Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Big Gains & Small Victories

Happy June Lovelies!

Man did the month of May get away from me.  I really wanted to get a jump start on my fitness and healthy living, but instead I got sick from stress and gained 10 pounds.   But you know what?  It was just an important reminder to myself that I need to find better was to relieve my stress, and let things go.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Motown, Macklemore & MMMMM

Hello Lovelies!

It's been such a crazy May, and my drive to write got away from me as I focused a bit more on my job during our ratings period.  But now I am back, and I hope you're all having a great holiday weekend-- and taking some time to remember the men and women who lost their lives fighting for our freedom.

Via











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This is one of my favorite days to cover the lack of news at work-- all the pomp and circumstance, the salutes and tributes, and the amazing stories of heroism that we get to report on.  It's an incredible reminder of how lucky I am to live in this country, and to be grateful for everything life throws my way.

While we're honoring our fallen heros, I think this weekend is also about celebrating our freedoms.  Jason and I decided to celebrate ours with a weekend full of music and food.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Review: "In a Dark, Dark Wood"

Oh.  My.  God.  I loved this book!

Where do I start?  I first heard about it while on my morning drive to work, back when I produced the 5 PM show.  Back then I got to listen to the end of  Morning Edition, when they talk to authors.  I've posted the interview below, so you listen to it.



Intrigued yet?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Meal Organization

Organization is an incredibly important part of my healthy lifestyle.  Without it, I spend a lot of extra money on fast food or expensive trips to Nugget Market.  I also tend to partake in the crazy food that shows up in the newsroom.  That means a lot of extra calories.  So, instead I spend my Sunday's grocery shopping and meal prepping for the week.

One of my favorite tools to stay "meal organized" during the week are these lunch box containers from Rubbermaid.  This isn't a paid post, I am not getting anything from Rubbermaid for writing this.  I just really enjoy this product and wanted to pass it along to you, my friends.


You can find these at most stores: Target, Walmart, Fred Meyer for my northwest peeps-- or you can buy them on Amazon.  They cost about $10-$15 depending on the kind you buy.  We own the "Sandwhich Kit" and "Salad Kit."   What I love about both of these kits is that each piece clips onto or inside of the other, so you don't have to worry about loose pieces sliding around your lunch bag.  It also comes with its own ice pack to keep things cool.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Tacos, Adulting & Emmys

Happy Sunday Lovelies!

I know during the week, I've been sharing posts on various subjects-- but on Sundays I wanted to start taking the opportunity to share with you some of what's been going on in my life, outside of my blog posts.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Our Proposal Story

'Literally, the day before Jason popped the question-- I had a co-worker tell me to pay attention to the subtle cues Jason would be giving me the day he proposed...  Well, I didn't.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Old Sacramento

It might be considered a bit cheesy and a little touristy-- but if you live in Sacramento, or are visiting, you should take the opportunity to go back in time and visit a little place called Old Sacramento.

Photo Source: Trip Advisor

This part of town lines the Sacramento River downtown, but it's a bit hidden behind the modern-day city.  Once you turn on Front Street and round the corner, you're transported back into the Mid-19th Century complete with cobblestone roads and a wooden boardwalk along the river.  You could spend an entire day exploring the shops and museums.

Honestly, this is our go-to place to take people visiting from out of town because there's something for everyone.  So if you're interested, I've put together a list of things to checkout if you find yourself in Old Sacramento.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Chicken-Hummus Power Bowl

I don't know about you, but sharing recipes is my favorite part about blogging.  I love good food, and sharing it with friends and family.  Today's recipe is one of my go-to lunch recipes.  It's delicious, easy to make, and super healthy!

Originally, I ordered something similar at Panera Bread.  It's called their "Power Bowl"-- and it's chock-full of powerful protein.  Plus, it's only about 300 calories!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Starting Over, Yet Again

Welcome to May my lovelies!

It's been such a long time-- but I am ready to get back in it.  Before we dive right back into living healthy and finding alternative ways to destress, I must confess something to you.  I have not been good to myself.  The move to Sacramento 2 years ago was much harder than I would like to admit to anyone.  And having Jason gone in South Korea only added to my hardship.

When I got down here, I felt confident, healthy and happy.  And despite my therapist's suggestion that my first move down here, after finding a place to live, should be to find someone to continue working with on my depression-- I didn't.  And that only led me back down a very dark path.  I let my anti-depressant prescription run out, without getting a new one.  I became withdrawn again.  And I started binge-eating my feelings.  It wasn't good.

And after two years of wandering down a dark and emotional path-- I've decided to get back into it.  It helps that I now have a pretty ring on my finger to motivate me, but that's not the real reason I am choosing to get back into this.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Guess Who's Back!

It's me!  Remember me?  I know it's been a while-- bunt I am excited to return with new goals, ideas for revamping my blog and of course, new recipes.  But today, I am going to use my space to update you on what's been going on in my life.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Early Grape Harvest

The third story I field produced for CBS 13 was my favorite so far!  Late last month, I got the chance to head up to Amador County to talk to a winery about the early grape harvest and the impact it's having on California's wine country.  Grapes came in about a month early, partially because of the drought and partially because there was an early harvest last year.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Korean Beef Tacos


Asian cuisine of all kinds is one of my favorite things on the planet-- and so is Mexican food.  Put them together, and I am one happy girl.  Back in September, I introduced you to Yum Pow Chicken Tacos, a dish so fantastic I can eat the ENTIRE thing in one sitting.  Today, I want to introduce you to Yum Pow's equally delicious cousin:  The Korean Beef Taco!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Alternative ADHD Treatment

Some stories are just so easy to put together.  All the elements fall into place, the interviews are scheduled early and the writing comes to you like that.  That's how it was when I got to turn my first story since college for my TV Station.  (In case you missed it, my bosses are letting me out of the newsroom to field produce a few stories.  It's been a fun break from my regular job as the 5 O'clock News Producer.)  However, not all stories are easy to turn.  And I certainly struggled with my second story.

It all started when I heard a story on NPR about a tech start up in the Bay Area.  They are working to get a game approved by the FDA with the hope of using it to treat kids with ADHD.  Say what??  I had to talk to them.  And I had to talk to a doctor to find out if there was really a need for something like this.  And so, my story was born.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beale Falls

I love many, many things-- and waterfalls just happen to be one of them.  In fact, when I am looking online or in may many hiking books for a new trail to explore-- I will more often than not choose the one with a waterfall.   Unfortunately, the waterfalls here in California are not as impressive at the waterfalls in my homeland of Oregon.


Case in point, the falls pictured above.   It goes by many names: Fairy Falls, Shingle Falls and Beale Falls.  But type "Beale Falls" into Google and it will get you there.
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