Lo & Lil: A Mother/daughter team

Learn about our world and the things we love including clean foods, exercise, organic beauty and fun from a 40 something and an 9 year girl with big ideas!!

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Looking for some new videos to motivate your workout…

Let hoopla be your guide
to a better new you in 2015!
Hey there Sweet Friends,
Hoopla is an app that lets you instantly borrow free digital movies, audiobook, music, and more, 24/7 with your library card.
Download a new yoga or exercise video tonight for a quick workout in the morning!  Have your library card handy.  You will need it to get set up on your iPad or other tablet device.
If you don’t like the video, just “return” with a click of a button or if you love it then you won’t mind spending money at the store to purchase it.  There is nothing worse than spending money on a video to find out it is not for you.
Here’s to you and feeling good in a cold & snowy January!
Love, Health and Happiness to you,



Joan Lunden: 10 things I wish I knew before I was diagnosed with breast cancer

Joan Lunden: 10 things I wish I knew before I was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Joan was interviewed by The Today Show.

Please read very closely her #4 and #5 things she wished she had known before …

4. Diet plays such a huge role in preventing and fighting cancer

Many things that we eat and drink are causing us to get cancer. All the garbage food that I ate along with every other American — processed, refined foods — I now look at it with eyes wide open. I see now how I unwittingly contributed to my own breast cancer.

Since my diagnosis, I have switched over to eating nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods that don’t cause any inflammation in my body. My nutritionist put me on a no-wheat, no-dairy, no-sugar eating regimen. I thought: What’s left when you take those away? But actually, there’s a lot left.

I eat lots of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower. I also look for dark purple fruits and vegetables, like red cabbage, eggplant, beets, blueberries and blackberries. 

When I was given an eating regimen that I was told could save my life, it became an empowering, life- saving eating program, not a diet of deprivation.

5. It’s important to become a voracious label reader

Sugar is added to almost everything that we buy and eat, and it’s like the best fertilizer ever for cancer cells. I stood in the aisle at Whole Foods one time and looked at 20 jars of spaghetti sauce and only two of them did not contain sugar. Start reading labels: I always considered myself a label reader, but I wasn’t. But boy, I am now.


She puts it best when she says sugar is like the best fertilizer for cancer cells.  Did you know that everyone has cancer cells in their body but not everyone will develop cancer?  Sugar fuels cancer cells and conversely clean, whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes fuel what I like to call our “soldier” cells.  They are the good cells fighting against cancer cells and fighting for a healthy body and mind.

Read Joan’s entire list at The Today’s Shows Health page:



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Plantalicious | A-Z of Plantalicious ingredients  C is for Chia Seeds

Oh my gosh… I had no idea how much time blogging would take.  I have lots of ideas to share with you but no time to write.

In the meantime, while I am getting my ideas together to share with you, let me direct you to the following article from a great website Plantalicious.

This explains Chia Seeds and all the reasons they should be part of your every day diet just like they are a part of mine.

Click this link:  Plantalicious | A-Z of Plantalicious ingredients  C is for Chia Seeds.


BEAUTY: Use Baking Soda To Exfoliate Your Skin

This is Lil

This is Lil

Today’s Post by Lil…

In this video we have linked below, I am demonstrating baking soda as a face exfoliator.  This is a good way for young girls like me or for any woman to use beauty products that won’t be harsh on your face.  Be sure to use enough water mixed with the baking soda if your face is sensitive.

Click here for Lil’s demo:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAyDuyA3RMo

Please check out this link at Mind, Body, Green (one of our favorite websites) for more information:

Click here:  DIY: Use Baking Soda To Exfoliate Your Skin.

Hope you enjoyed this first post from “Lil” <3 <3

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BEAUTY POST: Psst… I was carrying around a secret and didn’t even know it

I just assumed everyone did this… but apparently I had a beauty secret and didn’t even know it.  Over the summer, I was talking with two different girlfriends in two completely different conversations and the topic of getting a facial hair wax came up.  I found out that my girlfriends were still paying good money at the salon for a facial wax.  Now I have never seen a tiny little hair on these beautiful girls little chiny, chin, chins… but I shared with them that I do have that annoying peach fuzz on my face but I just use a little $15 product to rid those little hairs.

I use one of these little trimmers on my face to get rid of that hair that they are spending good hard-earned money (plus tip, I am sure) to wax it away.  Now waxing may last longer, but this doesn’t hurt (I don’t like pain) and it doesn’t leave you red or irritated (like that bill at the salon) and if you forget to schedule that wax appointment, you can use this little baby right before a night out!

Try ULTA, Target or online for this trimmer.  I bet you cancel those wax appointments and take that money and go shopping!

Philips Precision Perfect Trimmer HP6390/50

This one pictured is the Philips Precision Perfect Trimmer and comes with a pair of lighted tweezers.  You may want to leave these in the car for those little black chin hairs that you only see when you check your look in the rear view mirror!


Farro: Our new favorite grain/pasta with unlimited uses

Update: Found this Simple Origins brand of Organic Farro at Heinens today (10/28/13) on sale for $3.99.  You may want to try this one at a much lower price.


I had heard about farro and saw it in the grocery store but I didn’t know what to do with it.  Like you… I don’t want to waste the money buying something in the grocery store to let it sit on my pantry shelf.  Last Easter when I was preparing my Easter menu, I came across a risotto recipe that suggested substituting farro for the arborio rice, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make our butter laden risotto dish just a little healthier.

Farro is a wheat grain so is not for the gluten free group but it has become a staple for us in our weekly menus.  It is a whole grain and provides a healthy boost of vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Grains are also rich in carbohydrates—the body’s main fuel supply—so we need a fair amount daily (despite what low-carb/no-carb gurus say).  Plus, for those making sure to get their protein (you know who you are, HS), farro offers 7 grams of protein in 1/4 cup dry.

It is as easy to make as rice and you can just use the 2:1 ratio of grain/water just like you would to make rice.  I use my Breville steamer to make my farro, just lIke I use it to make brown rice, quinoa, and steam my veggies.  It is just so easy to use a steamer and then you don’t have to stand over the stove and watch it.  I prepare my farro early in the week and then it can be used in so many different ways during the week.

This is farro that I steamed with a 2:1 grain/water ratio

This is farro that I steamed with a 2:1 grain/water ratio

I call this a “grain/pasta” because I would like you to use this just like you would use a rice or a pasta.  You can throw it in a cold salad or just eat it as a side dish.

“Lil” loves her regular white pasta but now would just rather eat of big bowl of steamed farro with some butter and maybe some parmesean cheese on it.  It has a somewhat nutty flavor and it remains very “al dente” which in Italian means “to the tooth.”  To me, it just means you have a very hearty dish to eat and it is very tasty.  You can add more flavor to the dish by adding veggies, replacing the water with chicken or vegetable broth while cooking or using it in a soup or risotto.  Also, if you prefer it a little softer, you can a)  let it soak in water for an hour or so before you cook it or b) add another 1/2 or 1 cup of water to your ratio.

If you need some inspiration for a dish you could try this recipe from a Blog I follow, Healthy Girls Kitchen.  She is Cleveland Based too and has a great website/blog.  You should follow her too!   http://www.healthygirlskitchen.com/2012/05/addictively-good-farro-tabbouleh.html

This is the kind I have been buying

This is the Farro I buy and love!  Well I actually buy the pearled version but whatever you find will be fine.  We will talk about pearled vs semi pearled grains in another post.  Just try out this new healthy carb for you and your family.

Thanks for reading, following and please leave me a comment below!  I would love to hear if you plan to try Farro this week :)

Happy, Healthy Eating!



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