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Archive for June, 2013

Toe Less Socks For Your Pleasure

Posted by terrepruitt on June 29, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaNia was designed to be done in bare feet.  I believe that yoga is also supposed to be practiced in bare feet.  But there are many reasons as to why people want to have something on their feet.  Many reasons why people don’t like “naked feet“.  Some people don’t like to be barefoot in public places (and with that there could be many reasons).  Some people need support of shoes for their comfort and health.  Some people like to have traction built into their footwear.  Since Nia is designed to be done in bare feet we do not spin on our feet we lift them up so having a little bit of traction does not interfere with our movement, whereas in a Zumba class where you are often twisting on your feet you do not want traction.  What someone has come up with for yoga are toe less socks with traction on the bottom.  I had a friend give me some as a gift.  She was so sweet and said, “I know you do Nia barefoot, but I thought you might like these.”

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaWhile I love to do Nia barefoot there are some floors where the toe less socks come in handy.  Some floors that I dance on or have danced on have a texture to them that is not very comfortable on the feet.  Some floors are really dirty (without access to a dry mop or broom) and so the layer of fabric between the foot and the floor helps to keep the grit from digging into my feet and being uncomfortable. The fact that the toes are exposed give me a bit of a barefoot sensation.  Allowing the toes to come in contact with the floor and keeping those nerves activated.  The energy flowing from the earth and to the earth via the exposed toes.

For yoga these are great because the textured bottom of the sock allows for traction if sliding is an issue for you.  The texture also assists in keeping you from spinning on the foot when doing Nia.  Ha!  I just realized it might help stop that altogether.  It is possible to spin, twist, slide on your bare feet although you might end up with blisters.  But with the traction on the bottom of the sock it stops you in your tracks.  You are unable to spin, twist, or slide.

Maybe the yoga socks could act as “training wheels” for some.  If at first exercising barefoot seems odd, maybe the socks can help ease you into it.  Perhaps the socks could also assist in training people not to spin, twist, or slide, so when they do decide to go barefoot for their Nia workout they will already have the know-how of lifting the feet.

Whatever the person’s reason for not going barefoot, toe less yoga socks might be a great solution.  I do want to say, just so you know, when in my Nia classes as long as the facility allows shoes (some yoga/dance studios do not allow shoes), everyone is encouraged to be comfortable so when wearing shoes allow people to be comfortable then they are invited to do so.

Do you ever exercise barefoot?

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Stepping Back Onto The Ball Of Your Foot – One Of Nia’s 52 Moves

Posted by terrepruitt on June 27, 2013

Stepping Back Onto The Ball Of Your Foot is certainly not unique to Nia.  Many dance modalities incorporate this move.  In fact this move is incorporated into every day life.  How often are you moving forward only have to stop and move back?  You could be in line at the store or anywhere when the person in front of you moves back towards you so you take a step back.  While you might not “hang” out on the ball of your foot as we do in Nia you more than likely don’t take a step backwards heel first.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaSo, yes, Nia has taken moves that might be done in other dance practices, martial arts, and even everyday life and put them in their list of Nia’s 52 Moves.  Nia then weaves the moves into the Nia Routine choreography.  This move Stepping Back Onto The Ball Of Your Foot is part of our Base Moves.  It is done with the feet and legs and they are a part of the base.

This move is described on page 123 of the Nia Technique book written by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas and you can purchase it from Amazon.

As I have said many times there is a proper way to do all moves and while you are practicing them and learning them you do it the proper way.  Then as you come across it in a Nia class while doing a Nia routines your body will know the proper way yet be able to adapt to the choreography that you are dancing at the moment.

So to practice this move you can start in Open Stance.  Then with one leg step back onto the ball of foot.  When stepping back pull the leg straight behind not to either side.  Keep the foot parallel to the stationary foot, don’t turn the heel.  As is indicated step back onto the ball of the foot.  Keep the spine up and the heel high off of the earth.  Then shift your weight onto the foot of which you just stepped back on and take the other foot off the ground.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaYour torso is upright, pelvis, chest, shoulders, chin, eyes facing forward.  Do the same movement with the other foot.  You don’t necessarily always have to start in open stance.

