Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

I have been traveling SO MUCH lately. I’ve missed you all! So, let’s catch up on recent travels real quick! 

A few weeks ago I was in Atlanta visiting friends and attending a Beautycounter event! I met these inspiring ladies that I am so proud to call co-workers and friends!

Atlanta


Then I was in Charleston with Cassy, Vanessa, Juli, and Stacy! Charleston is SERIOUSLY so cute. Here are some Charleston recommendations: Husk, Butcher and Bee, The Obstinate Daughter, Zero George, Fig, The Ordinary, Eli’s Table, 167 Raw, The Grocery, The Darling Oyster Bar, Cru Cafe, Another Broken Egg Cafe, Prohibition for cocktails and live swing music, Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar, Live Jazz at Bar Mash.

Charleston


Most recently, I was in Ithaca, New York (and I can’t wait to go back) glamping at Firelight Camps celebrating my good friend Gina and all of her hard work on her newest cookbook, Skinnytaste One and Done! 

Skinnytaste Ithaca NY

We had the best time, and I left inspired, motivated, and with a full heart from quality time with these amazing, caring, talented, and giving ladies! Check them out, and make sure to follow their blogs, too! 

Ithaca NY trip


Blog Posts I’m Loving From Around The Web:


Reading Now:


What’s HOT on Pinterest:


Current Must-Haves & Favorites:


Quote of the Week:

“Even if — those two simple words have taken the fear out of life. Replacing “what if” with “even if” is one of the most liberating exchanges we can ever make.”


What You May Have Missed:


Current Deals:

  1. ButcherBox DEAL: New customers will get $25 off and a package of baconwith their first order! Ends 10/31.
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  4. 10% off your entire first purchase at Primally Purewith code LEXI.
  5. 15% off any EverlyWell kit with code LEXI.
  6. 10% off Thermapen (our favorite kitchen gadget) through the weekend!
  7. $10 off your Fab Fit Fun box using code KITCHEN at www.fabfitfun.com!

Thank you for reading!

XOXO,

Lexi

Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

NY Trip, Summer in Boston, Celebrating Life of a Friend

Life has been a little crazy lately. We traveled to NY to celebrate the engagement of two friends and had a blast. We’ve been enjoying summers in Boston and the fresh, delicious seafood that New England has to offer. I think it’s time I do a post on my favorite spots in Boston! We tried Venezia and it was AMAZING. Awesome food, great service.

We’ve been trying to grieve the sudden loss of a great friend of ours and celebrate his life the best we can. It’s hard to post business-as-usual when something so tragic hits our lives. It’s been a really hard week and we are trying to hold up the best we can. A reminder to love fiercely, and be so so kind- every single day. Tell those important to you that you love them. Life is too short and can be so unfair. I’ve been grateful for your kind words over on my Instagram post last week. Also a reminder that sometimes you see the best of people of social media and think their lives are perfect. Trust me, nobody’s life is perfect. Always a good thing to remember when scrolling through your feeds. As always, thank you for being the absolute best. This community is truly amazing.

Jax turned THREE.

How did this little nugget turn into this big nugget? Man, I love this dog so much. Read more here.

One Year of Marriage!

We celebrated one whole year of being married with a lovely dinner at Capital Grille. I mean, they went above and beyond. Rose petals on the table, champagne to start, a dessert platter. It was so so nice. Now we’re off to Nashville for more celebrations! Thanks to all of your recommendations on Facebook we are jam-packed. Nashville travel guide coming SOON.

Throwback!

Wedding posts:

Wedding Recap 1 & 2 | Wedding Hotel Bags

Registry Must-Haves | Engagement Party

Blog Posts I’m loving:

These Oatmeal Raisin Cookies look INSANE. I need them.

Farmer’s Market Tacos? Sign me up!

College-friendly recipes for back to school. A great resource!

How to spiralize cantaloupe – genius!

Going camping? These meals and hiking snack ideas are great!

Basil Whipped Ricotta? I just drooled on my keyboard!

I can SO get behind these slow cooker mushroom tacos!

Songs I’m loving:

I’m still on my country music kick. Especially since we leave for our anniversary trip to Nashville this weekend!

