What’s in your cup?

I don’t know what it is about cold weather,  but it puts me in the mood for warm drinks. They’re so comforting on windy cold days or dreary cold nights. Lately, I’ve found myself drinking ALOT of tea – I’ll have 2-3 cups a day. It’s the blends that make everything SO exciting & the health benefits are just an added plus. Anytime I go to the mall, I have to stop by Teavana or if I’m grocery shopping, I need to go by the tea aisle, because you know? Who can ever have too many types of teas? And in all honesty,  it isn’t just about tea. I’m the same way when it comes to coffee  I can’t help myself!
But, I’ve been wanting to try a good milk tea.  The thought of it at first didn’t sound very appealing to me, and then I found a recipe for a Tumeric Vanilla Milk Tea – & wow! It’s definitely a game changer. As I’m typing this I’m guzzling, savoring the cup I just made, ready to make another! It’s THAT good!

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It’s a frothy cup of heaven, it truly is.

Tumeric Vanilla Milk Tea
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp raw honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Tumeric

In a blender add all ingredients until well incorporated. 
Then pour into a pot & warm it up to your liking!
Serve hot!

I promise, this will not let you down! Let me know what you think if you try it!

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#MOTD & Bridal Show

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Today’s MOFD
Lips : Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita & NYX matte lip cream in Addis Ababa
Eyes : Lorac Pro 2, Mac in Brown Script, & Naked 1 Palette
Brows : Anastacia Dip brow

Today was a fun filled day, my bestfriend of 5 years is finally getting married! So I went out to the OKBride show with her to help her get ideas for her special day. It really made me wish I had a wedding instead of taking the easy way out & just going straight to the court house. But I am beyond happy & thrilled that she is including me in her special day. So now I get the fun duty of finding a MOH dress & it’s 7 mo away and I’m already sweating about writing a speech, Thank God for Pinterest!

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I just can’t get enough

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Ah! Who doesn’t LOVE statement pieces? I adore them. It’s just something about them that can jazz up any plan outfit. And it’s even better that they’re fairly inexpensive! Especially through ShopLately.com – I absolutely love this site because when you sign up through your Facebook you get a $10 credit. & their sales! AH – AMAZING!

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Hair-sipiration

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Ah. In love! And SO tempted. I’m just not good at keeping light colored hair, I’ve always been the dark/punky type of girl.

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Almond Crusted Chicken & Salad

So last night I just wanted to make a batch of chicken breast that would last the rest of the week for a quick throw together lunch. My mom also begged me to make more of the Brussel Sprout & Kale Salad from the night before, so since I had a ton of Kale left that was about to go bad I agreed. 

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And if you had read my earlier post with the Salad recipe, you should recall me mentioning my husband hating brussel sprouts – and I finally did it! I successfully fed my husband brussel sprouts and he liked it!

Almond Crusted Chicken
1 pkg boneless skinless chicken breast
Olive Oil
Almond meal

Preheat your oven to 400°F

For an easy clean up, I like to put all the ingredients into a gallon size freezer bag and I just shake it until the chicken is coated. Then I just bake the chicken for 25 minutes or until done, depending on the thickness.

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I once was lost, but now I’m found

I wasn’t planning on blogging today, or even writing about this subject in general. But something inside me just had to get this out, a need to tell someone – anyone. Not for justification or validation,  but because my heavy heart has been lifted & I feel a great love & passion inside me and I want to tell people that God works in mysterious ways.

I grew up not really knowing much about the Bible.  I only knew that there is God and there is Satan, a heaven & a hell. Everything else in between just wasn’t there to me. We never really attended church & I never thought about anything else that included such.

As years past, I went to live a very sinful life at a young age. Now, I’m not proud of some of the things I’ve done/did – but I own it all & I grew from it. I also lost people very dear to me, making me question the very existence of God.

Because of my past habits, I have extreme anxiety. Well, I’ve always had anxiety – my choices in life just made it worse.  I grew up also suffering from PTSD & MDD but that’s a different story to tell.

I just grew very disconnected,  I had a void in my life that I needed to be filled & of all the things that I thought would fill it – I was left just as empty as I begun.

I feel like God had began to work on me a few months ago. I’m a very very lucid dreamer, I also go under sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is where you wake up in the middle of REM & you have no control over muscle movements. So you’re wide awake, unable to move or even scream. It’s pretty terrifying.

One night,  I woke up -it was sleep paralysis & I was struggling – I wanted to scream and run away but I felt like I was drowning. I was being weighed down by someone/something and I literally thought that it was the end until I just felt this light come over me. I was no longer afraid, I felt lifted. It was the strangest most peaceful feeling I’ve ever felt in my life. I just felt safe, like God himself came & saved me. I’ll never forget it.

A few nights ago, I woke up again in the early morning – 5 am to be exact. But not from sleep paralysis this time – from a man in my dream – I recall the name Micheal coming to me & I remember him grabbing my wrist saying,  “Melissa,  wake up. Your heart is beating over 200 beats per minute. You need your medicine” & I just woke up. Not thinking anything of it. Then I got curious,  I started googling “angels, micheal” & what do you know. Archangel Micheal was once known as the angel of healing.

I don’t know, it may just be “all in my head”, but I just can’t believe that. It felt SO real.

I’m basically writing this to let people know that, if you ever felt lost – you’re not. HE knows where you are at all times. You may not understand the circumstances of what you’re going through in life, but HE does have a plan for you. You may pray & pray & pray and hear nothing, but you should feel comfort in HIS silence because he’s working through you in mysterious ways. Just have faith.  HE’S there & HE loves you & so do i.

