Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Yoga Journey no. 1

I have some exciting news about some new opportunities and updates on my life!  I am so happy to announce that I'm in the process of researching yoga teacher certification with Core Power Yoga.  I've been wanting to do this for a really long time, but when I got pregnant with my youngest daughter 4 years ago I knew it was a goal that would have to wait, the amount of hours of classes and the cost weren't realistic as a new mom, so I put it off.  But then a couple of months ago Core Power Yoga hosted free Sunday morning yoga at the Yard, in anticipation of their new studio space.  My friend Cameron and I promptly signed up for the classes and were hooked.  I signed up for their introductory rate for two months of yoga at a crazy low price.  I went to my first class and instantly became heartbroken knowing that unlimited yoga was not in my budget after my two months were up.  Because of our current budget and income.

But as I was leaving the locker room I saw a sign for their yoga for trade program. It said for three hours of work, you receive unlimited monthly FREE yoga.  Right now, we don't have any extra money, but I do have some limited extra time, and this was a priority!  So I emailed and set my intentions to manifest the time I was available and sure enough at the interview the coordinator offered me the EXACT time I was hoping for! In addition to the free yoga, they also offer YFT members 20% off of their instructor programs.

It was like the universe threw all this at me because I was recently considering going back to teaching full time.  It was a choice I was considering even though I knew I would be sacrificing so much freedom for barely any more money.  But I was thinking of insurance and retirement benefits like a responsible adult and mother of two should.  But after much meditation, and intuition work I decided I don't want to teach art full time, I want to create when I want to create.  I love teaching but I want to own my time and choose a schedule that works for me.  I want to focus on my henna and photography and return to the motions of my body and share that with others.  I'm still in the process of saving for this experience so I might not start right away but I'll share updates as I go, and don't be surprised if yoga videos start showing up on my instagram and youtube channel. 

Wish me luck.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Goddess Provisions Mystery Box Review

I am so excited to share the details of my Goddess Provisions Mystery Box!  This box is packed full of amazing brands.  It was a featured sale item for their Black Friday and Holiday Sales specials, it's a mix of past boxes and was totally a surprise to what would be inside.  This post isn't sponsored, I just wanted to share some amazing new brands I found because of this box, and I thought you might want to know and support amazing small brands and artisans who contribute to this monthly subscription box!

4 Ocean - Each bead is made from recycled glass and the adjustable cord is made from recycled water bottles. For every bracelet sold, 4Ocean will remove 1 lb of trash from the Ocean.

Spice Foods Chimichurri Almonds - I always keep a bag of almonds in my desk drawer, I was very excited to see a new flavor to add to my stash!  These almonds are dusted with exotic spices from Argentina.

Navitas Organics - I gifted these to my friend for her road trip back from Phoenix to Colorado.  I hope she loved the delicious serving of protein & healthy fats.

Sweetapolita Twinkle Sprinkles - This holiday season I'm going to make the prettiest desserts and maybe even shake this vegan sprinkle mix over a unicorn latte. I'm sure my kids are going to love these the most!

Golden Earth Chakra 3 Oil - This blend features neroli essential oil infused with citrine.  I like to roll it onto my Solar Plexus for a boost in self trust & confidence.

HealthForce MacaForce Lucuma Spice - Excited to try this mix of adaptogenic powder into my morning smoothie for an increase in energy & to improve concentration.

Auromere Ayurvedic Vanilla-Neem Soap - I seriously can never keep enough soap in this house for my husband I don't know if he's eating it or what but I'm happy to try this moisturizing soap bar made with vanilla, wildcrafted neem and 19 additional Ayurvedic herbal oils and extracts.

Tuore Naturals Conditioning Lip Oil - Gifting this to my daughter to help hydrate her lips, they're always so chapped. I''m going to have her roll on this nut-free blend of sunflower and vitamin E oils with essential oils of sweet orange & ylang ylang before bed.

Shanti Bar Vitality Bar - an energy-boosting superfood bar, made with 100% raw ingredients and packs 17 grams of plant-based protein.

Element Botanicals Incense Cones - I just made an incense burner in my ceramics class, I'm so excited to get it our of the kiln and burn these all natural palo santo and pine resin incense cones to help ground my energy and connect with the healing scent of the forest.

Soul Sunday Unicorn Aromatherapy Roller - This dreamy blend of lavender and peppermint essential oils is perfect for applying to your pulse points and temples to enhance your spiritual vision.  Peppermint and Lavender are my favorite oils to breathe when I have headaches.

Blue Sage Smudge Bundle - I love to burn herbal smudge sticks to clear negativity and refresh my home and sacred space with pure, protective energy.

Urban Moonshine Digestive Bitters - Going to try spraying this digestive bitters formula into my mouth before eating to inspire my body’s own production of digestive juices & enzymes.

Sacred Wood Essence Palo Santo Stick & Oil - I love burning this sacred wood to cleanse and protect my aura in new places and apply the essential oil to my pulse points to boost feelings of peace and well being, especially before yoga or meditating.

