day in Epcot and then later head over to Magic Kingdom for their evening Extra Magic Hours. There are so
many choices when you have a Park Hopper ticket. You could also make a dinner reservation in a separate park.
3. Download the My Disney Experience App onto your smartphone. This phone app is the key to your trip. You can
do everything on it: set up Fastpass+, make dining reservations, find out the wait times to rides, find show times,
and set up your itinerary. You can even add friends to your plans!
4. Purchase Memory Maker. Memory Maker is a product that Photopass offers. And if you buy it online three days
before your trip, you'll get a discount. What Memory Maker does is allow you to take as many photos in the park as
you want (including ride photos and even ride videos). When you get home, you can download all of these to your
computer, along with the copyright. From there, you can upload and print your photos and share them online in any
way that you want. It's a great product because you don't have to worry about dragging your camera with you. I
would say that you should at least have your camera phone with you, because there will most likely be an instance
where a photographer will not be around. But, if you're nervous about not being able to get enough photos for your
money or about finding the photographers, there is a section on My Disney Experience that will show you where the
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photographers are located in the parks. Make sure you
ask for Magic Shots. Every photographer that is
shooting an icon location is supposed to automatically
do this for you, but some don't. Don't be afraid to ask
for those special shots. As long as you are being safe
and are wearing appropriate attire, any of the
photographers should be more than willing to take the
photo that you want. Memory Maker is definitely worth
it, as the price of one photo starts around $15. I believe
the estimate is that by the time you buy 14 photos from
your trip, you have paid for Memory Maker and could
have had all of your images instead of the single
Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This is my absolute
favorite thing in the Magic Kingdom.
8. What are the must-see things to do and see? See my
5. Drink a lot of water. Regardless of the time of year
that you are visiting, please stay hydrated. People pass
out like flies at Disney World, because they are not used
to the heat and being on their feet all day. The cast
members want you to be safe. If you don't feel like
spending $5 on a water bottle, any of the quick service
locations that have soda fountains will give you free
cups of water!
6. Decide the main things you want to do. Do you want
to spend the day meeting characters? Do you want to
ride all of the rides? Do you want to see the shows? If
you want to do some of everything, I recommend
picking one thing out of each of those categories. Plan
them out by times and then work everything else
around those. If you are using Fastpass+, pick the three
rides you want to do and schedule them as early in the
day as you can. Once you use those three Fastpasses up,
you can go back and get one more. If you want to meet
characters, keep in mind that a lot of them are only out
in the morning and finish around 2:30pm to get ready
for the parade.
7. When is the best time to visit Disney World? To be
honest, the attendance has been going up throughout
the entire year. The slowest times are the weeks
following Labor Day up until mid-October. Epcot has
their International Food and Wine Festival from
September until November. If you love Halloween, I
would recommend buying tickets to Mickey's
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Attractions - Mickey's Philharmagic, The Haunted
Mansion, Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain,
Enhanted Tales with Belle
Special Tips & Must-See's - At The Haunted Mansion,
take a peek in Memento Mori right outside. You can get
a ghost photo taken of yourself!
You don't have to be a little girl to get pixie dust! If you
pop into Castle Couture behind Cinderella's Castle, the
merchandise cast members have special pixie dust
wands and they will pixie dust you for free!
The Festival of Fantasy parade (every day at 3 P.M.) is
extraordinary! It is my favorite parade! You can sit
anywhere from Frontierland up to Main Street U.S.A.
Wishes Fireworks Show
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a fun roller coaster, but
don't fret or feel left out if you don't get a hold of a
Fastpass or don't have the time to wait out the lines.
time. It's a lot of fun to just walk around Epcot and to
experience the different countries. It's great for dining
Attractions - Mount Everest, Kilimajaro Safari
Special Tips & Must-See's - The Festival of the Lion King
is my favorite show! It's closely followed by Finding
O'hana at Disney's Polynesian Resort | Boma at The
Animal Kingdom Lodge | Splitsville at Downtown
Disney | Seasons inside The Land at Epcot | The Garden
Grill inside The Land at Epcot | Pizza Planet at
Hollywood Studios | 50's Prime Time Cafe at Hollywood
Studios | Sci-Fi Diner at Hollywood Studios
Attractions - The Great Movie Ride, Rockin' Rollercoaster,
Tower of Terror, Star Tours, Muppet Vision 3D
Special Tips & Must-See's - Star Wars Weekends
The Animation Courtyard has a lot of cool things inside!
You can even take a class on how to draw a Disney
Attractions - Soarin', Test Track,
Imagination, The Land
Journey Into the
Special Tips & Must-See's - Club Cool has Coca-Cola
samples from all over the world!
World Showcase is usually where we spend most of our
Mandy Vogelpohl lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband, Matt, and puppy, Ella.
She is very passionate about stories and other people's stories and believes
they should be told. She loves writing, crocheting, music, going to Disney World
and experimenting with makeup. Visit her blog here.
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Inspired by both the season and by
Middle Eastern, Sfeehas, pair these artistic
snacks with a salad or soup for dinnertime
any day this week!
Flatbreads make a great snack, appetizer or simple meal when paired with a salad. These flatbreads
were inspired by Sfeeha, Middle Eastern flatbreads typically topped with a minced lamb mixture or
spinach and cheese. They are absolutely delicious and are something that I enjoy on a regular basis.
Essentially, they are the equivalent to pizza, just Middle Eastern. The toppings can vary but the
aforementioned are the most commonly enjoyed. With Fall around the corner I thought we could
make use of some seasonal inspiration for the toppings.
