‘Tis the Season(s)

I often wander into Whole Foods and peruse the aisles of down-to-earth, good-for-you products with their wholesome ingredients. The expansive variety of ready-to-eat items on the hot bar. The mingling of the kindred tree huggers…those of us who love to put good into our bodies and do good by Mother Earth.

I always get pizza and 2 cookies. It’s kind of like when I have Mexican. Three crunchy tacos; there’s really no point in looking at the menu. But, I digress…

But did you know that there was magic happening over in the seasoning section?

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I used to have this thing with always wanting one of those gourmet seasoning sets, but I didn’t particularly care for the one-flavor-fits-all packaging. There were always one or two seasonings that I really wanted to try, but didn’t want to waste money on the ones I didn’t think I’d want. Randomly, I found out that you can totally make your own seasoning set at Whole Foods!

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I know right!

So basically, it works like this:

1. Find a super cute container to put your seasoning into. This step is especially important if you’re giving this as a house warming gift… *hint, hint, wink, wink* And bring a mini funnel, if you have one. In retrospect, that would have been helpful…

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2. Take the containers to the counter to have them weighed. When you go to pay for the seasonings, they have to weigh the containers individually and this will ensure you don’t pay double for the container that you brought into the store. Think back to the science experiments in undergrad where you had to weigh each chemical so you didn’t mess up the whole assignment…

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3. Select your seasonings and fill your containers. The best part of being able to make your own seasoning gift set is that it can be super personalized for the lucky recipient!

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4. Checkout! The best part of this whole deal is that you get to sample some spices without breaking your budget. I think I love that part the most 🙂

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I decided to go with Orange Chipotle, Rosemary, Aegean and Yakima Applewood, Smoked Sea Salts. ‘Tis the seasons indeed!

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Does it sound good to you? Let me know in the comments for a chance to use these delicious seasonings in your next dish!

Make It Awesome!

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I Know It’s Tuesday, but…

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted and I apologize for that. Life can sometimes get more hectic than we plan and that can lead to slacking off on our commitments. But I don’t think I can complain because if I didn’t have so much on my plate, I’m sure that I’d be bored… I’ve tried to stick to the Motivational Monday thing, but Monday seems to come faster than Friday leaves, but that’s neither here or there. I just need to stop being a lazy bum.

Anywho, over the weekend I happened upon a blog that truly spoke to me. I wanted to share this yesterday but didn’t want to take away from the importance of Labor Day and I also figured that family and BBQ would trump blog reading…

So the blog…it’s moving quickly into my list of top 10 favorites. Well, I don’t actually have that list, but I enjoy blogs that are open, honest and share things of worth. For as much as I hope to inspire and bless others, I do occasionally need to be inspired and blessed myself. The site is called LisaJo Baker: Tales from a Gypsy Mom. I’d never heard of her until Amy from The Finer Things in Life wrote a sentence on her blog post that simply read “And this one reminds me that I’m right where I’m supposed to be…” I don’t really know why that caught my eye, but it did. I guess it gives resonance to the belief I hold that everything happens for a reason.

I clicked on the link and was re-directed to the words that I so desperately needed to hear. I love what I do. I’m tired at the end of the day and wonder if I made the right decision to venture into something new. Being newly married, working hard in church, working hard at my full-time job, trying to find time to train and teach at taekwondo, finding a clean spot in the kitchen, etc. etc. can be more than overwhelming. On top of everything, we’re getting ready to start a family and wondering if I will be successful in this event planning business can be daunting and intimidating. I’ve wondered if there is enough space for me in this little niche of the world. And after hearing what LisaJo had to say, I believe that there is room for me.

This weekend I also posted on my Facebook page about finding an item that I’d made for literally 1% of the cost for which it retailed. A fan asked me how I did it and I shared the information, concerned that if I shared my information there would be no need for me and my business. But that concern was only for a fleeting moment. My business is about helping people to save money and it defeats the purpose if I’m not doing that because I’m getting in my own way. At the end of the tutorial/conversation, it felt really good to share that information with her and I’m honestly looking forward to being able to share more.

As from the words of Buddha, “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Please feel free to replace “happiness” with knowledge, kindness, comfort, wisdom, sincerity…

So as not to belabor the point, I just wanted to share some words of inspiration and hope that it will motivate you. Be blessed, keep working hard toward your goal, whatever that may be and above all, keep integrity as an integral part of your life.

Make It Awesome!