Life Lately. by Mialy DeFelice

The most comfortable movie theater.

The most comfortable movie theater.

Oh my. I am not great at blogging. Here are is a photo dump of life lately (Including FL)! :) 

His & Hers.

His & Hers.

Sunday laze.

Sunday laze.

Stole Eric's Sweater. Kitty. Birks.

Stole Eric's Sweater. Kitty. Birks.

Steak. Yum. But No.

Steak. Yum. But No.

Matisse Baby.

Matisse Baby.

Sistas.

Sistas.

Tweet. Tweet.

Tweet. Tweet.

Spunky Monkey.

Spunky Monkey.

Lauren. Waterfall Braid. Mo.

Lauren. Waterfall Braid. Mo.

Selfie with the Little One.

Selfie with the Little One.

Papa. Frank. Happy 80th.

Papa. Frank. Happy 80th.

Fly over... who knows...

Fly over... who knows...

Simplify that. by Mialy DeFelice

Tapestry from Merida, Mexico. :)

Tapestry from Merida, Mexico. :)

For the past couple of years I have been making conscious efforts to simplify and streamline my life. I recently started reading a book on how to make your home and work life more effortless and in the process have found that I have actually come pretty far. One part of the book talks about how forming habits allows us to do those things that we don't really love without much thought, just switch on that autopilot y'all! And guys, I have been unbeknownst to myself making habits and micro-habits like crazy. I thought it might be fun to share with you guys the things that have proved the most helpful to making my life so much simpler.

1. I minimized my wardrobe : I will go more into detail in a later post but seriously I don't have that much clothes anymore and most of it is some take on the following uniform: Jeans (mostly black), t-shirt or sweater (neutral color) worn with boots or ballet flats, in the summer with sandals. I always wear a bracelet on my left arm, a watch on my right, and I always (always) wear a necklace (I have about 5 to choose from). Voila. Thats what I wear every day. It might be boring but it works and has taken the guess work out of dressing. I only buy clothes sparingly and its only things I really love.

2. We minimized our possessions: We now don't have a ton of excess things in our house (the one exception might be the kitchen... we have 3 sets of measuring cups...). Everything has a place and is super easy to find. This has made our life immeasurably easier.

3. I made a morning routine: I have a very defined morning routine, I didn't consciously make it, but it exists nonetheless. It is also contains a couple of little micro routines, my chemex coffee ritual and my super simple makeup routine :). My mornings are now no muss no fuss, and more importantly calming.

4. I meal prep on Sundays: This takes place in a few steps. (1) Sunday morning I wake up early and pick out all the recipes of what we will eat in the week (2) I write up a grocery list, and check that puppy twice (3) we hit the farmers market first, then head off to trader joes (4) I make the food. I tend to pick simple food, and mainly prep what we will be eating for breakfast and lunch that week while making sure we have all the ingredients on hand for weekday meals. Meal prepping saved my sanity.

It is a little nuts to me that I have actually made all of these habits. 

When we moved out here I decided that things were going to be different. All of these changes took place in the past couple of years (though we started minimizing some back in Rochester), and meal prep Sunday is a habit that I started cultivating only after we got back from Mexico, but is one that I will not part with now. I still have not made a habit of working out and I have not quite found a way to make a habit of the awful chore of cleaning, but now that I know I am finally capable of habits I think these are the things I am going to try to go for next.

Anyway, that was a pretty long and random post, sorry!

Have a wonderful day!! 

Weekend Links. by Mialy DeFelice

My hair finally, just barely, fits into a fun little top knot!

My hair finally, just barely, fits into a fun little top knot!

 

Ugh, Eric and I have been sick for what seems like infinity. First it was allergies. Now it is a cold + allergies. What gives? 

But are you looking for some fun little things to click on?

1. Fun music*. a. b. c. d. e. f. g. and h. 

2. Outstanding infographic, that blew my mind and made me super sad.

3. This clip from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, that made me love Sofia Vergara even more. 

4. What I wore today.   

5. If there was anything that could convince me to go vegan, this would be it.

6. If you have some time to read.

7. Hungry for a snack? You should make these. They are super yummy!

8. Have a spare grapefruit? Use it to make one of these.

Thats it for me! Even though I'm still sick, I'm going to pretend I'm all better and go out and grab me a cocktail!

Have a wonderful weekend all!!

*this is not a carefully curated anthology of rare indie music, its just super fun pop that I have been obsessed with lately.

