• Point Sur X J. Crew

    My apologies for being behind on blog posts. While I am working out this SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth… lovely. I will do a post on it in the future)  with Low FODMAPS diet situation, my meals have been boring, redundant and not always that colorful… I have not had any inspirations for new recipes as of late. That said, I am actually excited to have been diagnosed with SIBO (yesterday!) so I can move on with treatment and get back to cooking! The other thing that has been all consuming, although exciting and fun, is our house renovation. I  have spent so much time looking at tile, lighting, paint…

  • Father’s Day Gift Guide

    What to get that important guy? Men can be hard to shop for! No one is as picky as my husband and these are all Matt approved! Whether it is your own father, darling husband, awesome brother, favorite uncle or just your best guy friend we’ve got you covered. From salami to a waterproof iWatch case to a paddleboard,  there is something for everyone on this list! Click on corresponding number to shop item!   1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12. / 13. / 14.      

  • Secret Source: Walmart

    I love finding a deal… Walmart is full of them. They have REALLY stepped up their style game, and really, their quality too! I have a full set of marble melamine plates (you can find them on My Favorites Things Page!) that match this platter and they are the BEST. Look what other treasures I have found to set up the perfect backyard soiree. Click on corresponding number to shop image!    1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12.

  • Kale Salad For A Crowd

    Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of Summer- yay! It is also the start of all the fun potlucks and barbecues! We had a fun event last weekend, Comedy Night, where I brought a large enough kale salad to feed a crowd (20 people to be exact). This was a winner! You can dress it before you go, too; it makes it super easy. It also happens to be low fodmap friendly (obviously), and vegan as well! You can certainly scale back the size to just feed your family for the night. I’ve thrown in some chicken or grilled shrimp for a complete dinner. Kale Salad with Maple Mustard…

  • TOMS Friends & Family Sale

    Okay… we all know how much I LOVE TOMS. I love their product, I love their mission and I love their prices. Win, win, win. They are having their Friends & Family Sale right now; 20% off all full price items! (Use code FRIENDS20) I have gathered my favorites for the whole family below! Let me say limiting the sunglass choices was hard… I have four pairs of TOMS and I would take about four more- my favorite! All of these are sure to be Summer go-to’s! 1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. / 10. / 11. / 12. / 13. / 14. / 15.    

  • Basil – Spinach Pesto (dairy free)

    Sooooo I have not been cooking all that much these past few weeks. We are trying to sift through some health stuff and our diet has been a bit restricted. Besides my current Low FODMAP Diet (oh how I miss shiitakes, cauliflower and YOGURT!!!) we have our child on an elimination diet. He has TERRIBLE eczema so we are trying to get to the root of it. An elimination diet is painful… for both parent and child! So when you have to be dairy free, egg free, gluten free, soy free, corn free, nightshade free, peanut free, pork free, beef free and citrus free it can be… well… tricky to…

  • Book List

    I love to read. I find it to be the ultimate escape, more so than tv or movies. So, for me, a book needs to be a real page-turner. My mother has always told me life is too short to finish a book you aren’t enjoying. I gravitate to mystery and suspense novels. Gratefully, I have a wonderful book club that makes sure I also read some excellent, thought provoking fiction and non-fiction too! A few have asked if I have a book list, so it was time to compile one! Below find 16 of my recent favorites! Click on the book title to purchase! Commonwealth by Ann Patchett Little…

  • Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide

    You’ve got just under one week to find the perfect gift for Mother’s Day! Thank goodness for express shipping! I put together four basket/bags chock full of excellent gifts for any Mom out there! Obviously it would be amazing (and a little over the top) if you gifted the entire contents of the bag to those special moms in your world (Maybe we can make Mother’s Day baskets a new thing?) but I’m sure you can find an awesome gift in these bags to give! The Gym Bag! Everything a mom needs to escape to the gym or the studio for some much needed self care! 1. MZ Wallace Jimmy Bag…

  • Secret Source: J. Crew Factory

    Summer clothes… they get so grungy by Labor Day am I right? I do not like to invest heavily in summer pieces unless it is a dress for an event. I would rather buy less expensive items that only last a season or two. Not to mention summer is the best time to try out new trends, new colors & new styles, so why break the bank. I have been getting my fun summer upgrades from J. Crew Factory for years (I probably do have a few shorts from the first trip there!). Everything is always on sale and you are guaranteed to get cute style for less. They are…

  • Super Seedy Overnight Oats

    Oh overnight oats, you are so miraculous in the morning! I am always lazy about putting them together the night before but so grateful that I have done it when I am rushed the next day! Normally I will do a little assembly line of these and make them for everyone for a few days. Such an easy breakfast! I have tried lots of variations of overnight oats and I love the extra nutritional boost from the flax and chia here. I’ve made these dairy free but feel free to use your favorite milk here! Ingredients 1/2 cup rolled gluten free oats 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 teaspoon to…