xfallenmoon on Etsy + giveaway

| Thursday, 23 April 2015



I am so excited to announce the official opening of the xfallenmoon Etsy store!!!

As I mentioned in my 2015 goals, I've been meaning to start one for a long time. I had so many ideas but never enough time! At first I wanted to sell polymer clay miniature foods, then I thought homemade skincare products might be better, maybe even an original jewelry line. After thinking about all that it entailed... designing, crafting, packaging, shipping and all that, I figured I should probably start with something a little less demanding in terms of time (since it's kind of hard to find any with little kids and a full time job). That's when the downloadable print idea came in. That way, it will allow me to get a feel for running a store, and then maybe have a few different exclusive projects on the side. I'll be sure to let you know if I branch out with any cool new products.

For now though, to celebrate the grand opening of xfallenmoon Studio, I've decided to give away 5 downloadable typographic prints; 1 to each of 5 winners! Yay! There will also be a 25% discount event for 7 days following the end of the sweepstakes, so you can share my work with your friends and loved ones. The code is grandopening25 and will be valid from May 1st to May 8th, 2015. Enter below for your chance to win a gorgeous typographic print like the one pictured below!



Etsy shop opening giveaway


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Sweet coconut lemonade

| Thursday, 16 April 2015



This sweet coconut lemonade is your new best friend. Click to tweet.

Ok so, it isn't summer yet, but we've had a few warm days and I just couldn't wait to have this drink again.

Remember about our trip to Mexico? During our stay in Acapulco, we took a day trip to La Roqueta beach. It took about an hour to get there from the Mayan Palace (car + boat ride), and it was so worth it. It's on a tiny little secluded island and you have an amazing view of Acapulco. A lot of locals go there to chill and hang out.

We were sitting with my in-laws at the beach restaurant when my husband asked: "Would you like a coconut with lemon and sugar?". I gave him a silly look thinking it was a joke. Lemon? Coconut? Say what? Turns out he was serious so I figured why not. Oh-my-god guys, it's seriously delicious. To top it off, it's super easy, thirst quenching and nutritious!

Lemon juice and coconut water are jam packed with vitamins and minerals; vitamin C, calcium, fiber, folates, the list goes on. It's perfect for a daily immune system boost, or even for a little more energy during a workout. You could also just do like me and sip it at your desk during work, or while relaxing by the pool.


Make sure to pin it for the summer, you'll be glad you did on those hot and humid days! What kind of unusual drinks do you like to drink in the summer?

Make a natural and healthy Gatorade alternative with these 3 simple ingredients. Click to tweet.



INGREDIENTS

Coconut water
1/2 Lemon
1-2 Tbsp Sugar



RECIPE

1. Start by squeezing the juice of half a lemon into your glass and stir in the sugar.
2. Fill the rest of the glass with coconut water.




The recipe is actually pretty subjective; you can add more lemon juice or sugar, it's all up to you. On a really hot day you can even add a few ice cubes to make it even more refreshing. Seriously though, doesn't it just look delicious? I'm salivating just looking at the pictures. I know it's still spring but um, bring on the summer!





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Wear: Spring in Mexico

| Monday, 13 April 2015

steve madden black sandals with floral leggings

Flowers!!! Colors!!! Sandals!!! Oh my god guys, I am just too excited for spring.

Being in Mexico brought a taste of warmth back into my life and I just had to capture the moment. It's been so long since I've done an outfit post. This shoot was completely random and unplanned (read: no makeup and crazy hairdo). I just wanted to remember the vivid colors, just in case the last few snowfalls back home discouraged me.

Ok so this may not be the fanciest of outfits, but it's so fun and so comfortable. I especially love my new sandals from Steve Madden. It was the first pair of shoes I bought there and I did find they were a bit on the pricey side, but after wearing them for 2 weeks I can tell you it was well worth the money. I just hope they last and retain their quality for a long time!

As for the leggings, they're an old pair I had lying around. As a matter of fact, they're getting a tad washed out. Tell me you didn't notice.

The shirt is new though, I got it at Bikini Village a couple of months ago. I'm so in love with the casual style, length and its loose fit. The fabric is super light and soft, too bad it doesn't come in vibrant colors, I would have bought them all!


WEARING

Sandals: Steve Madden
Leggings: Old
Shirt: Bikini Village
Earrings: Winners



black bikini village shirt with floral leggings

colorful floral leggings

pretty spring outfit julie claveau
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The flavors of Mexico

| Thursday, 9 April 2015

coconut with lime and valentina

Before leaving on our trip to Mexico, I asked on Facebook what kind of posts you guys would like to see about it. A lot of you wanted to see food!

Being married to a Mexican, I usually travel as a local rather than a tourist, which gives me a unique perspective. I find that most of the basic food items are similar to what I would make at home, the main differences are the spices, and the corn flour (as opposed to wheat).

The picture above is coconut with Valentina. Although having a coconut on the beach is not something unusual, to me, the sauce is. Before meeting my husband, I never would have thought of putting spicy sauce on coconut. It's actually pretty good.

In the first picture below is something pretty typical. Re-fried beans with a corn tortilla and rice. The brown part is chicken with mole rojo. Looks gross right? But what if I told you it's chocolate based? Yup, it's a mild spicy pepper and chocolate sauce. It's as delicious as it sounds. 

The following picture is a container of spicy chocolate chunks. You use it to make Mexican hot chocolate. My mother-in-law also uses it to make the mole rojo amongst other things.

Last but not least, the end picture is tamales. Tama-what? This is a delicious breakfast made with a corn-based starchy dough that is steamed in a corn leaf. They're filled with different things from fruit to meat. I'm pretty sure anything goes, even cheese.

There's a lot of other things, but those are the ones I was able to take pictures of. If any of you are interested, I could ask my husband to help me write up some Mexican recipes so you can try them. What do you think?

Have you ever tried any of these?

refried beans with mole rojo is a delicious mexican meal

chocolate de abuelita mexican hot chocolate

delicious mexican breakfast tamales
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