back: Sarah B, Cat, Jill, Dawn Marie, Sue; middle: Christine, Lupe, Lisa, Pamela, Sarah J; front: Cindy

Inspiring thoughts, ideas and information provided by women business owners.

The purpose of Keystone Women's Circle is to unite, support and promote women business owners. A keystone is the stone in an arch that binds all others in place. In a circle of stones, every stone is a keystone. We believe that together we can create a foundation, not of brick and mortar, but of relationships and mutual support, enabling all of us to prosper.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The doctors say get a massage!

This segment was on the "Doctors" tv show. They talk specifically about water massage, but the health benefits are the same for any form of massage.
Have a wonderful weekend! Pamela Healing Essence Massage

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Perfect Day.....

This weekend, my family traveled to the Cross Lake area.  My dad and Step-mom have a wonderful home on Clamshell Lake.  We were blessed with perfect weather.  Sunday morning, my husband and I took the kayaks out, then I grabbed my book and a tea, and sat on the dock.  What a way to start the day!  It was the calm before the storm, but in the best of ways.  The afternoon was filled with taking the kids tubing and jumping off the boat into the beautiful waters on the White Fish Chain. I was in Paradise!  We have so many natural gems in the state of Minnesota.  My hope for all for all of  you is that you find your paradise and kick back and enjoy it ~ may it be by a lake, in your bathtub, or in your favorite chair!  Have a great week!
Lisa Fahey

Friday, August 5, 2011

National Night Out

National Night Out was Tuesday August 2nd.  We had about as much fun as all the children there.

Shiny Jill had fun with a police officer...

Cat read stories...

We enjoyed some girl time...

Left to Right: Cat, Melissa, Lisa, Dawn-Marie, Sarah B, Pamela, Sarah J, Jill

Take Care! Pamela Healing Essence Massage

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Being Overweight is a Symptom

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In the blue print of our minds we have programs all ready set up and in progress.  Our outer world in merely a symptom of our inner world.  However most of us try to change our outer world without addressing the cause of the issue (our inner world).

Being overweight is only a symptom, cause you are acting out your beliefs and habits as an over weight person.  Is that really who you are?  If you want to be lean and healthy you have to think like a lean and healthy person and act like a lean and healthy person.  You have to address you inner blue print, your beliefs and habits. You need to change your inner blueprint, your inner world and see yourself as having all the abilities and strengths, see yourself as a lean and healthy person, than your outside world will shift to match your beliefs.

If your outside world isn't what you want it to be, than there is no way out of it other than to change your inner world.  You have the strength, take the step.

Sarah Bran de Leon

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

It's official.  I am the mother of a teenager. I know it is hard to believe that my oh-so-young-looking-self has a thirteen year old, but my son had a birthday on Sunday throwing me into the club of Moms of teens. I have mixed emotions about this.  On one hand, its only a number, but on the other it is a harsh slap of reality that as each year goes by, he is that much closer to becoming an adult.  So I will do my best to cherish each moment in the next several years, and help guide him along a path that will insure a wonderful future as he creates his adult life.  The terms "cut the apron strings" and "cut the umbilical cord" come to mind, but for me it is going to take baby steps so today I am only willing to sever the strings ever so slightly!

Wish me luck and patience!

Lisa Fahey

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Self Comfort

Relaxation can be a tricky thing. Many of us (myself included) have this false belief that relaxing is a waste of time and that there is always something better to do.

Everyone needs moments where they don't have to think or do and can just simply be.  For a lot of overweight people, food is the only luxury they give themselves.  It's the only way they know how to take care of themselves.  It's how they find comfort among all the stress and chaos of everyday life.  In between running the kids to activities, jobs, housework, etc...  That donut, candy bar, chips, or ice cream  Is sometimes the only break they get.  It's the only way they know to give themselves some much needed comfort.

