Happy Monday pretty ladies! As we start to experience hints of the cooler weather to come, we are even more intoxicated with the outdoors than usual. As we daydream of picnics in the park, jungle safaris, and day trips to the zoo, our hearts are aflutter with affection for the beautiful creatures that populate the outdoors. We thought we would share a couple of fun statistics about pets before we take a tour of some of our animal favorites.
“…people who have one or more pets in their homes lead happier lives, are considerably healthier, live longer and weigh less than those who don’t.”
“Pet owners had greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, were more extroverted, tended to be less fearful and tended to be less preoccupied than non-owners.”
What more is there to say? It is just as we suspected: the Animal Kingdom is good for our souls! Now we want to invite you to visit these dreamy, furry friends with us . . .
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.
[ Anatole France ]
You know what I like most about people? Pets.
[ Jarod Kintz ]
In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.
[ Helen Thompson ]
There are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.
What greater gift than the love of a cat?
[ Charles Dickens ]
They turned and saw the Lion himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him.
[ The Chronicles of Narnia ]
Yes, please, and thank you! A combination of two of our favorite healthy foods, edamame + hummus? Welcome to your new favorite recipe. Whether you serve it up for a party or make some as a gourmet treat for yourself, you’ll fall in love with this little sweet treat.
Y O U W I L L N E E D :
1 cup of cooked edamame
¼ cup of tahini sauce
2 tbsp. of lemon juice
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tbsp. coarsely chopped herbs (we suggest rosemary, thyme, and basil)
2 tbsp. olive oil
Salt to taste
Combine edamame, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and herbs in a food processor or blender until smooth. Drizzle oil in slowly, continuing to blend until oil is fully incorporated. Season with salt and serve!
This week, we want to challenge you – and ourselves – to spend more time outdoors! It is an undisputed truth that there is something life-giving about spending time in nature. After a few minutes in the elements, we can breathe a little easier and think a little more clearly. Whether you take a walk through a national park, read a book on a park bench, or step out and have your morning coffee on your tiny, high-rise balcony, we know that a few minutes spent outdoors will be good for your body and even better for your soul.