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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Quick Giveaway: Emerald Geometrics Teething Ring Necklace for Breastfeeding/Nursing Necklace

Hi guys!

I have a quick little giveaway here for all the nursing mothers or mommies with children who are teething or soon to be teething or you just like having spomething to distract your little one with. hehe


Here it is, I Think it's very pretty and most of all natural and free of harmful stuff that is not good for babies. The giveaway is simple and it's only up for a day, I just need you to vote for my recipe. Thank you for taking part and helping me. If the widget does not load, just click the Rafflecopter link.


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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Try Conciousbox Free for the 1st Month!


I got an e-mail from Plum District today informing me that I could get my first Conscious Box and for FREE! Wooo! In case you didn't know about Conscious Box, they are a monthly subscription service that sends you new 100% natural products to try that are from Eco-conscious companies, they have a Regular Box, Vegan and Gluten Free Box. so you have choices!

I would also like to note that if you join, you can cancel at anytime or pause your subscription.

If you would like to give it a try just click on one of the pictures or links and use the code PLUMPICKS at Checkout & you just pay $7.95 for shipping.




Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Honest Company Review + Chance to win $250.




I subscribed to The Honest Co. recently. I first took their trial or sample option (free to try and you just pay for the shipping) and I really liked it so I made the change. 

The fact that they are all NATURAL products! customizable in many ways, down to the diaper patterns!!! :D I like their customer service, they are quick to help and very professional yet friendly.... but I think the biggest thing is the ability to pause your subscription if you need to or change the date. You can customize your essentials box to suit your needs every month and if you need more you can even add extras, They not much more than grocery store natural products which is fantastic! I also know they have come out with a prenatal and child vitamin which is another option you can opt for if you are in the market for an all natural and organic one.

Here are the pictures I took from the my sampler pack with my phone because I still don't have a camera. :(




If you would like to give them a try you can use this LINK and use INVITED10 in the coupon code section and you can save $10 of your first order. Right now the Honest Company are running a giveaway If you join through my link you, my self + 3 others have the chance to win $250 gift card at honest.com.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Latin Inspired Pork Rub Recipe.


Here is a recipe I came up with just yesterday for grilling. We used a boneless Boston Butt and we used some apple-wood chips but you can just use what ever you wish or have on hand. We smoked ours for about 3 hrs roughly and it was well cooked, juicy but with a lovely bark on it. I hope you like it! :)

Recipe for the rub:

2 tbsp of Paprika
1 tbsp of Salt
2 tsp Parsley (dried & fine)
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Celery Salt
1/2 tsp Mustard Powder (I Used Colmans)
1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
Juice from 1 Lime
Handful of Cilantro Chopped
Olive Oil (I used about 2 tbsp)

Just Mix the ingredients together and rub on the meat. Let it sit for at least 30 mins and cook!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ipsy sneak peek June 2013!


Today, I got my e-mail letting me know my bag from ipsy had been shipped. I look forward to this every month, I love surprises and ipsy never disappoints me, so you know I going to be looking forward to it every month. I headed over to the site (I know, I cheated!) because I am not very patient and here is what will be in my box. You too can get almost the same, I think they are also sending some people a really nice looking gel eyeliner with brush and there might be more but I am unaware of those.

If you are interested and would like to join, you can follow the link ( I think I get something after so many people join), ipsy is a $10 a month subscription service, you can cancel or skip at anytime. I like that its free shipping and you get 4-5 full size items and they are always pretty good and worth a lot more than the $10 you pay.

I'll be sure to post pictures of my bag once it arrives too so you can see. :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hurry! GlossyBox Promo Code - June 2013


I Just got this e-mail from Glossybox, You can get a ModelCo Eyeshadow Palette with any subscription to GlossyBox. I don't know if you have seen the previews for June but the Box looks great, There is a Tarte Lipstick  in everybox, Oscar de la renta perfume & Bondi Nail polish. I am super excited! Hurry before they run out!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Recipe: Super Tasty White Choc Chip Cookies

HI! Sorry I have not posted much in a while, My camera broke and I finally bought one (it's going back, I am not happy with it) but I managed to take some test pictures of some cookies I made so I figured I'd post this.

If you love soft chunky cookies that are moist, this is the recipe for you. :-) I make these every week, with different variations. If you like this I can post more in the future, so please let me know.


