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Evil Ways…baby!

07 Evil Ways (enjoy the tune by Santana) I think they’re gone…for the most part! Since mid January, cold turkey, we changed our evil addiction to carbs! Yep, gone from our lives…well, mostly! Once you adapt to this eating lifestyle, the cravings for sweet, and even salty foods start subsiding.

The most difficult part of the diet is the additional time for grocery shopping, and the extra time in the kitchen. Also, I must say it is much more costly to shop for fresh, and organic foods rather than processed foods. I don’t think I’ve ever seen coupons for fresh beets, or baby carrots, or even brussel sprouts! I mean seriously, how cheap is it to whip up a delicious pasta meal with fresh warm bread! That is something I haven’t allowed myself to enjoy since January! That is the hard part, because I love fettuccine, ciabatta, biscotti, all those things, but I’ve changed!

my tea party breakfast

my tea party breakfast

The nice part, is the big guy too has adopted this new lifestyle change. And although he doesn’t share in the task of cooking, he is 100% enjoying the new food line up too! It’s great to have someone diet and eat healthy along with you! So, Saturdays we stop at Fresh Market for organic eggs, hormone  & antibiotic free chickens, beets, fresh pinneapple…etc.! (Of course the big guy is lined up with the kids for a free cookie, the only time the guy will get a treat because they are off the grocery list! Mike is not quite set free from goodies 01 You Keep Me Hangin’ On Enjoy the Tune by Vanilla Fudge!) These fresh chickens are now cooked in the crock pot for Mikes lunch, no more lunchmeat or processed foods!

Mike's lunch

Mike’s lunch

And every dinner includes a huge salad, fruit and veggies. Sometimes salad is the dinner, other times perhaps, I also serve salmon, or crab cakes or chicken or some other lean protein! But always a salad and at least two vegetables are served with dinner!

a yummy salad for dinner

a yummy salad for dinner

Mike does have Special K in the morning, and a 100 Calorie bagel with his chicken at lunch, but I do not indulge in those simple pleasures! And no more granola bars, and pretzels, and animal crackers and cheez-its!  Also gone are  breads, crackers, processed foods and frozen lunch meals. I have allowed myself a few Way Better Snack chips from Fresh Market a couple of times on the weekend.  These chips are  blue corn chips made with flax, chia seed, quinoa, radish seed and other good stuff. But besides that, no special treats!

a good chip if you are having a few chips and salsa

a good chip if you are having a few chips and salsa

Saturdays are my baking day for the week!  No more grocery store muffins! So baking now includes Almond flour. I’ve given up the processed white flour! I have found that Honeyville flour online is the tastiest and also priced the best. Still expensive, but bakes delicious dense muffins!

some of my ingredients for baking

some of my ingredients for baking

So, before I close, I will include another Paleo recipe that I modified to my liking. It is so yummy! You will find that baking with almond flour yields a very filling dense muffin! These are very satisfying! So, give almond flour a try! I think you will love these!

Pumpkin Raisin Muffins (18 muffins)

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 small can pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (this is not butter, it’s like peanut butter only almond butter)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp baking power
  • 2 rounded tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 – 1 cup raisins
  • Walnut Halves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Use muffin liners and line the muffin tin. Fill the liners a bit more than 3/4, almost filled, these type of muffins don’t rise as high as regular flour muffins. Add a walnuts half on the top. Bake 35 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean.

Hope you love them!

So, this week, I’ve got quite a few new things going on. I just bought a new Nikon D7000 to replace my old Nikon D70. (I can’t wait to blog about this!) I’m anxious to get out there and take pictures…the spring flowers can’t pop up fast enough! AND, it should take some awesome photos of my new jewelry ( LindaGeez jewelry) with my new macro lens! And, I have some new jewelry I’m finishing up, and new recipes to try and the list goes on!

But, the exciting news for you, my customers, is I have my customer appreciation sale going on! Check your email for your coupon codes for discounts! If you didn’t receive an email, or your address has changed,  you can email me for the coupon codes, or comment with an email address and I will email you the discount!

So, have a wonderful holiday weekend! Enjoy eating and shopping and being with your family! And when you have some quiet time, please take a peek at my shop! I’m sure you will enjoy some of my new jewelry!

And, please in support of the Human Rights Campaign listen to Cyndi Laupers song…still beautiful! Enjoy the tune! 12 True Colors

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Call Me Maybe!

