It’s 2018!! Happy New Year! Here is where we all sip champagne, kiss a loved one, and throw around confetti like it’s our birthday.
Every year we make resolutions to change certain habits or to maintain others. Each new day is a chance to improve upon ones life and be the person you wish to be. Take new chances, make mistakes, and try again. We all feel that when a new year arrives that is when our goals to become better will take place. Each day, hour, and minute could be the opportunity for someone to put into effect what they have always aspired to do. Lets ring in the new year with amazing goals and aspirations but not forget that with each and every day we get the chance to hit the restart button and make a change.
I don’t know about you but I get so much inspiration from accounts I follow on Instagram and I’m always looking for new ones. I thought I would share with you my favorite accounts to follow and why. Enjoy! Xo
1. @doyoutravel & @gypsea_lust
Talk about life goals! This couple travels all over the world for a living and creates some of the most beautiful content I’ve ever seen. They had breakfast with giraffes in Africa and explored the beauties of Bali. Follow along their adventure with me!
Are you a foodie like I am? Then you need to be following @elsas_wholesomelife. She just released her own cookbook and takes the most amazing food photos. Talk about a perfect feed too! Enjoy her yummy recipes and pretty pics!
All of my family goals! I mean come on! They are a Hawaii beach fam and couldn’t be any cuter! Enjoy following her yummy recipes, island lifestyle, and amazing stories! Seriously, watch her story for some great mini cooking shows!
I love inspirational quotes and positive sayings. @rmdrk has one of the most amazing feeds of you’re interested in poetry. He has a number of books out that are amazing as well! Be sure to check him out!
I recently found this feed and fell in love. Every photo is beautiful and taken in incredible places. This account gives me serious wanderlust and makes me want to travel the world.
Rise and Shine! My ideal December day consists of sitting in a quaint coffee shop with a pretty latte in hand, listening to the sound of the rain outside the window. Anyone who knows me knows I am the biggest coffee fan. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite California based coffee shops. Enjoy! Xo
1. Alfred’s Coffee
If you’re looking for an amazing cup of coffee and an aesthetic Instagram photo you’ve come to the right place. Alfred’s not only has the best mocha latte but also is one of trendiest spots in Los Angeles. It’s a bit pricey for a cup of coffee but definitely worth it.
2.Verve Coffee Roasters
I was first introduced to Verve in Santa Cruz, California and fell in love. At the time they didn’t have any shops in LA so it was my treat every time I went up to the Bay Area. Now they have a few coffee shops in LA and they are all amazing. They roast all of the beans in Santa Cruz and take time to perfect each cup of coffee. The interior is a modern industrial feel and definitely makes for a great place to catch up on work or study. If you go you also have to add a gluten free donut to your order. They are delicious!
3. Intelligentsia Coffee
I came across Intelligentsia in Venice, California on Abbot Kinney. The interior is definitely an industrial feel with exposed piping and wooden beams but it adds for a cool element. They take time to craft each cup of coffee and you can tell they love coffee as much as you do. My mocha latte was perfect and topped with a pretty foam heart. Couldn’t have asked for anything more.
If you’re like me and you have a sweet tooth but are trying to eat a little healthier then you’ve come to the right place! Try this Vegan, Gluten Free, & Paleo Brownie in a mug. It is fast simple and only requires 4 ingredients!
-1 Ripe Banana
-Honey or Agave Nectar
-1 Tablespoon Cashew Butter (Any Nut Butter)
1. Mash banana in a mug
2.Add but butter and stir together until creamy
3.Add Cacao Powder (adjust depending on how chocolatey you want your brownie to taste)
4. Add honey for sweetness
5.Microwave for 30 seconds (time may vary depending on microwave)
I am a huge fan of pizza and when I found out I had to go vegan and gluten free pizza was one of the hardest things for me to give up. I tried so many alternatives that just weren’t good until I tried the Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza crust! This crust holds together, gets crispy, and doesn’t taste like cardboard!
I usually make my own sauce but feel free to add whatever pizza sauce and toppings you love. There are many cheese alternatives however it isn’t bad with just sauce, veggies, and pine nuts.
There is a gluten free pizza from Trader Joe’s pre-made with a cauliflower crust that is incredible but has cheese so if you aren’t sensitive to dairy that would me my recommendation. It’s delicious!!
The most wonderful time of year filled with sparkle, love, crisp winter nights, cozy cuddles, and the people you care about the most. It’s hard to be sad when you are surrounded by so much joy.
On Christmas Eve I spent the whole day helping my mom bake yummy treats and delicious food! We sang Christmas carols and danced around the kitchen with my two sweet new kittens. On Christmas Eve we always get to open one present and it’s always new Christmas pajamas. My brother, mom, and I drive around to look at all of the amazing Christmas lights that my neighborhood puts up every year before going to bed.
In my family we have so many traditions around the holidays and it doesn’t seem to matter how old we get they always seem exciting. It’s crazy to think how fast time goes though. Seems like just yesterday I was waking up Christmas morning to see what Santa brought me and getting so excited to see he ate the milk and cookies I had left him the night before. All of a sudden I’m 23 years old and wondering where the time went between then and now. It’s a bittersweet feeling.
This time of year will always hold a special place in my heart. It really is about giving and not about receiving. When all you care about is being surrounded by the people you love the most and you don’t even know what you could ask for aside from that; you’re doing it right.
Hope you all had an amazing holiday surrounded by friends, family, good food, and loving pets!