Nurture in 2014

That is my buzz “word” for 2014. It seems everywhere i read lately we are all searching for a word. I thought it was “ease” for me, but that is Tara Stiles word and I don’t feel like stealing her word, it felt used. I prefer my own original word not shared by a personality I am fond of on the inter-webs.

I was thinking Nourish, but it has such an attachment to food I thought I would end up obsessing over food issues all year.  It sounds like a brand nowadays. So as much as I like food and like the word Nourish….it’s too ordinary and food related. believe it or not there is more to life that food, and to simply nourish my body leaves me thinking I cant enjoy food in the crazy unhealthy way I like to once in a while since I am such a freaking rebel. I could say Nourish means body and soul…but we all think of food as soon as we say it in our heads.

But this…rolls around in my head like a soft squishy happy gummy bear:

Nurture. I should nurture *me* a lot more and I most certainly enjoy nurturing my children and family.

Verb: care for and encourage the growth or development of.

1. to feed and protect: to nurture one’s offspring.

2. to support and encourage, as during the period of training or development; foster: to nurture promising musicians.
3. to bring up; train; educate.

Noun:  the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something.

4. rearing, upbringing, training, education, or the like.
5. development: the nurture of young artists.
6. something that nourishes; nourishment; food.

 

Yes. yes. Absolutely. I own it. It’s my word. This year I will nurture myself and focus on ways to improve how I nurture those around me.  It feels right. It feels good to discover my “word”.

I already love 2014 so much! This makes it even more interesting and fun. What is your “word”?

 

Peace out homies.

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Jenny Jump Up

Not sure who is reading along, but I have so much to type. Be patient, I am not writing for a good grade, for using excellent grammar or even care if I spell things correctly half the time.  I type faster than I think, so I type words half backwards and rarely go back and re-read until AFTER I have posted. So my apologies to the English majors.

Our puppy Scooter, well, he has a pp problem.  His peeper hole is the size of a pin. So he drips. Everywhere, for-ever. It’s incredibly sad!  His little peeper fills up and looks like an explosive little hot dog, because the pp doesn’t come out. It “backfills”. So gross.  He saw a vet when he got his rabies at the local PetCo.  (Where they had a few hamsters eating a dead hamster, gross!! Poor hamsters) She said she has heard of it but never seen it.  She think he needs a good pet hospital that has done this before.  In otherwords she is unsure if anyone local can handle this in their hospital. Great.  Me the poor mom of 4 with a hubby waiting on a raise and promotion…gets a puppy who needs some kind of pp surgery.  OMG. Great. Poor pups. I called one vet, they had never heard of it before and they are the big local vet hospital that takes walk-ins.  I have to assume who ever answered the phone might not know. Plan and simple. So I may try calling today and see if I can talk to an actual vet. I need estimates and not pricey visits to simply look at his peeper. If they haven’t done it…they probably are not where he will get this problem fixed anyway.

My kids are finally back in school. They were supposed to go back last Monday, but ended up returning Friday.  It snowed.  Around here, snow means no school. But everyone has to go to work. I am lucky enough to be here anyway. But I feel bad for parents who have to work and had the kids home for almost 3 weeks straight.

My month of juices and smoothies and being vegan is going along – okay. It’s certainly not perfect but it’s chugging along. I have episodes of weakness but overall it’s pretty nice. I would live this way full time if it weren’t so difficult with a large family, small kitchen and a very limited income. But hey, I am doing it for now and I may continue beyond January and see how long I can go eating primarily plants. Probably for-ever with lots of room for exceptions.

Next month my focus is going to be on fitness and soul.  Soul work, and body movement.  Seems blissful.

I could work on it now, but Christ Almighty….not really. I can barely make juice and or a smoothie everyday inbetween my homemade cooking in a tiny kitchen, with 2 dishwasher loads per day, school kids, a baby, a puppy who needs to be followed around with a mop and my 3 yr old who is desperate for mommy time. And a hubby who thinks corn, potatoes and the occasional peas in his ramen soup is good enough.  (I wish it was for me too, but it’s not)

I am currently roasting bell peppers.  Smells amazing. Not sure what to do with them. But sometimes I eat them and never get a chance to make a recipe with them….but hey, its okay. It got eaten, not tossed because they went bad.

