My Flower Child

The other day, I was trying to think of what we could have for dinner. I had a craving for chicken and knew we had an abundance in the freezer. So, I thought maybe I would Google a chicken recipe. I typed in chicken recipes and before I could click a link or even read the title of a link this came into my mind. I have to admit it is actually really good. 

Grilled Chicken Farfalle with Crazy Red Sauce 
Serves 3

You Need:
  • 2 to 3 decent sized chicken breasts
  • 1 pound Farfalle (bow-tie noodles)
  • 12 oz tomato paste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Raw honey (depends on your taste buds)
  • 12 to 18 oz  pasta water
  • 2 TB Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • a sprinkle of crushed red pepper ground in-to powder (optional)
  • real salt & pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese for topping (Fresh is best or Fresh Frozen) 
Do this:

Start a grill or stove-top griddle.
Put chicken on grill or griddle and cook on MED-HI until done.
While chicken is cooking boil water for noodles and add noodles to boiling water. Do not strain.
In a small stock pot combine tomato paste, Raw honey pasta water, garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed pepper (optional), salt, and pepper. This amount of crushed red pepper powder adds just enough flavor with out a real zing on the heat scale.
Mix thoroughly and  simmer on MEDIUM heat for 5 minutes. 
Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes to let the flavors infuse the sauce. If your sauce too watery just simmer longer.
While the sauce is simmering you can strain most of the water from the noodles but be sure to leave some so that your noodles do not dry out.
Once the chicken is cooked all the way you can plate. 
For a pretty presentation follow this order:
chicken (you may want to chop the chicken into pieces if you have little ones)
Parmesan cheese
Best served hot. 
I hope you enjoy. 

My old blog “Memoirs of a Crunchy Farm-girl” was something that I enjoyed posting regularly. Since switching to My Flower Child and focusing my life on birth and natural living, I realized that I have not been giving it my all when it comes to blogging and sharing with you guys. I have a confession. I live on a farm. There I said it. I live on a farm and I love doing farm things. I don’t actually know why I decided to stop writing for Crunchy Farm-girl. But what I do know is I have missed a lot this past year since I did. I have been cooped up inside and now feeling miserable, lonely and depressed I have decided to get back into what I love. 
Don’t get me wrong. I love birth, and natural living. But I realized the other day that birth and farming are alot alike, and they both fall into the category of natural living. At least in the way I do it. So any way here is the first of many Crunchy Farm-girl Friday posts. 
This past week has been crazy! We have been desperately trying to get the garden in. I can’t believe how long our winter and late night frosts were this year. It is just now starting to warm up. I just pray we don’t have an early winter. Or a random snow sneeze from the clouds. I do believe we actually had snow in early June this year. 
So anyway, I am in the process of beautifying my gardening area and I think I would like to add a composting toilet out there some time too. 
Here is a picture of my husbands “potato graves” I call them. 
Each one of those mounds contains about 6 to 8 seed potatoes. ACK! I will have potatoes coming out of my ears! Also, see the patch of short grass before the long grass, that will be home to our raspberries once we transplant them. We have so much going on right now, it is crazy. Along with me trying to put up some fence to keep out the pesky deer it is completely insane! It also is having a tendency to look very hobo-ish but I think I like that. 😛 Anyway. I must get back to tending to the garden. Weeds grow by themselves and they must be stopped. Maybe once things start to sprout more I will have to give ya’ll a tour of our food plot. 
Until then, be happy, be humble, and love what you have. 
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Today’s post is about something that most people don’t freely talk about. That’s right today we are talking about poop. Well, not just poop, but how your position and posture could be adding to the discomfort of your gut health.
Imagine how you sit on a toilet while you are “doing the deed”. Now imaging how a baby, or toddler is positioned as they are doing that same deed. Notice anything different. You most likely are sitting on a toilet, (unless you are from one of the eastern countries that has not forgotten our natural intellect on elimination). The child before it is potty trained will automatically assume the squatting position to eliminate. Sure, we think it is cute, but in reality it is very very smart. 

I give you figure A.  Here we can see that when we are sitting there is a muscle that “chokes” the rectum so we don’t just go spewing poo at every waking moment. (Lovely, I know.) That muscle while we are sitting is still partially shutting off our rectum. Notice how while squatting, in this case using the Squatty Potty, actually relaxes the muscle causing a “smoother” elimination. You also receive other health benefits as well. 
In the month that I have used the Squatty Potty, I have noticed many benefits. The first day, it was almost hard for me to go because it was such a change to the usual. I did not get discouraged and tried it the next time. I have noticed an increase in the amount that is eliminated, a decrease in the number of trips to the bathroom to eliminate, a decrease in the amount of time spent eliminating. All around I find this to be a great product. I highly recommend it. 
Here is a video that may explain things better.
Note: I would recommend taking a few things into consideration before buying your first squatty potty. Those things are as follows. 
  • height of the toilet
  • length of your legs
  • position you want to assume (partial squat or full squat,) Squatty potty has two sizes to better help you choose. 
Here is an awesome thing. The people at Squatty Potty are really nice, and they really want you to poop comfortably. So, they gave me a Squatty Potty to review, and they are also giving one of our lucky readers a Squatty Potty as well. 
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One of the best jobs for getting to know green business is contracting, which is what I do for a living. Doing what I do puts me right alongside the businesses that want to get as many LEED certified products into their buildings as possible. It gives me a front row seat to new green building materials and innovations. Most of all, I like getting to know the people who make green choices and I think they deserve recognition beyond LEED certification.

Some areas are paying attention to the companies that are making green decisions for the environment. One of them is Asia. “The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards” is a way for the organization behind it to thank companies that care about the communities in which they operate, but also care about the environment. Initiatives that connect the business with the community, save resources and conserve natural habitats are the kind that will get businesses noticed by this awards show.
Examples of beingcareful with resources include installing low flow fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens, reusing waste and buying products locally. To see these kinds of practices in action, you can go to ink48 Hotel in New York City. This company not only has a lot of eco-friendly habits, but it also has a group called Earthcare. This group meets at the hotel to discuss even more ways to be kind to the environment.
Another hotel that provides eco-friendly accommodations for tourists is the Palazzo Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. This hotel has actually been called “The Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America.” In one of the most visited places in the world, let alone the country, it is a good thing for a hotel to try to lower the city’s footprint. Other businesses in the area should take that as an example and try to emulate it.
Whether it is 100 businesses or 1 business, it is always good to see people bothering to consider ecology when planning a business. Especially Las Vegas, where 40,000,000 tourists visited last year, it is encouraging to see other green Las Vegas hotelscatching on. There are so many things to consider when opening any kind of establishment, so it is no easy task to break out of the norm and adopt new practices that are not specifically necessary to a business, but do it anyway because it is good for people and the planet. That is the kind of thing I want to see more often.

As the world grows increasingly wary of genetically modified foods and artificial food additives, there has been a massive resurgence in pro-organic lifestyles. Opting for an organic lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean switching to a vegan or Paleolithic diet.

Nearly everything you buy that is integral to your day-to-day life has an organic alternative, from vegetables and fruits to clothing and footwear. Unfortunately, choosing an all au naturale way of living may not be the most pocket-friendly way to go because some organic products can be too expensive for average-earning households.

That’s why it’s important to find a middle ground that allows you to get the maximum advantage from of an organic lifestyle without going broke in the process. Here’s a list of the four most widely used items that produce the most benefit if you buy them organic.

Beef – Organic beef is one of the first items on the grocery list of health-conscious consumers because of its role as a staple food in our diet. A well-cooked steak is one of the best sources of protein; however, skeptics may debate this fact by saying that it also has an unhealthy amount of fat and may disrupt your body’s natural metabolism. This claim holds validity if the cattle were corn-fed or injected with hormones.
Plenty of studies have also connected the development of cancer in humans to the consumption of cattle injected with artificial estrogen-like agents. Luckily, grass-fed or organic beef is packed with rich nutritional content without any of the associated health hazards.
Cookware – Most people completely overlook the fact that utilizing high-quality, environmentally friendly cookware is just as important as the organic food that gets cooked in them. The majority of non-stick cookware on the market contains the harmful PTFE fluorochemical, which can break down and emit toxic fumes if overheated. Hence, you should consider buying pots and pans made from materials like stainless steel, ceramic, or cast iron. My favorite place to get safe cookware is Ceramcor; all of their equipment is 100% ceramic.
Water bottles – Any plastic water bottles made from PVC, polystyrene or polycarbonate should be completely avoided for drinking purposes. Excessive reuse and heating of these bottles results in the plastic material leaching harmful endocrine-disrupting substances. You can opt to buy organic water bottles that are made from BPA-free plastic, glass, or stainless steel.
Leafy greens – It’s hard to imagine that non-organic leafy green vegetables can actually be the most dangerous part of your diet. Unfortunately, this statement is justified because nearly all leafy greens have a large surface area that’s exposed to all the dangerous pesticides, mouse deterrent products and other chemicals used while farming them. This is why it’s best to purchase only chemical-free organic leafy greens before insisting that your children eat their veggies.
Adrienne Erin is a health-conscious blogger who tries to make organic choices as often as possible.

The United State has recently seen a rise in the application of yoga for children, and there’s even been talk of using yoga in schools. Just as there are plenty of health benefits of yoga for adults, those same benefits apply to children as well.
Children typically keep busy schedules – what with waking up to early morning alarms, attending school for six hours a day, and a litany of extracurricular and mind-numbing homework when they get home. Not to mention the emotional and physical changes kids go through as they grow up and become teenagers.
Here are just a number of ways in which yoga can help children in their development:
Handling Stress
Childhood and even the teenage years can be years of emotional and physical stress as they grow both physically, emotionally, intellectually and socially. When outside stress comes into play that the child doesn’t know how to handle, it can lead to an lower immune system, lower self-esteem and depression.
Yoga, with its holistic approach to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, can provide a moment of egress from an otherwise busy and stressful day. Yoga teaches breathing and relaxation methods together with more physical poses and exercises. When a student is able to reconnect the mind with the body the way yoga teaches us, then he or she will walk out of class, better able to handle stress.
Fighting Obesity and Accepting Your Body
Stress, the kind mentioned in the above description, that is left to stew and is untreated can lead to health problems, including childhood obesity. Additionally, poor heating habits and sedentary activities can further promote obesity. With physical education in high schools getting reduced or cut, it can be difficult for children to seek a physically engaging outlet.
Yoga is a low-impact activity that children of any skill level and body type can comfortably participate in. While some gym activities in physical education may not be suited for some children at a certain skill level, yoga can be adjusted to children of all skill sets.
The mental and emotional elements of yoga also appeals to a child’s self-awareness. Yoga also helps develops a child’s sense of understanding and responding to his or her inner emotional cues, and how to properly handle and perceive them. By increasing this self-awareness and introspection, it provides a block to negative outside stimuli that can influence a child’s negative perception of body image.

Jane Emerson is a staff writer at Sticky Web Media.

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With so many different kinds and styles of yoga around, you’re bound to run into many different kinds of yoga instructors, each with their own teaching style. But how do you know which one is the best one for you? Much of it will likely come from personal preference or a “vibe”: some yoga instructors will make you feel positively about your overall experience, while others may be off-putting because their approach doesn’t align with yours. Either way, a few of the truly great yoga instructor in yoga leggings are bound to share similar positive traits.
Balanced Approach
Yoga isn’t just an athletic pursuit, but also a spiritual one. Although some students may just be looking for a great workout, many students of yoga are also looking for spiritual re-invigoration with their workout.
A quality yoga teacher recognizes both the physical and spiritual elements in yoga and practices them both equally in class. On the other hand, a yoga teacher shouldn’t overfill your head with yoga lingo and Sanskrit names that can be confusing for a beginner.
Physical Skill
Your yoga instructor should, of course, have the minimum physical skill in order to carry out the sequence of poses being taught.
Although your yoga instructor doesn’t need to be the most athletic or physically gifted person to ever teach yoga, he or she should be able to pull of advanced yoga techniques. Your yoga teacher should, after all, be able to lead by example. Sometimes the best way to learn is to watch your instructor.
Personalized Approach
A good yoga teacher can observe a student’s progress throughout the class and spot what improvements can be made. Ideally, your yoga instructor should be versatile and change things up at a moment’s notice. This doesn’t mean that a by-the-books yoga instructor is necessarily a bad one, but a yoga instructor should also be observant and aware of other students and their needs. A teacher should be able to adjust to the overall feel and mood of the class without compromising other students’ workouts.
Energy and Enthusiasm
A great yoga instructor should love what they do. Yoga instructors also have to be leaders; they have to have a certain presence that students gravitate to and pay attention to. A yoga instructor’s enthusiasm and command to attention should make students feel welcome and upbeat. Leave your emotional baggage at the door of your yoga class, and you should be able to do that easily if your yoga instructor is good at bringing a positive energy to the class.
Jane Emerson is a staff writer at Sticky Web Media.

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