COLD-FIGHTING CITRUS AND TROPICAL SMOOTHIE

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There are a few things that I try and fight head on. 1. the fine lines that are showing up around my face and 2. Germ season!!!

This time of year I am all about fighting winter colds and the dreaded flu. However, sometimes there’s no getting around them and you just have to muster through it.  I have an AMAZING cold fighting citrus and tropical smoothie that’s packed with Vitamin C and delicious nutrients that pick me right up!

There are also a few things that I stock up on that helps me get through the cold season:

 

 

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FIVE TIPS FOR GOING DAIRY FREE

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We love starting off the new year with planned resolutions and goals. Some of our goals revolve around our finances, or mental health, time with our children, spiritual goals, and health related goals. One of our goals this year is to cut dairy out of your diet for 30 days.
This is not a complete life change, because eventually we are going to want cheese. However, we are hoping to adopt a healthier and lighter way of eating through this challenge.  So far, we have been doing a great job at being dairy free and I wanted to share with you a few tips that have helped keep us On track.

 Here are our five simple tips that can help you with a 30 day dairy free challenge.

  • Set a clear start and end date. Having a set date, keeps us focused and reminds us that this is not a deprivation diet. When I want a piece of cheese, it’s easier for me to put it down knowing that I can have it in a couple weeks.
  • Clean out your fridge. If the ice cream is in the refrigerator, we are going to eat it. For that reason, we do not keep any dairy in a refrigerator. Out of sight out of mind.

 

  • Stock up on the good stuff. There are a lot of dairy free alternatives. We keep our favorite Silk Almond Unsweet Vanilla Half Gallon and Silk Almond Unsweet Original Half Gallon handy.  I use almondmilk in my coffee, in my kids cereal and in my favorite recipes. Silk Almondmilk is simple, great tasting and made from natural ingredients. It’s low in calories, and it’s dairy-FREE and lactose free. Silk’s Progress is Perfection campaign fights the notion that “extreme” is the only path to being healthier, small victories are still victories and every sip is a step towards a dairy free life.  I also use almondmilk as a creamer to my cafe con leche and cortaditos.
  • Accountability. It’s much easier to stick with your goals when you have people to hold you accountable. Alex and I text each other throughout the day to see how we’re doing and I also text my mom. She’s really good about encouraging me. There’s a sense of camaraderie that comes with achieving a goal together.

 

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GIFT GIVING AND A MARTINI

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So the holidays are here and we are super excited about it! I love giving gifts and I usually start checking people off my list early. This year is a little different.  Because we are far away from home, we are opting for something a little less traditional.  This year, we are gifting our friends Grey Goose!  Grey Goose is a superior spirit made with high-quality ingredients and it comes in a festive package, making it the perfect gift to share and enjoy!  This is also the perfect gift to give to those people on your list who have absolutely everything they need and want.

Grey Goose is a gift that can be shared instantly with friends and family and today I’m sharing with you the recipe for a classic martini! I love making traditional martinis.  They are classic, festive and fun and can be made in a short amount of time, making it a perfect drink for a holiday get together. I also handwrite this recipe and attach it to the bottle when I gift it to make it just a bit more special.

 

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TEA AND THUMBPRINT COOKIES

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There’s something so special about being a tea drinker. From the boiling water on the stove, to the patience that it takes to steep the perfect cup… it’s all an art and a passion. My mom and I used to drink afternoon tea and enjoy the most delicious thumbprint cookies.  For some reason, drinking tea together, gave us an opportunity to pause, chat about our day and hit the reset button.  These days, when I make time for tea, I make sure that I am intentional about it. I wait for the kids to fall asleep, I clear my calendar, take some time for myself and “Tea Proudly.”
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