Wedding DIY’S…!

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Dear Diary,

In one month, my hubs and I will be celebrating our year anniversary! I can’t believe it!  Time does fly by when you aren’t insecure in your relationship. Oh, that’s not right…how does that saying go? Anyway, I promised myself, I would have my wedding album completed before our anniversary. Of course, being the procrastinator that I am, I haven’t as much as given it a thought till this weekend.

So, with the deadline looming, I’ve made it the main focus on my to-do list; going through all the photos, Polaroid pictures and videos. It’s been an unexpected treat to relive our wedding day. Not only because it was my favorite day thus far, but it also let me marvel at how everything turned out. All our wedding décor, name cards, flowers and table numbers were DIY’s – with the help of my amazing friends and loving family my wedding turned out better than I could have imagined. We also saved thousands of dollars doing it ourselves. Rather than just tell you about it, why don’t I show you what we did… If you want more details. let me know!

For our table numbers, I went down to home depot and grabbed clay brick and wrote the numbers with a chalk pen.

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We had a girls craft day and hand painted water color place cards. I loved the way they turned out. Each one was unique and went with the vintage decor.

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My lovely mother in-law actually learned calligraphy for the place cards. She has beautiful writing to begin with, so don’t judge yourself too harshly if you can’t get the hang out of it after one class…

12119_details-81For the flowers, I collected jars the year before and arranged them the day before the wedding with a handful of girlfriends.  I was fortunate that the owner of Fleur De Rye, Caitlyn Rylander, was also there and helped with the creative direction. For more tips check out our DIY flower arranging post.

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The last detail was the wedding favor bag, complete with a shot glass and a mini bottle of Casamigos Tequila! They were a lot of work but I loved how they turned out. I ordered muslin bags in bulk and then taped them with 4 pieces of  1 1/2″ masking tape. Then painted the exposed fabric part of the bag with either rose gold or gold fabric paint. Letting them dry before I peeled off the tape to reveal perfectly striped bags.

Weddings can be overwhelming, but my best advice is enjoy every moment of it…even the painful and stressful planning parts because it can go by in a flash!

Photos by: Timepiece Studio

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The TRUTH about your late 20s

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Dear Diary,

The world has lied to us!… You think by the time you get to your late twenties, you’d have it all together… dream job, dream man… money to shop, money for vacations… and on top of all that, you’d be secure with who you are (finally)… and feel 100% confident in your own skin.  But, yeah… that doesn’t happen so easily.  My friends and I have a motto:

Life Sucks: I’m 27.

When we were sixteen, we couldn’t wait to be twenty-one, and by twenty-five, I kept thinking that this new fabulous phase known as our “late twenties” was right on the horizon… but by the time I got here, I realized that there is still A LOT I’m trying to figure out.

I’ve had this conversation with friends and family, time and time again… we all think the grass is always greener; that our friends, family, or even complete strangers have it all figured out while we’re stuck in the dark… but what I realized last night at a fabulous blogger event, with some fabulous ladies… is that we are all in the same boat.  As a generation, we’re in this together!

“Having it all” is a fleeting feeling…  but at the event last night, after a 10 hour day at work, a wardrobe change in the car, and an eyeliner touch-up that nearly caused a car accident… I was feeling refreshed and inspired.  I was sipping champagne, being pampered by beauty experts, and was mingling with some of my blogger and entertainment idols.  A beautiful business owner (with killer shoes and perfect hair I might add) and I began a conversation over cocktails and lip gloss; the fun girl-talk revealed to be more serious in nature once we started to discuss our jobs… our men… our homes… and we both came to the realization that while we admired each others life choices and direction, we were overly critical of our own lives and accomplishments. And man, how sad is that!?!?  Being in your twenties can suck– but hopefully not most of the time.  And in those times of self doubt, remember these five tips!  :)

1.  Everyone is in the same boat

I don’t know a single lady out there who is not constantly worried about some aspect of her life right now.  “Is this the right job?” “Am I settling?”… “is that a fine line on my forehead!??!!?”  Sometimes it’s best to quiet those voices by talking to a girlfriend.  Call your bff, and I can guarantee that the conversation will end with, “phew, at least it’s not just me.”

2. It’s never too late

This is my dad’s favorite saying.  Not just because it’s catchy, but because it’s true.  It is NEVER too late to change your mind.  If you’re not happy, DO something about it!  Nothing is out of reach, you just have to work for it.  It may not happen over night… but eventually we all will get to our place of BLISS.

