Happy Day After Christmas!  What are you up to today?  Please don’t tell me you’re going to stand in any lines to return gifts!  Or worse yet, that you got hit with a snowsnow.  Well, guess it’s ok if you like snow, but I like it hot-hot-hot!   We had a great, low-key Christmas DayWe Skylar opened gifts

Young girl standing in living room opening Christmas Presents
 Woman behind young girl smiling while she opens presents

And we spent time just hanging out as a family 

 Woman and young girl waving

Thanks for everyone who wrote in to tell me that my family pictures were beautiful!  You really warmed me heart; I mean that!  Anytime one puts candid shots of yourself on the internet, without a drop of makeup after just waking up and in your “house clothes”, i.e PJ’s, it’s nice to hear people think you look beautiful!  I love you all!  muah!!!!!!!!!!!  And I’m glad my prose about being a mother, a parent, reliving the holiday through your child’s eyes, hit the right spot for you, too.  And I’m following up with a few deeper thoughts at the end today, too.

So without further ado, let’s get started on wrapping up the week’s eats, treats, highlights, and Aruba Vacation Photos!  If you missed Last Week’s Recap, Go Check it Out!

But onto This Week’s Recap
Sunday Diana of Soap & Chocolate Shared her Raw Vegan Peppermint Patties recipe.  If you missed that one, check it out! 
Raw Vegan Peppermint PattiesClose up of inside of Raw Vegan Peppermint Patties
Monday I Made Salads
Kale & Veggie Salad with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

 Kale & Veggie Salad with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

And a Garden Salad with Creamy “Cesar” Tahini Dressing

Garden Salad with Creamy "Cesar" Tahini Dressing

And Posted some Aruba Beach Pictures

Aruban beach with simmers and boats in water Young girl playing in sand at beach

 

Woman and young girl sitting in sand on beach

And Talked Advent Calenders & Religion (I know, on a Food Blog!)

Mmm…Skylar’s Mouthful of Chocolate Face
Young girl sitting at table with mouthful of food
Young girl opening advent calendar

And also Talked about the Winter Solstice and 108 Sun Salutations in Yoga (I know, on a Food Blog!)
Urdhva Vrikasana Adho Mukha Svanasana

Tuesday things lightened up considerably when Shannon Marie of Rawdorable Shared her high Raw Vegan Cookie Recipes 

Cinnamon Mocha Crinkles

Cinnamon Mocha Crinkles
Raw Nog Creams
Raw Nog Creams

Hawaiian Wedding Surprises

 

 

 
 
Hawaiian Wedding Surprises

 

Raw Snickerdoodles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Shannon Marie of Rawdorable….You are Amazing!!!!!!

Cookies on red plate for SantaThank You for Sharing Your Amazing Cookie Recipes!!!!

Wednesday I showed you Pictures of Our Drinks at Sunset (and talked about why I didn’t actually drink!)

Drink in martini glass with cocktail shaker

And there was a Holiday Scene at the Hotel

Hotel decorated in holiday decor

And Pictures of Skylar and Me

Woman and child standing at hotel in front of water feature
Woman and young girl standing in front of bushes smiling
Woman standing and smiling in front of water feature

And there was overpriced Chicken Parm and Ziti that we carried in for Scott’s Birthday

Chicken Parm and Ziti and Salad on plate
Close up of Chicken Parm and Ziti

And Kale, Brock, Cauli, & a Cuke Salad for me & Skylar with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Mixed Salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing

Never. Get. Sick. Of. This. Meal. 

Close up of salad

And Dark Chocolate for Dessert

Bar of Lindt Swiss Bittersweet Fine Dark Chocolate

Smooth, and the perfect barely sweet with a little bitterness.   Nice.

Chocolate bar up close

Thursday the Pure 2 Raw Twins Guest Posted about Vegan Gluten-Free One Pot Mac-n Cheese

Vegan Gluten-Free One Pot Mac-n Cheese
…so you can put the Velveeta down asap, and go fix yourself something much healthier and tastier!   

