Good (Vegan) Morning.

After a lengthy hiatus and some much needed family time, I’m back on the blog. I decided to start off today with an incredible vegan smoothie. To create, I just layered up all of my favorite (Organic, of course! ;)) vegetables and fruits, loaded up some natural energy in there with some delicious little black chia seeds and some Bolthouse Farms “Green Goodness” juice.

What I used from the base up:

*Kale
*Carrots
*Radishes
*Spinach
*Green Grapes
*New York Apples
*Banana
*Broccoli
*Yellow Grape Tomatoes
*1/4 cup Black Chia Seeds
*1/2 cup Bolthouse Farms “Green Goodness” Juice
*Ice

Just blend and enjoy. Remember that your home is the best place nurture healthy habits and maintain a healthy body weight. High fiber breakfasts are important, and smoothies seem to be the easiest way to become acquainted or reacquainted with important fruits and vegetables that you may otherwise find easily avoidable- Not to mention that smoothies are a great way to make eating healthy fun for children. Nearly all Americans do not consume a healthy amount of fruit and vegetables.

Happy Wednesday! ūüôā

“Jet’s Pizza is Savior-y”

This is a MUST-WATCH! ūüėČ

London’s Sweet Monster Three: A Party Fit For a (Monster) Prince.

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Have you ever seen that television show “My Sweet Sixteen” on MTV where those seemingly vapid, unrealistic American teenagers selfishly torture their family’s into hosting extravagant parties and then they cry when the get a Lexus instead of a Lambo? ¬†Okay- now imagine an elegant and age-appropriate birthday celebration for a gracious child with incredible friends and parents that shares that certain element of extravagance that you would see on a show such as that. ¬†Clearly, I’d choose the latter.

My son is my best friend. ¬†We experience everything together. ¬†I am constantly striving to “one-up” the last smile on his face and bring him more of that beautiful joy into his sunshine-y soul, so this year, after careful consideration, I decided that three was the perfect age for him to pick a theme and create a beautiful party together. ¬†The theme? ¬†Monsters Inc., of course.¬†

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We chose to use one of the oldest and most prominent estates in Florida, a venue called The Heitman House, ¬†as our venue for the party. ¬†The Heitman House specializes in weddings and special events of all kinds. ¬†It is 105 years old, and was an engagement gift from it’s founder, businessman Gilmore Heitman, to his bride. ¬†I strongly encourage anyone who is not familiar with the property to take a moment to check out their Facebook page: ¬†www.facebook.com/TheHeitmanHouse. ¬†I have never been more impressed with any other location in this area for all events. ¬†

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I went on an outrageous, weeklong cooking and baking spree! The menu for the party included nearly all homemade vegan and vegetarian dishes, with only two small exceptions, and was of course, immensely Earth-friendly!  Menu items included a modified version of the previously posted Monster Muffins, decadent (and scary) triple-chocolate cupcakes, PB&J mini wraps, refreshing cucumber salad, handmade caramel apples, kale chips, and of course, a Monsters-version of an infamous Baking Bad rock candy cake that was four thick layers tall and built tall to conquer!

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We decided to skip the modern classic, a bounce house, and went a more artistic route with some of the activities.  Children were able to get in touch with their spooky side while painting pumpkins, get spoiled with glitter tattoos and professional face-painting by Character Birthday Parties, LLC, (www.facebook.com/CharacterBirthdayParty), and even enjoy games for all ages such as corn hole, croquet, and bocce ball provided by the Global Marketplace.  (www.gmrentals.com)

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Overall, the party was overflowing with creativity, ¬†light and positivity. ¬†It entailed a great deal of team work from friends and family, and the presence of the most effervescent party guests and courteous, enthusiastic staff is what truly made the day. ¬†I cannot wait to see what London picks for next year’s theme, and in the meantime, we’ll be enjoying year number three and all that it has to offer our sweet family. ¬†Happy October, Monsters! ūüôā

 

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Happy October, Vampires!

As some of you may know, I have been working a great deal with fashion photographer, Red Scott, as of late. I just wanted to share one of our latest photographs with everyone. It’s cold, it’s pale, and it’s hot for fall. We have another project coming out this fall, so watch out for it!

