The Nourishing Bowl

I have been making this bowl like crazy lately! It's simple, delicious and nourishing.

Here is my tip: Prep the ingredients on a Sunday and make enough to last 3 days of lunches during the week.

The Nourishing Bowl

Ingredients:

Quinoa
Kale
Watermelon Radish
Chicken
Turmeric
Sea Salt
Pepper
Chicken Broth
Trader Joe's Green Goddess Dressing
Optional toppings: Avocado, sprouts, and hempseeds

Directions:

Cook the quinoa as directed on the package.

Meanwhile pan grill chicken (or purchase a rotisserie chicken).

Then, saute kale in a little chicken broth, sea salt and turmeric.

Wash and slice the radish.

Once everything is cooked, prep bowl with ingredients and top with the green dressing.

*pre-make 1-2 other bowls in tupperware but don't add the dressing until you eat them.


ENJOY! x

My Six Favorite Dinner Party Themes

photo by: alicia lund

I am the biggest sucker for a good dinner party with friends or family. Having guests over for dinner is something that I enjoy more than anything, but I also know it's not everyone's favorite. I have friends that have a nervous breakdown at the thought of having to throw a dinner party at their house. So, hopefully these ideas will help inspire you for your next party! Sometimes the less extravagant, the better.

1. Around the World Potluck: Hate cooking? Go potluck style! This is such a fun way to let everyone bring their favorite dish (my go-to is Shepherd's Pie thanks to my English heritage). Just make sure to divy it up: salads, appetizers, entrees, dessert.

Playlist options: Jazz or bossa nova

2. Taco Bar: This is my go-to! It's affordable if you are the full host and EVERYONE can eat. I also love this idea because you have healthier options. I always chop extra lettuce for those that want to make a salad, and also do a side of tempeh and extra avo for those that are vegan or dairy-free.

Playlist options: Buena Vista Social Club or Stan Getz station 

3. Pizza Night (perfect for kids): This is another one we do often. I head to Trader Joes and load up on gluten-free flatbread, pizza dough and all other yummy toppings. We usually break the dough up in smaller rounds so everyone can make a personalized pizza. You can never go wrong with pizza, right?

Playlist options: My Good Times playlist

Couples Getaway: Cannon Beach, OR


When the forecast was showing 68 degrees and clear skies on the coast, Tyson and I changed all of our plans and booked a hotel.

Everyone has a specific Oregon beachtown that they love, but to me, you just can't beat Cannon Beach. It's quaint, quiet and clean and has so much beach to play around on.

This was the first time we've done the beach together without Parker. While I definitely had my moments of wishing Parker was there with us, playing around in the sand, it was such a great, quick getaway as a couple. And... so needed.

Natural Beauty Favorites


Happy Sunday!

Today I'm sharing some of my favorite natural beauty products with you. I've spent A LOT of money trying products out over the last two years, and while I've been disappointed in many, there are quite a few that I just can't go without.

As some of you know, switching over my old products to natural/non-toxic products has been quite the journey. I'll be honest... I don't know if I will ever be 100% on the natural train. I mean, never say never, but there are just certain things I think I just really prefer, like fragrance perfume or self-tanner instead of sunbathing. But, I am trying. Trying to be more mindful of where my products are from, trying to make sure to stay away from these ingredients, and taking into consideration the environmental impact of the things I use and purchase.

What I can say lately though is, I'm impressed! I feel like there are so many effective natural products now and it it so exciting when I find one I really love.

So, let's dive into the ones I have been loving:

Favorite full skincare line: Epicuren 
This is hands down my favorite line. It's not organic, but it's a line where science meets nature and I have never loved products more than theirs! This is a great one for all skin types.

Favorite mask: Origins Original Skin
This one is a MUST. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this mask because it feels like an all-in-one mask. Moisturizing, brightening, and pore refining.

Favorite body scrub: Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Polish
This one is well worth the money! A little goes a long way, and I love that it is drier than other scrubs so it really help exfoliate.

Favorite deodorant: Schmidt's Vanilla Rose Deodorant
This has been my favorite daily deodorant by far. I am obsessed with the scent! Some people I know prefer the jar version of this, so it's really just a matter of preference. Either way, this one has been a winner in my book.


Christmas in California



It's me!!! Gosh guys, I'm sorry I've been so MIA lately. I have been taking a lot of time off of social media and as much I miss writing and sharing life with everyone, it has been such a needed break. I honestly just felt like I had to get caught up on life. I have had so many things that I've needed and wanted to do, and I feel like unplugging gave me some time to finally do that.

Anyway, if you follow along on Instagram you probably noticed that we did Christmas in California this year. It was my first Christmas away from my family, which is funny because although I'm from San Diego, my sister and parents are all up in Portland now. Tyson has family down in Temecula though, so that is where we were for the holiday.

We did all my favorite California things on this trip:

Disneyland
Beach
Mexican food
A night at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Golden Spoon on the regular
In-N-Out as much as possible
Ice skating outside
Wine tasting
Shopping
Sunbathing