About Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain's Wife

MIDlifestyle blog. Sometimes he's here, sometimes he's not. What. Ever. I''m married to a tug boat captain who travels the world, while I stay home, waiting and shopping. I'm the mom of a wonderful son we refer to as Professor Angel Boy. I have a background in education, marketing, advertising, and public relations. I've been in a few films, helped my surfer husband with a surf-related radio show, owned a couple small businesses, and co-directed a non-profit organization. I'm and editor and proofreader. I love seashells and rocks, gardening and baking, Hello Kitty, Chanel, and anything sparkly. I've been a veg since 1970 and an ardent animal activist forever. Fashionista...veganista...animal activista...

Hey, Moms! Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga DVD

This is SO cool! My own very first grandchild (Angel Boy 2.0) will greet the world in a few short weeks and I can’t wait; I’m so excited!

Talk about perfect timing; I was sent a Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga DVD to review and I’m putting it in the mail now to my DIL so she’ll have it as soon after the birth as her doctor says she can start working out.

I love yoga and I know my DIL has been practicing yoga all during her pregnancy.

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What a great way to resume yoga practice after the birth of your baby, starting with just five minutes of yoga a day! Just pop in the dvd, no need to even get dressed (haha), drive anywhere, and best of all, you’re in the comfort of your own home and close to that sweet angel baby.

Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga DVD features:

  • 5 Minute getting back on your mat practice
  • 15 Minute Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga practice with cesarean modifications
  • 30 Minute Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga practice with cesarean modifications
  • Diastasis Recti Self-Assessment
  • Pelvic Floor Overview
  • Guided Relaxation following each practice

Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga has been carefully crafted to allow a new mom the opportunity to resume her yoga practice slowly, starting with the 5 minute, getting back on your mat practice.

This practice is designed to get her back in touch with her body so she can safely resume her yoga practice while sending healing energy to the space where her baby lived for all those months.

Finding 15 minutes a day to do yoga is easy and mom will notice the huge difference it will make.

Just 15 minutes a day of making time for herself and the healing of her body will contribute to more positive moods, more and energy during the day, becoming a stepping stone to reclaim her health and fitness.

PostnatalVinyasaYogaDVDcaseAfter making the 15 minute practice part of her routine, new moms will be able to integrate the 30 minute practice, this is where they will really start to see the benefits in body, energy levels, strength and stamina.

Benefits of practicing Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga can include:

  • Feeling more awake and energized throughout the day
  • Balanced mood swings
  • Re-defined and re-toned body
  • Easing of neck pain often associated with breastfeeding
  • Easing of back and shoulder stress from carrying baby
  • Feeling healthy and more vital

Please consult your physician before attempting any postnatal exercise. These postnatal exercise sequences are designed for those who are in good physical condition. Prior yoga experience is preferred, however Postnatal Vinyasa Yoga is accessible to everyone if they listen to their bodies and follow Jennifer’s suggested modifications.

Check it out!
https://www.dolphinmethod.com

(I received no compensation, just product for review. All opinions are my own.)

An Audio Cookbook Giveaway!

Since I haven’t blogged much lately, I though I’d share a blog from a good blogging buddy! Enter the contest!

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I hope 2016 is a great year for all of you! And as the first post for the new year, I have a prize to give away: An audio cookbook!

Dump Dinners Cookbook, by Daniel Cook, read by Diane Davis Dump Dinners Cookbook, by Daniel Cook, read by Diane Davis

Dump Dinners Cookbook:30 Most Delicious Dump Dinners Recipes For Busy People, by Daniel Cook,(apt name!). This is a perfect book for those who are insecure in their ability to cook, for those who are just plain busy and fun for those who cook often.

It’s a good time of year here in North America for slow-cooker stews and soups, but I have found that in the Summertime,(for those of you in the southern hemisphere), slow cookers are indispensable as an alternative to heating up the house with your oven or and more comfortable than standing over a hot stove.

The recipes contained in this audio book are so simple, yet…

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Oh baby, just you shut your mouth

I am so sick of WordPress and its messed up problems. I’ve written this 3 times and it still won’t format correctly, so please excuse the obvious issues and blame WP, not me.


