recapFebruary was definitely a weird month. It seemed to feel like it dragged on, but somehow also managed to fly by. I felt like I was constantly doing something, but don’t really know that I have too much to show for it. I guess that means I didn’t really make moves on the “busy-ness” I mentioned in last month’s recap post (oops)! That said, let’s take a look at some of the things I did do in February! View Post

Sorry for my posts being a little slow around here lately! I know I shared a post with tips for dealing with the blues, but I’ve definitely been struggling still (like everyone around me it seems?!), and I’ve found that the only way for me to truly work through the rough stuff is to take a breather. It’s definitely easier to move forward after sitting and getting to know your emotions, ya know? That way you’re working with yourself, instead of struggling against the tide.

At any rate, to get myself and you outta this funk, I wanted to share a post with 5 things I’m loving lately!

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gluten free pancakes

Okay y’all, I’m the first to admit living that gluten-free life is hard. As someone who just gets bloaty stomach aches when they eat gluten, it’s a struggle to stay away from something that tastes good (aka bread). To make my life easier/less painful, I’ve been trying to throw myself into finding new recipes for old faves, in hopes that eventually I’ll just know how to cook everything in a gluten-free version. It’ll probably be a long crawl, but the only way to move is forward, right??

I decided to keep it simple with breakfast and make some gluten free pancakes. There’s been a “healthy version” of pancakes going around in the blogging scene for a while now that basically consists of combining mashed banana with egg whites and cooking them. While I don’t think they’re awful if you want something quick, I wanted to make something a bit more substantial. Blending the rolled oats (I used these gluten free ones*, but you can use regular oats if your gut allows it) as well as the greek yogurt made the pancakes feel dense, and the banana and egg definitely helped hold everything together! Definitely feels like more of a meal than egg whites and bananas do! Plus, the yogurt adds an extra punch of protein; all around a healthy win I’d say. View Post

3 ways to show yourself some love and also a discount for 20% off flowers with 1-800-flowers.com!

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been seeing a lot of blogs putting out their posts on ways you can show love for the important people in your life, like your significant other, your mom, your boss, or even your dog. That said, it seems as though the most important person has been forgotten: yourself! We as a society seem to have developed a mindset that it’s inherently narcissistic or selfish to consider ourselves as more than an after-thought, when hellooo, it should just be second nature to show some love on the reg.

I’ve mentioned it before here, but it’s really so important to treat yourself right and show appreciation for yourself, even in little ways. Not only can it make a physical difference, but taking time out of your day to put yourself first is totally a mood booster! I know it can be easier said than done, especially if you’re not used to making yourself a priority, so try starting small. Here’s 3 of my favorite ways to show myself a little love: View Post

Two valentine's looks, perfect for celebrating with a date night or with your ladies!

I decided to switch it up a little this month and asked my friend Bianca, owner of Toile, to help me pick some outfits for you guys to wear on Valentine’s Day! Her shop is loaded with some rad local talent (including her own pieces!) so this was fun to put together. We’ve got two outfits for you to choose from, so that whether you’re heading out to a Valentine’s date or planning to celebrate Galentine’s style (which, for those of you who don’t watch Parks and Rec, is for ladies to celebrate with their lady friends), you’re totally covered.

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january recap

I decided to bring back an old recap feature I had on my old blog before I switched over to WordPress. Instead of just doing a photo round up, I wanted to expand and really get into some of the things that I noted or enjoyed from each passing month. Not only will it help me share my thoughts, it’ll also help me really reflect on the positives (even when I might not have thought there were any)! I think it’d be a good opportunity for me to set an intention for the upcoming month as well, so I can try to stay focused and accountable.

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Matcha power smoothie, created to get you going and keep you going. Click through for recipe >>
Matcha power smoothie, created to get you going and keep you going. Click through for recipe >>

matcha power smoothie
Lately I’ve been on a full on caffeine bender. Every once in a while I find myself going overboard, and that’s usually when I need to double check what’s going on in my life (hello, why am I trading sleep for double shots of espresso?!?) and re-evaluate. I just told you all in my post on being productive that you need to treat yourself better, so I decided to start doing just that! Step one: find something to replace my coffee with.

I talked about how great matcha is a while back, but totally forgot all about it until I started digging through my kitchen cabinets. It’s a straight up wonder ingredient, so I decided to combine it with some of my other favorite ingredients to make a well rounded power smoothie. This is something that should definitely get you going first thing in the morning, but I could see it being a great afternoon pick-me-up as well.

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girl power

Today was the Women’s March on Washington. In case you’re not in the know, the march was put together as a show of solidarity, a protest of inequality, a strong and peaceful demand for change, for freedom; it was a strong and resilient statement made around the world that we will not take things as they are. Seriously, go look how many cities had marches and tell me it isn’t mind blowing the powerful strength that is displayed in coming together peacefully with a common goal. Apparently it was the largest Inaugural Protest in history, with at least 50k people in Philadelphia alone!

I decided to put together a collection of songs that I felt were empowering and strong, to help us continue riding on that female strength. It’s a solid mix of new and old, but all of them make me feel that YES GIRL vibe. And all of them are performed by women. Enjoy! View Post