Be Kind, Make Homemade KIND Bars

I’ve been ruminating a lot lately on what it means to be gentle. To seek wellness and to be kind to yourself.

This topic seems to have slowly dominated my life, in the most benign and harmless way domination can—it’s found its way into my habits, my relationships, and even into a recent OOTD-turned-essay.

And I believe that’s a really good thing. It seems impossible to truly chase and subsequently accept wellness without having it affect all aspects of your life. And for me, being good to myself starts with what I feed my body.

I’ve been gluten free and soy free for nearly a whole year, and while I feel better in many ways, I expected the results to be more drastic. My thyroid results have improved, but in hindsight, what good is eliminating my number one culprit if I’m still consuming the next five?

So in addition to cutting gluten, soy and dairy, I’m nixing as many processed foods and meat as I can. Up until last week, I had still been eating deli meats, pepperettes and cheap frozen meat, so I’ll now be eliminating those old pals. I’ll carry on with fish, eggs and, on occasion, fresh meat from my local farm, but with ease as my mantra, I’m not hopping on any vegan or vegetarian title bandwagon. Rather, I like to think of it as simply eating a plant-based diet.

And on this plant-based diet, nuts and seeds have become my BFFs, so naturally, bars and granolas have, too.

Below is my recipe for homemade KIND bars which I make on weekends and enjoy during the week as a snack or crumbled on my yogurt. Whatever your food prerogative, I hope you these healthy bars a try.

x, S

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Links + Likes: Top Picks from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale 2017

Every year Nordstrom has a huge anniversary sale where new arrivals hit the shop at mega discounts before returning to their regular prices.

For the past week, only Nordstrom cardholders could shop the sale, but today, the sale goes public and runs until August 6th! What’s not to love?

I’ve already hit checkout on a few items myself, so today I’ve rounded up my favorite pieces for the home and closet:

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Seasonal Shifts, Shirt Dresses and Satchels

Gentle is not a word I would typically use to describe myself.

I quit ballet to do karate and jumped from a career in advertising to tech to teaching to TV. In grade-school, I was nicknamed “psycho Sabrina Smelko.” So I’ve never quite understood the concept of taking a break, and rest has been a thing that felt prescribed rather than a thing to be enjoyed.

But between my health taking priority in the past year paired with the realization that life doesn’t get any shorter or more predictable, easing into things with more grace has replaced nearly twisting an ankle running to the next checkpoint. Continue reading

#SabrinasBathroom: The Beauty and The Build

Remodels are never as easy as they seem. And designing your own space when there are limitless options is tough. So with the build of #SabrinasBathroom underway, I thought I’d share a huge post chronicling all of the decisions I made, why I made them and how my heart ache can help you.

Although I’m keeping every fixture and all of the plumbing in the same spot in my bathroom, there’s no such thing as a quick gut and replace. And if you’re like me and obsess over the details and never tire until you’ve scrolled through every single page on every lighting, tile, fixture etc. site, then you know how hard it is to make final calls. And how changing one item can affect another.

This bathroom remodel stubbornly followed suit, so I’m sharing all of the pains in the butt/choices I ran into and how I’ve fixed/settled on them. (And big shout out to my contractors at Elite Signature Homes for helping me through the build. Yes, I chose to not DIY this one and instead hired a crew to tackle the build of my design. More on that choice in a later post).

x, S

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Links + Likes: July 14

  • I’ve been on a lighting hunt for a week and have exhausted all of my bathroom vanity light options for #SabrinasBathroom. I scoured Etsy, Wayfair, Amazon and hardware stores, and in my journey I fell for the Etsy maker Colors of Love, specifically this wood pendant. (I actually bought this one – click here for US link)
  • Tonight Shawn and I are hosting a small party to celebrate the 5 year anniversary of Wild and Light. I’m making these blueberry mint fizz drinks (low sugar).
  • Pearl embellished overalls. That’s all I’ll say. Oh, one more thing. From now until July 20th, you can get early access to pieces in Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale.
  • The newly opened Eden Locke is giving me mad interior inspiration.
  • I’ve been buying expensive face toners for a year to see no real difference. As a teen, I used straight-up witch hazel, so I’ve decided to go back to basics with Thayer’s Witch Hazel with Aloe (link for US shoppers) and my skin is nicer than it’s been in a long time. Thayer’s also has rose water infused, alcohol-free, plain, etc. Cheaper and more effective. Done deal.
  • Here’s a whole slew of yummy-sounding gluten-free cookie recipes.