#GOALSTHESHOW | Jill & Ida | Ida’s Power Garnishes

Power Garnishes
for cereal, yogurt, ricotta, oatmeal, smoothies, Acai bowls, salads
For their super nutritional benefits:
• Hemp seeds/hemp hearts- omega 3 fatty acids (the good fat) for
heart health, protein (complete & slightly more that flax & chia), fiber (in whole with shell, not hearts) & lots of minerals- store air tight in fridge
• Flax seeds- omega 3 fatty acids (the good fat) for heart health, protein & fiber, used to replace eggs in vegan recipes, can be bought ground for easier digestion- store air tight & dark cabinet
• Chia seeds- super high in fiber, feel full because absorption & expands in stomach, omega 3 fatty acids (the good fat) for heart health, protein, digestion, inflammation, easy to digest, best soaked but if not drink lots of water- store air tight & dark cabinet
• Bee pollen- reduce inflammation, boost immune system, natural allergy relief if used before the season and continued regularly to desensitize- store air tight & dark cabinet or fridge
• Cacao nibs- antioxidants (more than wine & blueberries), magnesium for muscle & nerve function, fiber, roasted cocoa beans not to be confused with plain cocoa which is processed & has added sugars- store air tight & dark cabinet or fridge
• Cinnamon-antioxidants and lots of flavor
• Nutritional yeast- B vitamins (which vegans & vegetarians should
make sure to get enough of), protein, savory cheesy flavor for salads or popcorn- store air tight & dark cabinet or fridge
For flavor that’s very good for you too (fiber & healthy fats):
• Sesame seeds
• Pumpkin seeds
• Sunflower seeds
• Unsweetened coconut
• Raw nuts
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End-of-Summer Doodles



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Wrapping up the summer with some doodles and sketches. I got married last month and wedding planning apparently doesn’t leave much time for drawing…but it’s been an amazing month! Spent Labor Day weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan. Here’s to a great Fall 2014!

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Character Designs

Welcome, awesome people, to my new website! I didn’t know what to start off this blog with, so how about some character design sketches for my in-progress, full color comic, The Hero of Avaryn! I am so excited to share more details about this comic. Stay tuned for more info!
(Above image is a page from The Hero of Avaryn preview sketchbook. Contact me if you’re interested in purchasing one for $4! Earnings go to charity!)
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DIY Superhero Chocolates: Step-by-Step

I posted some photos on Instagram of the superhero chocolates that Yun and I made last month…And because you asked for it, here is the step-by-step process of how they were made! (I apologize in advance for the poor photo quality. These were taken with my cell phone and my hands were covered in chocolate!)

What you need: Chocolate morsels, chocolate molds (we recommend silicon), a microwave, and a fridge.

Step 1:

Get yourself some chocolate! We chose Nestle milk and white chocolate morsels. You can chop up a Hershey bar and use that too.

Step 2:

Pour the bag of morsels into a microwavable bowl. Microwave 3-5 minutes at a time and stir. Keep baby-sitting the chocolate – you don’t want it to burn! (Maybe you do, in which case, by all means.)
We did half of a morsels bag at a time because our molds could only hold so much chocolate at a time. If you leave the microwaved chocolate out too long it will begin to harden which will make it more difficult to pour into the mold. So we used what we felt was enough to fill our molds.

Step 3:

When the chocolate becomes a smooth, almost liquid texture, it is ready to be poured into the mold! We used spoons to get the chocolate into all of the nooks and grooves of the mold shape. We also added some nuts and raisins. You can make a two-tone chocolate by pouring one type of chocolate on top of the other. Once you finish filling the molds, gently tap the mold repeatedly against a surface to smooth out the chocolate. Feel free to eat whatever is left over in the bowl! (You can also reheat it.)

Step 4:

Place the mold in the fridge and wait about 30 minutes before popping the chocolates out of the mold. If it seems too difficult to slide out, place it back in the fridge until the chocolate hardens. White chocolate hardens faster than milk chocolate, so if you’re for some reason in a hurry to make chocolate, use white morsels.

Step 5:

Check out those impressive sweets you just made! Place them in a box and send it to someone special! Or keep them for yourself. Whatever.

