Get Vitamin D for Happiness and Productivity

The Low-Down on Vitamin D for Happiness and Productivity As a Mental Health Counselor living in the Pacific Northwest (with long cloud-covered winters), I often help people overcome depressed mood and feeling stuck in inaction.  Vitamin D is an often overlooked contributor to unhappiness and a lack of productivity. After several days of clouds, rain, […]

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Mindfulness of Rain

The rain is coming down today. I used to hate the rain when I was a kid, uncomfortable getting wet and having to stay inside for recess. These days, I quite enjoy the rain, albeit I still prefer to be inside a comfortably warm house. I was slightly nervous about moving to the Seattle area […]

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Where are the words….

  The words were there.   Last week when I was in the shower, the warm water washing away all that is not important so clarity could solidify into an idea, a concept, words to share. That feeling of excitement that bubbles up in me at the thought of bringing something into the tangible….creating something […]

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Mindfulness of Tree

I recently read an article about research evidence demonstrating that practicing mindfulness in nature decreases stress and cancer. I believe it. With this in mind, I was taking a stroll down my pebble road, past our enormous tree in the front yard. My daughter was strapped to me in the Ergo carrier and she drifted […]

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Angry Granola and DIY Almond Milk

I get angry at buying pre-packaged foods; with its excess plastic packaging and unnecessarily added unhealthy ingredients, production in food science laboratories and shipment from around the world. I also get angry at paying $3.99 for a small package of granola or a half gallon of almond milk at Target. Especially if a recent article […]

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Do Daddying Differently: Living Out of Control, In Alignment with Values, with Joyful Non-Judging Presence

Dudes, we are out of control! As much as we’d like to be, we are not in control. The grass, with its own innate and miraculous wisdom, knows how to grow on its own without us willing it to do so. If we could, we might tell it to stop growing at a certain height […]

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Homemade Sunscreen with No Long Words

Look at a sunscreen bottle and you will see many long words in the ingredient list. Look at most product labels and you will see a long list of ingredients that ARE NOT NECESSARY for creating that product. I’m tired of crap being added products. I like things simple and healthy. So here’s a really […]

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Simple Series Explained with DIY Coffee Roasting

The Simple Series IS a collection of instructions for doing things in a straight-forward uncomplicated, efficient manner. Many times I have found that I avoid and procrastinate on things that I want to do because I have some preconceived idea that it is complicated or takes a professional to do. I now believe that things […]

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