a peek into the Joshua Tree get-a-away

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Remember how I mentioned that we took a mini vacation into the desert and STILL haven’t posted pictures? I’d like to blame Bubs for hogging the computer but sometimes the last thing I want to after work is stare at a computer screen some more. So here are some photos from my phone.

  1. First road of road tripping is stopping and enjoying the silly little places along the way. I’m still regretting the fact that I didn’t buy this mug.
  2. Rancho Mirage was a fun little stop. Those geriatric folks drive their Lexus and Cadillac golf carts like maniacs and party harder than a newly 21-year-old.
  3. If you’re wondering where your TV from 1995 went – It now currently lives in a Motel 6 room in twentynine palms.
  4. i spy a Joshua Tree
  5. why so serious?
  6. lovebugs
  7. admiring the succulents on our stop to dig our own cactus for .59 cents

wouldn’t it be loverly

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I’m in full Easter planning mode and planning some mommy/Charlie activities to do just the two of us. I have a few surprises up my sleeve for that little chicken of mine. I’m also planning on hosting Passover again this year. I did it two years ago and it didn’t go very well but I fully plan on doing a better job this year. I’m not religious but there’s something nice about tradition. Above are some spring/Easter/Passover inspiration. We went to the desert two weekends ago and I still need to get my act together and share the pretty pictures we took. Hope everyone has a great week! xo

 

  1. flowers
  2. eggs
  3. vegetarian matzo ball soup
  4. mini egg pinatas
  5. bunny napkins

life lately

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We all have things we struggle with in life. One of my struggles is learning to balance/find a happy medium. My days are filled with long work hours, school, cooking, and trying to keep up with the household chores. My weekends are usually filled with trying to tackle the tasks that I wasn’t able to complete during the week. Bubba has to constantly remind me to “slow down” which is the same thing I used to hear constantly when I was home with Charlie all the time. Last Saturday I slept for an insane amount of time. Which is a strong indicator I need to relax a little bit and indulge a bit more in the things that make me happy. Above are some photos from life somewhat recently.

  1. the view from hiking in Palos Verdes w/one of my friends.
  2. valentine’s day dinner at our first “real date” spot.
  3. i come here on my lunch breaks
  4. the sun setting in my driver’s side mirror on my “working my booty off” has paid off special day last week.

pork belly’s

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This past weekend the boyfriend and I decided to give Pork Belly’s in Venice a try. Pork Belly’s is a sweet little BBQ spot on Abbot Kinney in Venice. There are no tables for sitting. It’s a perfect grab and go spot. We’re big fans of BBQ so you can imagine how excited we were to give this place a try. Bubs ordered me The Belly Up which is their signature sandwich. It was delicious! They also included a cookie with each sandwich. My favorite thing on the menu was their Fried Pickles. I’m not lying when I say they have hands down the best friend pickles I have ever had in Los Angeles. Scratch that, California. Oh, and let’s not forget they have one have those very fancy touch screen coca-cola machines. I’m already looking forward to our next visit. They have a veggie sloppy joe that i’m itching to try.

If you are ever in Venice, I highly suggest visiting Pork Belly’s. You won’t be disappointed.

supper club: spicy roasted chickpeas

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I kept seeing this on Pinterest and decided I finally had to try it. The only part of the recipes I looked at was how high to heat the oven and for how long. I’m pretty stoked on the fact that they’re spicy and delicious and will be the perfect snack for when I’m at work and it might be a nice addition to a salad. 

 

ingredients

  • about 2 cans worth of chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans)
  • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 4 teaspoons of red chili flakes

 

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 400. Drain about 2 cans worth of chickpeas. 

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Step 2: add in olive oil, chili pepper flakes and cayenne pepper into a mixing bowl

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Step 3: Mix everything together so it’s evenly coated

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Step  4: pour coated chickpeas onto cookie sheet and evenly spread them out and place in oven for 30 minutes. I flipped them around the 15 minute mark. 

After 30 minutes take the chickpeas out and let them cool down and then voila! You have delicious spicy roasted chickpeas!!

a day with rachel

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I did one “a day with rachel” post back here. I enjoyed it enough to turn it into a series. It’s always interesting to see how people spend their time and you’ll see, I’m not that interesting. It’s kind of a nice way to document life even if fun stuff isn’t always around. Except this day with Rachel was more like my entire weekend. I recently got hooked on The Glades and I’m already almost done with the first season.