Break Up In A Small Town – Sam Hunt

Homegrown Honey – Darius Drucker

There’s a Girl – Trent Harmon

One Hell of An Amen – Brantley Gilbert

Follow my Country Edition Spotify playlist here!

What’s HOT on Pinterest This Week:

Mexican Street Corn Salad:  Pin it for later

Easy Chia Seed Jam: Pin it for later

Chicken Marsala: Pin it for later

Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries: Pin it for later

Current Must-Haves:

This bralette is everything. I rarely wear regular, underwire bras lately with the purchase of these!

I just got this dress for a wedding and I can’t wait to wear it.

A portable steamer: my travel must-have

These PJ shorts are seriously SO soft. My new obsession.

My new favorite jeans. I just got this pair and this one, and they fit like a glove. 50% off, too!

*Free* Rejuvenating Eye Cream ($75 value) with purchase of $150 through Sunday. Amazing deal!

These are the gummy vitamins I’m taking. My nails have never been stronger! Plus it has methylfolate for my MTHFR gene mutation!

This clutch is so cute for Fall!

My new favorite + fun earrings, discounted!

The best FREE bacon (uncured and sugar-free) + $15 off your first Butcherbox order.

What You May Have Missed:

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Cooking for Others: A Guide to Home Cooked Meals

DIY Lunch Pinwheels

Freezer Burritos

Pecan Popcorn Chicken

Happy 3rd Birthday JAX!

How I’m Eating Lately and Let’s Talk Labels

What’s Coming?

5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip (gluten-free) - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Gluten Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad - Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Sneaky Veggie Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese-Pecan Breadcrumbs | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Happy weekend, friends!  Thanks for reading 🙂

Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s about to be the end of July. Where is the summer going? It’s flying, that’s for sure! This month has been busy, busy, busy. I traveled back and forth to New York for a few weeks to help my mom recover from her knee surgery, and then had a little travel going on!

Norwich Inn Spa

Before my Austin trip this past weekend, I spent a few days at the Norwich Inn Spa for our annual girls trip! It was so much fun and so relaxing. We always do dinner at Mohegan Sun which is super close by, so we spa all day, then do dinner and drinks at night! Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse was seriously amazing!

Norwich Inn Spa 2017

The workout we did at the spa gym:

Austin, TX 

I spent last weekend in Austin with a few of my favorite girlfriends- Cassy, Juli, and Vanessa, and our Siete foods family! We stayed in an amazing AirBnb, ate awesome food, and had countless laughs! You guys, I bought cowboy boots from Allen’s Boots (see below) and am seriously in love. Also, I signed a few copies of my cookbook at the Barnes and Noble on Brodie Lane, so go snag them before they’re gone!

We ate at: Picnik (multiple times), Fresa’s, 24 Diner, Flower Child, Veracruz All Natural, Fortright Cafe, and an amazing cookout at Siete Foods HQ!

We stayed: In an AirBnB, and if you saw our IG stories, our last night we stayed in a hotel like 30 minutes outside of the city thanks to Vaness. It was hysterical.

Workouts: We did a workout made up by coach Ju (Juli) at Siete HQ and did a Crush Fitness class and they were both awesome. I was sufficiently sore! Also, shout out to Outdoor Voices for hooking us up with a pair of workout leggings!

Austin, Texas 2017 Trip

The workout we did at Siete:  Austin, Texas 2017 Trip

Blog Posts I’m loving:

We recorded Juli’s podcast in Austin this weekend! Listen here.

These Chorizo Sheet Pan Nachos are everything!

This Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream is paleo-friendly! How can we get Vanessa to deliver it?

Work-Life Balance and how to better achieve it!

Steak Tacos are so happening for dinner!

Songs I’m Loving (Country Edition):

My Girl- Dylan Scott

Losing Sleep- Chris Young

Traffic- Kimberly Dunn (CASSY’S SISTER)

More Girls Like You- Kipp Young

Round Here Buzz-  Eric Church

Follow my Country Edition Spotify playlist here

What’s HOT on Pinterest:

Mexican Street Corn Salad –  PIN IT

Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps – PIN IT

Watermelon Salad with Basil-Ginger Dressing- PIN IT

Loaded Egg Salad – PIN IT

What You May Have Missed:

Facebook Live Q&A!

