The rain storms that hit Houston were impeccably timed if you ask me. After several whirlwind weekends in June and more to come in July, I’m so excited for every excuse to stay indoors with little to nothing to do. I hope you find some time to yourself to do the same, and if so, that these five reads entertain you.
It’s been a very long time since competitive sports have been on my agenda. High school to be exact. Unless you count golf class in college or Congressional co-ed softball in my 20’s. I’ve always talked about taking up tennis and bought a racket a few years ago, but it’s been collecting dust while I’ve been busy being pregnant/nursing my 3 kiddos back to back. A valid excuse to avoid exercise and athletics, right?!
A few months back Bret mentioned asking one of my friends to be his mixed doubles partner for a tennis tournament which was finally the fuel I needed to take up the sport. Since then I’ve been taking lessons and have officially caught the tennis bug. GASP!
I realized I only owned one tennis skirt and a bunch of old tee shirts from college for exercise purposes. You see, I’ve just never been into spending money on things like work out gear, pajamas, socks, etc. and parlay those extra funds into the dress, shoe, handbag budget. Ha! But now that I’m on the court on the reg, it’s time to invest in some new athleisure gear. After all, athlesiure has been on fire in the fashion world, so now I’ve finally got a valid reason to partake in this trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. If only cute clothing correlated to extra points on the court.
I’m in California again–this time, for work–and I’m so glad to be back. LZ’s snaps from Santa Barbara gave me the beach blues. Per usual, the links are not unrelated to what’s been on my mind this week–cooling down with iced coffee, coastal travels and being with girlfriends. Enjoy!
Which coffee camp are you in – can’t live with or without it? Goop gives us the real scoop on whether the bean is good for us.
As an aunt to five nieces and seven nephews, I am reminded that school’s out for summer. I just booked a flight for a wedding in Colorado in July, and I can’t wait to escape the height of Houston’s summer heat for a breath of fresh mountain air. Travels aside, I hope you set time for getting lost in fun links, like these five! Enjoy.
Would you rather have your weekend feel longer in the moment or looking back on Monday morning? See how you can succeed at both.
Going on 25, I’ve crossed several of these ‘must-do in your twenties‘ items off already; I’ve learn a new sport (tennis!) and improved my wine knowledge with the help of Napa and Netflix. Next, I plan to raid my mom’s closet and gamble!
I still envy students with real summers, but I do love the built-in long weekends that come with this season. It all starts with Memorial Day, which is arguably the best of them all, as you have all that fun in the sun to look forward to. Here are five links to read wherever you may be today through Monday:
Hi, everyone! I do my best to incorporate a well rounded list of links for those of you interested in all the things from interiors, food, wellness and whatever else. I hope you find something suited for you in today’s round-up.
A tear-jerking tale of a bride who received the best wedding gift of all is also a testament to how we should live our lives during the most important moments.
Your interior color story could say a lot about you. Mine’s yellow! What’s yours?
I’ve been on Noble 31‘s email list to be the first to know when their first collection launches, so I wanted y’all to be filled in too. Their timeless tops are dreamt up by a team of sisters from Texas. Get one today!
Clichés are cliché for a reason, and sometimes, the same holds true for tourist traps. These restaurant ones are actually worth it.
Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of you wonderful moms out there. Earlier this week, Bret asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day. Sleeping in and organizing my clutter filled closets were the first two things to pop into my mind. Neither of which involved my kids, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of Mother’s Day. I feel like a jerk now that I’m actually writing this but have a feeling that a lot of other moms out there would ask for similar things too, right?! I’m going to go ahead and chalk it up to being normal and human.
What I didn’t realize is I would get the best Mother’s Day gift of all a day early. This morning there was some sort of magic in the air in our house. And it wasn’t because I got to sleep in. I actually brought Jack into our room earlier than he normally wakes, teething the likely culprit for the early morning alarm clock. Lucky for me, he’s at the age where he’s totally happy hanging out in my nook, so we did just that until the girls were awake. Then each of the girls made their way to join the cuddle fest. No agenda, no hustle to get dressed and out the door, just our little Z tribe.
