Random Thoughts On A Monday

Hey guys! I was planning on sharing a recipe with you today but I decided to save that for tomorrow. Instead, I wanted to share some non-recipe things with you...everyone needs a little bit of Monday randomness, right? 

1. Are you not allowed to smile for passport pictures anymore?! Scott and I have planned a trip overseas in November, so I recently went through the process of getting a new passport to reflect my new (married) name. I went to Walgreen's a month or so ago to get a new picture taken. Right before the guy was about to take my photo, he told me I was not allowed to smile. What? I am not a good "no smile" picture taker. Ugh. During the picture taking process I had a flashback to my college days when my roommates and I would religiously watch America's Next Top Model. Tyra Banks always used to tell the models to "smile with your eyes" aka "smize". I gave it my best smize and hoped for the best. I learned an important truth that day....I would have never made it on ANTM. Tyra would be so disappointed in my smizing. The result of no smiling + trying to "smile with my eyes" was a creepy picture of me that looked like it could have been a mug shot. I'm actually laughing out loud as I write this because it's that funny to look at...haha. Someone please tell me if not being able to smile is actually a rule, because if not, I totally have a bone to pick with that Walgreen's employee! 

2. Speaking of smiling....I saw this sign on my run yesterday morning and it made me happy :)

3. I tried this "Greens with Envy" fresh pressed juice from Whole Foods this weekend and it was delicious! I am going to need to try and recreate this combo at home. 

4. I have been obsessed with buying indoor plants for our place lately. I love having a fresh bouquet of flowers every once in a while, but lately I have been really drawn to green plants, mostly succulents and aloe vera. I am thinking my next purchase will be a fiddle leaf fig tree (totally jumping on the fiddle leaf fig bandwagon). I have the perfect spot for one by the window. I am looking for one like this...

Photo courtesy of Daniel Kanter via Manahtten Nest 

Photo courtesy of Daniel Kanter via Manahtten Nest 

5. And last but not least, here are some recipes that are on my list to make ASAP:

Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Pie via Minimalist Baker 

Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms with Butternut Squash Cream via One Part Plant

Speedy Veggie n' Brown Rice Noodle Bowl with Homemade Teriyaki Sauce via Oh She Glows 

Raspberry, Walnut & Avocado Kale Salad via Hummusapien 

Umm....YUM. 

 

Stay tuned for a new recipe post tomorrow! 

xoxo,

Lauren