This past week was a busy one! My husband’s family was in town from all over the country and it was so much fun catching up with all of them over the week. We had several picnics, dinners and even celebrated the Fourth of July with loads of fireworks at the beach.
Then over the weekend we were with my family and had a somewhat second celebration of the Fourth of July as well. We had such a nice time there as well kayaking, paddle boarding and going for boat rides. I felt like I missed out a lot last summer since I was in the third trimester of my pregnancy and being pregnant in the summer just isn’t ideal, so I’m looking forward to making up for it this summer!
For one of the picnics I made this Cannellini Bean Salad. I wanted to make a dish that was a little light but packed some freshness and flavor. This recipe is fairly simple and the prep time is rather quick since you just have to mise en place some veggies and make the dressing. I hope this offers you a new dish that you can take to a picnic this summer or gives you a new idea for dinner this week.
2 cans of cannellini beans
1/2 orange bell pepper
1/4 red onion
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 medium cucumber
1/2 cup of cilantro
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
Rinse and drain the cannellini beans. Chop all vegetables. Add all chopped up ingredients into bowl. Mix dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the first bowl of ingredients. Stir and enjoy!
This past weekend was special as we were able to spend Father’s Day with both sides of our family. My husband’s parents as well as my parents live on parts of Puget Sound so we were lucky enough to spend the weekend at the beach.
It’s still relatively cool around the Seattle area, especially near the water, so I opted for longer sleeves and jeans to stay warm and keep it casual for the weekend. I’m hoping we get some warmer weather here soon!
In the meantime, I’m enjoying this bright colored shirt. It’s from Aritzia which is one of my favorite stores. I just happened to walk into an Aritzia once in Whistler, Canada several years back and loved everything in the store. Unfortunately, back then there wasn’t an Aritzia in Seattle but in the past few years several have opened up in the Seattle area and I have been shopping there ever since. I like that they carry some unique brands that I haven’t been able to find in other US stores.
This top is on sale right now which doesn’t happen very often! The brand of the shirt is TNA and it’s one of my favorites. It definitely offers an edgier version of athleisure. I have several of these shirts in different colors and they are very soft and work well for layering.
Top: Aritzia | Jeans: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shoes: Rainbows
Last night my husband and I celebrated our five-year wedding anniversary. We went downtown and snagged some happy hour drinks in Belltown, a popular neighborhood of Seattle, and then went to The Melting Pot for delicious and way too filling dinner. The food was all so good and I ate way too much!
We then drove up to Kerry Park and enjoyed the city views. I highly recommend stopping by Kerry Park if you’re ever in Seattle. It offers some of the best views of downtown and Elliott Bay. It was so special being able to go out without our baby and to spend some time together as just the two of us.
I wanted to share this outfit I wore last night with you, since this top is so fun and I love the bow details on the sleeves. The top can be easily worn as a casual piece with jeans or dressed up for a night out with a skirt and wedges. I hope you have a great weekend!
Jacket: H&M old (similar) | Shirt: Topshop and here | Skirt: J. Crew Factory | Wedges: old (similar) | Purse: Target old (similar)
Every Monday night you can find me on the couch watching The Bachelorette. I don’t know what it is about these reality TV shows but they always suck me in. I have to say that Rachel this season is very poised, intelligent and positive. I’m excited to see who she ends up with.
While I’m watching the show, I love to have dessert. I pretty much have dessert every night which isn’t the best decision for my waistline, but I just love having a treat at the end of the day.
One of my go-to desserts are brownies. Most of the time I will just make them from a box since it’s a lot quicker, but the homemade ones are always so much better.
These brownies that I’m sharing with you are pretty dense but they are packed with chocolate flavor. You could also add chocolate chips in to add a bit more chocolate if the following isn’t enough for you.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
Optional chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8×8 inch square pan. In a microwavable bowl melt butter. Remove from microwave, put melted butter into mixing bowl and stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Make sure to add eggs slowly once the mixture has cooled some to avoid getting scrambled eggs. Beat in cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder. If you like chocolate chips in your brownies feel free to mix them in. Spread the batter into greased pan. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Enjoy!
Today is my 30th birthday! It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was just graduating from high school and then college, but I guess it has been a while. Part of me is excited about the milestone and the other half of me is mildly panicking. Life is going by way too fast! But either way I guess I’m turning thirty.
