Here is what Life’s Delights had to say when asked, “In the spirit of my latest and greatest news of being pregnant… What is your favorite childhood story AND why?”
My favorite book as a 4-5 year old was from the Little Critter series called “Just Grandma and Me”. It came with a casset tape that I could play and pretend to read along with. It is about a special day spent with Grandma at the beach. I loved imagining myself at the beach with my grandma.
My next Awesome Giveaway is in July (AGAIN!), so check back for details!
Over a year ago, I wrote a post about being a mom in the future. Some of you have been asking about various things I might/might not do regarding birth and raising children. While I’ll be writing in more detail over the coming months to answer those questions… check out this old post to see where my mind was/is still at: Future Mom. (Add cloth diapering and baby wearing to the list of things we plan on doing.)
PS I have a big stack of books to read (shown in picture) and that doesn’t even include them all! Not shown here is Ina May’s book (I’ve already read it but I’m asking my mom and MIL to read it before attending the home birth), as well as The Continuum Concept, and Last Child in the Woods… among others! :) Plus, I have plenty of Mothering magazines to read (that’s one of my faves!).
Here is list of what I’m eating today for Monkeyand me. Everything is organic (of course). Can I just say AGAIN how happy I am to be pregnant. Oh joy joy joy!!!!! I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I can hardly contain my excitement… I just want to jump up and down all day (no worries, though, I’m not really doing any jumping).
Over the next week I plan on introducing you to my AWESOME doula, as well as my midwife, plus I will continue to write the foods I’m eating since many of you are interested in that. I also recorded a quick video about growing sprouts. Look for that this week or next. Oh, and I plan on sending out my email newsletter this week. If you’re not signed up yet, you can do so here. There will be plenty of goodies, including a couple of my latest recipes.
1.5 cups Raspberry Leaf Tea
2 cups watermelon
8 oz yellow lentil soup, 4 Tablespoons golden hummus, a lavash cracker, 1/2 cup quinoa
We went to lunch here and it was really good. I wanted to get an all Raw lunch, but they couldn’t serve us that in the limited 1/2 hour my mom and I had… so we chose things from the menu that we’re quick to get served (soup, hummus, quinoa). It’s very good food and I’m eager to go back for the Raw goodies.
It’s that time again -YEEHAW! Giveaway Time! This month I’m giving the winner one of my Raw recipe/lifestyle books or ebooks (view choices here).This contest is open to anyone around the world. If you live outside of the continental United States, I will email you the ebook of your choice.
Want the chance to win?It’s simple to participate! All you have to do is answer the following question in this post’s comment section. The contest will end Wednesday night, July 15th @ 11:59pm. I’ll enter everyone’s name who answered the question into a drawing and announce the winner on my blog Thursday, July 16th.
Question:In the spirit of my latest and greatest news of being pregnant… What is your favorite childhood story AND why? (This can be a personal story from your childhood or your favorite story that you read or was read to you.)
I love beauty products, and since going Raw Vegan I’ve made it a point to use products that are seriously natural. (I’ve written posts about some my favorite products here,here and here, and I’d like to add to that list… for makeup, check out 100% Pure – this stuff is AWESOME!!!)
Today, I’m having a spa day and enjoying some relaxing time with a fantastic clay mask. It’s great for drawing out impurities, detoxing your skin, and exfoliating so you have soft, gorgeous, glowing skin. The clay is called Earth’s Living Green Clay and you can buy a bag of it here. (**For better value, I highly recommend doing what I did and buying the 4-pack and saving some money.)
It’s easy to use and easy to make (oh! and super fun!). Simply mix the clay with some water (1 part clay:2 parts water, and if you’re sassy like me you’ll use rose water or orange blossom water like I discuss in the video). Let the clay stand 2-3 hours to gel, and slather it on your body. Good times. (What’s with that expression below as the still video shot??? – LOL)
I made my third batch of organic, raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut Tuesday. This time I used organic (and locally grown!) cabbage and carrots. (I also threw in some organic cayenne pepper, but that part wasn’t shown in the video. I wish I had organic fresh hot peppers to use.) I can’t wait to see how it turns out… have to wait a month. Patience. I recorded the steps (briefly) so that you can see how darn easy it is to make this awesomely nutritious and delicious food. Fermented Foods Rule!!!
I used this food fermenting vessel. It’s some of the best money I’ve ever spent. I’ve already paid for it more than once with the sauerkraut I’ve made, so this is a great way to save money. And, it should last my lifetime.
Remember! One of the main food combining rules (to always follow) is eating melons alone. So, I had this watermelon more than an hour after my protein shake (giving my shake time to digest and leave my stomach).
Fresh Green Juice (3 cups)
Vibrant, delicious, nutritious… this stuff made my cells dance all day long. Green juice, or as you know I love to call it, Plant Blood, is SO good for you!!! Today’s concoction had (all organic) dinosaur kale, celery, dandelion greens, oranges and apple. I used my good ol’ Green Star for this baby! That machine is amazing and is truly worth every penny.
Watermelon (3 cups)
What can I say? I LOVE WATERMELON!!!!!!!!!!!!
