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It is Friday AND it’s a long weekend!

There is no better feeling than knowing you don’t have to go to work on Monday, am I right? We are headed up to the Northwoods of Wisconsin and I literally can’t wait. This will be a short and sweet post so we can hit the road! I hope you all have a safe and fun weekend! Can’t wait to share some delicious recipes with you next week. In the mean time, here are some things I love that will satisfy you until then!

Can you even handle how beautiful and delicious these coconut, chocolate chip pancakes look? I’m usually a waffle gal, but whoa nelly, I want these in my belly!

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I love everything about this outfit. Also this girl has got some pretty impressive guns. Summer is almost here, suns out guns out!!!

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Mikey and I are going to paint a little wall in our back room with some magnetic chalkboard paint. I can’t wait to hang up some fun pictures and write some fun notes there! I love these chalkboard pencils from Anthropologie. Chalk can be so chunky and hard to write with so these are perfect!

 

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We love lentils and roasted veggies here at the Evon house. This simple, healthy recipe just looks so pretty and delicious. I love how beautiful and colorful healthy food is!

 

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I had to share these Birkenstocks because it cracks me up that they are back in style now. I had a pair when I was a kid and then again in college, but gave them away to Goodwill about 4 years ago (to some lucky soul). The reason Birkenstocks crack me up is because when I met Mikey it was all he wore. And they smelled terrible…he has come so far since then, lol. He actually wears clothes that fit him now instead of XL Bob Marley tshirts. The Birkenstocks did eventually make their way into the trash as well.

The other day I told him he should get a new pair of Birks because they are back in style, to which he responded,  “They’ll never go out of style”…maybe true, maybe not. Either way, I think we should get a matching pair and wear them all summer ;)

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And finally.

I just love this.

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Chewy Granola Bars

These no-bake, peanut butter, coconut oil, coconut flake, chocolate chip, protein packed granola bars are insane.

You will love them and the people you share them with will love you. I promise.

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These bars are super easy to make and are better than the chewy granola bars you buy at the store. I promise. You will also end up saving money, and mine were 100% organic and gluten free. Eat that Whole Foods! (Just kidding, I still super love you).

I never liked granola bars (surprise, surprise. I never liked anything) until I went to college and was desperate for cheap, easy meals. My Mom was always searching for ways to make me eat as a kid and she would always try and buy “fun” granola bar flavors for us. They were basically candy bars. I don’t know if Kudos Bars still exist? They were “granola bars” that were Snicker or Butterfinger flavored and then dipped in chocolate. Chewy Quaker bars went through a candy bar flavor phase as well and I remember my sweet Mom would always pack one in my lunch and one for an after school snack. I don’t think I ever ate one. I had a giant stockpile in my locker, backpack and melted under the seats in my car.

Now, as we all know, I eat everything all the time and love it all. Therefore, I had to get these granola bars out of my house within 24 hours because Mikey and I both couldn’t stop. When you tell yourself something is organic, high in protein, and “healthy” it seems so justifiable to keep eating it…

I will say that the girls at work loved these so much they hid them in a drawer away from everyone else. I was proud of them. That is a true Bethany move.

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Friday is here and l am loving a lot of things lately. I had a hard time deciding what to show you this week so I added a couple extras.

We have a busy weekend ahead and I need to get my booty in gear since we have guests arriving soon and our house is covered in cat hair.

So without further ado…

This falafel burger situation looks healthy and indulgent at the same time. That is a hard combo to come by! I would easily eat this and then want an order of chicken schwarma and a gyro to go…please and thank you.

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6fa27f8bd24fc5222901e9a0cfc6bca1 I love this neckline. I am always attracted to a hat look as well and I can’t believe I still don’t have a fun hat that I actually wear. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m going to get myself a hat like this to wear this summer! 4dd5f22950a7f8bb6bcf8df7c6d3203b Warning, Once you start searching for movie posters that have been re-designed you wont be able to stop. Each poster is better than the last and you’re going to want all of them. I especially love this Etsy shop if you’re in the market for some new art. And I obviously fell in love with this one because I don’t go through one week without quoting Clueless at least twice. d0cbff36da3930130d70b7919e2188dd Love me some turquoise. Always have, always will. I’ll be the old lady covered in it, don’t worry. And why not start now?? This ring is absolutely perfect. I love a fun showpiece like this4a053d8aa03d53f812e7644655d792dd We are always looking for ways to jazz up our summer drinks or add a twist to an old favorite. This twist on a Moscow Mule mixes hibiscus grenadine with ginger beer and tequila. Twist my arm, I’ll have three. c22252ec701ac3496a4983f703a44ed9 And finally. Since you made it all the way to the last picture this week, I saved the best for last. This is going to be me in about 4 hours at the baseball park. Give me alllllllllllllll the hot dogs (and this fat cat).

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Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

It’s no secret that I love peanut butter. And we all know I love banana bread. I’ve only made about a thousand variations here on the blog…(links below) DSC_0074Amish Cinnamon Bread

Banana Bread with Cinnamon and Sugar Crumble

Butterscotch Banana Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

Coconut Banana Bread

We can add Peanut Butter Banana Bread to the list now too! These muffins are pretty legendary. They are sweet like a cake but perhaps one of the best breakfast muffins I’ve ever tasted. They go so well with coffee it’s like they were made for one another. I warmed mine up a little and spread some homemade strawberry jelly on it. HOLY CRAP was it so good. I had to get these muffins out of my house and into someone elses belly as fast as possible. Peanut butter anything is always an addiction.   DSC_0068 This week has flown by (thank goodness) and I am looking forward to the weekend (who doesn’t, though?).

