Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie

Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie



1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 scoops Shaklee 180 Vanilla Smoothee Mix* or Vitalized Immunity Vanilla Smoothie Mix**

¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

¼ tsp coconut extract

Ice (4-5 cubes)

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

***Nutrition Facts: Cals. 310   Fat 16g   Carbs. 24g   Protein 18g   Fiber 9g

***Nutrition Facts will vary if you use different milk.



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mango-Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie

Mango-Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie


1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or coconut, rice, soy or cow’s milk)

2 tbsp Shaklee Performance Orange (or cup orange juice instead)**

1 scoop Shaklee 180 Mango Smoothee mix*

1 scoop Shaklee 180 Vanilla Smoothee mix*

Ice (about 4-5 cubes)

Directions: Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

***Nutrition Facts: Cals. 276   Fat 6g   Carbs. 36.5g   Protein 17g   Fiber 7g

Or the second option, which has more carbs and is great for the days that you are very active and / or are doing an intense workout!

Dreamsicle Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or coconut, rice, soy or cow’s milk)

3 tbsp Shaklee Performance Orange (or cup orange juice instead)**

2 scoops Shaklee 180 Vanilla Smoothee mix*

Ice (about 4-5 cubes)

Directions: Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

***Nutrition Facts: Cals 309   Fat 6g   Carbs. 49g   Protein 17g   Fiber 7g


**Get the Shaklee Performance (it comes in 2 different flavors here:http://jberinger.myshaklee.com/us/en/shop/healthyfoundations/sports/product-_p_shaklee-performancep

***Nutrition Facts will vary if you use different milk or orange juice instead of performance.

Healthier Quiche

Healthier Quiche
(This quiche is a fun, healthy and delicious way to celebrate the holidays. It can be made for breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner. I make it about once a month, because it is inexpensive and a family favorite!)

Ingredients:


12-16 eggs, scrambled


1 cup cheese, shredded (I used a blend or cheddar and mozzarella)


1 box wheat thins + 1 cup sun chips, crushed (or bag corn chips, ritz crackers, pita chips, or I’ve even used a sleeve of graham crackers to add a little sweet) You want enough to cover a 9 x 13 inch pan for the crust and a box of wheat thins isn’t quite enough to cover that size pan, so I always add a little bit of whatever I happen to have on hand.


2 tbsp butter or coconut oil, melted


1 each green and red pepper, chopped


Frozen bag, steamed broccoli chopped, or fresh


Apple cored, skinned, and cubed


Optional: Seasonings (ex: red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, parsley, etc.)




Directions:  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  After you crush the crackers in the bag they came in with either a meat tenderizer or a rolling pin.  Spray a glass casserole dish with coconut oil or olive oil and then pour the crumbs in the pan.  Stir in the melted coconut oil or butter and stir to coat the crumbs as much as possible.  Then press the crumbs down with a spoon to flatten as a crust. 



 Add the chopped veggies evenly.  




Then sprinkle with cheese.  



Pour the scrambled eggs evenly over the veggies and crust, it will soak into the bottom and you won’t see much of the eggs at this point, don’t worry they will fluff up as they cook.  You can add any seasonings you desire.  Bake for about 40-45 mins or until the crust and top of eggs are a golden brown, to check that the eggs are fully cooked insert a knife in the center and if it comes out clean then they are done.  Let cool before cutting, to allow the eggs to firm up.  Makes 8 servings / large slices. I add a little sea salt and black pepper just before serving, my hubby likes his with ketchup.


*Nutrition Facts: Cals. 175   Fat 9.5g   Carbs. 6g   Protein 10g   Fiber 4g
*The nutrition facts can vary depending on what you put in the quiche.


Here are a few ideas for different options / combinations to make...


Mexican: corn chip crust with red, green and orange peppers, grape tomatoes, black beans, red pepper flakes and pepper jack cheese.


Italian: tomatoes, spinach, mushroom, basil, oregano and mozzarella cheese with a  tomato basil wheat thins crust.
 
Sweet and Savory: Turkey breakfast sausage, apple, green pepper, parsley and cheddar cheese with a ritz and graham cracker crust.

Monday, December 15, 2014

This week is overflowing with fantastic beauty treatments that are so easy.  We also have some funtastic crafts for you to try.  And, don't forget to come back next week for our final wrap up! Happy Holidays!!!

Only one more week of the Holiday Survival Guide 2014!  This week we're talking adorable Holiday crafts and delicious self-care recipes (because you NEED to take your well-deserved time off during the Holidays)!  We've also got your top links from last week's link party and a new, fresh link party for all your awesome crafts and DIYs! (And be sure to join us next week for the final wrap-up!)

