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A Newly Opened Local Treasure: Coffee House Cafe

If you live in the suburbs, you understand the difficulty in finding a cool-atmosphere coffee house that doesn’t require driving thirty minutes to the heart of the Big D. All we seem to have is a Starbucks on every corner. Well, suburbanites and city-dwellers (it’s worth driving North), I am excited to introduce you to the Coffee House Cafe. It quaintly sits on the corner of Frankford and Preston, and it’s starting to gain some notice. This little nook is my new “home” to work from, the perfect place to have a business meeting, and an excellent choice for a brunch date.

Why I love it so much:

1. On a beautiful day, you can sit on the big patio next to the gigantic fire place and sip on some coffee or work on a new business idea.

2. You quickly become a regular. The servers learn your name and order. Who doesn’t love this?

3. They have the best cinnamon tea in the world. The best part: they bring it out to you in the cutest mini teapot.

4. The espresso and house blend is 100% certified organic, fair trade, and shade grown, and the coffee flavors are all house made with no preservatives, additives, high fructose corn syrup or other crazy scientific words that are too hard to pronounce. Cool beans!

Did I mention their breakfast is sublime? Sitting at the espresso bar, reading the paper, and eating a scrumptious Saturday morning meal has become my family’s favorite weekend ritual. What we order: their signature lemon pancakes, eggs and the best gluten free pancakes on the planet. No wonder the hype is high. Check out their extraordinary lunch and dinner menu too. I hope to see you there!

Kevita: A Sparkling and Delicious Probiotic Refreshment

It look a summer in New York City to get me completely hooked on probiotic drinks. They were so new to me, and being a non-energy drink drinker, these were the perfect alternatives to provide a boost of natural energy in addition to healthy flora for digestion.  Not to be confused with Kombucha, KeVita is made using a fresh new approach. Water or tea is combined with the proprietary Organic KeVita Culture; a blend of probiotics and subtle flavors. They combine organic cold extracted plant extracts and organic fruits in a variety of flavors for your drinking pleasure. Oh, and did I mention it’s raw, vegan, gluten free, soy free and organic?

KeVita Fun Facts

It has multiple strains of probiotics, including those originating from kefir derived cultures. For thousands of years these cultures have been cherished for supporting beneficial digestive flora.

It is available in 8 delicious flavors: Strawberry Acai Coconut, Mango Coconut (my favorite), Coconut, Pomegranate Coconut, Pomegranate, Lemon Ginger, Living Greens, and Green Tea!

      • Proven to promote digestive health
      • Proven to maintain the immune system
      • Proven to deliver 10 times more probiotic cultures than common yogurt through the gut and into the intestine where they are needed
      • 4 Billion Probiotic Organisms at time of Bottling. 4 strains.
      • Refreshing and thirst-quenching
      • 4 flavors certified organic, 4 flavors made with organic ingredients
      • Made with LOVE in small batches in California

Why Drink KeVita?

For radiant vitality and health, duh! KeVita is the only sparkling, probiotic refreshment of its kind. It contains 2x the probiotic content as Kombucha, plus it has a much milder flavor and is created from a different culture called Water Kefir. These drinks are very low in sugar as they are lightly sweetened with Stevia. The coolest part: it is handcrafted and cold-processed at KeVita’s own organic plant in Ventura, CA. (Take me here please!)

KeVita Suggestions

  • If you have an upset stomach: go with the Lemon and Ginger flavor.
  • Drink as much or as little as you want any time of day, with or without meals.
  • How much you need to drink to enjoy the benefits varies. Everyone is unique. Listen to your taste buds and your body. Some drink 2 bottles a day others make a bottle last all week.

Kevita is available at Whole Foods, health and gourmet stores nationwide. You can spot a local location here.

Organic vs. Not Organic: That is the Question

Elena Turner, a jewelry designer mom engulfed in the world of healthy living, has given LOLO a quick guide for organic essentials to answer all of your iffy questions. As a lady who is on a budget herself, she dissects how to maximize your health at the grocery store. Plus, she gives us a peek inside her fridge and pantry! I don’t know about you, but I am printing this off for my everyday use!

