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Attitude of Gratitude

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Dr. Gladys

Life Lesson 5,975,253: Have an Attitude of Gratitude
Today was remarkable! It all started out in a usual rush for a jam packed many hour long day in the life of Janessa. Woke up at 6 so I could go to a cleaning job before class, then attend the most amazing lecture given by the mother of all mothers Dr. Gladys McGarey, then go to a babysitting job until who knows when. As I was making coffee something went “wrong” and I saw myself going into the negative spiraling pattern of oh no I’m tired, it’s gonna be a long day, and all that can go wrong will go wrong! Right then is when I stopped and asked my angels, guides, ascended masters, archangels, and beings of white light to help me find gratitude today. The very next moment I was thinking “I’m so thankful for this coffee, my house, health, love of all those who got my back, etc” from there it spread to my drive, to my jobs, class, and most of all the lecture. Dr. Gladys shared soooooo much amazingly astonishing stories and wisdom all of which were rooted in love, life, and gratitude. Dr. Gladys is my new hero she is a 93 yr old magical soul who has been changing medicine worldwide for 67 years. She is still board certified and practicing Holistic and Integrated Medicine among her many other innumerable accomplishments! My world is forever changed and I am forever grateful!


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Amber Teething Necklaces

While babysitting over the past year in Austin, TX,  I have seen many youngsters wearing gorgeous amber necklaces. After seeing a few with them, I asked some of the parents more about them. They informed me that they are Amber Teething Necklaces and have helped their babies tremendously. I had never heard of them before so I decided to do some research. Please feel free to comment on this post with your feelings, experiences, or other helpful teething tips!
One of the online sellers, Bouncy Baby Boutique, explains their Baltic Amber Necklaces have a substance called succinic acid which is, “… a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and a central nervous system calmer. It is so effective on babies and small children because it simultaneously eases their pain while also having a strong soothing effect on their nervous system – all with zero side effects!”
Children are able to wear the necklaces around their neck, wrist, or ankle. The beads should touch the skin in order to be effective, but are NOT CHEWED ON. The amber necklaces are not recommended for children under the age of 3.  Another online retailer Amber Artisans, shares it’s list of  specific characteristics to look out for when buying:

1- The merchant guarantees that their amber is 100% genuine Baltic Amber. This can usually be found within the product description or the subpages of their website.

2- Be certain that the teething necklace is made with a safe clasp, one that is made of plastic and twists to open and close.

3- There can be no sharp edges whatsoever.

4- Genuine Baltic amber necklaces for teething are always designed with special string that is knotted between each bead so that if the necklace should be broken, the beads will not scatter. If this should occur, credible merchants should offer to restring the necklace for you at no charge. If they are unable to do so, then client service is not their priority and buying from them should not be yours.

5- Amber teething necklaces must be constructed of only the highest quality natural Baltic Amber which is what provides relief from your child’s teething pain. If the price is cheap, that should be a red flag. Amber is becoming more and more rare so online sellers will offer an “inexpensive” version such as copal which cannot produce the right results.

Of course you’re going to have those who don’t believe in the healing properties of stones and recommended other remedies. One such remedy is making chamomile tea using 2 teabags in one cup of water then adding 1/4 cup apple or grape juice to freeze in ice cube trays. Next wrap a few  ice cubes in a handkerchief, tie a big knot around them, and let the babies gnaw or suck on them. Another is  letting the baby chew on a wet washcloth placed in the freezer for 30 minutes (wash after each use). You could also rub the baby’s gums with a cool spoon. Try to avoid rubber or plastic teething rings because these synthetics can have potential hazardous impacts.

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Beet and Apple Salad

One day after cutting up a beet for some juice, we realized our juicer had broke! Not wanting to waste our beets we looked up recipes and found this AMAZING one!

Toss 2 thinly sliced apples, 4 thinly sliced celery stalks (with leaves) and 1 minced shallot in a bowl with the juice of 1 lemon. Peel 1 beet, then slice into matchsticks and add to the bowl. Toss in 1 teaspoon sugar, 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, 3 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper. Let stand 10 minutes, then serve on a bed of sliced endive.



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Coconut Portobello Stir-Fry

Coconut Portobello Stir-Fry
Indulge yourself with this exotic Coconut Stir-Fry recipe. Although its name suggests that it’s a nut, coconut is actually a seed! Tropical coconut is rich in many B vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Even though coconut contains some saturated fat, unlike animal products, its fatty acids do not raise cholesterol or contribute to heart disease.
When I made this I used the dried mango and added more of the seasonings.

1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1- 2 Tbs. water
1 large carrot, chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
5 oz. portobello mushrooms, thickly sliced
1 cup shredded coconut (fresh or dried)
1 oz. dried diced apple, mango, or papaya
1 Tbs. soy sauce
3 dashes tabasco sauce
salt and pepper (to taste) 
1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  1. Heat olive oil and water in a large, deep skillet for 1 minute.
  2. Add vegetables and sauté over high heat until softened (about 7-10 minutes), stirring frequently; add more water if needed to keep mixture from drying out.
  3. Turn heat down slightly and add coconut, fruit, soy sauce, and tabasco sauce; stir well and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Transfer to a serving dish, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over brown rice.


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Vegan Enchiladas with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce

A friend invited me over for dinner and this is what she made. It is one of my new FAVORITE recipes and I hope you fulljoy. Feel free to sub out any ingredients that you don’t have or like.

Yield: 4 Enchiladas


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped (~2 cups)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup sweet potato, chopped (or zucchini)
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 handfuls spinach, chopped
  • 1 can black beans (~2 cups), drained and rinsed
  • Enchilada sauce or Pasta sauce (about 2.5 cups)* see note
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh lime juice, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder, or to taste
  • 4 whole grain tortilla wraps (I used Food for Life Ezekiel)
  • Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce, to pour on top (recipe below)
  • Green onion & chopped cilantro, to garnish

Note: Depending on what kind of sauce you use, you will have to adjust the seasonings to taste. I used a pasta sauce so I likely needed more seasonings to achieve the taste I desired. Continue reading