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One Year Anniversary Trip: Terranea Resort

In December, Luke and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary at Terranea Resort. Directly after we dove into the holidays and Luke started studying for the California Bar Exam, which he took in February. The above explains my months delay in sharing how wonderful our trip was! 🙂

Terranea Resort is in Palos Verdes about an hour from Santa Monica on a Sunday afternoon (which is when we drove down).


From check in to checkout we had the most amazing experience. Terranea is set high above the ocean on a private 102-acre peninsula paradise, it’s like stepping into a whole new world – minutes from the craziness of Los Angeles. On three sides, you’re surrounded by the Pacific and across the channel is Catalina Island. From the resort lobby and outdoor gardens to private terraces and inviting courtyards with outdoor fireplaces, we found many places to relax and unwind. Exactly what we needed after finishing Law School!


Our first meal took place at Nelson’s, the more casual option. Let me just say it was delicious!


We explored all afternoon, which is easy to do as all of Terranea is completely walkable.


I highly suggest taking time to get a massage or facial at The Spa. There is a private pool for spa guests that has outdoor fireplaces and quiet places to lounge. Even better is the post therapy rooms within the spa that are up above the pool. Our couples massage ended at sunset so we relaxed next to an indoor fireplace in a private room with the terrace door open wide. It was amazing!


We celebrated our 1 year with dinner at Terranea’s Mar’sel Restaurant. Mar’sel offers the ideal location for an elegant dinner. Mar’sel (a play on the Spanish word for “sea” and the French word for “salt”) offers a twist on California cuisine. With a seasonally rotating fine dining menu that features locally-sourced ingredients (citrus and herbs from the resort’s grounds, hand-ground chocolate, farm-fresh eggs), mar’sel combines approachable luxury with a breathtaking setting.


I (of course) was eager to use their workout facilities and was happy when Luke joined me for (his first ever!) spin class. The 6:30am outdoor spin class meant we watched the sun come up over the ocean in front of us. Worth the early wake up call! The gym itself is state of the art with any machines or equipment one would want. The gym is directly across from The Spa.


Breakfast postspin was at the newly renovated Catalina Kitchen. This was my favorite meal of the trip! I LOVE what they’ve done here. Catalina features a cohesive New American menu with a California coastal sensibility. Dishes are simply composed and make use of high-quality, seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. We will definitely be back!


The only regret I have is not bringing our golden doodle, Maui. Terranea is pet friendly and perfectly designed for well behaved pets to join you on your weekend trip. We can’t wait to be back!

Two Delicious Breakfast Bowls

It has been a rainy new year in Southern California! When I moved to California last January it rained on us the whole drive in from the boarder to Calabasas so this weather makes me sentimental to my first few weeks in California.

Sometimes on gloomy days I like to brighten up my mornings with colorful breakfast bowls! Here are two of my recent favorites.

ACAI BOWL

Recipe:

  • 1 Sambazon Acai Smoothie Pack
  • 1 banana (half in smoothie, half as topping).
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries (in smoothie).
  • 1/4 cup Purely Elizabeth Original Granola
  • 2 Strawberries

Oatmeal Bowl

Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 pack Wild Friends Chocolate + Coconut Peanut Butter
  • 2 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup Purely Elizabeth Original Granola

I hope this brightens up your Foguary! 😉 Let me know if you try either of the delicious and healthy options above.

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Yesterday I whipped up this quick and easy smoothie for lunch. While peanut butter can sometimes make smoothies feel heavy this recipe is light and delicious. Enjoy!

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SERVINGS: 1

½ c fat-free milk
½ c fat-free plain yogurt
2 Tbsp creamy natural unsalted peanut butter
Âź very ripe banana
1 Tbsp honey
4 ice cubes

COMBINE ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and serve.

NUTRITION (per serving) 366 cal, 18 g pro, 40 g carb, 3 g fiber, 32 g sugar, 16.5 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 151 mg sodium

Our Providence Trip: Brown University

This past weekend we did the cross country trek to visit Luke’s alma mater, Brown University. It was well worth the trip. We went so I could have a peek into Luke’s college experience and see his former team in action at the Brown vs. Harvard game. Before meeting and then marrying Luke, my only connection to Brown was that Blake Lively’s character played soccer there in ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ Franchise and Emma Watson was an alum (one of Luke’s classmates I might add). I’m glad I’ve gained some perspective and was able to see the university through Luke’s eyes. 😉

Going to Brown was an easy choice for Luke once he knew he got in and would continue playing football but it didn’t make the Texas to Rhode Island transition any easier. This trip gave me a greater understanding of how hard he worked, how strong he was in the face of adversity and how loving he is to all people, including those who are very different than him.

I loved being in Providence with my mother and father-in-law. It was so fun to hear their perspective on the whole experience. Sending their first child to college, not only out of state but almost as far as he could be from Friendswood, Texas. Luke’s freshman year he lived on the corner of Hope Street and Power Street. He held onto those words as promises that he was in the right place. I just love that little detail of his first year at Brown.

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Luke and me in front of the house he lived in his junior and senior year at Brown University.

The weather was absolutely perfect! Our morning walks through campus and down Thayer Street were crisp and cool. The leaves are just now beginning to change and the sun shined on us the whole weekend.

We made sure to eat at some of Luke’s favorite restaurants. If you’re in Providence we highly suggest: Andreas for delicious greek food and people watching on Thayer Street, Meeting Street Cafe for a fresh omelette,  Al Forno Restaurant for margherita pizza, and Modern Diner for a classic American breakfast inside an old school diner.

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Luke’s Ivy League Championship ring paired with the classic Brown ‘B’ sweater. #Swoon

I’m so thankful for this past weekend and the time Luke had at Brown. I could not be more proud of all he has accomplished and all that is to come for him in his legal career and our marriage.

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I look forward to having other friends and family join us for Brown trips in the future. Get ready for some fun!

 

 

Whitney’s Bachelorette Weekend

Two weeks ago I was in Texas to host my twin sister’s Bachelorette Weekend. Whitney had decided months ago she wanted to have a getaway with her bridesmaids and friends at a lake house and luckily for us some very generous friends let us take over their incredible house for the weekend.

We started off the weekend with dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Dallas called True Food. My order is consistently the Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad with Salmon. If they ever take that off the menu, I have no idea what I’ll do. After dinner we carpooled out the lake and setup to fiesta!

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As a newlywed there’s something very special about time away with girlfriends, especially time with Whitney before she becomes a McIntosh. I always miss Luke and am constantly making mental notes of funny things that happen to share with him but it was so sweet to be present with Whitney, fully available to celebrate her in person.

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The weekend was ‘fiesta’ themed and we kicked it off with queso, guacamole, chips and salsa. My mom and grandmother did an amazing job preparing all of our meals with the theme in mind, which made for a delicious weekend! We went on a run, threw on some sunscreen and went out on the boat. We tubed all morning and wake boarded in the afternoon. The tubbing was no joke and Ramie and I have battle wounds to prove it! At one point we flew off and it was caught on camera. I was so glad because it felt like we had flown 20 feet into the air and slammed skulls before falling back into the water. To our great disappointment (and my shock) it looks like we just gently let go of the tube and slipped nicely into the water. Hilarious now but very confusing at the time as to how something so painful could look so easy. Too funny!

I was so thankful to see so many of our girlfriends come out for the weekend and celebrate Whitney. The conversation, company and time together was so special to me and I know for Whitney as well.

A huge thank you to the Horners for being such amazing hosts and allowing 15 women to complete take over! It was weekend we’ll never forget. Now…let’s #MakeHeraMcIntosh!

 

Food Combining 101 by Health Coach, Melissa Wood

Melissa Wood is a health coach, model and proud new mother living in New York City. While gracing the pages of such publications as Women’s Health, Self and Shape magazines through her work as a model, she has developed a passion for healthy living and fitness. Melissa completed her studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a certified Health and Wellness Coach in 2014. She hopes that by sharing her own experiences with food choices and body image, she will be able to help those struggling to find a healthy balance in their lives. For Melissa’s health and fitness tips, visit her website  www.melissawoodhealth.com, f low her on Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat @Mindfullyfit

Food Combining 101

People often tell me that they eat healthily but are frustrated with the lack of results in their bodies, and can’t understand why they’re still feeling bloated after eating. The first thing I always ask them is how they are combining their foods.

Proper food combining is a method of eating that allows you to digest your food in a way that is efficient, not wasteful of energy, and which allows you to absorb the most nutrients from your foods. Because all foods digest at different rates using different enzymes, it is important to understand which combinations are optimal for digestive health. Improper food combining leads to unpleasant side effects such as bloating, gas and yes- even weight gain.

One of the most common misconceptions is that eating fruit for dessert is a healthy alternative to sugary sweets. While fruit is very healthy and should be a big part of any diet, it’s not advisable to eat fruit after a meal, no matter how light or healthy. The reason for this is because fruit digests faster than any other food group.  If you’re still craving something sweet after a mean, try having a piece of dark, non-dairy chocolate instead. This will not interfere with the digestive process.

If, for example, you have a chicken salad for lunch, it’s important to know that chicken takes approximately 4-6 hours to digest, so it’s not advisable to follow it up with fruit because most fruit only takes 30-45 minutes to digest. The fruit will have nowhere to go and ends up sitting in your stomach, leading to a host of unpleasant side-effects such as bloating and gassiness.

This chart is a good guideline to use when in doubt about food combining

Chart via http://www.trueactivist.com

Don’t take my word for it; give yourself 2-4 weeks to try it. Food combining is not an exact science; don’t beat yourself up if you can’t follow these guidelines 100% of the time. The results will speak for themselves, hopefully leading you to make food combining a part of your eating routine.

It is important to remember that this is NOT a diet. It’s a way of understanding how the digestive system works to optimize your health, while looking and feeling great in the process

Simple & Healthy Granola

This simple and healthy granola recipe has become a staple in the Landers home. It is perfect on yogurt, with fruit or in a acai bowl. This recipe rivals my favorite KIND Granola which is truly saying something. A major bonus is how sweet our house smells when it’s cooking, for a short ten minutes. I love how you can switch out different nuts and sweeteners, the possibilities with this granola are endless.

Recipe was first on my snapchat: @missemilywarren

SIMPLE & HEALTHY GRANOLA

Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
20 mins

Delicious healthy granola, featuring nuts, shredded coconut, and hearty oatmeal. Original recipe from Elizabeth Rider, modifications by Emily Landers.

Ingredients
2 cups (680 g) oats
1/2 cup (170 g) raw chopped nuts
1/4 cup (56 g) seeds (I used pumkpin)
1/2 cup (56 g) unsweetened dried fruit
2 to 3 Tbsp organic maple syrup or raw honey
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract & a pinch of salt
Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients
Whisk in the maple syrup or honey, coconut oil and vanilla, then add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
Flatten mixture onto silpat.
Bake until edges begin to brown, 7-10 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

*We added dark chocolate to our second batch once it cooled down and it was delicious!

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