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Friday Thoughts

Hello, readers!

I admit it's been a skimpy writing week here on the blog and I do apologize.  My carpal tunnel has been especially bad this week and I have been needing a bit of a tying break....and I still prefer to use my trusty keyboard as opposed to blogging on my tablet's touch screen (takes me three times longer).

So what's new?  I have some random musings I'll share with you today.

#1 -- I took several new pieces of my handmade jewelry to Tanvi's boutique, Peppermint, on Park Avenue in the city. Look for pin-up girl rings and some new necklaces that I've made while you're browsing her fabulous shop! By the way, Tanvi has a new intern this summer at her shop named Emma.  I met her on Tuesday and she is fabulous, so be sure to say "hello" to her as well!

#2 -- I am reading a really good book right now called the 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart by Dr. Neal Barnard. I first was introduced to the book on Alicia Silverstone's website, The Kind Life (which has featured C & G on it!).  I decided to read it after having a sudden aversion to meat--all meat--a few days back. I am listening to my body, which has been sending me a "no meat" signal once again like it did a couple years back.


#3 -- I am on the green smoothie bandwagon lately.  Who knew that spinach in a smoothie really would be good?  You cannot even taste it and I am eating several cups of spinach daily this way! This is a creamy, yummy peanut butter banana smoothie with a hint of cocoa and cinnamon. Yum! I've tried so many green smoothie recipes and finally created one of my own that you will love. My super picky boys even drink this (and have no idea that there is spinach in it):


  • 1 small frozen ripe banana, peeled (keep some of these in your freezer for convenience)
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 T. creamy natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free soy yogurt
  • 11/2 to 1 t. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • dash cinnamon
  • ice cubes if desired

#4 -- I have to tell you about this product that I was sent for review -- it is the most awesome AND affordable natural deodorant on the market.  I have tried many over the years and have been using Soapwalla Kitchen's deodorant with great results.  My skin has become more sensitive lately to several essential oils, so this product now causes me redness and itching under my arms.  So while they are clean and fresh, they are now sore.  I am now using Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal (fragrance free) and am loving it. When I first apply it, it feels wet, but it instantly dries AND keeps me dry (and fresh) all day. You can find it at most drugstores, Target, and Walmart for a comparable price to chemical-laden deodorants.

#5 -- I have a new favorite paraben free lipstick for this time of year and it was $9.99 at Target: Sonia Kashuk Barely Nude. As much as I adore my more natural lippies, this one will stay on almost all day and is creamy and feels luxurious.  This is the closest lipstick I have used to Nars and Chanel without a ton of crap in it -- or without spending $25.