Food Matters

>> Monday, November 30, 2009

Food matters dontcha think? I think so. Actually, at one time I didn't think it used to much but as the weight piled on my frame and I was becoming less active something had to change. Yardsnacker inspired and motivated me to get off my duff and start eating healthy. We'd always talked about doing it but it was finally put into action about two years ago. I've learned a lot since then, much from many of you, about how food truly affects us in all aspects.

Recently, I watched a movie called "
Food Matters." Many of you may have seen it already or at least the trailer.

If you haven't seen it I *highly* recommend doing so. I'm sure there are plenty of skeptics and naysayers but still I recommend watching this movie. At least, to start your own journey or to help in figuring out what is best for you.

There's so much good content and information watching this that I'm glad I have my own copy to watch when I need a reminder or two. :) I have to say that my favorite contributor to this documentary is
Andrew Saul. I like his humor (<3 JP)

This isn't so much a "hey, eat raw foods only," it's a hey, we live in a society or in a time where just about everything is processed! So much has been stripped of its life and is trucked around for hundreds, even thousands of miles to get to you. Okay, there are some things that that's just the way it is...such as my beloved Thai young coocoonuts or even avocadoes (sorry Chile, your avos are gross!). The point is, there isn't enough healthy eating. People are getting sick, obese, sedentary, depressed, etc. Most doctors (not all) aren't really educated on nutrition so it's completely foreign for them to recommend changes to the diet to improve health without first prescribing a pill of some sort. I'm not saying one should never take medications but for a lot of ailments it doesn't have to be the first and/or only option.

Like I said, the movie is worth a watch then you can come to your own conclusion or do further research. The "
Food Matters" dvd can be found at or at Netflix or of course, directly from their website.

If you've seen the dvd or get a chance to, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.



>> Saturday, November 14, 2009

E3Live...have you tried it? Do you like it? We've used it before and it's very good. You can smell the earthy goodness when you open the bottle! I will admit the taste was a bit "green" for me but it can be used in juices or smoothies so it's palatable. After drinking it, I felt so ahhh! Vibrant, healthy, energized. Anyway, if any of you are interested in trying it Michele aka Raw Juice Girl is hosting a contest for it on her blog. There are 12 ways to enter the contest, which you can read about here. Of course, I'm hoping to win too. So maybe if you guys didn't enter the contest my chances of winning will increase. ha ha! I jest! Enter. Check out her blog too. A wealth of information.

Good luck to you and to me! :)


Walking in LA...

>> Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Maybe I just have that song stuck in my head but for those of you living/visiting in LA there is a new restaurant awaiting you: Planet Earth Eco Cafe in Hermosa Beach. Of course, this will be on my list when I visit one of these days. :) I would be interested in hearing if any of you try this place and what you thought. I believe in supporting and spreading the word of good establishments so let us all know. Hoping we'll get more options here in my neck of the woods. One day...

Eat up!


Hello! Anybody Out There?

>> Sunday, October 18, 2009

Please excuse the absence. No excuse other than I've been super busy with home life. I know you understand. Thing is, I wish I was more active in writing because I like to have a record of my happenings to look back on, especially now that I have YS2. :)
(blanket made by AnnieofBlueGables)

Speaking of YS2, he is a DOLL! Okay, I am his mom and of course I'm going to say stuff like that all the time but seriously he really is! He's fast approaching the six month mark but for now we'll just say he's 5 1/2 months old. I can't believe it actually. In a blink he's grown so much. Just the other day he learned how to roll over the other way. You see, he's been able to roll over from back to tummy for awhile now. Since he was 3 1/2 months. But, Papa YS was teaching our lil sprout how to roll back to his back. Well, then the next day he totally did it all on his own! Now, we have to be ready for him learning to crawl soon. ACK!!!!!!

Because I've just been so busy I missed the boat in posting a very special pic of YS2 this past summer. Well, I suppose it's not too late so I'm going to post it now but apologies to
Rawdorable who customized a onesie for Caleb for not showing this off sooner. Thank you so much for making this for him. It is so adorable! Rawdorable? ha ha! :)

Caleb is growing to fast! He keeps growing out of his clothes! Not "out" but "up!" We're convinced he's going to be taller than either us.

