In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 33 {kids, creativity, confidence and summer}

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I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

As a teacher and mom-to-be I am very interested in the topic of classic play for kids. No plugs, no batteries, no bells or whistles – basically how I grew up playing. Being a kid of the 70′s really was all about having a ton of free time to create from our own imagination: games, imaginary play, arts and crafts with the supplies from around the house. Seems quaint now, but there is a lot of value in being able to create something from nothing.

Recently I’ve found a blog called Classic Play run by Jennifer Cooper of Ellie Bellie Kids (thanks to Jennifer of Sophie and Lili!) and I’ve fallen in love with their Creative Families Series. The most current interview is with one of my favorite bloggers, Molly from Charlotte’s Fancy.

Read here how Molly marries family and creativity.

Kyla Roma wrote a wonderful post about Making Space for A Creative Life. I especially loved the part about not needing to quit your day job in order to have a life filled with creativity as much of the blogosphere would lead you to believe. It’s all in the intention and attention. Hallelujah!

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Do you ever find it difficult to say nice things about yourself? I didn’t think I did until Sarah Von from Yes and Yes challenged all of us to discuss All The Ways We’re Adorable.

Need a little confidence boost? Check out Lady Smaggle guest posting on Just A Titch.

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Because it’s summer:

Top 10 Reasons To Practice Outdoor Yoga – Maria from Daily Downdog is absolutely spot on. Read it, then go outside for a little practice yourself.

A perfect salad recipe from Sarah at Pink of Perfection.

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That is the In Case You Missed It Edition, folks.

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Yoga+Music (not quite 365) – The Grand Theatre, Volume One by Old 97’s – Recipe Edition!

It’s Tuesday and that means the Recipe Edition!  

Here’s where I share an easy, nutritious recipe so you can join me in the home-cooked self-care.   

Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad  

adapted from allrecipes.com 

 

Serves 6  

Ingredients  

  • 1 (12 ounce) package radiatore pasta
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce {I used low sodium}
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar {I used rice wine vinegar}
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar {I only used 2 Tbsp of sugar since the rice wine vinegar has sugar in it}
  • 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken {seasoned with garlic and black pepper}
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped green onion
  • 4 cups torn fresh spinach leaves
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    Directions  

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in sesame seeds and cook until golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Pour dressing into a sealable container, and set aside. {or just pour it in with the warm pasta and try not to eat too much of it}
    3. In a large bowl, mix together pasta, cooked chicken, and 1 cup dressing (reserve remaining dressing). Cover salad, and refrigerate at least 6 hours. {I put in all the dressing and the pasta and chicken soaked it up – delicious!} {We couldn’t wait 6 hours, we ate it after 3 – still yummy}
    4. Directly before serving, stir in parsley, green onions, and spinach. Toss with remaining dressing, if desired.

      

    This recipe was delicious hot or cold, with or without the spinach.    

    What are your go-to healthy foods?   

    How do you change your diet based on the season?   

    Send me your recipe and you may find yourself featured here!    

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    Today’s yoga brought to you by the home practice.     

    Today’s music is   

      

    click on the album to listen

      

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    Yoga Teaching Update:    

     FREE Fridays at 4:30 with the new It’s All Yoga teachers (21st and X in Sacramento) – you’ve got to sign up online www.itsallyoga.com    

     These classes are for every body – level 1/2. Bring your friends!    

     Looking for a restorative YogaNap ? Please check my teaching schedule.  

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    Yoga+Music(notquite365) Time Without Consequence by Alexi Murdoch – Recipe Edition!

    It’s Tuesday! And that means the Recipe Edition!  

    Each Tuesday I will share an easy, nutritious recipe so you can join me in the home-cooked self-care.  

    It is the last week of school and I’m feeling quite rushed for time. This need for speed has shown up in all areas of my life and especially in my kitchen. I’ve still be seeking healthy options, but during these last couple weeks the need for speed has trumped all.

    I’ve eaten today’s recipe a couple of times over the last weeks and have forgotten to take photos each time. A bit preoccupied I guess.

    You’ll need to picture dark green leaves, deep purple slices and bright white creamy bits with chopped nuts.

