August 28, 2015

Wedding Registry Kitchen Favorites

Williams Sonoma Wedding Registry Kitchen Favorites | Luci's Morsels :: Los Angeles Food Blogger
As a food lover and blogger, I have an eclectic mix of kitchen gadgets. My drawers and cupboards are filled from the cheapest can-opener I could find in college to some of the nicest cutlery available. When we registered at Williams Sonoma, I was like a kid in a candy shop, but I had to practice some restraint, picking out the items that definitely needed to be replaced and that we would use frequently. After dinner at one of our favorite Italian restaurants, we knew exactly what wine glasses we wanted and these Bordeaux Wine glasses were almost identical. We've enjoyed drinking wine out of them and are excited to entertain our friends and family with them. A must for me was new a measuring cup and spoon collection. The measurements had rubbed off of most of mine and, most annoyingly, my measuring cup set didn't have a 3/4 cup, which I've discovered I use a lot. The standard measuring cups and spoons don't include those slightly less used sizes, but you can add the odd sizes. I am a fancy, measuring chef now! And I love the sturdiness of these Williams Sonoma ones. Le Creuset cookware was a must for me and the Cuisinart coffee pot is a delicious hot and iced coffee making machine. Our kitchen is shaping up nicely now, so get ready for more delightful recipes!

August 27, 2015

Int'l In-Flight Skin + Beauty Care

International In-Flight Skin + Beauty Care | How to Wash Face on Long Fights | Luci's Morsels :: LA Lifestyle Blog
Henri Bendel Dopp Kit
Long flights are my least favorite part of international travel. I'm good for about four hours and then, if I can't sleep, I'm the kid telling everyone (mainly just T) that I'm bored. I discovered on our trip to Italy last year that I do much better on flights that leave later in the day, so I can move around and possibly workout beforehand. Despite my inability to sit still and the changing time zones, I try to keep my skin, health, and beauty routine in check. At home, I can't sleep without washing my face, brushing my teeth, and stretching. As much as I can, I try to do that same routine on the plane before sleeping. Obviously I can't wash my face in the mini-bathroom and I won't be making friends if I stay in the bathroom for 20 minutes, so I have some cheats to help me out...

August 26, 2015

A Mother's Guide to a Successful Marriage

A Mother's Guide to a Successful Marriage | Tips for a Long, Healthy Relationship | Luci's Morsels :: Lifestyle Blog
In all the preparation for the wedding and the honeymoon, it's very easy to lose sight of the big picture of what you are about to do. On our trip to the mountains last month, I asked my mom for tips on a successful relationship. My parents are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary this year. Though my parents have never been overly affectionate, which probably explains my aversion to P.D.A. (Public Displays of Affection), there has never been a doubt in my mind that my parents truly love one another and see each other as their partner in all things. In raising all of us kids, in all our differences, and through all that has happened in their lives, it takes a true partnership to do it as well as they have! These tips are good guidelines for T and I as we begin our life together as partners in crime and all that is tasty and fun!

GIVE 60% :: Always give more than just half. At various times each of you will be able to give more and need more. If you're always giving a little extra, those ebbs and flows will be more seamless.

DO MOST THINGS TOGETHER :: Outside of work, try to do most things together. Sharing new experiences and creating traditions are helpful and meaningful in the long run. For my dad who has few words because of a massive stroke, being able to talk about memories before and since make conversation that much easier and more meaningful. Recalling vacations, meals, and experiences continue to bond my parents and our family. 

BE WILLING TO TRY NEW THINGS :: Your partner may have interests different than yours, but don't let that get in the way. Each of you should try new things with your partner whether it be food, hobbies, interests, travel, culture, or even new ventures in business and different kinds of advice. Don't let what you know hold you back.

TELL YOUR PARTNER WHEN HE/SHE LOOKS GOOD :: You are each other's ego-booster and #1 fan, so let them know when you're liking the way they look! It'll be good for both of you.

TRY TO GO TO BED AT THE SAME TIME :: Even if you aren't falling asleep at the same time, going to bed at the same time helps your schedules align which makes each day easier to plan together.

HAVE ONE MEAL TOGETHER PER DAY :: Along the same lines as going to bed at the same time, eating together creates similar schedules, but it also serves as a guaranteed time to catch up. Do this as couples and as families.

HAVE TOLERANCE FOR EACH OTHER'S BELIEFS :: Though you may have many things in common, be tolerant of difference. Whether it's religion, politics, or other core values, appreciate your partner and accept differences. Constantly ignoring or trying to change one another's beliefs leads to confrontation that won't lead anywhere positive.

HAVE PATIENCE IN ALL THINGS :: Expectations and the need for speed create tension. Patience leads to a calmer home and therefore a smoother relationship.

photography by Karen Ard