Hi Everyone!  How was your weekend?  Did you do anything special to celebrate Mother’s Day?  I had a really nice day.  Scott and Skylar surprised me with flowers and a card.  

Mother's Day Flowers
Close up of flowersMother's Day Card

We had a nice, low-key day as a family and that was all I really wanted. 

Little girl standing in the kitchen smiling

There was no breakfast in bed, and I still cleaned the house, scrubbed a few toilets, and made 3 squares for everyoneIt’s a day to Celebrate Mothers, not get me out of my Motherly Duties!  All the moms know that it’s just generally easier to just do the work yourself than try to take a day off because that would just mean extra work on Monday…ha!

We took a hot, long power walk as a family and I lifted, and continued to work on making my butt bigger!  Thank you to April who chimed in with This Link for Glute Exercises and to reader Jessica for directing me towards this Amazingly Comprehensive Post about Glutes.  I should have my bubble butt in no time!  Thanks for the suggestions you all left me in the Comments!

Saturday night we had the Party I mentioned.  And here I am in one of the new dresses I bought before we left the house.   You all requested pictures, so here you go: Photo overload.

Woman in white and black dress
Side view of woman in white and black dress
Woman smiling in white and black dress

Some of the other ladies shot me evil glances and the men staredSo in my book, that means I looked good..haha!   Scott told me I looked beautiful so that’s all I cared about anyway.

Woman in living room in dress smiling
I had my 4 inch strappy shoes on too, but those didn’t make the frame.  Darn!
Woman posing in living room smiling

Skylar ran around and had a ball, too.

Child running and smiling
Smiling young girl by vegetable plate

Here she is Literally Raiding the Midnight Buffet!

Little girl reaching for a snack at a table full of food
 Yes, it really was midnight and she was bellied up to the bar buffet. 
 

She went for the raw veggies and fruit, minimal cheese, and took a pass on the fried egg rolls and the sweets table with the exception of a brownie that the hostess literally shoved in her mouth.  Grrrr.  

All in all, Intuitive Eating at it’s finest.  Click Here to read my thoughts on kids intuitively choosing healthy foods over junk, most of the time.

We called it an “early” night at midnight and came home and put the tired 3 year old to bed by 1am.  I always hear of people who put their kids to bed at 7pm.  Not sure how that works.  Mine has never gone for that!  

She apparently likes to stay out late and dance and party like her mama does!

Little girl in pink and purple dancing in roomLittle girl running around room smiling

To Recap…
I’m glad you enjoyed the Highlights of the Week Post and thanks for the feedback that you still really enjoy them.  Good for me to know!

There was everything from Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Softserve

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Softserve

To My Smack Down On Negative and Hurtful Comments

To New Progress Pictures in my Gym Workouts Tab
Here’s a Couple….

Woman posing in workout gear
Woman posing in workout gear smiling

Click Here to See More New Pictures

Do You Think I’m Ready for My ShowMy trainer does, yay!!!   But of course I will work my heart out til the Big Day!

To Raw Zucchini Noodles with Tossed Veggies and Homemade Peanut Sauce

Raw Zucchini Noodles with Tossed Veggies and Homemade Peanut Sauce

with Vegan Soy-Free Peanut Sauce I made Here

Vegan Soy-Free Peanut Sauce

It was a Big Week, Click Here to Check out Any Highlights You Missed.

Over the Weekend I made Vegan Pineapple Cream Cheeze. 

The Cream Cheeze is Very Similar to my
Raw Vegan Cheesecake Recipe in that it starts by soaking cashews and adding agave.

Side view of Raw Vegan Cheesecake Recipe
Raw Vegan Cheesecake in container with slice cut out
Raw Vegan Cheesecake: Agave, Cashews, Lemon Juice, a 5 Minute Gluten-Free Crust, and you’re done!  And it’s Soy-Free!  Most vegan cheezecakes start with a slab of tofu, which is not my first preference. 
 
 

Anyway, back to the the Vegan Pineapple Cream Cheeze…

Averie’s Vegan Pineapple Cream Cheeze
1 c of soaked raw cashews (soaked for at least 3+ Hours.  Drain & Rinse Well.  I use TJ’s brand of cashews)
2 Tbsp Agave or To Taste (can substitute a couple medjool dates but may need to add water/liquid as need for blend-ability)
1/4 c Pineapple (you can also substitute blueberries, strawberries, peaches, any fruit you wish.  Pineapple has a high water content so may need to add a dash of water with other fruits)
Optional: 
Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Cinnamon or Nutmeg
1/4 Tsp Salt

Combine all ingredients and Blend!

Container full of diced pineapple
 Soaked cashews in blender
 blended up Vegan Pineapple Cream Cheeze ingredients

Spread this on everything!

 Tamper showing consistency  of Vegan Pineapple Cream Cheeze

 Pineapple Vegan Cream CheezeThere is a God After All!

 Vegan Pineapple Cream Cheeze in white dish

Next Up Are some Personal Care Products from Tropical Traditions

Personal Care Products from Tropical Traditions

Baby Silk Moisturizing Cream
Love it already!  I usually use a combo of Palmer’s brand cocoa butter lotion and Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil on my skin, but now I have this Cream and I am feeling smooth and soft!

