Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Zangy Cactus Salad

Hello Everyone, We wanted to share with all of you, a healthy and exotic mexican dish that we are sure you will love. If you have ever used "Nopal" or Cactus in your dishes, you must already be aware that it is very nutritious, and brings great health benefits.

This plant was born in the High Volcanic Mountains of Mexico, and believed to be the supreme plant and food of the kings and warriors of ancient times.

Benefits Include:

- Great Source of Fiber
- Stabilizies Blood Sugar
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Eiminates Plaque Build-up in Arteries
- Aid in Weight Loss

And many others. To Learn more if it's benefits, Type into Google, "Nopal Cactus Benefits."

The great thing about this Nopal, is that it is pretty affordable in most places. We found ours at a Latin Grocery Store Near our house.

We didn't really know about this beneficial plant before, until my Uncles Wife who is Mexican told us about this plant, and how it was a great natural way to lower blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, and weight loss.

We made a dish yesterday called "Ensalada de Nopalito", (Cactus Salad).
If you would also like to try this at home You can get the recipe from this Youtube Video: HERE

There are many different ways to make this salad, you could go on to add meat if you like, include it in Tacos, or use as side dish, there are many options.

After we were done, it had a great taste, which isn't too overwhelming, but at the same time zangy.

We hope you enjoy this cool Dish, and if you have any other Nopal Recipes you would like to Share, We would love to Hear them.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Forever Friend

Friendship in Marriage, how necessary is it?

What do you think marriage would be like, without friendship?

We think it would boring, stressful, and dull.

Why is it that some couples started out as great friends, then once they got committed, friendship just didn't seem the same? What made it change?

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why so Serious?

I was thinking about something, that needed to be shared on here today. It's about being a more spontaneous person. I've come to know a lot of people in my life, who seem to naturally express themselves without fear of rejection or ridicule.

They do silly things when people are watching, make crazy jokes that aren't always funny, and they just forget to live by the rules sometimes. I've always admired people like that, and wanted to incorporate that same attitude into my own life.

I think maybe some people, including myself forgets to live life sometimes. It becomes very easy to become caught up in life's web of problems, and we lose zest in what makes life worth living, spontaneity. So I created my own list of ways to become more spontaneous. Here it goes:

- Don't Always plan everything. I think letting things happen, is more fun. Being impulsive sometimes can be a good thing, because it can lead you to new things you never thought of or even tried. Who knows what you can discover.

- Overcoming Shyness. Try complimenting a stranger, Who knows maybe you'll make a new friend.

- Losing fear. Don't worry about what people will think about you, express yourself and feel good about it. Would be best not to over analyze things, just go with what makes you happy.

- Be a better Conversationalist. Maybe keep up to date with the latest news, the latest movie, talk to people about crazy life experiences you've had. The more knowledge you have the better it is passing it on to others, and keeping others interested in what you have to say.

- Overall, it's about letting go of insecurities, feeling free to be and do what you like, and just be who you are. Try new hobbies, accept an offer to something you always wanted to do, but was too afraid to try before.

The benefits of being a spontaneous person is that you can broaden your social circle, raise your self-esteem, have a more positive up-beat attitude, open new doors of opportunities, and make yourself feel more alive.

What's the most spontaneous thing you've done lately? Written by Angelica

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A World of Color

What an experience it was, to visit such a diverse and interesting country such as India. Before we decided to embark on such a long journey, we had already begun to prepare ourselves mentally and gather all information we could to make sure the trip would be a smooth and safe one.

Although we had thought we were prepared enough, once we arrived there we came to know you can never really be 100% prepared. It was like we arrived at a door to a new adventure. An adventure you can't escape from, since it's something which envelopes your attention at every opportunity and every corner of every street.

New Delhi was where we spent our time. The Dusty air, noisy traffic, crowded streets especially on Thursday Nights when the Markets were open for all to enjoy. Your eyes would always be caught looking around at the gleaming of each bangle and the colorful long fabrics of sari's which were being sold to all women old and young. Music was always around, any time of day and night, and it created an ambience of nightlife and fun.

