Essential Living

Breathe clean air • Drink pure water • Soak in Sunlight • Eat Real Food • Relax and get your sleep • Build a circle of warm, caring friends • Give to others, volunteer your time, share your gifts • Harness the healing power of all that comes from the earth

How to Rise and Shine from Rock Bottom

Do you feel like you are at or near rock bottom?  Are you currently dealing with one or more of the following life struggles:  divorce, loss of a loved one, an unhappy relationship, loss of a job, loss of finances, stressful work life, chronic mystery illness with or without a label, a dis-ease with a label, chronic pain, healing from...
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Make-a-Date Sticks

Are you looking for a creative way to remind yourself that it’s ok to schedule time for fun? Most of us are overwhelmed with responsibility and our daily routines. We may easily lose sight of what it means to live in joy, happily ever after – for real!  Consider giving this jar of “Make-a-Date sticks” to your hubby, boyfriend, girlfriend,...
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Mini Quotation Cards for Valentine’s Day

It’s fun to design these mini quotation cards with a variety of card-stock and unique papers. As an artist educator, I save scraps of just about everything, because whether I’m in my home art studio or classroom art studio, I put everything to good use and up-cycle as much as possible. If you love to create using the collage technique,...
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Pumpkin Spice Bread

My original recipe posted on The Essential Classroom in 2013, contained eggs and a lot of oat flour!  I since have evolved in my understanding of how certain ingredients, such as eggs, can affect our health and well-being, so I’ve updated the recipe….and let me tell you, it is super delicious!  I replaced the eggs with applesauce, swapped out a...
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85 Unique Gift Ideas – All Ages/All Year Long

The opportunity to give thoughtful and unique gifts to others, presents itself all year long.  I have put together a list of affordable gifts that are meaningful, supportive of health & well-being, and key contributors to happiness, creativity, relaxation, and overall wellness, for people and pets of all ages. Whether you are in need of these gifts now or in...
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