César E. Chávez National Monument: Genki Travel

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¡Si, Se Puede!

Yes, we can!

It has shocked me America’s largest non-violent movement has been tossed aside and left forgotten, a movement that changed the way the treatment of farm workers in this free country.  Those in charge of cultivation and production of fresh produce to feed our suburban families, yet, many of us have not heard of César E. Chávez.  He was the leader of the Latino farm labor movement, cultivating not only the land but the nation’s first permanent agricultural union.  He not only lead the farm workers through the struggles of racism but also earned them the right to higher wages and a safer place to work.  How is it such a powerful man, one that had connections with Martin Luther King, Jr., could have been hidden, layered under dust, from the eyes of the public for so long?

On March 30, 2015, President Barak Obama proclaimed National CÉSAR CHÁVEZ DAY, in 2015, bringing awareness to the eyes of us citizens whom did not live through the struggles of this movement.  Growing up on the eastern coast, my life has been sheltered from the struggles of immigrant farmers, being most of the communities in my area were mainly suffering from large production farm houses instead of immigration injustice.  While both are struggles still today, one story was left behind and that was that of injustice to Mexican immigrants working the fields under harsh conditions.

When we moved to the area, we were instructed by a few older residents to visit the memorial up in the mountains, about 2 hours from Los Angeles.  It is a drive by the scenery is unbelievable, every second it changes into something one might see when traveling through England.  The drive is definitely worth the high cost of petrol.  That is all one has to pay for at this memorial/museum; parking and admission is free to all.  We turned the small museum looking at the photos of the times and watching the short video explaining the life of the Chávez family.  It was time spent learning a little of the struggles and seeing the faces behind those that fought for the right to equality.  Our only complaint is the lack of information behind the struggles and conflict, to those of us not knowing any background information.  So read up and learn the stories behind struggles before going to the memorial to get the full grasp of the situation.

Here are some free informative videos that will clue you in on the background and provide enough to understand the impact of the situation that arose during the times of the movement.

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Keeping Positive: Motivational Monday

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Positive thinking Quotes

Obstacles occur in our lives, at least in my experience, when things are running smoothly.  Depending upon how a person handles a situation, a positive or negative outcome will be the result.  Normally I play on the optimistic side, creating positivity and energy to shine from within and reflect on those around me.  Lately we have had some obstacles, nothing life altering or drastic just a few minor things we can’t seem to shake or be rid of since these all require a certain one-person to take charge and complete a task.  (Don’t worry, it’s not Genki Husband, he does not need to be saved from the doghouse.)  So, our lives are stagnant and regrettably my workout routine/healthy eating habits have seen a bit of a decline.  It occurred to me today this was my current situation and my only way out of a negative downturn would be to once again try to stay positive and continue on when it is possible.  Sometimes we all have to look towards the things we can change and not towards those that can not.  Stay positive and see what happens.

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Sweet Earth Vegan Bacon: Product Review

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Sweet Earth Benevolent Bacon Review

Breakfast sandwiches have to be my absolute favorite breakfast item, probably since I was in my teens.  My fondest memories with my father as a child was in elementary school, after dropping off my older sister to her school, my father would take me to purchase breakfast.  After our sneaky trip to fast-food restaurants, we would drive a short mile to the local memorial park and enjoy a chat while we ate breakfast.  It was a special time for me since not only was I getting a special breakfast out but more importantly I was able to have one-on-one time.  My father worked long hours as an executive in command of a large company, so he traveled often and was not always home.  So this time was very special to me.  Whether the love for breakfast sandwiches were for the taste or for the memory of chatting with my father is the cause for my favoritism of this dish I am not sure, all I know is I can’t get enough of them.  So, when I saw this vegan bacon product, I couldn’t wait!

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Stay Consistent: Motivational Monday

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Weight loss motivation

Staying consistent is key to living a new lifestyle while losing weight and eating healthier.  Some people say taking that first step in a new lifestyle change is the hardest part of the entire process.  Some days I wonder if this is true as I find staying consistent throughout the transition is the main factor in failure or success.  But, I want all of you Genki Friends to be healthy and to achieve success so I want to spread the idea of keeping consistent.  It takes 30 days to make an idea set into stone, so being consistent, even on hard days, is essential to making your goal set into concrete.  Remind yourself daily why you are making these changes and what you will see in the future goal deadline.  You can do it, you are worth it and I believe in you!

