Monday, November 24, 2014

Best Dressed VMA's 2014

Here are my favorites from the VMA's last night, in order. I know these outfits are not realistic for everyday life  but it's fun to look :)

Fergie was my absolute favorite! Gold is my LOVE. That belt, the shoes, how everything just paired perfectly.She looks absolutely amazing even after a baby. Her jewelry was to die for. I'm so in love with her wedding ring. It's not the typical one you will see on everyone.


Not really a fan of this pointy nail trend. I know it's been a trend for years but I still can not get use to it.


My other favorite was Kate Beckinsale. Wow does she look amazing also. I love the white and the plunge V-neck. She is wearing a snake also which I love. A mother of a 16 year old, too! When I watched her interview her demeanor was so calming it made even more amazed with her. She also does yoga everyday. Inspiration for sure.



Selena Gomez and Jessie J were looking amazing also.





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               Christine

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Turquoise Headpiece


Beauty Begins the moment you decide to be yourself.



$10 Headdress from Choie's


Laugh and Love
       Christine

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pomegranate Madarin Quinoa

I made Pomegranate Madarin Quinoa and it is so good. It would be great for a Thanksgiving side or even with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving toss in it. Quinoa is a great replacement for white rice and is a good source of protein. I make the quinoa in the rice maker also which makes cooking super easy (might have read that in my previous post). I just hit the white rice button.The trick for good quinoa is making it dry. I have had quinoa to wet and it sticks together and doesn't taste to great. It won't toss well with other ingredients if it's not dry enough. If you cook it, make sure to not add too much water.Recipe below

Ingredients:
3 cups cooked Quinoa
1/4 cup Pomegranate
1/4 cup Canned mandarine oranges
1/4 cup Steamed broccoli cut in small pieces(you can use kale also)

Toppings:
Mixed nuts, I used walnuts and sliced almonds
Shredded parmesan regiano
Honey
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 Italian Dressing

Toss all the ingredients together. Top with some nuts and parmesan cheese then drizzle honey, olive oil and Italian Dressing.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Our Life Lately

Mykah running to the fish!

Birthday Boys

Birthday Fruit

Jarritos

On our way home fron the beach

There is a reason it's called the Crystal Coast

Carnival time

I love seeing kids in their costumes. It's so cute!
Another beautiful one

Laugh and Love
Christine

Thursday, November 6, 2014

MSG aka Natural Flavoring

If you get constant headaches or feel tired, unbalanced or feel like you have no energy MSG is a big cause of it. I HIGHLY recommend taking it out of your diet completely. MSG is a FDA approved food flavoring and the reason why is because it doesn't kill you right away but it sure will give you diseases in the long run. MSG is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally-occurring non-essential amino acids. MSG is found in some vegetables and fruits naturally therefore making it labeled as "natural" on our food packaging when indeed it is not!
Here are some alternate names of MSG, some you might find on food packaging.
Natural Flavoring
Amino acids
Autolyzed yeast 
Citric acid
Glutamate 
Glutamic acid 
Hydrolyzed protein 
Monopotassium glutamate 
Monosodium glutamate 
Protein 
Whey protein concentrate
Monosodium glutamate
Sodium 2-aminopentanedioate
Glutamic acid, monosodium salt,
monohydrate
L-Glutamic acid,
monosodium salt,
monohydrate
L-Monosodium glutamate monohydrate
Monosodium
L-glutamate monohydrateMSG monohydrate
Sodium glutamate monohydrate
UNII-W81N5U6R6U
amino acids (They almost invariably contain glutamic acid.) 
Scary isn't it ; (
Here are some foods that have MSG in it or are labeled natural flavoring. Natural flavoring can also be other ingredients like aspartame which is also bad for you. It is too broad of a description so I say WHEN IN DOUBT THROW IT OUT!
Contains "natural flavoring"
A good substitute is plain broccoli. Season yourself.



Go-gurts labeled with "natural flavoring".
On top of that the ingredients say no live active cultures.


A better substitute I like.


Labeled with "natural flavors"


A better substitute


It's annoying, a pain and it stresses me out just worrying about everything my children and I are eating. It is ridiculous how the FDA allows this. I wrote this post because this is something I experienced myself. Everytime I got a headache I have always linked it back to food I ate that day or the day before that contained MSG. Read labels and understand that you really are what you eat!

LAUGH LOVE AND HEALTH
Christine

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumkin Patch

Hope everyone has a great Halloween weekend. I am ready to go to my girlfriends eat some homeamade soup, take the kids out and steal all their almond joys!  ;)