Today I’m taking you into my bathroom and sharing a peek at my everyday “mostly natural” skincare products. I’ve stuck with this arsenal of products for over 2 years now and in combination with going dairy-free, my skin has never looked better.
It was about 3 years ago that I was fed up and frustrated with how terrible my skin looked. I had sporadic cystic acne, it looked dull, I was constantly having to use concealer to hid blemishes and wouldn’t even dream of going makeup-less for the day. That’s when I picked up Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore. Quite honestly, this book changed my entire perspective about skincare, but most importantly it opened my eyes to what could be causing my cystic acne that I was so embarrassed about. Without going into a big tirade because you should read the book for yourself, but here in America we DO NOT regulate the skincare / beauty industry as to what chemicals can be put into our products and how they can get away with using slogans such as “all-natural” or “dermatologist recommended” marketing tactics. READ MORE
I am so thankful for the day that I was introduced to Santa Maria barbecue! If I remember right, I believe we were on a road trip heading north through the Central Coast and we stopped in the Santa Ynez area to grab lunch. I ordered the tri-tip and thought I had died and gone to food heaven. Fast forward 8-9 years and any chance we get, we love to incorporate that flavor into some of our favorite recipes like this Santa Maria grilled chicken with roasted tomato salad.
If you ask me, chicken is tough meat to cook right without it getting dry. What we’ve learned along the way is it’s all about the dry rub and having just the right amount of skills on the grill. Thankfully this recipe for the Santa Maria grilled chicken served with a roasted tomato salad is incredibly easy and it’s best served community style just like they did in the ranching days. READ MORE
The whole concept of fall style doesn’t usually apply to us here in SoCal for another month or two, especially when we’re currently experiencing an abnormal heat wave. None the less, we’re persistent to jump into cozy knits, ankle booties or my new favorite thing, overalls.
That’s right, I’ve jumped on board and my go-to fall style is overalls. Like most anything these days, old trends are making a comeback and this is one that I’m loving. The overall style has been majorly updated. Gone are the baggy, frumpy styles that we saw 20 years ago. I was lucky enough to be in Wisconsin all last week where fall weather rolled in and I got plenty of use out of them. READ MORE
Anyone else having a hard time believing that it’s already September, Labor Day weekend is officially behind us and fall is just around the corner? I’ve been in Wisconsin for the past week keeping myself plenty busy with family photoshoots, lots of play-time with the pups and a trip to the condo at the lake. It was everything I love about Wisconsin, but I’m definitely eager to head back to California tomorrow as I’ve got a ton of projects that need my attention!
I photographed a few families out at the Schumacher farm in Waunakee (my hometown) and loved this big red barn on the property. Check out some of the sneak peeks from our sessions on my Modish Digital Facebook page! READ MORE
Can I be honest? I never did understand the slogan, “the dog days of summer?” Is it supposed to mean that the summer days are slowing down like our dogs are starting to get lazy? What if we have a dog that seems to never slow down? Does the slogan then mean it’s when summer is at it’s best? See what I mean, it’s a very confusing saying, but none the less it’s one of my favorite topics here on the blog!
As the obsessive dog lover that I am, I really can’t believe it’s taken me so long to make my own dog treats. I pretty much cater to Dexie and prop her on pedestal, but never took the time to make her a special treat. We did celebrate her 9th birthday last week and that was just the push I needed to get in the kitchen! When it comes to her dog food, I want to ensure it’s not filled with unnecessary additives and the same goes for her treats (we’ve all heard the horror stories of the dog food industry). Here’s the good news, you’ll never have to worry about it again after making a batch of these homemade sweet potato dog biscuits. READ MORE
If there is an appliance better than a slow cooker, then I have yet to be introduced to it! Delicious recipes simmering for hours on end while you continue on with your day, that’s my kind of cooking. Speaking of a simmering recipe, this chicken tikka masala baked potatoes is absolute perfection.
A flavorful spiced chicken enveloped in a rich, creamy tomato sauce topped over a fluffy baked potato is truly comfort food at its finest. This was my first attempt at making Indian fare at home and this is definitely the recipe I would recommend starting with. There is little to no chef work and 6 hours later you have a truly delicious meal that can feed a whole family (or leftover the next few days). READ MORE
While many of us are looking forward to a fall harvest of pumpkins and squashes, my favorite time of year is the first harvest happening right before the end of summer. It’s when some of the best fruits and vegetables are being collected and we can use them in of our favorite recipes. When I think of first harvest in August, the first thing that comes to mind is my love of figs and apples.
I swear the older I get the more I fall in love with figs. Although, like many of you, my love affair started with the classic Fig Newton and evolved to the dried fruit and now I love them fresh whenever I can get my hands on them. California figs are in harvest through September, so it’s this time of year that I really go to town with my indulgence on figs. READ MORE
If you’re like me, chomping on a bushel of kale or steaming up a bowl of broccoli everyday to ensure you’re eating enough greens each day is highly unlikely. To be honest, I actually despise salads and only eat them occasionally when I’m having an odd craving. With that being said, I am very conscious about how to incorporate eating more greens in my life on a daily basis especially this month while I’m on my dry Augustdetox.
Unlike my good friend Jill from The 805 Diary who can literally survive on churros, Red Vines and onion rings and still look incredible, I have to be quite a bit more conscious about what I put into my body. Having switched my diet to gluten free and dairy free over 2.5 years ago, I do try to incorporate a strong plant-based diet as I know it provides me with the nutritional benefits that I need to feel healthy and energized day-to-day. READ MORE