Saturday, April 25, 2015

Saturday Happy

Check out the Rock Reach House on airbnb, if you are planning a trip out to the California Desert. I'll leave you with a short tour of the serene oasis in the high desert just outside the Coachella Valley in Yucca Valley. You feel like your in the middle of Bed Rock from the Flintstones but this home is equipped with the all the latest technology and a hot tub built into the side of a massive rock. What is making you happy this week?

(images via airbnb)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Showings

What was your favorite childhood show? Growing up in the nineties, Nickelodeon was pretty much the only thing I watched. There were so many excellent shows on during that decade, with so many favorites it is definitely hard to choose. Anybody else a big Doug Funny fan????  

Friday Mornings

It's going to be a very quiet weekend and I seriously cannot wait. My last day of actual classes will be done in three weeks so it's time to get serious and stick my nose in the books for just a little longer. The light at the end of the tunnel is near, all I want is this damn degree. I've been in undergrad and graduate school for seven years so I am beyond ecstatic to hang a new degree up and be done with school forever. I am very thankful and grateful for my parents, I seriously can't imagine how happy they must be. They have dealt with three kids pursuing not only undergrad but graduate and doctorate programs for the last fifteen years!!! A few weeks ago when I went home, my mom showed me the champagne she'll be popping in a few weeks. I'm glad to know she is ready to celebrate! Happy Friday everyone, see you all on Monday :)

(image via indulgy)

this week's favorites...

Because spring is practically over here in the desert, I'm trying to get outside and tan before it hits triple digits, finish the last of my spring cleaning projects, wear the heck out of navy and catch up with a few new and very appropriate spring recipes.   


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Asian Ramen Chicken Chopped Salad

Lately my grocery list has been really short and since I'm always in a hurry with school, I head straight for the prepackaged Asian chopped salad and throw some egg in for protein. When I came across this recipe, I loved the idea of adding toasted ramen into the mix. Easy, quick and ready in five minutes, try out this yummy salad.
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded or chopped
2 (3 oz) packages dry ramen
3/4 cup sliced almonds
5 cups shredded green cabbage (12 oz, chop into thin shreds)*
2 cups shredded purple cabbage (5 oz, chop into thin shreds)
1 large carrot peeled and chopped into matchsticks (3/4 cups)
4 green onions, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds. 

1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 onion poweder
1/4 dried ginger 
Salt to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Crumble ramen into small pieces and place on baking sheet along with almonds, spread into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven until golden, tossing once halfway through baking, about 6-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a mixing bowl whisk together all the dressing ingredients until will blended while seasoning with salt to taste, set aside. 

To a large bowl add green cabbage, purple cabbage, carrots, green onion, chicken, toasted ramen and almonds and sesame seeds. Drizzle dressing over top and toss to evenly coat. 

(image and text via cooking classy)

    Leading Ladies

    I met Nikki over a year ago by simply signing up for yoga classes she was teaching around the desert. After college and moving back to Southern California, I immediately started graduate school and got a full time job, so my social life was close to nil. I eventually met my boyfriend at work and I would travel to the coast to visit my close friends. Getting out and meeting young people is not exactly easy living in Palm Springs. After a few classes and coffee dates later, Nikki not only became a friend but great support when I needed help or a little wisdom to make things better. Now that she's back in her home turf in Winnipeg, she's still teaching yoga but happily starting her business at helping women feel more confident and empowered through self love. Take my advice and sign up for her newsletter, it's uplifting, inspirational and full of love. 

    (images via teri)

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Girl Talk

    Over the Easter Holiday, I had a nice but long chat with my mom (and sister) about lifestyle bloggers, their very glossy websites and their Instagram feed. My mom was more than irritated and definitely needed to blow off steam. So I let her tell me exactly how she felt about some of the blogs I have introduced to her over the years. She even felt the need to tell me that my blog needed more love but thankfully excused my lagging and reminded me of what my priorities should be--work and school first, blog second!
    But here is the deal, my blog is important to me, I may start researching and writing posts the week before (or even at eleven the night before) but I love being here and establishing  connections and relationships with fellow bloggers and my audience. I consider myself a blogaholic, work breaks are for donning over outfit posts, monthly beauty hauls and home renovations, I can’t help but think about rearranging my living room. While the blog is a part of me, the job and school come first, they have too. I often feel I don’t have the time, energy or funds to curate this space into the polished and perfect website you see with other blogs. Then again, I am more about the content and listening to what my followers want to read. I love promoting my favorite lipsticks (from Maybelline to Tom Ford), the perfect white tank top and marketing brands that I actually wear and like. Above all else I especially love indulging in girl talk, I try to portray the real and flawed person that I am. When my mom felt the need to explode and go off on women I really like, she told me she was tired of the inauthentic posts, the fact that these bloggers think they can relate with their audience and the assumed entitlement. Honestly, I am too! I often have feelings of inadequacy for not having an apartment in a big city with high end furniture, traveling every other month, housing the most impressive library you have ever seen or sporting around in head to toe Lululemon sportswear and maintaining a wardrobe that includes two or three pairs of Valentino shoes and Chanel purses galore. I am not tiny, I can barely cook and my home space is far from picture perfect.  
    Aspirations and expectations have become exhausting, why in the world do I hold myself to other people’s expectations and not my own? When and why did I set my rule book aside and turn to others? The bloggers, who have remained true from the beginning, continue to inspire and motivate me but at the end of the day I am who I am, and they are who they are. Their blogs are surely pretty (and successful) but that’s all you get, what about the flaws, the truth, the hard work, the reality behind those pictures. I want to see and learn about the real you and the mess you hide behind the camera! I definitely appreciate all these things (the fashion, the homes and the overpriced nail polish as any other girl) and still look up to those who have certainly earned their success. I am done with those who complain for no reason (hello you live in Manhattan, travel the world, have created your own job and seem healthy. I would certainly like to go to yoga and meet with friends for lunch everyday), feel entitled just because of who you are and those who lie about being self-made.  
    Here at Sit and Stay Awhile, I believe in honesty and being real with my readers. I define flawless as being ok with who I am and where I am at in my life right now. And at this moment, I’m a twenty seven years old, not married and live with a roommate. I finally landed a full time job that I love, creativity in the kitchen is a fail more often than not so a salad or soup is dinner most nights and two weeks ago I went home and kind of broke down to my parents because I am exhausted from being a grad student and working full time. If you have made it this far, I applaud you for reading the novel this post has turned into, thank you for listening and sticking around. What are your feeling with lifestyle bloggers ? Who are you favorites and why? Who do you despise and why?    
    (image via style)