Now onto the restaurant. Tender Greens Cafe! It's one of those places that you can easily miss in the busyness of walking around Santa Monica as you're frantically looking for that other cafe you were determined to find. Tender Greens is one of those eateries where you order, pay, and seat yourself a la Chipotle style.Read More
Happy Thursday! Just one more day till the weekend for those of you at work! Unless you’re Amanda, our awesome friend who faithfully hosts Thinking Out Loud every week….and who’s living it up in one of the most beautiful places in the world—Hawaii! Amanda, don’t forget about us little people in the meanwhile.
1. Every morning as I awake, I’m reminded that I’m not walking through this journey as if it were merely a fleeting memory. Rather, I’m living it (or trying) with purpose and guidance in everything, knowing that I need to take in the present moment while living with an eternal perspective!
It is so easy to get sidetracked and run to everything else in this world, especially when you have a little one to take care of from sunrise to sundown. Any moms out there hear me? But I’m so glad He looks at my heart and deepest desires to please Him and be a blessing unto others. Some days are better than others, of course.
2. Ohhhh good old pizza. Make that frozen-and-ready-in-30-minutes pizza! Although I don’t instinctively gravitate towards pizza like Greg does, sometimes it’s super nice to not have to work on dinner for more than 30 minutes.
Last night was one of those nights and the pizza surprisingly hit the spot!
His plate. I gotta help him get his greens somehow! And this is one of the most husband-friendly veggie combos I can think of: spinach salad with tomatoes, grapes, avocado, and Panera Bread’s Fuji Apple Dressing.
My plate. Broccoli with sriracha, obviously. I think I’ve drank eaten 3/4 of the bottle already.
3. Sometimes the best recipes, or close to the best, result from late night cravings! Two nights ago I was really wanting something sweet. And chocolatey. So what happened exactly?
I just measured a bunch of ingredients and threw them together just hoping that it would turn out decent, and turn out it did! This gluten free banana bread with cinnamon chips+dark chocolate chunks resulted in sweet, moist, and melty goodness from the chocolate. It definitely satiated my sweet tooth!
It’s been a faithful breakfast item around these parts, as you can see.
4. Uhhhh can somebody teach me how to stop time? Sometimes I spend so much time browsing through Selah’s pictures and get so giddy! Then I get emotional and wonder where the past 8.5 months have gone.
Selah was so tiny and even more helpless when I snapped that picture.
But now she’s laughing away like a big girl. Soon enough she’ll be in college, right?
5. If you were to ask me what my choice of therapy is, it would be: baking, cooking, praying, taking a stroll, exercising, and THRIFTING!!!! But none in that particular order.
I know many people cringe at the thought of even stepping foot at a thrift store, but I get so exhilarated just thinking about what treasure I’ll find next. It's kind of like an adult's version of a scavenger hunt! Although it takes patience to find the right items, I don’t feel like it’s any more time consuming than browsing through a huge store like Forever 21.
A few days ago I scored the red Bob Marley shirt in honor of, well, Bob Marley. Not only is his music so therapeutic, but it reminds me of our honeymoon in Kauai because we listened to the guy 24/7. I also found these cute “like new” knee-length GAP shorts, along with the the grey vest all for under $10. There’s something about vests that makes an outfit super interesting. You can see my furry vest in this post.
Have a beautiful day and let’s remain thankful even for the air we breathe!
Do you like thrifting for clothes? If so, what do you usually go for?
Which songs/artists make you reminisce of a special occasion or experience?
What’s a recipe that you totally improvised but turned out to be a success? You can share the link!
Hi dearest friends! If it seems to you like I've been somewhat MIA lately, then you're spot on because I've been having computer problems. My beautiful HP laptop that my Fatha gave me when I transferred schools has been going blank whenever I open the lid more than 45 degrees. Waaahhhh! :( I'm kind of sentimental when it comes to gifts from loved ones. But oh well. That is life for us--nothing material lasts. Am I right, or am I right? :D
Greg is checking in with the Geek Squad today and we'll see if we can get the HP fixed at a low cost. If that's not the case we just might have to purchase a new one. As for now, I'll be blogging on my dear husband's IPad or computer when he's not using them. :)
Oh man, it's kind of challenging typing on the IPad's touch screen! Have you guys tried blogging on it before? I think it's kind of impossible.
So for now please bear wit my phone's
beautiful fuzzy pictures. I hope we're still cool? :P
After finishing up house chores, I headed out to Target to get some things and got very distracted in the process.
I've always loved polka dots and used to wear the same polka dot dress over and over when I was 4 years old.
These pants were a bit too loose and wrinkly in different places.
I usually feel pooped after trying on clothes. Sorry if this close-up scared you. It scared me too. So what did I end up buying?
Absolutely nothing. Haha! I exercised some self control here and besides, I have to be in love with an outfit and it has to be really inexpensive for me to buy it.
