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Shima, Shima, Shima

I refer to myself as a love warrior. I am all about the vibration of love. And it’s healing properties. Anyone who knows me well  or follows me on Instagram, knows that I even see hearts all of the time. I was walking to the beach with a friend in Ft. Lauderdale once and I looked down and saw a little paper on the sidewalk in the shape of a heart, and I said “Oh look, there’ s a heart”. He responded, ” Oh my God, is that how that happens, I see your posts all the time, why didn’t I see that heart, I walked right past it!!!” 

Valentine’s Day is always one of my favorite holidays. I love celebrating LOVE! 

Today I want to share a little love meditation with you. 

Shima, shima, shima (pronounced she-ma) is the Hopi word for love. Place your hand on your heart and just keep repeating the words, while breathing slowing. If your mind starts drifting, and it will … just keep coming back to the words, your breath and the feeling in your heart. Repeating it 108 time would be the bomb, but just do your best. 

If that feels like too much work, or meditation stresses you out (yes, that really happens to some people), you can just lie still with you eyes closed and listen to this version.

Happy Valentine’s Day, shima shima shima! 

You Say Tomato and I Say Tomahto

One of my favorite things about summer is local tomatoes. There is nothing better than a tomato sandwich on toast with mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Divine! I actually like mine open faced so I can pile the tomatoes higher.

My big sister knows how crazy I am for a good tomato and during a recent visit brought me a bag of assorted juicy red tomatoes from her garden – best present ever! The tomatoes from her garden are always the best of the summer. I don’t know if it’s the cooler temperatures in northeast Pennsylvania, the soil or all of the TLC she pours in to her garden, but they are heavenly.

So I found myself with an abundance of tomatoes, the ones she brought me, ones that we had purchased and there were tomatoes in our CSA last week. Not a problem in my book, I have a lot of great recipes for tomatoes.

One of my faves is from a cookbook my other sister gave me for a birthday gift – my sisters have my back clearly!

Jessica Seinfeld’s Food Swings – Virtue &Vice is full of some really great healthy options and also some really devilish, decadent options for when you’re living it up a little.
One of my favorite recipes from the book combines two of my faves – cauliflower and tomatoes.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Tomatoes and Garlic


  • 2 pt. cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower (about 2 1/4 lbs)
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preheat oven to 400° with the oven rack in the middle. Put the tomatoes and garlic in a large baking dish, then drizzle with 3 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Toss to coat.

Trim the large green leaves from the cauliflower and dis­card, then trim the stem so the cauliflower sits flat. Push the tomatoes aside and place the cauliflower in the middle of the dish. Drizzle remaining tablespoon oil over the cauliflower and rub to coat. Sprinkle with paprika and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Roast for about 1 hour, or until the cauliflower is tender and can easily be pierced with a paring knife.

Sprinkle parsley over the cauliflower. Slice the cauliflower into wedges and serve with tomatoes and garlic.

I know it doesn’t sound terribly exciting, but trust me, roasting it all together really brings out the flavors. The first time I made it, my husband Joe gave me that “I don’t know about this one” look, but found himself grabbing more Italian bread to sop up every last juicy bit from the plate.

Tomatoes have a good dose of Vitamin C and the cooking process doesn’t effect it at all. They also contain lycopene, which is an antioxidant and the cooking process brings out more of the lycopene. Tomatoes also contain beta-carotene, another powerful antioxidant to help fight cell damage.

So this dish is tasty and healthy – that’s a win win!


Burn Baby Burn

If you fancy the beach as much as I do, you’ve probably had that moment where you got so caught up in your book or you decided to take a siesta after that last cold Corona that you knocked back and you forgot to reapply your sunscreen!

No worries, this easy peasey DIY After Sun Spray is just the ticket you need. We all know how I love a good DIY. Let’s jump in –

Here’s what you’ll need –

Optional Additions:

  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil (I personally don’t use in this recipe, but I’ve seen it listed in other recipes)
  • 5 drops of therapeutic grade Frankincense essential oil, aka “my boyfriend Frank”, hands down my FAVORITE essential oil
  • 5 drops of therapeutic grade helichrysum essential oil

Combine ingredients in a glass mixing cup and pour in to your spray bottle.
Voila, After Sun Spray!

If you get really burned, Apple Cider Vinegar applied first to the burn is a great way to help restore the PH of the skin, helps lift out that hot feeling and promotes healing of the skin. You are less likely to blister if you apply the ACV first.

