New Year Cleaning Tips & Tricks

January 18, 2018

Hey Guys,
This post is sponsored by Grove Collaborative and I have to say this is probably one of the easiest collabs I’ve ever done! I’ve been a monthly subscriber for a while now and it was pretty obvious after my first monthly delivery that I’d be a long time customer. Grove makes it simple with their fantastic inventory selection of products that I know are safe for our home and the kids! It’s a monthly subscription service that delivers your favorite cleaning products to you every month. Super easy to adjust your order each month, so you only get what you need and if you’re anything like me you’ll be a kid in a candy shop! And this month only, they’re offering a free cleaning kit filled with Mrs. Meyer’s products for all first-time customers!

A goal of mine this year is to continue to strive for a more eco-friendly routine. That means cutting back on harmful chemicals that are bad for my family and the environment, minimizing the number of products I use to a select few and to try to stick to re-usable materials and containers to avoid waste.

 Of the batch of products I received this month, my favorite ones were definitely the re-useable glass spray bottle that I ordered with the cleaning concentrate.  Rather than buying those giant re-fill cleaning agents that are a huge waste of plastic, you can use the same glass bottle and buy these little tubes of concentrated cleaner.  All you have to do is add water and it’s good to go! With a blend of natural essential oils, it leaves a very subtle yet beautiful aroma behind. No fragrance headaches here!

 I’m also really enjoying the Seventh Generation line.  I get a lot of feedback online about what’s the safest cleaners to use and I’ve been getting nudged towards this brand for a while, so I’m so happy Grove carries their entire line! Again, I appreciate that the products contain essential oils and smell very pleasant, but not overpowering.

I’m excited to keep testing out products and giving you all my honest feedback. I’m also excited that Grove is giving all of my followers a free gift with purchase offer for NEW customers! For the New Year when you sign up with Grove through my link (www.grove.co/Racheltalbott) and spend at least $20 on your first order, you get this great FREE offer! It’s only available for a limited period of time, so jump on it! Free offer details include:

Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap (Any Scent)
Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap (Any Scent)
Mrs. Meyers Multi Surface Spray  (Any Scent)
Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges
Free shipping & Free VIP trial
TOTAL Value is over $40

And if you already use Grove you can get a free set of their Walnut scrubber sponges using the same link and it’ll auto apply.

I’ve got to say anything that will help me achieve this year’s New Year goals is perfect for me!



Foodie Vibes: The Daily Harvest

January 15, 2018

Hey Guys,
I discovered a gem on my way home from dropping Oliver at school.  Honestly, I haven’t found a ton of lighter healthy options in the new neighborhood, so I was over the moon to stumble across The Daily Harvest!

The entire vibe of this hidden treasure was fresh, quality, seasonal food.

I have to say, this place was stunning! The decor was exactly what the doctor ordered.

It’s a bright open space, Instagram ready, with the hippie-boho vibes that I’ve been dying over lately! Light and airy, understated, but intentional. I loved every bit of the decor. Tons of inspo for my e-commerce shop COMING SOON!

The menu has something to offer everyone.  Many vegan and gluten-free options for anyone with diet restrictions. Altogether a really well-rounded menu with too many options to try all in one sitting.

A couple of things I didn’t order, but can’t wait to try later are definitely the Burrata Toast, the Pesto Spaghetti Squash, the Breakfast Pizza and the Banana Chia Muffins! You can clearly see why I have to come back for more.

The cold brew definitely hit the spot and I love that they offer milk alternatives. We’re an almond milk family all the way, though I’m always open to trying other alternatives.

Cold-brew aside, the real star of the show was certainly the juice! It was a blend of pineapple, apple, cucumber, bell pepper, and cayenne.  It reminded me a little of the detox lemonade, but it wasn’t nearly as tart and the spice was subtlely enjoyable. Next time I want to try the Mad Beets and Liquid Gold! I’m a sucker for ginger and those both sound like they’d hit the spot.

For lunch, I ordered the Avacado Sandwich and the Arugula Flatbread.

The flatbread was thin and crispy with a light tomato sauce, arugula, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and a lemon vinaigrette drizzle. It was simple, fresh, and a great appetizer to split! Really light, but with plenty of flavor.  Felt like a very guilt-free snack that’d I actually like to recreate for my kids.

The sandwich came with a simple arugula side salad topped with parmesan.  Much preferred to a heavier side. I like to leave enough room for the main entree!

The main entree being this SUPER YUMMY sandwich that was made with a hearty ciabatta roll (my fave), an avocado mash, jalapenos, tomatoes, a red cabbage slaw, and a vegan aioli spread. This hit the spot! I even ordered a side of their reduced balsamic glaze to add even more of a bite. SO GOOD! Definitely recommended

Altogether I can say without a doubt that I am a new regular at The Daily Harvest. A crowd pleaser without a doubt.



