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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Yoga Life

Yoga has been a part of my life for over 15 years now.  Yoga means more to me than just the Asanas.  I have over the years tried to adapt the Yogic way of life.  Meaning that I live in a way of positive open heart with the ability to see beyond the surface and continue to reach for the unity connection us humans share on this earth.  I happen to run across the website of a fitness model and writer that I adore, amylynnglover.com and I found some of her videos.  I want to share the funniest youtube video I have seen in a quite a while.  I totally cracked up the entire video.  I was thinking how on earth do these people make something so serious this funny??

On a more serious note discussing my Yoga practice which I plan to begin writing more about on my blog.  I would love to share a book I read and still read.  "Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the path of Yoga" by Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison.  This book can be purchased at amazon.com
If you have been practicing yoga for a while or new to it I think you will enjoy the format and appreciate the practice more and more as you adopt your style.

I taught Yoga for several years but decided to take a break to continue to enrich my education and my own practice.  I also currently decided to go on hiatus with my personal training.   This was a personal decision for me and a tough one to make but I feel as if I did this with best intentions.  I am doing my best to continue to provide for my family and help my husband as we go through the financial difficulties we have faced from his accident two years ago.  I had to decide to dig my heels and find a way to help provide.  I walked in circles for probably a year.  I trained my few clients and never felt like I was going anywhere productive.  I went back to my roots- YOGA and MEDITATION.
I discovered through my yoga practice that I was not living the life that truly connected me to the universe and that I needed to really find out my purpose.  Here I am, still searching but I do have a plan and it has me up in a whirlwind trying to get it off the ground but I am grounded completely as I do so.

I can't wait to share with my audience all of my wonderful projects I have in the works but for now I will share a bit of wisdom.  The past and future are merely only  thoughts, God is present this very moment.  What we know for sure is right now.  And that is all.
Have a great friends.


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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY Review

Today's blog is a review of the DIY products I have tested lately.  I will start with the Dishwashing Detergent first.  I posted a while back pics of this and gave a tutorial.  This is a product I had high hopes for to really work as a DIY and I even tried a second formula and it was a fail twice.  My dishes would never come completely clean.   I washed them off well before loading to the dishwasher and even added the vinegar to the rinse cycle hoping this would come out crystal clean and no spots.
FAIL again.  My entire family had complaints how the dishes, glasses and silverware had a film on them.  I went back to my store bought formula until I can find another DIY formula that works better.  I am open to any reader's comments or suggestions.

I have also made the Liquid Dish Soap.  Once again this was a FAIL.
Ugh I know.  I  was disappointed.  I added the glycerine to the formula and this product came out stringy and weird.  My entire family will not touch the soap.
I have looked for the Meyer's bar soap at several locations and no luck finding it.  I used the Bonner's soap as my bar soap.  I think I will give this a try again with a different type of bar  next time around.  I am not crazy about the texture of the soap I made.

Now on the other hand, my laundry detergent rocks!  I have orders of people wanting to buy it now.  I am going to be selling it in a local co op in The Woodlands.  I am very pleased with the results of this product.   I will be making several different scents and it will come in clear plastic gallon container that is refundable on the next order.

I made the Air Freshner spray this past weekend with Orange and Lemon essential oils.  It smells amazing. I have been using essential oils as air freshners for quite sometime.  My favorite scent is Spearmint.  People tell me how wonderful my house smells when I use Spearmint.  I use essential oils from www.nowfoods.com.

I made the Glass Cleaner also.  I love it!  I use a spray bottle, vinegar, alcohol and dawn soap.  This cleans glass and chrome unbeliveably.  This gets an A plus just like the laundry detergent.

Some of the DIY are better than the product you can buy in the store  but some are a complete waste of time and money.  As DIY is a part of my blog I feel it is my responsibility to share the good and bad with my audience.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Fresh Ginger Dressing... Shared from The Pioneer Woman's Blog

Fresh Ginger Dressing

Tasty Kitchen Blog Fresh Ginger Dressing

I love homemade salad dressing, but for some odd reason, never make it! Then, after having dinner at a friend’s house a few weeks ago where I tasted the most delicious homemade dressing that she just whipped up a few minutes before the meal, I got inspired. I was ready.
Good salad dressing really does “make” the salad, plus it’s super easy! I mean, it only takes five minutes, if that! In the time it would take you to find good bottled dressing in the grocery store and make it through the check-out lane, you could have your own homemade dressing already on the table.
So, after eating at my friend’s house, I came home and searched Tasty Kitchen for simple, homemade salad dressings. This Fresh Ginger Dressing by afarmgirlsdabbles immediately caught my eye! It’s absolutely addictive and turns regular ol’ salads into something magical. Try it and taste for yourself!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Fresh Ginger Dressing
I told you it’s super easy! All you need to make this dressing is vegetable oil, rice vinegar, salt, pepper, honey and fresh ginger, of course.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Fresh Ginger Dressing
If you don’t like using fresh ginger because it’s a pain to peel, allow me to share with you this little secret a chef I used to work with taught me, and that is using a spoon to peel the ginger! Just lightly scrape the thin skin off with the edge of a spoon and it comes right off. It makes all those crevices much easier to peel. Once you do the spoon trick, you’ll never go back. Trust me on this.

Tasty Kitchen Blog Fresh Ginger Dressing
To make the dressing, just put all the ingredients together in a pint-sized jar and shake, shake, shake!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Fresh Ginger Dressing
Keep. On. Shaking!

Tasty Kitchen Blog Fresh Ginger Dressing
Now you have your own sweet and spicy ginger dressing. It tastes just like the kind from my favorite Thai restaurant in Florida.

The recipe says that this dressing will stay fresh in your fridge for a week in a Mason jar. I’ll definitely be making this all summer long! Thanks for the lovely recipe, Brenda (who shared it from her grandma’s recipe box!). Have you visited her blog A Farm Girl’s Dabbles yet? You must. You simply must.



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Difficulty Easy
Servings 10

Recipe Description

Sweet and full of zing, this fresh and easy ginger dressing promises to be your go-to salad topper of the summer!

Preparation Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a pint jar and shake vigorously. That’s it! Serve with your favorite fresh greens. Keeps well in the refrigerator for 1 week.
Adapted from my Grandma Renelt’s recipe box, one of my favorite recipes in all the world.


  • ½ cups Vegetable Oil
  • ½ cups Rice Vinegar (or Regular White Vinegar)
  • ⅓ cups Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Fresh Ginger
  • Pinch Of Kosher Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons Freshly Ground Black Pepper

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