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Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self Care

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Practicing Self Care

Tis the season for giving, but it’s also the time for practicing self care!

 With so much time spent giving and thinking about others, it’s easy to be lead astray with our self love efforts.

This blog post is all about taking a few minutes (or thirty) to remind ourselves to Seed Our Souls!

We believe in order to love others me must surround ourselves with well-intended acts of self care.

What does it mean? How do we do it?

We must first be aware and then acknowledge ourselves and our self worth!

We’ve pulled together a fun and relaxing way for you to sneak in some you time during the busy holiday season.

What You Need:

*Mod podge

*Paints

*Stamps

*Various art supplies

*Markers

*Craft Paper

Practicing Self Care

Step one.

Start by pulling your favorite books off the shelf! Poetry books, inspirational books, stories with passages you linger on, or head to the internet.

 

Step two.

Choose two or three of your favorites. Don’t overthink this!!! Let the words speak to you! That might sound cliche but it’s true. When you find words that resonate with you, then write them down!

 

Step three.

Contemplate. Re-read them a few times. Spend time with this step. Compare the concepts and images between the poems. What do the themes reveal about where you are in your life? What is speaking to you from within the poem? Stay open to any guidance you may receive.

 

Step four.

Pick as many as you want, or need. Blend poems and songs together. Make this your own soul song. Once you have your collection of words, spend some time thinking about what they mean to you.

 

Now get to it!

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self Care

Step five.

Put your chosen words into art. Paint them, write them, stamp them on! There’s no wrong way to do this. Use the art supplies as a backdrop for your piece. Incorporate multiple mediums: water color, acrylics, paints. Have fun with this. This is your time to practice self-love.

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self CareStep six.

Display your work. Let it serve as a reminder of all the great things you are and will become. Share it with others, inspire them to spend some time loving themselves, too!

Practicing Self Care

Practicing Self Care

We hope you take some time this holiday season to focus on yourself. With the new year fast approaching so many of us will set resolutions for ourselves. Seed Your Soul and focus on self care.  Let this be the way we end this year and start the next.

Happy Holidays!

Hot Chia Chocolate

Hot Chia Chocolate

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Add a new tradition this season!

Replace your chill with chia on these frosty days.  Seed your soul with rich and creamy, slightly spiced Hot Chia-colate. We promise one batch won’t be enough!! You’ll be making this warm chocolaty treat time and time again!

Grab your favorite mug, curl up with your favorites, and sip on a cup of Hot Chia Chocolate!

Did we mention that it’s super easy to make? Simply throw all the ingredients in your crock-pot and stir every hour. Wow! The easiest homemade hot chocolate (and the most delicious) that you’ve ever made!

 The most amazing part is that you get all the benefits of the chia!  Omega-3s, protein, fiber and more make this warm delight a bit more nutritious than your normal cocoa.  So sip on my friends!

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You Will Need:

*Organic Bittersweet Chocolate
* Organic Cocoa Powder
*  Organic Mamma Chia Seeds
* Organic Cinnamon
* Organic Nutmeg
* Organic Chili Powder
* Organic Almond Milk

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Ingredients:
* 1 tbs organic cocoa powder
* 1/3 cup hot water
* 4 ounces chopped organic bittersweet chocolate
* 2 tbs Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds
* 2 sticks organic cinnamon
* 1/2 tsp organic cinnamon powder
* 1/8 tsp organic nutmeg
* 1/2 tsp organic chili powder (optional)
* 4 cups (1 quart) organic almond milk (2% or skim is also fine)                                                                                                                         * 1/2 cup organic marsh mellows (try to find ones without corn syrup)

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*Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hours 5 mins
Serves: 4-6 servings

* In a small bowl combine the hot water and the cocoa powder, stir until smooth.

* In the base of the slow cooker, add the bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon stick, cinnamon powder, nutmeg, almond milk, along with the cocoa powder mixture. Heat on low for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so.

* Serve warm with marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or chocolate shavings! Get creative!

Mamma Chia’s Jammin’ Holiday Playlist

Mamma Chia's Jammin' Holiday Playlist

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It’s the 7th day of our Chia Holiday and we bring to you the Mamma Chia Holiday Playlist!!

To continue our celebration we’ve put together the perfect mood boosting playlist to keep you in the holiday spirit!

