Eat at home challenge

pizza

 This year has been so busy and overwhelming for so many reasons that it has really affected our usually pretty healthy eating habits.

It’s been easier and in some cases faster to just eat out or order something but unfortunately it has been an easy fix that is turning into a bad habit. 

Following Laura’s lead from Hollywood Housewife and her eat at home challenge we will eat at home in September. The only rule is we have to eat at home and it has to be something we have made. It doesn’t have to be made from scratch but it has to be something you have put some thought into. Hopefully this challenge will help us get back on track with our eating.

Maybe we will even find some new recipes to share. 

Join me?

Altuzarra x Target Collection

Altuzarra x Target via

Altuzarra x Target via

I’m super excited to shop Altuzarra x Target Collection that will feature a wide range of apparel and accessories. Altuzarra is the latest to be added to the list of designers (0Phillip Lim, Prabal Gurung, Zac Posen and Rodarte) in creating a clothing collection for Target. I have picked out quite a few pieces that I’m hoping to get on September 14 when it hits Target (stores and online) and also Net-A-Porter.  Everything is priced under $100, with prices ranging from  $17.99 to $89.99 for apparel and $29.99 to $79.99 for accessories.

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

Altuzarra X Target via

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#Ferguson!

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ” – Edmund Burke

via Newsweek Twitter

via Newsweek Twitter

This week has been full of emotions and remembering for many Americans as we read the headlines of two loved actors passing. Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall both have a place in any movie lovers heart and I’m sure this weekend will be spent watching some of their classics.
Among the many headlines there was one missing: #Ferguson!

As most news have been covering the latest celebrity deaths many of us have been glued to Twitter to read the tweets coming from Ferguson, MO after police shot Mike Brown.
Mike Brown, unarmed 18-year-old black man, was visiting his grandmother when he was shot multiple times by police while he was surrendering. His body was left on the street in the August heat for hours.
Another black young man was victim of injustice. He was killed murdered because of his color. Sadly this is not a first time this has happened, this is far more common than we know. Racism is very much alive!
Vigils were held and soon the whole community gathered to protest peacefully against police brutality. Police replied with heading out in full battle rattle with dogs. Things went from bad to worse. Ferguson, Missouri had turned into a war zone of tear gas,  smoke bombs, rubber bullets and police calling the protesters “F!@”ing animals“.
If you have been following the protests on Twitter I’m sure you have noticed another powerful and important hashtag rise: #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. This hashtag shows us how the media portrays young black men and changes the narrative of the story.

#iftheygunnedmedown via

#iftheygunnedmedown via

I’m ashamed and disgusted by the actions of the police who is suppose to be there to serve and protect instead of  being militarized force at the peaceful protest. It’s sickening that in 2014 we are reliving 1960s Alabama.
I’m in utter shock and disbelief that this is happening in 2014! I’m shocked that this is not the big headline on every possible media outlet. Twitter is the place to be since mainstream news is not covering this or is changing the narrative. Although tweeting and retweeting is great as far as keeping this relative and visible but we need to do more. All people,  no matter the race or sex, are equal and should be treated as such! You would think we would have come farther in society but we have actually went backwards and this is proof of that!

#pleasedontshoot #handsup #MikeBrown #Ferguson #peace #janellemonae via

#pleasedontshoot #handsup #MikeBrown #Ferguson #peace #janellemonae via

Back!

Last few months have been exhausting, unnecessarily stressful but it has also been time for us to collect our thoughts and recalculate the way we look at things and people. Being back in the states has been a struggle for all of us but more than anything it has been a culture shock to our 2 military bambinis who were born in Europe and have lived their whole lives in Europe in a military post. They are doing okay but its more settling than anything else. We have already decided that our family will look for opportunities to move to an area (more than likely East coast…I know, I know my loves on the west coast!) better suited for all of us. Life goes on and we get smarter! 

I have taken a long break from blogging and I think I’m finally ready to be back. In the last few months my heart and thoughts have been full of negativity and hurt that I didn’t want to share, too many things that should have went smoothly and been the last things to worry about became the main stress factor. Our family learned the hard lesson that people change and people are not always who they seem to be, mean and hurtful comments are made and many ties get broken by words not meant to be said. Ironic that the one part of equation that we were stressing and worried about when leaving Germany (the Army) gave us the best present: our POV (car) made it here okay couple days after we got in, our unaccompanied baggage that was packed by complete idiots (I’ll post about this more on the blog) arrived in good condition and our HHG (household goods) that was packed and and unpacked by awesome companies (more on the blog) arrived in perfect condition! Nothing was broken or missing! Keep your eye on the blog for all the upcoming posts and giveaways!