Health

Healthy Breakfast Treats

May 19, 2015

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Coconut Chia Pudding

1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup light or full-fat coconut milk
(or Almond Milk if you prefer)
1/2 tablespoon honey

Mix chia seeds, coconut (or almond) milk, and honey together in a bowl or glass mason jar. Let it set in the refrigerator overnight.
Remove it from the fridge, and make sure your pudding looks thick and the chia seeds have gelled. Top with fresh fruit and granola and enjoy. The one pictured here is with Almond milk. 

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Chia Açaí Berry Smoothie

1/2 Frozen Banana
1 Acai Packet
1/4 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup Coconut Milk or Almond Milk

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until desired texture is achieved. Add Coconut Chia Pudding to the bottom of the glass and top with the berry smoothie. Add a few berries for garnish and enjoy!

Hope you enjoyed this post!

xo, Rachel

Family, Fashion

Tahoe Vacation

May 11, 2015

I’ve been so MIA on here lately. My apologies. I wanted to catch you up a bit on what we’ve been up to. We went on a little getaway vacation this past week. My husbands brother lives down near Lake Tahoe, so we wanted to take a little road trip down to visit him and his family. We decided to stay in the heart of Tahoe and enjoy Mothers Day weekend there.

I’m traveling a bunch this month, so I wanted to finally get an MZ Wallace metro tote for packing. I’ve had my eye on them for a few years now. This is super light weight, and actually holds a ton!  It was the perfect bag to bring to Tahoe. It fits everything for both me and Oliver. I HIGHLY recommend them..

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The drive up was so beautiful. We even hit a little blizzard. Imagine my shock, a blizzard in May.. Luckily, I packed lots of warm clothes for everyone.

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I did a little research on hotels before we went. I found a smaller hotel called The Landing Resort & Spa. If you ever go to Tahoe, I highly recommend it. It had excellent reviews online, so I was excited to try it out. The price range wasn’t too outrageous, but I felt it was an excellent hotel for the price point . It’s always a good start to be greeted with champagne, right? I actually didn’t expect that part at all. haha

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The room had some awesome features that made it even more enjoyable. The fireplace was one of them. It had a very cabin like feel. Very quaint!

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I was especially amused by the heated floors and toilet seat. That is such a nice feature, especially coming in from a cold crisp day outside in Tahoe.

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The hotel is right on the lake, so it had a beautiful lake shore and mountain view.

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Tahoe is so breathtaking. It was nice to just relax with a hot cup of tea and watch the sunset from our room.

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The views are breathtaking. Such a gorgeous place. I love seeing this type of beauty. Not to be cheesy, but it feels refreshing to my soul.

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The weather was all over the place. When we first arrived, it was pretty cold. The next day, it got warm enough for me to just wear a tank top. Byron and his brother went fly fishing, and Oliver and I stayed back with his Auntie and cousin. Oliver wears almost exclusively Target clothes, because why buy expensive clothes when they grow out of them so quickly? haha I did however splurge a bit more on the baby UGGS. Turned out to be a good splurge.. He wore them the entire trip! I actually think Target may have a dupe for kids UGGS, but I haven’t seen baby ones. His little pose cracks me up. He is a total sweetheart, but he is definitely becoming more of a little stinker the older he gets. Perhaps it’s Karma for what I put my parents through?? haha I think the weather, long drive, and altitude contributed to it a bit.. Poor little pumpkin! Love him to death.

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We would have loved to spend more time there. We are hoping to go back again this summer and spend much more time there! There are so many activities and adventures, and we hardly scratched the surface. Have you ever been to Tahoe? What do you love to do out there?

Hope you enjoyed this post.

ps. How was your Mothers Days?

xo, Rachel

Beauty

DIY: Refreshing “Spa” Water

April 16, 2015

One of my favorite things at the spa, is also the easiest to make at home…a refreshing pitcher of detoxifying “Spa” Drinking Water.

All it takes are 3 simple steps and you’re on your way to an at home spa experience.

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Start by slicing up a lemon or two.  Lemons are a great detoxifying agent and contain a ton of vitamins.

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Follow that up with a few cucumber slices (a soothing antioxidant)…

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…take some fresh mint (very refreshing taste, freshens breath from within, natural stimulant, reduces allergies, promotes weight loss, etc.)…

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…and add all of your ingredients to a pitcher.

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Add water and ice, and you are ready to sit back, relax, and detoxify your body with one refreshing beverage.

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The longer it sits, the stronger the flavor, so feel free to refrigerate for an hour or two if you want more of a concentrated water.

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Hope you enjoyed this quick post.

xo Rachel

Home

Watering Schedule

April 16, 2015

Gardening is certainly new to me, since Byron and I lived in an apartment for the first 7 years of our marriage.  We’ve always had some plants at the apartments, but the space was a lot smaller so they were easy to track and manage.  Now that I have more space and a yard, my greenery collection has gotten a little more tricky, so I’ve created this SUPER simple Watering Schedule!

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It’s a weekly schedule, with an “every other week column” (for those drought resistant plants), that I keep posted by the front door. I laminated my copy and use a dry erase marker since the garden can be ever-changing with the seasons.

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I’ve listed all of my plants and when to water them.  That way Byron and I don’t overwater, which is crucial with the drought we are having, or underwater, which would kill the plant.  The way I see it, I could buy produced from the store, which was watered who knows how often and covered in all kinds of pesticides and chemicals, OR I could grow my own produce and know exactly what kind of environmental foot print I’m leaving.

Currently we grow almost all of our own herbs, lavender, limes, blood oranges, oranges, and lemons. I love it! Having fresh produce at your fingers tips can’t be beat.

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Another tip to avoid overwatering, is to use a watering can instead of a hole.  I feel like it gives you more control, and perspective, over how much water you are using.

Hope you enjoyed this quick post!

xo Rachel

Home

DIY Garden Markers

April 15, 2015

My garden collection is growing so fast and, to be honest, it can be a little hard to tell some of this greenery apart! =)

I decided it was time for some Garden Markers! These little trinkets are super simple to make and I think they look adorable!

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I started with a block of clay.  I got this at this at Michaels.  It’s no bake, air drying clay.

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 I also got a set of heart molds from Michaels.

Long story short, Michaels has EVERYTHING! =)

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 I rolled out the clay into about 1/4″ thickness and used the heart cookie cutter to stamp out the clay.

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 Next I used these letter stamps…

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…and gently pressed them into the clay.

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 These are so easy to make…

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 …and I think they’re really cute!

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I let them dry at room temp for two hours (follow the instructions on the clay you purchased) and put them next to each corresponding plant.  All together this was maybe 20 minutes of work, an hour of drying, and now I have custom garden decor that gives off that special home-made charm!

Hope you enjoy this post!

xo Rachel