Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Peace within

My mom sent me a lovely chain email yesterday. I know, I know, that sounds so oxymoron, but it was exactly what I needed to hear after my day yesterday. 

"Today may there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the
freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."

And I will leave you with a gorgeous sunset I was able to witness over Lake Tahoe. Heaven on Earth.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Master Your Metabolism Summit

No Fail Technique to “Master Your Metabolism"

My sweet friend, Melissa Schollaert, is hosting an awesome online summit about metabolism and including some of the nations top experts in the field and I am excited to participate and also to share it with all of you!


Have you ever wondered how to boost your metabolism naturally?
Are you tired of spending countless hours in the gym and counting calories only to feel like you’re getting nowhere?
Do you wonder what it would be like to wake up with energy every morning?
Would you love to make it through your day without coffee, sugar cravings and afternoon trips to the vending machine?

Join us for the "Master Your Metabolism Summit," happening June 15-22, 2014!

Join Melissa as she interviews 25 of the Nation’s top health experts in a conversation about metabolism and how hormones, diet, gut function and lifestyle all have an effect. Learn from the experts how to master this system and create your most vibrant health. At the Master Your Metabolism Summit, our hand-picked team of functional medical doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists, and health experts reveal how you can regain your energy, lose excess body fat, and boost your metabolism naturally through real food, lifestyle changes, and getting the lab testing you need!

Sign up here for a free ticket to this online event and to receive a complimentary gift from Melissa. Please make sure to forward this along to your friends and family - anyone who could use help Mastering their Metabolism.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A sunny weekend by the beach

Being an adult is pretty dang complicated. It's expensive, it's full of unexpected events and we can't have our parents figure it out for us. When we were kids why did we only wish to be adults?? 

I got to spend some quality time with my amazing family this weekend and what was even more special was the extra time with this adorable little guy! This smiling face knows just how to melt everything away.

And this place knows how to show you a good time!

And this view will make you forget all of your troubles.

I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many people who love and adore me! What a special weekend!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wednesday Randoms

I have been welcomed back to the reality of life by this horrible sunburn that I brought home with me from the beach. I am so happy for this short week - I ended up having a 5 day weekend with 2 of the days working remotely from beautiful places. Today I am catching up, Thursday is our Q2 event and who works on Fridays? This was perfect for a week back after a long weekend.


This article about traveling is so spot on. It is amazing how "scary" people make the world out to be.


I have never seen Amy Poehler be serious, but her message is perfect and spot-on.


I loved #27! And the rest of this article!


Last week, we had amazingly hot temperatures that cause everyone to lose their minds because it's the few days out of the year that you can comfortably wear a dress.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Sunday FOODday - 27/100 - SF 7x7

Happy Tuesday! 

Last week I made plans to spend Sunday with my college friend and AGD sister, Erin. Since I am on a mission to eat at most, if not all, of the restaurants on The Big Eat SF 7x7 List we decided to check some more off of the list. I BART'd into SF and Erin picked me up from BART and we headed straight to Trouble Coffee for coffee/tea and their famous Cinnamon Toast.

 Restaurant: Trouble Coffee
Dish: Cinnamon Toast
Verdict: Ahhmazing, I could not live without it

Alright, let me just start out by saying that this was the best cinnamon toast I had ever tasted. The bread was like 2inches thick and there must have been at least an entire stick of butter on it and then it was smothered into cinnamon and sugar. It was perfect. Note to all of you, they don't have decaf coffee in the cafe, so if you can't handle your caffeine, like me, stick with one of their many assortments of herbal tea - or drink half of your latte, like me. And then do pullups outside...to burn of 1/8 of the calories you just ingested...


From Trouble Coffee, we headed to Balompie #3 for some popusas. Well, we first went to La Ciccia for a bowl of their Spaghittusu, but they are only open for dinner...next time! Erin and I ordered 4 popusas to share.

 Restaurant: Balompie #3
Dish: Popusas
Verdict: Delicious

Because the Big Eat list only says to order "popusas" we asked the waitress if she would recommend us a few options. We ordered: Chicharron y Queso, Zyote y Queso, Loroco y Queso and Espinaca y Queso. The Chicharron popusa was both of our favorites. And we could have easily split 2 and been totally full! The others were delicious, but not nearly as good as the pork & cheese.


After popusas we headed to Plow for some crispy potatoes...

 Restaurant: Plow
Dish: Crispy Potatoes
Verdict: Ehh, I could live without it

We arrived right around 2 o'clock and we were told that the restaurant was closed until dinner. Fortunately enough, and totally not planned, we ran into my little sis (AGD) there and we asked them to make sure to order some crispy potatoes with their meals so we could try them and then check it off of the list. Nowhere on the list does it say how much of something you need to eat... They were alright...I wouldn't go back for them...


As our afternoon progressed, we decided that it was perfect timing for some dessert. We headed over to the Chocolate Lab for a brownie. 

 Restaurant: Chocolate Lab
Dish: Brownie a la Mode
Verdict: Delicious


We ordered the brownie and on Sunday they offered a special Rocky Road Brownie, all with walnuts and marshmallows and more than we needed of hot fudge sauce. This brownie was so rich and delicious! If you ever need a chocolate fix, make sure to stop by The Lab! 


After our brownie we headed to North Beach to meet up with Melissa for some wine. An hour and a half later, 2 bottles in and lots of catching up, Erin had to head home so Melissa and I decided to keep checking dishes off of my list. 3 more to go! :-)


As our first appetizer, we headed over to Bix for their Steak Tartare.

 Restaurant: Bix
Dish: Steak Tartare
Verdict: Good


 It comes out to you on a plate not fully prepared. The plate has the steak, minced shallots, mustard and a few other ingredients and the waiter mixes it all together making sure to add salt and pepper and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. The steak was a little too salty for my taste buds, but it was amazingly fresh. If you are into steak tartare, check this place out!


We wanted to stop one more place before we sat down for another meal. We walked over to House of Nanking and because there was a line out the door we ordered to-go and ate this on the fly! 

 Restaurant: House of Nanking
Dish: Fried Onion Cake
Verdict: Delicious

This dish was light and delicious! Definitely worth the $4 (or however much it was!)


Before making our way to Park Tavern, we wanted to stop by Tosca for their mussel soup. Unfortunately, it is a seasonal dish that they haven't had for a few months...we decided to ditch Tosca and head straight for our main course!


 Restaurant: Park Tavern
Dish: Poulet Noir
Verdict: Ahhmazing, I could not live without it

Alright. Hands down. This might be my most favorite dish, on this list, to date. We ordered the chicken and they brought it out already split for us. O.M.G. This was seriously ahhhmmmaaaazzzing!! And totally affordable! The entire dish was $28! And then we split it! Definitely make sure to stop in at Park Tavern for a carafe, or two, and this chicken. You will not be disappointed!I may go back there every day for the rest of my life.... we will just have to wait and see....

Buon Appetito

Check out the other restaurants I have been to here