Seize the day because life is what you make it...

Quinoa Burrito

To say that I love rice is an understatement! But with trying to be the fittest that I've ever been comes sacrifice and willpower, which means a lot to this rice loving girl. I used to eat rice almost everyday, it's no wonder I'm huge!
  A lot's changed these past few months, for one I've stopped eating white rice and switched to brown rice, but that was just the perfect excuse to keep on eating rice, and when I noticed that nothing was happening despite working out and taking out white rice from my diet, I knew I had to make serious changes. 
One of them was to definitely stop eating rice everyday. First I started with eating brown rice once a week and then I decided to do some research and try to find some sort of replacement, that's when I found Quinoa pronounced Keen - wa.
 Let me tell you, I love it! It is delicious, can be used for anything and it tricks my mind into thinking it's rice :)
One of my favorite quick meals with Quinoa is making a burrito out of it, plus it's a winner for my son.

Quinoa Burrito:
Get all of your ingredients ready.
First put your whole wheat wrap on a plate and layer on your first ingredient, refried beans.
Second layer on some spinach.
Third you top it off with the quinoa and roasted chicken cubes.
Voila! You have a healthy yet very delicious wrap :)

You can add as many ingredients as you want and in less than 15mins you have your lunch or dinner and your set to eat.  I say 15mins because I usually cook my Quinoa in a batch and store it in the fridge (must be used within 2 weeks) and when I'm ready to use I just heat and serve! 
Even if you have to cook the Quinoa on the spot it cooks in just 20mins.

Love,
Kary xoxo

Happy Birthday Soul Mate!

My Humbe when he was a little boy. In his Ecuador :)
On a day like today some years back my Soul mate was born!
Who knew he'd travel half across the world and marry some spoiled rotten girl - me :)
I am so grateful and blessed to have this wonderful man by my side, someone who completes me in every single way, spoils me rotten, gives me foot rubs every single night, loves me for who I am and is one of the greatest fathers ever (aside from my daddy being #1 - :D )
Humbe is my love, my everything and my lobster!

 True love is not about the hugs and kisses, the 'I love you's' or the 'I miss you's', but about the chills that hit every part of your spine when you think about him.

My boys!
Us a few years back, about 6!
Wednesday - May 23,2012 after Miguelito's Ballet show :)
Wishing my hubby a very Happy Birthday & May he be blessed with many more years!
Feliz Cumpleanos mi amor!

Love,
Kary xoxo

It's the simple things in life...

❤ Enjoying one of my new favorite snacks! It's sugar free and only 60 calories :) Not to mention that it is delicious!!


❤ My baby and his rock art! Painted at his school fair for the school garden. It's been so much fun walking by the school garden everyday and seeing his rock, rocking out in the sun :)


❤ Watching Miguelito play Soccer out in the sun and getting tanned, now I have two toned colored feet. It's not even Summer yet!


❤ Miguelito practicing for his big show (I haven't been blogging, but his show was this past Sunday May 20, 2012)


 Enjoying a late brunch at IHOP with my mom. I was sure to pick something healthy & and enjoyed one of their items from their new (to me) Simple & Fit menu. My total calorie intake at IHOP 400 calories! :) Not counting my cup of coffee!


 ❤ Working out everyday & feeling oh so powerful afterwards!  I hadn't weighed myself for two weeks, not only because I was scared but my scale's battery died and I kept forgetting to get new batteries. I finally did and when I weighed myself I saw that I'd lost 5 lbs! 5lbs in 2 weeks made me feel like the happiest girl ever! I am a girl on a mission!! {Update - I've lost one more pound, making it  a total of 6lbs! Pumping my fist in the air}

“It's the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.”
- Paulo Coelho
 
TGIF & a three day weekend! Hooray :) 
 Can't wait to see what kind of mischief my munchkin and I get into!
Happy Friday Loves

Love,
Kary xoxo

Operation Smile & Campus Book Rentals

Operation Smile - A smile changes everything :)
Have you guys ever heard of Operation Smile?
It's a wonderful international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles. Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft - often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In many cases their parents can not afford the surgeries needed for them to live a normal life. That's where Operation Smile comes in. They offer free medical services, to those who can not afford it, therefore changing their lives forever.

