Month : January 2014

for those of us who can’t eat avocado…

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…I have life-changing news! Read on 🙂

I’ve had delicious guacamole just often enough to know how much I LOVE it…and also how much it does NOT love me back.

I never ate avocado growing up. It just wasn’t ever on the menu. Then, I tried guac for the first time. Ah-maz-ing. But I got terribly sick afterwards and didn’t draw a connection. I had it a handful of times after, with the same result. Then, for the longest time, I thought I couldn’t eat sushi because I’d feel awful afterwards…until I put it together and learned that there are tiny bits of ‘cado in the rolls!

So once I figured it out, I sadly gave up on avocado. It’s just not going to happen. I can order my sushi sans the fruit, but it’s guacamole that I continue to lust after at every Mexican restaurant we go to.

Then, this weekend, my friend, Sarah, CHANGED. MY. WORLD. She brought a guacamole with NO avocado — it’s made with broccoli! Broccamole.

Seriously. I died.

Find the recipe here – allergy or not, it’s DELICIOUS, nutritious, and tastes like the real thing!

(image: myrecipes.com)

obsession: the dry bar detangling brush

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I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but somewhere along the path to adulthood, my hair turned SUPER soft and super fine. I have a lot of it, fortunately, but trying to get it to do anything but hang limp, and especially detangling it, is a daily occurrence that I dread.

Until now!

Obviously, I added this to my basket because of the color. Seriously. But I also love the DryBar products and was excited at the thought that I finally might have a tool with which to detangle my hair post-shower without screaming bloody murder. This baby didn’t let me down!

No, I’m not being paid or perked to talk about it – I’m just THAT happy with this recent beauty purchase. Minimal snagging, even after a day of super-teased styling. Seriously, my life is a little bit better because of this bad boy!

Fine-haired ladies, unite! And check it out here. (Image from sephora.com)

Oscar Party 2014: The Color Scheme

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I was prepared to settle in for a long session of color scheme perusing for my 4th annual Oscar party…but after mentioning to my co-worker that I was planning to, she immediately called it — “you should use the Pantone color of the year!”. Of COURSE! I’ve had my heart set on incorporating some black and white this year, and certainly there needs to be some glitzy statue gold mixed in, but the front runner color of the theme will be Radiant Orchid! It seems everywhere I look this year, I can find mint colored supplies (but had to search high and low this time last year when it was part of my 2013 scheme)…I’m thinking this year will be the same story — let the hunt for orchid party supplies begin! 🙂

Photo credits: I struck out tracking down original sources of many of these images — please let me know if you know where credit is due! Striped Oscar bags: studiodiy.com; Champagne + black-white runner: http://shelterinteriordesign.blogspot.com/; paper fan: lunabazaar.com.

Easy, Healthy Lunch: Turkey Cranberry Wraps

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It’s been a while since I posted an Easy, Healthy Lunch idea. (You can check out previous ones here and here). But in the spirit of a new year and resolving to cut back on added sugars/simple carbs (I’ll never be free of either but hey I’m trying!) I’ve been checking out some new, portable ideas for weekday lunches to take to the office.

I love the FLAVOR and freshness of this easy wrap recipe. I don’t even use the whole tortilla – once I roll this up and slice it, I toss the ends, so calorie-wise I log it at about 3/4 of a full tortilla.

Turkey Cranberry Wraps

1 spinach tortilla
1 wedge light Laughing Cow swiss
1/8 c. blue cheese crumbles
1/8 c. craisins
1-2 oz. turkey breast
handful of fresh spinach

Spread the Laughing Cow across one side of the tortilla edge to edge and layer all other ingredients. Roll tightly (the cheese will help it stay rolled up) and slice into mini roll-ups, discarding the ends.

(According to LoseIt, these log in at about 410 calories – and are very filling!)

Yum 🙂

 

one little word for 2014.

