Simplicity is so easily forgotten this time of year! The simplicity of just talking, eating, laughing, playing, and enjoying time together. It's made in the connection to those you love. It's loving where you are, no matter where that is.
It also requires being present and disconnecting...which means putting away your phones that suck you out of the present. This year, I plan to take around this box to all my family parties and set it in the middle of the table with a sign that says: "Choose to be present, please leave your phone in the box."
Isn’t that what Christmas is all about though – simplicity? We are the ones who have turned it into over-spending, obligations, fancy clothes and five course meals with an expectation of perfection. But that’s not where the memories are made, guys. In my house, memories are made in the gag gifts, mealtime mishaps, laughter that turns into a snort and gingerbread house messes. It's when we realize how much we truly are one big, happy, messy, mixed, crazy family.
The holiday is, after all, about the simplicity of a baby boy who was born in a simple stable, sent from a God who came to connect with the lost, broken, messy people of the world. It was the simple act of unconditional love that changed us and the world forever. A simplicity that is so easily forgotten this time of year.
What do you do or will you do to keep your Christmas simple this year?
Merry Christmas to you all, from my family to yours!
Ditch the chemical loaded carmex this winter and make this 3 ingredient and 3 step lip balm. It’s easy and cheap REAL soothing lip balm.
Melt all on stove over very low heat, add 5 drops of your favorite oils. Some of my faves are orange + peppermint and lavender + clary sage.
So, it’s cold y’all. Temps have dropped around here and I’m thinking some hearty soups are in order. Today, I had 10 minutes between calls to throw together my lunch...and this is what I created.
I’m a fan of fast and cheap, but not a fan of fake or fluff. Thanks to The Wahls Cookbook motivation, I was able to improvise and concoct a fast and super filling, nutrient dense soup that will surely keep me full until the kiddos roll in around 3...at which time I’ll go for a few pieces of my organic dark chocolate and some green tea to hold me over to dinner. 😉
So, here’s my quick 5 step and 5 ingredient recipe:
Ingredients: onion, butternut squash, coconut milk, bone broth, orange or orange essential oil. On hand: ghee (or butter/coconut oil), pink salt, pepper, pumpkin seeds (or any seed, optional).
1. Sauté half an onion in ghee on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
2. While that’s sautéing, spoon out the (already roasted, last night with my dinner veggies) butternut squash and mash it with a fork in a bowl.
3. Add it and about 1 cup of broth (any type will work, this is chicken and in my fridge from the last batch of bone broth I made). Use wisk to mix together well.
4. Add in half a can of full fat coconut milk and a drop of orange essential oil (or a few wedges of fresh orange juice, plus the zest). Wisk well until blended and let sit in heat another 5 minutes. No need to fully boil, just long enough to blend.
5. Pour into oversized bowl and top with seeds. Enjoy!
Side note: this would be really easy to prep the night before and throw in a bowl to heat up at work.
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Hi, I'm Teresa. I am an Integrative Holistic Health Coach. I help you clear the clutter and live with intention so you can live happier and healthier lives.