If someone were to ask us what our most important tool for weight loss is, we’d have to say meal planning. Very few things are harder than turning down convenient fast food when you’re on the fence between hungry and angry and ready to eat anything in sight to tame the hangry beast. We’ve been there. SO. MANY. TIMES. And these are the times that throw us off track most often. Continue reading
Coffee Date: Nicole Neu
After we’ve had our coffee, one of our favorite things to do is create. Whether it’s a post, a new recipe, a fun DIY, or things for Ilana’s TS+SW, we’re always making stuff. Since we started this journey with Everything After Coffee (and even before that), we’ve made so many friends who are makers, creators, crafters, and doers. Highlighting these creative minds through EAC seemed like an obvious step for us. So, for our first “Coffee Date,” we asked our good friend Nicole Neu of Made Collective and Nicole Neu Design to sit down with us and chat about her process, her future, and everything in between. Continue reading
Because our WW meetings are on Saturday mornings (and because we love brunch), our favorite post-meeting activity together is a tasty-yet-healthy meal from one of our local favorites. We prefer not to eat before our weigh in (for obvious reasons), so we postpone for a little light brunching together after. This keeps us accountable for our food choices, and we’re so amped up on healthy decision-making after our meetings that we’re more likely to go for smarter options.
We decided to start highlighting some of our favorite go-to spots for our Angelenos (and visitors, too!). This week: TWIST Eatery on La Brea. Continue reading
Biking in Santa Monica
We have a confession to make: Going to the gym is not exactly at the top of our “favorite ways to stay fit” list. While, we will admit, it’s probably one of the more effective, considering it’s filled with everything you need to actually get fit, it can be so mundane. Also, not to mention, it can be slightly terrifying for those of us who are still getting used to fitness — all those people who may or may not be way more experienced than you, staring at you, judging your form and your outfit (it’s possible). Continue reading
Gluten-Free Blueberry Lemon Muffins
We’ve been researching this year’s healthy food trends a lot lately (because these things are fun for us). So, in our Internet travels, we came across mentions of an ancient grain that is said to be making a comeback, and we knew we had found the perfect choice for our first ever Grain of the Month.
DIY: Dip-Dye Pillowcases
We’ve been eyeing some dip-dye projects for a while now, and we finally decided on a good beginner one to try out. The results were delightful! Not only was this a (fairly) easy and cheap DIY, but it was actually pretty fun (that is, if you have a little patience). With a little help from our friend Nicole Neu of MADE Collective and Arrowood, we were able to get some pretty fantastic and colorful additions for our living room seating.
Check out the video below to learn how to make your own dip-dye pillowcases! Continue reading
Review & Recipe: Avocado Oil Mayo
After reading about the first avocado oil mayo, we immediately began brainstorming how we could use it for the site. Here at EAC, we love avocados, and we’re suckers for a good sauce. Created by Primal Kitchen, the Paleo-friendly condiment is—get ready for this—gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, soy and canola free, non GMO, and uses cage-free eggs. Not to mention, it’s made with all real food: avocado oil, organic cage-free eggs, organic egg yolks, organic vinegar (from non-GMO beets), sea salt, and rosemary extract. Sounds like a dream come true for us health nuts, right? Continue reading
Beauty: Berry Lip Stain
When we saw this tutorial in a Free People blog a couple years ago, we knew we had to try it out. It has all our favorite characteristics of an EAC-friendly DIY: easy, cheap, and involves food! Not only do the berries give your lips a subtle hint of color, but the olive oil is there to moisturize, leaving you with naturally colored and hydrated lips. Follow along below for how to make your own.
Make Your Own Almond Milk
While we love the convenience of just running to the store and picking up a carton of milk, if there’s a way we can make it, we prefer to do it ourselves. That way, we know exactly what’s going into our food (and drinks!)–no ingredients that we don’t approve, all chosen by us. It was for this reason that we decided to try our hand at some homemade almond milk. With just four ingredients, this almond milk turned out to be some of the best we’ve ever had. Continue reading
Super Snacks: Kale Chips
We love snacks. We’re always on the lookout for ones with the most bang for our buck (filling, tasty, and low WW points!). While these aren’t the most filling (they are just pieces of kale after all), they fulfill our salty-chip craving without all the points–or junk food. Read on to learn how to make your own. Continue reading