I subscribed to Gaiam TV. Not sure if I like it. May keep it through February just to get the fitness started. They have lots of fitness videos. I like Rodney Yee who they have on there.  But honestly there is awesome FREE videos on YouTube and I LOVE LOVE LOVE YouTube.  Except that you have to use Google now. Why restrict us? I have issues with that. But then again, I just have lots of issues. 🙂

Have you been to calm.com? I may not be able to meditate like I want to (morning and night for 10-20 minutes) but this website is awesome and helps a lot with squeezing in a little calm when I can. If I sit there…it is meditating, although it feels like cheating. Try them sometime. A Facebook friend mentioned it to me, and that is one of the reasons why I cant give up Facebook.

Which reminds me that I cheated. I told myself that I would stay off Facebook for January. Well I have peeked. I needed to get a recipe I sent the hubby. I didn’t communicate with anyone but I opened up my feed to peek. I have peeked in for about 10-20 seconds maybe 2-3 times because Facebook is in so many things I have to use my FB account to go here or go there….it’s actually annoying.

Hubby and I hung up the Jenny Jump up in the doorway for little Miss Charlie. She seemed to like it. Babies grow up way too fast.  I love her sooo freaking much that the hubs has been sleeping on the sofa so I can be with the baby all the time. I don’t breast feed, but I really love being close to her and seeing her face as soon as I wake up…..she is a little baby for such a short period of time, I just really am not ready to break up with her and put her in her crib. That is kind of how it feels, a break up. Sad but true.

My three year old, is getting super chubby. She is a bored whiner eater.  OMG I can’t help but feed her, she eats almost anything but prefers – carbs and cheese. Yeah, she needs a sport to get involved in.  Poor chunka lunk.  Not sure what to do about it now, here, because it’s cold, not always freezing (but I belong in a freaking desert) …so I am not going out of doors, otherwise we’d all be walking. The puppy, the baby in the stroller, the three year old and me….but alas, I detest the cold and think my baby will freeze out there.

Working on this and that. Made my Paper.li again.  Here is today’s if you want to check it out. Its posts and updates from sites of peoples I am interested in.  Mostly fitness, food, vegan, soul work. They be cool peeps.  http://paper.li/JeniTidbitz/1389019239 It’s everything I am interested in reading. Anywho….hope you all have a wonderful day.

Tea and Flu

Simple quick note as I sit here at the computer.

I am trying to drink Tazo Zen Tea in place of my regular coffee. Not quite at the no caffeine at all, or just warm water and lemon stage yet.  I had such a headache yesterday I took 3 Advil, and drank a few sips of a chai tea with nothing added (no sugar, no cream). I needed the caffeine and the warmth. Headache eventually stayed away for a few hours.  That was a relief. I was actually getting waves of nausea.  I didn’t realize my 1-2 cups a day would be that powerful. But I do occasionally drink caffeinated soda too.  So, overall I am not that surprised.

For my own clarity…this isn’t a true detox.  It is: 30 days of juice/smoothies and 4 weeks of vegan. And technically my 4 weeks of vegan hasn’t even started yet.   Even though I am trying my damnedest to out do myself, I am more realistic. I am a mother of four girls, one is 4 months old.  I imagine I may taste a heated meal and it may contain meat or more likely, cheese.  Cheese is the devil in my house. It’s overly abundant and it is always requested.  

The flu: I think I am getting it or something like it. I have those body aches, headaches, sore throat, etc. Its not terrible, but its not normal and its not from one day of no coffee/cheese/meat/creamer. We shall see, I dislike being ill. (Who does?)

Today I am going to create a ton of garbage, clean up and start organizing the house. I think we will be moving in July/August. This rental house is just too small. I need more space, especially in the kitchen. I will show you pics. Its incredible how small our living space is. I am not one of those crazy bloggers who lives in a 500 sq foot home with 4 kids and loves to say she lives – SIMPLY. Simply my ass. No one wants to raise kids in a cracker jack box.  We need room to stretch, eat without bumping elbows and have a little privacy.  A little. I have had bigger living rooms in an apartment. This house has NO dining area and it is not a true eat in kitchen. Imagine that….a family of 6 living in a house with no eating area. AND we eat at the table for almost every meal. We don’t eat on the couch. So a new rental is – inevitable.

I hear my adorable baby coughing. Time to go. Not all my posts are going to be long, well designed or purposeful. But it’s a journal, more than a blog.  Going to work on a Wix blog next week. I am really not digging wordpress. By the way, how do you post on Wix? I saw how to design a page, but not how to post if its a blog….but I need time to go sit and learn on my own, I suppose.

Have a nice wintery day. 🙂 It’s cold, white and pretty outside.  But I am jealous of Connie living in Arizona….

