Wanderlust Globe

So I know it’s been a minute since I’ve posted but I’m back and ready to dive in again!

Over the last couple of months, A LOT has happened.

My nephew was born in March, JorBabe and I got married in April, we bought a dog in May and went on the most epic honeymoon of all honeymoons in June. I also partnered up with OC Goodwill to do some DIY blog posts (here and here) during that time! (I clearly have quite a few posts to catch up on)

I’ve had such a blast thrifting at the local Goodwill stores and putting some fun projects together.

My latest DIY has me swooning as it’s something I’ve been wanting to do since forever but just never worked out. Globes can be expensive and I wasn’t about to spend a ton of money on one just to cover it up.

Here are a few photos of the project but to see the full details, you’ll have to check it out on OC Goodwill’s blog (CLICK CLICK CLICK)

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I’m so in love with the quote I decided to put on it. It’s simple, yet it really hits home.

Our favorite thing about traveling to new places is being submerged into the culture there. We love to make friends with the locals and live like the locals do. Everywhere we go, we fall in love and leave a big piece of our heart there. We’ve met some amazing people on our trips and hope to stay in contact with them for the rest of our days.

Speaking of traveling, JorBabe and I are currently planning our next adventure. If you have any recs, let us know. Definitely something tropical!

Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats

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A.K.A. HEAVEN IN YOUR MOUTH.

I LOVE pumpkin (so basic, huh?)!

I definitely don’t OD on it every fall while every other girl is. + I don’t run to Starbucks to get my PSL on because, EW (So much nasty shit in their dranks. I’m all about the healthy PSL that I can make any time of year! Recipe here>>> Skinny PSL) I love it alllll year long. Some kind of romantic relationship ish love goin’ on there. Faithful + loyal. YUP.

But really, pumpkin is SO good and SO good for you!

100% real pumpkin has so many health benefits: sharper vision, better immunity, aids in weightless, lowers cancer risk, younger looking skin + may help treat diabetes.

SIGN. ME. UP.

Overnight oats are super easy to prep and grab in the morning while you’re running out the door!

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Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats:

1/2 cup plain greek yogi

1/2 cup pure organic pumpkin

1/4 cup gluten free oats

1/2 cup almond milk (CARAGEENAN FREE)

1 TBS organic honey or pure organic amply syrup

1/4 TSP organic cinnamon

1/4 TSP pumpkin pie spice

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Throw everything together in some cute lil mason jars + put in the refrigerator to set. THAT EASY.

If you’re feelin’ nutty, top with some pecan pieces or chopped walnuts! YUM.

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Puerto Vallarta Lovin’

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Mexi was UNREAL.

I’ve always been such a huge fan of Mexico. The people there are just so unbelievably nice and so happy! The whole trip was such a great reminder to realize what you have and to be thankful for it. The locals there seem so much happier than most of the people you come across here. In America, it seems that everyone is always in a hurry and they only look out for themselves. The locals take time to enjoy their lives with their loved ones every chance they can get.

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{Our view from the room}

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{Just off the lobby bar and main entrance of the hotel}

We stayed at Secrets Vallarta Bay and it was GORGEOUS! The food was great, the entertainment team was amazing and the property was just to die for. We had such a great time at the restaurants and lounging by the pool. We highlyyyy rec this place to anyone and everyone headed to PV! I mean, what’s better than a super gorgeous all-inclusive in paradise?!

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{Killer design at Rancho Capomo}

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{Riding through the river}

We headed out for a couple of excursions while we were there. The first was about an hour or two outside of PV where we went horseback riding and hiked up to a waterfall. I had a slow ass baby horse named Calete but he was able to keep up and finish the 3 hour trek. JorBabe had a stallion that was ready to take first at the Kentucky Derby (LUCKY). After our horseback riding, we went back to the ranch where we made fresh salsa and homemade tortillas. They treated us to a delish lunch of authentic carne asada tacos and some BOMB margs.

BTW…the margs in Mexico are so good. They don’t use any of that nasty ass sweet and sour. In fact, most people look at you with a blank stare if you ask them if they put sweet and sour in their margaritas. They use real lime juice, tequila and a bit of triple sec. They don’t even know what sweet and sour mix is. THANK GOSH because we hate that stuff. Not only is it so bad for you, but it tastes like crap and gives us a killer tummy ache. Yuck.

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{Waterfall swimmin’}

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{Enjoying margs and homemade salsa makin’}

Our second excursion was the Marietas Islands! We headed out on a huge boat and anchored down next to one of the islands. Our first little adventure there was to take a smaller boat down the island and swim through a cave to get to the hidden beach, Playa Del Amor. Super sketchy at high tide but OH SO WORTH IT. It was like a whole new world with the prettiest turquoise water. The pictures do not do it justice. Getting out was a lot sketchier than going in because the tide had come up some more but we made it! After we got back to the big boat, we did a ton of snorkeling and kayaking. We saw some pretty cool things under the big blue sea. AND on the way back, we saw a couple of humpback whales! So presh!

