Friday, April 4, 2014

{Potions} Beachy Babe Salty Sea waves

AKA Mermaid Spray! Found via my favorite one of my favorite blogs free people. Love the blog, love the clothes, love, love, love the lace and hippie chic of it all. If any of you are like me, you're loving the fresh Spring sun but already dying in the fact that Spring is being a tease. Warm weather one day but rainy days every other day. Although the days have become longer, I still find myself chasing the sun everyday hoping and waiting until our nights will turn from dark and cold to warm sun filled nights full of adventures. Summer is coming my lovelies!!

For some sunshine inspiration I introduce to you...Mermaid Spray. For those summer sun and salt touched locks. It'll transport you to summer in no time.

This potion is simple. You'll need
* 1 cup of warm water
* 1 tbsp. sea salt
* 2 tsp coconut oil
* 2 tsp aloe vera gel (optional- this time around I didn't use any and it still turned out great)
* 5 - 10 drops of essential oil (I used a mix of lavender, sandalwood)

Combine all ingredients and then pour into an empty spray bottle for easy distribution throughout your hair!
Spray throughout your hair and scrunch your hair as you go and the rest will unfold.
At first spray, I knew I was hooked! I will be carrying this baby around in my bag always and forever now.
In need of a little pick me up? Spray some at the roots and ends of your hair to have that summer vibe follow you during these on and off Spring days.

Much love,


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Looking for Inspiration...

Every year around mid-October I wake up from my summer haze and realize the days have become shorter, dark sets in earlier after each passing week. The days more crisp and cold, leaves bright and falling from the trees. I spend my days here mourning and savoring the last dreds of summer. Autumn has come.
I really do try to fight it, but somewhere in between the end of September and early October my body does this whole shift. I start wearing more layers, mind you I am not a layering sort of person. I start eating massive amounts of carbs, lots of them. And I have the temptation to stay in bed, heater on, wrapped in all my blankets even on my most busy of weekends.
 I get a little crazy, all wrapped up, looking up craft blogs. I have a whole slew of ideas I want to try out this Autumn. Crazy decor ideas, interesting recipes. Jumbles and jumbles all over my brain. For right now I'd like to leave you all with some pictures I've been finding inspiring as of late. As well as some links to the blogs I have been crazy stalking these past few weeks.
Except recipes and crafts soon. It's Autumn of course!

 ( awelltraveledwoman )

 (Lee Martin Dickinson. Oak
Red Orb Sculpture Exhibition 2012, Leeson House, Dorset, Green Man Sculpture)


 ( Apartment Therapy ) I love the fat round cactus on the table! The space looks so lived in and loved yet simple and still unique.

Grilled Fig Tartines, Honestly Yum ) I WILL make these someday!

alittlevintageapartment )

Current Blog Loves:
1. A Beautiful Mess
2. 3191 Miles Apart
3. Hummusbird
4. Adventures in Cooking
5. Little Seed Farm

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!
xxo Laura

 (This is silly, but I don't own any of the pictures in this post, unless otherwise noted* I will try and source all pictures as best as possible.)

Monday, September 9, 2013

{Fitness} Post Work day / Pre Workout - Easy Apple Cinnamon Toast

I've recently come back from a three week vacation with minimal workouts. Also- lots of unhealthy eating : / Tonight I'm finally getting back to my regular workout schedule! Exciting!!
Anyways - just got home from work, I needed something that would satisfy my want for a quick snack but also fuel me through my workout. What's better than protein and fruit?!

Apple Cinnamon Toast

2 slices of bread, thin enough for the toaster, I used Great Harvest's Honey Whole wheat..
2 tbsp peanut butter
1 med. apple
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pop the slices of bread into the toast and toast for your desired amount of time!
While the bread is toasting measure and mix together the cinnamon sugar
Cut up your apple into thinly sliced pieces.
After the toast is finished spread the pb and add the cinnamon sugar and then top with your apple slices.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's been so long!

