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7 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 7

  • Posted on: 28 November 2016
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Today we enter the last day of our Sarah Beth Yoga 7 Day Challenge on Gratefulness . I hope you have gained some insight and perspective in going through this practice. Today's challenge focuses on deep stretching for the chest and back. As a bonus, Sarah added an extra 30 minute back bending practice. I plan to do that one this evening as we close out the challenge. A big thank you to Sarah Beth Yoga for providing these videos on youtube. If you like what you have done so far, she has many more practices and challenges available on her channel. Thank you all for participating!

7 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 4

  • Posted on: 25 November 2016
  • By: jessica
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I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving surrounded by friends and loved ones. We enjoyed a lot of good food and hearty laughs yesterday. But, I was on my feet a lot and spent my night sleeping on a couch (a very comfty couch, but still a couch!). This lower back yoga was much needed. Today we continue our 7 Day Yoga Practice from Sarah Beth Yoga on Gratefulness .

7 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 3

  • Posted on: 24 November 2016
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I hope those of you participating in this gratefulness yoga challenge from Sarah Beth Yoga have been seeing some benefits. I love reminding myself to be thankful every day. It has brought me a lot of peace. Sarah Beth says about this third day " This power yoga workout for back strength is fantastic way to improve your posture, stand tall, and build a healthy back and spine to prevent back pain." Let's get moving!

7 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 1

  • Posted on: 22 November 2016
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This Thanksgiving I have a heavier heart than usual. We recently lost a precious person in my family that I love dearly. This will be our first Thanksgiving without her. I am so excited to see my family and prepare an amazing meal for us all to enjoy together, but my heart misses my sweet aunt. I have decided to take an extra step in my gratefulness journey with a 7-day yoga challenge on gratefulness from Sarah Beth Yoga . By participating in this challenge, I hope to lighten my heart a little and remind myself of all the amazing things in my life. My aunt was one of the most joyful people I...

My favorite hot tea right now

  • Posted on: 21 November 2016
  • By: jessica
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One of the suggestions I recently received on my post about stress reducing methods was incorporating more hot tea into my life. I love teas, but sometimes I do not make the time to sit and relax with a warm cup at the end of the day. I have started adding this routine back into my life and I can tell a difference in my level of calm. My current go to tea is Yogi Honey Lavender Stress Relief. The flavors, aromas, and ingredients are so calming. I hope you'll give it a try soon!

5 Food topics to discuss instead of politics this Thanksgiving

  • Posted on: 20 November 2016
  • By: jessica
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Terrified of the confrontations from relatives regarding politics this year? People on all sides are dealing with high levels of stress from this election year. We thought we would give you some interesting food topics to keep the political stressers at bay. 1. The History Grandma's Favorite Recipe Does your grandmother have a recipe she makes each year for the holidays? This year is a great time to ask her all about this tradition. When was the first time she remembers making it? Did her mother make it too? Have the ingredients changed over the years? 2. Pecan. How is it pronounced? This is...

Bone Broth

  • Posted on: 19 November 2016
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As cold and flu season starts this year one of the many things I try to include in my immune boosting arsenal is Bone Broth. Here is a simple video we made to show you how to cook it youself at home!

My Current Meditation

  • Posted on: 18 November 2016
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We all know this time of year is a stressful time. I recently shared a post asking my readers for ideas on Stress Relief. I got some awesome suggestions. One of them was getting back into my meditation practice. I always seem to forget how truly helpful daily meditation is. The last three days I have done the same guided meditation. Usually I do a new one each day, but this one is soooo good I plan to do it several more days in a row. I wanted to share it so that any of you who may need some peace as the Holidays begin will have this at your fingertips. I highly recommend it!

Photos that show gravy making is not as scary as you think

  • Posted on: 17 November 2016
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I don't know about you, but when I first started learning how to make gravy I was both terrified and intrigued. How do I get this mess of glue I keep preparing to become the smooth, delicious magic that my grandmothers prepared for me as a kid? I have finally got it down (most of the time ha), so I wanted to share some of my favorite graphics that helped me. Look over these and after some practice you will be riding on the gravy train too. See! You can do it. Read more here. More easy directions . I'm telling you, you got this! But if all esle fails.... use this Simply Organic packet . I've...

