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recipes-avocado
Last month, I touched on avocado and its many benefits, plus featured my Goddess Bliss Avocado Crème for the face and neck area (talk about evening bliss! Go to bed with skin feeling its velvety best!) and my homemade Avocado Mango Facial Mask. Continue your self-care by adding avocado to your diet with these simple recipes to spice up your meals. Avocado works wonderfully as a mayo alternative!

I love to use fresh chives and kale from my garden for these recipes. To save prep time, you can whirl chives and kale together in a food processor or chopper for the right consistency.

Creamy Salmon or Tuna Mix
This is great on a brown rice/Kamut cracker, inside a Romaine lettuce leaf or on a bed of salad, or even on top of quinoa. Remember variety is the spice of life!

Ingredients
Can of salmon (or tuna)
Soft avocado half or whole depending how creamy you like it
Fresh chives, finely chopped
A few leaves of kale
1 red pepper, diced
Half lemon, squeezed with juice set aside.

Mash salmon and avocado together, then mix in finely chopped chives and kale, followed by red pepper. Give it a good mix and finish with lemon juice.

I often enjoy this spread on a Kamut cracker topped with a kale leaf to hold the ingredients on top of the cracker. Add in a fresh mixed green salad (from my garden of course!), farm fresh tomatoes, and a olive oil, balsamic and sea salt vinaigrette for a very nutritious lunch.

Egg Surprise

Ingredients
4 cooked organic farm fresh eggs
Chives and parsley, finely chopped
1 avocado
Optional: Chopped dill pickles or olives , celery – be creative; it’s an easy recipe to adjust to suit your taste!

Roughly chop eggs and mix with mashed avocado, add chive parsley mixture, then extras of your choice. Serve topped with a few basil leaves!

This mixture works well on a bed of organic greens, wrapped in a large lettuce leaf or on top of a Kamut cracker. I enjoy eating this on Kamut cracker served with an organic farm fresh chopped tomato and basil salad with olive oil and sea salt or with sliced cucumber to top and on the side plus cherry tomatoes.

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fountainRemember to drink lots of water this summer. I suggest adding lemon and lime to your water for the extra benefits of citrus and a refreshing encouragement to keep drinking water. For my refreshing flavoured water recipe, click here.

This is a time of year when there is an abundance of mint too! Brew fresh mint tea, let it cool and then put it in fridge for 20 minutes. When it is cool, enjoy this refreshing minty water, which is great for regulating your body temperature and excellent for digestion. I like to make a jug of mint tea in the morning and enjoy a cup while it is still hot and cool the rest for later in the day.

Cheers to drinking lots of water!

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patioI have many favorite rituals to do in the summer. I like sit in my garden and enjoy my breakfast and lunch. While watering my flowers, I enjoy saying hello to all my garden friends and taking the time to witness the magic of summer unfold naturally. As I watch nature, I ask myself how I can allow life at this moment to unfold naturally.

When I am in the flow of the moment, I feel at ease, I trust the moment and I see beauty and magic everywhere; when I am moving against the flow, I notice I feel irritation, impatience and more challenged by life.

Just noticing where I am at in any given moment is my personal barometer to let me know if I am in flow or am I swimming upstream barely catching my breath? When I experience the latter, I do my best to stop and realign myself. Sometimes it means just stopping and taking a moment to breathe and be!

garden-meditationReturn to the moment now.

This self-talk is a great way to tune into your being in the moment and realign with your natural flow.

Hi self,
Are you tired of this struggle?
Over-doing it?
Trying so desperately hard?
Maybe it is time to stop!
Realign, breathe, breathe and breathe.
Yes, centre and feel your own presence.
Slow down and notice your surroundings.
Be present.
Breathe it in as medicine.
Yes feel the now.
Notice the natural beauty.
Here for you to witness, not to miss it.
Fully present now.
Feel your heart expand!
Feel the love that you are!
Trusting again, take a step into natural flow.
I am back, thank you.

