Friday, March 30, 2012

Happy Friday, Friends!!

Have a great weekend everybody! I am so excited, my friend Kim and I are hitting up Burke Williams for a day of relaxation and pampering! Seriously...it's been a really long time since I have had a good pampering sesh.   

I'll be leaving the monster (a.k.a. Easton) with Tony while Kim and I are enjoying our day of R&R. I know that Tony and Easton will have a wonderful "boys day," and everything will be under control....
Isn't he just so cute, smiley, & AMAZING?!?! He melts my heart...

The Frascone's cure for the common cold!


Juice Plus+ has been a pretty neat little product for the Frascone family. We love it. It helps keep us nice and healthy. We originally started taking it because of a study which found major decline in vascular inflammation when Juice Plus+ was taken consistently for 30, 60, and 90 days. We keep taking it because in a very tangible way- we see improvements in our health. We have more energy, and have been able to fight off sickness faster...for instance:

A couple of weeks ago, both Tony and I felt a little cold coming on. We doubled up on Juice Plus+ for two days and...voila! The cold didn't get us.

Here are the What, Why, and Who that everyone should know about Juice Plus+:

What: Juice Plus is not a vitamin. It's food. It's been approved by the FDA. It's a capsule (or chewable) that started out as fruit, veg, and berries. The food is picked when they are vine ripe, juiced, and then the pulp and juice are dehydrated and put into capsule or chewable form. When taking Juice Plus+, you are getting a full days worth of fruit and veggie nutrients. PLUS, you are getting a full variety of fruits and vegetables that most of us just don't get on our own.

Why: You should take this product if you want to stay healthy even in the worst of sick seasons, you feel like you just might need a little more nutrient variety in your diet that you can't get on your own, and/or you  want to have prettier skin, gums, heart arteries, ect. :) It's great for kids and adults!!!

Who: Contact me if you want to get started! You seriously will be obsessed with this product. I know I am.

Here is an amazing Clinical Research resource if you want to read up!

Tony and I take the chewables, it's like eating candy every morning :) They are yummy for adults, even better for kids! Your kids will love them,

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mother's Day Dreamin

This year will be my first Mother's Day. Becoming a mama has been the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me. I love it. I love Easton. I love Tony even more, since having Easton...

I'm so excited to celebrate Mother's Day in style. And if I'm honest, what I want more than anything else on Mother's Day is....TO BE ALONE. Maybe it's not right, but that's what I really want. My dream day goes a little something like this:

I arrive in San Francisco in the morning. I do a little window shopping in Union Square for a couple of hours, then check into the St. Francis or the Clift Hotel (either one is will do :). From there I will head on over to the De Young Museum and check out the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Once I'm done at the museum,  I'll saunter on back to my hotel with a cappuccino in hand, eat something fantastic, and sleep. I want uninterrupted sleep for one night. This is all I ask for...


What do you think?? Would you take a vacation by yo-self for Mother's Day? 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Food: Healthy Tacos!!

Healthy Tofu Tacos
Serving Size: 2 (2 pita's for each person, HOORAY!!)
Calorie count: 290

We like to keep things nice and healthy in the Frascone household. We've stopped eating meat so we are finding new and improved ways of eating our favorite dishes. Take tacos, for instance.  Tacos are one of those meals that we just can't live without. Here is what we've come up with to keep our favorite dish in our tummies, sans meat.

What You'll Need:
-whole wheat pitas
-firm tofu (6 oz)
-3/4 tbs. olive oil
-1/2 orange bell pepper (diced)
-small zucchini (diced)
-small yellow onion (diced)


The "fixens:"
-1/2 avacado (if you are so inclined)
-green onion (some peeps call them scallions)
-1/4 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella (forget the cheese if you want to keep this vegan style :)
-1/2 orange bell pepper (raw)

Tony is such a great helper...getting the fixens all ready to go! 

What to do:
-cut the tofu into small squares (about the size of a quarter), sauté the tofu and olive oil in a skillet until the tofu is lightly browed (about 5 min), remove the tofu and put aside. Add the green bell pepper, zucchini, and yellow onion to the pan (add a small amount of olive oil if there isn't enough left in the skillet). Saute the veg for about 3 min, then add the tofu back to the mixture. Let the tofu and veg sauté for about 2 more minutes and remove.
**We add a small amount of salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and chili powder to this mix while it's sautéing.

- Once the mix is done sautéing, you get to make your taco!! You like avocado? Great! You can add it to your taco! You hate green onion?!?! Leave them off your super healthy taco. You can have it the way you like it!!

*Just a little side note...I include all of the ingredients in the calorie count, so if you don't use the cheese or avocado- the count will be a little less!

