Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Obsessed with beverages

Im really starting to think I have an obsession with drinks. Not the alcoholic kind but the health tonic sort of drink. 
It's not a cheap obsession either,so I have to be careful. I could buy a pressed juice everyday (@ lunas living kitchen)
if I let myself but that would be about a $300 a month habit, so I've dialed that one down to maybe once a week.

Kevita Coconut kefir is a different story along with synergy Kombucha. I have to have one a day at least...what in the world am I doing? At least I get a 10% discount if I buy a case at a time.
  I AM making the water kefir at home now so I have cut down some. I plan on make a 1/4 keg of it as soon as I get enough grains going!! Yes I am going to put it in our kegerator..(making my husband share it with me, half kefir, half beer)
I ordered a case of Thai coconuts to try and make the kefir out of coconut water at home by myself.(not any cheaper by the way)
I feel confident that it will work well and be delicious! My grains are doing a beautiful job and the recipe I have been using is really tasty.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Favorite things

Living libations!!
I want to buy one of everything from Nadine Artemis! Today I got in the mail (so exciting) Everybody Loves the Sunshine with zinc  its a sunscreen made with pure ingredients and zinc is the only sunblocking ingredient and it is just a gorgeous product! It feels so silky not greasy and it smells just wonderful!! I got it mainly because I really don't want to put a bunch of nasty chemicals on myself or my perfect 10 mo old  baby's skin. I can't wait to test it out!
Go and get some

I also unwrapped an underarm charm called palo santo and holy moly I couldn't have dreamed up such a wonderful smell ever!!
Everything Nadine creates just oozes with TLC! You just feel kinda special getting these products in the mail and using them. It's like bathing your whole being or something. I also have maverick pits which I have been using for years now..I actually add it to my weleda deodorant (in sage)
because I just wanted more of an earthy smell...also yummy.

Last but not least is sea buckthorn Best Skin Ever and if you try and explain this to anyone they'll look at you like you just landed on earth. Yeah, it's this oil and its from gypsys called sea buck thorn....what? You clean your face with oil? Its called Best skin ever for a reason. I don't have awesome skin but I know it's more awesome than it was before I started using this stuff. It's more like liquid gold! You can use it absolutely anywhere. The other day I mixed it with some organic cane sugar and made a scrub for my face, ankles,knees and rough spots and wow!! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fruit fly Trap

So I seemed to have picked up some fruit flies I believe from trader joes banana's. The fruit flies in the store right now are super obvious. It didn't occur to me to wash things like bananas and pineapples but I now do. I rinse everything the minute I get in the house.
We had fruit flies SO bad! I even had them in my car!!
So I'm sure some of you if not most know this trick but in case you don't....

1. Get a small mason jar

2. poke holes in the lid big enough to get in but not too big that they can fly right back out.

3. Don't forget about vinegar. I used Trader 
Joes apple cider vinegar. (They should actually just give me some for free at this point right?) 

4. Put lid on and put it on the counter.

5. I'm assuming that you have removed all food sources so they have no choice but to go for the vinegar.

6. Clean counters and everything else that they might like to eat. (Don't forget to clean the disposal really well too)

We got most of them the first night. There were so many in the jar that I decided to dump it and change the vinegar again. ( you could strain it and reuse it if you wanted to not be wasteful and thoughtless like me)
So now, the rest are gone too. It took about a week total to get all of them.
(Can't see them very well but the rest of them are dead in there! Victory!)

One other could also get one of these...a great Mother's Day gift I got this year! (Thanks Devan)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Water kefir batch #3

This is my third batch of water kefir in history. The second batch is in its second ferment stage flavored with blueberry juice (so excited). The first batch has already been consumed. I used a bit of molasses in the first and I'm not a fan. The carbonation I ended up with was super but I still found it ultra sweet. Hoping these next batches will be a little more refined. I have peaked my husbands interest in kefir, which is very cool, I'm glad he's interested.
     For my next project, I will be trying do a Kefir with coconut water. Hopefully there'll be enough sugar in the coconut water to ferment. Before I do that though I want to get the kefir grains going really good. Gotta get a case of coconuts from my trusty Asian market. Ann Dao on south Blvd ❤ them.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Water Kefir!!

