7/24/2017

Oh She Glows Cookbook Giveaway!

I recently bought a copy of The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon at our local Sprouts. I think it's worth mentioning that Sprouts is something we loved having in Arizona and we were so shocked to find one in Raleigh. Its honestly the best grocery store. Its like a mix of Trader Joe's and Wholefoods with so much great produce and awesome prices. I had a bit of a google and it looks like they are in the process of opening stores across the US, so if you don't already have a Sprouts near you - you might soon!

Okay, back to the book - The Oh She Glows Cookbook! Who of us does not want to Glow? I love the name of this cookbook, it feels oddly empowering for the genre, but I'm embracing it! Like people in the street might see me walking by and be like 'Oh, (pause) she glows!' A girl can dream :)

I feel like I'm incredibly late to the table on this one.. it came out in 2014.. so just a few years late, no big deal right? If you already know and love this cookbook Angela released a sequel, Oh She Glows Every Day late last year.


I really love Angela's approach to vegan food, it's very low on the meat and dairy substitute foods and focuses on great whole foods instead. She's also not into labels, which I think is really important. Why put that pressure on yourself to perfectly conform to a particular label? Plant-based suggests a flexibility which I think is a really positive thing.


I found the start of the recipe book so helpful. Angela goes through her natural pantry items with descriptions of her most commonly used ingredients. It's awesome to have that kind of information included in a recipe book. I find a lot of 'non-standard' ingredients a bit intimidating to be honest and this really helped to break things down and make them more accessible. For example, rather than a recipe just including arrowroot powder, I can read about why that was included and what benefits it has.



I've been making this Quick Chana Masala for a few months after discovering it on Cookie & Kate. I try to cook a plant based meal a few nights a week. This has been such a great recipe. It keeps really well for lunches, its inexpensive and delicious. This recipe is what made me buy the book. I wanted to share the love so I'll be giving away a copy of the The Oh She Glows Cookbook, to enter comment on this post, and follow me on instagram @anotefromhome, open to the US and Australia only. The winner will be randomly selected on the 1st August 2017, I'll announce it here on the blog and on insta! Good luck!




7/15/2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Purchases

I wanted to share my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchases. I think I found some really great items for now and for the fall/winter season. This is the first year that I have shopped with Early Access, in the past I have just waited until the sale was available to the public and hoped that the items I wanted would still be available. I honestly think this "wait and see" method is totally fine, most things get restocked and it gives you time to really decide on what you truly want. I placed two orders online yesterday and then went into the store this morning to try on some things that I wasn't sure about. Sometimes going into a store is so nice! Here's what we got!


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As I'm typing this post I'm wearing the jeans, they are honestly the most comfortable jeans that I've ever owned, it's like wearing pajamas. I literally came home and put them on. We're planning a trip to the UK later this year so I wanted a good pair of boots to walk around in, a good travel tote, and a comfy cardigan for the flight. The polka dot top is for work and also comes in black which was really cute too. And the gathered top is listed as red on the website but is definitely more of a burnt orange to me, this one is a steal at under $30 and is super flattering! I wore 3, 4 & 7 to dinner tonight,



Jon also found some amazing things at the sale this year (or I found them for him and he approved). Honestly, I feel like the #NSale is fun for the whole family! 


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The shoes are awesome - they go up to a size 15! The fleece and hoodie both come in a tonne of colors and are amazing prices - both under $40! 

Happy Shopping!



7/15/2017

North Carolina Outer Banks Weekend

This past weekend we went on a little holiday to the Outer banks of North Carolina. It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday weekend! Jon planned the entire weekend and it was a complete surprise to me. Even when we were in the car driving out to the outer banks I had no idea where we were going. My NC geography isn't amazing at present. It’s getting better though!


We left Raleigh late Friday morning and it was about a 4 hr drive to the Outer banks. We arrived at The Inn On Pamlico Sound and my jaw completely dropped. It looked like some gorgeous mix of California and Nantucket. The first thing you see is the vegetable garden that the inns restaurant uses to make some seriously delicious food. We went to check in and the staff were so friendly, the lady took us around the property and showed us to our room. The Inn is located in Buxton on Hatteras Island.