The Food was always new and interesting, tasty and not always spicy. There was a variety and it all depends on what you are looking for. My Daughter's Husband, always made sure we were drinking purified water and home cooked meals, or at some restaurants popular among the locals.

Our first experience riding in an Auto Rickshaw, was a little scary at first, but you eventually get used to. It's definitely a bumpy ride, and you have many other drivers zooming by each other just a few inches apart. It's interesting to observe how these drivers could drive in such a busy and fast-paced rush, and still make it look effortless.

The thing that caught our attention during our stay in Delhi, is the contrast between the poor and the wealthy. It's very easy to see the two side by side, and there's always a constant reminder of what kind of lives the less fortunate have to bare each day. Once you come across seeing so much strife, your life becomes more valuable and you appreciate what you have a lot more.

It's been a great life experience for my daughter and I, and we really admired the devotion of the Indian People. They really are devoted to whatever they do, especially when in worship to God. It was a beautiful thing to hear chants and song flowing from the temples in the early morning, right when we awoke. It really gave us a feeling of hope and comfort for the day ahead.

You never really forget the sights, sounds, and smells, of India no matter what part you may visit. It always seems to stick to you and it certainly has for us. Even though our time there was short, we felt a good change in our lives, and we have grown much from it. No matter where you travel we believe it can really open your mind, and give you the chance to learn new lessons in life, if you really just enjoy each moment. We can't wait to visit India again in the future, and you really had to be there to understand.

Written By Angela & Angelica

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Love.. and Living Apart?

In April 2010, Kristin M., 31, was laid off from her management consulting position. Money was tight, especially since she lived in New York City. But even though she could have saved a bundle by moving in with her boyfriend of three years, she decided against it. “Throughout the economic recession, we lived separately,” she says. This decision puzzled many of her friends, who’d moved in with their boyfriends much sooner.

But it wasn’t because Kristin wasn’t serious about the guy (they’d end up getting engaged a year later), and it wasn’t for religious reasons, either. Kristin just felt that the benefits of living apart were worth the extra expense, even as her savings dwindled. “We both think it’s better for the long-term when couples take things slow,” she explains.

Click Here to Read Full Article..

What are your thoughts on Couples Living Separately?

We think it could be beneficial for both people in the relationship, and it could make the bond between them stronger. Plus, each one gets their own time to accomplish their responsibilities and goals as an individual. It definitely depends on the couple involved and what they want, since living separately is not always for everyone.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fenugreek Madness!

Is there really a way to increase Breast Size and shape, without Plastic Surgery, which can be safe? Yes, there actually is. It's as simple as massaging your breasts daily. We found it interesting how common it is, and how many women actually practice this. Some women today may not feel satisfied with what nature has given them, or for women who's body has changed over time, they might be seeking improvement and this may be a good way to start. Here is an Article on Breast Enlargement Massage:

What can breast massage do for you: Massage is associated with something pleasant and relaxing. That alone is a good enough reason to do it for many people. However, there are also health and beauty benefits of breast enlargement massage.

Skin. Massage is a great way of taking care of your skin. Breast skin is very tender and prone to stretchmarks and wrinkles in the cleavage area. Doing breast massage with bust cream or serum helps to create healthy and glowing skin. Improved blood circulation in that area results in fading stretchmarks and faster regeneration of the old skin cells, which either makes wrinkles vanish completely or makes them far less noticeable.

Shape. Sagging breasts are common among women who gave birth or lost a lot of weight. Breast massage can help with this problem. As the skin begins to renovate under influence of better blood circulation and vitamins from your bust serum, it becomes tighter. Breasts become perkier and lifted.

Size. Breasts of different shapes or sizes are common even among young girls. Apart from being embarrassing to many girls, this creates a problem when choosing bras and clothes. Breast massage is the only natural solution for that. If your breasts are noticeably different, you can try concentrating more effort and apply more bust serum on one side of your body, to help one breast becoming as large and round as the other one.

