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Monday, February 20, 2017

Making Small But Subtle Healthy Changes

Good Monday Morning All;

It was a glorious weekend here on the East Cost, aka the "DMV" (DC, MD, VA not dept of motor vehicles for my outta town peeps).  What a better time to start making small changes to improve my health and heart.  
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Just after bike ride - feeling good ya'll

Cut back on sugar (whaaaat! But I LOVE Sugar) 

Like not having candy or chocolate anytime I want - this has been going on since Halloween people!  It's February!  That means not having 2 Luigi's Cherry Ice's every night (last night not even one. Whoa big progress for me).  Not grabbing a pack of peanut M&M's in the a.m. for extra energy or when hubby runs into gas station saying NO to Reese Peanut Butter Cups ( ahhhhhh you delicious devil you).


Made Healthy Banana Bread 
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Next on agenda - TO MOVE MORE EACH DAY!
10,000.00 steps each day - I got to just over 7.5K yesterday - not too bad - however I soon discovered I desperately need new tennis shoes.  Here I come +If The Shoe Fits, a small shop located in Frederick, MD with great customer service.

Rode bike 2miles (leisurely through my neighborhood - flat easy trail) STILL COUNTS PEOPLE!

Will add a video of some kind 3 times each week Ab video first (goodbye Muffin top)

Pray first each day - while my coffee is brewing - before checking phone or tuning on the news.  Taking just a few minutes to be grateful, hopeful, and to be loving each day (that includes to myself)!
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Tattoo I got a few years back to remind me I have to love myself first before I can of of support and love others 


Read a little in order to learn something of value (gossip mags don't count) 
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Got this one from my oldest for Christmas - thank you JOJO Bear  - XOXO


15 min. of puppy training each day @abethenewfoundland (on insta) 
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ABE's VALENTINE

Off to Good JuJu for wheat grass shot and walk along the creek! Tackle homework for photography class - set up photo studio - and meet with some great women!  

Monday, February 6, 2017

Our SUPER BOWL Shindig


Getting Ready For GAME DAY Folks!
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To be honest not too much into the game but into the food all the way.  Mike and I are having a few people over very casual. However I am running into a dilemma - we've been eating pretty "CLEAN" +Clean Program lately so I don't wanna completely go "off the wagon" but that seems to go hand in hand with super bowl fare right?.  So I am gonna serve a mix of healthy savory food with some gotta have big fat-so bad its good for you favorites! 

Today's Menu


Beer Wine Whiskey & Mocktails
Chips & Dip's
Cheese Board
Poached Salmon on bed of Savoy Cabbage
Clean Green Salad
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Lamb Chops
Lemon Bar Dessert Courtesy of good friend Deb C. 

Guacamole 
3 ripe avocado's - smashed
onion 1/4 med diced
cherry tomatoes - hand full washed & diced
cilantro - bunch remove stem rough chop
Tabasco - to taste
S&P
1/2 tea Olive Oil 

Mix together and serve with tortilla chips - loving this brand right now found in the organic section of +GIANT Food Stores - recently came across on our ski trip to Big Sky and lucky us had it here at home!  Gotta try it they are D-LISH!

Mediterranean Grilled Lamb Chops
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6 center cut rib lamb chops ( I prefer Colorado )  
5-6 large peeled cloves of garlic rough chopped
1/2 cup Olive Oil
S&P
1 Tbs crushed red pepper (more or less to taste)
1 - 2 Tbs dried oregano (place in palms and rub together - this releases the oils) drop in bag with everything
2 large lemons halved, squeezed and put in bag juice, lemons & all 

Place all ingredients in shallow dish or large freezer bag ( my fave - easy clean up) mix together refrigerate for 1 hour or over night 9 tossing and turning in bag like giving a mini lamb massage every so often  
Grill or bake chops your preference.

Serve with side Tzatziki - home made or store bought - homemade here. What did you expect people - "married to a chef".  


