Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Tidbits--Bit of Bragging

It's my blog, I can brag a bit, right?!

Well, I'm gonna anyway...and of course, it may not even be anything that you care about or understand...but whatever!

The Yahoo! Voices website that I write articles for developed an online academy for it's writers.  I just finished the entire thing, and it was amazing.  I feel like I learned a lot!

You can click here to go check out my new 'Level 3' badge!

You know you're jealous ;)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wellness Wednesday--People Impact You

We go through life everyday.  
Most of us are busy.
We affect people everyday, though we may not know.
We are affected by people everyday, though we don't tell them.
It's hard to take time to slow down and appreciate all that it around us.
All of the wonderful people that we are surrounded by in this crazy, busy world.

Taking a moment to appreciate someone (copy and pasted as originally written)...

  • This man has taught me so much in my life time. He is my rolemodle and has been a father to me. He always see's the good in people never the bad and is always there to give a helping hand to anyone in need. Just like in this pic. he is helping build my patio. He has work like a dog his whole life and had just retired. This man has tought me to love,play, fish, take time for the little kids and get on there level, be kind,not to talk about people, help everyone, and smile even when your down, and don't give a crap about a doller bill, if someone need's give it to em, and respect people. I love him more that life it's self, and if God would take me and not him, I would die for him. He has suffered with RA since the age of 33 and he is 64 now. His life has been racked with pain for so long, it just doesn't seem right for him to have more pain. So if you guys can, please say a little prayer my big brother. He's my superman and always will be!!!

  • He is my rock, he has taught me everything I know! He taught me how to ride my first bike how to ride my first motorcycle how to drive my first car. He was my tooth fairy! He taught me to love everyone, to be kind to everyone and if someone is in need help them! I find a lot of him in me everyday.
Those thoughts are about a family member of theirs.

A family very dear to my heart has lost a great man.

I love them, and my heart is heavy today.

At the same time, I am thankful that he is no longer suffering and in pain.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Trivia--Who's that celebrity?

It seems that I've not made it over to this blog lately.  Life happens!

I realized I didn't even post a trivia question on last Tuesday's post, just gave the answer to the previous week?!  Oh well, forgive me.

So, let's start this Tuesday off with some pictures!

Do you know who this celebrity is?

...or that his entire band is Vegan?

Pretty cool I think!

I'm not going to make excuses, I'm just going to admit that I've not been here on my blog!  I have been working on some 'classes' so that I can get back in gear on my writing!  I updated my profile and picture, and I am looking forward to doing that honestly.  

You can check it out here:  Leslie Reese, NC

This past weekend, we took some time to de-stress (supposedly).  I did have a good time though, so all is well.  
Bryson likes to help drive the boat.

Brianna cannot leave the minnows alone!

We got to see a beautiful sunset.

This is dedication to reading right here!

The second night brought another beautiful sunset.

All-in-all we had a great time.  I didn't feel well Saturday.  It's weird drinking hot green tea and eating soup when camping at the lake in August!

I thought I kicked it, felt okay Sunday, but then yesterday it hit me again.

My evening cocktail was this:

It only has 1200% Vitamin C!!  Then I read...per serving....and it was 2 servings!

Beat that stupid cold, allergy, sore throat crap!!

Here's to feeling better!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wellness Wednesday--Procrastination

I did it again! Missed two days. I'm not sure where they keep slipping off to, but they sure do get away fast.

So, confession...I'm a procrastinator! People close to me know this and I always like to joke about being able to function better under pressure and deadlines. One of my favorite quotes is 'I put the PRO in procrastination'.

Is that a goal? Is that something to be proud of? Am I really helping myself or producing unneeded stress?

I want a new perspective, I want a new quote, and I'm going to share my potential ones that I hope will shape my views on procrastination.

"Until you value yourself, you will not value your time.

Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it." ~ M. Scott Peck 

"If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it." ~Olin Miller 

"You may delay, but time will not." ~Benjamin Franklin 

"Someday is not a day of the week." ~Author Unknown 

"A year from now you may wish you had started today." ~Karen Lamb

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday Trivia--Answer to last weeks Celebrity question

Okay, crazy day, and lots going on over here...but...a week is a long time for those of you waiting on an know who you are...

