Dairy-free chocolate mousse

 

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Happy almost Valentine’s Day!  Just a quick idea for a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day if you’re game. 
 
I’m always looking for creamy delicious dairy-free alternatives for my little ones but they are quite particular in their tastes so it isn’t always an easy feat.  This recipe was appealing on all counts as it had few ingredients all of which I had on hand (always a bonus), involved coconut and was a hit with both my children.  In fact, the consensus was that it was actually a bit too chocolatey.       We decided that next time I should put a bit less of the cocoa or perhaps mixing it with some whipped coconut cream to lighten the whole mousse in general (ok, that one was my idea, wish I thought of it sooner).read more

Decipher your winter workout needs

 

_MG_6410 The weather in the Northeast has been brutally cold as of late, as I understand it the cold front has affected much of the country so we’re not alone but I’m ready for it to pass.  As I’ve chosen to hibernate the past couple days it got me thinking about how dramatically exercise routines change come the winter season and how that can affect our mood and our health in general.  One of the main principles of Ayurveda is how ‘like increases like’ which means that if you are feeling cold and damp eating or drinking something cold in nature will only increase that feeling.  Makes sense, don’t you think?  So what happens when we begin to apply this idea beyond the food and drinks we consume and carry it over into our fitness routines?  Interesting.read more

The magic is in the chewing.

photo (21)This time of the year is definitely the most popular for  many considering a cleanse, the start of the New Year.  Whether it is a fresh start mentality, we’ve overindulged over the holidays or we just think we should you’ll see all kinds of cleanses offered in January. Although I completely understand the desire I do think this time of the year in cold weather climates can be difficult for many body types.  There are some body compositions that just can’t take anything too harsh like complete juice or liquid cleanses and/or raw food cleanses.  If you’re a Vata dominant person you may find that too many raw. cold foods and drinks leave you feeling the same, raw and cold which then leaves your immune system vulnerable.read more

Lessons from a rescue pup

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The day started like any other Saturday.  There was a soccer game to attend that morning but after pouring over the website for hours the night before there was also a dog adoption clinic to attend.  What started as ‘let’s just go check it out’ quickly turned into filling out the application and proceeding with the interview process.  When we left with our beautiful puppy that day we had a good idea what was in store, somewhat, the rest would be lessons I needed.

People are inherently good.

Our pup, Maple, and her siblings were a last-minute addition to the Homeward Bound Dog Rescue crew when they were leaving Kentucky.  When the volunteers were notified these puppies were headed to a kill shelter they took the extra puppies despite their already full house.  The day they arrived at Homeward Bound there were 18 puppies that were adopted with just a few going home with their foster families.

 

There has been no better evidence of this than the grace and outpouring of love towards the victims and families in Newtown, CT, when there is loss and suffering people rise up.  Family, friends and strangers alike will give of themselves, their time and money as well as their hearts.  Proven with stories shared of the 26 acts of kindness in loving memory of the lives lost people will and are continuing to pay it forward.  It’s moving.    read more

Running on empty

My Wild River loves you!!! :)))

My intent this week was to finish up my healthy holiday treats article so I could post it for you but I ended up getting side tracked a bit.  Yesterday was my 6th day in 2 weeks home with a sick child the younger one took last week there was a one day over lap with the older sister falling ill this week.  Obviously my children are my first priority and when they’re sick I want to be with them but I quickly realized that when focusing solely on taking care of them ALL my self-care practices dissipate and before long I’m running on empty.

I’ve been hearing this for the last month or so, everyone is so busy pulled in so many directions and not truly caring for themselves.  The stress of the holiday season and all the extra demands it entails can turn an otherwise festive time into stress filled and potentially sick days.  Don’t let this happen to you.read more