Cabining at Mahoney State Park {Feb. 17-20, 2017}

Posted February 20, 2017


One of the things I look forward always look forward to are our bi-annual cabining trips. About twice a year, the BF and I join seven of our friends at a state park for a long weekend in a cabin in the woods.

Our first cabining trip of 2017 was at Mahoney State Park. We spent the weekend hiking, playing games, eating good food, laughing and relaxing. 

I decided to use the weekend as an excuse to disconnect from social media, email and work. It felt really good to take a break and really focus on being present. 

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{Dairy-Free} Strawberry Milk

Posted February 15, 2017 in Strawberry Milk, Healthy Strawberry Milk, Dairy-Free Strawberry Milk and 2 more


Remember those old school bottles of strawberry flavored milk? 

When I was a kid, I never really thought about the fact that the flavored milk didn't even contain strawberries. So what's in strawberry flavored milk?

High fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial flavors and artificial colors. Gross.

When the BF and I were at a donut shop a few weekends ago, he jokingly grabbed a bottle of strawberry milk out of the cooler. He didn't end up getting it, but I was inspired to create a healthy version of the old school flavored milk. 

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Lavender Kombucha Cocktail

Posted February 14, 2017 in lavender kombucha cocktail, kombucha, champagne cocktail and 3 more


I was recently out for drinks with some girlfriends, and as I looked over the cocktail menu I couldn't find one drink that wasn't a total sugar bomb.

Most cocktails contain sugar in the form of simple syrup or soda or in the form of artificial sweetener in pre-made mixes or diet soda. Not only do these cocktails add tons of extra calories to your diet, but all that sugar will leave you feeling gross.

I love making super simple cocktails at home. I also love using kombucha because it adds some natural sweetness and good-for-you probiotics. 

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Natural remedies for when you're feeling under the weather

Posted February 8, 2017 in natural cold remedies, essential oils, greens and 5 more


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It's been a rough week over here. I'm home from work for a second day this week with a gross cold/sinus thing. 

I can't stop sneezing, my eyes won't stop watering, my head is pounding and I'm just exhausted. 

I actually haven't been sick in over a year! I credit my year of health to the fact that I've been on top of my nutrition game...drinking greens almost every day, staying super hydrated, drinking my antioxidant supplement, taking a daily probiotic and multivitamin (which has an antioxidant-rich spice blend) and drinking all the smoothies. I honestly can't believe I made it through last year - a year with a constantly packed schedule and lots of stress - without getting sick. 

It seems like lots of people have been walking around with some kind of sickness lately, so I thought I would share some of the natural remedies I use when I'm sick...

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Weekend Recap {Feb. 3-5, 2017}

Posted February 6, 2017 in Weekend Recap, coffee, Omaha and 5 more

The BF and I went to Omaha to continue celebrating his birthday. The one thing he wanted to do this year was go to Omaha and go on a record store tour. 

We had a lot of fun, but I woke up feeling really run down today...sore throat, headache, full sinuses. So I'm staying home from work to get some rest. On my agenda today: green smoothie, Netflix, essential oils, green juice, hot tea, a hot bath and cozy pajamas.

But before I get too cozy, I wanted to share some details from our weekend away...

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How to be an activist and practice self-care

Posted February 3, 2017 in self-care, activism, politics and 4 more


How has it only been two weeks since the inauguration? The amount of stress that I've carried has made it feel so much longer!

Just like you, I've been navigating how to keep up with political news while maintaining my own sanity. It's been a challenge and, I admit, the first week wasn't pretty. 

After the Women's March, I was feeling super hopeful and positive, then news came out about a Nebraska fraternity who had yelled absolutely horrific things at women during the march. I read the comments on the news story, and got so fired up by the awful comments. Then for some reason, I watched the documentary "The Hunting Ground," which sent me on a stress spiral. 

This was a major wake up call for me. I knew that I couldn't spend the next four years on this level. I want to be able to be involved and know what's happening in the world, but I'm not willing to sacrifice my own well-being. So I immediately began asking my online community what they had been doing to de-stress and implementing some self-care strategies.

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