Winter Monday Mash-Up: Family Sessions, Fashion, Eid!

With med school I've been super busy to do blog posts! Check out Facebook for more frequent updates --> Facebook Here  

But, I have been ever so busy with photography! I have to show you guys some of my favorites from the many amazing shoots we've had. This is one of my favorite family sessions so far. We started off at Windansea beach (super high tide- couldn't really head down except for on the rocks) and got some fun shot  there, the kids just wanted to play on the rocks and watch the waves crash. 

Then we headed to the park at La Jolla Cove for some fun pictures in the grass and beneath the gorgeous trees. It was perfect weather. 

Next, check out this fashion shoot with lovely Amal and designer Nilab. It was great to go back to Geisel to shoot, since I probably hadn't shot there since graduation season in 2015. 

Check out this family session at the beautiful Leo Carrillo State Park up in Carlsbad! A great family outing place, the kids loved to play and discover different things in the park. A super fun family session as well!

We end winter with nowruuz (new day!) Persian New Year! 

Happy Spring everyone! 

20-minute Healthy Breakfast Omelette | Lifestyle

I want to share with you the recipe for a simple, healthy, quick weekend (or weekday!) breakfast you can make with ingredients you have on hand!

Now...some eggs. 

Add some bell peppers..then some fragrant curry powder really does the trick

And the final product- a breakfast for a champion! A vegetable filled delicious-smelling and juicy breakfast!

Recipe: 20- minute healthy breakfast omelette

6 oz Crimini (or any type) of mushrooms, sliced in thick slices

8 oz of organic baby grape sweet tomatoes

6 oz of sliced colorful bell peppers (I used trader joe's frozen, so convenient)

3 eggs, whisked to mix

1 tsp of curry powder, 1/4 tsp of chile powder, salt and pepper to taste

Directions: heat two small frying pans (recipe for two) on medium-high heat, add oil.

Slice crimini mushrooms and cut tomatoes in half. Add mushrooms, tomatoes and bell peppers to each frying pan.

Add the curry powder and chile powder and stir as the mix cooks. Don't let mushrooms get soggy (they are thick slices so they should keep their form)

Once the mix has heated and the vegetables are cooked through (but not overcooked!) add half the egg mixture to each pan to coat veggies. Fry until egg is done. Try to flip, if not, you can scramble.

Serve with a side of toast and jam, or toast and cheese and walnuts (like we did here). Add fresh fruit, tea or coffee, and you're good to go!

Balcony Table Project | Home Decor

Well we set out to create our own balcony/patio bistro table! I really wanted to be able to sit out there and have an outdoor workspace/eating space. Since we have great weather there really is no excuse not to!

So I bought the materials from Home Depot - the table legs, table top (I chose to get a premade round one because it's just easier, even though I had originally planned a square table) and some prestain, wood stain, sand paper, and brushes! 

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More Nautical Home Decor

A while back I posted about this Gallery Wall . Well now it's been upgraded- the frames are filled in, new pillows added! I want to share with fellow decorating enthusiasts!

Here are some of the frame fillings! The Pray Often is from the internet, which I printed and colored in! You could also buy prints from an art store! This is 5x7. The stripes are navy FABRIC which was leftover from my pillow making project (see more below!)

Another print from online, and my life-raft that I bought online.

Now introducing my new pillow (the striped one!)! Pillows from the store can be really expensive. But I got this fabric from a fabric shop in San Jose that was quite cheap- this one was only $2/yard. I think it was the cheapest fabric in the whole entire store!!! But it just so happens that it was my favorite and what I was looking for! I just sewed them onto an existing pillow that was orange. The tags are from an antique show in Belgium where  got these old bike license plates!

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A small ottoman type box that I found at Michaels. Rug from Old Town, San Diego.

Bucket from Michael's as well!

I hope you like it and get some ideas!

What a Winter | Quarter Recap | What's New

Phew! What a CRAZY quarter it's been. This was really the busiest, craziest, most interesting quarters of my life. Where do I even begin...

School: Learned about three systems this quarter: Renal, Musculoskeletal, and the BRAIN. Oh boy. Renal was interesting. MSK was tedious memorization of muscles and bones and vessels and nerves. Lots of anatomy labs. Then the Brain. The neurology course is called MBB for Mind, Brain and Behavior. It was SO fascinating. And SO much work. I have never studied so hard in my life. 8 hours of school / 8 hours at the library / come home, sleep, repeat.

Let's just say I ordered a lot of Subway, Chipotle, and Coffee. Lots of Coffee. Bank account = Sad. But I learned a lot. And I couldn't have done it without the help of my husband, who would bring me coffee to Geisel, pick me up late from the library, and rush me to class at 8 am when I was too tired to wake up early. 

Out of milk, so my latte had to be just an espresso this morning!

Out of milk, so my latte had to be just an espresso this morning!

Now, perhaps I wouldn't have had to cram so much studying in if the quarter hadn't been so busy. Recap:

1) Reproductive Med and Free Clinic Electives - I took two electives this quarter; probably should've taken one. But Repro Med was one afternoon a week at an OB/GYN clinic. It was pretty cool to learn about.

2) Started writing a research grant and then stopped - This took a lot of work. Luckily I didn't end up having to finish it, but I was working on it for most of the quarter.

3) Trying to do lab safety trainings and having a zillion technical difficulties with online trainings, in person trainings, forms, signatures, etc. 

4) Shadowing interventional radiology. This was super random, but I just decided to jump on the opportunity and watch two procedures. That were super painful for the patients, and for that reason very high-adrenaline-y for the doctors. 

5) Shadowed at Labor & Delivery. Didn't see any babies get born though :(

6) And...of course....photography business! This quarter I officially re-vamped Yas Photography, new professional website, new professional camera. I had four photo shoots in March.

Kristen & Sam's shoot at Windansea Beach, La Jolla

Kristen & Sam's shoot at Windansea Beach, La Jolla

7) And things that got in the way. My 4 year old Macbook Pro broke and was out for about 10 days. Luckily, we fixed it with a new hard drive cable. Also got a SSD hard drive which has TRANSFORMED my laptop into a super-hero. Well, not really, but compared to before, it's a HUGE difference. My backpack broke, perhaps because of carrying so many heavy binders, notebooks, laptop, ipad, charger, to school every day. Backpack is still broken. And my pencil case broke too! It just seems to be the quarter where my stuff is breaking down!

And another one from a different shoot this month:

Catherine & AJ's shoot at Balboa Park

Catherine & AJ's shoot at Balboa Park

Can't wait to catch up on editing photos and posting!

Oh, and see my new business card :)