Monday, July 23, 2012

5 Things I Learned this Weekend...

1. How to redistribute my mental energy "so there is even attention everywhere in my body." Thank you very much to my yoga Sensei Elena Brower. Namaste, Namaste, Namaste.


Source: google.com.au via Anita on Pinterest

2. How to say surf in Espanol: Surf. Or sometimes surfear = to surf. As in, "Me gusta Surf."


3. How to make Biscoff Toffee Ice Cream Cake. Biscoff aka Cookie Butter (for us Trader Joe's shoppers) is one of my favorite indulgences. Yes, that's right. And sometimes straight out of the jar. Though this recipe is far more classy.

4. The difference between alright and all right. Thank you Grammar Girl, you continue to help me improve my mastery (ha ha) of the English language. All right!


5. That huskies will forever and always be my favorite dog. Even if they shed. A lot.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Simply Write...and repeat.

Lesson 1.
Lesson 2. Edit
Lesson 3. Make sure you've fallen in love with your own words.
Lesson 4. Don't be afraid to get your heart broken.
Lesson 5. Return to the page.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pizza Margherita

                     
Source: amazon.com via Julie on Pinterest


I'm of the mind that Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love requires no introduction. On my shelf it is a classic. I can and do wax poetic about it...dinner this evening, on a balmy summer night made me think of Italy. Instead of reminiscing about my own slices of pizza, quite a few, while in Italia I think of this passage:

“So Sofie and I have come to Pizzeria da Michele, and these pies we have just ordered–one for each of us–are making us lose our minds. I love my pizza so much, in fact that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return….Holy of holies! Thin, doughy, strong, gummy, yummy, chewy, salty pizza paradise. On top, there is a sweet tomato sauce that foams up all bubbly and creamy when it melts the fresh buffalo mozzarella, and the one sprig of basil in the middle of the whole deal somehow infuses the entire pizza with herbal radiance, much the same way one shimmering movie star in the middle of the party brings a contact of high glamour to everyone around her.”



And then there is this slice of wisdom: “In a world of disorder and disaster and fraud, sometimes only beauty can be trusted.…And sometimes the meal is the only currency that is real."       
 --Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Such gems.




Such utter deliciousness.
And even more so as my family kneaded, rolled and prepared it together.






Thursday, July 12, 2012

Surfing Books and More for Girls

Long before my daughters counted their surf hero as Bethany Hamilton, they were keen to hop on a board and ride a wave. After much begging, pleading and pop-up practice, we got them in the water and they've proven that it is more than a passing fad. During times when hitting the beach isn't viable, they pour over books, studying technique, reading stories and tips on how to get the most out of each wave.



Above are several books read, reviewed and enjoyed by my surfer girls:
The Girl's Guide to Surfing by Andrea McCloud - This one is straightforward and comprehensive with an underlying sense of humor which I appreciate. There are also inspiring and humble quotes by top female surfers reminding our girls that while they can aspire to greatness, so much is dependent on waves and weather.

Surf Diva by Isabelle "Izzy" Tihanyi and Caroline "Coco" Tihanyi - This one is for the older girl...upon reading there is material in here for older teens and gals in their early twenties...see below!

Surf's Up: The Girl's Guide to Surfing by Louise Southerden - My daughter's favorite- this one has everything you need to know from the time you hit the sand 'til you stand and ride a wave. If the cover is any indication (note the look of pure happiness!) There are many photos, a history of surfing and pretty much everything you need or want to know.



And for the younger siblings who want to get in on the sand and sea action:

Tiptoe Guide to Catching Mermaids - written by Ammi-Joan Paquette

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids - Ammi-Joan Paquette

*This is the favorite, although it is not strictly about surfing, it is a whimsical combination of photography and beautiful drawings that practically brings alive the magic of the ocean.

Pig Kahuna - Jennifer Sattler

The little piggies are so sweet and the story is about overcoming fear, a must if you want to surf the big ones.

Surfer Chick - Kristy Dempsey

We love chickens (have some) and laugh out loud imagining them or any of our other furry menagerie on a board.

Olivia Learns to Surf - Diana Michaels

When my girls were younger they loved Olivia (another little piggie) and the artistry combined with the story of a playful grandmother make this a fun and quick read for kiddos.

Illustrated by Marie LeTourneu


For older girls (mid to late teens) the books listed first would be suitable, but there are a few other resources they may find helpful, informative and stokifying (I'm totally sure that version of the word has been used in certain circles.)



The Big Book of Surfing by Michael Fordham

Movies:

Endless Summer (the original and Number II!)
Step into Liquid Huge waves- livin' loud.

Beautiful Wave - Strictly for older gals with it's PG-13 rating
Blue Crush - Ditto above
Soul Surfer - By far one of my most favorite and inspiring movies. It is all around a beautiful story.

Surf Like a Girl website, blog and book!
Surf Girl website, music, vids and much more!


Happy Surfing!!!



Tuesday, July 3, 2012



Cruelty free, fashionable and fantastic is what I learned when I interviewed Rebecca Mink for Minted Magazine...click here to read the article.