These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and….

 

Ohhh, you already know that song. Got it. Well here are a few of my favorite things this week (well, that I’m talking about this week. They are actually my favorite things all of the time and I want to share)!

The first one I’m going to talk about is Skinny & Company. I LOVE this brand. It is the only chemical free coconut oil on the market. It is not even comparable to your store bought organic brands (even your Whole Foods approved brands) because it is just that much better. A whopping 19% of the ingredients don’t even have to be listed on the labels of those brands. Do you want diesel fuel going on your skin or into your body? I don’t and that’s why I am a huge proponent of Skinny & Co. and want all of you coconut oil lovers to get on board with it. Not only do they make the cooking oil which has an added digestive enzyme in it, but they also have a beauty segment with balms and cleansers that have essential oils that serve a purpose. For instance the clarifying cleansing balm helps with skin issues like acne while the rejuvenating balm has anti-aging properties. Since this is such a high grade coconut oil your skin soaks it up and you can automatically notice a difference. Trust me and try it by clicking on my link below.

Coconut Oil – 16oz
from: Skinnyandcompany.com

My favorite products are the pure baby, peppermint oil pull, Coconut Oil (for cooking), Rejuvenating cleansing balm, and Lavender deodorant.

 

Next, if you’re expecting (a baby, that is) or still learning the ropes as a new mommy check out the Mellow Mama on youtube. Most of her philosophies on child rearing are right up my alley. I’ve watched her episodes from the beginning but I just recently binged on the ones I missed like the new season of Game of Thrones had just been released. She really embraces everything that being a mother is. She shows her vulnerable side and is strong at the same time. She chooses a path and sticks to it, even if people don’t agree with it.
With my daughter Cosette, I’ve chosen to do some things that I get weird looks for. It doesn’t matter though because I choose to do these things because she’s my only daughter and I only have this one chance to raise her. I want to do it in the smartest way possible. I used to think the only thing I was or am good at is being an actor, but now I know I’m good at being a mom too. I don’t judge anyone and their choices in raising their children. I believe that most of us do the very best we can. I’m not super strict as I believe some things are ok in moderation. I feel that if I were super strict that she would rebel later on. When I am strict, even though she’s only 8 months old, I explain to her why we are making a certain choice whether it has to do with food, trying to play with something that can hurt her, etc…
I want her to want to make healthy choices and good decisions. I believe that the more I teach Coco good values and how to live in a healthy and happy way that it will follow her into adulthood. It’s what I’ve tried to do in my own life before becoming a mom. I can’t change anyone’s opinion by writing it on facebook, I can lead by example and hope that someone learns from it.  The Mellow Mama puts a lot of things into perspective and often I find myself following her lead or thinking about something important that I’ve never taken into consideration. Oh and her real name is Kaitlyn! Follow her on instagram @themellowmama and click here to subscribe to her youtube channel.

Finally, this week I want to mention My Serenity Kids. Click here to check out their website. I learned about this brand of child friendly pouches on the Whole Mama’s podcast. Take a listen to that too if you have the time! Often I buy baby food from the store to keep in the diaper bag or to send with Coco when she’s at daycare or at her Grandparent’s and sometimes when I’m lazy and don’t have the best dinner prepared I’ll give her one too. Lately when I’m in a bind like that I just cut an avocado in half and that’s been the perfect solution. However after learning more about My Serenity Kids, I found that the amount of sugar that are in the baby pouches appropriate for Cosette’s age is unreal! Plus it’s hard to find any pure organic veggies or protien options. You’d expect that it would be easy but it’s not. The only way to give your child a healthy option is to puree it yourself or give her real foods when baby led weaning (which is what we are doing). Here is where My Serenity Kid saves the day. All of their combos are packed with protein, have no additional sugars, and are super baby/kid friendly. They are paleo approved and are the best option when you are in a pinch. They are now available in some Whole Foods markets, but if you go online and get a bundle there is a huge savings. Coco has tried all three flavors and loves them. They are grass fed and pastured meats mixed with organic veggies and healthy fats. Breast milk is the best milk and the most nutrient dense at this point for us (as we are willing and able – I know it’s not an option all of the time), but these are great options. Here is link to their about-us page so you can take a look yourself!

21 Day Fix – Day 14

I had a busy day, too busy for a Sunday if you ask me. I wanted to watch Hulu all day. I have some major guilty pleasures on there that I won’t speak of. They might ruin my reputation of being kind of cool. I had an audition that I needed to put on tape so my friend Chris helped me out, then after several takes I got it to my liking and drove to the grocery store. I loaded up on produce and meat, came home, unloaded, and began my meal prep. This week is going to be a little tricky because I won’t be home Wednesday through Friday. I’m working the outskirts of my territory so am overnighting it. I plan to take a cooler for breakfasts, snacks, and lunch at least.

