GeneralRecipe: Healthy Almost-Vegan Pancakes

Not a Saturday morning goes by where I don’t start craving pancakes! Warm and straight off the griddle, it would take one strong will to say no to a giant stack of pancakes. 

But why should anyone have to say “no,” especially when pancakes can be a healthy, wholesome snack? I’m not a vegan, but I love this recipe that substitutes a little fruit and nut butter for eggs and oil. The result is one dense and delicious pancake.*Note pancake mixed used is not vegan. 
Here’s what I’ve been whipping up lately:
   Serves 2-3 people (depending on how hungry everyone is).
 *Mash up one ripe, medium sized banana in mixing bowl.
 *Add two heaping spoonfuls of organic creamy peanut or almond butter.
 *Mix with fork to make a smooth paste.
 *Add two cups of Trader Joe’s Multigrain Pancake Mix (fiberlicious!)
 *Add one cup So Delicious Coconut Milk (I use vanilla) *Note: Soy, almond, or other milk substitutes can be used if desired.
 *Stir until smooth.
 *Pour 1/4 cup mix on hot griddle to form each pancake.
 *Work some magic with your spatula and talent for timing!
 *Serve hot with Trader Joe’s Organic Maple Agave Syrup Blend (I shop at TJ’s a lot…)
 *Enjoy, rub your tummy, and say “yum!”

NewsNeed a Little “Apartment Therapy?”

Whose apartment or home doesn’t need a little feng shui makeover every now and again? In my case, stuff was taking over my tiny living space and my life.

Knick knacks, old letters, and clothes I never wore any more. All had to go, except for the books.

I have a sentimental attachment to books, and I’m never able to part with my favorites – of which there are many. And then there’s my college text books, which I MAY need one day…for something I’m sure. Some grammar debate that can only be solved by my Introduction to English Grammar, Volume 1, or something along those lines.

With a limited number of shelving space and growing frustration, a good friend directed me to this great little post from a site called Apartment Therapy. This website is chock-full of ideas for apartment dwellers, seeking to add organization and beauty to their living space. 

I love the pictures featured here, filled with clever ways to stack your books, with or without the help of a bookshelf. I love the books stacked in the fireplace (top), but I’m pretty sure if I had an awesome fireplace like that, I’d use it for making cozy fires instead. :)

So check out the site. It’s really amazing, with many creative ideas we could all learn from. You guys have any tips for making the most out of a small space?

Photos from post: Roundup: Books on the Floor by Jessica Tata

BeautyLove This Look: Fishtail Braid

Braids are much loved for their style, simplicity and cuteness.
Fishtail braids are definitely increasing in popularity this summer, and how could they not? With stars like Diane Kruger rockin’ the fishtail plait at the Cannes Film Festival, it’s easy to see what’s so graceful and appealing about this look.
As far as achieving this look goes, it’s pretty easy. Sorta like a french braid, but the hair is sectioned and transfered a bit differently. It works best for long hair, and short layers can be tricky to work in.
For a visual refrence, I love this video from Pixiwoo for her “English Rose Hair Tutorial.” She makes her braid off to the side and pins it up for a darling effect. The bow headband she puts on at the end is the cherry on top!
Now to grow my hair out just a couple inches longer… 
Photo above found via Elle Magazine

NewsHow They Do It: Latte Art

 It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of coffee, coffee, coffee! At least once a week, I’ll treat myself to a latte from our local coffee house, The Naked Lounge. They make the most amazing drinks, and I’m always dazzled by the gorgeous art work for each cup (one of my favorites is pictured above). Curious, I searched around on youtube and found this great little video. Now I’m really inspired to try it myself, especially with the chocolate sauce, yum!  Any baristas out there who know more about coffee art?

BeautySummer Hair Savers!

I don’t know about you, but summer is my lazy time, especially when it comes to hairstyling
Blow drying is very happily put off, and a curling iron just seems too hot to handle in 90+ temperatures.
So I say: ‘Tis the season to keep things light and simple. And why not? You’re hopefully going to dive into the nearest body of water to cool off anyway.
That being said, we like to keep our locks somewhat tame and in place. Here a couple of my favorite summer hair savers to keep you looking good with half the work. 
1. Spin Pins by Goody Simple Styles.
If you’ve read my post on the Simple Chignon but wasn’t sure how to make it work, then look no further than the spin pin. This pair of simple, corkscrew-shaped pins claims it can do the work of 20 bobby pins when creating the perfect “undone bun.” Curious, I went to my local Target and picked up a box. Now the spin pin is my new best friend. I have layers in my hair, so supplemental bobby pins are still needed, but nothing like the amount I used before! I especially love having the spin pin for summer, when the messy bun is my easy, no fuss styling option.
2. Moroccan Oil
I first discovered Moroccan Oil at the salon where I usually get my hair done. The stylist used a quarter-sized amount on my wet hair and blow dried it to silky perfection. After that, it didn’t take much convincing to get me to buy a bottle of my own. Even if I’m not planning on blow drying my hair, just a tiny amount after a shower will combat frizz and keep my hair silky smooth. This is especially good for summer when hair is prone to sun damage and humidity. It’s a bit expensive, but just a dab will do ‘ya, and one bottle will last a long time!
3. Dry Shampoo
I have very fine, thin hair which tends to look greasy and lifeless rather easily. A little dose of dry shampoo will add the bounce back, soak up those oils and give you that fresh, I-actually-did-something-to-my-hair feeling! The dry shampoo pictured above is from a great company called Hair Fix. I haven’t tried it personally yet, but I’ve featured it because it has different powders for different hair colors, yay! Most dry shampoos I find in the stores spray on white, which makes red, black or brunette hair look almost grey until it completely absorbs. Don’t forget: if you’re in a pinch, gold old fashioned baby power will do the trick!

Top photo found via My Vintage Vogue