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3-Day Cleanse – Lose Weight Fast!

Cleanse“I regret eating healthy today,” said no one in the history of ever. 

Coming off a four day weekend fueled by way too many margaritas and all-American BBQ’d everything, there’s no better time to consider detoxing your body and shedding a few unwanted lbs. with a “cleanse.”  After all, it’s summertime and bikini season is here whether we like it or not!

While some extremists may opt for the “Master Cleanse” (which I recommend only if you’re lucky enough to have absolutely no kids around you and the opportunity to sleep all day… so, NEVER), I suggest trying a more sensible and realistic approach to cleansing such as the 3-Day or 5-Day Cleanse from The Juice Club. Read more »

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Suffering from “the Curse”? Change the Cycle!

Go with FlowEvery woman has suffered, at one time or other, from “the Curse”, that oh-so-special time of month during which you have permission to whine and complain, and if you’re lucky, maybe even lie down for a bit.  However, if you suffer from menorrhagia a.k.a. heavy period (and you’d know it!), there’s help for you!!

We found out about Change the Cycle at the BlogHer convention in New York last summer where we saw a group of women swarming the booth.  Was this the booth that was giving away the free vibrators? No they weren’t, that was a different booth.  But of course, we had to check it out.

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Kiwi Capiroska Cocktail

It’s Friday and the weekends here!! You know how we do… time for a cocktail!  This one is clean, refreshing and will take the edge off!  So kick up your heels, let loose and enjoy! xo

Kiwi CapiroskaKiwi Capiroska

2 cups kiwi, peeled and diced
12 mint leaves, divided
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3 limes, juiced
2 cups GreyGoose Vodka
2 cups tonic water (or coconut flavored sparkling water)

ice cubes
garnish:1 kiwi, peeled and thinly sliced
Directions:
1. Line six glasses up and fill each with 1/3 cup of diced kiwis, 2 mint leaves, 1 teaspoon sugar, and ½ lime juiced.
2. Muddle together the contents of each glass until fully combined.
3. Fill each glass with ice and top off with 1/3 cup vodka and 1/3 cup tonic water.
4. Stir, finish each with a kiwi garnish and serve.
 
recipe & photo courtesy of The Poor Girl

 

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The Geisha Facial (a.k.a. “Bird Poop” Facial)

GeishaHave you ever wondered how Japanese Geisha’s have such blemish-free, porcelain-like complexions? Well, we have the answer, and it’s not just their makeup.  It’s BIRD POOP!  Specifically, Nightingale bird poop (see cute birdie below).  Yes, ladies, the answer to your skin problems is literally for the birds.  You read it right, BIRD POOP!! Read more »

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Strawberry Basil Margaritas

The weather is starting to warm up and with that comes my overwhelming desire to sit outside in my backyard on Saturday afternoons… watch the kids play with matches (I’m KIDDING) I mean on the swing set and sip on these delightful Strawberry Basil Margaritas while I soak in the sun! 

Strawberry Basil Margarita

Perfect for get togethers, make a pitcher in advance and enjoy! xo 

Strawberry Basil Margaritas

1 Cup of Fresh Lime Juice
1 Container of Fresh Strawberries cleaned & quartered
10 Basil Leaves Roughly Chopped
2 1/2 Cups Tequila
3/4 Cup Cointreau
2 Cups of Water
Pitcher full of ice

Combine all ingredients into the pitcher and give a good stir!

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Flu Season! Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanse

 

Flu Season is just about to peak and it’s time to fight back!  What better way than with a body cleanse! Let’s do this! It’s easy and will not only detoxify your body, but will cleanse your skin and if you’re fighting the last of that stubborn cold or feel one coming on, boost your immune system.  What is this magic cleanse I speak of?  Why it’s the Apple Cider Vinegar cleanse! Read more »

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St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail LUCKY LEPRECHAUN

kiss me I'm irishSt. Patrick’s Day!! Time for green beer?  Not feelin’ it?  Yeah, us too.  Kinda seems un-natural and icky really the thought of drinking a lime  green anything if you didn’t make it that color naturally?  RIGHT?

If you really feel like you can’t hold back and you MUST have a green cocktail… go for this one!  The Lucky Leprechaun.  It’s a Moms Gone Zen favorite! So do St. Patty’s day right this year and serve up this cocktail!  May you come home covered in kisses… Irish or not!

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Boru Vodka

2 parts of Boru Irish Vodka (Vodka)

1 small cucumber, quartered

1 small cucumber (for garnish) 

10 fresh mint leaves

3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice

1 cup of ice

1 tablespoon agave nectar

Dash of sea salt

Put cucumbers, mint and lime juice in a blender on high until well blended. Put ice, vodka, agave, and a dash of salt in a shaker. Pour cucumber mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the shaker as well. Shake well to combine and chill. Serve over ice. Garnish with sliced cucumber & fresh mint.

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Sleep Like a Baby Post-Daylight Savings Time

 

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Did you have trouble getting out of bed this morning, two days after Daylight Savings Time?  I know I did!  Even with only a 1-hour time change, most people are thrown off by the lost hour of sleep and feel more irritable and stressed than usual.  According to a survey by the Better Sleep Council of over 1,000 adults, 40% state that they need at least a full week to feel normal once again.  The good news is that there are ways that you can help your body get back to normal! Read more »

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Cleansing Yoga for Colon Cancer Awareness Month


Colon Cancer YogaMarch is Colon Cancer Awareness Month (I know, yippee!) and it’s time we pay some attention to the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the U.S. Besides getting screened for colorectal cancer, which is recommended for everyone over 50, and eating more fiber, there’s another thing you can do to help —  YOGA! Here’s an easy and relaxing yoga pose that you can do to help your colon stay healthy and clean.

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Cat Cora’s Bucatini Amatriciana with Bacon

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The very first time I cooked for my dear friend Cat was Passover Dinner – and I was a nervous wreck.  Not only because an Iron Chef was going to be at my table, but also because I’m a “shiksa” who had NEVER before cooked a Passover meal!

With Manischewitz flowing, Passover was a success and soon after Cat cooked her first meal for me.  Bucatini Amatriciana was the super-scrumptious dish that she made and it immediately became a family favorite. My husband loves it so much that for his birthday one year she surprised him with a giant pot of this mouth-watering sauce. Here’s the recipe, from her latest cookbook “Classics with a Twist.”  I guarantee you will love it and crave it as much as we do! Read more »

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