I avoid dairy and meat like the plague.  I’ve done my own research. I’ve noticed how I feel physically after many months have passed without those foods.  One thing I have not done, however, is judge anyone who still does eat cow’s milk or a hamburger.  

People do exist, though, that secretly judge me simply for my eating habits.  I feel it.  I don’t need an actual verbal critique.  Could it be because there ARE those “vegans” who do it with a vengeance?  Sure. 

 I simply eat to make myself and my family feel the best we can.  If that’s a crime, I’ll be a criminal.  It’s not as hard as it seems either.  We can make most menus work to our favor.  It’s all about knowledge folks.  Know what’s going into your body.  Speak up.  You can formulate a meal with a little bit of this or that.  Or without a certain ingredient.  I’m almost a pro at scouting a menu and dissecting it.  It can be exhausting, but it’s worth it.  

BUT I am super thankful for a visit to a store with options or a vegan restaurant where ZERO thought is needed!  
Do what’s best for you and your family.  Period.  Happy Tuesday folks!  

✌🏼💜 Sarita 

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Kripalu.  Rest and Relaxation.  That is how I spent my 34th birthday this year.  It has turned out to be one of my best decisions this year.  

I arrived on a Friday around noon.  I checked in and found out my parking spot was good for the entire weekend.  It was pretty close to the entrance so I was stoked.  I could start my weekend without having to find another spot.  The smiles and genuity that I encountered was amazing from the start.  A feeling of community is one of the most profound feelings one can have.  

Community signifies understanding.  It signifies a no judgement zone.  It signifies thoughts and ideas that are cohesive.  For me, it signifies peace and a feeling of relief.  

Kripalu is a non-profit place of wellness.  They have workshops, yoga, meditation, beautiful grounds, nourishing food.  They provide a place for people to re-align themselves with what their lives need.  I, for one, needed the re-focus badly. 

I went in with lots of anger and a lack of patience.  Anger for many reasons and lack of patience because I have so much to do, so little time, and so little help.  Have you read my article about a tribe?  I left feeling hella peaceful and calm.  

It has motivated me to start yoga teacher training.  I have been consistently practicing and doing yoga challenges on Instagram.  Along with reading “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle, I have felt like my life is aligning to who “I am.”  

Live life with acceptance, enjoyment, and enthusiasm, and you will better yourself and the world.  

Namaste.  Cheers. Love.  🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 

I need help.  I’d love to form a local group among stay-at-home moms to barter our services.  You come hang with my kid and I get stuff done.  I go hang with your kid and you get stuff done.

I feel like my brain is constantly thinking of the million and one things I have to do.  Then I just reheat my coffee, sit down, and eat my hours old toast.  This mom gig is no joke!  I just posted about needing a tribe and now I’m executing a plan (hopefully.). Please share this post with whomever you’d think would be interested.  I thank you.  Phoenix thanks you.  Gabe thanks you.  We need a sane mama over here.

Cheers! 🍻🍻

The story at the bottom and the pictures will evict any and all emotions out of your soul.  Get a tissue.  Get a whole box.

I can’t imagine my life without Phoenix.  I can’t imagine my life without her, yet having to go through everything else that goes along with having a baby.  The emotions must be crippling.  This woman has enough strength for all of us.

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was stunned.  What?!  How the hell am I going to raise a baby?  What about labor?  Ouch!  Is he or she going to be alright?  I hope he or she has 10 fingers and toes.  I hope he or she is healthy.  I hope he or she sleeps.  I HOPE I SLEEP.  The thoughts running through my head were endless.  This woman’s journey helps to put a halt to the negative thoughts and allow you to revel in the fact that a new life will be the result of all these changes to body and mind.

I admit.  There are times when I long for my endless hours of sleep.  For a Sunday in bed, just watching Lifetime.  For a day where I don’t have to map out my shower, my hair, getting dressed, etc.  For a day that Phoenix’s daddy and I aren’t both so exhausted we barely talk to each other.

But then we look at her and we instantly perk up.  We instantly forget any reason to bicker.  We snatch her up and give her kiss sandwiches.  We see the sparkle in her eye and her beautiful smile when we smile at her.  We hear her giggle when daddy is bouncing her up and down on his belly.  We watch her sleep peacefully with her Simba or her sheep.

When they say you forget about all the nonsense when you look at your baby, they (whoever they are) are right.  But what if you have all the nonsense, but have no baby to look at?  It’s an emptiness that I don’t even think I can imagine.

I’d be a big ball of tears.  I’d need counseling.  I’d need 24/7 yoga, with tissues, with bouts of bawling seshes.  I’d find comfort knowing that my mother would be taking care of my baby, along with all the other babies gone so suddenly.  So, I say to you Natalie Morgan… Thank you.  Thank you for your reality check.  Eleanor is your angel.  But she is also OUR angel.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for the couple and more than $10000 has been raised by 281 people in nine days so far.

The funds will aid the family in medical and hospital expenses.

There seem to be so many friends of mine and Brian that have either recently had babies, are soon to have babies, or…

Posted by Natalie Morgan on Monday, September 21, 2015

 

 

Ingredients

1 can garbanzo beans

1 can cannellini beans

1 can butter beans

1 can black beans

1 can pinto beans

1 green bell pepper, diced

15 grape tomatoes, sliced in half

1/2 cup caesar dressing

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Drain and rinse all beans.  Mix beans, pepper, and tomatoes in a large bowl.  Toss with dressing.  Enjoy!

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