Friday Favorites

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We are planning to cozy up at home, finish our halloween lights, carve some pumpkins and surprise Luna with putting together Trader Joe's Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are this week's favorites.

Favorite Inspiration: U r beautiful and ur gonna do gr8 today-via Pinterest. This made me smile and I hope it does the same for you. 
Favorite Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies-via I made a version of these with half almond butter, chia and flaxseed, and Luna loved them too! 
Favorite Fall Boots: Sam Edelman Petty boots-via I own these in black and they are always on my feet. I found them in brown at Marshall's for $45 bucks!
Favorite Halloween Face: Deer Makeup-via Dress Your Face. Pinterest and Instagram was pushing more towards a family costume, but nah! I bought $7 deer set and plan to try to do my makeup.  I'll be a mama deer, daddy will be a superhero and Luna will be a Disney princess--ta da everyone will be happy. Ha!
Favorite Find: Ochre Gold Cardigan-via JcPenney. I shared this lace-up sweater on my Instagram and its so soft and cozy. I am going back for this gold one that's on sale for $18 bucks. 
Favorite Drink: Hormone-Balancing Hot Chocolate-via Hello Glow. I have been learning about adaptogens and hormones so I can't wait to try Hello Glow's hot chocolate especially now that we've had our first fall rain. 

Muir Woods

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

One of my favorite places on earth is Muir Woods (and Muir Overlook). It was finally Luna's time to explore the beauty of the woods.  Muir Woods is a wonderful place for kids and can easily be done in a few hours.  Here are a few tips for a great family outing to Muir Woods:

Arrive early or arrive after lunch time. We arrived around 12:30 which was awesome.  We got good parking and some of the morning visitors were leaving.  

Include the kids in the process by printing this free ranger booklet. This is a fun way to keep them entertained and informed. 

I would suggest packing a backpack. We took light sweaters because it gets chilly, water bottles and food.  There is the Muir Woods Café right before you start the trail, but it gets a little crazy and the food is no different than what you could make at home.  We opted to save our money and bellies for a great meal in the city afterwards.  This is what I ate...yummy!

Now you are ready to plan your next family outing to Muir Woods. 

What's Home To You

Monday, October 16, 2017

One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Theresa, If you want to save the world go home and love your family.  I am digging into this especially now that there is so much going on around us.  No matter where you are, remember what home is to you.  These are a few of what is home to me. 
The scent of my mom’s favorite perfume (Amarige) and my dad’s go-to aftershave (Polo).
The sound of my daughter’s little feet running up & down the hallway in the mornings.
My husband’s arms.  
Eating a bowl of posole (even if it doesn’t taste like my mom’s).
When a special song comes on wherever I am.
Friends who make you feel like you are at the perfect place.  
When my mom ends our conversations with "I love you too much."
It's okay to hunker down and focus on the things that make you feel at home.  Wrap yourself in those moments.  This doesn't mean you are turning your cheek on the world.  It simply means you are reloading some strength to keep rising. 
What's home to you? 

Hola Weekend.

Friday, October 13, 2017

What are you up to this weekend? We will be those parents sitting in the front row with camera in hand ready for Luna and her class to perform at the school's Fall Festival.  On Sunday I'll be brunching hard at my girlfriend Leah's house.  All-in-all we have a pretty great weekend ahead. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here's a little food for thought. 

Northern California has been hit hard by the fires.  Here's a list of verified accounts for California Fire Relief

The mornings are finally cool enough to throw on a cozy sweatshirt.  I have been living in this vintage Les Miserables sweatshirt. I paid $2 bucks for it. Thrift stores are still cool promise. 

I love this song and these kids made Rise Up even better. Kids are the best.

Did you know that exercise is not the key to weight loss? One of the many things I am learning on the Reset program

These 59 family halloween costumes made me laugh.  Especially the Napoleon Dynamite family! 

Speaking of Halloween this Pumpkin Nights event looks awesome. 

Here's a countdown clock that will surely make you laugh.  

Lendy Lately

Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Friday! What have you been up to lately? I have been embracing summer as much as possible, but I'm not going to lie, I cannot wait for summer to be over. Though, I googled last day of summer and we still have two months to go. So lets take it one day at a time fellow summer haters, and for all you summer lovers hand me a frosé and point me to the nearest air conditioning unit. Aside from summer survival mode, here's a little of what I've been up to lately...

