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Don’t get your tinsel all tangled up

Posted in Live by Sarah on December 20, 2012

Don't get your tinsel all tangled

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10 Great Gift Ideas….that don’t cost a thing.

Posted in Live by Sarah on December 11, 2012

10 Really Great (Any Time of Year) Gift Ideas

In the holiday season, we get pressure to buy, buy, buy – as if that is the only way to really show someone how much we care. In our family, instead of buying things, we were encouraged to make things or do things for the people we cared about.

That being said, here are 10 really great (but not so usual) gift ideas for the people you love. Maybe they will inspire you to think differently about gift-giving.

1. Give the gift of a weekly uninterrupted, non-distracted phone call. No multi-tasking. No talking and driving. Be really present. Listen. Share.

2. Give the gift of getting fit together. Commit to walking together, going to the gym, riding bikes or other fitness method. Give the gift of one month, six months or a year of getting fit together.

3. Give the gift of a no-internet day. One day each week, shut the internet down and use the time to eat as a family, play games, work on projects together – connect as people.

4. Give the gift of story. Share one story that has moved or changed your life, and the wisdom in it. Share wisdom and humor in a story at a special story dinner, a time before opening other gifts, or at a party. By sharing stories, we connect with others more significantly; it is a gift we always remember.

5. Give a recycled gift. Make the stipulation that no money can be spent on the gift, and it must be appropriate for the other person. Look through your old stuff that, with a little labor modification, may be just right for someone else. A great gift doesn’t always have to be new.

6. Give the gift of a healthy diet. Get rid of the processed foods, sugar snacks and unhealthy options. Buy a couple of new healthy-focused cookbooks and make healthy cooking a family event.

7. Give the gift of donation. As a family or group of friends, commit to donating resources or time to those who need. Collect for the Salvation Army, donate and cook at a food kitchen, teach CPR, respond to a community need, be a Big Brother or Big Sister, etc.

8. Give the gift of help. Find the family of a local serviceperson serving in the Afghanistan or Iraq, and offer to help with yardwork, repairs, babysitting, shopping, cleaning or other need, because a key member of the household is away and the workload is unbalanced.

9. Give the gift of celebration. Celebrate one thing each day. Host a celebration dinner each week. Build in a greater focus on fun, activity and celebration. As my dad used to say, when you treat yourself to a little celebration every day, you don’t need a once-a-year blow out. Besides, small constant celebrations are great for sustaining a great life attitude.

10. Give the gift of forgiveness. Right one wrong. Make things right. Go heal an old wound. Forgive an old adversary. Release the hurt.

I still believe that the best gifts are not things. The best gifts come from who we are – they either use our greatness, or help us find our greatness. The best gifts are gifts given from our hearts, our minds and our hands – and those things that require us to be present, caring, loving and forgiving. This makes a gift great for both those receiving and giving.

Grain-free, Dairy-free Pumpkin Pie

Posted in Live by Sarah on December 3, 2012

Hello fans! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Well here we are- December has crept upon us. I apologize for the hiatus, but I’ve been working my tail off and spending my free time with my loved ones, which is the best part of this season.

Anyway, back to Thanksgiving. I’d like to thank each of you who visit my blog, no matter how often, and let you know what joy it brings me to review my site stats and see the numbers climbing. Fitness is my passion; so whether you have come across my blog out of curiosity, to learn something new, or simply because it’s your passion too….thank you!

I’d like to share my very own recipe I came up with on Thanksgiving for a Paleo Pumpkin Pie. Actually it’s an accumulation of other recipes I came across, but I added a few ingredients and gave it my own tweeks so that I could claim it as my own. My mom always says that a true cook doesn’t measure, so please use your best judgement if you attempt to make this. Go ahead make your own adjustments and share the credit. Ket word: share! Just kidding, you can claim it as your own too 🙂

PALEO PUMPKIN PIE:
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*Heat over to 350 degrees

Crust:
1C pecans
1C walnuts
1/2C shredded coconut
1TBS coconut oil
*Put pecans and walnuts in a freezer bag and crush them with a rolling pin. In a bowl, Combine the pecans, walnuts, coconut and melter coconut oil and press into the bottom of a pie dish using a spoon to form the crust
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Filling:
15oz can pumpkin puree
1/3C coconut cream (use the authentic stuff, it’s better!)
2 eggs
2tsp raw honey (maybe a little more)
dash of pumpkin pie spice

*Combine ingredients in a separate bowl and pour on top of crust

*Bake for about 1 hour. Let cool completely before serving. Enjoy!


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