How Cool Are We?

We got this whole selfie thing DOWN.

Ha. Someday we’ll be cool. Someday.

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Grateful: For the construction worker who saved the day! Lucy and I went to get coffee this morning only to realize we were locked in the apartment. The keys had been left in the door from the outside (oops!). Geo called down to the man who was on the street and voila, he came up and we were saved!! Phew, close call.

Feeling…

Fancy in my newly gifted Madewell slipppers 🙂

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Grateful for having finished painting our bedroom today! A bit more denim colored than what I was going for but I’m enjoying the cozy feeling its giving the space.

Thankful for this cute dude…

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

It’s hard

It’s hard to stay annoyed with your husband when you’re in bed watching trashy tv, relaxing and you can hear him downstairs on a work call. Mind you, it’s 9:15 at night. It’s late, he’s tired, I’m tired – it’s been a long week.

After a long day of meetings and deadlines, I walked in at 8:30 to see turkey on the counter, dirty dishes in the sink and mail in need of being tossed. I saw that and then I saw my hubby sitting on the couch playing video games. Obviously my reaction was to stamp around the kitchen and make a point of cleaning everything up. Then stomped upstairs without saying anything.

To be honest I’m still annoyed. Haha what, is it too much to ask to put the turkey away when you’re done with it – especially when you know I’m exhausted and umm, 6 months pregnant?? 🙂

BUT I also realize how tired you are. How hard you work for our little family, and how I could have handled the situation differently.

It’s a good thing you’re so cute 🙂

Especially when you’re reading the newspaper before bed…

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Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday!

Happy Birthday to Me

It’s official, I am 30 years old. Yikes. With that comes a 30 year old face, one that seems to be much more willing to welcome little lines and age marks that are doing a wonderful job of freaking me out. I’ve never had beautifully smooth or blemish free skin but over the last couple years I’ve definitely noticed an increase in wrinkles, just little ones but still they’re there staring at me in the mirror.

So when I saw that Joanna Goddard (one of my favorite bloggers) posted about her favorite anti-aging cream products last week I decided it was fate intervening, telling me it was time to hop on the bandwagon and start investing in my skin (aka – I’m a huge sucker and saw my bday as an opportunity to splurge on myself).

Olay, please don’t disappoint, this face needs a little love!

In other news, this weekend I made this amazing soup for the second time around. Sharing it because it’s delicious AND easy to make – not always an easy combination to find. Go make it, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Ina knows whats up!

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What I saw vs. What was real

So I took these photos out of pure frustration. I was annoyed with how messy our kitchen was and wanted to document the moment to, a. show geo and make him feel partly responsible (bad on me, I know), and b. share with my  little blogging audience how messy my life can be. I had every intention of sharing the photos and bitching about my how quickly our little home gets dirty.

But then I downloaded them and took a closer look… and that’s when I realized, wow, it’s not really that messy its just LIVED in. Its the remnants of my husband and I eating breakfast together, me baking muffins for the week and us having a LIFE together – that’s all. Life gets messy and thats OKAY. Future self, repeat after me, LIFE gets messy and thats OKAY 🙂

PS. Mini 3D corgis – sign me up! But really, these could be terrific stocking stuffers 🙂 Corgi Love

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Are We “Glowing” Yet?!

I’ve been introducing more vegan styled meals into our diet not because I want to necessarily go full-blown vegan (I’m too in love with ice cream!) but because we just don’t eat enough veggies, grains and/or fruits. I figure that having some solid, all natural recipes up my sleeve will help solve this problems and so far it’s been super easy to do because of the cookbook Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon. What’s great about vegan meals is that many of the snacks, dessert, breakfast recipes use the same products but in different ways. You have to build up a supply of the more random items, for me they were: brown rice flour, agave nectar, chia seeds, ground flax seeds and things along those lines. Once you have those ingredients it’s very simple to whip up something like, Chia Seed Doughnuts that were really good – even Geo thought so, and he can be a tough audience!

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Chia seeds, oat flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple syrup and soy milk. It literally takes 5 minutes to prepare and then you stick them in the oven.

Or a Green Monster Smoothie, which is how we’ve been starting our mornings the past couple days.

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One frozen banana, kale, peanut butter, soy milk, 2 ice cubes, vanilla extract and flax seeds. DELISH.

I’ve also made a number of her dinner meals and desserts, the avocado cream pasta is one of my faves! Off to make a batch of doughnuts for my MIL 🙂

Grocery Shopping: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

After having dinner with some girlfriends last week I was reminded that what we put in our bodies is important and learning about food matters. I mean, will I ever get my fiancee to eat organic, natural popcorn with nothing but a little bit of pepper on it? Or grow an abundance of vegetables, cook dozens of meals, and freeze them to eat throughout the winter?  Probably not (Aly, you and Pete are the type of people we aspire to be!) but there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be aware that packaged shredded cheese has saw dust in it. YES. Saw dust. Gross. Apparently the saw dust acts as a preservative (FYI it’s a very small amount, but still!). Needless to say, we’ll be shredding our own cheese from here on out, hence the Cabot cheddar cheese block visible center of cart.