What do you enjoy doing that can give you comfort?  For me I like to read romance novels.  It's a guilty pleasure and it's something I find time to do every day, even if it's just a chapter.  It's how I can escape for a little while and not worry or think about what needs to get done.  It's a healthy distractor. I highly encourage everyone to find something, no matter how small to do for themselves everyday (for at least 15 minutes).  A healthy distractor.  Cause we all need breaks.  And eating unhealthy foods to take care of emotional needs in the long run is just going to hurt you.  Here are some ideas:
  • read
  • Watch a TV program
  • Garden
  • Play a computer game
  • Go for a walk
  • Draw
  • Take a class (for fun) and than practice
  • Learn an instrument
Whatever it is, it should be enjoyable to you and something you look forward to doing. Have fun finding new ways to comfort yourself.

Sarah Bran de Leon

Friday, July 15, 2011


Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain.
Author unknown

I woke up to a river running through our yard this morning!

Well here we are just hours before the highly anticipated town celebration begins.  BBQ Days is in its 53rd year and I have not been around for NEARLY all of them but for the 20 or so years I have attended, I never remember the first day looking like today.  Hopefully Mother Nature is giving us a good soak and will open up blue skies for us soon that will last through Monday morning.  But if not, put on your wet suit and make the best of it! I for one would enjoy dancing in the rain - any of my keystone sisters want to join me????

No matter what life throws at you, catch it and make it fun!

Lisa Fahey

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Women Empowerment, What Opportunities Are You Missing Out On?

In the book "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind"   by T. Harv Eker  there is a neat story which goes like this:
There was a man who is walking along a cliff and all of a sudden loses his balance, slips and falls off.  Fortunately, he has the presence of mind to grab on to the ledge, and he's hanging there for dear life.  He hangs and hangs and finally yells out, "Is there anybody up there who can help me?"  There's no answer.  He keeps calling and calling, "Is there any body up there who can help me?"  Finally this big bellowing voice calls back,  "This is God.  I can help you.  Just let go and trust."  Next thing you hear:  "Is there anybody else up there who can help me?"

Lesson of the story according to T. Harv Eker is that if you want to move to a higher level of life, you have to be willing to let go of some of your old ways of thinking.  I would take it a step farther and add that if you believe that there is only one way to accomplish something,  you miss out on other options or routes.  If you believe the only way to survive is to climb up or have someone pull you up from the top you miss other opportunities such as an exhilarating dive into the water below.

Happy Diving
Sarah Bran de Leon

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine

I was sent this from a former client.  Being that I'm a hypnotist, I enjoy a good hypnotist joke.  I have to say that I was feeling a little left out, cause it seemed that lawyers were getting all the jokes!  If anyone else knows any good jokes, please send them my way.  Laughter really is the best medicine.

It was entertainment night at the Old Folks Home.
Claude the hypnotist exclaimed: 'I'm here to put you into a trance; I intend to hypnotize each and every member of the audience.'  
The excitement was almost electric as Claude withdrew a beautiful antique pocket watch from his coat. 'I want each
 of you to keep your eye on this antique watch. It's a very special watch.. It's been in my family for six generations.' He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting:
'Watch the watch, watch the watch, and watch the watch...'
The crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light gleaming off its polished surface. Hundreds of pairs of eyes followed the swaying watch, until, suddenly, it slipped from the hypnotist's finger 
And fell to the floor, shattering into a hundred pieces.
'SHIT!' said the Hypnotist.
It took 3 days to clean up the Old Folks Home!

