Join me on my clueless up and down journey to an eco-friendly lifestyle and everything in between

Saturday, August 30, 2014


INGREDIENTS
-Ground Turkey Breast
-Seasoned Salt
-Lemon Juice
-Green Onions
-Taco Shells

TOPPINGS
-Shredded Lettuce
-Mixed Cheese
-Southwest Salsa (Black Bean and Corn)
-JalapeƱos
-Plain Greek Yogurt (great sour cream substitute)
-Green Onions



Heat skillet on medium heat add olive oil, lemon juice, and ground turkey; let cook adding seasoning along the way; add some green onions and salsa; when turkey is almost done heat taco shells in oven for 2-3 minutes; once done start layering with toppings and nom nom



Thursday, August 28, 2014

This eco-sista says there are no strict rules to being eco-friendly



How long have you been eco-friendly? Actually I always had and eco-friendly mindset. During my childhood I always did things for the sake of nature. I lived in Curacao during my childhood and I remember that I found a sick bird lying on the ground. I tried to heal him by putting him in a cage in order to make sure that another animal would not harm him. I try to skip public transportation as much as possible. I would rather go somewhere by foot rather than taking the bus or subway. 

I had a housemate who was very eco-conscious. She always asked me to not waste water and to be honest I did not really know what she wanted to say. After doing some research I realized that I was actually wasting water. Thus, I always close the tap.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? Because we have to keep earth a livable place for the future generations. Our parents did their best to create a good world for us, let's do the same for our children and grandchildren. 





What do you like about it? I contribute to the improvement of the state of the environment, including the well-being of animals. 

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Eco-friendly product are often more expensive than the regular one. Sometimes I tend to buy a cheap product rather than an eco-friendly product. Nevertheless, I always try to remember myself that it is for a good cause. I have to admit that I was not really eco-friendly in America. However, after my return I started doing research. Based on the research I adapted my lifestyle.



Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? There are no strict rules or procedures you need to follow in order to be more eco-friendly. People already appreciate the fact that you are doing something little in order to change the world. So do not be too hard for yourself in the beginning. I mean, you need to get to know yourself and see how you can adjust your lifestyle in an eco-friendly manner. It really requires time and research.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Yes I do! But then again I remember myself that I am doing my best. For example, I have a crazy schedule (A true workaholic) and it is sometimes difficult to keep track of the food I consume. I decided to take it easy and eat at place which are eco-conscious. 




You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Aww... that is sweet, thank you! I started my transitioning process around May 2011. However, I was using a texturizer and I stopped using this since March 2013. I had cut my hair in order to get rid of the ends which consist of relaxer. So I am since a year natural!

The key to having beautiful hair is using the right hair products, balanced eating and be confident. Your hair represents your health, so it is really important to take care of yourself. Avoid stress, smile as much as possible (Ha Ha) and invest time and/or money in your passion. With other words create your own luck. 

The transitioning process involves the change of texture of your hair as well as your mindset. Most of us started relaxing our hair, because we thought that straight is more beautiful and/or convenient. Thus remember that the texture of your hair does not define it's beauty but it's health does.

Is there anything you like to add? Check out my blog

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014




I'm still trying to find my "it" leave-in product after Trader Joe's decided to change the ingredients without informing me first. How rude! Anyways, I got this at my local Sally's. I did my normal wash day routine and applied as my leave-in. The product is thick and creamy. It gave my hair defined curls that left me satisfied. Until….





As soon as I walked out the door the definition was POOF! That's why whenever a product claims to control frizz or humidity-resistant, I simply chuckle. 


PROS:
-Within my budget
-Defined my curls
-No messy sticky residue
-Natural ingredients with no sulfates, mineral oils, dyes, or parabens

CONS:
-I didn't get the frizz/humidity control I was looking for

I like this product and used it a few more times but I can't say if it's a keeper. I even modified it by adding honey, olive, and castor oil. I'm a mix-tress (in my head) and it wasn't a bad mix. The results were better than I expected.

The journey still continues...



Monday, August 25, 2014




INGREDIENTS
-1 Eggplant
-Bread Crumbs
-Seasoned Salt
-1 egg (beaten)
-Six cheese mix (Italian style)




Get a mixing bowl and add bread crumbs; I used the same one for my salmon burgers; next add cheese mix (mozzarella, asiago, parmesan, romano, fontina, and provolone); then sprinkle some seasoned salt on top and mixed them all together.




Getting ready to dress them up; I first dipped them in the egg that I've already beaten and then massaged them with bread crumbs mix




Heat oven to 350 degrees and cook for about 20-30 minutes




When they are almost done turn off the oven and top with more cheese and let melt


YUMMY!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


Another clueless review on a restaurant I've been dying to try but could not find to save my life. I had to call and have them pinpoint the exact location. It's on a well known road but if you blink you will miss it. Anyways, on to my review…..



