<![CDATA[Laugh in Flowers Blog - Blog]]>Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:53:57 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[5 Sure-Fire Secrets to self-love!]]>Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:14:44 GMThttp://laughinflowers.weebly.com/blog/5-sure-fire-secrets-to-self-love
5 Sure-fire secrets to self-love

God made us perfect in his image, yet we still find many faults in ourselves. I wonder if we will ever be satisfied? What if God gave us the satisfaction to be the “Designer’’ of ourselves?  Will you ever be 100% satisfied? Or will you only be satisfied for a month or two, until you met someone who seems to be a more talented ‘’Designer'', according to you?

''When God made you, he made his very best, he made a beautiful masterpiece.''

Love your body, God created it, Jesus died for it and the Holy Spirit lives within it.
Picture




God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. - Genesis 1: 27

God made us perfect in his image, yet we still find many faults in ourselves. I wonder if we will ever be satisfied? What if God gave us the satisfaction to be the “Designer’’ of ourselves?  Will you ever be 100% satisfied? Or will you only be satisfied for a month or two, until you met someone who seems to be a more talented ‘’Designer'', according to you?

Don't you think we will then just send our ''design'' back to the factory with new instructions? Almost like a fashion trend of shoes - so seasonal

You are perfectly set together by God. 

Try these five sure-fire shortcuts to love yourself from the inside to the out.

1. Acceptance

Accept your body and see the nice touches in it, you can't change your body, but you can try your best to take care of your body and respect God's work. We should not workout with the aim to change ourselves, we need to workout to improve ourselves. If you accept your flaws and quirks, no one can use them against you because you've already stitched them together with self-love and acceptance. The loving and stitching lies within ourselves, no one can make you love yourself, only you can.

2. Do not compare

Do not compare yourself with others around you, because there is no person the same as another, so what's the use? You will see differences - it's relevant because you are not a replicate of the person next to you- Comparing yourself is like attacking yourself - You are you, and YOU ARE UNIQUE. 

3. Hard work pays off

I believe each and every one of us wants to feel comfortable in our skin but do we all put in the necessary effort? Or do we lay all day and compare us with those who have decided that they will no longer lie down, but stand up and work to achieve that confidence? Remember that all who's best was once a beginner like you, be prepared to be the beginner to work your path to acceptance. 

4. Take care 

Avoid toxins, enjoy a balanced diet and do the necessary exercises. A well-groomed woman is so beautiful, you even take your dog and cat to the parlour, so what's your excuse? .....transformation takes time, be patient, your body will reward you with a feeling of happiness and security - and damn that's impressive.

5. Shake off the haters

To be the ultimate version of you, you need to shake off the destroyers. You can't be positive if you surround yourself with people whose constantly trying to destroy your self-esteem and confidence. Once you block out the negative people in your life, you'll make space for the positive ones. No one wants to surround them with people who dull their spark; haters will hate - take that one from Taylor Swift. 

If you treat your body well, your body will treat you well. We all deserve to be happy! 



Feel free to share your self-love shortcuts with us in the comments below.

]]>
<![CDATA[Hummingbirds & the love we share for spring]]>Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:44:00 GMThttp://laughinflowers.weebly.com/blog/hummingbirds-the-love-we-share-for-spring

My favourite bird & the love we share
 for spring 

Hi, It's nice to see you again ... I'm not only a huge animal lover, but I also join them for hibernation. Yes, we pass the winter in a sleeping (okay not completely sleepy ) but in an inactive condition, Oh and we put on some heavy winter coats. Wonder why you haven't seen me as often? That's my excuse. If I were an animal, I definitely would've been some hummingbird. My conclusion is not simply base on the fact that it's my favourite bird, or because it joins me in hibernation, but also because of the love we share for spring and it's flowers.

