lately i’ve been…(xiii)

making veggie burgers…totally unlike me as I really enjoy the real deal but I had some leftover lentils in the freezer and just took it from there. I accidentally made it into hummus. So I added more beans. Then I added brown rice. Then it was just right, though crumbly. And good! (Lentils + 1 egg + celery + onion + white beans + brown rice + spices)

eating doro wat. Go make this Ethiopian Chicken Stew, it is amazing!

reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette and Beautiful Ruins (and others that weren’t as good)

loving bananas. I go through weird phases because sometimes I feel sick after eating them but lately I can’t get enough of them with some peanut or almond butter.

yeah monning in Jamaica. SO fun!

eating WAY too much dairy. It’s a slippery slope. I try to limit it to a few servings a day but it’s been out of control lately.

eating an amazing burger at Plan Check. Dare I say it is my new favorite? (That is ketchup leather!)

desperately wanting the new “magic denim” from Madewell. I need.

craving fall food. I’m so over the summer.


needing to make Chipotle at home…

traveling to Wisconsin and Minnesota for The Great Baby Tour II and to visit my family (twice in two weeks!). I also got to see our godson again (I’m majorly obsessed) and have dinner with the girls at Tilia.

enjoying my Dad’s garden each time I go home. I went and picked vegetables for about an hour last time I visited. Three words: hot, bugs, jealous.

What have you been up to lately? 

lately i’vebeen(xii)

sailing in San Diego. Can I live on a boat?

checking out some live music (in 90* heat) in Pasadena for a Music Festival – we saw Yacht (they opened for Postal Service at the show in Vegas but we missed them) and Robert DeLong.

loving working happy hours at Malibu Fish & Grill.

so ridiculously obsessed with our newish nutri bullet. Have you watched the infomercial? Yes, I will admit to being a bit of an infomercial-addict but this blender is pretty great. We’ve been having green “juices” (with all the fiber) every morning.

working on this learnist board:

loving this simple breakfast: greek yogurt (preferably banana chobani) + drizzle of peanut butter

learning that all you need for a solo weekend is a wedge of brie, a few ounces of prosciutto, a bottle (or more?!) of wine and some trashy tv. (Magic Mike anyone?)

the best girls nights end with cupcakes.

trying out lobster rolls from Cousins Maine Lobster truck. And lobster ice cream! (The lobster roll was amazing, the ice cream I wouldn’t get again.)

getting two full boxes of amazing books from a friend. Must get reading!

having three picnics in three days when a friend was in town. I’m close to picnic-pro.

getting my fall newsletter to the printer at work – such a good feeling!

and finally, ordering barre3‘s ’28 to great’ workout bundle. They let me try the online workouts and I’ve enjoyed them so much I thought it would be worth buying the dvd’s – want to win a bundle for yourself?

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lately i’ve been… (xi)

reading The Girls Guide to Homelessness. Really good.

finally hiking up to the Hollywood sign!

eating out like 10 meals in a row. BAD!

walking home from work in flats. I made it about 3.25 miles and then I had to call Richie to pick me up.

getting into my annual spring/summer raw food grove with dinner at Cafe Gratitude with my fave LA Blogger, Lynn.

creating really fun infographics at work.

taking a road trip to Vegas. One of the joys of LA is the endless amounts of road trips. We used to drive 4 hours to Wisconsin. Now we have our pick of Vegas, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Palm Springs, Big Bear…ok, I’ll stop bragging.

reading Unorthodox. Also very good.

attending my first Social Media Club LA function.

spending the weekend in Napa for a Science and Culinary Retreat: Plant-Powered Eating: The Role of Peanuts in Healthy Diets, put on by The Peanut Institute. It also meant I got to spend the weekend hanging out with Mercedes and finally meet Lori! You can expect many peanuts in your future. :)

my Napa trip included cooking at the Culinary Institute of America (squeel!) AND meeting some really great people. Like Alyssa. <– Really fun blog.

trying out Bludso’s (BBQ joint in LA) – it was wonderful.

trying out The Scientific 7-Minute Workout. Have you heard about it? I tried it on Saturday (2 times through) and am still sore. 

eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for breakfast – OBSESSED! (see peanuts, above)

 What’s going on with you? 

lately i’ve been…(x)

moving. Just to a different (and better) unit in our building, so not terrible but still a pain. I want to buy a house.

drinking a glass of warm lemon water each morning. Read more about this Aruvedyic practice on my learnist board.

pre-ordering Gwyneth Paltrow’s new book, It’s All Good – can’t wait for this one.

visiting our family and friends in Wisconsin and Minnesota. We met 4 babies, saw 3 little ones, and a whole lot of friends. It was non-stop!

spending my thirtieth birthday with a wellness shot (lemon, ginger, oil of oregano, garlic extract and cayenne), green juice and a bowl of pho. (We both caught colds on our trip.)

running. And dare I say kind of enjoying it?! Getting ready for 8 miles this weekend!

picking up a bad shellac manicure habit. But it’s so nice to not have to paint my nails all the time…

celebrating my birthday for real at AOC with Richie and then at the horse track with my cousins – so fun! (AOC had a focaccia topped with young broccoli, cipollinis, burrata and bagna cauda that was RIDICULOUS. I can’t stop thinking about it.)

really needing some yoga in my life. Please motivate me.

What’s going on with you?