Thursday, August 29, 2013

Feeling Nauti

Nautical, that is..
One of the things I love most about my job is planning all the events for the company. Today we are hosting the retirement party for our CEO (don't worry, I put my name in the hat for the position after he steps down) Just wanted to share some of the decorating ideas in case you need help planning a Labor Day soiree. and of course show off our fabulous outfits. 

top- Ellen Tracy, shorts- Volcom, shoes- Sperry Topsider for Jcrew, jacket- Primp, watch- Michael Kors

loving her blue ring
part of the HR crew

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

flower in her hair

I always feel a little gloomy when I'm on the plane ride home from a vacation. The same sort of feeling you get when your birthday party is almost over or while your doing the dishes after Thanksgiving dinner. You just wish you could have a few more days or hours or minutes. Then reality sets in and you're back to work. People on the island have a much different outlook on life then we do, here in the United States. We, over here, work to live.. while locals over there, just live and enjoy life.

Since I've been back, I've been wearing a flower in my hair every chance I get. Just to remind myself..

besties ♥

This vacation was one that I hope to remember until I get Alzheimer's.. The food, ocean, adventures, people, sightseeing, weather, new friends, amazing views and the reason I went there- this girl. Two years is a long time to be away from someone who has always been such a big part of your life. Thank goodness for Google voice and Facebook.. its what kept us together. (wink, wink) More recaps snaps to come tomorrow, so here's a teaser 'till then.   

Friday, August 23, 2013

get your weekend on

San Jose Bacon Festival

Saturday August 31, 2013 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Calling all bacon aficionados!! This summer festival is for you!! Festivities will include a Bacon Cooking Competition, Bacon Beauty Pageant, Bacon Parade, Bacon Square Dance and
Bacon Games. Join the movable feast newsletter here

And buy tickets for the event here. $5-150

3055 Olin Ave
San JoseCA 95128

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Even though this event is not over the weekend, I feel like it should not be missed if you live in the Silicon Valley area. Santana Row is a great shopping and dining community and they always host fabulous events. 

Santana Row will host its first beer walk to celebrate the last days of summer with a stroll around Santana Row sampling brews from 20 microbreweries. Each microbrewery will be stationed in a shop or restaurant, which also will offer exclusive discounts and specials during the event.

Breweries include:  Speakeasy, Mendocino, Strike, Faultline, Gordon Biersch, Hermitage, Firestone Walker,  Anchor, Santa Cruz Ale Works, Lagunitas Almanac, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada and Devil's Canyon.

And buy tickets here. $30-35

Guadelupe Gardens River Park 
438 Coleman Ave
San JoseCA 95110

 August 24, 2013 11:00 am - 8:30 pm

Stop by and experience what Italians already know. Now in its 33nd year, the Italian Family Fest draws more than 35,000 attendees annually. Share the day with friends and family while enjoying authentic Italian food, live entertainment and seeing the arts and crafts from merchants.

The festival features live continuous entertainment, a wine tasting garden in the Piazza Piccola Italia, Italian foods both sweet and savory, culinary demonstrations, bocce ball, bambino bocce, a grape stomp contests, opportunities to win prizes, unique arts & crafts and other activities for the entire family to enjoy. 

This is a free admission event

 Plaza de Cesar Chavez
170 S Market St
San JoseCA 95112

Sunday, August 25, 2013 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Gather your team of up to five people at Plaza de Cesar Chavez and learn a little history about San Jose. The hunt begins at 3:00,  You'll solve puzzles that lead to historic sites. When you're finished, turn in your packet to the person waiting on the patio of Sonoma Chicken Coop where you can grab some grub and a beer.  Prizes will be awarded based on time and number of correct answers at the celebration event beginning at 5:30.

And buy tickets here. $10

Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 9505

 August 23, 2013 9:00 am -  August 25, 2013 5:00 pm

Since its launch in France 14 years ago, Japan Expo has become one of the world's largest celebrations of Japanese culture and entertainment. Japan Expo blends the very best of Japanese traditional culture with modern Pop sensations.

Come experience the bridge to Japan, where you can see the best and hottest items and content being produced and tons of Pocky will be available, of course!!