Sarah Bran de Leon

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Work or Play and the To do list

The other night while I was putting my daughter to bed, I noticed a paper on the floor, a list.  As I read it I had to smile.  It was a to do list, of things she wanted to do that day.  It read:
  1. Play with buddy
  2. play a game
  3. play with buddy more
  4. play in my room
  5. draw
  6. have a picnic outside
  7. play outside
  8. scribble
  9. have fun
  10. have more fun
Somewhere along the line, I have forgotten to have fun.  When was the last time I took a whole day to just have fun?  I can’t even remember.  My list goes something like this:
  1. Make breakfast
  2. do dishes
  3. blog
  4. make lunch
  5. do dishes
  6. mow the lawn
  7. take kids to karate
  8. make supper
  9. do dishes
  10. go to bed
And that’s on my day off!  I am going to take a lesson from my daughter and try and have more fun.  What I was thinking was to take a day a week or maybe even half a day to play and have fun.  I don’t think it’s realistic to expect everyday to be fun, but life can’t be all work either.  There has to be a healthy balance in there somewhere.  As I find my balance, good luck to you as you find yours.
Health and happiness…
Sarah Bran de Leon


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Another Beautiful Day

I hope you all had a great 4th of July weekend!  I was lucky enough to enjoy some wonderful family time in Cross Lake.  Yesterday was another beautiful day and I was so surprised to see this cloud when I stepped out of an evening meeting.

The rain came down hard, but only for a short while and then the sky was full of sunshine and for a while, a rainbow made a grand appearance.  Unfortunately I was not able to take a picture of the rainbow.  Today  we are blessed with yet another amazing day, and I hope you all get to enjoy it!
Farmers Market today 3-6 pm!

Lisa Fahey

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jordan Art Festival (continued)

I also did get some pictures from the Jordan Art Festival, but I am a few days behind Dawn-Marie.  I do wish she would have been there when I was getting these pictures.  She worked very hard setting up our booth and making all the signs.  So a huge Thank You to Dawn-Marie!

Have a great July 4th! Pamela Healing Essence Massage

Happy Wednesday ~ Happy Summer!

Thank you Mother Nature!  What a gift you have given us today.  I hate to say I told you so, but back on April 20, I did tell you all that Mother Nature promised me she had a beautiful summer in store for us!  I hope you get to enjoy some of the day - take a quick walk on your lunch hour or better yet, stop  by the farmers market on your way home.  We are open 4 to 7 today at Court Square Park.  Along with the beautiful sun comes plenty of fresh produce.  Last weeks strawberries were a wonderful treat - get them while they are in their prime!

Lisa Fahey

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Weight Loss - Are You Insane?

The definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.
In the case of weight loss there are definitely some insane people out there.  They try the same type of diet over and over again but expect this time to be different.  Something's gotta change.  When most people try and lose weight they either focus on diet or exercise. But fail to address the cause of the weight  issue.... our emotional health.  It's the biggest weight loss secret out there.

You don't lose weight by restricting your food or exercising for hours a day.  Well, let me rephrase that... you can lose weight, but you won't keep it off  because you can't keep with that restrictive diet or that kind of exercise program for long.  And what happens when that diet or exercise program is over?   You get back to your old habits and gain all the weight back, plus some.   Only by addressing  your emotional health and taking care of you mental and spiritual wellbeing will you lose weight and keep it off.

Think of it like this...  Weight, is just a symptom of a much deeper issue.  Take care of yourself, get your emotional and spiritual needs met and get on a healthy eating plan (note that I didn't say diet, it shouldn't be restrictive), and be active, the weight will come off.  And even better yet, it will stay off.

Sarah Bran de Leon

Monday, June 27, 2011

Jordan Art Festival

Here are a few shots of our booth at the Jordan Art Festival, last weekend.  Pamela got some, too, and hopefully she will soon post them.  Somehow my camera kept switching settings, and half of my photos were too dark to bother uploading, so some of the members and their displays aren't shown.

For shots of some of the other attractions at the festival, click on over to my blog,

Dawn-Marie deLara, Muralist, Plaster Sculptor, and Show Booth Fluffer

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Farmers Market Today!

