Thursday, April 17, 2014

Simple, Glittery Easter Table

Welcome to our Easter table!

For some reason, the Easter holiday always sneaks up on me.  Thanksgiving, Christmas - we have major build up for those guys.  But all of a sudden, spring has sprung, and Easter is here.  For that reason, I like to create really simple but festive tables for the spring holiday set up.  I actually had all of the items for this table - I just rummaged around all of my "hiding spots"....don't tell my husband how many hiding spots I actually have :)

This year we incorporated:

The DIY project for this year are these glitter filled easter eggs!

DIY Glitter Filled Easter Eggs
Clear Easter eggs from Michaels ($.99 each!)

1.) Take off top of clear egg and fill up with glitter.
I filled each egg about 1/4 of the way full.

2.)  Pop top back on egg.

3.) Using a glue ballpoint pen, write down names 
for place cards on a thin strip of white paper.

4.) Sprinkle glitter over glue.

5.) Brush off glitter (funnel back into tube to re-use).

6.) Roll both ends of paper for a fancier look.

 Each place setting has a slightly different look...
Kara: old wine corks add a festive feel
Kate: dried lavender from the garden
Kacey: small white stones and mini purple carnations
Sorella: A beautiful pink flower

You could also scoop up a whole bunch of these eggs, fill them with coordinating glitter and hang them  together all at random lengths with flowers behind it as a spring wreath.  Or even hang them at various heights from your chandelier over your Easter table.  A kind of grown-up mobile!

 We actually re-used the gorgeous flower arrangement from our Baby Shower last weekend! Our dear friend Alyson created the most stunning floral arrangements - and Kacey and I got to take a few home with us.   This was perfect for the table.

Aren't they beautiful? She is so talented!  And these flowers are still fresh almost a week later.  More pictures to come from the Baby Shower, I promise. We have a whole post dedicated to it.  Our friends and family did such an amazing job on the event...can't wait to share!

Happy Easter everyone - don't forget to light some candles and use whatcha got!  Get creative, but keep it every time!

Kara, Kate, and Kacey

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Healthy Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt, Honey, Apple, and Avocado

Coming up with different ways to get my fruits and veggies can be routine sometimes.  I loooooove Chicken Salad, but I don't always like to eat all that much as I love mayo:)

I decided to experiment with Greek Yogurt today for lunch...Here's what I came up with!!

Healthy Chicken Salad:
1 cup of shredded or chopped chicken breast
(I used Rotisserie today!)
1 small can water chestnuts, chopped
1/2 chopped Organic Fuji Apple
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 TBSP chopped walnuts or almonds
1 avocado, chopped

3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 TBSP fresh Honey
1 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
1 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
1 TBSP White Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix it all together and voila!  It's delicious with a brown rice cake, stuff it in a Pita, or have a sandwich with some whole wheat bread and lettuce!

Mangia Mangia!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Circle of Life...and Weekly favorites

It has been a whirlwind week and a half for us Sorelle...words that come to mind:

Pop Pop
circle of life

Our beloved grandfather, our Pop Pop, followed in our dear Gramma's footsteps and went to heaven a mere 2 months after she did.  It's a true love story - and now they are together again.  Kacey and I traveled to Denver last week for the celebration of his life.  Then everyone turned around and traveled right back to Southern California for our joint baby about the circle of life.  Both events were truly lovely, touching, and life affirming.  More to come on the gorgeous baby shower, but for now, here are a few articles that have caught my eye over the past few weeks. Enjoy!

How to Make your bedroom an allergy free zone on Apartment Therapy

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Soul Sessions...Inspirational Thursday!

With all the crazy in the world right now...earthquakes, shootings, sickness, taxes, polar vortexes...we all need a little hope from time to time.  Just a little inspiration to keep us going until the going gets a little easier.

This is a small collection of inspiring quotes and mantras from my new book! Hope you like...)

"You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life." ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti
And that is why you must find the awe in your journey right now.  You are a sacred vessel these 9 months…such a short time really.  Glean and scrape, experience and memorize every single terrifying and lovely bit of it. 

Do you remember how carefree you were as a child? How confident and fearless and filled with dreams just bursting to come out!  It never occurs to us to not dream- 1,2, 10, 12 dreams a day were perfectly normal. 