Gluten-Free BLT Pasta Salad

40 Must-Make Summer Recipes

Lightened Up Piña Coladas

Candied Pecan and Herb Chicken Salad

Greek Three Bean Salad (VIDEO)

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls (VIDEO)

Watermelon Ahi Tuna Salad

Grilled Caesar Salad with Blackened Shrimp

Current Must-Haves:

This face mask is GREAT.

This is the external charger I use for my iPhone. It has 4 full chargers in it!

Beautycounter Band of Beauty Membership for only $29! 15% product order with every purchase, free shipping over $100, free gift over $50, and exclusive offers!

This blush in Bloom/Tulip is my favorite! I wear it day-to-day and going out at night!

Collagen Protein packets for travel!

These jeans fit like a glove and are on MAJOR sale!

The BEST sunglasses ever for a small face.

Enjoy the weekend, my friends!

Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

On Tuesday I headed to NYC for some super fun Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook meetings! I arrived at my hotel, Yotel, and you won’t believe this… realized I left my cellphone in the CAB! After a hectic 45 minutes of using Find My iPhone and getting in touch with my sweetheart of a cab driver, I had my phone back. I now realize my insane attachment to that thing…

I was starving, so I headed to the hotel lounge area, and grabbed a snack and a much needed cocktail! They gave me cucumbers with my eggplant dip instead of pita, and it was delicious. Yotel NYC

The hotel was trendy and quite futuristic, and my room at Yotel was awesome! I had a King Suite and the balcony had an eating area and a HOT TUB. Yes, a hot tub on a New York City hotel room balcony! It was pretty spectacular. Yotel’s mission is to bring affordable hotels that are trendy, fun, and have amenities, while also being a no-frills hotel. They work to cut costs (like no room service) while still having a nice experience. I had a great 2 days there!

I also got to spend time with my mom for her birthday! 

moms birthday 2016

The next two days were packed with awesome meetings where I talked about healthy living and of course, the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen cookbook, which will be in stores nationwide on TUESDAY. I tried out Glamsquad for the first time, a service that comes to wherever you are and does your hair, make-up, or even nails, and I loved it! If you’re in NYC, LA, or Miami you can get $25 off with your first booking through here.

Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook

If you followed along on social media, you got some peeks into the amazing offices at some of these places. I swoon over the meditation room at Mind Body Green, the cafeteria at Buzzfeed, and the view at Self Magazine.

Afterwards, we stopped at the 9/11 memorial because I actually hadn’t been there yet. Growing up 40 minutes outside of New York City, many of my friends had parents who worked in the twin towers, many who lost family members and friends, and like many of you, it so deeply effected my life and all those close to me very personally. The memorial was so intense and moving. It was truly so well done and we just stood there for a while in silence and took it all in. Never ever forget.

9/11 MemorialNow I’m home, and getting ready for NEXT WEEK! Are you coming to the first book tour stops? I love seeing these signs all over the stores! I don’t think it will ever get old!Lexi's Clean Kitchen Book Tour

Blog Posts To Check Out:

Gina shared the Harvest Salad from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

Read about how I healed my gut and some kitchen tips to set you up for success!

Boston peeps- I am debuting my book tour with Whole Foods Market on 11/10! Read about it in your local paper and RSVP today!

Chicken Bacon Cheddar SALAD? I’m all in!

Juli’s new podcast is simply awesome.

Porcini Steaks and a perfect Mushroom Method.

This Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Butter is not your average apple butter!

Song of the Week:

Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett

What’s HOT on Pinterest:

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions | Pin it

Mason Jar Layered Lunches | Pin it

How Much To Serve on Thanksgiving | Pin it

What You May Have Missed:

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar | Recipe

Trail Mix Granola Bars | Recipe

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail | Recipe

Current Must-Haves:

New York Looks:

Jumpsuit // Necklace Day 1 // Purse

Dress // Necklace Day 2 (similar 1 | similar 2) // Purse // Leather Jacket // Booties

Travel Must-Haves:

Cleansing Balm is perfect for a make-up remover and cleanser. Your skin feels amazing.

My favorite natural toothpaste.

This walnut complexion scrub, because you never know how your skin will react in a new place!

A travel pillow.

This tinted moisturizer is amazing. I use it every morning.

Happy weekend! See you next week!

