I just love Japanese Maples in the fall.  I snapped this picture outside my neighbors’ house.  Their Japanese Maple turned the most delicious colors and dropped all of its leaves at once, creating a carpet of gorgeous on the sidewalk.JapaneseMaple

Speaking of delicious and fall, these Ginger Molasses Cookies look so amazing.  I’ve recently had to tighten up my autoimmune efforts, so I won’t be able to make them for me.  Can I make them for the kids and resist, though?

Because I have had to tighten up my eating, I was super-excited to see this inventive grain and nut-free apple crisp recipe which uses coconut in a really creative way.

Do you entertain over the holidays?  How would you feel if you knew that something you did caused one of your guests to suffer from a migraine or GI distress?  Well, that’s what happens to me when I am around most commercial air fresheners, scented candles, and the like.  I will actually walk out of a retail establishment if they have a candle burning.  So, I loved this post with natural options for air neutralizing and freshening.

Let’s talk kids.  I know it, and you know it, and now the research is showing it, but maternal attachment in the early years matters in ways we are only beginning to comprehend.

And, speaking of how we relate to others, how fabulous is this little fella?  Does your school need a “buddy bench?”

At this time of year, I am a big fan of elderberry for its documented antiviral properties.  Here’s a recipe from Wellness Mama to make your own syrup.  (Remember, don’t offer honey-containing products to kiddos under a year of age.)

How much attention do you give your head?

“For every inch of Forward Head Posture, it can increase the weight of the head on the spine by an additional 10 pounds.” -Kapandji, Physiology of Joints, Vol. 3

“Screen time” is doing a number on our spinal alignment, especially as it relates to our noggins.  Barbara does a great job walking us through the implications as well as some remedies for “vulture head.”

It’s the weekend!  Hope you make it a great one!

3 Responses to “Explore More : December 6th”

  1. on 06 Dec 2013 at 10:10 amsandkpete

    I have made these ginger cookies twice and the are fabulous. They are very chewy and soft unlike ginger snaps I was afraid they were not cooked. My company that ate them and I both used to let our ginger snaps get stale so they would be chewy so we loved the texture.
    The second time I made them I let a couple of them cook longer to see what happened and that just burned so I guess they are suppose to have a very soft texture..

  2. on 08 Dec 2013 at 2:25 pmK

    I don’t suffer from migraines per se but have gotten to the point this year where I can’t handle fragrances at all. Perfume, cologne, artificial scents/candles, etc. It gives me a bad headache, makes me cough and sometimes nauseous. I have no idea why it just started. It makes it rough every morning when I get in a vanpool to ride to work with 14 other women who use perfume profusely. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten out of the van at the first stop and ran into the first building I could to puke. Sometimes I don’t make it or it’s all I can do to get to the first van stop. I try to sit in the front seat where I can put the window down and get fresh air but I get on at the 2nd stop and it’s usually taken. It’s a rough ride.

  3. on 08 Dec 2013 at 3:15 pmKristine Rudolph

    Bless your heart! Yes, confined spaces are KILLER! Elevators … omg.

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