Juicing Time

These are my top 3 favorite juice blends!

Easy to get creative. Just think color.

Red, green & orange.

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Drink the rainbow they say.

So much goodness!

There was once a time when I just had gotten married, 7 years ago. I had moved states,  started to work full time, go to school full time, meaning, 14 hour days!

Plus I was in the capital of coffee, Seattle. I got hooked on coffee.

It got to the point where I could drink an entire pot of coffee no problem.

Words to describe that time. Tired, very tired & my body hated me kind of feeling. 

Fast forward a few years and I had Naomi then Chloe in under two years of each other. But I couldn’t drink coffee because of nursing.  I experienced a whole other level of TIRED. 24/7 days, to this day. 

What helped me through these very different but very energy deficient life stages?

Well a few things along with the love and support of my hubs, but, a big one was diet. That includes JUICING periodically but mostly eating clean with a few guilty pleasures. EVERYTHING in moderation.

 

Soon after I made this change in everyday diet and next to my already active lifestyle. I felt new and saw what benefits it gave me.

Juicing just made me feel like what I ate. Good.

Some Benefits of juicing.

  • nutrients & vitamins
  • get your serving of fruits and veggies
  • energy boosting
  • noninflammatory
  • loose weight
  • tastes good, am I right?– just see below!
  • helps digestion (especially with pulp.

I’m neither an expert on diet plans nor do I think I need to convince anyone that carrots and kale are cool. I think culture has done a good job at it then when I eat ‘pressed juice’ and call it ‘ice cream’ happily.You know that us millennial’s are doing something right! Yay good job!

So now that you have scrolled through my  preface.

Here are my top 3 fav go to juices.

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The recipes below yield to three, 48 oz containers.

1. green

  • 1 bunch kale, 1 bunch of spinach, 2 celery stalks, 6 green apples, ginger to taste, 2 limes

2. red

  • 2 large beets, 1 lb strawberries, 5 red apples, 2 rhubarb stalks, 1 lemon

3. orange

  • 5 oranges,  4 tangerines, 2 lemons, 4 carrots, ginger to taste, tumeric and stir.

I make this in bulk because the downside to doing it yourself is the clean up. But save on buying those $10 juices.

I love using my glass pitchers with lids bought at Ikea for storing. And it looks legit!

Using fresh produce inspired by color. You can mix and match to the season and variety at your local market. 

This was about 15 lbs of fruits and vegies. Cost was around $29 and I’d say certified organic as it was more organic than not. (isn’t certified organic like 30%?)

So go ahead, dust off that juicer. Make them in advance and keep in the fridge for 2-3 days & enjoy.

Thank you for reading liking and following my blog!

Stay tuned for more : )

x, nicole

Chia gel eggs

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Here is the easy 3 step substitute for eggs in your baking! Just make day before over night and you have a egg-like protien filled alternative. 

Also can be used as a chia pudding recipe just add almond milk & a bit of maple syrup or honey for sweetness!

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons CHia seeds

1/4 cup water or almond milk

Honey or maple syrup (if making pudding)

  • In a small glass or plastic bowl add the ingredients together. 
  • Cover with plastic wrap
  • In fridge overnight
  • Use each one of the portions as 1 egg.

This will go perfectly with my 4 ingredient banana muffins , Protein Lemon BarsPumpkin-nana bread Easy Overnight Oats ~Oats 3 ways~ . Anywhere you see eggs needed or oatmeal flour based baking this will make it vegan!

Tag your creations #everythingunderthesunblog!

Best.

Nicole 

4 Ingredient Apple Tarte Tatin

“You are.. unforgettable…” that pop song was playing in my head with every bite of this 4 ingredient Apple Tarte Tatin. This may have replaced apple pie on Fourth of July & at Thanksgiving dinner.

Puff pastry, Apples, Sugar & Butter. That’s it. 

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Hey I’m not saying that its calorie free but boy its worth it.

Before this I have never tried making this recipe. Its really fool proof!

It turned out so pretty, rustic & sure to please your dinner guests. 

