Juicing For Your Kids


There’s nothing sweeter than a yummy glass filled with fresh pressed juice!

I love to juice! Sure it can be time-consuming and the costs can add up… but… it’s worth it! I don’t juice every day. Sometimes, I even take weeklong breaks, but… when I juice consistently, I definitely feel better.

This year, I took to juicing for the family. Although juicing will never substitute eating (especially when it comes to my daughters), the benefits are excellent because fresh juice is 100% PURE! You don’t need to add anything to the juice simply because it is so delicious! Both fruit and vegetable juice recipes are great for kids. Including it in their daily diet (but not substituting it for regular food) is an excellent way to get wholesome goodness into their bellies!

A favorite of my girls is one of the most simple juices to make. It’s a mixture of red and green apples! They love green juices too, but giving them a small cup filled with sweet apple goodness in the morning puts a smile on their face for sure!


You’ve got to try juicing for your little ones, but before you do… here are some things to consider:

  • Let your kid’s work their way up to having a full glass. Start with about 5 fl. Oz/day initially. You can also dilute the juice if you’d like.
  • Remember to give more importance to consuming solid foods. Never give up on feeding them fruits and vegetables. Kids still need the roughage and eating fruits and vegetables is excellent for them.
  • Using juices like spinach and kale are definitely good for children, but you need to make sure that you don’t give them too much. They do have an effect on your body’s cleansing system so you don’t want to overdo it.
  • Fresh juices when recovering from a cold or other sickness is a great way to help them recover and to get some great nutrition in your child.
  • Fruit juices do contain sugar and acids. These can cause tooth problems so remember to always have your little ones drink a cup of water after drinking juice.
  • It’s best to consume the juice right after it’s pressed. The longer the juice sits, the less nutritious it is. Many sources state that it is not advisable to drink juice after it is stored.

Happy Juicing Friends!

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Delicious Vegetarian Chili For The Meat Lover

Vegetarian Chili For The Meat Eater

Filled with plant-based protein and tons of goodness, this Vegetarian Chili for the meat lover will not only please the carnivores in your life, it will be a sure-fire hit with just about anyone (kids included)! It’s a quick and easy meal with barely any prep… check it out!

1 29 oz Can of Black Beans
1 29 oz Can of Kidney Beans
1 29 oz Can Lentils
1 Package of Morning Star Griller Crumbles
1 14.5 oz Can Petit Cut Tomatoes – Garlic and Olive Oil
2 29 oz Cans of Tomato Sauce
1 package Chili Seasoning (Mild)
1 Package Tex-Mex Seasoning
2 Tablespoons Cumin Powder

In a large saucepan, heat a bit of olive oil (I like to use Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and add the package of Morning Star Griller Crumbles. The Griller Crumbles are where you are going to get your plant-based protein and when I tell you that my meat-eating husband didn’t know the difference between this and ground beef when I made my first batch, I’m not kidding! The man had no clue! Had he known before his first bite, he probably would not have tried it.

Once the Griller Crumbles are cooked, you are going to want to add all the ingredients to the saucepan and bring it all to a boil while stirring every few minutes. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Let it simmer for 45 minutes stirring occasionally. That’s it. Really, that’s it. It’s super easy, super quick, and calls for barely any prep!

Add On’s… If I’m not in too much of a rush, I like to add freshly chopped red peppers, green peppers and onions. A little garlic doesn’t hurt either, but you honestly don’t need anything more. The bare-bones version of this meal has a robust flavor and is sure to please anyone! My family especially enjoys it with a buttermilk biscuit placed on the bottom of the soup bowl and the chili poured on top!

Happy eating!

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A Mug To Start Your Day

If you love your morning dose of caffeine as much as I do, you are going to love these…

Ah… the coffee mug! It may make or break your day. Have you ever been to a restaurant, looking forward to a great cup of coffee only to find that delicious coffee is being served in a crappy mug? I have, and seriously, it’s the biggest downer.

I look forward to my coffee (or tea). When I order one at a restaurant, it usually means I am really in the mood to sip a great cup o’ whatever out of nothing less than a “great cup.”

Since yesterday was National Coffee Day (which I cannot believe actually exists), I had the pleasure of reading a ton of posts giving tribute to none other than… drum roll please… COFFEE! With each post came a wide array of great (and not so great) coffee mugs! Of course, a light bulb went off in my head which led me to writing this post where I get to feature 5 of my favorite coffee mug finds on Easy (because you know, I LOVE to support artists)!

