I was so touched by this video showing real-life examples of people risking their lives for the benefit of strangers. I had to share. Grab your tissues and soak up the inspiration! No matter how dark and dismal things may seem in our world sometimes, here is proof: there is STILL GOOD in the world!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies and Target. I received samples and a promotional item to facilitate my review.
Recently I had the opportunity to try out Huggies Little Snugglers diapers on my newborn son, David. I was so excited to try these because the generic brand I was using were leaky, had a boxy fit that looked uncomfortable and weren't keeping my baby's sensitive skin dry. Huggies understands how delicate newborn skin is and so they have created a product that caters to that special need. I was so impressed with the trim fit, the absorption, and most of all how well the Huggies Little Snugglers kept the moisture and my baby's mess away from his skin. All of my kids have extra sensitive skin so we have to be careful, the health of their skin is of the utmost importance to me which is why I prefer products that can help us avoid irritated skin, rather than treat it after the damage has been done. David has had no rashes since we started using the Huggies Little Snugglers; I love that with these diapers my baby is getting unbeatable skin care.
How do Huggies Little Snugglers work this magic, you ask? Huggies has created a GentleAbsorb layer in their cushy Little Snugglers that keeps the mess away from baby's skin. There are so many things that make these diapers stand out against other brands. For one, they are cottony soft, almost like cloth, unlike other brands that feel rough and papery. They have a wetness indicator so you know when it's time for a change. There is an umbilical cord cutout for newborns to keep from having a diaper that rubs this sensitive area. The stretchy SnugFit Waistband allows for a great fit and helps to keep the mess inside, where it belongs!
The New! Huggies Little Snugglers are available nationwide in grocery stores and mass retailers. They come in sizes Preemie to 3. And another thing I love about these diapers? Great price! Generally $11.99 for a Jumbo pack and $22.99 for a Big pack. I bought my diapers at Target, one of my favorite places to shop for their great selection, wonderful customer service, and competitive pricing. The diapers were easy to find in the baby section and the shelves were stocked nicely with an array of Huggies Little Snugglers. In case you're wondering, these diapers are available to order online too from Target.com, how convenient is that?
Now do you want to hear something really exciting? You have a chance to win a years supply of diapers! It's super easy. When you create a Baby Registry at Target.com and add Huggies Little Snugglers diapers and Huggies Natural Care wipes to your registry you'll be well on your way to the potential prize. Upload your registry link to the Huggies Register Your Wish website and you will be entered in a sweepstakes to win a years supply of diapers!
You've got to try these diapers, I just know you'll love them as much as I do. We all know how important gentle touch is to baby's development; the first hugs, snuggles and touch that baby feels is from you, one of the very next is the diaper that they must wear--why not make that diaper the softest and gentlest one possible? Huggies Little Snugglers are more than worth a try, you won't be disappointed!
Considering the state of current events, whether it be in Ferguson, MO, Iraq, the Ukraine or elsewhere, I thought it would be appropriate to share the following.
Often we can feel powerless when listening to news of unrest and horror the world over, but I truly believe that in those situations one power that we each have is to share our light and let it extend as far as you can visualize. This brings comfort, is proactive, and can truly make a difference in how you feel thereby positively affecting those who interact with you and that is where the ripple effect of spreading the light begins.
I am a big fan of life coach, Kundalini yoga teacher, and spiritual inspiration Gabrielle Bernstein. Her work based on Kundalini Yoga and A Course In Miracles has made a marked difference in how I approach my life, my difficulties and my view of the world and my part in it. Meditation too has brought a greater sense if peace, calm, and yes even control to my life.
That's why, in a world with so much turmoil, where one can feel at a loss for what to do, I encourage you to use the following guided meditation to help grow and share your light as a proactive approach to healing the world. Remember, you truly have something spectacular to share with the world; you are the light, we all are.
I don't know about you, but it feels like we always have so many things going on. My daughter and I both love crafting, but even on days when we are staying home it seems like there's too much to do here and we can't get into any project that's too involved. We want to hang out and do something special together though, so what's a Mom and Gal to do?
Piper and I realized that we both love making pretty things we can wear to show off our craftiness; good old fashioned friendship bracelets are easy, don't take a lot of materials, and don't take a lot of time. In a half hour we had made several bracelets in varying styles and even came up with a beaded foot sandle bracelet that took like 30 seconds to make...or maybe a little longer ;-) Check 'em out:
Do you have any ideas for other fun crafts, games, whatevs that moms and gals can do together without too many materials or too much time?
Recently, I had the awesome opportunity to test out an ingenious product called the Veggetti. The Veggetti turns your veggies into spaghetti! I was thrilled about finding a kitchen tool that could do this for me because one of my favorite recipes calls for summer squash made into spaghetti noodles. The recipe comes from Mariel Hemingway's divine cookbook Mariel's Kitchen, it is called Summer Squash "Linguini" with Chicken, Goat Cheese, and Basil.
