Where Are You Going? A Guide to What’s Next

There is no other step on the journey that happens as instantaneously as Surrender; but, it may take a very long time until we are ready to fully do so. When we do, our prior step of soul searching moves towards its end. Nearly simultaneously, the next step after Surrender – Healing – begins.

As we move deeper into the soul level of the journey, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate out the steps, for they overlap in a very non-linear way. Once we surrender, the opportunity is there for us to discover a higher power that is always available to assist us, we exercise our free will and allow it into our lives.

Surrender is about partnering with the Divine. It is about realizing that we are not alone and that we don't have to solve every dilemma by ourselves.

Indeed, as Einstein famously said, we can't solve problems at the same level of consciousness that created them. Surrender allows us to access a higher consciousness in order to transcend the problem and move to a new level entirely. Some call this grace. We call it empowerment.

love, #krishna

National Ice Cream Day 2017

National Ice Cream Day, one of the few food holidays actually worth getting excited about, is today, July 16!  That means ice cream vendors across America are celebrating by handing out all sorts of cups, cones, and other frozen treats for free. 
While some of the sweet deals such as sweet ice cream toppings — are better than others, you can safely expect to have ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and sprinkles dripping down your hand before the day is finished.

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Here are all the places around country with special deals for National Ice Cream Day.

16 Handles: Download coupon online or on mobile app at 16 Handles and bring it to this NYC’s self-serve frozen yogurt chain’s free four-ounce order from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on today, this Sunday.

Baskin-Robbins: Free samples of the new Mint Chocolate Chip will be given out to all customers at Baskin-Robbins on National Ice Cream Day. If you download the Baskin-Robbins mobile app, though, you’ll get special offers for National Ice Cream Day and other days. (By the way,  today is also when Starbucks is giving away free iced teas, and Krispy Kreme is offering a dozen donuts for 80 cents when you buy a dozen at regular price.)

Carvel: Buy any size cup or cone on Sunday, and you’ll get a second one for free.

Dippin’ Dots: Free mini cups of ice cream will be given out in a two-hour window on Sunday. Check with your local Dippin’ Dots store to find out when.

Friendly’s: For every $2.99 Friend-z ice cream order on Sunday, Friendly’s will donate $2 to the Boys & Girls Club of America. Customers who purchase a Friend-z on Sunday will also get a coupon good for a free ice cream in the future.

McDonald’s: Customers who download the McDonald’s app get a coupon for a free vanilla ice cream cone on Sunday, no purchase required.

Whole Foods: If you want to celebrate at home, the organic grocer’s got a 2-for-$6 deal on Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pints. Some stores will also hold “Sundae Fundae” sampling events throughout the day.

Cold Stone Creamery: Members of the chain’s My Cold Stone Club can take advantage of a a buy-one-get-one (BOGO) ice cream offer for the occasion.

Wendy’s: While the promotion is unrelated to National Ice Cream Day, the fast food chain has you covered with 50-cent Frostys.


Denny’s: Get a free banana split with the purchase of two entrees. Offer good only today July 16


Dairy Queen: July’s Blizzards of the Month are Frosted Fudge Brownie and Salter Caramel Blondie, discounts on blizzards.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Whether your favorite flavor is chocolate, vanilla or something more exotic, there are plenty of freebies, giveaways and discounts to celebrate.

Enjoy!

love, #krishna

 

Pairing Pasta with Sauce | Bon Appétit

Matching pasta shapes to sauces play a bigger part in sauce pairings. Choosing the right pasta depends on the topping. 

Tubular shapes like penne and ziti are perfect with thick sauces 

Wide, flat pastas like pappardelle are ideal for soaking up creamy sauces, the wider the noodle, the heavier the sauce.

Long, round pastas like spaghetti are best with olive oil- and tomato-based sauces. 

Chunky vegetable sauces absolutely go better with short pastas 

Choosing a pasta shape to suit the nature of your sauce makes a big difference to the finished dish. 

love, #krishna 

A Mind as Clear as Air Ocean Meditation

The ocean is a great place for meditation. At the beach, the boundaries between sand, sea and sky become one. It can be difficult to tell exactly where one ends and another begins. As waves reach the shore, they soak into the sand; crashing waves stir up sand, mixing it with water. Ocean mist rises as breaking waves curl around and splash through the air. This merger of water, earth and air can be a helpful creative visualization for meditation. 