Here are 5 of my favorite coffee mugs found when looking around…

This mug gets my “goat” every time… bahaha… The Goat Mug ($15.00)


The Best Friends Long Distance Mugs (Set of 2) are ADORABLE! I love them and my friend… you know who you are… expect one in your mailbox soon! ($29.99 for set)


Of course, who can forget Blaire Waldorf? The “What Would Blaire Waldorf Do?” Mug pretty much rocks to start any day with! ($15.00)


This mug is for the gentle-hearted animal lover/humanitarian who loves their daily snooze… I am feeling the “I Just Want To Drink Coffee, Save Animals, And Take Naps” coffee mug now (especially the napping part). ($13.00)


Last but not least, I can definitely think of a morning or two when I thought about adding a little something extra in my morning cup o’ Joe… “There’s a Good Chance This Is Vodka” mug probably won’t win your kids many play dates. You may not want to be toting this one along to the bus stop. ($10.00)


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Goodbye Summer – Hello Structure

18 Days… that’s how many days the girls have attended school so far. Goodbye summer… Hello structure, waking up early, going to be early (or as early as possible), back to school meetings, Religious education, and the list goes on…

There is something to be said about living the “summer life” but I have to admit, although summer was great, and we had a lot of fun, I kind of missed the structure. I like my newfound stability. My days and evenings are once again filled with responsibilities. I enjoy watching my planner pages fill up with various events (for those that know me well, you know I worship my planner(s)), all which keep me super busy and motivated. Even my girls are thriving.

I’m definitely a little torn about summer ending and school beginning…

summer-ends-school-beginsSo, instead of crying about summer, because I know “she” will be back, I am embracing life happening, because it’s happening NOW. I’m not going to let it slip by. The leaves are turning here in Massachusetts, and they are beautiful! The weekends are filled… seriously FILLED with great fall events for the family, sports, and other after-school activities. Even Sunday’s at Church are a little more eventful since my girls have joined the children’s choir (which they love). Times are good now! Instead of cursing summer, I am saying HELLO to school, a new year, and new adventures!

If you are looking for great things to do in your area, I suggest going on Facebook and searching local pages. I finally liked a few local pages and cannot believe the amount of events being featured! It’s fantastic! One of my favorites (if you live in Massachusetts) is the Fall Events for Family and Kids in the Metrowest page! Check it out!

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The Ugly Truth About Sugar

Sugar Is Like The Devil In Disguise… here’s what you need to know.

The Ugly Truth About Sugar

If 1 teaspoon of sugar equals 4 grams, then drinking one 12 ounce can of coke means you just inhaled 39 grams of sugar (or 9 1/3 teaspoons). That’s just gross!

1 Can Of Coke = 9 1/3 Teaspoons Of Sugar

The other night, my girlfriend and I did a little measuring. We measured the amount of sugar in things we liked to eat and drink. I was blown away by how much sugar I was consuming every day! Even food I thought was healthy was not as good for me as I assumed. Take, for example, a single serving of Chobani yogurt; You’d think that Greek Yogurt was good for you. I’m not saying it’s terrible for you, but that single yogurt serving has 12.1 grams of sugar. That’s just over 3 teaspoons of sugar in a little container!

Chobani Yogurt Nutrition

It may not seem like a lot but start adding up all these “healthy choices” you make all day long, and watch your sugar intake grow to an unbearable amount! Scary stuff huh?

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YouTube Content Not Rated

Dear YouTube,

My kids love you, and can learn a lot from you, so why don’t you make it easier for parents and rate your content where it’s easy to decipher?

Anyone with kids who use media probably understands my dilemma. Kids LOVE YouTube, and why not? It’s got everything from music, Minecraft, Shopkins, funny animals, and kids trying to be stars on it. Google almost anything and there will be a YouTube video available. Even some of the most educational pieces are found on YouTube.

But… there is one major problem with it… Nothing is rated. Here is a little example… My daughter loves sharks. She also uses YouTube. After shark week, she was full on obsessed with learning more about sharks so she did what any normal kid would do… she got on her iPad and opened up YouTube. Then, she entered sharks in the search field. Here’s what she found…


If you look closely, you will see that searching for something as simple as a shark video yields a lot more than what my little one bargained for. For starters, video #1: “Is this funny or cute?” has NOTHING to do with sharks. Video #4: “Naked Science – Shark Attacks” scared the crap out of both of us!

