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What I’m Loving Lately – December 2017

Hey there! I hope you’re having a great holiday week and soaking up the time with family and friends. We’ve been here in NYC, but today we’re driving down to Philadelphia to meet up with our friends Kyle and Kelly. They live in Los Angeles, but we all went to college together at the University of Pennsylvania, so we thought it would be fun to meet in Philly now that we all no longer live in the same city. Fun fact: Kyle actually officiated our wedding and Kelly and I were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings, so it goes without saying that we love spending time together and are really looking forward to the next couple of days!

Before we jump in the car, I wanted to pop in and share my monthly list of What I’m Loving Lately.

 

2017

2017 collage

Am I cheating here by including an entire year on the list? Well, as this year comes to a close, I would be remiss not to mention how incredible / crazy / scary / life-changing 2017 has been. From quitting my job, to traveling throughout Europe for two months, marrying Travis, honeymooning in Greece, and moving from Los Angeles to NYC, it’s been NONSTOP change and excitement. There have been really happy times, and some nerve-racking, unpredictable times, but in the end I am so happy with every decision that Travis and I made together. I am not sure if anything can top 2017 (or if I want it to!), so I’m looking forward to a slower-paced 2018 as we settle into our new life in New York.

 

Wall Mounted Spice Rack

Wall Mounted Spice Rack

One of the biggest challenges of moving into our new apartment in New York City was finding space to store everything! We definitely downgraded in size from our last apartment in Santa Monica, so it was a big adjustment for us, especially when it came to organizing the kitchen. I found this fantastic spice rack on Amazon, and it’s been a big lifesaver for us. We hung it on the wall near our stove, so all of the spices are in easy access when I’m cooking. I also love that it doesn’t take up precious counter space like many other space racks we looked at. The exact one that we have is no longer available on Amazon, but this one is very similar.

 

Doctor Kracker

Doctor Kracker Seedlander Crackers

My mom is the one who introduced me to these crackers, and I’m hooked! It’s hard to find a good whole grain cracker that doesn’t taste like cardboard, and so many of the ones that actually taste good have so much extra junk in them! These Doctor Kracker seeded crackers are so tasty, and very addicting. The brand isn’t that easy to find around us, so when my mom visited she brought me five boxes (she’s the best). You should be on the lookout for them the next time you go grocery shopping. They taste delicious with hummus or cheese and even on their own.

 

Me & My Big Ideas Planner

I just purchased my second Me & My Big Ideas Planner for 2018, and I love it more than ever. This planner is a less expensive version than the Erin Condren Life Planner, but with so many of the same features. Each day is split into three sections that I use to schedule my morning, afternoon and night. I use this planner to write down everything from blogging tasks, personal to-dos and appointments, and social activities. I also use it to plan our meals for the week and sometimes to schedule my workouts.

I love being organized, and even more so I love the feeling of crossing something off of a to-do list, so this planner makes me feel totally on top of things. If you’re trying to be better organized in the new year, I HIGHLY recommend this planner. Make sure you browse the different style options on Amazon to pick your favorite design.

 

Recipes I’ve been loving lately:

Homemade Whole Wheat Bagels (I made these last weekend with the Trader Joe’s Everything Seasoning, and they were SO good!)

Barramundi in Tomato Basil White Wine Sauce

Bourbon Salmon with Pecans from Sarah at Champagne Tastes (This is one of my new favorite salmon recipes!)

 

Wishing you all a very happy new year, and I’ll see you in 2018! (Wow, that’s weird to say…)

 

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What I’m Loving Lately – May 2017

I can’t believe that it’s been months since I’ve done a Loving Lately post! I always love writing these because it forces me to look around my apartment and appreciate the little things that are currently making me happy. I also enjoy sharing new-to-me products in hopes that they benefit you as well.

Feel free to comment along in the comment section and let me know one thing that you’re loving lately, too!

 

Nutribullet

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For years I’ve used a small Hamilton Beach blender to make smoothies and protein shakes. It’s done the job, but there have been times when I wished the blades were sharper and there was more power to be able to grind nuts and other things. I hate pulling out the big old food processor when I have to grind a small amount of something (like the walnuts in this recipe).

I’d heard so many good things about the Nutribullet, so I decided to put one on our wedding registry a couple of months ago. Well lucky for us, it was the first gift we received, and I couldn’t wait to open the box!