And buy tickets here $20- $100

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

good grub

Panko Breaded Coconut Shrimp, recipe from here 

fresh is always best
ALWAYS boil your plantains for 10 or so minutes before frying

Stabbing and slicing your sweet potatoes speeds up the boiling process

can be purchased from here or Cost Plus
bon appetit <3

My Island Nosh
Chicken: marinade for 1 hour in the refrigerator and grill on the BBQ for 10 minutes on each side. Add extra Jerk Sauce to the top if you want more flavor and spice.

Plantains: Cut the ends off of each plantain and boil for 10 minutes. Brown some butter in a small fry pan and add sliced plantains. Allow to crisp and brown for about 10 minutes (or until they reach a color you like)

Bean Salad: Cube and stab your sweet potatoes and boil until tender, about 15 minutes. While they are boiling, put green beans and tomatoes in a large fry pan on medium with olive oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, red chili flakes and diced jalapenos. add your potatoes and cook until they brown a bit.

Cube up avocado and mango and 1/2 a juicy lemon. Sprinkle a little sea salt to enhance the natural flavor.

grab a beer or jumbie and enjoy xo

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Island Style

So I am officially {{physically}} back from the Caribbean... whether, I'm mentally here is another story. If you keep up with my instagram- you saw on Monday night I recreated one of my favorite dishes from my vacation. Jerk Chicken with Plantains and fresh sides. I will be posting the recipe later this week so that you can enjoy your own vacation inspired dinner. 

Jerk Chicken, Plantains, Sweet Potato + Tomato + Green Beans, Avocado + Mango Salsa.. and island lager, duh!!

the view from the back deck

These shorts were the best purchase of my life!! ok, ok.. maybe not of my life- but they were only $7 from Target and I rocked the heck out of them. Super comfy and lightweight, perfect for island style.

Friday, August 16, 2013

my main chick ♥

We are a little goofy, but we've been that way since age two... don't judge.
Today my baby girl is graduating from Medical School, and I couldn't be more proud!!
We have been celebrating all week in St. Maarten and I'm excited to see her walk in the ceremony. I'll be back in California soon, but tonight we will rage.

Congratulations Shanna. I love you

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Give me five minutes

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If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace.
Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Meditation originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life. These days, meditation is commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction.
Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

out with the old, in with the new

Lets be honest; you aren't going to trade in your bag of potato chips for kale chips overnight. And honestly, that's why most dieters fail- because they try to make too big of a change and end up depriving their bodies. Then, you set yourself up for a weight gain relapse. Even if you are determined, your brain will go through withdrawals and you will end up feeling hungry and unsatisfied all the time. hence binge eating.

In a lab study with rats, scientists found that when they were given chocolate and sugar and then had it taken away, their brains pumped out five times the normal level of CRF- which is the same stress hormone released in junkies who are trying to kick a drug habit. oh no!!

So instead of trying to go cold turkey on your favorite bad foods, remember it's all about baby steps. Make sure you transition your eating habits one at a time and it should be the end of yo-yo dieting for you!

below are some easy upgrades to make in your diet. 


Thursday, August 8, 2013

travel time

I'm leaving for the Bahamas tomorrow to meet my best friend for our vacation. When dealing with the airport- less is always more. Stick with easy comfortable clothes. Layering is key for the plane because one minute you're hot, the next you're cold.. And shoes that are quick to get off when going through airport security. For long flights, neck pillows are a life saver as well as great headphones- so you can drown out the screaming children, relax and get into vacation mode. peace out California.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

the get fit trick

This month in Women's Health there was a great 15 minute workout that I just had to share with you. I am leaving for vacation tomorrow and I know that I will be bringing my resistance bands, so I can do this in the hotel room. These are great movements that combine strength training and cardio to create the perfect 15 minute session. Please don't tell me you don't have time to exercise- with this quick guide, I don't see how that's possible. 
Remember what Fergie says: 
My body stay vicious, I be up in the gym just working on my fitness

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

recap snaps ♥ vegas

after a pool party at Encore and an amazing birthday dinner at
Mon Ami Gabi, we danced till the we hours of the morning at Marquee and got to see Kaskade!! such a fun trip with fabulous ladies. xo

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