I have an obsession with red shoes….

I’m not sure what it is about red shoes, but I’m totally drawn to them!  I’m not as big a fan of colorful clothing, but give me all the colorful shoes!!! :)Blog Joie Nancy Peasant Blouse Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Red Matisse Peyton Boots-1And the gold studs and tassle zipper up the back?!!  IN LOVE! Blog Joie Nancy Peasant Blouse Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Red Matisse Peyton Boots-2 Blog Joie Nancy Peasant Blouse Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Red Matisse Peyton Boots-3 Blog Joie Nancy Peasant Blouse Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Red Matisse Peyton Boots-4 Blog Joie Nancy Peasant Blouse Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Red Matisse Peyton Boots-5 Blog Joie Nancy Peasant Blouse Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Red Matisse Peyton Boots-6This is her new thing.  I ask for a hug and she tries to kneel on my chest?  Not quite the same…Blog Joie Nancy Peasant Blouse Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Red Matisse Peyton Boots-7 Blog Joie Nancy Peasant Blouse Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Red Matisse Peyton Boots-8Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-1Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-2Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-3She’s still not quiiiiiiiiite 100% after being sick.  haha.  Walking around the neighborhood took it out of her ;)Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-4But, we went back outside after dinner to play frisbee, and she was re-energized! :)

I LOVE SUMMER NIGHTS!!!!Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-5Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-6Hahaha.  Going for the interception! :)Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-7Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-8Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-9Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-10Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-11Oh my gosh.  I just want to eat her up!!Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-12Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-13Blog YoBaby Tunic GapKids Jeggings Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-14On me…

Top- Joie (old, similar here)
Jeans- Current Elliott (ebay, similar here)
Boots- Matisse “Peyton” Bootie (via Ascot & Hart, sold out, can find a few sizes here)
On Maya…
Tunic/Dress- Zulily ( search YoBaby )
Jeans- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- SaltWater (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Sometimes we just have fun with the self timer ;)
Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Mixed Greens with Raspberries, Candied Pecans and Goat Cheese

It’s the time of year when we start eating every meal outside on our deck – so lovely! Here’s an easy and delicious (and pretty!) salad. :-)

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Ingredients

  • Mixed greens (spinach and arugula are great, but really any mixed greens work well)
  • Raspberries
  • Candied pecans
  • Goat Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic or White Champagne Vinegar

Directions

  • Toss greens with vinegar and olive oil
  • Add in raspberries and pecans and toss lightly
  • Top with goat cheese
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

On the dinner menu: I served this with Herb and Parmesan Baked Salmon and chilled Sauvignon Blanc.

dit-elle-Esther

Healthy Cherry Garcia

I love anything cherry flavored.  Growing up, I always requested cherry chip cake with cherry icing.  Everyone in my family groaned, and thus said I only requested it so I could eat the whole thing.  While, somewhat true… I mean what kid doesn’t want the whole cake to themselves??  I really did (ok, do…if I let myself make it, which I can’t…) love it!!  I’ve come across other die hard cherry chip lovers in my adulthood.  Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it!!! :)

Anywho!  I also love Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia!  YUM.  I’ve been dying to try to make a healthier version.  I succeeded a while back, but was rushed and took horrible pictures.

This week had been hard on both Maya and myself with us both being sick.  She’d been abnormally bipolar.  We’d been stuck in the house without school or other activities we usually do during the week.  I’d been sick too and sleep deprived due to her being sick, so we were both a little stir crazy.  All in all…not a good combination.  SO…a treat was in order for us both!!