My Sanctuary (Bathroom) Tour

January 10, 2018

Hey guys!
Ever since I was a little girl I was consumed with the idea of owning my own spa.  I used to invite my girlfriends over and transform my parent’s house into a make shift retreat where we’d give each other facials, pedicures, and reassign all of the rooms into specific treatment centers! We had way too much fun lounging around all day, pampering ourselves the best we knew how, and creating memories that would last a lifetime, as well as habits I still have today.

Twenty  something years later I still hear the little girl in my head that wants to live in a spa. Though many of my priorities and passions have changed, I still get a thrill out of creating a relaxation space that the whole family can enjoy.

Starting with the best part of my bathroom…this tub!  It’s definitely something I use as a treat, certainly not daily, but when I have long week and my body is feeling sore, tense, or maybe even getting over an illness, nothing beats a hot soak and a bath bomb.  Speaking of which, I’ve been loving CBD infused bath bombs.  If you’ve never tried one, you should! They leave your body feeling so relaxed and really do help with aches and pain.  I’ve been loving the ones by Kush Queen!

The bathtub tray I made on my channel still works like a dream and literally took me less than 30 minutes to build and stain—so simple and so much cheaper than buying pre-built.  And I love all of my little goodies on display. They make me so happy 😉

The lavender plant was a score on amazon and as much as I love real plants, as they fill almost every room in my house, this piece is great because it looks real, but it’s actually faux and I don’t have to worry about taking care of it. Make that one less thing on my to-do! The crystal succulent holder was given to me by an amazing woman who’s a breast cancer survivor turned superwoman entrepreneur and I’m over the moon for it! She makes the most beautiful creations out of stones and geodes.  You can follow her on insta on insta or etsy and she’s truly an inspiration for someone that thrives no matter the odds. I LOVE IT!

The vanity is slightly make-shift.  I ordered an inepensive vanity from overstock and it came with a small mirror attached, but I really wanted something larger, so I removed the built-in mirror and found this amazing distressed wood mirror at hobby lobby for 40% OFF! In case you didn’t know,  Hobby Lobby ALWAYS has major coupons online, so I never pay full price for anything there.

The macrame hanging plants have taken over my house over the last several months! And once again, amazon saved the day with these two. I got the actual macrame and pot separately.  The pot is essential, because it has a built in water tray that keeps water from leaking out the bottom and onto the macrame or the floor. Ideal for hanging plants!

For my sink I’m lucky to have his and hers, so Byron can have his space, which pretty much consists of soap and a razor, and I get mine, which I try keep it very simple and funtional.  A little lavender and geode decor with a couple of glass jars for cotton balls and wipes, as well as a glass tray with my daily cleansing tools and tonics.

A little secret for decorating on a budget, rosemary smells phenomenal and sometimes it even blooms these precious little purple flowers! It’s also the easiest plant to grow. Barely any maintenance and if you don’t keep it contained, one plant could literally take  over your entire yard—hence why Byron and I use it for just about everything from decor to dinner. So yummy!

Overall the decor is my idea of classic and relaxing. The plants give the space life, and my little cabinet of wonders contains all the spa goodness one could ask for!

I was lucky to snag this vintage cabinet from the previous owners and I’m so happy they left it!

It’s become my safe haven for all things that smell yummy! Bath bombs, essentials oils, perfumes…it’s truly my cabinet of wonders and the amount of brilliant scents it emmits when opened…it’s DREAMY!

And last, but not least, one of my goals for 2018 is to get this built-in sauna up and running. It hasnt worked since we bought this house, but that won’t last long. It’s the final piece of the puzzle to complete a spa santuary of a bathroom.

I hope you enjoyed this post!



Foodie Vibes: Gracias Madre

January 8, 2018

Hey guys,
In case you haven’t noticed, I live in a house full of foodies, myself included! For the most part we make everything at home, because going out with two kids can be quite the MISSION! That said, when we do get a chance for a rendezvous it’s all about picking the perfect place and on this particular Friday, I knew exactly where to go to satisfy my “Foodie Vibes.”

If you haven’t been, you NEED to go! I’ve been craving Gracias Madre ever since I first discovered it about a year ago, at the beginning of my pregnancy with Isaiah. Flash forward to now and I finally was able to make the trek back to West Hollywood for an epically delicious meal.

 If you’ve never been before, dare I say, you’re in for a TREAT! Just starting with the vibe…it’s impeccable! First thing you notice is a stunning, bright, spacious bar that’s perfect for walking in and grabbing a seat when you have no reservation. Gracias Madre can definitely fill up, but the bar is first come first serve and they serve full menu.

Fortunately we came during lunch with no reservation and we still got seated right away, but on any given day (and especially night) you can expect a crowd, and it just goes to show how spectacular the food is!

