Unplug

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October… my favourite month of all, and it’s just about done in a couple of days. Sigh!

How is everyone doing? Are you enjoying this season too as much as I do?

Welcome to my blog and my nomadic posts, which bears a magicians commonly used phrase – “now you see me, now you don’t.”

Every year since after our 2nd year wedding anniversary which is on the 7th of October, I’ve been doing a social media sabbatical. I took it to the next level the following year and asked my husband to join me into an electronic sabbatical during the time that we were away for our anniversary and my birthday (October 11th). We turned off our phones. No screens. Just a good old fashion radio to keep us company, plus a box of 1500 puzzle pieces, and a good book! Fast forward 4 years, and I still do that. I unplug. One time, I took more than a year and a half off of Facebook. I just didn’t open it. In all honesty, it wasn’t that hard. It’s actually liberating! I found so much time in my hand to read, and craft, and write, and do other things that are far more important than being online wasting my life away.

I did the same thing this year. No Facebook.

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And she’s 2!

Edward’s Monthly Updates

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July had been the busiest month of our summer. Home projects, visits from family and friends from far away, and 2 birthdays, among other things, kept our schedule pretty full. We survived the craziness of it all with so many sleepless nights (I’m glad none of us got sick!) and wonderful memories.

So pardon me if I had been AWOL for a while till now.

I have so many things I want to share with you that I don’t even know where to begin.

Let’s start of with Edward’s monthly updates. He is now 6 months old so you can see how much I have been slacking on keeping you guys posted. Almost an entire 2 months, and not a single peep from yours truly! So to our family and friends reading this, thank you for patiently waiting.

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Edward’s 4th Month Update

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June 21st was not just the longest day of the year, it was also the day our dear Edward turned 4 months! Shortly after breakfast that day, we drove to the more private part of the Southampton beach. Edward fell asleep in his car seat so we left him buckled, took the seat with us, and prepped him under the shade facing the water.

The beach was extremely quiet. No other people in sight, but us. His dad and his dad’s friend visiting us from Germany wrestled in the sand; while his sisters and I collected some shells to pass the time. Edward woke up eventually, and happily watched everything that was going on.

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Fruit Smoothie Recipe

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I’m back!

And I’m back with another smoothie recipe!

This week had been crazy warm, and so we’ve been having smoothies every day. It’s a sign that summer is coming… and it’s coming fast!

The beauty of making smoothies is you can pretty much use whatever fruits, vegetables and seeds/nuts combo that you want as long as the taste don’t clash. It’s also a good way to incorporate fresh and raw food into your diet if you are not into eating salad, which you should especially if you consume a lot of meat that makes our body acidic. We are big meat eaters in this house so I make sure we eat raw veggies and fruits to balance it.

Did you know that cancer cells thrive in an acidic, but not in an alkaline environment? Continue reading

Where is the beauty in the Now?

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Where is the Beauty in the Now?

by Zhi Olson

 

Where is the beauty in the now?

Is it in the fresh snow covering the ground?

Or in the infectious laughter of a toddler running around?

Could it be in the warmth of the fireplace with its flickering flames?

Or in the innocent face of a newborn sleeping, and its delicate frame?

 

Where is the beauty in the now?

Is it in the honest apology for something done wrong?

Or in the gentle embrace of forgiveness and a beautiful song?

Perhaps it is in the sweet scent of a baby’s breath after nursing?

Or in the genuine smile they freely give when joy fills their being? Continue reading

Arroz caldo

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The past winter here that seems to be lingering has been rough for little ones. There’s a bug that has been going around that has made kiddos and their moms and dads sick on and off. It was towards the end of winter when this nasty bug made its way to our home. It was awful. Our first born got it first and then passed it on to her dad, and then to her baby sister. I was very much pregnant with our baby boy at the time. When I felt I was coming down with something too, I increased all our dosage of vitamin C, which kept me from getting sick, and helped my family recover from the cold much faster.

I’ve also made several big batches of arroz caldo to nurse my family and some friends back to health. I have just made this again today because our middle child has been under the weather lately, and I heard that my friend’s son has been sick too.

Arroz caldo is a Filipino dish I grew up eating. Some would call it Lugaw. It’s a Spanish-influenced rice soup, similar to a congee, that is often served to the ill and to the elderly because it is warm, soft, and easy to digest. But you don’t have to be sick to enjoy this hearty meal. It’s an awesome dish during the cold and wet months to keep us warm. Continue reading