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The Sexiest Part Of A Woman’s Body


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The killer known as “Stress”.

I read an article today about stress, and the effects it can have on your body. I realized that I identified with nearly all 50 symptoms of chronic stress. Wow. I’ve been told so many times in the last year that I need to take care of myself. I usually respond with a half-hearted laugh and a response somewhere along the lines of, “yeah, when?” But I get it now. This stress is killing me, literally, and interfering with me being the kind of parent person I want to be.

So I made a few changes today after reading this:

1) Focus more on breathing. I apparently take shallow breaths and actually hold my breath a lot!

2) Prioritize! Can I get it done today? Do I have to get it done today? Can it wait until tomorrow without serious repercussions? If yes, then let it go! (This was very freeing.)

3) Let go of expectations. Does the whole house need cleaning? Uh, usually. Hahaha Is there any reason it absolutely has to get done today? No? Let it go…

4) It’s ok to ignore my phone. Set it down. Leave it on the charger in another room. Put the screen saver on, even in the middle of typing something, in order to really look at my kids.

5) Live in the moment. Stop those thoughts of to-do lists, worries, what-ifs, etc. Focus on the senses…what do I feel, see, smell?

Yes, I still slipped into old habits a couple times. But all these things helped immensely. I still got a lot done, but I didn’t feel rushed or like I had to complete it just to get to the next thing. I didn’t get everything done that I would have liked to, but who cares? My kids certainly don’t, my husband has said before that he doesn’t expect a perfect-looking house. So who did I disappoint? No one, really. I was more relaxed, yelled less, smiled more, connected with my kids more, and was generally happier. So that counts as a win, in my book!


Why Healthy Living is a Pillar of Successful Living

This sums it up:

“When I asked each individual if they could magically snap their fingers and drop to half their current weight, every one said they would do it without hesitation. So, if these people are not happy with themselves why should I not encourage and support and try to inspire them to make healthier life choices? It would be irresponsible and uncaring on my part to not do so.

Does that mean one cannot be happy or fulfilled while being obese? No, not at all. But for the majority of my experience the latter is not the case.”

Dream Big, Dream Often

I have 4 Pillars of Successful Living that I believe directly lead someone to success/goal achievement or to failure/mediocrity. One of those Pillars is living a healthy lifestyle and it also gets me some of the nastiest email responses due to my opinion that every human being owes it to themselves to eat healthy enough to not be obese.

To clearly state my opinion: it is my opinion that it is irresponsible for someone without a medical condition to be obese. It is my opinion that if you can do better, you should be trying to be better.

Does that mean that I hate obese people?  Does that mean I discriminate against obese people?  Absolutely not.  Every individual has to make their own decisions about their life.  They must also live with the consequences of their life decisions.

So why do I hold this opinion?

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“Just a little snip.”

Oh, so cutting foreskin off a baby boy is no big deal, right? It can prevent him from getting penile cancer, HIV and UTIs, right? Well…

Surgically removing the clitoral hood would actually reduce the risk of UTI. Have you ever changed a baby’s diaper? I’ve changed countless diapers of my 4 kids and I can tell you that it’s far easier to wipe an uncircumcised boy rather than an uncircumcised girl. Is that any reason to cut either of their genitals? Absolutely not! That’s a good reason to learn how to properly wipe a baby’s diaper area and subsequently teach them how to clean themselves as they grow older.

If it were true that not being circumcised causes increased risk of things like penile cancer, then we would see a marked increase in rates of those diseases in basically every European country, since routine circumcision is almost unheard of there. But we don’t see the numbers to back up such ridiculous claims, do we?

You know, people might get appendicitis later in life and require emergency surgery, or even die. Should we electively remove the appendix of all newborn babies? That would be absurd, wouldn’t it?

All this aside, it is absolutely not a parent’s choice to do something that will cause their child physical and psychological pain. That’s called “abuse”. This is not a “you live your life and let me live mine” issue. This is a human rights issue. Babies have just as many rights as everyone else. They have the right to be protected from physical harm. And if it takes other members of society standing up and screaming “this is wrong!”, then so be it. If it was considered normal to mutilate elderly people or disabled people or animals, wouldn’t you hope that the people who recognized it as wrong would stand up and shout “no!”?

Hmmm, this is kind of like how some people stood up and said things like “slavery is wrong” and “hitting your wife is wrong”, isn’t it?

Maybe you’d like to read some facts about male circumcision.


Sausage, Veggies, and Rice…oh, my!

I made a delicious dinner last night and my best friend told me that I simply must share the recipe here! (So that she can make it another day!)


