Things I’m Loving 3!

Click here to read Things I’m Loving 1! and Things I’m Loving 2!.

Now for Things I’m Loving 3!

1.) All your comments yesterday on my blog post about making good girlfriends as an adult. Thank you! It’s nice to see I’m not the only one struggling with this. Now, if we could just find an easy way for everyone to connect.

2.) This infographic I found on the web yesterday. I would never have understood this 6 months ago but I know it all too well now. Although we’ve yet to have that day in March, this is exactly how the seasons in New England feel.

Seasons Screengrab

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3.) Coconut Oil: I originally bought this to cook with but I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of using coconut oil as a natural moisturizer. I love the idea of not putting a bunch of random chemicals and fragrances on my face so I thought I would give it a try. Turns out, I love it! Besides smelling amazing, it’s not as greasy as you’d expect, much less so than mineral oil. It makes my skin super soft and I might be making this up but I think it’s smoothing out some little wrinkles near my eyes too. It’s also unbelievably cheap. For $4.99 a jar you get months of moisturizer.

There are a ton of articles on the benefits and other uses for coconut oil. Here’s just one.

One caveat: I have extremely dry skin so I found this perfect. If you have oily or combo skin you’ll have to experiment with whether it’s too much.

trader joe's coconut oil

4.) The Soda Stream!

Michael and I love bubbly water. We used to buy 12 huge bottles every time we went to the store. Not only was it a pain to lug all those bottles upstairs, it’s wasteful and not very green. We bought a Soda Stream a few months ago and haven’t looked back since. It’s not cheap, we bought ours for about $120 at Bed, Bath and Beyond and the CO2 cartridges run about $30 a pop. We get about 30 bottles out of one cartridge averaging out to about a dollar per bottle. Pretty much the same as if you buy it at the store. But the ease and the green factor completely outweigh the costs. If you love bubbly you may want to consider it.

Soda Stream

5.) Writing for WalkJogRun. In the past couple of days I’ve shared two articles with their readers and thought you might like them too.

The first is how to pick the right yoga class for you. It’s a brief overview of the different styles and how to find the right studio and teacher. Check it out if you’re interested in yoga but feel overwhelmed by all the options.

yoga

The second is a smoothie recipe. Really refreshing and light!

breakfast smoothie

6.) A couple of weeks ago we saw the jazz band People vs. Larsen play. They were really good and are on Itunes. They are Brooklyn based so if you live in the NYC area check out their performance schedule.

People vs Larsen

That’s it for today’s list.

Enjoy and Exhale!

Wednesday in Boston

A little quiet around here today because something unexpected happened…

sunshine

…the sun came out!

Oh beautiful, warm, bright sun. Welcome back to my life.

So what if it’s only 48 degrees and I’m still in my winter coat and this is the only warm day in the 7 day forecast. So what! We’re living in the moment and this moment isn’t freezing.

Blue sky above.

Boston

Outside seating set up (a bit prematurely if you ask me).

boston

And four very muddy puppy paws, happy from a long walk by the river.

eli

Tomorrow recipes. I just couldn’t stay inside today.

Enjoy and Exhale!

Boston’s Winter Wonderland

Whew, that was a lot of snow.

Here are before and after shots of our car. This photo was taken around 4pm on Friday afternoon.

Before

This one around 10am Saturday morning. You can just see the top case of my scooter peeking out from behind the car.

After

As you can see, the storm was intense. Lots of wind and about 2 feet of snow in our neighborhood. We spent the evening inside watching Dexter and drinking wine as predicted. We did go out for a few minutes to let Eli run around in the blizzard, which was quickly followed by more sitting by the fire under a blanket.

Saturday we woke up and took an early morning walk.

Mass Ave Boston

This is Mass Ave, probably one of the busiest streets in the city, completely deserted except for us walkers.

Newbury Street

Here is Newbury, another busy street, without a single car.

Newbury Starbucks

Everything was shut down! No Starbucks for us. 😦

So the rest of Saturday was spent doing this.

Scrabble

Yep, a lot of U’s.

There was also lots of lounging.

Guy

The sun came out with a vengeance yesterday. Blue skies and warm temps. In the afternoon we set out for a much more enjoyable stroll around the city. Look at that sky!

Sledding

There were tons of families sledding in the Commons.

Playing in the snow

Eli was loving the snow, he’s waiting to chase a snowball here.

snow sculptures

This is some random guy building what looked to be cross between a lobster and a shark out of snow (in short sleeves!)

I have to hand it to New Englanders, they know how to make the best of the weather. There were people out running despite the snow filled sidewalks, plenty of cross-country skiers along the river and a huge group of kids making a gigantic fort in the park. Blizzards definitely make you appreciate the sunny days. Too bad it didn’t last, back to gray, cloudy and rainy today but there is a silver lining, a gluten-free blueberry muffin trial that worked!

Happy Monday.

Enjoy and Exhale!

Blizzards

Whenever I think of blizzards the only thing that comes to mind is a milkshake with peanut butter cups from the Dairy Queen in Truckee. Maybe tonight’s storm will change that, haha.

The snow has started to come down here in Boston. The news is covering this round the clock and hyping it up like they are known to do. Looking out the window I admit it’s starting to come down pretty hard. They are even closing down public transportation later this afternoon.

I thought about going to the grocery store to ‘stock up’, but that seems kind of absurd considering we have enough food to get us through a 2-week long blizzard. We are officially out of tortilla chips though which in and of itself is a household emergency. Michael if you’re reading this, please pick up chips on the way home! Kidding.

My class tomorrow morning is cancelled and most studios are closing this afternoon. So I snuck in a very hot, very sweaty, very hard class at Baptiste again this morning. I have to say, I have fallen in love with yoga all over again! I can’t get enough of the heat and the sequencing of these power classes. It’s not the same as my favorite class with Rusty Wells back in SF but it’s reminiscent of it. I feel relaxed, energized, wrung out and more closely connected to my breath than I have in months.

i love yoga

With my practice done and no classes to teach I think I’ll climb under a blanket and finish my book. Maybe try a new recipe or two. Have some wine. Beat Michael at Wii bowling. Watch a movie. And cuddle with my favorite puppy.

Eli

Hmm, on second thought, he looks pretty comfortable right now, maybe I shouldn’t wake him.

Who says blizzards are a bad thing? Maybe there is something to slowing it down and hibernating for a bit.

See you on the other side.

Have a safe, warm and wonderful weekend.

Enjoy and Exhale!

 

 

Waiting for Sandy

We’re patiently waiting for Hurricane Sandy here in Boston. Looks like we’ll be outside the direct path but it’s already very rainy and windy. We bought a flashlight and some extra water to be safe. Then did what we usually do on rainy Sundays, made a big pot of chili for dinner and turned on football…

Hopefully we won’t lose power and I’ll see you all back here tomorrow with a recap of our trip to Cape Cod and our weekend of eats.

If you’re on the east coast, stay dry and safe.