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Contents OPEN

Founder’s Letter

Contributors Values





Do Something




Make Things



NURTURE 21 Be Well 22



25 From Scratch 30

Cookbook Spotlight

Spring Meal



Hello World!

Etsy Finds

Made Up


44 46

MUSE Cinco

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Your Turn

Do Something that Scares You



Back Story


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{ Open } verb * remove the covers or wrapping from

Founder’s Letter

I came up with the idea for The Violet last October and have been

Some may say that there are more important things in the world

trying to find a way to make it a reality since. I kind of can’t

to worry about and that it’s self centered to only be concerned

believe I’m sitting here writing this letter and that in a few short

with your own happiness, but I say, how can we truly begin

days we’ll be launching. It terrifies me slightly, if I’m totally

repairing the world if we are unable to enjoy what it has to offer?

honest. But that’s beside the point. Here is the point:

We need to find its beauty and then share it with one another.

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m pretty tired of all of the

As for me, I am a work in progress; a self-proclaimed pessimist

pressure we put on ourselves to have fancy careers and big homes

who all too often finds herself digging some dark hole to climb

with crazy things like built-in movie theaters and car elevators.

into and hide. This publication is as much for me as it is for any-

We spend so much time worrying about the next step that we

one else – we all need the occasional instructional manual on how

need to take to move forward in life and to really “make it”. Our

to appreciate and acknowledge the little things.

entire journey is spent trying to get to the endpoint. But what happens when we get there? The cliché “life is short” actually

Thanks for being here. Let’s have some fun! :)

turns out to be true and since none of us know for certain what’s next, it’s pretty damn important that we enjoy this time to the fullest…right? I really do believe that we can have our cake and eat it too! We can be forward thinking women with big dreams, wildly successful careers and be genuinely happy throughout it all.

Camilla Salem

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Contributors meet the team behind this issue of the violet ! they are pretty cool ...





Jackie lives in New York’s Hudson Valley

Jenny May is a screenwriter living in Santa

Camilla is a 6’0 tall California native who

with her two dogs, Rocco and Suzette.

Monica, California with her husband

enjoys food (a lot), yoga, creativity and day-

Known as “the resident paparazzi”, it was

Jonas, “The Swede.” She is spontanous,

dreaming. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s

no surprise that she’s ended up making

free-spirited, and passionate about abso-

department of Peace and Conflict Studies

her living as a photographer. Jackie likes

lutely everything she does. Jenny loves

and admits to having amassed an embar-

hiking, sushi and bad reality television

Sweden, making people laugh, and is

rassingly large collection of,

and she is among the small percentage of

always either singing or listening to music.

naturally she decided to start her own.

people in the world who actually enjoys

She believes, “Love is the key.” Blog:

Blog: Champagne Bubbles. Soundtrack:

hanging out in airports. Blog: Exposed

The Swede Records. Soundtrack: Ingrid

The Cardigans–Live And Learn

Brick. Soundtrack: Missy Higgins –Steer

Michelson – You and I





Former cheeseburger queen turned veg-

I’m Bridget. Pleased to make your

A California girl with East Coast sensibilities,

etarian. New Yorker by location but lover

acquaintance. A brief word about me?

she loves Jane Austen, moustaches (both ironic

of all things European including–but not

You’ll find me in the Boston area, possibly

and regular), bright colors, folk music and

limited to–latticed iron patios, red Vespas,

devouring some chocolate Haagen Dazs ice

NPR. She is a graduate of New York Universi-

open air piazzas, and tall men. A trained

cream, on the beach with my kids, fetch-

ty’s program in Educational Theatre. She enjoys

actor, turned writer, turned fledgling baker

ing with my dog, or going on a date with

spending time with her sister, taking pictures,

she’s just another twenty-something figur-

my husband to our fave Mexican bistro.

playing the guitar and singing loudly. Blog: An

ing it all out. Blog: The Wild and Wily

I like to write too. And that’s why I’m

Ashleigh Renaissance. Soundtrack: Paul Simon

Ways of a Brunette Bombshell Soundtrack:

here. Blog: Tales of Me and the Husband.

– Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Noah and the Whale – Old Joy

Soundtrack: Paul Simon – Spirit Voices

violet fun fact :



Claire was born and raised in San Fran-

Kenza is 16 year old with a passion for

cisco, and as a result, loves rain and fog.

Shakespeare and all things old fashioned.

She sees the world in black and white

She finds herselfself looking at life through

film and loves fashion, art, potstickers,

some seriously dramatic lenses and like

and sparkly high heels. She can always

so many teenagers considers herself well

be found on a horse, behind a camera,

beyond her years. She’d much rather be

or in a vintage clothing store and she’s

having steak frites with Badoit in France

pretty sure she should have been born in

than going a high school dance. Blog:

the 1950’s. Soundtrack: Florence and the

My Treasure Trove. Soundtrack: Ingrid

with ashleigh ’s mom . nearly

Machine–Cosmic love

Michelson – You and I

years later they reconnected

ashleigh and camilla have been friends since the 2nd grade! they met at a teensy school in northern california where they spent many hours mooning over titanic- era leonardo dicaprio and sewing trinkets


via twitter (the glory of the internet!) and went on to start the violet together .


As both a landscape architect and graphic designer, color and form are her passion. Growing up in Northern California has made her a true locavore-food snob! She is especially fond of the arugula at the Marin

HE Y THE RE! If you feel like you would love to contribute to The Violet, please send an email to: and let us know how you think you can participate!

farmers market. She has a lust for travel, buying Wallpaper City guides, and sneaking away with her husband on his business trips. Whats next? – a travel blog, asap! Soundtrack: Bob Sinclair–World Hold On

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{We believe} in the simple life .

