Jun 6, 2013

I'VE MOVED.

I've made the switch...to wordpress, blogger's older & more serious cousin.

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May 29, 2013

beach babe recap & homemade face scrub

You know the animal, the lobster? 
Ya, I'm that that in human form - my whole backside was burnt to a crisp during my weekend away at the beach. 

I was trying to act like a big shot and tell the sun where to shine being that I've been living in NZ where the sun is extra harsh. 
Apparently they have a hole in their o-zone layer. 

When I first moved to NZ, I thought, "Oh I'm from California, I can handle this...psh whimps" 
I learned that sun lesson the hard way - a lot like I did this past weekend in Aptos.

Moral of the story?
Sunscreen.
Apply it.

It was a fabulous weekend with my sisters, mom, and gma. It's rare for all four of us sisters to be in one state, let alone the same country so we were stoked to just hang and chat.


I uploaded a new frank friday video while I was on vacation as well - check it out below. A vacation within a vacation? Let's go with it. Be sure to check out my vacay healthy tips here too.


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Other than frying, laughing, & uploading I also made a natural face scrub with some basic ingredients from my kitchen. My skin has been going mental lately with all the traveling annnd lack of water (oops) so my face was in need of some extra attention!


1/2 cup water
1- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp olive oil

I have to be honest I was a bit apprehensive to put oil on my face due to all the recent breakouts, but my face was also really dry from over-washing. 

The vinegar helped with the breakouts, the sugar was a great gentle exfoliate, & the olive oil really gave my skin the moisture it was needed.

Let me know if you try it!







May 23, 2013

humpday haha: 5 Types of Festival People



Why hello there!

New to the site?
Start here.

Have you ever been to a music festival? 
Next time you go, keep en eye out for these types of people you might see.

Any ring a bell for you?
What's your type?

May 22, 2013

tips for keeping healthy on vacation


So you're on vacation - drinks are flowing, laughs are happenin, food is being served - life is GOOD. 

I'm currently in California for a month with my family, that's a lonnggg time to be on holiday so let's be real I need some consistency, some routine, and some healthy habits to stay on track during this month long bliss. Here I will share with you mine.

Tips for Staying Healthy on Vacation

Keep a routine.
I used to think it was annoying when people had a, "routine" but having a routine actually reduces stress, starts your day off positivity and gives you time to prepare for a great day. 

Leo from Zen Habits writes a fabulous article on benefits of an early routine in his post: 

Drink Water
It's simple, but effective, so take like Nike and 
'Just Do It.'

You need to keep this in mind when you're on vacation cause it's easy to forget with all the extra eating and drinking. Keeps ya regularrrr....there I said it.

Get Active
You've got extra time, and that extra time should be spend on YOU. Enjoy a new fitness adventure you've always wanted to try, check out a new yoga studio you've never been too. Most places offer a free first class trial, all you need to do is ask!

Today I enjoyed a free first class from The Village Yoda Center in Modesto
I've been going to a lot of different yoga classes lately so it was nice to see one of the types of style Modesto has to offer.

If you don't have a gym close to you, you can always go for a walk. 
Walking around the mall counts too....HEY some malls are really BIG!

Create Vacation Goals
Now, when I say goals this is going to mean something different for everyone. For me my vacation goals include things like RELAX - read, meditate, sleep in, etc.

Yes, I need those reminders. 
Whatever you don't do during a normal work week but have always wanted to do - focus on that!

Do something special just for you. 

It's like going out to dinner to a restaurant, get something you wouldn't normally make on your own....
it's that kinda goal. 

Food Prep
For me the hardest meal are lunches - usually because I'm busy...."relaxing" and don't eat when I first feel hungry. I usually think, "No worries, I will eat later...." When later comes around I find myself starving and eating more than I really need. 

Having healthy food ready to go fixes that problem with no worries!

Today I did a mini prep for my next few lunches:


We all deserve a good massage once in a while, kale included.

Here are some great posts on Massaged Kale if you are interested in trying/creating/eating:

For the Love of Food Blog - Easy 'How-To' with only 4 Ingredients

One of my favorite, most rad, Vegan blogs shares two of her fav. massaged kale recipes in her post

I also made, as Laura would say, Strange But Good food creation:
a tofu pepper lime sauté!

Simply dice up some bell pepper - cube up tofu - sauté in red wine vinegar & lime juice w/ a dash of italian seasoning.
BOOM BABY!

Experiment with different ingredients and flavors, chances are you will find something delicious! 
Either that or it will be one hell of a story, and we know Jess likes the laughs!

Avoid Temptations
 You know YOU the best, so do what works for you. 
For me, some things that helped were to: organize the fridge, placing my food in a certain area so I wasn't distracted by all the goodies in mom and dad's fridge. 

I went shopping at a local farmers market, Sprouts. It was like a giant Trader Joe's, I was in heaven with all the clean eating choices. From vegetarian food, to healthy snack food, flavors of milk, yogurt, etc. etc. 

H E A V E N people. 

I was able to get some of my daily 'go-to's' and try some other health foods I've been waiting to get my hands on.Living in New Zealand there aren't always the widest selection of food.

I love exploring health food stores though, 
if it's not your thing, go in with a list - conquer - and bounce.

What are some of your healthy vacation habits?