Roots Day!

Hello my lovely lotus petals! I hope that you are all having the best day! I know that is a specifically great time for me because my semester is finally over and now I have some extra time for myself! I’m also super excited because tomorrow is Christmas Eve (yay!). With Christmas Eve, and the whole holiday season, come many different traditions, which is one of the reasons why I’m so excited to celebrate “Roots Day” today. Roots Day is a national holiday where we all celebrate our different family heritages, cultures, and backgrounds. As a history major in my undergraduate college career, I especially enjoy learning about other customs and cultures, along with celebrating my own. I believe that it makes us more well rounded as people when we know about as many different cultures as possible because we become more informed about the world around us.

Today, we live in such a global world, and with the help of technology, that world seems to get smaller and smaller every day. This “shrinking” has allowed us to come into contact with cultures that we never would have before. This is especially true in the United States, where we are literally a melting pot of just about every type of culture in the world. We are truly a “global country” thus making it even more accessible for us to learn about other people and their customs and traditions.

This Christmas Eve, I will be celebrating with my family by engaging in the “feast of the seven fishes”. This is an Italian tradition where a big fish dinner is prepared form mussels, to clams, to calamari. My Dad is Italian, so it is a tradition that my family partakes in every year and very much enjoys. It is traditions like these, that help bring our family together especially in these happy times of celebration. But now I want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite family traditions and how do they enhance your own culture, especially during this holiday season. Please share your customs below and what makes them so special to your family! Love to all of my lotus petals. ❤636070003478076401511428562_world

National Gingerbread House Day!

Happy National Gingerbread House Day Lotus Petals! This day holds a special place in my heart because I made my first gingerbread house almost two years ago! I had always seen the gingerbread house kits in the store but I had never gotten around to actually doing it, until one day my Mom brought home one of the gingerbread kits to complete as a fun family activity! When I tell you that it was worth it, I mean it! Gingerbread has never been particularly one of my favorite flavors, but making the house was definitely fun, (even though I was covered in icing by the end of it!) Though gingerbread is not one of my favorite flavors, it can not be denied that the ginger root has long been associated with health benefits and holistic medicine.

Some of these benefits include but are not limited to:

  • soothing stomach aches and digestion
  • anti-inflamatory aid
  • soothes mensural cramps and morning sickness
  • fends off disease
  • relieves some nausea associated with motion sickness

These benefits alone should make you want to try to build a gingerbread house! Not only will it be fun, but hopefully it will be beneficial to your health as well! This way, building your gingerbread house will not only feed your body, but your soul as well! This year, I plan to make another Gingerbread House, especially in honor of today! After you make your house, share your results here! Happy Gingerbread House Building Lotus Petals!

 

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REVAMP! New Year, New Site!

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Great morning, Lotus Petals! This week has been CRAY! The first week of a new month is usually pretty crowded with lists, content, health regimens and for December, HOLIDAYS! What’s also a bit chaotic is my birthday is this Friday. For my 23rd (eh-eh) birthday, I’m hosting my 3rd event at a local GNC which wasn’t optional until Tuesday so I’m very excited for that.

That had me thinking (thinking face emoji) the new blog should be released Saturday as a birthday gift to myself and a Christmas gift to you all! Though I am extremely grateful for this platform and the history of D. Baker, this was a stepping stone and 2 years later, it’s time for a progressive change. Yes, I will still be focused on the foundation of the growth, protection and healing of women, however we are taking it up a couple of notches, bringing on guest writers and promoting a dope way of living for everyone in this world with a heartbeat.

I would like to thank you 1,000+ individuals that have followed and participated in this page. I pray you continue to do so. I have so much in store for us!

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Bathtub Party!

Good Morning Lotus Petals and happy Bathtub Party Day! Bathtub party day is a day do exactly what it sounds like: take a bath. I know I know, you’re probably thinking that you’re way too busy for a bath and don’t have time for one but trust me, today is your day! It’s so easy to get caught up in our day to day routines that we forget to take care of ourselves. Remember, if you can’t take care of yourself, then you can’t take care of others; so it’s more than ok to have some “you time”. Time when you can just relax and focus on yourself! A bathtub party is the perfect way to do this because it clears your mind by allowing you to pause and take time to reflect, instead of just running in and out of the shower in a hurry like always.

