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30-days-greenWow, it’s been two weeks already.  Time is just flying in general!  I’m still going at it and am actually still enjoying the challenge.  As i have been reading up on green smoothies I learned that it is a good idea to switch up your greens to keep your body from getting too used to one kind of green and because different greens produce different detox so this week I used Kale instead of baby spinach.  Kale has stronger flavor which means it can be tasted so the smoothie will be a taste a little leafier. It took a day or so to get used to but once your taste buds adjust I actually began to like them just the same as if I had used baby spinach.  In addition to last weeks benefits, here are some new ones for this week:

  • I lost another 3 or 4 lbs.  That is a total of 8lbs in 2 weeks.  I really believe that much of the weight that was lost was built up waste.  So long junk!!!
  • My sugar craving are still being kept at bay.  Every once in a while I will get a craving for ice cream or chocolate but my brain seems to be automatically responding with a reminder of what I used to feel like after I ate those things, which was not good.
  • My emotions seem to be more balanced.  I didn’t experience this the first week but this week I have noticed it.  I’m more balanced and steady emotionally.  Things don’t seem to bother me as much and I’m much more able to handle stressful moments, such as Judah being overly fussy and clingy or responding better when my hubby and I disagree on something.
  • I also have an increased energy reserve.  I started training for some upcoming running races which uses a lot of energy and I need more sleep when I run.  But seeing how I have a little boy who wakes frequently throughout the night, I am not getting as much sleep as I think I need.  Surprisingly, considering those two things I am making it throughout the day without a nap…ready for bed at night but not utterly exhausted

Green Smoothies are pretty powerful drinks and can make a huge difference in daily life.  For those of you drinking green, what have you noticed?

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Once upon a time, there was a girl who loved to run.  She craved the feeling of the wind against her face and the freedom that her two feet brought her.  Out in the fresh air she could be alone with her thoughts and feelings.  The inner strength she discovered as she would push herself to places she had never been before, amazed her.  The accomplishment and satisfaction were like a rush of happy waves, that quickly washed over her.  She felt alive.  Though her love of running was great, she found an even greater love.  The love of being a mom.  So, the girl who once ran and ran now runs and runs after someone who captures her heart in ways she never knew possible.woman_running_on_beach

That is a little story about me.  In my life before being a mom, I did love to run.  It was what I did for me…running was my hobby.  Since having my little Judah boy, I have not been able to get myself back into running mode.  I miss it a lot. Running makes me a better person.  I feel more energetic, focused, confident, clear headed and just overall great.  I decided that this was going to be the year for me to accomplish some running goals I have had for a while – races!!!  I knew I couldn’t do this on my own so I’m going to start running with a few other girls and we are going to train for some upcoming races.  WooHoo!!!  I’m sooooo excited!

I think it’s important as moms that we find time throughout the week to do something for ourselves.  Not selfishly, but in the betterment of yourself as a woman, wife, and mom.  It might be reading, sewing, cooking, crafting, or running but whatever it is, we need to make time to invest in ourselves.  Investing in yourself helps you become the best YOU possible.

So, what are some things you do or would like to do for yourself and ultimately, your family?

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a_wfood_2_0831I’m on day 9 of the Green Smoothie Challenge and I have seen some really great results so far.  Today, for some reason, food was calling out to me!  I was out and about for most of the day and even though I started my day off with a yummy smoothie, it seemed that the smell of fast food was being carried by the wind directly to my nose.  As I would go from my car to the stores the scents of Wendy’s (which I never liked) and Chick Fil A smelled so good.  I didn’t cave in to the smells though, no matter what my nose was telling my brain. 🙂

I came across this article and was reminded why I am doing what I am doing.  The food may smell good, look good and fill you up but does not do the job of nourishing the body.  It was just the kind of reminder I needed to hear today, especially after having the #1 from Chick Fil A calling my name.

Enjoy the read!!!

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30-days-greenI have successfully finished my first week of the Green Smoothie Challenge!!!  I am rather proud to be able to say that this week really has been successful for me.  Since giving birth to my son eleven months ago I have not eaten well (to my standards) and have attempted to start eating right and working out again numerous times, and have not succeeded.  I would start strong with discipline, will power and desire and would usually only make it through to the second day before I ate something I shouldn’t.  Needless to say, I never felt in control or confident about the choices I was making.

This week has been different!  I didn’t just add a green smoothie to my daily routine, but I am also eating far less meat and dairy and am cutting out processed foods and sugar.  I am also keeping a food journal of the thirty day challenge.  I want to be able to look back and see my eating patterns and learn from them.  According to my past efforts, I should have failed on day one.  I’m happy to say that I have only eaten meat, dairy and sugar at one meal.  I wanted to do this challenge as a catalyst into the kind of lifestyle I want to have and I feel so far that it has been just that.  I really thought it was going to be much harder than it has been and that I was going to be hungry and craving all the time.green_smoothie

Here are a few things that have happened so far…

– My craving for sugar has been curbed, literally.  I used to need something sweet at least once a day and often times more.  Now, I will go an entire day and not crave or even desire anything sugary.  This is a miracle to me.  If I want something sweet, a piece of fruit hits the spot every time.  Even thinking about eating something sugary doesn’t appeal to me as it used to.

