5 Ways to be More Active

The sun is shining, the sky is blue, the birds are chirping, and everything is starting to turn colorful again. THANK GOD. Although I wish I wouldn't, I always go into hibernation-mode during winter and spend much less time outside than what's ideal. I just despise the cold. I can't bring myself to walk or run in below-freezing temperatures. I have no interest in cold fingers, feet, ears, or anything for that matter. But thankfully, now we don't have to freeze! Spring has sprung here in Massachusetts and I look forward to spending as much time as I can out enjoying the fresh air. Out of hibernation and into the sun!

walks turn into runs with this little man

A New Beginning + the Importance of a Thank You

Hello, hello! I've got something fun to share today, both a product and personal news and both of which correspond. How fun?!

BOOKWORM - Recent Books I've Read

I'm not sure why it is, but I've been so invested in reading/books lately. I love to bike to the library, I love to read in my free time, and I love to discover new books to add to my bookshelf. Reading, for me, feels like it's the best way to learn, relax, and stay occupied all at once. When the weather gets warmer and there's the transition from winter to spring, nothing sounds nicer than sitting out on the porch with some coffee and a good book... that's my ideal spring morning :)

This book - not so good. It was kind of hard to follow and the ending wasn't worth the read. In my opinion!

Iced Matcha Latte

It just so worked out that I had this post planned for the day after St. Patrick's Day - what a perfect occasion to share this green drink! For those of you that don't know what matcha is, it's finely ground green tea leaves. I was asked by my sweet friend Katelyn what it tastes like and to tell you the truth, I have no idea ;) I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's so yummy and not much like regular green tea (it's much sweeter). I think most people like to serve their matcha lattes hot, but I've always had mine cold and love it. Maybe someday I'll go out of my bubble and try it warm... someday.

Of the many foodies and health gurus I follow, I don't think I've ever seen people make their matcha alike. This person adds cinnamon, this person puts it in a blender, this person uses a frother, you name it. So, I thought it would be fun to share how I make mine! I hope you like it + give it a try!

My Health Shelf

Hello, hello! After a much-needed, incredibly relaxing, absolutely perfect 2-week vacation in Florida, I'm the happiest camper around. It was suchhh a great time and was so nice to rest, recharge, and get a break from the hustle and bustle at home. I was hoping to get a post up while I was away, but family time always came first, so I never got around to it - and I'm 100% okay with that. However, my creative juices were flowing and I have a few good ideas for content to come!

On a side note, I've gathered all of my favorite products that I find so cool and put together my own little natural remedies shelf. It's become my favorite part of my room: my shelf with the BIGGEST green plant and all of my fun little gadgets inside! One thing I really enjoy is researching natural medicine, how diet affects us as people, and keeping up to date on all the latest trends in healthcare. I find it so interesting how the body works and how we can use outside substances (like the ones I have) to heal things internally. I always keep my opinions and ideas open and never turn down a good health-related article or podcast. My goal is to be as educated as possible about achieving optimum health by knowing what I need that my body doesn't already produce/supply. Take collagen, for example. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body that keeps our hair, joints, skin, and nails healthy. Our bodies supply us with this protein, but in fewer and fewer amounts when we become older or exercise strenuously. After I dug a little deeper into the benefits of collagen, I now take it every day and swear by it. I know there are so many new items out there that I'm unaware of, but I'm grateful and happy with everything I have now! So, here's a peek into my growing little shelf that's been doing the trick for me for quite a while now!

New Habits + Gradual Change

This time of year is always full of so much potential for so many people - resolutions, goals, reflecting on past achievements. I like change + even more so a challenge, so I was so tempted to set some crazy goal and try to get it done by the end of January. (Mind you, I didn't know what it was going to be because I never got that far.) I reread last-years blog post about how much I resent New Year's resolutions and decided to squash that whole idea. I've made good progress since last year and I don't think I need an unrealistic, crazy "challenge" for January to "kick me into gear" (another buzzword I've been hearing a lot lately; you're probably not being as lazy as you think you are, so chill and just make gradual changes!) A few days ago, I was looking through my bullet journal and stumbled across a half-finished page and immediately knew what today's post was going to be about. The page was titled "make it a habit" and I thought, especially being around resolution-time-of-year, this post seemed so fitting.

The Most Important Lessons I Learned in 2018

Happy (almost) 2019! It seems crazy to me that it's already almost January of the new year... I feel like just yesterday I was at the beach during the summer. If you've been following along since last year, you know I'm not the biggest fan of New Year's Resolutions. Only 8% of people stick to their fitness resolutions and I'm sure the numbers aren't much higher for anything else - I feel like it's almost a broken promise to yourself or to others that leads you to be even more discouraged. If you were to ask me, I'd say that every day when you wake up you need to decide what you want to change and what your priorities are and get whatever that is done, no matter how far into the year it is. That being said, I do always reflect on the past year and look back at all that I've learned after the Christmas festivities are over. I think it's safe to say that this year was full of lessons that were learned as a result of both positive and negative experiences, and I'm grateful for all of them. 

pure happiness with 3 of my favorite things - ice cream, my puppy, and my little sister