Mint Blended Coffee Drink

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! While it’s tempting to go get one of the many mint drinks being offered today the ingredients are questionable at best. However, this mint drink is one you can feel better about drinking.

Mint Blended Coffee

Makes 3-4 servings
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cold strong coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1/4 cup sugar (add more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract (you can add more if you want more of a mint flavor)
  • Optional: You can replace some of the sugar with chocolate syrup or add a little bit of cocoa powder. You can also top with whipped cream

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients in the blender smooth. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

And be sure to skip the plastic straw and use glass instead.

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Why I Disappeared

It has been almost a month since I’ve blogged. This year has been off to a crazy start. If you follow me on Facebook you likely know I didn’t even get my Christmas tree put away until the very end of last month. This wasn’t because I wanted it out that long, I was just too busy to get it put away.

I’ve been dealing with extra fatigue, I already have a lot from Fibromyalgia, since the fall. I was starting to get concerned and I was thinking about going to the doctor to see if something was wrong. I was putting it off because I had found out I was vitamin D deficient and my doctor had put me on a pretty high dose and I wanted to see if that would help. I also struggle with a B12 deficiency and at times low iron, these can also cause fatigue.

However, in November I was eating at a local restaurant with my husband when I got really dizzy, felt like I was going to pass out, and my vision got really blurry and everything was really bright. We went home and I checked blood sugar and it was normal. I have food allergies but my breathing was fine so it didn’t seem to be an allergic reaction. I took my blood pressure thinking it was possibly too high, high blood pressure runs in my family, and it was very low for me. After taking it for a few days I noticed it was dropping quite low, at one point it was 85/56.

This has meant having an echocardiogram, 24 hour heart monitor, an EKG, blood work, and other testing. So far all we know is I have sinus tachycardia (which we already knew but it’s worse than we thought) and my blood pressure drops seem to be random. My doctor can’t find the cause so I’m currently waiting to get into a cardiologist to have more testing. With one of my doctor appointments lasting around 4 hours this has been pretty time consuming.

I’m also now working on a new business. Soon we will be launching and I will share more about that. It’s exciting and a business that is needed in my area but starting a new business is a lot of work. With meetings and all of my responsibilities for the business it’s been crazy the last couple of months, it will be worth it though.

Yesterday I did finally got pretty much caught up on housework. It’s finally back to the point where I can just do a little bit everyday to keep up with it and when I have time I will tackle bigger projects that aren’t urgent. Now I’m working on getting caught up on blogging and with Green Oklahoma.

Once I’m caught up on everything I’m wanting to create a schedule so I can stay caught up. I’m not a big fan of schedules but with so many responsibilities I need one. When I create one I will be sure to share it. And hopefully it will mean I will be back to regularly posting here.

If you have great advice for how to stick to a schedule or being more productive, please share. I’m excited to finally be back to blogging and have lots of things I want to share with all of you. Thanks for sticking with me while I have been gone!

Eco-Friendly Holiday Cards

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It’s time to start thinking about ordering your holiday cards. Here are some great eco-friendly options to help keep your holidays green.

recycled cards

 

1. Tree-Free Greetings- Made using 100 percent post-consumer recycled materials. Also made in the USA.

2. Abbey Press Fundraising- Assorted holiday cards made with FSC-certified, 100% post-consumer fiber using soy-based inks.

3. Note-ify- Christmas note cards printed on 100% recycled kraft paper.

4. Paper Culture- 100% recycled photo cards.

5. Happy Dappy Bits- 100% recycled and stylish cards.

Do you have other favorite eco-friendly holiday cards? Share in the comments below. Also be sure to follow the Green Holiday Guide on Pinterest for more great green holiday tips and come back here for more holiday posts now through Christmas.

July Grocery Haul

This month’s grocery shopping was a bit strange. My mom ended up having to take an unexpected trip to California to be with a sick family member so we didn’t end up shopping together. I also really needed to get things done at home so my husband ended up doing our grocery shopping this time. He also had already gotten some things because I hadn’t been planning to go up to Whole Foods and he was already up there. I forgot to save that receipt so don’t remember what he got. I know he got lettuce, meats, grapes, cheese, and things like that.

Anyway, here is what he got us yesterday, of course I made the list for him but he added a few things. We also ordered some refined coconut oil from Amazon because he couldn’t find any at Whole Foods. Oh and he only went to Whole Foods and I got some vinegar at a local store.

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  • 2 Organic Frozen Broccoli Florets
  • 2 Organic Green Beans
  • Organic Shoestring fries
  • Chocolate bar (this was my husbands, I know it’s almond and chocolate but not sure past that)
  • Organic Yukon Gold Fries
  • Organic Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Organic Medium Salsa
  • Peppermint Water
  • Popchips Cheddar
  • Organic BBQ Chips
  • Organic Sea Salt Chips
  • Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunnies
  • Organic Chicken Broth
  • 5 Baking Soda
  • Annie’s Pizza Snack Mix
  • Annie’s Strawberry Fruit Bites
  • 2 Organic Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Organic Raw Coconut Flour
  • Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Castile Soap
  • Raw Fiber
  • Chicken & Sage Sausage
  • Chicken & Maple Sausage
  • 2 Organic Salami
  • Organic Cheese Blend
  • 2 Organic Cheese Sticks
  • 3 Organic Cheddar
  • Organic Smoked Gouda
  • Shaved Parmesen
  • Organic Muenster
  • Grated Parmesen
  • Fran’s Salted Caramels
  • 2 Chocolate Jerky bars (don’t ask, my husband says this is great, sounds nasty to me, ha)
  • Whole Wheat Sandwich Buns
  • 2 Organic Whole Wheat Bread
  • Organic Romaine Hearts
  • 3 Organic Lemons
  • Bag of Organic Limes
  • Several Organic Pink Lady Apples
  • Organic Blackberries
  • Organic Bananas
  • 2  Jalapeños
  • Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk
  • Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk Ice Cream Bars

Next week I pick up my coop haul and I will be sure to post that when I get it. If you post grocery hauls, I would love to see it, just post in the comments below.

Google Reader is Going Away

I’m super sad that Google Reader is disappearing. It has been my favorite way to read blogs for a few years now. I pretty much freaked out when I saw it was no longer going to be available. I have found another option and while I don’t like it as well, it does have some nice features and gets the job done.

The site is Bloglovin’. They do make it pretty easy to switch your blog list from Google Reader to their site, which is really nice. You will find my blog over there and I’d love if you would be sure to follow me there. Readers are a great way to get all of my posts.

There are some other options for following my blog if Bloglovin’ isn’t your cup of tea. Check out my FeedBurner page for more options, including email and several other readers. I hope if you have been following me through Google Reader that you will continue to follow me in another way.

You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.

P.S. Have you checked out my latest sponsor’s website? You should! The brand is Revive and it’s all handmade bath and body products. Lots of great stuff so be sure to check it out.