Sautéed Beet Greens with Garlic Scapes

beet greens

I am so excited.  Yesterday was the first pick up of my fruits and veggies from my CSA!  I picked up some beets, carrots, strawberries, garlic scapes, and 2 huge bunches of asparagus.  YUM!! I decided to try making the beet greens, getting the idea from the news letter I receive each week.  I changed it up a bit to include the garlic scapes instead of regular garlic cloves.  IT WAS SO GOOD!  I am hooked!  (more…)

Mango Coconut Ice Pops

mango icepops

Today it was about 90 degrees here in NY! I really wanted to indulge with some ice cream, or ice pops- but eat healthy at the same time . I decided to make some virtually guilt-free Mango Coconut Ice Cream Pops. These pops surpassed my expectations for ice cream by a long shot! With 3 simple ingredients, these are RIDICULOUSLY easy to make and are actually healthy for you! Now you can enjoy decadent, creamy, pops, and not think much about it! (more…)

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

chocolate banana protein smoothie

In the mood for something chocolate today, I threw together a few simple ingredients to make a magnificent Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie.  It was chocolatey, but also really healthy! You probably have these ingredients already in your home!  So go ahead, indulge!  (more…)

Air Plants- Wedding Favor and Place Card Ideas

 

wedding favorsMany months ago, I attended a wedding for my two friends, Hillary and Paul.  It was an elegant affair that took placed in a beautiful farm house, right in the Catskill Mountains of NY.  Hillary teaches microscopy, and Paul is a rock climber.  They are both lovers of nature and of the outdoors.  To incorporate these themes, they had the unique idea of using rocks for the place cards, and Air Plants as the wedding favors.  WHAT A GREAT IDEA! It was so refreshing to be able to take home favors that are useful and that carry on the memory of such a happy occasion! (more…)

Seville, Spain 2015- Experience Food, Culture, and Scenery

 Seville, Spain 2015- Experience Food, Culture, and Scenery

About a month ago, I had the amazing experience of traveling to Seville, Spain. I went with my friend Dawn, and we stayed with her daughter Caitlin, her husband Doni, and her beautiful daughter, Violeta. Caitlin has been living in Spain for the past 10 years now. What an amazing experience I had! I got to celebrate my birthday “Spanish” style! I got the unbelievable experience of viewing the Holy Week processions and festivities. I ate, drank great wines, and then ate some more…. tapas. I saw a once-in-a-lifetime authentic Flamenco show in which an OLD, retired teacher brought the house to tears with her powerful performance. The trip was SO memorable. Please join me on my journey overseas to Seville, Spain 2015- Experience Food, Culture, and Scenery! (more…)

DIY Toothpaste

diy toothpaste

I have been on a DIY Skincare kick for the past few months.  I am loving how easy and cost effective it is to make my own products, not to mention how much healthier it is to use products that are not laden with synthetic and harmful chemicals.  This DIY toothpaste is all that, and more!  I used simple ingredients to make the paste, and used Young Living Essential Oils for the flavoring.  Not only does my toothpaste taste great, but due to the oils, it has healing and restorative properties as well! (I ONLY use Young Living Oils because these are the only oils that I trust are safe to ingest.)   Make your mouth happy, and make your own! (more…)

Banana Apple Coconut Protein Smoothie

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ONE OF THE GREATEST SMOOTHES EVER!  

Smoothies are all the rage these days. There are not many better than this one! Whether you drink it for a healthy breakfast, a SUPERCHARGED protein pre/post workout shake, or just a darn good snack, this smoothie will pack a punch full of nutrients and vitamins.  6 ingredients are needed to make it.     Gluten Free. 

Health Benefits:

Apple=Antioxidants

Coconut Milk= Medium-Chain Fatty Acids (the good ones)

Banana = Potassium

Almond Butter= Protein

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Father’s Day Grooming Kit

Father's Day Grooming Kit

Father’s Day is coming!  If you are anything like me, I NEVER know what to get my dad!  Either I feel like he already has everything, or I feel like I get him the same thing every single year! This Father’s Day will be different. I am so excited to make and give my dad the Father’s Day Grooming Trio. I have recently made DIY Shaving Cream,  DIY After Shave, and DIY Beard Balm (which is also good for taming mere whiskers and stubble too).  I know for a fact that he doesn’t have THESE products yet!!!!  I am also excited to be able to MAKE my dad his gift because I feel that it is coming straight from my heart! I am also excited to be able to introduce him to the health and aromatherapy benefits of the Young Living Essential Oils I used to scent the products!  I really hope he loves it.  My dad is the best! (more…)

Tomato Soup with a Twist….

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My neighbor and dog walking friend, Mike, shared a recipe with me I want to post.  This soup was delicious.  It is perfect for a cold, snowy day (like we keep having here in NY), or for a quick, tasty meal when time is short.  The heat was PERFECT!   Tomato Soup with a twist…..

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DIY Shaving Cream for Smooth and Healthy Skin

This DIY Shaving Cream is the best! It softens and soothes skin.Young Living Essential Oils are used to scent the cream and adds healing properties as well.

What’s so great about DIY Shaving Cream? So many things!…Ridding your body care products of as many synthetic and possibly harmful chemicals can actually enhance the health of your skin. Blue and Pink gels that are scented with lab-created smells don’t appeal to me- in so many ways.  Another reason is that making your own DIY Shaving Cream saves you money! Who doesn’t like doing that? For a fraction of the cost for a store-bought can, you can make the same amount and save your change for later!  For soft, moisturized, healthy skin, take a few minutes and whip yourself up a fluffy batch. It’s so easy to do…. (more…)

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