Happy Mother’s Day— to all those who Mother.

Happy Mother’s Day— to all those who Mother.

Mothering is a calling, a choice, a lifestyle. “Mother” is a verb as well as a noun. Some women become mothers willingly, some unexpectedly, some through the process of birthing a baby. Others, whether they birthed their own babies or not, become surrogate parents to adult children in their life in need of parental guidance.

This Mother’s Day I want to remind each of us that being a mother is so much more than the birth of a child.

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365 Days of Meditation

365 Days of Meditation

I meditated sitting, standing, lying down, and walking. I meditated on planes and in cars. I meditated in the morning and in the afternoon and in the evening, and at night. I meditated for one minute and I meditated for three hours (all in one day, but not all at once!). I meditated through illness, road trips, family visits, and moving homes. I meditated sober and I meditated after a glass of wine. I meditated when I was happy, sad, tired, bored, excited, sleepy, caffeinated, hot, cold, angry, loving, and every other emotion one might feel in a year. 

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How to (Not-So) Subtly Ask for a Massage

How to (Not-So) Subtly Ask for a Massage

Many of my clients LOVE to receiving gift certificates for massage therapy. Whether a client comes in regularly and wants more massage therapy or if massage feels like an occasional special treat, massages make a great gift. In my years as a massage therapist, I’ve also seen some pretty creative ways of asking for massage gift certificates.

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How to Gift a Great Massage

How to Gift a Great Massage

I am biased, but I think massages make a wonderful gift. I give them to celebrate, to console, and  to say “thinking of you and wish I could be there” to far away friends and family.  I also get a lot of emails asking about how to find a good massage therapist when gifting massages to friends in far away cities. As we all know, not all massages are created equal! So in this season of gifting- whether you want to give to a friend, a loved one, or yourself- I’ve prepared a few quick tips on how to gift a great massage.

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    Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pumpkin Muffins

    Have a hankering for pumpkin in something other than pie? Or perhaps you have leftover pumpkin from making your pie? I've been serving these up to my Mama Mini Retreat, postpartum clients, co-workers, and friends all fall.

    Three year olds love 'em. Grandparents love 'em. Let's bake!

    Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a standard 12 muffin pan or line with paper liners.

    Whisk together in a large bowl:

    2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I love Bella Gluten Free products)

    1 tablespoon baking powder

    ½ tsp salt

    ⅓ cup of sugar

    1 tsp ground cinnamon

    1 tsp ground nutmeg

     

    Whisk together in another bowl:

    2 large eggs

    1 cup almond milk or coconut milk

    ⅔ cup sugar or packed light brown sugar

    ¼ to ½ cup melted coconut oil (¼ cup if you are serving immediately, ½ cup if you are enjoying over a few days)

    1 tsp vanilla

    1 cup canned pumpkin (or cooked, cold pumpkin if you are feeling ambitious)

    (optional 1 cup chopped pecans or 2 teaspoons grated orange zest)

     

    Add to the flour mixture and mix together with a few light strokes just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix, the batter should not be smooth. Divide the batter among the muffin cups. 

    Bake until a toothpick inserted in 1 or 2 of the muffins comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Let cool 2-3 minutes before removing from the pan. If not serving hot, let cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

    Vegan? Try flax eggs instead of regular eggs. I like the simple recipe on Minimalist Baker