Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I wish you a blessed day, a happy day, a time to just be with your loved ones.  I hope you can take time to reflect upon Chritmas’ past, and create new memories going forward as you cherish special times with your families and friends on Christmas Day today!

We’ve had a great day!  And it’s only just past 10am!  Santa made his way all the way to Aruba, can you believe it??!!  And what did he bring?  Other than the $150 airline fee for an international overweight baggage fee…but hey, some things are just non-negotiable like gifts for good little girls!

Stack of wrapped Christmas presents

Well, he brought a Bear

White Teddy Bear sitting in chair

 And some Markers, Crayons, and Art Project Supplies

Young girl unwrapping presents


Young girl wearing pink unwrapping presents

And Dr. Seuss books

Young girl holding up one unwrapped present

And Dress Up Clothes For the American Girl Bitty Baby that she already opened

Young girl in pink standing in front of window unwrapping presents

And Princess-Themed markers and a coloring book

Young girl holding up princess themed coloring book

Skylar absolutely relished every single second of Christmas Morning!  She will be 3 years on February 2nd, so such a magical little age for Santa and the Magic of Christmas.

Up close of young girls face smiling

One of the best things about becoming a mother is reliving my own childhood, but through my child’s eyes.  I am both a little girl as I recall the Christmas mornings when Santa brought me Barbie Dream Cars and Esprit sweaters…

Woman and young girl sitting together unwrapping presents

...and I am this little girl’s mother.  

Young girl standing playing with a toy

 A girl at heart, able to feel the wonder of the season, and mother to a little girl who feels the magic of Santa. 

Woman smiling watching young girl unwrapping presents

That’s the beauty of parenthood and I was once that girl who said, “I’m never having kids.”  Now, I am that woman who says, “Oh My God, Thank You for this Gift.  This child, this journey, this blessing, Thank You.”

Woman and child hugging
Woman and child hugging

And to me, that’s what Christmas is all about.

Woman and young girl hugging and smiling
Young girl and woman waving

Thanks for everyone who chimed in on yesterday’s post about the Beautiful Blogger Award I was given.

Beautfiful Blog Award Badge

I hope you enjoyed the little factoids I gave you.   Thanks for sharing things about yourself in the commentsThat’s the best, I loved them all!

Glad you also enjoyed breakfast plates: fruit, chocolate brownie protein oats, and awesome local bread.

Sliced mangons in container
Toasted bread with sliced fruit on plate


Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats in container
Hand holding a package of local grain bread

And thanks to those of you who mentioned that you voted for me in the Raw Awards.  Muah!!!!!!!!!!!
 As I mentioned in this post, I was nominated for 3 Raw Awards!!!!!

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Sorry about the shameless plugs.  Really, I am!  

So let’s move onto a little grub…
Friday I made a Stir Fry with this Mix I picked up.  Bami Mix.  And it was about just over 2 bucks in American dollars.  What a deal.

Bami Mix in package

Bami?  What’s in it?  It was a mix of cabbage, carrots, red, yellow, and green peppers, and white onions.  That I threw in a sautee pan and let wilt for a few minutes.

Bami mix in saute pan

Then I added some Italian Salad dressing.  About 1/4 c worth.   

Bottle of Wishbone House Italian Salad Dressing


Bimi Mix with Dressing

And a dash of cumin and a dash of the trusty Ginger I brought from home

Hand holding ground cumin and ginger containers

A dash to me is about 1/2 Tsp each.  Your mileage may vary.

Bimi Mix topped with cumin and ginger

Stir and simmer for a couple more mintues and add some nuked rice.  You could of course make rice and add it. I chose not to, I’m on vacay and the fact I am cooking at all is about all I can handle.

Uncle Bens Ready Rice Whole Grain Brown in package
Rice added to bimi mix

Lookin’ Good

Stirred up Bimi Mix

Time to plate it up

Vegan Stir Fry plated on white plate
Close up of Vegan Stir Fry on plate

Check out the yellow & red peppers, the wilted cabbage, and the carrots.  Perfect.

Close up of vegetables in Vegan Stir Fry

And no meal would be complete without a kale saladKale, sugar snap peas, brock, cauli, & cukes.

Kale Salad with mixed vegetables

…dressed with and a Fresh Batch of Slaw Dressing

Batch of Homemade Slaw Dressing in container
Close up of Slaw Dressing in container

...which completed my feast.

Kale Salad with Vegetables and Slaw Dressing


Vegan Stir Fry plated

This was a great vegan dinner!  It took less than 15 minutes to make.  It was flavorful, healthy, simple and good.  A crowd family-pleaser!

Yoga Today is Giving Gratitude, Breathing, Slowing Down, being with your family, friends, and loved ones!

Woman and young girl hugging

Tip of the Day:

Did Santa or your loved ones, relatives, or friends bring you any gifts this holiday season?  Did you like what you received?  What do you do when you’re opening a gift in front of someone and you’re not super fond of what they gave you?  A too big track jacket in split pea soup green or the notorious Ugly Christmas Sweater?  Do you smile, be gracious, and just know that you’re either going to try to return it or just re-gift it?  Or donate it to someone who could use it? 

Speaking of re-gifting….do you?  What have you re-gifted?  I’ve re-gifted baby & children’s clothes.  There was a time when Skylar received so many little tiny baby clothes and there was no way she was ever going to wear the same thing twice, so rather than cutting the tags off, I saved the extra outfits in a drawer and when I go to baby showers, if I know the woman is having a girl, I happen to have a stash of little girls’ baby clothes!  Now watch, no one will invite me to their baby shower for fear of a re-gifted outfit (but they weren’t worn, I promise)! Tell me about gifts your received or gave, regifting, to regift or not to regift?

Stay Tuned For The Give Away Winner…

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