Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, March 29, 2012

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I did it!

>> Sunday, March 25, 2012

Howdy friends! It's been almost a week but welcome to spring! I took a couple days off from work to have an extra long weekend (love!) and it was quite timely, too. Our weather improved. Maybe I should take more days off… ha ha! Guess I should warn you now that in the near future a picture-heavy post is coming because I love spring and seeing all the blossoms and new life I can’t help but take a bazillion pics.


This post is about doing some other things, hence the title. Like buying some much needed raw food staples. Okay, it was Sam who broke down and did some online shopping via RawFoodWorld.com. We didn't get everything there, mostly things that were too good of a deal to pass up. I still have some other shopping to do and would like to do that locally.

Anyway, we got some boring stuff like maca (crazy good deal), raw carob (personally, I’m not a fan of carob much), mesquite, and agave (I don’t buy into the whole thing that all agave is bad so I still use it, among other sweeteners). Oh but the agave…man oh man! We tried the clear agave by Ojio. Um, yeah. So good!  Highly recommended.


It’s always fun to order the not-so-boring items. You know, something fun or unusual or never-tried-before. One of those items were Sacha Inchi seeds. They tasted nutty, like peanuts at first. And had a nice crunch. YS Sr. and YS Jr. were not fans. I, however, was. I just snack on them but I bet they’d be good in something. A smoothie is an easy option but I’m sure something else too.


We also got some rye “bread” (they were the size of crackers, not bread!). I’m not usually a fan of caraway seeds but this was alright. I made a little sandwich (cracker size) with Vegenaise and pickles. Sounds weird, I know but it was pretty good. But wait! We discovered mold halfway through the package. GROSS! In exchange for those, we’re getting another bottle of that yummy agave. I’ll take that.

The other “I did it” thing I did was finally bought myself a Tiffin (there are less expensive alternatives at Indian markets – this one just happened to be in my face). Now, to plan my yummy lunches. Nikki at Fresh Young Coconut is my inspiration for many such delights. If I make anything worthy to share I will.


Okay, now my last “I did it” thing. For me, this is a big thing. Seriously. I’m officially entered in my first 5K! Now, I know, it’s only a 5k but still it’s a big deal for me. I’m not a runner. I don’t even pretend to like it (even though I want to) so for now, I’ll be mostly walking, which is fine because I’ll have Ys2 with me. I’ll be pushing him along in a jogger when he’s not out walking beside me. And, most likely I will be doing two 5Ks around the same time but one is officially set. Woo hoo!

xo

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, March 22, 2012

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DIY: Tub Scrub

>> Monday, March 19, 2012

I’ve really been enjoying getting into greener ways of keeping my house clean. It might take a few minutes to whip things together (if that long) but these are non-toxic and just as effective, or more, than the stuff you buy. Plus, they’re way cheaper.

My advice for most household cleaning DIYs? Buy a big thing of baking soda and a big thing of white vinegar (hello Costco!) and you’re pretty much set to make anything.

Today’s DIY is tub scrub from good ol’ Martha.

Tub Scrub by Martha Stewart

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Several drops anti-bacterial essential oil (I used peppermint – she also suggests tea tree, rosemary or eucalyptus)
  • 1 tsp liquid soap
  • And enough water to form a paste
Just mix this together and plop in the tub and start scrubbin’!

It works. It really does. I was skeptical at first but thought, why not try it? Oh the relief! I’ve used the toxic stuff in the past, because, well, that’s what I grew up using but it’s made me sick (literally). And with bathrooms being not very well ventilated to begin with it’s horrible being stuck in a small space with toxic fumes enveloping you. And then I think about those toxic fumes getting to everyone else, especially YS2.

I will admit that for the more troublesome spots, a little more “elbow-grease” is required but not much. And when considering your health and the environment (and pocketbook) it’s a minor detail.

So, now I’ve got a non-toxic solution to a clean bathroom without poisoning everything and everyone. Oh, and it’s good in the sink too.

Happy scrubbing!

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, March 15, 2012

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photo credit: Rigel Celeste

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Getting Back in the Groove

>> Monday, March 12, 2012

Hellooo! I feel like I’ve been away for so long, too long. I’ve popped in here and there but it’s been awhile since I sat down and gave my blog (and you) a little more attention. I was so busy that I completely forgot about my blog anniversary, which was in February. Funny. Oh well. Woo hoo. I do feel a little out of touch and definitely a lot behind. I always feel guilty posting on my blog before I’ve caught up on everyone else’s. Like I'm being selfish but here I am.

