Shine

I love Christmas time and all of the lights, cheer, and decorations. The lights remind me of the scripture, “Matthew 5:14-16 which reads: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As Christmas comes into full swing may our lights shine as the Christmas lights do. May our hearts burn with the joy of the season, and may we share with others what this joy is. This gift, that brings us joy, cannot be bought in a store nor tied with a bow. While material things are wonderful and fun to gift and receive, they are not the source of our joy. The source of our joy is found much deeper within. His name is Jesus. The great thing about this gift is that it is not for just us, but for all to receive.

How can your light shine? Share the good news. Share about our living God. Share God’s love. There are many ways that you can let your light shine. Sometimes it is a good deed, a kind word, offering prayer, visiting the sick, sharing what you have, meeting a need. Other times it is walking the journey with someone, checking in on someone, serving in some way. Each person shines in a different way.

Our challenge today is to be the city set on the hill, be light, let your light shine from within and when your light shines, there is no way that it can be hidden.

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Blessings!! 

 

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Caring for your Womb in the Fall and Winter Seasons

 

Fall is here, a time to reflect and go inward as we turn our thoughts towards home and hearth this fall season. As you take time to care for yourself and your family, also take some time to care for your womb this Fall season. The female womb is a powerhouse. Just think about it.
The womb changes with the cycles that are unique to you. The womb can also house and nurture life. The womb births. The womb self-cleans. There are many things that the womb does. Take some time to nurture your womb, nourish your womb and also heal your womb. Each woman has her own diversity in her womb. Here are some ways that you can protect and care for your womb as the weather grows colder and the days grow shorter. Happy holidays!

 

 

 

1.Womb Nourishment.

Nourish your womb. Eat healing and nourish foods such as cultured, fermented, pickled foods. Also, garlic and greens are nourishing to your body and womb. Try fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Add healthy fats such as those found in fatty fish. Enjoy a variety of green, healing foods.

 

2. Womb Herbs.

Healing herbs/ tonics such as red raspberry leaf, nettles, alfalfa, dandelion tea. Sage (Salvia Officinalis) such as the kind used for a seasoning is healing and cleansing to the womb. (Do not use if you are breastfeeding, as it dries up breastmilk.)

 

3. Womb Juices

Fresh vegetable juices can be rejuvenating and building for the womb. Add spirulina or wheatgrass your fresh veggie juices to curb appetite. Keep it to just one tbsp at first, until you are used to cleansing.

For womb afflictions: Drink 1 pint of green juice daily. You can also add in some form of chlorophyll in vegetable juice or water to help strengthen the womb.

To clear mucus: Juice two grapefruits or three oranges and juice them. This fresh juice will help cleanse the womb and flush out the womb. You can alternate this juice with freshly prepared apple and pear every other day if you have a lot of detoxing taking place through your skin. You can also drink unsweetened cranberry juice as an alternative to the citrus. This work has been adapted from Queen Afua’s womb work remedies.

 

 

4. Womb Movement

Exercise your womb. Try slow, full, hip circles, winding movements help to move energy through the womb. Sit with your womb and breathe deeply and slowly, bringing positive affirmations and healing thoughts to it. Try gentle stretching, yoga, belly dance, African dance, hula hooping. All of these gentle movements help to stimulate womb health and healing.

 

5. Womb Warmth 

The warmth feels good to your womb. Try warm baths, warm packs, gentle abdominal massage. Wear a faja or rebozo for warmth and support while you are resting. Take care of your womb and take care of you. <3

 

I hope this was helpful! Let me know which you will try as we go through the remainder of Fall and head into Winter!

 

Saludos!

 

Vanessa xoxoxo

 

Note: The information on this website has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease. Please seek medical advice before using any herbs. Do not take herbs or supplements while pregnant, breastfeeding or on medications, without medical clearance from your physician.

 

 

 

Essential Oils for A Cozy Holiday Season

I love my essential oils and especially love my Young Living Ones because they are made of great materials and have great scents. Here are some ways you can incorporate essential oils into your Holiday season to give your home a cozy feel.

Christmas Spirit is a great way to build holiday memories beside the fire or reading together. Its ingredients are: Citrus aurantium dulcis† (Orange) peel oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil, Picea mariana† (Black spruce) leaf oil.

