January 1, 2016

Happy New Year Blessing!

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This quote came to me today and I thought I’d share it with you.  This is my hope for you as we enter 2016.  Please don’t be held back by fear.  You are amazing.  You were wonderfully made.  The world needs you!  Come on out of your comfort zone.  It’s time to live a life of boldness; a life filled with technicolor.  Come along side someone else; and fill their bucket with your warmth, joy, comfort and love.  Bless them, as you grow into your own and become a blessing in your own right.  Carpe Diem Baby!  Every day set your goals and seize the day and before you know it you’ll have a magnificent year!  Happy New Year!!! 🙂

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous.  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us.  It’s in everyone.  And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– quote by Marianne Williamson

 

December 17, 2015

You can and you will!!!

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In life, when you affirm something, you’re declaring it to be true.  How many times do we think or speak negatively?  How many times do we put down or ideas or downplay our accomplishments?  Is this serving us well?  Of course not.  So, as we wind down 2015 and look forward to 2016, I am challenging all of us to be more intentional about what we say to ourselves and others.  Let’s choose to speak life.  Let’s choose to affirm the great things in our lives and the lives of those around us.  Let’s decide to be someone who brings joy into our lives and the lives of others this season.  Who’s in?

May 2, 2014

Do not fear, for I am with you!

Do not fear for I am with you

Our Deepest Fear

Poem by: Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

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Special Note:  “Our deepest fear” is taken from Marianne Williamson’s inspiring book A Return to Love. It was also often quoted as part of Nelson Mandela’s moving inaugural speech.

April 29, 2014

2 Ingredient banana cookies

Yummy 2 ingredient banana cookies
I recently had some girlfriends rave about these 2 ingredient banana cookies on Facebook and couldn’t wait to try them myself. They definitely didn’t disappoint. Don’t expect them to taste like a regular cookie in terms of texture and consistency, they’re more like a no bake energy bite in that regard.

They’re quick, easy to make and quite tasty. Also, one of the great things about them is that they’re pretty healthy, so you don’t feel that bad about continually popping them in your mouth or giving them to your kiddies for snacks and/or dessert. Which is a good thing, because let’s face it, they’re quite addictive.

banana cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe organic medium bananas
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • Optional: 1/4 cup chocolate/cinnamon chips, dried fruits (like raisins, craisins, figs, dates, apricots, pre-soaked dried goji berries), nuts, hemp or sunflower seeds, ground flax seeds etc. Also, feel free to add in spices like ground cinnamon or nutmeg.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. and spritz your baking sheet with some non stick baking spray.
  • In a bowl, mash the bananas, add in the oats and mix until both ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Grab a tablespoon and scoop little balls of the batter onto the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for about 13-15 minutes until a golden colour appears.
  • Remove from oven, place cookies on a rack and allow them to fully cool.
  • Optional: I like to sprinkle on a tiny bit of cinnamon sugar as soon as I get them out of the oven, it adds a certain je nais se quois.

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Bon Appétit

April 22, 2014

What a weekend!!!

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”  

Quote by: George Bernard Shaw
Toronto

Took the ferry to Centerville’s Easter Eggstravaganza

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Off to enjoy our Epic brunch

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Road trip with my sisters

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The kids having fun at Grandma’s and Grandpa’s house

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Epic JD

We had a great time connecting with friends and family at church, over meals, at a fun amusement park, on long road trips…

I hope you had a wonderful Easter too!