Purple Frog Car Air Freshener - I hung this all natural lemongrass air freshener in my car to refresh the atmosphere and raise my vibration with the sweet scent of lemon. And I love all the symbolism on the actual freshener the moon and eyes are my strongest symbols, and I use them all the time in my henna.

Laser Trees Wood Keychain - Love this new addition to my key chain. The sacred geometry inspired nine-sided lotus is laser etched into wood from a cherry tree, which is known to promote stability and enhance focus.

Brie McKay Good Vibes Pin - I put this White Sage stick pin on my camera backpack to ward off bad vibes and remind me of my ability to bring positivity to any situation.

Let's Put a Bird on It Unicorn Dust Highlighter - I'm gifting this organic cream highlighter to my daughter since I know it's a safe make up option for her sensitive skin.  She's going to love the mystical shimmer. It's made with flower infused oils, vegan mica and vitamin E oil.

Unicorn Makeup Brush - Also gifting her this brush for her highlighter listed above.

Prim Botanicals The Hair Oil - I plan on using this to keep my daughter's wild child hair under control.  It can be used as a leave-in mask, hot oil treatment, heat protectant or final touch to make locks shine.

Wanderluxe -  Moon wall hanging is an expression of nature’s deep-rooted beauty. I have it hanging in my new meditation room to bring balance and abundance into my sacred space.

I know subscription boxes can be overwhelming to budget in and the stuff might not be great one month or another, but as I watch the boxes come out every month I'm constantly in shock at how cool and consistent the products are! It's definitely something I plan on integrating into my budget so I can have these awesome products to share with henna and yoga clients and my students. Hope you guys enjoyed checking out all these brands and if you find something you love share it with me, it always makes me so happy to share the news of great quality products that help us live our life to the fullest.  You can find their subscriptions and past boxes (some still available for purchase) here.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fire Cider Recipe.

Fire Cider has a history of plant medicine, and more recently a story of controversy not over it's healing power, but in the actual ownership of the recipe; featuring the tag line, "a tradition, not a trademark." Fire Cider was first concocted in the kitchen at the California School of Herbal Studies in the early 1980’s, and from the sound of it, the purpose was to rekindle the herbalism medicine brought froth in the kitchen, and as such the medicine is the food and the food is the medicine. You can read more about the Free Fire Cider movement here. But the point is to take the recipe, make a tonic you love and consume it when you're feeling off, so the nutrient dense tonic can support your immune system and your body can bring you back to where you want to be.

My personal recipe is based on household supplies and intuition so herbs vary as necessary and based on what I feel but the usual recipe is as follows;

1 yellow onion chopped
1 jalapeno sliced
10 cloves garlic
sliced horseradish
1 tbsp of turmeric
1/2 cup of sliced fresh ginger
1 lemon sliced
1 tbsp of dried elderberries
1 tbsp of star anise
rosemary - because I love the correlation between herbs and memory 
parsley - because I love the folklore behind this common herb.
fill with apple cider vinegar
honey after straining.

combine ingredients in a glass jar, top with parchment or wax paper so the vinegar isn't touching the metal of the lid (see; corrosive) and place in a dark cupboard, but be sure to agitate it daily to help with the maceration process. allow to infuse for 1-3 months, strain though a cheese cloth, but be sure to really squeeze out the herbs and veggies to get the nutrients, add honey and then refrigerate the liquid.

I used about 1 tbsp honey but you can use more to taste, you want to actually enjoy drinking this.  The cider should be served with about 1 ounce of liquid and then diluted in tea or water, the ACV can will be corrosive to your esophagus if ingested directly. always dilute ACV.

Everyone's recipe is different, there are a few consistent ingredients but how much or how little you use is kind of up to you, it's food! but the kind of food that provides your body with what it needs to stay healthy.  Here are a few other recipes you might want to check out for more options. 1.  2.  3. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Giving Thanks

A little late to the game but never too late to say Thanks.  This whole month has been a complete whirl wind.  The good busy kind of stress, but still stress none the less.  In the moments here and there that I'm able to reflect, I've been making micro lists of things I'm grateful for and letting that anxiety about one looming issue go.  