Sorry I'm not sorry. NEWS; I've started pastry school and I am so beyond in love with it. My blog has without a doubt been put on the back burner. But I am trying very hard to find some time to write a HUGE blog so I can talk about all of my adventures and put some of my pictures on! Because I have SO MANY PICTURES! Anyways... a long overdue update and hopefully I'll be back soon!

and Happy Summer Everyone!! (finally! :) )


Thursday, February 21, 2013

There'll be days like this

Well my mama told me, there'll be days like this

I have had a pretty bad day today. Basically spending my day off wrapped up tighter than a package on Christmas morning. Dinking around on my laptop, trying not to stress about the little things. I.E. the fact that Spring quarter is starting soon and I've been waiting to hear back from school so I know when to register for my baking program. Worrying about every last little thing that is so out of my control, I stress so much that your grandma doesn't have anything left because I've stressed it all away with my big little heart. So naturally I want to bake to take my mind off things and to make everyone else in the house fat and happy.
My vegan's going. I'm at a hardy 75% vegan most days. I don't drink dairy or eating meat, although I had a burrito today with chicken. I'm eating lots of vegetables and not reading the labels on breads because I know it's probably made with milk but I love it so much that I'm giving my 75% and that's enough for me.
Now, as of late, I've been on this massive coconut kick. Dried cranberries and coconut flakes in my oatmeal every morning. Coconut in my applesauce, yeah you read that right, APPLESAUCE. It's sweet, crunchy and delicious and for some reason these past couple of weeks I'm in love with it.
Back to being nasty and stressed, I'm a hermit skimming the internet when I stumble across this beautiful picture of toasty looking coconut macaroons and me, being a girl of impulse decisions I decide right then and there that some time today I am making coconut macaroons.

I hope everyone has had a stress free day! Happy Thursday!

Coconut Macaroons


3/4 cups (5 large) egg whites
2/3 cup granulated sugar
5 oz sweetened coconut flakes
5 oz unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp orange blossom extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
pinch of salt


In a heavy sauce pan combine the egg whites, sugar, and coconut and cook over medium-low heat. Keep an eye out and stir frequently until all the ingredients combine together. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla, orange blossom, and almond extract. Set aside in a bowl and put it in the refrigerator to chill, about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 300°F.

When everything is combined it'll end up looking a little like steamed rice

Now here's where it gets tricky. I went for a palm-sized macaroon, mostly because I wanted to eat these with a cup of tea. But you can always go for a Tablespoon sized or any sized macaroon. The choice is up to you.
Put a piece or parchment paper down and let these cook for about 27 - 35 minutes
Even if they don't look toasty brown on the top, they're toasty all over.
Make up your favorite cup of tea and chow down on these little lovelies.


(Recipe adapted from skinnytaste )

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Nothing Better

Favorite type of salad, I could eat this for the rest of my life. Goat cheese on toasted bread.
Europe, Summer 2012
"Tell me am I right to think that there could be nothing better
Than making you my bride and slowly growing old together"
'Nothing Better' - The Postal Service
Missing Paris, missing Summer, and really missing my freckles. 
Back to the present... There's nothing better than coming home at night, lighting a few of you favorite candles, and getting organized. There's just something about the routine, you know, the folding of clean clothes. Or making your bed, then have some fun moving around the furniture. Or in my case. Laying in bed and watching my favorite movie, while telling myself that I'll eventually go back to all that other stuff tonight.
 Fat rain drops are falling outside my window and I'm toasty inside.
Just thought I'd share some happiness.

Friday, January 25, 2013

An Update seemed like a good plan :P


I never thought I'd be saying this but hey! Gone vegan, check...guess what else, I'm not eating sugar! Baking...hmmm baking blog? Kind of hard to do. But I love it. I feel fabulous, so incredibly wonderful. I haven't felt this way in a long time. So I'm thinking I'll probably keep up with it. So expect some new recipes and a little less dessert-y prototypes for the time being! :)
I've been making this like crazy, I don't care, I love it. It's Soba noodles with a homemade mushroom - miso broth combined with extra firm tofu and chopped green onions.

I used soy based Miso paste and mushroom stock
that you can find at your local specialty foods store.   
Soba Noodles with Green Onions and Tofu
Serves 3-4 people or 2 w/large portions
4 tablespoons Miso paste
2 1/2 cups water
8 oz of firm tofu cut into bite-sized cubes
1 tablespoon instant mushroom stock
5 tablespoons chopped green onions
Desired amount of Soba noodles
Plop your water in your pot and bring it to a boil on the stove. Add in the soba noodles when the water has come to a boil. Also add in your miso paste and mushroom stock. Let the noodles boil for 6 - 10 minutes. Then set aside. Chop up your green onions and tofu and toss them into the pot. Evenly divide you noodlefest and enjoy!!

Ahhhh silliness! More recipes soon! As proof I shall link them and then do them in the oncoming future!!
My link button is not having it today~
- Homemade Coconut Cream Pie Lara Bars
Ta da! Ta da!
Have a good day everybody