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3 Ways to Connect Your Beliefs and Desires

3 Ways to Connect Your Beliefs and Desires

Are you believing something about yourself yet your desire is the opposite of that belief. I know we have all had negative self talk at one point in time or another. However did you know that it is this negative self talk that is blocking […]

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies. It’s a favorite in my household and a great treat for any occasion. I made these for several reasons as there are some special little ones in my life who are allergic to diary as well as I wanted […]

Smoothie Prep

Smoothie Prep

A green smoothie or juice is a great way to start your day. Starting your morning with a green smoothie or juice first helps to not only cleanse but heal the body. This month in the personal and business development group I’m a part of we are doing a smoothie challenge while reading “10-Day Smoothie Cleanse”. This was perfect for me because I’ve been off my choice of either a green juice or smoothie first thing in the mornings. Yes this is part of my routine/diet. I decided I’d make a fiscally responsible call and shop for all my ingredients at Sam’s Club as it was the closet budget friendly location to my house. A better choice would have been to go to the Farmer’s Market and it would have been even more economical. Nevertheless here is the breakdown of my trip to Sam’s Club. I picked up everything from my list except Kale as they didn’t have it and so I modified the recipes that had it (top pic). I prepped 10 days of smoothies as I was too tired to do the rest, lol (bottom pic). Still enough ingredients to make another set of 10. I spent $71.30 and all I have to do is add the last 2 ingredients (sweetener and flaxseed, no protein powders for me) when making them up as well as my coconut water. This was a bargain and I’ll show you why.

#1 When I get juice delivered from a service to my door… $68/ wk for (5)16 oz bottles

#2 Purchase Bolthouse smoothie/juice $3 ea 16 oz bottle

#3 Green Smoothie at Panera $5

Preparing myself I’m spending about $1.80 each and I know exactly what’s in each one and no additives. Note each one of those bags makes 2 (16oz) servings.

The message in this is it’s more cost effective to simply DIY it and you can bank the money you’ll be saving. It will also save time. Before I forget the kids absolutely love them and you can even make popsicles out of them as well.  Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Berry Green Smoothie

  • 3 handfuls spinach
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 apple (remove core/seeds)
  • 1 cup frozen mangos
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 handful frozen or fresh seedless grapes
  • 1Tbsp. of raw organic honey or coconut sugar (optional, try not to use a sweetener if possible)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

If you are a protein powder person add 1 scoop

Pineapple Spinach

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1Tbsp. of raw organic honey or coconut sugar (optional, try not to use a sweetener if possible)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

If you are a protein powder person add 1 scoop

Spinach Spring Berry

  • 2 handfuls of spring mix
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 cups of coconut water
  • 1 apple (remove core/seeds)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1Tbsp. of raw organic honey or coconut sugar (optional, try not to use a sweetener if possible)
    1-2 Tbsp. ground flaxseed

If you are a protein powder person add 1 scoop

Note: You can use regular water. I like coconut water as it has many benefits one of which helps to keep the body hydrated.

Knowing when to switch it up when homeschooling

Knowing when to switch it up when homeschooling

The Prime truck just delivered Babygirl’s books. If you’ve ever homeschooled you know that the curriculum must be adapted to the individual child and if you plan to homeschool you will discover it during your journey.  So when we first started we chose to use […]

Vegetable Kale Soup

Vegetable Kale Soup

Today felt like a soup day and it was perfect cause I had lots of fresh veggies that needed to get cooked before going bad. As they say “Waste not, want not” and I love making my own food as it allows me to know […]

Vegetable Risotto

Vegetable Risotto

The smell of a kitchen is distinctively different when everything’s homemade and while cooking up this pot of colorful beauty the house was smelling so delicious. I couldn’t help but to think of my grandmother who was an amazing cook. This dish actually came out much better than expected you’ll find everything you need to know to redo this meal listed below.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 small bundle of asparagus (trim ends)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (stem removed an seeded)
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced shallot
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1/4 cup sauvignon blanc wine
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (vegan cheese option)

Directions:

  1. Using a medium saucepan heat broth over medium heat; once it comes to a simmer reduce to low heat to keep it warm.                                                                                                  
  2. While that’s warming take a large pan place on medium heat. When hot add 1tbsp. oil, asparagus and bell pepper to skillet and saute about 3-4 minutes until tender. Remove and set aside.                 
  3. Add remaining tbsp. of oil and add shallots to pan. Saute 1-2 minutes until softened looking slightly brown.
  4. Add Arborio rice cook for a minute; remember to occasionally stir.                                    
  5. Add wine and gently stir cooking about 1-2 minutes until liquid absorbs.
  6. Ladle in the broth 2-3 ladles at a time allowing the risotto to return to a simmer each time before adding more broth. You want the risotto to cook however you don’t want it to boil or it will cook too fast and become gummy. Also remember to stir occasionally.                                                                               
  7. When all the broth is gone and rice is cooked “al dente” should take about 15-20 minutes remove rom heat and stir in parmesan cheese and the cooked vegetables.                                                      

It’s Been D’Lish Dishing with you hope you find this meal as delicious as I did. Here is what I did with my finished pot!

