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sparkling strawberry limeade

sparkling limeade recipe with strawberry

 

So, after watching the weather this morning, it looks like it may actually be cooling off. In at least part of the country, it’s going to be cold soon, though here in So-Cal, it’s just going to be less hot. Now that I have finished rambling  this recipe is certainly ideal for summer but I think it’s also a special drink for the Holiday Season. Add some vodka for the adults and everyone at your next party will be happy and healthy. While there is sugar in the recipe, you can control the amount to suit you. The vitamin C from the limes and berries combined with the bubbles of the sparkling water taste so sinful, no one will notice the healthy attributes of this drink.

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup water
1 cup turbinado sugar
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup pureed strawberries ( fresh or frozen)
2 25.3 ounce bottles of sparking water ( approximately 6 cups)

 

Method:

combine sugar and water in saucepan over medium low heat. stir, remove from heat and allow to cool once sugar has dissolved. ,about 5 minutes. combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, stir, and serve over ice.

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sleep pink party, free pink ribbon printable

sleep pink ribbon printable free

 

When I first heard about the sleep pink party, it sounded like a great idea. Grab a friend, have some fun and Sleep Pink will donate $100 to benefit breast cancer. I originally was going to have a friend over, then I decided to have my 2 best girlfriends, also my daughters, party with me.
So, we listened to Pink Moon by Nick Drake, drank (sort of) pink drinks, read Pinkalicious, and watched Pretty In Pink. (don’t worry, I edited the movie to be age appropriate)  We also enjoyed a healthy snack mix of dry roasted soybeans, raisins, almonds, walnuts and craisins. Our drinks were supposed to look more pink, but the sparkling strawberry limeade ended up with more of a tea appearance thanks to the turbinado sugar I used to make it. It tasted great and was full of vitamin c.
While we clearly had a fun and yummy time, the sleep pink party provided me a great opportunity for me to discuss the importance of breast cancer issues with my girls.
Every 3 minutes, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is so important to find a cure, and this is something we can all do to help. A fun and easy way to support breast cancer awareness and drive funds to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, a project of the Avon Foundation for Women that supports finding a cure for breast cancer and advancing access to care for all.
Please join me in hosting your own Sleep Link party, post a photo on the Sleep Pink website, and Estroven will donate $100 to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
So go ahead, get your pink on!
For tips and details, visit Sleep Pink here.
I prefer the circles so that you may use them as cupcake toppers, straw decorations, on water bottles or place cards.
What is your favorite way to decorate with circles?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the month of October, Estroven is providing women with the necessary tools to host a Sleep Pink-themed party on SleepPink.com. The site will allow party hosts to upload photographs of their events, and for every photo, the company will pledge $100 to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. It will also provide information to help organize the Sleep Pink parties including downloadable invitations, menopause-friendly
drink and food recipe suggestions, as well as décor and entertainment ideas.

To find out how to host an Estroven Sleep Pink-themed party and raise funds for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, visit www.SleepPink.com.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Estroven. The opinions and text are all mine.

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October 8, 2012 - 2:00 am

jd {veggieterrain} - I love this! Not only is Sleep Pink a great idea, but the pictures of your daughters (& you!) are absolutely gorgeous!

October 8, 2012 - 7:27 am

Amanda - ahhh, thanks jd!

October 8, 2012 - 1:49 pm

hilljean - OMG I love your take on this pink party! My daughter is obsessed with Pinkalicious. That was so cute to include your girls that way. Beautifully done!

October 8, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Amanda - Thank you! Gotta love Pinkalicious, and how she has to eat her veggies to get back to normal- ha ha

vegan caprese skewers

tofu heirloom tomato basil vegan caprese skewers

 

I love capreses. Caprese salad, caprese sandwich and the appetizer version. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a vegan mozzarella I love yet. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me from enjoying a caprese. Really, most of the flavor comes from the basil, tomato and balsamic so I skipped the fake cheese and used lightly flavored tofu instead.

So if you are looking for an easy, elegant and delicious appetizer, I highly recommend this one. Ella and I ate the whole plate full ourselves, so my only suggestion would be to make extras. lots of extras.

