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Neora’s EHT®  Brain Formula—Launched July 21st, 2015. Where were YOU?

To date it’s been just over 60 days since I picked up my first 3 boxes of EHT® Brain Formula at the FedEx office, where my husband and I had a mini celebration. Well, it was a major celebration but we tried to keep it quiet as I did a little dance, took pictures and filmed a short video, or two, to commemorate the moment. 😜

EHT- The Arrival

WHAT IS EHT®?

Since we all know I’m not a scientist and I know you all are wondering what exactly IS EHT® Brain Formula, so here it is:

The aging process can take a toll on brain function. Over time, vital neuronal connections weaken, which can cause memory loss, slower reaction times and diminished alertness. EHT® Brain Formula helps protect against mental decline with a groundbreaking formula that is powered by our exclusive, patented EHT® extract, a natural mixture of bioactive molecules isolated from coffee. Fortified with other rejuvenating ingredients, including vitamins B6, B12, D, magnesium, selenium, Huperzine A (which increases focus) and the antioxidant lipoic acid, this supplement helps promote better cognitive function and overall brain health.*

Ingredients List

 

EHT and ME

My results have been nothing less than spectacular!

Energy – All day sustained energy like I don’t recall having since I was a kid.
Mental Focus, Clarity and SPEED– my thoughts are just flying right along. Funny way I noticed it, almost right away, was with decision making while driving. It’s easier, I respond quicker, I don’t hesitate, I see what’s coming ahead, I decide and go. Race car driver in the making! (wink) LOL.
Memory – I keep track of short term things much easier now. Where did I put…? Yup, I know the answer now. When you walk into a room and can’t remember why you’re there? Not so much now. 🙂
Vibrant Colors– it may be a seemingly less important side benefit but it’s true! Everything is brighter now, like the color dial has been turned up a notch. It stopped me in my tracks one day as I looked at a sunset and was blown away. I LOVE my brighter, sharper, bolder world! 🙂 

That’s all well and good, fantastic actually. However….there’s more!

Recall – Now that it’s been 2 months I’m noticing my Recall has also started to improve. The benefit of improved recall was one HUGE reason why I was personally so excited when I learned about EHT®.

Difficulty with recall has long been a challenge for me. I don’t know exactly when the improvements first started but I’ve noticed that now I’m able to think back and recall names, details and information, on my own, that I just flat out couldn’t before. I would argue with Kerwin that no I’ve never done that before, no I never went there, no, no, no…. and truly believe it was the truth. 🤷🏼‍♀️ There was zero memory I could recall on the situation in question until my husband would start triggering my memory by saying – “you wore…., we went with…, saw…., remember you did…., we talked about…” and with his prompting,  basically doing the recall for me, all of the sudden my brain could pull up the memory.

The only way I can think to describe the overall effect of EHT® on my life is it’s like the individual pieces of the puzzle that is my life are all coming together in harmony now, instead of being scattered every which way. Imagine opening a 2,000 piece puzzle box and dumping the contents on the table and then trying to find one specific piece, edge pieces are challenging enough, imagine trying to find a specific non-edge piece amongst 2,000. 😫 That was my brain before EHT® .

Now it’s like the scene in Sleeping Beauty where the fairies are waving their wands and brooms, cake ingredients and fabric are all floating up in the air in front of and around them, perfectly controlled. I know exactly where “almost” every piece is now and can match them up with other pieces as needed while also creating new images and ideas.

It’s incredible!

What does the future hold for me, and my husband, at 90 days and beyond? Wow, that’s crazily exciting to think about although I’m almost scared to imagine more.

Don’t wait for my story to unfold, you can start writing your own story NOW! Order Your EHT Here!

You know you’ve got something that makes brilliant business sense when it’s patented and the company you’re partnered with has the exclusive worldwide rights to it, as is the case with EHT® and Neora. Be sure to check out the exploding side gig opportunity: Why Neora Why Now

I am so blessed and proud beyond words can express to be a Brand Partner with this company and to be able to share this amazing scientific discovery with people everywhere. What will this do to change the world and the people in it? I know it’s changed mine already and the beautiful stories of the impact it’s having to personal friends and their families makes me cry tears of joy.

