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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!

Buti Yoga

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I’ve been working out since I was 12. Health and fitness was always a big deal to my mom and it was singed into my mind at a young age. I have tried it all when it comes to work outs: Barre Method, pilates, yoga, yogalosophy (ANOTHER GREAT WORKOUT!), Insanity (completed it twice), P90X, Kickboxing, Tracy Anderson, ChaLEAN Extreme, Jillian Michaels, and just about every BeachBody workout. I was also in the military, so working out was part of my job. Out of all the workouts I have tried, I see the most results with pilates, yoga, TA, and cardio; these workouts also bring me the most “peace”-I genuinely enjoy doing these workouts. I get bored very easily with workouts and have a hard time committing to just one. One day I was reading an article on Jennifer Love Hewitt in Shape magazine and she contributed Buti Yoga for her phsyice. So naturally, I scrammed to the computer to read up on this workout and O.M.G. It’s a combination of yoga, dance, and cardio strength moves. What a brilliant idea! It was invented by Bizzie Gold (you can read her bio here) and she has mastered the art of making you feel sexy when working out, but badass also! I NEVER get bored with her workouts and I always feel super sexy when doing it, which I think is really important for all us girls to feel-especially when working out. When doing BUTI, you not only get the Zen of yoga, but u also get the motivation to keep going with the sexy hip shaking movements she has you do, and you’re dripping sweat the whole time because it’s a SERIOUS cardiovascular workout as well. Go try it now!

A little piece of heaven on earth

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So last week, I went to one of my favorite places in the whole wide world, Mammoth! It was just what the doctor ordered. The air was crisp, the sun was shining, the people were chipper and the scenery was beautiful as always. I decided to take my very dear friend there for her birthday. Nuzzled away in the mountains, we drank wine, ate amazingly unhealthy food, and spent as much time as possible outside. The air quality at that type of altitude is AMAZING. I always think “Oh, this is what it feels like to breathe.”With so many trees and life surrounding you, you have nothing to worry about. All your cares melt away and wait on the city line of Mammoth for you to get back 😉

While I was there, my friend took me up to Yosemite, which is only about an hour north of Mammoth. WOW! How on earth did I grow up in California (in the mountains no less) and never go to Yosemite?! Shame on me. I have had this wondrous national park in my backyard the whole time and only now at 24, am I finally seeing it. However, I am thankful for finally witnessing its beauty and it was everything I hoped it’d be.

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! 🙂

Joss & Main

I seem to always be in a “nesting” mood. I sometimes wonder if I will ever be satisfied with the look of my home; evolving and changing your surroundings isn’t such a bad thing, right? Well for those of you who aren’t made of money like myself, jossandmain.com is great website for quality items for a fraction of the price. They have home styles to fit everyone’s taste. You do have to make an account, but it’s absolutely free (like it should be). The items I have ordered from them have always arrived fast and free of harm. There are so many items to choose from. Check it out! Image

Welcome…

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Thanks for visiting my blog. I know I am little behind the curve since just about everyone has a blog by now, but I haven’t had the time to commit to a blog. I finally find myself in a place where I can devote a little part of my day towards something I like to do-write. This is not my first blog, I attempted at one a couple years ago, starting a fashion blog, jasminenova.com. However, after some life events that took over my life…I couldn’t keep up with it. I hope this time around is different.

So, a little about me:

I am 24 and happily devoted to my dog, Happy. I am a California girl all the way. I lived in Oklahoma City for a few years while I was active duty in the U.S. Air Force; an experience I will cherish forever. I am currently attending FIDM (Fashion Institute of Merchandise and Marketing) in Los Angeles. I am very much a free spirit, I love yoga, pilates, baking, nature, music, reading novels, and tuning into the wondrous world around me. I have a very open mind and tend to think ANYTHING is possible, but hey! I like that about myself. I am very intuitive, independent, vocal ( I speak my mind-not sorry about it), I’m a little feisty, but undeniably strong. My life has been far from easy. I grew up in a small town that I despised, with my younger brothers and mom. My mom was diagnosed with brain cancer halfway through my enlistment and passed away 8 months later. I then took my younger brother into custody. Finding myself right back in the same damn town I hated while growing up…I became miserable. I found myself face to face with that bitch called life. So, I said eff it and separated from the military, moved out of my small town AGAIN (vowing to never return), applied to FIDM, and decided to move out to L.A. to do what I want. It took me over a year to even spread my mom’s ashes. When I realized that I was over exerting myself to the point that it took me a year to spread my own moms ashes, I said enough is enough. This is my life and I want to enjoy it despite my circumstances. I am in charge of my own life and I refuse to be unhappy. Happiness is a choice and like my best friend told me, “There is no limit to happiness and health.” The bad passes with time and there is so much happiness and health waiting in the present and in the future. I made a choice to be positive, appreciating and loving myself and spending my days grateful for all that I have and to make the most of my life. So, Carpe that fucking diem!

So now that the boring part is out the way…what is my blog about, you ask?

Well…I will be sharing my thoughts on certain topics (especially health), favorite recipes, venues, books, fashion (duh), restaurants, music; wherever the wind blows me. I think I’m a pretty well rounded individual and this will be my place to keep track of all my great findings and to share them with whoever wants to listen! 🙂

Let’s do this!