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Friday, July 17, 2015

Let's Take Five

[one]: This living room is so darling, I cannot even handle all of the cuteness! I love the bright natural light and the small pops of color that add a little touch to the room. This room reminds me of our own living room in our little love nest and I have been itching to add bookcases on each side of our fireplace. It just seems so cozy to me.  Do any of you have bookcases along your fireplace? Do you love it or hate it? Do share! Gals got the home project itch over here!

[two]: Meet yourself where you are. That is seriously what I have been saying to myself over and over and over and over some more. Reminding myself to be present. I was sweating in cardio this morning and my instructor had a shirt on that said, "Live in the moment." I kind of rolled my eyes because it always seemed so cliche to me. For some reason, that line never really sat with me well but "Be present" always has. Yes, I know- it's essentially the same thing but "Be present" seems to have so much more intention and integrity to me. Meeting myself where I am in all aspects of life has been my intention for the week, gal pals. Not worrying about my job, or my future baby bears, or my teaching. Just appreciating what I am being dealt with now but still allowing myself to dream my future without getting so caught up in the details. It'll all fall into place. It always does, doesn't it?

[three]: I magically appeared in my hairdressers seat last week after a seven month hiatus. I always promise to do better at maintaining my new locks but life has gotten the best of me the past couple of months. What can I say? Life happens, gal pals.  I only had enough time for a quick snip-snip but I am headed back next month to change the color. At this point, the blonde is growing out and I am going back and forth with the idea of going dark again.  I am completely smitten with everything about this hair color. My green eyes would be poppin' and the even cut is swoon-worthy. I might even be brave and go a little shorter than that! Wait, what? Who am I?

[four]: The amount of sunshine that this sweet skin of mine has seen this summer has been slim to none. I feel like I live in Seattle, y'all! The amount of rain has resulted in me doubling up on yoga practices because really, what's a gal to do on a summer day besides bend a little?  If I am being honest, I could also use a day in- as in hide the keys, turn on the tunes [Oh hey, Miguel!] and lounge around.  This DIY pom-pom tote bag seems like a perfect [and easy!] project to get my hands on next week. I purchased the cutest tote last year that could use a little sprucin' and this DIY seems like the perfect touch! All you need is some embroidered floss and a pair of scissors! Can it get any easier, chickadees?

[five]: Listen up ladies, this pose is my absolute dream pose! Holy swoon! I've mentioned to y'all in the past how much I cannot get enough of heart openers and this is exactly what I was squealing about.  Although it's fun, yoga is not always about the physical poses but more so about the lessons they teach us and the feelings or emotions that pop up when getting there.  I'm working my way towards this pose for now. I'm almost there but gals gotta lead with her heart and get that head up first. I'll keep you posted, sugars! 

Enjoy your weekend!, chickadees Hope you have something snazzy planned! Here's to hoping that there is a little sunshine heading our way!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Holy Swoon!

Hello you lovely people! Hope you had a fab start to your week!  Take a look at what made me squeal, "Holy Swoon!" while perusing the web this weekend:

[The Best Denim]: If we are being honest, I live in my white denim. It doesn't really matter what season it is, you can usually find me schlepping around town in these.  Chances are, if I am not digging the white denim that day, I am prancing around in this pair of high denim. They are comfortable, don't lose their stretch, and always make my tuckus look high and tight [just sayin'!].  If you have yet to try them, hop on over and check them out. They are a must in my wardrobe, gal pals!

[Playing Cards]: We all know that I love to a little color to jazz up any moment so these cards are totally on my list for my next night in with my honeybee!  Maybe it'll add a little luck to my game since I always someone end up losing in any game that we play together. He says it's luck, I think he's secretly sneakin' and peekin'! 

[Pendant Light]:  This pendant light makes me weak in the knees, chickadees! The pop of pink would be so adorable in a little gal pals room, wouldn't you agree? 

[Chocolate Chip Banana Cake]: If you eat dairy, can you do me a favor and make this cake? It sounds so delectable that my mouth is drooling just thinking about it! I am doing some digging around to figure out ways that I can make this  dairy free for my honeybee and me. With or without that chocolately-goodness frosting, it sounds like the perfect pairing with my morning coffee!

[Kelly Green Dresser] If you've practiced next to me on the mat lately, chances on you have spotted kelly green quite often these days. Green mat, green pants, I am lovin' this hue, guys and gals! Welp, you can imagine how much I swooned over this fancy schmancy dresser when I was perusing on the world wide web last week! Isn't it swell?

