Comfort Eating

First and foremost ‘comfort eating’ works about as good as draining buckwheat through a drainer that’s too big for it…it doesn’t!
Eating crap to help ‘comfort’ the mood may take your mind off your troubles in the first instance but it sure as shit doesn’t help them.
I just spent the last however long with the poorest diet I have had in a long time, tubs and tubs of nut butter, copious amounts of bombay mix, pack after pack (literally) of rice cakes, the kids snack bars, maple syrup straight out the squeezy, pancake upon pancake, all the fruits highest in fructose, a disgusting amount of salt on everything and loads of overpriced salted chips and a fair few bottles of olive oil have been on the menu with no sign of my usual superfoods or homemade probiotics! Gross, absolutely sickening literally! I’m ready to yak! I’m ready for change, I am fed up with eating shit and it getting me no where but blubber belly, pimple face and further in depression. It all begins with my monthly hormone change so I stuff my face like a beast and say its ok cause this is just my time of the month usual. After that time ends and I’m not stoned, what excuse do I have? No excuses people it’s just pure lack of will. My god given will thrown back in His face. WTF is wrong with me. So after the ‘testing period’ it has been proven that eating unhealthy and fast foods just adds to all troubles. I knew all this deep down but me being me has to go to the extreme and ‘see for myself’ before I really understand the destruction. Eating in haste and severely unhealthily hasn’t solved anything, it has made every single problem worse! It has made me more sluggish than bloated period days, it has made me more depressed than when I started, it triggers other weaknesses and it has caused more stress, it has actually made me angry and really ugly! No more. I miss my sauerkraut and celery strength, not to mention what hot guy I could have picked up during all that time, sheesh, give yourself a break woman.

 

…And she did!

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March Against Monsanto 2015

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Mass poisoning cannot continue.

The time is near!
Being part of this year’s activism is crucial for the survival of man kind and all of those that roam the earth.

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Join us:

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Once upon a browse it was suggested by Yuliya from Tiny Expats to write a guest post on work life and children. I can sure tell one or two things about work and kids, creating, playing, writing, reading, yoga, cooking, cleaning, shopping, home educating, gardening, meeting friends, meeting family, social gatherings, crafting, caring for elders, working out, being places on time and holding onto peace all the while!

My work life is my entire life, my children, our home and everything else that comes into my path is the work gifted to me by our Creator. Life is work and I feel to be successful, a self sustainable lifestyle is best. To be able to provide yourself with all your basic requirements is a tall order in this day and age and even so, it is totally possible and seemingly this is the most righteous decision. Providing you have enough to trade for the materials to begin with of course.

After falling pregnant and birthing my two Sons, becoming a refugee escaping violence, harmful drugs and egotism, and then beginning homeschooling as a single parent, it became clear just how much work you have to put into life to achieve the things you feel are most noble.
I rarely get a break so I am very grateful when I do. All around me, my friend’s partners or parents are there to physically support them, I unfortunately do not have this benefit and so I struggle to get time to myself. I do not mean to sound ungrateful as every moment with my children is a precious gift and for that I am extremely grateful. I am also so grateful that I got my children to safety and we pulled through a nightmare life, so grateful my children are alive and that I have a home with a garden (two actually!) to raise them in, so grateful I have enough head about me to see sense in raising them in the healthiest ways, so grateful for the beauty I see in life and for the beautiful people around me that I learn from and this is what keeps me going through the tribulations. It is down to me to persevere in making the time for myself to do the things that keep me ‘me’, my life is mine to balance and I believe I can master it so I will.

I am prepared to never get a break if it means my children can thrive, although ironically they seem to thrive more when I am at peace and I can only be at peace more with a healthy moderate balance in my diet, sleep and ‘me time’, taking care of my mind, body and soul. Through Love.

I practice yoga for balance, flexibility, calm and stillness and this I really need to do as I am appalling with stress and time management, I am always late and rushing about to get the kids where we need to be and I could also do with being a little more bendy so meditation is my key to slowing down!
Yoga first thing in the morning is delightful, calming, refreshing and balancing but when it falls a little later than planned and is a Pilates combo, it takes a strong will to stay meditation orientated whilst a dinosaur crazed roaring 3 year old is bouncing about your back in downward dog (has been done though!) And breathe indeed! It does make one feel slightly super heroic to keep the calm whilst being ‘Mum Mountain’.

It must just be God’s will in strengthening me, making me a solitary bee, making the best of me. By forcing me to be in constant Mum mode and making me work through all the physical learning alone, gaining from it, instead of lifting the pressure, he knows it will make me stronger and if this is the wish then this must be the way. As long as I remember this I can stay out of a heap on the kitchen floor (most of the time 😉 and can hopefully resist pulling my hair out too!

