Monthly Archives: October 2015

Five for Friday

October 30, 2015

helena_bonham_carter_tim_walkerHappy Halloween Eve! Do you have any fun plans for this weekend? We are going to have a mellow Halloween, hitting up a local haunted house and then watching The Babadook. Have you seen it, it is supposed to be a good scary movie! Besides the Halloween shenanigans, we are also going to go hiking, the mountains just got snow this week so we are going to try to hunt it down! Have a great weekend and here are some links from around the web…


Incase you need more scary movies recommendations for this weekend.


Ellen wins Halloween this year.


Bohemian Rhapsody turns 40.


NEED this for this winter.


The classic New England fall treat you should bake asap.


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Five Ways to Get out of the Comparison Trap

October 29, 2015

Five Ways to Get out of the Comparison TrapWith social media constantly at our fingertips it has become so easy to follow along with the lives of our friends, family, celebrities, and everyone in between. I know that sometimes I feel like when I scroll through Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, all I see is the perfect body, the perfect house, the perfect vacation, basically the perfect life. An exaggeration of course, but I don’t think I am the only one that falls into the comparison trap from time to time. Comparison of yourself to others can happen outside of social media as well, in the work place, among friends or family (definitely siblings!), or any new encounters. When I find myself feeling that little twinge of envy, I have found that taking a step back and doing the following things have helped to remind myself that we are all on our own individual journey (plus, if we all had the identical lives, the world would be a boring place!). Have you ever fallen into the comparison trap? What have you done to snap out of it?


Reframe – Let comparison become (healthy) competition. Let it light a fire to accomplish your goals, wherever you may be in your journey to accomplish them. Make what they are doing inspire yourself by asking what you admire about them. You may see how you are already embodying these qualities or that you may want to put more focus on them.


Be happy for them – I love this quote by the Dalai Lama, “If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness. If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions more chances to be happy!” Supporting other people and their accomplishments can help you feel more connected to other people. By celebrating others, it always works like a mirror, helping you to hone in on your own values that are required for your own happiness.


Meditate – This was bound to pop up on this list, but meditating can help to quiet the inner critic that creeps up when we start comparing ourselves to others. It makes you become aware of those negative thought patterns and help to bring yourself back to the present, to what is real and right in front of you.


Get offline – This may be the easiest physical thing you can do to get yourself out of the comparison trap. If mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and seeing other people’s perfectly curated lives makes you start to compare yourself to them, just shut it off! There is no need to add fuel to the fire if you find you are already in a negative place. Being online is inevitable, so rethink who you follow and how filling your feeds with the positive can make a big impact on your day to day.


Celebrate our own journey – It is easy to compare the beginning of your journey to someone else’s middle. Wherever you are in life, trust the timing and don’t rush the process. Look at what you have done and celebrate yourself for what you have accomplished. It may be hard to congratulate yourself, but try it – stand in front of a mirror and tell yourself how awesome you are (I promise, as cheesy as it is, it works!). Taking a moment to practicing gratitude can have a huge impact if you find yourself falling into the comparison trap.


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Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte (dairy free)

October 27, 2015

pumpkin_spice_latte_dairy_free_3So we are about to get basic over here. Pumpkin Spice Latte kind of basic. Before October ends, we thought we should share the best PSL that you can easily make at home (and that is dairy free and vegan!). This special coffee drink is perfect to whip up on a chilly fall morning and takes 5 minutes longer than your regular old cup of joe. If you aren’t already over all things pumpkin then this easy recipe is for you (and if you are, well, there is only a week left until all things Christmas start to happen!). This latte pairs perfectly with our Spiced Pumpkin Bread or Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte (dairy free)Ingredients:

½ cup strong black coffee

½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond or coconut milk

¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice

2 Tbsp organic canned pumpkin

1 Tbsp maple syrup

¼ tsp vanilla extract


Optional: Coconut Whipped Cream

1 can full fat coconut cream (refrigerated over night)

1 tbsp maple syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla extract



Mix all ingredients in a small sauce pan on medium low heat. Stir until the mixture is smooth and latte is hot (avoid bringing it to a boil).

Pour into a mug and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and coconut whipped cream (directions below).