I'm no "food photographer" and will never claim to be...but doesn't this healthy food look DELISH?!?! Well it is...you should totally try this at home!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Food: BABY FOOD!!

Honestly, I have been looking forward to making my own baby food since before Easton was born. I'm not quite sure why...

Maybe it's because healthy eating has become such an important part of my life.

Maybe it's because I actually ENJOY cooking.
Maybe it's because I wanted a shot at giving my baby whole, home-made, non-processed foods right from the start.
Maybe it's because I want to be able to say that I have prepared ALL of my baby's food, short of growing the fruit and veg myself.
Maybe, just maybe, it's because I just couldn't WAIT to use my HARD CORE KitchenAid food processor.
I did some research and found some of the best starter foods for my little monster. THIS is a great resource if you want to do some light reading on feeding your little one. We started with green beans and sweet potato- bought fresh, local and organic from the Campbell Farmer's Market.

I use Beaba storage trays to freeze the baby food!

I cooked two different types of food, but I only gave Easton the sweet potato. It's best to introduce foods, one at a time- just to make sure there is no allergic reaction...if there is, it's much easier to find the culprit!

Here are a few photos (in order) of Easton trying his mama's sweat potato baby-food!


 By the end, he was so in to the sweet potatoes- he wanted them all over his face! What a cutie-pie, no? 

Friday, March 23, 2012

Baby Boot Camp

Let's face it. After having a baby, saying "farewell" to the extra baby weight can be quite challenging. I gained CRAZY amounts of poundage during my pregnancy (58 lbs to be exact! remember that post when I discussed weight last time?), and it's taken some major effort on my part to lose that weight. I started walking very soon after I had Easton, and that, along with some calorie counting helped me drop the first 20 lbs. Then I upped my game and started hiking again- (I think that was around month 3 of Easton's life). The hiking, walking, and calorie counting helped me drop a full 35 lbs. But here's the thing...my body likes to stay nice and comfy at a certain weight, and I had to do something different to shock it (Tony likes to call it, SHOCK-&-AWE) into losing and firming a little bit mo'.

In comes August Patterson. August is a friend, and an ÜBER motivated business owner. She's all things health and fitness. Her Baby Boot Camp meets four days a week and has helped me drop 3 more pounds, get into a pair of jeans that haven't fit since month 5 of pregnancy, and (bonus!!) I get to socialize with other Mamas!



I think the ticket to Baby Boot Camp's success is that we use our own body weight to work out. We do lot's of different exercises, focusing on arms, butts, legs, cardio, and strength training.

I really like to workout, but what I LOVE most about August's class is that we are mamas first- and that's just fine with August. If we need to change or nurse our babies during a sprint drill, there's absolutely NO judgement from our fearless leader. And why should there be, after all, she brings her darling little munchkins to class too!!

*That little cutie is Uma, August's youngest daughter

I have been working out consistently for over 2 and a half years now, and one thing that I have noticed is that change is a good thing. Changing up my workout routine was key to further success in losing weight and inches, and getting more toned. Hiking is still a HUGE part of my week, but a little bit of push-ups never hurt anyone.


If you have any questions about how to join August's class you can contact her HERE! 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WWTFD?

Style consists of much more than trendy "duds"(a.k.a. outfits) made by fabulous designers. Style is that polished look that only a well kept person and closet can bring. I have had seasons in my life where my priorities don't/can't include fabulous new clothes. It is during those times that I am particularly susceptible to feeling out of season, out of style, and unkempt.

Recently I have been feeling blue about my wardrobe. Some clothes are too big, other's too small, and some clothes are just tired...and probably ready for the goodwill. I have to take a long hard look at each article of clothing and ask myself...WWTFD? A.k.a., "What Would Tom Ford Do?" You know Tom Ford. The genius behind Gucci. The man who ventured off on his own to create an AMAZING self titled clothing line. I'm obsessed with Tom Ford. You should be too. But that's neither here, nor there.


*Photo Credit: Simon Perry for Harper's Bazaar

When there's a shirt that looks slightly dingy and really shouldn't be worn out into the real world....I ask ma-self, "what would Tom Ford do?" Answer: He would throw it away. My favorite pair of workout pants have a whole which can't be patched? "WWTFD?" Throw them away! There is a, not-so-small stain on a shirt that my husband just bought?? First, laugh a little about the fact that Tony should be wearing one of Easton's bibs, then... "WWTFD". GOOD WILL!

One of the many reasons that I absolutely LOVE good ol' Tommy is that this "WWTFD" applies to more than just clothes....

I step on the scale and I am up a pound or two..."WWTFD?" Answer: Eat fruits and veggies exclusively for a few days until I get back to even. (No really, he does that, and I think it's genius.)

I'm feeling drained and need to relax a bit..."WWTFD?" Answer: Soak in a bath and drink an iced coffee. LOVE that one!

