MOTIVATION MONDAY:

Hellooooo and happy October! We recently spent some time in the forest among the giant Sequoias.  Kings Canyon National Forest to be exact.  That's us, pretty teeny tiny, in front of this magnificent tree. I saw this quote on Instgram, I don't know the author but I thought it sums up life so perfectly. Letting things go that no longer serve us, although sometimes painful, can be a beautiful experience. As you watch the trees shed their leaves this fall think of what you can shed. From the small things like clutter to the big things like people that drain you.  

These trees are considered to be fire proof, they burn but they don't burn down. With all the forest fires in CA they've survived thousands of years because they need to be burned to re-generate. How inspiring when we compare this to our lives don't you think? We get burned plenty but it helps us regenerate. Regrowth in the spring could never occur without the shedding of leaves in the fall. 

Happy Monday!

FALL FASHION NEWS:

There's nothing like a closet full of great basics to make getting dressed in the morning a snap. I think Target has out done themselves with this new line called Prologue. The pieces are called 'workwear', it's all mix n' match and every piece is under $50. Chic and affordable. So if you're only moderately obsessed with Target, these pieces may push you over the edge.


Happy Fall Bargain Hunting!

photos via Target

FAB FINDS FRIDAY:


I always say one girls trash is another girls treasure. I have a knack for treasure hunting, usually when I least expect it and completely by accident. Let me start by saying we're doing a lot of purging, re-arranging and more furniture is the last thing we need. But, there's always a but, I couldn't resist this fab find small glass door 4 shelf perfect condition cabinet. I love a good shelf. I'd rather take a shelfie than a selfie any day. Where to put it and what to do with it was another questions.  And should I paint it or leave it this reddish color, which actually almost matches my closet door.  And yes, someone threw it out! When I was growing up if you took something someone put out on the street you were a garage picker, now you're saving the planet by recycling it. Who knew!?!
I decided it would make the perfect hat cabinet. A hat cabinet you say? Yes, why not, doesn't everyone have a hat cabinet? Handsome, good sport that he is, said just put it near the closet. OK that meant moving book shelves we have near the closet. So I purged that and decluttered it a bit and we moved it (and by we I mean he) to another corner of the sitting room in our bedroom, of course there was something in that corner too that had to find a new home upstairs. And then that displaced something else. Oye. One thing leads to another when you start to make changes in your decor, same as when you make changes in your life, the old snow ball effect.
But getting back to my future hat cabinet. I did fill it with hats. It reminds me of my millinery class at FIT, which I failed by the way, because my final hat project was lopsided. I tried to get out of it by telling the teacher my head was lopsided but she didn't believe me. And although that class left me with some traumatic memories I'm a hat girl. They're on a high shelf in our closet and I can't reach them without a chair or handsomes tallness.  Also, please excuse the awful color of our walls currently. It used to be a light terra-cotta color that I came up with that I absolutely loved but that was a long time ago. Now it's faded and blah, soon to be replaced by a creamy white. Lawd knows what changes that will lead to.
I like the finished results and my husband even thinks it's cute, although he feels the mannequins eyes are very creepy. (Insert eye roll).


BE WELL WEDNESDAY:

These are my turmeric shots. They're made out of water, lemon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper and raw honey. There are many different versions of these, I did not invent them by any means, I just like this combo the best. You can find lots of different versions on Pinterest.
Each of the ingredients has amazing healing powers;

  • Turmeric ~ You may have only heard of the herb turmeric in the last few years as it has become kind of trendy but it's actually an ancient herb. About 90% of it comes from India where they have been using it in recipes and as a magical healing herb since the beginning of time, or at least since 600 BC! Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is known as an anti-inflammatory, anti-aging herb, a strong and powerful antioxidant and an incredible immunity booster.
  • Ginger ~ Soothes irritable bowel syndrome, aids in weight loss, relieves arthritis symptoms, is anti-inflammatory, improves circulation, blocks heartburn, helps fight cancer, clears sinuses, strengthens the immune system and fights infections.
  • Lemons ~ Alkalizes the body, balances blood sugar and PH levels, it's a brain food, it detoxifies, fights cancer, aids in weight loss, cleans the lymphatic system, aides in digestions, provides immune support, kills free radicals and prevents kidney stones.
  • Raw Honey ~ Regulates blood sugar, aids digestion, provides vitamins & minerals, fights parasites, cleanses the liver and colon, heals psoriasis, eczema, ulcers, lowers cholesterol and is an immune booster.
  • Cayenne Pepper ~ Boosts metabolism, stimulates the lymphatic system, circulates blood, re-builds cell tissue, cleanses the body, speeds weight loss, clears stress, fights colds and flu and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Not too shabby for some pepper!
    Wow, that's a lot of good stuff! Not bad for one nasty tasting shot, not gonna lie. 
All of the above info is readily available on line if you look up any of these ingredients and I'm a big believer in the power of this healing combination. Also, it's easy to make, just boil the water and then let it cool, add all the ingredients, stir, fill the jars and pop them in the fridge.

1 3/4 cup filtered water
The juice of 4 lemons
1 big piece of ginger, peel and squeeze the juice out using a garlic press, or you can use ginger powder
3 pieces turmeric, also peel and squeeze in the garlic press, or you can use the powder too
(I use a ginger root but turmeric powder)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon raw honey
Five or six 2oz. glass bottles ~ I recycle spice jars, just wash off the labels. Mostly I use my Trader Joe's Everything Bagel Spice jars because I go through it so fast, makes my 100 calorie gluten free O'doughs bagel almost taste like the real deal!

Use a funnel to pour the liquid into the jars. Refrigerate, makes about five or six shots that will last a week. Shake before drinking. Bottoms up!