After you are comfortable with the stationary start, walk around and stop and step into the move.

This move helps with the mobility and flexibility in the foot.  It also helps create or improve stability in the ankle.  It helps with balance, especially if you hang out for a measured amount of time on the ball of your foot!

At the moment I can think of one routine in which we step back onto the ball of foot as a large portion of one of the dances.  I know we step back all the time, but in this routine I think of one of the songs as “showcasing” this move.  The choreography calls for lifting the leg of the foot that is off the ground.  Or doing a knee lift.  So that is a good example of the variations that Nia choreography uses with its 52 Moves.

Well, what do you think about this move?  Can you see how it helps with mobility and flexibility in the foot?

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Quick Easy Baked Avocado Breakfast

Posted by terrepruitt on June 25, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI had seen it on Facebook.  You’ve probably seen it too.  I am not sure who I saw originally post it.  But I bought avocados because I knew my husband would love it.  Then I had company for a week and didn’t make it.  Breakfast doesn’t happen for my hubby around here during the week.  I had been meaning to look up the recipe when another friend posted a picture of hers on Facebook.  She told me to bake them at 450° F for 10 to 12 minutes.  I bought small avocados thinking since he would be eating en entire avocado it would be better to eat a whole small avocado than a whole big one.  I didn’t think about it being too small for the large egg.  When I actually went to make these that is when I realized I should have bought the larger avocados.  I didn’t remember my friend saying anything about making more room for the egg so I looked up some info.  I found a lot of recipes on the web.  Just like me, when people see it, they do it then the post about it.  My friend topped hers with bacon.  Don’t tell my hubby because one of the GREAT things about this is that it is sooooo easy. Bacon would just add another component to complicate it and be messy.  Right now it is so quick and easy I can make it for him all the time!  He loved it so much I made it two days in a row!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaWith this first run, I bought small avocados.  Next time I am going to by bigger ones.  Not HUGE ones, but bigger.

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Here is what I did:

1 small avocado
2 eggs
salt and pepper

Turn on oven to 450° F.  Put some aluminum foil on a baking sheet.  Put the avocado on a flat surface and find the best resting sides.  I actually smashed it a little to make it flat on two sides so that it would sit level in the pan and not spill out so much egg.  Cut the avocado in half, take out the seed, make more room for the egg by scooping out some of the avocado.  Put the avocado on the foil on the pan.  Crack an egg and put it in the avocado half.  One egg per half.  Add salt and pepper.  Bake for 12 minutes.  Check it and see if it is how you like your eggs.  I cooked the first batch for 14 minutes.  The second day I cooked them longer (2 minutes) and the yolks weren’t runny.  So I am going to settle on 14 minutes.

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You can probably tell from the pictures that a lot of the egg white ended up on the foil the first time.  To me that is just as if it were a fried egg and hubby didn’t complain about eating it.  The first set of avocado eggs was served with pico de gallo.  We had some leftover so my hubby topped them with that.  You might also be able to see the plain lump of avocado on the plate.  That is the amount I scooped out from both halves.

The next set of avocado eggs, the next day, were just topped with scallions.  Also less egg white because I decided to have it for my breakfast.  Shhh . . . again, don’t tell my husband.  Some of this stuff really needs to remain between you and me. 😉

After he ate them we discussed topping them with cheese.  I am sure ONE of these days I will top them with bacon for him, but I am not doing to make that the norm.  As I said, this recipe is so easy I don’t want to complicate it with bacon.

As I have posted before avocados are soooooo good for you.  They have incredibly UNIQUE fat so I consider this a healthy breakfast.  Also considering it will not be made during the work week and more than likely not every weekend, it’s great.  The next time I make it, I might even taste it.

(October 08, 2013 . . . . I posted some things I have learned about making these at Avocado Eggs Helpful Tips)

Do you like avocados?  Is this your kinda breakfast?

