ME A COMPENDIUM BOOK REVIEWIt’s always a good thing to switch things up so I decided to choose a different type of book this month for my review for blogging for books. I chose Me: A Compendium by Wee Society. This was a fun book to choose because it was really for my daughter. Its a fill-in journal for kids and it’s filled with lots of fun topics and pages. Its a great way for them to think about things that they like and express how they feel about certain things like rating different types of pictures of weather. Some other fun questions include: “What I wish was inside my refrigerator.”, “If I were a dinosaur, I’d be a ________”, and another one is “When my family is together we like to.” It also has lots of pages where you draw certain things like their favorite dance move. One question I look forward to reading is “What I wish my parents had named me.” That should be interesting. 🙂

Overall its a great book for kids to think about and share things they like. I’m looking forward to looking back through the book with Amiyah years from now and laughing at some of the things she wrote and pictures she drew. It’s definitely worth picking up for your kids.


“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

The Adrenal Reset Diet


For my next Blogging for Books book review, I chose to review the Adrenal Reset Diet by Alan Christianson, NMD. I have to warn you up front that I haven’t tried this diet out for myself. This is just to share with you a high level of what you can expect from this book.

The book states that he believes that there are 3 main problems causing the obesity crisis, processed foods, a polluted world and the pressures of daily life. Our adrenal glands control a switch that causes us to thrive, meaning we are burning fat and feel energized or we are just survive, meaning we store fat and feel tired. Alan Christianson states that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the problem with most individuals is they either have a carb filled breakfast or its filled with toxic proteins, like dairy and eggs. Well I guess that puts me in that category because I have 5 egg whites just about every morning, along with my oatmeal.

The Adrenal Reset Diet is based on a concept of carb cycling throughout the day. Surprisingly the majority of the carbs are consumed in the evening. Now, I’ve been on a carb cycling program before when I was competing for my fitness competition and it was just the opposite. The majority of the carbs were consumed earlier in the day and they tapered off as I went throughout my day. There isn’t any calorie counting on the ARD. Each meals has the same about of healthy proteins and fats but the amount of carbohydrates increases throughout the day.

The book does include an overall list of food options and the serving size. The suggestions for the meat options are grass-fed and nitrate free and should be about the size of the palm of your hand, 4 to 6 ounces. There is also a list of items to limit to a few times per week if you are trying to lose weight faster. Most of these items are fruit, air-popped popcorn and wine. One of the disappointing things about the book is that it doesn’t have enough recipes included.

Their is a quiz in the book for you to take to determine which adrenal level you currently are in (Thriving, Stressed, Wired and Tired, or Crashed). If you’re not in the Thriving level, no worries this book gives you tips and suggestions on how to begin to change the current level that you are in so don’t get attached to your level. It also outlines techniques you can use throughout your day to help move you along. It’s also suggested that you repeat your Adrenal Level Quiz on the first day of each month to make sure you are moving in the right direction and staying on track.

Overall I would say that this “diet” does take some work on your part to see where your current levels are and rechecking every month to see where you are. This is not a simple, this is what you need to do now go for it type of diet. Everyone can start at a different level so you really have to be honest with where you currently are with your everyday life. I don’t think this is a type of “diet” that I want to make into a lifestyle for myself. The science and studies are very informative and eye opening. I would suggest getting the book to find out more about the adrenal glands and how they affect our overall health.

FTC disclaimer: “I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Linguine with Spinach-Herb Pesto

0001kDThis was my first time making pesto and it was super easy and delicious! The only thing that I did different than the recipe is cook my spinach in a little water on the stove. I’m not a fan of cooking things in the microwave. While the noodles were cooking I made the pesto and I was done by the time the noodles were ready, so this is a super easy recipe to make. Let me know what you think.

