Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NEED SOME YOGA IN YOUR LIFE?


We're so excited to announce the launch of TreeflowerYoga.com!
It's still a work in progress (but isn't everything?) but now we have a place fully dedicated to embracing yoga.  You're welcome to drop by and/or drop in for a class any time.  No experience necessary AND we provide all the props so you can show up in your comfies and enjoy!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

UPCYCLE YOUR LEFTOVERS | WHITE RICE STIR FRY


UPCYCLE YOUR LEFTOVERS | Wondering what to do with that pint of white rice that comes with your Chinese Food?  How about making a tasty stir-fried meal out of it?  If your family is like our family, your heart sinks when you miss the lunch special cutoff time and end up having to order fried rice separately to compliment your delicious dish. This usually means leaving that pint of free white rice to the side until you can dump it into your leftover sauce and *maybe* eat it later if nothing better is in your fridge. No more! We have come up with a better solution!

Easy Recipe: Coat a frying pan in Veggie Oil and turn your stovetop burner to low heat. Dump 1 bag of frozen mixed veggies (california blend is my favorite: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) into the oil and stir until veggies are coated, then cover (we use a glass lid) and stir occasionally until defrosted and beginning to cook. Turn off the heat when veggies become soft and place half your veggies into a #kitchenninja or food processor of your choice. Chop for maybe 2-4 seconds or until you have fairly tiny veggie chunks. Repeat with the second half, including any sauce and veggie leftovers from your meal (we include the mushrooms, peas, and celery that no one likes otherwise). Dump the pint of white rice into the frying pan and pour roughly half a jar of Kikkoman Stir Fry Sauce over it. Cook on low heat and stir until all rice is coated, then add the tiny veggies and continue to stir until mixed. You may want to level it all off, let one side cook, then flip it or you may prefer a continuous stir. Either way, cook to your perceived level of perfection.

Yield: 1 Quart

You can split this into two separate bowls (1pt each) and top each with a sunnyside up egg for maximum flavorful enjoyment.


What do you do with your leftover white rice? Tell us in the comments!

Friday, May 13, 2016

ESSENTIAL EXPLORATION | CITRUS ENERGY BLEND


ESSENTIAL EXPLORATION | Introducing: a citrus lover's dream of a diffuser recipe... 4 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil and 3 drops each of Lemon and Lime Essential Oils in 100mL of water. The intention was to introduce a zesty, uplifting aroma to motivate motion and productivity in the afternoon and this is indeed a happy scent combination!

What are you diffusing to keep energy up?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

TEA JOURNAL | RASPBERRY HERBAL ICED TEA


TEA JOURNAL | Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea from Harney & Sons.  This blend of Raspberry Leaves, Hibiscus, Rosehips, Apple, Orange & Lemon Peel, Red Poppies, Spearmint and Peppermint with some added raspberry flavoring offers the taste buds a similar experience of tangy tartness to drinking cranberry juice cocktail but without the harshness of cranberry compliments of the sweetening elements which round out the flavor.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

UPCYCLE YOUR LEFTOVERS | BURRITO TO LASAGNA


UPCYCLE YOUR LEFTOVERS | Meeting up with friends in Park Slope, Brooklyn means grabbing Pink Lemonade Frozen Margaritas and enormous burritos from Rachel's Taqueria.  A favorite of ours is the Red Hook Special Burrito which is a meal enough for two filled with mesquite grilled skirt steak, black beans, and homestyle pico and then topped with chile verde pork and tons of melted cheese.  I have taken to ordering my own, eating roughly half and taking home my trophy of leftovers.  Leftovers mean an easy lunch OR an upcycled dinner.  I present to you: Mexitalian Lasagna.

Half a burrito turned into taco filling within seconds of turning on my kitchen ninja food processor and with the addition of sharp cheddar cheese and a bit of plain tomato sauce I had my lasagna stuffing. 4 lasagna noodles broken in half and cooked served as the perfect framework for a tri-layered half lasagna and we topped it all off with sharp cheddar to bake for 18 minutes on 425F. We then stacked each of our plates three pieces high and had an incredible upcycled dinner for two!

How do you upcycle your leftovers?

