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I’m really into flower prints. Not the whole old granny tablecloth/blanket type of flower print. But DAISY PRINTS. Specifically daisy prints on plain black backgrounds. It’s superrrr retro. I got mine a few years ago, forgot about it and then found it while packing for this trip. Convenient, right?

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Last month I went back to California to visit my family and friends. Here are some photos of my Bay Area to Los Angeles road trip (seriously one of my most memorable trips). And of course, I’m wearing a daisy print dress ;).

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My cousin and her husband took us sailing on their boat! We sailed from Sausalito to San Francisco. If you look closely, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge!

image I had to stop by the Madonna Inn. It was such a weird, quirky and pink place. I have to admit, the setting totally matched my whole retro themed outfit.

imageSpotted this cute little squirrel near Big Sur!

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We drove along the Pacific Coast Highway and stopped by a tonnnnn of spots. It took us 11 hours to get to LA (normal drive would’ve taken 5-6 hours). I loved how the freeway had so many pull over spots so you can see the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Not sure exactly where I took this photo, but it ended up being one of my favorites. image One thing I miss about living in California? In-N-Out. I always order a grilled cheese with grilled onions and well done fries. SO. GOOD. During my trip, I ate there every single day. That’s 8 burgers. I’m a firm believer that vacations = treat myself to whatever I want to eat time!

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We went to Morro Bay to check out that giant rock. We also got a bit hungry so we got clam chowder bowls — a foodie road trip MUST.

What did you do this summer? Share in the comments below!

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I loveeeee fruit. It’s nature’s candy with a ton of vitamins. Ever get tempted to feed your dog human food? I do. Alllll the time. But, I’ve learned that some fruits are super nutritious for dogs.

When I first started looking for healthy fruit for pups, I looked at dog treats that contain fruit. After that, I started looking into fresh fruit. Maddie has eaten treats with coconut, cranberries, mangos and apples. All of these have vitamins and antioxidants to keep her healthy.

As for fresh fruit, I like giving Maddie small bits of fresh mango, peaches (no pits!) and apples (no seeds!). These fruits have fiber and various vitamins. The apple slices are even good for keeping her pearly whites clean. I think the key to this is balance. I never give her more than two pieces.

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If you’re not sure what type of fresh fruit to give your dog, ask your vet. Or, start by choosing a dog treat that contains fruit.

Science Diet’s Fruity Snacks with Cranberries and Oatmeal are Maddie’s new favorite treat. She goes crazy for these fruity treats. They’re little biscuits made with real fruit — healthy, all-natural ingredients and no corn, no artificial colors or flavors. My fav thing about these treats? They contain FLAXSEED to support healthy fur and skin.

Find Science Diet’s Fruity Snacks here.

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All opinions are my own. Chewy.com sponsored this post in exchange for an honest review.

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I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but when I’m craving sweets…I really crave them. Sakara Life Matcha Balls are a sweet treat that take my cravings away. Plus, it contains antioxidants and a lot of plantbased protein.

The antioxidants come from the matcha. Since you’re consuming the actual leaf, matcha has way more antioxidants than green tea. It also has caffeine, but won’t give you a coffee caffeine crash. Learn more about matcha here or here.

The protein comes from the raw cashews (~5g/0z) and Philosophie Green Dream Protein Powder (10 g/tbsp) — not in Sakara’s recipe…but I sprinkle Philosophie on almost everything, and hemp seeds (10 g/tbsp). That’s a LOT of protein, right?

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{ Recipe } Sakara Life’s Raw Matcha Energy Balls

Ingredients

1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted (soak in water for ~1 hour if overly dry)
1 cup raw cashews (soaked overnight)
1 TBSP extra-virgin coconut oil
2 TBSP organic maple syrup
1 TBSP matcha powder
3 TBSP shredded coconut
2 TBSP hemp seeds

Optional: I like to add 1 TBSP Philosophie Green Dream

  • Blend all the ingredients above until coarsely smooth. The ingredients should start sticking together, sort of like a cookie dough texture. Roll into balls.

Coating

1/2 cup shredded coconut
2-3 tsp matcha powder
3 TBSP goji berries, coarsely chopped

  • Combine coating ingredients on a plate. Gently roll the balls o to the plate to coat the outside.

Recipe adapted from Sakara Life

I store these matcha balls in the fridge. They taste extra yummy when chilled!

Have any favorite sweet treats? Share in the comments below!

xx Melissa

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I got my FIRST romper. I’ve avoided rompers because I thought it was weird that you pretty much have to get naked to go to the bathroom. I will make that sacrifice because I am in loveeee with this Kimchi romper from Urban Outfitters.

I got this romper in June to wear to dinner one night during my trip to Cabo. Since then, I’ve been wanting moreee rompers. Because a romper is basically a top and bottom stuck together, it makes getting dressed easy. So perf for those lazy days when you want to look effortlessly put together.

urbanoutfitters-romper{ On the steps of Anthropologie with Kendall. Photo taken by Julia Dent }kimchi-romper{ Shop it } Urban Outfitters – Kimchi Blue Trompica Skort Romper, $39.99

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During the day time I wear this romper with sandals and at night time, I throw on some block heels. It’s an easy summer look.

So what’s next in my style journey? Exchanging shorts for pants!! I’m going to try finding the perfect jumpsuit to replace my romper obsession for the colder fall and winter months.

Have any fav rompers or jumpsuits? I’d love some style inspo! Share in the comments below.

xx Melissa

Photos by the amazingggg Julia Dent <3 <3

 

 

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Dogs obvs. need protein, so why not mix it into their treats? But with so many types of dog treats out there…it’s always difficult figuring out what to get. Wellness is a dog food brand I trust because they use high quality and healthy ingredients. Plus, Maddie has never ever turned down a Wellness treat.

Wellness CORE Superfood Protein Bars are a protein packed treat for your dog. They sort of remind me of beef jerky! Maddie loves these treats and she shows me like allllll her tricks when I take them out.

Tip: These treats are kind of large for a 15 pound dog like Maddie. I cut each bar into three pieces. This makes the bag last 3x as long.

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The Ingredients?

Wellness CORE Superfood Protein Bars are made from simple, high quality ingredients. The protein comes from turkey and duck. The treats contain about ~30% crude protein. The superfood portion comes from kale, flaxseed, broccoli and carrots to provide all-natural wholesome nutrition. There are NO weird fillers, no meat by-products, no cheapy grains, and no artificial colors, flavors or ingredients. Just wholesome ingredients.

{ Shop it } Find Wellness CORE Superfood Protein Bars on Chewy.com.

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See my past Wellness posts herehere and here.

Treats c/o Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.