Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Body Boost Shake Recipe

I made this shake the other day because I was craving chocolate and banana together, very weird for me,  but I also really needed some greens in my diet. One of my favorite Neal's Yard Remedies products is their SuperFood Organic Greens Complex. Like many superfood greens, it comes in powder form. Just from my experience, this particular product doesn't make shakes or smoothie taste too earthy, if you know what i'm saying. It also provides the right amount of nutritional intake one's body needs. It's gluten/dairy free and vegan/kosher friendly. Not only can you use it for smoothies and shakes but also to bake with or sprinkled on top of salads and such. Not quite sure where the banana craving was coming from, I took it as a sign my body needed potassium or something. I used Organic Cacao Powder, which is also considered a superfood, to satisfy my chocolate craving. Cacao Powder is rich in magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants such as flavanols and polyphenols. Kind of awesome if you ask me, it is chocolate after all. From there I added things that would compliment one another. For example, I added about 1/3 cup of plain non-fat greek yogurt to the shake. Usually when I eat plain greek yogurt I add honey and cinnamon. So I added 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and lavender honey to the shake as well. The shake was refreshing and just the energy boost my body needed. I had it this morning before my walk and decided to add some cayenne pepper, which was not bad, and I definitely felt more energetic this morning than I usually would. There's nothing like blending a bunch of your favorite things and blending it up! What do you do for a body boost? 
Body Boost Shake Recipe:
1 Banana
1 tablespoon Cacao Powder
3/4 cup Almond Milk - Original Unsweetned 
1 scooper full of Neal's Yard Remedies Superfood Organic Greens Complex
1/3 cup 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
1 teaspoon Lavender Honey (substitute regular local honey; optional)
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne (optional)
Blend all ingredients together with 1/2 cup (or more) of Ice. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

2 Simple Changes to Re-do Your Bedroom

Hello all! I have been missing in action from blogging, my apologies. Mike made it back home from France safe and sound. Finally! 5 weeks is such a long time to be away from the love of your life. Things are settling back in nicely though. I'm currently in the middle of a couple projects and adding more to the list everyday. Thank goodness Mike is home because I need his muscles for a few things. Once he is completely settled I can wrap up a project or two. Seeing as I bought a sewing machine and taught myself to make throw pillows, I have not wasted any time doing so! I have been making throw pillow covers like crazy. The living room couch pillows have new pillow covers, Cristen's room has new throw pillow covers and of course our bedroom have new throw pillows. Today I am sharing with you an easy and inexpensive way to perk up your drabby master bedroom. I never decorated our bedroom at the old house, however I did know what I wanted to do. The same goes for this new house, I know what I want it's just going to take some time to get it exact. My goal is to keep it masculine but chic still. I really like the look of modern, napa/cali ranch. You probably think i'm nuts but I swear that look looks good in my head. I told myself I wasn't going to wait 3 years to decorate our bedroom in this new house. So I took a leap by making 2 simple changes to guide me in the right direction of what I would like our room to look like eventually. Everything I did was so simple and super cheap. All I did was change my lamp shades and add a dramatic amount of homemade throw pillows.  I probably spent $25 on fabric and pillow forms and the lamp shades were $13 at Wal-Mart. Looks so much better and gives the room some much needed life. These 2 minor changes is encouraging and makes me want to spend more time in this room. For now, I am occupied redoing Cristen's room. Which will be coming up on the blog hopefully soon. And I am not so much redoing it, since we moved the room has pretty much just been a blank canvas. It's turning out so cute and fancy and I can't wait to share with you her new room. Hope you enjoy the easy, simple changes I did in the master. Let me know what you think! 
Until next time,


