Weekly Wednesday Inspiration: Girl Power!

Every Wednesday, we’ll be bringing you a list of amazing, inspiring things to enjoy and share. Know someone who needs a pick me up? Need a moment of encouragement or peace on your journey? We’ll pick 5 stories, photos, songs, recipes or meditations that will lift you up today. This week, our theme is Girl Power! Our list includes a couple of awesome accomplishments this week by women. We hope they uplift and inspire you!

Before we begin, a quick call-out: We would love to feature your work, Living Beauties! Are you an experienced or amateur artist, singer, poet, musician or photographer? Absolutely any uplifting form of self expression would make a beautiful addition to our weekly showcase. Send any pieces to!

1. Every woman has special talents and gifts. With nurturing, they can’t be tamed. Here’s to Misty Copeland, the first African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Despite being told she should quit dancing because her body wasn’t “right”, Misty stuck with her passion and turned it into fulfillment. Take time to do something fulfilling today, whether it’s singing a song, closing your eyes and imagining a story or doing a relaxing yoga pose. Or, try some beginning ballet exercises. 

2. It’s surprisingly chilly for a Southern California summer day. We stumbled upon this recipe by Aromatherapy Thymes (who will be contributing to our blog soon!). Why not try it out and let it comfort you in this peaceful weather! Note: You can try soy or almond milk if you’re avoiding dairy! Warmer where you are? Try a unique fruit and kale smoothie.


2 Cups Whole Milk (or milk substitute)

3 ounces Dark Chocolate and 1 Ounce Milk Chocolate

1/4 Teaspoon Lavender Buds

Heat milk and lavender over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Remove from heat and set aside to steep for 5 minutes. Strain mixture and return to saucepan. Over medium heat, add chocolate. Stir til melted and incorporated. Remove from heat, whisk for 10-20 seconds and pour into your favorite mug or bowl.

3. In some moments, we all need a “Fight Song.” Here’s to positivity, strength and beauty!

4. Here are some stunning art pieces by Living Beauties from our Heart Healing Retreat back in February. So much talent in our community to enjoy!

5. The US Women’s National Soccer Team won the World Cup this week, and are being rewarded with a coveted parade spot in NYC. The Canyon of Heroes in Manhattan has hosted legendary American heroes-now, the US women will earn the parade route’s first female-headline in 55 years. After the most-watched soccer game in US history, these girls are ready to celebrate! Talk about girl power. (Photo: NY Times/AP)PARADEweb2-articleLarge

Your Healthy 4th of July Guide

We searched the web to create a definitive list of healthy 4th of July recipes! Scroll to see wholesome, easy tips we’ve gathered for you to enjoy this holiday. Let us know what you’ll be using, and share favorites with your friends!


Want to rock a potluck without breaking the bank or spending hours in the kitchen? Here are some super snappy recipes that are healthy AND fun.

Watermelon Cake

An easy “cake” made almost exclusively of fruit, with no batter needed! Plus, you can probably get your prep time under ten minutes.

Flag Fruit Kabobs

A refreshing family treat to create together! Have everyone work on a different kabob! Arrange according to a photo guide, and you have a patriotic, nutritious serving of fruit. Click the image example below to find a step-by-step guide from Rada Cutlery!


Red White and Basil:

A Caprese Salad Plate is an easy and classic potluck recipe! Simply layer round slices of mozzarella with tomato slices and pieces of basil. Click the photo below for instructions from All Recipes. Avoiding dairy? Substitute cauliflower!


Cranberry Relish:

Filled with antioxidants, cranberries are a colorful must not only for Thanksgiving-but also 4th of July! Check out this tasty Cranberry Relish recipe, and serve it on absolutely anything: Veggie burgers, wholegrain crackers and even a bed of spinach! Click the image below for the recipe-you can substitute orange juice for the liqueur. Too much sugar? Coconut sugar is a sweet alternative!


 Main Dish Idea:

Want an all-in alternative to traditional 4th of July pasta salads? Quinoa is the way to go! According to Medical News Today, quinoa is the only grain considered a complete source of protein. It also has tons of vitamins, calcium, iron and other nutrients! Red quinoa is a festive idea for your Fourth. Serve the quinoa with grilled chicken breast and purple potatoes or carrots for a patriotic and well-balanced meal!

Happy Fourth, FFLB Community!