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My latest breakfast obsession.

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Turmeric Paste to make Golden Milk.

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Turmeric Paste

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup  turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water PLUS 1 cup water in reserve, if needed
  • 1/3 cup  Coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

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Golden Milk Recipe

  • ¼ teaspoon (or more if you can tolerate the taste) of turmeric paste
  • 1 cup almond milk,  hemp milk or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (you can also use sesame oil or sweet almond oil) – get unrefined, cold pressed oil
  • Some honey,  maple syrup or stevia

Put milk and turmeric paste in a pot and cook on medium heat. Heat the mixture until steaming but not boiling (some recipes call for boiling the mixture but prolonged heat can destroy the active ingredient curcumin). Remove from heat. When the drink cools down, add honey and oil(s). The oil supplies you with healthy fats and further increases turmeric absorption. It helps with joint lubrication and promotes cellular function.

The drink has a nice golden color, hence its name.

A very small number of people have reported allergy to turmeric. If you’ve never eaten turmeric, start with a small dose and observe the body’s reaction.

Keeping the germs away;

Staying Healthy with my favorite immune guard dogs.  doTERRA On Guard essential oil capsules, On Guard Throat Drops, Sambucus Black ElderBerry Extract.

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January Bestowed Box

Previous Links Here, Here and Here.

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healthy(ish) Deserts and Pizza’s.

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Stonefire Naan homemade pizza. Love putting together these little pizzas loaded with all my favorite toppings.

Previous Pizza Posts

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Refreshed my makeup and joined a few monthly subscriptions.

Birch Box.

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Ipsy Bag. 

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Ordered my Favorite YouTubers Book. 

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Joined the Influenster Team.

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February makes me Shiver, So I Eat soup.

Boulder Organic Foods

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Boulders Organics MISSION

Boulder Organic Foods’ mission is to craft “oh my gosh!” good organic food with uncompromised nutrition using garden-fresh ingredients.

NATURE ROCKS OUR WORLD

We’ve got a major thing for organic eating and we’re not ashamed to show it. This is Boulder Organic!, where we feed our passion for garden-grown ingredients and wholesome fare with temptingly nutritious recipes you’ll be hard-pressed to resist.

ALWAYS ORGANIC
ALWAYS GLUTEN-FREE
ALWAYS NON-GMO
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS
Boulders Organic sent me two coupons to try some soup. So as soon as the coupons arrived I hit my local Target store and chose these two yummy flavors. I found them in the deli refrigerator section.
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In our kitchens, we accept only the best—like whole, organic produce (much of it’s local), savory spices (a pinch of this and a dash of that) and people with a passion for doing things right (everything is personally prepared just like you’d make it yourself). We laugh in the face of artificial ingredients and preservatives because frankly, compromise just isn’t our style. And honestly, who wants to eat something that’s been sitting on a shelf for a year? Not us, that’s for sure.

Come experience what nature intended food to taste like, and hurry up it before it gets cold! Actually…it’ll definitely be cold because Boulder Organic! products are sold in your grocer’s deli refrigerator. Find a store near you and enjoy some today.

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ALL SOUPED UP

Picture this: you, a spoon, and a bowl of fresh,
organic soup so good it’s almost too good. Almost.

Well, wouldn’t you know it? That happens to be our specialty. We make all of our fresh soups in small batches from the finest farm-harvested organic and gluten-free ingredients so you can really taste nature’s best in every bite.

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Here are a few fun recipes provided by Boulder Organic!

Green Chile Pulled Pork:

Ingredients:

– 2 lbs. pork shoulder roast

– 1 tub Boulder Organic! Green Chile Corn Chowder

Place a 2 lb. pork shoulder roast in a slow cooker, add one tub of the Green Chile Corn Chowder on top (add a dash of salt if desired). Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Pull apart and enjoy!

 Chicken Vegetable Chili Nachos:
Ingredients:

– 1 tub Boulder Organic! Chicken Vegetable Chili

– ½ cup sour cream

– 1 bag tortilla chips

– 1 cup of your favorite salsa

– 1 avocado, diced

– 1 jar pickled jalapeno, drained (if you like the spice!)