I invite all of you to stop in at the Market today!  I know the weather is not the best, but our dedicated vendors are there rain or shine with wonderful fresh produce, baked goods and more.  Today is our monthly bake-off.  To participate, simply make something using STRAWBERRIES, bring it to the market and let the judges savor the flavor!  You just may walk away with a prize.  The Farmers Market is in it's third season and is off to a wonderful start.  There is nothing better then purchasing local, home grown produce right from the hands of the grower.  The Market provides a family friendly enviornment with a park and dinner for purchase so you don't even have to cook on Wednesday nights!  Tonight, the mission trip participants from St. John Lutheran School will be cooking up walking tacos and more. Make Wednesday nights "market night" for you and your family.

Enjoy the day ~ Hope to see you at the Market!
Lisa Fahey

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

BITCHes Empowered

The word BITCH has a very negative meaning, meant to degrade and disrespect women for being strong and assertive.  I have a new definition of BITCH that will leave all you beautiful women wondering where you can sign up.  BITCH is a compliment.  I am starting a movement and I need all you women to join me.  Invite all your moms, sister and friends to participate.  Here is my definition of BITCH:

A BITCH is Bold - She lives an authentic life and lives it loudly.  Following her passions and dreams.
A BITCH is Intuitive -  She trusts in her feelings and listens to her own inner guidance.
A BITCH is Tough - She goes after what she wants and doesn’t accept “no” for an answer.
A BITCH is Courageous - She can feel fear but do what she feels she needs to do anyways.
A BITCH is a Heroine in her own life - She know it is her responsibility and right to live the life of her dreams. and she makes herself a priority.

Many women, are scared to assert themselves, or go after what they want, cause they're afraid of being a bitch.  Well, one way to get rid of that fear is to actually make being a BITCH a goal.  It's a goal to be bold,  intuitive, tough, courageous and a heroine in her own life.  It's harder to fear something you truly want.  Being a bitch is not a put down, it's a compliment.

Being a BITCH is not about being aggressive, rather it's about being assertive.
Being a BITCH is not about being selfish, but rather about making yourself one of your priorities.

Who doesn't want that?  So all you women out there who want to make a new commitment to yourself to be a BITCH,  Leave a comment and simply state "my name is ______, and I'm a BITCH"

Check out my website,   for more information on my BITCHes Empowered program and the availability of individual and group sessions.

Have a beautiful day BITCHes,
Sarah Bran de Leon

Friday, June 17, 2011

Weight loss support group

I am sooo excited!!!!  Last night was the first weight loss support group for my previous weight loss clients.  It always bothered me that after the one on one sessions were completed, my clients were pretty much on their own unless they were able to continue sessions.  Weight loss is a journey and more often than not, it's not completed in the 5 weeks that we worked together.  So I made available a support group.  We meet once a month and I think it will be invaluable for the continued success of my clients.  It's a way to help my clients continue to be  focused on their goal of weight loss, and I'm so happy that I get to continue to be a part of that with them.

It never ceases to amaze me, how strong, beautiful, smart and compassionate women are.  As with most people who have struggled with weight, they've tried everything and have so much knowledge that they could probably write a book. They have so much knowledge to share with others who are on the same path but have a hard time seeing in themselves a solution to their struggles.  It sometimes takes an outside person to shine that light for them.  It's so beneficial having the support and strength of others.

If you are not able to participate in my support group, I would encourage everyone to develop some sort of support system, either from family or friends,  coach or counselor, or whomever can inspire you and challenge you to keep fighting to reach your goal.

Sarah Bran de leon

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Earth

The Earth, I love the earth and all the people in it. It helps you live, and it is where we live. I don't like it when people hurt it. I think it is very sad for itself, the people,and the animals in it. like when we have oil spills a lot of animals die because of that. I think that we should be more careful, like if we are going to a close by friend or neighbor we might not have to take a car we could ride a bike or rollerblade. The earth never grows old it stays young and all things in it like mountains, rivers, ponds, plains ext. they are alwase are fun to look at but we are makeing them very dirty and dark, dont like looking at trash in oceans. I wonder how they looked a long time ago, I think they looked GREAT. I hope in a long time we can reduce, reuse, and recycle everything! BYE!