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Greens + Herbs Salad

Hey guys! The sun has really been bringing it the last couple days and I have been keeping cool in the pool the last couple days because of it. I made this salad today that was phenomenal. Super fresh and light and the best part, good for you. I got a sudden craving for some Brussels sprouts on my weekly run to Trader Joe's this morning, and I had eaten a salad at Crisp the other day that had fresh basil in it. So those two things were the main inspiration for this recipe. I don't typically use salad dressing you buy at the grocery store. I prefer to either make my own dressing or just use grape seed oil and balsamic vinegar, which is what this salad recipe calls for. I had some left over chicken, per usual. I bake chicken constantly to have for salads, snacking, or sandwiches. The chicken is optional for this recipe, so keep that in mind. Or, I suppose you could always add any other meats or fish. Smoked salmon would probably be delicious in this recipe as well. I am one of those cooks that doesn't exactly follow a recipe. I was blessed with the ability to know what flavors are what, and how much to put of something, etc. There are many of you out there like that so this recipe will be a breeze. If you do follow today's recipe, just remember the measurements given aren't completely accurate and it's for 1 serving size. So use your better judgement and add less of any of the ingredients, to start, that you may not like. This paired nice with a specific white wine, however I'm willing to bet your preference on any white will go well with it. Today I used a particular white that I have been wanting to try called Muy Caliente! Jalapeno Heat,  JalaPino Fresh and Fiery White. I'm assuming, because of the name, it's a Pinot. Other than that it was my first time trying it and I don't know much about it. It was not bad. Definitely wouldn't be able to drink it if I just wanted a glass of white wine. I think you would have to pair it with something and could probably have about 1 glass. Hope you enjoy this salad as much as I did. I just may make another one for dinner! 

Greens + Herbs Salad Recipe
2-3 Cilantro sprigs (chopped)
2-3 Basil leaves (chopped)
Cheddar/Gruyere Cheese blend (You can buy this blend at Trader Joe's or substitute with Parmesan cheese)
Small handful of Brussels Sprouts (cut ends and peel leaves off); I used rather large Brussels sprouts, so I only used about 4-5
3 Romaine lettuce stalks/leaves (however your supposed to refer to them)
Small handful of Wild Arugula 
1 tablespoon Grape Seed Oil
1 tablespoon Balsamic Vinegarette
1/2 Lemon (small)
Preheat oven to 350; cut ends off Brussels sprouts and peel leaves off. Place on baking sheet and drizzle with grape seed oil. Salt and pepper to your liking. Stick in oven for about 15-20 min or until end of the leaves start to brown or become soft (not all the leaves will brown). Let cool when done.
Mix arugula, romaine, basil, and cilantro in bowl.
Add grape seed oil, balsamic and lemon.
Add Brussels sprouts.
Grate cheddar/Gruyere cheese
Add chicken (cold and optional)
Serving Size: 1 
Double, triple, or quadruple recipe for more people! Ha! Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

3 Awesome Gray (Ish) Wall Paint Colors

Hello all! Thinking about painting the interior of your house? Well you have come to the right blog today. These 3 paint colors today are the only colors on the walls of my home. Everyone always ask me the names of the colors. All of the colors, or 2 out of 3 colors at least,  you've seen in photos from post on interior decorating on the blog. Technically they aren't all true grays, however, the 2 that aren't have strong undertone colors. The main living, hallways, upstairs bedrooms, game room, laundry, master bedroom and kitchen are all, the very popular, Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. I could not be happier with my selection. I was aiming for a very light and subtle gray and accomplished that with Repose Gray. The Dining room and office are painted in the color Arctic Shadows by Benjamin Moore, although mixed by Sherwin Williams. I was super shocked that I liked and chose this color. It definitely felt risky and is a little more bold than I normally would choose for wall paint. I absolutely love it and still think it's stunning. A very fitting color for a dining room and/or office or study. If your looking for a more masculine feel in a room, this color needs to be on the wall. It seems pair well with greens. Again, I wouldn't normally go for greens but something about the grayish greenish color makes it work. Last, but not least, all the bathrooms are Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay. This also felt slightly risky, not as much as choosing Arctic Shadows, but I was a little nervous. The blueish, greenish, grayish color looks so awesome in the bathrooms. It amazes me how in the master bathroom it looks completely different on the walls than in the hall bathroom. There is also no windows in the hall bathroom, which is why I am assuming it pulls more blue and green, than gray. A totally different situation in the master bathroom though. This room has a decent size window and Oyster Bay comes off more blueish gray. The perfect spa color. It makes the room feel very soothing and relaxing. The upstairs bathroom also has a window, very small, and you get the same soothing/relaxing feel but the color looks more greenish gray. Its all very neat to me how lighting makes such an impact! Now you know the color palette of my home. Hope I could be of service in your paint color selection process. I know how hard it is to get that right color. Never trust paper swatches and be extra careful with even the pint size samples for wall swatches. If you can,  see it in person. I recommend choosing what finish you want first, that way when you put a swatch on the wall you can kind guess what it will look like. I am pretty sure all samples come in satin finish, which doesn't necessarily mean in flat or eggshell it will look the same. Out of all 3 interior paint colors, Repose Gray, Oyster Bay, or Arctic Shadows, which is your favorite? 

