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Reishi Mushroom Cocoa

5 Ingredient Chocolate Reishi Goodness.

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This is our simple take on this adaptogenic drink that we have incorporated into our routine. Reishi mushroom has so many benefits and to learn more you can click here. There are many forms of this drink out on the market today, so we decided to share our simple at home version. But if you are new to adaptogens then we do recommend you start of in small doses to see how your body response. Reishi is very bitter, so this recipe is great for a beginners, because you can always adjust to taste.

This drink really hits the spot on a chilly night, (served warm)

  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp- Reishi powder (very strong, and bitter start with less at first)
  • 1/2-1 tbsp- Organic cocoa powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 tbsp- Organic Coconut sugar (adjust to taste)
  • **Optional add 1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen powder.
  • Warm up some milk and add to your blender, we prefer using any plant base milk.

 

Blend up and enjoy! Really hope you all give this a try at home and let us know how it goes 🙂

Favorite Podcasts August 2018

Hello friends!

We wanted to share some podcast we’ve been loving and that have been apart of our daily routines for sometime now.

We try listening to podcasts instead of turning on the tv or radio we find it helpful to keep us always learning, growing and being more conscience and present each day.

  1. Optimal Living Daily – A pod cast that narrates articles, blogs, and even books to help you live a better life.
  2. Optimal Relationship Daily – Talks about bettering each of the relationships in our lives articles that touch on parenting, love, marriages and ect.
  3. Glowing Up – A very funny, womanly podcast about health, beauty, and lifestyle and just glowing up in general.
  4. Self Service – Advice, and motivation from business to self-care.
  5. Spark My Muse – Deep talks on spirituality and mindfulness.

If you get the chance to listen to any of these please let us know. And if you have any podcast you want recommend to us it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

 

Matcha Tea

Hello Friends,

We’ve been drinking matcha tea for many years now, there are so many benefits to drinking matcha I will link an article here where you can read up on it. We both enjoy the cleaner taste of while still getting the caffeine in, instead of having a cup of coffee which we find can be a little too heavy at times. (We still do enjoy coffee too)

Matcha is just great hot, in a latte, or ice-cold it’s just another alternative when you aren’t in the coffee mood. We do not drink Matcha with any sugar in it, and that’s really key for us to not have the unnecessary sugar added to our day unlike with coffee where we prefer a little bit of sweetness added. We don’t really prefer it in our matcha.

We’ve tried out a few brands and have found only a couple that we really like to repurchase. One of our favorites has to be Ippodo Tea. But honestly, it can be quite costly if you drink it on a daily basis like we do. Another brand that we like that is Mizbuba Tea Co. we find them to be more affordable, but never lacking in quality if you’re interesting in purchasing I will link their website for you, you can also read up more on the company. We also wanted to share a discount code we found through their Instagram, which we weren’t sure if it would still be valid, so I emailed with the company and they said it should be good from here on out. For 10% off all orders use: InstaTeaTime

We always make sure to use this discount when we place an order extra savings is always nice. We are not affiliates by any means just really enjoy their matcha.

We’ve been enjoying matcha simply lately, we got this idea from LeefromAmerica’s Instagram check her out we love her content. This is a super simple, easy no need to boil hot water or whisking involved way to enjoy your matcha.

Directions to simple ice cold matcha:

  1. Take a jar that you have a lid to, we just used a good ol’ mason jar.

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2. Place 1 tsp. of matcha powder in, then place a few ice cubes into jar (please put however much you like of both). Fill 2/3 jar with filtered water,

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3. Lastly shake vigorously until you see no lumps of matcha, and boom it’s done and ready for your enjoyment. It should be nice and frothy at the top.

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4. I then fill the rest of the jar up with more filtered water after shaking, (having a bit of space at the top helps it become nice and foamy.)

Please feel free to add stevia drops as we do once in while, or your favorite milk. We’ve been enjoying Oat milk a lot lately, but we also reach for the unsweetened macadamia nut milk also.

