Jul 5, 2015

Sunday Stroll Giveaway Link Up - 6/5/15

Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed.

Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some! AND Why don't you follow Miki's Hope on Bloglovin' so you will be the first to know what's up with her!
Jul 2, 2015

Coconut - Mango Healthy Smoothie (dairy-free)

While in the kitchen yesterday morning I was debating on having either my same ole same ole for breakfast or something different or new. We had just gone to Costco the night before and picked some really juicy **already cut-up** mangoes. I'm not sure how to cut a mango so I buy it already cut up - so easy and convenient. I love smoothies so I made up this healthy and delicious Coconut - Mango Smoothie. Hope you like it.

A glass of homemade coconut and mango smoothie with cut up mangoes in a bowl

So of course I used what I had in my kitchen to make my smoothie...and I almost could have called it an "Organic" Healthy Smoothie, but not every ingredient is organic. To make it healthy I suggest using what I did, but if you don't have or won't buy, consider using something similar.

You've heard of chia seeds and hemp seeds, and how they are good for you, right? Here's why:

Both are Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten-free and can be added to oatmeal, yogurt, juices, salads, and of course great for smoothies. I found both at Central Market or any healthy food store, and both are organic. Nutiva has other awesome healthy products such as coconut oil that I buy. This is my first time to buy Kashmir Hemp Seeds. These seeds are not cheap, but well worth the buy!

Chia Seeds - *Superfood* - contains omega 3s, protein, antioxidants and fiber. has no taste.

Hemp Seeds - *Superfood* - contains magnesium, omega fatty acids, protein and is highly absorbable. One of the best proteins for vegetarians. Has a nutty flavor.

Coconut - Mango Healthy Smoothie
  • 2 TBLS - Organic Coconut Milk - found at health food store
  • 1 cup fresh water
  • 1 heaping TBLS Nutiva Chia Seeds
  • 1 TBLS of Hemp Seeds
  • 1 TSP Brown Rice Syrup or honey
  • 2 Shakes of Cinnamon
  • 3/4 Cup of Mangoes - cut into pieces
  • Sprinkle of coconut flakes (optional)
  • Chopper such as a Bullet or something similar
Place all ingredients in your chopper/mixer and turn on for about 15-30 seconds. I shake mine, then mix up again. This recipe will make the smoothie thick, so if you want a more liquid smoothie add more fresh water. Enjoy!!

If you enjoyed this healthy smoothie, you may like my healthy juices too.

Jul 1, 2015

Women In Business: Lisa Holt, Maker of the Original Handmade Jesse Tree Biblical Advent Calendar

At the beginning of each month throughout 2015 I am highlighting one woman with whom I've come in contact with that owns a business and has touched my life in some way. #WomenInBusiness

MEET LISA - Owner of Navy Mango
Professional photo of Mom with her two boys sitting on her.

Lisa Holt began her professional career in media with a goal of producing the news for a highly rated station in DFW.  A medical mission trip to Guatemala where she collected footage of a team providing care to indigenous women lacking proper healthcare changed her perspective and inspired her to produce social and educational documentaries instead.  She continued down that path while waiting tables in college and immediately upon graduation went to work for her mentor as a Licensed Commercial Print Agent representing models, actors and voice talent.  Eventually this path led to media buying and planning and landed her at top ad agencies in Dallas and Fort Worth as a media director.

She was downsized from that career at five months pregnant with her first child, and her world changed.  She began to paint and knit and sew again.  She taught sewing lessons and helped others open up their own shops on Etsy just like she had.  After the birth of her first son, she was inspired to use her love for sewing to create a special advent calendar for her family.  When she posted an image of her completed calendar on Facebook, people began requesting calendars for their families as well.  Lisa’s true inspiration came when a friend requested a biblical version.   
This is when Lisa googled “biblical advent calendars” and found nothing.  Continued research led her to discover an ancient Jesse Tree tradition.  She learned that Jesse Trees are named after the father of King David.  Biblical symbols or drawings representing the ancestry of Jesus Christ, either in faith or bloodline, were added one by one onto a twig or branch for each day of Advent.  Lisa thought this beautiful ancient tradition combined with her new hand sewn advent calendar could be something special.  So she sketched out some ornaments and began a bible study with her husband.  The Original Handmade Jesse Tree was born!  She used bright and modern colors to make the kid-friendly pockets and durable, hand-sewn ornaments.  Lisa says this project has grown over the years into something bigger and more important than she ever thought it would be.  She’s grateful to be part of such a supportive group of women online and loves that her little shop, Navy Mango, continues to grow each year.  

It would make Lisa’s day if her email alerts blew up with new follows on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest where she encourages and builds up other Women in Business and shares some of her fun DIY handmade gift ideas.  You can also find free printables on her website.  While you’re on her brand new website you can purchase one of her Navy Mango Jesse Trees as an heirloom gift for your own family.  Lisa gave me a special code for 10% off any purchase from her website – but it’s only good for Christmas in July, so act quickly!  CIJ2015WIB  

Lisa Holt, Navy Mango
Instagram:  holt.lisa
Pinterest:    holtlisa
Twitter: navymango

Previous Women In Business 2015 
March - Branch Basics, Owners Marilee, Allison, & Kelly 
April - Stacy Lyon, Founder/CEO of Healthy hoohoo

May - Kim Orlando - Owner of Travelingmom.com
June - Treva Noriega - Owner of Treva's Beachwear

Be sure to check back on August 1st to see who I'm supporting next!! 
Jun 28, 2015

Sunday Stroll Giveaway Link Up - 6/28/15

Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed. Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some! AND Why don't you follow MIKI'S HOPE on Bloglovin' so you will be the first to know what's up with her.
FROM MIKI - Here's wishing each and every one of you a SAFE July 4th--Fireworks are beautiful but should be left to the professionals to set off!! And be sure to give your pets extra hugs--they get really scared with all the noise!!!!