7.18.2014

An evening at the beach

I've realized that my favorite time to be at the beach is in the evening. After being in the house all day on Wednesday, I just had to get out and do something. The fact that it was 5 o'clock did not stop me from a beach trip. I figured we could eat dinner, watch the sunset and get a milk shake at Ruby's Shake Shack after. We hadn't been to Crystal Cove in a long time so I thought going there would be a nice change. I was right!
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The water was warm and we jumped in the waves for as long as we could. Marianne was cackling the whole time and would have ran further in if I wasn't holding her hand. She is pretty adventurous and not afraid of the water at all which can be a little scary for me at times.
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This was my view from where I sat. The beach house behind me has been in many movies, Beaches being the most recent one. They are all for rent (and pretty reasonably priced) and I dream of one day getting my act together and being online at the right moment to snatch one of them up.
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I think the one above might be my favorite.
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Pretty beautiful isn't it?
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I had to include some Maggie pictures since I didn't get one of her at the beach. She's getting big and cooing up a storm!
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So, how wants to come stay at a beach house with me?

♥ anne

7.13.2014

Yummy

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This last week I have been majorly focusing on eating well. I gained quite a bit of weight with Maggie and am now faced with attempting to loose it. As we all know, loosing weight is NOT easy. The only way I've successfully lost weight is with a mostly raw diet. Thankfully, I love the food and the more I eat this way the easier it gets. I'm having a much easier time than I did last year so that makes me happy.
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I've made some marinated mushrooms, a nut pate, smoothies and lots of salads.
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Above is a delicious Mango Lassi. The recipe is from Demetria's beautiful blog, Engrained. Make sure to check out her site and her beautiful photos. I've made it a several times because it's so good! I also added kale and spinach to get my dark greens in.
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The other day I saw Broccoli Slaw at Trader Joe's and decided to try it out. I added avocado, onion, raisins, cucumber, sunflower seeds and tossed it with a creamy curry dressing. It was absolutely delicious and WAY tastier than I anticipated. I've now made it for three meals :)
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It's fun trying out new recipes. I plan on making a raw cheesecake very soon. I've been wanting to make one for years and I'm finally going to do it. I want to have one for my birthday so I figured I better make a test one first so that my birthday cake looks good. I follow a couple people on Instagram that do really cool designs on top like this and this. I'll let you know how it turns out!

♥ anne

7.11.2014

"Songs that I love, songs that changed my life"

That's how Neil Young chose the songs for his newest album,  A Letter Home. If you haven't listened to it yet, you should!




♥ anne

7.09.2014

Here and Now

Summer is cruising along and not too much is going on here. We've had sickness slowly make it's way through the house which has kept me home most days for the last few weeks. I've been trying to make the most of it but it's been a bit frustrating. Thankfully everyone appears to be feeling better so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that that's the end of the summer illnesses.
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In between the sick days we have managed to have bits of fun. A quick beach trip here and lots of pool time there.
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With all the recent mellowness I'm more than ready for some excitement.

How is your summer going?

♥ anne

7.07.2014

Have you seen...

Jay on instagram? He builds incredible structures in trees, on land, on cars...





To see more of his magic check out his feed here and his website here.

♥ anne

6.30.2014

Indigo Dyed Tunic

A couple weeks ago I had a dye day at my house. I had a large piece of rayon type fabric that I wanted to sew into a caftan dress after I dyed it. The fabric didn't hold the dye too well but I like the airy, cloudy look it now has. I ended up not having enough fabric for a dress so I settled on a tunic.
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I'm pretty pleased with the results considering I don't sew very often. I also made the arm holes large enough that I can wear it and still nurse.

Doing any kind of  solo craft with all the kids home might be one of the most frustrating ways to spend an hour or two. Tons of complaining and all sorts of fights started the second I broke out the sewing machine. I guess it's all in the past now, thank goodness! Does anyone else have the same problem? 

♥ anne

6.27.2014

old photos

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The other day me, my Mom and Nana were discussing who the kids looked like. I was telling them that I don't really see myself when I look at them. Then I got out these photos to prove my point. The baby pic on the bottom right resembles Maggie but that's about it, in my opinion. I wish I had childhood pictures of Ruben so you could see how much they all look like him, but I don't.

I love the one of me ironing. Little did I know that chore would take up hundreds of hours of my life when I got older! I wish I was that happy ironing now. Unfortunately it is a part of my life because I refuse to pay for dry cleaning. Plus, I'm quite good at it so I see no reason to pay someone else to do it. You see, me and the iron go WAY back. I remember my Dad teaching me and my sister to iron his pants and shirts when I was in 2nd grade (maybe younger). I don't know if my sister pretended to be really bad at it but in no time it was officially my job. Thanks Jen! I also ironed my school uniforms when I was at my Mom's. My friend Rita's skirt was always nicely ironed (by her mom) and her pleats were perfectly flat. I can't even tell you how many hours I spent trying to get my skirt to look as good as her's! I never did. Maybe we had a crappy iron? I don't know, but it drove me crazy!

I didn't anticipate this post being about ironing but hey, that's where it went! How many times can say iron? A lot. Here's one more just for fun- IRON! hahaha I suppose I could have used pressed instead. Oh well.

So, my question to you is- Do you think your children resemble you? Or if you don't have kids, do you resemble your parents? AND Does anyone else out there iron? Or am I a loner on that one?

♥ anne

ps- I posted a fun popsicle recipe over at The Ma Books so go take a peek here!