Friday, August 29, 2014

Junk Smoohtie

I'm not kidding when I say smoothies are amazing. They're probably my number one go to food when I'm wanting to eat really healthy and want something convenient and simple at the same time. I've discovered green smoothies are one of the healthiest things to consume too. They provide so many necessary nutrients it one drink. You can add whatever you're craving and add what your body's needing a little extra of at the same time, weather that be antioxidants, liver cleansing foods, etc. I've found that with a little bit of fruit(and maybe some sweetener) you can add so many other vegetables without it tasting weird. The other day I added radishes to my smoothie and I didn't even taste a hint of them. I ALWAYS add spinach to my smoothies because I've had a history of low iron, but it's good for you in so many other ways too and practically tasteless in a smoothie!
 When I say junk smoothie I mean I make smoothies with whatever you have on hand. And whenever your fruits are about to go bad, freeze them and use them later in a smoothie instead of tossing them. When you see berries or fruits for an amazing price, buy extra and put them up in the freezer and you won't even have to buy those bags of frozen fruit at the store. And instead of tossing it whenever your spinach is getting a little bit soggy, make a big batch of green smoothie and put the extra you don't drink into the freezer. Less waste AND a convenient food to grab when you're going to be out and about! There are countless recipes out there to try and I hope you're inspired to start making your own too!

I forgot to mention I also like green smoothies more than green juices because they have less sugar and more substance. Your body can actually use more of it since it's not in a straight liquid form!
No matter who you are or what your health goals are, you can't go wrong with a healthy smoothie! I wish I had a perfect recipe to share with you but there are just too many ways you can change up your smoothie to your taste or health goal. Here are some ideas of my favorite things to add with my frozen fruit smoothie: Almond milk, 100% juice, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, celery, cucumber, beets and their greens, spinach, kale, Any sort of greens(I even use broccoli greens from my garden), peanut butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, pure maple syrup, honey, coconut oil, pumpkin, and pure vanilla extract. I'd love to know what works best for you!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My 10 Random Facts you (probably) Don't Know About Me

You may have seen this going around the internet like I did. I decided to participate and write my own 10 random facts! I'm not tagging anyone because I want everyone to join who wants, but if you do, include a picture, write 10 facts, and tag whoever you want to join!

1. I ride motorcycles
I'm not the one that rides around on those loud cruisers. In fact I don't think I'm any sort of Clique rider. I really enjoy the vintage cafe racers and people who actually travel long distances putting their motors and bodies on the line. I rode a 1974 Honda Hawk EVERYWHERE when I first got my M-licence and went on a couple long distant trips with it. Then I bought a faster, more reliable, new Kawasaki when I was still single and had hardly any responsibilities. Although I obviously won't be riding again anytime soon, I'm making plans and having hopes for a long trip to the salt flats in the future.

2. I use Hallmark quotes 
I try to be genuine when I talk to people. It's probably the thing I consider most important when it comes to conversations and writing. But when I try to say what's on my mind or give important advice it usually comes out sounding like a Hallmark quote and I hate it so much!

3. I don't understand couples who can't agree/decide
When it comes to important decisions like naming our children or buying a house my husband and I always seem to agree. It's almost weird how often we agree on those kinds of things. We got really lucky!

4. I want to be a Chris McCandliss 
I should say "wanted", but I still do in a way. I always dreamed about "running away" and traveling around the way he did(if you don't know who I'm talking about read Into the Wild(it's good!) or watch the movie). Now I realize that a lot of people have done this before and Chis only became well know because, with all due respect, he was one of the only one that has actually killed himself doing it.

 5. I want to own my own Orchard
I've had a crazy obsession for YEARS to someday have my own orchard or farm and greenhouse. I would so love to work outside with plants the rest of my life!

6. I never played any team sports growing up
The extent of my physical competition growing up was track, and I loved it. I never played competitively until my Senior year of high school. That year I played every sport available to me and I loved it! Later I started tennis and my husband and I still like to play it every once in a great while!

7. I like to eat my ice cream with a fork 
When I get a container of REALLY good ice cream the best way I've found to enjoy it is eating it straight out of the container... with a fork. If you know me well, you've probably seen me do this.

8. My first job out of high school I was the only female in about eighty guys
I got a job doing exactly what I wanted a few weeks before graduating high school. I worked in a shop that made gondolas(ski lifts, mono rails etc.) as a CNC machinist. I loved it so much and all the people(guys) were great and loved the fact that a little girl was willing to push herself hard enough to work alongside them.

9. I have a phobia of dehydration
I've been to the Emergency Room three times in my life and every one of them was dehydration related. If you've ever visited because of that issue, you know the pain and discomfort I'm talking about. This has made me a HUGE weirdo about water. I always, always have water on me and whenever my kids ask for water, it will be in front of their face within a few seconds.

10. I strongly dislike movie theaters
There are numerous reasons why but the main one is, I can't sit in a chair like a normal person. Whenever I sit, I have to sit in certain positions or I have excruciating pain. If you've ever had a major tailbone injury, you know what I'm talking about. I was in a snowboarding accident eight years ago and  it still hasn't healed! Other reasons include the crazy price, the smell, too many people in a small room and the list goes on!

If you blog, I'd love to hear your 10 random facts, send me the link!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Everett

This year Everett turned 4!!! This was probably one of the more enjoyable parties for me of his. I wanted it to be more simple this time and asked for a little more help so I could enjoy celebrating him more. I think everyone had a hand in helping this year. THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! 
It had been raining all morning... actually pouring but we decided to bundle up and try to stick it out. The weather ended up clearing up and it ended up being PERFECT weather for the party. It was truly a blessed time.
Everything you see wasn't done by me alone. I have so many talented ladies to give credit to!
Happy Birthday Everett!