Then you can use your trusty After Sun Spray.

  • The witch hazel is high in tannins and helps soothe the burned skin. It also helps as a preservative.
  • Aloe Vera , known as “The Burn Plant” is known for it’s healing properties and adds moisture to the skin. Be sure you purchase pure aloe vera gel – it shouldn’t be colored or have a lot of other additives.
  • Lavender essential oil is very calming and soothing.
  • Pepppermint essential oil is cooling when used topically.
  • Frankincense, also known as the “king of oils” is also great for skin.
  • Helichysum essential oil is another powerhouse and can help ease inflammation.

For added cooling effects, store in the refrigerator.
This spray is lovely on the skin even if you haven’t been kissed by the sun!

Cool As A Cucumber

If you’ve ever had a massage at Judy Moon and Associates, you know that at the end of your glorious massage you will be treated to a glass of delicious, refreshing lemon and cucumber water.

Lemon water – yes, we’ve all had that and we know all of the wonderful benefits of drinking water with lemon. Besides how good it tastes, especially with the lemon – why does adding the cucumber elevate our water in such a positive way?

  • Hydration – let’s face it , plain water is pretty boring and just adding cucumber to it makes its so much more refreshing – you’re more likely to drink the amount you should be drinking if it tastes better, right? They also contain potassium which is a great electrolyte.
  • Weight loss – if you’re trying to lose weight, replacing a tasty water for some of your other high calorie beverages like soda, etc will save you a lot of calories. Also, if you are drinking enough water, you tend to feel fuller so you’ll probably eat less. Plus, cucumbers are a natural diuretic so you will feel less bloated.
  • Antioxidants – cucumbers are high in Vitamin C and contain antioxidants.
  • Bone Health – cucumbers are high in Vitamin K which helps promote good bone health.
  • Healthy Skin – staying hydrated helps skin stay smooth and supple, but cucumbers add the extra vitamins and antioxidants as well as silica which provides extra benefits to the skin.

Who knew just how wonderful a glass of water could be?


Decisions, decisions!

What type of massage is best for me?

I get asked that question frequently and the answer is – it depends.
It can be confusing or overwhelming at times looking over a list of services offered by your massage therapist. They all sound good, right?

Depending on what’s happening in your body, your energy, your emotional and mental state – the best treatment could really vary from time to time.

Communication with your therapist is key to receiving the outcome that you are looking for when you go for a massage. You need to be specific if you are looking for a specific experience. Or sometimes, it’s nice to just “have the experience” and have the “Calgon, take me away!” moments.

For example, if you’ve scheduled a one hour therapeutic massage and you describe areas that you are feeling tension and you really only want those areas worked on, just say so!
It’s perfectly okay to say – “you can skip my legs and feet”  if you only want your back, neck and shoulders worked on.

On the flip side of that coin, it’s important for us as therapists to listen to what the client is asking for. If someone has scheduled a one hour therapeutic massage and is telling me about tension in the back, neck, and shoulders, I will often say – “so those are the areas that we will spend the majority of time on, but do you want a full body massage with just a “quick hello” to the other areas of the body or just those areas that are speaking to you right now?”
Their response is usually yes, full body but had I not asked, I may have just done back, neck and shoulders and left the client feeling unbalanced and wondering why I skipped parts of the body.

Because everything is connected, we often discover areas in the body that the client wasn’t even aware of that were sore, because they’ve been so focused on the areas of tension that were most prominent.

Also, sometimes what we think we need might not be the best fit. I often find that super duper stressed out people who come in knotted up like a pretzel and want you to pummel the heck out of them, would really benefit more from something slower and a little more gentle and grounding. So sometimes, I’ll suggest a little of both in one session.

Let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll be sure that you have the best experience that your body needs while you are on the table.

It’s About Thyme!

I’ve added a new tea to my arsenal of healing teas – thyme tea.

I gave up coffee years ago and tea became my new best friend. I have an absurd amount of teas in my collection but I love them all for different reasons and I often use them medicinally.

Enter thyme tea.

When my husband and I did our annual cleanse this year, I was looking for some new teas, just to shake things up a bit. I had recently read about the healing property of thyme in the medical medium Anthony Williams book Life Changing Foods. Thyme has the ability to kill off bacteria and viruses, is a rich source of several vitamins, is a good purifying herb for the digestive tract, can ease headaches and muscle soreness, and is a good overall tonic for the nervous system. These are just a few things that this powerhouse can do.