Raising my boys is the work of my life. God has entrusted me with their souls and although I am physically alone in my parenting role and things would probably be much easier if I sent them to pre-school, I feel it is my place to watch over them and teach life to them in the way I have learned to understand it. I have found it works to listen to the stillness, and although it is not so easy to stay in such a mind with the chaos of our daily lives, the stillness is where the answers can be found. Always. Finding our paths we can individually show our children the riches of our knowledge and hope they may advance in living a truly successful life also. In opposition to a huge class being told the simple basic steps about life and working for money without room for individual growth, my children are following their own paths, learning that which interests them and that of the true values of life. This is proving most productive. Too much structure doesn’t work and neither does too little, as with every other area of my life, we are still working on a good balance (with less chaos!). As my youngest understands a little more, a healthier and more suitable structure can be set in place. I have found too much set structure gives cause to rebellion, even in me, so going with the flow with light but meaningful goals works best at achieving learning. No structure is like having a messy house, it gives way to a messy mind that proves much less creative and productive.

My boys and I travel all over to ‘home’ educate ourselves (Mums still learning too!) and we are nearly always together, work, play, break times and yes it is extremely difficult although that is the only righteous decision there is for Me. Can I just take a moment to thank our Lord for opening my soul.
Our children are our work and nothing should stop us from achieving here. My dear great Aunt had a heart attack and has been diagnosed with Dementia. She has become extremely frail and now really needs family support and it is looking as if she will need to come and live in my house. Sounds crazy with the work I have already right? To me it doesn’t bother me to think twice about giving up my time and space to care for a Woman that has helped raise me, she has done more for me that I even know and to me it is natural to support her in her last days. She needs proper care and there is no one else stepping up to the mark. Hey, I don’t mind as long as the smell of meat doesn’t drive me insane! You know what she may even turn veggie once she tries my roasted Cauliflower 😛

I am also a mobile beauty therapist, I write websites’ from home too and I love it. I feel extremely blessed to have seen the light and that I have the means to be able to work for myself and home educate my sons. My children first and foremost are my concentration and everything is geared at getting them through life safe and healthy with loads of fun! I am a qualified beauty therapist with additional qualified training and will run my business on a larger scale from home in the not too distant future. I chose to do this course of health training as it meant I could be my own boss as I have never been good with authority! I also chose this career as I enjoy the natural refining of people and because the money I can yield from a short appointment is high and that means I can spend more time on other things. Lets face it there’s working for life and then there’s just plain working for money and money driven goals do not feed spirituality in the way I require.
Free me time is vital to stay right for my family. Next up on the work list is my sanity and I have found it in writing, friends, family, photography, other creative and fun stuff. I love reading too (when I get a chance!), it nourishes my wisdom, one cannot project properly unless they are getting a good intake of knowledge! Writing is work for me, it is also a place where I can express myself without bourgeois interruption. I love to write and read but yes I am very slow at both, it unfortunately falls down the list of priorities, that doesn’t mean I won’t get there though. I am coming. I will make it. Determination is key and that key I have!

I would love to have more time to work in the garden too, working the land to yield good foods that I can sustain my family from. This to me is a major ‘work’ role of life. If we think about things in a very simplistic way, what more should we be doing than energising ourselves, building a home, practicing a trade, farming the land to fuel our bodies, raising our young, making love and resting? Providing our own foods enables us to know exactly where they come from, what they contain and how they have been cared for as well as saving us heaps of money. Seriously.

Does it seem right to you to be crammed in an house with not much land, working all day, in most cases, to line someone else’s pocket, to put food on the table for their kids? You take a cut of the cash and hardly get to see your own family as they are being non-righteously and non-individually raised by people you don’t even know? No, certainly not. The food you buy is sprayed with what? Yes that’s right friends, the inorganic local superstore food that you would think to be safe are indeed sprayed with poisonous weed killer by people wearing full face and body masks working for major corporations built on greed, power and money.
Those chemicals are destroying our ecosystem, the toxins are killing off the bees and getting into our bodies and deteriorating our nervous systems and raising disease levels in humans. Research it (Monsanto).
Personally I see it fit that we should all be self dependent providing for ourselves and if you are not already and have a large house and garden with a generous income and you are reading this post then maybe it is time for ‘convenience’ to move over and for the real work to be done. There’s always time for facebook and television later if you so wish. And even if you don’t have money and land, starting small is still starting. Starting to make important changes that give you freedom, real freedom.

