Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's Never Too Late to Get Zen

Very recently, I ran into a friend I rarely get to see in person. As we talked about our busy schedules and the various chaotic things happening in our lives, she mentioned that a few months ago she had incorporated meditation into her daily routine. Not only did she appear radiant, but she reported feeling more focused and energized as a result. Interestingly enough, she’s the third person in a matter of weeks to bring up the topic of meditation and its benefits. I don’t really believe that anything that happens in our lives is born from coincidence, so I’m taking this as a sign that, as I enter my 35th year of life today, there are some new paths for me to explore. Meditation sounds like a good place to start.   This is a good guide if you are a relative newbie to practicing meditation, like I am. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend - - I'm taking the next few days off from posting as I continue to enjoy some relaxing birthday celebrations with my friends and family (and of course Halloween revelry) with my boys. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

An Oakland Abode

In another nod to Oakland (since I just posted about their damn good ramen), I thought I’d share this lovely 1920’s cottage style home, owned and decorated by Chloe Warner. She mixes lots of earth tones with vintage finds and family heirlooms while keeping it kid friendly as well. 

Images via Lonny Mag

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ramen, Baby!

This afternoon I’m headed out with the fella for two nights on the coast. There is no agenda, other than to completely unwind…and to make a quick pit-stop for crazy good ramen in Oakland on the way down.  My husband loves ramen even more than I do. It’s his comfort food go-to and what he typically asks me to try and make him when he gets sick, despite the fact that my ramen making skills are laughable at best. With that being said, we’re always searching for a good bowl, particularly because good ramen is not always easy to come by and almost non-existent in Napa (with the exception being a bowl from Morimoto). If you’re a fan of ramen and live in the bay area, I recommend the following spots:

Ramen Shop Oakland
Ken Ken San Francisco
Men Oh San Francisco (Confession: I haven’t tried this place just yet but I hear from some trusted and discriminating palates this place is solid). 

Photo from Oakland's Ramen Shop, via Kinfolk 

Friday, October 24, 2014

TGIF: Time for Cocktails

I’m so ready for the weekend. We have so much to do with a pumpkin decorating party tomorrow for the kids…but TONIGHT, it’s time to relax at home with a few end-of-the-week cocktails. I dig sangria, and this recipe gives traditional sangria a nice fall twist. Have a nice weekend. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Cardamom Ice Cubes

I don’t know how or why this recipe/idea has never occurred to me before, but I love iced coffee and these cubes might be a huge game changer when it comes to my caffeine intake! Instead of cubes that end up watering down the drink, this recipe for chocolate and cinnamon cardamom cubes will add a sweet kick instead. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Austin Design on My Mind

I still have Austin and its many charms, still on my mind. In this home tour, Designer Sara Scaglione creates a relaxed feel with a soft palette and luxe fabrics in the rolling hills of Austin, Texas.

Photos via House Beautiful

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Smart Girl's Guide To Vitamins

I love this article on Lauren Conrad’s website about the importance of taking vitamins. It comes at a good time for me because although my diet is typically a really healthy one, I also have a solid sweet tooth + cheese cravings and in the week to come with a lot of celebrations going on, I’ll be indulging in a lot of those types of foods. Even though I get a lot of the vitamins I need from a mostly healthy diet, it’s a good idea to have a few supplements to keep things running like a well-oiled machine. In this article, the author rounds up her top ten selections for vitamins that women should be taking. I agree with her selections. For me personally, the most important ones she lists are a good women’s multi-vitamin, fish oil (I prefer Krill oil), probiotics, resveratrol, vitamin D, and a green superfood supplement.


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