Ingredients

    1 cup Butter (Room temp or cut in pieces and Microwave for 20-30 secs)
    1/2 cup Brown Sugar
    1/2 cup Sugar
    3.4 oz pkg instant Chocolate pudding mix
    2 eggs (at room temp)
    1 tbsp Cocoa Powder
    1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence or Extract
    2 1/4 cup Flour
    1 tsp Baking soda
    1/2 tsp Baking powder
    2 Cups of White Choc Chips (I use Ghirardelli)

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the dry pudding mix and vanilla essence.
   
    Beat in one egg at a time.

    In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Then slowly stir into the wet ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. (I usually get the dry ingredients set up before I start that way I don't have to run around measuring things)

    Line baking sheet with baking paper and then spoon cookie dough onto the baking sheet. Bake for 8-10   minutes depending on your cookie size. (I make either 16 large cookies or about 20 medium Sized.)

    Cool & Enjoy!



(They have lasted me 5 days and tasted great but they can probably go a bit longer.)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Creamy Rawrsicles! Blueberry, Spinach & Protein Popsicle Recipe

   

I would like to apologize for no posts, My camera is broken and I can't take any decent pictures at the moment until i buy a new one, which might be a while. Here is a recipe for a Popsicle I made for my daughter, she loves these and has already eaten half the batch.

The recipe takes a few minutes and you can make 6 - 8 Popsicles.

    1 1/4 Cup of Frozen Blueberries
    1/2 Cup of whole fat vanilla Yogurt
    1/2 Cup of Coconut Milk (I use Thai Kitchen Organic Milk)
    1/3 cup of Heavy Cream
    1 Tbsp of Honey
    1 Tbsp of Condensed Milk (You can skip this or just add 1Tablespoonof honey again instead)
    1/4 cup of Protein Powder (I used BSN Syntha-6 Vanilla)
    10 leaves of clean baby spinach


    1. In a blender, puree the yogurt, Cream and coconut milk. Once a smooth consistency is reached,  add the frozen blueberries, spinach leaves and blend.
   
    2. Add your tablespoon of Honey and condensed milk and blend.

    3. Add protein powder and blend.

    4. Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 Hrs.
   
    5. Remove from the molds and enjoy!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Recipe: Creamy Coconut Popsicles!



Sweet, Creamy & Delicious.... Creamy Coconut Popsicles. This recipe makes about 12-15 Popsicles depending on your molds.

You'll need:

1 can of coconut milk (I used Thai kitchen organic)
1 can of reg sized condensed milk
½ cup Almond or Coconut milk
¼ cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut


1. Blend ingredients together.

2. Pour into Popsicle molds and freeze for about 5 hrs.

3. Enjoy!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day Activities!

Happy Earth Day everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday, We are both having a pretty good day despite the gloomy weather. We are going to be enjoying our Earth Day by painting some stuff indoors and pretend cooking some delicious ;-) healthy meals. hehe

here are some ideas you and your little one can do depending on the weather and what you have available to you:

  • Play Dough
  • Painting
  • Drawing with crayons (use up carton from cereal boxes to make a nice card)
  • Sensory box (no need for rainbow rice, use beans, lentils, flour... so many recipes around)
  • Reading
  • Puzzles
  • if you have a tablet (you can read, do puzzles, practice the alphabet or shapes... it pretty limitless)
  • Pretend play
  • Go out and play, look and point at different things around you. 
  • Go to a playground
  • Get dirty with them and plant something or Play in a sandbox!
  • Cook something together or ask them to help you put the dishes away
  • Make a tent out of sheets, furniture and cushions.
  • Sing and Dance (my daughter goes crazy around music.
  • Watch a movie
  • If your child is a little older you can sew a doll or make collages or other fun crafts.
There is so much you can do. I will be posting a new Sensory Recipe tomorrow hopefully and this awesome cookie recipe I found. Big soft cookies with choc chunks anyone?!?!

I'm off to try to sew a pair of leggins for my little carebear (new to sewing), Wish me luck!!! :D

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Paleo Recipe: Spicy Cilantro, Lime & Paprika Chicken Thighs



This chicken recipe is not only delicious, but Whole30 & Paleo friendly. It's also a quick but flavorful meal to prepare during the week.

