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‘Just Like Sugar®’ Cranberry Nut Cookie Recipe

By Josslyn Streett at josslynstreett.com

(Low sugar and gluten-free cranberry cookie recipe at the bottom of the page)

A few days ago I wrote a blog called ‘Just Like Sugar®’ Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I do not eat chocolate or sugar so even though I made them and ate them, I had made them for the kids with the chocolate.  I decided I wanted a cookie that I can eat for real.  I’m experimenting with a new product that a client of mine brought to me, Just Like Sugar®.  Read the first blog to find out about ‘Just Like Sugar®’ for yourself and another blog in the comment section that has written about as well and tells a bit about how the company  discovered and created the product.  
To make a long story short, the cranberry cookies are just as delicious as the chocolate chip cookies especially if you cannot have chocolate or sugar but you can have cranberries.  Bottom line, I’d use it to bake over and over again.  Sawyer, my nine-year old son even liked them better than the chocolate chip cookies and he LOVES sugar of any kind.  
Aftertaste
I did not taste an aftertaste like many commenters on Amazon and other blogs talk about with the baked cookies.  However, when I tested the batter before baking I did taste a bit of an after taste AND when I used it in my tea as well.  It was not distasteful to me but I can see how some people said it had an after taste.  The baking somehow takes care of that from what I experienced.
For more information about Just Like Sugar® please go to my first blog

Reiki your recipes

Reiki or pray over anything that you take into your body for a healthier outcome. Blog coming soon on ‘Reiki your food’ !

Before baking with Just Like Sugar® I muscle tested myself and my assistant as I had the client who brought it in to me in the first place,  to see if our bodies “liked” the product.  We all tested positive for the Just Like Sugar® product.  We had the green light to go ahead with out baking experiment.  We also did Reiki over the batter before baking the cookies to assure the best energy and nutrition possible.  Reiki your food!!

Delicious!!

Cranberry nut cookies

Totally non-biased kid ratings

Sawyer (Age 9) and my baking assistant, said “These are even better than the other ones.  I like the cranberries even better than the chocolate chips!”   He rated the cookies a 10 out of 10!

Success!

The second experiment was a success as well.  We LOVE the cranberry macadamia nut cookies and we will bake them again.
RECIPES
Pamela’s Products Baking & Pancake Mix (Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe)
Non altered
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1-1/2 cups Pamela’s Baking Mix
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 egg, large
1 tsp vanilla
Yield: approximately 20 cookies.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla then beat together.  Add Pamela’s Mix, chocolate chips and nuts, then mix thoroughly.  Place scoops of dough (1 TBSP scoop) on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Flatten.  Bake for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.  Let cookies cool slightly and use a spatula to remove from cookie sheet.  Eat and enjoy!
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Sawyer loves to help me in the kitchen, sometimes.
ALTERED Recipe from Pamela’s Baking Mix using Just Like Sugar Product
(I changed some things just because that is what I do.  Play with it and have fun!)
1/2 cup butter (this would be a good one to play with.  My kids said it was too much                   butter and they LOVE butter.  Any suggestions?)
7/8 cup Just Like Sugar (next time I’ll buy and try the brown sugar version)
1-1/2 cups Pamela’s Baking Mix
1 cup cranberries dried
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
2 med eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Yield: 20 cookies for us.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla then beat together.  Add Pamela’s Mix, chocolate chips and nuts, then mix thoroughly.  Place scoops of dough (1 TBSP scoop) on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Flatten.  Bake for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.  Let cookies cool slightly and use a spatula to remove from cookie sheet.  Eat and enjoy!  1 hour to make and bake cookies, 1 hour to write the blog.
Cranberry nut cookies
Loving comments greatly appreciated!!  Try the recipes and come back here and tell us what YOU think!
Josslyn Streett
Rain Shadow Reiki
rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829
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‘Just Like Sugar®’ Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

By Josslyn Streett at josslynstreett.com

(Low sugar and gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe and kid approved ratings at the bottom of the blog)

The ONLY sugar in these is in the chocolate chips! Find out HOW. Read on……

Note: This blog write up is not paid for by any companies.  This is my choice to bake and rate these products, a totally non-biased, non- paid opinion.  If either of these companies would like to pay me for a testimonial please, I’d be happy to oblige,  feel free to contact me via my email!  Although, it looks like I have already done it here for free.  Oh well, Never mind.