So, the answer to last weeks trivia question is...

Alicia Silverstone

You can check her out over at The Kind Life

I'll try to post more later, or you can just hang out on my Eat4Health FB page ;)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Random because I can...

I posted something all week!


Okay, continue Friday work day is almost complete.

Have a great weekend ;)

Friday Facts--Vegan for Health

I'm gonna be honest!  I don't know who put that fact sheet together, but I love it!  Just wanted to share :)
Happy Friday Y'all

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday Tidbit--Vegan misconceptions

I read an article today that was published on Fox News' website.  Yes, I know this is not the best source of information...but it's out there, it was related to Veganism, and I read it.

What's the beef about eating vegan?

I'm just going to share a few of the pieces of the article that, frankly, pissed me off:
  • faddish hype of veganism
    • hype?! really?!
  • their public image is militant as they preach the sins of consuming animals and their by-products for commercial, dietary or environmental reasons
    • funny, I've been Vegan for 5 years now...and I've never done this
  • “Vegan food is lousy,” says Planck, author of the popular Real Food (Bloomsbury USA) cookbook series. “They have bad taste in food.”
    • poor thing has never expanded her taste food doesn't taste bad at all...actually the opposite...I know what food should taste like and don't have to mask it with sauces, fats, etc
  • veganism is harmful to health
    • amazing that she had nothing to back this claim up with

So, maybe this was a bit of a rant today...but one should never assume that everyone is the same.

Everyone's stories and passions are different.  As a Vegan, my story is different from the next, etc.  

So, let's turn back to positive...I LOVE this article I found on The Elusive Vegan Man.
She says:
  • For me, the characteristics of morally principled and decidedly masculine go hand in hand. 
  • Caring about something greater than yourself, standing up for your beliefs and not being afraid of how you are perceived make a man truly attractive

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wellness Wednesday--Stress

We all get stressed, right?!  Family, life, work, school, fill in the blank and name it, it's there.

Stress affects our body tremendously.

I've been feeling this lately with things going on in my life...and with the way things are going at work, I hear it constantly from others.

So, in the spirit of stress...and especially as it relates to food (yes, I heard you today stress eater)...I just wanted to share.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tuesday Trivia--Vegan Celebrity Quotes, Round 2

I didn't hear from anyone about last weeks trivia question...does that mean that no one knew the answer?

Well, the answer is Ellen DeGeneres!

How about some more Vegan Celebrity Quote Trivia?!

  • Nothing`s changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can`t think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan.

  • I don`t have any understanding of a human being who doesn`t respect the beauty of life and that goes for all creatures that have thoughts,feelings and needs.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Madness--Veggie Olympics and Rambling

In the spirit of the 2012 Olympics, I just wanted to share a picture with you.  So many people think that you cannot be healthy on a veggie lifestyle.  This is a visual to show you that some successful athletes are Vegetarian and/or Vegan.


So, I know I haven't posted since Wednesday...but life got crazy for a bit:

2 extra children--aged 4 and 6 mo
2 extra children--aged 4 and 6 mo
Cooking for almost 30 people
2 extra children--aged 4 and 6 mo
2 extra children--aged 4 and 6 mo
Middle School Open House
2 extra children--aged 4 and 6 mo
Elementary School Open House
2 extra children--aged 4 and 6 mo
School Supply Shopping
2 extra children--aged 4 and 6 mo
Grocery Shopping

It's been hectic!  Did I happen to mention that I had 2 extra children--aged 4 and 6 mo ;)

I loved it, but whew!  I've not had a baby at my house in a long time!

I would say, things are settling down...but I feel like today is my one day break...because tomorrow is the first day of school!

Pushing thru!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wellness Wednesday--Black Pepper

I must admit, I learned something new today.

So, did you know that black pepper is a good source of manganese, Vitamin K, and iron?!

I found that very interesting.

Also good for improving digestion and intestinal health.

My favorite thing about pepper was making my baby sister sneeze when we were younger.  She just sounded so darn cute.  I knew enough to not do this when my mother was around though.  :)

No, really, I love black pepper on lots of food.

There is a fantastic write up here if you would like more information.