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Drinkin’ Kirin while makin’ sushi

In At home cooking, blogger fun, clean food, Dinner dates, friends, Reviews, Sponsored, Uncategorized On April 14, 2014 1 Comment

Hi lovely babes!!! Hope you all enjoyed and tried making those Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Steaks from the last post!!!

Today, I’ve got a particularly special post for y’all;) As you know, entertaining is totally my happy place, so I was ecstatic when Kirin Ichiban & I paired up to host a little get together while enjoying some Kirin Ichiban & Kirin Light beers, as well as some homemade Japanese recipes!
Check this out!
(I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Kirin. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.)

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First of all, before I share a little background of these awesome beers… …Can I just say one freakin thang!?

Kirin Light offers full flavor and authentic Japanese-style beer with just 95 calories!!!

95 CALORIES! And it’s sooooo TASTY and pairs fantastic with healthier, lighter dishes.
Also for those who aren’t into light beers…also try

Kirin Ichiban which is a 100-percent malt, first-press beer with rich flavor, a smooth finish and clean aftertaste.
• Only uses the first strain of malt liquid, which means it’s truly beer at its purest.
• Pairs beautifully with traditional Japanese cuisine and modern Asian cuisine.

-Kirin Ichiban Frozen which is a draught beer topped with frozen Kirin Ichiban, using a proprietary process.
• It is an innovative way to enjoy Ichiban in Japan, and is now available in select U.S. locations.

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Japanese cuisine tends to be quite light, which is great for us skinny BETCHES;) lol no, but seriously. With a clean, light meal, along with a traditional Japanese beer, you can rest easy knowing that you haven’t broke the calorie bank. I mean… Unless you eat everything tempura. No thanks.

When I received my little Kirin care package, I noticed a little booklet with yummy recipes. I was pleased to see that Kirin has partnered with celebrity chef, Candice Kumai, to bring Japanese-style beer to the growing Asian cuisine movement.

Check out Kirin’s facebook for great recipes posted by Candice
The recipes did look amazing…but we were all dying to hit up Mitsuwa (Japanese market) and pick up some really great looking sushi and sashimi fish!
We went a little nuttzzoooo……

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I am a sushi fanatic!!!! Oh and making your own is soooo worth it! It’s definitely fun to do with friends. We were cracking up. Lol, and you for SURE can’t serve sushi without ice cold Japanese beer.

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Let me give you a little background on Kirin….
Kirin is known in Japan and all over the world as beer at its purest because of its first-press brewing process and clean taste.
• One of Japan’s oldest breweries, with a history dating back to 1888.

• Japanese custom requires never filling your own glass and never letting another’s glass get completely empty.

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• In Japan, when everyone is ready to drink, they salute by saying “kanpai.”
I just really love it. I ALWAYS order a Kirin light and a small cold sake (to share of course..)when it go out to my secret special sushi spots around town;)
With only 95 cals a bottle. Ummm.. I’ll take it. Thanks.

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We went full out restaurant style! Ahhhhh I’m so proud of my sushi skills y’all! Hot damn! Looks so prefeshhh, right!? Haha

But seriously…you need a super sharp knife. I was strugglin’ a bit.
We even picked up some yuzukosho, which is a Japanese citrus chili paste, and pairs delicious with sushi & sashimi.
At the table was also some, not so healthyspicy siracha mayo... Dassss right! Bomb.com.

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Kirin Ichiban is a 100-percent malt, first-press beer with rich flavor, a smooth finish and clean aftertaste.
• Only uses the first strain of malt liquid, which means it’s truly beer at its purest.
• Pairs beautifully with traditional Japanese cuisine and modern Asian cuisine.

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Check out the spread! That sushi is on point! We also chard some delicious Shishito peppers
Despite the word “pepper”, they are far from spicy. They are just right paired with this food and are super easy to prepare. A party fave no doubt.
You can find these super cheap as well.

Also at the table…some jumbo shrimp sautéed in teriyaki sauce and lots of garlic, as well as traditional salted edamame.

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Not gonna lie…this May or may not be my calling.

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Everyone was in awe of the yummy spread. We ate till we couldn’t move and polished off the beers. Haha. Oh..and the sake. I was not surprised to see that everyone loved Kirin. I knew they would. I loveeeeeeee it too!;)

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Anddddd. Then. I got sassy. ;).
Thank you to Kirin for hooking it up with my sweet care package to host the fab dinner! And thanks to my friends for enjoying and waiting to eat till 9:15 p.m. Lol.
Love y’all!

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<3
Paula
#sponsored

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How to gain 7 lbs in SAN FRAN & lose it with a juice cleanse. Check out my awesome weekend away full of DELICIOUS NON-DIET FOOD.

In blogger fun, cleanse, friends, life, Never perfect, Reviews, Sunday funday, vacation, Weekend Vac On March 26, 2014 1 Comment

You guys!!!!! Hiiiiii!!!!<3
Goood lordy I’ve been a bit MIA, I do apologize! Although I don’t have a recipe to share with y’all today, I DO have a fun post for you!;)
If you don’t already know, a couple of my best girlfriends live in the heart of beautiful San Francisco, and I was in dyer need of a mini vacation;)
So I arrived Friday early morning, by the way….SOOOO proud of myself for navigating my “awful sense of direction self ” though the BART system. phweeeeee! lol. Such a nervous dork….”um, excuse me sir…this way? Oh um, can you help me figure the ticket machine??” Bahahahaha wtf.

Anyway…. I made it alive and managed to walk…with my luggage…all the way from my stop, to my girlfriends house. That was my workout for the whole 4 days. Woops. ;)

Unfortunately this pic does not do this view justice. It looks gloomy out, but in reality it was sunny and high 60′s low 70′s the whole time. I am one lucky betch!

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Walking through the streets, yes…with my luggage (total tourist) a dropped everything to snap a pic of some gorgeous fresh flowers. Flowers are a weakness. Obsessed. So much variety, full of color, absolutely STUNNING!

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Omggggggg…now THAT’S a view babes! Over looking the bay on Telegraph Hill. My friends are blessed to wake up to this every morning. WOW.

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Cheers-ing to a fab day with a beautiful and crisp Rose by Donkey & Goat. Even if you think you are not a “rose” person, please give this a try. I soooooo enjoyed it!
Oh, and btw…since I became a total WINO, I joined delectable which is a super fun app for wine lovers. The fun part is, that you get to share and post reviews on all the wines you enjoy with friends! Look into it, it’s really cool!

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O, so this pic right here…prrrrrety much sums up all my faves at once. Well, I lied actually…that German Riesling (trader Joe’s ) not my fave…but otherwise, the view, the triple cream cheese, prosciutto, figs, and nuts…HOT DAMN! I swear I could eat that everyday. Every SINGLE FUCKIN DAY. oh…wait. I’m missing some dark chocolate. Lol

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OHHH yessss….and the drinking continues. (No shame)
On this particular night, we decided to cook at home. Very gourmet daaaaaalinggggg.
The cheese plate was our first course…. (In France..the cheese plate would actually be more for dessert paired perhaps with dessert wine) but here in the states….gimme that shit firrrrst! ;)

These delicious crostinis were course #2.
This is such a great idea for a dinner party.. Super easy and everyone loves them.plus a great way to add variety and make some vegetarian, vegan, are carnivore! Helllllllllo.

We’ve got here:

CHICKEN SAUSAGE/BRIE/CARAMELIZED ONION

TRADITIONAL BRUSCHETTA

PESTO/ PARMESAN

Paired with a bottle of Sorelle Bronca Prosecco. Super crisp and clean finish, with a very slight sweetness. Yummmmmmm

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Course #3:
Pear/ Gorgonzola salad with chopped pecans and a lemon vinaigrette.
Paired with: Manincor Réserve Della Contessa 2012. ( a delicious white blend of Pinot Bianco- Chardonnay- Sauvignon)

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Oh hunnnnY!!! Get ready for it……
Here’s comes the carb-o-load!
Mixed seafood linguini pasta with a cream sauce. I mean…….
Just STOP IT!
I honestly can’t remember the last time I had real pasta ( non miracle noodles. Lol) Maybe like…fuckin yearssss ago.
So worth it! Devoured 2 plates full.
And yes, we made it. Byeeeeeeee

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The “HOMEGIRLS” …”BESTIES” ….”RIDE OR DIE BETCHES”…”AMIGAS”

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A serious must while visiting San Francisco… Famous Irish coffees from The Buena Vista! it’s actually VERY hard to have just 1…. Just sayin.

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Shit! This is all merging together here… I don’t even remember where the hell we were in this pic….lol

Oh yes…some Chinese bar with pool tables and happy hour. My kinda spot. I think this was also before I fell asleep at the other bar.. Yep. I remember now.

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Up and at em’ early Sunday morning with a great walk along the water. Seriously… Look at this beautiful day!!

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Acting alllllll kinds of touristy through the Fisherman’s Warf.

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Oh look! What a surprise….. CARBS! this spot is the booooommmmbbbbb for DA NOOOOODLE HUNNNNNAYYYY!!! Chubby noodle in North beach is pretty much the shit.

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So I stuffed by biscuit ass into a mini black dress, and Nat & I hit the town! Woot woot!

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Had some great tapas at El Techo…oh…and that’s also a pitcher of grapefruit margarita… That May or may not have been the best idea.

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And this is when shit got weird….. Lol

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Headed to Nat’s favorite local bar and met up with some friends;) by last call…we almost got into a fight with the lady who wouldn’t let us use the pool table (cuz she kept winning, bitch) lol.
Caught an Uber , and stumbled are way up the stairs to her building.
LIGHTS OUT.

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Pretty safe to say…the next morning, was a bit rough. Lol. We had planned to go to a boot camp class at 9:30 am at the local StudioMix, but we decided that walking to breakfast would be a much better workout. Hangovers justify laziness.
But hey, at least we have our workout clothes on…..

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After breakfast, we walked, & WaLkEd..& WALKED! Up and down loadz of hills, of course feeling better after some food. Nat took me allllll over the city. No joke. We were feelin grrrrreat! So, it’s 5 o’clock somewhererreeee! Maybe it was time to try out some local brewskis! Lol

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Don’t judge us!
We stopped at Magnolia to try a super delicious Kalifornia Kölsch hand crafted and local beer. Not quite a shot glass, but not quite a pint. Just right.

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Oh yes, and the San Francisco FOOD TOUR continues…..
We HADto hit up TARTINE of course. This was our lunch spot. TARTINE is one of SF’s most well known restaurants. Mostly famous for this ridiculous bread pudding. Omgggggg. Gimme gimme moreeeee.
Here’s the problem…you walk up…you order…they hand you the dessert first, since it’s already prepared. Then, you go sit down with your number and wait for your actual lunch.
Well…..in the next shot you will see what we ordered. But in the meantime, let’s talk about HOW THE FUCK YOU’RE GONNA MAKE ME STARE AT MY DESSERT WHILE STARVING WITH NO LUNCH IN FRONT OF ME!!!

SO……we ate dessert before lunch. Bahahahahahaha.
We of course ordered the bread pudding, and I just HAD to try the lemon bar. I LOVE anything lemon. I had to.
So we both sat…moaned and ga-ga’d..(call it an orgasm) and devoured that shit. Wowowowowowow. It was so worth it, and people were staring. Then you see it…now you don’t.

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Lunch is served…. Holy grail of GRILLED CHEESE! The “cheese tasting” sandwich. 3 different melted cheeses inside a perfectly pressed and crusty panini. Served with a delicious pickled carrot, and a green salad. This is where I gained pound 5.

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We continued to walk and attempt to digest. This is what I appreciate most about this city. People are out..people walk everywhere..the art. Omg the STREET ART is just…OUT OF THIS WORLD. everywhere you look, vibrant splashes of color on the walls. Like real artists…not just all that gross tagging with sharpie shit you see all over LA.

where’s Waldo…?

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The day, unfortunately, was coming to an end. I had to be at the airport by six. Of course, our thoughts immediately went to, ” well, I mean…..we have to have a last meal!”

Jesus. Here it comes.

DELFINA. There are no words.
Appetizer….bomb mussels.

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Main course…. Broccoli Raab pizza.

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Dessert…. Almond brittle gelato & blood orange sorbet.
Seriously…just stop.

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Well. That was my idea of a fuckin vacation! I ate and drank through the damn city like a champ. Thank you to my beautiful friends who showed me such a wonderful time! Love u.
This is me….7 lbs heavier…happy as a clam…and ready to head home. Time to CLEANSE!!!! ;)

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Alright y’all. I’ve been home now 4 days, and wanted to wait to post this so that I could review this 3 day cleanse by Juice Crafters. First…I chose juice crafters cuz they were close to my house, but a lot of the cold pressed juice pleases have a cleanse of their own in which I’m sure, serve the same purpose and give similar results.
So here’s the deal. I was soooo ready for this. I’ve never been sooo excited to NOT eat, in my life. I needed to shrink that tummy back up. I’ve never been a “juice cleanse” type person, but I was ready to try something new.

I chose the #1 Master Cleanse

It’s a 3-day detox (no food) in which you receive 8 juices a day for three days. That’s right, clear your freakin fridge and make room. Each day you will consume the following:

Greenest #3 (the greenest of the day)
Cleaner #10 (lots of pineapple, apple, mint..bomb)
Rootier #6 ( beets, ginger, lemon,apple, & more)
Alkaline Tonic #13(cayenne, apple, lemon,ginger..zesty)
Cleaner #10(same)
Cleanse Guru #12 (cucumber, coconut,mint)
Almond Nut Milk #15 (heaven in your mouth)
+
Aloe Vera H2O ( Complimentary)

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It felt like a breeze! I felt amazing and light as a feather! I really thought I would be a shaky crabby bitch on this but frankly, I was never really hungry. Lol. Consuming 8 of these is actually very filling and a bit of a task to get them down every 2 hrs. They were DELICIOUS, but I mean…I wasn’t like, pounding them, you know?! So by the time I would finish one, it was time for another;) perf!

In fact, it went so well, that I added a 4th day! I know!
The only thing about this. Type of cleansing….I was always cold!! Lol
Oh, and I couldn’t do any strength training at the gym. Just did light cardio and walked a lot. Fine with me, I felt like a skinny bitch!

Today is my first day eating actual food.
I’m taking it slow and incorporating fresh fruits, veggies, avocado, a sweet potato, and 1 juice for today.
I’m really thinking about trying to become more PLANTPOWER lady. Lol. Time to cut out a lot of animal products. Maybe a figure out FINALLY what makes me so bloated. Perhaps dairy? Hmmm. This is gonna be an experiment.

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I’ve missed you! I hope you enjoyed my little vacation with me;) love uuuuuuuu,
P.

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How to throw a SAUSAGE MAKING party. That’s right……

In At home cooking, bbq, clean food, Dinner dates, friends, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On December 12, 2013 1 Comment

Hi lovely friends!
I’ve got a super special post for you!!! I know, you’re looking at the title, like WTF!??
Hahaha, well, it’s eggggggzactly what it seems. Sausage making like the pros! Ok, I can’t take credit for this but, I was a part of it & I think everyone must try to make their own sausage at least once in their @ife! seriously!!!! Why? Cuz it’s the bomb!!!!

My girlfriend Amal, (shaved head) recently moved to this beautiful home in Echo Park, and had renovated her backyard into a chefs dream!!! A beautiful outdoor kitchen, along with a cozy wood burning fireplace. All of us girls are big foodies and wanna be chefs, so we had been talking about getting together, but were waiting for the construction to finally be done!

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We have been wanting to have a sausage making party for like…..EVER!!!!!!So, finally the day came! We each picked up our own meat, and headed to Echo Park for the day. When I arrived with my bag full of goodies, I noticed Amal had set up the huge table full of every herb, every spice, and every sauce combo you could possible think to stuff with a sausage. Wow!

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It’s not a party without a bit of day drinkin:)

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I picked up a couple bottles of a light white wine as our aperitif.