Beyond the Kitchen

Loving Lately’s have a new name: Beyond the Kitchen! I changed it up because these post encompass so much more than what just what I’m loving. I talk about life lately, what’s going on with me personally, what you’ll find on the blog, what you may have missed, and so on! 

Life Lately:

This month has been busy with weddings, travel, blog work, and getting ready for my book to release! When we were in New York, I got to show my nanny my cookbook for the first time. She was brought to tears over some special touches done just for her. It was such a special moment.

Here’s nanny checking out her Potted Chicken Recipe. You all will love this one!

Lexi's Clean Kitchen Cookbook

We went back to our college town, Amherst MA, for a wedding and visited my friend Brian’s new restaurant called Bread and Butter. It was amazing!

Bread and Butter Amherst

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Last weekend I was in Miami celebrating one of my closest friends bachelorette party! We had so much fun and I am so looking forward to their wedding in December. We stayed at the 1 Hotel, ate dinner at Baoli, and had brunch at Beachcraft (attached to the hotel). The hotel was amazing. So ecofriendly with awesome amenities. They even had rxBars and Vermints in the hotel room- two of my favorites!

I got home and started back up with some work out classes this week and I’m feeling really good about them! I got lazy with working out the past few months but I am back! Maybe I’ll share more about this soon.

Next week I’m off to NYC for some cookbook press. I am so excited for all we have planned and all that’s to come! Make sure to follow along on Instagram and Snapchat. You guys, in less than two weeks my first book will be in your kitchens! I cannot even wait for you to cook through it with me!

Cook Books I’m Loving:

Paleo Soups and Stews by Simone Miller

Practical Paleo: 2nd Edition by Diane Sanfilippo 

Skinnytaste: Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka

Current Read:

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Quote of the week:

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”― Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

What’s HOT on Pinterest:

How to Build The Perfect Soup: Pin it | Link 

How Much To Serve on Thanksgiving: Pin it | Link

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Chicken and Caramelized Onions: Pin it | Link

Apple Cider Sangria: Pin it | Link

What You May Have Missed:

Fall Hashbrown Breakfast Skillet

Egg Roll Bowls

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

Current Must-Haves:

This statement necklace is a two-piece beauty.

My all-time favorite pre-cleanser. Great as a make up remover, too! 

This romper (in black) is super cute. Fits a drop big.

So is this one! Fits true to size.

This is our favorite non-toxic body wash

My new travel camera!

What’s Coming?

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Bar

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail

Trail Mix Granola Bars

Part 2 of the Wedding Recap and Part 3: San Fran, Napa, Yosemite

Claim Your FREE e-Book!

Get this 27 recipe e-book for free when you email your preorder receipt to cookbook@lexiscleankitchen.com!

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Thanks for reading along! Have a fabulous weekend!

Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

I’m thinking of renaming these Loving Lately posts to… Outside the Kitchen? Or Something? You guys, I’m not witty. Can you help me come up with a cute name for these weekly little dates? Pretty please! Comment, email, message, snap me!

Okay, aside from that… SO MUCH has been going on. 

I spent a few days last week in Indiana with some awesome bloggers and my favorite tomato company, Tuttorosso! More on this, but it was such an awesome few days and I learned so much about the process of growing the tomatoes then getting them into the can and out to us consumers!

Tuttorosso 

Since I’ve been back, something came in the mail: MY COOKBOOK. Holy moly. I wasn’t expecting it for at least a week or 2, so when FedEx arrived 2 days ago, I nearly fell over! I did a little Facebook LIVE (my very first one), and totally loved doing. I kept it short, but I’ll be doing tons more. You can see a sneak peek of the book in this teaser video below!

 

 

You can preorder your copy (or stock up for friends and family for the holidays) for 42% off TODAY.

Blog Posts I’m loving:

These Jam labels are perfect for the holidays.

Sriracha Honey Popcorn Clusters, oh YEAH!

What I’d Tell Food Bloggers, 10 Years After Blogging from Smitten Kitchen

This Caesar Salad Slaw is brilliant.

