No Bake Chocolate Deliciousness To The Max

If you have a free 15 minutes, then you need to make these cookies. Doesn’t matter if you are running to the next appointment / pick up / drop off / or work, if you have the time, then you must make these. DELICIOUSNESS TO THE MAX TIMES INFINITY. (Sorry for the limited amount of pictures — my iphone was in the Apple Store #FML due to a cracked screen, so I did what I could do….and I needed you to have this recipe for the long weekend, so sorry!)

 

This is the end result. It tastes better than it looks. And the smell is divine, too.

This is the end result. It tastes better than it looks. And the smell is divine, too.

 

Ingredients:

 

* 6 tablespoons coconut oil

* 4 tablespoons nut butter

* 1/2 cup raw cacoa

* 1/2 cup maple syrup

* 2 teaspoon vanilla

* 14 tablespoon oats

* 12 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

* 4 tablespoons chia seeds

* 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

 

YES, sorry about the tablespoons vs. cups. Don’t blame me. Enjoy the meditative state of counting up to 14 tablespoons.

 

Directions:

 

* In a pot on medium heat, melt the coconut oil. Once melted, add the almond butter and whisk it together. Then add raw cacoa, maple syrup and vanilla. Take off the heat.

 

* In a bowl, add the oats, shredded coconut, chia seeds and salt.

 

Yin Yang?

Yin Yang?

trippy

trippy

Mix all together

Mix all together

 

* Then, on a wax paper lined sheet, make little balls (flat or 3-D round) and place in the fridge for at least an hour. Then, ready to devour. When not eating them, store in the fridge.

 

Dots

Dots

DAMMMMMMMN chocolate

DAMMMMMMMN chocolate

 

Yes, these have little chia seeds so they will get stuck in every crack or nook in your mouth, but it is worth the awkward smile after eating them. Perfect to bring as a gift to a friend, or to hoard  for yourself. Have a great long weekend! Summer 2016 we are ready for you!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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Tabio Socks

As you can see, I have a love for socks (Pause…read this article on People Who Wear Crazy Socks Are Smart). I can never have too many… the more the merrier. While Zkano is now my favorite US brand,  Tabio socks are my favorite foreign brand. I wrote about them 1.5 years ago, and they continue to be my favorite sock to stock up. On my recent trip to Paris, I bought several pairs as presents….but in the end, couldn’t give them away (they had me at “hello”).

 

The three pairs that I can't part with.

The three pairs that I can’t part with.

Tabio..

Tabio, tradition in motion.

The perfect height on the ankle, and a little sparkle and glitter. LOVE.

The perfect height on the ankle, and a little sparkle and glitter. LOVE.

A ribbon the back? YASSSS

A ribbon the back? YASSSS

A creative pair that is transparent with flowers. Love both of those qualities of the socks!

A creative pair that is transparent with flowers. Love both of those qualities of the socks!

 

A week after I got the Tabio socks, I got an “I love you package” in the mail from one of my bestest friends (she is super stylish and cool, I mean, you have to be to send these socks as a present) with these socks….how cool are they? I must say, I have the best sock collection (granted it is not a jewelry collection, but a SOCK collection!) :)

 

Tie dye socks!!!! With rose gold birkenstocks, #1 stylish feet in AMERICA.

Tie dye socks!!!! With rose gold birkenstocks, #1 stylish feet in AMERICA.

Do you love my outfit?

Do you love my outfit?

We went golfing, and this was my golfing outfit. Do I fit in?

We went golfing, and this was my golfing outfit. Do I fit in? (This is a testament at how wonderful my husband is because he doesn’t fight my style and lets me be who I am. Thanks, Babers for letting me wear a rainbow scarf and rainbow socks when taking a golf lesson)

 

I hope you love the socks (both Tabio and my tie dye) as much as I do! Socks are the perfect present — I learned this from my mother whose go to present is socks. Crap, I am turning into my mother…I hope you are having a great week!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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See Concept – Paris

On my recent trip to Paris (I know, I can’t stop…..sorry!), I stopped in to Colette, the hip retail store that curates the newest and coolest looks, items, clothing.. everything. When we first walked in, there was a huge group of people looking at sunglasses, so I knew there was something special to check out. See Concept, a Parisian glasses company, founded in 2010 by a trio of designers from Lyon, France, is a line of chic, ready-to-wear eyeglasses at an accessible price. They offer a range of colors and stylish styles that flatter all face shapes. And they don’t just make men’s / women’s glasses, but also juniors, too. Gucci.

 

Cool box, cool shades, cool dude.

