Friday, February 6, 2015

Recipe: Wheatbelly Cauliflower Curry Coconut Soup and #Gefu Healthy-n-Lean 2015 Get Together! #tryazon

Hello Dear Readers:

 I have the most delicious recipe for winter coming  your way, as well as an introduction to some pretty amazing kitchen and cooking products from Gefu.  I was recently chosen to host a Gefu Healthy n Lean Get Together and was sent an array of products from Gefu to demonstrate and use during the get together.  Included in my kit were:


A Spirelli Spiralizer
Julienne Slicer
Julienne Peeler and 
Lemon Juicer.

Also included was a copy of the New York Times Bestseller" "Wheat Belly 30 Minute or Less Cookbook".   



My original party date was snowed out :( So I had to reschedule for the following weekend, Superbowl weekend. And, since Ana had a birthday party on Sat, had to host on Sunday night when most people already had plans :( Luckily a few could make it. I decided to make a delicious warm and filling soup , served with a fresh salad and fixings...and demonstrate how to make zucchinni noodles with a spicy sauce. Everything was super easy to make and delicious.  




My guests had fun perusing the products and catalog before the soup and salad were served and the demo began! 




Here are some shots of the delicious soup ingredients and the recipe from Wheat Belly cookbook:




and the finished product served nicely! :


I added a bit more coconut milk and a bit less chicken stock to make it thicker. It is delicious, slightly sweeet and would taste great served over rice or an Indian grain. 

Ingredients:

  •  2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
  •  1 large onion, halved and sliced
  •  1 large head cauliflower, chopped
  •  2 tbs curry powder
  •  1 tsp ground cumin
  •  1/4 tsp sea salt
  •  4 cups chicken stock, divided
  •  1 cup heavy cream or canned coconut milk (I used coconut milk)



Directions:

 In a large saucepan over medium high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and chopped cauliflower and cook for 10 minutes or until browned. Then, stir in the curry powder, cumin,and salt. Cook for one minute. Add 2 cups of stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered for 8 minutes, or until the cauliflower is very tender.  Ladle or pour the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth. Return to saucepan with cream or coconut milk and the remaining 2 cups of stock. Stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes. 

Delish. Especially served with fresh veggies and veggie noodles or something less spicy.  I made the soup before the guests arrived. But, after eating it was time for the homemade zucchinni noodles demo:


I always gather all of the ingredients before making a dish. Whether or not I have made it before (and this is a keeper).






So easy to use, the noodles come out as long as you want them. So pretty!  You can peel the zucchinni first if you want to, too. 

A plate of sesame noodles (yum)


What a great device!! I cannot wait to try out all of the other products too, and make healthy and delicious food found in the WheatBelly cookbook and beyond!!  Let me know if you have a great wheatbelly recipe that you have tried. And def, make this filling soup. Tasty!!

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Stay healthy!!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy New Year from a very Pregnant/Grumpy/Cold Lady!!! And the Lees!!



  Happy Holidays/New Year from the Lees! Yes, I know it is already the 11th, but I have been grumpy, pregnant, running around with doctor's appointments, parties, social engagements, school events etc..and the blog had to wait! I will be back full force towards the spring with the nursery makeover, binge shopping trips for Baby lee, and lots of fun stuff. For now, I am getting ready for a beach vacation, some rest and relaxation and preparing for the second half of my second trimester of pregnancy. 18 weeks already@!! Woohooooo....



    I have a new laptop (thanks hubby), Hubby has a new fitness/nutrition blog (wait until you see his before and afters) and so I have to search for all of my media/photos etc. When I get back from vacation I will be hosting a wheat belly dinner/party and cannot wait to get started on more healthy recipes for the winter and spring. Stay healthy and stay warm.  


                                                                                       Xo,   
                                                                                                  Zoe and the Lees 







Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Spon: Children's Mucinex Makes Ana feel better! #mucinex


I received this product for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review. You can join Smiley360 here!

Dear Readers:

 For this review I was kinda hoping it would not call for first hand experience, but alas it is cold season and since Ana is in a larger class of Pre-school this year she has a greater chance of getting a cold or flu symptoms.  This past week, she came home with sniffles, a runny nose and a cough. But, we were ready thanks to Mucinex. We received the perfect combo of a soft blanket, a copy of Frozen (Ana's fave movie)and  some lovely hot/cold juice or tea travel mugs to drink out of , so she could chill by the pellet stove and watch a movie while she recuperated. And , she did. She felt better in a couple of days and was ready to go out and about by the weekend. 