In knowing about what we eat


* don’t That you have to be a Rockefeller to be a rockstar

In love stories that it’s really cool to blog

In expressing our femininity And in being the people were meant to be

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{ Live } verb * remain alive

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LIVE: do something Photos from Jackie’s Photoshoot with Friends. If you hold your own, and would like to be featured on our blog, send in your shots and your story to info@!

photoshoot with friends Here’s what you need: 1) Camera. Have a tripod? Great! Don’t? Not to worry. Set your camera on a shelf and set the selftimer, or alternate who gets to plays the photographer. 2) Backdrop. Bare walls work really well, but if you want to add a more colorful touch, hang up a pretty curtain or sheet. Wrapping paper is also a

Sometimes all it takes to make a

great way to get festive. 3) Props. Funny

really sweet memory is to step out of

hats, feather boas, construction paper

your comfort zone and just go out and

moustaches, empty photo frames, chalk-

do something! In the blogging world we

boards to write little messages on – get

often get caught up reading about the

creative! 4) Your brilliant sense of humor.

exciting lives of others and we forget

Now get shooting!

about our own! Here are four simple ideas

audio journals with friends What to do when you live miles away from your friends and you hate talking on the phone? Send an audio journal, that’s what! Here’s how it works: 1) Assemble a group of friends. 2) Everyone buy a new package of CDs. 3) Designate a “Send Date” during the month. 4) Create a

send grateful letters

playlist of songs you’ve been listening

Some people worry that, with the grow-

to (you can also make the CDs themed

ing popularity of the internet and texting,

around one artist or one genre. Songs are

go for a walk

the art of letter writing is dead. Well, it’s

a great way to send a message when words

Reaquaint yourself with your neighbor-

just not true. There are few things in life

just aren’t enough). 5) Burn copies and

hood on a weekend morning or an early

better than a surprise letter arriving in the

pop them in the mail to all your dearest

evening. Grab a loved one, some hot

mail. So embrace the pony, grab a piece

friends. 6) Wait a month. Rinse, repeat!

chocolate or tea, and just walk. You’ll be

of paper, and handwrite a letter to your

– AH, CS, JP

amazed how many little, beautiful things

nearest and dearest letting them know you

you notice that you miss while driving.

are grateful for them. People love knowing

And like any true blogger, be sure to bring

you are thinking of them and a handwrit-

a camera along to capture the moment.

ten note is a great way to show you care.

for things to do that are sure to leave you smiling

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{ Create } verb * bring (something) into existence

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CREATE: make things

make a fort

giant candy bar favors

mason jar memories

Nobody owns fort building–not even little

Nothing says thank you like 1 pound of

Mason jars are a great way to show off

kids! Throw some sheets over 3 chairs,

chocolate. We love the ones from Trader

any collection. Fill a jar with anything–

drape with scarves, add twinkly lights,

Joes (milk chocolate with almond, mmm).

buttons, festive candy (Easter!), pebbles

pillows, a bottle of wine, and your favorite

the bars in tin foil, then print your mes-

from a special trip, even ticket stubs to

book and this fort provides hours of silly

sage on a regular 8.5” by 11” piece of

create a simple, beautiful way to display


paper. Tape the message around the candy

things you love.

wine bottle candlesticks Candles are a must have for any apart-

bar and you have a quick, inexpensive, and tasty gift.

inspiration boards We love corkboards! We use them to

ment. Here’s an easy way to create an in-

written paper rings

display what inspires us, from photographs

teresting table decoration. When you finish

Give yourself inspiration every day with a

to quotes. Whenever you look through

your favorite bottle of wine or any other

written paper chain. Each month, make a

magazines, pull images that you like and

glass bottled beverage, buy candlesticks at

strand of 31 rings with quotes, reminders

add them to the board. The effect is a col-

your local grocery store, melt the bottom

(like drinking water every day), or love

lage of colorful, inspirational images sure

of the candle so that it fits into the neck,

notes on them. Each day, take one ring off

to pull you out of any creative funk.

light the candles and admire your work.

to read and get a daily pick-me-up.

– AH, CS

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Blossom Text and photographs by Camilla Salem

at the violet we love flowers . but we know that choosing and creating interesting arrangements can be daunting for those of us without a green thumb . not to worry! here are a few simple floral ideas for spring that anyone can use .

Freshly cut flowers are an unequivocal sign of luxury. They are decadent and indulgent. Most of us on a budget can’t rationalize spending our hard earned money on something as frivolous as a bunch of fleeting flowers. But think about it for a minute: how much do you Clockwise: Pretty blue Forget-Me-Knots; soft almond blossoms; bright, sexy ranunculas. Opposite: Bunch of daffodils in a mason jar. (remember, always have them in a bunch!)

spend in your life on things like take out coffee, or plastic water bottles? How many times do you eat out a week? If you make your coffee at home a few days a week, drink your water from a reusable container, and cook dinner from home more often (pssst…those are all healthier options!) you’ll be able to put the money you save towards an affordable bunch of flowers from your local grocery store. Trust me, it’s an investment that will help lift your spirit daily. Here are a few of my favorite springtime blooms:

spring blossoms Woody branches laden with soft white petals are a clear sign that winter is over and warmer weather is on its way. They foretell the lusciousness of things to come in the next season. Blossom branches are a great way to bring spring into your home and, long after the petals fall, the branches will still look beautiful. Wire them up one evening with twinkly lights and you’ve got a magical centrepiece. Hang Easter ornaments off of them or birthday best wishes for a whimsical celebration. They can only be found one season of the year, so take advantage of spring’s gifts! We purchased ours for $5.99 at our local grocery store.

daffodils They symbolize rebirth and new beginnings. Their bright yellows and greens radiate such cheeriness it’s almost impossible to frown when you’ve got a mason jar filled with crisp daffodils nearby. One thing to be sure of though – never have a single daffodil on it’s own, for that represents misfortune. Always keep them happily bunched together. We found ours for $2.99 a bunch at Trader Joes.

ranunculas asiaticus (Persian buttercup) Believe it or not, these eccentric little balls of color are native to southwestern Asia and have been celebrated over time for their medicinal properties. They symbolize radiant charm, and if you’ve ever purchased a bunch you know this to be true. They start out hiding timidly and after a few days of getting to know you they burst out into sexy, colourful explosions. We bought ours for $3.99 a bunch at our local grocery store.

forget-me-nots There is a great love story with these little blue blossoms. It is said that there once was a knight, walking alongside a river with his lady. He picked a small bunch of flowers, but because his armour was so heavy, he fell into a river. As he was drowning he threw the flowers to his lady and shouted “Forget-me-not!”. This flower is thought to symbolize true love and remembrance. They are sweet and delicate and are sure to brighten any day. We found ours for $4.99 a bunch at our local grocery store.

