Does anyone else who was a working mom feel like that from the time their babies were born until they were in school full time they had NO social life? Yep-it was tough. I had NO LIFE outside of going to work in a cubicle + taking care of the kids! I was almost sad that Rusty wasn’t really into soccer past 1st grade because Saturday morning soccer games at Finn Road Park was SUCH a great opportunity for adult socializing! Anyway I’m glad those days of feeling like socially inadequate working mom are over, and I have my own thriving business plus I’m a college student again! Being back in college is sure fun by the way. (although a lot of work, especially with a family) It’s quite an experience being an older student. At 36 I’m two years older than the older end of the millennial age range which makes talking to these kids I attend school with a lot of fun. Anywho. Back on Superbowl Sunday good friends of ours had a Party and it was a fun, lively event and I saw quite a few people I hadn’t seen in a while, including some friends we’ve made through scouting. Thank goodness for scouting by the way because that is how we made many of our friends. When I moved here to beautiful Union Township back in February of 2012 from Cornwall, CT I was lucky enough to find a full time job as a contractor at J&J pretty much right away. I literally was only out of work for a month and it was great spending that time with Rusty who was only five at the time. The downside of landing a full time job right away in a completely new state is that you just don’t know anyone which makes for a crappy social life. Scouting was great not only because of all the wonderful opportunities it provides our children but also because of the social aspect of it for me and over time I’ve made some super friends. Anywho, our friends had this Superbowl party and my friend Anna Norris was there. She’s also a scout mom, but aside from being a mom, she is also a local artist. I had the pleasure of seeing some of her work recently at her home and man this chick has got some talent! She is going to be teaching a class this spring at Gone Painting in Clinton, NJ by the way. Aside from her artistic talents using a canvas and other mediums, Anna has always brought really delicious and real food to cub scout campouts and other social gatherings and this time was no exception. She was making a version of a warm stuffed Italian bread that was really yummy with some pepperoni and cheese and another one with pesto. It was GOOD. Which is how we got to talking about my business, and living by a low-glycemic menu plan and how the anti-inflammatory benefits of the foods I’ve eaten and also ditched have made a significant impact on controlling my rosacea. (BTW, we know that stuffed breads are not low glycemic or anti-inflammatory. They are just a delicious treat for a Superbowl Party so give us a break fellow low-glycemic lifestyle peeps! :-)) So, we were talking about different foods and how it’s helped me with both weight loss and keeping rosacea under control and Anna told me about this really neat drink that she makes at home and how it is healthy and delicious, explaining that it’s beneficial for your skin and circulation, and basically all around really good. It is made with almond milk and this homemade Turmeric paste. She was telling me how she’s been reading about Turmeric root and found this really neat recipe. I thought it sounded so interesting and when Anna offered to show me how to make it I was soooo excited! So we made a date to make it together. So two weeks later, I found myself in her home learning how to make this awesome sounding anti-inflammatory concoction! I knew a little bit about Turmeric. Up until about 6 months ago, while out and about people would often times comment on my very red skin (it’s not that red anymore) and one or two people would suggest the benefits of Turmeric. One lady who worked at Shoprite got quite passionate about how Turmeric would calm my face-(I’m happy I haven’t seen her since) And I actually offer a product from my business called Circumen Extreme which is a phytochemical sourced from Turmeric that has beneficial properties for liver health and anti-oxidant protection. So although I certainly was not an expert on the topic of Turmeric nor had I taken it before, I knew that what Anna was telling me was most certainly with high merit and I was eager to try her drink! So I went to her house a couple weeks later for a visit and gabbing session and while I was there she taught me how to make the Turmeric paste and Golden Milk! And when we were through, I took my first sip and I thought I had just drank a little bit of heaven! She sent me home in between two planes-somewhere between Earth and Heaven. It was THAT tasty! So how do you make this awesome concoction? EASY. She pulled up the source she used, which is an article written by a holistic living writer named Gillian B who thanks to Anna, I now follow for an additional alternative perspective on healthy living. I can’t wait to try her suggested recipe for homemade Almond Milk by the way. Anywho so the Golden Milk Recipe. You start by making the paste, which is easy. Then, you add the paste to Almond Milk with a little bit of honey and coconut oil (honey is optional since it’s for taste). And then drink it, and reap those anti-inflammatory, liver, and digestive health benefits! The original recipe can be found here but for convenience I’ve added it to my site too. I recommend unsweetened almond milk to watch out for hidden sources of sugar, and be sure to use raw honey-otherwise you are only getting sugar rather than the health benefits that raw honey offers. And use unrefined extra virgin coconut oil to reap full benefits. ENJOY!!!!