Hey friends!! Happy almost weekend and happy April to you all! 😉 I hope the spring is finally starting to show itself for you, wherever you are!! Here in Southern California, we actually had a chilly week and it was so welcomed and lovely! Here’s some photos from the last few weeks over here in my world! What’s going on in your world currently?
I was so super excited to get my hands on the beautiful new Oh She Glows Cookbook from Oh She Glows. As a fan of Angela’s blog for many years, I was really anticipating this book and it certainly lives up to the hype. So many wonderful vegan recipes!
I love getting letters from my niece, Teagan and nephew, Noah – back home in NY. This time around I got a beautiful new photo of Teagan, taken by Buffalo Baby Photography my friend Jess’ brand new business. How adorable is she??
Got an advanced copy of the Blend Girl’s new book that officially releases on 4/8. Look for my full review and a giveaway this weekend!
Some new tea towels hubby and I designed and hand silkscreen printed, they are also available as 8×10 prints. All are available in the Tasty Yummies store, now.
Hi friends, happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and that you have a beautiful weekend ahead of you.
What’s been going on in your worlds? Getting antsy for Spring? Excited about having more hours of daylight? I wanna hear from you. Leave some comments, let’s chat 😉
Since it’s Friday, that means it’s time for another Photo Fun Day Friday. Here’s some photos from the last two weeks. Hope you enjoy.
Mise en place for my Spinach, Lentil and Sweet Potato Slow Cooker Soup
Totally digging the new Thrive Energy Cookbook from Brendan Brazier. So many amazing recipes and so much incredible knowledge and the photos are gorgeous.
Scenes from a walk around our neighborhood. Not sure I will ever get used to the fact that this is where I live.
Leafy greens turned into cups and wraps. Favorite lunch. This are lettuce cups with lentils, marinated artichokes, feta, sprouts, chives and sun dried tomatoes.
Quite possibly one of the most random juices I have ever made. I call it a “CSA/Farmers Market Hodge Podge” Carrots, celery, green cabbage, red bell pepper, ginger, orange and grapefruit.
I love cooking out on our deck. So peaceful.
Mixing inks, reprinting our Home Sweet Home print.
Making some homemade chai. My favorite.
Sunrise at the beach. The best.
Writing and practicing some yoga sequences. I love the amazing light in our living room.
Turned my Dirty Chai recipe into a smoothie by adding a frozen banana and 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds.
These orange blossoms on our tree have just about the most amazing aroma that has ever graced this sniffer. So good!
I am super proud and excited to have a recipe in the April issue of Gluten-free Living Magazine – with a full page photo, that I shot and everything.
Working on this upcoming week’s Tutorial Tuesday post. Cannot wait to share this one with you guys.
It’s not always easy to find time for my home yoga practice, but I am always so grateful when I do.
This morning’s post yoga juice. So much goodness.
A beautiful California Poppy I love seeing these things growing wild everywhere.
Well, it’s been WAY too long since I have put together a Photo Fun Day Friday post. It’s been a busy couple of months. I went right from the holidays into my yoga teacher training program, into a month of catching up on work. February has been busy, hectic, overwhelming but as always – fun and filled with happiness.
Here’s some of my favorite moments for the last month and a half or so:
I found this ticket in an old jacket recently, when I was cleaning out some boxes. My husband Mark and I hadn’t yet met. I was at this show with a friend, and he was, as well. The story goes that he picked me out from the crowd, from across the room and pointed me out to his friend as the prettiest girl there. Flash forward a month later after meeting online, through some mutual friends. We are on our first (blind) date, we get to talking and he realizes he had actually seen me once before at a show, he thought. I didn’t believe him and he tells me exactly what I was wearing, right down to the jacket. 11 years later, I found that jacket in a box, the ticket from that show still in the pocket. We’ve since framed it, of course 🙂
Cuddling with my sweetie. Read the rest of this entry »
Wow, it has been a very long while since I have put together a Photo Fun Day Friday post. It has really been a whirlwind of a few weeks, the holiday season seriously flew by, in a blink of an eye it went from Thanksgiving to New Years, it’s insane. So much going on! OK enough chatter, here’s a glimpse of the last few weeks. This might be the biggest Photo Fun Day Friday, yet!
