Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Midweek Motivation - Choices in Life

3 choices in life

You've got three choices in life:  give up, give in, or give it all you've got!

Give it all you've got!


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Flu Season Infographic

In the United States, the influenza (flu) season is considered October through May, usually peaking in February. The best way to protect yourself is to wash hands with soap often, and to keep hands away from your face. Another method, effective for some, is to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all persons over age 6 months get the vaccine.

Here's an infographic on influenza:

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Here's hoping that you and yours stay healthy this flu season!

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Those 3 Little Words

Whisper Those 3 Little Words

Perfect words to hear on a Friday - hope you're loved one whispers Those 3 Little Words...

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Midweek Motivation - Boldness

Goethe - boldness

Whatever you can do, or think you can, begin it.
Boldness has power, and genius, and magic in it. 
~Goethe

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fun with Fermentation

kombucha SCOBY
Kombucha SCOBYs
My first attempt at kombucha was a success!  If you're not familiar with kombucha -

Kombucha is a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweetened black tea that is used as a functional food. It is produced by fermenting the tea using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or "SCOBY"(Wikipedia).

A while back I asked my sister, the fermentation pro, for some SCOBYs for myself and a couple other bloggers.  Following her instructions and additional tips found online, I brewed some tea and made a surprisingly tasty batch of kombucha!  With subsequent batches I may try second fermentations with fruit or to make it fizzy, but for a first run, I'm happy with the simple raw, unflavored result :)

homemade sauerkraut
Homemade sauerkraut

On the same note, I'm also a week into fermenting my first batch of sauerkraut -- one more week to go, but so far -- looking good!  Being Lithuanian - this one I'm especially looking forward to trying:)

Any attempts with fermentation?  
What's your favorite fermented food?


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Midweek Motivation: Change

Midweek Motivation: Change

It has been really busy, but with a few weeks of school under our belt, hopefully I'll have more time to focus on being more consistent with my posts. :)

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Three Things Thursday

We had been trying to potty train Little A all summer, but no success.  So when we went to the pediatrician, she said to simply back off.  Three weeks later - guess what?  On his own he started using his toilet.  The diaper has been on and off since then, but I think we'll just back off again and hopefully soon we can ditch the diapers for good!

potty training
12 years of diapers...hopefully finished soon:)

Since ZOOMA Chicago I haven't been consistent with my running.  I blame it on work, family and anything else I can think of but really it's just laziness.  My husband and I are still planning a fall (maybe early winter) marathon, so no more excuses.  Starting today, back to my training plan and next week - maybe some crossfit...

keep calm and cross fit
Keep calm and crossfit

My sister, who loves fermentation and writes about it at The Fermentary, has been brewing kombucha for many years.  Recently while Kelly and I were on a run she mentioned she would like to try brewing some kombucha.  My sister has a ton of SCOBYs (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast), so I hooked her up.  When I got them for Kelly, I also kept one for myself.  I brewed some sweet green tea and another baby is forming...in a couple days I should have my first batch of kombucha - stay tuned for updates.

kombucha tea
Mother and baby SCOBYS


What's your favorite fermented food?

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