Repose Gray - Sherwin Williams

Arctic Shadows - Benjamin Moore

Oyster Bay - Sherwin Williams

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Peace Always

I had a much needed relaxing day with a girlfriend of mine. It's been a minute since we did breakfast, which today also turned into lunch too. Can I just say it's getting hot outside, and I kind of like it. Summer is here finally, although I don't think officially. 
I want to start by saying how incredibly powerful the power of prayer and having faith in God that he makes the right thing happen. As sad and disappointing that it can be to know that people can be so cruel to others, it's also refreshing and encouraging to know that there are people who exist out there that do care about people. According to a source, the source rather, the meter man in this video will not lose his job. He's apparently been with the company long term and is a good employee. I'm still not condoning his actions and he is supposedly now aware to not resort to doing what he did again. The dog as far as I still know is still very much fine. A satisfactory resolution was made, on both ends, and the case is closed, the end. 
After this situation happened, clearly, it struck a nerve with me. I am the very first to admit that I am not perfect, nor a saint, and I have to remind myself often but at least I am. I think we all need to remind ourselves, more often, to have a little more respect, compassion, and trust in others. There is so much evil in the world, but don't let that ruin it for the rest of us. If you use your better judgement and common sense, although common sense is fading away from today's generation (no offense today's generation), you should be able to see good from evil. Everywhere in this world is lacking 'pay it forward' moments and second chances (over no big deal situations). We need frequent reminders to not let emotions cloud our judgment and also reminders to stop and pray and ask God to take it over. Take some deep breaths, don't forget that we are all brother's and sister's. I think He would rather us be looking out for one another instead of turning against one another. Always think twice before you slander someone on the internet. The world wide web can be such a malign place and is so public. Put yourself in their shoes before you could potentially ruin their livelihoods. 
Back on track next week! Check back with me to see what's happening on Modishly Naturopathic Blog.  Have a fabulous and safe weekend guys!
Peace always,

