I’m so loving the crop tops, airy knit sweaters, cut off jeans, lace tops, gypsy feeling clothing, florals, prints, boyfriend jeans, tanks and how everything is carelessly put together~it’s summer style on steroids! So gorg and beautiful, the mix of styles, colors and textures! So much inspiration to be worn and oh, so many fun places! Summer = a merge of all things carefree and great.
Give a gift that counts. It should be thoughtful, pretty and make sense. Think about the person you are giving the gift to and ask yourself if, ‘they would like and appreciate it’, if not then go to plan B. When I give teacher/staff gifts I want to say within a maximum budge of $5. We do go in on a ‘class gift’ for the regular teachers, but I like to give to the supporting staff and principals. I start thinking about gift a month before school ends. That way I give myself enough time to shop on a budget.
We tried planting Peppermint seeds, but they didn’t germinate in time, but still made a really fun gift to give. I found these pops just as they are at “The Christmas Tree Shop” for $3.99. I wrote “thank you” myself, added tissue & used a close pin for the tea bag.
Colorful tissue adds interested to the gift.
I like to use baskets to deliver gifts with the boys in school.
I found they great peanut shaped ‘Inspire’ dishes at Micheal’s for $1.99.
Collect all your items then figure out the best ways to put everything together. I like the give to be on display and not in a gift bag. Gift bags are expensive and I’ve found you don’t need them if you have tissue paper and ribbon!
I picked this canister up at Micheal’s for $2.99, added Red Sox peanuts for $1.99 and wrote “thanks for being our Healthy Nut”. This was for the Gym teacher!
I had already had tissue paper, “thank you” stickers and ribbon on hand, making this an easy gift to put together.
I picked up some of these bath goods at the local grocery store for $1.99 and the soap was on clearance at Micheal’s for $1.00.
I used tissue, ribbon and a sticker to put the gift together.
On some I cut out paper and used double stick tape to attach to the ribbon.
Just use what you have!
In a nutshell, my juice cleanse went better and was easier than I expected. When I researched juicing, most of the cleanses were 3 days. My goal was 5 days and I ended up strictly drinking freshly pressed juice, water with lemon and herbal tea for 4 days. I learned a lot about myself and broke some habits.
My four day lowdown:
Before the fast:
I cut out meats, fried food and sweets a couple days before.
9am Hot water with lemon, 10am-7pm I drank 6 oz of fresh juice every three hours. In between, I drank plenty of water and herbal tea. Surprisingly, I never felt hungry but I did feel unsatisfied and had cravings. What I loved about drinking just liquids is that I never had crashes or highs~ I always felt even. No carb or sugar crashes! I love having 1-3 cups of coffee every morning and really enjoy the smell, but for some reason I never smelled it and still don’t now! My intention was to fast for a full 5 days, but I found since I work out daily that I was getting hungry for more at the end of day 3. That evening I did have my juice and 1/4 of organic sweet potato with olive oil. The evening of day 4 I ate a sweet potato and homemade guacamole with tortilla chips (which I craved!). I like the corn one. I also make slow cooked brown rice and had a couple of bites.
Day 5 I drank fresh juice in the morning and ate raw veggies and fruits for snacks and a salad for lunch. For dinner my husband make homemade pizza and I had mine with cheese and fresh sliced tomatoes. Day 6 ate simply but attending a party and enjoyed two homemade chicken nuggets and my wild rice salad and other salads.
After the fast:
Never felt better! My stomach aces are gone. I’m off caffeine, excedrin, sugar, mostly dairy and gluten. I honestly am not smelling coffee any longer or even crave it. I’ve replaced most of my carbohydrate items with rice or gluten free foods. Don’t get me wrong- if there’s something fabulous to eat I will have a small portion. I’m really craving my juice, so a couple days a week I have one!
What I juiced:
I’m a throw it all in gal! Must be all Organic & washed well before you place into your juicer and DRINK IMMEDIATELY. When you store any left over juice for the day, place in a thermos or jar with very little air on top in a brown paper bag. Light is not our friend with juice- diminishes the nutrients.
Morning 6oz- whole pear, apple, cucumber, 2 sticks celery, 2 carrots, inch of ginger, half a lime or lemon and the best, spearmint or peppermint!
1:00, 4:00 & 7:00, 6oz.- whole apple, cucumber, 4 sticks celery, 4 carrots, inch or two of ginger, lime or lemon, chunk of fennel ball, couple pieces of garlic, chunk of sweet potato, banana, orange, red pepper, shallot, baby kale, spinach, parsley and more!!
I don’t weigh myself but I did notice my clothes feeling looser and lost my lower belly tube. Overall, this was the perfect thing to do to feel better, look better and just in time for summer!
I believe beauty starts on the inside. Taking care of myself is very important to me and I know you eventually see the benefits on the outside. Not only do I exercise, drink plenty of water and sleep well, I practice meditation and sometimes cleanse by body. I know it seems a bit much, but with everything we put our bodies I find it to be a meaningful exercise. The benefits of cleansing can be found on several sites, but here are some that I found to be helpful, Dr. Oz and Ezine Articles.
A year ago, I started focusing on my skin and wash my face every night and morning and pay close attention to wearing sunscreen. I’ve always worked out a couple day’s a week and would try to squeeze in a walk here an there, but something switched in me and I decided it was time to go for it and in October I started working out 5 days a week and on the other days make sure to get a walk in. It’s been 9 months and am hooked.
The more you work on your body the better you eat! I’m happy with what I’m eating but am ready to detox my body. It is hard, but I really want to do it. I love the mental challenge and interested to see what happens with my body.
I don’t normally share photos of my body, but for this purpose, I think it’s helpful to see the before and after photos. I’ll journal and post my process of the next 5 days of my Juice Cleanse. Oh and I know, I’m skinny and I don’t need to loose weight, that’s not what this is about. It’s more about the benefits of the cleanse and it just so happens that loosing weight is a side affect, but for me I’m going to continue working out and having SO many veggies that I’ll be getting everything I need! ~XX
I joined the “Salonista Style” team a few weeks ago and was able to wear this AMAZINGLY flattering dress for the studio opening. What I love about it that it’s white, classy and sexy. The zippers in gold add interest in all the right places, enhancing the cut of the dress.
The Beauty comes in three colors- black, red and white, S/M/L and is $60. To see more fabulous dresses and more from the Salonista Style shop go to http://instagram.com/salonistastyle.
I do love attending charity events and recently attended the annual Wentworth by the Sea Crossroads gala. I don’t like keeping my look the same and enjoy experimenting with new hair and make up styles. My beaded dress felt appropriate for a Spring event by the water. It was on the shorter side, white and the beads are stitched in a slight chevron style. The shoes stood out and I wanted them to have that bootie feel. When I think of spring make up on my olive complexion I think of bright pink. My toes and fingers along with my lips were covered in a deep pink color. I layered on two long necklaces to give a flapper feel. My hair dresser felt that I needed some pretty bling in my hair, so we stuck with a silvery sparkly flower.
Dress by Parker, shoes by Guess, necklace by Chanel and hair by Salon Sabeha