Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cheap Chic California Necklace

Represent!I had to get this necklace. If some of you didn't know I am originally from Southern California. Born and raised there. I ended up moving to North Carolina a couple years ago because my father and Lil sister where here and I fell in love with the beach and forest. When I first saw this necklace it completely made me feel at home I loved that it is layered too. For $5.90 it's ridiculously cheap!

Necklace here- here

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Raw Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal

I love raw oatmeal. I like making it in the morning because I like it with a little texture. Right when I get up I make it and let it sit for a couple hours. If you don't have time or like it more soft you can make it the night before. Raw food is always the best for you. Anything that isn't cooked above 120 degrees won't loose it's nutrients from the heat. If there is any food you don't have to cook or like raw I encourage you to eat it raw and fresh.
These pineapple I got are amazing. They are so sweet. I think they might be from Florida. They make me feel like I am in the tropics even with the snow here!

1 cup Oatmeal
Unsweetened Coconut Milk, just enought to cover oatmeal
Chia Seeds
Raw Cocoa
Coconut Flakes
Bee Pollen
Raw Honey

Place oatmeal in container with a teaspoon of chia seeds. Cover with coconut milk. Let sit at least a 2 hours. Top with rest of ingredients. Drizzle honey on top.

It's that easy!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NC Snow 2015

Today was a snow day! That means we are stuck in the house all day due to slippery roads. The weather over here doesn't know what it wants. One day it is 60 degrees, the next day it's 20 degrees. School always gets called out or delayed in February even when it doesn't snow because they don't want the kids waiting in the cold. Other states are probably laughing at us sending their kids in single digit degrees. We aren't equipped to maintenance the roads as this is probably the only day it will snow for the year and it will melt by tomorrow.

The boys always love it. Since we were stuck home all day we took advantage of the snow plus I had to get these boys outside to get some energy out. They always have a fun time playing and making snow balls. I drank 3 cups of coffee and we just relaxed all day. Now I am wired :) Hopefully I will be able to sleep tonight.

Morning, when it first started snowing

Trying to eat snow :)

We watched snow all day

Last time out.

Hope everyone is staying warm!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Squat Video

Aside from yoga squats are my favorite exercise. They work so many parts of your body and tone up really good. Yoga and squats are the only exercise I really do. Sometimes I run but it's very rare and I am to the point where I don't want to run any more.  I have been doing this squat video I found on you tube for a while now. I really like this video because it isn't very hard but I am super sore the next day and the results are great. It only takes about 10 minutes too. My girlfriend had even comment on my legs telling me they look more defined. I have notice a big change in my stomach also. My love handles are slowly dwindling down along with my lower stomach shrinking. Yay for that, beach season is almost here! Here is the video.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Black and Cream

This outfit kind of reminds me of boho meets Michael Jackson. I love these little booties. Since becoming a mom I never wear heels. I maybe wear them a few times a year when I go out but that is about it. Not very realistic for me to wear them being a mom of three. Besides when I wear heels, since I don't wear them much my husband says I look like an amateur! I like a wedge like this that isn't too high. It is still comfortable and feels like a normal shoe, but still giving me some height. I love how these have a v look in front with the rolled up jeans.

Don't mind my LION hair. I am getting it dyed and cut this week!

Hats are a must for me especially in the hotter months. I don't like he sun in my face (don't need those extra wrinkles) and a hat always makes an outfit look more stylish.

I love this fringe bag as some of you have probably already seen. You will be seeing a lot o fringe and crochet as it warms up!

Free People Fedora-here
Urban Outfitters Bag-here
Gap Jeans-here
Fringe Booties-here

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Essential Oils-Let's Replace Modern Medicine

I have been using essential oils for a while now. They are an amazing replacement for modern medicine. Your probably thinking, yeah right they don't work but I promise you they work and they work better! I first found out about essential oils when a childhood girlfriend emailed me one day telling me about essential oils for medicine. I had always used peppermint oil for all natural bug spray and other oils for skincare but never had heard for medicine. I seriously was thinking in my head yeah right! Then one day when I was on vacation I got a really bad migraine. I am pretty sure it was because I had traveled for 16 hours with all my kids. Yes all three boys. I think anyone would have a migraine after that. I ended up taking 800mg of ibuprofen. It didn't work. My mother had to watch my kids because my head hurt sooo bad. I remember reading on my girlfriends essential oil page that peppermint took away headaches. So I tried it, dabbed some on my temples, neck and chest and literally minutes later I feel asleep. This was hours of laying there in pain.When I woke up I just couldn't believe it. It was amaaazing!

 Now the only thing I have really used is peppermint oil. But there are oils for everything from fevers,stomach aches,cuts and many more. You name it there is an oil for it. It like the Indian quote above. My kids and I don't really get sick and we haven't had fevers since I started using them last year but everyone I know who uses essential oils swears by it and after using peppermint oil I believe it! Now as much as I love oils I do think that preventative measures should be taken first. If I a get a migraine I try to figure out what cause it whether it is food or something in life that stressed me out, lack of exercise, etc. Now if the kids and I get sick I would probably narrow it down to not being as clean, washing hands as much,etc. I know everyone is not perfect. I have my days, weeks where I clean more then others. I get it. Everyone is going to get sick at one point but I always try to look back and reflect.

This is what essential oils are made out of. Eating these first are crucial for me

The one thing I realized when using peppermint for my headaches is inhaling the oil is what makes it work well. Headaches and migraine pain are often due to poor blood flow,and peppermint oil helps to open and close the vessel that promote flow.Peppermint also opens up the sinuses so that more oxygen can get into the bloodstream. When a migraine occurs blood vessels around the brain expand and inflame. I have had a few bad migraines and when I do I'll put it on my chest and lay in my bed under my blanket to really inhale it. It works best for me this way. You can also buy a diffuser which is like a humidifier but is made to put essential oils in the air. It diffuses the oil in the air making it easier to inhale.

There are so many endless ways to use oils. I will be posting all the ways I use them on my blog. I will be making a tab on the top of my blog page labeled essential oils. It will have how I have used them personally along with information on oil usage.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A Taste of Spain- Paella

I love Paella. My girlfriend went to Spain for a couple years and she would always call me and tell me about Paella. I wanted to be there with her so bad because you know food is the best in it's home country. Paella is Mediterranean rice topped with seafood, chorizo, chicken,bell peppers,tomatoes,peas,garlic and herbs.People make it with different kinds of seafood, whatever is to your tasting. It is a very diverse dish that can be changed up. I have seen it with lamb and snails too!

I found some pre-made at Costco that I had to get. It was really easy to make. Add a little oil to the pan, stir in rice then topped it with the seafood and meat. Cover and cook for ten minutes. If you have some extra shrimp at home you can add some more also. That way you will eat less rice. A side salad is good too. I like this pre-made paella because the shrimp came raw. It makes it taste more fresh even though it is semi- homemade. I can not tell you how much I love Costco!

I am definitely going to try and make this homemade.

It comes with two packs. This was one.

What the box looks like

Also if you follow my blog by email you haven't been getting the subscriptions latley. Something went wrong and I had to transfer them to a new one. Anyway don't forget to check the last week of post!

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