Turkey Swiss Panini Combo
(lettuce, tomato, swiss cheese, honey mustard, and turkey)

I wasn't feeling the honey mustard, but was wowed with the Tostada Wrap. A vegetarian wrap that tasted better than what I was eating. I sampled it after I made my purchase. 

-The restaurant was clean and very quiet
-Fresh ingredients were used to prepare the meal
-A reasonably priced menu
-Soup, smoothies, and Indian cuisine also on the menu
-FREE Wi-Fi


Friday, August 22, 2014

An eco-sista who says don't be discouraged by "rules"


How long have you been eco-friendly? I have been eco-friendly for the last year or so. I'm actually new to this way of living! I've been getting towards being eco-friendly for about a year now.

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? After becoming a mom last year, I now see the world through my son's eyes and I want to leave him and my future grandchildren a world that is much cleaner, healthier, and more resourceful than the world we are in today. I also want him to be able to contribute to a more eco-friendly world and it be second nature to him.

What do you like about it? You learn so much! For example, I had no idea there was such a thing as reusable straws, chlorine/chemical free diapers, and cloth diapers until I became pregnant. Even vegan and gluten-free hair and skin products are available for use. It's mind boggling but down right amazing to me.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? Getting my husband to get on board with me regarding cloth diapers for our son was a task. He wasn't a fan of them so I compromised and purchased some earth friendly diapers with the traditional feel and look instead. We may revisit the cloth diaper idea with baby #2 in the future.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Start small. Baby steps. Maybe start by purchasing toilet paper without the tube to save paper and trees. Another small way is to use a portable thermos to house your water on the go versus buying a water bottle. You'll also save $1.39 a day (depending on the bottle size). Also give yourself a break, especially if you have a family! Different people call for different personalities and different responses.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? Yes! Do it in your own way and on your own time!

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? Thanks! I've bee natural for a little over 5 years. I transitioned rather than doing a big chop. My journey is detailed on my blog and instagram


Is there anything you like to add? Whether going natural, eco-friendly, or both... your journey is your journey! Do it at your own pace and on your own time. Don't be discouraged by "rules" or anyone else for that matter. Your journey is whatever you make it out to be so make it worthwhile!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Race #8


I'm ready!



Can anybody find me?


Flying pizza boxes



I came in third for my age group


4 more to go

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

An eco-sista who says think of easy ways to get started


How long have you been eco-friendly? Probably one of the most eco-friendly things that I have down is breastfeeding. I breastfeed both of my kids and my oldest is six now. So, I'll say that I've been eco-friendly for about six years. I also buy about 90% of the meat that my family eats from local farmers. I've also been recycling on a consistent basis for about four years now. In addition, I recently started trying to make more of my own cleaning products (Pinterest is a great source for anyone who is interested in trying DIY Cleaners)

Why did you choose to be eco-friendly? I believe that we should all take steps to reduce waste and reuse items when possible. I think there are a lot of easy ways to live an eco-friendly life.

What do you like about it? I like knowing that my kids are growing up in an environment where recycling is the norm. My six year old will look for the recycle symbol before throwing items in the trash.

Did you face any challenges?If so, what was/is the biggest obstacle(s)? I would love to use more eco-friendly products but I can't afford to buy everything in a eco-friendly option. So I try to buy what I can and make sure that I take other measures to live an eco-friendly life.

Any tips/advice for someone looking to be more eco-friendly? Try to think of easy ways to get started. If you live in an area that provides curb-side recycling then take advantage of this easy way to help the environment. If there are great farmer's markets that sell produce and meat from local farmers then buy food locally.

Going green can be complex. This discourages a lot of people. There's really no "right" way it's basically trying to do something than nothing at all. I sometimes feel like a green hypocrite. Do you feel that way sometimes? One way in which I feel like a green hypocrite is that I never gave cloth diapering a real chance. I ordered a few cloth diapers with my oldest, but I didn't use them for more than a few days. I wish I had researched my options and really made a commitment to finding a cloth diaper that fit our needs.

I also know that it is wrong to throw your batteries away in the trash, but I don't know where I should take them to be recycled. So, I always feel a little bad when I throw away batteries in the trash.

You know I gotta ask, How long have you been natural and how do you keep it so FLY? I have been natural for about five years now. My go to style is a twist out. It is super easy to do and it doesn't take me a whole lot of time to twist my hair.


Is there anything you like to add? Thanks for giving me the opportunity to participate in your eco-friendly feature.

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