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Thanks so much for reading hope you all give this a try and enjoy!

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Dyson v7 Car & Boat

Hello everyone!

We just want to give a little respect to this new toy we purchased and let people know the deal for the Dyson v7 Car & Boat. We’ve had a lot of small vacuums before this one different brands different styles but this one definitely is the top of the line as far as smaller handheld vacuums go.

The vacuum is able to run for 30mins on a charge which is pretty good for a very strong cordless. It comes with a lot of accessories for different tasks like the crevice tool, extension hose, dusting brush attachment, a combo brush tool, hard bristle brush, and this really nice motorized attachment. The motorized brush attachment is really awesome getting tough spots like when the animal hair weaves its way into the cushion and you have to pluck it out one by one because the vacuum isn’t cutting it.

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This little vacuum really helps as hated carrying around the big clunky vacuums with the long extension cord following us around tangling up. It’s just so streamline now an empties out so easily just pull this red handle on top and all the mess fall out the bottom it’s really hygienic.

Costco had a great deal for this, we thought it was a little expensive $169.99 usd we were a little hesitant at first then did some research an found out on the Dyson website its selling for $239 usd its crazy deal, for great value. So we went online because they didn’t have it in our store here and purchased it and it was way worth it. We hope if you don’t already have one or its comparison cordless is the way of the future hop on the bandwagon get it from Costco before they realize how cheap their selling it 🙂

This vacuum is a life saver for reaching those spots that you didn’t even know existed. We use it a lot for getting our cat hair off of everything, or when we truck in dirt from a hike or from camping. We really recommend it!

Thanks for giving us your time hope you get something out of this.

 

 

 

 

May 2018 Snack favorites

Hello friends!

Now that the month of May is coming to an end. We wanted to share the snacks/treats we’ve been loving as of lately.

1. Smart Sweets Gummy Bears
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These gummy bears help curve our sweet tooth without the guilt! I will link off their websites FAQ page. This bag is about palm size and comes in a sour or fruity flavor, I think they have more, but these are the only ones they had at our wholefoods. More options are available on their website. These are sweetened with stevia which is an amazing natural sweetener. Available on their website and at Wholefoods stores! Give them a try.

2. Dahlicious Lassi Organic – Alphonso Mango

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If you’re a fan of yogurt kefirs or mango lassi drinks than you must try this! This taste just like a mango lassi, but loaded with tons of probiotics. This is one of our favorite ways to start off the mornings when we’re in a rush, just poor some into a glass and enjoy. We’ve only been able to find this at Wholefoods Markets. If you’re able to find this we suggest you give it a try.

3. Trail Nuggets PRO – Peanut butter & Cocoa

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We’ve been on the search for protein bars that don’t contain a bunch of unknown ingredients these have the cleanest ingredients that we’ve been able to find so far. The ingredients are simple just: Dates, Peanuts, Pea Protein, Cocoa, Peanut Flour, Water, Coconut Sugar, Salt. We like to bring these on hikes or just keep some at work in the office just anywhere really. We by these by the box at Trader Joes I think its $17.99 for a 12 count.

4. Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes

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These rice cakes are super convenient to have and we like to snack with them alone or use it as our toast for an avocado toast with an egg on top. Also we have topped it with a bit of peanut or almond butter, bananas and some local honey that we use to combat our allergies. We’ve been able to find these at our local Raley’s, Trader Joe’s, & Wholefoods.

 

Thank you for reading! hope you enjoyed.

Please let us know if you’re able to try these snacks. Also we would love any snack recommendations as well 🙂

 

 

 

 

Top Products April 2018

Hello Friends!

Back with another Top products for 2018, keep reading to learn about a few of our favorite products that we’ve been loving lately.