Plain Sauerkraut (1/2 cup), 3Prunes
I made another batch of sauerkraut today but this time I made it with cabbage, carrots, and a little cayenne pepper. I shot some video of the process and will post it later this week. Stay tuned!
Giant Fresh Salad
Tonight’s salad was a big bowl filled with romaine lettuce, shredded carrot, diced avocado and a special dressing that I made using an ingredient I’ve not used before now. I will report back later about what it was. Know this, it was scrumptious!
Plain Sauerkraut (1/2 cup), 2Prunes
I suspect I’ll get hungry later. If (when) I do, I plan on eating organic cherries and maybe the organic white peach I picked up at Whole Foods last night.
We came back to sunny Arizona last week and the hot sunshine has been welcoming. We’re staying at my mom’s for a few days, so it’s kind of like the vacation has been extended. Mom and I went to the farmers’ market yesterday and loaded up on our locally grown goodies from my favorite farmer Doug. I can’t tell you enough how happy I am to be a part of his CSA. (Read why I love it here.)
Today’s Glorious Fresh Raw Vegan ORGANIC Food:
Cucumber Sun Plant Blood
This was a refreshing and delicious recipe guaranteed to help keep me cool in the hot summer sun. I used my Breville to make this juice super fast…. like in a minute! The recipe had 3 cucumbers and 2 peeled oranges (all locally grown, organic ingredients)
2 cups watermelon
Organic Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
This is one of my favorite herbal teas.
I made my second batch of sauerkraut before I left for NY. When we came back home (to mom’s) we harvested it and OMG! it is freakin’ AWESOME. This time, I added a few cloves of crushed garlic into the mix (per head of cabbage). So, today I took 2 carrots, 1 apple, 1 radish, and I shredded them into a bowl. Then, I added 1/2 cup of my raw, organic, unpasteurized sauerkraut and stirred it all together. YUM! (Read about my first sauerkraut adventures here.)
(I love prunes, and they’re such a great way to help make sure you’re going poops!)
Dinner: Tonight we’re having humongous salads made with fresh organic, locally grown romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, red and yellow bell peppers, and my super refreshing and delicious Raw vegan dressing, Sweet Capri Dressing (my parents LOOOOOVE this dressing). For dessert, we’re having sliced strawberries we bought from Doug yesterday topped with a drizzle of agave nectar and some fresh orange zest.
July’s (first of two) Awesome Giveaways is THIS WEEK! Stay tuned!!!
We head back to sunny Arizona tomorrow. It’s been a super fun month in NY. It’s hard to believe that we’ve even been here this long – feels like 7-10 days, tops! Even though the weather has been super crappy the majority of the time, today there is plenty of sunshine, making me quickly forget the rainy days (for the most part – ha!).
Once I return to AZ, it’s back to working on my next book (SUPER excited about the topic!!!) as well as doing some hardcore 100% raw food living. Heaven knows I need it after this trip. Although, I have to admit. I’ve felt pretty darn great in spite of all of the cooked organic vegan food I’ve eaten. It must be the massive amounts of green juices I’ve been drinking. Also… I’ll be making some videos for the blog (fun!), and getting out my next email newsletter (sign up on my website here)! Oh! And, I’m having 2 awesome giveaways for July since I missed June!!! Stay tuned and check back for those.
Yesterday was a neat day. We ventured into new territory, much farther south than our usual expeditions. We met Gena at SproutCraft for some Raw vegan food (that’s Gena above, she’s SO fun!).
I have to start by saying that I loved the kim-chi. I’m still salivating for it. I had three bowls!!!! It was amazing. The best kim-chi I’ve ever had. It had the perfect level of heat that just barely made me break a little sweat on my brow, yet wasn’t too spicy for my mouth. As many of you know, I LOVE unpasteurized fermented foods. They are so good for you! In fact, I made another batch of organic raw unpasteurized sauerkraut the night before we left for NY. Since it’s been a month now, I can go home and immediately harvest it. Awesome. (Read about my first sauerkraut adventure here.)
I also ordered the taco salad which was so-so although the corn chips served alongside were good. I wouldn’t order it again though. (Instead I’d have 4 bowls of their awesome kim-chi!) Gena ordered two of their Chai drinks and she really liked them.
My husband opted for the burrito wrap. His lunch looked impressive, very pretty wrap. But, I wasn’t crazy about the filling. He thought it was alright, and agreed that the actual wrap was the best part.
The decor of this place was quite cool. It’s probably my favorite raw restaurant as far as that goes. It was spacious with interesting table and seating arrangements (unfortunately, this pic only shows a little bit).
After lunch, we walked to Organic Avenue, a neat little store stocked with Norwalk (type) pressed juices, organic and natural beauty products as well as plenty of raw goodies (both things like lasagna and key lime pie as well as packaged nuts and crackers, etc). What I loved about the juices and water is that they come in these groovy glass bottles. I immediately knew I wanted a couple of the glass bottles to take home so I bought a fresh green juice (very good!) and a large bottle of their alkaline water. The jury is still out for me regarding the science of “alkaline” water, but I admit it was damn refreshing and tasty!