There are more to them than just their beauty
  • Hummingbirds are the tiniest birds in the world.
  • Hummingbirds can flash their bright colors, as well as hide them when needed.
  • The bright radiant color on hummingbirds comes from iridescent coloring like on a soap bubble or prism.
  • A Gorget is the bright flashing colored feathers of the hummingbird's neck.
  • Hummingbirds are very smart and they can remember every flower they have been to, and how long it will take a flower to refill.
  •  Hummingbirds can hear better than humans
  • Hummingbirds can see farther than humans.
  • Hummingbirds can see ultraviolet light.
  • Hummingbirds have little to no sense of smell.
  • A hummingbird's metabolism is roughly 100 times that of an elephant.
  • Hummingbirds have very weak feet and can barely walk. They prefer to fly.
  • A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams - a penny weighs 2,5 gram
  • Female hummingbirds are usually larger than male hummingbirds.
  • Male hummingbirds do not help raise the young.
  • Female hummingbirds do all the nest building.
  • A hummingbird baby is generally smaller than a penny.
  • Hummingbirds can live for more than 10 years.
  • A hummingbird wings will beat about 70 times per second.
  • Hummingbird's wings will beat up to 200 times per second when diving.
  • Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly both forward and backward.
  • A hummingbird will visit an average of 1,000 flowers per day for nectar.
  • Hummingbirds eat small soft bugs for protein.
  • Hummingbirds enter torpor to conserve energy.
  • During torpor, a hummingbird can lower the body temperature to as low as 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • When hummingbirds go into torpor, they will appear as if they are dead and have occasionally been found to be hanging upside-down.
  • It can take up to an hour for a hummingbird to fully recover from torpor.
  • Torpor can be fatal to a weak hummingbird.
  • There are more than 300 types or species of hummingbirds.
  • Most of the types or species of hummingbirds are found in South America.
  • The smallest hummingbird is the Bee Hummingbird.
  • The largest hummingbird is the Giant Hummingbird.
  • A hummingbird's favorite color is red
  • Hummingbirds like tubular types of flowers the most.
  • Hummingbirds get their name from the humming sound produced by their wings when flying.

Source: world of hummingbirds .com
We love spring
In spring every part of nature looks beautiful, the flowers bloom, and the birds sing, the nights is comfortable, and the air is fresh. Spring is neither too hot nor too cold.
Spring bring us hope, hope of new life, healing and a new creation. With spring God is putting off the old and replacing it with the new, it's like making everything young again.

You can comfortably walk outside and smell the flowers beginning to flourish in a happy, peaceful environment. We can learn so much by nature and about God's caring hand in our lives. 
I love flowers, the fragrance, the colors, the patterns...and so does hummingbirds. For me, it provides instant happiness and for them in provide food and comfort.

Spring equals flowers. Flowers are words, words of love and kindness that even birds understand.

What's your favourite season or bird, and why?

]]>
<![CDATA[Delicate flower confetti chocolate]]>Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:05:32 GMThttp://laughinflowers.weebly.com/blog/delicate-flower-confetti-chocolate


Delicate Flower confetti chocolate

You probably already assumed that I LOVE flowers? Well, let me tell you, you're more than accurate on that one. Honestly, my eyes and soul get hooked to anything floral, and that's why I just couldn't pinch my eyes when I came across this absolute perfect art from Paper and Stitch 

See more for the step by step recipe with photo's as well as a print proof version.

Brittni(from Paper and Stitch) is also a huge flower enthusiast and, therefore, decided to combine it with her love for food. A Soft, delicate chocolate recipe, perfect for Mothers day or showers was the result.

now I bet you want to find out more about this masterpiece..

What do you need:
  • white chocolate candy melts
  • gel food colouring
  • edible flowers 
  • colourful sprinkles (optional)
  • wax paper 
  • sheet pan
  • wooden spoon
  • flat spatula
  • wooden skewers 

Instructions:

1. Melt the chocolate according to the directions on the packaging, either on the stovetop or microwave.

2. Separate the melted chocolate into 2 containers and add gel food colouring to each one. Brittni chose violet and pink for her colours.

