In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 35 – Magic, Faith and Pants That Fit, Damnit

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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…

It’s Not You, It’s The Clothes – If you read nothing else ever again, please read this post by Sally at Already Pretty. It will change your life. Yes, I’m being dramatic. The message is spot on. Write it on your hand next time you go clothes shopping.

There’s Magic There, If We Make It – Sarah from Pink of Perfection has a serious way with words. I’m so happy she is back from her trip and back posting again. This post made me laugh, tear up and feel motivated to be present in the moment.

On Faith – Amy’s personal post on wanting a spiritual home really hit a nerve with me. I, too, have in the last few years been thinking about taking care of my spiritual health and well-being. I’ve mostly been doing it on the yoga mat, however she may be on to something here. For a little background on my feelings on religion.

40 Hours That Are Critical To Your Health and Well Being – Did I ever tell you all about the one where I was so ridiculously ill-suited for my career I was losing handfuls of hair, had an awesome case of acne and chronic tummy troubles?  It wasn’t pretty, so while I understand changing jobs is truly difficult, in some cases, it is absolutely necessary.

Let’s Start With The ABC’s of It – Jennifer Is A Work In Progress participated in the ABC’s of You. Go check out her post and say hi.

How To Make A Good First Impression – they had me at “Stop talking”. Man, I wish someone would have told me earlier in life that listening is way more important than trying to show how smart I am with my incessant chatter. Good to know…. helped a lot with my own personal new school year resolution from last year. Listening is good.

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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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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 30

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Each week I’ll give you 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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Compressed family time this weekend. 24 hours round-trip to Texas. So happy I was there for my niece and nephew’s big days and to hand-deliver Mother’s Day cards.

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My Best Of…

You all know of my huge blog crush on Pink of Perfection, right? Well Sarah went on a yoga retreat and reported about it in the 6 Things I Learned On A Yoga Retreat. Totally spot on.

Staying Green and Healthy When Time Is Running Short – um, sign me up. I couldn’t click this fast enough.\

The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries from Dave Eggers in the NYTimes.

Why You NEED to Get Up Earlier (And How To Do It) found on Twitter via @sarahschaale

Terry Gross talked education this week on Fresh Air.

Michelle is offering an online meditation class which starts tomorrow. Don’t miss out!

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

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Saturday Senses

wouldn't this pillow look fabulous in my house? or yours? click for more information

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tasting :: sautéed kale with lentils and medium rare steak sandwiches on garlicky sourdough.

hearing :: “teacher, i’m nervous about next week’s tests”.

smelling :: lavender essential oils for nightly neck massages.

seeing :: the end of the school year on the horizon.

feeling :: much more rested and grounded. i’m such a creature of habit and schedules are apparently my best friend.

wishing/hoping ::  for a relaxed first week of high stakes testing and for my Sacramento readers to join me for my monthly restorative class over at It’s All Yoga tomorrow at 4.

What about you?

What are your senses this Saturday?

Looking back, how was your week?

Leave a comment and tell me all about it. I’d seriously love to hear about your week. Now’s not the time to be shy.

This weekly tradition inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

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Saturday Senses

tasting :: pink of perfection’s vegetarian cassoulet {bonus! tips for dealing with a bad mood}

hearing :: the finches play at delta of venus tonight {a pre-birthday celebration}

smelling :: rain, rain, rain

seeing :: a sacramento date on the latest tour schedule for old97s – june 4th at harlows!

feeling :: elated at the tour news

wishing/hoping :: myself and all those other march babies a very happy birthday.

What about you?

What are your senses this Saturday?

Looking back, how was your week?

Leave a comment and tell me all about it. I’d seriously love to hear about your week. Now’s not the time to be shy.

This weekly tradition inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

Don’t forget to click the links!

 

In Case You Missed It Edition, Volume 19

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Each week I’ll give you 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…

Public workers’ rights are under attack in Wisconsin. Mrs. Ripp -one of my favorite teacher bloggers – lives in Wisconsin.

