Magic in Marrakech

Magic in Marrakech

Magic in Marrakech by cmalone628

I entered this set into a contest for Ugg Australia on Polyvore. Hope you like it!

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February

Whooaahhh!!! Time is going by so quickly! I can’t believe that February is almost over. I am ready for March, though! Lots of good things are lining up. 🙂

What have I been up to lately? Last I wrote here I was filling out my 2013 Planner, and I have been busy ever since trying to get my Dreams going and my goals met.

I set out at the beginning of 2013 with the plan to make at least 14 new meals, and I am proud to say I have made 4 so far! First I made the Meatloaf, a basic recipe, but it was really yummy! Comfort Food, although, I haven’t made it since. Next was the crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken Chile, which was ok the first time, but the SECOND time, I added a serrano or two and it was much tastier with the kick. My third recipe was Chile Verde con Pollo, made as taught to me by V and Slim, who are always treating me to homemade Mexican food.

I have the Best Teachers!

I have the Best Teachers!


It came out pretty well! I will probably be making this a couple times a month until The End of Time.

Last night I made a really good Mexican Shepherd’s Pie. It was basically ground beef, corn, salsa, refried black beans, cheese, sour cream, and spices underneath a cornbread crust. That ALSO came out pretty well. In fact, I am heating the last of the leftovers in the oven right now! I think what’s unique about this recipe is that it has cumin, cinnamon, and called for allspice, but I didn’t have any. I just like using spices in new ways, and this was definitely flavorful in that comforting, cozy way. A good introduction to use of Spice!

You may have noticed that my taste preference lands in the Mexican Food Zone of Comfort.
I blame my SoCal upbringing! In looking for recipes, this was sort of brought to my attention, because so much of what I was drawn to was Mexican food, and things that have so many of the same ingredients: rice, beans, cheese, meat, sour cream! Maybe some new twist or a particular combination I had never considered before, but nothing too drastically different from “what I always eat”. So in Spirit with this sweet image:
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I am hoping my next recipe will be something a little more daring. I have a couple of ideas, but I am not ready to share just yet. 🙂

I also finally finished my Word of the Year project! Here is the finished piece, it hangs above the entry to our Home:
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THRIVE is my Word of 2013! I chose THRIVE because I am so ready to keeping growing and growing into myself, I am SO excited to watch C Grow and Thrive in her World, and I am excited to create a garden space in which my plants will also THRIVE! So far, I still feel like I am an itty bitty seed, but I know as the year moves forward, if I keep my eyes set forward, I will Thrive and see a Life I had never imagined before. It feels good.
**ALSO, there is a group of people who have started the Thrive Movement and I really resonate with their mission. Check them out here.

Anyway, that is all for me today. Just wanted to check in and share! XoxoX


The Next F-ing Betty Crocker

Hello and greetings from frigid Santa Barbara! I don’t know how many times I’ll be able exclaim such a thing, so I best do it now. Winter is upon us, and it is CHILLY out there! hmm…well, it is to me. I was just about to post some stats from Weather Channel, but it says that yesterday’s low was 45 deg. Not quite as dramatic as I was hoping for, as I know much of the country experiences WAY harsher weather during winter months, but you know, for us here in SB it is a wild change. I Love it. I like to be shocked by the weather and experience new climates, even if it means being coooolllddd (which I typically dislike). It makes things interesting.

We’re not quite two weeks into the New Year, but it seems like Christmas was AGES ago! I’ve been working through my Incredible Year Planner, battled a cold, fending off the flu and caring for my bedridden partner who caught it, hanging out with the best BunnaRoo in the world, and back at the job full throttle. I’ve also made 2 of the 14 new recipes that are a major part of my Goals for 2013. One was a delicious Broccoli Cheddar Soup that I made from a recipe found on Pinterest, but I didn’t take any pictures of the process. I think my iPod died in the midst of the creation. But it was super yummy and nourishing. I can’t wait to try it again and add more veggies!

I also made a meatloaf with a recipe from AllRecipes.com. It was really basic and easy to make, I threw it together in maybe 10 minutes and then went on with my night while it baked for an hour. I did manage a photo:

Just out o' the oven!

Just out o’ the oven!


