when I get up in the morning the first thing I think about is the delicious taste of coffee. I think that coffee is one of the greatest discoveries in the world,  as long as it is used in moderation like everything else. Man, that one cup is sooo satisfying. I want more but I usually never drink more than one cup with organic milk.mmhhh. want one now on this rainy mountain afternoon… but I am not going to because I will be up all night long. anyway you know what is good for you body and what is not, you know when you have had too much or too little of something. well lately the only problem I have been experiencing is bad blood circulation, my mom and dad both are in the same boat. I also have an extremely balanced diet, and take a green multi-vitamin 2 times a day…  sometimes I will wake up with my leg tingling or arm, yes I know sometimes we sleep on the wrong side, but this is a frequent issue. Cayenne pepper and garlic are great for blood circulation, but when I went to edith’s healthfood store in lewisburg, wv, shannon told me about coenzyme Q10. let me just say, if you can fork out 10 bucks a month your health is in good hands my friend. Coenzyme Q10 is a vital molecule, its one of the true cornerstones of health.

Coenzyme is practically a cancer preventative! if you have cancer in your family history, this is for you, seriously. It oxidizes your blood and detoxifies like a mother f*****

this supplement is a miracle worker for to improve energy:inflammation response, antioxidant defense; liver detoxifier; CIRCULATION; Cognition/Nerves; and Immunity

I am not trying to be a sales person on this vitamin but man if you can take something daily that will support all those functions then your for sure extending you life, as long as your eating well tooo! most importantly.

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this is one of those lazy morning, french toast and delicious coffee that I wish could last forever but I shallow the cup down within 10 minutes. there is something about weekend mornings, you either feel like your pressured to accomplish the million things you need to do in the weekend, or you have this feeling of openness like you have the decision to do whatever you want today, whenever you want. That freedom of choice is much more powerful than one can imagine. you could be lazy, or you could be mentally productive, or physically productive like cleaning the house, but whatever decision you decide to make accept that and be happy with it. I find myself on Saturday mornings debating whether I am going to yoga… I bounce back and forth in my head should I or should I not go to yoga, I have a million other things I need to do or want to do, but every Saturday I go to yoga; we certainly are creatures of habit. What this means to me is allow some predictability in your relaxation days,settle into it, as well as unpredictability, if you have a favorite morning routine, allow yourself to do it and savor each moment, but in another respect once you have alloted yourself that “you” time, let the unpredictability come in…. go on a hike, bake some bread, plan a trip to south american ( even if you can’t do it for 10 years) just switch it up.

so I am going to yoga this morning- then I am not sure what I am going to do, and thats what is special about weekends.

so I am a practitioner of ashtanga yoga, but recently I have been practicing all sorts of yoga, jivamukti yoga, vinyassa flow, and a combination of them all of course. I do not agree of disagree if this is the right way to absorb prana, or obtain the most benefits from the yoga practice. I always fall back on pattabhi jois the creator of ashtanga yoga, “If we practice the science of yoga, which is useful to the entire human community and which yields happiness both here and hereafter – if we practice it without fail, we will then attain physical, mental and spiritual happiness, and our minds will flood towards the Self.” 

But regardless of which type of yoga, I have been a yoga practitioner for about 5 years now, on and off, with school and international travel putting a little constraint on the dedication it takes to follow the primary or secondary series in ashtanga yoga. Recently after years of not getting sick I contracted strep throat. ugh. awfulness. So that put everything, school yoga fun, on hold for about 2 weeks. After the 4th day of antibiotics I said “screw this I’m heading to yoga”, well I found that yoga and antibiotics are never a good combination. Antibiotics just make you weak and lower your immune system, yoga on antibiotics is terribly discouraging. This is why I decided to write this article. Besides staggering in tree pose and going to child’s pose every 5 seconds, I did learn an important lesson. Coming from someone who double low push ups and has to try pichamayarasana every class, I felt powerless, weak and disappointed in myself… Why should I, someone who is ill be disappointed in myself? my illness was not my fault in anyway. now here I was victimizing myself on top of my ego telling me that I was a sore loser. After the 5th child’s pose I went to, I realized I shouldn’t be in the class, but I wasn’t going to give up so easy. I sat in heros pose for most of the class, watching my thoughts and watching non-judgmentally other students practice. I had this connection with myself that I had forgotten about since the first time I experience yoga. I realized I have been having a strong healthy progressive practice the last few years but where was I in my head? I was forgetting the point of yoga, self absorption, union with the body and mind, there I was practicing hard but feeding an ego that finally came to a head when I was there in the yoga room, no longer able to do those amazing poses with my body, I had been taking them all for granted, rushing through my vinyassas, pushing myself into poses just to get that final stage; thinking oh I am an advanced yogi now, when really with all things considered I am a beginner, because I let my focus go astray, I let my intention become only selfish… Now I am relived that I was able to come to terms with this. This moment in my life where I felt awful and hopeless turned into one of the most important lessons I have learned yet. I remember now, this is why I practice yoga.

pottery

pottery starts in a week, i am soo excited. back to the wheel to explore my creative side. what a wonderful break from pursuing a political science degree…eh.

The Amazing Health Benefits of Local Honey

The medicinal benefits of honey & pollen & beeswax have been recognized since the time of the Greeks.

Local honey can provide relief from seasonable allergies. Consider the logic: the bees are collecting nectar from the very plants that are making you sneeze and sniffle, and so with honey you can ingest minute amounts of the very allergen that is troubling you.

A tablespoon of local honey each day can relieve the symptoms of pollen related allergies. Include local honey in your daily diet throughout the year & you may never need to take antihistamines for pollen allergies again. Begin one month before your allergy problems generally start by eating one teaspoon of honey each day and continue until allergy season is over. [Adios Claritin™]

You want to be sure to use honey that has not been heat-treated as this can damage or reduce the pollen in the honey. Let it Bee Honey is completely pure and untreated.

Let it Bee Local is dedicated to providing you with pure local honey. First and foremost it is delicious, but the health benefits are not to be sneezed at

( This article from http://letitbeehoney.com/merits-of-local-honey.php thought it was important to show the benefits of local honey because we are moving into spring and by using local honey as a preventive measure might really help your allergies)

skin care line

these are some of the lotions I have been making, as well as massage balms with local beeswax!

My name is Kathleen,

I enjoy making things! Pretty much all the time. I really have to be involved in some kind of project on the regular… Mostly making organic skin care products, crafting with fun vintage floral fabric, pottery, to thrift shopping and rearranging my little casa.  I also love organic farming, homesteading practices (like the idea of having backyard chickens) … and the other most important thing to my life is yoga and meditation- which I do find meditation in these practices listed above… pottery especially.

Its what I love and I can not deny it any longer. I thought blogging these adventures might be nice since I usually find my inspiration stemming from others blogs. I think its a fine idea to share secrets of crafting, homesteading, and thrifting because it encourages practices that truly can bring one genuine happiness, as well as promote more environmentally friendly lifestyles!