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In the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or whatever inspires me.

  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch! SIX group classes a week!

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    Yoga: Tues at 10:30 am and Thurs at 6:00 pm

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:15 am

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Artichoke Chicken and Chickpea Pasta

Posted by terrepruitt on April 2, 2018

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Artichoke Chicken and Chickpea Pasta

1 can of chickpeas/garbanzo beans
1 can of chicken
1 1/2 cups chopped artichoke hearts
3/4 teaspoon Nutritional yeast
Salt
Pepper
Garlic salt
Cheese*
Butter
Pasta

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Drain the chicken, then add it to the pan.  Sprinkle the chicken with garlic salt. Stir up the mixture and cook the chicken a bit.  Canned chicken is already cooked so it doesn’t need that long in the pan, or that high of a heat.  At this point I turned the heat down.

Add the chopped artichoke hearts.  Cook everything until it is hot.

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Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, drain it, then put it on a plate with some butter.  Sprinkle 3/4 of a teaspoon of Nutritional yeast on the pasta.  Then put the chicken mixture on top of the pasta.  Add pepper if you would like and more garlic salt if you feel it needs it.  Grate a small amount of cheese on top.

*I would have liked to have used Parmesan, but all I had was a Cheddar Monterey Jack blend.

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I think this was pretty good.  It is very rich with the beans and the artichokes.  It is super easy.  It was nice because the artichokes gave it a flavor that we don’t always have.  So it was a bit different for us.  I really liked it.

I was going to add some Kalamata olives, but I decided not to.  What do you think?  What kind of pasta would you use?  Now what do I do with the rest of the jar of artichoke hearts?

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Anniversary Flowers

Posted by terrepruitt on March 30, 2018

We didn’t really have a moment to celebrate.  We exchanged cards and I got flowers.  I’m a lucky girl!

I am sharing my anniversary flowers as a Friday Photo.

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Prom Dress GiveAways

Posted by terrepruitt on March 28, 2018

In my search for something to blog about today, I was looking through my folder of things to post and I came across something I started to write about in 2009. I clicked on the link and was happy to see that the website is still active and it is current. So the organization is STILL going strong. So amazing. Still makes me teary-eyed, which is what happened when I first heard about this. Nine years ago when I was looking for something to post about and I turned on the TV. There was a story about The Glass Slipper Project.

Here is what I wrote:

“There is a woman in Chicago who started the Glass Slipper Project 10 years ago. It is an organization that collects dresses to give to girls that otherwise might not have a dress to wear to the prom. According to what I was watching there were 700 girls lined up to get a dress. The project has helped 13,000 girls.

The young women don’t just get dresses, they get shoes, jewelry, make-up, and of course, to feel like a princess at least for one night. I looked at their website: http://www.glassslipperproject.org and it seems while they are not affiliated with other organizations they do have a list of other places in other states that do the similar thing.”

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I just love this idea of helping girls in need of prom dresses being able to actually get them – for free . . . . and shoes, jewelry, and make-up. Buying all of that for prom can be very expensive.

When I first started this post, in 2009, there was The Princess Project in San Francisco. Their website said that they had helped over 9000 girls in the Bay Area since 2002. Now their website – http://princessproject.org/locations/ – shows they have five locations in California. It also looks like I just missed the event in the South Bay Area and the other Northern California locations, but is seems like Southern California has yet to have their giveaways. I could be off on the dates since each location seems to have their own website. I am not clicking over and scouring the pages, I am clicking over and scanning. So if you are interested in getting a dress or interested in volunteering or donating, please click over to the site and review the information.

The Glass Slipper Project in Chicago looks as if their dress give away is in April.

This is a great thing for people needing dresses and for people who need to get rid of dresses. It is a great way to give things another life. So many clothes end up in the landfills, this is a great way to help a person out and to keep clothes out of the landfill.

What do you think?

PS:  The picture is of me and my friends at our prom.  In the 80’s.  Of course, you could tell that.

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A Red Rose

Posted by terrepruitt on March 23, 2018

Ahhhh. A rose from my sweetie. He is very good at making roses out of paper napkins. I wonder if I could do a blog post about it. I could record him making it and he could talk us through it? Hmmmm. Sounds like an idea. I will have to see what he says about it.

Here is a red rose for the Friday Photo!

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Empty Is Better

Posted by terrepruitt on March 16, 2018

Ooooo! One of my husband’s co-workers was in Mexico and brought us back this bowl. Beautiful, huh? At first I had it on my counter with fruit in it. But then I realized I couldn’t SEE the super pretty part of the bowl when it has stuff in it. So I have moved it to my dining room table and there is nothing in it. Now I can see it when I walk by. It is so lovely. I wanted to share our beautiful bowl for my Friday Photo post.