Broaden the horizon, believe the unbelievable, expect the unexpected, dare to dream, listen and go get exactly what you feel is calling you. This I have found to be the route to happiness and more love! So much love. It is crazy you can be in two minds in life, one where you hear your calling and know its meant for bringing out the best in you. The other where you think you know what’s best and temporarily feed the hole with what you think you need i.e. chocolate, cakes, sex or money etc, when in fact the fuel you choose is most of the time the last thing you actually need which in turn makes the original problem worse or halts any improvement. It is a real nasty cycle, trust me I know this from experience.
I find it very bizarre how we can think we ‘know’ what is best for us and on another deeper level feel and understand what we need in truth. Often the two are very different from each other and easily confused.
A strong faith in love will carry you through any work and time in stillness will gift deeper understanding into You.

I write in these matters in this work related post as I feel it is my divine work to help raise awareness and to support healing the Earth and its people. Starting first with providing a clean, natural, organic and vegan foods and products for my own children and reaching out to people I know nearby and blogging for those I don’t.

I have been described as a savvy woman and I intend to help awaken the people…in the kindest possible way!

My only wish here, may my words reach readers and seekers, may they be touched enough to feel the light causing a ripple of energy that can touch others.

Love & Peace.

Vegan Roasted Rutabaga Wraps with Garlic & Cayenne Dressing

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Simple and delicious, a fresh and organic recipe. This dish came about on the last day of the week before the new delivery from Riverford comes. The food was somewhat knocked together on a creative (and hopeful) whim, using what ingredients we had left in the fridge / pantry and therefore there isn’t much of a side garnish to accompany.
I am pleased to say it was totally worth getting creative!
Love it when that happens 🙂

To make my Roasted Rutabaga Wraps:

Ingredients:

1/4 Rutabaga (Swede)
A large handful of Purple Sprouting Broccoli florets
2 Large Pointed Cabbage Leaves
Olive Oil
Salt *non organic

Pre-heat the oven. Add a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt to a baking tray. Take 1/4 small swede and slice. Chop the broccoli florets away from the stalk. Roast the rutabaga for approx 25 minutes around Gas Mark 6.
After 10-15 minutes add broccoli for a further 10 minutes.

Steam 2 large leaves of pointed cabbage for 3-5 minutes.

To make the dressing:

Ingredients:

4 tsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/4 tsp Black pepper
1 tsp Turmeric
1 clove raw Garlic

Chop the garlic and mix all the ingredients together.

Once the ingredients are cooked and prepared, lay the cabbage leaves onto plate.

Place the sliced swede on them first then add Broccoli.
Drizzle with the dressing.
Wrap one side of the leaf around the contents and then flip in the top followed by the folding of the other side of the leaf.

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Gently flip it over. Drizzle with further dressing and garnish to preference.

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Grab a knife and fork and enjoy!

Every Day is Earth Day

Be part of the global optimism. What a beautiful idea.

Planting a seed in collectiveness – what will you be planting? Doing something green – what are your ideas?

The Maple Tree from last year is now unfurling her leaves into the winds of Spring finally.

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We also have have the front garden covered with sprouting Crimson Clover.

 

 

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Today the boys and I will be planting the Echinacea we were given at the end of last Summer, we are going to put the seeds in pots inside the home until they are ready to be moved into the garden towards the beginning of June!

Just imagine if everyone did plant something together today! This is a genius plan. Let’s make it happen.

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Clean up on the History of Earth Day!

Whatever you choose to do I hope you enjoy your day.

Happiness and well-being from PeaceCrafting 😀

Earth Day 2015 – Make it count!

Earth day is everyday

Hush, Lola!

This composite image of southern Africa and the surrounding oceans was captured by six orbits of the NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership spacecraft on April 9, 2015, by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument. Tropical Cyclone Joalane can be seen over the Indian Ocean. Credit: Ocean Biology Processing Group at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center This composite image of southern Africa and the surrounding oceans was captured by six orbits of the NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership spacecraft on April 9, 2015, by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument. Tropical Cyclone Joalane can be seen over the Indian Ocean. Credit: Ocean Biology Processing Group at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

Every year on April 22nd the human race celebrates Earth Day. Why? Because Mother Earth is where we live. She nurtures us. She feeds us. We literally wouldn’t be here without her. She truly is our mother.

This year’s theme is “It’s our turn to lead.” And it’s also the 45th anniversary of this very special day.

Here’s what Earth Day Network has to say about it:

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London 420 Cannabis Protest – Speaker’s Corner Hyde Park 2015

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The Cannabis collective were certainly classing up the joint in the beautiful Hyde Park this weekend.

