Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Callie’s Kids Plant Some Love Free Event Feb. 11

Callie’s Kids Plant Some Love 
Cornelius Voss and Cornelius Dairy Ashford will launch for Valentine gifting! Saturday, Feb. 11, kids ages 5 through 10 can come and go between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. accompanied by an adult per three children. They will pot a flower or plant and learn about re-using and re-cycling everyday home products and how gardening helps the environment. For more information, visit



LITTLE ANGELS is an animated DVD series and has been created for pre-school aged children to teach practical learning skills like ABCs and numbers. The series is presented in a captivating and entertaining format that will help parents to teach their little angels a big love of learning while also providing hours of fun to enjoy together with exciting DVD extras arriving in DVD February 14.

Featuring a great deal of interactive DVD extras including charming music videos and downloadable activity sheets, plus a downloadable bonus digital copy of each lesson that will allow for learning on the go, the LITTLE ANGELS ABC’s, LITTLE ANGELS ANIMALS, and LITTLE ANGELS 1, 2, 3’s DVDs are a great value moms can feel good about sharing with their little angels. The DVD series is timed perfectly to be available just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Little Angels App
The Little Angels App is currently available on iTunes and features the Daily Prayer – read by Roma Downey with illustrations and interactive scenes from the Little Angels videos. The App also includes games like Uri’s Painting Game where little ones can paint and color images from the Little Angels videos and The Matching Game which will challenge your kids’ memory as they search for the angels hiding behind the clouds.

Little Angels CDs
Inspired by the lessons found on each Little Angel DVD, these 15-song collections contain original songs written and produced by the best-selling team that made Worship Jamz, the #1 selling children’s music in America for three consecutive years. Kids will clap, jump, sing-a-long and smile, and its music that parents can enjoy and join the fun as their children learn valuable life and Biblical lessons.

Each enhanced CD includes four music videos, coloring pages and colorful lyric pages for every song.
Each CD collection also includes song-writing by Roma Downey with vocal and instrumental contributions from Roma's own children. Engaging, educational and faith-affirming, these CDs will be found in music players, cars and portable devices – wherever the children are listening! And many songs will be introduced by a Little Angel DVD audio segment to make the listening experience more fun and engaging.

Little Angels Books
Based on the characters in the Little Angels DVDs, the books feature bright and colorful artwork, entertaining stories, and meaningful lessons. In ANGELS WATCHING OVER US, twins Alex and Zoe are squabbling over whether to swing or play ball. Soon the Angels appear to teach the children the concept of cooperation, and the twins learn that they can have more fun if they work and play together. In THANKFUL FOR GOD’S BLESSINGS, Alex is having a bad day! But when the Angels lead him in a gratitude game, Alex and Zoe learn that they have much to be thankful for and that all of their blessings come from God.

  • Little Lessons with Roma Downey
  • Sing-along Music Videos:
    • Easy as ABC
    • G-H-I, Me Oh My
    • Q to the R to the S
    • W-X-Y-Z
  • Downloadable Activity Sheets
  • Downloadable Digital Copy – for Learning on the Go!
  • Spanish Language Track

LITTLE ANGELS Animals Features
  • Little Lessons with Roma Downey
  • Sing-along Music Videos:
    • Adam Gave Them Names
    • Noah Built an Ark
    • Jonah Was Fish Bait
    • Pomegranates, Penguins
  • Downloadable Digital Copy – for Learning on the Go!
  • Spanish Language Track

LITTLE ANGELS 123’s Features

  • Little Lessons with Roma Downey
  • Sing-along Music Videos:
    • Goliath Didn’t Like Rock Music
    • Joshua, Get Those Trumpets Blowin’
    • Be Sure to Say Thank You
    • All You Can Eat Fish Dinner
  • Downloadable Digital Copy – for Learning on the Go!
  • Spanish Language Track

Veggie Meals That Boost Your Metabolism!!!

In my quest to a healthier me and body. I ran across a great article from Fitsugar that boost your metabolism.  If you want to help give your metabolism a little boost, Their are tons of great foods you can give a try.Here are some recipes that will keep you feeling full, but will also increase your calorie burn.

Eat Your Breakfast

Why is breakfast the most important meal of the day? Because it jump-starts your metabolism and keeps you energized. Whole grains are one such way to get your engines running, by filling your stomach and slowing digestion.

