WIAW: Photo Dump

Wow, it’s been sooooo long since I’ve done a WIAW! I’ve really missed it, but I had to do what was right for me and for a while, I was trying to get away from focusing on food so much. Now that I’ve found a way of eating that’s working for me, I want to start participating in the best party of the week more often.

Basically, I have a LOT of food/random photos to share so let’s get to it!

One of the newest Larabar flavors.

One of the newest Larabar flavors.

I can’t remember where I first saw the latest additions to the Larabar family, but I knew I had to find them. Luckily, Natural Grocers seems to always have bar flavors other stores don’t have, so when I spotted a few of their new Uber varieties, I had to snag one. I got baklava since it sounded the tastiest, and it was pretty good, with the signature spices of baklava. I still like the bananas foster Uber the best out of that line!

Pumpkin chocolate chip buckwheat+almond flour protein pancakes. Topped with coconut butter, homemade apple chia jam, side of local honey.

Pumpkin chocolate chip buckwheat+almond flour protein pancakes. Topped with coconut butter, homemade apple chia jam, side of local honey.

Breakfast for dinner! These pancakes incorporated a few new products, namely stevia-sweetened chocolate chips (um, yes PLEASE!) and sacha inchi powder. The powder has great stats (40 calories and 6 grams protein per tablespoon) but I don’t love the flavor on its own. It worked great in these pancakes with the flavors of pumpkin and buckwheat!

Beautiful pink flowers at the trial gardens on campus.

Beautiful pink flowers at the trial gardens on campus.

Pretty yellow-ish orange flowers.

Pretty yellow-ish orange flowers.

My family visited me a couple of weekends ago and we took a little walk around the trial gardens on a nice, sunny day. Flowers always make me happy and it was great to see them one last time–probably the last time I’ll see them before I graduate!

Lots o' produce!

Lots o’ produce!

I made my weekly grocery trip on Sunday. Unfortunately for my wallet, it was one of those stock-up trips…meaning I spent a lot more than I wanted to. But I got a lot of things I needed, like produce to refill my fridge, coconut oil and protein powder that will both last awhile and some other pantry staples.

Random buys and pantry staples.

Random buys and pantry staples.

That chocolate bar in the front is perfect for true chocolate lovers–it’s literally just made of cacao beans! It’s a bit too bitter for me so I drizzle a little local honey on it and it’s perfection.

In the Forever 21 dressing room.

In the Forever 21 dressing room.

Trying on dress number 2.

Trying on dress number 2.

Aaaand dress 3, the one I bought. It has little colorful triangles all over!

Aaaand dress 3, the one I bought. It has little colorful triangles all over!

My mom and I did a little shopping while I was home this past weekend. I’ve been looking for a professional-looking dress I can wear to school, for doing the weather for the campus TV station and hopefully to wear at my first big girl job. It’s a lot harder than it seems! I can’t buy anything blue or green (because of the green/blue screen I have to stand in front of), I can’t get dresses that are sleeveless unless I want to wear a blazer over them and of course, they have to fit and look right. I can’t even tell you how many stores we went to and left empty-handed. Finally, we went to Forever 21 and hit the jackpot. I only got one of these dresses (the last one pictured) but I actually loved them all. The top one was a bit too big in the chest area (#ACupProblems) and my mom didn’t like the cutouts on the second one but the third one we both agreed was cute and professional. I can’t wait to wear it on TV this week! Oh, and I’m for sure putting the other two dresses on my Christmas wishlist 😉

I love seasonal food items!

I love seasonal food items!

If I had a vice, it would be seasonal food products. Seriously. I have a big problem. I immediately want to buy them, even if I don’t really need them. Luckily, this week I did need to stock up on protein powder (and this one was on a 3 day sale at Whole Foods, score!) and I wanted to buy some sprouted tortilla chips to make nachos. I want to do some kind of review post soon on the products I’ve tried recently but for now, I have to say I love and recommend both of these. The Amazing Meal has the perfect mix of chocolate and peppermint, and I love the vitamins and minerals in all their products. And the chips are a little sweet and a little salty and great for dipping.

Return of the Whole Foods salad bar box.

Return of the Whole Foods salad bar box.

The last thing my wallet needs right now is the Whole Foods salad bar, but I haven’t had it in at least 2 months, so I was desperate for my favorite takeout. I got some usuals and tried a few of their Indian dishes. It was SO much food, but it was worth the price for sure. At least it’s a rare indulgence, amiright?

Local matcha 'frappuccino' from Nourish Organic Juice.

Local matcha ‘frappuccino’ from Nourish Organic Juice.

Noochy kale salad, cashew ranch dressing and grain free PB chocolate chip blondie from Nourish.

