I rarely see this now...

When I was a child, I often see this vine growing anywhere… Before I don’t know what it’s called… So I researched and I discovered it’s a balloon plant or love in a puff.

What’s interesting about this plant, besides of its medicinal properties, is what you’ll see inside the inflated seed capsules…

Inflated seed capsules…

If you open them, you’ll see three seeds inside… Just make sure you pick up the dried ones… Then look at the seeds…

You’ll see a heart.♥

Maybe because of industrial development, so I rarely see this now. Before, I can see this along the river banks…

(Credits: http://en.wikipedia.org / Wolfgang Stuppy)

Today was a fairytale :)

These are balloon vine seeds. or Heart seeds. They are little black seeds with a white heart at the center. This plant is found in only one place in the UP campus. At the old registrar’s office.

Last year, on this same day, I went there to get some of these. The area was grassy and apparently, I was allergic. I was wearing a short dress then so my legs were all red when I got home. Anyway, I put the seeds in a vial with ribbons and a letter inside :)

The next day, I gave the vial to someone. In the letter I said “Im giving you my heart. Take care of it.”

That someone, he’s my bestfriend.

He still is.

And until now, he still has my heart <3

- yan yung blog post ko a year ago. nabasa yan nung bio teacher namin. Tapos sabi nya, may bago na daw syang ikkwento sa klase pag diniscuss nya yung halaman na yun para matandaan agad ng mga estudyante :)


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The name of this Hunter,which she had been blessed with at her hatching, was Seed.

Her heart was hard, like the hull of a seed, but this protected her from the poison and its ravages. Where she went, she carried a wish for the future.

She once ran with a Hunter who said, “Why do you call yourself Seed? Is your blessing to be eaten by a creature with flat teeth?”

So she began to call herself Fly, instead, to bless herself to survive on the rot of the poisoned land.

When the rain came and she had her dreams, each time she was called by name, Seed. Twice she ignored it, but the third time she asked, “Who are you talking to? I am Fly, who thrives in poison. Who is Seed, who dies between flat teeth?”

In these dreams, she always was circled by clouds, but now the clouds parted and showed her the land. There was an island which the rain had washed all the poison from, and from the soil there a sprout had emerged.

Seeing this, she knew that the seed there had survived in its hull until it received its blessing from the soil, and that Seed had done the same.

So she began to call herself Seed again.

🔔 PHOTO BY @jeanlucr - paint by Jimmy C. 🔔
«Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation» ✒ Michael Jackson
[ ➡ : “Lasciateci sognare del domani, dove potremo davvero amare con tutta l'anima, e conoscere l'amore come la verità ultima nel cuore di tutto il creato”]
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On this day, in 🚩1533 Spaniard Francisco Pizarro executes the last Sapa Inca Atahualpa; in 🚩 1991 Libero Grassi, an Italian businessman, is killed by the Mafia after taking a solitary stand against their extortion demands; in 🚩 2005 hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle, killing an estimated 1,836 people. 🎂 Birthdays: John Locke (1632); Ingrid Bergman (1915); Charlie Parker (1920), Dinah Washington (1924); Michael Jackson (1958)
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“ Take my heart by Jimmy C. - Paris Vitry-sur-Seine, France”
🔸 📡 🔸 Please, visit the gallery of the author of this shot, @jeanlucr : it’s full of urban masterpieces and coloured dreams! 👏👏👏
#heart #art #streetart #urbanart #graffiti #paris #france #mankind #love #seed #creation #passion #life #human ⏩ #igersmood #igbest_shotz #princely_shotz #ig_heartshot #ig_hotshots #instagood #greatshot PLEASE get a look to the gallery of the author of this shot, @jeanlucr : it’s gorgeous ⏪ #ItSaWonderfulWorld 😊 #takecare

