7 Healthy Sugar Substitutes to Use Instead of Regular Sugar | Leverage Ambition

Sugar is a beast. You only really understand how bad sugar is for you when you decide to remove it from your diet. When I stopped eating sugar, I found out how much sugar is in our food. Walking down the aisles of the supermarkets was overwhelming and tough to navigate. Most all processed foods … Continue reading 7 Healthy Sugar Substitutes to Use Instead of Regular Sugar | Leverage Ambition

8 New Easter Mocktail Drinks To Enjoy | Leverage Ambition

Easter is a great time to ring in Spring and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. With that, many decide to make mocktails instead of cocktails to celebrate! Here are some cool Easter mocktail ideas to get your party started right. Blackberry Ginger Mint Mocktail Image courtesy of VeggiesSaveTheDay.com Sugar Free Cranberry Mocktail Courtesy of OhSweetMercy.com Cranberry Lime … Continue reading 8 New Easter Mocktail Drinks To Enjoy | Leverage Ambition

Perfect Paleo Cookie Dough | Leverage Ambition

Oh how I love cookie dough! Being on the paleo diet has really transformed my body. Although I really love sweets, I have discovered sweets that are naturally sweetened and really delicious that still hit the spot when my craving kick in. Cookie dough always gives me great memories of growing up and baking with … Continue reading Perfect Paleo Cookie Dough | Leverage Ambition

Healthy Oatmeal Apple Pie Power Cookies | Leverage Ambition

This is a super easy recipe for chewy and delicious oatmeal apple pie cookies! This delectable fruit and spiced cookies have no refined flour or sugar, making it a healthy option for a quick snack or breakfast. INGREDIENTS 1 cup of quick cooking oats 1 cup of whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon of baking podwer … Continue reading Healthy Oatmeal Apple Pie Power Cookies | Leverage Ambition

Mushroom Ravioli (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

I love ravioli! Growing up with an Italian mom, we always had some solid ravioli with red sauce. We also had a ton of local Italian grocers nearby that would always stock up on handmade pasta. The fillings had everything from lobster to spinach and they would be delicious. Photo by Adam Steinberg on Pexels.com … Continue reading Mushroom Ravioli (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

7 Ways to Use Banana Peels | Leverage Ambition

Not sure about you, but we are a banana family! We always have bananas around for a quick snack or for banana pancakes. Little did I know that the banana peel can be used for many healing properties as well! Photo by Any Lane on Pexels.com Here are 7 ways to use banana peels around … Continue reading 7 Ways to Use Banana Peels | Leverage Ambition

Weekly Paleo Grocery List | Leverage Ambition

VEGETABLES Artichokes Asparagus Bok Choy Broccoli Brussel Sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Celery Cucumber Garlic Green Beans Kale Leeks Lettuce Mushroom Onions Parsley Peppers Pumpkin Radishes Spinach Zucchini Photo by Laker on Pexels.com FATS Avocado Oil Olive Oil Grassfed Butter Ghee Photo by Ksenia Chernaya on Pexels.com DRINKS Coffee Sugar free seltzer Tea Bone Broth Lemon Juice … Continue reading Weekly Paleo Grocery List | Leverage Ambition

8 Weekend Whiskey Cocktails to Light It Up | Leverage Ambition

I happen to love whiskey. I grew up stealing it from my parents bar in the early 90's and ever since it has been a whirlwind of a love story. Here are 8 Weekend Whiskey Cocktails to light up your night tonight. Pineapple Whiskey SourWhiskey Smash CocktailCranberry Orange Whiskey Drink Simple Whiskey FizzBulleit Bourbon Kentucky … Continue reading 8 Weekend Whiskey Cocktails to Light It Up | Leverage Ambition

11 Paleo Compliant Baking Flours | Leverage Ambition

The paleo diet is such a great way to improve your healthy and enhance your lifestyle. Since starting the paleo diet last year, I have lost over 30 pounds and am really loving experimenting with new ingredients and recipes. Photo by Malidate Van on Pexels.com The paleo diet has many different compliant flours that you … Continue reading 11 Paleo Compliant Baking Flours | Leverage Ambition

Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Lover Muffins (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

These cinnamon raisin muffins remind me of the sweet cinnamon raisin cereal I absolutely loved as a kid. Here is our recipe for our cinnamon raisin lover muffins that will make you fall in love! Photo by Maria Orlova on Pexels.com INGREDIENTS 1 cup of raisins 1 chopped apple 3 eggs 1/3 cup of coconut … Continue reading Cinnamon Raisin Breakfast Lover Muffins (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Pecan Pie Muffins (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Pecan pie was a huge staple when I went to boarding school in high school. Miss Davidson was an amazing baker and we would all benefit from her beautiful pies for a lovely dessert. I love being able to transfer the pecan pie concept to a smaller bite sized muffin, and I think you will … Continue reading Pecan Pie Muffins (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Sticky Weekend Waffles (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

I absolutely LOVE waffles! We have a new waffle machine and it really kicks up our weekend when we make and serve delicious sticky weekend waffles that are amazingly healthy and paleo friendly! Photo by karthik reddy on Pexels.com INGREDIENTS 2 cups of cassava flour (almond or coconut flour as a substitute will also do) … Continue reading Sticky Weekend Waffles (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

15 Robust + Healing Comforts of Ginger | Leverage Ambition

Ginger has been my best friend recently! Not only have we been loving Ginger Tea, we have also been chopping ginger in our chicken stew and it adds a little zest to it. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Little did I know that ginger has a ton of health benefits. Here are some ways ginger … Continue reading 15 Robust + Healing Comforts of Ginger | Leverage Ambition

