Friday, July 11, 2014

Veggie Meal Plan: Breakfast Smoothies!

It's hot and sticky out and there is no better time to start a smoothie or shake routine!

I have been talking about doing shakes and smoothies in the morning for a long time, but this weekend I finally had time to get the blender out, find it a home on the counter and GET STARTED!

I have been using whatever we have in the house because I have a stockpile of frozen fruit that I saved as it was going bad.  But after just one week of this, I have blown through most of it already.  It's time to plan my breakfasts so that I can have the necessary produce and ingredients on hand.

P.S.  Smoothies are also a hit with my kiddos.  Even the baby (not such a baby anymore) likes some yummy fruit blends to go with his breakfast :)  I am making super huge batches and still running short when it comes to filling my glass, because, you know, mom always gets what's left.  It's easier than hearing everyone else complain ;)  If I plan better, maybe I will get a whole smoothie.

Bananas are the cornerstone of my smoothies.  It's just not the same without it.

I will probably add a banana...

54 Healthier Smoothies List created by various writers and collected by Great List

I was going to pick out a few of these that sounded good to recommend to you, but I think just pointing you over to their websites is the best and easiest way for you to see the variety that they have listed.  I am Particularly excited by the Black and Blue, Coconut Kale and Pina Colada.  There is also a whole bunch of dairy free, which is awesome!  The Sunrise is right up my ally :)

Also, I am always down for a simple Strawberry Banana Smoothie, heavy on the ice.  But other people like a variety...  and I am now putting It Works! Greens in with my smoothies.  It has been approved by my OB (no surprise, it's all natural!) for me and baby so in it goes!  

I had stopped all supplements until I could speak with my doctor and my morning sickness went from 0 - 60 in about two days.   I am so happy he thinks that it sounds like a great addition to my diet and I have already noticed that the nausea is much more manageable.  Hallelujah!

Greens are great in addition to or in lieu of spinach and kale in your drink.  I like to do both.  Can't hurt, right? 

Happy smoothie making everyone!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

4th of July 2014

Cute baby face <3
Patriotic Picnic
That strut...
Baby Duckface ;)
Always Dancing

Fireworks. are. AMAZING!
A little announcement <3

Baby Lower #4 due January 2015!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

How I Became a Blogger {Part 3}

So, while blogging became a necessity for my writing career, it also became simplified.  I don't have an editing schedule full of junk just to keep my numbers up.  I don't write just to write.  All that ever did was boost my rank, nothing else.  Seems like a boosted rank would help, but if your content doesn't have a focus or niche, no one wants to work with you.

I left my Wordpress work behind and started fresh on Blogger with a much easier upkeep and way less headache.  I felt sad, but good a the same time.  It was the right decision at the time and has worked out for me since.

Realizing that my blog is more of a resume/profile to highlight my work was the "aha" moment that I needed.  It focused my work and it also shifted my way of thinking.  I finally, kind of, realized what those other people were talking about when they said that they had created streams of income for themselves.  I started to understand how it could be done without becoming overwhelmed.

My blog is like a pond or lake.  I began creating streams that flow from and to my blog.  It's not necessarily about my blog at all.  Some things aren't even related, but it gives people a place to get to know me in relation to the relationship we are cultivating.

My blog, Local Girl, is much more trafficked than my personal blog, Worthington Lower.  It get more hits and the posts are more about helping people in my area with a problem, ie, planning the weekend, where to by the best produce, where the 4th of July fireworks are being held, etc...  While it doesn't have my personal touch like WL, it is connected to a popular local website that helps drive traffic to me.  I link my personal blog for anyone who  may want to read more about me, but Local Girl is the "money maker" if I were to claim one.

My business through It Works! Global makes more money regularly than any of my blogging.  I struggled for a bit with whether I wanted to link the two at all.  I didn't want my blog to sound "sales-y," but I do believe in and use the products regularly and I believe that you will be better for it if you try them.  They are a large part of my life, so that is why I think it fits.  And other than my sidebar ad, I can count the number of times I have mentioned them on one hand.  I only talk about It Works! if it relates to what I am already writing about, but it gives me the possible outlet for talking about it more if I want.

