These are a few of my favorite things

Acaí berry bowls are at the top of the list of my favorite things.  Most people say “huh?” when I tell them about them.  They are fruit blended for a base, like a smoothie.  Then they are topped with fresh fruit, granola, honey…delicious!  There are 2 places close to me that make them.  But I make them regularly at home.  All you need are frozen acaí berries (they come in the freezer section).  Blend those with other fruit you like, strawberries, mangoes, blueberries, along with some liquid (juice or coconut milk).  Pour that mixture into a bowl. Top with your favorite things.  I usually do fresh fruit, granola, coconut and honey.  Try one, you’ll thank me!

Bowl of Heaven!

I have a bad habit of skipping lunch.  I get busy and by the time I think about eating, I’m starving and grab junk to eat.  My friend and I started making Bento Boxes for each other.  We take turns and alternate week-to-week.  One variety we made had apple cinnamon bread, a hardboiled egg, apples and peanut butter.  Another one was taco salad and salsa.  We also did beef and broccoli over rice.  Whatever we choose, it’s nice to have something prepared and it keeps me from eating junk.




I now have a new-found love for yoga, thanks to the best yoga instructor, Ginny Washburne.  Ginny is a great friend who convinced me to try yoga last year, for the first time.  I am hooked.  I was surprised at how much of a work out it is, and relaxing at the same time.  Sadly, she is moving away and I know I’ll never find anyone as good as her to teach me 😦

When it comes to make-up, I’m a minimalist.  I never spend a lot of time applying it.  Right now, my favorite eye shadow is Bare Minerals.  There are several fun colors and I love the shimmer that it has.  It is easy to dress up or down and super easy to apply

When I have the chance, I try to listen to podcasts- I like to think it makes me smarter.  Two of my favorites right now are The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey and Mom Struggling Well .  Both do a great job of interviewing people who are interesting and relevant.  They are great to pop on during a workout or housework and they make the time pass quickly while learning something.

Those are some of my favorite things right now.  I’d love to hear some of your faves!


Roadtrip to Ripon

For spring break this year, my friend Tatiana and I decided to take a road trip and visit our dear friend Kathy.  Shortly after we moved here, Kathy was the first friend I made in SoCal and she made this place feel like home.  She immediately invited me to a Moms in Prayer group she hosted and was very instrumental in helping me feel settled.  Kathy, Tatiana and I all have boys named Levi,  who are the same age.  We quickly grew close and were soon known as the Levi Moms.  Sadly for us, last summer, she moved up to Northern California, back to her hometown to be closer to family.  We decided to use our time off school as a chance to visit her.  We were amazed how well our 4 kids did on the 6 hour ride up there.

Kathy was the queen of hospitality and welcomed us into her home.  She had an amazing dinner waiting for us when we arrived.

Dinner fun!

We all picked up right where we had left off.  The next day, after a delicious breakfast prepared by her husband, she had several fun things planned.  We took a hike along the river behind her house.  Next, she had arranged a babysitter to come for the afternoon and evening.  We were all giddy as we drove away after the sitter arrived.  We were free!

She took us to a neighboring town where we enjoyed cute wine tasting rooms, delicious restaurants and many antique shops.  We dove into deep conversation, laughed hard and ate well.  We arrived home to find her husband watching all 7 kids! The following day we embarked on a walk to a wild flower field and let the kids get their fill of nature.

After another fun lunch together, we reluctantly said goodbye. It was great to visit her, step into her new life, and hopefully encourage her.  I definitely walked away feeling encouraged and uplifted.  A sign of a good trip is feeling emotionally energized when you leave.  After another smooth car ride, we were back in Orange County.  The visit reminded us how much we miss Kathy and wish she lived closer.  But it also makes the time spent with her even sweeter.