Love… YOU!

Part 2 in the Valentines Day series.

Valentines Day is awesome because it allows you to show gratitude and love for others but I don’t think we show enough love for ourselves. If we don’t love our self we cant participate in healthy relationships. SO… Why not celebrate loving ourselves!

When I think about loving ourselves I think about all of the things we can do to nurture and celebrate ourselves.

For me loving yourself comes in the following ways:

Eating Healthy
Exercising
Mindfulness-breathing
Taking personal time
Setting boundaries
Saying no when you want to
Being free of guilt
Feeling feelings
Being proud without affirmation
Doing good for others

How do you love yourself?

I also can’t stop thinking about something one of my yoga instructors recently said. She brought up karma and the idea that we wait for karma to happen. She pointed out that the goodness that comes from karma doesn’t come in weeks or days but actually comes instantly. Doing good for others is an instant dose of karma because the “good” that comes back to you is the feeling of knowing that you just helped someone. I think this form of karma is a healthy dose of awesome and love.Breathe it in

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Activism is fun.

Big news… this month is Human Trafficking Awareness month. Months…months… months… months for everything right? Although I am not the biggest fan of designated months I do appreciate the opportunities these labeled time periods bring to unaware citizens. *Note: not the biggest fan because I think we should be activists all of the time. Anyways, this past Friday CAASE hosted a film screening (sex&money) and we had a GREAT turn out. It was incredible to be in a room with inspired activists who all shared (even if for that moment) a desire to bring social justice to the sex trafficking industry. To continue raising awareness I hosted a Lia Sophia party this past Sunday. If you haven’t heard about Lia Sophia quite yet, don’t you worry… I’ve got the scoop. Lia Sophia is a jewelry company with independent consultants. One of my dear friends from CAASE generously donated her time to help host the party and donate proceeds to CAASE. At the bottom of this post I put the information if you care to breeze the great jewelry and purchase a few items.

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amazing women buying jewelry for a great cause! win win!

I love hosting parties for several reasons. I love bringing friends together, cooking (of course), and the wonderful conversation that ensues. For this activism brunch I wanted to honor my friends goal of being healthy. I included lots of fruit and various baked good.

Menu

(Links included in titles)

Apple & Pear Salad with Honey and Seeds Orange and Cranberry Muffins Gluten Free (Vegan) Chocolate Banana Scones with nuts and cranberries Berry Oatmeal Bake **see below Mixed Berries

Berry Oatmeal Bake and mixed berries.

Berry Oatmeal Bake and mixed berries.

Pear & Apple salad with honey and seeds, melon, and apple, orange, and pear salad

Pear & Apple salad with honey and seeds, melon, and apple, orange, and pear salad

Gluten Free Scones

Gluten Free Scones

Orange Cranberry Scones

Orange Cranberry Scones

** For the oatmeal bake I changed the recipe quite a bit. I used a bag of frozen berries from trader instead of bananas. I also used about a tablespoon of honey on the bottom layer. I did not use cinnamon. I also sprinkled brown sugar on the top and allowed it to caramelized.

These amazing beautiful people!

Goddesses of Special Education

Goddesses of Special Education

Changing the world!

Changing the world!

Two of the most bad ass feminists out there.

Two of the most bad ass feminists out there.

Lia Sophia Order Information:

Beautiful jewelry that benefits CAASE!

Beautiful jewelry that benefits CAASE!

1. Go to www.liasophia.com/darcijenkins 2. Click on Browse Our Jewelry 3. Under hostess information you can search for Annie Warshaw. A pop up will appear and you can click on my name to access the show. 4. It will prompt you for a password at some point. The password is:XGNK8W. Also, don’t forget the awesome special that is going on! When you buy 1 item, you get 2 at 50% off. The best part is you pay full price for the lowest priced item. There is no limit on this so if you buy 2 full price items you can get 4 at 50% off.

The Green Monsta

My delightful husband is being a wonderful partner and helping me maintain the healthy yogi lifestyle I enjoy 🙂 We have been drinking Green Smoothies each morning and I must admit… I feel wonderful! The amazing thing about these smoothies is the lack of spinach taste. You only taste the fruit but reap all of the benefits of the greens (benefits listed at bottom of post).I have consumed more greens this week than I have in quite sometime. I have had a smoothie in the morning and spinach and kale salad for lunch. My body is very happy with my choices.

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Because of our massive consumption of spinach we had to adjust our normal grocery route and went out of our way to go to the legendary Stanley’s.

spinach

(10 lbs of spinach for $10, score!)

Annie’s Green Monster Smoothie

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  • 1 scoop of whey vanilla protein powder
  • 1 1/2 cups of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of baby kale
  • pb2 (can be purchased at Wholefoods)
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 c of water
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbs flaxseed

Place all ingredients into blender and liquefy.

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Stephen places a tablespoon of cocoa powder in his. You can substitute the banana with avocado

Stephen’s Green Monster Smoothie

  • 1 scoop of whey vanilla protein powder
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 c of spinach
  • 1/2 c of baby kale
  • 1 tbs flaxseed
  • 1/4 c of water
  • ice cubes

Place all ingredients into blender and liquefy.

 

The Benefits:

According to the research we have conducted, Green Smoothies are great for your metabolism, digestion, and provide you with an insane amount of vitamins. Since the greens are already pulverized your body can absorb the nutrients faster which allows you to benefit quicker. Further it helps regulate your digestion and gives you a ton of nutrients that we often don’t get on a regular basis (i.e. vitamin K). These smoothies also help your skin, hair and nails.

To read about the benefits of green smoothies check out the links below: