When We Need Peace

Find Peace All Around You

Find Peace All Around You

 

Hello Sunshine! I am finally getting my fall decorations out. I do enjoy the fall season because we have extremely warm summers here in Austin, TX and any cooler weather is a relief. Also, my husband & I have a wedding anniversary in October & I earn another year of living in October. So, now is the time to bring out the home decorations and welcome the season.

For my entry on healing today I wanted to let you know how I find peace when I there is just too much going on. I am one of those that is constantly watching the news. I always have my office television on cable news. My phone is constantly ‘pinging’ with any updates. I get updates from Wall Street Journal, New York Times, BBC News, Politico, News360 just to name a few. I also follow local news! Of course I know I could stop my notifications, but I just can’t! I need to be ‘In The Know’ at all times. I am addicted to the news. Last week when the absolutely horrific beheading video from ISIS came out, I was glued to the news & not only watch every story, but read every news update on my phone. All I could think about was watching the mother plea for her son. My heart was aching for that mother.

I find when I am needing peace in my life, I need to take a walk or run. I love to go to our local Hike & Bike Trail here in Austin. Whenever I am on the trail, I will pray and just let myself be at peace. I wear my baseball cap and my big sunglasses so I hide me tears, because yes~ I do cry. I am so deep in prayer at times when I am trying to find peace from whatever I am going through that I just shed tears. The trail is full of runners, bikers and walkers & Austin is such a friendly city that even if anyone did notice, they would only be kind. When I was planning our wedding and I got overwhelmed, when my father died, when my grandmother died, when I was having trouble with ‘family’ that could not understand my mourning~ just anytime I need to stop, clear my head and get back on track ~ I hit the Hike & Bike Trail. I can still watch the news, get notifications and live my Princess Mousey life. I just need to find a balance. It is good to be ‘In The Know,’ just don’t let it take over my life. I need to get away sometimes and find my peace.

Do you have an escape that brings you peace? A bubble bath, a neighborhood run, a warm cup of tea in the garden. Leave a comment & share, maybe we could try your peaceful moment as a new way to find our peace. Whatever your escape may be, take advantage of it and enjoy it as much as you need to so you can have that balance.

Lots of love to you,

Lisa

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Killer High Protein Gluten Free Brownie Recipe

High Protein Gluten Free Brownies

High Protein Gluten Free Brownies

Hello Sunshine! Are you a techie waiting for the Apple Announcements tomorrow? My husband always jokes that he is taking the day off to watch these. He likes to be ‘In The Know’ with Apple products. I like it because he can always help me if I have questions about the new software or backing up my laptop!

So, about a year or so ago we got a few Trader Joe’s here in Austin and I never have gone to shop at one of the locations. I must admit I am a Whole Foods, Central Market and HEB shopper and I did not want to add another grocery store to my rotation. Well, The Hubby said on Saturday morning that we should go check it out so I thought I would get on the website and see what they had to offer before I went in. I found that they had lots of recipes and I saw a ‘High Protein, Gluten Free Brownies’ so I printed it up and thought I might as well get the supplies while I was there and give it a try. I do not eat sweets, but high protein & gluten free made me a bit interested. The ingredient list was short & the directions were minimal, just the way I like it!

Now, like I said, I have never been to Trader Joe’s before so I am not sure if they are all like this but I found it so easy to find all of my needed ingredients. I needed organic sugar~ there was only 1, I needed unsweetened cocoa~ there was only 1, etc. When I shop at another store, there are so many options to choose from. It seems like Trader Joe’s doesn’t give me any choice so I don’t have to think! I guess that is good? They only have their brand so I should not expect any other.

Making The Brownies Is Easy!

Making The Brownies Is Easy!

However, let me tell you, these brownies went fast in our house! So their brand must be a great quality & their brand was  reasonably priced. I can see these being requested again & me making them again. Luckily they are easy to make. Thanks Trader Joe’s for making me a star baker!

I hope you get a chance to make these brownies because you really don’t notice that they are high protein or gluten free. I know, why make them? Well, why not? Try something different to add to the rotation.

‘High Protein Gluten Free Brownies’

Lots of love,

Lisa

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So I Broke My Ankle, Big Deal!

