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Healthy Holiday Recipes

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As most of you know, every once in a while, usually around the holidays, I get a wild hair and decide to post some of my recipes.  Here are two that are sure to please, easy and nourishing for your body.  The first is a chopped salad.  Inspired by a great coleslaw recipe that I have been making for years from the Neeley's.  I decided to change up some of the ingredients to go with the produce that is in season and available at the Florida Local Exchange.  Not only is this extremely tasty, but is has unusual ingredients that I had never tried before until last week.  These recipes both highlight the mighty radish...an often overlooked ingredient in the produce aisle, but one that packs a powerful punch health wise.
Why Radishes you ask?  Well, not only are they in season, but here are some of the many health benefits of eating these spicy babies.




Fight Cancer Researchers at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University found that radishes induce apoptosis – meaning they kill cance…

Purchasing Power

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There's nothing on the planet quite like a hurricane to level the playing field for all people of any economic status.  Whether you are rich, poor, or somewhere in between, a hurricane doesn't discriminate.  It sweeps through, bringing the furry of wind, rain, debris, unfamiliar pathogens, flash floods, sometimes tornadoes, and it doesn't care about your skin color or how much you bring home every week.

It's the first or second weekend in August, the candles (about 15 of them huddled in their jars on a giant charger in the middle of the table) are lit, a bottle of wine is cracked and my husband's cousin, Malisa and I are having a serious conversation in my screened in back porch...we call it fire talk in the winter when we light the giant fire bowl and sit outside sipping wine or hot cocoa...but it's Florida and winter is nowhere in sight yet...at least not for months... so tonight, it is candle talk.   The sticky, humid night greet us, with mosquitoes so thick…

Hurricane Irma

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My husband had to work the entire storm as he is part of the Emergency Operations in our community, so I was thankful that our family was mandatory evacuated and was staying with us.  It was a packed house, for sure, but it was also fun.  The kids got to spend time with their cousins and Aunts and Uncles and their dog.  We played that hilarious game with the mouth piece where you say phrases and people try to guess what the heck you are saying...talk about laughter being the best medicine, this was a winner for games...and another game where you don't have to guess the right answer, just the person closest to the right answer wins, which was really fun too.  We made popcorn, and hot dogs and s'mores over the fire pit in our backyard, and the kids swam in the 2 1/2 foot pool in the screened in room in the back porch...to which they declared as their "Hurricane Bathtub" and soaped up and swam in their filth...but at least they were cleaner, another win in my book.

I h…

Pit Exorcism

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Why You Should Detox Your Armpits...Your body sweats for a reason, and blocking all that sweat is not the right solution. Antiperspirants are made to reduce the production of sweat. Their active ingredient is aluminum salts which dissolve into your skin’s surface creating a barrier. It basically blocks your sweat glands temporarily and reduces the amount of sweat released. But your body is a smart machine and eventually it finds a way to get those toxic, chemical demons out, which is why sometimes you have to change deodorants and eventually you are on the clinical antiperspirant because it is the only thing that is working…trust me that was my story before I found…the lump…in my breast/armpit area.

There has also been a lot of speculation if using these type of deodorants are one of the reasons we’re seeing so many cases of breast cancer. I stopped taking my chances 10 years ago and will never use an antiperspirant again…refer back to my original and first blog ever written as to…

Empowering Women

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My friends Megan and Mark own a shop in downtown called Ocala Wine Experience, and this year marked their one year anniversary of being open for them.  They bought the place from a sweet, older British lady a year ago.   When they acquired it, it was in need of a young people vibe to bring it back to life, and Mark and Megan were just the ticket.  Mark has a passion for good food, good wine, and unusual craft beers and he was going to bring that to the table, while Megan is bubbly, fun and outgoing, having the ability to talk to anyone when they walk through the doors.   Before you know it, you are chatting like old friends, and she is selling the crap out of something to you, but she can also be tough when needed if you clearly have had too much to drink.