3. Confidence comes with experience

I’ve heard from so many women, that our twenties are for finding ourselves, and our thirties are for owning it.  It takes time to figure out who we are and what we want.  Trust that you are where you’re supposed to be right now, take the time to get to know yourself and love yourself… and then good things are bound to come.

4. Meditate

Finding patience and self-awareness is key.  So many friends of mine have started to meditate every day… for just 10 minutes, we can take the time to listen to our bodies, quiet our minds and prepare ourselves– putting our best mental energy forward to embrace whatever the day has to bring.  Find that special time for yourself– one thing I’m learning is that we (as women) can’t be everything for everyone… make yourself a priority every day… even if it’s just for a 10 minute meditation.

5. When in doubt… walk or run.

Exercising and being amongst nature is essential to our happiness.  Let’s get those endorphins to kick in while taking in the birds chirping and sun shining.  You will immediately feel more empowered, healthy and confident.  I guarantee it.

Remember– This is OUR time ladies!  – to explore and try new things!! You are AMAZING.  So start every new day with the attitude that YOU can make it better than the last!

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#LoveMe

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Dear Diary,

As you saw in our last post, we’re pretty obsessed with this graffiti LOVE wall outside Smashbox Studios in Culver City by Curtis Kulig! The #LoveMe campaign has spread across the country and with it being Valentine’s Day today, we can’t help but spread the love… So on this holiday weekend, try a random act of kindness. I bet you’ll feel more love coming back your way! One thing we know to be true and that’s WE LOVE YOU!

{ Happy Valentine’s Day! }

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Val: Polka Dot Top – Forever 21 | Tulle Skirt – Space 46 Boutique | Shoes: Steve Madden

Jackie: Top – TopShop | Tulle Skirt - Space 46 Boutique | Shoes – Steve Madden

Lauren: Dress – Ted Baker

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Dear Diary,

Happy Valentine’s Day! We are thrilled this holiday falls on a long weekend and hopefully, you are off to enjoy a romantic getaway.  If you need some inspiration on what to pack, we put together our latest outfits must haves! Small stripes, polka dots and big stripes, these are the perfect patterns that say ”flirty and fun.” Perfect for V-day night or day time adventures…  Also, these outfits are easy to pack and travel well.

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Valorie: Skirt – Forever 21 | Tank – Forever 21 | Wedges – Steve Madden

Lauren: Dress – BCBG  | Jacket – Levi’s

Jackie: Skirt – Urban Outfitters | Top – TopShop  | Shoes – DVF

Photography: Sam Zachrich

Balloon Tassels: Studio Mucci

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DIY Confetti

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Dear Diary,

I love a party! Even more, creating fun elements for a party… I don’t know what it is, but themes and DIY projects are my jam! Not only is most of my basement dedicated to glue guns and glitter, I’ve created a “craft closet” right in my living room! Easy access is key! But in all honesty, it’s my boyfriend’s armoire and he’s not too pleased :( Sorry, babe!

So in celebration of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would make my own confetti to shower him with when he comes home! It’s proof I actually use all the randomness I hoard. Here goes nothing…

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Need:

* Colored Tissue Paper

* Paper Shredder

Colored Tissue Paper for DIY Confetti

1. Select your COLORS!

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2. Grab a couple sheets of the tissue paper and fold them length wise.

3. Empty out any contents of the shredder.

4. Insert the tissue paper into the shredder. (Go slowly so you don’t jam it up!)

5. Continue to shred until you have enough confetti to fill your hearts desires…
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Voila! Toss some of your work in celebration!
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…make a wish…

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Sweets for your Sweetie! Coconut Cream Cookie Sandwich

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Dear Diary,

This year, my boyfriend and I are celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend long… first with a romantic dinner out on Friday night, followed by a fun and casual night in on Saturday night… we’re going to drink cocktails, play games, and of course eat sweets!  This cookie is as healthy as a cookie can possibly be… no added sugar, whole wheat flour, oats and cashews… combined with a coconut whip cream?!  Now that’s a cookie you can feel good about!

