Green Smoothie + Progress

Makeup & Flowers

Getting my servings of veggies and fruits can sometimes be a bit a challenge for me, especially veggies.  However, one of my favorite ways to get my fruit and veggies in is with a green smoothie!!  I love having this smoothie for breakfast but it great for any time of day.  It’s also super refreshing, perfect for the summer!!

Green Smoothie

Today I will be sharing my green smoothie recipe as well as my progress so far in my weightloss journey so keep reading!! 

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Get your fatwa off our backs! by amina wadud

amina 2014 - croppedIt’s not so easy any more to control the parameters of Islam and the way it is practiced by those who wish to stuff their opinion down the throats of other Muslim citizens, be they minorities or majorities across the globe.

This past week the Selangor Islamic Religious Counsel in Malaysia, issued a fatwa against Sisters in Islam (SIS), accusing them of being “deviant” because they subscribe to religious liberalism and pluralism.  They called for a ban on all their publications and to silence their social media. They sought to shun their activities and personhood “in the name of Islam.’

The next day SIS held a press conference and went on full counter attack.  This is what it has come down to for many who stand for justice, equality, and human dignity for all, within an Islamic perspective.

Let me step back and explain about a fatwa. 

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Iran attempts sub-based missile launch

How to Provide

(North Korea has same ‘midget’ type of sub)

By L. Todd Wood – – Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Pro-reform Iranian youths who support President Hassan Rouhani for the May 19 presidential election flash the victory sign as one of them holds Rouhani's poster in a campaign rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April, 29, 2017. Rouhani, Iran's president since 2013, is running for a second term in office. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)(Photo by: Vahid Salemi, Pro-reform Iranian youths who support President Hassan Rouhani for the May 19 presidential election flash the victory sign as one of them holds Rouhani’s poster in a campaign rally in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April, 29, 2017. Rouhani, Iran’s president since 2013, is running for a second term in office. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi) )

An Iranian Yono-class “midget” submarine attempted to launch a cruise missile from the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, according to U.S. officials. The only two countries in the world that operate this type of submarine are Iran and North Korea. The test launch was not successful, reported Fox News. Iran had previously announced it had successfully tested a sea-launched missile and it is not know if this was the first actual submarine launch of the…

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Grapes of Wrath: Paulina Cabrera’s 1968 Summer

Tropics of Meta

My aunt Paulina Cabrera and her mother Maria Dolores flirtingly pose and proudly display a bunch of green grapes. Its 1968, and Paulina has just turned fifteen. She wears a yellow skirt, which she made two weeks before this photo was taken. Maria, known to her family and friends as Lola, is also wearing a special outfit. Both took the photo to commemorate their first day in California and their migration from Tepatitlan de Morelos, Jalisco to Firebaugh, California. Tonia, Paulina’s cousin, took the picture. “Sonrie!” she shouted, as she took a snapshot of the beginning of a mother and daughters’ first summer picking grapes.

Paulina was born in 1953 and was the third youngest of ten children. She turned fifteen just two weeks before departing for the United States. Miguel, her older brother and my father, threw her a big party. For Catholics and Hispanics a quinceñera is a…

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Making perfect pizza dough at home

Feast Wisely

Over recent months my occasional pizza feast has become twice weekly. That’s because since switching to a pretty much vegetarian diet I’ve come to really appreciate that pizza is one of those treats that doesn’t need meat. Give me plenty of cheese and toppings like olives, artichokes, mushrooms and eggplant and I’ll choose pizza over a meaty meal any day.

Making perfect pizza dough at homeDon’t worry, I’m not trying to convince you here to ditch the salami or prosciutto from your pizzas. Instead I want to share my recipe and technique for making pizza dough at home. Luckily for me my husband does most of the heavy lifting and I get to enjoy the fun bit of adding the toppings and eating the pizza.

Two tips before you get started

Until recently my go-to tool for getting (close to) restaurant pizzas at home was a ceramic pizza stone – you’ve probably seen them or perhaps…

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