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{ Nurture } verb * care for and encourage the growth or development of

NURTURE: reviews

BOOK – The Paris Wife

ALBUM – The Decemberists: The King

MOVIE – Man on Wire

I read the book in two days flat, perhaps

is Dead

I have to admit, it took me a long time to

that is review enough. If not, I humbly

One of my first memories of living in

finally sit down and watch Man on Wire.

offer you the following: Set in 1920’s

New York City is at the Hammerstein

The trailer, while beautiful and intrigu-

Paris, Paula MacLain’s lovely book imagi-

Ballroom, watching The Decemberists play

ing, was also terrifying. This film follows

nes the love story of Ernest Hemingway

one of the most fantastic concerts I’ve ever

Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire cross

and his first wife, Hadley. Told from

attended. Known for their story albums,

between the Twin Towers from incep-

Hadley’s perspective, Maclain excellently

the indie folk darlings from Portland per-

tion to the daring act’s completion. Told

captures a vernacular particular to a group

formed their entire album, start to finish,

through first hand interviews and (albeit

of people and its time and, in doing so,

and even grabbed audience members and

silly) flashbacks, Petit’s story is like noth-

weaves a tale that prompts discussions

reenacted an ancient battle in the middle

ing you’ve ever heard because he is unlike

of marriage and love and of how those

of the room. It is no surprise, then, that

anyone you’ve ever met. He’s eccentric,

two things intersect and change; of the

I loved their 6th studio release, The King is

arrogant, mildly brilliant, and just crazy

individual versus the unit and where art

Dead. A head nod to their American roots,

enough to pull off something so danger-

fits into the equation; and to what extent

this album is full of folk-y goodness,

ous. The film is gripping, stunning, and

a relationship can or should change a per-

harmonica solos, and rich harmonies. It is

something that will inspire you long after

son. The further I advanced in the book,

perfect for drives in the sunshine with the

you finish watching. I absolutely recom-

the more disturbed I became with the

windows down. However, while I do love

mend this wonderful documentary so

extent to which Hadley reduces everything

this record, a part of me misses classic

make a yummy meal, pour yourself a glass

vital about herself as to not disturb Ernest.

Decemberist 8-minute long songs and

of wine, and Netflix it ASAP.

That and the level of selfishness on which

story through lines. The record doesn’t

– AH

most of the characters operate is both un-

suffer without these, but it isn’t the same

grade : a+

nerving and infuriating. Because the book

Decemberists fans fell for. But you know

prompted more questions than answers I’ll

what they say, change isn’t always bad.

be sure to visit it again, and soon.

– AH

– MF

grade : a-

grade : b+

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Be Well a healthy body means a healthy

Head/Neck: meditate

mind. here are five easy tips for

Oprah says (She’s Oprah. She has the Midas touch. She’s worth listening to, yes?) that

happy living. because without

every morning, without fail, she sets aside a few minutes–sometimes two, sometimes

your health, what else do you

ten–to meditate. In these moments she reminds herself she is not alone in this world,


that she has good energy about her, and calls for good energy to come her way. For her,

Text by Bridget Hunt* Illustration by J.M. Bourgery & N.H. Jacob

this has come in the form of millions of dollars. For us? Maybe a really great conversation over coffee with a friend, or the sun shining on your face through your bedroom window just so. So, close your eyes. Sit down. Breathe deeply and clear your head. Place your thoughts on passing ships in your mind and relax.

Chest/Arms: breathing Taking deep and meaningful breaths... even if you only do it once a day for 2 minutes. Close your eyes, breathe from the diaphragm up, and imagine your lungs filling with air as your stomach expands. Hold the breath. Let it out. With the escape of breath, also let out that day’s anxieties! Envision it. It will become easier and then maybe you’ll up it to 3 minutes!

Gut: probiotics probiotics, probiotics A healthy gut means a healthy you. The gut is so closely linked to the immune system (research shows that 80% of your immune system actually lives IN your digestive tract!), so think of it as a whole-body pill and not just specifically for your gut. The bacteria in probiotics has been shown to decrease food allergies, cure IBS, prevent yeast and urinary tract infections, and keep you regular. Do it. Make sure it’s a good brand that you buy refrigerated (then refrigerate it when you get home). Try New Chapter Organics.

Feminine Health: more probiotics! Wipe front to back. Did that really need to be said? Probably not. Also, think probiotics here too. If you’ve taken antibiotics recently, you are more susceptible to UTIs. They are awful. Stock up on probiotics and take during and after your dose of antibiotics (and then every day for the rest of your life).

Legs/Feet: circulation Rub your feet with some Burt’s Bees Peppermint Foot Lotion. It seriously will make them tingle and feel fabulous. Or, better yet, have someone else do it for you! Promise them a glass of Perrier and some brie afterwards. *DISCLAIMER: It should be noted that Bridget is not a certified nurse, doctor, or health professional of any kind. But she is a mother of 4 (and a half) with a passion for health and wellness who grew up with a “crunchy” mother that was way into this stuff.