Seriously, as you look back it’s going to be- Where were YOU when EHT® Brain Formula was released?

Stay tuned for future updates as my story continues to unfold..😁

Pick up day, May 17, 2017
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Gordon Setters in the Garden

Curious dogs are Gordon Setters. They very much love to explore their world, right noticing every little thing.

My garden plan not only took them into consideration, they were able and are the reason for many of the elements. I wanted them to have fun in their yard, have interesting things to sniff and look at, while also creating a more hospitable space for them so they could enjoy time outdoors, even in the summer Vegas heat (within reason of course). It brings me joy to see them happy and enjoying their home. ☺️

Here they are in around and about in the yard or, as the overall plan in the yard is for it to be mainly edible, I like to call it all my garden.

Fruit trees that I wanted were planted 2 feet away from the wall to allow the dogs to go completely around the tree, while also using them as pee posts. ☺️ A win for all of us!

Year 1~

Year 2

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Grass in the desert is a big one. Yes, I love grass too but would I be so determined to grow it otherwise? Even in the dead of summer it NEVER gets to hot for 🐾 and it drops the air temperature around 10-15°.

Shade! This one was huge for me too. Now that the trees are growing I am really seeing and feeling the benefit. You don’t even have to be sitting in the shade, it just creates a cool, welcoming space.

And Gordons can find any sliver of shade in the yard. Lol.

I was excited to plant our first tree- an Elm. It was a huge hit right from the start!

 

 

Note where they are laying…☺️

And then there’s Elly May – our sunshine girl 😍

Veggie Garden!

They all love their veggies and will raid a tomato 🍅 right off the vine, without even damaging the plant or you even knowing it was there.

Ian is already claiming the garden as his space. Lol.

Now that the resident rat 🐀 has moved on the boys are back to their very gentle, trainable selves and are enjoying time with me in the garden, staying on the paths as they sniff away looking for ripe veggies.

“Please mom, can we come in with you?”

Joie Is…Larkin and his Happy Place

Do you have a happy place? Larkin does.

Every morning there is a crush to get outside. I barely am allowed time to put on a robe and use the restroom before opening the door for the dogs to go out and greet the day.

Larkin grabs his toy and waits by the back door. He runs out and goes straight to “his” corner of the grass or his bed and lays down, holding the toy in his mouth. Doesn’t even make usage of a pee post first.

THIS is his happy place. He will lay there for an hour or two. Sometimes he’ll get up and move from one spot to the other, or change out the toy he’s holding but then he settles right back down and enjoys his morning.

It is such a joy to watch him.

Guest Blogger|Loya Riggan|Hypnotherapy and Gardening – 6 Similarities They Share

I’m pleased to share with you this blog post from my friend Loya Riggan, showing some of the benefits of one of my favorite activities– Gardening! Happy reading!

 

Is there a correlation between hypnotherapy and gardening?  There definitely is!

 
I’ll name six things they both have in common.

 

  1. Both gardening and hypnotherapy will put you in a pleasant state of mind – a trance, if you will. In fact, gardening, flowers, trees and nature are often used in hypnotherapy, due to the calming condition it creates.
  2. During hypnotherapy, a person has a heightened focus and concentration, and I believe the same can be said of one who is gardening.
  3. Hypnotherapy is planting a seed in someone’s subconscious and gardening also may include planting seeds! Both grow roots and they blossom and flower into something beautiful.
  4. With continued cultivation of both, you will have a lovely garden or a lovely mind. Both make life so much more amazing.
  5. Gardening and hypnotherapy get rid of the thorns and weeds, that can, at times, take over the garden (or mind) and create an unattractive state of being.
  6. Hypnotherapy and gardening are both forms of therapy.

I’ll end this blog in the words of the infamous Joe Dirt played by David Spade,

“Life’s a garden – Dig it!”  