Cookbooks I’m loving:

Fed & Fit’s Cookbook

Danielle Walker’s Celebrations

The Healthy Apple’s Eating Clean

Heather Christo’s Pure Delicious

Pure Ella’s Cut The Sugar

Quote of the week:

Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit. — Conrad Hilton

What’s Cooking on Pinterest:

 How to Build the Perfect Soup: Pin it

Guide To Eating And Baking Apples: Pin it

How Much To Serve For Thanksgiving: Pin it

What You May Have Missed:

Slow Cooker Sunday: Carne Asada | Thai Curry Chicken | French Onion Soup

My version of Alfredo Sauce!

Don’t forget this healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip for your FOOTBALL SUNDAY!

Current Must-Haves:

Fall Blanket Scarves for days! And on Prime, too!

This Cleansing Balm (like a pre-oil cleanser/make-up remover) and it’s $25 off today!

Beautycounter’s limited-time partnership at TARGET! Making safer skincare mainstream always makes me smile.

My new favorite stickies for those no-bra outfits!

This vest is SO cute for Fall.

My favorite body wash, and totally non-toxic! We ditched the Dove for this.

 

Happy weekend, all! xoxox.

Beyond the Kitchen

My loving lately posts and loving lately posts were put on hold for a few weeks, but I am back! I am so glad to hear you are loving these posts and would love to hear more from all of you!

Life Lately:

Life lately has been a total whirlwind! We got married (recaps coming soon), we spent an amazing week in Napa, Yosemite, and  San Fran (that recap is coming soon, too), my book went off to print, and I’ve been working on other super exciting projects for you! WHOA. That was a mouthful! I’m not going to lie, I am a mix of emotions. I am eager and excited for you to get your copies of my cookbook so soon, but with all of the excitement, I also am stressed and just plain old hoping you love it as much as I think you will! 

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(That is a sushi burrito)

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Blog Posts I’m loving:

This business advice.

This lemon butter salmon is calling my name!

What a great tip on how to keep crudités fresh.

Spaghetti squash cooked in the pressure cooker? Sign me up!

Cookbooks I’m loving:

Fed & Fit

Inspiralized Everything

Practical Paleo: 2nd Edition

Sweet Noshings

Books I’m loving:

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (just finished)

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (current read)

What’s HOT on Pinterest this week:

How to Build the Perfect Soup: Pin it | Link

Apple Cider Sangria: Pin it | Link

Buffalo Chicken Bites: Pin it | Link

MISC. from Around The Web:

I must try this food chopper after seeing it online!

I need this plane pillow

What You May Have Missed:

A review of Ali’s newest cookbook, Inspiralize Everything, plus a recipe!

Our wedding hotel bags.

A Potato, Leek, and Chard Frittata.

Salsa Verde + Guacamole.

Eggplant Lasagna Rollatini.

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Current Must-Haves:

This jumpsuit.

This sushi boat (because I love sushi platters f0r football Sundays)! 

This foundation is my MUST.

A slow cooker, because… see below!

This fall scarf, because it was amazing last year and I always bring it as a blanket when I fly!

What’s Coming?

A new Fall series: Slow Cooker Sunday! Up first this week, Carne Asada!

Wedding recaps.

Apple recipes.

Cookbook reviews!

Enjoy and happy weekend!!

Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

We shot another video for my partnership with Whole Foods Market for the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! I am so excited about this and can’t wait to share more about it SOON.

Whole Foods Market X Lexi's Clean Kitchen We went to Festival on the Farm here in MA, where we heard some fabulous music and spent time with a good friend! How large is this instrument compared to petite little me? It’s called a sousaphone.Festival at the FarmMy mom came in this week for some final wedding planning (and I picked up my dress!!!!!) because it’s literally 2 weeks away! A combination of work deadlines and relaxation (is that an oxymoron?) are on the agenda! 

P.S. My CSA haul is getting larger and larger.

csa-week4Also I’ve started a new morning routine where I wake up an hour earlier than usual and mediate and make some me time — no cell phone or thoughts of work allowed. It’s been wonderful. I highly recommend a morning routine, whether that’s an hour or 15 minutes.


Blog Posts I’m Loving:

How epic are these Cookie Cups?

Wait, what? Rose! I need.

These 12 Steps to Loving Your Life.

In love with these Vegan Cookie Sandwiches!

Thai Curry Cashews for the win.


 New Cookbooks I’m Loving

Ali’s newest cookbook is STUNNING!

Cassy’s debut cookbook is jam-packed with delicious recipes and a fitness plan.