Previously, making this delicious recipe, though rewarding, was kind of a pain because I didn't have a tool that would properly make my summer squash into spaghetti. I was using a julienne peeler which was difficult, often caused me to cut myself, and created a lot of waste. My food processor couldn't do it either, all it would create was shreds. The Veggetti is easy to use, it's shape makes it easy to handle and protects your hands from the blades. Also with the Veggetti there is minimal waste so you get the most out of your veggies. The best part, besides the fact that you can choose either thick or thin noodle widths, is that the Veggetti works! It makes long, perfect veggie spaghetti! When I was done, the Veggetti was simple to wash; I ran it under warm water with a quick swipe of a scrub brush and then tossed it in the dishwasher.
In case you don't already understand how fabulous this product is, here is a summary:
·The Veggetti® turns vegetables into delicious, healthy spaghetti, instantly
·By using zucchini, squash, carrots, cucumbers and potatoes, the Veggetti® creates thick or thin pasta with significantly less calories and carbs than traditional noodles.
·Ordinary pasta has 800 calories and 160 grams of carbs compared to 60 calories and 8 grams of carbs using Veggetti®!
·Great for those who are trying to make healthier food choices, diabetics, or on gluten-free diets
·The Veggetti® is quick & easy to use, has stainless steel blades, and is dishwasher safe
·Veggetti® is available at Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walgreens, CVS and other fine retailers nationwide
Now I know you want to try this product too, so guess what? The Veggetti team has graciously offered to send a gift pack to one lucky blog reader. Please post a comment on this post before August 25th, 2014 telling me what excites you about the Veggetti and I will choose a winner at random (I'll do it the old fashioned way--pull a name from a hat!) You may be the lucky one to try out the Veggetti in your kitchen for free!
Secondly, I know the picture above must have you salivating (that's the effect it has on me!) So here is the recipe, with some variations made by me. You'll see that there are many easy substitutions you could make (for example, shallot or regular onion for the torpedo onion.). I promise you it is divine!!
Summer Squash "Linguini" with Chicken, Goat Cheese, and Basil (modified from Mariel's Kitchen)
2 Tbs Coconut or Olive Oil 1/2 Bag Trader Joe's Pre-Cooked Grilled Chicken Strips (freezer section) Sea Salt 1 Tbs Unsalted Butter 1 Tbs minced Torpedo Onion 1 Garlic clove, minced 1/4 Cup Water 3 Small Zucchini Spaghetti made with Veggetti 3 Small Yellow Squash Spaghetti made with Veggetti 1/4 Cup Julienned Basil 5 Oz. Goat Cheese, Crumbled 1. Defrost chicken in microwave, toss with 1 Tbs oil, set aside. Add remaining 1 Tbs oil to a saute pan over medium heat. 2. Add butter to pan. Add onion and saute until soft. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. Add water and squash, saute for 3 to 4 minutes until soft. Remove from heat and toss with chicken and basil. serve with goat cheese crumbled on top. Salt to taste. Serve immediately.
It. Is. SO. GOOD.
In May of 2010 my life was about to make a major shift and I had no idea. I was on a weekend trip to Philadelphia with my then husband to commemorate our tenth year of a marriage that was now crumbling. As I sat across the table from my husband at World Cafe eating, and listening to live music, the silence at our table hung awkwardly between us. Then, as if to save us from these long painful moments of nothingness, a soothing, magical voice came from the stage. I turned my attention to it and immediately I was struck by this stunning spark of a person who exuded genuine beauty and love for every person in the audience. I have known few people who so fully shared themselves openly and honestly with the world, not only that but the light she shared seemed to come from a real desire to touch each person with a dose of love and acceptance. I let her music carry me away into hope for a future of real, lasting love--not knowing at the time that it wouldn't be resurrected in the ruins of my current marriage but would be found anew elsewhere.
The singer-songwriter on that stage was the beauty pictured above: Alyse Black, a true talent (which is a phrase that fails to do her justice) and a real treasure. I just had to meet her when her set was done, it was only a few words but I could feel her genuine gratitude at my words of admiration and could tell that not only did she absolutely love what she was doing--that she seemed to feel it was in her bones, something she had to do--but that everything she shared with her stage presence was completely honest and was really her. I walked away feeling uplifted, and holding two of her signed cd's in my hand.
Alyse's music carried me through the breakup of my marriage, the heartache, confusion and fear. And her music was with me when I found that real and lasting love that I had hoped for. Four amazing (though challenging), unexpected and love and light filled years later, I have a loving partner, a best friend, and a father to two more children, adding to the three I came into our relationship with, totaling a brood of five crazy, beautiful, lively children whom I can't imagine my life without.
Through the wonders of social media, I have been able to follow Alyse on her journey as a singer-songwriter and as a mother as she has welcomed two precious, children into her life who have clearly inherited her special spark. Alyse shares herself fully with her fans, the quirky and the lovely. Her music continues to resonate and to draw me into feelings of comfort, laughter, joy, and peace. Her voice--there's nothing like it--raw and real and dripping with her special, sparkly light. That is why I am thrilled to introduce you to her and to share her latest and most exciting project yet.
The Love + Laughter project is a journey to her re-debut album as she takes her music to the next level, with a hope of sharing it with even more of the world. I can't tell you how much I love and believe in this woman that for all intents and purposes I don't even know, and yet through her music (and her social media presence) I feel that I do. Her music is perfect, and beautiful and needed in this world that can often feel overwhelming and lacking in light and love.