Greek Feta Pizza and Infused Pineapple Green Tea!

I had the chance to visit Infused Tea in College Park, a hip cool little subdivision in Orlando, Fl, which is where I grew up. In fact I went to school during my highschool years pretty close to here. Well this spot has totally been doing a lot of revamping lately and a ton of cute little eco-friendly, vegan, organic foodie spots have been opening up around here. This side of town is so cool for its 1950’s sort of vibe while it continues to make it modern but still hold on to the traditional essence of College Park.

 

Well,  I decided to try out their Greek Feta Pizza and Infused Pineapple Green Tea it was so delicious. I’m pretty bia’s when it comes to little spots that serve tea and vegan food. I’m a foodie! I’ll eat just about anything that is made with the right ingredients and will not hurt my figure.  ;-)

 

My husband was the one that put me op on the place, I mentioned it to him a while back but never had the chance to stop by their, even though its right next to the car lot that we own.  Go figure, right.

 

Look at how good this pizza looks with it roma tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and green salad with balsamic dressing, perfect right on top with the greek feta pizza.

 

Hmmm…..Good Stuff!

 

 

 

You Got This!

Okay, so I was sitting here and thinking about life, thinking about  friends,and just thinking about life in general. I just wanted to take some time and just reflect on how us as moms always seem to pull through. Its as if we are a built of stone or something and never breakdown.

Sometimes I wonder why I was made so strong, to go through as many things as I have gone through in my life. Why am I like a jewel in the Ruff still in need of a little bit of molding, that seems to change and and change and never can seem to get to the point where I want to be. Why am I so patient, why am I so loving, why am I secure yet still insecure. Why am tall than yet still feel small, why am all theses things and yet cannot still master that one thing.

Yet, I’m here and at this very moment that’s all I can be. A mother, a friend,  a lover, a nurturer, caretaker, teacher and all that need be.

 

Than when I saw this video I thought it was so cute, to showcase that we as women deal with things, all different things yet we got this! On a emotional level, spiritual level, physical level. You know what we got this.

 

So when ever you feel like you need someone to talk to and that the world is lying on your shoulder. Remember just one thing. YouGotthis!

 

 

DIY: Quick and Healthy Homemade mayonnaise recipe

 

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I have to admit it! I finally have been able to master the technique of healthy homemade Mayonnaise.  Making and attempting to make mayo has always been quite a tricky thing for me.  The one reason I think I always seemed to never get it quite right was because I was using a food processor and trying to make it really slow.  When it comes to cooking, I really don’t have a lot of patience to make things that require tedious handling. Such as dripping the oil into processor really, really slow.

I mean really, who wants to do that?

 

The technique that I use requires that you use a large  glass jar, wide mouth so that you are able to stick the emulsifier stick  blender in.   The one that I use is the Hamilton  Stick Blender. I only use a small amount of ingredients and not much is required at all.

 

  • 1 egg ( I use one egg, because I like to make fresh batches frequently) You can also add some whey to it, so it can lost longer and give it  a gut friendly fermented on effect on  your health.)
  • I use about a 3 teaspoons of lemon juice no seeds.
  • 2-3 teaspoons of salt ( fine ground)
  • You can add some digon mustard, but that would be up to you.
  • 1 cup of Oil I like to use a extra light tasting olive oil.

 

The thing I like to do is make sure I use a room temperature egg, that I get straight from the farm. I don’t trust big companies when it comes to quality eggs, not only because of germs but mainly because of  how they handle the chickens and what they feed them.

Buying eggs from a farm will give tens times more nutrients.  Check out this Video if you want more info.


Anyhow, the  next thing I do is  I pour the egg into the jar, with the cup oil, lemon juice and salt.   I wait a couple of minutes until all the oil has had a chance to float to the top, and the egg is on the bottom.  I place the stick blender in the jar all the way to the bottom. I turn on the blender and keep it in place and blend until it starts getting thicker. Really fast you will see the mayonnaise rise to the top. Slowly raise the blender out an blend more if needed.

 

There you go,  simple quick homemade  Mayonnaise!

 

Wanna learn more about Real Food – Read my post here about the way I love to eat!

 

 

I have a 4B Hair Texture And I Hate It!………

 

 

” I have a 4b hair texture and I hate It!”….