You can either grill these or bake them in the oven. I have tried both and they came out great either way.

You will need:

  • 1 pack of Chicken Thighs Bone in & skin on (usually 4)
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp of dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp of Salt
  • 1 tbsp of Cilantro (I used pureed)
  • Juice & zest from a Lime
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of ground Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
Preheat oven at 400F if you are going to be baking it straight away (if you are going to let it sit, hold off on that).

 Mix all the ingredients together (not the chicken).  Once you have your marinade, add your chicken thighs and coat them well.  I usually get some under the skin because if you don't the chicken can be rather bland.  Depending if you are letting it sit some or not, go ahead and bake for 35-40 mins.  Once finished leave to cool for a few mins and serve.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Recipe: Rainbow Rice Sensory Box (Alcohol Free)

It's Friday!!! Woooooo!!! Today Scarlett had a playdate and we (I) have been dying to try the whole sensory box idea. I am sure if you a pinterest user you may have seen tons of pins about these.

I came across a few different recipes, I went with the vinegar version because I didn't like the idea of alcohol all over the rice and possibly on her hands and then into her mouth. Anyways, here is my recipe, walk through. I could have taken more pictures but it's so easy that I got carried away.



You will need:

Zip lock bags (sandwich size) or plastic containers you don't care about.
Cheap Rice (2 cups per color)
Food Colors (you can use natural dyes) (a few drops or more per color)
Distilled White Vinegar (2 tbsp per color)
something like a cookie tray or anything you can use to lay the rice on to dry over night (it could stain)

First thing you will need to do is place your 2 cups of rice in your zip lock bag or container, add your 2 tbsp (tablespoon) of vinegar and then add your food coloring in, stir it if you are using a container or close your zip lock bag and shake it around till all the rice is covered. open the zip lock bag and place on the tray to dry out.

Rinse and repeat. I left mine to dry a few hours before I moved mine but that could vary per home depending on climate. if you can and it feels dry on top, try braking it up some so it gets some air and leave to dry more. :)

I hope you enjoy this, I know the kids had a blast and even I enjoyed it my self.

Warning! If you have wild ones and they are not old enough to understand to stay in the box, I would recommend doing this outside unless you want to be picking up lots and lots of rice. hahahaha

here are some pictures of our playdate from today, I hope everyone has an awesome weekend. :D





















Saturday, March 23, 2013

Recipe: Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets


I have been away for a little bit but I am back again and I wanted to share our favorite homemade baked chicken nuggets that will appease to even the pickiest toddler on the block.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

1 Pack of ground chicken
1 Handful of 5 min Oats also known as old fashioned oats (1/4 cup)
1 tbsp of egg whites
Bread crumbs or you could use almond flour for something healthier
pinch of onion powder
pinch of salt (I use Himalayan Sea salt)
pinch of garlic powder
pinch celery salt
pinch of dried parsley that's been crushed finely

Preheat your oven at 375 (May vary with some ovens).

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except for the breadcrumbs (almond flour optional instead), on a large plate place the breadcrumbs or almond flour ready for coating your nugget mix.

With a little scoop, or a spoon, scoop some of the mixture on the breadcrumb plate.  Roll to cover it and flatten and shape into a nugget, repeat until all the mixture is gone.

Once you have done that you can get a cookie sheet, lay some parchment paper, place the nuggets  on the paper and bake for 15 mins. (I find that I like a little bit of coconut or olive oil drizzled on mine before I put them to bake, they come out more golden, crispy and moist inside that way, but you can skip that if you want)

Serve with some yummy baked sweet potato fries and some bbq sauce or krazy ketchup.

I hope you and your toddler enjoy these, I know we do and it keeps us from wanting to buy junk. Happy Smiles for everyone. :)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Whole 30 Update, Day 30

So, I have been away from the blog for quite a bit. I do apologize. I was just not motivated to type anything. between cooking so many times a day, taking care of my little carebear (teething) and cleaning I didn't get much free time to my self, so I just spent that time doing stuff to relax.

