Monday, July 28, 2014

To Juice or Not to Juice?

A few weeks ago I picked up all three cold pressed juices that are now available at Trader Joe's which sparked this post. I get a green juice at Nektar every once in a while as a "treat" because, well number one, juice is expensive and number two, I like to treat my body to some well needed nutrients when I'm feeling sick or just need a pick me up. I've debated going on a juice cleanse for some time now, but I've always shied away from it because I cannot imagine three days with no solid food. Seriously, I would be hangary like it's no one's business.Besides not having the physical will to do a cleanse I've been hesitant to buy into the fact that we need to cleanse and detox our system. These buzz words are used to sell to a growing market and although I do feel like I need to "detox" I believe this is something out body already does naturally. Conversely, I've also read about those who swear by juice cleanses and are literally "glowing" afterwards with great skin, hair, nails, and weight loss as some to the benefits. So what to do? To juice or not to juice?

In my options no one really needs to juice (and this is my OPINION only). I think your body does a good enough job at detoxifying and cleansing out your system as is; however I think juicing is a great way to incorporate fruits and veggies into your well balanced diet. In addition, the "weight loss" that you hear people rave about after a cleanse may also be due to the fact that they haven't had solid food in days, so naturally people will weigh less. Take it for what it is and do your research before you choose to do a juice cleanse.

  So now onto the good part! The Trader Joe's juices were surprisingly yummy and tasted fresh. The Yellow is a blend of pineapple, pepper, cucumber, lime, and mint was my favorite flavor because it tasted like a Hawaiian vacation in a bottle. The Green is your typical green juice and has kale, spinach, apple, cucumber, celery, and ginger. I also liked the taste of this juice, but prefer my green juice at Nektar. The red has beet, apple, celery, cucumber, spinach, ginger, and carrot and has a strong beet flavor. (Can you tell I got into that juice first!?)At a little more than $4 per 15.2 oz. bottle, these juices, like all fresh juice, are a little pricy. Like I said, I treat myself to a fresh juice every once in while, but for the most part try to eat raw fruits and veggies with every meal. So there you have it! Enjoy and happy Monday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Travel Series Part 1: How To Survive an International Flight

I'm baaccckkk! It is so good to be home! Sleeping in my own bed is one of my top favorite feelings! Although traveling to China was a great, educational, and eye-opening experience, there is absolutely no place like home. Along with the jet lag I brought back I also come bearing gifts in the form of travel savy advice. I feel as if I've done my fair share of international travel and I think I've gotten surviving a 13-14 hour flight down to a science. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself after the jump!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Out For the Count

Hello, hello Turtle and Leafers! How was your holiday weekend? Mine was thoroughly enjoyed and it even felt like a nice, long solid weekend which sometimes doesn't seem to happen when your going from one thing to the next. The next two weeks it'll be a little quiet around these parts..I know, surprise, surprise, but only because I'll be heading to CHINA! So once I come back that means lots of photo diaries, trip tips, and of course some heaping servings of fresh inspiration (I hope). So today, in honor of my upcoming trip I've put together some of my favorite packing tips from around the web and also thrown in some of my own.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th Of July Checklist

I do have to say that 4th of July was not on my radar at all between the ages of 12-17. After the excitement of fireworks wore off at around age 12, I just saw this holiday as another day off where we would BBQ, eat, and go to a fireworks show. It wasn't until I met my best friend in college that this holiday was reintroduced to me in a different light. She would say with such passion and vigor "The 4th of July is my FAVOORRRRITTTEEE holiday!" And I'd be like "what!? How can that be?!" It wasn't until I actually experienced the 4th with her that I knew and I was hooked. Apparently in certain parts of any given city, town, whatever, people get really, and I mean really into the 4th. And when you think about it, why wouldn't you? It's a day where we celebrate AMERICA. And well, we all live in America and are happy to be here for the most part so why wouldn't you want to cheers to that? Since celebrating the 4th with my bestie it's become a tradition for me to drive up to her hometown, have a homemade brunch cooked by her Mom while swapping the latest stories, gossip, and craziness of life and then heading out on our bikes towards the beach. Once we're in motion we're joined by other bikers, walkers, families, friends, etc. all decked out for the 4th. We ride down to the bars stopping along the way to play a little beach volleyball, meet up with friends, and one year we even tried out a slip and slide that was set up on the beach. It's such a good time and with great people it's become a favorite holiday of mine as well. So now for the good part! What do you need for a successful 4th of July Celebration!? Read for my checklist after the jump!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Midweek Links

Cheers to midweek links!

1. A new fashion blog find that I'm loving!

2. An awesome post on how young people are changing travel. LOVE this!

3. Zara's having a sale and these messenger bags are a steal!

4. Just picked up this blazer vest

5. In addition to this easy, breezy summer hairstyle, here are some more that warrant time spend lounging around by the pool or on the beach.

6. I'm not really a fan of Kim K., however this picture of her incorporating a swimsuit into daily wear is not bad, especially for those of you going on a little summer vacay! Tasteful. Surprise, surprise.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

How to: No Heat Beach Waves

Summer has officially started and I know you've put down that blow dryer, straightener, and curling iron. Who wants be bothered with hot hair tools when it's already hot and humid outside?! Today I'm sharing my go-to for perfect beach waves without a curling iron. YES. NO HEAT BEACH WAVES. If that doesn't make you excited for summer I don't know what will. Read for directions after the jump!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Summer Reading

Long gone are the days of "summer vacation." After entering adulthood, read: full-time job, I've come to smile and shake my head when students ask me "What are you doing for summer vacation?"Regardless, one of the things I loved most about summer vacation was the time I had to read. I would go to the library with my Mom and Sister and we would spend hours skimming through books and finding the best and most interesting to finally take home with us. Summer always reminds me of this special memory where days were longer with more light to read by and time was spent by the pool, in bed, or lounging around the house with a book in hand. Even though I have no official summer vacation, during this time of year I'm always reinvigorated to pick up a good book and do some intense summer reading. I've got several books in line and more that I'm eager to read in the future. Want some recommendations? Read for mine after the jump!