Lymph. Poor circulation in breast area will result in poor lymphatic drainage, which can cause cysts and other uncomfortable health conditions. By doing breast massage you are making your breast tissues healthier. Article by:

Fenugreek is a natural Herb most often used to increase milk supply, and might be used for women who are not producing enough milk during pregnancy. Fenugreek was called "Heirs of the Earth", in Ancient Egypt. The Fenugreek plant has been used for thousands of years, for it's medicinal properties as an Herb and Spice. It's included in many dishes, and Desserts in some countries. Fenugreek is also known to improve breast size as well. Here is an Article on How to Use Fenugreek for Breast Milk Supply: Here.

Want to Join the Fenugreek Madness?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Southern Swingin'

On Sunday Noon, the day was looking so sunny and delightful, so my mom, my daughter, and I went for a nature walk to observe our surroundings, and enjoy a chit-chat while laying on the soft green grass.

We decided to swing on the swing set. Your never too old to swing, we thought. So we all enjoyed swinging and reminiscing on how free we felt doing the things we used to do when we were young kids.

These moments are most enjoyable, and it's important to pay close attention to what is around you, and actually spend time releasing any tension you might have. So Get off your laptops, cell phones, and let yourself breathe the air outside. While your at it, why not go swing?

Can you remember the last time, you've been on a swing?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Power of Pantry Sharing

Have you shared your pantry lately?

Many people might realize that food in their home has reduced in quantity, then it becomes a shock to them once they have nothing. We know for example how that feels, since we have been in that situation ourselves. It is difficult and disconcerting but when you receive a helping hand during those moments, it really can give hope to your situation and get you back on your feet.

We had a wonderful lady come yesterday, who shared some food from her pantry with us, and it was the perfect presentation of how giving and helpful a person can really be, when they truly have the intention of doing so. Hearing those words "I understand", really makes you feel your not the only one going through this.

The little that we were given, we also decided to share it with others who needed it.
So the point to receiving is also to give. There is a wonderful energy of love and unity when you give back, and it plants a feeling of humbleness inside you, where sharing with others, suddenly becomes a natural habit.

Have you shared your pantry? If so, tell us your experience about it, and how it made you feel.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Leela Experience..Are you Ready?

Spiritual Leader Deepak Chopra has created a new gaming experience minus the violence which is usually seen in many video games today. Instead his games are believed to connect the mind and body through meditation. The Name of the game which will be called "Leela" which translates to "Play" in sanskrit.

Click Here to Read More..

We think this would be an interesting thing to do, and it's a fascinating concept. Video Games today really lack anything beneficial.

What are your thoughts on this, and would you play?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

We feel the Love!

We have reached 500 Followers Today! We give all the credit to our Groovy Baby Blog Readers, who take the time to read our posts, and leave their lovely comments. This has been a great experience for both of us as mother and daughter, to blog about many things, and share them with all of you. This blog has been alive for 3 years now. We hope it stays around much longer, with your support. So Groovy Baby !

Cluster Ring Carefree..

So Today we received our Flower Cluster ring from Fashion to Figure. It was cutely packaged in tissue paper and sent in a cardboard box. Once we opened it from its plastic envelope, it was bigger then we expected it to be. As it's design its decorated with 6 flowers bundled together like a bouquet, with sparkly crystals on each one, which really shines when it catches the sunlight. The good thing about this ring is that the band is flexible and stretchable which can fit on almost any finger.

This ring is a bit big for our taste, and it does feel a little heavy. Although, with this ring you won't go unnoticed, and it really makes a statement! It would work great as costume jewelry, or with casual wear. If you plan on trying something unique and eye catching, then this ring would fit the bill.

Visit Fashion to Figure's Website Here:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Flower Cluster Ring Fab!