 Quote of the Week:

“The principle of nowness is very important to any effort to establish an enlightened society. You may wonder what the best approach is to helping society and how you can know that what you are doing is authentic and good. The only answer is nowness. The way to relax, or rest the mind in nowness, is through the practice of meditation. In meditation you take an unbiased approach. You let things be as they are, without judgment, and in that way you yourself learn to be. —CHÖGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE” 
― Pema Chödrön, How to Meditate: A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind


What’s HOT on Pinterest This Week:

Mason Jar Lunches: Recipe Pin It 

Hosting the Perfect Brunch: How To | Pin it

Easy Blueberry Jam: Recipe | Pin It

Grilling Guide: Link | Pin It

Guide to Portland Maine: Link| Pin It


Current Must-Haves: 

This Charcoal Cleansing Face Wash Bar.

Charcoal Cleansing Bar

This handbag.

My Instant Pot pressure cooker!

This lightweight foundation.

My trusty slow cooker.

Current Want: This vacuum.


What You May Have Missed:

Mixed Berry Hazelnut Crunch Cream Pops

Vietnamese Beef Cabbage Wraps

Buffalo Chicken Dip + 5 other recipes for shredded Chicken

Jicama Kale Salad with Orange Lime Dressing

This GIVEAWAY with Live Beverages (kombucha) and you still have days to enter!

LIVE SODA GIVEAWAY


Happy weekend, you guys! Thank you for reading!

Lexi

Beyond the Kitchen

My third Loving Lately post!  I hope you guys are loving these and finding all these links super useful and fun. 🙂

Life Lately:

Gluten-free eats at Fenway Park thanks to Tasty Burger!

Gluten-Free at Fenway Park

My CSA haul, well part of it, anyway! 

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Day 1 of video shooting complete with Whole Foods Market for the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook! Details on this SOON!IMG_2284


 

Blog Posts I’m Loving:

Looking for more plant-based meals in your diet? This meal plan is great!

Homemade Vegan Sushi for the win.

I’m loving this Iceland travel video & guide, and chat on expectations. 

This Pesto and Pancetta Frittata has me drooling.

A Grilled Summer Cobb Salad is everything.


 Quote of the Week:

“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.” 
― Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS


What’s HOT on Pinterest This Week:

Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Recipe | Pin It 

Creamy Green Smoothie: Recipe | Pin it

Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktails: Recipe | Pin It

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites: Recipe | Pin It


Current Must-Haves:

 This gardening kit has been a lifesaver for this first time gardener!

I simply love this wallet. It fits everything of mine!

Purifying and non-toxic, this charcoal face mask is amazing.

My new teapot in creme is perfection.

These new sunnies under $60.

My all-time favorite bra is on sale.


Wedding Planning Ideas I’m loving:

I mean, this guide is essential, ladies. 

A unique guest book idea that would look super cute in your home.

This sign is funny AND cute.

Seat holders for special people!


What You May Have Missed:

My new go-to summer side is this Herb Cucumber Salad. Plus, check out week 2 of the CSA series featuring Cassy’s recipe and Juli’s recipe!

Herb Cucumber Salad

Mocha Fudge Fruit ParfaitsMocha Fudge Fruit Parfaits


What Recipes are Coming?

Thai Curry Soup

Mixed Berry Hazelnut Crunch Cream Pops

Light Buffalo Chicken Dip

Win my Weber BBQ:

Cookbook Weber Grill Giveaway

Yes, you read that right! Simply forward your preorder receipt to Cookbook@lexiscleankitchen.com to be entered to win. More info here.

Beyond the Kitchen

Another week, and a new Loving Lately post. Last week I started up this little series, and I hope you are loving these fun link posts and are seeing new things that you may love!

2016 4th of July

Life Lately:

We spent 4th of July in New Hampshire with friends. We kayaked, hung by the lake, played games, BBQ’ed, made a gin bucket (my new favorite thing), and all sorts of fun stuff!

2016 4th of July

Jax obviously loved life in New Hampshire. If you follow me on Snapchat (Lexiscleankitch) you saw him swimming (his favorite), romping around the woods, and just him living that good dog life!

2016 4th of July

We came home in time for dinner with friends and fireworks! A great way to wrap up the weekend. 