Their are many ways for you to donate and one of those is through  Campus Book Rentals.
Each time a textbook is rented through them they donate a percentage to Operation Smile.
Not only do you save a tons of money on college textbooks but you also help change a life :)
Oh and let me not forget some of the other perks that Campus Book Rentals has to offer:

-you save 40-90% off bookstore prices
Example:
 
If you rent the above textbook on Campus Rentals 
http://tinyurl.com/burahbc
 it will only cost you $26.32 for the entire semester.
 Way better than having to buy it on 
Amazon  http://tinyurl.com/d92luhq
for $62.68. And you don't have to deal with the hassle 
of trying to have to sell it, to earn back some money.
 
-free shipping both ways
 
-you can highlight in the textbooks
 
- they offer flexible renting periods
 
- and they donate to Operation Smile with each textbook 
rented
 
So you see it's a win-win situation! You save money 
and at the same time help change a life! 
If your still in College or know someone in College let 
them know the difference that they can make :)
 
{Disclaimer:  I was approached to write a sponsored post 
for CampusBookRentals.com.}

Love,
Kary xoxo

FitBlogNYC 2012

Greeting sign at the entrance.
 AMAZING!!!!!
It's officially been three days since I attended Fitness Magazine's Meet & Tweet Blogger event at the Metropolitan Pavilion and let me tell you I am still on cloud 9!
This was my first blogger themed conference that I  attended, and it couldn't have been any better! A room full of strong confident woman who believe in fitness and a healthy lifestyle?! 
It still feels so surreal that I was a part of this incredible event especially during this moment in my life when I am on a mission to be the fittest that I've ever been :) 
Hopefully one day I can be a part of #TheFitFluentialTeam

It was a day full of amazing speakers, lovely bloggers, yummy snacks, and testing out new products. There are no words for me to fully explain how incredible this day was, and what was even more perfect was the fact that it took me out of my comfort zone. You see, I can be a wallflower sometimes and the night before as I chatted with my sunshine about how nervous I really was and how I almost didn't sign up for that reason (Gasp! Say what?? I know right, imagine missing out on this event for such a silly reason) she told me I would have a blast and that I would meet the loveliest of friends.
She was right! :) Thank you my Sunshine!!

Now to let the pictures do some of the talking:
(Major picture overload)

Taking a picture with Mia Hamm.She is SO sweet, it was exciting getting to meet her in person after watching her play many soccer games on television. I even got a mini Soccer ball signed for my Miguelito.
To: Miguelito From:Mia Hamm
Trying out the perfect pair of Birkenstock's with Tiffany from the Birkenstock table. P.S. These might have been a part of an awesome swag bag that we got at the end of the day :)
Meeting these two lovely bloggers Nicole & Christy. I loved our little group and can't wait to meet up again :)
Yummy healthy lunch, including the yummiest lemonade ever! Might I mention that this was the first drop of juice that I've had since I stopped drinking juice about 4 months ago :)
A gym to street fashion show.
My favorite look! I fell in love with those New Balance workout capris, and am on the hunt for a pair.
My second favorite look. Don't you just love this tribal print - Gah, it's amazing!! If anyone knows where I can get this pair, do let me know ASAP :)
Photo: Steven Meyer (Fitness Magazine) Listening to these four fabulous FitFluential ladies talk about "How to turn your blog into a business". Kelly Olexa, Carla Birnberg, Julie Fagan and Tina Haupert gave some awesome advice.
With Reign Hudson (the kick ass trainer) from KiwiSweat after the Tabura class she taught us.
By the end of the day I was one sweaty hot mess but is was so worth it!
Fitness Magazine's Blogger Meet & Tweet Blogger event was AMAZING & I'm really looking forward to next year's event!

Sneak Peak of the amazing swag bags that were given to us at the end of the event:
Can you guess what's inside? All I can say is that it was incredibly heavy and once it was opened the goodies wouldn't stop spilling out!
Stay tuned to a swag post and one full of tips that were told to us at the FitBlogNYC conference.

  Thank you SO much Fitness Magazine, Samantha Pepi, NMS strategies and all of the
Sponsors:
Reebok, Birkenstock, Oakley, Sun Maid, KiwiSweat, Go With The Grain, Pure Protein, VICHY, Camelbak, Schick, Camelbak, V8.
For FitBlogNYC 2012!!

 Love,
Kary xoxo

First Communion

The love of my life!
Me & my two boys, makes me the happiest girl in the entire world :)
Family & friends = A most glorious day
Migueltio's big day finally arrived and after a year of preparation he did his First Communion today. It was a beautiful and emotional day watching my big boy all grown up in his suit and up on the alter.
It made me so happy to have shared this special day with my most important loved ones.
 
Love,
Kary xoxo

P.S. More pictures to come tomorrow :)