When Life Hands You Lemons…

…Squeeze them into warm water and drink every morning.

There are 2 things I do every morning, (pretty much) without fail:  drink 8-16 oz of cold water and drink a glass of warm water with 1/2-1 lemon juice squeezed into it.

 

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One of the best things you can do after you wake up: drink at least 16oz (500mL) of water. Water fires up your metabolism, hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins, gives your brain fuel, and may even make you eat less.  I drink water (usually I make my “special water” more on that later) all throughout out the day- 30 minutes before and after meals especially,  but lets focus on the benefits of it first thing in the morning.

My top reasons I start my day with water:

  • You’re dehydrated when you wake up so putting water into your body is instant hydration.  Drink it even if you don’t feel thirsty because your body hasn’t had anything for 8 hours, so chances are it needs it.
  • It fires up your metabolism and helps you burn more calories.  I’ve read that it can fire it up 24% for 90 minutes when you drink it first thing in the morning!  I’ll take that!
  • It promotes glowing skin!  It’s a great detox for the body by helping it flush out toxins that can fuel breakouts and dull skin. Yuck, no thank you.
  • It makes you smarter.  Well not exactly.  But the brain is made up of 75% water so when you’re properly hydrated it will be fueled and you’re less likely to feel drained or fatigued.

This picture from Underground Health Reporter has a great list of 5 important reasons (even though there are many more) to drink water first thing in the morning:

 

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My top reasons to drink warm water with lemon every morning:

  • Vitamin C.  Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin c and who doesn’t want an extra boost for your immune system.  Especially in cold and flu season.
  • It makes you young.  Well kind of.  It greatly benefits the skin by preventing the formulation of wrinkles and acne.
  • It has an alkalizing effect on the body (more on that below).
  • It helps flush out toxins in the body, more than just water alone.
  • It helps to maintain a ph balance in the body (read more about the body’s ph and foods that are alkaline and acidic here).

A lot of people drink coffee on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.  The bad thing about this is that if  it’s low quality coffee, that can create an acidic effect within the body, which is exactly what we don’t want.  Ingesting too many acidic foods or liquids creates an overall acidic environment within your body which diseases such as Cancer is known to thrive in.  Yuck.

Drinking warm distilled water with lemon first thing in the morning instead sets your body up for a killer day, because it creates an alkaline environment in the body.  Even though lemons are naturally an acidic fruit, they actually have an alkalizing effect on the body once metabolized.  You can read more about how lemons have an alkalizing effect in the body and why it’s important to want an alkaline enviornment in our bodies here.

Start your day with water and warm lemon water then have your good quality coffee.  I mean, lets get serious- I’m not saying to get rid of coffee all together.  I’ve become a coffee snob in recent months, so I totally get the love of a great tasting cup.

 

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I like using my Cuisinart electric cordless tea kettle to heat my water in the morning just because its easy.  I’m obsessed with this thing- almost as much as I am with my Vitamix (more on that later).  I love drinking tea and if you’re as obsessed, urr lets say passionate as I am about the taste then you’ve got to get yourself one of these things.  Without going into too much detail (that’s a whole other blog post) different types of tea require  different temperatures of water and steeping times.  Not following this can drastically change the taste, quality and health benefits of each type of tea leaf.

I told you, I’m psssionate.

 

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Water (with lemon or not) is one of the best free things for your mind, body, and skin so start drinking!!

Happy hydration!

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Napa to Nashville…Nashville to Napa

What do you do when you have your perfect job, work with people you consider your family, live in a city that’s beautiful and full of family and friends, but you visit a place and it just feels right?  Well if you’re me, you visit another 9 times (in 16 months) juuuust to make sure you love it.  Then you take the plunge and decide to move there.  Nashville here I come.

I unexpectedly fell in love with Nashville, but Napa will always be home so I’ve decided to work and live in both Napa and Nashville.  I mean why not, right?  Owning your own business has its advantages, and providing my services in both Napa and Nashville allows me to take advantage of this exciting new lifestyle change.

What surprised me the most about Tennessee, and Nashville specifically, was how much it actually reminded me of home.  The green rolling hills (minus grapevines of course) look so much like the hills on either side of the valley in Napa.  And the weather isn’t THAT different.  I’ve been comparing everyday.  We just won’t talk about summer.  I’m crossing that bridge when I come to it.

