On the Mat

When it comes to your yoga practice, the right mat makes all the difference. And while you can save a few bucks by browsing the discount rack for fashionable spandex, don’t skimp when it comes to your mat; your foundation!

You need a mat that meets your needs. You need a mat you can count on time and time again. You need a mat that understands you and doesn’t shy away from your morning breath. In fact, you deserve the most magical of yoga mats. But, how does one find their forever mat? How do you know when it’s the one? You just know… but wait!

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By skirt, I mean yoga mat. And wouldn’t you wanna know what your friends think? Better than that, how about some experience-based tips?

My Top 3 Tips!

  1. Determine your individual needs. -Do you travel often? Are your knees tender? Do you have a latex allergy? Is your practice usually sweaty? Are you taller than most? Etc.mat2
  2. If budget is a major determining factor, you still have options. Sign up to receive discounts and stay abreast of sales. Then, your financing issue becomes a great opportunity to practice patience. Perspective makes a helluva difference!mat3
  3.   Consider reviews. What are people saying? How did the mat fare compared to others? It just so happens that a huge product comparison was conducted by Reviews.com Check out the link here.

 

So as you can see, I am a fan of Manduka. Recently, however, I’ve discovered B Yoga mat and I’m impressed. I recommend either of these brands, though there are several other mats that may suit you better, so be sure to read up on them using the link above.

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See you on the mat!

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Red Dragon Juice Blend

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You can’t beet this red blend! Get it? You know I had to do it haha 😉 I call this the Red Dragon because it has an unexpected bite at the finish. Let’s carry on to whats inside my super stylish mason jar.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium apples
  • 4 large carrots
  • 2 beets
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 5 inch piece of ginger
  • 3 ounces water

Yields two 12 oz servings.

 

Here’s why you should care. Take a moment and consider your current food intake. How many times in the last month have you had beets? Yeah…how about in the last week? It goes without saying, but I’ll give it to you straight– eat more beets! Your liver function will improve to detoxify the body. Moreover, you’ll get a healthy dose of manganese which is responsible for forming connective tissue and bones. Annnd may even help balance your sex hormones.

The apples add natural sweetness.

Carrots offer beta-carotene.

The ever popular kale is chock full of various vitamins and minerals. Google it.

And ginger definitely gives this blend a nice kick. I basically add it to everything because I love the way it tastes. #givemealltheginger

What about the water? It tames bitterness, keeps you hydrated, and makes the experience much more enjoyable.

 

Happy juicing!

XO

Brownies and Wine

Happy Friday! Good morning! Ah yes, another morning means another blessing. I’ve only just awaken and I already have something to be thankful for. And if you’re reading this, it means you do, too.

I’ve been back in Washington about three weeks since our epic 1 month visit in California. It’s amazing how many experiences we packed in during that time! Family, beach trips, Disneyland, Wanderlust and so much more. Still, it feels so good to be back in our space. In our home ❤

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It’s also been 5 whole months since Jade was born! Being a parent is unreal. Some days are easy as a homemade pie while other days it’s a win when brownies and wine are for dinner (seriously!) So, needless to say, our days are full. That’s why it is imperative to schedule in self-care and sprinkle it throughout your day.

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No matter what it is that demands your attention, don’t forget to take care of you. A few examples of rejuvenating activities are:

  • going for a walk
  • yoga + meditation
  • pranayama
  • journaling/blogging
  • jamming out
  • dance party
  • connecting with a friend
  • shower/bath
  • take a nap
  • massage
  • mirror mantras
  • hugs
  • literally doing anything outdoors

Replenish yourself often. Nourish yourself. Love and honor yourself by carving out any time you can.

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For me, I feel refreshed after expressing creativity. I enjoy painting, photography, makeup, baking, party planning, etc.

Oh, and one more thing. Brownies and wine for dinner..it’s as amazing as it sounds.

Take care!