Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Simplicity from The Tao of Daily Life Inspires Watermelon and Ginger Essential Oil Elixir

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

In my search for a more calm life, I find myself immersed in books and teachings of the Tao.

While reading this week from the book The Tao of Daily Life (<— it’s so good), I came across the story of Empress Tz’u-hsi and the teaching of simplicity.

Essentially, the story told that if Empress Tz’u-hsi wished to experience the joy of simplicity, she had to reduce complexity in her life.

I took that to heart. So often I’m making recipes and adding a little of this and a little of that… then more of something else, and more of something like that. The result can be good, but the process elaborate and time intensive. And, sometimes, the individual simple flavors cease to shine as they become muddled and mixed with everything else.

I was inspired to make a watermelon elixir where I blended watermelon with only one other ingredient: Living Libations Ginger Root Essential Oil. (<— the best essential oils)

The result was a delicious marriage where I effortlessly experienced both flavors, two of my favorites: watermelon and ginger. The drink was beautifully pink and vibrantly refreshing. It taught me that, yes, some things (probably most, in fact) are better left simpler.

I’m eager to apply this to other areas of my life outside of the kitchen. It bears repeating that The Tao of Daily Life is great. It’s one of my favorite books right now.

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Friday, August 14th, 2015

Tea Recipes For Beautiful Life, Brain Power, and Detox.

by Kristen Suzanne in family, fertility, herbs, Kristen Suzanne, longevity
Tea blend collection.  Beautiful Life Blend. Brain Power Blend. Detox Blend.

Tea blend collection. Beautiful Life Blend. Brain Power Blend. Detox Blend.

I have a big collection of herbs. It’s so big that it required its own big bookshelf case so I could put all the glass mason jars in one place. Greg calls it my dirt collection.

Today, Kamea is spending time at my mom’s so I was inspired to make some tea blends in an effort to consolidate my collection a bit.

When I first started on the path of herbal medicine, I was a bit eager, as is my personality. Hence, I ordered quite a bit (most of them from below are from one of my favorite sources for quality herbs at great prices, Mountain Rose Herbs). I’ve since learned that I really don’t require all of the things I bought. I’ve learned a few things:

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Sunday, June 28th, 2015

My 1-Day Nourishing Cleanse

Nourishing Cleanse of organic green(ish) juices and bone broth.

Nourishing Cleanse of organic green(ish) juices and bone broth.

I used to juice a lot. So much that I bought a Norwalk juicer years ago. It made the best juice – cold-pressed veggie syrup is how it was. Sounds kinda gross, but it was good.

After changing my diet from militant vegan to real food omnivore (a few years ago?), I found myself drinking a lot less juice. By choice. It just didn’t feel right anymore.

As a result, I was using the Norwalk so little that I sold it. Besides, with all the great juice stores around these days it’s not a big deal that I sold it. If I get a hankering for a high quality cold-pressed green juice, I can head over to Kaleidoscope or Juice Core (my two local favorites). Selling the Norwalk gave me more counter space for like, um, my sous vide.

In fact, side note, a couple of weeks ago I didn’t have any veggies in the house (gasp!), other than raw sauerkraut, so I popped into Kaleidoscope to get an organic green juice. I figured that was a good way to get some veggies in my diet in a pinch.

No veggies in the house? Go grab a green juice.

No veggies in the house? Go grab a green juice.


Back to juicing and juice-fasting… I don’t feel drawn to doing it for days on end. Truthfully, I never did really. I was a louse juice faster. Once day two came along, I was dreaming of juicing Chipotle burritos (back in the day I also ate wheat without thinking twice; hence, the memory of “burrito”).

All that said, even though I’m not drinking lots of green juices anymore, I was in the mood for a bit of cleaning house for my body last week. I figured a day of green juices could be just what I needed. The more I thought about it the less I was drawn to the idea though.

That is, until I decided what would be really awesome for my body was a Nourishing Cleanse.

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Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Mold Can F*#k You Up. Is It In Your House? — A Review of the MOLDY Documentary

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, longevity
Moldy: a documentary everyone should see.

Moldy: a documentary everyone should see.

Wow, I just watched the new documentary MOLDY from Bulletproof Founder, Dave Asprey… and, it freaked me out a bit.

MOLDY brings together the country’s top medical experts and mold survivors to pull back the curtain on a silent epidemic affecting 45 million households in the U.S. alone

Toxic mold causes devastating illness as it hides in plain sight inside our food supply and nearly one out of every three buildings. 
This gripping and insightful documentary will teach you how to recognize the conditions necessary for mold to thrive, and how to navigate the murky waters of recovery of both home and health.

I have always known that mold could be an issue for my family because my mom is allergic to penicillin. That said, I didn’t think much beyond the drug as to possible problems with mold.

After watching the documentary, MOLDY, I’m thinking again. People can be really sick from all kinds of mold, not just the kind in penicillin (or peanuts, for that matter).

Specifically, I’m thinking of the intense (and too frequent for my liking) sinus headaches I get, and the rain that gets in my bedroom balcony door, wetting the carpet! For years! Could there be a connection?

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

My Quick Menu Mod at Blu Burger – Striving To Optimize

My Blu Burger Mod

My Blu Burger Grille Mod

Here’s another quick mod to a restaurant menu I do when we eat at Blu Burger. (Here is my Chipotle ModHere is my True Food Kitchen Mod.)

