Ahhh it’s that time of the year…January…after the Christmas / New Year’s bustle, January can be a hard time for some people.

The days are short, and many missing the sun,  not to mention the warmth too depending on where you live.

We got some snow here this week, which isn’t always typical where I live, kids love it, so does my dog Spirit.

I watch as this 9 year old dog turns into almost puppy like.

I watch him enjoying the moment and being.

I watch him be playful.

One of my favorite things to do is walk Spirit through the rain forest here.

I am always in awe of the beauty.  Nature is abundant and ever changing, adapting.

It’s quieter this time of year.

The animals are nestled in more with their little extra fat or store of nuts.

Just like we are……or some of us.

We are suppose to take the time when the days are shorter to listen to our bodies more, go within, rest, be……

Some of us instead of going within a little more, distract ourselves with mindless tv or trips to the fridge.

Sometimes we have been so busy doing it’s hard to just be……trust me, I know…..been a multi tasker most of my life and thought that was something to be proud of.  Was so busy doing…….especially as a single mom, I had no idea how to be……I am still learning.

Walking in nature helps me with that for sure, I let go of my next thing I have to get done and really look with my eyes and see the beauty that surrounds me, never looking the same depending on the time of day or kind of light.  I am learning to be….be me….and just be…..still….in the moment.

I am starting to carry my camera with me on these outings as I just never know what I might see.

How much do we miss by keeping busy, watching tv, multi tasking or worrying about things?

Take a minute, take a deep breath, let go and look around, don’t think, just be, maybe you will see something you’ve been missing, or maybe you will catch the sunset  or some other beauty that has really been there all along,

Have a beautiful day!!


Quinoa & Kale Salad

Now of course this isn’t raw with the Quinoa, but Quinoa is so very good for you. The veggies are raw and Black Quinoa is a nice change!!
Quinoa is packed with protein, fiber,calcium and iron…..good for us girls!!

This is the other half of the recipes from the Marinated Portabella Mushrooms

Raw / Vegan Green Soup

If after the holidays you are left feeling sluggish, a little heavy feeling, maybe a few extra pounds on as well, then this you may like.
I also know after the holidays of some over indulgents this may also seem boring, but you and your body will love you for it!!
It’s easy to make, quick, simple, healthy, tasty, nutritious , full of enzymes, vitamins and nutrients, and will help you lose that sluggish, tired and feeling a little full feeling!!

Great for lunches, light dinners or even a snack.

Green Soup

–  Big Handful of Organic (if possible) Spinach

–  1 chopped up Carrot

–  1 chopped up Celery stick

– 1 clove of Garlic

–  juice of 1/2 Lime (or Lemon)

– 1/2 cup Parsley

– sea salt to taste

–  1/2 Avocado

–  3/4 cup Water

Throw all ingredients into your Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth.  For more of a creaminess you can add the whole Avocado or cut back a little on the water, if you want it thinner add a little more water.

This is a guideline, but you can throw any vegetable in, but you want lots of greens….spinach , kale, collards etc and herbs….use any that you like.  Garlic and salt adjust to your liking……just don’t use table salt!!

If you want it warm, you can slight warm it on the stove, BUT do NOT heat it or boil it as it will kill all the nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals.  We are programmed to eat HOT foods or think we need them and I know at times living in the rainforest here that I want warming foods……add spices like cumin, chili peppers etc to warm you up inside.

Experiment with the flavors and if you are needing to chew, when you’ve got the soup to how you like it, throw in a few veggies and just pulse for a min or two so you will have a chunky soup or have some crackers with it.



Happy New Year!!!

So 2012 is now here…….did you have a great New Years? Did you set any New Years Resolutions or Intentions?

Yes I know I am a little behind, I had full intentions of getting this out earlier but we had a death in the family New Years day and I have been doing some thinking about life and living since then.

Every year it seems most of us set resolutions or goals……they have a list of the most favorite top 10 NY’s Resolutions……you know…quitting smoking, lose weight, get into better shape, make more money, work less, spend more time with family, tame the bulge……. but by March we are back where we once were, resolutions forgotten. Now, we made them with good intentions, or maybe after a few glasses of bubbly….so what is the trick?


Life is too short not to be living the way we want to be. Set your intentions…….be very clear on what you want, the more clarity the better. write it out, see it, feel it and believe it. For instance, lets say you want to lose weight…..don’t just say I want to lose weight or even 10 lbs……yes you can say I want to lose 10 lbs, but how will that feel, what will you look like? Will you feel and look healthy, alive more vibrant? Then picture that. Create a dream board with photos on it or with one of the new phones you can record you goal….get detailed about you will feel and listen it to every day especially when you are feeling weak or want to give up.
Clear intentions……..I know I have set mine out, wrote it out and even voice recorded mine so I can listen to it every day… I want to make every day count……isn’t that what’s life all about??
Here’s to making 2012 our best year yet!!!