3. Then, pour the melted chocolate onto a sheet pan covered with wax paper. Keep the half of the pan one colour and the other half of the second colour to get a colour blocked look. Now Smooth your pan with a flat spatula, if needed.

4. Next, remove the petals from your edible flowers. And while the chocolate is still in a liquid state on the pan, sprinkle the flower petals over the top of the chocolate.

5. Add colourful sprinkles as well, if desired.

6. Then wait for the chocolate to harden completely. You can speed this process up by putting the pan into the fridge.


7. Once the chocolate is completely hardened, use the back of a wooden spoon to break the chocolate up into pieces of bark, as shown in the photo below.
Print version
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to take a photo and share it with me using hashtag #laughinflowersblog.

Art direction, styling, and photography by Brittni Mehlhoff Recipe production assisted by Linda Jedenawski
Recipe Source: Paper & Stitch
]]>
<![CDATA[Beginner's Detox 101]]>Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:26:51 GMThttp://laughinflowers.weebly.com/blog/beginners-detox-101

Beginner Detox 101 by Created for healing

Every day we are exposed to toxins in the air, water, food, household products and body products, cosmetics, prescription drugs, environmental sources, and more.  The body works naturally to detox these harmful substances, however if the body is overloaded, toxins can accumulate. These toxins can store up in the body like fat cells and brain tissue. 

When the body is toxic it can cause symptoms like, fatigue, constipation, bloating, brain fog, skin rashes, allergies, headaches, and body aches. While a detox can be beneficial, a toxic reduction lifestyle should be the goal. This is done by removing & minimize toxin exposure and enhancing the body’s own capacity to detoxify itself.


Reduce Toxic Exposure

Endocrine disruptors are a type of toxin that are found in many products we come in contact with daily. These toxins can interfere with hormone regulation, cell function, and can lead to premature cell death.  Many of these are found in animal-sourced foods, drinking water, produce, personal products, cosmetics, cleaning products, furniture, carpets, paints, toys, non-stick pans, plastic containers, in many food liners such as cans, plastic wrap, fast-food wrappers, microwave popcorn and more.

Some helpful tips are, be on the lookout for key phrases like flame retardant, waterproof, stain resistant, and non-stick, which literally means doused in chemicals. Work on replacing plastic food containers with glass. Replace non-stick cookware with stainless steel or cast iron. Opt out of the plastic water bottles and buy a reusable glass canister.  Replace the body and household products with natural and safe alternatives. 
The Environmental Working Group has a list of dirty dozen endocrine disruptors (link)    
http://www.ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-endocrine-disruptors
Natural Support For Toxin Release

The central pathways of toxin removal from the body are through the liver, kidneys, intestines, lymph, lungs, and the skin. Some ways to encourage this natural process is to eat clean, mainly organic non-GMO food sources.  Since many toxins are stored in fat cells, keeping a lean muscle to fat, cell ratio is key.  If you have extra pounds to lose, it's crucial to practice these toxin removal tips, as they are released in the body as you burn up fat cells. Regular exercise is also essential to keeping all body systems working well. Regular exercise also helps the lymphatic system to circulate and remove released toxins from fat cells. To promote toxin removal after exercise, and or weight loss, drink clean water, take a detox bath, visit a sauna, and promote efficient GI elimination.

Additional Detox Tips 

Rest 
Adequate sleep is crucial. Your body has many important functions when you sleep, so get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night.

Hydrate
with clean water, teas, and fresh juices. Water carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells. Water also flushes toxins out of vital organs, so it’s important to drink at least nine glasses daily. If you are juicing, try to keep veggie or greens as the bulk of the juice with a small amount of fruit. Here are some excellent detox teas to try from Bembu --Link 
(http://bembu.com/detoxifying-tea-recipes )

Relaxation
is important, as stress can interfere with toxin release. During times of stress, the brain sends signals to the body to store fat instead of release, and it slows certain metabolic processes. Try adding breathing and stretching exercises to your daily routine to relax. Pamper yourself with a great book, long bath, or get a soothing massage.