This week I’ve been getting back on track with my eating after the long weekend, and busy working to create new recipes for you, retesting book recipes before this baby goes off to the printer (YAY), and all sorts of fun new things for Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.


Blog Posts I’m Loving:

This Sorbet from Beth over at Tasty Yummies

Snapchat for Biz from Small Talk Social 

Brittany from Eating Bird Food’s new Salad Change

These 8 Unique Slaw Recipes on Parade

How to Write a Killer About Me Page from Melissa Griffin 

This copy-cat In N Out burger from Andie Mitchell


 Quote of the Week:

 “Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, what do I want to do everyday for the rest of my life…do that.” – Gary Vaynerchuk


What’s HOT on Pinterest This Week:

Blueberry Jam: Recipe | Pin It 

Cantaloupe Ginger Cocktails: Recipe | Pin It

Sriracha Lime Chicken Chopped Salad: Recipe | Pin It


Current Must-Haves:

This Rosé is delicious & perfect for summer, and it’s inexpensive, too!

This organic BUGSPRAY

This Mascara really lengthens.

This dress from Express (that my friend Gina from SkinnyTaste told me about).

This Whipped Cream & Pear candle smells SO GOOD.

These high-wasted white jeans are great for petites (they have them in regular sizes, too)!

This all white braiser newly has my heart.


Cookbooks I’m Loving:

The Yiddish Kitchen by Simone Miller and Jennifer Robbins

The Love and Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio

Cravings by Chrissy Tiegen


What You May Have Missed:

These 4-ingredient Chai Popsicles are summer heaven.

Chai PopsiclesRecipe | Pin it

This new series brought to you from myself, Cassy from Fed and Fit, and Juli from PaleOMG. Each week the three of us are teaming up to bring you recipes to cook through your CSA and farmer’s market hauls with! That’s right — 3 recipes from us ladies EACH week!

CSA Recipes This week Cassy made you: Chicken Salad with Snap Pea Radish Slaw, Juli Made you: Shrimp Zucchini Pad Thai, and I made you: Grilled Fish Bowls with Kale and Garlic Scapes!   

Recipe | Pin it


 Freebie & Giveaway

Purifying Charcoal Mask

If you place an order over $50 through my Beautycounter links from now until next THURSDAY (7/14), I will personally mail you a sample of this Purifying Charcoal Mask that every single person cannot stop raving about! You’ll notice a difference after one use!  

Shop | Read My Skin Story

Cookbook Weber Grill Giveaway

Yes, you read that right! Simply forward your preorder receipt to Cookbook@lexiscleankitchen.com to be entered to win. More info here.


That’s all this week! Thanks for reading and I hope you have the best weekend ever! 

XO,

Lexi

 

Beyond the Kitchen

Hi beauties! I’ve been thinking about starting a weekly or monthly blog post called Loving Lately where I share a whole ton of things going on in my life, things I’m loving, things people are loving from LCK, things from around the web, and ALL THAT FUN STUFF. I just want to be able to connect with you more and think this is a great opportunity to do so!

Life Lately:

The past few weeks have been madness. I’ve been traveling lots and doing doing doing Starting with my bachelorette party in Puerto Rico, Mike’s birthday celebrations, to this past weekend being downtown in Boston for a blogger weekend with some fabulous, inspiring ladies. It’s been busy and fun, and I’m grateful.

El San Juan Hotel

We stayed at the El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico. I’d say this hotel is geared towards a friends weekend, rather than a quiet family destination, from my experience. We had the absolute best time. My favorite restaurant we ate at was Santaella in San Juan. I highly recommend it! 

Fenway Park with Mastercard
We celebrated Mike’s birthday weekend seeing Cirque de Soleil: Kurios, which was incredible. I can’t believe human bodies can move like that. They work HARD and man, are they talented, beautiful, and graceful. We then went to Fenway Park for a Red Sox game (they won) with my friends from MasterCard as part of a #PricelessBoston campaign. Take away: Suite life is really, really nice. It was a really, really great weekend.

Bloggers Do Boston
If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you saw scenes from this past weekend where I spent time in Boston with this amazing group of inspiring women. Some of these ladies I knew going into the weekend, and many I met for the first time. We had the absolute best weekend. We ate, we danced, we laughed, we spa-ed (new word?), and we enjoyed fabulous weather with a great summer weekend in Boston! I simply can’t say enough about these amazing and talented people. 

