Discovering Tofu


One of my husband and I's most recent food obsessions has taken us down the path of now incorporating tofu into our diets. It began mostly out of curiosity and the fun of figuring out how to play with it in different meals. The substance of tofu alone is a bit intriguing and I learned that there are different varieties of it, a certain way to prep it, and how to marinate it to give it a different taste.

What Taylor Swift Isn’t Teaching Us About Love


It’s undeniable that 2015 will, yet again, be Taylor Swift’s year. She’s got a hit album and I’ve counted 3 major songs being played back to back....back to back... and back to back again. You can’t escape T. Swift even if you try. Now, I am going to preemptively explain to you all that I’m not a huge fan of hers but I can at least say that, yes, she has some pretty catchy songs that I can even admit to singing along to on my commute to work....and again coming home. (Cause, you know, she isn’t going away just yet.) And good for her. She’s been able to stay relevant to her fans and listeners back since she was a country singer and not many ‘child artists’ can say that nowadays.

My Grateful Heart


Mondays strike and without warning our week has begun. (Well, I guess Sunday is warning enough but you get where I’m going with this). Mondays serve as a beginning; something anew. I am linking up today with Ember Grey for Grateful Heart Monday.

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey

Getting Away


Hi everyone! It’s been a quiet weekend on the blog and that’s because on Saturday I assisted with my husband in pouring at the tasting room he worked when he was stationed at Vandenberg AFB years ago. This tasting room is called Artiste and it’s located in a cute little wine town in Los Olivos, CA. If you’re looking for a lovely getaway from the hustle and bustle of LA, or just home in general, this little nook is the perfect place to go. There are about 20+ wineries and tasting rooms all within walking distance and you can’t get better than those views. All along the valley you have other wineries that go on for miles.

Book Study: The Best Yes


The Best Yes // Day 1-2 // Chapter 1-2

First off I wanted to share that I am completely new to this whole online book club business. One thing I loved about being back home in VA was that I had a group of girlfriends that I could talk to about anything from movies, books, or the randoms going on in my life. Now that I’ve moved away from said girlfriends, communicating daily has been a bit difficult with the whole 3hr time difference thing.

So, as I was tinkering around the blogosphere I discovered this thing of online book clubs. Through The Peony Project I was able to meet Bree who is the blogger over at The Imperfect Vessel. She hosts a seasonal book club and the winter study is The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst. Intrigued, I decided to join and began reading the first couple chapters this past weekend. Not only has it been a great book choice, but it’s also been nice to meet and connect with other women across the country who are reflecting and sharing each week.

Home Remedies for Battling Nasal Congestion


I’m so tired of feeling congested and, well, tired. All. The. Time. For the last few weeks I’ve been having some serious nasal congestion due to allergies. The funny part is that when we were discussing moving to CA from VA I thought “goodbye allergies!” cause, you know, we’d be by the beach and all. Ha! I’m not quite sure where I got that from but at the time it made total sense to me. However, what I’ve quickly come to realize is that is not the case. At all. There’s pretty much allergens everywhere and there’s nothing I can do to escape them. #science.

Getting Over the Blogging Blues


Today I was inspired to weigh in on a topic that has been on my mind for a while but I’ve never quite had the right words to say or describe my thoughts. I’ve experienced what I’ll call the ‘blogging blues.’ It’s a feeling that is made up of discouragement due to comparison. I am guilty that I have a tendency to compare my little blog here to more established blogs on the web. Some actual thoughts I’ve had...

They have more followers or likes. How can I get those? Wow, they get about 3M views a MONTH?! Bloglovin’ suggestions make me feel small compared to all of these other lifestyle blogs out there. Why doesn’t anyone link up with my hosted linkups?

But then I snapped out of that frame of thinking and it made me really start to question my foundation: why do I blog and how can I get over these blogging blues? I found my answer by going back to 2011.

Greek Yogurt Ranch Veggie Dip


I love dips and sauces. Give me something whether it be meat or vegetables and I want to dip them in something savory and delicious. I love creamy based dressings and dips but they’re heavy on the calories and fat. No bueno for my waistline. So, within the last few years I’ve successfully switched over to vinaigrettes and I love them. This lead me on the path to find the perfect substitution for ranch dip for snacking with my raw veggies and I found the perfect recipe!

