Why Screaming Girls Have Benefits + A Recipe for CALM

Here’s a glimpse into how a typical conversation I have with myself goes some days…

I don’t want to write today.
Just start…
But…I want to go outside.
No you don’t.
I want to work out.
That’s lame, you are just avoiding writing. Sit your ass down and just start.
Deep breath…
That’s it, quiet your mind.
More breathing.
Come on, you’re NOT BREATHING right!
There are teenage girls in my hot tub screaming.
Do all teenage girls have to scream constantly?
The sound of squealing girls bugs the sh*t out of me.
Boys don’t squeal. (Insert guilt… comparing mom thought)
Start breathing again.

This is a very unattractive teenage girl quality. If I were a teenage boy, I would definitely avoid this and zone out on video games. (ahhh…a bit of revelation – I must be starting to breathe!)

Two questions:

  1. Why are they in my hot tub in the middle of the day, don’t they have a list of crap to do?
  2. Why does it sound like someone is being killed every 2 minutes?

After investigating if there is a possible murder and confirming that, in fact, one has died, I close the door to my office to buffer the screeching and find myself with a smile.

I realize that their squealing is JOY: countless emotions, thoughts and feelings, leaking out through their beautiful, hormone-ridden bodies, as if some one has taken a soda bottle and shaken it up and out through the top the bubbling soda sprays everywhere.

There is joy spraying everywhere.

God forbid it should spray all over my home, into my heart and infuse everyone with reckless effervescent ridiculous happiness… This would be just awful (yes, please sense the sarcasm).

I quickly realize that I want this joy and I’m glad they chose to share. So, my friends, I choose to share something that makes me pretty joyful myself: my favorite nighttime drink ritual! I promise There is no squealing, breathing, or murder involved.

Peace, love and CALM…


CALM: A Calcium and Magnesium Nighttime Cocktail

I love this stuff. I have a hard time sleeping generally, and since I am an “older” mom and have fatigue, I need more magnesium and calcium because I hear old chicks don’t get enough calcium. And since I’m a mother, naturally I have stress which causes magnesium deficiency (add to the list of hazards of working, exercising, and being a wife and mother). I originally heard of this natural CALM mix in Dr. Junger’s book, CLEAN when I was doing a detox—which, by the way, I highly recommend. And while we are on the subject of detoxing, it also makes you poop really big. (Yup, I said it and EVERYONE POOPS — read the book.)

Here’s the gist:
“Natural Calm is the solution to both restoring a healthy magnesium level and balancing your calcium intake—the result of which is natural stress relief.” You can read the long story here.

Apparently 80% of American men do not have healthy magnesium levels and 70% of us American women do not have healthy magnesium levels. So make you and your love a little nighttime cocktail. Most people drink it straight, as it doesn’t taste that bad, but I fancy it up a little… because you know I like it fancy!

What you need:

1–3 teaspoons of CALM – you can get it here or at most health food stores.
8 ounce Glass of Ice Water
¼ cup Liquid Gold (lemon ginger juice recipe)
3–5 drops Organic Liquid Stevia (to taste)

Stir 1–3 teaspoons of CALM into ice water until dissolved.
Add Liquid Gold and Stevia and stir until mixed well.
Serve and enjoy.

Side action:
It helps relax you.
You may want a little action.
Add more Liquid Gold if you like more lemony – it’s good for you.

What’s playin’ in the background:
“Say Hello 2 Heaven” — Temple of the Dog
“Detox” — Sublime

Why Embarrassing Your Daughter and Grass Fed Burgers are Good Things

Why Embarrassing Your Kid is a Good Thing

When the proverbial sh*t hits the fan sometimes the best thing to do is nothing… then let said sh*t spew all over the land and let the smell linger for a while. Just as you start to get used to the smell and after your adrenaline, energy, creativity, depression, and ability to hear God starts to feel like TV static and mind-altering numbness, it’s time to escape and reset.

Exit Stage Left

My exit is far west into the middle of the pacific ocean, right into the furtherest land from any other continent. I call this magical land, Kauai. Being on this island is like being in a different country but with a USA security blanket. You see, I am not as brave as those who travel to third-world countries with a water bottle, backpack, passport, and a few bucks. I’m a mother, wife, and entrepreneur so unfortunately my control issues and trauma liability are at their asexual peak.

Mother Daughter Time

At twelve my favorite thing to do was hang out alone with just my mom. Alone time with Lety was rare and it was especially unusual if it was without my annoying younger brother and compliant Ya-Ya (term of endearment for Philippina nanny). I was curious about how to be a woman. I wanted to know what she did, how she did it, and where she went.

My memories of Lety time all to myself, thirty-something years later, are vivid. She was cool—way cooler than I am. She was brown, beautiful, unique, creative, brilliant…different than the other moms. She worked, she kept a second residence in San Francisco, wore stylish expensive suits, and people adored her. To me, this was not normal and it was annoying. Church people judged her and this embarrassed me. After all, I wanted a beige “Betty Crocker” kind of mom.

Therefore, aspiring to be the best beige…or err… “tan” mom in the world, whisking my teenage daughter off to my magical exit land for a little mother-daughter “womance” seems like a really good idea! We laughed, talked, slept in, played in the ocean, surfed, ate Bubba Burgers, shaved ice, ice cream, and maybe a Lava Flow or two.

