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Make Play a Priority in 2017

New Year, New You!

As I ring in 2017, I want to consciously create more play into my experiences. Consider... if you were to look at your future through a lens of curiosity and brought in the elements of pleasure and play, what effect would that have on you being in the universal flow? How would that effect your health?

Recently, I had the experience of having a "paint night" with a friend of mine. We got our paper, brushes, paints and all the supplies to make our masterpieces. We put on music to get us into the mood and danced a little as we set up. I wish I could say that it turned out to be a masterpiece that I had imagined it would going into it, but the opposite is true. I had a limited amount of time to paint because I also had to be at a dinner later that night. I could feel the annoyance of the time constraint and wanting my painting to look a certain way. The thing that shocked me was that all of the clarity that came to me just from the act of painting after I let the pressure of doing it right go. The picking out of the paint colors, the size of the brushes and the speed of the strokes that brought so much joy and fun to me no matter how the picture turned out. I put aside the idea that it had to be perfect and immersed myself in the process of enjoying the moment and letting whatever needed to come out onto the paper, flow out.

Imagine if we all decided to set the to-do lists aside and consciously scheduled more play into our lives?

Some of the things I am going to tackle this year that bring me pleasure are knitting with big, fluffy yarn, making pottery on the wheel,  and walking meditations. Ask yourself what things you could create that bring you joy?

What gets in the way of you carrying out the things that you want to do? Are you making up excuses that get in the way of you following through with them? It can be easy to put these things on the back burner but take a moment to see how it makes you feel.

Clear time on your schedule to make play a priority. See what comes up for you as you do these activities and notice how you feel after. Let me know how it goes!

Happy creating!


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Recipe for Natural Deodorant

I love the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Mainly taking a break from my normal routine to see friends and family, sharing and trying new recipes and toasting to all of the blessings in my life. Even though it can be tiring it's worth it.

I also love setting goals for the New Year and taking inventory and checking in with myself to see where I can make positive changes for my health. This year I plan to get rid of all of the toxic skin care products I use daily that are out there and only focus on using natural beauty products. From shampoo, soaps, lotions, make-up, nail polish and deodorant. There is even an app on my phone I use that will rate natural beauty products.

It's something we don't take into account sometimes while we're doing it but all the work the body has to do to process everything that we eat, drink, apply to our skin and not to mention the situations we stress about has an effect on our physical bodies.

How I want to feel is nourished on the inside and out for 2016. That's why I will be taking advantage of the botanical mud wraps we have at PCCHH. There is an apothecary bar full of herbs. All of the products are natural and customized for detoxification, cellulite reduction, and purification.

It's so nice to learn how putting yourself and body first as empowering. It's not something you need to feel guilty about. When you take care of yourself you have more energy to help those around you and can be an inspiring example to your friends and families.

I recently have ditched the deodorants in stores that can have a harmful effect on my body. I started making my own that really works and I am sharing the recipe below if you would like to give it a try and see what you think?

In a glass container I put:

1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
1/4 cup baking soda
6 tablespoons of coconut oil
And I add a few drop of Neroli essential oil because I like the smell. You can add any essential oils or leave it plain.

Cheers to a chemical-free healthy New Year!

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