Real men do yoga


Hi! How was your weekend??? I cannot believe we had a blizzard here yesterday. Crazy crazy I tell you. I broke down and put my heat on. Ugh. Winter will be coming sooner rather than later and I am not a fan of that.

Don’t you love this orchid??? My daddy grew it. Smile

Speaking of my parents. Look at this.


I want that dress.

But now who does this look like????

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Ummmm- I look just like my mother! Lol- honestly I always thought I looked like my dad until I found this! I still can’t believe it. I know I act like her but- I didn’t think she was my other twin.


And well- this picture explains itself. Bhahahahahah- my hair!


004I spent all Saturday with the family freezing in the snow, rain, and ice, and was dead tired when I got home. Today I had the privilege of teaching two yoga classes at a pamper party put on by a doctor friend of mine. Basically she invited tons of ladies to her house (which was gorgeous) to have food, drinks, get mani/pedis, facials, massages, do yoga and shop for jewelry, candles, and purses. How else do you want to spend your Saturday?

003I will just tell you know that the food was amazing (and there was a lot of it!) but the purpose of the pamper party was to raise and donate money to Christ Lutheran Church Women and Children’s shelter. The majority of the women at the event were ER nurses and doctors and I have to say, it was very inspiring. My friend who threw the party said that she decided to make the event charity based because so many of the women from the shelter come into her ER. The shelter let’s women stay there for up to a year and then they put them up in a furnished apartment, help them find jobs, therapy, etc. Amazing. And what was even better was that I LOVED seeing these successful women of so many backgrounds all coming together for a good cause.


Post yoga glow!

Some of these woman were in shock at the things I was asking them to do- and let me tell you- I went easy on them I swear! There wasn’t even one chaturanga in there! I swear. But this brings me to my topic of discussion.

Some people are fearful of yoga. They immediately think: “I can’t touch my toes so I can’t do it.” We all know this isn’t true. But this also goes along with:

Yoga is for hippies

Men don’t do yoga

It’s just breathing and laying down

Ummm- have any of the people who say that been to my class? A no!

A few weeks ago when I was out having drinks with my friend- let’s call him Big C- his coworker (who I had never met before) proceeded to tell me that men don’t do yoga. Now- before I go off on a rant- I hand to dig deep down and find my yogic ways and center before I ripped into his over weight and tobacco chewing self. Yeah. Moving on.

My point is- Anyone can do yoga!

You just have to take the time to try different classes and teachers and find the one that you love. I’m not going to go into all the different types and styles right now, but when the lovely ladies today were grunting and groaning at me (with love I know), they were freaking out because it was something new for them, it was challenging, and I think they just thought about what the poses look like on the outside and they didn’t think they could do them. Yoga is about putting it all together- challenging yourself and putting your mind to it. It’s simple really.

And as a side note- REAL MEN DO YOGA. All my old boyfriends since I became a teacher took yoga and took my class! My dad has been doing yogic breathing an exercises my entire life.


Here’s the proof. Sorry B.

So who’s taking yoga this week?

Ok- enough with the ranting and way past my bed time!

I hope you guys had a fabulous weekend!!


Love, love, love~ C

Shake it out

003Hey hey- how has your week been???

Some exciting news- my girl Nurse Leicht– has PASSED HER NURSING BOARDS!!! SO FREAKING EXCITING!  I cannot tell you how proud I am of her.  Yay!!!

This week kind of flew by and I have to say I’m pretty glad because I am looking forward to the weekend.  Do you have any exciting weekend plans?





We all have dreams.  But in order to make dreams  come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self discipline, and effort.  ~Jesse Owens






Homemade kombucha has also been made this week.  Also very exciting.  Now I don’t spend on $4 a bottle or spend on buying my sparkling water!  My latest batch is cranberry flavored and it’s so good I tell you!




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I’m not going to lie.  It does look kind of gross.  But when you open up the jar of fizzy goodness, it tastes so good!


