Unique Personalized Thanksgiving Invitations

Unique Personalized Thanksgiving Invitations

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As we are getting closer toward the Holiday season, I am beginning to realize that I need to  start planning for the get-togethers, and upcoming parties. But because I want every detail of those gatherings to be unique, I try to make my invitations as unique as the actual party.

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Zazzle custom invitations  are my favorite for this. The only thing I have a problem with is, to decide which ones to get. Today I am going to share with you, my three favorites from the  Thanksgiving party invite collection




I like this one, because of it’s uniqueness. I think it demands attention, even from those who usually just skim through their mail.








A more traditional approach, yet stunning, is this Thanksgiving Party invite. I love the darkness of it, and white font, that does not clash, but complements.







This one made me smile! A little less traditional, but cute, and funny, this card is also an attention getter.

The individual designers of these did an amazing job! You can see why I am having a hard time choosing.

Question: Which one of these are your personal favorites? Let me know in the comments below!

Herbal Teas For Colds: DIY Autumn Tea Mix

Herbal Teas For Colds: DIY Autumn Tea Mix

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Using herbal teas for colds, are one of my favorite, and most enjoyable way of utilizing the power of nature’s medicine cabinet. Herbal teas, in their wonderful varieties, taste yummy, are comforting, and are warming, just when we need it the most. This DIY Autumn Tea Mix is one of my favorite, and a continuous Fall regular.

You will need

A good digital kitchen scale. More on that after the recipe.

50 grams of rosehip
30 grams St. John’s Wort
10 grams coltsfoot
5 grams of dried hops
5 grams of dried linden leaves

Mix these herbs together very well, and store them in a tight container. I prefer to use mason jars, that I keep in a cool and dark place.

To make the tea:

Place one teaspoon of the mix into a cup with boiling hot water, and allow to steep covered for ten minutes (not shorter, as it takes a little while for this mixture to reach its full potential). Strain the tea, and enjoy with honey to sweetened it (if desired).

This tea can be enjoyed every day but is especially useful at the onset of a cold. Drink two cups, to aid you in shortening and defeating a cold.

Why you should invest in a good kitchen scale:

Digital kitchen scales, especially those who have different settings for ounces, as well as the metric system, are  an essential tool for precise cooking and mixing. I use them for all of my tea and spice mixes, as well as for baking.  Digital kitchen scales are available on Amazon in a variety of styles.

A few reasons to purchase a kitchen scale:

  • less food waste
  • more precise cooking
  • able to follow along national and international recipes due to different settings
  • makes it easier to maintain exact portion control
  • an inexpensive, but useful kitchen tool
  • less mess, because you can use one bowl by utilizing the reset option



The one I use is the Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale in black (it comes in at least 5 more colors at the moment). I like it because it can weigh up to 11 pounds, converts easily between the different systems and measurements, and it runs on 2 AAA batteries, and not some expensive or fancy battery that is hard to find. This inexpensive scale is available on Amazon.

Have a wonderful day!


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How To Create The Life Of Your Dreams

Goals, Success, Dreams, Law of Attraction

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You have goals, you are ambitious, and you know exactly where you want to be in life. Yet, it seems that despite
the fact that you have laid the ground work, you are not getting any closer to where you want to be. So the question is, how do you go from making the plan, to finding the opportunity?

You Have To Create Your Own Opportunity

goals, dreams, opportunities, chances, Law of AttractionWaiting for someone to offer you a position, help you start a business, or increase your visibility, is not going to happen. You need to take action to forge yourself your new life.

Many practioners of Law of Attraction forget that Action is as essential to the manifestation of your goals and dreams as the right mindset is. Forging opportunities by putting yourself out there, even if in the beginning with not-so effective steps, will bring forth opportunities, and signal to the Universe that you are ready to take on bigger responsibilities and actions. Your willingness to push through and fail, are what creates your chances to succeed.

Are you willing to create your own opportunities?