SUMMER IS HERE!!

Summer is here, my boys are out of school and I am a mom FULL time again!  The blogs may change a bit because my blog is simply a mirror of my life and what’s going on in that moment.

Baking Fun!

Sawyer is an early riser so we have some time together to do projects in the summer without big brother around. Not the government big brother, HIS big brother.  “Hmmm, I wonder if these will taste good?”

Yes, summer is here but in the Pacific North West it is still in the high 50’s and low 60’s with gray.  So, excellent time to bake!!  I love to bake and I love experimenting with new recipes.  I change the recipes a lot since I do not eat any sugar, gluten or soy in my daily diet and have to change most recipes to suit my body’s desires.  I have not had a desert for over a year and a half.  I have gotten used to this and am happy 99% of the time having fruit in place of desert.  However, now and then, it would be nice to have a cookie or some other yummy desert.  So, I’m experimenting with a new product that a client of mine brought to me, Just Like Sugar®.

Just Like Sugar®

Just Like Sugar ingredients

On the package for Just Like Sugar® it says, all natural, gluten-free, zero carbs, zero calories, diabetic and celiac safe, no soy, no yeast, no animal derivatives, no “MSG”, no L-Glutamic Acid, no D-Glutamine Acid, no Aspartic Acid, no preservatives or dairy.  It is not organic but you can take care of that with Reiki.  (A blog coming on that topic soon! Reiki your food!)

Just Like Sugar’s® ingredients are chicory root dietary fiber, calcium, vitamin C, natural flavors from the peel of the orange and that is it!

Just Like Sugar® costs more and you need to use more than sugar because it is not nearly as sweet.  But is still very good and for people like me who have changed their taste buds by not eating any sugar, it is plenty sweet!  I bought a 16 oz bag of Just Like Sugar from Amazon for about $14 with free shipping.  The recipe below used almost one cup of the product.

Sugar cane to Just Like Sugar® conversion chart

Sugar     to     Just Like Sugar®

1 t  =   1 -3/4 t

1T  =  1 -3/4 T

1/8 C  =  1/4 C

1/4 C  =  7/16 C

1/2 C  =  7/8  C

2/3 C  =  1 -1/4 C

1 C  =  1 -3/4 C

Gluten Free

Our favorite gluten-free baking mix!

I am not celiac but I am gluten-free because my body prefers that.  Therefore, my recipe also uses a gluten-free flour by my favorite brand, Pamela’s Products.  I used the basic recipe for chocolate chip cookies off of the bag of Pamela’s Products Baking & Pancake Mix and then tweaked it a bit.  I bought it at Amazon for $44.61 for 3, 4 pound bags with free shipping.  We use this for all baking, pancakes and waffles mostly.  YUM!

The ingredients for Pamela’s baking mix are: Brown rice flour; White rice flour; cultured buttermilk; natural almond meal; tapioca starch; sweet rice flour; potato starch; grain-less & aluminum-free baking powder; baking soda; sea salt and Xanthan gum.

Alterations to the recipe

I did not change out the chocolate chips, even though they have sugar, because my kids love them and since they are so incredibly deprived of eating “normal” kid food  (LOL)  I kept them in for this recipe.  I also wanted to keep the recipe as much to the original recipe the first time and then alter it more from there.  In the future, I will use something else that I can eat to replace the chocolate, like cranberries or raisins.

Reiki your recipes

Reiki or pray over anything that you take into your body for a healthier outcome. Blog coming soon on ‘Reiki your food’ !

