I’ve been back at work for 3 weeks now, and am still trying to figure out this new blogging/full time job balance. I’m accomplishing the work part, but my exercise schedule has taken a hit. Not a good trade off!
The good news is my yoga studio is having an anniversary sale, with 6 month memberships at a big discount! If you’re in Kuala Lumpur, check out MYoga. It’s actually much more than a yoga studio, offering pilates, spinning, cardio kick boxing, belly dancing, and strength training classes as well. I never get bored! Having a membership I’ve paid for definitely encourages me to go often, and I usually let a couple weeks pass between the months I pay for, to save money. Now there will be no excuses!
I’ve been channeling fall in my kitchen. I do know I won’t actually get “fall” here in Malaysia, but that doesn’t mean my dinner plate has to know. I have hazelnuts roasting in my oven for a new gluten free dessert, and apples cooking down in my crockpot for a recipe I’ve been waiting for a while to try. Hopefully I get to share both of those soon!
I’ve talked before about how much I love Good Earth tea, but I have to share an iced tea “recipe” with you, because I’ve been loving it so much lately. I’ve been taking 1 herbal Good Earth (original) tea bag, and 1 sencha green tea bag, and steeping them in 1 mug of hot water. I let it cool for 5-10 minutes, then pour it over a glass of ice with a slice of lemon or orange. It’s so refreshing, and sweet, without any sweetener or sugar of any kind. It’s calorie free, and — bonus — the green tea gives your metabolism a boost.
I’ve been drinking a cup in the morning instead of coffee a lot lately (because I like to grab a coffee on my lunch break), and I love reading the inspiring quotes on the labels. It’s like cracking open a fortune cookie (except the quotes are more inspirational)!
I bought these gerbera daisies for my desk at work (they look like sunshine, don’t they?!). They are my favorite flower, and they remind me of my mom because she often bought me them for my birthday . . . back when I didn’t live 8,000 miles away from home.
- I’m apparently not the only one ready for fall flavors. This French Toast with Pear and Mascarpone from Pinch of Yum has all sorts of yummy fall flavors. I recently fell in love with creamy mascarpone, and am thinking a protein pancake with those toppings would make an amazing breakfast.
- These eggplant pizzas have been on my “must try” list for too long. Olena at iFOODreal makes them look so good, I went out and bought some eggplant. A great, quick dinner for the work week!
- A (literally & figuratively) sweet way to eat your eggs- as paleo “oatmeal.” Love this idea!
- Apparently I have tomatoes and eggplant on the brain- another way to enjoy two of my favorite vegetables!
- Great ideas for workout motivation from Caity at Moi Contre La Vie.
- I’ve always known yoga was much more than a physical exercise. It’s improved my body awareness, my balance, my focus, as well as improving my flexibility and strength. Now, a new study is showing it improves mental focus and memory! And since I’m one of those people who regularly lose their car keys, and forget what I’m doing walking from one room to the next, it’s even more motivation to use that membership I just bought.
- Love these crafty girls at A Beautiful Mess. I can’t wait to live in the States again some day and actually get to try some of these ideas. It’s just not that easy to come by these supplies in Malaysia, and also not that practical in a condo 🙁
- This Ted Talk hit home with me. Our health care system is failing us if it focuses on “sick care” rather than keeping us healthy to begin with. Rebecca Onie speaks about her vision (including some pretty specific ways to make it work) to radically change healthcare to address very real needs before they cause illness. It makes SO. MUCH. SENSE. I always say I don’t mind my large grocery bill because I know healthy food is cheaper than medical bills in the long run, and what she talks about is the same idea. Invest now, save later. It’s not just about the money, but why can’t insurance companies (and our government) see this logic? Watch — and leave your comments below if you agree!
- Loving the SITS Girls Saturday share fests. A great way to connect with other bloggers!
- If you’re a mother, or a daughter, you’ll enjoy reading this! A heartwarming list of things a mom wants her daughter to know by the time she’s 30.