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I've made this shake four times in the last five days! Love it! And today I had the pleasure of blending and sharing it with my friend Roz Savage! Luckily she loved it and I sent her on her way to do an interview with her to-go cup full of goodness.

Sarma was kind enough to send the recipe out in her Duckmail newsletter last week and on Monday she blogged it here. Hope you get a chance to make it because it is delicious!

Have a beautiful day xoxoxoox

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I have a folder on my computer that I named "art". In my art folder I keep things on the internet that inspire me, that I may want to look at again and that touch my soul. I think of most of these bookmarks as "the art of life". Here are some of my links, leap if you'd like. xoxo

"I am a lucky, plucky, good-sucking genius and a highly trained, entertainingly insane hurricane."

"13. If you never doubt your beliefs, then you’re wrong a lot."

Mystic Medusa

"You only lose what you cling to."

"Say what you mean and mean what you say."

"Does it make you bounce out of bed in the mornings…"

Enjoy! And thanks to Gala Darling! I'm pretty sure I end up book marking a lot of her links! xoxoxo


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Today is Blog Action Day and the topic is climate change.

*My message is to eat a vegan diet or as close to an all veg diet as you can. Enjoy your life, the planet and our children growing up happily by looking ahead. I'm also a fan of  Meatless Mondays and think that's a fabulous place to begin. Or if you have the guts you can ride the extreme roller coaster that is Skinny Bitch and get yourself on board!!

*And please use your own bags everywhere you shop. Easy!

*My friend Roz Savage leads an amazing life sharing her efforts for a better planet for all and a fulfilling life for herself rippling out to you and me.

"A vegan riding a Hummer contributes less to greenhouse gas emissions than a meat eater riding a bicycle" – Paul Watson

‘My life is my message.’ – Gandhi

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May 6 means Mercury is in retrograde again tomorrow. Be aware and patient is the advice I'm taking. 

*Green smoothie- * 16 oz kale, spirulina, bananas, orange, vanilla stevia, msm, yacon syrup and water. With all the sweet stuff in it Andy still said it tasted spicy!

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Eliot tried Andy's (vegan) peanut butter and strawberry jelly waffle sandwich this morning! HUGE! Five bites! I made a Food Game chart for E this morning and he can win points towards the prizes of his choice. He was very excited and dove right in. Keeping my fingers crossed we can continue on and on and on. Yummy food!

*The rest of my green smoothie about 16 oz. and piece of dark chocolate.

*Restaurant lunch with Andy and Eliot- sushi, edamame, and seaweed salad.

*Sweetpea Bakery- vegan marionberry danish

While driving to Sip Eliot says loudly to me in the car, "You are fun Mommy!" So awesome.

*Green juice from Sip

***burpees, treadmill speed and incline intervals, jump rope intervals.

*Half a Vega bar.

*Bowl of quinoa, nutritional yeast, black pepper, fresh squeezed lemon, mixed greens and a little balsamic vinegar on top. Dessert: two blueberry raw vegan cookies from One Lucky Duck.

And just because I'd like to share here's my favorite dark chocolate bar:

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Quote of the day via my friend, Roz Savage: The most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it. – Arnold Toynbee



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We went to Mount Tabor Park on Sunday and I ran well over 650 stairs, ran some trails, used the kids playground to do resistance training and threw in burpees and push-ups. Before the park I used hand weights and bounced on the rebounder. So what's next?  

I thought that post marathon I'd dive into yoga and cycling but now I find myself craving the boot camp experience again (which is something I can do on my own when the weather is gorgeous like it was today!).  My friend, Roz Savage has a membership to 24 Hour Fitness which also sounds appealing. The variety of classes includes cycling and yoga as well as a pool and equipment I don't have. And if it's good enough for Roz (and Robert Cheeke of who works out at my local 24 Hour Gym) then it's good enough for me. I just downloaded a free 7 day pass and I'm hoping to start this week! Voxy friends I will let you know how it goes!

What do you all do for exercise?

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My dear friend Roz Savage is in the running for the American Express Member's Project. Please please if you have time in the next few hours please give her your vote, or of course vote for the project that speaks to you. It's such a fantastic opportunity and prize. I don't know if you've seen the t.v. ads they've been airing but it gave me chills. Love it:

Thank you awesome voxers!

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I just had to mention, my four year old son Eliot just came to sit next to me and asks, "Is Roz on the island yet?" My kid is so cool.

Just before this he was telling me about airplanes and then he asked me, "Are you diffused?" What he means is, 'confused', but he always says 'diffused. hehe

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I have a favor to ask of those of you who read here and who are American Express cardholders. My dear friend Roz Savage is very excited to be nominated for an outstanding prize from American Express which will fund the rest of her historical and environmental journey. By voting for her you'll be helping her continual efforts to raise awareness for clean oceans via her upcoming projects including a film documenting her adventures!

Please take a look at her inspiring blog and the member's project, it's a wonderful idea! It's an incredible time to be watching Roz, she is just now finishing the first leg of her row, this leg from San Francisco to Hawaii- the first woman to ever row solo across the Pacific ocean! Next stop will be the tiny country of Tuvalu, then on to Australia all beginning in January 2009! She'll be busy until then restoring her boat, the Brocade, learning about Hawaii and she'll tell us the rest, I'm sure on her blog! Keep tuned in!



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I am so delighted to say I have a guest blog post today over at Please check it out! So exciting to be a small part in Roz's big history making journey.


I decided to post my rough draft from the article I sent to Roz just in case there are more details that might interest readers here. Remember to check out Roz's site, she's endless in inspiration and amazes me!

