• Ok! LET’S DO THIS!!! “By “this”, I mean BLOG baby BLOG! haha

    Woke up at the crack of dawn to hit up the Coquitlam Farmers Market.

    Apparently, we can’t afford travel coffee mugs, we took our java to go in our regular mugs…. (I must have inherited this from my mother, step foot in her car and she has regular mugs everywhere!)

    coffee in a mug, on the go

    Beckmann Berry Farm. Friendly, check. Fresh produce, check. Tasty, check. Best price at the market? CHECK. 5lb box of blueberries now sit in my freezer:)

    Beckman Berry Farm, Mission

    I took this picture of Beets purely for my own reference… Must eat beets…maybe buy some next time? Anyone have any good RAW beet recipes?

    Raspberries…now you see the few I have left…

    fresh vancouver, raspberries

    And…now ya don’t!

    eating raspbesrries fast

    Your gonna start thinking I’m strictly a food blog, but I’m not. Although, I just happened to attend a “Raw food for Beauty” un-cooking class at Indigo Food Cafe today.

    Upon arriving the cafe was very inviting.

    indigo food cafe, vancouver, lovenaCucumber water. Good for your skin. Drink up buttercup.

    cucumber water for beauty

    Owner of Indigo Food, Lovena Galyide used to be an architect. She discovered Raw Food and became so passionate about it, she quit her job and opened up a raw food cafe in Vancouver on 16th Street. She really knows her stuff too. I am a hard sell, lol, but I was following her every word..

    Indigo Foods Cafe, raw food Vancouver, west 16th

    I was going to pick up this guitar and serenade everyone during the class, but I decided to stay hush.

    indigo food  raw cafe

    LADIES! IF YOU WANT HEALTHY, GLOWING SKIN, incorporate these foods into your diet:

    - Aloe Vera Juice (the yellow leaves taste a trillion times better than the green. But use green for skin!), Nettles, Arugula, Watercress, Burdock Root, Turmeric, Coconut, Cucumbers, Durian, Figs, Hemp Seeds and Oils, Macadamia nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Radish, Olives, Onion and Papaya.

    The first skin elixor we tasted was orange, papaya and aloe vera juice. Tasty. No issues here.

    aloe vera elixer for beauty

    Add bottled aloe vera juice to your morning juice/shakes if you can’t get aloe vera fresh.

    lily of the desert aloe vera juice

    Another Beauty Tonic. This was made with Burdock power, Apples, and celery. I need to get my hands on some burdock root (not for taste, but for health benefits)

    indido cafe vancouver, green smoothie for skin

    We got into some raw fermentation of coconut. I was not a fan. I know the probiotics are good for you, but I don’t like the taste of fermented coconut, no matter how much agave you add!

    fermented coconut yogurt

    I will start drinking coconut water though… more to come on that!

    Here we have dehydrated kale chips. yum. Remember I used to bake them all the time? I’m not against baking at all, but if they taste just as good dehydrating- why not save some nutrients? So I actually have a batch in my oven (which has a dehydration feature- OMG- score!)

    nutritional yeast dehydrated kale chips

    Add arugula and watercress to your salads!! It is fabulous. Also on our plate was raw falafels (made with pumpkin seed and a million other things, I couldn’t write everything down fast enough- but I still want to get the recipe)

    raw falafel, arugula salad

    Durian. A fruit I hear all about- but never try… These ones were dehydrated. Apparently amazing for skin.

    durian

    Again, I learnt a ton today. I am becoming more passionate about raw foods everyday.  Day 7 of my raw food celebration and I am feeling FANTASTIC!!!  At 8pm I still felt the same amount of energy I had when I hopped out of bed this morning. It really is amazing how this lifestyle makes you feel! I can’t wait to continue this…and learn more along the way..

    OK Painter picture of the day… He looks like a sleeping angel sent from heaven… BUT………

    He is TROUBLE IN DISGUISE…  (I’m telling ya!)

    bug puppy
    I love him soooo much though. It hasn’t even been a month and I am so obsessed, so in love.

    How is your long weekend going? I got a voice gig for a “teenager” spot that I will voice tomorrow. Do all these health foods for skin make your voice younger too? Apparently. tee hee

    Talk soon!!! Lots of love and light and beautiful skin!!!
    xoxoxo

  • Hello!!

    Woke up this morning with a list of to-do’s (yes, even on a Saturday) BUT, after a walk to Tim Hortons this morning Mike and I were bickering a bit about what to do.. Work, or enjoy the day…. Well, the play side of my brain fought the work side of my brain and the PLAY side won!! Woo hoo, congrats play side!!

    explorer 2000 walmart Buntzen Lake Vancouver

    So we went to Walmart, bought 2x Explorer 2000′s (fancy name for- CHEAP DINGY’S), took a quiet path to a quiet area of the lake, inflated the little buggers and jumped in!!!!

    explorer 2000 walmart Buntzen Lake Vancouver

    We tied them together.