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{ Nourish } verb * Provide with food or other substances necessary for growth, health and good condition

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Spring Meal Text and photographs by Camilla Salem

Spring is officially in the air! Can you feel it? The weather is warming up and we can start to shed our winter layers. Birds are chirping and the sun is starting to shine, making for idyllic weekend walks around the neighbourhood (11) This turn in the weather means the markets are stocked full of bright green, crisp vegetables, which, in my humble opinion, is the most exciting part of this rejuvenating season. Head to your local market, or grocery store, and the meal possibilities are endless. Eating seasonally is not only environmentally responsible, but it’s actually more enjoyable. When you have to wait to enjoy certain fruits and vegetables until they’re in season, they

mint-lime soda

spring green salad

Sip on this refreshing non-alcoholic

fava bean & english pea crostini

beverage to your hearts content. It’s totally

Adapted from Jaime Oliver’s recipe, this

spring onion, some radishes, and a

thirst quenching. All you need is club

appetizer can pretty much only be enjoyed

homemade salad dressing that will rock

soda, freshly squeezed limejuice, a handful

one season of the year: when fava beans

your world and what do you get? A crisp,

of mint leaves, and some simple syrup.

and English peas show up, ready to be

acidic, mouthwatering green salad that

shelled. Their bright green color makes

will complement any main course

them the star of any table.


Toss together some new lettuces, a sliced

actually taste better because they’re ripe and you’re craving them! Fava beans and English peas, spring onions and radishes, artichokes and asparagus, even strawberries help make up this light, crisp, spring meal. You won’t feel overly stuffed afterward but you may be ready to soak in some spring rays and enjoy an afternoon nap. And hey, that’s totally okay - ‘cause it’s springtime! – CS

spring vegetable pasta

strawberry meringue mess

Who says all pastas have to be heavy? This

Remember when I said that the fava beans

light but satisfying dish is loaded with

and English peas were the star of this

spring vegetables: artichokes, peas,

meal? I lied. But shh...don’t tell them that.

asparagus, leeks...the list goes on. If you’d

This dessert will blow your mind and

like to get fancy, make thick pasta noodles

leave you feeling refreshed. Strawberries,

from scratch, but using torn up lasagna

meringues, and freshly whipped cream...

noodles works just as well. Top with a bit

are you kidding me? Who could ask for

of tomato sauce and a sprinkle of

anything more?

This meal is best enjoyed outside, picnic style. Prep everything in separate containers, and assemble on site. If you must eat inside, open up the windows and toss some spring flowers on the table to set the springtime mood! (18)

parmesan and devour.

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Recipes mint-lime soda

2 1-liter bottles of club soda 1 bunch of mint, washed juice of 7 limes 1/4- 1/2 cup of simple syrup (below) ice

simple syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup water

sor, mash up half of the mint leaves with the peas and a pinch of salt. Slowly add in the fava beans until you’ve come up with a mashed green paste of sorts. Mash in the olive oil and stir in the parmesan cheese. Add the lemon juice, stir, and taste. Add more salt and some black pepper if necessary. For the crostini, slice the baguette into small rounds, brush with olive oil and put into a 375 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes until lightly toasted and a little bit crunchy. Next, take the clove of garlic and rub one side of each crostini.

a couple of mint leaves Dissolve sugar in water over medium heat in a saucepan. Throw in a mint leaf or two. Let cool to room temperature, or put in the refrigerator. For the soda: Crush mint with fingers, and throw into a large pitcher. Pour in both bottles of club soda, add lime juice, and simple syrup. Fill with lots of ice. Serve in tall glasses with a sprig of mint in each!

fava bean & english pea crostini (adapted from Jaime Oliver) 1 lb English peas in their pods 1 1/2 lbs fava beans in their pods a small bunch of mint, washed, leaves picked salt and pepper 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp finely grated parmesan cheese juice of 1 lemon 1 baguette more olive oil for brushing 1 clove of garlic, peeled handful of pea shoots Shell peas and fava beans. Keep separate. Fava beans have an extra skin on them once they’ve been shelled from their outer pod. If they’re small enough, it’s okay to eat the skin, otherwise they can be too tough. A quick way to get rid of this outer pod is to dunk the shelled beans in boiling water and quickly remove them. Once cool enough to handle, make a slit in the outer skin with your nail and pop the bean out! With a mortar and pestle or in a food proces-

Spread the fava bean and pea mixture over each crostini, top with more mint leaves, some pea shoots and a drizzle of olive oil.

spring green salad

spring lettuces or 1 head of red leaf lettuce 1 spring onion, thinly sliced handful of radishes, thinly sliced Wash lettuces carefully, and place into a big salad bowl with onions and radishes.

red wine vinaigrette

1 garlic clove 3/4 teaspoon of salt 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons of olive oil

5 tablespoons of canola oil 4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar Smash the garlic clove with the back of your knife, remove skin and toss it into a small bowl. Add salt and pepper. Measure out and pour in the oils and finally add the vinegar. With a small whisk or a fork, whisk the dressing together until it seems to be mixed well and then set aside. The layers will separate, but just give it a quick whisk again before you pour it over the salad.

spring vegetable pasta For the vegetables: (the measurements for the vegetables need not be precise here. Go with your gut, and use what you like!) 3 tbsp olive oil 1 clove of garlic, chopped 1 leek, cleaned and, halved then sliced 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes

1 bunch of asparagus, diced into 1 inch segments 1 lb or so of baby artichokes, cleaned and sliced length wise (soak in water with a lemon wedge between prep and cooking) a handful of shelled English peas 2 baby zucchini thinly ribboned (a mandolin works great here!) 1 1/2 tsp salt. 1/2 tsp black pepper 8 slices of prosciutto, diced (optional) For the pasta: 1 box of lasagna noodles or fettuccine For the tomato sauce: 1 28oz can of whole san marzano tomatoes 3 tbsp olive oil 1 clove of garlic, peeled. 1 tsp of salt or to taste (some canned tomatoes come salted) Parmesan cheese (for serving) Prep all of your vegetables first, keeping artichokes in a big bowl of lemon water (this keeps them from turning back) Make the tomato sauce first as this will take the longest. In a large saucepan, heat the can of tomatoes plus all of the sauce from the can. Add olive oil, grate a clove of garlic into the sauce. Let the sauce bubble and cook down for about 30 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Taste and add salt as necessary. Set aside. For the noodles, if you’re using lasagna noodles you want to boil them and let them cool on a baking sheet until they are cool enough to handle. Tear them apart to make smaller noodles. If you use any other pasta, just boil normally. After the noodles are cooked, put them in a large serving bowl with a small ladle of pasta water and a drizzle of olive oil. Toss them around on occasion. This keeps the noodles from sticking together. Combine all of the vegetables except the garlic into a big bowl. Heat the 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add chopped garlic and cook for about a minute, then add hot pepper flakes and stir. Throw in all of the vegetables to the sauté pan, ensure that everything gets

