New cookbooks & lychee fruit

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A few weeks back I finally scooped up the new Oh She Glows Cookbook and I haven't been able to put it down since! Angela's recipes are so creative and tasty, even my hubby is loving these vegan eats! I finally experimented with cashew cream pasta sauce, and found a new favorite homemade veggie burger. After pouring over every single recipe in this book I ended up playing around with her sauces and dressings most of all. Who doesn't love a tasty and healthy dressing to slather all over a big bowl … [Read more...]

Happy Fall!

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Happy fall! I think I'm like every other healthy living blogger out there, because I'm positively obsessed with all things fall---including pumpkin recipes, fall weather, comfy sweaters and boots, fall baking, the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg in my kitchen, fall decorations and the anticipation of Christmas around the corner. Fall is definitely my favorite time of year! Although Florida weather is still quite hot and sticky. I've been able to pull a few decorative scarves out of my closet, but … [Read more...]

A lil prep work

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It's been three weeks since our getaway weekend in Ocala, and each week has been jam packed for me. My work and school schedule is probably the craziest it's ever been this fall semester! I'm working more hours at the accounting firm, and taking four night classes during the week. So each day is pretty much a 7 am wakeup, head to work by 8:30, go straight to class after work, and finally head home around 9:30 pm. It's a bit insane! I'm trying my best to keep up my healthy eating habits and hit … [Read more...]

Weekend in Ocala

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This past weekend my sweeti and I decided to take a road trip up to Ocala to visit my mama. It's not too bad of a drive for us, and only takes about 1 1/2 hr. from Tampa. We knew that tropical storm Isaac was on its way, but we guessed that as long as we made it back by Sunday evening we would be okay, since the storm was predicted to pass the Sarasota and then Tampa area on Monday morning. (And the joke of the matter is that as I sit typing this on Monday afternoon there is nothing more than a … [Read more...]

Sesame Ginger Cabbage Slaw

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This coleslaw is mostly raw, packed full of delicious cancer-fighting nutrients, fiber and protein-packed edamame. It has an orange juice, ginger and vinaigrette dressing that leaves it low-fat and low calorie. It's also gluten free and mostly raw. This recipe is amazing. I sort of threw everything together one afternoon for a refreshing low-fat coleslaw, and I discovered it to be even better tasting after marinating in the fridge overnight. Enjoy! Sesame Ginger Cabbage Slaw by … [Read more...]

Minnesota Vacation

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Just a few pics of our Minnesota vacation so far... My dad's house, view from the boat on the lake The lake front, docks and fire pit My sweeti getting ready to head out for a boat ride Small fishing boat in Pleasant Lake We took the fishing boat out for a romantic boat ride at dusk Dad's backyard at dusk My dad and his lil lake dog Ziggy Back of the house I got this cute lil sign for my dad and step-mom for their first year anniversary last year A true … [Read more...]

Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins

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I am a huge fan of bananas. It's safe to say I enjoy a banana or two every day. Whether it's for a quick on-the-go snack, added to smoothies, smothered in nut butter, whipped up in the food processor for banana soft serve, added to chia pudding, or snuck into baked goods... I'll put a lil nana in just about anything! But I'm kinda weird when it comes to bananas. I do not enjoy them very ripe. In fact, I prefer them with a lil green around the edges, and absolutely no brown spots! blah! But … [Read more...]

Love the Life You Live

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Is it just me or is summer really flying by? I can't believe July has nearly passed us already! It's more than halfway over and I wish it would never end. The only thing I'm happy to see out of my sight is summer school! We've had some very humid and hot weather here in Florida, but we've also had a lot of rain which helps to cool things down. My sweeti and I spent all of last weekend enjoying the beach and having our own little "staycation". We headed down to Longboat Key, for an ocean swim and … [Read more...]

A relaxing fourth of July

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Happy 4th of July! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday, and relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones! All of my family is up North this time of year, so I'll be having my own quiet holiday (darn summer school kept me from getting up to Minnesota until August. bah!) But I am actually savoring a little relaxing solitude today. I just finished a huge accounting exam, so I can actually breathe for a few days until the new material starts. I finally found my nemesis in the accounting … [Read more...]

My new favorite finds

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Some new (to me) stuff I've been digging lately... EOS-Evolution of Smooth Lip Balm I really love this stuff! All natural and mostly organic ingredients! It does contain Beeswax (FYI vegans) but EOS does not test on animals which is what I am more concerned with. Plus the balm comes in a cute little bubble case and because of its size it never gets lost in my purse! I have the summer fruit and sweet mint flavors. Lavender & Jasmine Essential Oils I snagged a few … [Read more...]