 

Ingredients:

1 pint heirloom cherry tomatoes
fresh basil
6 ounces tofu- organic extra firm
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoon olive oil- divided
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

toothpicks or small skewers

Method:

carefully slice tofu into 1/2 inch slices, then slice again creating small squares. place tofu in large bowl, drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and then lemon juice. allow to stand for 20-30 minutes, occasionally tossing to coat evenly. slice tomatoes in half, roll a basil leaf and place on top. add a square of tofu and secure with toothpick. once plated, drizzle olive oil and balsamic over plate. serve immediately.

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the new ubokia marketplace

I have always been a fan of online shopping. I rarely step foot into retail stores anymore since I can search, compare and order everything any time I want to!
What if this online shopping were suddenly more interactive? as in, you could post what it is you are looking for and others can reply? Or maybe just browsing through certain items available in your target area and location. Now I know there are some other sites which allow people to post items for sale, but ubokia has one HUGE difference. Everyone on the site has been verified. They are who they say they are, cool huh!?!
Launching in November of 2011, ubokia has quickly grown into the “want-centric” shopping platform. Simply ask for what you want, and you shall receive. The best part, at least for me, is that it’s about connecting people to people, not just people to things for sale. The more people who join, the more things you can find. It’s internet based up-cycling and recycling at it’s best. I talk to my girls about the reduce, reuse, recycle concept almost daily. We do our best to pass things along to others who may be able to use them. Think of the ubokia marketplace as a great way to join in on a virtual garage sale potluck style and give your items a new life, keeping them out of the landfills.
So, maybe you have a some things you are ready to pass along, check out my new ubokia marketplace here, joining takes a few minutes and then you can browse thousands of items with me. You may be wondering how much it costs to list items, it’s nothing, not one cent! I seriously have quite a few things lying around that I don’t use as much anymore, I just need to decide what to list first.

 

I was compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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simply delicious detox salad

 

Detox.

It can be an intimidating concept, and what does it mean exactly? Do I stop eating all together, or eat certain things and avoid others, or only drink juice, or fast, or WHAT?

Detox and cleanse are often used interchangeably which also adds to the confusion. Lets break it down into the most simple of terms and concepts.
A detox or cleanse is meant to remove toxins and poisons from your body by only consuming pure whole foods.  From that basic concept come many variations, but a few things are constant through all of them and that is what we are going to look at.
* avoid processed foods
* avoid caffeine
* avoid alcohol
* avoid sugar
* avoid preservatives and artificial colors
* eat organic whenever possible
* drink plenty of water
* avoid dairy
* avoid wheat

and now for what to include:  I will add a full list on another page, but here are a few of the best items to include, also used in this salad.
broccoli – touted by many as one of the healthiest foods on the planet, it is rich in vitamin C, fiber and calcium. broccoli also helps to control liver enzymes aiding in liver detoxification.
lemons- high in vitamins C and A, potassium, calcium and amino acids.
garlic- provides vitamins C and B, selenium and manganese.  stimulates the immune system, removes toxins while providing antioxidants.
lentils and legumes- provide folate, protein, B6, magnesium, and fiber to cleanse the digestive tract.
leafy greens- such as spinach and romaine lettuce. romaine lettuce provides vitamins A and C, calcium and protein.

So wanting to detox doesn’t have to be a tortuous thing, stick to whole natural foods packed with nutrition to make your body strong and foods known to aid in the elimination of the bad stuff. Weather or not you believe all the detox hype, filling your body with beautiful, delicious and nutritious food surely isn’t a bad idea.

Ingredients: 2 servings

1 head romaine lettuce
1 cup broccoli- finely chopped
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes – halved
1/2 cup dry lentils – prepare following package directions

dressing:

juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon aple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon diced garlic
3/4 – 1 cup olive oil
salt
pepper
1 tablespoon agave – optional

Method:

divide lettuce, broccoli and tomatoes onto 2 plates. top with cooked and cooled lentils. in a small jar or blender, combine dressing ingredients, top salad with dressing and serve immediately.

 

 

 

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