Here we go! I decided to do a much needed detox cleanse for myself. I think my body needs a break from all the crap I’ve been eating lately. Really. I’ve been trying to buy more green foods especially for me and the hubs because I want us to start taking care of our bodies. How else do we do that unless I stock up my fridge with what we should be eating. I’m sure we’ll cheat now and then during the weekends, but maybe this cleanse is what I need to get back on track.
Anyhow, my girlfriend told me about this detox cleanse and after reading up on it online here, I decided to give it a go.
The Nekter Cleanse IS
- A simple and natural way to flood your body with more vitamins and nutrients in a single day than you would normally consume in an entire month.
- A path to healthier eating habits, less sugar and processed food cravings which in the future may lead to weight loss and an overall positive well-being.
- A delicious blend of approximately 15 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables that will help promote clearer skin and increased energy levels.
- Designed to reset your system back to its natural state, flushing out toxins, and creating a clean slate from which to start building a healthier and happier YOU!
(Taken from their website)
I’m excited to try this out. After this cleanse, hopefully I’ll feel motivated to keep up with eating more raw foods and kick out the processed ones.
Kicking off the weekend with Day 1 of my cleanse! Happy Friday!
I’m addicted to Instagram (@lilsprinkles)! haha! I was one of those peeps who got a Facebook account waaaay late and by the time I got on, it seemed like alot of people stopped being so active on it. But Instagram…I don’t care who’s on or not, I’m hooked on the filters! So here’s what we’ve been up to this spring break.
Spring break is almost over and while I loved having the kids home (although let me tell you…there were a few moments when I started counting down!), I did find that we were quite busy…busier than when they are at school! It gave me a glimpse of what my/our summer will look like.
The twins have a movie date + sleepover at their grandparents while the baby and I will be enjoying the peace and quiet at home. Hope you are having a wonderful week! Thanks for stopping by!
What are Stickygrams? Well, it seems like everyone is now on Instagram! And if you’re like me, I love the filters and the cute apps that make your pictures look that much more appealing. Stickygrams create Instagram sized magnets of your Insta pictures. You just log in with your Instagram logon, pick the pictures you want, and wait for your cute magnets to come in the mail.
I’m all about de-cluttering lately, so I took down everything from my fridge and posted my Stickygram magnets. The girls have had fun putting them in order, making shapes with them on the fridge, telling stories about each picture, etc. I have one magnet where Tabi was less than a year old. Wow, I’ve been on Instagram for awhile now!
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Just wanted to leave ya with a drawing my girl made.
I thought she was practicing her letters, but she said it’s the picture of Jesus’ cross and the place where he died aka the tombstone (I’m assuming based on the picture). He wasn’t there alone but with friends. Hope everyone had a wonderful and beautiful Easter!
You’ve probably seen glimpses of my backyard if you follow @lilsprinkles on Instagram. While I don’t have a green thumb and I like things very clean and minimal in my space, I have accumulated an overabundance of cymbidium orchids…mainly due to my father-in-law’s friend. Remember my orchid teacher from this post?
And while we don’t use our patio set, I didn’t necessarily want to use it as a plant stand. So I searched online to see if I could make some kind of stand + shade covering for my orchids but c’mon, who do I think I am?! haha! Plus, I didn’t find much out there, even on Pinterest! So here is what I found!
It’s quite sturdy. My 6 year olds tested this out by sitting on them! And very easy to put together. My son did half of the work while I cooked dinner! I love it so much that I’m considering buying another one!
I’m still working on a shop update. I’ll have about 9 lil sisters and big sisters combined. I’ll do my best to post pictures of the girls before I list them in the shop…no promises I’ll have all 3 kids at home for the next week and we’ve got lots of activities planned. Is spring break over yet? haha! Thanks for stopping by!
Here’s a lil sis I just finished up. Thanks Sus! Hope the bday girl loves her “Minnie” doll!
The lil sis on the left will be part of the shop update. Have a wonderful weekend! and thanks for stopping by!
image via instragram @lilsprinkles
I’ve been working on a small shop update…hoping to have the dolls completed by April. Their faces have been painted and now comes the fun part…accessories!
It has taken me awhile (like all new programs and apps do) but I finally know how to work Instagram and Instacollage! sigh…just when I master one thing, something else comes up and I find myself behind yet again.
Happy Tuesday! Thanks for stopping by!
The hubs has been talking about buying a RipStik for the LONGEST time, and I finally pushed him to buy it when we saw that Target was selling them.
We see so many neighborhood kids riding them, and my hubby’s friend has one and has supposedly lost his “love handles” because of Ripstiking. It just looks like fun and something for him to do when the kids are riding their bikes around the neighborhood. It’s like a skateboard but only with two wheels versus four, and you don’t need to use your legs to push off to ride it. You have to move your legs/feet back and forth to get the caster board to move.
He finally caved and bought one + a helmet because of course the hubs is all about safety first. Once the kids were down for their naps, we watched a two minute You Tube video on how to do it and got started. After watching him practice, I was SO DETERMINED to master this (better) than the hubs. After 1.5 hour of practice, I can confidently say I know how to ride it! The hubs can do it too, but I think I look a bit more advanced than him! Haha. His body just moves differently, and if anyone has seen my hubby’s dance moves it looks a bit like that. More wormish though. But honestly, we both look super silly doing this, so hopefully with practice we can get it down so we look like the 8-9 year neighborhood kids.
Mom on a ripstik cruising down the street!
And another one with me still in my dinner outfit – maxi dress, faux fur jacket, and swapped out my sandals with my sneakers. I needed to get one more ride in to make sure I remember what I did the afternoon before.