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{Marietas Islands♥}

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{Ecstatic to have survived swimming through the sketch cave – Playa Del Amor}

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{Kayaking around the islands}

The rest of the trip was spent by the pool with some drinks, playing beach vBall (JorBabe), eating and more drinking. We even made it to the gym for some sweat sessions!

It was hands down the best vacation I have been on thus far and I think the amazing people are what really made it. Not only was it beautiful but we made some great friends with the locals and hopefully will be back to see them again soon!

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{Last night in PV}

Check out where we stayed and the excursions we went on! We HIGHLY recommend ALL!

Secrets Vallarta Bay | Rancho Capomo Horseback Riding | Marietas Islands

Xx

Pineapple Salsa

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So I totally made this by accident. I mean, it’s not hard but I was left with too much pineapple (WAIT..Is there ever such a thing as too much pineapple?!) and it had already been tossed with a little black pepper and fresh garlic. I was not about to save that and eat it for breakfast because…ummm…EW. So I whipped this up and it was basically a party in my mouth.

Monday was awesome. I had a total me day and did what I wanted to do. Every Monday I like to cook dinner for the family and always try to come up with something new and healthy.

I originally wanted Sea Bass but could not find it anywhereeeee! Unless I wanted to buy that nasty farmed frozen stuff. No thanks.

What’s up with that?! Not in season or what?

SO, I went with some Halibut and it was a great choice. I blackened it with a little black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, garlic and pink Himalayan salt. SO YUM. All you gotta do is add a little coconut oil to each side, sprinkle on your mixture and throw it on the grill!

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One of our family faves is grilled veggies so we added those for the side. We invested in a grill basket and it’s the best thing ever. We chop up some zucchini, squash, red onions, pineapple, throw in some cherry tomatoes and toss it with black pepper and garlic. Then we put it on the grill and flip it a few times and it comes out so freakin’ good. We also squeeze some lemon and lime on it for extra flavor!

So, that’s where the extra pineapple covered in black pepper and garlic comes in. I kind of had a freak out because there was no way I was about to waste the pineapple.

And then I remembered that we were having Halibut and it’d probably be delish with a little pineapple salsa on top! Happy tears, happy tears.

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Pineapple Salsa:

chopped pineapple

fresh mint leaves, chopped

1 lime, juiced

fresh jalapeños or green chile, chopped

black pepper and fresh garlic to taste

Throw everything together and it’s purrrrrrfect! And see how flippin easy?! Just be careful not to add too much spice as the blackening on the fish is already spicy enough.

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This stuff is real good and can be used on pretty much anything. I would love to throw it in with some pollo/carne asada. Yumm.

OH, has anyone seen The Secret Law Of Attraction?! If not, watch it now. NOW.

It’s so good and really puts you in your place. AND it’s so freaking motivating! Everytime I’m lacking inspo, I will def be watching this.

My whole attitude on careers, relationships and health has totally changed and I love it! I started journaling a little so maybe I’ll spill some thoughts onto the blog at some point:)

<<<we wrote a little about it here on Bowed Arrows!>>>

Go watch, babes!

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The BFF To All Your Veggies: Tzatziki Dip

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It’s pretty much 24/7 bikini time and I’m trying superrrrr hard to be really good!

Of course when I do really well, I’ll reward myself with a few cheats during the week and on the weekend.

I just cannot go without things like FRIES, pizza, nachos and my Aunt Michelle’s amazing blonde brownies. I also cannot live without wine or margs so it’s pretty important that I eat as healthy as I can.

So many fun BBQs coming up in the warmer months and apps at these BBQs can get pretty unhealthy. Tasty, but unhealthy.

I love love love to bring this dip with some whole grain hummus and sliced up veggies.

Other people really seem to love it as well bc it’s so delish and much much healthier for you!

It’s also super easy to throw together!

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Tzatziki Dip:

 3 cups greek yogurt

1 lemon, juiced

2-3 TBSP shaved lemon (or lime!) rhine

1 large cucumber, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 TBSP pink himalayan salt

2 TBSP fresh dill (or more if needed)

Black pepper to taste

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Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. Have a few taste tests and add more dill or lemon if needed. I like to mix it up and do half lemon and half lime for a different flavor. Be sure to let it chill for a bit before serving.

Next time you’re asked to bring an appetizer, try this out!

Xx

A Little Wednesday Wisdom: Run The Day

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Sad to report that there will be no pictures from Cancun.

