Avocado Toast with Strawberries & Chocolate

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Life gets hard when you’re trying to eat healthy, but your sweet tooth comes a knocking, amiright? Here’s a recipe that allows for both. It sounds weird, but just try it and you’ll see what I mean.

Ingredients:

  • Whole grain bread
  • Avocado
  • Strawberries
  • Dark chocolate syrup
  • Kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Toast your toast
  2. Spread with fresh avocado
  3. Slice up a few strawberries and put on top
  4. Drizzle some dark chocolate syrup on top
  5. Sprinkle with a dash of kosher salt

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Engaged: Molly + Hunter

This week I’m headed to Santa Barbara for my long-time friend Molly’s bachelorette party and I am seriously ecstatic! I had the pleasure of taking Molly & Hunter’s engagement photos in December while I was home in Sacramento. While they are way overdue for sharing, it’s better late than never!

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Florida Keys Road Trip

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Matt and I had a trip to Costa Rica planned for Thanksgiving week, but unfortunately we had to cancel only two days before because of the big hurricane that was rolling in. Thankfully, we were able to book flights to Miami with the ultimate goal of heading down to Key West, Florida.

We started and ended in Miami, taking a road trip down to the tip of the continental US – Key West. On Our way back up, we stayed in Islamorada, a cute little fishing town that was right up our alley.

One thing to note…there are pretty much no beaches in the Keys. Surprised? So were we. Luckily there was plenty to do and it was so fun walking around the islands. Laid back doesn’t begin to describe how cool the Keys were. To watch our video from the trip, click here.

Below are some tips and recommendations from our stay:

Miami

Hotels:

Vintro Hotel South Beach, Curio Collection by Hilton. Very cute boutique style hotel. It was perfect for one night but we would have liked to stay in South Beach where everything is much closer.

Hilton Cabana Miami Beach. Hilton hooked us up with a poolside room on the 3rd floor. No one was out, so we had the entire outdoor area to ourselves and the downstairs hot tub at night. The view was amazing!

 

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Drinks:

Watr at the at 1 Hotel. This is exactly how I envision Miami. Crisp whites, poolside, chic, and views for days. I set up a reservation for night one, which was Matt’s birthday, but unfortunately it rained and they had to cancel on us. We got drinks the first night and came back during the day on our last day. Love this place.

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Hotel 1 – South Beach Miami

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Watr at 1 Hotel

Wynwood Yard. Live music in a backyard setting, this place is v. cool.

Food Must:

Suviche. Matt and I will both swear that we’ve never had a better meal anywhere. They do ceviche many ways but the real treat was their Pescado A Lo Mocho seafood dish. The flavors. Oh. My. God. Needless to say, we tried to convince them that they need to open one in Orange County.

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Suviche

Key West

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Hotel:

DoubleTree Grand Key Resort. If we did it over again, we would stay at a hotel closer to Duval street and the main part of Key West. It gets pretty expensive down there, but we also booked our lodging two days before going so I’m sure rates would’ve been better if we booked at a normal time. The Doubletree offered a free shuttle to and from downtown every hour but hinging your daily plans on making a shuttle can get a tad annoying.

Drinks:

Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill, and Brewery. We loved it so much, we came back three times.

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Kelly’s – Key West

The Porch. Exactly how it sounds, grab your beer or wine and hang out on the giant porch of an old Victorian style home, overlooking the main strip.

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The Porch – Key West

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The Porch – Key West

Green Parrot. This is apparently where the locals hang.

Cuban Coffee Queen. When in Key West, cafe con leche is a must.

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Cuban Coffee Queen – Key West

Must-Do:

Latitudes on Sunset Key.With a reservation at Latitudes, you can take the complimentary ferry from Key West to Sunset Key, which is a private island for Westin guests only. We like to get the most bang for our buck, so we may have “accidentally” gotten lost while heading towards the restaurant, and ended up exploring the rest of the island which looks straight out of Stepford Wives. The lunch view was spectacular and the appetizers we got were pretty good too.

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Latitudes – Sunset Key

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Sunset Key

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Sunset Key

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Latitudes – Sunset Key

 

Islamorada

Hotel:

Drop Anchor Resort and Marina. This place is so amazing. The rooms are HUGE and you walk out of your room straight onto the sand. Paradise on a very affordable budget.

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Drop Anchor Resort and Marina

Drinks:

Cheeca Lodge Tiki Bar. This place must be awesome during the day!

Food:

Islamorada Fish Company. Right on the water with a fire dancer for entertainment. For $10 each, they cooked our freshly caught fish, which was oh-so-satisfying.

Must Do’s:

Bud N’ Marys fishing trip. I probably caught 25+ fish and the only reason I didn’t catch more is because I was catching so many that I had to let me arm take so long breaks! We filleted Matt’s Kobia and had it cooked at Islamorada Fish Company.

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Worldswide Sportsman (Bass Pro). Islamorada is the sports fishing capital of the world, so you kind of have to stop by the Bass Pro and pick up some tourist stuff. We both bought long sleeves which were perfect for spending half the day on the boat under the sun.

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Islamorada Fish Company

The Moorings. If you’ve seen Bloodline, this is the resort where it’s filmed. If you haven’t seen it, it’s still a must-see.

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Moorings – Islamorada

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Moorings – Islamorada

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Bloodline House – Islamorada

 

Comment below if you have other recommendations that we should check out next time. We seriously cannot wait to go back!

 

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Lavender & Rosemary Soy Candle Recipe

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{Pretty in Copper Bridesmaid Gifts}

Wedding planning is off and running and what I’ve realized is that there really are so many little details to consider. Some of these details aren’t very exciting for me (figuring out how to hook up all the lighting in the backyard), but others I probably spend too much time obsessing over. I was incredibly excited to ask my bridesmaids to be bridesmaids, especially because I got to craft a cute little gift for each of them.

Simple but sweet, the goodie bags included a homemade soy candle, nail polish, and a mini bottle of rose (scent infuser for my little sisters).

Before I get into how to make a candle, I have two pieces of wisdom.

  1. Candles have a memory. A lady at the farmer’s market told me this once and it was one of the most useful things I’ve ever learned. When you first burn in a candle, you must let it burn all the way to the edges before blowing it out. Otherwise, it will remember it’s last path and burn down right where it left off. Plan to burn your candles for about 2 hours the first time around.
  2. Anyone can make a candle. It’s really fun and rewarding once you get the hang of it.

Lavender & Rosemary Soy Candle Recipe

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*Creates eight 1/2 pint jars

What you’ll need:

Set up:

  1. Unscrew all jars.
  2. Hot glue the bottom of each candle wick and press down in the center of the jar. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Use two clothes pins to clip on to the middle of the candle wick and let them rest on the edges of the jar. The idea here is to keep the wick in place, as it will wilt when the hot wax is poured in. Try to get it as taut as you can so you end up with a straight wick.

Making candles:

  1. Melt the wax in the pouring pot for about 30 minutes. If you use a 10 lb bag, you’ll need a little less than half the bag.
  2. Stir in lavender scent and remove from heat immediately so the scent doesn’t evaporate.
  3. Carefully pour wax into each candle, filling it to the bottom of the opening.
  4. Place rosemary sprigs inside each candle, keeping them away from the wick.
  5. Let cool overnight at room temperature. Try to keep them on the warmer side, otherwise the wax can cave in on itself while drying.
  6. Trim wicks to about 1/4 inch.

That’s it! The best part is you can switch up scents, try adding color, or use different types of votives for a whole new candle!

 

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