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Soooo, I wasn’t thinking and when picking out what type of meat filling I wanted, and bought a bunch of chicken breast from Hardy’s meat market. Amazing, fresh chicken. Here’s the problem. YOU NEED FAT TO BIND THE MEAT!!!! there goes my attempt at making the healthiest sausage around! Such a dumb ass.

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I was determined though…..

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We were using the Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the sausage making attachment. Which, BTW, is AMAZEBALLZ, and if you’re a cook, a MUST! I’ve been dying for one since I was like…hmmmmm. Maybe 18. Why I haven’t purchased one yet, I haven’t got a damn clue! They are fantastic! Perhaps it’s because it takes up about 1/2 my kitchen counter! Lol
Anyway….
All this work called for some delicious homemade cocktails. Besides, we weren’t goin anywhere anytime soon…this shit was werrrrrrek!

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As most of you know, I am froM Argentina, and anyone who knows anything about my country, knows that you can’t set the table without bOmb ass CHIMICHURRI!! Check out the recipe here. Simple and perfect! I brought it from home, ( I buy mine at mercado buenos Aires, when I’m too lazy to make it myself) because I thought, why not, this is gonna taste bomb in my sausage!!

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I was cracking up cuz, here I am, trying to make my sausage be alllllllll healthy n shit, and here comes Amal……. 1 thousand pounds of full fat, full flavor PORK! goooooood lord! Ok, maybe I’ll borrow a lil;)
Amal got all this amazing meat from a new local butcher in West Hollywood. Some of you may have heard of them. They are the hottest new butcher babes in town! Lindy & Grundy serve up some mean meats! All local, pasteurized, and organic! I absolutely LOVE the idea of the “small shops” makin’ a comeback! This business has absolutely made it. They offer classes for meat enthusiasts, delivery for all your meat needs;) and offer the freshest product around.
Girl, I a need some of that pork up in here now…..

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Dianne and Stella:)

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After prepping our meats, it was time to grill up lunch! Lemon cilantro chicken!

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We made a delicious salad made of:

***ARUGULA

***WATERCRESS

***FULL FAT FETA (generous)

***SUNDRIED TOMATOES

***APPLES

***OLIVE OIL

***LEMON

***SPLASH OF ORANGE BLOSSOM

***SALT & PEPPER

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Ladies who lunch.

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Isn’t this chicken gorgeous? I love dark meat!

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Stella babe…with her goatee.

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The pups were quite good! No begging and they got along! Willy only likes little girls:)

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Haley and Amal…Besties. Beauties.

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A lil selfie;) had to.

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Alright, now comes the fun!
Roasted garlic in oil, ready to be ground with the meats!

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Y’all….so we thought, “this is gonna be cake!” Whelp, not so much….here’s a shot of us in action. We were being attacked by wasps who apparently have a thing for raw meat. WTF! I was grinding as Amal was fanning them away. It was disastrous.

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So here comes Dianne. Y’all this took all of us. Forget it if you are attempting this shit alone.

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We had so much meat to grind…this was gonna take forever! Remember….we still had to mix all the herds, and spices…them tube our mixture into casing. Omg. Hahahaha…notice Dianne’s face…she May or may not be getting stung by a wasp.

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ABOUT 8 HOURS LATER…….. we’ve got ourselves some sausage!!!!!!!!

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Piping the sausage through into the casing was a nightmare. It took us forever! No joke. We had one person pushing the ground meat through, then another person making sure no air was gettin into the casing, then ANOTHER person, twisting to make the sausage shape. Holy shit! We put in some serious time!

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But…here we are, happy as pigs in shit with our first amateur batch of sausages! Hahahhaha

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Finishing up our final batch in the dark hours of the night. Lol.

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Well…..here she blows y’all. You are supposed to let them hand in the fridge for at least 48 hrs apparently, but fuck it. You know how hard we worked for this!? We ARE having some! Fire up the grill! Soooo proud!

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We hung the rest to dry. We probably could of fed a small army. We each took a few of each other creations home and hung in our own fridges. I gotta say….pretty amazing!!!!!

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Wanna try this at home???? Check out a quick video to help get you started!

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it! Let me know your thoughts!

HAVE YOU EVER MADE YOUR OWN SAUSAGE!??

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PAULA <3

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Get this SUPER CUTE look NOW!

In At home cooking, fashion, friends, get the look, meal prepping, Never perfect, popular recipes, Uncategorized, vacation, Weekend Vac On November 15, 2013 2 Comments

So, first off, let me just say it right now. Please be cautious when scrolling through these pictures, as you will find some, “I reallllllllllly shouldn’t be eating this”. Now, these pics wouldn’t typically be sooo offensive, but remember, I am now on PAHSE 3 of the Live Fit Trainer, and what you should’ve seen in these pics, was chicken breast, eggs, and brocolli….buuuuuuuut that is far from what I’ve been eating these last few days. GOOOOD LORD CARB-LOAD! In fact, thinking of things now….I think the last few posts have been, me admitting my latest binge. Geez. I’m sorry. That’s annoying. I need to stop that. I guess I’m still struggling to find that balance, huh. Welp…..one day at a time ladies.

If you know me well enough…then you would know that my favorite word of all time is “COZY” Not only is it my favorite word, it is in fact, my favorite thing to do. Yep, be cozzzzzzzzy!!!! I fu*#ing love it! A fireplace near, a happy puggy pug, and a nice hot nespresso cappuccino! This is pretty much the ideal fall day for me;)

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This mini vacation was sooo lovely. I really needed a few days to just really unwind. Caught up on all my fall (oct-Nov) reads, and had yummy ass granola.

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I absolutely love seeing all of the colors changing! Minnetonka slippers & PINK sweats all day long. No….I’m serious. All day. Love it. Sooooo cozzzzzyyyyyyy.

 

Alright, pay CLOSE ATTENTION!

This is my fave morning scramble! It’s a bit Italian, and very easy.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp avocado oil

1 cup of egg whites

2 whole eggs

3 applegate chicken apple sausage links

Big handful spinach

1/2 chopped shallot

Chopped fresh rosemary

Chopped fresh thyme

Garlic salt

Pepper

Topped with fresh Parmesan

DIRECTIONS:

Sauté shallots, then add sausage and spinach. Sauté until softened. Add eggs, herbs, and spices. Last but not least, top with some fresh Parmesan and serve. It is DA BOMB!

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Remember when I mentioned offensive food pics…. Well…here she blows. Omg. I ate like pretty much everything. So good. Tomatina was on fire today. The girls took me here since it’s one of their favorite spots in town.

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The spread…. Pumpkin purée soup, fried polenta in marinara, garlic rolls, spinach salad in a wrapped flat bread, salad(with creamy dressing) & focaccia bread with bruschetta! WTF SOOOOOO GOOD! A bit heavy for lunch, but hell with it! ;) plus…all that shopping made these bitches hangryyyyy! Lol.

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Oh, and it didn’t end there my friends.
Dinner was just as bit of a shit show. Let me rephrase that…… Dat shit was da BOMB, EXPLOSIVE! Yep.
Beef chilli…garbanzo bean salad, beef tri-tip, hot-dogs, fries, etc. Did I mention, it was a buffet!!! Dun dun duuuuuunnnnn nn
Then came time for dessert. Of course a meal is never complete without dessert, right!? Said the binger inside of me. So, of course, homegirl decided that it would be an amazing idea to have an ice cream sandwich. I mean…are you fuckin kiddin’ me! What kind of whales belly did I come from! This is the problem when I go out to eat. It’s pretty much a trigger for me to just throw it all out the window! And no, you are right, if I was having this every once in a while, then yes, I would say, “enjoy it, everyone’s gotta still live and enjoy life!” Right!? Well, not when it’s happening alllllllll the freakintime! My god.

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Since it’s all about balance, we threw some veggies in the mix;) not just any ol’ mix, this mix was soooooo delightful, and tasted amazing RAW! We were meant to grill these veggies, but ended up enjoying it so much more raw, that we just said, “eff it!”

These veggies were so easy to whip up, and are a super healthy side dish to pair with any protein! We found great, fresh pre-packaged vegetables (zucchini, cauliflower, mixed peppers, onions, asparagus, broccoli, carrots) at the local supermarket.

 

RAW VEGGIE SALAD

We threw them in a big bowl and tossed them with
AVOCADO OIL
MONTREAL STEAK SEASONING
GARLIC POWDER
SALT & PEPPER

Words just CANNOT express how delicious this simple recipe is! I’m completely in love. Swooooonnnnn!
Click here to learn the benefits of Avocado Oil.

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Anyway….finally home, it was time to get back to business. Back to clean eating, and workout planning. I made my favorite PUMPKIN PROTEIN BARS but, this time, made them in cute lil thanksgiving themed loaf cartons.

This recipe make 24 small squares, (if made in a 9×13 pan) once cut up. I can have 4 squares a day! ;) yeay! This is the best recipe I’ve found! Thanks to Jamie Eason!

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The recipe also can make 3 mini loaf pans. So, I made 1 with walnuts and 2 without. I figure these would also make for a really great home-baked gift! Super cute!

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Another one of my go-to favorite snacks, are these TURKEY MEATLOAF MUFFINS! seriously, with only 80 CALORIES per muffin, you need to get into it! Full of protein, and really filling, these are really helpful in keeping you in track of your daily macronutrients.

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Finally, time for a little FASHION!!!
I haven’t done a ““GET THE LOOK” in quite sometime, so I thought I would share a layered look that I’m loving right now. As usual, there’s a TJ MAXX find in there;)

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During the change in seasons, especially in LA, my favorite thing to do, is layer. LAYER..LAYER..LAYER! Ok, maybe not quite that many layers but, you know…here in LA, It can go from 85 degrees out, down to 60 degrees by the time you get off work. Especially in November/December. This is always a good excuse to bust out those ankle boots or “booties”. They are the perfect shoe for this season. I love it because, I’m sorry, but I just can’t commit to a full knee night boot until winter.

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To get this look…..

Start with a slip dress of any color. I love this one. It’s $72 and for $35… Get this one!!!! Honestly, you may even find a cheaper one TJ MAXX or Macy’s!
NEXT…. Layer over top with a semi-sheer drape dress. I found this one at wasteland. Here are some other options.
…..$29.99 from Urban Outfitters.
…..$40.00 from Better Stay Together
…..Throw on a long dangly necklace like this one.

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Pick up a pair of my favorite leopard Sam Edelman ankle boots here.

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A girl can’t polish off her outfit without the perfect bag & and her new fave piece of jewelry. Right!? Well, girls……
I have found your new FAVORITE black (goes with everything) clutch! It’s $54.00 at American Apparel ! It’s the perfect size, (perfect for an iPad) and they sell them in very freakin’ color. It’s made of soft REAL LEATHER. BUY HERE.

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Gotta give a shout out to this chick. I have no idea who she is, but I found her site while in Danville this weekend looking for thin gold rings online with Amy. I ordered this ultra dainty 14k ring for $32 (+ shipping) I absolutely love it!!! Peggy Li Creations carries super feminine and handmade jewelry for really great prices! These rings especially are so great stacked together. Super cute & I love supporting small businesses. ;) you go Peggy!

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14k rose gold & cz cross ring $60 at TJMAXX. Looking for rings like this one??
Real diamonds… Click HERE!!!!!
Real gold…. Click HERE!!!

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I’ve got a really yummy mug cake recipe coming up soon ya’ll, so stay posted:)

What is everyone doing for thanksgiving? I need some side dish ideas…Any recommendations???

xoxoxoxooxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxooxoxoxo

 

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Happy NOVEMBER! Time to roast those pumpkins!

In At home cooking, blogger fun, bodybuilding, clean food, events, fitness, friends, LIVE FIT TRAINER, new faves, popular recipes, Reviews, running, sweets, Uncategorized, zumba On November 5, 2013 1 Comment

Hi loves!!! With Halloween behind us, I can’t hardly believe that the end of the year is upon us. As you know, Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but I loveeeeee fall, so…. I had to show support and at least get dressed up. Here’s a shot of us at my girlfriend Kelly’s house. She threw a great lil party. Honestly….I have absolutely no clue what I was supposed to be, but, it kind of resembled a sheriff from New Mexico. Of course, a bit of a sexy version. Whatever. Lol.

Anyway…for those of you wondering…(since I never post pics of boys) this is Marcin. He’s dressed up as a “big black cloud” and he’s dreamy. Sighhhhhh

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Ok, moving on to more fall news;) finally time to start getting rid of some of these sugar pumpkins all over my house. From decoration into my belly!!! I decided to cut this puppy up, and roast it.

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Pumpkin is pretty tough in texture and typically takes quite some tie to roast and soften in the oven, so I cut it up into small squares to speed up the cooking. A lil impatient you could say…..
Here’s an idea of what to do with the seeds when you remove them from the inside of the pumpkin. Lord knows…I HATE wasting food. SWEET CACAO ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS.

These little pumpkin bites were roasted with:

HONEY ( I used this one)

NUTMEG

CINNAMON

SALT & PEPPER

Roast at 400* for 40 minutes.

(note: pumpkin in itself isn’t very sweet. Do not get confused with “canned” pumpkin. When roasting real pumpkin, if you want it sweet, make sure to add a bit more honey to compensate for the bitterness.)

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As you all know, Halloween comes with copious amounts of candy, on candy, on CANDY!!!!! Shit candy, really. Kit Kat, twix, snickers, ughhhhhhhhhh! I’m not gonna lie….I did give in and have a few. C’mon…who really didn’t have ANY shit candy?????
Well, yes….I’ve got a gnarly sweet tooth & will absolutely admit to having sweets (sometimes a bit toooooooo often) , but…….. if I’m gonna get cray on some sugar, this is what I wanna stuff my face with.

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So, we’ve covered pumpkin, now, let’s explore another fall flavor. CARAMEL!
One of my favorite clients from the salon, Diane of Nerdhavenfarms.com has really hit the jackpot with these. I was a lucky son of a bitch to get to sample these sweet but slightly salty beer & Pretzel caramels. We have the best time when she comes into the salon. We chat, laugh, share blogging tips, compare recipes and bounce ideas. I love it. She has a total foodie like me!! :)

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If I’m gonna get down on some sugar, I’d seriously prefer for it to be in this form; handmade with local ingredients, organic, & homemade with love! This is the best way to enjoy sweets my sweets! How freakin cute is there packaging though!!!???
I not only wanted to share these perfect little morsels because I LOVVVEEE them, but also because I was super inspired by Diane’s passion for whole, clean foods as well as her life balance of health with a bit of added sweetness;) I truly aspire to find that balance and find that passion. I promise I will make sure to send y’all a link soon on how you can get ahold of these, because they truly are such a great gift idea!

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No babes…… You cannot have some….. Pups begging;)

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November is here!!!!! This is how naughty I’ve been…. I haven’t been posting enough, I know. We went from the end of oct-the begging of Nov without a post! Wtf! Well, November pretty much came so fast, it practically slapped me in the face! This past Sunday ( November 2) was a a very special day.
My best friend Alicia (on the right) and I, along with close family and friends ran the 6th annual Heroes of Hope grey ribbon crusade to continue brain cancer research, in which all proceeds benefit childhood and adult brain tumor research at UCLA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cedars-Sinai Hospital. Alicia’s uncle was recently diagnosed with a lrg brain tumor and is currently undergoing chemo through Cedars-Sinai. We pray that he recovers and continues to live a healthy and cancer free life.

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Sporting my new Saucony “The guide 7″ running shoes that they so graciously gifted to us at the Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” event.

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The event was held at beautiful Dockweiler State Beach Park. I was surprised that the fog rolled out fairly early. We ran in sunny & beautiful weather:) Absolute best part: Loads and loads of supporters showed up!

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For some reason, I thought we were gonna be running a 10k but apparently we signed up for the 5k. Whatever, I was just stoked to be running by the beach. It was actually perfect because I haven’t really been running lately, so a 10k at 7:30 am prooooobably wasn’t the best idea for my problematic, not trained feet. Lol. The 5k was perfect and super fun!