Organic Wool Dryer Balls

 

These are great, we’ve been having to run our dryer a lot longer lately, and when we purchased these bad boys and it really helped with that drying time. Our dryer is not the greatest and we are looking to investing in a new one. But for now, these have really helped cut the drying time in half. It’s also better for the environment than using individual dryer sheets, because you can put essential oils in these wool balls and it adds a nice light scent to each load. We purchased ours on amazon, they have many options available.

Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Geranium Flower – Sensitive Skin Formula

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We been loving this deodorant for the both of us, on us individually it smells so different. (Your body’s Ph balance has a lot to do with it) Its super light and a little goes a long way. If you enjoy a light floral almost jasmine scent you will like this, on top of that its a sensitive skin formula which is nice because the skin under the arms can be a very picky area when it comes to introducing new products.

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Bar Soap – Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Rose.

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Dr. Bronner’s always has a way of making it on to our lists, we absolutely love the bar soaps in particular. We go through these like crazy, some of our favorites happen to be Eucalyptus, peppermint and rose. The unscented baby version is really awesome for children with sensitive and eczema prone skin my nephew’s skin has really improved with the use of this mild soap. Available at Trader Joe’s/ whole foods and Target other Drugstores. Their liquid soaps last forever, and they are very concentrated so dilution is key.

Thayers Witch Hazel- Alcohol Free Toner (Rose Petal)

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We like to use this as a toner, and to spot treat itchy bug bites. Witch Hazel is extremely calming, and helps a lot with the itching when we get bug bites which Colleen suffers from most of the time. As a toner it helps calm the skin’s redness during break outs. You can pick this up at your local Target and drugstores.

 

That’s it for this edtion of Top Products hope you all enjoyed and hopefully it gave some of you some ideas. Please share any products you guys love, we would really love to hear and recommendations.

As always thank you for reading 🙂

Energy Bites/ Fat Ball Recipe

Hello friends!

We are back with our take on a simple recipe from leefromamerica, we’ve been making these a lot lately. If you have not heard of these energy bites then I will leave a link for you to read more about it.

Yes these are very dense and high in fat and high in calories, but this is something Raphy and I do not consume everyday. It is something we eat before the gym, hike or when we just do not have the time to actually sit down and eat something. These are easy to grab and go to tie you over until your next meal.

We love them because they are easy to make and you can tweak them to your own palette or just to whatever that’s available to you.

Energy Bites/ Fat ball recipe:

  • 1/2 cup Roasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup Raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup Raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup Raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut shreds
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup Coconut butter/ Mana
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Organic cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Flax Meal
  • 1 tbsp Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4 Dates – Any kind (pitted)
  • 1/3 cup Flax Milk – Any plant base milk (add in increments to gauge consistency, may need more or less)
  1. First thing we do is roast our almonds, we do not roast any of the other nuts but for some reason we just find it tastes better to us when we roast the almonds. The almonds are raw and unsalted. We roasted all of the almonds we had since we were making more than one batch.

Preheat oven to 350°F line your baking sheet with parchment paper then spread the almonds evenly. Place in oven for about 10 minutes stirring around (making sure all sides get toasty) every 2 minutes with a wooden spoon, do this until it reaches your desired level.

*Tip in the bulk sections of the supermarket they have already unsalted, dry roasted almonds but they charge you $1.00 or so more per pound. We chose to just roast a bunch ourselves.

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2. Next, add all nuts into the blender food processor pulse and blend until there are no big chunks.

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3. Then add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor. Begin by pulsing then blend on high until you reach a doughy like consistency. (adding milk in increments)

4. Roll them out on to a sheet of parchment paper and store in a glass container freeze for 1 hr then move them to the refrigerator.

*Tip we like to roll the balls into different sizes so that we have options when choosing. Depending if we just need a small bite in between meals or something larger for a long hike.

For something extra you can roll them in coconut shreds, cacao powder, or any kind of ground nuts. Just make sure they are finely ground enough for a good coat. We only did 2 because our coconut shreds were too coarse.

