Friday, January 30th, 2015

How to Tie Your Kid’s Karate Belt – 6 Steps in Pictures

by Kristen Suzanne in kamea
Kamea learning skills

Action shot – Kamea learning skills

I recently shared with you that for 2015 I was slashing my schedule and obligations, including some of my daughter’s (many) extracurricular activities. However, one of the classes we opted to keep, for many great reasons, is her karate class. It’s great for her development in multiple ways including self-esteem, confidence, mental discipline, exercise, and of course, self-defense skills. The dojo we visit is one of the best in the area (Scottsdale Martial Arts), if not the best.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

A 1-Minute Gratitude Journal Can Be Better Than Coffee to Wake You Up. (almost)

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne
Coffee + Gratitude Journal. A great way to start the day.

Coffee + Gratitude Journal. A great way to start the day.

I have a gratitude journal that I don’t write in as regularly as I should.

So, I’m not surprised that my gratitude journal is not even half full, and I’ve been using it, based on the dates of some entries, for years. Whoops.

Sad thing is that it’s a really simple and fast exercise… usually takes me less than one minute.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

A Simple Chicken Soup “Dinner” Made Before I Finish My 1st Cup of Morning Coffee

Dinner is done before my morning coffee is finished.

Dinner is done before my morning coffee is finished.

I really love “all” of my slow cookers because they make healthy living much easier. Throw a bunch of healthy stuff in a pot and cook. See? Healthy and easy.

Here I am showing you that I had the day’s dinner essentially “done” (and cooking) before I even finished my morning cup of coffee. It’s that easy. (Ok, so I had drank about 1/3 of the mug and then refilled it for the picture, not realizing it would look like I hadn’t had any. Um that’s crazy, of course I had a few sips as I prepared the food for the slow cooker.)

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

This is a HAMWhey.

by Kristen Suzanne in almond milk, gluten free, honey, paleo, recipe
HAMWhey ingredients. Good stuff.

HAMWhey ingredients. Good stuff.

I find myself, way more often than not, thinking about food when I’m going to bed at night. I am either thinking about how I ate for the day with a check and balance effort or I am thinking about a new recipe I want to create or I am planning my breakfast for the following morning.

Last night I did two of those.

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Ewww… The Moment When

by Kristen Suzanne in longevity, offal
Chicken livers and veggies.

Chicken livers and veggies.

… You are eating chicken liver and you can’t decide whether you have bitten the inside of your mouth and you are tasting blood from it, or is it the chicken livers that is giving you that taste? Well, they don’t say it’s a good source of iron for nothing, eh? Chicken livers fall into that category of I must want to live a long life… cuz I’m eating chicken livers.

Ewww.

 

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Sunday, January 25th, 2015

I Got Slow Cookers Coming Out The Wazoo – I Have My Reasons

by Kristen Suzanne in Kitchen Tools, slow cooker
My slow cooker collection.

My slow cooker collection.

I wouldn’t have felt compelled to share my slow cooker collection with the world except that the last two people who came to our home exclaimed, “Wow why do you have so many slow cookers?”

Doesn’t everybody? Just kidding. I know most people don’t have a stash of slow cookers.

I asked Kamea the other day, “Kamea, if someone asked you about your mom, like, what does your mom do? What would you say?”

Her response… “I’d say you like pots.”

Me: “Ha – cute and funny but make sure you emphasize the “s” on the end of pot.”

It is what it is. I love the kitchen and cooking and everything that comes with it – pots and all.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Spin Class Kicks My Ass (and makes me hungry) But I Have Dreams of Fit n Sexy Legs

by Kristen Suzanne in exercise, Kristen Suzanne
Hello spin bike. We meet again.

Hello spin bike. We meet again.

We joined a great gym over the summer (2014), and when I looked at the fitness schedule of classes offered I saw a lot I wanted to take.

But. I was out of shape. Therefore, I created a plan of attack in how I would eventually make my way into classes. Simply this: I needed to be in shape before I took classes to be in shape. Makes perfect sense to me. I liken it to cleaning the house before the housekeeper comes – you know who you are.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Mom’s Back Yard Is Turning Into A Citrus Orchard – My Kid Loves It.

by Kristen Suzanne in arizona, Kristen Suzanne, lemon
A chair begging to read in with a cuppa tea.

A chair begging to be read in with a cuppa tea in mom’s back yard.

I’m lucky that my mom lives only about 38 minutes from our home which makes for frequent visiting. That’s especially great when my mom is one of my daughter’s favorite people – Nana is big fun. Part of that Nana-fun extends beyond Nana to include her house with four dogs and a crazy yard of colors and imagination. The backyard is of decent size and filled with rocks, flowers, bird houses, bird feeders, bird baths, windmills, tons of wind chimes, tinsel on the trees, holiday lights on the trees year round, and what’s turning out to be an organic citrus orchard.

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The Farmers’ Market is Filled with Veggie Treasures (Alien Lettuce, Anyone?)

by Kristen Suzanne in Kristen Suzanne
Today's farmers' market bounty.

Today’s farmers’ market treasure booty with crazy alien lettuce on the left.

I’m overwhelmed with gratitude in this moment at how wonderful our farmers’ market is here in Scottsdale. Not only is it local and fresh, but … I’m spoiled because it’s also certified organic. Gratitude full on.

Today, I was in wonder as I saw purple cauliflower, orange cauliflower, and even green cauliflower. Super fresh broccoli and so much more.

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

How I Eat Raw Eggs: Down The Hatch, Baby

Raw egg yolks for a primal n sexy food.

Raw egg yolks for a primal n sexy food.

When I’m wanting to feel extra cool, and dare I admit, extra sexy…. I eat raw egg yolks. I don’t know why I like it so much because it’s not for the flavor. However, if I think about it, the flavor is pretty nice.

If I think about it even more, I probably think it’s so bad-ass because it feels primal. That’s hot.

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