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I love fresh fruit drinks in the Summer! One of my favorite and super easy ones is a watermelon mint soda!
WHAT YOULL NEED
- Watermelon chopped up (seedless)
- Freh mint leaves
- Fizzy water (This will make it a soda) or Spring water
1. Chop up your seedless water melon and throw it in a blender, add a tiny bit of water and blend until it becomes liquid.
2. Chop the fresh mint in half to release the flavors
3. Add ice, sparkeling or fresh water to half your glass. Pour the water melon juice in the remainder and add the fresh mint! If you have a sweet tooth you can also mix in some natural raw sugar or Agave!
If your anything like me a Monday after a full super moon weekend is not your favorite way to jump into the week. I have been feeling very overwhelmed and rushed on top of being exhausted! I pulled a card this morning for the upcoming week and it's so perfect with timing. It's all about resting, recharging, letting yourself bask in the energy from the full moon!
Card Meaning: Allow yourself to receive. This will increase your intuition, energy, and ability to give to others.
Message from Hathor: You have a maternal side to you that naturally cares for those in need, yet this must be balanced with receptivity or the flow is blocked. Receiving is the essence of feminine energy, and it means allowing yourself to receive with grace and gratitude. If you feel guilty when asking others for help, or if you feel bad about receiving gifts, then you block your feminine energy. Your receptivity is just as natural as your nurturing, giving energy. When you receive, you have more resources to give to others. Begin by noticing the hundreds of gifts you receive each day, whether it’s seeing beauty in nature, witnessing a touching human moment, or being hugged by a loved one. Simply say ‘Thank You’ for each gift, and know that they’re filling up your storehouse, keeping the Divine flow going strong.
Various Meanings of This Card: Be still and listen • Release guilt about receiving • Ask for help • Increase psychic awareness • Know that you’re in a learning cycle • Healing is occurring • Be more in your feminine energy •
About Hathor: This beloved Egyptian goddess is represented by the head of a cow to symbolize the sacred animal’s life-giving milk and mothering. Hathor is a benevolent sky and sun goddess who helps with all aspects of child conception, birthing, and raising. Call upon Hathor to guide you in nurturing yourself and your loved ones.
I loved this post from Free People's blog on "The Yin & Yang Of Summer Solstice" it's exactly what I was looking for in preparation I know you guys will love it as much as I do! Here is what to expect..
Today's equinox marks our transition into summer, and with it, a shift in energy. We move from spring, marked by a perfect balance between yin and yang, into summer, the season of yang. But what does this mean? By studying the characteristics of yang energy, we can understand what things to enjoy, what precautions to take, and how to keep it all in balance for the summer months ahead.
Yin and Yang Explained
In simple terms, yin and yang are the two energies present in everything. They are both opposite, but equal, and one cannot exist without the other. Over time, balance between the two ebbs and flows like a wave. The energy is never static, but rather shifting from one to the other, and existing together. Night moves into day, heat becomes cool, the puddles become dry, and seasons change from one to the next. Both yin and yang are marked by specific characteristics that can help you define when one is more present than the other, and also when they are in equal balance.
Yang in Summer
Yang energy is fiery and hot. It’s light over darkness, energetic and active. It is also characterized as dry. During summer months this manifests itself in long, hot days. Plants sprouted in spring are full of yang energy to finally bear fruit. As humans, we feel passionate and tend to be more interactive and social. Energy is at a high, and we stay out late to dance it off under the moon.
Opportunities to Seize
Take advantage of your added energy at this point in the year. It’s a great time to start new projects and enjoy being active. The aura around you is bright and joyous. Soak it up, share it around, and keep a little stowed away for when you’ll need it in the winter months.
Keeping Yang in Balance
Be careful not to let yang’s energy scorch you too much. Yang in excess will dry up your insides, and can make you prone to illness associated with heat such as headaches, dehydration, infections, fevers, and irritability. Try to bring yin energy into the situation to balance things out. Drink plenty of water or dive into a pool. Eat foods that have a coolness to them like mint, basil, and juicy fruits and vegetables. While it’s good to absorb that yang energy, pay attention to your body and make sure it isn’t getting overloaded with it. If things feel out of whack, pick a slow, more meditative yoga practice over running at high sun. The earth is also characterized by yin energy, and connecting yourself to it will help you feel balanced. Go barefoot, try your hand at gardening, or let your friends bury you in the sand.
As we experience solstice, get ready for all that is to come. As yang takes reign, welcome in the summer. We are about to enter into a beautiful time of year, full of enjoyment and happiness. Just remember to bring in yin so that you can experience it to its fullest. Happy summer solstice, everyone!
The year is half way through! Are you doing MORE or LESS? Never too late to change your priorities! Print this out and put it in your moodboard, by your bed, in your bathroom, on your fridge... somewhere you will see it everyday. If your having trouble doing these things, but see it on daily basis your subconsious will start to pick up on it!
My work schedulel is all over the place so when I am home I normally don't have much time to eat. I prefer to cook because I like to choose local and organic ingredients and like knowing what's in my food! With that beaing said almost every meal I cook only takes about 20 minutes. If I can find 20 minutes in the day to make a meal so can you!
What You'll Need
Green Tea Soba Noodles / I buy this brand
Sesame Oil + sesame seeds
1. Boil water and add the soba noodles once it is bubbling, cook for 6 minutes and drain.
2. Start a pan with sesome oil, when it's hot add chopped up zucchini, sesame seeds and soy sauce. Cook until crisped and soft.
3. Mix equal parts of rice vinager & soy sauce and pour over soba noodles, add chili paste and succhini.
EASY PEASY! 123.... This is one of my favorite at home asian dishes to make! Easy, tasty, organic and fresh.
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I kinda feel like im white water rafting on daily basis! I have so many projects going on it's hard to focus. I can not wait to wrap a few of them up. On a plus note the new clothing line is being printed next week and I'm going to be debuting a super rad shirt at the East Coast Warped Tours that only those going will be able to get + meet and greets at the BUZZNET lounge inside the Girls Garage! Looking forward to meeting some of you and hearing your feedback on the first peice of the collection!
It's super rainy right now, I'm currently in Philly and will be spending a lot of time in NYC over next two weeks. I was shooting an amazing editorial tomorrow in Manhatten but it may be pushed back due to storms. To be honest I could use the extra day playing catch up!
Apple cinnamon oatmeal, earl grey tea, messy hair, white fur slippers and Aveda candles all day long.
I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”