                                                                         BY,Tyson Fahey
                                                                                                 Age 10

Weight loss, how to set yourself up for success

For many people embarking on a weight loss program is given only a thought.  One morning they wake up and today is the day, I'm going to lose weight, watch what I eat and exercise.  Those are great goals but a little preparation goes a long way.  Most people put very little thought into how they are going to lose weight and what lifestyle changes they need to make, and than everyday they monitor their weight and obsess over the weight not coming off fast enough or heaven forbid you have a slip and eat something that wasn't part of the plan.
The ideal way to go about any weight loss program is to start with a detailed plan.
Here are some good questions to ask yourself:
  • Really figure out how your going to eat healthier.
  • how often you're going to exercise,
  • why type of exercises do you want to do,
  • How long will your work outs be.
  • what time of day do you feel more like working out
  • What foods do you want to avoid (than get them out of your home)
  • What foods do you want to eat more of (make sure your fridge is stocked)
  • How are you going to handle anger, sadness, boredom etc... (if your an emotional eater)
  • What are your emotional triggers
  • Do you have a support system in place (friends, family, coach, support group)
By doing the planning ahead of time, you set yourself up for success.  Don't skip the emotional work, that's the most overlooked but in my opinion, most important part of the weight loss process.
Once a plan is in place, just focus on taking the steps and give up the obsession with the outcome.  It will take care of itself.  Don't weigh yourself everyday,  or even count the calories.  Stay in the present moment and know that you're being healthy and doing something good for yourself.

Sarah Bran de Leon

Monday, June 13, 2011

What does Namaste mean?

Do you know what "Namaste" means?

During the closing of a yoga class at Mystic Journey "Namaste" is often stated.
For a teacher and student, Namaste allows two individuals to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness, free from the bonds of ego-connection. If it is done with deep feeling in the heart and with the mind surrendered, a deep union of spirits can blossom.
To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart chakra, close the eyes, and bow the head. We bring the hands together at the heart chakra to increase the flow of Divine love. Bowing the head and closing the eyes helps the mind surrender to the Divine in the heart.

I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you which is of truth, of light and of peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me
we are one.
And so I say to you.....Namaste!
Sarah Jaeger, Mystic Journey Healing Center

Monday, June 6, 2011

A long day....

It had been a tough day at preschool for Freddie.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Join me!

Okay, I finally did it.  I have my own blog site.  I was really nervous to take this on, but am very excited to be able to share my thoughts and information with all of you.  Take a look and subscribe to the blog so you're kept up to date.

Sarah Bran de Leon

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Spring has Sprung

Spring time means many different things for many different people.  Take a look at this youtube video.  I laughed my ass off:-)

Have a great day!

Sarah Bran de Leon

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Quote of the Day

In a fruitful life there is rain
 ...and sunshine.

Wellness...Pamela Healing Essence Massage

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Last Few Days.....