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I have spent countless hours watching food documentaries, cooking competitions, & the masters of the culinary world create the classics of french culinary perfection. In that I have composed a list of ‘ I MUST TRY TO MAKE THIS’  kind of recipes. This was one of them.

I am RAVING about  this recipe because of how easy, pretty & tasty it turns out!

Its like apple pies fancy- french cousin. lol

Follow the Method closely and it will come together perfectly!

I honestly love puff pastry to pie crust. I’ve never been crazy about pie crust. I find the texture is right in a puff pastry. Add the caramelized apple filling (or traditionally made with pear) is simply scrumptious and celebrates the simple ingredients you put into the dessert.

Aside from the daily more wholesome meals I cook, I ALWAYS go back to making some special treats to share, all made with love. #foodfreedom

Ingredients

6-8 Apples Medium sized. Peeled, cleaned up & cut in quarters. I used honey crisp & gala. Granny smith is good too.

1 stick of butter

1 cup of sugar

1 sheet of store bought pastry

Extras (optional): walnut pieces, pinch of allspice, 2 TBLspoons of lemon juice, hint of zest, sea salt for garnish.

Method 

Prep

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Night before or few hours before. Take the peeled, quartered and cored apples and place in bowl uncovered in fridge over night. Add a little bit of lemon juice. This way there will be less moisture in the cooking process. (Its OK if they are browned they will be caramelized anyway.)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

You will need a stainless steel or cast iron skillet, 10 inch.

Have the puff pastry out of the freezer before starting on the caramel.

Stove top

Place skillet on medium-high heat.

Melt the stick of butter until bubbling

Add the sugar while stirring in. It will be clumpy and grainy. Keep stirrring and melting them together.

When the sugar has melted into the butter and has combined. Add the apples. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Just start cooking them with the  caramel. At first its a clear color then it slowly turns into a golden amber color. Add the extras at this time.

Important! Cook the apples one side at a time turning every 5 min for about 20 minutes total, but evenly, so the apples aren’t falling apart but have starting to caramelize and until the mixture becomes and amber like color. (the smell is heavenly)

Its ready when its bubbled to the place where the caramel wont be dripping from the spoon but slowly melting down. Again a amber color. The apples are soft but not hard or mushy.

Take off from heat.

Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface. Enough to fit over the skillet 9-10 in skillet.

Carefully lay out your apples with a fork,  peeled side down (to look concentric & pretty)

I added walnuts after the apples where laid out.

Then pour the rest of the caramel over the apples & nuts while hot.

Using a rolling pin or just two hands carefully lay the dough over the skillet.

Carefully again, do not to touch the hot caramel, ‘tuck the apples into bed’ with the dough. So basically with the excess dough start folding it slightly under the apples to create a pie-like fold or upside down pie. Trim or fold in the extra puff pastry.

The Oven

Place on center rack and bake for 20-25 min.

Remove once the pastry is golden brown.

Let cool for 15-20 min.

THE FLIP

  • Using a knife scrape the sides of the pan to loosen the puff pastry.
  • Take a plate and with you oven mittens place it on top of the TATIN skillet & in one motion flip the plate with the skillet to be on top.
  • Before setting down and removing the skillet give it a little shake to make sure apples didn’t stick.
  • Then VOILA!!

Place apples back if out of order & serve warm with creme fraiche or fresh whip cream!

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Apple Tarte Tatin

Enjoy!

Tag your creations with my insta @nicole_pinkvas or #everythingunderthesunblog

Best,

Nicole

 

 

 

Protein Lemon Bars

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These protein lemon bars hit the spot for a lemony-protein packed pick me up!

I looooove meyer lemons and lemon bars are the closest thing to heaven that I indulge in.

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I have been on a mission to recreate, reinvent & nutriton-ize baked goods in the hopes that I can have my cake and eat it too. Daily. 

Store in the fridge or freezer & enjoy!

NOTE: There are two ways to making these. It depends on the texture you want. If you want as close to a lemon bar as it gets do option 2. If you want a protein bar style then option 1 is better. Both are tasty & have satisfied!