What you’ll need:
– 16 oz roll of seasoned sausage (I used sage flavored)
– 1 small red onion, diced
– 3 cloves garlic, diced
– 3 bell peppers, cut into chunks (I used green, red, and purple!)
– 1 small zucchini, cut into chunks
– 1 package fresh green beans, cut into pieces (or about 4 handfuls of loose ones! Sorry, I rarely measure ingredients!)
– salt and pepper, to taste
– oregano, about 1 tsp
– paprika, about 1/2 tsp
– juice from one large (or two regular) lemons
– 24 oz (3 small cans) tomato sauce
– 2 cups rice, cooked

What to do:
1) Brown the sausage over high heat, chopping into bite-sized pieces as you cook it. (This is a good time to start your rice.)
2) When the sausage is almost cooked through, add the onion and garlic.
3) Add the other veggies and stir well.
4) Add the seasonings and stir again.
5) Add the lemon juice and tomato sauce, stir once more and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes.
6) Serve over rice! This recipe will give you 4 large plates of food!


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Vaccinations: Far from perfection

I came across an article that I was pleasantly surprised to see published on a major news media’s website. The article has a list of sources almost as long as the content. I’m hopeful that more and more people are realizing the problems with vaccinations. I’m all for informed choice, but measures by states to make it illegal to not vaccinate (or not fully vaccinate) children are very disconcerting. Those who fully research vaccinations know that there are risks to either decision, a fact that so many people seem to not understand. Here are some highlights of the article for you:

Physicians and public health officials know that recently vaccinated individuals can spread disease and that contact with the immunocompromised can be especially dangerous. For example, the Johns Hopkins Patient Guide warns the immunocompromised to “Avoid contact with children who are recently vaccinated,” and to “Tell friends and family who are sick, or have recently had a live vaccine (such as chicken pox, measles, rubella, intranasal influenza, polio or smallpox) not to visit.”1

…”The public health community is blaming unvaccinated children for the outbreak of measles at Disneyland, but the illnesses could just as easily have occurred due to contact with a recently vaccinated individual,” says Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation….”Evidence indicates that recently vaccinated individuals should be quarantined in order to protect the public.”
Scientific evidence demonstrates that individuals vaccinated with live virus vaccines such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), rotavirus, chicken pox, shingles and influenza can shed the virus for many weeks or months afterwards and infect the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.11.12
Furthermore, vaccine recipients can carry diseases in the back of their throat and infect others while displaying no symptoms of a disease.13,14,15
Both unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals are at risk from exposure to those recently vaccinated. Vaccine failure is widespread; vaccine-induced immunity is not permanent and recent outbreaks of diseases such as whooping cough, mumps and measles have occurred in fully vaccinated populations.16,17 Flu vaccine recipients become more susceptible to future infection after repeated vaccination.18,19

…According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, the best protection against infectious disease is a healthy immune system, supported by adequate vitamin A and vitamin C. Well-nourished children easily recover from infectious disease and rarely suffer complications.
The number of measles deaths declined from 7575 in 1920 (10,000 per year in many years in the 1910s) to an average of 432 each year from 1958-1962.22 The vaccine was introduced in 1963. Between 2005 and 2014, there have been no deaths from measles in the U.S. and 108 deaths reported after the MMR vaccine.23


Saving the World: Priorities

German footwear giant Adidas has proposed a non-trivial idea on what to do with ocean waste – to make shoes out of it, of course!

The company has created a prototype of sustainable sneakers made almost entirely from ocean trash. In particular, the upper shoe is made out of illegal gill nets and other plastic debris removed from the ocean while the shoe base incorporates sustainable materials.

Collecting plastic from the ocean to knit the sneakers was not an easy task. In fact, it was done with the collaboration of the nonprofit organization Sea Shepherd, which organized a 110-day expedition to track illegal fishing boats in West African waters. The green part of the Adidas shoes is nothing but fishing nets collected in the course of this expedition.


At first glance, this seems like a terrific idea and makes us go “Awww, how awesome of Adidas! I’m going to go give my money to them right now!” But that’s the point, isn’t it? They know people are starting to actually care about the environment, and they want to appeal to that concern as a way to turn profits. Sure, they’re one of the “better” companies, when comparing their environmental and philanthropic practices to other companies. But first, let’s take a closer look at the issue here…

These fishing nets that Adidas plans to recycle into shoes are most likely from the illegal Chinese fishing boats that have been spotted in great numbers off the coast of Africa. Why are they there? More than likely, they are trying to meet a growing demand for meat in China, as the people there are increasingly transitioning from a rice-based diet to a meat-based one.