coated with olive oil. Turn the heat to medium, add salt and pepper, and let everything soften and cook just slightly (you don’t want these vegetables to overcook). Once they’ve softened and the flavors have come out a bit, turn off the heat, and, if you’d like, throw in the diced prosciuttio. Let the pieces heat up and mix in evenly throughout the vegetables. Set aside. Serve sautéed vegetables over the noodles and top with a few spoonfuls of tomato sauce. Top with parmesan cheese.

strawberry meringue mess For the meringues: (adapted from all recipes) 3 egg whites (at room temperature) 1/8 tsp cream of tartar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup of semisweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer until whites form soft peaks. Slowly add sugar; beat until stiff beaks form, and mixture becomes glossy. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes or until they are crunchy and cooked throughout. For this dessert you’re going to need to be able to crumble meringues. For the whipped cream: 2 cups of heavy whipping cream 1 tbsp of vanilla extract 1/8 cup of granulated sugar beat with a whisk or with a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until peaks form and the cream is stiff but not yet butter-like in consistency. Quartered strawberries (wild ones are amazing this time of year if you can find some) In a tall glass, layer strawberries, crumbled meringues, and freshly whipped cream to create a light, delicious mess of a dessert!

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From Scratch

homemade is always better : spread it ! Text and photographs by Camilla Salem

hummus 1 can of garbanzo beans 2 medium sized cloves of garlic, peeled 1 big tsp of Tahini (sesame paste) Juice of 1 whole lemon 4 tablespoons of olive oil Salt to taste Blitz the garlic first in the food processor to break it up. Add everything else and blend until nice and creamy. Serve sprinkled with paprika and drizzled with more olive oil.

pesto 1 4oz box of basil (or a big bunch) 3 small cloves of garlic, peeled 1/4 cup of pine nuts 1/4 cup of finely grated parmesan cheese 1/2 cup of olive oil 1/2 tsp of salt (or to taste) 1/2 tsp of black pepper Chop up the garlic first in the food processor to break it all up and add everything except the olive oil. Once everthing is nicely chopped and blended, pour in the olive oil and blend until smooth and pesto-like. Taste if you need more salt!

roasted red pepper spread 3 red bell peppers, halved, and seeded 1/4 cup of walnuts 3 small cloves of garlic 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 tbsp oil Place red peppers on baking sheet and broil for 10-15 minutes, until skin is black and blistery. Take out and put in a paper (NOT PLASTIC) bag until cool enough to handle. Once cool, with hands, peel off skin. Do not wet while peeling. Toss everything except walnuts together into food processor or blender and blend well. Cook mixture for about 5-7 minutes on the stove. Grind walnuts in food processor, and add mixture back in to blend it all together!

olive tapenade 2 cups of pitted kalamata olives 3 small to medium cloves of garlic 1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp of hot pepper flakes 1 tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil Blend it all together and enjoy! No salt necessary!

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Cookbook Spotlight So, of all people, I appreciate how useful it is to be able to type a dinner idea into a search engine and get a bunch of recipe results, bring your computer into the kitchen and make something yummy to eat. But, aside from the fact that food inevitably ends up all over your keyboard, there’s just something a little more romantic about cracking the spine of your favorite, tried and tested cookbook, spattered with bits of food from your last culinary endeavor (it’s okay here, just not on the computer, right?). Because of that, each issue, we’re going to feature a cookbook filled with drool-worthy pictures as well as healthy, natural, delicious recipes.

The whole book has kind of a scrapbook feel filled with old family photos. You start to think you actually know the team behind Leon personally and it makes you

This issue we’re venturing across the pond

almost want to cook up some of their

to a restaurant called Leon. One of the

recipes for dinner and invite them over to

team members behind this popular and

enjoy a nice family meal! Actually, I kind

successful establishment, Allegra McEvedy,

of think they’d love that…

published the restaurant’s first cookbook Leon - Ingredients and Recipes Book 1

recipes you must try:

(published by Conran Octopus) in 2008.

Breakfast Power Smoothie(141)

The first half of the book contains an

Leon Ketchup (145)

encyclopedic look at all of their favorite

Chicken Superfood Salad (203)

ingredients. They give us a little bit of

Morrocan Meatballs (217)

history, whimsy, and a lot of information.

Raspberry & Almond Tart (271)

It is seriously awesome and there is so

...and everything else

much to be learned. The photography and graphics will blow your mind. The second half of the book is dedicated to recipes. All are natural, healthy, and packed with energy and flavor. Inspiration for each dish comes from all over the world.

Pictured above: a gorgeous lesson on berries. Below: book cover

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{ Embellish } verb * make (something) more attractive by the addition of decorative details or features

Hello World! text by ashleigh hill photography by claire cella

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With the weather turning, it is easy to get stuck between fully embracing the rejuvenating season of Spring and remaining in your heavy winter digs. But you don’t have to chose one or the other– by adding punches of color to your lighter winter wardrobe, your late winter wardrobe will begin to flirt with summer and you’ll be shining all the while. Fashion is about story telling–what are your clothes telling the people around you. Use your accessories to tell this story. Find things that scream “Me!” They don’t have to be over the top or garish (unless that’s you). They can be simple pops of color. It’s not necessary to go out and buy a new wardrobe. Look through your own and pull the brightest accesorries you can find. Use lighter scarves to help you stay warm while still expressing the season. Throw two bold colors together and wear them as a statement piece (cover, 38). Or tie one around your hair for a sophisticated European look (41). Experiment with brightly colored belts, tights and jewelry. Paint your nails the brightest shade of pink you can find or be bold and throw on a new shade of lipstick. (Note: all of our accessories and bright colors for this shoot were purchased at stores like H&M and Forever 21) The possibilities are endless and you’ll actually impact your own mood (and anyone else’s around you!) by brightening up your wardrobe. Go on...give it a try.