Dark Chocolate Pie (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Are you a mega chocolate lover like me? I am the chocolate monster, especially around the holidays! I can't get enough. As much as I love chocolate, I know I need to spoil myself sometimes but it makes it easier for me when the chocolate is paleo friendly! Here is our recipe for Dark Chocolate … Continue reading Dark Chocolate Pie (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Key Lime Pie Bars (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

My best friend grew up in the Florida Keys, on an island called Islamorada. Key West is no short of Key Limes and they use these limes in all aspects of cooking and drinking. From drinking lime based margaritas or using the lime juice on fish, key lime trees are all over the place and … Continue reading Key Lime Pie Bars (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Lemon Blueberry Cookies (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

I love the idea of mixing berries and cookies, so here we are! Paleo is a great diet to kick start your withdrawal from refined sugar and grains. These Lemon Blueberry Cookies are a true hit when it comes to your sweet cravings. They really hit the spot! Photo by Marta Dzedyshko on Pexels.com Here … Continue reading Lemon Blueberry Cookies (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Salted Caramel Blondies (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Blondies are half brownies and they are super soft. The caramel poured on the top makes them smooth and easy to eat. It has the perfect mix of salty and sweet. I dare you to eat just one! Here is our recipe for our salted caramel blondies that are paleo friendly, and we hope you … Continue reading Salted Caramel Blondies (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Apple Pie Bars (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Nothing like warm apple pie for dessert on the weekends! These apple pie bars are super yummy, and a great treat for family and friends alike. Here is the Paleo friendly Apple Pie Bars recipe for you to enjoy today! Photo by Asya Vlasova on Pexels.com INGREDIENTS For the pie filling 3 cups of apples … Continue reading Apple Pie Bars (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Pumpkin Pie Bars (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

These pumpkin bars are the perfect breakfast and dessert! The best part about these bars is that they are grain free, egg free, gluten free, and refined sugar free. Make it Thanksgiving any time of the year with these Pumpkin Pie Bars. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com INGREDIENTS Crust 1/2 cup of cocnut flour 1 … Continue reading Pumpkin Pie Bars (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Soft Pumpkin Cookies (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

I really love the fall solely for all of the pumpkin baked goods. As seasons change, we forget about the scrumptious pumpkin. How dare us! Photo by Gabby K on Pexels.com Here is a recipe to bring back that fall feeling with soft pumpkin cookies that are paleo friendly and ready to be eaten! INGREDIENTS … Continue reading Soft Pumpkin Cookies (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

Banana Nut Muffins (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

I love me some banana nut muffins! They are a great morning pair with your morning tea or coffee. They also make a great afternoon snack or night time dessert! I love banana nut muffins, they are my favorite! Photo by Any Lane on Pexels.com Here is the recipe for my Banana Nut Muffins that … Continue reading Banana Nut Muffins (Paleo) | Leverage Ambition

9 Perfect Wine + Cheese Pairings to Share With Guests Tonight | Leverage Ambition

I love a great glass of wine. Wine is always complemented with a solid cheese. We need to make sure we have the right cheese paired with the right win to elevate the wine experience that all of your guests will enjoy! Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Here are 9 perfect wine + cheese pairings … Continue reading 9 Perfect Wine + Cheese Pairings to Share With Guests Tonight | Leverage Ambition

Easy Crock Pot Corned Beef + Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day | Leverage Ambition

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Today is March 17th and it is a day to celebrate the Irish folk around the world. Saint Patrick's Day is not complete without a true Irish meal, and our crock pot corned beef and cabbage is super easy and shareable with all of your loved ones. Check out our easy … Continue reading Easy Crock Pot Corned Beef + Cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day | Leverage Ambition

12 Types of Tea and Their Health Benefits | Leverage Ambition

I love tea in the afternoon and evening! A spot of tea helps me feel relaxed and is the happy ending to all of my meals. Many teas have specific benefits which come from the leaves of the specific teas out there. Photo by Marko Klaric on Pexels.com Here are 12 types of tea and … Continue reading 12 Types of Tea and Their Health Benefits | Leverage Ambition

11 Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes (Paleo, Whole30) | Leverage Ambition

Shamrock Fried Eggs Start your lucky day on the right foot and fry your eggs right inside a green pepper ring. It’s easy, it’s seasonal, and it’s adorable! Recipe: Zestous | Shamrock Fried Eggs Healthy Shamrock Shake What’s St. Patrick’s Day without the shake? Replace those sugary, calorie-laden shakes with this easy drink made with only … Continue reading 11 Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes (Paleo, Whole30) | Leverage Ambition

8 Healthy Paleo Easter Desserts | Leverage Ambition

I have been craving sweets lately! Easter is almost here, so I have been excited to try out some new healthy dessert recipes prior to the holiday to make sure they come out tasty! Here are 8 healthy paleo Easter sweet treat recipes to test out before the big day! Fluffy Flourless Peanut Butter Chickpea … Continue reading 8 Healthy Paleo Easter Desserts | Leverage Ambition

10 Healthy Paleo Easter Appetizers | Leverage Ambition

Easter is not complete without some healthy appetizers to keep you full before your big dinner! Here are 10 healthy Easter appetizers to make for Easter day! EASY TAHINI SAUCE DIP 2. BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP 3. EASY SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP 4. BEST PALEO RANCH DRESSING WITH VEGGIES 5. AVOCADO CILANTRO LIME DIP 6. CREAMY CASHEW QUESO DIP 7. 7 LAYER PALEO … Continue reading 10 Healthy Paleo Easter Appetizers | Leverage Ambition

8 Appetizers from Staff Picks at AllRecipes.com | Leverage Ambition

AllRecipes.com has a ton of stellar, unique appetizers under it's repertoire. It is a super popular, if not the most popular foodie site out there. There staff members are all foodies with a deep respect for the culinary arts. Here are 8 appetizers that were handpicked as the best ever from their staff, enjoy! Crab … Continue reading 8 Appetizers from Staff Picks at AllRecipes.com | Leverage Ambition