I find that when I do have breaks, usually in the late evening, blogging isn’t at the top of my list. I’m more likely to do something a little more mindless such as Pinterest (and pin like a mad woman!) or watching Survivor. I’m in my downtime period now so hopefully I’ll be a little more present, here and there.

Being busy then follow that up with laziness, I still haven’t done my raw foods shopping. Grr. How many times have I mentioned this?? So instead I made some semi-raw/rawish "no-bake energy bites" (found on Pinterest, thank you very much) with ingredients I already had. Delicious! It’s like cookie dough. The original recipe uses honey and advises against using agave because it’s thinner/less sticky than honey. Well, I didn’t have any honey but did have agave. So guess what I did? I used agave and added more peanut butter. In total, I’d say about a ½ cup of peanut butter. I didn't toast the coconut but all other ingredients/measurements were unchanged. Turned out great! Takes like 2 minutes to whip up so if you’re not (very) raw, this is an easy recipe to make and adapt to suit your tastes. It can also be made more raw, too. For me that will have to be for next time…and use cacao nibs. Mmm!


as usual, I used my cellphone...go to the actual blog and you'll see how tasty they really look

Many of my lunches, and sometimes dinner, have been a salad between pieces of bread. You know a veggie sandwich. It’s a mostly raw meal except for the bread and condiments. Pretty basic and easy but that's what I like sometimes. I love mine with groundstone mustard, Veganaise, Bubbies horseradish, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, sweet red pepper, Bubbies bread and butter pickles, and olives. Oh, and a drizzle of balsamic dressing and a dash or two or three of black pepper. Mmm! So good.


A bit of randomness:


Love this pretty kitty at the kitty shelter. We're not ready for a pet yet but she's a total love and hard to resist.

Because this past weekend was the first weekend I didn’t have to think about work in awhile, it was interesting because at first my mind hadn’t really caught up yet. I kept thinking I’ve got work to do but then had to remind myself that nope, it’s chill time! So I got crafty. Yes, crafty. I haven’t done much in way of crafts for a while so I was really excited about it. It turned out to be a great way to relax.

YS2 and I also went for walks...spring is showing up more and more. I love it!



Going back to crafts, would it be weird to do a giveaway for you guys that was something I made? Nothing fancy but I have something cute in mind and thought it might be fun to share.

Well, I’m done writing for today. Thanks readin'!

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, March 8, 2012

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A Green Giveaway

>> Friday, March 2, 2012

Good morning and happy March! Our weather as of late has been fooling us into believing it’s December still and not March. We’ve been having cold damp weather, including snow. Ugh, I’m so ready for spring. And spring makes me think of green things and St. Patrick’s Day!


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Do you remember as a kid having all your food dyed green for St. Patty’s Day? Never looked appetizing let alone tasted good. Now, that I’m grown up and know a thing or two about food, I know that traditional green food coloring is bad stuff.

The best green foods one could reach for (St. Patty’s Day or any day) is the whole, natural kind like spinach, kale, chard, collards, lettuce, etc. No chemicals, no additives, nothing harmful or weird. And one excellent way to get those greens is SMOOTHIES!

Green smoothies…mm! Even kids love them! If you’ve never tried one, you’d really be surprised to find how great tasting they are (okay, sometimes when experimenting things can go wrong but follow a tried and true recipe to start and you’ll see).

Hilary Greenleaf, author, educator, and nutritionist, has put together a great e-book and guide on green smoothies, titled, The New Green Smoothie Diet: Going Green Never Tasted So Good.

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She gives the reader an introduction to green smoothies, from the basics to the benefits, to the how-tos and the whys, plus so much more. Of course, there are recipes. She has categorized them so depending on what you’re targeting, i.e. detox, weight loss, increased energy, or health issues, you can follow the tips and recipes to help you achieve your goals. The recipes are simple enough with many ingredients easily found at your local market or grocer.

Interested in a copy of your own? Well, you can buy the Kindle version here or you can enter my giveaway.

Hilary is generously offering FIVE readers an e-book* of their very own!

*Kindle not required.

So whether you’re new to green smoothies or an expert, all can enter for a chance. The e-book is available in all formats (Kindle, ePUB or PDF).

To enter, just click on ‘view comments’ for the Rafflecopter widget to display below (be patient if it’s slow) and get started. Giveaway will go for a week.

Good luck to all of you!

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Thoughtful Thursday

>> Thursday, March 1, 2012

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