How are you doing today?  Are you surviving the first few days of the week after the long and lovely holiday weekend?  I did but I’ve got so many things, details, loose ends, and projects I’ve been working on.  I also just got back from teaching a great yoga class and need to get a late dinner going but wanted to say thanks for the positive feedback about the Product Review Post I did yesterday. 

Everything from ProBars

Hand holding Pro Bar

To Yoga Mats

New yoga mat
Yoga Mat up close

To AmazingGrass that I used to make “Amazing” Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs.

Packet of Chocolate Drink Powder
Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs

I am glad you liked the product review info and that it’s helpful and informativeMay as well share my thoughts and hopefully someone gets something out of it!

A few months back I shared a little info about the Full Moon, and specifically, what happens to us during a Full Moon.  If you missed that post, go check it out

I received alot of feedback and comments that you wanted more info about astrology and since December 2 is a Full Moon, I thought this was a good day to wax and wane about the moonForgive the horrible pun there.

picture of a magic moon

Here are some random facts & info about the Full Moon:
Full Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon oppose each other, and this opposition creates a certain unbalance.  It’s like we’re in the middle of a strong magnetic field and loose balance as soon as we try to move out. We tend to have accidents – whether it’s a fall or a car crash.

Hospitals & Surgeons are Busier

If you’ve set intentions on the new Moon, the full Moon is the time for releasing them out.  Intentions are like wishes you send out, but you’ve got to take an active part in making them happen. When you set intentions consciously, it makes you more present to the moment, able to jump on opportunities, cultivate contacts, and recognize divine serendipity.

The full Moon often casts an exuberant vibe, making it a great time to have a party.

Another effect of the tension in the Universe during the full Moon is violent outbreaks. Especially where there are religious and ethnic conflicts, like in northern Ireland and the Middle East, there tend to be a peak in violence close to full Moon.

Watch your own irritation at full Moon!  This is when you easily snap at your kids or significant other, or generally tend to feel tense.

Your Physical Energy is Much Stronger

Concentration More Difficult, “Fuzzy-Brained”, Chaotic & Disorganized Thoughts

Restlessness, Anxiety, Tense Moods prevail.
We all know the word lunatic. It comes from the Latin word for Moon, lunaSomeone who’s lunatic is full of full Moon. Restless, nervous, tense, violent, angry.

Difficulty Sleeping.  It’s common to suffer from insomnia by full Moon

Full Moon is a time for romance. The play of light over the water, the moon hanging in the branches of trees, the huge orb rising over a cityscape — all these put us more in touch with our creature sense. 

The full moon is also associated with fertilization and ovulation. successful conception is easier at that time.

Sources:
My own knowledge with supplemented info from
http://www.moonslipper.com/fullmoonenergy.html
http://goddess.astrology.com/moon/phases.html 
http://astrology.about.com/od/foundations/p/FullMoon.htm 

Well enough of the Hippy Dippy Moon ramblings.  As I mentioned before, I was asked my many to give some info on this, so there ya have it.

Moving along to some of the Food ’round here…

I bought a Cookie Dough Balance Bar.   

Cookie Dough Balance Bar
Inside Cookie Dough Balance Bar split in half

The 15 g of protein is appealing, the fact that it contains lots of random ingredients is not so much.  

Nutrition Facts on Cookie Dough Balance Bar
Hand holding split open Balance Bar showing inside

But as a once-in-awhile thing, I gave some to Skylar with the rest of her vegetarian snackApples, grapes, frozen mango chunks, raisins, and a few bites of the Cookie Dough Balance bar.

Various fruit and chopped up Cookie Dough Balance Bar on plate

I much prefer my own take on Raw Vegan Cookie Dough.

Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Balls
Close up of two Raw Vegan Cookie Dough Balls

There was a huge garden salad with tomatoes, orange & yellow peppers, & carrots that I dressed with my Holiday Orange Spice Dressing….

Garden Salad with Holiday Orange Spice Dressing

…and roasted Sweet Potatoe Fries to go with it.

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

I made a Kale Salad

Kale salad with Vegetables

 With Cauli, Brock, Peapods and my Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing.

Salad with Vegetables and Homemade Slaw Dressing

For Dessert I brewed a cup of Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea.  I adore this stuff but after drinking really black coffee, tea does seem so light.  That’s the beauty of tea though, the delicateness of the flavors. 

Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea
Mug with tea bags in it

And nibbled on some TJ’s Carmel Corn (vegan & gluten-free, best as I can tell)…

Fat Free Caramel Popcorn in bag

…with Vegan Chocolate Chips mixed in.

Popcorn with some chocolate chips
Close up of Popcorn with chocolate chips

Big shoutout to reader Katie who made my Vegan Creme de Menthe bars and put her own twist on them based on the ingredients she had on hand and topped them with Candycane pieces.

Too cute, and thanks so much, Katie, for sending me the picture and telling me you made these at 7:30am before she even  left the houseNow that’s a minty chocolate craving; a girl after my own heart!  muah!!!!

But then I had a Peanut Butter craving come on, so I whipped up a couple of my now infamous Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup
Peanut Butter Cup split in half showing inside

If you haven’t gotten in on the Chocolate PB Cup action, I highly recommend them!

Many of you have asked what the Nooch in the recipe does?  Well, you know how the filling in Reese’s Cups is slightly salty with just a little bit of texture to it?  Well, the nooch provides a slightly savory quality and little bit of texture, all in one raw vegan shot.  Love it, but not essential if you just gotta try these, they’ll be fine without it.

Yoga Today is Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose).  Please do not try this unless your back is thoroughly warmed up as well as your quads.  Yoga is not a competition and so please don’t force yourself into a pose.  I don’t want you to hurt yourself.  This is a pose to work towards with patience and compassion for any limitations your body has.

Woman doing Kapotasana yoga pose

Tip of the Day:  Pay attention to how the phases of the moon effect you.  When I was younger, I never did.  But as I have gotten older and feel more in tune with my body and the world around me, I do notice more chatotic energy during the full moon and I’ve had a horrible time sleeping this week.  Restless, insomnia, working til 2am on my computer, and eyes pop open at 6am rearin’ to go kinda thing.  I think that if you open your heart and mind to nature, and to the beauty and mystery that can be found in the natural world, it can be such a profound and amazing thing to notice the effects unfold in your own body.

One of the other natural phenomena that I am really effected by is sunlight.  I say this jokingly but not totally, I need to live in a place where it’s sunny most of the time or I just don’t feel right.  Are there any nature or natural occurrences that you notice that effect you?  In what way?

What’s your take on astrology, yoga musings, and things that are less tangible, but that may indeed exist?  Are you a believer?  Do you think it’s hocus pocus?  Are you open to this kind of thing or are you more of a concrete, left-brained thinker?

Stay Tuned For Holiday Cha-Cha-Chia…

P.S. Sorry that I haven’t made my rounds throughout the blogosphere today….I’ve been slammed and plan to cruise your bloggies later tonight, best I can before I pass out from exhaustion!  It’s been a freakishly busy day for me!

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