We’d like to give a special thank you to our model Kenza Salem for taking time out of her insane schedule to pose for us (you’re beautiful, Kenza) and to Claire Cella for rocking behind that camera. Would you believe it if we told you she was only 15? You’d better, cause it’s true. What talent!

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Etsy Finds there ’s nothing better than knowing your favorite item has been lovingly made by hand.

Etsy is the home of hand-crafted acces-

has been dried and pressed between two

$10 Shop: theboldbanana

sories, unique works of art and vintage

pieces of glass and we think it’s simply

9 We love this set of 6 blank letterpress

trinkets. Lately, we can’t get enough.

lovely. $25 Shop: FlowerGlassArt

note cards with patterned envelopes. We really love that they’ve been sustainably

But sometimes it can be a little hard to navigate, no? There’s just so much stuff to

Here’s a lively letterpress card to brighten

letter pressed. We really REALLY love that

buy! We thought we’d try to help out a

anyone’s day! It’s rinted on luxurious,

1% of all sales go to environmental causes!

bit. Here are some of our favorites:

thick, white 100% cotton Crane Lettra

$14 Shop: smockpaper

paper. Send a little happy note to someone

1 What could be lovelier than this teeny

you love! $3 Shop: Green Grass Press

The best part of Etsy? You end up with a one of a kind purchase that supports small

tiny love note? It would make a great mother’s day gift! The tiny brass envelope

6 Here’s a bright way to showcase your

businesses, run by people just like you.

measures just under an inch and there is

earring collection. Hang them on this


an “I love you” note on the inside. $22

turquoise picture frame with metal mesh

Shop: Chainchainchaned.

screen. $22 Shop: Beach Cove Art

2 This gorgeous photograph of pink ranunculus flowers (blossom pg TK) from an outdoor market in France brings a touch of sweet femininity to any room. $30 Shop: Honey Tree

3 Show off some pretty flowers, or your

7 We love this sweet, old fashioned powder box; perfect for earrings, bracelets and rings. It’s slightly bigger than the pill box and it’s made of solid wood. $6.50 Shop: Mmim

collection of marbles (does anybody really

8 Oh hello, navy blue tote bag with a

collect marbles?) in this gorgeous blue

vintage bicycle screenprint! You are perfect

glass atlas mason jar. $12 Shop: Vintage

for our trips to the market or grocery

Interiors (Camilla’s favorite!)

store (we love multipurpose items) or as a casual purse on warm spring days. And we

4 This dried flower pendant is completely

really like that you are made with ecof-

handmade from start to finish. The flower

riendly soy-based screenprinting products.










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Investing in Beauty By Meg Fee

I sat in the hair salon just a few days ago, an

before, but I’ll say it again:

my eyebrows have changed the look of my face

ill-advised (as it turns out) color-glaze coating

a. Take off your makeup and wash your face

for the better.

my hair, and watched as an older woman across

before bed. b. Invest in a moisturizer that works

the way, curlers crowning her head, pushed and

for your skin. You know all this, I know, I know.

4. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

pulled at the sagging skin on her face, imagin-

But where people tend to skimp is on toner.

I have spent hours upon hours upon hours in

ing what a few cuts of the knife might produce.

Before applying your moisturizer, apply toner.

Sephora trying lipstick after lipstick after lipstick.

It was such an intimate moment: a woman

Toner allows the moisturizer to sink into the

The genius of Sephora is that the makeup isn’t

struggling with age and beauty and the natural

skin. Without toner you simply move the

hidden by a counter or silver curtain–it’s right

progression of life.

moisturizer around on the skin’s surface. My

there, out in the open, inviting you to try. And

toner of choice is Clinique (and as for a great and

by all means, go for it! That being said, be wary

Sometimes I worry about my desire to be beau-

really inexpensive face wash, I suggest Johnson

of cleanliness (it’s far easier to clean brushes

tiful (the vanity of it) but then I look around and

and Johnson’s Purpose).

and lipsticks than mascara tubes--okay, what

realize this want or need, is not singular to me.

I’m saying is avoid the mascara). The more you

I see it in the women all around me: in how we

2. Apply primer before foundation.

experiment and make mistakes the faster you’ll

wrap our scarves, how we apply mascara, and

A primer creates a nice, even canvas on which

learn and find what works for you. Like the red

even how we tug or pull at our faces.

to apply any type of liquid foundation or powder.

lipstick on someone else? Try it on. It might take

The primer even extends the life of foundations

you twelve shades of red to find the right one,

I’ve come to believe that the care we take in

because less is required to get even coverage

but you’ll know it when you’ve found it–it will

presenting ourselves is a reflection of our self-

on the face. My personal favorite is the classic

feel good and right. Sephora has a great return

love and a signal to others as to the respect we

Smashbox primer. There is a school of thought

policy, as do most cosmetic companies (don’t

expect. Makeup, like clothes, is about how it

that mineral makeups over time stretch out the

be afraid to ask before you purchase). The great

makes us feel. It is about taking risks, yes, but

face’s pores or create small cuts and scratches

thing about these return policies is that you

the ultimate goal is comfort and the enhance-

because they are not perfectly cylindrical–a

can take the products home, live with them for

ment of one’s own beauty.

primer will prevent this and enhance the

about a month, and if you find they’re not the

mineral makeup’s coverage.

right fit, don’t be afraid to take them back.

culled from many, many hours working for a

3. Don’t skimp on the eyebrows.

5. Let the experts show you some tricks of

cosmetic company and many more hours spent

A good eyebrow can change a persons face.

the trade. It’s my experience that some of

perusing the aisles of Sephora.

