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Grilled Steak with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Chimichurri Sauce

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Total Time: 30 min Prep: 10 min Inactive: 5 min Cook: 15 min Yield: 4 servings Level: Easy
Ingredients 3/4 pound green beans, trimmed 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for grill grates Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 2 strip steaks (about 1-inch thick), about 1 1/2 pounds total, trimmed of excess fat and halved Chimichurri sauce, recipe follows
Chimichurri Sauce: 1/2 small garlic clove 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar 1/4 cup fresh herbs, such as parsley, mint and cilantro 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon water Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions Place a double layered piece of heavy-duty foil on a tray or cutting board; fold and gather edge to form a rim. Toss the green beans and tomatoes on foil with 1 tablespoon olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
Preheat a grill to medium. Lightly oil the grill grates and season the steak with salt and pepper. Slide the foil tray onto the grill; cook, tossing occasionally, until the beans char slig…

Anti-Aging Acid Guide

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If wrinkles, dry skin and acne are transforming you into someone you don't recognize, this secret to rejuvenating skin could help fix your biggest skin problems and help you look younger, fast. While it may sound harsh at first, the right acids can actually help eliminate rough skin, soothe blemishes, plump up skin cells and smooth away fine lines. Learn which three acids can help you turn back time and renew your skin with this anti-aging acid guide.
Glycolic acid
 Problem:Wrinkles
 How it works: This wrinkle-fighting acid is an exfoliator that safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells so that plump new cells can rise to the surface. Glycolic acid helps stimulate the growth of collagen, which is responsible for skin's elasticity and which breaks down with aging. Glycolic acid can help smooth out fine lines and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
Lucky Besties – products we love: Nuance Salma Hayek Age Affirm Glycolic Cream Cleanser - A rich and creamy glycolic acid form…

A Mighty Good Man

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What can I say about one of the most caring people in my family life?I can say that he reminds me of what it’s like to be a kid again because I live vicariously through my kids, seeing through their eyes what a wonderful uncle looks like. Uncle Charley's sweet and caring demeanor has made our family relationship seamless and happy.He listens to my dreams and allows me to share my aspirations without judging or denying me of the process. I became his niece through marriage but it’s like we were kindred spirits from day one!

There’s a quote from Maya Angelou that reminds me of him, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  He has always made us feel special and has shown his love for us, and that’s why I share my love and admiration for him with you today. I hope you too have a great person like him in your life and that you find time to appreciate all the goodness and light that …

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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The Big Game Plan!

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This past weekend was completely overbooked with activities, and with that came lots of stress and rushing around.  I hit a breaking point during the weekend and had a big argument with my husband because of it.  I took a walk to breathe in some fresh air and cool off, but also to vent to my friend Allie about it.  During my venting, I had two huge light bulb moments…first, I can’t change the way my husband thinks and sees things, and second, I can only change how I react to the way my husband thinks and sees things.  Perfect example; he thinks that I’m very capable of juggling a million things at once, and for that reason he doesn’t try to help.  So, when I get mad at him for not helping me, he thinks that it’s strange that I couldn’t handle everything, but also never imagined that I needed his help!  Asking me if I need help would be amazing but he doesn’t think that way.  So, as I angrily started venting to Allie, she tried to talk me off the “I’m so angry with him, I could cry” l…

Quote Of The Day

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Quote of The Day

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Is It Possible To Always Live In The Moment?

