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Turn Fall into an easy, tasty, healthy breakfast on the go!


1 apple cut up and frozen

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/2 milk

2 Tbs Sugar

Pinch of Cinnamon

Drop of Vanilla extract

Add all ingredients to the blender, blend and Enjoy!

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I’ve been feeling really homey this week and decided I was do for some time in the kitchen, I found a recipe for these wonderful Spinach and Cheese Muffins over at My Kitchen Experiments and they were just delicious! So moist and savory with just a hint of cayenne pepper which adds such lovely warmth.

On a Sweeter note I found the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake Recipe from Cupcake Project and it is AMAZING! I’ve never had a lot of success with making cake from scratch; It always comes out really dry or tasting of flour, but this recipe is super easy and the cupcakes came out perfect on my first try!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

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“Woosh woosh” the soft milky bubbles ofAngel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash jet foamy into my hand and as I breath their lustrous scent in I am instantly transported to the sprawling acres of an orange grove in the peak of Spring bloom dancing delicately with the fragrant scent of vanilla bean spilling forth from a bowl of cool white ice cream on a hot summer day.

I was overwhelmed by the delicious scent of Earth Mama Angel Baby‘s  Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash; it was absolutely intoxicating but that wasn’t enough, I needed more out of my baby soap than just a delicious smelling baby. So I started off by reading the bottle and was so incredible pleased with what I found;

Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is;

Toxin Free

USDA Certified Made With Organic Ingredients

Not Tested on Animals

Not Made From Animals

Artificial Preservatives Free

Artificial Fragrance Free

Everything stood up to my high baby care standards and I felt completely at ease testing out their product on my baby’s precious skin.

So now that I feel comfortable lathering up my little SweetPea let me tell you about my experience.

First things first The Bottle is wonderful! The foaming pump makes it super easy to use one handed and dispenses just enough soap to lather up each part of your baby, and by producing the product as a foam and not a liquid or gel it’s much more efficient and makes for a lot more baths per bottle. I used three pumps of soap to wash my entire 20lb seven month old and Earth Mama Angel Baby advertises more than 300 pumps in a 5.3 fl. oz. bottle which leaves me with at least 100 baths per bottle!

The Foam is thick, bubbly and cuts out the extra step of having to create your own lather and risk potentially taking your hand away from your squirmy wet baby. It works into hair and skin wonderfully and gently washes every inch of your baby leaving a squeaky clean feeling when rinsed away. (But it is important to remember thatAngel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is not a tear free formula so you need to be extra careful around baby’s eyes.)

My daughter has pretty long hair for her age and it tends to tangle in the back from lying down and sweating. The Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash removed all the sweat and grim from her locks flawlessly, but I did have to pair it with a conditioner to get the tangles out which is true of all the baby shampoos I have tried.

All in all I pulled my baby out of the bath happy and smelling of orange cream ice pops and couldn’t help but nuzzle her neck and breathe that blissful clean baby smell in.

Earth Mama Angel Baby was kind enough to supply me with a complimentary bottle of Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash to test and review here on India’s Roses and their kindness has continued with another 5.3 fl. oz bottle of Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash for me to GIVEAWAY to one of you!

All you have to do is “Like” my Facebook page by following this link (or clicking “like” over on the right hand side of this page) and leave a comment on this post sharing what gets your child the dirtiest or how far along you are in your pregnancy.

Additional entries will be awarded for each friend who “likes” my Facebook and leaves a comment mentioning you by name, so share the love!

Entries will be accepted until Midnight PST on October 19th, 2011 and a winner will be drawn shortly after.

Unfortunately I can only offer entries to U.S. and Canada Mamas (and Dads). Sorry for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your participation. Good Luck!

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It all started out with a Vanilla Soft Serve and then some how manifested from there, just a lazy Sunday on O’ahu nothing to do, and no where to be. I’d heard of this place on island, this serene beautiful temple located at the base of the mountains, surrounded by lush tropical forests, and a view to die for. So while trying to stay ahead in the battle against sticky melted deliciousness I racked my brain for the name of the park where it was located, and as we sped down the H-3 it came to me, The Valley of the Temples. So we took the turn for the LikeLike and headed for the Kahekili highway.

There’s a tunnel on the H-3 that takes you right through the heart of the mountains, it’s an amazing transition especially when the weather cooperates. You can head into the tunnel on a beautiful sunny day without a cloud in sight, and when you emerge a mile later on the other side it’s like you’ve been teleported from dry grasslands to a water drenched oasis in the heart of the rain forest, and it’s absolutely stunning! As we drove thru I couldn’t help but hold my breath, a child’s superstition ingrained to deep to be forgotten by adulthood, and as the cool gray light of a tropical storm washed over us on the other side, I gasped for air, smiled and hoped my wish would come true.

When we reached Kaneohe where the park is located we saw a sign and in big gold letters were the words VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES, we turned in the narrow paved driveway and headed past the front gates, and through the miles of cemetery that precede the temple. Located at the very back of the valley is a parking lot bounded by beautiful black tomb stones etched in gold with family names and Japanese calligraphy.

We step out of the car and head for the bridge that would lead us over the gully to the Temple. We paid the nice man $3 dollars each and he hands us a small pamphlet full of facts about the Byodo-In Temple we were about to see. A Buddhist temple built in the 1960s Byodo-In is a scale replica of a 900 year old Temple in Uji, Japan. Keeping with tradition the entire building was constructed without the use of nails.

The Temple was breathtaking its eloquent construction backed by the beautiful Volcanic landscape created so many years ago by the Hawaiian Goddess Pele. Two beliefs so perfectly intertwined it was almost impossible to see where Pele ends and Buddhism begins.

As we explore my senses were overwhelmed by an almost palpable calm that the wraps around me as we began to discover the perfectly manicured ground. Ponds and streams copiously clad with koi fish fill the air with the light lullaby of babbling brooks.

On the left side of the compound is The Bell House which contains three tons of bronze and tin expertly blended and cast in Osaka, Japan to closely resemble its much older sister who regally hangs on the other side of the Pacific. After wandering about the property we finally built up the courage to ring the bell as is tradition before entering the Temple. As we pulled back on rope secured to the soft wooden log (Shu-Moku) I tensed in anticipation for a loud mood-shattering noise to crack the shell of serenity that had formed and caressed around my mind, but no such sound came… A low deep tone washed over me resonating through my bones and vibrating all the way to me heart, and as time passed and the noise began to fade, a new deeper sense of calm enveloped me as we headed for the doors of Byodo-In.

As I removed my shoes and stepped into this holy place I sent up a little thanks to whomever or whatever it is that watches over us and bequeaths such beautiful stimulants upon our souls. I’m not a Buddhist and I don’t pretend to know how to pray as one, but I do know holy places whether they be temples, churches or just miraculous locations stumbled upon in nature so I stepped up to the alter, steadied my breathing, lit a stick of incense and made my own peace standing in front of an 18’ tall wooden carving of Buddha sitting upon a lotus blossom just as I would have made my peace in my own sacred places.

On our way out of the temple we stopped to feed the fish and the birds that make Byodo-In their home. So trusting and fearless the little Zebra Doves were they’d come right up and perch on my fingers while eating from my palm, and as we made our way to leave I stopped to take one last photograph of a female peacock resting upon the ground… little did I know there was a tiny soul hidden beneath her wing, and we were just lucky enough to catch it precariously peaking from the safety of it’s mothers bosom.

All in all it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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