Yes, there is an app called YouTube Kids which is GREAT, but my 8-year-old finds most of it boring and it definitely LACKS in terms of content; such as, you won’t find any Nationally televised gymnastics competitions my girls love to watch on the app, and that is just one little thing.

As a parent, I’m not asking for much. A simple rating system when uploading videos to YouTube shouldn’t be too much to ask for right? Questions like, is this video right for children, or the age videos are ok for would be a step in the right direction. YouTube wants viewers and more parents would probably allow their kids on YouTube, hence more viewers, if they felt it was safe for their kids. Just a thought.

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When You Parent Differently

“What is done in love is done well.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

This post is not getting me brownie points with anyone that’s for sure. It’s so hard when you don’t agree with someone else’s parenting. It’s even harder when your kids really want to play with their kids. So what do you do when it’s not the kids fault?

It’s tragic! I don’t want to take it out on a child. I don’t want to tell my children that I don’t want them playing with certain kids, but I also don’t want to feed them sorry excuses about why we aren’t having playdates with some of their friends. The truth is, it isn’t always the kid’s fault or their parents.

We all parent differently. I’m a little more strict and more disciplined with my kids than some parents I know. I don’t want my daughters thinking it’s Ok to behave the way some of their friends do, or that it’s an injustice that they aren’t allowed to do the same things their friends are.

Let Them Be Little

I take pride in how I choose to raise my children. Most parents do. I don’t want them growing up too fast. I don’t let them roam neighborhoods alone, and I like knowing where they are. I don’t let them choose all the clothes I buy them because I don’t always think they are making the right choices. I remind them (constantly) to be polite and respectful. It’s not that I’m not giving them room to express themselves, but I don’t think coloring their hair, or wearing 1/2 shirts, or dangly earrings, is how they need to express themselves. I also don’t think it’s my right to judge parents who do allow these things. Again, we have different parenting styles which make things even more tricky.

My daughter recently asked why she couldn’t do something a few of her friends were doing. I told her it was because I didn’t agree with it. I said it’s just not something I want you doing. She’s relentless, though. For days, she hasn’t quit asking me if she could do what her friends did. For days, I have said no. I don’t think the parents who allowed this are bad parents, and I don’t think they are in the wrong. It’s just not something I want my daughters to do. That’s what makes these situations so hard. I never want to limit the people my girls spend time with, but when they are with other kids whose parents views are much different from your own, sometimes it’s just easier to say no to playdates.

I want my girls to be strong, and I want them to be fierce, and confident. I know in my heart that what will make them that way has nothing to do with the choices I make for them now about petty things like the clothes they wear. Saying no to them wearing a short skirt is not going to stop my girls from being successful in life. It’s simply teaching them that there are boundaries in life, and until they make their own money, can support themselves, and are able to make good decisions on their own, I will be part of the decision-making. It may not always be what they want, or on their terms, but I want only the best for them.

What I won’t control is what’s inside them; Their creativity, willingness to learn, their thoughts, and of course, their opinions.

I made an oath to myself when I had my children. The oath was to protect them the best I could, take care of them, provide for them, love them wholeheartedly and make sure I taught them all I could in life and guided them the best way possible until it was time to set them free. Until then, I will continue to guide them the way I see fit because first, I am their parent, and at age 7 and 8, they don’t always know if the decisions they are making for themselves are right or wrong.

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Live Today – Cherish Yesterday

They’re only 7 and 8, yet when I think back a few years, I almost forget what they were like.

It isn’t until I look at pictures that I say things like… “Oh yeah, remember when she did…” I don’t want to remember them through pictures. I want time to stop.
I want the time to stop so I can take in every bit of what is happening in front of me. I want them to stop growing… now.

I looked at my oldest daughter the other day and thought to myself that she looked taller. She must have grown overnight I thought. But she hadn’t. It was just another one of those things that creep upon us, that we don’t realize until it hits us dead smack in the face (which it did). She was taller. Definitely taller. We have been so busy that I hadn’t even noticed she was growing out of her clothes. I didn’t realize she wasn’t playing with half of her toys anymore. I didn’t notice that her American Dolls had been left to collect dust. I didn’t realize she was hanging out on her bed, listening to music and reading, more than she was playing dress up.

Life is definitely happening. It’s happening too fast and I just want to slow it down. But.I.Can’t.

Live Today… Cherish Yesterday… and never stop capturing moments with your children. You never know what you might forget.