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I do not remember a June where the summer heat was experienced so early. I have to remind myself it is only July; the gardens are a month ahead and the flowers in full bloom. The garden puts me in such a happy place and in complete awe of nature. It is so beautiful it takes my breath away each morning as I sit in my garden and have my breakfast. It is an absolute delight to enjoy my meals outdoors. Summer is the time to embrace the blossoming of flowers, the joy of eating fresh from the garden and spending time outdoors – alone or with family and friends – it doesn’t get any better than this!

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Happy Birthday Canada! I celebrate the beauty of this country with my fellow Canadians! I feel lucky to live in a beautiful, vast and diverse country. I believe we are a free people; when I watch all the happenings of the world, I really feel how fortunate we are to live in such lushness, abundance, opportunity and beauty! I feel safe when I leave the house and I can relax in my home, yard and neighborhood. The air is clean and we have so much space around us filled with natural beauty – mountains, forests, rivers, oceans, parks – the green space is what nourishes me most! My heart fills with gratitude each morning as I gaze out at my garden or when I sit in the sun receiving its warmth. Thank you to family, friends and clients for adding richness to my life and for creating connection, appreciation, laughter and community. To sit and celebrate together is the most rewarding; may your Canada Day celebration be filled with all of this and more!

Celebrating Canada (left); me, my mother and my daughter (top right) and celebrating with family, friends & clients bottom right)

Celebrating Canada (left); me, my mother and my daughter (top right); and celebrating with family, friends & clients (bottom right)

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Package of the season

The gift of self-care

I highly recommend trying the Indian Head Massage after a stressful day or week. I arrived after a stressful day my mind was full of busyness and I felt exhausted, after my Indian Head massage treatment I felt relaxed and revitalized, my mind also felt calm, clear and peaceful, it was like my stress just melted away, I will definitely be back for this treatment.

Cheryl Turner

After many treatments and time with Lisa over the past 25 years, I have come to appreciate her spirit, her warmth, and to trust her and her spa as a safe and inspiring center. Recently Lisa helped me see that a facial was nourishment for the skin and also a relaxing massage treatment for healthy radiant glowing skin.

Margaret Litch

I have been a client of Lisa’s since I was 12 years old. I feel very comfortable at her spa and trust her with my skincare spa services. Being a University student and on a budget I tend to use drug store products on my skin. I decided to invest in Goddess Bliss skincare; it’s been 3 months now. I have noticed many changes and benefits such as my skin feels more balanced, healthy, my dryness has diminished, my skin’s tone is more even I wear less make-up because my skin feels radiant. I now see the value of investing in quality skin care; I am committed to my new regime and love it.  Thank you Lisa for your expertise and creating such an awesome skincare line!

Katie Davidson

Coming to Lisa for the past 8 years is an important part of my self-care, I look forward to seeing Lisa monthly as her waxing is the most gentle I have experienced. This is more than getting a service it’s become a friendship, someone I trust to share on a personal level.  Her passion for personal growth has also inspired me to be part of her Sacred Circles for women.  I’ve enjoyed this aspect of self-discovery and taking it to a deeper level in a safe setting with other likeminded women. I love taking time to awaken and acknowledge my inner Goddess strengths.

Hannah Ruller

Being in my 50’s I noticed my skin starting to sag so it was now or never to get on this. I contacted Lisa ready to take better care of my skin and also make time for just me to receive some nurturing. Within a week after having my facial treatment and using Goddess Bliss skincare, I noticed big changes. It has been almost a year now, my skin lines have softened my tonicity has improved, my skin feels radiant and alive. Regular monthly massage and facial treatments are a big part of my self-care now, I feel fantastic, I am worth it!  Thank you Lisa!

Shari Molchan

I love Lisa's monthly circle so much that it has become an essential part of my life - it is a ritual of sensual experience that encompasses aroma, words, song, meditation, movement, and self-expression. Lisa creates an atmosphere of magical beauty and peace that permeates her home; walking into her space is like stepping into a different dimension that we long for in our everyday lives. The sharing and connectedness amongst the group grows deeper with each circle and I leave feeling renewed and refreshed with a sense of joy and peace that filters into all aspects of my being. It grounds me back to my self and the core of goddess magic that resides within all of us but is forgotten in the daily stresses of living. I'm so grateful that I have this unique and beautiful experience to look forward to every month!

Louise Whyte