Monday, August 25, 2014

Motivation Mondays

We all need some motivation sometimes. It might not be to workout, or eat healthy, it could be to clean the bathroom, yes I need motivation to clean the bathroom. It's like get ready, set go, for me I don't know why, but that is just how it is. So, today I want to share with you some motivation quotes that can be used with anything you need motivation for.

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I hope you found something here to just motivate you, but also inspire you, have a blessed day.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Real Food Fridays #52 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. If you have been featured on any of the blogs hosting/co-hosting this link up your post will be shared on the Facebook group, shared on g+, and pinned to the Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

Please grab the button, and put it somewhere on your blog so others can find us.

Features coming soon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beachbody Products on Sale

There is always something exciting going on with Beachbody and this month is no different.

First up is the 10 Minute Trainer from Tony Horton. Get a full body workout in just 10 minutes great for those busy days when you don't have time for a half hour or hour. Step up your game using the resistance bands, and cardio belt included with the program. Most programs focus on one muscle group at a time. Tony Horton combines all the muscle groups along with cardio, toning, and ab moves to give you a full body workout in just 10 minutes. You will also get a nutrition plan which includes 10 minute or less recipes. Along with recipes, resistance bands, and cardio belt you get.....



  •  5 10 minute workout DVDs.
  • Customized workout calender
  • 2- Day jump start plan
  • Tony's on the go workout cards
  • 3 additional Rapid-Fire workouts for faster results
  • 24/7 online support
  • Accelerated results calendar
  • Your choice of a month supply of Shakeology
On sale now for $160.00 and a savings of $70.00 available in English and Spanish. In reality you are getting this whole program minus the Shakeology for only $31.00. Sale ends August 31, 2014.

GET IT DONE: IN  25 MINUTES A DAY! Next up we have Focus T25 use this when you have more than 10 minutes, but not an hour. However, the program is designed to feel like an hour workout. This workout is designed by Shaun T who also brought us Insanity. There are modifications so no matter if you are just beginning or advanced this workout is for you. So, here is what you get.

10 High intensity 25 minute workouts.
  • Cardio
  • Speed 1.0 
  • Total body circuitA
  • Ab intervals 
  • Lower focus
  • Cardio core
  •  Speed 2.0
  • Rip't circuit 
  • Dynamic core
  • Upper focus
You also get a quick start guide, nutrition guide containing recipes using 5 ingredients that can made in 5 minutes for 5 daily meals, 15 lb resistance, and more. Plus Shakeology chose your flavor, don't forget vegan flavors are available. All this for $180.00, you save $90.00 until August 31, 2014, total cost for the program minus the Shakeology $51.00!!!!











Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Creating Shea Butter Naturally

Recently I had the pleasure of doing some freelance writing for Wayne Dunn owner of Baraka Supplies. He sells Shea butter along with Bolga baskets and accessories. My job was to create a write up about Shea butter, what it is, how it is made, where it comes from, you get the picture. You know one thing I love about freelancing? Not only do I make money, and get to write about topics I love, but I also gain knowledge.

Did you know that Shea comes from a fruit of a tree in both Western and Central Africa? I learned that the best Shea butter is created by the village women. They gather the fruit from July to August and there is a process of drying, which is done in the sun. Using a very large mortar and pastel the seeds are gently cracked open, separated from the shells by hand, and once again left to dry. The majority of the process is done by hand except for the grinding of the nuts.

Everything has to be washed before they start making the Shea or it will be contaminated. You should always wash your hands before touching your Shea for the same reason. The women in the villages spend up to two hours gently separating the Shea from the oil. This is all done by hand as they gradually add water to it. Once that is done they have a beautiful slightly yellow butter which is packaged up and sold. Wow!!! I could not believe it, it was amazing. Of course the Shea contained in store lotions goes through a more industrialized process which removes the healing properties from the butter along with bleaching.

Another interesting thing I learned is that when Shea melts and solidifies again it becomes gritty. Once it has melted it will not go back to having that smooth butter like texture. The ahhhh moment when I learned why the Shea butter I have is gritty and harder to apply then the Shea Wayne sent me. You should store your Shea butter in a dark cool place and it will last up to a year.