Is Organic really necessary?  Automatically I think, well, of course organic!  BUT, after four plus years of exploration, I have learned there can be a lot of time and money wasted. I know this first hand and unfortunately my husband also knows how much money I have wasted on what I like to call ‘organic research.’ Don’t get me wrong. I am an organic girl through and through but I have also learned to be practical.

I absolutely LOVE food, so I made this lifestyle change simply for the reason of not binging on a spread of processed fluff!  Going through this change made me feel overwhelmed at the grocery store. I decided to go back to the root of my main question.  In this case I asked myself if I truly want to be organic then what did God put on this Earth for us to eat?  He provided us with meat, fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetation, and water. Duh! There we go… if we eat that, we will most likely lose weight and have A+ on our annual physical exams.

To save time and money, we can easily be swayed to cheap quick food fixes. I look at it as this: I definitely want to buy the package of blueberries for $2.49/package instead of $4.99/package, but I know it is worth the extra $2.50 not to ingest chemicals and pesticides.  I finally made the organic switch when reading an article about cancer statistics on the rise. When a doctor prescribes medicine that costs $50, we have no problem paying money because we feel like &*^%! We want a quick fix so we can get on with our normal lives. After all, who has time to be sick? When faced with spending money preventatively everyone seems to put up arguments, debates, and strap the money down.  Believe me, I am not rich, however, I feel good health does not have a price when it comes to my family and I. As long as I know what is necessary to buy organic and what is not the total on my receipt is not too bad.

I will first start off by saying what you should not put into your system NO MATTER WHAT!

  1. NO caffeine
  2. NO artificial sweeteners
  3. NO processed foods
  4. NO NO NO high fructose corn syrup (Which is hard but do-able) it is in everything
  5. NO MSG,
  6. NO partially hydrogenated oils (also very hard but do-able)

This will give your internal organs a break and you will start to feel good instantly. Not to mention the non-bloated and skinny side effect. I know many people who cannot survive the morning without a cup of coffee. Give it a few days and your body will adjust.

*An Organic MUST on your grocery list*

Fruits with soft covering like apples, peaches, nectarines, and strawberries. Any pesticides or chemicals will ingest into the skin and then the meat of the fruit. Hard or safe coverings like a banana, pineapple, kiwi, mangoes and papaya have a barrier to protect against chemicals. With fruit like cantaloupe, you definitely need to scrub the rind because bacteria can imbed itself into the grooves. It is safe if you remember to use a citrus type wash and water.

*Fruit & Veggie Quick Tip – IN SEASON! Any fruit out of season you know it is mostly controlled by man. Rather choose a force of nature or in other words nature at its best.

Vegetables: You can take it or leave it. It is always safer to buy organic but try to remember veggies have a natural protection against bugs by some of their bitter tastes like onions, cabbage, broccoli, and asparagus. Better to buy organic when it comes to sweet bell peppers, carrots, lettuce, celery, potatoes, and cucumbers.

Meat: Okay, I should have probably moved this to number 1! If you do not accomplish anything, eating organic meat is so important for many reasons. One, eating organic meat means you are not ingesting antibiotics, hormones, or GMO’s (Human Growth Hormones). Some cattle ranchers and farmers use GMO’s to speed up the process of growth and make it attractive to consumers like us to see nice plump chickens at the counter. Two, even if you are not an animal lover, organic farmers treat their animals in ethical and humane conditions.  They are free from confined cages.  I will not get into more detail because it would take all day. If you want to get a small glimpse into this, rent the documentary Food Inc. or read the book Skinny Bitch. There are other good sources out there, but with these you will be enlightened on how unfortunately expensive it is to live a normal and healthy life.

