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New site will launch on 11.11.11!

Hi friends!

So sorry for my long absence. Life became a bit hectic and I needed a break from my blog for a while. My last semester of graduate school was very demanding and then we moved back home to Arizona two weeks after my graduation. It has been crazy around here, but we have finally settled into our new happy, chaotic routine.

I have been thinking a lot about my blog in recent months and am very excited to announce a brand new blog in the works! I finally decided to upgrade from wordpress.org to wordpress.com. I am currently building the site and it will launch on 11.11.11. The focus will be on holistic wellness, vegetarian recipes made from whole food ingredients, and other daily inspirational, healthy, good things. I wanted to have a more inclusive site for all people, not just mamas. I will still have many family and parenting posts, too. It’s the same type of stuff, just a broader scope.

The new site will be….You Evolution! www.youevolution.com. I will soon update my Twitter and Facebook, too.

I hope you like the changes and will come visit me once it’s up and running.

Peace to you,

Lisa

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all women who love and nurture children.

New Blog Coming Soon

I’m working on a brand new blog. Can’t wait to share it. ūüôā

8 Week Fitness Challenge

I have been so crazy busy lately. I feel awful for neglecting my blog. ¬†Right now is a stressful time for many different reasons, one being it’s my last semester of graduate school.

So to combat the stress and poor nutritional and¬†exercise¬†habits that come along with it, I decided to take an 8 week fitness challenge with some of my friends. ¬†I will blog about it soon and let you know the details. Just wanted to let you know I’m still here:)

Peace, love and joy,

Lisa

Love Day

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a “fake” holiday contrived by greeting card and flower companies. ¬†It can simply be a day about love.

A day to celebrate the people in your life that love you unconditionally.

We spend time together as a family at home. I like to cook something special, something I have never prepared before. A natural way for me to show people love is to cook for them.

If today feels forced, think about making it your own day. A day without Hallmark and flowers.com taking ownership. A day without restaurants dictating what your meal must be and charging a fortune for it. It is yours to show love however suits you.

Abudant love to you and your family,

Lisa

The New Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods to Eat Organic

Most people have heard of the dirty dozen.  The 12 fruits and veggies that have  high levels of pesticides.  Well, a new list was made in 2010.  Here are the new dirty:

The New Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods to Eat Organic.

Be sure to check out the clean 15, too. These foods you do not have to buy organic.

The Clean 15

I like to make a list of the dirty dozen and keep them on my fridge as a reminder.  Great way to keep your family safe and reduce the amount of pesticides in your diet.

Kids and Veggies. How to Foster a Love Affair

Getting kids to eat veggies can be challenging and frustrating. ¬†Cooking a healthy meal only to have the whole family throw it away and order pizza is defeating. ¬†I’ve been there. ¬†Sometimes it’s easy to throw in the apron and stick to processed, cheesy, gooey foods that everyone raves about. ¬†Why not? ¬†It’s a quick meal and everyone is happy.

Unfortunately, happy doesn’t mean healthy. ¬†I would rather have a healthy, happy family. ¬†This path takes some work, but it is possible for your kids to be as excited about a glass of carrot juice as they are about a milk shake. ¬†It doesn’t happen over night, but if you are committed to teaching your children how to make healthy choices and eat a wide variety of wholesome foods, the reward is huge. Imagine your child not having food issues, eating disorders, diabetes, and living a long healthy life as an adult. ¬†That is what motivates me. ¬†It has been a process and I have tried many different tactics over the years. ¬†Some were successful, others complete fails. ¬†I know many people have a resolution to start eating more healthy and when you have children this is a good time to include the whole family.

I plan to keep this section running as part of a series and share the things that have worked for us.

Juicing

I have juiced for awhile and every time I juice without my kids help they take a sip and say, yuck!  However, when they do all the juicing on their own something magical happens.  They not only LOVE the juice, they talk about it all day.  Yesterday my 3 year old made juice all by  himself.  The only thing I did was cut the apple.  He even washed the veggies and fruit on his own.

I selected these ingredients for the first day; carrots, celery, apples, mini cucumbers and acai.  He will choose today.

Sneaking a peek at his hard work.

He did a fantastic job and the juice was very tasty. ¬†He sat with his cup of juice cradled in both hand, slurping through a crazy straw, singing, “Delicious, delicious, so so nutritious.” ¬†It doesn’t get better than that.

He hunted around the kitchen for ingredients for his next juice and decided to add pears to the list.

He was so excited to wake up today and show his dad and brother his new skill. ¬†He wouldn’t even let them see these pics yesterday because he wanted to surprise them.

I love his enthusiasm.

My tiny little juicer.