Hi E!!! Smile


So as we all know- fall is here.  It’s one of my favorite times of year. The leaves change and turn into gorgeous yellows and reds and the air is crisp and cool.  I love it.  But we all know what comes after fall- winter.  The leaves fall off the trees and everything is bear and dreadful for months!  But right now, the wind that blows the leaves around, kind of stirs us up inside.  Does anyone else feel like that?


Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter. ~Carol Bishop Hipps

Traditional Ayurveda says that the seasons affects our our physical bodies as well as our emotional states and you have to do certain things to balance it out.  This includes certain types of food, being in certain environments (hot/cold), taking herbal remedies, self massage  treatments and more. 

I’m bringing this up because we all feel the ups and downs of our emotions.  We have a good day that turns into a bad day, the traffic is bad, we missed our work out, messed something up at work.  We’ve all been there more than we’d like to admit.  But how do we deal with it?  When I was talking to a bunch of friends we were all in agreement that you have to take care of you before you can take care of anyone else.  So why is that so hard to do? Hmmm. 

I’ve really learned over the years to take care of myself.  Sometimes when all my friends are going out I stay in, I take naps, I make green juice and eat more veggies and snuggle up with this guy. 


Awww kitty! A side note before I forget- I am thinking about maybe getting a group together to go to an animal rescue/sanctuary in the area.  Does anyone want to join? The Poplar Spring Farm Sanctuary offers group tours (by appointment) so let me know if you’re interested.  It’s only an hour and a half away. 

In yoga we talk a lot about being grounded.  Now this is a physical thing- connecting your body to the earth- but it’s also mental.  How can you stay grounded or connected to your own body and mind when life is always full of ups and downs? You still have to have your feet on the ground even  when you’re trying to achieve your goals. That simply means being mindful and just being aware of your thoughts, words, and actions all the time- even when the wind is getting you stirred up.

So what do you do to keep yourself calm and grounded? I’d like to know Smile

I hope you all have a great weekend!!! Listen to my new favorite song by Florence + The Machine.  It’s amazing!!!


You have to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you got and remember what you had, always forgive, but never forget, learn from your mistakes, but never regret, people change, things go wrong, just remember…life goes on. ~Unknown

Monday Funday


Hi!!!! How was your Monday?? I have to say- mine was pretty fantastic- and well- who likes Mondays?? Normally I am not a fan- but today was fabulous.  Also- it’s Meatless Monday.  Did you eat your veggies like your mother told you to?

But before I go into that- that’s my bestie from college who I haven’t seen in a YEAR!  We had lunch yesterday.  I miss you J!!!  Here we are through the years (sadly I don’t have any college pics on my laptop)



That first one I think we are 19 (and underage.  Whoops).  Anyways!

So- did you eat your vegetarian meals today?  I did.  Like I said- I just think it’s good to try just ONCE a week to see if you can do it.  The whole reason behind it being Monday is that it’s the beginning of the week and we are more likely to achieve goals when you start with a clean slate for the week.  But you can always check out the website for more information!

I had green juice this am.  Look at this.




Obviously I didn’t even realize that the back wasn’t attached until pulverized carrots were flying everywhere!  Goodness.  Lol





In the mix was:







YUMMMMMM- Honestly if I eat really clean with a lot of fruit and veggies and not any alcohol and cheese (even though I love those things) I just feel better.

005This was a mix of olives, a stuffed grape leave, chickpeas, and marinated artichoke hearts.  All from Wegman’s.  006

These were yummy summer rolls- also from Wegman’s (I tend to go there on Monday’s).  The filling had avocado, cucumber, carrots, and cabbage.  Really good!



I made this salad for dinner tonight after I taught and took hot yoga.  It looks big- but it was perfect for dinner.  I didn’t eat anything else after except a few vegan chocolate chips from Trader Joe’s.  Smile









In the mix was:

Romaine Lettuce, black beans, garbanzo beans, mung bean sprouts, broccoli and carrot slaw, cucumber, avocado, onion, nutritional yeast…I think that’s is.  And I added a little of Goddess Dressing- I guess Annie’s is the original- but mine is from Whole Foods.  It’s a tahini based dressing- tasty and vegan!

OK so I didn’t eat any of this today- but I’ve had it before.  VEGAN ICE CREAM- chocolate cookie dough!   Holy Yum I tell you.  And look- little precious likes its.  Also- this is made with coconut milk- not soy.  Even better!