This entry was posted on January 3, 2014. 4 Comments

Day One of my transformation.

Today’s bits:

My transformation. Okay, it’s thirty days of juice/smoothies. Its 4 weeks of vegan eating and its a jump start/new year kick off to getting my god pod in better health. Both physically and mentally. Spiritually and creatively.  I needed a day to start and so I picked Jan 1. 2014 is Tidbitz Year of Transformation.  Gotta walk the walk and talk the talk. I think of Gandhi. Be the Change. I also try to always lead by example, so I can’t tell people who are looking to improve their health and vitality, if I am a chubba lubba hot mess. Right?! So here I am kicking it with juice and deep thoughts.  Getting my groove on with YouTube, The Vegan Zombie, The Sexy Vegan, Tara Stiles, Kris Carr, Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo, Thich Nhat Hanh, HHDL,  Marilu Henner and lots of other inspirational peoples. I love my books and my YouTube.  They be my peeps.Considering adding to my bank of resources by subscribing to Gaiam TV for a few months.  Then I can yoga with my favorite Yoga master….yep, Rodney Yee. I heart him.Day one of Juice and smoothies.  So far I have made a smoothie, a soup and snacks. No juice yet.  Will have that later at dinner time. It’s an easy one. The little baby is sleeping and I am not going to run the juicer until she gets up.

My Daily Juice:

  • 4 celery ribs
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 apple
  • inch of ginger
  • wedge of lemon

New Recipe:

So as I was looking on Pinterest for a few vegan recipes to test out this month, I came across multiple recipes/pics of the same soup. It was a Sweet Potato Kale Soup. It looked – okay. I looked at a few of the pins to see the recipe and thought….let’s try it, for lunch, right now. Tidbitz style. In other words, use the recipe as a guide.Here is what I came up with:

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My delicious amazing soup

 INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Medium Sweet Potato
  • 1/4 Red Onion – Chopped
  • 2 cups No-Chicken (Vegetable) Broth
  • 1/4 tsp Mild Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes (partially ground)
  •  Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Pepper
  • Handful of chopped Kale
  • 2 Tbl Frozen corn
  • 2 Tbl Coconut Milk 

Drop first 5 ingredients (in that order) into a blender and blend well. 

Then place in a medium sized pot and set to medium heat.

Add in kale, corn and stir.

Taste – add in salt/pepper as desired.

Stir in coconut milk.

Let this simmer a few minutes.

Taste again. Smile. Pour into two bowls (or one and save some for later) and enjoy. It was sooooo good.

Goal for today:

Drink water with lemons. By the way, I took my bottled Purified water and added tap into it. Yuck. But I am drinking it. I am grabbing a fresh bottle later. If I am going to drink lots of water and get into a good habit of doing it in lieu of soda, well then, I am going bottled.

Did you know?

I taught myself how to make homemade, amazing soap.  Now, I love making soap from scratch and even sold some for a little while at a local farmers market.  They called me the “Soap Lady. It was nice selling soaps and various toiletries.  (I miss it)

Today’s News:

I am on a Facebook hiatus from Jan. 1st until Feb. 1st.  So far, so good. 🙂 now I am tweeting! Goddess help me.

Gratitude’s:

I am super uber grateful for mild seasonal weather in middle Tennessee. I am loving this mild weather!   

Question for you:

Do you  practice acts of kindness? Do you catch yourself selflessly helping someone?  It is a super powerful way to feel good inside and I try to do this often. What types of acts do you favor the most? Personally, I like complimenting others and holding doors open. Both are super easy and I think it can really make a person’s day a little bit better. I know this, because I appreciate it when others do the same.
   Much love! Namaste Ya’ll.

Vegan Love although temporary

For the four weeks between January 5th and February 2nd, I’m adopting a completely vegan lifestyle. Every week I’ll be updating my progress with a diary entry and a few recipes. Maybe I will even photograph a few. I hear blogs are more interesting with pictures.

This vegan eating with the juice and smoothies is an exciting few weeks of great food and bev. See it’s not a detox per se. It is 30 days of eating pure “feeling it” goodness.

Mmmm…..I love food and juice and smoothies. It’s like I am spoiling myself. Truly. It is.
I am most nervous about coffee. Or lack thereof. But I am excited to eat good foods, try some teas, etc and so on. It’s food and bev that I never make or take time for making – for myself. (I am a vegan at heart but not in practice)

Looking forward to 2014 for so many reasons and just happy to be here, still breathing.