I know this doesn’t really make me the next F-ing Betty Crocker (well,you never know!), but it feels good to make yummy food that fills our tummies! I’m hopeful in the coming weeks as I get my grocery budget going I can afford to be a little more adventurous with the menu. I am REALLY excited, actually. I’ve been dreaming & pinning recipes for some time now. 🙂

As mentioned, I’ve also been working through my 2013 Incredible Year Workbook: outlining my Vision, setting goals, writing Affirmations to Lift Me Up, and adding to my list of 100 things to do in 2013! I Love my List so far…. I think it’s the best way to set your “goals”, because it doesn’t have to be major things, like “write a bestselling novel” (although that is am AWESOME goal to set!); I have simple, everyday things on mine like “Clean out the car” and “go to the dentist”. I know that it will feel awesome to cross them off the list, and having this list in front of me REMINDS me to get them done this year! The real fun though, is dreaming up things to do that you really WANT to do, like create a garden or learning a martial art. Creating a garden is HUGE on my list; aside from the learning 14 new recipes it is the biggest, and I will be focusing a lot of attention on this area in the coming months planning the garden and prepping seeds and actually planting and tending to the garden! I am excited for all of it.

A Light of Love exclusive! I've Instagrammed other pages of the list, but you get to see this Special one. :)

A Light of Love exclusive! I’ve Instagrammed other pages of the list, but you get to see this Special One. 🙂


So far on my list I have 58 “Things to Do”. Last year I think I only made it to 35, and I didn’t complete all of them. I was going to write a post discussing this but it’s too 2012. I’m moving onward.
Decidely not on the list this year is “Write Blog Posts” although I still obviously am going to be posting (hopefully) a lot! Last year my goal was 52 blog posts, one a week, and I think I did 30 or so in that year. Good enough. This year will be inifinitely better! I have quite a few plans for the blog and my internet presence in general, but it’s all still bouncing around in my head.

Next on the List is completing my Word of the Year project, currently in progress. I am excited to be making this piece bit by bit! I will share when it’s all Beautiful and finished.

If you want to join in on the FUN and order the 2013 Create Your Incredible Year Calendar & Workbook, please order it from ME!!! Right HERE! I am a proud affiliate for Leonie Dawson and her AMAZING Goddess Circle and all of her programs. We’re having a contest right now to sell as many Workbooks as possible and spread the Amazingness! If you feel called to take inventory of your Life and Dream a Gorgeous Future for yourself in 2013, this workbook is a Powerful tool to get you there.

That’s all from me for now. Have a Lovely day, My Friends.
xoxo
Cait


Falling for McQueen

Falling for McQueen
Falling for McQueen by cmalone628
 
Fashion Friday! I am a little obsessed with McQueen rings… every.single.one. is fabulous!
…I thought I was going to make a birthday party set but this is what came out instead. 🙂
Can’t argue with the Inspiration Angels. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Steampunk

Steampunk

Just for fun…trying some new things out.

Steampunk

Coachella 2012! ~ Day To Night ~

Coachella 2012! ~ Day To Night ~
Festival Fashion is all about staying comfortable and standing out in a crowd. For Coachella 2012, go with a simple tank top and shorts during the day, with bikini top during peak sun hours and add a fun, memorable sweatshirt in the cool evening! Don’t forget your comfy shoes: Chuck Taylors will fit right in, or opt for a pair of starry sneaks.
Keep jewelry minimal, you never know what can happen while you are rocking out.
Victoria Beckham’s Butterfly sunglasses are super hot, but if you don’t want to risk losing your $600 pair while crowd surfing, these Metal Brow sunglasses by Unique are also rad.
Water and sunscreen are a must so toss them in to your tote bag and go
Coachella 2012! ~ Day To Night ~

Theory sweatshirt hoody
$50 – fashionablygeek.com

Motel backless shirt
£22 – houseoffraser.co.uk

High waisted shorts
$56 – topshop.com

Converse shoes
£42 – landaustore.co.uk

Forever 21 flat shoes
$11 – forever21.com

A P C shoulder handbag
$575 – lagarconne.com

Mango beaded earrings
£28 – mango.com

Leaf ring
accessorize.com

Victoria beckham sunglasses
$605 – mytheresa.com

Christopher Kane lace shawl
£175 – liberty.co.uk

Topshop plastic sunglasses
$44 – topshop.com

Philosophy sun care
$26 – nordstrom.com


Pretty Peacock

Pretty Peacock
Pretty Peacock