Baby Silk Moisturizing Cream

Citrus Lip Moisturizer

Citrus Lip MoisturizerIngredients on Citrus Lip Moisturizer

Smells amazing: tangerine, orange and lemon scented!  Ingredients: organic virgin coconut oil, organic beeswax, organic virgin palm oil, and organic essential oils of orange, lemon, and tangerine.

Deodorant in Lavender

Roll-on Deodorant in Lavender

All their deodorants are Aluminum-Free.  It makes sense we would not want apply heavy metals to our skin, our largest organ, and have metal leeching into our skin and bodies.  However, many natural deodorants are not super effective.   I love the way the lavender smells and trust me, it’s plenty hot in Phoenix, 95F or more during the days right now, so I’ll keep you posted on how this performs.

Label on back of Deodorant
Thanks Tropical Traditions!  Stay Tuned for a Fun Give Away Later in the Week!

 

Green Food: Romaine, Tomatoes, Brussels, Cukes
Mixed lettuce and vegetables

Dressed With Vegan Slaw Dressing using Reduced Fat Veganaise

Jar of Vegan Slaw Dressing next to ingredients
Vegetables drizzled with Vegan Slaw Dressing
Close up of vegetables in Vegan Slaw Dressing
 Drip Drip, Flood Flood.   Love it.

Snacks and Dessert:  
I made Chocolate Coconut Oil Protein Popcorn with Nooch

Jar of Coconut Oil
Overhead jar of coconut oil
Chocolate Coconut Oil Protein Popcorn in silver bowl
Up close of Chocolate Coconut Oil Protein Popcorn
Mmmm, Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Coconut Oil Protein Popcorn with chocolate chips
If you’re looking for a delicious dessert inspired 25-30 Grams of Vegan Protein, Check out my Chocolate Coconut Oil Protein Popcorn with Nooch
So Tasty!  Salty-n-Sweet & Crunchy

And if you don’t care about Protein, and just want Chocolate + PB + Nooch, then make up a batch of my Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups!

One split Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cup
Split Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cups showing filling
One whole Peanut Butter Cup and half a split one

Yoga Today is Lolasana (Scale Pose)

Woman doing Lolasana (Scale Pose) yoga pose

Gym & Weights Workout Today: My Day 4 Workout Split: Back/Hamstrings
And Glute Exercises!

Tip of the Day:  My 2 Pounds of Chia Seeds Give Away!

ChiaSeedsDirect.com

Large bag of Chia Seeds
Have fun everyone!  Thanks Chia Seeds Direct!!!!
 
Click Here to Enter and Get in On Some Cha-Cha-Chia! 

Before I get to Today’s Questions, thanks for telling me in the Highlights Post if you like to Shop or Not, if you Like to Spend Money on Yourself or Do you Feel Guilty, and for letting me know what some of the most expensive items are that you’ve bought.  Fun to read what everyone’s splurges wereEverything from Tuition to Engagement Rings to Designer Jeans to just paying Rent every  month. 

Today’s Questions
1. Best Thing You Did or Ate Over the Weekend?
Me = Having a Nice Mother’s Day with Scott and Skylar on Sunday and the Party on Saturday!

2. If you got your mom a gift, what was it and was she surprised? 
I piked up my phone and was about to call my mom when the phone began to ring.  Guess who was calling me at that same moment I was to call her?  My mom!  

3. Fave Personal Care Products? 
I am a lip balm (Carmex in a tube) addict.  I have to have something on my lips all the time!  And its so dry here, I am the lotion queen, too. For years, I have been trying to use more natural/holistic products for both my house/home and my personal care products.   What are your favorite products that you just can’t live without.   I don’t care if they are “natural” or not.  I just want to hear what your faves are!  Have you ever tried natural deodorants?

4. Have you ever had other people (usually women) give you dirty looks or stare you up and down for your attire?  Does that make you Happy (happy because you know it means you’re standing out and probably looking pretty good!) Or Irritated?    
Are you guilty of ever having given a few crusty evil glances to someone else? 

I have had more evil glances shot my way that you can shake a stick at.  I am tall  5’11” + shoes = 6’3″ or so when I go out and definitely stand out in a crowd.  Long legs, blond hair, yeah, I get a few nasty looks.  I think all women are beautiful and really don’t get the whole jealousy thing.  Trust me honey, I don’t want your man.  One’s plenty! 

I think, sadly, women are so uber-competitive and rather than celebrating each other’s beauty and positive attributes, we tend to hate, not appreciate.  Not a good thing and I am trying so hard with Skylar to not speak ill of someone, not be negative, not trash on another person’s image.   But if you’re wearing plaid pants and a striped shirt, and are more along the lines of a Glamour Magazine “Don’t” I will probably laugh though…haha!
Have you ever been the recipient of some evil looks or given any out?  What was the situation or what were you/the other person wearing?

I am off to try to not break the bank and go look for a competition bikini!   Hopefully less than $400 or more++ that can be the norm of competition suits!  Skylar will be my suit critic.  Nothing like spending quality time in a dressing room with a 3 year old trying on swim suits.  Oh, the Joys… haha!

Stay Tuned For Blogger Meetup Fun Pictures and At Home Smoothie Bar…

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