This weekend was fabulous. The sun was shining, so that is always an instant mood booster and guarantee of a great day.
Here are my highlights from this weekend:
1. We have new additions to our family/home.
How cute are they? I almost want to give them names…almost.
I got plants for two reasons. 1) We needed more life in the house. Anything living (and non living in some cases) has energy and it definitely can be felt throughout the house. I love looking at them and appreciating their energetic presence. Even hubby noticed their energetic presence and said the house feels more “peaceful”. I agree. 2) These plants in particular are great for improving the air quality in a home. I used this article here as a source and inspiration. The plants I have are a dracaena plant, a snake plant, peace lilies, and calla lilies.
2. Sunday was our day to relax and do whatever we pleased. We slept in. Enjoyed
a piece few pieces of Easter chocolate and headed off for some adventures. We took a mini hike through Cold Spring Harbour state park and sat on a log to enjoy the gorgeous view of the Long Island sound. Very relaxing.
*Hippie side note: I once read that hugging a tree can be very therapeutic. Think of all that energy and life force that is running through a solid, hunky looking tree that has been around for years, even decades! That is good stuff there. So, I hugged a tree 🙂 I couldn’t help it. It just looked so…handsome (yes, I called a tree handsome) and huggable looking. But, let it be known that my inner diva made sure there weren’t any bugs crawling all over the trunk before I went in for the bear hug 😉
After some tree hugging, we drove along the north coast and found a tiny little beach in Bayville to have our lunch. Very calming and peaceful. I could have stayed there all day if it wasn’t just a tad chilly.
Followed by our lunch at the beach, we went to my parent’s house to say “hullo” and visit our pet bird Dora a.ka. little punk. He really is such a little spoiled punk now that grandma lets him do whatever he wants 😉 Mom was gracious enough to let us inherit her huge peace lily plant! I really feel this fifth and final plant completed our little plant family.
Welcome to the home, buddy!
3. I have recently decided to make majority of my diet vegan based. I still eat meat (especially when there is homemade lasagna and mom’s beef stew on the menu), but it will be on occasion and not a staple source of protein. There is no real big reason why I decided this, I just simply wanted to, like as if my soul was asking for it. I am having fun exploring new recipes and finding different ways to include protein that is not animal based. It’s funny how easy it is to get caught up on the whole “need to get massive amounts of protein” mentality. I have to remind myself that my body doesn’t need a lot of it and the plant based sources of protein I am including are enough to fuel my body. Sunday night I made this recipe here from http://www.onegreenplanet.org and during prep I started to panic “where is my source of protein??!!” Duh- the recipe calls for a hummus type dressing, hummus includes sesame seed paste and beans which equals…protein! Crisis diverted. I felt silly.
4. I used coconut oil to wash my face.
You heard me.
I thought it was crazy at first too, but after doing some reading I was convinced enough to give it a trial and see what it was all about.
I realized that 1) my husband is extremely patient and understanding and overly supportive of my crazy hippie antics and 2) my face was as smooth as a baby’s bum and not at all greasy/oily. I only did it last night for the first time but I am curious to see what the results are in a few weeks.
Watch this video here:
and read this blog post here to get more info on why its a good alternative to factory made face wash. (you may need to sign up to read the blog post, but that is okay, I absolutely adore this blogger and its free to sign up. I think you will like her too).
I really could go on and on about how fab this weekend was, but its a bunch of small things too that made it awesome. Small things that fueled my soul and kept a smile on my face for two days.
I feel truly blessed.
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What did you love about your weekend?