Lastly here are pictures of some of the ingredients so you guys have a point of reference.

Hope you enjoy, again feel free to change any ingredient please share with us any of your recipes you’ve tried. We always change it up it all depends on what ingredients we have on hand with us in our cabinets.

Missing In Action

Hello friends!

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We are back and have an announcement, during these past couple of months Raphael and I have been planning our wedding that took place in Napa, California on Friday December 29, 2017.

Raphy and I have been together for almost 6 years, and time has really flown for us. We’ve always known that one day we would get married when the time was ‘right’. Then next thing you know 5 years passes by, and we realize no moment is ever going to feel like the perfect time for us. Fast forward–to planning our wedding in just over 1 month.

We can say with no regrets it was perfect just how we pictured it small, very intimate, and filled with love with the people we love. We are sorry to have been gone for such good chunk of time. But we just wanted to have all focus on our special day, and enjoy each and every moment of planning it all out. It was definitely the best way to end our 2017, and begin the new year on this new journey of marriage.

We wanted to pop on here and share some photos with all of our friends here. Hope you enjoy!

 

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All smiles

Thank you all for reading, we will be back with more soon!

Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites

Hello Friends!

We have a wonderful recipe we want to share with you all for our Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites A whole food healthier treat for everyone. The recipe is simple and includes some really great ingredients. Keep reading for the recipe and step by step instruction.

Chocolate Almond Butter Banana Bread bites Recipe

Makes 16 muffin sized bites, Prep Time 15 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F. Until you are able stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cup Spelt Flour – (Bobs Red Mill carries some, we picked ours up at a local health foods store in the bulk section)
  • 2/3 Cup Chocolate Chunks – (Semi Sweet or Dark/Milk your choice)
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 1/2 Coconut Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Creamy Almond Butter
  • 3 Medium sized bananas
  • 1/4 Coconut Oil – Liquid
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon
  1. Preheating oven at 350°F while that’s getting ready start mixing all dry ingredients together: Spelt Flour, Coconut Sugar, Baking Power, Baking Soda, and Spices.
  2. Next take another mixing bowl peel the bananas and mash them but leave them a bit chunky, because you will then add the almond butter and cream/mix together.

3. Take a cup or small bowl and beat the 2 eggs before adding into the wet mix. Then add the vanilla, and coconut oil and mix thoroughly.

4. Finally add the dry mix into the wet mix in small batches until you get a smooth thick batter.

5. Lastly add the chocolate chunks, one tip we like to use is to sprinkle a bit of flour on them before adding to the batter to ensure they don’t sink to the bottom. (You can save some for topping if you want a more ascetic presentation.)

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7. Prep the muffin tins with liners, we wanted to make ours festive for October so we used Halloween themed liners.

Finished Product should look something like this. One tip is to let them cool down completely so that the sides don’t stick to the liners. As you can see in one of the photos we did not have any patience and had tried some fresh out of the oven then realized the sides were completely stuck to the liner.

Hope you all try out and enjoy this recipe it is a great treat for kids to through into their lunch bags, also great for adults with their tea and coffee anytime of the day. This is a yummy dense and rich tasting bite you can enjoy without the guilt. Please feel free to add any nuts or dried fruit of your choice. Even switch out the almond butter for peanut butter, cashew butter, any nut seed butter you like.

Thank you for reading 🙂

Top Products #2

Hi Friends!

 

 

Here is our second installment to our Top Products series, these are products we’ve been trying out and really enjoying. Keep reading to see what we’ve been into.

 

  1. First up we have this awesome STASHER BAGS, these reusable bags are plastic free platinum silicone food storage bags. These bags have been really convenient to have around not only can they be used for storing food items but also works well for travel we put our head phones and charging cables to keep them all in one place nice and neat. You can use these bags to cook in (a method called sous vide) Click here for a review we found, freeze food, pack picnic items, pack lunch, microwave safe, dishwasher safe. Stasher claims a reuse up to 3000+ times. The pinch and seal bags are super convenient and better for our environment of course.