– 1-2 cups finely shredded Mexican blend cheese

– ½ cup fresh cilantro

Preheat broiler, place top rack about 6 inches from top. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread tortilla chips over baking sheet. Heat Chicken Vegetable Chili in saucepan until slightly reduced and thickened. Pour chili over the top of tortilla chips. Add cheese to the top of chili (as much as you like!). Place baking sheet on top rack and broil 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Top nachos with salsa, sour cream, avocado, jalapeno, and cilantro as desired.

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 Also received 3 Free Coupons from Van’s to;

Celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month. 

February is National Hot Breakfast Month. Now is a great time to get back into the habit of eating a healthy breakfast each day.

Why is it important to eat in the morning? Not only are you literally breaking the fast from the previous night’s meal, but eating a healthy breakfast can give you energy, wake up your brain, and help you stay on track for healthy eating the rest of the day. Aim for a combination of carbohydrates, protein and fat to keep you full longer and avoid the mid-morning crash.

But who has time for hot food in the morning? You do, and Van’s Natural Foods can help. Here are three healthy (and quick) hot breakfast ideas to get your day started on the right foot.

Waffles with Peanut Butter & Banana

Heat your favorite Van’s waffle. Top with 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter and ½ a sliced banana. No need for syrup, the bananas are sweet enough!

·         Van’s fiber- and whole-grain-rich Gluten Free Ancient Grains Waffles are made from a mix of nutritious whole grains including brown rice, millet, teff, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum and quinoa. Gluten Free Ancient Grains Waffles have 32 grams of whole grains – and 6 grams of fiber – per serving. Egg- and dairy-free, this waffle is a deliciously nutritious way to start the day.

·         Van’s Power Grains Waffles are the first nationally available high protein waffles. Each serving, made with cracked red wheat and steel-cut oats, offers 10 full grams of protein – more than an egg.  Like all of Van’s products, Power Grains are made with high-quality ingredients and frozen for freshness so they don’t contain preservatives.

 Here is what I selected Van’s Whole Grain Waffles, Mini Chocolate Chip Waffles and Cinnamon French Toast Sticks.

I blog about Van’s often. They are amazing to work with and always keep me posted on new items and promotions they have going on.

Previous posts here, here and here.

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Minis Waffles

Chocolate Chip

Chocolate never seemed so sensible.

 Don’t let the amazing taste fool you; Van’s Mini Chocolate Chip waffles are made with the same nutritious ingredients as our other waffles but with just a touch of chocolate for an extra treat! Try them for breakfast or topped with peanut butter for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up snack.

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Gluten Free Waffles

Ancient Grains Original

Baked with whole ancient grains – without gluten, dairy, egg or soy.

 Packed with 23g nutrient-dense whole grains and 6g fiber, these gluten-free ancient grains waffles might just be our best creation yet!

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and My All Time Favorite Van’s Item…

Gluten Free French Toast Sticks

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Cinnamon French Toast Sticks – hold the gluten, dairy & egg!

Start your day with gluten-free whole grain goodness and a dash of delicious cinnamon. Van’s Gluten Free Cinnamon French Toast Sticks are a tasty morning meal or afternoon treat.

 

Yummy. 

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Things Lately;

 

2016 New Year Family Card

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December Ispy Bag

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December Bestowed Box

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Made some amazingly fun Charcuterie Boards for Holiday Parties.

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Pronounced shahr-kyut-uh-ree it is a French word that comes from chair “flesh” and cuit “cooked.” It refers to cooked, cured or smoked meats such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, rillettes, galantines, pâtés and dry-cured sausage. Charcuterie has been considered a French culinary art at least since the 15th century.
another definition described it as:

Charcuterie is the French word for prepared meat products such as pate, rillette, and sausage, as well as the butcher shop that sells them. Coming from chair (“flesh”) and cuit (“cooked”), charcuterie was originally prepared as a way to preserve meat before the invention of refrigerators.

