Art by Mail: A Seasonal Flashback

Mail art, so cool! I’m a sucker for buying cute stationery and sharing it with friends through the mail, but I’ve never actually given the envelopes the scrapbook treatment. Cool idea.

the suburban pen pal

Hello again! I hope you’ve all had a chance to check out the Making Mail documentary trailer. I can’t wait to see the film! I’ve been delinquint again in posting, but I’m proud to say that I did manage to get some holiday mail out this year. Surprisingly, I actually stuck to the same theme for all of my holiday mail, which never happens. I ended up using my new how-to books on masonry and electrical (thank you Savers!). Anyway, I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year!

Alice frontAlice backDavid front 2David frontDavid backDOnovan frontDOnovan backCodi back 2COdi front 2Codi frontCodi backClare frontClare backAlice front 2Alice back 3Charlotte frontCharlotte backMatt frontMatt backGinger frontMichelle frontMichelle backRachel CarterQ holidayMichelle holidauRachel holiday frontRachel holiday backClare holidayCharlotte holidayDOnovan holiday 1D holiday 2D holiday 3D holiday 4D holiday 5DOnovan holiday 6Donovan holiday 7

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Sunset Eat Fresh, Day 5: You need a little sweetness in your life.

(My final post for Sunset’s 2014 Eat Fresh Challenge.)

Westphoria

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The end of the 2014 Eat Fresh Challenge calls for

a bite-size chocolate party, don’t you think?
Well, at least a chocolate beignet or two.

Who: Trina Enriquez, copy editor

I gave up: Chocolate and added/refined sugars in desserts

The biggest challenge:Remembering which foods actually have chocolate and sugar in them. Chicken mole enchiladas? Duh. “Healthy” spiced yogurt muffin? Ditto. I felt a little forlorn opting out on the chocolate cream pie at a work party this week too.

My takeaway: Cutting way down on sugar, even for five days, has made me acutely aware of just how much I consume on the fly. Little bit here, little bit there adds up! I’ve known for a while that I needed to do something like this sugar fast, so it’s actually been a relief to shuffle off the responsibility on the Eat Fresh Challenge. Left to my own…

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Sunset Eat Fresh, Day 4: Whoops.

I gave up chocolate for the week, then proceeded to forget there was chocolate in the chicken mole enchiladas I had for dinner last night. Pure accident? I think not. Well, at least I’ve been eating more salad.

Westphoria

beet salad
Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Queso Fresco,
one of my favorites.

Who: Trina Enriquez, copy editor

I’m giving up: Chocolate (officially; unofficially, all refined/added sugars in desserts)

My biggest challenge: The Marketing team threw a good-bye party for a coworker on Tuesday and, in true Sunset fashion, this involved oodles of sweet things. Chocolate cream pie, blueberry pie, strawberry rhubarb pie, apple pie, cookies. But most chocolate cream pie. I gazed at that lush mound dusted with chocolate shavings and felt pretty glum. But steered clear!

So I may as well confess now that the next day (Wednesday, Day 3), I forgot—you might say conveniently—that there must be sugar added to things that are not overtly desserts. Like the spiced yogurt muffin I had with my green juice for breakfast. Oh, and um, that the chicken mole enchiladas I ate for dinner had CHOCOLATE in them! Oops. No…

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Sunset Eat Fresh, Day 1: Five days is nothing

I’m blogging for work over at Westphoria this week, as part of Sunset magazine’s January Eat Fresh Challenge. Gave up chocolate for the week and it’s actually turning out to be not so bad. What I find myself craving is something with oodles of mouth-filling flavor … something spicy or just mouthwateringly savory. It makes me wonder: Is this why I snack on chocolate otherwise? To subconsciously fill a flavor void?

Westphoria

bowl of fruit salad banana kiwi orange pineappleFor the next workweek, whenever I’m craving some chocolate,
I’m going to eat something sweet and fresh like this fruit salad instead.
Maybe minus the candied ginger.

At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. Fruit is my friend!

Who: Trina Enriquez, copy editor

I’m giving up: Chocolate (and—deep breath—any dessert with added/refined sugars)

I chose this because: I love chocolate not wisely but too well.

My biggest challenge: Making myself stick to a goal I know I don’t have to keep. In my day-to-day life, I know it’d be the healthier choice to eat less chocolate and more green veggies, but c’mon. A little chocolate here and there doesn’t hurt, right? Still, it adds up, I know. And the thing is, and this is probably the main thing: It’s never just “a little” chocolate.

My biggest temptation to cheat: If I walk by some cookies or other sweets someone has…

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The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World

There are times when I’ll be truckin’ along amiably and then suddenly be like, I need to be around books. Now. Any of these stores would suffice. :) I crave the feeling of safety, of connection, of being surrounded by words and ideas and worlds unknown.

Flavorwire

[Editor’s note: In celebration of the holidays, we’re counting down the top 12 Flavorwire features of 2012. This post, at #1, was originally published January 31.] With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little grim for the brick and mortar booksellers of the world. After all, why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door? Well, here’s why: bookstores so beautiful they’re worth getting out of the house (or the country) to visit whether you need a new hardcover or not. We can’t overestimate the importance of bookstores — they’re community centers, places to browse and discover, and monuments to literature all at once — so we’ve put together a list of the most beautiful bookstores…

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