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I have often wondered how is it possible to live in the moment for an entire day?  The conclusion that I’ve come up with is that, I don’t have to be in the moment every second of the day, that’s nearly impossible.  But try to live in the moment every moment that I can, even if it’s a few minutes here and there.  My friend Allie who is battling Stage II Breast Cancer, recently wrote a post about living her life in the moment, she writes, “we should all truly live and not just exist. Make a difference in our own life. Make it matter that we lived.”  She goes on to say, “I've been learning to truly embrace all my experiences, good or bad, and grow from them. I'm more focused, less rushed; I'm taking deeper breaths. I'm trying to do my best every day, regardless of how I feel, and I'm not taking the days for granted anymore. I look at people driving to work in the morning, eating, driving, talking on the phone, looking rushed and annoyed, finishing their make up in the…

Carb Cycling

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I just saw Dr. Oz's interview with Jorge Cruise about carb cycling.  I'm really intrigued by the concept of cycling carbs in order to be hormonally balanced, loose weight and produce more serotonin.  As women age, they produce less serotonin and become hormonally imbalanced.  According to Jorge Cruise, his carb cycling method helps serotonin levels become stable and therefore allows hormones to be balanced.  I'm going to give this a try and see how it works out for me.  If any of you have tried his method please leave us a comment letting us all know if it worked for you.

Here's the interview clip for you to watch.
www.doctoroz.com/ carb cycling - Jorge Cruise

And here's a link to many recipes mentioned on the video.
www.doctoroz.com Jorge Cruise recipes

-Fabiola



Greek Noodle Casserole (Pastitsio)

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Bestie Note: I made this Greek Casserole for a dinner party and added an english cucumber salad to complete the dinner.  It's a great dish for a large group of people.
Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis Show: Giada at Home Total Time: 1hr 30 min Prep: 20 min Inactive: 10 min Cook: 1 hr Yield: 6 to 8 servings Level: intermediate
Ingredients Butter, for greasing the baking dish Kosher salt 12 ounces egg noodles 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 cloves garlic, chopped or smashed 1 pound ground lamb (I used ground beef) 2 tablespoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice One 26-ounce jar tomato-basil sauce (3 1/4 cups) 1 1/2 packed cups fresh mint leaves, chopped

Sauce: 1 cup milk, at room temperature 1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature 3 cups grated Parmesan (about 6 ounces) 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, at room temperature 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves, optional

Directions Plac…

Pride and Joy!

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February 15th marked our 29-year anniversary of our family coming to this country!  Needless to say, this past week was filled with a great sense of patriotism and gratitude.  We lived an impoverished life in Mexico, so when my parents heard from my mom’s brother about job opportunities here in the US, they decided to uproot us with the hope to create a better life and future for our family.  Like most immigrants, we suffered a great deal while trying to assimilate.  We lived in San Diego with my mom's cousin while my dad's job took him to Los Angeles, but after a few months, we missed my dad and decided to make our way to Los Angeles. We didn’t speak English and didn’t have much money when we arrived, so when my dad’s job only lasted a few months instead of a year, we were homeless.  My mom’s brother moved out of California weeks before we arrived and we knew that some of my mom’s childhood friends lived in Pasadena but we didn’t know their addresses, we had no where to go, …

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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Happy One Year Anniversary To Us!

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One year has brought us joy, wisdom, and much growth. Thank you for helping us make it to this joyous moment!  With excitement and hope...we look forward to the many years ahead!  
xo, Maria & Fabiola

LuckyBesties Turns 1 Tomorrow!!

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Our first year anniversary has made us see the extraordinary faith we have in ourselves, and just as importantly, in keeping LuckyBesties going.  Our online readership is a gift that we cherish and don’t take for granted, thank  you.  We cherish this moment and look forward to many years to come!
LuckyBesties was started as working kinship between two great friends, and it blossomed into a community of amazing people who share this journey with us.We hope that you too will embark in a journey that has been long awaited or newly dreamt.

Starting our site was a hard task because Maria and I had not blogged before and didn’t consider ourselves writers, but we encouraged each other and persevered and we’re so glad we did!Our biggest hope is that we've inspired you, our husbands, and our children, in a small way! We look forward to continuing to create a positive forum where we can draw from the stories of growth that our guest bloggers share, and our journey to evolving into kinder a…

Anytime, Anyplace Salad!!