Thankfully, I still had most of the ingredients on hand to try the recipe again!  And…I do believe it was even better than the first attempt!Blog Healthy Cherry Garcia Nice Cream-1Ingredients (serves 4-Maya and I shared the above…it’s a pretty large serving ;))

  • 2 Frozen Bananas (cut into 2-3 inch pieces prior to freezing)
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Half of a vanilla bean (slice open and scrape inside out)
  • Garnish with dark chocolate chips, dried cherries, and unsweetened coconut (optional)

Directions

Put frozen bananas, frozen cherries, almond milk, and inside of vanilla bean in a Cuisinart, or blender and pulse until it looks like this (you might have to stop and stir occasionally.  Also, might need to add more Almond Milk depending on the size of your bananas.Blog Healthy Cherry Garcia Nice Cream-2Maya loves to push the pulse button :)Blog Healthy Cherry Garcia Nice Cream-3 Blog Healthy Cherry Garcia Nice Cream-4She also likes to get in the way and try eat whatever I’m photographing :) Blog Healthy Cherry Garcia Nice Cream-5Garnish with the dark chocolate, dried cherries, and unsweetened coconut (although, omit this if you are strict on certain diets).Blog Healthy Cherry Garcia Nice Cream-6 Blog Healthy Cherry Garcia Nice Cream-7 Blog Healthy Cherry Garcia Nice Cream-8 Blog Healthy Cherry Garcia Nice Cream-9 Blog Healthy Cherry Garcia Nice Cream-10Enjoy!  We did ;)dit-elle-Lauren

Paleo Lemon Bars

When life gives you.. lemons? Paleo lemon bars (pure deliciousness) to the rescue! These are a perfect cool summer dessert. Crowd pleasers and a great protein rich, not too sweet, not too tart dessert.

These did not last very long in my house.. just a warning, they are super yummy! :)

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Crust

  • 1/2 cup almond flour (or sesame flour if allergic to nuts)
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp ghee or coconut oil (warmed if solid)
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon

Filling

  • 5 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup raw honey (warmed if solid)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mix almond flour, tapioca flour, raw honey and lemon zest in a food processor until a crumbly dough forms
  • Press into the bottom of an 8×8 glass baking dish
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 minutes
  • To make filling, whisk eggs in a medium mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl whisk the lemon juice and tapioca flour until fully combined.
  • Whisk lemon mixture and eggs together, being careful to not over-whisk
  • Whisk in the raw honey
  • Pour filling over crust
  • Place in oven and let bake for ~25 minutes or until just set (firm on outside, a little wiggly in center)
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool, refrigerate until set, about 4 hours

Thanks for the inspiration http://www.paleocupboard.com/lemon-bars.html

dit-elle-Esther

What a difference a shoe can make…

 I’d be lying if I said I wore this first outfit anywhere but the sidewalk while Maya was napping haha.  BUT…when we came home from the beach and my shoes were all sandy and wet, I thought about changing shoes.  It hit me, that a nicer pair would totally change the outfit.  SO…we will start with that :)Blog Free People Two to Tango Top DL1961 Emma in Denver Mis Mooz Clog Slingbacks-1And, yes, I’m a wrinkled mess.  Sorry…not sorry. Blog Free People Two to Tango Top DL1961 Emma in Denver Mis Mooz Clog Slingbacks-2These shoes are actually really comfortable!!  I love that they add a little height, but don’t make me feel like I’m going to topple over from being out of practice wearing heels! Blog Free People Two to Tango Top DL1961 Emma in Denver Mis Mooz Clog Slingbacks-3In reality, this is what I wore for most of the day…Blog Free People Two to Tango Top DL1961 Emma in Denver Black Converse-1Blog Free People Two to Tango Top DL1961 Emma in Denver Black Converse-2I’ve had a few clients lately who’s kids don’t want to get dirty.  They kind of freak out in fact… It’s actually kind of funny, and I’m sure a mixed blessing.  Yeah…that’s not Maya! ;}Blog Free People Two to Tango Top DL1961 Emma in Denver Black Converse-3Blog Hanna Andersson Cardigan GapKids Striped Tee DL1961 Chloe Rafaeli Purple Converse-1Blog Hanna Andersson Cardigan GapKids Striped Tee DL1961 Chloe Rafaeli Purple Converse-2Blog Hanna Andersson Cardigan GapKids Striped Tee DL1961 Chloe Rafaeli Purple Converse-3Blog Hanna Andersson Cardigan GapKids Striped Tee DL1961 Chloe Rafaeli Purple Converse-4Blog Hanna Andersson Cardigan GapKids Striped Tee DL1961 Chloe Rafaeli Purple Converse-5Blog Hanna Andersson Cardigan GapKids Striped Tee DL1961 Chloe Rafaeli Purple Converse-6Blog Hanna Andersson Cardigan GapKids Striped Tee DL1961 Chloe Rafaeli Purple Converse-7Blog Hanna Andersson Cardigan GapKids Striped Tee DL1961 Chloe Rafaeli Purple Converse-8On me…

