“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”    
                                 -Eleanor Roosevelt-

 

 

It’s been almost two weeks since my attendance to the Elevate Blog Conference in New Port Beach, CA. This was a day I got to spend getting to know other bloggers, inspirational, uplifting and creative people. The day was pure bliss.

Going into 2016, I knew that one of my bigger goals this year in the blogging sphere was to attend a blog conference. I searched for many weeks and thanks to Google, discovered the Elevate Everyday Blog Conference. After reading and seeing what the conference was geared toward and all the wonderful raves and reviews out there, I was sold!

A few weeks before the conference day, Jen and Summer created a private Fb group for all the 2016 Elevate Conference attendees. In there, we got a little glimpse into the lives of other bloggers, business owners, and DIYers. We connected through our social media and the momentum and hype started building as May 14 was approaching.

Some of the ladies flew in from other nearby states, and others drove down to Newport Beach. The conf started at 11am and I came an hour early to go visit the nearby Haute Cakes Caffe and indulge myself in a cup of coffee and delicious buttermilk pancakes. This was THE perfect way start to this Saturday morning.

The first hour or so was registration, mingling and getting to meet the other ladies. Creative workshops consisted of three stations @sizzix(DIY leather necklaces), @meandmybigideas (we all got a one of the 365 happy planner and design kits that came with it -I’m still drooling over mine!!), and @myoverlays (DIY mirror crafting-I missed this one) and lasted for a couple of hours. The speakers were: Chari Pack @persnicketyprints, Rebbeca Lopez @craftedsparrow, Ashley @ashleysfreshfix, Vanessa @chatbooks, Amy @livandhope, Jenica Parcell @asliceofstyle. All these ladies were absolutely encouraging, full of talent, and motivational. Many of them shared personal stories of how they overcame difficult obstacles in their lives and used them to better their lives and become successful and happy people.

 

The scrumptious food was catered by Stonefire Grill (the ribs were divine!!!) and Tacos Asylum( tacos elevated to a whole different level!!). A big thanks to all 42 sponsors who made this whole event come together and for all the goodies. But most of all thank you to Jen and Summer who organized this amazing day, and all planning and decorating that went into it. The giveaways were OVER THE TOP!!! Everything from the sizzix kits, Lilyjadeco bags, Arvo watches, Martha Stewart DIY kits, and a whole bunch more! And the Swag bags!! I mean WHOA!!!! Insanely A LOTof awesome goodies.  The location was at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and such a beautifully decorated, cozy, and set up under the towering beach side palm trees.

I will be transparent here. This was my first time going to a blog of conferences full of successful business women, bloggers, writers, DIYers, and photographers. I am an introvert and have a hard time socializing with people, but spending the day with women you’ve never met and have only connected by social media??!! YES, it was awkward and intimidating at first. But as the day progressed, I pushed myself out of my bubble and connected with other ladies, and got a glimpse into their lives and stories. What I learned from this experience is if you really want to reach goals in life, you have to be PROACTIVE!!! Sitting back, and drowning in self pity and feeling sorry for yourself will not get you anywhere. From a blogger’s perspective, if you want to work with companies or pitch an idea to a company or do writing etc.. you NEED to socialize, meet in person and be proactive in getting to know the other person/people. What is their life story? What inspired them to write or open their own company? Why do they blog? What hardships have they overcome to be successful? I am so happy to have attended this conference because it pushed me out of my comfort zone, and thanks to that I met some very amazing and inspirational women. Time to create and inspire others. Until next year Elevate!!!

{Lena}

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Welcome back for yet another tasty and savory recipe from my husband!!

I’m by no means a food expert, food blogger, cook, etc… And I REALLY don’t like to cook, but when there is something that I’m sure you will enjoy to eat, and something you NEED to try, I will recreate that something and I promise I will not let you down.

