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4 Ways To Create More Meaningful Friendships

Guess what? Today is Francesca’s birthday!!! In honor of my nearest and dearest’s special day, I thought I would discuss the importance of creating meaningful friendships.

You know what I mean by meaningful, right? Meaningful friendships > “bar buddies” or girlfriends/guy friends you like to party with (don’t get me wrong, we like to do that from time to time). These are the friendships that truly understand and nourish you to the very core. They replenish and rejuvenate instead of deplete energy. What a rare and beautiful gift….

It takes effort to create and sustain these friendships as we get older and become increasingly absorbed in our work, marriages, children, etc. But, it sure is worth it! Below you will find several tips to establish new, meaningful friendships OR deepen those that already exist.

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1. Keep it real: If I could only choose one piece of advice, it would be this: KEEP IT REAL! In other words, bag the bull#$%*. A true friend knows when something isn’t right, so why hide it? It’s ok to not be in a good place and it’s ok to speak the truth about what’s bothering you. Trouble in paradise? Work drama getting your down? That’s life. If you keep it real with your buddies, you stand a better chance of deepening your relationship.

2. Engage in text and phone free activities: Yea, you heard me. Turn those cellular devices off and get moving! Try taking a yoga class together, meet for a hike in the park, share a cup of joe/glass of wine, etc. Face-to-face time is extremely important, especially for long distance friendships! Make time for each other and you won’t be disappointed.  Continue reading

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5 Favorite Fitness Apps

I don’t know about you, but I love technology!  Why?  Well because it has never been easier to get fit and stay healthy.  These useful apps track progress and help with accountability.  They also serve as pocket personal trainers for days when you can’t make it to a gym.  

Here are the 5 fitness apps that keep me moving. Give them a try and let me know if you love them too.  Happy exercising, my fit friends!

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{Shoutout Sunday} Celebrate Your Twenties

“Your 20’s are your ‘selfish’ years. It’s a decade to immerse yourself in every single thing possible. Be selfish with your time, and all the aspects of you. Tinker with shit, travel, explore, love a lot, love a little, and never touch the ground.” – Kyoko Escamilla

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Our week in recap:

Visited a local farmer’s market.

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Orzo Salad With Grilled Peaches, Feta & Basil

This recipe is officially my new, favorite summer dish! The sweetness of the grilled peaches combined with the savory feta and orzo, make for a healthy, satisfying, vegetarian dish. Serve this at your next outdoor party/barbecue and your guests will be blown away!

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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 ripe peaches
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 lb. orzo
  • 1 1/2 cup feta
  • 1 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt/pepper

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The Art of Chakra Balancing

Chakras are defined as concentrated points of energy within the human body which keep us healthy and in balance with the world around us. According to ancient traditions, there are 7 major chakras or energy centers in our body, each corresponding to a particular color-coded vibrational frequency in the universe. These frequencies influence everything from our physical to emotional and spiritual well-being.

Many health gurus around the world believe that our overall health and well-being is directly related to the proper alignment of our chakras. That’s some serious s#@&! It is thought that when our chakras are aligned with the universal flow of energy, we are in perfect balance.

So, how do we know if we are in perfect alignment with the universe? Well for starters, most of us usually have room for improvement.

Below, you will find the basics of each chakra, how to determine which ones are out of balance, and tips to realign the chakras to restore the proper flow of energy to body, mind and spirit!

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1. Root Chakra: Career, money mindset and sense of belonging

  • Location: the base of the spine
  • Your crown chakra may be weak if: you feel a general lack of physical energy and vitality, you are stuck in an unfulfilling career, or struggle with adrenal fatigue or immune disorders.
  • How to restore balance: Physical exercise and proper sleep, red foods and teas (beets and pomegranates), red gemstones (ruby and garnet), and using red oils/flowers such as ylang ylang and sandalwood.

2. Sacral Chakra: Sexuality and pleasure

  • Location: lower abdomen (~2 inches below the navel)
  • Your sacral chakra may be weak if: you find it difficult to open up in relationships, or rarely have the time or desire to have sex.
  • How to restore balance: Spend time in water (lakes, hot springs, swimming pools ), orange foods (carrots and oranges), orange gemstones (citrine and topaz), and orange essential oils.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra: Personal power and ability to channel

  • Location: upper abdomen
  • Your solar plexus chakra may be weak if: you struggle with low self-esteem, feel powerless, you feel like a victim in the world, or if you regularly experience anxiety or stomach pains.
  • How to restore balance: Exercise the mind (read books, do puzzles), spend time in the sun, yellow foods and teas (squash and chamomile), yellow gemstones (agate and tourmaline), and yellow essential oils (lemon or rosemary).

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Kalamata Olive Hummus

When one eats hummus as frequently as I do, it is important to switch up the flavors from time to time! It is my go-to snack, party appetizer, sandwich spread, and sometimes even breakfast. I know, I’m weird.

This particular variation was inspired by my love for olives + hummus. Sabra does an Olive Tapenade Hummus that is amazing, but I can never find it anywhere. Therefore, I took matters into my own hands and whipped up this tasty version. It is earthy, rich and pairs great with raw veggies or tortilla chips.

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Ingredients:

  • 2- 15 oz. cans organic garbanzo beans
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  •  Juice of 4 lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup kalamata olives
  • salt/pepper to taste

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{Recipe Redux} Boozy Chocolate + Peanut Butter Berries

Ready for some strawberries with a twist?…Finally I’ve figured out how to combine my two favorite things – booze + healthy dessert.

This month’s Recipe Redux prompt:

“From plain Jane vanilla extract to fancy-pants elderflower liqueur, we like to keep a little liquor in the kitchen. Show us how you like to cook, bake or mix-it-up with spirits, extracts and other alcohols. A splash of vodka makes summer sauces shine – and liqueurs brighten desserts: What’s your healthy recipe with spirit?”Boozy Berries

When I first got the theme news, it occurred to me that I rarely cook/bake with alcohol- I prefer to just drink it ;) But, here I was in charge of chocolate covered strawberries for a family party this past weekend and thought what the heck?- let’s spike things up a bit.  WOW- did it work!  Continue reading

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