Comparison is the theif of joy

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Check out this amazing article by one of my favorite blogs Hipstercrite.

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Street Festivals, Capitol visits, and 100 miles bike rides

After recovering from a sudden stomach bug last week and being stuck in my apartment for two days, I was absolutely stir crazy. Luckily there was a ton going on this weekend around the city so my boyfriend and I decided to walk around and do some exploring. We hunted down two street festivals, made a quick detour to the state Capitol, and got to meet our awesome friends at the finish line of the Livestrong 100 mile challenge.

We sought out the Mediterranean festival, which I was really excited about but ended up being very let down. It ended up being just a few food vendors in a church parking lot- not so exciting. Since that was a bust, we walked back over to the Viva la Vida festival which is basically an early Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) celebration. This one was really awesome- tons of amazing art pieces, a few food vendors, face painting, and lots of local artists. There was also a big parade which we ended up missing but I am sure was equally as amazing.

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While frolicking through the city we decided to stop at the Capitol since I had not been yet. It was…. not my cup of tea but something I needed to see. What can I say, I am an artsy kind of person. History and politics are extremely boring to me but for some reason I psyched myself up to think it would be cool to see. It was really beautiful to take photos outside of so we got some great photo ops out of it and that was good enough for me. I could see myself enjoying a nice lunch on the lawn one afternoon.

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Some good friends biked 100 miles for the Livestrong challenge to raise money for cancer. We downloaded a livestrong app and were able to track them the whole way, which was really amazing and such an awesome invention. It was crazy to see just how far 100 miles was and to watch their progress throughout the day. Being the proud friends we are, my boyfriend and I bought mimosa supplies, made some signs and camped out at the finish line to congratulate them on such a huge accomplishment.

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Absolutely loving these beautiful Autumn days in Austin!

 

 

Pineapple // Things I love, Volume 1

I recall reading about the cultural significance of the pineapple after buying a welcome sign with a pineapple on it for one of my first apartments. Ages ago the pineapple became associated with returns from extended voyages at sea. It represented welcoming and hospitality which quickly made its way into the contemporary art world. The image of a pineapple presents a warm, homely and beach-like vibe that I can’t get enough of.

I have wanted a pineapple tattoo forever now. I recall discussing a few of my ideas with my tattoo artist years ago and this seems to be the one that has really stuck with me.

 

So here you have ‘Things I Love, Volume 1: The Pineapple’

 

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And there were smoothie bowls for all!

I recently stumbled stalked across an old friends Instagram, who now resides in New York and seems to always be doing amazing things. One day she posted some photos of this mess of a bowl filled with what appeared to be purple mush, fruit, and nuts; it had me at hello. As I did more research I found out about this new smoothie bowl fad and just knew I had to jump on that boat.

One morning I was feeling extra adventurous and woke up early to make my boyfriend and I our first smoothie bowls before work.

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I was astonished by how filling and delicious these were and how much variety one could add to their bowl. My favorite thing about these is my boyfriend loves them! We sort of have this running joke about thinking the other is a picky eater. Being essentially a vegan, my Texas boy is not accustomed to my eating habits at all- tofu and quinoa pretty much disgust him, to put it dramatically. In my defense, dietary needs and picky-ness are two different things but, in his defense I do not like any Italian food, pizza, really anything with bread or gluten. So to an Italian food lover i may seem a little picky.

As a couple with two totally opposite food cravings it sometimes feels like a struggle to make him food he will really enjoy. To be able to make a nutritious and filling breakfast makes me feel pretty accomplished.

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The Smoothie:

Serving Size: 2

1 C organic orange juice

1 C almond milk or coconut water

4 frozen strawberries

4 frozen mango chunks

5 frozen blueberries

1 handful of fresh spinach

1 handful of fresh kale

1 heaping tablespoon of protein powder of choice (I use cookies and cream Spiru-Tein)

Blend well and pour into two bowls.

Toppings:

The options are endless as far as toppings are concerned. I tend to go with a fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and coconut. I think bananas would be an excellent topping choice!

I added: 1/2 a kiwi, a small scoop of organic oats, a few dried gogi berries, a small scoop of flax seeds, a few chopped walnuts, and a small scoop of shredded coconut.

I have been having a lot of fun with these so far and cannot wait to share some more of my favorite bowls!

xo