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Method

1 cup of meyer

lemon juice

1 cup of vanilla whey protein

2 Tablespoons of lemon zest

2 large eggs, plus 2 yolks (sub with 4 Chia gel eggs)

1/4 cup Maple syrup

1/8 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/3 cup Oat Flour

1/4 Almond flour

pinch of salt

2 Tablespoons of maple syrup

1/3 cup Coconut oil

Option 1. Protein-bar style

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Preheat oven to 350

Make the filling. The wet ingredients eggs/egg-yolks (or chia eggs), lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla extract, maple syrup and combine together. Then slowly add the vanilla whey protien to thicken.

Take the dry ingredients starting with the oat flour, almond flour, coconut shreds and add to the wet mixture. One at a time until throughly combined. Then add the chia, nuts even can do dried cherries, cranberry or raisins for another component.

On a parchment paper lined glass or brownie sheet, pour the mixture and even out with spatula.

Bake for 25-30 min depending on oven. Until toothpick comes out clean or you see the edges browning. Make sure center is cooked thorough.


Option 2. Lemon-bar style

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In a dry bowl add the oat flour, almond flour, whey powder, and coconut shreds and mix together. Then add the coconut oil and maple syrup slowly and mix until combined into a thick cookie-like batter. Spread onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven about 10 min to half bake it.

While the crust is baking in the same bowl add the wet ingredients. Add one at a time the egg/egg-yolks and combine, vanilla extract, maple syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest. whey powder and coconut shreds, nuts into mixing bowl while combining with a whisk or spatula. I added a little turmeric for color (optional)

Pour directly over crust.

Bake for 30-35min . Until edges are browning & center is cooked through.

Let cool & cut into squares. Freeze or keep in fridge.

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Enjoy!

Tag your creations to my insta @nicole_pinkvas & #everythingunderthesunblog

 

1 year of blogging!

My Mission

March 2018 officially marks  the 1 year anniversary of Everything Under the Sun Blog! YAY!

Here is our little family ❤

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Shot in September by @therealmaryana. Go follow this girl she is amazing with photography!

I’m suuuper excited because the very fact that I even started writing and intentionally blogging alongside the pages of my journals has been fun, meaningful, growth-enabling, encouraging and an all around an AAAMAZING learning experience.

I can not wait for the next year what it has to offer and what new places E.U.T.S will go!

When I begun the blog I had just given birth to my second daughter, Chloe (two sweet girls under the age of 2) and fresh off a huge move from Seattle to OC.

I was looking for an outlet for a while after becoming a FULL time mama. Something to call my own and have an excuse to stay up late, baking my No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies or my 4 ingredient banana muffins . I love the idea that I can go hide a way a few hours, sit in a hip coffee shop & write.

Originally I was going to create only an Instagram account documenting my goals with weight loss and post about mom stuff and anything noteworthy. Well, I am happy and thankful to my husband Dmitry who encouraged me to dust off my laptop and start documenting my goals with weight loss and post about mom stuff and anything noteworthy in A BLOG! LOL.

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I’m proud & excited to have reached out to several continents and tens of countries! THANK YOU for reading! I’m still blown away by how connected we can be!

As people grow and change so has my approach to the blog. No I did not stick to the one post a week I planned on. Yes I had weeks without any and this may be the first of the year… and its MARCH!

But its come more natural to have been focused on the social media side of my blog on Instagram (which I invite you to like and follow @everythingunderthesunblog ) with daily stories, videos, fitness tips, recipes and EVERYTHING in the details that matter to me which can matter to you!

What I have come to understand is that we are all very much alike in what are needs are BUT what really makes us all different and sets us apart is the DETAILS. The routines, products, foods, hobbies & EVERYTHING combined creates us all so unique and gives us a voice for who we are and what we are about.

That is why I believe that I am not just another blogger mom. (which was & is my insecurity with having a blog and being a mom, I AM PROUD OF IT!) Rather my mission and hope is not only to relate to my readers but offer a new perspective, helpful tips & recommendations. To maybe trigger an appreciation for a new craft idea, a helpful product,  a recipe or even make that BIG choice to starting a healthier lifestyle.

