10 Ways To Happiness


We all feel a little bit stressed, tired and unhappy sometimes. But considering the difficulties of life and all that stress we are living with, tiredness and unhappiness are so normal. The important thing is to transform that unhappiness to happiness. There is a saying that "I think we like to complicate things when it is really quite simple; find out what it is that makes you happy and who it is that makes you happy and you are set." According to me, this is so true. That's what we've done to our lives; we are complicating things. And although we know that this is making us unhappy, we still keep doing it. If we stop complicating things Life is really quite simple. And for me, if we live the life full of happiness and joy there will be no regrets in our lives.

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Philosophy, Psychology, Positivity, Personal triumph, Overcoming depression

Reishi Mushroom in Chinese Medicine


Ganoderma Lucidum known as Reishi mushroom is a potent and profound tonic herb. It is known in Chinese Medicine as the ‘Herb of Spiritual Potency’ and as the ‘Mushroom of Immortality’. It is one of the most well studied adaptogenic herb ever.

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Health, Natural Remedies, Nutrition, Superfoods, Philosophy

Pregnant Workout!


So I thought I'd write about my pregnancy work out! I've always heard of labor described as similar to "running a marathon" so I knew that one of the most important aspects of my pregnancy would be maintaining my fitness level. I've been pretty active over the last 5 years and didn't want to let pregnancy be an excuse to stop my workouts. I also downloaded "Exercising Through Pregnancy" by James Clapp and Catherine Cram which talked about certain myths in pregnancy exercise and how being told to "slow down" doesn't mean "stop altogether"

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Health, Exercise, Pregnancy

Pumpkin Granola Bake


Pumpkin Granola Bake By Lena Parker-Duncan I have another recipe for you! I recently purchased 5 cans of fresh pumpkin (on sale of course!) and I was looking for a way to enjoy it instead of straight out of the can. Unfortunately, the dorm I live in has only ovens, no stove tops. However, I realized this could work in my favor! So I purchased a small baking dish, baking spray, granola, maple syrup, and whipped cream. I have never actually baked anything before, but this experiment turned out to be quite delicious, if I do say so myself. This is what you will need: Baking dish (~$5.00) Baking spray ($4.00) Pumpkin (fresh or from a can) ($5.00 (5 for $5!)) Pumpkin Pie Spice ($3.00) Maple Syrup ($7.00) Granola ($6.00) I only used 2 cans of pumpkin and 1/3 bag of granola, and that turned out to be a lot....I guess it will last me at least 4 days. So, all in all, this is a pretty cheap meal! Once again, this is really simple. Since I have no measuring utensils, I just did everything by taste/eye. You just sort of mix everything together, and put a thin layer of spice on top. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and put it in for about 30 minutes. (You don't have to turn up the temperature higher or leave it in much longer than that because everything is already cooked, you just want to warm it up). Alternatively if you don't have an oven, you can use a microwave. And ta da! A warm pumpkin bake. To make it more dessert-like, just put some whipped cream on top! Pumpkin is a great source of vitamin A and it will make your skin glow! Happy eating! My name is Lena and I'm a college student trying to be healthy in a place full of temptation, while staying on a budget. Twitter: @bordersea

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Health, College, Recipes, Vegan

