Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving To You!!!

Here’s wishing you a day of laughter, joy, family, friends, food, and fun.

Remember to take time to thank the people in your life for all they do.

I officially want to thank all of you dear readers for supporting OKDani.com over the years. I appreciate every single email, comment, click, and pageview :)

My Thanksgiving was going to be spent with my family, but mom’s kitchen is being renovated and they won’t finish until Saturday. John has to work… So…I’m packing for Thanksgiving!!

Anybody wanna bring me and Roey a plate? (Extra stuffing please.) ….. no seriously…anybody?!

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We’ve been trying to finish up the food in the house so we have less to give away or move, so I’m not going to cook an elaborate meal. I found a few things so I’ll be making a makeshift Thanksgiving dinner to eat later tonight when John gets in…..ooorrrrr…..I’ll order in. ::hangs head in lazy lazy shame::

At first I was a little bummed that our thanksgiving is going to be like any other day…. but then I looked around at all the work I have to do for this move, and I’m grateful to have the day to get stuff done.

Thanksgiving Gratitude List:

  • hotwheels and matchbox cars being a $1.00 piece of entertainment
  • rohan going down for his naps with no argument
  • goodwill taking all my junk
  • jetblue
  • tea
  • a warm cozy apartment
  • my parents and all their love
  • my friends old and new and my growing network in florida
  • blogging
  • black friday sales – I’m bout to go HAM online ::hugs capital one card close to chest::
  • kaya sleeping more – I guess she’s growing :)
  • florida in under a week
  • gps
  • free printables online
  • pancakes
  • pinterest (i’ve been goin hard over there lol)

Black Friday Deals From Entrepremoms

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I’m excited to bring you some Black Friday Deals from Entrepremoms that have awesome businesses:

First up, I mean…I have to toot my own horn. Check out our holiday sales, from now to Dec 2.

holiday sale from beachbody coach

BONUS: I’m giving away your choice of either $15 cash back or a free blender for anyone who signs up to have me as their free coach and orders a challenge pack in the months of Nov or Dec! (A challenge pack is a fitness program + shakeology bundled together at a lower price.) Email me at coachdanifaust@gmail.com for more!

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Cynthia D. Is the Director of Beauty at Beauty by CD and if you follow her on Instagram you know she’s got some magic hands when it comes to hair care. She’s styled tons of my shoots in the past and somehow always made it look like I had more hair than I really did LOL.

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Anyway here’s her deal. Her salon is based in Brooklyn, NY.

Black Friday deal is all weaves …excluding the mircolinks..can be yours for $100 dollars, hair not included.   Thats Asymetrical Bobs., Weaves w Closures , Braidless Weave , Versatile Sewin and more… Offer and bookings must be made by Dec 19th and 50 dollar deposit made through PayPal email address Cynthia.dob@gmail.com vendor name frankly weaves n extensions
Follow on IG @beautybycd
(check out her hashtags on IG too, she cracks me up!)

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Danielle S. was featured here in my Inspiring Entrepremom series, and she’s still inspiring and entrepremomming with her adorable crocheted items at Hook Smart.

Her deal is for Small Biz Saturday, so be aware:

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I’ll be participating in Shop Small Saturday on November 29th. All my custom and ready to ship items will be 10% off with no coupon code needed. I’m also doing free shipping on all orders over $50 with code FREESHIP50. Fine print: Any custom items purchased are not guaranteed for Christmas delivery, so if it’s a Christmas present buy a ready to ship item or a gift card. This will be the last weekend for custom item orders in 2014. The official deadline is December 1st.

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Mimi is an entrepremom that inspired me with her hustle when I met her at BlogHer this year. I don’t think I ever told her how she made me take a look at what I was doing and find ways to step it up. She’s got a great line of blinged out shoes…

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Her deal is:

From Mi To You custom designs Junk Chuck’s (canvas shoes) using rhinestones, paint and other special embellishments. They are the most stylish and unique sneakers you will ever wear. Custom made for gals & guys of all ages. Perfect for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, 1st day of school, or everyday style. Allow From Mi To You to custom design a pair of Junk Chuck’s no one else will have.

$5.00 off kid orders!!
$10 off adult orders plus free matching keychain!!

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Happy Shopping!!

