I can’t believe that October marks 11 months of blogging on Odessa Darling! It’s been a year of growth, both with blogging and personally. I’ve been facing a lot of issues head-on that I’ve been avoiding the past few years and all that’s coming back to me is good and pushes me to keep going. I’ve grown up a lot this past year. I’m a lot different than I was last October, and not just because I’m blonde now. I’m doing better and better keeping toxic thoughts from my head, toxic things out of my body, and learning how to take care of myself. I still fail and fall down, but I’m able to pick myself up a hell of a lot faster than I used to.
Life is stressful lately. But you know what’s not stressful? This apple cranberry quinoa salad. Seriously. It’s so easy to mix up to serve with dinner or to bring to a potluck with you. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, crunchy, and savory, thanks to fall fruits, toasted almonds, and a delicious honey-mustard dressing that lightly coats the salad and amps up the flavor. If you’ve been feeling how I have lately, you’ll take comfort in this: take a few deep breaths, and proceed to stuff your face with this quinoa salad.
Hello hello and happy October! Can we talk about the fact that I’ve been waiting for it to be fall since spring and it’s finally fall??? I’m so excited about it you don’t even know, yo. I am so down with all the wonderful things that go along with fall: switching from cold brew back to hot coffee, autumn and winter produce, warm and hearty breakfasts and dinners, snuggling under warm blankets…. My boyfriend and I just got new (matching) fuzzy blankets and we have been in heaven. Also, speaking of hearty fall breakfasts: This sweet potato french toast.
It’s been several months since I started transitioning to natural and organic makeup, and I started with the brand 100 Percent Pure. They use only natural and organic ingredients, don’t include any artificial fragrances (huge for people with sensitive skin!) or colors, and all products are cruelty-free. They dye their makeup with fruit! I think that’s awesome. Now that I’ve (mostly) settled into a good, toxin-free makeup routine, I’ve been stepping up my skincare routine to do the same. I’ve been replacing my toxin-laden scrubs and body washes for more natural and friendly versions, and found myself back on the 100 Percent Pure website for the millionth time. Last month, they had their Friends and Family sale going on, and I knew it was time to scoop up a few more goodies to try out!
California road trip, part two: J and I drive a million miles to Yosemite back up to Lake Tahoe and back to Washington all within 72 hours.
Okay, it’s official.
Time to quit my job and somehow make money by road tripping, eating sushi, and taking pictures. That’s how I spent the last week and how I’d like to spend every week.
J and I got back a couple of days ago from a 5 day road trip from Washington down the coast, through the northern part of the Redwoods, over to Yosemite, up to Lake Tahoe, and back. 2200 miles in 5 days. Sooo much driving we didn’t get to spend as much time everywhere as we would have liked to, but I guess you can’t have it both ways…. Read The Post
Day 3 of the road trip with my mom was our last day of adventuring – day 4 was just a long 8 hour drive home from California (although In-n-Out burgers were involved, so obviously it was still a great day). We woke up and got on the road, passing into California in the morning and driving several more hours to get out of the middle of nowhere. Both of us had been to McArthur-Burney Falls in Northern California before, but it had been several years and we hadn’t gone together, so we decided we’d start the day there.
Finally getting back to where I left off with the first part of the road trip I went on with my mom at beginning of August! We spent the majority of our second day at Crater Lake National Park which is every bit as amazing as I had hoped it would be. Pictures don’t even do it justice or express just how truly stunning Crater Lake is.
I just got back a few days ago from an awesome 4-day road trip with my mom and am not ready for reality. Can I just stay on vacation?
I’ve been reliving all the beautiful places we saw the past few days while looking through my photos and am still just in awe. The world is such a beautiful place, especially the Western US (Okay, I’m slightly biased, I’ll admit). It truly is stunning, though, the difference a few hours of driving can make: Just 3 hours outside Portland to the East and I feel like I’m in a completely different place. Gone are the lush green trees, grass, and water. We drove past massive fields of wheat, where everything looked yellow and dry. Northeast of Bend, we explored the John Day Fossil Beds Monument, which covers almost 20,000 acres in Central Oregon. Of the 3 “units” the monument is divided into, we visited 2: Clarno and the Painted Hills.