10 Simple Table Manners to Keep at Your Next Dinner Party | Leverage Ambition

Sit up straight. Do not hunch over the table. Make sure your upper body never hovers over the table. Keep your feet on the ground and your head up, looking up at guests when they are speaking to you and vice versa.Chew with your mouth closed. This is the worst offense. No one needs to … Continue reading 10 Simple Table Manners to Keep at Your Next Dinner Party | Leverage Ambition

5 Healthy + Fun Saint Patrick’s Day Activities | Leverage Ambition

Saint Patrick's Day is upon us! I love dressing up in green and eating corned beef and cabbage. There are many recipes that were handed down in my family, and I am happy to share them with you. Since we have kids we do like to keep it healthy, so we've come up with some … Continue reading 5 Healthy + Fun Saint Patrick’s Day Activities | Leverage Ambition

Waking Up Tired + My To Do List | Leverage Ambition

This morning I woke up early, and I woke up tired. I ended up going back to sleep as it has been colder in the mornings, and it is hard to get motivated to wake up when the room is cold. I have been having very vivid dreams lately for some reason too. Not sure … Continue reading Waking Up Tired + My To Do List | Leverage Ambition

8 Paleo Sweet Treat Dessert Recipes | Leverage Ambition

I have been craving sweets lately! Not sure if it is the colder weather or that time of month, but girl, I need some chocolate and banana creme pie over here! Here are 8 paleo sweet treat recipes to munch on this week. Fluffy Flourless Peanut Butter Chickpea Muffins https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/flourless-peanut-butter-chickpea-muffins/ Baked Apple Chips https://www.jessicagavin.com/baked-cinnamon-apple-chips/ Salted … Continue reading 8 Paleo Sweet Treat Dessert Recipes | Leverage Ambition

12 Hacks for Baking Soda | Leverage Ambition

Baking soda is antibacterial, absorbent and nontoxic to humans. It is a cleaning agent, a teeth whitener and a skin brightener. It can help clear acne on your face too. Here are 12 hacks for baking soda that you can use on your own in your home today. Scrub the Dirty Tub with baking soda … Continue reading 12 Hacks for Baking Soda | Leverage Ambition

Easy Paleo Grocery List | Leverage Ambition

If you are trying to lose weight and feel great, the Paleo Diet should be just for you! The older I get the more I realize that sugar and carbs are the enemy and that my body loves unprocessed foods that have no additives and come right from mother nature. Photo by Laker on Pexels.com … Continue reading Easy Paleo Grocery List | Leverage Ambition

10 Food To Avoid to Support Weight Loss | Leverage Ambition

Weight loss can be tough, and it can be unnerving to diet and not lose way. It is hard to know where to start and exercise is only a small amount of the equation. Here are 10 foods to avoid to support weight loss. French Fries + Potato Chips. They are high in calories and … Continue reading 10 Food To Avoid to Support Weight Loss | Leverage Ambition

6 Natural, Healthy Weight Loss Tips for Sustainability | Leverage Ambition

Here are 6 natural and healthy weight loss tips to help you sustain the body and feels you need to be your best self! Photo by Julia Larson on Pexels.com Weight loss cannot make you happier, whole, valuable or worthy. There is a lot of pressure to have a body that is perfect. When you … Continue reading 6 Natural, Healthy Weight Loss Tips for Sustainability | Leverage Ambition

6 Facts About the Chinese New Year | Leverage Ambition

Happy Chinese New Year! It falls on Saturday, February 12th this year, and we are excited to celebrate with this article that shows us 6 facts about the Chinese New Year celebration. Photo by Min An on Pexels.com Year of the Ox. There are 12 animals in Chinese zodiac, and every year marks the new … Continue reading 6 Facts About the Chinese New Year | Leverage Ambition

Wise Quotes from Yogi Tea Bags | Leverage Ambition

I am quite the tea lover. If you have not heard of Yogi Tea before, today is a good day for you! Yogi Tea has so many tea flavors that really calm and comfort their customers with their vibrant and relaxing tea flavors. The Yogi teas use over 140 exotic spices that combine together to … Continue reading Wise Quotes from Yogi Tea Bags | Leverage Ambition

10 Paleo Super Bowl Dips to Enjoy During the Game | Leverage Ambition

Wow, what a football season! It has gone by so fast, and I didn't even realize the Super Bowl is quickly coming upon us! I have only heard that the Kansas City Chiefs are going to win, which is exciting for my friend and her husband as they are HUGE fans. Way to go, Chiefs! … Continue reading 10 Paleo Super Bowl Dips to Enjoy During the Game | Leverage Ambition

12 Paleo Super Bowl Appetizers for the Big Football Game | Leverage Ambition

I have to admit, I am not a whole season football fan! I normally watch a game if I am with friends or family that love it or I'd be in a restaurant and watching a football game just because it is on. With the flu season here, most restaurants are opening up but with … Continue reading 12 Paleo Super Bowl Appetizers for the Big Football Game | Leverage Ambition

Happy National (Paleo) Cake Day Recipes | Leverage Ambition

There is something about the cold, raining weather that makes me want to eat cake! As much as I love being off of sugar and flour, I really do miss cake here and there. I took a cheat day last year on my kids birthdays and had regular sugar and flour cake. It was glorious, … Continue reading Happy National (Paleo) Cake Day Recipes | Leverage Ambition

6 Perfect Paleo Pastries To Try Today | Leverage Ambition

I love being in my normal weight range, and that was only truly possible with the Paleo diet. The way I look today came from foregoing sugar and complex carbs, and I am healthier than I have ever been. The reality is however, I still crave sweets! The only way I can survive that time … Continue reading 6 Perfect Paleo Pastries To Try Today | Leverage Ambition

