Friday, May 31, 2013

5 Joie De Vivre {Simple Joys In Life}

 Five joie de vivre from my past week. 
These are some things that make me smile...
 
{Dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Mmmm}

{Flowers in the house}

{Ok...this may seem like a weird thing to be excited over, but it smells SO good! I love cleaning the house just so it can smell like fresh grapefruit! And a plus -- it's all natural, non-toxic and plant based}

{My new peppermint plant from mom <3}
 

{I found these cute ceramic fortune cookies that hold notes/name cards. I wrote a message to my love while we dined on spicy Shin Bowls}
 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Words of Wisdom


Picture: Via Life is Beautiful

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Birthday Fun

This past month or so we have had birthdays galore...including a surprise birthday party that Danny and my friends gave me. Here are some pics from my April birthday and the backyard BBQ we had for our friends Dany and Alex. And my wonderful husbands B-day is on June 1th! Yay! So many birthdays! P.S. I feel like I am confusing you with all the Dan's in my life. Danny/Daniel (I call him both)=Husband, Dany (with one n)= our way cool friend. Here are some pictures from our recent festivities.

 
 {Make a wish and blow out your candles! Dany and Alexander}

{Happy birthday to me!}

 
{Our backyard bbq birthday party}
 
 
 
{My surprise birthday party!}
 

{Cheers!}

 
{Jelly bean champagne...why not?}
 

  
 


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Flavored Milk Straws

I found the coolest flavored milk straws the other day and they are kid approved too (I had my nanny baby try one and she loved it). 

 How they work:
* Step 1 - Dip your straw into a glass of plain milk. (Do not cut the straws)
* Step 2 - Take a long sip
* Step 3 - Powerful flavor beads magically transform your milk into a delicious treat

 Fun facts that make you love them even more!
* No Artificial Colors
* No Preservatives
* No Artificial Flavors
* Gluten Free

Flavors:
* Banana
* Orange Cream
* Wild Berry
* Chocolate Peanut Butter
* Strawberry Banana
* Vanilla Milkshake
* Strawberry
*cookies and cream 
 
These are so much fun! Where were these when I was a kid? Ok so I'm not going to lie...I picked the pack up for myself.              
 



 




Friday, May 17, 2013

5 Joie De Vivre {Simple Joys In Life}


Joie De Vivre. 
The simple joys in  life that I am thankful for.
The things that make me smile.
 
{Passion fruit chocolate caramels}
 
{Fresh pink tulips and a travel magazine on our coffee table!}
 
{Striped paper straws}
 
{Almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts...my attempt at healthy snacking on the go}
 
{A fresh bowl of fruit. Pears, grapefruit, guavas, apricots, tangerines, bananas and avocados}


Blackberry, Honeydew, Guava & Strawberry Smoothie Topped with Cocoa Cashew Milk

 
Blackberry, honeydew, guava, strawberry smoothie topped with cocoa cashew milk. The best of both worlds -- fruit and chocolate!
 
Ingredients:
5 black berries
5 1-inch cubes of honeydew
4 guavas
5 strawberries
5 ice cubes
 
{Blend in a blender and pour through a mesh strainer}
 
Top with Sambazon's Cocoa Cashew Milk
or you can make your own.
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 pitted raw dates
1/4 cacao powder
4 cups of water
{Blend in a blender and strain}
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Secret Squirrel Cold Brew Coffee

 
So I have a new obsession. Secret Squirrel Cold Brew Coffee. I originally got my Mom a bottle of it for Mother's Day because she is a coffee connoisseur and I heard good things about it. She also owns a candy jar with a little squirrel perched on top  (she calls it the secret squirrel jar), so I thought it would be the perfect gift. Any who...I order it from Los Angeles and it arrived a few days later. We had a cup during our Mother's Day brunch and we're hooked! She wants to order 8 cases!
 
 
"The easiest way to a perfect glass of iced coffee." - BlackBoard Eats
 
"It’s smooth – very smooth – and chocolaty." - Snob Coffery
 
"This has to be one of the cleanest tasting cold brew concentrates I have ever tasted." - The Coffee Adventures
 
"The smoothest, most delectable cup of amazing coffee." - Jenna - Yelp Reviewer
 
 


 Here are some recipes from Secret Squirrel admirers. 

Faux Low Cal Latte

  • 4oz of coffee, 
  • 8 oz water, 
  • 1 oz 1% milk
  • splash of half-n-half for a little creamier taste. 
  • A little agave for sweetness 
  • Add ice
Submitted by Stacy

Iced Cubano

  • 1 shot Secret Squirrel
  • 2 shots half & half
  • 1 tsp sugar diluted with 1 shot water
  • Mix, top with ice and sprinkle dash of cinnamon
Submitted by Tsz

Iced Vanilla Squirrel

  • 1 shot Secret Squirrel

  • 8 oz vanilla soy milk

  • Agave or maple syrup
  • Add ice
Submitted by Kathy
 

 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Birchbox Monthly High-end Beauty and Lifestyle Samples

One of my friends gave me an awesome subscription to Birchbox for my birthday. This company will send you a box of high-end beauty and lifestyle samples each month. So cool huh? You get to try-out all those expensive products for a fraction of their price! The only bummer is you have to be invited to the program...but lucky for you guys I have a code!
Click ---> My Invite To Birchbox and sign-up for however long you want (1-12 months of goodies)! Each monthly box is $10 and every two friends that you refer with your code is a free box! Yay! So be sure to share your invite code with your friends...just as I am with you. What a fun treat!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

 
You know the things that really matter...caring for others, being there when it counts and guiding with your heart. That's why you are the greatest mother and a beautiful person. I love you mama. Thank you for all the love and support.
 
 
{My beautiful Mother-in-law and Mama}
 

{Crème Brulee French Toast}








Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hue Design Challenge

Hello lovelies, I entered a "Hue Design Challenge" on Pinterest for Grandin Road. I actually made it to the top 10 finalists! Yay! I need your help to win. Click here to vote for me. Thanks guys, You're the best!

You can vote once everyday until May 8th 2013!