Shhh…

Sometimes you never know why some music resonates with you deep inside, why it’s a song you can listen to a million times and it evokes the same feeling every single time, but this one always has since the first time I heard it in 1983.
Loved you so hard, David Bowie.
Your free spirit will be missed forever.
China Girl
I could escape this feeling, with my China Girl
I feel a wreck without my, little China Girl
I hear her heart beating, loud as thunder
Saw they stars crashing
I’m a mess without my, little China Girl
Wake up mornings where’s my, little China Girl
I hear hearts beating, loud as thunder
Saw they stars crashing down
I feel a-tragic like I’m Marlon Brando
When I look at my China Girl
I could pretend that nothing really meant too much
When I look at my China Girl
I stumble into town just like a sacred cow
Visions of swastikas in my head
Plans for everyone
It’s in the whites of my eyes
My little China Girl
You shouldn’t mess with me
I’ll ruin everything you are
I’ll give you television
I’ll give you eyes of blue
I’ll give you men who want to rule the world
And when I get excited
My little China Girl says
Oh baby just you shut your mouth
She says… sh-sh-shhh

Mules. 3 Mules. Walking.

I’ve been following the journey of John and his mules for about a year; it’s a fascinating story of a man and his life’s mission to walk up and down the state of California.

How lucky for me that I happened to be in Carlsbad at El Camino Real near the 78 and was able to chat for a few minutes with John and take photos of his mules and offer him a little money for his journey to Pasadena.

From the 3mules.com website:

Who are we? Where are we from? We are mules. We are from the outside. We live outside all day, every day. Where are we going? Nowhere. We’re here: the outside, the web of life, the beautiful earth, a place like no other. We have come to this place, a place of golden sparkling light, a place for anybody and everybody. Give your faith, hope and energy to this place at which time you connect to it and receive the magic and endless possibility of infinity. As you walk in this place with these mules you spread the awareness that this beautiful earth, like no other, can only be protected by the way we live one day at a time.

 

It’s not often that one meets an absolutely unique human — what an awesome way to celebrate the day before the day before Christmas 2015.

Learn more about John Sears and his 3 mules:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPmVkUv1Y56MWM5yNyuyYPQ/videos

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3Mules

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Burying the Lede. Again.

Picture this: last evening at 5pm…I’m still sick with the flu (but recovering) on the sofa in my flannel jammies, the ones with happy little owls sprinkled all over a turquoise background, drinking ginger tea (I’m always drinking ginger tea lol) and hub calls.

He casually chitchats for a few minutes about how I’m feeling and about the rain we had and then asks me if I’ve checked his email today (I check his email when he’s gone cos he doesn’t have access to it AND because we have no secrets) and I said no, but hold on, I’ll look right now.

I tell him there’s nothing there and he said, oh, I guess they didn’t cc me.

I said, WHO didn’t cc you WHAT?

No response.

Silence.

I start feeling a little apprehensive.

Not for any other reason than after twenty-two years, I think I’ve finally figured out that hub’s silences speak volumes.

Tugboat man-a man of few words-enjoys observing my mind make quantum leaps.

Oh, don’t even tell me, I said. SILENCE. Absolute silence.

AREYOUFLYINGHOMETOMORROWANDYOU’RETELLINGMENOWWW?

His response? Laughing. That’s it. He laughs.

So…boys and girls, after waiting and waiting and waiting, and thinking for sure he’s coming home on Tuesday,  it’s official.

Tugboat man will be home TODAY.

I’ve never met anybody in my entire life that could bury the lede like he does.

Now is the season for miracles and it’s gonna take a miracle to get me ready and to get some food and freshly baked goodies in this house.

Wish me luck, ‘cos I’m gonna need it.


 

BURYLEAD

FYI, if you’re a writer, you know this is how things are supposed to go!

Read about another time he buried the lede (or lead)

 

 

 

Featured image via Google Images by https://talesfromtaughlumny.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/pbear-coming-home1.jpg

It Hit Me Like a Wrecking Ball

Yesterday I was on the beach at our Agua Hedionda Lagoon with a friend, taking photos just before sunset when the light was perfectperfectperfect.

It took me about ten minutes to walk home.

Without warning, I was shaking with chills, a headache, and a 101.5 temp.

Just like that.

It hit me like a wrecking ball.

I couldn’t get warm. I took a hot shower, drank scalding tea, and made miso soup.

Finally, five hours later, my teeth stopped chattering and I started burning up.

You want to know when I really miss my tugboat man?

It’s times like this, when I wish he were here to bring me Tylenol and a cold compress; toast and tea.

It’s these little things; the “in sickness and in health” kinds of things-that weave the fibers of a marriage.

Yup, I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself right about now.

Anyone want to bring me a cuppa?

 

 

 

 

“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.”

I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all. ~ Coco Chanel

Yes, my darling Coco said that, and it’s one of my favorite quotes.

Confession time:

Did you know that I used to be so shy that I’d never speak up in class or voice an opinion or even HAVE an opinion because it might somehow be the wrong one?

I used to be so afraid of what people thought about me.

It was a lot of wasted time, worrying about other people and their opinions.

And today? I don’t really care so much. (A little, but not too much.)