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast.”
                                                                        ~The Queen, Alice in Wonderland

Future Mama- we are about to raise our own dreamers.  Such a hopeful thought.  I want to be a mom who leads, not just by teaching, but by doing as well.  SO. Today, I choose to dream.  All day long….and make one of those dreams a reality.  Even if it’s just a small one!  Play dress up, be a famous chef for the day, sing at the top of my lungs and convince everyone I’m a Broadway Star!  

What’s your dream today?

And my favorite, from an old friend currently on a bike adventure, riding from Oregon to Patagonia...

Fear of the future is such a silly disease.”
                                             ~Jedidiah Jenkins

Embrace, love, look forward to, be fear-LESS of the future…

Smiles, love, and laughter!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIY Fabric Fringe Bunting

Rachel Moore Photography

I made this pretty silk fringe bunting for a DIY Wedding style shoot awhile back, however it would be perfect for all the upcoming baby showers we are hosting!  It's a simple project that makes a BIG impact.  Buntings, banners, whatever you call 'em - they are a lovely addition to any festive occasion!

DIY Silk Fringe Bunting
Fabric in colors of your choice 
(we chose ivory and champagne)
Hot Glue

1.) Cut fabric into 17 inch squares.  
Then cut each square along diagonal to make 2 triangles.

2.) Lay the hypotenuse of the triangle facing up.  
Cut fringe strips, leaving a 1 inch border along top.

3.) Hot glue the top border of triangle to a long piece of twine,
allowing the fringe to hang  down.

4.)  Continue gluing bunting on twine until your banner is as long 
as you wish!

Hang over dessert tables, gift collections, cribs, kid's rooms, your bed!  Endless options await you!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Lime Chicken with Avocado-Cilantro Salsa

Baked or grilled chicken breast is a staple at our house.  I get tired of the same old recipes, however.  Finding different "salsas" or toppings to spoon over chicken keeps things feeling fresh!  We loved this Cilantro Lime inspired salsa!

Lime Marinated Chicken Breast with Avocado Cilantro Salsa
4 organic Chicken Breasts
2 1/2 tbsp minced cilantro (fresh)
3 tbsp lime juice (fresh squeezed if possible)
1 1/2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 avocado diced
1 cup chopped tomato (seeds removed)
2 tsp finely chopped onion 
3 tsp finely chopped cilantro
3 tsp fresh lime juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

1.) Marinate the chicken by combining the first 5 ingredients.  
Whisk together the olive oil, cilantro, and lime juice and add 
chicken breast. Let marinate for as long as you can, at least 15 minutes.

2.) Remove chicken and place in sprayed pan. Sprinkle chicken with salt to season.

3.) Either grill chicken until done OR cover with foil and bake in oven at 375 degrees 
for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake uncovered for an additional 15 minutes.

4.) Salsa time! Combine the diced avocado, chopped tomato, chopped onion, 
additional chopped cilantro, lime juice in a bowl.  Add Salt and Pepper to taste.
Serve Chicken with Salsa spooned on top.

I paired our chicken with a with a Mexican Style Quinoa:

Mexican Style Quinoa
cooked quinoa (made from 1 cup dry Quinoa)
1 can of black beans
2 tsp finely diced onion
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
2-3 limes - squeezed in quinoa
Garlic Salt

1.) Mix together all ingredients.  Season with garlic salt (or regular salt).

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sorella Spotlight: BABY EDITION! Pretty Pushers Delivery Gowns...

As THE MOMENT gets closer, and by moment I mean actually having this baby, I can't help but start to obsess about the details of this unprecedented event.  I know, I know, as my mother says, "women have been squatting in fields for thousands of years (yeesh, mom...:))", this happens to be my first time and needless to say, I'm a little....apprehensive, shall we say?!?!

Anyhoo, anything that can make this blessed event just a little more blessed is on my radar right now.  My prenatal yoga class is a lifesaver (yoga works-Patricia Grube!), and we were recently introduced to Pretty Pushers Delivery Gowns. 

These Pretty Delivery Gowns come in all kinds of colors, and have the perfect openings for fetal monitors, epidural access, and medical assistance.  And they are WAY better than the scratchy hospital gowns:).  

SO! Mamas-to-be...let's stay comfortable and feel a little more ourselves in that hospital! Check out these gowns for your upcoming MOMENT.  They are only $ worth it!!

Have a lovely weekend!