For The Love Of Summer

summer, recipes, watermelon, smoothies, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, antioxidant, huffington post, huff post, huff post taste, five a day, healthy, vegan, raw, raw vegan, healthy food, holistic nutrition, yoga girl, deliciously ella, madeleine shaw, nutrition, health, healthy living, fresh, herbs, plant basedI shared a few of my favourite watermelon recipes on The Huffington Post as one last hurrah to summer.

Take a look for them + more articles and recipes! x

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Giving Thanks

IMG_4962“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie

What are you grateful for?

In Canada, we are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend.

There are many things I am thankful for. I see more. I care more. I appreciate more. I am grateful for more. Most of these are just little things but in looking closer and acknowledging these, we gain perspective on our outlook in life.
Be thankful for the sun shining through your window, or the rain pelting down and the fact that you have a roof over your head.

Be thankful you have a furry friend to cuddle up with on the days you aren’t feeling 100%.

Be thankful to feel a grumble in your tummy, knowing you can head into your kitchen and make some breakfast.

Be thankful for busy city noise, crowded transport, and long lines at the grocery stores, allowing you to appreciate silence, quiet time, and space for yourself.

Be grateful you have a bed to fall asleep in.

Be thankful you have an argument with a loved one, you have someone who is willing to fight for you and someone by your side.

Be grateful you have a job to worry about getting to on time.

Be thankful you can read this.

Be grateful for your family, your friends, your loved ones.

Be thankful for the people who have come and gone in your life and have taught you something.

Be grateful for the changing of seasons, to be thankful for summery days with sand between your toes, long evenings resulting in epic sunsets, and the coziness of a scarf and fuzzy socks when it turns cold.

There are things we wish away that others are praying for.

We all have something to be thankful for. To express gratitude for. We are here for a purpose even if we still don’t know it. You are here on this earth and there is so much to marvel at if we only really look. Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens FOR you.

Happy Thanksgiving x