13 July 2014

Let's Connect, Little One

Authors note: This is a true event that happened with my son today. I was so overwhelmed with positive emotion that I haven't felt strongly for so long that I felt inclined to immediately write it down. 

"Let's Connect, Little One"

Crying, crying, crying instead of napping. It's only been ten minutes, but I can't keep working. I can understand his cries.

"Mommy, mama, mammmmaaa! Why did you leave me in here? Mama, we nap together! Mama, I need to feel you near me. Mama, mommy, please come back! Please?"

I give in like I usually do. I lift him and he encircles my neck. "Mama, I'm tired. Don't leave me," his spirit says to mine.

We lay down. "Let's connect, baby," I say telepathically. Our eyes meet and his light up. 

"Mommy, I'm so sleepy, but I love you so much." He silently melts into his pillow.

Our heartbeats change, and his eyes glisten. A quarter-smile comes from the corner of his left cheek. 

"This is good mama," he says without speaking. 

"This is very, very good, baby," I say silently in return.

I realize that for the first time in days I am FULLY present, right here in the moment, with the little being my body held, grew and birthed. He will only ever be himself, but he is of me and I am in him. Our eyes gleam. We both keep smiling. It's pure.

I don't want the moment to end, and I'm grateful. I feel overwhelming joy and a few tears fall down my face, slowly leaking out. His little eyes trace them down my cheek, his young brain trying to figure out what they are. 

"They're tears of happiness, baby."

"I love you," I say aloud. He smiles and slowly blinks.

I speak slowly, "Sleep now," and he tightens his grip on my finger.
"Mama, I don't want to close my eyes, but I'm very tired," he thinks.

"Sleep now," I say aloud again as I stroke his cheek.

I close my eyes and then I open them again. He has given over to sleep and I have given over to gratitude. The space holds us.

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03 June 2014

Vegan Banana Nicecream

Here is a super-easy summer treat that has endless combinations and is easy on those who have dietary restrictions. The magic make-up of the banana makes it a superb base for "nicecream," or an ice cream-like dessert that uses no dairy milk or other "milks".


Three ripe bananas
1 Tbsp. peanut butter (or nut or seed butter of your choice)


Place in blender or use hand blender or "Magic Bullet"-type personal blender. Blend with 10-second bursts until smooth. Put mixture in a bowl and press plastic wrap down tightly on top. Freeze for three hours or more. Scoop & enjoy!

Endless combos, no added sugar. This is listed as a vegan recipe, but depending on what you might add to it, it may not be. Picture by Carrie! Follow on Instagram @thegirlburgan.

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24 May 2014

Community, Education, Literacy: Help us launch our Little Free Library & Memorial Rock Garden

Little Free Library Forest Street Logo
We want to build community & encourage education & literacy in our community by building the Forest Street Little Free Library & Memorial Rock Garden.

Will you help us build this educational community resource?

This "Little Free Library" would serve the "9Crest" regions of Oak Park and Ferndale between Pinecrest, Scotia, Oak Park Boulevard and 9 Mile Road... and of course anyone else who happens by!

Start-up costs to make the Little Free Library safe, friendly and conducive to community literacy stewardship are somewhat modest, but a bit of a stretch for one person. Here's where you can help at any level you feel called.

But first... What is a Little Free Library?

It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too! Watch this two-minute video to learn more. (Paragraph text & video from LittleFreeLibrary.org)

To raise continued funds, we also wish to open our front beds as a memorial rock garden for the community. They may hand-paint or engrave palm (or smaller)-sized memorial rocks for loved ones, friends, pets, etc. and we will place them in our rock garden. Each rock will have a suggested donation of $5 for sustaining the library. Each rock will be numbered and will be returnable to the owners if they leave their contact information.

Additionally, we hope to encourage community by running a Forest Street Little Free Library & Memorial Garden Facebook page to showcase new books, special events, and new rock memorials.

Proposed Layout - Digital AFTER Model
Digital Rendering "After" Photo

Won't you join us in bringing literacy and community to Oak Park & west Ferndale? Thank you for your support!

Our project cost breakdown:

  • $175 LFL box, plaque (we will purchase the "Essential" model and trim it ourselves)
  • $50 s/h
  • $40 finishing trim, paint, installation
  • $30 pebble filler rocks
  • $20 signage
  • $20 pavers
  • $20 books (we will also accept donations)
  • $20 promotional materials
  • $25 incidentals 
  • TOTAL $400

With love & light,
The Burgan Family

Contact Carrie with questions: ForestStreetLFL@yahoo.com

Little Free Library image was lovingly borrowed from Suite Exchange: http://suiteexchange.com/2012/05/14/inn-promotes-literacy-through-little-free-library/

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07 February 2014

Free February 21-Day Yoga & Stretching Challenge Download

Welcome to HybridCrunch! I'll get to a post on why I'm "rebranding" my site later, but for now I wanted to share my free 21-Day February Yoga Challenge. We're starting this among my friends and co-workers, but why not share it with my blog followers?  

It supposedly takes 21 days to create a habit, so let's create a habit of stretching daily, even if for just ten minutes. I know that when I am consistent with a brief session of stretching or yoga, my pain and tension is decreased or eliminated. As a massage therapist, I use stretching in my client sessions and suggest it for self-care after sessions. If you want to jump-start your habit, feel free to use this handy PDF chart: 21-Day Yoga Challenge February 2014.

The PDF has short URL links to 10-minute (approximately) routines for yoga and stretching. These are via Youtube and do not belong to HybridCrunch. Feel free to use your own routines or other media, videos, DVDs, personal instruction, etc.

Let me know how it goes!

HEALTH INFORMATION DISCLAIMER: Always consult a doctor before starting any exercise regimen and use your own common sense. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before purchasing any product(s). The information here should not be considered complete and should not be used in place of a visit, call, consultation or advice of your physician or other health care provider. Should you have any health care-related questions, please call or see your physician or other health care provider promptly. 

08 November 2013

Blogging Siesta

I'm going to take an indefinite blogging siesta in an effort to refocus for the coming new year. When you've done something for 13 years, it's hard to give it up! But I think it's necessary. I'll still be on Twitter and Instagram. Gimme a shout over there! (Especially if you want Wellby pics!)