Today, as most Friday’s my focus is upon Gratitude. Gratitude in combination with action is a essential combination
in creating what we are seeking, so a daily practice of appreciation, and gratitude-journaling is important.

This week, I have many things to be grateful for
– neighbors that made me laugh
– a caring friend who was willing to listen, when I wanted to talk
– a wonderful lunch of healthy vegetables, which we just finished eating
– the fact that this country is a Democracy, and that we have a chance to vote, even if we don’t agree with all that
is being said by the cantidates
– the many learning opportunities I encounter each and every day

Today, is also the day to finish a few sentences that the lovely “Friendly Fill Ins” blog hop, (you can participate by clicking on this link  where we are asked to fill in the blanks of sentences. This week’s prompt is:

___ a _____________________________
My favorite magazine is _______________________________________
Even though _____________________________


My answers are:

Smile a little bit more often! It reduces stress, and it makes people wonder what you are up to!
My favorite magazine is, well, I really do not have a favorite magazine. The last one I read was “Consumer  Report”,on my Kindle via Kindle Unlimited, so I can read them for free. I like “Shape”, “Vegetarian Times”, and “Yoga”, which  are also on Kindle Unlimited.
Even though my week is very busy, I will make sure I have time to take care of myself. Scheduling time for self-care is important if you want to stay healthy in the long run. People are counting on you!

I am wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


Papaya-Orange-Raspberry Smoothie

smoothie recipe Papaya Orange Raspberry
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With the impending Fall, around the corner, cold and flu season are not far away. To prevent making this a yearly tradition, I make sure that everyone in our household gets the proper vitamins they need to fight whatever comes their way. This  Papaya-Orange-Raspberry Smoothie is filled with immune-boosting vitamin C, and taste divine! So pull out your blender, and make this delicious smoothie for your family!

This recipe makes two servings

You will need: 

1 medium papaya
the juice from 8 oranges
1 1/2 cups of frozen raspberries
Peel the papaya, and disregard the seeds (which can be easily removed from the halved papaya with a spoon), and
dice it into cubes. Place the papaya, the orange juice, and the frozen raspberries into the blender, and blend
until smooth and creamy. I like my smoothies a little thicker, while I add a little extra orange juice for my kids
who like a thinner consistency better. It is completely up to you!
Pour into two tall glasses, and serve immediately!

Smoothie: Papaya-Orange-RaspberryIf you have never tried papayas, you are missing out on the bountiful health benefits this powerful fruit has to offer. It is low in calories, and therefore fits into any healthy lifestyle, without having to worry about adding any extra pounds.

Papaya is known to lower blood pressure, and eases respiratory distress, while it’s juice works wonders for menstrual problems and clarifies the skin, freeing it from acne. If you are around a lot of smokers, this wonderful and tasty fruit will aid you in clearing your airways from the negative effects of second-hand smoke.





Papaya enzymes, like these chewable tablets from American Health, are a great digestive aid, that should be taken after each meal, to optimize your digestive track.

Related post:  Health Benefits of Cucumber – Plus A Green Smoothie Recipe!

What is your favorite way to include papaya into your diet?



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disease. Please contact your health care professional if you are in need of medical attention, and read our disclaimer
page for additional details. Thank you

KIND Nutritional Bar Review: New Pressed By Kind Fruit Bars

KIND Nutritional Bar Review: New Pressed By Kind Fruit Bars

I was looking for a quick in-between snack for my vegan daughter, when I came across these new KIND nutritional bars, called  Pressed By Kind in our local grocery store. Because they mentioned vegan, and because one of the flavors is Pineapple and Coconut (my favorite combo) I brought a couple home, and we tried them today.