Do you know how excited we were to accomplish learning something new!? Even with my fear of falling, I kept at it especially after seeing my hubby get the hang of it. I can see how kids learn more quickly than adults. They just don’t have the same fear – they go for it without thinking any thoughts at all about failing. I need to be like that more.
We treated ourselves to homemade sangria! Bobby Flay’s Arnold Palmer Sangria was super delish! The iced tea part sounds kinda odd, but it was actually really good! We added more wine than iced tea and lemonade. Yum!
Always a bit behind…but I am considering on joining the juice craze! haha! Not in a let’s-reduce-calorie-intake-and-replace-with-a-juice kind of way but just to ensure I get all my veggies and fruits in on a daily basis. Although I am quite conscious about giving my kids their share of veggies and fruits, I, myself, am not very good about consuming them. It’s a busy life I live, and I just don’t always have the time to stop and smell the roses…that’s what I compare this to! So I’m contemplating…it’s a big investment and even bigger commitment b/c of our lack of counter/storage space. Here’s my top pick…
Vitamix 1723 Professional Series 200, Onyx (image via Amazon)
Before committing to not only the purchase but getting good use out it, I’ve been using my blender to liquify and I’m happy to say that we’ve been enjoying fresh juice/smoothies on a daily basis for the past 2 weeks. So far, so good. I don’t even mind the clean up and there’s hardly any prep b/c I buy everything prewashed and packaged! The goal is to be efficient and not be turned off by all the washing, cutting, and prepping your veggies and fruits. Now why go and buy a prof blender? b/c of the darn seeds!!! The husband (who is a bit more particular that I am) and I tried to convince ourselves that having the seeds beats the price of spending $400+ on a prof blender but we can no longer lie to ourselves. Those seeds suck, esp pomegranate!!! I’m still not done doing my research so *when* we decide to buy one (b/c I’m sure it’s gonna happen soon), I shall let you know what we decide upon. Until then, I shall continue drinking my kale/spinach/fruit juices WITH seeds and brushing/flossing to get rid of the seeds!
Have a good weekend! Thanks for stopping by!
I met up with a close girlfriend at the mall on a weeknight to have some girl time and also for some much needed retail therapy sans kids. It made me miss the good ol days of shopping with your friends and not having to worry about being on a time crunch. I parked at the OG spot in the J.Crew parking structure which then made me reminisce about my days as a J.Crew employee with my girlfriend. She was a floor employee and I was the cashier. Fun times. I swear though, J.Crew’s prices went up because I don’t think I could have afforded their clothes as a college kid even with the employee discount.
Anyhow, we hit up Via de France to get their Spinach croissant, and my girlfriend got their Cheese Challah bread. We did some MAC window shopping, and then we made a bee line straight for Crystal Court to Anthropologie. Ahhhh I love Anthro. Although their sale section was slim pickings, I did find a super comfy dress for $39.95. It looks almost like it’s denim material but it’s not. If a dress has pockets, I’m usually sold on it!
I usually don’t buy full priced items ever at that store because it’s just way too pricey. But I caved and bought the AG Stevie Ankle Jeans. I’ve never put on a pair of jeans where I thought wow, these are the perfect fit and length, it’s incredibly comfortable, and they give the illusion that my legs look a little skinnier than normal. Haha just the latter would probably have sold me on them but all the other factors just made it impossible to put them back on the hanger.
I can’t wait to wear them tomorrow. I don’t do OOTD posts ever, but I might just have to snap a pic of my jeans and post on Instagram -@lilsprinkles.
I’ve made this stock several times and I thought I’d share my recipe b/c it never fails. Husband, who is not Korean, says it reminds him of Chicken Long Rice, a Hawaiian dish. In my book, it is the perfect comfort food! and my lil ones eat it up!
- 4-5 lb whole chicken (this will serve a family of 4 and you will have plenty of leftovers!)
- 1 whole onion
- 4-5 inch piece of peeled ginger
- 10-15 garlic
- 3 green onion
- 4-5 hours!
1. Rinse your chicken thoroughly. Throw away the giblets. Trim all the excess visible fat and cut off the bum tip. I also like to remove some of the skin to reduce having to repeatedly skim off the fat later on.
2. You need a pot big enough that when the chicken is placed inside, the chicken is fully submerged with water like so. Now I’ve read on other sites that to reduce the fat/grease, you should boil the chicken once and dump the water. I’ve tried this once but I do feel that you lose some of the flavor this way.
So the choice is yours… retain the full flavor (go to step 3) or get rid of as much fat/grease as possible. If it’s the latter, this is what you will see.
Not a pretty sight, I agree. After it comes to a boil, dump the water, rinse the chicken, clean your pot, and submerge again in water.
3. Place your onions, ginger, garlic, green onions in the pot. This will really flavor your stock! Cover and let it come to a boil for approx 30 minutes. Stay nearby…otherwise you risk having the water boil over and creating a big ol’ mess Once it comes to a boil, lower your heat to about medium. Cook for another 45 minutes.
4. Remove all your veggies. and at this point, they will fall apart on you. It’s easiest to use a slotted ladle.
5. After cooking the chicken for 2.5 hours from the start, remove your chicken. At this point, your chicken will also to start falling apart. I use a pair of tongs and slotted ladle.
6. Once your chicken has cooled, you can shred it or cut it into pretty pieces to have later on with your jook (porridge).
7. Clean off the bones and you can add it back to your stock to make it milkier!
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!
1. Julienne veggies (onions, squash, potatoes) and make kalgooksoo!
2. Add rice to make jook (porridge). Soak your rice in water for 1 hour. Drain and add to stock. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
3. I’ve used orzo which husband loved! and I’m thinking of adding egg noodles next time.
Thanks for stopping by! and have a great weekend!