2.3.12

Back from dead

When I stop blogging for a while I always get tempted to start from zero, make a whole new blog about something very exciting, but then I always have to come up with a new name and tell all my friends I have a new blog with a new promise of blogging often... Well, I decided to stay with this one and try my best to keep it exciting!

To "re-open" I decided to post a picture of my strawberry pie.

29.1.12

Chia seed, if the soul is hurt, at least the body will look better...



And this is the Chia seed!! I just bought at the grocerie store!Let's see if it helps me on my weight loss journey! They promise the sky, but if I just feel better and fuller, I will be fine! Below there's an article from Dr. Oz website! Or...you can go to the link:
http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/lindsey-duncan-nd-cn/chia-ancient-super-secret

Chia: Ancient Super-Seed Secret

Long ago, before the Spanish conquest of Latin America – and well before the Ch-ch-ch-chia Pet was born – chia seeds were a staple food, like corn and beans, in the diets of the Aztecs and Mayans. Chia actually got its name from the Mayan word for “strength.”

Most evidence shows that humans began using chia seeds around 3500 BC. Aztecs and Mayans consumed chia seeds regularly, grinding them into flour, pressing them for oil and drinking them mixed with water. At this time in history, chia seeds were considered to be almost magical because of their ability to increase stamina and energy over long periods of time.

After the Spanish conquest of Latin America, chia seeds and their benefits became somewhat eclipsed, as the Spanish introduced their own foods and prohibited the farming of chia. Now, as modern scientists and nutritionists are recognizing the extreme lack of certain nutrients in the standard American diet, they are looking to history for natural solutions, including chia. Because of this, it is regaining popularity and its benefits are becoming known to modern America.

The chia seeds are “super” because, like a superfruit, they deliver the maximum amount of nutrients with minimum calories. They have several of the same benefits as the more well-known “super seed” flax, but unlike flax seed, you don’t need to grind them to reap the health benefits. The nutritional benefits of chia include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and much more – even protein!

While the American Dietetic Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day, unfortunately the average American only gets 12 to 15 grams. With nearly 11 grams of fiber per ounce, chia delivers 42% of your recommended daily value of fiber in a single serving. Fiber is vital for all aspects of health, and is especially key for weight loss and digestion. Fiber helps slow digestion and makes you feel fuller by soaking up fluid and expanding in your digestive tract.
Chia absorbs up to 12 times its own weight and expands to curb your appetite, so adding just an ounce or so of chia seeds to your diet can reduce caloric intake and help lower the energy density (or calories) of foods, plus double the amount of fiber you receive.

My favorite way to eat chia is as a snack or dessert in a weight-loss pudding. To make the pudding, simply mix 3 tbsp of ground chia seeds with a cup of your favorite juice – my favorite is pomegranate and berries with resveratrol, for an extra boost of antioxidants. Click here for the complete recipe.

Contributing to its super-seed status, ounce for ounce, chia seeds have more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon! Chia is one of the most concentrated sources of omega-3 in any food. It also contains high amounts of omega-6. Everyone needs to consume high amounts of these essential fatty acids in their diet, because these EFAs build new cells and regulate various processes of the body, but our bodies cannot make them internally. They also support heart health and beautiful skin, hair and nails.

Chia also contains calcium; in fact, it delivers 18% of your daily value per ounce, which is three times more than skim milk. Many Americans – especially vegetarians or those who avoid dairy – are not getting enough calcium. Calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, a disorder characterized by porous and fragile bones. Osteoporosis is a serious health problem for more than 10 million US adults, 80% of whom are women. Another 34 million have osteopenia, which is essentially pre-osteoporosis.

Overall, this tiny little seed packs a big nutritional punch.
Added to Weight Loss, Nutrition, Alternative Medicine on Fri 10/14/2011

17.1.12

Ah.....My birthday!


So my birthday expectations were pretty low...Nothing planned, nothing special, because I've had enough disappointments with my day!
It was awesome because the ONLY wish I truly had in my heart was for Anthony to nap in the afternoon and...it happened!And I took a nap too! YAY!!!

Later we ate and my dear friend came to our house to have dinner with us bringing a marvelous flower bouquet and I went to TKD, nothing better than kick and pucn on your birthday,right?

Anyway...The day was good and maybe life should be like this too, low expectations for no disappointments, always having a goal in mind but being very realistica about them! :)

Love

16.1.12

Birthday antecipation!!!

Life reserves many surprises, for example, somebody decided  to block me from facebook, long history short, a brat, spoiled girl didn't have her way and even before I could defende from her offenses, she deleted me, leaving me with all my raw words for her! But then...at the same time, somebody else awesome invited me as friend on facebook, not that my life surrounds FB, but, I tend to respect a lot of people for what the past meant to me and life evolves and people change and you see their true colors and you get disapointed! Anyway...rest in peace spoiled girl, that God has forgiveness on You and light your path, AWAAAAAAAAAY from me! :)
And I consider that one of my birthday's gifts, one less bad person to deal with. ;)

And as the past years I've been pretty disappointed on my birthday (Because I used to get great expectations and I love my birthdays) this year I have no expectations at all, just another day , but I will eat my favorite food ever! Chicken and dumplings! So comforting and delish! Spend the day with Anthony and go to TKD at night...That's all... and it's OK!

15.1.12

My NEEEW guest bedroom!