Loya Riggan, CH

Hypnotherapist

Dynamic Mindset Hypnosis

www.loyariggan.com

If you’d like to chat, you can reach me at 702-802-1291 or loyashypnosis@gmail.com

The BEST Tahini Dressing

Here it is…the best Tahini Dressing recipe!

Hands down this is Kerwin’s favorite salad dressing. He loves to drench his lettuce and veggies in it. No matter the salad, somehow this dressing always goes perfectly. AND I’ll share a secret with you – making this dressing was the very first time Kerwin used our Vitamix blender. He  even asked me to show him how to make it so he didn’t have to wait on me.

It lasts forever in the fridge so we always make a double batch of it and store it in glass mason jars or bottles with lids.

Ingredients

  • 3/8 cup Tahini * (of course!)
  • 1/2 cup Nama Shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce. Our preference but Liquid Aminos is a good, and cheaper, 2nd choice. Tamari is another decent option.)
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Organic too if possible)
  • 1/4 cup Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (with the ‘mother’)
  • 4-6 Cloves Garlic (we love garlic so adjust to your liking)
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Directions

  • Put all ingredients in a blender and let it run until the garlic is broken down.
  • If using a Vitamix blender, no need to chop or peel the paper off of the garlic. There are lots of nutrients in the ‘skin’. 🙂
  • This recipe can handle lots of garlic, as there aren’t a other spices or competing flavors.

Pour onto your salad of choice and enjoy!

Original credit to Alissa Cohen for this recipe that we found years ago in one of my very first Raw food “cook” books.  

* To make your own Tahini, all you need is raw sesame seeds and a food processor. Watch my In The Kitchen video to see a demo.

Vegas Gardening | What’s Growing

Dusk is one of my favorite times to wander around in my garden. 

I thought I’d take you along with me and give you a bit of an informal tour to show you what’s currently growing and what you can discover when you look more closely. 

It’s easy to miss produce ready to harvest or a plant that is giving you clues it needs help (before it’s too late!). Taking a couple moments to slow down and ‘look’ is key. It’s also a great way to wind down from the day and ground yourself amongst Nature, who rushes for no one. 

Green Beans!

I missed taking a picture of the plants themselves, I was so happy for my harvest! I'd earlier seen 2 beans ready to be picked so I went to grab them and then sat down and started looking. A bunch more were hiding! They blend in with the leaves. lol.

First Tomatoes!

I was not expecting to see 'red' amongst my tomato plants yet. What a happy surprise! I checked my records but still can't seem to figure out what variety these are. lol. Bigger than a Juliet tomato but smaller than a Roma. All I know is they definitely aren't the Yellow Pear tomatoes I thought I planted here. haha.

Anaheim Peppers

Still a small plant but it's cranking out peppers so quickly! Look how many there are only days away from being ready to harvest. Time to start thinking of what to make with them. AND I have 4 more plants just like this one...

Basil

I love basil so much that I planted 5 varieties, or so. They are really starting to take off! I am determined to keep up on pruning them this season so they stay healthy and to make sure I don't miss out on any of their yumminess! Pesto, dressings and salad greens are my favorite uses. This variety is the more traditional Sweet Basil and has larger leaves.

Chamomile

This plant has the SMALLEST seeds I've ever seen! And the resulting seedlings are just as tiny and frail. Mine didn't survive the transplanting. THIS plant I bought from Star Nursery and it's exploded. I can't wait to harvest the buds to make my favorite tea of all time. 🙂

Calendula

These guys are doing so well, it's a joy to see all the blooms and pop of color they bring. I grew them indoors from seeds and look at the growth!

The New Bed

This, the New Bed as I call it, was bare just a few short months ago. This Spring/Summer growing season is the first planting in this bed that I built over the Winter. Do you see all that's growing?! Dill, Green Onions, Sunflowers, Basil, Bell Peppers, Asparagus and some baby seedlings I'm not exactly sure of right now.

Eggplant

I've already harvested 2 fruits from this young heat loving plant. Do you see all of the babies? There are at least 6 of them that I need to keep a watch on, the sooner you harvest the more the plant will produce. Waiting for them to get bigger is not better. More blossoms are already popping up!

