Let’s Grab Coffee, Shall We?

June 14, 2017

I love writing my recipe posts but from time to time it’s nice to branch out and write something a little different. Maybe share a bit of what’s on my mind, my heart. So pull up a chair, we’ll chat about the ins and outs of daily life. Let’s grab coffee, shall we?



  • We should start with Noe because honestly she’s a pretty consuming part of my life. She “graduated” from her first year of day care today. It’s obviously not a monumental step in the grand scheme of her schooling but this was her first time in organized child care and we were a little nervous going into last September. How would she fare? Would she like it? Would it be worth the money? Yes, yes and yes. Oh my goodness. I know all kids are different but she’s thrived at school.


  • Speaking of school, I credit it 100% with potty training our child. She’s pretty much there (with the occasional accident of course and a diaper at night, just in case). It was peer pressure at its finest, she watched the other kids and suddenly one day she simply decided it was her turn.


  • Just in case you thought it was all child rearing roses over here, she’s also in a slapping and hair pulling phase. We’re trying to figure out how to discipline her when she acts out without raising our voices but she doesn’t really understand time outs and thinks it’s funny when we tell her to sit by herself. Any ideas mom and dad friends? Oh and she climbs all over and into everything, yes, this is her trying to get to the real Baa Baa Black sheep.

Noe climbing

Self Care:

  • I’ve been secretly meditating for a few months. I say secretly only because I didn’t mention it to anyone seeing as I’ve tried and failed several times in the past. The whole thing started with an issue in my jaw a few months back. I woke up one morning and couldn’t open my mouth more than an inch. It was kind of terrifying. I clench at night and thought that maybe relaxing before bed would help. I’m not sure if it’s the meditation or simply time, but my jaw feels better. Maybe I’ll do a more detailed post on what’s worked for me and how I’ve managed to stick with it longer than I ever have in the past but here’s the gist of my practice…I promise myself I only have to do it for 3 minutes. I get really comfy and I do it at night. It’s working out really well for me.

Going Zero Waste:

  • Last night I couldn’t fall asleep right away, I don’t know maybe it may have been the coffee I was still sipping at 2pm! What did I think about? Dragging all of our trash, recycling and compost for the week onto a blanket and sorting through it to see how we can get better about wasting less. All this zero food waste stuff has me thinking about zero waste as well. Our lives are so packaged. It’s going to take some work but I think I can make a big dent in how much packaging we consume just by being a little bit more aware. Chip bags, takeout containers, boxes from my new running shoes, empty shampoo bottles, random plastic crap that Noe manages to bring home. It doesn’t just disappear after we put it in the trash. The whole process seems daunting but doable.


  • For example, if I don’t have my reusable coffee cup with me, I shouldn’t buy coffee. It’s tough because as a grown adult, it feels like if I want coffee I should be able to get it whenever I want. But, maybe policing myself is the first step in making more conscious decisions. And really, how hard is it to remember to bring my coffee cup with me?


  • I found this company that will send you shampoo and conditioner in non-plastic bottles. When you reorder, they send you a box with your new stuff that you then reuse to send your old bottles back to them. They wash and sterilize the bottles then reuse everything so there’s no waste. So excited to try them out.

Workouts and such:

  • My back is still bothering me and I had another flare up about a month ago after lifting Noe weirdly into the stroller. I’m realizing the first step to finally healing my back is to stop picking her up, easier said than done. But, I am trying to let her climb into the stroller and car seat by herself now that she can. It’s a serious act in patience though. Have you ever waited for a 2 year old to make their way into a stroller, partly funny, partly infuriating. Anyway, that means I’m still off yoga. I have only been to 3 classes since the middle of January, sigh.


  • That leaves me running and swimming. I can’t believe how long it took me to realize the joys of swimming. I wish I’d started years ago. It’s an awesome workout and also incredibly relaxing. For all you die hard runners, give it a try.


  • It’s actually suppose to warm up here in the next few days. I have to say I’ve been a little jealous of all the warm weather Instagram photos of kid’s in pools and at the beach. Berkeley’s weather is pretty amazing most the time. 60 degrees in December is awesome, 60 degrees in June just feels mean.

Alright, my little update is done. I hope you’re enjoying your week and if you normally read my blog and don’t comment, tell me something that’s going on with you? It seriously feels like I’m writing into a vacuum sometimes.


