This & That: No. 202

Mar 25, 2016

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—Love, Loss & What I Ate: A Memoir by Padma Lakshmi

Known for starring in Bravo’s Top Chef, Padma Lakshmi’s memoir is receiving praise for the raw portrayal of her journey from South India to New York City as a young girl. Sprinkled with recipes as well as personal stories, discover the people who shaped her, supported her and inspired her along the way.

Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body by Kate Hudson

Released this past February, actress and fitness clothing spokeswoman’s new book Pretty Happy is similar to that of many female celebrities who have invited us into their lives and offered readers the habits and routines that help them become the healthy, beautiful women we see on-screen. Now mind you, most of us don’t have the aesthetic demands of these women do, nor do we have the budget, but Hudson serves reminders that it is the everyday habits that make a tremendous difference in our overall health. Full of questionnaires as well to help readers assess their body type, stress levels and more, it might just be the book to help jump-start spring.


My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

The Portokalos family returns after its blockbuster of a hit in 2002. With Toula’s parents discovering they aren’t officially married, another Greek wedding must take place. Thus My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. Opening in theaters today, it looks to be a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours.


—Ruby Jewel Ice Cream

Handmade and locally sourced, Ruby Jewel Ice Cream as been churning out delicious flavors and sweet cookie ice cream sandwiches (see the 6 flavors above) since 2004 in North Portland, Oregon. With three locations in Portland to enjoy, as well as being available at many Oregon sweet shops around the state and stretching as far as Colorado and Texas (click here to see the shop closest to you where Ruby Jewel treats are sold), Whole Foods also offers their ice cream sandwiches. With warmer weather coming and more and more consumers seeking out local as well as delicious food, this is the ice cream to add to the list.


TEDx Bend Tickets Available

The TEDx event here in Bend continues to grow each year (now in its 5th year), and this time, the tickets will be distributed via a lottery. The 2016 event will take place Saturday April 23rd, but tickets are available beginning today. Enter your name beginning at 7am (there is a 24hr window), and if your name is drawn, you will have a ticket for $58. I know I am ecstatic to have such an event taking place in my backyard.


Trademark Shadow Stripe Tunic

Upon reading The Wall Street Journal’s “Off Duty” section this past weekend, I spotted this tunic (see below) on the front page and immediately went to the internet to find it. Well, here it is. Available in three different colors, this self-wrap waist cotton collar-less stripe top is a beautiful capsule item to layer over ankle jeans, trousers or skinny jeans for a casual, yet chic look. Be sure to peruse the entire site, as this rounded hem skirt in navy with polka dots also caught my attention. A wonderful addition for spring paired with a simple white tee or button-up.



Trademark Drop Pipe Earrings

Cannot help but share one more offering from Trademark. Truly, a site worth shopping for classic, signature items. Sticking with the seasonal trend, but without the flash, these Drop Pipe earrings are simple, yet a statement in their own right.


~see the entire house here. It only gets better.~


~recipe for Grilled Avocado Caprese Crostini~

Spring has certainly sprung, and I am ready to spruce up, clean up and brighten my house, my yard, you name it. While farmer’s markets are a few months away still here in Bend, gazing at the crostini above is making appreciate local food when it’s in season. Speaking of in-season. Why not pick up some asparagus, rhubarb or artichokes? Ah, I am already dreaming of a strawberry rhubarb tart. Yum!

I do hope your week went well. The week began here with a flurry of snow and rain which meant why not start Monday with a quick ski with the boys? A wonderful way to jumpstart the week and all of the blog business I wanted to tend to. Sometimes mixing it up and letting the weather be our guide is a fun adventure as well. I do hope you have a wonderful weekend, and if you are celebrating Easter with family and friends, I hope you have a wonderful occasion. Until Monday, bon week-end!

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8 thoughts on “This & That: No. 202

  1. Shannon, I picked up Pretty Happy today at your recommendation. I have only read the intro and first few chapters but the book is already forcing me to slow down and and give serious consideration to all the things I am not doing to take good care of me. So far I can say the book is written in a logical, highly intelligent manner and yet it is personable and rather touching. I feel like Kate is a close friend sitting on my sofa sharing her experiences with me over a cup of tea. I look forward to devouring the rest of this book. It seems like a real gem! Thank you for sharing!! Over the years I have followed several recommendations from your blog and they all turned out to add a positive element or experience to my life. Please keep them coming! Thank you so much!!! Carla Blue

  2. Hi Shannon, I absolutely love you blog and podcast. I just finished reading Urban Monk by Pedram Shojai; you might enjoy it ; I would love to hear your review on it. It might collerate with the lifestyle you are pursuing. Again, thanks for the bogs and continue doing what you doing. 🙂

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