I know that hot water does wonders for the soul, especially if you add your favorite bubble bath! In addition to your favorite bubble bath, feel free to get creative; experiment with scented candles, play relaxing music, or read a book! Anything that will allow you to stop and reflect! Whenever I feel like I need some “me time” a Bathtub Party is definitely one of my go tos. It helps me to de-stress and focus so that I am able to conquer the rest of my tasks at hand (whatever they may be). So feed your soul and detox your body with a bathtub party! Please share your results and what specific creative things you did to make it work for you! Remember your creativity could help someone else de-stress and detox! Have an amazing day my beautiful lotus petals!

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National Cookie Day!

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Hello my lovely Lotus Petals! I hope that you are having an amazing day! Now that the holiday season is in full swing, we can start getting ready and preparing for our favorite holidays during this time of year! I love a lot of things about prepping for  the holidays, but one of my favorites, is all of the food! I love food and I also love cooking and baking, so the holidays are the perfect time for me to express that passion! Today specifically, is also a great day to express that passion because today is National Cookie Day!

I have loved cookies since I was little (especially chocolate chip) so I was so excited to find out that there was actually a holiday that celebrated cookies. Desserts, more specifically cookies, are extremely popular around this time of year because everyone loves them, they are easy to gift, and they serve as a great source of holiday cheer! I know that I love eating cookies but I also love giving them. I also love experimenting with new recipes and ideas! Baking has also become a tradition in my family, and I love to bake with my sisters and my Mom!

So now it’s your turn! Do you have a favorite cookie or cookie recipe? Do you have any holiday baking traditions? Because today is National Cookie day, I plan to bake my favorite cookie (chocolate chip!) but if you want to be more daring and experiment, I have attached a link for cookie recipe ideas! Share your results and how your cookies come out! Happy Baking Lotus Petals!

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http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g647/holiday-cookies-1208/

National Roof Over Your Head Day!

Good Morning my lovely Lotus Petals! Now that we are officially in December and the weather is getting even colder, I can’t help but be grateful for the roof over my head! Each year on December 3rd, National Roof Over Your Head Day is celebrated as a way to be grateful for not only the roof over our heads, but the many blessings that we have in life.

Whenever I think of all that I have been blessed with in my life, I can’t help but be grateful, however I also think of those who are less fortunate than I am and those who don’t have a roof over their head. These people need our help and it is our responsibility to give back (to whom much is given much is expected in return). That is why during this time of the year it is especially important to volunteer whether that be at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, nursing home etc.

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I am an alumni of St. John’s University and one of the things that we are known for is our service to the poor and disenfranchised. At St. John’s, there are many opportunities for the students to participate in service. As a St. John’s student, I was fortunate to go on a service experience called a “Midnight Run”. For those of you who don’t know, a Midnight Run is when food and clothing are brought to homeless people in Manhattan from around 9pm to 12pm at night. There are usually a few different stops and the homeless are told in advance where we will be.

Going on this service experience really put things in perspective for me. The people I met were of all different ages (some were my age) had all different stories, and were from all different backgrounds. Because of this, The Midnight Run really taught me to appreciate what I have even more. Every day we have on this earth is a blessing, and I thank God for every day that I have. If you are looking to give back this holiday season, I have attached a link below that can help get you started. Please share your volunteering experiences here! We want to hear all about it! Happy Volunteering Lotus Petals!

http://blog.prepscholar.com/129-examples-of-community-service-projects

 

Faux Fur Friday

Good Morning Lotus Petals! I hope that everyone is having a great Friday! Let’s talk about our passions! I have many different passions and interests and I’m sure that you do too! Our passions are what make each of us truly unique and special so it’s a topic that I love to talk about! Today, I’m going to be talking about one of my specific passions: animals. I have always been a big animal lover and I have actually joked that one day I want to live on a farm because of all of the animals that I would be able to have.

I’m focusing on animals as my passion today because it is “Faux Friday”. For those of you who don’t know, “Faux Friday” is a day where you either buy something made of “faux fur” or celebrate it in some way. Millions of innocent animals are killed every year for their fur, and to make it worse they are treated cruelly. As an animal lover, this makes me sad so I am proud to celebrate Faux Friday by promoting faux fur. This way, you can still look cute and help the animals.

I am so proud to stand with Align because we are a cruelty free company that does not test on animals. We value the well being of all and this includes the animals. I know that for me, this makes not only my mind happy with the knowledge that we are cruelty free, but my soul as well. So help me celebrate Faux Friday! Share a picture of yourself, or a friend wearing a faux fur item with the hashtag #fauxfurfriday. If you don’t want to post a picture of yourself or a friend, find your favorite faux fur item and post that instead with why you love it! So help me celebrate faux Friday and why we’re proud to stand with Align!

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