Friday Favorites

Friday, September 30, 2016

What are you up to this weekend? Our plans are no different than any other weekend, and I'm totally cool with that.  Mostly chilling with my two favorite people, grocery shopping and hopefully some sushi takeout. I know what I really need to get done--declutter my closet, but I cannot assure you that it will get done.  It's in the plan though. Ha! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy October, here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote: Don't ever lose your sense of wonder -via The 36th Avenue. Sometimes when I am going through tough times, I need this reminder. 
Favorite Outfit: Plaid Off The Shoulder Dress -via She In.  This dress is so cute for these transitional fall days.  I think it would look great with a comfy sweater on top and booties. 
Favorite Dessert: Salted Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites -via Gimme Some Oven. Luna is not a big banana person, but I bet she would grub on these. 
Favorite Made Me Laugh: Worrier Pose -via Gemma Correll. I feel like Gemma actually thought of me when she illustrated this. Ha! Who else can relate?
Favorite Candle: Obsidian Crystal Candle -via Jax Kelly.  I met Kelly at a hotel lobby bar in L.A., and she laughed at my mommy moment as we both sipped on some champagne. She's friendly and creative, and I cannot wait to order a few of these beautiful candles. It's a twofer, you get a candle and a crystal.  What a great gift idea right?!
Favorite Health Tip: Acupuncture 101 -via I forgot to mention on yesterday's Lendy Lately that I went for my first acupuncture session. My session was mostly for anxiety and tummy issues, but I can totally see how it would work for a variety of issues. I will say finding a good acupuncturist is key, mine is fantastic.  
Favorite Song of the Week: Vivir Mi Vida by Marc Anthony. Here are some of the lyrics in English-- Sometimes rain comes to clean wounds.  Sometimes just a drop can overcome the drought.  And why cry, for what? If it hurts bad, forget it.  And why suffer, for what? If life is like this, you must live it.  I'm gonna laugh.  I'm gonna dance.  I'm gonna live my life...

Lendy Lately

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Okay, let's catch-up.  Our colds are gone, and all three of us got our flu shots this weekend.  If all it does is lessen our symptoms, I'll take it.  Other than that, still some tough days over here, but even when life gives you lemons, it must go on. Here's what I have been up to lately...

I am starting to get used to preschool drop off by getting into a routine (I love routines).  Which mom would you say you? I am currently #4.

The Whole30 is still happening, but it has become more of a whole-30ish. We've cheated with wine, so technically we need to start over. Again, when life gives you lemons, wine helps. Ha! It's all good, we will keep trying! It still feels great eating clean.

My husband and I are reading the How to Maximise Your Life bible plan. Its a good one.   

We've been decluttering and with that in mind, I recently sold some books at Half Price Books.  I love this bookstore (Luna is in their kid section in the photo above).  

My new love for kombucha is going strong, though I will say its a major hit or miss. Some taste gross! This is the kombucha I would drink on the daily, if I could find it.  

Hope you're having a great week so far. 

6 Podcasts I love

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It has been awhile since I listed some of my favorite podcasts.  Here's a link to my original Top 8 podcasts.  I wanted to share a few more that I have been listening to. 

Radiolab Presents: More Perfect. This podcast focuses on the Supreme Court and shares cases and how they were deliberated.  I always dreamt of being a judge and if you are also a legal beagel at heart this will speak to you.  Its so good! 

Super Mamas Podcast is a mom (women) empowerment podcast and it should not come at any surprise that this made it on my list. They touch on the Latino culture, raising kids and showcase other inspirational mom bosses. Even if you are not a Latina, you should still check it out. 
The Charged Life with Brendon Burchard is a podcast about motivation, success and living a charged life.  I always feel empowered to tackle whatever I have going on after listening to Brendon.  

Coffee + Crumbs Podcast came about from the Coffee + Crumbs collaborative blog about motherhood.  This is a new podcast great for all moms.  

In The Thick is a political podcast from the perspective of changing America.  This is one of my favorites hands down.  I have a political and legal background, and believe we should all be informed about what is going on in the political arena. 

Meditation Oasis is a wonderful free podcast that provides great guided meditation. I set the timer on my phone, put on my sleep phones and the Relax into Sleep Guided Meditation always soothes me to sleep. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, September 16, 2016

What are you up to this weekend? I am still on the mend so I don't plan to do much of anything besides take lots of vitamin C, binge watch Netflix, and plan how I will takeover the world next week when I feel better.  Though, a little picnic and letting Luna play at this cool park sounds great.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote: Everything is Figureoutable.-via Pinterest.  This made me smile & laugh.
Favorite Outfit: Dark Green Utility Pants -via Target.  I bought these recently during Target's buy one get one 50% off and I had a cartwheel coupon--score! I can live in these. I wear them with black lace up flats or white converse.  They can easily be dressed up or down. 
Favorite Recipe: Ginger Honey Bomb -via Green Kitchen Stories. I wouldn't mind adding this magical concoction to my tea right about now. 
Favorite Kids Outfit: Sweatshirt dress -via H&M.  I pretty much love everything in the H&M kids section. Now that Luna is in preschool she needs more versatile clothes.  I like sweater dresses and tunics that can be worn on their own or with leggings/tights. 
Favorite Decor: Fall Color Palettes to Inspire Your Decor -via ProFlowers (photo from Starfish Cottage).  I like the simply fall foliage used to add a little fall colors to the home. 
Favorite Hair Tip: How to make even the simplest ponytail pretty -via The Coveteur.  I wear my hair pulled back on the daily, and I am currently growing it out so I already bought a spool of velvet ribbon, if you want one that is readymade this one is pretty. 
Favorite Song of the Week: Telephone by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce.  Luna has just recently discovered Lady Gaga and its pretty hilarious.  