Share photos of your homemade chocolate! Have fun!

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NYCC 2013

I’m a bit delayed on the NYCC update. After an exhilarating and fun weekend, I plunged right into 2 weeks of deadlines, and did not see daylight or good TV for that duration. While the deadline stretch is not officially over (getting through a third and unexpected week – this is a good thing, folks!) I needed a break to reminisce about the lovely days of freedom…the days I could read comic books and watch The Legend of Korra before 5am. Oh, and Comic Con weekend. Right, that’s what this blog entry was about.

What can I say? Every year is better than the last! HUGE thanks to Jimmy Aquino of Comic News Insider for inviting me to do a guest signing! I loved every moment of it, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.

Oh, and guess what? I cosplayed for the FIRST. TIME. EVER. It was possibly the weirdest but coolest thing I’ve ever done.

My favorite part about being “Kiss the Girl Ariel” from the Little Mermaid was the barrage of parents’ requests to talk to their starstruck children.

This adorable 4 year old dressed as Merida was stoked about meeting “Ariel.” It warmed my heart.

I would totally do this cosplay-thing again, and I already have a few ideas for next year…SDCC 2014, anyone? I really would love to experience how West Coasters do Comic Con!

To everyone I met at NYCC 2013, thank you so much for making this year’s experience so amazing. I met old friends, made new friends, and it was truly the best con yet.

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Happy 500th CNI!

Comic News Insider celebrated it’s 500th episode with a live recording in NYC last week with producer Joe Gonzalez and host Jimmy Aquino. Guests included Veronica Taylor, ChrisCross, Michael Emerson, Carrie Preston, and more! I had the privilege of being a part of this awesome milestone, and as an avid listener and fan of CNI, it was wonderful to share the live recording experience with an energetic audience. The room was filled with a variety of talent; actors, singers, and artists of all kinds.

With CNI, you never know what pleasant surprise awaits with each episode. The interviews are unrehearsed and totally real. Guests are free to say anything and everything, and the unpredictability is what makes the podcast so intriguing.

Jimmy’s ability to interview conversationally is flawless. While audio can’t capture Taylor’s dramatic facial expressions while switching between Pokemon characters, or the spark in Emerson’s eyes as he shares and reflects upon specific experiences in his career, you can still feel the strong genuine quality of natural conversation. Jimmy’s guests love to share, and he loves to listen. He truly wants to know the “why”s, “where”s, “how”s, and “what”s of pop culture, and feeds the listeners’ curiosity as well.

Natural conversation isn’t Comic News Insider’s only appeal. What makes this podcast stand out from other shows is the range of talent featured. Whether an individual has a spot on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, or a couple of hundred fans on a webcomic, everyone is a star on CNI. Listening to each episode is like finding hidden treasure. There are so many comics, songs, and people that can go unnoticed in the giant mainstream world of entertainment, but the show allows these gems a moment of spotlight. So many amazing people have been given a voice on CNI and no amount of talent is too small to slip from under Jimmy’s radar.

So, happy 500th indeed, CNI! May you continue to delight your fans for another 500+ episodes…we can’t wait for more!

You can listen to Episode 500 here. The complete archive is available at www.ComicNewsInsider.com.

Me and Jimmy talking about BlueStreak.

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It All Started With This Sketch

I was digging through old files, and came across this sketch that started my Disney Princess series. I honestly didn’t realize how well received my series was until I started finding it on Pinterest and all over Tumblr. Thank you everyone for the support and acknowledgement! I know a lot of you find my website through those random pieces. I appreciate you clicking on over here.

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I put the series on hold. With my crazy work schedule it’s difficult to find time to draw for fun. I really miss the carefree art days where I could create whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, but I’m presently very grateful to be running a successful business. Thanks to those of you who still anticipate new work from me, even though that comes in such tiny increments now. Bear with me…I want to make time for hobby-art this year!

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Summer Speed Sketching

I’ve been trying out speed sketching. I’ll allow myself no more than 5-10 minutes per sketch and then move on to the next. It’s fun and pushes me to think fast. Trying a variety of angles, poses, and expressions. All original characters.

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