Monday, January 23, 2012

What I made on Moday....

My family L♥VES whole fruit smoothies! It's a great way to get lots of variety without actually having to eat all that fruit!  In this smoothie (which was enough for an entire family of 5 and then some), I've added a small apple, a small orange, a banana, 1/4 ruby red grapefruit, blue berries, black berries, and strawberries. I also like to mix in fresh raw veggies... one Squash, one zucchini, spinach and carrots! YUM!  Top if off with a little honey, a Tbs of Flax oil, a splash of unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, an induvidual carton of fat free Cherry Yoplait yogurt, water and ice... and let the VitaMix do the work!

And since every meal needs some yummy protein... VOILA!
Old Bay Shrimp and Spinach
{just saute the shrimp in your oil/butter of choice~ my oil of choice is Organic Coconut oil.  Add Old Bay seasoning to your taste and maybe a dash of salt. Once shrimp is about 3/4 non-translucent, add 2 handfuls of fresh spinach. Cook til wilted; about 3 min. And it's that simple!!}
As if that weren't enough yummy goodness.. I accompanied it with some good ol' boiled Gulf shrimp!! YUUUUMMMM!!!!!

This is what I made on Monday   :9

What'd you make?

Linking up with :
Home Stories A2Z

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder....


I spotted her on the shelves of GoodWill, just sittin there in all her glory!  It was L♥VE at first sight!

Linking up at:

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nothing wrong with a little teaser on a Sunday.....

Howdy y'all!!

So... the counter tops still need to be installed and "finished", and the faucet still needs to be replaced...  BUT... Because I am feeling a little generous today.... I thought I'd be nice and give you a little teaser with the cabinets and the sweet little chandy!!  (which happens to be the bomb diggity if you ask me!) 

Ok.. ready???

Now remember... it's ONLY a tease......

I am IN LOVE with how the plain blah white medallion turned out!  And my cutestsie little white and pink chandy is now scrumptiously sparkly bronze!!

I know what you're thinking.... "she did a sparkly bronze chandy with silver accents? Has she NO taste at all?!?!"  My answer is this..... TRUST ME!  It's going to all fit together and look spectacular once the counter tops are in place!  ;)   (but you still think I'm nuts, huh?!)

Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 12, 2012

We're Juice Plus'ing it now baby!

Hello all!
I am going to do some thing a bit different today.  I want to share with you some changes (for the better) I am making for me and my family.

Due to the recent changes in Jordan's health {*Lupus diagnosis* and the knowledge that my other girls could very well be affected since it's an autoimmune disorder and our lineage is strong!}, I am taking strides in making sure I do ALL I can do to ensure better health for her and for my family as a whole!  I have done my research and heard proof about the amazing benefits of Juice Plus+, so I would like to share this with you in hopes that it may also be a blessing to you and your family.   
Very simply, Juice Plus+ is fruits and vegetables that have been juiced, dried and put in capsule or soft chew form. The research behind the product is solid. The nutrients from the foods are preserved to help your body by strengthening the immune system, reducing inflammation and stress, getting the unwanted weight off, increasing energy/focus/memory and your overall health! 
Research Proves Juice Plus + : Decreases oxidative stress, supports a healthy immune system, reduces DNA damage, improves circulation, reduces key risk factors associated with coronary heart disease, reduces systemic inflammation and improves the look and feel of the skin.

I don't know if getting your kids to eat fruits and veggies is a struggle for you guys or not, but many days it is for us. On a good day my kids get 4 or 5 servings, but definitely not the 7-13 recommended servings. JuicePlus+ is a way to help bridge the gap in what we are eating and what we should be eating.
***Right now, JuicePlus+ is offering a FREE child order (gummies or capsules) with every adult order!!!  (that can be any child...grandchild, neice, friend, any!!!)
~We got a FREE adult sized order for Jordan, with my order!  I AM A BIG FAN OF FREE!!
JuicePlus+ ingredients:
Orchard Blend: apples, oranges, pineapples, cranberries, peaches, acerola cherries and papaya
Garden Blend: carrots, parsley, beets, kale, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, barley & oat fibers
Vineyard Blend: concord grapes, ginger root, artichoke, bilberries, cranberries, elderberries, red currants, green tea, black currants, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
~Imagine getting all of these in your body day after day, month after month, year after year. Now that’s prevention!