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With that cool air ready to breeze around the corner, it is probably getting about time for you to either bring
in your herbs from your outdoor garden or dry them so you can enjoy them throughout the winter months.
Drying herbs is actually quite straight forward.
1.) Take about 5-10 stems of herbs;
2.) Rinse your herbs and remove any browning leaves;
3.) Fasten the stems with an elastic band, string or twine;
4.) Take a paper bag and pierce two holes in it near the top (see photo). Place your herbs inside and secure an
additional elastic or string to the herbs so that you can hang the herbs through the holes. Secure the other
end of the elastic to a hanger. The paper bag will catch any leaves that will drop off during the drying process,
so you don?t end up with a messy floor;
5.) Seal closed with staples or tape and store in a warm and well ventilated space. The fewer sprigs of herbs
Mix & Match International Ingredients!
squash, riccotta cheese, lemon zest, dates, cheeses natire to the Levantine region such as: akawi, baladi &
halloumi, oregano, cinnamon, feta cheese, thyme and even pine nuts!
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- 250 ml warm water
- 1/ 8 cup of sugar
- 1 package of active dry yeast (8 grams)
- 4 grams of salt
- 60 ml of vegetable oil
- 600 grams of flour
- ¼ cup of roasted sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
Using a stand mixer (if you have, if not a
large bowl is fine) place the yeast, warm
water, oil, sugar and salt in the bowl and
stir gently. Let sit for about 10 minutes to
allow the yeast to activate. You will notice
the yeast activating as it will no longer be
seedy. Add the flour, cinnamon and
sesame seeds and mix with the dough with
the dough hook attachment until a nice
round ball forms ? or knead until smooth.
Brush on some more oil on top of the ball
of dough and cover with plastic wrap and a
cloth and let rise until the dough has
doubled in size ? approximately 1 hour.
Set aside and start on your toppings.
Butternut Squash Topping
- 1 small (~1 lb 14 oz) butternut squash, oven
roasted and pureed2 This should result in ~1 ¼
cups of pureed squash
- 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
- juice of one lemon
- salt & pepper to taste
Combine ingredients in a bowl, taste for salt
and pepper and place in a piping bag if you
have ? if not a ziploc bag will do, you will just
need to cut a hole in one of the corners once
ready to dress the flatbreads.
Feta & Date Topping
- 250 grams of feta
- 90 grams of dates pitted
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of minced shallots
- 1/ 8 cup of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon each of fresh thyme and oregano
- salt to taste
- 1/ 8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1/ 8 cup of pine nuts
- Mint to garnish (optional)
1.) Pit your dates, I simply squeeze out the pit,
medjool dates are very soft, and dice them into
1 cm pieces; 2.) Dry roast your pine nuts in a
pan on medium heat until fragrant and lightly
toasted ? set aside; 3.) Combine the dates with
the feta, shallot, olive oil, spices add salt.
- 1 ¼ cups of ricotta
- 1 tablespoon each of fresh thyme and fresh
- 3 zest of 1 lemon
- salt to taste
Honey Roasted Pecans
- ½ cup of pecan pieces
- 1/ 8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
1.) Combine the ricotta, thyme, oregano, lemon
zest and salt in a bowl and place in a piping bag
if you have ? if not a ziploc bag will do, you will
just need to cut a hole in one of the corners
once ready to dress the flatbreads. 2.) Roast the
pecans in pan with no oil over medium heat
until they are fragrant and slightly browned.
Remove and immediately toss with the
cayenne, salt and honey. Set aside.
Assembly - Bringing Your Dough & Topping Together
1.) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees;
2.) Decide what size of appetizers you want to make, you make larger ones and simply cut them into small
pieces like pizza for your guests to enjoy or you can make smaller flatbreads ? 4? for example and allow you
guests to enjoy one person. I have done a combination;
3.) Roll out your flatbreads on a lightly floured surface until they are about 1/ 8 inch thick and place them on a
pizza sheet (or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper) I pinch the entire rim of the flatbreads to give a bit of
4.) If you are using the squash and ricotta topping brush the flatbread with some olive oil before placing your
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5.) With your pipping bag you can alternate the mixtures like I have done, it will give you a very pretty effect.
Top with your roasted pecans;
6.) With the feta and date mixture you simply spread it on and garnish with your pine nuts before placing in
7.) Bake for 10 minutes or until nicely browned;
8.) Remove and garnish with mint if desired.
Nadja Merali is a hobbyist cooking blogger born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
of Lebanese and German heritage. The Teeny Table is where she putters and creates
new recipes as well as harbour and document family favourites. She loves playing with
different spices and flavour combinations and is a true believer that you do not need a
recipe to start cooking; all you need is imagination & taste buds!
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SO -LO NG FO O D
YOU KNOW IT?S SUMMER IN MINNEAPOLIS WHEN THE FOOD TRUCKS ARE OUT.
Summertime in the Midwest is coveted. We are holed up on our
offices and homes for 7+ months out of the year while we watch the
snow accumulate. We deal with bad traffic, weird weather (or
extended weather), and lots and lots of weather talk.
By the end of winter (April through July, depending on the year),
we've had enough. Not just of being stuck indoors, but stuck with the
same food options, the same routes and scenes. Sure, the 20+ miles
of skyway system is cool (kind of like the Mall of America is cool -
you go a couple times, and you've had enough for your lifetime), but
it gets old.