With your body receiving the breath like sand receives water, allow the mind, your attention, to infuse all elements. The interaction of ocean and air creates bubbles in the water; the sand has space for air between each grain. As the air is present in both the water and sand, let your mind follow each movement and stay present with the breath and body until the breath serves to unite  mind and body just as the sea blends with the air and sand at the water’s edge. 

love, #krishna 

Creative Living 

This year The New Living Expo is celebrating! They have an incredible line-up of speakers, best-selling authors, presentations on mindfulness, spirituality, wellness and conscious living. 

It’s been a blast engaging our senses  in the very latest in nurturing and sustainably-sourced products and services for your body, mind and soul. 

It’s been great so far to participate in meditation, qigong, yoga and get a massage. We find our own  alchemy at New Living Expo.

love, #krishna

Strawberry Caprese Salad 

Fresh, in-season strawberries arugula and spinach accompany vegan mozzarella cheese in this refreshing salad.


Strawberry Caprese Salad make this simple caprese salad extra special! It is a great salad for spring! 

love, #krishna 

Super-Simple, Kid-Friendly Smoothies

Smoothies are popular in our house, even with kids who claim to not like many fruits, or yogurt. 

When you are introducing your kids to smoothies, make sure the ingredients are to their liking. If they love chocolate, make a chocolate flavored smoothie with a dash of fruit. Make the idea of smoothies exciting, children love to be involved in the process. Let them make smoothies with fruits of their choice, on the condition that they will drink it. Guide them to make sure that the smoothie they make is edible. Lol. 

You are lucky if your child likes eating vegetables. Otherwise, you can disguise the tastes of vegetables with fruits or yogurt. For example, if you want to add broccoli or spinach to the smoothie, you can add a strawberry, banana, or grapefruit to give it a sweet and tangy flavor. To make smoothies fun during summer, you can make Popsicles and add them into the smoothie.  

The good news is that smoothies are extremely flexible. If your house doesn’t drink cow’s milk, you can always substitute with almond, coconut, rice or soy milk. You can use the yogurt of your choice and honey or agave are both great natural sweeteners. 

The kids can choose the flavor of the juice – orange, apple, cranberry or even coconut water. 

Here are a couple of our favorite super simple kid-friendly smoothies 
Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Makes one serving

Ingredients:

1/2 banana

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/4 cup orange juice

Drizzle of honey or agave 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined and serve.

Mango Orange Smoothie

Makes one serving

Ingredients:

1 mango, cubed (or one cup frozen mango)

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1/2 tablespoon honey or agave 

Combine together and serve! 

Last but not least is favorite 

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie

Makes one serving

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 teaspoons honey

Combine and serve! 

Smoothies for kids are healthy and easy to make and can be had any time of the day. You can serve them during breakfast or as evening snacks. The popularity of smoothies has encouraged businesses to come up with ready-to-go smoothies in different flavors. Dr. Smoothie, Suja, Happy Planet, Happy Monkey, and Innocent Smoothie For Kids are among the most popular smoothie brands in the market today. While it is fine to pick one of these packs, homemade smoothies from fresh fruits and vegetables turn out to be the best in the long run. 

Fruity smoothies are a fun and healthy way to start your child’s day! It’s a power breakfast. The best part? They’re super-easy to create. 

love, #krishna 

Homemade Honey Face Mask 

Overnight masks- commonly referred to as sleeping packs in Seoul or sleep masks- are a Korean-beauty gem. #seoul #love 

Sleep masks are essentially just lightweight, yet incredibly potent, night “creams” that you slather on your face minutes before bed as the last step of your skin-care routine.  

Our homemade DIY hydrators and soothers into your skin barrier—all of which translates to a glowier-faced you when you wake up. 

Honey has antioxidants that benefit the body in many ways and can help moisturize and heal the skin. When used with tomato, it helps to make your skin appear brighter and flawless.

You will need : 

Raw Honey

Tomato

Method – DIY Mash a tomato and add a tbsp of honey to it. Use the mixture to reduce dark spots, brown spots, pigmentation and help to regenerate skin cells while you sleep. Apply mixture and leave on overnight. Rinse off in the morning. 

Amazing all natural homemade face masks with 2 ingredients.


love, #krishna