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Happy New Year!!!

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Happy New Year!!!

It is a new year and there are tons of opportunities for us to be better than last year. 2014 was a painful year in many ways. We saw the rise of police brutality in the States. We also saw the rise of several terrorist groups. We grieved with the hundreds of families who lost family members in several airplane disasters. I for one was highly disgusted by what I saw in the media and how morality seem to be on a decline.
It would be wonderful if we as a society could take a step back and re-evaluate what are our morals are and how we want to be treated. We can’t expect to be treated with dignity if we don’t carry ourselves with dignity and respect.

Respect is earned and it should not be demanded by anyone. Parents please take some time to educate your children about their true history…the one that is being excluded by the public school system. Parents please put your phones and other electronic devices and interact with your children. Our kids are much more fascinating than your phones and gadgets. Please teach your children that hard work is never a waste. We also need to teach that material possession cannot bring them happiness. Our children are the future and right now our future looks a little self-entitled and lazy. We need to work harder at being parents or we will regret the outcome.

Here are a few things that I am personally going to work on this year.

1. Be open to new adventures
2. Apologize less… I am a unique person and I should never ever have to apologize for being who I am.
3. Go out and enjoy the world around me…travelling overseas is one of my many travel goals.
4. Workout and do some races just for the fun of it.
5. Try not to worry about what I look like on the outside but rather focus on using my energy to make someone else’s life better.
6. Be the mother my children need and deserve.
7. Play more games, dance around and sing along with my kids and enjoy our time together.
8. Work on my relationship with God and share what I know with those who want to learn about him.
9. Forgive those who have caused me pain.
10. Write more and reconnect with old friends.

These are some of the most important things that I am hoping to work on in 2015. Let us all make an effort at becoming a better version of ourselves and grow. I believe that we owe it to ourselves to take a moment to look at what we did well and what we could have done differently each year. Growth comes when we are willing to see our mistakes and make necessary changes. Well, I thank you for stopping by and I pray that you have a wonderful and blessed year.

Spaghetti Squash with Curried Shrimp

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Spaghetti Squash with Curried Shrimp









031Dinner time is a very important part of our family routine. The plan is to make a meal that everyone likes but that isn’t always how things turn out. My little Diva aka the current queen of the house, has turned into Ms. Picky eater and I have to get creative or she will throw a fit. So tonight’s dinner was a big risk considering the fact that her royal divaness did not take her nap. No nap equals to chaos and a lot of stress for me.

Spaghetti squash is something I have been wanting make for a while but I haven’t had the nerve to make it until today. So below you will find the ingredients I used and how I put it all together.


1 large spaghetti squash

1 pound of cooked shrimp
1 large green bell pepper
1 medium tomato
1 large yellow onion
3 tablespoons Olive oil
black pepper
Sea salt
2 tablespoons curry powder


Pre-heat the oven at 375 degrees before you cut the squash in half, take out the seeds and rinse both halves. Get a baking sheet of pan and line it with foil. Oil the covered pan with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season the halves with some black pepper and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place both halves face down on the baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Take out the baking sheet and let the squash cool off before scooping it out. Scoop out the “spaghetti” into a large bowl and set aside.

Curried Shrimp

Slice bell pepper, onion and tomato and set aside. Heat up a skillet with the remaining olive oil. Sautee sliced vegetables in heated skillet. Let the vegetables cook for about 3 to 4 minutes before adding the shrimp. Add the curry, marjoram, black pepper, sea salt and let it simmer on low to medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Combine the spaghetti with the curried shrimp and serve hot. I don’t always like some of my new recipes but this one came out better than I expected. However, her royal divaness did not like my take on the spaghetti squash dinner. She fell asleep during dinner and this means that I have to come up with a back up plan when she wakes up. I might have to make some coconut pancake and serve it with fresh fruit since that seems to be all she wants to eat.

Well I better get going, I am taking myself out on a date tonight and it is way over due. Not exactly sure what I am going to do but I am going to get dressed up and do something just for me.

Thank you for stopping by 🙂

Sunday is for family dinners

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Growing up I can clearly remember my grandmother cooking up a storm for our Sunday dinners. Grandma had a thing about food, she always made more than we needed intentionally. I once asked her and she said that it was for those unannounced visitors. She was the kind of person who went out of her way to make things better for others. She collected our gently used clothes, washed them and dropped them off for some of our neighbors who were less fortunate. At first I thought it was strange that she would only do her drop offs when it was dark. After a while, it made perfect sense to me. She didn’t want to make our neighbors feel bad and she didn’t want to be thanked for what she did. She was a humble, sweet and Godly woman and I will forever be grateful for the time we spent together.

She taught me some great lessons before her untimely death. One that will always stay with me, is the importance of family time. Our family time was very important to grandma. She made sure that everyone was home for dinner every night and that we had a family Bible study before bedtime. In fact, she learned how to read and write just so she could read the Bible. I also love that she instilled in me the joy of learning.

A typical Sunday in my grandparents home started around 6 am. We would all get up, get cleaned up, eat breakfast and then get ready for service at the Kingdom Hall. there was never an option to stay home from service, even if you were sick. I hated it at times because I didn’t like wearing matching outfits with my older sister (yes, they made us wear matching outfits…apparently it was cute to them). After the service, we would eat lunch and then go out and preach for several hours. Afterwards we would go home and change into our day clothes. The boys/men would do whatever they did while the girls/women spend their time preparing dinner.
I loved the planning and cooking phrase but not the clean up phase…for obvious reasons.

