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My Garden Update

June 19, 2018

This week Byron and I will be married 11 years. We started our life together in a 900 sq ft apartment, and we had a small garden on our balcony with 2 or 3 herbs. We have enjoyed the process of expanding our knowledge and experimenting with our garden over the years. My husband is good at many things, including his green thumb. He’s been experimenting with very basic farming on our property, and we are excited to expand over the next several years. We just bought a tractor, so we have a bit of work to accomplish once we get started. Here’s where we are at so far.

The front of our property has a few citrus trees, a garden bed, and my husband started experimenting with some landscaping. We have spaghetti squash, carrots, radishes and watermelon growing. For landscaping, my husband had the vision to have flowers growing under the base of the tree, so he started the process.

He prepped the soil under this tree, and then you can see in the second picture the start of one of the trees.

Close up of the flowers we planted under the trees and the water system Byron installed.

Our rosemary bush is going crazy!! It’s so big that the dogs often run through it and smell quite lovely! I wash before using of course (=

In an effort to create more privacy on our property, in addition to a more aesthetically pleasing front yard, we planted a variety of jasmine that creeps along the fence. It’s growing beautifully.

We have a eucalyptus tree growing, with the most beautiful fresh eucalyptus. I love to pick some an add it to bouquets around the house. It smells divine!!

We planted white roses behind my music studio, and it’s already looking so beautiful. It was extremely bare before, and I’m loving the roses. I’m excited to be able to step outside my studio and pick some fresh roses.

My husband planted my favorite flowers outside of my studio. He was the first boy to ever send me my favorite flowers (Gardenias) and we also had them all over our wedding. It was such a romantic gesture for him to plant me an entire garden of them. They smell absolutely intoxicating.

Some of these herbs we’ve had from the conception of our garden. We are growing sage, cilantro, thyme, oregano, several varieties of mint, spearmint, chocolate mint, orange mint. We have lemongrass, anise & chamomile too!

My husband built this beautiful garden bed for even more chamomile. Can’t wait to make organic chamomile tea.

Our newest test was a small pumpkin patch for the fall. It takes about 130 days for pumpkins to grow, so we have a bit to go. We are seeing some sprouts, but our puppy Jazzy has been a little bit of a bad girl and digging up some of the seeds. We are growing giant pumpkins, fairytale pumpkins, and Jack-o-lanterns. If our puppy lets them grow, they should arrive around early October. Fingers crossed.

We also have cucumbers and a variety of peppers growing in our garden bed located in the backyard.

So that’s where we’re at.  Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.


XO,
Rachel Talbott

Food

Foodie Vibes: Iconic Cafe

June 13, 2018

Hey Guys!
It’s been a minute since I’ve had a chance to get out and grab a bite…Between camping trips, school drop-offs, keeping a house with 3 acres of dirt clean (seems impossible at times), and raising a couple of rambunctious boys, dining out has become a distant memory!  Luckily, when I was able to squeeze in a lunch between errands, I knew exactly where to go. Hearing raves about a new spot in town, I headed for Iconic Eats.

Let’s start with the main and work our way back because MY GOODNESS you can’t go wrong with the pizza we ordered. The Truffalo Cauliflower Pizza is delicious and then some! We opted to make it vegan, with cauliflower and cashew cheese, but chicken and cheese are available if that’s more your thing. This place definitely caters to many types of eating. Classic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Keto—there’s a little something for everyone.

Cooked in a traditional pizza oven, the crust is classic (not too thick and not too thin), while the rest is certainly a unique and tasty reimagination of the pizza we’ve all known. Topped with a truffle infused buffalo sauce (mind-blowing), red onions, parsley, cauliflower, and a house-made cashew cheese, this pizza is going in for the win! With the perfect amount of savory, heat, and tangy flavor goodness, all the components were there.  Not too crunchy, but able to hold the toppings without flopping, packed with flavor, and a filling treat. A re-order, no doubt!

