Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

My Current TOP BEAUTY PICKS. (Non-toxic and Effective)

by Kristen Suzanne in beauty
I won't be without these beauty products.

I won’t be without these beauty products.

Long ago, in a far away galaxy, in another life, I blogged about good non-toxic beauty products. There are some great brands and information in that post, and you can check it out here. So why the post today?

I want to highlight some new (since that post for me) super-stars that rank tops in a couple different categories. That said, I DO use other products and I’m not including makeup in this post.

Today, I’m showcasing some products that are my all-time favorites. Basically, I buy them routinely.

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Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Enjoying a Cup of Bulletproof Coffee w My Daughter

Starting her morning right. #BulletproofCoffee

Starting her morning right. #BulletproofCoffee

I started enjoying coffee when I was 7 years old. I remember the first time fondly as it represented my entrance into maturity. ;) I was at my Nana’s and, well, I simply asked her if I could have some coffee. Being 100% Italian, she said, “Of course!” (She also taught me how to shave my hairy Italian legs around the same age. Gotta love Nana(s).)

I was hooked from there. The warm deliciousness that marked my initiation into something cool. The next chapter of my life. A Coffee Drinker.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015

I Love These Easy Pancakes. Gluten-free. Paleo.

by Kristen Suzanne in coconut flour, eggs, ghee, gluten free
EASY gluten-free paleo pancakes.

EASY gluten-free paleo pancakes.

These gluten-free pancakes are good, and better yet, they’re easy. I’m beginning to see a pattern here with recipes I’m posting lately, because it seems that I’m dubbing everything as “easy.”

Maybe my middle name should be Easy. Wait. Bad idea.

Back to pancakes… I love being able to whip them up in a flash for a quick breakfast, quick snack, quick dinner, or a quick dessert. Basically, they’re good any time of the day. And, just look at the ingredients… basic and nutritious (<- I amp up the nutrition with spices).

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Monday, April 27th, 2015

Kid-Friendly Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Herbs, and Banana

Eggs Herbs Banana. Who knew?!

Eggs Herbs Banana. Who knew?!

Eggs are a big part of our house. Big. Huge.

Why? Ummm… TASTE! No, that’s not all…

They offer quality nutrition for the brain and bodylecithin, saturated fat, cholesterol, retinol (the good form for vitamin A for immunity, beautiful skin, and healthy eyes), omega fatty acids, vitamin e, and more. We only buy pasturer-raised eggs, because those hens are treated well and their eggs are more nutritious.

I’m glad that Kamea is a fan of scrambled eggs – her growing body benefits. She especially loves them when I mix stuff into them like today.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015

My First Pinterest Inspired Art Project (EASY Kid Fun)

by Kristen Suzanne in family, home school, kamea
Painting our Pinterest inspired art project.

Painting our Pinterest inspired art project.

More often than not I tune out the moms gushing about Pinterest inspiring their kiddos birthday parties, home decorations, or art projects. It’s just too much for me. I mean, who has time for that? Surfing Pinterest, getting supplies, and then making all of those projects? Good grief.

Well, there’s a first time for everything I guess.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

My Latest Obsession – Organic Freeze Dried Blueberries. Light Crunchy Nutrition.

by Kristen Suzanne in blueberries, kamea, kids
My latest love: crunchy, light, nutritious, and delicious.

My latest love: crunchy, light, nutritious, and delicious.

These little freeze-dried wild blueberries (organic) are my latest obsession.

Here’s the backstory: We’ve been dabbling in the organic freeze-dried fruit options (berries, primarily) the past month, because Kamea (my 4 year old) really loves them. I can’t find any fault with them. They’re convenient, organic, don’t require thawing, and I’m guessing pretty nutritious (I’m presuming they retain some nutritional value after undergoing the freeze-dried process. If anyone knows any better, please advise – that said, they’re still a decent little snack).

We were buying a brand sold at Whole Foods Market, Just Tomatoes, which offers many different kinds of berries.  Kamea loves the Just Tomatoes – Cherries. But, their blueberries leave a bit to be desired. In my attempt to save money, by shopping on Amazon to restock the freeze-dried goodness, I stumbled upon these Nova Scotia freeze-dried wild blueberries. They’re not necessarily cheaper but they’re tastier.

Totally love at first bite.