Water Kefir!!
I have wanted to try making my own Kombucha for a very long time but I found it intimidating because in my little pea brained train of thought I was afraid of eating something "rotten". Turns out its not really rotten at all. It's one of the best ways to eat things  on the planet.
So, I had a baby last August and I for some reason felt like I just couldn't recover. I felt so tired ALL the time and I slept plenty (the baby is an awesome sleeper)(don't hate me) the point is I wasnt  feeling better like I thought I should. So I decided to start eating better which led to drinking a revita probiotic coconut water ..I would treat myself once a week. Slowly my habit grew until finally drink at least one a day. I also stopped drinking any alcohol so this would be my drink instead if we went out to a BBQ where everyone else was drinking. Anyways, this can be an expensive habit at $2-3 dollars each. So I did a google on non dairy kefir and I stumbled on a wonderful lady's website ( and she gives the starter away if you live nearby or she will ship it for very little $. Turns out she lives in my city!! How cool is that!? On my way to her house she called me up and asked me if I wanted a Scoby (kombucha starter bacteria) and I said YES to that too. So she apparently has a fridge full of both:) 
By the way I feel totally back to normal only even better. I have a ton of energy and my skin is clearing up and I am really never tired or sad in any way any more. I just have a lot of joy and I'm having a great time with the new baby and really cherishing it all and loving life. I guess I really wanna share with whoever will listen and kefir is one step in the journey I stumbled onto.
I'm going to post more pics of the kefir process as I take them. This is my second batch In the pic above. The first I am attempting a second ferment for more carbonation...we will see. I still have much to learn but I plan on fermenting every thing I can think of in the near future and hopefully for the rest of my life.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Coconut Palm Sugar

My new sugar substitute
Coconut palm sugar has a lower glycemic index. It tastes really good! You won't miss real sugar. I use it in my tea and in my morning coffee. This 1 lb bag was about $5. It is almost equally as sweet a cane sugar. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

the Queen City Style: New Hair--Ombre or Color Streaks?

This is a beautiful color/highlight that I did in the salon last thursday.
She needed new hair for her Charlote BOB award for best new blog
Reposted from Whitley's fashion blog.
the Queen City Style: New Hair--Ombre or Color Streaks?: I got some new hair yesterday, and I am so excited! I could do back flips right now! Well, maybe cartwheels.  I think I might be too ol...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


These are fantastic. 300 calorie or less meals/snacks. High protein. This one in particular is 180 calories. It has beef jerky, coconut flakes and strawberries. It's delish.
Its great not thinking about what to eat. I just keep one around just incase. 
Goto and see what else they've got.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

These are NOT tomatoes. 
The picture here actually makes them look a little redder but I assure you they were probably the palest tomatoes I've ever seen!!
I just stared at them the whole time I was eating in bewilderment, wondering how a tomato can grow this way. Why doesn't it have more color? Why do restaurants serve these when even the tomatoes at the grocery store look and taste better? What is wrong with people? I took this picture because the thought crossed my mind to send it to the restaurant HQ and say something to them (hickory tavern in case you were wondering)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

small baby update

Just started to feel the baby move a couple of days ago which is so incredibly cool and a large comfort knowing it's moving around in there.
Right now it's few and far between but mostly at night when I'm just sitting still and relaxing.
My belly is definitely growing and taking on it's pregnant shape. I won't be able to hide it much longer...i'm already getting looks from people especially at the gym when my clothes are tight. I  look like I just ate a really big meal all the time now. Like I should work out a little more or eat less, one or the other.
I don't care though. What is going on inside of me is so amazing. I feel so lucky.
I have only gained 4 lbs so far and I'll be 16 weeks on friday. I think that it's key to not over gain during pregnancy for optimal energy. I'm right on track so far.
Trying to go mostly paleo with this pregnancy and stay active. I really don't believe that we are supposed to sit around and do nothing and eat the whole 9 months. This only does us a disservice. We owe it to ourselves to stay in shape and stay full of energy to be able to take care of this new life that will be arriving. ok...blah blah blah.

We will be finding out the gender of the baby 3 fridays from now..............can hardly stand it.