Directions for coconut whipped cream:

Take your coconut milk out of the fridge and turn the can upside down, opening it from the bottom. Pour off the liquid that has separated to the top into a container and refrigerate (this coconut water is great in smoothies). Carefully scoop out the thick creamy milk into a mason jar, this is the part you will use for the recipe.

Add the maple syrup and vanilla to the mason jar and shake vigorously for a few minutes until ‘whipped’.


Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte (dairy free) Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte (dairy free) Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte (dairy free)



Five for Friday

October 9, 2015

five for friday // journal de jaluneHappy Friday! How are you spending this weekend? We are headed out for a hike on Saturday to search for more fall foliage (#basic). Then on Sunday, we have plans to grab brunch with some friends in town and I later plan to make my annual apple infused whiskey for our Halloween party in a couple weeks! It is shaping up to be the perfect low key weekend over here!


Go ahead and judge a book by its cover.


‘We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily’ and how to use that to our advantage.


Plotting my pumpkin carving design already.


For those not loving every pumpkin-filled minute of Fall.


All things curry please.


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Inspiration // Elizabeth Gilbert on Fear, Authenticity + Big Magic

October 8, 2015

Inspiration // Elizabeth Gilbert on Fear, Authenticity and Big MagicWe mentioned in a previous post that we are doing a virtual book club on the blog, featuring Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Have you started it all? Well if you haven’t yet, the following video will give you a taste of the goodness that is in this book. The video, Elizabeth Gilbert & Marie Forleo on Fear, Authenticity and Big Magic, is a candid talk with the Gilbert and Forleo (another big name in the live-your-best-life arena) that just sounds like two friends talking over a latte, instead of being overly preachy. It is so refreshing to hear a no bullshit conversation about living a creative life and its (long, messy, fun, hard) process. As both a creative person and a perfectionist, I was instantly drawn in to the part where Gilbert calls out us perfectionists as not being able to even get started on a creative project, or once getting started, the project is never done (i.e. perfect enough). This is only one of the little nuggets I took away from the talk, I highly recommend watching the whole thing! It is a bit lengthy, but grab a cup of coffee and settle in.

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Perfect Pumpkin Muffins

October 6, 2015

perfect pumpkin muffins // journal de jaluneCome fall, I jump at the chance to try all the seasonal recipes I have been bookmarking all year long, especially all the pumpkin ones! There is something so comforting about this season’s distinct spices and harvest fruits and veggies that brings me back to the kitchen experimenting. As the leaves change I crave warm breakfast foods and spiced hot coffee. Excited to try to make a hearty filling muffin that is also healthy for breakfast (without my beau knowing it’s healthy), I experimented with coconut flour for these pumpkin muffins. I found coconut flour at my local Trader Joe’s. The eggs keep the muffins moist which is key with coconut flour which I learned the hard way after a few trial and errors, but the result is that they are also full of protein. Subtly sweetened with honey and maple syrup, these muffins are naturally gluten free, super delicious, and pair dreamily with morning coffee. I can’t wait to try some more variations of this easy recipe with raisins or apples. Enjoy!

perfect pumpkin muffins // journal de jalune


6 eggs

½ cup butter melted

½  cup coconut flour

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼  cup honey

¼  cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼  teaspoon cloves

¼  teaspoon nutmeg

¼  teaspoon ginger (I used fresh grated)

¼  teaspoon sea salt



Melt the butter in a small saucepan or the microwave and set aside.

Place muffin liners into 12 muffin cups.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk.

Add in the vanilla, honey, maple syrup, spices, salt, baking soda, and pumpkin.

Mix until combined.

Slowly add in the coconut flour and the butter.

Divide batter evenly between muffin cups.

(if you wish to add a topping, do so now on top of each muffin, I added some golden roasted flax seeds)

Bake for 15 to 19 minutes, or until a toothpick goes in clean.


Makes 12 muffins

adapted from the Well Fed Homestead

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Five for Friday

October 2, 2015

Five for Friday // journal de jaluneHappy Friday! What are your plans this weekend? After being out of town last weekend, I am looking forward to a mellow weekend. Tonight I am headed to a concert with friends at Red Rocks, so hoping for no rain! The rest of weekend is supposed to be cloudy and cooler, so I am planning on breaking out some new fall recipes and starting a new book (thinking of this or this, any suggestions?) Have a great weekend and here are some posts from around the web…


Can’t decide which I like better, the rugs or the alpacas.