LEARNING & GROWING AS I GO…

Fitness Update

It was March 2017 that I again after 3 years downloaded the “loose-it” app. Two kids later I had a goal of loosing 45 pounds to get to my “goal weight”, which seemed so hard and unattainable.

This BEFORE & AFTER picture shows where I was. One year ago and today.

 

I was 3 months postpartum in the before and now 15 months postpartum. Lots of pride & grace towards myself in both photos…back to back.

I lost just under 50 pounds on my own and 70 total since giving birth to my second baby!

I had gone down from a size 12 to a size 6!

I truly believe that making that change in your life is possible too in whatever stage of life you are in.

Eating healthy and exercise are what will help you sustain that healthy fit-life. Gain back that confidence and take care of YOURSELF because everyone deserves to look and more importantly FEEL GOOD!

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I am healthier. I am happier. I am confident in who I was before and now.

A year ago my bad cholesterol outweighed the good… by a lot. Glucose was high now normal. Before my bad outweighed the good and now that has switched places. My B.M.I. (which always seems unreasonably calculated) is also in the right place. This along with a side by side health check up with a physician that I’ve improved my overall well being and health. PRAISE JESUS!

How I did it

I believe that if I can achieve my GOAL you can achieve your GOAL!

Every time someone has asked me how I did it I’d say the same thing. DIET &light exercise. But DIET.

The “loose-it” app was such a helpful tool to assist me in my wieght loss and fitness goals for the SECOND TIME that I have used it to achieve my goal weight. I highly recommend it! Check them out!

Such a satisfying snapshot! (not an ad) (for loose it or sprint lol)

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I REALLY DO FEEL LIKE A DIFFERENT PERSON!

For more details on how I began my new journey, I called it a ‘reboot’.  You can find out by going to, It’s time for a reboot: 5 tips for losing weight post. It will give you a more in depth perspective on how I started my goals.

But in short WHY my diet stuck is because I made it sustainable and I even ate what ever I wanted. It came down to self control and portion control.

It really mattered more what foods I started saying YES to rather than NO to. This positive approach helped me keep going and make less stops to Del Taco & to the fridge after the kids were in bed.

LEARN your eating habits!

I went for sugar when I felt tired. That is especially true in the afternoon and night when I had low energy. I’d reach for the muffins, cookies, sugary drinks and chips.

Being that I was sleep deprived it was hard but I had to get creative and start eating right to nourish my-body right for both me and my baby.

Lots of raw nuts, fruits & whole grain toasts with nut butters, avocado or a non-dairy smoothie would replace the easy fast snacks and sugars I’d normally intake.

Choices

Every meal was a choice whether I wanted to go forwards or backwards. I believe in FOOD FREEDOM like what you hear from many ‘whole30ers’ , ‘Paleo’, ‘Keto’ & other on-trend diets. I’d say if I were to describe my normal sustainable diet today it would probably closest to Paleo/whole30ish.

So of course I allow myself to have fries, mac n’cheese or a burger to reward myself but again it would be a treat and not my go-to type of food.

*TIPS*

>I don’t go for seconds unless it is veggies or Salad> DRINK LOTS OF WATER> MEAL PLAN>I’D MAKE soup regularly with BONE BROTH for a meal daily> walk & light exercise daily>love my body where I’m at > always have goals.

Approach

MY Approach in the beginning was important. I went COLD TURKEY from sweets, breads, pasta, starches, dairy, sugar, caffeine & processed foods for the first two weeks.

This meant veggies, fruits, whole grains, proteins & again lots and lots of salad. I also had to eat enough to nurse and stay healthy for the both of us.

Your can look different with a cleanse to start or stick to a Whole30 or Paleo diet. Its really up to you!

The first 10 pounds I lost were the sweetest validation and gave me the motivation and encouragement to keep going.

As the weight came off it became second nature and easy to live in a new routine new purpose and healthier living. 

The Present

I am sustaining a diet + light exercise with the same approach I’ve had before and eating GOOD FOOD that’s GOOD FOR YOU!