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Nag Champa – My Favorite

Posted by terrepruitt on March 14, 2018

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitDo you like to burn candles? I do. I love to burn candles. I love scenes on TV shows or in movies where the room is just filled with candles. But I always wonder how long it took them to light all those candles. I mean, in reality they have a team of people come in to light the candles – or so I think. But if it were the character in the show, how long would it have taken them to light that many candles? Do you know the scenes I am talking about? The ones where there are at least 40 to 75 different sized candles burning. It would take a long time to get that many candles lit. And then you have the danger of the candles being knocked down. Ok . . . so even though I love the look, I wouldn’t necessarily have that many candles burning all at once. And with cats who at times seem like something is after them and they have to FLY through the room into the next, I prefer not to have too many candles burning. I also prefer to have the candles I burn be jar candles or tea lights in a “jar” or votives in a “jar”. Something where the flame is not exposed. If I am sitting in the room then I can handle a bare flame candle, but I am most comfortable with jar candles.

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They are Terra Vela candles you can buy them online from www.TerraVela.com, but we usually stock up at an Art and Wine Festival. They are the kind of candles that smell good without even having to burn them. The room a candle is in will smell like the candle just by being in there. It is so awesome. That means, for me, I can get the scent of the candle without having to burn it. I can just have it on the table next to me for a bit. Then when I burn it I can smell the scent, too. To me those candles are like double the time you get to enjoy the scent.

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She has a lot of different scents so I am sure you can find something you love. But one of the reasons I like to buy from her at a festival is so that I can smell them all.

It is raining here, to me that is candle burning weather. So I have candles on my mind. That is why I am posting about them because I was thinking about the lovely scents of these candles and I thought I would share in case you love burning candles as much as I do.

Candles make a great gift, too. Another thing I love about candles.

What do you think?  Do you like candles?  Which do you like to burn?  Do you have a favorite scent?

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Three Part Breath

Posted by terrepruitt on March 12, 2018

There are eight different limbs to yoga. The poses or asana is just one of them. That is probably the one you are familiar with, the poses. Modern Western yoga is primarily about the poses. When you hear yoga, you more than likely think of an exercise where people bend and stretch. Well, as I mentioned there are eight limbs to yoga, meaning there is a lot more to yoga than just the poses. I often compare yoga and Nia because there is a lot more to Nia than just the dance exercise. A lot of what we do in Nia or the way we approach dancing and exercising can be applied to everyday life – and that is just like yoga. One of the limbs or aspects of yoga is Pranayama. Prana = Life Force Yama = Practice / control / restrain. Pranayama is controlling your breath.

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For those that think it is silly I would just like to point out that controlling one’s breath is a very common technique for many things. Sometimes we take a deep breath before we are about to say something important or difficult. We might take a deep breath when our thoughts are racing and we want to calm them down. We might take a deep breath when we are excited and need to calm down. We might do a bit of a pant when we are experiencing pain. There are many common breathing techniques that pretty much most of have participated in. So Pranayama should really be too far out there for people to accept. Doesn’t mean everyone has to do it, but I feel it means pretty much everyone could agree that there is merit to it.

The ones that I have previously posted about: Samavrtti (Equal Breath), Ujjayi (Victorious Breath), and Sitali (Cooling Breath), I feel that I can do. The one I am posting about now is not one that I can do. It is very difficult for me. I can get part of it but not all of it. I am talking about Dirgha or 3 Part Breath.

With the Dirgha Pranayama you breathe into your torso in three parts. I was taught that you practice this Pranayama lying down. First you inhale, gently expanding the belly, as you continue to inhale you expand the ribs, allowing them to open up to the sides, then complete the inhale by expanding the upper chest, lifting it. To complete the breath you exhale starting with the upper chest — don’t let the ribs or the belly move — then exhale from the ribs allow the rib cage to shrink, then finish the breath by emptying the belly area allowing it to deflate. Repeat this process with a smooth and relaxed breath. So the breath is not done in three parts, but the breath is brought into three different areas one at a time.

It is an extreme challenge for me to separate each area on the exhale. One technique that can help with the separate or at least give you a visual as to the separate areas is to place something on each area. Yoga sandbags are the perfect tool. Something with a little weight seems to help for me. But a towel or whatever can lay across each area and indicate movement is great.