Sunflower

This little-er guy could easily be overshadowed by the giant 9 footers he's growing in the shadow of. But I spotted him blooming AND he's facing my yard! 🙂

Can you spot him?

Here's the wide angle view. Do you see the one that's hiding? Look closely!

Oro Blanco Grapefruit

Looks like limes right now but nope, this is the most amazingly delicious Oro Blanco variety of grapefruit. It's a 2 year old tree and last year was it's first season with us - produced a solitary fruit and OMG was it ever good. Now I am happy to see there are a bunch, I hope they do well!

Lemongrass

First time growing this plant but it's doing wonderfully well! I'm excited for the tea I'll be able to make with the leaves. It's also a perennial and as I'm really trying to find edible plants that are longer lived than annual, I'm very pleased it likes the space it's growing in.

Fig Tree (I forget the variety)

This new tree has had 1 fig on it for several months now. I took a closer look and saw it is now bursting with figs! Do you see them too?

Aloe

What a recovery this plant has made! It sat in a tiny pot on the patio for a year, randomly being watered. It had grown to bursting from the seams and all brown. I pulled away all the babies and gave it some space in a 5 gallon pot (that my nectarine tree came in). It not only recovered with good dirt and consistent irrigation, look at all the new babies! If this keeps up I'll be able to start using aloe in my smoothies. Sweet!

Nectarine Trees

Sun set behind them but these 3 different varieties of nectarine trees are filled with fruit getting super close to harvest. I need to keep a close eye on them as the birds will poke holes to check for ripeness and then BAM! when they are ripe, it's game over.

Nectarine Fruit

Not a great image sadly, as it was getting dark but you get the idea. Currently than a golf ball but smaller than a pool ball.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of my yard at dusk! If you like this closer look at my garden and would like me to do it again as the season progresses, let me know. 😊

THE Lemon Vinaigrette

Dressing poured over a salad

This is The Best Lemon Vinaigrette I’ve ever had! It’s creamy, savory, packed with flavor and yet, it’s simple to make. 

It’s a pet peeve of mine when searching for recipes online that you have to SCROOOOOLLL forever on each blog post to get to the ingredients to know if its even an option. In the middle of making dinner I don’t have time to read the story behind the recipe (sorry to my fellow bloggers!) so I’m going to cut right to the chase for you. 😛

Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbl Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbl Dijon Mustard
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Heaping tsp Dried Oregano (Marjoram, Thyme or Winter Savory could be used in place of Oregano)
  • 1/2 tsp Pink Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Directions
  • Chop the garlic and then add all ingredients together and blend to emulsify the oil/vinegar. If you’re using a Vitamix, no need to chop OR peel the garlic. I find though that for a quick dressing, with less clean up time, that a small individual blender works perfectly. I have a Magic Bullet and it’s the same one I use for grinding coffee beans and whole spices. I love it! But as I DON’T love hunks of garlic in my dressings, I pre-chop. 

It’ll store in the fridge in a sealed jar for several weeks (or more!). Most every ingredient is a natural preservative LOL.

I like to double the recipe and we still have no problems using it up within a week. 😃

If you don’t want to make your own Dijon Mustard, the one I like is linked below ⬇️.

*This dressing IS very sharp and strongly flavored so adjust the lemon, mustard and garlic to your liking. Keep it mind it will definitely soften when blended with your salad ingredients. In our house, we’ve found that it goes famously with a salad of spinach, kale and quinoa (which on it’s own is very bland) and a combo of the basic veggies we like to have on hand – celery, bell pepper, sweet onion, carrots, tomatoes, green beans and avocado topped with pumpkin seeds. Yum!

Please come back after you make it and tell me how you liked it or what changes you made! I’m always open for “tweaks”. 😃

I hope you enjoy this vinaigrette as much as my husband and I do! 

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My Gordons & Me Project | The Breakthrough

Since I began this project with my pack, so much has changed. Today the changes really struck me as I was getting dinner ready so I decided it was time to plug back into this blog and share an update.