Let’s be honest, this oatmeal nut cookie isn’t much to look at…  it’s consistency is similar to a scone– sweet and a bit dry, but the coconut whipped cream adds balance as a rich and creamy filling!  Turning cookies into a sandwich adds a casual and playful tone to a romantic night in!  Check out the recipe below to make this for yourself, your friends, or that special someone!  From start to finish this whole recipe can take you less than a half hour to make… so start preppin’ SFG’s!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

(for the cookie)

1 egg

1/2 cup agave

instant oats 1 cup

almond extract 1/2 tsp

baking powder 1.5 tsp

cinnamon 1/2 tsp

cacao powder 2 tbsp

salt 1/8 tsp

whole wheat flour 3/4 cup

2 tbsp coconut oil

chopped up cashews (a small handful)

(for the whipped coconut cream)

  • 2 cans of coconut milk (**important!  Make sure you place in the fridge over night to harden the milk– otherwise, the whipped-cream, will be more like cream-soup!)
  • 1 tablespoon of Truvia (natural zero calorie sweetener)
  • optional ** add a tablespoon of vanilla extract or an extra spoonful of Truvia for extra sweetness

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

(for the cookies)

  • mix the ingredients all together in a mixing bowl until thoroughly combined
  • place cookie sized balls on a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper)… I like to use an ice cream scooper to scoop consistent cookie dough balls…
  • put the cookies in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes! … then allow them to cool off before icing them with coconut cream

(for the whipped cream)

  • take the cold coconut milk out of the fridge and open the can
  • there will be liquid on the bottom, but a thick coconut substance on the top– use a spoon and remove only the thicker mixture into a bowl
  • add tbsp of truvia into the bowl, and using an egg beater, whip the coconut milk until it becomes even thicker, creamier, and fluffier!

 LAST STEP– add the creamy coconut layer to the bottom of the cookie, spreading it on thick with a knife!  Then top it all off with another cookie! 

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ENJOY SFG’s!!!  What are you doing this holiday weekend? … and who with?!

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Valentine’s Day DIY ideas!

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Dear Diary,

Stressed about what to do for Valentine’s Day?! Look no further… Whether you’re spending it with your girlfriends or your boy toy it’s always fun to craft, eat and play. Here are my tips to keep you on budget and having the best night ever!

Create a game night! 

DIY Jinga

I took my old jinga set and made it new again! Creating a custom version for my love… See the DIY here! Collage pictures and fun magazine clippings that represent your Valentine. Then paint the Jinga tiles red, pink + white and write a question on each tile. To spice it up, write a truth or dare!

Decorate the house!

Calligraphy night ribbions

Heart-attack  your honey’s room! Tape cut-out hearts to the walls with a cute note on each. Make a scavenger hunt to find a gift in the house. Create a ribbon garland (Check out our Tassel DIY) to hang proudly over the dining room table. Then make dinner!

Don’t forget the card!

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But get creative with it! Find a non-conventional way to tell them how you feel… Make Fortune Cookie cards – write a surprise IOU in the “cookie” or a cute note. Bust the sewing machine out sew clipping from love stories onto the card. (Check out some of my examples - Sewn Valentine)

Set the mood!

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Create a picnic! Send him a postcard + make a mix tape…scented mix tape :) What are your Valentine’s Day plans?!

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CHOCOLATE VALENTINE HEARTS!

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Dear Diary,

There is seriously something wrong with me.  Valentine’s day is coming up, and instead of being excited about the romance, flowers and rom-coms… my only concern is the candy.  That’s right, the question of whether I will or won’t be getting chocolate candies from my boyfriend is the only thing I’m worried about… you all know about my chocolate addiction, but this takes it to a whole other level.  Of course my sweet better-half will be getting me some sort of candy… but not wanting to risk it, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own chocolate treats!

Like all my recipes– I kept this one as simple and healthy as possible!  These peanut butter and hazelnut hearts covered in dark chocolate are so delicious, they didn’t last long in my home… but they’re so easy to make, I’ll make sure to make a second batch before valentine’s day!