We'll soon be trying solid food with him (we'll be making our own). Caleb did try a small sampling of yams recently. It didn't quite make down to his tummy but he didn't seem to dislike it either. We'll try again soon. Sam even got him a
boon spoon for when he really starts going with the food.

Off to tend to Caleb. It's soon to be nigh-night and we need to have some quiet time. :)


Most Beautiful Thing I've Ever Heard

I was in the process of writing a new post...long over due when I saw this video and just had to share.



Incredible Story

>> Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Here is a story about a couple who was given the wrong embryo and their decision to carry the baby to full-term and then give the baby to the biological parents. I can't even imagine how difficult this must've been for them but soon the other couple will be blessed because of their selfless decision. Absolutely incredible. Read on if you wish (or watch the video embedded in the article).


Raw Food Delivered

>> Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Have you ever thought, "hey, wish I could get some raw vegan gourmet food but don't have the time to make it" or "I don't have the equipment"? Or maybe you've never had raw food before and there's no restaurant to sample at. Well, I know of a place online where you can order up to a week's worth of food (breakfast, lunch and dinner, also dessert and snacks)! Check out Pure Market Express. It's a family run business out of Minnesota who are dedicated to a raw vegan lifestyle and thought about making it easier for others to be raw and to stay raw by preparing weekly meals and shipping them out (US only). I haven't yet tried this as they just opened for business but I'm helping spread the word (feel free to do the same). I'm also interested in hearing from you if you do try this.


Review Update

>> Saturday, August 15, 2009

I recently did a review on some coconut milk I found at Whole Foods that I need to update (it can also be found at PCC if you're in the Seattle area). My original review was based on the vanilla coconut milk only; they have original and unsweetened that I had yet to sample. The vanilla I will continue to say is AWESOME! I love that stuff. It's great mixed with chocolate almond milk too. YUM! Anyway, it's obvious that the vanilla flavored one is very popular as a couple of times they've ran out so I decided to try original.
I didn't care for it at all - bleh. It tasted funky, like chemicals or something, possibly from the added vitamins and whatnot??? Maybe I just got a bad one. I have no idea other than it wasn't very tasty. I'm not brave enough to try it again to see if it was just simply a bad one and I don't plan on trying the unsweetened because what if it's funky too? I'll stick with the vanilla one. I went to buy a carton yesterday but they were out. :( I'll try again today. If any of you have tried original or unsweetened I'd be interested in knowing what you thought of it.


Now, I Have Gotten with the Program!

>> Friday, August 14, 2009

I'm slowly getting around to updating my blog so you'll be seeing changes over the next whenever...I can't set deadlines for myself on things like this these days so they'll happen when they happen. :) One thing you'll notice - for you commenters - is I've added disqus. I'll be updating my blogroll and such as some blogs and links are going nowhere. That's not good. For now, disqus is as far as I go. Back to my baby. :)


Get with the Program US!

>> Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I am a firm believer/supporter that the United States should guarantee paid family leave (newborn, adoptions, ill family member, etc). I mean come on already! Can you believe we are listed as one of the worst countries when it comes to supporting working parents?! In fact we rank among Liberia, Swaziland, and Papua New Guinea that have zero paid maternity leave. When I was pregnant I kept hearing about how this country or that country had great policies in place for pregnant women and/or families (some up to a year or more! Although, not certain that whole time was paid). Sure, we are "granted" 12 weeks but it's unpaid. I had to use my vacation for my time off - and depending on your employer's personal time policy may not be as much as you'd like. Sheesh. Having a newborn isn't a vacation but it is fun! :) Anyway, here's an article I'd like to pass along that shares this same view. What do you think?


Taste of Summer

>> Saturday, July 25, 2009

Today we ventured out to our local farmer's market to check out the goodies. We didn't have anything specific to pick up but since cherries are in season we picked up a few pounds. YUM! I heart fresh picked cherries! I'm sitting here gobbling down Rainier and Skeena varieties. You can read up on the various NW varieties here. Sorry no pics from me - my camera is AWOL at the moment.

So then it got me wondering: what's so great about cherries besides their yumminess?

Here's a sample:

A growing body of science reveals tart cherries, enjoyed as either dried, frozen cherries or cherry juice, have among the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, when compared to other fruits. They also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries) vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate.

Emerging evidence links cherries to many important health benefits – from helping to ease the pain of arthritis and gout, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process.


