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Mindful Monday: Just say HELLO!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Even though I am an introvert, I am the type of person who smiles and says hello to strangers. Once in awhile, I even go as far as striking up a conversation with a stranger, and they usually end up reciprocating (some more than others).  I will admit its rare when strangers strike up conversation with me or simply say hello. 

Recently, while I was shopping for a new purse, a friendly woman complemented my outfit and the purse I was trying on.  It was the perfect icebreaker. We proceeded to have a conversation about purses, motherhood and our kids. It was so nice and easygoing. When I got home, I was telling my husband about the nice woman and how great it felt that she chose to talk to me. I was feeling a little gloomy that particular day, and our conversation brightened up the rest of my day. In that moment, I thought people, including myself should say hello more often. 

Why do people not say hello anymore? Or strike up conversations? Is it becoming a lost art? I hope not. I feel as though some people have a hard time going outside themselves to say hello--and I hope this is a reminder.  A hello may brighten a person's day, and your own.
Are you a Hello kind of person? If yes, are you naturally extroverted? If no, what stops you? I would love to hear your thoughts. 

(Photo by http://lovegreater.org/stories/never-too-late/)

Friday Favorites (Birthday Edition)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Today is my birthday! In case you are wondering how young I turn today, check out this post. 
This week I was spoiled by my parents and husband, and now its time for vacation. We are heading out on our adventure up to Oregon.  We are so excited!

Here are today's Friday Favorites and a little Birthday song. 

Favorite Birthday Quote: All I need is love, books, coffee, flowers & the moon.
 Favorite Birthday Treat: Blue Star Donuts and Coffee (I'll be there soon!)
Favorite Birthday Splurge: Céline micro, but lets be real I'd rather pay for this one
Favorite Birthday Flowers: Monthly subscription from Flower Muse count me in!
 Favorite Birthday Jewels: Catbird anything!
Favorite Birthday Kicks: Nike Air Zoom Elite. Running in style is important!
Favorite Tattoo: Little Moon...I want you. 
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Wish us luck on the road.

Tuesday Tip: RoadTrips with Toddlers

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Okay, I know there are tons of tips online for traveling with toddlers.  I am only going to add one very random, but great tip!

The best place to stop to use the potty or diaper changing is Home Depot.  I know that may sound odd, but the women's restroom is usually empty and clean! 

Believe me this tip is a lifesaver during our road-trips, and there is plenty to see when your toddler needs to walk after sitting in the car for a long period. Luna enjoys the lamp section with all the lights and the nursery. During the holiday season, she loves walking around the christmas decorations and trees.
For our upcoming trip, we will definitely be stopping at a few Home Depots along the way. If you need a few more tips, I will be packing these travel necessities and an activity busy basket for Luna.   Also, my girlfriend recently purchased these inflatable rails for their toddler, and said they are fantastic. I will be adding them to our arsenal. 

Do you have your own undisclosed travel tips? I would love to hear them. 



Mindful Monday: Hostess Neurosis

Monday, August 17, 2015

I recently discovered I have hostess neurosis. Have you heard of it? If not, hostess neurosis, is basically when you lose your mind in any hostess situation.  Are you feelin' me now?
I go crazy when I am in charge of hosting a party or having visitors in our home. Even in preparing for my parents visit this week, I still turned into a total spaz. I want to make sure our house is super clean, make sure they have everything they need, and even though I know ahead of time they are coming, I still stress out.  

At least, if you are my friend or relative, now you know what happens behind the scenes or why I prefer not to host parties! When its my turn at the hostess neurosis anonymous meeting, I will begin with "Hi I'm Lendy and I am an outgoing introvert with hostess neurosis." 

Thanks Gretchen Rubin for enlightening me on yet another thing! Take a listen at at minute 21:26, and if you are guilty of hostess neurosis you will relate. 

This made me laugh....
Now that I have coined the issue of having hostess neurosis. I wanted to share some ways to avoid it:
Done is better than perfect.
Do not ignore your Hostess Neurosis.
Host parties your way. 
Plan ahead.
Host somewhere other than your home. 
Ask for help. 
Make it a small gathering. 
Potluck anyone?!
How about we come to you...
A little wine is okay. 

Are any of you coming with me to the next Hostess Neurosis Anonymous meeting? How about we skip on the gathering because we may fall off the wagon!




