The Purple Almond Hall of Fame – Artpsycho

My other blog, The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen, has been nominated for an AWESOME BLOGGER AWARD! This is great! Thank you so much to my nominator Jyotsna at Artpsycho!

Look for my AWESOME BLOGGER award reply on The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen later today.

Right now, as is my custom, I am entering Jyotsna, as well as her fellow bloggers, Anriel, and Devashree, along with their website artpsycho.wordpress.com, into my award hall of fame, The Purple Almond Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was established as a way of honoring those bloggers who wish to bless The Purple Almond with a blogger award. If this blog is nominated for an award, the nominating blog will have their blog permanently placed on my Hall of Fame page, along with a link to that blog, and an article dedicated to that blog.

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The blog Artpsycho was established jointly by Anriel, Devashree and Jyotsna, who came together with a common goal: inspire creativity and ideas.

A quote from her about page says:

We wish to share our ideas and inspire creativity in different forms of art. We are storytellers in our own sense and we love to create content for the fiction world in form of book reviews and non-fiction realistic pieces on life, travel, food and more and wish to showcase the same, that we enjoy doing in our daily lives.

 Check out some of their articles

  • Travel articles – They have a series of journal blog entries, highlighting different travels to art festivals, tours and the like.
  • Book reviews – There are several book reviews. You can find everything from Moby Dick and The Little Match Girl, to The Paper Dress and The Last Leaf
  • Arts and Crafts – This is probably my favorite part of their site, as I love to make crafts but rarely take the time. Here are links to a few of their arts and craft projects

Closing thoughts

I am so blessed. Deciding to start a blog several years ago was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It introduced me to a whole new world, quite literally! Through blogging, you “meet” people from all over the world, who quickly become your friends and part of your blogging family.

Thank you to Jyotsna for nominating The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen for the AWESOME BLOGGER! My new little recipe blog continues to grow. It’s slow to grow, but steady to get new followers. I forgot how much fun it was as a beginning blogger. The challenges and excitement that come from each new award and goal met is so much fun.

To read the original award article, follow this link: The Awesome Blogger Award by Artpsycho.wordpress.com

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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The Purple Almond Hall of Fame – Lotus Laura

My other blog, The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen, has been nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award! This is the first award for my new blog! I’m so excited! I’d like to thank my nominator, Laura, from Lotuslaura.com. Look for my Sunshine blogger award reply on The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen tomorrow.

Today, as is my custom, I am entering Laura and her website lotuslaura.com, into my award hall of fame, The Purple Almond Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was established as a way of honoring those bloggers who wish to bless The Purple Almond with a blogger award. If this blog is nominated for an award, the nominating blog will have their blog permanently placed on my Hall of Fame page, along with a link to that blog, along with an article dedicated to that blog.

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The blog Lotus Laura was established by Laura Cyrena. Laura says she has loved writing since she was a child. Some of her other interests include yoga, dance, crafts, reading, hiking and caring for her cat venus. She also loves buying books (ME TOO!) Favorite foods are pizza and mac & cheese.

A quote from her about page says:

“I consider myself highly ambitious and determined. Setting goals and challenging myself is important to me. It’s not about impressing others — it’s about conquering my own self.”

 Check out some of Laura’s articles

Closing thoughts

I am so blessed. Deciding to start a blog several years ago was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It introduced me to a whole new world, quite literally! Through blogging, you “meet” people from all over the world, who quickly become your friends and part of your blogging family.

Thank you to Laura for nominating The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen for its first award, the Sunshine Blogger Award! It was amazing for me and for my new little blog. Connecting with bloggers such as yourself is part of the reason I love to blog.

To read the original award article, follow this link: Sunshine Blogger Award – Lotus Laura

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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Saw this delightful recipe and couldn’t resist. It looks divine and I can’t wait to try it!

Ok, so maybe squash isn’t exactly a spring veggie… but it’s still super healthy and pretty darn yummy! Plus, it’s one of my very favourite vegetables, so I figured that I ought to share this brand new recipe that I came across that makes that ingredient the star. It’s called Spaghetti Squash Cheesy Bread, and […]

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Gifting

My beautiful friend, Raili, at the blog Soul Gift, just gave me an early Christmas present by highlighting my blog in an article on her site. Thank you, Raili, for this beautiful gift of friendship. Namaste My friend. Head over and check it out!

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Christmas is just around the corner – again! Finding a suitable gift can be challenging. The commercial hype that pushes for ever more extravagant, expensive ‘stuff’ seems to have become the norm. I don’t like it. Not one bit. As much as possible I avoid the mad rush of December when the shops are full to the brim with screaming kids, stressed parents and overloaded trolleys.

Are you looking for different, more interesting gift options? Tamara from The Purple Almond published a post that provides so many wonderful options for gifting. Here’s her link –  Gifts that give.