 

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This is one of the comments  I got this week, which was pretty much telling me that she hates having a 4b hair texture. Mainly because she has not been able to master her texture and get it under control with no frizz.  She works a lot and needs to have her hair groomed on  a daily basis.  We all know that yes, having a type 4 hair texture can be a bit much to deal with if you have not learned your hair type  and more so if your like me and I am not good with styles and can hardly braid.   I highly recommend that everyone read If You Love It , It Will Grow!  to get to know your hair type and what you can do to remedy the problems.

 

I would love to know what you think and if you have any ideas that would help her out in the comments below?


 

 

I have 4b hair texture and I have to honestly say I hate it.  I have tried many different products and recipes that just don’t work for my hair. Twist outs turn out frizzy no matter what I use. My ends are the driest and most difficult part of my hair. Conditioners do not penetrate my hair. Instead they just sit on top of my hair. After conditioning I have add some kind of moisturizer my hair throughout the week (glycerin and water helps a bit especially in humid weather). I have lost more hair in the past year and a half of transitioning compared to being relaxed. After cutting off the relaxed hair in May 2014 I thought outer would get easier but not at all. I don’t know how to braid was I can barely do twist outs. In addition I cannot wear a wild agro to work every day. Although I am low maintenance when it comes to hair, I do want to change my hair styles. I have tried the current look by using perm rods. Disaster washed a frizzy mess. Everyone suggests says you just have to find the products that work.

Arghhhh!!! Nothing Works!!!

I just end up frustrated and disappointed every time. I don’t like wearing braided extensions because I don’t like the tugging and pulling or soreness afterwards. They are too bulky washed they get in the way. I don’t want to wear weave either. Also i have to deal with family asking me why I have my hair like this and when am I going to make it look decent. I keep trying and trying to no avail. I can’t do this anymore. Nothing works for me. I have to go back to a relaxed….unfortunately. I just can’t make this work. I just want my hair to be the way it was before. Hmmmm…Cream of Nature or Mizani…either of those sounds good to me.

 

 

This Is What I responded with…. . I hope this helps. 


 

I’m sorry you feel that way Alexia, I struggled for a long time too, more so because I’m a really laid back person and I cannot braid or really ever get a great twist out. Because let’s face it, 4c hair is really tightly coiled and will always have some sort of frizz to it.

The one thing I have found to combat it  is to watch the Ph levels of the products I use, not to go over 7. Since that would be way to high and damaging on the hair.

I use leaves in with a mixture of aloe Vera juice and pre-poo with oils overnight for more shine and protection against shedding. I only finger detangle now and use the steamer at least once a week. Sometimes even in protective styles.

Have you ever considered locking your hair for a while?

I don’t use perm rods either since I am not one for doing extravagant styles. Try to make sure you are not using products with sulfates, these can build up on the hair and not let the conditioners do their job. I have found that Mud based shampoos like Tercentennials do very well on type 4 hair and even on mine followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse, leave in with aloe juice and oil and then a sealant of castor oil or jojoba oil.

I try to let my hair dry naturally by putting it in protective styles for a week. While re-twisting some about every two days and spritzing with Alikay natural lemongrass leave in.

Than after about two days I seal again withShea moisture or Jane Carters Nourish and Shine. The main thing is to leave the hair alone. Our hair does not like a lot of manipulation. Wash, Clarify, Condition, Seal…..Let it be. I hope this helps.

 

 

 

Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit Review!

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Remember how on my last post I talked about the benefits of Essential Oils,  and how how I love the role they play in the everyday health of beauty and natural living. Well I was given the chance to review the Essio Shower Aromatherapy Shower Kit Diffuser!

 

I was totally stoked since just the thought of  taking a shower with essential oils dripping down infusing the air with scents of relaxation, was all you had to to to get me hooked.  I was sent the starter kit which comes with the shower Essio Shower Attachment and three pods full of essential oils that would last 3-5 showers each with heavenly scents. You might be thinking just three to five showers a piece, well I don’t plan on using it for every shower.  I just use them on those days when I really need to wind down and rest pretty quickly. ;-)

The three pods inside the starter includes:

 Breathe- A refreshing aromatic blend of peppermint and eucalyptus which will help to clear sinuses and decrease congestion. While at the same creating a relaxing element for yours senses and body

Passion- Gives a Mysterious, exciting complex synergistic mix of orange, lavender and patchouli. Which creates a sensual aroma.

Unwind – This delightful, restorative blend combo gives an air of citrus and spice floral tones for a atmosphere of lightness and will promote instant relief.

 

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The only thing I pretty much had to do was open the box, attach it to the shower rod above the shower head, activate the pod by turning it counterclockwise and turn on the shower. It was super simple and took less than five minutes to attach and use.

