Decor! Light Blue & Pink Floral Decor

Well, what can I say? My winter blues have been long gone and now I’m embracing spring full force. These floral decorations just brighten up anyone’s day specially in light blue and pink. I’ve been seeing it all over and cant help but swoon every time. If a full-blown floral wall decor is too much, just bring it into your home with pillows, wall art, throws, or even plates!

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Wear! Colorful Wool Coats

Lately I’ve been having winter weather cravings, as you can tell from last week’s decor post. Well I’m afraid it has transferred into my fashion inspiration and can’t get enough of colorful wool coats, specially in mustard or bright red-orange colors! Argh, I’m so upset I can’t wear them in this weather but will be sure to lust after it for the moment.

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Decorate! Warm Wooden Decor

Even though now I’m living in the wonderful tropical paradise, sometimes I miss New Hampshire’s cold weather. I lived there for about 6 months right after college, during winter and spring. I miss cuddling up with a warm cup of tea or cocoa and seeking refuge inside a warm wooden home. It is something you don’t get to experience fully in Panama, actually it is the other way around. At the moment it is really hot outside and cold inside from the cranked up Ac’s. Just not as rewarding, although I wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Drink! Watermelon Juice

I have no clue why I had never tried doing this before. Every time there’s watermelon at my house, we cut it in chunks and eat it. This time around I looked at it and thought, “You know what? I going to juice it.” Just one big issue, I don’t have a juicer so I had to remove the seeds one by one. I was up for the challenge either way because I knew I would be worth it. Remember that watermelon is one of the richest sources of citrulline, a nonessential amino acid and antioxidant. In the body, citrulline is converted into arginine, which has a key role in cell division, wound healing, healthy blood flow, and the removal of ammonia from the body.

You’ll need:

1/2 watermelon – cut in chunks and seeded
1/4 cup water
Blender
Wire strainer – optional

Blend everything together until smooth. I did the extra step of straining the juice to remove any hint of seeds that might have escaped. With a spoon push the juice and pulp through the strainer until only the pieces of seeds remain on top. You can sweeten the juice with sugar, honey or agave syrup if you prefer, mine was sweet enough by itself. Serve cold or with ice.

Little note: I guess many of you are asking, “but why didn’t she buy seedless watermelon?”. There has been a lot of debate if seedless watermelons are GMOs or hybrids. Seedless watermelons are in fact hybrids, that have been grown since the middle of the 20th century. Breeders match the pollen from a diploid plant, that contains 22 chromosomes per cell, and the flower of a tetraploid plant, which contains 44 chromosomes per cell. The resulting watermelon is a triploid, which has 33 chromosomes and is incapable of producing seeds. In any case, I rather eat something the way it was supposed to be, with seeds.

The Green Life! Closet Cleanse

I try to clean out my closet every 6 months, a habit I’ve been able to follow. Even thought I might not be buying new clothes, there are still some pieces that I don’t use at all or as often and someone else could give it better use. If there are any pieces that you think is too out-there to give to charity, such as a sequin skirt, you can have a swap party with your friends and maybe score one or two pieces from your friends :)

Make 4 piles and categorize your clothes, shoes and jewelry:

    Charity: Basic pieces that are in good state and can be worn many times but you just don’t use as much anymore

    Swap party: Out of the ordinary pieces that are in good state but don’t use all the time

    Fix: Pieces that you’ll keep wearing but have small imperfections or needs to be taken in or fixed.

    Throw away: Clothes in bad state, can’t be worn or given to charity. You could cut these up and use as rags to clean around the house.

Now with the pieces that you have left over, lets organize the closet. I keep my closet organized by categorizing my pieces into occasions of use, type of clothing and then subcategorize by color. I know it sounds really tiring but once you do it, it is easy to keep up. I’m super lazy when it comes to cleaning up and organizing so you have no excuses!

CASUAL / EVERYDAY ITEMS:
Outerwear and layers: jackets, blazers, cardigans / Casual dresses (including long and short) / Pants / Skirts / Tank tops / Nice T-shirts / Shirts (long and short sleeves)

DRESSY:
Blouses and tops / Dresses / Pants

FOLDED:
Underwear / Pajamas / Beachwear / Jeans / Shorts / Loungewear / Old T-shirts / Socks / Knitted items (I don’t have many though)

There are many things that you can do and how you can organize your closet. Depending mainly on your budget and space you have available. For example, instead of hanging jeans I like to fold them and store them in a drawer. I do this with shorts and loungewear clothes as well. The hanging area in my closet is treated as prime space, so I just have the items that I use most or items that I don’t want to store away never to be found or used again. Another thing I do is keep my casual items in the center of the closet and give it the most space, these are the clothes that I use the most and have the most of.

Wooden hangers are the most beautiful and if you have a chance of buying it right of the bat, go for it but purchase the bamboo kind. Bamboo is a renewable resource and it is actually a type of grass, not wood. This means it grows faster (it can grow at a rate of 39″ or 100 cm per day depending on the soil) than a tree that could take decades to grow.

I have wire hangers, lots of them and I hate them. But don’t feel like switching to bamboo ones until I know exactly what I’ll be doing with my older hangers. It is wasteful to buy them when you have perfectly functional ones at the moment. I might give them to someone else or charity or maybe make a DIY project…

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Cook! Healthy 2013: Chicken Veggie Curry

This is my go-to recipe when I want to eat something hearty and spicy. I decided to make it extra healthy and add a lot more veggies than I usually do as well going a bit out there and adding non-traditional curry vegetables such as broccoli and bean sprouts. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

You’ll need:

2 lb. chicken – cubed
2 carrots – diced
1 onion – diced
2 celery sticks – diced
1 large brocoli head – diced
2 handfuls bean sprouts
1 lt. (4 cups) water
Salt & pepper
1 Tbsp. oil
2 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. curry powder
Red pepper flakes

On a large pot, sauté the chicken cubes with a bit of oil until golden brown all around. Add half the onions, celery and carrots; cook until softened. Add 4 cups of water, 1/2 tsp of salt and a pinch of pepper, let it simmer at medium heat for around 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Reserve the broth with the veggies and separate the chicken.

On the same empty pot, melt the butter and add the flour to form a roux, a yellow paste. Add curry powder, the 3 cups of reserved broth with veggies and the chicken. When the broth thickens, add the broccoli to cook it just a bit. Turn off the heat and add the rest of the onions, celery, carrots and bean sprouts. Salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle red pepper flakes for added heat. Serve by itself or on top of fluffy rice.