The impact of the switch to meat has a significant impact on agricultural output and the demand for grain. Because 3 kilograms of feed are needed to produce each kilogram of meat, feeding a large and growing population of animals will be a big challenge as China and the rest of the world gear up to produce more corn and soy beans for animal food.


As much as I hate to say it, because I like eating meat, our current diet is unsustainable on a large scale.

Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions,…

Last year the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said that food production would have to increase globally by 70% by 2050 to feed the world’s surging population. The panel says that efficiency gains in agriculture will be overwhelmed by the expected population growth.


To show you the impact that meat consumption has on our planet, here are some images:


Saving water is especially important if you live anywhere currently affected by drought.


If you don't know anything about factory farms, take a quick trip to Google after reading this...


Imagine if we all committed to driving less, too!

In addition to eating less meat overall, urban farming is the future of food. Rooftop gardens, backyard greenhouses, community plots…these are not only sustainable for the planet, but they are beneficial in more ways than nutritionally for people. The act of gardening, and even simply the sight of green plants, has huge impacts on stress levels.

So how did I get to urban farming from Adidas manufacturing recycled shoes? My point is that if companies really cared about the planet as a whole, they’d be using their profits and influence to actually solve the problems facing humanity and, ultimately, earth. Instead of harvesting the discarded fishing nets from illegal Chinese fishing boats, why not fund start-ups for urban farms in China? Bottom line, Adidas cares more about their profit margin than their fellow humans. This new line of shoes may help the earth a smidgen, but it’s merely a positive side effect of their quest for more money with which to line their pockets.

Instead of buying shoes made from recycled fishing nets, scour local thrift stores or consignment stores for like-new shoes for a fraction of the cost. Use the rest of the money you would have spent on new shoes to start a container garden or raised bed in your own backyard or a community space. Encourage others to do the same. Many small, individual choices are what will change this world for the better!


A Peaceful Reminder

I was having a tough time yesterday, feeling like I needed some time alone to clear my head of some swirling thoughts. But as anyone with 2 toddlers can attest to, time alone is not easy to come by! So I decided that a walk was in order. My older kids were busy with Minecraft and didn’t want to go. So I strapped the 1-year-old, Bobby, on my back in the carrier and decided at the last minute to let the 2-year-old, Natalie, walk.

I love living in a small town for many reasons, one being that we can literally walk most everywhere we ever need to go. Walking is good for the soul. It slows down your mind and body, it connects you with the earth. You notice so much more while walking than you do even driving slowly in a car. But I can walk pretty quickly, even while pushing a big heavy stroller with two toddlers in it. Walking at the pace of a curious 2-year-old is something else entirely. She noticed the beetles that were crawling all over the tall, old maple tree next door. She was the first to notice the cattle trailer with longhorn cows stamping their feet in protest of their confinement. But much later, after we had been back home for hours, I noticed some things in retrospect.

I noticed that Natalie held my hand nearly the entire time we were walking. I noticed that when she did take off running up ahead, she came right back when I told her to. I noticed that she held the cart willingly as we walked through the store. I noticed that she went over to the grapes she wanted and then waited until I told her she could get them; and then she placed them in the cart without even attempting to eat one. I noticed that she didn’t try to grab anything off the shelves at all, in fact. I noticed that she waited patiently in line. I noticed that she wanted to help me carry the bags, even though they were much too heavy for her.

The amazing thing about all of my realizations is that this is a child, 26 months old, who has never once been punished. She has never been struck, never been placed in time-out. She has had everything explained to her in great detail, a countless amount of times. She has never been left alone purposefully to sort through her big emotions. That’s not to say that I haven’t lost my temper with her. I’ve been frustrated, I’ve yelled (much to my regret). But for the great majority of her life, she’s known gentleness. And it’s paying off, big time.

I used to think that well-behaved children were the result of strict boundaries, authoritarian parents, and corporal punishment. I used to think that misbehaving toddlers was “normal”, that the “terrible twos” were unavoidable. I’m here to tell you that I was wrong. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way. That you can have a peaceful trip to the store without even so much as a thought of, “what if she throws a tantrum?” Parenting doesn’t have to be a never-ending power struggle. It can be a gentle walk through life, hand in hand, learning and discovering together. And it’s never too late to choose peace. If you’ve already started down the path toward authoritarian parenting, it’s not too late to choose a different path. Trust me, it’s worth it!



Star Children

I’ve been doing some serious reading and soul- searching lately. This really spoke to me, I can definitely identify with it. In fact, it feels like I wrote it about myself!

Indigo Adult Characteristics:
* Are intelligent, though may not have had top grades.
* Are very creative and enjoy making things.
* Always need to know WHY, especially why they are being asked to do something.