As an early December Soul Gifting, I have chosen Tamara. She is a student at the Hawthorn University working towards a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. She has this to say –

For me, health isn’t just about food it’s about living a positive, happy, healthy life.

Where food…

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The Purple Almond Hall of Fame – Finding French Charming

An announcement before I get into the main post…

I’d like to tell you that I’m taking a blogging vacation for the next 10 days. I am currently on a break from school and would like to take the next 10 days to give my brain a break. After I complete a class, my brain has been worked quite hard and feels a bit like jello. 😊 🤣 I have no major plans, other than to relax and spend time with family. This is a necessary form of stress relief for me.

Therefore, there will be no main posts from Thursday, September 20 through Sunday, September 30, 2018.  There will be morning recipes and evening quotes through Friday, September 21, 2018, since they are completed and already scheduled. However, there will be no posts at all next week. I will be back with all posts on Monday October 1, 2018. My next Fit by 50 post will be on Thursday, October 4, and will combine weeks 42 through 44. 

Now, onto the main post…

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I was recently nominated for a Sunshine Blogger Award, by KKatch22 at the blog Finding French Charming. Thank you so much, KKatch22, for this wonderful award. I feel truly blessed to be honored by fellow bloggers, such as you.

When it comes to blogger awards, I do things a bit different. Instead of focusing on the award, I focus on the person and blog who nominated me. I like to acknowledge, and bring attention to the kind people who nominate me for awards.

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The Purple Almond Hall of Fame was established as a way of honoring those bloggers who wish to bless The Purple Almond with a blogger award. When this blog is nominated for an award, the nominating blog will have their blog permanently placed on the hall of fame page, along with a link to that blog.

All about Finding French Charming

With dreams of moving to the city, living in a high rise, driving a convertible and becoming a doctor all fulfilled, there was one dream left for KKatch22, to find love. Many people would turn bitter about love, after two marriages ended in divorce, but she never gave up.

After what KKatch22 calls “bad boyfriends, disastrous dates”, she finally turned to online dating, where she learned a lot about herself. Soon, one night, she met “the one” and her new life of “awesome adventure” began.  Here is a quote from her “about” page:

I created Finding French Charming at the end of January, 2018.  I wanted to write about my experiences, my thought processes, my failed attempts at love and happiness, and my eventual success so that other people going through the same thing might know they are not alone.  It took me over 40 years to find “Mr. Right” or Prince “French” Charming, so I know it’s possible!  Good things do come to those who wait, but you have to make sure you put yourself out there.”

Here are some articles from this wonderful website:

Finally! The day has arrived!

(KKatch22 meets her French Charming in person)

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After “The Kiss” 

(Find out what happened after their first kiss!)

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The Porcelain Throne –

Continuing the Modern Day Fairy Tale

(Meeting French Charming’s Mother!)

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Closing thoughts…

I’d like to close out this post simply by saying I highly recommend you head over to findingfrenchcharming.com, and read about her dating adventures. She has a wonderful and engaging writing style that draws you into her story. You want to keep reading to find out what happens next.

THANK YOU, KKatch22, FOR THE NOMINATION! I absolutely love your blog. It’s been so much fun reading about your adventures with French Charming. You are an extremely talented writer.  I agree with those that say you should write a book. I, for one, would absolutely buy it. I wish only the best for both of you.

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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To read the original award article, follow this link: Sunshine Blogger Award – Finding French Charming

Grateful Thoughts: Simple Ula

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. In case you’re new here, I’ll review what Grateful Thoughts is all about. It  began life as Thankful Thursday. Every Thursday, I’d choose a follower and highlight them on my blog. I write a brief synopsis of the blogger, followed by links to 5 articles from their site. Thankful Thursday became Grateful Thoughts when I changed the article from weekly to monthly. So, let’s get started with this edition of Grateful Thoughts.

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“I want to be rich. Rich in love, rich in health, rich in laughter, rich in adventure and rich in knowledge. You?” ~ Ula

Ula is 29 years old. She is originally from Poland, but is currently living in Canada. She has a Master of Arts degree in Socio-Cultural Animation.

Ula desires to live a simple life. She says you’ll understand what she means if you stick with her and read her blog, which I highly encourage. It’s wonderful, filled with lots beautiful photography, great articles and helpful lifestyle tips. Ula covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Health/beauty
  • Motivation
  • Style/fasion
  • Home
  • Love
  • Food
  • Travel
  • Fitness
  • Money

Oil pulling – take care of your teeth

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Rise And Shine! Top Tips For Starting The Day With A Spring In Your Step

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Oil – which one to choose healthwise?

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Fantastic Foods To Help You Lose Weight Naturally

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Four Exercises That All Women Need To Be Doing

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I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ula for following my blog for close to 2 years. It’s wonderful having you on my team. I’m so grateful to have the support of talented bloggers such as yourself.

