21 July 2014

Tropical Green Smoothie

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I’ve been wanting to share this recipe for quite some time and I finally got around to it. This green smoothie somewhat reminds me of a piña colada because of the added coconut oil. I used Jacinto Kale for this recipe but you can go ahead and use kale of your preference. So let’s get right to the recipe!

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 leaves of kale
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1-2 cups of coconut water (depending on your blender)
  • 1 tbsp virgin coconut oil

Method

  • Blend together kale, coconut water and coconut oil
  • Add in the frozen fruits and blend until smooth
10 July 2014

Grapevines

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Dress (Zara), Honore Cross Body Grey Purse (Botkier), Easy Does It Flats (Chinese Laundry), Sunglasses (eBay)

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I was in Temecula for my cousin’s Air Force commissioning ceremony and despite the wind, I managed to get some photos in without realizing that I was twinsies with the background. Anyways, this dress has been a favorite lately. The silhouette is perfect for hot weather and food babies. I thought wearing the circle sunglasses was fitting for the 70’s inspired dress.

5 July 2014

Smiling ‘Til Our Cheeks Hurt

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Top (Free People), Dress (UO), Boots (Circus by Sam Edelman), Necklace (Unitedd [line launching soon!])

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might’ve seen a few of these photos already. However, I thought that I should share a few more with you! Christian and I were able to work with an amazing photographer – Brian LaBrada. Not only are his photos beautiful, but he was a great photographer to work with. We were a bit awkward at first but Brian and Jen (his assistant/girlfriend) made us feel more comfortable. They were so much fun to work with and they knew how to make us laugh and be ourselves in front of the camera. Go and check out his work!

18 June 2014

13.1 Miles

A few weeks ago I ran my first half-marathon. It was just a couple of months ago, in January, when I was at the finish line cheering on my best friend after her Tinkerbell Half-Marathon at Disneyland. I told her, “I can’t even run 1 mile. You inspire me.” And that she did. I told her that I would run the Tinker Half with her next year so I thought I would test my limits. I started with a 5K then I worked my way to a 10K and finished that with a half-marathon. Never in my life would I have thought that I would be able to run 13.1 miles, even running 3 miles was a challenge. I honestly almost burst into tears as I crossed the finish line (partially because my legs were killing me).

At the beginning of my race, my K-Tape fell off my injured knee. I lost one earbud cover from my headphones and I felt like I didn’t stretch enough. I had to brush all of that negativity from my head and start the race. I kept telling myself to stay at a steady pace. Not too fast, not too slow. Just like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Start off slower so that you’re not stuffed with just the first plate. I was at mile 3 when I told myself “How am I going to run 10 more miles?” Mind over matter, mind.over.matter.

I hit a wall at mile 10. I wanted to stop. I was hungry, sleepy and I couldn’t feel my legs. There were only 3.1 miles left. Just a 5K left, that’s it. But I walked. I walked for a few minutes until someone behind me said “COME ON! WE’RE ALMOST THERE!” And because of that comment, I ran until I crossed the finish line and had that finisher’s medal in my hand 2 hours and 24 minutes later.

8 May 2014

Printable Mother’s Day Card

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Yep, it snuck up on me too. Mother’s Day is just days away and if you’re a procrastinator like me, you haven’t purchased a card yet. Here’s a little something I created last night for you last-minuters.

Instructions:

  • Download the .pdf file here.
  • Print it on 8.5″ x 11″ card stock paper on your own printer or at a print shop like Kinkos. (I suggest using an off-white color with a linen texture but white will do as well!)
  • Cut along the solid lines with an X-acto or scissors
  • Fold the card in half and fill the inside with your message.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the past, present and future mommas out there! Don’t forget to make your own mom(s) happy and let her know how much you appreciate her!