18 California Nights You know, I love California! :o) I’ve always been a California Dreamin’ girl in my heart! Yes, I wonder often why it is that I live in Illinois…my whole entire life I’ve lived here! I have visited California a couple of times and oh, I do love that state. I can’t imagine what life is without mittens, scarves and boots in the middle of January! I can’t imagine not spending 2 hours getting home from work on snow days! I can’t imagine not living in plant zone 5 where my beautiful plants droop and sleep for the winter time! I can’t imagine being able to get into the car and drive to the oceanside for an afternoon! I can’t imagine what it would be like to go and pick a lemon off a tree in my background! All things that one time in my life I wish I could experience. Yes, I am a California girl wanna be! 

01 California Dreamin’ 2 And, maybe this is why I relate to California girls so well! Yes, the last 19 of my 26 sales have been from California! So, I guess that kinda proves that California loves me back! :o) Take a peek at just a few purchases from my California girlfriends!

Oceanside – Apatite Gemstone Bracelet

Intuition Necklace – 32″ Long Kingman Turquoise and Mixed Metals Necklace

Body and Soul Chakra Necklace

Harmony – Kingman Turquoise with Lotus Charm

I have the best customers. And often, I email them with special customer appreciation sales, good for just  my customers, who I can now call my friends! I do love that too! See, it’s not unusual for my customers to jot me a note, a convo, or an email, and oh boy do I love that! It’s so nice when people take the time to just write something nice to me! It’s certainly makes all my effort worth while! And, checkout the feedback these girlfriends write in my shop! WOW! So, along with the excitement my customers share with me, well, I’m happy to say, me and the big guy talk about jewelry and gemstones just as much, I’m sure every day! Right now I am awaiting 4 slabs of Turquoise that the big buy is going to make some cabochons for me to make into jewerly! I must say, from the minute I get up, my mind is whirling with jewelry thoughts! And, now, I’ve been buying gemstones that are the colors of my flowers in bloom! Nature does inspire me so much!

I do wish I had even more time for jewelry making! I wish I could afford to make the career move to do this full time, unfortunately that’s not something that I could do!  But, that makes me love my jewelry making time even more! I do know that this will be my choice when I do retire from the 9-5 world! How fun would that be….gemshow shopping trips with the big guy, jewelry making into the night (ahhh, late night is my favorite time to create!)

So, be a part of the excitement and fun and be my customer too!  Here’s a little coupon special going on for this weekend only WEEKEND10 for 10% off anything in my shop this weekend only. Enter coupon code WEEKEND10 for 10% off your purchase.

And, I would LOVE it, if you could “LIKE” my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/LindaGeez-on-Etsy/209646382410450,

and “LIKE” my Etsy shops too while you’re at it! :o) And, since California will only be a dream, at least I have my jewelry customers, which is a dream come true! How fun to have people love my creations as much as me! So feel free at any time to email or convo me! Or Hey!….Call Me Maybe :o) enjoy this song! 01 Call Me Maybe

Enjoy the music and take a peek at my shop….Love and Peace…Linda

LindaGeez

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ta daaaaa!

Enjoy the song!

04 My Boy Lollipop

This sweet song describes our boy Jaden perfectly! He is the sweetest grandson, we couldn’t be more blessed!

So, Jaden is really quite an amazing kid, and I’m not one bit biased! :o) He puts so much thought into the gifts that he is going to give G’ma and Pops. This past Christmas, once again his artistic abilities shined through! And he knows, just what each of us loves! Continue reading

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can I do one too

07 I Feel Fine Enjoy the song

The workstation is set up! AND, we have an apprentice  jewelry maker in the house! I’m so excited! I’ve always wanted him to join in, however, it took PaPa getting involved to realize that boys can make great jewelry makers too!

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it’s a beautiful morning

01 A Beautiful Morning

So, here it is a Saturday and I’m doing what I love best…let the moment guide me to happiness! Yes, of course I have plans, rather HAD plans for this wonderful day! But, my favorite thing on my day off is a little bit of this, a little bit of that! The day usually doesn’t progress quite like my initial plans as they were forming in my mind as I lay still trying to open my sleepy eyes! Somehow, the garden always deviates me a bit from the master plan (although “the plan” is always open to revision and rewriting!) (Another pretty song to enjoy 12 Good Morning Starshine