Live Today And Cherish Yesterday

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Evernote Better Than Dropbox

Evernote1What Evernote is and why it is the BEST app on the market for anyone… I mean really, there’s got to be a good reason why more than 18,000 companies are using it and LOVE it!

Known as the workplace for your life’s work

♥ my home away from home in the digital world.
♥ an extension of my life.
♥ my bookshelf.
♥ where I organize my thoughts.
♥ where I write my posts.
♥ where I store ideas.
♥ where I keep pictures.
♥ my password keeper.
♥ my daily journal.
♥ keep my kids school documents.
♥ where I save pieces of the internet I like.
♥ where I keep all of my documents.
♥ where I save receipts… and so much more!


I used to use Dropbox for everything. I even had a pro account (which cost a whopping 9.99/month)… for a business account, I would have had to pay 15.99/month.
I am not saying dropbox isn’t great. Google drive and other similar programs are great as well. I use them all, but none are as simple and effective as Evernote. I do have a premium Evernote account which is billed to my apple account. They offer a basic (free), plus (24.99/year) and premium (49.99/year) account which can be billed monthly too. A free account has enough storage for most people. (I’m just an internet hoarder)

What I like more about Evernote than the “others”…

For starters, everything I need is on one screen for me to browse through. I organize everything in folders with titles like… Posts, User Names And Passwords, Business Contracts, etc.

Next, I love all the compatible Evernote apps on the market (a ton of which are FREE). My favorite is definitely the web clipper which works on my computer. I can clip bits and pieces from a bunch of websites before saving them to one note. This helps a TON when I am doing research.

Another great aspect is how it syncs with my calendar. I can write anything in Evernote, like to do lists or reminders and have them appear on my calendar. I also love that Evernote notifies me of my overdue items and reminders.

I can even forward important emails to my Evernote account instead of having to copy and paste what I want to remember. This is especially helpful when I am emailed jobs.

There is even an Evernote scanner and picture taker which immediately saves photos to my Evernote account. This is especially helpful when I don’t want to save paper business receipts.

I could literally go on forever about how amazing Evernote is but really, you need to see it for yourself! Writing about the app does it no justice!

*Photo Credits For This Post: Evernote

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When You Aren’t Black Or White

I can never find the right bra… “Nude” doesn’t come in my color. It’s almost impossible to find makeup for my skin tone… but I am not starting race war because of it.

When You Aren't Black Or WhiteI’m beige. That’s what I called myself in the 3rd grade when friends of mine were comparing their skin color in the back seat of my mother’s car. “I’m beige.” I said to them. They looked at me and nodded their heads in agreement. “Yeah, you are.” one friend said. And that was it. We were off to another topic without an eyelash bat.

I’m Indian. Born in India, my family and I migrated to the U.S. when I was 7. I am a mix between light and dark and I love who I am. My love for myself has nothing to do with my color though. People have said derogatory things to me because of my skin color and ethnicity. They’ve “joked” with me about being Indian… of course they were “JUST KIDDING.” I have even been called the “N” word. At the time, I didn’t know what it meant, but boy did it sting. Name calling always does.

Do you know that there isn’t a lot of makeup made for my skin tone? In fact, when I wanted to get mineral makeup for the first time, I was told it would be very hard to match my skin. Bras are not made in my skin color either. They are either too light, or too dark. You know what though… I never complain about it. It is what it is. I don’t consider it a form of racism. I definitely don’t think that “white” people or “black” people are against me because of it.

I didn’t get a job I applied for… because I was not qualified… NOT because of my color.

I didn’t get promoted once… because I didn’t work hard enough… NOT because of my color.

I couldn’t get a date with a boy I really liked… because he liked someone else… NOT because of my color.

A store clerk barely acknowledged me the other day… because he was busy… NOT because of my color.

I was overcharged on a restaurant bill… because my waitress made a mistake… NOT because of my color.

I didn’t make the varsity track team my freshman year in high school… because I wasn’t good enough… NOT because of my color.

Anything can be twisted and turned into a discrimination issue. Not everything is about discrimination though. Between the news and social media, color-related topics are dominating media. We are teaching our children it’s OK to be ignorant. We are teaching them that the color of our skin defines us. We are teaching them fighting is the norm. We are teaching them that we live in a world filled with hate. We are creating the fights, the hate, the ignorance. We are the ones fueling the fire that will eventually burn us down.

Only one person defines who I am… that person is me.

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