the big two-seven… from l.a.!
i am beyond happy to be able to say that today’s post is coming to you from warm and sunny and perfect l.a.! i’m out here visiting friends and celebrating my birthday and i could not be more excited to be turning 27 here.
ever since the days of the o.c. [zero shame, and if someone wants to get me a birthday gift i would love this shirt], california has always intrigued me and as i’ve gotten older, my obsession has only grown. the lifestyle, the mindset, the scenery, the weather. california has a certain vibe to it that i haven’t felt anywhere else. this is my fourth trip out here in the last year and i have to say, i often ask myself what the eff i’m doing in new york…
… anyways! i’ll be sure to do some recap posts of my trip for you guys over the next week or so, but make sure you’re following me on social media [instagram | twitter | facebook] so you can see what i’m up to in the meantime! [spoiler alert: palm tree/beach/ocean/sky pictures and, most importantly, a lot of #eatingfortheinsta posts to follow.]
enough about that… let’s talk about 27 for a minute. twenty-seven. two. seven. twenty. effing. seven. how did this happen?!
i really feel like this number has snuck up on me because i truly do not feel like a 27 year old… and i’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a sign that i seriously need to get my act together. we’ve heard the old adage “age is just a number” hundreds of times and i always roll my eyes when someone says this to me, but right now, i can actually say that i agree with this.
i’m in my late twenties now? excuse me… what? when did that happen? how did that happen? i think the fact that i even have to ask these questions is proof enough that age doesn’t define you. it’s just a number and you are only as old as you feel. so like… 27? no big deal… right?
in the spirit of turning the big two-seven and officially leaving my mid-twenties behind, here are 27 things i’ve learned while being alive on this planet, in no particular order. some big, some small. some funny, some serious. all important. none to do with food/fitness/wellness/crunchy hippie sh*t.
- taking yourself seriously is a waste of time.
- there is no point in not saying how you feel or what’s on your mind.
- change is scary, but 100% necessary if you want to move forward.
- you’re never too old to take a nap.
- there is absolutely no avoiding the kardashians and we might as well just get used to them.
- it’s okay to change your mind.
- there’s a lot of power in doing. effing. less.
- the best cure for a hangover is netflix and seamless. Or another drink.
- it’s okay to take a sick day [even when you aren’t sick].
- trying to hold onto your pride is stupid. no one wins. not even you.
- the best thing you can spend your money on is experiences, not things.
- dogs are better than humans.
- math is, and always will be really, really hard.
- you can’t change the weather [but you can change your location, which in a way can change the weather].
- if your phone battery dies you will not, i repeat, you will not die with it.
- you get 24 hours to totally lose your sh*t and cry/mope/kick/scream/break things over a guy/girl. after that, you pick up and move on with your life. [thanks for this one, mom!]
- if you can’t find a little humor in bad situations they will only be that much worse.
- fuck the scale. that bitch is a liar. [still working on this one.]
- your real friends will be your friends no matter where you’re located geographically.
- if you don’t know, just ask.
- perfection is not a real thing. unless we’re talking about beyoncé. she might be perfect.
- if you really have to talk yourself into something you probably shouldn’t be doing it.
- no matter how sh*tty your situation is, it will get better.
- when you know, you know.
- “family is most important.”
- sometimes it feels good to just kinda wing it.
- if you don’t do it now, you never will.
there you have it. BRING IT ON TWENTY-SEVEN. i’m ready for ya!
zucchini noodles with creamy red pepper sauce + kale
okay. first thing’s first: go out and buy a veggetti. not only will it make this recipe 100x easier for you, but you’ll become addicted and want to start spiralizing everything. seriously, trust me on this one.
needless to say, this recipe is for zucchini noodles. i’m obsessed with these things for a few reasons… and those reasons are a] they’re effing good and b] they’re easy to make. this recipe only takes about 20-30 minutes to whip up from start to finish. that includes prep and cook time. the measurements below make about two servings. you will need:
… for the sauce:
- 8 oz. [approx.] of fire roasted red peppers [the kind that come in a jar], sliced in quarters lengthwise
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 2 oz. soft, plain goat cheese
- 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
- 4-5 fresh basil leaves
- salt + pepper to taste
… and for the zucchini noodles/kale:
- 2 medium zucchinis, spiralized or very thinly sliced
- 1 c. fresh kale, chopped
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
1. place all of the ingredients for the sauce into a food processor [a blender also works] and purée until relatively smooth [about 2-3 minutes].
2. transfer the sauce mixture into a small saucepan and cook over medium heat.
