Filter Water Using Bamboo

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I’ve been meaning to share some interesting things I noticed while on vacation in San Fran and how they have inspired me to make changes to my daily life…

First,  if you are shopping in San Fran and want a store provided shopping bag (plastic or paper), you are charged 10 cents. How many of us have way too many plastic shopping bags at home? I have piles of them. I know some people use them to pick up after their pets, but I am sure even then, we all have too many.  I am going to work on getting in the habit of bringing my own bag to the mall, target, grocery shopping etc. If more of us did it – we could make a real impact on the environment.

Second, my brother uses bamboo charcoal to filter water. He keeps a pitcher of water on his counter top with a bamboo charcoal square in it.  It filters water and saves you money.

Bamboo CHarcoalThe first benefit of bamboo charcoal when used as a water filter lies in its composition. Bamboo charcoal is extremely porous and the activated carbon in it allows it to do a couple of things to make your water better. The pores and carbon absorb impurities from the water such as added chemicals that are normally used to clean water and pollutants that slip by anyway. These things not only leave a bad taste but also make the water unhealthier to drink, especially for babies and children. The charcoal can be placed in a jug of water for about six hours to do its work or can be put in a plastic filter over the tap so that the water can run through the stone (though this won’t be quite as effective). The impurities are stored in the charcoal until it can be recharged under sunlight for a few hours. Activated carbon bamboo charcoal is the best way to go because the carbon allows the stone to absorb more impurities, so you can just pick up any old chunk of bamboo charcoal and expect it to work as well.

My brother said you can find it in an asian grocery store, so I am going to check out Lottes this weekend to see if it’s there. If not, I may have to order it online although I can’t seem to find it on Amazon either.

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SLOMO: Do What You Want To Do

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Watch this video:  Slomo and when you are done, I want you to ask yourself if you are doing what you want to do. Are you really tapping into what makes you happy?  Not everyone can just take a leap like this guy has done, but we can all take steps to bring us closer to doing what we enjoy…

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Life is good. Spring is here.

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The Hoaglunds I bought a Ninja blender this weekend to start incorporating Kale and veggies in my daily grind — I need more than ever to re-focus on my overall nutrition and health. I have been on a slippery slope far too long and it’s at a point where pants that I have fit into for years no longer fit. I can make excuses all day long and some are indeed valid, but I know that I need to put in the work to regain control.

For those wanting to adjust their nutrition and get back on the road with me, here’s a great  Product Guide for The Paleo Newbie and my brother sent this to me yesterday: Food For Thought: The ultimate health food guide and there is always my list of helpful Paleo/Nutrition resources to help you get started.

Scotty and I spent quite a fair amount of time out this weekend – we are going to start having our weekly date nights again which we did on Friday and on Saturday, we celebrated our friend John Divney’s birthday at Reston Town Center. So fun to meet up with friends we haven’t seen in a long time and just relax.

Life is good. Spring is here. 

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Success: The Difference You Make In People’s Lives

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San Fran ViewI got back from San Fran a few days ago and am still processing and decompressing all the experiences HB and I had on our SF trip. Of course there was mostly family time which is what’s important. My two little 3 month old nieces are just the cutest, sweetest babies in the world. I was in heaven holding them, helping feed them and just being around them as each day brought new discoveries of life. And babies smell so sweet — It was very hard to leave because I know the next time I see either of them, they will have grown and no longer be these little bundles of wonder. I loved seeing them interact with HB as well – helping foster a connection between them is really important to me and it was something that I missed out on growing up. Amelia, my three year old niece, was in awe of HB and followed her around like a groupie. It was so awesome…

The weather was amazing for walking all over San Fran -which in truth is one of my favorite things to do. I just love taking in the sights. Every where you look is like a postcard, at least near the marina.  I think on Monday alone, we walked over 9+ miles and although my feet were aching, I didn’t mind a bit. We went down to the Ferry building, picked up some Blue Bottle Coffee – If you get a chance to try their coffee, DO. They roast their own beans and seriously, it’s the best. Then we walked down Market street to do some shopping and then walked all the way to the Wharf to enjoy some Ghiradeli ice cream and then walked on home.

