Daily Inspiration – Celebrating freedom!

I hope you guys had a lovely 4th of July. I spent it with my favorite people doing the things I love most, eating and crafting! HA! Here is to freedom and living in one of the best places this world has to offer.

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Daily Inspiration – Balboa Island…again!

Last week I spent a day at Balboa catching up with an old friend. It never gets old!

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Daily Inspiration – Wedding “Metal” Monogram

Hi world. Look I’m blogging again, HA! I know its been too long. Life has been crazy busy, I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record but here I am again sharing a cute little tutorial for you. I first made these “metal letters” two years ago for our apartment and we are still in love with them. Well, while shopping at Joann’s fabric the other day I came across these cardboard letters and immediately thought about turning them into a metal monogram for our big day. Plus why not share them here too? I mean, all you gotta do is paint your letters black, once they dry out you paint them with metallic paint and voila! Cheaper “Anthropology” letters within minutes. You know me, the fact they’re handmade makes them more special. Have you done these before? You could make these for all different occasions… initials for kids rooms, the famous “eat” sign for your kitchen, etc. I cannot wait to use these on our wedding day as part of our décor.

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Daily Inspiration – Life as of late…

Hope Spring is treating you nicely. Lalaland has been incredibly hot these past few weeks. I’m scared of Summer already. Feel free to follow along on instagram (@inspirationnook) where I guess I’ve been staying busy. We’re heading out of town to see family next week plus welcoming a very special lady at home for a few days. Now excuse me while I go hug a million people and smile non-stop. Happy almost Friday friends! What have you been up to?

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Inspiration Nook Cravings – Quinoa Salad with Beets, Spinach & Goat Cheese

I finally did it, I cooked red quinoa at home! It’s been on my “to-do” list for quite some time. HA! I decided to mix whatever ingredients I had in the fridge and ended up with this tasty salad for dinner. It was definitely inspired by different quinoa salads I’ve had out and about. One of my favorite ones is from Mendecino Farms! You must go there. Anyways back to the recipe… I mixed ingredients from a few different ones I’ve had and ended up with this recipe to share with you! I’m no expert so feel free to add and replace ingredients as you please.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Quinoa
  • 2 cups of Spinach
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 can of beets (8oz)
  • 1/4 of red onion (chopped)
  • 3 ounces of goat cheese (my fave)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil and pepper for dressing (to taste)
  • Sliced almonds (to taste)

Here is what you do! Cook the quinoa following your package instructions and set aside. In a bowl toss all other ingredients. Once the quinoa is done add your olive oil and pepper to taste. Finish up with the goat cheese and toss some more. As a special touch I added some sliced almonds for texture and it was amazing. Enjoy!

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Daily Inspiration – Picnic Recipes!

To continue my picnic fever, here are some old time favorite recipes that can help you have the best picnic ever! What do you like bringing to picnics?

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1. Spinach Pasta Salad | 2. Spinach Cream Cheese Rolls | 3. Mom’s Chicken Salad | 4. Zucchini Muffins | 5. Oreo Truffles

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Daily Inspiration – Picnic Must-Haves

With Spring in full swing it’s the perfect time to have a picnic. I really don’t need much of an excuse to have one so there is that. Confession: we own two picnic baskets. I know that here in Lalaland we can have them year-round but there is no better time than Spring. I will be sharing some recipes from my archives for the perfect picnic tomorrow! For now take a look at must haves I came across last night. Do you love picnics too?

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1. Woven Basket with 11 Piece Summer Picnic Kit $49.99| 2. Woven Picnic Basket $14.99 | 3. Chevron Outdoor Pillow $14.99 | 4. Picnic Blanket $24.49 | 5. Cheese Board w/tools $24.95 | 6. Scrabble $17.99 | 7. Oh Joy! Round Plate Aqua $3.00 | 8. Oh Joy! Cutlery $4.00

 

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Daily Inspiration – Happy Monday!

Hi friends! Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. Life has been pretty good but pretty busy lately. I’m sorry for not posting as much. Trying to get back on schedule over here. I promise I will go back to normal soon. If you aren’t yet, you could follow us on Instagram where I seem to be spending most of my time lately. Our third year Blogiversary is almost here. Cannot believe it has been three years since I started this little corner on the world wide web. Time sure flies when you’re having fun. Below is a print from last year’s spring that still has my heart. I guess I’ve been really into flowers lately. Happy Monday everyone!

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Daily Inspiration – The Editor

This video is the best way to explain to others what I do. Enjoy!

THE EDITOR from Inside The Edit on Vimeo.

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Daily Inspiration – Guy Fox!

Guy Fox is officially my new favorite band. I can’t stop listening to their song “San Francisco” after my friend played it in his car a few days ago (Hi Rehan!). All their EP’s are addicting so I thought why not share it with the world? Have you listened to them before? If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and listen to the clip below! They just released a new single titled The Good Life. Fingers crossed they come to Los Angeles soon before they blow up! Take my word for it.

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