Thursday May 12 12:53 AM - a little body is next to my bed " mom, I puked"
In a daze, I told him just to crawl into bed with me. 
1:57 AM "mom - LOOK OUT!!" and with that, Ty was out of bed ready to blow and just about made it to the toilet.
Now into the spare room he goes.  At that point, I decide I better look at his room and see what I will face in the morning.
Not good, lots of red, I better clean it now so the stains are not so bad.
This begins my laundry marathon.
Vomiting goes through the night into the morning. He stays home from School Thursday and Friday.
Saturday - A great Day!  Rained all day but we did some shopping and had a great day!
Kids go to bed, Marty and I have a few beers, relax in the hot tub and go to bed.
1:12 AM Marty flies out of the bed and into the bathroom, as if Haley Berry was just getting out of our shower and needed help drying off.  His LOUD puking and moaning continues all night and into Sunday morning.
Washing towels, sheets and cleaning bathrooms resumes.
Monday May 16 - wonderful day!  Back to work and school for all and WOW is my house clean!!!
Monday 5:46 PM - I was getting ready for YOGA class when I hear the weak voice of an almost 13 year old moan out for his mother which only means one of 2 things : he has just thrown up, or hes playing a joke on me. 
I run down the steps like wonder women, and looking into the bathroom I see what can only be described as a crime scene.
" I am sorry I did not make it to the toilet" he moans, holding his gut like he has just lost a boxing match.
Monday 5:48 PM - door bell rings - I go back upstairs to see who is there to visit, and I tell the 3 cute little kids they can't come in unless they have a bio-hazard suit to put on.  I go back downstairs to begin cleaning yet another bathroom only to find our loving miniature dachshund eating Jed's more-than-chunky-barf like she has not had a good meal her whole life.
Now I am pissed.
Jed continues to be sick all night, so more laundry I do.
Tuesday May 17th - Ty turns 10!!!  Jed stays home and is in bed all day.  Ty is off to school with his RED Licorice in hand, one pack for each class mate. (remember this detail as it is important later)
Jed sleeps all day but it looks like the vomiting is all done at the Fahey home! YEAH!
5:30 Ty reports to baseball - after 3 HOURS - Yep game ended at 8:40 we head home and all go to bed.
Wednesday May 18 7:15am I wake up and as usual, go to wake up kids. I walk into Ty's oh so clean room (I had totally cleaned it for him as a birthday gift!! Yep Mom of the year is lookin' good for me!!!)
Thinking I was sleepwalking during the worst nightmare, I close the door and go get a drink of water.
I return to his room, slowly open the door, and gasp at the sight of yet ANOTHER pile of barf.  Full of red chunks. 
I call the school line, excuse both kids, and you guessed it, started another load of sheets.
12:35 pm - Here I sit with my lunch at work (Marty has they day off and had to deal with the clean up of this one, as I felt like I would end up in St. Peter if I had to do it again) and thought I'd share my last few days with my friends.
Moral of the story?
Not a thing. Just the facts.

Have a happy PUKE free day!!!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Teen Drivers

Think back to when you got your license.  The sense of freedom overwhemled you as you pulled out of your driveway alone for the very first time.  You probably rolled down the window (by hand perhaps) and you may have cranked the radio and sang along.  Now add to that, a cell phone going off, the urge to change the CD or ipod selection, and taking a sip from your 64 ounce big gulp.  It is no wonder that Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year-olds.  If you have a teen driver, talk with them about safe, text and distraction  free driving and riding.  My suggestion is to take that a step further and bring them into your Insurance Agent's office.  Spending 15 minutes with someone in the industry just may be a lifesaver.

Safe Travels to All,
Lisa Fahey

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Laundry Detergent

I usually have more time than money, and laundry detergent is very expensive, so I make my own.  Earlier this year I didn't have the time to make any, so I bought Tide.  It smells great, it's suppose to be the best, it lived up to my expectations...almost.  After a few washes I noticed my clothes and sheets we starting to fade, quickly. So back to making my own chemical free version. 
Here's the recipe:

Ingredients all can be found in the laundry section of most stores:
1/3 Fels Naptha or 1/2 bar Ivory soap
1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda-you will not achieve the same results I've tried)
1/2 ounce essential oil (optional, for scent)

You will need an old 6 quart pot, a wooden spoon, cheese grater, a funnel, and three-one gallon containers, such as empty, washed, milk jugs, or a three gallon bucket, etc.

Place 6 cups hot water in pot.  Grate bar soap into water and heat on medium, stirring until dissolved.  Add borax and washing soda.  Remove from heat.  Add 3 cups cool water, stirring mixture until it has started to thicken.  Add water filling the pot to the top.  Continue stirring.  Add 1/2 ounce essential oils.  Once mixture has cooled pour even amounts into your gallon jugs using the funnel.  Fill the jugs almost to the top with warm water.  Shake regularly as it tends to separate.  Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per laundry load.  This homemade laundry soap is low sudsing, and works well in cold water.

