Sunday, August 31, 2014

Let's Go To The Beach!

Hello Lovelies! My older sister is back home from college for the Labor Day weekend. As usual, when we have a guest, my parents and I took her out to explore some neighboring towns. Today we decided to show my sister the beautiful gem that is Stinson Beach!

Yes, I am a selfie loving teen. Surprisingly though, this is the only picture that I have of myself from the day. Sad, I know y’all were looking forward to a blog post dedicated to my face.

The day was sunny and the beach was packed, oh, what a perfect day. I thought the dog looked majestic while running through the water, and no, that is not our dog. It is a random one that I snapped a picture of…
After a day at the beach, we decided to stop in Olema for some food. While that was the plan, my dad realized that the tank was empty, so we took a detour to Point Reye’s for the gas station. My mom pointed out a very cute farmers market, so we had to walk around and see what it had to offer.

The garden was my favorite thing in the farmers market. Call me a hippie, but I love succulents, Buddha, and a water feature-that describes my ultimate reading corner! The market was pretty cute too, although everything in this farmers market was pricey, so no purchases made!

Can we just take a moment and appreciate this book? Found it in the market and thought it worthy of buying…but like I said, this market was expensive.
Now, for the important part of the day-the food! It seemed like I was waiting ages just so I can finally eat. Visiting two towns and not stopping at one of them for food was unbearable. I’m a grazer, I need to eat all of the time! We stopped at a restaurant called Farmhouse in Olema.

I ordered the fish tacos. For the price the meal was set at, I expected at least another taco. In the picture you can see that I was already half-way with one of the taco’s (I forgot to take a picture when it was delivered). I have to say, I was not impressed with the food. Maybe it’s because my mom sets high expectations with her own fish tacos, but these are not tacos I will recommend for any foodie.

My sister ordered the Crab Sandwich, there are two pieces of it but I was only able to catch a picture with one of the pieces. She liked it enough to want to share it. (Over-kill with the portion of fry’s though!)

My mother got the Manila Clam Linguine, which looked absolutely delicious! My dad ordered a cheeseburger with garlic fry’s. You can’t go wrong with this order!

All in all, today was a beautiful day for the beach! Stinson is my favorite NorCal beach to go to. I am actually very surprised that I didn't whip out a yoga pose, or two, on the sandy beach. Darn! Maybe next time!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back To School Skin Care

It’s back to school for many! Whether you are in High School, in College, or about to start College, there is a sense of excitement in many of us. School can often be a fun, educational experience but it is also extremely stressful… at least for me it is!
Stress is that uncomfortable “flight-or-fight” feeling. When a due date for two essay’s fall on the same week, or too many reading assignments to keep track of, it is easy to feel panicked and freak out! …And who has ever felt more panicked after stressing out because they spent do much time stressing and not working? Because I know I have! School can drive me crazy sometimes.
Being stressed isn't just unhealthy mentally, but it can also cause side effects onto your skin. Here are four tips on how to ease your skin’s impact on stress:

1)    The first thing I like to remind myself to do is hydrate. Skip that soda, and go for some water! Hydrating yourself will also hydrate your skin, keeping it from looking dry and wrinkled. In times of stress, certain scents can help calm you down-like lavender! So instead of water, you can heat up some tea. Not only would it keep you hydrated but the scent will also calm you down.

2)    Exfoliate! I know my last post was to be careful on how often you exfoliate, but in times of stress this may actually help! It’s said that in stressful times your blood circulation is poor. What is a way to improve blood circulation? Massaging and exfoliating the skin! Exfoliating is not only for your face, you should exfoliate your entire body also. My favorite DIY body exfoliator is using coffee grinds, you know that stuff you use once then throw out? You can use the used grids to create a perfect body scrub by adding honey to it. By doing that you are also getting an extra bang for your buck! 

Oh! Look at that! Did you know that honey is great for moisturizing the skin? By using the Coffee Scrub DIY you are hitting both the 1st and 2nd point!

3)    Cleanse your body! Stress builds up toxins in your body that you could easily flush away. Although tea is a good way to do so, I like to take it up a notch and make a green smoothie. Not only can these guys be delicious but they also do a great job at removing harmful toxins. If you are going to make them at home, which I strongly recommend, then you might have to experiment a few times before you find one that you like. You can also use matcha in your smoothie if you want. 

4)    Lastly, try to relax! This is always easier said than done. You know yourself better than I do, so I am not going to recommend you to do anything that I do to calm down. You can take what you read and change it up if you want, but here is what I do: Yoga with no music, put my headphones in and listen to some calming music while laying down, and most importantly, go outside! Hiking is my ultimate relaxer; I jog, walk, and sprint on those trails. Now, like I said, what works for me won’t work for everybody. You know yourself better than anyone else; whatever makes you feel less stressed is exactly what you need to do.

On that note, what are unique ways that you like to de-stress yourself?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Healthy Crepe?

A couple weeks ago my aunt and my cousin visited, all the way from LA. As usual my mother baked and cooked loads of delicious food! We visited San Francisco, my mom took my aunt out to go wine tasting, all in all, their entire visit was spectacular and way too short. On their last day, I decided to make them a filling breakfast- what could be better than crepes!?

What makes these crepes good enough for me to share? Their actually good for you! You heard me, I’m giving you a healthy, simple recipe for crepes.  All you’ll need is:
  •          1 cup Oats
  •          A Food processor
  •          Two eggs
  •          1 cup Milk (I chose Almond Milk)
  •         Organic, real Maple Syrup
  •          3 Peaches, the soft ones
  •          Coconut Oil

You’re going to start off preparing the filling, choose any fruit you want but I am going to use peaches. First you are going to want to peel and slice the peaches thinly. Afterward you are going to put them into a bowl, though make sure that the bowl is large enough to mix the slices around! I made the mistake of choosing a small bowl and I ended up making quite a mess. I eyeballed it, but add a tinsy-tiny amount of organic maple syrup to the peaches. You don’t want to coat the top layer, you want to add just about enough so you can sink your hands in and mix the peaches around. The point is to get a splash of the maple syrup onto each of the peaches, not marinate them! Let them sit in the fridge.

Onto making the crepe itself! Bring your one cup of oats into the food processor and grind that up until the oats resemble a four like texture. Empty out the oat flour into a mixing bowl and add your one cup of milk. Crack two eggs into the mixture and, simply, mix them together! It doesn't take long to mix up the crepe batter. It should look like very watered out pancake mix. The trick is to always have a 1:1 ratio with your oat flour and your milk. (Optional: if you have a sweet tooth, go ahead and splash some of the organic maple syrup into the batter)

Once you are done mixing put a large pan onto the stove and heat it up! I recommend using a pan that is completely smooth, I found out that the bumpy ones are no good to making crepes. Oil up the pan pretty damn good with your coconut oil, then plop some of the batter in the middle! I’m not exactly sure how big you want your crepes, you are limited to the size of your pan obviously. Some recipes I find would say to put 1 tablespoon of the batter. I would recommend you to try that out and after your first one you will either add more or less depending on how you liked the size and thinness of the first attempt.

When the batter is on the pan you want to shake and circulate the batter around. The idea is to spread it into a thin circle. Then wait until even the top seems to be dried, and then flip it and let it stay there for just under a minute. Again, this depends on your heat, I am assuming you are on a medium temperature.
Once your crepe is cooked, place the pears onto one side of the circle and roll it like a thick taquito. 

Whallah! You have made a healthy crepe! Dress it up however you’d like it. I did mine with a homemade berry jam. Hope you enjoy your healthy version of a crepe!