So when summer hits, we spend as much time as we can outdoors
(even if that means we?re wearing shorts and flip-flips in 40 degree
weather). And with summer in Minnesota, comes food trucks. And the
lure of food trucks is strong. So strong that I?ll forego the (healthy)
lunch I brought just to get a taste of something different.
Not too many years ago, there were only a few food trucks. More like
a novelty, their reputation spread through word-of-mouth and
Twitter feeds. Those food trucks have increased exponentially, to
brick-and-mortar restaurants and food truck fairs.
It?s become a ritual. Each summer morning, the trucks park early,
securing their spot for the day. We? those who ?live? in the
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skyway? check Twitter feeds and peer out our windows, starting to
think of what we want to eat for lunch that day. We check the
dedicated website for food truck locations? tcstreetfoods.com, which
aggregates all locations and menus of the trucks in the area that
day? and start emailing. "What are you craving today?" Will it be the
rice bowl from World Street Kitchen, or perhaps the beet sliders from
the Moral Omnivore. Hot? Cold? Tacos, or perhaps falafel. Maybe I'm
in the mood for a homemade soda. There are all kinds. And you can't
Most trucks focus on a particular type of food: local/sustainable,
seafood, areapas, tacos, Asian fusion, Indian cuisine, pizza, grilled
cheese, salad, burgers, cupcakes? even ice cream and smoothies! So
many varieties. Each truck has unique and exquisitely made food.
Small menus that promote quality and creativity.
There?s also a method to ?food trucking.?My colleagues and I have
found that the best time to go is between 11 & 11:30, before the
lines get long and before they sell out. This also means you get first
dibs for seating, which is extremely limited. There are few tables and
benches outside for us to enjoy the (limited) nice weather. There is,
however, a section of stairs overlooking a plaza, which turns into a
tennis court for two weeks out of the year. The tennis tournament is
an extension of Minnesota?s Aquatennial celebration? which means
you have to be extra diligent about going out early.
Minnesota might not be known for much outside of the state, but it?s
become a hot-bed of creative food experiences. And a food truck is
just one of those experiences that you want to share (even to those
who live here and don?t work downtown).
It?s just too bad there are 7 months of winter, each and every year.
Until next year, food trucks.
Laura Toledo is a mom, writer/ editor and communications professional out of
Minnesota. She, her daughter, and husband, love to read, travel, host dinner
parties, watch MMA and try new restaurants.
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THE DAY THAT MY HUSBAND PROPOSED TO ME, I found myself on the floor of a bathroom convulsing and hyperventilating.
Not because of anything he did, but because of the amount of stress and anxiety that other people around me were
causing me. It should have been the happiest day of my life and not just some other day on the calendar. But there I
was, again, dealing with the issues that I had been dealing with all year and not being able to cope. Anyone can say,
"Well, you just shouldn't have let anything get to you and ruin your day," but unless you are facing anxiety, it's
impossible to understand what goes on inside of your head and your body.
Living with anxiety is difficult. It's difficult for the person with anxiety, as well as for the loved ones around
them. It's exhausting, especially if it is severe, like in my case. I had a wonderful childhood. I grew up in a pretty, red
brick house with a very large backyard. My sister and I have fun memories jumping on the trampoline and sitting on our
swing set, singing Backstreet Boys songs at the top of our lungs. At home, I always felt safe. I was comfortable.
When I was a toddler, I remember pretty vividly hyperventilating if I got into trouble. I found out later, that this
was because of something that happened to me. I was so young, that I don't remember the event, but it's still in my
subconscious. It was traumatizing. I was a good kid-- I didn't ever want to get into trouble. I was very hard on myself. I
was a rule-follower. There was even a time in the second grade, where my teacher accused me of something that I didn't
do. She took a star off my name. She quickly regretted it, because she had to spend about forty-five minutes with me
hyperventilating in the bathroom trying to calm me down.
I believe that everyone has some sort of anxiety. I think that some level of it is normal and healthy. But I have
always known that I had a little more than that normal amount. I have always been a very over-sensitive person. Things
get to me. Words get to me. Actions get to me. It's how I am wired. Most of the time I can handle it, but sometimes I
cannot. And it's caused me to have insomnia. I also have dealt with a great deal of social anxiety. There was a time in
my life where I wouldn't speak to anyone other than my family and the one friend that I had.
Until the last two years, I have felt like I have been able to handle things rather well. I was able to come out of
my shell and talk to almost anyone around me. I had blossomed into a social butterfly and I was enjoying it. I had a
successful blog and I was working on starting a project online. Then, out of nowhere, I had family members begin
harassing me online. I would block them, but they would create new accounts and continue harassing. There were
horrible things said to me. I was told I was worthless, stupid, uneducated and someone even threatened to harm my
family. This went on for eleven months. It only stopped when I completely deactivated my social networks and changed
my name. This wasn't a joke. I was being stalked online. I was crying every day because it was so much to handle. I felt
like I lost everything. As a writer, my social networks have always been a great thing for me.