 

Another of my favorites is Frankincense. Frankincense is an ancient oil that is uplifting and grounding. You can use this in a variety of ways that will lend to times of meditation, focus, and grounding. It is also one of the gifts that the 3 Wise men brought Jesus.

 

I use a variety of essential oils in the home and in my car for travel. There are so many therapeutic ways that they can be used.

 

One of my favorite ways to also use it is in making a flu bomb. This is traditionally used in communities to help support immune systems and is thought to help build and strengthen body systems during cold weather. I’ve used these for myself and my family and they helped us a lot.

 

 

 

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I am so excited to share my new book with you. I am one of the featured authors in this book compilation.

The book release is January 13th, 2018! Today you can pre-order this amazing book that will bless your life for just $15. Please note that all books will be shipped within 3-5 business days after the book release January 13, 2018. 

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Saludos!

Vanessa xoxo

 

Healthier Holiday Sweet Potatoes

I love sweet potatoes. Make that LOVE sweet potatoes. I love everything about them. They are delicious, versatile, warming, and filling. Best of all they are packed full of vitamins and minerals that we need.

Sweet potatoes are super high in vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene). Vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6 can also be found in sweet potatoes. In addition to that, they are also great sources of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, and phosphorus.

The levels of beta-carotene in the orange-fleshed sweet potatoes directly relate to the intensity of the color.

Purple sweet potatoes have been shown to have around 3 times the amount of antioxidants as a type of blueberry!

Sweet potatoes have also been thought to potentially improve or manage blood sugar.

This delicious vegetable is one of the oldest vegetables known to man! Ancient relics 10,000 years old were found in Peruvian caves, showing the sweet potato being used. WOW!

Now that we have some history of these gorgeous vegetables, you may be wondering HOW to eat these beauties.

I love to add warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger to my sweet potatoes.
Cinnamon has been known to be full of antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory benefits, and could help with heart health and reducing cancer risk. At one time cinnamon was more costly than gold. I can see why!

Nutmeg is another spice that I sprinkle on.
Nutmeg warmed in a nut milk or any milk at night has been used by some cultures to induce sleep. It has potassium, calcium, iron, and manganese in it. It is also used to help improve digestion.

These are all warming and delicious spices. Try sprinkling some of your dishes.

Note: In excessive amounts, though they can be potentially dangerous, so check with your healthcare provider if you plan to take supplements or large amounts.

Now….
The holidays are here and you want sweet potatoes.
We have seen them slathered with butter and marshmallows, but how about some healthier options?

1.
Steamed or Boiled Sweet Potatoes
One way that I enjoy them is by steaming or boiling them and then mashing and adding spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg which are warming spices with many properties used across cultures for a variety of health reasons. I have also taken the sweet potatoes and mashed them with coconut milk and added ground cinnamon, a little-grated ginger, maple syrup, and nutmeg. Yummmmm!!

My most FAVORITE way to eat them is written below. This has been tested by my family and it meets in the middle in terms of healthy and traditional “holiday” food.

2.
Healthier Baked Sweet Potatoes

I first take the sweet potatoes, wash them with water and then pat dry.
Then I chop off both ends.
Next, I cut the sweet potatoes into smaller bite-sized pieces, leaving the skin on. There are so many nutrients in the skin. You could also leave them whole, and pierce each one several times with a fork and still follow the recipe. I do it both ways.

Next, I place them in a cooking dish. I then add a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil in there (you could also use extra-virgin olive oil). I add a few dashes of sea salt. Then, I sprinkle them evenly with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and finely grated ginger. You could add a few splashes of 100% real vanilla extract. Use a light touch when you sprinkle. You do not want to pour on spices as that will overpower the taste. Just enough will do, as the sweet potato can shine on its own. I then add maple syrup over the sweet potatoes. Mix all of this together with a spoon so that the sweet potatoes are evenly coated. Then cover with foil and puncture the foil in several places to allow the steam to escape. Cook on 350 for about 45 minutes, or check to see when they become soft. Check for doneness by piercing with a fork and seeing that the inside is very soft. If the sweet potatoes are whole, you could peel them after baked, and slice. Yum!

Enjoy your holidays! Let me know what are your favorite ways to make sweet potatoes down below!

Saludos!

