It's supposed to snow this afternoon. I'm on an early dismissal from work. 8-12 inches possible.
Here's how I feel about it.
I'm sure you'll hear more from me this week. Snow week 2.0
It's supposed to snow this afternoon. I'm on an early dismissal from work. 8-12 inches possible.
Here's how I feel about it.
I'm sure you'll hear more from me this week. Snow week 2.0
It was raining yesterday and I thought a cozy, mellow playlist was in order.
This is perfect for a slow flow class, yin yoga, restorative, or gentle.
Yoga Playlist #2: Rainy Medicine
Small Memory // Jon Hopkins
Heroes -- Chill Out Version // ST*RMAN
Smother // Daughter
Take Care // Tom Rosenthal
Medicine // Daughter
Ships in the Rain // Lanterns on the Lake
Michael // Gem Club
Big Light // Houses
You // Nils Frahm
When You Fall // Grouper
Wash. // Bon Iver
Two of Us on the Run // Lucius
Breathe In // Low Roar
Andalusia // Hammock
February was lazy. Yep, that's the first word that comes to mind. Loungy, lazy, and cold.
I read Alexandra Fuller for the first time. Run, don't walk to buy this book and read it.
I made a few new recipes. I highly recommend Yotom Ottolenghi's Lemon and Curry Leaf Rice.
And...that's all I've got...
I'm feeling ready for March. Let's be DONE with February.
It's my first monthly review post on the new site, so hopefully it looks ok.
I'm still playing with how to display the bajillion instagram photos I take each month. Scroll through to see lots of yoga, books, and dogs....obviously.
This week flew by--how is the weekend already?
It's totally fine.
Nothing much planned for this one. I think it be our last bit of frigid temps thank god.
Can I tell you about Heritage Radio Network? Yeah I might be late to the party, but I don't care because I'm having a blast listening to all the archives!
SO MANY PODCASTS. SO LITTLE TIME.
So far I've finished all of the Cherry Bombe Radio episodes and I'm currently working through After the Jump. Also looking at Eat Your Words, Arts & Seizures, In the Drink.
I also like the loook of Let's Get Real, The Main Course, and the Morning After. WHA?!?! I thought I might try to get an audiobook finished, but that's not going to happen.
I don't recommend these podcasts if you're not into food. They are like Top Chef on steroids.
Image above is actually a rug. Yeah....black rug + white hound dog would never work in my world, but I can dream right?
Things around here are mellow. Unexpected week break means that the kids at school are super weird. Teachers and staff are tense given the upcoming ISTEP testing. Big blocks of annoying frozen snow are all over and the Bagel Boys and I can't get in a decent walk. Andrew is in the middle of doing our taxes and thankfully we close on the land next week.
Girl Scout cookies abound and the Oscars were weird and unpleasant. Rhianna is making new music with Kanye and Paul McCartney and I'm reading about Margaret Thatcher's fictional assassination. CYOGALAB's instagram account is still blowing everyone else's out of the water and I'm obsessed with Hot Dudes Reading.
The good thing is that we are back in the studio. Classes are on! I'm so glad because I missed my yogis. Thinking of my gal Sidney today during her second day of taking the bar! You got it girl!
Busy day ahead at school, then a meeting, then teaching class. Time to get a shower, some more coffee, and some podcasts downloaded.
Have a good one!
Roosters don’t crow when the sun comes up; they crow whenever the heck they want to. So, when my alarm goes off just after dawn, I’ve already been half awake for an hour. I throw on some clothes, put my hair in a pony tail, and meet my friends outside. We joke as we run out to the dirt road, and coast through the next village over, before ascending a hill, which is really more like a mountain, so maybe it should be called a mill or a hountain. Regardless, all I can think about as I climb to the top is breakfast. The exhilaration upon racing back down to the valley speeds me home and to the morning’s first cup of coffee.
This isn’t just a regular cup of joe. This is Honduran coffee. The beans are grown locally, in a country whose climate is ideal for its production. It’s ground and brewed in a way that makes it thicker, almost like an espresso but less concentrated. When I’ve got a long day ahead of me, it’s like my life blood.
That’s true no matter whether I’m doing volunteer work in Honduras, or stuck inside on a snowy day in Kentuckiana. I might be a little biased because after my recent trip to Honduras, my third, I’m more in love with the country than ever, but coffee there is just good. Along with sugar, which I’ve tasted straight in the cane, it’s the country’s top export.