For the past several years, along with New Years resolutions, I’ve selected one little word to be a guiding star of sorts for the year. Usually it’s just something I do for me, but this year, Page got into it, too, and we decided it would be a word for the whole Smith household. (I didn’t even consciously realize this word has been on my brain a lot recently — it surfaced in the sentiment of our Christmas card this year.)

This year’s word for 2014: Adventure

adventure | one little wordI know there are a lot of 2014 adventures in store for Page and me, already in progress and some soon to begin, personal and professional, for the coming twelve months.

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I can’t think of a more perfect word to begin the year.

In the spirit of making the word visual, it’s been fun to look at ideas for keeping one’s “one little word” around  from one day to the next.

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Like a necklace with the word, similar to this one from Simplish

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Or in this lovely banner from Earmark….

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But the thing I really want is this plexiglass handwritten word by Colleen Atara studio. LOVE it.

Here’s to 2014 and lots of adventure. 🙂

‘january’ is synonymous with ‘purging’ and ‘organization’

…at least for me it is!

Along with a fresh start (and a renewed sense of energy to get to the gym!) I love to use the cold post-holiday month of January to take a pass through our house and eliminate STUFF we don’t need and make SENSE of what we do and where to keep it. There’s nothing like the reward of zen that comes from not having more stuff that you can keep track of! Less stuff means less time spent to keep it all straight – and it’s easier to appreciate the things you LOVE when they aren’t overshadowed by a bunch of stuff you just don’t really need or use. I think this just about sums it up:

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January inevitably sends me into OCD mode, cleaning out and organizing every pocket in our house — closets, junk drawers, shelving – anywhere stuff accumulates, and also getting some rhyme and reason to collections of things – like gift wrap supplies, baking stuff, etc. I know there is more storage space in this house — it’s just a matter of creating it!

The goal is to tackle a space or two each week – some small, some large. Judging from my list this could go on for many weeks…

Purge/organize the following spots around the house: 

  • Gift wrap (simplify – too many odds and ends)
  • Baking/cake decorating supplies (I only use about 10% of what I own – an abandoned hobby)
  • Kitchen cabinets (in general just clear out dishes/tools we don’t need or use, including the TEN-plus water bottles for two people)
  • Pantry (decently organized, just needs a once-through for expired stuff and to regroup on what needs to be restocked)
  • Junk drawer (this can barely open/close!)
  • End table drawers in living room
  • Coat closet (out of control)
  • Bookcase cabinets (not even sure what it’s there anymore…)
  • Cubbies/baskets in front entry bench (same)
  • Bathroom cabinets upstairs (a whole mess of bath products, some being used, some not)
  • Nightstands in our room
  • Jewelry (I’ll always keep a TON of fun costume jewelry, but there are some pieces that have seen better days and need to go…and free up space for new ones!)
  • Makeup (pitch stuff I tried and hated, but felt guilty about the money spent, check expirations)
  • Nail polish (pitch colors I didn’t love on, anything over a couple years old)
  • Our closet (this deserves about ten bullets in the list – pull it all out and seriously evaluate what stays and goes — bribe Page to do the same)
  • Linen closet (not using space well in there)
  • Laundry room (get shelving built/room finished, organize the basics that need to go in there)
  • Guest room closet and under-bed (random storage, not sure what all’s there?)
  • My office (clear out books not needed, paperwork for our taxes/ClickSmith documents in order, get a system for organizing camera equipment)
  • Page’s office (add some shelving to max space in his closet, clear out paperwork, books, magazines, organize Page Smith Design documents)
  • Basement under-stairs closet (random stuff in an odd-shaped space – clean out and figure a better way to use this precious storage square footage
  • Utility closet (turn into seasonal decoration storage room! – get rid of xmas decs no longer needed and organize what’s left in there)
  • Basement bookcases (I have empty baskets/totes as “decoration” in them – need to figure out what to store there and fill them up!)
  • Garage (last as we’ll wait til it warms up past 1 degree F! We started to re-org out there before the cold season – finish this up in the spring)

I’ll try to check in throughout the month with any good “before and after” photo opps! Anyone else bitten by the organization bug this time of year?