3. once the sauce has heated [but isn’t boiling], transfer it back into the food processor and purée again to smooth out any lumps [another 2-3 minutes]. set aside.
4. place the spiralized [or sliced] zucchini, chopped kale and coconut oil in a medium saucepan and mix it all up while cooking over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
5. in a serving bowl, combine the sauce and zucchini noodles together.
6. serve hot [you can garnish each serving with a few fresh basil leaves] and enjoy!
motivation mondays: week 32
wow. monday already?! groan.
i spent last week nursing a serious cold and even though i felt like i was super busy, i made the necessary adjustments to my schedule to really just focus on me and getting better. at the beginning of the week, i had my schedule booked before and after work every. single. day. i cancelled plans [which i hate doing] and listened to what my body was asking for… some serious r+r. i stayed in and went to bed before 10:30pm both friday and saturday nights [sometimes this is so nice to do even when you aren’t sick, just fyi… or maybe this is just my **almost** 27 year old self really growing into her age, who knows] and yesterday i did the 5 boro bike tour. so, i went from literally doing nothing all week to just casually riding a bike for 40 miles through all five boroughs of new york city… nbd.
i’ve known about the bike tour since i first moved to new york almost five years ago, but never signed up since, you know, i don’t even own an effing bike. this year, a few friends were talking about doing it, so i figured, “why not! i’ll figure out the bike thing later!” [this is such a me thing to do, by the way.] i scrambled to find a bike, but needless to say, it all worked out and we all successfully finished the tour [i wasn’t doing this to race or beat a time, i literally just wanted to be able to say i did it] and followed it up with some well-deserved mexican food and margaritas [naturally]. here i am pre-race [editor’s note: after picture not provided for good reason]!
needless to say, today i’m completely exhausted and feeling like i got run over by a truck, but it was a gorgeous day and i’ve been wanting to check this off of my new york bucket list for years… it was an experience i will never forget… and one that i will never subject myself to again.
so, motivation mondays! we meet again!
this one is pretty relevant to my life right now, especially considering how last week went for me. how often do you find yourself so booked up… between work, working out, meeting up with friends, running errands… that you don’t have more than maybe an hour each day to actually just relax and unwind? for me, this is what the past three months of my life have looked like, especially when yoga teacher training was a part of the equation.
last week, i came down with a cold, was forced to take a sick day, cancel most of the plans i had for the week and just chill the eff out. the idea and the actual act of doing this seriously stressed me out. the thought of going straight home from work with no plans almost every day of the week is such a foreign concept to me at this point that i really didn’t know what i was supposed to be doing with my time, but you know what? it felt damn good.
a lot of people, especially here in new york, define their importance and success on how busy they are. scheduling time to get dinner and drinks with a friend can take weeks when two schedules need to be worked around, and honestly, while i love being busy and having things to do and look forward to, last week taught me that putting some time aside for myself is not only okay, but necessary. i almost feel like i got sick in the first place because my body was trying to tell me to slow the eff down.
i want everyone to remember that it’s okay to not have 1,000 things to do all of the time. it doesn’t mean that you aren’t successful or that you’re failing, it just means that you respect yourself enough to say no and breathe every once in a while. make time for what’s really important and if you’ve scheduled something that you really could just do without, don’t do it. give it a try this week and let me know how it goes, i always love hearing from you guys!
and what would motivation mondays be without some links to get your week started?
1) i posted this article about taking the leap on facebook last week and wanted to share it here again because it was just. that. good.
2) i’ve got another post on living body wellness this week! need 5 quick ways to healthify your life? look no further!
3) and honestly, i spit my coffee all over the place when i saw this.
have an amazing week everyone! check back on wednesday for a healthy recipe you can whip up for dinner this week… and on friday bananas + bellinis will be coming to you from warm and sunny l.a.!
class review: peloton cycle
let me just start this post, a review of a spinning studio, by being 100% honest with you: i absolutely hate spinning. like, seriously, hate it like i hate no other form of working out. my friends and i still joke about the first time i ever tried soulcycle because i was just that miserable. i don’t know what it is, but i just can’t seem to get down with spinning.
now, with that being said, since my first trip to soulcycle, i have, oh, i don’t know, come to terms with the idea of spinning in the sense that a] i sweat a sh*t load, b] it’s challenging [both physically and mentally, at least for myself] and c] it’s a good way to switch my workout routine up here and there. i’ve pushed myself to attend a handful of spin classes at various studios and i’m at a point where i can handle it in small doses.
about a month or so ago, my roommate invited me to check out a beyoncé ride with her at peloton cycle here in nw york. as you know from my first class review, i’ll sign up for any workout that is beyoncé themed and i figured that even though i’m not into spinning, the music would get me through the ride.