Don’t live life with glass bones and tissue paper skin;
I birthed you to be stronger than that, 
I built you from the universe instead. 
I once had a messenger bird heart - 
it didn’ tknow which signal to send
so it sent all the wrong ones. 
If you ever meet a man with a heart like that, 
don’t feet his heart with seeds
or let it perch on the windowsill of your soul. 
Shoo it away, let it find somewhere else to land. 
In waltzes one dance partner always carries a rose between their teeth,
daughter, always carry mountain laurel instead; 
every single part of it is deadly. 
You were not raised to be beautiful, 
you were raised to be brave. 
There is forgiveness and then there is forgetting. 
They are as different as salt and sugar, 
but neither of them tastes sweet;
swallow one or swallow both, but never let anyone
tell you which to choose. 
Joan of Arc burned for what she believed in, 
and if you must do the same, then so be it. 
But always remember to rise from the ashes like a phoenix. 
Follow the seasons as a guide. 
They will teach you how to accept change

Lessons My Mother Taught Me About Letting Go, Meggie Royer.

This is my favorite poem from Meggie’s newest book The No You Never Listened To. Check it out here

The Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

Welcome to my week long series: The Health Benefits of Seeds! All week long we will be talking about ChiaFlaxHemp, Pumpkin, and Sunflower Seeds!

Today we’re talking about Sunflower Seeds

We will be focusing on three main points:

  1.  The nutritional content of each type of seed
  2. What you can do or make with each type of seed
  3. How each type of seed can relate to your overall health

Want a quick recap? Watch this video as I discuss the Health Benefits of Seeds on Good Day Rochester’s Segment: Health in a Handbasket which aired live Monday August 17th at 7:50am!

The Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds:


1.) The nutritional content of Sunflower Seeds:

Serving Size 1/4 Cup of Shelled, Raw, Organic Seeds:

  • 210 Calories
  •  18 Grams of Heart Healthy Polyunsaturated Fats
  •  7 Grams of Carbohydrates
  •  2 Grams of Dietary Fiber - 9% of your Daily Value!
  •  8 Grams of Protein
  • Iron - 15 % of your daily value

- Sunflower seeds can be eaten whole or ground, from the shell or already hulled. 

- Naturally cholesterol and gluten free!

2.) What you can do or make with Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are delicious all by themselves, but they are also versatile and can be added to a variety of different meals that you already make! Sunflower seeds can add a nice crunch to just about any dish, including oatmeal, salads, wraps, casseroles, baked goods and more! You can also put your sunflower seeds in a food processor to make ground sunflower seeds, which can then be used for baking or a healthy addition to anything such as soups or smoothies. You can even buy sunflower butter at health food stores. 

Here are a few different recipes to make with sunflower seeds:

Crunchy Cherry Sunflower Seed Wraps by Sharon Palmer, RD 

Coming Soon! I did a little experimenting in the kitchen with sunflower seeds and ground them up and substituted them as flour in this awesome new recipe: High Protein, Lower Carb Peach Pie!

3.) How Sunflower Seeds can benefit your overall health!

Sunflower seeds are delicious but they are also good for you too! They contain a high amount of heart healthy fats and protein, which as essential to those who are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. 

Whether adding sunflower seeds to a favorite dish or snacking on them by themselves, sunflower seeds will give you 82% of your daily value of vitamin E, 70% of your daily value of copper, 41% of the vitamin B1. 

Sunflower Seeds Help to Reduce Inflammation!

Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant in the body, eliminating free radicals which can cause damage to our cells. Research has shown that vitamin E has significant anti-inflammatory effects, making sunflower seeds an excellent choice to help reduce inflammation in the body. 

Sunflower Seeds can Help to Reduce Cholesterol Levels!

Sunflower seeds contain a compound called phytosterols which are believed to reduce cholesterol in the body.

 Did you miss a part of this series? Don’t worry, you can catch up on all 5 parts here!


I just want to send a huge thank you to my fellow dietitians who contributed their awesome recipes!

I hope you enjoy this series, and remember sharing is caring!!

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For more health and wellness information please visit my website at www.RDNmommy.com!

xo, Emily Cope, MS, RDN



A Question of Hemp

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A Question of Hemp

I had been eating hemp seeds for eons, or at least I thought that I was eating hemp seeds, until I recently bought whole unshelled hemp seeds.

Hemp Hearts

What then was I eating for all of those years? It turns out that I was eating hemp hearts, which are shelled hemp seeds. It said hemp hearts on the label and that they were shelled, but in my mind I was eating hemp seeds.…

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