7 Healthy Paleo Hot Dog Recipes to Boot in your Mouth | Leverage Ambition

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Paleo diet! I have been doing it (with a few cheat days here and there) since March of last year and have had WILD results. I've literally lost over 33 pounds and counting, and I don't have the sugar or carbohydrate highs and lows that I used to have … Continue reading 7 Healthy Paleo Hot Dog Recipes to Boot in your Mouth | Leverage Ambition

Quick Getting Started Paleo Cheat Sheet – Leverage Ambition

I don't know about you, but I have always had trouble wondering what to eat to feel good and keep a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI). When I was younger I had no problem keeping thin. I was an athlete, doing gymnastics over 35 hours a week, actively cheerleading, and having a great time. Once … Continue reading Quick Getting Started Paleo Cheat Sheet – Leverage Ambition

Common Cures with Common Fruits + Veggies 🍆🥑🍅🥝🍓 – Leverage Ambition

The flu virus season is in full effect and we need to be as healthy as possible. Even if we do our due diligence however, it always seems like we don't wash our hands once and all of a sudden a day later we have a cold. There are many preventative measures we can take … Continue reading Common Cures with Common Fruits + Veggies 🍆🥑🍅🥝🍓 – Leverage Ambition

10 Mocktail Cocktails for New Years Eve (NYE) To HELP You Feel Alive Tomorrow

It's New Year's Eve! Out with the old, and in with the new! Photo by Yaroslav Danylchenko on Pexels.com New Years Eve was always a blast pre-kids! I'd drink champagne and do whatever I felt like doing at that very moment - what a luxury! Now older and more wiser (that's up for debate), my … Continue reading 10 Mocktail Cocktails for New Years Eve (NYE) To HELP You Feel Alive Tomorrow

Healthy Paleo-Friendly Amazon Slash Whole Foods Weekly Grocery List | Leverage Ambition

I have to say finding the right diet was really hard. Being almost 40 next year has done some weird things to my body. Anything I eat is clearly visible on my body soon after, and eating clean is the only way to keep staying within my healthy weight range while also maintaining a clear … Continue reading Healthy Paleo-Friendly Amazon Slash Whole Foods Weekly Grocery List | Leverage Ambition

14 Paleo Friendly Starbucks Hot Drinks to Keep you Warm This Winter | Leverage Ambition

I have been on the Paleo diet since March early this year.  I am happy to say that I have lost 33 lbs and counting! My sister was diagnosed with Celiac disease when she was younger, which gave her a bad reaction gastro wise to carbs.  I always sort of knew that I had an … Continue reading 14 Paleo Friendly Starbucks Hot Drinks to Keep you Warm This Winter | Leverage Ambition

Christmas Appetizers – Baked Clams

Nothing says it's Christmas more than enjoying our Baked Clams! Surprisingly, you don't necessarily need to get fresh chopped clams at the Seafood store either. Your local supermarket should have a seafood section and may be able to deshell and pull out the clams from the shell himself. He can then chop up about a … Continue reading Christmas Appetizers – Baked Clams

Christmas Appetizers – Spinach Dip with Bagel Crisps and Chopped Veggies

Christmas is finally here, and I am excited to say that we are spending it with just the four of us. Our immediate family has 4 members and it is a joyous time. Our government and health officials say it is safer health wise to connect with only immediate family members rather than gather in … Continue reading Christmas Appetizers – Spinach Dip with Bagel Crisps and Chopped Veggies

10 Herbs, Roots, and Flower Ideas to Make Your Own Homemade Tea

I love a nice cup of hot tea with lemon and honey on a cold winter solstice day. Do you? The winter solstice is here. Time to wind down the year, wrap up your final commitments and make your for a clean slate in 2021. That being said I always thought it would be cool … Continue reading 10 Herbs, Roots, and Flower Ideas to Make Your Own Homemade Tea

10 Fig Recipes + The Oldest California Fig Tree

Fig Newton's by Nabisco were a favorite of mine growing up, how about you? I didn't know what figs looked like in the flesh until today, what a world. Here is a picture of the oldest fig tree around in Ventura, California. Here is a picture of what a fig looks like in case you … Continue reading 10 Fig Recipes + The Oldest California Fig Tree

Himalayan Cuisine the Right Way –  A Glimpse into Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan Fusion Food + Culture

Namaste and Tashi Delek from the Himalayas! We are on a mission to discover every different cuisine in California that inspires culinary excellence and unique spices that are delicious and nutritious worldwide! It is our pleasure to share our culinary adventures with you as we travel and today we learned about Himalayan cuisine at the … Continue reading Himalayan Cuisine the Right Way –  A Glimpse into Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan Fusion Food + Culture

Eating Out Paleo Style This Holiday Season 😎

What a year! We made it and are lucky to be alive that's for sure. There were many challenges we have all faced personally, business wise, and family wise but we are still here. As the holidays roll out, we want to be sure we are extra safe and take extra precautions as we go … Continue reading Eating Out Paleo Style This Holiday Season 😎

Thanksgiving Appetizers to Get Your Paleo Party Started! 🦃

I don't know about you, but Thanksgiving appetizers really set the mood for the entire Thanksgiving! I love hot appetizers, especially when it is cold out. Cold dips are cool too especially sitting by the hot fireplace. I spent many years testing fad diets and the best diet that worked for me was the Paleo … Continue reading Thanksgiving Appetizers to Get Your Paleo Party Started! 🦃

Sweet Paleo Treats for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Turkey day is upon us and arriving soon! Yippee! I love the Thanksgiving holiday as it is a time to give thanks for all the many blessings our families have had this year. Especially in this time of a health crisis, we are grateful for our health and wealth. The holidays are always a doozy … Continue reading Sweet Paleo Treats for the Thanksgiving Holiday