Hope you all had a lovely holiday season and are excited for all that lies ahead in 2014! I know I am.
Took a fun holiday trip to Disneyland with Meg and her adorable fam. Such a fun day! I love this girl!
Gettin’ wild on my mat with my Teeki pants.
Ran into Kelly from The Spunky Coconut at the Renegade Craft Fair in LA. Such a lovely surprise.
Our little Seri girl got sick, which meant I had to skip the road trip to San Francisco for our last holiday show of the year. I stayed home, nursed my baby back to health and we cuddled and watched Christmas movies together. Not a bad deal, afterall. Read the rest of this entry »
Hey guys!! Hope everyone is enjoying their November. I feel like this is the calm before the crazy holiday storm! I personally love this time of year and cannot wait to get into all the festive stuff. I tend to get started earlier than most folks. (As you’ll see.)
Have anything fun planned for the weekend? We’ll be setup at the Patchwork Show in Long Beach this Sunday 11/17, selling our hand printed goodies. If you are around Southern California, come by and check it out.
My brand new 8×10 Namaste. Designed and hand silkscreen printed by yours truly. Available in the Tasty Yummies etsy store.
Finally got these hung in our new home. Reppin’ our roots and our present.
Look at that baby!!
REAL apple cider from Western New York. Who knew it would be this hard to get good cider out here. Thankfully our friend Frank shipped us some from Buffalo!
Went to see NIN last weekend at the Staples center with Meg and our hubbies. The suite tickets were sweet!
Scenes from the Rose Bowl Flea.
Scenes from the Rose Bowl Flea. A Buffalo skull like this one, will be mine for our dining area! I can’t wait. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a busy few weeks, so I have neglected my Photo Fun Day Friday posts. This is a full one, but it’s been a fun few weeks, so I had to share. I cannot believe we are into November already. The holidays are nipping at our heels, somehow. It’s crazy.
Jazz hands on the Tower of Terror. Such a fun trip to Disney with my cousin Andrea and her boyfriend Mike who were visiting from NY.
Of course we had to make time for a beach day
It’s nice to have friends that are always happy to see you.
Beautiful Tibetan singing bowl for meditation that my sister Vicky send to me for my birthday.
A care package sent from Buffalo for my hubby. I have never seen him more happy. He has been desperate for good pizza and wings since we moved out here.
My amazing family sent me some colorful wax paper pressed leaves. Missing the autumn colors.
Best handmade birthday card, ever. From our friends Dan and Debbie.
Hanging with the lovely April of Gluten is my Bitch at the Gluten Free Oktoberfest in San Diego.
Hosted a little lunch with some of my favorite blogger friends. From L to R: Gina of So Let’s Hangout, Meg of Beard and Bonnet, Me in the middle, Cara of Fork and Beans and Meg’s friend Amber visiting from Georgia.
Hey all, happy weekend to you! Hope everyone is well. It’s been a busy couple of weeks here. Lots of house guests, lots of events and lots of living/loving life! Here are some snaps from the last 2+ weeks! Hope you enjoy.
End of day cuddles. The best kind. Read the rest of this entry »
Hey Friends!! Happy Friday! Happy Fall! My favorite time of year. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get into the fall mood here in Southern California without the major drop in temperature and the beautiful fall foliage and leaves everywhere. Though I will certainly miss the falling leaves, the color and the beautiful crisp fall aroma in the air, I definitely won’t miss the slowly declining weather. The looming snow. So far, I am really feeling in the fall mood out here. There are pumpkins everywhere, the nights have been a bit more crisp and with a trip to Disneyland to take in all of their fall goodness, that really helped!
How do you get into the fall mood?
Pumpkins and pumpkin hard cider. It was a great trip to the grocery store!
We celebrated the start of fall last week with a trip to Disneyland! Just the two of us!
Day of the dead!
So many great decorations at Disney.
Green goodness. Smoothie for breakfast and a green juice for lunch! Guess I was craving some greens!
Me in Warrior II! Read the rest of this entry »
Here we go, it’s Friday again, here are some pics from the last two weeks! Hope everyone has a great weekend!! Got anything fun planned?