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I came in 69th place. With a time of 26.38. Not too shabby! Well, for me;)

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Any time, after a run….I am famished. Lol.
I’ve been a fan of Detour protein bars for some time now. (Since they were a sponsor at blend retreat) they are seriously awesome. These and quest bars are always my go-to!
Detour just came out with these and they are fab! IM SORRY BUT THESE NUTRITION FACTS SAY IT ALL.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Bar
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2.5g
Saturated Fat 0.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 4g
Protein 10g

If you ask me, that is really great.

GLUTEN FREE

LOW SUGAR

WHEY PROTEIN

SWEETENED WITH STEVIA

MADE WITH ORGANIC OATS.

Scarfed it down as soon as I passed the finish line;) they were passing out SoyJoy….but I way prefer this.

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Our team…. “F YOU CANCER”

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I spent the rest if Sunday hanging with my bro, who is home visiting from vancouver;)

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This weekend, I also decided to make an excuse as to why I needed to buy a million new bras and panties, and open up a Victoria secrets credit card. goooooood lord.
At least I saved $15, ha!

This is the thing…..I NEVER find bras that fit me perfect. I always just “make it work” lol. Soooooooo, when I tried on “THE DATE UNLINED BRA” I realized that I had met my match, my soulmate! I’m a sucker for a good deal, and guess what!? If you bought the bra ($28.50) you practically received a free matching panty! Whatttttttt!? Hell yeah. Bring it betch.
A set for $30!? I’ll take it….times 5. Lol

Anyway, back to things of importance. Fitness.
Yesterday, Monday, marked day 1 or the LIVEFIT TRAINER from bodybuilding.com.
First day of week 9...LEGS.

Ok, so I didn’t actually do this whole workout today. Reason being, that I knew I had to teach Zumba at 7 pm and seriously thought it may be too much on my body. Sometimes, you just gotta be honest with yourself. I couldn’t do it.
My class was fantastic though and we had a great time finding out inner sexy bitch.
I surprised myself when I decided to stay for the next class, which was body sculpting.

Oh girllllllll! My body said “oh hell no!”
I immediately filled my tub with Morton’s Epsom salt, grabbed some reading material and soaked! Soaked my tired and sore muscles. Womp womppppppp.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!!!! I am sooooo excited to visit my other bestie, Amy in the Bay Area this coming weekend!!!!

Btw…. DOES ANYONE HAVE A FUN 10k IN THE LA OR SURROUNDING AREA THAT THEY LOVE PARICIPATING IN!???

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Malibu Weekend Wedding & some NEW finds you WON”T wanna miss!!!

In bodybuilding, clean food, fitness plan, Fridays, friends, LIVE FIT TRAINER, local shopping, new faves, Raw food, Reviews, skinny grocery list, Uncategorized On October 3, 2013 0 Comments

Hey y’all! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA, but to be totally honest…there hasn’t been too much to report. As far as my progress in my LIVE FIT TRAINER program, it’s going really well. Weeks 3 & 4 have been pretty much the same workouts and foods, except I’ve been upping my weight a bit. Just about to finish up week 4, and I gotta tell ya….loving this shit. I feel so empowered. “When in doubt, go LIFT”

I absolutely **CANNOT WAIT** till ***PHASE 2!***
This is where I start gettin shredddddded!! Finally! **CARDIOOOOOO!**

Anyway, trust me, you will get all the lowdown on foods, supplements, and workouts for the next phase of the transform. I’ve had a handful of “*re-feed”* meals ( some would call cheat days) within these last couple weeks, but, I’m fine with it. My body reacted just fine. I think the consistency of my caloric intake has kept my metabolism on check, so when I did have those heavier meals, I was fine.
Ok, enough babbling. There *are* other things in my life I’d like to share, u know! ;) On to some great shots of my girlfriends wedding in Calamitos Ranch, in Malibu this past weekend…..

It was a gorgeous evening.

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Check out the biggest **BABES** of the night;) legends!

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The cutest couple ever! This dress was absolutely stunning!!!! Completely obsessed by her 20′s finger wave hair.

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I totally forced the kid to kiss me. Lol. Such a babeeeeeess.

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One of my 2 dates for the evening. No, not my boyfriend….. **friend.**
Don’t worry…you ***will ***know when homegirl gets a dude;)

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The happy couple Mr & Mrs. Lipps.
( the lighting makes my hair look red….hmmm, I kinda like it;)

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Ok, now come theeeeese homies! Haley, to my right, is my other date. Lol.
She got that fake pony up in her hair, and it looks sooooo bomb! Lookin like JLo! Champagne, and some more champagne….. Then I just kept adding OJ. Lol

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The man behind us all. “Dad” my old boss. My friend…and “godfather” of hair pretty much. Lookin like he just walked off the Tom Ford runway. Always so sharp.

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How adorable is this little spread! This was put together by Brown Bear Eats out of Costa Mesa, CA. Omgggg. I couldn’t resist! They have the absolute BEST peanut butter cookies and gluten free brownies!

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Super cute idea for seating. Baby succulents with name tags:) had to snap a pic. You know, cuz I’m soooo getting hitched soon. #pinning

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Ok, so we were a bit buzzed in this pic…perhaps…. Not sure. Orrrrre we just thought we looked realllllll cute…..

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Ladies!!!!! Love these girls! We ate like queens and dropped it like it was hot!

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NEW FINDS & FAVES……

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It’s no strange news to you about my obsession with QuestBars. This I know, but I can’t help but to send a lil shout out, EVERY time I buy them. They are by far the BEST protein bar on the market. All the flavors you see are all made with stevia or erythritol.

Erythritol is a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol derived from a corn source and is naturally found in small amounts in various plants, fruits and fungi, including mushrooms. It contains virtually no calories (95% less calories than table sugar), has a low glycemic impact, and doesn’t contribute to tooth decay. Basically all the bad things about sugar are absent in Erythritol, yet it tastes just like sugar and is about 70% as sweet.

They are delicious!!! The best part is, when you lightly zap them in the microwave! I know, I’m sounding gross right now, but i don’t carrrrreee! Hard to pick a fave folks!

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Again…no secret. My favorite season is fall. This pic says it all. I die for organic fujis.

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Not a new find…but I ran low, bought a new one, & thought I would remind you, that ya’ll better get on this PB train.

85% less fat calories than regular peanut butter! HELLLOOOO , need I say more.

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Ok, so a girl can really get sick of “OATS” as a pre-workout meal, so this past week, I’ve switched it up. I found this amazing, moist, delicious & organic sunflower seed bread by Delba. 

Delba-Breads from controlled biological cultivation

All used raw materials are coming from controlled biological cultivation.
The natural ingredients and the special baking process give our Rye Breads a delicious taste.
Delba Rye Breads are a contribution to the wholesome and high-fibre diet.

From controlled biological cultivation
–without preservatives
–without chemical baking aids
*organic farming
Ingredients
Whole kernel rye*, water, whole rye flour*, sunflower seeds* (5%), sea salt, yeast

Yummmmmm!!!! So nutty and perfect macros for a pre-workout. I’ve just been topping with a bit of Nature’s Hollow (sugar-free) honey and done. Gives me the perfect amount of energy to kill my early morning workouts. I just cant do the whole fasting workouts anymore…ugh soooo not about that lean muscle loss. FEED TO GROW!

Carbs/fat/protein.

POST-WORKOUT: 5 egg whites, 1.5 oz shredded chicken & veggies
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Since my diet has been short of exciting as far as playing around with new ingredients, (my list of foods is pretty boring), I’ve been researching alternatives to some of my favorite sauces & seasonings. I ran across this puppy while doing some shopping the other day. I don’t know if ya’ll are familiar with Walden Farms products, but they also have a BBQ sauce that is 0 cal, sugar free, well, all of the above, but….i just cant bring myself to buy it. If you read the back, you honestly CANNOT pronounce a thing that’s in it. UMMMM, I just couldn’t justify it. Anyway, then I saw this one. Good things come to those who wait, right?!

Well, she’s a WINNER!

Nature’s Hollow SUGAR FREE BBq sauce.

Nothing hidden, sweetened with Xylitol.
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A carb lovers DREAM!!!!! LOW CARB BAGELS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Somebody please pinch me and wake me the fuck up!

I saw these at my local (& FAVORITE) lil low carb store, and I was hesitant. I was like “realllllly, wtf is gonna be in this?!”

So, like a lil creep, I sat in the store while googling the company and their products. Thin Slim Foods has got it goin on!

Ingredients:  Flours(organic wheat bran, natural wheat protein isolate, natural oat flour), purified water, sea salt, calcium proprionate(a light preservative), chicory roots, yeast(sorbitan monostearate), dried onion.

Please look them up, and see for yourself.

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Last find of the day, which, BTW…I  will be enjoying one today, as my afternoon snack….These awesome RAW/VEGAN wraps by WRAWP.

WHAT??! I know, amazeballz.

WrawP bread is Raw, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Low Fat, Sugar Free, Diabetic friendly, all natural, high in fiber, full of flavor and rich in nutrition! No white salt or sugar and low in calories. It is full of Complex Vitamin B and Omega 3! It helps to prevent heart disease, blood sugar, diabetes, high cholesterol, and conical problems.

It’s HAND MADE, LIVE, HEALTHY, AND UNCOOKED, Dehydrated at 115F. No trans-fat, No saturated fat, no oils, no preservatives, easy to digest, live Vitamins, Minerals and Enzymes.

I bought the spirulina wrawps and they are sooooo bomb and full of flavor!  I highly recommend these.

20131002-204003.jpgWhat do think?…. I think this week’s finds are by far the BEST I’ve found yet! With all these new options, I think it’ll be wayyyy easier to stick to my clean diet. These are my own reviews and research. I was not compensated for it. I love sharing info  with you, let me know if you find or try any of these;) I’d love to know your thoughts.

Also, If you’ve found an amazing product, that I don’t know about yet… PLEASE let me know, and we can highlight it on an upcoming post!

LOVE UUUUUUUUU

P

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Wednesday EATS…WOD…FRIENDS

In Breakfast, circuit, Dinner dates, fitness, friends, GPP FITNESS, sassoon, Uncategorized, What Paula Ate Wednesday, WOD, zumba On August 22, 2013 0 Comments

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It is a gorgeous day today here in sunny LA! I am sooooo stoked that I am off today, I can’t even tell you! I woke up feeling super refreshed and ready to take on the day. I managed to sleep in till 6:30. Kind of unheard of for me. No joke. Lol. No yoga this morning. I’ve got other workout plans for later;)
I met up with Haley this morning instead for a lovely lil breakfast date at Le Pain Quotidien.

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This place is an absolute hotspot. They have quite a few here in Cali, and I gotta say, EXTREMELY fresh food and generous portions. You can’t help but be enamored by all of the baked muffins, tartines, pastries and loaves of fresh baked breads. Ok….this is all veryyyyyy tempting to me. Ugh.
It all looks soooooo delicious! I’m a lucky girl that this place is walking distance to my house.

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While waiting for haley, I ordered a non-fat vanilla latte and sat outside.

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This is what healthy chicks do…lol. We salivate over all the baked goods, the…end up ordering egg white omelettes. Lol. Hahaha. Seems like a very simple breakfast, but you’d be surprised how many places manage to fuck this up. Also the little things reallydo count for me. For example… They set the table with fresh sea salt and fresh pepper, organic strawberry jam, and my fave, praline butter. Omggggg.

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After feeling pretty full, but still comfortable, I laid on the couch and studied my crazy ass choreography for my Zumba class. I’ve got a new song on the playlist that makes me loose my head! Loving this song right now!

Don Omar- Zumba

I know…it looks like an alien language. It only makes sense to me! Hahaha.
I made a racket upstairs practicing in front of the mirror. So flashdance;)

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10:30 A.M Zumba KILLED IT! loved seeing all my ladies! We danced our asses off. Legit cardio. My homie Rozanne made it all the way from San Diego! Sweaty Nettie’s!

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I had loads of energy…I forgot to mention I took a scoop full of C4 by Cellucor mixed with water before class, and I was unstoppable! Omg.
Anything that has the words “extreme” or “explosive” is bound to be fuckin GNARLY. Excuse my French. This is not something I take on a normal basis, bit it’s fun sometimes for that extra drive in your workouts. I’m sure it’s not the most “natural” product out there….but hey:/

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After my hour Zumba class…my adrenaline was still cray cray, so I stopped at LA Fitness and busted out today’s GPP FITNESS WOD.

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Check it out. It was pretty intense. I had to modify the weight and did 10 lbs instead of 15lbs.
My last round of the sets, I couldn’t step anymore. I had to do the last whole round stationary. Ahhhhh, sooo tired! Lots of child pose happening at the moment of completion. Lol

BELOW ARE THE LINKS TO EACH WORKOUT.

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Step down bicep curls

Step down overhead press

Step down overhead tricep ext.

CORE:

V-ups

Tick-tocks

Superman back extension

Lunch was nothing exciting to share. Plain chicken breast, a coconut flour pancake, and some veggies.

I’m trying to be super clean for the day, cuz tonight….ohhhh watch out. I’m meeting up with the girls from my old job (Sassoon) at our old stomping grounds;) Nic’s Martini Lounge. We go just a tad bit overboard on happy hour. I’m saving my naughty tummy for all those stupid delicious appetizers and wine. Hence….the double workout today. Lol. Stop judging, I know you can’t revisit a goooooood happy hour! C’mon!
Made it to Nic’s, and because of the lighting…couldn’t get a decent pic of me to save my life. This is as good as it’s gonna get y’all.

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Missing my assistants to the max! All dressed in black. I love it. So Gaga. These kids are amazing! Some, for two years straight assisting, just to get the chance of being a “Sassoon trained stylist or colorist. I remember those days. It was my life. Looking for people (hair models) on the street willing to get their hair cut off by an aspiring stylist. It’s a lesson in dedication, patience, and tolerance. Not easy, so.. I commend them for working as hard as they do. Now, at my new salon, not having hired an assistant yet…I am now starting to realize how much important they are for the running of the salon. In fact, I’m a bit crazed without one. Call me snobby…bu I’m used to someone being right there if I drop my comb.

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My Asian mob. Plus +1. They are sisters to me. The blonde on the left…well, let’s just let her think she Asian. Lol;) she loves it!

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We had a GREAT time! We ate and drank like cows. Like…not kidding. Not a single vegetable was served. Yeah, this pic below…..not even the 1/2 of it. Lol. All carbs. Fries…pizza..olive bread…quesadillas…shrimp cocktail..more fries… Ugh. I was sick by the end of the night. Looks like yoga at 6:30 A.M will have to be pushed back till after work. Oooops.
I’m really good at making up for it though…lol. Lots of juicing and protein for the next few days, along with back to back days of workouts. Gotta get back on it! Just because you had one really bad meal….doesn’t mean the world is over, and your fucked. It just means, you enjoyed it for that moment, and you pick it back up the next day with full motivation, strength, and without punishing yourself.

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Love y’all! Hope you had an amazing Wednesday! Kick Thursday’s ass!!!!!

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SUSHI PARTY;)

In At home cooking, clean food, Dinner dates, friends, popular recipes, Uncategorized On August 15, 2013 0 Comments

Continuing on my sushi grade fish obsession…I wanted to share with y’all our fun sushi making party of three from this past weekend:)
Ok, so remember on my last post…how I bought this gorgeous piece of fish at the farmers market?
Yes, that beautiful sashimi from the last post.

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Well…since I had bought a ridiculously HUGE honkin piece it, I thought to myself, “WTF am I gonna do with that!” In my eyes…not so sushi grade after 3 days in the fridge. Sorrynotsorry. So I decided to have some friends over the following day after I had purchased it for an impromptu “HOMEMADE SUSHI NIGHT”

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My friends Yasuna and Andrew came over. Yasuna’s parents recently owned a sushi restaurant, so I thought. “EAZYYYY PEAZZZYY” Well….not so much.

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#1: No sushi knives….

#2: No sticky rice

Time to improvise.

I don’t care what anyone says. Even if your knife is super sharp…nothing can cut like a proper sushi chef knife. It is what it is.
My wusthof knife will have to do. I ripped thought that shit like lion. At this point, the rice had been cooking 45 minutes and I was starving.