Any nail salon worth their salt can give you a

the higher-end brands have some of the most

good eyebrow wax, but a few months ago, on a

knowledgeable makeup artists out there. Book

friend’s suggestion, I started going to the girls

an appointment. Get their advice. Let them

at Benefit’s Brow Bar. They pulled the tweezers

show what color palate they would choose for

from my overzealous hands (metaphorically,

you. But take it all with a grain of salt because

speaking) and it’s made all the difference. With

their co-worker might sell you something com-

their help and the help of an eyebrow pencil (and

pletely different. That’s the beauty of this beauty

let me be clear–a little goes a long way)

game–it’s all subjective!

What follows here are some of the things I’ve

1. As far as I’m concerned. Skin care is it. The penultimate. The cat’s meow, if you will. Taking care of your skin before the lines set in will help to greatly diminish, or even prevent, that moment years away when you too sit alone in the salon pulling and prodding. It’s been said

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Cinco creating a 5-year plan By Ashleigh Hill

the scholarship. This was confirmed to me a few weeks later, when the girl who planned to go to medical school and then start a free clinic for low-income single mothers in her hometown was awarded the scholarship.

“I have no idea what I will be doing or where I will be living. But I certainly would like to.” Cinco. Cinq. Cinque. Five. A double-edged sword number, simultaneously threatening and non-threatening. It is the number

Of course, this story has become infamous in my house, a funny

of fingers on one hand, the highest intensity of hurricane and

anecdote from my college years. But it also threw into harsh

tornado, or the age of a kindergartener. Time wise, five is a

relief something that I’d been putting off—making a plan. I’m

conundrum. Five minutes is no big deal, five months is almost

not a planner by nature; I have a hard time making any sort of

workable, but five years is something to wrap your head around.

decision, from what movie to see on Saturday night to where to

For example, five years ago I was 18 years old, in my first year

eat afterward, I see too many options and then get nervous about

of college, a naïve girl with no real world experience. And now,

choosing the wrong one, so I don’t make a decision. I don’t know

five years later, I am a college graduate from my dream university,

what I’m going to do in the next five years because I don’t want

living at home (oh dear) with a full time job. I never in my life

to be locked into any one thing. My interests are so disparate that

thought that I’d be here. Which leads me to wonder, what do the

I don’t ever want to land on just one. While this makes me an

next five years hold for me? In five years I will be 28 years old. I

interested and motivated artist, this does not do anything for my

have no idea what I will be doing or where I will be living. But I

stress level and the number of grey hairs on my 23-year-old head.

certainly would like to. Lately the story of my great scholarship blunder has come up When I was in college, I was a finalist for a huge scholarship. It

often as I attempt to make plans for my future. It is five years

would have paid half of my tuition for 2 years. It came down

later and could have never imagined that I would be where I am

to three people and an interview. I had a videoconference with

today. Where will I be five years from now? To answer that, I

the funders where they asked me questions for 20 minutes, from

turn to my junior high habits, and I make a list. I always start by

where I grew up to what I was studying in school. Just before I

writing things down because for me, writing something down

left they asked: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” My

makes it real. Even if it is a pipe dream, once it is out of your

mind raced, flipped through every possible scenario of life after

head and on paper it becomes an actual goal. Goals allow you to

college…and came up totally blank. Happily (and naively), I

develop a road map—an idea of what you are driving towards, a

said, “I have no idea.” I left the interview feeling confident and

focus for the day, the week, the month, or even the year. If you

promptly called my mother to inform her about all of the ass I

are like me, this is a daunting idea. So I start small. What are my

had kicked in the interview. When I told her about their final

goals for the next week? Once I feel comfortable making week-

inquiry and my answer, the world slammed to a stop—“You said

to-week goals, I can expand my timeline. Before I know it, I’ve

you didn’t know!?” she exclaimed. My brain screamed back at

made plans for a period of months, even years. They don’t have to

me, “What the hell is wrong with you? You didn’t know? Why

be lofty goals, like curing cancer or walking on Mars, they can be

didn’t you make something up!?” A wave of shame and embar-

smaller, realistic goals. For example, one goal I keep renewing is

rassment crashed over me and I realized I probably wouldn’t get

music—I make it a goal to spend at least 30 minutes a day

communing with music. For me, this means singing or playing the ukulele/guitar or just listening (really listening) to music. And each day I accomplish this goal I give myself a little mental pat on the back. And on days when it isn’t possible, I don’t freak out, I simply say to myself “It couldn’t happen today, but I’m excited about making it happen tomorrow.” This can seem like a hugely complex task at first, but this is why I start with a list of five things—five is easy to digest. I mean, think about it, after you accomplish one

some resources that we love:

of 5 goals you are 20% done. Accomplish two? That’s 40%. Easy. So do it right now, take out a pen and paper and write five goals down. Big, small, daily, long-term, five goals for your life. And, so you don’t feel alone, I share with you my own five-year list. It was much harder to write than I ever imagined. The first two came easily, but the others were like pulling teeth. So here,

Where will you be five years from today? By Dan Zandra

just like Juliet’s nurse in Romeo and Juliet, I lay 5 of my teeth.

5 goals for the next 5 years: 1.

make sure the people in my life know that i care

about them . show them how and in many ways .

2. 3.

live in new york city. work for a theatre company whose work

My Future Listography By Lisa Nola

I believe in strongly.

4. 5.

sing every day. loudly. travel to europe (paris would be magical or

return to italy or finally go to london).

Once you have made your list, take a deep breath. Did you find yourself holding your breath? That’s ok, because making lists and goals can be nerve wracking. You aren’t alone in thinking so. Start with the smallest goals on your list and chip away at them. In no

The Non-Planner Datebook By Keri Smith

time you’ll be done with each of the five things and on to the next.

