Labor Day Weekend

9.06.2016

Hope your Labor Day was fabulous. Nothing eventful for me to report.

Went to moms Saturday to eat barbecue like the rest of Atlanta. Stopped by the store on the way over. I should've taken a photo. The shelves were bare at Kroger. There was no baked beans, corn, buns, and I didn't check the meat isle but I'm sure it was a little bare as well. You would think people would switch up their menus but...I guess not.

It's Monday afternoon and I'm ready for the weekend. How am I looking forward to Friday and it's not even Tuesday yet? Lord help me.

Hope your holiday was full of food, love and fun. Talk soon.

The Weekend

8.29.2016

I ate my way through the weekend. I need to start my Monday off with a smoothie and just stick with smoothies through Wednesday. I know you've had one of those weekends. Don't "side-eye" me.

Friday we began the weekend with a trip to Butchers & Brew in Alpharetta. I had the Nopi, basically a shrimp po boy. D had the wings and Dev had the chicken fingers. We sat outside with all the flies. Lol. I can say I've been. I'm a fry fanatic so I'll go see them for fries. I wouldn't drive all the way to get the Nopi though...nope.

Nopi - Butcher & Brew
Saturday I went and did yoga...of course. The studio is close to Ponce City Market so we ran up there. One of the parents from D's school owns a bakery in there so we went to represent. I was full after the crossaint. I didn't take a picture because if you don't document it, you didn't eat it. Right?

On the way out of the market, we walked by a ramen restaurant. I lost my shit! So of course I had to make room and we had to go in for a taste. The name of the restaurant is TonTon. It was worth my spaz. We will definitely be back.


Ramen
Ton Ton Kitchen
After Ponce City, we came home and took a nap. My Granny turned 82, so we went and celebrated with her after napping. We just sat around her house and ate. They wanted to see the baby so Mason came through. I didn't take any new photos of him but trust me when I tell you he's still delicious. He's getting into smiling back at you and drooling. Love it!

From there, we had a yoga party to attend. I know right? Yogi's party? Yes, they do. But first we had a 75-minute vinyasa practice. They wanted us to earn our beer. Why didn't I take more photos of the beer you ask. Probably because I'd had too much by the time I realized I needed a photo.

Yoga Party
Shavasana
The party was held at a space in Atlanta called Zone of Light Studios. The owner hosts art parties for crowds of people. It's a lovely space and was perfect for a large group of people to do yoga in. He has a room that's a black light. That was the coolest thing. Ooh! That would be fun to do yoga in. Maybe not the safest but definitely fun.




Sunday was the usual karma work. Then after work a run to the Dekalb Farmers Market. I went without a list so this week of meals might be interesting. Stay tuned for sure. Hope you had a good weekend. Talk soon!

Kombucha

8.24.2016

Kombucha is not the first thing I think of when I want something tasty to drink. I keep giving it a chance though. And good thing. I found one this weekend that I really liked. I want to review the ones that almost made the final cut first though.

Synergy
The best tasting kombucha that I found from Synergy was Guava Goddess. It was on sale at Publix and I noticed that there was just one bottle left, to the six or seven bottles on the shelf of the other flavors. It wasn't this delicious guava experience but it was pretty good. It had a good flavor and didn't overwhelm me with the vinegar taste. It was almost something I could imagine enjoying over ice.

Guava Goddess
Kevita
Another brand I've tried is Kevita. Yeah, I didn't like it that much. I've tried their cayenne or ginger something, and I didn't like that either. Ah, it tasted like a health drink. There you go. No more of that for the moment. Thank ya.
Blueberry Cherry
Golda's
The one I tried this weekend was Golda's. At $6 per bottle, it's not cheap. The way I look at, I pay $6 for a cocktail that does nothing for my body. At least this $6 drink is improving my gut bacteria and boosting my immunity.

I thought Golda's tasted better than anything I've gotten from Kroger thus far. I've looked at it in the refrigerator at the yoga studio for a couple weeks but didn't reach for it. At $6, I didn't want to be disappointed. Then I realized I get 50% off water and other beverages. Run it!
Spending $3 verses $6 on a drink makes the difference between whether I get it or not. I'm glad I did, now I know I'm willing to spend full price when I see it at Whole Foods or someplace else. Spending $6 on something I may or may not like isn't going to happen. I don't care how good it is for me. Nope. Not that girl.

Strawberry Mint

Golda's is a 100 year-old recipe and it's local. Go Atlanta! It's aged in oak. I don't like wine aged in oak because it's well..."oaky," but this was delicious. I tried the Strawberry Mint. I have to make my way through the other flavors. I hear the Peach Ginger is pretty tasty too. Even the bottle is cute. It has this apothecary feel to it.