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So remember- eat your veggies because your mother always told you to

My day became wonderful because I finally got a new phone!  I love my new iPhone!!



If you haven’t notice by now, I’m quite good at taking picks of myself.  Smile!




One last side note- my friend Heather’s son Regan– is still in the icu recovering after being hit by a car- but he is progressing well and even stood up today!  Please keep thinking positive thoughts for them and their family!! 

I know so many of you read my blog (because I can see that I get over 100 hits when I post something) so please send me a comment (!!!) and let me know what you’d like for me to write about.  I’d love your input!!

It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” ~George Harrison

Costumes, babies, enlightenment


Hi! How is your weekend so far??? I don’t know about you- but I love the weekends.  And this is the first one without any yoga teaching in weeks.  Yay!

I hope you liked my last post with the spotlight on Meaghan. She’s awesome.

This week ended up being totally gorgeous and nice and as I have said before- I am totally in love with the fall weather.  Even though it can be a bit chilly- I just love the crisp and cool air with the sun shinning on your face.  I love, love, love it. Now who wants to drive me to the pumpkin patch?


Before I go into what I have planned to ramble on about on here today- I have to show you something hilarious.


Yes-that’s me in Tarjayyyy trying on a hot dog Halloween costume.  I’m still shocked that no one came to yell at me because I was laughing so loud at my friend B and I in these ridiculous outfits.  Some of them were $70!  And am I dressing up this year? Probably not.  I don’t really dress up anymore unless I have something specific to go to.  So no- I didn’t buy the wiener outfit.  Lol

But here are a few more for you enjoyment. 



I’m a badass if you didn’t already know Winking smile

Moving on! Yesterday I attended a baby shower for my oldest friend in the world- Annie.


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I still can’t believe that my friend fro kindergarten is about to have a child!!  Very exciting Smile


**Something to think about**

So I started watching this new HBO show called Enlightened.  It’s pretty funny and a bit quirky and it’s basically about a woman  who had bit of a breakdown, went off and did some soul searching and meditating, and comes back to her real life. There’s only 2 episodes so far- but what I really  like about the show is that it portrays the literal “path or enlightenment” so realistically.  I know a lot of you think that enlightenment talk is hippieish and hokey- but what it really means it you are trying live a good, peaceful, honest, kind, and loving life in the best way possible. 

Finding and living that life is hard.  It take practice.  In the show the main character Amy (played by Laura Dern) comes back from treatment and has a brand new out look on life- and she’s calm, easy going and loves everyone.  However, that doesn’t always last when she’s having  panics at her corporate job and is fighting with her mother.  I think people have such a hard time trying to change their state of mind because it takes work.  It doesn’t happen over night.  You have to practice.  You have to choose whether you’re going to have a bad attitude because you hate your job or the relationship your in, or if you’re going to make a plan to get a new job and get out of the relationship and move on.  Change is hard work and we all know it- that’s why we don’t like it. 

Change will come.  Maybe not today.  Maybe not tomorrow.  But it will come.  You have to believe. I close my eyes and see a better world…people there are fearless and connected…I’m there.  I’m free.  And this earth itself is healed and there nothing suffers.  ~Amy on Enlightened

That’s a quote from the end of the second episode.  I love it because it’s so true!  I know a lot of us think that enlightenment talk is out there crazy talk.  But I think it’s good to check in with yourself and see what you can do to relax your mind a little bit.  Like everything else in life, it takes effort, time and commitment. 

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.


I hope you had a great weekend!

Xoxoxo, C


006Hi! How is your week???  I am sooo glad it’s Friday and I am ready to curl up with this guy.  I hope you’re staying warm! I’m totally loving the gorgeous fall weather!

I have another spotlight post for you on Meaghan McDermott.  Meaghan is a runner, dog lover, vegetarian, lawyer, blogger, and a new yoga teacher. 

Please check out Meaghan’s blog.  She’s a great writer, and she’s hilarious.