 

Mexico. Part 2. by Mialy DeFelice

So it has been a few weeks since we got back from Mexico now. Many of the specifics of our stay have faded so this post will be mainly pictures. For this second part of the trip we went to Tulum, which is a sort of hippy beach town about an hour and a half south of Cancun. It is more laid back and less busy than Cancun but still has amazing beaches.  I booked us a resort that had no electricity or internet in the rooms. It was sort of a gift to unplug and is definitely something I would like to do again.  All and all it was a wonderful experience, 100% needed after Eric's work schedule this past year. 

I would go back to Tulum in a heartbeat! :) 

This summer I think we are going to make most of our travel local.  I would love to visit San Diego and Eric really wants to go to Vegas for a weekend. Then in late August to mid-September I am taking a month off before grad school.  We are already committed to going to Europe. But are not really set on the place. We want to go to Italy but cannot decide if we should just chill and spend the entire time traveling there, or if we want to do a multi country tour (think: Italy, the south of France, Spain, Morocco). If anybody has any opinions please let me know!

Anyway, I gots to get. Love you dolls!

Mexico. Part I. by Mialy DeFelice

Last weekend we touched down in Merida, Mexico. It was a trip inspired by a cooking class I really wanted to take. And though we did not have enough time for the class  (it was taking place the day we were leaving) we had a ton of fun exploring the city. We stayed at the most amazing Airbnb. I have included an inordinate amount of photos below because it was just so pretty. I was not expecting to be so relaxed on this leg of the trip, but alas.

The city of Merida itself was quite picturesque. I did not take nearly enough pictures of all the festivities.  Saturday when we got in, there was a little festival we went to that had traditional dancing and a ton of food.  Unfortunately, we were not at all hungry since we had such a late lunch, so we did not get to try any food.  Sunday morning, one of the parks was filled with carts of shops and foods, and we got to look upon some lovely churches and the old governors mansion.  

Sunday night, we made a last minute reservation for a private english speaking tour of the area for Monday.  I was a little concerned that it wouldn't be pulled off since was so last minute, but the guys at the agency we called were simply amazing at swiftly putting a package together.  We got to see the Mayan site Uxmal, as well as an old Hacienda and the real reason I booked the trip in the first place...Cenotes!! The first cenote we went to was completely empty when we got there, and it was a real treat to have it to ourselves.  The second cenote was crowded and when I got out I was swarmed by at least 15 wasps. Terror, I know! I always wondered why people can't outrun bees. Now I know... they can fly! I ended up being stung, and guys, I was the picture of a trooper, but omg it hurt so badly. Our guide cut a sour orange for me to rub on the bite and it helped so much. I cannot tell you how proud I was of myself. I am always getting a step closer to being a true grown up.

I love how this region (i.e. Mexico and Belize at least) treats watermelons for the splendid fruit that they are and that not only was I able to get watermelon sorbet on this trip but a watermelon popsicle..wha??

I love how this region (i.e. Mexico and Belize at least) treats watermelons for the splendid fruit that they are and that not only was I able to get watermelon sorbet on this trip but a watermelon popsicle..wha??

C E N O T E S ! ! !

C E N O T E S ! ! !

I do not think this picture really captures my happiness at being in this gorgeous place. It was so spectacular to walk into, and omg I am not really one with words and as such cannot properly describe how cool this place was. 

I cannot wait to see more of Mexico in the future (now that I know how to say Oaxaca, maybe I can actually travel there :)). Later in the week I will post up Part II of our trip. The beaches of Tulum!

 

Toast for two. by Mialy DeFelice

When it comes to breakfast philosophy Eric and I have wildly different ideas on what constitutes an amazing one.  He generally skews to the sweet, while I have a firm belief that waffles and pancakes are not breakfast but dessert, and as such go for the savory.  This morning we had some extra french bread to use up.  My favorite, avocado toast, was top of mind while Eric totally fixated on French toast.  So deux toasts it was. 

I am generally terrible at making french toast. The middle is soggy and the edges are butter burnt.  The angst usually turns me away.  But a little googling led me to this tip sheet from Bon Appetit on how to avoid some common french toast mistakes.  This led me to leave out the sugar from the batter, let each side soak for 10 minutes and use butter and oil for the pan.  After cooking at a strictly medium heat, the toast came out perfectly.  For the topping I made a berry compote using this recipe from The Minimalist Baker, using some frozen berries.  It all turned out perfectly.

My toast was much simpler.  Two slices of bread and half an avocado mashed with a fork.  I toasted the bread then spread with the avocado, and topped with paprika, salt and pepper. Yummy!

Anyway, sorry for a whole post about our breakfast, it was just so yummy, and fun to make :)