Beautiful Fam

My family was in town this past weekend and although hectic, it was extremely nice to see some familiar faces. We hit up Park Chow, The Ferry Building farmers markets, and San Tung, a Chinese/Korean restaurant on Irving and apparently THE PLACE TO-BE (we had reservations and still had to wait 30 minutes). Some of our weekends shananigans through pics…

Park Chow

{Cousin Hannah :)}
{Garden vegetable noodles with tofu and veggies}
{The little one digging into his own chocolate cake ;)}

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Keeping it Light

With such a busy schedule lately; apt searching, moving, Mother’s Day, working like crazy, Family in town, I have yet to get into my normal eating schedule/habits (which includes a lot of  homemade meals). Since I’ve been eating out and on-the-go so much,  I’ve tried to keep things light and fresh, so I don’t feel sluggish or bloated. So, what does a vegan eat if  she can’t pack a lunch,  micro-manage all meals, or google every vegan restaurants in town? I’ve been so lucky and have found some yummy San Francisco eat-outs with vegan  friendly options. Some usual favs and some  new favs…

{Vegetable and tofu curry from Jovino}
{Tostada Salad from Nick’s Crispy Tacos}
{One of several meals I’ve been able to make at home <3}
{Make your own salad from Blue Barn. Honestly best salads ever.}
{The best strawberries from Whole Foods… the best ones are local.}
{Yup, don’t forget a brewski <3}

Inspired by…

… book shelves, white kitchens, picture frames, my roommate’s canvases, crown molding, hard wood floors, shelving, and all these pretty pictures. If only the rooms in my apartment could look this pretty-chic, simple, elegant, and oh so fabulous (sigh)! Aaaaahhh honestly, I could drink my coffee, and  flip through these kitchen/living space photos all day long and be the happiest girl on the planet…hmmm, maybe I’m just having the itch because we’re in the middle of decorating, and rearranging, you know, all those fun apartment therapy, just-moved-in activities.  Happy Friday Folks,  and Happy Mother’s Day!.

Beautiful.Pictures.For.A.Beautiful.Day :)

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Good Morning Monday

This is my very first Monday morning in the new place and it couldn’t be more fabulous;  morning news, cereal, coffee with soy, Tara, sunshine… simply beautiful. Yes, after all the stress, we are finally settled in and getting comfy. I can’t explain to you in words the amount of character and bright light that is nestled into this apartment, and the views, oh the views! With crown molding for days, accents walls in the living room, big windows, and hardwood floors, could this be the quintessential Sf apt living? Here are some photos to make that decision for yourself (keep in mind, the rooms are not completely furnished and we have yet to decorate)… here is the canvas we have to work with, decorating here we come…we are so lucky!

{Living Room}
{View from our Living Room}
{Dining Room}
{Roof top terrace… not ours but so cute}
{The most amazing walk-in hall closet}
{View from my bedroom/living room}

Stay tuned for decorating ideas, new pictures, vegan baking, and fun outings… Hope you are enjoying this beautiful sunny Monday!

Good Morning…

I thoroughly enjoy my mornings and can appreciate the start of the day everyday. I honestly wish I could say this lightly, but I usually cannot function unless I keep to my daily routine. Even though my am antics make traveling a bit difficult or proves to the world I have a little crazy/OCD side, I love everything about this time of day; the birds chirping, my early morning news, responding to emails, checking up on latest blog posts, hot lemon water, dry cereal, sometimes a soy cafe au lait, and phone calls from Nicole. It’s even better when the sun is out… there’s something about the early rise of the sun, so crisp and bright, that makes your morning delightful and the rest of your day meaningful.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the sunshine!

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Happy Earth Day!

Come one, come all. Today we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day,  a day sought out and designed to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s environment. Although we should be conserving and taking care of our planet everyday, sometimes we fall of the wagon… and by we I can definitely speak for myself.  Today is the perfect day to stop and think… smell the roses, breathe in the air, and see this earth as a living creature rather than just somewhere we live. For me this day is just a reminder of the contributions I’ve been making to help keep this planet alive and well; a reminder of  what this planet is and what it provides for us : water, shelter, food, homes, pictures, family, life… I can’t tell you how much we (I) take this planet earth for granted. Today, I will rededicate myself to improving this planet, that I’ve been so graciously placed, and do my part to take of her. I will:

1. Stop and think about where I’m throwing my garbage.

2. Recycle more often (create cute bins during craft time).

3. Completely do away with plastic bottles and actually buy a water bottle (this has been on my to-do list for a year now).

4. Use less paper napkins.

5. Walk more, drive less (No excuse now that I live in a city).

6. Eat more locally grown meals, shop farmer’s markets, and BYOB.

7. sustainability.

Happy Earth Day!

Do your part folks. Us together can make a difference.

Just can’t get enough of…

Sangrias, mimosa, coffee, oh wow!

Talk about liquid overdose.

Some of  the few things that are keeping me sane these days…

Jovino Sangria- By far the best, so refreshing and flavorful. 1 and sauced.

Grove Mimosa- The tallest mimosa I’ve yet to meet and fresh squeezed OJ doesn’t hurt. 1 and sauced.

Jovino Soy Cafe Au Lait- Really yummy, nutty, coffee with soy. I’m picky about my soy and this one is delish!

The Dilemma of the Century

If you’ve talked to me in the last week or so, you know I’ve been stressed to the maximum capacity! We ended up loosing the apartment, and now searching for a 2 bedroom in the same general area (Pac Heights, Marina). Tara and I did some apt hunting yesterday, and let’s just say, we are in for it! I was slapped with the reality of SF living, something I have yet to experience considering I was plopped into the most gorgeous, spacious apt in all of SF, without even looking!

We’ve realized if you go BIG, you go old and if you go NEW, you go 800 sq ft status! I’m a sucker for new amenities; bathroom, kitchen, dishwasher, etc, but to get that we would settle for rooms I can barely fit my bed. If I want a decent size room to fit my bed and random clutter, the amenities are so old and the kitchens are pretty pathetic… either I’ll end up skin and bones due to the fact I would never step foot in the kitchen, or I would be ginormous bc I’ll be eating take out every night! Do we go big and old or small and new…I’m sure this is the dilemma everyone faces in this City…Welcome to San Francisco apt living!  AAAAHHHHH what to do! We have one last weekend to continue our search, wish us luck!