A cold wintery sunrise in New Jersey
Five new (to me) blogs I adore:
Slow Your Home: The Simpler Life You Want
The Minimalist Mom
The Simple Year
The Fearse Family
A Cup of Jo
It started with a quest to find the perfect words to politely say “no gifts please” on Max’s birthday party invites. We have Christmas presents that haven’t been taken out of their boxes yet and he just doesn’t need anything. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful. We are very lucky to have our needs met. But when it comes to stuff, I really want to simplify. As I mentioned on my About page, I love the idea of minimalism…but I have a hard time letting go of all the excess (like clothes that haven’t been worn in years or my 25-year-old collection of Lisa Frank stickers). As I write this I am inspired to lighten up. I’ve already put my wedding dress on Craigslist and stacked up all of the novels I’ll probably never read again. And if I did, I could just borrow them from the library. Now it’s time to tackle the stationary drawer(s).
What are you holding on to that could go? Do you have any favorite blogs?
27 Things I am grateful for this week:
- The cool breeze on this beautiful fall day
- Baby snuggles
- Yummy bagels from our local shop down the street
- The smell of sweet potatoes roasting in the oven
- A splash of vanilla syrup in my coffee
- DVR- no commercials
- Having a quiet moment to myself
- My new husband
- Hash browns
- Baby M still has blue eyes
- Splendid leggings (see through but oh-so-soft)
- Pinterest holiday inspiration
- A cute yoga studio nearby
- Friends that “get me”
- Bike riding
- Sandy toes from a walk on the beach
- Yesterday’s coffee date & chitchat with Mom
- Dirty Chai at EcoBean
- Organic goodies at Nature’s Food Patch in Clearwater
- Smiles from strangers when they see Baby M
- Travel memories
- The excitement of the holidays
- The freedom of choice
- Access to information
Some things may be silly while others are serious, but all that really matters is to begin each day with a grateful heart. Melanie Greenberg from Psychology Today writes
Experiencing and expressing gratitude is an important part of any spiritual practice. It opens the heart and activates positive emotion centers in the brain. Regular practice of gratitude can change the way our brain neurons fire into more positive automatic patterns. The positive emotions we evoke can soothe distress and broaden our thinking patterns so we develop a larger and more expansive view of our lives. Gratitude is an emotion of connectedness, which reminds us we are part of a larger universe with all living things.
Gratitude is pretty powerful stuff.
What are you grateful for today?
*The five links I’m referring to are in bold, the rest are just the background story. Enjoy and please share what you’re reading online!
1. Have you heard of Kathy Freston? She’s another gorgeous vegan author who’s always got a positive spin on life. A few months ago I read her book Veganist, which is full of cheerful advice, suggestions and personal stories. Click here for a short interview with her.
I’ll have what she’s having please.
2. Fellow blogger/yogini Lindsey found a veggie food truck in NYC…how cool is that?
3. I have an attractions to bucket lists, even if I don’t finish them on time. As with most things, I’ve decided it’s more about the intention than the outcome. Here’s a link for the the cutest summer bucket list idea ever.
Originally found on pinterest, picture taken by Jenny & Josh Solar
4. There are days I could use some hints for shifting my perspective. I like this simple list: Five Ways to Let Go of Your Story
5. And last but not least… summer traveling with the Spork Sisters. I adore these lovely ladies as well (click here to read about a cooking class with them, or here to get the recipe that wowed M’s family). By the way, I’m away this week myself… so I will be back with veggie pics in a few days. xoxo
What’s tickling your fancy on the internet (or elsewhere)?
It’s awards season in the blogging world, and I’m honored to share that House Poulette nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m not really sure what that means, but I’m happy to have a fan. Thanks for the love!
Here are the rules:
Nominate 7 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
Thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
Share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
Blogs I love:
- Her New Leaf ~ Awesome advice for bloggers, as well as crafty ideas and fun Cali pics
- A Sonoma Garden ~ If you’ve ever dreamed about living in an organic California garden, check out her gorgeous photos and posts
- Meet the Shannons ~ A creative couple who’s veganizing recipes from The Betty Crocker Cookbook
- Chocolate Covered Katie ~ Amazingly delicious recipes that are healthy
- A Dose of Pretty ~ Pictures of all things pretty
- Crunchy Betty ~ My go-to for homemade product ideas and recipes
- Manifest Vegan ~ Gorgeous healthy recipe photos, plus the occasional post about happiness
Seven random facts about me:
- Sex and the City is my favorite show ever.