Back to the start(ers), we ordered a side of fries and roasted veggies (only $3.50 each) and they were massive! Flavor was on point all around.  The fries were golden and crispy with an added bonus of a balsamic reduction drizzled on top. Got to appreciate the details. The veggies were tossed in oil, roasted, and seasoned with salt, which could have been a little lighter, but altogether both sides were well worth the modest price tag and definitely hit the spot.

Iconic Eats definitely found a new patron in me and is an easy crowd pleaser with the classic, vegan, gluten-free, and keto alternatives to almost every dish! I love seeing a restaurant be so inclusive of all types of eating and they’re nailing the recipes at that! Everyone wins with this one.


Hope you enjoyed this post!

XO,
Rachel

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Garden Diary: Home Depot Garden Event

June 1, 2018
Hey Guys!
 Over the weekend Byron and I got an invitation from Home Depot and PopSugar to attend a special garden-to-grill event. We don’t get many chances to get out these days, but since this was right up our alley (with everything we’re working on #aroundthehouse) we definitely wanted to attend. The event was held at the most stunning Victorian-style farmhouse in the heart of Hollywood—the Lombardi House.
 As a family, we’ve been spending way more time outdoors lately.  Moving from stacked suburbia to open ranch land will do that to you. As much fun as space can be, it involves a TON of work and head scratching…Why is my lawn covered in holes? How come the grass grows over there, but not over here? Why are these insects dead set on destroying every herb in our garden?! Hence, the best part of the event! They had gardening experts there to help us with the plethora of questions we had about upping our green thumb game!
 Very inspired to do a vertical garden, like this one.  They’re simply stunning and definitely on my radar as my hubby and I experiment with our gardening and craftsman skills.

One of the biggest issues we’ve been facing has definitely been the insects assassinating our herbs overnight. You may have seen that we’ve been planting and drying herbs to experiment with cooking and DIY tinctures and tonics. The only problem is the bugs seem to do more experimenting than we can! After chatting with one of the experts at the event, they recommended an outdoor insect guard by Sevin that’s specifically for herbs and produce. It’s safe for edible plants and to use around pets, so I’m excited to give it a try. How beautiful are these dried herbs they had at the event?

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Food, Health

Tea Obsession

March 12, 2018

Hey Guys,
It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE tea enthusiast! I’ve recently been delving into the coffee pool, but tea has been my jam since childhood. We’re talking 11 years old, sitting down with a cup of tea, and watching Titanic. haha

Tea is also a lifesaver for your throat as a singer. It’s a must have. Needless to say, I have a tea for every occasion.

Honey lavender is a great blend for that time of the month.  If I have a little loose red raspberry leaf, I’ll throw that into an infuser and make this blend even more potent and effective. Very soothing and a great anti-inflammatory for relieving cramps.

Tazo makes a pretty good vanilla chai if you like your tea on the toasty-sweet side.  I’m definitely a sucker for anything chai. I even sell two loose chai teas in my shop Pacific Thyme, and Tazo chai can be found at most stores.

Other brands you’ll find in my tea-stash are Celestial, Yogi, Numi, etc…Big fan of the Trader Joe’s Jasmine Green, but I was actually out this week… also loving their Winter Wake Me Up. (; Trader Joe’s to the rescue once again!

Juniper Ridge is a really great choice that I’ve been enjoying! Very earthy flavors that bring the outdoors into a cup. Also, love the sustainability and fair trade factors that this particular brand stands behind. Definitely bringing these back into Pacific Thyme when we get closer to winter! They make a Douglas Fir that is SO YUMMY!

For all my loose tea enthusiasts, I’ve been playing around with a bunch of different blends! I love the freedom that comes with making loose tea blends. This particular brand, Plum Deluxe, has a fun tea subscription which is great for keeping the selection fresh and fun.

I’ve been playing with a lot of blends by Luna Tea Company in the shop and the reaction we’ve received has been spectacular! We literally can’t keep them in stock and love supporting this maker! Her descriptions of each tea are fantastically hilarious and make a great read!