HSN Holiday Fitness Gift Guide

HSN Holiday Gift Collage

So, my gram has HSN playing on her TV for the better part of most days. I think she passed down the HSN addict gene to me. I use the website more often though and will most likely be using it a lot in the next few weeks for getting my holiday shopping done. Sometimes I’ll watch the channel on my own, and when John catches me he’s like, “Oh hey Gram!” and I have to give him a sturdy side eye.

I went through the HSN Gift Store and saw tons of adorable stuff for the kids like cute rocking horses for Kaya and lots of Melissa & Doug learning toys for Rohan….. But somehow…this selfish mommy found herself in the health and fitness section looking for things to ask Santa for! Inspired by that here’s my holiday wish list a mini gift guide for the fitness folks in your life:

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NutriBullet Pro 900 Series – $149.95

We have a NutriBullet and it gets a thorough workout a few times a day, so that would be the first item I pop on a gift guide just because it’s so useful. We use it for making my shakeology each morning, green drinks for Roey and pureeing fruits and veggies for Kaya. Love that this set comes with a recipe book.

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Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale – $129.95

This is a scale of the future. LOL. I’ve never used a home scale that calculates more than weight! The Aria calculates BMI, Body Fat % and can save the stats for up to 8 people.

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All of the new wearable fitness equipment technology is so amazing. I’ve been looking into them for a while, but with so many options it’s hard to make a decision. The three below are from brands I’ve used and trust, and they’re pretty cool and high tech-ish too.

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TomTom Runner GPS Watch – $169.95

This calculates distance and pace for you, along with timing your runs and keeping you looped in via GPS to your exact location.

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Jawbone UP-24 Activity Tracking Wristband – $149.95

Outside of just being adorable, these wristbands track your step, your movements during sleep, and your daily nutrition. It works in conjunction with an app on your smartphone.

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Fitbit Flex Wristband Activity and Sleep Tracker – $99.95

I like the futuristic feel of this band. It tracks your steps, distance, calories burned and active minutes during the day. At night, it measures your sleep and even wakes you in the morning silently with vibration. It works with a smartphone app and comes with two sizes of wristband. It also comes in red.

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When working with your budget for holiday shopping, you can make use of HSN’s FlexPay feature. This lets you divide your purchase into monthly, interest free payments on your card (which will probably be puttin’ in some work this holiday season!)

John…my dear husband….if there was ever a blog post for you to read (and make use of) this is it!

After looking at the HSN Gift Store which items would you put on your fitness wish list?  Leave an answer in the comments below and you will be entered for a chance to win a $100 HSN gift card!

 

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4 Years Down….Happy Anniversary

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Happy Anniversary Jonathan!

Do you know who I am?

I’m the woman who napped from 10:30a.m to 2:00pm today.

Best anniversary present ever!! Sleep.

(John, if you’re reading this, don’t think you’re off the hook! I still want a real present ::look::)

Four years came so fast! I still feel weird saying it’s our 4 year anniversary when it’s more like our 13th.

We got engaged and married in 2010 though. Feels like yesterday.

Here’s our wedding recap if you never enjoyed that debacle….hot mess….special day…. :)

Last year on our anniversary I posted about what I’ve learned in 3 years of marriage.

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2nd Anniversary Pic 2012

This year… welp… I don’t think I’ve learned anything new lol. I was pretty damn smart last year. It all still holds true.

Yesterday I saw Gone Girl (which is NOT the best representation of marriage lol did you see/read that shit? YIKES!) but the wife said something like “if two people who love each other so much can’t make a marriage work, then that’s a real tragedy.”

And I agree.

John has been my best friend for 13 years and counting. We’ve been through some serious highs and serious lows. We chose to do life together and through the ebbs and flows we’re growing and getting better for it. I love him to bits. Always have, and always will.

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Since I know you’re reading today …. Quick list of why I Love John H:

  • Well, namely, that nap I got today was the business….
  • 2 blankets on the bed idea (genius!)
  • 13 years of belly laughs
  • your handyman capabilities
  • support of all my kooky ideas
  • mind reading capabilities
  • introducing me to new things
  • letting me just be crazy
  • T25-ing with me
  • you always do the gross things I dont wanna do
  • reaching all the high stuff and opening everything “johndoit”
  • your hackeriness and “F the man”ishness

How we’re celebrating:

We’re having a lazy day. Hell, I slept most of it!

Later we’re ordering in from my favorite lil restaurant nearby and I’m watching Scandal and HTGAWM #judgemeifyawanna

After that….well….John told me his idea and I was just like….