Cool box, cool shades, cool dude. For 35 bucks. Everything screamed for me to buy them. (These are for Cruz)

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Adidas in Paris

In 2014, it was hard to miss the fact that everyone Parisian was wearing Stan Smiths. And sure enough, six months after that, Stan Smiths overtook the USA. Now, Stan Smiths continue to kick a$$ in Paris, but as I learned on my trip to Paris last weekend, everyone is wearing the Adidas SuperStar shoes. So, trust me, order them NOW before they become impossible to find. Everyone rocked the look and made them look so hip and gorgeous. So do it NOW, go buy them.

 

Superstar

Superstar

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Mother’s Day in Paris

Bonjour! Hello from NYC after a whirlwind trip celebrating Mother’s Day with my special mother-in-law Josie Natori! As most of you know, I have a deep profound love for Paris and feel that it is my second home (Cruzzie corrected me and said “third’ — after NYC and Oregon, so true true). As it had been over a year since I had last been there, I was dying to get there. So my mother-in-law and I (just the two of us), jumped on a plane and went there for the long weekend. And what a special and wonderful treat it was. I am currently cross-eyed from no sleep (Jet Lag and I don’t mix), and we #ShoppedTillWeDropped, but it was so special and fun; a weekend to always remember. Take a look.

 

The view from the apartment. There is just something so special and glamorous of the buildings there. #BuildingEnvy

The view from the apartment. There is just something so special and glamorous about the buildings there. #BuildingEnvy

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Must Reads on the World Wide Web

Recently, a lot of blogs I read have been doing “round-ups” of interesting articles on the internet. I love those posts as they always have at least one article that interests me. So I am doing the same (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery). Here is my current round-up:

 

Why read online when you can read the Lego catalogue in a sleeping bag?

Why read online when you can read the Lego catalogue in a sleeping bag?

 

I want to see this movie.

 

Good work advice.

 

Love Lenny. Love Amanda Peet. And love this essay.

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Russ & Daughters

The new Russ and Daughters inside The Jewish Museum is a must eat and must see destination! This past Sunday, when my father was in town, we had the chance to go to Brunch with the family and celebrate my side of the family’s heritage.

 

Located in the basement of the museum, it is in fact sub-terranean, but still a great location to visit even with no windows.

Located in the basement of the museum, it is in fact sub-terranean, but still a great location to visit even with no windows.

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Natori Feathers Wireless Bra

ALERT: Natori has introduced a NEW bra.. even better, a NEW FEATHERS bra. I am a dedicated Natori bra wearer, especially the Natori Feathers Bra (and undies). So this is a win win win, happy happy day for me! This feathers bra is wireless (on trend) and comes with the signature lace details and scalloped plunging V neckline.

 

 

Comes in a variety of colors: the everyday nude and black, as well as multiple fashion colors.

Comes in a variety of colors: the everyday nude and black, as well as multiple fashion colors.

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Grandparent’s Weekend

My son’s school had Grandparent’s Day this past Friday, so I called up my parents and begged for one of them to come. My father, newly “retired’ (he is still kind of working though..) agreed to fly across the country to make a 2 hour appearance (along with Ken’s dad – Ken’s mom was out of town) for his beloved grandson.  Not only do I love my father so much because he is *my* father and the smartest, sweetest, grumpiest, most active, and fun 71 year old; but also because he is a devoted and loving grandfather to his 5 grandchildren (2 of them are my kids). He truly loves them and looks forward to every opportunity to spend time with them….like the whole summer when we move into his house in Oregon! As expected, my upbeat and energizer bunny father, was up for anything and partook in all our adventures and explorations. Take a look at what we did!

 

My dad was the Junior Chess Player of Poland (and my uncle wrote a book about chess)....and I have no idea how to play chess....

My dad was a Junior Chess Champion of Poland (and my uncle wrote a book about chess)….and I have no idea how to play

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

If you want to give your mother something that will make her feel special and loved for Mother’s Day, I highly suggest you MOZIE ON DOWN TO www.natori.com, stat.  Because honestly, where *else* would you go to get your mother a present for Mother’s Day? And even better, the site is offering 20% off orders of $200 or more (excluding bras).  Here are my top 5 Mother’s Day gifts from Natori.

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ANNNNNND 20% off? Thank you, Universe.

 

 

1. Cotton Voile Lace Gown

 

Cotton oile

Cotton voile

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More / Shape Women’s Half Marathon

This past weekend, I laced up my running shoes and ran my first half marathon in two years. Yes, I have run a lot of marathons since 2014, but a half marathon is totally different….and it hasn’t helped that I’ve been nursing an injury for the last 6 months (GROAN). But I did it. And in a fast time for me! And it was all part of a great event celebrating women. Enjoy the pics!