Infusing vodka with figs and other goodies. Look for the how-to and some fun cocktail recipes later this week.
Went to Alex’s Bar here in Long Beach, AKA Fangtasia from True Blood with our friend Anjuli who was visiting from Buffalo. (I stopped watching the show many seasons ago, but it was still cool to see where they filmed those scenes)
Loving these amazing bottles from Lifefactory. Glass bottles with plastic-free silicon sleeves and they are free of known harmful chemicals like BPA, BPS, phthalate, etc. The wide mouth is great for adding fruit or ice to your water and you can even carry fresh juice or smoothies, without fear of it ruining the bottle or the flavor of your drink being affected, etc. Check out all of their products here http://amzn.to/14YqQw4
My runs by the ocean, don’t suck. Just sayin’
Super excited to get an advanced copy of my friend Kelly, of The Spunky Coconut’s brand new book: “The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook: 80 Gluten-Free Treats for Breakfast & Dessert”. Preorder it now. Look for my full review and a giveaway very soon!
Made some raw vanilla bean almond milk and chocolate almond milk for the first time with a nut milk bag and OMG have I been missing out! What a breeze, so clean and easy. This is the nut bag that I used —–>http://amzn.to/17MhEau. Here’s my recipe for homemade raw almond milk.
Working from home means I get to enjoy mid-day cuddles and sometimes naps with this girl. I just love her so much!
A great reminder on the street near my acupuncture clinic.
I had a lady’s night dinner with Meg from Beard and Bonnet this week and I made this yummy treat to share. Grain-free flatbread with caramelized shallots, figs from our tree, goat cheese and arugula. Recipe coming next week.
I get some really fun products sent to me to try. This is wine spritzer that has electrolytes added. I cannot wait to try it. Half the calories of wine and zero sugar. Sounds like my kind of cocktail. I will report back!
I love taking Seri to the dog park to play ball. Nothing makes that dog happier.
I have been
busybad and I totally spaced on my Photo Fun Day Friday posts the last couple of weeks, so this is a bigger one than usual. I flew home to Buffalo this past weekend for the first time since we moved to Southern California six months ago! It was my niece Teagan’s 4th birthday and I hadn’t seen her since we left at the end of February. I missed her (and everyone) sooo much! It was a wonderful trip home, I crammed in as much time with friends and family as I could and just enjoyed every single bit of it.
My happy place! The yoga studio here in Long Beach I currently practice at.
A bench at the dog park. Love this.
I cleaned like crazy two weekends ago and it felt great. When I was done I had to snap a few pics, I am in love with this house.
My running partner. She especially loves running on the beach.
I finally found a place for my prayer flags. My parents bought these for me and they are the same ones as my favorite yoga studio in Buffalo, East Meets West. These remind me of home.
Bounty from our garden.
Me forward folding. One of my favorite yoga poses!
How is it this time again already? Another week that flew by! I need to slow down time. We have had a super fun and busy week. We had friendsm Sean and Ruth, visiting and staying with us, from the UK. It was their first trip to Southern California so we made sure to give them the best time possible. They are both theme park/Disney junkies, so we of course spent an entire day at Disneyland with them, which you never have to twist our arms to do. We had a BBQ and invited some friends over, grilled out and just relaxed. Since they left on Tuesday we’ve been busy getting caught up on work and getting ready for upcoming events and travel. Mark has a trip next week, I have one the week after, then he goes away again just about a week later. Phew. August is going to fly right by. I am hoping to have time to share a decent amount of recipes, but it could be just a bit quieter around here for that reason.
It isn’t a glamorous photo, but I finally ran out of my store-bought toothpaste and got to make a batch of this homemade toothpaste. I didn’t have aloe so I swapped it out for coconut oil. I am loving it so far, my teeth feel so clean and have gotten noticeably whiter, already.
Our brand new California Dreamin’ oversized silkscreen poster is now available from our esty store. Seri approved!
The Brits arrived at our house on Friday afternoon, since they have been traveling and eating at restaurants like crazy, I made them a delicious veggie-filled frittata for breakfast. Loaded with zucchini, spinach, tomatoes, fresh herbs and onions and I topped it with with a light sprinkle of raw milk parmesan cheese. Check out my similar summer harvest frittata recipe here.