Here’s an excerpt from her post “I Am a Teacher” –

Teachers are not made in college, they become them in the classroom.  Teachers reach out to anyone that enters their worlds, and they impact every single aspect of this American life.  Support them, cherish them, and right now, fight for them and their rights. We are here to help America succeed and grow, not to take the blame.

What can we do?

‘We Are One’ – Candlelight Vigil In Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers – Tuesday, February 22nd -West Steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento, CA – 5:30-7:30pm.

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Do you find yourself sitting at your desk jaws clenched, wondering where your concentration has gone? Or is it just me?

Sarah from Pink of Perfection invites readers to share ideas on How To Find Calm In the Work Day. Do you have anything to add?

Doing one thing at a time is one of Sarah’s calming tips and one I struggle to follow – especially online.

Recently, I’ve been spending much less time on social media (Facebook and Twitter) – I’ve been on a sort of accidental Social Media Diet as Tammy from Rowdy Kittens calls it. Check out her video for tips on how to ease yourself away from the online.

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Curvy Yogis UPDATE!

Photo shoot number one took place this week and the results are amazing!

Here’s a little sample.

photo credit: vanessa vichit vadakan

I’ve got a photographer for a second photo shoot (thanks Vanessa!). It is looking like the end of March – right before the deadline. Details will follow (like the exact date and location) – please leave me a comment if you are interested.

The Flying Yogini has been writing about the Curvy Yoga Revolution.

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

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Yoga+Music {notquite365} – The Instigator by Rhett Miller – Recipe Edition!

It’s Tuesday and that means the Recipe Edition!

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As you may know, I am giving up sugar, dairy, soy, gluten, vinegars, and stimulants for the rest of January.

Well, as much as I can without driving myself completely crazy.

The first week wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. The cravings weren’t as strong and the lack of caffeine was not as noticeable as I feared. Please keep in mind I was still using up some dairy products {milk and yogurt}, so it hasn’t been completely bleak around here. However, I did manage to give up caffeine, added sugars, {most} cheese, bread and regular pasta.  Big steps if you ask me!

Which brings me to this week’s recipe inspired by Sarah at Pink of Perfection. She’s doing a detox diet this month too, so she’s got some great healthy recipes.

When I read Sarah’s post this week I decided it was time I try spaghetti squash with meatballs. {Click over to Sarah’s page for the recipe basics.}

I’d never made spaghetti squash so I decided to enlist the help of my friend Tari who can pretty much make anything tasty or beautiful. {She’s fancy like that}.

We made some modifications to Sarah’s recipe. Instead of steaming the squash in the microwave, I painted on garlic powder, salt, pepper and olive oil on the quartered, seeded spaghetti squash. I popped into a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes or so. It smelled absolutely divine while it was roasting!

After the squash came out of the oven, we let it cool before we started shredding it into the spaghetti.

Tari was in charge of the meatballs. They are diced button mushrooms,  finely diced roasted red peppers, grated onion, sautéed in olive oil. Cool the mushroom mixture before you add it to the uncooked meat.

She added the mushroom mixture to organic beef, spicy Italian pork sausage, ground up oat meal, egg and spices together and rolled them into meatballs.

We baked the meatballs in the oven until browned and then stirred them into marinara sauce and let it simmer for a while.

Here’s the final product.

{don’t tell anyone I put a fine sprinkling of parmesan cheese on top}.

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What about you?

Do you have any secret no-gluten {sugar/dairy} foods you love?

Do you have any recipes to share?

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Today’s yoga brought to you by  Madeleine’s Gentle class.

Wondering about Yoga+Music {notquite365}?

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Today’s music is

Guess who I am seeing Saturday night.

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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 onlinewww.itsallyoga.com.

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

Looking for a restorative YogaNap ?

Please check my teaching schedule for more details.

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