I also encourage you all to check out his Facebook photography page:
http://www.facebook.com/RedScottPhoto

London’s “Sam-I-Am” Green Eggs and Ham(wich)

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My little one, London Atticus, absolutely adores the Dr. Suess books. ¬†They made learning his alphabet go much more smoothly, and now, they are a secret weapon to explaining to him that even though some foods look “funny”, they can really be much better than expected! ¬†Hence, our household’s favorite version of classic Green Eggs and Ham. ¬†It is simple to make and only takes about 10 minutes to throw together. ¬†It also just happens to be ¬†Pair it with the book if your LO needs convincing as you sneak nutritious food into their sweet little system! ūüėČ

¬†What You’ll Need…

For Green Eggs-Omelette:

  • 3 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons of pesto (homemade or store-bought is also fine)
  • 1 small yellow pepper
  • 2 mushrooms
  • Small amount of diced onion
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Tbs. of fat free half and half

For “Hamwich”:

  • One slice of whole wheat bread, toasted
  • 3 small slices of tomato
  • 3 pieces of bacon (We used Morningstar Vegetarian bacon, but regular bacon is fine, of course!)
  • Hummus

Directions:

For omelette, whisk eggs, half and half, and 3 Tbs. of pesto in a bowl, season, and set aside.  Dice/chop pepper, onions, and mushrooms, and cook for a couple of minutes on medium high with a small amount of oil in a small frying pan until slightly brown.   Set veggies aside.  Next, cook your omelette in the pan as you would any other omelette, fill with the veggies and flip into a classic half-moon shape.  Garnish with remaining Tbs. of pesto by smudging it on the top of the omelette and any remaining veggies.  Place little tuft of parsley in the middle.

For Hamwich, toast the piece of whole wheat bread and with a butter knife, spread the hummus atop of it.  Crumble and layer the bacon in any which way that you please, and garnish with the fresh tomato slices.

Finally, read the book Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess and give them some inspiration to try new things.  Once kids try one odd-looking dish, it only becomes easier to convince them to try more new foods as they grow and develop their fine little pallets.  Happy breakfasting!

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Energizing Spinach Smoothie

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I just blended up this incredible (and VERY green) energy-packed smoothie for my son and I as a midday mini meal! I definitely am feeling very full and focused!

In the blender, Mix:

4 cups of spinach
2/3 cup blueberries
1/2 cup strawberries
2/3 cup of fat-free, natural, plain yogurt
Fresh orange juice (add until smoothie has reached desired smoothness.)
Ice cubes

Mmm, guilt free foods are always the most satisfying! ūüôā

NoOdles Brand Noodle:  Tofu and Vegetables

Here is a Tofu and Vegetables Dish that my son London and I made with the NoOdles Brand noodles featured in the link posted directly before this one. Absolutely phenomenal and so much fun to make together! I highly recommend NoOdles!

Do You Love Pasta, But Hate Carbs? Here is Your Solution.

Who¬†doesn’t¬†love spaghetti night, or your favorite Asian dish that may consist of a plate swollen with delicious noodles along with (insert undeniably amazing ingredients here)? ¬†Well, I am here to let you know that thanks to the wonderful people at NoOodle.com, your problem of avoiding pasta dishes has officially ended. ¬†Here’s why:

NoOodles brand noodles are fat-free, carb-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and only contain three ingredients.  They are also relatively inexpensive, all natural, and have a shelf life of two years.  The health benefits go on.  Please take a moment to check out this link which states the benefits:  http://www.nooodle.com/what-is-nooodle/top-ten-benefits/

 

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My absolute favorite (severely overused) quote is: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”, as said by Mahatma Gandhi. I would like to think that in some cases, cliches and popular notions have become so for good reasons.

My lifestyle is what defines me most prominently, and I’d like to believe that I am living progressively- taking from the pure basics of nature, fitness, fashion, and food what is most empowering and putting it into action.

My Mission Statement: Being a parent and being a human being should NOT be mediocre. Being a mom in America shouldn’t mean sweat pants, stretch marks, and hot dogs. Being a mom should be a figure of absolute power and inspiration!* You have people looking up to you now, so you should live strongly! Eat cleaner, train dirtier, and become a stronger human being by taking control and actively thinking and living in a Creator’s perspective.

*This blog isn’t just for Momshells, but for all beings who wish to feel, eat, and live an empowering lifestyle.