After my first trip to Honduras, I brought back coffee beans for my family, and they have requested it again each visit. Here in the U.S. it’s difficult but not impossible to find a good Honduran bean. Trader Joe’s offers a decent organic, fair trade option, but I’ve also seen it at Costco, in a Costco-size bag.
I am a firm believer in the Proustian idea that the taste of food conjures memory, so until the next time I’m enjoying my cafecito at a Honduran breakfast table, I’ll be savoring the beans I brought back and smiling over fond memories.
I've searched and searched online for a good source of yoga class playlist inspiration, but have found little that I love. Most of the time the music featured on lists is way too loud and fast paced for my crowd. However, I'm not a big fan of traditional yoga music. Small doses yes, but you know...
I have over fifty yoga playlists stockpiled in my Spotify. Why not share the love?
Also, they are not labeled. I just have them listed as "yoga playlist 1, 2, etc," so I'm forever struggling to find the right one. I'm going to try and post a new one every Sunday, labeling as I go. I typically make up a new playlist for classes on Saturday or Sunday, then rotate it out through the week's classes.
If you teach something else like barre or pilates, these would work great!
Playlist # 1: Give Me Love For Tracy Chapman
She is Love // Parachute
To Whom It May Concern // The Civil Wars
Beautiful Day // Joshua Radin
Build Me Up From Bones //Sarah Jarosz
Give Me One Reason // Tracy Chapman
Baby Can I Hold You // Tracy Chapman
Ready for a Fall // P.J. Olsson
World Spins Madly On // The Weepies
Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight // Amos Lee
Mountains O'Things // Tracy Chapman
For My Lover // Tracy Chapman
To Be Alone with You // Sufjan Stevens
Heartbeats // Jose Gonzalez
Slow It Down // The Lumineers
This is a perfect playlist for a moderately active class that has a mellow finish.
There are a ton of food blogs.
It can be a little overwhelming. So many great recipes to try, Then there are all the gorgeous cookbooks. BAH.
Here are six of my all-time favorite recipes from food blogs. I make these regularly. Easy, relatively healthy (kind of...), and cheap.
I go back to these often because you can change them pretty easily. Each recipe lends itself to variations. I will often add frozen spinach or kale to the artichoke squares, coconut to the muffins, various vegetables to the stew and noodle bowl.
I think the snow is melting right now....can we be that lucky?!
I'm planning to make some new recipes from my Yotom Ottolenghi cookbooks today--will report back!
NO. NO. NO. Enough.
Even though it's -9 out there with a wind chill of -22, I've got to get out of this house. I will say that, while it's been good for my practice (yay for headstand drop over prep!), I might even be a little bored of doing yoga?!?! Unheard of.
Mom and I are headed to Louisville. Bookstore? Whole Foods? Consignment? Whatever.
Yoga students: we probably will have to cancel class tomorrow morning if this thing comes through. I'll be in touch!
My nephew has the best winter booties ever. And I need some now.
Minnetonka: what gives? You don't make this style in adult sizes! Shame on you, that's insane.
Needless to say, we're going a little stir crazy around here. By we, I mean me and the Bagel Boys. Andrew is going to work as normal...I'm just sitting here drinking a glass of sauvignon blanc basking in the fact that I just got the call: no work tomorrow...for the fourth day in a row!
What have I been doing?
and OH MY GOD these
reading, and yoga...obviously. So far I haven't purchased anything. That might change in just a few....short...minutes...
See you tomorrow. More blogging, more yoga...more time at home...
My dear friend Meg is guest posting today! We did our master's together in Edinburgh, Scotland. She's awesome. She and her husband Matt are the best.
I'm on my second snow day today and thought she could give us some tips on living it up! Goodness knows Boston has seen their fair share this winter! Take it away Meg!
If you haven’t heard on the news, Boston got hammered with 7 ½ feet of snow in the past 3 weeks. It’s not that the Boston area isn’t used to snow- we get it every year. However, back-to-back-to-back storms of 1 foot or more is way beyond the norm. These winter storms with names (Juno, Neptune) have resulted in tired, cold and angry Bostonians. Needless to say life has come to a halt for days at a time. Which got me thinking about what my “life is better with” during a snowstorm.
Ask a Bostonian what is on their grocery list before a big storm?
There is no better way to ride out a storm. I’m not just saying this because I’m guest posting on Graylin’s blog, but her margaritas are my favorite to make in a storm! They make me think of warmer times. What else am I having these days?
