Sunday, March 27, 2011

Thank You Iceland

I just discovered these fantastic commercials for Reyka Vodka via our friends Lindsay and Danny who we had the pleasure of consuming vodka with last weekend at the Russia House.

I love the juxtaposition of the rough, hand drawn animation with a simple video. Add to that, the fact that this girl is just adorable and hilarious.

There are two more here and here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Crazy Sexy Diet

I just finished reading Kris Carr's Crazy Sexy Diet. This book is a fabulous introduction to why the SAD (standard american diet) does not work, and why eating a fresh, plant-based diet is the way to go. Kris' writing style is so entertaining and down to earth, it feels like you're getting advice from a good friend, not like you're being lectured on why your favorite foods are crap.

Much of this book was a refresher course for me, based on some of my learning in the past couple of years. But it's always good to get a pep talk and to learn new tidbits to keep you on track. While there is a lot that is covered in the book, here are a few points that I especially want to focus on:

1) Ditch the "crack" (aka sugar) - This has been a constant battle for me. Even though I think smoking is nasty and drugs are dumb, I can totally sympathize with people who have addictions. If I can't say no to a cupcake, it's gotta be pretty tough to kick a drug habit. Kris lays it out plain and simple—sugar is yucky and addictive. She also gives some great alternatives to say, eating a roll of cookie dough. Not that I've ever done that…

2) Dry brushing -  I started dry brushing about 6 months ago. I've been kinda up and down with this but it does feel invigorating. It really helps me to stop and connect with my body for a minute. You can read more about dry brushing here.

3) Meditation - you can eat right, exercise, and take a butt-load of supplements, but if your mind is whack, you're gonna fall off the wagon. I have experienced the power of meditation, and what a difference my mood can be if take even 1 minute to close my eyes and just breath. But, admittedly, I'm more of a yoga class meditator. This book has inspired me to make mediation a part of my daily routine. Yes, it's one more thing on the to-do list, but I think my mind and body will thank me.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Give a Little, Get a Little

TODAY ONLY, Forever 21 is giving 100% of every dollar you spend online today toward relief efforts in Japan. Sign me up! Here are a few things I snagged.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Smoothie Recipe

A friend of mine told me about this Smoothie he tried the other day. It sounded so yummy, I created my own version of it. The combination of these ingredients sound a little odd, but it tastes so good–like pumpkin pie in a cup!

Nutty Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

3/4 cup nut milk (I used Hazelnut)
5 oz. fresh carrot juice
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1 heaping tablespoon almond butter
a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice
1 pinch salt

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Mansion in My Head

I just discovered this site called Wanelo. It's fantastic, I could litteraly spend hours perusing this stuff. Below are just a few things that I think would look fabulous in my make believe mansion.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's Our Anniversary

Today is our 3 year anniversary - of being engaged!! So crazy, it seems like only yesterday that Mike proposed to me on a beautiful day like today in the woods behind our old house. It was perfect and the ring he made for me was the icing on the cake.

YES, we'll get around to getting married - eventually :)