 I heard once, that You should sleep in your guest bedroom every once in a while to feel the hospitality and honestly that level was pretty low on that place.
 So...I started researching, reading and brewing ideas for what I wanted and, although, I don't have lots of pictures of the BEFORE (because it was too messy, I forgot, and we donated a queen size bed that took the whole room) the after pictures make me very proud and that's WHY I want to share!

A few explanations:

The solid wood futon structure was found perfect at a Goodwill and it cost 80.00 USD +tax. (the mattress we had);

The crochet afghan was made by my mom that lives in Brazil;

All the frames were bought at different Goodwill stores and sprat painted white by me, the key was purchased at Ross for 6.99 USD

I hated my initial furniture!! It was dated and ugly, but it is extremely sturdy, my husband bought it because when We got married 7 years ago, we needed storage for my family visiting town.

I wanted this room to have lots of personality and after researching and getting shocked with lots of the prices of antique furniture,  I decided I was going to cover it with fabric using Elmer's glue. Needles to say that I LOOOOOOOOVED the results!

 So I sanded, covered the furniture with Elmer's glue and put the fabric on top, making sure to smooth out any bumps and brushed more Elmer's glue on top of it and when everything was dry, I sprayed with Satin finish spray.

On that same furniture I covered the previous 2 holes from the handles with wood filler, made a central one and put the sale drawer knobs purchased at Anthropologie.

The mirror you see was purchased at Goodwill as well and painted the same color as the back wall, 25.00 USD

The lamp was purchased at Goodwill for 9.00USD and recovered with fabric;

And finally the red furniture was sanded, painted and treated by me on my 7th anniversary! :) (What a great gift)

The decorations were purchased little by little at Anthropologie, Ross, Goodwill....You can spend a lot of money in something amazing, but sometimes you just have to give a second look on something old to realize you can change it and reuse!

BEFORE

BEFORE








We love, we cook, we craft and get stressed...That's life.

13.1.12

2012 and The new beggining...

How can I be accountable, if I start and stop this blog whenever my desires wish...Mmmmmm I can only ask you patience, again...

This past year was extremely stressful! And I am hoping to catch up my life from now on! Have control over my emotions and anger when things and people are jerks... Yes, things can be jerks too, just FYI.

Anyway, HAPPY NEW YEAR and to start this blog again I will celebrate my weight elimination of 16Lbs and a cute cute little project that I made as part of my gifts for a friend who's having her baby shower tomorrow!

Here we go!





I loooooooooooooooved this mobile so much that I will make me one for this new bedroom, which deserves a whoooooooooooooooooooooooooole new post about it, lots of work, but I gained a sanctuary  that I love in my own house!

We love, we craft and we drool, EVERYDAY!

See you soon,

M.

UPDATE: ON HOW DID I DO IT!?

Aluminum wire that I shaped and covered with a cute fabric. I left the raw edges for some texture and personality! To make the branches i cut two other pieces and covered them with fabric as well and just rolled everything (Does it make any sense?). The birds I got the template from the Martha Stewart website and insted of paper, I folded a big enough piece of fabric and brushed Elmer's glue inside leaving the right sides out! So the next day I traced the templates, cut and assembled hanging all the mobile with fishing wire!

9.11.11

Me X Fat!

Take that, MOTHER F*CKER FAT!

- 14Lbs! HA!

(Well, Fat is still winning by 26Lbs, but...I just wanted to "say it loud")

Progress report on the room: Slow...but going...

Meanwhile you guys can see the "micro home" from today and my absolute LOVE for Mason Jars.

As right now I am sipping chai white tea with half and half and honey , IN my Mason Jar (Not the same ones from the vase, that would be just wrong)

See you soon!

8.11.11

Woman x the not so woman, woman...

Ok, So I get it, not everybody likes crafts and DIY and get dirty, sew and all of these things I am in love with, but I believe a woman should know a few things including how to peel a pineapple....Does it make any sense? So last week a meet a woman that had never peeled a pineapple before and thought it was a ridiculous thing to debone a chicken to make broth and etc.. WHAT?!? Come again?

I am surrounded by the coolest people ever! People that like to create, change, cook and make the world a better, more colorful, pleasant place to live...And it was a complete shock to me to meet someone who said: Who in this day and age debone a chicken?I have people to do this for me. URGH! She gives women a BAD BAD name. Just take a look on my Chicken and Dumplings recipe, you can't get better taste than that...And guess what?The broth in made with the bones taken from the roasted chicken filled with butter, herbs and seasoning, recipe HERE)

My former teacher has the best blog EVER! Which is responsible for a lot of my "laughing lines"... (http://sadpatterns.wordpress.com/) and he sews, crafts, cooks and is one of the best companies you can ask for!
One friend is a mom of two, creative, fashionable and an excellent baker!
 The other one is an awesome patternmaker, super, mega creative and a ninja in the making...And I can go on with the "brags" talking about the other one that has the best alfajores your money can buy!(http://www.sweetsbybelen.com/)...
I thought everybody was like us....US, you know who you are!

But guys.....Not...We are awesome!

And talking about being super, I finally found a futon frame on GoodWill (No, no matress included, just wood, for God's sake), after many trips, to different ones, today was my lucky day! I am soooooooooooooooooooooooo excited!

I promise pics when everything is in place!Dresser covered with fabric, mirror painted,chest painted, futon in place, frames hanged and my small dear head bought at Ross for 7,99, HAAAAAAA!
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