The first thing that impressed me about these bars is their ingredient list. The above-mentioned flavor has 4 ingredients: Pineapple, apple, coconut and chia seeds. That is it. Not the usual extra stuff no one really needs, or can pronounce.  I was already happy about that.  The bar is the same size than most nutritional bars and looked compact. It is semi-soft, chewy, just like I like fruit bars, whenever I make them myself. A lot of times, when those types of bars include seeds, there is a gritty consistency, but not with that one, this (at least this flavor, which is so far the only one I have tried), has a great mouthfeel, which probably will make it a lot easier to give to children, who need a little extra convincing at times to try new, healthy foods.

As a vegan and gluten-free bar, the new Pressed By Kind Fruit bars are guilt-free snack options, which I will continue to have in the house. I am looking forward to trying the other flavors that are available, which are:

Cherry Apple Chia
Apricot Pear Carrot Beet
Pineapple Banana Kale Spinach
Mango Apple Chia

All of the bars are vegan and gluten-free.


I don’t know if that is my perception, but I have always disliked the smell of packaged bars that contain coconut. This is no different with this bar, but very faint compared to others, which are artificially flavored. The scent goes away after a few moments, after opening, so that is a plus.

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While I still, and always will prefer to make my own bars, due to time restraints, and  convenience it is not always possible to reach for homemade creations. Pressed By Kind is an alternative I will keep for those moments.

Pressed By Kind Fruit Bars are available on Amazon

Question: What is your favorite nutrition bar?


How To Get Unstuck And Be Unstoppable

How To Get Unstuck And Be Unstoppable


I have a clear vision of what I want from live, where I want to be, what I want to do, and what I want to accomplish. Yet, even with this clear vision, there are times I  get stuck and feel frozen in the midsts of the chaos of action steps I know I need to take.

Questions like these arise:

What to do next? What directions to take? Where to point my focus toward?

Thankfully, today, I ran across a video from one of my favorite mentors Tom Bilyeu (founder of the amazing Quest bars), which brought me back into a focused state. Here it is:

I highly recommend that you check out his youtube channel “Inside Quest” for motivational and inspirational information on how to become the best possible self.

And if you are looking for an amazing nutritional bar, that has no comparison on the market, Quest Nutritional Protein  bars are not only delicious but also nutritious.  They are available on Amazon now! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is my favorite!


Now to my Friday Gratitude List. If you are a new reader here, I try to post an official gratitude list every Friday on this blog. This post is a part of the  Celebrate The Small Things blog hop.

This week I am grateful: 

What are you grateful for?

I am always grateful for this little weirdo named Charlie

  • that it is getting closer toward Halloween, and I can officially begin to decorate for my favorite holiday of the year.
  • that I made some really awesome connections this week with some truly cool people, some of whom I might collaborate on this as well as my other blog (I will keep you updated)
  • that I am completely finished with my book “Flashes of Light”, and will upload it to Amazon this weekend, with a launch date of October 1st.
  • that my husband’s business ventures seem to be moving forward in a positive fashion, finally and thankfully
  • that I am actually looking forward to going shopping today, to look for those above mentioned decorations
  • and finally, that I have now a solid plan of action for the next couple of weeks, even if I did not feel that confident this morning, well, I do now!


What are you grateful for this week?







And this blog post is also a part of the Friday Fill-In’s hosted by McGuffysReader

This week’s fill in’s are

Something healthy I do daily – that is exercise. May it be going to the gym, on the treadmill, or taking brisk walks
with the dogs, exercise is a must for me.

Something unhealthy I do every day – that is, I drink way too much coffee. I am a coffee addict, but because it is the only vice I really have, expect chocolate, I am allowing myself this one.

This summer – went away way too quickly, but I am happy that the heat is dying down to manageable now.

This autumn – I am looking forward to decorating for each of the holiday seasons, as I already mentioned. I am actually starting today, and I really want my home to take on some Fall colors!

This blog post is also a part of these other fine blog hops:

No Rules Weekend Blog Party
Together on Tuesdays 



Cleaning Your Dogs Ears The Natural Way


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As many of you know, I have two dogs and a cat, all three of them the most adorable rescue pets one could ever want. But, because they are special needs babies with allergies and other little problems, I emphasize on natural pet care for them, to not aggravate their sensitivities.

