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My Featured Set on Polyvore: Lupita Nyong’o

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On Saturday afternoon I looked at my cell phone and to my surprise saw an activity notification of 648!  I thought, “What the heck is going on????” LOL  Thank you to my fellow Polyvore friends who “liked” my Lupita Nyong’o set and who also took the time to comment as well….. Having a gorgeous model like Miss Nyong’o made styling her pretty simple!

xoxo Mel 

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Happy New Year!

I LOVE Smoothies!!!

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You don’t need to hire a personal chef (as if!) or resign yourself to starvation to get a jump start on that bikini ready body I know you are already thinking about.   All you need is a blender!  Blending is one of the quickest, easiest ways to prep healthy foods, especially fresh fruits and veggies. Here are a few of my smoothie recipes plus details on how they can kick-start your metabolism and keep it fired up for good!

A liquid base
Milk — 1 percent or nonfat — because it’s rich in vitamin D and calcium, which can help your body break down fat. But nondairy milks, like soy and almond, are fine too.

Lean protein

Getting protein at every meal helps you maintain lean muscle mass, which means you burn more calories throughout the day. Your best bets: plain nonfat yogurt, silken tofu, or unflavored protein powder.

Healthy fats
These give you energy, make your smoothie satisfying, and help your body absorb vitamins. Use up to two tablespoons of an ingredient that contains the good — that is, monounsaturated — kind, like avocado, seeds, or nuts.

High-fiber carbs
Any fruit will do, but raspberries and blueberries deliver the most fiber and the least amount of sugar. As for veggies, spinach and cucumber have the mildest, easiest-to-mask flavors.

Delicious Smoothie Recipes:

PB&J Smoothie
4 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen strawberries
1 frozen banana, chopped
2 teaspoons smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup ice

Nutrition facts per smoothie: 327 calories, 18g protein, 55g carbohydrate, 7g fat (1.4g saturated), 9g fiber, 94mg sodium

Tropical Morning Smoothie
6 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 frozen banana, chopped
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

Nutrition facts per smoothie: 368 calories, 22g protein, 60g carbohydrate, 7g fat (0.9g saturated), 9g fiber, 68mg sodium

Sweet Spinach Smoothie
6 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 cups spinach leaves, packed
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored, and chopped
15 green or red grapes
2 tablespoons chopped avocado
1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

Nutrition facts per smoothie: 316 calories, 21g protein, 52g carbohydrate, 6g fat (0.9g saturated), 9g fiber, 115mg sodium

Q&A time!

Q. My metabolism is definitely slowing. How can I rev it up?
A. Graze, don’t gorge. Studies show that smaller, more frequent meals shift your metabolism into high gear, which is why my plan has you eating five times a day.

Q. Is there a healthy way to lose weight this week?
A. In the long term, moderation is key. But if people don’t see results quickly, they tend to give up. So I suggest having three smoothies and two snacks a day for five days, then two smoothies, a solid meal, and two snacks a day for five more days. You’ll lose weight right away because the smoothies have fewer calories than your average meal, but they’re so filling, you won’t feel deprived. Then for the last five days, you taper off to just one smoothie a day, which is something I suggest keeping up for life.

Q. What’s so great about smoothies?
A. For one thing, they’re incredibly convenient: You just throw everything into a blender and press a button, which eliminates any excuse for not eating right. For another, they’re high in volume, so they take up a lot of space in your stomach. Best of all, the blades of the blender slice through the cell walls of all those fruits and veggies, making their nutrients — like fiber, protein, and healthy fats — easier for your body to absorb. And the more fiber you get, the fuller you feel, which means you can eat less and still be just as satisfied.

 

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Happy Holidays!!!!

 

Mini Apple Pie Cookies

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Ingredients
  • 1 Box of frozen Pillsbury Pie Crust (2 sheets per box)
  • Approx. 1 Can of Apple Pie Filling
  • Approx. 1 Cup of Caramel Sauce
  • 1 Egg for the egg-wash
  • 2 tbsp. Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Nutmeg
  • Flour just for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Unroll one of the pie crusts and lay it out on your surface.
  2. Spread the Caramel Sauce over the pie crust leaving about ⅛” of an edge
  3. Coarsely chop the apples in the pie filling, then spread on top of the caramel sauce.
  4. Unroll the 2nd pie crust and cut into strips. I used a wavy edged pastry cutter.
  5. Layer the pie crust strips over the apple filling in a lattice formation.
  6. Taking a round cookie cutter, cut your cookies and lay on your cookie sheet.
  7. Beat your egg and with a pastry brush then brush the egg over the top of the lattice pastry strips.
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and some nutmeg.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 or until golden brown.
Notes
Depending on the size of your round cookie cutter, this recipe makes between 6-9 cookies.
 
I found this wonderful recipe online at a website called, “Made from Pinterest” …. Yummy!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
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Happy Halloween!!!!!

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Everyone have a SAFE and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!! xoxo Mel
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Here Comes The Bride!

                 I said yes!

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In October we will be…

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Well, kinda sorta but we don’t look anything like Angelina and Brad…but combined we almost have as many kids as they do! “ba-dum-tsh”

Be sure to check out my ”Wedding – I Do!” Section for undates… 

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I’ve Been Tooned!

 Melanie Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 My love of retro pin up girls and playful art all rolled into one!  

Victoria Fox creates colorful pin-up cartoons boasting their own unique theme, ranging from naughty princesses to peek-a-boo pirates…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The creation of my toon…

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and my adorable completed toon…

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If you are interested in being “tooned” you can check out Victoria’s website @ http://www.foxtoons.co.uk

xoxo Mel

 

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Wednesday Wee Ones

Documenting your baby’s growth.

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A wonderful keepsake for your child…

Please click on the link below for more info!

http://lipservicebymel.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=835&action=edit

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Welcome!

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I hope you enjoy following my new blog…

Please always feel free to participate by adding comments, suggestions or asking questions.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!!!

xoxo Mel

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