Most of the scientific research has centered on the health benefits of tart cherries. Sweet and tart cherries contain pigments called anthocyanins, antioxidants that give cherries their dark red color. Tart cherries are among the top fruits as far as antioxidant levels go. Tart cherry juice and dried tart cherries are even higher in antioxidants than blueberries and more powerful than Vitamin E. Anthocyanins have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and according to the American Chemical Society, eating 20 tart cherries (or drinking the equivalent in juice concentrate) a day could provide the same pain relief that aspirin or ibuprofen do.

The above link mentions the FDA getting their dirty paws in other people's business, here's another article about it if you're interested.

Anyway, love those fresh cherries. I'm trying not to binge on them but it's hard to stop!

By the way, does anyone know what the deal is with organic red bell peppers? I cannot find them anywhere! Nada at the farmer's market too. When I do find them, they're horribly expensive and not that great looking so I haven't bought any. I'm missing eating raw corn-jalapeno chips. :( Normally, I can pick find them just about everywhere but for the past couple of months or more I haven't seen them. I want organic because bell peppers rank high (and not in a good way) on the pesticide list. They contain a lot of those chemicals used conventionally. If you know what's the dealio, let me know.

Off to eat more cherries!


Springing Forward

>> Monday, July 13, 2009

Spring has sprung and now summer is well upon us. Ah spring. A time for change, new directions, cleaning and re-evaluating. I missed out on spring somewhat because I was busy with other things. ;) I'm at a point now where I'm ready to make some changes that had changed during pregnancy -- if that made sense. While I was pregnant, I ate a fair amount of cooked while still eating some raw foods. Now I'm starting to feel that I'm ready to get back in the game (helps that YS2 is sleeping more at night -- three nights in a row it's been 6 or more hours at a time -- Yeehaw!). The raw game that is. I plan on easing back into it as I'm still nursing but with the help of Yardsnacker, I'm having more fresh juices, raw fruits/veggies and those yummy green smoothies. Along with that change, I'm trying to exercise, get out in the fresh air more. This seems to bode very well with YS2. He comes home all tuckered out and sleeps really well through the nights we've done this. I wanted to spell this out more for me than for those of you reading this. It commits me. It gets me more excited about the path I'm venturing on. It even got me excited to blog again! Not that I didn't want to blog but life has prevented me from doing much with it but I do feel a renewal with it because of my new goals. Anyway, those are my thoughts. Now, here are some pics from today's walk (and no, I won't do this every day - ha ha!):

Friends we met along the way:

Anyone know what kind of tree this is?

Please don't yell at us for his straps.


Review Time!

>> Sunday, July 5, 2009

What? You mean this isn't about YS2??? ha ha! My review of Caleb is that he is top notch! But seriously this is about something else. As you know life for us is a little crazy these days with a newborn so Sam does more of the grocery shopping than I do. We sometimes take turns. But on one of his trips to Whole Foods he came home with a carton of coconut milk (vanilla) by Turtle Mountain/Purely Decadent. Hmmm...wasn't sure about this. He poured me a glass to sample and mama mia! was this yummy!! It's about the same price as a carton of organic cow milk (I think - haven't bought that stuff in a long time so don't quote me) and way tastier! They also have yogurt made with coconut milk. I highly recommend the vanilla and pina colada flavors. :) Their "ice cream" is pretty tasty too...especially if it involves peanut butter. Okay, not really raw but tasty nonetheless. It's just great to see that there are more alternatives becoming available - just wish they weren't so darn expensive some of them, including produce!! Anyway, side rant...Glad to have found some coconut milk that I can enjoy by the glass or in my granola. Fresh young coconuts around here are too expensive these days and sometimes not good inside so buying a carton of it once in awhile is way better IMO. I hear in Idaho you can buy a Thai coconut for less than a dollar. WTH? Why can't we have prices like that here in Seattle? Whatever. Anyway, I keep getting off track with my irritation for high prices of things. Time to relax and enjoy the rest of this holiday weekend. Enjoy!



>> Monday, June 8, 2009

Wow! Having a baby sure keeps one busy! I keep meaning to blog but life has been keeping me biz-hey! I manage some quick comments here and there via cellphone for twitter and facebook but dedicating much more than a few minutes at a time is rather challenging. I feel lucky at the moment (wink).