Friday, February 19, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

YOGA BLOG | AHIMSA OFF THE MAT


YOGA OFF THE MAT | PRACTICING AHIMSA: The theme of Yoga Off the Mat this month is AHIMSA.  Ahimsa is the first yama (moral, ethical, and societal guideline) of Patanjali's eight-fold path of yoga. It is the practice of non-violence (non-harming) which includes physical, mental, and emotional harming not only toward others but also to ourselves.  I choose to use the word "harming" to replace the word "violence" in my definition to reinforce the idea that even small amounts of damage are still damage of some kind.  Overextending yourself and depriving yourself of sleep, for example, is not often considered "violence" but it is still harmful to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Ahimsa is the practice of compassion, kindness, and gentleness.  Sometimes it is easier to remember to be kind and gentle with others while we forget to offer ourselves that same gentle kindness.  Setting an intention such as "I will help others so long as it does no harm to my own health and well-being" is a good place to begin practicing compassion toward oneself and developing self-love.  It can become a mantra to anchor you into your practice.  Asking yourself, "Does this resonate with what my body needs?" or "Will this cause me unnecessary stress?" can also help guide your practice of ahimsa off the mat.

I have chosen this image as a reminder to myself and others to practice ahimsa and kindness to EVERYONE.  It can be challenging at times, but that's why it's called a practice.  What's your theme and what are you collecting to encourage you to practice your yoga of life every day?

Monday, February 1, 2016

INVITE IN WONDER AND AWE:

If ever you feel like wonder and awe are lacking in your life, invite them back in.  You can do so simply by marveling at the beauty of nature and the extraordinary design of animals.  I offer you this video of a magnificent white peahen to begin your inspiration.  It makes me gasp in awe every single time I play it.  I also love the caption about "Spreading Your Wings" which is another phenomenal way to invite wonder and awe back into your life.

Peahen in 2016
2016 is about spreading your wings. #yolo
Posted by Joyus on Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thursday, January 28, 2016

ESSENTIAL EXPLORATION: DOWN COMFORTER


ESSENTIAL EXPLORATION | This exploration into essential oil blending is called "Down Comforter."  I combined 3 drops of lemon essential oil with 2 drops of lavender in my InnoGear Diffuser to create a gentle good morning blend of zesty lemon softened and feathered by lavender into an aromatic exhale and up-curled lip smile that feels much like hugging a big, fluffy, creamy pastel yellow down comforter as the sunlight begins to shine through your window on your first day of vacation.  The beauty of aromatherapy with this diffuser is that I can adjust the color of its glow to match the mood exactly.

If you would like to try this out for yourself, you can place an order for essential oils through our page for Essential Exploration and begin your own essential oil journey.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ESSENTIAL EXPLORATION | AND SO IT BEGINS


AND SO IT BEGINS |  My starter kit arrived in the mail today.
I wanted one that would serve me best and I found that in the "Family Physician Kit" which is full of the company's most popular products (regarded as the "feel better" essentials).  It's a pretty thorough exploratory kit: Deep Blue (blend), On Guard (blend), Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Breathe (blend), Digestzen (blend), Melaleuca, Frankincense, and Oregano plus oil-filled beadlets of Peppermint and On Guard. It even came with the cap stickers to label them.  Very beautiful kit and a great way to kickstart an exploration into essential oils.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ESSENTIAL EXPLORATION


THE ESSENTIAL EXPLORATION:
a journey into essential oils.

I invite you to begin your own exploration into the wondrous world of essential oils. Try something new, discover the scents you love and will serve you best on your life's journey, and use these oils as an opportunity to enhance and compliment your daily experience.  The Essential Exploration is my personal journey of integrating essential oils into my world.  Welcome to my path.  I'll share it with you a while as it is nice to have company on any new adventure.  Let's see were this leads.

If you or someone you love would like to begin your own Essential Exploration please visit OUR PAGE to purchase the essential oils, blends, and products that would serve you best.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

TREEFLOWER YOGA: AN INVITATION



AN INVITATION
Treeflower Yoga is a compassionate yoga practice in the Kripalu tradition.

Our sangha (community) gathers every Monday night to breathe, feel, stretch, and explore the shapes the body can make through a mindful flow linking breath, movement, and mind with focus on alignment and self-observation.  There is no difficulty level for Treeflower Yoga.  Students are encouraged to be present, turn their focus inward, and cultivate a practice that best serves their individual needs.  Modifications are offered and props are readily available to aid in creating ease and stability in practice.  All are welcome.  No experience necessary.  Our motto is: "Yoga for all, we all are one."

Will you join us?
Visit TREEFLOWERYOGA.COM for details.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

NEED ESSENTIAL OILS?

So many new things in the works, one of which is an opportunity to BUY doTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS!  You can drop by and browse my Wellness Advocate Website any time and place an order!