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

German Shepard for President: Human Rights vs. Animal Rights

Something very unusual happened late last night. I engaged in an online discussion in a group i'm in only for the folks that live in my neighborhood on Facebook. Oh good ole Facebook. I'm still somewhat a virgin to the social media platform compared to most people. Last night it really settled with me how we as Americans need to get our priorities straight. First, I should start by saying I like dogs and some other animals. I do not have a dog now but that's because I chose not to get another dog after losing one. When you have a dog for 16 years and she passes that's a really difficult feeling to cope with. And I do not want to experience that kind of loss again anytime soon. Also, not to long ago we bought a Jack Russell for my stepdaughter. I stood firm and refused and did not get attached to the dog. When my stepdaughter made the mature decision to find another home for the dog because she didn't want the responsibility of a dog, I found a great home for her. She is now with a family that I would trust with my own life, who already had a Jack Russell and tons more land than we could have given her. Proof that i'm not so mean or dislike animals. I could have just as easily taken her to the pound. 
Moving on. The discussion last night was over a surveillance video one of my neighbors recorded of a meter reader man who came in his back yard, to obviously read the meter, and his German Shepard approached him. You see the man go straight to the meter and then he sees the dog coming in his direction. The man takes a step back, and this is just my opinion, but softly hits him the snout to get him to back off. In which case the dog does so. He finishes reading the meter and puts a little pep in his step and leaves the backyard. Here is where it gets messy (when it shouldn't) because that's not what all the animal lovers in the neighborhood saw. They saw a man who wasn't scared, hit the non-aggressive dog intentionally in the nose, and who should have went and rang the doorbell when he saw the 'beware of dog' sign on the fence. According the the homeowner his daughter was outside in the driveway, on her way to the backyard to catch up with him. That part i'm still confused over. Should he have rang the doorbell or was your daughter in the driveway? Which is it? I do agree with the fact that he should have went to the door if he saw the sign and there could potentially be a dog back there. And I am totally not condoning what the guy did. However, as I mentioned last night in the discussion, i'm scared shit-less of large dogs, maybe the guy can relate, and it's a good thing i'm not a meter reader because I would probably carry something with me other than my meter reader to protect me against any approaching dog. Another point that I couldn't grasp was they assumed that the man assumed that the dog was non-aggressive. His 'tail was wagging' when he approached the man. Sorry but I wouldn't be able to tell if a dog was non-aggressive or aggressive coming at me in a confined area such as this particular case. All in all the dog is fine, and so was the meter man if you care. But maybe not for long. He just may be out of job. Because neighbors spread that video on social media like it was the Ebola virus in a small plane. The end of the discussion for the homeowner, he said the situation got out of control and the dog was fine, it's not a big deal and that he didn't expect the video to go viral. According to one neighbor the video had already had 20,000 views in an hour, less than maybe. Really, you didn't expect that when you shared your video on something more public than a freaking bathroom? What did you expect, I do wonder? I'll tell you, the man to lose his job. I pray that he doesn't. If I had to guess there's probably some sort of safety training they go through to protect themselves in situations such as this one. Just a guess and I could be wrong, but if i'm correct he was just doing what he was trained to do to get the meter read. No wonder people burglarize and steal from others. Even though they had a job they lost it because they made a mistake that wasn't evenly costly by any means. I sure hope if he loses his job he doesn't have mouths to feed. I bet the homeowner didn't think about that when he was seeking justice over what? Nothing. He said so himself his dog is fine and the situation turned into a bigger deal than was.
This is why we need to get our priorities straight. People have taken it upon themselves to fight for so many rights for animals. Since when is it logically OK that animals have more rights than humans? It's very possible that this will one day be the case if we keep going at the rate we are.  In my eyes dogs are obedient, loyal, canine companions, period. Not human children/adults that should have the same privileges and more.Yes, there should and are animal cruelty rights but damn, you can't even leave your dog in a car with a cracked window to run in and get a coffee these days without someone creating an ordeal. 12-15 years ago this wasn't even a topic of discussion. It never would have been a big deal because we didn't have social media to exploit it and blow it out of proportion. And news anchors had more pressing stories to cover, like our brothers and sisters in combat. Not a dog who got hit in the nose with a meter reader and was unharmed. Here we are though, seeking the attention of potentially millions of people to make a situation out of nothing when we still have brothers and sisters in combat. Or human trafficking right under our noses. Yeah, that doesn't just happen in movies like Taken 1,2, and 3. What about terrorist living in our country with only the intention of being destructive? It's bad enough that we are appallingly changing the rights to use different sex bathrooms. Not to mention that Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are our options to run our country. Funny thought, maybe a German Shepard should run for President. Seriously though, some scary stuff is happening to this country. And you, the people, aren't contributing in a positive, proactive way. 
I'm not one to voice my opinion so loudly but I can, so I will. There becomes a point where you get disappointed when bad choices keep happening on repeat (Obama being elected twice is one example) that you get fed up. To feel like I have to defend our people and our country because so many of us are off track in a daze about what really is important in life, is sad. The pedestal some people put their animals on can be delusional. When do we say, OK it's time to stop inconveniencing society for the sake of how you feel your animal or any animal should be treated? Does a child need to be killed to save a gorilla?  Let's get it together people.You do your thing and let others do their's. If you have a strong passion for animals and a minor incident occurred to your animal, there's no need to instigate the community of animal activists to join forces with you to put a man, trying to earn a living, out of income. After all, we are the humans, the only living beings on this beautiful earth capable of making this world a better place, and we do and will make mistakes. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Nautical Modern-Traditional Bedroom