Groovy Baby Blog Readers,

We will be doing an upcoming review for this Flower Cluster Ring with Crystals, from Fashion To Figure. It looks cute, and fashionable so we can't wait to see what it will look like on us! Fashion to Figure is a Fabulous Online Store for Plus Size Clothing, giving curvy women a chance to flaunt their style! You can find their website here:

Friday, June 10, 2011

Takes Two to Tango!

Tango is such a beautiful way to express oneself, and it's definitely a poetry of movements. It's passionate, Elegant, and Fun! It's also a great way to bring couples together. Why not attend some tango classes? To spice things up and bring something new into your life. It's a great workout, and you get to dance with your favorite partner. ;)

Let's Tango!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Memorable Day

5 Tips for a Delicious and memorable Memorial Day Weekend.

Tip 1# Time to Eat. Memorial Day Weekend is a great way to show our appreciation to our past patriots and heros. During this Time, Families and Friends come together to kick their feet up, and relax.

So what to do on Memorial Day Weekend? A favorite activity on this day might be to cook a yummy meal on the Grill.

Check out this healthy "Low Fat", summer recipe made with Squash and Chicken Click Here

Or this Recipe for Corn and PepperJack Quesadillas! Click Here


Tip #2 Tuning In. You need just the right music to set the vibe your looking for. Whether that be laid back, or energetic, it's a great way to get the party started. Every time my family gets together, music is a great way to calm everyone's nerves, especially if they have had a long week. Get ready to get Groovy Baby!

Tip #3 Tan Mama. If you plan to go to the beach, camping, or the Pool, make sure to protect your skin from the sun. If the sunblock your using now, isn't really providing the protection you and your family needs, or if your looking to get a beautiful summer tan then mabye it's time to try this awesome tanning lotion, that I have used on myself, called "Alba Botanica." It's Ingredients include:

- Organic Sunflower Oil
- Moisturizing Shea Butter
- Green Tea
- Sweet Almond Oil
- Natural Formula with Vitamins and Botanical Extracts.

I loved the natural glowing tan it gave me, and I never got sunburn when using it. To See the many varities of Alba Botanica, Click Here.

Tip # 4 Don't Forget about me. Woof! While enjoying your sweet vacation, dont forget to bring along your lovely pets, so that they can enjoy it with you. If you have a dog, mabye check out some dog-friendly beaches in your area. Many dog beaches and parks, let dogs run free and play. It would be fun for the whole family, and it gives your dog a chance to socialize.

Tip #5 Im Outta Here. If your planning to take a trip and explore something new with the family, you might just come across some great deals now. Check Out some of the latest deals here.

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We wish you all a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

Monday, May 16, 2011

What do I Create NOW?

Both My Daughter and I were discussing about Blogging today. We both agreed that it shouldn't just be about talking about what we do every day, events, news, etc. But it should be more about CREATING.

Creating Something new, inspiring others to do the same, and Having new ideas about what we can do to excel in our lives mentally, physically, and spiritually.

"Every day is a blank canvas", is what we remind ourselves. Each day is a new opportunity to create new from the old, and do something we haven't done before.

What have you created today?

It could be a new website about something your passionate about, a new workout plan, Yoga, a change in your daily schedule where you can make time for yourself to do something NEW, a new way of helping your community, Invent your own yummy Recipe, or paint a picture.

What other Ideas do you have? What can we Create, to benefit ourselves and the world around us?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Emphasize Earth Day.

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Activities which you can do this Earth Day April 22!

Be Car Free: Ride a bicycle, or Take a walk with family or friends.

Bring out the Bird Feeder: This is a great way to give back to Mother Earth’s Nature.

Plant: a Tree, Vegetables, Fruits, any kind of plant which you would like. This would be a great start to beginning your own Garden at home.

Sharing is Caring: Being able to share with our neighbors, friends, or family makes the experience even more enjoyable. If you have a few extra seeds, maybe pass some along to others in your community.