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Ok,so I’m not gonna lie. Homegirls does not keep white anything in the house. NO white rice, NO white bread, NO white pasta. Seriously. No joke.
So you can bet Yasuna was not having it. Luckily..well I don’t know bout lucky…but…I had some bomb ass brown rice in the pantry:)
Hmmmm….could we possibly use brown rice as sushi rice? Hunnnaaayyyyy…..DUH! Yes we did!!!
Here’s how:

 

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ONE:
Cook rice. (Short grain) 1 cup rice; 1 cup water in rice cooker
TWO:
Thinly slice any veggies you want in roll and set aside, and slice your sashimi.
THREE:
Once cooked, let rice cool, add 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.
FOUR:
Fold together while fanning rice. ( I know, weird, but that’s what all my Japanese friends say to do)
P.S. you could add a tsp of sugar along with vinegar… but you know…I’m not fuckin with dat!
FIVE:
Lay out your seaweed wrap, add a thin layer of your rice, layer in your veggies and fish.
SIX:
Start rolling. Tucking…rolling..tucking.
You get it.

Check out my other attempt at “Can I call this SUSHI?”

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OHHH HEYYY!

Now we’re talking!!!
Let me give you a little memo though…
The cutting of the roll can be tricky without severely sharp knives, soooooo
It may help you to place Saran plastic wrap tightly over the whole roll and cut your pieces through the wrap.
**this ensures a cleaner cut, while keeping the roll from falling apart.
That may or may not have happened to us.
My secret;)

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But I mean. I’m no sushi chef, and this ishhhh looks RIDICULOUS!

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I steamed some yummy edamame (shelled) and served it with crushed garlic, salt, and soy sauce.
The only thing that was missing from our super fun sushi party, was wasabi, and ginger, but hell! We didn’t care:)
Happy..hungry friends were stoked, and now..WE EAT!

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This is a super yummy, budget friendly meal, that can be really interactive and fun to make. If you make your own and take a photo…SHARE ON INSTAGRAM AND TAG: #ff2fhomemadesushi

Love uuuuuu! Happy weekend!
Xo

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A week of true vacation! MIAMI & NAPA.

In events, family, friends, life, PARTY TIME, Uncategorized, vacation On July 29, 2013 0 Comments

Alright babes! It’s been wayyyyyy too long! I’ve been gone now for just over a week, I feel like I’ve been on the NON-STOP CRAZY TRAIN! A girls gotta have her vacation time, right!? Well, I promise I haven’t neglected you! I’ve been enjoying, decompressing, and gathering pics to share with y’all!

FIRST UP….MIAMI!!!!

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I spent a fabulous 4 days in gorgeous Miami beach FL. with my favorite people. My family:) I left last Saturday to meet up with my folks, who had been staying at my godfathers new place at the Trump Towers. Yowwwwwzzzzzz, it is stunning. I mean……. Ridiculous. W were just a little bit north of south beach, which I actually that was better. You aren’t caught up in the crazy mess all the time.
The beaches here are like no other! Crystal blue, warm, clean, and full of fun little sandbars. Heaven, seriously. You all know…I am a total brown doggy, and lovvvveeeee the sun and ocean, so I was in fullllllll! We love miami, cuz it’s got such a Latin culture attached to it. Argentinians everywhere (my peeps) everyone is tan and wearing the hottest bikinis, the guys are super fit, the seafood is excellent, and it truly has a very traditional sense of family as well. Maybe it’s the Latin thing. Whatever it is, we freakin love it here. In fact, I’m currently trying to get my folks to retire here!!!;)

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A lot of people can’t stand the humidity…I say, BRING IT BITCH!
I can’t lay out without putting on my fave sun cream… Maui Babe!

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A plus to the heat… You don’t want to way anything hot, heavy or fattening. All I wanted, was fruit, salads, and fresh cold pressed juices. My first day there, I grabbed the rental, and headed to a friends juice bar in South Beach. Well. I’ve gone JUGO NUTTZO.

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Jugo Fresh is a local spot serves an amazing product. Amazing raw, fresh juices and foods. It’s reputation with the locals has skyrocketed and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

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I got enough juices to last me 4 days. I wasn’t planning on juice cleansing while in Miami, but I knew my body just wanted this freshness, at least 2x a day. I love incorporating cold pressed juices in my everyday diet. Keeps me regular, hydrated, and full of nutrients while naturally detoxifying. That green juice above, was my FAVORITE! so delicious. if ever in Miami…pleaseeeeeee check it out! Jugo Fresh has something for everyone.

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I made sure to fit in a workout every morning while at the Trump. I gotta tell ya.. This gym was SICK! Best part was…I was practically the only person in there every morning. “Thank you… I love having the gym to myself, byeeeeee.”

I spent 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours there quite early doing a combo of cardio and GPP workouts. Super killer. I guess it does help having that beautiful beach view while working out. Lol. ;)

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Sweaty and squatting…. Not the cutest combo, but…..

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My cute ass parents. We took a day in the afternoon to shop and have drinks.
I bought a thong bathing suit. Don’t even think about judging. Lol. That is how we do it in South Beach. Mmmk. Maybe it’s a South American thing. Xo

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Margaritas and daiquiris.

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This is how I did my hair every day and night we went out. A JLo bun. That’s right. My hair is a frizzy ass mess in this weather, and frankly, it’s too damn hot to wear it down. I’m kinda feelin’ it. Thoughts? I used one of those spongy circular things to make the bun look bigger and like I had more hair than I actually do. Hehe. Y’all need one. Buy on that matches your hair color. They are the bomb!

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Here’s the Miami gang. This trip was FANTASTIC! it felt so great just to lay out, be with fam, and have no set plans. I’m rooting for this place, for my parents retirement. I know it’s not for another 10 years, but a girl can dream;) special thanks to my godparents;)

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NEXT UP…..
ST. HELENA!
( Napa valley)
3 days of this gorgeous place for my best friends wedding.

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This was the venue. Probably the greatest place ever! Farmstead restaurant at Long Meadow Ranch. This place was nothing short of perfect. They not only had their vineyard, but also a farmers market, olive oil tasting, an organic farm attached, a gorgeous farm to table restaurant, etc, etc. wow.

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The wedding was fairly small. About 80 guests made their way to St. Helena to celebrate the nuptials of Chris and Brooke. We all pretty much booked our stays through Air bnb. If you haven’t yet heard of air bnb, you need to get it together. It’s the best application for phone or iPad that helps you find rentals through private owners for a getaway. It’s amazing.
If you’ve never made your way to the wine country, and are planning on it….be aware! Hotels are really expensive! For $250 a night…you’re in a motel. yeah, I know. It was my first time there. I was shocked. Lol
Anyway, searching through the listings of private rentals, we came across this little gem:) a cute little cottage less than 1/2 a mile from the venue.

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Located at Milat vineyard. The view. Obsessed.

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We just barely made it to the rehearsal lunch on Friday afternoon after a super long day of travel. Thank god we made it, cuz that food was unbelievable. You could immediately tell, that Brooke & Chris’ main objective for this party was to feed people food and wine they would never forget!
Delicious!!!! All of it! I took a pic of the menu, but it’s on my other camera. (Ugh. Yeah, remember..the one that won’t let me download them on the computer!)
It just kept getting better. I practically ate myself dumb on the actual wedding day! I had 4 days of super fit and clean eating in Miami, then I come to Napa, and lose my shit! Lol. How could anyone pass up homemade Mac and cheese, cheddar biscuits, pulled pork sandwiches…rib eye… The list just keeps going… Ummmmm. Oh and, I only went for a quick hungover run on Saturday morning, other than that, no workouts on this trip. ( juice cleansing as I write this) lol. Did I meant ion…I blacked out Friday night. Rare form. Goooood lord.

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Not quite ready but I kept picking at them like they were. I can’t go to napa for the first time and not taste every grape I see;) it really was just stunning to see all of this agriculture around me.

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I snuck into the farm next door to check out what was harvesting, and I found my heaven!
Sky high sunflowers…

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Beautiful red Swiss chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash… You name it….

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Flowers for days….

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The big day was finally here. All gathered in Brooke’s house to get ready. Lots of hair..makeup….pictures…champagne…salads…(trying to be skinny before getting in our dresses) ;)
And crude shit talking. We turn into gross sailors when we all get together. Hilarious. Can any of you relate? I sear, it’s not that weird. Right?

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The bouquet. Gorgeous. Simple. Classy.

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Kelly and I

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Friends for life. I can’t wait to see the professional pics! I loved the idea of wearing the same color scheme but having different dresses. It really looked perfect, especially for the country vineyard look we were going for. I love that I just said “we” lol, as if I was the the one making the decisions. I mean, “they”.

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You will probably see a glass of wine in every damn picture I post. I mean.. It’s the wine country. This was my break from picture taking with the group. The guys were up, so I shimmied my bridesmaid ass over to the bar. Lol.

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Check out my hot date & dance partner;)
Best friends for 16 years. Wouldn’t have changed it for the world.

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The never ending supply of amazing Long Meadow Ranch wines.

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Oh..and open bar. I swear…I didn’t get too crazy here.. Just wine at dinner and maybe some drinks at the after party;) I was busy shaking my ass and dirty dancing all over that place. Lots of ” Brian, I’ll jump and you pick me up and twirl me, ok!?”

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Here are a few shots of the setting.

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Isn’t she gorgeous. If you are in NEW YORK and need a photographer….. You NEED to check out Sidney Morgan. Ridiculous talent.

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The most loving and supportive couple. I love you guys and thank you for allowing me to be such a part of your beautiful day! Have fun in Hawaii!!!!! Xo

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What do y’all think? I would say over all, a pretty amazing week of friends, family, celebrating, and relaxing! Glad to be back home and back to my regimen. All in all, I only ate naughty for 2 days… I can make up for it;) remember… It won’t kill you to have a couple cheat meals. Enjoy it…Get over it, and recover.
Be on the lookout for my next post. I will sharing a couple of new and delicious recipes as well as a Spartan Race giveaway!!! 2 free entries as an athlete!! Woohoo! I did it last year and I felt like I could rule the world afterwards!!! Check out pics here!
Have a great Monday babes!
Love uuuuuuu.
P.

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A BETTER tummy… some NEW yummies, and a whole lot of healthy, girly fun!

In Beauty, Breakfast, cleanse, Dinner dates, friends, giveaway!, new faves, protein, Reviews, Uncategorized, yoga On July 11, 2013 12 Comments

Helooooo..helllllllllooooooo! I’m back! Just feeling like I’m finally getting back into my groove and this week has started off AMAZING! My house is still a bit messy, but hey. Whatever.
Started off the week full force at the gym and now a proud new member of COREPOWER yoga.
I’m really into it right now, and the best part…. It doesn’t irritate the tendonitis! Thank god. I used to loathe yoga, now…it’s the ONLY thing that makes me focus in every sense of the word. My breath…awareness in my body and allowing myself to truly understand how to clear my racing mind. So into it! I’ve been doing the heated fusion classes, but still really enjoy traditional and non-heated.
Anyway… I am feeling strong, and I’m enjoying my new practice and progress.
What are you guys into right now? Do you listen to your body?

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My breakfasts lately have been incredible POG’s!!! that’s right.. (pots of greatness!) my Instagram friends inspire me to change it up constantly. 1- to stay excited about clean yummy foods and 2- especially to avoid binging eating.
I literally fill a mason jar full of super delicious & nutritious foods such as
chia seeds in unsweetened almond milk, & maca powder
Greek yogurt with your favorite protein powder,
Favorite nut mix
Berries,kiwis, stone fruits

The possibilities are endless:)
Just keep layering and changing it up! So fun and AAAAAAMMMAAAZINGGGG.

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Prep for the pot of greatness, along with some David’s tea:)

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Today on the tea menu… Mint Julep, with fresh mint of course. I discovered David’s Tea while on my Vancouver trip, and now, can’t get enough. Remember now…I was always Miss. Coffee. Kinda over that now… Weirddddddd.

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Wilbur, aka…white ninja sidekick is stoked to be hangin’ with his mama all day:) I sneak him into shops and I don’t care if I’m judged. Lol. On days off, this is my rolldawg.

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As you know, I’ve been on a mission to finish my upstairs and finally get an actual office space for more organization. Sooooo with the help of my Amiga, I went on a gnarly desk hunt.

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I was at my folks house (house-sitting) so we decided to hit up Urban Home. There she was..in all her glory. My new desk! ok, it may or may not actually be a dining table…but eff it. Honestly…the pic just doesn’t do it justice, and no it’s not 2-toned wood. It’s the light. So annoying. I swear, it’s really pretty. Best part, it’s a bigggg ol’ thang! ok.. So I bought it, then we both realize….”um, how are we gonna get this to my house 25 miles away.?” Mos def not in my VW Golf. Lol. Figuring this out mañana… Also a few more items I need to find…preferably like, tomorrow….
night stand lamps
A tv wall mount
One more small dresser. ( I have a lot
of sports bras.
oh…. And a desk chair, maybe two.
Eeeekkkkk…thank goodness for that check comin. Jussssst a lil home decor addiction, that’s all. Ugh
This bitch is a sucker for a good sale!

NEW FAVE PRODUCT ALERT!!!

Along with my bomb.com new Le Roche Posay regimen, I’ve been blessed with these perfect little soap treats and body lotions by LaBellaVieSpa.
Took a quick shopping break for a soap photoshoot. Lol

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These products are free of petroleum, sulfates, parabens, synthetics and un-natural preservatives that plaque your skin’s products.
Made with natural ingredients that are seriously beneficial for you. All products are created by loving hands using vegan ingredients and fine essential oils that your skin will fall in love with. No secrets here. The ingredients are listed so you know exactly what your putting on your skin.

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Time to chill, have a beer, and enjoy a delicious dinner with the homie. Outdoor patio of course.

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We ordered light beers. My low carb go to.. Michelob Ultra. In an extra cold glass.
An amazing seafood ceviche. I actually managed to only have 4 or 5 chips. Honest. Lol

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Japanese cucumber salad.
( not pictured: veggies with hummus)

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Pretty damn shocked at how healthy you can eat at The Lazy Dog Cafe. Apparently, you can bring your dog there…pfffff, who knew? Delicious, satisfying, and a gorgeous night out.

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THIS WEEK IN REVIEWS AND GIVEAWAYS!!!

Reviews are fun! Not only do I get to sample some really great products, ( sometimes not so great :( lol) but It allows me to share with all of you, foods and products to encourage continues success in your fit and healthy lifestyle. Plus, sometimes you just need to switch it up. We all get bored of the same shit different day.
So first up… DETOUR BARS.
I tried these for the first time at the Blend Retreat a couple months ago, and had a secret crush on them, particularly the new flavor. Neapolitan. Well maybe cuz that was my favorite ice cream flavor growing up. Seriously.
The lovely folks over at Detour, sent me a lil box to get me hooked, lol. I also had a copule of friends, who aren’t Neapolitan obsessed, try it to see if they would be into it….and the main consensus, “MMMMMMM, YUMMMMMMM. That’s lovely.”
This is a LOW SUGAR, WHEY PROTEIN BAR.
I don’t think it’s considered a meal replacement bar. For me, it’s a snack bar. Mid day, or after a workout in between meals.
It is actually low in sugar, but I’m not a huge fan of sugar alcohols. I used to not mind them, And I’m sure a lot of you also don’t, but lately, I’ve noticed that when I consume certain sugar alcohols, I get gassy, and bloated. Not cute.

I’ve been eating 1 bar, as a snack, every other day, and luckily, so far, no bloating. Stoked! If you are not familiar with sugar alcohols…click here.
What I absolute LOVE, is the taste! Not too sweet at all! Pheeeew. Some bars are so sweet it almost makes me sick! These are the perfect texture. Slightly nougat-ty, with no chalky after taste.
only 5 grams of fat. 15 protein. 3 sugars. 3 NET carbs!
Check out more about they’re other products and how to order here!