My twenties were full of major accomplishments, learning from mistakes, growth and lots of love. In honor of my 30th birthday, I thought that I would recap some of my past life events and share things that I have learned in the past couple of decades. There are a few random facts about myself thrown in as well. And to stick with the theme of the day, I’m including a total of 30 items!
- When I was seventeen I competed in a Junior Miss Pageant. I quickly learned that pageants weren’t for me but it taught me a lot about stage presence and I didn’t trip!
- I graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a BA degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism in less than four years.
- I have been waterskiing for as long as I can remember in Puget Sound (which is on average 50*F in the summer).
- My husband and I knew each other years before we started dating and actually went on several mission trips together through our church when we were teenagers.
- We started dating after college in 2009 and I married him in 2012. Our wedding colors were pink and more pink!
- My professional career started at a radio station, moved to a race track, then to a marketing company where I was laid off after two years. Shortly after I was hired at a digital marketing company and I worked there for three and a half years.
- Dogs pretty much terrify me. I am a cat person through and through.
- Not properly cutting open an avocado will result in you slicing your hand open, even if you’re on vacation in Hawaii. ‘Avocado hand’ is a real thing and unfortunately I know from experience.
- I am right-handed but can only deal cards and cart-wheel left-handed.
- I eat chocolate every day without fail. Usually before Noon…
- Saving money from a very young age is key. I’m so glad my parents instilled this in me when I was a child and it’s been so helpful as an adult.
- I bought my first car when I was 20, a 2003 Mini Cooper. It was amazing and my dream car. Sadly I had to sell it this year as our family grew in size and it wouldn’t easily accommodate a car seat. It also was a manual and I bought it without knowing how to use a stick.
- As a child and a teenager I was a total bookworm. I read more than I watched TV. However, I think I got burnt out in college with having to read so many textbooks and now I”m a total reality TV show junkie! I love the Bachelor/Bachelorette series, some of the Real Housewives shows, and food/baking competition shows. I do still read, just not nearly as much as I did earlier on in my life.
- If I hear someone use incorrect grammar, I most likely edit and correct it in my head.
- Next to a mirror in my house, I have a framed print that reads “Enjoy Today!” I think it’s nice to keep that in mind every day as life is hard and can be challenging, so finding enjoyment in each day is very important.
- My first CD ever was The Beach Boys. Now that makes me feel old.
- We had our first baby this past year in 2016 and he is just the sweetest little guy. I love being able to stay at home with him.
- I am not a happy camper while camping. Although, I think that has to do with the several camping trips I had been on as a child in the rain. But I guess that’s what camping is like most often in the Pacific Northwest. I’m definitely a condo camper.
- In elementary school I started playing the cello and actually played it all the way through school into my senior year of college. It really taught me not just perseverance but also really developed my appreciation for classical music.
- I have been a Christ follower ever since I was a young child and am so thankful for my faith.
- My dad taught me how to play tennis when I was in eighth grade and I’m so grateful for that. It’s such a fun sport that I have and will continue to play for the rest of my life.
- I don’t know how people survived without Google or some form of GPS or cell phones! I love technology and how much easier it makes life.
- Being organized is so important and I think it leads to a more successful life.
- My girlfriends keep me grounded and I love the unique relationships that I have with each of them.
- Traveling helps to expand your horizons and also put your own life into perspective. I am lucky enough to have been to several different countries, but feel like there is still so much out theret that I want to explore.
- Beaches are my happy place.
- My career ended up going in a direction that I had never anticipated. I enjoyed my career but found that I wasn’t getting to write enough so I started this blog. Five years later it has provided me with a creative outlet I have really enjoyed. It has also inspired me to become a better cook and photographer.
- Being married (five years in a few weeks!) has really helped me to become a more thoughtful and considerate. I love my husband and appreciate that he puts up with me. 🙂
- Becoming a mom has helped me handle situations in a much more calm manner and has really instilled a level of patience in me that I never knew I had.
- And finally, Happy Birthday to my dad as well! We have the same birthday, which is pretty special and I’m lucky to share the day with him.
That was a lot! I feel like my thirties have a lot to live up to. I’m looking forward to taking all that I have learned in the past and applying it as I move forward into my thirties. May it be my best decade yet!