What Happens When A Fashionista Breaks Her Ankle

What Happens When A Fashionista Breaks Her Ankle

Hello Sunshine! School is back! Some are happy, some are sad. I always say we need to pay teachers more whenever we have an opportunity. Our teachers do so much to educate our children for 9 months and we do our very best with the 3 months we have, but really we are not the professionals~ they are. Not saying we are not to help with teaching their curriculum when they are out for the school days. Just that we may not be best at starting any new studies on our own. Always give those teachers the best we can when the little cherubs return!

So for this month for BlogHer I mentioned that we are all writing about healing. Emotional healing is what I have been focusing on or when I have been brainstorming. Then, as I have been all summer~ I was going to my post op visit for my broken ankle. Some of you may know that I broke my ankle Memorial Day Weekend. Yes, that’s right ~ the beginning of Summer! The Texas BBQ smell is in the air, my summer dresses are ready to get out, my summer heels are ready to be worn & I am ready to just get some color because I suffer from migraines and I’ve been struggling with my Vitamin D so I have really lacked in my Latina bronze!

Then summer begins & I break my ankle! I did not know the first 2 weeks or I was in denial. I thought I just twisted it really bad when I was coming out of my Mini Cooper with too many shopping bags and my large Chloe handbag. No, I never feel the need to make more trips to the car, that’s absurd! Well, finally I went to the primary care & yes, it was broken so I needed to see a surgeon. Yes, Surgery Needed, ‘When would you like to schedule?’ I’m thinking,  ‘Today is Monday.’ Surgeon says, ‘I can schedule your surgery Friday, but you may want a second opinion & discuss with…’ I interrupt,’That sounds great, if I think about it too much… besides I really want to just get this over with and get back to normal!’ Ha! Oh Yes! That is where my surgeon should have said, ‘Hold up, wait a minute!’ I was in a hurry from the very beginning. Like Sweet Honey Brown, ‘Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!’ I was scheduled to have surgery June 6th. Done & done!

Well, I have luckily been moving right along every month, using my crutches (not very easy), doing my ankle exercises,

Collage Of Broken Ankle

Collage Of Broken Ankle

wearing my ‘Stylish & Always Fashionable Boot’. For me this has been very difficult because I was just getting ready to wear my dresses and linen pants and just purchased great backless jumpsuits from Neimans that I knew would look fabulous with my 3″ heels! Guess what? Those fashion dreams ended when my ankle was broken.

I finally saw my surgeon last month and he said I could wear a ‘sneaker’ or a ‘running shoe’. Ok, I have those, but I use those when I run & when I run I am on the great Hike & Bike Trail in Austin so they get that really dusty look or even when I use them in our neighborhood, they get a good looking wear. So I did what anyone would do, I went shopping for a new pair of ‘sneakers’ or ‘running shoes’ to wear that I could use with my summer outfits that would look nice and not like one of those office people that walk around with pretty clothes & running shoes. Nothing against them, it’s just not my look & I could not rock it as well. I was out for most of the day with no luck, but I did find a great pair of heels that will look great when I am healed! I did try to stand in them & it was a no go. I thought if I need to go anywhere nice, I can be carried in them for now, but anyway I will try another day for the surgeon prescribed shoe.

I never was able to go out for a good shoe that he had ordered and it was time to see my surgeon again. I had found a cute pair of Mary Jane type of traction shoes that I wear sometimes when I am doing lots of walking on vacation. Perfect, right? Wrong! My surgeon said, ‘Cute, but not enough support.’ I also got in a bit of trouble for working out on my ankle. I really thought it would be a good idea to start doing squats to build up my muscle, but apparently it is just too soon. Let me tell you going shopping on my ankle all day is just not a good idea either. I just like to go out and get the weekly groceries to Whole Foods, Central Market, Costco and if we want to see a movie we will go to walk around the beautiful downtown Austin to the Violet Crown Cinema. Well, I have been a bit stubborn and pushing my ankle too much. My kind and wise surgeon said it’s no wonder that I am having so much pain because I am giving it to myself. I really need to be more homebound.

My New 'Hardware'

My New ‘Hardware’

What I thought was physical healing of my ankle has become more of an emotional healing. I really need to stop being so stubborn and stop pushing myself. I keep wanting to get back to normal and I think if I start acting like my normal self, my ankle will also. I got a huge wake up call that my ankle is going to tell me when I can go back to my normal self instead of me. I waited until I was 40 years old to break a bone and I still do not have the knowledge to listen to my body. As much as I am tired of being homebound, it really does not matter. I need to get over it and do what is best for ankle no matter how sad I am about it.