I love food! I love to talk about food, eat food, and for the first time in my life, I love making food.  My newest passion is raw, or "live," food — a radically simple and healthy way to eat.  Over a year ago, I met Roz as one of her personal trainers in Northern California, and she recently became interested in raw food after reading my blog.  Roz is incorporating it into her diet, so she's asked me to write a little about my lifestyle and how to get started with raw foodism.

My introduction to raw food came several years ago, with the opening of Juliano's Raw in Santa Monica. I was amazed at the potential of raw vegan food and the surge of energy and happiness that came with every meal. I was raised a meat-eater, but switched to vegetarianism 15 years ago, before becoming vegan last year. In the process of my own journey, I've read countless books, taken classes, and paid for nutritional advice — all to find what would give me loads of energy, lose body fat and increase lean muscle. But it wasn't until earlier this year that I really dove into raw food.

Raw food is nutritious, available and easy. As a rule of thumb, stick to local, organic and in-season ingredients, with a staple diet of greens, green juice, green smoothies, salads, fruit, fruit smoothies, nuts, seeds and sprouts.  Sprouts are very easy to grow, even in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!  During her row, Roz is growing her own fresh sprouts, providing instant access to a great source of vitamins A, C, E, and B.  Raw chef and instructor Kristin Suzanne writes, "There is no doubt that sprouts are one of the healthiest foods you can consume because they're considered a “pre-digested” food, making them more easily assimilated by your body."
Recommended, but not required, are some fun kitchen gadgets — a powerful blender, a food processor, dehydrator and juicer. I only own the first two and get by famously. Almost every day, I make fresh, green juices by using my BlendTec blender, then straining through a cheesecloth-like bag. It's so easy and feels like instant energy! If you do have a juicer and dehydrator, your big bonus is the ability to create flax crackers with extraordinary flavors and densely-packed nutrition until your heart and belly are content.

More and more, ready-made raw food products are being offered because of growing demand from raw-curious consumers. Larabar and Lydia's Organics make it easy to not own a dehydrator for this aspiring raw foodist.  Roz wrote about her supply of Larabars' "yummy fruit and nut bars" on day 32, writing, "My favourite flavours are Apple Pie, Banana Cookie, Ginger Snap, Chocolate and Chocolate Coffee."  Lydia's Organics makes delicious bars, cereals, crackers, breads and trail mix.

But where do you get your protein? Sprouts, seeds, nuts, goji berries, spirulina, quinoa, collards, coconuts and more.  Carbohydrates come from vegetables, fruit, nut butters.  Healthy fats are only available in flaxseed, hemp seed, olive oil, avocados, nuts, and more seeds. And like Roz, I'm one of those people that believes a day without chocolate is like a day without sunshine. So yes, I eat chocolate every single day!

"Superfoods" is a buzzy word in the raw and health food worlds, short for highly-nutritious foods packed with anti-oxidants. Things like cacao, goji berries, spirulina, acai, hemp seeds, and bee pollen (not strictly vegan, so you'll have to decide for yourself).  These shining superstar foods really pack a lot of nutrition, and they're easy to add to cereals, smoothies and, in some cases, even homemade ice cream.  Yum!

I've found eating this way has given me energy, quicker recovery from physical training, sleep improvements, and beautiful skin, which I've struggled with most of my life having some minor rosacea and acne. Plus, less processed foods mean less waste in the trash can and around the waist!

To get started with making your own raw foods, start with some simple Green Smoothies.   Blend up a couple of your favorite fruits like a banana and a handful of frozen blueberries, a cucumber and a few spinach leaves. Slowly add more spinach each day, or try some kale. If you still taste the greens, try squeezing in some lemon to cut it.

For Green Juice, try a mix of kale, celery, cucumber and a whole lemon. Blend it up and strain thoroughly. Put in on ice, and you have green lemonade!

For dessert, blend up a few bananas, cacao powder, mesquite, vanilla, pitted dates, a little chocolate liquid stevia, ice cubes, and a little water to get it all moving. Set this mixture in the freezer and you have healthy ice cream!  Seriously!

The raw food community is also abundant. Lovely people at Gone Raw and We Like It Raw post recipes and inspiring stories from all points of view.

So, there you have it. A little crash course in raw food fun. Lots of people tend to be turned off by the term raw food and prefer to say live food.  But I say, how about just "food"? Sometimes, I think we need to relearn what real food is. For myself I've found that there are incredible benefits to adding more greens, fruits, and veggies to my diet. How new and revolutionary is that? Ha!

Thank you, Roz!
 Have a beautiful day everyone!

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What are you most looking forward to in August?

So much! We've got a lot planned for August.

*day trip to Seattle- i'll call you about it miss lav!
*friends coming for a sleepover- smooch to lav again!
*trip to Kauai
*Roz Savage will arrive in Hawaii!!!
*San Francisco trip and then a road trip through California all the way to Disneyland! Celebrating our anniversary and eliot's awesome potty training!
*our 9th wedding anniversary
*lots of family birthdays! mother-in-law, nephews, sister-in-law, father-in-law, and some baby friends! smooch to viv and liv!
*zine symposium
*andy's speaking at ROTFL conference, seriously
*more yoga
*progression of marathon training
*pineapple express in theaters- looks really funny
*tom robbins book, B is for Beer was supposed to arrive this month but i think it was pushed to february- boo hoo
*andy's meeting one of the writers of Comic Book Tattoo next week, that is just cool

I'm so excited and so grateful for all of these things and people and experiences!

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