I have new fitness goals. I’m currently doing a 30 DAY FITNESS CHALLENGE to help tone up in general but also for our April Vegas getaway and continue to grow stronger with this simple 5 minute routine. 

30/30/30 reps of squats, sit-ups & push-ups.

Here is my silly time lapse of the 30 day challenge. lol. 

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Hot Yoga is something I’d like to get back into again. Another reason to get out for an hour of me time 😉

START with what ever you can do. Even 5/5/5 reps each and work your way up especially if you are postpartum and have been cleared from your doctor to start exercise be patient and know that EVERYTHING counts. I found that walking 30 minutes a day was the best way to jump start my metabolism and energy to ease into a more active life!

The best way to incorporate new healthy habits into things you already do! Get that routine going!

I am also regularly present on social media sharing and crafting new healthy alternative recipes, from my kitchen through Instagram stories or just ANYTHING I’m obsessed over in the moment. LOTS MORE TO COME! Including my protein lemon bars! I’m going to dig these up from my Instagram archives. 

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Protein Lemon Bars (gluten free & vegan)

Goals for E.U.T.S

 3 PART SPRING CLEANING series in the works! 

 HOME, BODY, & BEAUTY. 

This includes DIY projects, tips & tutorials! HOPE YOU will join & SPRING CLEAN with me! 

What I would like to do in the future and if anyone is interested to collaborate or partner up for some extra fun and inspiration, DM me IM SO DOWN!

I would LOVE to hear what you would like to know more about, hear & see from this blog. i.e. Tutorials, more reflective posts, healthy- baking workshops, fashion diaries…etc. I have ideas tossed in my mind and a voice but would appreciate the help in narrowing down what exactly people want. 

Please DM on Instagram for your thoughts and feedback! 

Thank you for reading my post and hope you enjoyed the update. Remember to subscribe to never miss a post by going to the home page!

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Best,

Nicole 

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Disneyland in 1 Day

Let me add to the title here a little bit (writing from a MOMS perspective) ‘How to Disneyland in 1 Day, also with toddlers’.

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This is ones more of an excuse to look back on some amazing memories we made last year while going to Disney. We went once with my sister and brother in law (who were incredibly gracious and handy baby sitter for us) and a second time by ourselves. Sharing some cute pictures along with tips of what to do and see.

 

I think Disney sells itself really well with A L L the draw and hype around it. But I have heard lots of friends who still have never been.

(You guys I was born in Anaheim literally blocks away from Disneyland, I think they need to send me some lifetime passes yooo. Anyways…)

Its been fun seeing lots of friends come visit SoCal and others who have moved into the area. And when I ask many of them “Have you been to Disneyland?” most answered no and then had a series of questions and objections about going there.

Whats so special about it? Is it worth the $$$? Its crowded. Last but not least How did you do it with small kids & how do you do Disneyland in one day?

I think there is a common miss perception about Disneyland that its ONLY for kids & families.

On the contrary its THE perfect place to go on a date & if anything its very Romantic especially at night!

 

Lets just put aside all the prep, the checklists of things to do & see, ‘will we see enough?’, Mickey Mouse, the nursing, snacks, naps, too hot/ too cold weather (yes cold happens here), crowds & lines…pheww. You may ask “WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO YOU, your kids & to Disneyland?”

On the drive to the park, on the tram that takes you to the park, at the ticketing line ‘$$$’, at the photo stop before entering the park & lastly to the first melt down 20ft into the park when Naomi wanted to take her socks off. haha . Lol. Cry face emoji. ‘I asked myself how are we going to do this?’

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But, putting aside THE ANXIOUS pessimist inside of me, I put on the pragmatic/optimist hat for this particular adventure. We loaded up the double stroller and had two separate trips to Disneyland in 2017 both for one day. Both were great but came better prepared and equipped the second time with a few tricks up our sleeve.  

There is really something magical in the HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH there is a way to make the most of your time even with little ones in one Day.

