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I bought Gwyneth Paltrow’s “My father’s daughter” cookbook a couple of years ago and fell in love. Her passion for cooking is very evident and you can’t help but get excited about it too. It is almost as if she is in the kitchen with you. I love the pictures that come in her cookbooks as well. They paint a very happy and loving mood that is surrounded by food. Food really does bring people together and I love how she uses it as a family affair. Like her book says, it “celebrates family and togetherness”. I love just about every recipe in the this cookbook, but my absolute FAVES are “Bruce Paltrow’s world-famous pancakes” and “Morning Pancakes”. Bruce is Gwyneth’s father and after making these pancakes, I can see where she got her “good cooking gene”. These are AMAZING. They are buttermilk pancakes, not at all good for you, but worthy of the name “World Famous”.  When I don’t want to eat my days worth of calories and carbs, I turn to her “morning pancake” recipe. Complete with yogurt and flax seeds, this recipe is not only SO good, but (kinda) good for you.

I have yet to try any recipes from her “It’s All Good” cookbook, but there are a few I really wanna try. The only problem with this cookbook is that it calls for a lot of speciality ingredients that you cannot find in your everyday grocery store. I recommend taking this book with you to a Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Sprouts, etc in order to get the correct ingredients.

Paltrow’s cookbooks never disappoint, I highly recommend buying at least one!

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The Honest Life

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I have ALWAYS been obsessed with Jessica Alba, like since her Dark Angel days. I used to pray that I would wake up and look like her…it never happened. BUT, now with her new book, The Honest Life, I can live like her!  This book has to be one of my favorites (No, not just because it’s by Jessica Alba). It has completely changed my life. She covers everything from food, babies, furniture, vintage shopping, beauty products, entertainment, etc. I have always wanted to move towards a more green and organic life, but I didn’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming. This book breaks it down. After reading this, I was making my own cleaning products, bought safer cooking pans, switched out my makeup, and even started cooking meals I never thought I could.  She writes this book in a way that isn’t condescending, but just really informative. You will have many “aha” moments and moments where you will think “How did I not know this?!”. If you are even remotely interested in your health and the health of your family, I strongly suggest this book. It has changed the way I think and live…for the better. Alba genuinely cares about the topics in this book and it radiates through to the reader. So happy she decided to share this with the public!

Pardon my absence…

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Ok, its been like-what? 3 weeks since my last confession? lol I kid. But it has been about 3 weeks since my last post, which is pretty unacceptable. In my defense, I have moved down to the City of Angels and started at FIDM (a fashion institute) and my life has been crazy crazy crazy. I am a small town girl (city girl at heart tho) and so it has been quite the adjustment for me. It is fast paced and confusing for me at times. Just last week I managed to get to school and back without using my TOM TOM; “feeling accomplished” as my Facebook may state. I love my tiny little studio. It overlooks downtown and the community pool. It is crazy to think that I somehow managed to downsize my things from a 3 bedroom house to a studio. I thought I was going to absolutely hate living in such small quarters, since I have only lived in houses, but I LOVE it! Its less to clean, less to be afraid of after watching pretty little liars, and less chance of me feeling lonely. I live completely by myself and since I just moved to L.A. a few weeks ago, its safe to say I’m kinda a loner. In due time people will see what an awesome person I am, in due time 😉

So, now that I am all settled in, internet up and working, its time for me to get to posting about some of my FAVORITE things! 🙂