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A Hot Pot of Miso Soup

My family is sick: the husband with a sore throat, the baby with the start of a sniffle, and the kid with a glorious case of Overdoing-Just-Need-to-Stay-Home. I feel like a jersey cow for an insatiable nursling and a nursemaid with hot tea and sympathy for everyone else.

I had expected a fun holiday weekend! There were barbecues to attend and beaches to sloth on. The kiddos’ need for comfort and my husband’s need for space begin to push my buttons and soon the inner martyr in me starts up inside my head: SHE never gets to rest when I’m sick. SHE never sleeps in. SHE never gets comfort when her throat hurts.

I take a deep breath and choose, today, to not complain at my annoying family. Tweet this

…this annoying family that I love with every part of my being but who know better than anyone exactly where I keep my goat. 1-Mississippi-2 Mississipi-3, and I remember the hot Cold Care tea my husband made me two nights ago when I was feeling run-down. 4-Mississippi-5-Mississippi-6 I remember the extra sleep I got while he took the baby for endless bounces around the living room and I rested with a lavender sachet on my eyes and a Yoga Nidra meditation coming in through my earphones.

7-Mississippi-8 Mississippi-9…

Tweet: It turns out my inner martyr is being a bit of a bitch.

I take a few more breaths and pad into the kitchen to make my peace offering. My inner martyr keeps quiet while we eat miso soup together. It’s salty and warm and it’s good for what ails us.

I want to take beautiful pictures for you but this is what my life- and my soup- actually looks like.

(I want to take beautiful pictures for you but this is what my life- and my soup- actually looks like.)

 

Want to make miso soup? Continue reading

How to Have Smooth, Cellulite-free Skin (and a healthier immune system)

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Want to detoxify your body systems and get beautiful, glowing skin? Daily dry brushing is a wonderful practice for improving both skin softness and internal health. By gently brushing the skin, the lymphatic system is stimulated to eliminate waste matter. Dry brushing removes dead skin cells and improves the appearance and existence of cellulite. Because of its detoxifying effect on the body, it also strengthens the immune system. And it wakes you up in the morning!

All good reasons to start a daily dry brushing practice. Here’s how to do it: Continue reading

Weekend Web for July 29, 2013

This week on the web: How to win delicious raw spreadable cacao beauty food. How coaching works to help people reach and maintain their health goals. How awareness of mortality helps motivate you to create the life you want. How to be beautiful, shining sunbeams-style! Continue reading

Edible Landscaping, or: The Garden of Champions!

This looks like the beginning of a beautiful, bountiful harvest.

This looks like the beginning of a beautiful, bountiful harvest.

I always hear Freddie Mercury singing We Are the Champions* whenever someone mentions a victory garden, so of course I love that term. My sweetie and I had the amazing good fortune of being able to buy a house this past winter. My dream of owning a house has long included three goals: backyard chickens, honeybees, and a little champion vegetable garden of my own.

I don’t have chickens or beehives yet, but I have the veggies. At least I will soon. I’ve dabbled with herb gardening for years, but this is the first time I’ve had my own space to do whatever I want with the yard. Our back yard is nice and large but totally shaded by neighboring redwood trees, so if I want to grow food it has to be in the front yard. So a little front yard food garden it is. Today’s post is about that work in progress. Continue reading