Photography by Jacquelyn Clark.

We’ve added a bit of grain and dairy back into our daily diet, adopting a modified Paleo diet. I just wasn’t getting enough quality calories, and found myself craving (and unable to resist) processed foods when at a friend’s house for dinner or eating out. Breakfast is always bacon and eggs, dinner is always a grilled meat with steamed or grilled vegetable. Lunch however was a daily toss up. So we added bread and cheese, both of high quality, and the cravings have disappeared, as well as the urge to binge indulge.

I can definitely tell a surge in insulin about 30 minutes after eating lunch. About an hour afterwards, I’ll start getting a little shaky. For that reason, and if we’re unable to maintain our weight, I’m not sure I’ll continue eating bread, instead switching to a higher quality pasta or oats for my daily serving of grain.

What does that have to do with Barley Risotto with Shrimp, Peas, and Parmesan? Nothing really. It’s just nice to see this gorgeous photo and recipe and know that I can actually have it at some point.


Creative Word Art


Images via Design Sponge.

I love walking into a home that uses words creatively. This Humboldt Park apartment is the perfect example of that philosophy. No trendy slogans to be found, just original word art that you won’t find just anywhere. Click the link above to see sources for all the beautiful word art.


Casas del Sol

Photography via Casas del Sol.

Fresh on the heels of Monday’s feature of the Hanging Gardens resort in Bali, today we have a luxury resort in Thailand to satisfy your wanderlust. The lovely Casas del Sol is located on the island of Koh Tao, Thailand. It’s been featured in Conde Naste Traveler, and rooms are roughly $250 per night before taxes and cleaning fees. Not too shabby for these amazing views!




Dream Catchers

Photography by A Beautiful Mess.

Found via Food Coma, these crocheted dream catchers are such a beautiful version of a traditional craft. Click both links to see more images and instructions.


Nail Tutorial Mashup

Neon Nails via Ashley Madekwe of Ring my Bell.

Let’s talk nails. Specifically, how the online world has EXPLODED with really creative tutorials and ideas. It’s the definition of why I love online communities. You aren’t limited to the knowledge of the girls you know in person. Instead, you have access to the wonderful ideas via Pinterest and The Beauty Department’s Mani Monday. Without further adieu, here are a few of my favorite nail polish tutorials and manicures I’ve seen online.


DIY Nail Stickers and Plaid Nail Tutorial via The Beauty Department.

Moustache Nail Tutorial via Ladyblitz.

Half Moon Polka Dot Manicure by Goose’s Glitter.

Rainbow Nail Polish Manicure via The Dainty Squid.

Marbled Nail Tutorial via Hey! Nice Nails.

Polka-Dotted Nails and Watercolor Floral Tutorials via The Beauty Department.

Inverted Traingle Tutorial via The Daily Squid.

Ombre Stain Manicure via The Beauty Department.

Rainbow and Clouds Manicure via Pshiiit.