Little Goals | April

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It’s almost APRIL!!!! Seriously, can you believe that?? I have been talking about spring for probably two and a half straight months now. Partly because of the whole climate-change-plus-severe-drought thing, since it’s felt like spring for a pretty damn long time and trees have been blooming insanely early this year. But also partly because I am unreasonably excited for spring this year!!!

It’s such a motivating time for me. The perfect time to set a little goal, to do some spring cleaning, to clear out your closet and your mind, to renew your healthy diet and up your workouts. …

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Meditation Month | Let’s Talk Stress

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We’re going to talk more about meditation techniques on my next post, but here’s a quick tip: whatever works for you, whenever it works for you. Lately I take advantage of the beautiful weather by meditating a few minutes after work sitting on my balcony floor. Nothing wrong with that!

Okay, the last couple weeks we obviously talked about the benefits of meditation. I think it’s impossible for me to write one of these posts without touching upon it to a certain degree, but today I want to talk about the depth of the benefits in a different way.

So you’ve learned how meditation can physically alter your brain. You’ve learned how it physically helps reduce your stress and manage your adrenaline and cortisol levels. But now it’s time to explore why that is such an amazing benefit and how it trickles down to help all kinds of problems….

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Strawberry Tsunami Smoothie

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Happy Thursday, friends! How are you today? I’m feeling a little sleep deprived this week. Preston and I did not sleep well while he was sick, and I am starting the never-ending battle between trying to work out in the mornings or figure out if I can actually do it consistently in the evenings! The…

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WIAW

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Guys, it’s Wednesday! Huuuuraaaahhhh! Goodness, it’s a slow week. I think that whole three day weekend thing does that. Also, apparently there was some global epidemic in which Monday was the longest day known to man for every single person I’ve spoken to. Fortunately, we’re still getting through this week! I am spending the week…

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Homemade Knit Bedspread

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I made a blanket. (I’ve said that too many times to count in the last three days since I finished.) Okay, this took WAAAAAY longer than I expected. Like, several months longer. I kept running into hiccups (in my life, not so much in the knitting…), I got tired of knitting for a few LONG…

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Banana Oat Muffins (Low Fat, No Sugar Added)

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Good morning, folks! Breakfast is serrrrrrved! I made these fantastic banana muffins yesterday and I’m pretty happy with them. They’re the perfect Monday morning breakfast when it’s especially hard to get the day rolling. Start with something that tastes like an awesome treat but is actually healthy and filling, and incredibly satisfying!

Apple Cider Mule

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Happy happy Saturday, friends! I totally meant to get this awesome apple cider mule cocktail up yesterday for a perfect Friday happy hour drink. I had a fantastic day yesterday because I took a much-needed mental health day. I planned a productive day off blogging, exercising, working on my bed spread (I’ll be done TODAY!!!!)…

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WIAW

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Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarggggghhhhhhhh. Guys, I’m already done with this week. It is mad hectic, yesterday was non-stop, and I have so very much to do! I feel really behind. Fingers crossed I carve out time to get up my next Meditation Month post because I’m really excited about it and it’s mostly done, but I just couldn’t…

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Moonlight Chamomile Honey Latte

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Talk about the perfect nighttime drink to put you to sleep. There’s a local coffee shop that makes a drink called a Bowl of Soul. It is a soy milk based chamomile latte with plenty of honey in it. I’ve actually never ordered it at that coffee shop, but have heard about its deliciousness from…

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Meditation Month | Your Brain

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Happy Friday, internet friends! I’m back at you with the second post for Meditation Month! I am incredibly excited about this post, but it was pretty damn hard to write just this short little post. I hoped to get it posted sooner, but I really wanted to review it and re-read all of my research…

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Sriracha Garlic Roasted Chickpea Salad

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Hiiiii, lovelies! Happy Thursday afternoon! How ARE you??? I meant to get this up in the morning, but this day has been insane and I’m just now on my lunch break at 3pm! Goodness. Fine by me, just means the last couple hours of work will whizz right by me. I’m absolutely loving the spring-like…

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WIAW

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Yello there, and happy hump day! Time for another What I Ate Wednesday post! Here’s some yummy grub from last Friday! Hope you guys are having an awesome week so far and are loving these long evenings as much as I am! Bliss | Such a cute name for a drink! I spent the morning…

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Homemade Vegan Spinach Ricotta Ravioli

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Woo hoo, it’s Saturday!!!! What do you have going on this weekend? I still have no idea what I’m doing today! Isn’t that the best sometimes? Except I do know I’m sharing this exciting recipe for homemade vegan spinach ricotta ravioli! This recipe is a little more time consuming than most of my recipes, but…

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Favorite Things

Favorite Things

  Friiiiidaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! Happy happy Friday, everyone! How was your week? Mine was okay and went by pretty fast, but I’m worried next week is going to be pretty crazed at work. We had yet ANOTHER virus on our server this week at work!!!! I don’t know what’s going on, but it’s insanely frustrating. We spent…

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Healing Morning Tonic

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For starters, folks, I have a BIG APOLOGY to send to a whole bunch of you – yesterday I was tweaking some things around the blog-a-log (you prob notice some changes now and I’ve got a few more up my sleeve!) and my recently-empty comments alerts went crazy! I don’t know what happened, but normally…

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WIAW

weekend coffee

Well hello there, Wednesday! Nice to see you bringing the week right on by. So far this week is flying past me, and I love that. It always goes that way when I have a lot of court hearings, and today I’m kicking off the morning with what will hopefully be the last in a…

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Vegan Bikini Body Guide Meals

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Today I wanted to share what I’ve been eating during the last seven weeks (okay, really just the last 3 weeks… I wasn’t focusing on diet the first four weeks) and how I modified Kayla’s clean eating guide to suit my vegan diet. (FYI she did come out with a Vegetarian/Vegan guide recently, but I…

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Fix My Pics | Vegan Crab Cakes

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GUUUUYYYYYSSSS you need these crab cakes in your life. I posted these fantastic vegan crab cakes WAY early in my blogging life (my first recipe review!), and despite the absolutely atrocious pictures they have made their way around Pinterest and managed to bring in a surprising amount of traffic years later.