For starters, they actually taste like blueberries. Almost better, the texture is light, airy, and delightful. My favorite part is when I stumble on a cluster of them in the bag. Mmmmmm yum. We are raving fans of this brand for freeze-dried organic blueberries.

Kamea eats these by the handful. My favorite way is in whole-fat, organic, grass-fed yogurt, as pictured above (I add raw almonds, too). They’d also be great on ice cream. Or, toss some on top of your next salad.

Such a good kiddo (and mama-on-the-go) snack. Go get some.

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Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Most Requested Dressing – One Of My Best. Recipe.

Refreshing salad with Sweet Capri Dressing.

Refreshing salad with Sweet Capri Dressing.

This dressing, Sweet Capri Dressing, is one of my favorites. It’s my most requested dressing from family and friends.

I made it this week, enjoyed it on a few different salads, and decided I should share! I promise that you will want to eat salads practically every day when you dress them with this delectableness.

It’s found in my RECIPE BOOK HERE.

And… it’s now found here on my blog. Keep reading to get the recipe. It’s one of those dressing recipes that keeps you going back for more salad. #BowlLickingAnyone?

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Green Smoothie Life Hack: Make it the night before!

by Kristen Suzanne in Green smoothie, vitamins
Green Smoothie and a Book. Nutrition. Yay.

Green Smoothie and a Book. Nutrition. Yay.

I am in the mood for some more greens in my life. At least I think I am.

The trouble is that I get inspired about it at night when I’m thinking about food (…in bed… before I meditate… because trying to meditate while thinking about food never works). However, when the next day arrives, I’m not really in the mood to make or drink a green smoothie. And, I have all of the produce sitting in the fridge… waiting to be whipped up in my blender.

But.

I’m in like… no mood.

So, last night I decided I should make my smoothie the night before so it’s all ready to drink in the morning. Totally worked.

I opened the fridge to see my bright-eyed and bushy-tailed green smoothie waiting to be consumed. Extra bonus: it was cold from being in the fridge all night which made it extra tasty.

Yup. This is my new thing. Make the smoothie at night.

PS. That’s a new book I’m reading, The Vitamin Cure for Children’s Health Problems. It has a nifty chart detailing vitamins (with interesting amounts recommended), plus a chapter on high-dose vitamin C therapy. He also wrote a book for infants and toddlers, but I haven’t read that one.

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Sunday, April 12th, 2015

DAMN GOOD GLUTEN-FREE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS. Made These 4X In 1 Week.

Damn good chocolate gluten-free muffins.

Damn good chocolate gluten-free muffins.

Yummy gluten-free chocolate muffins and friends are two awesome things.

Over the years I’ve become friends with various women around the world via the internet. It’s a great way to find like-minded people when you struggle with finding them in your local community. Enter: The Nourished Village.

The Nourished Village was created by my sweet friend, Joanna, to bring (and support) like-minded moms together in a virtual community. It’s just lovely. It’s filled with friendly people, recipes, empowering ideas, and caring support as we mamas navigate parenthood (asking questions in the Facebook Group like… Are you getting dental X-rays on your little one? What supplements do you give your kids? What are the best foods for growing bodies? How can we mom’s deal with motherhood in style and with grace? What schools are you thinking about for your child? That’s also where I heard about this Chocolate Gluten-free Muffin recipe.)

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Add Apple To Your Next Tuna Salad – And, I Love This Primal Mayo

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized
Tuna salad with apple. Delicious.

Tuna salad with apple. Delicious.

I just whipped up this little ditty of a tuna salad and thought I’d share.

It’s totally share-worthy.

You see, I usually eat (low mercury) tuna straight from the can, but now that there is this great Primal mayo available, my tuna can go back to being fun. I’m pretty sure every single mayo out there is made with crap oils which is why it never passes my lips… except for this one. Primal mayo uses avocado oil! Finally. Someone “gets” it. They pretty much make it the way I would at home, if I were into making my own mayo. Which I’m not.

Just never got into making mayo.

And, now I don’t have to even entertain the possibility because I can buy Primal Mayo. Yay. (I bought mine from ThriveMarket BTW.)

The next awesome ingredient is adding apple. It adds the perfect amount of sweetness to cut through the mayo and make each bite a pleasure.

I also added raw grass-fed cheese. Because. It’s cheese.

Done.

Love it.

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