I took in every last hug, smooch, giggle and conversation. I took in holding my sweet boy’s tiny feet in my hands, smelling his little head full of wispy baby hair. That baby smell, can we please bottle it up?! I took in making eyes with my amazing husband. Feeling all the feels after 6 years together. Yes, this morning was magic, my friends. Magic that you can’t plan or orchestrate intentionally. Magic that happens when you least expect it. The only thing missing was a cup of coffee. I think I’ll revise tomorrow’s Mother’s Day gift requests to include just that. And another morning in bed with my little people. The closets can wait another year.
I’m currently bike riding along Venice Beach with two college besties en route to the adorable Rose Café. I can’t wait for this getaway to start my summer refreshed for all the fun that’s in store. Here are some weekend reads to help you get into R&R mode, especially all you moms who deserve it most.
If you can’t get to California any time soon, here are five spots to taste wine that aren’t Napa.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we teamed up with the fabulous Marcia from Smart in the Kitchen to bring y’all some festive recipes for your party weekend! Today’s collaboration started when I offered to host my daughter’s class at our house for dinner a few weeks back. I love throwing parties and host often but have never hosted anything for a group this size (20 or so people) that requires dinner. For bigger groups, I typically outsource the food aka order pizzas (ha!) or do easy appetizers. But dinner for 20, I was in over my head.
I immediately called Marcia and asked for ideas. Clueless in the Kitchen meet Smart in the Kitchen! She had me at kale guacamole! Marcia was also working on a post for fajitas for a crowd and promised it was SUPER easy. If you’ve got a grill (check!) and have a Trader Joe’s nearby (check!), you too, can rock some delicious fajitas for a big group. I did cheat and pick up some rice and beans from my favorite Mexican restaurant. That’ll be our little secret though. Another secret I’ll share, the bagged salads at Whole Foods. That’s right, salad in a bag folks. The Taylor Farms organic Sirancha ranch chopped salad is delish. It comes with tortilla strips that aren’t soggy, sunflower seeds and shredded parmesan cheese. Yum. And add in some avocado and it screams made from scratch. For an appetizer I threw out some crudités with Marcia’s homemade ranch dressing. And served her margaritas for a crowd, another super simple recipe (3 ingredients!) that can be made ahead! After a few refreshing margs, the entire crowd will think the meal was fantastic no matter how it turned out anyway. Ha! Happy Cinco de Mayo, y’all!
If you use a food processor to make this, there’s no need to chop the kale fine. If you aren’t using a food processor, be sure to chop the kale and onions very well.
Juice of 2 limes (about 2 tablespoons)
4 small Lacinato kale leaves, stems removed and roughly chopped
½ cup white or yellow onion, chopped (or less to taste)
¼ cup cilantro leaves
1 small Serrano or jalapeno, deseeded and chopped
3 large ripe avocados, halved, pitted and peeled
½ teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
In the bowl of your food processor, combine the lime juice, kale, onion, cilantro, Serrano and salt. Pulse until combined.
Add the avocado and pulse until you reach your desired consistency.
Taste for seasoning and add salt or lime juice if necessary.
If you do not have a food processor, make sure the kale and cilantro is well chopped and combine ingredients with a potato masher or mash well with a fork.
This easy salsa verde will save for a week stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use it on scrambled eggs, tacos, chicken and grilled flank steak. Tomatillos contain natural pectin, so don’t be surprised if the consistency of the salsa thickens after it’s refrigerated.
1 pound tomatillos
¼ teaspoon salt
Fresh ground pepper
1 serrano pepper, seeds and ribs removed and finely chopped (this amount can be halved or quartered to taste)
½ white or yellow onion, chopped (about ¾ cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
Juice of 2 limes
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Remove husks and place tomatillos on a half-sheet pan lightly coated in oil. Roast in a preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until soft and browned.
Place the roasted tomatillos and the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until the salsa comes together. Be careful when lifting the lid because of the steam.
Quick Pickled Red Onions
Pickled red onions take only 10 minutes to put together, but they are better after sitting for 3-4 hours. In her book, Tacolicious, Sara Deseran makes these with the addition of Mexican oregano which adds a nice flavor.
1 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar or coconut sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 red onion, cut in half and sliced very thin into half moons
In a medium sauce pan, bring to a boil the vinegar, water, sugar and kosher salt.
Place the sliced red onion in a glass or ceramic bowl and pour the warm rice vinegar mixture over the onions. Cover and soak for 3-4 hours.