 

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Top 10 things I love about Nashville:

1. Tootsies-  now this place deserves a place on my top 10 list all by its self because well I love it.  Ok I’m slightly obsessed (refer to crazy face in picture below).  Being a well known honky-tonk bar, locals tend to avoid these types of  “tourist traps,” but I love the vibe, the people and the color (it’s purple, my fav).  I prefer to look at it as a place you can always go to and feel like you’re on vacation.  And good times always happen to take place here no matter what day or time it is.   It’s a magical place.   I’ve been known to force my local friends to go here.  A lot.  And they always love me for it after.

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2.  The food-  Growing up in Napa, I’ve gotten accustomed (spoiled) to having great food and wine at my fingertips.  Literally.  So I was a little shocked to find that Nashville has some independent restaurants that seriously rival those of Napa.  The fine dining here is unbelievable and new restaurants are seriously popping up all over the place.  Obviously the picture worthy foods are the ones that are awesomely bad for you and trully southern.  We can talk more about the fine dinning later.

IMG_5336I was never a huge ice cream fan until I stepped into Jeni’s.  And I wanted to move in.

 

edlys nashvilleBecause I need fried pickles and a “frito-pie” in my life, I go to Edley’s BBQ.

 

hattie b's nashvilleThe day I decided that “Shut the cluck up- burn notice” was the right choice on the spicy level for my hot chicken at Hatti B’s…. holy s**t.  I had to wash it down with ice cream after, obviously.

 

IMG_5338Desanos Pizza.  Because I could never move to a place that didn’t have good pizza.  Wait.  Is that even a thing? Pizza that’s not good?…

 

3.  The people-  I can’t say enough great things about the people in Nashville.  I lived in Southern California for 5 years and while, it was fun I definitely felt people as a whole were a bit closed off.  Northern California I feel is better in this regard, but it wasn’t until I spent time in Nashville that I really understood what “southern hospitality” meant.  People are just friendlier here.  They want to help you anyway they can without even knowing you!  There’s a really openness and vulnerability as a whole here that I’ve never experienced anywhere else in my travels.  It has already made for great and fast connections with some amazing people.  This definitely makes it easier to move to a place where I don’t know very many people.

 

4. The diversity-  Before my first trip to Nashville I had never been anywhere in the south.  Now on my 9th trip out there I’ve met so many people from all over the country that have moved there, I kinda feel like I’m in San Francisco.  Obviously the south is better of course (shhh don’t tell them I said that).

 

5. The landscape- Colors.  Need I say more.  Green everywhere and the most beautiful fall colors (totally rivals Northern California).  Oh and the houses, the farms, the fences, the barns… swoon.

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6. The coffee-  OK.  I’d like to say a big fat thank you (and I hate you) to Jaime and Shannon who have turned me into a ginormous coffee snob.  I always hated coffee.  But being around two ladies who both know their s**t when it comes to coffee and who pretty much made me go to all the cool kid coffee shops, well, lets just say I’ve now gone to the dark side.  Your fault ladies.  The good (and bad) thing is that Nashville has some pretty amazing coffee shops.

IMG_7507Jaime may have already had too much coffee at this point… she likes the large sizes.

 

IMG_6747Meet Shannon.  She’s going for the shot of espresso.  Watch out.

 

IMG_7482The one time I got tea at Frothy Monkey.

 

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eighth and roast nashvilleEighth and Roast was a frequent stop due to it’s proximity to Jaime’s old house in Nashville.

 

barista parlor nashville Because who doesn’t want to see a cool lit up sign and antique pickup truck outside an awesome coffee shop at dusk?  Welcome to Barista Parlor.

 

barista parlor nashvilleThis place makes Bourbon lattes.  I obviously don’t need to elaborate on that.

 

Crema-BlogAnd this is probably one of the best tasting coffees I’ve ever had.  Say hello to Crema.

 

7.  The weather (yes the weather)-  Surprisingly the weather isn’t THAT different from Napa.  All through December and January I’ve been comparing every morning and of course taking into account the 2 hour time difference.  For most of the days in December, Napa was actually colder than Nashville.  Then Napa got that random warm 60-70 degree weather.  That changed things.  But I’m choosing to look at all the positives.  The summer humidity is great for your hair and skin, they have the most beautiful thunder and lightening storms,  it sometimes snows but not so much that it shuts you inside for months on end, and the fall leave colors are gorgeous.  Oh, and in the summer you can wear a tank top and shorts at 10pm and not need a jacket.  I’m ready.