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So here’s what’s up…. Overall, I’m really into these. They’re perfect for on the go busy chicks. These are just the right size. If you’re someone that can easily sub a meal for a bar, they do offer larger meal replacement bars as well. I’m tired of 100 calorie almond packs. These are protein packed and without all the fat. Oh and taste way yummier:)

And for the finale….they are awesome. They are offering my readers 25% off your order!!! Ohhhh heeeeyyyyyyyy. Honestly go order yourself some yummy, healthy snacks. You deserve it.
Just enter this coupon code when checking out: 25neapbb
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Onto some really important business….. Our internal systems….
Let me start by saying, PROBIOTICS SAVED MY LIFE!!
Ok, not like I was dying…but I swear, since starting to incorporate these amazing products into my life, my everything has become better!
Here’s where I go into a lil TMI. (Too much info) lol.
My whole life (no joke,whole life), I’ve struggled with sluggish digestion, CONSTANT constipation, and I believe, consistently battled with candida. Seriously, awful. I always felt that my good bacteria often battled the bad bacteria and lost. Never a nice feeling.
Before really understanding and becoming knowledgeable about how probiotics worked, I would just eat a bit of yogurt or maybe even buy some light over the counter “no name” shitty pro-b product, and I remember thinking, ” this is bull shit, I don’t know why “they” say this is suppose to help me?”
Well babes, do your research. You MUST take your body to a MUCH higher level of healthy flora to encourage optimum health benefits.
Taking a daily probiotic supplement has been shown to help restore a balanced digestive sytem and promote healthy digestion and natural defenses. My belly is a happy lady now:)

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Did you know, that as we age, the amount of healthy bacteria in our bodies begins to decrease? Also, things like, stress, illness, and antibiotics, can really upset our digestive balance, and create a segway for harmful bacteria to make your body it’s new home. Um, no thank you.

These Ultimate Flora “Extra Care” are made with all natural ingredients.
* NO gmos
* NO soy or dairy

* DO have 30 billion active cultures
*DO
offer delayed release capsules to avoid acidity in the belly

Totally obsessed with their probiotics, I came to realize that I had tried another one of their specialty products!! Remember when I did my 7 day cleanse??! it was unbelievable! I loved it. They offer all strengths of probiotics, immune system builders, total body cleansing, you freakin name it! They are the LEADING company in all that is digestive care.
Honestly, when Renew Life first contacted me about possibly reviewing a couple of their products, I FREAKED OUT! I emailed them right away, like…omggggggg, it’s a sign! I’ve been needing you in my life! Ahhhhhhhh. Lol. Just like that.
I have absolutely benefited from taking these products. I may or may not stock my fridge with a few different strengths. I’m telling you. Obsessed.
Let me ask you now….. Have you ever experienced digestive issues, bloating, constipation, irritation, yeast infections, etc?
If you’ve answered yes to any of those, you need to give these a try. They are worth every penny. They are like gold to me. I’ve even got a batch of 50 billion & 100 billion in the fridge that I have on hand for critical digestive health. Here is a LIST of places where you can find Ultimate Flora products.
Here’s where you may get LUCKY!
Renew Life has freakin HOOKED IT UP!
They are offering to give away a 2 month supply of Ultimate Flora products to 1 lucky winner!!!!
Seriously, what are you waiting for!!!!!!!

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So much to be grateful for! Lots of stuff going on!
Please DO NOT forget that the APS Grass Fed protein giveaway is till going on, but will end in 6 days!!!! Get in there!!!!! Click here!

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TRUST THE PROCESS…ENGOY THE PROGRESS!!!

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Xoxo,
Your Amiga.
P.

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SO READY FOR SUMMER! Check out this beautiful RIBBON ZUCCHINI SALAD & my gorgeous Monday!

In Breakfast, Dinner dates, fitness, friends, GPP FITNESS, hike, popular recipes, sassoon, Uncategorized, WOD On June 11, 2013 1 Comment

Hello lovelies!! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA on the posts lately, but life has been super busy. I know, no excuses! Well, at least I make it a really great one when I do. I’ve got some amazing recipes coming up in the next week, so please be on the lookout;)

My favorite posts are always the ones on Tuesdays:) as you know, I LOVE MONDAYS, so this is my time to recap all the fun and beauty of my perfect day. Along with a few other things!

MONDAY:
Exhibit A:

Favorite flowers. PEONIES:)
$6.99 for a bunch at Trader Joe’s
Freakin gorgeous and smell devine.

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I’ve been playing around with baking using protein powder lately (I am loving this one) and since I wake up so inhumanly early, I decided to whip something up.
I was attempting to make berry protein muffins using my new fave protein powder….and ummmmm…. My dumb ass forgot to grease the muffin tins…

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EPIC FAIL.
Sooooo pissed! These were actually really tasty, but I couldn’t even fake a good picture! Ughhh.
So, I’ve decided to hold on the recipe until further notice. Lol

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After scarfing down a couple of those muffins, I needed to move my body… I grabbed my iPad to check my WOD on GPP Fitness.

Aces & Eights

 AMRAP in 30 min: (AMRAP=as many rounds as possible)

800 m run
15 pullups
15 pushups (strict)
15 burpees
15 situps

My friend and I decided that was just too beautiful of a morning to not hit the mountain for a hike. This would be the “cardio” portion of my day. This amazing spot, little did I know, is location 10 freakin minutes from my house! WTF! How have I never been here!? 20130610-223113.jpg

This hidden gem is called Franklin Canyon. Easy to get to but not crowded. The BEST! If you live near, you need to go…btw, make sure to come to a COMPLETE stop at the stop sign, they will send you a ticket in the mail. Say cheese!;)

We took Willy, who chased absolutely everything. So annoying, but he needed to get his workout in. There were lizards, squirrels, ducks, rabbits…..
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And then…we found this little guy!!!
Poor baby got stuck on the other side of the fence and was trying to climb up it. Aweeeeeeee.
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I never knew how much I loved turtles! We got him to the other side.:)
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This place is stunning! I felt like I was, I don’t know…..somewhere definitely OTHER than LA! For sure going back. It wasn’t the type of hike that was not too strenuous, but we still got our sweat on. We power walked the shit outta that place! Lol
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Around 11 am, we headed to one of our local favorite breakfast spots, Sweet Butter. In Sherman Oaks, on Ventura. We sat at one of the outdoor tables, and enjoys iced lattes:)

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Check out their sweet little courtyard. I loved what they wrote:) I think they change it everyday.

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I ordered a bomb ass veggie omelette… Egg whites filled with roasted corn, and chard roiled asparagus, yellow squash, and tomatoes. Obsession. Yes, I ate the grain toast…and it was perfect!
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Our spread….our friend Yasuna met up with us. So, no…. It wasn’t just the two of us gettin’ down on 3 platefuls of food. Lol.
But…..girl gurrrrl was hungrrrryyyy!

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It’s 12:30.. And that is a skinny 5 calorie margarita in my hand, duh. It’s freakin summer.

Finally I am getting some much needed VITAMIN D! It ended up damn hot in the valley, and luckily my girlfriend’s got a pool in her complex;)
I’m dying for a bit of color!
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We laid out..jumped in the pool a bunch, drank Margie’s, read the latest food and health mags, and munched on fresh berries, grapes, and nectarines. Honestly, couldn’t have ask for more this Monday. As I flipped through the pages of Martha Stewart Living, whilst burning my buns, I stopped at this page, and gawked.

How amazing does this spread look!
That’s it….I’m inviting the Amigas over for dinner…
And this is what I will attempt;)
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I mean…..this is my favorite way to eat. A little of this..a little of that…
I didn’t have all those things in the pic, but I ad-libbed.
Here she is..in all her glory;)
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The girls brought over 2 super stinky and amazing cheeses over. ( I’m gonna need Renew Life Probiotics tomorrow:/)
* truffled Gouda
* and some triple cream amazing -ness.
I will tell you now…the three of us almost finished off two blocks of damn cheese. #nowillpower.

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This is a great and easy way to entertain! Thanks Martha!
I put this together in no time! Pretty much ransack your fridge….and platter that shit.lol.

Here’s what we’ve got here:

* Hard boiled eggs

* Salami

* Romaine drizzled with blood orange olive oil, champagne vinegar, and pecorino.

* Green Spanish olives

* Leftover lemon,thyme, garlic baked salmon

* Leftover grilled peppercorn pork

* Pesto Zucchini, avocado salad

* Roasted mini red, orange, and yellow peppers

* Sautéed baby Broccoli with crushed garlic and olive oil.

OMGGGGGG….. never have I ever. Yummmmmmm
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This dinner was special! Yasuna, (on the left) has finally passed her creative presentation! That is how it works when working for Sassoon. Once you qualify as a stylist ( apprenticeship can be 1 1/2 yrs- 2 1/2 yrs) you then, 6 months later, have to come up with a “Final” creative presentation.
* 10 models
* 10 looks ( creative)
* theme
* Wardrobe
* Make up

This is not an easy task. Finding models on the street that are willing to let you do whatever you want to their hair is HARD! oh, and did I mention, for no pay! Yeah, very hard to pull off. This process pretty much takes over your life for a good chunk of time.

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This is us celebrating her getting her life back! Lol. Food…and wine…and movie night;)
We snuggled up and watched The Perfect Host…um, a bit disturbing.
This is how my night ended….
My froyo obsession got to me again!:/
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The following are some of the highlights from Yasuna’s presentation at Sassoon Salon Beverly Hills.

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My gorgeous ratchet friends;) love them. Supportive and amazing:)

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Cheers to a successful day!
Congrats YASUUUUNIIIII!

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I’m leaving you with a new AMAZING recipe by yours truly. VEGETARIAN….LOW CARB…FRESH…BEAUTIFUL:)

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Pesto Zucchini Ribbons with Snap peas and Avocado
 
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A gorgeous summer salad loaded with superfoods and amazing flavor!
Author:
Serves: 4

Ingredients
  • 2 thinly sliced zucchini ribbons (i used a mandolin)
  • 2 tbsp organic pesto
  • A handful of sugar snap peas (still in shell) cut into pieces on the diagonal
  • ½ an avocado cut into little squares
  • ⅛ small sweet onion (thinly sliced on mandolin)
  • ½ lemon
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Drizzle of olive oil

Instructions
  1. Mandolin zucchini and onion. Place in a bowl.
  2. Add in pesto, lemon, and toss all three together.
  3. Add in cut snap peas & avocado . Toss.
  4. Serve and dress with olive oil and salt & pepper.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 145 Fat: 13 Carbohydrates: 7 Sugar: 3 Fiber: 3 Protein: 2

 

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The perfect summer salad. This recipe is to serve 4. Only 145 calories per serving.
It easy to make, with clean, organic ingredients. Peeps will love you for this;)
Go ahead….press the pin button below and share with your followers!

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I hope you all enjoyed this recipe and your day!
DON’T FORGET:
Father’s Day is on the June 16th

How cute are these cupcakes!
My pops is a master BBQer and I think he would freak over these! Lol
Click here for the recipe:)

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HOW TO THROW A FABULOUS BRIDAL SHOWER!

In At home cooking, decor galore, family, friends, PARTY TIME, Sunday funday, Uncategorized On June 1, 2013 3 Comments

Hello my lovely ladies!
Today’s post is near and dear to my heart. I love to throw a good party. Better yet, I GREAT bridal shower. Of course, this couldn’t have been done without my beautiful, fabulous friends! You see, we LOVE throwing parties, and yes….sometimes can be stressful, but in the end…totally worth it;)
On this gorgeous, sunny day, we celebrated the upcoming nuptials of our bestie Brooke with friends and family. We pulled it off with no stress, great attention to detail, and loads fun!

Admit it, we’ve all been to some super annoying showers, haven’t we? Today I’m here to share with you the FANTASTIC DO’s and DON’Ts guide to THROWING A GREAT BRIDAL SHOWER!

 

GATHER YOUR TEAM:

Typically….the braidsmaids;)

The most important part of beginning the planning process, is writing a list of what needs to be done (in great detail), and start delegating jobs to each one of you.

The key:

No one does more than the other. Equal spending, etc, will ensure everyone’s happiness. lol. NO STRESS= STOKED FRIENDS.

Have a pow wow, a girls night. Make a fun day or evening out of planning.

Remember babes, it’s supposed to be fun, and most importantly…NOT about you. It’s about that beautiful bride:)

I give you….MY BEST FREINDS:

The BEST of party planners.

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DO:

Pay attention to detail. This is what makes these kinds of events unforgettable. Perhaps, it be that you get the brides favorite flowers, or maybe you match the party to the wedding theme. Even something as simple as a personalized chalk heart on a fence, can make the world of a difference. Especially, in a photo, which she and yourself will have forever.

DO NOT:

Fill the damn place up with hideous silver lined balloons screaming “CONGRATULATIONS!” All over the place. Tacky, and completely NOT personalized.

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This is a party ya’ll, so please DO offer appetizers, snacky foods, etc.

A PLUS:

Beautiful fresh flower centerpieces. Hit the flower mart on a sunday for great deals. Arrange them yourself, you’ve got style, and you’re not lazy, so…Show us you’ve got the touch;)

PLEASE DO NOT:

Buy the pre-packaged, BRIGHT ass, Ralph’s version of “a BEAUTIFUL arrangement” for $14.99. Save that for Gram’s bday. k…..

ANOTHER THING……

This is a party ya’ll, so please DO offer appetizers, snacky foods, etc.

People don’t like standing around with nothing to do…

FEED THEM AND GIVE THEM DRINKS! DUH!

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A little EXTRA decor seals the deal.

We found this at PAPER SOURCE. Create whatever saying you want, all you gotta do is arrange the letters. EASY PEAZZZY.

If you can pull off an INDOOR/OUTDOOR party, GO FOR IT. Not necessary, but a nice alternative.

 

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Maybe MOST importantly, next to the food of course….

THE BOOZE.

DO:

Offer a signature drink for the special event.

We are in LA, in June….it’s warm out….Give us some SANGRIA, CHAMPAGNE, and WHITE WINE SPRITZERS.

DO NOT:

Get peeps wasted on vodka tonics. Its not a club, or your 21st birthday. Mom and G-ma gotta drive home.

Oh & not cute.

 

**********IT’S ALL ABOUT PRESENTATION…..CHECK OUT THE LITTLE BAR SETUP***********

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This is NOT a free for all people… The truth is, the more organized you are, the more people can enjoy themselves & the less feaked out you are by all the stuff you gotta do at once.

DO:

Create a menu. A SIMPLE ONE.

We got this awesome chalkboard at the local Marshall’s for $12.99. Adds such a great touch, and allows for for people to know that there is food coming. This way…they don’t scarf down all the chips thinking that might be the only thing their gettin’. Could you imagine…”Oh,, I’m sorry, were you hungry? We were just thinking chips and salsa were enough” ummmmmmm

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DO NOT:

RUN OUT OF FOOD!!!! Better to have extra for yourself later than have the embarrassment of exposing your LACK OF preparedness.

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Make sure your menu is balanced in nutrition. No one, I mean NO ONE, wants to feel like a beached whale at a party. In other words, keep it classy and proportioned, if you know what I mean. This isn’t your cheat meal. OK.

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Having dessert options makes people happy. We like to snack. On several things, that is;)

* Not everyone likes the same thing.

DO:

Create a SWEET atmosphere for your Dessert table. SET THE SCENE. If it looks good, people want to eat it.

Try individual portions. Much cuter, and easier to to munch on as you’re walking around mingling.

On our dessert table:

Made by yours truly.

(because we’re all on LOW CARB)

Sugar Free Cheesecake Rounds.

Paleo Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

 

 

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DO NOT:

Force feed people messy chunks of sugary, marzipan cake. They will enjoy dessert when they want to enjoy it. Hense…dessert table. Get it, when you feel like it. Again, it’s about creating fluidity in the party. Make life easy for your guests.

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No one wants to leave a party empty handed.

If you can pull off a simple, personalized, and affordable party favor, DO IT!!!!!!

Nothing says, “Thank you for coming” more than a party favor. It shows GREAT attention to detail, and can really spruce up your dessert table. In our case, Alicia had a genius idea of cute little mason jars, filled with delicious caramels in which she attached a thoughtful saying on each one of them. Adorable, and simple. THE KEY.