 

Post race, the little girl deserves the medal.

Post race, the little girl deserves the medal.

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To-Do-Spring Wish List NYC 2016

It seems like 2016 just started; and yet, school is about to end. I can’t believe I only have 6 weeks to squeeze in everything I want to do in Spring in NYC. Better start…..yesterday! Here is my list. (For last year’s list, go here).

 

1. Go see Hamilton (again).

 

Yowsers, I can't stop raving about it.

Yowsers, I can’t stop raving about it.

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Black Bean Flourless Brownies

Moist, delicious, and oh-so-healthy! Store in fridge.

 

Yup, you read it correctly, say WHAAATTTT? Black Bean Flourless Brownies? Black beans in a brownie????? With or without rice? Just joking (about the rice), and yessers, I am serious about the black beans in the brownies. I was intrigued by the recipe from A Clean Bake, so I made the recipe, found myself interested in how weird they were, and then realized I had eaten more than my share #oops. So here is the recipe: (Note, when I made it, I must have been overly tired because I literally doubled the amount of black beans #gassy and forgot baking powder and salt…. I think that is what happens when I try to rush/bake between kid activities and my tutoring gig. Mind you, even though I forgot all that and put way too many beans in, everything was delicious!)

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Glossier

I have been a big fan of Emily Weiss and Into The Gloss since the blog was founded in 2010. That said, when she created her own skincare / makeup line, I was reluctant to buy into the fad. Finally, two weeks ago, I caved into the Millenium skin care line, with its pretty pale pink packaging and snarky descriptions….and I couldn’t be happier that I did. I now understand the hype and popularity — it is that good. The brand, as described perfectly by Weiss herself is ” simple and effective but not too precious.”

 

Lip stain / tint / perfection.

Lip stain / tint / perfection.

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“How To Be” Kids Book

Last week, I had a hard time communicating with my 6 year old son about good behavior and his treatment towards me and friends, post-school. During school, Cruz is an angel (so I’m told); incredibly well behaved, sweet, loving, empathetic, and caring. But the moment I pick him up – whether it is due to exhaustion, the pressures of school, or the fact that he doesn’t eat much lunch  – he often crashes and throws a fit with me. Not only is it trying for me, but I find it difficult to communicate with him about how he should act. So, last week in NYC when the rain was out of control, I found myself seeking solace in a bookstore, searching for new books. And there it was, “How to Be; Six Simple Rules for Being The Best Kid You Can Be”

 

Bright, red, flashy. HELLO book of all books.

Bright, red, flashy. HELLO book of all books.

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Thai Cabbage Slaw

The perfect crunch, taste, and salad. I can't wait to try more of Mark Bittman's concoctions.

My obsession with Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Matrix Cookbook continues. I can’t speak highly enough about it and EVERYONE must get it for their kitchen STAT. It makes meal-planning easy, and spices up our family dinner repertoire. My most recent find (there seems to be a new one every week!) is the thai cabbage slaw — DELISH what what!!!

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Hill House Home Monogrammed Pillows

I love bedding — Natori bedding and Roberta Roller Rabbit are my two favorites, and recently I came across Hill House Home and fell instantly in love. Hill House Home has sheets, robes, duvets, and pillowcases. The pillowcases, which you can monogram, are the items that won me over.

 

I love the font.

I love the font.

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Puerto Rico 2016 Highlights

After our wonderful vacation in Mexico with my parents, we headed to Puerto Rico with the Natori Seniors…YUP #hardlife and YUP #travelwithparents. We had a luxurious, lavish, relaxing, and fun 5 days (just like last year. Same vacation, different year). Take a look at the pictures….wish I was back there NOW! NYC is flipping cold and un-Spring like.

 

Traveling to Mexico to Puerto Rico is not so much fun, but what is really unfun is a 4.5 hour layover in Dallas. So we had fun by taking the airport monorail for a good 45 minutes (circle after circle after circle)

Bucerias, Mexico to Puerto Rico isn’t exactly a direct flight.  We had 4 hour layover in Dallas, so we killed time (at the kids’ request) by taking the airport monorail in circles for 45 minutes.  #KillingTime

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Mexico 2016 Highlights

Mama and Toosh in our hungarian embroidered shirts.

 

 

Like last year, we spent the first portion of Spring Break in Bucerias, Mexico at my uncle’s beach house. My mother, born and raised in Mexico City, still has two brothers that live in Mexico. And fortunately for us, one of them has a beautiful beach house in Bucerias, a sleepy-non-tourist town north of Puerto Vallarta, on the west coast of Mexico. Here are the highlights from our ten day vacation with Nana and Tata!

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