How to tone your thighs and lift your butt


By Charlotte Dodson Tags: Yoga, Philosophy, Positivity, Meditation, Spirituality How do you tone up those upper thighs and give a "lift" to your butt as you continue to sculpt your shape. Here's how! This series of simple poses will work your legs and buttocks, whilst simultaneously lengthening and toning them. You'll find and awaken muscles you didn't realise you had - all in a good way, of course! Before I go into this easy-to-adopt routine, please remember that yoga is your own holistic practice. This means that yoga works on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. How you view the world, see your day, and interact with others is a reflection of your own inner self. Let me give you an example: as you strengthen your body, both lower and upper, you become stronger in all situations and relationships - this balance and energy feeds into every area of your daily life. You are able to speak your true innermost thoughts with compassion, and see the world with gratitude and joyfulness. It is a calm and nourishing strength, from the inside-out. With yoga, you are working your muscles to lift themselves out of your joints; if you feel you're sitting in your joints or locking them up, bend them slightly, and that way you activate your muscles and allow them to flow into the pose. Keep your belly active at all times when doing the movements - in other words, "tight and tucked-in". Always be conscious of how you are breathing during these poses, as this will ensure you are getting the most out of your yoga practice. Follow this step by step guide to keep your legs looking defined and shapely, which will keep you feeling on top of the world. When working this next sequence, bring your full awareness into your feet (heels and toes) to activate your legs, and feel completely in the moment, and grounded. Let's go. Mighty pose (Utkatasana) This pose really works your upper thighs and buttocks! Strong legs give you foundation and keep you grounded - literally! This 'chair' pose works to build and develop muscle tone, especially in the lower half of your body. It's a strong pose, so hang in there, breathe slowly and release to standing at any time. Start by coming to the top of your mat. Bring your feet and knees together. As you exhale bend your knees, tuck your tailbone down and raise your arms up over your head with palms together. Open your arms out wide if your shoulders need more space. Breathe deeply for 5-10 breaths. Release to standing and repeat another 3 times. Lift to your toes From 'chair pose', above, try lifting your heels and come up onto your toes. Press firmly into the front balls of your feet, and keep your ankle bones touching to activate your inner leg muscles. Look to one point directly ahead, as this will help you hold your concentration and balance. Hold the pose without moving - be as still as possible, with your palms together in front of your chest, shoulders down. Breathe fully for 5-10 breaths, before placing your heels back onto the floor and straightening your legs. Repeat 2 more times. Horse stance Do you get frustrated at times? A pose to enhance patience and perseverance is known as the horse stance. It's a real test of your inner strength, especially if you hold it for long periods of time. Start with your feet one leg distant apart. Bend your knees and roll your inner thigh muscles outwards. Keep your torso upright and long, tuck your chin down into your throat and press your palms together at the centre of your chest. Breathe deeply as you hold the pose. Set yourself a goal time or number of breaths, e.g. 10 breaths, and hold for the full duration. To release come back to standing and shake your legs out. Warrior 1 As the saying goes, you've got to strive for what you want! This pose will work all those leg muscles you forgot you had! Please remember to breathe deeply and not to hold your breath. It can be a challenging posture, especially if you hold for longer than 5 breath

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Yoga, Philosophy, Positivity, Meditation, Spirituality

Sustainable Wild Berries


Wild berries are everywhere and a person just has to go out and look for them. Every year there are a host of berries that grow outside of the farming industry that taxes our natural resources until they end up in the produce section of a grocery store, or frozen in a plastic bag. In fact, there are some wild berries that never end up in our grocery stores because they are too difficult to cultivate in the farming industry.

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Eco-living, Vegan, Organic,

Buck and Elliott


Two strangely human eyes stared back at me from the tall, emaciated body of a German Shepherd, and at that moment I was sold. He was so beautifully misshapen and quirky that I knew he was the one. Last August I helped my mother find a new rescue dog to adopt. His name was Buck. He was gangly for a German Shepard. He had been found wandering the streets of Stockton California, and taken to a three day kill center. We got him on day two. No one could say exactly how long he had been on his own. When we first encountered him, he was all skin and bones, with a huge head that somehow managed to hang on to his neck.

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Inspire, Positivity, Animals, relationships

Why You Need To Start A Cooking Club


Every month there is one specific date I look forward to more so than any other. Like a shiny, glowing orb on my iphone calendar, the third Saturday of every month brings about an immediate sense of excitement, giddiness and overall joy. That’s because the third Saturday of every month is Cooking Club.

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Health, Inspire, Philosophy

Mushroom and Thyme Soup


Mushrooms truly are a magnificent vegetable. I used to hate and despise mushrooms more than anything on the planet up until just a few years ago. And then I grew up just a little bit when I had my first baby. Whatever food there was that was healthy and moderately well balanced I was willing to stomach and tolerate, simply because I was exhausted with the transition to new mum. And then, hate was turned into adoration. Mushrooms are now a large part of my diet. This mushroom soup is a godsend. It is easy to prepare and fills me up more than any other soup I make. And take note, it takes a fairly substantial meal to fill me up (especially after a great workout.

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Health, Nutrition, Recipes, Weight-loss

Phoebe's Soup Recipe


Also known as if its GREEN put it in a pot!

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recipe, zen, vegan

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