Today is my 25th birthday. Feeling so loved and cherished by so many of my family and friends made today truly wonderful. The thought of taking on so many new adventures this year is made exponentially easier knowing I have the care and support of my loved ones. Thank you for all your well wishes and I wish every one of you a lovely year!
Here are a few things I am loving right now, enjoy!
I’m sorry for disappearing for awhile. I close on my house on seven (SEVEN!!) days and between that and work, I haven’t had much time to scour the web for new things favorite and creative. However, with my entertainment budget dropping to zero here in a week, I’m sure I will have more time to peruse and post.
Design*Sponge posted about this Etsy shop – Little Things Studio – a few days ago and I keep coming back to the beautiful prints (priced $20 and below). Varying in style and featuring different literary quotes, they would make lovely wedding gifts or housewarming presents (hint, hint…).
After the last post, I realized that I don’t have fun summer clothes anymore because all I buy during the summer are outfits for work. In winter you can layer more, adding on to pieces that alone might not be work appropriate but that is much harder to do in the summer. When I used to work in retail, I could pull off tiptoeing the line between personal and work clothes but now that I work in an office, I feel very far from that line – living in the black hole that is “business casual” dressing.
If I could buy three new work outfits, they would be the ones below. I didn’t even bother posting the prices so it seems more attainable (if only in my imagination). I think the Dona Monroe blouse below is my perfect work shirt. So simple but the buttons and color make it so unique.
I know, I won’t make any excuses. Life has been nuts but hopefully things will calm down a bit now that it’s summer. Anyways, the warm weather has me pulling out my summer clothes and I’m realizing that I am seriously lacking in fun warm weather clothes. Unfortunately my budget is hovering right around zero now that the word mortgage is in my everyday vernacular but here are my completely unrealistic picks for summer:
(Well, the ASOS dress is reasonable but since no-budget equals no-festivals, I don’t know that I need a flowing floral frock for anything I can justify to my bank account.)
Every year about this time, I decide to start eating healthy. It’s partially because I realize swimsuit season is only a few short months away, but it’s also to give my body a break after an indulgent, gluttonous holiday season. This year I’m focusing on breakfast – trading in the quick bowl of cereal (or nothing at all if I’m running late) for heartier, more filling breakfast grains and such.
But realistically, most mornings I don’t have time to whip up some steel-cut oats 45 minutes before I’m actually going to eat. So here’s a recipe I love from the The Healthy Kitchen, a cookbook I’ve had for years but just picked up again. I’ve adapted it a bit, adding more of the grains and some extra cinnamon (which is known for regulating blood sugar and lowering LDL cholesterol!). The original recipe also calls for a lemon glaze but I think they are better with just a little butter. Enjoy!
Multigrain Scones // adapted from The Healthy Kitchen // makes 10 scones
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 5 Tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- ⅔ cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
- ⅓ cup wheat bran
- 1½ cups unbleached white flour
- ¼ cup millet
- 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
- ½ teaspoon salt (sea salt if you have it)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- ½ cup milk
Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk egg, brown sugar, honey and oil together in a bowl. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl until everything is evenly distributed. Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well. Add the milk to the mixture and make sure everything is incorporated well. Lightly grease a baking pan. Drop ¼ cup spoonfuls onto the baking pan, leaving at least 2 inches between scones. Bake for 20 minutes, until the crust is barely golden. Remove from the oven and let cool. Serve with butter or honey.