Friday, July 3, 2015

grilled chicken and peaches

you guys. i have a problem. 
at my recent physical the doctor tells me my blood came back 
too high in iron that she wants me to stop taking my supplements. 
supplements??! look at me - i don't take supplements! LOL!

so, what do i do? 
i read everything i can find on the internet about this new found health problem i have. 
do you know what foods are high in iron? spinach, kale, chickpeas, broccoli, nuts, red meat...
needless to say, this is really cramping my style. 
the silver lining? i am learning lots about the food you put in your body.

this is a recent simple favorite. 
and the best thing i've made from the simply real health cookbook
great for a last minute 4th of july BBQ

serves 4

4 chicken breasts
2 peaches, semi-firm, cut in half
4 tablespoons maple syrup
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon hot sauce (or more to your liking)
i thought 1 tablespoon was perfect
1/2 teaspoon sea salt and pepper


`1. mix marinade ingredients together in a shallow baking dish.
place chicken and peaches the dish and marinade for up to 24 hours before grilling.

like most marinades - the longer the better.

2. grill, pan fry, or bake at 375 degrees approximately 10-15 minutes 
or until chicken is cooked through. 

we made ours on the BBQ and it was delicious. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

US Open

two weeks ago, ben and i had the privilege to attend the US Open 
with family and friends at chambers bay golf course just south of seattle. 
it was unlike any sporting event i've ever attended, and truly a once in a lifetime experience.

i was enamored with the only tree on the course

hole 18

loved the sweeping views and beautiful weather

following the leaders (jordan and dustin)

caught having a hot dog and beer for lunch at the 18th hole

finding our way around

the fam

being silly with the sis

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

lipstick picks!

today i thought i'd do a round-up of my favorite lip sticks, glosses, balms, etc.

over the years i've definitely leaned more and more towards the look of a lip tint or stain, and yet still come back to old favorites - the glosses and chapsticks that keep your lips in top condition.

1. revlon, just bitten (liptstain + balm) color: victorian 055
this is an old fave. one side has a lip stain that looks like a little marker and the other just a clear lip balm. they are perfect to use together or alone. great color, and one that lasts all night. also cheap and something you can find at the drugstore.

2. mac, sheen supreme lipglass tint color: glorious intent
when i was prepping for my wedding, my make-up artist had me buy this lipgloss. even through we didn't end up using it for the day of my wedding, i still became obsessed with this product and was so glad she introduced me to it! it's got great shine and a color that shows up a bit lighter than it looks!

3. tarte, lip surgent (matte lip tint) color: hope
this is on regular rotation in my make-up bag. it looks like a large crayon and give great matte color. it stays put, especially when you don't use a gloss over it! want this in every color!!

4. l'oreal, color rich (wet shine strain) color: rose on and on
this is the color i wore on my wedding day. i love it so much that i've used it ever since. the tube and applicator seem a bit outdated, but i love the color and the price regardless!

5. bareMinerals, pop of passion color: punch pop
this was an impulse purchase from ulta a few months back, but i'm loving how bright and shiny this lip gloss is. it looks like a lipstick but adds such a bright shiny pop of color it's more like a lip gloss. kind of like that 'i just ate a strawberry popsicle look'. loving this and also wanting a handful of other colors.

6. tarte, butter lipstick color: pink peony
besides having the cutest lipstick tubes around, i'm also enjoying turning to a more classic lipstick every once in a while in a subtle peachy rose color. want more of these just because they are adorable!

7. neutrogena, moisture shine lip soother color: glaze 60. SPF 20
another classic. i swear i have one of these in the bottom of every single one of my purses. just a great, cheap go-to. plus, i love that it gives a cooling sensation on your lips AND has SPF!

8. aquaphor, lip repair
i keep this on my bedside table and hardly go a day without slathering it on my lips. as far as lip repair balms go - this is my favorite. it's flavorless, fragrance free, and doesn't feel too sticky. i also love that i don't have to use my fingers to apply it. i always throw this in my bag for a day of adventures (think hiking, boating, golfing, etc.)

9. maybelline baby lips color: 05 quenched. SPF 20
favorite basic chapstick on the market. love the the smell and the feel of how easy this glides on. they have tinted versions as well, but i always come back to the original! also have one of these in every bag!

10. lip smacker. color: cotton candy
don't judge! there's just something about these that make me so nostalgic! i love vanilla, cotton candy and strawberry. i don't readily admit i carry these, but they're great to have around as back-ups.

11. eos, smooth sphere lip balm
i must have one of these in every color (although my favorites are green, light blue and purple). i love that these are easy to find in a big back (thanks to the ball shape) and the best part? ben will use this too! costco frequently has packs with every color.

