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MY BASIC BANANA BREAKFAST SHAKE

It’s Monday and just when I thought I’d be staying home to finally get some beauty posts and video editing in I suddenly remembered I have to leave for another important lunch commitment.  I slept in this morning and before I knew it had absolutely next to no time to have breakfast.  Rather than leave you with no post to read I threw this one together quickly and thought it might start you of on some shakes or smoothies if you’ve never had the guts to try them.  Don’t be overwhelmed by too many ingredients when you’re starting.  Toss it in the blender but not for too long or it will turn into juice, perhaps about 1 minute in check in with a spoon to see if it’s thick enough for you, if it isn’t blend a bit more.

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Ingredients were about 3/4 cup of yoghurt, about 10 small ice cubes and one medium banana (Dole ones would be considered large).  This one works for me and the yoghurt I used was already sweetened so I didn’t have to add sugar.  Ice, banana, creamy real dairy yoghurt by Holly’s, voila.  Alternatively if you have no access to Holly’s Dairy products (same family that sells Carmen’s Best Ice Cream) you can use Pascuals plain Creamy Yoghurt which is available in groceries, I like the sweetened creamy taste of that one too.  Try to avoid using sugar if you’re keeping it healthy you could go with honey to add more sweetness if the sweetness of the yoghurt isn’t enough for you.  Switch up the banana with any favorite fruit and even toss in a scoop of protein powder (available at health stores like GNC) for a variety of basic breakfast recovery smoothies that are fresh, quick, and good for you.  That’s it, got to go and fly out the door, now.  Made myself a bit late with this one, haha.

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COMFY OVERNIGHT CONFIDENCE WITH MODESS | Ad

I have those days when I’m just not sure, don’t you?  However, there are some things that have stayed constant in my life through the years, like the product I’m mentioning today.  Even if it is a sort of an “unmentionable” hey, this is a REAL ladies’ blog and for ladies sometimes life doesn’t get any more real and hazy for us than when our periods swing ’round.  Yes, I said the P word.

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I don’t like to be constantly checking during that time.  Real challenges require real confidence and confidence does grow where reassurance is sown.  Read on to see what provides my overnight reassurance.

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THE SUNDAY SLIMDOWN | LONGER AND STRONGER

I’ve still got a bit of ache on me from this week’s workouts and last night I went more intense but still on the safe side of things.  Little, tender me stayed wise and went with not shocking my body with a way too major routine at 0% fitness.  In my mind, a weak core could equate to a larger chance for injury if I decide to do fast workouts too soon.  I’ve decided to slowly build strength on my core and outer extremities before stepping it up.  This plan to get fit gradually is pretty much common sense getting its game on.  Last night I ticked the intensity a notch up with these two workout videos by Fitness Blender which together will function as the main total body workout for the first leg of my return to fitness.  Mat workouts are really my favorite for re-entry because you don’t need equipment or even shoes to begin your fitness journey. 

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For some reason I prefer the quiet instruction of Daniel and Kelli for evening workouts.  The Youtube video workouts I chose to do last night were Fitness Blender’s At Home Abs and Upper Body Workout (half hour) followed by their Intense Pilates workout for lower body and core (1 hour, it sounded scary but it was doable).  Warm up, cool down, and water breaks are included in these videos.  Read on about my memories of fitness re-entry (no judgement, guys, it happens to so many) and what I plan to keep on doing regularly for at least a month before making any Cirque Du Soleil-ish attempts in getting back into shape.

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Grazing on Green Kitchen Stories

To blog about another set of bloggers, the act is usually carried out when you’re truly inspired.  First thing’s first, let’s put it plain.  I love Instagram, along with millions of you out there.  I won’t say I’m addicted but that I have a healthy connection with the enabling app.  Other than my love for photography it was through Instagram that I connected with my makeup artist role model, UK Celebrity pro Lisa Eldridge, who liked and commented on two of my blogged makeup looks, and then I suddenly placed in one of her online contests a couple of weeks later and my face actually appeared on her website.  A couple of months after she sent me beauty prizes.  Now that I recall all that, it is still quite surreal for me…it’s amazing how a mobile app opened that window.  Instagram hosts a multitude of eye-catching personal portals to this wide, wide world of amazing people.  While engaged in beauty I also follow lots of other inspiring individuals who like to present good food.  One of the best presented online IG accounts I ever chose to follow was Green Kitchen Stories (@gkstories), behind the handle is Stockholm based couple David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl.  There are a lot of food-inspired IG accounts but I do believe it’s mainly because of them that so many are presenting the healthy meals on their table from a bird’s eye view.  I’m so glad we have our own copy of this now.