How nice has it been to have the sun out today and yesterday? If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen I spent yesterday out by the pool. Which is exactly where i'm headed after I share with ya'll one of my guest bedrooms I have been working on. I'm still not 100% done (I never am), there's a few more things I would like to get for this room. Just so you are aware I have taken up sewing. If you notice the more traditional looking throw pillows on the bed, these were my first of my sewing projects. I still have tons of practice to do to master it, but I didn't get too close with the camera so you can't see any imperfections. The look in this particular bedroom is nautical, modern-traditional. To achieve this look I picked a traditional(ish) fabric for the throw pillows and threw in a traditional blue willow accessory for the nightstand. The bedding and octopus throw pillow, of course, is the nautical look, as are several other elements in the room. I wanted something bold, which is why I was attracted to the fabric for the throw pillows, because it's out of my area of comfort as far as decorating. I'm thinking some bold curtains will top it off nicely once I find the right fabric that will work with everything else in the room. I wasn't quite sure this look could be pulled off but, for me, I am liking where it's going. The most important thing is that my guest are and feel comfortable.  Do you think nautical, modern-traditional mixes well together? 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Coco Loco

Hello Lovelies! Hope you had a great weekend, in spite of all the rain if your here in Texas. Today's post is about my so called miracle oil, coconut oil. Like many of you, I have been using coconut oil for pretty much everything but cooking for a couple years now. Coconut oil has been around, and has been used for a very long time. Probably longer than you think. It's so versatile and multi-purposeful. I have not used or bought skin moisturizer/lotion for quite some time because I use coconut oil as a replacement. In fact, it stays on the ledge next to my bathtub. Not only do I use it for a skin moisturizer, I also use it in my hair, at least once a week. It helps, with my hair type, tremendously to control frizz and it makes my hair appear smoother and feel softer. During the winter season, occasionally, I will get an itchy scalp and coconut oil helps eliminate itching and dandruff.  I use it to remove eye makeup and mascara. I've also used it for deodorant with essential oils. I haven't personally tried it this way but you can put it in your morning cup of coffee and if you have ever heard of oil pulling, you use coconut oil for that method. And of course, you can cook and bake with it. Good coconut oils can be a little pricey but lets be real, compared so some lotions, creams, and makeup removers some people pay astronomical amounts of dinero for, coconut oil is cheap. And like I said, versatile. I've read to use unrefined coconut oils which is the only kind I have ever bought. There's a book I think everyone should read, especially if you use coconut oil or don't know much about coconut oil, called "The Coconut Oil Miracle" by Bruce Fife. You will have a better understanding of the uses of coconut oil, the history of it and what kind to use and buy after you read the book. Since I have been using it for years, I have tried several different brands.  I tested 5 different coconut oils for you and found 1 that I absolutely love. It's on the more expensive end but not the most expensive, and so worth it. You will know if you have used any of the coconut oils I tested and then try this one. The consistency of Dr. Bronner's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is unlike any I have used. It's smoother than butter and melts to liquid immediately when you rub it together in the palm of your hands. When your applying Dr. Bronner's to your skin (or hair) it goes on more evenly than others, much like using an actual lotion. Try it as a head to toe moisturizer right after a bath or shower before towel drying (like you would use baby oil) or after drying off. Let me know what you think if you try my no. 1 preferred coconut oil. What do you use coconut oil for other than cooking? 
5. Lou Ann Coconut Oil
4. H.E.B's Central Market Organics Virgin Coconut Oil
3. Spectrum Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
2. Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
1. Dr. Bronner's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sneak Peak

If your in The Woodlands, Texas and surrounding areas your probably SICK of the rain! I don't know about you but it's messing with my plans. Today I wanted to give you a sneak peak on what's to come on Modishly Naturopathic Blog. I have lots of fun things going on that I can't wait to share.  First, I would like to start by asking you to connect with me on Facebook and Instagram, 'like' my @ModishlyNaturopathic page on Facebook and follow me on Instagram at ModishlyNaturopathic, to  stay updated on the latest blog post. Here's what's coming soon on the blog: 
How To Pull Off a Nautical, Modern-Traditional Look in a Bedroom...

Fun in the Sun - Outdoor Living...

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