Foodie Friyay: Recipes I’m Trying/Looking forward to this year

So on the back of yesterday’s post, I’m going to share some food I’m wanting to try this year. I hope to share as much of them as I can with you, but I don’t see sharing all those lovely dishes. I have to keep some to myself, right?!

This year I’m focusing on riding my body of anything that helps yeast flourish, due to some health issues I’ve been having the last handful of months in 2018. Please keep that in mind, and I’d love to see your creations of what I share, either now or later on in the year, whether you add something like bread or flour pasta to it or not.

To start off, I’m going to start by sharing the fact that I want to change my drinking habits. Like this whole process, I’ve kind of already started, and it’ll be gradual, to my body’s detoxing process. I’m significantly reducing alcohol intake, and that’s going to be more of a drastic change than gradually. Sodas I’m going to be limiting down to being very occasional, like the alcohol, and going for more teas and infused waters, and smoothies come summer time.

I’ll have a running list on Pinterest, which will be added to throughout the year, as I find and want to try new things, and search recipes. Be sure to follow it and share your creations of what I save!

When I was starting to plan out this month’s food plan, I asked babe what he wanted to try more of. He kind of made me look twice by saying more Oriental foods, because he wants to feel better and loose some weight, like I do, and most of the traditional oriental foods help keep things in balance, and keep their people petite.

Some of the first things I’m trying, that is (not so taste wise, but cooking specialty) out of my usual range, is miso soup, some Indian chicken dishes like butter chicken, tomato-cilantro chicken, and a mild (but not coconut based) curry dish.

Since I’ve gotten babe into more spicy dishes (well, he can handle more heat than when I first met him), let alone more cultured foods (he eats mushrooms and spinach now!), this year will be so much fun, food wise for us, and cooking wise for me.

I’ll be making more fish tacos (because taco Tuesdays is a thing, plus those good ol’ fatty acids that fish provide for us ladies), let alone just regular fish and veggie dishes.

During the colder months, I want to keep doing warm dishes, and make a batch of something in our crock pot or Instapot (we have both, the later thanks to my dad), for work days. I want to make a few soups, turkey chili, a Chinese Beef Stew, and some actual ramen of course!

Come summer months, I want to do more salads and cooler fish dishes, like sushi and sashimi. Other than smoothies, what are some other healthy (non-bread or sugar based!) foods that you like to make? I’ll always take some ideas!

What are some dishes you’re wanting to try this year? Let me know that too!


Travel Thursdays: Where to Travel/Gain Inspo

While watching the Paleo Way on Netflix (they only have season 2 on there right now, but that’s good enough), this is what started some of my interest in places I’d love to visit sometime in my life. I also have the wanderlust while watching Salt, Acid, Fat, Heat that’s also on Netflix (thank’s dad!).

Most people I see, who travel, usually want to go tourist-y, more to the main places, that aren’t usually food. Yet we can’t survive without food, so usually you land up eating sometime each day on your travels. It seems to me that not many people focus on local foods, but that’s how I’d travel, if I could. Sure the churches, the museums or other attractions would be lovely, but trying new food, and meeting the locals through local food, I find makes it all the more memorable.

Think of this, as you plan your travels this year, or over the next while, if you’re like me, and have to save and wait a good while to travel.

Going back to the show I’ve been watching, the Paleo Way, I got inspiration to go to the rain forest area of Queensland, Australia. I also got inspiration to go down a few states from where I live here in the States, to a farm. It’s a holistic farm, that looks like a very neat place to visit, and I think it’d be a great place to search for the restaurants that they supply their animals to.

One place I’d love to go for more family history reasons, is Japan. I’d love to go to Tokyo, but I’d more inclined to go more rural. Is that a surprise though, with what all I just said? haha!

Another long-out dream I have is to ride the Trans-Mongolian Railway, which is similar to the Trans-Siberian Railway. The main difference is what countries you visit throughout the trip. Here’s a website that offers both!

I’d love to visit the Mediterranean region as well. Can you tell I have no set region to visit yet? Most of this is in my dream life, probably in my older years.

Where would you like to travel in your future, near or far? I’d love to know!