Holiday Survival Guide 2014

We're going to get you decluttered, organized, cleaned, decorated, and ready for all the holiday fun...without you needing to be committed to the looney bin before New Year's.
It takes quite the team to pull this off, but we're here for you! We'll be here every Monday through the end of the year to make sure you're on track and able to enjoy everything you have planned.

Ready to meet the team?

Sheri from Career Girl Interrupted

Dani from Dani Schnakenberg Studios

Katie & Jairus from KatieMarcum.com

Jessica from Jessie Bee Healthy

Kristen from From Son Up Til Son Down

Stephanie from Sharing A to Z

and our lovely co-host Amanda from It's a Fabulous Life

Each week we'll take turns bringing you something awesome to help you stay on track preparing for the major Holidays of the season. Be sure to come back and link up your holiday posts each week so we can share the fun!

From our friend Kristen:

Mistletoes

  Mistletoes 

Gingerbread Houses 

Gingerbread Houses  

When you're done crafting, it's time for some relaxing "Me-Time"!  So how about trying these delicious beauty DIYs from our friend Jessica:

Peppermint Lavender Body Spray

Peppermint Lavender Body Spray

Peppermint Lavender Face Peel

Peppermint Lavender Face Peel  

Now, who's ready to party? Share your Halloween-inspired crafts, printables, and activities with us this week!

Link Party Rules:

  1. Follow all hosts: subscribe, FB, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter...whatever you prefer!
  2. Be sure to link directly to your specific post, NOT your blog's homepage.
  3. Don't link and run! Be sure to visit the last couple links before yours and let them know how you found them through #HolidaySurvivalGuide2014!
  4. By linking up, you give all hosts permission to pin and share your projects (with links back to you, of course). We'll also be sharing the top three clicked through with each following week's project!
  5. Be sure to follow the Holiday Survival Guide 2014 Pinterest board, too!

Top links from last week:

1. Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt {Printable} from Evolution of Mom

   Chrismat Light Scavenger Home

2. Candy Cane Legend with Printables from Life With Lorelai

Candy Cane Legend 

3. Christmas Tree Decorating Tips from My Pinterventures

 

 Christmas Tree Decorating Tips


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Building the Bodies Immune System - Interferon

Building the Bodies Immune System - Interferon


Scientists and medical communities have identified interferon as being crucial to healthy immune function.”*
“NutriFeron is an exclusive, patented formula, which provides a proprietary blend of four plant extracts designed to naturally increase levels of interferon and provide immune support at the cellular level.”*
“NutriFeron is the only dietary supplement in the U.S. created by the discoverer of interferon, world-renowned immunologist, Dr. Yashuhiko Kojima, designed to naturally increase the production of interferon in the body.”*
Understanding interferons - they are the bodies leading shield towards viral infections.  The interferons start to work against viruses before the bodies immune system has a chance to realize there is an attack on it.  Interferons have the ability to fight off bacterial and parasitic infections.  They also can restrict cell division and encourage cell differentiation.  All these things are beneficial to the bodies immune system.  Which is in turn super beneficial this time of year, when the cold and flu viruses are in full swing.  Even if your body is usually able to fight off most viruses that it comes in contact with; you will notice that you feel more sluggish for a few days because your body is trying to fight it off.  And, with all the stress that is added to everyone with the holidays it is even harder to fight infections.  So, helping your body to combat germs it comes in contact with, by giving it extra interferons through NutriFeron, will do you and your family’s health a favor.
There are no ways of getting interferons through food.  Your body makes them when it needs them, or like I mentioned earlier you can assist your body during the colder months by taking NutriFeron from Shaklee.  If you would like to get NutriFeron, you can order it at:
I hope you and your family health and happiness this holiday season!
*this information is from Shaklee.com

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Crab Toast

Crab Toast

This recipe is a great make ahead for an appetizer or as a main dish served with a side salad and/or vegetables.  It can be served either cold or warm, but if you decide to serve warm it is even richer and more decadent, but refreshing too!  Always a crowd pleaser!


