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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

Instax Mini Photo Collage

Hello friends!

We are back with a great photo display/storage idea for you all. These days Polaroid cameras and film have been discontinued and have limited availability to us the consumer. Fuji Film has made a come up with its line of Instax Photography cameras. Many people we know have these little convenient cameras, they are widely available online at Amazon, Michael’s (craft stores), Target, Best Buy all carry these. We will link off to Fuji Films Website where you can see all the available cameras and their variations. We’ll also insert a picture for you all to see what ours looks like.

These photos make cute little mementos to keep or give to friends and family. We love them because they are one shot, and you can’t retake the photo over 50 times, and choose which one you like (Really you could if you were willing to waste some film) anyway for this reason is why we also love disposable cameras, because you never know what you’re gonna get until its developed. Now-a-days we find ourselves and others so caught up in how the picture will look for social media platforms, instead of just enjoying the moment with our friends, family and loved ones. Please go check them out if you are interested.

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Left to Right is the Mini film, Instax Camera, and photo.

We have had this Instax Mini 25 for about 3 years now, and we taken it with us on trips and events which means we have collected many snapshots.. honestly they started to become a bit too much to keep track of. Until, recently we were doing some spring cleaning we decided that we needed to do something about all of these pictures that were just lying around, we would literally find them in the most random places like our cars in our dresser drawers, kitchen counter ect. the list goes on and on..

Our solution was to create a collage of them and display it as one big picture. Which worked out really well. I mean we weren’t able to fit all of them into one frame, but we are certainly planning on buying more frames to frame as many as we can.

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We chose a frame bigger than our cat as you can see, and just arranged them into a format we liked.

This is super simple and easy, and you will get an awesome piece to hang anywhere you like in your home.

You will need a frame of your choice, photos, and tape.

First thing we did was find a frame so our go to spots were Marshalls, Tj Max, Target, Ross, and Homegoods we went searching for the right style of frame for us and found ours at Homegoods for about $12 usd which is not a bad deal for the size and style of frame we wanted. This frame had a picture of a flower in it, but we took it out and flipped it around to display a white background for us to arrange our photos. Once you have got the right placement down, you can move on to taping the photos onto the white background.

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TIP: Stick the tape onto your shirt or pants before folding it onto itself, this will take away some tackiness of the tape.

Then place the white background with the taped photos into the frame and close it up and pick your favorite spot to display the master piece.

Another tip that we like to do is label each photo whether it be with the date that the photo was taken or the people in it, or the occasion. We just like to know so that when we look back on it we can see where we were at during that year of our lives.

That was it guys, we know it’s so simple but wanted to share with you all in case you have some Instax mini photos that you just don’t know what to do with. This is a great affordable way to showcase some great memories. Please give this a try, and let us know if you did we would love to see pictures. Thanks for reading until next time! 🙂

Noodle Bowl Recipe (vegan)

Hello friends,

We are here again with a super quick and easy noodle recipe. Please keep reading for all ingredients and recipe. Raphy and I enjoy this for lunch or dinner. Yes this is a vegan recipe, and no we are not vegan so for my non-vegans please modify to your liking. We have had this with fish, shrimp and chicken and this recipe is great any way you change it up. So please try it out.

You will need the following:
  • Organic Millet brown rice ramen noodles
  • Fresh Basil (any fresh herbs you have)
  • Portobello Mushroom (any mushroom you like)
  • Avocado
  • Organic salad greens
For the dressing you will need:
  • 2 tsp – Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp – Toasted Sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp – Hot chili oil (only if you want it spicy)
  • 1 1/2 tsp – Fresh squeezed Tangerine/ Orange juice or (citrus of choice)

First make the dressing, combine all ingredients in serving bowl of choice mix thoroughly.

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Boil noodles according to package instructions. Once noodles are cooked, drain and immediately (while still warm) add into bowl with the dressing. Mix well, until all noodles are coated.

Using the same pot as you boiled the noodles in, saute the mushrooms on medium heat with a splash of water (about 1 1/2- 2 tsp), and a pinch of salt (we use this method to cut down on oil.)  But if you don’t really care too much about that than add 1/4 tsp of olive oil with pinch of salt. We’ve made them both ways and agree they taste no different in our opinion.

When the mushrooms are done to your liking, before you add them to your noodles place the fresh basil on top of the noodles so when you add the warm sautéed mushrooms it will wilt the basil.

Next add half an avocado, and top it all off with some of your favorite fresh greens.

Lastly, mix it all up and enjoy with your favorite beverage.

Thank you all so much for reading, til next time! 🙂

 

Amazing Grass- Green super food

Amazing Grass – Green Super food Powder

Hello all!

We wanted to share something we’ve incorporated into our diets recently. If you are like us and find yourself struggling with including enough fruits and greens in your diet then this product may be something up your alley. We’ve been supplementing with this product for about a month and a half now, and wanted to share our personal opinion and experience with it. The reason we ordered this product was to ensure that we were in-taking enough fruits and vegetables and vitamins in our daily diet. For the most part we feel like it is hard for us to get in all of the daily nutrients the body needs.

This product is great for our lifestyle, it is simple and does not taste horrible (mind you we like the very green flavor it has) but we know it is not for everyone. We appreciate that this company makes their products Organic, Non-GMO, Vegan, and Kosher. They offer various flavors, (such as berry, lemon, and acai) but we just went for the tried and true original formula and flavor. You can click Here to the Amazing Grass website where you can see more information and flavors they have available. We bought ours through Amazon for faster shipping we also read many reviews and decided to give it a try. Since taking this supplement we’ve noticed that we both have a lot more energy throughout the day, and we don’t feel as groggy as the day progresses. We take this once a day in the morning in a smoothie. Below we will list the smoothie recipe we use, it can vary from day-to-day. But we will include things you can add if you are not fond of the distinct “green” taste it has. We think it is a great option for people like us who try their best to get in all their fruits and greens, but know that some days it just does not happen.

Ingredients for Green smoothie:
  • 1 – 1/2 cup – Water or coconut water (Soy, almond, coconut milk) or (freshly squeezed juice)
  • 1 scoop – Green Super food powder (scoop is included)
  • 1 tbsp – Organic Maca powder or ( 1/2 tbsp Chia seeds, collagen peptide powder)
  • 1 cup – Frozen mango chunks or (any fruit you have on hand, berries, stone fruit, melons)
  • 1/2 – Banana and/or (1 tbsp Honey Greek yogurt)
  • Ice optional (if you use fresh fruit and want it a bit colder)

*One tip we do recommend is that you place in the liquids and fruit first before the powder for a better overall blend.

This is are basic recipe you can change-up the flavor profiles by interchanging with the ingredient options listed beside each. The options we listed are just some variations that we use to change-up the taste. Hope you found this post helpful, and please let us know of any recommendations you have or let us know if you’ve ever tried this powder out. Thank you all.