Dreaming of Fall

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I always enjoy summer and all the fun it brings (ie, beach days, margaritas made with fresh grapefruit juice, and falling asleep to the sound of Sea World fireworks to name a few). But hands down, fall is my favorite time of year. For several weeks I’ve been itching for cooler weather, cozy fall clothes, and that sweet crispness in the air (of which we get very little here in San Diego).

Here are a few things I’ve found that are getting me even more excited for the next season… 

Above: white pumpkins are one of my favorite ways to decorate for fall (image via).

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A warm cable knit headband for warm ears and easy hair days.pumpkin-whoopie-pies

Pumpkin whoopie pies with chai-spiked ice cream filling (or let’s face it, anything pumpkin will do).

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Apple cider caramels (these sound like HEAVEN).

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An oversized sweater is a must to make every day cozy.

What are you looking forward to this fall?

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Guest Post: Helpful Thoughts from Emma

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Today’s post is by a dear friend and fellow blogger, Emma, was kind enough to share some words of wisdom for service members transitioning to civilian life. Thank you Emma!

If you are on the verge of retiring from the military and are beginning the process to transition back into civilian life, there should be no worries about the prospects of getting a decent job. Although at first it might seem challenging trying to get back into the swing of things, there are plenty of ways to go about finding the right job after leaving the armed forces. Many myths surround the employment prospects for servicemen and women but I’m here to help bust some of them so you can start focusing on a successful job search.

Myth #1: There are no resources for former military personnel to transition back into civilian life

This is perhaps the biggest myth of all. There are tons of resources out there geared towards helping military veterans and their families transition back into civilian life. There are many nonprofit organizations today working exclusively with the military to help returning veterans find jobs, housing, schools for their children, etc. Hire Heroes USA provides workshops to help veterans with job skills training. They even hold job fairs to connect veterans with prospective employers.

Myth #2: Companies are not hiring

Although the recession has had a major impact on various industries, things are surely beginning to recover. Nonetheless, job prospects do depend on the industry and position in which you are going after. Even in the midst of layoffs, companies are still hiring to find the best talent. Even if the situation seems bleak, eventually things will get better and before you know it, your phone will be ringing off the hook with prospective employers looking to interview you.

Myth #3: Resources are only geared towards military veterans

While there are a wide variety of resources specifically designed for families of active servicemen, there is also a lot of assistance targeted towards families of veterans. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership allows the spouses of veterans to search for jobs, get career advice and job skills training, like writing resumes and cover letters.

Myth #4: Companies don’t care about applicants

While this may have been true years ago, the recession has forced companies to look very hard and screen all potential applicants. The pool of talent has gotten larger and more companies are realizing that there is a lot of competition for very limited job opportunities. Because of this, they are making the job application process easier with mobile recruiting solutions from companies like JIBE, and offering benefits such as telecommuting, free day care, on-site fitness facilities, etc.

Emma is a mid 20-something with a passion for life, love, fitness, and helping others. She loves to be active and get involved in as many sport and community activities as possible. Emma is currently studying to become a Career & Life Coach, and loves to network with people from around the world. You can check out Emma’s blog here.

Photo courtesy of Heather Roth Photography.

Loving: Sevenly

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How sweet is this delicate anchor bracelet? It would look lovely with a stack of gold bangles, watch, or just on its own. You can find it at Sevenly, a brilliant company that donates $7 from each purchase to a different charity every week. Isn’t that lovely?

I hope you had a beautiful Labor Day weekend. We certainly did! Southern California has been in the throes of a heatwave recently, so we spent our time lounging by pools and going to the movies. It will be tough getting back into the work week! xo

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Sound Check: Remember My Name

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This lovely Malaysian singer named Yuna is worth a listen – I’ve really enjoyed listening to her sweet voice the last few weeks. I also wish I could pull off a head scarf like she can, don’t you? She picked up songwriting at the age of 19 while in law school. I’m so glad she did!

Happy Friday! xo

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Smoothie Series: Summer Peach

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This simple, tasty smoothie has been a favorite as of late, since I’ve been able to take advantage of our peach tree in the back yard. You can add more protein powder or plain yogurt to add more substance if you like, but I really enjoy the sweet, slushy, summery goodness of this one on its own. Enjoy!

In a blender, combine until smooth:

1 fresh peach (or 1/2 cup frozen peaches)

1 medium ripe banana

1/2 cup orange juice

8-10 ice cubes

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

Be sure to take a peek at the other two smoothies in this series! And tell summer to slow down… I’m not ready to say goodbye!

Do you have any smoothie recipes you love?

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Summer

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Even though it’s been a busy season for me at work, summer manages to live on without me. I’ve still been blessed with a few bits of the season these last few weeks. Here’s a peek…

Above: birthday flowers from dear friends.

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Farmer’s market finds (Little Italy’s is the best in San Diego).

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The perfect hat for lazy summer days.

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First round of peaches picked right off our own tree in the back yard.

Thanks for stopping by, and for being patient with me while I’m posting less frequently! I’ll be back soon.  Happy summer! :)

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Work / Life Balance

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I have always believed strongly in finding balance between work and life outside of work. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that I am a much more creative, efficient person when I take the time to rest my mind and body and spend time with those I love.

Especially now since the Mr’s schedule requires us to make the most of our time together, balancing life and work has never been more important. I feel very blessed that I can, for the most part, leave work at work and be present when I’m at home or doing other things I love (like spending time with you here!).

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That being said, there are those brief seasons that work takes priority over everything else, especially when there is an important goal or deadline on the horizon. Things are currently super busy at my day job, so my posts will be a little less frequent for the next three weeks. It’s all part of the balance. But don’t worry, I’ll still be around! xo

What are your thoughts? Do you have trouble leaving work at work? Have you found a good work / life balance? I’d love to hear!

Photos courtesy of Chadwick.

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Labeled

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A few years ago I bought these sweet little chalkboard labels from terrain, a gorgeous home + garden online store. They are so perfect for labeling our coffee containers and office supply bins. I’ve even used them on handmade birthday cards.

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These little guys are unfortunately sold out, but you can find similar ones here. I also would love to snatch up this chalkboard ribbon decal for a bedroom window, or this sweet message board for the kitchen.

Stop by terrain and see what other lovely things they have to spruce up your space!

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Best All Around: Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil seems to be popping up everywhere lately (or maybe I’m just behind the curve), and I’m constantly surprised at how versatile this little jar of melt-in-your-hands magic can be. When I first bought some at Trader Joe’s, I got a secret thrill from using it in the kitchen to sauté veggies or make my favorite treat, then taking it to my bathroom shelf to slather some on my face before bed.

Here are a few recipes and finds I’m looking forward to trying:

The Savory:

Lemon Rosemary Coconut Oil Roasted Vegetables

Coconut Oil Spaghettini

Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips (Don’t these sound crazy? Would you try them?)

The Sweet:

Coconut Oil Rice Krispie Treats

Peanut Butter Cacao Fudge Bars

The Beauty:

Coconut Oil Salt Scrub

5 Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Are you into coconut oil? Do you use it in the kitchen, or on your body? Or both?

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Summer Romance Part 2: Playlist

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A few weeks ago I mentioned that the Mr and I were making the most of the little time we have to spend together this summer. Here’s a little romantic soundtrack that has been playing in the background during these sweet times, if you’d like a listen.

It’s also just a lovely playlist for lazy summer days. :)

Enjoy! xo

Photo: Natalie Wood & Robert Wagner

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