June 30, 2013

new zealand polaroids part I

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i finally found the time to scan in some of the polaroids i took in new zealand this past semester. one of my biggest regrets first semester was not bringing my polaroid camera so i made sure it tagged along with me when i went back again. as i looked through the pictures i had captured, all the amazing memories from the semester came rushing back. these are a few of my favorite polaroids that i will cherish forever.

1. lunching at mister d's// 2. the tauranga shoreline// 3. my bedroom second semester// 4. the most lovely sunset i've ever seen// 5. boats in russell// 6. graduation dinner, one of the best nights of my life// 7. on the rotorua tarmac once last time

June 27, 2013

seventh tea

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one of the odd things about going away is coming back to things completely different than how you left. new places open, favorite places close, new buildings are built and the old is torn down. its such a weird concept that life goes on even when i'm on the other side of the world but that's life! i love re-discovering the place i've lived all my life with new awe and wonder. one place that i'm just now discovering is seventh tea at the oc mix mart. it's owned by the same people who opened portola, which is in my opinion the best coffee in orange county so even before i tried it, i knew this place would be quality. i love the concept of tea on tap and my iced oolong was great! all i can say is i know where i'll be spending my time this summer

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June 24, 2013

grateful for...

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  1. thursday morning bible studies
  2. girls night sleepovers
  3. finally finishing season 2 of revenge (so good)
  4. the great gatsby soundtrack
  5. crossing off books on my mile long reading list
  6. watermelon. lots and lots of watermelon
  7. flatforms (or flatstacks)
  8. finding my favorite watch after misplacing it for a month (thank you Jesus)
  9. morning green smoothies
  10. summer sunshine
happy monday everyone!
//image via pinterest//

June 20, 2013

raw vegan cheesecake

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for my birthday a few weeks ago, i made a raw vegan raspberry cheesecake from my favorite food blogger my new roots. yes i made my own birthday cake. i actually insisted because since i've been a raw vegan, i haven't had many opportunities to bake and i was missing it from all the baking i did in new zealand. and the best part is i could actually eat this! so it was a win-win... anyways, though this cake was made with all natural, healthy ingredients, it was better than any cheesecake i've ever had. the secret ingredient is soaked cashews which makes it extra creamy without any animal products. so without further adieu, here's the recipe for this delicious yumminess

raw cashew dreamcake
original recipe found here

Ingredients
Crust:
1/2 cup raw almonds (pecan or walnuts will also work)
1/2 cup soft Medjool dates
¼ tsp. sea salt

Filling:
1 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 5 hours, overnight is best
juice of 2 lemons
the seeds of 1 whole vanilla bean
1/3 cup melted raw coconut oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 cup raspberries (thaw completely if using frozen)

Directions:
1. Place nuts and dates in a food processor with sea salt and pulse to chop until they are to your desired fineness (process a finer crust longer than a chunky one). Test the crust by spooning out a small amount of mixture and rolling it in your hands. If the ingredients hold together, your crust is perfect. Scoop out crust mixture in a 7” spring-form pan (if you don’t have a spring-form pan, use a pie plate lined with saran wrap), and press firmly, making sure that the edges are well packed and that the base is relatively even throughout. Rinse food processor well.
2. Warm coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan on low heat until liquid. Whisk to combine.
3. In the most powerful food processor / blender you own (you decide which one has the most torque) place all filling ingredients (except raspberries) and blend on high until very smooth (this make take a couple minutes so be patient). If you have a Vita-Mix, absolutely use it.
4. Pour about 2/3 (just eyeball it, you can’t make a mistake!) of the mixture out onto the crust and smooth with a spatula. Add the raspberries to the remaining filling and blend on high until smooth. Pour onto the first layer of filling. Place in freezer until solid.
5. To serve, remove from freezer 30 minutes prior to eating. Run a smooth, sharp knife under hot water and cut into slices. Serve on its own, or with fresh fruit. Store leftovers in the freezer.

bon appetit!

June 12, 2013

my favorite blog reader

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when i first started reading blogs, i would follow all my blogs through google reader. then i found bloglovin and never turned back. the interface feels more organized and the design was easier to understand. and bloglovin has an app for ipad and iphone which makes reading on the go all the easier! since google reader is closing down on july 1st, i think bloglovin is the way to go! here is a great tutorial on how to make the switch if you haven't already and you can follow me on my bloglovin here.  happy blog reading!

//this wasn't a sponsored post, just my personal opinion//

June 7, 2013

cedros street

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i don't go to san diego too often but when i do, i always seem to end up in the design district.  a few days ago, my mom and i visited san diego to get some gifts and do some shopping. though we didn't stay long, we had a fun time eating yummy food from whole foods and looking around the stops. my favorite shop is solo on cedros street. everything in the store is so inspirational and unusual and i want just about every book on the book tables. here are a few pics of some of my wanderings around the store and some of the beautiful things i found

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{loving aaron slim's beautiful photos of the french riviera}

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{adorable children's book based on sense and sensibility}

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//all photos via iphone//

June 1, 2013

(later)grams

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happy june everyone! this is the best month of the year but i might be a little biased ;) after an unintentional blog hiatus, i'm finally back! being home has been so nice and such a change of pace from life in new zealand! honestly, i've been doing a whole lot of nothing: just relaxing, catching up on some of my favorite tv shows (revenge and modern family), reading some great books and unpacking and its been glorious... well besides the unpacking part. i feel like i've been home months instead of 2 weeks. goodness time flies. besides all the 'nothingness' i've been doing, i got to see one of my favorite bands, daughter, perform at the troubadour and it was such a wonderful performance, saw one of my besties graduate (congrats christina!), had some fun adventures in la, eaten a lot of fruit, drank a lot of green smoothies and taken lots of beautiful walks by the beach. so far, this summer has been so good. summer, i like you. stay a while
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