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Making chocolate candy was not nearly as difficult as I thought!  The most important thing you need to get is a candy mold– I got this great heart shaped molds at sur la table for less than 5 bucks!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

half a bag of dark organic chocolate chips

natural peanut butter or natural hazelnut spread (I used the brand “Justin”)

And that’s it!  See… told ya it was simple!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • place a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water (have oven mittens close by because the bowl will be hot!)
  • place half a bag of chocolate chips in the bowl and stir until completely melted and shiny.
  • cover the edges and the bottom of the heart molds with chocolate (I used my finger in order to guarantee a smooth surface)
  • then place the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes, just to slightly harden the chocolate
  • then using a small spoon, scoop half a spoonful of peanut butter or hazelnut spread into the center of the heart (not too much so that it will not over flow)
  • then take the remainder of the melted chocolate and cover the top evenly over the filling
  • place the finished molds back in the freezer for at least 20 minutes!
  • pop out of the mold and enjoy SFG’s!!!!

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A perfectly delicious and simple way to enjoy home-made chocolate candies!  Happy Valentine’s Day!!! What are you planning to do to celebrate!  Let us know!

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Protein Bites!!

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Dear Diary,

One of my New Year’s Resolution is to become organized in both my life and food management. Life – meaning everything in my car, house and office – will have its own shelf or designated area. I will make necessary trips to, The Container Store, to purchase every tool to assist me in this quest. Though, I haven’t made one trip yet, I have high hopes for February…

Now when it comes to food, I’ve mentioned I’m always on the go. Sometimes, this lifestyle leads to, “convenient store living.” Packages of beef jerky and protein bars become both my breakfast and lunch. These are NOT the healthy food choices I strive to make, but when I’m in a bind I go for the jerky. So, I’m trying to become more prepared for my busy weeks – by prepping healthy snacks and meals. Of course, chopped vegetables are always a great option, but sometimes I need something with more flavor. My latest go to has become homemade protein bites. They are a satisfying snack on the go and have no preservatives!!  Simple, healthy and hearty eating, it doesn’t get any more SFG than that!

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Here’s what you need:

-1 cup of old fashioned oaks uncooked

- ¾ cup of shredded coconut

- ½ cup honey or agave nectar

- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (roughly about ¼ cup)

       - ¾ cup almond butter

-1/4 cup of chocolate chips

- 1 tsp. of cinnamon

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and roll into small balls. Place the bites on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Recipe will make about 15 – 20 balls, place in the fridge for 30 minutes, then they are ready to eat! Try to not eat more than 2 to 3 at a time and keep the rest in the fridge. If you take them on the go and it’s hot out, make sure to put them in a cooler!! They last about 5 days.

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Flower Heaven!

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Dear Diary,

I used to be that girl who wouldn’t want flowers – they’re expensive and they’ll go bad in a couple days…and nothing is worse than the smell of bad flower water. Yuck!

But I take it all back! I find that every time I’m in the presence of beautiful blooms, especially the good smelling ones it’s an instant mood boost! You can’t help but smile seeing them. So this year, I plan on having pretty, pretty petals all around my house!

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We love going downtown and buying our stems at a fraction of the cost with the best selection!

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Greenery acts as a filler…
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What the heck are these?! Reminds me of my edible vase!
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FLOWER ARRANGING 101
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1. Your STAPLE. (60% or 45%)

(ie. Roses, Peonies, Tulips, Hydrangeas, Lilies, Poppies, Orchids, etc…)

This should be your inspiration for your bouquet and most prominent in your vase.

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2. Your ACCENT (or another STAPLE.)

(accent 30% or another staple 45%)

(ie. Thistle, Wildflowers, Amaranthus, Agonis, Astilbe, Craspedia, Berries, etc…)

This element acts as another pop of color or texture while balancing out the arrangement.

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Your FILLER.

(10%)

(ie. greenery/foliage – Eucalyptus, Dusty Miller (as I call it: Lamb’s Ear) Bay leaf, etc…)

By adding foliage you are able to add height, depth and create your desired shape. The neutral color also acts as a way to balance competing colors in the flowers and create unity.4Y5A7019.jpg

Voila! Your beautiful arrangement!

Be creative! Play with the levels and placement until you get your desired look. :)

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HOLY RAVIOLI

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Dear Diary,

I’ve always been “a ravioli type of girl.”  When I was ten years old,  I went on my first “date” (and by date- I mean dinner with the family of the boy I liked); this sweet young man had saved up all of his allowance money to take me to a pizza joint– and instead of ordering the cheapest thing on the menu, I insisted on the ravioli.  “What can I say?” I told my mom after, “it’s better for him to know sooner than later that I’m a ravioli type of girl.”  haha oy… almost twenty years later, NOTHING has changed.  I still have champagne taste on a beer budget, and ravioli is still my favorite comfort food.