During our trip we also went to Chinatown, into Oakland to attend a BBQ, shopped at Fort Mason Farmer’s Market, and just hung out. It was a perfect little get away for HB and I — no stress, great family, babies and awesome surroundings.  I feel re-energized and ready to move forward…

I worked out on Weds morning and then yesterday, went to a Flow Yoga class – which is kicking my ass. Holy cow is yoga tough. I can already feel progress in my shoulders and overall flexibility and my body doesn’t hurt as much during regular CrossFit – so those are all wins in my book.

HB in San Fran

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The quote above really applies to someone like Pharrell - he’s making a difference in people’s lives. Watch the video below and you will see how awesome he is. It seems to me that many people who make it in their field of choice lose that perspective of appreciation. To see someone as talented and famous as he is right now really understand the impact he can have is refreshing and touching.

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Perspective: It’s All In How You See It

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While I am on my girl’s trip with my daughter, I have compiled some thoughts about Perspective. I believe that events and experiences that offer a chance for us to gain perspective are gifts. By gaining perspective on life’s events, you are better able to think through and handle whatever comes your way. It’s not always easy, but you are able to focus on what’s really important and appreciate all you have…

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Perspective is a Gift

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While I am on my girl’s trip with my daughter, I have compiled some thoughts about Perspective. I believe that events and experiences that offer a chance for us to gain perspective are gifts. By gaining perspective on life’s events, you are better able to think through and handle whatever comes your way. It’s not always easy, but you are able to focus on what’s really important and appreciate all you have…

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Perspective: Beautiful Pictures

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While I am on my girl’s trip with my daughter, I have compiled some thoughts about Perspective. I believe that events and experiences that offer a chance for us to gain perspective are gifts. By gaining perspective on life’s events, you are better able to think through and handle whatever comes your way. It’s not always easy, but you are able to focus on what’s really important and appreciate all you have…

And while I am away, make sure to visit one of my favorite sites and the person who first inspired me to start taking a look at my eating patterns: Melissa from The Clothes Make the Girl

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Perspective: It’s All In How You Look at Life

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While I am on my girl’s trip with my daughter, I have compiled some thoughts about Perspective. I believe that events and experiences that offer a chance for us to gain perspective are gifts. By gaining perspective on life’s events, you are better able to think through and handle whatever comes your way. It’s not always easy, but you are able to focus on what’s really important and appreciate all you have…

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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

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Haircut SelfieGetting your haircut is a great way to boost your mood – and today I did just that.  I also needed to get it done before I head out to San Fran to spend time with my brothers’ families and unwind. So much has happened since the last trip I have taken — it will be good to reset again.

I took a rest day today mainly because my shoulder is still bothering me. Yesterday’s yoga class was focused on shoulder strength and it seemed to aggravate whatever is going on. I was woken up around 330A with radiating shoulder pain on both sides. I got up and drank a big glass of water with Natural Calm added thinking it may be dehydration/low magnesium but I still couldn’t go back to sleep until around 5A – so I decided it was best to sleep in and really rest my shoulders today.

I will head to yoga tomorrow morning since what I am thinking is happening are shoulder impingement issues. “Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common cause of shoulder pain. It occurs when there is impingement of tendons or bursa in the shoulder from bones of the shoulder.  Overhead activity of the shoulder, especially repeated activity, is a risk factor for shoulder impingement syndrome. “

Shoulder ImpingementI am hoping that the combo of yoga and specific mobility exercises will help improve my overall flexibility because at this point I am having issues lifting my arms over head.  I may go and see a doctor as well when I get back from my SF trip –just to make sure that it is indeed what I think it is. The internet is a blessing and curse when it comes to looking up symptoms and making an inexperienced diagnosis. At least that’s the lecture my pal Wil gave me today…

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What Do You Need Today?

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Today’s Yoga class theme was thinking about what you need today.  Today, do you need strength: brama or do you need to be more fluid ayama?  It’s interesting to think through. During the stretches, we were told to perform them based on what we needed – note: not what we wanted but what we needed. Did we need to gain strength and hold the poses or did we need to work on flexibility and focus more on being fluid while doing them.  It’s a theme that relates to our lives as well- think about it, there are times when we need to be strong and act in ways that help us gain the needed strength and times when we need to go with the flow — be flexible, adaptable and focus on accepting help. We don’t always need to be strong…Whatever it is that you need TODAY – the first step is figuring out that need & making sure you don’t just gravitate towards what you want to do and ignoring the stuff you need.

Happy Birthday to my smart, gorgeous and very tall sis in law Jennifer — she’s an awesome, caring person who is helping shape the future of the world by teaching young people.

Jennifer Birthday

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