 

We highly recommend trying them out if you think it suits your life style. Each cost around $11.99 usd each which sounds crazy but its really an investment. Atleast that’s how we viewed it upon purchasing it ourselves.

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2. This CANNON MX492 wi-fi printer, honestly this is just the cheapest basic version they carried at Best Buy here in the states, priced around $60 usd this thing is amazing. We feel as though we had been living in the dark ages without it. Printing, just became so much more easier. I’m sure many of you already have wifi printers, and yes we are very late, of course we do not like to print unnecessary items because in our opinion is very wasteful we only print the things we need to have physical copies of verses digital. But somethings do require printing and we are thankful it has become less of a hassle since our phones are connected to our emails, we can just pop on our phone and turn on the printer and effortlessly print that item as needed. Instead of before having to get out our laptop wait for it to turn on and load fuss around with cords while rummaging through our emails to finally being able to print that one item.

 

3. Travel Wise Packing squares, these have made us not dread packing for trips. With these everything is separated out by category his, hers, pants, socks, underwear, sleep wear, tops ect. We are now able to pack loads more while keeping it all really organized. We picked these up on amazon $22 usd for a 5 piece set they have a wide selection to choose from, but they carry them at Target also. These aren’t the best quality but they get the job done, and that is all we ask for.  If you struggle with packing like us before then you will appreciate these trust us.

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4. La Croix, unsweetened, 0% sodium, flavored sparkling water. Price ranges from $3-5 usd for a pack of 8. We’ve been going through cans of this like crazy for a long time. Its just nice to have something fresh and bubbly to gulp down without being sugary. We are thinking of investing in a soda stream just to use for sparkling water. As for now, we’ve been loving these for about over 2 years we always forget to keep the boxes to share with you all. Our top flavors have to me the cucumber blackberry, lemon, lime we would say all of the flavors are pretty good. But those are just the flavors we gravitate towards. These are widely available in your local supermarkets, target and sometimes gas stations. They are everywhere, believe me. If for some reason you can’t seem to find them, They should be available on amazon and jet.com.Image result for master brew kombucha pineapple peach

5. Kombucha, which is a fermented tea drink made from all different types of fruits, veggies and herbs it is very acidic tasting which is not a flavor everyone will like, but we do enjoy. We have a couple of bottles about 2-4 times a week just depending, and yes they are not the cheapest thing to buy so we appreciate every drop a bottle can range anywhere from $3-7 usd just depending on the kind, size and where you are purchasing. But there are so many benefits for gut health and your health in general if you want to know more click here. We always forget to save our old bottles of kombucha, but we wanted to share on here some of our favorite brands.

  • Kevita, Master Brew, is one of our favorites lately our go to brand, sold at Target, gas stations, local markets. Try their pinepple peach, ginger and really any flavor.
  • Kauai Juice Co, We enjoyed some local kombucha brewers in Kauai Hawaii they would probably be hands down our favorite of all time. Try it out if you are ever on the island, you will not regret it. They also have so many other options like smoothie, milks, juices ect. Unfortunately the last time we had them was in April of 2015, but all the more reason for us to go back.
  • Trader Joe’s, They carry some good kombuchas don’t quite remember the names exactly but you will see it in the refrigerator section. Try out their mint tea flavor.
  • GT’s Kombucha or Synergy, They were probably one of the first brands of kombucha in major markets. Try out their lavendar and mango flavors.

 

 

Honestly, not all are made equally. Just like with anything in the world. So we recommend trying them all out to see which ones you enjoy. That is exactly the approach we take.

Hope you all enjoyed catching up on all of our favorites, Please let us know down in the comments if you’ve had experiences with any of the products listed good or bad. As always thank you guys for stopping by and reading 🙂