I’ve added thyme tea in to my repertoire. You can pour boiling water over fresh thyme sprigs and steep for about 15 minutes or so. I am more of a teabag/loose tea kinda gal, so I purchased some thyme tea bags. The flavor is a light herbal taste and I add a pinch of stevia. I’ve had it warm and cold; it’s tasty either way. Anthony has a great blog specifically about thyme tea if you want to read more about the nitty gritties of drinking it. I like his suggestion of infusing a large amount of water with it overnight and then sipping it throughout the day.


40 Bags

I’m getting a jump on my Spring cleaning this year!

I saw a Facebook post from a pal in Chicago who is doing the 40 Bags in 40 Days clutter clearing challenge. I had never heard of it, so I did some poking around and immediately made my list.

If it’s new to you too, here’s the skinny – you make a list of areas in your home to clutter clear for the next 40 days. What was appealing to me about this process is that you can really break it down in to SMALL, DOABLE areas. For example, the buffet in my dining room has two drawers and two little cubby hole areas with a door on each side – if I were to empty it out, go through my normal – “does this spark joy” process, that would take a chunk of time, therefore, it hasn’t been done in quite a long time. So I broke that down into four different times. There are things that I know will be quick, maybe 5 minutes, so I do those on days that my schedule is tight; I save the areas that will take a little longer for weekends or days that I can squeeze a longer project in.

Often people start this challenge at the beginning of Lent since Lent is 40 days long. I’m a little late to the party, so I started the last week of February and I can’t tell you how much stuff I’ve donated, put through the shredder, and discarded already. The best part for me is that it’s not overwhelming. I’d say I spend an average of 15-20 minutes a day so far just tackling one drawer, desk top, or cabinet at a time.

Since I practice Feng Shui in my home and I am always mindful of the quality of energy in my home, clutter clearing is a no-brainer for me and something I do my best to stay on top of. This challenge is making the process even easier!

Excess clutter can affect us on many levels. This is great article, from Psychology Today, really explains the mental, emotional, and physical effects too much clutter can have on our lives.

Who’s ready to join me?

More Immune Boosting Fun!

Have you tried elderberry syrup?

Using elderberries medicinally dates back as far as Hippocrates. The “father of medicine” called the plant his “medicine chest” due to all of the health challenges it was used for.

It is known as one of the top antiviral herbs and is an antioxidant power house – with more flavonoids than blueberries, cranberries, goji berries and black berries.

It’s probably best know for it’s use for fighting cold, flu and upper respiratory viruses. Studies have shown that if taken within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, it can reduce the duration of the symptoms by as much as 4 days.

I started stocking it on the shelves this year at our studio and I was happy to have it during the holidays. During that week between Christmas and New Year, I found myself feeling run down. I wasn’t sick, I just felt …blah. I felt like my immune system was working very hard, so I started taking the elderberry syrup and made a batch of “Healing Soup” and I dodged whatever bug was trying to shake me down.

If you have any auto immune issues, are pregnant or breast feeding, have any organ transplants or any other ongoing health issues, like with anything – always check with your doctor before trying anything new.

If you currently take any of the following medications, you should talk to your health care provider before taking any elder plant products:
• Diabetes medications
• Diuretics (water pills)
• Chemotherapy
• Immune-supressing drugs, including corticosteroids (prednisone), and medications used to treat autoimmune diseases
• Laxatives
• Theophylline (TheoDur)

Dr. Axe has this great chart with some of the top benefits of elderberry.

There’s plenty of DIY recipes out there for elderberry syrup. You can also buy it in health food stores, and as I mentioned we are carrying it now as well. There is elderberry tea, lozenges, and even gummy bears for the kiddos.

Let me know if you try it and what your experience is like!

Our Secret Healing Soup

Holy Flu Season Batman!

With the amount of people that I know that have been down with the flu or any one of the various viruses that are circulating around right now, I thought it would be helpful to re-post the “Healing Soup” recipe as we call it in my house.

I was originally given this recipe by my sister-in-law who is a former hospice nurse. It’s great for the immune system and can be used if you are already feeling ill and want to speed up your recovery or as a preventative. We are on our second batch since the end of December, just to be on the safe side. Don’t be alarmed by the amount of garlic and onions. The flavors mellow out quite a bit with sautéing and slow cooking.

Old Fashioned Garlic and Onion Soup
For colds, flu, respiratory infections or for prevention especially in winter season.