Friday Favorites

Friday, August 14, 2015

Yay, it's Fridayyyyy! My first order of business to share is my parents arrive today and will be visiting with us for a couple days.  You all know what that means...lots of mom & daughter time with my Mama, my husband and I will get a date night, Luna will get lots of extra lovin' from grandma & grandpa, and my birthday celebrations commence.  To say I am excited is an understatement! 

Here are today's Friday Favorites and some Rob Base to get down. 

Favorite Quote: Do Good (via Twamies etsy shop). Simply put. 
Favorite Fall Outfit: Hunters, Cape & Stripes (via Kenguristyle). Yasssss! 
Favorite Mother-Daughter:  Matching initial bracelets (via Minimal VS etsy shop) are so pretty. It would be great to buy one for grandma too! Shhhhh
Favorite Podcast: A Few Things with Claire and Erica, and most importantly this episode featuring Joanna Goddard from Cup of Jo!
Favorite DIY: Kitchen Herb Garden (via Bodhi Luxe). The home chef in me needs an herb garden pronto. 
Favorite Funny: Elaine & her wine...I always tell people if I am going to have a cheat meal it will be wine. 
Now get up and dance wherever you are because its Friday and  It takes Two
Have a great weekend!


Guess what!? Oregon here we come...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Guess what in  about 11 days (who's counting!) we are heading up the Northern California coast to Oregon.  

We are excited, and admittedly I am a bit nervous too because I an overthinker.  

Here are glimpses of some of what we hope to see and do.

In Salem, Oregon we want to check out Riverfront Park and the Carousel
In Portland, we are staying near the waterfront so we might rent bikes.  I definitely want to hit up Powell's Books, Stumptown Coffee and Pok Pok (not pictured Blue Star Donuts!). We are also hoping to go to toddler-friendly places like the OSMI and the Japanese Gardens.  
Lastly, in Newport, our main goal is to simply relax and stare at the ocean from our hotel room! We are definitely hitting up the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and I am certain Luna is going to love it. 
If you have any places you would like to add to our list, please let me know. Wishing us luck would be great too!



Tuesday Tip: Menu Planning

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I recently started creating our weekly menu using Pinterest.  I know this is not a new idea for many of you, but for those that pin recipes and never actually try out them out this may help (this used to be me!). 

Every Thursday I plan our meals for the following week in order to have our grocery list updated before shopping and it ensures our weekend meals are included. I do not know about you guys, but if I do not plan our weekend meals, we end up eating out or ordering takeout which is not good for the belly or the budget!

My first tip is to stick to the same schedule every week.  For instance, our schedule is as follows:
I know this may sound crazy, but I promise it works! Of course there are days when we go off schedule depending on what we have going on, but it helps big time.  It limits those "what are we going to eat" days. You can switch it up with spices or putting a spin on it like "Taco Tuesday" or "Breakfast for Dinner" so your family does not get bored. For us, if we have no big plans, then Saturdays are great for new recipes or to make something more time consuming.  On Sundays, I like to make green soup with the older vegetables and it is the perfect way to make up for any treats the day before (ahem...wine or extra piece of cauliflower pizza!).

My next tip is to create a board for meals that really appeal to you for cooking dinner at home. Start with easy go-to meals to add to your arsenal.  I use my Healthy/Paleo board to see what meals stand out to me, and keep in mind what protein I have in the freezer or what protein we are craving.  

After selecting the recipes, I re-pin them into my Weekly Menu board, and label them by day of the week.  Keep in mind the meals/recipes you select for your weekly menu do not have to be followed as indicated. It is okay to use Pinterest recipes as inspiration which is usually what I do.  For instance, I pinned Balsamic Glazed Salmon, and I didn't even look at the recipe because I had no time for that on Monday. I basically added balsamic vinegar, parsley, lemon and spices, then let the salmon marinade and baked it. It was balsamic inspired!  
Once our weekly menu is finalized, I check our pantry and fridge and add what we need to our grocery list on our Wunderlist app. If you haven't tried Wunderlist, you are missing out! I am able to share the list with my husband and we both have the app on our phones, so if he ends up hitting the grocery store on his way home from work, we both have updated access to our grocery list at all times. 

At the end of the week, I delete the meals in my weekly menu and add the new ones for the following week and so on. This method has kept us on point with our budget, healthy lifestyle and it helps inspire me to try out new recipes (like this turmeric chicken or this whole grilled fish!). 

If you have any tips to add, please let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts and also any Pinterest recipes you have tried and love. 

Hope you are all having a great week so far...Keep Swimming!