Sale euphoria and recent eats

by Kim on July 24, 2013

When I ruin my clothes, I like to do it in streaks.

This past winter, I did away with three (THREE) of my favorite cardigans in the span of about a month (death by dramatic snag, bleach spill, and mysterious misplacement).

More recently, I ruined both of my go-to yoga leggings in the same week (bleach/hole in knee). I demoted the bleached ones to bedwear only, but bravely kept wearing the holey ones to all kinds of fitness classes.

Well, that ends now.

Nordstrom’s is hosting their massive anniversary sale through August 4, and GUESS WHAT is on sale. Zella leggings, aka Nordstrom’s lululemon knockoffs, which I’ve heard are incredibly comparable to lulu, and for a much more reasonable price.


Capris / Leggings

$28.90 for the capris, $33.90 for the leggings—including tax—free shipping, and free returns. I MEAN.

I’ve been eyeing those leggings up for months, but the black has been inexplicably out of stock ever since I started considering them. Imagine my euphoria levels when I realized they were suddenly not only in stock, but even cheaper.

Speaking of euphoria levels, I had a serious hippie moment yesterday. It was an insanely perfect day, weatherwise: mid-70’s, with a light breeze and the BLUEST SKY EVER.


It was so blue I had to text Brent about it. (Out of nowhere, he gets: “Did you see how blue the sky is??”)

To which he replied, “How much granola have you had today?”*

*He didn’t really say that. But he was thinking it.

Coincidentally, though, I had eaten granola. In fact, I’d eaten the best granola OF MY LIFE, which I’d gotten in the July Kona Kase:


I hate to bring this up, because it’s from a California caterer named Barbara Llewellyn and I’m not sure if you can even get your hands on it. But this stuff was SO amazing I couldn’t not mention it.

I know you’ll think I’m exaggerating, until you feast your eyes on this ingredient list: rolled oats, sliced almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, unsweetened coconut threads, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, brown sugar, butter, honey, and sea salt. (!!!)

Barbara, you’re welcome to come cater my breakfasts every morning.

I’ve decided I need to do better with sharing what I eat on this blog, in general—despite my glaring lack of talent in the food presentation and photography departments. A huge (HUUUGE) component of healthy living is healthy eating, and I should be showing you that I’m actually practicing what I’m preaching.

Here are a few recent eats to get the ball rolling…

Teriyaki chicken kabobs with mushroom, pineapple, and onion (pretty much a summer standard at this point).


Cucumber spears with garlic powder, which I tried per something I’d read but wasn’t a huge fan of. (The cucumbers were excellent though—fresh from my mom’s garden!)


Iced tea, made with a loose leaf peach oolong from my little brother’s tea shop.


Did you know you can steep loose leaf tea directly in cold water? (My brother just taught me this.) Just let the leaves sit in cold water in the fridge overnight (optionally with additives like lemons or other fruit), strain, and enjoy. It comes out sweeter this way.

Tortilla-crusted chicken, pan-fried in coconut oil (it wasn’t really that burnt—just horrible lighting), with TJ’s sweet potato fries.


I also recently made these—born out of laziness and an unexpected tortilla shortage in our fridge.

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I shredded a rotisserie chicken (cheaper than uncooked chicken breast!) and put it in a pot:


Added a tub of TJ’s black bean and roasted corn salsa (off-the-charts good):


Combined and heated over medium-low:


Added lettuce and avocado:


And rolled into wraps:


A super quick and easy alternative to the all-day slow cooker shredded chicken method. (They’d also be excellent in actual tortillas, of course.)

Have you ever ruined one of your favorite items of clothing?

I now wear a hazmat suit when handling bleach. (Not really…but I should.)

Does anyone else have hippie moments?


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa July 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I have to see if those Zella capris are still available!!! :-)


char eats greens July 25, 2013 at 11:07 am

I totally need some lulu knockoffs as well!!! I used to work for lulu so purchasing them when I worked there was MUCH more manageable than now (aka: I stopped purchasing them after I left haha).
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Lisa @ Lisa Living Well July 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I just ordered those Zella capris today! It’ll be my first time trying them, but I have heard great things.

I definitely have hippie moments, even though I used to resist the hippie culture when I lived in Berkeley, CA. :)
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Jennifer E. Wendt July 24, 2013 at 6:38 pm

My Oscar (age 14) has recently gotten into wraps. His pappy loves “Mexican” food and flour tortillas where as I prefer the lettuce versions (yeah Jimmy Johns un-which) so your recipe looks like something that would accommodate everyone. Yum! I love those pre-roasted chickens. Don’t know if there are Byerlys in your neck of the woods but if there is check out their 5 buck cluck on Fridays. A clear bright blue sky is a gift. I’m not a hippie (although I love wool socks and my Birks. and the co-op and granola but no, not a hippie) but I know perfection when I see it. 70’s with cornflower sky is perfection this side of Heaven.


Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome July 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I hate when I ruin an article of clothing. It doesn’t happen all too often but it’s definitely happened! I ruined a fairly expensive dress last year that I had worn once. Dry clean only means dry clean only!
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Katie @ running4cupcakes July 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I am so sad about your yoga pants but super excited about that sale. I would love to hear what you think of them when you get them!!
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Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama July 24, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Athletic apparel on sale is always reason for MAJOR celebration!
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Jessica @ Prayers and Apples July 24, 2013 at 10:18 am

yay for hippie moments! ♥


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries July 24, 2013 at 9:36 am

I’m notorious for shrinking clothes. I’ve ruined more tops than I can count from shrinking them!
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