4 ounces fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup slivered blanched almonds
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large garlic clove, chopped
2 tablespoons organic vegetable broth
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated and divided (about 1/4 cup)
8 ounces uncooked linguine


1. Place spinach in a microwave-safe bowl; cover bowl with plastic wrap. Microwave at HIGH 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Remove plastic wrap; cool slightly.
2. Place spinach, almonds, and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor. Process until chopped. Add broth, juice, and salt; pulse 5 times. With processor on, slowly pour oil through food chute; process until well blended. Scrape into a bowl; stir in half of cheese. Cover with plastic wrap.
3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Toss pasta with 1/2 cup pesto. Arrange about 1 1/2 cups pasta mixture in each of 4 bowls; top each serving with 2 tablespoons remaining pesto and 1 1/2 teaspoons remaining cheese.

Nutritional Information- Amount per serving: Calories: 353; Fat: 13.2g; Saturated fat: 2.6g; Monounsaturated fat: 7.7g; Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g; Protein: 12.9g; Carbohydrate: 48.2g; Fiber: 4.3g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Iron: 3.3mg; Sodium: 327mg; Calcium: 145mg
Adapted From: March 2013 issue of Cooking Light


Cheesy Penne

00019yPasta seems to be the theme for the March issues of magazines. Amiyah loves pasta and broccoli so as soon as I saw this recipe in the Cooking Light magazine I knew I had to make it. She enjoyed it and asked for seconds! Try it out and let me know what you think.


  • 8 ounces uncooked mini penne pasta
  • 5 cups broccoli florets (about 1 medium head)
  • 1 1/3 cups fat-free milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2.5 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2/3 cup)


  1. 1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli to pan; drain. Place pasta and broccoli in a large bowl.
  2. 2. Combine milk and flour in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove from heat. Add 2 tablespoons Parmesan and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add cheese mixture to pasta mixture; toss. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
Amount per serving
Calories: 381; Fat: 9.8g; Saturated fat: 5.6g; Monounsaturated fat: 2.4g; Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g; Protein: 20g; Carbohydrate: 54.9g; Fiber: 4.6g; Cholesterol: 29mg; Iron: 3mg; Sodium: 577mg; Calcium: 331mg

Adapted – March 2013 CookingLight

Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

Peanut Butter Carrot Cake

Naturally sweet, colorful and flavorful, with a natural crunch, this cake is simple and easy to make.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg

Mix flour and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into greased 8″ round cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool. Puree cottage cheese in blender for icing. Decorate with more peanut butter and carrots. (source)

I used a heart shape pan and here is what it looked like right out of the oven. I bought Amiyah some apricot yogurt that she didn’t like so I decided to use that as the “icing” for the cake. I think it was a HIT! Pierre, Peyton, & Choc all enjoyed the cake! 🙂

XO Selena
“Let Go And Look Good”

Happy 2nd Birthday Peyton & Pierre!

Peyton & Pierre turned 2 on April 23, 2012 and Amiyah wanted to have a party for them so when stopped by the store and bought a few party hats and decided to take a few pictures with them on. Poor dogs…they didn’t stay on long but I’m sure for the few minutes it was torture for them. They barely wanted to move but this cute shot above was worth it. Here are a few more:
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National Nutrition Month – Get Your Plate In Shape

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month as well as National Women’s History Month?


The theme for 2012 is “Get Your Plate In Shape.” What changes will you begin to make this month to help you with your overall health? I have given up sugar…cookies, cake, pies, ice cream, brownies, etc. I actually started on Februray 22 for Lent. If you are not familar with Lent is a great time to “repent” to God and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. It’s a 40 day trial run in changing your lifestyle and letting God change your heart. There are several ways you can participate in Lent, by Fasting, Service and Prayer.

I chose fasting, no sweets for 40 days(46 if you include Sundays). I have tried several times before by saying I would give up sweets for a week or a month and have NOT been successful with it. Alone I have not been successful but throught Christ ALL things are possible and I have been successful so far.

There have been a few times where I have wanted to give in to tempation and have resisted. Sugar is very addictive and I think we all have some form of addicition and mine happens to be sugar…thank God it’s not something more harmful to my body. Ironically I have been eating banana topped with almond butter to help with my cravings and it has worked!

So what changes are you going to make to get your plate in shape?

XO Selena
“Let Go And Look Good”

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