To update you quickly on Caleb he is an absolute joy! He gets more beautiful everyday and he's so smart. I know, I sound like every other mom/dad going on and on about their babies but now I can relate to those parents.

As of yesterday, he is FIVE WEEKS OLD! To keep this post short until I can write more, here are some recent pics:

I can't seem to fix that one that's sideways...sorry. I do want to point out that yes, he really does smile. He smiles a lot! He's been smiling for about three weeks but it took awhile for us to capture it on camera. He laughs but only in his sleep. :)

I love this boy!

PS - Thanks DebbieDoesRaw for coining the nickname YS2. I don't remember who came up with Sprout but we love and use that nickname too.



>> Monday, May 18, 2009

Can't we all just get along?

So I'm sitting here with Caleb as he's sleeping and was just reading some random news when I read about a funny commercial.

Check it out:

Maybe I was just bored. :)



>> Sunday, May 17, 2009

Two weeks ago this day I gave birth to our son, Caleb (here's a pic from when he was a few days old).

It wasn't easy getting him here but thankfully Caleb and I are doing great. I am forever grateful to my husband, Yardsnacker, for his love and support - I just wish it wasn't so hellacious on him. Also, thanks to him for donating blood and encouraging others to follow suit. Usually, I'm one who's donating blood - I've never been on the receiving end of those donations before. If you can, donate donate donate!

If you didn't see the announcement/stats on Sam's blog here they are:

Caleb born Sunday, May 3rd at 6:09 AM, weighed 7 lbs 5 oz and measured 21.5 inches long. And yes, he was born with strawberry blond hair. Everyone is giving me looks wondering how this could be but I'm tellin ya, Sam is the father! LOL! We don't need to go on the Jerry Springer show. Both of our mothers have reddish hair so we ended up passing all of our recessive genes to our new little sprout. Now I'm all for redheads!

I haven't decided how much of my birth story I want to share. Probably not much but just the stuff I think is important to share.

I'm just so over the moon for my new little babe. We've been so blessed just to have him but on top of all of that he is a very calm, mellow baby. Doesn't complain much. At least, for now. :) We're so in love with him! I love just watching him sleep in my arms - especially when he's dreaming!

Many thanks to you for your love and support during and after pregnancy. It really means a lot to our family.


Happy Earth Day

>> Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Today, April 22nd is EARTH DAY!

I'm not the most green person but I'm trying!

What are you doing to help Earth be a better place?
For us, we are starting to compost. My hubby, Yardsnacker, is gardening away this season without my help :( and has created his own composting bin. It begins at home of course. Saving our organic scraps then adding them to the pile at the garden, which he turns over frequently. It's looking great I must say! And all those wormies are happy! It's full of life actually and not just with the worms.

I ran across an article exposing not-so-green products currently on store shelves; products that claim to be green and earth-conscious but have been found to be the opposite. Of course, there's more out there than what's been addressed in this article. One of the culprits in this article though is Sephora. For those of us who wear makeup (I admit I LOVE makeup - love all things girlie in that sense) there's a website that that's very handy in checking the safety of personal products. It's the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep cosmetic safety database. Not exactly a catchy name but helpful nonetheless. I have the link posted in my sidebar as well. It's at this website you can check any number of products you use or are thinking of using, from makeup to shampoo to toothpaste, to see how safe they are.

Earth Day may be on April 22nd but we can always strive to do our part 365 days a year. You know, like recycling. :)

Enjoy your day, enjoy our planet.


I'm Obsessed I know!

>> Friday, April 17, 2009

With Susan Boyle that is - I'll admit it but can you blame me? Don't worry I'm not about to turn into some crazed fan you hear about on the news (although, hubby thinks otherwise - lol!) but I'm just so blown away by her gift that I must share. So I'll try not to make every post about her but today that's just not gonna happen. I should make a category just for her.

There's another song that's been released of hers. One she sang for charity 10 years ago. This video is of her recording and not her performing it. But who cares! It's all about her amazing voice.

Here's a related article. Why this woman hasn't been discovered before now is a mystery but that's okay. Not sure I would've heard of her if she had been discovered sooner and didn't show up on Britain's talent show.


