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Monday
Nov282011

hiking sleeping bear sand dunes ~ northern michigan

Came across this video I never uploaded last year!! So goofy, but I thought I'd share. :)

Thursday
Aug252011

camping in malibu, california! 

Tuesday
Jun282011

interesting twist on quitting! i like it! 

Employ the power of positive quitting. Most of us view quitting as something negative, but it’s not. Winners never quit, we’re told, when, in reality, winners quit all the time: choosing to stop doing things that aren’t creating the results they desire. When you quit all the things that aren’t working for you, when you quit tolerating all the negative things that hold you back, you’ll create a positive charge in your life as well as create the space in your life for more positive experiences.
~ James Allen

Monday
Jun272011

tips for staying fit on the road!

 

 Yoga Mat: Great for those impromptu moments when you want to stand on your head and watch the sunset. No really, possibilities are endless. And I did in fact stand on my head while the sun was setting in the Badlands! This has been one of my most beloved travel companions. While you might not want to carry a full size mat like I do, they make great travel options. Click Here! or Here!

 

 

 Yoga Belt: Great for stretching and rolls up to practically nothing! Super easy to pack!

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 lb Hand Weights: Yes, you read that correctly, I travel with 8 lb weights. I'm quite certain my fellow campers think I'm a little off when I start doing lateral raises and overhead presses right outside my teardrop. Funny thing about that: I don't care what anyone else thinks! :) 

 

 

 

Resistance Band Weight Training: I love my weights but this helps with legs not just arms. For those of you that don't feel like lugging around weights, this is the perfect option! So many workout possibilities. Click Here for a list! 

 

 

 

 

Push Ups: I can always count on this classic standby to keep my arms in shape. I just do about 20 everyday. Nothing major but it's enough! Little bit everyday makes a difference! When I'm at a campground, I usually place my hands on the picnic table bench and do them on an angle. Not sure why, I just do. 

Monday
Jun272011

darrell gwynn foundation: success stories!

Click below to read two recent DGF "success stories"! My beloved Jonathan and Jermaine! Thanks so much for heeding our call Darrell!! 

DARRELL GWYNN SUCCESS STORIES! CLICK HERE!

Also, quick update! Jermaine finally moved out into his very own apartment!! After 4 long, neglected years he's finally out of that horrible nursing home! So many exciting, life-changing things happening for the boys. Also, through the college fund I have set up for them, I'll be getting Jermaine and Jonathan both private tutors to help with their studies. Jermaine needs to hone is college skills while Jonathan is working toward his GED! Gotta love the motivation! I'm trying to help Blake find a handicap accessible apartment - not easy. As soon as he finds one, he'll be out too! 

Here's another JERMAINISM! (this kid cracks me up!)

If you want to fly with the eagles, don't hang with turkeys. 


Saturday
Jun252011

baked kale chips!

BAKED KALE CHIPS! 

I'm staying with a close friend in her beautiful home in the Hollywood Hills (yes, my camper in the driveway is an oxymoron). Anyway, she's got a FABULOUS garden and lots of kale. I've eaten Kudu in South Africa but I've never had kale before. Yes, I know I've been living under an (american) rock. This is the year of firsts. Anyway, I figured I'd give the much talked about kale "chips" a try.

Conclusion: they're good, but I'm not going to dream about it like I do bacon. I can see how they're "low calorie", because let's face it, you're eating leaves, so they better be low calorie. I think if you already like kale you'll love them. I don't think I like kale. Still deciding. At least I don't think I like this kind of kale. Dunno.

BTW: I used garlic infused olive oil to zip them up a bit. I think it helped but not sure. 

UPDATE: Nope, I don't like Kale. I noshed them all, but had weird kale breath all night. I think my date could still smell the kale on my breath from across the table -- the next night! If he doesn't call, I blame the kale. lol Seriously, don't let this deter you. If you like kale you're going to love the chips!

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt. (I drizzled with garlic infused olive oil) :) 
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

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Friday
Jun242011

your time is limited...

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~ Steve Jobs

Friday
Jun242011

please VOTE! 

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Thursday
Jun232011

another on-the-road coffee idea!

 

I have a propensity to morph into Satan's sister without my coffee (joke, sort of). No really, I'm a very happy person but I need my coffee. 

Just got this tip from a follower. The REI ONE CUP COFFEE MAKER: Seems like a handy little coffee gadget, although it doesn't look big enough! At only $5.95 I'd say it's worth having around. 

Thanks, Robin!

Thursday
Jun232011

thanks for the memories, zion. it was great to finally meet you!

Zion is beautiful, but I'll need to go back to fully appreciate its full glory. I'd love to hike the Narrows, but I need a permit and full all-weather gear (most of the hike is waste deep water). I've learned to accept that I can't do EVERYTHING the first go around. It's not like this is the last time I'll travel! I'm taking notes... 

Zion is the "greenest" park I've visited so far. There's barely any parking within the park itself, so they force you to take a shuttle everywhere. While it's environmentally friendly, it drove me a bit crazy. If you want to hike the Emerald Pools, for example, you need to shuttle to your stop and then wait for the shuttle to take you back errrr. I like to be spontaneous and change my mind on a dime. I'm not the best "planner" (clearly), so it was a bit hard to adjust.    

Now I know for next time! :)

Once again, I woke lulu up for this photo! She's such a funny little bugger.

Btw: this pic is funny because I got about 10 miles outside the park when I realized I didn't take a pic near the sign! I had to go back! lol

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