Kaleidoscope Minds #2

Sustainable living

Mini Motives: 300+ link list to amazing tiny house examples and resources. Macy’s house has also been featured on Country Living.

Apartment Therapy: get excited about your smaller living space.

Inhabitat: design, innovation in technology and architectural delights.

Lifehacks

Fool-proof, easy white sauce. For cheese sauce (e.g. macaroni cheese) add 1/4 cup of cheese to every 1 cup of sauce.

Technology & Gadgets

How to format and petition a new Western Digital (WD) passport drive.

Creativity

Art Blankets Online – made in America cotton art blankets. We are proud owners of Simon Haiduk‘s Spirit Bear and Spirit Wolf blankets. Simon is also a music artist.

Simon Haiduk - Artist - Bear Spirit and Wolf Spirit.

Simon Haiduk – Artist – Bear Spirit and Wolf Spirit.

Sights & Sounds

Beautiful music by the Piano Guys (Official Site). Listen to This is your fight song and Hello below.

True Self is Magic

Look within ~ Discover ~ Be brave ~ Do it differently ~ Live consciously ~ Share your gifts ~ Learn ~ Teach ~ Love ~ Support ~ Challenge ~ Dream ~ Desire ~ Inspire ~ Achieve ~ Succeed ~ Wonder ~ Wander ~ Life is an adventure ~ Sacred Universal energy is within all of us ~ We are all part of something greater than ourselves.

Namaste

I honour the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells. I honour the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you – and I am in that place in me – we are One.

Quotes: Change & Possibility

Your current thinking got you here. Only new thinking will get you out. ~ Robert G. Allen

Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses us. ~ Buckminster Fuller

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ~ George B. Shaw

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. ~ Michael Jordan

Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised. ~ Denis Waitley

Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations. ~ Ralph Charell

The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Health & Wellness

The Juice Daily is an Australian website that publishes useful and easy to understand articles on health and wellness including fitness and nutrition, wellness and spirituality. Quick and effective reads to make a real difference.

Here are three of my fav pain relief articles

Correct Your Posture

We all know good posture is good for you and a rounded spine is a bad thing. According to an article on the Juice Daily, we should be correcting our posture as many times as 3 to 5000 times a day!

Poor posture increases body stress and the stress hormone cortisol which contributes to weight gain.

How to correct your posture:

  • Stand up straight, feet hip width apart and your head facing forward.
  • Inhale and draw in your belly button on the exhale bringing it closer to your spine.
  • Squeeze your bum and curl your tailbone under you.
  • Now draw your shoulders back and down.

Read the article The one-minute trick that will cure your back pain for good to learn some simple exercises to help you put your overactive muscles to sleep and wake up some of those dormant but important ones.

Pool.noodle

Foam Rolling

You can get foam rollers from sport stores, osteopaths and your local variety store. We have a ‘proper’ foam roller from a medical professional that cost us about $15 and a $2 foam pool noodle. Both work wonders.

Foam rolling can release sore muscles by applying pressure to joints, bones, tendons and all those places where our hard bits are connected to our soft bits. It can release knots, tightness and swelling and just feels good (after the initial sweet pain).

The constant pressure positively affects the collagen fibres and forces the fluid out that shouldn’t be in the area. The fibres then become more lubricated and elastic. Apparently the more you do it, the quicker your body responds.

The trick is to start out slowly and not overdo it!

Read the article Foam rolling can help ease back pain for pictures and instructions for five exercises: hips, hamstrings, upper back, calves and torso.

Trigger point release

Also known as self-myofascial release. Like foam rolling it also involves applying gentle pressure to muscles to help them slowly elongate and release tightness.

You can use tennis balls or fancy rubber balls with rounded spikes on them. They’re both cheap enough to buy.

Read the article The tennis ball massage you’ve been missing out on for five quick ways to self massage your sore bits.

Use one or two balls to work on your feet to reduce heel, achilles and calf pain; your bum muscles; hips; spine and neck.

Some more fav articles…

Bushwalking can relieve parental stress – a hilarious take on when it can also induce anxiety. Survival tactics anyone?

9 Unhealthy habits sabotaging your life’s potential – dealing with FOMO and finding yourself again.

10 Routine changes scientifically proven to make you happy – ‘Me time’ and other tweaks to make life happier.

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