If you haven’t tried this brand yet, we currently have 10 flavors at PacificThyme.com and would love to hear your feedback on what you think about them! We want to make sure you love them as much as we do.  So far people have been raving over the Green Queen and can barely keep it in stock!

The only thing to remember with loose tea is you’ll need an infuser or loose tea bags.  If going the tea bag route, I prefer unbleached and bio-degradable! Just another way to mix up my compost and get one step closer to living a greener life.

I hope you enjoyed this post!


XO,
Rachel

Beauty

Trying Out Laser Genesis

March 6, 2018

 Hi Everyone!

Sooo.. I’ve been using Kate Sommerville‘s products since the beginning of my career in the beauty industry. I was first introduced to the brand long before my Blog and YouTube while I was still working as a representative for Clarisonic. When I tried to her line for the first time I was instantly hooked! I still love her products and also pop into her clinic for the occasional facial.

Even after my Clarisonic days ended and I transitioned to a full-time content creator, I stayed obsessed with the Kate Sommerville line. The simple reason …the products just make your skin look amazing!

I turned 30 this year, and I’ve been wanting to experiment with non invasive skin treatments that have no down time. When I was asking about which treatment might be a good fit, they recommend a series of 3 Laser Genesis Treatments, and offered me the chance to it out. I was 100% on board.

I booked my first Laser Genesis treatment and they also just so happened to be having an influencer event that same day. It worked out perfect. Starting with the event…it was darling! Every girl got to hand select flowers from a spectacular assortment and make a bouquet arrangement. So fun!! Fresh blooms makes any day brighter!

After a little fun getting get my hands deep into florals, they served these adorable pink tye dye mini-donuts and rosé in these fabulous pink glasses that had edible flowers in them! I’m not a big drinker, but I appreciated the creativity, and the donuts were divine. Definitely gave me the inspiration to do a floral spa water recipe…

Now to the Laser Genesis. What exactly does it do? According to Kate Sommerville Clinic, and others, it’s a gentle, non-invasive laser that’s effective for anti-aging, rosacea, acne, and scarring. The laser warms the skin and stimulates collagen production, which helps treat the complexion while reducing redness and decreasing pore size and fine lines. The entire treatment takes about 15-45 minutes, depending on if you’re doing a spot treatment or a full face and neck. I went for the whole package! Face, Neck & Chest!

It started with a soothing cleanse and pore extraction—the start of any good facial. Then the laser portion began, and the ever so stunning and stylish eye goggles came out! haha

Jill was my nurse and she was fabulous! She began the treatment which felt like a pretty mild targeted heating sensation. I wouldn’t say it’s particularly irritating or painful, but after 10-15 minutes of the treatment you can start to feel slightly flushed and the laser can seem a bit hotter. Nothing too major, and if you have a good technician they should be checking in on how you’re feeling or possibly reacting to the laser.

For me, the entire process took about 30 minutes. There was a subtle tingle and warming sensation that continued for about an hour or so after the procedure. Some patients report redness, but I wouldn’t say I noticed anything too crazy. Altogether I found it to be pretty relaxing actually.

On average, most patients require between 3 and 6 treatments. I participated in 3 treatments (each a week apart), and went in hoping for an overall boost in my skin and to stimulate collagen production as I head full steam into my thirties. Who doesn’t want a little collagen boost in their skin??? What I noticed after the treatments was a certain plumpness to the skin. Right away I noticed fine lines had faded. I also noticed that my skin continued to improve over time and with each treatment. It definitely provided an overall glow and youthful appearance. I was hoping that it would treat a little bit of my melasma from my pregnancy, but as they told me there are better devices and techniques for that trouble area. I’m looking into experimenting with some of those options next.

Overall I think the procedure is great for anyone that doesn’t like painful lasers or injectables and is looking for a facial refresh that doesn’t have any downtime.  The cost, of course, can be excessive to factor into any budget, but if you want to treat yourself I think it’s an effective option. Different locations charge different prices, and it’s also dependent on the area in which you get treated. Call THE CLINIC and request a quote and consultation if you’re interested in trying it out.

 


XO,
Rachel