20+ resources for better giving and living a more altruistic life

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Every day, most of us do something morally indefensible — we go about our lives without sending help to the 6.9 million children under the age of 5 who will die this year from poverty-related disease. In today’s talk, philosopher Peter Singer makes the case that ignoring these kids is as inhumane as ignoring a child who’s been hit by a car on the street in front of you.

[ted_talkteaser id=1746] “Does it really matter that they’re far away?” asks Singer. “I don’t think it does make a morally relevant difference — the fact that they’re not right in front of us, or the fact that they’re of a different nationality or race.”

But he’s not saying this to make us feel bad and helpless. Today’s talk actually delivers good news: that through what Singer calls “effective altruism,” we all have the ability to make a difference. Effective altruism…

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Getting Ready

As work winds down, I start to turn my attention to the upcoming trip. I haven’t made the time to look through our travel books but plan to this weekend. I am excited and ready to go, almost.  We all have details to take care of prior, I’m certain, but June 27th will be here before we know it!  I look forward to both sight-seeing and relaxing, equally.  I have my camera and my journal and am ready to document our adventure!  I keep telling folks I am going back to “the motherland…..wales!”….

Sesame Chicken with an Avocado Salsa and roasted Cauliflower Salad

Just a journal

I love Sesame Oil not only for its health benefits but I also love the flavor!

Sesame Oil is one of the super, super foods that can be used for its i.e. anti-inflammatory qualities, it’s good if you have cardiovascular issues, it lower the cholesterol and so on, the list is very long and you can read more about the benefit from sesame Oil here http://shop.vedalila.se/en/art/article-60.php.

So today I made dinner in the spirit of Sesame Oil…

Sesame Chicken– recipe by Ola Lauritzson and Ulrika Davidsson

4 Chicken breasts

1 tablespoon grated Ginger

4 tablespoons Soy Sauce (gluten-free)

1 tablespoon Sesame Oil

Splash of Canola Oil

Salt and White Pepper

Avocado Salsa – recipe by Ola Lauritzson and Ulrika Davidsson

2 Avocado

½ Papaya

1 Lime

2 tablespoons Soy Sauce

1 teaspoon Sesame Oil

1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek

Salt and Black pepper

Roasted Cauliflower Salad-by Kitchen…

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The perks of being sugar/wheat free

may you be joyful, smilelovejazz

Last weekend my mum gave me an article about author Sarah Wilson, and how she quit sugar (here). Then, the other day I came across an article on wheat, and it’s disadvantages. (Have a read here). I’ve wanted to try to eliminate sugar & wheat for so long! Was the universe sending me a message? Perhaps. It’s been on my mind for ages, but I’ve never truly acted on it. Either I’ve started and its lasted a day, or a birthday, or fabulous cake came into my life, and I just couldn’t say no. Well, this week I decided to, once and for all, take charge.

To go ahead and do a sixty day no sugar, no wheat challenge. This ain’t gonna be easy!!!

I’m into day five, and, strangely, so far so good. Not as bad as I thought!

I’ve made little efforts, like not having…

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Primal/Paleo Snack Ideas

the primal food blog

Apples and Peanut Butter


My go-to snacks before I tried a low carb lifestyle were things like pretzels, chips, and cookies.  Without those things, I needed new and fresh ideas for snack foods (because it’s a long time between meals!).  Here are my new favs:

1.  Apple or banana with almond butter

2.  Deli meats with homemade ranch dressing

3.  Carrots/veggies with ranch dip

4.  Nuts (Cashew, Macadamia, Almonds, etc..)

5.  Hard boiled Eggs

6.  Small amount of dark chocolate

7.  In season pitted fruits or berries (cherries, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, etc..)

8.  String Cheese (or any kind of cheese)

9.  Pickle rolls (ham, cream cheese, & small dill pickles)

10.  Full fat Greek yogurt (sometimes I through a little honey in here to sweeten it)

11.  Tuna on a cucumber slice

12.  Pork Rinds (I don’t like these but my husband does)

13.  Beef Jerky

14.  Avocado (this is yummy just smashed…

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Forgiveness is a journey, not a one-time destination!

Emotional Wellness Blog with Dr. Judy

When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.” ~ Catherine Ponder 

Here I go again…

I was sitting outside by my pool enjoying the day – the birds were chirping out their happy song and a gentle breeze rippled through the palm fronds – when out of nowhere I became aware of another person that I needed to forgive, … again! I thought I had already been there and done that, but I became cognizant that the work was not complete. Sometimes forgiveness is a journey and not just a one-time destination.

I have always been “quick to forgive”,  but then stuff my emotions down inside, never really acknowledging them.  However, three years ago due to my health issues, I…

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Top sirloin steak with a warm Spinach salad

Just a journal

After Knut finished school he had skate practice over at Athletic Republic and MrsT was kind enough to bring Mira with her and her kids to swim. When Knut was done we meet up with MrsT so Knut also could have some fun in the water with the rest of the crew. When we finally got home I did not have too much time to make dinner so this was both perfect and delicious with simple flavors…Less is more, right!


 500 grams 1 lbs. sirloin tip steak

Old World Central Street Seasoning Salt-Free http://www.thespicehouse.com/

Salt and pepper



Pine Nuts


Olive Oil

Salt and pepper

How to: In a dry pan roast the pine nuts till they have a nice and brown surface. Cook the bacon till it is crispy then drain it from excess fat (I always use paper towel to dry it off). Season the meat…

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Finding a substitute for wheat

may you be joyful, smilelovejazz


Lattes, coffee, all good things caffeine. I’ve given up wheat, but substituted it for coffee. Not sure if that’s a good thing, but no longer having wheat, it’s excellent.

On the weekend had a lovely morning, the first breakfast out for a few months. I seldom go out for breakfasts (growing up in a very economical home, it was not something we ever did. Even now, I consider it to be a huge indulgence. I’ve inherited the ethnic mindset ‘why buy it when you can make it cheaper’). It was really nice though, to wake up, go for a stroll through the inner city, and have breakfast lovingly made for you. My highlight was the avocado and quinoa on gluten free toast. So good. We went to Proud Mary’s in Collingwood, Melbourne- would highly recommend it.

Back to giving up wheat. It’s very do-able. Change and swap your food choices…

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Emotional spring-cleaning

Emotional Wellness Blog with Dr. Judy

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” ~ Oscar Wilde

As the US springs forward into daylight savings time (Arizona doesn’t), I am reminded of the drizzle and cold of Washington State, where I lived until I was 30 years old. By March each year, I was ready for Spring to arrive.

Spring was a significant sign that warmer weather was on its way. God’s flowers of hope, for those of us who suffer from SAD, would be pushing their way out of the ground indicating more sunshine would soon be on its way.

I loved walking outside in the soggy, wet grass and discovering the beautiful little crocuses poking their heads out of the ground. To me, that was the first sign that winter would soon be over. Many of you are experiencing…

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