Happy Monday


How was your weekend? Mine was great – it was so beautiful here in the San Francisco. Spring has officially arrived in the Bay Area. This week is a little crazy – the big move happens this coming weekend so I might be a little scarce this week. I have so many ideas for posts but no time to do them.  In the meantime if you want to see what I am up to – follow along on Instagram (my social media obsession).

Happy Monday! xx

We bought a house!

Holy sh@#$#t we bought a house. Seriously holy sh#$t. This has been in the works for a while but I didn’t want to jinx it, especially since it is an old house and the reason it could fall through would be due to old house issues. But I am excited (and terrified) to say that Luke and I are now homeowners. Holy sh#$t.
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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Gluten Free Vegan Brownies


It was big sad week for Gwyneth Paltrow. (In case you have been living under a rock, she has called it quits with the lead singer of Cold Play. The whole internet is in a tizzy over the news) So many people either love or hate Gwyneth – she is incredibly polarizing.  I happen to love her but many in the food world think she is full of it. My only problem with her is that she calls herself a chef and in my opinion a chef is someone who owns a restaurant. I am not a chef – I am a cook. Thanks for letting me clear that up. But that didn’t stop me from buying her new book  It’s All Good and drumroll please… and loving it.
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My Trip to Paris


I am not going to lie. I have a lot going on. A ton going on (more of which I will tell you about next week).  And instead of actually doing some work, I have a case of wanderlust and am aimlessly perusing travel pictures on Pinterest.  I get it from time to time and I think it is especially strong right now because I am missing a trip to Istanbul. Istanbul is high on my list of places I have to visit. Need to visit. Especially the Hagia Sophia. How beautiful is that place right? So in an attempt to cure my wanderlust, I am going to post pictures of my 30th birthday trip to Paris. I have mentioned it on here before but I spent a week in Paris a couple years ago and I am pretty sure that a week of eating and drinking in Paris made up one of the best trips of my life.
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Recipe for the Best Meatballs in the World


Seriously you guys I have found the recipe for the best meatballs in the world. For shizzle. This past weekend was Luke’s birthday and in honor of his birthday I was going to make a dinner of all of his favorite foods.  I had originally planned to make the asian glazed salmon that I posted last week because that is high on the list of all-time favorites in my house. But Luke mentioned he was in the mood for Italian so I dug up some Italian recipes that I had in my recipe arsenal and found these meatballs. I had forgotten how freaking amazing these meatballs are. Seriously you should make these meatballs right now – even if you aren’t a big meatball person I promise you will love them. Trust me.  Basically read this post, run to the grocery store, then make these meatballs. (oh and call me so I can come over and eat them with you. K? Thanks)
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Easy Asian Glazed Salmon


Today is your lucky day.  I am sharing my secret weapon for dinner parties. You know the dish that you pull out when you want to show off but not really do much cooking?  My easy asian glazed salmon is that dish. Make it and I promise everyone will think you are a 5 star chef. Best part is, it is really easy. I mean so easy Chumley could do it.
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Sponsored Post: Shark Rocket Vacuum

Hi All!  Today I am excited to share with you a sponsored post from my friends at Shark Vacuums. I connected with them through Alt Summit, the blogging conference I attended back in January. When they reached out to partner I wasn’t sure how we could work together, given that I mainly blog about food and travel. But then I thought about it and looked around my apartment and to be honest it was pretty dirty. You know what, it is always pretty dirty because of two main things: the 100lb hairy dog who lives here and my ability to get food everywhere when I am cooking.


So I tested the Rocket and it was brilliant. It got all of the Chumley hair off my floors and couch. Normally we vacuum and then 10 seconds later they are balls and balls of hair on the ground.  I am honestly surprised that the dog has any hair left. But the Shark got it all, especially with their handy dog hair tool.  Chumley is also very happy because this means I am not going to shave him…yet.  I am on the brink of it, but this pulled me back from the edge a bit.

Also I can now continue to get my kitchen dirty with wild abandon and I know that I have this little bad boy to help clean up after me. The Shark got in all the crevices that I didn’t even know I had gotten food into.

I know I blame most of the hair on Chumley but I am a little to blame as well. My hair has a tendency to fall out as well but nowhere compared to Chumley. But not to worry, the Shark got that as well.

Last but definitely not least, this thing is small which is good because between the dog and his hairballs, there is little room for a huge vacuum in my tiny apartment.

If you are in the market for a new vacuum check out the Shark Rocket – it is lightweight and all around a pretty great little tool. You can buy them online here or at your local Target/Walmart/superstore of choice.

Now if only I could get Chumley to work the Shark – that would be genius.

*This is a sponsored post but the honest opinions here belong to Amanda and A Life Well Lived.

Blood Orange Margaritas


We are en route to Mexico for a long weekend and I cannot wait. Since we will be in Mexico and on the beach in swimsuits and all that,  I have decided I need to do a cleanse while I am there. One that involved lots and lots of margaritas, preferably with a large bowl of guacamole and chips. Since I have been dreaming about this little getaways for months now, I have decided I should probably get ready for this cleanse by practicing. Practice makes perfect, right? My blood orange margaritas were the perfect way to get me ready. It is all for the sake of cleansing.
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