Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Year Goals

I have a few goals for 2016 that will hopefully help me maintain some sanity, as well as just live a little. When I hit 30 next year, I don't want to look back on my 20's and think "Shoot. I was so worked up about my kids and work and stress and getting all the things done that I should have just relaxed and lived a little!" So, with that said, here are three of my goals for the New Year. 

Adventure. I love to play and do fun things. Who doesn't? We live in such a gorgeous part of the country and it would be a shame not to take advantage of it more often. Sunset Magazine has such great ideas for fun hole in the wall places and quiet resort towns to check out. I'm 20 minutes from my favorite flatirons hike at Chautauqua. We are only 6 hours away from Mount Rushmore and it's just a quick drive up to Estes Park. My favorite thing about this magazine is that it's not about things, but about living and experiences. I'm all about finding one of those "glorious winter escapes."
Purge & Clear space for things I love. One thing I've always prided myself in is not purchasing items that can't be worn or styled at least 3 ways. It's something I always encourage friend for clients that I'm helping with their wardrobes to take to heart as well. The February InStyle Magazine has some great tips on doubling your wardrobe outfit ideas. Just reworking your favorite pieces into fresh outfits will make your closet go twice (or thrice!) as far and that way you can purge all the excess. Getting rid of items I haven't worn in months and months has been so freeing. 

"Me" Time. Self-care is something that friends & family can come along side you and help out with, but ultimately I've decided taking care of myself is my responsibility. It's really as simple as asking my husband to take both kids to the gym with him while I make dinner in the quiet (or sneak away and get a manicure). He is almost always willing to help and if I'm not willing to ask for help, how will anyone know that I need it? A few ways I've been able to carve out some "me time" so far this year: 
1. Grab a couple of magazines and head to my favorite coffee shop for a vanilla latte. 
2. Wake up early and go get groceries before the kids wake up. Or Wake up early and just drink coffee in silence while I dig in the Word. 
3. Paint my nails and watch one of my favorite TV shows instead of working during nap time. 
4. Try a  new recipe while Chase takes the kids to the gym. Taking advantage of childcare is such a win in my book. There's something exciting about opening up a magazine, picking up some ingredients in a healthy recipe that piques your interest and just going for it while listening to some good tunes. Am I right? I am, y'all. I really am ;)

Do any of these goals resonate with you? Make sure to pick up some fun magazines that will  encourage you in your New Year goals, not to add more clutter or things for you to acquire. If you're shopping at Safeway, like I did, Take advantage of $1.00 off participating titles (PEOPLE®, InStyle®, People StyleWatch®, Real Simple®, and Sunset®) with this digital offer until 2/15/16 while supplies last.

How do you find "me" time? What are some of your goals this year? I'd love to hear!


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and InStyle® and Sunset® Magazines but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #NewYearMeTime http://my-disclosur.es

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tuna Steak Sushi Inspired Salad ((recipe))

Perusing Whole Foods makes me a little ambitious, so I splurged on some tuna steaks but decided to keep it simple with how I prepared them. I ended up making a salad that was TOO GOOD not to share. If you score your ahi tuna on sale or even get a previously frozen portion, you can make this incredibly delicious salad (that can serve 4-5) for around $25. We named it sushi salad because it's fun to say, but feel free to class it up a bit if you make it for friends an call it "tuna steak salad with wasabi soy dressing."

Tuna steaks are intimidating, but surprisingly easy to get right AND the salad dressing is what makes or breaks this recipe anyways. I wanted to dip all the veggies in the leftover and I made it the next day for another salad. Tip: Get your produce and tuna fresh at Whole Foods, but I like to go to a local Asian Market for stuff like wasabi, sesame oil, and such. It' s more fun when you can't read the label ;)

1.5 lbs of fresh tuna
Sesame Oil
Montreal Seasoning or Salt & Pepper
Sesame Seeds
Sesame Oil (optional)
Power Greens or Salad Greens
Wasabi Paste
Rice Vinegar
Soy Sauce
Olive Oil

1. Thinly slice cucumber and radishes. Also cube or slice your avocado.
2. Whisk together 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon (or more) wasabi paste. Set aside and just before serving, whisk in 2 tbsp of olive oil. 
3. Heat skillet over medium-high heat and spray with olive oil cooking spray. 
4. Drizzle some  sesame oil over the tuna steaks and season with montreal seasoning or just salt & freshly ground pepper. When the skillet is heated, toss tuna steaks onto skillet and cook 2 minutes on each side. Let rest before slicing at a diagonal. It should be a deep pink color and the center should be raw, like sushi. 
5. Toss dressing with greens or drizzle at the end. Arrange greens, radishes, cucumber, and avocado on plate. Top with sliced tuna steak. Sprinkle with sesame seeds for a little crunch.