Sunday, November 9, 2014

OOTD| Tall Leather Look

Faux Leather Jacket: NewLook Tall Collection
Crop Top: Bebe
High Waisted Jeans: Long Tall Sally
Boots: Fiona by Payless! (Size 11)

Im baaack! And still rocking the high waist (and haven't given up on the crop top either yet) as you can see. It's been an adventurous few months of traveling (hope to upload highlight pics from my European travels soon!), heart and soul healing, character-building challenges, and rest. In the midst of it all, I've been learning to embrace joy more these days and had a lot of fun doing this post (as you can probably tell from the video!). Sometimes you just gotta get out there and dance. You'll feel really good after. I promise! I'm gonna keep this commentary short, but won't leave without giving my kudos to NewLook for this super comfy, stylish, and TALL leather-look jacket. I am in love. And the sleeve length is perfect. No drafty wrists over here :)

The weather is still quite warm during the day here in Sacramento so this jacket is not super necessary just yet. But, I am excited to wear this as the weather cools down and am confident that the quality of this piece will be more than enough to keep me warm when needed. And as much as I know we need the rain, I am enjoying the sun and all its shine.

Special Thanks to my sissy for helping me put my vision for this quick video into action.

***Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for the promotion of the products mentioned in this post. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Recipe of the Week| Chocolate Chip- Garbanzo Bean Cookies!

Jam packed with fiber, protein, and chocolatey-goodness! A feel-good, wholesome treat that is even tastier when complemented with your choice of fruit and topped with greek yogurt (as shown in picture above).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Drain can of garbanzo beans and mash until smooth consistency.  Then combine with all other ingredients in medium-sized bowl and mix until all contents are evenly distributed. Spoon into desired shape on cookie sheet and bake until golden brown. 

Bon Appetit!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quote of the Day| Maya Angelou

"A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself."
-Maya Angelou

Monday, August 4, 2014

Recipe of the Week| Southwestern Salad

I know, I know. 90% of the recipes I post on here are just salads. But they are sooo easy! And refreshing. Especially in this hot 100+ degree weather we've been having. This one's another fave. 

Chop 'em up, toss 'em, and enjoy!

xoxo Mary 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Recipe of the Week| Mango- Avocado Salad

Mango-Avocado Salad with Homemade Lemon and Olive Oil Dressing 

A sweet, tangy, savory, crunchy, soft and refreshing salad- All In One! This one satisfies all cravings. It is also nicely balanced with carbs, protein, and healthy fats to keep you reasonably satiated.
Serve with your favorite bread on the side or enjoy as is!

It's Delicioso!

xoxo Mary

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Spiritual Healing| Quality Time

Quality Time-
Where I've Been from May-June...

It's been 2 months of a lot of changes. My time just hasn't been the same. Being somewhat new to the blogging world, I've realized that it takes quite some time! May-June, I decided to focus on spending quality time with the people I love. And as a result, my blogging frequency sputtered a bit. I wanted to check back in and capture some of the very special moments I've been living out these past weeks. No photo-editing here--some pics were even taken straight from my phone. Welp, here they are :)

xoxo Mary

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spiritual Healing- Femininity

What is Feminine?

Does it mean wearing sweats sometimes and actually... sweating? Smelling a little "off" at times and embracing our sweet, yet sometimes musty aromas

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Healthy and Hearty Cobb Salad!

My Healthy and Hearty Version of Cobb Salad-
with Homemade Greek Yogurt Dressing

Guys! I am sitting here stuffed (off of a salad) as I write this. This is one of my favorite salad combinations in addition to the one I posted last week. It is chock full of healthy fats (avocado- I usually only use half of one in this salad), protein (chicken thigh, low-fat cheese, greek yogurt, and hard-boiled egg), and carbs (carrots, spring mix, and cherry tomatoes). I piled all these ingredients up into a large bowl and savored every bite I could. This power combo was so satisfying that I acutally couldn't finish the whole thing! Very filling- but not in a "I'm so stuffed, I feel gross kind of way."

Last year, while living in Los Angeles, I took a cooking class on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution campaign trucks and one of the things we learned to make was a homemade greek yogurt salad dressing. The original recipe called for anchovies and garlic, but I decided to pass on those and the dressing was still equally delicious! 

Serve this up with your favorite side of bread (or not) and Bon Appetit! 

xoxo Mary

For more info about Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and what he is trying to do click -----> here.

He is a major advocate for more cooking at home, freshly cooked meals at schools, cooking in the community, and much more. He's received a lot of resistance, but he's still going strong and he recently visited Sacramento this past January.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Fashion| Fave Lipstick of the Moment

Rimmel Red

Lasting Finish Lipstick- Kate Moss Collection #11

My absolute favorite lipstick right now. I wear this color pretty much everyday and you've likely seen it featured in my recent fashion posts. Thanks to my mama for this awesome find. Her trash was my treasure. She came in to my room one night and had this look of dissatisfaction on her face. She handed it to me and said, "I think this is your color- since you seem to like all those bright reds..." (I think she's still getting used to seeing me wearing such a bright color on the regular as she has more of a "conservative" taste when it comes to makeup, ha). But she was right! She may not have been a fan of my newfound obsession over these colors but I think it's slowly starting to grow on her   ;)

I love this particular product because it truly is long lasting, and has a bit of both a matte and shiny look to it all at the same time which provides a really moisturizing feel that will last all day. There is nothing worse than a dry, cakey, and cracked-lip-giving lipstick.

xoxo, Mary

***Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation for the promotion of the product mentioned in this post.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Recipe of the Week| Cauliflower Crust Pizza Revisited

Prosciutto and Mushroom Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

1 cup of cauliflower provides 77% of our daily needs for Vitamin C!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Spiritual Healing- Time with Mom

The Friendship Factor

Releasing the past's pains and hurts that have had a hold on my future. 
Spending time with mom today. 
Building our friendship.
Affirming and listening.
Breaking cultural strongholds.
Quality time.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Spiritual Healing -Transformation

Transformation Tuesday!
In the words of my mom: "WOW Mary, you have really come a loooong way." I didn't know to cry or rejoice? I kinda did both...

Wow, so not to be all sappy or anything, but I actually got a little teary-eyed putting these pictures together.