Thursday, January 26, 2012

Juicing and Juicers

So I have been juicing a ton lately and loving it!  My big question of the day though is...  Which juicer produces the most juice?  I feel like from reading other blogs and books that I may want to invest in a new juicer but then I think well I have one already and it works fine so do I really NEED another juicer?  I have a Jack Lalanne and really have no major problem with it other than yes it can be a pain to clean sometimes, I don't have a dishwasher, and if it produces the most bang for the buck?  As you know juicing can get expensive at times with buying fresh fruits and vegetables but trust me..  It is worth it!  Juicing is so healthy for you and if I had more time right now I would babble on and on and tell you why.  Or you can watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.

So for all of you juicers, cleansers, and anyone with an opinion...  What is your favorite juicer and why and what is your favorite juice recipe?

Happy Juicing!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Snow = Stay warm inside = movies and teatime

Well the predictions came true.  We have snow in Seattle.  Some might be excited, others not so much, and I am perfectly content looking outside how pretty and white it looks while I stay inside keeping dry, warm, and cozy.

Things I like when I'm stuck inside.. Movies, Tea, cuddles, and if I had a fireplace I'd be in heaven but I don't so I pretend with candles.  So for those of you who are possibly cleansing or dieting for a new years resolution I HIGHLY recommend watch this excellent documentary  Of coarse I had to make me some juice about half way through because I know already how tasty it is!  So watch Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead on a cold winter day.

What else should I watch today?  Any recommendations?  Well I'm off to make some tea:)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Monday Inspiration

As Monday is nearly over I feel the need to share a couple of sites that have inspired me recently.  This time of year it seems that we all want to start fresh and cleanse our bodies, mind, and souls.  I came across a way of eating recently through some of the following blogs and decided to do the Detox for women for 30 days.  Natalia Rose - Books - Detox 4 Women  Are any of you cleansing or feeling the same after the holidays?  Share your comments or ideas please:)

So I came across the rose cleanse above through another new favorite and local blogista...  The Vegetable Centric Kitchen | For the Love of Veggies

Do any of you currently use or have heard of Stevia? I want to share with you my new favorite site to order vitamins and herbs from.  It's called iHerb and it's the cheapest I have found for all.  Cheaper than amazon or local vitamin or co-ops or grocery stores.  Something I highly recommend for all of you to start using is Stevia.  The species Stevia rebaudiana, commonly known as sweetleafsweet leafsugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves.  Use it as a sweetener or sugar substitute and is all natural derived from a plant.

NuNaturals, Pure Liquid, Alcohol Free Stevia, 2 fl oz (59 ml) -

So order stevia or vanilla stevia and all your health products from here and enter my coupon code BEM483  to receive $5.00 off your first order!

Another lady I want to mention who led me to a new favorite dish of healthy roasted vegetables is  Super easy and so good in the winter you must try!

So please check them out and be inspired!  And fall in love with Stevia for a healthier sweet tooth!!

To close I am on Day 3 of my cleanse and feel great!  I will try and post some pics and more posts on that subject next.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

35 Things to do this Year

Thirty Five Goals for 2012

  1. Travel to a new foreign country
  2. Travel to San Juan Islands or new WA town
  3. Travel to a new U.S. state
  4. Read a book a month or more
  5. Write in journal daily or once a week minimum
  6. Learn to sew
  7. Study a foreign language
  8. Do buckram yoga 30 day challenge
  9. Create new art
  10. Go on a hike somewhere new
  11. Go to the hot springs
  12. Cook a favorite Thai or Indonesian dish
  13. Bake something new
  14. Go to the bath house spa
  15. Paint kitchen shelf
  16. Run a half marathon
  17. Blog once a week
  18. Read at a coffee shop
  19. Paint the living room
  20. Paint footboard/headboard of bed
  21. Decorate bedroom
  22. Make a new friend
  23. Eat a new fruit/vegetable
  24. Travel somewhere solo for a vacation
  25. Practice and play guitar
  26. Create a Facebook page for work
  27. Take a class on a hobby
  28. Meet with an advisor at Seattle central about enrolling
  29. Take an educational class
  30. Play a new sport or activity
  31. Go to the top of the Space Needle
  32. Get a new camera and take lots of photos
  33. Volunteer at a shelter
  34. Reupholster 2nd chair
  35. Go to a new museum 
Thirty Four Goals for 2011

  1. Travel somewhere new in US.  √ Austin, TX
  2. Travel somewhere new abroad.  √ Thailand and Indonesia
  3. Learn to sew
  4. Paint on canvas.. 1/2√ for this one
  5. Practice spanish.  1/2√
  6. Buy running shoes and run more√
  7. Ride bike√
  8. Cook something with cactus
  9. Make business flyers self promotion
  10. Go to bath house spa
  11. Get massage√√  (got this one extra.. In Thailand!)
  12. Practice guitar
  13. Plan trip to Europe 1/2√
  14. Plan trip to Thailand√√√
  15. Make space in apartment for art projects 1/2√
  16. Paint shelf in kitchen
  17. Reupholster kitchen chairs 1/2√.. (Finished 1)
  18. Reupholster headboard/footboard 
  19. Read more books on crafting√
  20. Cook a thai dish.. (did not do but ate plenty:))
  21. Make something for Aunt Lori and send care package.. sadly she passed
  22. Write in journal√
  23. Finish Harry Potter series√
  24. Set more goals for work√
  25. Go hiking somewhere new in summer√  Cabin in Leavonworth
  26. Go to San Juan Islands
  27. Go to new museum√
  28. Go to top of Space Needle
  29. Get wood floors in living room√
  30. Go to coffee shop to read
  31. Go to remedy teas
  32. Plan trip for parents to visit√
  33. Bake healthy cookies√ (vegan brownies and macaroons!)
  34. Go to Vancouver and visit friends


MUY BIEN!!!!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy New Year!

Well we made it through another year.  There were some hard times and plenty of good times.  As I am working on my 35 goals for turning 35 list, one of the goals is to blog once a week or as I'm hoping to do even a wee bit more!  To start off the very first post of 2012, I will share a couple of holiday pictures to recap the end of the year.

The 1st is a picture of a dinner party for winter solstice with the ladies and burning of the old to start off the new.  Next I am proud to say that I baked my first homemade vegan brownies which were a hit at the party to follow for us orphan children.  And finally a lovely cocktail to celebrate my Birthday on New Years Day... Cheers!

So to sign off I'm hoping to live up to some of my goals and to fill you all in as I check them off my list.  Next blog is hopefully a top 12 list to highlight 2011....

Happy New Year to All and may 2012 be full of happiness in life to be shared with the ones you love!!