4 large white or yellow onions, thinly sliced
2 whole heads of garlic, separated and peeled
2 tsp. thyme
4 tbs. olive oil
6 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 bay leaf
2 tbs. honey
4 tbs. each fresh basil and parsley
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
sea salt, fresh ground pepper to taste

In a large stockpot sauté the onions, garlic, and thyme in olive oil until golden brown. This step sweetens and mellows the intensity of the garlic and onions. (To peel garlic cloves, smash the individual cloves with the flat side of a chef’s knife and slip out of the skins.) Add the vegetable stock, white wine, and bay leaf. Slowly cook for 2 to 3 hours. Strain liquid, and then add honey, fresh basil and parsley, sea salt, fresh ground black pepper and cayenne.

Onions and garlic are both antibacterial in action, as is the herb thyme. Cayenne pepper is recommended if there is a fever present, while basil and parsley are detoxifying herbs.
This is an excellent soup to drink during any type of infection or cold, or to simply enjoy as a first course to a meal.

I tend to sauté everything till the onions are wilted and then finish it in the slow cooker for about 8 hours. We don’t even bother to strain it. It’s like eating onion soup without the toast and melted cheese.

You’ll also keep the vampires away! Enjoy!

Who Do You Love?

Being in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and riding on the love wave, I thought it would be fun to explore Loving Kindness Meditation.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve been hearing and seeing a lot about all of the health benefits of meditation. There are apps now to make it even easier for you.

There is a lot of different types of meditation – Transcendental, Kundalini, Mindfulness, and Guided Visualization, to name a few.

Many types of meditation have you focus on your breath, your awareness, or visualizing something in your mind’s eye.

Loving Kindness Meditation has you focus on compassion and love and what that feels like in your body.

There is a common set of words that are used for this meditation.
Here is a script to get you started:

Sit in a comfortable position for you. Take a few deep slow breaths.

Start with yourself first. Give yourself the feeling of compassion while saying these words aloud:

May I be safe and free from harm.
May I be happy and free from stress.
May I be healthy and free from pain.
May I be able to live in this world peacefully and joyfully

The next target is someone that is easy to love.
Choose someone other than your romantic partner so that you don’t experience feelings of romantic love or lust. Choose a friend, child or family member.

May you be safe and free from harm.
May you be happy and free from stress.
May you be healthy and free from pain.
May you be able to live in this world peacefully and joyfully.

The next target is a neutral target.
You can choose one person that you don’t know very well or you can choose a group of people that you don’t know. For example, you could choose the person in line behind you at the store yesterday or everyone that lives in Miami, Florida. The goal is to choose someone that you don’t feel anything towards.

May you be safe and free from harm.
May you be happy and free from stress.
May you be healthy and free from pain.
May you be able to live in this world peacefully and joyfully.

The next target is a difficult target.
Think of someone that has hurt you very deeply.
Maybe they betrayed your trust or abused you physically or emotionally. Maybe someone took advantage of you or simply ignored you. Choose someone that it is difficult to feel compassion and forgiveness towards.

May you be safe and free from harm.
May you be happy and free from stress.
May you be healthy and free from pain.
May you be able to live in this world peacefully and joyfully.

Finally, offer your compassion to the entire world. Imagine your compassion as a light that shines from your heart and encompasses the entire globe.

May everyone be safe and free from harm.
May everyone be happy and free from stress.
May everyone be healthy and free from pain.
May everyone be able to live in this world peacefully and joyfully.

What can you expect to feel after practicing this? Here are 18  Science-Based reasons to practice Loving Kindness Meditation.

Need a little extra help? Here’s a 5 minute guided version of it.

There’s an abundance of different versions and options on YouTube. Find one that speaks to you or record yourself saying the script above.

What’s Different This Time?

As my 21 day cleanse wraps up for this year I was looking over what I have done previously and what is different this time.

Here is the list from the previous post from 2015 and I’ll comment on what’s a “yay” and what’s a “not so much” or a “nay’.