All the details from Mucinex:
Triple Symptom Relief in a Single Dose
A stuffy nose + cough + chest congestion = one unhappy camper. When your child gets sick with more than one symptom, relieve what’s bothering your little one with Children's Mucinex® Multi-Symptom Cold Liquid in Very Berry Flavor.
This Children’s Mucinex® Product:
  • Relieves stuffy nose
  • Controls cough
  • Relieves chest congestion
  • Breaks up mucus
  • Includes dosing cup
Ana liked the taste of the Mucinex and we followed the dosing amounts really carefully. She felt better within 24 hours and ended up not even missing any school, which is amazing. Thanks Mucinex! 

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review and Contest: Arvazallia Professional Series Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment





Hello Dear Readers:

At Arvazallia, our slogan is Beauty Maximized because we create products that are designed to not onlyMaximize Your Beauty but to Maximize Your Confidence and Spirit as well. Our Professional Series Hair Treatment Product Line is one of the Highest Rated and Best Selling Salon Quality Argan Oil Hair Treatment lines.

We are gearing up for the Arvazallia Beauty Maximized Video Challenge in the coming weeks which is a Video Contest for users of Arvazallia hair treatment products where they'll have a chance to share how they use Arvazallia products to Maximize their Beauty for a Chance to Win 1 of Several Amazing Prizes including:

Grand Prize Options
* All Expense Paid Royal Caribbean Cruise for Two
* Microsoft Surface Pro 3 64GB Edition
* Apple iPad Air 64GB WIFI Edition
* LG 50" Smart LED TV
* Michael Kors Tote & Sandal Combo
* Versace Swiss Vanity Watch
* $700 Arvazallia Branded Amazon Gift

There will also be a range of prizes to choose from for 2 Runner Up Winners and 5 Finalists.




1. Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask
2. Arvazallia Premium Argan Oil Hair Treatment
3. Arvazallia Ultra Curl Defining Cream with Argan Oil

IMPORTANT: This offer and the contest is Limited to USA Residents Only.


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http://www.arvazallia.com/


http://www.arvazallia.com/professional-series-special-offer

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_beauty?ie=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Arvazallia&node=3760911

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: Coco's Closet Extend A Smidge Bra Extenders #luvcocoscloset





Hello Dear Readers:

 I am 12 weeks into this pregnancy and by now I am starting to feel the usual suspects: bloating, expansion, tightness etc. Also, My bra size has increased by a couple of cups and so these amazing Bra Extenders have really come in handy. I have the 3 color set. Nude, White and Black and they fit on pretty much all of my bras, and work wondefully. Easy to attach, they fit so easily and are expandable for the rest of my pregnancy too. Yay! Check out photos and more info below:


From the company:
"DURABLE LINGERIE SOLUTION: Built to Meet the Needs of Active and Pregnant Women.
GAIN EXTRA LENGTH: Gain the Extra Length You Need for a Comfortable Fit .
SAVE MONEY: Design Will Fit Most Bras and Sizes, Including 32, 34. 36, 38, 40, 42 A, B, C & D. Black, White and Nude. Spare the Time and Expense of Buying New Bras to Accommodate In-Between or Hard-to-Find Sizes or Temporary Weight Fluctuations.
SOFT & COMFORTABLE: Soft Backing Won't Chafe Your Sensitive Skin or Leave Unsightly Marks



How to Save BIG MONEY When Your Bra Gets Too Small!
Are your bras tight and uncomfortable? The problem usually lies with the strap, right?
Problem Solved!
Achieve just the right fit without shelling out the cash for new undergarments with the extra, adjustable length Extend-A-Smidge Bra Extender provides. Ideal for women of ALL SIZES. Simple design will fit most bras and sizes, Including 32, 34 and 36 A, , C, D & DD - Strapless bras too! Durable enough for athletic women and great for pregnancy.


The benefits of the Extend-A-Smidge bra Extenders:
- Adjust your straps to just the right length for your comfort
- Includes bra extender to fit virtually any brand
- Three included colors for easy matching
- Fumble-proof attachment and detachment
- Bra extenders stay securely in place during any activity, thanks to durable metal hook-and-eyeclosures
- Ultra-soft backing doesn't scratch your skin
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What are you waiting for, make the right choice with Extend-A-Smidge by CoCo's Closet."