so, in no particular order I give you my gratitude log;
1. My health.  my lungs are clear, my skin is clean, my heart if full, I feel energized and well, with everyone else getting sick around me, seasonal and otherwise, I'm happy to know the work I put into my body is keeping me strong and healthy. 
2. My kids. They test me, well one more than the other.  Sometimes I fail miserably.  I yell. scream even.  I try again.  I love them and their unique personalities, I'm proud of their brilliance something I'm not so sure I contributed to.  It's like magic listening to my older daughter read.  To know she's learning and understanding something new each time she opens a book.  I'm so proud of her. 
3. My home. It protects us from the heat and the cold.  It is a nest for my creativity.  I honor the sacred space it has offered to me and my family.  Each room has a unique energy and story from the birth of our daughters to the bathroom of my dreams, maybe one day I'll share more on each space and it's evolution. 
4. My partner.  Sometimes it's the easiest thing in the world when you're with your other half, other times that resentment and frustration you have within yourself is placed on your mirror.  I'm lucky enough to have someone who loves me through my flaws and celebrates life with me.  Sometimes I put unrealistic standards on people and try to control them.  I'm grateful to learn the life lessons that I can't do this to people and still be happy. 
5. Clean water. which reminds me I need to replace our Berkey Water filters (not sponsored just the best filter ever).
6. Groceries. 
7. Debt.  This is a huge shift for me, it's no surprise to anyone who knows me, knows I stress about money. but I've tried to accept that the debt we have is from living our life to the fullest and never having to want for anything, there's never been a time when we were sick or hungry and couldn't afford the help we needed, never.  Not once.  and yes we have to pay back that money but it's a luxury we were able to get what we needed when we needed it, and after all money is fake isn't it?
8. Travel.  I've been to everywhere that was on my list this year, working on a new list for next year.
9. Yoga.  I finally feel like I'm moving my body as much as I need to, I'm breathing purposefully.  I'm sweating (goodbye toxins!) and I'm strong.
10. Henna.  Who knew one little plant and some essential oils could change my life?  I feel like I've found a huge aspect to my artistic calling and I'm so lucky for the friends who support me.
11. My teaching jobs.  I love that people trust my knowledge in something enough to let me share it with others.
12.  Jobs that pay the bills (and taxes).
13. Photography. I love capturing happy moments at weddings. I tear up most of the day but love watching people in love.  And families, I'm freezing a moment of their life for them, it's a little overwhelming but I'm grateful people trust and respect me enough to let me do this for them, it's a huge honor.
14. Health Insurance.  When my husband's family business closed this year I didn't know what we were going to do, the quotes I was getting were TWICE as much as our mortgage.  I am so thankful we have access to reliable healthcare thanks to the government - for now. 
15. Plants.  Nothing specific I just love them and that they clean the air for us.
16. Warm Baths - with a little Epsom salt and essential oils.
17. My vitamins which allow me to fill in nutrient gaps that my body demands. 
18. My hands. Everything i do and make is with them, they are my most precious tool, I should probably insure them.
19. My anxiety and intuition, I wouldn't recognize one without the other, my anxiety keeps me humble, no one is perfect, but it's the contrast to it that has allowed me to listen to my gut, what I really know and feel to be true I can usually tell if something is real or pending because there's no fear just fact that it will happen. 
20. Family and their unconditional love.
21. Our dog and cat. They bring life and energy and accountability into our home.  
22. Friends especially those who let me cry and vent and laugh with them.
23. The desert and her harsh beauty.  
24. The Heat here, it's purifying. 
25. The Ocean when we visit her, she washes away fear and welcomes us.  She's gentle and powerful I don't underestimate her strength. 
26. Women who came before me, unafraid to be themselves, demand a better life and do whatever it takes to get it and the respect they deserve. 
27. My car, I almost forgot, it's currently a huge provider of income for our family and I'm so grateful we are able to have reliable transportation not only in my car but the additional car we own as well. 

And I think that's my list for now, I know I could keep going, but it feels right to stop here.  Do you make a thanksgiving list? I'd love to read it, add the link in comments if that's still a thing bloggers do. xoxo. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

another 24 hours in Ireland

The last stop on our trip was a quick 24 hours in Dublin to celebrate my birthday before catching our flight home the next morning.  We were both so tried from traveling almost non stop and jet lag it was quite the effort to get out and about while it was still light out to explore.
I wanted to go to the Jameson Distillery for a tour but Husband didn't want to do anything touristy so we wander the streets looking for our own adventures.
// Cathedrals
// St. Patrick's Cathedral
When I asked him to look at me for a photo.
We did find Marsh's Library which was on my list, all the books are from the 1700s or earlier and while you can't touch them, or take photos, some scholars are allowed to use them and review them on the premises officially maintaining the term library.
They did have a selfie corner so obvi we made use of that.
Found fairy gardens that reminded me of my daughters. future project inspiration.
We also walked past Dublin Castle, one of my favorites because they had such a unique mix of modern bright bold colors on the foundation of the medieval castle.
That's definitely something I loved about Edinburgh and Dublin, the mix of modern architecture in juxtaposition with the old castles and carriage houses.  In Phoenix the oldest thing we have is maybe from the 1920's all the native settlements before then have vanished or been torn down for new building. the only thing that remains from before colonization are the canals.  So, when visiting much older places with more historical context it's interesting to see how the historic and modern have mingled. 
I was also in awe of the Autumn colors we don't get changing seasons like this so it's always a treat to go somewhere with falling leaves and colors.
After we explored we went back to our hotel for a nap before setting out for birthday celebration drinks.
I ordered a stout because Ireland. 
I ate more bread and cheese for dinner. 
and we said goodnight to Tempe Bar and Dublin. until next time Ireland.