While in a brainstorming session with her this year over a glass...or maybe it was a bottle of shared wine, we were coming up with new ideas for the place as she was wanting to bring in some more events that were reminiscent of our …

Feeding My Family Poison

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My freak out moment came this morning after falling down the proverbial rabbit hole of Facebook/Youtube videos...and I think you know that you too have fallen down the rabbit hole at one point or another.  It is when you start watching or reading one thing that you were looking up and that next video pops up after the one you were just watching...it is just as interesting, if not more, than the last one you watched and one hour later you realize you forgot what you were doing on your phone or computer in the first place.  This morning I fell down the rabbit hole, and it is the first time in a long time I'm glad I did, let me explain why.
I am very cautious about what I purchase for my family in terms of soaps, shampoos, toothpaste...don't even get me started on that rant...and foods.  I buy mostly organic, or minimally processed foods for my family and we eat pretty healthily.  I'd like to say we eat healthy100% of the time but in reality it is about 80% of the time, if I a…

Revolutionary Shoogie Facial

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The Shoogie Facial...the long awaited and amazing thing that reveals new skin and helps your Shoogie products to absorb better into your skin. you can feel it working as soon as you swipe on that first yummy smelling gritty paste of pink Himalayan Salt and Papaya Enzyme goodness packed with a bunch of other amazing ingredients. It is salty like the sea, and if you get it on your lips, it tastes just like a swim in the ocean...but what exactly do all these ingredients do for you? Sometimes reading them is daunting, but once you find out what their function is, you are coming back for more. Here is a guide to demystifying the amazing ingredients inside the Shoogie Facial… Anti-Inflammatory: Madagascar Vanilla Magnesium Sulfate Aloe Vera Anti-oxidants: Rice bran Green tea Camu camu Skin Toning: Spirulina Papaya Enzymes Red algae Skin Soothing: Kaolin Clay Rice Bran Vitamin and Mineral Rich: Papaya Enzyme Himalayan pink salt Coconut milk

Freaking Out!

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Yesterday was a big day for me in terms of the business.  I got to fulfill an order for military personnel stationed overseas, to whom I don't know, and someone from Greece contacted me to start carrying Shoogie in all her beauty supply stores in Greece and on her online store...thank you Etsy for making the world smaller.

I have to admit, I had a major freak out moment though when I opened her email up this morning to see the magnitude of the amount of products she is requesting in her store from me.  As of right now, it is just me doing every single aspect of the business.  I knew this year I was probably going to have to hire someone, but I never envisioned it to be this soon.  Tony and I were having the conversation the other night of what would happen if a big retail person or chain were to pick up my brand.  I was thinking it would be somewhere here in America first, but I suppose Europeans really know that chemicals are the devil and America is just now catching up.

In t…

Bras and B.O.

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It's President's Day, and I have taken my kids to a place called Monkey Madness and it is a madhouse in here!  This place, here in Ocala, is filled with fluffy bounce houses and obstacle courses, children's laughter, squeals of delight, and general sounds of playground banter... but one problem is, I think every mom has the same idea as me today.

This morning I had a doctors appointment and I promised to take the kids for pancakes and fruit and yogurt parfaits followed by a small bout of clothing shopping for Roman, as this morning, he seems to have grown an inch in his sleep last night.  Giada doesn't want to be left out of the shopping fun, and I see her curiously eyeballing the women's section across the store and poking her tiny body through the bottom of some pretty enormous ladies bras.

This past weekend, Tony, Giada and I were watching Lady Gaga sing on a YouTube video at the Victoria's Secret fashion show when Roman comes in.

 "Hey guys, what are y…

With All My Heart

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I believe you should express your love and appreciation for the ones you love through your thoughtfulness and actions all through the year.  I also believe that being mindful of the ones you love and thinking about them and doing things consistently makes a big statement about how much you love and care about them.  But a holiday like Valentine's Day  could give one the excuse to spoil those they care about, so I could see how this is appealing.  

What is not appealing however, is the stress, negativity, and plain craziness that ensues when people forget the meaning of spending time with the ones they love and try to make up for it with meaningless gifts.  I can't express the awe and compassion I feel on Valentine's Day when I run into the drug store for a pack of cotton balls and pass the card aisle...littered with crazed men, hovering bodies deep like sharks swarming around a bucket of chum in the water.  

I feel like right in that card aisle, I might witness the "Bla…

For The Flan Of It... (Part 2)

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One of the main reasons I wanted to do Flan for the dessert course was because it is always a hit around my house when we make Spanish food when our families come into town.   Titi Martha makes Ropa Vieja and Black Beans, Abuela makes Arroz con Gondules, and I make Flan.  That's just how it is.  We all gather around the table with stupidly happy, giddy faces and grins a mile wide as we eat until we practically explode...then we eat dessert and drink Cuban coffee and commence to loud talking, telling stories, and laughing or crying...depends on the day and who is there.  


I really wanted people to experience this family style of eating...even if just for one day.   We pushed complete strangers together to eat at the same long table...and strangely enough, after a half hour or so, it started to feel like a family...talking loudly, laughing louder, and sharing new experiences with one another.   We wanted this event to be an experience that they would remember, so in between the cours…