Wine Wednesdays: What to Watch 2019

After the heavier posts (although fun as heck!) I’ve written the past few days, I feel like something easy and fun is in order. I hope as well, that you’ll be able to reference this post later on as well, when you need a moment to see what you forgot you wanted to watch!

As you would guess by the title, this is all about what’s coming out this year! Ill break it down by categories, from Movies, standard TV, and Netflix/Hulu/Prime type (exclusives).

Piur yourself a glass, and get ready to make lists!

Let’s start with Movies of 2019:

There are so many live actions coming out this year, from my childhood, and I’m assuming for a lot of yours! If you haven’t watched the original animated versions of them, GO WATCH THEM!!!!

Here’s this year’s animated films:
Lion King

Kids films:
Frozen 2
Lego Movie 2
Toy Story 4
Godzilla: King of the Monsters

More adult films (no not that kind!):
Avengers: End Game
Captain America
IT Chapter 2
John Wick 3
Men in Black: International

Let’s get into TV shall we? This will be stuff more on cable TV, and not readily available (at least new seasons) for those of us who pulled the plug on TV.

I’m most excited for Game of Thrones season 8 to come out. Grant it, babe and I are only on season 6, but we’ll binge watch it here soon.

Here’s some others:
Big Little Lies (HBO)
True Detective (HBO)
Veep (HBO)
Watchmen (HBO)
Fargo (FX)
Homeland (Showtime)
Peaky Blinders (BBC)
Liar (ITV)

Now, for the streaming services’ part. I’ll disclose what platform they’re on, and if they’re movie or show.

The Crown (Netflix, show)
Mindhunter (Netflix, show)
Stranger Things (Netflix, show)
Conversations with a Killer: Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix, show)
Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix, show)
Lionheart (Netflix, movie)
Girl (Netflix, movie)

12 Days of Christmas: 2019 Plans and Goals

Oh boy, are you ready for 2019? I know I am! Especially since it’s now post-Christmas. If you need some last minute inspo for 2019, here’s your chance! From category goals, bucket list, to vibes (including music playlist!), this post has it all!

One of the easiest things you can do, is to set your vibes for the new year, regardless if it’s the actual new year, or if it’s YOUR new year (birthday). Mine is adding 5 too many playlists for each year. I start getting ideas early, based off those artists who release that year, and adding it to a hodge podge playlist, and things that still vibe with me (even older songs from the artists I love), and at the end of the year, I finalize a playlist. I’ll edit or update mid-year or before. If I’m taking a trip, like summer of 2018’s CA trip, I’ll make a trip playlist for that. I have a loose plan (as of writing this) of visiting family again, come fall 2019, so that’ll ensue a playlist, once it’s finalized.

I know a lot of us can’t afford big vacations (myself included….don’t think all the finances are one me….I’m SO grateful for my travels, and not financing it all, since I’m still a retail worker and working my budget out, let alone affording something as simple as a staycation in my area). If you can’t afford all those fancy things you see on insta, or your friends’ timeline, try some local things, either on the weekend, or try a weekend getaway. Try new restaurants. My dad and I tried some Mexican place in the late spring of 2017 and we never turned back!

Need ideas for a digital vision board for 2019? Music list for 2019? Click on each for ideas, and a look into mine. vision board is on Pinterest, and Music is on Google Music. Check out the Spotify version here!

I’m also going to share my planning journey on Instagram! So if you want to join this journey, and see if planning will help you, overall, feel free to join our family there! Follow me here for planning!

Let’s get into the nitty gritty shall we?!

Starting past what I’ve shared already, I’m currently using the Artist of Life goal planner, designed exclusively for 2019 from Aileen Xu of Lavendaire. I’ve used this the last 2 years, and was hesitant about updating it for 2019 but did it anyway. I updated my planner, to the Happy Planner (closest concept to mine) vertical BoHo style, instead of my typical of a standard desk one, and a big monthly style for meal planning.

For 2019, I’ve merged a lot to digital, most for econimical reasons, but in some aspects, it’s nice to have that edit-able aspect for meal planning, if something comes up that I need to move a “free day” around. I do like to add a few days each month for free days, as things can be spontaneous.

I LOVE routine and planning, but with those I love, and sometimes want to make time for (plus with sometimes getting free food), I have to mind and add in fluctuating meal plans especially. Prepping for things like blogging and social media isn’t too rough (depending on day really, and where we’re headed).