          

Homemade Vegetable Broth + Puree

Homemade Vegetable Broth + Puree

Today started out as an opportunity to check out a pop up location of which I decided to take a friend to do the same. If you haven’t learned by now I’m a sharer. I had the pleasure of meeting AJ and Tonya of EntrePODneur […]

Leveling Up My Health

Leveling Up My Health

So I’m really doing this thang. Leveling up my health. Yea I know my family and friends are like child how much more healthy you gone eat. You know they say you are what you eat and well my habits were getting out of control […]

Why I Started A Skincare Business

Why I Started A Skincare Business

I started Artisan Body Treats out of necessity; I needed to create a solution to my daughter’s dry-itchy skin. There is nothing like a mother on a mission to ease the suffering of her child. I was tired of watching as she sat on the floor scratching at her legs as if it were a job she was getting paid to do. Doctors were telling me she has eczema she needs this and that cream, you’ll need to bathe her in this soap and apply this steroid cream on her. Well needless to say none of these things worked and I’m simply not a fan of steroids let alone any other drugs for that matter. So it became necessary to find a solution that would work.

I was on a mission as my days and nights were filled with researching just the right ingredients. Those days and nights turned into weeks and needless to say through much research, trial an error I came up with a recipe that worked great for her sensitive skin. But it didn’t stop there while the itching had calm down it was still an issue. I noticed it always started after bath time so again I was determined to solve this too.

As a result of my dedication to being her problem solver and having the determination like a dog with a bone my goal to come up with a solution to her problem turned into a business. The products created for her were the “Baby Love” Triple Butter & “Mother’s Love” Unscented Soap; she’s since graduated to the “Mother’s Love” Lavender Soap. By creating the products myself I was able to ensure the products were created with integrity and truly 100% all natural but decided to take it a step further by making them vegan. All of the products created are made in small batches with love and care; tested on my family and testers, never on animals.

What is Holistic Living

What is Holistic Living

What is Holistic Living? Holistic Living is the heart of a healthy lifestyle and is defined as the art of living in balance with ourselves and our environment. When we do so we are understanding and respecting that all things are intertwined therefore connected. Holistic […]


My Journey

Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

If I’m honest my journey began long before I had a choice in the matter. I can remember my mother having in and out ventures where we’d be on this health kick then on whatever again. We were the kids who’d be eating sugar-free candy and our friend would be looking at us like we had cooties.
By the time I became a teen my mother was introducing us to holistic medicine here and there little did I realize at the time the impact it would have on my life. By the time I’d had my first child I began learning to survive on my own. I still called mom when baby became ill and she’d always encouraged I first try a holistic approach before resorting to modern medicine. Fast forward to my 4th child and kick it up a notch by now we’ve omitted pork our diet.
Once I got pregnant with my daughter and what would be my last child everything would evolve from that moment and time moving forward. It would be important to not just be mindful of what I was eating but listening to, learn and everything I’d do. I no longer permed my hair well at least not while I was pregnant as this was a constant battle of the kinks after giving birth. I was conscious enough that it was an important step in teaching my daughter to love her hair as well as her black features the most high had blessed her with.
Let’s fast forward again, lol! I began to explore cooking more from scratch so I’d know the ingredients in the foods I was feeding my family and I even began making skincare products to solve her dry, itchy and sensitive skin needs. Now I’m on a new journey I’ve eliminated meat from my diet and now am working on diary! Yay sometimes you must be your own cheerleader. Can I get a rah, rah, lol. Well I hope you will stick around; be it to encourage, be encouraged or for all the resources you’ll find here as the site grows. I want you to know I appreciate you for stopping by and I look forward to next time!


All Time Favorites

How to get: Sexy Smooth Legs

How to get: Sexy Smooth Legs

Every woman wants sexy smooth legs and here is how you can get that beautiful look. Coconut oil has so many benefits and for those who know me personally; I’m known as the “Coconut Nut” as I’m nuts about it. My children hear me talking […]