We stayed at the most fabulous hotel in Boston: Lenox Hotel. It’s my absolute favorite.

We ate fabulous food- here’s a quick rundown: Pier 6 (Seafood dinner), The Beehive (Brunch- they have live music), Barcelona (Tapas style and awesome cocktails), Envoy Outlook (Really cool spot, delicious brunch).

We explored: Newbury Street, went to a spin class at Recycle Studio, had a perfect spa afternoon at Balan’s Organic Spa, and went shopping at the insanely awesome Lindt store. 

Say hi to these beauties: Andie of AndieMitchell.com, Heidi of FoodieCrush.com, Gina of Skinnytaste.com, Alyssa from SimplyQuinoa.com, Maria from Twopeasandtheirpod.com, Monique from Ambitiouskitchen.com, Sarah from Bromabakery.com, Liz from Thelemonbowl.com, and Julie from Thelittlekitchen.net.

Garden

Now I’m back to editing the cookbook, 4th of July weekend, and WEDDING planning. We’re 7 weeks out from the wedding! WHOA. If you have wedding advice for me, I wanna hear it. 

In other news, Mike built me garden beds this year and LOOK! A TOMATO has arrived. Well, the start of a tomato. I’m way too excited!


 

Blog Posts I’m loving:

These awesome Travel Hacks from Davida of The Healthy Maven

I want to dive into these Mango Ahi Tuna Poke Avocado Bowls from Juli of PaleOMG.

This post on What I Want from Technology from Dallas Hartwig 

This post about Living that Mantra Life from Jordan of The Balanced Blonde

How cute are these Chocolate Coconut Avocado Ice Cream from Gina of Running to the Kitchen? Genius. I need to find coconuts ASAP.

Sign me up for this Sweet Potato Kale Hash from Lee of Fit Foodie Finds!


 

Books I’m Loving & Books on my To-Read List:

10% Happier by Tim Ferris (current read)

How To Meditate by Pema Chödrön (on my list)

Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso (loved SO much)

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (a great beach read)

An adult coloring book! I got this months ago and it’s a great calming tool!


 

Quote of the Week:

 “It is never too late to turn on the light. Your ability to break an unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on how long it has been running; a shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you’ve held on to the old view.

When you flip the switch in that attic, it doesn’t matter whether its been dark for ten minutes, ten years or ten decades. 

The light still illuminates the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see the things you couldn’t see before.

Its never too late to take a moment to look.” ― Sharon Salzberg, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation


 

What’s Cooking on Pinterest:

Mason Jar Salads | Pin it 

Our Backyard Engagement Party | Pin it 

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Bites | Pin it 

Creamy Green Smoothie | Pin it 


 

MISC. from Around The Web:

This Facebook video on Building Content by Gary Vee. I love this guy.

I talked to Cassy from Fed and Fit on her podcast about blogging as a business, food, and MORE.

Loving some of these Kitchen Hacks from Buzzfeed.

Life-size Jenga. No words necessary.


 

What You May Have Missed:

**A chance to win this Weber grill ($500 value) – through 7/20/2016. 

Caribbean Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

Tequila Shrimp.

My skin story and my new healthier skincare and better beauty routine.


 

Current Must-Haves:

This non-toxic sunscreen

Pore refining cleansing cloths. These scrubby cloths are my absolute favorite for traveling. I’ve never seen a cleansing cloth with one side soft and one side exfoliating! 

This Complexion Mist (in rose & mint).

Activated charcoal in a face mask? YES, you heard that right!

This Walnut Complexion Scrub exfoliator (only $20). 

This blush (in bloom/tulip).


 What’s Coming to the Blog?

Starting in July (next week), every Wednesday this Summer you’ll see a new post that will help you cook through your CSA and Farmer’s Market hauls. I’m teaming up with my fabulous friends Juli from PaleOMG and Cassy from Fed and Fit to bring you an archive of delicious recipes to help you use all those ingredients you haul home from the market!

CSA Week 1This past week’s haul!

That’s all for this week! Let me know if you like these little updates. I’d love your feedback. As always, I am so beyond glad you are here! XOXOX.

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