June 10th, 2013
Orange is a vibrant color that brings out energy, stimulates emotion, conversation and even hunger. When I visualize orange I see nature; the sunset, flowers in bloom and turning leaves. When I taste orange, it tastes like sweet citrus or spices. It is a color that is alive, fun loving and expressive. The Color Orange is inspired by what the painter Kandinsky said when he stated that the color orange is in fact red that has been made more human by the color yellow. I do have a great love for orange. Some may even say that I am a little obsessed with it. It just makes me makes me feel so alive. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms, this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring out all the emotions that you need released during your fitness routine. In ancient cultures orange was believed to heal the lungs and increase energy levels. For the other rooms in the house, you will have much more success if it’s tinted, shaded or muted by adding another color. Mixing white will create orange that is in peach or pastel range. Adding black will create a rich, browner orange. Blue, which is the complement to orange, will create shades of grey.
Everything about orange sizzles, so pairing it with neutrals like grey or white will cool it down.
Since orange pulls from yellow and red, it will always make for a spicy color pallet. These three colors together are called analogous.
Orange and green are truly harmonious. They are both citrus colors that are found in nature.
Blue is the direct complement to orange on the color wheel. These two colors together are a winning combination.
Orange is a great way to spice up any room. Add some excitement with bright orange throw pillows, orange pottery or some orange flowers in a vase. Use orange wallpaper as a feature wall, create stripes, stencil in orange, etc. This way you can introduce bold color without feeling over powered.
Maybe some of you have developed a little crush too!
March 7th, 2013
by Elizabeth Mitchell
February 16th, 2013
MY FAVORITE QUICK SNACK
Slice of sprouted grain bread, toasted.
Raw Almond Butter
Top with Raw honey
February 15th, 2013
FEUL UP BEFORE A WORKOUT
2 table spoons of flax seeds or meal
1-2 tablespoons of cacoa powder or Cocoa powder
2 dates pitted
1 cup of sliced stawberry
1 cup of filtered water or 1 cup green tea
1 cup of ice
Blend and enjoy
February 11th, 2013
While red and pink are considered essential colors for Valentine’s Day decorating, red is a perfect color to use in your home every day of the year. Genuine reds bring out sexual energy and stimulation. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Oh my, Mr. Grey.
Red is the most potent of all of the warm colors. The body actually has physiological responses to the color red. It causes an increase in blood pressure; it makes the heart rate rise faster and releases adrenaline into the blood stream. The taste buds become sensitive and the sense if smell improves. Red is a great color for a dining room.
In some cultures red is associated with purity, joy, and celebration. It’s also the color of happiness and prosperity in China.
Reds like candy apple and cherry are used to create a sense of adolescence, liveliness and cheerfulness. Jeweled tones are considered more elegant while rose and cabernet tones are more dignified.No mater what shade, red is definitely an authoritative color.
In truth most people are a little nervous to paint an entire room red. It isn’t a color for the faint hearted. If painting red walls are a little too aggressive for your taste, try using red as an accents color. Wherever you use it in your home, it will add warmth and energy.
Check out some beautiful rooms that use red to varying degrees, and see how different each of the rooms feels based on the volume, shade, and amount of red used.
February 4th, 2013
I’m so sick of throwing the kids unfinished juice down the drain. Fresh O.J. is pricey. Solution: I have saved all my Bonnie Maman jam jars and use them as glasses and cap them when they want a drink later. Saving money on glass ware and O.J.,so thrifty.
February 2nd, 2013
*Adding spices to meals can hike up your metabolism and improve your heart and health. Penn State University researchers prepared identical fat meals for two groups of volunteers, then added a mix of spices-including rosemary, oregano, and cinnamon-to the meal of one group. Eating rich foods typically increases blood levels of insulin and triglyceride fats, which heightens the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Volunteers eating the spicy meal saw increases in triglycerides and insulin that were 31 percent and 21 percent lower, respectively, than those of the group who ate the blander offering. Study author Sheila West suspects the antioxidants in spices are responsible.
*The Week: Dec. 28 2012-Jan 4 2013
January 30th, 2013
MY VERSION OF PIZZA
I don’t eat wheat but still crave pizza. Here is my whole food version. I have been inspired by many books I have read and gathered ideas. This concept came from Diana Stobo. Some recipes, like this one, I like to provide the foundation and give you the license to get creative. This pizza is fast and easy to make; I guarantee your kids will love it too.
Preheat the oven to 420 degrees
CRUST: Sprouted or gluten free wrap; I prefer Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain tortilla
SAUCE: Tomato sauce: Home made, Muir Glen or Fresh Market. Spread a thin layer of sauce onto the wrap. Add some of your favorite spices: garlic powder, red pepper flakes, Italian spices.
TOPPINGS: Cheese: Dyia, Almond, raw or what ever you prefer. Add you favorite veggie or fruit toppings; figs, olives, onions, jalepenos etc.
Bake for 8-10 minutes until cheeses is melted and bubbling
Feel free to add a handful of fresh greens on top. Enjoy!
MY FAVORITE COMBINATION:
Ezekiel 4:9-sprouted grain tortilla
1/3 Cup of Muir Glen pizza sauce
Garlic powder to taste
Italian seasoning to taste
Chili flakes to taste
Organic valley raw mozzarella grated
1/3-cup artichokes hearts chopped
1 Roma tomato sliced
Couple of fresh basil leaves
January 28th, 2013
Buying organic produce means, as most of you know, that there are no pesticides and chemical fertilizers used to grow the produce. This means that there is no pesticide residue found on the produce that we consume into our bodies. I know that buying organic can be expensive. Trust me! I’m a single girl on a budget. So, when you need to prioritize your organic produce, here’s a list of the most contaminated and least contaminated produce.
▪ Sweet bell peppers
▪ Grapes (Imported)
▪ Sweet Corn (Frozen)
▪ Sweet Peas (Frozen)
▪ Kiwi Fruit
▪ Sweet potato