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    • Memorial Day

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    •  5/27/2013 11:15:48 PM
    •  I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial weekend. I hope you had a chance to reflect on life and feel grateful for the loved ones lost and the ones still close by. I had the chance to spend the holiday weekend camping out in our back yard with the kiddos and spending quality really reflecting on the joy they bring me. Sometimes I am strange, well all the time really, but only sometimes do I own up to that fact. As my four daughters were falling asleep in the tent, it was still light enough for me to see their sweet peaceful faces. I sat in a yogi meditation pose to just relax and try to be present. After a moment, I heard a little giggle and opened my eyes to see four sets of eyes peering at me through squinted eyes wondering what in the world I might be doing... I stayed focused, with a little grin,  and reminded them to close their eyes and sleep (it was late).  Before I closed my eyes again, I stared at each one of my children and really focused on them and what I love about them. I am not going to lie and say this is my nightly routine, I am not good at sitting still and being present, it's a never ending work in progress for me!  As I took this time to really be aware, I was overcome with emotion and gratitude for the gift that each child is to me. What a gift we have to be here on the earth in a family, surrounded by people who love us and we love back. I often forget to remember that! I am so happy that I had the extra day this weekend to take the time to reflect on life and really live in the moment. If you haven't taken the time to recognize the people around you, I highly recommend taking 5-10 minutes and just thinking of each of them, reflecting on the gift they are to you. This memorial weekend is dedicated to help us pause and remember those who came before and provided us with the great life we now live, I would also add that those around you who make life beautiful. 


      That moment this weekend helped me see my family differently, it helped me to be a little more patient, a little more loving, a little more open. I often rush though everyday tasks, keeping a tight schedule, running errands, and shuttling kids from place to place.   I would love to say that because of those 5 minutes I took last night that I am a changed mommy, but I know that would not be true. What I can say, however, is that I will take more of those moments, reflecting on what matters most. Enjoying my family, my life. My hope is that you will do the same.


      In honor of this Memorial Day weekend I made fruit kabobs to take to a bbq party. Super simple and perfect for any summer party!




      I will spare you the recipe and hope that the pic makes it obvious, the only thing that is not obvious it the fresh squeezed lemon juice over the kabobs to keep the bananas from turning brown.

      Happy Summer! (soon)


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    • New Books!

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    •  5/20/2013 2:59:19 PM
    •  I love when a new book comes out that continues to support and promote a plant-based lifestyle! The most exciting part about these new books is they are written by two of my favorite people! These two men are on a plant-based education mission! They work tirelessly to share the news about the benefits of eat a whole food plant-based diet. I am looking forward to grabbing my copies of both of their new books!


      Here is a video discussion on CBS with Rip Esselstyn (if the video doesn't work on your comp, here is a link)




      Dr T Colin Campbell's new book, "Whole"  is on the New York Times bestseller list! I get so excited when I see all of this in the news and on the best selling lists! The time is coming where people want to hear more! Keep pluggin along knowing that you are making good choices for your family!


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    • WInner of our Green Smoothie Mustache Contest!

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    •  5/14/2013 6:45:43 AM
    •  Last month we ran a contest to WIN a FREE six month membership to brand new Whole Food Mommies Membership portion of our site! Our Membership offers amazing benefits to help you along your plant-based journey. Each month we offer lunch box ideas, healthy dessert recipes, super salads, two awesome videos, baby food ideas, and a fabulous family challenge to help keep the whole family motivated! If you would like to learn more about the membership CLICK HERE!



      We are so excited to announce the WINNER!



      TARA GROSS!!!



      *We will be contacting with details shortly!



      Thanks to all who entered!!


      One of my favorite Green Smoothie Recipes:


      1 banana

      2 cups frozen fruit (I used the "Festival Blend" from Costco consisting of mango, papaya, pineapple and strawberries)

      1 cup Almond Milk (for a sweeter taste you can use "Vanilla", otherwise just stick to "Original:)

      2 cups fresh spinach (add as much.....but not too "little" you'd like)



      Combine the ingredients in a high-powered blender, until it reaches the desired consistency...and enjoy!

      Happy green smoothie sippin'


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    • Hearty Breakfast Bowl

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    •  5/6/2013 9:17:46 PM
    •   I LOVE finding new uses for my leftovers! I have mentioned in the past that when I am cooking grains for something I will cook a large amount or double what I need and save the rest in the fridge.  This morning my kids were up early and hungry. I decided to use some of the brown rice I had saved in the fridge to try to come up with a sweet breakfast alternative to our traditional steel cut oats (it's been a long winter).

      Hearty Breakfast Bowl


      1 1/2 cups pre-cooked brown rice

      1 cup dry rolled oats (quick oats)

      1 apple

      1 banana

      1/2-1 cup plant-based milk

      cinnamon to taste

      Almond butter -to taste *optional

      optional add ons: hemp seeds, chia seeds, maple syrup to taste


      Chop apple and banana into small bite size pieces. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir. Allow the oats to absorb the plant milk. This dish can be served warm or cold. My kids asked for seconds! We topped ours with a scoop of almond butter! SO good!


      What is your favorite way to mix up the traditional breakfast routine at your house?


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