7 Paleo Sweet Treats, Desserts – Guilt Free Snackypoos

The weather is much colder now, and the seasons have changed from summer to fall. I don't know about you, but as soon as the temperature drops I instantly get in the mood for stew and sweets. Summer is usually a time for fruit sweets, and fall is a time for pies, muffins, and cookies. … Continue reading 7 Paleo Sweet Treats, Desserts – Guilt Free Snackypoos

‘Spice Up Your Life’ Fall Paleo Chicken Stew Inspired by The Spice Girls

People of the world! Every boy, every girl! Spice up your life with this stellar spicy chicken stew inspired by The Spice Girls. It is so spicy, you'll be playing Survivor by Destiny's Child shortly after your last bite! Seriously though we came upon this recipe by accident, but we have to give major credit … Continue reading ‘Spice Up Your Life’ Fall Paleo Chicken Stew Inspired by The Spice Girls

Red California Tides + Pirates Treasure Found on the Beach

Another day, another dive. Our family has been going to the beach after homeschool in search of new sea animals and sea plants. It has been mild temperature wise and in the 80s, so we have been frequenting the beach often as the wind makes it feel like the 70 degree weather. Typically the wind … Continue reading Red California Tides + Pirates Treasure Found on the Beach

10 Rooftop Restaurants in LA Worth Booking Tonight

Takami Sushi + Roboto Restaurant, Downtown LA 811 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 2100 Japanese food at it's best, Takami Sushi + Roboto Restaurant has lots of fresh sashimi and sushi with spectacular city views. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Perch, Downtown LA 448 South Hill Street This downtown LA gem is a gorgeous multi-floor rooftop worth … Continue reading 10 Rooftop Restaurants in LA Worth Booking Tonight

8 Simple Sandwiches to Fill Your Belly

TBLT Turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato with lime aioli and mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste. Ahi Tuna Pita Chili cumin crusted tuna, sliced avocado, jalapenos, cilantro, wonton chips smoked tomato remoulade with pita bread Friyay Burger 8 ounce angus patty, cheddar, bacon, jam, tomato, shredded lettuce tomato remoulade l, brioche bun Quinoa Garden Burger … Continue reading 8 Simple Sandwiches to Fill Your Belly

11 Cocktails + Party Time Beverages for the Freaking Weekend

Spicy Watermelon Margarita Tante jalapeno tequila, pressed watermelon, agave, lime, mint, fresh jalapenos Grapefruit Crush Deep Eddy Ruby Red, triple sec, grapefruit juice The Aviator Hendricks Gin, creme de violette, filthy Italian black cherries, lemon juice Prickly Pear Paloma Espolon blanco tequila, prickly pear syrup, Q grapefruit soda, lime juice Black Cherry Manhattan Bourbon, sweet … Continue reading 11 Cocktails + Party Time Beverages for the Freaking Weekend

8 Feed-the-Fans Game Time Football Crowd with our Party Munchies

Honey Sriracha Wings Jumbo wings with honey and sriracha soaked and then either baked or fried. Add carrots and celery with ranch dressing on the time as the ringer. Genoa Pesto Hummus Pita bread, Mediterranean hummus, olives, sliced cucumbers, dried apricots, celery, carrots, and grapes on a platter. Jumbo Onion Rings Cut and dry your … Continue reading 8 Feed-the-Fans Game Time Football Crowd with our Party Munchies

Mandarin Monday

We stopped into a Mandarin lunch spot randomly and we were presently surprised. The owner had owned the restaurant since 1985, and he was happy to have new customers. We ordered the seafood fried rice and the chicken fried rice with vegetables. It was delicious and came with soy sauce and fortune cookies. Here were … Continue reading Mandarin Monday

10 Vegetables To Plant in October

Lettuce Brassica Olersea Radish Carrot Spinach Peas Cabbage Garlic Kale Mache Shallot leverageambition #leverageambi1 #leverage #ambition #eat #drink #wegotthatyummyyummy #life #family #winning #winningagain #videogames #gamingsuckers #twitch #amazon #youtube #etsy #netflix #instagram #twitter #movies #entertainment #latest #newreleases #shop #talktous #beyou #begreat #beyoubegreatA Part of Waterview MarketingLeverage Ambition participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we … Continue reading 10 Vegetables To Plant in October

Fat + Tired? Time for Whole30

Here's a grocery shopping list to kick start your Whole30 diet. It's filling, and you can eat as much as you want as long as you have the right groceries at hand. Let's get started! PROTEIN Wild Caught Salmon 100% Grass Fed Beef Organic Eggs Tunafish Almond Nut Butter (no added sugar) Uncured sugar free … Continue reading Fat + Tired? Time for Whole30

September’s Crop Harvest in California

California has many lovely fruit and vegetables that are available for harvest this September. Here's a list so you can see what's in season and pick it up at the super market today. String Beans Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Yellow Beans Photo by ROMAN ODINTSOV on Pexels.com Beets Photo by Hassamo Chande on Pexels.com … Continue reading September’s Crop Harvest in California

Whole30 + Paleo – Spicy Hotdog Succotash with Sweet Peas

Feeling fall weather kick in, and when it does there is nothing better than spicy hotdog succotash with sweet peas! It is filling, quick, and easy! Double bonus, it's kid friendly too. Lets start with the spicy hotdog succotash! First use extra virgin olive oil on low heat and add 1 teaspoon of red chili … Continue reading Whole30 + Paleo – Spicy Hotdog Succotash with Sweet Peas

