Friday, October 30, 2009

Let's go Trick or Krogering...

I love my neighborhood Signature Kroger grocery store because they do have the best prices near me, the staff is very friendly, and the store is always clean. Plus, the store hosts seasonal events for the community.
I took the kids trick or treating at Kroger's. Each department at the store had a treat for the kiddos-even a cookie making station at the bakery and coloring contest at the pharmacy. The kids loved it and it was a fun and safe environment.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday, October 29, 2009


By giving away
what we want most
(love, money, gratitude),
we create a
greater abundance of
the very commodity
we seek.
What goes around
comes around.

Reprinted from Out-Smarting Your Karma Copyright ©1996 by Barry Neil Kaufman. All Rights Reserved. Published by Epic Century Publishers.

Do you know what's in a flu shot?

reprinted from Dr. Ben

"Each year, just as multiple reminders on the need for and efficacy of getting a flu shot hit the news wires, I start receiving a steady stream of e-mails from readers, all asking the same basic question:
'Should I get a flu shot?'

My answer is an unequivocal no. I never recommend getting a flu shot. Based on everything that I know about flu shots, I think it's pretty clear that their main effect is to tax and possibly weaken one's immune system.

Before I highlight my main reasons for saying no to flu shots, please have a look at the following skit by the Royal Canadian Air Farce - it's quite the humorous look at the main ingredients that go into flu shots, and how little the general public knows about what's being injected into their bloodstreams:

There are a number of reasons why I feel that flu shots should be avoided, and almost all of them are related to the ingredients mentioned in this video.
But here's the most glaring reason: One in a million people who get the flu shot develops a neurological disease called Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

Guillain-Barré syndrome tends to develop without notice, and is marked by extreme muscle weakness and other symptoms related to nerve dysfunction. I once provided ongoing chiropractic treatments to a professional athlete who had to retire early because he developed Guillain-Barré Syndrome, so I know firsthand how debilitating this condition can be.
And let's not miss an obvious point: if one in a million people who get the flu shot can develop a devastating neurological condition, how many others who get the flu shot suffer from a number of uncomfortable symptoms that are never properly or accurately diagnosed? It's just not realistic to think that the ingredients in a flu shot can cause severe neurological damage in a small percentage of the population while leaving everyone else completely uninjured.
The truth is, even if the odds were one in 300 million, I would still say no to getting a flu shot - why take any risk of creating serious damage to my body?

The best defense against the flu and the common cold is to live healthfully every day. And if we do develop the flu or a cold, if we give our bodies time to rest and heal, we can cleanse ourselves of our weakest cells. For more information on this topic, please feel free to view the following articles:

If you have any family members or friends who continue to believe in and get flu shots, please share this article with them.

Addendum - October 2009
My approach to avoiding the H1N1 flu is no different than my approach to avoiding illness in general.
I wash my hands with regular soap and water whenever I use a public restroom and every time I return home.
I try to get enough sleep so that I'm not tired during the day.
I try to avoid highly processed foods, especially those that are rich in sugar and deep-fried components.
I eat mainly nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains.
I eat cultured foods like kim chi for natural probiotics. I take probiotics, sometimes a stand-alone, and every day in our green food powder.
I take a handful of other whole food supplements that ensure optimal ongoing nourishment of all of my organ systems.
I play tennis or some other sport that makes me sweat and have fun a few times a week.
I have never received a flu shot and don't plan on getting one. Ever.
And that's all I have to say about the H1N1 flu and vaccine. Hope these thoughts are helpful in some way." -Dr. Ben Kim

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Carveless Pumpkins for Halloween

In the midst of last minute decorations and preparations for an early Halloween party we hosted-we forgot to carve the pumpkins! No worries though-painted pumpkins are just as amazing! My daughter painted one pumpkin with just glow paint and we placed it under a blacklight. My daughter and her cousin also designed some pumpkin faces with simple black Sharpies. They're not fancy, but the kids enjoyed making them and they looked great.

Ghost pumpkins from
Little ghost-face lanterns lend a ghoulish glimmer to the mantel.

Here's how: Hollow out pumpkins (see tips below), then paint each one, including stems, white. Use a grease pencil to draw three circles for the face, varying the shapes of the eyes and mouth on each to give the pumpkins personality. Carve out. Place a small votive inside pumpkins to illuminate.

* To remove grease pencil markings that are visible after carving, wipe with a little Goo Gone on a paper towel.
* To Carve: Hollow the inside by cutting a 3-inch hole in the bottom with a serrated craft saw. Scoop out pulp and thin inside walls with a large spoon until shell is 1 inch thick.
* The Paint: Acrylic paint (available at craft stores) comes in tubes and small bottles, dries quickly, and won't peel off. Always clean paintbrushes with water after every use because the paint quickly hardens on the brush tip. is full of Jack o' Latern ideas.

And I thought this was the cutest lil' spider decoration from & seems easy to make. (Click link for instructions)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday, October 22, 2009

OPTIONS | I Take The Vow

On November 7, 2008, at 9:45 am, the 500 people attending the Alliance for a New Humanity Human Forum in Barcelona took a vow for non violence in their thoughts, speech and actions. Each person decided to ask other people in their lives to join them in taking the vow. The goal then became to create a global movement, which would mobilize 100 million people to make the same commitment. We, at the Alliance for a New Humanity believe that if a critical mass of people commit to this vow, the world would be transformed. If you are seriously committed to peace, join us in this global movement and take the vow.


Deepak Chopra
President and Founder of the Alliance For A New Humanity

First, close your eyes and put your awareness in your heart. You can easily focus on someone you love, and feel that love building in your heart, when you feel full of love, ask your self honestly and seriously if you are willing to commit to a vow of nonviolence, in your speech, your thoughts and your actions.

A vow is a sacred commitment from which there is no going back. It is like a child that is born, who cannot return to the womb.

By committing to the vow, you also agree to have at least two people in their lives take the vow.

Are you seriously committed to bringing about a world of peace, harmony, laughter and love by taking this vow and getting two people to join you?

Monday, October 19, 2009

Can you tell what time of year it is by my refrigerator?

I love the mask my son made in pre-K. The mask is a paper plate. Crayons, stickers and a few feathers were used to decorate it.