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Seven months into the harassment, my husband, Matt (at the
time boyfriend), and I decided that it would be best for me to begin
counselling. My anxiety had gone off the charts. I am a very
self-aware person and I knew that the way I was reacting to things
was not healthy. I wasn't hyperventilating, but I would get this build
up in my chest that would cause me to breathe heavily. I would cry
and scream. I would sometimes get extremely nauseous and have
hot flashes. Sometimes when Matt would hold me to calm me down,
I would just feel like all I wanted to do was run. I don't know where
to, but it was an uncontrollable feeling. I would stress about every
little thing. I would freak out about something silly, like Matt moving
the toothpaste to the other side of the sink. It was absolutely
Counselling was one of the best decisions we have made. I
started off going by myself and then Matt would join me for support
and insight on how to help. To a lot of people, counselling seems
scary. People wonder what others will think of them. People worry
that their peers will view them as less than. The honest truth is: we
all have issues that we have to deal with on a daily basis. It doesn't
make someone weaker for seeing a counselor. It has made me
We started by detecting the types of anxiety that I have.
Before my first session, I had talked to my counselor on the phone
and explained what was going on. It was a really good step, because
it helped me become comfortable with her. She asked me to order a
copy of The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, PhD.
and gave me some pages to read before the first session. I highly
recommend this book if you have anxiety, even if it's not severe
anxiety, because it is a very great book to learn from.
When we sat down, she asked me a bunch of questions as we
went through my life story. The book had some self-diagnosis
questions and I filled those out. By the second session, it was known
that I had social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, and
some PTSD. I had anxiety about phone calls, online messages, sitting
in a group, parties, any situation where I was expected to speak out
loud, and water tanks (aquariums are difficult for me). Most of these,
I had my entire life. However, the thing about anxiety, is if
something traumatic happens to you, it can be amplified. Feeling
out of control is what drives most anxiety.
Another factor to anxiety is your own personality style. I have
always been quiet. I'm a writer, so I often enjoy listening and
noticing things around me. I like this more than speaking. I can be
outgoing if I am comfortable in a situation, but sometimes it takes
me a long time to get to that point. This doesn't ultimately cause my
anxiety. Up until the past two years, I would just accept that I was
quiet. A lot of it is how I am naturally. Some of it is because of
situations that have caused it and when my mind wanders to those
things, that is when my anxiety starts to peak.
The four personality styles that can swing anxiety into motion are
perfectionism, excessive need for approval, ignoring signs of stress,
and the need for control. I am three of these (perfectionist, need for
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approval, and I like to feel like I can control situations around me).
These personality styles can control the way you think. My mind is my worst enemy. For example, the
perfectionist in me wants everything in the house in order at all times. It also wants me to look put together at all
times, which is something that I have learned to handle a little better. My need for approval is always high. I am not
sure that will ever really calm down. I want my husband to be happy with me. I want my family and my friends to be
happy and accepting of who I am. When people don't like me, it is very difficult for me to get past. The need for me to
be in control is also very high. It's not so much that I need or want to be in control of people, but more the situations
that surround me. I couldn't control the harassing messages being sent to my Facebook and my Twitter accounts. I can't
control if it is going to rain while we are out at Disney. I can't control how much my husband has to work. I can't control
whether or not my hair decides to cooperate everyday. Some of these are serious examples and some are more serious.
My stress level is usually found hand-in-hand with these things.
There are a lot of coping mechanisms to try when you have anxiety. The first one that we tried was a mood
chart. This one didn't help me at all. The last thing I want to do when I feel like I can't breathe, is sit down and write out
all the emotions I am feeling. I tried to write them afterwards, too, but by the time it was all said and done, I just felt
kind of ridiculous about any of the attacks. Some things that did work for me were heavy breathing, imagery and
tracing figure 8's. I have also written letters to people who have caused stressful situations, just to get all the words out
and then thrown it away. I deal with a lot of self-blame and negative self-talk, so when I am feeling overwhelmed, I
typically will lay down and weigh out the situation. Affirmations are important as well. Make sure you are doing your
best to be positive about yourself.
I was put on medication around this time, as well. Medication was something that I wanted to avoid, but because
of the stress from the harassment and because we were planning our wedding within two months, it was decided that
it would be a good tool to get through. I was put on Celexa, which is used for depression as welll. I'll be honest and say
that it helped me, but at the same time it didn't. It would block out some stress, but oftentimes I would still have
attacks. I didn't hyperventilate while on it, but my chest would tighten.
I started tapering off Celexa this past May which was the hardest part. The side effects were difficult to deal
with. You never know for sure what your body is going to do. My doctor didn't talk me through the side effects, so I had
no idea why I was feeling so strange. The side effects depend on the medication. There was a moment where I found
myself questioning why I decided to even come off it. It felt too hard and I was worried that I couldn't do it. I pushed
through those emotions and almost two months later, I am so glad that I did!
Anxiety isn't something that goes away. It's something that you have to deal with on a daily basis. Some days
are really, really great, while other days can be terrible. Sometimes I am really good at applying my tools and coping
mechanisms and other days I am not.
Having a strong support system is very important. I would be completely lost without my husband. Keep in mind
though, that anxiety, no matter how severe, is emotionally tolling on your loved ones as well. Remember that the
people who love you are always there to listen and support you, but sometimes they need time for themselves as well.
No matter what you're facing, know that you are capable of overcoming the obstacles thrown at you. Don't give
up! There are always people who care, sometimes you just have to seek them out. Ultimately, you need to take the
steps to become healthier for you. Mental health is extremely important. Don't ever be ashamed to ask for help. Don't
worry about what people will think if you go to a counselor or decide to take medications. There is nothing shameful
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I got married on December 7, 2014 in a nature
preserve in Florida. Every day, my husband and I still face
the challenges of living with anxiety. But wee get through
it together, as a team.
