Tejomaya Wellness

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Month: October 2016

Gratitude Review: October

gratitude-review_     Sheesh, is it really the end of October, already? This is easily one of my favorite months, and it seems like it only started last week. Thank goodness there’s still Halloween, right? While I love the magic of Christmas and the warm fuzzies of Thanksgiving, Halloween has always been my favorite. Dress-up was a thing I never outgrew, and when I became a make-up artist in my twenties, my love only grew deeper. In fact, my brushes are calling. Once I get this posted, I may just spend the rest of the day playing and planning next year’s costume. I don’t take enough time to do this, so I’m being thankful in advance.


It sounds a little phoned in, but this month I’ve also been thankful for thankfulness, or at least the opportunity to feel thankfulness for the great things in my life. Tuesday is the start of my November Gratitude Photo Challenge, and I’m looking so forward to it.  So much of this year has been challenging, painful, and tense.  If ever there was a time where I need to stop dwelling on the negative and experience gratitude in my life, to take stock in all of the things around me that fill me with joy, peace, and love, that time is now. I really don’t think it’s too late to end this year on a positive note and that’s exactly what I hope to accomplish in doing this. I hope you’ll join me. Gratitude is always better when it’s shared.


I’m still making good on my promise to make time for creative pursuits each Friday with #CreativeFriday, and it’s starting to seep over into the other days of the week as well. It’s been so great to come home from the stress of work and get my hands on my paintbrushes or plan out and get going on a new jewelry design for a few hours before heading to bed. I end the day feeling like the frustration has totally left me and like I’ve really accomplished something that I can be proud of. I share photos of my projects on my Instagram, and on my personal Facebook page and it’s really been great to see positive feedback from friends and followers, too. The best benefit has been follow-through. Because I’m holding myself accountable to get something out each week, I’m not leaving half-finished projects in a corner where they are collecting dust. I’m actually seeing them through to completion and have been able to wear, display, and use my work as a great bonus for not abandoning the process before it gets done. I mean, who isn’t grateful for unique pieces they made themselves?

How has October been going for you? Do you have a killer Halloween costume that you want to show us? Did you get any great photos of the leaves changing that you need to share with the world? What Fall recipes are your favorites right now? I want to celebrate all of the things that made you thankful this month! Leave your comments and photos below and let’s keep the happiness happening!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,




November Gratitude Photo Challenge 2016

november     Since I had such a great response last year, and I had so much fun participating, I’ve decided to host another November Gratitude Photo Challenge this year! For those of you who are new to the blog or maybe didn’t participate last year, it’s a very simple concept, and even easier to play along. I’m planning to snap a photo of one thing that puts a smile on my face, gives me the warm fuzzies, or stirs up a general sense of gratitude and then write a small paragraph explaining why I’m thankful for it each day in November.  If you did play along last year, I’m making one minor tweak. No more themes! While it was fun seeking creative shots to fit the daily assignment, I think creativity works best without restriction, so this year anything goes! This is a 30 day commitment to creating a habit of thankfulness, but let’s be real. We’re on our phones posting things to social media and Instagram all day anyway, right? What if by the end we walked away with an awesome experience that made us happier, less anxious, helped us be more in the moment and provided us with all of the other wonderful things that gratitude can do? It would be totally worth taking an extra 10 minutes each day to take care of ourselves and have a collection of cool photographs to show for it, right?


You don’t have to be thankful for only the big things like a new car, or a promotion at work. You can also be thankful for the little stuff, like a good hair day, or making it to your destination with all green lights. I’d venture to say that there are no small things when it comes to gratitude, especially because my experience with this last year put me in a place where each day built on the last and by the end, I felt like I was walking around with a sense of wonder about the world and how many beautiful things happen around me each day that I hadn’t slowed down enough in the past to notice. I think with all of the divisiveness that’s gone on this year, I could stand to feel that way again. If you want to join me, I’ll be sharing my photos on Instagram (I’m tejomayawellness), and using the hashtags #TejomayaThankfulness and #NovemberGratitudePhotoChallenge. If we haven’t connected there, shoot me a request and I’ll follow you back! I’ll also be sharing my photos on my like page on Facebook and on my personal page if you want to join me there, instead. I promise it won’t just be photos of my dog! (Though, at least one of them totally will be.)


Get those cameras ready! We start Tuesday, November 1st. I can’t wait to see what all of you are thankful for! Check in with me after the challenge is over on December 1st and let me know what the experience was like for you. I’m already anticipating busted-ruts, bursts of creativity, and tons of joyful moments!


