Good Girl Moonshine 2.0 with dōTERRA Essential Oils

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When it comes to trying to lose weight we have to cut out so many things. Soda can be a big toughy! I don’t typically have soda cravings, but I know many ladies out there do. I recently undertook the task of shedding the baby weight I have been carrying around for the last 6 years. I am not sure how many of you lovely readers have heard of Trim Healthy Mama, but long story short, it is a dietary plan that many, many women have begun using to lose and then maintain healthy weight. I started my trim, healthy journey on May 2 of this year. I have lost about 14 pounds in the last 2.5 months, and am continuing to shrink. I’ll write more about my journey later. Right now, I want to share with you one of my new favorite summertime drinks! And if you like soda, you might just have found the drink to help you give it up all together. I’d compare it to a ginger ale/sprite-type soda.

This recipe is a variation of the Good Girl Moonshine from the original Trim Healthy Mamas (Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett) and utilizes three oils from dōTERRA.

To make this drink you will need:

1-3 drops dōTERRA Lemon
1-3 dōTERRA Lime
3-5 dōTERRA Ginger
2-4 Tablespoons Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
NuNaturals (or similar) Stevia, to your desired sweetness
ice
1 quart mason jar
water

Add your oils, ACV, and stevia to your quart mason jar; stir with a spoon (or you can just swish it around like I do); fill your jar up to the top with ice; then fill with cold, filtered water; stir with your favorite stainless straw (or a dinner knife!) and drink up!

Not only is this not going to make you gain weight, but it might just help your body regulate itself to shed the extra pounds. The lemon and ACV detoxify and the ACV has also been shown to help aid in weight loss. It is a wonderful drink to keep you hydrated and from going back to that sugary soda. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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How We Deal

Many people see themselves only as victims–victims of their past, victims of their circumstances, victims of what was done to them by other people. Then there are those who rise above all the tragedy in their lives, and embrace the good things that they have acquired because of their tragedies. The truth is we are all victims; we all suffer tragedy in some shape or form whether great or small, and how we live after those things can either define us as people making us “forever victims” focused on ourselves and what has been done to us, constantly living in the past, or they can propel us to become even more compassionate, loving people, careful to not hurt others the way we have been hurt.

I loved this account of a man who is a hemiplegic (his left hemisphere is partially paralyzed) who went on a journey to find the man who broke his neck and changed his life forever. Which kind of person are you?

Shalom and blessings,
Sarah

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by | July 17, 2014 · 9:54 am

Song of an Exile

So I am finding that Abba can use anything to speak to our hearts. When we come to the knowledge of His Torah and start looking at everything with a critical eye, we can sometimes focus on what we see as pagan and “evil”. I have been there. I looked at the so-called “dark side” of each thing. But ultimately, I have come to believe that everything has been made good, and even “evil” is allowed by Hashem in order to produce good things. Hashem uses everything for His purposes. He even inspires worldly men to sing songs that have truth. Such is the case in the song below. My sister shared it with me this morning. Just listen to the words, and get the heart of what is being said.

To those who have been looking to much into the “dark side”, I would encourage you to change course and look into the “bright side”. As Rav Shaul exhorts to Titus, “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” (Titus 1:15)

The goal of Torah is to purify. When we wash ourselves in the Word, He begins to change our mind and we see Him everywhere and in every thing. His fingerprints are all over the place.

I dubbed this song as “the Song of an Exile”. We who are still in the galut longingly pray for the “Light of the World” to shine on us again, making us all one, ultimately bringing us back to paradise. And yes, LOVE IS THE ANSWER to all the world’s problems.


Lyrics:

Name your price
A ticket to paradise
I can’t stay here any more
And I’ve looked high and low
I’ve been from shore, to shore, to shore
If there’s a short cut I’d have found it
But there is no easy way around it

Light of the world, shine on me
Love is the answer
Shine on us all
Set us free
Love is the answer

Who knows why
Someday we all must die
We’re all homeless boys and girls
And we are never heard
It’s such a lonely, lonely, lonely world
People turn their heads
And walk on by
Tell me is it worth just another try

Light of the world, shine on me
Love is the answer
Shine on us all
Set us free
Love is the answer

Tell me, are we alive
Or just a dying planet
(What are the chances)

Ask the man in your heart
For the answer

And when you feel afraid
(Love one another)
When you’ve lost your way
(Love one another)
And when you’re all alone
(Love one another)
And when you’re far from home
(Love one another)
And when you’re down and out
(Love one another)
And when your hopes run out
(Love one another)
And when you need a friend
(Love one another)
And when you’re near the end
(Love)
(We’ve got to love)
(We’ve got to love one another)

Light of the world, shine on me
Love is the answer
Shine on us all
Set us free
Love is the answer

Light of the world, shine on me
Love is the answer

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עשה אותי כלי (Make Me a Vessel)

Oseh oti keili, Adonai,
Make me a vessel,
Worthy to be filled.
Clean and purified,
Ready to do your will.

Only through Your Word,
Can I renew my mind.
Only through the Door,
Can I find my way back
To the path that is divine.

Ani keili, I am a vessel,
But this vessel is not all of me.
The light hidden within
Is what reflects Your glory.
Shine forth, make Darkness flee.

You are the master Potter;
I am clay in your hands.
Stretch me, mold me,
Shape me with Your Love.
But this is not the end.

So rise up for battle,
And come blow Your horn.
Then break this vessel;
for this You must do,
Or I can never be free.

And on the third day,
Raise me up again,
So I that I may praise Your Name
For all eternity
In the land of the Living.

~Inspiration for this poem came from Judges 7, Jeremiah 18, Hosea 6:2, 2 Timothy 2:19-21

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Pinchas–Whose Eyes are You Right In?

The following teaching is from Steve Berkson and was given in 2011 on Shabbat the week that the parsha “Pinchas” was read. I hope it encourages and exhorts you to do some internal examination as it did for me.

Blessings and Shalom,
S~

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Hashem Is With You

I have very few people that I listen to these days, but one of my newest favorites is Rav Dror Moshe Cassouto. Here’s the most recent shiur from the yeshiva where he teaches. Take a listen, and let me know what you think!

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Turkish Charoset

 

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This is the BEST recipe I’ve ever had…not that I’ve had that many, but it’s got great flavor. I like to have this with my matzah throughout the Feast of Unleavened Bread, not just on Pesach.

Ingredients: 

  • 15 pitted dates, halved
  • 1 lg golden delicious apple, chopped
  • 1 navel orange, peeled and separated, chopped
  • 1 cup white or dark raisins
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons (kosher for Pesach–I like Mogen David Concord Grape) sweet wine, or till it’s slightly wet

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, coursely grind all ingredients and add wine to moisten slightly

Easy, right?

Chag Sameach! Happy Passover, everyone!

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