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Nia – Sink and Pivot Table Wipe

Posted by terrepruitt on June 22, 2013

One of Nia’s 52 Moves is the Sink and Pivot Table Wipe.  Ha!  Sounds funny.  I always think of cleaning when I say this move in class, but not many people LIKE to clean so I don’t like to remind them of cleaning while we are in our Joy!  There are many other ways to describe the movement, but “table wipe” really gets the point across.  It could be a dramatic sweep of the table.  Regardless of what spirit might have me say in the midst of the move there is a particular way to do it.  As with all of Nia’s 52 Moves there is a specific way to do it.  And . . . as I have said . . . often times the specifics are adjusted to work into the song and the moment’s choreography.  To me the Sink and Pivot Table Wipe is a combination of an arm movement and a bow stance.

To practice the Sink and Pivot Table Wipe you start in an A Stance.  Doing one side at a time, say the left, you would place your left arm out.  As you lift up your left foot you turn your body towards the right, your left arm sweeps across the horizon to the right.  Your left foot lands gently on the earth on the ball of your foot and your left leg is bent.  Your right leg is also bent.  The bent legs become the “sink” part of the move.  Your arm sweeping is the wiping part of the move.  That “table” part is the imaginative part of the move to assist in knowing how the arms sweeps.  The arm is straight out and just moves parallel to the ground.  Doing the other side, you would you would place your right arm out.  As you lift up your right foot you turn your body towards the left, your right arm sweeps out and around to the left.  You place your right ball of foot gently on the floor with your right leg bent.  Your left leg is also bent.  The legs are similar to a bow stance.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaIn most instances — the ones I can think of — in the choreography, I usually do a tiny hop so that my front foot ends up with the toes facing the same direction as the foot in the back, the foot that is “ball of foot”.  So as I continue to say, the instructions in The Nia Technique book* show the exact perfect way to do a move.  Which is the way to learn it, but then once you know the move the choreography dictates the exact way it is done.

The book recommends the word “Whoosh” be said while doing this move.  Of course that is just one of many words and sounds that can be made.  Sounds are dictated by so many things.  The “Whoosh” can be used in the practice of the move, if you would like.  When in a Nia class anything goes!

I believe this move is a great stability move because as I said I am normally moving both feet in order to sink, pivot, and wipe the table so I need to “land” stable.  Also, I think it is great for the legs because any sink type of move helps condition them.  It is also good for coordination because you are moving both the upper body and lower body at the same time, but in a little different manner.

Tee hee . . . . it is really great for a lot of things, depends on what you put into it.  The last couple of times I did it in the current Nia routine I am doing I had the class stretching the arm as far as they could reach as they wiped that table.  It was a HUGE table and we wanted to wipe it all in one pass!

So what do you imagine you are doing when you do this move?

*The Nia Technique written by Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas

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Goodie Jar – Check In #21

Posted by terrepruitt on June 21, 2013

Goodie Jar check in day!  How is it going for you?

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, Santa CruzI just got back from teaching a Nia class in Santa Cruz.  The space that the class is held is so lovely.  I wish I could teach there all the time.  And as I was teaching I noticed a spot in the floor that was a little different from the rest and it called my attention to the wonderful floor.

It is a wonderful floor and I know this, but that particular spot made me aware AT THAT MOMENT that the floor is heaven.  Not all dance floors are made the same and this one at the Tannery is FABULOUS.  I was so happy I was available to teach at the last minute (sort of) for the regular teacher who found herself needing to rest.

Then on the way home I got an over due haircut.  It might be a tad short.  You know how it is difficult to tell sometimes what is up until you “do” your hair yourself.  So we will see.  But either way it will grow.

So that is my Goodie Jar – Check in #21 Friday, how about you?  What are you doing today?  Anything that you can add to your good thing jar?