From the car, to the office, to your holiday dinner, this playlist has you covered! Let our list of musical perfection be the backdrop of your holidays this year.

Wishing everyone a warm and joyful holiday season, full of sing-a-longs and groovy dance moves.

Enjoy!

Winter Tree Garland

Winter Tree Garland

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Garland has become something we can use all year round. From birthday banners to wedding flair, it’s a great way to add a creative element to your home and event decor!

For this DIY we are stringing together a winter tree garland that you can leave up the entire season.

White with gold accents create a neutral, yet inviting color scheme that will pair well with your existing holiday decorations. It’s all about creating pieces you can use and reuse, time and time again!

You will need:

White and Gold acrylic paint

Twine

Thick cardboard or craft wood (You can find this at most craft stores)

Gold Glitter

 

Step One: Cut your cardboard or craft wood into 10 trees. Here is a stencil you can print: Free Tree Stencil

Step Two: Cut a slit up the bottom of five trees and a slit down the top of five trees.

For the five trees that have the slit on the top, punch two holes, this is where you will feed in your twine later.

Step Three: Paint your trees white

Step Four: Let it dry

Step Five: Brush your gold paint across each tree in various spots, there’s no wrong way to do this, so have fun!

Step Six: Add glitter (we love lots of glitter!)

Step Seven: Feed your twine & hang it up!

Holiday Gift Tags

Holiday Gift Tags

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There are so many things to remember at the holidays!  So why make that extra trek to the store when you’re wrapping and realize you don’t have any tags? With these gift tag designs, you can simply print-at-home and finish up without the added stress!

Gift tags are a great way to personalize a present, while incorporating a unique design element in your wrapping. Our friends over at River & Bridge created gift tag designs just for Mamma Chia!

River & Bridge is a boutique design, print and photobooth company based in Orange County, California – owned & operated by Brandon & Heather Myers. We love what our clients love: good eats, handcrafted drinks, thoughtful design, and creating friendships through new experiences. We believe the smallest details matter. When we’re not making your creative dreams come true, we are hanging out with our 3 little ones (Hudson, London & Bishop). One of our favorite holiday activities is baking cookies and searching for the best Christmas lights around!

 Find the printable PDF (with instructions) in the link below.

TIP: Print out a few extra sheets and use these awesome designs as place cards on your holiday dinner table.

 

Click here to download the printable PDF: River & Bridge Gift Tags

Mamma Chia Cranberry Salad

Chia Cranberry Salad

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We’ve teamed up with California Country Gal to bring you a delicious holiday table favorite! Her company specializes in starch free, grain free bread mixes, and other auto-immune friendly treats.

Check out her website here: California Country Gal

I always make a ton of cranberry sauce for the holidays because it keeps well, takes minutes to make and is so easy to do there’s just no reason to buy canned.  BUT when I’m a lazy gal, opening a can works here too.  The raw (enzyme rich!) ingredients in this salad make it delightfully refreshing and even better the next day for breakfast.

CHIA CRANBERRY SALAD

Serves 10-12

INGREDIENTS

Sweetener to equal 1 cup sugar.  I used 1 cup erythritol

1 1/2 tablespoon organic gelatin or agar powder

1 cup organic cherry juice

1 thin skinned organic orange

2 cups fresh organic cranberries

1 1/2 cup organic whole cranberry sauce (homemade preferably)

1 cup organic sour cream

2-4 tablespoons port wine (optional)

1/2 cup diced organic celery

1/2 cup chopped organic walnuts

2 tablespoons Mamma Chia organic chia seeds

2/3 teaspoon organic cinnamon

½ teaspoon stevia or Pure Monk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a jello mold or large bowl with plastic wrap or coat with mild tasting oil or cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, stir together the erythritol and gelatin.
  3. Slowly stir in the cherry juice. Warm and stir over low heat until dissolved.  Set aside to cool.
  4. Chop and de-seed the orange and put into your blender.
  5. Add half the cranberries to the blender.
  6. When the juice/gelatin mixture is cooled a bit, add to the blender and blend until the orange is in small pieces.
  7. Add the rest of the cranberries and pulse to chop, set aside.
  8. In a large bowl stir together the rest of the ingredients.
  9. Stir in the contents of the blender until well combined.
  10. Pour into the prepared bowl or mold and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
  11. Unmold and serve with sauce: 1/3 cup sour cream, zest and juice of one orange.

