DIY: Lotto Balls & Recycled Gift Wrap

Happy holidays! These are my famous “Lotto Balls” that I make every year for an ornament gift exchange. Basically, it is a decorated ornament ball with a scratch-off lotto ticket inside. Normally I make these with clear balls, but these red and green ones were plucked from our tree instead of buying new ones this year.


You can decorate your balls (hehe) however you would like. Since I make Lotto Balls every year, I always paint the year on one side. I think these balls would make cute party favors if you are throwing a holiday party, too! Continue reading

Green Smoothies

Sometimes it’s just easier to drink your vegetables. Here is the recipe for my homemade veggie and fruit smoothie. ┬áDrink one of these everyday, and you’ll feel like a million bucks.



Kale, spinach, carrots, apples, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, a splash of coconut water (I don’t measure anything.)


Put the ingredients in the blender or food processor and blend. Duh!



Drink it up. It’s so yummy! You can’t even taste the greens. You can put any mix of vegetables and fruits that you want in here- these are just the ingredients that I had in the fridge. Take it to-go in the morning and drink it in the car. It is very filling, and you know that it’s super healthy for you!




Kale FYI: One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K (skip the kale and spinach if you are taking anticoagulants). It is also a good source of copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Avoid eating calcium sources at the same time as kale because it contains oxalates, which interfere with calcium absorption.

UPDATE (12/20/11): So I’ve been experimenting with different fruit-vegetable combos, and I have to say that spinach, banana, and lemon go deliciously well together! I tried this combination after I heard Simon Cowell drinks this smoothie every morning. I also started adding alfalfa sprouts to my main recipe. Hope you are enjoying drinking your veggies!