[Baby Sperry Top-Sider]: These snazzy ones are sold out but you can hop on over and grab this cute version if it tickles your fancy, chickadees! Aren't they so adorbs? I always like to grab a pair when I find out my guy and gal pals are expecting. They are the cutest little gift that can make anyone squeal from its cuteness!

[Pom Pom Scarf]: It makes me giggle to think about how much I used to loathe the color pink. Now, I just naturally gravitate towards pink when I am itching for a pop of color when I get ready in the mornings.  This scarf is on my must-have list for this summers accessories stash! If your summer is anything like my summer has been going, it's been rainy for days! I have had to grab a third layer for warmth almost every day this summer and scarves are always the first thing I grab! Such an easy way to add a little jazz and sunshine to my day! If you love it as much as I do, grab it while you can gal pals! It's 30% off!

[Folk Floral Table Runner]: Holy Swoon! This little lady is smitten with this table runner! The perfect touch to a summer party on the deck! Who says you need to live near the beach to love a little color? It's utterly adorable!

Enjoy, you lovely people!  Now get out there and show Tuesday whatcha got! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

5 Tips To Begin A Plant Based Diet

At this point, I've been plant based for almost two years.  Before that, I was vegetarian for two years. If we are being honest, chickadees, I can't believe I am still living this lifestyle. This gal pal comes from a die hard Italian family. I'm talking throws the meatballs, pastrami, pasta, and cheese at you as soon as your little tukus walks in the door.  When guys and gals first find out that I eat only plant-based, they immediately jump to the question, "Can you even eat anything?" or make the statement, "I could never imagine doing that." Welp, chickadees, it really isn't as difficult as you think that it is. If you have the mindset to do it, you can.  So today, I thought that I would share with you a few tips on what has worked for me personally on my plant-based journey. Perhaps you are interested in trying it out but maybe not. Some are interested in trying a plant-based diet for a short amount of time to detox, others doing it for a lifestyle change or even for environmental purposes. Either way, these are some tips that have worked for me. Let's hop to it, shall we?

1. [Make It A Gradual Change]: Like I stated previously, I was vegetarian for two years before I transitioned to a plant-based diet. Eating plant-based is an entire lifestyle change for many people.  The best way to transition is to make it a gradual change. If you eat meat, cut that out. Don't eat meat but eat dairy? Slowly begin to cut that out as well. Maybe start out by cutting out cheese before switching out dairy milk products for non-dairy.  Once you have the mindset that your doesn't doesn't have to completely change over night, it will make it a smoother transition for yourself.  

2. [Grab A Buddy]: Doing anything challenging can be difficult when your doing it by yourself. Think about exercising- starting to train for a marathon or motivating yourself to get up early for that morning workout before the rest of the world wakes up. Most of the time, it's much easier when you have another human being to keep you accountable. My sweet honeybee made the transition to a plant-based diet with me.  It has made it easier to prepare for meals in our home and we have enjoyed whipping up new dishes and trying new ingredients on the daily.  While I realize that this is not always ideal, it can make the journey more enjoyable when a pal is with you on the way.

3. [Be Kind To Yourself]: This goes back to my first point in my plant-based journey, but be kind yourself, chickadees. If you slip up and eat a dairy based dessert, be kind to yourself.  Know that no one is perfect, far from it actually. Be aware of what you are noticing in your eating habits and pick up where you left off.  There is no bible on eating plant-based and ultimately your eating habits are for no one but yourself.  You don't have to prove anything to anyone. 

4. [Allow Yourself To Be Social]: When we first started our new lifestyle, the idea of going out to meet with our friends was somewhat stressful.  I was constantly scoping out the menus to make sure that there was something for me to eat. The truth is, nine times out of ten, I can find something to eat. Don't put yourself in a bubble where you don't allow yourself to engage with your friends or family outside the four walls of your home.  There is no fun in that, is there?

5. [Eat Colorfully]:  The best meals are the ones that contain all of the colors of the rainbow.  Greens are extremely dense in nutrients not to mention quite delectable. When it comes to eating on the daily, I eat mostly fruits, veggies, and grains.  I eat good fats and foods that are mostly live.  In doing so, I stay fuller longer and am able to get all of the nutrients, ensuring balance in what I eat. 

In case you were looking for a few bloggity-blogs to inspire you to whip up some new plant-based dishes in your kitchen, take a peek at some that we peruse on the daily.  Just a little word to the bird- Some recipes may require you to substitute dairy items for non-dairy but it's easy-peasy-lemon-squeazy, sweet peas! 

Vegan Richa
This Rawsome Vegan Life
Minimalist Baker

Hope these tips are somewhat helpful for you! I'm interested to hear what tips have helped you on your personal journey! Do tell!