It became clear pretty early on that my original 60 day timeline was not going to be sufficient. There were, and still are, so many elements I wanted to address and to know what is or isn’t working takes time and not making too many changes all at once.

It’s all turned out for the best really and I’m grateful to be on this journey with them. It’s been both very rewarding and extremely challenging.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

Yup, I can confirm the truth of that quote. LOL

We ended up changing our vacation plans for this month and enjoyed a wonderful Staycation. Meaning, as it related to this project, that we didn’t need to be concerned about a pet sitter or boarding. 👍🏼

Ian

The trigger for this blog post in particular is Ian. When last I blogged about him, he’d been having his usual meltdown at mealtimes and I’d just spent over 2 hours listening to the boy cry and whine uncontrollably while waiting for him to recover his wits so I could feed him.

Well, the very next day we had what could only be called a breakthrough! All the sudden he had awareness in his eyes and I could see he was trying very hard to please me and stay present in the moment. Breakfast went so smoothly I was in shock really.

I’d intended to sit down and document the moment so…..though it’s 6 weeks later, here I am. 😝 Ian has continued to make progress, although setbacks have definitely been part of it all too. Tonight was definitely the former.

Here he is, with 4 bowls full of food on the counter right above him:

THIS is a a cause for celebration! This moment makes me so proud. 💜 My heart is filled with love and joy. He did it!  He was so quiet I honestly didn’t know he was there at first. Time froze as I looked at him and he looked back….until I was snapped out of it as the thought hit to grab my phone and document the moment. 🤣

While giving Nicklas his bowl, (he goes first) Ian started to get excited and cry. I calmly got his attention, said “hey, that’s enough. You need to be quiet.” I slowly repeated ‘quiiiiiiet’ as he made eye contact and I could see the understanding in his eyes. He knows what Quiet 😶 means. Hoooray!

Now if I could only teach this word to Nicklas to stop him barking all the time, over every single little thing, I’d be in heaven…that, however, is a project for another lifetime I think. 🙄🤷🏼‍♀️

And me?

I thought I had patience before, well I am almost zen like now in comparison. Haha. Honestly though, even as much as I’ve learned, I now know that I have barely tapped the surface of what Calm, Patience and Kindness feel and look like. Ian has loads yet to teach me. 😉 As long as he’s game, so am I!

In recap…

  • Meal prep is tough. My limit is now 2 hours (preferably way less!) of looking, touching and smelling raw meat and I think that’s more than long enough to ask Ian to handle for now as well. I’m strategically buying food in smaller batches and trying to get prepackaged portions instead of a huge 40lb box I have to portion out (with 🐶🐶🐶🐶 all watching) and put in the freezer.
  • Baby Gates. Keeping the dogs away from underfoot has given me some much needed space to maneuver and keeps peace amongst the boys as they aren’t able to jostle for pole position in case of droppings.
  • Laying down. Heads hanging over the gates or Larkin laying down in front of the gates blocking access (and guarding) wasn’t working so all 3 boys have ‘the spot’ they wait in. Putting them back into position again and again and again (remember that patience I’ve been learning?) is one area where I am still challenged. Them having a job, laying down close to each other, staying and being quiet, works to keep them out of trouble and me less stressed. One day I dream they will know, and believe, I mean it when I say “Stay”.
  • Elly has been included in this process, if she’s not in the bedroom sleeping.
  • Snoods now go on one at a time as they each get their bowl. Seeing snoods was a real trigger to start the excitement and noise making so this shift was a great help.
  • Meditating. I don’t know who it helps more, me or them but I DO know that there is better balance in the pack and they have greater patience with each other on the days I meditate. I’d like to increase the % of days I meditate versus those I don’t. Are the effects cumulative? That’s the question I want to answer.
  • Exercise. This is a work in progress and deserving of it’s own blog. I’m excited for my new mindset!

I think that’s all for now. It’s more important that I publish this quickly than my not leaving out any details. I can always edit or address in a future blog post.

Life is moving on and so is Time.

Stay tuned for more adventures from the pack!

Previous blogs on this project can be found here: