Arthur Boorman’s Beautiful Story. Never Ever Give Up.

“Never underestimate what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself.”

This is a very cool story about Arthur Boorman, a Gulf War veteran, who was told by doctors that he would never walk on his own again. He believed them, gained a lot of weight, and gave up. Until one day, someone else believed in him. DDP Yoga (a hybrid yoga workout system designed by Diamond Dallas Page) helped change Arthur’s life in the best way possible.

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I Love Anthropologie – semi annual clearance sale!

Hello one of my most favorite stores ever (Anthropologie)! I love that you’re having your semi-annual clearance sale!!

Some goodies:

Sprightly Top $68.00 $39.95

Rose & Gold Slip Dress – $198.00 $99.95

Zelda Maillot – $178.00 $89.95

On The Rise Wine Glass – $18.00 $9.95

Cucina Measuring Cups – $32.00 $19.95

Pure & Good Candle Jar – $20.00 $12.95

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7×7 Link Award, Thanks to Foodashion!

Who doesn’t like awards?! A big huge thanks to Foodashion for nominating me for the 7×7 Link Award – Tasha posts recipe after amazing recipe and the latest blog contains instructions for making very delicious looking chicken meatballs. I can’t wait to try it!

Here are the rules for this award if you are nominated & choose to play:

  1. Be sure to link back to the blogger that nominated you
  2. You place 7 of your posts in the listed categories, and then nominate 7 peers
  3. That’s it!

Here are links to my posts that I think fit in the following 7 categories:

  1. Most Beautiful Piece: Music is Powerful (this video and its message has my heart – I love it!)
  2. Most Helpful Piece: 30-45 Minute Quick Workout of the Day (I need to post more workouts for you guys!)
  3. Most Popular Piece: The Power of Words
  4. Most Controversial Piece: INSPIRING Life of Hana Hwang (Controversial because when I first posted it, I was under the impression that she’d passed away. Turns out this was a nasty, awful rumor spread on the internet, and I quickly changed my post to reflect that.)
  5. Most Surprisingly Successful Piece: Regarde le Ciel
  6. Most Underrated Piece: Ally Hamilton
  7. Most Pride-worthy Piece: Yoga & One Pot Meal (Only because that halibut meal is one of my most favorites EVER!)

My 7 Nominations:
  1. This Sydney Life posts the coolest things EVER! You MUST check out the latest post about Wendy Tsao and how she makes dolls based on children’s drawings – so freaking awesome!
  2. So Hungry I Could Blog– I love all the recipes posted here! The last 2 are so appropriate – Cinco de Mayo Margarita Cupcakes and Mint Juleps.
  3. Sips of Jen and Tonic…go here for versatility and truth and entertainment.
  4. The Way I Live Naturally has such positive energy it’s contagious!
  5. Fitness Loving Mom is on a weight loss journey, and she is on top of it! Bella is always posting new exercise moves to keep your routine fresh, as well as healthy recipes to make sure all parts of your healthy life is on track.
  6. Rumpydog! From the perspective of, well, Rumpydog…there’s so much to love about this blog.
  7. Tracie Louise Photography has incredible photographs, but she also is very introspective and will always write something meaningful and wise to accompany her pictures.

Enjoy exploring those very amazing blogs everyone! And thanks again Tasha from Foodashion for the honor – I love this blogosphere 🙂

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Green Energy Breakfast Smoothie

So, I got a beautiful new pre-owned Jack LaLanne Power Juicer from a wonderful neighbor who brought it over to our house the other day to sell during our yard sale. I freaked out. I’ve been eyeing juicers (Vitamix & Jack LaLanne’s) for months now, but haven’t been able to justify splurging on one. Not quite sure why I’m telling you this because this green smoothie recipe actually doesn’t require a power juicer, it can be made using a blender (which I did). I guess I am telling you this to give you a little foreshadowing into the future of juice recipes on this blog, lol.

This is a really easy-to-make smoothie that gives you some of your essential morning fiber and protein. And it’s delicious. Even my fiancé (who was skeptical at first) chugged his down in a couple of seconds.

GREEN ENERGY BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE
adapted from skinnytaste.com

  • 1 small or medium ripe organic banana
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup plain soy milk
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt (my favorite is Fage)
  • 4 cubes of ice

1. Place all the ingredients into the blender, add ice, and blend until smooth.

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White Chicken Chili!

This has been a week of working out HARD. The new Equinox Marina Del Rey has been open for a few weeks, and my fiancé and I have been over there every day. It’s been fun! I’ve never had the opportunity to “train” him before, and we’re really enjoying working out together. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the gym is insanely nice and has incredible facilities to shower in and whatnot. I got a lot of comments on my last post about having a quick workout, so I will have to post a few different workouts in upcoming blog entries. I also owe my mom a visit to our new gym so she can try the stair-stepper machine. In ANY case…last night I cooked us some delicious white chicken chili (served with avocado, sour cream, and pita chips!) and it was just the type of meal we needed to close down a week of hard physical work.

WHITE CHICKEN CHILI
adapted from HowTo:Simplify

Ingredients for Chili:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (I used an oven-baked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store to save on time), shredded
  • 2 cans Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 box (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Extra Ingredients to Serve with Chili:

  • 1 block of pepper jack cheese, freshly grated to taste
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Sour cream
  • Pita chips (I use Waleed’s brand, so yummy!)

1. In a large pot, sauté the onions until they become translucent (about 5 minutes).

2. Once the onions are done, add chicken, beans, corn, chilies (with juice from the can), cumin, and oregano to the large pot. Stir to combine all of the ingredients and then add the chicken broth.

3. Bring everything to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes to allow the broth to reduce. Add salt and pepper (to taste), juice from one lime, and cilantro. Stir occasionally. Leave everything simmering on the stove until you’re ready to serve.

4. Serve with pepper jack, avocado, sour cream, and pita chips!

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Ripper the Magnificent

Ripper. In all his glory.

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The easiest sweet & sour chicken recipe

For those of you that know this from my previous posts, I get SUPER excited to try crockpot recipes. This is only the 3rd or 4th thing I’ve made with my slow cooker. And it was a hit with my fiancé because it’s super delicious (the chicken becomes so tender and tasty), and a hit with me as well because of its taste, but also because of how quick and easy the recipe is.

Taken from 365 Days of Slow Cooking….here is the recipe:

SWEET & SOUR CHICKEN…crockpot style

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
1.  Place chicken in bottom of slow cooker.
2.  Saute the onion in a teaspoon of oil until soft.
3. In a small bowl combine the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire and onion.  Pour over the chicken.

First time I've used ketchup in a recipe EVER. Glad to make use of the huge bottle my fiancé purchased.

Uncooked chicken with sauce poured on top.

4.  Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours (I cooked mine for about 5 hrs).  Serve over hot cooked rice.

Really easy. Really good.

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The Perils of Having a Yard Sale

We have been SO busy lately! Between planning our wedding bash and working, we also coordinated a block yard sale this past Saturday. This was the perfect excuse to clean some junk out and to make a little extra cash to put in the “wedding bash fund”. It went well, we made close to $200 which was exciting considering we would’ve just given everything away to the Goodwill. The day was fun spent chatting with neighbors and friends.

It was kind of a bummer when 2 unfortunate things happened to me. #1: I got bit by some kind of insect that hates me, and #2: Somebody stole my watch from the yard sale.

#1: I wouldn’t even bring this up, but I got bit all over my legs, and one spot in particular on my left ankle began to swell up and hurt like heck. I actually just got back from the doctor now – he lanced my bite, put me on two different antibiotics, and sent a culture to the lab to figure out what kind of venom was in my body. Yuck. (I won’t include pictures of this, for your sake.)

#2: Someone stole my watch, that I was selling, at my yard sale. WTF? I was kind of proud of myself too. It was an awesome PUMA watch that I decided to sell for no less than $10, because  I figured if I didn’t sell it I would just keep it. I have tons of watches and never wear that one anymore, but seeing as how I sell EVERYTHING else for $0.50 to $1, I was kind of proud of myself for sticking to my guns and not selling to buyers who wanted to negotiate with me. Then, a few hours in, I noticed my watch had disappeared. Really buddy, did you REALLY just steal a watch that was sitting next to my old Beavis keychain at a YARD SALE? Well then, you deserve whatever karma comes to bite you…

Beavis keychain SOLD for $0.50!

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Cute Otters Chasing Little Girl At The Zoo

Yet another awesome video to make you all smile on Hump Day!

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Not a single gram of…..shall be given today

Please excuse the language on the following image. But I love it so much. Hope y’all are not offended by this one. I got it from Jennifer Pastiloff’s Facebook Page – she is my new obsession. I took her yoga flow class last night and fell in love with her energy and teaching style. Check her out if you live in the Los Angeles, she teaches all around town!! Her blog can also be found here.

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