Costs not including tax:
3 1/2 pounds Arm & Hammer Washing Soda       $2.77
5 pounds 20 Mule Team Borax                            $2.98
3 pack Ivory Soap                                               $1.49

Total:                                                                   $7.24

You use a fraction of how much is bought.  These products will go a long way!

Take Care! Pamela Healing Essence Massage

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy Spring!!??

I know, I know, all of us Minnesotans are in need of a nice day!  Waking up to snow AGAIN was not the most pleasent way to start an April day but keep smiling and know that Mother Nature is planning to pay us back with the BEST SUMMER EVER!!!  ( Yes, I know this to be true as I had a long talk with her about it!) 
The nice weather is just around the corner and the Farmers Market opens for the season in just 2 weeks!  Our little plants are growing fast and will be ready soon to be put in the garden!  My flowers are popping out of the ground proudly showing off the healthy green leaves and I have already enjoyed some fresh chives that came in like clockwork!  So hears to the the Sun and the days ahead! 

Enjoy the day!!  Even if the rain continues, go out and enjoy it!  (Or stay warm and dry inside and watch your kids out the window ;0)

Lisa Fahey

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


No wise words to share, just a photo to remind you that our Earth is amazing!

Have a most wonderful day!
Lisa Fahey

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Real weight loss journey

I read a beautiful article that I wanted to share with you all.  A story of a woman and her struggles to loss weight and a really good example of how emotions play a part in weight loss and weight gain.  A reminder that it's never to late to make a change in your life and that anyone can do it.

Sarah Bran de Leon

Sunday, April 3, 2011

FACES Who Are We?

"Faces Who Are We?" is an interactive children's book that celebrates individuality of children, yet reminds us that we are all human beings. It is available from Bridging the Universe.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Heat vs. Ice

How do you know when to use ice or heat?  No matter who you ask, everyone has their own take on this subject.  Here are a few suggestions.

If you experience general aches and pains, heat is a great choice.  It helps the blood vessels and veins to dilate or open up.  Speeding up healing through increased circulation, and faster delivery of nutrients and removal of toxins.

On the other hand, if you have a sudden onset of pain... you wake up one morning and cannot turn your head, you over used your low back by gardening to much for to long, you painted a room and your forearms and hands are sore, or you sprained a joint such as you ankle or should apply ice(and if this pain is severe, always consult your physician).  Ice will help constrict or reduce blood flow and reduce swelling and inflammation.  Apply ice for 24-48 hours until the pain subsides dramatically.

When applying heat and ice always use the 15 on 15 off rule: apply heat/ice for 15 minutes, then remove heat/ice and allow to rest for 15 minutes.  Repeat as needed.

Have a wonderful weekend! Pamela Healing Essence Massage

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sleep, stress and depression affect weight loss

One study publish in the international journal of obesity studied the affects of sleep, stress and depression on weight loss.  It found that those who had between 6-8 hours of sleep a night, managed their stress levels and depression, lost more weight than their counterparts.  Stress and depression contributes to emotional eating and sleep affects many things including hormon levels.  So if your having a hard time losing weight; take a closer look at how much sleep your getting and your stress levels or the possibility of depression.  To read the full article go to:

Sarah Bran de León

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Note Project

We aim to inspire 1 million people to write a note to someone special in their lives. Become part of the biggest movement of 2011. Please join me by participating in this wonderful positive energy project!

Cat Isles

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Low carbohydrate diets

There are many different diets out there.  Some are better than others.  It's always best to be educated about the good and the bad of any diet than you may be on.  Here is an article about the Atkins diet and the science behind the low carbohydrate diets out there.  The benefits and some down side.

Have a great day and stay warm!

Sarah Bran de Leon