1 c rolled oats
1/2 c raw buckwheat groats
1/4 c almonds, roughly chopped
2 tbsp whole flax seeds
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp raw almond butter
2-3 tbsp agave syrup (sub maple syrup or honey if you prefer, and how sweet you like your granola)
Preheat oven to 350* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix all dry ingredients in a big bowl. Heat wet ingredients in a small sauce pan (or in microwave- I don't own one so I use stovetop) until boiling and immediately pour over dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon until dry mixture is completely coated. Pour mixture onto parchment paper and bake for 22 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool for another 15 minutes. Break up granola and keep stored in a glass jar. This makes just a little over 3 cups! Ea with milk, sprinkled over oatmeal, yogurt, fruit...or just straight out of the jar with a spoon Eye-wink

Spice Is Nice

Incorporating spices like like chili, turmeric, and cinnamon to your food is an easy way to add calorie-burning properties to your next meal. Try this vegetarian mango tofu bowl recipe in addition to the spice element, it packs in many elements that will boost metabolism, like apple cider vinegar and protein-packed tofu and quinoa.

Mango sauce:
* 3/4 cup organic apple juice
* 1 mango, pit removed
* 1/4 cup lemon juice
* 1/4 cup coconut water vinegar or apple cider vinegar
* 1/4 cup sunflower oil
* 1/4 cup sugar free ketchup
* 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
* 2 tbsp braggs liquid aminos or soy sauce
* 1-2 jalapenos
* 1/4 tsp Himalayan rock salt
* 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
* 3 tbsp filtered water
* 1.5 tbsp arrowroot powder or 1 tbsp corn starch
Veggies + protein
* 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken, sliced into 1/2-inch thick strips or 2 blocks of GMO free firm tofu, pressed and cut into slices
* 4 medium onions , diced
* 3 cups snow peas
* 2 red peppers, diced small
* 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
High protein rice mix
* 4.5 cups water
* 1.5 cups brown basmati rice
* 1/2 cup red/white quinoa
* 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil

To make the sauce: add all ingredients but cilantro, water, and arrowroot in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 20minutes. Meanwhile, combine water and arrowroot in a small bowl. Once simmering is complete, add arrowroot mixture and whisk. Cook for 1 minute. Add chopped cilantro and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside.
To make protein: preheat oven to 375F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper for chicken, or oil for tofu. If you’re cooking a bit of both, you can separate the sheet with a foil wall. Coat the tofu pieces in the mango sauce and bake chicken/tofu for 30-40 minutes until tofu is browning at the corners and/or chicken is cooked through with no pink.
To make veggies: Add coconut oil and onions to a large frying pan [I used cast iron]. Allow to cook for 3 minutes before adding remaining ingredients + 1/3 cup mango sauce. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
For the rice mix: Add all ingredients to a rice cooker or large saucepan and cook until soft [about 30 minutes]
Throw it all together, pour some mango sauce on top, and you have yourself a delicious dinner!
Makes 6 rice bowls and ~3 cups of sauce

Warm Me Up

Here's another spicy lunch or dinner idea. In addition to the benefits of metabolism-boosting peppers  black bean Chipotle Soup recipe is packed with protein, which has also been proven to aid in boosting metabolism. 

Vegetarian Chipotle Black Bean Soup
Follows these instructions to substitute a slow cooker for the Dutch oven in this recipe, decrease water to 3 cups. Cover and cook on high for about six hours, or until beans are tender.

For the soup:
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium-size yellow onions, chopped
1 medium-size red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
4 teaspoons ground cumin
2 bay leaves
1 16-ounce package dried black beans
2 1/2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles
4 cups water
4 cups vegetable broth (chicken broth can be used as a substitute)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
For the garnish:
1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup chopped seeded plum tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and bell peppers and sauté until beginning to brown. Add garlic, bay leaves, and cumin; sauté for just under a minute.
  2. Transfer mixture to 6-quart Dutch oven. Add beans, chipotles, water, and broth. Simmer on stove top until mixture reaches a boil.
  3. Turn off heat, cover, and remove from stove top. Place into the oven and cook at 275°F until beans are very tender, about three hours. Make sure to check on the beans while cooking. If they look to dry, add more broth or water.
  4. Remove Dutch oven from stove and transfer two cups of the bean mixture to blender; puree until smooth. Return puree to Dutch oven. Stir in lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  5. Top each serving with a dollop of yogurt, tomatoes, and cilantro

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


  I'm totally hooked on Warrior Dash.  Its a 3.5 mile obstacle course  that has 11 different courses to go through. After going through their website. I'm convinced this is the race I want to do . And not only that before and after the Race their is great live entertainment , beer and lots of Food.