    So we went to Walmart, bought 2x Explorer 2000's (fancy name for- CHEAP DINGY'S), took a quiet path to a quiet area of the lake, inflated the little buggers and jumped in!!!!

    Then tied ourselves to an old tree..So we went to Walmart, bought 2x Explorer 2000's (fancy name for- CHEAP DINGY'S), took a quiet path to a quiet area of the lake, inflated the little buggers and jumped in!!!!

    And drifted the afternoon away… Nap, eat, drink, sleep, talk…whatever you wanna do…

    explorer 200 walmart, buntzen lake vancouver

    The only thing about the “eat” part of the day is that I am on Day 6 my Raw Food challenge Celebration and while Mike is taunting my by saying, “Don’t you just wish Swedish Berries were raw?”

    explorer 200 walmart, buntzen lake vancouver

    I enjoyed my Raw Trail Mix…trail mix, raw food, explorer 200 walmart, buntzen lake vancouver

    I lined it up on my dingy to see how long it would sit there until- it either fell, or some crazy bird came and attacked us for it.

    explorer 200 walmart, buntzen lake vancouver, trail mix

    Ahhh, either way, it was a beautiful day… and I mean beautiful.explorer 200 walmart, buntzen lake vancouver

    When we came home, I stopped by the store and grabbed some zucchini’s, to make zucchini pasta in my spiroli!

    zucchini pasta

    It was sooo long, up to the sky!

    I picked up a whole fresh basil plant for only $2.99 to make the sauce with.

    All fresh, raw ingredients….. Tomato, garlic, basil.

    And here you have a raw meal….

    I enjoyed it with a glass of wine and now I am watching Puppy Sos online. (I’m such a geek!)

    I’m going to a Raw “cooking” class tomorrow at Indigo Cafe In Vancouver, followed by a friends BBQ…

    Hope your having an amazing weekend.. Thanks for coming here!!
    xoxoxooxoxo

  • Hey!!!

    I met up with some girlfriends to go for a hike tonight. On the sunniest day we’ve had so far this year, I forget my sunglasses! I jumped in Dee’s car and dug around in her glove box for shades. I didn’t find shades, but I found these sweeeeet baby blue specs….

    blue framed glasses

    We went hiking up in Deep Cove. Gabby (the gorgeous brunette in the middle) and I go WAAAY back and I haven’t seen her in FOREVER. Sooo great to see you girl.

    hiking in deep cove

    Thanks to Dee, Gabby and Erin for the wonderful company. Can’t wait until our next venture! (we want to meet up more frequently for hikes. We all love it)

    deep cove trails, north vancouver

    Look at this cool Bubble Tea shop in Deep Cove that has a choo choo train going through the shop!

    toy train in deep cove cafe

    I also saw my beloved choir -ex-choir, I’m too busy:( singing in the park. It warmed my heart and made me want to cry, listening to them sing those beautiful familiar songs and to hear Checo singing his heart out.  Check out me with the choir here (and also find out how I sang back ups for New Kids On The Block!)

    Day 5 of my Raw Food Celebration!!!!!! Mike and I had a meeting at Starbucks at the mall. I actually survived the food court!!!

    a fresh peach in food court

    He had Taco Time and I ran up to Kin’s Market to get a peach…. Going strong in Raw Food land!!! Woot woot

    peach VS Food Court

    Something not so strong is Painter’s ability to find his bed when he is tired. He looks like a drunk that stumbles home and misses his bed.. haha

    bug puppy

    So I pick him up and kiss his face and put him back in bed and he spreads eagle! haha

    bug pup
    Just love him

    Late post hey? Past my bedtime!! Have a terrific weekend. I am full of energy and ready to rock tomorrow. It’s kind of a work day since I had all last weekend off and next weekend we are away… need to catch up on a few things, but I promise I will relax too!!

    Love and light

    xoxo

  • Hello!!

    This is a moment only dreams are made of…haha.

    When we checked into Ocean Resort last weekend, I found out I had a massage that same evening. We were in kind of a rush to make it to the first Raw Gourmet Dinner, so I quickly changed. I was wearing a g-string, but I wanted to put on granny undies since I was going in for the massage. (No masseuse wants to see my romping cheeks) So I put on my granny undies, but when I pulled up my pants, I guess my g-string hung on!!!!!

    HOW EMBARRASSING!!!

    g-string hanging out of pants

    Even funnier is that Mike was filming for a video we are making and he didn’t even notice… (unless he’s really just evil and I don’t know it, lol)
    I walked in and met a table full of people I didn’t know.

    Here’s a shot of the room minus the people.

    beautiful ocean resort

    I was also getting up to take my plate to the window so I could get better lighting for pictures.