Quote of the day: Make a decision and then make it right. There just are no wrong decisions. You could go this way, or that way, and either way will eventually get you to where you want to be. But in the moment you start complimenting yourself on the decision you’ve made, in that moment, you come back into vibrational alignment with who-you-really-are. – Abraham

By the way, I am finding lots of good recipes here: Oh She Glows

And…I made myself a recipe board for this 30 day occasion. You can find it here: 30 days-on Pinterest

My New Year’s Challenges

This year I am hitting the goals, wishes and challenges in my life pretty hard. Time to get in gear and make things happen.

My hopes are to get back the the happy hippy creative funny girl that I miss so much, and hit the personal health fitness routine pretty radically. I need to get in shape and lose some weight. Do more fun and creative activities with my girls. Garden more and grow much food more than the last year, and learn to create awesome meals with it. I need to make space for my spirit to thrive. Entering 2014 with ease and determination. It feels very necessary for me to accept the here and now but accept challenges, push myself to be better, and slowly grow and expand the ripple. Its fun, and challenging to have such intense aspirations. No doubt.

I am re-booting my nutrition and fitness ambitions with a few 30-day or weekly challenges. Besides trying to be vegan for my 30 days straight, I am also going to blog more, yoga more, give myself a break more, but not such a break as to completely sabotage my goals.

#1 – 30 days of juice. I am juicing for 30 days. Preferably 30 days in a row. But don’t hold your breath. I am a mom of four girls. Shit happens.

I have created 40 juice recipes found along the interwebs. Placing them on index cards.  My plan is to pull 7 at a time. Shop for it and have it set for the week. My favorites came from Drew Canole and Reboot with Joe. Personally I think its an excellent way to try new juices and organize what the heck you are planning to drink that week.

#2 – 30 days of smoothies.  Yes. Smoothies too.  Can’t hurt. I am not fasting – per se. But I am rebooting the heck out of my dietary choices, and getting this god pod jam packed with goodness.

There aren’t 30 days of smoothie recipes – yet.  I am still deciding if I should use a protein powder that contains whey. I probably will since I am frugal and don’t feel like buying all new powder. I have some vegan though, so I will probably incorporate all that I have to use up the supply. Will work on my 30 recipes today.

#3 – 30 days of fitness. Of some kind. I need to quantify this or I will fail miserably. So I have to decide if I am up to 30 days of yoga, walking, stretching, dancing, jumping around like a fool…or what exactly., when, how often or what….

#4 – once a week blog my heart out. But 30 days of writing in a paper journal some thoughts, some gratitude’s and random stuff.

#5 – once a week blog my progress on my juicing/smoothie/fitness challenges. 

#6 – NO FACEBOOK FOR 30 days.

#7 – once a week crafts with my kids

#8 – read 2 books. Heck read a magazine and a book would be great. from start to finish.

#9 – visit http://www.calm.com for 10 minutes one a day. Twice a day if I can.

#10 – soak up all kinds of interesting information and motivation from my mentors on Youtube or various websites. Take notes, put some advice into action. Then blog about it, make it public and soak it all in.

Lastly – 

#11 – Keep it easy, breezy, loving and light. Just for 30 days~ But continue to work on myself despite my self. Be true to me, share more, find more ways in which to serve, give back, be creative, enjoy the outdoors, always be grateful, and be the best mom I can be from right where I am.

More to come…

 

The New Year’s Thoughts.

Today’s bits of this and that:

Working on lists. Goals for the year, health accomplishments, mindset reboots, movement and flexibility renewal, and eating waaaay better.

What?

It’s time to think about the new year. In that thought process, I reflect on what was, respect what is, and get all excited about what’s to come.

Why?

Because it’s a complete and total shake down on my life, my body and my mind. I need to work on ME. I need to get into better shape, I need to get reduce this massively painful carpal tunnel, I need more zen hippy love smiles moments. I crave laughter, I seek truth in spirit and I am anxious to read more interesting books, learn more ways to improve my life and grow more food this year.

Goal for today:

Today there is no goal. Okay, so I want to get dressed. That could be my goal.

What  inspires me:

Right now, everything inspires me. Gardening books, seed catalogs.  Danielle LaPortes new book that I don’t have but want. (The Desire Map) and getting my yoga on with a good Rodney Yee video.

Today’s Quote:

Carpe Diem

A Mentor of mine:

Bodhi.

Question for you:

        What is your favorite room in the house?