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That’s pretty much the best anniversary date we can muster rightaboutnow. #timesishard #oknothey’renotwe’rejustlazybastards

Come back in a year…5th anniversary….sheeeeeeit….it’s gunna be a rager! We may even leave the house!!  ::does dougie::

Other than that…we’re listening to some of our fave love-ish tunes:

 

And no anniversary would be complete without triple T:

Talk to you girls tomorrow!!

xoxo

Dani

Mexican Inspired Low Carb Dinner #vivalamorena #collectivebias #shop

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low carb dinner mexican style

Mexican Quinoa and Camarones Diablos

Tonight I’m trying a Mexican Inspired  low carb recipe for dinner. John and I are international eaters. We like all cuisines and cook in a bunch of different styles at home. When we cook, I skew Caribbean, Latin and Indian. He skews Asian, Italian, and American. Mexican is high on our list and we probably have a Mexican inspired dish weekly. It’s just so easy to make Mexican food fit into our diets since John is on his permanent quasi-low-carb way of eating, and I am doing the 21 day fix and restarting a lower carb pescetarian lifestyle. (cuz Kaya’s eating more food and nursing a bit less, hooray!)

When we visit Mexico we tend to go off the resort and eat where the residents of whatever city we’re in eat. That helped to push our cooking in a Mexican-Inspired way, even if the dish isn’t actually Mexican. For example, we use chipotle sauce or peppers and cilantro in our chili, and I use it in my breakfast beans. Tonight we’re having a dish I’ve made a million times Camarones Diablos (which translates literally to: Spicy ass, burn your entire mouth off, you’re gunna have to drink so much cold water, Devil Shrimp) but I’m also trying something new…

Being Caribbean, we grew up eating rice every day. I seriously could sit down and eat a pot of rice by myself right now, I swear to you. But since we’re low carbish, I replaced rice with quinoa and only get my real rice fix when I’m really feigning it. (I think it’s hard wired into my brain as a comfort food now.) So tonight we’re trying Mexican Rice Quinoa.

I’m using some Mexican inspired flavors and ingredients like La Morena chipotles and jalepenos, cilantro, lime….

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CAMARONES DIABLOS

You’ll need: shrimp, 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, handful of cilantro, adobo, salt and pepper (to taste), La Morena chipotles in adobo sauce (1 can), jalapenos (a can of pickled works great), worchestershire sauce, oil, butter, red wine, 1/2 a lime.

1. Open, de-vein and shell your shrimp (or defrost if you buy the pre-shelled frozen ones like I do) season ‘em with adobo powder, pepper and some of the sauce from the chipotle can

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2. Slice up your onions, mince your garlic, and dice your jalepenos. Pop em in the pan with a bit of oil and butter and throw some salt n pepper on top.

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3. Let that soften for a bit while you rough chop your chipotles, then add them to the pan along with worchestershire sauce and red wine. Let it simmer a bit.

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4. Pop in your shrimp and stir em in to the sauce. They’ll cook in just a few minutes. Boom you’re done. Squirt some fresh lime on that bad boy and throw some chopped cilantro on top. YUM!

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This takes me about 20-25 minutes.

I tried to find a recipe similar to what I do so you could have specifics with measurement. This one came closest.

If you want to make this recipe a lil bit cleaner…don’t use oil/butter in the pan, soften the onion and garlic in some fat free broth  instead, before you put the wine and worchestershire in.

ONE PAN MEXICAN QUINOA

This is the recipe I used…and altered…of course.

For my version you’ll need: 1 cup quinoa, 1 cup veggie broth, 1/2 an onion (diced), 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1/2 can La Morena sliced jalapenos (chopped), 1 can of black beans (drained and rinsed), 1 can of diced tomatoes, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, salt and black pepper (to taste), lime, cilantro.

1. Pop everything into a pan except lime and cilantro.

Step 1.5 Mexican Quinoa

2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover to let it simmer while quinoa cooks

Step 2 quinoa

3. 20-25 minutes later, boom, you’re done. Fluff with a fork and throw cilantro and lime on top.

One Pot Mexican Quinoa Side Dish

John loved the quinoa and so did Roey.  It’s definitely a winner and I will use this a bunch in the future. I’ll try adding diced avocado in, and use more jalepeno next time for a lil more kick.

What’s your fave Mexican dish?

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