Just a cool song!!

This is such a fun song to dance to! I love it and it makes me think of summer. But mostly dancing in my brothers garage or on the pontoon boat!

John Butler Trio – “Only One” (Official Lyric Video)
John Butler Trio – “Only One” Debut single from the forthcoming album Flesh & Blood, coming February 2014. Lyric Video by Josh Knoff…

Alpaca Days

Happy Fun Friday!

This is a video I did last year in September and it was my first LIVE Google Hangout’s on Air video so please forgive the amateur nature of the recording.

It was a fun event to shoot and I learned A LOT from just that one experience.

If your interested in learning more about using Google Hangouts to promote your business or just capture fun events please contact me, my email is diana@thehealthyladybug.com. I can help you with that!




Diana Rendon

The Healthy Ladybug

Bow Tie Pasta Yummy and so Easy!

I made this pasta salad this weekend. It was good, very light but flavorful and just the right textures. Give it a shot and let me know how you like it. If you have any suggestions on how to make it better, please share them. I’d love to hear from you! You can also sign up for your free newsletter by clicking here.

Bow Tie Pasta Salad

bow tie pasta

1 lb bow tie noodles
4 oz colby jack cheese cut into small chunks
1 can black olives sliced
1 stalk of celery chopped
¼ of a bunch of cilantro chopped
20 cherry tomatoes cut in half
½ of a large cucumber
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Hidden Valley Ranch Lite Italian dressing mix, made according to directions on package

Cook the noodles according to the directions on the box. Drain and put into a bowl. Add all other ingredients, stir with the Italian dressing about ¼ of a cup or the amount to your liking after tasting it. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to comment below and let me know if you tried it!

Yummy Fruit Dip!


Happy Monday!! I found this recipe- http://ow.ly/MbOnr, on Pinterest and absolutley love it! I’ve made it twice and it’s a big hit, my 7 year old daughter loves it (and it encourages her to eat some more fruit) and so did my husband. He even blended it into his smoothy! I made a few modifications so my recipe looks like this:
Fruit Dip
32oz vanilla greek yogurt (I use Chobani because they use cane sugar as their sweetener and I feel that’s a cleaner choice)
10oz of Truwhip again because it’s a healthier choice, it’s not made with any hydrogenated oils, it’s got cleaner ingredients.
3.9oz package of Jello pudding Vanilla is good but you can use any flavor that tickles your fancy!

Journaling and scrapbooking for a healthy mind

Healthy effects of journaling

Scrapbooking has been around for ages, but it has recently experienced a surge in popularity. People from all walks of life have discovered the joys and healthy calming benefits of creating albums to showcase their treasured photos and keepsakes. But with all the elaborate scrapbooking techniques and myriad embellishments available, getting started can be intimidating.

The truth is, anyone that can use scissors and glue can scrapbook. And you don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to create attractive pages. With some basic supplies and a little imagination, you can relax, grab a healthy snack, invite over some friends and create lovely scrapbooks that will be adored for years to come.

What You Need

You can get started scrapbooking on a small budget. Here are the things you’ll need.

* An album – Scrapbooking albums come in all shapes and sizes. The most popular are 8 1/2″ x 11″ and 12″ x 12″. They can be found at most craft supply stores if you don’t have a scrapbooking supply store nearby.

* Paper – Scrapbooking paper can be found in a variety of solid colors and patterns. This will be the basis for each page. You may also use scrapbooking paper for journaling and to create your own photo mats and embellishments.

* Cutting tools – You can easily get by with just a good pair of scissors. But an Exacto knife might make photo cropping easier. And if you’re no good at cutting straight lines, you might want to invest in a paper cutter.

* Adhesives – There are all sorts of adhesives one could use for scrapbooking. Glue sticks and double-sided tape are quite popular. Some scrapbookers also use rubber cement or glue dots for certain applications. But when you’re getting started, just use what you’re most comfortable with.

* Photos – Beginning scrapbookers often start out with old photos that they’ve accumulated over the years. This makes for a nice, nostalgic album. Of course you can also take new pictures for your scrapbook. A digital camera and photo printer are two modern conveniences that make scrapbooking easier, but they are not necessities. Photos taken by a film camera work just as well.

When purchasing scrapbooking supplies, it’s important to make sure they are acid-free. This will keep them from harming your priceless photos.

Basic Techniques

You don’t have to know a lot about scrapbooking techniques to create an attractive album. Just a few simple techniques will suffice.

One of the first things many scrapbookers learn is how to mat photos. This can be accomplished by simply cutting a square or rectangle that is about a half inch longer and wider than the photo you want to mat. Then glue the photo to the center. To make a photo really stand out, double mat it by cutting out a shape a half inch longer and wider than the first mat, and center the matted photo on it.

