Roasted Chickpea Salad

I made this salad running out the door. My measurements are probably not exact, but seriously, if I can make this amidst getting ready, you can too. I eat this or some variation of this almost everyday. All of those everyday-salad-Instagram-people have really inspired me. Recently my favorites that I've seen have been Faring Well's everything from the farmer's market salad, and Earthy Andy putting roasted corn in a massive salad she made. My personal eating salads everyday hack is putting enough hearty stuff in there to feel full. The days of me dreading eating a salad were likely due in large part to still being hungry afterwards. Seriously. No one wants to eat something and still feel like they need to eat. My easy, throw it on there ingredients are, chickpeas, obviously, and sunflower seeds. Plenty of calories, protein, nutrition, and you will definitely not feel hungry or weighed down, an important balance that's been hard earned, in my life at least. 

Here's what you'll need: 

1-13oz can of chickpeas

1 - 2 tablespoons of olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

3 cups greens, these are spring greens but any will work

1/2 orange bell pepper sliced

1/4 cucumber diced

1/3 fuji apple diced

1-2 Tablespoons dressing of choice - I used Brianna's Balsamic Vinaigrette

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Rinse and drain chickpeas 

In a large bowl mix olive oil, chickpeas, plus salt and pepper

Bake for 15 mins

Mix up all salad ingredients: Greens, bell pepper, cucumber, and apple

Top with chickpeas and dressing 

Thrifting

If I'm being entirely honest, I didn't buy anything here. I was just killing time with my camera before going to a test shoot at a yoga studio. Post coffee, pre-yoga, mid-rain aimless picture taking. We've all been there. 

The display selection of these records really cracked me up. Big Willie Nelson fan here, but I've never considered buying a Richard Pryor album. Before my time, I guess. 

Harry Potter strategically placed amongst things that must be half a century old. 

This scene is legitimately my favorite thing, bright colors, copper, old bottles, and a few plants. I could live in this corner. 

Moisturizing Coffee + Sugar Body Scrub (diy + oil-free)

I've gotten into a pretty bad habit of splurging on beauty products on Amazon, possibly the best find so far is hyaluronic acid serum. Second to that, is this coffee scrub that I bought, loved, and then used in a day (only a slight exaggeration). The ingredients were super clean and simple: coffee, vegetable glycerin, and brown sugar. I felt kind of silly for not checking before buying because I have all of those ingredients here. One of my favorite things about this scrub is that it is almost completely dry in the package. No aloe, no oils, basically no liquid in there, except this vegetable glycerin that absorbs super clean. Meaning, definitely no residue and a lot less shower mess. I even liked using it on my face, which almost never happens. 

Aside from scrubbing myself down with homemade body scrubs, I am also day-dreaming of National Parks in Utah (I think about Utah so much that I wonder what would happen if I actually made it out there) and I just learned about this Kings Canyon Byway, which is a 50 mile stretch that I'm determined to take all of this pictures of. Speaking of pictures, if you haven't noticed, I added a Shop button over to the right, where you can buy prints if you feel so inclined, or I'll just share my Society6 link here. 

The veg glycerin looks almost like honey here. It has a funny, slightly gooey, unexpected texture, but not at all sticky. Similar to honey it is a humectant, which means it attracts moisture from it's surroundings and locks it in, making it a pretty good addition/primer to normal moisturizer. 

Coffee has a stimulating effect on the skin, and is said to improve circulation and also is good for reducing cellulite. 

Here's what you'll need:

1/4 cup of coffee

2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin

2 cups of brown sugar - I ground mine up in a blender to be extra fine, but it's super not necessary

pinch of powdered vitamin C - optional 

Directions:

Blend up your brown sugar if you want it finer

Mix in vitamin C powder - it's great for skin and also can act as a preservative to prolong shelf-life

With a spoon mix in vegetable glycerin

Add in coffee grounds and mix again

Store in airtight container

To Scrub: Apply to damp skin and scrub in circular motions, rinse clean and moisturize