*If you are facing online harassment, make sure you
report it and tell someone. You've been given a voice to
speak up. Don't ever let anyone take that away from you.
You may think that this can only happen to children and
teenagers, but it can happen to an adult. A lot of people
hide behind their computer screens. Be safe online. Use
your privacy settings. If you are a writer, like me, you can
use a pen name or change your first name to protect your
identity. If at any time you do not feel safe or you feel like
someone has crossed the line, take it seriously and get
For resources about Cyberbullying visit
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She is gentle.
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makingeverydayabit moreproductivefor thesuper busymom
AS A BUSY PARENT, IT'S HARD TO KEEP EVERYTHING TOGETHER. (Or it's just
hard remembering.) That's why finding the right technology
can help you save some time...and sanity.
* Back up those adorable photos! Speaking from experience,
it SUCKS when your SD card or phone dies, and you lose
precious memories. Don't risk it, back up your photos! There
are a whole host of options from which to choose. Personally,
I backup the original files to Dropbox, and reduced file size
to Google (this is free with unlimited storage). Why two? Well,
Google lets me store at reduced file size for free, with
unlimited storage, and I love its features (they generate GIFs,
collages, videos, and stories from my photos). And Dropbox
allows me to store the original resolution for a reasonable
price (yes, I pay for my files to be stored in Dropbox - this is
my equivalent to external hard drives). Dropbox charges a
reasonable amount for 1 TB of storage - worth it, in my book.
For iPhone users, the iCloud might be a good option (but
your storage limit is hit early, whereas Dropbox has quite a
bit of storage for free before you're required to upgrade).
* Get on the same page. Busy schedules can lead to
overlapping events. Avoid double-booking by sharing a
calendar with your significant other. My husband and I use
Google Calendar (you might see a trend here - Google does a
fantastic job of integrating their platforms). By sharing our
calendars with each other, we can easily see what the other
has scheduled for the day. The nice thing is that I can get to
the calendar on all devices, desktop included. Cozi is another
great app for families. It does a lot more than calendar
events - it includes contacts, shopping lists, and a meal
* Never forget anything. OK, so that's exaggerating it a bit.
But, since I've been using Evernote, I forget a lot less.
Evernote is a virtual notebook that helps you organize
thoughts from anywhere (web, hand-helds, desktop). I use
Evernote as my "inbox" - I write down all thoughts, tasks,
articles, shopping lists, etc., and then sort them from there. I
can collect recipes and articles to read later from a browser
extension. I can even use other third-party tools with it - for
example, notes tagged with a certain keyword go
automatically to a task manager. Bonus: you can schedule
notes with alerts/reminders, and can share notes with your
* Remember your passwords. Remembering over 200+ sites
and their passwords is a bit of a headache. Instead, I use
LastPass. It's an app that works with your browser that allows
you to save and access passwords on-the-go. It's encrypted,
so your data is safe. And the app is available on mobile, as
well, if you ever need to look one up. (The phone app is part
of their premium package, which is $12/year.)
* Stream! One of the best decisions we ever made was
dropping cable. Sure, it was relatively cheap for the first few
months, before the deal ran out. Instead, we use Chromecast
and Amazon's Fire Stick for our TVs. Between Amazon Prime
and Netflix, we can stream almost anything! And it saves us
from mindlessly flipping through channels when we have
* Grocery delivery. This seems like it would be expensive, but
I've done the math. For us, who spend way too much on
dessert groceries, ordering groceries to be delivered has
saved us so much money (and the two hours it takes my
husband to grocery shop). Write a list out and research local
delivery businesses. Compare prices, or compare the types of
produce they offer (this seems to be the hardest to find
online), and try it out one week. Even with the $10 delivery
fee, we spend waaaaaaay less on groceries than shopping
in-store. Plus, it lets us spend more time with the baby.
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StopWishing, Start Wandering
?I?VE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO THERE!?
?Aww, I wish I could do something like that.?
Perhaps you are wasting time envying world travelers?
Instagrams instead of planning your own adventure.
Maybe you just need a little pep talk to understand
how easy it is to get out there and experience the
world. Money is not the issue here. It is telling yourself
?I am going there,? and believing it.
Portions of my time spent globetrotting have been
dedicated to showing audiences how easy it is to travel
on a budget and ways to meet locals for a more true
experience. Below are some tips for getting there,
lodging for free, meeting like-minded friends and
learning more about the world and yourself than ever
1. PICK A PLACE!
That?s right, go on then. Where do you want to go and
2. SAVE THAT DOUGH!
Throwthe envy out the windowand jump!
Live a simple, frugal life for a couple of months. If I
could hop across the ocean while still in college and
again right after, then you have no excuses. You CAN
make this happen if you TRY. Start out somewhere
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closer if that makes you more comfortable! Most of
my tips still apply for not-so-far-away trips. If you do
want to wander out of the country, a passport is only
3. BUY YOUR TICKET!
Once you have the money, search the net until
finding the best flight deal. Nothing beats the
feeling of pressing that final ?PURCHASE? button. I
have gone through cheapflights.com a few times,
but try a few different sites. Side
note: sometimes you can do multi-destination trips
without paying much more. Check it out.
Now, this means you have no choice but to start
saving money again! But you can literally say ?I am
going there!? and that will inspire you to be an
4. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH?
Research has definitely led me to places I would not
have otherwise known to visit. Ranging from
reviews of a city?s must-see spots to the mapped out
scenic routes, it?s all there waiting for you. Once you
know what you want to see, planning your trip gets
very exciting. The internet makes travelling a
breeze, as you will observe from my tips.