  1. I finally returned everything I had to return to TJ Maxx and decided the TJ Maxx in Santa Monica was the best place to do so.
  2. I had enough time to waste to actually try a few things on. Didn’t buy this top but I did a buy a new pair of cutoffs (that were not needed).
  3. Nice girlfriends drop their boyfriend’s artwork off at museums for them.
  4. It was Chipotle party of 1 while Bubba did his schtick at a few galleries.
  5. All I wanted to do was go here when I was in DC and it didn’t happen. So Bubba took me to one in LA so I would stop talking about it already.
  6. Oil Pulling is now a critical part of my morning routine.
  7. Got this for my birthday and it always looks so pretty in the morning light.
  8. In case you were wondering – that’s my oil pulling face. Super attractive.
  9. Sunday mornings are usually spent making lists for the week. Ex. meal planning, grocery list, etc.
  10. Eating my last Georgetown Cupcake. I got two. Too many if you ask me (in a good way).
  11. Cupcake craving is officially over. Sometimes you have to ignore your dietary restrictions and indulge. Even if it means feeling sick for the rest of the day/night.

 

wouldn’t it be loverly

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This week’s “wouldn’t it be loverly” is green for St. Patrick’s Day. There are no plans for going out tonight. Call me lame but I hate crowds, I can’t drink beer and drunk people spilling green beer on you got old very fast. So instead I will be in the comfort of my own home, avoiding the roads, studying, cooking a healthier version of Shepherd’s Pie and watching a marathon of The Glades (my new TV obsession – thank you, Amazon Prime). If you’re going out tonight – be safe and don’t drink and drive! xoxo

  1. tassles
  2. canoes
  3. colored pencils
  4. bike
  5. thread
  6. yummy greens

howaboutwe: vodka tasting at Silo Vodka Bar

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You have no idea how stinkin’ excited I was once I heard Howaboutwe FINALLY came to Los Angeles! I joined a few months ago when they finally arrived in LA but due to finances (those darn pesky finances!), life, etc. Last week I took the date planning into my own hands and wanted to surprise Bubba with something he’d enjoy. Out of all the dates they had listed for a bit now, the only one that kept sticking in my head was Vodka Tasting at Silo in Downtown Los Angeles. Howaboutwe offered Vodka tasting for 2 at Silo Vodka Bar downtown. You got to sample 3 vodkas, have a complimentary glass of champagne and an appetizer of sliders. It sounded perfect! 

We were running a few minutes late and when we tried to call to let them know were minutes away, the phone number listed for Silo was disconnected. When we arrived it seemed like nobody knew what was going on which was kind of disappointing. When we escorted into the vodka freezer our waitress was so cold that she rushed us in there and rushed us out. The complimentary glass of champagne was decent but the sliders were AMAZING. The bathrooms weren’t in the best shape which is kinda disappointing considering it was really slow. The only vodka that I enjoyed was the cucumber infused one. To be honest, I was a little hurt that the vodka bar wasn’t a hit but it was fun to do something different. It was definitely an experience! 

I’m already planning our next howaboutwe date! Happy Monday, kids! xoxo

wouldn’t it be loverly

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There’s a part of me that yearns to live on a farm. I’m not sure how well it would logically work out but I picture it being a modern meets kinda rustic farmhouse. I’d have a bunch of littles running around. Being able to have fresh eggs, grow your own veggies, etc. It just sounds lovely. Above are some lovely photos I recently came across that help with that daydream of mine.

  1. rooster
  2. dreamy farmhouse
  3. lamb
  4. pretty interior 
  5. piglet
  6. rusty horseshoes
  7. fresh eggies

take a gander: living room shelves

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My blog redesign is still happening but at a bit of slower pace. I was waiting for the redesign to happen before I shared new content but waiting stinks so here’s one of the new series I think will be fun.  I don’t know about you but I love looking at people’s homes and seeing not only how they decorate but silly stuff like what kind of groceries they keep or what cleaning supplies they use or what movies, music, books they like, etc. So I decided to do a once a month series where I show you all those weird things in our place. Recently, our living situation changed a bit and the best part about it was getting to get rid of my storage unit. My storage unit was filled with everything Charlie and I and I’m happy to unpack it.

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When you start living with someone it’s always an interesting task to combine your tastes, styles, etc. My boyfriend being the artist that he is has some uhhh interesting taste at times. I feel at home surrounded by photos, etc. I took over these shelves that Bubba built himself.

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While most of my photos and belongings take over the shelves, there’s still a lot of Bubba around. It’s also helpful that Bubba’s last name also ends in a “M” so I could use my letters that I got on sale at Anthro (he hates them) along with a majority of my “boho” inspired pieces.

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Even before we unpacked my storage we still had a lot of Charlie around the apartment. Bubba decided to put Charlie’s tball on the top shelf and kept adding to it. Bubba did a majority of it on his own but I added a photo that hung by Charlie’s crib and organized the periodic table of elements blocks. The bookshelf is still a work in progress and I’m pretty sure that this weekend I’ll wind up switching it all around. Hope you’re all having a fantastic week! xoxo