Raw and Reckless Revamp: Beautify Your Dinner {Date.}

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Sometimes when I’m thinking of something to do for dinner, things get complicated real quick. Not to mention time consuming. This recipe, however, is certainly neither of them, not to mention it is delicious and great for your skin and healthier for you… Continue reading “Raw and Reckless Revamp: Beautify Your Dinner {Date.}”

Monday Morning Madness: Take A Moment.

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{lovely snapshot of a weekend drive}

 This morning while I was out getting coffee I ran into a friend that I used to work with. We exchanged the usuals, ‘how are you?’, ‘what’s new?’, ‘fun plans for summer?’, but I’m rather bad at small talk. So, of course, I began to gush about how my lease is about to be up in two months and how freaked out I was about what I was going to do…next. I’ve found myself in this crossroad of what seems a million times by now, but somehow this move feels particularly important for some reason. He asked about my options in a casual way, I mean the guy is probably one of the chillest people I have ever met in my life. So, I recited them back in a casual manner. He sat there for a moment like he was really thinking what would be best, and then just kind of looked down with a smile. I waited.

He returned with a little insight of his own opinion of where I should frolic off to next (he seems to have a had fair share of life experiences), then we said our goodbyes and good-to-see-yous. I watched him get into his black SUV, covered in stickers that said things like, ‘Life is meant for Fun’, and, ‘Worrying is for Politicians’, plus an array of awesome breweries in the US. He was about to drive off and then half-opened his door like he was going to get out again. “You have options, seems like a pretty sweet worry to me.”, smiled, and then got back into his car and drove off. It was one of those moments where you’re reminded of how we should be thinking, and it was a really fucking nice reminder. Isn’t it funny how people/events seem to pop out of nowhere when you are open to them? Nice reminder on a Monday. love, xoxo.

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Monday Morning Madness: Birthday-Filled Weekends; Children’s Books, Cocoa Butter, and Cardigans.

Morning Loves. Hope your weekend was a dear.

This is a spastic post. Mainly because I was all over the place this weekend, and well, pretty much altogether.

For starters, my Monday morning was an early one. I’ve been up since seven and it wasn’t the most relaxing morning, or weekend for that matter. For sure.

The weekend was met with exactly three birthdays, and looking back, it almost seems I haven’t been anywhere but a car for the better part of all of them. So to the parent’s house I went, partly because one of the birthday’s included my Father’s 72nd birthday, which still seems crazy to me! I can never quite grasp he was born in 1940, but his history has made a big impact of my own life, and so for that I will forever be grateful.

However, to add to the madness, there were a lot of question marks as to what random ideas I would pull together for a gift, but, there is one thing my father does adore. Food (as any man, of course). So I found some knicks and knacks of sorts which perhaps might help you if you’re in a crunch during a loved one’s birthday, as I was;

1. Sarabeth’s Strawberry-Rhubard Jam; Which may I say I had this a.m. and it was delicious/highly recommended.

2. This fancy Grapeseed Oil for high-heat cooking, plus the company itself seems pretty awesome.

3. Oh, so salty, Capers for Fall-inspired recipes.

4. Garlic-Basil Oil for bread dipping/quick appetizers.

5. A large ice-cube tray for cocktails- it’s great because the ice melts slowly so your drinks don’t become too watery!

5. And, an awesome versatile (stove top, oven, microwave!), Italian Terracotta, cooking pan. Which also helps because it’s Green. 🙂

After the present was already given, of course, I realized a good coffee would have been another great addition. Then again, there is still Christmas’s steady approach. However, all in all, it was kind of a perfect assortment because both my Mom and Dad could use it, which made me feel like I didn’t leave her out. So that was nice. Anyhow(www)…

Even in the hectic last-minute birthday cake runs, present searching, and deciding on an either funny or serious card (another dreaded decision!), laughter filled a lot of the craziness in. Which isn’t too hard because I have one of the funniest people in the world around a lot of the time, my boyfriend (aww, haha.), but, this book made for a pretty good competition. Have you ever heard of SkippyJon Jones? My niece’s fourth birthday was this weekend and I looked high and low for a good children’s book and came across this absolute jewel. We read it on the way to their house and…hysterical. Seriously, I haven’t laughed at a children’s book since I was a child myself, and for any parents out there/crazies like me whom love funny randoms…this book is too cute and hilarious!

 He kind of reminds me of Ciel, my precious pup. Whom Liddy (my niece) is obsessed with. She was her baby for the day, below. Too precious (haha!).

 Happy (now belated-ish) Birthday!

Another high, the weather. It was a chilly cool which called for two essentials; 1. Jason’s Cocoa Butter (heart, heart, heart!) because my skin seems to be switching to dehydration mode (<—post I’ll touch on very soon!), 2. and a little more layering. I wore a light beige J.Crew chunky cardigan I bought last year and practically lived in it yesterday. It was pretty much amazing. Aside from my makeup-less face and non-strategical ‘messy hair’ look, but whatever.

On that note, this rainy morning is definitely calling for a latte. Au revoir, my beautifuls. xoxo.