Before baking with Just Like Sugar® I muscle tested myself and my assistant as I had the client who brought it in to me in the first place,  to see if our bodies “liked” the product.  We all tested positive for the Just Like Sugar® product.  We had the green light to go ahead with out baking experiment.  We also did Reiki over the batter before baking the cookies to assure the best energy and nutrition possible.  Reiki your food!!

Delicious!!

For this first time using Just Like Sugar®, I really just wanted to know if it tasted good or not and would I use it again.  IT DOES!!  The cookies are DELICIOUS and I would totally bake with it again.  Here are the results from my very picky kids and neighbor kids.

Totally non-biased kid ratings

Note: None of the kids tried the cookies at the same time as the other kids.  I did not want anyone else influencing their words and ratings.

Sawyer (Age 9) and my baking assistant, said “Mmmmmmm, Delicioso!” and many other great adjectives that I can’t remember but went on the entire time he was eating his cookies.  He rated the cookies a 9 out of 10!

Robby (age 11 1/2) said “Delicious” and rated it a 7 out of 10 because it tasted really good but was more flaky then he likes.

Neighbor Tim (11 1/2) rated the cookies a 7 out of 10 and said they were very good!

Neighbor Josiah (8 1/2) said “scrumptious!” and rated the cookies a 9 to 10 out of 10!

Adult Josslyn who has lived without desserts for a year and a half, 10 out of 10!

Success!
Mmmmmmmm, delicioso!!
The experiment was a SUCCESS!!  I will most definitely bake with Just Like Sugar® again with my other favorite recipes and share them with you!  A lot of people on Amazon and other websites talked about an after taste.  With the cookies I did not taste any lingering after taste.
RECIPES
Pamela’s Products Baking & Pancake Mix (Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe)
Non altered
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1-1/2 cups Pamela’s Baking Mix
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 egg, large
1 tsp vanilla
Yield: approximately 20 cookies.  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla then beat together.  Add Pamela’s Mix, chocolate chips and nuts, then mix thoroughly.  Place scoops of dough (1 TBSP scoop) on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Flatten.  Bake for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.  Let cookies cool slightly and use a spatula to remove from cookie sheet.  Eat and enjoy!
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Sawyer loves to help me in the kitchen, sometimes.
ALTERED Recipe from Pamela’s Baking Mix using Just Like Sugar Product
(I changed some things just because that is what I do.  Play with it and have fun!)
1/2 cup butter (this would be a good one to play with.  My kids said it was too much butter and they LOVE butter.  Any suggestions?)
7/8 cup Just Like Sugar® (next time I’ll buy and try the brown sugar version)
2 cups Pamela’s Baking Mix
1 cup mini chocolate chips (We lowered the amount of chocolate chips, but Sawyer and I agreed this is even too much.  I’ll lower it even more next time)
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts (Thank you Nana for sending these up from CA! LOVE macadamia nuts and they are sooooo good in cookies!)
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Yield: 23 cookies for us.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla then beat together.  Add Pamela’s Mix, chocolate chips and nuts, then mix thoroughly.  Place scoops of dough (1 TBSP scoop) on lightly greased cookie sheet.  Flatten.  Bake for 15 minutes or until edges start to brown.  Let cookies cool slightly and use a spatula to remove from cookie sheet.  Eat and enjoy!  1 hour to make and bake cookies, 4 hours to write the blog.
Loving comments greatly appreciated!!  Try the recipes and come back here and tell us what YOU think!
Josslyn Streett
Rain Shadow Reiki
rainshadowreiki@gmail.com or 360-460-7829
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Give a Reiki Hug!

People who hug more are happier!

I feel that hugs are forgotten all too often in our busy modern world and taken advantage of.  For sure by me, so, of course it must be true for many others.  Right?

It’s a very good thing my husband is such a good hugger and hand-holder, he literally keeps the good vibes flowing around here and reminds me to do so too! I more easily than him, get caught up in the “to do’s” of the modern world.  He quite often stops me, gives me a hug to help me breath deeper, calmer and to reconnect,  then we go on about our day again.  It helps so much.