Gimme Some Oven has the easiest ranch dip recipe that incorporates greek yogurt and fresh spices instead of opting for those store brand packets and mixing in sour cream. Those are typically high in sodium and fat...and that’s not even including what’s in the sour cream. The original recipe calls for you to use 1 tbsp for every cup of greek yogurt but I recommend to season your yogurt to taste with the seasoning mix. **The measurements below make much more seasoning mix than what you’ll use in the dip recipe.

Ranch Seasoning Mix:
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. dried onion flakes
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. salt

  1. For every cup of greek yogurt mix in 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix. Season to taste!
  2. Garnish with fresh chives or green onion.
To make this recipe into a dressing simply add the seasoning mix and combine with buttermilk!

Be sure to follow Gimme Some Oven for many other wonderful recipe ideas to keep you healthy and full in 2015!

What I Wore: The Denim Jacket


Can anyone guess what my style inspiration has been this week?? It’s my newest denim jacket from my most recent Stitch Fix box (see post)! I had been on the hunt for a new denim jacket because, like a vest, it’s versatile and can be played up or down depending on the look you want to achieve. To start, I’ve put together some inspirations that show you different ways you can wear your denim jacket.

A Girls Guide To Running For Non-Runners


Most of us rank ‘getting healthy’ as one of our top goals for this year and it’s not a bad goal to have; personal health and improvement should always be your number one priority! We only get one body and it’s up to us to treat it right. 

After ringing in the new year, January marks an influx of gym memberships, the optimism of beginning new cleanses and detoxes, and changing up our grocery lists. I’m not one for crazy diets or insane, and might I mention unrealistic, fitness regimens - it’s just not my style of fitness.

Which brings me to the topic of my post today. Fitness goals can look different for different people. For me, fitness needs to be more than just lifting weights. It’s important to fit in a whole body workout and cardio is a great way to do just that. Now, I don’t consider myself to be a runner nor do I find that high or release from running that avid runners seem to feel, which makes me a bit jealous. I wish I fell in love with running but it can be described more as a love-hate relationship and here’s why...

The Peony Project: RENEW


I’m not typically one to discuss my faith, especially on my blog. It’s not about being ashamed or afraid to talk about it, rather it’s because it’s so personal to me and sometimes it comes down to not having anyone to really discuss it with. Don’t get me wrong, I love having in-depth conversations with my husband but sometimes a girl just needs the fellowship of other women sometimes. Another aspect of blogging that I love so much is that I’ve recently discovered that there are entire faith-based communities out there and I am so happy to have found Heavens to Betsy and became a member of  The Peony Project.

Styling with Stitch Fix #4

What a rainy and cold day today turned out to be! I swear the moment I get used to this CA weather it switches up on me. It goes from sunny and 75 degrees back to cold and rainy. However, it doesn’t get in the way of my excitement for my Stitch Fix! Even though we were stuck inside we made the most of it!

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One of my favorite aspects of Stitch Fix is that I always anticipate what I’ll receive next. For this fix I left a note to my stylist mentioning that I would love to receive more items that could go with my newly purchased ankle boots and lighter pieces that I could easily layer. Once I opened my box I was very happy with what I got! Let’s take a look at my January fix.

DIY: Accent Walls


Saturday I got a fire under me. My husband was out of the house for the day and I thought to myself I need a home project to keep me busy. Before I knew it I had my painters tape out and measuring lines across one of our living room walls. For a long time, and many apartments ago, I’d always wanted to paint an accent wall, specifically those striped walls you see all the time on Pinterest...


You know you’ve seen them everywhere and secretly admire the time and effort...and well, those end results. I had always wanted to do one of these walls but for one reason or another I never did. So, in 2015 I’m going to do the things I’ve always put off when it comes to making my home feel like mine and not just some space I occupy. So, yesterdays project was creating a striped accent wall.

A Foodies Guide


My husband isn’t a fan of the term but it adequately describes his deep passion and interest of  all things food and wine. His interest goes beyond just the enjoyment from food, rather it’s the process and technique of how the food and wine is made and presented. It would suffice to say that, through association, I have developed this same appreciation, and often times fascination, with what chefs are creating behind those kitchen doors.