1.  How does yoga help you to express who you are and who you want to be?

Yoga makes me a better person. The physical practice of yoga is really such a great analogy for life’s journey.  There’s a time to bust your ass, a time to rest, sometimes the journey is easy, sometimes it sucks. Yoga makes room for both the painful (the way my hips feel in pigeon for example) and the celebratory (hitting headstand in class for the first time comes to mind).   This ebb and flow of the practice forces me to be compassionate toward my body because I really never know what to expect when I’m on the mat. I can apply that lesson to my every day, even in little ways. I can handle a rainy Monday morning where I forgot my coffee at home without being a brat.

2. What important lessons have you learned about yourself through your yoga practice?

I started practicing yoga in my early 20s when I really didn’t know who I was. I’ve learned so much from my practice: how to manage anxiety, patience with myself and others, how to be humble, how to feel joy, and how to (gently) stand up for myself and my beliefs. 


I’ve also learned how important kindness is.  When I started law school, I was sure I would graduate and start working at a nonprofit where I’d save the world.  Reality doesn’t quite match up to those dreams and when I started teacher training I was really struggling with my purpose in the world.  As I started going to more classes, I noticed how many of my teachers would say something like "Your yoga practice is the best thing you can give to the world." I sort of thought this was lame; I’d think "No, it’s way better to go out into the world and perform services that directly effect people’s lives than it is to OM it out on my yoga mat."  But then I started to notice something happening.  When I left a yoga class, I was just NICER.  I reacted to negative people or situations with a smile instead of crying or lashing out.  I was quicker to laugh and to smile and just treated people better.  Turns out my yoga practice DOES have a direct affect on the world.  I still think volunteering and helping others is important, but I no longer discount the power that just being kind holds.

md4On the physical side, I have learned that I cannot train for long runs injury free without a regular yoga practice.  It’s an essential tool to prevent re-injury for me.

( This is from the bmore half last weekend!)

3.  What’s your favorite pose? Why?

Savasana. Duh.

But if I had to pick something other than the ultimate relaxation pose, I’d say Warrior II.  I used to think Warrior II was such an easy, basic pose. But as I journeyed through teacher training this past year, I realized this fundamental pose is actually challenging to master.  It’s really hard to open your hips, sink into your front knee, keep your back leg straight, you shoulders relaxed, all while pulling in your abs and not sticking out your butt.  It seems like I do one part of the pose correctly, only to have my body move into the wrong place somewhere else.  I’m really enjoying trying to find the way to work into this pose fully.

4.  What inspires you?



Animals- I think animals can teach us a lot, and I’m not just talking about the best way to get poop out of your carpet.  The other people in my yoga teacher training group.


(These are Meaghan’s puppies )


Wine- I’ve had some of my biggest a-ha! moments over a glass of wine, chatting about life with friends.

5.  How did you get into yoga and what made you want to become a yoga teacher?

I started practicing yoga at a Bikram studio at the end of my first semester of law school.  I was interesting in trying something new, especially something that would distract me from my exams. I liked Bikram, and still occasionally practice it, but I wasn’t truly hooked on yoga until I discovered my yoga home at Charm City, practicing hot vinyasa.  I sort of slacked off on my practice after I graduated, but ended up returning to yoga when I was training for distance races as a means of injury prevention.  The more I practiced, the more I realized that yoga made me feel better emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically.  It started to become more of a lifestyle for me.

As far as the teacher component, I was experiencing some pretty intense job dissatisfaction and thought jumping into something like teacher training would help me regain some of the passion for life that I was missing out on.

6.  How will you incorporate your yoga teaching into your career- if you choose to do so.

I’m planning to teach yoga part-time, while continuing to practice law.  Personally, I hope yoga helps me to manage the stress that can sometimes accompany legal work.  At work, I deal with low income, sick, and often drug addicted individuals. They are pretty misunderstood by society at large and I have to admit it is sometimes hard not to judge.  I hope yoga continues to teach me to be compassionate and understanding toward people whose circumstances I can’t possibly fully understand.


(Meaghan is in the blue tank top second from the left)

Please be sure to check out her blog and try out some of her yoga classes!