So, here is a quick and easy reminder as to WHY hugs are so important and HOW to improve the hugs you give to your loved ones.

Free hugs and quote taken from article on www.squidoo.com

A HUG

It’s like an emotional Heimlich (maneuver).  Someone puts their arms around you and they give you a squeeze and all your fear and anxiety come shooting out of your mouth in a big wet wad and you can breathe again.” Chuck Charles, Pushing Daisies

WHY Hugs are so Important:

Lets change the image of a tree hugger, ANYONE and EVERYONE can benefit from hugging trees.
Marilyn Monroe photographed by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1961

Do you know that hugs?……….

  • Reduce stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Boost our moods in positive ways with mood boosting bonding chemicals in our body, oxytocin and serotonin
  • Help couples be happier in their relationships with just a simple four hugs a day (at least six seconds each)
  • Babies who are hugged show more physical and brain power development
  • Hugging trees multiplies our natural cancer-killer cells, improves mood, promotes well-being, reduces anger and provides a natural healing effect.  (OMG, did you read that and actually TAKE IT IN?  Hugging trees FIGHTS CANCER!)
(Read the full article here at www.voices.yahoo.com)
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Children who GET hugs, GIVE hugs!              Josslyn Streett said that!

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Children who get a sustained form of touching, such as one hug every day are smarter.” Jay Gordon, M.D., co-author of “Brighter Baby”

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I will not play at tug o’ war
I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs….”
~Shel Silverstein

HOW to improve the hugs you give to your loved ones

Step 1. Find someone to hug!

REIKI HUGS!!

It is so easy to improve the Love that comes from your hugs. Put some INTENTION into your hugs!  Here are a couple of tips on how to give a Reiki hug.

  1. Find someone to hug (Ok, now what?)
  2. Ask them for a hug and GIVE the hug
  3. Sustain the hug slightly longer than usual
  4. While hugging, hold the intention that the Reiki Blessings flow out your hand chakras AND your heart chakra and into the person you are hugging. (As a beginner to Reiki hugging it may be best to start with one person at a time, then move up to more later, it’s your call.  It is always ok to send Reiki Blessings.)
  5. It may help to visualize a loving color, such as pink or green for the heart chakra.
  6.  Or visualize a shape or an item, like a heart shape, a red box of chocolates or a fuzzy kitten to help lighten your energy, mood and feelings towards the person you are hugging.  (This helps if this is a person who maybe you’ve had an argument with or difficulties of some sort.  Yes, hug our enemies too, especially our enemies.)
  7. or Chant a phrase that helps such as, “Loving blessings, love is flowing out my hands, love, love.”  

    Being social creatures is in our DNA, we NEED each other.
  8. Continue running the Blessing Reiki energy as long as the hug continues.
  9. Practice giving Reiki hugs as often as you can and see if you and your relationships become more loving.  See if your friends and family want to be around you more often.  See if your kids do not hug you more easily and for longer.  It has worked with my kids, it can work with yours too.
Hug your pets!

Now you may want some ideas as to WHO to give Reiki hugs to.  I say everyone!! But here are some ideas and WHY.