So Jaden is here with us for the weekend! This is always a welcome addition to the weekend agenda! The adventures began last night….first Culvers for dinner followed by ice cream! (they have nothing that I would consider anywhere near the caloric intake I would have liked to have for dinner….I’m sure the veggie burger and cheese fries were beyond my daily limit of calories!) But, after all it was fun Friday, right? So somehow, a trip to Crystal Lake for an ink cartridge, somehow resulted in Culvers, ice cream, an iPod cover and a new xBox game….and they didn’t even have the ink cartridge! I guess that’s what happens when your grandson is with you….the evening gets revised and rewritten!  But he is so worth it! :o)

My little buddy keeps checking out the blog, waiting to see what I might put in my blog about him! Gosh, G’Ma can’t get away with anything, however, he’s gone now so I can put in a pic from a bit ago! tee hee hee!

So, the day is a simple one here for all of us!  I started out walking around gazing at the bushes and flowers beginning to pop open in the yard…which is why tomorrow will be a trip to the nursery for some new blooms to purchase! And, all of us here are occupying ourselves in our own bit of happiness. Jaden is playing xBox, Savannah is sleeping, I’m doing a bit of this and that, and PaPa is getting the garage cleaned.

But, I couldn’t let the day pass without sharing a few more magnolia blooms pics! It’s rare here in Illinois when these early blooming trees don’t get ruined from the irregular spring temperatures. Usually as these blooms are forming, we get some sort of cold weather or frost and the petals often get the edges browned or the petals start to fall after just a couple of days! But this year, spring has sprung early and the yard is filled with the beginnings of beautiful spring blooms! I see hostas popping us, Lilac buds forming, my Quince bushes coral buds forming, the Columbine’s beautiful leaves have emerged from the soil, and, well, many more beauties just waiting for a bit more warmth and sunshine!

So, I’ll leave you with a pretty flower and a pretty song and wish for a great weekend! Enjoy the song!

01 Just the Way You Are

Now, onto my jewelry making! :o)

Love and Peace….LindaGeez

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A Dog’s Life

So, it’s been so long since I’ve written on my blog! I’ve been a less than my cheerful self lately. Life has it highs and it’s lows and sometimes somewhere in between. And, being the emotional creature that I am,  I tend to sort things out on my own. I love music, and lately it’s been girl power songs, so take a minute to enjoy this song by Kelly Clarkson.02 Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

You know, I am a pretty lucky lady! I have a really big fan club! I have my sister Suze,  my friend Allison, and of course Mike…they love EVERY piece of jewelry I make. They are so inspiring! But sometimes…it just happens… I get in a lull and not so inspired.

Karen's Lanyard

So, out of the blue I get a note from a lady about wanting a lanyard! Karen was browsing on my LindaGeezToo etsy page, and found me. Well, I never made one, but it’s something that I have thought about doing!  But, if you’re like me it’s on the long list of things I want to make! (let me rephrase that, Mike thought that was something I should make! Heck I didn’t even know what a lanyard was….but he was thinking more for fly fishing! He likes giving me jewelry tips! He’s such a fashionista! :o) LOL, really?)

So, back to the story…SO, all it took was one little conversation for me to recognize that this lady sounded like a kind soul, someone I would LOVE to make something for! She talked about wanting crystal and moonstone and maybe pink, and little dog charms and chakra inspired! So, this was the beginning of a very nice friendship forming, I could just tell! Well, after several emails, I felt a real desire to make something this kind soul would LOVE! And, I did! But the best part about it, she LOVED it too! But, let’s backup a bit…even before I started her lovely lanyard, Karen and I spoke often, the wonders of today’s electronic world! I just love that about technology today. I have met wonderful people that I never would have had the opportunity to meet had I not had an Etsy account and email! To my surprise though, not only did we have a love for our doggies, but a lot of similarities! We talked about her volunteering her time to help homeless animals, and animal therapy, and gardening and making soap and love of herbs,  and simply just wonderful conversation!  I have so many wonderful people that I have met, such lovely experiences. One kind soul reaching to another, just as it should be! Like I say often, “All You Need is Love” Listen to one of my favorite songs by the Beatles 1-18 All You Need Is Love

So, her lanyard is now done! I LOVE it, but I’m happy to say Karen LOVES it at well! Lots of love went into making this and I’m sending her good energy and her beautiful lanyard tomorrow! But, there is another really sweet thing about Karen that I must share! Even before I finished her lanyard, Karen was so sweet and sent me a package filled with some of her favorite flower seeds and herbs! What a sweetheart! That was the beginning of my thoughts shifting from blues to inspiration. Thank you Karen!