… and i was correct! the instructor, cody, was energetic, funny and kept it positive and light-hearted… and obviously the music was ***flawless. i even enjoyed myself enough to book another class the following week [it was also free soooo]. same instructor only this time nicki minaj themed. again, really fun and definitely a challenge.
i do need to mention that i did take one other class… a 7am-er with a different instructor last week… and let’s just say, even though the theme was jay-z vs. kanye… i still hated it. i’ll go ahead and behonest here: the instructor’s style was not doing it for me. she gave really confusing instructions, made strange noises and by the end of the class i was literally just making sh*t up and doing my own thing. after that class, i think it’s safe to say that it will be a few months before I’m setting foot in a spin class again.
so, what’s the verdict?
3/5 bananas for peloton cycle!
here’s the thing with peloton: if spinning is your thing, definitely get to a class. your first class is full price [$30] but when you check-in they will credit your account for one free ride, meaning that your first two classes are only $15 each. if you feel the way i do about spinning, make sure you take a class with a theme you’ll enjoy [and take a class with cody, you will love him].
another thing to note: the space is amazing and has a community feel. it’s super modern and fun, with a lounge, smoothie bar and really nice, clean locker rooms with all the amenities you could ask for [although the line for the showers after class is ridiculous].
finally, peloton could have earned a 4th banana [even from me] if they bumped the music a little louder during class… i like my music effing loud.
what class should i be heading to next?! i’ll be in l.a. next weekend celebrating my birthday and will definitely be trying out some classes there… any recommendations? share them in the comments below!
image courtesy of peloton
healthy lifestyle staples: apple cider vinegar
the healthy lifestyle staples series is my chance to let all of you in on all of the healthy products that i cannot live without and always keep on hand. from reusable water bottles to tongue scrapers to hot lemon water, there are quite a few things that i rely on to make my life easier and healthier on a regular basis…. and as the list continues to grow, i want to make sure I’m keeping all of you in the loop! today, i’m bringing you the low down on apple cider vinegar and why it’s one of the staples in my arsenal of healthy products.
apple cider vinegar is one of those products, much like coconut oil, that has more uses than i can even begin to list here. among those ways, it can do many things from balancing your body’s pH to disinfecting surfaces in your home and it works wonders on your hair and skin. here are 5 simple ways that i use apple cider vinegar on a day-to-day basis that you can start doing right away:
- as an all-natural toner: apple cider vinegar is great for balancing your skin’s pH and evening out your skin tone naturally. because it’s rather strong, you should always dilute it with water before applying it directly to your face. i make my own apple cider vinegar toner [recipe here] and use this as a part of my morning and evening skincare routine every. single. day.
- as a hair rinse: dilute some apple cider vinegar with water [i usually do about 1 part apple cider vinegar to 10 parts water] and pour it over your hair immediately after shampooing and conditioning. it will strip any leftover residue from your locks and leave them silkier and shinier than you can even imagine… just be careful to not get any in your eyes!
- to detoxify your body: every single morning, without fail, i always drink a cup of hot lemon water with cayenne pepper, turmeric and a cap-full of apple cider vinegar [recipe here]. while balancing your body’s internal pH, apple cider vinegar has also been shown to help stimulate the lymphatic system, clear out sinus congestion and detoxify the liver. getting all of these benefits is as easy as adding a tablespoon to the first glass of water you drink each day.
- to clean your home: apple cider vinegar can replace quite a few household cleaners, which not only reduces the amount of chemicals you are exposed to on a daily basis, but will help you save a little money [and space!], too. mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water to make an all-natural cleaner [you can mix the two together in a spray bottle to make it easier to use] that can be used on sinks, stoves, ovens, countertops and even your bathtub/shower.
- as a mouthwash: apple cider vinegar can brighten those pearly whites and fight bad breath. gargle a mixture of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water before brushing your teeth once a day [i do this in the evening since i usually oil pull in the morning].
bonus tip! another way to sneak some apple cider vinegar into your diet is by using a teaspoon or so as a salad dressing along with a little olive oil… yum.
you can purchase apple cider vinegar at just about any grocery store these days, but i highly recommend buying a raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized version, such as bragg’s.
do you have any other ways of using apple cider vinegar in your every day life? share in the comments below!
image courtesy of wikihow
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