Noochy kale salad, cashew ranch dressing and grain free PB chocolate chip blondie from Nourish.

While I was at home, my dad and I saw some short films at a film festival downtown. The movies were fun, but the best part was trying out a newish vegan place nearby for lunch. My dad is definitely NOT a vegan but he’s so accepting of my lifestyle (as is my mom) and he’s always willing to try vegan restaurants and food, plus he’s really into eating foods without artificial ingredients, so that’s a plus. The restaurant we went to is mostly a smoothie and cold-pressed juice place but they had some tasty food options as well. My salad was small but really delicious, especially with their homemade dressing. The frappuccino was perfect–a lot less sweet than frapps from Starbucks, and made with matcha tea, almond milk and a bit of agave. And the PB blondie was incredible–I had it for dessert that night and it was even better warmed in the microwave. I love that they are completely gluten free and vegan (with a lot of grain free options) and that they make all their stuff in-store or buy it locally. Definitely my kind of place!

What have you been eating and doing lately? 

Things I Love

My lovely mom is in town for the weekend, so I’m gonna make this post short and sweet in order to spend the most time I can with her. So let’s get to it!

I’m basically just filling out the Lovely 14–Things I Love survey that I’ve seen floating around. It still counts if it’s right after Valentines Day, right? 😛

1. Valentines Candy I Love: 

Gotta be honest with you, not a big fan of candy. The closest I get is fair trade, vegan dark chocolate made with natural ingredients. #sorryimnotsorry But really, I love Theo and Alter Eco’s chocolate, particularly their mint varieties.

2. Current Workout Jam I Love:

Pound the Alarm by Nicki Minaj, I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor by the Arctic Monkeys and Houdini by Foster the People. Yes, all completely random but they really pump me up to pump some iron or blast out some ab exercises.

3. Article of Clothing I Love:

The boyfriend-fit chambray shirt my mom got me for Valentines Day from American Eagle. We actually just stopped by there today and I love literally almost everything in the store right now. Not an issue at all…nope, except for my wallet!

4. Something Red I Love:

Microwaved raspberries on my waffles

This was my very appropriate V-Day waffle.

This was my very appropriate V-Day waffle.

And my mommy (she’s a red-head, it totally counts!)

5. Month I Love:

July because it’s my birthday month, the height of summer (my fave season) and I love Independence Day! Oh, and I also like May because it kinda marks the beginning of summer for me, what with getting out of school, Memorial Day weekend and the weather warming up. Can you tell I like summer…and much warmer weather than we’ve been having?!

6. Piece of Advice I Love: 

Just do you. I have a bad habit of falling into comparison traps all.the.time so reminding myself that I need to do what works for me and not worry about anyone else is vital.

7. New (or Old) Blog I Love:

Amanda’s blog is pretty much bangin’–love her more personal posts as well as her fun thoughtful ones. And Alex’s blog always keeps me second-guessing myself and my recovery in a really good and helpful way.

8. Current Reading Material I Love:

I honestly like never read books other than required readings for classes (school has ruined me haha) so I’m actually kinda liking my advertising textbooks. Nerd alert! But actually, they have really cool ad examples from a long time ago and even recently so it’s an entertaining read.

9. A Memory I Love:

The summer between my junior and senior years of HS when I went on a church mission trip to San Francisco. Not only was the work we did really humbling and eye-opening, but the city itself is really cool and I’m itching to go back.

A gorgeous city, even from afar!

A gorgeous city, even from afar!

10. “Chick Flick” I Love:

I’m not sure if this counts as a chick flick, but I love love LOVE The Devil Wears Prada. Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep are amazing (when are they ever not?) and the fashion story behind it is totally my thing.

11. A Special Place in the World I Love:

My hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. I was born there and lived there for the first 2 years of my life, and have only been back once for a spring break trip, so I don’t know all its ins and outs but I do know that I have a special connection to it, it’s really beautiful (I love deserts) and I want to go back someday (hopefully immediately post-college) to live and work. I know the summers are brutal (hey, I was born there in the middle of summer!) but I think it would be worth putting up with to live there amongst the cacti.

You can't tell me this doesn't look beautiful.

You can’t tell me this doesn’t look beautiful.

12. Beauty Product I Love:

Bath and Body Works white citrus scented body lotion. The smell reminds me of summer, just what this summer-lovin’ girl needs right about now!

13. Nifty Website I Love:

Not exactly a site, but these hilarious and so-true Shit Vegans Say videos were found on the SFWeekly website…another reason to love San Fran!

14. A Beautiful Blog Post I Love:

Gah so many! Really, I just love all your blogs #cheesybuttrue

Answer any of the above…and enjoy your weekend!

