Archive for January, 2014


FRIDAY!

It’s the weekend and I have just a few things to share with you.

After years of uploading photos from my phone onto the computer, never to really be seen again, I finally downloaded the Social Print Studio app.  It was beyond easy.  Simply select the size you want, the photos you want and one week later, they arrive at your door.  I ordered 24 prints for $12 and can finally say we have photos around the house again without having to open iPhoto for the kids.  They also make photo books for those family vacations that you capture on your phone.  It is my new favorite app and I will no longer let my photos fall into my computer black hole.

Another discovery this week were these faux leather shorts from Club Monaco.

I have been on the hunt for a great pair of faux leather shorts for a while and every pair I have tried on, I just haven’t loved.  These ended up being the perfect fit, perfect length and great price. I put them right to use Wednesday night at the Pink concert.


Speaking of the Pink concert, she was beyond.  I have always been a huge Pink fan but seeing her perform took my love of her to a new level.  She was insane.  If you ever get the chance to see her in concert, I highly recommend it.

We are headed into a busy busy weekend of baseball, basketball, soccer, some birthday parties and of course, sleep….we hope.  

Happy weekend.
  

I understand that many are sick and tired of all the cold they have been experiencing and I have no reason to complain about ANYTHING here in sunny California.  I get it.  But I still cannot help but be dreaming of coat weather, if only for a weekend.

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Perhaps some of these light weight options might get me through the rest of what we are calling “Winter”.


One of my favorite parts of Juggling in Heels is meeting women who have created amazing businesses and sharing them with all of you.  The power of women is incredible and I admire so many who are willing to take the risk to follow an idea.  I admire them even more when that idea offers them the opportunity to give to others.

Kidogo Kidogo was created by Kim and Kristen Waeber, two sisters who shared the vision of helping those in need.  So they began selling iPhone cases.  These cases, however, were not created to simply protect our phone and make them look cute, but are also helping to providing cell phones for women across Tanzania.  That’s right.  For each two iPhone cases that are sold, a woman in Tanzania is provided a new cell phone + one SIM card + cell phone credit to get started.  


How are these cell phones changing the lives of these women?  You can read numerous stories here.

The images on each case are designed by Sarah Markes, who has studied the beauty of Tanzania and has created different illustrations of the iconic plants and animals living there.  You can preview all the available designs here.  


Kidogo Kidogo works with FINCA Tanzania, an organization with a mission to provide financial services to the world’s lowest income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standards of living.  With the sale of their sea turtle case, they also support Sea Sense, an organization working closely with the Tanzania coastal communities to help the preservation of endangered species.  Together they are changing the lives of many women in Tanzania and the community around them.

If you are interested in purchasing a case or learning more about the company, click here.

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This morning, while I was procrastinating, not wanting to yet venture out on the run that I absolutely need to do, I came across this quote.  It reminds me of a conversation that I tend to have with my husband every couple months.

Every so often, the blog becomes overwhelming.  Life just takes hold and I find that with trying to keep up with my very active family, the blog sometimes feels more like another burden on the list of To Do’s than something I have time to do.  I begin to question if I should continue with it or simply walk away, smiling at how much fun I had but recognizing that it was time to go.  I run through this over and over again with the hubby, talking through the pro’s and con’s.  Asking his advice as to what my next steps should be.  Letting him be the kind ear that will listen for ever (I talk a lot) as I let it all out and then decide what I am going to do.

And the decision is always the same.  There is no way I am letting this place go.

The truth is, this quote is exactly why I blog.  If you were to ask me what I do when I procrastinate, not wanting to start household items, go to the grocery store or run errands, it is always the same.  I read fashion magazines. I peruse my favorite blogs. I visit numerous online retailers, previewing merchandise.  I search for interior design inspiration.  I find a new recipe for tonight’s dinner. Everything I do when I procrastinate is what ends up on this blog.  (Don’t believe me?  Here is an old procrastination post) And why?  Because I love it.  I love cooking new things.  I love finding deals.  I love looking at clothes.  I love feeling inspired by so much that is out there.  I love to write.  And I absolutely love to share it all with you.

That is why I do it.  Sure, it can get overwhelming sometimes and truthfully, I wish I did have more time to work to make my photos that much better, increase my viewers that much more, and post more times a day.  But I feel very fortunate that I have been able to take those things I do when I procrastinate and make it into something special.  Where it will continue to go, who knows.  But I feel like I finally followed my passion and am making my way through.  There is no way I am walking away from that.

What about you?  Are you doing something you love?  Have you taken those things that truly interest you and followed a dream towards making it a reality?  If you have I would love to hear about it.  So many people take so many risks each day to follow their passion and I find it incredibly inspiring.  So share!  

And now I really do need to go on that run…

I believe that all children have an internal dialogue that goes on when one of the parents is out of town. I am not sure exactly what is said but I believe it is something along these lines..


“I think I will refuse to fall asleep tonight. I cannot wait to see how mommy feels at 10:30pm when I am still awake, she is tired and daddy isn’t here to help.”

Or perhaps it is..

“I think I will get a fever on the only day of the week that mommy has to herself while daddy is gone so that she cannot catch her breathe. It should be interesting to see how she holds up”

Or maybe it is..

“Let’s see how many times mommy has to ask me to do something the last night of daddy being gone because she seems like she might be losing it but perhaps isn’t quite there yet.”

Needless to say, I am overjoyed that the hubby returns from New York today!

This weekend we have an engagement party for my little brother, State Cup for soccer, basketball games and a charity lunch that I am decorating a table for. A lot of things yes, but I am simply excited for the glass of wine (or 2…or 3) I am going enjoy tonight, celebrating this week coming to an end.

