May 7, 2015

My Journey on the Whole30

It's a shame that this is my first time blogging in 2015. Oh wells. Sometimes you just have to know your limits. Having a baby in January and then balancing life as a family of 4 with a two year old... life's just really interesting, busy, entertaining and the list goes on. I'm in the process of trying to get another website up and running, dedicated to making yourself the healthiest you that you can be. It's been at a stand still, which has been both good and bad. I'm ready to get this show on the road though, I love helping other people.

In an effort to get back in shape after the baby, I decided to read the book "It Starts with Food" after seeing a neighbor have such huge success in doing the Whole30. It was completely eye-opening, the most resourceful book that I've ever read. It has taught me so much about my body and how it works, that it's unreal. I just completed my first Whole30, and it was amazing, so amazing that I don't want to stop doing it. I've never felt so healthy in my life. Since moving to Texas over 10yrs ago, I have not been able to breathe, and for the first time, I can breathe! My allergies are gone (during one of the worst allergy seasons of the year). I'm pretty much back in shape physically, just lacking in ab definition, but unfortunately my body is the type that likes to retain a certain amount of weight while breastfeeding- wah wah. And she's only 15wks, so I've gotta be realistic.


One thing that I really missed while doing the Whole30 was oats. I freaking love oats! Oatmeal, oat pancakes, oat muffins, oats on my almond butter and apples, oat milk latte- I just love oats. I tried one Whole30 "oatmeal" and it was so disgusting. So I've been playing around trying to make something work and here it is:



Banana "Nutmeal"

Ingredients:

½ cup raw cashews
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw pecans
1 ripe banana
2 pitted dates
2 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions:

1. Place the nuts in a large bowl. Fill the bowl with filtered water so the nuts are covered by at least 1 inch of water. Cover and soak overnight.
2. Drain the nuts and rinse 2 or 3 times, until the water runs clear.
3. Add the drained nuts to a food processor/high-speed blender/Bullet. Blend the nuts with the banana, dates, coconut milk, and cinnamon until smooth.
4. Transfer "nutmeal" to a pot on the stove, mix in chia seeds and heat over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
5. Top with fruit, nuts, coconut flakes etc.

Try it out and let me know what you think.

December 12, 2014

The Return of Pinkie the Elf

Let me start off by saying that Pinkie Elfie is kinda like my saving grace these days. Luciana thinks she's cute and loves seeing what silly things she's up to each day, but I'm pretty sure I get a lot more out of coming up with these creative ideas than Lu does. Mostly due to this thing called 'the terrible twos.' Yeah, it's real, they're terrible and I'm pretty much on house arrest because she has no shame in embarrassing me in public. At 8+ months pregnant, I have no tolerance or energy to deal with her shenanigans on my own. So thank you Pinkie for bringing a creative outlet and some joy into my life ;)

I need to remember my smile in this picture and to just shrug it off when my toddler has thrown herself on the floor in public, is kicking, thrashing, shoes flying while I'm just standing there dumbfounded:


Our first week with Pinkie

Intro at Breakfast on December 1st
We don't do a naughty or nice theme with our elf. First off, she introduces herself with a Christ-centered approach. Same as last year with the little nativity and this time we included breakfast. It's more like "what is Pinkie up to today" approach, which makes the whole month of December really fun. At the age of two, Luciana doesn't really understand naughty or nice, heck, she doesn't even know who Santa is... Although she did tell me that she wanted to sit on his lap the other day, but I'm pretty sure she was fibbing, since our first try of the year she refused. We shall try again!

Pinkie shows Lu how to help feed the cats (since Mommie has pregnancy amnesia and never remembers to).

Pinkie loves Olaf too! So much that she wanted to be him!

Pinkie was so inspired by her new favorite song "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by Pentatonix, that she wanted to make an angel and sing the song as an angel herself. She's very creative, the angel wings are Luciana's hand prints.

We found Pinkie with her first Lego friend, Olivia, researching Pinterest projects together while sipping on some coffee. Very important business!

Pinkie is practicing her putting skills. She's definitely a well-rounded little elf.

Pinkie made PiNK sprinkle cookies for Poppos birthday! Happy Birthday Poppos!

Stay tuned for more adventures with Pinkie!

December 8, 2014

Baby 2's Nursery and Name Reveal

Although Baby2's room is not completely ready (still have some things to add here and there), for the most part, it's pretty much done. I failed to include the 5 loads of laundry that was nothing but Newborn to 3mo clothes that are hung in her closet. Obviously we won't be having any outfit repeats going on in this household- Ha! I chose not to paint that room and keep it neutral, just in case immaculate conception happens again later on down the road and we have a boy- I'm not saying this is going to happen, I'm good with two and really don't want any more, but me and BFlo shall have conversations in the future I'm sure. Really this is what he says "I'm Mexican. I'm supposed to have a lot of kids." Sweet! Well, I'm white and our "white people" average, leaving the Duggar family out, is approximately 2 kids per family ;)

So, back to the neutral walled baby room... I wanted to accent with white, light pink and gold. I got tree decals from Amazon, they actually came with 5, but we only used 3. To me and my mom's surprise, they were literally decals, not the "sticker" we thought it would be. It definitely was a 2 person effort to put them up, but actually went faster than the tree sticker we had done in Luciana's previous nursery. I also purchased with gold stars on Amazon, there's 272 in total, just in case you were counting... I wanted something more to warm up the wall. The canvas is from Hobby Lobby, which I bought on their 50% off canvas week (every other week if you go there enough). Jenny Lind crib from Kohl's, they had the best coupon. I wanted a shorter, white crib. Luciana's is just too high, I need a step stool to get her in and out. The crib skirt and bumpers are from our Facebook garage sale page- $20 for all! How's that for a score!!!