DO NOT:

Put the faces of the bride and groom on your party favors. Yes, we love them, But we don’t want that shit. If I had a quarter for every engraved or screenprinted wedding or bridal shower favor I recieved, I’d be a rich bitch. Give us something we can eat or actually use, otherwise, you know we’ll just hoard it, and never see it again.

 

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Ok, I KNOW I am NOT the only one who thinks this so, here I go….

A game or two is fun…….

3 or more…..too much.

We are not trying to spend an hour & 1/2 playing games ya’ll!

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This is the best game….and the bride actually gains something from it!

It’s simple…

Everyone brings with them a pair of panties that shows your personality. She, then has to match the undies to the friend. If she misses…she drinks. (or stuff a marshmallow in her mouth, each time she misses. lol) Either way…in the end…she comes up on loads of panties. STOKED.

 

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Allow for things to happen organically. If you put games near the gifts, that’s where you go next. Hand the Bride-to -be her champagne, and let the unwrapping begin.

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UNNECESSARY:

Making the bride read out every single card she receives, and forcing her to pose with her new swiffer wetjet and new set of china. Snag a few good shots, and call it a day. Remember, all eyes are on her, it can be a bit uncomfortable. lol.

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This next portion was the highlight!

DO:

Pull off an impromptu backyard photoshoot with friends and bridesmaids. I don’t mean…hire someone, get lighting, make a big deal, I mean this…

Gather the flowers from the centerpieces…get in the sun…and get your mom on a chair to shoot the pic. DUH! ;)

pssst…you can photoshop later.

 

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Just when you think you all couldn’t look cheesier…THAT’S when you get it right.

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When else would we get these fun shots??…On the wedding day.. I think not.

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HAVE WE COVERED EVERYTHING?

Great….NOW, It’s time to have fun and enjoy your party:)

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This post is dedicated to the bride, Brooke Barnett & to my AMAZING girlfriends.

CONGRATULATIONS DARLING.

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Blend Retreat 2013 in Salt Lake City with some AMAZING beauties!

In friends, Reviews, Uncategorized, Weekend Vac On May 22, 2013 10 Comments

Hello my lovelies! Ok, so it’s not quite the morning after my return, but yesterday I got caught up reorganizing my life and settling back in!
What an AMAZING weekend that was! Most if you who follow my life/blog know that I’ve been planning to take part in this fun, fitness blogger retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah, but didn’t know quite what to expect. Well, I wasn’t the only one who was a bit nervous, let me tell you;) I guess, if you really think about it…”I’m about to spend 3 days with people I’ve never met, in fact share a bed with a chick I’ve never met..” Hmmmmmm, the thought was a little funny, but hell, you only live once! Lol.

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I flew out of Long Beach ridiculous early on Friday morning, and while standing in line to check in, I ran into my blendee! She tapped me on the back and said, “Gina?” I turned around and said ” um no but,….Blend retreat???” Yay! My first meet with Bobbi McCormick from mynhershoes.com .She is a total sweetheart. Right away we hit it off! Thank goodness I found her, cuz I tend to never know what the hell is going on, ever. She had arranged to go straight to the GPP fitness gym with a few other girls to start the weekend with a killer workout. So, I hopped on the opportunity to hitch a ride with them, and try out this gym that I had heard so many great things about.

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The gym was quite big, spacious, and super clean. It looked like a “crossfit” gym and typically, I get a little intimidated walking into these types of gyms. After my workout, I learned, GPP is a beast of its own. In a REALLY good way. This was our first workout of the weekend.

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Please take a moment to check out their website here. If you are ready to change the way you see and manage your fitness level. please, PLEASE… watch and learn. Knowledge is power.

 

I have never done anything like this. I cant even describe it, that’s why I posted this video. I wanted you all to see, and experience what I did. I had a feeling that my idea of “Sore”, was gonna have a new meaning. What’s soooo great about this company, is that they realize that they are not everywhere, so they offer their workouts FREE online every single day! I know, I CANNOT WAIT to start incorporating this into my day to day life. With that said. In 35-40 minutes….my body was like jello.

This is what I LOVE about their philosophy:

GPP is about getting you healthy. Period.

We believe the only worthy reason to exercise and eat right is so that we can lead richer, fuller lives. Lives not limited by capacity and/or self-induced disease.

At GPP we realize that health isn’t about who the fittest person in the world is. It isn’t about who can lift the most weight, run the fastest, or obtain the highest work capacity imaginable. These things are silly, wasteful pursuits. They have no meaning. They serve no purpose.

Instead, get your workout in and go home. Go be a human. Do things that interest/edify you. Contribute to your family, your community and/or society.

Staying at the gym and pounding out more workouts, so that tomorrow you’ll have more capacity to perform even more working out, so that then, you will be able to do yet ANOTHER even more difficult workout, only serves the workout. It can also become a black hole of intention, focus and purpose. This black hole is filled with everything which is opposite of health.

At GPP we do NOT serve our workouts (read, “the Demotion of Exercise). For we realize it is our workout’s job to serve us. We would much rather put energy into activities which are less based on self and more focused on what is truly important.

(source: GPP)

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We couldn’t check in until 3, so all the girlies decided it was time to get down on some grub. It was now 1 o’clock, and we all know how hungry we get after a killer workout. Hello STARVING! We were referred to a local favorite called Plates & Palates.

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Everything was soooo fresh, and made right in front of you. Simple eating. Salads, Sandwiches, soups, fresh juices, and gluten free desserts. Amazing! I ordered the Greek chicken caeser w/o dressing. Didn’t need it. Soooo tasty! There were 8 of us blendees at lunch, so it was nice to get to know each other a bit before being bombarded with 50 new names and faces to memorize;) lol.

 

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Finally, we arrived at our beautiful destination! It was time to check in to the Hyatt Escala Lodge, in Park city Utah. Not only is the resort absolutely stunning, and service impeccable…..you also are greeted every morning, day, and night by a ken doll look-a-like who couldn’t be a bigger sweetheart! Scott, was his name, but we re-named him “dreamboat”. He doesn’t know that yet, but I’m sure he knows he’s very good at his job. Lol.
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A bit cloudy and drizzly out but who give a F*@k, do you see this place!? It was actually a nice change for me. If you’re from LA, in “almost summer”,then you appreciate nothing more than fresh, clean air. oh, and a cloud here n there is like a gift sent from above! Absolutely beautiful. Get used to that word, cuz that is exactly what I think of Utah, and I’ll be saying that a lot:)
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When we checked in, we were greeted by the ladies who were responsible for this fantastic retreat. Lindsay W, Janetha, and Katie, also fellow fit bloggers. Super sweet Amigas! We were handed a badge with out full name, and blog name, since most everyone would know me as “fromfriestofit” anyway…. Along with a ridiculous Ogio bag filled with SWAG from all the sponsors! Who doesn’t love free shit!? It just keeps on gettin’ better.

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Finally found my roomies!!! Meg from runfitkin, Lindsey from runstretchrepeat, and Steph from wholesomebydesign.
I couldn’t have asked for sweeter roomies! We had such a great time together!
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Justin’s Nut butter, attune foods, and Green Mountain Coffee sponsored a lovely snack hour while all us blendees mingled and laughed about how we would forget each others names 2 seconds after meeting, but promised to remember by the end of the retreat.

After a couple hours, we all headed back to our rooms to shower up, unpack, and get ready for the opening ceremony dinner.

But not before an AWESOME cocktail hour hosted by Silk! (Also happens to be my favorite milk alternative;)
Hors d’oeuvres were…fresh veggies with loads of different dips, black bean & chipotle cakes, and gorgeous veggie spring rolls. Yummmmmm.

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Had a crazy connection with these chickies! Love them, and can’t wait to visit them in Nebraska!

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My roll dawg, Maren.
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It was nice for all of us to finally get out of our workout clothes, and get a little dressy:)
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Since Silk sponsored the cocktail hour, naturally the drinks being offered were all made with a certain Silk product.
My favorite drink was the strawberry mint slushy! My god, it was the bomb! I gotta be careful around those types of drinks, they go down wayyyyy to smooth. Uh oh. I made sure to take a pic of the recipe, I knew y’all would love it. It’s a perfect summer refresher drink! Make sure to follow them on instagram and twitter @lovemysilk for blogger inspired recipes and info!
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Ok sooooo, I can’t lie. When I saw my favorite twins at the airport, I was like ahhhhhhhhhh. Oooommmmmggggggg. Purely Twins are my celeb fit blogger crush. If you don’t already follow the, get real, you’re missing out. They are super sweet girls who, not only once owned there own raw food bakery, they now have a wonderful e book, come up with killer workouts, and create recipes that are genius! They were an absolute pleasure:)

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Dinner was delicious and clean of course. White fish, chicken, quinoa cakes, loads of salad, roasted root veggie soup… Eat it alllll up. Duh.

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Dessert was oh so heavenly… Of course I had to try a bite of each one….you really can’t expect me not to do that… Plus everyone did it:)
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That little panna cotta was actually made with chobani Greek yogurt! Healthy!!!!
I skipped out on the crust of the tart…homegirl was freakin full at this point, oh and I was 3 glasses of red wine in….time for bed. GPP bootcamp at 7:00am. Nice.

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Woke up Saturday morning feeling and looking like a CHAMP. NOT. Here we go. 7:00 am wake up call for the second workout of the weekend. When I say this was GNARLY…..pleeeeeaseee don’t underestimate me. This was insane!
BURPEES, PUSH UPS, SQUATS OH MYYYYYYYYY. Even if I felt like I was gonna die, I pushed through and felt amazing afterward. All I knew was, when I finished, I would run straight to the breakfast buffet. Like a cow.

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Ahhhhhh finally!
Straight to that shit I went! First stop….Muesli Fusion. All natural, organic and a-mazing. my favorite is the athlete fuel, sweetened with nothing but fruit, and packed with protein!

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/3c (41g)
Servings Per Bag 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 163
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat .5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 25g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Omega-3 Fatty Acids 610mg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids 1330mg
Vitamin B1 15%
Vitamin B6 15%
Vitamin E 9%
Zinc 10%
Selenium 40%
Magnesium 22%
Phosphorus 20%

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Totally balanced breakfast. I threw in a chobani flavor that I hadn’t tried yet. Delish, but didn’t end up finishing it, too full. Story of my life. Lol.
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The Laughing Cow also provided us with some ridiculous 1/3 fat cream cheese. I’m totally obsessed with these new flavors. Instead of spreading it on a bagel, I opted instead for eating it on my fruit. Freakin genius! Thank you, thank you for being a generous sponsor!

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After breakfast, we all met back in the lobby to see if the group hike was still on. It had been a bit rainy, so we thought it would be way to muddy. But it stopped raining, and we said effffff it, we’re going. Pro Bar sponsored this hike and offered a few of their products for us to take in our packs.
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We grabbed one of each. A probar BOLT, and a probar FUEL. Dressed warm, and ready to rock.
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And…..we were off. Chilly, yes. Unbearable, no. This place is absolutely stunning. Everywhere you look…stunning!!!!! More than half of us went on the hike, the others opted for a ZUMBA class. Obviously, since I teach ZUMBA, and do it 2x a week….I wanted the outdoors experience.
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Ok, this is we’re things got a bit rough….and when some Amigas decided to turned around. Perhaps smart. Muddy enough…..ughhhhh. Not gonna lie, most girls had to throw away their shoes after it was over. Packing them to take back in their luggage would’ve been painful. My dumb ass of course wore my really nice trail racing Salomons, so I was like “bitch pleeeease, I’m about to sit in the bathroom and wash these bad boys out in the sink” I was so not about to throw them out. They did warn us to bring old piece of shit shoes, but oooops, I forgot:(
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A 4 mile loop though this gorgeous terrain, made the fact that my shoes felt like they were gonna come off with each stop, completely worth it:) it was peaceful, and the air was clean & crisp.

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On the way up, I snuck a bite of my fuel PROBAR. Yum. It was fruity and nutty. It kinda reminded me of a larabar. Quite similar actually. Really tasty. Gluten free, and all natural sugars.

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Got to our midway point, and ate the rest of my bar. I just don’t get why I’m so hungry all the damn time. It’s crazy! It was time for a photo op. the more I ate it, the more I liked it:)
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Group pic! Love these ladies.
Time to get our fit asses back to the resort!

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This retreat was so organized. I love it. We arrived back to snack hour put on by ONNIT. The lovely Orlando, and Whitney, Miss United States blessed us with a delicious protein shake made with their hemp force protein powder. We also tried some of their nut butters and protein bars. He’ll yessss! I was actually really impressed with their products, and overall information of the Company.They also were giving out samples of their supplements, in which, after researching, have been a huge hit in the fitness industry. Shroom Tech, and Alpha Brain. ONNIT stands for brain and body health, total human optimization. Pretty amazing company with a vast line up of athletes, and medical professionals. Check them out please and do you’re research. Especially if looking for a new outlook on fitness, foods, and supplements.
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Once showered up and relaxed, it was time to meet up with the chickies and head into town for dinner. We met in the lobby lookin alllll sorts of’ cute, flirted with “Dreamboat” aka “ken doll”, and headed to sushi in Park City;)
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Cutest little downtown evaaaaa! Really….you aren’t surprised that we were once again looking for food.? Lol
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We went to a local hot spot for some raw fishies at Yuki Arashi Sushi.

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Really nice folks, and SCORE, sushi was 1/2 off. Whatttttttt.

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Nope, didn’t eat the rice from the sushi. I was that annoying girl. But whatever, Maren was scraping the tempura off her “tempura” roll. F*%king hilarious. We were in the corner, so, luckily our waiter didn’t spot us being fussy and high maintenance. Ha.
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Stuffed and feeling like a beached whale, naturally, I decided it was a good time to shop for clothes. Meg and I stopped in to this super cute boutique called Olive & Tweed.
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Not only did they have super cute clothes, they also showcased some beautiful and unique jewelry from local designers. I picked up a silky tank, a bronzed arm band (I’m convinced they’re making a comeback) and some gorge rose gold drop earrings.
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Happy with my purchases, it was time to head back.

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Home….pshhhhhh. Home meant party at the suite! Janetha’s sweet mom (Momma B) was makin’ her famous “Utah Scones” more like DONUTS! lord give me strength. This suite was huge, so most of the blendees were there. It was so nice. It was like a night out with everyone. It was packed with peeps, wine, and ” scones”. My kind of fun;)
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I called it kind of an early night, seeing that the night before I had 1/2 a bottle of wine (who’s counting) so sat night, I wanted to make sure I got enough sleep for the 7:00 am wake up with GPP workout!
Before heading in, I picked up a tank from one of my fave fit chicks, Miranda from Living Proof Gear. Super sweet girl. She hooked it up with a tank for every single one of our swag bags. This chick is the real deal! Thanks boo. Pick yours up here.
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Our workout again was, no exaggeration, hard, crazy, painful, but INCREDIBLE. as I finish of this post actually, I am about to go soak in Epsom salt. Yeah, that’s right, 2 days later. Say much?
Before heading to breakfast, which, duh, I was dying for….I had a chance to take some pics with 2 of the trainers from the GPP fitness team. These girls inspired me to keep going and push myself.
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We love group pics;) this was so fun!
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My homie Debra from milestorun.com super sweet girl with a great blog. If your a runner, check her out.
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With my two favorite FIT twins, Lori & Michelle. Their bodies are RIDICULOUS! Check em’ out!
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I was stoked when I saw that Drink Chia was hooking it up with samples, cuz I loveeeee them! Thanks y’all!

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Living Proof dream team! Can you tell we love our gear? God, girls are so cheesy, I love it.
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Sunday morning….we just finished our workout…I think it’s time for breakfast. Today’s breakfast brought to you by some really great peeps. One being Chobani. You would be surprised how many ways in which to utilize Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is a great source of probiotics and protein. Here are my Chobani Amigas!