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Me and my little guy.

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Daddy and his little girl.

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Before.

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After.

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New Year Card. I skipped the Christmas card and sent out New Years Cards.

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Happy Fall. So here in Michigan it is getting cold. We have also been getting crazy high winds lately, which just make it feel that much colder. So here are some things that have been keeping me occupied lately.

I made a succulent terrarium. My inspiration came from my favorite Michigan YouTuber: How Jen Does It.  She featured this on one of her house tours and a tutorial. I was obsessed, and had to create my own.

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I also made a few other pieces for other rooms in my house to enjoy over the cold winter months ahead.

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Picked up this at Trader Joe’s.

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Cannot wait to try this out. Posts to follow! Here are some details on what this is. Also wanted to mention that Trader Joe’s sells this for $15.99. All other prices I have seen for this have been upwards of $50.00. So if interested go to Trader Joe’s.

Had this canvas photo made. It was a coupon code from my Fab Fit Fun Box from Picture it on Canvas. It was a $75.00 value coupon code to purchase anything on the site. I was beyond excited to order this. This is my all time favorite picture of me and my husband. Were in Bora Bora celebrating our 20th. Wedding Anniversary. Bora Bora Post Here.

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Fab Fit Fun

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Ordered this box because it looked like a fun quarterly box subscription. It was loaded with stuff. So glad I ordered it. I have used every item in this box and wish I would have know about it sooner. If you interested in ordering this 4 time per year box you will be Subscribing to happy. They Deliver the season’s best beauty, fashion, & fitness products (full-size, of course) straight to your doorstep. The contents of your box is a surprise – that’s part of the fun of it! From time to time, a teaser emails revealing certain items will be sent to you in advance. It is a taste of the types of amazing beauty, wellness, fashion, and fitness products all girls love. Fab Fit Fun.

Detroit Love.

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Pink Salt Himalayan Lamp from VitaCost.

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My blog is always a mix of things. Food, Health, Reviews and Travel. I try to keep it a balanced mix and today’s post is a bit of all the above.

I was sent the following BeetsBlue to review. I never thought I would want to use a Heart Rate Monitor, so that is exactly why I wanted to try it. I am not a runner or by any stretch of the imagination athletic, but I do my own versions of workouts that fit my lifestyle and age. I am health conscious and am very active and I live by getting in all my 10,000 steps per day, and I love to walk. I hiking/walking at a local farm as well as using my indoor treadmill are my main ways to stay heart healthy.

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BeetsBLU

Beets BLU Key Finder / Items Finder Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Small Wireless PagerTag Keychain item with Audio Alarm. Device Syncs with Smartphone iPhone (4S and later), iPad (mini, 3, 4, Air) and Samsung Galaxy (S4, S5, S6)

 Our lost thing reminder is a black electronic beeper which has loud sound alarm and red LED light in case of link loss
  • Our portable lost key detector also has remote commands accessible on the key fob button press
  • Geo regions actions (iOS only). You can use our key locator system through special app for iOS and Android. Gadget pairs with Apple iPhone (4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6 plus), iPad (mini, 3, 4, Air) and Samsung Galaxy (S4, S5, S6, S6 Edge)
  • Lost location tracking on smart phone. Our device helps to find lost keys. The item can be also used for such objects as purse (wallet), pet, bag and anything you tend to lose. Uses low power transmitter
  • Proximity detection with automatic sound alert. Also works as RF remote control. Our tracker is a great gadget for men and women

How can I use it?

No matter how brilliant your memory is, there are always moments when you are in a rush and can’t find your belongings, like your phone or keys, or when you need to track your luggage at the airport, or you have left your bag behind.*
PagerTag is extremely helpful
in the following circumstances:
  • If you can’t find your keys in a rush or you can’t find them in your bag
  • If you left your wallet or purse behind or misplaced it
  • If you attach PagerTag to your travel bag, your phone will notify you when it is nearby at the baggage claim area
  • If your tagged pet is outside of a set range
  • If your item has been stolen or moved by someone else to an area you’re not aware of (accidents happen)

Love the Alarm on this PagerTag, while testing it I went out of range and the alarm really was loud enough to locate and or alert you that your item is not where you left it. 

