Tuesday, October 27, 2015

beach retreat.





my posse and i went for a little beach retreat this past weekend. oh my goodness. the house was amazing. there were about seven of us women- four of whom went up on friday (myself included) and three of us stayed through monday.

we stayed in Aptos, right on the ocean. my friend (and mentor) and i went on a ten mile walk up and down the beach, i wrote, colored in an intricate coloring book, watched movies, and cooked. we all missed our kids but husbands and children came up on sunday to enjoy the beach and barbecue. Tony and i even got a little quiet time together, sitting on the beach and watching the sun set.

the kids and i stayed sunday night, and left late in the morning on monday.

my favorite thing about our little getaway? i slept THROUGH the night two nights in a row. that my friends, was amazing…

the boys and i love to dig in the sand for sand crabs. on sunday we were digging for almost two hours, finding countless crabs and letting them go. we also found a HUGE clam (which i opened, and thought about cooking, but didn't) and two little crabs (a mama and her babies…maybe?)




Tuesday, October 13, 2015

i've been eating, cooking, reading, browsing, & buying...


eating: food has been pretty clean the last few months. i was trying (without a whole lotta luck) to lose the last of the weight i gained while i was pregnant with sailor. finally, i had enough, so i met with a nutritionist who got me back on the straight and narrow. most of my meals consist of one protein, vegetables, one serving of fruit, and one wasa cracker. i've lost 26 lbs, so i think it worked. i'm not even bored. most of the food i eat is really healthy, but once you get used to REALLY healthy- you crave it. so i find myself craving zucchini and artichoke hearts throughout the day!

cooking: one of my favorite dishes (that i created since starting my nutritionist-guided diet) is wild rice, sautéed shitake mushrooms, spiraled zucchini (i use a spiralizer which makes the zucchini look like spaghetti), with herbs and coconut oil. it's really good and really filling. i make it once a week (however the little boys won't go near it…)

reading: i just read Girl On the Train. what an amazing read. i was consumed for three days, and felt immense sadness when i finished it.

browsing: i've been on a hunt for new clothes, shoes, & general fashion accessories. i've been scanning nordstrom/ nordstrom rack, shop bop, and zara (online). it's so hard to pull the trigger when there are so many things to chose from. the standard basics with a few fun pieces to mix in- those are what i'm on the hunt for! i also have my eye on this carpet (once we finally find a house), i would love to own it. until then, i will just look at it :)

buying: since i'm back to a more normal-ish weight for me (i could still stand to lose 5-10 lbs), i am finally feeling ready to make new clothes commitments. last week i went to the mall (all by myself) and bought a camel hair long vest, vintage pleated skirt, skinny jeans, a super lovely green dress (which can be dressed up or down), and a few basic tops in easy to layer colors and textures. my go to place for basics is Zara. great prices and great fit! last but, certainly not least, i bought a clare vivier purse. it's small, and i love it!

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