Smoothie Series: Berry Green

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While this smoothie may not be as rich as this one, it packs a ton of nutritional power. No matter what else I may eat during the day, it’s good to know I’ve gotten a fair share of fruits and veggies when I make this good ol’ standby for breakfast!

Berry Green Smoothie 

In a blender, combine until smooth:

1 cup frozen mixed berries

1 ripe banana

1 handful of spinach

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

If you have smoothie recipes you love, please share them!

(ps – in case you missed the first smoothie of this series.)

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Just Saying

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If you’re so inclined, hop over to facebook and take a look (and maybe like)! xo

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Going Away

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It was just over a year ago that the Mr and I began our journey into Navy life. I’ve been thinking lately how thankful I am that his training so far has been a success, and how far along we’ve come. It’s been quite an adventure so far!

Before he left for basic training in Chicago for five months last spring, some family and my closest friends and I threw a going away party for him. I stumbled across these photos from that special day and thought I would share them, if you’d like to see…

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We used red and blue glass, rope and burlap accents, and vintage photos and Navy prints to give it a festive maritime feel.

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Some of the Mr’s favorite foods (Mexican market tacos, spiced rosemary cashews, and a special whiskey cocktail) made him feel extra loved.

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Everyone signed a beautiful print I had found and framed (which is hanging in our bedroom), wishing him well.

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One of the highlights was (of course) a fantastic photo booth by our dear friends. They even made the flag for the background by hand.

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It was such a precious and memorable day. But I am so thankful that this year of separations and tough training has flown by so quickly!

Thanks for taking a look! Happy Monday. :)

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Happy Fourth

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I am so grateful for all those who have served to protect the freedom we have.

I’m looking forward to a lovely long weekend spent with family and friends, eating good food, lounging on a boat, and ooing and ahhing over fireworks.

Happy Fourth!

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Morning Rituals

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I mentioned recently that I love my mornings.

There is such a calming joy of having nothing to do when that alarm goes off, except get up and pour a cup of precious coffee. Sit down on the porch. Wake up. Be still. Pray. Read.

Birds come alive and the sun begins to peek through the marine layer. In the stillness of this time, I become rooted in who I am and what I was made for… truths that, with the everydayness of life, I inevitably forget.

Some mornings, other things may creep their way in: a hot yoga class (the only thing that relieves my computer hunchback syndrome). Or extra sleep, or work. But there is always resistance, a hesitation in my heart, because the morning quiet has become more and more precious to me.

This stillness has not come easy. Years of busyness and connectedness (thanks to my iPhone) have taken their toll, and have rewired my brain for constant activity. There is an unspoken dismissal of stillness around us, everyday. And even though I’ve been enjoying my morning ritual for over a year now, there are still days that my mind runs a mile a minute with the to-dos and musts of the day, unable to let my heart settle down and focus.

But the longer I’ve taken the time to find this stillness every day, the more natural the stillness becomes. And I’ve come to find I cannot do without it.

I believe in finding stillness and quiet mornings. Or afternoons. Or evenings, if that’s your style. Do you have daily rituals or a special time of day that restore you?

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Summer Romance: Picnic

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Over the last month, the Mr has been training away from home during the week, making our weekends extra precious. It makes us appreciate the time we have together, and we’re much more intentional about planning special memory-making outings.

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I couldn’t think of anything better to kick off a summer weekend than a picnic dinner. So last Friday, to help him unwind after a long week, I packed up a basket: roasted chicken sandwiches with avocado and arugula, chips, salami and cheeses, strawberries, and my go-to chocolate chip cookies (and a couple fouta towels to lay in the grass). When he came home that evening, we rode our bikes a few blocks down to a nearby park, with a view of downtown San Diego and the flight path.

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We popped a bottle from our wine club collection (a sweet gift he gave me a few months ago, with the idea that each bottle would only be enjoyed together, on special occasions – and a romantic summer picnic certainly qualified). It was so dreamy.

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I so enjoyed planning it out, and looked forward to it all week. It was the perfect start to a restorative, romantic, summery weekend… So go on and take your love outside! Be intentional. Pop a bottle of something special.

Are you planning any romantic outings this summer? I’d love more ideas!

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Comfy Summer Style

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Now that summer is here (and we’ve had the best weather since I’ve lived here), we’ve really been taking advantage of the weekends because of the Mr’s training schedule (he’s gone during the week) – baseball games, picnics, beach days, concerts in the park…

All this summer fun calls for simple, comfy pieces that can be mixed and matched easily. Here are a few things I’m wearing / hoping to wear this summer.

From left:

Linen pocket tank // Cropped matchstick jean

Straw fedora // Denim vest // Lace skirt

Gold watch // Gold leather sandals

Linen racerback tank // Striped maxi skirt

I’m really looking forward to a relaxing, summery weekend! Happy happy Friday.

(ps – I’m still on the hunt for a pleated maxi skirt, so let me know if you have any suggestions! xo)

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Sound Check: Johnnyswim

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I just discovered Johnnyswim this week, a fantastic husband-and-wife duo (Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano) and had to share them with you. This is some of the most wonderful music I have encountered in a long time, and it was tough to settle on which one of their gems to share. “Adelina” is just achingly good, a gorgeous mix of strings and soul and heartbreaking harmonies.

What makes their music that much sweeter is their romance:

S: Then we started hanging out and at one point, I was like, do you want to write together? So we started writing and singing together.
 
R: And I took her request to sing and write together to mean we were taking the relationship further. So she asked me how much time I had, and I figured the rest of my life would suffice.

Isn’t that darling?

Hit up their site, listen to their delicious tracks, and have a fabulous Wednesday! xo

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Java Tea Launch

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This past weekend, we were invited to celebrate the launch of Java Tea, a brilliant tea company a few dear friends have been working tirelessly on for years. We were so honored to be invited to the launch party, which was almost single-handedly pulled off by my one of my besties, and filled to the brim with good friends, food, and fun. Here’s a peek!

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Highlights: a to-die-for table of cheeses…

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amazing tea-infused beer and cocktails…

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some of my favorite people all in one room…

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…and of course, a crazy-fun photo booth (c/o amigobooth).amigo-booth

We even got to take a bag of tea tins to enjoy at home.

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Thank you for the good times Java Tea peeps! Be sure to check them out and buy some tea.

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Bath Time

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A few weeks ago my dear sister-in-love was looking to redecorate their upstairs bathroom, which she wants to pull double duty for both guests and kids (when their little one is old enough to use it). When she asked me for decorating ideas I was thrilled, because who would pass up any reason to browse Pinterest and anthropologie.com for dreamy decor? Certainly not this girl.

I suggested that rather than going for the typical full-blown kids bathroom, they could keep it as a neutral space that everyone (even guests) would enjoy, but still include special childlike elements, like sweet baby animal prints and zinc letters, to keep it feeling playful. Here are a few ideas I shared with her:

1. Baby animal prints // Sweet little friends her kids will love to share bath time with.
2. Glass jar  // To hold treasures.
3. Zinc letters // Hung on the wall or set up on the counter as a backdrop to bathroom essentials.
4. Cloud bath mat // To dry off little feet.

I think I’ll save these ideas for when our little ones come! ;) Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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