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Warm Weather Dreaming

Anybody ready for some warm weather? Some sunshine and vitamin D? I will admit, I raised my hand on both of those!

Now, don’t get me wrong! I am a huge ski bum! I would love to next year be able to work less and chase the powder more! You know what I’m saying?! I love love love skiing!

But, I am also a California girl who loves her warm weather and sunshine. It got to be 45 degrees today and I got excited! How sad is that?! I was happy that it warmed up this week! That was considered warm! Haha!

Anyway, I can’t help but look at these pictures on my pinterest page and dream of being in these places!

Who wants to go swimming in these crystal clear waters with me?! That sounds great!

Am I the only one dreaming of warm weather?

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Kauai, I Miss You

Kauai was an amazing, once in a lifetime trip. I am so glad that we took this time to go and get away for awhile. I am glad TJ and I finally had some time just for us. It was a really magical place and I would love to go back again some day!

Fun facts:
~ It is crazy hot and humid there.
~ Hanalei has some super great farmers markets
~ Snowcones are delicious, get it with ice cream!
~ Puka Dog makes the best lemonade ever!
~ The Kalalau is dangerous, don’t slip
~ Jurassic Park was filmed partly on Kauai
~ So was South Pacific (Bali Hai, hidden island, come to me…)
~ A lot of movies have scenes filmed in Kauai

Hanalei Bay was honestly one of my favorite parts. It was absolutely peaceful and stunning. No wonder they filmed South Pacific there. We went out on the pier at sunset and got these wonderful shots!

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Kauai was amazing and beautiful! I highly recommend going if you get the chance!

See ya!

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Party Salad!

The other night, our friend TJ (not my TJ) had a Celebration of the Table party! He had made this beautiful table and wanted to celebrate it by having a feast! We never turn down an opportunity for delicious home cooked food. All of our friends make delicious food and so we were pretty excited. I had every intention of taking my camera to the party but I completely spaced. It was super fun with about 25 people there. We had ribs, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, grilled peaches and I brought a Black Bean and Corn Salad. I figured some veggies would be a nice addition to help balance things out. 

I got the recipe from Carrie over at Making Lemonade. Check it out and check out her great blog! Say hello while you’re there!

Black Bean Salad

Ingredients:

1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, thoroughly rinsed, and drained (or 1 1/2 cup of freshly cooked black beans)
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, defrosted (or fresh corn, parboiled, drained and cooled)

1/2 cup chopped green onions or shallots

2 fresh jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced, or 1 whole pickled jalapeno pepper, minced (not seeded)

3 fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped

1 avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks

1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

2 Tbsp lime juice (about the amount of juice from one lime)

1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 to 1 teaspoon of sugar (to taste)

Salt and pepper to taste

You mix everything together except for the sugar and the salt and pepper. 

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After you have it all mixed together, you add the sugar and salt and pepper to taste. 

I ended up tripling the recipe because of how big the party was and it turned out perfectly!

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If you are looking for a healthy addition to your summer parties, this is the way to go! It is so tasty and was a hit! 

What is a must have at your summer parties?

See ya!  

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Staying Hydrated

One thing that I have come to realize over the last couple of years is how much I need to stay hydrated. Especially since moving to sunny, dry Colorado I realize I need even more water than I thought. But honestly, water can just get so boring and monotonous after a while. I am such a sucker for soda and so that makes it hard for me as well to drink water a little more consistently. However, the wonderful world of Pinterest has shown me some more fun and tasteful ways of staying hydrated.

I have seen this picture posted all over the place but this is the site where I ended up pinning it from. 

I have done the blueberries and oranges. I love that one! I am trying the raspberries and lemons today. Hopefully it is as tasty as it looks! Tomorrow I have not decided between the strawberries and the limes. They both sound yummy!

What are your little secrets to keeping hydrated all summer? 

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May!!!

Alright guys, April was not a great blogging month. The song challenge was not my favorite, I’ll admit. Which is surprising because honestly I thought it would be one of my total favorites. But I just wanted to post about what was going on in my life and what I had been doing fun lately. But anyway, May is going to be better. The challenge this month is 30 Days to a Better Wife ! I am super excited about this one! I love focusing on my marriage. I love focusing on loving TJ! It is one of my favorite things to do! This challenge is also great because it is not a day by day thing, it is a week by week thing. You take a few things to focus on each week and then you work towards those. It is quite lovely. I am excited to really work on all of this

Check out the link and follow along. Maybe take some of the topics and implement them in your marriage too.

Week One: Be Interested in What He Likes To Do

~ Watch nerdy shows or paddle videos with him. The original post said watch sports with him. TJ isn’t really in to sports. White watering kayaking videos on YouTube is his version of sports. I absolutely love him for it but I had to adjust my focus for this point.

~ Ask him about his day/work. Thank goodness for him working full-time at a different job than I do this summer. I can actually ask him about his day without already knowing and being there for all of it.

~ Give him time to unwind. This one is hard for me. He works really hard at his other job. Mine is not nearly as physically exhausting so on my days off or if I am off earlier in the day I want to go outside and play. I want to ride my bike or go for a run or go for a hike. He on the other hand has been outside all day with his other job and just wants to relax. So, I need to work on not pushing him to get up and go when he has already been doing that all day.

Those are the things to focus on this week. I hope that through this month he sees just how much I really love him!

See ya!

 

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Book Review: The Tiger’s Wife

So I read The Tiger’s Wife several weeks ago. Sorry I did not post about it right away. As you saw in my previous post, it  has been a busy couple of weeks. Or really a busy month and a half- two months. But anyway, The Tiger’s Wife is really outside of my norm when it comes to reading. I do not read a whole lot of fiction. I just really don’t. But every once in a while I will find a book that sparks my interest and then I find I cannot put it down! Funny how that goes, huh? This was definitely one of those books. Tea Obreht is really an extraordinary story teller. She weaved this story and had me entranced in the different aspects of it.

Likes: It was just fun. It took you out of the everyday and put you in the lives of these characters with perfect ease. It was magical in some ways. You could picture all of the moments she described in the book.

Dislikes: There wasn’t another one. Also, she would jump in between plot lines. It all came together but I would be so anxious for the next part I just wanted her to finish that moment before moving on to the next. So, I guess that isn’t really a dislikes more of a sign of a good story and story teller.

Overall: It was a really fun read. I loved reading it right before bed. It put my mind at ease and also allowed for some fun dreams on some of the nights. I recommend for a fun poolside read this summer. Or a before bed read to calm your mind before you hit the pillow.

Have you read The Tiger’s Wife?

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G- Greens

Summer is coming! Well, maybe after this “blizzard” that is supposed to roll through tomorrow. Oh Denver in the spring time. You know what that means, fresh fruits and VEGGIES!!! I am so excited! I have been finding new recipes throughout the year for veggies all kind of ways. Fresh vegetables will be the best way to implement these recipes. 

It is also inspiring me to eat more veggies and live a healthier lifestyle. As I have said before, spring is a time of refreshment and a time to rejuvenate. Veggies are a great way to bring that about to your health this spring and summer.

I am going to be growing some herbs and hopefully some green beans this year. It will take some time but I want to gradually grow a garden so that I can have my own fresh vegetables. Yay! 

Are you excited for fresh veggies and fruits this summer?!

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