Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Avocado Protein Toast Breakfast

Good morning! I am not a morning person but I am up at at it every morning walking my pups 3 miles before I go to hot yoga. Typically I do not like breakfast unless it's a donut. Obviously a donut a day does not keep the doctor away so I have taken to eating a high protein breakfast of eggs. Sometime just scrabbled but often times on a sandwich. 

My favorite sandwich is avocado on sprouted bread with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, pickled onions and a sprinkling of chia, sunflower and flax seeds. 

My husband prefers his a bit more plain with a fried egg, toast and avocado. You can also make hard boiled or poached eggs, and if your are a vegan or vegetarian you can skip the egg and add humus, or you can add chickpeas to the avocado and slather it on the toast and then add a sprinkling of nuts. 

Do you eat breakfast? Have you jumped on the avocado toast train? If so what is your favorite topping? And if not, what is your favorite breakfast, cereal with milk, oatmeal, eggs, bacon and toast or something sweet like a donut or a Pop Tart?

Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lollia by Margot Elena

Good morning! I am not really a make-up girl but I love perfume , hand lotion, sweet smelling soap and beautiful candles. And one of my favorite brands is Lollia by Margot Elena. I believe I first discovered it at the treasure trove of stores Anthropologie

Image Anthropologie

The perfumes are for the most part light, sweet, floral and long lasting, at least the ones that I like are. One of my favorites in Classic Petal and another is Cabbage Rose and Citrus which I do not believe they make anymore. I also like 19 Breathe, with peonies, white lilies and citrus.

If hand cream is your favorite they make those as well, most to compliment the perfume.

Soaps too! 

And last but not least fragrant candles to brighten a gloomy day or to just add a hint of refreshing scent to your bedroom, bath or wherever you burn it!

Are you a fan of Lollia? Do you have a favorite scent?

Set Here

I just purchased this set at a great price, for gift and I will let you know how it is.

Have a beautiful day. It is going to be a scorcher here, 103 with the heat index! I know that I said I was going to savor summer but I would savor it a little more if it wash;t so hot and sticky.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse Mania 2017

Good morning! Today is the day, #Eclipse2017, a once in a lifetime show in which  all of America will experience a solar eclipse. If you are in its path you will see a total solar eclipse(from Salem, OR to Charleston, SC), if you are outside of the path you will see a partial solar eclipse.  This is the first coast-to-coast full eclipse since 1918 so it is a big deal (99 years since the last one).

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In case you do not know what a solar eclipse is, it is when the moon passes between the Earth and sun and casts its shadow on the planet. Are you in the path of  the total eclipse? Do you have plans to stop and view it? 

"For those within this band, some pretty magical things will take place should the weather cooperate. During totality, planets and stars will suddenly appear in the sky, crickets may start chirping, and birds will fall silent. The sun's corona (which features average temps of 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit) will become visible, with tongues of fire potentially glimpsed at the edges."(Source Michael  D' Estries Mother Nature Network)

Image NASA

If you do not live where you can see the eclipse or do not feel like fighting the crowds, you can view it live HERE.

Make sure that if you are in the path of the eclipse that you take safety precautions, if you do not know how to safely view an eclipse please take a look at the NASA safety page

I hope that you have a fabulous day and good luck viewing the eclipse!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Busy Bee or Queen Bee

Bee Art

Good morning! I am fascinated by bee's, especially as the last few years they have been in the news a lot because of their declining numbers. In my area there has been a big push to educate people about bees and my local garden center has even been having bee talks to educate people on raising their own bees, and creating a bee friendly yard. 

Image the Salish Sea Cottage

This summer I have been following Pamela of Salish Sea Cottage on Instagram and the ups and downs of her bee keeping adventure. I am fascinated by her progress as I had heard about the same bee house that she has and thought of getting one myself. Thankfully I have seen first hand what goes into raising bees and have now decided to leave it up to someone that has more knowledge than I do. I think I will just stick to the bee plantings in my yard and the items in my house. 