I have been reading vegetarian/vegan books, especially after watching What The Health. I really like Forks Over Knives Family cookbook and Main Street Vegan.

The Bachelorette sucked me in as always, and I am hoping she picks Peter.  Another show I have been watching is Friends from College

I listen to The Daily every day, Up and Vanished is eerily good and DAIS by Rachel Hollis

I have been working my way through some recipes on my vegetarian Pinterest board and mostly eating buddha bowls like this one for lunch. 

The politics we are living through are a hot mess which I know is a huge understatement. I have been sending faxes to my representatives via Resistbot

I am counting down to the solar eclipse that will take place on my birthday, August 21st! Here's what you'll see where you live

Last but not least, if you follow my Instagram stories, then you know I have also been working my butt off at Orangetheory Fitness.  

I'd love to hear what you've been up to lately? What are you reading? Listening to? Obsessing over? 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 

xo Lendy

Friday Favorites

Friday, July 7, 2017

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend?  It's been a long short week for us, but we're finally at the end of it. This weekend we have a cleared slate which is nice.  Of course we will be doing some pool lounging and a whole lotta nothing.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote: Start each day with a dance party-via Hungry Digital Media. This is a good idea all year long! We have our own family Spotify station which we play every morning.  It really does help set the tone for our day. 

Favorite Accessory: $9 buck Panama Hat -via Walmart.  I've always been a hat girl, but hats and mommy-ing can be tricky.  So you gotta mix it up with some cheap hats that you won't mind tossing in the car, in the shopping cart or having your babes steal them. It's a rare occasion that I trek over to Walmart and when I do I realize they have some decent finds up in that mother! Haha!  I went in to check out Drew Barrymore's Flower Beauty line and picked this eyeliner and this primer as well. 

Favorite Shoes: Nike Slides -via  I never thought I was a slide girl until I got me some fakenstocks (haha!) then I understood the appeal of sliding my foot in a sandal and running out the door. So when I slid my foot into some Nike slides it was an Aha! moment. 
Favorite Swimsuit: Laser Cut Tankini -via Target.  Confessional: I am not a bathing suit/summer girl. So for me to say this is my favorite swimsuit means A LOT.  My girlfriend and I have completely different body types and both tried this on and loved it.  I like that you can pick your bottoms so I also bought these high-waist bottoms
Favorite Recipe to Try: Sweet Potato & Grilled Portabello Tacos -via Cocoon Cooks. Ever since I watched the What the Health documentary on Netflix I have been eating a la vegetarian style. I am leaning to eating as plant-based as possible, and tacos like this make it happen!
Favorite Manicure: Chanel nail polish in Emeraude.  If you're buying hats at Walmart and swimsuits from Target, you totally deserve a summer nail polish splurge.  I have been eyeing a lot of green tones, and this one is pretty. Can you imagine it under the water with your new swimsuit.  I also like the color Espadrilles
Favorite Song: If I say Despacito everyone's heads may explode, but guess what who cares! If you're anti-Beiber, then stick to the original

xo Lendy 

Watermelon Pineapple Paletas

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's #paletaweek over on Lola's Cocina and a bunch of us have come together to fill your feeds with deliciousness, and I am checking it off my 20 Things to Do in Summer.  These watermelon pineapple paletas were inspired by my husband's agua fresca, and I promise they will not disappoint. 

1/4 of a large watermelon chopped
1/2 of a pineapple chopped 
1 cup lemonade or water
*sweeten if necessary

1. Chop up all your fruit. Also, finely chop some extra pineapple and set aside.  This will be used as the first layer of your paleta. 

2. Add watermelon, pineapple and 1 cup of lemonade to the blender and blend. I like the watermelon flavor to be more prevalent, so added a little more watermelon as needed. *You can also add any sweetner of your choose. 

3. Spoon in the finely chopped pineapple you set aside into the molds.  Then place them in the freezer in order for the first layer to set. 

4.  Once the first layer of pineapple has hardened take the molds out of the freezer and pour in your watermelon pineapple mixture. Then put them back in the freezer for a few hours. 

5. Once the paletas are ready you can leave them on the counter for a few mins or run the molds under warm water to get them out. 

Now all you have to do is enjoy the taste of summer!