My First Month Out of the Blogger Closet

My first blog entry was in April of 2008.  I was a SAHM with a baby and a 3 year-old.   Hot topics were BPA in sippy cups, vaccines, and autism.  I worried.  A lot.  There were days I filled the recycle bin with plastics.  Days I dreaded taking my baby to get his shots, especially after he broke out with measles from his MMR vaccine.  Research was therapy.  WebMD was my best friend.  I longed to connect with other moms who were as neurotic as me.  Thus, my blog was born.  I wanted to create a space where I could write about some of these issues.  It was cathartic.  I loved the camaraderie and learned so much.

Soon my baby became a toddler and I enrolled in graduate school.  I was consumed with papers and temper tantrums; my blog was left to gather tumbleweeds.

One recent evening while avoiding a homework assignment, I thought of it.  My blog.  Several attempts later, I figure out my login.  Success.  There it was and shock… people had been there.  Actual hits the day prior.  How could it be?  As I read through the old posts, I remembered how much I enjoyed it.  Life got so busy.  I could find time.

Six weeks ago, I wrote four posts.  It felt good.  Nothing spectacular, but it was a start.  My blog was always my own private pastime.  No one knew about it, not ever.  On October 23rd I wrote a post about Halloween candy.  Publish.  I glanced over the post on my blog and suddenly felt the urge to post it on my Facebook page.  Perhaps it was the candy eyeballs staring me down, daring me.  Perhaps I wanted to be held accountable, forced to continue my blog journey.  Click.  That was easy.  Waiting.  An hour passed.  Fifty views.  Then 100.  The response was positive and my batteries were charged.

It’s been a month since then.  This is the evolution:

  • I wanted to find other bloggers, so I searched blog communities.
  • I came across BlogHer and joined.¬† One evening later, I submitted a blog post.¬† The next day I opened an email that read, ‚ÄúI‚Äôd love to syndicate this in November as part of Own Your Beauty‚Äôs imperfection month.‚ÄĚ ¬†Wow! I had no idea what that meant, but it sounded great! I was thrilled and stunned.¬† Disclaimer: This happened by sheer coincidence.¬† My blog topic coincided with the theme of the month.¬† Sometimes the stars align.
  • Now what do I do?¬† I spent a few days thinking about that.¬† What would I write about?¬† What were my goals?
  • My husband said I must join Twitter. ¬†So, I joined.¬† Tons of interesting bloggers.¬† Awesome.¬† Now, I just have to get down twitter etiquette and figure things out like, groups.¬† I downloaded TweetDeck.¬† Love the streaming.¬† Shrinking, linking, retweeting gives me a headache.¬† The community is worth it.
  • While on twitter I found a mom community, Twittermoms, and joined.¬† Actually, it found me.¬† But, I like it so far.
  • I bought a web domain.¬† It‚Äôs parked.
  • I created a Facebook page for my blog, so friends that are interested can get updates.¬† It felt odd to post on my personal site.¬† That‚Äôs just me.

Thirty days later, I’m still pretty clueless.  I am vaguely familiar with things like NaBloPoMo and another really long acronym that is similar, but different.   I am trying to learn the ins-and-outs of social media.  Hours of scouring the internet about web hosting, blog designers, plug-ins, and widgets have only confused me further.

Most of the blogging world is unknown to me, but I am certain of my goals.  My desire is the same now as it was when I started a few years ago.  I want to engage with a community of writers and women whom I respect and can learn from.  I want to write.  I want to have discussions on topics like how to live a simple and meaningful life, how to buy and cook foods that are nourishing, how to connect with our community, how to tread lightly and teach children about the environment, and most of all my passion in life… how to foster growth and well-being in children, women, and families.  Right now my blog is in the cocoon stage.  I am hopeful it will grow into a space where people who want to live consciously can learn from one another through different experiences and expertise.  Until then, I’ll keep chugging… one blog post at a time.

What were your achievements or roadblocks when you first started blogging?¬† Thank you for reading. ūüôā

*Artwork found here.

Study Finds Link Between Pregnant Moms Smoking & Criminal Behavior of Offspring

A new study by professors at Harvard School of Public Health and Brown University links mothers who heavily smoke during pregnancy with criminal behavior of offspring later in life.  This is a fascinating discovery and a powerful motivator for moms to stop smoking when pregnant.

Read about the study here.

Exciting Changes to Come!

I want to add a quick note before leaving town. ¬†I am in the process of adding pages and more content to my blog. ¬†I started blogging again because there are many things ¬†I am eager to discuss and learn about. ¬†I hope to create a community for moms’ who are interested in the care and well-being of their children, themselves, and their families. ¬†There is so much to learn. ¬†It can be daunting at times. ¬†However, the most valuable information comes from communicating with one ¬†another by sharing our personal stories. ¬†Thank you for visiting. ¬†If there are topics you would like us to tackle together, please let me know in the comment section.

Respect & Love,

Lisa

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