This is no difference for ear care. One of our dogs, Athena, who loves to snuggle with Charlie, the cat, is prone to chronic ear problems. Because of that, taking care of her ears is a necessary, and carefully scheduled routine.

The first thing you need to consider when taking care of your dog’s ears is the season. During late Fall, throughout  Winter, and early Spring, dogs (and some cats), tend to have more ear problems, then during the warmer months, so keep that in mind when scheduling your pet care. Also, increase your ear care routine, if you live in a wetter climate, may it be in tropical regions with a lot of rainfall and humidity, or if you are in a snow prone area.  If you are traveling to another climate, with your pets, keep also an extra eye on any symptoms that might occur, such as excessive head shaking, sensitivity to touch of the ear, or scratching at the ear. These can be signs of an ear infection, and should be checked out by a doctor. A combination of medicinal ear wash and antibiotics might be in order.

Related Post: Health Benefits of Coconut Oil For Dogs

Prepping the ear:
If you have a long-hair dog, you might have to trim some of the ear hairs before being able to properly clean the
dog’s ears. Keeping your do’gs ear hairs short is also a good way to prevent from dirt getting stuck so close to
such a sensitive part of your pet. Short ear hairs are not just good signs of pet grooming, but also a vital health
care component.

cleaning-your-dogs-ears-the-natural-way-1Creating Your Ear Wash

Add 1/3 of organic (preferably raw, and unfiltered) apple cider vinegar to 2/3 cup of lukewarm (never hot!)
water, mix well.

Some “recipes” call for Witch Hazel, or a different ratio of 50/50, but I have found both are too strong for a dog with sensitive ears, while being effective enough to keep ear infections and itchiness at bay.

Using The Ear Wash

Use a cosmetic wedge (not a fuzzy cotton ball!), dipping it into the warm mixture, and gently wipe out the ear,  careful not to get too close to the inner ear, and make sure you can compensate for sudden movements. Not all dogs are willing to sit still voluntarily through this treatment.  Keep on wiping until you have cleaned the ear thoroughly, using a new wedge whenever needed.

About the cotton balls: I do not like using cotton balls for this because it can leave pieces behind, which then can cause ear infections, similar to what a cotton swap can do for a human ear, when not used properly. Wedges, on the
other hand, are soft, yet solid, have usually a more narrow, and a wider edge, which gives you some flexibility
in cleaning the ear.




A Positive Thought For The Day: Cultivate Your Inner Wisdom

Cultivate Your Inner Wisdom

Do you trust your instinct? The voice within that guides you through those times, in which you should be paying attention? Your inner wisdom should be trusted and cherished, but it does take practice to learn to listen to it.  Often times, we drowned out our own guidance system by listening to others, and to by listening to our fears. Our fears, many stemming from childhood trauma, and past experiences are there to keep us safe, but if they get too loud, they out- scream the true voice we should be listening to.

Trusting your inner wisdom also requires you to be silent. Daily meditation, allows your intuition to come forth. Meditation teaches you to calm your mind, and to be in the present, a great way to release anxiety, and that above-mentioned fear.

Journaling is another way to learn to listen to your inner wisdom. Keeping track of your hunches, and how they turned out, will allow you to grow your trust in them.

Cultivate Your Inner Wisdom (1)

Include your inner wisdom in your gratitude routine. Thank it every time, you have experienced a hunch, and be grateful that you have listened to it. Acknowledge it’s presence to allow it to grow into a more prominent partner.

Because it is Friday, I want to encourage you to share along with me, your weekly gratitude list. While I think that a daily gratitude practice is important to live and optimal life, this weekly sharing is a great way to emphasise this practice and give it accountability. You can sign up for being a part of a weekly gratitude blog hop, by following this

I am grateful this week for:
the fact that is getting cooler. I love Fall, and I am looking forward to decorating my house in the most awesome Autumn colors
the fact that I am on track with my business and personal goals. I have worked hard to stay focused, and I am glad
to see some of the results already.
the fact that I am sleeping better. With the colder temperatures comes the relief from some of my allergies. I am thankful for each moment that I am at ease.