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Yard House Grill: Vegan Options

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Vegan Options at Yardhouse Grill

Yard House Grill is a pub chain located around the nation, mostly in large metropolitan cities.  Funnily enough, one was located in Chicagoland, Illinois (where we used to live) and we never dined there, thankfully our area in the desert has been blessed with one too.  Our friends actually recommended the place, after hiking the Vasquez Rocks, it was a happy blend of carnivores and vegans together at one table.  Above is the menu for Gardein meals, not all are vegan.  ASK FOR A VEGAN MENU!

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Gardein Crabless Cakes: Vegan Review

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Vegan Crab Cakes

Gardein is a vegan company changing the opinions of veganism around the nation. In my household alone, we have a few of their products in current use.  If I were to be asked one company that was pivotal in the changing of veganism in the eyes of processed products on the market in the USA, I would have to say this company would be at the top of the list.  Sure, other vegan products have been available longer in duration but this is the company that keeps bringing out new items, ones that would never have been thought possible just 5 years ago.  A new product that hit the markets worldwide a few months ago is the Crabless Cakes.  Vegan crab cakes you ask?  Why yes you are reading that correct, just click for more information below.

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Joe Davies Heritage Airpark & Blackbird Airpark

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Prior to moving to the desert, I had many trepidations of the lifestyle we would live an hour from the comforts of city life in Los Angeles.  Like many of you, researching a place on the internet is the first place a person goes to find out more information.  Since I did not know of anyone whom had previously lived or even traveled to this area, it was up to the internet to solely build an image of the area in my mind.  We live in an area built around the aviation industry, aerospace research and development is now taking eagerly taking over in strides.  It is definitely an area for aerospace enthusiasts or rocket engineers to fulfill their life dream of making changes in the world we know on earth and in outer space.  It is the modern day Orlando, Florida (Kennedy Space Center).  (Minus the alligators, add Mojave snakes… gasp!)  Research did little to no help, there is just not that much positive information out there of the area.  So, as some of you might have noticed, I have started to post a lot more life photos and destination photos of the area to spread the joys of living in this area.  Many families in the armed forces are stationed in this area, so I want to help all of you out in knowing what is available in the area that is safe and fun.  Enjoy!

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Vegan Grocery Haul: Extended Stay Condo Edition

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Grocery Shopping the first few months upon arriving in California were a bit of a whole day event.  The local grocery stores were adequate for average items such as tofu and bread however variety was very limited.  I am a spoiled lady, I love choices.  At the time, first-world problems here, the closest Trader Joe’s was an hour away and Whole Foods Market was close to two hours.  Genki Husband and I compromised and we were able to travel each weekend to the TJ’s but not Whole Foods Market.  Now we live in the same city as a TJ’s so it’s much easier.  So those first months were filled with traveling on the road and not much sharing with all of you.  Now I would like to share the first few grocery hauls to all of you Genki Friends.

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Plan & Prioritize: Motivational Monday

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motivation

More than not, a fitness/weight loss plan is halted by a lack of a stable schedule set up and put into action.  Even though I sometimes am called a “fitness guru”, I am shamed by the fact, I too have fallen to this blunder, causing my goal deadline to be pushed out to a further date.  My first hand account usually is caused by creating a plan and falling short when I do not stick to it.  Normally I end up making an ornately detailed chart of every everything from my main goal down to the exact amount of morsels to enter my mouth.  Planning is not a problem of mine but over scheduling to a fine-pinpoint, one that pierces my goal in the proactive heart of the full schedule. To put it in simple terms, I fall short by expecting too much of myself and being able to stick to it completely.  Throughout my years, I have found sticking to the plan requires one not only to plan realistic steps to ones’ goals but also to setup a reasonable time schedule.  Once this is in place, prioritize around your preplanned schedule.

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Meals Lately: Recipes Included (Part 3)

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What I ate vegan Have I already posted plenty of ideas of our dishes lately?  Probably, but, that will not stop me…  Here is the last post of backup meals, at least today, I promise.  These photos are from the winter months still, aka from January until just before March 2016.  This means the produce contains basic staples available all year around.  Now it is March, produce has turned fresh and colorful, similar to the rainbow.  This is the start of my favorite season, since watermelons start to come into the shops.  Hooray!  But yeah, here are the meals we enjoyed the last few weeks.  All vegan.

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