cheers to your health ~ watermelon cooler

PMD watermelon cooler

By Estelle Hayes Being a vegetarian, it’s painful to admit when I don’t love a certain fruit or vegetable. It seems so silly to place limitations on a lifestyle/diet that by its very design is somewhat…limiting. But here it is. I’m not a watermelon fan. Which is too bad since it’s packed with health benefits. Watermelon is a great source of vitamins B, C and A and the powerful antioxidant lycopene. Since I don’t pile it on my plate, I’ve found that it’s a delicious juiced fruit. I chill one cucumber and one small watermelon Read More →

sunday thoughts on happiness

PMD remember be happy small

By Estelle Hayes I know, it’s easier said than done. Many Buddhist teachers will end personal sessions with the same saying. “Remember, Be Happy.” Because it’s largely a choice. A right mind set, according to Sylvia Boorstein, author of “It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness.” Try it this week. Practice noticing those feelings that breed happiness – friendliness, compassion and generosity – and see if the happy feelings don’t just push out the negative stuff. Happy brand new week, friends. Photo credit: Estelle Hayes

Weekend Plantings


By Estelle Hayes Weekend warriors unite! As Torrie and Ryan reminded us, it’s not too late to get planting. Hit your local nursery up and grab some seedlings, good-quality soil and fertilizer and plant some garden babies. Personally, I have limited space. I’ve got one purple heirloom tomato, candy cane beets, mixed lettuce greens and a wee, but hearty herb garden. My point is, YOU CAN DO THIS. And when you do, let us know. I would love to see how your garden is going. I’ll be posting progress photos on our Facebook page and Read More →

Friday gems ~ think sustainable flowers and more


Wishing you all a happy Friday and a lovely Mother’s Day weekend. Whether you’re a mother or simply honoring one, I hope it’s joyous occasion. I’ve rounded up a few links from the week that you don’t want to miss out on. Have you heard of the 50-mile bouquet movement? If you live in the Bay Area, check out Flora Grubb on Sunday for an inspired talk about locally sourced flowers. But first, check out Flora’s blog for great tips on how to think sustainably when it comes to your own floral arrangements. Do you Read More →

In the garden ~ Plant your veggies

PMD tomato & basil

By Torrie and Ryan Sessions Is it too late to plant a vegetable garden?  By the time February rolls around, our minds are slowly fixating on just how we will fill up those garden beds… and just how delicious those home grown tomatoes will be.  But that was not always the case.  In our early gardening days, timing was solely determined by whether or not we had a few free hours to spare on a Saturday afternoon.  Tomato-fantasizing surely had no place in the planning process.  In fact, we didn’t even like the thought of Read More →

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