Summer is nearly, kind-of-but-not-really almost over, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy a refreshing ice pop on a bright & hot sunny day. At the peak of the season, I went on a bit of a fruit binge, so I got a tray of nectarines & peaches to use in my morning smoothies alongside blueberries, raspberries, & strawberries. We got a new blender over a month ago, so I’ve been utilizing all the fruits within my reach to whip up–or blend up, rather–some refreshing & healthy smoothies. You know how it is, gotta get that “daily 5″ in somehow! This recipe is simple, healthy, & absolutely kid-friendly, but if there aren’t any kids around I’ve got a solution for that too. Add an extra zing to it by adding peach alcohol – 4-5 shots should be fine. No one will get drunk off the ice pops, don’t worry…that is of course, unless you eat all 10 ice pops in one sitting.

Moving past the lugubrious notion that summer is coming to an end, cheer up with a wonderful smoothie with some seasonal fruit!



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Back in 2009, I started this project called Ma Belle Vie that was an attempt to record my entire day from morning to night in photos. I haven’t set time aside to do the project in 4 years, so this is a reintroduction. You’d be surprised how easily you forget to take pictures from morning to night so I forgot to photograph our night – whoops! Next time, I’ll be sure to be more thorough. Our day wasn’t too out of the ordinary, however it was Josh’s first time at Marukai. You can see how entertained he was being in a Japanese grocery store he’s never been to. I swear there’ll be less domestic photos in the future for this project; something worth capturing. For now, you just get boring housewife photos. To begin my journey through the day, click on the first photo & navigate using the arrows.


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Remember that macaron craze back in 2011? Yeah, so I was late to that party by 3 years; I just tried to make them this month. My second attempt at making them went really well, but they were stuck to the wax paper, so I had to start all over. Almond meal is pretty expensive, so if you’re a Slowpoke like me in experimenting with macarons, you’ll want to get the cheapest almond meal you can find (Trader Joe’s) so it won’t hurt your wallet so much if you mess up. The art of making macarons is a science more than it is an art & when I get my hands on more almond meal, I’ll be posting up some recipes for macarons.

For the most part of last week, I came down with a terrible cold thanks to hanging out in a cold wet swimsuit for 5 hours at a day club in Vegas. I felt as though death was approaching as I figuratively coughed out my lungs, so the simplest throat soothing remedy was a nice warm cup of tea. When you’ve a cold, it’s best to go with a pleasant green tea with ginger to help make you feel a little better. Fortunately, I just purchased a tin of loose leaf coconut tea with ginger & lemongrass from Trader Joe’s the week before. Coconut is all the rage these days & it deserves to be! It’s got amazing healthy & nutritious properties such as having the same amount of electrolytes you’d find in a sports drink & it’s rich in fiber, vitamins (C, B1, B, E, B3, B5, B6), & minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, selenium). Using coconut water instead of plain water in your smoothies will help jump start your day to a healthier one, so imagine how wonderful it is as a tea paired with ginger & lemongrass.

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About 3 years ago, my cousin Peter introduced me to this amazing cajun/creole restaurant that’s hidden inside a Vegas hotel frequented by locals & seniors called the Oyster Bar in Palace Station. When I adventured back to Vegas for the 4th of July weekend, I was determined to get everyone to try it. The bar behind the restaurant serves $3 Bloody Mary’s & $0.99 margaritas as Jimmy, Josh, Kelcie, & I learned as we waited 2 hours in line for the most delicious red bowl of seafood goodness that awaited us. It was my third time at the Oyster Bar & everyone else’s first, so I was there on a mission: to figure out all the ingredients they use to make this bowl of perfection.


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Musical Mondays: Mellifluous


Mellifluous

  1. “Settle Down” by Kimbra
  2. “Take My Hand” by Charli xcx
  3. “Maiden” by MØ
  4. “Four Leaf Clover” by Diana Vickers
  5. “Coattails” by Broods
  6. “Stay Down” by Katy B
  7. “Night Sky” by Chvrches
  8. “One Thing” by Bonobo
  9. “Forever Love (Digame)” by Anna Nalick
  10. “Money Power Glory” by Lana Del Rey
  11. “Across The Ocean” by Azure Ray
  12. “I’ll Never Forget You” by Birdy
  13. “Moon & Moon” by Bat For Lashes
  14. “The Sea” by Corinne Bailey Rae
  15. “Soon We’ll Be Found” by Sia
  16. “Ghost/Haunted” by Beyoncé
  17. “Hey Now” by London Grammar
  18. “Ultraviolence” by Lana Del Rey

I have a test today, so I prepared a Musical Monday for all of you ahead of time. Mellifluous is the third mix I’ve made since I started Musical Mondays & is suitable for female audiences since, well, everyone who sings is a woman. It doesn’t mean a man can’t enjoy it, but it’s obvious that more likely than not, a woman would find this more appealing. This playlist features voices from contemporary female artists, with an upbeat start that transitions to a more mellow, sleepy half. It’s a great playlist for background noise while working, preparing for bed & falling asleep to it, or for one of those days you just feel like some easy listening. Hopefully this mix will help you discover new songs, artists, &/or genres so ladies, I hope you enjoy it.


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