Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sugar sugar

I am a total girly girl, even if I am a bit crunchy. That includes keeping the hairy legs to a bare minimum. 

I am pale, pasty white

So the littlest bit of stubble is SO noticeable. 

I shave

I wax

And have to do it very, very regularly.

When I read about sugaring online, I was intrigued.

So I tried it...and I was pleasantly surprised at the results.

With stuff from my kitchen.


You need 
1 c sugar
1 lemon, juiced
Water to make a paste 

Microwave to make a paste. Let cool. Spread on the area ( note: use a small spot to start). Rub off. No hair, no pain.

It lasts about a month-silky smooth legs. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blurred lines

As I get more crunchy on my daily life, I'm making choice on products. If I can find something that I can make at home, I am. Bonus points if it can be reused.

At the risk of TMI...I have added Pantiliners to this list.

Note: I had a hysterectomy in 2010, so I'm in surgical menopause. My use of Pantiliners is a freshness habit going way, way back.
I have issues with the amount of waste from these little buggers.


I saw on line you could buy reusable (wash & go) ones, but they were expensive.
This crafty chick knew she could do sew much better.

I went into my stash and grabbed some fabric and batting.

I used a liner as a template and cut 3 pieces of fabric & batting (top, middle & backing).

I pinned & hand stitched a blanket border with embroidery floss. Voila!

To wash: throw in the machine on a delicate cycle with your other unmentionables. 

To wear, I spray with my body spray. No adhesive needed! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Your Cheating Heart

One of the most esoteric and challenging yama is brahamcharya, or chastity. Some people look at only one aspect of it, and fail to see the bigger picture. For me, it’s a conservation of energy. One should not waste time and energy on things that don’t serve us. Instead, we should use it for the greater good of ourselves (and the universe!) Its all about balance, which is living life both on and off the mat.

I have struggled with this particular yama for a very long time. I looked at it only as not cheating others, but once I included myself in it, it clicked. By using time sucks-for me things like Facebook and Pinterest-I am wasting energy. It could be energy I could use to play with my son or do a craft project or (gasp!) work out.

One of my biggest energy wasters has been in relation to keeping people in my life for far longer than I should have. I was faithful to the end for these friendships and relationships, but it didn’t serve a greater good. I put my energy and love into them, only to feel rejection and pain. Learning that it was ok to release these relationships has made living my yoga so much easier and positive. There is no need to hang onto anything that doesn’t serve your highest and greatest good.

I spent a lot of time cheating myself out of living my best life. Once I began to list things that I truly valued-family, spiritual practices and ritual, healthy foods, exercise, rest, creativity-and put them at the top of the to do list, I began a new healthy relationship with me. I began to let go of the incidentals. I don’t dress to impress anyone else anymore. Its all about me and my comfort. I stopped living in the periphery and moved front and center.

My non-cheating heart will tell on me that I am living a fabulous life.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Passion pit

I have slowly been replacing some of the beauty & health products I use with more natural alternatives. I've even ventured into making my own, with some really great successes (and some truly epic fails). Along with not putting more stuff on me, I'm also working on getting stuff out of me.

Apparently, in addition to using natural deodorant, you need to detox from the bad stuff.

Seriously.

I'm not kidding.

Get those pits detoxed and cleaned up. It's a two step process, that takes about a weekend.

You need a dry brush, gentle soap (I use a mixture of Dr. Bronners and water), wash cloth and fingers ready to massage for step one.

Start by dry brushing your arm pit area.

In the shower, put the soap on the washcloth and rub in a circular pattern. Rinse well.

Next step is to massage your armpit area. This is to help with lymphatic drainage and the detox process.

Step two you need apple cider vinegar and patience.

You need to wipe down your pits with Apple cider vinegar. Every day for several days.

Then don't wear deodorant for a few days. Seriously, just don't. 
Best thing is to this when you don't have to worry about stinking around people.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

B-I-B-L-E

One of yoga’s niyamas is studying sacred texts. I come from a Christian background, so my spiritual text is the Bible. I have been part of Bible studies for a long time, dating back to when I was in high school. I also have been an avid journaler since I was about my son’s age. As I got older, I began to take notes (and then journal) what I was reading in scripture. I think I have as many prayer and scripture journals, as I do for regular ones.

 

Studying scripture is an important part of my spiritual life. As I study, I jot notes, reflections and impressions in my journal. I also take notes during sermons sometimes, especially if something really touches my heart or moves me. Poems, writings from secular sources that relate to the scripture I am studying also get added. All that winds up in my scripture journal. I also add prayer requests and intentions (from my intender’s circle) and answers to prayer.  Sometimes, I add pictures or artwork.

 

I love going back to my old journals and tracking my faith progress, as well as proof that prayers are answered. There are certain passages that seem to reoccur as well, and I love seeing how I’ve grown over the years. Its also a great inspiration for my son-he sees both his parents walking in their faith, and he can feel confident growing in his.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lettuce Entertain You

My Facebook feed has been filled with all sorts of posts about growing new vegetables from scraps. I have to admit, I was incredibly skeptical. Yeah, right, like this is going to work...

So in the interest of proving this to be wrong, I decided to try it out with some romaine lettuce. 

I took the end, put it in some water, and waited.

And waited.

And waited. And changed the water a few times.

And after a few days, I had lettuce leaves sprouting up.

I guess Facebook can be educational