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I am absolutely loving these these new products. The mini bites and the flips. Yummmmmmm! I generally stick to 0% Greek yogurt, but hell, live a little;) if you follow them on Instagram or twitter, make sure to tag #tastereal whenever you enjoy chobani and share your photos!
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Yes please…. Make your own oats in a jar. I’ll take it. Oh, and I’m keeping the jar.lol. I snuck a pic of the recipe for y’all. I know, I’m sweet;) try this one out.
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One thing I made sure to stock up on during breakfast was Blueprint juices.
They were gracious enough to constantly hydrate us with these delicious green drinks.
Blueprints juices are 100% raw, organic and cold pressed.
They also offer some really unique cleanses.They provide the first nutritional cleanse offering different levels of intensity. Enjoy six fresh fruit and vegetable juices daily in place of meals for as long as you choose, delivered straight to your door anywhere in the U.S.
Pretty cool.
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Lucky duck. I enjoyed quite a few of these;)
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Did I say hungry?….. I meant, HANGRY! after waiting in line at the damn omelet bar, I was beginning to shake. I needed food, stat. Check out my sumo plate. I may or may not have had seconds… ( not pictured)
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The omelet bar… Ok, worth the wait.
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I also couldn’t help myself in trying the Chobani based shakes. It’s was a bit dangerous I must say…I couldn’t get enough of the peanut butter shakes. Candy in my mouth, no joke.

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So sad this weekend was coming to an end:( after breakfast we all headed upstairs to pack up our suitecases. Wahhhhhhhhh. More exciting though, was the raffle they had set up for us before heading out on the road. Apparently, everybody wins! Yippeeeeee. Did I mention, I’m lucky;)?

Blue diamond was generous in donating boxes of their new almond floors, which are so BOMB BTW. They are promoting thir new favors out now, which are…blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, and toasted coconut. Haven’t tried all the favors yet but, knowing me…my fave will be strawberry;)
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I was right! Everyone won something! I love this. It was so fun. I wanted soooo bad to win that nuttzo, I practically peed my pants when they announced my name!
Well, since everyone won something the first round…. They threw the names back in for the few raffle products they had left. Hallelujah….I won again! What did I tell you!? This time…. A case of Chobani yogurt delivered to me! Oooommmgggggg. I was in foodie heaven. Sorry, not sorry.
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After the raffle, sadly, everyone had to start making their way to the airport:( Bobbi and I’s flight didn’t leave till 7:00 pm, so wwe had some time to do something before heading out. Lucky for me, Bobbi invited me to head up to sundae with she and a friend of hers who lived nearly. Ummm, yeahhhh. Cynthia (sweet as pie) picked us up for a beautiful trip trough salt lake into Sundance.
Destination: the Robert Redford Sundance Resort. It’s beauty: remarkable.
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The views were more than impressive. During this time, it’s packed with mountain bikers using the lifts to take their bikes all the way to the top and ride their crazy asses down. A creek running through the front of the restaurant. I couldn’t help but stop and marvel. Listen, I never see this in LA, leave me alone;)
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Rustic, and lookin’ straight out of a movie…
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Constantly amazed by the richness in colors and green all around me. Made me wish we had more rain in LA.

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We enjoyed a late lunch at The Owl Bar. It was quaint, and charming, with an old country western vibe.

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When we realized it was the last hours of our vacation, first thought was…yup, time for a cocktail.

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We ordered shrimp ceviche, rep pepper hummus, lettuce wraps and fish tostadas. Hungry a girls;)
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Sadly, after lunch…it was time to leave beautiful Utah, and head back o reality. Back to LA, back to work, back to life. Oh I forgot to mention. Only cuz I gotta hold myself accountable…. I had pink berry at the airport. There, I said it. It’s done now;)

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Overall, I’d say it was a prrrrrettty sweet weekend, don’t cha think?? Kind of a long post, but I wanted to recreate what an awesome time I had with all of you. I hope you enjoyed it, and I want to send some special thanks:
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Blendees…..SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! Xoxox
Paula

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MY FUNNY VALENTINE;)

In Dinner dates, friends, Uncategorized, valentines day On February 15, 2013 0 Comments

Holy post Valentines Day morning! Last night was sooo fun! We were CRAZY!
As I reminisce on last night’s single girls Valentine, I’m scarfing down some pretty protein pancakes before work.

1 heaping scoop of vanilla protein powder

1 egg

2 egg whites

Best breakfast ever.

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So let me break down our “festivities” from last night…

Haley and I ran away from work as fast as we could to make it to our 7:50 movie…. Our main concern was making it to Casa Vega for our Mexican grub before heading out ;) I run in to the restaurant, pay for the food, and they hand me this….. Tell me, how the F*%k am I to fit this in my bag to sneak in!!? whatever, we were so stoked on our food, that we ransacked the chips and salsa on our drive.

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Yes, that’s right….. We were total tourists. We went to Universal Studios Citywalk! Hahaha… I mean…really?

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I don’t think I’ve been to Citywalk since I was like 17. Awe, those were the days. When all I cared about were, boys, clothes, and making out.

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We stopped some random dude to take a picture of us in front of the sign. So funny, I think he expected us to speak a different language..he couldn’t quite understand why us local chicks wanted a pic in front of the parking lot sign… Lol

Anyway…just please notice our huge bags. Full of food, champagne and blankets;)

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It was actually not as crazy packed as I would of expected it to be on V-Day. This place is sooo silly, freakin lights and tourists everywhere. I kinda loved it;)

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Pajamas n’ all….ready to watch our boyfriend Channing Tatum in Side Effects. ( which by the way, I really liked)

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We were in total BIG GURRRRRLLLL mode. We sat all the way in the back and started pouring our celebratory first glass of champagne…of course we brought plastic champagne flutes, and yes, we even brought berries to throw in there too:) such girls. Of course, Haley ended up knocking over her first glass, we had no napkins or silverware, and now the floor was sticky. Genius.

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Couldn’t be more stoked on how perfect the flute fit in the cupholder…you would think it was designed for it:) THANK GOD we got there early, cuz it literally took 20 minutes to set up our foodie fiasco.
On this fine evening….. Our menu consisted of:

chilli con queso dip with fried flour tortillas

Fresh guacamole with chips and salsa

And a HUGE ASS carnitas burrito that we split in 1/2.

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Stuffed my face silly. Here’s to me and my funny valentine. See, single isn’t so bad;)

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Hope you all had a great day! Xo
P.s. don’t judge me…I will eat clean tomorrow;) lol

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Happy BORN day to meeeeee!!

In birthday girl, circuit, Dinner dates, friends, life, Uncategorized On February 1, 2013 3 Comments

Hey guys! How are y’all!? My cleanse is over and I’m back to share my very special BORN day with you! Proud to say that it’s my last year of my 20′s! The big 29.
Someone told me yesterday that once you hit thirty, to watch for a shift. That I will definitely will feel a difference. Whatever the f*#k that’s supposed to mean. Al I know is, that I feel FANTASTIC! I say BRING IT 30! I have a good feeling in my belly right now with all the good vibes coming my way for the year.

This morning I woke up super early. Not kidding, like 4:30. Waking up is my favorite part of the day.

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I’ve got great news! I finally learned to make and post videos! I’m such a dork. Please excuse the not-so-cuteness.
You’re getting me fresh faced today chicks!
This video is totally armature, but I wanted to share with you guys, my favorite circuit work out.
It’s quick, effective, and the best part is, that you can do it right in your living room before getting ready for work. Sometimes my schedule is so crazy that I can’t set apart much time to hit the gym, so these type of workouts are best to get that heart rate up.
Work your way up to doing this 2-3 times and you’ll thank me;)

mobile from Paula @ From Fries To Fit on Vimeo.

BREAKFAST:

Leftover homemade Flax Banana Protein Squares

Espresso with frothed unsweetened almond milk.

Spoonful of almond butter

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I got a sweet morning surprise this morning at work… My mom stopped by the salon to say hi, and brought me a cute little bag of goodies. Including a really great night cream I’ve been eyeing by ROC.

Of course mid morning, I snacked on some yummy raw trail mix from home.

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Love my sweet clients! Today was full of surprises, my goodness! Look at this! Wine, pasta, sauce, a gorgeous pasta bowl!

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Today, I was actually glad to have a super slow day because I got to play all day! Mom came, then 2 of my great girlfriends came, I loved it! Gennina brought baby Joseph, who is sooooo good btw! Such a happy baby, never cried once, all day!

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I gave them both haircuts, and we cracked up for like 3 hours! Luckily there was no one else downstairs working, so we got the whole floor to ourselves!

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We like to “high five and low five” ;)

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They took out to lunch to this great Italian cafe across the street from the salon called Il Tramezzino. It was sooooo good!
We shared a great tuna chopped salad.
A panini with baked Brie,tomatoes, arugula, and some other goodness
And another panini with buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato
Big ol’ CHEAT day for me today kids.

Bread all over the place, not to mention the dessert we shared.

Tiramisu…oh yeah. So worth it. Give in a little;)

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Gorgeous day out in Beverly Hills! We sat outside and people watched like creeps while eating. Lol, so fun.

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I had to post these pics of us with joseph. We were dragging him along all of Beverly Hills. Lol. He was so great!

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Aunties :)

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Super stoked on my new Bass Knuckles hat that Gennina brought for me! Love supporting friends companies! Check it out if your guy is into fishing! Super cool gear.

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My amazing co works took me to dinner! My favorite local Argentinian grill, LALA’s is where it’s at!
Bomb food and sangria!

They have a great outdoor patio with heat lamps, so it was super cozy.
My carb-o-load didn’t stop at lunch, the bread baskets and chimichurri just kept on comin’.
Once everyone arrived, we ordered empanadas for everyone to share. (Probably my favorite food of all time).
I ordered a skirt steak with salad. It was out of this world. I haven’t had red meat since the cleanse and I could tell my craving was gnarly. Lol. I was like an animal, I could smell that shit coming right outta the oven!

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Ohhhhhhh dessert number 2…. Chocolate mousse cake. Happiest 29 year old in the world.
Thanks to everyone who made my day super special! Love you all!

Now…..what to do for Super Bowl Sunday???hmmm…..

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Cleanse day 3, and the Lakeshow!

In clean food, cleanse, Fridays, friends, protein, Uncategorized On January 25, 2013 0 Comments

Good day beauties!
I am feeling SORE from the combination of my last 2 days of working out. Feeling good though!
Taking tonight off, cuz guess who’s going to the LAKE-SHOW! Meeeeeeeee:)
My and my bestie Amy are headed to the Laker vs. Jazz game at the Staples center tonight. Sooooo stoked. I haven’t been to a basketball game in ages.

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I guess my birthday is getting an early start, cuz look what I got in the mail today! yippeeeeeeeeeeeee!

About Time Protein heaven!

Love my new shirt! Great to work out in.

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36 packets of different flavor protein powders! I tried the strawberry one this morning. Delicious. Sometimes you just don’t feel like vanilla or plain chocolate, you know?!

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This morning, I took my 2 pills on an empty stomach and fiber blend mixed with water after my real fast.Since I wanted to try out my new strawberry protein powder, I made some mini protein chia muffins adapted from, again, my girls at Purelytwins.

These little cakes are amazing. I made them in mini muffin tins, so that I would be aware of how much I was eating. I had a couple for breakfast, along with my morning joe. I also took 2 more to snack on for my after lunch snack:)

These are really easy and the best part is that you can use any flavor protein powder,

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INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup your choice protein powder. ( I used About Time strawberry flavor)

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 tbsp water

1/4 tsp stevia (drops)

Bake for 7 minutes on 350*
For the bigger muffin tins, a few more mins.

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SNACK 1:

Green protein juice. (Same one I made yesterday) I’m loving the combo! I’m gonna turn green if I keep this up. I think tomorrow, I may switch it up for the sake of boredom.

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Lunch was again my favorite type of lunch, a mish mosh of everything healthy I could think of. Lol

Leftover salmon from last night.

Cabbage kimchi

Baby kale salad with sea clear probiotics as dressing

Roasted brussel sprouts

My poor co-workers were dying in the staff room.
Salmon, and kimchi= smelliest room ever. Another thing I need to do while on this cleanse, is try and not eat so damn fast. That is a HUGE issue I have. If I was out to dinner with you, I swear, I would be finished before you even lay the napkin on your lap. Yes, that bad. It’s like a train is chasing me. It’s been something that I’ve always known of myself, but always, either forget to slowdown, or I just simply can’t. Ugh.
It’s such a bad habit because I’m literally barely breaking down the food, so my body is working over time to do it for me! Annnnnndddd…..then I wonder why I have such a slow digestive track.
Again, the struggle is real, sighhhhhhhh.

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SNACK 2:

My sorry ass paleo coconut wrap that dried up and cracked. Womp woooomp.
Whatever it was still delicious. I topped my cracked lil triangles with some almond butter. Super tasty little treat.

Also, had 7 raw almonds.

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Tonight was a special night! It was the laker game against Utah jazz, and I was gonna be there! I absolutely love sporting events, so I was stoked! Even if you aren’t a fan of the sport itself…there is something in the air, a vibe, that just forces you to get into it, right?

GO LAKERS!
They haven’t had a win in like 2 wks!

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The bestie & I. The guys in behind us were probably like ” look at those girls, takin selfie shots at the tip-off” so embarrassing.
For the record.. I don’t care. I blog b*#ch. ;)

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We both managed to stay away from all the naughtiness that comes with sporting events. You know…chips, popcorn, beer, candy, fries, burgers.
Instead, we opted for a lighter dinner:

I had a picnic salad. Which I ate with no dressing and left out the corn. (Cuz it has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever)

Butttt……. I may or may not have eaten the shaved Gouda cheese on top…:/
Oops.

Amy had a delicious barbecue veggie burger without the bun.

Healthy girls;)

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Super fun night! Someone mentioned to me that I may be their Lucky charm
CUZ THEY WON!
Wooooohoooooooo!

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I got home, and poor willy was just dying to see me! I took him out for a potty, took my vitamins, had a spoonful of peanut butter, and passed out on the couch while writing this. That’s why you’re not getting it till this a.m….. I never pressed pUBLIsh.
Such a dummy.
Have a great day guys! I’ll be logging today as well, so be on the lookout tonight for the days eats & things:)

Xo, P

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San Fran GIRLS weekend Re-cap!

In friends, life, Uncategorized, Weekend Vac On January 22, 2013 0 Comments

My loves!! Hiiiiiiiii Mama’s back! Lol.
Well, San Fran was a total success! So much fun. We were crazy. You know what it’s like when you get together with your closest friends, all hell breaks loose. No, but really. Lol
Let me start off by saying the following:
I apologize for not posting all the meals during this trip, because they were absolutely ridiculous, in a very ” I can’t believe I just pounded that” kinda way.
We got a lot done though!
SHE SAID YES TO THE DRESS…
WE SAID YES TO OUR BRIDESMAID DRESSES…
Lots to catch up on guys.
The three of us flew up together on a Friday night flight, and arrived in San Francisco around 9:30 p.m. Brooke picked us up and we drove to her place in Telegraph Hill. Aka, the cutest apartment EVAaaaaa! We ended up staying up till 1:30 am, drinking red wine and catching up. We passed out in the living room after too much wine. And don’t judge, but, This is how the rest of the nights looked as well. Cheese, wine…cheese, wine…goooooood lord.

I woke up to this beautiful view though. Can’t beat that. Usually when I visit Brooke, I like to wake up super duper early, and go for a run through the city, but there was none of that happening during this trip. Well, I mean, I would of, if it wasn’t for the fact that there had been a crazy rape that happened in the building right across from hers just a week ago. Even though they had caught the guy, I wasn’t comfortable running by myself early. So, to be completely honest, no exercise for me, except for the hours of walking around shopping for bridesmaid dresses.

Check out this heavenly view though…. Ahhhhhh.. You just can’t beat it.
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Over looking the bridge. Clear skies for dayzzzzzzz!
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A little taste of Brooke and Chris’s place.
Fresh flowers…always.
Great books.

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The gorgeous couple. To marry July 27 2013 in St. Helena.

