Easy Breakfast Smoothies

Supercharge your mornings with this easy and quick energy smoothie.  - thesimplehive.com

Just about every morning for the past 12 years, I’ve had a green smoothie for breakfast.  When I was running the rat race in Big D, my smoothie saved me from crashing and burning when Lunchtime was so sporadic that I sometimes had to rename it Early Dinner.  Although I am no longer spending my life in traffic, I still rely on my morning smoothie to help me out in the trenches of Homeschooling.

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Healthy Lunch Ideas

Healthy gluten-free and vegan options for easy lunches. - thesimplehive.com

I’m on a mission to feel better and have more energy and so far, it’s working!  I have been doing yoga on a regular basis and fitting a little running in when time allows, but mostly, I’ve been making healthier food choices.  Over the last few years, I have fallen into a bad habit of letting lunchtime get the best of me.  We homeschool so we can exercise healthy food choices, but we don’t always do it.  Some days we are knee-deep in schoolwork and don’t allow for a real lunch break.  We eat while discussing our latest math concept or history timeline.  That’s not always a bad thing, but doing these things over sandwiches and chips is not so great.

I’m not knocking sandwiches.  They are what you make them. For the chips, I have no strong argument.  I will say, there was a time in my life I didn’t eat chips.  I never even bought them.  Five years ago, after discovering the need to eat a gluten-free diet, I began substituting the wheat snack crackers I once enjoyed with chips.  What was I thinking?  I wasn’t.  It wasn’t thinking about the extra fat and empty calories until the extra pounds began layering themselves on my person.  It isn’t a daily thing, but I put chips on my plate more often than I care to admit and my thighs are angry about it.  They’re not gonna take it anymore!  (You’re singing Twisted Sister in your head right now, aren’t you?  Sorry.) Continue reading

Natural Ways to Detox

 

Detox your body naturally and gently.  These simple practices everyday will help to keep your system running smoothly. - thesimplehive.com

As Spring is quickly making way for Summer, I find that I am needing a push to get to the end of our homeschool year. So much has been happening, seemingly all at once, and I feel the need to detox and renew.  I also feel the need for a long vacation, but that’s not happening anytime soon.

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Inspirational Gifts by Apefit

Inspirational gift bags by Apefit.  Beautiful messages for 30 days of #encouragement. - thesimplehive.com

I have to brag a little.  I have some of the kindest, most beautiful friends in my life.  It’s true.  I hope it’s true for you as well.

I try to find beauty and goodness in my daily life, but some days it’s hard.  Some days are trying and the only solution is to cover them in chocolate sauce to make them good.

Then there are days like today, when an encouraging gift from a beautiful friend arrive in my mailbox.

Inspirational gift bags by Apefit.  Happy thoughts for 30 days of #encouragement. - thesimplehive.com

It’s perfect, isn’t it!

She makes these in several themes.  The organza drawstring bag is filled with little inspirational quotes.  It’s like a bag of calorie-free fortune cookies!

Inspirational gift bags by Apefit.  A month supply of #encouragement. - thesimplehive.com

This is a random handful straight from the bag.

Days like today, gratitude is all over the place.

Visit her shop to see all the different themed bags and spread a little love around.  See her monkey around on a Yoga Trapeze and check out her website to get your daily dose of beautiful sunsets.

Mother’s day is quickly approaching.  If you have a mother in your life, make her breakfast and give her one of these bags and she’ll probably cry a little.

Be sweet and make your mother cry.

I love the twisted sentiment of that.  I need to go into the bumper sticker business!

Yoga Trapeze yoga swing

I love yoga.  I love yoga.  I love yoga.  I almost typed “I love Yoda.”  That’s a totally different love, and a little weird, but one I will not deny.  I just want to put him in a baby sling and carry him around all day while he dispenses sage advice.  He might not appreciate being treated like an infant.  Maybe a piggyback is more his speed.  That post is for another day.

Today, I’m feeling the love of yoga.

I have been practicing it on and off for over 20 years.  Lately, it’s more off than on.  Whenever I start up after a hiatus, I always look back and wonder why on earth I ever put it on hold.  Nothing feels better than beginning and ending the day with core-strengthening and muscle-lengthening stretches.  It makes all the chaos of the world manageable, invites deep sleep and helps define a time for prayer, so that I can go about my life in a state of rest and reassurance.  Why not do something that awesome everyday?

Because life gets in the way sometimes, that’s why.  It shouldn’t get in the way of being healthy since ignoring your health will shorten and diminish your quality of life.  I’m guilty of putting my health on the back burner.  You?

For me,  yoga happens at home when I can fit it in between teaching, cleaning, cooking, sewing, gardening and blogging, among other obligations.  I enjoy yoga mat simplicity, but I sometimes feel I’m missing out on some deep stretching and strengthening.

Enter the Yoga Trapeze!

yoga trapeze yoga swing

 

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Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

Health benefits of Matcha green tea - the simple hive

Because I’m over forty and don’t want to feel like it, I’m trying to be good about taking care of myself.  Just about every morning for the past 10 years, I have a green smoothie for breakfast.  It’s a good start, but lately, I’ve been adding Matcha green tea powder to it for an added energy and I love the calm boost it gives me in the morning.  Because I like this boost, I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate it into other foods.

One delicious way to consume more matcha is to make a healthy, vegan Shamrock Shake.  It’s loaded with goodies and tastes like chocolate-mint ice cream!

Ice cream for breakfast!  I’ll do it.  I’m not afraid.

As I was browsing the internets, I came across some convincing reasons to consume matcha.  Because I want us all to enjoy good health, and jiggle less, I’m sharing the love.

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Christian Prayer Beads

Christian Prayer Beads - the simple hive

This happens to me all the time.  I’ll be in the middle of my prayers and suddenly a random thought crashes through the front gates of my mind like a runaway train and steals all my concentration as it leaves.

You, too?

I have used prayer holding crosses with some good results in the past, but they didn’t get me deeply into where I wanted to be.

As I was reading “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, I remembered I once saw some Christian prayer beads, sometimes called Protestant prayer beads, that caught my attention. Since I’m Methodist and not Catholic, I have never used a rosary in prayer, but I like the idea of a tool that helps guide the way through prayer.

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