    Today’s recipe is more of an assembly, rather than a cooking recipe. Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s and their inexpensive healthy ingredients.

    Beet, Spinach, Goat Cheese Salad

    Serves 2

    1 packet of TJ’s ready to eat beets rinsed and sliced (an egg slicer makes this job so easy)

    half bag of ready to eat baby spinach (rinse and dry one more time just to be sure)

    a crumble of soft goat cheese

    a handful of chopped nuts {pecans are my favorite}

    a drizzle of olive oil

    a splash of balsamic vinegar

    salt and pepper to taste.

      Assemble on the plates.

     What are your go-to healthy foods? How do you change your diet based on the season? Send me your recipe and you may find yourself featured here! 

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    Today’s yoga brought to you by the restorative home practice.   I’m still finishing up paperwork at school, so class seems unlikely.

    Today’s music is Time Without Consequence by Alexi Murdoch.

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    Yoga Teaching Update: 

     FREE Fridays at 4:30 with the new It’s All Yoga teachers (21st and X in Sacramento) – you’ve got to sign up online www.itsallyoga.com 

     These classes are for every body – level 1/2. Bring your friends! 

     I’m scheduled to teach July 9th!

     Office Hours with Michelle are on Fridays from 3:30-4:30, so come on by the studio before class and say hi!

     

     

     

    Yoga+Music(notquite365) – You Are Free by Cat Power – The Recipe Edition!

    It’s Tuesday! And that means The Recipe Edition! 

    Each Tuesday I will share an easy, nutritious recipe so you can join me in the home-cooked self-care. 

    Carrot Slaw  

    Serves 2 

    2 carrots – shredded 

    ingredients 

    juice of 1 orange 

    oranges

     

    handful of raisins 

    handful of sunflower seeds 

    so much better with orange juice

     

    Mix and eat! 

    Courtesy of Jenna from Adventures of a 21st Century Family. Stop on by for some armchair travel and tips for traveling with toddlers. 

     Do you have any stealth ways to get yourself to eat more fruit and vegetables? Please share your favorite recipes and tips! 

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    Today’s yoga brought to you by Madeleine at It’s All Yoga in Sacramento. 

    Today’s music is You Are Free by Cat Power.

    Lame Food Confession UPDATE! – Bonus Recipe Edition!

    Recently I spilled the proverbial beans about my inability to consume a respectable amount of fruits and vegetables despite my claim of being a healthy eater. I called it my Lame Food Confession and since confessing that I have trouble finding fruits and vegetables in my mouth, not just my refrigerator, I have learned a great many things.  

    1. I actually like the taste of most fruits and vegetables. Plain fruits. Plain vegetables. Don’t even have to do anything to them and they already taste pretty good.  

    2. Before I’d been eating way too many granola bars – Clif Kid Organic Zbar in Chocolate Chip – I love you, but you get in the way of my fruit and vegetable consumption.  

    3. As it turns out, I know someone who works for the used-to-be 5-a-day folks. It’s now called Fruits and Veggies: More Matters - and even she has trouble fitting it all in. The new name actually clears up confusion about the amount, although it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.  

    4. Many people I spoke to didn’t know about the new name AND didn’t know what qualified as a serving.  

    5. My trousers are already fitting a bit looser.  

    6. I’m less hungry during the day.  

    7. I feel more virtuous when I actually remember.  

    8.  Some friends even sent in recipes during the first Lame Food Confession.  

    Here’s one I apdated from Leili -  

    Broccoli Slaw  

    Cut up fresh brocoli  

    Throw in some blueberries ( I used thawed frozen organics from Trader Joe’s)  

    Raisins (for some extra sweetness)  

    Sliced almonds (for some extra crunch)  

    Flax seeds (for some extra fiber)  

    Combine with some ginger vinaigrette.  

    I used Annie’s Naturals Gingerly Vinaigrette  

    Enjoy!  

    Food photography: Harder than it looks!

      

    Care to share YOUR fruit and vegetable confessions? What about tips, techniques and recipes for getting your daily allowance in? Leave a comment and you may find your recipe featured here someday.