A few refreshing juice and smoothie recipes I love, plus my favorite local spots.Read More
What are you guys up to this weekend?
I'm excited to relax, make s'mores, go grocery shopping for new recipes, take the dog for a walk, and do some writing.
Here are some fun links from around the web:
Staying mindful even when you're frustrated (I so needed this one!).
Questions to ask before your yoga teacher training.
Do you ever drink alone? Also, a yummy mango colada.
Which spot in northern California would you visit? :)
- Ways to boost your creativity.
- Holding space as a yoga teacher.
- Sending hugs.
- What are your morning rituals?
- Cheers to all you badass yoga teachers! Stay tuned for new posts in this series next week featuring ideas for what to keep track of for your taxes as an independent contractor, and 5 things to consider before you take on a new teaching gig.
Illustration found on Pinterest and photo found via Tumblr.
This couscous salad looks yummy.
Yoga postures for hot summer days.
Let go of stress.
Funny #dadquotes for Father's Day. Plus, Father's Day gift ideas.
40 fun and free things to do this summer.
Ways to boost your self-esteem, if you're feeling critical of your body.
A documentary about loving yourself as you are.
Yogi Surprise June and celebrating the summer solstice.
Don't be stinky after yoga!
Yoga poses for if you're feeling angry.
- money and how much money is enough
- what things make me feel at peace, whether it's my practice or my bank account
- what I deserve
- what I manifest
- how my identity gets wrapped up in my work
- what my career goals are
- when my heart feels most full
- fresh strawberries from my garden
- hulled hemp seed
- Litehouse Spinach Salad dressing
- 1 cup of dried black eyed peas
- 1 cup of dried barley
- 1 cucumber
- 1 pack of grape tomatoes
- Handful of cilantro
- Handful of cheese (Feta)
- Lite house Greek vinegarette
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine the barley and water. Add salt if needed
- Bring to a boil: Bring the water and barley to a boil over high heat. Keep an eye on the pot to prevent foam from overflowing.
- Simmer the barley: When the barley has reached a boil, lower the heat to a low simmer, cover, and continue to cook until the barley is done. For pearl barley, start checking at 25 minutes. For hulled barley, start checking at 40 minutes. The barley is done when it has tripled in volume and is soft yet chewy. Add more water if the pan becomes dry before the barley has finished cooking; check every 5 minutes until desired chewiness is reached.
- Drain the barley (if necessary): When the barley is done, it will have absorbed most of the water. If there is a little water still left in the pot, just leave the barley to sit for 10 minutes, covered, until it has all been absorbed. If there is a lot of water left, drain the barley in a strainer over the sink.
- Fluff the barley: With a fork, fluff the barley to separate the grains and set aside.
PS More summer salads.
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Used as a beauty regimen, a cure for insomnia, and a solution for baldness, it is even considered as a potential AIDS and cancer fighter. Scientists and researchers are still studying its antiseptic properties but aloes definitely sound promising.
To give you an idea, here are the highlights:
1. It has soothing effects on skin.
If Cleopatra is known to be the most vain woman that ever lived (she regularly bathed in fresh milk, mind you), then her use of aloe vera is a certain sign that it's a good routine. She used the succulent juices on her skin as a daily beauty regimen to, you know, keep away wrinkles and keep herself looking radiant.
Plus, aloes have a cooling effect that's great during summer. I once applied this on my son's sunburns and the results were instant. It's the perfect first aid for rashes and sunburns.
2. It has healing properties for scars and tattoos.
Ever been victimised on a drunken night at 17 and ended up with an Elmo tattoo on your tummy when you woke up? Well, you don't have to suffer endless ridicule and horrible memories of that night because aloe vera is your go-to. Although it can't fully erase inked skin, it can assist tattoo removal cream in getting rid of your tattoo. You don't have to go through painful laser treatments just to erase your barbwire arm ink.
I haven't tried this routine myself because thankfully I don't have embarrassing tattoos, but it's certainly a must try.
3. It moisturizes and exfoliates skin.
When I was 5 months pregnant with my 1st, I was desperate for an anti-stretch marks lotion. All I found in cosmetics stores were creams promising smooth skin but without any assurances of 'no side effects'. Fearing risk for my baby, I looked for an alternative. It was a relief I discovered aloe vera. Sure, I knew about aloes good for the hair and all that, but I wasn't aware that it was good for baby bumps as well.
Now, I have no stretch marks and my tummy is even smoother and wrinkle free. Try applying raw aloe vera juice gently on your belly after you bathe and before you sleep. Notice the difference in just two days.
4. It helps with digestion problems and boosts immune system.
Anybody who's had digestive problems should keep a pot of aloe vera plant close to their kitchen windows. It's a natural remedy that can sooth your tummy and, well, help with any digestion issues you have.
Plus, it's the perfect boost for your immune system, it has high levels of anti oxidants, and it stimulates white blood cells, essentially the ninjas of your body.
It really doesn't get any better than this.
- Skin troubles
- Burns and irritations to the skin
- Removal of scars and blemishes
- Reducing inflammation
- Digestive problems
- Cardiovascular health
Aloe vera has been here for thousands of years, and yet we're only scraping the surface of its potential for medicine. Given studies and researches about this plant for many years now, who knows what it can do in the next few months, years?
About the Author: This article is written by Louise Ross for Lazer Cream - a leading provider of a quality tattoo removal cream in the UK. You can find success stories and photos from customers found on their site.