5. ESTABLISH AMBITIONS
What is the reason you chose your destination?
Maybe you just want to be by the ocean or perhaps
touring a big foreign city full of history. This does
not mean that you can?t do both though! It?s just
deciding where you want to start and what you want
My last trip involved the above activities, but also
hands on work (which I actually enjoyed) in
exchange for food and shelter. More details coming
6. PLAN LODGING ACCORDING TO AMBITIONS
This is my favorite part to discuss because people do
not seem to know enough about their
budget-friendly lodging opportunities as a traveler.
Let me name just a few options, all of which I have
tried out and adore.
This site has landed me friends that I plan to have forever. Strangers have welcomed me into their homes
without any financial benefit and I have done the same for travelers through this site. What is it? Basically,
you make a profile that is similar to any typical social media site and then look start searching for a host
anywhere on earth! First, you choose according to location, then common interests (like music, sports, films,
etc). Reviews are included for that person to make sure they have always been good hosts, which is what
makes the site legit. Finally, you send a request to your preferred hosts in hopes that they will take you in
and show you around.
This has become a HUGE part of the travelling culture and is a great experience for both the host and the
Couchsurfer. I love having people in my home and showing them what Louisiana has to offer. I also learn
more about the travelers?homeland as we discuss similarities, differences, and our language whilst having a
drink or meal. Remember to be a polite guest because that?s what makes this lifestyle go round! You are
representing your state/ citycountry. Be respectful, get respect. Many of my Couchsurfers do some tidying up
and cooking as a way to show their appreciation.
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FREE: WWOOF.org & workaway.org
These are volunteer-based websites where one can
work on farms or projects in exchange for food,
shelter, and the lifestyle experience. WWOOF, which
stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic
Farms, and Workaway both consist of all kinds of
projects as well. These sites are great for those
interested in getting their hands dirty while helping
someone else out. It?s a mutual benefit!
I spent so many hours researching opportunities
from these sites. I was seeking knowledge about
sustainable, eco-friendly living and I have indeed
learned a lot about ways to improve my style of
living. Typical experiences for me have included
farming, building a house, having meals as a family,
and learning about new regions first hand. Where do
you want to go work? A California vineyard or an
olive farm in the south of Spain? Your options are
*Note: There are fees to using these sites (around
$100/ yr) but when you consider the money you save
with free lodging and the value of new friendships
with like-minded people, it?s a no brainer. These
sites show you how others live and to have faith in
For those of you unaware what a hostel is or for
those afraid of the concept because of a stupid
horror movie, let me explain the truth about hostels.
This lodging option has been around for a long time
and are possibly the easiest way to be sure you have
shelter at a good price. Hostels.com is a reliable
source for booking. You can choose according to
your budget, but I always go with the cheapest
option: a dorm of around 6-20 people in bunk beds.
You pay anywhere from $7-50 and get a bed,
shower, and place to relax.
There are public bathrooms for showers (which may
be the best thing ever after getting sweaty from
your travels). You meet people from all over the
world in your room, at the bar, or in the kitchen. I
enjoy cooking my own groceries in the communal
kitchen because it?s cheaper and it makes you
remember what the sense of having a home feels
like. Most of the hostels I choose provide a small
breakfast for free, which is a big saver as well.
Having a hot tea and cereal in the morning is a big
part of the backpacking culture.
PRETTY CHEAP: AIRBNB.COM
AirBNB gives an opportunity for travelers to rent a
room or an entire home/ apart in the city of their
choice. This method has also taken the travel world
by storm! You get to see what it feels like to live in
that city first hand. I have had tiny apartments for as
little as $20/ night but you can get as fancy as you
wish. For instance, places like Southeast Asia have
massive homes with a pool for decent prices.
These homes/ apartments may be in the city, on the
beach, or the middle of nowhere. It?s fun to look
through all of your options and research the best
place for your needs. I actually plan to rent my
apartment out on this site during Mardi Gras next
year. Everyone will win!
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So there are some obvious choices for transportation once you are in
a new place, as well as those less known. Here are a few for you to
* Flights: Maybe you don?t realize that other places, like Australia or
Europe, have tiny airplanes that you can hop on for very cheap prices
to get around. It is less of an ordeal, yet often a bumpier ride. Ryan Air
is an example of a Euro flight company you could check out to get
from country to country in Europe. Keep in mind though, tiny planes
mean tiny cargo space. So try to pack lightly or you will end up paying
a big baggage fee.
* Trains: You can get rail passes to save a little money, but I find that
trains can still get pretty expensive. I do suggest trying one out
though because it is a great experience and often a scenic ride. Eurail
is big in Europe and AmTrak is still up and running in the U.S.
* Buses: Usually there are pretty decent bus prices from places like
Grey Hound or IDBus. Yes, it does take forever. But I personally love to
take a nap or read a book while on the bus so it doesn?t bother me.
* Hitchhiking: This is a rush for the bold people! Hitchhiking is not
necessarily a trend in the states anymore, but in other countries the
hitchhiking world is going strong. Young people stand enthusiastically
with signs that have their destination. You can meet fun, trusting
people and get around for free in exchange for keeping them awake
and in good company. Your best bet is to ask locals if they suggest
hitchhiking in that area. The downfall, of course, would be safety
concerns or the risk of getting stuck in bad weather for hours with no
ride. I have yet to try it, but am very eager to in places like France or
Ireland. Many friends have had great success and enjoy hitching rides.