Gold Bee

Wether you are a "busy bee" or a "Queen bee" here are some fun finds I discovered this week, including  accessoriesbath items, perfume and more. 

If you are looking for some arta bee feederguest towelspillows or even your own bee hive starter kit I found some of those as well.

For those of you who would like to know all about bee's and why they are so important to our future check out these TED Talks and for interesting facts about bee's, check out this article from National Geographic. And last but not least, you can check out the Honey Bee Health Coalition for the Bee Nutrition and Innovation Award of $40,000: Making a difference can start with one bold idea. The Honey Bee Health Coalition is looking for creative, practical soluitons to accelerate and pioneer the field of honey bee nutrition. We want to hear from folks within the community and newcomers to the bee world – no beekeeping or research experience required!

Have a happy and safe weekend!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Favorites from Closet Cooking, Joy the Baker, Nest by Tamara, Happy Nom Nom and More

Good morning. Another day another attack. It is so very sad that this is the new reality of the world. Growing up I remember hearing about these attacks in the Middle East(on one of 3 news stations) and being so afraid for the people who lived there. Nowadays, it seems as if there is something going on all of the time. If

Image Closet Cooking

While many have moved onto pumpkin spiced lattes I am still enjoying summer recipes, yesterday I had a delicious grilled burger and this weekend I have plans to make this Taco Lime Grilled Chicken from Closet Cooking. If you are not familiar with Kevins' blog check it out, he makes fabulous food and have beautiful photos. 

Greek Pasta Salad

I always enjoy a salad, and if it has a little pasta added to the the crisp vegetables, lettuce and the cheese than all of the better. This Greek Pasta Salad from Foodie Crush looks delicious. 

BLT Summer Rolls Image Here

Happa Nom Nom made these BLT Summer Rolls with Avacado Dipping Sauce and I think they would be perfect for a snack or a light dinner. 

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Is there anyone who doesn't like brownies? I love them and am always looking for new recipes. I think these Milk Chocolate Brownies with Ganache and Salted Caramel  from American Heritage Cooking look delicious, don't you?

Kids all over the country are going off to college this week. Here are some interesting facts about the "Ivy League Universities" from Nest By Tamara , in case you did not know them already. 

Smile: Its a Powerful Tool, interesting article about the power of a smile.

These are incredibly stressful times so here are 10 Small Ways to Be Happy from Joy the Baker.

If you are looking for some fun summer finds to use either this summer or next check out these colorful trays, towelsglasses and more. 

I hope that you have a happy, sunny weekend. Stay safe in the storms. 


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Just Curious...How Do You Deal with Stress?

Good morning! I hope that you are having a good week. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday. Between the crazy, non-stop bad news all over the world and things going on at home I am feeling a little, no make that a lot stressed this week. So I am curious, how do you deal with stress? Perhaps you have a few tips that I do not use that you would like to share?

I am not sure about you but when I am stressed I can usually find things during the day to occupy my time and distract me, but once the lights are out and I am left along with my thoughts my mind is like a whirly gig and I cannot turn it off. I will lay there for hours mulling over scenarios and solutions until I am so exhausted I finally fall asleep. Are you the same or does sleep off you solace from the stress?

Here are a 10 things that I try to do to cope with stress:

1. Take long walks
2. Take soothing baths 
3. Call and talk to a friend
4. Go to the library or the bookstore and relax 
5. Go to yoga class
6. Bake
7.Write in my journal 
8. Go to church
9. Pray
10. TRY to accept what I cannot change. This is the hardest for me. 

To be perfectly honest, sometimes these things work and sometimes they don't. Sometimes they work to help settle my mind for a little while and then sometimes not. 

I have been a worrier and a fixer my whole life and as I age I have been trying to let things go and realize that not everything is mine to fix or to solve.  Easier said than done but I am making progress. 

What about you? Are you a worrier? Do you have coping mechanisms for stress that work for you? 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Have a great day.

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