Having kombucha got me thinking. Could I make my own? It's just a drink right? I did a little googling and found an article at The Kitchn about making your own kombucha. It's not a complicated process, seems what's most important is keeping your hands and cooking utensils super clean to prevent growth of undesirable bacteria. Ew. Another "ew" was seeing the "scoby" or mother and facilitator of fungus growth. They're holding in the pic and I dry heaved. I imagined making my own kombucha and seeing my own "scoby." I might dry heave, then again, I may feel an incredible sense of accomplishment.

I'm all about experimenting though. Once I master the basics, I want to learn how to add flavor. Then I can save some money and benefit my health. At the very least, I'll give it a try so that I can say I did. I wonder who in the house is willing to experiment with me. Maybe I'll invite my friends over and tell them I made beer. Stay tuned.

Staying Positive

8.22.2016

I'm a constant work in progress. There is a gap between living the life of my dreams and being where I am right now that debilitates me some days, and motivates me others. I try to aim to for the days of motivation, because debilitate, or debilitating is never a good word or feeling.

I motivate myself in different ways; set goals, meditate, write affirmations, say affirmative things over my life, surround myself with positive people. Still sometimes, with all of that, things get hard. However, I've found that if I begin my day with at least meditation and some positive affirmations, things start out on the right foot. I know that seems cliche but it's true for me.

I get up pretty early. Like 4:30 am early. I joke that I'm an old lady in a young woman's body. Anyway, instead of starting my day thinking about all the things I need to get done, all the traffic I'm about to encounter, and how that's going to suck...instead I roll out of the bed and meditate. I go sit in the craft room, light a lavender or other aromatherapy candle and start my meditation app.

I've talked about the Calm app before. You can play scenes and do a meditation with your chosen theme playing in the background. I don't know if I love the actual sound of rain, but on the app, it's the best. I play that and do either a body scan or calm meditation. You can decide how long, or short you want to meditate for. There's the option to meditate for 2 minutes. I usually select to meditate for 5 - 10 minutes. The best part is I can take a break during your day to mediate too. It's just like exercise, accumulated meditation counts just like one long session. Go calm!

After my meditation I open up my phone and make some positive affirmations. After meditating, upon waking and just before going to bed are said to be the best times to affirm positive things over your life. I found a site with 80 affirmations for entrepreneurs. I usually scroll through and state the ones that are true for me, or that I need "work" on at the moment.

The other thing I do, is keep little talisman around me. I love symbols and think it important to pay attention to the things around you. Especially the things you keep seeing, or that light upon you.

In my office, I've placed a little Buddha on my desk. It's a reminder for me not to go ape shit on people or over things. Because, ape shit isn't just limited to a melt down on a particular person. It's also symbolic of staying calm and grounded. It's like that bracelet that was popular for a while W.W.J.D. instead it's a W.W.B.D. It makes me smile so I'll keep it for no other reason.
At home, I have an owl on my desk. Owls are a symbol of wisdom. It reminds me that I am wise and have all the wisdom I need for every situation within me. As do you. The key is being able to hear the wisdom. And once you hear it, trust it.

I used to have affirmations pinned to a board that I keep on my desk. I still have a couple that I got from the Magic of Thinking Big. I was looking through office supplies and found some old affirmations that I had written down. They're small like business cards. Easy to keep with me in a wallet or purse compartment. I like to keep things all around that way, if I forget to meditate, I see my cards or have the screenshots on my phone. There's always something to remind me. Some use the bible or scriptures, I prefer positive affirmations, oh, and watching positive people.



This weekend I watched some videos by Shameless Maya. I love to hear about people, that some may not know, getting paid to live out their dreams. Or doing what they love and making money doing it. She's the best as are her videos. She not only talks about her rise but she gives advice to other artists on getting where you would like to be. If you listen to similar stuff, by different people, you notice it's a repeat. And if more than one person is saying it, there's got to be some truth to it.

This weekend, I watched her video on Fear. That lead to another video on 5 tips for artists, which led to the next video. You can never have too much advice, especially when it gives you the courage to take consistent steps on the direction of your dreams.


Nacho Weekend

8.21.2016

This was a weekend of ease. Not as much ease as last week but just enough.

I tried a new recipe for nachos. They may or may not have messed up my stomach a bit, with the cheese but they were worth it. I used cauliflower, because it's not deep fried, and it's a vegetable. You can still make them high fat if you add enough cheese. If you just stick to the salsa and guacamole though, you should be good. That would also make the dish vegan.