Monthly Archives: April 2012

Vegas Part III: Ziplines & Sunshine

(You can find Part I and Part II here!)

Yay for fringe bikinis and Coop’s arrival!

C’mon…you didn’t think that between Coop and I, we wouldn’t fit in some crazy healthy eats, too, right?? Having kitchens on vacation = amazing.

Why did we do this? Because Rob Dyrdek did. And we are obsessed.

I’d have killed for a turnout like that when I was a dancer…sheesh. In schooling Coop on the ballet positions, he whipped out this fifth position. Like a pro. He’s going to kill me for posting this. 😉

We frolicked around Fremont Street and drank our 50 oz drinks….and thoroughly enjoyed them. I didn’t even come close to finishing that bad boy.

…which led to shenanigans like this…

Yes, afterwards we realized that we were not even doing correct “double dutch” hand motions. We are quite a group.

Obviously, we asked every street performer to play the Sexy Sax Man song.

We ran back SO fast when we heard this violinist start to play after we walked by. I have not laughed this hard in a very long time…pretty sure I snorted again in this one.

Biggest omelette of all time.

Banana bread that came with our humungo fruit platter at Peppermill.

I will take him as a waiter any day, thanks.

…not sure where my eyebrows went during that picture….

After the waiter kept forgetting Allie’s drinks, he brought her 16 Diet Cokes at once.

Happy birthday, Allie and Grandma!!!

Have a great weekend, everyone! I will be back to regular posting next week. More recipes, art, and ramblings. Hope you enjoyed the Vegas recaps, though! xoxoxo

Colored Denim

….in the midst of my colored denim obsession (white and black jeans turned into taupe, turned into a collection that now also consists of cobalt, light red, and……creamsicle?), I had to text my Arizona friend Bobby the other day to let him know…..he was SO ahead of his time.

This weekend:

…Three years ago:

(Those are two of the most talented, creative, intriguing artists/people I know, by the way. Like….for reals. Bettah than me. Check ’em here and here.)

That is all.

Roasted Veggie Pad Thai

Here is my take on pad thai. I hardly make Asian food (…why not?? SO good), but I wanted to try the brown rice noodles and Trader Joe’s Soyaki sauce I’ve had for a while. Of course, since I am on a roasted veggie kick, I HAD to incorporate a bunch! Full of veggies and protein, and that Soyaki sauce is ah. Maze. Ing.

Roasted Veggie Pad Thai with Chicken

Makes two servings.


1 large zucchini
1 red bell pepper
1 head of broccoli
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 TB extra virgin olive oil
Garlic powder
Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce (you can also use teriyaki and/or soy sauce)
Sriracha Sauce (optional….I like things SPICY!)
6 oz brown rice noodles, fettucine-style (or other long noodle pasta)
2 small cooked, shredded chicken breasts
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup broccoli sprouts
Cilantro for garnish (optional)


Set oven to 400°. Slice zucchini, pepper, and broccoli. Place these and mushrooms on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, cracked black pepper, and sea salt. Roast for ten minutes, flip/stir, and roast for ten more. Perfect veggies, every time!

In a bowl, mix some Soyaki sauce in with the shredded chicken breasts. Sit aside to marinate in the sauce as you wait for the veggies and pasta to finish.

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and then put back into the pot you cooked it in, along with the shredded chicken and some more Soyaki sauce, just enough to coat. If you like sriracha (a Thai hot pepper sauce), add it now. A little goes a long way! Also mix in diced onions and minced garlic. Cook for two minutes.

Add in the roasted veggies. Stir for a minute or two to heat throughout. Stir in the sprouts, plate, and add cilantro for garnish, if you choose.

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New Giraffe Products!

Hello hello!

Stay tuned this week for a Vegas recap, part III!

But until then, I wanted to let you know that I have some new products in my Society6 store. You may have noticed I added a few extra link buttons to the right…. –>

…including my Etsy shop, Instagram, and Society6.

We all know how much I love giraffes, and this lil’ guy has proven to be quite a hit. I’ve been on a chevron kick lately, so here is my giraffe with a taupe/grey chevron background. You can get iPhone cases, laptop skins, prints, hoodies, and even card/stationary sets, now. If you would like a larger amount of cards, let me know…I can hook you up. 😉

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So yes. In case you need more giraffes in your life. Or monkeys. Or ducks with balloons. Or penguins in sweaters. Things like that. Check me out here. And let me know if you have any suggestions!

Coming soon: a poll. Would you like to see my next set of illustrations be….dinosaurs? Or animals doing yoga…? Formal poll will be up soon. I gotta know!!! I just ordered a fresh new batch of notecards, business cards, and mailing labels, myself…can’t wait to get my hands on the fun new things!

Hope you are having a great week!! xoxoxo

(Green) Pina Colada for Breakfast!

Hello, hello, from the first post on my new domain name! Hope you like…it is a work in progress, but lots of great things are comin’ at ya. Stick with me through my construction dust, will you? 😉

Had to drop by to post an awesome smoothie I made this week for breakfast. My Tone It Up girls will love it…all of the pineapple recipes must have inspired me! It isn’t the prettiest, but is delicious and PACKED with fruit, nutrients and filling protein.

Green Pina Colada


1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (regular skim milk can work, too)

1/3 cup almond + coconut milk blend (I use Almond Breeze brand)

1 TB 100% pineapple juice

1 TB chia seeds

1 cup pineapple chunks

1 frozen banana

3 strawberries

Small handful blackberries

Splash of vanilla extract

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use SunWarrior)

2 handfuls spinach (can’t taste it….promise!!!)

Shredded coconut to garnish

Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. The color isn’t pretty (thanks to the berries and spinach, but your body will thank you for the added superfoods’ fruitiness and antioxidants), but it is delicious! Add water as needed to make things move a little easier…this is a seriously packed smoothie. Pour into a glass and garnish with some shredded coconut! Close your eyes and pretend you are amongst palm trees…sigh. Miss those.

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I LOVED this smoothie, and it kept me full until lunch. Let me know if you try it! You can obviously omit the spinach if you’re not big on green smoothies.

Do you like green smoothies? I love them! My Vitamix makes it super easy to throw in a bunch of greens for added veggie servings…and you don’t even taste it!