Mindful Monday: Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

Today is a day to give thanks to the fallen, and be grateful. 

I am grateful to be spending the day with my Veteran, our daughter and my family. If you also have today off, I hope you are spending it with your loved ones as well. Enjoy, give thanks & eat some barbecue! 

Friday Favorites

Friday, May 22, 2015

This week I have been on a natural high for whats to come! Tomorrow my dearest girlfriend is graduating from college, and I am so proud of her accomplishment.  We could not have chosen a better Nina (godmother) and role model for our daughter. 

On Sunday my little family and I are hitting the road.  We are heading to Southern California to spend time with my family.  My husband and I are planning to take advantage and sneaking off for one night. Gracias to mi Mama y Dad! 

I am so EXCITED to say the least! Let's get the celebration started with my Favorites this week:

Favorite Quote: Walk to the beat of your own drum! Great for everyone to keep in mind, and most importantly all you new graduates!

Favorite So. Cal Day Trip: Newport and Balboa Island (photo via Lovely Indeed). I am hoping I get to show my husband where I used to hang out. 
Favorite Mama-friendly Bathing Suit: Mara Hoffman Abstract Fronds Maillot. I love that this bathing suit only shows a little sliver of skin (and possibly the only skinny part on my body)!
Favorite Modern Homes: Chipicas Town Houses by Architect Alejandro Sanchez Garcia via Arch Daily. Lately I have been obsessed with modern homes. 
Favorite Book: The Little Spark by Carrie Bloomston. I am currently reading this book, and it does help ignite your creativity. 
Favorite Travel Tips with Kids: Busy basket via Flora & Fauna (whose blog I love). 
Congratulations Alma! We Love you! Here's a song for you and everyone because it is time to celebrate!

Semi-Homemade Series: Stuffed Poblanos

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


12-14oz of leftover rotisserie chicken (shredded or cubed)
4 poblano peppers
2 cups of fresh spinach 
1 roma tomato 
1/2 yellow onion 
1-2 garlic cloves
Black pepper (to taste)
Ms. Dash Salt-Free Original Blend (to taste)
*Shredded cheese (if this is a paleo meal skip on the cheese)
1 large avocado

First Step:

Brown the poblanos on a comal/griddle (photo below).  Flip poblanos once until they are completely charred on both sides. 
Second Step:

Wrap poblanos towel (cheese cloth or paper towel), and then put them inside a gallon size plastic bag sealed. The steam will help soften the charred skin in order to remove. Wait 30 minutes or more, and then retrieve from bag, remove towel and easily peel off charred skin.  Once they are peeled, slice each poblano lengthwise and remove the seeds (muy caliente!). Now set aside. 

Third Step: 

In a large skillet over medium heat (I use canola spray, but you can use your go-to oil as well), add chopped onion and chopped tomato until onion is translucent. Now add chopped garlic, and stir until garlic is cooked.  Next, add the shredded/cubed rotisserie chicken and seasonings. Lastly, add 1-2 cups of chopped fresh spinach.  Stir until spinach is cooked and turn off heat.  Pre-heat oven to 425. 
Fourth Step: 

Stuff poblanos with filling.  I used about 3-4oz of stuffing per pepper. Top with cheese (or skip).  I made a batch with cheese and some without.   Place poblanos on foil lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. 
Last Step:

Once they are done, top with avocado and enjoy! In my house, we still top them with salsa too. 

Mindful Monday: Conscious Coupling

Monday, May 18, 2015

Instead of Gwyneth's style aka conscious uncoupling, I am advocate for love and conscious coupling.  Once you get married, and especially after careers, children and life, it can be easy to forget the deep down love that brought us together.  

As soon as I began watching this video, I instantly thought of how much I love my husband and it brought up so many feelings. I thought of us at the beginning, I thought of us now as parents, and I thought of our future. 

A great way to be a conscious couple is to stay connected, remember who you were before the kids, and where it all began.  If you are about to get married or are already married, would you be interested in this experiment? 

