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Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Fear and Balance Walk Into A Bar...

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After coming back from a relaxing trip, I was convinced that after a peaceful and soul-renewing few days, that I would be more patient with daily annoyances of rushing around to make sure I get everything on my list done, bad traffic, rude drivers, and unconscious minded people. The glitch with taking a break from daily life is that when you come back, and it’s still the same stuff, just a different day. It’s how I deal with the annoyances that make a difference, but it’s hard to handle in a calm manner when I’m overwhelmed. To add to it, the revolving door of playbacks that varies from guilt, to feeling shame for not achieving goals as quick as planned, to anxiety of not having enough activities planned for my two kids who are not in summer camp. It’s all so overwhelming that I freaked out!
There's so much to cope with and work on each day that it’s definitely challenging to develop new habits and exercises that can help me speak my mind without lashing out, not feeling guilty abo…

Chocolate Fudge Pops

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Create this delicious chocolate treat from Daphne Oz's new book, Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun!
Makes 6 frozen pops Ingredients 1 (13 oz) can original or “lite” coconut milk, shaken 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tbsp raw honey 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/4 tsp salt
Directions Blend all the ingredients until smooth and pour the mixture into ice pop molds. Insert the base and freeze for at least 2 hours, or until set. Loosen by running the molds under warm water. Enjoy!
For more healthy recipes visit www.doctoroz.com

Yosemite...I think I love you!

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On our way up the many valleys and ridges of Yosemite National Park, it was hard to take in all the beauty of its mesmerizing grounds. Mountains with patches of snow decorating their tips, birds chirping, sounds of water running through small rivers, waterfalls, and streams. I found myself in deep meditation! For once, my mind was in a quiet and heavenly place. I was in awe of the sights and sounds of such a beautiful and massive park. There were lakes after lakes, valleys full of amazing trees blanketed by green moss, the tree branches united by other plants and brush surrounding them. Once in a while a thought would breeze through my mind but quickly dissipated without any reaction or justification. Soon, a thought was just a thought, without any strings pulling at my emotions. There were beautiful streams surrounded by wild flowers, grassy areas, and small trees surrounding the bodies of water. Then at a quick turn on the road there were wooded areas full of amazing foliage. Follo…

Blueberry Buckle

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Bestie Note: This is a favorite at my house. A great recipe for summer picnics.
Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown Total Time: 1 hr 10 min Prep: 25 min Inactive: 10 min Cook: 35 min Yield: 1 (9-inch) cake Level: Easy Ingredients For the cake: Nonstick cooking spray 9 ounces cake flour, approximately 2 cups 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 2 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature 5 1/4 ounces sugar, approximately 3/4 cup 1 large egg 1/2 cup whole milk 15 ounces fresh whole blueberries, approximately 3 cups
For the topping: 3 1/2 ounces sugar, approximately 1/2 cup 1 1/2 ounces cake flour, approximately 1/3 cup 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg 2 ounces unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
Directions For the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 by 9-inch glass baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and ground ginger. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment,…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Downtime...

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I was texting with one of my closest friends, Delia…awkwardly teenage-like statement to make, but moving forward. Delia and I started our friendship on my freshman year of High School. When I wasn’t at her house, we would be on the phone, then pagers came around and we saved up all of our money to get one. We would send each other cryptic number messages to arrange meeting places and times. And now, we text each other about our kids, life, and sometimes, funny messages that make us reminisce of how easy and fun life was back in the day. Technology kept us tightly connected, and as much as I love technology, that’s now become part of my mounting and overwhelming daily chore to tackle. It’s easy to send a text and not pick up the phone, but as adults, I feel that sometimes (not all the time) we revert to our teenage years where we take every chance we get, to look at our phones and text our friends with mundane details about our day, and some important stuff in between, but let’s be ho…

Bloat-Busting Banana Smoothie

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Filled with probiotics, protein and fiber, this smoothie will help balance your belly bloat.
Ingredients 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/2 banana 2 pitted dates 1/4 cup almond milk
Directions
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
BestieNote: Summer brings on the most tummy bloating times for me. I don't know if it's the heat or the over eating of yummy foods during BBQ's, but it's no fun. Try this smoothie and you'll be happy you did!
For more wellness tips go to www.doctoroz.com