More on Susan Boyle

>> Wednesday, April 15, 2009

If you've seen the video I posted yesterday or seen it posted elsewhere because it seems to be posted E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E. from facebook to twitter to major news sites then you know who Susan Boyle is and the sensation she has become. I love her. I do. I hope all her dreams come true! But anyway, I was reading an article on her today that shared a little bit more on her.

From that article:

Boyle, a volunteer church worker, still has a long way to go on the show, but she’s become an overnight media darling in Great Britain. Since her debut, viewers and readers have learned that she’s from the little village of Blackburn in western Scotland, where local kids sometimes called her names and laughed at her because of her appearance and the fact that she lives alone with a cat.

A local newspaper reported that Boyle is the youngest of nine children and attended Edinburgh Acting School nearly 20 years ago, but left to care for her ailing mother, who died two years ago.

Friesen reported that after her stunning debut, Boyle said, “It’s really surreal. Basically I wanted to fulfill a wish to my mother. I wanted to do something with my life. Not only that, I feel I have a bit more to offer.”

And if it's true what the article says, we'll be hearing a lot more from her soon by way of TV and music - not just on a talent show either. :)
Oh yeah, I love that she put her contestant sticker on her chest instead of her dress. Probably didn't want to ruin it but that must've hurt peeling it off later! Yeouch!



>> Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I first saw this video this morning. Apparently, I'm behind everyone else since this video has been viewed nearly 3.3 million times. I've watched it several times now and have bawled each time. Of course, that could be partly my pregnancy. ;) I cry over anything. But seriously, this is worth watching...or hearing at the very least. If you have 7+ minutes to spare please click here. This woman is incredible and I want her to be my friend, including her cat Pebbles.


Healthy Alternative to Baby Formula

>> Monday, April 6, 2009

In relation to my previous post with a link to an article about toxic baby formula, there was a comment left by Chris, Bitt's husband, who reminded me that not every parent/mother has a choice to breastfeed their child/children. Some children are adopted (I'm one of them!) or there are health issues/medications, or work that prevents a mother from being able to breastfeed.
Are there alternatives out there? Yes, but not many that I could easily find. If you want a healthy formula that's not animal or soy based I found you're better off making a formula of your own.

However, I remembered one of our Vita-mix contestants has a business creating
formula that's dairy-free, soy-free, vegan, raw, organic, healthy, and etc. Duh! I should've thought of this before! Anyway, her business is called Empress Organics. Check it out!

If you know of other healthy alternatives or have recipes to share please feel free. It would be great to get the word out as much as possible so parents don't have to worry about feeding their babies rocket fuel or heaven knows what other yuckies potentially lurking about in those cans of formula.



>> Friday, April 3, 2009

I don't have plans or intentions to feed my baby powdered formula but reading this article today definitely seals the deal!

Is nothing safe around here anymore? Sheesh!


Labor Song

>> Friday, March 20, 2009

So hubby and I are taking a 6-week natural birthing course and can't believe we only have one class left. I highly recommend this type of class to anyone who gets pregnant, even if you plan on a hospital birth. Very helpful to say the least.

Anyway, last week we had to prepare my labor bag. You know the one to take with you when "this is it!" :) One thing we still need to work on to include in that bag are compilation CDs/MP3s. Music I'd like playing in my room to help create the type of environment I'd like to have while in labor and/or after delivery. Our teacher suggested you may want different genres because what you like now you might not like while in labor. I can only imagine! This morning on the way to work, we heard the perfect labor song. LOL! Listen to the lyrics and you'll understand. Besides, this guy is awesome! Makes me wonder where have I been?!

I have to confess, that when I first heard this song I thought it was
Gnarls Barkley singing (cool if it was) but was corrected by the dj that it's James Morrison. Who? After I got to work I looked him up on the internets and thought, well he certainly isn't Gnarls Barkley! He kinda looks like he should be the younger brother of Chris Martin of Coldplay. Then I heard some of James' other songs and decided he really doesn't sound much like Gnarls Barkley except for that song I have pasted above but I am digging his music! If you're like me and wonder who the heck this guy is you probably have heard this song.

Okay, I'm sidetracked...what is this post about?

This really won't be one of my labor songs but I do like the song and it made me chuckle. Don't think I'll want to be rockin out while in labor, however, I might have to compile a humorous CD just for fun. If you have any suggestions of what I should include on one of my playlists feel free to share. Maybe something slightly more mellow and/or appropriate. :)

In the meantime, go listen to James Morrison while I do the same.



