May 4, 2012

May the 4th be with you!

As you all know I'm a huge Star Wars nerd A New Hope is my all time favourite movie also. We own all versions of Star Wars prequel and original trilogy yes i bought them all on eBay even the side adventures of C3PO and R2 lol


 Last year i did a few Star Wars recipes i thought i would share you with you again on this Star Wars day! Be sure to check out the sale at Hot Topic Her Universe has some new tanks and this princess Leia hoodie i just ordered so cute! 
Ashley Eckstein made a whole line of geek chic clothes for women she's also the voice of Ahsoka on The Clone Wars show on Cartoon Network. Love her!

 Just a warning these are not apart of my clean recipes this was before i started eating clean.
May the force be with you! 


Star Wars Neapolitan pancakes from last Star Wars day!








my vintage Star Wars buttons they aren't the tiny ones they are huge! 

April 18, 2012

My Supplements

I thought i would share what i use on a daily basis for supplementation. I started weigh lifting at home last year my husband recommend i started taking some protein he told me to check out bodybuilding.com i did and now I'm hooked we are always ordering from them they have great prices and they ship so fast two days its at your front door! You will see me talking about them a lot.
When i started eating clean i wanted to find a clean Protein,pre workout and vitamins they are starting to come out with more I'm very picky about what i take bc i read all ingredients before i buy them of course.


Protein- i have almost tried everything out there so far i love MRM %100 all natural whey
Jamie Eason has this protein in her livefit stack its only 85 calories a scoop which is amazing bc usually proteins are never under 100 calories also has no artificial sweeteners most protein powders have sucralose which i stay away from its a artificial sweeteners its common name is splenda not good for you at all! No artificial flavors also.
This protein tastes really good i was surprised no weird after taste which is what usually turns me off when i try a new one. i take this right after i workout in my little shaker bottle from GNC. Sometimes i use almond milk or just water.


Pre workout- note that you don't have to take a pre workout. this helps with energy,pump and focus. the problem with these is that they usually have dyes in them which i stay away from the best one i have found is MRM all natural Driven mixed berries it is sweetened with xylitol and they use beet powder as colouring instead of red No.40 yuck.
 I'm so glad they came out with it they have a whole line of products the thing is they are pretty pricey. Most of these pre workouts taste really gross you just have to down it they make you feel like you could lift a car lol we always take ours about 20 mins before we go to the gym.



Creatine- this is another optional thing you can take before your workout i usually mix it with my pre-workout drink when i need that extra push during my training. since the one i use is unflavored and for some reason any unflavored powder tastes so bad! My husband and i found a great deal at Chamberlin's Natural Foods Market while we were in Orlando a couple months ago 2 200 gram Universal Creatine bottles for $11.99. They also have that deal on bodybuilding.com too i just checked out. Creatine is like the pre-workout i take it helps with straight and performance.



Vitamins- this is definitely a must for me i have never in my life took vitamins till last year. i was always getting sick at least once a month! Since i started working out,eating right and taking my vitamins i haven't been sick once its been 2 years.
I like to take a multi vitamin i have tried a couple kinds the 1st one is Optimum Opti-women  this is a twice a day vitamin it has 40 active ingredients in just one pill.
 I also have a big pill case i bought from bodybuilding.com.


Omega fatty acids- I think this is by far my favourite one! right now I'm taking MRM Omega 3-6-9 you take it 3 times a day BB.com has a deal if you buy 2 you get one bottle free! I also love the liquid form of it they have from Barlean's. Omega fatty acids are great for joints,aid in weight loss,hair,nails,memory and heart health.
Since i started taking it my nails look great! I did a test with these fish oil pills to see if they were pure the way you can do that is poke four pills and pour them into a shot glass stick it in the freezer overnight if you can't poke through the oil its not pure and mostly water. The MRM ones i take are pure the oil didn't freeze i was so excited! i read how to do that in April Oxygen magazine.
























BCAA- (aka Brached chain amino acids) They are the building blocks of muscle mass and size. Metabolized directly in the muscle, BCAAs improve recovery and rebuilding. we take ours before we workout. they have many BCAA products you can take they have powder,pills, and chewables. I prefer taking the pill form Optimum BCAA. 


Casein- Phew this is the last one and the last thing of the day you should drink before bed. Casein is a slow digesting protein to help refuel recovering muscles while you are sleeping bc while you are sleeping your body goes into fasting mode casein helps to keep you fueled and you wont wake up starving. Before i started taking it i would wake up 3 hours after i had my 6th meal which is my last one of the day bc my body knows i feed it every 3 hours! This helped me a lot the best one i have found is from Optimum Gold standard natural %100 casein. ON has another kind which has artificial sweeteners and flavors this one is a dollar cheaper.