I’ve probably made 25+ smoothies and sauces in it since receiving it a month ago, and I love it so far! It’s incredibly powerful and purées everything in no time. I also like that my set came with three cups, so I can make one smoothie for Travis and another for me. If you’re in the market for a REALLY good mini blender, I highly recommend the Nutribullet!

 

Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning Blend

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I LOVE everything bagels, but I only have one every once in a blue moon. I saw this new Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning all over Instagram for about a week before I finally got my hands on it. (On a side note, I walked into TJ’s for just this one item and undoubtedly walked out with a cart full of things I didn’t know I needed… #typical).

I sprinkle this seasoning on eggs and avocado toast and it’s SO good. During Passover I even put it on matzoh to give it some flavor. I’ve seen other people sprinkle it on potatoes and cod, so I am going to try those next.

 

Hay Maker Sauvignon Blanc

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If you know me in person, you likely know that sauvignon blanc is my go-to drink, and I especially love the sauv blancs from Malborough, NZ. I recently grabbed a bottle of this Hay Maker New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc at our local grocery store when I saw it was on sale, and Travis and I both immediately said “Mmmm!” after we had our first sip.

It’s dry, crisp, refreshing, and it pairs great with fish and spicy foods. Even better that I can usually find it for under $10!

 

Me & My Big Ideas 18 Month Planner

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I am one of those people who has checklists everywhere. One for groceries, one for the drugstore, one for wedding planning, another for meal planning, and so on. Earlier this year I decided to invest in a quality planner to help keep me and all of my lists organized.

I found this 18 month planner on Amazon, and after reading all of the positive reviews, decided to order it. I’ve never owned an Erin Condren Life Planner, but it seems like this version is very similar (but much cheaper!).

I like that each day is split into three blocks: morning, afternoon, and evening. Seeing my week (and month) visually has really helped me keep all of my wedding and blog-related tasks organized. For just under $18, you really can’t go wrong with this planner.

 

Good Lovin’ Cilantro Lime Dip

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You guys. This dip. AHHH!

Recently a representative from Good Lovin’ was sampling this dip at our local Whole Foods. Travis tried it first, and then ran over to tell me to go try it.  Oh man, was it good! The dip is completely dairy-free and vegan, and it gets its light creamy consistency from ground almonds, cashews, and pepitas.

We’ve been putting pouring this dip on fish tacos, but it’s also great just with chips. After browsing their website, it looks like their products are currently only distributed on the west coast, but I have high hopes for this brand and look forward to see them nationwide soon!

 

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Planning my 2016 Goals and Resolutions

Happy 2016!

I hope you guys had a great night on NYE whether you went out or stayed in. We spent NYE at our friend’s house, celebrating with delicious food and, of course, plenty of champagne.

Travis and I kept things pretty low-key during the day on January 1st.

Bessie Sleeping

Keeping with our recent New Year’s Day tradition, we got brunch at one of our favorite local restaurants, The Misfit. There may or may not have been mimosas involved.. and it was just as delicious as always.

After that we came home, relaxed, ordered take-out from Canter’s Deli (both Travis and my favorite “treat meal”) and watched a movie on the couch with Bessie. It was a perfect day off of work, indeed.

Canter's Deli Pastrami Sandwich

As I look ahead to 2016, there is so much I want to do and accomplish. For the first time since high school I decided to buy a paper planner. I consider myself a very organized person, and for the last 8-ish years I’ve really just used iCal on my computer and iPhone to make sure I stay on top of upcoming events, deadlines, bills, etc.

It’s worked really well, but one thing I haven’t been good about is accomplishing long-term to-dos that I think about, but never jot down.

Paper Planner - 2016 Goals

I am excited to use this paper planner to keep track of yearly goals whether it be fitness-related, for Little Chef Big Appetite, financial, etc. Over the weekend, I spent some time jotting down notes for January and I already feel so excited about the coming month (and the months to follow).

I am definitely someone who gets really happy when I get to physically cross something off a to-do list (tell me I am not the only one!), so my hope is that by writing down all of these goals, I will stick to them better than I would if they were listed in my phone.

Farmer's Market Carrots

Now, before I leave you, I thought I’d share a few posts that might be of interest if you’re jumping on the healthy bandwagon for 2016!

How I Meal Plan (Great tips to guarantee a healthy week ahead!)

5 Tips to Help You Workout in the Morning (before work or school)

How to Make Steel-cut Oats Overnight (Prep a big batch at the beginning of the week!)

 

Have a great week, guys! Talk soon!