    Half avocado with salsa and raw cracker

    I didn’t notice it until way after dinner when I was in the spa about to get my massage. I was like, “what the?” Then it all came together when Mike and I were going through the footage we took and THERE IT WAS! WOW….. I mean, I’ve had a sock hanging out of my pant leg before- but NEVER a g-string out of the back of my jeans!! That is one for the books.
    I’m sorry if that was TMI, but I had to share… Life is to short not to laugh these things off!

    Namaste = “I see your light”

    namaste

    As for more subdued blog material, today was Day 4 of my Raw Food Challenge Celebration. I am going for 30 days!  Some people ask me, so what do you have to do to be 100% RAW? I was reading choosingraw.com today and Gena, the blog’s author says it best,

    “I’m not 100% raw and don’t aspire to be: my goal is to get a wide array of nutrients from as many delicious, plant-based sources as I can. Exclusively raw diets work for some people, but many others find them either nutritionally or psychologically limiting. I do, however, believe that most people can experience tremendous health benefits from adding more raw food to their diets. The title of my blog, then, evokes a lifestyle that encourages us to eat “close to nature,” and and encourages to make choices every day that emphasize raw food.”

    Well said Gena. I couldn’t agree more. Everyone has there quotations and limits to what is “raw”, but really it’s what you make it. Eat as close to nature as possible. I must say though, I have been feeling great!  I miss cooked food when I make it for Mike (today I made him an omelet and then some pasta) Or when I see Mike put cream and sugar in his coffee and mine is black..

    During my challenge, I am trying not to think of what I can’t have, I am trying to see all I CAN have…

    …like frozen blueberries..

    frozen blueberries as a snack

    Or these lettuce wraps I threw together.

    avocado lettuce wraps

    Mushed up garlic, onion, avocado, tomato, and red pepper.

    guac with red pepper

    The were super quick and SUPER tasty.

    lettuce wraps with guac

    That’s about all I got today! I went to a nice yoga class at the REC centre across the street and am winding down for the evening.

    How was your day? Any embarrassing moments you’d like to share??? Please do!!! ;)

    xoxo

  • Good afternoon (evening by the time this is posted I’m sure…[update: yep, it's now after 8pm]

    I just got back from the dentist. My issue with dentists is an interesting one. Growing up, my mom always worked in a dentist office, (still does) so every time I went, she would be the one who greeted me at reception, held my hand during the whole process and let me RAID the prize drawer afterwards.

    (image source)

    Ha, that kid above was totally me, except I took one of everything! lol

    Now in my adult life, I am a weirdo and don’t like going to the dentist. There is a part of me that always wants my mom to walk in the room while I’m laying back on the chair and hold my hand. I basically don’t even give new offices a chance. I have a preconceived notion that I won’t like it before I even go. (then with the law of attraction in action- the universe gives me that- a bad experience)

    Like a big girl I survived. I got my little dentist “goody bag”.

    dentist goody bag

    Except I HATE sensitive teeth toothpaste. Eeew (anyone want it? lol)

    colgate sensitive teeth toothpaste, dentist sample

    Ha- funny thing was I got home and I still had this metal clip wrapped around my neck! What the??

    clips around neck from dentist

    So I did what anyone would do and made my dog a necklace out of it.

    muk muk necklace

    He’s making a fashion statement, like flava flav with the big clock around his neck, Painter has a big stuffed animal around his neck.

    Yo Yo Yo- New trend!

    flava flav, dog

    This trend was over faster than a New York minute!

    We made up the perfect game to tire him out. Mike and I sit on the grass far away from each other and call out his name and he does sprints back and forth. This game lasts a long time!bug puppy running

    Hee hee, what a guy. He’s so much fun.

    DAY 3 of my raw food challenge!!!! For breakfast I had 2 frozen blended bananas, strawberries and some cinnamon. Today has gone well, some smells of bread and bbq make me melt a bit- but I am feeling good.

    frozen bananas blended

    I also made some of my homemade Lara bars (just dates and almonds this time) and it really hits the spot. Munched on other raw foods, and finished a LONG LONG day with a glass of red wine:)

    I had almost 10 voice jobs today. Very busy and just kept rocking all day. Now I am so beat. Voicing takes a lot of energy. Even if your just narrating. You need the utmost concentration and focus. Constantly giving it everything you got. That is why you CANNOT be in a bad mood and voice something. WON”T WORK! We just tried to voice one last job this evening, but I just couldn’t give it the oomph it needed, so we packed it in.

    Now we are working on the video from our visit to Ocean Spa and Resort. Can’t wait to share it with you!!

    final cut pro

    Ahhhh, Port Moody sunset from my condo…

    Thanks for stopping by today! Much much love and light to you!

    Take care,

    Amanda