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8.  The music/concerts- When I was planning each of my trips out to Nashville I always had to decide what event I wanted to go to and that would usually determine what weekend I would book my trip for.  The problem was that there were SOOO many ALLL the time.  Especially from spring to fall.  We’re talking awesome cheap and sometimes free amazing concerts going on all over the place.  And no its not just country music, people.  Although, yes country music is huge here, there’s literally every genre.  Nashville has some of the best music venues.  Obviously the famous Bluebird Cafe (which I have still YET to go to), the Ryman, Exit/In, The End, 3rd and LindsleyThe Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel the list goes on…   There’s also cool stuff like the Full Moon Pickin’ Party- a bunch of live bands playing out in a field.  I can’t wait to go to that and more things like it!

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IMG_7493Hanging on the grass before an outside summer concert at The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel.

 

9.  The lifestyle-  Everything is just slooooower here.  And I want more of that in my life.  What better way than to plop myself smack in the middle of it?  It’s a southern state of mind…

 

10.  The daylife/nightlife- Tell me where you can walk into multiple bars, restaurants and even retail stores any day or time of the week and see a live band.  Nashville is where!  One of my favorite things by far is the live music that is constantly playing all around town.  I remember walking into a restaurant/bar on Broadway Street at 2pm on a Tuesday and finding a 5 piece band and singer.  And they are GOOD.  Who wouldn’t love that.  Don’t get me started on the awesome shopping, great hiking, yoga and barre studios, and cute towns all right outside of Nashville.  And thats just the daylife.  I’d need 27 more pages to write about the nightlife.  It’s called NashVegas for a reason…

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Let’s face it….

Nashville

 

Plan a trip to visit Nashville and I promise you will see just why I fell in love with it.

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GoodhYOUman

 GoodhYOUman

I love everything about this brand.  The name.  The story.  The words.  The quality.  The fit.  The versatiltiy.  And the fact that people smile as they read my shirt.  It’s a great conversation starter.

I wear these shirts to workout in, sleep in, go on a date in, lounge in, do math in (oh wait, I don’t do math).  And when I find something I love I tend to get a little obsessive… so I bought five.

 

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Sleep less, dream more.  You can sleep when you’re dead.  Dream while you’re alive.

 

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Sleepover?  Always a good idea.

 

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Just in case I forget…it’s the BEST DAY EVER.

 

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This life dream is real, live in it.

 

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Not crazy… just human.

Definitely a little crazy.

 

Go get your GoodhYOUman on!

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Curly Hair, Don’t Care

 

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Or like this….

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People ask me all the time how I do my curly hair.  I’d like to say I’ve perfected doing my curly hair.  Not because I wanted to, but because I had to (thank you, mom and to the universe that wanted to give me the challenge of my life).  I’ve also learned to embrace and LOVE it.  So for all you curly, wavy, frizzy, fed up folks- this post is for you.  Bare with me though, you’re gonna think I’m in sane in some of these instructions…

1.  Shampoo hair then rinse. Condition hair and comb through with a wide tooth comb. When you rinse out the conditioner, rinse it UPSIDE DOWN.  I know. Crazy.  Remember I said bare with me?  I can’t take all the credit for this tidbit.  A curly haired high school friend gets credit for this one.  Rocked my world.

2.  Scrunch out as much of the water that you can from your hair with your hands. DO NOT use a towel. The fibers on towels cause extra frizz and unless we want to look like an electrocuted poodle, that is no good for us curly folk.  If you MUST use something, use an old cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel (no fibers to cause that evil frizz), but try the hand scrunch method first.  You’ll be hooked.

3.  Scrunch your styling products into the hair.  I emphasize SCRUNCH.  Do not finger comb or comb/ brush your products through.  This separates the curls, makes hair frizzier and less curly then desired.  The key is just to make sure you EVENLY scrunch the products into the hair.  No need for a comb if done right!

4.  Flip hair back up and go! Juuuust kidding ;-) well I guess you could…Ok, so lately I’ve been letting my hair just air dry (less heat is always better for your hair), but if I don’t have the time to let it dry I use a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment.  If you’re letting it air dry the key is DO NOT TOUCH IT.  This will majorly add to the frizz.  After you scrunch in your products do not touch it again.  This system works. Scouts honor.