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Fresh tulips, and the cute birdcage where Chris placed the ring for the proposal. I know…. Freakin tooooooo cute.
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For sleeping on a couch, I’d say I slept pretty damn well. The copious amounts of wine perhaps helped, but hell, I slept in till 8:30. Absolutely unheard of in my books. I woke up the girls and Brooke got to brewing some of San Francisco’s famous Blue Bottle coffee. ( Next time you are in S.F…please try this coffee. It’s STUPID good!) we had a long day of dress shopping ahead of us, some of us got ready, and others helped make breakfast.
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The first day and a half, I actually kept it pretty healthy, it was after that, that the pizza, croissants, and Thai food came along….
But, let’s start with this particular morning’s brekkie:

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A delicious scramble made up of: Eggs, ( more whites than yolks) chicken sausages from Trader Joes, green onions, and zucchini. Clean breakfast, amazing coffee, overlooking the bay bridge, with your besties. Priceless.
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Oh wait….hold up.
Can’t have wedding dress shopping without champagne! Since it wasn’t my turn yet to jump in the shower yet, I figured I’d get the party started with a lil champagne toast. I believe it was almost 11 a.m. So, no, I don’t feel bad. Lol

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B-money: No make up, pretty as ever. Love her
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We luckily got some really beautiful weather. It was so lovely out, I really only needed a light jacket. Lots of walking around today, so I wanted to be comfy. Boyfriend jeans, the best invention ever.

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So off we went! First stop: Glamour Closet. This place wasn’t with appointments.
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It was a bit more like, first come, first serve.
Let me just say what I’m thinking for a sec…. Why the F*#% would you put a bunch of crazy brides in one room, ( not to mention, their crazy friends and mothers) without appointments. That’s nuts. We walked in, and it was a total shit show. You could tell, these girls had been waiting in line before the shop even opened. “Um, excuse me, but, how long is the wait to try on dresses?”
” About two hours ma’am.”
We decided to put our names down, and come back later.
WHATTTTTTTTTT!?
BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
We have appts. Lady.
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This place was funny…. They were known for really great dresses, at cheaper prices. It was all good, until the creepy lady with the mustache came out and made everyone uncomfortable with all her touching.
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Brooke would try on a dress, and the lady kept grabbing her as if she was gonna fall off the damn pedestal. Sooo weird. Every time we would come up to touch the dress, she would look at us like ” Can you please, NOT”
WTF.

Then I got in trouble for taking pictures. Apparently, not allowed. Whoops.
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The next location we went to, I can’t really share with y’all… Lets just say… That’s where the magic happened. The girls working there were fantastic, and helpful. She tried on some amazing gowns, and we narrowed it down to two. Eeeeeeeek. This is happening! So happy. After all the excitement, we were starved. We stopped at the nearest restaurant and enjoyed this little beauty. A wedge salad, with diced hard boiled eggs, bacon, and pickles. Not pictured: a side of Parmesan baby broccoli. As you can see, we were still low carbin at this point;)

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It had been a long day. We were ready to head home. We picked up our girlfriend Natalie, and headed to Trader Joes for some snacks. We had made dinner reservations at 8, but by the time we realized, ” oh, shit, we need to start getting ready!” It was 7:30 and we had consumed 3 blocks of cheese. Talk about a snack ATTACK!
I just realized at that point, that wine is a trigger for me. Wine = snacking= no self control.

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So we flaked on dinner, and decided to go out on the town for a bit.
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This is Natalie. Finally , the crew was in full.
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These girls…. Nothing I wouldn’t do for them, nothing they wouldn’t do for me. My birthday’s coming up next week, and Alicia’s was last week, so this was a celebration weekend. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had all my friends in one place to celebrate my birthday
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In our younger days, going to the bars was something we loved to do. Lol. Now, we tend to not be sooo into it. We walked into a mellow little bar in town, had a beer or two, had some laughs ( no cute boys). It wasn’t that it was boring, but I think we’ve become more homebodies as we’ve grown up.
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Natalie wanted to check out some other spots, but as we walked out, we realized all we wanted to do, was go eat and go home like old ladies. Lol it was now like 12:30 so our only option was Thai food , really. Trust me, I wasn’t complaining. Love me some Thai.
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The next mornin, we were up ready to go! We had lots of bridesmaids shopping to do. We decided to go have brunch at cafe Divine.

It was such a pretty day out, we opted for outdoor seating. Not the cutest outfit today. It was all about comfort. Again, lots of walking around, so I threw on my running shoes with leggings and a gap gym zip up. This place served a delicious breakfast. Our poor server was so annoyed with us though…

We are the absolute worst when we get together, I swear. We become so high maintenance. Lol
If its not one thing, it’s another. ” um, excuse me… Do you have almond milk?” ” can you froth it please, oh and extra hot please”
” Can I sub the potatoes for a salad… We’re on low carb:)”
” but can you bring the biscuit it comes with… You know, just in case I’d like a bite to try”
” can you take a picture of us please” ” another one…”
I mean… This is real. Lol we weren’t trying to be high maintenance, it just happens. ;) either way, our breakfast was DIVINE! Omelets, fruit, biscuits, mimosas…the BOMB!

Of we went, we walked through the Chinatown during their rush hour Sunday market, through the tunnel, and into downtown.

They get so over it when I’m constantly taking pictures. ;)

Ahhhhh, downtown San Francisco. I gotta admit, when I first started coming here, I wasn’t the biggest fan, but now, as I explore more of the city, I’ve completely fallen in love with it and everything it had to offer. I mean, look at this little eatery right in the middle of an alley. It’s gorgeous. It reminds me of home. ( Buenos Aires, AR) I could totally live here.

We were looking for a specific color pallet for the bridesmaids… Blush, nude, champagne. The look of the wedding is very, sort of country, so we weren’t looking for something too fancy. They didn’t have to match, as long as we stayed in the pallet. Easy enough. I ended up finding my dress at urban outfitters, of all places. To my surprise, when the girl rang me up, the dress ended up being on like, DOUBLE sale. It was originally $90.00. I payed $28.00!!!! STOKED
Hello bargain! We found Alicia’s dress at Macy’s. it fit her perfect. And although it was more expensive, she used a Macy’s gift card that she had which dropped it down a hundred bucks!
Kelly found her dress at Forever 21. I swear it doesn’t look cheap at all. It’s sooooo pretty!
This is where we had a little problem. We almost got kicked out of Forever 21. Lol. It wasn’t our fault. Obviously as a bride, you want to see how the dresses look on your bridesmaids, duh. Apparently your not allowed to do that there.
Employee: ” ma’am, you can’t stand here”
Brooke: “Huh? ok well then, I’ll try something on”
Employee: ” no you can’t do that, because I saw you just grab whatever. You’re not really trying that on for yourself”
Brooke: ” WTF. R you kidding me? I want to talk to your manager!”
Well, the manager was WORSE. She completely freaked out on Brooke, because she said, we were making her staff feel “uncomfortable” . She had no idea how to handle nor diffuse the situation. We were in the middle of trying on dresses, so we just told her, that if she wanted us out, she could just go ahead and call security. Hello!! I was still freakin naked in the fitting room, crazy lady!
Anyway, she never did, but how embarrassing if we were to have been kicked out of there! Haha
Actually, on my way out, I ended finding my bridesmaid shoes by the register.
I picked them up…perfect color…perfect size… Oh and best part…..get ready!
5 freakin dollars!
I danced my way outta there. BOOOO-YAAAA-ka-SHAAAAA.
That’s how it’s done. ;)

Before heading back to the apt, we went to Cheesecake Factory for lunch on the top level of Macy’s. how bout that view!

Skinny red sangrias all around! The menu said they came with fresh fruit…. So again.. Here it comes….45 minutes back n forth with the waiter about the freakin fruit that didn’t come with it, that should’ve. We just kept laughing at ourselves. We bring out the crazy in each other.

I ordered grilled chicken with grilled asparagus, bruschetta, and arugula. Sounds healthy enough. Problem is, and they ALWAYS do this here, they fill the bottom of the plate with oil! WTF. It was saturated. So weird. I still ate it. Lol, along with their famous brown bread. no one fought the waiter when he put down that basket. Lol. I was not hating on the bread this weekend!

Our last night together was so fun! We, of course shared some amazing wine, ordered a huge pizza and cracked ourselves up all night!

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The bride to be’s BLING!

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The next morning would be our last day in San Francisco. Originally we had planned to drive to the venue, check it out, have lunch there, and drive back, but we had to be at the airport by like 4:30. We figured it would be cutting it close, since it would’ve taken us 1 hour & 1/2 to get there.

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We were hoping to get a call from Novella ( the bridal boutique where she found her two faves) to see if we could stop back in to try them on one more time before heading to the airport.

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Do you see this right now!? This is how we pack for three days…as if we were going to another country for 2 wks. Mess.com

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A slow wake up on our last day….
We were sooo stoked when we heard from the bridal shop! They told us to come in at 3:00. And since we had already found everything else we needed, today was gonna be chill. We went for a walk around town looking for a nice breakfast spot. For some reason most places in North Beach don’t open till 11. So strange. We found a great lil Italian joint open, and walked in at the perfect time. 10 minutes later it was PACKED!

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Ok, last food pic of the trip. Check out that croissant! Naughty girl. Done n done.

 

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After a lazy walk back home from breakfast, we packed up our suitcases. Ugh, this trip was perfect. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. We took a bottle of crisp Italian wine up to the rooftop, enjoyed the view, and shared crazy stories for a couple hours before going back to Novella. Once there, we decided to just grab a couple more dresses to try on. You know, just to make sure. All of a sudden the two that we thought were “it”, now were just a memory. She decided against both of them. Low and behold came a JEM! A gorgeous dress that we came across last minute. We all knew…. This is “IT!”
SHE SAID “YES” TO THE DRESS!

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New Years celebration!

In Dinner dates, friends, life, new years!, Uncategorized On January 2, 2013 0 Comments

How are we feeling after this weekend’s celebrations friends? Did y’all enjoy the last day of 2012?? Yeeeeeehooooooo. I did! Maybe a little too much;) Monday was a super fun day! I got a lot done, stoked on my new toy (vitamix), managed to get in my last workout of the year, Zumba, of course, and made some bomb ass scalloped potatoes for the New Years festivities. Sooo excited!
I wanted to share the fun with all of you babes! It was a blast! Full of great champagne, wine, friends, delicious food, and pretty little sweets.
Here’s the bestie Amy. Her and her boyfriend Matt hosted a great party, always do.

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As we sipped our wine, we enjoyed a variety of cheeses, nuts, veggies, and dips

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These lovely ladies…..gorge…

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We literally stood in this position for like 15 minutes as Lance (a the photo genius) was playing with all the settings on my camera, trying out different shots. Lol. In the end, we decided it was the lighting above us that we didn’t like.
Btw…I have cute friends;)

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The beautiful couple.

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Apparently we REALLY like this pose. Byeeeeeee

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CHEERS babes! Not gonna lie, I was just a wheeeeeeee bit tipsy. Here we go 2013!

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Best part! You guys, seriously, no joke, dinner was A-MAZE-BALLZ! Just keep lookin on…
I mean….this picture says it all. Meat lovers paradise.

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Amy’s homemade creamed cheesy spinach. LABOMBA.

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Gorgeous caramelized root veggies, garlic,onions, that cooked with the juices of the meat.

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This is when the drunkies came out.. Lol. Shouldn’t be allowed to hold a big ass knife in those conditions.

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Ummm, do you see what’s happening here…..

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PERFECTLY COOKED! Check out that pink. Wow. Never have I evaaaaaaa!

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The potatoes au gratin were a hit. I ended up doing a healthier version. You know how heavy that dish can be. Originally made with lots of cream, cheese, butter, etc. I made it with ghee (clean butter), little bit of flour, nonfat Greek yogurt , skim cheeses, and unsweetened flax milk. I was actually pleasantly surprised to see how nicely it thickened up while on the stovetop. Also lots of garlic and thyme. That always makes thing taste delicious!

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Ok, so annoyed. Apparently sometime during the evening, I got a big ol’ smudge on my lense. Effing pissed, cuz now you can’t really see my plate in all it’s glory!
Anyway, I forgot to mention, the CRAB LEGS. No bigz.
Dinner was amazing. I really enjoyed it all. Everything paired beautifully.

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Another friend had made some delicious sweet treats
Angel food cupcakes and cookies shaped like champagne bottles. Adorbs.

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I think things got a little blurry from this moment on. Literally.

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The sweetest, raddest couple. Lance & Vaness. Loved seeing them!

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Another year gone, and boy was it a crazy one! I hope that all of you enjoyed your evening as much as we did! We a truly blessed in this life. Don’t forget that. So let’s throw our hats up!

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CHEERS FROM ALL OF US FRIENDS , TO ALL OF YOU OUT THERE! HAPPY 2013!

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First TREE decorating party and dinner!

In Christmas, Dinner dates, friends, Uncategorized On December 4, 2012 0 Comments

Happy Holidays People! We can officially start saying that! The first “CHRISTMAS’ party has arrived, and it was a blast!
Every year miss Haley hosts a great tree decorating party along with a fabulous home cooked feast. Full flavor of course, don’t bring your diet to this party!
She’s always had a knack for cooking, but is getting better and more sophisticated every year!
This chick loves a knife in her hand!
( god forbid she put it down for 2 secs to vogue) hehe.

I’m a bit late in posting this because I had to go through so many pics from this evening. I couldn’t choose which ones were my faves:)

How good does this look!
Lemony kale with olive oil, Parmesan slice, over crostini

Arugula pomegranate salad with hemp seeds, manchego cheese, shallots, with a pomegranate molasses dressing. Wow

Homemade spinach artichoke dip in a sourdough bread bowl. This was a freakin HIT. Especially with me! I don’t know anybody who isn’t a fan of this dish, I mean, c’mon . This went fast:)

Who doesn’t love champagne for a celebration?!
We were doing lots of toasting this evening.

Haley working hard in the kitchen, making green beans blanketed with asian style filet mignon .
Ridiculous. Don’t be jelly! The beef was just simply marinated in sugar and soy sauce, wrapped over the beans, and thrown in the broiler for, something like 5-10 mins. Soon easy. Great dish for a party and not messy

Gorgeous right! Not gonna lie I had like 5 of them;)

Bacon wrapped baby potatoes. Another great easy recipe to throw together for a party. She’s really great about choosing recipes that won’t keep her in the kitchen during the while party. You have to prioritize, clean as you go, and the most important thing, spending the time to enjoy your guests. I must admit, I’m bad at this. I tend to over complicate things at times,pick hard recipes,and make a MESS in the kitchen. Working on it. Promise.

Look at this spread!
Now that’s a hungry girl party. Lol

Hehe, Mr. Wilbur waiting for food to drop. What’s new. God, he’s so cute.

The babes

Time to decorate…ok, can you tell I’m a ill tipsy here. Btw… I forgot to tell you guys!

I came to Haley’s 2 hours after the SPARTAN RACE, so I was exhausted. Physically and mentally, but I was NOT missing the yearly tradition. With that said…. After a couple glasses of champagne , I was done for.

We busted out the ornaments and lights and started goin nuts;)
It took us a while to get tree to stay centered. For some reason that thing kept tipping over. How many girls goes it take…..

I’m really loving creating traditions with friends. It gives us days to really look forward to, you know.

My friends are cute!

Yasuna brought dessert. An amazing cake from a local Korean market. We always tell het to bring it when we get together for parties, because it is so damn good! Really super light and fluffy. Nothing heavy about it.
I think it’s chocolate mousse,thin sheet cake with light whipped cream, strawberries, and shaved chocolate.

Aaaaaaanddddd, for some odd reason we decided to put birthday candles on top and had Haley blow them out. So weird.


OOOOKKKKKKKK this is clearly when I had had enough to drink.

Check out the almost empty table, yeah, we cleared it out! I ate tons!
Pretty soon after this shot, I was passed out on the couch with Willy sleeping on my head.
Tired and tossed in every sense of the word. Haha.

I will have you know that I slept from 5 p.m this evening till 5 a.m the next morning. Yep. On the couch. Somebody was TIRED!

QUESTION OF THE DAY?
What are some of your holiday party ideas?