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Brussel Sprout & Kale Salad

Since today was a day spent out & about, I didn’t have enough time to prepare an actual dinner. So for my husband I just threw a steak in the broiler for a little bit & called it good. Thank God he’s a very simple man, and when I say that he’s a simple man – I mean he’s satisfied eating plain chicken breast and broccoli every single night.  I just can’t. He & I are pretty much opposites, but it’s good because we even each other out. I am not picky or particular about food – you put it in front of me & I’ll eat it! I guess that’s the “filipino” in me. I also prepared a salad tonight, now – my husband HATES brussel sprouts with a passion. I’ve tried several times trying to prepare them in different ways to try to get him to like them & he’s just stubborn. So, I had an idea; I had found a salad recipe that used fresh brussel sprouts that were finely chopped.  I figured he wouldn’t notice that they were in there & that I could later feel victorious in knowing that I had successfully fed my husband brussel sprouts. Well, it didn’t go as planned, my mother came in & ended up eating all of the salad before I could get his plate together.  It was THAT good. Now I didn’t follow the complete recipe that I found via Pinterest, Sugar and Grace. I made it my own and it was perfect! 

Brussel Sprout & Kale Salad
1 handful of fresh brussel sprouts
3 handfuls of fresh kale
4 bacon strips cooked & chopped
1 avocado
1 clove garlic minced
1/4 cup evoo
1 freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp dijon mustard
Pepper

I went ahead and cooked up my bacon strips until they were nice and crispy. While they were cooking I had chopped my brussel sprouts & kale nice & thin. Then I just threw everything into a salad bowl & just tossed it until everything was incorporated.  It was so yummy!

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Next time though I’ll make sure I make enough for my husband. I’m determined to break his hatred for brussel sprouts!

What are some of your favorite salad recipes? Or ways to prepare brussel sprouts?

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#MOTD

I was planning on staying home today to clean up and prep dinner but my husband works the graveyard shift and our little one did not want to cooperate.  I decided a day out was in order to let daddy get a goods night day of sleep in before his shift tonight. 

Today’s motd look had a grungy feel to it.  I’m just loving the smoked out liner these days :

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I’ve also been really digging the mixed prints.  I wish I took an ootd photo,  I had received alot of compliments on my red paid button up/duster. 

So aside from that, we just took a trip to the mall.  The weather around here lately has been very icky & because of that I don’t like to travel around much, so cabin fever was really setting in for my 2yr. old. Anytime we go to the mall I always tell myself,  “Melissa,  we are NOT shopping! ” well.  That was a lie.  I didn’t go over broad like I normally do, I did find a cute necklace & I broke down and bought 1 of the 3 Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in Lolita. Thank God that they were sold out of Vampira & Bauhaus because I wouldn’t of had the will power to just stick to buying “Just one“. Anytime I go to the mall I also HAVE to make a stop to Teavana.  I am a tea & coffee Junkie, and well..I ended up buying 3 more tea flavors.

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Valentines Day Present Ideas

Okay, can we for a second stray our focus away from Paleo Recipes & Make-Up and take a look at my current obsession?  Kendra Scott. Now, I’m not a huge earring fan; I prefer studs and big statement necklace pieces. But these Kendra Scott earrings! Ah I’m in love and I’ve been “hinting” to my husband that I am in NEED of all of these & when I say “hinting” I mean I’ve been blatantly and consistently showing him pictures.

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Ah. OBSESSED!

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What I’ve been eating.

I promise I will have more than 2 paleo recipes up and posted (if you haven’t found them, they’re under the Recipes link. I’m still trying to figure out how to place all my blog posts under the correct drop down file.)  With it being the New Year & my family currently living in her house – we just have NO room in the fridge for any more leftovers. But, I promise I’ll have some more recipes up tomorrow – I’m going to figure out how to make some room so I can do some food prepping.

With all that being said, to stay on my track of being what I like to think of myself as 90/10 paleo; I’ve just been eating some of the leftover Turkey Kielbasa & Sweet Potato Hash and I’ve successfully kept my Paleo Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies a secret from my husband, so I’ve been snacking on those as well. Other than that, for dinner I’ve been preparing big salads.  To keep myself prepared, I like to buy the rotisserie chickens that are already prepared & I’ll shred them up when I get home (skin off) and I’ll keep them in the fridge for my “panic! What am I going to eat” days.
Lately for my salads I been keeping them fairly simple. Kale, Spinach, Strawberries, Pecans, Chicken, and my vegan dressing; Fig and Walnut Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing. So good & so simple.
I also like to drink my Herbalife Shakes. I’ve been using Herbalife since 2011 & my husband and I liked it so much that we became distributors in 2012.
On days that I know I have a chance to go to the gym & get a legit weight-lifting session in, I’ll grab a shake afterwards.   I personally use the Herbalife 24 sports line because it is Whey protein & I prefer that over soy protein. To make my shakes I use: handful of ice,  12 oz cold water,  2 scoop formula 1, 2 scoop protein,  a tablespoon of almond butter ( I like to buy different flavors of almond butter. It helps keep things interesting) , and I like to add a handful of chopped pecans. It’s so good & filling, it’s almost like I’m cheating because the consistency is like ice cream. 

What are some of your favorite quick paleo pick me ups?

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