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Potluck Party Must Have

Posted by terrepruitt on June 20, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaSomeone once said to me they love my food blog.  Eeek!  My blog is not a food blog.  I want it to be about health and wellness so yes, food plays a part in that, but it is not the only thing.  I really like to share about Nia.  But I have also mentioned before that food is international.  Everyone eats.  Seems like people like to see what other people are eating.  People like to get ideas on what to eat.  People like ideas on how to eat and what to eat.  So yes, I do post about food!  Recently I attended a “Baby Reveal Party”.  Oh yeah, have you heard of these?  I hadn’t, but apparently they are the “in” thing.  It is a party where the parents DO NOT KNOW THE GENDER OF THE BABY, but everyone else does!  Then at the party the sex is revealed to the parents in some way.  The party I attended had BLUE frosting in the center of the cake.  The parents cut into it for the surprise.  It was cute.  The parents were surprised and happy.  They were excited to be having a baby brother for their daughter.  Anyway . . . the party organizer asked me to bring a vegetable tray.  She didn’t really care what veggies I brought she just wanted to make sure that I used bell peppers as the dip bowls.  While I don’t think using a perfectly good bell pepper as a bowl — ack!  I LOVE bell peppers! — is a MUST HAVE, I DO think veggies are a must have.  I love to bring the vegetables to a party because then I know for certain there WILL be something I can eat and I know for certain there will be vegetables at the party!

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaSo I bought two bell peppers to chop off the tops and fill with dip.  When you do this make certain that use use the bell peppers that will actually stand on their own.  You might even have to cut a TINY bit off the bottom.  Don’t cut so much that you cut a hole in the bottom.  🙂  I believe my cousin saw the idea on Pinterest.

Then arrange any veggies you want on the tray to be dipped in the bell peppers.  I like to use a lot of colors.  You can see I have red, green, orange, white, and yellow.  Go for as many colors that you can to get the largest variety of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients.  You might notice there are carrots on the tray and carrots in a bowl.  I have found in my party going experiences that carrots are the most popular so I had an auxiliary bowl of carrots.

When cutting up the vegetables I like to make them easy to eat.  Broccoli — to me — is one of those veggies that tend to leave remnants in your teeth so I don’t like to bite into it at a party.  So I cut the broccoli small enough to fit in my mouth (which I consider average) but I left it in the flower type formation so it will look nice on the tray.

I also have this cool tool that makes tealight sized circles in fruit.  I made candle fruit.  I used grapefruit and lemons.  You can see them in on the table.  The candles weren’t lit when I took the pictures.  Ha, ha, the candle filled fruit is not a “MUST HAVE” but veggies sure are.

What do YOU think a potluck “MUST HAVE” is?

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Cilantro Has Some Good Stuff

Posted by terrepruitt on June 18, 2013

I used to not like cilantro.  Or at least I thought I didn’t like it.  Funny how that happens, isn’t it?  I really thought I didn’t like it then one night I was at someone’s house and they had made a salad . . . a BEAN salad at that and I tried some and I liked it.  I don’t like beans and I don’t like cilantro and I don’t normally eat onions . . . . .well, that is what I would have said all that time, many months ago.  When I tried the salad I decided that I did like beans and cilantro, but only in that particular salad.  I figured it was the combination of all of the ingredients that made it acceptable.  You might have read in some of my other posts though that I will eat kidney beans in a recipe I make called Red Beans and Rice.  It is NOT the typical Red Beans and Rice recipe, click here to see.  Since I do make the bean salad recipe I find myself with left over cilantro.  And since I have discovered I like it, I put it in my green salad.  It is a nice addition to the salad to give it a different flavor.  I actually haven’t tried it in anything else I can think of.  It seems like people either LOVE cilantro or HATE it.  I like it.  I don’t LOVE it, but it is a nice change of flavor. Today while I was making the Bean Salad I decided to give a look at what cilantro has to offer.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaFirst of all cilantro is the leaves of the coriander plant.  Coriander is the little round pellet type seasoning.  Wiki states that all parts of the plant are edible, but it is the leaves and the dried seeds that are most commonly used.  That is cilantro and coriander.  Also, “the leaves are variously referred to as coriander leaves, fresh coriander, Chinese parsley, or cilantro (particularly in North America).”

Cilantro contains antioxidants.  Coriander does too, but the leaves were found to have a stronger effect.

