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FIVE FRIDAY FAVORITES: NUMBER 3

FullSizeRenderHappy Friday, friends!  The past few weeks I have been having fun sharing a few of my recent favorites with you.  We're on to round three now!

  1. Sweet potatoes for breakfast!  I've always loved sweet potatoes, but last Sunday I roasted like 6 lbs. of them (super simple: clean, chop, add a little olive oil & seasoning, cook for 40 mins at 400°), and had them almost every day for breakfast this week.  They are great with eggs, avocado, greens, and just about anything else that sounds good.  YUM!
  2. This essential oil diffuser!  It works great, diffuses my oils beautifully, and is super reasonably priced.
  3. Listening to reggae music while I work.  Put's me in the best mood, but I can still concentrate on what I am working on.
  4. Afternoon coffee.  Twice this week I skipped my morning coffee (simply because I felt like having extra lemon water), and had it in the afternoon instead.  I didn't miss it in the morning, and it felt like a fun treat in the afternoon to go to Starbucks.
  5. Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food by Jan Chozen Bays, MD.  I picked this book up last weekend for some further education, and have been really enjoying it!

What have YOU been loving lately?  I'd love to hear!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #38 + POLL

Happy Monday, friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I spent time with my mom and aunt (and of course Greg, too), and we had a such a nice visit.  I love family-time! Before I jump into photos, I wanted to ask you all a very specific question....I love writing here M/W/F, and would appreciate any suggestions, as I love to keep the content inspirational and interesting.  I have a few ideas for the coming weeks, but would love your ideas, too!  Take a peek at the poll below, and give me your thoughts.  Thank you!  :)

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FullSizeRenderFriday evening Greg and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in Pasadena, Yahaira's.  They have the yummiest food.  Neither of us were too hungry, so we split an appetizer (their chips, salsa, and guac are sooooo good), and split an entree.  Perfect!

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FullSizeRender_2Saturday my mom and aunt arrived, and the four of us headed to the USC Pacific Asian Museum.  It was free museum day in LA County on Saturday, so it was a great time to visit. They have the prettiest courtyard and koi pond, too.

After the museum we walked across the street for lunch, where I had a delish warm roasted veggie salad.  Isn't their courtyard pretty, too?  So many lovely spots in Pasadena.

Saturday afternoon was spent sipping coffee and shopping with the girls (we dropped Greg off at home, HA!).  That evening we munched on apps and chatted.  Perfect day!

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IMG_0430One of my purchases from Saturday was the mug above.  I absolutely LOVE it!  We had zucchini burgers and cauliflower tots (both in the archives) for dinner, and afterwards I spent the evening reading in bed.  Perfect way to end the weekend!

What did you do over the weekend?  Give me deets!

xo.  Jen

 

WEEKEND RECAP #35

Good morning, friends!  Did everyone have a nice holiday weekend?  Mine was really great, but I have to admit, it was really difficult to wake up this morning.  I was sleepy! photo 5My weekend started on Wednesday at noon (my office closed early), which was SO nice!  I ran errands that day, and started prepping for Thanksgiving.

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photo 1Thanksgiving was amazing!  We hosted, but it was a total group effort food wise.  Everything was delicious!  Here is a photo of our group on Thanksgiving.  My Mom and Dad accidentally got cut out of the group photo, but there is a cute one of them to make up for it.  :)

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photo 1Friday we went to Ventura, and completely relaxed at my parents house all day.  It was just what we all needed!  Saturday morning I met some girlfriends for coffee and a beach walk.  It was a gorgeous day, but the conversation was even better.  Isn't quality time with friends the best?!

We had a memorial service to attend on Saturday afternoon, and while it was very sad to lose a loved one, the service was beautiful.  I was so happy to have been there.

photo 3After the service I had an appointment to get my hair done.  I cut 8 inches off!!!  This is a huge deal for me, as I've had long hair for years.  I loved my long hair, but I am totally digging the short, simple cut.  So bouncy and fun!

photo 2 Sunday was church, then afterwards we all went downtown to do some small business shopping.  So fun!  After that, we headed back to Pasadena to unpack, and unwind.  As you can see, Charlie was quite chilly when we got home!  HA!