  • Obviously your family would be the best place to start, significant other, children, grandparents.  Children don’t want lectures, they want hugs.  I have found this out the hard way.  (How wonderful for your children to SEE you and your spouse hugging regularly.  What a wonderful mirror of a loving relationship for your family!)
  • Pets, our pet friends soak up much of our emotions in them trying to help us be happier and more balanced people on earth.  Lets take some of that burden off of them with a Reiki hug.
  • Friends
  • Anyone who is in pain, emotional, physical or other. This can lift their spirits and help them cope with the pain better, especially with Reiki blessings.  (Please do not use other symbols unless you have their permission first)
  • Trees and plants  – Lets be Tree Huggers!! They fight cancer for you AND it just FEELS good to hug a tree.  (How do I know? I DO IT REGULARLY!! I am an admitted Tree Hugger!)
  • Other Reiki friends, lets spread the Love and Light through Reiki hugs.  What better way to practice and perfect your Reiki hug than to practice on other Reiki community members.  Come to circle and lets practice our Reiki hugs!!
Hug the elderly, you will both be rewarded.
Photo credit: Milk Photo
  • The elderly, we sometimes forget how much touch heals, one can heal down to the soul with a good hug.  What a beautiful gift to give and receive.
  • Our enemies, or more like people you’ve had differences with.  They probably need a Reiki hug really badly.  (See if you can’t turn an enemy into a friend again with a Reiki hug, both must choose to hug, of course.)
  • Rocks and crystals – I know, I’m a little loopy when it comes to my healing stones, but I really do love them.  I regularly sit and hold my rocks and crystals to let them know how much I appreciate their healing gifts that they lend to me.  Then I give them a Reiki hug, a cleansing and an energizing too.  I have very happy rocks!
  • Anyone else you can think of to hug?  Please comment here on WHO YOU ARE GOING TO PRACTICE YOUR REIKI HUG ON!!  Watch out, it’s contagious!

Arm ourselves for war?  No!  All the arms we need are for hugging.” ~Author Unknown

A special Thank You to my Reiki and Stones and Crystals teacher, Jade Elizabeth for sharing this idea with me many years ago.  She gives GREAT Reiki hugs!!

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Spiritual Children’s Book Review – “Cassandra’s Angel”

Today I have read one of my favorite spiritual children’s books, “Cassandra’s Angel” written by Gina Otto, illustrated by Trudy Joost and published by Illumination Arts Publishing.  Please check out Illumination Arts Publishing for they publish many wonderful spiritual books for children which can be hard to find when you want them.

Book cover

Children’s self-images are strongly influenced by the attitudes and beliefs of their parents, teachers and peers.  Unfortunately, these beliefs often become negative stories that can impact children for life.  This powerful tale helps children to perceive these stories in a different light.

Cassandra’s Angel is about a little girl who is very precocious and creative, so much so that she doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere.  People all around her in her life tell her she is not good enough in different ways.  They think they are doing the best for her but truly they are hurting her mentally and emotionally.  Even the best parents do this at times.  Plus, our kids are bombarded by these attitudes at school by other kids, teachers, aids and principals.  We cannot always control the actions of others towards our children but we can help our children to think for themselves and not take in everything that others say as truth.

Cassandra meets her angel

As one reads the book, Cassandra’s Angel, it is an excellent reminder for us parents and caregivers about how we speak to our children and how much our words and attitudes truly do affect them. But, by reading this book with them, allowing a lot of conversation and interaction, it gives us a chance to talk openly about these issues and maybe even apologize for those times when we have done this.  We can talk about what kinds of situations, stressful ones mainly, that would cause someone to say hurtful things to others.  It give us a chance to help them feel good about themselves and talk openly about the “scripts” that others try to put on them.

Cassandra is told by the other kids that she is too different for them to play with her.

The more you read this book with your child, I believe, the more help it will do, them and you.  As I loan this book out to my clients or students with kids I continually hear what a positive influence it has been for them and their children.  The book has a very happy ending with Cassandra’s guardian angel coming to talk to her.  I love the poem the angel has to help Cassandra with her self-confidence.  Also, the illustrations are beautiful, engaging and keep the children’s and adults interest.  The faces were intriguing to me and I found myself looking back at some of them again and again to investigate their expressions.  Very beautiful book in the visuals, the poetry and the moral of the story all put together.

Children's Author, Gina Otto

If you are close by you may want to borrow the book from me to see if your child vibrates well with it.  But, overall, this is one book I recommend having in your library to read continuously.  Our children are around this kind of talk by others so often that the book and the message will need to be repeated often, both for them and for YOU as the parent.

I give this book 5 of 5 STARS!