Massage
massage therapy is an excellent way to encourage toxin release. Massage stimulates lymphatic flow and circulation throughout the body. Massage therapists can also work on points that may have toxic build up.  Always follow a massage by drinking lots of water to make sure to toxins flush out of the body and do not re-enter.

Dry Brush 
Dry brush is an easy and efficient way to help detox your body. Dry brushing improves blood and lymph circulation while working to release toxins. It also improves skin texture and tone and promotes skin cell regeneration. For step by step guide on how to dry brush, visit Mind Body Green --link  
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12675/a-step-by-step-guide-to-dry-skin-brushing.html )

Sauna
The sauna can enhance your natural metabolic processes. It also increases circulation and helps oxygenate your tissues, while releasing toxins.

Detox Baths
are a great way to relax and promote toxin removal. There are some great additions to enhance the bath by using Epsom salts, essential oils, or bentonite clay, and more.  Try to take a detox bath a few times a week. For some great detox bath recipes visit Bembu -  link ( http://bembu.com/detox-bath-recipes).

Stay Regular
Make sure you have a bowel movement daily, which prevents toxins from being reabsorbed into the body.  Eating plenty of high-fiber foods, staying hydrated, and exercise all help keep things moving. During a cleanse, adding clay, activated charcoal, and other supplements to encourage toxin removal via elimination can be beneficial. 

Eat Clean 
Stay clear of processed foods, white sugar, white flour, as these are chemically treated. Some great ways to remain on track, it to have a meal plan and food preparation. For some great meal, ideas visit Greatest link (http://greatist.com/health/new-year-detox-recipes)
Good food choices include:

Fresh vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, kale, carrots, onions, garlic, tomatoes, celery, cilantro, artichokes, avocado.

High-quality sulfur-containing proteins or foods, including eggs, garlic (a few cloves a day), and onions.

Fresh fruits: pomegranate, papaya, berries, grapes, watermelon and cherries and more.

Whole grains (plenty of fiber in general), look for gluten-free alternatives for added benefit.

Lean meats, Fish, and eggs, some diets cut out meats during a cleanse or allow only chicken and turkey.

Nuts: walnuts, almonds, flax, chia.

Herbs and spices:  dandelion, burdock, green tea, rosemary, grape seeds, turmeric, licorice root, cayenne pepper, thyme, rosemary, chili powder, cumin, sage, oregano, onion powder, cinnamon, coriander, cilantro, paprika, and parsley.

Spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods.

Keep Your Glutathione Levels Up

Glutathione is an antioxidant that is the considered a key detoxifier in the body. Our bodies  produce glutathione, but toxins stress, aging, and a poor diet can lead to depleted levels in the body.

Ways to boost glutathione levels are:

-Sulfur-rich vegetables such as garlic, onions, parsley and cruciferous vegetables are particularly helpful in addition to avocados, squash, and tomatoes.
-Drinking 1-2 cups of green tea daily.
-Bioactive Whey Protein- Try adding it to smoothies and juices.
-Exercise helps supply the energy needed for production.
Supplements 
-Vitamin C
-Alpha Lipoic Acid
-N-acetyl-cysteine
-Selenium 
-Milk Thistle
Motivation Along The Way

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, pick one or two key points to work on at a time. Like cutting out fatty foods, or even replacing diet sodas with natural alternatives. Remember this is a process and making each healthy food choice and healthy habit along the way can add up to some pretty great results. Detoxing can make you feel crappy, as toxins are leaving, but keep it up and the end results will be worth it.

For a expanded detox and meal plan, Dr. Oz has a great one on this free pdf
http://www.cleanprogram.com/media/files/dr-oz-clean-detox-manual.pdf
Photo source :Riches for rags
P.S.  Thank you for this guest post, Lorrain. Head over to Created for healing, to share in her love for natural health solutions. Contact her by createdforhealing@live.com if you have any questions.
 
photo source: 100layercake  


#laughinflowers
]]>