This was a life lesson I wish I’d learned decades ago. Sigh.

If you know me NOW, I’m positive you’re shaking your head in disbelief, but it’s true.

I dunno, maybe it was all the animal protests and wolf activism I’ve been involved in that changed me, but I’ve developed such a LOUD VOICE that some actively wish it would be quiet once in a while (like tugboat man) but there are things that need to be done and things that need to be said—and I’m silent no longer.

Which is a really strange segue to where I’m going with this post—like life, it’s a journey of sorts.

Sometimes in life people cross your path and you’re inspired by all they’ve achieved, following their dreams to create a better world.

Meet Cori coriSchumacher.

I’m working with her on a couple of projects here in Carlsbad, and she’s FIERCE, y’all.

Maybe I admire her so much because it took me so long to discover my own power and my own voice.

If you aren’t already following her blog, here’s the link…
http://www.corischumacher.com/

…and a snippet of her bio so you’ll get to know Cori:

I am a three-time Women’s World Longboard Champion (2000, 2001, 2010), Women’s Longboard Pipeline Pro Champion (2009), and two-time ASP North American Champion (2008, 2009). From late 2001 to 2005, I went on sabbatical from competition, surfing in only two events from 2005 to 2007. I returned officially to longboard competition in 2008 to win the Linda Benson Roxy Jam at Cardiff, California. I ceased competing altogether after boycotting the ASP World Tour in 2011.

In 2012, I co-founded the nonprofit, The Inspire Initiative, “to enrich and empower women of all ages through participation in surfing while emphasizing education, media literacy, and building a core community of leaders that will effect positive change in the world.” I am interested in using The Inspire Initiative to develop creative, non-competitive spaces through which to explore surfing’s potential as a complicated force for the physical liberation of women and girls around the world.I have chosen to use my platform as a world class athlete to create positive social impact in and around persistent gender disparity, homophobia, the impacts of consumer culture, and other important social and environmental issues in and around surfing and sports in general. I have written various articles addressing these issues that have been published in The Inertia, The Guardian, The Surfers Journal, and elsewhere, and have been a keynote speaker at multiple local and international conferences and events.

In 2013, I spearheaded a successful international campaign against Roxy that made visible the growing concern and pushback against the hyper-sexualization of elite female professional surfers, a problematic issue that continues to require attention and activism.

In 2015, I accepted an invitation to become an ambassador for Surfers for West Papua, a “solidarity and awareness-raising campaign aimed at exposing Indonesia’s brutal oppression and on-going occupation of West Papua.”

She gets shit done, you guys.
GETS. IT. DONE.dropmic

 

“Put on your yarmulke, it’s time for Chanukah!”

Happy Chanukah!

(In case you don’t know how to pronounce the word, if I spelled it like this, “Hannukah”, that’d give you a hint.)

Eight days of prezzies, what could be better?

I (really) am aware there’s another more serious reason for the celebration called Festival of Lights, but nothing compares to the sparkle of a diamond in the candleglow of a fully lit menorah.

AMMIRIGHT?

Have you heard the new version of Adam Sandler’s Chanukah song with references to Jared Fogle and Adam Levine?

Funny as always.

So enjoy your Kugel, already!

Click here for a link to my mom’s famous recipe, Not Kegel, But a Kugel-licious Recipe

And Hannukah Hairy Harry, let’s not forget THIS little guy…

Click here: Hairy Hanukkah Harry and The Story of Hanukkah 2012

Hannukah candles

And…it’s just possible that on the 8th day of Chanukah I’ll receive a HUGE gift in the form of a big old hairy sexy blue-eyed tugboat man!

Keep your fingers crossed for me and light your candles!

חנוכה שמחה


					

my part-time marriage

You know what I hate more than my tugboat man’s delays that prevent him from coming home?

I really hate all the people who don’t stop asking me when he’s coming home and give me a sort of a snarkly schadenfreude look when I tell them I don’t know or you’ll see him when I see him–they invariably ask me why I stay married to a guy like that–why I put up with it.

That’s just so f***ing rude.

Or they make dumbass comments about how much fun I must have being single for 50% of the time and do I go out and party a lot and how he must cramp my style when he’s home.

Or the one that really gets me boiling…they wish THEIR men were gone most of the time like my guy, cos their hub is annoying, stupid, lazy, boring–or a combination of a few or all of those traits.

Since I don’t normally unleash my UBER-BEEYOTCHY side on the people I see on a regular basis, I’m doing it here.

Let me clarify…

We have a twenty-two year marriage that’s built on trust, love, commitment, strength, and respect.

WE ARE A TEAM.

We’re in this marriage together–TOGETHER–whatever it is, we deal with things TOGETHER– not as adversaries blaming each other, but we work on issues and problems as a TEAM.

