Saturday, August 11, 2012

Life + Lunch :: Salad Ideas, Camera Problems, and a Giveaway Winner!

It's been at least 105 degrees every day this week, so every evening after work, I've melted onto my bed in an exhausted, sweaty heap. I spend the majority of my days outside, which is both a blessing and a curse -- I love experiencing California sunshine, but I don't love being dehydrated to the point that I can't function properly once I get home.

That's one excuse for my six-day hiatus. Another? My camera's dead, I can't find the charger, and all recent photos are still on there. It's probably hidden under a pile of clothes -- which reminds me, I desperately need to do laundry -- but I'll probably purchase a new one anyway. You may or may not remember that I have major camera issues; my Nikon D40x broke as well as the Nikon D100 that replaced it, so I've been using this point-and-shoot for the past four months.

It may seem as if I'm complaining, but don't worry -- I'm still happy with my life. But being happy doesn't mean not feeling negative emotions; it simply means not letting those emotions take over. In short, I don't let things bother me as much as I used to. It's just a waste of time and energy for me. :)

Although I'm constantly working on my mental health, I'm not the most physically healthy gal around. I recently had a scare that caused me to re-think the way I eat. I don't want to lose weight or change my body on the outside, but I do want to make sure I'm putting the right nutrients inside. For the past few weeks, as briefly mentioned here, I've been making a lot of salads. I threw together baby kale, grape tomatoes, and avocado for the one pictured above (with my phone, haha). I topped it with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and a shake of lemon pepper. Of course, I couldn't help but have a whole wheat baguette on the side!

Here are a few other recipes that I can't wait to try...

Radicchio, Broccoli and Pecorino Cheese / Details

Lemony Chickpea Salad / Details

Roasted Vegetable Salad / Details

Carrots, Tuna and Avocado / Details

Tomato Basil Salad / Details

PS: The randomly chosen winner of this vintage jewelry giveaway is Mitchie! Expect an e-mail with details soon. ♥


  1. Mmm, salad. hungry now! x

    But being happy doesn't mean not feeling negative emotions; it simply means not letting those emotions take over. In short, I don't let things bother me as much as I used to. It's just a waste of time and energy for me. :)

    This is really important and I think a lot of people try to have it one extreme or the other, but I also believe it's necessary to express negative emotions, or get them out of your system, to move on.

    best of luck with your eating regime, I also need to get a bit healthier. I suppose I better mentally put down the crisps I just picked up, and decide on something else :P


  2. Suchay yummy blog :D
    Say hi to a new follower! xox

  3. "Eating greens is a special treat, it makes long ears and great big teeth." -Thumper quoting his father in Bambi.

  4. I think not letting things bother you is probably the best medicine in the world. It's something I believe in whole-heartedly and it makes me sad when I encounter people who hold on to negative emotions to the point it makes them physically ill. Negativity really is like a disease, in my opinion. On another note, I'm loving the look of that salad, I've been meaning to try kale!

  5. I have been working on my mental health, too. It seems like a constant work-in-progress, but I know the benefits are worth it. I try to find the positives in everything. I don't want to be a negative Nancy, you know -- That's no fun for anybody.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  6. Oh, yummy salads! I'm trying to eat more spinach as well! I also got iron pills and multivitamins. Now I just need to remember to take them. OOPS! Oh, also try this yummy shake I just found: so easy to make! I pinned it on Pinterest, but I'll send you this link. You might like it! -Jess

  7. I have been eating SO much avocado recently it is AMAZING. I had it on pizza for the first time last week- mind blowing. It's the best food ever. x

  8. Since May, I've gotten into the habit of including salad as a part of my meal (along with a lean protein), and I've gotten so used to it! Then I got braces 2 weeks ago...which makes salads so much harder to eat :( I love using lemon juice and olive oil as a healthy dressing!

  9. Salad never looked so good.... I think I might go make something now...!!

  10. Aww, I'm so sorry about your camera! I do have to say though that your phone takes very nice pictures! That salad looks yummy. I love avacado with just about anything.

  11. Delicious!
    Congrats to the winner!

  12. Oh, yum...these salads all look incredible! Can't wait to try some of them out - especially that chickpea salad. I hope you get your camera woes sorted out soon :)

  13. i hope you're feeling better again! i'm going to join you on the healthy diet. i feel like i've been eating soo much that is not good for my body - that needs to change. the lemon chickpea and roasted vegetable salad look amazing! love the one you made yourself, too. i haven't had avocado in such a long time, and it's so delicious.
    xo, cheyenne

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