Wine Thoughts: Sullivan Merlot 2011

I am really not a huge Merlot fan. It's just not my thing. I hate to be grape-ist like that as each grape and each harvest is unique, but the reality is that, historically, Merlot and I have just not been best buds. While usually drinkable, it is not something I actively seek out to add to our drinking repertoire....

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Hummus Cups To Go

1 Hummus Cup_angles white It’s one pm on a crazy Monday afternoon. You’ve been sitting at your desk since 7am and your stomach is sending some not-so-subtle reminders that the last time you ate was 6am. You meander into the kitchen still overwhelmed by your 106-message inbox. Too exhausted to cook or make anything, you grab the first thing you see and head back to your desk. Crunching away on bags of Chex Mix, you silently curse yourself and promise to do an extra 15, no make that 20, minutes on the elliptical in the morning....

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Just Another Curls Day

Spring Colors_Annie & I at the Table

Ignore the funny face (that's candid Katie for ya). Note that the curls actually look presentable!

Some people are blessed with gorgeous flowing beach wave locks and ideally placed, naturally occurring highlights. Others step out of the shower with perfectly coifed ringlets that bounce in sync with their every step. Some humans, if we can call them that, have no idea what the word “frizz” really means or the depressing effects it can have on one’s day....

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Afternoon Energizer Smoothie

Afternoon Energizer Some mornings require a little more help than others – even those with awesome starts. This was one of them. Despite rising with the sun, getting in a butt-kicking kickboxing workout, catching up on the news, and cleaning up my inbox - all before 9am, I needed a pick me up that would last. Alas, it didn’t seem that an 18th cup of coffee was going to do the trick....

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5 Things: April 24th

We used to sit down to dinner every night as a family and chat. This was before the time of smart phones and tablets (Blackberries were the cool tech of the moment). Every evening each of us would take turns saying what our favorite 5 Things of the day were. It could be anything from playing outside at recess to science class to an awesome team meeting at work. There were only three rules 1) all 5 things had to be positive, 2) you couldn’t copy what someone else said unless you elaborated and made it personal, and 3) no repeats from the previous night. It was really fun and usually resulted in some great conversation and ideas for things to do during the upcoming weekend. Somehow over the last ten years or so we let this tradition go and I miss it. So, in honor of this tradition and in hopes of bringing it back, every Friday I will share my 5 Things from the previous seven days. Please feel free to share yours with me – or just with those closest to you. Enjoy!
  1. I reconnected and had an awesome lunch (Cow's End) and conversation with an old friend / colleague who I haven’t seen or talked to in nearly 10 years. Bonus: I walked away from lunch with a whole bunch of awesome knowledge I didn’t know I didn’t know.
  2. Impromptu alfresco spaghetti and meatball dinner with friends. There is no better way to cap off hump day than with a delicious home cooked meal, a glass of wine, catching up with a good friend, and watching our little men get into all kinds of mischief.
  3. My little man’s first official soccer practice! There was way too much cuteness in one place – and my sister came to partake in the fun. If you live in LA and want to get in on the fun, check out Learn to Kick by Tiny Pros.
  4. Fresh, homemade rosemary olive French loaf. Seriously, the way my home smelled all day was fantastic. This will definitely be appearing on the blog soon!
  5. The long held belief that I was looked over when my parents were handing out the artistic gene has been confirmed. My attempt at an Elmo cupcake says it all (image at the end). But, the important part is that they taste like slices of heaven and the kids at his daycare all agreed. Now I just need to whip up a batch to take to his family b-day party tomorrow. Phew!
Rosemary Olive Bread_aerial

Seriously delicious rosemary olive french loaf.

Aiden Soccer_hurt eye

He collided with one of the other kids at soccer and ended up with a bit of a shiner. The red on the chin is lipstick from mommy's kiss that we couldn't get off.

Elmo

Man did this look way better in my head. I think I'll stick with abstract art.

Cupcakes_close up2

Obviously, I left the rest of these divine cupcakes in their beautiful and delicious state. Phew!

   

A Splash of Color

After long winter months filled with navy, maroon, black, and grey, I always get so excited for the punches of color ushered in by spring and summer. The long days and warm nights that define these seasons beg for bright yellows, punchy pastels, hot pinks, and the most vibrant shades of every other color you can dream up. There is something about blending, mixing, and pairing these fun hues that makes getting dressed that much more exciting. Honestly, I am smiling just thinking about it. Spring Colors_Close Up ...

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Acai Banana Berry Bowl, Smoothie

I love acai bowls – thick, tasty, creamy, flavor-packed bowls of delicious and nutritious goodness. The endless base flavor combinations and fun toppings give infinite fun to an otherwise annoying meal – breakfast. But, there are things I don’t love about them, including 1) how hard a good acai bowl is to find, 2) the lack of portability / eat-on-the-go-ability, 3) paying $8 a pop, especially when they melt in 10 minutes flat, and 4) waiting 30+ minutes after ordering for mine to be ready. Acai Smoothies ...

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Smoothie Workout

One of my favorite things in the world is a great workout. Those times when you honestly aren’t sure how you are still alive and can’t figure out what is keeping your legs in an upright position; you know, when you’re so sweaty it looks like you took a shower with all your clothes on and you know you’re gonna hurt the next day and you can’t wait? You know what I’m talking about?
Smoothie Top

Let's just call this heaven in a glass.

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Mixing Metals

Some things just go together – strawberries and bananas, peanut butter and chocolate, sunshine and margaritas. The more recent blend I am loving is the mixing of metals. No longer does gold only go with gold and silver only with silver. Throw on a silver ring and earrings, pair it with a rose gold watch, and layer on those gold necklaces. Go crazy! If you want to kick it up a notch, toss in some textural, natural elements like stones or wood. Delicate here, chunky there, and rustic wherever you want. Necklace on Tree_Close...

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