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Recipe | Ginger Lemon Tea

Baby it's cold outside... and my little monkeys are coming down with colds too! I don't know where Spring is, but in the meantime, I'm making large batches of Ginger Lemon Tea!   My bestie Kirsten taught me how to make it and one thing I love about it is that her Dad taught her... he always used to make it for her and then she made it for me and now I'm hooked! This post is for you Mr. Tudor.  I feel like we're kindred spirits... Thanks for sharing it!     Getting more fresh ginger and lemon into your body is always a really great idea... no matter what time of year it is. Ginger:  contains amino acids, calcium, magnesium, essential fatty acids, iron, and a kick-butt spicy flavor!  It helps relieve nausea and indigestion.  It promotes circulation and is anti-inflammatory so it helps calm aches and pains.  Ginger fights against colds, coughs, and sore throats.  It builds up your immune system.  And soothes headaches! Lemon:  helps

Happy 100th Birthday to Our National Parks!

  So get this. In the interest of full disclosure, I was that girl. The one who pronounced Yosemite "Yo-sem-ight" until my friend from California set me straight. (If you're freaking out because you're also that girl and you still don't know how to pronounce it, it's "Yo-sem-ih-tee" ... you're welcome.) It's okay to laugh at me... life's too short to take myself too seriously ;-)      So anyways, after I knew how to pronounce the name of one of our country's most amazing National Parks, I had the pleasure of experiencing it with my sisters! It was one of the most beautiful trips of my life!  There was also a LOT of hiking involved and I was very out of shape, so it was one of the most challenging trips, too. But that's a story for another day!     Have you heard that this year marks 100 years since the National Park Service was established? After falling in love with Yosemite, I definitely can't wait to go

Three Reasons You Need a Birth Photographer

  I believe that every baby should have a professional photographer there to capture the first moments of their lives. The birth of a baby is as unique, powerful, and beautiful as a lightning strike.  And the memory of those moments are just as fleeting! Each child's BIRTHday is as unique as the child itself. You and your man have waited a long time for this moment... meeting your newest addition to the family!     If quality photos of your child's most special moments of life are important to you, then you need to hire me to capture their very FIRST special moments!    And here are three reasons why:   1. I am the best cheerleader ever.  You need to hire me because I'm a calming, encouraging presence in your birth space. I'm discerning enough to know what you need, whether it's a ninja-quiet fly-on-the-wall or a hand to hold as you breathe through a contraction. I think birth is a beautiful thing and I can support you

Singing Canary Drink for Stress and Exhaustion

  As winter comes to a close I wanted to share this awesome drink I've been making to help battle stress and exhaustion.       I feel bad for my girls. Elsa and Anna think I lied to them when I said Upstate NY has tons of snow... they haven't even had enough to really go sledding or build a snowman! I'm not really all that sad about the lack of shoveling this winter, but spring's not here yet ;-) Well it's nice to sip this sunny drink, no matter the weather! It's good for everyone, but especially anyone who is physically or mentally under chronic stress.      My Mom is rocking this nutritional plan (check out Trim Healthy Mama here) that has a ton of really great recipes for healing your body and energizing with healthful ingredients. This is my favorite one she's shared with me... it's nice to have something to sip on during the day besides water, especially when I've already met my caffeine quota

A Letter to my Daughter

This might be the beginning of the end of a really funny and adorable era in your life... ...the end of you dressing like a homeless, color-blind princess.     You have always been adamant that your favorite colors are blue... and the rainbow. You have been seen in dress up clothes at ice cream parlors, the grocery store, and kindergarten open house. We have gotten in fights because there aren't any "fancy" pajamas clean. (seriously??? for the love.) You also make it very clear that if I force you to wear jeans I run the risk of being put in a really crappy nursing home when I get old. The other day you came out of your room dressed for school in a relatively tame outfit. I thought it Opposite Day and you had had your sister pick your clothes or something. There were no conflicting colors or patterns and there was no lace or frills or glitter or anything. There weren't even mismatched leg warmers! (Now the next day you came out decked head to toe