Wishing You Total Well-Being,



Tutorial: Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

diy     I love coffee, but something changed over the past couple of years that makes it hard for me to drink at times. Depending on the acidity of the brew, I just can’t stomach it. I was discussing it with a friend of mine and she recommended getting a french press because it might cut down on some of the acid. I’d been meaning to invest in one so I could make loose leaf tea in larger quantities, so for Christmas last year, my generous fella bought me one for a gift. It did seem to help some, but I was still having some acid upset, so coffee and I went on a break for almost a year. Cue the sad orchestral music.

Then some time this year, I got brave again and ventured back into the world of coffee via cold brew concentrates after remembering that the coffee at my mom’s house never bothered my stomach and there was no turning back. The taste seemed cleaner, and I was able to put a few tablespoons in a mug of heated water and still have hot coffee. My mom has a nifty system called a Toddy that she uses to make her concentrate, so I began pricing one of my own. During my research, I discovered that several people were making theirs without any special equipment other than their french presses, so I attempted my first batch and was really pleased with the results.

Here’s how I made it:


I measured out one cup of coffee beans, ground them on a coarse setting, and put them in the bottom of my french press. If you don’t have a coffee grinder at home, you can ask your barista or grocery store to do this for you when you select the bean or blend you want to use.


I measured out 3 cups of cold, filtered water and poured it into the press, then put the lid on with the plunger drawn.


Then, I put the whole thing in the fridge and went to bed. Set it and forget it!

In the morning, after about 10-12 hours of chilling, I pushed the plunger down and slowly poured the contents into an empty mason jar. Sometimes there’s a little extra left in the press, so I use it right away and put the lid on the rest and store it in the fridge.

Easy peasy, french press squeezy!

You can play around with the grounds to water ratio or leave the concentrate to sit for a fill 24 hours if you wish, but I’ve always preferred my coffee a little on the weak side and this really works for me. Most of the time I just heat some water in my mug and add around 3-5 tablespoons until the color looks right to my eye, but I’ve also added it to my smoothies and used it with a couple of drops of flavored stevia drops, some coconut or almond milk and plenty of ice cubes for a healthy take on iced coffee. C’est si bon!


I want to hear from you! Have you ever made your own cold brew coffee? Did you try this recipe and use it to make something delicious that you want to share? Leave a comment below!

Wishing You Total Well-Being,


Announcement Time: I’m an All Star Health Affiliate!

img_9787     I got some pretty cool news this week and I’m excited to share it with you! I’ve been getting my multivitamin and other supplements from All Star Health for the past couple of years because they have the best prices on so many of the things I love and use. Hey, gal on a budget here! Gotta save that cash for school and art supplies! So, I did a little exploring while I placed my last order and noticed they had an affiliate program, and after I did a little happy dance, I signed up! I’ve been so pleased with everything I’ve ordered from them, and now I get to pass along exclusive discount codes from time to time and share great deals with you here on my page and on social media! It’s a truly fantastic opportunity for me as well, because any time you use a link or click on one of the nifty banner ads in the sidebar on the right to place an order with All Star Health, I earn a small thank-you commission that allows me to keep the blog going. For something I enjoy passing along to everyone I talk supplements with, it’s a something I’m really grateful for.

They don’t just have supplements for people. I order a pet omega for Harrison from Nordic Naturals that makes breakfast time pretty joyful around here. He hears me take a capsule out of the bottle and comes running into the room to wait while I put them on his food. I swear this dog smiles when he knows he’s getting his fish oil! They also offer sports and exercise equipment like yoga mats and balance balls, healthy snacks and kitchen staples, and natural beauty and body care.  All orders get a flat $5.95 shipping, they will price match online competitors, and have lots of items on special and clearance that are worth taking the time to browse through. Here’s a great example: I found a box of 16 of my favorite flavor of Larabars for $12.40! I can’t get them anywhere in town for under a $1 a pop, and this deal makes them only $0.78 each. That’s the sort of thing a girl tells her friends about.

Check out my affiliate link to explore the site and let me know if I can offer any product recommendations. One of the things I’m most grateful for in the past 5 years is all of the great knowledge I’ve been able to accumulate when it comes to supplements  and cleaning up my beauty routine and I love helping people find a match that will help them accomplish their goals. Happy shopping and even better health!


Wishing You Total Well-Being,



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