>> Monday, March 2, 2009

First off, happy anniversary to ME! My lil ol' blog has passed the one year mark. Well, it was last week on the 26th (oopsie!) but that's alright.

It's been an interesting year. I began blogging with some apprehension because writing isn't typically how I express myself, although, I used to faithfully keep a journal (hand cramps!) as a teenager. With some inspiration and encouragement from my husband and sister I decided to venture into the blogging world. Or is it venturing into the dark side? ha ha! Hmmm...

A lot of growth over the year. I've learned more about health, food and myself. I mean, hubby and I started gardening and I admit I actually enjoy it. My health improved, I lost weight and gained many friends. Oh, and I got pregnant too! Talk about growth....and so much for the weight I lost previously. Ha ha! At least, now I know what to do to get healthy and stay healthy whereas before, I just talked about how I wanted to get healthy but didn't know how or where to start. I feel more confident and have more purpose and direction.

And of course, there's the many of you I've come to know. Some of you I've had the pleasure of meeting in person. Always a treat! I do appreciate You're loyal, supportive, encouraging, inspiring, motivating and funny. Well, there's many more adjectives I could add to that but you get the picture. I definitely wouldn't be as into blogging and other online networks if it wasn't for all of you.
So now onto the second thing. The title of my post, the part where I feel especially honored. My lil ol' blog was recently named to the Top 50 Raw Food and Lifestyle Blogs list. When I was notified, I was like "WHAT?! Me?!" Whoa! Seriously, a big wow. Plus I share this honor with so many of you great bloggers. I mean, Isle Dance, Raw Royalty, Debbie Does Raw, Kristen's Raw, Rawdorable just to name a few. What?! I'm humbled because this list includes so many people who (or is it whom?) I look up to. And again, this goes back to the beginning of my blog. In a year's time to be on a list like this never ever would've crossed my mind. Maybe if I had been blogging for oh, I don't know, 10 years maybe. :D So I'm grateful and humbled to be on this list. What will year two bring?

Now, speaking of Raw Royalty, aka Charis, she has bestowed upon me another honor. The Kreativ Blogger Award. For some of you, this may look familiar here on my page as I was bestowed with a KBA earlier, which I blogged about here. But since this is a fun one, I readily accept and attempt a new 7 list. Thanks Charis!

The rules are I share 7 things I love and then spread the love and the award to 7 others.

Here's my list:

1) I love being "kreativ." Usually, my form of creativity comes with making homemade cards. I am still hoping to learn how to knit and/or crochet. One of these days I'll learn.

2) I love shopping. Okay, I haven't been shopping a whole lot (gotta save that dough!) but it is fun to get out and be girlie and buy new things. I always feel good when I have something new to wear.

3) I love spring! It's not my favorite season, summer holds that title, but I love the warming temperatures, witnessing new growth and getting charged with the prospect of more sun and everything and everyone looking more alive.

4) I love gardening. Well, this goes with spring. New growth and just getting outdoors and in the dirt. Something therapeutic about that.

5) I love babies! Forgive me. I have baby on the brain these days. :)

6) I love being happy. Being happy is where it's at.

7) I love having "downtime." Can be traveling, resting, hanging out with friends or family but just that time where you can enjoy and do the things you love.

I pass the award onto EVERYONE but if you want a list (this post is all about lists today), here's who else I share this with:

Angela at Mom's Raw
Carol at Knitted Kitty
Sara at eatin' raw!

Thanks for listening.


Vita-Mix Contest Update

>> Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Our winner of the Vita-Mix 5200, Andie in the Raw, posted an update on her brand new blender! So I invite you to watch her video. It's darling (well, she's darling to boot) and there's a recipe involved too. 



Ahhhh Nutz!

>> Sunday, February 15, 2009

I have another product review to share with you. This time by Oh Nuts! I tried their raw organic walnuts. I don't particularly like walnuts by themselves but I knew the almonds were definitely pasteurized and cashews are so tricky, plus we already had some at home. I also thought walnuts would be a good selection to try since hubby likes them in his salads and I like them when they're pulverized and used in something such as taco "meat." Hmm, maybe I'll share the recipe with you...later though. :)

When we received them, they were fresh and tasty but one of hubby's first thoughts were they were cooked. Meaning they weren't truly raw. I actually don't know for sure. I've asked the company if all their raw nuts are pasteurized but didn't hear back in time for this post. I would
assume yes, they're all pasteurized - just note that I am guessing. I do know, as they have confirmed, that the almonds are but that's pretty much a standard all the way around. I can understand why a company would pasteurize their products - whether it's liked or not. Anyway, we did use them for various recipes and salads and they were really good. Even shared some with a friend who also really liked them.

