Over the past week or so I’ve been on a makeup makeover kick. My husband forced me to clean our overly cluttered bathroom and devised a terrible, yet genius process where he put everything that was all over the counter into a big bag. He told me to pull from the bag everything I use over the course of a week and leave it on the counter when I was done. Then at the end of the week, we would see what was left in the bag — which would force me to face the facts that I either don’t use it and should toss it or that I use it only once in a while and should store it somewhere (anywhere!) other than our bathroom counter.
But how can something that has nothing be so delicious, you ask?
I’m not sure but I think the answer lies in bananas & chocolate.
All I can say is – This bread is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
Last week all of my college friends came in to town to celebrate and shower one of our friends who just had the most precious baby girl! We’ve done this for every one that’s had a baby- we all fly in for the weekend, we all buy a new book for the baby’s library and we all cook brunch together and spend the day eating and drink mimosas and we are usually asleep by 10 pm because well… it’s been TEN years this spring since we graduated college and those crazy late nights are noooo more.
Usually these brunches are filled with foods that are delicious but full of gluten, dairy, soy and the like. But my friend/the new mom is doing an elimination
Let me be clear: I’m no stranger to cooking fails.
There have been cookies that completely fell apart (but still tasted great crumbled up on top of some coconut milk ice-cream), banana bread that didn’t quite rise and definitely wasn’t sweet enough (but still tasted ok with some almond butter spread on top) and of course, there was the time I was supposed to make a pretty ombre Hanukah cake turned anything else than pretty. (But I was able to salvage them into delicious and festive cake pops.)
Usually, I’m able to salvage the dish and turn in to something edible. But this one? This one was a throw-it-in-the-trash-how-do-I-get-this-taste-out-of-my-mouth-I-could-probably-use-this-to-torture-someone-to-get-information-I-need kind of bad.
Happy holidays, everyone!
I’m currently home in Michigan where It. Is. Freezing. Everyone keeps telling me it’s not that bad and OK, fiiiine, I admittedly have become such a baby since moving to California — but going outside is a real struggle!! I forgot how much of a process it is: the jackets, the boots, the scarves, the gloves, and yet you’re still shivering. Then when you get inside, within 10 seconds you’re sweating profusely from so many layers! I’ve been home for two days and have left the house twice. Embarrassing, I know. It’s been hot chocolate, old photos and good movies on repeat!
I do love that the cold gives me an excuse to be on the lazy side since I don’t get to do that very often. OK, on the very lazy side. Sometimes there’s nothing that feels better than wearing pajamas (with cartoon milk and cookies on them) for an entire day. #noshameinmygame
But the other
The holidays are almost here which means the gift giving bonanza is almost upon us!
But what do you get a fitness/wellness loving gal (or guy)? Surely not a basket of sugary Christmas cookies or chemical filled beauty products! If you’re shopping for a fitness fanatic, makeup/beauty product obsessed, chocoholic (refined sugar free of course!) or kitchen/cooking goddess, here are some my favorite go-to gifts for 2016 that will help your bestie/sister/boss/significant other stay healthy and happy this holiday season!
This past weekend, the Husband surprised me with a quick trip up to San Jose to go see the Triple Ho Show (a local radio station concert similar to Jingle Ball)
Why the surprise for this show? Because both Backstreet Boys AND Britney Spears were performing at it and well… it goes with out saying that for my teenybopper loving self, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience (he’s the best!)
And you guys, the show was incredible! I broke out my vintage BSB jacket that I begged my mom for during the Black & Blue Tour circa 2001 (thanks, mom!) majorly fan-girled and spent the night partying like it was (November 8th) 1999 (My first ever Backstreet concert) and it was SO much fun.
BUT honestly I have to admit something: social media made this concert a bit stressful for me. I was constantly trying to post to my snap story, my instagram story, take iPhone video to send to
Pumpkin Season seasons seems to be stronger than ever.
Have you set foot inside a Trader Joe’s recently? That entire store got a Pumpkin Makeover. And I’m not talking about that weird Today show horrible slapped together makeover. I’m talking about the back in the day Oprah Winfrey Show circa 2008 ‘there’s NO way that’s the same woman that just walked out there on the stage and now I’m crying tears of joy’ kind of makeover. There are things on those shelves that got Pumpkinified that I wouldn’t even think could be pumpkinified. But nevertheless, I still want it.
What is it with us and pumpkin?! I can’t say for certain why this obsession runs deep but whatever it is, I’m happy to be on the bandwagon and admittedly also spend my mornings from september-january craving something delicious and warm and pumpkin (of course) but as you know by know, I’m also looking for something filling and gluten-free, dairy free and won’t
I’m a constant snacker – you will find wrappers in my purse, car, desk, bed and anywhere else that a snack can be consumed. I won’t leave the house without at least one emergency snack because in my world, snacks > meals.
Since I’m always testing and trying out new snacks (often of the gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and paleo/paleoish variety), I wanted to share three of my new snacks finds with you!
(And by new, I mean I made this over the summer and in typical me fashion, forgot to post it… #oops BUT I still stand by these picks and figured better late than never to spread the snack love)
So here they are! Have a favorite snack to share? Let me know!
This past June, I got married!
It was everything I ever dreamed of. Surrounded by our closest friends and family it was a weekend we will never forget.
One of the most important things to me throughout the whole wedding planning process was how to make our wedding feel personal. I didn’t need my wedding to be “different” or over the top, I just wanted people to walk away from the weekend h aving 1) danced their booties off 2) ate too much 3) felt our love for each other and 4) felt the personal touches that made our wedding feel like “Us”
So over the next couple of weeks I will share the ways we really strived to make our wedding personal and how you can too! I think a lot of people put focus on how to make their wedding different, but what makes your wedding different is that it’s YOU. There will be no