– I feel cleaner and lighter.  I had gotten so used to feeling bloated and heavy that I had forgotten what it feels like to feel airy, it’s awesome!  For the first few days my body was being cleansed; I’ll spare the details but it was obvious. 🙂

– At meals I feel satisfied on less and lighter fare.  Instead of feeling full, stuffed or regretful of what I ate, I can leave a meal actually feeling nourished not just fed.

– I lost a few pounds.  I hadn’t been able to hurdle the plateau that I have been stuck at for many many months.  I don’t know if it was water weight (bloating) or just having been cleaned out a bit, but it feels great to be able to wear some of the clothes that have been hanging in my closet untouched since before I got pregnant nearly 2 years ago.

Overall, my first week of the challenge has been rewarding and not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.  I’m ready to start week number 2 and am armed with positive results, fruit and lots of greens!!!

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An Etsy Lover Shoutout

Heart on fenceI think things that are handmade are really made with love.  It’s all to common to buy things mass produced at Target and forget that long ago things were made by real people, using their real hands and their real time.  I get excited to think that even though we have become such a mass producing consumerist nation that there are a lot of people who want to get back to a simple life.  One way I have seen this, is with items being handmade and purchased because they are handmade. When something is handmade you often know who is making it and what is being put into your purchase.  You also want to be a part of supporting the livelihood of those who still dare to create handmade items with love.

Now, I am not anti-Target, actually I really like Target.  I have just seen the rise of and appreciation of items handmade.  I am meeting more and more people who are taking their creative talents and making them into a business.  I have a dear friend that I have known since high school.  After high school we both went our separate ways and didn’t reconnect until about a year ago through facebook (gotta love it).  We are both in similar places in our lives and even though we live in different states our friendship is growing once again.  Well, my dear friend is a stay at home mom who is in the beginning stages of starting her own business of handmade items.  She currently has a shop on Etsy and I asked if I could interview her and share her talents and treasures with you.  With that said I introduce you to…

Rebekah Soriano with SewFunBek

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1.  How did you come up with your business name?  I love to sew, have fun doing it and Bek is short for my name, SewFunBek 🙂

2.  Share a little about your family?  I am a stay at home mommy.  My husband and I have been married for almost 5 years 🙂  We have two children, Oscar (3) and Penelope (1).  We live in MidWestern Oregon.  Our passion as individuals as well as a family is Jesus!! n558439447_1385078_4751675

3.  How did you become interested in sewing and crocheting handmade? My Great Grandma, Grandma and Aunt have always sewed, crocheted or knitted.  So it was only “natural” that I picked it up.  They taught me throughout my childhood.  I didn’t do it during highschool or my early twenties.  When my son was born I started really “diving in” and sewing things for him and John.  When Penelope was born that is when I really started crocheting “well”.

4.  What things inspire you in your everyday life?  My children, most defiently!  My husband is also an artist so he inspires me all the time too.  I have many artsy friends who are always giving me good ideas.

5.  How do you manage to balance running your home and working from home?  I’m still learning, I think its always going to be a balance.  I mainly “work” during nap times and after they go to bed for the evening.

6.  What are a few of your favorite things? Cooking, baking, hippos, photography, 1940’s, making things for my family.

7.  Any new items coming to your shop? YES, my husband and I just did our first collaberation, a wallet/checkbook combo, hand cut and designed by us, double sided flannel baby blankets, more boy items, and some seasonal items.

8.  What are your hopes for your business?  That it would grow into somewhere people love to shop and love to tell their friends about.

Thanks Bek for sharing a little about YOU and your awesome shop!!!  If you’ve never bought handmade or checked out Etsy, you should, it’s awesome. I personally have bought from Rebekah and have loved it.  Her quality and service is excellent.   You can start at SewFunBek and go from there.  Let’s keep the individual’s ability to create and succeed alive by buying Handmade with Love!!!

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I live in a region with a lot of mexican influence and one of the drinks that I have tried and not always loved is horchata. My hubby loves it and well, I found a recipe for it and it seemed so yummy sounding that I had to give it another try.  To my surprise – it was yummy, easy and my hubby loved it.  If you’ve never had it, you should give it a try.  You might just love it.

Photo Credit:  norecipes.com

Photo Credit: norecipes.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup White Rice, cooked
  • 4 cups Soymilk, rice milk or water
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook rice.
  2. Add cooked rice and soymilk to blender.
  3. Blend for 1 minute.
  4. Add sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  5. Blend for 1 more minute.
  6. Strain mixture through cheesecloth or strainer.
  7. Serve over ice or enjoy warm!

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M.P.M. August 17-24

Meal Plan MondayWow, Mondays sure do roll around fast, huh?  Here’s what will be cooking for din din – keep in mind I’m on a challenge.

Monday:  Meatless Veggie Chili

Tuesday:  Shepherds Pie (sans the meat)

Wednesday:  Asian Veggie Taco with a side of steamed edamame

Thursday:  Italian Rice and Beans

Friday:  Veggie Calzones, Salad

Saturday:  Chipotle, Corn and Black Bean Stew

Sunday:  Southwestern Pasta

Today, I attempted to soak and cook my own beans in the slow cooker to freeze for later instead of buying canned.  All turned out well except for the kidney beans – I overcooked them and they came out mushy!  But my black beans and pinto beans were made it out okay.  This is a healthy and money saving way to eat beans.  I think I’ll do a post about this coming soon.

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