* Had disgust and perhaps loathing for much of the required and repetitious work in school.

* Were rebellious in school in that they refused to do homework and rejected authority of teachers, OR seriously wanted to rebel, but didn’t DARE, usually due to parental pressure.

* May have experienced early existential depression and feelings of helplessness. These may have ranged from sadness to utter despair. Suicidal feelings while still in high school or younger are not uncommon in the Indigo Adult.

* Have difficulty in service-oriented jobs. Indigos resist authority and caste system of employment.

* Prefer leadership positions or working alone to team positions.

* Have deep empathy for others, yet an intolerance of stupidity.

* May be extremely emotionally sensitive including crying at the drop of a hat (no shielding) Or may be the opposite and show no expression of emotion (full shielding).

* May have trouble with RAGE.

* Have trouble with systems they consider broken or ineffective, ie. political, educational, medical, and legal.

* Alienation from or anger with politics – feeling your voice won’t count and/or that the outcome really doesn’t mattter.

* Frustration with or rejection of the traditional American dream – 9-5 career, marriage, 2.5 children, house with white picket fence, etc.

* Anger at rights being taken away, fear and/or fury at “Big Brother watching you.”

* Have a burning desire to do something to change and improve the world. May be stymied what to do. May have trouble identifying their path.

* Have psychic or spiritual interest appear fairly young – in or before teen years.

* Had few if any Indigo role models. Having had some doesn’t mean you’re not an indigo, though.

* Have strong intuition. * Random behavior pattern or mind style – (symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder). May have trouble focusing on assigned tasks, may jump around in conversations.

* Have had psychic experiences, such as premonitions, seeing angels or ghosts, out of body experiences, hearing voices.

* May be electrically sensitive such as watches not working and street lights going out as you move under them, electrical equipment malfunctioning and lights blowing out.

* May have awareness of other dimensions and parallel realities.

* Sexually are very expressive and inventive OR may reject sexuality in boredom or with intention of achieving higher spiritual connection. May explore alternative types of sexuality.

* Seek meaning to their life and understanding about the world May seek this through religion or spirituality, spiritual groups and books, self-help groups and books.

* When they find balance they may become very strong, healthy, happy individuals.

Please note, anyone could have a few of these traits, but Indigo Adults have most or all of these 25 characteristics.

Read more here.

So then I did more searching.

Transiting from Indigo to Octarine/Crystal is like being stripped to the bone and re-dressed in a slightly different, but still familiar body. Even for adults who have built defenses against the harsher elements of the environment, this change is very difficult. Even outgoing Indigos suddenly become near-hermits, and the shy ones practically vanish. As one who has undergone this rather harsh change, the careful restructuring of one’s life to accommodate the Gifts that are part of the Octarine/Crystal arsenal is vital. Clutter is suddenly toxic. People are oppressive. I hate the telephone, but love the Internet. I don’t go near stores between Thanksgiving and New Years. I no longer attend noisy crowded events or go to loud places. I’ve become a catalog shopper and a mail-order maven. Silence rules my private time. But there are positive aspects, too: suddenly, I am a bottomless well of words, ideas, suggestions, and charisma.

Read the full article here.

I happened across this blog and had some other revelations that I’m not quite ready to discuss. If any of this speaks to you, please read about Crystal Children and Rainbow Children, also. I’m still processing all of this information. It all makes so much sense to me, but if it doesn’t resonate with you, I doubt I can explain it.


Please Stop Sexualizing EVERYTHING!

There are so many good points in this article! I have no idea who the person in question is, but I totally agree with most of what this mom writes here:

Contrary to the opinions of many, human beings are capable of distinguishing between anatomical nudity and sexually explicit nudity.

Sexuality is something that everyone eventually discovers, but the world would be a better place if people understood that it is supposed to have a context….

…humans have developed a wonderful adaptation called a frontal lobe in their brain which allows them to keep their primal urges in check….

It’s a slippery slope to teach children that it is their responsibility to cover their bodies in order to protect themselves from predators….

…it is not a form of child abuse or irresponsible parenting to choose not to think about what goes on in the privacy of some wacko’s mind.

Rather than concentrate on shaming our children for their bodies in a desperate attempt to shield them from the sins of the internet, it would be healthier to teach our children that their bodies are natural, beautiful, and universal: that the sight of another human being’s thigh, hip, neck, or breasts is not cause for remark or leering….

Modern psychology recognizes that making something taboo or forbidden often leads to a fixation called the forbidden fruit effect. By hiding our bodies from our children as if they are something shameful and elicit reinforces for them that all bodies are dirty and thus subject to dirty thoughts.

(Read the entire article here.)