- I went to NYC to see each of the movies.
- I’m a Pisces and so is my gay hubby.
- I’m obsessed with avocado.
- My favorite place is the beach.
- My buddies and I like to make up silly bowling names.
- I love magazines, especially Marie Claire.
Can you guess which one’s me?
What are your favorite blogs? Care to share a random fact about yourself?
(I’m beach bunny….M was Jersey and this was one of the few times I’ve scored higher than him.)
The beautiful & talented Anoushka Shankar
Songs I really love for an hour long yoga flow practice:
Easy by Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale
Melody by Kate Earl
Sunday by Sia
True to Myself by Ziggy Marley
Let it Out by Starrfadu
Again and Again by Jewel
Wonderful Life by Estelle
There’s Hope by India.Arie
Life Uncommon by Jewel
Reasons to Love You by Meiko
Find My Way Back Home by Priscilla Ahn
Those Sweet Words by Norah Jones
Like a Star by Corinne Bailey Rae
Across the Universe by The Beatles
One Road for Freedom by Ben Harper
Imagine by Jack Johnson
Suni-ai (slow) by Snatam Kaur
A surfer with soul: Jack Johnson
What’s on your yoga mix?
Happy birthday Veggie Vinyasa! It’s been one year since I first hit the “publish” button and sent all of my thoughts, feelings and pictures out into cyberspace (click here to read my first post). Last spring I was so excited during yoga teacher training that I wanted a place to trade info about the cool new stuff I was learning, plus I used to be one of those people that posted their dinner on Facebook all the time so it only made sense to move the pics over to their own special little place.
12 Months of Blogging
Here’s why I love blogging:
- It’s fun. It’s a creative outlet. It’s like a diary, but without the angst. Plus photos make everything better.
- Bloggers read other blogs (it just started happening…and then I was hooked). I may be the only person I know in real life that’s obsessed with veggie ingredients and farmers’ markets, but there’s a whole world of people out there that share the same enthusiasm.
- Bloggers are usually passionate about their recipe posts, therefore I trust them because they really do like what they post.
- I love, love, love reader feedback. Even if someone points out that my Sanskrit translation is wrong or I messed up a fact somewhere (hey, it’s happened…we’re all human and I fully own my bloopers). Feel free to write me, compliment me or point out a mistake. Share your favorite recipes, products, places, stories. I love it all!
As if you really needed a reason to look forward to lunch, but I wanted to share why I love bringing healthy homemade food to the breakroom table.
5 Reasons packing your own lunch rocks:
- Something yummy to look forward to all morning
- Saves time and energy when you need it the most: during the workday (easier to spend a few minutes the night before on preparation than to run out during your break to buy something)
- Hardly any waste, especially when you’ve got special reusable containers and a cool lunchbox/bag
- You’ll have tons of energy from nutritious wholesome food
- It’s a conversation starter
Today’s veggie-licious lunch
Just this afternoon someone asked me what was in the bowl. They had never heard of quinoa, so I was in my glory as I described how easy it is to make and all the yummy things you can do with it (like make breakfast in a jiffy).
Here’s a list of today’s lunch mix-up:
- 1 c. cooked quinoa
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 4 radishes, chopped
- 1/2 c. canned white beans, rinsed (Eden brand)
- 3 Tbsp. avocado
- 2 Tbsp. dressing
- sprinkle of fresh basil and parsley
Dressing: (estimated amounts)
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 3 Tbsp. flax oil
- 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
*Shake all ingredients in a jar, store in the fridge. Pour a little on the salad in the morning. Save the rest in the fridge for another day.
As per a reader suggestion (Thanks Jennifer), I shook the whole thing up at lunch and let the avocado get all over everything so every bite was avocado-licious. Yummm!
What do you pack for lunch? Do you have any delicious salad dressing recipes? Please share!