Whether his career now takes him out to sea and offshore and away from home for six weeks or two months or even four months–it’s a blip on the radar of the love we share.

Oh, and for those who wonder if I’ve ever been unfaithful or if he has relationships in every port–let me tell you that I can be 1000% certain that has never and will never happen because our marriage motto is FULL DISCLOSURE.

We never keep secrets; there is no reason to–we’re each others besties.

And there’s no one in the world that could ever replace him.

And yes, even all the shopping I do (and the Chanels, whether it’s a necklace or a handbag)–it’s MOSTLY always discussed and is agreed to before it happens hee hee.

Physical distance is only one aspect of a relationship-it can blossom and grow no matter how many oceans separate us.

REALLY.


And here’s a little song from the one and only Frank Sinatra

 

(Featured image from http://www.newlovetimes.com/)

 

Super Baby Food Cookbook: Review

In the summer of 1981 when my Angel Boy was about four months old and just starting solid foods (in addition to breast milk), I thought seriously about imitating animals who pre-digest their food.

From Wiki:

Premastication, pre-chewing, or kiss feeding is the act of chewing food for the purpose of physically breaking it down in order to feed another that is incapable of masticating the food by themselves. This is often done by the mother to produce baby food capable of being consumed by the child during the weaning process. 

The behaviour was common throughout human history and societies and observed in non-human animals. While premastication is less common in present-day Western societies it was commonly practiced, and is still done in more traditional cultures. Although the health benefits of premastication is still being actively studied the practice appears to confer certain nutritional and immunological benefits to the infant.

I didn’t actually go to those lengths, but I did make all of his baby food from scratch. I don’t think I bought those little Gerber jars except when I had a sick kitty that needed to be nursed back to health.

Now that I’m going to be a first-time grandma, I’ve learned just how much things have changed in thirty-plus years.

I was sent this amazing book to read and review by Ruth Yaron,  Super Baby Food Cookbook.

When Ruth Yaron’s twin boys were born premature and very sick, she knew the most important thing she could do for them was to feed them the healthiest diet possible.
Unhappy with the information that was available to her, Ruth decided to do her own exhaustive research on nutrition and health food.

Although she was a whiz at programming satellites for NASA, Ruth was an inexperienced cook. She utilized her skills, developed writing technical manuals, to diligently record her research of homemade, mostly organic, whole grain cereals, fruits, and vegetables, as well as the best storing and freezing methods.

The results of her phenomenal efforts are found in her remarkable first book, Super Baby Food, which has sold over half a million copies and is now in its 3rd edition.  Fans have asked Ruth for a cookbook with pictures of their favorite recipes and in the Super Baby Food Cookbook she has delivered.

The Super Baby Food Cookbook is fully illustrated in color and includes Ruth’s easy and complete system of baby and toddler food preparation.

The “Super Baby Food Diet” is an extremely healthy diet composed of only whole, natural foods.

It is based on these major components: whole grain cereals, vegetables and fruits, yogurt and other dairy products, eggs, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

Pediatricians and nutritionists agree that a semi-vegetarian diet (a lacto-ovo diet containing milk products and eggs) fulfills all of a growing baby’s nutritional requirements.

While I’m  a vegan, I understand the need for calcium and really like how these recipes include breast milk as an ingredient.

As an aside, if anyone has ever made cheese from breast milk, I’d be interested in chatting.

Yaron provides the essentials for preparing all sorts of foods for babies and young children.

The book includes baby favorites such as avocado, carrots, peaches, and pears.

Discover a bonus of “healthy extra” tips and how to use them in recipes, including chia seeds, wheat germ sprinkles, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and more so that every bite counts.

Here’s a small sampling of the dozens of kid-pleasing recipes contained in the Super Baby Food Cookbook:

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 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup water

Put water in a pan and bring to boil.
Add blueberries and reduce heat.
Simmer for 15-20 minutes; blueberries should be soft and tender.Remove blueberries from pan using a slotted spoon and transfer directly to a blender or processor. Purée away.Freeze any leftovers.

Apple Smiley Face

1 apple (peeled and cored)
1 tablespoon peanut or other butter
1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup or blackstrap molasses (optional)
1 pinch ground cinnamon or nutmeg

Grate the apple in a food processor.
Mix with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or other nut butter.
Add 1 teaspoon honey, maple syrup or blackstrap molasses and a pinch of cinnamon and/or nutmeg, if desired.
Add Healthy Extras —grated carrots are good.
Place on small plate and form into pancake-shaped face. Use berries or other fruit for your own decorative touches to create eyes, nose, hair, etc.

For more information visit www.superbabyfood.com or www.ruthyaron.com