Tom Ford is the epitome of polished and I totally admire that. One of my favorite things about fashion is that, even sans new outfits and trendy pieces, a person can still look amazing. A stark white shirt, good pair of jeans, a lovely little scarf, and non-scuffed shoes can look just as amazing as the Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress that I'm coveting right now (but can't even pretend to afford).

Tom Ford has taught me that there are a lot more components to style than just one really expensive designer outfit. It's making sure that the clothes you do have are quality and in uber-presentable condition. Structured pieces are important. Bath time is a wonderful part of the day. And looking good even when I'm all by myself at home (with Easton present of course) is important, because it makes me feel good .

Soooooo...grubby Juicy Sweat-Suit, you were once cute, now your too big and a little faded. You have to go.


Oh, yes...Just in case your interested in a little light reading about Tommy-boy- here  is a fabulous (short) article about ma main man, brought to you and me by none other than Harper's Bazaar!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mom to a 6 Month Old!

6 month stats:
weight: 16.2 lbs. (25%tile)
heights: 26.25 in. (50%tile)
personality: amazing 

Easton turned 6 months old yesterday. It's been a pretty incredible six months, to say the least. I have learned so much about myself since becoming a mama, and I thought I'd share a few of my favorite lessons thus far. Six tid-bits I've learned in SIX months:
1. Parenting: Every parent I know has a different style, theory, or idea about what kind of parent they want to be/will be. The coolest thing I've learned over the last six months...I get to choose, change my mind, and adapt my parenting philosophies as I go. I get to be the kind of parent that EASTON needs, and that will change as his needs change. 
1 week old (both pics, above)
2. Nursing: It is by far the most rewarding, wonderful, and fabulous thing that I have ever done. I wish I could bottle-up the feeling I get while we snuggle in the morning and he eats. I would keep that bottle on a shelf and open it up the minute that I wean him. It's crazy to look back to the first week, where nursing was emotionally draining. Wow, have things changed.
1 month old (above)
2 months old (above)
3 months old (above)
3. Baby Laughs: I would do practically ANYTHING to make my little baby laugh. I have said it before and will say it again, Easton's laugh is the best sound that I've ever heard in my entire life. He has a fantastic laugh- but honestly, he makes me work for it. Molly (our pug) on the other hand, she just walks past him and he laughs. I never thought I'd be jealous of a dog. 

4 months old (above) &
The beginning of Easton's friendship with Molly
4. Personality: If I could put my finger on Easton's personality...I'd say he is light-hearted. He isn't easily upset, he smiles constantly, and he enjoys the little things (like swinging in his swing and watching himself in the mirror). He is such a wonderful, calm baby.  I can tell that he's happy and content with very little. He doesn't need or want crazy amounts of entertainment. He's independent. He doesn't need me in his line of vision at all times just to be okay. He knows, that if he needs me, I'll be there. 

5 months old (both pics, above)
5. Mama time: I stay at home with Easton, which I LOVE. But every now and again, it's nice to get out of the house to hang with girlfriend without my little monster. Easton doesn't take a bottle (at least, not well), so I was never comfortable leaving him for long periods of time. But we've made mama time work by Tony hanging out with Easton in another part of the house while I have a friend over. And more recently, Easton has been going to bed by 7:30- I just make plans to see a friend after I put him down. It's been wonderful to spend quality time with a couple of friends, sans Easton. 
6 months (above)
6. Routine: Schedules are a bit hard to follow when you have a baby. I'm such a scheduled person that I've really had to adjust to changes in my day. But here's the ticket...Routines, those are much easier to abide by. Easton might not go down for a nap at exactly 2:30 every day. But he does go down (usually) between 1:00 and 3:00pm. I have created a routine around that. We get out of the house to work-out everyday by 9:00am- and we are home everyday by 12:30. If I stay consistent, it's far more likely that I can expect my baby to be [somewhat] consistent. I love that. 

My baby boy is such a blessing and I am so excited to see what the next 6 months bring. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Easton is just adorable in his St. Patty's gear, courtesy of Uncle Rich and Auntie Cinda. 


Since I don't drink beer- I won't be having any green beer today....but I am planning on grabbin ma-self some Starbucks coffee with GREEN whipped-cream! YUM YUM! I've been looking forward to whipped-cream all week. Green or not, whipped-cream might be my most favorite, naughty desert!


What are you doing for St. Patty's Day?

Friday, March 16, 2012

Food: Spinach & Cheese Burger

Spinach & Cheese Burgers 
Serving Size: 5
Calories: 1 Burger, 125 cals

I wish I had a photo of the finished product- but the burgers looked so amazing that I couldn't spare one moment to grab a camera...I HAD to eat ma dinner ASAP! This is such an easy recipe and the prep time is relatively short.
I served the burger in a pita with sprouts, avocado, and hummus, and a dash of hot sauce. Hot sauce...that's the ticket!


