Eat Your Sprouts Kid!

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I was like many kids, if it was green I would not eat it! My family liked to hide my veggies in a pile of mashed potatoes so I would finish, because in our house there was no leaving that table till all your greens were done. Especially with my Nanny & GiGi (what I call my grandparents), one time I got a nice big spoonful of spinach pushed down my throat and never looked at cooked spinach the same but there is hope. I was not completely traumatized, flash forward to now, greens make up a majority of my diet and brussel sprouts are one of my favorites. 

 

PAN SEARED BRUSSELS  - up to 45 min to make

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  • 1/2 pound Brussels Sprouts (the smaller sprouts taste a little sweeter)
  • 2 large Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil or Vegan Butter 
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Dash Red Pepper

First prepare you sprouts by cutting the ends, trim old leafing and cut into halves.

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In a bowl mix sprouts, 1/2 tablespoon of oil, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Give it a good mix, ensuring all the sprouts are covered. 

 

Heat your skillet on a meduim high heat. Mince your garlic and in the heavy skillet (preferably cast iron) melt the rest of oil or butter over a moderate heat, toss in garlic and stir until golden.

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Reduce heat to medium and arrange sprouts in skillet, in one layer. Cook for 5 minutes, without turning or until crisp and undersides are golden brown. Sprinkle on some red pepper flakes if you like some heat, stir and let cook for 2-3 more minutes or until tender.

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These are so tasty, easy and fast to make. They go great by themselves as a snack or as a side to your favorite meal. Looking to pair it with a yummy Eggplant Parmesan? Head to my previous post for the recipe!

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I would love to see your results and hear about your favortie veggie recipies.

5 Ways I Keep My Business & Life Organized

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This past month I have been all about cleaning up current systems and keeping my organization skills fresh. Right around this time of year I need bit of a reminder to step back, breath and keep on task, not allowing the rest of the clutter to take me out.  As the year rolls by I have my goals scheduled but other tasks, ideas and jobs get added into the mix, creating chaos which can become too much without a proper structure behind it.

Keeping your life and business organized can be a huge task all on it's own, but once you have your own systems in place it gets much easier. We are almost half way through the year and this is when some of us have started to drop the ball. To help get back on track I am sharing 5 ways I keep my life together, mind you this should be called "Top 5 ways to make sure I don't loose my sh*t!".

 

1) PRIORITIZE

At the beginning of the year, you should have had some goals laid out, but things get tweaked, changed and added as the year progresses. So before putting the next month's calendar together, I make a basic list of what I have planned for the month along with my other daily tasks. Once you have your list identify your "Big Rocks", which are your major tasks for the month.  Place those deadlines in first as they become the hardest and sometimes most daunting, which often end in some procrastination. But being most important we want to make sure those are placed on our calendars first. From there I bulk my similar tasks into groups and place as in need of importance. During each day of the week, I also have my daily tasks set and that way I can focus on a specific task for the day, instead of a bunch of random ones. Let us not forget to take a personal day, I like to take at least one day a week to do what I need to do for myself and my home.  


2) KEEP YOUR WORKSPACE TIDY

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As basic as it sounds keeping your area organized will help you keep on task. It will cut down on your feelings of anxiety and stress, while improving your productivity. Clutter keeps our minds stimulated and draws our eyes away from work, creating those feelings of frustration and guilt. I know for me trying to focus while in filth and clutter can be a completely overwhelming feeling. It just feels so great after everything is clean and put away properly, I love that satisfying feeling of sitting down in an organized and clutter free space, it's amazing!

So go through your creative space, get rid of anything that is not needed and organize your files. Consider the help of electronic apps to organize your receipts and other bookkeeping needs, all this will help with de-cluttering.


3) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ORGANIZING TOOLS

There are many tools out there to keep your weeks flowing! I use an array of apps to stay organized and help me keep things moving while at home or on the move. Dubsado is a great CRM system to keep workflow with your clients on time, help from automated emails, questionnaires, invoicing, bookkeeping and more, it's a life saver. It can take some time to set up your program but once set, you are ready to flow. I also use Buffer to plan my Social Media calendar and Evernote is a great tool to put my thoughts on photoshoots and group events together. Evernote also allows me to keep all the visuals, timelines and collaborator information  in one area, as well as being able to share it with others. But my number one go to is just an old-fashion planner, I do use my google calendar for some appointments but I am old school. Writing out my thoughts and placing them into my calendar is almost cathartic for me. I love the Franklin Covey planner system it works so well for me from my yearly goals down to my daily tasks, they also have books that help your productivity.


4) DELEGATE

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This is always a hard one for me, but it's ok to let go and pass the task along. I am a controlling person, I will just flat out admit that, so when starting my own business I was just consumed with many small and large things that needed to be done. I would do everything myself, which is a never ending list of tweaking and perfecting, but once I was able to put a little more money into my business I started hiring people to do the things I did not want to do. It makes sense right? Hiring others do what they are skilled in, instead of somewhat doing it correctly myself or having it take twice as long because I am figuring it out as I go. I put in money on the tasks that are my least favorite to do allowing me to focus on the important tasks that I enjoy.


5) TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

It is so important to take care of yourself, mentally, physically and spiritually. Many people do not realize how much your health can effect your business and life. It is very simply connected, if you are not at your best how can you give your best? Take time for yourself, meditate or take a nature walk, make sure to eat healthy and get physical, often. I know that it can sound impossible with a full plate but its more important to say no to one thing and to keep your health in mind. Do what you can when you can, get creative because a little activity and movement is better than nothing.  Feeling great will bring you more focus and a clearer thought process when coming to work. Besides that who doesn't like feeling good?


We all deal with chaos in some aspect of our lives and nothing will ever be perfect, but having some systems in place with good organizational skills, it will be much easier to handle it all. As you tweak your systems to meet your needs don't over do it, as I said things will never be perfect but it will get a heck of a lot easier.  

Any tips or tricks of your own? I would love to hear about them!

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It's Giveaway Time!

It's Giveaway Time!

Looking to win a session of glamour and luxury? Here is your chance! Enter to win a free boudoir session on APRIL 15, 2018. Enjoy the experience of intimate portraiture in the comforts of Studio Northwest, Portland OR. Treat yourself by sipping on champagne while you get pampered and glamorous.

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Let's Meet Wandering Spirits...

I had the pleasure of meeting with Wandering Spirits PDX, and the face behind it Casey Wiser. We met early on into my move to the Pacific Northwest, she was fun and open which made wanting to work with her an easy choice.

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Wandering Spirits is a mobile party cart service with a vintage, 1971 Shasta traveling bar that comes equipped with a 2 keg system. Along with the traveling bar their service includes a friendly bar staff serving your chosen bar menu, beer, wine, and/or liquor. 

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"I've always obsessed over Vintage trailers so it just felt right starting a business out of one." 

Casey's favorite part of doing what she does, is the joy of meeting new people and what better place to do it than from behind a bar?!  Covering all occasions from weddings & birthdays to corporate & private events, as well as the abiltiy to travel outside of Portland, meeting a variety of people is always in the mix. 

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As a business owner we all have our struggles and Casey isn't any different than the rest of us, so making time for herself is an important task. In her free time she loves spending it with her family, especially in nature. Being in the middle of  Mt. Hood's Mountains, with no cell service is her ultimate happy place.

 

"The balance of work and family life was a real struggle at first.

With better organization everything is more efficient and easier to balance"

 
 photo by: Trung Phan

photo by: Trung Phan

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As for the rest of the year, keep your eyes out for Wandering Spirits and there new mobile lounge coming in Spring 2018, as well as breaking into the Cannnabis Industry with personal bud tenders and more.

I know I am excited to see, and maybe even taste, what this year has in store for Casey and Wandering Spirits PDX.  Check them out and follow their journey.

Instagram: @wanderingspiritspdx   Facebook: @wanderingspiritspdx    Website: Wanderingspiritspdx.com

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Photography: nunez weddings // Location: tumwater vineyard  //  Styling & Props: as you wish northwest // Florals: giffords flowers // Signage: letters and dust // Table Rentals: country garden tables