 

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS ON HOW TO DO DISNEYLAND TO THE MAX IN A DAY! No Raagrets! (inside joke)


1.Buy your tickets in advance + MAXpass

I highly recommend this because you skip the LONG line & get the Maxpass.  For $20 more you get to cut the wait time in lines by reserving your place in line using the Disney MAXpass app. This allows you to plan out your day, make an  itinerary and move smoother through the rides & lands within the park.

It was so easy and WORTH the little extra you pay to save TIME to get on more rides.

We took turns on some rides that were not for little kids which were only 2 of them and the rest are FAMILY FRIENDLY. Chloe at 9 months went on Pirates of the Caribbean! So you get to experience all the fun together!

It feels sooo VIP. Enough said. 


2. Devise a game plan

You got maxpass. G R E A T. Now what? Start booking your rides and they give you an hour window to make the reservation. You can reserve two rides at a time. Pick which one in your proximety and still go on rides while waiting for your reservation.

IN GENRERAL THOUGH. While you are loading up your maxpass, we decided to do Disney clockwise.

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Now Disney consists of a main alley that takes you straight to the castle with lots of shopping along the way with multiple themed “lands” to explore, taste, ride & see all around on your left & right. SAVE THE MAIN ALLEY SHOPS FOR LATER. (They are sooo smart at Disney. Although the park is closed the shops stay open an extra hour while you get those magnets & trinkets.$$)

Your eye is just wondering all directions pulling into the marvel of it all upon entering. It’s truly a wonderland! Its overwhelming especially to even take it all in. But, try to stick to the plan as much as possible & just get lost in the magic.

So again, what do I mean by clockwise? In example, the farthest area from the entrance is Toontown  behind the castle. Its at the ’12 o’clock’ hour if I were to point to it on a clock.

I start there because that’s were you can meet the main characters, parades begin (they go all day)  & end there. There are LOTS of fun places to explore all ages and a tot-lot too.. That way they can get to experience Disneyland with  Mickey & friends in the adorable back drop of the characters very own homes!

 

 

Grab some of the essential photos & autographs & by the time morning starts its nap time.

 


3. Avoiding the crowds

I don’t think there really is a time or special pocket in the week that has no crowds.

Maybe less crowds like after Christmas season & New Year? We went on a Tuesday and on a Monday and both were PACKED. So can’t help you there. I feel like every time I drive by there are swarms of people coming into the park! Try not to go on a weekend that’s basically all to it.


4. Eats & Must haves

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Definitely come to feast with your eyes, its like sensory ooooverload but I will highlight what I’ve tried and some yummy goodies to try.

  • I loooove the world-famous turkey legs in the kiosks, the churro is always the first treat I get with my cappuccino & please get the beignets in the New Orleans corridor.

  • If you are going without the kiddos. I highly recommend getting a reservation at ‘Blue Bayou’. SO ROMANTIC. Its magically located inside a ride which is under a star lit sky (all day) with tasty creole creations & American classics. Quite the experience.

  • Dole whip. Just try it. 

  • Fresh kettle corn is everywhere.

  • You can bring your own food and drinks! I brought a lot of snacks & toddler friendly food that wasn’t easy to find or purchase at the park. (There are also bottle warming stations and nursing rooms around the park. aka lots of benches)

During one of our trips SoCal was having one of the biggest wind storms had seen all year. The fireworks even had to be canceled and after the sun went down in the winter there was a VERY brisk strong wind that carried into the evening.

We were down on snacks, gold fish, pouches and even water. Desperate for shelter & food lol. (Its hard to find indoor seating & eating  in the park as its mostly designed to keep you outdoors.)

  • This indoor indoor pizzeria/cafeteria came up with a salad bar located in Tomorrow-land. We took to our seats not expecting much from the food coming there for convience. I got the Chicken Cesar and we got slices of pizza to share.
  • IT WAS FANTASTIC!

This leads me to my next point.


5. Expect quality & cleanliness!!

This isn’t a tip but its my recommendation/stamp of approval to say again GO TO DISNEYLAND. 

(Especially if you get a chance during Christmas, more magic EVERYWHERE)

They set a high standard and it comes through EVERYWHERE in the park. Its clean, accessible, making it stroller city & the food is not a let down. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. 