* Car share: This is catching on in the U.S. and I am very happy about
that! LYFT and Uber are spreading quickly. But there are also options
for long distance travel!
I used BlahBlah Cars all over Europe and it was always my cheapest
bet. Drivers have a have a profile with reviews, the type of car, where
they are heading, and the amount you will chip in for gas/ toll fees. As
a passenger, you also will need a profile and then put in your
departure city and where you are heading and your driver choices pop
up. Sometimes you can take one car halfway and then hop in another
to finish out your journey. Words can?t express how much I loved
BlahBlah cars. I even did a podcast about it on my site.
8. PACK LIGHTLY
It is certainly not easy to bring everything a gal needs in one
backpack! But I am getting better each time I travel. Be sure to get a
quality, comfortable bag or you will regret it. I would try to keep your
bag around 30 pounds.
Here are a few suggestions for must haves:
* A scarf: take a nap on it, have a picnic on it, wear it in the rain, wrap it
around you for warmth, wear it like a scarf. You just need one, okay?
* A pillowcase: put clothes inside and use as a foldable pillow.
* A sleeping bag: Budget-friendly travel means times that you need a
good sleeping bag.
Your departure date will sneak up on you will be ready! BON VOYAGE!
I hope that my tips have made you feel like your adventure is
possible? because it IS! Feel free to check my site out for details
about my adventures, such as mountain climbing and building a home
out of clay. Travel opens your mind in more ways than I could try to
explain. Realizing first hand that you share this planet with so many
amazing people and such beautiful places is an irreplaceable feeling.
Email me with any travel questions you may have!
Carly Viator is a media freelancer/ cultural enthusiast based out of New Orleans,
LA. Her work includes sharing stories of lifestyles, creativity and knowledge
about cultures near and far. She also provides media content (like videography,
photography, and web design) for musicians and businesses. Learn more about
her work and inspirations over at carlyviatormedia.squarespace.com.
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As my fiancé and I planned our move to a new city, we suddenly had the
opportune moment for that fresh start we had been longing for. It was
time to give up unavailing paint jobs, as well as our accumulation of
useless objects around the house. It felt as if I had lost sight of the things
most important to me, literally. My artwork and photographs seemed to be
camouflaged by random stuff and the bold colors of our walls. So while
packing up, I told myself, ?Look lady, it is time for a change.?These changes
were so simple and rewarding that I feel compelled to share some
thoughts on minimalist mentality.
First, let?s talk paint. When considering colors, it is easy to end up slapping
something bold on all four corners of a room because you LOVE that color.
Well my recent decision to white out all of our walls was actually guided
by my adoration of colors. The result: my accent colors and favorites pieces
are finally granted some space and the chance to be the focal point. Many
disregard white as an option because it is ?boring?and to some, it is not
even considered a color. Though who really cares what it is considered? As
British writer and philosopher G. K. Chesterton put it ?White is not a mere
absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as
definite as black.?
when you are finished, downsize again. Clutter is unnecessary and can
become burdensome as dust builds up and you lose things all day long. I
know, we are Americans living in the 21st century and we tend to like
having a lot of stuff. But imagine only being surrounded by what you
My inspiration came from the European homes I have visited, which
consisted of strategically placed belongings instead of excess stuff
everywhere. The simplicity of each room drew my eyes to the objects that
the homeowner wants visitors to see. Again, focal points become visible
when there are less distractions. One bold art piece/decoration can speak
louder than four mediocre pieces competing for the attention.
In the end, our landlord expected to find a ?stark? apartment when he
came to see the renovations, but he actually hugged me in response to the
changes. The blank walls make our apartment like an art gallery, though it
is still cozy with books and records around to entertain. The fresh
transformation of our lives is visually demonstrated in our home and is
easy to maintain. Start fresh and stay fresh by revitalizing your space
because home is the place where you want to feel your best.
Suddenly our decor pops and catches your eye when you enter each room.
White does not make our house boring, but instead makes it easier to be
eclectic as it lends attention and respect to our beloved maps, instruments,
artwork, and photos. Natural sunlight is also a key in our home. New
Orleans style bay windows welcome the sunlight onto the reflective walls
and together they light up our space.
So, you have your white walls and your blank slate is all ready to mesh
with whatever decorations you so choose. Now it is time to downsize. Then
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- 3 apples (I used Pink Lady, but Granny
Smith or Honeycrisp would be delicious
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice, + zest of 1
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of sea salt
- ½ cup almond flour or almond meal
- ½ cup almonds, finely chopped
- ½ cup of rolled oats
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Chop apples
into small, bite sized chunks, leaving peel
intact. Combine in a large bowl with the
remainder of filling ingredients and mix well.
In a separate, smaller bowl combine topping
ingredients and mix well.
Fill your desired baking containers with
apple mixture. Bake for 15 minutes, then add
topping and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
Makes 4-6 servings. I like these in individual
baking ramekins but you can use any dish
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Whipped Coconut Cream
Optional! Top with whipped cream or my favorite, whipped coconut cream. Here?s how to make:
Put a can of coconut cream in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Open and scoop out everything solid and place
in stand mixer (there will be a small amount of liquid in the can). Whip for 5-10 minutes. If you like, you can
add a little honey or powdered sugar, or vanilla or the inside of a vanilla bean. Store extra (what?s that?!) in
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WITH SCHOOL BACK IN SESSION THERE IS ALWAYS SO MUCH
TO THINK ABOUT. New routines, homework,
extracurricular activities, it's a constant battle for
time. The beginning of a new school year can also
bring additional stresses to the whole family.