Lendy Lately

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This week I posted on Facebook that Luna brought home a virus her first week of preschool, and all the moms replied with warnings of the year to come.  This is not very promising on the health front, since I am sitting here smelling like vapor rub with a heavy head and drinking hot tea.  Any day now I will bust out of this rut, but its not happening today! Ha! For now, here's what I have been up to lately...

We've been enjoying the daytime moons, especially on Tuesdays after dance class.  I always tell Luna stories about the moon.  I tell her the moon is watching over us and guiding us until we make it home safely.  So every time we get off the car once we get home, she'll say "I want to go see the moon and say goodnight." (Can you spot the daytime moon in my photo above?) 

I finally finished reading this and I began The Likeness which is Tana French's follow up book

On the days I've managed to get out of the house, I have been wearing these high-rise skinny jeans, and seriously, why did I wait so long to get into high-rise jeans!? They are fantastic. 
These ginger immunity shots are my favorite way to bump up my overall health. I have also been loving this kombucha made of turmeric, carrot and ginger.  I just wanna dunk myself in ginger and turmeric and take in all their health benefits.

You all know I am a huge podcast listener, I just listened to the Mommy Makers episode on the Tamarindo podcast which featured my friend Betsy Aimee who is brilliant, and I also enjoyed the Becoming Starry-Eyed episode on the Coffee + Crumbs podcast with the Mandy Arioto who spoke about MOPS and her new book which sounds so good.  

I am still doing the September whole30 challenge, and even though I don't feel like cooking while dealing with this cold, I threw together this easy chicken stew and it was delicious.  The quick recipe is in the comments. 

I've been watching the Gran Hotel on Netflix.  It has a lot of the same actors from Velvet, and just as juicy.  

The week is coming to an end so let's try and make the best of it!

Friday Favorites

Friday, September 9, 2016

What are you up to this weekend? As I mentioned here, we had a crazy week so our weekend plans consist of hiding under the covers until this bad luck storm passes us over. Ok, just kidding! We will most likely relax in our backyard paradise and meal prep for week 2 of whole 30.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote/Decor: Be Nice or Leave banner -via bellesandghosts. This Etsy shop has some great banners.  The plants in the photos are fantastic too. 
Favorite Shoes: Lotta from Stockholm Clogs.  My girlfriend, Vero, wheres clogs and she makes them look so darn good.  I haven't worn clogs since high school, but I think they would be great as Fall transition shoes.  
Favorite Hair Product: Shea Moisture Strengthen, Grow & Repair - via Target.  I have tried several Shea Moisture products, and honestly, I love them all.  I have been using this line on my hair for a few weeks, and my hair feels great. 
Favorite Recipe: Spicy Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Garlic Kale -via Pinch of Yum. This is what we are having for dinner tonight, and I cannot wait! 
Favorite Manicure: O.P.I. in Its a Piazza Cake -via Makeup by Niyo. This orangey-red nail color is nice for Fall. 
Favorite Funny: Do I have Abs yet? -via Pinterest.  I'm on Day 5, but no six pack yet! Ha!
Favorite Song of the Week: Yo Te Recuerdo by Juan Gabriel ft. Marc Anthony. For those of you non-Spanish speakers, Juan Gabriel is a Mexican icon who recently passed away, and this song has been on replay in our home.  Luna loves watching my husband and I dance to it. 

Lendy Lately

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Okay, lets catch-up. I thought things were settling down for us,  but I was reminded that our storm isn't quite over yet.  Mercury Retrograde are you playing tricks on us?! If you follow me on snap, then you saw what happened to my husband's truck, and if you don't, I'll give you the short version.  We were having dinner, then heard a loud bang.  Turns out a lady was driving down our street was blindsided by the sun and slammed into the back of my husband's parked truck.  Her totaled car is still sitting in front of our house waiting for a tow truck to pick it up.  It was a crazy evening to say the least. Lesson: material things do not matter, human life wins hands down. All parties are safe. Now I need to come up for air again.  Here's what else I've been up to lately...

I am currently on day 4 of the #septemberwhole30 challenge (hence, the photo of Luna at Sprouts).  It is too early for me to convince any of you to join me on my Whole 30 adventures.  I feel lighter, but bit cuckoo. I'll keep you posted. 

Luna had her first day of preschool, and the world did not stop.  We both survived without a scratch.  

I have been working on creating a self-care plan that best suits me.  I know that may seem counterintuitive, but simply "trying" to relax is not enough.  I love this new series on Design Sponge called The Beauty of Self-Care.   

I am reading Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine.  She has a few other books and they all provide great tips. 

I have been watercoloring a lot.   I like it because its not as messy and its not just a craft I do with Luna, I actually enjoy it.  I've been stalking Anna Pole's Instagram.  Her paintings are always so serene. 

I've been listening to the Everything Will Be OK playlist because I know everything will be okay.