My sister got Matt and I a gift basket for Christmas that included 2 mixers and etched Boston glasses. Matt still thinks this was his favorite Christmas gift. Well-done Katie! On the theme of tequila, our favorite mix is the Sriracha Margarita. As if sriracha couldn’t get any hotter right now…
This Boston based startup is still relatively local but can be found in stores from Maine to PA. Why call it “Downeast” you ask? When ships sail from Boston to Maine (which is technically east) and the wind is at their back, the downwind is referred to as “Down East.” This is fitting as the founders of Downeast Cider came up with the idea in their senior year at Bates College in Maine. Two years later, their product and story have put down roots in Boston and is spreading fast. I love this cider as it’s unfiltered: likening the taste to a non-alcoholic cider straight from the orchard in October. Give it a try if you see it in the store, or visit the cider house if you visit Boston!
On the topic of winds, if you return to Boston from Maine you are sailing “up wind,” hence the term, “shipping up to Boston.” Just re-watch The Departed or Good Will Hunting, and our Boston history lesson will be complete. In all seriousness, we are not all like that, but tend to drop our r’s when there is too much snow to pahk our car!
I’m a huge fan of Pinterest, particularly for recipe gathering. The snowstorms have given me the time to try out new breakfast recipes. Here are some of my favorites:
I adapted this with whole slices, adding in raspberry jam and a little cream cheese in the middle. What a treat!
Matt and I ate well and drank well during this last few weeks. I am thankful that we haven’t lost power or wanted to kill each other. We’ve finished books, caught up on our shows, and spent way too much money at RedBox. We are looking forward to seeing the ground again…only 32 days until spring!
Stay warm everyone.
Snow day today!
It is seriously snowing out there. And I'm loving it...except for when I have to cancel yoga classes...that bums me out.
Make more Toasted Coconut pancakes. I bought this mix at TJ's on a whim and it is so good! You gotta love coconut though because it's a little intense.
Call both Go Daddy and Sallie Mae to regain access into my online accounts...blech
Yoga. Thinking of doing a Full Primary with this as the guide. Creeeepy. And we wonder why people think yoga is strange?!
Read. I finished the last available Ferrante novel over the weekend. Not sure what to do next. Everything will look pale in comparison that's for sure.
In other news, I put this new blog on Bloglovin' and am starting over again there. If you use Bloglovin' to read blogs, head over!
I'm excited to send some love to some of my blog crushes. These are new, never before mentioned blogs. You've heard me gush about my staples before...
Here's are some new crushes. A couple of these are not just blogs, but full on websites that I'm loving.
This is a great destination for all things plant-based diet. Not strictly vegan or vegetarian, but plant-based diet a la Colin Campbell, who is the best. His book Whole? It's a game changer.
However, I also love her style and she has a really fun podcast! I've been listening to the back episodes. I know it sounds weird, but it's really refreshing to find one of these bloggesses that actually has some edge to her! (curse words ftw).
Whoa. This food blog knows what it is doing in terms of photography. There are lots of cakes, which I doubt I'll make, but I still love looking at gorgeous photos of them. Also, it's fun to see one of these in someplace that is not LA or East Coast and North Dakota is most certainly not!
Valentine's so far has been great. Andrew got me a new onesie! Weirdest thing ever---I tried it on, way too small. Went online to print off exchange stuff and it said final sale. I try it on again and...it fits!?
I totally Sisterhood-of-the-Travellng Pants'd that thing.
Weird, but I'll take it.
Hosting fam for appetizers tonight, book club tomorrow. Should be a good one.
Right now this little studio is booming. And I love it!
So many new students that are so wonderful. Thank you to all that come for class--it is so fun every day. I'm just feeling a little extra mushy gushy about it all today.
If you live locally, I highly suggest you join us! Here's my weekly class schedule:
Each class has its own little personality. If you're looking for something relaxing and restorative, Mondays are for you. If you want to sweat, I suggest Thursdays or Saturdays.
For more info about the studio, head over to the YOGA page and check it out.
Hope to see you soon!
Winter. Pretty sure that the older I get, the more I dislike it. I used to love winter, but the past few years, I'm over it. Here's how i fight the lizard skin.
