New arrivals at love threads!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  We received some new arrivals, at Love Threads, and I didn’t want any of you to miss out on them. It’s all, so good!

On a total side note, this new moon sure is putting an interesting twist on the start of the new year, I tell ya!

Peace and love~

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letting go of the past

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I think we all have the ability to hang on to old things or habits, whether we want to admit it or not.   I know I do.  Lately, I’ve really been trying to clear away all negative energies from my body.  I feel like I have done a pretty good job with this, since I started the process 5 years ago, but there is always a little “shaping up” that can be done.  Along the way I’ve made some amends, did a little process called “cleaning house”, and multiple other things.  Today, I feel good, but I also think I could feel even better.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m super grateful for where I am today.

I’m a new mom, with a fairly new marriage (going on 4 years), and another new business, in a fairly new city.  We have the typical family issues here and there, you know?! (insert comedy here) All in all, life is completely fair.

So, I’ve decided to revisit certain inside issues, and really do a bit of self-care and self-love.  We are all amazing individuals, who really deserve to be on this planet, but so often we get lost in “things”, and forget about the simple pleasures like individualism, nature, self care, and so on…or just about being kind to others, even though you’re having a bad day, you just never know what that other person is going through.  For me, learning to pause and to be more patient, to be more present, and to listen.  I recently started reading this book, it’s about letting go, and finding your true intentions. Not forgetting about YOU. Which, I think we all do.

So, here is to the new you, and not being afraid of letting go! We are a lot of work, us humans, but we were put on this precious earth to be kind and loving, and to help others, and to all be ONE. Be grateful! Be kind! Love one another.

Below are a few websites that I have found to be completely uplifting, and really good reads for the mind, body and soul.

ashleyneese.com

thelocalrose.com

freeandnative.com

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Homemade healthy chocolate

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No need to EVER buy another piece of chocolate again! I found an amazingly easy recipe, that we all can make. We have completely cut out refined sugar in our home, so this was definitely a bonus when I found this recipe for chocolate, made with NO refined sugar.  The recipe was adapted from this website, which is also a super awesome site to check out, especially if you are in to health and beauty.

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3T cacao powder

2T raw honey

2T coconut oil

sea salt

Melt your coconut oil first, then mix in the cacao powder (not cocoa powder) and honey. Then spread mixture on parchment paper, which can be placed on a cookie sheet.  Place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt, when you are ready to eat.  You can add essential oils for flavoring, nuts, or any other desired foods.

*This makes a very small amount, so you will want to adjust your measurements for larger batches*

Enjoy!

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Local health:sun potion

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I mean, it’s no wonder the beauty industry is a billion dollar industry.  If I had a billion dollars, I’d probably spend it all on health and beauty products. Ha! Lets just say, I have a soft spot for product.

Recently, I came across a local company, to Santa Barbara, called Sun Potion. Sun Potion, is a company full of super foods, and tonic herbs.  Their products are perfect. They seem to put every bit of love that they have into their products. I’ve been purchasing mine from Lazy Acres, if you’re not local, you can purchase them here. It’s all about clean, holistic living. Conscious sourcing, something we all could learn a little more about.  Here is a small blurb from their website, that sums the company up nicely…” Our intention is to deeply nourish and activate the whole body, mind, and spirit with  these Transformational Foods.”

If this is a new area for you, take it slowly, and please do your research.  This is not for everyone.  However, I do believe this lifestyle is a safe, healthy one.

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*This is not a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.*

 

 

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Raw Protein Balls

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Happy Monday!

We are continuing the healthy eating around here.  Our bodies feel amazing, and our hearts are full.  I’ve mentioned before, this is a huge change for me.  Not so much for my husband, he’s one of those disciplined ones.  I’ve always been the type that just does “whatever”! Eat, drink, have fun! Ha! My life has very much changed in the last 5 years, and even more so, in the last month.  I hope to continue this journey forever.  I’m not tempted by refined sugar any more, I’m not wanting the processed food, and most importantly, I’m enjoying my life to the fullest!

If I do ever have a sweet tooth craving, these protein balls are my go-to treat.  We have them in our refrigerator at all times.  Seriously! Even our babysitter loves them!

Raw Protein Balls

1 cup gluten free oats (we use the ones from Trader Joe’s)

1 big scoop of egg white protein powder (we buy Jay Robbs, from Whole Foods)

2 T flax seed

2 T chia seeds

2 T hemp seeds

5-6 drops of liquid stevia

2 T cacao powder

1 T cocoa powder unsweetened

Almond butter (I never measure, but you want to add enough to bind all of the ingredients together)

Mix all of the ingredients together, roll in to bite size balls.  Store them in a glass container, in the refrigerator.

They are a great source of energy right before you go to the gym too!

The original recipe is from here, this is my girlfriend who has been coaching me along. I did modify a bit.

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9 months!

