Journaling For The Soul

 I have never been one to journal, until now.  It excites me a bit to think I can spill all of my silly and delusional thoughts onto paper instead of them blocking my awareness of life.

Journal writing is a powerful tool for therapy, an excellent method for self-examination and reflection especially for spiritual direction or development of self-esteem and better self-image.  Journal writing allows for sharper clearer memories and for a new sense of direction and purpose.

My reason for starting, is the spiritual growth.  To make myself more aware and present.  It goes towards an old idea that living the unexamined life may not be living at all.  It is far better to be aware and growing.

Happy journaling!

Bars, Yay or Nay?

I was talking to my girlfriend the other day, and she mentioned that she really needs to start getting her 3-year-old to eat better.  “He only wants to eat corn dogs”, she says to me.  I told her to start giving him a Power Crunch or Kind bar, for a snack, he will think it’s a sweet treat, but really it is quite good for him.  So this starts the controversy, are bars good for you or not?After a pretty thorough research, I have come up with Power Crunch bars and Kind bars, being two of the better ones out there.

 Power Crunch Bars

Power Crunch bars have 13 grams of protein.  It’s the best balanced bar.  It has way less fat and sugar than other bars.  It’s amazing how much fat they pack into protein bars.  Some have more than 10 grams of saturated fat in one bar, and upwards of 25 grams of sugar.  Power Crunch taste great (wafer cookie-like with peanut butter and chocolate), and only have 5 grams of sugar in each bar.  Also low in carbohydrates.  One bar has 195 calories, which is great!

Our favorite Power Crunch bar is Peanut Butter Fudge


Kind Bars

This is the one bar I can actually pronounce every single ingredient.  The Kind bar has 150 calories, and they have a good source of fiber and protein.  They have no refined sugar, they are gluten-free, wheat free, non-Gmo, and free of sulphur dioxide (poisonous gas often found in food).

Our favorite Kind bar is Almond & Coconut
Bars can be found at Trader Joe’s.

 

Plantify Your Home

 My husband and I decided to detoxify our home.  After reading nonstop, about all of the possible dangerous chemicals in our home, we decided to go buy plants for starters.  If you can believe it, indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air.  Between cleaning products, aerosols, air fresheners, paints, carpet and disinfectants, they all cause harm.  Children and adults spend 90% of their time indoors, which means improving indoor quality should be top priority.  A great way to combat this problem is to cleanse your air with indoor plants.  All plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen and some actually remove chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde from the air. The following is a list of plants that are known to function as efficient air detoxifiers and remove toxins from the air, as well as producing essential oxygen.  By the way all of these plants are low maintenance and high-efficiency.


Peace Lily

Chinese Evergreen

Snake Plant

Daisies

Spider Plant

Dracaena

Ficus

 Philodendrons

Aloe Vera

 English Ivy

 Boston Fern


If you live in Santa Barbara we recommend:

7 Day Nursery:

3301 State Street

805-687-8036

We bought Dracaena, Boston Fern and Snake Plants.