so long gone are the days of hanging out on thirsty thursday!
i can now live vicariously thru my lil peanut
whom, i think may be
enjoying more of her share of thirsty thursdays, fridays AND
i love her honesty, but yikes. it scares me to think that my lil peanut is out there
in the world making life decisions...
lol...ok, maybe not life decisions....
but even if it's deciding to
eat or not eat pop tarts for dinner....
you see where i am going...
but that's what college kids do, right?!
so in honor of thirsty thursday i wanted to share a few healthy smoothie recipes!
red, white and blue fruit smoothie
1/2 large banana, cut into pieces and frozen
2 large fresh strawberries, rinsed and sliced
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 cup milk (i use skim....just sayin....)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
2 ice cubes
Place the banana pieces, strawberries, blueberries, milk, vanilla extract, yogurt, and ice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth.
drink it up! sooo tasty!
green smoothie! (aka. the green monster!)
1 banana, thickly sliced, frozen
2 cups chopped kale
1 tablespoon flax seed meal (optional)
1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup orange juice (again, i use the lightened up version!)
Place the banana, kale, flax seed meal, and coconut oil into a blender, pour in the milk and orange juice. Cover, and puree until smooth; serve.
and lastly for all you chocolate yuppy guppies.....
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
1 cup milk
1 cup crushed ice
In a blender, combine banana, chocolate syrup, milk and crushed ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
i find it amazing how many times these monthly readings are so dead on.
fyi~my sept. horoscope basically sucked.
it said that i was going to have a horrible end of the month, and
honestly the first half has not been that good,
but for what its worth....it's all playful fun!
so on to feng shui....not exactly the same thing, but do any of you practice?
i found this really cool article and i would like to
incorporate some of these into my morning routine.
usually i am running out of the house like a
crazy woman, but if i allowed just a few extra minutes.....
Instead of just rolling out of bed when the alarm clock goes off and doing the same old thing, try switching up your routine by including some feng shui in your a.m. rituals. This Chinese art of placement has been around for thousands of years. People practice it to bring health, relationships and wealth into their worlds. What you do when you first wake up is essential and can empower you long after you’ve left the house. Five is the number of change in feng shui, so here are five easy steps to follow each morning to help you change the direction of your life
Step 1: The Sun has always represented the purest form of energy in feng shui. It is constant, bringing light and warmth to coax life into living things on Earth. When you first get up in the morning, face the rising Sun, close your eyes, let your arms hang loosely at your sides with the palms facing out, and breathe deeply and slowly nine times for long life.
As you inhale, state a personal affirmation such as, “I am strong. I am healthy. I am one with the universe.” The ninth breath should coincide with a thought of one personal goal for the day. It can be as simple as befriending a new coworker or finally finishing that book you’ve been reading. When you’re done, slowly drink a glass of warm water to begin cleansing your body from the inside out.
Step 2: Wear a color that supports what you want to achieve that day. In feng shui:
Green= new ventures and beginnings, individuality, independence, progress
Yellow/gold= partnership, motherhood, marriage
Gray/silver/white/metallics = attracting mentors and supportive people, organization, unity, social and family responsibility
Red = fame, celebrity, completion, harvest, rewards
Peach/pink = romance, love
Step 3: Arranging your cosmetics in a way similar to the order in which the feng shui elements give birth to each other (wood, fire, earth, metal, water, wood) brings ease to your morning beauty ritual, ensuring that you always look refreshed and feel balanced. On your dresser or vanity, line up from left to right: your brushes, lipsticks, foundation/powder, tweezers and nail clippers, eye shadow/liner and, finally, moisturizer.
Step 4: Feng shui and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are directly linked. TCM takes care of the inside of our bodies while feng shui manipulates our external environment. Following a daily routine and the rhythms of the seasons will align you with Earth’s energy. Eat breakfast daily and consume foods that are abundant during each season, especially fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts and grains. This helps to regulate your body’s functions naturally and keeps you looking and feeling healthy.
Step 5: Remember that feng shui is all about energy — yours and your environment’s. While you prepare for your new day, enjoy your favorite music to uplift your spirit and attract positive energy to you. The Chinese also apply feng shui principles to the zones on your face, from hairline to chin — so even a small change like keeping your lips upturned in a smile can change your attitude and your destiny. So don’t forget to flash those pearly whites as you walk out the door and into the world!
so there ya have it!
are you ready to put a little feng shui in your life?
what's on the agenda in your world today?
do you ever wish you could not work?
or at least do something that is fun...all the time!
i am still working on that.
do you ever have so many ideas, projects, lists
impossible to get it all
(insert fake crying...or maybe real tears).......
i have to get back into list making and time organization skills. i feel that my days run
together with no time for anything.
with me going back to school, it's a constant struggle to accomplish it all.
what do you use to stay organize?
i just bought a new planner.
i love new pens, notebooks, paper, etc.
i can not ever NOT walk down "those" aisles when i visit target, walmart or anything inbetween.
not even kidding.
so please share ways that keep you organized. i would love to hear....
why helloooo there blends! (remember, blog+friends)....
because my life often becomes busy or sad or crazy or for some other reason,
away from my blog.
there is not any good reason.
i want to get back into my blogging.
let me fill you in on what is going on in my life:
princess # 1 passed her state boards and is now a FULL TIME, ICU, registered nurse!
yep. i know. (i dont feel old enough to have OLD children!) what the hey?!
princess # 2 is working as a FULL TIME event planner. yayyy! i dont think she is loving
her job quite like she thought. i just think she needs to find a more specific
event planning facility.....it's ok...this looks great on a resume!
princess #3, the baby, left for college. fashion design major.
ahhhhh. empty nest syndrome has set in....
so to help with all this,
look what i got....
KOLBY. yes, like cheese.
aka. K-dawg. K-snizzle. K-doodle. Pissy Pants!
he is such a sweetie pies and melts my heart.
i feel like we have a toddler again.
there is never a dull moment.
and then I decided to go back to school....working on my masters degree. oye.
i feel mentally challenged. a lot.
i started back at my part time wellness/coaching RN job so that is keeping me busy....
and i really, really, really am working on getting my
etsy shop up and running.
what have you all been up to?
fall is quickly approaching and i am loving apple, cinnamon and pumpking scents....
here is a yummy recipe for you! i guarantee you will LOVE it.
1 2/3 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until thoroughly combined.
Spread the batter evenly into an ungreased 10x15 inch jellyroll pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven. Cool before frosting.
To make the frosting, cream together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add confectioners' sugar a little at a time, beating until mixture is smooth. Spread evenly on top of the cooled bars. Cut into squares.
warning: these bad boys are ridiculously addicting. not even kidding.
first and foremost: THANKS for taking a minute (or two...or five)...out of your WAY busy life to stop and read about ME! i am trying to keep this short and SWEET ....literally! i love to talk, um, hello. i am addicted to reading other blogs and what a better way to tell the crazy tales of my life then thru my very OWN blog! i never capitalize ANYTHING. unless, it's an official document~i love to BAKE. i love life. i love to maintain a healthy lifestyle and love trying to find new ways to change recipes to incorporate this into my life~i am strongwilled, and i love to decorate! ok, that sums it up....come back for more crazy ramblings....daily! whoop whoop!