12. blistex DCT lip protectant/daily conditioning treatment SPF 20
this is my other favorite repair treatment. this one smells more like a medicated balm, but gives great shine, and that feeling like your lips are really being healed and repaired! also great for a day outside, with the extra SPF protection.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

a year ago today...

a year ago today started like any other day. 
we were on vacation in black butte ranch with 10 of our favorite friends... 
a tradition that's been going on for years. 

we laid by the pool all day, paddle boarding, playing lawn games, and drinking mexiprize
by evening roughly half of our friends had left, and just ben, myself, 
two of my best girlfriends, their husbands and a baby remained. 

when we were wrapping up at the end of our pool day, 
it seemed like everyone wanted to go grab happy hour at aspen lounge. 
so we head back to the house, and i quickly change my clothes (really just to get out of wet bathing suit). then i realize everyone is showering, blow-drying their hair, putting on make-up, etc. 
let's be honest - i'm not really the type to blow-dry my hair on vacation - especially this type of vacation! you'll be lucky to see me in an outfit that isn't workout clothes or a bathing suit cover-up! 

anyway, once i realize i'm the odd man out, i decide to take a shower. LOL! 
then, once again (because i'm lazy), i go downstairs with wet hair, thinking i'm all ready to go. 
it's then that ben tells me that i 'definitely have time to go blow dry my hair' 
(which truly becomes the funniest part of this whole story!) 
he later tells me i would have hated to have pictures taken of us when i looked like a hot mess. HA!

finally, we all get out the door (in 3 separate cars, to drive just 5 minutes across the ranch). 
when we arrive, ben and i somehow have beat everyone by 5 minutes. 
(not saying it was weird then - but obviously looking back, something was up!)

we decided to 'wait for our friends' out on the lawn, 
overlooking one of my all time favorite views. 
ben starts getting a bit mushy (which isn't totally like him), 
and then i'm distracted by a field full of birds 
(yes, i run around chasing them. yes, it's caught on camera below).

we end up walking down to the lake, ben gets down on one knee, and proposes. 
i was beyond excited, and beyond surprised.

video footage (and commentary - LOL) taken by our good friends below:

it was so fun having our friends their to celebrate with us, and little did i know - we still 
weren't going to happy hour, but instead had a perfect picnic planned around the corner.

sitting here writing this a year later, looking out over that very spot ben proposed, 
my heart overflows with joy and thankfulness. ben, thank you for being my greatest encourager, lover, friend and adventure partner. life with you is better than i even could have imagined!

Monday, June 29, 2015

monday morning mashup

1. inspiration for your 4th of july picnic
2. an adorable outdoor play area
3. digging cowhide rugs right now
4. the perfect packing guide for any trip
5. who wants a tipsy peach pop?
7. TED talks to inspire your work life
8. loving the creativity behind JB's new music video
9. have you ever even heard of a leap second??
10. obsessed with my friend's bernese puppy right now

Friday, June 26, 2015

black cherry refresher

today i am heading to one of my favorite places on the planet. black butte ranch!
ben and i are going to be adventuring for the next 10 days or so in central oregon,
hiking, golfing, biking, lounging, having pool parties, playing cribbage, etc.

i made this big batch cocktail the last time we had people over.
i usually get nervous serving something for the first time with guests,
but this was simple, delicious and an absolute hit. 
i had to make a second batch on the spot!

serves four

12 cherries, pitted
roughly 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
1 cup gin
1/4 cup st germain edlerflower liqueur
1 cup cherry juice
roughly 1 cup sparkling water
lime wedges for garnish


1.  in the bottom of a glass pitcher, using a muddler, muddle cherries and mint 
together until the mint is crushed and the cherries release some of the their juice.

2. add gin, elderflower liqueur and cherry juice and stir to combine.

3. to serve, fill 6 highball glasses with ice, divide cherry mixture evenly among the glasses 
and top each with desired amount of sparkling water. garnish each glass with a lime wedge.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

DIY: sunglass pinboard

i have this problem where i lose and break sunglasses all the time. just the moment 
i decide to finally invest in a nice pair, i lose them, forcing me to go back to my $10 ones!

for those of you who have this same problem, i have found a solution that will help (at least a little)!

a do-it-yourself sunglass pinboard. for keeping your sunnies safe and sound and all in one place.

total time: 10-15 minutes

what you'll need
pinboard, any size or style
pretty paper (if desired)
there are great options at paper source
pushpins (cute or simple will work)
your collection of sunglasses


1. first, assemble all the supplies you'll need.

2. lay out your sunglasses on the pinboard to get a feel for how they'll all fit.
for example, do you want the pinboard to sit horizontally or vertically?

3. measure out your cute paper (if using) and fit to the corkboard section of your board.
mine slipped right under the edge of frame, holding it in place.
if yours doesn't stay in place, no worries. the pins we'll put in later will help.

4. measure out your wire to stretch across your board, allowing 4-6" extra inches to work
with on either side. twist the wire around the push pin tightly and then trim off ends. 
measure it across the board again, in your desired location, and do the same for the second pushpin. stretch the wire across the board and secure the pins in place. you'll want the wire to be taut.

5. repeat step four until you have all the wires in place.
i laid out my sunglasses again after i had the first wire in place 
to be sure i had the right amount of room between my two wires.

6. feel free to put your sunnies in place while the corkboard 
is still laying flat and then move to desired location.

7. feel free to rotate out seasonally appropriate paper patterns 
or place pins replace sunnies with jewelry of all kinds.

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