Happy weekend.


Building off of yesterday’s post, I believe not only in staying active but also ensuring you are eating right.  Eating right means a lot of things to a lot of different people but for our family, it means eating balanced every day without depriving ourselves of incredible food that may at times be titled “bad for you”.  I truly believe that moderation is key.  I also try to always pick up all natural items to ensure the family is not eating a ton of processed foods or meats with hormones, etc.  It just seems like a better choice.

The downside to this is that in order to stock our home with healthy options for the family, I find myself visiting at least three different stores a week.  Whole Foods for meats and produce, Trader Joe’s for snacks and quick and easy meals, and the grocery store to fill in the holes.  It becomes a nightmare at times.  Then I was introduced to Winder Farms.

Winder Farms offers a farm fresh grocery delivery service with over 300 products available.  You simply place your grocery list order online and it is delivered to your front door before 8:00am on the delivery day you have selected.  The best part is, once you are a customer, they deliver your “staple” items each week without you having to think a second about it.  You have until 8:00pm the night before your delivery to make changes to your order depending on what you need that week.  If you are heading out of town, you simply let them know and they will not deliver your items.  So simple and such a time saver.

When our bags arrived it was way more than I had ever expected.  Organic produce, homemade cookies, fresh eggs, all natural meats, yogurts, fresh juices and milk, all delivered from their farm to our front door.  It was there waiting for us when we woke up and I instantly began using the products and everything has been a hit so far.  It will now also cut down on all the crazy driving around.  If I can cancel one of my stores (if not two!), I am a happy lady.


Winder Farms currently offers this service in Orange County, California and parts of Utah and Nevada.  To find all locations, click here.  If you are interested in trying this service for yourself, simply click here and sign up! Winder Farms has also been kind enough to offer Juggling in Heels readers a $30 credit on your first order.
Happy Food Shopping!
* Juggling in Heels did receive a complimentary delivery from Winder Farms but the opinions are 100% my own. 
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Since I was a little girl, athletics has always been something that was a part of my world.  My siblings and I all played a ton of sports and staying active was just a way of life.  These days, I try to stay as active as I can but boy it can be hard to stick with it when our life seems to get crazy.  

To keep myself interested, I try to shift between running, yoga, pilates, swimming, spinning and walking.  By changing it up, I am able to provide myself with new scenery, change of pace and utilizing different muscles at different times.  Long gone are the 5-day-a-week workouts but I commit to getting at least 3 days in, crossing my fingers for 4.  Would I love more?  Yes, but with our busy schedules, I have to be realistic and this is just what it looks like right now.     

I also believe in showing your children the importance of an active lifestyle.  When we have a moment free of sports, practices and school, we love to go on hikes and walks around our community.  It is amazing family time but also incorporates exercise in a fun way.  My hope is that as they grow up they have developed the need to also live an active and healthy lifestyle.

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Every week I say “this is the week I am going to get everything organized.  I am going to have free time and really get stuff done”.  And every week I find that somehow Friday arrives and I have no idea how that happened.  That happened…AGAIN.  I have thrown my hands in the air and am spending today getting my hair done and enjoying every minute of not getting stuff done.  It will all get done…eventually.  That is my new motto for 2014.

We continue to live in the twilight zone where summer has arrived mid January and it does not seem to be leaving any time soon.  This has made for extremely white legs being exposed in shorts when they should be hidden under jeans.  I am also in desperate need of a pedicure thanks to flip flops making much more sense than boots right now.  I have lived in California all my life and I will say, this is CA-RAZY weather, even for us.   

If you missed it this week…
I found a way to sleep better
I purchased these chairs for our living room…
I made this amazing comfort food

Happy Weekend.


As we all know, California has decided to do away with winter and enter summer 6 months premature. It has felt incredibly strange pulling out the summer wardrobe these past few days, living in shorts and tanks while the rest of the country is bundled up.  This is what I love about California…but I will be honest, I am missing winter a bit.

For as much as I am a California girl, I do love getting just a few months, okay weeks, of cold weather. I love wearing jackets and sweaters, boots and gloves, and all those winter items that rarely make it out of the closet.  I also love the comfort food of cold weather.  The food that is just too hot to eat during the summer.

Tuesday, I finally had enough and decided winter or no winter, I was going to make chili.  I wanted something cozy and warm regardless of whether I was sweating while I ate it.  I previously mentioned Bread and Wine, a book by Shauna Nieguist and how much I loved it but I do not think I have yet mentioned how fabulous her recipes are.  In the book she has a recipe for White Chicken Chili that I have been wanting to try but the weather was just not permitting.  Tuesday I went for it.

It was the perfect combination; easy + comforting + delicious.  Did I mention it only has 4 ingredients? That is my kind of recipe.  It was exactly what I was looking for and even indulged in my sweats, just to feel like it was winter, if only for a moment.

White Chicken Chili
(serves 6)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
1 16-oz container of fresh salsa (from the refrigeration section in your grocery store…not homemade!)
4 cans white beans
4 cups chicken broth

In a dutch oven, cook the chicken over medium heat until it is cooked through.  

Add the salsa, beans (including the bean liquid) and broth.

Bring to a roiling boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally.  Simmer for at least 30 minutes but the longer the better.

As I mentioned before, I truly did love Bread and Wine and if you are looking for a great feel-good book, I highly recommend picking it up.  Also, I have now made 4 of her recipes in the book and they have all been delicious yet incredibly easy to make… perfect for moms.  You can purchase the book here or learn more about Shauna and her other books here.  

* Recipe used from Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist pg. 110