After a long day… ravioli is the comfort food that I always crave, but lately, I’ve been dismissing my craving for heavy Italian, and have tried to stick to healthier dishes.  That was until this past week when after a 10 hour work day, I realized ravioli was definitely in order.  Fortunately, my mother sent me a ravioli mold for Christmas…. and now I’m putting it to good use.  This ravioli recipe is a healthier twist on the classic; I used vegetables in the filling and made a simple whole wheat dough.  Any pasta recipe that consists of five ingredients ONLY, is alright in my book.

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RAVIOLI DOUGH

  • combine 1 egg
  • 6 egg yolks
  • teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 lb. of whole wheat flour

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RAVIOLI FILLING:

  • 1 cup of ricotta
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • boil 2 zucchinis, 1 cup of butternut squash, 4 small yellow squash (drain the vegetables VERY well to avoid a watery filling)

combine all together in a blender until completely smooth and add 1-2 eggs to create thickness

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roll out the dough as thinly as possible on parchment paper to prevent stickiness.  Use plenty of extra flour to cover the rolling pin!

THIS was tough for me… it was difficult for me to get that dough as thin as it should be.  It’s times like these that I wish I had a pasta maker… I wish that my dough had ended up a little thinner… but what can you do!  This dough is strong!  so make it very, very thin…

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place one sheet of the rolled out dough on the bottom of the ravioli filler (sprayed with “pam” to prevent sticking.  If you don’t have that– no problem, just lay the dough out flat and be aware of where you place your filling :).  Place the filling in each small dent, and then cover the filling with another layer of thin dough. Press down with your fingers or with a fork to make sure there is a seal around each filling mold, flip over and cut the larger mold into individualized raviolis!!  Place directly into a pot of boiling salted water and cook until the raviolis rise to the top of the pot (this will only take a few minutes)…

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I used my favorite pesto recipe as a sauce: 1/4 cup of pine nuts, a handful of spinach and basil, 2 cloves of garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil blended together until smooth is ALL you need!  ENJOY SFG’s!  What is your favorite comfort food you’d like to make healthy?!  Let us know!!

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All Hail Kale!

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My husband is away, so I get to play…with dinner. Usually, our meals together consist of meat and not too much green stuff.  So, my kitchen becomes over run by leafy green vegetables during his business trips. I just can’t help myself at the grocery store, any and ever vegetable becomes an exciting opportunity to try something new. So, tonight I’m going green crazy and making kale cakes! They are chalk full of nutrients and protein. It can be served as the main course with a hearty salad or a fun side dish.

Here’s what you need:

1 medium onion

6 eggs

a pinch of cayenne

one bunch of kale/about 4 cups

tbsp of olive oil

pinch of salt and pepper

Massage kale with about a half tbsp. of olive oil until it’s bright green. I find kale too tough if I don’t do this. Then chop the kale into strips, scramble the eggs, dice the onion, add cayenne, salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together. Then add olive oil to a frying pan. Like you are making pancakes add the kale egg mixture in 1/2 cup sizes. Cook until eggs are cooked, then serve hot. It’s not the prettiest dish, but I will say it’s one of the healthier.

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Enjoy!

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Quinoa Meatball Madness

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Dear Diary,

All my gyms’ treadmills are taken at peak times, new gym shoes arrived from Amazon and flat abs are on my to-do list – January is in full swing. After watching my third Jenny Craig commercial during, “Keeping up with Kardashians,” I’m reminded I’m not the only one in pursuit of a leaner self in 2015.

However, exercise alone isn’t going to do the trick, but eating the right food can be a struggle for me. After overdosing on dinners of baked chicken, brussel sprouts and brown rice in 2014… I cracked. I had one of those meltdowns that starts slowly, but ended with me on the floor of my kitchen, a death grip on a block of cheese and potato chips. Tears of salty joy were running down my face.   I’ve decided to take a more realistic approach to eating this year, making it my resolution to stay away from processed food and eat real food.

Tonight, I’m making turkey quinoa meatballs to compliment my spaghetti squash pasta dish. I always feel unsatisfied after just veggies and pasta sauce. I have to say adding protein filled that void and  I was full after one serving! Oh heck yeah, weight loss resolution.