Today I made paleo egg muffins. I’ve made them before following a recipe and they are super easy so I just kind of winged it this time. My recipe:

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/4 C Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 10 asparagus spears
  • 4 mushrooms
  • 1/2 Red Onion 
  • 2 Sweet peppers

Preheat oven to 350. Chop all vegetables and sauté in coconut oil. Whisk eggs and almond milk together. Once veggies are done to your liking separate them into your muffin pan. Pour egg mixture on top of veggies and bake for approximately 20 minutes. Yields 12 muffins, 6 servings.

For 21 day fix servings: 1 red, 1/3 green


I also made my green juice for three days. You really don’t want to make too much of this ahead. Make sure that if you do store your juice, store it in an air tight container. 

  • 2 lemons peeled
  • 1 1/2 celery stalks
  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 inch size piece of ginger
  • 8 strawberries

Yield 3 10 oz servings. I count each serving as 1 green, 1/3 purple.

  
Next I prepped my butternut squash fries. Now I seriously hate making this but I love the way they taste. I think this counts as a workout. I have the recipe posted on one of my blogs from several days ago, but you can find them on Pinterest too. Just make sure to sub any ingredients that you shouldn’t have. I seasoned mine with Himalayan sea salt, garlic powder, pepper, and paprika and have them in a gallon ziplock bag in my fridge. You might want to wait on the garlic powder because every time I open the fridge I get punched in the face with the smell of garlic. I have a black eye.

  
Right now I also have a whole chicken defrosting on the counter. First thing in the morning I’m putting that baby in the crockpot so dinner will be done without me having to tend to it. I also have some zuchinni and squash ready to go in the oven as a side. Tomorrow’s not even here and it’s done. Yayo!

There is also a chicken and cabbage recipe that I didn’t have time to make but it’s super quick and easy. I’ll be making that very early tomorrow morning before work gets started for my lunches. I should have made it today but I still had to get my workout in. Speaking of…

The Workout

Yoga Fix – I definitely wanted to do yoga today but I felt like doing something a little extra. I needed a little push after my cheat evening on Saturday. Although I was busy all day today I wanted to sweat a little more. Before yoga I did four rounds of this to get my heart rate up and burn some extra calories…


I found it on pinterst and thought it was the perfect little push, without going all out, that I needed for today. Afterwards, yoga felt great. Every time I feel stronger and better about my alignment in the poses. It’s funny when you think you’re doing it right, make an adjustment, and then realize you’re doing it right.

Today’s Eats

Breakfast:

(1 red, 1/2 green)

  • Veggie fritata. No cheese!

Lunch:

(2 red)

  • Leftover turkey meatloaf

Snack

(1 green, 1/3 purple)

  • Green juice 

Dinner:

(1 red, 1 green)

  • Grilled chicken breast
  • Slaw without mayo 

Everything I do is without mayo. I can’t stand it. That and snakes are my worst fear. If I were ever to experience hell, it will be snakes swimming around in mayo. Ugh. That’s awful imagery. I’m sorry. 

I hope you enjoyed your Sunday! Get ready for the last day of 21 Day Fix!!

Fresh Friday – Fresh Field Farms

So today when I opened up the freezer to pull something out for dinner tonight I realized that it was time for a trip to the grocery. Whenever I need an ingredient for a couple of things I’ll just pop into the store and pick it up. Today I felt like going on a much needed adventure though…and adventure to Fresh Field Farms!

The holiday season got kind of tricky for my regular grocery shopping sessions because my household was very busy. Between me and my boyfriend we have a lot going on because we both have regular work hours and then we have our not so regular work hours when we are still actually working. He is in an outlaw country band and plays the stand up bass and I am an actor. Our schedules are always packed so sometimes it’s hard to find the time to cook healthy meals. Often I’ll buy fresh veggies and they will go bad by the time we are actually able to stay home and cook a nice healthy meal. Now that the holiday’s have been over, it’s easier to get on and stay on track. I just have to figure out how to tackle the holidays when they come up. Advanced meal prep is key…I have yet to do that!

Fresh Feild Farm’s is a great grocery store. It’s more of a farmers market. They bring the farm to you! It’s full of freshly packed, organic, non GMO, antiboitic and hormone free foods. Many people are scared to jump on the health food bandwagon because it may seem more expensive to buy fresh foods (especially of a great quality) than processed foods, but that isn’t the case if you know where to shop! I definitely suggest scoping out your local farmers markets if you don’t have access to a store like this. Although, it seems now that people are becoming more aware of their diets and nutrition, places like this are popping up everywhere, so be on the lookout! If you are in Jacksonville or Orlando Florida check out the below link to learn about Fresh Field Farms and find the location nearest you!

Fresh Field Farms
Watch my vlog to sneak a little peek into Fresh Field Farms and find out what great goodies I got. I also found a recipe via Pinterest that I made with all of my fresh goodies. The link to that recipe is in the video description notes and I can attest that it was yummy!  Click the link and watch below and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel for FRESH updates! Have a great weekend!

Fresh Friday Vlog – Fresh Field Farms