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Our Intuitive Mini-Me’s

Wow!  These kids are simply AMAZING!  Friday night we had one of the best Reiki circles for kids that we’ve had so far.  What made it so special?  The kids!  We’ve had some events in our little spiritual Reiki community recently that really had the kids feeling quite vulnerable and scared.  Because of these events, they really opened up with their questions and our discussions got deeper than many of my discussions with adults.  These kids don’t “pull any punches” so to speak, they get right to the heart of the matter, right to truly what’s scaring them, they are not afraid to show themselves.  They just need to feel safe and they will open up quite easily and honestly.  We have so much to learn from these kids.  I highly recommend coming to a Kids Reiki circle just to listen to what these highly intuitive mini me’s have to say.

Many questions and sharing tonight at the Kids Reiki Circle. We had nine boys and girls who just couldn't get enough time to share.

The Plan

The lesson we had planned today was about working with spiritual tools.  I had a simple list of about 6 to 8 spiritual tools I had jotted down in case they had trouble coming up with some.  They came up with almost 30 spiritual tools in a matter of a few minutes, everything on my list and then some.  The depth that a 2nd grade girl can go to and think outside the box of most adults astounded me.  She said “our lives are spiritual tools.”  That blew me away.  Yes, old soul, our lives are the ultimate spiritual tool!

Reviewing the Gassho, the Reiki beginning intention, for the new children.

The REAL lesson

It’s simple people – these kids are here to TEACH US!!  We’d best listen to them!! And soon! Truly listen to them.  If we give them a chance and really listen they will tell us all we need to know about how to help our world and ourselves.  They are smart, intuitive, heart sensitive and incredibly caring.  They care so much that they are extra vulnerable to getting hurt by others easily.  We, as adults, parents, teachers, principals, school aides, doctors, counselors, administrators, and humans need to really watch how we talk to them, how we engage them, how we discipline them, and how we listen to them or don’t listen to them in the kids eyes.  They are sensitive to our moods, our energy and extremely so to our harsh actions and words.  It’s time to all work together to be more confident and less stressed humans to be the best we can be for these kids who are going to help save our world, and who knows, may help save us some day.  I wouldn’t doubt it for a minute.

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind, "Pooh," he whispered. "Yes, Piglet?" "Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you." Our kids just want to FEEL safe.

Not so subtle but highly loving sales pitch

Here is where I push a class I completely and totally believe in.  I have taken parenting classes from Heather T. Forbes on-line for the last year.  She is amazing.  She has a very simple approach to working with these very sensitive kids who are always getting in trouble at school for being too flighty, too active, too dreamy, too “can’t sit still”, too rude, too angry and who knows what else.  She has helped me be a more confident mom most of the time.  I’m still human after all and still lose it sometimes and make mistakes.  But, now I know what to do after those Un Buddha like moments.  She focuses on keeping the family stress level low AND building your relationship with your child.

And, finally, some help!

Once again this blog didn’t go anywhere I planned it to go.  I just let it flow and I’m always surprised where it ends up.  If you live in Sequim, I’m starting a little moms support group based on the teachings of Heather Forbes and other similar teachers.  We will watch her videos and talk and share with the other moms.  Maybe we’ll do some role plays.  That always helps me.  They will be on Mondays in May at 9 am to 11 am at Rain Shadow Reiki.  After that if the moms want to keep going, I do, we’ll probably do it once a month.  I have many kinds of tea but no coffee so stop for some before you come if you need it.

Please call or email me if you are interested.  Being a parent is a huge challenge, but parenting these very intuitive and sensitive kids is an even bigger commitment.  Lets help each other and in return help out kids and our families and our communities.  Hope to see you there or check out Heather’s website.  She teaches all her amazing classes on-line as well.  That’s how I took mine and they are fabulous!  She’s also in my links section.  See the calendar for the moms support group.

Was that another soap box, does that count?!

Josslyn Streett, Reiki Master/Teacher and parent to two highly active,  intuitive and incredibly precocious children.

360-460-7829 or rainshadowreiki@gmail.com

“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully

“Yes” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”

“And he has brain.” says Pooh

“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has brain.”

(There was a long silence)

“I suppose,” said Pooh, “That that’s why he never understands anything.”

A.A.Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh