Inspirational Monday.

When Nick and I were in San Luis Obispo for Easter weekend, I snapped a few photos of the roses blooming in the backyard. After editing them to create a new finish, I added in some calming quotes by Buddha. These could actually make great desktop backgrounds and serve as a point to remind you to take a moment to relax today!

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Rose5(To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others)

Rose4(What we think, we become)

Rose3(Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace)

Rose2(The way is not in the sky, the way is in the heart)

Happy Monday!

To all the Mama’s Mamas and Baby’s Mamas.

We love our mamas.  They are truly the best and the ones who never get enough credit for all of the hard work they dedicate to their families.  On this Mother’s Day weekend, make sure to give your mom’s a big hug or a call to let her know you appreciate her.  As a tribute to Mother’s Day, we wanted to share some oldies but goodies of us with our mom’s!

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(Chelsea and her mom, Nancy, way back when)

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(Here’s my mom and me as a little chunkster.  Our mom’s must have had similar taste because Chelsea and I are practically matching!)

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(Our “Blue Steel” pose)

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mama’s out there!  Have a great weekend 🙂

Make a Difference, Today.

Our good friend Antonio was in a terrible biking accident a few years ago and one of the things that he attributes to saving his life is the San Francisco General Hospital. He’s started his own fun run taking place in San Francisco this September to give back to the hospital who gave him so much- his life!

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What made you want to create the 30/30 run?

Well, I created this event because in 2010 San Francisco General Hospital saved my life. I was riding my bicycle on my way to work, and got into a terrible wreck. I hit a rock in the road, lost complete control of the bicycle and flew through the back window of a parked car. I cut my neck open (24 cm), slicing my jugular vein and lost 5 liters of blood on the scene. I was rushed to the San Francisco General Hospital where, on the second day on the operating table, I had a stroke and nearly died.

This year, I’m turning 30 and I wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for the amazing work they did for me at SFGH that day. So rather than doing something garish for my 30th birthday (i.e. spend way too much money in Vegas), I wanted to do something to show my gratitude to the hospital and give something back. So I’m organizing a 30k fun-run, while trying to raise $30k for SFGH’s Foundation. I’m calling it “The 30/30 Run”. 30 years, 30k run, raising $30k…The 30/30 run. The race itself is on Sunday September 28, 2014 @ Ft. Funston.

I’ve created a website for the event where users can register for the run and/or donate directly to the foundation. All donations are processed through the hospital’s GoFundMe page, so they are getting 100% of the donations. My goal is to get 1,000 people to donate $30 each to support this vital city institution and to keep SFGH thriving for all San Franciscans who may need Emergency Medical Services and the other incredible, life-saving, services they provide.

If people aren’t able to run themselves, how can they donate?

It’s super easy! MANY people are saying “Antonio, there’s no way that I’m going to run 30k with you (18 miles)…BUT I’d be happy to donate $30 to your cause” and all you have to do is go to 3030run.org and follow the directions for donations. Now, there’s also options for running half that distance (15k ~ 9 miles) or if you want to volunteer to help the event (being at water stops for runners, handing out finisher medals, cheering runners on, etc).

What’s one thing people should know about the San Francisco General Hospital?

San Francisco General Hospital is the only trauma hospital in the city and one of the best in the country. Meaning if you have a traumatic injury, there is literally no other place in the city, and in the bay area, that you would want to be!

What’s one thing people should know about you?

Rather than doing something for myself for my birthday, I completely recognize that I wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for SFGH. The 30/30 Run isn’t being funded by any corporate sponsors, or any angel donors, all of the costs are coming out of my pocket. More importantly, all of the donations, literally, ALL OF THE DONATIONS, go directly to the hospital’s foundation. I’m not getting reimbursed for my own costs. My site (3030run.org) is merely a conduit between two parties: donors and the foundation. All of the donations are processed through the hospital’s GoFundMe page and is a tax-deductible donation. Just go to 3030run.org for all of the details.

Leave us with one last thought, something to take away from your fundraising efforts.

I realize that my goal of raising $30,000 for the SFGH Foundation is ambitious. Just as it took a team of incredible, selfless, amazing people to save my life, it’s going to take a team of the same kind of people to help me raise this money. I’m not going to corporations and asking for a big check, I’m not asking businesses to underwrite any of the costs of the event…I’m not asking a few people for a lot of money…quite the opposite.What I am doing is asking a lot of people for a little bit of money. That $30 donation, is far more valuable to the hospital and the foundation because, maybe, the person that donates $30 this year may continue to give throughout the course of their life to the hospital…meaning their $30 donation turns into so much more over the course of their lifetime. Also, the reason why I’m going grass roots and crowd sourcing is because I want to drive as much awareness for the amazing work that the hospital and foundation does every single day for the city and county of San Francisco. The people that work at SFGH and the SFGH Foundation are talented, selfless, talented, giving, brilliant, caring, loving, and genuine: all things that I find incredibly admirable and want to show to my gratitude in some small way.
Check out this inspiring video about the San Francisco General Hospital
We are donating to this amazing cause and hope you are able to too!

High Fashion Meets Everyday Fashion.

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I work with some amazingly inspiring people and the other day while rocking these earrings, one of them asked me if I had seen Pippa McManus’s fashion illustrations recently.  He showed me some of the drawings and how large earrings are going to be big in upcoming runway shows.  I love the idea of very simple outfits with one bold piece and if the earring isn’t too heavy, I’m in FULL suppot of rocking the bling in jewelry form.  Check out some of this amazing artists images below.

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What’s not to love about these gorgeous high fashion illustrations?!  You can check out more of Pippa McManus’s inspiring pieces at her Facebook page.

Cupcake Quiche.

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When I was in Berlin last year, I accidentally found this amazing bakery with these scrumptious quiche muffins.  I thought of them the other day and decided to re-create them for our blog night when Chels and I get together.  It’s as simple as 6 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour (we used pastry flour), goat cheese, sea salt, and assorted fresh veggies (mushroom and tomato).

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We left out the seeds from the tomatoes because we didn’t think they’d bake well.

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It’s a tad messy during the process but we filled the cupcake dishes to the brim.

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Bake at 400 degrees for 20 mins and voila!  Amazing personal sized quiche for breakfast.

Enjoy!

Spring Flair.

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I picked up this white knit dress by ecoSkin a few weeks ago when I was thrift store hunting and I think it is perfect for the soon to be Summer days.

https://www.ecoskincollections.com/dresses.html?limit=30(I love to pair flowy dresses with boots, it mixes masculine and feminine well)

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(These fluttery cap sleeves are really simple and keep my shoulders cool, I think it is a nice touch)

Lately, I have been checking out the local buy back store called Crossroads and have been finding a bunch of great things for super cheap, this dress was only $12! Once in a while you can find something that is either new or practically new in stores like these. They are definitely worth a look.

Whale Sightings at Ocean Beach.

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If you follow our blog, you know how much I love to be outside.  The weather has been incredibly warm this week in San Francisco.  We are talking above 70s which is not the norm.  I took full advantage of the time outside which included a walk on the beach after work on Tuesday evening.  As I was walking out to the waters edge, I started seeing spouts bursting straight into the air.  3 of them right among the surfers and there were the most surfers I’ve seen out there in a while.  What I saw next blew me away, a large pod of humpback whales breaching and frolicking amongst the surfers.  I’m sure it wasn’t as neat to be a surfer and have one of them surprise you next to your dangling feet but it seemed like an extra special sighting that I felt lucky to witness.

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You can see one spout in the distance.

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Two of them here popped up to watch the sunset.

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It was truly unbelievable and I hope to see them again on my next beach walk.  There are places you can go in the bay area to whale watch and it looks like this weekend might be the time to do it!  Check out this company to leave right out of Pier 39 and maybe you’ll get luck enough to see these beautiful mammals navigate the seas.

Have a great weekend!

Vegetarian Summer Toast.

The best part about cooking in the Spring and Summer months is all of the fresh vegetables that we have available at our local farmers markets. I love making breakfast sandwiches and have experimented with all kinds of basic ingredients in order to find that perfect mix of sweet and savory. This recipe was created out of one of those experiments and I must say it is as delicious as it is simple to make!

Vegetarian Summer Recipe(Thickly slice a loaf of your favorite Rustic bread)

Vegetarian Summer Recipe(Mix a spoonful of goat cheese with a spoonful of ricotta cheese- this makes the goat cheese much easier to spread)

Vegetarian Summer Recipe(Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Toss mushrooms and red pepper slices with olive oil and sea salt. Cook for approximately 10 minutes)

Vegetarian Summer Recipe(Toast the bread slices and spread the cheese mixture on each slice)

Vegetarian Summer Recipe(Top with roasted vegetables, a drizzle of honey and a sprig of basil)

This is quite simply the easiest meal to make and serves well as a breakfast, lunch, or dinner!