Working From Home: Modern Workspace

My day job may require being in an office building all day during the work week, but my outside projects require finding an alternative workspace on weekends to ensure I meet all of my writing deadlines.

And that’s because, I have to confess, that I’m not the most productive worker from home on the weekends.

That’s not to say I’m not productive – I’m just too distracted being productive with chores & home-related tasks to be productive with my writing.

Plus – Cats! Two of them. Who think I am a cat bed whenever seated.

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And it’s out of this need, and the general increase in working from home & freelancing in recent years, that has ushered in the era of the mobile workspace.

This can mean any number of things – From writing at cafes in my neighborhood to renting space in a gorgeous Breather office for a few hours of silence away from the distractions of every day living that can pop up.

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography Union Square Breather space}

For me the Must Have essentials for a productive morning of writing are:

What does YOUR workspace look like?

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Links You’ll Love: Veganism

This week’s Links You’ll Love round-up is going to delve into the world of veganism – From recipes you can make to ethical beauty products to fashion you should look into.

Fashion & Beauty:

Ready to revive your locks after a long, dry Winter? I’ve got what you need right here – 17 (All-Natural!) Fixes For Dry, Lifeless Winter Hair from Refinery 29.

Makeup time! Want to give some new products a go? Check out this Must Try tutorial – Tutorial: A Quick & Easy Non-Toxic Makeup Routine.

Product reviews are a favorite of mine, loved reading this great round-up. Enjoy this set of goodies – 14 Haute, Not Hippie, Vegan Beauty Products from Total Beauty.

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In the mood to do some shopping? BuzzFeed has put together a Must-Read list you’ve got to see: 13 Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands For A Cruelty-Free Closet.

Want to save the planet? Me too! Don’t worry though, Mind Body Green has got you covered – 5 Easy Ways You Can Help Save The Planet.

Health & Fitness:

Curious about the real price tag on making your own juice? I Heart Veggies has you covered – How Much Does it Cost to Juice?

Many of us spend the majority of our lives at the office. I may get in a fitness class after work, but that’s only one hour out of the ~16 that I’m awake. The importance of your actions at work can’t be ignored if you want to be healthy. Read How to stay HEALTHY in your office job from Kayla Itsines and make some changes!

I found this incredibly interesting – There’s been more talk in recent years about hormones and how an imbalance in the body can cause all sorts of issues, from weight gain to sleep issues. If you’re interested in learning more about insulin, cortisol, and others, read this – What I Tell My Patients Who Want To Lose Weight: A Hormone Expert Explains.


Want to give some plant-based proteins a try? Check out Vega’s list of The Best Sources of Vegan Protein and try mixing things up in the kitchen!

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MCLV Style: Peplum Romper

One of my favorite styles during the Spring are rompers and jumpsuits.

They have the ease of a dress – One piece and you’re out the door – While offering a fun, eye-catching alternative. Long or short, fitted or loose, lightweight or a more sturdy texture… The options are endless!

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Peplum Romper c/o Tobi

Floral Kimono – Shoptiques

Tassel Necklace – Banana Republic

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And for the fashionistas out there, the styling options are just as endless.

You can go super retro with your jumpsuit styling by adding layered necklaces, you can pair a floral romper with sandals for your next vacation, or you can even throw a Summery wrap around a simple black peplum romper.

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{Photography by Garry Alexander}

So how am I planning to deploy my little Tobi peplum romper this season?

A number of wonderful Summer activities immediately spring to mind… It’s the perfect timeless piece to wear while enjoying a glass of wine sitting outside at a cafe. {Is there anything better than people watching?} Or for warm Summer nights playing games & chatting on the lake. Or even sightseeing and visiting museums on my next European adventure.

Are YOU a fan of rompers and jumpsuits? Where would you have worn this romper?

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The Movemeant Foundation & Dare To Bare

I decided to start this week off on a positive note. What better way to kick off a Monday than by sharing an organization that is working to promote self-confidence and self-expression in young women?

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The Movemeant Foundation, a San Francisco-based non-profit, supports local programs that use health and fitness as a means to empower and inspire. The organization works to remind us all of what we’re capable of, and to ignore the constant pressures that we feel on a daily basis to achieve perfection. They believe that through teaching women the value of their bodies and of movement, they can give them the tools they need to navigate an increasingly stressful and self-destructive day-to-day environment.

Raise your hand if that completely resonates with you!

For me, the oh-so-noble goals of this organization definitely hit home. I was an athlete from a young age and when I switched sports at the age of 12, I still distinctly remember my first brush with body dysmorphia. Throw in puberty, and let’s just say, it was a rough, and emotional, transition.

Are you interested in learning more about The Movemeant Foundation? Even better, do you want to get involved?

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Join me this Saturday at Dare To Bare 2016!

San Francisco is playing host to a fabulous charity fitness festival Saturday, May 21st from 10:30am to 3pm at Marina Green. SoulCycle, TRX, SurfSet, gymnastics, dance, and more – It’ll be a day filled with local companies, amazing fitness adventures, and all to support a wonderful and worthwhile cause.

Check out the Facebook page here and get your tickets on Eventbrite.

Hope to see you this Saturday – Let’s all Dare to Bare and support our young girls!

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MCLV Mange: Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are a staple here at MCLV HQ. They’re quick & easy to throw together and you can use a variety of delicious, healthy ingredients to get the job done.

Sometimes though, chocolate chips just isn’t enough. Enter – Raw cacao. Add just two tablespoons to any batter and you instantly have a chocolate lovers dream dessert.

Rich, flavorful, and filled with antioxidants. {You’re welcome for the chocolate enabling}

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  • 1 1/4 Cups of Flour {You can use a basic gluten-free blend like Bob’s Red Mill or mix almond meal & coconut flour}
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Cacao
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
  •  2 Tbsp Apple Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Sweetener {Maple Syrup or Coconut Sugar are both great choices}
  • 1 Flax Egg {1 Tsp Flax Seed Meal + 2 Tbsp water}
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup of dark chocolate or carob chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 & line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Then combine the wet ingredients, including the “flax egg,” and whisk until smooth
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix completely before folding in the chocolate chips
  • Scoop dough into balls and place on the cookie sheet
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges start to brown
  • Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet

Want peanut butter chocolate chip cookies? Substitute the cacao for 2 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter.

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

Coconut Vegetables // Farmer’s Market Fare // Vegetable Lasagna // Super Charge Me Cookies // Mac n’ Cheese // Energy Bites // Sunday Preparation // Hemp Salad // Tuscan Baked Quinoa // Spicy Peanut Stirfry // Mini Polenta Pizzas // Indian Feast // Healthy Treats // Bacon Deviled Eggs // Vegan Gluten-Free Pizza // Peanut Butter Cookies // Soft Serve Ice Cream // Coconut Cookie Cake // Gluten-Free Protein Cake // Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake //  Peanut Butter Banana Cookies // Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Muffins // Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars // Pumpkin Biscuits // Coconut Cashew Cookies //Banana Bread Macaroons // Crackling Cauliflower // Raw Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Torte // Vegan Ice Cream // Gluten-Free Vegan Cinnamon Blondies // Infused Water // Protein Smoothie // Stir Fry // Healthy Protein Snacks // Homemade Larabars // Vegan Buddha Bowl // Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese // Tomato & Bean Salad // Peanut Butter Cookies // Vegan Snowball Cookies // Coconut Chia Overnight Oats // Quick Midweek Saute // Hearty Breakfast Oatmeal // Peanut Butter Smoothie
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