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Ingredients 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced 1 medium bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces 1 English cucumber, peeled and cut into bite size pieces 4 large pitted green olives, thinly sliced (I use Trader Joes Colossal Olives hand stuffed with Jalapeño Peppers – it gives the salad a little kick) 5 large pitted kalamata olives, thinly sliced 1 medium orange, peeled 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons lemon juice Salt and pepper
Directions Place sliced fennel, cut bell pepper, cucumber and olives in a salad bowl. Slice orange to divide flesh sections and add to bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve.
-Fabiola

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Early Spring-Cleaning!

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I found a huge estate sale this weekend while out looking for yard sales.  The 93 year-old man was there, watching people buy what he had collected and held on to, for what looked like his entire life.  I wondered what he was feeling while watching all of his possessions be on display and for sale, but he showed no signs of distress or any other emotion for that matter.  The seller’s daughter chatted with me as she showed me an old radio in the display case; she mentioned that her father worked at Lockheed.  There were green Lockheed bags hanging on the wall and I asked what they were for, she said that her dad didn’t remember but she thought they were parachute covers.  I chatted a little more with his daughter, and she told me that her dad had worked so hard all of his life, and enjoyed collecting magazines, power tools and almost any tool known to man.  He was selling 700 screwdrivers that he had in his garage!  I wondered how he could buy that many screwdrivers and tools, but mos…

Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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February is Body Awareness Month!

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PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE BODY IMAGE MADNESS! According to St. Edward’s University Austin, TX, February is Body Awareness Month!  Body Awareness Month 2014 supports the philosophy of behavior-centered health, which emphasizes healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors and deemphasizes a focus on size, weight or shape. 

For the month of February, I challenge you to change one thing in your diet, start walking or exercising for 10 minutes everyday, and STOP beating yourself up about how much you weigh.  So, whether it’s adding 1 packet of sugar to your coffee or tea (as opposed to 3 or 4), or drinking fewer sodas, or eating fries once in a while and not everyday.  Whatever you choose to modify about your eating habits or add to your exercise routine, try sticking to it until the beginning of March and don't weigh yourself!  For now, it's not about losing weight, it's about having a healthier lifestyle.  If you take me up on the challenge, please write in the comments how you did,…

7 Chemo Treatments To Go!

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I’m a lucky girl because I have a friend like Allie! I got to visit with her at chemo yesterday morning!  

When I first walked into the new floor that Allie was moved to, I felt overwhelmed.The energy was so heavy and my face must have shown it because Allie asked me what was wrong.I couldn’t put into words what I was feeling and I also didn’t want to upset her with my feeling of heaviness, so I said that nothing was wrong.I later put into words what I felt; my heart was heavy to see Allie having her 13th chemo cycle (8 before her double mastectomy and now on her 5th out of 12 cycles after surgery).Then Allie mentioned her “poison bag” in the conversation! I got the enormity of what was happening in that 3rd floor hospital room, I was chatting with Allie as poison traveled through her veins to kill any cancer cells left in her body, along with healthy cells too!What a miracle and a curse, this cocktail of medicines kill cancer cells but also kill healthy cells.We’re lucky that chemo tr…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Don't Take Anything Personally

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As I continue to slowly read and take in my book The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz, I keep having these light bulb moments where I see how certain habits and behaviors have created heavy burdens that are hard to carry and cope with.When I read the 2nd Agreement chapter, Don’t Take Anything Personally, I can see how the loads of each day piles on, and becomes part of years, and then decades of bad habits that become very hard to change because they’re on automatic pilot, and unfortunately, it all modifies who we are and how we see the world. Don Miguel says, don’t take anything personally because by taking things personally you set yourself up to suffer for nothing.  Humans are addicted to suffering at different levels and to different degrees, and we support each other in maintaining these addictions.  We say things that we want people to take personally, and we attack each other when we feel a sense of fear or instability in our lives. So, how do I stop taking things personally?I…