Unfortunately, life threw us a huge curveball just hours before our flight was supposed to take off and we had to cancel our trip (yes, AGAIN).

Talk about bad timing, eh? I told JorBabe that maybe we just aren’t supposed to make it to Cancun LOL. We had to postpone it last November as well because some work stuff came up and we weren’t able to get away.

There are always positives in every situation though!

The positive? We were able to get all credited back to us to use on a future trip (YAY)! But more importantly, we were able to spend lots of quality time with family as we said goodbye to one of the best things that has ever happened to us.

It’s been a long week and a half but I am finally feeling back to normal and ready to get my motivation back.

I came across this quote and realized how I’ve been letting the days run me through all of this. My mind has been somewhere else and I’ve just kind of been going through the motions.

I’ve been so unmotivated and absolutely exhausted.

But today, I’m turning it around. I’m going back to the things that I love and am passionate about.

I know that so many of us go through these phases and become complacent and unmotivated.

Complacent and unmotivated = unhappy.

Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure you take control of your life and keep doing things you love. It’s amazing how good it feels and how much it really helps strengthen your mind.

Surround yourself with really good people who love you and have your best interest at heart. Keep the ones that motivate you and help to keep that fire burning.

Wake up everyday and tell yourself all that you’re going to accomplish for the day.

Live your best life. We don’t get very long here so make it all worth it and love every single minute of it

Southwest Sweet Potato Salad

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Soo we don’t have a fridge OR a microwave at work and it’s a huge buzzkilllll.

But looking at the positive side, microwaves aren’t great for you and not having one forces me to eat healthier and get more creative.

I’ve made my favorite Greek Quinoa Salad for like the past month and I’m just needing to switch things up. Sometimes I will throw in a standard ol salad because they are easy and healthy but they get boring fast.

I ALWAYS plan ahead and have enough to get me through the week.

If you don’t plan, you plan to fail

I live by the rule of moderation but I know that when the weekend hits or when I have plans to eat out with friends, I don’t eat as well as I should. There’s no way to reverse that damage but I do make myself eat healthy whenever I am alone.

For breakfast I love to do healthy smoothies (this one being my faveee) and for lunch I try and make everything as clean and healthy as I can. This is when I usually opt for salads (with EVOO or Hemp Oil & Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar – Mmm!) and no bad carbs.

I used to feel like I always needed meat or bread with a meal but I learned to add other things like nuts hemp seeds, and chia seeds! Quinoa and sweet potatoes are also a great lil addition to salads and keep you full and satisfied!

Eating this way for the first part of the day allows me to have a glass of wine with my dinner or split a side of fries at dinner.

If I’m craving something, I definitely eat it. But I don’t overdo it. And because I this, I never feel the need to binge.

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This week I was craving sweet potatoes and thought, “Hey! Why not throw them in a salad?!”

So here we are…

Southwest Sweet Potato Salad:

2 small-medium sized sweet potatoes

1 can organic black beans

1 cup organic corn

1 bunch kale

5 limes

red pepper flakes

hemp oil

Preheat oven to 375. Cube sweet potatoes and toss in a tablespoon of coconut oil and add your favorite spices to it. I love to add fresh chopped garlic, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and a little sprinkle of pink himalayan salt. Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes. I like to flip them about halfway through.

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Rinse black bean and corn and throw into a bowl. Once your sweet potatoes have cooled, add them to the corn and black beans. Keep this is a glass storage container for the week!

Everyday I grab a few piece of kale, wash them and chop into a safe container. I add some of my sweet potato mix and sprinkle with red pepper flakes. At work I’ll squeeze one whole lime and sprinkle a little hemp oil on top.

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It’s so good! Another salad to be obsessed with and it holds well without the fridge!

If you guys have any other lunch suggestions for me, let me know! I don’t want to get too sick of my favorites and never want to eat them again!

Lots of love on this hump day! xx

Mini Carrot Cakes – Healthy Ones, Obvii

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A littleeeeee late on this post. Just a lil.

But these are great. So great.

I especially loved the ones I didn’t frost as leftovers, toasted. So yum! And the best lil pre-gym snack!

I made these for Easter Sunday with the fam. Everyone just loved them and they were also really fun to decorate.

We are big carrot cakers in my family so I’m sure I will be making these fairly often.

I highly suggest making these and only frost about half of them. Unless you’re a big frosting lover, then frost away.

I am not a frosting lover. It’s just way too sweet for me and IMO, totally ruins what’s underneath.

Butttttt this frosting was pretty good! Not too sweet!

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Mini Carrot Cakes:

 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/3 cup + 2 tbsp coconut sugar

1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans

 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup coconut oil

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 cup shredded carrots, packed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners into muffin tin. Combine all dry ingredients (including pecans) and mix well. In another bowl, combine all liquid ingredients (including carrots). Combine wet and dry ingredients, mix well and spoon into cupcake liners. Bake for about 17 minutes.

