Saturday, August 23, 2014

38 Reasons to Exercise and Eat well!

This post from EBF got me inspired to make my own list for reasons to exercise/eat healthy.  So, without further ado, here it is!  And, it's 38, not 48...

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Cucumber Salad Recipe

Hey guys!  Before I dive into this recipe, I just want to thank you all for sharing my blog and taking a look at my posts!  Within the last few weeks, I have had more page views than ever.  You don't even understand how excited that makes me!!!! (well, maybe you can tell by the exclamation points...haha)  Any who, I'm still only a few subscribers away from my first goal, so if you haven't already and you like seeing vegan/raw vegan recipes subscribe today :)

Now on to probably the easiest recipe's what you'll need (many of the ingredients are optional or can be substituted):
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1/2 small onion (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • 1 T coconut vinegar or aminos
  • 1 T mixed spices
    • Note:  the last 4 ingredients are optional if you are cutting those foods out of your lifestyle, making this salad even more easy!

Step1:  Slice the cucumber really thin.  You can use a mandolin here if you have one, but since I've sliced my fingers on the mandolin I got for the Holidays twice now, I decided to stick with my knife skills.  Also, you may have noticed I'm using a boning knife...since we don't eat meat, this knife rarely gets used and since it is made for thin slices, this is actually a really good type of knife to use for this task.
Step 3:  To reduce burping or digestion problems, you can remove the seeds by simply popping them out of the slices (this is actually a very easy task).  Place the cukes in a large bowl, and if you are not using any of the other ingredients feel free to chomp away or dip into your favorite tomato sauce.
Step 3:  Otherwise, slice the onion and garlic really thin as well, add the spices and vinegar, and you have one delicious salad!
If you let it rest in the refrigerator for an hour or more, the flavors really melt together and tastes much better.  If you can wait that long, of course.
How are you using up the abundance of cucumbers we are having now?

Luana ola!  Enjoy life!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wedding Update!

We are well on our way in planning this wedding!

So far, we have a venue, photographer, and DJ and we just finalized our cake!!  Sadly, I wasn't able to take any pictures of the cake tasting, but I can tell you that we have our cake finalized!  It is going to be 3 layers with 3 different flavors, all covered in white frosting and bright blue decorations of swirls and dots.  To add a touch of elegance, we are also adding silk ribbon tied around each layer.  It might be hard to picture, but I know this baker is very good and she will make a beautiful cake!

The day before this cake tasting, Andrew and I had a very active day!  First, we biked to Xsport for yoga, then biked to a nature conservatory.  From there, we walked around for about 2 hours, then biked home.  This gave us a total of around 20 miles of movement between the walking and biking!  It was so great.  Take a look at some of the things we saw:

What have you been doing this summer for fun/adventure?

Luana ola!  Enjoy life!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Urban Agriculture Camp

It's been far too long my friends.  You know, it seems like every time I commit to posting once a week, life happens and I get so wrapped up in living/experiencing that I forget to bring my camera and/or post about it!  I hope to get some consistency eventually, but for now I apologize and I hope you can forgive me.

Last week I had the amazing opportunity to learn about Urban Agriculture during a camp that was supported by Triton College and The Sugar Beet Co-op!  Below are just a few pictures of all the different places we got to explore and learn about within the realm of growing organic and sustainable food in places around Chicago!  Below each picture is a link to that location's website if you'd like to learn more or visit them yourself.  Also, definitely let me know if you have visited or plan to visit these places!!

Oh!  And, I'm only 3 subscribers away from reaching my first goal!  So, if you like learning about nutrition, yoga, and fitness subscribe to this blog!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Marvelous Monday

No "Case of the Monday's" here folks!  I am so excited to share last week's workouts and weekend fun with you.  Are you ready?!


  • 2 days of kickboxing class (45 min each)
  • 3 60 min yoga sessions (60 min each)
  • 2 days of non stop walking/playing/having fun/acro yoga!!!!
     Friday and Sunday were the non-stop activity days.  On Friday, we played soccer with an 8 and 10 year old for nearly an hour and a half.  Then, we walked back home just to eat a snack and head back out.  That night, we went to a friend's house to see fireworks.  To get to the fireworks, we walked in a big group 2 miles (then of course 2 miles to get back home as well).  While we waited for 9:30 to come, I was doing some acro yoga with the same 2 kids as before for nearly 2 hours (or at least it felt that way!)  For only weighing between 50-70 lb each, my legs were getting tired after flipping and balancing them!

Saturday was more of a rest day and we got to get some writing in of our books (yes, I am writing another book!!  This time, it will be for adults and is a combination of historical fiction and sci-fi!)

Then, on Sunday, we went to the Bristol Renaissance Faire!! More on that later, though...I have some pictures :)

Luana Ola!  Enjoy Life!!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Last week's workouts

Alright, so here's the first weeks!

Ugh, I feel horrible that the only real exercise I got for my first week of training was yoga.  Yes, it was sweaty and challenging, but I missed my goal.  If you live in the Midwest like me, you might understand why I've had zero motivation to workout (lack of sunlight, rain, and foggy days/nights).

But, all in all, these are just excuses and are no reason for me to give up on my goals.  So, here I am, once again writing about how I will do better next time; change and meet my goals.  I'm tired of writing about how I will do better next time, though so I'm going to stop.  No more apologies.  It is time to put my running shoes on and do what I say I am going to do!

So, here's next week's workouts.  This is not a goal or a plan, but a destination.

Week 1MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
R 3 miY 60 minR 3 miY 60 minR 3 miY 60 minRest

R = run/jog
Y = yoga

It's time to finish goals, make changes, and meet expectations.

Luana ola!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Last Weekend's Pictures!

As I promised, here are the pictures from last weekend when Andrew and I went to Green Bay for a friend's wedding!  See this post for a recap of what we did.

Luana ola!!