I currently have 33 things on my 2019 only bucket list. Most of it is the “grow the f*ck up and manage your budget” list, let alone losing some weight. Most of the weight, is more getting some of the sudden chronic issues under control for myself. In an odd way, it may help my man as well.

You’ll see a lot of the plans and updates, either monthly (foodie Friyays, monthly plans, quarterly updates) on our food/weight journey. Personally, I’d love to get myself to a sustainable 125-130 pounds (which won’t be this year…if I am heavier due to muscle weight, I’m okay, but I don’t want to be above 145 on a bad day.). Babe wants to be lesser than his current, but idk his goals, outside “not feeling sluggish” and “not this weight that I’m at now” type.

Trip wise, there’s some tentative plans I have for 2019. My dad and I have some plans, again this year. My grandparents and I are looking forward to more plans, but not near as drastic as this year’s was. All of it is still very loose, but that’s okay!

I’ll share things by the quarter and the month, throughout the year, which will give some suspense, as well as things to sort itself out.

What are some things you are planning for 2019? I’d love to see what you’re planning! And who knows, maybe you’ll inspire me and my plans!

12 Days of Christmas: 2018 In Review

So a few days ago, I shared that I was going to be talking about how to make 2019 the best for me. You should too, by the way! But for me, something I’ve done for the last 3 years (2016-2018 now), is reflect on the year that just passed.

I’ve been keeping journals here and there, as well as setting aside time for goals, and (somewhat) tracking them. I’ve accomplished a lot of them, since I’ve started this process, and I’m so glad that I have.

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing my goals and plans for 2019 (well the major ones), and how I’m able to break them down into bite-sized pieces, so that I don’t have to eat the bear that’s right in front of me.

But, that’s for tomorrow. Today is all about sharing with you, how 2018 went, what I learned, and what I’ll take into 2019, from 2018.

In 2018, I did a lot of things, as noted from the Easter trip with my dad (read here), my California trip, which included a road trip to Yosemite, and through the Sierra Nevada, VidCon (kind of not the hype, tbh), and Disneyland (later 2 solo) (read about it here), and I also got my wisdom teeth out like a champ (read here) and went to my first 2 concerts, who didn’t disappoint (and I kept my first concert as Panic!, my all-time band) (read about that here)

Beyond that, I’ve decluttered my social media (who I follow, what I share, my profile in general [like those “memories” with Ex’s, I purged], plus how I want my profiles to look like, which may help in my future goals, because that *teen angst stage* is much). I’ve edited some out of my music library on my phone. I’m making a 2019 playlist, which I’ll share tomorrow! Music is vibes in a lot of ways.

Past the trips I’ve shared, both in posts, and re-sharing them in this post, I’ve done a handful of things that I’m proud of. I did a handful of my “house goals” for my apartment, that can be taken to when my man and I get a home. I didn’t get some things done, and a lot has developed onto what will be good for both now and later, that I’ll add into 2019, since I do more of the tedious things.Babe always supports me, since most of what I do is rational. Some is just fun or memories, but 99% is reasoned out, or talked through.

I got bathroom rugs for our bathroom, as that and our kitchen is laminated floor, so it can get cold come winter, if mismanaged. I did save a decent bit, but the savings went to debts or household things, that we can take into our future home (assuming good condition. At least we’d be saving on things like heat or cooling with rugs in our bathroom or kitchen, for future needs).

I did get to splurge a bit with my better half for my birthday. My dad and stepmom took me out as well for my 24th birthday. Even though my birthday plans didn’t go all the way through, I still felt loved and appreciated.

The middle of the year was my season, for the most part. Like any season of life, things go wrong, but I learned, and I got memories and experience because of it. The first part was the same way, but in a different matter. I’m grateful for all of it, really.

2018 was meant for exploring, and I explored! I explored things I didn’t plan for, things I did, and things in a different way than I planned on. The universe/mother nature showed what I needed, and alternate routes, and I got everything I needed.

To the tune of Thank U, Next, I’m so grateful for 2018. Now it’s time for 2019 to show me what type of year/season I need.