The above photo is us when we were dating about ten years ago! I think it is fantastic, and would love to see my guy as a my handsome old man. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but this week has gone by quick. I have been on point with my workouts, and I am feeling like a Nike warrior! The highlight of our week was our weekly lunch date with my husband. Now I am looking forward to a great weekend.  

With that being said, check out my favorite things and a little music:

Favorite Outfit: White distressed skinny jeans + striped top via Sincerely Jules. I am currently obsessed with this look, and just bought some similar white jeans
Favorite Quote: "Keep Going-no matter what" - illustrated by Molly Jacques. This has been my mantra ever since I began my best me-weight loss journey. I say it to myself every single day. 
Favorite MacBook Accessory: Misoui Leather MacBook Sleeve. My husband gave me a MacBook for Mother's Day--I was blown away and definitely did not expect it. This elegant sleeve is gorgeous. 
Favorite DIY: Pretty Face Seedling Starters via Francois et Moi.  I do not have much of a green thumb, so I am these will be perfect for little succulents on my kitchen windowsill. 

Favorite for Toddlers: Stickers, stickers and more stickers! <I linked Luna's favorites. If you have a cute toddler in your life, I suggest you hook them up with lots of sticker fun. 

Favorite Body Art: PepperInk Vintage & Custom Temporary Tattoos. I secretly want a tattoo, but I have yet to muster the guts to get one. I love calligraphy inspirational tattoos. I recently ordered this keep going and a few others from her shop, and I can't wait to receive them. 
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here's a some music to get you in the groove!

Mindful Monday: Mamas & Taking Me Time

Monday, May 11, 2015

I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. This was my third Mother's Day and I have a bit more perspective, and even though I have yet to perfect slowing down and remembering to take me time, I am getting there.  

As a mother, like most, I have a difficult time putting myself first. Even when my husband tells me to take more time for myself and he reassures me in every way possible that it is okay, I still do not put myself first. To be honest, I really love hanging out with my husband and daughter, but I will admit there are times I feel a little nutty and full of knots in my neck and shoulders! 

If you haven't taken time lately to do something for yourself--DO IT! I realize it is easier said than done, but once you get over the logistics, take a little time to take care of You. 

For Valentine's Day my husband gave me a gift certificate to my favorite local spa, The Spa Simply Skin, and they did not disappoint as always! I am not the type that can easily relax or fall asleep, therefore, when my massage was over and I thought to myself "was I asleep?" and I felt like I could cry from the pure joy of relaxation--well, I obviously waited too long to take care of myself. Lesson learned.

It is worth investing in whatever relaxes you. It does not have to be a trip to the spa (though it doesn't hurt), the main point of taking time for yourself is to be present and really relax so afterwards you feel like you hit that reset button. You will thank me later!

Friday Favorites

Friday, May 8, 2015

Happy Mother's Day weekend!

I am super excited about the weekend, and I am ready to celebrate being a Mom. Tonight as you know is my cooking day off, therefore, my husband is making us breakfast for dinner. Yum! Tomorrow night...wait for it...we have a BABYSITTER! Yes you read right. My brother-in-law is coming up to watch our television and watch Luna on the monitor while we go out to dinner and a movie. Life is good. 

As for Sunday, I simply want to lay around and do nothing.  Breakfast in bed sounds pretty nice!

I think Mother's Day should be renamed to this:

Now that I've put that out there, lets get to this week's favorites:

Favorite Street Style: Boyfriend Style. I know gingham is back this Spring, but I prefer stripes, and this woman looks hot!  

Favorite Quote: I am unable to quit, as I am currently too legit.  This quote makes me feel fierce, and I want You to feel it too!

Favorite Drink: Kalimotxo (Red Wine + Coke) via Spoon Fork Bacon. I have yet to try it, but something about it is calling my name.  What do you think? Would you try it?
Favorite Home Decor: Turkish Towels. The one below is from The Anatolian Etsy shop. I recently purchased my first Turkish towels at our local farmers market, and they are beautiful. They can be used as traditional towels, and also for decor like this and this.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!