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A party took place on Saturday evening in London to embrace the gathering that was to follow. The next day, Sunday from 12pm, “we shall not be moved” was sure to be in the thoughts of many of the people at the London 420 picnic in the beautiful Hyde Park. With further demonstrations to take place, Monday 20th April was indeed set to cause some movement in today’s protest at Parliament before election day this year.

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Many of the crowd did sit and stand strong on Sunday, loyal and true as police tried to move supporters out of Hyde Park. During the peaceful picnic yesterday that took place at Speaker’s Corner in London, the Sun’s rays beamed down on thousands of happy people, men, women and children as they set up and gathered in unity around the trees to end the war on drugs…and more specifically, the current crisis concerning Cannabis use. People from all over the world met up to have their say and to raise awareness for the rest of the people who are even just the littlest bit curious.

There were several activist organisations including NORML UK + NORML UK Women’s Alliance, United Patients Alliance, Feed The Birds, and London Cannabis Club, even the London Green Party had flyers on the table, this is just to name a few, that came together to make a huge stand for Cannabis freedom and to help educate the nation on the many health benefits of using Cannabis. The drug is healing people all over the World and time is indeed long over due for the United Kingdom catching up.

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The Women’s Alliance


There were various speeches given about cannabis, the organisations and future events, they were informative, a pleasure to listen to, witty and down right speaking of the truth!

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Banners and speaking for justice

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Different organisations voiced their views to the crowd

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Speaking the truth about Cannabis

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Signs of true support

Seeds, stickers, bands, badges, flyers, t-shirts, keyrings and more were on offer to enhance the event and for everyone to gain a greater knowledge of exactly why such a fuss has to be made regarding the laws surrounding Cannabis use.
People showed appreciation for the wonderful plant by firstly igniting a flame within today’s people by initially setting up such a needed event in the UK and sharing the Word. Others helped by hanging up banners, bringing signs with them, dressing up leaf style, even putting on shows later in the day, everyone had a role to act upon that was appreciated by others. This truly was a day of Cannabis freedom. Thank You to All who came.

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Cannabis memorabilia, clothing and passion

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Raising Cannabis awareness in Hyde Park

Sadly, there was a disgraceful amount of litter left by the crowd again this year, and as the police started to move people out it was apparent just how much. Straight to work went the eco-lovers to clear it all away within 15 minutes, that’s straight up earth love and respect and it shows that we really do care for the common good.

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Standing strong and clearing up the mess

The police seemed to be rather interested in all the fuss and even brought along horses and a helicopter as well as the vans. They caused a little bit of a problem whilst man handling a few of the people but that sooned got sorted out appropriately. All in all the law enforcement team didn’t seem to be bothered much and happily watched on as nearly everyone around them lit up throughout the day. Another sign that Cannabis really ought not to be illegal. Can’t be that bad, right?

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Various people traveled quite some way to light up in London yesterday.
Many people were over joyed by the fact they could simply ‘skin up’ in a park with no worries.  The organisers did a fabulous job with the event and it was breathtaking to see the vast amount of support received.

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People in the park

There were also dogs among the smoke, seeds and brownies for the birds and squirrels who had a fantastic day too! This just goes to show how harmful Cannabis isn’t, to all kinds of species.

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Members of the animal kingdom enjoying the day

When the time reached 4.20pm there was an uproar that created a beautiful connection between all and the sky above filled with fumes as people united for real change.

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Such a peaceful and passion filled day.

The people were gathered through the use of Cannabis well past 7.30pm, even after the event organisers had left. They were just peacefully ‘being’ in the park, chilling and enjoying the sunshine, spending some quality time with friends.

Evening supporters

Evening supporters

All in all it was a successful day in showing that a vast number of people are standing for change on this important matter.

Awareness can only be heightened through the passion of those that truly believe. On Sunday all those that attended spoke together as One.

Why is 420 called 420 and what does it have to do with Cannabis? Find out in this article.

Thanks for taking the time to read here, please check out all the above organisations that are behind this amazing event for further information on this weekends antics, future events and what help you can give in supporting the legalisation of Cannabis and the movement of the followers near you.

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The gathering

Hope to see you next year if not sooner. Peace

Feed The Bees

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This week I was moved enough to finally take the plunge into organic gardening. It may not look much or be done to gardener’s perfection but it means a lot to me. Out came the spade and reclaimed wood.

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With the rapid decline in Bees continually rising it would be wise for us all to do everything we can (or at least something) to help stop the crisis.
This week I managed to find some awesomely priced seeds from a Southern retailer.

I chose Crimson Clover.

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Bees love clover, I love Bees so the front garden is now dedicated to keeping the buzzies happy.

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I hope the soil can drain adequately and that I mixed it up right. It will be joyous time to see some flowers growing in one of our gardens.

Peace.