BEST OF AUGUST: a skin-clearing miracle, power saws & Ann Boleyn

The Best of August

Eats: hickory-smoked Havarti cheese, craisins and & crackers. Trust me. Or read my last post. Sips: Lavender Melon Kombucha Not much to say on Kombucha other than I am 100% not a regular drinker of that weird stuff. And most of it tastes like straight-up apple cider vinegar with flavoring (no thank you). But this was so delicious and made me feel ultra-mellow. Definitely recommend this if you have a lil’ stomach ache or just want something to make you feel a little healthier. Non-Fic Read: The Creation of Ann Boleyn by Susan Bordo Besides the lack of proper hygiene and modern medicine, the time of King Henry the Eighth...

FANCY FRIDAY: hickory-smoked Havarti light bites + wine

Fancy Friday: smoked hickory havarti light bites.

I’m literally always on the hunt for tasty lil’ treats to pair with wines and I have a process. For the sake of a detail*bliss catchy title for this series, let’s call it “Fancy Fridays.” This is a personal “treat yoself” thing, here’s the low-down: Change out of the athletic clothes I’ve been working in all day (thanks, stay-at-home job) and put on something cute (+ heels if I’m feelin’ it), go to the store and find something delicious, zone out in the sadly tiny wine aisle of Safeway with my dorky win app, set up a cute little spot outside, pour a glass (or three), and chat with my...

3 Inspiring Tiny Houses Under $65k

3 Inspiring Tiny Houses Under $65k

“How much house do I really need to be happy and enjoy the most freedom in my life?” This is the question that Tiny Mountain Houses asks on its home page right after all those distractingly gorgeous pictures of their designs. How Much House? After living in our (around) 360 sq. ft. house for the past year, I’ve come to the realization that the answer is: not much. I actually lived in a borrowed RV for a half a year before that and it functioned perfectly. In our current tiny house,  there’d be more than enough space if I hadn’t let it get cluttered with furniture — currently working on...

3 KILLER READS (books to make your life better)

3 Killer Beers

  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear There’s too much I can say about Liz Gilbert… you’ve probably read her book Eat, Pray, Love. But this is a huge departure from that. This is straight-up a book of inspiration. I checked it out from the library, read it cover-to-cover, then immediately Amazon’d it so I could write notes in it. It’s the kind of book that you pull out when you feel like you need something, but can’t quite put your finger on what it is. A perfect read for people: – Who are making excuses for not pursuing a creative endeavor that’s they’ve been secretly thinking about. – Who...

Not Keeping Score & Other Lessons From 1 Year of Marriage

Keeping Score & What Else Not to do in Marriage

In the 60s, the average age for a couple to get married was 20 (the girl) and 23 (the guy). Nowadays, couples are statistically waiting until their late twenties (think 27-29). This shift is crazy interesting, with a number factors at play (some of which I heard from people voicing their doubt in my own young engagement). – Co-habitation isn’t against the norm anymore. – Women are focusing on their careers first. – Couples are waiting to be more financially viable. Blah blah blah, the list goes on. My feelings on this: do whatever works for you. But I got married at age 22 and these are my anniversary reflections...

Something to Think About: Food, Pleasure & Health

Something to Think About: Food, Pleasre & Health

  People’s philosophies on food are all over the map. Think about that chick on YouTube that consumes a concerning amount of daily bananas? Or that dude on your Facebook that posts pictures of lil’ refrigerator dishes filled with sad-looking broccoli and grilled chicken? Or, perhaps, consider the Paula Deen phenomenon of a truckload of butter in, like, everything. I started thinking about this a while back when I bought a stack of refrigerator dishes (yes, exactly like what I was commenting about above). It made me a little sad, to be honest. Why? When you make eating healthy easy breezy, it’s easier to adopt it as a habit. But...

Practical Ways to Regain Your “Joie de Vivre”

Feeling a little uninspired? Here's 3 practical ways to regain that carefree enjoyment of living or "joie de vivre”.

You know that feeling a killer song gives you the first time you’ve heard it? Or driving through the summer night with the windows down? Or taking a tipsy midnight stroll with someone that you know, but haven’t really gotten to know, and learning so much about them? Keep that feeling in mind. I remember this vividly: my very first cross-country road trip, alongside my new boyfriend (now husband) on the approach into the gateway of Oregon. The landscape had shifted once again and now before me was rolling hills, open fields, and a sagebrush-scented spring breeze. Everything was so new and everything made me so full of this indescribable...

So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer?

  Let me preface this by saying that there are a million ways to get you to the point of being a freelance writer. What follows is my personal perspective supplemented by the influencers who have been a huge help to my writing career. What works for me might not work for you. And vice versa. The Secret to Success This is important. I’m a self-proclaimed “self-help book addict.” I’ve binge-read my way through as many as I could get my hands on. (If you’re interested, I’m currently reading Living Mindfully: At Home, at Work, and in the World, by Deborah Scoeberlein David.) It’s been a range of useful and...

Easy 4-Ingredient Summer Salad

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This salad takes maybe 10 minutes to prep and it’s absolutely delicious. I love it so much I’ve definitely made it weekly for the past month or so. Not only can you eat it straight up, it’s killer with pita bread, fresh French bread or cooked into a panini. I feel so damn healthy after eating this. (Despite the mozzarella, which is actually healthy fats. Right guys?) The ingredients can be easily adjusted to suit your tastes… I like extra tomatoes and extra mozzarella. Sometimes my husband’ll cook the onions and chill them if they’ve been hanging out in the fridge for a few days. There’s only four ingredients in...

50 ways to kick a shitty mood

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This started from a conversation I had with my little siblings-in-law. We were talking about being in a bad mood and how to fix it. Even the happiest of people are susceptible, right? Anyways, kiddos always seem to have the greatest straight-up wisdom. Here’s what I got: (the ten-year-old): look at a book with pictures. (the nine-year-old): play mine craft. (the thirteen-year-old): go on a walk. (the six-year-old): play wall ball/lacrosse. Solid start, right? Then I asked my Facebook friends the very same question; these are their answers, with my lil’ interpretation. Cook something. Listen to some music (cheesy show tunes, country, hardcore rap, old-school R&B— your call) Sing along...