I drink a lot of smoothies! I literally have two a day, one for breakfast and one for lunch. 

Here are some recipes that I found on Green Plate Rule

Coconut Almond Protein Smoothie  
Recipe: Smoothie
Author: Victoria – Green Plate Rule
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 1 min
Total time: 6 mins
Serves: 1
A filling smoothie that is low in sugar (11 grams) and high in protein (13 grams) and fiber (15 grams).
  • 1 cup unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 2 tbsp natural Almond Butter
  • 2 tbsp shredded organic coconut

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 5 large strawberries
  • 2 tsp honey or agave (I prefer raw honey)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender
  2. Start on low speed and slowly increase to high
  3. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp chocolate protein powder (I use Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Chocolate Protein Powder)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 ice cubes
  1. Add all the ingredients to the blender
  2. Start on a low speed, slowly increasing to high
  3. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute

I did not add any sweetener but if needed you could add 1 – 2 tsp of honey or agave.




eating clean

I recently went to Kristie Rosser, a fantastic NP who specializes in ‘optimal living’. I have learned so much from the great books I have read and from the research I have done. Here is what I have learned about eating clean:

  1. Eat lots of plants – eat foods off a tree, bush, plant or vine
  2. Enjoy grains – eat grains that are still complete
  3. Read labels
  4. Eat 5-6 small meals per day (eating often keeps your metabolism running strong!)


Justin Hackworth

Because I teach online, I needed some good head-shots. I have been using one that was taken at a Supercross race (not the most professional). So, I scheduled an appointment with Justin Hackworth (a genius) and got some pictures taken. 

Despite the fact that I have gained a LOT of weight because of some health issues, I still think he did an amazing job. 

Here are some of my favorites:


“Being tender a…

“Being tender and open is beautiful. As a women, I feel continually shhh’ed. Too sensitive. Too mushy. Too wishy-washy. Blah blah. Don’t let someone steal your tenderness. Don’t allow the coldness and fear of others to tarnish your perfectly vulnerable beating heart. Nothing is more powerful than allowing yourself to truly be affected by things. Whether it’s a song, a stranger, a mountain, a rain drop, a tea kettle, an article, a sentence, a footstep, feel it all – look around you. All of this is for you. Take it and have gratitude. Give it and feel love.” – Zooey Deschanel


i have been feeling a little sad lately. not sure why, probably the combination of the cold weather, being so busy with work, school, kids, house, etc. 

today i just needed some inspiration and found this: 

“but the struggles make you stronger, the changes make you wiser, and happiness has its own way of taking its sweet time. life isn’t always beautiful, but it is a beautiful ride”.

front room

the front room has been such a challenge for me. i could not decide what i wanted to do! i found an old door, painted this gorgeous turquoise color and leaned it up against the wall. then i found this amazing wreath (it’s made from pages of a book!) and placed it on the door. it is gorgeous. one of the favorite parts of my house! ImageImage


the kitchen is still a work in progress. at first i was going with red, but i am so sick of dark colors that i changed my mind and went with yellow. i found this adorable painting and am basing the kitchen decorating off of it. i found a cute tin that is shaped like a pear, found some fake bright yellow pears and a vintage pitcher. instant center piece! then i found this awesome side table that fits perfectly underneath the picture. i am just waiting for the curtains to come and then i can post the final result. ImageImageImage



I found the table at an antique store near my home. The lid lifts like a piano bench. The chair I found on the side of the street, literally! I brought it home and painted the seat part turquoise to match the table, then painted over that with white. Then I pulled out the sand paper and distressed it. This was my first double layer paint job and I think it turned out pretty great!