Why do I modify my foods at restaurants? Probably because I won’t truly enjoy my meal if I don’t. Simply put: most restaurants aren’t cooking with ingredients or methods that optimize health (i.e., burgers on grills or health destroying oils like canola oil). I know you might think I’m a bit … errrr … extreme. Hello, my name is Kristen, have you met me?

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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Useful Tips I Learned in Culinary School – Review Classic Cooking Academy

Chef Pascal and me. He's funny and French.

Chef Pascal and me. He’s funny and French.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I recently took a 6-month course at a local cooking school to increase my skills in the kitchen. When I went from vegan to omni, I was feeling out of sorts in the kitchen. I ruined too many grass-fed steaks and wild-caught fish.

So, I talked mom into taking this course at Classic Cooking Academy.

It was amazing, fun, and worth every penny especially since I learned to shuck oysters! I don’t know about you, but watching that on YouTube is not as good as practicing in a class with a professional to guide you.

Raw oyster. Real Food Fast Food. #Zinc

Learning to shuck oysters makes you a total bad-ass.


And, we learned to make things like this…

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Everyone Needs An Aloe Plant – I Burned My Hand.

by Kristen Suzanne in herbs, Kristen Suzanne


I burned my hand. Thankfully I had aloe to put on right away.

I burned my hand. Thankfully I had “fresh” aloe to put on it right away.

I was cooking organic yams in the toaster oven the other day and I reached in to adjust them. In the process, the top of one of my knuckle touched the burner coil. OMG —>> OUCH!

Step 1: Remain calm.

Step 2: Cut a piece of fresh aloe. (Filet the aloe, dig out the insides… put on burn… cover with bandage.)

Phew… feels better instantly.

Every kitchen needs an aloe plant for burns and every home, in general, needs an aloe plant for skin boo-boos, beauty, and even consuming internally to help fight wrinkles. Yes, internally to fight wrinkles. Who knew?!

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015

My “Skills” Bucket List For Bad-ass-ed-ness

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne, Meditation


Cooking live lobster in culinary school.

Cooking live lobster in culinary school. Smiling but completely terrified.

I made a skills bucket list last year.

These are things that I want to do to improve my skills – which are good for body, brain, soul, work (if you work), and just basic bad-ass-ed-ness.

Here’s my list and how they have (or will) help.


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Monday, March 2nd, 2015

My Imperfect, Too Small (But Cozy), Evolving Kitchen That I Kind-of Love

by Kristen Suzanne in Kitchen Tools, Kristen Suzanne
Bird's eye view of my cozy kitchen.

Bird’s eye view of my cozy kitchen.

I feel drawn to write about my kitchen.

It’s been my kitchen for over 10 years. I’m a girl of change and I like to move around, but I can’t bring myself to leave our rather small condo in Scottsdale. I love the location. I love the area. It’s been home for awhile now.

But, it’s not as big as I’d like.

My husband works from home and has one of the bedrooms as his office. With me as a stay at home mom with a four year old, we’re all a bit close. That’s ok though because I like the closeness. Most of the time. The only time I didn’t like it was when I had a sitter come stay with Kamea for a few hours a week so I could sleep work, I found that I couldn’t escape or get anywhere to really be on my own.

My kitchen has gone through some changes over the years though. Nothing huge, but as my diet changed from vegan (with a lot of raw food) to omnivore, my kitchen evolved. From there, as I learned how I like to cook best and what makes it easiest, I found myself making some kind of weird changes. Basically, I have a lot of stuff hanging everywhere.

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Need Help With Email Marketing? Take My Husband’s Killer Course On It.

by Kristen Suzanne in Business, Kristen Suzanne
Take this online course to learn from the best: email marketing.

Take this Email Marketing online course to learn from the best.

I’m happy to announce that Greg launched an online course to help people and companies with email marketing, which might include you (or someone you know).

Email Marketing is one of the most cost-effective and powerful marketing channels that has ever existed. Yet few businesses take full advantage of Email Marketing’s full potential, which creates a huge opportunity for you and your business. I know many of my readers are bloggers or self-publishers – this course is great for you, too!

Modern Email Marketing is much more than building a list and firing off occasional batch-and-blast emails. Yet because many companies fail to take advantage of email’s full potential, or fail to use even the full set of tools they’re already paying for, there exists an opportunity to seize low-hanging fruit for any marketing professional who makes the decision to learn the basics of Email Marketing. This course lays the foundation for you to become an expert.

My turn to brag a bit, cuz I’m his wife: This isn’t just any email marketing class from just anyone. My husband and his business partner, Pam, have an impressive client list (I’ll do some name dropping: Amazon, Cold Stone Creamery, Taser, to name only a few), and they’ve been working in this field for a looooooong time. Now, their expertise is available to anyone and everyone, small company, large company, or just starting out. It’s a really smart course.

I asked Greg for a promo code to offer my readers (or for the family and friends of my readers). Seeing as he’s my husband, I got you all the hook up. :)

Go to this link here.

Once you land there, you’ll see the use of the promo code in action, KRemail. (If you end up at the website and don’t see the code, simply enter it upon checkout.)

The class is available to you for only $49 (it’s normally $199), and there’s a limited number of promos available. Don’t wait to take advantage of this offer to make you a smart email marketer. You’ll be glad you did. The coupon expires: 3/3/15.

If you do nothing else, at least click the link and open the page to view the intro video in the upper left corner. I dig the music and images.

So.. I want to share some specifics on what you’ll learn with the course.

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