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Ultimate Garden Party Trick – EZ DIY Fruit Cubes

April 27, 2012
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 At a photo shoot for a Mother’s Day Brunch for Marin Magazine, we discovered our favorite new party trick…adding fruit to extra large ice cubes. Chef Aaron Wright showed up to the shoot with two types of ice cubes he had prepared the night before using extra big ice cube trays from Sur La Table.

The first cubes were extra thin sliced lemons and limes, he put together like ‘x’s in the photo in this post.

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When they started to break apart, the cubes looked very cool.

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He also used strawberries,  which worked perfectly with champagne for mimosas. At $8 a piece, we also thought these ice cube trays would make fun hostess gifts for summer dinner parties. Thanks to Jennifer Martine for letting us use her gorgeous photos.

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Spice up your yoga practice with these HOT pants…

August 3, 2011
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After three days at Wanderlust – a four day music and  yoga festival in the beautiful Squaw Valley – I started feeling like my plain black yoga pants – a uniform I’d given zero thought to in the last few years were screaming “I’m unevolved!” or “I am a drone” … actually if they were to speak, they’d say “Wash me!” and “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!”

Practicality aside – here is a round up of some super fab yoga clothes that I thought might enhance my inner peace…

Here are two styles from World Karmony – both around $50 – a great price compared to everything else I saw. Owner Nicole Pinsky from Denver Colorado promises to have her website up soon, worldkarmony.com   In the meantime email her at worldkarmony@gmail.com to find out where to buy ‘em.

Or for those who want to display their tiger mama instincts on their legs. Check out designer Mayo Mitsuyama’s yoga pants for $90 -these come in different colors -and prints. Here entire line is pretty cool, kayoanimeclothing.com

For the bold and beautiful – or just the incredibly confident – these onsies, $130, from Warrior Within were rocking the festival. They look best with a feather headband – and leather pocket belt.  Btw- these uber hip belts seem to be the 2011 solution to the dorky fanny pack of the 80’s -and cost around $200. One vendor is Minerva’s Antennae.

Possibly the most popular tent was home to Hipster and Minerva’s Anennae – where Ruby Bettencourt had her plush pants in many colors and styles on display. They range in price from $60-$90.

We know beauty, peace and harmony all have to start from the inside – but walking into your next yoga class sporting a pair of these pants – might just help the process.

Namaste

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We Love Bible Bread

May 23, 2011
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We want to give props to the Food for Life line of organic whole grain sprouted breads, tortillas, pastas and muffins. Perhaps best known by their Ezekiel 4:9 and Genisis 1:29 

Ezekiel 4:9 “Take also unto thee Wheat, and Barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and Spelt, and put them in one vessel, and make bread of it…”

  • Flourless,
  • Organic,
  • Complete Protein,
  • and Sprouted Whole Grain

(from their website) We discovered when these six grains and legumes are sprouted and combined, an amazing thing happens. A complete protein is created that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs. In fact, the protein quality is so high, that it is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. There are 18 amino acids present in this unique bread – from all vegetable sources – naturally balanced in nature.

And Genesis 1:29 ‘Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yeilding seed; to you it shall be for meat.'”

Why sprouted grains?

Sprouting is the only way to release all the vital nutrients stored in whole grains. The sprouting process activates beneficial enzymes which cause the grains to sprout and become living and nutrient-rich. Stores of vitamins and minerals dramatically increase over the amount available in flour. Sprouting also converts the carbohydrates in grains into maltose, which is ordinarily done by the body during digestion, thereby predigesting nutrients for you. The enzymatic action enables the body to assimilate the vitamins and minerals more efficiently. Plus, the sprouting process naturally increases the protein content and decreases the calories and carbohydrates found in the original grain.

Oh and about that supermodel secret.  According to this Dr. Oz article these bible breads are a supermodels secret to Anti-Aging.

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Sunless Tanners

May 11, 2011
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Somer and I were both raised in Southern California -where baby oil and tinfoil used to encourage a tan was de rigueur. These days we know that besides the increased risk of skin cancer, exposure to UV rays definitely causes premature aging. So ladies – if you’re craving that golden glow; we suggest you opt for one of these self tanners.

But first, what are they? Most self tanners are made with DHA, dihydroxyacetone, a nontoxic simple sugar. As explained by Chemical and Engineering News this “Aruba in a Tuba” is a basic chemical reaction.

DHA, a three-carbon keto sugar is a physiologic product of the body formed and utilized during glycolysis–that quintessential metabolic process that we’ve all had to memorize at least once. DHA used in self-tanners is usually prepared by fermentation of glycerine by Acetobacter suboxydans.

As long as we’re making the healthier choice by using self tanners, here are a few paraben-free products that are promoted by various health-focused websites.

Alba Botanica’s sunless tanning lotion uses no parabens, artificial colors, animal-derived ingredients or animal testing. Besides DHA, the product contains erythrulose, which is derived from beets and has a similar action to DHA. Alba’s lotion base contains organic aloe, moisturizing shea butter and antioxidant-rich green tea.

Lavera’s Glow & Go Gradual Self Tanning Gel is a vegan product made with organic soy extracts, organic jojoba oil, calendula, aloe vera and rose water.

Zia Age-Defying Sunless Tanner  It looks like Zia has recently taken the parabens out of their sunless tanner. Much of the earlier information condemned the company for not being true to the “Natural” skincare tagline.  And, now that we mention it, the word natural has been taken off the label. So use with caution ;).