Whole30 Hot or Cold Tantanmen Ramen Soup

INGREDIENTS 4 pieces of Chicken Breast with Bones 2 Large Boiled Eggs 2 Bundles of Baby Bok Choi 1 Cup of Bean Sprouts 1 Large Zucchini 8 Scallions 2 Tablespoons of Tahini Paste 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Aminos Half Teaspoon of Five Spice 2 Tablespoons of Cashew Butter Handful of Toasted Sesame Seeds DIRECTIONS Add … Continue reading Whole30 Hot or Cold Tantanmen Ramen Soup

I Pied Myself In The Face With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

And now I look great! Seriously though, olive oil has so many great health benefits both inside and outside of your skin. We use olive oil, the extra virgin kind, in most all of our pasta, vegetable, and poultry slash meat cooking. Italians always say garlic for the flu vampires, and olive oil for beauty. … Continue reading I Pied Myself In The Face With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Marshmellow Only Lucky Charms Bags (FINALLY) On Sale this September

God hath awakened our minds and senses with the sweet treat of Lucky Charms Marshmellows consolidated in single 7 ounce bags in 2020. Will Jesus himself be delivering them to your houses? The answer is no, He will not. However, local grocers will. And maybe Walmart.com and Target.com too if you truly do have the … Continue reading Marshmellow Only Lucky Charms Bags (FINALLY) On Sale this September

Target’s Toilet Paper Reviews Are Helping Me Live Again

If you are like me, you are constantly trying to find the best online deal for home delivery essentials. And if you are also like me, you've come across Target.com's customer reviews of Scott's brand Toilet Tissue Paper. If we happened to be separated at birth, you have been a fan of Scott's Toilet Paper … Continue reading Target’s Toilet Paper Reviews Are Helping Me Live Again

Are You Reeeeaaaady… for our 30-Day Challenge?

I double dare you to try it. If you are like me, a human in the world that is tired, than you could benefit from the 30 Day Challenge. This is not like any ordinary challenge. It is a challenge of control and endurance. It is a challenge of the mind for your well being. … Continue reading Are You Reeeeaaaady… for our 30-Day Challenge?

Perfect Whole30 + Paleo Breakfast Ideas

Get your morning started right with these perfect breakfast ideas that leave you satisfied and ready to get your day started! 1. Eggs + Uncured, Sugar Free Bacon Not in that order though as you have to cook the bacon on low heat for about 20 minutes, flipping it midway. After the bacon was drained … Continue reading Perfect Whole30 + Paleo Breakfast Ideas

Fresh Watermelon Margaritas

Fresh watermelon margaritas are the cure for Taco Tuesdays or a day of fun and relaxation. This is a winning recipe that you'll absolutely love! Best part is that if you like your margaritas spicy, you can simply add a little jalapeno juice and sliced jalapenos in it to spice it up. First, the rim … Continue reading Fresh Watermelon Margaritas

Whole30 R5, Energizer Bunny Sugar Detox

Just got back from a much needed vacation in Lake Arrowhead this week, and I fell off the wagon. The sugar wagon that is! I had a slice of pizza and a spicy watermelon margarita, AND THEY WERE DELICIOUS! Back home now and back to reality where I am writing and getting back into the … Continue reading Whole30 R5, Energizer Bunny Sugar Detox

Did America Just Deal Us a Dose of Global Munchausen by Proxy?

It's a mother. And the world this year has been a doozy. COVID-19 has been named, but the Flu is a virus that never can go away, even with containment. But will a vaccine or isolating ourselves really help us? TBD. Munchausen by Proxy is a serious silent killer that mostly goes undetected by health … Continue reading Did America Just Deal Us a Dose of Global Munchausen by Proxy?

DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Sprays

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com My least favorite thing to buy at the store is cleaning sprays. Here's why. First off, they are overly expensive to buy. I have seen cleaning sprays for kitchen, bathrooms, and windows for over $20. I don't think it costs that much to make! Second, the ingredients list is alarming … Continue reading DIY All-Purpose Cleaning Sprays

Unique Birthday Present Ideas

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Ever have a birthday to attend, and have a hard time getting something fun and unique to make that special someone happy? Below are some unique birthday gifts that your loved one is sure to cherish! 1. Clarkson Ave Crumb Cake Co. Nothing says I love you like a homemade … Continue reading Unique Birthday Present Ideas

The Internal Narratives We Tell Ourselves, And How We Can Help Each Other

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com This article is about understanding the narratives we tell ourselves, and how it effects our daily living. The Black Lives Matter BLM# movement has taken place this year of COVID 2020.  BLM is a social injustice collaboration with people worldwide to end the injustice of systemic and overt and … Continue reading The Internal Narratives We Tell Ourselves, And How We Can Help Each Other

WHOLE30 MEALS IM LOVING NOW

Photo by Taryn Elliott on Pexels.com This is my 4th round of Whole30, and it’s hard girl!  The things I miss most but are most dangerous for me include whole milk (can you tell I have kids yet?), toast with butter and jelly, and WINE. WINE, WINE, WINE! I know it’s only for 30 days … Continue reading WHOLE30 MEALS IM LOVING NOW

10 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Have you ever heard of Apple Cider Vinegar? I was really oblivious to this miracle worker until one of my holistic and nutrition savvy friends introduced me to it a few years ago, and wow, what a game changer! There are so many benefits to this product that I wanted to share the ten benefits … Continue reading 10 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

10 Salty & Sweet Snacks on the Whole30

Guys!  I just had a great lunch and was really craving something sweet!  In the past I would just have a cookie or a potato chip snack in my office, but now that I am on the Whole30 I need to be prepped with better choices to make sure I remain compliant and stick to … Continue reading 10 Salty & Sweet Snacks on the Whole30