All in all, it was a FABULOUS holiday weekend!  I hope you all had a great one, and know how very grateful I am for each and every one of you!

xo.  Jen

 

 

 

KEEP CALM AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Good morning, friends!  Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and while I it can bring up a lot of feelings of gratitude, I know (from experience) that it can bring up a lot of stress, too.  Particularly around all of the decadent food!  Today I am here today to share some helpful tips on how to have a calm, joyous, and happy Thanksgiving. keep-calm-and-happy-thanksgiving--29

START WITH A GRATEFUL HEART

Gratitude is what Thanksgiving is all about, right?  When you wake up in the morning, before you do anything else, try placing your hand on your heart and simply close your eyes and breathe.  Imagine what your are thankful for.  If you can't think of anything in particular, that's totally okay.  Just  acknowledging your heartbeat and breath is glorious enough!  This is a great way to start any day, and can definitely set the tone for the holiday.

HYDRATE

Before your coffee or festive mimosa, drinks lots of water.  Think of it as a bath for your insides.  Start nice and clean for the day, and continue to drink water throughout.

MOVE YOUR BODY

I'm so excited to start Thanksgiving day with a morning walk!  Just like any other day, moving your body (whichever way feels comfortable to you) is great!  This can look like dancing in the kitchen while you're cooking, doing some gentle yoga, going for a run, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or even a leisurely stroll with your pup.

Side note: This is NOT to make up for food you will be consuming later.  In fact if you don't feel like exercising, and you'd rather do something else, do that.  Honor your body however it feels comfortable to YOU.  This is simply an extra way to show your body that you are grateful for her.  :)

DON'T DEPRIVE YOURSELF

Do you want mashed potatoes and gravy or your Grandma's famous dessert?  Have some!  Place a portion on you plate, eat slowly, savor it, and know that you can always have more if you're still hungry.  Plus, HELLO LEFTOVERS!  Yum!

ENJOY 

The holidays are about being with those your love and care about.  Enjoy the laughter of children, and the silly banter between adult siblings.  Cherish the stories your grandfather has told you 9,284,832 times because someday you may miss hearing them, and tell your family you love them, because that's what matters most.  And sometimes, being with those you want to spend time with isn't always possible.  So, for those of you that have to work or live far away, know that you are missed, and are in the hearts of many!

I hope these tips are helpful, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

With so much love and gratitude, Happy Thanksgiving!

xo.  Jen

P.S. I will be taking Friday off from posting to spend time with family.  See you Monday!

WEEKEND RECAP #33

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate Halloween?  My weekend was very full, but really fun, too.  I have LOTS of photos, so I'm jumping right into it! photo 1

photo 1After work on Friday we jumped in the car and headed to Ventura!  My Dad's birthday was earlier in the week, so we went out for sushi that evening to celebrate.  My rainbow roll was delicious!

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photo 3Saturday morning, Greg, Charlie, and I went down to the beach.  It was a STUNNING day! The water was super glassy, and the sun was shining beautifully!  Greg decided to take a bunch of photos, and I am SO glad that he did!  He got some really great shots!  After our walk, we went and had a breakfast burrito on the pier (which ended up holding me over for the majority of the day).

photo 3Saturday afternoon I met up with some friends.  Starla and I have been best friends for 18 years (CRAZY how time flies), and I have know her cousin Jo for just as long, and we're all great friends!

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photo 1Saturday evening we went to a Halloween party.  Greg was a priest, I was a nun, and Charlie was a dinosaur.  My mom was the cutest kitten ever, and my dad was a USC coach.  :)

photo 2Sunday was church, lunch at Spencer Makenzie's (I got the ahi burger, and shared my fries with everyone), visiting with more friends, then heading home.  We spent the rest of the evening snuggling on the couch, and going to bed early (time change got me all mixed up, haha).

All in all, another fantastic weekend!  Tell me about yours!

xo.  Jen