coffee, Lifestyle

Riverside Cars And Coffee

Riverside Cars And Coffee | 3rd Sundays | Inland Empire April 17th

J & M Speed Center
3230 Motor Cir, Riverside, CA

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Food, Lifestyle

RAINBOW BUDDHA BOWL WITH TURMERIC TAHINI DRESSING


INGREDIENTS

SALAD

  • 1 cup(s) cooked quinoa, (1/3 cup uncooked)
  • 1 lb Asparagus
  • 2 ea Purple Endives
  • 1 ea Cara Cara and/or blood oranges, sliced
  • 1 cup(s) Lindsay® California Naturals Green Ripe Olives
  • 4 cup(s) Microgreens
  • 1/2 cup(s) Feta Cheese

DRESSING

  • 1/3 cup(s) Tahini
  • 1/3 cup(s) Water
  • 1/4 cup(s) Lemon Juice
  • 2 ea Garlic Cloves, Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Sugar, optional
Fashion, Lifestyle

Shopping Like an Adult

 

pexels-photo-1390534They were cute oh so cute! But I put my foot in them and they hurt. I didn’t get much wear out of those little shoes or the other cheap ones that I have bought over the years. After getting sick of having handbags wear out before I had even gotten a decent amount of use out of them I started researching my larger purchases. (I have a ton of you-tubers and bloggers to thank for their product reviews.) Buying clothing became a little bit of a study for a while more than random shopping trips. Learning about the brands I was purchasing from and checking their quality. It should be that when you buy a brand name you know you are getting a certain standard of quality. This is not true of all brands. It took a while to find the brands that were not only good quality but were also styles that I wanted to wear and styles that matched my lifestyle. In my process I tried Minimalism out.

Minimalist Wardrobe (Great for Building your collection)Slide1.JPGIf you are going to buy quality over quantity you will soon learn that quality cost. So do I go with the $300 dollar boots or the $45 boots in black, brown and gray. I’m going with the one pair because I am paying for quality.  True with the $45 dollar ones I get more color options but I don’t get the quality that I wanted. So that meant going with a more basic wardrobe. That is when I discovered minimalism in my clothing. Basically living with the basics in your wardrobe. But I didn’t keep my wardrobe or my life style like this, I used it to get rid of things that I was not using. I sold a lot of stuff and other things I just donated to charity. I spent some time finding what worked for me. I would also like to point out that high price tags do not always equal better craftsmanship, sometime you are just paying for the brand name. This is why I had to research.  

 Even though i love being all practical and basic most of the time I also discovered I did still want to wear other colors and clothing every once in a while.. (and I do mean once in a while, most of the time all black is my happy zone.) I started incorporating things with colors (I’m not big on prints) , as long as it was something I really wanted and something that gave my mind warmth and my soul the feelings of comfort I bought it. I had learned how to shop with the minimalist principles of buying quality.  I  also took advantage of holding items in an online shopping cart or adding things to a wish list. Latter I would ask myself, did I still want that item a week latter? Did I want it a month later? What I found o u t by shopping this way was there were so many things I thought I wanted that I really didn’t. For the most part I don’t buy clothing because it is a trending item. I ask myself, “If tomorrow I wake up and this item of clothing is not in style will I still love it and want to wear it for the next few years or more? “ If I can’t say yes I have to tell myself don’t buy it because I’m buying a fad and not something I would really love for years to come. Now I have to tell you I don’t follow any of these rules perfectly all the time, in fact I learned that trying to make these things die hard rules does not work well. Instead they are guidelines to help you achieve a wardrobe that you will love for many years. 

One of the other reasons I want items with a long life is to cut down on my own personal green footprint. If I buy lets say a poorly made dress. I can only get a few wears out of it before it starts to not look right, maybe it shrinks or fades. I can’t wear it, I can’t give it away or sell it. When I buy something I ask myself, “If I should outgrow this item, can I give it to someone and it still be in good condition? This type of shopping cuts down on the amount of items that end up in land fills.

If you have had an experience learning how to become a smarter consumer I would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a comment.

Planning your shopping like a pro.woman-hand-desk-office

 

Beauty, Lifestyle

Simple Luxury

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Coconut Oil. If you want your skin to feel amazing use coconut oil. Not only will it give your skin a beautiful warm glow but it is also really great for your skin and your hair. Browse through many luxury  skin oils and products you will find that many of them contain coconut oil and an essential oil such as lavender, used for its scent and skin healing properties. Use coconut oil as a makeup remover before washing your face. Need to get your feet beach ready? After your bath or shower (or a good foot soak) dry feet with towel and rub coconut oil. Make sure you have a towel under your feet as you do this to avoid slipping when you stand and spilling oil on the floor.

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Buy a Silk Pillowcase. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase cuts down on the friction on your hair and helps to reduce waking up with line on your face.

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Use Natural Fabrics on Your Bed. Use linen  or cotton sheets on your bed. Theses are natural fibers and are wonderful for their breath-ability. Try to avoid sheets that have polyester or nylon. These materials can cause you to sweat excessively at night

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Buy Fresh Flowers. If nothing else this is the one I can count on. There is something amazing flowers do for a room. They bring life and energy to the spot you place them in. Even in a cluttered room flowers stand out and bring a relaxing feel to the mind.

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Buy Real Cake. Don’t buy cheap sweet junk food instead splurge on real sweets. You know you are going to want sweets and that’s ok, but instead of buying something with lots of sugar and chemicals go for quality sweets, true they still have sugar, but you can cut out many chemicals and preservatives by splurging a little on sweets from a bakery where food is made fresh. You will also find that you eat less with quality sweets because many times they are made with real food ingredients that still have their nutritional value. Look for ice cream made with real milk or try  gelato.

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Grow your own herbs. This is a favorite of mine. As some of you know this was my first year with an herb garden. (I got sick of buying basil and sage) I love cutting fresh herbs to go in my food while cooking or chopping them up to mix in with salads. 

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Drink good tea and coffee. I don’t spare with my coffee or tea. They are strong and good. But to keep my caffeine and sugar down I will often mix it up with herbal and fruit teas adding raw honey instead of sugar. If I still want a little caffeine I opt for green or black tea with fruit flavors. Tea has less caffeine than coffee and also has a lot of health benefits .

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Shop Farmers markets. I don’t really like shopping for groceries, but I love farmers markets. For me it is such a relaxing way to shop for food. The fresh air mixing with fruits and veggies just sends a sensation through my whole body. Visit your farmers market  for fresh produce and maybe some raw local honey for your tea.