6. Disneyland during Christmas

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If you get a chance to go during the Christmas season, go! It REALLY adds to the magic you get of the park but the benefit of  the million dollar lights, shows, decor & Christmas on steroids experience you get! 

The weather is comfortable, light jackets, not too hot. I mean Santa & Mickey mouse on one float? I’m in. 

Imagine this. To top off our Christmas visit to the park we got some hot chocolate as we strolled the open shops topping off the night with snow fall, twinkling lights EVERYWHERE with a 100 foot real Christmas & castle for the backdrop. Romantic much? Oh, and we had two sleeping babies so we got to take turns and ride Space Mountain a few more times.

Perfection.

We stayed to the closing of the park both times. Straying from the schedules and routines and just got transported and lost in all the M A G I C.

 

(Fun fact, I have performed at Disneyland with my Chorale back in school days. I got to see the tunnels and the back stage of the park which is just as big or bigger than the park. WOW.)

So no, you will not see me there on stage lol. But, I really believe in the magic and its what you make of the time and day you have there. I believe there is some planning and with a few tips you can make some amazing memories. 

Hope you get a chance to visit soon! Ill write my thoughts and review of our Disney Cruise when we go in 2019!

Best,

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D.I.Y. Kitchen refresh under $40

Looking to refresh update or try a new look for your kitchen? Well look here to this easy & budget friendly alternative to a full reno by doing this D.I.Y. Kitchen refresh!

I recently moved into a new flat and we will be renting for the time being while settling down in O.C. We have been homeowners in the past and downsizing wasn’t the easiest choice we made but we are cozy & happier than ever in our humble abode.

I love to cook and life naturally happens around our kitchen so with every other room in the apartment transformed with our furniture and belongings the kitchen, although updated, was not quite finished.

While browsing the isles of Target where I find myself often I came across this idea when seeing this tile wallpaper in a roll.  I immediately thought, “I can put this up in the kitchen?”.. followed by.. ” But it would look cheap or cheesy? No.” So I didn’t get it.

Later after contemplating some more I looked up photos of the finished product others have posted & I was impressed at the results.

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I posted this photo and I think I may have fooled a few with the fact that this giant sticker gave me the cozy rustic kitchen I’ve been dreaming of!

So here I have for you my review of “Devine color prints” & how to apply this look step by step.

 

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Step 1. Buy the wallpaper. Its called Devine Color Prints Sold at Target for $34.99 for 27 sq ft. ( I used one roll & every square inch ) They have many different patterns and colors so check them out!

Step 2. Prep the walls. Just make sure they are clean with no excess dirt or dust. No rubbing alcohol needed!

Step 3. Get a straight edge, razor, pencil & scissors ready to use. YOU WILL NEED TO USE THESE!

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Step 4. Measure from the bottom of the cabinet to the edge of the trim or the size of the wall you are planning to use. Mark your measurements to the wallpaper.

Step 5. Cut the piece out & paste.  The first one is the easiest. Next you will need to measure the pattern exactly to match the design. You want it to look like a tile layout a professional would do. Make each cut count & keep all scraps!

  • What I love about this wallpaper is that it is soooo forgiving. Yes I messed up a few times, it wasn’t & isn’t perfect (even though I’m O.C.D.) and I can un-stick this so easily and stick it right where I need it.

Step 6. Have patience & precision.  It took me a few hours from start to finish but I took breaks having too littles around and needing my attention.

  • At times I had to eye-ball the final result but I’m so happy with how it turned out!
  • Beware of the outlets! When coming across them I measured that space as needed and just cut with a razor directly off the wall.

BEFORE

After 

I LOVE THE RESULTS!

It looks so real from anywhere you sit in my home & you can only tell when you come up close to inspect that its a giant sticker!

The 3D like design gives of the illusion that its textured & like the real thing! I would recommend this product to all!

This is the perfect alternative for a semi-permanent home, dorm, apartment & home to give you that trendy kitchen for under $40!

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Best, Nicole