Cucumber-Watermelon Salad

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Total Time: 15 min Prep: 15 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients: 1/2 small red onion 4 cups watermelon 1 English cucumber handful of mint 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 lemon salt and pepper to taste Goat cheese
Directions Soak 1/2 thinly sliced red onion in cold water. Pat dry 4 cups diced watermelon and 1 sliced cucumber; toss with a handful of thinly sliced mint. Drain the onion, squeeze dry and add to the salad. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and the juice of 1/2 lemon; season with salt and toss. Top with crumbled goat cheese.


Working Out And Meditation...Who Needs it?

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After I turned 39, I decided to self-impose a new exercise and meditation routine in order to be in good physical and mental health when I turn 40.  It’s been the hardest challenge of my life! I have never worked out 5 days a week, or meditated for more than 2 minutes a month! Every single day of my workout and meditation is torturous, I try to find ways to get out of working out, and I dread the moment I have to sit down to meditate.
There’s no doubt that my body is looking more toned than before, I didn’t realize how out-of-shape I was in! As for meditation, my mind races with more thoughts than usual and I end up frustrated and overwhelmed. But I’ve stuck it out and after 3 months of an average of 4 days of workouts and meditation, I realize how much work it takes to be in shape!
While meditating, instead of trying to quiet my mind, I spend more time analyzing situations from the past, I also make lists of everything I have yet to achieve, and beat myself up for not being able to …

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Winning isn’t everything?

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My son’s baseball team won the city championship and moved on to the tri-city tournament. We have been the underdogs this entire season, so you can imagine how exciting it was to win the city championship and make it to the tournament. It’s been a great rollercoaster of emotions with some disappointment thrown into the mix. The boys played the 2nd to the last round last night against a team that taught us all many lessons.In the 7th inning our boys struck out their 3rd player, winning the game 14-11!!We were all thrilled and so proud of our boys.They have really worked hard this season.
Our coaches have helped the team improve on their baseball skills, but have taught them so much more, including the biggest lesson of the season, a lesson in integrity and self-control.We couldn’t ask for better coaches, and they were pushed to the limit while dealing with the opposing teams coach last night. The coach from the other team was the nastiest coach I have ever seen in the kids’ league. This…

Step Right Up, Spin The Wheel Of Pain...

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As my kids get older, I find myself looking for ways to better communicate with them. However, they seem to speak a different language, especially my daughter. I always try to treat both of my kids fairly and do my best to make sure they equally feel loved. Ha! That’s only made things worse. Both kids keep track of how much I’ve done for the other child and constantly remind me of it. They complain about different things but it’s never the real reason why they’re mad. I get frustrated and would love to shake some sense into them so they can spit out the real reasons why they’re being cranky, mean to each other, and forever complaining about how I don’t do right by them.
I remember when my kids were babies, and I loved hearing them call me “mom,” but now it’s screechy and whinny voices saying “mommmm,” I can scream just hearing that from across the house! A summer without sending them to camp or many organized activities does accelerate the whining and complaining, sending me on a cring…

Father's Day Pineapple-Orange Mimosas

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Recipe courtesy of The Neelys for Food Network Magazine
Total Time: 10 min Prep: 10 min Yield: 4 drinks Level: Easy
Directions Divide a bottle of champagne among 4 glasses. Stir together 1/4 cup pineapple juice and 1/4 cup orange juice; pour over the champagne. Top each mimosa with 1/2 tablespoon orange liqueur. Garnish with orange and pineapple wedges. For more recipes visit www.foodnetwork.com

Life If Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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A well-adjusted person…

