Par’s Picks – 20

I hope y’all are enjoying the weekend.  It’s a bit rainy here in Miami, but I’m not complaining, especially after seeing pictures of Buffalo and other cities that have been hit hard with a lot of snow.  Sending warm thoughts to all of you who need them right now!

I’ll be back with a full weekend recap on Monday, but for now, enjoy my picks of the week!


The Morning Routines of 12 Women Leaders

Instead of Complaining, Remember These 10 Things

9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think 

26 Things Every Person Should Do For Themselves At Least Once A Year

5 Ways to Bounce Back From a Horrible Day

100 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Be Successful


The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube – So many great workouts…all for FREE!

Healthy Swaps for Thanksgiving – Love this mindset and philosophy!

This Is What Looking Down at Your Cell Phone Does to Your Spine 


Why People Cry When They’re Happy – I’ve always wondered!

10 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime – I want to make my way through this list.

Realistic Barbie Now Has Acne, Cellulite & Other "Imperfect" Stickers – Thoughts?  I’m saving mine for a future blog post.

26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence – READ THIS!  IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!!!


How to Write Well About Controversial Topics

How to Write a Funny Post


5 Vegetarian Meals for Thanksgiving (Beyond Side Dishes) – YUM!

Simple Kitchen Hacks for Everyday Cooks – Love this list!


5 Things Newlyweds Need To Adjust To Quickly – Yes to all of these!  With time everything works out, but it takes just that…time!


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Happy weekend!

Dairy-Free Product Discoveries

It’s been exactly 15 days since I started my dairy-free experiment. And I have to be honest, it’s going ok. I haven’t had any major moments of weakness or die-hard cravings. Of course, there’s always a part of me that wishes I never had to experiment in the first place. But it’s all good!

Anyways, I think it’s been going ok because of the great dairy-free product discoveries I’ve made. Of course, there is no good substitute for real cheese, but that’s the name of this game I suppose.

So let’s get started.

My beloved Silk Unsweetened Original Almond Milk

Silk Almond Milk

Technically this isn’t a new discovery but whatever. Coming from someone who used to drink 3-4 glasses of cow’s milk for the first 27 years of her life, you have to trust me when I say this stuff is good. BUT you do have to give it a fair chance. It doesn’t taste like regular milk, but when included in smoothies and other foods, you really can’t tell the difference. In fact, a year or so ago, I made our morning protein smoothie using regular cow’s milk and it tasted gross. Vishnu even went as far as saying it made him feel like he was going to vomit (just being honest!). So yeah, this is and has been my favorite dairy-free product for almost three years now. I love it!

SO Delicious Coconut Milk Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (aka “ice cream)

So Delicious Ice Cream

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen me profess my love for this stuff. It’s good. The flavor is absolutely spot on (at least the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl was), but the texture isn’t as creamy as regular ice cream. But for someone who can’t/isn’t eating dairy, this is a great little find. You may or may not find yourself standing in front of the fridge, spoon and container in hand, swearing to eat only a little bit only to find that you finished off whatever was left. Again, you may or may not find that to be true…

Trader Joe’s Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds

TJs vegan shreds

I love love love cheese. Almost as much as I love chocolate. So I had pretty high (and probably unfair) expectations for this “cheese.” When I tried it straight out of the bag, I didn’t like it at all. But obviously wanting to make it work, I used it later that night on some eggplant “pizzas.” And honestly, it was ok. It melted nicely (almost too nicely) and was gooey in texture. And while it didn’t taste like mozzarella cheese, it had a nice buttery flavor to it. I’m not sure if I’ll be buying this brand again. I think I want to try some other “cheeses” first. Or maybe even make my own. (Please feel free to recommend your favorite “cheese” in the comments section.)

 SO Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer

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We don’t drink a lot of coffee at home, but when we do, both Vishnu and I like to add a touch of cream to it. And put simply, this creamer does the trick. It doesn’t have an overwhelming coconut flavor to it, it’s thick and creamy…what more do you want!



Cashews are obviously not a non-dairy product per se. BUT, when you’re making your own food substitutes at home, this particular nut is great to have on hand. Now, I have to say that cashews are probably my least favorite nut. But for some reason, when soaked and blended together with a bunch of other ingredients, they are the perfect base to delicious sauces and even cheesecakes (I have yet to make a raw cheesecake but have tried Robin’s creations). I made this sauce last week and put it on everything…literally. My favorite way to use it is as a cheese substitute on nachos. SO SO GOOD! I ate said nachos at least five times between last week and this week.

If you have any favorite non-dairy product and/or recipes, PLEASE share in the comments section. 

Three Things Thursday – 2

I think I’m going to make ‘Three Things Thursday’ a regular weekly post.  I love sharing things about my week I would otherwise never write about!  I tend to be more of a topic blogger, but with this particular kind of post, I feel like I’m sharing a special (albeit random) glimpse of my life.

With that, here are this week’s three (totally random) things…

1. Niel (my brother-in-law) and his girlfriend are visiting us this weekend!  I’m so happy he made the spontaneous decision to fly down because he’s the only one who hasn’t been to our place in Miami.  Niel came down for a soccer game right after we got married, but that doesn’t count in my mind because we were living in a not-so-happening part of Fort Lauderdale at the time.  I’m thinking a beach day is definitely in order this time around, along with other fun activities/restaurants/etc.

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2. I got a hair cut.  While this isn’t normally newsworthy in any sense of the word, I had to mention it because I got 5 (ish) inches chopped off.  My hair hasn’t been this short in over two years, and I’m absolutely loving it.  I even asked for long bangs (who am I?!). 

Please ignore the fact that I’m terrible at taking these kinds of pictures (and my crazy eyes!).  I don’t have another one to share, and my hair has been in a bun all week because of the rainy weather (go figure!).

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Short(er) hair + an amazing straightner = a few extra minutes of sleep!

3. The Mindy Project will be airing six additional episodes this season!  I believe they only had 15 scheduled at the beginning of season 3, and as a hardcore fan, this was VERY disappointing.  When I saw the following update on my Facebook feed, I texted Thea right away, as she is the one person who knows and understands my obsession with this show!

If you don’t watch already, I highly recommend you jump on the bandwagon!


Your turn to share – I want to know 3 Things that you’ve been thinking/doing about this week! If you’re a blogger, write a post and link back to one or all of the hostesses; Raj from Pink Chai Living, Nisha from Love Laugh Mirch, or Salma from The Write Balance.  Then share a link to your post (not your blog’s home page). Feel free to use the 3 Things badge in your post.