Showing posts from January, 2013

Green Breakfast Smoothie

When Paula Abdul was on Dr. Oz last year, she talked about an anti-inflammatory smoothie that she loves. I decide to give it a try and loved it! I make it for breakfast every morning.
Ingredients 1 cup chopped fresh kale (remove stems because they will make the drink bitter) 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen spinach 1½ tbsp hemp seeds 1 tsp chia seeds ½ avocado ½ banana ½ apple 1 cup coconut water 2 drops of Stevia for added sweetness (optional) *I use ½ tablespoon of raw honey
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a blender and serve over ice.
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Beating Cancer

I'm not sure where would be the best place to hear the news that you have breast cancer, but I can promise you it isn't in the checkout line at a sporting goods store, especially mid-transaction. I had just run my debit card through the machine when I got the call. I walked away from the checkout, leaving my 13 year old daughter there to complete the volleyball shoe purchase on her own. Luckily, the little snoop already knew my PIN number. I pressed the phone to my ear, holding the other ear with my finger, trying desperately to hear what the doctor was saying, because all I was hearing was the "wah wah wah wah wah" voice of Charlie Brown's teacher on a Peanuts special. I walked into the entryway, thinking it would be quieter there. Crash! An employee brought carts in from the parking lot. I kept apologizing to the doctor because I couldn't hear him, although I think it was probably more of a comprehension issue. Because this was incomprehensible to me.

My d…

Fears and Struggles

Fear is a big part of my daily life.  I fear not ever being able to make a living again. While I am passionate about raising my two children and being a good wife to my husband, I fear never finding my own passion that creates joy and a sense of purpose.  I left a corporate job almost eight years ago to start a children’s clothing line.  Without any experience in that industry, I hung on to every word a friend of a friend taught me about the industry. I figured that starting a new venture would be easier than working at a dead-end 9-5 job.  I needed to explore my passions and to try to create a better financial future for my family.   I desperately needed my own identity. I had been pregnant and breastfeeding for what felt like an eternity, so I needed to find something that gave me a sense of self worth.  Without going into all of the painful mistakes and disasters that ultimately lead to the demise of my company, I picked one of the toughest and most expensive industries to enter wi…

Tips for styling hair & maintaining hair color

As a hair colorist I am always getting asked what products to use to best maintain hair color.  I always recommend a shampoo that states "for color treated hair" first and foremost. No matter what your budget, you can find one of these color friendly shampoos.  Even "gentle", "moisturizing" shampoos can strip hair color. Invest in a really good conditioner.  It is worth it.

For styling products I always recommend any woman who blow-dries her hair to first put on a heat protectant cream before layering on their other products.  It is a great base and helps protect the hair cuticle from heat damage and breakage. After rubbing that throughout towel dried hair, comb through with a wide tooth comb and then apply your styling products - serums, mousse, volumizer, etc.

To boost hair color in-between appointments, you can always go into the salon to get a gloss.  A gloss helps seal down the hair cuticle (temporarily) to promote shine.  Blondes look blonder, brune…

Wise words from our fabulous LuckyBestie Contributor, Stacy!

When I was asked “what advice would you give your younger self?” I was left rather dumbfounded. I have always been a snarky snot, and I doubt if I gave myself any words of wisdom that I’d even. Until I was 25 I truly thought I was something magical and nothing bad would ever happen to me. Then along came life. So, whether or not I would listen, here’s what I’d probably offer as advice.

1. Money. Save more, buy less. if you can’t afford to pay cash for something you probably can’t afford to charge it. Eschew credit cards. You need one for emergencies and the occasional indulgence, but pay that off before you charge anything more. Buy stock in Microsoft and Apple as soon as you hear of them. Save money and travel more, rather than buy little tchotkies and what-nots.

2. Integrity. It’s ok to say “No”. Always be aware of your personal limits and let other people know what they are. You’ll find out quickly which of those people around you are friends and which need to …

The Back Story

After watching Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball special, Fabiola was inspired to create her own group of Best Friends to motivate one another. Oprah introduced Maria Shriver as one of her Best Friends, and Fabiola realized she had her own Maria to lean on. Our group of girlfriends needed an outlet to inspire and be inspired, so Maria and Fabiola set out to create a place where women could encourage one another and share the real story of their daily struggles.

We reached out to our wonderful contributors – fellow LuckyBesties -- to share with us both the good and the bad of their daily lives. The most savvy and awesome ladies we know will tell us what’s really going on. Our LuckyBesties bloggers will not only share what’s going on emotionally, but also tackle everything that is a part of their life, kids, dating, fashion, bullying, aging, meditation, divorce, food, technology and travel. We ask you to become our LuckyBestie and share in our wonderful and sometimes chaotic journey.