Let It Fall

Let it fall to the ground

I know it hurts

It is a struggle to let it go

To lose what you care for so much

 

But there is no real loss

Just the illusion that what escapes is you

 

And you can never be gone

For you are eternal

Nothing has any power over you except you

But there is no control to be had really

 

Just surrender

To all

To what is to be

And in this knowing there is peace

And in peace lies this knowing

 

Always

Forever

LOVE

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Whatever is to be shall be built

In a new and fresh perfection

In love

 

~Spread LOVE~

~Tanni

 

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Tulips!!!!!!

It’s that time of year again!  As some of you already know, my most favorite flower is the tulip!  And every year, I make a post dedicated to this particular blossom because it is just so beautiful and I want to share it!

Seriously though, when is the last time you went and played with the flowers?  If you aren’t sure or you have to think about it then maybe it is time for you to do just that!  Flowers are such friendly little things!  And they LOVE it when you dance with them!

Nothing else brings such pretty little splashes of color to our earth, you know?  So without further ado, this year’s tulip adventures:

Creamy, delicious yellow   :)

Yellow

These magical tulips are saying “hello”   :)

Couple Open

Rows of color!!!!

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Beautiful and bright up-close shot!

Individual

And of course my very favorite ~ white!

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Tanni and tulips ~ friends forever!!!   :)

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Thank you for stopping by and sharing my tulip-love with me for a little bit!

I would LOVE to hear about your flower-filled adventures or what your favorite flowers are!!!!

Also, feel free to check out my previous tulip posts here and here!

~Spread LOVE~

~Tanni

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Happy Earth Day – Let’s Spread LOVE

I very much appreciate a day being set aside to celebrate and help heal the earth.  I know this earth day post is a couple of days late, but honestly, that works out perfectly for me.  You see, to me every, single day is earth day.  I am sure you have heard people (including me) say that about different days here and there but I promise you that I genuinely mean this!   :)

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I really, truly do at least one thing for the planet every day.  The thing is, you probably do too!  Each time you smile, or make a choice in love rather than fear, or eat a piece of fruit, you are helping.   :) Every, single thing on this earth is connected.  It really is. And each positive emotion you allow yourself to feel helps!

In no way am I saying to not do more on earth day or any day you wish though!  Promise!  The more good earth deeds, the better!  Always!  Here is a list of just a few (there are so many!) things that I think are GREAT to help heal our earth on any day or on earth day:

  • LOVE YOURSELF
  • Hug trees
  • Plant trees.  Plant anything!  Fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, whatever!!!
  • Touch dirt with your bare skin
  • Spend time outside
  • Love your friends
  • Love your enemies
  • Buy organic/local/good quality foods and eat them!
  • Drink a green smoothie
  • Roll down a grassy hill
  • Clean up garbage
  • Be in love with all that you do
  • Recycle/buy items with as little packaging as possible
  • Support those who use good environmental practices
  • Express gratitude
  • LOVE YOURSELF

The current state of our earth is a reflection of what is inside of each and every one of us.  I promise that this is so.  This is why self-love is more important than anything.

And life is not about fighting the darkness.  We must be the light.  We must shine bright in love.

I have SO MUCH love for this earth and all of you, my beautiful, beautiful friends.  It leaves me speechless on a daily basis.   :)  Thank you all so much for being who you are!

I love you all!!!  Happy Earth Day from my heart to yours.   :)

~Spread LOVE~

~Tanni

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Cry

Holding back is fear; to cry is to be courageous 

 

Forget society

Shed your tears

 

There is no weakness in being true to your emotions

To let them go is to be free

 

Ignore all stereotypes, silly creations of the mind

Let the rain fall down

It is a beautiful thing

 

Powerful.  Strong.  Bold.  Precious.  

 

Honor your body, your sacred vessel

Celebrate the blessing that is this release

Bathe in the wetness

 

Born anew

Clean and whole

Pure and innocent

 

Express what you feel

What a beautiful miracle

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Bless you.  I love you.

 

~Spread LOVE~

~Tanni

 

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Swiss Chard Veggie Wrap with Creamy Avocado Sauce ~ Raw Food Recipe

This wrap is really simple, delicious and highly nutritious!  If I listed out all of the nutrients and benefits you are getting from it, this post would be eight feet long. That said, I will just highlight a couple of things ~ healthy omega 3 and 6 fats from the avocado, protein from the chard and the avocado, heavy metal detoxification from the cilantro, digestive promotion from the dill and pretty much all of the vitamins and minerals that exist from all of it! Plus, it is all raw, which means that it is completely alive!  Pretty awesome stuff!  Oh yeah, then there was that whole simple and delicious part, too!   :)

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Ingredients* for one wrap (two of the halves pictured above):

