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Exploring Our City: La Jolla

Posted on by Susan Posted in Life | 2 Comments

Well, it still doesn’t really feel like our city. Not the way Vancouver felt to me. Vancouver will always have a special place in my heart. Nevertheless, we live in San Diego now, might as well make the best of it, right? ;)

One of my favorite places to visit in San Diego is La Jolla. On the one hand I’m really enjoying it as it is situated directly at the coast (which means cooler temperatures than where we live). On the other hand, it is such a cute and walkable little town, with nice eateries, art galleries, upscale boutiques, coffee shops, yoga studios and the children’s pool, which isn’t for swimming at all, but has been taken over by sea lions, and which we love to look at.

Unfortunately rents are not exactly in our budget in La Jolla, but I’m so glad there’s a walkable little place we can visit, that is NOT a strip mall (of which there are a LOT of here in Southern California…). La Jolla is about 20 minutes from where we live, and I have grand plans to check out the Sunday Market, toddler yoga at the library and La Jolla Shores Beach and Kellogg Park.

If you want to read more about our adjustment to living in California and some of our first few weeks and months in San Diego, feel free to check out these posts:

- Exploring Our New Home: Farmers Market + Vino

- Moving to Another Country: Culture Shock? 

- And let’s not forget the town of Julian, about an hour and a half east of San Diego. We went there to pick apples this fall and it was gorgeous!

Have you been to San Diego or are you a local? What are your favorite brunch spots? Parks? Things to do? We’re still exploring and can’t wait to learn more, so feel free to share, I’d be super happy about it!

 

 

 

 

Weekend Fun

Posted on by Susan Posted in Fun, Green Living, Life | 2 Comments

This was actually two weekends ago, but I still wanted to share!

We went apple picking in Julian, CA and we had so much fun, especially our two year-old little guy! We’ve been eating apples/applesauce/apple crisp like crazy. I think pie is the next logical step. :)

If you’re looking for some fun fall family activities and you have apple farms close by, I’d say do this as long as it’s apple season!

Oh, and of course, we also got even more apples in our CSA box last week, because – you know – it’s apple season.

Now, what to do with 10lbs of apples?

Have you ever been apple picking?

What’s your favorite apple recipe? Please share and leave a comment! I need more apple ideas! ;)

Also: Stay tuned for the unboxing of our latest CSA share box!

 

Meal Plan + Fitness for the Week (09/09/13)

Posted on by Susan Posted in Food, Uncategorized, Workout | Leave a comment

Friends, I’m about to seriously change my (currently barely existent) exercise routine. I’ve gained a few too many lbs. over the past few months and it’s time to stop blaming it on the move to a different country, paperwork to do, etc. It’s time to make it a priority again.

Yeah, my legs don’t look nearly as slim as they did a year ago. Ironically, I was in a much better shape the first 12 months after giving birth to our son. I was not as toned as pre-pregnancy, but my weight was at it’s lowest, since I was a teenager.

Living car-less in Vancouver, we had to walk everywhere, so I naturally was a lot more active than I am here in Southern California. You might think: “But what about surfing/going running on the beach/hiking?” Umm, I have a two year old to take with me. ;)

Plus, walking in a million degrees feels like death to me and I have sweat running down my face from a short 20 minute walk in the blazing sun.

But then I remembered the pool!

My gym has a huge lap pool. With the little guy being taken care of in the child care area, this was the perfect workout for me this morning and I cannot believe I “forgot” about the awesomeness of swimming. Assuming the pool is 25m, I swam 1 km (40 laps) in about 30 minutes. My arms are a sore mess this afternoon, but I’m definitely adding this back into my life!

I’m hoping to get rid of about 15 lbs over the next few motnhs, and here’s my tentative workout schedule for this current week:

This might not seem like a crazy workout schedule for you, but let me tell you, I’ve been lazy those past few months, and it WILL make a huge difference in my calories-burned account.

On to the food. Meal planning is one of my favorite ways to make sure we’re not a) going over-budget and b) keep eats clean(ish) and healthy.

Some dinners for the week: 

  • Monday: Baked Butternut Squash Pasta – we had a butternut kicking around in our kitchen for the longest time, and I decided it would make the perfect base for today’s Meatless Monday!
  • Tuesday: Chili + baked sweet potatoes
  • Wednesday: leftovers
  • Thursday: Swedish Pea Soup and Pancake night
  • Friday: Braised Chicken Taco Salad

Do you have any fun workouts planned for the week? What about your meal planning – do you plan ahead or go with the flow?

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