Wednesday, October 22, 2014

you're toxic, i'm slipping under

Last night I had dinner with a friend that I met through Kate at Set This Circus Down. Laura and Kate have been friends since Kate lived in California. I initially met Kate through blogging because she moved to my hometown in North Carolina. Now, Laura is a military spouse with her husband stationed on the same base as mine! Isn't it such a small world? It was such a treat to meet this gal, and I am so thankful for Kate who kept in my ear about how much I needed to meet Laura!
Laura suggested one of my favorite restaurants, one that Ben and I go to often, so I was EXCITED (on top of being excited to meet Laura)!

I ordered my usual, the Kobe Beef Sliders which come with a small side of onion strings. I had been eating so well recently and I figured I could indulge a bit (or a lot in this case).

It was yummy, but when I got home and settled into bed, I started feel queasy and sick. It could have been the grease, the fried food, the white bread, but whatever it was, my body, that has been working so hard to remove the toxins I placed in it, was rejecting this meal.

For many reasons, after my husband left, I decided that I wanted to change my eating habits. I wanted to be the best me.
I wanted more natural energy!
I wanted to finally stop complaining to my friends about how I looked or how bloated I felt.
And I want to look good for my man.
Also, I've preached about using essential oils and trying to take the chemicals out of my home and out of the products I use. If I was going to remove the toxins from the outside, I needed to remove them from the inside too.

So last night when I had that "indulgent meal" and as sick as it made me feel, I am grateful for it. It was body telling me that the path I am on now is leading me in the right direction. And body, I am listening. 

It's a cleanse day! Yay! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

get going


Last night I received a phone call from my husband, and with a broken heart that longed for him and tears in my eyes he gently reminded me that we cannot stop time. It was beautiful. Just in those four words he reminded me that as painful and hard as it may seem, this will pass, and in turn I shouldn't wish this time away any faster than it goes, because it's going, and I'll never get it back. 

[So here's to enjoying the moment, looking forward to the future, and the thrill of not knowing what lies ahead but having the bravery to move forward anyways, with my head held high.]

Monday, October 20, 2014

autumn arrival

Some girlfriends and I have talked about having a craft night once a month and we kicked it off last night with an Autumn Arrival/Pumpkin Painting Party! Since Southern California has clearly missed the autumn memo, I decided to bring it into my home...
On the menu was a White Chicken Chili (my aunt-in-law's recipe), a seasonal salad with cranberries and pumpkin croutons, and too many desserts for our own good. By the end of the night, we had all slipped deep into a food coma.
Goodies to go! (Thanks for making the scarves momma, the girls loved them)
Spiked Cider which simmered in the kitchen filling the house with the scent of cinnamon, oranges, and my favorite, clove.
And onto the painting!...

Friday, October 17, 2014

red barn

Can I be honest about this outfit post?
I just wanted some cool photos next to this gorgeous red barn.
Oh and an observation I made when I was visiting Ohio; California is turning me into a hippie one essential oil, yoga session, flowy top, full glass of wine, organic food choice, and shiny headband at a time. Time to move before I start making my own deodorant and body wash....
Oh wait?....
[Top: Forever 21, Jeans: American Eagle, Boots: Charlotte Russe, Earrings: Forever 21, Headband]
CHEERS!!! It's going to be a wonderful weekend filled with friends I've missed while I was gone, getting together a birthday package for my main squeeze, and soaking up the sunshine on the beach! Wishing y'all a weekend filled with an equal amount of joy, and recognizing that it can be found in the most simple things in life (like a red barn).

Thursday, October 16, 2014

sweet and savory baked brie

Remember this dinner I went to? Well one of the ladies brought over a dish that I absolutely devoured. It was the perfect balance of sweet and savory and it was cheese so of course. After stuffing my mouth, I begged the person who made it to give me her recipe and to my surprise it was super simple! I made it for Ben when he was last home and he loved it too. When it comes to brie, in my eyes, you can't hardly go wrong.

What you need:
1 round of Brie (with rind)
2 cups of  strawberries
1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar 

Preheat oven to 350°F, once preheated, in a shallow baking dish, place brie into the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
At the same time, in a small pot, heated at medium-low, add balsamic vinegar and strawberries cut into halves. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until the strawberries have softened.
Pour the strawberry-balsamic topping over the brie and serve with crackers or bread. 

[I cut up a baguette placed the pieces onto a pan, drizzled a little EVOO over the break and baked on the lower rack until crispy.]


PS. We had this discussion this past weekend...Do you eat the rind or no? I gobble it up, I love the texture. Mom and dad say no, they don't like it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

fall fix - at Chagrin Falls

I'm back! I had such a wonderful trip visiting my parents. Although it was hard to come back, it sure was good to sleep in my own bed last night. When I arrived in Cleveland, we headed straight to Chagrin Falls for breakfast at Yours Truly.
Chagrin Falls is one of my most favorite towns, ever.
(Also, it happens to be the hometown of this lady!)
I am pretty sure my parents planned this to be the first stop because they knew I would constantly feel antsy until I visited. After breakfast, we went in just about every shop, making a special stop into Nola True. I never leave empty handed in that boutique. 
Bottoms up!

Don't you just want to pick up and move to this quaint little town? I do! I already have my house (it's so stunning it's one that is probably passed down from generation to generation) picked out.
I guess you could say I got my fall fix,
light winds that carried leaves across the sky,
chunky sweaters,
colorful trees in all directions,
crisp, fresh air,
crunchy leaves under my boots,
but I could have stayed in that moment forever (if Ben was with me).

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I believe

...in surrounding yourself with positive people.

...creating your own sparkle.

...in natural energy! [I have officially said goodbye to Diet Coke & coffee and feel great!]

...in investing in yourself.

...in powering past excuses!

...in turning off the music, turning off the Bluetooth, and just soaking in the drive home. 

...in believing that you CAN and will!
[images 1,2,3,5 via wehearit]


I have finally stopped giving myself excuses, putting off my goals until some day, and now is the time to be the best ME!