Friday, April 18, 2014

Touching Nature

Nature does not hurry, yet everything gets accomplished- Lao Tzu

This is my friends beach we took the kids down to play. All the sea creatures are coming out since the water is warming up and we love it. The water gets 80 degrees in the summer so it is really nice for swimming.







We took the kids to Fort Fisher Aquarium. It is pretty small but just enough to get out for the day. The kids had a lot of fun and asked if we could come everyday. 






Megladon teeth are found everywhere around here along with every other shark tooth. It is amazing.


I was so amazed with the butterfly room. Amazing again!!




I Hope everyone has a great Easter Weekend!!

Laugh and Love
Christine

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Healthy Food Shots Lately

Here are some healthier food options from the last month. I know my blog is about healthy eats but I just wanted to say I do eat unhealthy foods BUT it is definitely not all the time or everyday. I try to to eat the unhealthy things in moderation. I think everyone should indulge at least a couple times a week just watch your portion control!


Here is a tomato and roasted red pepper soup I got from Trader Joe's. I use it as a base and ad whatever vegetables I have in my fridge with a protein. I added tofu for the protein, okra and a frozen veggie pack of carrots, peas and corn with some fresh basil. I let it simmer til the veggies were soft. You can add chicken and it would be really good :)


My friend made this really good red quinoa dish. You can get the recipe here.

Here is some Chipotle Hummus with Tabbouleh and a romaine lettuce salad with green peppers and carrots.

My grocery cart from Trader Joe's. I really miss having one right down the street. The chicken drumsticks are ridiculously cheap, they are all natural and only about $3. Avocados, Quinoa and Coconut water are a must at all times in my house.

EATING OUT!! I love indulging when eating out, when I actually love it! Every time I eat out I am always unsatisfied because I feel like home cooked meals are better. We ate out at an Mexican restaurant and I almost always order ceviche. It is not too high in calories except for the tortilla. I ate one of these and brought the rest home.

Here is a salad I made with black bean/mixed grain pattie I had posted last week. I get the pattie and add a salad on top with some dresssing. You can get the recipe for the patties here.

An easy way to be healthier is to add vegetables. Eating just pasta is not very good for you. Adding a salad or some steamed vegetables makes all the difference and of course myglass of VINO!

Hope you are having a great week!!

Laugh and Love
Christine

Monday, April 14, 2014

Boca Leche Exuma Pants

I am absolutely obsessed with these exuma pants from Boca Leche. I have always loved tribal designs whether it is decorating my house or clothing designs. Maybe it is my Egyptian roots coming back my mom says we have but I just love a natural nature feel. The pants are a bathing suit material so they are super comfy and stretch. I think I would buy every item from Boca Leche they are so cute!

Pictures of my outfit. I also have worn this with a boyfriend tank and a lace bralette.

My husbands wonderful photography skills. He was sooo excited to take my pictures he was jumping with joy.......or not! ;)










Pants- Boca Leche. Sold out. Might get more in. Other pairs I like are here and here
Tank Top- Mossimo
Cover up- Body Central
Floppy Hat- Kmart
Necklace- Forever21

Laugh and Love
Christine









Thursday, April 10, 2014

Veggie Patties

Some really good veggie patties I made.I make them and freeze them so I can have them whenever I want. They are much better then the pre bought and a lot less expensive. They are so easy especially when you have a rice cooker which I recommend getting. I cook all my grains in my rice cooker, quinoa , rice, etc and I always just press the white rice button. Everything has always come out really good.
For my patties I used a mixture of sweet brown rice, red beans, black beans, corn, mung beans, millet, green peas and black sweet rice. If you want you can use quinoa and black beans to make it easy. If you have anything eles on hand, throw it in there.

Ingredients:
2 cups mixed grains/beans. 
1/3 fresh herbs ( I used basil and parsley)
3 minced garlic cloves
Salt and pepper
1 cup of  shredded cheese ( I didn't use any but this will help it stick together)
1/2 chopped bell pepper
1/2 small red onion

Directions:
Cook grains/beans in rice cooker. I let them sit an hour first then cook them. 1:2 parts water. When they are finished add all ingredients and mix well. Add salt and pepper. Form patties. I made about 8 depending on the size you want.
I used a sandwhich thin for my sandwhich. For garnish I used avocado, romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, onions and a roasted red pepper hummus on the bread. It was very good! 









Laugh and Love
Christine




Linking up with 5 minutes for mom and The Healthy Moms

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Seaside Garden

I wasn't going to write today but I love blogging and I know a few have been asking about my garden. It is a type of therapy for me getting to write down what I am doing and how I feel in my life. I also love documenting so my children can go back and read where I was in my life at the time or what we were doing as a family incase they had forgotten being so little.
My favorite hobby is gardening and doing crafts. I have always been an artistic person. My dad wanted me to go to France for art school when I was younger but I didn't want to leave my family for so long. So now I just do art in different ways. I love getting outside with the kids and they love helping.  They love watering of course, I think most of the water goes on them and half the time I'm squirting them with the hose but we are having fun so that is all that matters. Having three boys and digging dirt, what more does a little boy want.
My favorite family time is in our yard,  making a house a home. Spending family time together.
Some pictures of our process.
Here is a vine my friend was throwing away. I took it got some shells and drilled them into the wood. I bought a tray of succulents from Lowes cut them out with the coconut liner and net, you can see below. Then placed them in the shells. When the succulents grow a little more and start hanging it will be beautiful.


Our planters we made. We were going to make hanging planters but ended up just drilling them into the deck. You can make these with pretty moulding and paint them. I didn't paint them because they are holding my herbs and I don't want the chemicals in my food. I planted lavender, mint, rosemary, pineapple sage, lemon thyme, sweet mint, chocolate mint, flat italian parsley, sweet basil and curled parsley.


Some arrangements I made



There is me planting all our fruits and veggies. I think we planted every vegetable possible.

Here is our driveway. I have always loved southern homes with beautiful tress along the driveway. We planted six eastern redbud along the sides. They bloom a beautiful purple pink flower.I can not wait til they mature!

Hope your having fun with spring too!!!

Laugh and Love
Christine



Sunday, April 6, 2014

Just Some Randoms......

I am beyond excited for summer clothes! I can feel the tropical weather coming ;)
Some random pictures from the last month.


Love these lace shorts from Forever 21. My husband says their lingerie but I think they are super cute for summer.

Floppy hats and long jewerly are my favorite right now. You won't see me without a hat. I don't like the sun in my face because it is not the best for your skin and let's get real here, my kids give me enough wrinkles already!

I love crochet for summer. I love wearing this top as a cover up too.

Really diggin jumpsuits. They are super easy to just throw on. No picking and chosing an outfit.



Laugh and Love
Christine





Friday, April 4, 2014

Zucchini Lasagna

I know a lot of you are clicking on my tabs on the top of my page. I will have them ready soon, I promise!! Please bare with me while I get them ready. I have been gardening like a mad women lately which is taking all my time up. I think this should be my last day of extreme gardening so the blog tabs should be ready next week ;) On to the recipe!

I made zuchinni lasagna yesterday and it was aaamazing. I could definitely switch the noodles for zuchinni every time. My kids, not so much. I did end up making a separate one for them with noodles and when it was time for serving I mixed some of the zucchini lasgna with the regular lasgna for them. That way they could get some nutrients in.

All you do is replace noodles with slices of zucchini. I cut circles and also the long way. I think the next time I make it I will just cut circles.Then you just layer like regular lasagna. Zucchini,  ricotta, sauce then mozzarella. You keep repeating this until your tray is full. I also add fresh garlic, fresh sweet basil and parsley to the ricotta. Some people add egg but I don't. 


Have a great weekend.
Laugh and Love
Christine