What you Get:
Every participant will go home with some sweet gear:
  1. Warrior helmet
  2. Warrior Dash shirt
  3. Custom Warrior Dash medal

Creekside Edge Off-Road Park
13580 Highway 59
Splendora, TX 77372

3.21 hellish miles

Price :

$65 and up  until 11:59pm* on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012
Click HERE to see pricing schedule.


 Over the holidays I invested in 3 items that I had been eyeing all year long. A spinning bike , polar watch and a Nike Training Club app for my Ipad.  They have been pretty much untouched since black Friday. I blame my love of social gatherings and the festive mood I've been since Thanksgiving.Which reallys means I havnt been able to stop eating! But given that I could no longer fit into my favorite jeans and the start of the New year . I had to put my New years Resoultion to full gear. Heres the ups and downs of my xmas gadgets.

1) Polar RS300x SD Running Series Heart Rate Monitor:
For those who want to know speed and distance to aid in performance along with the ability to measure heart rate. Measures heart rate combined speed and distance Train at the right intensity with personal training zones Displays calories burned Tracks latest 16 training sessions and last 16 weeks of training.

Which means in mommy's terms its lets you know how many calories you have burned during your workout. It also lets you track and save your process. Its functions are pretty easy to use. I was lucky during black Friday to pay about $100 for the watch. I totally love its easy functions and waterproof case. its perfect for me and my bust mommy's lifestyle.

2) Spinning Bike:
I love spinning but kept finding it so difficult to work out with two jobs , Madison ballet and Daniel soccer games. So I searched craigslist  and was lucky enough to find this great bike. I'm really unsure the make and model of my bike. But yesterday I was able to use both my polar watch and my bike. It was awesome to know I burned 450 calories in an hours time. This is a great and easy workout. I loved that I was able to put the kids to bed and catch up on my Novellas.

3) Nike Training Club App- This application is a great tool if you have access to a ipad or iphone.  I love more than anything that it was FREE! Yesterday was my first time using the get Lean Training for Beginners. It was pretty intense. After the warm up . I was sweating. I wasn't able to complete the full 45 minutes. I plan to work myself to that point. But this is a great free tool to get you were you need to be. Its has 4 different goals you can choose from.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My New Obsession ( To Actually Do my Resolution List)

I know many of us starting the New year start with a New years resolution ..lose weight.. Try harder... Be a better person. But who actually goes through with doing everything you sought out doing and actually sticking with it . In the past I can admit.I've made the pact and have yet to go through with it past a week or so. I wanted this year to be a little different for me. I'm 32 years and have yet to really say "IM DOING THIS !!!! Running marathon or even a race. I admire those who year after year do everything they sought out to do. My sister being one of those people. She always has done everything she always put her mind to. Me .. I'd always have the kids excuse, working or my husband . With really seeing for the first time the life is so short I really want to die without doing anything I really wanted to do my whole life . In saying that I started my year a little different this year . Making a list of not any one resolution but 10 . This list is really of things that I always talked about doing but could never get around doing or starting.

New years resolution:

1) Lose 20 pounds and build lean muscle.
Returning to my High school weight has been something I've talked about for years. I've been a roller coaster year after year , diet after diet but yet to fell every time. I've already made a committed . I've already taken some measures to making that goal. I'll will be posting my entries has my weight goes which leads me to my next resolution on my list.
2)Growing my blog with entries almost everyday and getting a greater reader and Blog followers. My content may change or things may be added.Has health and beauty are a big thing for me this year. Given that I had been a at home mommy for the last 3-5 years . Shopping and Shoes have been become an Obsession.
3)Becoming a better follower through the lords eyes !
4)Give more of my time for a needful cause and have my children do the same.
5)Run a marathon or race ..anything !
6) Sky Dive !
7) SWIM in a pool, learn different stokes and do tons of laps.
8)Write a book
9) Travel.... anywhere!!

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