 

Just so you know, the Essio Shower Aromatherapy kit is free from synthetic additives, fragrance, color or preservatives. The essential oils all come from natural plant based extracts.

 

It did not leave my shower to oily at all, if your concerned about that I would recommend a shower mat.

 

I really left my shower all though it was quick during the  day, feeling refreshed and uplifted. More so relaxed!

 

Will I buy this product again,  Yes, I will ;-) I want to explore their other oils and how well they work.

 

I really think the Essio Shower is something really cool and it really did bring the spa to my home!

 

A tip though with the UN – used pods, you can place them on your dresser and it will fill up the whole room with great scents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really have enjoyed the Essio Shower Aromatherapy Starter kit! If you  would like to have a chance to get one of your own you can click here to visit the site and you can also Enter for a Chance to Win One of your Own by clicking here!

They are giving away two free starter kits!

P.S.  Have you ever used the Essio Shower Kit?

 

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A Bed And Breakfast: We had a Beautiful Stay!

So this month is Family Reunion month so, this past weekend my husband and I took the kids to Folkston, Georgia to a family gathering my grandmother’s family organized.  It was a one night overnight stay where I got to see many of my cousins and let my children meet some of their family members.  My Dad’s moms family is from Georgia and I was not born there so ever since I was little my mom would take us up there each year so that we would get to know our family members.  I am so grateful that she did that, because I know too many people who parents either got divorced when they were younger and never got to continue to see both parts of their family.

Which is why to this day, I love to teach my kids about where both sides of their parents came from.  The only thing now is that now that I’m older I am taking my kids along with me this time and a husband.

So with that comes #hastaglittlekidproblems.

Where little kids fight , cry and  having four boys  that need their own space does not help either.  So I just chose not to stay at some one homes and but rather book a room at the Inn at Folkston. 

 

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The Bed and Breakfast at the Inn of Folkston is a beautiful old world 19th century home, that has – I think about 7 bedrooms. Each room is decorated with its own train theme. The owner of the home is an retired couple who’s husband is a second generation retired railroad conductor.  Soon as we got there we felt like we were right at home, I was little nervous at first because I have never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast Before. I’m pretty use to the huge luxury resorts suites that we tend to go too.

The Inn at Folston helped to ease all those fears, my children loved the place.  The room was so huge and spacious at that. We had two full queen beds in our family room  which were so comfortable and clean! Along with a pull out bed and a large private bathroom. I thought that was pretty cool.

Maybe, that’s just me because I thought we were going to have to share a bathroom or something.  Lol! ;-)

Since we were only staying for one night, and leaving the next day.  The couple and their granddaughter served us breakfast the next morning and I felt like I was taken back in time to 19th century way of living.

Just a beautiful place and we had a great stay.

I know for sure now that when we do go back up there to visit family we will return back to the bed and Breakfast inn in  Folkson, heck I might even stay at more across the country.

Since we do tend to travel when we can.  ;-)

 

How about you, have you ever stayed at a Bed and Breakfast Before?

 

 


The gift of a getaway

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Sweet Blackberry – Bringing African American Stories to Light!

I recently had the chance to come across an awesome kick-starter that is being raised to help the Sweet-blackberry organization to raise money to bring to light some truly remarkable stories about African American people. This whole concept is so cool to me, I remember being a little girl and hearing my grandmother tell me stories about how she grew up and things she learned along the way. I use to love just sitting there and having her pat my body really softly and tell me plenty of stories her history.

Story telling is one thing, I know was huge in the African american households a couple of generations back, since we did not have anyway to document our history, many African Americans would pass down their family legacy through stories, that their parents told them and so forth.

Which is why I totally support what the Sweet Blackberry organization is doing, it is bringing back to light the stories of many African Americans who went on to to do many great things and contributed to the growth of this country as a whole.

Sweet Blackberry is doing what many schools have not done and probably will never do, that is to tell us the many great stories of African American history in America. It sort of reminds me of  Life Upon These Shores by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  Which are stories of  African American history in America. Which is a  Phenomenal book and I recommend you read it if you get a chance too. However sweet-blackberry breaks it down in puts it into a way that children would receive it very easily.

I’m not too sure if it will be in book format just yet but I do know right now in its beginning stages it is in DVD form.

Karyn Parsons who used to play Hillary on Fresh Prince Of Bel Air is the founder of Sweet Blackberry and I am so glad she is doing something like this. It will help parents and schools to give children a more rounded education into all cultures.

