Wedding Series Part 3: Our Honeymoon

hmWhen we began planning our honeymoon, we had a few requirements: we both wanted to go someplace far away, we wanted it to include at least some beach time, and it needed to be a place where neither of us had ever been. Since our wedding was in April, we were limited on where we could go that would be warm enough to enjoy the sea. With this in mind, we narrowed down our choices to South Africa, Australia, and Thailand. Ultimately, we chose an amazing 2 week getaway to Thailand. We began our trip in Bangkok, then it was off to Koh Lanta, (which was our favorite) with our final stop being Phuket. These are a few of our favorite pics…

BANGKOK:

Photo Apr 15, 3 51 48 AM~various fruits on the streets of bangkok~Photo Apr 16, 2 44 53 AM IMG_5578~travelling through one of the floating markets just outside of bangkok~IMG_5635~one of thailands many temples~Photo Apr 17, 4 53 15 AM~the largest reclining buddha: wat pho~Photo Apr 17, 7 29 48 AM~view from the sky bar at the top of the lebua state tower~

KOH LANTA:

Photo Apr 18, 1 25 17 AM~speedboat to our koh lanta resort: pimalai resort & spa~Photo Apr 18, 1 48 36 AM~arriving at pimalai resort~Photo Apr 18, 1 52 50 AMPhoto Apr 18, 2 13 36 AM~i loved all thai fruit but my favorite was rambutan~Photo Apr 18, 5 32 25 AM~pools, beaches, and sunsets at pimalai resort~Photo Apr 18, 7 20 58 AMPhoto Apr 18, 8 17 43 PMPhoto Apr 20, 2 23 05 AM~the best pad thai on koh lanta~Photo Apr 21, 2 29 50 AM~lounging by the pool~Photo Apr 20, 3 47 55 AMPhoto Apr 21, 7 43 11 AMPhoto Apr 21, 7 41 26 AM

PHUKET:

Photo Apr 22, 7 41 06 AM~we stayed at point yamu by como in phuket~Photo Apr 22, 6 33 07 AMIMG_5997Photo Apr 24, 3 57 20 AMPhoto Apr 24, 10 28 58 AM~amazing massaman curry~Photo Apr 25, 3 41 20 AM~exploring the caves via canoe~Photo Apr 25, 10 38 03 PMPhoto Apr 25, 10 49 40 PM~amazing breakfasts~IMG_6261~floating our krathaong~IMG_6131~midday snack: mango coconut ice~

 

PS: Some other wedding posts here, here, and here.





Blizzard Cookies

IMG_9574We’re braving the blizzard in the suburbs cozied up by the fireplace. Since the snow seems to be inching up the windows hour by hour, I’ve officially gone into full comfort food mode and whipped up some super delicious cookies to enjoy since it seems we won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. I hope you are all cozied up at home with your loved ones and in case you are looking for a sweet treat, here’s a simple recipe that’s sure to be a hit.pic2PicMonkey CollageIMG_9617IMG_9610Recipe: 1 cup of almond flour, 1 egg, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1 cup of rolled oats, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, and I threw in whatever dried fruits and seeds that were house: dried currants, sunflower seeds, and cacao nibs. Combine all ingredients and bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned, approximately 20 minutes. Enjoy!

 





The One Thing I Can’t Live Without…

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The other day, I got to thinking about some things that I use and love in my everyday life that I simply could not imagine living without. For me, the number one thing would have to be coffee (I typically consume only one cup a day, first thing in the morning). My love affair with coffee began in college. I remember attending FIT in my freshman year, trekking through the streets of NY in the frigid winter while grasping onto my grande coffee from Starbucks. Today, it’s still the first thing I look to each morning for that quick pick -me- up (I’m talking to you, fellow non-morning people) and it’s the thing I count on most to get me going.

Since I always find it interesting to hear about what others are currently into; whether it’s the latest beauty item, a favorite new kitchen gadget, or simply an old, super comfy pair of boots that can’t be parted with. I asked some friends about “the one thing they can’t live without” and this is what they said:

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My food processor is my sous chef. Most days I run my sandwich shop alone and leaving my veggies to be chopped with my food processor leaves me feeling like I have a third hand. While there is a therapeutic element to slowly chopping veggies & fruits by hand, when in a bind for time, enters the wonderful processor. From a quick pico de gallo for a breakfast burrito or lots of garlic for hummus, not only will a processor cut your prep time in half but also leave your fingers free of stale odors. Dressings, soups and sauces combined beautifully in a whirlwind of excitement inside the mighty food processor. This is the one item I can’t live without.

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I couldn’t decide between these 3 makeup items because they’re all equally important to me. I couldn’t live without my eyelash curler, eyebrow pencil, or bronzer. I love my eyelash curler by Shu Uemura. I started using it in 2003 (after trying every brand out there, this is by far the best)! It’s super gentle and curls my lashes beautifully! Dior makes the perfect eye brow pencil; it’s retractable so you never have to sharpen it and it glides on smoothly. Their bronzer is amazing too. It gives me a sun kissed look in seconds! It’s a pretty compact to carry and never leaves my bag. I highly recommend these 3 perfect items.

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For the past ten years I’ve turned to my little green friend as a cornerstone to my overall wellness and beauty routine. Wheatgrass is a nutrient rich plant that helps to oxygenate the blood with its chlorophyl and keeps your immune system strong with vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. It also contains iron and minerals such as zinc, copper, potassium, manganese and selenium. It’s great for bolstering metabolism and keeps skin and hair looking shiny and healthy. It’s a really simple and effective way to be good to yourself everyday from the inside out.





Homemade Banana Bread

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I’ve always been the type that can somehow manage to whip together a few key ingredients that are simply lying around the house and turn them into something yummy. I think this trait comes from my Italian heritage because if you know anything at all about us, you know that you can simply pop in on us at any time of day, and we will feed you. Quite simply, Italians have a knack for taking what’s in the fridge and turning it into a meal. Unexpected guests? No problem. An Italian will simply rummage through the cabinets and in just a few minutes, Walla! You have the most delicious snack. From cutting up some fresh mozzarella, drizzling it with some good balsamic and a touch of olive oil and serving it up with a simple tomato salad and some bread, a delicious, improvised meal is a sure thing.

The other morning, I woke up to find some overripe bananas on the countertop. Rather than let them go bad, I thought of what I could do with them. Immediately, I decided to put them to good use in the form of a homemade banana bread. I decided on a light version without butter or oil, substituting some Greek yogurt instead and along with some flour, brown sugar, eggs, and walnuts, the results were quite delicious.

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