Making Self-Respect a Priority

Like many of you, I am distraught, saddened, and sick to my stomach over the recent shootings in Sandy Point, CT. As a parent of a young child, I cannot fathom the pain of this community, most especially those who lost loved ones. Sweet, innocent children filled with love and yearning taken from this life too early and for no good reason. Brave and selfless adults who gave their lives to save others. Families left devastated.

There are no words.

As we head into the holiday week and start thinking about a new year, it’s easy to get carried away with things that aren’t important. For me, my priorities have been – and remain to be – taking care of my family and boasting my self-worth.

Continue to keep your life’s priorities in mind and in perspective as we move through the peak of this holiday season. Remember who and what is most important to you and keep it close.

Self respect is a work in progress, an everyday reminder to act on the things in life that truly count:

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My very best wishes to you for a holiday filled with peace, love and of course, self-respect. Please remember to keep those less fortunate than you in your thoughts. Let us all send loving energy their way so they may navigate through unimaginable difficulties to heal and prosper again as best they can.

xoxo

I shared this post on Clever Chicks, Fat Tuesday, The Gathering Spot, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Health 2day, Your Green Resource and Thank Your Body.

Two Gifts that Give Back

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Wow, it’s been a busy few weeks on the Soulicious Life for gifts! In addition to my 2012 Gift Guide featuring affordable fair trade, handmade and eco-friendly items, I’ve talked about ideas for thinking outside the proverbial gift box and gift giving etiquette tips.

You see, I was actually on top of shopping this year! (For the record, I also got holiday cards out this year. NOT that there is anything wrong with my Happy New Year cards of the past few years, but I am total relishing in the fact that I have my act together.)

I’m sure this is because K-Bear is getting older. But I digress.

With Christmas just a week-and-a-half away, this is my last post on holiday gift-giving. Two of my favorite national non-profit organizations have fabulous opportunities to donate to their cause in your loved ones name. Whether the guy or gal on your list is a foodie, environmentalist, animal lover, or child advocate there is a donation ready to melt their heart while helping to make the world a better place. Continue reading

Gift Giving Etiquette Tips for the Holidays

gift1I found this post on Yuzen, a great little company that offers you the opportunity to sign up to receive a little zen each month with a surprise collection of luxurious, healthy and eco-friendly products. According to their website, Yuzen allows you to “experience premium products in the comfort of your own home that nourish your body and soul.”

Sound familiar? It’s so totally Soulicious! No, I’ve not had the opportunity to try their service, but I think the concept makes a nice monthly gift to yourself. I also really like these practical tips for gift giving. They are a good reminder any time of the year, but especially during the holiday season. Continue reading

Savory Fig and Walnut Stuffing

Stuffing is hands-down my favorite holiday dish. This past Thanksgiving I ran a 5K just so I could eat a whole lot of this particular version that I discovered new this year and adapted from A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa. Truth be told, I would’ve eaten the whole pan myself, 5K or not. It’s so simple to make and is the perfect mix of not-too-sweet and savory.

I hope you can find room for it on your holiday table. You won’t be disappointed, I promise! Continue reading

Wanderlust Summer 2013 Dates Announced

WL2013-save-the-dates538Have you heard of Wanderlust? I hadn’t either until I came across it in Body and Soul Magazine earlier this year and got all excited – until I saw the Colorado date had passed. Boo!

But alas, Wanderlust will be back at Copper Mountain July 4-7, 2013 – as well as in Vermont (June 20-23, 2013), California (July 18-21, 2013) and Whistler (August 1-4, 2013). Full lineups will be announced in early 2013, but you can be assured they will be loaded with mountainside fun, including yoga, music, hiking, paddle board yoga, organic food and wine events, the Speakeasy lecture series, the Wanderkind kid’s program and so much more. Continue reading

10 Ways to Think Outside the Proverbial Gift Box

I love the holiday season! That includes scoping out the neighbors’ holiday lights on the way home each evening; listening to holiday music in my office; gathering with friends for our annual HoliDaly party; sitting in the glow of the Christmas tree each night; and introducing K-bear to Santa, There is simply so much to enjoy!

What I don’t enjoy? The commercialism; the onset of Christmas in stores before Halloween candy has been handed out; the endless ads luring us to buy this and spend on that. I enjoy choosing gifts for my friends and family, but I prefer that those gifts that enhance our local community, celebrate local talent, provide to hard-working folks, or upcycle items in some special way, rather than simply put money into the pocket of another large corporation. Continue reading

Quinoa, Squash and Black Bean Soup

squash quinoa soup 1This recipe was originally inspired from Oh She Glows, but I was up against the sweet potato she used. You see, SoulDaddy gags when I say the word sweet potato. But I did have a spaghetti squash from our summer garden still hanging around on the counter, just begging to be hidden in a form SoulDaddy wouldn’t recognize used.

I may be living in denial, but I’m convinced my darling husband doesn’t hate squash as much as he thinks he does. After countless tries, I finally succeeded with this soup! Filled with the flavor of cumin, coriander and chili powder, this protein-packed  bowl of deliciousness is warming and fills your belly fast with healthy goodness. Continue reading

2012 Soulicious Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Handmade

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Eeek! I’m so excited! When it comes to gifts, I love to seek out the unique, the useful and the fun. I also feel best when I spend my money on products that make the world a little bit better.

So move over Oprah’s Favorite Things! In the Soulicious spirit, I’ve scouted ten gifts for you that are eco-friendly, handmade or fair trade. They are all unique, affordable items you can feel good about giving, and those who receive them will be delighted. It was a tough job, but I’ve tested each and every one, and I hope you love them as much as I do. You might even find yourself buying yourself a special something for yourself, as of course you should! 🙂

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Toxic Couches Sit Not-so-Pretty

Today, as I scramble to put the finishing touches on the Soulicious Gift Guide – featuring unique and affordable, eco-friendly, fair trade or handmade items (Hooray!) – I am happy to welcome my friend, Lindsay Dahl with this guest post. Lindsay is the Executive Director of Safer Chemical Healthy Families, and she’s here to explain the results of a new study that show toxic chemicals in 85% of couches. Yikes! Makes you think twice the next time you sit to watch that Parenthood marathon! Welcome, Lindsay.

For most people, the only dangerous thing about your couch is the risk of spending money on a nice piece of furniture, only to have your cat shred it to pieces. But today a startling new peer-reviewed study came out in Environmental Science and Technology, showing that couches across America contain high levels of toxic chemicals. Great coverage of the study can be read on the front page of the Chicago Tribune. Continue reading

Family 5K and the Importance of Fitness Goals

Happy belated Thanksgiving wishes, my friends! My apologies for disappearing over the past few days, but I’m sure you understand what it’s like to have a house full of guests, dinner to cook and memories to make. Oh, and lots and lots of Fig and Walnut Stuffing to eat! Best. recipe. ever. I will have to share with you for 2013!

Our weekend started with a 5K Turkey Trot bright and early on Thanksgiving morning. Team Soulicious Life was a family affair that included myself, SoulDaddy, K-Bear, Mom Daly, my sister-in-law, Sharon, and her fiance, Nick.

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