I have friends that have taken JuicePlus+ for just over one year now and they have noticed incredible results in their family's overall health, energy level, FOCUS, and food choices (kids now CHOOSING more fruits and veggies:) They are taking less aspirin/ibuprofen and allergies have decreased b/c of the anti inflammatory powers of fruits and veggies!  Their doctor visits are a fraction of what they have been in the past. My friend and her husband have lost weight and kept it off and have no more problems with regularity. They feel that purchasing JuicePlus+ is the best money they can spend to ensure that their family is protected by important nutrients and antioxidants daily!

Everything we put in our bodies will affect us negatively or positively. It will either build us up or tear us down. Juice Plus+ can help you improve your diet easily and affordably!

Juice Plus+
is the #1 selling nutritional supplement in the world. Not one over-the-counter or prescription drug can claim what Juice Plus+ can do. Most of the vitamins we buy over the counter are made of synthetic (sometimes toxic) materials and are unused and excreted from our bodies. 
JuicePlus+ is 100% soluble!  

Check out these websites for answers and great info! it out!!!
Read the FAQ's here:
Please email me if you want to learn more!!
Cheers to you and a happier, healthier 2012!!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

There's a little kitchen renovation going on

We have been elbow deep in paint for the last week!  Yes, we decided to tackle the daunting task of painting our kitchen cabinets~ OURSELVES!  Although it's soo rewarding to know YOU did it... YOU can take the credit and pat yourself on the back...  Here's what I've learned thus far... For a slight perfectionist, such as myself, it's daunting in that we are I AM hand-painting! I've learned that, to put it mildly, brush strokes drive me a little wonky, you MUST leave it alone once it's painted (or at least until it's dry!), having patience is KEY.. imperfections just simply need to be accepted and you MUST MUST MUST give yourself a little {or alot of} grace along the way! I guess it's kinda like life, really... Maybe this is my lesson.. You know, the one God has been trying to teach me all along... as in my ENTIRE LIFE! He's just decided to go a different route and do it thru kitchen renovation.

But first, let me show you what's been my inspiration in pushing myself to the outter most limits of sanity...

((Disclaimer~ I am a Pinaholic! Follow me and you can be one too!!))

Oh what I wouldn't give for THAT chandy!!  {MAJOR SWOONING!!!}
If you ever decide to do butcher block counters, check out Vanessa's site! The girl's got it goin on!!  :)  Thanks for your help!!

Now that you're all drooling with envy... here's my reality... lol!!!

We had already begun clearing all the stuff off the coutertops and realized we didn't take (an accurate) BEFORE pictures! Oopss... so, you get the gist of what we started off with.... The dreaded builder grade oak cabintes.  :p

Our kitchen table and island (yep, it's movable!) became a catchall.. FOR. IT. ALL! 

Here we go.... All our "ducks in a row".  Big Daddy was genius enough to think ahead :)  I would be an even more chaotic mess without him!  Thanks babe!

Did I mention we are trying out Rust-oleum's cabinet transformation kit??  No, I didn't... wanna know why? 

Because I am not sold yet.  The box's example of LINEN, which is what we chose, is definitely off white. 

Hmm... Do these LOOK off white to you???  Yeah, not to us either....  We shall see....  (here's where PATIENCE and accepting IMPERFECTIONS comes to play)  They have a top coat to redeem themselves in my eyes at this point!

When you're elbow deep in paint... you need to refuel and hydrate!!  ;-)

Refuel and rehydrate!  Refuel and rehydrate!  Refuel and rehydrate!

Mmmmm...... now, back to work!

We removed the inside panel of two of the cabinet door to have glass inserted! I am SUPER stoked about this decision!!

It's starting to come together!!  {Please ignore all the dishes in the sink. My priority at the moment is to paint, remember to snap picts for y'all, and keep my sanity amongst the crap hole we're living in.... not the dishes~ so, here's where GRACE comes in...}

After looking at all the lovely, amazing dreams ideas Pinterest has to offer... I started thinking about how I could make this space fun and a little funky so I went searching throughout my house and I remembered I had THIS little beauty!!   {when I remembered to take the before pict, I had already begun removing the crystals. DOH!! But you get the idea.} I have spray painted it a shimmery brass color and I LOVE IT!!  I will reveal it at my next post.. don't worry~

 Until then... 

:) Smiling thru it!  :)

... and linking up....

Home Stories AtoZ
Its so very Cheri
House of Hepworths