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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Healthy Living and Eating


Healthy Living and Eating

 

Personally, I think stress is the deadliest malady of all.  We used to joke at my former job that we didn’t worry too much about future illnesses; our job was going to kill us.  Indeed that’s what happened to some of my work friends, and some of my other friends, too.  Work stress, family stress, care giving stress, financial stress, all deadly.  Take your pick, or should I say, choose your poison.

 

What can we do?

 

My good news is that I’ve been eating and drinking a lot of the things that help, and that are proven cancer fighters.  Heaven knows I’m no doctor, and my friends will tell you I’m not at all enamored of the medical profession, friends and family that are members excluded, of course. Law school probably ingrained that unfortunate attitude in me.  Yet, there is something to using diet to control maladies that plague us.

 

Here are some of the foods and drinks that are good for us, and that by default, maybe, I’ve incorporated into our family’s diet:  avocado, nuts [if you are not allergic], kombucha, wild caught salmon and other seafood, whole grains, oatmeal, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy vegetables and salads including kale, cabbage, lean mean if we eat it, bran sprinkled on everything, probiotics, certain vitamins, strawberries, bananas, berries of all kinds.  Fruits instead of dessert and refined sugar.

 

We try to stay away from processed foods, and watch the kind of cheese we buy.  We try to stay away from fast food, and I try to count calories and stay away from cookies.  A little dark chocolate is ok.

 

So, it’s a start. We’re al trying.  I admit I feel better cutting down on caffeine, avoiding carbonated drinks, high fructose syrups, red meat, junk food.  Now, if I could only pause the windmills of my mind.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Why We Need Dolls In Our Lives - Ruby Lane Blog

Why We Need Dolls In Our Lives - Ruby Lane Blog: Why We Need Dolls In Our Lives:  No culture has been without dolls. In some societies, the doll figures that remain seem to be more idol or ritual figures, but the same cultures refer to dolls as children’s toys.  They might be very simple compared to their idols or decorative figures, maybe a decorated twig... Read more »

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Rendezous and Ten2Go at Theriault's, The Doll Mast...

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Rendezous and Ten2Go at Theriault's, The Doll Mast...: Here are upcoming events where you can "Bring Home a Doll" Thanks to Theriault's for sending me the announcement.  All photos,...

Keurig Tips


Keurig Tips:

 

I find you can use a Keurig cup twice; my tip is that if you want a second cup of coffee, but don’t want it too strong, use the Keurig one more time.  Just fill with water as you did I the first place.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Doll Museum: Rescued: A New Type of Thrift Store for the 21st C...

Doll Museum: Rescued: A New Type of Thrift Store for the 21st C...: Isabel Bloom Schulpture Fairy Garden available at Rescued Rescued is a new kind of thrift store; all proceeds go to benefit res...

Guest Blogger Mary: Who and What Motivates you?

Who and What Motivates you? 
 
 
 My name is Mary, I’m 26 years old and a Mom and Wife. 



 
I have two boys, ages 6 and 5. Twin girls, about to turn 2 in one month. They keep me busy and motivated! I’m married to the a wonderful man, and he too keeps me motivated in whatever I aspire to do.  My children and Husband are my motivation. They are my “Why” and that’s how currently, I am living my best life. 

 My passion is Healthy Living. I have struggled with weight issues most of my entire life. Beginning, at the very young age of 5. So, from that I’m sure you can imagine why my passion and motivation would be focused on Healthy Living. :) 
 
I am a Weight Watchers Member and have been since December 2017. I’ve lost 15 pounds on the program. I currently am doing my first Whole 30 journey alongside of tracking with Weight Watchers Freestyle Points. I have to tell you I feel AMAZING! 

 I love creating new recipes by trial and error, as well as following recipes from Pinterest, cookbooks, and my VERY favorite... BLOGS! Most of what you see on my Instagram is created by me, and if I try a new recipe I will tag the person who created it. :) 
 
As for motivation, I want to challenge each viewer whether you’re struggling with health, or simply just needing a motivation for the day.. ALWAYS take a few moments out of the day for YOU and that alone can be motivating. My second idea is, find a hobby that’s motivating.  My go to is planning. I’m a planner addict. If I want to get motivated, I simply add or do something in my planner and that motivates me to see it accomplished. :) Thirdly, Exercise. Any type! Even if it’s for 5-10 minutes. It gets the blood flowing, and wakes you up. Again, it IS motivating  

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Litton's Weekend Adventure and Rock the Park

I couldn't even tell you how often I've been to the Grand Canyon.  It was a standard stop on our way to San Jose.  My parents made a couple of Christmas Cards of me standing along the rim, the canyon behind me.  We spent time at the Lodge, and read the history of the park; it dates to 1893, perhaps the oldest national park.


These two young guys hiked the park, telling the history of the place as they traveled.  They packed supplies that were "no landfill," no paper or plastic to leave behind, though they were eating out of Tupperware style containers.


They stopped at Phantom Ranch, wildly sold out, and only accessible by Mule.  It's one of few places that still gets male by Mule.  Everything old is new again. 


The Canyon was once home to Native Americans; you can still see their homes in the sides of the rocks, way above the floor and on the floor itself. The cave homes remind me of the caves of Mustang near Tibet, were sacred scrolls of monks can still be found in caves whose walls are decorated by handmade paintings. 


I found the wildlife intriguing; I've seen some of those featured myself. Even the rattle snake are interesting.


It brings back memories for me; I hope you all get a chance to be at the Grand Canyon, too.


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