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I wasn’t aware that team @gkstories were already famous when I followed them early last year.  Online popularity bloomed for them between 2011 and 2012 when they started a cooking blog focused mainly on creating easy vegetarian dishes ( vegetarian = veggies, seeds, fruits + dairy and eggs sometimes).  In 2013, they published their first book The Green Kitchen.  Because of their creative food success, they’ve gotten to travel a lot, I think they were recently in Australia.  I haven’t kitchen tested this book yet, but it’s the first cookbook I read from the start all the way to the dessert tail right after we got it at Fully Booked, probably because of all those beautiful photos, short processes and simple words.  The only challenging aspect is a couple of the ingredients they source (looks like I might be beaching myself at Healthy Options, the weekend markets, and/or Santi’s).  I can’t wait to try the recipes this coming week.  The book contains a list of the pantry ingredients they use on a regular basis, a collection of basic methods, recipes for breakfast, light meals, entrees, to-go picks, desserts, and drinks.  It is also full of breathtaking photos and that for me is the fresh cherry on top.  This one isn’t in the book but is a recent one from their site.

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Beet, Apple, Quinoa, and Sprout Salad, photo credit: greenkitchenstories.com

This book would be wonderful for making lots of fresh food and drinks in the summertime.  Lots of you know that I also love to cook and bake occasionally so I’m hoping to kinda cook my way somewhat through their book, but not everything perhaps due to availability of ingredients.  I don’t do it everyday (I should) though I believe I just might have a knack for it (‘coz some people attack my food ’til it’s gone) and I will admit I’m not afraid to try complicated dishes.  I also have an appreciation for simple healthy preparations you can toss together with hands.  I think a notch up versus my appreciation for Instagram is my love for the edible plant world: herbs, fruits, fungi, legumes, and vegetables.  I’m not vegetarian but I love eating them, making salads, and cooking with them.  When it comes to cooking there are tons of food blogs out there but there are a handful of gems with great culinary quality like GK Stories.  A few years ago and up ’til now I still like Jennifer’s Tiny Urban Kitchen blog for the Asian side of food prep and appreciation.  Jennifer’s also brilliant because she’s sort of like a former chemist turned food fanatic (featured by CNN Eatocracy awhile back).  She also loves to include creative culinary ventures using characters like Totoro in her food.… To full post & COMMENTS...

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Movie Minute | Still Alice trailer stokes gratitude…

I’ve been sleeping a lot, recuperating a lot since Christmas passed.  I haven’t allowed my consciousness to slip away like this in years come to think of it.  I’ve never been fond of naps.  I always thought naps were a waste of time and daylight, that is ’til I realized naps provide a comforting albeit temporary escape from a constantly haphazard world.  So slowly I am picking up the pieces before 2015 rolls in and have been screening film trailers online for the sake of it, something I used to do a lot but put away for awhile.  This isn’t a movie review because I haven’t seen this movie yet.  According to a very particular writer friend Still Alice is excellent and for being in a drama genre he claims it’s done tastefully and that acting isn’t overtly melodramatic (he mentioned “no slapping….”).  It is based on the book by NY Times bestselling author Lisa Genova.  The trailer moved me so much I just had to say something about it before we try to watch later on.  It made me realize there is just so much to be thankful for.  After getting that preview I went down to hug my mother.

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“I’m not suffering, I’m struggling…”

 

Another good friend said the book was great, too.  The film’s lead cast includes the incomparable Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth all given roles that seem to fit like gloves.  At least that’s what I can pick up from the trailer alone.  Very simply put it’s a movie about an intelligent woman with the onset symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, the feared degenerative illness where you slowly and literally lose your mind.  It supposedly isn’t a light movie, but I don’t mind heavy screen plots as long as what is meaningful is placed at the heart of the story.  I guess I was also looking to be stoked for gratefulness, something that’s really important to me towards the end of the year.  Looking forward to watching this one, it comes highly recommended so I’m told, here’s the trailer.

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