Flavor packets are all natural now?

Keywords: Tropicana, orange juice, lawsuit


Fresh from the grove… that’s how Tropicana describes their product.  But others are arguing this all the way to court.  A series of 20 lawsuits, the first one having been filed in New Jersey, claim that the company adds chemically engineered “flavor packs” to its juice. Last week, lawyers joined forces in Washington to argue before a panel whether or not the lawsuits should be heard as a group.


In recent years many a company has come under fire for deceptive labeling – Tostitos, SunChips, Snapple and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, to name a few.  The FDA doesn’t have a clear cut definition of “natural” …  As long as a food product doesn’t contain added color, artificial flavor or synthetic substances, then the agency wont’t object to it being called “natural”.  Chalk most of the deception of customers up to skilled marketers… they know we’re out for the healthiest most natural products and they’ve found all the ways possible to market their products as such.

Scatterbrained Running Late Monday Blues

Keywords: pic of the day, weeatny, monday


I’m not sure if it’s the heat, my overloaded schedule, the fact that I had too much coffee already today, or that it’s just Monday… but I am running late for everything I need to be doing and can’t remember a thing.  At one point before I was actually pivoting on one foot in a circle because I couldn’t remember which direction I needed to be going in to do what!  It was more embarrassing than productive.  Ever have a day like that?  Chalk it up to a blistering hot Monday ~ My belly is empty, where can I find delicious wings and fast?…. *pauses in the car to figure out which way to exit the parking lot….*

Family… Friends… and Chinese take-out

Keywords: amanda knox, food news


Amanda Knox has finally returned home to her family and the United States, after successfully having her conviction overturned for the murder of her roommate in 2007 in Perugia, Italy.  Her family threw a welcome home party for her where dearly missed family and friends gathered.  She has ventured out at night a few times, though during these times she tries to stay under the radar.  One of her first meals home with her family was Chinese take-out, her father told reporters.  I wonder if it’s hard to get good Chinese take-out in Italy?

Slowly but surely I’m on my way to veggies!

Keywords: gardening, vegetable garden, organic produce, healthy living


That’s me {obvi} looking all green thumbish… planting my little tomato plant.



My wonderful hubby lined my garden with railroad ties and filled it with my organic soil… So far our yard has been bunny free, but that won’t last so this weekend he’s going to line the outside with chicken wire to help keep them out.  I’d hate to do all this work and lose all my lettuce!  Plus as always, the bulldog has an insatiable urge to destroy it.



Some tomatos, peppers, lots of lettuce {most are seeds}, and zucchini, eggplant, broccoli and tons of herbs to follow this weekend.  Yum!

A cannon will pop your popcorn too!

Keywords: popcorn, food news, bizarre, snack food, Korea



Ironically, I’m sitting here eating microwave popcorn and drinking hot chocolate and I come across this video.  I just love seeing how things are done in other cultures – and how some things can be so everyday-typical to some people and totally quirky and bizarre to others.  Apparently in Korea a cannon and an old laundry basket are all you need to whip yourself up some popcorn! If you want to get technical though the popcorn is cooked under intense pressure which stops them from popping… then once done this guy releases the pressure and they all POP at once. Pretty cool!

How to cure a cold, old fashion style!


Keywords: apple cider vinegar, home remedies, cold, flu, allergies


I know, I know – you’re all saying “What the heck happened yesterday LA?? We didn’t hear from you.”  Well, I turn into an infant when I have the slightest bit of a cold coming on and I’m incapable of all normal functioning… so I had to hide under my blankets, drink tea, and eat pastina {with salt and butter… my comfort/feel better food!}.  But yes, I do believe I’m getting sick.  What started off as a constant tickle in my throat has now turned into a burning inferno whenever I swallow.  Maybe it’s an allergy flair up – who knows?!  I’m the worst patient a doctor can have… I have a mental block against taking meds.  I’ll try any natural remedy first.  Then I’ll succumb to the need for medication afterwards.  But anyway, for as long as I can rememer any ailment I’ve ever had, my Nonna has responded with “Go drink some apple cider vinegar!” To her it was the cure-all.  Got a cold? Drink ACV!  Stomach on the fritz? Drink ACV! You’re bored? Stop buggin’ me and go drink ACV… ok last one is false, but whatever.  Let me tell you though, the damn stuff works!!!  It’s become the first suggestion out of my mouth too when my husband isn’t feeling well – and he has since suggested it to others as well.


And it works for more than just a cold!  It’s great for allergies, sinus infections, flu symptoms, detoxing – some even say acne, weight loss, & blood pressure can be helped with a daily dose of apple cider vinegar.  If you can make it past the taste – which, call me weird, but I like it… it’s like vinegar potato chips – you will find that this is one of the most effective natural remedies.  Yes, the taste can be quite abrasive for some, so start with a teaspoon or two mixed in a large glass of water.  Some people mix it with apple juice… some add honey to the water… there’s a ton of ways to incorporate it.  And if you can tolerate the flavor and need an extra boost go to a tablespoon.  Here’s some more info if you’re feelin’ it… apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com

Because you are what you eat!!


Keywords: top 10, hair care, skin care, beauty food


It takes more than a killer wardrobe, a fabulous makeup application, and a good set of genes to keep you looking your best {though none of those hurt!}.  You must keep beauty coming from within!  Here are 10 ways to keep your hair and skin healthy via the right diet!


1.  Avoid processed foods – they aren’t digested as easily and can cause inflammation and break down your skin.

2. Drink 1/2 your body weight in water – Do you weigh 140lbs?  Then drink 70 oz of H20 a day!!

3. Make sure to incorporate healthy fats into your diet since your body can’t product them.  They keep you looking young and less wrinkly.  Try fatty ocean-sourced fish {salmon, albacore tuna, herring, anchovies, sardines} or walnuts, flaxseed, canola oil, olive oil, avocados, and cashews.

4. Eat foods rich in antioxidants {& vitamins A, C, E & selenium} Like tomatos, whole wheat pasta, olive oil, strawberries, blueberries.

5. Acne issues? Try limiting dairy products.. also avoid fried foods & white bread.

6. Candy and artificial sweeteners can add to red, dry, flaky skin so avoid those too!

7. Dark leafy greens {spinach, kale, swiss chard} are great for hair, so are legumes {kidney beans, lentils} – they’re a good source of protein, zinc and biotin.

8. Iron & B12 are necessary for a healthy scalp ~ and protein for growth.

9.  Zinc deficiencies can lead to hair loss.

10.  Avoid smoking!!!  Let’s put cancer aside, because clearly death isn’t enough for some people to kick the habit!  Smoking cigs cause premature wrinkles and leads to dry and damaged hair and skin.