Vegan Gluten-Free One Pot Mac-n Cheese
There were some peeks at their sweeter mail-order goodies like Raw Chocolate Walnut Biscotti
Raw Chocolate Walnut BiscottiAnd Raw Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Coconut Frosting
Raw Chocolate Cupcakes with Creamy Coconut FrostingAnd I Received an Award
Beautiful Blogger Award
And Revealed Lots of Little Facts about Myself

And Nominated The Entire Blogosphere to Take the Award, too!  (and gave honorable mention to some friends I adore)


And Asked for your Help & Votes in the Raw Awards I was Nominated For.  Click Here to Vote for me on pages 6, 12, & 14!

Click Here to Vote for me in these 3 Categories (you don’t need to complete the whole ballot, you can just quickly fill in the bullet point next to my name if you’re so inclined in these 3 places).

And Showed You Some Breakfast Eats like Fresh Mango & Grapefruit

Diced Mango in cup
 Half of a grapefruit

Muesli Bread  with pears & mangos that I mentioned here

Slices of Muesli Bread with Pears
Fruit with Muesli Bread

Muesli Bread & Rolls Up Close.
Seeds, raisins, oats, flax seeds, nuts…good stuff!

Slices of Muesli Bread
Hand holding Muesli Roll

And Chocolate “Brownie” Overnight Protein Oats

Chocolate "Brownie" Overnight Protein Oats

Pop it in the freezer for fudgy decadence.  Not Kidding!  Sooooo good!!!!!!!!

Close up of Chocolate "Brownie" Overnight Protein Oats

And this little girl Loves it All 

 Close up of Vegan Stir Fry

 

Close up of salad with vegetables
Friday we went to an uncrowded beach at Sunset

 

Woman standing on beach at sunset
Close up of woman smiling on beach at sunset

And walked through a few hotels

Woman and child crouching smiling in front of water feature

And then raced home to play with Christmas Presents!

Young girl bending over smiling by water feature

Yoga Today is Pincha Mayurasana (Feathered Peacock Pose)

Woman doing Pincha Mayurasana yoga pose

I love this pose because when I find the Sweet Spot where I can balance effortlessly, and there’s no work involved, that’s the beauty of yoga: finding the perfect balance between strength and surrender.

Tip of the Day:  In life, many times we force ourselves to do things we’d rather not, but I think it’s important to reclaim our choices, our power, our autonomy, our free will so to speak, whenever possible. 

For instance, attending an event that is not our cup of tea, eating food that is not right for our constitution or dietary’s requirements, going to the dentist for a root canal, partaking in mindless smalltalk with an acquaintance are things that we do, but perhaps we need to find ways to both “do what need’s to be done” while still honoring and respecting our own needs. 

Sure, sometimes it’s necessary to “suck it up” and Just Do It; sometimes your health is at stake, and sure, being socially gracious is important, but many times I think it’s better to say, “Hey Wait A Minute, I Don’t Want to Do This, so I’m Not Going To!”

A Few Items I have worked on already using the “Hey Wait A Minute, I Don’t Want to Do This, so I’m Not Going To!”Mentality include: 
Saying No when I mean it and when Saying Yes would just be too stressful for me
Not comparing myself to others’ and what they have or I don’t have
Allowing myself the freedom to eat the diet that I know works for me and my food intolerances and let people’s comments or criticisms fall off me
Parenting and raising my child the way I see fit and not bending over backwards to accommodate what other’s think.  They had their chance with their kid, it’s my turn now!

Things I want to work on more:
Not forcing workouts if I am just not into them that day or week
Being on my computer less
Building more unstructured time into my days where I have time to just let things unfold organically & naturally

Not over-scheduling myself
Donating more time/resources to those who need help
Sleeping more than 5-6 hours a night 

As you set your New Year’s Intentions (not Resolutions, see This Post about Why), I hope you are able to be mindful of finding that Sweet Spot in life between strength and surrender, and not forcing yourself to do things, or not do things, that don’t suit you.  What do you think about this?  Is it easy for you to find balance in life?  Is finding the Sweet Spot something that comes naturally for you, or have you had to consciously work to achieve it?  Or is it a work in progress?  What do you intend to work on this year?  Or this lifetime?

Stay Tuned For an Amazing Guest Post from an Amazing Raw Woman…

 

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