Happy Friday, friends!
I hope everyone had a good week. Let's jump right into it...
What I'm feeling: This week's full moon. What a sight she was rising over the Gulf of Mexico. I went out for sunset on Wednesday, and as spectacular as the color show was, the rising full moon just blew me away. Some of you may have followed along on my Instagram Live... Which got me thinking, maybe we should do a weekly live sunset. Would you watch?
What I'm not feeling: Food poisoning. I am pretty certain that's what I came down with on Tuesday. If not it was some weird virus. It seriously took me out this week. On a positive note, being sick reminded me that I need to be more grateful of my health every single day. I forgot how bad the body can feel. I'm thankful that I am healthy, strong, and feel great most of the time. It's a blessing.
What I can't get enough of: Miso soup! This is healing me after being so sick. I make my own because you want your miso to be alive (unpasturized) to really reap all the benefits. The miso soup at most Japanese restaurants is unfortunately not alive. Miso soup is ridiculously good for you Some benefits:
- Immune boosting + cancer fighting
- Protection from radiation
- Full of nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants
- Gut-flora friendly (it will give you the bacteria you want more of)
- Anti-aging + anti-inflammatory
- Yummy salty goodness
Quick miso soup recipe: Take 4 cups of water, and add one piece kombu, 2-3 dried shiitake mushrooms, 1/2 piece of scallion, and a splash of soy sauce to a pot. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer for at least 10-15 minutes. More if you have longer. Allow to cool so it's hot, but not crazy hot. Carefully remove kombu, mushrooms, and scallion. Remove approximately 1/2 a cup of broth into a mug, and add a couple heaping spoonfuls of miso. I prefer sweet white miso such as this one. Stir until blended. Pour back into broth. You can add more miso if you'd like, a splash more soy sauce, or some salt. Taste it, and adjust according to how salty you'd like it to be. Add wakame, diced organic non-gmo tofu (optional), and fresh chopped scallion. *Make sure to never ever ever boil you miso, okay?
Fun fact: Your brain benefits more from exercise where your foot actually makes impact with the ground. Think walking, running, jumping...
Product I'm loving: I am digging this BB Cream by 100 Percent Pure. I use shade 20. Look, I'm all for a bare face, but sometimes mama needs a little coverage, especially when I've been up all night with my toddler, Bodie. There is nothing bad for your skin or body in here, and the cream is silicone-free which is essential in my book. It's got SPF 20 in it, and makes your skin look glowy which I like. It does not make my sensitive skin itch, break out, or burn. I highly recommend it!
What I'm thinking about: Make time to reconnect with old friends. Stop hiding behind being too busy, and don't just wait for the next big life event to be the reason why you connect. Connect now. They'll be happy to hear from you.
What I'm wondering: Is there something you'd like for me to talk about next week here, or on the blog in general? I'd love to hear what you're all interested in learning more about. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment below, or use the contact page.
Mother's Day Love: To all the mamas out there: have a beautiful and happy Mother's Day. Let go of any expectations, and enjoy the day. Give another mom a hug (in a non-creepy or violating social boundaries sort of way, haha), and tell them how good they're doing. Let's spread some love, and appreciate all moms.
That's it for this week!
Have a great weekend, and I'll see you all next week.
With beachy vibes + love,
* I wasn't paid to say any of this! Just spreading the love. *