Happy August Everyone and Happy Friday, too! I am not quite sure where July went. It was a busy one for us, lots of events, lots of friend hang time and a trip to San Francisco for work! I am hoping August might give us a little more time to relax and enjoy the summer, though looking at my calendar it just doesn’t seem that way 😉 Hope you are having a wonderful Summer so far. It goes way too fast, doesn’t it?
This is my greeting card assembly line getting ready for an event. The team was seriously slacking this day.
Scenes from the Green Truck, an LA food truck that serves organic, locally sourced foods! The truck actually runs on recycled vegetable oil. All of their packaging and utensils are either recyclable or compostable and they compost everything back to the farms where they source from. How cool is all that?
I got their super yummy CALI KALE BOWL: Organic kale, mushrooms, quinoa, Gilroy garlic, shaved raw beets and carrots tossed with lemon, sea salt and pepper, and sprinkled with sesame seeds
Our booth at the Renegade Craft Fair in LA two weekends ago.
OK, seriously, how amazing is this greeting card? Made by Life is Funny Press.
I missed out on posting my Photo Fun Day Friday last week. It is a busy month. We have a ton of events and lots planned. I love that about the summer. It’s non-stop! This weekend we will be set up at the Renegade Craft Fair in LA. You should come by and check it out if you are in the area. It is FREE and there are over 250 amazing vendors selling their handmade goods, there are free workshops for the kids, lots of food trucks, etc. Stop by the Hero booth and see us if you make it out.
Last week, I hit my first 4 mile run!! I was sooo proud of myself. I am really loving running now and I am so happy to see some major changes in my body already, as a result. Running 2 to 3 times a week and sticking with my 4 mile runs each time, until it gets super easy for me!
Happy Friday!! Hope all of my American readers had a happy, fun and safe 4th of July!! Did you do anything fun yesterday??
We’ve had a great week!! So excited that summer is in full swing and trying to enjoy every moment of it.
I froze some watermelon balls (used a melon baller to scoop out fresh watermelon then put it on a parchment paper lined sheet until they were frozen and they have been delicious in sparkling water.
Seri can always find even the smallest patch of sunlight shining in.
The view from my yoga mat at Wanderlust Yoga in the City. Yoga amongst hundreds of strangers under the hot sun on the Santa Monica Pier. It was perfection.
I am getting really creative with the zucchini around here, since I have so much of it. Look for this recipe later this week.
This is a short but sweet one. We have been quite busy this week. After having my parent’s here for a visit last week, it was back to reality and back to work for us. Can’t believe it is already July next week. We have a fun weekend planned, with some relaxing and some fun. I am headed up to LA on Sunday for the Wanderlust Yoga in the City event at the Santa Monica Pier. Any of you headed there?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, no matter what you have planned!
I skipped my photo post last week inadvertently, the weeks just fly by way too fast for me. Here are the last two weeks of fun. Hey by the way, how the heck is it June already?
We have had a handful of events we did for work the past few weeks and we’ve been squeezing in fun where we can. My parents get here a week from today, so we are working like crazy to be able to take off as much time as we can while they are here. I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE THEM!
A super yummy post-run green smoothie. Check out the recipe on my Instagram.
Our booth setup for Patchwork Fair in Santa Ana two weekends ago.
A backyard BBQ wouldn’t be complete with a fun teepee!
We played some board games at our little Memorial Day BBQ. This was a fun one. What’s your favorite board game?
I love the amazing sun our deck gets for the first half of the day. I love practicing out there.
Happy Friday, friends!! Hope you all had a really great week and I hope everyone has an amazing weekend ahead. For my American friends, Happy Memorial Day weekend. We finally got our grill, it showed up today, so we are having a little BBQ here at our house on Monday! Do have anything fun planned for the (long) weekend?
My sweeties on a walk around the lagoon by our house.
I am not sure who loves when we babysit Lucy more, us or our cat Jpeg. He just adores Lucy.
A quick and simple Spring pasta dish I made for dinner the other night, with peas, feta, mint and lemon zest.
Sunset beach bike ride. I am not sure I will ever get over that this is where I live now.