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Self care, where to start

It seems that “self-care” is all the talk. To me, it’s not just about a fresh mani (but, you feel like you can conquer the world when you’ve got one, am I right?!) or spending money on fancy things. Yes, we all love those things, and I will never give up my once a month facials. Never.  But, it’s about loving yourself enough to make time and put forth effort to improving your mental and physical self, and making choices and habits that will stick with you long-term. And that might mean doing absolutely nothing sometimes. Yep, I said it, doing nothing.

Favs: September 2018

Each month you can expect a list of things that I am currently loving. Hopefully by sharing these things will help you find something new to listen to or read, and maybe even a new recipe! Speaking of recipes, did you see my fav brussel sprout dish?! 

Smoothie Obsessed

One of my favorite daily rituals: my breakfast smoothie.

It always has tons of dark leafy greens (spinach or kale). Did you know that dark leafy greens like spinach and kale are the most nutrient dense+energizing+detoxifying foods you can eat?! I try to fit in extra veggies everywhere! 

The low-down on hosting Thanksgiving

You are in store if you need all the tips+tricks+hacks to get through hosting!

I’m gonna give it to you straight… Thanksgiving is 3 weeks away, and you’ve still got plenty of time to prepare and pull this off if you are hosting! It’s actually my fav holiday of all. It’s like time slows down and everyone can enjoy each others company. But we all know,  the holidays can be a mixed bag: incredibly joyous—spending time with friends and family, eating delicious food, taking a bit of well-deserved time off—but it can also be stressful.

Blender brownies

Every chocoholic needs a no-fail healthier brownie recipe! This recipe was created because I had tried so many and they were either too this or too that, and honestly weren’t quite up to my standards.

These are perfect IMO. You better believe they are every chocolate lovers dream. They have been tested multiple times and are amazing. So, have at it sister! Oh, and these would be a perfect dessert to make for Thanksgiving or other holiday gatherings. If you’re hosting, you are going to need to check this post out. Thank me later! 

Gift guide: Sarah’s picks

We all know that it is better to give than to receive, but who doesn’t love receiving a dang good gift?! That’s right, we ALL love to give and receive a good gift. 

I will be putting together a few gift guides, but for now here are my top picks! 

Pro tip: throughout the year if I see something I want but don’t want to buy for myself or someone else immediately, I add it to the notes section of my iPhone to refer back to later.

High Vibes

If you’ve been around long, you know that there is absolutely no time for bad vibes over here. Coming into a new year can always be refreshing and overwhelming at the same time. You feel me?!

So, here are some of my instant high vibe essentials to help keep you on track and give your life a boost in the right direction! 

Easy Granola Bars

TEB loves a good bar. While, bars aren’t my personal preference, it’s important that the bars he does consume be full of nutrients+clean ingredients+real food. These fit the bill, and no, I don’t always make homemade bars.

These are SUPER easy, and you probably already have some or all of the ingredients on the list. Plus you can switch ingredients around! If you don’t like raisins, maybe add some unsweetened cherries instead.

Collagen was perfect to add for some extra protein. OX Nutrition blends better than any collagen I have EVER used, plus they source sustainably and that is important to me.

Aldi Favs

Happy New Year! Hopefully you are back in the swing of things and getting after it!

Listed below are my much requested Aldi favs separated out into what I buy organic vs. non there. Unfortunately, it is not a one stop shop for us, but that’s ok because it’s not out of my way!

My rule of thumb is ALWAYS following the EWG dirty dozen+clean fifteen. This EWG list is a shopper’s guide to pesticides in produce. So it is a list of the twelve dirtiest which you should always buy organic when possible, and the clean fifteen is a list of the produce that are ok to buy non-organic. Aldi’s organic selection is awesome for most produce.