Tuesday, June 30, 2015

tie die sunset...

we have been getting some beautiful sunsets lately!  here is one from last sunday.  the colors seem to blend into a beautiful tie die look.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

happy fathers day!

happy fathers to the greatest dad! not only are you hilarious, generous and extremely loving, but you are the rock of our family! love you so much, xoxo 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

turkey skillet...

i have been making a lot of chicken stir fry and instead of serving it with a large portion of rice, i will make a small portion (1/2 cup dry) and then mix it into my stir fry.  it's been coming out really tasty, but i decided to give it a mexican flare and came up with this turkey skillet.  it is really not a low carb dish, but there is not too much rice in it and it is still pretty healthy.


1 pound ground turkey
1/2 white onion diced
1 grated zucchini
1.5 cups of soycutash (in the frozen section of trader joes - mix of shelled endumame, corn and peppers)
1 can of black beans
1 packet of taco seasoning
1/2 cup rice
1/2 avocado per person for garnish
green onions for garnish

how to:

i start by cooking my onions and zucchini until transparent.  at this point i also start cooking the rice. then add my turkey meat.  once my meat is almost all cooked, i throw in all the remaining ingredients and mix well together.  once the rice is cooked throw it in there too and stir until thoroughly incorporated.  serve with a half an avocado and some green onion. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015


when you put it this way, it makes a whole lot of sense...take care of your body with nutrition and exercise!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

the perfect salad...

i love salads!  i eat them often and they don't have to be boring!  often times my friends or family will ask me to bring a salad for dinner parties because apparently "i make good ones"  :)  well...there is no secret, it's easy!  here is my go to formula for salads...

~i like to start with a dark green spring mix (the darker the leaf the more nutritional value)

~add a variety of crispy veggies (cucumber, carrots, celery, onion or tomato)

~add something sweet (dried cranberries, sliced apple, pear, strawberries or even blueberries)

~add crunch (seeds or nuts, i prefer almond slivers, sunflower seeds, pine nuts or wheat berries)

~add something creamy (avocado or cheese - or BOTH!  i like feta, parmesan or goat cheese)

~if this is an entree salad then i will add a form of protein (usually chicken or sliced turkey)

~make your own dressing!  it is so much better, i promise.  i have a variety of gourmet flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars and you mix them equal parts with salt and pepper to taste.  in a pinch my favorite bottled dressing is "girards" brand light champagne dressing.  it goes well on most salads. 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


one of the best parts about our mexico vacation was that we didn't bring our phones with us.  we occasionally checked our personal emails, but we didn't do any work, phone calls or texting.  sometimes it is nice to go off the grid and disconnect.  you don't have to go out of the country to do this, sometimes just making time to turn your computer and phone off for a day can help keep you present and in the moment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

memorial day weekend...

my in laws came to visit for a long holiday weekend.  as always, we had a great visit, here are some of the highlights from the weekend...

hike in palos verdes to check out tide pools

fiesta hermosa for shopping, food and music!
family dinner and surprise early birthday cake for bonnie

party at friends house - drinks, stories and sunset!
bonnie's birthday!  sunset drinks at tonys!

birthday continues at barneys beanery
last stop before chinese take out - the redondo beach arcade

Monday, June 1, 2015

monday motivation...

today starts the first day of a new month and it happens to fall on a monday!  what a better way to get serious and focus on YOU and your goals.