According an article on the Global Healing Center’s website, consuming large amounts of cilantro regularly can help clear the body of toxic metals.

Cilantro contains potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.  It also has many vitamins including vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. The website Power Your Diet states that there is 30% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C, about 225% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A, and about 258% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin K, but in 100 grams.  That seems like a lot of cilantro to eat.  When I put it in my green salads or bean salad I don’t think I put but a small fraction of that.  I think I put about a cup of cilantro in the bean salad today, but I don’t think it weighed near 100 grams.  I still think that health benefits can be received.  I don’t really need 200% of any recommend value.

I believe herbs are a good way to both flavor our food and get nutrients we need to assist our bodies in being healthy.  Do you like cilantro?  Do you cook with it?  

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Stretch The Meat

Posted by terrepruitt on June 15, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI know that this would not work for every family.  This is another recipe using one piece of meat with beans as the source of protein.  I know that people have their own ideas about what makes up a dinner.  Some people have to have meat.  And not just a little meat, but a full serving or more otherwise to them, it is just not dinner.  I understand that people are different.  If that is you or someone in your family then this will not work for you.  But as long as I don’t do it three nights in a row, my husband is ok with it.  What I often do is cook three pieces of meat.  The first night we each have a piece of meat.  Then the next night I stretch the remaining piece into a meal for two.  Sometimes . . . . depends on what I am cooking in turns into a meal for four.  I have mentioned this before in some of my other post so I like to share “recipe” ideas.  Even though it is really easy to throw something together, sometimes it is nice to have someone else do the thinking for you.  With everything else that has to be done, if you can just look at something and have it all figured out — YAY!

So this recipe is pretty much like the one in Dinner Desperation.  See?  It works when you are “desperate”.

Mushrooms, Kale, Beans, Chicken, and Rice

—2 tablespoon olive oil
—1/2 of an onion, chopped
—1 lb mushrooms, chopped or sliced
—2 cups cooked rice (out of the fridge, so leftover)
—2 tablespoons of butter
—one LARGE chicken breast, cooked and chopped
—1 15 1/2-ounce can garbanzo beans/chickpeas, drained and rinsed
—2 teaspoons granulated garlic
—1 bunch of kale, chopped
—salt
—Garlic Salt, to taste
—Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Heat the olive oil and the chopped onion.  Add the mushrooms.  Cook until almost done.  (Done to YOUR tastes)  Add a little salt.  (Just a little because you need to “save” your salt “layer” for the kale.)  Add the rice breaking it up and letting it get soft.  Stirring it and allowing it to cook.  Use the butter to help the rice get moist (might need to use a bit of liquid too).  When the rice is soft, add the chopped chicken.  Let it cook for a little bit.  Then add the can of garbanzo beans.  Sprinkle half of the garlic over mixture.  Then add the kale.  Sprinkle the rest of the garlic over the kale.  And salt.  Then stir and cook.  Then add more salt and garlic if you want, and pepper.

With this mixture the mushrooms need to cook.  Some people don’t like their mushrooms really cooked, I do.  So I let them cook pretty much all the way as if I were going to just eat them.  When in the other recipe I don’t cook the asparagus THAT much because I like it less cooked.  So I add the rice sooner.  But in THIS recipe I wait until the mushrooms are done.   Also remember, if you are using freshly cooked rice then it won’t take as long to cook/heat up.  Also the chicken I used had been seasoned when cooked so that is something to keep in mind when you are flavoring your dish.

Kale is really a great green, however, I think it is really bitter.  So I use the salt to tame the bitter.  That is why I “save” the salting of the dish for after the kale is added.  Typically I would salt the mushrooms, but with kale, I wait for the kale.  So the salt goes directly on the kale.

Of course, this is just how I do it.  This is an explanation of the order I like it in.  You might come up with your own.  Oh, maybe you like your kale to be REALLY cooked, so you might want to add it with or after the mushrooms?  I like mine just wilted so it goes last.

So what do you think?  Mushrooms and kale, anyone?