* Note: sometimes I need to add a couple curls to the top.  Very rarely, the top gets flat or a few pieces have a mind of their own.  To tackle this, I use a 1/4″ curling iron.  I always wrap the hair around to simulate a more natural curl.

Now you’re ready to roll!!!!!!  Wear down or throw up for an amazingly easy (but salon looking style) up do!  You can rock this for 2-3 days usually.  Or 5 if you’re me… ;-)

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Now let’s talk products…

This is where I could write a novel. I love products. I do and will try everything- a (happy) hazard of working in a high end salon that carries Kerastase and Shu Uemura products.

For my shampoo and conditioner I’m currently obsessed with the  Kerastase Fluidealiste discipline line that is  great for controlling frizz.

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For my leave in products I’m currently obsessed with the Kerastase Elixir Ultime (a cream oil that gives hydration, UV protection and amazing shine) and Kerastase Boucles D’Art (a water to mousse light weight foam that defines curly or wavy hair). I use these three products when I’m letting my hair dry naturally, but if I’m diffusing with a hair dryer then I sub out the Kerastase Elixir Ultime for the Kerastase Keratine Thermique, which protects your hair from heat.

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*I have unique hair. It’s very fine, but I can make it look like I have a whole heck of a lot more than I do. If you have thicker hair you might want to experiment with stronger hold products like a thick mousse such as the Shu Uemura Kaze Wave.

Happy (non electrocuted poodle) curls!

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To Cut Or Not To Cut…

I’m growing my hair out, so I chopped it off.

 

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Makes sense right?

Ok, let’s back up.  Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love long hair.  I love short hair too, I just love my hair long.  I’m border line obsessed actually.  I’ve been trying to grow it out for what seems like forever, but recent circumstances have made this challenging to say the least.  A combination of stress, naturally fragile-fine hair, going from blonde to brunette (and back to blonde again), and my love of high heated styling tools has made this nearly impossible (and has given me scraggly broken ends).  But none the less-I’m still determined to have my long hair back!  Sooo I did it.  I chopped off my hair.  Eeeeeeek!  To be fair… it was only like 12 broken scraggly hairs (ok maybe 7), but still!  I was very attached to those 7-12 scraggly hairs!

I work with many amazing hair stylists who have a lot of knowledge when it comes to growing out hair (I just don’t always listen haha).  One of whom is Kelli.

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Kelli and I when she is not chasing me with scissors.

Now Kelli also happens to be a great friend which means she has no problem telling me what I don’t want to hear.  For the past couple years now I’ve heard phrases like “there’s strength in numbers,” and “your hair will just continue to break off if you don’t take the broken ends off.”

Now, just to be clear- I did get what I call “dustings” on my ends every 6-8 weeks with an occasional trim.  A dusting is literally just that-a dusting of the ends. Not to be confused with a “trim” which usually takes off a an half  inch or so. I mean really.  Who hasn’t, at some point in their lives, gone in to have their hair trimmed and come out with 1-4 inches more taken off than anticipated, right?  Ok, yes maybe sometimes we actually needed that much taken off, but that’s not the point.  Everyone’s perception of a “trim” is different so my new term “dusting” is very hard to misinterpret.  Feel free to use it. You’re welcome.

So this was my hair straight and curled before I cut it:

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Ok, not horrible, but just know that I could work magic on those bottom 7-12 frayed hairs and make them look a lot better than they actually were.  This always required a lot of heat though.  Not your friend if you’re trying to keep your hair in it’s best shape.  You can see though, that the bottom is kinda see through and damaged.  As Kelli used to say (as she ran her fingers through my hair top to bottom)- “thick thick thick…uhh 7 broken hairs.”  Ugh ok fiiiiiine.  Just do it.  Cut it off.

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Hello happy ends!!

Moral of my story is: no one wants gross damaged hair.  And if cutting the bad stuff off means you get a fresh start at healthy hair… do it!  Maybe you just want a new style or maybe you want to have thick, healthy long hair.  Either way, do something if you’ve got those 7-12 hairs at the bottom wasting away.

Bonus: short hair styles are so in right now :-)  This style cut even has it’s own name now- the lob which means “a long bob.”