Also, a few things I plan to use for is traveling and also on my little Ginger girl. When we travel or camp she is a very curious little girl and I can see her running off if she was to ever squirm out of her collar. (this happened once while camping when she got scared of some fireworks)

Adorable, but scared and sometimes curious. Especially when fireworks season is upon us.

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Here I am able to keep track of my work bag which hold my small purse and my keys. I use a carabiner clips so I can keep my keys and both my bags together and track all (3) three items!

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It was so easy to connect to Blue Tooth with my phone and Install the app at the Play Store. I was up and running in only a few minutes and then had fun learning and playing with all the settings and the alarms.

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Beets Blu Wireless Bluetooth Smart 4.0 Heart Rate Monitor is Compatible with Smartphones Apple (4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6 plus), Samsung Galaxy (S4, S5) and Nexus (4, 5, 7). With Soft Chest Strap

 Heart rate sensor with belt around chest delivers the most accurate heart rate readout thanks to ECG-based technology
  • Smoothly sync with iOS phones (iPhone 5, 4S) and selected Android devices* No dongle required
  • System consumes low energy therefore a small firmware battery is enough for more than a year
  • Our cheap recorder works with all popular apps like Endomondo, Runkeeper, Map My Run, etc
  • Wearable tracker approaches to running, fitness, crossfit, spinning, workout, exercise and other athletic sport

Why do I need to monitor my heart rate?

Control of your heart rate is very important for your training, as it helps you to achieve your desired results. Depending on the goal of your workout, you can:

  • Strengthen your cardiovascular system
  • Increase your stamina
  • Burn fat
  • Avoid your heart beating too fast

This is especially important for those over 50 years of age or for those recuperating.
The results of your training depend on your heart rate zone. This has a lower and upper limit. If your heart rate is in the target zone, you will achieve the expected results from your training.

Find on Amazon.

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I will keep you posted on the BeetsBlu product updates as I use them more in my daily life. Thank you for sending me them to review, I really enjoyed and liked using these easy and functional gadgets. I really loved the PagerTag and will be getting a second one for my husband. I think he can really benefit from having one himself. I am so excited and really love and will recommend the PagerTag to friends and family. I really love the value of this for people who travel, or just might need help locating items, it is so versatile.

Here’s a few other highlights of items I have been loving and using. 

Been hooked on Subscription beauty boxes lately. I work 10 to 11 hour days most days of the week with weekends off so I find I love getting little boxes of fun after a really long day. I’m usually gone 12-13 hours each day with my commute to work. SO this is my little perk me up pamper gifts I love to send to myself. Here is a Birch Box I purchased featuring another YouTuber I love Tati from Glam Life Guru.

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Been digging my Erin Condren Planner. Wow. It is so much fun to keep this book and has helped me stay organized with my busy work life lately.

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My latest Bestowed Box. Full of Yummy goodies. I Love this box and have been getting it for almost 2 years now. I am a true fan.

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Celebrated 95 years of My Grandmothers life in Arizona. She is truly the most healthy person I have ever met. She was born in Rome and is perfect health. She eats well, enjoys wine with dinner and walks daily. I love everything about her. She is such an inspiration to me. Posted my travel bag in this post.

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I love to pack, it is my obsession. The perfect bag. The perfect travel list.  I live to improve upon it each time I travel. I do realize that the perfect travel anything exists, I just love to pack and make lists. Call me weird.

Little Visitor. He just chilled on the seawall and let us watch him. He was cool.

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How’s it going with you?

Any fun new items you have tried lately?

What Subscription boxes have you received?

I just ordered the Ipsy Glam Bag and cannot wait to get it. I’ll keep ya posted.

Check Ya Later.

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