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  • Reply Jessica Mehl June 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I always read you Lisa! It’s such a calming part of my day, and I love your recipes. Thanks for sharing so much of your life. xx

    • Reply Lisa June 14, 2017 at 4:29 pm

      Oh Jess you’re so sweet! I love that you read a million miles away. Xoxo

  • Reply Julia Gidwani June 14, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    I’m feeling the peer pressure: no more paper coffee cups. You’re my inspiration. 👍

    • Reply Lisa June 15, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Haha, just saw this!

  • Reply Jessica June 15, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Great having coffee with you! Loved your updates. Mav and I are starting a parent toddler co-op in the fall so we will both be in school. 😳 But it’s only 3 hours one day per week. Hey, I had a thought. I’m planning a trip to the Bay soon to go to the Discovery Museum in Sausalito. We should meet up so the kids could play. Miss you and I’d love to meet Noe!

    • Reply Lisa June 15, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      I would love to meet up with you guys! Noe is going to be in school each morning except on Thursdays but we could do a Thursday or any afternoon, just let us know!

  • Reply Afi June 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    No disposable coffee cups is a great way to start consciously thinking about packaging. If you don’t give in to your every whim for coffee you start thinking about what else you don’t “need;” like a muffin in a plastic box, for example. I have a long way to go on my ZW journey but I love reading about other people’s journeys as well.

    • Reply Lisa June 19, 2017 at 11:47 am

      It’s amazing how a small shift in perspective brings a lot of other wasteful habits to light. I’m having fun figuring out how we can be less wasteful. We’re nowhere near perfect but with time I think we can make a big impact on our home’s waste. Let me know if you have any tips as well Afi!

  • Reply Celia June 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Cheering you on as you begin to think about expanding your zero waste habits!

    • Reply Lisa June 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you Celia! It’s been such a great exercise. I managed to go to the grocery store and not get one piece of plastic/waste from the produce section (except the stickers). Slowly but surely we’re going to get there!

  • Reply Nicole Spiridakis (@cucinanicolina) June 20, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Congrats on potty training! It’s a huge deal. Discipline: I’m not really super helpful because we don’t do time outs (I honestly think they are too young at 2-ish, and Sierra still doesn’t really get the concept of it) and I don’t like to raise my voice either (I mean, it happens, but long term it’s not effective) (my mom thinks I’m too nice, sigh) so we do a lot of talking. A LOT. I’m sure she is rolling her eyes at me already. I try to talk to her about stuff/her behavior not in the moment so it sinks in better. I think this works better as they get older. And her main issue right now is her sister so to avoid conflict I try to give them some space from each other. If she DOES hit her she is asked to go to another room, but mostly when she does this it’s because she’s tired or has needed something from me that I have been too distracted to give her (so I work on that). We do tell her that she won’t get to ‘watch’ if she is overtly mean (this is a big thing for her because we only let her watch like one short thing a day and she loves to ‘watch’). But again, every kid is different. Some kids do great with time outs when they get a little older. Mine is what you might call ‘spirited’ so I take a different approach and sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t. Her school is also focused on talking about everything and they believe in it whole heartedly so that gives me confidence! Whatever, this is all nothing compared to the teen years I’m sure 😉 Miss you xoxoxo

    • Reply Lisa June 21, 2017 at 10:49 am

      I’ve started using getting stuff (mostly gum) as a way to get her to clean things up. It’s been working really well. Today she dumped out an entire box of toys and I told her she needed to clean it up before we went to school. She ignored me and then I asked if she’d like some gum for cleaning it up. (i.e. 1/4 of a piece, haha). It took her 5 minutes but she eventually cleaned it all up. I’m sure bribing them isn’t great but it definitely works. 😉

  • Reply Nicole Spiridakis (@cucinanicolina) June 20, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Also, I love the idea of if you don’t bring your resuable cup you can’t have a coffee! I should do that, too. Usually I get my drink in a ceramic cup and drink it quickly but sometimes it’s so nice to take it along and sip …

    • Reply Lisa June 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Glad you like that! Reward and punishment for us too, in coffee form, haha. I like my coffee really hot so I always put it in something with a top to keep it warm for as long as possible.

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