My friend sent this to me so now it’s my current mantra:

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Cheers to cutting, growing, trimming, dusting, changing your life or all of the above!

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Kombucha, Tonics, and Bubbles?!

The day before Thanksgiving was a great day.  Well actually it started the weekend before when I heard from a long time good friend.  Erica was going to be in California for Thanksgiving.  Erica and I met when we were both living in San Diego, working for a travel internet company.  She has since moved to Minneapolis and I’m back up in Napa, so we unfortunately haven’t seen each other in far too long.

Erica is one of those friends that you just pick up with right back where you left off.  Every time.  We proved that again during this (much too short) afternoon.  She’s one of the most genuine human beings I have ever met. She’s just as beautiful as she is gracious. I love her and am so grateful for this afternoon.

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I met Erica over in Petaluma the day before Thanksgiving, in this charming town about 45min away from Napa.  We had a great lunch at the Wild Goat Bistro and then decided to stroll around town.  When we actually took a breathe in-between gab sessions to look around (6ish years of not seeing each other will do that to ya) we saw this: Native Kitchen and Kombucha Bar 

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We b-lined it across the street.

Uhhh…they had me at ‘kombucha.’  Well actually they had me at ‘kitchen,’ but the word ‘kombucha’ on the sign just sealed the deal. Kombucha is a living health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the Kombucha culture. The result can taste like something between sparkling apple cider and champagne, depending on what kind of tea you use.  If you haven’t tried kombucha you should. Not only does it have amazing health benefits- it also (I think) tastes great! I will say though, I didn’t like it at first.  It’s an acquired taste, but there are so many brands/types out there that if you keep trying different ones (or make your own at home, which is what I do now) I guarantee you’ll find one you like.

Obviously we darted across the street, but what happened next had me asking the girls behind the bar if I could move in…

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They have Champagne too.  Now let’s recap.  Homemade kombucha, tonics, kombucha cocktails, beer, wine, food and Champagne all live under this roof.  See why I’m obsessed?  I mean, I never have to leave.  Well, just to get bourbon.

So we each started with a kombucha elixir (the alcohol free ones) to start.  I got the “Pommy” and Erica got the “Kombucharita.”  Both amazing. Erica’s had this chili-verde salt rim that I honestly almost licked off when she was in the bathroom.

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Then we moved onto the tonics.

A tonic is a medicinal substance (usually much like a warm tea) taken to give a feeling of vigor or well-being. I love that definition :-)  It’s a happy tea!  Native makes these fun tonic combinations to choose from depending on your needs/wants/whims…

I tried the “Immunity” and the “Alleviate Anxiety.”  I had anxiety that I wouldn’t be able to try them all in one sitting…

And I wanted to try the “Sun Tonic.” Next time ;-)

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So naturally I recruited my oh so willing (kombucha obsessed) friend Amber and came back 4 days later.  It’s worth the 45min drive Napa folks.  Trust me.

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Go get your kombucha (and bubbles) on. And maybe have a bite to eat too…

Let me know how it is!

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Put a Little Oil On It, Baby

So, umm… You know how I’m (slightly) obsessed with growing my hair long? Well this means I’m also (slightly) obsessed with deep conditioning hair treatments:-) especially natural oil treatments I can do at home.

I found a killer new one that you can make at home.  It involves the following fabulous five oils: coconut, almond, jojoba, macadamia nut, and vitamin e.  Yes, all of these oils also have amazing skin and health benefits, but more on that later.  Lets focus on what they can do for our hair.

Hair oil treatment

You will need:

  1. 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  2. 1 Tbsp of almond oil
  3. 1 tbsp of jojoba oil
  4. 1 tbsp of macadamia oil
  5. 1 tbsp of vitamin e oil

Directions: mix all oils together and store in a reusable container.

(Personally, I like using a spray bottle because it’s easier to apply to the hair this way)

Then section off hair (starting at bottom and working up) applying the oil mixture to the hair mid shaft to ends.  Make sure you apply enough oil to coat each section thoroughly.

Continue until all sections are coated.

Clip up hair and leave on for 20 minutes then shampoo your roots.

*note to self:  do not apply the ENTIRE mixture to hair all at once , unless you want to create an oil skating rink on your bathroom floor. Yes, I’m speaking from experience. Oops.

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Oh KALE Yeah

Special delivery from my farmer bestie Rachel!