Vanessa xoxo

November Affirmations for Peace


November has arrived, and the Fall is here.

With fall and holidays approaching sometimes our peace can be rattled with a seemingly growing list of responsibilities and things to do.

I encourage each one of us to take some time each day to rest, reflect, and focus on affirmations that will help us stay grounded in this season.

My deep well is found in the Lord, and from this well, I draw strength and centeredness.
I take time daily to pause and reflect and to be still and just be. My prayer is that these affirmations will bless you this November season.

Focus on one that draws you and speak it over yourself. You could choose several each day, all of them each day or just one. Whichever works best for you and feels good to you is key.

I also take moments to be in nature, and practice stretching and deep breathing. These things are so helpful and nourishing to the mind-body connection. They also feel so good! I put on some flameless LED candles like these and they lend such beauty to the atmosphere!

Enjoy!

Vanessa xoxo

My strength is renewed and I soar to new heights. I run and do not get weary. I run and do not faint.

Everything is working out for my good. All is well.

I am crowned with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

I am blessed and goodness follows me.

I focus on things that are true, noble, good, and beautiful.

Great peace is upon me.

My heart is at peace. It is not troubled nor afraid.

Great things are coming my way.

My surround myself with peace and beauty.

God is my strong tower. I can run to the Lord and be safe.

I am full of peace. Peaceful thoughts and actions are with me.

I am blessed. My family is blessed. My friends are blessed. My community is blessed.

I am calm and focused.

I am wonderfully made with a purpose.

There is greatness inside of me.

I do not let negativity take a hold. I am peaceful and positive.

I can rest and relax, it is ok to take care of me.

I can grow and change at my pace.

I am well and beauty surrounds me.

I am healing, inside and out.

Great things are around me and great things are in me.

I am surrounded by the love of God.

I am radiating peace, joy, and love.

I attract beauty and blessings.

Top 5 Tips to Survive Daylight Savings Time

It’s that time of the year. The leaves are falling, the apple cider is brewing, pies are baking and the pumpkin spice lattes are back. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the fall, there lurks the phenomenon of DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME. I get it. Some people cheer, others may groan. As a mom with five children, it can be a challenge to get the kiddies up, dressed, and fed for the day. I also commute to work. Now are saying that I have to change up my routine a bit? I feel you. It can be a challenge. Here are my top five tips for surviving the time change!

1. Plan ahead as much as possible for the whole week. This will help you ease into it much easier. Take a piece of paper, jot down 5 breakfast and 5 dinners. This will help you not run around the week of the daylight savings change wondering what you will prepare. I also use my crock pot and rice cooker often. They are my “friends.” If you do not have one, I recommend the
crock pot that I use found here. If you are looking for a rice cooker click the link. =) You might already do this. If so, good for you! You have step one done.

2. Keep your makeup (if you wear it) simple and handy. I will do a short tutorial about my easy peasy makeup looks from day to night soon. I have a basic look that I do daily and it involves very little makeup and yet looks good. It will help you feel better and actually look good while your body adjusts. More than any makeup, a good moisturizer such as this one found here.http://amzn.to/2zdXxJy It will do the trick! There are days when I am feeling tired and a good moisturizer helps me feel refreshed. I also use a good mascara and a blush/highlighter. A nice lip gloss or lipstick works wonders!

3. Drink a lot of water and practice self-care. This is one of my favorite tips. I do this as often as possible. Water helps your body flush out toxins, hydrate you and also helps keep your mind alert. Self-care is taking care of you. This varies for many people, but it is so important to do. Yoga/stretching, massage, meditation, prayer, positive thinking, essential oils, affirmations, reading, exercise, laughter, a good walk, a hot cup of herbal tea helps so much with the mind-body connection. I am a big fan!

4. Eat nourishing foods. Your body may be frazzled. Your mind may be tired this week. Feed your mind, body, and spirit nourishing and healthy things. While comfort food may draw us, it can also drain us and deplete us more when we are adjusting to new systems and cycles.

5. Have some fun! Having fun is helpful in releasing stress and rebalancing our days. Work/play balance is important. Carve out some time for you to have some fun amidst your busy week.

Enjoy your week! Let me know which of these tips are your favorite and which you will focus on this week. I would love to hear your comments below!

Saludos y adios,

Vanessa xoxoxo

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