Oh yeah I almost forgot not only did this wonderful man pay me to write for him he sent me 4 kg of Shea butter. I almost died when I found out that is 8 lbs of butter!!!! I have been using the one from Baraka, which by the way means thank you in Wali a Ghanaian language. That is where they get their Shea butter from, Ghana, and let me tell you it is awesome. It is so smooth and creamy with no gritty texture, angels singing, I'm in love and will get all my Shea from him. Oh and I noticed it has just a hint of smokey fire, I love it thinking about all the work these women do to create it. I would love to visit with Wayne some day during the season and help them create this amazing butter.

I have not used it to create any homemade products I feel like it would be an insult. What I have decided to do is giveaway the other 4 lbs. So, Thursday during Real Food Fridays we will be giving away 1 lb of Shea butter. We decided to split up the happiness, so this will be one of three giveaways to come. What about the fourth lb, hey gotta spread the love to my Real Food Friday hosts.

Uses for Shea butter include.
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Prevents peeling from sun burn
  • Helps to heal surgery wounds quicker
  • Reduces stretch marks
  • Heals cuts quickly
  • Great for various hair types
  • Moisturizer
  • And more

I have included two of the videos I watched while doing my research together they are about 20 minutes long, but worth it in my book.







Thursday, August 14, 2014

Real Food Fridays #51 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. If you have been featured on any of the blogs hosting/co-hosting this link up your post will be shared on the Facebook group, shared on g+, and pinned to the Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

Please grab the button, and put it somewhere on your blog so others can find us.

Vegan Summer Salad & Dandelion Tea

I have been wonderfully busy freelancing, and being a Beachbody coach. So, as of now I have only one day to blog, along with hosting Real Food Fridays, which kicks off tonight at 6:00 pm central.

We have a Fresh Market here which carries a variety of organic foods with some junk mixed in. Usually when we go we get hungry, they have an area where you can purchase different types of salads. You can get things like chicken salad, tuna salad, spinach deep and much more. One day I was digging on this salad that had broccoli, tomato, cheese, with a yogurt dressing, oh it looked so good. We had bought this in  Illinois from a similar store, theirs had bacon in it, and it was so good. Well this one fell short, it did not taste as good, and did not have much yogurt dressing on it, it was bland.

Well I decided it was easy enough to make my own so I purchased some cherry tomatoes, broccoli, vegan mozzarella cheese, and vegan creamy garlic dressing. I mixed everything together except the cheese, southern man would not appreciate vegan cheese, I added it to my own. So, simple, so good, so healthy, and great for a summer lunch.

Due to my slight high blood pressure I have been retaining water. I do not want to take any meds and discovered that dandelion tea is a natural diuretic. A friend told me she got some organic at Target, so I set to get me some. First let me say it does work, and it is great for that monthly bloat, which I mentioned in my post "Natural Remedies for Monthly Cycle." The thing I thought was so neat about Organic Roasted Dandelion Root Tea by Traditional Medicinals was the little messages on their tea bags. Look at them are they not cute?

Natural diuretic is not the only benefit that dandelion tea holds. Many might know this already, but for those who don't here's a list of other health benefits of dandelion tea.

  • Prevent or cure liver disease 
  • Gentle diuretic 
  • Cleanse the system
  • Dissolve kidney stones
  • Improve gastro-intestenial health
  • Assist in weight loss
  • Cleanse the skin including acne
  • Improve bowel function both constipation and diarrhea
  • Prevent/lower high blood pressure 
  • Prevent/cure anemia
  • Lower serum cholesterol 
  • Eliminate or reduce acid indigestion and gas buildup 
  • Prevent/cure various types of cancer
  • Prevent/cure diabetes 
  • Vitamins and minerals, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, A, C, B and D
While it is said that dandelion tea is safe for pregnant and nursing women always consult with a health professional first. It is recommended that if you have any present health issue, are on medication, or scheduled for surgery you should consult your health professional before taking this or any other herbs.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Real Food Fridays Link Up #50

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. If you have been featured on any of the blogs hosting/co-hosting this link up your post will be shared on the Facebook group, shared on g+, and pinned to the Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

Please grab the button, and put it somewhere on your blog so others can find us.

This gluten free Coconut Flaxseed Breakfast Bread from Gluten Free Travels sounds delicious.





I love the unique recipes that are posted here like Kulchizzaa from Chitra's Healthy Kitchen.