What you'll need: 
-10 oz. chopped frozen spinach
-1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
-1 tsp red pepper flakes (if your so inclined...)
-salt to taste (a little less than 1/4 tsp)
-dash of pepper
-2 egg whites
-1 egg
-1 oz parmesan cheese (shredded)
-1.5 oz reduced fat mozzarella cheese (shredded)
-1 oz provolone cheese (shredded)

1. Thaw the frozen spinach in a simmering pot of water until completely thawed. Drain and press out all remaining water. 
2. Combine all the ingredients thoroughly and make 5 patties. 
3. Cook on the skillet about 4 min on one side, 4 min on the other side, 3 min on one side, 3 min on the other side. 


C'est fini!! You're finished! Enjoy on a pita or an open faced sandy :)

*you don't have to use all the different kinds of cheese if you don't want to. I just like to add different flavors. You could choose one cheese and use 3 oz of it!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Rice Cereal!

 I wanted to hold off on the rice cereal as long as possible. Reason #1: our pediatrician suggested that we hold off on solids until Easton was 6mo old. Reason #2: I absolutely want to keep him dependent on me as long as possible...his only source of nutrition was coming from me for the first 5 and a half months of his life, and I didn't want to give that up. But, my darling little guy was showing all the signs of readiness to eat a lil something other than "mama's milk."


 So, last week, we slapped a bib on our little guy and gave him the world's best rice cereal. He loved it! He was so ready to eat.  This little monster ate like a champ. He ate like he had been eating rice cereal off of a spoon his whole baby life.




The best part about feeding Easton rice cereal isssss....the cereal helped him SLEEP!! He slept through the night every night for a week. I'm talking, 8.5-9.5 hours EVERY night! Maybe the two aren't connected...but it's been amazing whether they are or not. Mama needed some good sleep :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

New York, I miss you sooooo...


Sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes- I wish I could be back in New York living the urban life. Honestly, I haven't lived there for 9 years but sometimes I feel like I miss it so much I can hardly breath.



 I know how beautiful California is. All my friends are here (save for a few close friends still in NY). Tony's dream job is here. Being a parent to a child in a car-seat in New York City might be the most inconvenient thing on the planet....but, with all that said, I actually would move back with not so much as a second thought. When I'm in New York, I feel at home. The chaos of the city actually calms me. It makes me feel safe.


 When Jay-Z and Alicia Keys sing about New York being a "concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't dooooo..." they are right on da money. When I'm in New York, I feel like I am a part of something so amazing. It's like, my energy adds to the energy of the city...NY wouldn't be quite the same without me and I am not the same without New York. I believe that one day, in one way or another- Tony and I will live there. Maybe it won't be year round. But it will happen. It has to.
 Do you have a place that makes you feel like that? Maybe a city, town, or vacation get-away??? Tony feels most at peace when he's at the beach. Not me. I LOVE the hustle and bustle. 
*All these pics were taken by me on my last trip out to NY

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cooking Disasters

I am really getting the hang of cooking. I think I would be even better at cooking, if I didn't have restrictions such as low calorie, low sodium, low dairy, and low fat...but that's neither here nor there. I come up with some pretty yummy healthy meals, if I do say so myself.
*above, is a picture of Spinach burgers that were absolutely fantastic!! I'll share that recipe another day :)

But....for some reason, the last few dinners have fallen a little flat. Monday night's barley risotto was undercooked, as were the steamed broccoli and zucchini. Last night's black bean and quinoa burgers were not staying together on the pan, and just didn't want to cook right. I always get so sad face when my meal isn't just right. I really want Tony to be impressed with whatever I made that night. I want to feel a sense of accomplishment for cooking a damn fine meal- annddddd making it healthy too. I realize that not all dinners will be a home run, but goodness...it sure makes me feel bad when the meal didn't even get to first base. You know whadda mean??

 *Above is a picture of the HORRIBLE mashed cauliflower that I made! (the steak was great, though.)

One time I made mashed cauliflower (which is usually amazing, by the way) and I put in far to much garlic. Holy MACARONI....it was actually uneatable. It was like eating straight Horseradish. Tony, like the good sport that he is, just said..."hmmmm...this is quite, uhhh, POTENT." I laughed for about ten minutes.

Here is the point of my post. Not all meals have to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. It's important that I keep trying to make my very best meals, and over the years- I'm sure I will perfect a bunch of yummy, healthy recipes :)

(Also, I make a pretty mean Rice Cereal dish...not a lot of flavor, but LOADS of love :)

xoxo
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