If a tree falls in the forest


What do you get when you cross a rustic cabin and a supermodel?


Not sure about this, though my dog is the best.


Adding these to my to-bake list.


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Women Before 10am // Julie

October 1, 2015

In this series we are speaking to inspiring modern women and having them share their morning rituals and secrets with us. Meet Julie, an actor and event planner, and see how she finds time for herself in the mornings before her busy days in Brooklyn begin.

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Tell us about yourself.


I split my time between being an actor and Event Planner while living in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. You can see my most recent web series BAD DATES here, and some of my film work in the movie Hollidaysburg now on Amazon and Netflix.


Every one of my days is a little different from the next.  When I’m not shooting or auditioning, I am executing and running events of all types including weddings, birthdays, and cookbook release promotional events. At Brooklyn staple restaurant Franny’s, I curate a series of collaborative dinners called the CELLAR SERIES, bringing local farmers, wine producers, and overall forward thinkers together. It’s the intersection of all of my favorite things: food, wine and people.


I am super into cooking, yoga, plants and surfing and being an Auntie. Over the last few years, I have become an avid solo traveler, which has been unbelievably rewarding.

What time do you wake up in the morning?


I wake up early.Typically before my alarm goes off at 8am, which I make sure to put ACROSS the room forcing me to get out of the coziness of bed. I usually chug a glass of water first thing and hazily check email and instagram. My apartment is flooded with light in the mornings and my plants could not be happier. I am a crazy plant lady. Seriously. I have about 30 green friends ranging from succulents and herbs to a 50 year old rubber tree. I spend a good 20 minutes shuffling around watering, pruning and attending to them all. Full disclosure- I even talk to them a little. “Don’t you look handsome today…” I told you crazy plant lady!

I try to make it to yoga or the gym, but if I can’t I’ll try to squeeze in an inversion and a few quiet minutes of a meditation before heading out into the craziness of this city. It makes a difference.

What’s your coffee / coffee drink of choice?


I love an Americano with cream. My local coffee shop Hungry Ghost really nails it.

Women Before 10am // Julie

What’s been a favorite or coveted place of yours to enjoy a cup of coffee?


I always try and make it home to Rhode Island a few times a summer, when my Dad’s vegetable garden is in full swing. There is something magical about getting up early, grabbing a cup of coffee, and following him barefoot and in my jammies out to the backyard. As he buzzes around showing me the cherokee heirlooms, the peas, the eggplant, I quietly sip and try and absorb his greenthumb-ness. He is really a master.


What’s the last thing that inspired you?


I took a trip to Greece this summer and my brain nearly exploded and my face hurt from smiling the whole time. The sea is dark and salty. The food- so bright and simple. Everything is white and blue and it feels so right. THE SANDALS YOU GUYS. I was blown away by all of the artisans, entire families who craft things by hand. I did my best to stimulate their economy and I bought all the fabric and sandals and jewelry and oregano that would fit in my suitcase.

What’s a favorite morning beauty, food, or get moving tip you may have?


I got hooked on smoothies a few years back, so I immediately get one going while I’m doing my early morning plant shuffle. My go-to is: 1/2 a frozen banana (frozen is clutch!), a handfull of torn kale, a handfull of mixed berries, a scoop or 2 of greek yogurt and a little iced white tea.

I wear Clarins UV Plus Anti-Pollution sunblock on my face year round. It’s super lightweight- I’m obsessed.

 Women Before 10am // Julie

How do you relax/take time for yourself daily?


Cooking is a real stress reliever for me. I try and cook at home at least a few nights a week. I just did my annual end of summer massive hot pepper pickling! I use a wide assortment: jalapenos, scotch bonnets, new mex peppers, and even a few ghost peppers. The trick is having the right amount of sugar in the brine so they are sweet, but still have a kick. In the heart of winter I’ll smear some fresh ricotta on crusty bread and toss a few on top to stay warm.

What does your ideal day of rest look like?


I am a beach girl to the core, so to me beach days are the best days. In the summer I’ll take a good book, paddle ball and lots and lots of snacks and stay on the beach until the sun is going down. In the colder months, I’m perfectly happy spending a day at home, watching movies and cooking all day.