Keeping the kids healthy, boosting the immune
system and finding easy ways to take the edge off
by creating a healthy and calm home environment
can make a tremendous difference.
About 4 years ago I started researching
natural ways to keep my three kids healthy using a
more holistic and natural, chemical free approach. I
grew up in a medical family; my dad is a family
doctor. Growing up, I never really thought twice
about using over the counter medication, or
prescription antibiotics. I believe there is a time and
place for traditional medicine, but I wanted my ?at
home methods? to feel more natural. And my first
approach was diving into essential oils!
Essential oils have been around for centuries
and used by many different cultures. And there is
evidence of their healing properties from essential
uplifting mood properties as well, but it is known for
its aid in focus and concentration. Lemon also
cleanses the air when diffused. I switch between wild
orange and lemon in the mornings while the kids get
ready for school. I also use lemon essential oil in my
Lavender: Lavandula Angustifolia.
Lavender is a STAPLE essential oil to have in your
cabinet! There are many types of lavender, but
Lavandula Angustifolia is the classic type used for
aromatherapy. Lavender is best known for its calming
and relaxing qualities. Although, it is also known for
its ability to soothe insect bites, minor burns and
eczema and to reduce allergies. It can be used
topically and aromatically. I use lavender daily in my
oils carbon dating back to 18,000 B.C.E.
Over the years, I have dabbled in a variety of
oils and eventually found my favorites. Keep in
mind, there are very special guidelines one must
follow before introducing anything new to your
holistic medicine cabinet! Do you research but don't
be afraid to dive in.
Lemon: Citrus Limon
Lemon essential oil is another one of my kids?
favorites. It has a clean subtle aroma. It not only has
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in my diffuser. I also use it topically, and for
Tea Tree or Melaleuca: Melaleuca Aernifolia.
Tea Tree oil can be labeled as ?Tea Tree? or by
Melaleuca; at times it can be confusing! Tea Tree is
one of my favorites because of its cleansing and
regenerative properties. I specifically use Tea Tree
topically on the skin and for cleaning. I do not
diffuse Tea Tree oil.
Wild Orange: Citrus Sinensis
Wild orange essential oil is one of my kids?favorites!
It has a light citrusy aroma and is used to energize
and revitalize! Wild orange is a good tool for
creating an uplifting mood especially good for those
early mornings while getting ready for school. I
diffuse Wild orange, and use it for cleaning.
Thieves Oil / OnGuard Blends
This blend usually includes Wild Orange, Clove Bud,
Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary with some
variation based on brand. **Note** the oils used in
thieves oil are not all suggested for young children.
Please be sure to research age restrictions before
using for your family.
Find more information about essential oils by visiting Doterra or Young Living.
Patricia A. Wilkinson is a single mother of three girls. She
lives in Clarksville, Tennessee where she is pursuing
her education in holistic health and nutrition.
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At 26-years-old Brooke isn't falling into the
stereotypical ways of Western society, at least by
her hometown's standards. Instead, she's breaking
the mold, blurring the lines and traveling the world
as a teacher of English and an explorer of the
I GREW UP IN A SMALL CITY, IN A SOUTHERN STATE, IN AMERICA.
That was my world. Yes, I traveled around the states
and dreamed of European cities and of tropical islands,
but my home was in that country, in that state, in that
small city. I wasn't sure how to get out, but I always felt
there was more for me.
I had an unnerving, unsettling feeling that I
wasn't where I was supposed to be. But I knew that my
place was somewhere overseas, I just didn't know
where. Overseas wasn?t a specific place for me, it was
just somewhere foreign where I?d be helping people in
need. Others would tell me stories of their travels and
the feeling I would get inside was incredible. It was this
longing for more, to help, for the unknown, for freedom,
for it all. That never wavered or disappeared. It was a
feeling that would bring me to tears and make me want
to drop everything and GO. So out of all the countries in
the world I chose South Korea. An odd choice, for most,
even for myself, but little did I know, the perfect one.
My world was about to be flipped upside down.
Thank you for being the perfect start to my
Thank you for accepting me and showing me a
culture so different that I?ll never be the same.
I remember my first weeks here, I had no choice
but laugh and adapt and figure things out. I starved my
first two weeks but eventually found Korean bbq and
Korea you are beautiful. Your people, your cities,
your customs are incredible. You are overlooked in the
world so much but will never be forgotten in mine. I
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was shown so much blatant kindness by
complete strangers and taken back each time. You
fed me, helped me when I was lost, took care of me
when I was sick, and complimented me more times
than I can count.
I gave my heart to over fifty beautiful
children and it was an honor to be a part of your
lives. I feel like I learned more than you did some
days. I?m blown away by the work ethic and respect
these children have. At such young ages, they are
taught order and respect and to want the absolute
best for themselves.
Thank you Korea, for welcoming me with
open arms and giving me a place to call home for
the past year. This is only the beginning for me, but
the lessons I learned here will never be forgotten.
My eyes were opened to a world that I didn?t
even know existed and now I have a desire to
explore every inch of it.
a student, a teacher, an exploring woman with the
curiosity of the world at her fingertips and in her
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She was born to fly free.
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Special Thanks to my husband. Without you, I would have been the
only one mesmerized by the computer every weekend this month. I
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