 So easy to make - get details in recipe post this week - working on healthy condiments, toppings and dressings to share with you all!  My "Mocktail" on instagram feed - more to come soon - so yummy healthy and great alturnitive for you and your guest either non drinkers, desginated drivers or whatever and please serve in a pretty glass - makes world of difference!  






Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Things I Had To Share This Week


Hey There - These are things I came across LOVE .... and had to share with you all!








Samosa Chat



Trust me it's stunning!
Love This White Travel Set - Clean Fresh - Imagine So Many Possibilities! Charming Charlie

SAY HI TO "@abethenewfoundland" my BEAR rug! LOL He turned 1 in Dec. 

OK Kids - Off to the races today - clean - pack - Abe to babysitter and finish packing - Big Sky here we come! 




















Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide Big & Small 2016

HO HO HO,

Here's a list of cool gifts to give and receive this Holiday season! Check them out - link below as well!  Happy Gifting!  Comment Below for chance to win 2 great prizes just in time for New years - US residents only due to shipping restraints.  






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Saloniture Professional Multi-purpose Salon Chair / Massage Table with Adjustable Stool   Santa - I really would love this in my spa/basement area to give and receive massage & facials! 

What's on your lists?  Let me know - one lucky person will win +NARS Cosmetics  Matte lipstick in Red color "iberico"and +Essie France nail polish a gold glitter in "summit of style" just in time for New Years Eve.  
Comment for chance to win - winner picked Christmas Eve. Dec. 24th!  Good luck! 















Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dreaming of a Pink Christmas!

Well Hello There,

This post is a "just cuz" one.  If you know me; you know I love the colors Pink, White, Black and adore me some Glitter!  So all these "faux" Christmas trees that have been on trend lately just make me plain happy - plus pre-lit and no needles, use again next year, win win.  (I know dad nothing beats real but........) 

Gosh I love a White pre-lit with white lights tree or even a bubble gum pink tree!  Que angels singing!  "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" check out these examples I found online surfing.





Putting up our tree this weekend - a bit late this year due to travel and family priorities.  With our pup Abe @abethenewfoundland still just using the 6ft White Tree I purchased from Walmart few years back!  Want to get Pink Tree too but may wait and see how he handles the ornaments this year first.  

Trying to set up family picture tomorrow as well - its just gonna be Abe, Mike and myself.  Since kids grown and outta house all over the place this will have to do.  Check instagram tomorrow for that one!  Tell me how your gonna decorate - do you have more than one tree?  Traditional, rustic, modern, vintage..... I'd love to see your pictures and get your thoughts .

Sending Big Warm Hugs Your Way!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

holiday Season 2016





Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Everyone!

Finishing up my shopping but this rain and ice making for rough go of it today.  My children are grown, my mom passed several years ago - family spread out all over so the holidays take on a new meaning for me.

This year I am beginning a new tradition of adopting a few families in need over the holiday season and taking on job as ELF in training and trying my best to help Santa fulfill their Christmas List.  What better way to feel the spirit of Christmas, right?  I know it sounds cliche but I really am getting so much more out of this than I can put into words.  God has blessed me so much that I just want to give.  Give back, give my time, give my help, just GIVE of myself.  



However while doing my "elf duties" feeling like this calls for a fantastic RED LIP & some festive clothes.  Get me more in the mood.  So take a minute to smile more, pause and admire all the lights & decor and to tell those near and dear how much you love them.

Below is just a little vignette I created on Polyvore (love you Poly)!  That makes me smile.  Crazy for +Kevyn Aucoin lip pencils, lipsticks and glosses - +NYX Professional Makeup has some great products too on the cheap people - 
"FO REAL"!  So bundle up today my friends - throw on a perfect smile, grab a loved one, get some hot cocoa and have a great weekend!   



holiday Season 2016




I hope this season brings you peace, love, joy and a renewed sense of kindness to your fellow man.

Uploading guest room progress this week - be on the lookout on my Instagram, FB & twitter feeds!  Cheers!