Health and Wellness, Organic, Skincare

Turn That Frown Upside Down and, “Wear Makeup Wednesday!” ;) Here are some tips…

these are for particular attention to our eyes and lips

For our brows…

  • pluck any strays
  • apply a brow fiber formula product and highlighter – the fiber formula helps to fill in thin brows; the highlighter is applied right under our arches; blend in both directions
  • redness on our eyelids?  – apply neutral eye shadow to conceal
  • smudge a gray or brown eye shadow into the lash line – by doing so, our lashes will look fuller
  • when it comes to mascara?…apply just a little at the roots…this will make our lashes appear darker, but in a ‘subtle way’
  • got ‘stubby’ lashes?  do the same thing as the previous tip, but, apply only one coat at the roots

For all of those green-eyed beauties!

Want super vibrancy?

*go with any shade that would be included in the red family (the greenies’ opposite color), resulting in flare!

*this includes pink and purple shades, for red isn’t always the most complementary 😉

*both pastel and bold hues work!  Be brave.  Let’s go beyond our boundaries.  🙂

And, then the blue-eyed beauties!

*your best color is orange (again, complementary color)…when paired, your eyes will look the ‘brightest and most intense’

*your wonderful-pairing hues include ‘peach, champagne, copper, terra-cotta, and rust’

*shades of orange are so great because they do not overpower the delicate eye color of blue

Brown-eyed gals!

  • ‘almost anything goes’
  • ‘high-shine neutrals’, such as a shimmery gold, would make a for a good daytime look
  • want a more bold look?  sapphire and amethyst create ‘dimension for night’
  • want the most striking effect?  ‘concentrate the color on the upper lash line and blend out, smoking it up gradually…focusing the intensity closer to the eyes – instead of the crease – will make them sparkle more’.

Hazel eyes, like me?

*perhaps, apply the tips provided  :), and use any color we wish  🙂

Makeup does make you feel good, doesn’t it?

Love,

Lisa

P.S.

So important to wash our face each morning and night, being sure to splash our face at least ten times with water.

*see my regimen under “Skincare” on the Menu, if curious 😉

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Food, Organic, Uncategorized

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting. Sounds YUM! :)

Tis the season for pumpkin.  Let’s make these!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour of your choice.  We use all-purpose organic.

1 1/2 cups of sugar

2 spoonfuls of chia or flax seed or both

1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice

I teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

4 eggs or 8 egg whites or a combination

3/4 cup of coconut oil

1/2 carrot juice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Frosting:

3/4 cashew butter

1/2 cup cacao

1/2 coconut oil

1/2 cup maple butter or raw honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

‘In one bowl, combine flour, salt, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and flax and/or chia seed.  In another bowl, thoroughly combine the remaining ingredients. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using a hand-held mixer.  Place cupcake liners into 18 cupcake pan spots and pour batter equally into each.  Bake 20 – 25 minutes.  To make frosting, place all ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until smooth.  Refrigerate frosting for about 20 minutes to help it solidify, and then spread on cooled cupcakes.  Because there is coconut oil in the frosting, if left out at room temperature too long, it will begin to melt.  I suggest storing the frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator for up to one week.  Remove them from refrigerator 15 minutes prior to serving so the frosting is perfect consistency.’

Sound yum?

Go for it.  Try ’em!

We sure will!

:),

Lisa

Food, Organic

Recipe We’re Trying Today!: White Bean – Miso Spread

Love the versatility, simplicity and flavors of this recipe.  We shall see!

1 15-ounce can white beans (navy, great Northern, or cannellini), drained and rinsed

3 tablespoons mellow white miso paste

2 tablespoons almond butter (optional)

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons granulated onion

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  1.  Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth and creamy.

 

Campbell, L. (2015). The China Study, Quick and Easy Cookbook. Dallas, Texas: Ben Bella Books.

Food, Organic

Family Favorite Recipe: Thai Bean Spread ~ Yum!

We made this today, and, oh, my!  It’s delicious!  All of the flavors marry well, and, there are a lot of flavors!  Hope you decide to try.  🙂

(We doubled this recipe.)

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed

3 tablespoons almond butter (optional) – WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND USING THIS!

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, more or less to taste

1 medium carrot, grated

1 Thai red chili or 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional) – WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND USING THIS, AS WELL!

1/4 cup sliced green onion

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

2 cloves garlic, minced

  1. Combine the garbanzo bans, almond butter, lime juice, and soy sauce in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a mixing bowl; add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Super easy and super yummy!

Love,

me xoxo

 

Food, Health and Wellness, Organic

Health and Wellness Tip: Perhaps, A Smoothie? a.k.a. MEAL In A Glass?! See tips…

Smoothies are fun for everyone!  Our family likes to call them “fruit swirls”.  Whatever your family’s name is or will be for them, it’s a guarantee your little people will enjoy them and, they won’t even complain that they are eating a bunch of healthy green stuff, too!  (sneeeaky 😉

Here are some tips that we’d like to follow when we whip up these bad boys…to get the most bang for our buck, you know what I’m saying?  😛

TIP #1:  Pour in your liquids first for the smoothest consistency.  Then, do as follows:

  • add in any powders (protein, cacao, superfoods)
  • cover with soft items (berries, avocados, bananas, cucumbers)
  • hard ingredients next (frozen fruit, raw fibrous vegetables)
  • last, add ice

TIP #2: Soak your raw nuts, seeds or oats first.  

  • cover the item in boiling water for 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly, and add to the blender

TIP #3: Choose high-quality, easily-digestible protein powders.

  • organic, raw, sprouted
  • 1 tablespoon or 1 scoop to start; can leave a powdery aftertaste if too much is used

TIP #4: Bump up the nutritional value of your smoothie by putting in add-ins (1 tsp – 1 tbl)

  • chia, flax, or hemp seeds
  • or, 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. of green powders…spirulina or chlorella…or, 1/2 – 1 tsp. of wheatgrass powder; “good” bacteria…1/2 tsp. probiotic powder
  • 1 tsp. to 1 tbl. of healthy fats…olive, hemp, flax, pumpkin seed, macadamia nut, coconut, and avocado

TIP#5: Add in an extract if your smoothie is need of flavor (1 or more of the following):

  • extracts: almond, mint, vanilla
  • fresh citrus zest; fresh herbs: mint, basil, parsley, cilantro
  • ground spices: cloves, nutmeg, ginger, cardamon, cinnamon
  • lemon, orange or lime juice
  • raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder

TIP #6: Use frozen vegetables.  

  • flavor is different than fresh (you just may be able to use broccoli or brussel sprouts)
  • adds convenient nutrition
  • reduces flavor sensitivity
  • gives a frosty texture

*Clean blender right away with warm soapy water to avoid stress.  😛

Have fun smoothie making!

~Lisa

P.S.

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