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Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: Hyaluronic Acid Age Delay Serum With Vitamin C + Green Tea #moreanaturals




Dear Readers:

From my recent review on Amazon:

"About a month ago, I started using Morea Naturals Hyaluronic Acid Serum and my skin has never looked younger or better! Now that I am 40 years old, I am always looking for natural, effective products that work on my more mature skin. This is a wonderful serum with mostly organic ingredients tht is light and pumps easily onto my fingers for application. "

And I do glow. I am sure the pregnancy is helping, but my facial skin is soft and supple and feels great since I started using this serum.

From the company:

FINALLY: Powerful New Serum Promotes Smooth, Glowing Skin At A Fraction of The Price 

This serum is great for busy women who want to pack a powerful punch of ingredients into one product. Also great for organic minded women. Hyaluronic acid is known for its proven ability to reverse the signs of aging. This silky smooth formula is loaded with antioxidants Vitamin C and Green Tea to promote collagen production and protect your skin from UV damage. 

What makes this serum better than all the others? 

• Instantly plump fine lines while reducing the appearance of wrinkles gradually
• Add intense moisture to dry skin
• Instant glowing complexion
• Improve appearance of dark under eye circles
• Safe for all skin types including sensitive skin

Our unique formula is so safe and effective it passed the rigorous standards to be sold at Whole Foods. 

• Paraben Free 
• 72% Organic
• Cruelty Free
• Airless Pump Bottle Keeps Ingredients Potent

Our serum is handcrafted in the U.S.A. in small quantities for maximum quality.


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http://www.moreanaturals.com/
http://www.moreanaturals.com/products.html
https://www.facebook.com/moreanaturals
Buy Here on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/review/R29AQZF3VFZ9KL





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Review: Ecodiscoverie's Multi-Surface Cleaner and Harvest Fruit and Veggie Wash #EcoDiscover #EcoD






Hi Dear Readers:

 I received two wonderful products from ecodiscoveries recently and both have been wonderful as I search for safe, effective green products to use in my house. I have always been aware of the dangers of cleaning fluids, but now that I am pregnant, I am actively avoiding bleaches, and other strong cleaning ingredients that are unsafe for baby and for me and my lungs.   Both ecodiscovery products, the Multi-surface Cleaner and the Harvest fruit and vegetable wash are safe. I really like that they arrived with an empty bottle and a condensed small bottle attached, to encourage refills and save on shipping, both very cool.

From the company:

 "EcoDiscoveries’ Multi-Surface cleaner is a safe and effective solution for cleaning the many surfaces of your home. Its plant-based surfactants are powerful and diverse enough to clean up almost any mess on almost any surface. Oh the possibilities! Safe has countless sides.










   Harvest is an all-natural food wash + preservative. All of the ingredients of Harvest are considered GRAS by the FDA and it is certified by the USDA as a “Biopreferred” product. It not only washes away residual pesticides, but it also increases the shelf-life of produce. Moreover, Harvest’s ability to get rid of chemicals and other contaminants makes this the perfect product for anyone living with chemical sensitivities or an otherwise compromised immune system.

Non-Toxic
Fragrance-Free
Hypoallergenic
Chlorine-Free
Petroleum-Free
Glycol-Free
Phosphate-Free
Ammonia-Free
Caustic-Free
Dye-Free
Biodegradable
No Animal Testing

I feel so much better using these products and knowing I am making a better choice for the environment and for myself. Check out the links below for more info.

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11 weeks in ...Baby Lee is the size of a FIG #pregnant

 
    Baby Lee is 11 Weeks and is the size of a FIG.    


Hello Dear Readers:

   As the first trimester winds down, I was hoping to feel better morning sickness-wise. I wish I could say it is the case, but alas I am still sick all day long, and have little to no energy. I was hoping to go back to the gym regularly at this point, but since I never know how naseous I am going to feel, it does not seem to be in my best interest.  There is always next week, but I am feeling sad about missing my Pilates and running and am feeling extra flabby. Pretty much the opposite of sexy, whatever that is. Blech.

Stats: 
Baby Lee is 11 1/2 weeks old and is the size of a fig, I am still really sick and have a lack of energy. There is no glamour in pregnancy and I am feeling pretty pudgy.