 

Here’s what you need:

1 lb of white turkey meat

2 cloves of garlic

1 small yellow onion

1 large egg

1 package of frozen spinach

1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese

3/4  cup of cooked quinoa

pinch salt and pepper

1 tsp. of red pepper flakes

1 tbsp. basil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then defrost the spinach and make sure to squeeze out excess water. Also, start cooking the quinoa. While the quinoa is cooking chop the onions, garlic and basil, and scramble the egg. Place the cooked quinoa into the bowl, and all the above ingredients, as well as, the chopped onion, garlic and basil into a large mixing bowl. Thoroughly mix all them together. Roll into small balls and place the balls on a well greased pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes about 18 – 25 meatballs.

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Enjoy!

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Spaghetti Squash

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Dear Diary,

I’m about to head off to Cabo for one of my best friend’s birthday’s and Tommy and my 5 year anniversary! Woohoo! I couldn’t be more excited to soak up the sun with margaritas in hand and my loves by my side. Then I get to thinking about my pale skin and less than summer ready bod and I start rummaging through our veggie drawer in a panic.

Spaghetti squash it is! I love this veggie because it’s almost like tricking yourself into thinking you’re eating a hearty pasta dish. Especially after the holidays, when your body isn’t quite adjusted to anything besides carbs, sweets and being horizontal on the couch for 45% of your day…

However, the one thing I don’t love about spaghetti squash pasta is it looks and feels like a bowl of mush. I’ve never had the patience or skill to create long, noodle-like pieces. They always end up being 1.5 in max and look soggy. No one wants soggy pasta!

Then came the revelation that I’ve been doing it wrong all along… Instead of cutting the squash length wise I cut tried experimenting and cross cutting the squash into rings. See below…

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 Then, bake them on 375 degree for about 30 minutes until soft and browned.

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 This is the end of the squash… I took a spoon and slowly scooped the “noodles” out of the rings and end of the squash and the “noodles” actually had length! They looked like real life noodles!

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 Voila! See the difference between lengthwise and cross cut. 4- 5x the length!

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 You wouldn’t believe how much more fun it is to eat veggies that actually look like pasta. You might actually believe it is… What’s your favorite food trick?!

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EAT your smoothie: smoothie BOWL

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Dear Diary,

From Monday through Friday I make sure to leave room in my morning routine to create my-go to smoothie before I run out the door.  With out it, I’m screwed… work is unbearable!  The simplest tasks, that should take only minutes, end up taking hours;  I’m hungry, weak, can’t concentrate… and will probably end of sprinting to the vending machines for a less than healthy or satisfying food fix.  You get the picture; my morning smoothie is essential to a healthy, happy… and did I mention productive… start to my week day.  But often on the weekends, when I have more time, I end up ditching my smoothie for a more brunch worthy meal–  eggs, pancakes…  delicious, yes.  But often I feel more sluggish and lazy all day long… the smoothie I make every week day morning is filled with greens, fruit, and proteins, but who wants to slurp down a smoothie when they have time for a full-feeling meal!?

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That being said… my discovery of the smoothie bowl has changed my weekend morning routine for the better!  A smoothie bowl, or what I like to call, a smoothie soup, is a delicious way to EAT your smoothie instead.  This vibrant concoction is just as delicious as it looks, and with endless fruits and vegetables to choose from– your smoothie bowl creations are limitless!

I made these two bowls this past Sunday morning; his and hers.  Try these two recipes for yourself, and feel free to experiment as well!  Share with us what you made… comment on the blog! ;)

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ACAI JUMP-START BOWL:

for the soup… combine in a blender…

1 cup of almond milk

1 spoonful of acai powder

4 ice cubes

1 frozen banana

pour into a bowl and add whatever toppings you like!

I added fresh raspberries, blueberries, bananas and some cashew nuts

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GREEN BOOST BOWL:

for the soup… combine in a blender…

1/2 cup of almond milk

1 spoonful of spirulina powder

4 ice cubes

1/2 frozen banana

a dash of agave

handful of green leaves (kale works well in this ;)

1/2 cup of greek yogurt

pour into a bowl and add whatever toppings you like!

I added fresh mango, strawberries, blueberries, a sprinkling of chia seeds, and the other half of the banana!

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Both of these recipes are so delicious, filling, beautiful, and a great start to a lazy weekend morning!  Happy “sip”– I mean “eating” SFG’s!

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