Day 30!!!!!!!!!! I'm happy to have reached it Feb 19 to be exact, though I do plan to eat like this the a lot of the time, I will still indulge in some non paleo foods every now and then. tehehe

so, What have I learned from this experience? I have learned that my old way of eating were hurting me (my body), I was always worrying, tired, having anxiety and panic attacks at times, I felt depressed and I disliked how I felt, my body ached, my bm were not regular, I would get bad PMS. I also learned that the Whole 30 Helped me get my body and sanity back. I feel so much happier, energetic, I hardly worry, no anxiety, I sleep better (as good as a co-sleeping bf mom can sleep), I ache less, I am regular, PMS gone! I feel content and I enjoy motherhood so much more now.

One thing I am also happy about is my skin, I have been struggling with adult acne/rosacia since I moved to the U.S, I'm not sure which it was or if i had both, but i dreaded going to a dermatologist only to be put on strong medicines that are not very good for the body, so like many people i kept trying stuff but nothing worked and it just made it worse. Since the whole30, the redness has gone, the amount of acne has gone down severely and if i would actually quit wearing makeup, it would just heal up. :(

I have decided to cut back on sugary stuff, wheat, corn and other crops and pulses, I have also decided to avoid dairy as much as humanly possible because I just dont think it agrees with me and my body would be happy without it.

Update: its been over a week since I finished my whole 30, my skin has kept on clearing up, I still feel good, I feel so much happier, I will definitely need to do more whole30's in the future to keep my body doing its best.

Have you tried the whole30 challenge, if so... how was it for you? did you find it hard? did you learn anything from it?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Recipe: Easy Whole30 Banana Pancakes!


Ingredients:

1x Ripe Banana
1x Egg
Some Ground Cinnamon, Ginger & Clove to your liking.

In a mixing bowl mash or blend a banana, stir in the egg and spices and whisk, Heat up your pan, add a bit of your desired oil to heat, scoop in a couple of tablespoons of the mixture and cook, flip and serve with your desired sides. :)

If you would like something to dip or pour on your pancakes, I sometimes drizzle some Thai kitchens organic coconut milk on mine and it's soooo good. hehe

I cant tell you how much I love these. :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Whole 30 Update pt2.


Hi again everyone! So I just wanted to update on my Whole30, I have not given into temptation yet,  Day 5 & going strong! :)

I am actually really enjoying the Whole30 challenge, although I must admit, it is much more time consuming than I had anticipated, between the meals, cleaning up and tidying the house and taking care of the little one, I don't get as much free time as usual, it's not like we ate bad, its just that I have to still please the non whole30 eaters in the house. hahaha

I have come to find a love and bigger appreciation for fruits and vegetables that I had started to lose, I am also enjoy things like nuts, eggs and meats more which is great in my books. I love that it is encouraging me to be more creative with my cooking, I don't know about you, but after a while meals get repetitive and sometimes rather boring but after starting The Whole30 challenge, my meals have been satisfying and refreshing. Which is great! :)

 I have had no luck getting a non added sugar, plain nut butter from the store, which is driving me nuts, I was so hooked on peanut butter & honey on toast for breakfast or a snack, I also loved peanut butter in my smoothies and to dip fruit in. I miss it!

so, I'll go ahead and post some pictures of some of the foods I have been eating.
 Vegetable fritata with strawberry halves & frothy banana milk.
 Mash sweet potato, Green Curry fish with some veggies I had laying around.
 Caulirice & Chicken Stir-fry
Turkey patties, salad & some mashed butternut squash.

I will post some recipes soon in case anyone would like any, so far I am in love with banana pancakes in the mornings! :)

Off to shower and sleep, G'night all!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Whole 30 Update.


Woo Day 3! So far it's been easy but I can't say I have had no cravings, I have wanted to eat something deliciously sweet but have not caved into my sweet tooth, I know that it could get harder later but I do not plan on quitting this. hehe :D

For all of those that are not sure of what I am talking about, I recently started a Whole 30 challenge, don't know what it is? It's a nutritional program designed to change your life in 30 days. by eliminating certain food from your diet, you give your body a chance to heal and hopefully learn from this. If you would like to read more about this, please visit: The Whole 30 Program

Here are some pictures from my past few days, if there aren't a ton its because I either have not had my camera at hand or I ate leftovers. :)


 Banana pancakes, bacon & orange slices
 Plantains, Latin inspired Chicken with zucchini & squash slices.
 Patties, fries and salad veggies.
Yummy salad with sliced egg omelet.

Well my little carebear is tired, so we are off to bed. Good night everyone!