Meet the Blogger: The Spirit of Us

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hey everyone and happy Wednesday. So sorry that there hasn't been a Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog post for the past few weeks. I was out of state on vacation for my birthday and been dealing with some kind of sick bug now that I'm back. But I have lots of videos to edit and pictures to post from my vacation so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel and Instagram to see everything right when I post them
But now, let us get on to this weeks featured blogger who just happens to be Jo De Corrado from the site "The Spirit of Us." She is a new blogger in her 50's that is loving the journey so far.
1/ What or who inspired me to create my blog?
My brother! He gave me a blog site he was not using. The site name was perfect for my passion -connecting with the exuberant spirit of life. So I more or less fell into blogging – but I’m loving it!
2/ What is your favourite thing about blogging?
I have two! One is the creativity it allows. I love the whole process of writing, styling photos, designing the site, and being able to brainstorm ideas and just run with them. It’s amazing!
Two is the connection and sharing. I’m doing the blog with 3 of my favourite people. I’ve also loved connecting with people for our “About You” section, and with people online – people are doing amazing things, and it’s wonderful to connect and share.
3/ What is your mission?
Our mission is to help us all live more inspired, creative and spirit-filled lives, by providing inspiration, tools and resources, and ways to connect with ourselves, others and nature.
4/ When you’re not blogging, what do you do?
I walk the dog, I study Arts Psychotherapy, I play with my granddaughter (6 months and so-o-o gorgeous), spend time with family, haunt local café’s, read, cook, plant veggies (mostly, it seems, to feed the bugs), dream, watch “Under the Tuscan Sun” yet again, play board games , go to the beach or mountains - oh, and cook, clean, wash as well.  Really, a life filled with lovely things.
5/ Where is my favourite place to travel?
I have so many! One of my favourites is the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, up behind Cairns. It is so pretty and they have everything – spectacular mountain scenery, rainforest, farmland, waterfalls, bush, friendly little towns…
6/Is blogging your job or your hobby?
I have only been blogging for three months, so it is currently a hobby, but I would love for it to be my job. In my mind, it already is!
7/ Where would you like to see your blog in five years?
In five years I would love my blog to be a space where people can drop by and feel at home – where they feel safe to express who they are, be inspired, connect with others and find resources for living an inspired and authentic life. I would also like the direction to be influenced by the readers – it is about the “Spirit of Us” – not just me
8/ What has been the hardest thing?
The most difficult thing by far has been the technical aspects.  I still find that hard, especially when something stops working and I don’t know what to do, or when I’m faced with incomprehensible (to me) programming text. Terrifying!
9/What is one tip you would give to new bloggers?
From my experience, the one tip I would give new bloggers is to connect with others. Reach out for help, be inspired and encouraged.  Think of it as a team effort for building a positive community. And just write, post, try new things as much as you can and watch yourself grow into your own style!
10/What are your top 3 must-watch TV shows?
  • “This Old Thing” with Dawn Porter – a fun look at vintage fashion and bringing it into the now
  • “Restoration Home” – I love seeing people rescue historic homes and give them a new chapter in the story of their lives.
  • “The Voice” – I can’t even sing in tune, but I love watching those who can.
11/ What is something about me that makes me unique?
My smile – and I love to play! I still feel like a kid at heart…
12/ Do you have an icon that you look up to? Why?
There are plenty of people I admire. One is Michelle Obama. She is smart, intelligent, and a wonderful communicator. I love that she seems so grounded, down-to-earth and genuine. She has a real concern for others, and uses her position to help where she can. She prioritizes her family, and also seems very good at setting boundaries and being tough when called for.  I think she is a wonderful role model for women everywhere.
13/ What blog post am I most proud of?
This one came from the memories written down by my mother, of her kitchen when she was a girl in the 1940’s. “Home” is such a powerful concept, and the kitchen is its heart. I love that the Spirit of that kitchen was formed by all the many moments and memories it held, and that it’s still a spirit that’s alive today, almost 80 years later

14/ What is your favourite season?
Autumn!  I love its long sunny days and cool nights. I love the relief from the February heat and humidity of the sub-tropics. I love its sense of fullness and completion, and its kind of melancholy sadness.
15/ Is there anything else that you would like to share about yourself, your life, or your blog?
This feels like a really exciting time of my life and a turning point for me.  I am getting the opportunity to explore and follow my creative passions and fashion new directions for my life. It was really important to me to do this with others, so I’m so happy that three of my closest friends are happy to be part of the team.  

