Two nights ago while I was silently crouched over in child's pose, my yoga instructor recited four mantras to gather from, which I desperately needed to hear. I wanted to share them in case you needed to hear these words this week, too.
1. Be impeccable with your words — speak with integrity and say only what you mean.
2. Don't take it personally — let the opinions and actions of others bounce off of you and do not internalize them. They are not intended for you, and are merely a projection of their own self.
3. Never make assumptions — if you have a question or doubts, simply ask to find clarity and understanding.
4. Always do your best — take note that our "best" constantly varies in time and situation; consider your physical stamina while you are sick, versus when you are feeling your most healthy. Your best will assuredly fluctuate at different levels. So, be gentle with yourself and take comfort and peace in putting your best out there, and not the "best" of others.
Last week I found this recipe for Nutella brownies on A Cup of Jo, and I absolutely had to make them. Immediately. Although I wanted a gluten-free option, naturally.
My version of these gluten-free Nutella brownies is incredibly simple (we're talking 15 minutes to whip up a batch, baking time included). They are moist and yummy, as opposed to dry and having a faint hint of grass that is common to many gluten-free baked goods. Whether you eat gluten or not, these brownies will be your (somewhat) healthy go-to for a sugar fix.
1 cup Nutella
1 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp xantham gum (you can find this at any health food store)
In a medium sized bowl, mix the Nutella and eggs with a whisk until they are thoroughly mixed together. Slowly add in the almond meal, stirring as you pour it in, and then add the xantham gum. Fill your well-greased muffin tins three-quarters full, and bake at 375 °F for 10 minutes, or until the tops start to slightly crack. Yields 6 muffins. (To fill a 12 count muffin tin, simply double the above recipe.) Pour yourself a big glass of milk and enjoy that chocolatey, hazelnut goodness!
Handbag: c/o Emilie M.
Necklace: c/o Jane.com (by TomDesign)
Bracelet: c/o Le Tote
Today I am excited to introduce you all to Teodora B.! It is both an online shop and blog where you can find style inspiration and affordable finds, run by none other than the fabulous Teodora. You know how passionate I am about female powered small business, so I was all sorts of excited to spread the good word about her shop. Here's a little bit of the what, why, and mission of the brand straight from Teodora herself...
"The Teodora B. brand is about bringing inspiration to your work wardrobe at affordable price. We select pieces that can easily transition from work to play. Each and every piece is work appropriate infused with the latest trends, colors and patterns. Being from Bulgaria and living in the US now, I try to combine the effortless style of European women with the confidence of American women through our clothing selection."
These are the adorable items I've had my eye on. I had such a hard time choosing which one to try out for myself, but I ended up selecting this skirt from Teodora B. and I absolutely love it. The color is bright, and the cut and length fit perfectly. And bonus, it is comfy, meaning it stretches and bends as I bend over and chase around babies :) And guess what? Teodora is offering all of you wonderful readers 10% off your entire purchase and free shipping! Just use code ABBEY10 at checkout.
Now comes the super awesome part! Teodora is also generously giving away an article of clothing of your choice from her shop to one of you lucky readers! You have skirts, dresses, blouses and jackets to choose from. Good stuff, huh? Simply enter in the widget below! Good luck!
Photos by Nathan Petty
If you are a fellow Bachelor watcher, you absolutely have to agree that Juan Pablo is the worst bachelor in its history. I didn't watch the first few seasons, so there may be worse contenders. However, for the sake of recent people to spotlight, JP is downright terrible, especially after following a class act like my boy, Sean. Here are the reasons I want to die (just like Andi does) every time I watch Juan Pablo:
1) He refers to people in the third person when talking directly to them. There's a good chance he may well turn into Jimmy from Seinfeld.
2) The used and abused line of "I dohn't want to dee-sapoint my daughter" as a lame excuse to not kiss somebody he just straight up didn't want to kiss. You weren't fooling anyone with that one, buddy.
3) I understand the whole ESL thing, but I just don't feel that JP is the brightest bulb in the box. His vocabulary consists of maybe 40 words, and I am tired of hearing how "sex-eee" everyone is.
4) Speaking of language barriers, shoving your tongue down somebody's throat is not always the answer for filling awkward silence, Jaunito Pablito. (I'm mostly directing this to you, Sharleen. No wonder you voluntarily elected to go home!)
5) Speaking of kissing and considering three-quarters of this season's airtime is filled with it, JP doesn't seem like a very good kisser, IMO. Too much weird tongue action going on, as previously mentioned.
6) This face.
7) When Juan Pablo is asked what he likes about someone, his first three responses are always something to do with physical appearance, and then maybe he will end the list with something like, "Oh, she's fun." Translation: Juan Pablo is shallow. Andi further validated these findings when she called him out this last Monday on how he never asked what her religious, political, and philosophical views were. This could also be attributed to reason #3 listed above.
8) Juan Pablo is king of all womanizers, possibly even trumping the likes of Casanova, Lothario and Rico Suave. Perhaps it would be more suiting if we refer to him as Don Juan Pablo from here on out. He knows all the tricks in the book. All those tears he sheds? Ultimate womanizing powers of manipulation, right there. The man has it down to a science. There is even a special Spanish word to describe all of his skirt-chasing antics: machismo.
9) I genuinely believe the only reason he agreed to be The Bachelor was to stroke his ego, make money, and gain publicity for his consulting business (kind of how Jef Holm went on solely to promote his trendy water company, because I still maintain he likes boys). As if Don Juan Pablo needs help "finding love." Ha! Dude's a hot, ex-pro soccer player! Preeeettty sure he has no issues nailing down dates with supermodels.
10) He likes Nikki, and Nikki sucks. I'm putting all my chips in that he picks her, even though I think Clare's calculating ways are more up his alley.
Disclaimer: The Bachelor for me is like watching a train wreck; no matter how horrifying it becomes, I just can't look away. This list may seem like I hate Don Juan Pablo, but I don't hate him. I just find his behavior repulsive. But who am I kidding? The whole concept of this show is revolting when you cut down to the bones of it. This article pinpoints all my angsty, feminist feelings perfectly.
So, what say you? Is Don Juan Pablo the worst, or is he the worst?