Ingredients:



Fresh baked french bread (you can use the refrigerated bread dough or buy freshly baked from a bakery)

2 packages of imitation crab meat (shredded kind) or 3 pounds of real crab meat, shelled

¼ cup olive oil mayo
1 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp parsley

1 tbsp basil

1 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp dill

2 tsp black pepper

½ - 1 tbsp red pepper flakes (depends on how spicy you want it)

½ cup grated parmesan cheese


Directions:  If you choose to bake your bread fresh, do this ahead of time so it can cool completely.  Cut the bread into 1 inch slices and lay flat on baking sheet.  In a large bowl pull the crab meat apart into small chunks.  Add the olive oil to the crab meat and stir to make sure each piece is covered with the oil.  Add the mayo and stir to coat every piece.  Add in the garlic powder, parsley, basil, oregano, dill, black pepper and red pepper flakes and stir to blend.  Add in the parmesan cheese and stir to completely blend.  Top each piece of sliced french bread with a large scoop of the crab mixture.  There are two ways to serve this recipe, one is to serve cool on the semi-warm bread or you can pop the crab topped bread back in the oven on low broil for a few mins. (about 3-5) to warm it up.  The second option makes it even richer.  Makes about 10-12 slices.


Store extras in the frig, you can eat them right out of the frig or warm them up first, it’s even yummy as leftovers.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Holiday Survival Guide Dec week 2 - Printables

The last few holidays of the year are almost here!  Which means the Holiday Survival Guide will be ending soon, but not before we give you a few more presents this year.  So, make sure to come back next week for some awesome beauty regimens to make you fresh and cheery for the holidays!

Only a few more weeks left in the Holiday Survival Guide 2014!  This week we've got some cheerful Christmas printables to share!  We've also got your top links from last week's link party and a new, fresh link party for all your your awesome Christmas, Holiday, and Winter-ish posts!

Holiday Survival Guide 2014

We're going to get you decluttered, organized, cleaned, decorated, and ready for all the holiday fun...without you needing to be committed to the looney bin before New Year's.
It takes quite the team to pull this off, but we're here for you!  We'll be here every Monday through the end of the year to make sure you're on track and able to enjoy everything you have planned.

Ready to meet the team?

Sheri from Career Girl Interrupted

Dani from Dani Schnakenberg Studios

Katie & Jairus from KatieMarcum.com

Jessica from Jessie Bee Healthy

Kristen from From Son Up Til Son Down

Stephanie from Sharing A to Z

and our lovely co-host Amanda from It's a Fabulous Life

Each week we'll take turns bringing you something awesome to help you stay on track preparing for the major Holidays of the season.  Be sure to come back and link up your holiday posts each week so we can share the fun!
This week we've got a set of cheerful Christmas-themed printables from Sheri at Career Girl Interrupted!

Christmas Graphic

(Click HERE or on the image above to download.)

Now, who's ready to party?  Share your Holiday-inspired crafts, printables, and activities with us this week!

Link Party Rules:

  1. Follow all hosts: subscribe, FB, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter...whatever you prefer!
  2. Be sure to link directly to your specific post, NOT your blog's homepage.
  3. Don't link and run!  Be sure to visit the last couple links before yours and let them know how you found them through #HolidaySurvivalGuide2014!
  4. By linking up, you give all hosts permission to pin and share your projects (with links back to you, of course).  We'll also be sharing the top three clicked through with each following week's project!
  5. Be sure to follow the Holiday Survival Guide 2014 Pinterest board, too!

Top links from last week:

1. Sweater Wreath-DIY from The Evolution of Mom

Sweater Wreath  

2. Chinese New Year Cookies or Haystacks from Life With Lorelai 

Chinese New Year Cookies

3. Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies from Life with Lorelai

Mexican Wedding Cookies or Snowball Cookies

 


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Peppermint Lavender Face Peel

Peppermint Lavender Face Peel



This face peel is great for relieving tension and headaches.  The lavender is calming and soothing, while the peppermint helps to clear the skin of excess oil, it also revitalizes and leaves you feeling refreshed.  This is great for all skin types, from oil to dry.

Ingredients:

3 tsp Distilled Water

3 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted

1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil

1-2 drop(s) Lavender Essential Oil (I used my Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oil)

Directions: Mix the essential oils with the coconut oil.  Then add the water and stir.  Put in the frig and let it sit just long enough for it to start hardening into a paste about 35-40 mins depending on how cold your frig is (parts of it will harden quicker than others so there may be areas of liquid oil still, but you can use it as long as there is enough hardened product to cover your face and neck if desired.  Apply using clean fingers, by working little bits in circles on the face.  The warmth from your face will melt the peel just a little, but it will harden again, as long as you don’t put too much on.  Use it sparingly.  Wait until the mask is dry before removing it, about 10-15 mins.  Make sure to relax while this peel hardens, that’s an order, hehe.  To remove it, peel it off gently and use water as needed to wash the rest of it off your face.  You can also wash with face wash to fully cleanse the skin, which I would suggest.  This makes enough for about 3 peels, you can store the extras in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Holiday decorating with a toddler!