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At my last therapy session, my therapist handed me a piece of paper with the definition of a well-adjusted person. I had been painfully upset, because every time I feel a breakthrough moment something else will happen to hinder that process, so then I feel like I’m being broken open, again and again. Here’s the definition: “Most psychologists agree that the well-adjusted person has learned to balance conformity and nonconformity, self-control and spontaneity, to adapt flexibility as situations change. They let themselves go at times, but can control themselves in situations where acting on impulse would run counter to their interest or better judgment. They can change themselves at society’s urging, but they work to change society when this strikes them as a better course. Such people know both their strengths and admit to their weaknesses, and this realistic assessment underlies an approach to life that is in harmony with their inner selves. They do not feel they must act against the…

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5 Natural Hair Mask Treatments

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Restructuring Mask If strands feel brittle with split ends, try a strengthening treatment infused with banana, jojoba oil and honey to repair and hydrate. “Banana is a natural remedy for dry, frizzy hair,” says Samira Asemanfar, founder of Santa Monica’s new deep conditioning hair bar, The Broot. 
She recommends blending half of a banana with two ounces of water, then adding a quarter cup of mayonnaise, a tablespoon each of coconut, olive and jojoba oils and two tablespoons of honey. “The mask should be smooth with no large chunks of fruit,” Asemanfar says. “Strain the mixture in a strainer if necessary before applying it from roots to ends.” Store bought product option: The Body Shop Banana Shampoo
Strengthening Mask For overworked and processed hair, protein-rich egg is nature’s miracle. “It smoothes damaged cuticles to restore strength and shine,” Asemanfar says. Whisk together one egg, a tablespoon each of coconut oil, olive oil and honey, and two ounces of water. Add one half of a mas…

The "Happy" Class Professor and Author

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Shawn Achor, author of Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, is Harvard-trained researcher dedicated to uncovering the secrets of happiness. I watched an interview with Shawn a few days back and was skeptical about his happiness research, but also jaded by the “happiness is achievable at any time” talk, because after 14 years of consistent therapy, I haven’t been able to find and keep happiness for long periods of time. I started to be more open to what Shawn was saying when I heard him talk about when people have a strong sense of community, they feel happier. He mentioned that it’s not as complicated to feel a sense of community as we think, we don’t have to become best friends with everyone around town, just take a minute to smile and say hello to people as you go about your day, and that creates a connection.
I kept listening intently but skeptically to what Shawn had to say.  He talked about study after stu…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Sangria Popsicles

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INGREDIENTS 24 pop sticks
RED SANGRIA: 3/4 cup spanish red wine 1 cup orange juice 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
WHITE SANGRIA: 1/4 cup white wine 1 cup white grape juice 1/4 cup peach nectar
POPS: 24 small 3-oz cups 1 orange, thinly sliced 1 lemon, thinly sliced 1 lime, thinly sliced 2 kiwis, peeled and thinly sliced 1/2 cup raspberries 1/2 cup blackberries 1/2 cup strawberries, stems removed and thinly sliced
DIRECTIONS For the sangria: In one pitcher, combine red sangria ingredients; stir and set aside. In another pitcher, combine white sangria ingredients; stir and set aside.
For the pops: Arrange cups on a baking sheet and place a few pieces of different fruits in each one. Fill 12 of the cups with the red wine mixture and 12 with the white wine mixture. Cover all cups with a sheet of plastic wrap. Poke a pop stick through plastic wrap into each cup.
Freeze cups at least 4 hours. Remove from freezer, peel cups and plastic wrap off pops, and serve.

Miraculous Law of Attraction

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While listening to Deepak Chopra’s Day-10 Meditation Experience chopracentermeditation.com, I heard one of the most beautiful mediation sessions I’ve ever heard in my life…the mediation message is about miraculous attraction.I’ve read the book about Law of Attraction, and have watched the video many times, but Deepak just put it in such a beautiful way that shed a new light to the concept of attracting relationships with qualities closest to your heart. Deepak’s beautiful message opened up my heart again into this concept that I discarded long ago.He says in his mediation, with your heart open, see yourself experiencing deeply satisfying relationships in all areas of your life. Witness the qualities closest to your heart pouring into each of these connections, gently becoming woven into many exquisite fibers that together create harmony and union.You see that each thread, each quality, is a unique and vibrant part of the whole, freely joining together to experience the dynamic sensati…

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