One thing that sets Gracias Madre apart is their suble approach to serving a 100% plant based menu.

Everything on the menu is vegan and funny enough you won’t see the words vegan or plant based anywhere and I kind of love that. Sometimes labels can scare people away and this is truly a place that anyone can appreciate! I’ve been slowly filling my bathroom and studio with macrame and plants. I was loving the versions they had in the restaurant.

Back to the food, I think it’s safe to say that their not about pushing vegan food, but it is just GREAT food that happens to be plant based.

I truly believe that good food is good food. Who needs labels?  If it’s delicious, it’s DELICIOUS! And Gracias Madre serves nothing but scrumptiousness! We started with a simple chips and guac, can’t go wrong there, and we ended with a crispy potato chorizo taco, a plantain chorizo quesadilla with cashew crema, and flautas de camote—my mouth is seriously watering just thinking back!

Besides everything being yummy and beyond, there are two things that put this restaurant above the rest.  First being, eating plant based, especially mid day,  just feels better.  And I mean physically better. To leave a meal feeling full and satisfied, but not dragged down, that’s essential and spectacular!  I guarantee anyone with any diet will appreciate the flavor and uniqueness that Gracias Madre serves up daily.

I hope you enjoyed this post!


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My New Year Goals & Resolutions

January 8, 2018

I spent an evening gathering my thoughts, goals, and resolutions for the New Year. Something about writing it down helps me visualize and achieve the seamingly daunting. Here are just a few things that I hope to word towards for 2018.

Be A Better Planner & Communicator 

I tend to get distracted, lose focus, and struggle with planning. I start off strong and then lose track of how to prioritize. I always have. When I would start school as a kid, I’d always be so organized and on it, and slowly drop off and lose that discipline. It’s a constant battle. I have always found some form of writing out my thoughts to be helpful in achieving more in one day and staying on track. Not only for personal goals, but for helping to run a smooth household.

Self Care 

I’ve always cared about my appearance. Was it sometimes vanity, sure. Let’s be honest, I like to feel pretty. I know that taking care of yourself goes beyond just the vanity though and I understand that even more now.

I’m thankful for this body, as it’s the only one I’ve been blessed with, and I want to do my best to take care of it. As life moves forward, as I age, a self-care routine really does lift the mood. It’s nice to take that me time.  To manage my own body so I can care for my family to the best of my ability.

Honoring My Passion

A lot of you ask me about singing & music. If you didn’t already know a very basic history of my story; my mother is an elementary school music teacher, and my dad is a musician. He is currently touring with Ringo Starr & the band Toto. I grew up singing profesionally as a kid session singer for various small Disney projects, Nickelodeon, Power Rangers etc. haha I’ve just always loved to sing and make music. It’s honestly one of my biggest life passions, and has been ever since I could remember. I’ve written many songs over the years, but I’ve been experimenting a lot more with writing my own songs, more often, and very basic arranging in Logic Pro X. I have edited vocals in pro tools in the past, but I’m a bit intimidated by Pro Tools for arranging anything at the moment. My musicianship skills are a constant work in progress.. I do wish I had the time I had back in college to practice, and funny enough, I didn’t practice enough back then. I notice a huge difference when I practice, and sometimes I just can’t as much as I know I should to improve. I hardly practiced at all for most of my pregnancy, and after giving birth. I knew I had to get back into it, and not lose sight. I want to give myself the chance to actually learn a program that will help me have creative control over my self expression. I wanna challenge myself and curate more of my own music. I want to share this part of my journey with you, and for now I’ve been sharing a lot of my music room journey on insta stories.. I will do a tour of the room once I finish setting it up, but for now I’m just working out the kinks and making a conscious effort to honor my passion—even if it’s only for a few minutes a day. We have to push ourselves to do what we can, when we can, and as long as we try our best, that’s what matters.


Taking care of the blessings in my life is how I declare that I am grateful for them and don’t take them for granted. Even when my heart is to take excellent care of my things, reality hits and I’m not always on top of everything. I strive to work on my time management skills so I can take the best care possible, but also know that things happen and it’s ok if it’s not always perfect. Nothing is. The sooner we all accept this, the more we can enjoy the many nuences and flavors that life has to offer.

More Reflection & Prayer 

I struggle on my own and I do draw strength from a higher power. I believe in God and I believe he hears our prayers. I love to pray in nature when I can, but I pray any time, anywhere. Sometimes it’s in my bed when I can’t sleep. I try to be as real and vulnerable as I can. I’m far from perfect. When I’m honest with God and myself  I can repent & remove my ego, accept that I fail and make change and progress through His Grace. For me, this is something I strive to be better at every year that passes.

I would love to hear more about your 2018 goals and how you’re finding the time and strength to achieve them! Comment and let me know! I would love the inspiration and I hope I’ve inspired you too.