Build Your Dreams

build your dreams

Ever have one of those days/weeks/months where everything goes wrong – one let down after another? Well, that’s how August has been for me. Phill and I signed a lease for a new apartment,  a cute little place for just the two of us. After inquiring about re-painting, the property manager informed us that the chipping paint in the apartment was most likely lead-based paint. He also informed us that he had no intent on fixing the lead paint situation any time soon. After several phone calls to the city code enforcement agency and the property manager, we were able to get our money back from the lease signing. No cute little apartment for just the two of us, a least not yet.

As if that wasn’t enough, I went into work the next day and was called into my boss’ office for an impromptu meeting. It seems the three “higher-ups” in the company had a secret meeting the previous day during which they decided to terminate my position, effective immediately. I worked for a small start-up marketing company that is operating on a small budget. I would not have been shocked if they hadn’t just created this new position for me some 3 weeks prior. Be that as it may, there I was, a 24 year old college graduate with piles of student debt, unemployed effective immediately. Continue reading →

Summertime Green Juice


green juice

I’ve never been a huge fan of juicing. I’ve always found juices to be too sweet and sugary. I would get stomach aches and candida overgrowth from drinking juice – store-bought juice, cold-pressed juice, even homemade juice. I was beginning to think that juice wasn’t for me, until I found myself overloaded with fresh produce from my farm share. As the two juicy cantaloupes from last week neared spoiling, I decided to juice them. The tastiest, most vibrant juice, but still too sweet. Normally I would mix a sweet juice with cucumber to water it down, but I didn’t have any on hand. I spotted a zucchini and thought, “What the heck?! It’s worth a shot!” Continue reading →

Living Consciously

living consciously

Photo Credit – Phill Landry

If you’ve ever met me, you know that I do a lot of things. My schedule is packed.  If you’ve met me, you’ve also heard me complain about my hectic schedule. This is me saying “I’m sorry.”  In some crazy, beautiful, perfectly “me” kind of way – I love this hectic life of mine, despite all the complaining and frequent tardiness. It is so me. It is fabulous and ambitious and completely, perfectly insane. Many would call my life chaotic. Heck, I call my life chaotic sometimes, but in reality my life is blissful.

It’s often challenging to see how blessed our lives our when we are constantly on the go.  This I know.  It’s honestly not a matter of having shitty, chaotic lives. It’s a matter of how we’re looking at, and analyzing, our lives. Half of my answer to this is – stop analyzing, complaining, and worrying and get out there and live your gorgeous life. Be so mother-freaking, fantastically alive. The other half of my answer to this is another call to action, but a much more cautious and challenging one.  My answer is to Live Consciously. This is a concept that I am working on that is so much more than this one post, but I can’t keep it from you any longer. Continue reading →

Watermelon Margarita – The Ultimate Summer Refresher!

watermelon margarita

Is it just me or are alcoholic beverages colder and more refreshing in the heat of summer?! Whether it’s after a long day at the office or relaxing by the beach, drinks are in order.  Cold beers, chilled white wine, and margaritas – oh the margaritas!  Last week when I arrived at the local farm to pick up my CSA I was greeted by bins upon bins of watermelon.  It was divine.  I instantly knew what my next recipe would be – watermelon margarita! Continue reading →

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

chocolate coconut macaroons

We’re never lacking for desserts over here at A Mindful Mantra. I have an insatiable sweet tooth, and am constantly in need of mouth-watering, yet healthy desserts.  As I began to transition from processed, store-bought baked goods to healthy homemade desserts, I started to incorporate coconut into my dessert routine.  Now, I’m in the midst of a full-blown coconut love affair. Coconut oil, shredded coconut, coconut milk, coconut sugar – I love it all!  In the name of all things delicious, dessert-y, and coconut-y, I bring you – Chocolate Coconut Macaroons! Continue reading →