Affiliate marketing is also a great way to create streams of income.  If you have been here or reading any other blog, you will have noticed the hyperlinks or images that link to products.  For example, I participate in a few ebook bundle sales throughout the year.  These are books that I have purchased or read and I endorse because I think the information could be useful to others like me.  The posts disclose (as by law) that I am endorsing something that I will earn money on at the end.

These are just a few of the things I do to create income.  A few more ideas to come :)

How I became a Blogger {Part 1}
How I became a Blogger {Part 2}

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Veggie Meal Plan 7/3/14

I am making some scheduling changes here on WL.  I think that having the menu planning post makes more sense at the end of the week, gearing up for the coming week, right?  I shop on the weekends right now (since I work during the weekdays) and if we are looking for menu inspiration and we plan on going shopping based on our menu, I think it makes more sense this way.  I think it also gives you, as the reader, the option to add this to your current menu since it probably looks too good to wait for ;)

I am certain that most of you are prepping for a BBQ in the next few days so this is far from your mind, but I am planning for post-4th-of-July-hangover.  Nothing grilled or BBQ-y.

General Tso's Tofu from Domestic Superhero

General Tso's Tofu!!!! I love General Tso's with some yummy fried rice.  I know it's, like, THE WORST thing to order off of the Chinese menu, but it is my favorite!  There was a place in college that made it so, so amazing and that was when the addiction started.  It was just perfect...Giant Styrofoam box piled excessively with pork fried rice and tons of fried sweet and spicy goodness *sigh*...

I've graduated from college and that weekly sinful indulgence, but I am super happy to see a healthier, meatless version to make when the craving strikes.

Black bean, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers from Ambitious Kitchen

Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers:   I will swap out the quinoa for rice because quinao and I don't get a long very well.  I love it's texture and nuttiness, but for some reason my insides protest when I eat more than a few bites.  I stick with brown rice or couscous when a recipe calls for it.

Healthy Mexican Casserole with Roasted Corn and Peppers from Pinch of Yum

Healthy Mexican Casserole with Roasted Corn and Peppers:  'nough said...

Have a wonderful 4th of July and we will see you back here next week!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

4th of July Fun

I know that I am in the middle of my "How I Became a Blogger" series.  In retrospect, I probably should have waited to start that after the 4th of July because I have other things that I need to share before the holiday.  Don't worry, I didn't forget and I really didn't intend on leaving you hanging!

You can visit the first two posts in the series and I will get right back on it next week!

How I Became a Blogger {Part One}  My desire to be a Work at Home Mom and how I desperate I was to stay at home with Princess when she was born...
How I Became a Blogger {Part 2}  Starting my blog, it's changes over the course of it's first two years and losing my entire body of work to hackers.

Since we are coming up on the 4th, I wanted to quickly point you to my 4th of July board on Pinterest:

LOTS of vegetarian BBQ ideas along with some traditional picnic foods and some craft and entertainment ideas for all of the Red, White and Blue holidays.

If you live in the Chester County Area, check out my post over on Local Girl with the Fireworks schedule for July and August :)

lastly, one of my very favorite things to do as a kid on the 4th of July was play with sparklers.  We would get together with family for a picnic, my Dad and Grandfather would set off small fireworks in the back yard and my siblings and cousins would go through pack after pack of sparklers "writing" in the sky.  We knew how to use them properly and never got burnt, but I saw this idea on I Love 2 Dream, Do You?  and I thought it was genius!  I have little guys, so safety is on my mind.  But I still want them to enjoy the same things that I did.  This makes me feel so much more comfortable letting them experiment:

I will be posting tomorrow with my new line up.  I have made some changes to what posts go where during the week so that things make more sense.  However, it will not be related to the holiday.

Have fun, stay safe and have a wonderful 4th of July!

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