Enjoy!

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

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Homemade gifts are truly the most special, especially ones that seed your skin! Why not spend time this holiday season, crafting your own handmade scrub, with the help of Mamma Chia! Our Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub is the perfect gift to share with co-workers, teachers, neighbors, and family! Simple and easy to make, we promise this will be a go-to for all occasions.

Oh, and don’t forget to make a jar for yourself!

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

Need Need Need!

  • 1 cup Organic Granulated White Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
  • 1 oz of Mamma Chia Organic Chia Seeds
  • 12 ml Organic Cranberry Seed Essential Oil. You can order it here ( if you want to make other scents we recommend lavender or mandarin
  • Mason jars or Bail jars
  • For color: We used strawberry gelatin mix but food coloring, hibiscus powder, or any sort of natural tint used in baking will work

Get to it!

TIP: If using coconut oil make sure to melt on the stove top or in the microwave.

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

The sugar should be wet but not soupy. If too much coconut oil is used, the mixture will solidify once the coconut oil returns to room temperature.

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

TIP: If you are using olive oil skip the first two steps.

Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub
Combine sugar and oil, mix it up well, and divide into separate bowls. Add coloring and essential oil.
Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub
Add the chia seeds last and stir well!
Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub
Move the finished mixture into the jar, and you’re done!
Cranberry Chia Sugar Scrub

 

Let it Snowglobe

Let it Snowglobe

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We love snow! But here in sunny San Diego, we don’t get to see a lot of it, so we need to be creative and bring the snow to the sand. We thought that a fun way to upcycle our Mamma Chia bottles, and add some snow to our holiday season, would be to make homemade snowglobes! A festive and simple DIY that everyone will enjoy creating together. Let it Snowglobe!!

Let It Snowglobe

Materials:

Recycled glass bottles or mason jars (We used a Mamma Chia bottle of course!)

Faux flowers, garland, ornaments, and all sorts of holiday flair!

Gold glitter

Fake snow confetti

Hot glue

Liquid glycerin

Distilled water

Let It Snowglobe

Glue the ornamentation to the inside of the jar lid

Tip: Leave enough room on the edge of the lid to make sure the lid will close securely around the entire jar

Let It Snowglobe

Add 2-3 pinches of glitter and snow to the jar

Tip: Less is more when adding the snow

Fill the jar with water, leaving a 1 1/2″ space at the top for displacement

Add 1-3 tablespoons of glycerin, depending on the size of your jar

Let It Snowglobe
Tip: Glycerin can be found in the cake supply or soap making aisle at craft stores

Insert the finished lid into the jar, sealing with the ring band

You’re done! Shake up your globe, and watch it snow!

Don’t forget to tag yours: #Letitsnowglobe #MammaChia

Tip: This is a great craft for the classroom, at home with the kids, or your holiday party!

You can skip the water and glycerin for a “less mess” option.

Let It Snowglobe

Let It Snowglobe

DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging

DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging

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With the holidays quickly approaching, we often lose sight of what’s most important. Let us reflect and be mindful by giving thanks and expressing gratitude to those you love, and all the beauty around you. Practicing gratitude every day can make a huge difference in your life, which is why we often say “Gratitude fuels the Soul.” Gratitude is a powerful practice that can revolutionize your life and change your mindset forever! Here’s a fun and easy way to remind yourself of this important practice. Be sure to hang it where you will see it everyday!

DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging | Mamma Chia

 

What You’ll Need: 

  • Wood slice (We got ours from Michaels)
  • Tan/neutral paint in “chalky” finish
  • Medium paint brush
  • Pencil
  • Black paint with a small paint brush OR black paint pen
  • Printed message of your choice. Click HERE to download our “Gratitude Fuels The Soul” template.

DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging | Mamma Chia

How: 

  1. First, paint your wood slice with your desired chalk paint. We recommend 2 coats. Let dry completely.
  2. To transfer your text onto your wood slice, shade the back of your printed text with pencil.DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging | Mamma ChiaGratitude Wall Hanging DIY | Mamma Chia
  3.  Flip it back over and you will find a faint stencil of your design!
  4. Using your paint brush in black paint OR paint pen, simply fill in your stencil. Voila!

Now you have a beautiful sign to hang in your home!

DIY Gratitude Wall Hanging | Mamma Chia

 

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