Oh Nuts! appears to offer a lot of great products on their website but they're mostly geared towards a non-raw foodie. Not that there's anything wrong with that. ;) However, they do have a pretty decent selection of raw nuts - just type in raw nuts in the search bar and you'll see. Now, I wish I tried some raw macs. You know those have got to be good!

Update: their raw walnuts are NOT pasteurized so they're truly raw. Gobble away!



>> Friday, February 13, 2009

Whoa, two blog posts in two days from me?! I've gone cuckoo I tell ya! :)

It's Valentine's Day (well, tomorrow), which means chocolate. Mmmm...good stuff. Now, most of us are aware of the many health benefits it has. Antioxidants, magnesium, potassium and so on, so here's a little video talking about this very thing.

You know what I say? Go find some RAW chocolate. The doc in the video mentions for the most health benefits look for chocolate that's the least processed. Hmm, that means raw cacao doesn't it? She doesn't say that but I do. Okay, for some of us it's a little harder to find (and a little more expensive) than say your standard Twix bar but if you can, find some and splurge for the holiday! There are options out there however, I'm a big fan of Gnosis Chocolate (I highly recommend my fave, the Cool Peppermint).

Raw cacao, including raw chocolate bars, is the way to go. With the raw "candy bars" you get the most health benefits vs. the other stuff and they're organic and dairy-free (you'd never know or would never miss it) and they're TASTY so you won't be missing out on anything - just pure goodness.

And that's all I have to say about that (yes, I watched Forest Gump recently).


Kreativ Blogger Award

>> Thursday, February 12, 2009

Woo hoo! I recently received the Kreativ Blogger Award from my blog buddy, Amanda. Thanks Amanda!!! You know how to make a girl feel special. :)

I'm quite late in responding to this award but it turns out to be very timely with Valentine's Day coming up because the fun part of this award is I share with you 7 things that I love, and then I nominate 7 others for this award.

So without further adieu, here are 7 things I love:

1) My husband,
Sam - his love, support, and humor get me through many days (tough or not). He's taught me so much and I love that he's my best friend and companion. He's also dreamy. ;)

2) My unborn son - wow! It's amazing how much love there is for someone I've never met! I can't wait to meet him.

3) My sister,
Lori - She means the world to me and I'm forever grateful she's my sister. She's the best! I'm also proud of the fact I finally get to make her an aunt. :)

4) My family/friends - I have wonderful family, near and far, and great friends. Makes life so much easier and richer.

5) The SUN - Oh how I miss thee! And your warmth...soon, I hope, you'll be here to stay for awhile.

6) My internet buddies - all of you! Some are unknown but I count them too. Your encouraging words or simply your visits are appreciated. I've even had the privledge of meeting a few of you in person. FUN! And I love that you're all forgiving of my lazy ways as of late. :)

7) Life - I love that I'm alive and healthy at this moment, even though we're all in the midst of challenging and crazy times I love life. I love all the things I'm experiencing and learning. Maybe this is considered a bit broad (life) but I'm truly happy and grateful to be alive right now.

I could go on and on about the many things I love but I'll obey the rules this time and leave it at 7 things.

Now, I nominate:

Raw Pomona
Lauren at Ginger is the New Pink
Aimee at Bitt's Blog
PixyWinks Lisa
Raw Cool Michelle
Annie of Blue Gables
Sarah at Living the Fruity Life

It is hard to limit this to just seven people. So to bend the rules a little bit, I say feel free to join in on the fun nominated or not! It's Valentine's after all.


There Can Be Only One...

>> Friday, February 6, 2009

I'm terribly sorry for the long delay! I know you're anxiously awaiting the outcome of our Vita-Mix giveaway. The time is here!

To watch the announcement of both winners (can't forget the Artisana Coconut Butter prize) click here.

