Tuesday, January 31, 2012

First day of SLIM in 6 :)

A couple of days ago I bought Slim in 6 from www.beachbody.com. I figured I needed to start working out and getting back into shape. However, gyms just aren't my thing. I don't like how people stare at you while you work off your deliciously unhealthy dinner from the night prior. Or working out behind the smelliest, sweatiest person on the elliptical. I like the comfort of my own home :) Although that said, I had no motivation to actually work out at home either....

I remember one of my friends on Facebook saying they tried SLIM in 6 and it worked for them. So I thought, why not give it a try. I am by no means "fat" but after awhile of not working out and eating what ever I damn well please, I'm not exactly toned.. :P Debbie Seibers SLIM in 6 arrived at the house Saturday afternoon. I was excited but dreading the actual workout. I can't believe I was actually going to do this... 

Julie came over yesterday and we started the first DVD, "Start it up". For the first 5-8 minutes, I thought "this is a breeze, I can do this every day for 6 weeks!", then the 15 minute mark hit and I found myself cursing at Debbie for being so nice and having dimples.  DAMN THOSE DIMPLES! On top of Debbie's overly niceness my two year old daughter, Dakota, was trying to "Workout" with us... That was great... -_-  she clung to us like a leach and said "mommy" every 5 seconds. HMMMM sounds like my everyday life. 

So far my Butt hurts, my legs don't want to walk, and my abs feel like mush. I guess its working. 5 weeks 6 days left.... FML

Friday, January 27, 2012

How to: Fish tail side pony

Need a quick easy hair-do for date-night or just to wear during the day?? This is super easy to do. Normally I don't like the fish tail braid but this turned out really cute!!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What's for dinner??

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond.   

Ree does amazing things in her kitchen, her recipes are always delectable and easy to make. So, being the foodie that I am, I decided to try one of her popular dishes last night for dinner. Of course I didn't have near the ingredients that the recipe called for so off I was to the grocery store :) After about an hour of buying everything but the kitchen sink, I came home, prepped the ingredients, and was in my "cooking zone". (I highly recommend doing all measuring, cutting, dicing, chopping etc. before you actually begin cooking.... so much easier!! ) About 20 minutes later we were enjoying a DELICIOUS meal. If your looking for a fast, easy dinner, this is it!. Especially if you like things Spicy.!! ENJOY :)

Cajun Chicken Pasta

PREP TIME: 10 Min      COOK TIME: 15-20 Min    DIFFICULTY: Easy     SERVINGS: 6
  •  3 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut into Cubes
  •  3 Tsp Cajun Spice Mix, More To Taste
  •  1 Lb. Fettuccine
  •  2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  •  2 Tbsp Butter
  •  1 Whole Green Bell Pepper, Seeded and Sliced
  •  1 Whole Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Sliced
  •  1/2 Whole Large Red Onion, Sliced
  •  3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  •  4 Whole Roma Tomatoes, Diced
  •  2 C. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  •  1/2 C. White Wine
  •  1 C. Heavy Cream
  •  Cayenne Pepper to Taste
  •  Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to Taste
  •  Salt to Taste
  •  Chopped Fresh Parsley, to Taste
 Prep Instructions:

  1. Cook Pasta According to package directions. Drain when pasta is still al dente; do not overcook!
  2. Sprinkle 1 1/2 tsp Cajun spice over chicken pieces. Toss around to coat. Heat 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter in a heavy skillet over high heat. Add half the chicken in a single layer; do not stir. Allow chicken to brown on one side, about 1 minute. Flip to the other side and cook an additional minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a clean plate.
  3.  Repeat with remaining chicken. Remove chicken, leaving pan on high heat.
  4. Add remaining olive oil and butter. When heated, add peppers, onions, and garlic. Sprinkle on remaining Cajun spice, and add salt if needed. Cook over very high heat for 1 minute, stirring gently and trying to get the vegetables as dark/brown as possible. Add tomatoes and cook for an additional30 seconds. Remove all vegetables from the pan. (don't forget to keep the juices with the veggies!!)  
  5. With the pan over high heat, pour in the wine and chicken broth. Cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Reduce heat to medium-low and pour in cream, stirring/whisking constantly. Cook sauce over medium - low heat for a few minutes, until cream starts to thicken the mixture. Taste and add freshly ground pepper, cayenne pepper, and/or salt to taste. Sauce should be spicy!!!
  6. Finally, add chicken and vegetables to sauce, making sure to include all the juices that have drained on the plate. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes, mixture is bubbly and hot. Add drained fettuccine and toss to combine. 
  7. Top with chopped fresh parsley* and enjoy!!! 
* note: I forgot to buy fresh parsley, so I used freshly grated Parmesan cheese. What ever floats your boat :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

What love really is....

I wanted to share something with you all. It's a blog called "EB"ing a Mommy. Courtney has a son that was born the same date as my daughter, May 14th 2009, his name is Tripp. Tripp was born with an extremely rare genetic skin disease called Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa. Any type of friction on his skin causes blisters. In spite of such a horrible disease, this little boy is so strong. He is such a fighter. I hope their story touches your life like it has touched mine. 

 Life is short. Cherish every moment. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Hi everyone!!

Our names are Julianna and Lauren. We have been best friends/ co-workers since February 2010. We both are Yeoman in the Coast Guard in San Francisco. Both in our twenties, we have a passion for all things health, beauty and food. We like to call ourselves Bieber's Cousins, because we are both Canuck's Canadian (mutt's that is) and have his "hair". Yea we are goofy, but lovable!

Our goal is to provide you with everyday question's, how-to's, recipes, and an insight into our sometimes overly hectic lives. Ever have a stubborn pimple that won't go away? Or don't know what to make for dinner? Well, that's what we are here for: YOU!

Hope you enjoy the ride!!!

A picture of us :)
(Julie on the left; Lauren on the right)