Wednesday, June 12, 2013

stuff I like to eat lately

Annnd I let nearly another year pass with no posts! Geez, sorry! I think it's partly because I am not really interested in 'fashion blogging' lately, and I'm worried that my food/exercise pursuits aren't that interesting to anyone. However, my family blog is becoming a lot more FAMILY focused, as I should have expected with 1- and 3-year-old boys, and I need a space where I can write more about all the other stuff in my life that is more Monique and less wife-and-mom. So I'm going to give this another shot, and worry less about who is reading and more about what I feel like sharing, that's what makes a good blog anyhow.

And since I have nothing else to share with you today, I'll show you a few things I've eaten lately. Because I love food pictures. 

This was last week's farmer's market haul (everything except the bananas and apples). I LOVE our local farmer's market! We bought organic free range chicken, organic grass fed stew meat and ground beef, carrots, turnips, kale, garlic, onion, strawberries, plums, apricots, kabocha squash, yellow squash, heirloom tomatoes. I also bought local honey and local, AMAZING apple cider vinegar.
This is one of my favorite throw-together meals when I don't know what else to eat: short grain brown rice, home-cooked black beans, chopped avocado, and salsa. My favorite lately is Amy's Organic Medium Salsa, it doesn't have any added sugar.  
Oatmeal is another staple meal around here, sometimes for breakfast and sometimes for dessert! This one had a mashed banana, 1/2 cup rolled oats, and 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, stirred together and microwaved for 4 minutes. After letting it set for a couple minutes, I added pecans, almonds, raisins, honey, and fresh strawberries. It was total oatmeal bliss, I am telling you. Mmm, I want more just looking at it.
Chopped kabocha squash sauteed with onions in grapeseed oil, then I threw in some short grain brown rice (let's just abbreviate sgb rice, k?) with home-cooked black beans. See how easy you can make meals by keeping pots of cooked rice and beans in your fridge? This would have been even better if I'd thrown kale and mushrooms in, but . . . I didn't think about it.
The deliciousness of this surprised me. I was planning to add a bunch of herbs and spices, but it totally didn't need anything! I sauteed a tomato, onion, and garlic until it made a bubbly sauce, then added half a bag of frozen mixed veggies and cooked until hot, then added kale and cooked until just wilted, and served over quinoa. Super yum.

What is your favorite, quick, go-to healthy meal? 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

utah to boston to california!

Can you believe it's been over a year since I last posted??

We moved to Boston and it was LOVE. I could've stayed in that city forever. 

I ran my first half marathon (10 weeks pregnant!) with one of my BFF's from college. 
Husband graduated from MIT, and he was even the convocation speaker. 
I had another baby--a boy we named Isaac. 
And now we've moved to California for husband's new job. Life is fabulous. 

But my closet is not. I have a lot of baby weight to lose. I kind of want to blog here again. We'll see how it goes!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

week in review

what i did this week:

had a hugely successful yard sale
ran my best 5k time ever
walked my son to the park almost every day
took a lot of naps
ate mostly vegetable soup and beans & rice (we're trying to use up our food storage before the move)
convinced my husband to let me buy a costco membership
got dressed in an outfit i loved once (that would be today)

and i really really do love it. turquoise + red = awesome.

white tee: target $10
sweater: hand-me-down
skirt: thrifted $6
shoes: target $13
necklace: forever21 $7

Sunday, May 8, 2011

things are good

i haven't felt very inspired in my dress lately, and i'm finding that this blog is becoming less and less relevant to my real life. i'm preferring to spend my days in jeans and tee shirts playing with my son at the park, reading books, and preparing my family for our big move. i'm sorry i haven't been posting much lately. i will continue to post occasionally, and who knows? maybe i'll come back full-time with a vengeance, but i just can't keep writing on this blog (and spending hours reading and commenting on other blogs) as a top priority in my life at the moment. i hope you all understand. 

i don't plan to disappear forever, but if you wonder what happened to me, just know that i'm living life. and things are good. 

blouse: ross $10
skirt: thrifted $5
belt: forever 21 $7.50
shoes: target $12

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

i love spring!

isn't this tree just stunning? the husband and i went to a dollar movie last night and this tree was near the theatre and i just had to get a picture next to it. LOVE. i think spring might be my favorite season. i love how crisp and comfortable the air is, how beautiful the grass and trees are, listening to the birds singing throughout the day ... it's just totally perfect. 

what is your favorite season? 

 white tee: target $10
scarf: nordstrom thrifted $4
jeans: jcpenny's (free w/ giftcard)
boots: steve madden $100

Monday, May 2, 2011

how to turn 2 days' worth of clothes into 3

you saw what i wore in my last post, right? i planned this outfit for church because i wanted something comfortable and easy to wear all day/in the car on the way home (and i love you so much that i put it back on this afternoon for pictures because we didn't get any after church) but we didn't end up coming home yesterday.
 we were having such an awesome time that we ended up staying with our friends last night as well, but i'd only packed for two days. when i woke up this morning with nothing to wear, i 'remixed' my previous outfits and came up with this
and felt pretty good about myself, to be honest. i never would have thought to switch stuff up like this even a year ago, and look at me now! it was SO cold on saturday, but today was warm and i'm glad i had the wedges to wear with my jeans. and not only did we had a fantastic weekend, but today was the icing on the cake -- the husband skipped ALL of his classes to play with me and the kiddo. so perfect. i hope your weekend was wonderful, too!

striped tee: ross $3.50
floral top: ross $10
cardigan: old navy $15
skirt: thrifted $6
jeans: jcpenny's (free w/ gift card)
wedges: target (free w/ gift card)
check this out! 3 days worth of outfits for only $34.50! not to mention that i remix this stuff all the time anyway. 
i love being cute and not having to spend a lot of money, don't you? 

Saturday, April 30, 2011

terrible, horrible, no good, very bad trim

today started out sooo well. i made this deliciousness for breakfast
and served it up with some fresh blueberries and almond milk. want the recipe? tough. i'm not home and i don't have it with me. maybe i'll post it later if i remember ... otherwise it'll stay my little secret. just know it's the best granola EVER, and it's super healthy. love it. 

the husband and i cleaned our entire apartment together this morning, and then on our way to spend the rest of the weekend with friends we stopped at the mall salon so i could get a quick bang trim. it was the worst EVER. i told the lady very clearly what i wanted and i swear, she did the exact opposite. at least she didn't make me pay for it. the husband told me they don't look as bad as i think they do, but ... i still hate them. a lot. (and yes, i cried. but at least i waited until i'd left the salon). i can't wait until they grow out. don't be surprised if you see a lot of bobby pins around here for the next couple of weeks. 
but isn't this location pretty? we took my son to a duck park and fed them bread and he LOVED it. it's so fun that he's old enough to enjoy things like this. i love being a momma!  so happily, my terrible hair ordeal was sandwiched in between a fantastic rest-of-the-day. and it's just hair, right? it'll grow back. no big deal. right?? *sigh*

shirt: ross $10
sweater: hand-me-down
jeans: jcpenny's (free w/ gift card)
boots: steve madden $100