  • Avocado ~ 1/2 large or 1 small
  • Lemon juice ~ 1 Tbsp.
  • Dried paprika ~ 1/2 tsp.
  • Dried cumin ~ 1/2 tsp.
  • Dried crushed red pepper flakes (optional ~ add if you want it spicy)
  • Sea salt (optional ~ I made mine without but depending on your taste buds, you may want to add some in)
  • Garlic (optional ~ I made mine without this too, but it could be good if you wish)
  • Fresh dill ~ couple sprigs, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro ~ couple sprigs, to taste
  • Tomato ~ 1 medium, chopped
  • Cucumber ~ 1/2 medium, chopped
  • Rainbow swiss chard ~ 1 large leaf, de-stemmed
  • Anything else you want to add that sounds good (other veggies, spices, whatever)
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Directions:

I apologize for the lack of pictures here but this recipe is pretty easy, so that’s good!   :)

In a bowl, mash avocado, lemon juice, paprika, cumin and any of the optional ingredients (dried red pepper, sea salt or garlic) with a fork.  Once this is mixed well, chop the fresh dill and cilantro into very small pieces.  Add and stir in until evenly disbursed.  Set aside.

Chop cucumber and tomato and set aside.

De-stem your swiss chard leaf and lay it flat on a large plate.  Spread the avocado sauce onto the leaf leaving a couple of inches all the way around the leaf for folding.  Top the avocado sauce with the chopped veggies.  Fold the edges of the swiss chard leaf up over the sauce and the veggies and then flip over.  Cut in half and serve!

*Amounts are somewhat approximate as I didn’t measure when I made it.  They should be pretty close but feel free to use your intuition to make adjustments to your tastes!

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Let me know what you think if you decide to try this!

~Spread LOVE~

~Tanni

 

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I Couldn’t Love You More

Standing here in front of me, broken as you think you are.

A bird who doesn’t know they can fly.

 

I haven’t healed all of my imperfections yet, you say.  I still need to grow.

What you don’t realize is that I already see you.  I know who you are.

Your eyes shine so brightly.

Your heart literally glows.

You don’t always see your own potential.  Or know all the great things you will be.

 

But I do.

And I couldn’t love you more.   

 

I am so insecure and I feel so small you say.

I don’t know when I will ever be good enough.

But you already are.

And I couldn’t love you any more than I do right now.   

 

You say you are scared.  You don’t know what will happen next.

You don’t know who you are.

You are so ugly and dirty.

 

But you are already perfect.

And I couldn’t possibly love you more. 

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~Spread LOVE~

~Tanni

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The AMAZING Banana!

I eat a LOT of bananas!  So I thought it would only be appropriate to make a post that is devoted to the awesome-ness of the banana!  Bananas are a truly amazing fruit that have a number of very unique benefits and uses!  If you would like to know more, then please continue…..

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Health Benefits

Bananas contain:

  • Fiber
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Protein
  • Vitamins B1, 2, 3, 5, 6
  • Folic acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamins E, A and K
  • Minerals – calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc

Due to this impressive list, bananas are good for the following:

  • Bones (calcium and other minerals)
  • Digestion (fiber, easy to digest)
  • Brain (omega 3s, amino acids…aka protein)
  • The circulatory system (and reduction of blood pressure)
  • Energy (bananas are a good carbohydrate, which = fuel!)
  • Depression/mood (good for the brain, plus they contain certain essential amino acids such as tryptophan, which increases serotonin)
  • Charlie horses/leg cramps (potassium and other minerals)

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Other Unique Benefits

Bananas have all of the following uses that cannot be duplicated by many other fruits/foods:

  • Creamy texture – How many other fruits are creamy like the banana?  This provides for a unique eating experience alone when comparing to other fruits!  Also, this makes bananas an excellent candidate for making smoothies, ice cream, etc.  Speaking of which…..
  • Great for smoothies – What other food is better for a smoothie than a banana?  They are thick and creamy and delicious and they combine well with just about every other fruit!  Seriously, give them a try!  No dairy products needed, either!
  • Great for ice cream – Yes, I said ice cream!  All you have to do is freeze some bananas, put them in your high speed blender or food processer and voila, you have the most amazing, creamy and magical ice cream ever!  And it is made out of fruit!  You can also add other frozen fruits, cinnamon or whatever else you like.  Yum!
  • Filling – Bananas are a lot denser than other fruits, so they keep you full longer.  This is especially beneficial to those of us who eat a diet that is very high in fruit!
  • Travel – They are easy to transport for on-the-go fun!  It is super-simple to “pack” a bunch of bananas; just grab and go!  Once you are out, peel and eat!  It doesn’t get much more straight-forward than that!
  • Disposal – Just throw them back to mother earth!  Great for the environment and easy, too! 
  • Baking substitute – Bananas can be used in baking to help sweeten and also to help bind and hold stuff together!  So depending on what you are making, they may be able to replace or help replace sugar, butter, oil or eggs!
  • Cheap - Bananas are one of, if not the most inexpensive fruits (not to mention, foods), year-round!  At least this is true where I live!

So there you have it, folks!  The AMAZING banana!  Pretty cool stuff!

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If anyone has any other uses for bananas or banana tips, feel free to share in the comments below!  Or feel free to just express your love for the banana in general, as I will totally be able to relate.   ;)

~Spread LOVE~

~Tanni

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