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That’s all for this edition of Grateful Thoughts. I hope you head over and check out simple Ula. It’s a wonderful site with thoughtfully written articles and beautiful photography.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.

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Tomato, Avocado, Bean Salad – Musings of a Manthe

I recently received quite a few tomatoes from my coop delivery and was on WordPress looking for some recipes, when I came across this little gem. It looks wonderful! Simple, tasty and VERY healthy! I can’t wait to try it!

This salad is perfect for a Memorial Day cookout or to take to any kind of summer gathering. And it’s easy as 1-2-3!

Ingredients

2 pints of cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
2 avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
1  14-oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 tsp lime juice (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Put tomatoes, beans and avocados in a mixing bowl and stir gently.
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix onion powder, garlic powder, cumin and cayenne together. Add to tomato mixture and stir gently.
  3. Sprinkle lime juice and mix in gently.

Notes:

  • Firmer avocados work better for this recipe.
  • All seasonings are to taste. I rarely measure, just pour some seasonings in and try it.

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30 Days of Intermittent Fasting: The Why’s and How’s

A great look at intermittent fasting! Awesome article Katie! 👍

disclaimer: I am not qualified to give medical advice, and this information is not meant to cure or treat any disease/health condition. Whenever you start a new dieting plan, it is important to notify your physician or healthcare practitioner!

I have decided to try an intermittent fasting style of eating for thirty days in a row to see the benefits it will bring to my body, athletic performance, mental cognitive state, and overall well being.

I’m excited to enter “nerd mode” for a moment and bring you guys all of the information and research I have done on intermittent fasting and how it can benefit your body.

I realize “fasting” may sound kind of scary and intimidating, but intermittent fasting does not require starving or depriving yourself. Intermittent fasting is not a diet, but rather, it is a style of eating. What you do is give yourself a window of…

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homemade bone broth & bone broth benefits

I LOVE bone broth! Here is a wonderful article on the health benefits of bone broth, with a recipe for chicken bone broth. (EASY!) Thanks to the Holistic Green Mama!! Love this!

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BONE BROTH…. It sounds so weird & creepy but it has become one of my absolute favorite natural remedies for gut healing and healthy digestion. I’m going to share what the benefits of bone broth are, as well as my favorite homemade recipe.

What is Bone Broth?

Bone broth is a broth made from the marrow, tendons, fat, ligaments and basically all bone parts of an animal – usually a cow or chicken. Bone broth is made by extracting the nutrient dense minerals and amino-acids from the bones and leaching them into the broth for us to consume.

Bone broth is a remedy as old as time. Our early hunter-gatherer ancestors would use every part of the animal since throwing it out simply wasn’t an option. They realized that roasting and simmering the scraps would great a delicious nutrient dense broth. Early Chinese Medicine practitioners used bone broth regularly as…

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Grateful Thoughts: Christy Birmingham ~ When Women Inspire

Today’s Grateful Thoughts (aka: Thankful Thursday) is a bit unusual, in that I have TWO articles, highlighting TWO followers, instead one, as is the norm. I’m highlighting the winners of my CELEBRATING 2000 FOLLOWERS give-a-way. The first article was on the other winner, Jo Ann Maxwell, which you can find HERE.


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The second winner I’m highlighting is:

Christy Birmingham

When Women Inspire

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Christy, a blogger, poet and author, is the founder of whenwomeninspire.com. Christy’s blog is dedicated to highlighting the endeavors of women from around the world, who are changing the world in positive ways.

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The idea began in 2014, when Christy became aware of amazing women “in action” around the world. She was also aware there was not one central place to find information about all of these amazing women and WHEN WOMEN INSPIRE was born.

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Christy is also the author of TWO poetry books.

The first book is called Versions of the Self. You can find a copy on AMAZON (I just purchased a copy for myself! YEAH!! I am a big fan of poetry! Can’t WAIT to get it!) Here is a description of the book from Christy’s blog:

“Imagine a shift to the way you see the world that arises through poetic narration. Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse.”

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The second book is called Pathways to Illumination, which is available through Redmund ProductionsHere is a description of the book from Christy’s website:

“Follow the trail of a woman’s journey from the end of an abusive relationship to the valiant growth of a newly-awakened, independent spirit.”

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Christy’s articles cover a variety of topics, from health and feminism to arts and sports with everything in between. Below, I am highlighting my three favorite categories:

INSPIRATION

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ENVIRONMENT

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EDUCATION

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So, take a minute, head over and have a look around Christy’s blog. There is so much to see, so much to learn and so much inspiration.

I’d like to take this opportunity to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Christy for following me and taking the time to support my blog. You are an amazing and talented writer, who I’m honored to have as a follower and new friend. You’re blog is such an inspiration to people everywhere. Thanks for what you do. God bless you my friend.

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