Journaling gives scrapbook pages a nice personal touch. It also give you a healthy way to articulate your feelings about an event or person in your scrapbook. It allows you a healthy outlet for your thoughts and emotions. Simply write a note about the photos on a page, telling what was happening or sharing your thoughts on the subject. Use paper that coordinates with the background, and be sure to write with an acid-free pen.

Adding borders to your pages gives them a finished look. You can make them out of strips of coordinating scrapbook paper. You don’t have to border all four sides. A strip along the top, side or bottom will do. For easy embellishing, use some stickers.

There’s no need to throw in the towel if you don’t have the time, money or know-how to create elaborate scrapbooks. Just start off simple, and learn new techniques as you go.

Contact me to learn more about how to relax and cultivate a healthy balanced lifestyle email me here at thehealthyladybug@yahoo.com.



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Eating Healthy? Time for an Emotional Eating Reality Check.


Eating is a part of life.  Your body gets its nutrients from food.  Sometimes we can go overboard with our eating habits and it can result in gaining weight.  One issue with food is emotional eating.

The problem of emotional eating may end with the scale but it begins in the mind.  Stress takes its toll on your life.  When your defenses are compromised your health takes a hit and so do your emotions.

Everyone has good days and bad days.  How we deal with the bad ones brings emotional eating into play.  You look for comfort for your hurts.  People who turn to food for comfort find a coping mechanism that won’t judge them, hurt them or tell them “no.” To complicate the issue, eating pleasurable foods can stimulate the release of endorphins just like exercise.  So, after you eat, you feel better.

Emotional eaters use food to relieve stress.  They hide behind the food instead of seeking solutions to the problems.  This is not uncommon when the stressor is something horrible such as physical abuse or a death.

But, how do you know you are using food in this way?  The first sign is obvious.  You will gain weight if you eat too much.  In light of the weight gain, examine other areas of your life:

* Have you been under stress lately at work or at home?
* Has anything traumatic happened in the last year?
* Are you dealing with a problem but haven’t found a solution?

Answering “yes” to any of these questions could mean that you are an emotional eater.  You eat but you are not necessarily hungry at the time.  The foods that you choose are what we term “comfort foods”:

* High fat foods like French fries, fried foods
* High carb foods like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes
* Sugary foods like ice cream, donuts, cookies, cake

There is help for emotional eaters.  The first step is recognizing that you have a problem.  You’ll experience feelings of helplessness and guilt.  The guilt is over potentially ruining your health and the helplessness lies in the fact that you don’t see a way out.

Secondly, seek coaching.  There are many types of coaches out there that can meet your need.  Emotional eating has nothing to do with dieting or changing your eating habits but gaining success over your emotions.

A coach might suggest things like visualization, practicing problem solving skills, relaxation techniques and healthy meal planning.  Visualization helps you to see your problems in a realistic way and not blown out of proportion.  You will also learn to see food as healthy nutrition for the body and not an emotional crutch.

Thirdly, you can learn your triggers for stress and be on the lookout for changes in your eating habits.  Friends and family can help you be aware of the foods you are eating, assist you in making healthy food choices and exercise along with you.  A healthy diet and exercise increases immunity, blood flow and positive thinking.  Yoga enhances the mind/body connection so you don’t eat when you aren’t hungry.

Finding new ways to solve your problems and deal with stress will push food out of the equation.  You’ll feel good about finding solutions which will replace the dependence on food.

Make up your mind to “JUST DO IT”

Did you ever wake up one morning and think “I have a great idea!”? Most of us have and my next question is what did you do with it? Your great idea? If your human maybe you thought about it a bit, maybe how you could take your idea and make it a reality. Maybe you just forgot about it. That happens. A lot. But what about the day you decided, you were going to nurture that sweet little dream. Grow it, give it life and wings to take off!

That’s what I’m doing here. I am giving my dream life, and I want to help you do the same. Now I’m sure you didn’t wake up one day and say “Hay, ya know I want to be a blogger”. I know I didn’t, but what I did say was, I want to be the best person I can be. I want to help other to do that too. I am powerful and I want to use that power. I want to make my own decisions on what my time, energy and money is spent on.

Money. Oh yeah that little thing that we all need to keep playing in this game we call life. So how do I help others, create the freedom I want with my time, energy and money and still make money? Enough money to pay my bills. Enough money that I not only can pay my bills, but save, buys toys, go on vacations, have adventures and help others that need more money too?

So I started to look for the answers to those questions. Briefly, here is what I came up with: Don’t work for someone else, find a way to create an income from anywhere at anytime, do something that I love and helps a whole lot of people. Where are there a whole lot of people? The internet, right! Where can I offer my products or services to people that will enhance their lives and I can offer them from anywhere at anytime? The internet, right! Are you noticing a patter here?

So I am blogging and helping people to blog too! If you want to learn more click the link below! Happy learning!


Ta ta for now! Hugs,

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