Here is s what a typical day looks like on Clean (and sometimes even after Clean)

  • Wake up and Tongue Scrape – Yay, first thing I do every morning after my meditation
  • Oil Pull for 10 minutes with coconut oil (this is new this year for me!) – Nay, I love oil pulling, but I’ve switched to The Dirt tooth powder for whitening:
  • Brush teeth
  • Axe Detox drink – Kind of..I drink warm water with lemon and Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar religiously, sometimes I throw in some ginger depending on my mood.
  • Meditation – Big Yay. This is actually the FIRST thing I do when I wake up. I sit up in bed and get it done.
  • Exercise – Yay.
  • Dry brush – Yay.
  • Shower – Yay.
  • Plant fusion shake with frozen berries, flax seed, almond milk, raw coconut cream, colloidal minerals (the minerals are a new addition this year), – Variation, this is now my afternoon snack, sometimes split in two. I also don’t use the coconut cream anymore and no flax. I had forgotten about the minerals, so they may go back in.
  • Cup of Kukicha tea with stevia – Big yay, my favorite tea.
  • Snack if I need it – raw nuts – Yay.
  • Lunch – salad from the list of foods you can have – Yay.
  • Snack – green drink with wheat grass powder, kale, more berries, coconut water and an apple. (this is my go to afternoon pick me up everyday) – Green drink is now breakfast , my recipe is in the last post.
  • Dinner – meal or soup from list of foods you can have. – Yay. We ate alot more soup for dinner than on previous cleanses. We didn’t feel as hungry this time for some reason. Plus, it’s been freezing here is Philadelphia, so a bowl of hearty soup was very appealing!
  • Water with lemon throughout the day. (also started adding chlorophyll to the water) – Yay – I forgot about the chlorophyll, so I’m adding that back to our routine.
  • Herbal tea after dinner, Tulsi Rose is a favorite.- Yay, also added Tulsi Lavender Tea to the repertoire.
  • Natural Calm before bed- Yay.
  • I take the supplements according to directions on labels – Yay.
  • Alternating detox epsom salt baths, and Castor Oil Wraps through out the week. – Yay to the baths, not so much to the Castor Oil Wraps. To be completely honest, I’ve been out of Castor Oil! Just ordered some and I’m planning some wraps post cleanse to keep the vibe going.
  • “Cocktails” made with kombucha – New! I started making us a ‘cocktail” before dinner with coconut water, kombucha, fresh mint, fresh lemon, a few pieces of pineapple or some berries. I’d kind of wing it each night and the tang from the kombucha satisfied my craving for a glass of wine.

I also scoured through all of my healthy cookbooks before the cleanse even started searching for new recipes made from the foods we are able to eat. I made a giant list of possibilities and we tried some new recipes that were definitely keepers. The key to success I believe is being creative with the list of what you can have. As long as the the meals are tasty, you don’t feel like you are being deprived or you are missing out. Although my husband may beg to differ since he is counting the minutes till he can have bread.

Looking forward to keeping the inspiration for clean eating going, I still have many new recipes to try from the list that I had made.
Our goal is to be in the 80/20 range. Clean eating 80 % of the time.

As for me personally, I’m  looking forward to my next knitting night with my peeps – the cleanse will be over and there will be cheese…..

Shake It Up

It was really fun to read my cleanse post from 2015. It was interesting to see what I’m still doing, what I’ve changed and what I forgot about!

The first thing that jumped out at me is that I’ve flip flopped my smoothies.

I have a green drink in the morning now and I absolutely love the green powder I am using. I kept reading about a company called Organifi. I read the list of ingredients and the reviews were outstanding so I switched.

I just want to point out that this is not a paid endorsement, I am just sharing the love.

In the past, I was using Amazing Grass Wheat Grass powder as my base , with a bunch of other fun stuff added to make it taste great and that worked just fine. The thing that caught my eye about the Organifi green powder was the Moringa powder – talk about a super food power house! I had been considering adding that to the wheat grass shake already. This green juice from Organifi has Moringa, Spirulina, Ashwaganda, and other super duper healthy things.It tastes great and blends perfectly – not grainy at all.

Why did I switch it to breakfast you may ask?

Many of the ingredients help with blood sugar stability, and increasing metabolism and energy, so it seemed like it would make sense to start the day with that rather than having it later in the day. It’s also really refreshing first thing in the morning.

So my new go to breakfast which started actually about two months before the cleanse-

  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1 apple  (minus the small  piece I cut off and share with my dog Murphy)
  • 1 handful of frozen mixed berries
  • 1 small handful of kale ( I know there’s probably already kale in it, I’m just a creature of habit)
  • 2 TBL raw cashews
  • 1 scoop of Organifi Green Superfood powder
  • 2 ice cubes
  • Blend in the Vitamix and enjoy!

I will say that it is expensive in comparison to other green powders. I think that if I were to buy all of those ingredients individually to create this blend, it would probably end up costing more. I bought it when they were running a super deal, I stocked up and now because I’ve bought it a few times, I just qualified for a free delivery.

Thanks Organifi!