How to Decorate for the Holidays When You have a Super Active Toddler.  

All decorations must be out of reach.  Or they will end up on the floor in a pile, which often means the garbage.  But, not before the holidays are over, of course.  So, what is a person to do when they want nice holiday decorations with out the stress of watching your toddler like a hawk, which usually is needed anyways.  Decorate the tops of doors and windows.  You can hang garland, lights, ornaments, ribbon, bows, wreaths, etc...






Or decorate a large wreath and put it up instead of a picture that has been up all year long.



Another option, is decorating a room.  Like a powder room where you can close it off.  I also hang snowflakes on my mirrors...





Instead of a tree (unless you still want to have a tree, you could do this in addition to the tree) decorate your chandeliers, by hanging ornaments on ribbons...



And, finally everyone decorates the mantel, but what about the top of other furniture like bookcases...



And, if you don't have a mantel and don't want to hang your stockings on a bookcase that might fall over.  or on a shelf where the stockings could fall off.  Try tying them with a ribbon / bow to a railing if you have stairs.



And, remember sometimes less is more.  So, don't think that you have to have a bunch of holiday decorations.  Just have fun and try to be creative! Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Energy Boosting Apple Snack

Energy Boosting Apple Snack

This snack is fantastic to have in the afternoon when most people start to feel sluggish.  Of course, if you had a healthy lunch of quality whole foods you shouldn’t be feeling super sluggish.  But, everyone has days that are harder than others and this snack will help you get through it with more energy.  It has healthy carbs for energy, lots of protein and fiber to keep you full and a good dose of healthy fats to help your body running at top speed!

Ingredients:


½ an apple, skinned, cored and cubed

1 -1 ½ tbsp peanut butter, melted*

1 tbsp flax seeds**


1 tbsp chia seeds**

A few dashes of cinnamon (about 5)

2-3 dashes of nutmeg (optional)

Directions:  Place apple in a bowl, sprinkle with cinnamon and stir to coat the pieces.  Then add the peanut butter (you can melt the peanut butter by microwave or stove top) and seeds and stir to fully combine ingredients.  You can add in some dark chocolate chips or dried cherries, cranberries or raisins.  And, enjoy! Note: I often use Trader Joe’s Chia seed and Flax seed Peanut Butter, which is just peanuts, flax seed and chia seeds already blended, & in that case I’d just use 1 ½ tbsp of that peanut butter with the cinnamon.

*When I say peanut butter, I’m talking about all natural 100% peanut butter.  Not the stuff that says natural on the labels, but has oils, sugar and other ingredients in it.  the only ingredient in peanut butter should be peanuts, preferably organic.




**You can use a blend of chia seeds and flax seeds like I do, if so you can cut down to only 1 tbsp, unless you want a lot of the help good omega 3’s.

Lacey Christmas Trees

Lacey Christmas Trees


You will need:

Paper or fabric doilies (If you use paper ones you will need to use 2-3 doilies per layer to make sure it is thick enough.)

Wall paper glue

Small painted brush

Foam trees  / cones (I picked up 2 small & 1 large, for 3 trees total.)

Rubber gloves

Plastic bags, like a garbage bag or big shopping bag or can use wax paper or foil

Wax paper

Tape

Scissors
Optional: Spray paint, glitter, ribbon or other decor to put on the trees.

Directions:  Wrap the foam trees / cones in wax paper and tape it so that it is smooth.  Place the trees / cones on a sheet of wax paper.  Take the doilies and place with the back facing up on the plastic bag.  

Using the rubber gloves 

brush a layer of the wall paper glue on the doily, immediately but gently put the doily on the cone / tree carefully wrapping it around folding in the extra to make a tree with a point on top (be careful to not tear the doily, they are easily torn when wet!)  If needed, you can brush a little extra wall paper glue on the top to keep it together.  It is okay for the bottom to not be level and it’s okay if they aren’t perfect and a little bumpy, they are homemade & that makes them unique!  Once they are dry, which will depend on if they are paper not fabric.  The fabric takes longer to dry, about a day.  


The paper ones are a few hours.  Gently remove the doilies from the cone wax paper and cut the bottom to make it level.  

If you like this look then you’re done.  Otherwise, you can use spray paint, glitter (I’d use glitter glue so it sticks or you can get spray on glue and sprinkle the glitter on), ribbon or other additional decorations.  
Another cool idea, would be if they are wide enough, you could use those electric candles for jack-o-lanterns and put them in the bottom of the trees to light them up, but I wouldn’t use a real candle.