I think it is something totally worth looking into too, if your a parent, homeschooling mom and would love to teach your children about all types of history. ;-)

Good Stuff!! ;-)

To learn more you can can Visit Sweet Blackberry for more information.

 

Sweet Blackberry Intro from karyn parsons on Vimeo.
 

 

 


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Amys Organic Soup: Pretty Good!

OK,  I decided last night that I need to lose a little weight, not a lot. Just a little to get back into some clothes that I am not able to fit anymore. The clothes that I have are nice and I really want to continue wearing them again. So this morning I woke up early and was able to fit in a small dance workout online. Dancing to me is fun, and that is the one thing I continue to stick to when it comes to losing weight and working out.

I ended eating fruit for breakfast this morning with some chicken for my protein. Than after around the mid afternoon I wanted something light and decided to try out Amy’s Organic Vegetable soup for a light lunch before dinner later on tonight. Nothing to heavy was what I was going for. Which would not give me a ton of carbs either.

To my surprise this Amy’s Organic Chunky Vegetable canned soup was really, quick and easy to make on the stove top! Very tasty I might add. I don’t really count calories since I don’t believe in them. ;-) But if you do, it has only 60 calories. Not even 4 grams of sugar, 13 carbs. It was a little high on the sodium side, yet it was a quick meal and something I will not eat every single day.

However, it a good option to a quick soup that come out the pantry when you want good ingredients that are all organic and you don’t have to slave over the stove. In just about 5 min It was ready to eat. Boom, done!

There are no trans fat, MSG, OR Preservatives, No GMO’S and its Gluten Free! Which is plus around here. I ended up buying more of these for my son, who likes to eat soup in a pinch.

 


 

 

 

Some of the ingredients are:

 

  • Filtered Water
  • Organic Tomatoes
  • Organic Spinach
  • Organic Corn
  • Organic Carrots
  • Organic Peas
  • Organic Onions
  • Organic Celery
  • Organic sea salt
  • Organic Black pepper

 

Good Stuff! If you want to try out Amy’s Organic soup  online HERE. 

 

Have you ever tried out any of Amy’s Organic Food? I would love to know! ;-)

 

P.S.  My Son love their Ravioli!!

 

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Wholesome Chow: (One Of The Best Gluten Free Products Online!)

Ok, well this morning I decided to go on ahead and try out this packet of Wholesome Chow’s Organic Gluten Free Scone Baking Mix. I ended up buying this packet awhile back and was in bit of a squeeze this morning and wanted something different to cook for the kiddies. If you do not know my second to youngest son is in the process of getting a series of tests completed to see if he might have any issues with gluten, wheat, and some other issues.

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That is why I have been experimenting with different types of gluten free recipes that I can do on the fly and in crunch when I don’t have to time to make everything from scratch ;-)

That is why I love that Abes Market offers a food variety of Wholesome Chows line on their site, makes it easy to shop from.

Its, great because since this gluten free product already comes prepackaged I only have to add three to Four items to complete it.

Wholesome Chow is new company and was started by a couple who shared their love for vegan, gluten free, allergy okay food. A lot of times, I will admit this gluten free journey has been a bit of a learning curve, but fun non the least.

Anyhow, Wholesome Chows products are all Certified Gluten Free and Non-Gmo and Vegan Free. Meaning they are Dairy, Wheat, Egg,  Casein,  Nut, and soy free. Which is great for me because I like simple ingredients in which I can add more to it if I feel the need to.

So lets get started and show you how I made this Wholesome Chow Gluten Free Baking Mix:

First off the ingredients are:

  • Organic White Rice Flour
  • Organic Brown Rice Flour
  • Organic Potato Starch
  • Organic Evaporated Cane Juice ( really gives a great taste)
  • Organic Tapioca Starch
  • Aluminium Free Baking Powder
  • Non-Gmo Corn Starch
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Sea Salt

 

Step One:  Set oven to 375º and  grease a baking pan or muffin pat. I ended up just using a  sheet pan with parchment Paper

In a large bowl, combine the milk, apple cider vinegar and Oil, ( I used Coconut Oil.)

 

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The Product gives you the option to use Dairy or any non-Dairy Substitute. Some people use Almond Milk, I prefer to use Raw Milk from the farm.

 

Step Two: I mix in  the Coconut Oil, and Apple Cider Vinegar ;-)

 

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Step Three: I ended up folding in the blueberries into the mixture and  also added a little bit of extra milk, just a tad.