I admit before i wrote this i didn't think it would be this long but don't let that overwhelm you! I'm in no way a nutritionist I'm just sharing what has worked for me this pass year. Once you find out what you like its so much easier, we have gone through several kinds of brands the ones i have recommend above are my favourite supplements I'm still trying out new brands all the time.


January 19, 2012

Deployment Is Over...Finally!

As most of you know my husband has been deployed for 11 months he finally came home on December 29th around 9pm we took this photo with our crappy old cell phone so sorry for the blurriness it was so crazy so we could get more photos! I'm so happy hes back we have been so busy they had him have off for a few days so as hes back i will be on hiatus, we will be visiting FL for a month in February i will be making sure i take tons of photos! i hope everyone is having a great new year!

In formation my husband is in the 2nd row towards the end. 

I'm at the top middle row left looking very annoyed and anxious while waiting lol

got our 1st new car this pass week,we have always had very old cars. We got a 2010 Ford Focus in blue we named it Bloosa our Aunt Sandy came up with that one since our cat is named Goosa lol.

gym junkies

December 16, 2011

Double Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Here is my third Christmas cookie some of you know I've been lacking my holiday spirit its hard not having my husband here for it all during deployment even though he is a Grinch about it lol. I found this recipe on Pillsbury.com they use the sugar cookie roll of course I do not use that they have a peppermint sugar cookie one out. When I was at the store I found Wilton candy cane colorburst candy melts I love them to dip the cookies in! 



Sugar cookies:

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • peppermints or candy canes, crushed
  • white chocolate candy melts or candy cane melts



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F . In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
4.     Dip half of each cookie into melted mixture, allowing excess to drip off; place on waxed or cooking parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Sprinkle each with slightly less than 1/2 teaspoon crushed candy. stick into the fridge to harden.




December 8, 2011

Fettuccine Alfredo with Mushrooms and Spinach

oh boy i needed this yesterday, i tried out the new Extreme Shed & Shred DVD from Jillian Michaels i decided to be a badass (as Jillian put it) and do the whole 1 hour workout level 1 and 2 i love it my core strength is amazing, i wouldn't have been able to do any of the workout a few months ago! I found this recipe from Eclectic Recipes,  i loved that there was spinach and mushrooms in it of course you can add any kind of veggies or meat even seafood to this dish its lower in calories to make it yourself also. 

Calories 296,Fat 2,Protein 19,Fiber 3,Carbs 51, WW plus points 8

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup milk (i use 0%)
1 8 oz package cream cheese  
2 cloves garlic chopped
1/2 lb fresh spinach 
1 cup mushrooms
1 tablespoon oil olive
1 package of fettuccine 



1.preheat skillet drizzle with olive oil sauté mushrooms till soft.

2. cook pasta according to package. Drain well.

3. Add spinach and garlic to mushrooms cook till the spinach is wilted. Add milk and cream cheese. bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until cream cheese has melted in the milk and sauce is creamy.

4. Add Parmesan then add pasta simmer for 2 or 3 mins toss to incorporate sauce into pasta.  



December 6, 2011

Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies

Ah these came out so cute i saw them on the Betty Crocker website looking through the holiday cookie section they always have the best ideas! They are really easy to make when i was making them i figured out a way to kind of shape the face with my thumbs out of the cookie ball. 



1/2 cup natural PB 
1/2 cup butter
1/2 sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar packed
1 egg
1 1/3 all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pretzel twists
chocolate chips (i used dark chocolate)
candies for nose (i used icing)



Preheat oven to 350 in large bowl, beat PB,butter,sugar and brown sugar with mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg. Stir in flour and baking powder.

For each cookie shape 1 inch ball of dough into a triangle shape on cookie sheet. Push two pretzels into cookie to look like antlers. Bake for 5 to 10 mins  or until browned on the edges. Immediately press 2 chocolate chips for eyes and a candy nose or icing nose like i did. let stand for 2 mins to cool. 



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December 4, 2011

Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Here they are the 1st Christmas cookies of the year! i love peppermint anything i love the taste and the smell chocolate and peppermint are the best combo with little crunchy candy cane bits inside. 

1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder 
3/4 whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
12-14 candy cane kisses
4 crushed candy canes 



Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper in a bowl mix butter and sugar till fluffy. add egg and vanilla mix well with mixer. In second bowl add flours,cocoa powder,baking soda and salt stir and add to the wet mix, mix well with hand mixer till smooth. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls. Then roll into crushed candy cane roll between palms to press candy into the cookie ball. Bake for 10 mins remove from oven and immediately press a candy cane kiss in the middle.






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