I think this is a baby watermelon! Seeing the garden was so amazing!
Our room was complete perfection! We stayed in the Jasmine room which had this amazing large porch with the best view of the sound. There was champagne and strawberries waiting for us. We sat on the porch amazed by the endless view and toasted to the start of a great weekend!


   


There was a wedding happening in the inn that night so watched from our balcony and then had dinner at the inn's restaurant. We had the caprese salad, a mushroom and pasta appetizer and the seafood platter. Everything was so good!

The view from our room! 

Saturday morning we made it down to breakfast, we ate outside on the deck. Did I mention that the view is great? We then drove to Conner's supermarket, their motto is "everything from PBR to caviar", to buy some sunscreen and bottled. On the way back we found the sweetest little bookstore and I got something to read at the beach. We went back to the inn and packed for a day on Okracoke Island!


  
The cutest bookshop! Buxton Village Books

We caught the NCDOT ferry over to Okracoke Island, the ferry departs every 30 minutes (this changes seasonally I believe) and the ride over is about an hour. We had no cell phone reception the entire day so I was really happy that we had picked up a couple of maps of the island at the ferry terminal.


A passing ferry


When we arrived at Okracoke Island we drove into the main village area to find some lunch and have a look around. We ate at Native Seafood, they will steam fresh shrimp or blue crab while you wait! We then headed to the Okracoke Lifeguard Beach for a swim. The beach was ranked the 3rd best beach in the US for 2017. Behind a beach in Florida (1) and one in Maui (2)! The beach and the water are so clean and it wasn't too crowded. After the beach we went back into town, got a coffee then headed back to the ferry terminal.



Perfect lunch for two before heading to the beach!

The view from my beach chair! Okracoke beach was so clean and natural, so impressed with the National Park Service!
That night we ate dinner at the inn's restaurant again, why change a good thing? I think the food on Saturday night was actually better. I ordered the seafood platter again and it was presented completely differently and I think it was better value. The things on the platter change daily depending on what's fresh and available. We went back up to our balcony to watch the sun set and have a glass of wine. The perfect end to the perfect day!


Seafood Platter!

Jon got the scallops, they were so good - cooked perfectly!

Sunset from our balcony!

On Sunday we went down to breakfast and then packed up and checked out. On the way home we stopped at the Hatteras Lighthouse which was so cool to see. It was far more ornate then I would have expected. I love that all of the lighthouses have a different design so that they are easily distinguished when out at sea! Practical and pretty! Love it!

Hatteras Lighthouse

It was such an amazing weekend and I have to say that Saturday was literally a perfect day. Think about that, perfect, for a whole day. That doesn't happened too often. It makes me happy just thinking about it again. So far we are loving NC and all that it has to offer! We will definitely be back to the Inn and Okracoke Island.

7/03/2017

Mini Waredrobe Update

I've been needing a few new pieces lately and I've found some great things that I wanted to share!

The items are from a few shopping trips over the last month and I've worn everything except the cover up which I'll be wearing this weekend when we visit the NC Outer Banks!

Best part  - everything is ON SALE!!!



La Blanca coverup from Nordstrom - ON SALE!
Can't wait to wear this! NC Outer Banks here we come!




LOFT cami - ON SALE!
I'm in love with this leaf print! The top is lined so not clingy which is a plus! Good for taller girls because its long!




There is also an amazing jumpsuit version in this print!




Scallops! Need I say more! There's also some scallop details on the back which gives it a bit of a western vibe - to me at least :)




This dress is so comfortable and so flattering. I wore it to a 4th of July party yesterday. It has pockets, it's lined and it's my current favorite dress! It says 'dry clean' on the care tag but I put it in a cold wash by itself then air dried and it came out fine :)



Counting down to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It's going to be awesome this year!