Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Favorite Things: Mint Green Edition

Lately, I've had an obsession, with mint green. I know, I'm not much of a trend setter, it's everywhere... For reals. But, here's a little minty loveliness to get you through your Wednesday...

Because it sits behind my desk at work and makes me happy every day. SO much better than the boring old ones.

Mint and patterned?! What could be better?

Which I am currently rocking right now, minus the patterns, because who has time for that?!

Do I really need to give an explanation? Gorgeous...

Happy Wednesday Everyone!
xo,
R






Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Breakfast Routine.

I mentioned yesterday that I've been taking classes at Bar Method Long Beach for about 3 months now. I seriously love it. I started on a Living Social deal for a month unlimited, and now am on my 3rd month. I go 5-7 days a week and I'm noticing crazy evident results. My arms and legs look totally different. My abs, while they're getting better, need a little boost still. I've been experimenting with different eating habits, and while "everything (within reason) in moderation" seems to work best for me, I wanted to try something new. 
My sister and a few of my coworkers have been drinking this meal replacement called Vega Energizing Smoothie. It's gluten, dairy, and soy free, and comes in a few flavors. 
It has: 
2 servings of veggies
10 g complete plant based protein
5 g fiber
1 g Omega-3

It says you can just add water and go, but they all add fruit and some kind of nut milk, so I decided that was the route I would take.
I picked it up Monday evening and tried it out yesterday for breakfast.
I added:
Hazelnut Milk
3/4 of a White Peach
and about 10 Raspberries

Threw it in my handy Magic Bullet blender (a gift from my mom that I NEVER thought I would use, and I literally use all.the.time)

 And boom. Here it is, half gone, because you know what? It's actually really good!
It actually kept me full for about 4 hours, which is a record for me... My body likes to eat. 

As I write this, I'm drinking it again, this time with mango and raspberries.
I'm going to keep it up for a few weeks, changing up the fruit and milk combos, and see how I feel.
I know it's not going to be a drastic improvement, but I'm hoping it'll help me get on track at least a little bit!
Of course, I should probably start running again to boost my abs even more, but we'll see how that goes...
And, maybe if I get enough courage, I'll even post some before and after Bar Method pics... Maybe...

xo,
R

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Favorite Things: Summer Clothes Addition

Yesterday was a fiasco of a morning... Like one of those "Shoulda stayed in bed" days. I got up late, thought I had more time than I did, and literally changed my clothes 4 times. Not kidding, FOUR outfits, until I settled on something that I wear all the time. While I know I shouldn't shop right now... (We have about 4 sets of plane tickets to purchase soon) here's a few pieces that might find their way into my wardrobe sooner rather than later...

Because it's great with flats, and just as gorgeous with a wedge or heel.

Because you can NEVER have too many Chambray shirts... Duh.

Because I WILL find them in kids sizes in the US... I WILL.
Because 3 months of Bar Method Long Beach is paying off. (More on that soon)

So, since none of these actually exist in my closet yet, I'd better go find something that I actually own to wear today.
Have a lovely Tuesday!
xo,
R



Friday, June 7, 2013

Home Sick Soup

On Monday, I came home sick from work around lunch time: fever, headache, nauseous... the worst. And to top it all off, I was hungry... It kinda sucks, being hungry on top of feeling so lousy. I knew there was only one thing I wanted. Egg Drop Soup. But, not the one from Chinese restaurants, this weird, and completely UNauthentic soup that an old friends older sister used to make, back when I was like 10 years old.
Yes, I know... SO weird... but it's literally the only thing I ever want when I'm sick and it's perfect every time. 
Here's what it usually consists of:
Chicken broth
Canned corn
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Eggs (Scrambled into the boiling broth)
I know, I REALLY know... It sounds SO weird... I've adapted it over the years, adding miso paste, tofu, noodles, basically anything that I had in the kitchen at that point in time.
On Monday, I was missing the corn, and out of miso paste... But here's what I did have:

Mushrooms
Edamame
Fish Sauce
Sesame Oil
Green Onions
Chicken Broth
Eggs
(And lettuce which I forgot to put in the photo)

So I rolled with it.
I threw all the veggies in the broth and waited for it to boil.

 Once it boiled, I added the green onions and the egg.

Then the fish sauce and sesame oil (I added more later to taste also.)

After the egg had been added, I let it boil for another minute.

 That's it! SUCH a random combination, but it's the only thing that ever sounds good when I'm sick, and it definitely hit the spot this time too, even adapted as I did. 

It's SO unauthentic but so easy, and basically a "kitchen sink" meal. Don't knock it til you try it... and you should really.. try it!
xo,
R



Thursday, June 6, 2013

Jacarandas in Bloom!

It's the time of year in Long Beach where everything goes purple. And by purple, I mean the Jacarandas are blooming. In full.force.
Everywhere you drive in the city, the purple trees are there, at the skyline, edging the roads. It's a gorgeous site.
We are lucky enough that our neighbor has one. It shades our driveway, and unfortunately covers the ground in purple mush, but it's a sight to see nonetheless.
 This is the view from our front yard.

