SpringTime Smoothies

Spring is the season to feel refreshed. This goes in everything you do, from rearranging your home, to always smelling clean and pretty, to taking care of your body.

And every moment of feeling refreshed deserves the loveliest tasting refreshments: smoothies.

Make these two springtime smoothie recipes from NYC Celebrity Chef, Chef Mark Bailey, and Austin-based healthy cooking school, Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, your daily treat.

 

Sunrise Smoothie

From Chef Mark Bailey.

Sunrise Smoothie

Ingredients:
4 large fresh strawberries, stems removed
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
2 large ripe bananas, peeled
3 tbsp honey
1 cup almond milk
2-3 ice cubes

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth (approx. 2-3 minutes) Pour into glass and serve.

 

Tropical Green Smoothie

From Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts.

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Ingredients:
1/4 – 1/2 fresh pineapple (approximately 2 cups)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango
1/2 small papaya, peeled (about 1 cup)
1 orange peeled, seeds removed
3-5 leaves of kale
1 ripe banana (frozen for creamier texture)
1 teaspoon chlorella powder (optional)
1 teaspoon spirulina powder (optional)
1/4 – 1/2 – inch fresh ginger root
2-3 sprigs fresh mint leaves
2-3 cups of water

Optional Ingredients:
1/2 –1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
1 – 2 teaspoons super foods of your choice

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in high-powered blender and blend.

If using a standard home blender, start out by placing the greens in the blender with water first, then blend on high until liquefied.
Add the remaining ingredients, and water as needed. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Variations:
You may substitute fresh or frozen berries (strawberries or raspberries for pineapple) to make a different variation.
Add super foods like maca, mesquite, goji berries, cacao, ground flax meal, hemp seeds, etc. as desired. Begin by adding any of these in small amounts, increasing gradually as your taste adjusts.
Vary greens, using different types of kale, spinach, wild greens like lambs quarters, napa cabbage, romaine lettuce, cilantro, parsley, celery, etc. Adding extra greens to your smoothie will add minerals and help balance the sweetness of the fruit.

 

 

It’s The Season of Festival Fashion: Channel Celebrity Looks!

It’s the time of the season for loving…music festival fashion!

Celebrities such as Kate Bosworth, Kendall Jenner and Justin Bieber were channeling their inner hippie and hipster grunge styles at Coachella. And now with waterfalls of more music festivals to attend like the Electric Forest Festival and Governor’s Ball, it’s time to channel your favorite celebrity festival looks while being tuned into your budget.

Let’s first channel Kate Bosworth and her beyond gorgeous hairstyle worn at Coachella. It was a braid and bun duo that swarmed media’s attention.

Kate Bosworth Coachella hairstyle
Don’t you feel like being a free spirit beauty now? And the hairstyle is not even hard to do yourself! To replicate Kate’s hair, read these simple steps from Elle Magazine.

Now let’s channel Kendall Jenner and her Coachella outfit. She wore eclectic-patterned, high-waisted bell bottoms paired with an off-the-shoulder white crop top that radiated ease and caught every eye’s attention.

Kendall Jenner Coachella Outfit

To embody Kendall’s look, here are a pair of patterned trousers that you can find at Boohoo.com for only $30.

Festival Trousers

And here is an off-the-shoulder crop top you can find at Misguidedus.com for just $10.

White Festival Crop

If desired, compliment the trousers and crop top with this simply attractive necklace from NewLook.com for just $7.99.

Festival Necklace

There you have it. A celebrity style ensemble for under $50. And when it comes to shoes, slip on a pair of flip flops or be extra bohemian and rock skin, aka your bare feet.

 

Easy DIY Window Treatment Hardware Hack

Great ideas from The Homemade Home on how to make some rustic looking curtain rods. I love the color! And it adds a little flair to the normally unnoticed rods in your home.

 

All you need are copper pipes, measuring tape, and a pipe cutter and you can have your own custom hardware at a fraction of the cost.

According to The Homemade Home,

In the piping section of your home improvement store, grab up a pipe cutter, end caps, brackets, and a pipe {sized in thickness to what you will need.} After you choose your pipe, head over to the window treatments department and grab up some hanging hooks. {make sure the hanging hooks-I guess that’s the right word???-will fit nicely over the pipe. You can always do a rod pocket for your curtains as well.We just like the hooks.}

Deciding where your brackets will go on the wall, eyeball it and screw them onto the wall.  Cut your pipe according to the length you will need. Pipe cutters are simple to work: simply insert the pipe, tighten like a vice, and twist and tighten as you go. Just like above. Turn it until it snaps off at the correct length you need. Then simply slide it into place on the wall.

And depending on what color hooks you want, you can either buy em, or spray paint em!

i LOVE spray paint. Lifesaver.

When they are dry, place them on the rod, cap off the ends with the end caps, and place the panels on the window.

Anyway, happy home renovation, yall!

Driftwood Table Redone!

I love this idea from Flutter Flutter.

She used tongue and groove wooden boards and nailed them to the table. Great way to update a coffee table as well! on the cheap!

 

Table Before & After

FlutterFlutter says this was all done for under $10! Kind of amazing! I’d be a little concerned about splinters and such so would have to probably buy more expensive wood… but still!

 

5 Wellness-Boosting Scents for Your Bedroom

Waking up to fresh scents is the start to a beautiful day. Even more important is waking up to the right scent, one that will help you if you’re in a negative mood, or even if you have health issues.

Whether you use candles, incense, flowers or actual food, you can find a way to incorporate a scent into your bedroom that will enhance your well-being.

Having five different purposes, here are five wellness-boosting scents for your bedroom:

 

  1. Apples alleviate migraines.

The crisp and fruity scent of apples are said to alleviate migraines because of their ability to balance acidic levels in the body. We all know the common saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I guess it made “scents” all along.

Apples, Fruits, Health, Healthy

 

  1. Jasmine eases depression.

Like the way you feel blissful when being surrounded by flowers, the scent of flowers also have happy elixir qualities. Jasmine in particular has a relaxing, flowery scent that helps ease depression.

 

 

  1. Vanilla increases cognitive function.

The incredibly popular flavor of vanilla also has the scent of a genius. The chemical within vanilla (vanilloids) are known to reduce inflammation and increase cognitive function. So next time you have you have to mentally impress, try wearing vanilla perfume, or maybe light some vanilla candles.

 

  1. Cinnamon sharpens memory.

Ahh, cinnamon aromas. It’s no wonder that such a sweet scent helps with memory, because we always remember the scent itself. Along with being a memory booster, cinnamon has countless other health benefits.

Anice, Aromatic, Christmas, Cinnamon, Decoration, Red

 

  1. Lavender helps with sleep.

Studies show that lavender eases anxiety and insomnia. The clean and light scent cools our mind and muscles, preparing us for a better sleep. So in this case, going to sleep and waking up to lavender is in order.