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Month: May, 2013

Sat Nam, My Friends [kundalini yoga post]

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I am ecstatic right now. I just took my first kundalini yoga class in San Diego. I’ve taken classes in Los Angeles before, but not in my beachy little town of Encinitas! Let me tell you, I am blown away. I completely left my body for an hour and 15 minutes, I connected with my soul and it chanted to me….. BE BRAVE. Yep – pretty profound and I’m going back for more! 

Soul of Yoga is the place to be on Thursday nights with the brilliant and moving teacher, Bri Dwight (I really loved her story on her website and I connected with her. Go there (or even make a pit stop there).  Check it out. 

So….take this away with you and maybe use it in a sentence this weekend….SAT NAM. It means “I see your true nature” or “I recognize the divinity within you”

Sat Nam and Good Night! 

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How to Make Kombucha [The Easy Way]

ImageHowdy Folks – I took a stab at making my own kombucha – I’m sick and tired of spending my hard earned money for a 4 dollar bottle of kombucha at the grocery store.  I heard from the grapevine that it’s super cheap and easy to make. (preface: I’m going to make this as easy as possible for you). 

What You Need

  • 1 Gallon Glass Jar (got mine at Crate & Barrel outlet online)
  • 6 Glass Bottles (go to a beer brewing store for these)
  • 1 Gallon Pot 
  • Funnels (I got mine at the 99 cents store)
  • Tea (green or black)
  • Regular Sugar (NO honey, agave, sugar alternatives) 
  • Cranberry juice
  • Paper towel
  • 1 Scoby (ask a friend who brews their own kombucha for one, buy one online) – that’s the most complicated thing to get!

Steps

  1. Brew 1 gallon of tea with 4 tea bags and 1 cup of sugar 
  2. Let the sweet tea cool down – usually takes 2 hours 
  3. Transfer the tea into the sterile glass jar 
  4. Pour the scoby in the tea
  5. Cover with a paper towel and rubberband 
  6. Wait a week 
  7. After a week – the tea will have a slightly vinegary smell and it has lightened in color… 
  8. Take the scoby out 
  9. You can drink the tea now – OR go on to double ferment it (like GT’s Synergy kombucha)
  10. Pour 2 oz of cranberry juice into the individual bottles 
  11. Top off with the sweet tea 
  12. Wait 3 days 
  13. Then put in the fridge 

BAM! You got kombucha! 

DIY: Blackhead Removing Mask

Happy Memorial Day, Beautiful People! I’m just getting back from a wonderful trip in Orange County to spend time with my boyfriend! We went galavanting, we had a couples massage, and most importantly, we relaxing!

As soon as I got home, I wanted to try this mask I found on Pinterest this weekend. Watch the video and see how it worked!

Spirit Post: Handling Negative Feedback

I came across this tweet from Mastin Kipp of The Daily Love on handling negative feedback. I really felt I needed to share it.  There are a lot of haters on the internet – I haven’t got any (yet!) but I’m sure there’ll be a day where I do.  On the other hand, I have definitely thought some nasty things about others’ social media – which is just as bad.  But, I forgive myself for thinking that way and move on. Today, I’m curbing that part of me and stopping the negative judgement on others.  We’re just trying to share what we’re doing, right?!

Gabrielle Bernstein is one person who influenced my life in a HUGE way (post to come on that later) and I hate hearing that she’s getting negative feedback because she is doing a wonderful thing – making spirituality cool for young people.  She’s fashionable, hip, sober, health-conscious, and knows her A Course in Miracles. 

Show her some social media love: @GabbyBernstein

Also, pay it forward and put some nice Instagrams, Tweets, and Facebook posts out there today and everyday! 

DIY – Holistic Facial Toner

ImageHey everyone….I’m so excited to do this post because I’m going to share with you my #1 beauty tip [and secret]. I’ve been using it for a few weeks and my skins looks amazing. I’ve battled acne for years, tried every skincare product, and spent lots of money on facials and dermatologists. I wish I knew about this sooner. 

Here it is…. Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water as your toner.  Go to the 99 Cents store – grab a travel bottle and make the concoction. I use my toner only at night because you will totally smell like a potato chip (my BF deals with it). 

It’s so great because it’s an antibacterial product and it also stimulates your skin cells, making new ones come to the surface faster. 

You’ve got to try this one….Blackheads, be gone [for good]! 

You can buy the Braggs at Whole Foods Markets. 

Tieman’s Coffee

20130515-190752.jpgI’m so proud to be a healthy graduate of Starbucks, The Coffee Bean, and even Peets. I’m so over those places not having milk alternatives for me (dairy just freaks me out). I just think its not modern and courteous to current diets.

Anyways – onwards. I love Whole Foods Market’s Allegro brand and they always seem to have almond milk ready on the coffee bar which I LOVE. Lately, I’ve been turned onto Tieman’s Coffee (also available at Whole Foods Markets). Better than the average cup of Joe….Tieman’s has super antioxidants – matcha, roobios, and goji berry – and to top it’s awesomeness off – it’s low acid.

For more information on Tieman’s Coffee – visit their website! http://www.tiemans.com/

Thank you to my health coach extraordinaire, Chassie Bell for the recommendation!

Choco Avo Mousse – A Healthy Treat from Forkin’ Healthy

ImageThe ingredients in the photo are the start of something really special….a sensational treat created by Chassie Bell of Forkin Healthy. (she’s my health coach and she is amazing). The way I make the recipe is so simple:

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup of maple syrup 
  • 3/4 raw cacao 
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • …..after gathering all of the ingredients – pulverize it in your Vitamix 

I’m a sugar addict and this mousse is good for you! Need a sweet fix? Here’s your answer. Happy Vitamixing! 

Interested in my health coach? Email her at chassie@forkinhealthy.com 

 

Make Your Vision Board

Making your own vision board states what you want the immediate future to bring. I’ve had great success with all of the ones I’ve made and I’m just finishing up my latest one. It’s less “stuff” I want , but more experiences like travel, courage, work experiences, and of course more love!

It’s so easy – all you need is pictures, scissors, and glue. After you’ve collected those things things, you’re ready to tell the universe what you’re looking for. I love it!

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Happy Vision Boarding!

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Serenity Massage Spa in Long Beach

ImageThe boyfriend and I had the honor to check out our first couples massage together last night at Serenity Massage Spa in Long Beach (the BF lives in Seal Beach – we rotate weekends between OC and San Diego).

We wandered into the spa after a quick bite at our favorite spot, Veggie Grill, and found out that Serenity has awesome Grand Opening deals.  So, the BF decided to treat both of us for a relaxing massage! We went together and had great massages.  The key was to relax, and we both did just that. The spa is clean, really cute, zen atmosphere. I think he had a better masseuse than I did – but for $35 per massage – so worth it! 

I (and we) highly recommend it – and please take advantage of the opening specials – they certainly won’t last forever!