She knows the way to my heart for sure. Fresh picked kale delivered to me at work= happy Ashley! I go through this stuff by the ton it seems since I use it almost every day in my green breakfast smoothie (more info to come on that amazing concoction later).  Honestly I love putting greens into my breakfast smoothie because if I can’t get them into my diet throughout the rest of the day at least I know I had some for breakfast.  Yes, it sounds gross, but trust me the way I make it you won’t even taste it.

 

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Coolest part about this delivery was that I also received a very unique KALE birthday bouquet! The picture speaks for it’s self…

Who knew you could make a beautiful bouquet of flowers with KALE?! Gorgeous and so creative!

 

 

Fresh garden veggies

Purple broccoli.  Need I say more.

I’m so lucky to have fresh veggies and eggs hand delivered to me from Casa De Awesome (AKA Rachel’s parent’s house) on a regular basis :-) They love me.  Well, they better.  They’ve all had PLENTY of time to get used to me- like 16 years worth.  But who’s counting.

 

 

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If you close one eye and squint really hard you MIGHT be able to tell there are a couple of tomatoes and peppers in this picture.  Just a couple.

 

 

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Here she is folks! In all her glory! Uhh obviously I have awesome friends.  Say hellllllo to Rachel.

 

 

Happily reaping the benefits of friends with gardens…

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Hooker’s House

I LOVE me some great Bourbon or Whiskey poured over one of those monster sized ice cubes (and yes there is a difference between those and the normal boring sized ones).  I kinda just discovered this love of the southern juice when I visited Nashville last year for the first time.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved me a good handcrafted cocktail featuring bourbon or whiskey (bonus if there are egg whites in it too- don’t knock it til you’ve tried it) for years now, but drinking bourbon or whiskey by itself on the rocks?! Whole new ballgame.

 

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Hooker’s House.  Best. Name. Ever.

My birthday present to myself this year was to go to a Bourbon/Whiskey tasting. Lucky for me I found this awesome, fairly new, distillery. Literally in my backyard! Bonus? They are also known for their Limonchello (the only company to make FIG-chello too btw), Rums, and Vodka. Say hello to Prohibition Spirits. And I say thank you to an amazing friend who wasn’t opposed to some good old fashion straight alcohol day drinking.

 

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I was actually talking with my dad the other day about our lineage and he traced his dad’s side back to, get this- the year 960 (and no I didn’t forget a number).  What does this have to do with Bourbon might you ask? Well it just so happens my grandfather x21 (ish), had the last name of BOURBON.  Obviously a sign.  Clearly this means it’s in my blood.  Or that I should look into making moonshine.   Either works for me.

 

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DSCN0906The RUM line up! Can we say Pina Colada?!

 

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DSCN0904Willy Wonka’s factory? Or a distillery?

Leave it to Napkins (Napkin= slang for ‘person from Napa’ y’all) to use those wine making brain cells and come up with making spirits aged in wine barrels! Such a unique taste. TRY it. You’ll LOVE it.

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Goodbye Ingrown Hair!

Being an esthetician, I’m asked all the time about how to prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps.  You know, those super awesome hairs that get trapped under the skin and cause those beautiful red bumps and irritation that we ALL want on our bikini line? Yeah, that.

First of all you need to exfoliate everyday to keep the dead skin away.  ESPECIALLY  the day before laser hair removal, shaving or waxing.

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Two of my favorite exfoliating products are the Buf-Puf Body Sponge and the Aquasentials Exfoliating Body Towel.  The body sponge is awesome for all over exfoliation and the exfoliating bath towel is great to exfoliate those hard to reach places on the back.  It is important to replace these every month or so because they will get dull and can hold bacteria.

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After laser hair removal, electrolysis, shaving or waxing, it’s important to protect the skin and follicles because they are exposed (this is especially important after waxing because you’ve just lifted the hair completely out of the follicle and now it’s open).

One of my favorite (simple yet effective) tips is using a light layer or Neosporin Cream over the effected area. It’s antiseptic properties will keep the follicles clear from bacteria and the redness reduced in the skin. This works best applied daily after you exfoliate in the shower. And it’s something you usually already have at home! Bonus!

I love this  roll on post waxing & shaving serum by PFB Vanish, if you’re prone to more severe irritation.

Happy bump free bikini line!

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