The Cure For Everything Wrong In Your Life

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I know you want the answer right now, so here it is: MEDITATION! And on that note, I’d like to welcome you all to …… *drumroll* …… MEDITATION MONTH! Yeah, I already told you yesterday ;) If you’re really excited to read that, then hooray and welcome! If you’re not excited at all to read…

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Little Goals | March

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Goodbye, birthday month :( Hello, the month when SPRING really arrives and the GOOD Daylight Savings Time makes my evenings bright and beautiful :) (Mornings, we’ll get to you soon enough.) I’m also making March “Meditation Month” around here after my February meditating Little Goal and a whole lotta reading this past month has left…

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Five on Friday

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Happy happy Fridaaaaaaaay! This will be my last Friday highlights post! I love the exercise in positivity, but I keep winding up posting things that I’ve already mentioned during the week (whether here, on Instagram, Twitter, or sometimes all three! Talk about redundant!) and/or things from the weekend that make me miss my old From…

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S’mores Mousse Pie

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GUYYYYSSSSSS! I made the most amazing dessert. New favorite for SURE.  This pie is a MESS. It’s amazing I got a piece of pie out this clean to snap some pictures of. (Third time’s the charm!) It’s a total disaster. Sticky, messy, hard to keep together. Somehow I keep winding up with it all up…

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Happy Hiker Playlist

Lake Berryessa

On Valentine’s Day, Preston and I went on an AWESOME (aka crazy hard but with a spectacular view) hike at Lake Berryessa. It was a pretty impromptu decision. We were sitting over a leisurely cup of coffee at a local cafe called Coffee Garden which, surprise surprise, has a gorgeous garden. It was the PERFECT…

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Slow Cooker Indian Spiced Lentil Stew

slow cooker indian spiced lentil stew

Good morning, friends! How was your weekend? Mine was SO nice, I wish it wasn’t over! Our local soccer team had their first home game on Saturday (it was just a friendly match, but still so exciting!) so Preston and I went to cheer them on! Yesterday we got up fairly early, I whipped up…

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Homemade Vegan Hot Cocoa Mix

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Homemade. Vegan. Hot Cocoa. Mix. In case you didn’t read that title and you needed to see it again! I know, I know, it’s really not very hard to find vegan hot cocoa mix. But for me, it is just SO out of an acceptable price range. You’re lucky if you pay less than $2.00…

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Five on Friday

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Happy weekend!!!!!!!!! Man this week went by quickly, but it was kind of a tough one and I’m really happy it’s over! To kick off the weekend, I’m getting up my highlights from the week! Valentine’s Day celebrations | Preston and I have a lot of celebrations all lumped into one. Did you notice that…

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Fix My Pics | Char Siu Bao (Dim Sum)

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INTERWEBS-PERUSERS! I made some food for you. Okay, I actually made it for Preston for Valentine’s Day. But I took these pictures for you!!! It’s been far too long since I’ve done some Fix My Pics posts, and I’ve got a whoooole lot that I want to start working on! My char siu bao are…

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WIAW

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Hey there, foodies! I’m really late in getting my WIAW post up today because yesterday and most of today were INSANE and hectic. As such, I ate TERRIBLY yesterday. I’m super embarrassed to post my normal WIAW, plus I failed to take pictures of everything I ate. But here’s what I have pictures of from…

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Bikini Body Guide Week 6 Progress

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Friends! You have listened to me mention my Bikini Body Guide, watched my obnoxious constant workout pictures on Instagram, and probably wondered what the heck I’m talking about for six weeks now. I thought it was finally time that I share some more information and a bit of a review, now that I’m halfway done…

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Grapefruit Maraschino Cocktail

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Happy Monday! Here’s a little cocktail if you need happy hour after your Monday back to work… OR for those of you who have the day off, maybe you’ll start your cocktail hour a little early today, eh? It’s inspired by an awesome cocktail I had at a local bar called The Ernest Hemingway (the…

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Vegan Rice Crispy Cake

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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! I have an AWESOME dessert to share today. If you still haven’t planned a Valentine’s Day dessert, you can make THIS vegan rice crispy cake. It takes no time at all, but it is gorgeous and really fun and festive!

Five on Friday

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What better day than a Friday before a three day weekend?! YEEESSSSS! (Though what kind of day goes more s l o o o w l y than a Friday before a three day weekend?) I’m jumping straight into my highlights from the week! Birthday festivities | Last weekend was my birthday, and I had…

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Only You Live Your Life

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Hello, lovelies! Today’s post is getting a little introspective for y’all. I had a great conversation recently with a friend of mine and I decided to turn into a blog post. We were talking about how much we allow other people’s thoughts, opinions, judgment, advice, or even the mere anticipation of those things affect our…

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WIAW

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Holy heck, nothing makes me feel like time flies by faster than having a weekly post to put up! I almost skipped this because I feel like I JUST posted a WIAW post! But then I realized I happen to have a full day’s worth of food pictures from yesterday AND I want to share…

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