Fried Bratwurst, Eggs with Potato Brussel Sprout Hash Whole30 Lunch

Sounds delicious, right? You bet your damn britches it is! Just made this bad boy for lunch and what a joy. It was actually enough for my next meal too, to those who are doing the Whole30 diet. For those that are looking to get on the Whole30 diet, I would definitely recommend going to … Continue reading Fried Bratwurst, Eggs with Potato Brussel Sprout Hash Whole30 Lunch

Whole30 Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – OMG so good

I finally decided to start my second round of Whole30 this week! It took me a while to get into it again as I have had a busy month preparing to switch jobs. Good news is that I will be joining a new company at the end of the month! Excited for a new start … Continue reading Whole30 Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – OMG so good

I Cheated on the Whole30

Ug.  It's been tough starting the second round of the Whole30 diet.  This time around I had a few dinner parties to attend and blew it as I drank wine, plus my dinners out and about in town definitely had sugar somehow as the meat I ate was not uncured and organic.  On that note … Continue reading I Cheated on the Whole30

Whole30 Lunch – Homemade Baked Potato Chips with Boiled Eggs and Tessamae Ranch Dressing

2018!  I am on Round 2, Day 2 of my Whole30 diet.  First round last year I lost 13 pounds, and looking to lose 10 more this time around.  I have to admit I gained 3 pounds or so since my last round.  I haven't had raw sugar however I did have non-compliant meat and … Continue reading Whole30 Lunch – Homemade Baked Potato Chips with Boiled Eggs and Tessamae Ranch Dressing

Denny’s Friday Night Family Dinner

Happy Saturday everyone! I am happy to announce that my husband was able to convince me to go to a restaurant with the boys last night after work! It is super scary as the kids can be so unpredictable sometimes, but we were able to successfully eat an entire meal and not get kicked out! … Continue reading Denny’s Friday Night Family Dinner

Take Back Your Mojo via our Whole30 Dinner – Mojo Cubano Marinated Pork

I have to admit I have never been to Cuba, but I would really love to visit now that it is open to Americans to come in and stay! I hate to drop the Kardashian's name in it but I saw them visit and Jezebel wrote an article about it here. Too funny! I am … Continue reading Take Back Your Mojo via our Whole30 Dinner – Mojo Cubano Marinated Pork

Whole30 Dinner – Spicy Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Carrots

You guys are in for an extra special New Year's celebration meal!  This was a nice comfort meal I made yesterday which made all members of my household happy! 👍😄 It does taste as good as it looks! Ingredients 3 Organic Chicken Breasts 1 bag of Organic Mini Carrots 3 Russet Potatoes, Organic 4 tablespoons … Continue reading Whole30 Dinner – Spicy Roasted Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Carrots

Whole30 Lunch – Kale Chicken Caesar Chive Bacon Salad

Oh wow, this was the BEST salad I have had on the Whole30 diet since I started my first round in November this year!  I had leftover baked chicken drumsticks from dinner last night so I chopped this up and added Tessemae's Caesar dressing.  It is definitely more pricey than the regular dressing you find … Continue reading Whole30 Lunch – Kale Chicken Caesar Chive Bacon Salad

2018 New Year’s Eve Party – Whole30 Appetizers & Drinks

Happy New Year's Eve, everyone!  Congrats on the end of 2017 and a celebration to the new projects and challenges to come!  I have recently written a blog about my 2018 goals, if you haven't checked it out yet I would catch it here: 2018 New Year's Goals We are staying in on the home front … Continue reading 2018 New Year’s Eve Party – Whole30 Appetizers & Drinks

Whole30 Dinner – Chicken Sausage & Mashed Potatoes

It has been a long day y'all!  We had a lot of kids activities, including tutoring them with flash cards from Bob's Books which are great for kids as they start to learn how to read.  We are also digging Netflix recently as they have two really great shows for kids speech and learning: Story … Continue reading Whole30 Dinner – Chicken Sausage & Mashed Potatoes

Whole30 Baked Garlic Kale Chips, Blueberry Lemon Water & Cherry Tomatoes

Everyone wants to know what I am eating on the Whole30 diet, as many find it hard to be creative, full, and happy with the limited ingredients this diet has. Great part is when you are withdrawing from dairy and sugar, you look much leaner in your face and eventually see weight loss on your … Continue reading Whole30 Baked Garlic Kale Chips, Blueberry Lemon Water & Cherry Tomatoes

Whole30 Snack – Deviled Eggs & Homemade Mayo

  Happy Holidays to everyone!   I am excited to share the following: 1) I took off a week from my day job to potty train my twin boys and chill with my husband; 2) We booked a few days in the Westin Hotel in Long Beach and it was awesome. The room service and … Continue reading Whole30 Snack – Deviled Eggs & Homemade Mayo

Whole30 Snacks – 10 Compliant Larabars

Today I was on a quest. A quest to find the best and easiest meal replacer as I forgot to pack my lunch before work today. It stinks when I forget, and typically it is leftovers from the night before. Problem is, my husband now wants in the Whole30 club! He has not been following … Continue reading Whole30 Snacks – 10 Compliant Larabars

Whole30 Meal Ideas

Hey all!  So excited to share some additional recipes with you that are Whole30 friendly today! As a reminder, on the Whole30 diet, you CANNOT eat the following: Dairy.  This means cheese, cow milk, cream, yogurt, half and half, butter.  Substitute these cravings with sugar free almond and coconut milk! Grains.  No corn, wheat, rye, … Continue reading Whole30 Meal Ideas

Day 30 on the Whole30 Diet

Guys, I lost a total of 13 pounds this month!  So happy, and feeling so much more energetic and lighter.  So happy I committed. Because the diet was so successful, I am going to continue as long as I can until I get below my healthy weight.  I lost 13 pounds from 180, which is … Continue reading Day 30 on the Whole30 Diet