My husband is a natural when it comes to cooking. 99% of the time he makes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some housewife I am, right?? 🙂 Thanks to his Mexican heritage, he has ALL sorts of yummy and delicious eats up his sleeve. And THIS particular one has become one of our favorite brunch to go foods. Traditional Chorizo is made up of pork, spices and is quite fatty and flavorful. But this recipe omits the pork. First time Danny presented this to me on a plate, I thought he purchased this sandwich at a nearby go to Cafe’. I really didn’t believe him. I went to the kitchen and saw leftover Chorizo plastic casing and a heck of a mess. So yes, thank you husband and my holy grail of all places ->Trader Joe’s for this mouth watering and scrumptious vegetarian chorizo breakfast sandwich.(also my first attempt at filming)

 

Ingredients:

(makes for one sandwich)

-1/4 cut of Soy Chorizo (Trader Joe’s is cheap and delicious)

-1egg

-French Bread ( I used sourdough in the video from TJ’s, it’s super crunchy)

– Lime

Please read the cooking instructions on the soy chorizo, there is a certain temperature you have to reach before it’s cooked thorough-165F I believe. I added butter to the pan because the vegetable soy itself it’s dry. Then add your seasoned eggs, and stir, and stir, and stir.

While the mix is cooking, throw in your bread into another pan to warm and crisp up a bit.

You know your mix is done, when your eggs are cooked through.

I squeeze a tad bit of of lime on my chorizo mix and bread- the flavor is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!

And then slather on mayonnaise(TJ’s is THE best) on both sides of the bread and add your chorizo, and let your palate and senses to the rest for you!!This sandwich is healthy- high in protein and the right amount of carbs you need to fuel your morning. With a side of coffee and a handful of berries, it is yummy for your tummy.

 

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A Yummy Mint and Strawberry CocktailThis recipe is made possible because of my husband. First time he made this drink, I was blown away by a few things: Semi sweet taste, light/ frothy, full of flavor and how EASY and QUICK it was to make. After the first few sips, I told him this had to be shared and it was going up on the blog. Ya”ll REALLY need to give this a try!!! Plus it’s a pretty drink to look at and photograph!

It consists of six ingredients and its a fruity drink that is not loaded with sugar. This yummy mint and strawberry cocktail would be ideal for a spring/summer afternoon of relaxation. And yes it’s healthy.

A Yummy Mint and Strawberry Cocktail

A Yummy Mint and Strawberry Cocktail

Ingredients:

-A few splashes of Orange Juice

-1-2 tsp of Sugar

-5-6 Frozen Whole Strawberries(the water will soften them and they will blend easier)

-A touch of semisweet/fruity white wine ( We had a tablespoon of leftover Chardonnay)

-A few fresh mint leaves for mixing and garnish

-1 cup of water

If you prefer drinks without the alcohol content, than leave it out. But the wine really adds a tad bit of flavor and sweetness. If you don’t have a bullet type of mixer device than just use a blender.

Blend away!! For about a minute. It creates a light and airy froth. The frozen strawberries add the needed chill that makes the drink come together. I didn’t add the mint into my mixture, because I had only a few green leaves leftover for garnish. But yes you need to add the mint!! It freshens up the drink.

Pour into a dainty glass and enjoy!

A Yummy Mint and Strawberry Cocktail

A Yummy Mint and Strawberry Cocktail

 

A Yummy Mint and Strawberry Cocktail

You can do so so much more with this recipe!! Tweak it to your own taste. Add more sweetness if you need. There are tons of fruit you can experiment with. Give this a try and let me know how you like it!!

 

 

 

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Dear Letters of Elan Blog

You are slowly being presented to the world. After a full year, you have finally made your presence known to Google. And with numerous attempts to make you look like you, we had success!! Though it took multiple relaunches, months of theme hunting, hours of CSS code jargon, and thinking of whether to keep you alive, it is all worth it.

You are unraveling a deep longing inside of me to create and write.

You will be here years from now inspiring people all over the world to live and enjoy their lives every single day.

We will discover other cultures, travel the world, and connect with people. And together we will just create.

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Simon.

A name with a deep meaning. “God has heard”. That stands true to my one and only baby sister and her husband who are due to have a beautiful little bundle of cuteness arriving in May.

After the pain and heartbreak of going through a miscarriage, now comes a time for happiness and celebration of new life.

During my recent trip to North Carolina, I had the opportunity to go to the mountains with my sister and shoot some maternity photos. Surrounded by a beautiful sunset and outside nature, this was the perfect setting and woodland style setting to go along with her baby shower theme.

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Welcome to my blog! I'm Lena-a nurse by day, lover of nature, yoga pants, tea and coffee in between. This is a place where I document life's moments, along with adventures/travel and little bits and pieces of practical simple living. I'm Thank you for stopping by <3

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