I know many of you are wise enough to know this, but I wanted to share with you my healing dilemma. I will always be honest with you, even with my flaws! So what if I missed my fashion this summer, big deal! I just have more reason to look forward to my Fall wardrobe, with more supportive shoes. I do hope I find some cute ones….

Lots of love,

Lisa

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If You Haven’t Been Though It…

If You Haven't Been Through It, You

If You Haven’t Been Through It, You

Hello Sunshine! During the month of September, Along with NaBloPoMo, A part of BlogHer~ We will be posting on the theme of Healing. So here is my first post.

My post is about loss, not any loss but the death of a family member or friend. Now, I noticed this at an early age because my father died before I was 30 years old & most of my friends still had the dad living. It was treated as though I should just move on and I should just go out, party & not make a big deal about it. I was amazed that I was not even allowed a few days to mourn. It did not take me too long to realize that most people do not understand because they have not experience the pain. I never held it against them, quite the opposite. I was so grateful that they never felt the same pain. I was so grateful that they were going to live out their lives seeing their dad grow old and their dad would see them grow old. Whenever you go through loss, it can be very painful, but do not let this add to your pain if anyone does not understand and just wants to go out and may just want you to carry on as though nothing has changed. Be grateful they do not know your pain.

That can be my first post on healing. I hope this little bit helps you or someone you know. If you would like to read more posts on healing, simply click the widget to the right and you will be linked to the BlogHer page with more Bloggers Posts.

The photo above is my dad at an early age in private school.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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An Unexpected Thank You Letter

An Unexpected Thank You

An Unexpected Thank You

Hello Sunshine! I know it’s been a while since I have posted, I have had some severe migraines & I am afraid they have really impaired me from doing too much. My apologies for not keeping up with you.

A while back I posted a Blog about attending Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book signing for Hard Choices at Book People in Austin. I mentioned how kind she is and was to me and I will always appreciate her sincerity. Well, during my migraine spells, I received this letter from Mrs. Clinton and I wanted to share it with you.

I can only express again how much I always recommend visiting a book signing for your favorite author or any public, govornment official that may be visiting your town. I always believe that even if you believe in their politics or not, it is someone that could be a once in a lifetime moment, why not check it out?

Heirloom Tomatoes Are Out!

Heirloom Tomatoes Are Out!

I also wanted to share with you this fantastic snack that we enjoyed while watching The Little League World Series. Heirloom Tomatoes are out now and if you can find them at your local farmers market, grab them! If you can’t find them there, then check out your local supermarket. I grabbed these at Whole Foods. They made it so convenient with the fresh made mozzarella next to them! I had to go home and make some fresh Basil Pesto. I finished the dish with my favorite olive oil from, Mandola’s, sprinkled with fresh Comet Tail Black Pepper and fleur de sel. Oh, we indulged, but it was so worth it!

Labor Day is monday and I do hope you have the day off. Thankfully, we are taking extra time off. So, the hubby and I will be spending a good amount of time together simply relaxing. I hope you enjoy and relax during your holiday, because you deserve it!

Lots of love,

Lisa

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Why Not See A Movie This Weekend?

Happy Friday

Happy Friday

Hello Sunshine! Happy Friday. Do you have any plans for the weekend? We are staying in. It’s been a rough week with the loss of Lauren Bacall & Robin Williams. The riots that are going on in St. Louis for the young gentleman, Michael Brown & the loss of the gentleman Michael Brown. I wanted to let you know of some movies that we have seen recently if you are planning to see a movie.

To Have And Have Not

To Have And Have Not

If you would like to see a classic & remember Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not is a

We Remember Dead Poets Society

We Remember Dead Poets Society

great classic to remember her with Humphrey Bogart.

If you would like to remember Robin Williams, I have always loved him in Good Will Hunting & Dead Poets Society. Funny, because he has given me so much joy in Birdcage, but I felt so much love in the other movies. He really tugged at my heart in the other movies.

When I feel my heart burn and my tears flow from someone who can make me laugh usually it makes me so out of the normal and realize that this is someone that can really is an amazing actor. He also did so much out of acting that I know he was an extraordinary gentleman.