Day 26 on the Whole30 Diet

HEY! Feeling so great all, so happy still that I decided to do this diet! I was not supposed to look but have lost 12 pounds thus far, and have so much more energy, feeling more comfortable in my own skin and healthier. As I had withdrew from sugar, I broke out pretty bad with … Continue reading Day 26 on the Whole30 Diet

I Lost 10 Pounds! * Day 15-20 on the Whole30

I lost 10 pounds so far!  Yippee!  So excited and feeling much more energetic and hopeful in comparison to 20 days ago before I started this Whole30 diet. I ended up getting my period this week, plus it was Thanksgiving yesterday, so it has been a tough week.  Apologies for not posting sooner.  Thankfully my … Continue reading I Lost 10 Pounds! * Day 15-20 on the Whole30

Day 13-15 Whole30 Diet – Weekend Meals

I had such a nice weekend with my family here in Los Angeles!  We went to Travel Town within Griffith Park and it is really awesome as my boys love trains.  It is free unless you ride the train which was $12 for all of us.  Great inexpensive trip with kids if you are interested … Continue reading Day 13-15 Whole30 Diet – Weekend Meals

Day 11 & 12 Whole30 Diet – Meals & almost half way there!

Really proud of myself for sticking with this program.  For some reason when trying other diets and counting calories for everything I ate, I never seemed to stick to the plan.  I tried MyFitnessPal.com and never could remember to enter all meals.  On the Whole30 I am accountable for the food I eat as I … Continue reading Day 11 & 12 Whole30 Diet – Meals & almost half way there!

Day 10 & 11 Whole30 Diets – More meals & deals

The Whole30 blog was right, Day 11 is much easier than Days 9 and 10.  For some reason many folks on the diet have a rough time those two days and I did as well.  I think my body was getting rid of the final bad carbs, sugar and dairy that I have been eating … Continue reading Day 10 & 11 Whole30 Diets – More meals & deals

Day 9 & 10 on the Whole30 Diet – More Meals and Drinks

Feeling so much better tonight!  I was withdrawing from sugar pretty bad over the last few days, so my mood swings were intense however I stayed with the course and meal prepped the night before to keep me on track! YOU CAN DO IT! Breakfast this AM was 3 scrambled eggs, ghee on the pan, … Continue reading Day 9 & 10 on the Whole30 Diet – More Meals and Drinks

Day 8 & 9 on the Whole30 Diet – More Meals & Drinks

Oh boy, yesterday I did not bring enough compliant food to work with me, so was hungry parts of the work day and it was not cool!  I figured out fast that I really need to be overly prepared.  That being said when I got home from work last night I cooked a ton! For … Continue reading Day 8 & 9 on the Whole30 Diet – More Meals & Drinks

Day 7 & 8 on the Whole30 Diet – More meal ideas

Wow, super tired today!  Even coffee is not helping but I am pushing through.  I don't think it has to do with the diet this time, I actually took my toddler boys for their first haircut today and they weren't thrilled. Then to now it turned out OK, so happy my husband and I did … Continue reading Day 7 & 8 on the Whole30 Diet – More meal ideas

Grocery List for Whole30

About to go to the supermarket again, and wanted to share my grocery list to help as a guide to stock up the healthiest filling options for losing weight on the Whole30. This week was tough as I really felt the after effects of the sugar I was eating, and I didn't realize also how … Continue reading Grocery List for Whole30

Day 6 & 7 on the Whole30 Diet – Coconut Flour Biscuits

I had to go to the supermarket last night as I was really craving something sweet and saw this really awful recipe which looked really great online, obviously not going to share it as it was super bad!  I will share what was good however and how to make it! Coconut flour biscuits I love … Continue reading Day 6 & 7 on the Whole30 Diet – Coconut Flour Biscuits

Refreshing Drinks on the Whole30 Diet

I was majorly addicted to sugar, dairy and carbs when I started the Whole30 program!  I would drink a ton of diet soda, regular soda, specialty fruit drinks like Izze's from Whole Foods that were packed with fake sugar and real sugar.  This would give me a temporary pleasure but now I see, after 5 … Continue reading Refreshing Drinks on the Whole30 Diet

5 Top First Week Whole30 Meal Ideas Worth Trying

My first week of the Whole30 diet and I already lost 7 lbs in 4 days!  I am so happy, much more energetic and can breathe much better!  Being an older female with children, my metabolism has been really slowed down post kids.  After starting breast feeding post-pregnancy, I lost over 50 pounds within 2 … Continue reading 5 Top First Week Whole30 Meal Ideas Worth Trying

5 Awesome Diets to Kick Start Weight Loss

All of us are looking to lose a few pounds now and then.  Most of my life I have experimented with different fad diets and some have been more successful then others.  My most recent diet is the Whole30 diet that restricts cheese, carbohydrates and dairy: basically everything I was raised on learning to eat.  We … Continue reading 5 Awesome Diets to Kick Start Weight Loss

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mousse Cups (vegan) — food to glow

4A slightly sweet, vegan chocolate mousse made with aquafaba and protein-packed peanut butter powder. Easy, light and perfect for a family or special occasion dessert. Top with crushed salted peanuts or pretzels for a flavour and texture contrast. I bet you thought I had disappeared off the blogosphere. Nope, I’ve just been in Japan! For … Continue reading Peanut Butter and Chocolate Mousse Cups (vegan) — food to glow

Dip, Dop, Hooray — BitterSweet

In the battle for snack supremacy, the competition is fierce, but a few front runners have emerged from the pack. Potential winners are obvious from any vantage point in the bleachers, if you just take a moment to look at the odds. Think back and try to remember the last time you attended a decent […] … Continue reading Dip, Dop, Hooray — BitterSweet