Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What I Eat Every Morning

I'm always thinking about what I eat. I have a serious and complicated relationship with food, it's always good (because I literally love everything, I can count on one hand how many things I don't like to eat) but sometimes it's bad. As an undergraduate and grad student, stress, late night writing assignments and food always went together, which of course is not the greatest combination. I've gained weight and lost weight a few times, it seems to be a viscous cycle. As a millennial woman, my diet and what I should look is something I think about daily, even hourly and it's so annoying. I just want to enjoy good food and still be healthy. When I first started reading Cooking Light magazine, I loved everything about their recipes and the way they structure their meals and diet plans. And even though they call it a diet, it's not. It teaches you to eat well balance meals and how to cook what's in season. So instead of doing what I usually do, lose weight as fast as I can (I once lost thirty-five pounds in four months), I'm choosing to spend my time learning how to meal prep well balance meals (instead of leaving work and finding something quick and note healthy) and go to food markets and shop for what's in season. I've been eating a ton of broccoli, apples, figs and radishes lately. I recently found this Mediterranean Egg dish, it is so good and filling. My favorite, I substitute the basil for spinach and add a sprinkle of basil, it makes a big difference. I've been eating it every morning  for a month now!!!

Ingridents and Recipe
Whisk together 1 large egg, 2 egg whites, 3 quartered cherry tomatoes, 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil and dash salt. Scramble in skillet coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up...

 the cutest ice cream shop in palm springs...
 and a new salad I can't get enough of.
 this house and more rainy days please!
 in a detective mood...
palm springs is better!

(images via instagram)

Quote of the Day

"Traveling: it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller."
-author unknown

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Morning

How are you readers?! Although pretty busy, this week seemed to drag on a little. Each day this past week, I had several big (and new) events. The anticipation of teaching adult classes and preparing for new programs and bringing back regular family events had me a little frazzled this week. What are your plans for the weekend, anything fun like apple picking or getting pumpkins? I'm really excited to be hosting a pumpkin carving event at the library for my tweens in just a couple weeks. Gooey hands, happy and frightening pumpkin faces, I seriously cannot wait! I will be visiting a new friend I met last week at my training and plan on spending the day in Woodcrest over the weekend. I'll be taking a few of their programming, decoration and display ideas and making them apart of our family programming, in my own way of course. Still hunting for fall decorations to put out around the house, have any cute diy ideas? Please share!

this week's favorites...

Daily inspirations that get me through the day, the week or the month if I'm not all that great. What are some of your favorite uplifting quotes? 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Reading List

It's been awhile since I've posted anything about children's fiction and since I'm now officially the Youth Services Librarian, these are five books I'm currently reading. The Data Set is probably my favorite at the moment; a group of kids, one a science nerd, a historian, the team engineer and zoologist/team leader. Intended for second and third graders, it's a silly, witty and a quick read. What are you reading with your kiddos?!


Since I've been posting a little less frequently (hopefully that will be changing soon), I figured you'd appreciate a monthly update on shows I've started and loved (or didn't like so much), things I've stumbled upon, suggestions and recommendations on places to try out, new and fun things to see and do from coworkers/ family and to share other things I come across on the daily internet hunt. What's up with you?! What have you been finding, watching or doing lately?

1. Although it's still a little too hot, I love searching for the perfect plaid shirt this time of year.

2. I've been wearing Neutrogena for years, so when they made this new cleanser I had to try it out. Go get it because it's selling out everywhere. 

3. I don't even know how I came across Freeletics but this weekend I watched this girls twenty week transformation and I can't stop watching it. My first day is today, let's see how I do over the next twenty weeks!

4.  Roald Dahl would have been 100 on September 13 this year. In celebration of one of the greatest children's authors, I'm reading all his children's novels and short stories and poems along with discussing The BFG at the end of the year with my book clubbers. 

5. I've been seeing this ice cream shop in Palm Springs pop up on Instagram weekly. Since Palm Springs seems to be a blogger haven, I had to take the twenty minute drive and see what all the buzz is about. It's the cutest little spot and it was worth the twenty minute drive.

6. Decades Ago, Downtown Palm Springs had all the major designer shops. Many of those stores were gone by the time my family moved here almost twenty years ago. It's undergoing a massive transformation but a few shops have opened and it's starting to look super nice again. Make sure to book a trip this fall. 

7. When I moved into my current apartment over a year ago, I started cooking a lot, my favorite are Greek recipes. A Mediterranean plate is my go to dish most of the time and I put feta on everything I can. This new Greek restaurant in Palm Desert is my favorite place, even I'm going just for appetizers. 

8. I finally subscribed to the Cooking Light magazine and I just started their three day cleanse over a week ago. I've been eating this spinach, tomato and egg dish (with a light sprinkle of basil) every single day. 

9. This Press for Champagne wall decor is everything. I bought it over two months and it's shipping out this week. Thank god I ordered it before it completely sold out. 

10. And lastly, this precious and priceless Ludwig Bemelmans picture book is everything. My endless searching and emailing publishers/independent sellers to get this book put my collecting children's classics to whole other level. Just call me Helene Hanff.