I hope you guys have a great weekend!  I will post again tomorrow- was having some technical difficulties and well- I had some socializing going on this week Smile

Here’s a quote from one of my twitter buddies:

Today is filled with greatness.  Remember your destiny and walk in your own shoes.

Love it.  Happy Friday!!!  See you tomorrow!

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I have no idea what to call this post hence the name lol.

I am so in love with the fall weather.  Look at the sky! Beautiful.  I had to teach today a little north of the city and I just love smelling the crisp air and I can’t wait to see when the leaves change!

Things have still been a bit crazyyyyyy- but I have some down time tomorrow and I am looking forward to it.  I worked in the teacher training all weekend and I was definitely wiped afterwards!  How was your weekend???


I saw my girls- ok there was a before photo that was the “normal” one but when I looked at it on my comp it’s blurry so I went with the “crazy” picture instead.


I snuggled with little precious.  Yes- he’s feeling better!



I also celebrated Melissa’s bachelorette party!  I don’t know why this was the only picture I took.  But she’s getting married to an amazing guy (Hi Brian!!!) and I am wishing her all the best!

Congrats Melissa!! If you don’t know her- she’s the manager of Charm City Yoga Midtown.






Do you know what this is? KOMBUCHA! That weird floaty thing in the bottom is a type of culture- really called a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts) but we call it the mushroom! If you don’t know what kombucha is- it’s a type of fermented tea that you drink and basically puts the healthy bacteria in and takes out the bad!  A lot of people don’t like the taste but I do! I cannot wait for another week and then I can drink it.




I’m just waiting till a new mushroom forms on the top!!  I can’t wait!!!!!





Since it’s Monday I thought I’d post another recipe idea for Meatless Monday! This recipe is not VEGAN but it is Vegetarian.


While that may look like sausage on there- it’s vegan! So essentially it’s a veggie pizza that has a light dusting of mozzarella cheese. 

Here’s what I did:


The toppings included mushrooms, onion, red pepper, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and tofurky Italian sausage (which is vegan)

I also made vegan pesto which ended up not being enough so I had to make half with tomato sauce.


Basil, olive oil, vegan parmesan cheese topping, garlic- all to taste.



Trade Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough- also vegan!









Yummmmm Smile  Let me know if you’ve decided to go veg on Monday’s! You can read all about Meatless Monday here.


I wanted to give you all an update on my friend Heather and her son Regan.  Heather is doing amazing well and I just still cannot get over how much strength she has! Regan is stable; he had to be put into a medical coma last week but is now out of that and has his eyes open.  The took out his breathing tube however, it had to be put in and he will have a tracheotomy this week. 

I cannot even begin to say how much I appreciate the kind words and thoughts to Heather, her son, and myself during this hard time.  People that don’t even know her ask me how she is and I just love that no matter what, sometimes people can put their needs and wants aside to care about someone else, let alone a stranger.

One of my friends asked me if it’s ok if they  make a meal for Heather even if they don’t know her.  The answer is yes!!! This is the website that has the schedule and information.  Type in the name Keller and the password is Yoga.  If you want to connect with me about Heather feel free to email me at

This is the website on Regan’s recovery and progress and like I said- all thoughts and prayers are so appreciated!!!




At the center of your being you have the answer: you know who you are and you know what you want. ~Lao Tzu



See you tomorrow!! xoxoxox

Meatless Monday or Tuesday

012Hi! How is your week unfolding???  I am so happy that the weather is getting cooler.  I’m just waiting for the leaves to change.  I love fall!e

I went to zumba last night and of course my knee is swollen today so I’ve been doing the usual to-do list around my place today before I have to teach all night.  Paying bills, laundry, dishes, all of that.  I have to take little precious back to the vet yesterday am so- the chaos is finally calming down.  But there are some serious knots in my left shoulder let me tell you. 


Poor thing- now I’m forcing medicine down his throat.  But if I throw some cat nip in that box. 


So I wanted to talk to you guys about Meatless Monday.  The premise behind this is cutting out meat one day a week.  According to their website, the point of going meatless on Monday is that Monday is the beginning of the week- the star over point where you’re  moving on from the previous weeks events and the weekend.  Like a clean slate. 