So, I must say, I DO believe in angels, just when I was thinking that life is a bummer, somehow my guardian angel pulls through again! Count your blessings, be grateful, don’t waste your precious life being blue, and believe! Enjoy this beautiful song by Sarah McLachlan 14 Angel

Natural Kingman Turquoise, Swarovski Crystal, Natural leather

Karen's Lanyard

So, thank you my friends for inspiring me! And now, my mind is spinning with new styles and new ideas and my inspiration is once again flowing! So, more leather & crystal is ordered, great gemstones chosen, and a wonderful friend is on the waiting list for her very special long and beautiful leather, crystal and gemstone necklace!

So, take a moment to browse my Etsy shops! I’m sure you will enjoy it, and feel free to send me a conv0…that’s Etsy talk for send an email to me!

Love and Peace…Linda

LindaGeez  and LindaGeezToo and LindaGeezFlowerPower

PS how cute is this….Jaden and his new little puppy

isn't this the cutest!

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Don’t Worry…Be Happy!

01 Don’t Worry, Be Happy Click to listen :o)

It’s been a long time since I have blogged, and actually I have good reasons. Today is different but then again not! What am I talking about! Well, I was once again driven to my keyboard because of bits of emotion. Emotion is such a driving force: it makes song writers write the best songs, artists create the best piece of art, people fall in love and children scream with delight! Sometimes, it’s sadness and that can be overwhelming.

Life is full of LIFE! Meaning, life is bursting with a full spectrum of every imaginable color! Some days are brilliant beautiful colors filled with joy and  enthusiasm – making you more than willing to get up and experience all the beauty the day can bring to you. Sometimes, well not so bright, times a bit gloomy and bringing to you days where the same eagerness, well, it’s just not present.

I’m sure most of us have times such as I am experiencing, so, I’m sure you will appreciate listening to this happy song. Lately, every generation in my family has been faced with health issues to deal with in their lives. From my less than healthy aging parents, to myself, to my children, and sadly even our little grandson Jaden was very ill. This kind of stuff is heart wrenching to deal with. Some days are just plain harder than others to deal with.

14 Just Feel Better Listen to the music

So, today I thought I’m doing a little better….exercise, get some things ready for tomorrow and just relax. The jewelry creations whirling through my head as I was exercising may not come to reality today, so, I should jot down these thoughts because as of lately, I have not been creating much jewelry. See, I have this personal rule, I don’t force myself to create unless my heart is open and I am willingly able to pour that into my creations. See, jewelry making is my hobby, I do it because I just love to. My little shop is for enjoyment for me and others! And, I love Etsy, to me it always was an escape to my own little creative world. I do as I please when I design jewelry. I don’t care about the time it takes, or if it conforms to a “popular” style.  I work on my creations until I love it, if I don’t…well, it stays on my workbench until it eventually flows perfectly! So, yes, there are a few unfinished projects waiting for the perfect finish.

When I started with Etsy, it seemed like a small community of artisans, and it was so exciting to me. Well, Etsy is growing like crazy! And especially in the jewelry category. I don’t want it to get too big and too impersonal, that would be a shame, but perhaps it already is! Things change almost daily on Etsy, and for a moonlighting artisan like me, sometimes its difficult to compete with the full time artist who has access to their customers and listings throughout the day. It certainly would be a dream come true if I could create everyday, but, it is just that, a dream!

So, what brings me to Etsy when I shop? I shop a lot on Etsy too!   To me, it’s finding that little entrepreneur, an artist who dreams up and creates a unique item, that personal connection with the artist, an enjoyable buying experience.  And, I have met some wonderful artists! And, I can’t wait to proudly display them in my home! Well, that’s my thoughts.

So if you are the type of person that loves to shop for that unique item that was handmade by someone in their little workshop, please think of a few things. Most likely that person is like me, making beautiful items to sell, because it’s a hobby and they love to do it!  I spend way more hours on my things than people would believe….why…it’s fun to send bits of me to someone! Something I created on my own, my own style, my own story….with hopes of sending package full of peace, love and smiles!

So tomorrow, I will start off fresh.  I hope to find some solace in the beautiful Botanical Gardens, and be free and enjoy nature!  Yes nature is always healing, isn’t it.

Please visit my little shop and browse around, and know that everything is made by ME with love!

Peace and Love….LindaGeez and LindaGeezToo

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