By about Day 3 I began to feel human again. About day 3.5 I realized this was more valuable than I originally had imagined. You see, right now she does not think I am cool, beautiful, smart, or unique. Right now, to her I am annoying and any kind of womanly self expression is “sooooo like, stoooooooooppppp mommmmb!”

The Thing

She does not want me to dance, talk to strangers, wear a bikini (and why don’t I wear a t-shirt like other “good more Christian moms?”), sing, or get really excited about anything (yes, I was really excited about eating Bubba Burgers), or point out glorious beauty of almost anything or ask her what she is thinking. How  embarrassing that is to a young one. Flirting is absolutely out of the question with anyone ANY AGE. (Pfft!) Please keep in mind, my type is either 2 or over 60 years old, both of whom play now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t.

This “now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t” is the thing! You see, being unapologetically me: annoying, wearing an American Indian feather head dress or a bikini, seeing and engaging strangers, going on adventures is it. ME.

This is the thing she will remember!

The thing that will make her fearless.

The thing that will make her, HER!

The thing that will show her how to be a woman.

She may not listen to a thing I say and she can’t see me right now.

But she will and then she won’t. And then… she will see herself.

So here it is. We must show our children how to be alive. We must dance, sing, wear bikinis, work, not work, be whatever it is we wish to be. We must show how to express ourselves, how to figure it out when the sh*t hits the fan, how to be good to ourselves, how to get our groove on, how to love people, and how to not lose ourselves in the minefield that is raising a family.

How to be a glorious, abundant God-, life-, and burger-loving woman!
Here’s to all of my “sistas” wearing their metaphorical feather head dresses out there: BE BRAVE and BE YOU! Remember, WE are raising the future generation of warriors. Secretly, they want us all to themselves, as this is where they will eventually find themselves.

I’ll keep you posted on the next “I Shall Never Wear A T-Shirt Over My Bikini Anonymous” meeting and whether or not I eventually convert to the church of “Good Christian Mothers.”  For now, cook up some Bubba Wubba Burgers in your underwear.

Peace, love and Bubba Wubba Burgers…


Liquid Gold

Liquid Gold: super food lemon ginger cocktail

This simple recipe is a detoxifier, immunity powerhouse, assists in weight loss, an anti-
inflammatory, cancer fighter, anti-bacterial, virus killer and more.

I have had so many requests asking me to clarify the whys and quantities of this elixir I posted on Facebook sometime ago; I thought it would be helpful to run through it in detail. I have found that this really helps my family and I boost our immunity and stay healthy. Here is why:

Lemons: The Alkalizing Powerfood

Lemons are acidic to the taste, but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact, they are one of the most alkaline-forming foods and this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body. They are ridiculously good for you.

“We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” –Alfred E. Newman

Lemon Highlights:

  • Alkalizing
  • Rich in vitamin C
  • Liver stimulant – God knows after the holidays my liver needs some love!
  • Cleans out waste
  • Used to treat Scurvy – for all you pirates out there.
  • Dissolves gallstones, calcium deposits and kidney stones
  • Helps to neutralize free radicals
  • Lemon peal contains phytonutrient effective in help brain disorders – like I need more.
  • Destroys intestinal worms
  • Antibacterial
  • Strengthens blood vessels
  • Contain 22 anti cancer compounds
  • Provides optimal cell energy
  • You can read more from this great article from Care2″ Make a Difference

Ginger: The Wonder Root

Ginger is spicy with many healing properties. My grandmother would put ginger on everything. She wrapped it with gauze to mend a sprained finger or sore throat or mince it into tea for stomach related relief. I did not know why back then but now know that ginger paired with love will keep us sassy.

Ginger Highlights

  • Combats excessive inflammation – when inflammation subsides the body can heal itself – Chronic inflammation causes diseases.
  • Relieves nausea – very effective for me when I had morning sickness.
  • Fights viruses
  • Anti cancer agent
  • Boosts immunity
  • Increases circulation and blood flow
  • If you want to fall more in love with Ginger read this from The Worlds Healthiest Foods:


Liquid Gold Recipe

You will need:

  1. Juicer – I have and recommend this Jack LaLanne Juicer because it is super easy to clean and affordable.
  2. 16 oz. jar with lid
  3. 4-6 whole lemons with peel
  4. 6-8 inches of ginger root – you do not need to peel
  5. Wash lemons and ginger thoroughly.
  6. Juice lemons and ginger in to jar and cover.
  7. Add 2-4 ounces of Liquid Gold mixture to water and enjoy.

Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Add 2 pears or 2 apples, adds sweetness and cuts tartness and spiciness. (Apples and pears aid fluid and mucus reduction.)

Add liquid vitamin D – (Vitamin D plays role in strong bones, cell growth, immune function and reducing inflammation.) Find Out More.

Add oregano oil – (Oregano is used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, croup, and bronchitis. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating. Other uses include treating menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract disorders including urinary tract infections (UTIs), headaches and heart conditions.

The oil of oregano is taken by mouth for intestinal parasites, allergies, sinus pain, arthritis, cold and flu, swine flu, earaches and fatigue. It is applied to the skin for skin conditions including acne, athlete’s foot, oily skin, dandruff, canker sores, warts, ringworm, rosacea and psoriasis; as well as for insect and spider bites, gum disease, toothaches, muscle pain, and varicose veins. As from Webb MD. Find out more.

Add ice and blend with honey to taste for lemon/ginger slushy.

Add to sparling water with honey to make best soda ever.

Replace cranberry in basic “Cosmopolitan” recipe – See here


Self-care will change the world. #loveally

Love yourself well.