These movies may be available on Amazon or Netflix as a stream, but if you have the DVD’s that is even better.

Le Weekend

Le Weekend

The movie that is available on Netflix DVD loan is Le Weekend, but it is also available on cable TV rentable movies/Pay-Per-View. It is a great

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man

movie about an older couple spending the weekend in Paris. They have some adventures and they are just like any other couple. Very entertaining & is in English language.

Last week we saw A Man Most Wanted. This is a great Spy Thriller. If you like twists and turns this is the movie for you! This movie is set in Germany, but not in German language, so no need to read subtitles. This was one of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last movies, I believe. He was always a terrific actor. I would always see his name on a movie & knew I wanted to see it just for him. Yes, his portrayal in Capote was wonderful, but he was fantastic in Doubt, The Savages & Charlie Wilson’s War.

Boyhood

Boyhood

My absolute favorite movie in theaters now is Boyhood. I know, you are thinking I am favoriting because I am an Austinite. Not true! This really is a great movie. The way Linklater made this movie over a 12 year span documenting a family is absolutely wonderful! This is a modern family and also seems like a normal family. A modern and normal young man who goes through his boyhood. I could not help but think of my child hood growing up & then thinking of my son growing up. I know this movie started in limited release, but I think it is out at more theaters now. I do hope you find it where you are and I do hope you see it soon. 

Let me know what movie you see, if you go out, I always love a movie recommend, or if you see a movie~ take a pic at the theatre and tag me in you Instagram @princessmousey

Well, that is all I have for you now.

Lots of love,

Lisa

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My 4 Favorite Hair Care Products

My Hair Care Must Haves!

My Hair Care Must Haves!

Hello Sunshine!~ I hope all is well, It is August and all I am hearing is that August is like the Sunday of summer. Kind of funny, but I guess that means we better get all of our summer fun done as soon as possible. I have been trying to lose a few pounds for my swimsuit & I am just about there, but it looks like I will be wearing my swimsuit in the fall. Oh well, at least I tried.

So, I love to read the current events and I love to get on Stumble Upon & read a little mix of info. Well, I often scan the beauty articles. I mean I am 2 months shy of my 41 years, but I could use all the advice I can get! Lately I have been into keeping my hair healthy. I started getting my highlights again & I will do anything to keep them healthy. I do go to an Aveda Salon and I use Aveda Shampoo & Conditioner, but I like to use my tried and true hair care products for after the shower. I wanted to share them with you!

First let me tell you, I do not like to apply heat, I rarely use a hair dryer or straightener or any heat products. I am an air dryer as much as possible. When My hair does air dry, I will apply my favorite Nourishing Coconut Milk. Now, you just need a squirt for long hair. I start with my ends and I will work my way up. Really this just keeps my hair moisturized and tame. I will brush it and then I will spray only once with the Coconut Oil Mist. One Spray goes a long way! This is if I am staying in or not going out. If I am going out for the day or on a date with The Hubby, my absolute favorite product is my Unite Boosta Spray! I will just spray One Spray on my crown to give great volume. This stuff is fantastic! It does not make my hair sticky like a hair spray, it just makes my hair have bounce, even my long hair! It is a vegan product and it is just fantastic. I get it at Blo, but I am sure you can find it at other places.

Ok, so I do not wash my hair everyday. I wash every other day. On the nights when I know I am going to wash the next day, I put my Coconut Oil in my hair. I will really work this stuff in my ends but I really just brush my hair before applying and dip my fingers in(do not over-do it) and run my fingers through my hair. Then I will braid my hair and sleep in my braid. Use a very light no metal tie for the end of the braid. You never want to put anything harsh in your hair.

What I recently learned while perusing through Stumble Upon was that I am supposed to be using a Boar Bristle Brush since I have long hair! I had no idea. Well, I have been using a Boar Bristle Brush for about 2 weeks now and I have noticed a difference. I have changed all the brushes to 100% Boar Bristle. I now Have teasing brushes, even though I don’t really use teasing brushes~ you never know, a basic brush and a blow out paddle brush. I feel like the brushes are very gentle on my hair and anything that is gentle on my hair, I want it! Well, this is just my 2 kisses on Hair Care. If you have any tried and true products or tips, please feel free to share. I am always willing to take advice! Lots of love,

Lisa

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Boar Bristle Brushes

Boar Bristle Brushes