As you all know- I love vegetarian food as well as food in general.  But I think eating veggie meals are important for numerous reasons.  I am not here to preach or to convince you to become vegan or vegetarian (even though there are blogs out there that will try to).  But- some of the main reasons that speak to me are the following:

  1. Your mother told you to eat your veggies- so you just should.  Period. 
  2. It is better for the environment.  We cut down trees and plants all day long to make more space for animals that are bred in poor conditions so we can have our steak for dinner. We need plants to live so obviously- we need to stop hurting the landscape.
  3. From personal experience with stomach problems- eating veggies helps with digestion.  The majority of African American and Asians are lactose intolerant- as well as thousands of Americans! I know cheese tastes good.  Seriously- I’m the one who will eat the whole wheel of cheese! But- is the stomach ache really worth the pain? Probably not.  Veggie diets are full of fiber (so yes, duh, if you beans you will be gassy lol)- but you will be regular! I’m just trying to put it nicely.
  4. You will help the animals!!!!  Who doesn’t love animals!?  Come on- everyone does.  I have read numerous books and seen many movies about animal cruelty that beaks my heart and makes me physically ill.  I’m not asking you to read those, but it will change the way you eat if you think about that before you grill up your burger.
  5. Colon cancer runs in my family and there are many links to a carnivorous diet and cancer.  My cousin who is 37 (!!!) had to have surgery  last year and had to deliver her daughter 2 months early because she was diagnosed with colon cancer.  She and her family (husband and the children) have now been vegan for almost a year!

Ok so those are just a few and I am happy to go into it more if you guys would like.  But I would love it if you take the Meatless Monday pledge on their website and see if you can go meat free once a week! I promise- it’s easy!!  And yes- lordy- you will get enough protein!

Here are some ideas!


Jalapeño cilantro hummus

Greek bean and veggie salad

Coconut curried veggies and lentils

Vegan Pizza

All the smoothies you want- click here for ideas


Green juice- this one was half a stalk of celery, abt 3 handfuls of spring lettuce mix, 3/4 lemon, 1 pear, and 1 apple plus fresh ginger- so good!

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Yeah- too much to wrap it all up- wrap fail! Lol

Let’s see- this had lettuce spring mix, chopped onion, tomato, avocado, bean sprouts, and a dash of dressing if you like of your choice.  You could always humus too!

So you can eat your veggies (like your mother told you to) and be full and healthy!

Here’s a list of other resources that can help you make meatless Monday easy! And of course these are some links and books that I also like.

Peas and Thank You

Love Veggies and Yoga

Daily Garnish

Diet for a New America by John Robbins– one of the first books I read by my first vegan friend back in high school

The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer (he is a wonderful philosopher and has written for years about animal rights.  I heard him speak in college.

Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carrjust go to her website and read about her.  LIVING with cancer for years because she is vegan.  Amazing.

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone- Check out her healthy living website as well.

Yoga and Vegetarianism by Sharon Gannon

The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen– great  and easy vegetarian recipes- a def go to!

The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose- turned me on to juicing, raw healthy soups and smoothies!! **From personal experience, if you don’t do raw on the regular, it can be a bit rough on your tummy.  Just saying.**

Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen by Ani Pho This book is amazing!  I have made TONS of her recipes.  Love her!

Eat, drink, and be vegan by Dreena Burton

So these are just a FEW of the many many resources that are out there and you can start with easy steps like switching milk to almond or rice milk and using Earth balance instead of butter.

When I was in San Francisco in December, I met a woman who owned a vegan restaurant.  She asked if I was vegan and when I said no- she told me that I should be because the animals would thank me and that I had good karma.  Smile

Vegetarianism preserves live, health, peace, the ecology, creates a more equitable distribution of resources, helps to feed the hungry, encourages nonviolence for the animal and human members of the planet, and is a powerful aid for the spiritual transformation of the body, emotions, mind, and spirit. ~Gabriel Cousens


This is vegan! I’ve showed you this picture before!  It’s making me hungry just think about how good it was! Yummmmm!

Let me know what you guys think!!!

xoxo, C