Grandma didn’t have to inform the men that dinner was ready because they always seemed to know when it was ready. We would sit down in a large group and eat. The young ones never spoke, but instead we ate our meals and listened to the adults as they tell stories and talk about all sorts of things (I learned a lot about my family during these family dinners). At the end, us kids would collect all the dishes and clean up without being asked to do so. Grandma would have somehow set aside food for those unplanned guests before she served dinner. I don’t know when she did it but she always made sure there was some left overs in the house.

Now that I am all grown up, I try to incorporate some of what I learned from my grandma. My kids and I do our best to have family time everyday. It sometimes comes in the form of a game night, movie, hiking, story time (me reading, singing and dancing for them at bed time), Bible studies and one-on-one dates with each child. I love doing things like that because I know that one day they will look back and see that their mom made an effort to connect with them.

Last night’s dinner was more for the munchkins. They had homemade pizza and homemade sweet potato fries with cranberry juice while I had filet mignon with sautéed kale and steamed sweet potatoes. I didn’t serve them meat because they are not big fans of meat. I usually don’t eat meat but I do once in a while and last night was like a treat. We ended our night with a short Bible study, me singing two Christmas songs and one lullaby, a ton of kisses and a prayer.

Below a picture of their pizza ( I didn’t take a picture of my dinner).


100% Whole Wheat Tortilla
Traditional pizza sauce
Pizza cheese blend
Pepperoni (I found a gluten and MSG free pack)

place one medium tortilla one a baking sheet, spread about 2 tablespoons of pizza sauce, sprinkle the cheese and top it off with the pepperoni. Bake for about 5 minutes at 375 degrees. Pull and let it cool off before cutting.

Sweet Potato Fries

1 large sweet potato
1/2 teaspoon of garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Peel and cut up the potato, add the dry ingredients to the oil and then season the potatoes with it. Place seasoned potatoes in the heated oven (375 degrees) and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes. Mine came out soft, but if you want yours to be crunchy then keep yours in the oven for another 10 minutes or so.

I forgot to take a picture of the fries, a certain toddler was cranky and tired of waiting on a her dinner so I was only able to take one picture and that is the one above.

Mommy Corner: Jasmine’s Art Work

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My little 2 year old loves art and she loves to paint. Art supplies can get expensive and so I only give her an opportunity to paint twice a week, sometimes she gets to paint more than twice a week. Below is a picture of her very first painting. She told me that she wanted to name it “Fireworks” and so I did. I decided to start displaying my children’s artwork because they are creative and I am very proud of how they choose to express themselves. My goal is to publish something new each week but you never know. Thank you for stopping by 🙂


Training Day 5: It felt great running through the pain.

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Training Day 5: It felt great running through the pain.

The plan was to only take a day off from training but thanks to rainy day, I was not able to keep that promise. The two days off from running were needed because I ran a longer distance today. I was not prepared for the leg cramps that came with today’s run though. I had to pause a few times to stretch and get myself together.

The plan was to get in at least 5 miles today but I had to stop at 4.25 miles after noticing that my family was tired of waiting on me. Yes, I took the family with me so they kids can enjoy the beautiful weather before it gets cold again.

I was so proud of my efforts that I decided to keep the momentum going and eat a yummy/healthy dinner. So I came home and made kale, bulgur and salmon for dinner which I then paired with my post run smoothie.

Below is the recipe for my post run smoothie


Shredded Kale














This is how I store my smoothie ingredients for each week. I am a planner when it comes to eating right or else I can’t keep up with my game plan of eating right and getting healthy.


This is the final product and it came out great…I should point out that I added 1 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water to my smoothie. I didn’t put exact measurements this time because I didn’t measure out my ingredients. I figured it would be better to just go with the flow and not be too rigid with this smoothie.

Well I better get going, “Scandal” is on and I am way too distracted by how great tonight’s episode’s is. I was somehow able to bake a loaf of banana bread for breakfast…it is a surprise for my munchkins who are fast asleep right now.

Thank you for stopping by 🙂

Smoothie Break: Morning date with my little Diva :-)

Smoothie Break: Morning date with my little Diva :-)

I have been feeling kind of blah for some time now. I thought it was due to a lack of sleep, but sadly it wasn’t. I had to take some time to think about it and then it hit me. I have been too relaxed with my diet. I decided to do a cleanse but this time I am going to do it my way. I bought a load of fruits and veggies…more than my usual amount. I got my glad zip lock bags and portioned out what I would need for each day and then placed them in the freezer.
Fast forward to this morning, I asked my almost three-year old about what she wanted to snack on since I stayed home from work. My little Diva said that she wanted popcorn and so I suggested we add a smoothie and “Curious George” movie to make it a complete a mommy/diva date. She agreed and so I made enough smoothie and popcorn for two… did she drink her smoothie? As of right now, it is still in her sippy cup while the popcorn is long gone. I am very tempted to grab her smoothie and drink it but I won’t because I know she needs the fruits and veggies as well. Well, I better get back to the diva before she decides to dump her smoothie on the floor. Wishing you all a blessed day and thanks again for stopping by. Below you will find the recipe to the smoothie I made, let me know if you like it in the comment section.

Berry Banana Smoothie

1/2 apple
1/4 cup spinach
1/8 cup blackberries
1/2 sliced strawberries
2 bananas
1 cup milk (I usually use unsweetened almond milk but I had to use regular milk today).

It is better to freeze all your fruits and veggies for at least 24 hours. This recipe made at least 2 servings but I didn’t measure so it could have been more than that. You can substitute the spinach for kale if you are not a fan of spinach.


Berry Banana Smoothie

Berry Banana Smoothie

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