We are already halfway through May (!?!?!?!) which seems so hard to believe. My brother and sis-in-law are headed down tomorrow and we are starting the weekend off right with a day at the ball park. Can’t wait to eat an entire foot-long hot dog, some peanuts and drink a few cold brew’s. My cousin is getting married Saturday so it will be a family filled weekend for sure! I can’t wait! DSC_0047 I had the privilege of teaching yoga to a small group of friends before work this morning. I had SO MUCH fun teaching them and watching them learn. They all did such an amazing job and are excited to meet again next week. I am so happy to see my yoga community grow here at work and I can’t wait to watch them grow as yogi’s! A couple weeks ago when training ended I never thought I would actually be at a place where I had regular clients and was teaching yoga on a regular basis. I feel so blessed and overjoyed this week after teaching a private and small group session. And the fact that they liked it and all want to continue almost brings tears to my eyes. It is so incredible to know that I can bring joy to others through my yoga teaching. I know I sound like a straight up cheese-ball, but it is a dream come true.   DSC_0063 Continue reading

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Spring has sprung in Chicago!!!

Which means my allergies are in full swing and I don’t even mind. Because it is sunny and warm and I’m pretty sure it smells like spring (hard to tell between the sneezes and wads of Kleenex).

I absolutely love living in a place with seasons. Just when you feel all hope is gone you spot that little green sprout or that budding tree and are given a sign that change is coming. I honestly don’t know if I could live in a place that didn’t have all 4 seasons. I just wish summer lasted for most of the year and winter lasted for 1 month…but I’ll take what I can get. IT’S SO NICE OUT!

What do you have planned for the weekend?

I’m hoping to cover a giant list of to-do’s that I’m going to start tackling today. Some spring cleaning is at the tip top of my list. We also are going to swap out our closet, ADIOS winter jackets, and spend some time cooking and baking. Its been way too long since I was last behind my camera and I can’t wait to share some tasty food with you! It’s so warm and I’m feeling inspired to make some ice cream like the beautiful picture below. 01dd92dfede293739699f6b9ff2b3ef9 I have had one of those weeks where I am overwhelmed by the people and world around me. I busy myself so quickly and it drives me crazy at times. I am really trying to slow our summer down this year to enjoy friends and family as well as time with just Mikey. He has been so sweet to me during this yoga training and is literally the worlds greatest cheerleader. He took me out to dinner at this delicious restaurant, Solero, to celebrate last night and I couldn’t help but tear up as he talked about how proud he was of me for chasing my dream. I’m just amazed by his love and I want to spread some of that around to everyone.

I also have a best friend who has been in the hospital since last week. She is pregnant with twins and still has 3 months before we need to meet them. We went to visit her and I was inspired by her positive and happy attitude. I had been texting with her all week, telling her we love her and are praying for her and God completely honored our prayers. She was able to go home yesterday! What we thought was going to be months in the hospital ended up being a little less than a week! She’s still on bed rest at home, but the fact that she gets to relax in the comfort of her own home makes us all so happy!

It’s so easy to get caught up in the glamor that is social networking and blogging and begin to feel sorry for ourselves. Not skinny enough, not creative enough, not enough free time, too much free time…the list can go on forever. If I’ve learned anything on my yoga journey it is that we can’t control our future. The only thing we can shift is our perspective on life and live for right now. Life is a series of passing moments and they are gone just as fast as they appear so we have to make the most of them! Maybe for you that means stepping outside your comfort zone this weekend. Maybe you start a new project or put that to-do list to the side and focus on someone who needs some love.

That was zen-master Bethany speaking, she stops by from time to time :)

Speaking of feeling sorry for ourselves…I literally can’t find a romper that I like in this world/that fits. My butt has a really hard time staying inside these things/my long torso is disproportionate with most rompers and I get a majorrrrrr wedgie situation…it’s all just a big mess. So I’m going to keep feeling sorry for myself until I find one. And I reallllyyy want this one. from Flynn Skye 

MG_4869-EDIT Spring means fresh, green veggies. I love how light and fresh this pasta with pesto, peas and pine nuts looks. Get in my belly. pesto1 I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with others’ breakfast in bed pictures. I’m going to tell you something. Breakfast in bed at a hotel is great. You have room service and you don’t have to clean the crumbs up out of the sheets. I’m a VERY messy eater. I require a ton of napkins. I can’t handle a single crumb, grain of dirt or anything that is not soft, comfy sheets in my bed. If there is a speck of something I have to get up and swipe it out. So breakfast in bed sounds like a nightmare to me. Crumb city.

I do enjoy this lovely picture however. My version would be…me on my iPad, with a cup of coffee and a bagel on the couch…I think that’s my version of a perfect breakfast in bed.

Not to say I wouldn’t thoroughly enjoy the sentiment behind breakfast in bed…I just think I would rather have it in someone else’s bed…d776dce1f3eabcc4965be15ebd6f2b02-687x869

I would love to live in this house. I think it’s my dream home. I say that a lot but this is really it (at least this week). A loft in the forest? Okay sure, sign me up.

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Last and of course not least…yes, you can use essential oils on your pets. This website has all the details you need to know. Of course, check with your vet first. And let me know if you want to get set up with someone who sells doTERRA! I know a bunch of people through my yoga community that would love to teach you all about the magical wonders of oils! Even for your little furry friends!
great essential oils for cats