Foods With A Smile

Life is unpredictable! We never know when or where it’s going to take a turn. I can say that the same can be said about us all. From the foods we eat to the social habits we’ve submits ourselves to. Yet overall, the chooses we make for ourselves or our love ones are pretty much centered around gaining a better sense of security. For instance a job that secures a pay check, the transportation we take from and to, or the charger that keeps my phone from dying because I can’t logout of my Facebook page. Hehehe… Don’t tell me I’m the only one!

Well, I’ve been away because I’ve been feeling a flood of emotions due to the sudden death of my cousin this past summer. Then there was overwhelming grief of my niece who also passed in the same season. To top it off my daughter’s first day of preschool. I have a hard time trusting her with other people… a mother’s anxiety.

You can say it’s been a struggle and a challenge to get out of bed. Trying to remember appointments, deadlines, or feeling sad every time I see a picture of… Well you know what I mean.

Which is why i wanted to share 5 foods that has helped me to be more happy!
1. First one is smoothies with lots of bananas. Which are a good source of energy.
2. Secondly drinking organic cacao also know as hot coco. Just that bit of spark or kick to make me smile!
3. Staying hydrated with water, lemon water to be exact. My man turned me on to this. I’m telling you every morning feels clear and fresh after my water with lemon. Try it you might be surprised.
4. Creamy coconut milk on fish or curry chicken. (My quick, very easy and yummy go to dinner) “It reminds me of mom’s in the house”
5. Lastly is bright colored veggies like carrots, kale, or my new favorite beets.

I know this is not food related but doing actives like walking, jogging, biking, or just yoga can really help with the stress of the day. Now although I can’t jump up out of this boot cast that I have but it doesn’t stop me from taking time to stretch yoga. So if can do it you can do it too.

Then there is those activities that just takes me away. You know, coloring or painting of course. My daughter and I love doing this together. You know she’s happy when singing or a occasional humming is part of the activity. Lets not forget the spontaneous hugs and kisses. accompanied with little I love you mommy! She melts my heart. So whatever is going in your life I hope your take time to incorporate a little HAPPINESS. Huge hugs and Kisses from my heart to your. Stay blessed everyone.

Organic turkey burgers taco style

Organic turkey burger season with taco seasoning is my Lil ones favorite burger. Now it may not be much but there was a time when she would not eat any kind of sandwich. At a better time is it then summer time, trying to avoid using my oven. How are dealing with the heat? Well, hope your enjoying your weekend. Stay cool, safe, & blessed!

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Summer breeze here at the Fisherman’s wharf

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Love this time of the year when I don’t have to layer so many clothes on and carry a big puff jacket. You can say it the island girl in me. Although it has been pretty busy with my late spring cleaning as well as with wedding engagement parties, baby showers, birthdays, and graduation all falling in the same month. It can be a little overwhelming. So we like to unwind by taking walk by the pier, Pier 39 that is. Hope your enjoying this summer season and get lots of vitamin D.

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Lost time, lost love!

Been a while since my last post. I’ve been feeling a little sad because this was a month that my family lost a beautiful little soul. If you lost anyone in your life then you understand how difficult it is to not remember those love ones. Now I never really met her but was reminded how much we looked alike. I’m sure she was a person all her own with characteristics that I’m sure made us different. But my heart broke when her grandparents looked at me with such love that I’m sure she might of gotten several times before she was called home.

I sometimes wonder how she would of felt in my arms, her baby lotion skin, combing her dark silky hairs, and maybe her sweet giggles on a cool afternoon. I’m the type that doesn’t grieve until a few months or year after. Now I didn’t get that professionally diagnosed or anything. Although it probably was a habit I accumulated from all the many goodbye I had to adapt to as a child. Moving and such.

I always told myself that if I stayed busy I wouldn’t have to deal with the emotions and it won’t hurt as much. But it only became evident that it only knock me down like a truck hitting a wall.

I remember cleaning the bedroom and as the sheets were thrown in the air and as I watched it slowly float down covering the mattress. Tears suddenly stream down my face and then the memory of my best friend’s laughter made me weak to my knees. I thought I was going to die but it was My heart breaking. I still missed her after so many months and I could still hear her laughing. I know she is in a better place now. So maybe I haven’t gotten the hang of how to deal with this whole thing called loosing, but Hope that talking about my feeling can sooth the pain a little.

To anyone who maybe going thru difficultly of moving to a new school, home, dealing with sickness, breakup or lost a love one, my heart goes out to you. My prayer is that God would give you strength to carry on. Surround yourself with love ones and tell someone. Just remember “You are not alone!”

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Organic berry and coconut slush with tapioca bubbles

With the weather getting warmer I’ve been making smoothies and slush drinks to keep cool. On top of that it’s so easy to make in my Ninja kitchen blender, “that I could not live without!”

I knew that some recipes called for coconut milk but I never thought to add coconut oil into the mix until I seen Kandee’s YouTube video. She uses both coconut milk and coconut oil in her smoothies recipe. Since I already had all the ingredients on had, why not!

I’ve been using coconut oil for my dry scalp because well I was starting to notice dandruff. At first I didn’t think it would make a real difference because I was trying all sorts of remedies with little to no good. As soon as I started using coconut oil it immediately treated the problem. I started using it for all sorts of things like flavoring my food, shaving cream for my legs, chap lips, after shower moisturizer, night eye cream, treat wounds and acne scares.

You can say I was going all out with the coconut oil. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before. My mom always used it on me when I was younger plus we had coconut in almost everything we ate. Here’s to mom for always knowing best:)

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Happy Grill-cheese sandwich Day

When I woke up this morning I was surprise to see that today was Grill cheese sandwich Day. I mean when was that assigned a day. I don’t even remember it being on the calendar when I was coming up. I think it’s just another reason to eat, which I don’t mind! (Insert SMILEY face)
Since the weather is kind of warm why not have exactly that for lunch. I had everything I needed ready and available in my kitchen to make a organic grill cheese. Now there are lots of ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich and I’ve seen some with ham, turkey, or chicken. But if you make it with organic ground beef would it still be consider a grill cheese sandwich? If so then what is the difference between that and a burger with toasted bread. Well how ever you make it as long as it has the main ingredient, “CHEESE.” I guess… Happy Grill-cheese sandwich Day!

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