I have to say this was a very very tough decision to make. In our eyes, all those who submitted videos for the contest were worthy of the grand prize. No doubt about it. Thank you all who participated - believe me, I know how hard it is to get in front of the camera!

The videos we watched were inspiring, creative, and honest and all of you had great ideas and intentions as to how this will benefit you and your family's lives. See? All deserving, which made this so difficult but alas, we only had one Vita-Mix to giveaway.

The winning entry:

Thank you again to all who participated. Keep checking back here because you never know when another contest should pop up! :)


Tough Competition

>> Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wow! Have you seen the Vita-Mix Giveaway contest videos?! You haven't? Check them out here, under video responses.

This is one tough competition! No lie.

We will be announcing the winners of the Vita-Mix and the Artisana Coconut Butter very soon so be on the lookout!


Just a Reminder

>> Saturday, January 31, 2009

Just reminding you dear readers that in 4 days...that's February 5th, the Vitamix 5200 giveaway ends at midnight PST! So there's still time to submit a video. I know some of you may be a little camera shy but here's your chance to be creative!

For my review of the Vitamix and all the contest rules, click here or to go directly to Yardsnacker's video, click here.

Good luck to everyone!


Product Review and Something Else...Read On!

>> Thursday, January 22, 2009

Before I get into this review I must gripe about something. My computer is broken AGAIN! Yes, it is. Apparently, it's the motherboard causing the problems not my hardrive. Grr. So I don't know when I'll have my own computer again but thankfully, Sam's got his I can use. I just don't like using other people's stuff especially the computer because sometimes I like to spend a lot of time on it. hee hee!

Okay, that's out of the way now on to my product review.

What's the product I'm reviewing you ask? Well, I'm going to give you my review of the
Vita-Mix 5200!

We currently have the 5000 model but had been eyeing this upgraded version when we first saw it. I was so happy to get my grubby little paws on this. Don't get me wrong, we loved our first
Vita-Mix (I think it loved us back) but when we started using the 5200, wow. What a difference (we've had the cheap blenders before and they just don't cut it).

First the lid. It's so much easier to take off and put on. There's no fussing or fighting with it. Also, the handle is made of rubber so again easier to grip and much more comfortable.

Second, it's...shhh...quieter. I know! How is this possible with such a powerful machine (2 HP)?! Okay, it's still loud compared to smaller/regular blenders but again comparing the two Vita-Mixes, this is way quieter.

You know what else? It's easier to clean. Maybe this is because of newer, better materials used. Food doesn't like to stay stuck to it. Not that you'd leave a dirty blender sitting around but sometimes you're in a hurry to get out the door. Speaking of improved material, the carafe is

I think of this Vita-Mix 5200 as the Vita-Mix I've come to know and love but even better.

Oh, hold on! I almost forgot to mention that you know those pesky little raspberry seeds (or any other seedy berry) that never seem to grind up? Well, they do in the 5200. I don't do raspberries myself but Sam loves 'em and blackberries too so he made a smoothie with them and whaddya know? Seeds were ground up. Smooth smoothie baby.

You can grind up flax seeds too with no problem. Or nuts. Sam is my smoothie man
so when making our morning smoothies he just tosses in whole nuts (almonds, brazils, cashews, etc) and they grind up no problem.

We use our blender for everything. Out of all of our main appliances used in making raw foods, I'd say the Vita-Mix is king.

Now for the "something else." That would the GIVEAWAY!

Remember that little contest I mentioned in my previous post? Well, in conjunction with
(yes, my husband) we are going to give away a Vita-Mix 5200 blender to ONE LUCKY PERSON!

How's that for big?

Here are the rules - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

1. Contest starts now.
2. Contest ends in two weeks, Thurs. Feb 5th, 2009 at midnight PST.
3. Contest is only applicable to those in the continental United States (lower 48 only - sorry Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and everywhere else around the world).
4. For first prize (the Vitamix 5200), submit a
video response of why you deserve this blender or how it will improve yours and/or family's life to Yardsnacker's youtube channel. Please keep it to 1-2 minutes in length. We are going this route because the prize is so big. Feel free to be creative with your videos.
5. For second prize, those who choose not to participate for 1st place (
Artisana coconut butter, 16 oz jar), submit a text comment on Yardsnacker's youtube channel (his video) stating "please enter me."

Any questions, please ask!

Best of luck to all who participate!


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