Pranayama is practiced – just giving a few – to help improve lung function, to steady the mind (when the breath is steady the mind is steady), and to relax the body and mind. So, if you want to achieve any of these, then you might want to try the Dirgha Pranayama.

When you read it, did you try it? How did you do?

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Another View From A Deck

Posted by terrepruitt on March 9, 2018

As you may know because of one of my recent Friday Photo posts, it was my hubby birthday recently. I took him to one of our favorite “occasion” restaurants. This is the view from the deck.

Oh, another deck view for my Friday Photo

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No Wet Foot

Posted by terrepruitt on March 7, 2018

A long time ago, I used to country western dance. In fact, that is how I met my husband. I started off line dancing. It was super fun, but I never seemed able to keep up with all the dances. I learned a few, but by the time I learned them the crowd was already onto a new dance. So then I decided I could try couples dancing. Well, perhaps a few months into it (actually I don’t remember when at all, but-) – at some point I bought some dance boots. They looked like cowboy boots, but had a suede bottom for dancing. Well, these were the most expensive pair of shoes I had ever purchased in my life so I wanted to protect them. What a lot of dancers do is they bring their dance shoes/boots in and put them on in the dance venue. That way the bottom of the shoe does not get wet or worn on the ground outside. This also protects the dance floor from any sand, dirt, grit, grime, or whatever being brought in from the outside. To me bringing in my dance shoes and changing into them there was kind of inconvenient, I always hated having to keep track of my shoes I wasn’t wearing. So somewhere along the way we found Robby’s No Wet Foot.

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I have no idea where we got them, but I am guessing it was at a dance competition. I am thinking there was a booth and we bought them there. But when I look online they are marketed to bowlers. Bowling shoes have suede on the bottom too and just like dancers you don’t want to get stuff on the bottom. It interferes with performance. Bowlers and dancers alike also don’t want to get the bottom of their shoes wet. So with a bowler it could be a matter of putting them on while they are walking around the bowling alley and/or going to the restroom. A wet suede bottom does not slide and that is not something you want when bowling or dancing.

Any dancer that doesn’t want to get stuff on their shoe, or stuff on the dance floor might be interested in a pair of “No Wet Foot”.  The website shows they have the vinyl shoe covers in three colors and a pink ribbon pattern.  They have fuzzy ones in seven colors.  It looks as if the fuzzy ones are just fluffy on the top and the bottom is made of the vinyl.

What do you think?  Cool idea, huh?  Do you bowl?

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This Might Interest You

Posted by terrepruitt on March 5, 2018

I’ve been blogging for a long time. At least I think it is a long time. I know there are people out there who have been blogging for even longer, but to me nine years is a long time. In fact this month is my nine year anniversary to the blogging world. I started in March of 2009. Well, since I have been blogging so long and not all of you have been reading my blog that long, I thought I would point out some posts that you might be interested in. Keeping in mind the comments I have received and the conversations I have had with some of you. Also keeping in mind your blogs, here are a few posts that I thought I would point out in case any of you might be interested.

This is one about an amazing product that helps me with my bumps and bruises. Some of you may be interested.  The product is Zheng Gu Shui.

Foam Rollers are COOL! is a post about two stretches that you can do with a foam roller. Many of us need to stretch more often and many of us love it when we do. These are super easy ones some of you may like.

I teach Nia, you may have heard :-). One of the things I love about Nia is that a lot of our practices within the practice can be applied to life. Here is a post about Sustain, Increase, Tweak, we do it in Nia while dancing and it can easily be applied to our every day life.

I LOVE to watch birds taking a bath in our bird bath. We used to have blue jays that would come back every year to have their babies near by. One time I got a few photos of a baby taking a bath. Even though he may look big, he is a baby. The young ones usually look larger and fluffier than the adults. Pictures do not capture the joy this bird seemed to be experiencing! This post has is about a Baby Blue Jay Bath.

Hummingbirds’ beaks are not straws they suck through, they actually have really long tongues. You can see that in my Hummingbird Tongues post.

More for the bird lovers: Silhouettes

For the dog lovers: Honey, I Shrunk the Doberman Pinscher

The comments on this one are worth a read, Lyrics Gone Wrong. Too funny!

Some nice shots of a beach trip. Do you wanna see the ocean? Check out my post Santa Cruz, California

Ahh, this one I am posting just to remind myself . . . . I need a color for that! Color Me A Reminder

Ok, sorry, I have shared more than I was planning, because I want you to look at all of them, but ten might be too much. I might just have to do another post somewhere along the way to point out some of my old posts that might be of interest to you. And get them some love.

Thanks for taking a look.

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