Dairy: Vitamin D is definitely important, however, we are under the false precedent that milk is the main way to get it. You can receive more vitamin D from an orange than a glass of milk without all the unnecessary fat. Plus cows and their milk are overly mass produced! The vitamins and nutrients are almost non-existent.  As infants we have an enzyme in are digestive systems able to break down milk. As an adult we lose that, therefore, a lot of adults are lactose intolerant. The fat in milk is also made for a hefty calf, not humans. If you must buy milk, buy organic, otherwise it is filled with hormones and whatever food chemicals the mother cows has been fed.

What is in my fridge?

-fresh fish (deep sea)

-deli counter turkey or chicken

-homemade salsa & pico

-free range organic eggs

-veggies and fruits

-rice milk

-tub of spinach

-organic ground turkey

-Ezekiel breads and wraps

What is in my pantry?

-organic snacks like crackers

-Lara bars

-organic peanut butter

-organic almond butter

-organic free range chicken broth

-oats, oat bran, gluten free flour, whole wheat flour for baking

-quinoa

-brown rice

This should be a family decision and lifestyle change, not a diet. Remember, every time you make a purchase in the grocery store or market, you are voting for more of that item. The more people buying organic eventually the pricing should go down as driving out the preservative, hormone infected items will be driven out and stop being mass produced.

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Skin Organics: Chemical Free and Result Driven Skincare

Skin Organics - by Ann WebbThis day is historical in my life. Why? After years of questions,  I have finally found a solid answer. Hoorah! The resolution: Skin Organics. I have searched long and hard (my mom can attest to this) for a skin care line that I trust, and did I mention that actually works? And by works, I don’t mean executing the promised sales pitch for a month and then stopping suspiciously at the warranty end date. I mean sustainably producing noticeable results.

Fact. Did you know that the focus of most major commercial products are made up of 90% marketing and 10% product development? Conclusion: yikes.

After weeks of reading through shocking articles addressing the issue of toxic chemicals in the majority of skin care lines, I decided that my use of them needed to come to a screeching hault. I couldn’t bare another day moisturizing with cancer-causing components after lathering hazardous chemicals onto my skin.

Wondering about your own products? The Skin Deep Database will become your new best friend.

So during one of my daily stops to Whole Foods (pardon my addiction), I was introduced to this Austin-based company, and the rest was history. Stay tuned for my personal experience blurbs with these antioxidant rich products, and check back for not-to-miss nuggets of knowledge after my visits with the charming and inspiring founder, Ann Webb.

For the curious ones: check out the array of products at skinorganicsaw.com or in person at Whole Foods. For a pro-consultation facial, make a visit to Whole Foods, which will result in a dream come true for lovers of serenity. If you take this advice, I guarantee you will be enchanted, and your skin will blissfully thank you.

 

Mineral Fusion: Make-up that Feeds Your Skin

It’s official. I am enthralled by organic skin care, and this includes the fun stuff: makeup.

It was a few months ago that I became my own guinea pig to try toxin free products, and I have to admit I had high hopes but average expectations. I am the kind of girl that switches from product to product after months of experimentation, only to find that I am dissatisfied with the results. Well, I have good news! As I am now an avid user of Skin Organics (for life!), it seemed that using chemical-infused makeup would defeat the purpose of all this goodness. All or nothing only made sense.

That is when I learned of a line called Mineral Fusion. Newsflash: it feeds your skin. It works together with your antioxidant-filled cleanser and your healing moisturizer. Instead of clogging pores, it actually metabolizes your skin, protects against sun damage, strengthens your surface structure, and balances hydration. Go figure. The crazy thing is that I haven’t even cracked the surface. Engage yourself in this groundbreaking beauty bliss here.

Where to start? The concealer and foundation are ridiculously amazing. Fun little extras: the highlighting powder creates a stunning glow and the mascara will make batting your eyelashes a whole lot cuter (strategy for more products?).

Why use this mineral makeup brand? It has credibility. It is the top selling makeup line in all Whole Foods stores across the country, not to mention it has numerous mentions in America’s most popular magazines and blogs. Plus, they are created with natural preservatives that are affective for every skin type, and unlike most mineral makeup lines, the products are compact rather than loose.