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Your Turn we asked you: are you a planner? here ’s what some of you had to say... Planning for me has always been “second nature”. I plan for little things like what I’ll be eating for dinner that day, even when it’s breakfast. But I also plan for big events such as where I’ll be living in five years. Sometimes I think that it might be more exciting to live spontaneously, isn’t that what life is all about after all? I think that living in the now would be an amazing project for myself. Life only happens once! Have fun! Don’t stress! – Jessica, Blog: My Personal Daydream

I’m a natural planner because I like organization and predictability. However, I am not a planner when it comes to living. Sometimes it can be mistaken as selfishness, but I will go for something that will make me happy, even if it means leaving things and people I’ve always known. I think it’s because I want to live my life without regrets, take risks and live my life instead of watching from the outside – Reni, Blog: In Her Shoes

I am most definitely a planner. I keep my blue planner with me in my purse everywhere I go. I check my bank statements daily. I write down weeks in advance when I am going to have lunch with someone and what I do at the gym. I plan for short-term things (like dinner and a movie tomorrow) and long-term things (like a holiday in July). I plan because I want to be in control. My planner helps me keep a grip on my reality, even if it’s just an ab class, a bank account balance, or a birthday bash near the beach! – Cassie, Blog: Always a Blogsmaid, Never a Blogger Yes. Yes. Yes. A million times, yes. I am a planner! I plan as far in advance as I can. Years…if possible! I plan long term for trips, large purchases, craft projects (for presents, events, etc.), or parties I’m hosting, and for the short-term I make daily itineraries, and plan my meals and outfits. Why do I do this? Because it helps keep me sane! – Sharlyn, Blog: Make Lemonade

I am not a planner in most instances. I live for and thrive on spontaneous moments! I do feel that sometimes planning is a necessary evil, especially when it comes to life’s chores like bills and making dinner. But planning can be an excellent thing to do in order to achieve everything you want to. For me, planning is good for the long term, but for the short term I just need a little more room to do my own thing. Maybe I’m a commitment-phobe? A gypsy? Flighty? Ah well, I’ll take all those things and summarize it with this: capricious. Rhymes with delicious :) –Melissa, Blog: Small Kitchen Cuisine

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Do Something that Scares You By Jackie Pfeffer

Each city I’ve visited has a different con-

ing with me, before I shook my head.

in the room against the door – just in

notation to me. New York will forever

When it returned, it was excitedly scream-

case. I went to beds smiling. What a crazy

represent home; London reminds me of

ing “Go to San Francisco!” My mind was

story this would be.

my two best friends from high school;

made up. I was going. I felt empowered

Savannah, my childhood; Los Angeles is

as I climbed onto that bus in SLO. Then,

Katrina’s; and when I think of San Diego, I

at some point during the five and a half

think of my sisters. San Francisco is differ-

hour ride, I started to freak out. I had

ent, though. San Francisco is all mine.

never been to San Francisco. I didn’t know

Last September, I spent three weeks in California. Early in my stay, my sister and I took a train up to Los Angeles from San Diego to spend a few days with a friend. We later decided to take a drive up the coast, stop in San Luis Obispo and then head north to Big Sur.

a soul in the city, I didn’t have a place to stay, and I didn’t have a plan! I didn’t stop freaking out until I got into a taxi and met Jimmy, a laid back cab driver who sounded like a stereotypical California surfer. As I listened to him tell me about this concert and a Mexican restaurant that he loved (which he never told me the name

I switched hotels the next day and my laughter turned into complete happiness. I spent the next three days wandering around San Francisco. I explored the Mission and marveled at paintings in the sfMoMA. I treated myself to meals and wine at fancy restaurants. I found the most beautiful used bookstore and meandered through it for hours reading faded handwritten inscriptions. One afternoon, by chance, I stumbled upon colorful Clarion Alley and felt like the luckiest person on the planet.

I had never been to San Francisco and I

of), that panicking in my head turned to

was dying to go, but, while I had three

laughter. I couldn’t believe I was sitting in

My last hour in San Francisco was spent in

weeks of freedom and a laptop to work

a cab with Jimmy the surfer cab driver in

quiet reflection at the airport. I stared out

from, the girls had offices to be in on

San Francisco after taking a five hour bus

the window steeping in the satisfaction of

Monday morning. Drat, I thought. Maybe

ride on a whim.

my little adventure, Mark Twain echoing

on my next trip.

This internal laughter continued through-

in my head:

I was standing on a cliff looking out at the

out the night. I laughed when I arrived

“Twenty years from now, you’ll be more

Bixby Bridge, when a quiet thought crept

at the worst hotel, ever. I laughed as the

disappointed by the things you didn’t do

into my mind. I chased it away. As we

salesman behind the counter advised me

than the things you did. So throw off the

drove down Highway One, it crept back

against running to the store because it

bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.

in. This time, it was louder. Bolder.

was also the worst neighborhood ever. I

Catch the trade winds in your sails.

It stayed there for a few moments, reason-

laughed as I scooted all of the furniture

Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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Back Story

Left: our sweet picnic, complete with ukelele strumming and harmonizing! Below: Camilla and Jenny May trying to keep everything organized (rather unsuccessfully) at The Violet’s very first fashion shoot.

For our spring fashion feature this issue

us with duets and harmonies. Sure, people

(35) we took our own advice and did a

may have looked at us and wondered what

Photoshoot with Friends (11) but we ven-

we could possibly be up to, but it was

tured outdoors. We grabbed a few outfits,

so stimulating to get out of our comfort

some fun props (giant fake flowers, a

zones, and just do something a little dif-

chair, even a portable record player), and

ferent and be creative. The best part is that

went on a photography adventure around

none of us had really done anything like

the Presidio in San Francisco. It was way

it before. We’re not professional photogra-

too much fun to be called work. We got

phers or stylists or anything. We just got

the chance to explore some stunning areas

together and decided to see what we could

that we had always driven by and ignored,

come up with…and we love the results. So

get creative with colors and props and

bottom line is don’t limit yourself. Go out

poses, and we even packed a picnic to en-

and try new things and, in the end, you’ll

joy together. We ate pita chips, vegetables

probably be surprised by how awesome

and hummus (30) together under the Pre-

you really are!

sidio trees. Ashleigh brought her ukelele


and she and Jenny May wowed the rest of

today is your day, your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. – Dr. Seuss

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