Spread the Word: Earth Day is so important to all of us here living on this beautiful planet. You can spread the word by Blogging, Sending Greeting E-Cards, Throwing an Earth Day Party, Or update this onto Facebook or Twitter.

Teach our younger generations: To set an example of how we should care for our planet, how to work together as a community, Appreciation, and most importantly the satisfaction one feels, when giving back.

These are just a few Ideas we have come up with, for this special day! If you have any more Earth Day Ideas, feel free to share them!

How will you celebrate Your Earth Day?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lights off! It's Earth Hour..

Groovy Baby Blog Readers, thousands of people around the world have pledged to turn out their lights on March 26, 8:30 pm for Earth Hour. It is a display of the commitment people have for the protection of our planet.
Our family has actually been participating in this lights out event for the past two years. First at 8pm we shut of all the lights and electronics. It was a relief to sit in quietness and without any disturbances. It gave us a chance to sit down, chat about funny things, and spend quality time with the family. During that hour, Not only did it bring us together, but we were helping our planet too. We would love for you all to try it, or if you have tried it in the past, tell us how it was for you!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Aloe Vera is Advantageous.

Here is how you can make your own Aloe Vera Juice from Home.

1. Select eight to ten aloe leaves, cutting them at the base of the plant where they meet the stem.

2. Wash off the cut aloe leaves in cold water, rinsing away any dirt or sticky residue.

3.Using a sharp knife, cut off the scaly thorns and open the aloe leaves.

4. Scrape the aloe vera pulp into the blender.

5. Blend the aloe pulp until it is smooth, without lumps.

Read more: Here

We made our own Aloe Vera Juice from Home, using just a blender, aloe vera leaves, and some honey. We blended the two together, until completely smooth. The honey gives it a sweet taste, which we prefer better. We then stored it into a glass container and kept it in the fridge. We drink 2 tablespoons twice a day. This aloe vera juice is beneficial in many ways. It improves digestion, circulation, assists with weight loss and even regulates blood sugar. Aloe vera leaves can easily be found in most grocery stores. We love trying things that are good for our health, and this is one great and "natural" recipe.

Have you ever tried Aloe Vera Before?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Don't Forget About Me

Song Lyrics:
one who is
don´t forget me
Who are you dont forget me
I want just to be in your thought
for a moment think that you think of me
where you are, don´t forget me
even if there is another love makes you happy
if left, in his remembrance, rather much i want you
where you are, don´t forget me
i want to be in your thoughts
for a moment think that you think of me
where you do remember don´t forget me
when you do remember don´t forget me
that i can´t delete you of from my life
where you are don´t forget me

This is a beautiful romantic song from Brazil called "Dont forget about me", which is included in this Soap Opera (Novela) Show called "India, Una Historia de Amor." Which translates to "India, a story of love."

We started watching this Soap opera every night of the week, and it's very entertaining and has wonderful actors. It gives you a good look into the Life in India, and Brazil too. Shows beautiful locations in both countries, with bright and vivid colors. It shows you both style, music, and how people from two different cultures can fall in love, despite so many differences. It's currently showing on Telefutura daily at 10 p.m.

Wishing all our Groovy Readers a Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Tiger Mom

A new memoir of bad-ass parenting, Chinese style, from a self-proclaimed tiger mother has unleashed a ferocious roar.

Fallout was swift for Yale law professor Amy Chua after she published a stark essay in The Wall Street Journal describing the harsh words and heavy handed methods she used with her two teen daughters.

Her "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" shot to No. 6 in the Amazon sales rankings Tuesday, the day it was released, likely fueled by angry buzz over the weekend column and a headline Chua had nothing to do with: "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior."

Adult offspring of Asian and Asian American immigrants are weighing in on Chua's provocative description of Eastern-style parenting: No sleepovers or playdates. Grueling rote academics. Hours of piano and violin practice. Slurs like "lazy" and "garbage," and threats to burn stuffed animals when things don't go mom's way. Click Here to Read More...

What are your thoughts on Amy Chua's Parenting Methods?