Easy (Mock) Creme Brulee

  • Posted on: 16 November 2016
  • By: jessica
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When you think of creme brulee I'm sure thoughts of fancy restaurants and candlelit dinners flash through your head. We all enjoy an expensive night out with friends and family, but there is no reason to not have those same flavors at home on a Tuesday! This recipe uses only three ingredients! It is quick to make and tastes delightful.

Christmas Brunch Cocktail

  • Posted on: 15 November 2016
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Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of year. The crisp air brings hopes of snow, cozy fires, and quality time spent with the ones you love. In my adult years I have grown to love a big Christmas brunch. I enjoy preparing eggs, bacon, biscuits, fresh fruit and of course no brunch is complete without a delightful cocktail! My go to Summer cocktail is a mimosa so for Christmas I decided to do a mimosa with a twist. The combination of cranberry and rosemary always puts me in the mood for holiday cheer. This year as you snuggle up close to those you love, open gifts, and sing carols I...

Pepperplace Market

  • Posted on: 14 November 2016
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One of my favorite markets in town is Pepperplace Market. I love running into friends and neighbors each time I visit. On one of my recent visits I was entranced by the amazingness of Hepzibah Farms . The flowers and the sampler basket I purchased were enough to last all throughout the week. I highly recommend you stop by and see these guys!

Go-to morning smoothie recipe

  • Posted on: 13 November 2016
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Today I want to share with you guys my go-to smoothie recipe! I am not a fan of big meals when I wake up early in the mornings. I need something simple and easy to consume that will give me a ton of nutrients quickly. This smoothie recipe gives me the energy I need to get through my busy work day and feel great.

Vegan Southern Goodness

  • Posted on: 12 November 2016
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At our house we try to eat meat-free at least 3-4 times a week for budget and health reasons. When you eat vegetarian that often, it's important to keep variety in your diet. This week I have been hunting for some exciting Southern style vegan options to add to our weekly meals. Biscuits and Mushroom Gravy OMG! Who even knew this could be made vegan! So many childhood memories revolve around this meal. I can't wait to add this to our menu. Vegetarian Brown Sugar Collard Greens Collards are the epitomy of Southern cuisine. In South Carolina they were everywhere. I can't wait to try this vegan...

Five Fall stews to keep you warm inside

  • Posted on: 11 November 2016
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We are finally going to dip down into the 40s here in Alabama. I am relaxing with my windows open and dreaming of what delicious foods I will make in the next few months as Winter rolls in. Here are five clean eating stews I cannot wait to throw together soon. Cauliflower Soup from Kitchen Stewardship Look at that lovely, smooth cauliflower! Just look at it! Slow Cooker Tortilla Chicken Stew from The Gracious Pantry Simple, rustic, and full of hearty yumminess! This Vegan Chili from Spiffy Eats & Giggle Water One of our go to recipes this time of year. Spicy, smokey, and loaded with...

My "healthy" obsession with mushrooms

  • Posted on: 10 November 2016
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If you follow me on Instagram then you know that mushrooms are in my food ALL THE TIME. I love them. All different varieties. The earthy flavor and the smooth, rich texture are only some of the reasons I use them so often. Mushrooms are full of nutrition and immune boosting properites. Here is some info from Mercola on the health benefits of this delicious obsession of mine. Mushrooms from a farmer at our local market Pepperplace Market . The FASEB Journal recently published nine studies on mushrooms that were also presented at Experimental Biology 2013, which detailed a wide variety of...

Starbucks CEO to all Partners after the Trump election

  • Posted on: 9 November 2016
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Dear Partners, Last night, like so many of you, I watched the election returns with family and friends. And like so many of our fellow Americans – both Democrats and Republicans – I am stunned. We cannot know what the precise impact will be on our country and the rest of the world. I am hopeful that we will overcome the vitriol and division of this unprecedented election season. As Americans, we must honor the democratic process. We have a president-elect in Donald Trump, and it is our responsibility as citizens to give him the opportunity to govern well and bring our country together...

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