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Cream Cheese Frosting: <<<Vegans, skip this step (they taste amazing w/o the frosting!>>>

 4 oz cream cheese

8 tsp pure maple syrup (if you need it sweeter, add more)

3 tsp pure vanilla

 dash of pink himalayan salt

Combine all ingredients in your mixer and blend until well mixed. Frost cupcakes once cool.

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These are a great alternative to regular carrot cake and totally guilt-free so all of your guests can enjoy dessert!

♥xx

Light It Up Blue: Autism Awareness Month

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Rachel, A.K.A. Miss Rachel, is one of my dear friends. I like to call her my spirit sister because we connect on a much different level than everyday friends do. We are both interested in the good of people and helping others. We will go out of our way for most anyone and have a special place in our heart for those in need. Rachel is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis and will graduate this June! When she is not in class, she is busy serving as a Clinical Supervisor/Behavior Therapist and helping tons of kiddos. Over the years, I’ve become more and more aware of children and special needs because of her – especially Autism. There is so much speculation and controversy over what causes Autism and it is becoming more and more prevalent these days. It’s an issue that is affecting tons of families and we hope that we can somehow find a way to prevent this in the future.

April is Autism Awareness Month and today is World Autism Day. Wear your blue and support good causes!

And now I will turn it over to Rachel…

Autism pioneer Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas once said,

“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.”

Today is April 2, now to you it is just one more day until Friday but today is World Autism Day. Today stands for bringing awareness to most prevalent and fastest-growing development disorder in the United States. 1 out of 68 children are affected.

Autism is represented by a puzzle piece. The puzzle piece signifies many parts of autism because no diagnosis is the same. Autism is complex, we don’t know the cause and there is no cure. There is no cure for this disorder, NO CURE. Autism has different characteristics the complexity of the disorder affects communication and social skills. The puzzle piece is suppose to reflect the complexity of these issues as well as the diversity of those who are affected, from patients and families, to teachers and researchers. The puzzle piece to me represents a voice. It carries awareness, advocacy, compassion, drive and understanding. It represents hope to which one day all the pieces will fit together to give us the big picture.

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You may or may not have an opinion about what causes autism. I am not going to spark a debate on the beliefs, controversies or conspiracies surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorders simply because today is about the AWARENESS. This month is about letting our communities know about this disorder. I am here to ADVOCATE.

Autism Speaks is a very well known organization that sponsors autism research and provides outreach to the public. The “Light It Up Blue” campaign is generated by the Autism Speaks organization. It was created to raise awareness and educate the world. This campaign has been very successful and “ Light It Up Blue” is worldwide recognized from the Empire State Building in New York to China’s Oriental Pearl Tower!

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So, why the color blue to represent ASD?

Well, the color blue represents the boys diagnosed with autism. It is five times more prevalent in boys, 1 in 54. Girls are affected 1 in 252. Families are affected.

How can you “Light It Up Blue”?

It is so easy! Wear Blue! I have my friends, family and clients participate by buying blue light bulbs to shine the light on autism. I get my light bulbs at Home Depot. At my house we light up blue for the entire month!

I stand by Dr. Lovaas quote because it is the truth. In fact I would take a step further to even say that it’s these children teach me. I lend them my voice and they teach me lessons. I may not have a child with autism or a family member with the diagnoses but I will continue to teach, advocate and make a difference.

So, shine a light on autism and wear your blue!

Love,
Miss Rachel

Tropical Chocolate Banana Pancakes

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The other day I just had to have chocolate banana pancakes. Like, I was sooo grumpy without them. They were all I could think about.

So I made them for lunch and it was probably one of the best decisions of my life.

I decided to throw in a few other ingredients and make them a little tropical.

Seriously did not disappoint.

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Tropical Chocolate Banana Pancakes:

1 banana

2 eggs

1/2 cup oats

1/4 cup organic, no sugar added applesauce

1 tsp vanilla

cinnamon

1 tbsp cacao powder

unsweetened shredded coconut

macadamia nuts

cacao nibs

organic, pure maple syrup

Throw banana, eggs, oats, applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon and cacao into your nutribullet or blender and mix well. Coat your pan with coconut oil and cook over medium heat. Top with coconut, nuts, nibs and maple syrup. This makes about 8 small pancakes.

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I was in heaven. Like, I think someone was trying to talk to me and I was so in heaven with my tropical pancakes that I couldn’t even hear them.

Sorry not sorry.

I had the leftovers for breakfast the following day but with walnuts and strawberries. YUMMMMM x twenty.

It’s amazing how yummy healthier options are! These are seriously guilt-free and so delish!

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