Monthly Archives: May 2014

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This Weeks Summer-Inspired Favorites

May 30, 2014
Happy Friday! Summer is nearly here, I can’t believe it! Here are some favorites I found online + at Target.
Favorite Cover-up:
{The Goddess, maajiswimwear}
Favorite Look:
Joie outfit
{the Alizeh top, Maylie shorts}
Favorite Crossbody:
Rebecca Minkoff {the Ascher in light turquoise}
Favorite Nude Shade:
{www.essie.com}
Favorite Scent:
Illume Soy Candle {Island Coconut www.target.com}

What are your summer favorites?

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3 Favorite Superfood Smoothies {Great for Expecting/Nursing Moms too!}

May 28, 2014
I’m a BIG health-smoothie-makin’-kinda girl (during my pregnancy especially)!
I try to make a nutrition packed smoothie at least 3 times a week.
I’ve been making healthy smoothies consistently for 2-3 years now. I usually rotate between a few basic recipes (like, my go-to: coconut water or unsweetened almond milk, kale and/or spinach, banana and some kind of frozen fruit).
But when I’m looking for inspiration or want to change it up, I refer to the ultimate smoothie book, written by Julie MorrisSuperfood Smoothies.
{This book features 100 nutrient-rich recipes packed full of antioxidants and vitamins.}

A few of my favorites from Superfood Smoothies are:

1. Cherry Vanilla :  2 cups frozen cherries, 2 cups baby spinach, 1 tbsp almond butter, 2 cups coconut water, 1/2 tsp wheatgrass powder, 2 tbsp vanilla extract, sweetener to taste (optional). If you want a Superfood Boost, this recipe suggests to add:  1 tbsp chia seeds

2. Watermelon Cucumber (sooo refreshing!):  4 cups cubed seedless watermelon, 2 cups chopped peeled cucumber, 1 1/2 cups frozen spinach, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp minced fresh basil leaves, 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice, 2 cups ice, sweetener to taste (optional).
Superfood Boost: 1 tsp wheatgrass powder

3.  Raspberry Almond:  2 cups frozen raspberries, 1/4 cup pitted dates, 2 tbsp almond butter, 2 tbsp acai powder, 1 tbsp cacao nibs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cups coconut water, 1 cup ice, sweetener (optional).
Superfood Boost:  Use dried mulberries instead of the dates

Find this book at:  Amazon.com
Get your Smooth On!
{Pictures from:  JulieMorris.net}
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The Essie 2014 Neon Collection

May 22, 2014
http://www.essie.com/#
“The Essie 2014 Neon Collection celebrates stylish girls around the world struck by fashion fever.”
-Essie
Ohhh, the start of summer…Don’t you LOVE it?! Brights and prints are seen everywhere now.
Essie, does not disappoint when it comes to freshening up your look for the summer. With this
Neon Collection, let the fun, sassy fashionista out!
Right now, enter for your chance to WIN: the “Summer Beach Essentialsgiveaway!
Enter online by clicking here
Try out these fun shades the next time you go get a manicure.
Xx-Kristen
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Black Elderberry Syrup: A Natural Remedy for Your Kids, That Works!

May 22, 2014
“This great tasting all-natural syrup, made from Certified Organic Black Elderberries and added Acacia honey, can be taken by children daily or on occasion to support their immune systems. Honey offers tasty and soothing support for the upper respiratory system. The formula contains no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, and no high fructose corn syrup.”
I’m a HUGE Gaia Herbs fan. I believe in herbal remedies & its potency to do what they’re intended to do.
Last week, my family and I were on vacation and of course, my 1 1/2 year old son developed a runny nose/cold on our 2nd day away. While we were gone I resorted to using Infant’s Tylenol for a couple of days. But I noticed little-to-no difference in his condition. When I arrived back home, I purchased this Black Elderberry Syrup— read about it here.
Elderberry is known to be very effective in supporting the immune system, and a remedy against the cold & Flu virus.
I gave my son his first dose late that afternoon, and his second, just before bed. I was pleased to see that when he woke up the next morning he had NO runny nose-Yay! I continued giving him the syrup for 2 days (he actually liked the taste too). My son recovered quickly. I was so surprised!
I definitely think Elderberry is worth keeping in your medicine cabinet. I hope you give it a try & see if you notice any difference.
*Always read labels and follow dosing instructions accordingly.
You can find Gaia and Gaia Kids products at Whole Foods Market.
Retail price: $20
Xx-Kristen