This built-in area is still being added to, but includes my childhood Aladdin lithograph (which I know will be worth millions some day). The "Love" at the top and "Hello Love" on the 3rd shelf down are both from Hobby Lobby- 50% off. Vase, not sure if it will stay, and a small pink Ikea frame. I may add a small lamp next to the frame. 


Getting closer to the name reveal... Patience! 

Dresser/diaper changing area is up next. I got the dresser at Ikea and my aunt, uncle and Luciana somehow mustered up the patience to put that thing together. Everything on the wall besides the star decals and the frame in the bottom left were all 50% off at Hobby Lobby. I painted the frame around the "E" and the arrows onto the little wood pallet. I printed a design off of Etsy for the bottom left frame. It's a gold 'glitter' world map with pink background. It was $4.90 and an immediate download, so I have no complaints. The chair will be replaced with the recliner that's currently in Luciana's room.


And FiNALLY- the name!!!


We had a name chosen and ready to go, however, it was Cruz Alexander. That just wasn't going to work for another girl. So it took us literally forever to pick out a name. We thought we had one, Alessandra, but then my sister-in-law was talking about a little girl in her class with a similar name that made me think twice. I think her student's name is Ellisandra. If you follow me on Instagram, I had jokingly suggested Ella Sue pronounced 'LSU' to BFlo (his alma mater), and it was seriously a joke but he loved it. So I thought if we went with Ellasandra, Ella would be cute to type quickly in text and if he feels the need, he can call her Ella Sue on LSU game days, although she won't have a middle name (family tradition). 

So there you go. Her name will be ELLASANDRA.

September 26, 2014

It's the Pumpkin time of year!!!

I recently made some muffins that were quite delicious if I do say so myself... Thank you Pinterest for being the awesome catalyst for me finding a life-long list of incredible recipes! I rarely follow a recipe exactly, but use it as a basis or perhaps even a source of inspiration. I almost always have to adapt recipes to fit my health requirements.

I've recently realized that cooking either is or isn't a passion. I always thought of it as my duty as a woman, wife, mother, but apparently it comes down to a passion or desire. I prefer not to eat out regularly, granted, I am "off-duty" from Friday night thru lunch on Sunday, but home-cooked meals are so much healthier. I would rather know what's in my food, than trust that someone is not overloading with sodium, fat and additional junk or funk that I don't need in my body.

Here's the recipe, and my changes are highlighted below:

Brown Butter Pumpkin Banana Streusel Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 1 3/4 cup flour- I used Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  5. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  6. 1/4 tsp salt- Omitted Salt
  7. 1/3 cup butter- I melted 1/3c of Coconut oil
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 cup sugar- Used 2/3c Organic Honey
  10. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  11. 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  12. 1/4 cup milk- Subbed Coconut milk
  13. 1 tsp vanilla
Streusel topping
  1. 1/3 cup flour- I used Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix
  2. 3 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  3. 1 tbsp cold butter- Used solid Coconut oil
  4. dash cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a muffin tin (or use liners)
  2. Melt butter over medium heat in small sauce pan. Whisk continuously until brown flecks start to appear and butter starts to smell nutty. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Whisk dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  4. Once butter has cooled to room temp, beat butter beat melted coconut oil, egg and sugar together in a bowl.
  5. Whisk in coconut milk, pumpkin and mashed banana. Lastly whisk in vanilla. Gently stir in dry ingredients.
  6. Make the streusel: whisk Pamela's flour, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Cut in solid coconut oil cold butter until crumbly.
  7. Pour the muffin batter into the prepared muffin tin filling 3/4 full. Sprinkle streusel topping over the tops.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool.

Here's how they turned out:


I suppose you could call them Paleo or Whole 30 friendly if you omitted the brown sugar. Regardless, they're super tasty and relatively healthy.

July 29, 2014

Christmas in July!

Before July is over, I thought I'd hop on the "Christmas in July" bandwagon and wrap up some unfinished business... It's actually a bit embarrassing to admit that I never completed my Pinkie Elfie blog bits with our cute little Elf on the Shelf. I just saw her the other day while packing and thought I'd take care of sharing the remainder of last year's Adventures with Pinkie (gosh I can't wait to do it again!) So this will be like 2 weeks worth of adventures, hope you enjoy ;)

Day 15:
Pinkie's ready to take the dogs 
outside for a walk


Day 16:
Pinkie learns Spanish


Day 17:
Sleigh ride with Team PiNK


Day 18:
Found Pinkie saying her prayers
from her prayer list


Day 19:
Pinkie found Luciana's favorite
doggy at Grammy's and went 
for a ride


Day 20:
Pinkie at the Beauty Shop
getting her how done with GiGi


Day 21:
Pinkie reading Christmas Cards


Day 22:
Pinkie made herself a snowsuit
out of leis so that she could
build her first snowman


Day 23: 
Pinkie colored a pic for 
Christmas Adam 
(Adam before Eve, get it?!)


Day 24:
Pinkie made her first 
gingerbread house


Day 25:
Pinkie went back to the
North Pole to celebrate Jesus'
birthday with her family and friends


Hope you enjoyed the adventures of Pinkie Elfie. Can't wait for what will transpire this year! For more ideas check out my other 2 posts from last year (when I should've posted this one..)



Merry Christmas in July!