Sunday, August 17, 2014

La Brea Tar Pits

We went to the La Brea Tar Pits last week.This is such a great place to take the kids especially when you have boys! It is pretty amazing how the tar just seeps up off the ground and how many animals fossils have been found. The museum is short and sweet. I would love to just take my older son so we can really read everything and listen to the lectures but with my little ones it is pretty much impossible. They have a big walkway and grass area where the kids can run around. The boys got energy out which was nice because they passed out on the way home ;). I love the food trunks lined outside too. They have about 5 different trucks all different food so you pick whatever you like. I think we ate at 3 of them. Definitely recommend going here atleast once. It's amazing seeing the dinosaur bones, which the boys thought were amazing and it's educational at the same time.
I have been horrible with picture taken lately but I feel like I am enjoying life a little more and especially enjoying my vacation with my family and friends!

My loves below ♡


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Christine

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Wine and Dine

My sister and I went out the other night for a ladies night to a cute little place called The Cellar on Del Mar in San Clemente. Not only do I love this place for the wine and cheese plates but I absolutely love the live music. It was very relaxing and may I say it was kid free! We chatted for hours and drank wine. Definitely recommend going here. I love that you can dress casual but also dress up and still feel in place. I only recommend ordering your cheese plate before your wine so the cheese can reach room temperature. It taste much better with the wine. Some pictures ;)


My sister! Don't forget to check her clothing shop out located in San Clemente Em and Tess

My Outfit. One of my favorite shoes. They are half off now but only available in brown.

You can see another way I wore them here

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Christine

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Grand Theft Thrift

Excuse me for not posting so much but I am on vacation in California with my family and friends and of course are having a blast. I am actually fishing right now with my nephew and two of my boys in the lovely Dana Point harbor. I must say being away from the humidity in NC is nice but I do miss the warm water! Can't have it all I suppose!

You all know I am a thrift store junkie. Everything below was thrifted except the seven jeans. I am picking my moms plumeria tree to death. Sorry Mom! I just love smelling the flower throughout the day. It is the most amazing smell!


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Christine

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kit Kat Cake

How cute is this cake?!! My neice and I made this the other day and I must say this is the easiest cutest cake to make. It has become a tradition for us to bake together. I love baking with the kids. Something fun and easy to do together. If your not much of a baker and need something easy or your just beginning to bake this is a great starter cake. We got a cake recipe from All Recipes but you can get any recipe for a round cake. It is two layers of vanilla cake and frosting then kit kats on the side and m&ms in the middle. I had to cut the kit kats about a quarter off so they weren't too tall or you can make an extra layer of cake and not cut the kit kats.  Then a cute bow tie around the cake. You can also put different fillings for the m&ms. Strawberries, blueberries or even cadbury eggs for Easter would be cute too.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hippie Headband

I love this headband from Rishshells! She has a great store and I am loving a ton of her pieces lately. All her jewelry is handmade which makes it made very well. You can really tell in her jewerly she does a good job making them, even with her packaging she sends is packaged well. It is not just thrown in a bag. She wraps it very nicely. The headband is made out of braided suede and is adjustable which I love because it doesn't slide everywhere like the other headpieces I have. This is a great piece to add a little boho or hippie vibe to an outfit. You can also wear it as a bracelet too! I need to buy some bells to wear with this piece!
Hope you all are having a great week. I am in California visiting family and friends and having a blast. I love that I don't have a huge house to clean for a while! ;)



You might have seen me post one of Rishells cell phone bling on instagram last week also. How cute is this. These are custom made also. You can pick any kind of charm and any color tassel!



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Christine

Friday, July 11, 2014

Crochet and Lace Cardigan

I had a few request asking where I bought my crochet cardigan I posted a while back. The cardigan was bought local so I found some online I wanted to share with you. You know I LOVE crochet and lace. They are my absolute favorite clothing item to wear. I really love cardigans because they can make a simple tank and jeans look amazing. They can be use as a bathing suit cover up or even a night gown. I really love them also because they are so light and airy. Great for the summer. Below are some I found I really like.My absolute favorite is the one by Anna Sui (second row, right side)




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Monday, July 7, 2014

Stuffed Acorn Squash

I made this for dinner last night and I loved it. Definitely hit the spot! The acorn squash I picked from my yard so it made it that much better knowing I grew it. I am going to start writing about the health benefits of what I am cooking. It will help myself refresh on the nutrition value and hopefully it can help you too. As much as I try to eat healthy it is still always hard for me to get enough of a certain nutrient in everyday. I do take a multivitamin but I always try to get the nutrients in naturally, if I don't then I'll take a multi vitamin. If your wondering how I keep track of my nutrients everyday, I use Fitness Pal app. You type in your food through out the day and can check how many calories and what percentage of nutrients you are getting. I don't do it everyday but a few times a week just to stay on track.

Acorn Squash Benefits-
-High in vitamin A and C
-13% of recommended daily allowance of potassium
-11% of magesium
-5 grams of dietary fiber per 1/2 cup
High amount of the antioxidant beta carotene

RECIPE

Ingredients:
1 Acorn squash

2 cloves mince garlic
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup each:
Ground beef-grass feed is always best
Yellow Bell Pepper chopped
Onion chopped
Black Beans cooked
Broccoli frozen or raw cut in pieces

Grated Romano and Asiago Cheese
Fresh Basil

Cut squash in half and discard the seeds. Place face down in an oven proof dish. Fill with half inch of water.Cook 40 minutes or until tender. While the squash is cooking brown beef and drain fat. I drain it in a strainer to get as much fat out as possible.  Add olive oil to pan til hot. Add garlic then yellow pepper, onion, black beans and broccoli. Heat just until warm. You can add some salt and pepper here. I used some pink Himalayan salt. When the squash is done stuff them with the stuffing. Top with cheeses. Broil until brown. Serve with fresh basil on top.