Since winter break when I started reading the Elena Ferrante novels, my weeknights have pretty much looked like this:
Hot bath with one of the Ferrante novels (or any other book...but good luck finding something better). Maybe it's all in my head, but I think Epsom salts are fantastic. For a long time, I've bought a huge bag and used them with a few drops of lavender essential oil. However, I also love bubble baths...what a dilemma. Well, problem solved when I discovered the Dr. Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Foaming Bath. Epsom salts, bubble bath, and lavender all in one. Boom.
Love and Toast Body Butter in Dew Blossom. I bought this on impulse at Lucky's a couple weeks ago. I'm LOVING it. Super light and disappears quickly. Also smells amazing. I love Love and Toast's packaging and now that I know the product is good, I'm in trouble. There are many more things I want to try!
Jojoba oil. I've been putting a few drops onto fingertips and rubbing into my face at night. The difference when I wake up is kind of miraculous. I've been using Desert Essence, which on sale at Whole Foods.
Waxelene. Have I mentioned how much I love this stuff?! It's amazing! Before bed I've been putting it on my lips and on the super dry spots on my face like around my nose.
Lastly, a few drops of lavender oil on wrists and chest. Because you can never have enough.
And there you have it.
Not included? Long underwear and fuzzy socks.
45 days until spring.
Yeah, I've shared this before a couple of years ago. But I don't care, it's too wonderful! Every year at school, I show this to the kids for Valentine's.
Kindergarten is always super fun to watch this with...they freak out!
It makes it even better if it suddenly stops in the middle (dang iTunes) and one of them yells out "Mrs. Porter! Did you run out of internet!?!?!" Ahhhh....to be six years old.
How perfect is this?
They are amazing. Maisy and Lennon are perfect. Full stop.
We made it! Looking forward to a fun weekend celebrating my Mama's birthday! Happy Birthday Mom!
Oh we're doing it over here.
Head over to the Life is Better With page. It's about Budget Bytes. Such a good suggestion from my pal Jacob. A truly useful food blog.
I've been eating grapefruit lately. A yoga student (thanks so much Laura!) brought me a ton from Florida and it's wonderful. I've been making a really odd, smoothie-juice thing every morning. Here's the "recipe."
1 banana, 1/2 a grapefruit (wedged or cut off the rind), 1 green apple (peeled & quartered), a couple big pieces of fresh ginger, handful of frozen blueberries, frozen pineapple chunks, squeeze of fresh lemon, and a sprinkling of frozen chopped kale. I then throw in a few cubes of frozen fruit or vegetable juice. Lately I've been using the V8 Purple Power. Then I fill to cover all ingredients with cold water. Blend until it's super duper thin.
And drink. It is a rather unfortunate color I'm afraid, but we do what we can.
Image credit: morning fruit by colour lovers
I write a lot about things I enjoy and that, in my opinion, make daily life better. A lot of these things are products. And none of them are sponsored posts. I've had an epiphany recently.
When I'm seeking out content, whether it's a podcast, blog, magazine, whatever, I'm looking for authenticity and genuine thought. I'm just looking to discover new and interesting things that others also enjoy. I don't want to be sold anything...or at least know flat out that I'm being sold something. HA!
They share stuff they like just because....THEY LIKE IT. Or, they're getting paid to like it and I can't tell at all. I doubt the latter is true because it's standard to be pretty up front about something being sponsored. Of course I understand that bloggers need to make a living and I'm not knocking them for doing sponsored posts. I enjoy many sponsored posts, but do I like them as much as genuinely conceived content? NOPE.
Anyways, rant over and now I have a proposition for you.
Would you like to share the things that make your daily life better on this very blog? If so, please email me at email@example.com. Feel free to send over a one to two paragraph blurb about a particular product, song, book, artist, WHATEVER. Also, a photo of yourself and social media handles to link up might be helpful too so I can incorporate it into the post.
I want this to be a destination to get new ideas...of new things to read, see, do, eat, wear, apply, and hear...just because we love them and think you would to.
This boy. He's so good!
Well, we're off and running here at the new site. I will admit that learning to blog on an entirely different website has me a little rattled. I apologize for any weirdness in advance.
Quick bit of housekeeping--if you previously subscribed to my blog via email, could you resubscribe using the form in left sidebar?
So how was your weekend? Mine was really nice. Scored big at consignment, finished A Story with a New Name (FINALLY), and actually got some decent photos for the blog. Not too shabby.
If you have feedback on the new site, please send it my way! Also, go poke around, I've got some new content here and there.