It snowed yesterday.  Big, white, fluffy flakes, that fell quietly on the grass that is still green, and stuck to the leaves still on the trees.  It was a pretty snow, peaceful. With all the boys home the last few days, sick, it’s been anything but peaceful around here.  Watching the flakes fall quietly felt like a huge sigh of relief. I literally felt the tension and fatigue of the last few days leave my body.  I’m not really even a fan of snow, but there was something very calming about watching it fall.

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The last few days have been a little rough around here.  A weekend of long work days, coming home Sunday night to one sick boy that quickly turned into 3 sick boys. It’s days (and nights) like this that can leave a mama feeling very tired.

But let’s look on the bright side, shall we?

It’s November!  The trees are in full color, the air is cooler and our calendar is looking lighter.  Thanksgiving is in just a few weeks…my favorite holiday.  No pressure, no shopping.  Just family and food.  I’ve been brainstorming about our Thanksgiving menu already.  Sweet potatoes will surely make an appearance.

sweet potato soup

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What does relaxation look like for you?

For myself, it takes several different forms, depending on the day and how I’m feeling. It can be stepping out the door for a run, the rhythm of each breath, each footstep lulling me into auto pilot. It can be digging in the dirt of the garden, feeling the earth, taking notice of it’s details. Lately, it’s been a new yoga class pulling me into the world of poses, inhaling and exhaling.

chai tea

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Before we changed the way we ate, I didn’t pay too much attention to eating seasonally.  Sure, I knew that the best strawberries were in early June, tomatoes in July, squash in the fall, but really, most of those things are available year round.  It wasn’t until after taking on a vegetarian way of eating that I started paying attention to food seasons. When the majority of what you eat is fruits and veggies, you want it to taste good, and be reasonable on the budget.  Oh, the difference it makes to both your wallet and your taste buds.

roasted potato soup

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