Hello!  How are you all doing?  I actually have done so much organizing, cleaning and laundry that I'm wondering how I've ever been able to go to work?  Oh yeah, there's always laundry, mess and disorganization.  This is not normal.  Anyhoo, I decided it's a good time to share my immune support Mocktail.  This has great anti-inflammatory ingredients, helps heal your gut and is great for weight loss too. You can make a small version of this or a large, just adjust the water, I like the way it tastes so I make a big one.  It contains:
  • Water
  • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (my favorite cure all)
  • Lemon Juice 
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Pinch of cayenne (or a lot if you like the sharpness)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger (you can use powder, if you use fresh you'll need to run it through the juicer)
  • Big sprinkle of turmeric powder
  • Honey or stevia optional (honey is antibacterial, stevia sweetens it up if it's to tart for you)
Drink in the morning preferably before breakfast.  Enjoy and stay healthy! 
Without the temptations I have at work, I have been able to eat super clean, I started running, still can't keep up with my fam, but I'm pretty proud of myself and I have lost 3 lbs on lockdown!

Also wanted to share this amazing recipe for black bean meatballs. This was sooooo good.  Even my husband, who is from the meat centric Mid West, liked them.  This was a recipe video on Instagram from Medical Medium, if you don't follow him, you should, he's amazing!  One of those videos I watch 10x and write down the ingredients, then realize the recipe is in the post.  

My meatballs fell apart so I need to put more oats next time, but they were still so good.  The first picture is a screen shot I took off the instagram video and the second picture is mine.  You may laugh, I'll wait... just another reminder that real life is never as pretty as instagram.
1 15 oz can of black beans
3/4 cups glue-free oats
1/2 cup diced onion
3 close chopped garlic
2tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder (optional)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
Salt to taste

Put it all in the food processor and when blended use your hands to roll into meatballs.
I fried them in a pan with olive oil.  As they cooked I made the sauce, very easy.

1/2 cup diced onion
2 minced garlic gloves
3 cups crushed tomatoes, I used one big can
1/4 cup tomatoes paste
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp oregano
Basil or parsley for garnish, I had neither, my basil plant died.

Cook all in a pan then add the meatballs and we had this with gluten-free angel hair.

The stores are still out of toilet paper in my neighborhood, but have plenty of fresh produce, go figure.



Just dropping in to say hi and hoping you are doing well in these crazy times.  It feels so serial doesn't it?

I had in inquiry from a reader regarding the last post, FASHION DIVERSION.   She wanted me to know that the photos of the accessories didn't show up.  That happens sometimes with emails due to the way the blog post is built, all that techy stuff, and it's especially common with pictures and products.  So, if you receive an email with a post and there are no pictures (I will always have pictures!) all you need to do is click on the post title, in this case FASHION DIVERSION and it will take you to the actual blog page.  You should do that for every post so you don't miss anything!  Also, I always have the post link of FB and instagram too :)

And while we're here, how many times do you wish you had free time to do all of the stuff on this totally adorable info graph I found on instagram?  But now, when it's forced upon us with anxiety and for some, financial worries as well, not so wishful.  But then again, there's just something about this little chart I find so comforting.  So I'm going to try and do every one of these things in the next two weeks, even though I still have to work from home, I hope you will too.   Check them off one by one and challenge yourself to the art of self care.


Hi, and happy Monday, kind-a-sort-a?  So the world's gone mad and this virus is real and it's scary.  At this point we've all experienced empty store shelves and lessons on washing our hands.  Don't touch your face, I still touch my face, I'm such a face toucher, don't breathe, don't move.  I just keep hearing my Mothers voice saying "this too shall pass".  And it will, hopefully leaving us a little wiser in our choices.  So I'm interrupting the fears (including my own) to bring you some adorable, affordable, accessories for spring.  Just hover over the product to shop!   Because spring will come and we will all be alright!


Standing in the Vortex - well at the current moment, obviously I’m not standing in the Vortex, I’m actually on an airplane heading to New York for the weekend as I write this.  But two weekends ago we made a stop in Sedona on the way to visit my in-laws in Arizona.

Every year we say we’re gonna do that but have never taken the time until now.  We stayed in the cutest little hotel, the Southwest Inn.  The room had a corner Kiva gas fire place, there's nothing like being able to fall asleep to a roaring fire, (knowing it's on a timer set to go off in 30 minutes), and a front porch with a mountain view.

Sedona, if you’ve never been, is pretty amazing.  It’s surrounded by red rock mountains that change color all day into different hues depending on the way the sun hits them.  And like any place where you are surrounded by beauty it gives you a renewed appreciation for life, love and the pursuit of everything Mother Nature.   

What is a Vortex?  Well I’m glad you asked, a Vortex is thought to be swirling centers of energy that promote healing, meditation and self-discovery.  Places where the earth is especially alive with energy.  Many people feel inspired and recharged after visiting a vortex and if you are in touch with your spiritual side you can feel all kinds of feels in these spots.  I get the head tingles.  That’s literally what it is when I‘m in any place that has spiritual meaning or I have a premonition of sorts, I get the head tingles.  There may be some official name for it but I don’t know what that is.  It’s a tingling all over my head.  It used to freak me out but now I like it, oops there it goes, that’s the other thing, when I talk about it or in this case write about it, it happens too.  

So hello from 37,000 ft, from me and my big tingly red head.  

And as usual, a picture's worth a thousand words….
Notice the house, they were all camouflaged against the colors of the mountains.
Exact Vortex area.