 

 

 

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Time flies when you’re having fun! We can’t believe Eleanor Reed is going to be 9 months in a couple of weeks.  She definitely has a strong personality, which I’m so grateful for.  She’s strong, independent, and funny.  She loves all foods, but sweet potatoes are her favorite.  She started music class at a wonderful little music school here at home.  Eleanor loves the ukulele! We feel so blessed to have such a fun, loving little girl. And her hair!!! Need I say more.

We are off to Mexico in a few weeks, this will be Eleanor’s first time to Mexico. Sayulita has a special place in our hearts.  We’re excited to show her where mommy and daddy like to relax.

Love the print above from hellomaypole.  It really is a great reminder to slow down and let your little one be who they want to be, not who we want them to be.

 

Hope everyone is having a great start to 2015!

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paleo lemon bars

Hello!

My quest continues to find the healthiest, no sugar, desserts.  I’m still off the sugar, and doing pretty good.  No cheats, yet!  These are seriously the best darn lemon bars I’ve ever had.  My husband loved them too. My girlfriend, Angela, who happens to be guiding me through this whole process, sent me this recipe.  By the way, if you happen to be in the Omaha area, you can find her services here, and she is well worth every penny. Trust me! Not only is she a personal trainer, she knows the ins and outs of nutrition.  I wanted to share this recipe, because, well, it’s the bomb!!!

For the crust:
  1. 2 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
  2. 2 tablespoons honey
  3. 1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
  4. 1/2 cup almond flour
  5. Pinch of salt
  6. 1 egg white

For the filling:

  1. 3 eggs + 2 egg yolks
  2. 1/3 cup honey
  3. 1/3 cup lemon juice
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon zest (about 2 lemons)
  5. 1/3 cup almond flour

Optional topping:

sprinkle with coconut flour

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a medium sauce pan melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the honey, shredded coconut, almond flour, and salt and mix until well combined.
  4. Remove from heat and add egg whites (save yolk for something later) and stir.
  5. Add mixture to loaf pan and firmly press down. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, for the filling add eggs to a large bowl and beat until frothy. Add remaining ingredients and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Pour filling over baked crust and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until center is set.
  8. Let the bars cool completely before serving. Cut into squares and top with powdered sugar or coconut flour.
  9. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for 4 days.

My picture is not the best, but you’re lucky they lasted long enough to even get a picture. Ha!

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Protein Pancakes you want to make

Happy New Year!

I have decided to eat clean this year, or at least try.  I have been completely addicted to sugar for the past 5 years, and it is getting the best of me.  My whole body. I just don’t feel like I use to, and there is no better time than now.  I’ll try to check in as often as possible to share recipes and details on how it’s going.  Love Threads and being a mommy keeps me pretty busy, so I’ll do my best.  I’ve also joined a Facebook page with some other girls who are doing the same thing, so we can all stay accountable.  I felt that because we were already on this awesome essential oil journey, that this fit right in.

Here is what I pretty much eat everyday…

Breakfast: 1/4 cup gluten free oats with a 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds // 5 or 6 egg whites with spinach and tomatoes

(I will alternate and have protein pancakes instead of the above)

Snack: apple and a handful of almonds

Lunch: medium sized spinach salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, peppers, and chicken breast or quinoa

Snack: cottage cheese and a few berries

Dinner: fish or chicken, and some sort of green veggie, and sometimes I will have half of a yam or sweet potato.

Snack: (I don’t always eat all of my snacks) protein ball or Fage greek yogurt 0% with a few berries

Also, some of my snacks are alternated with green juice.  I’ve been on a huge juicing kick. I can’t bake anymore, so I juice! I love it!

Here is the recipe for the protein pancakes. Keep in mind I didn’t do exact measurements, but we all know what the consistency of a pancake is, so use your best judgment.

PROTEIN PANCAKES:

2 or 3 egg whites

2 T protein powder ( I use egg white protein by Jay Robb from Whole Foods)

mashed banana or pumpkin

a few drops of stevia

1/2 teas of baking powder

splash of almond milk

splash of vanilla

Instead of syrup I took frozen berries and microwaved them for a minute and it turns into a sauce.  Pour over the top. In all honesty, we pushed the berries to the side.  They were so good without the berries, you don’t even need them.

Enjoy!

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A sale you don’t want to miss

Love Threads is having a YEAR END SALE! Everything in the store is 25% off.  All you have to do is enter thankyou at checkout and ta-da!

Things are going fast, but here are a few of my favorites that are still left… (run don’t walk;))

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Holiday cards

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We just sent out the last of our holiday cards.  If you’re anything like me, I always order more than one style, because I’m indecisive.  This year I went a little overboard and ordered 4 different styles.  My go to company always seems to be Tiny Prints.  They have a wide variety of choices, and their staff is unbelievably helpful.  Right now they are offering 30% off until the 14th.  After that, you can get 10% off until the end of the month.  If you’re a last minute person, no worries, they have New Years cards that are great too!  We ordered a few for those folks you forget about, because you know after you have a baby you forget EVERYTHING!!! Ha!

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