What are you grateful for this week?

Book Review: Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living

Title: Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living: Awareness & Meditation Practices for Living in the Present Moment (Llewellyn’s Complete Book Series)
Author: Multiple Authors
Publisher: Llewellyn
Release Date: April 8th, 2016
Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars

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I have been looking for a new book on mindfulness for a while, and nothing seemed to grab my attention, I came across this book via Netgalley, and thought I would give it a try. As with most books who claim to be complete, it is by far not, but I think it would be foolish to really believe that there is such a thing as a complete book of mindfulness out there, considering that it is an ever-expanding practice, which will benefit from the input of new people and grow from it, all of the time.


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That said, this book is still a gem, written in warm comfortable tone, with many spiritual giants putting in their  thoughts on the subject. From Dr. Beckwith (from The Secret) to Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup For The Soul – Series),  the authors come from different backgrounds, yet seem to harmonize in their message.

Usually, when I read collaborations like that, I always find an Author that does not sit well with me. Their tone either
does not fit the overall mood or their take on the subject is out of whack with the others. Thankfully this is not the
case with this book.

I suggest, for a person who want to take a deeper nosedive into the subject, but is rather new to it, to grab this book, as long as they do not expect a complete guide, as I mentioned before.

Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Mindful Living: Awareness & Meditation Practices for Living in the Present Moment is available on Amazon now, on Kindle and as a paperback edition

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Check out these other books on the subject:

Turmeric-Ginger Tea Recipe

Turmeric-Ginger Tea Recipe

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This beautiful tea made by combining two powerful natural healing plants – Turmeric and Ginger – does not only taste great and exotic but is filled with inflammation-reducing properties, while boosting your immune system. Beginning in September and reaching all the way until Spring, this Turmeric-Ginger Tea is a constant companion for me, as it also warms and comforts.

You will need:

2 teaspoons of fresh turmeric, or 1 teaspoon of ground organic turmeric
1 teaspoon of fresh, chopped ginger
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of raw sugar or coconut sugar
1/4 cup of coconut milk or your favorite non-dairy milk of your choice

Turmeric Tea Recipe

If you are using fresh turmeric, make sure it does not get on your clothes, or use gloves, because it stains a lot.  Peel and chop the fresh ginger (and turmeric, if using), and add it to the bottom of your cup. If you are using ground turmeric, simply add the teaspoon of turmeric to the cup now.  Add the ground cinnamon, and fill cup with boiling hot water. Allow to steep for 5 minutes. Strain through a fine-meshed kitchen strainer, and add the sweetener and a splash of non-dairy milk. Drink the tea while it is hot.


If you want to increase the absorption rate of the turmeric, add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper to the tea

Health Benefits of Turmeric

– reduction of inflammation
– immune boosting
– contains anti-cancer properties
– aids in reducing the symptoms of arthritis
– works as a pain reliever
– shortens the duration of colds

Why Turmeric is the “Perfect Painkiller” and Fights Inflammation (plus how to absorb it 20x better)

Turmeric has been proven to reduce or eliminate pain better than many  leading prescription medications.

A 2004 study published *  found that components of turmeric were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen and diclofenac, to name a few.

If you are planning to use Turmeric as a painkiller, I would highly recommend that you use it in extract form or as a
supplement. Turmeric powder has a lower bioavailability, and therefore it is more effective as an extract or capsules available on the market.

PuraTHRIVE Organic Turmeric Extract is an outstanding full-spectrum extract and is the supplement I would recommend most. Another option is Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine 1500mg available on Amazon. 

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Source:  Analgesic Efficacy and Safety of Curcuminoids in Clinical Practice: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials: Pain Med. 2015 Dec 14. Epub 2015 Dec 14. PMID: 26814259