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Monday, July 22, 2013

Clean Eating: Homemade Granola - Banana Chia Seed Granola

I LOVE granola in the morning with some yogurt and fresh berries, but I usually only eat it every so often because I try to avoid all the sugar and processed ingredients found in store bought granola. That was until I found out how EASY it is to make your own granola at home. Seriously - you do not have to be a cook or even remotely good in the kitchen to make a batch of your own granola. Another perk is that homemade granola can be very healthy and a nice substitute if you have gotten into an oatmeal rut!

Now, I'm going to tell you how I made mine, but honestly, you can mix up whatever you like in this. I didn't add any sugar because as I mentioned, I try to avoid sugar in the morning. However, if you want to add a little sugar  (brown sugar would be a nice touch) or extra spices, dried fruits, or nuts that will work too!

  • 2 Cups of Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil (or you could use Olive Oil)
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Raw Walnuts
  • 2 Small Bananas
  • 1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • Generous Amount of Cinnamon
  • A Dash of Nutmeg

Saturday, July 20, 2013

:: Catalina Island ::

Last weekend Rickard and I went to Catalina Island. We woke up at 6 AM to take the Catalina Flyer out of Newport Beach. As a kid, I had been to Catalina a few times, but being there with my husband made it a whole new experience. This time around it was much more romantic and relaxing. It felt like we were on our Mexico 'honeymoon' all over again instead of just an hour away from our home.

The first thing we did when we arrived was go to a candy store! :)  And then we just laid around tanning in the beach. We did a round of mini-golf and then headed to the Descanso Beach Club which I would hiiighly recommend. They were playing music on the beach and servers were taking orders for people lounging by the water! So relaxing and fun!

Laying around on the beach, looking up at the palms and sky.

At Descanso Club

The beach at Descanso Club

Sunday, July 14, 2013

What I Have Been Up To Lately {Instagram Photos}

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, or posted for that matter. This summer is just flying by - weekdays spent at work, and weekends are just packed with plans and little adventures. There is still a lot of fun things coming up - my birthday is this month and and Rickard and I are headed to Cabo in a few weeks! I cannot wait!

Until then, here are some of the highlights from the last few months:
  • Celebrating Sophia's birthday, Gatsby-style, at The Edison in Los Angeles.
  • Running around Old Town Pasadena with Gary and Shana for a music festival.
    • And, they are getting married next year! Which means, I'm going to be a bridesmaid!
  • Nayna Jewelry: We have a few more NEW headpiece and head chain designs in the work so look out for those soon! We've also been making updates to the Big Cartel shop, and set up an additional shop on Etsy. Check it out if you have a moment and be sure to favorite us!
  • I won a Garden of Life Facebook contest for posting photos of my pedometer steps, and they sent me a bunch of their products for free! I have been trying all their powders, so I may be doing a review on my favorites in an upcoming post.
  • And finallly - 4th of July was spent at the The Standard pool party in Hollywood! Boy was that a blast!

How is your summer going so far? If you have any posts you would be interested to see from me - please be sure to leave some feedback below. I have some ideas for posts - things to do and see around LA, and some more reviews coming up!