Top- Free People  “Two to Tango” (Nordstrom Rack, sold out, similar here)
Shoes- 1st ones- Miz Mooz, similar here, here and here.  Second- Converse (thrifted)

On Maya…

Sweater- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but love this color here)
Top- GapKids
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I’m not really sure what’s going on here, but I spy baby butt crack!! ;)Blog outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Accessories can make the outfit…bonus when they’re thrifted!

 For $9, I took this relatively simple and casual outfit, and dressed it up ($4 for the vintage silk scarf, and $5 for the sandals).  I scored this super cute vintage silk scarf while I was on my girls trip.  I keep wanting to figure out how to wear it in my hair, and a) have it stay put b) not look like I’m totally trying too hard.  So far, I haven’t succeeded in either of those, so…instead I wore it as a belt! :)Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-1 Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-2 Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-3 Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-4 Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-5This was supposed to be a hug.  Maya had other plans.  Does she think she’s in the circus?? Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-6 Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-7Maya calls this her “Rapunzel dress”.  I have no idea why, but I totally know what one she means when she asks to wear it.  I usually say no (it’s silk…), but since she’d been super sick for the past 4 days, I said yes.  Truth be told.  Getting out of our self imposed lock down to play dress up for a little bit sounded really nice.Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-8 Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-9Oh, you’re going over there?  I see… Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-10I know how to get her back though ;) Blog Zara Muscle Tank Vintage Silk Scarf DL1961 Amanda Skinny Seville Me Too Espadrill Wedges-11She’s obsessed with other people’s mail boxes!! Blog CrewCuts Lavender Silk Drop Waist Dress Link Gladiator Studded Sandals-1And…my jewelry as of late.  She found this bracelet of mine and carries it/wears it everywhere.  It’s a cuff, and I bent it so it closed.  It aaaaalmost fits her.Blog CrewCuts Lavender Silk Drop Waist Dress Link Gladiator Studded Sandals-2Blog CrewCuts Lavender Silk Drop Waist Dress Link Gladiator Studded Sandals-3Blog CrewCuts Lavender Silk Drop Waist Dress Link Gladiator Studded Sandals-4Blog CrewCuts Lavender Silk Drop Waist Dress Link Gladiator Studded Sandals-5Telling our neighbors how old she is.  Nope, not 6…just a double dose of 3!Blog CrewCuts Lavender Silk Drop Waist Dress Link Gladiator Studded Sandals-6Blog CrewCuts Lavender Silk Drop Waist Dress Link Gladiator Studded Sandals-7On me…

Top- Zara (old, but similar here for $5.90!!)
Scarf- Vintage (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 “Amanda Skinny” in Seville (eBay, similar here and not distressed here)
Shoes- Me Too (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Crewcuts (thrifted, but loving this one here)
Shoes- Zulily (search “Link”)
Keeping it Real…
Didn’t quite get the focus stand out of the way in time :)
Blog Outtake 1And…we have a daudler-shocking. Blog Outtake 2
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Easy Herb and Parmesan Baked Salmon

This is a super easy way to prepare salmon! Brush with a little olive oil, fresh herbs, some cheese and bake! Even my kids loved it (to my surprise, because they have not been fans of fish lately) – win win! :-)

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Ingredients

  • 1lb slab of salmon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Some sprigs of fresh herbs (I used thyme and oregano), torn
  • Handful of parmesan cheese (omit if strict paleo)

Directions

  • Oil baking dish
  • Add salmon and brush lightly with oil
  • Sprinkle fresh herbs on salmon
  • Top with cheese
  • Bake @ 350 for 25-28 minutes

dit-elle-Esther