I’m Outta Here! (at least for a few days)

Thanks for all the loving on my WIAW post! I loved catching up on all your WIAWs, too.

Recently, I’ve been seeing the Amazing Blogger Award on many of my favorite blogs, so I was thrilled to be awarded with it today by the very lovely Carrie of Moves ‘N Munchies! If you’ve never checked out her blog before, doooooooo it. Now. She always has yummy eats and I love her style.

I love surveys/quizzes so this should be mucho fun! (If you want to play along on your own blog, all you have to do is answer the questions and then add your own to the end. Ready…GO!!!!!!)

Favorite Cartoon Character: I used to be OB-SESSED with the show “Arthur” (anyone else????) It was actually really funny for a kids show, so funny that I still watch it today 😀 I loved Muffy, even though she’s a snob, because she’s a fashionista like me!

 

Favorite Thing to Photograph: Does it sound stuck-up if I say myself? Trust me, I’m not one of those girls who is completely self-centered, but I like to take pics of myself with goofy faces because it’s fun. Surprisingly, I don’t like it when other people take pictures of me. I look back at them later and I usually hate how I look in them. When I take pictures of myself, I can delete the ones I like and only end up with the best ones.

I'm obsessed with Instagram, and I really love this photo 🙂

 Favorite Thing to Cook: I actually have gotten into the whole raw food making/no cooking thing and I really love it. Like my obsession with overnight oats. And my recent raw desserts (including some dark chocolate pudding that I just made. It tastes a little too avocado-y for me, though, so I may have to tweak the recipe). But if I have to actually answer the question, I’d say homemade waffles or quinoa bowls. I’m planning on making a Chipotle burrito bowl-inspired one tonight, so we’ll see how that turns out.

Banana Split Overnight Oats

A quinoa bowl without the bowl: quinoa (duh!), leftover shredded sweet potato, crumbled tempeh bacon and fresh edamame guacamole

 Favorite Way to Exercise: This is sooooo hard! I love yoga (I have gotten so much stronger from it, and its calming), biking (it really works your legs and makes me feel like a champ when I make it up a huge hill!) and tennis (fun to play it with my dad and sister). I try to be active everyday, but I NEVER go to the gym. I want my workouts to be fun!!!!!

I also like to hike! One of my favorite hiking spots: Rocky Mountain National Park

Favorite Movie: Hands-down, no question…The Devil Wears Prada! If you know about my love of fashion, then this movie pick seems obvious. But I also love it because a) It has Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep and b) It’s engaging and funny.

Love this movie!

Favorite Clothing: Ughhhhhh, this is really hard since I love me some clothes, but I’d have to say summer dresses! I’ve also recently gotten into shorts (I prefer twill/culotte styles) and rompers. I wish I lived in a warm climate year round so I could wear these things all the time.

My new Hollister romper that I love to death!

 Favorite Flower: I love big daisies, or roses in any color other than red. My mom loves flowers, and she was growing some on our deck, but a lot of them died (sadly) because of our abundance of hail and lack of moisture. We are in a severe drought here, and the July 4th fireworks show is cancelled 😦 Luckily, we won’t be around, so we’re not missing much.

Favorite Breakfast:I used to be a hardcore cereal girl, but that was before I discovered the bliss that is overnight oats! Now I mix it up, with my beloved OOs, cereal (I’m picky, but I love Cascadian Farms kids cereals and some Whole Foods brand varieties), Greek yogurt (partial to Oikos) and occasionally Vitatops. I always gotta have my Morningstar spicy veggie sausages, though!

A typical breakfast: banana nut Vitatop, spicy veggie sausage, fresh mango, homemade waffle half

 Early Riser or Night Owl: Definitely the second one! I absolutely hate waking up early, even though I had to wake up at 5:15 all through high school. My first year of college spoiled me–I got to wake up at 9 every morning 😉 I’m gonna have to get used to getting up earlier next year because I have a 9 am class…yikes! I usually stay up til 11 or 12, so I’m not a super night owl.

If You Could Go Anywhere in the World Right Now, Where Would it Be?: Either Greece or somewhere in the Caribbean. I’m a sucker for pretty water and beaches 😛

Doesn't this look absolutely gorgeous?

(now for my own question addition)

Favorite Musical Artist: Don’t you know this by now? LADY GAGA! No question!

 

Well, everyone, I’m leaving for a few days on a little family vacay! It’s to one of our favorite in-state destinations, and I’m excited for a few days of hiking, swimming, soaking up the sun, shopping and some eating out. I’ll let you all know how it went when I get back, promise!

Answer one of the above survey questions, any that you’d like to!