Since Starbucks is right across from Target, I stopped by and got an iced coffee with soy milk and some nuts with cranberry. It was the perfect snack packed with protein.
While grocery shopping at Whole Foods for organic produce (we've been doing really well with this new change) I got a vegan peanut butter cookie per Allie's suggestion. She was raving about WF's vegan cookies after she saw my love for their vegan blueberry muffin. After taking a few bites I was sold! Except, I think all it needs is just a tad more peanut butter. ;)
Tonight's dinner featured a lasagna that I baked last week and froze more than half of it. For this recipe I used brown rice flour pasta and it tastes fabulous. Wow, lasagnas are a great choice to freeze and microwave when you're short on time! The great thing about them is that they taste and feel just like they did straight out of the oven.
I hope you guys have a blessed week and carpe diem!
Oh man, I cannot wait to share some great workouts with you all because I've been kicking my own derriere with them. And I have the interview this week! Pray for me. No matter what happens though, God is good.
Are you a fan of vegan desserts and baked goods?
What's the go-to freeze meal in your household?
Do you have self control when it comes to shopping?
You know you're having fun if time zooms by in the blink of an eye. Today was one of those days. My friends (and bridesmaids) Susan, Emily, and I headed out to the South Coast Plaza mall to shop around for their dresses. My other bridesmaid AJ is still in Korea, so she was with us in spirit. :)
But before I go any further. Word to the wise!!!!
If or when you decide to get married and are about to look for bridesmaid dresses in actual bridal shops, then keep in mind that you have to go in at least 3 months in advance.
Hahaha...You see, I somehow had it in my mind that 2 months would give us plenty of time. Yesterday I called some of those stores that we originally had planned to visit, and the vendors informed me that it was already too late to order them. :( Talk about a mini-one-second heart attack!
But I decided to fear not. After all, places like Macy's, Nordstrom, H&M have everything we need right?
So this brings me back to the main point of the story. We shopped around South Coast Plaza for at least an hour before we saw a beacon of light. Since my main color for the wedding is somewhat sage-ish and citron-ish green, it was quite difficult to find the right shade for the girls. Also, due to their own personal reasons we decided that the styles don't have to be the same so long as the colors are.
We "saw the light" when we arrived at Banana Republic. This BR was pretty large and carried a variety of selections, and who knew that they carried so many beautiful dresses?!
As I was waiting for S+E to get all dressed up, I decided to take advantage of the nice lighting by the mirror, hehehe.
I love over sized shirts! And even more so when they're cheap because I usually refuse to purchase clothes that aren't on sale. This one was on sale for $10 at Target. ;)
Banana Republic's Monogrambrand
As soon as they came out I went berserk over how beautiful they looked in these pretty green dresses! Berserk is an understatement, as the color and chiffon material were exactly what suits my palate.
The only gripe I have about these? They are at a price tag of $175 a piece.
Just so that we could have more peace of mind about the prices, we decided to shop around some more. We then ended up at David's Bridal in Costa Mesa and they tried on these beauties:
Although the hues are completely off, we thought that at least they should know if they even like the styles. If that were the case, then we could order their favorite ones in green.
Ah! Aren't the boots just adorable with the dress?
Everything looked so gorgeous on these two pretty ladies. To their surprise, they ended up liking the complete opposites of what they initially wanted. For example, Susan only likes dresses with straps, but her favorite ended up being the blue strapless one. Yup, we women are complex like that. ;)
Then abracadabra and a little switcheroo...
Unfortunately, we still weren't sure if these were the ones because AJ has different "needs". Therefore, since we still want uniform colors, we are going to keep searching for one more week or so.
Once again, as long as you don't decide to buy dresses at bridal stores, the 3 month in advance factor shouldn't be too big of a problem. Hopefully with this knowledge, you can avoid a mini one-second heart attack like the one I had.
The other day, my extremely picky momma and I went to get her dress. I was rather aware of her pickyness and thought that it would take a month for her to make a decision.
Well once again, assumptions were demolished as soon as she tried this on:
My jaw dropped as I have never seen her wear a dress! I am so happy that she gets to experience something like this with me, because I know how much she longs for us to spend some time together.
I am beyond grateful because I know God answered my innocent little prayer. Right before going in to DB, I had asked Him to help us find the right dress without too much commotion. We ended up getting all that for the price of $30 instead of $100+something because of sales.
Even though this week was truly difficult for me emotionally, physically and mentally, when I look at everything in hindsight (including fun times with my mom and friends), I just can't seem to keep my eyes on the negative. Rather, my heart leaps for joy because I know that I have been blessed far beyond my expectations. God has my life in His hands and He loves me so. And He loves YOU. :)
Which bridesmaid dress/es do you like?
If you went through this process already (or not), what's one mini-heart attack I could save myself in the future? Any tips or suggestions?
How was YOUR week? Anything good/bad you'd like to share? Feel free to spill the beans!