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Goodie Jar – Check In #20

Posted by terrepruitt on June 14, 2013

So this week has been an easy one to have good things to put in the jar.  The biggest thing, of course, is the visit from my niece.  She was here all week long and as she mentioned last night, it went pretty fast.  I had been so nervous she would be bored, but she is pretty easy going and mellow so we managed fine.

She came with me to all my Nia classes and she even participated.  We made candles at Glow in Willow Glen and spent one morning delivering lunch to my hubby.  It was a nice week.  Short.

Our weather in San Jose has been FANTASTIC — all week long.  Nothing beats the weather in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially in the South Bay.  It is awesome.

As I am typing I keep thinking of Good Things to put in my goodie jar.  Ha!  Maybe that is another way to help think of good things.  Start writing about your week and see what comes up.  I bet there will be at least ONE good thing!

So how many things were you able to put in your Good Things Jar this week?

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Fun With Wax

Posted by terrepruitt on June 13, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI have been teaching Nia in San Jose for four and a half years.  I have been teaching Nia in the same studio in Willow Glen.  I drive down Lincoln about twice a week.  There are many stores and businesses on the street.  There are also many pedestrians.  For those of you that don’t know, Lincoln Avenue is very pretty.  They have trees and bushes and flowers . . . very nice landscaping, however, the lovely foliage HIDES the pedestrians and those flashing lights (the ones that flash to call attention to pedestrians crossing the street).  So you have to really pay attention.  Sometimes people just dart out from the bushes.  I am always concentrating on the pedestrians so I don’t notice all the stores that come and go.  When I do walk down the street I am always amazed at a new shop that has popped up or one that has closed.  One of the new ones is Glow.  It is a build-a-candle candle shop.  When I first saw it I was so excited.  I kept squealing with each new thing I saw as I walked through.  There are colors and fragrances and little trinkets you can add to the candle.  I couldn’t wait to go!

This week I have my niece visiting and I thought it would be fun for us to go make a candle.  It is something we can do and visit at the same time.  Plus it is creative and then we will have a candle to show for it.  First you choose your mold.  What size and shape you want.  Then you choose your colors, any pips, and if you want any trinkets.  Then you choose the scent you want to have.  Then you set about putting it all together.

The pips are plastic pieces that you stick to the side of the mold.  They have all different kinds of pips: butterflies, birds, flowers, stars, guitars, martini glasses, crosses, letters, lipstick, dresses, shoes, you name it, they probably have it.  After you stick the pips to the side, then you break up the sheets of wax.  You get to choose from a variety of colors.  Once the candle is poured and set, the pips show through on the sides of the candle.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaWhen you are done filling the mold with the pieces the shop keep pours hot melted wax into the mold over the broken pieces.  Then it sets.  The store keep puts a wick in it and polishes it and you have a cool candle that you made.

There is “studio fee” of $9.95 and then the cost of the candle which is determined by the size and shape you choose.  All pips are included as well as the poured wax and fragrance.  The little charms and other things are priced per piece and the costs vary from less than a dollar all the way to at least $4.00.  I believe there might be ones that cost more than $4.00 but that was the one I saw.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThe day we went back to pick up our candle we were being helped by the assistant manager, Laura, and she was a wealth of information.  She shared some tips and tricks that my niece and I wished we had been privy to the day before when we were making our candles.  But now we know and we are anxious to go back again to make more candles.

The experience is not an inexpensive one, but as I said, it is an EXPERIENCE.  It is an activity.  It is a fun thing to do with people who you want to be with.  Once you pay the studio fee you can buy as many candles as you want to make.  So it could be a great way to kick out some gifts for Christmas.  Pay the studio fee then make a few candles.  Do it with friends and you have a great time.  I think an activity that results in a wonderful smelling candle makes for a great day.  My niece and I had a great time.

I thought it was great fun to build a candle.  I also thought is was pretty exciting to wait for the candle to be ready for pick up the next day.  I really love this activity and can’t wait to go back.  The candles we made, while not perfect, look pretty nice, smell great, and burn well.  This was definitely a fun time with wax.

Do you like candles?  What color candle would you make?

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Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

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