Weight:
131 lbs. I have lost two pounds since becoming pregnant. This makes me sad too, although I know it is quite normal and happens all of the time. I am still in my sz 6s, and 28 jeans...but I feel bloated so I may move up to some 29s (which I bought at Forever 21 when i was losing weight a couple of years ago). I am not quite ready for maternity clothes. Maybe at 13 weeks.


Hoping to pop soon, so I do not look just bloaty, but actually pregnant :)

Have a great weekend,

Mama Lee


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review: InstaNatural Stretch Mark and Scar Cream #instanatural



Dear Readers:


 I am willing to try anything to avoid stretch marks due to pregnancy. I was lucky the first time around with Ana, and have none. I am hoping that by using InstaNatural's Stretch Mark and Scar cream this time around,  I will not have any again. I have been using this cream once a day for over a month and so far so good as I head towards my third month.

Want to know more? From InstaNatural:



 "InstaNatural’s Stretch Mark & Scar Cream is an effective treatment to minimize the appearance of current marks, while also preventing the forming of new ones. Stretch marks and scars are created when collagen is weakened and skin is stretched or torn beyond its limit. Our cream heavily moisturizes affected areas – such as hips, stomach and arms - delivering nourishment and hydration to enhance elasticity of your skin and help restore a youthful look and even appearance.





Key Ingredients:
+ Vitamin C (15%)
+ Cocoa Butter
+ Rosehip Oil
+ Mango Butter
+ Grapeseed Oil
+ Evening Primrose Oil


Important Links:

http://instanatural.com/
Instanatural Scar Cream on Amazon



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Monday, November 17, 2014

Sponsored Tazo Chai Vanilla Caramel Latte and Chai Tea #SweetMeetsSpicy


Tazo Chai Vanilla Caramel Latte with cold milk and ice! 


Dear Readers:

received this product for free from Smiley360 in exchange for my honest review. You can join Smiley360 here!

I love Chai! So much so that my first dog is named Chai after the spicy tea that my husband made me when we were still dating. He would buy the ingredients in a NYC Indian Market and steep the tea, crush the cardamom, mix in the milk for a hot drink to go with our breakfast or brunch. Yum!! I have always loved spicy teas, lattes and drinks so I jumped at the chance to try out the Tazo line of Chai products and bring them to my next bookclub for a tasting (Nov 30th). 

Nowadays you can get the same great spicy and sweet tea without all of the labor, by steeping a cup of Tazo Chai from a teabag, or mixing in the condensed Chai as seen above (with milk, iced or hot!) in the Vanilla Caramel Latte Flavor, yum!! I had Duncan as my taste tester as I am currently pregnant and have cut out my caffeine intake. I did however steal a sip of that frosty, sweet, spicy goodness and believe me it is wonderful!!! I am stoked that they make a decaf chai tea, found HERE.

Tazo put together this little infographic all about the different flavors available (I want to try them all) and it is charming:


I am all about pumpkin during the Fall and Holiday season and will be bringing some tea bags in goodie bags for my friends to try at our next book club meeting in a couple of weeks. 

Want to know more info about Tazo Chai?



From Tazo:

About Tazo Chai
'Tazo Chai began with our signature Chai tea in filterbags, which brings together classic spices such as ginger, pepper and cardamom for a deliciously distinct taste. We then developed smooth and creamy latte concentrates, the perfect way to enjoy our delightfully unexpected Chai flavors with milk. Now we are introducing new flavors to Chai – from the sweet creaminess of Vanilla Caramel to the seasonal flavor of Pumpkin Spice, Tazo believes there is truly a Chai for everyone."

The kit that the lovely people at Tazo sent me included:
  •  Tazo Vanilla Caramel Chai Latte Concentrate
  •  Tazo Classic Chai, Decaf Chai and Chocolate Chai filterbags (4 filterbags of each flavor)
  •   Coupons for Free Tazo Chai to try all of the varieties and share with friends and family
  •    Tazo Chai tasting guide
  •    Sweet and Spicy conversation starter cards

I  I will be making goodie bags and bringing tea with me to my meeting and cannot wait to give the feedback then.  I will also come back here and post some photos, yay! 

I  In the meantime, Duncan and I will enjoy our Tazo Tea (decaf for me please) with our breakfast and for dessert! 



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