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! 🙂

 

 

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!

Life Update & Our Trip to Mexico

Hello friends,

We’ve been gone for a bit, but we have not forgotten about you all. We have just returned from holiday in Mexico, so for the month of July we were caught up preparing for our first international travel together as a couple. Which came with a bit learning curve for us, you know when you think you’re prepared but you never really know until you go through it kind of experience? Haha. . Yeah it was one of those times.

It feels good to be back and we wanted to share our trip and document it for ourselves also. Being our first international trip together to decided to go to Mexico because it wasn’t too long of a flight or too big of a time change for us. We stayed in Playa Del Carmen which is centrally located between Cancun and Tulum, Mx.

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First arriving to Mexico we dealt with immigration then customs at the airport, after all of that chaos we finally stepped foot outside and were immediately hit with what felt like 98.2% humidity. It was seriously insane, we have never anything like this. Our camera lenses would fog up as soon as we went outside. It was different and pretty cool for us to experience.

Once we finally checked into the hotel we were completely worn out. Our flight landed were super early in the morning 5am in Mexico to be exact. Which meant we really landed 3am our time back in California, so we were tired for sure.

We had so many new experiences and we tried to see as much as we could during this trip so here are some pictures of our time there.

First place is breath-taking, Tulum we visited the old Mayan ruins and relaxed on a beach for as long as we could it was such a stunning magical and HOT place for us. As you can see in a picture we needed umbrellas for shade nonetheless, a must see!

We also visited Chichen Itza which was a much bigger scale Mayan ruin here we really got the chance to feel and be immersed into their rich history, culture, beliefs and rituals.

Took a ferry ride to an island near by Cozumel, did not capture too many pictures but we grabbed a quick dinner and also enjoyed some shops.

Visited Xcaret theme park, so much wild life and water activities in one park it was cool to see. A very refreshing trip.

Magical memories.

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Hope you guys enjoyed and Please leave any packing, international traveling tips and tricks in the comments! Oh, and we want to know if any of you have ever visited Mexico share your experience with us too. We would love to hear from you guys 🙂

Last minute gift doggy edition

Home made Doggy Biscuits

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Great gift idea for a dog lover

We thought we would include a last-minute gift for all of you dog lovers out there. And even if you don’t have dogs this is a great gift to give someone who loves their dog. We love to hand these treats our to our friends and family who have pups in their lives, they also seem so surprised that we thought of their extended family. And of course you can buy all the biscuits you want but something homemade and made with you love is priceless. Because you know exactly what ingredients are in it. So here is a simple recipe you can whip up last-minute, that your dogs will love.

Ingredients

  1. Coconut oil or cooking spray
  2. 2 ¼ Cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
  3. 1 Cup old-fashioned oats
  4. 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/2- 1 Cup low sodium chicken broth (add as you blend puree, add to much dough may become to wet)
  6. ½ Cup Sweet potato puree or pumpkin puree
  7. ½ Cup creamy peanut butter, at room temperature

Take a medium-sized sweet potato peel and cut into small chunks. Then grease a baking sheet with melted coconut oil before roasting at 350°F for about 30-40 minutes or until sweet potatoes become soft. Once they are soft, blend it up with some chicken broth. At this point it is easy to add too much broth while blending so we recommend adding a bit at a time, add just enough to allow for blending. (It will depend on the size of your sweet potato, how much liquid you may need.) The puree does not have to be smooth we prefer some chucks.

Combine all dry ingredients and mix well, then add your wet ingredients until it forms a dough like ball. For this particular batch we added to much chicken broth to our puree, and so we ended up with a wetter dough. But we made it work, just add more flour if this happens to you. The dogs will still end up loving it don’t worry. We also ran out of baking powder so we googled how to make it. Combine 1 tablespoon baking soda with 2 tablespoon cream of tartar mix well with a whisk and bam you have baking powder. Just a quick tip if you are like us and didn’t have it on hand.

Time to get to kneading and rolling. Knead for 30 seconds and then roll dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness.

From this point you can start cutting out your biscuits flouring as needed as you go along re-rolling your scrap pieces. Line your baking tray with parchment paper or spray with cooking oil. Bake at 375°F for about 20-35 minutes depending on how crisp you want it.

You should end up with something that looks like this. We always buy containers at the dollar store and then line them with tissue or parchment paper and stack them in layers.

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Let the hounds enjoy! You can also give them a try, we did it just tasted like bread to us lol.

My Mien Grandma

This is my grandma Seng Yoon she is from the mountains of Laos/Thailand. She came to America as a refugee in the year 1980 with her husband and their daughter, her story is one of many Mien people who came to the U.S. after the “Secret War”. The U.S. accepted Iu Mien refugees, because their country was just no longer safe for them. I was not planning on writing about my grandma anytime soon, but I just spent sometime with her today in her garden at the home I grew up in. Which just overwhelmed me with immense gratitude. Because that is where we bond the most. Any time spent with her is always time well spent. Doesn’t matter if she’s just showing me around her garden teaching me things or I’m helping her prepare our turkey and duck that we will be having for Thanksgiving. Our time can consist of anything from realizing there was no more rosemary in her garden, to forging for it on the back roads of Suisun Valley. No matter where we go whether it’s a Costco run with loads of people around, or shopping at Larry’s Produce we always manage to find a laugh in the midst of all the chaos around us. There is a huge language barrier between us, from my broken Mieniglish words to her just nodding her head at me. It is very hard at times to communicate with her, and I am sure she feels the same. I guess this is me showing my appreciation for her presence in my life even though she will never see it, or read it I felt the need to share that I’m so proud to be her granddaughter. Thank you Daa Gux. (I for sure googled how to spell that)

Here are some pictures of her little sanctuary.