What did you accomplish in 2018? What are you grateful that happened or fell through in 2018? What goals did you accomplish or grow closer towards this year (paying off that student loan debt/mortgage? Got your vacation planned for next year? Save for a certain vacation? Pay off some debts?)? Let me know! And tomorrow, answer my question for 2019!

12 Days of Christmas: Self Care Saturday

Need to recoup from the holidays? Need a breather before the New Years even? Well look no further honey! I got you babe. This will even be good for even after the Holidays. I’ll do another one like this next Saturday, for more general self care ideas, for regularity versus around the holidays. We all know those 2 things can be different things, although they can overlap. 

So let’s get into the Holiday version of Self Care, shall we?

Personally, I’m still working on my self care routine, but in my mind, I see it as something that will always change, but some base things will always be in my “bag”.

Like most people, the holidays can be stressful. My biggest thing is to find even 1-3 things that are cheap and easy for you to do, that will make you feel good. A $1 face mask (or buying a $5 tub of mask that’ll last you a month or two, depending on how often you do face masks), a $3 hair mask, or a good/luxury body wash.

Showers are everything for me. Sure baths are great, and I SO WISH I had a tub to soak in. Soak once a month even, with even some tealights, a glass of wine, and good music (classical is great for this) or a good read, if you have the luxury of a bathtub. Even add a cheap bath bomb from Walmart, Target, or make your own!

You Stuck on the regular with showers like me? No worries! Your girl got you on this. You can still splurge a bit on body cleaning supplies, like a nice body wash (even if it’s just a scent you like from Walmart/Target or Bath and Body Works), a good candle, or wax melt, or diffuser. After, add the face mask, while towel drying. Run some good music, like in the bath, more classical or non lyrical.

The best thing during the holidays, is after the events for the day are done, and you can clean the stress away. It’s odd in a way, but in the same sense, if you mentally visualize the stress going away with the running of the shower on your body, or the melting of it on your bath soaked body, and letting it all go down the drain, it helps.

If you’re short on time, just run your diffuser, wash your face, throw in some dry shampoo and an overnight hair mask, and thrown on a 5 minute face mask, with some good vibe jams.

That little bit of time between Christmas and NYE, make a point to make time about you, or just you and your partner. It can be pizza and Netflix/your favorite shows/reruns. Or do something cute, locally. Do something for you/you and your partner. Make sure to keep in touch with your partner as much as you are with your family/friend/company holiday time.

For additional tips, both holiday and general:
Feel free to say no to some things, and suggest others
Take your time on exploring, while out with family/in laws
Take time for you, even without your partner.
Make memories, not conflict. Go with the flow, and sometimes you can go do something, but tap out early.

Check out next Saturday’s post for more “It’s not holiday season” self care tips, including some I’m wanting to do/implement!

12 Days of Christmas: Creative New Year’s Activities

If you’re at a loss for what to do with your family, friends, or those who are just coming over for New Year’s, or what things you can bring into the good ol’ New Years (themes, projects, family/group/partner activities, and beyond), look no further!

Some ideas are super simple, others are more diverse and party themed. I have things separated for those who have families with kids of various ages, to the singe guy or gal who is riding it solo into 2019.

If you have kids that aren’t going to be staying up until the clock switches from Dec 31st to Jan 1, but you’ll be waking them up, I advise setting things up before that bottle opens herself up, to relieve anxiety and make things easier for your future self.

If you have little ones, I suggest that you go and see your town’s Christmas tree tear down. It may vary from town to town, on when it is, but I can tell you it might be worth it!

There might be a place that is kid friendly, that you can watch the big ball countdown and drop on New Year’s. If you don’t have kids, I’m sure a bar might have it on the screen. Just make sure you have a DD though!

Some good ideas to pass the time (and may keep the kids awake!) would be to play family games, even if you’re not with the kids. Games have a large option to them, and it’s fun regardless if there’s little ones around or not.

Another option is to bake or cook food. This can include the kids, and you can even make adult versions of the food! Make all of those last minute cookies, so that going into the new year, you’ll both be purged of the cookies, and you get a very last minute indulgence.

A great idea, especially when there’s a crowd, is to throw on some music and dance. Just mind where you are, so you don’t break that new TV you got!

What are some of your traditions for new years? Let me know down below!