Okay, so I think a good starting point is to take a look and see what I like and don’t like about this past grocery shopping trip…

Do Like:
– Starbucks coffee 😀 That has nothing to do with my selected groceries but I just love a good Starbucks coffee, especially when it has a pump or two of pumpkin syrup!
– I like the Fiber One bread. A slice is 50 calories, it’s multigrain and it’s the perfect size for a lunch time sandwich.
– Hard to see but there’s a bag of ginger snaps in there (left hand side, next to popcorn). I like my sweets and ginger snappers seem to be a semi healthy way to get a quick fix.
– Everything in the back of the cart: Bananas, Seltzer, eggs, Yogi Tea, lettuce, etc.

Don’t Like:
– I take that back. The back of the cart items would be perfect if it weren’t for those two Celeste frozen pizzas… $1.50 each, it was a bargain! Can you blame me for grabbing them?
– Ice cream. Coconut ice cream for that matter – who buys that crap? Oh, we do. And then add jimmies.

I could stop there but I should confess there’s one other item in this cart that is a big no-no. You can’t see it in this pic but it’s there and it’s UGLY. Any guesses?

FLUFF. And not the small size of fluff, the big one. I mean, what’s the point of getting healthy bread if you’re going to spread FLUFF on top?! On the flip-side, who doesn’t love a good fluff’nutter every once and a while… 😀

Eat clean food. This is going to be our new family mantra. Wish us luck!

This is kind of cool.

Working from the comforts of my apartment, listening to music (without having to stick those obnoxious earbuds in), having no one interrupting me (besides the occasional gchat ping) and being able to focus, 100% on Social Drive (the company my biz partner and I launched 6 months ago). Feel free to check us out at www.socialdrive.us and/or www.facebook.com/socialdrive.us.
It’s all pretty cool. Daunting and scary, but still pretty cool.
Speaking of “cool”… 
and for more coolness, go here: http://new.weavesilk.com/  (click and drag your mouse around, neat-o!).
Happy hump day!

"Quotes Kept Close"

Digging through a pile of old stuff the other day and I came across a notebook that I titled, “Quotes Kept Close” and instantly starting browsing through the pages. I wrote down quotes from movies, books, friends, love interests, lovies and so on. Here are some of my favorite: 
“Love should be given freely” – Desmond Tutu
“How weightless words are when nothing will do” Philip Levine 
“But he reached for her hand and she reached for his hand and they leaped out the window, holding hands” – Brian Doyle (9/11)
“Me – what do you want to do tonight? Alex – have so much fun!” hehe
“Style alone constitutes a writers biography” – Gail Sher
“Sometimes I like to just sit by myself and think” – Friend, Abby Reid :)  
“Once all of your tears dry, let your troubles roll by” – Carbon Leaf song
“City life: millions of people being lonely together” – Thoreau
“When I’m with you the world feels bigger and better” – Mike (bf) I love that my 20 yr old heart wanted to keep this quote close.. :)
“Pretty girls shouldn’t have to open doors” – Dave (boy) I’m sure this made my heart swell!
“Should I have slept with him” – L (friend) LOVE this because who else should you have to ask that question to besides yourself!? haha College years, gotta love them.
“Every phase in life is enjoyable because you’re in it” – My Mom! :)
“I’ll walk away with you, we can hold hands” – Me to L. Friendship matters when love is failing.
“No matter where the mind goes, the heart always remembers” – Me to myself. Da and Alzheimers.
“I”m grumpy. My computer isn’t working and I’ve got the hiccups.” – Jackie
“I spoke Hebrew to them and they got boners” – Stacy – no idea what this is from but I laughhh. haha
“The sky is the hemline to heaven” – From the novel, “Loving Frank”.
“What Lyndsey was trying to say to me before, while she was trying to flatter me. Well, I could say the same about you, you don’t realize how great you are.” – Michael T. Such a sweet and clear memory for me.
“If you worry about all the what-if’s, you’ll miss all the could-be’s.” – Andy (bf)
“The most important decision a person will ever make is choosing the right person to spend the rest of their life with.” – Mom
“Wow, look at the waterfalls (on the side of the highway), it’s like we’re in the rain forest!” – Mattie
“To have faith is to believe unconditionally” – The Four Agreements (novel) 
This post has reignited my interest is quote keeping. I think I’ll pull out this little notebook for good.