 

 

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The finished result baked at 375º for 18 – 20 minutes was really delicious! I have to say. I ended up melting butter and placing it on top to the blueberry scones.  It was really good, not to sweet just sweet enough. If you like things sweeter I recommend adding some honey to it on top or in the mixture itself.

 

But it does not need it… Honestly ;-)

 

These scones were good, and I plan on re-buying much more from this wholesome chow company.  I would like to experiment around with using some different form of berries and maybe even chocolate chips added to them.

Yum!

 

Finally its kid Tested, Mommy Approved!

 

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How To Buy Natural Beauty Products!

 

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With a boom in the recent years with a push towards healthy living and eating, there is an increase in people wanting to buy natural beauty products. Many want to have natural beauty products that are not bad on their skin and hope to heal certain aliments that might be bothering them. I know for fact that I have always tried to buy natural, mainly because I have had skin issues since I was a child.

Even to this day I still tend to have some, however now I am learning I might actually have a food allergy which could be contributing some of my own issues.

 

 

However for the rest of us, it  shouldn’t take a degree in chemical engineering to be able to read a skin cleanser label. But with multi-syllable words and mystery chemicals, you don’t really know what you are putting on your face and body when you use popular, commercial products. By choosing certified organic skin care products and handmade natural bath and body products, you can be confident in their origin, purpose and function.

 

At least that is what I have experienced in my natural beauty shopping. You still need to read the ingredients however and don’t get fooled just because it says organic or natural ingredients.  Each person is unique and reacts differently to different formulas.  Especially when it comes to hair care,  no one person hair on their head is the same as the next persons.  In my household we have many different shampoos and conditioners because their are so many different variances in our kinky curly hair texture in my household.

If your a kinky hair girl, I’m sure you could relate.  ;-)

 

And, yet your delicate skin is the first line of defense against sun, pollution, wind, stress and germs. As the largest organ in your body, contributing 15% to 20% of your total body weight, it is easy to neglect your skin because it is so easy to take for granted. But your skin has many important jobs to do and it needs the proper nutrition and care to perform at its highest level.

Nutrition and care for skin comes from both the inside and the outside.

 

In addition to proper nutrition and exercise, sufficient sleep and plenty of water, your skin requires a daily regime that helps it regenerate and combat both internal and external factors. Natural organic skin care products can nourish your skin rather than stripping it of essential oils and introducing irritations such as fragrances, preservatives, harsh detergents and unnecessary chemicals.

 

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Botanical’s and purely organic ingredients perform the same functions as commercial detergents but with a simpler, gentler process.

 

 

Organic skin care uses natural, certified ingredients to work together in synergy to accomplish the same goals as commercial products without the harsh effects. But like I said earlier some of the smaller companies are not able to pay the fee to get certified organic on their labels, but many are just as good.  That is why it is good to do your research and stick to what I call the simple rule. Of making sure you understand the ingredients list and that it is down to very minimal ingredients.

 

Simple is always best, trust me a little can go a long way.

 

Organic natural handmade soap and cleansers gently remove make up, dirt, oils and pollution without stripping your skin. Natural fats and oils found in our body butters and organic lotions moisturize tone and protect the skin from sun, aging, wind and pollution. Organic face creams and body lotions serve a protective layer especially in sensitive areas such as the face and neck. Anti-aging antioxidants are naturally introduced.

And there is a limited  fear of sensitivity issues since organic ingredients are simple and pure. ;-)

 

Your skin can not differentiate between good and bad chemicals. It indiscriminately absorbs whatever chemicals you slather on your face and body. By choosing Eco-friendly, natural organic body care products, you know that your skin is absorbing products rooted in nature and simply prepared by hand, with in the highest quality with the least chemical processes. And most of the time you can also be assured that no product will introduce a rash, irritation or allergic reaction because its ingredients are pure and natural.

 

And that is best thing we can do for our selves.

 

 

Read the first ingredient on the side of the container. By law, the list of ingredients must be listed in their order of concentrate. ( MEANING THE FIRST  ONE LISTED IS WHAT THE PRODUCT IS MOSTLY MADE UP OF.) This applies to food labels also. ;-)

 

If you don’t recognize the names in the ingredients, do you really want to put it on your face?

 

Your skin can not differentiate between good and bad skin care products, but you can. Choose a holistic approach by utilizing organic body care and all natural skin care products for the purest and simplest choice.