Nevilles squirrel friends love to tempt him by running up and down its trunk, and I'm pretty sure the slightly odd woman across the street brings it "gifts" when it's in bloom.

The only bad part about these lovely trees is that the blooms turn to purple mush on the ground. Avoiding them makes walking between the raindrops seem easy.

We have two baby Jacarandas in the front yard. Hopefully someday they'll have the majestic blossoms that their older neighbors have!

For now, though, we'll just enjoy the one next door. Maybe the odd lady across the street has gotten it right... Their gorgeousness seem pretty deserving of gifts, doesn't it?

Have a beautiful day!

xo,
R




Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Making our Terrarium

Terrariums are so.cool. I know, I'm such a follower... They're popping up everywhere... And I mean everywhere.
We were lucky enough to receive an empty one as a wedding gift from some dear friends, and I know I posted a photo of the finished product a few weeks ago, but I wanted to show the (insanely easy) steps of how we got there... I mean seriously, so easy, I don't even need to post them, but I'm going to anyway...
You need a few things:

A glass vessel

Sand (preferably of the Horticultural variety)

And (Sorry, the last photo gave it away)
Plants.
You can use air plants or succulents... I chose succulents

First step is to pour the sand into the vessel. You can decide how much sand to use, but make sure you have enough to cover any roots you may plant.

I really like how the sand looks, so I used a fair amount.

Then, I carefully poked small holes in the sand for the plants to sit in. Succulents usually take pretty quickly so you don't have to worry a ton about the hole size.

I used 3 different plants, that all looked similar to make sure it was cohesive.

A few smooth river rocks finished her off, with a nice polished look.

Finished! (Andrew said it needs a hermit crab.)

Seriously, one of the easiest projects I've done around the house and let me tell you, totally worth it. I think we spent about $12 combined on everything, excluding the gifted vessel.
Such a simple detail, and  you get a finished product that adds SO much to this corner of our house.

Thanks so much K & R for the lovely gift. We really appreciate it so much!

xo,
R








Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Patchwork 2013

Last Sunday was the Patchwork Festival at the LB Marina. We try to go every time it's in town, and I've posted before about my previous finds here. This year, I went with one thing in mind: Candles. Pommes Frites Candles to be exact. 
(Well, two really, if you count the Seabirds Truck vegan Jack tacos... which I didn't photograph because I was too busy stuffing my face.) 
The candles hand poured locally in Long Beach and the scents are amazing. (And the owner, Kristen, is super awesome and if she's reading this... which would mean I actually have readers... props to you lady!)
I purchased the Teakwood & Tobacco from her Etsy shop a few months back, and we've nearly burned it down to the bottom of the jar.
On Sunday, they debuted their new scent Amber & Moss. And I have to say, I like it just as much as the other. It's a softer scent, and not as masculine as the teakwood, but homey and delicious just the same.

(They're both hanging out on our bar right now, just begging to be lit.)

The second thing I came home with was a necklace. I always find tons of awesome jewelry at Patchwork, and this time was no different. 
And I feel absolutely TERRIBLE, because I've lost the business card of the super cute girl that made it! When I find it, I'll re post... Promise.
It's hand painted brass, on a silver chain. So simple and chic, yet edgy at the same time. (Excuse my photo, I was playing with lighting and locations in the house... Yes, that is the baseboard in my living room.)

More playing with the camera, sorry... What you don't see is that the necklace is hanging from the dog's leash, which is hanging from a hook next to the door... Pretty clever huh?

So, I left the show with two pretty great finds... And spent under $60. That, in my book, is a successful day.
xo,
R






Monday, June 3, 2013

Mornings.

Mornings are a funny thing in the Clark house. Andrew gets up around 6:15, showers, makes his coffee, and heads out. He has an hour and a half (plus) commute, so he gets out of here as early as he can. As for me, every day is a little different. I consider myself a morning person. I like being up and being productive. On the weekends, I'm up and usually at a workout before 8:00. But for some reason, the week is a little different. I go into work around 9:00, but it literally takes me 8 minutes to get to my office. Some days, I get up early, when Andrew gets up. I'll straighten up the house, take a little extra time getting ready, and enjoy my breakfast while catching up on the blogs I follow.
Today though, is not one of those mornings. It's 7:45 and I'm laying in bed. 
I've gotten up, brushed my teeth, and that's about it. Neville's asleep next to me, and I'm enjoying the comfort of the morning for a little bit longer. I'll get up in a few, and get on with my day, but for now, I'm perfectly content laying here, listening to the ceiling fan, and Neville's soft snoring. 
(He caught me taking the photo...)

I had a whole post planned for Friday about Neville on his birthday but my photos were loading all weird, so there he is, in all of his sleepy two-year-old glory. You can read the short version of how Neville came to be ours, here.
Happy (late) birthday, Neville, and Happy Monday, everyone.
xo,
R