Monday, January 30, 2012

smoothie recipes

i get a lot of people asking me for me for recipes so im going to start posting them more often. i love smoothies in the morning, i think they're a great way to start the day. i've started adding chia too which i love. so here's my latest favorite smoothie recipe...

~spirulina, spinach, kale, blueberry, chia smoothie~
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 of an apple (peeled)
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
3 strawberries (frozen or fresh)
1 handful of spinach leaves
1 kale leaf
2 tablespoons chia mixed with 4 tablespoons of water (let it sit for a few minutes before you add it)
1/2 cup fruit juice 
1/2 cup alomond, brown rice or soy milk
2 teaspoons of liquid iron (optional)

throw everything together in your blender or food processor and blend until smooth. depending on your blender of processor you might want to chop the strawberries, kale, and banana before they're added. i have the magic bullet which i love for quick easy smoothies. taste it and test, if you would like it sweeter add more fruit juice. i would also like to note that i only add iron because i am a breastfeeding mother that rarely eats meat (i have fish once in a while). only add it if you feel a need for extra iron or have been advised by a doctor. i like liquid iron floradix because it's made for easy absorption. also don't use fruit juice with added sugar. fruit has plenty of naturally occurring sugars in it already and is sweet enough! and try to go organic, especially with kale. non organic kale is known for having high levels of pesticides in it. same with bananas and strawberries. i hope you enjoy this recipe and if you do try it you'll feel great!
and here's a really simple smoothie, i had it for breakfast almost everyday in hawaii...

~strawberry vanilla smoothie~
1 handful of fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup soy, brown rice or almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp agave syrup (optional)

mix everything in a blender. for extra sweetness add extra agave syrup and if it's too thick for your preference add more "milk".
aya likes strawberry smoothies too!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

winter love

there's nothing quite like spending time with those you love most. so jamie, aya and i have been having mini adventures every chance we get...and it finally snowed!!
while she sleeps...

time to go home...
and then it snowed!!
normally i don't quite like snow. however watching sweet little aya play in it makes it much more enjoyable. i can even see myself  growing to love winters! have fun in the snow and enjoying precious moments with those you love...

Sunday, January 15, 2012


This little miss Jayla who i photographed for the second time, she is simply adorable and always in a wonderful mood whenever i see her!!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

hangin out with aya

the sun has finally come out to play! up on our roof...
running around in the big open upstairs
reading books...even if they are upside down!
baby aya loves her naps...sweet dreams

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

a winter roadtrip

shortly after christmas jamie, aya and i took a little road-trip down the coast to stay with his family at a beautiful cabin on the ocean...
 aya loved exploring the pebbled beaches
tired after the beach, nap time!
enjoy the rest of your winter!

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Hatch Family

i photographed the Hatch family this winter. luckily for us it ended up being on one of the only sunny beautiful day in december, here's some pictures from the shoot...

Friday, January 6, 2012


This Christmas was pretty good, the only thing that was missing was the snow. Jamie took a week off work to be with the family and for a mini road~trip (which i'll post later) and i got totally spoiled! Here's a few photos from out Christmas this year posted a little on the late side. This year I plan on being more on top of well, everything...a girl can dream...
we counted down the days
our awkward Christmas family photo
  aya was not ok with Santa this year!!
but she was ok with the elves...
i ate almost this entire house in one sitting

    gluten free, wheat free, vegan, sugar free spicy gingerbread cats, bunnies, hearts and men, mmmmmm 

 merry belated x~mas to all!

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