I am loving connecting with so many other people both face-to-face and online – it is a confirmation and expression of “The Spirit of Us”!
Thank you Jo De Corrado for sharing some things about you and your blog and letting us get to know you.

You can keep up to date with 
Jo De Corrado by following her on: Pinterest, Instagram and of course her blog.

Stop by next Wednesday for another "Meet the Blogger Behind the Blog" to meet another amazing blogger.

Nut Free Chocolate Sunflower Balls

Sunday, July 10, 2016

First off let me just start this post off by saying - Caution: these are highly addicting. Every time I make these I eat far too many of them because they are just that good. If you didn't already know, my son is deathly allergic to all nuts so he can't even enjoy the tastiness that is peanut butter cups or anything like them. So, I went on the hunt for something like them that he could have and we came across these chocolate sunflower butter cups from Sun Cups that I found at Wholefoods . They are tasty but a bit pricey and you only get 2 in a package so I decided to try making something like them at a cost that my wallet could handle.

This recipe is super easy to make and even better that it only takes a few ingredients.


  • ½ cup of sunflower seed butter
  • 2 tbls of softened butter
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 bag of nut free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles (optional)
Makes about 10 (depending on size)


In a medium sized bowl mix together the sunflower seed butter, softened butter and vanilla extract. Once combined, slowly mix in powdered sugar until fully combined. It will turn into a crumble like texture and no longer be smooth. Begin rolling into little balls about ½inch or an inch depending on how big you want them and place onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Once done, place into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to harden up. 

During this time you can begin melting the chocolate either in a double bowler or in a microwave safe bowl. Be careful not to microwave for too long or the chocolate will burn. Once your chocolate is melted and the butter balls have hardened you can begin the dipping and decorating process. 

I used a toothpick for each ball because A) toothpicks were a lot easier than a fork and B) using one toothpick for multiple didn't work so well because too much chocolate would accumulate onto it making id far more difficult than necessary. Just stick the toothpick into the ball about halfway and then place into the bowl of chocolate. I used a spoon to fully cover the ball and then did a tapping shaking motion to remove the excess chocolate and placed it back onto the wax paper. 

Before the chocolate hardens my son will go in with his choice of sprinkles even Christmas and Halloween ones, and decorate them. What's cool is you could use anything as a sprinkle like crushed up cookies. Once you're done with all of them, just place the cookie sheet back into the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened and then, enjoy.

Our Trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific | Video

Friday, July 08, 2016

Hey everyone! I went to the Aquarium of the Pacific down in Long Beach, CA with my son and my mom and had lots of fun. Even though I am originally from Southern California I had only been to this Aquarium once before during my 21st birthday trip but I didn't get to see all of it. So this time I checked out everything and my son got to enjoy it as well. Afterwards we of course went to the beach, played in the water and made sand castles. It was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy the video.

Thanks for watching!

Clarisea Charcoal Mask Demo & Review | Video

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Whether it's a face mask, foot mask, hand mask, etc., I love putting those bad boys on and giving myself an at home spa day. There's nothing like a little at home pampering and chasing my son around the house pretending I'm a monster with whatever color face I have from the mask. Ahh good times. I got this Clarisea SeaSalt Charcoal Exfoliating mask in my June ipsy bag and wanted to review but also thought that demoing it might be even better. Side doesn't taste good. Hope you enjoy the video.

Thanks for watching!