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So I haven’t been around for the last few days. I caught a cold over the weekend and ended up just relaxing for the rest of it. However, I did work on finding a few things I will share over the next few days!

I decided to cure my cold by resting a lot and drinking plenty of tea! Here is so information I found about sleep and tea that I thought I would share with you.

Here is a list of great sleep improvement tips

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Here are 8 reasons to love drinking tea and give up coffee

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I also took the time to read a lot about Ayurveda. I’ve always been fascinated by all the information it has to offer. I initially started reading about it when I started doing yoga. Although I think that a lot of Ayurvedic foods and daily routines are very different from the way we live in the Western part of the world I still think there is a lot of information to be considered. They suggest a lot of homeopathic and natural replacements for many of the things we seek medication for. They also believe that people are made up of a combination of three Doshas (Vata, Pita and Kapha). I completed a quiz, which told me I am a Vata-Pita. I sought out to find simple ways to incorporate Ayurvedic practices into our daily lives and came up with a few tidbits.

For better skin

15 simple ways to live an Ayurvedic life (The honey water looks pretty simple and quick!)

Know your stress type

Dosha Quiz

 

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Hump Day Inspiration

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Where I want to be right now. Somewhere in St. Lucia

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Enourmous Peony I picked from my garden

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Necessary quote for the day

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What I want to be drinking right now! Quick and easy recipe here.

This Weekend

This weekend was a long weekend (woohoo). Having Monday off is always appreciated and allows you to get some more time off to do what you love.

This weekend was spent catching up with a few friends, reading, baking and relaxing.

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Enjoyed this breakfast on the porch this morning. It includes the muffins I made Saturday night. Delicious and filling!! Click here for the banana oat muffin recipe.

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Picked up from froyo to beat the heat. Vanilla with strawberries and peanut butter crunch! My favorite summer snack. What’s your go-to summer snack?

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Going along with my goal to eat more veggies, I prepared this plate for lunch with some dip.

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Little quote I came across. It’s now the background on my phone so that I can always be reminded to enjoy the moment.  Most of us spend our days thinking about yesterday and tomorrow, we can’t forget about today!

Here are couple of interesting links I found:

How to sleep better

9 last minute dinner ideas

Love this summer manicure video

Love this beach style

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This Summer

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Working full-time this summer I feel like the days are just passing me by. I’ve gotten into a routine and seem to be forgetting about all the things I had been wanting to do this summer. So I thought I would make a list of them here. It’s always hard when you don’t have a lot of time so whenever it comes to goals I feel like it’s always easier to come up with a very specific few that way you have more of a chance of actually doing them.

1) Take a Cooking Class

I’d like to explore a new kind of food such as Indian, Mediterranean, Thai, Mexican, etc. Hopefully I will be able to find a decent cooking class in my area. Otherwise, I will have to be taking some lessons from my mother! The woman is able to cook just about any kind of food you can think of.

2) Plan a picnic

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I’ve always wanted to organize a picnic with my girlfriends. This summer I will actually do it. It’s a fun way to spend some time outside and a money-saving activity.

3) Go to a Museum

Not sure which museum I’ll be going to yet but I’d definitely like to check out what’s going on in my neighborhood to see if there are any interesting exhibits.

4) Try a new exotic restaurant

Trying new flavors and types of food is always exciting and definitely on my list of things to do this summer! In fact, I think I should keep up with it beyond summer. I always find my girlfriends and I are going to the places.

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5) Go to the farmer’s market

I love all the interesting local products you can often find at a farmer’s market.

6) Go for a bike ride

I always went for bike rides on the weekend with my family and hope to do it again this summer

7) Read more books

I’ve already started on this goal. I am currently reading Spellbound by Jane Green. So far, I love it!

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What’s on your list of things to do this summer?

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Bethenny’s Quick and Easy BBQ Solutions

I don’t know about you but I’m a pretty big fan of Bethenny Frankel. Watched all her shows, follow her on Instagram, plan to watch her talk show and frequently check out her website.

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One of the reasons I love her is because she provides easy and quick solutions for your daily life, quick fashion tips, quick cooking tips, etc. The link above provides a video I found on her website where she discusses quick solutions for your BBQ troubles. I thought I’d share it with you guys. Of course she always provides a good laugh.

Grow a Garden

Sometimes when you’re too busy to prepare an elaborate meal, taking advantage of the wide selection of herbs and spices available are just what you need. Not only is using herbs to flavor your meal quick, it’s also very good for you. Check out this article in health magazine to find out what each of them are good for.

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DIY Perfect Skin

This may not be a recipe persé but it does involve food! If you know me, you know I’m a pretty big fan of any product that’s all-natural, especially when it comes to skin care. I’m also a pretty big fan of caring for my skin with budget friendly solutions. So when I came across these DIY home facials I was eager to try.

Greek Yogurt Mask

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Most of you already have the ingredients for this facial in your fridge. All you need is Greek yogurt, a couple drops of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix it all together and leave it on your face for about 20-30 minutes. It’s supposed to help with discoloration, blemishes, fine wrinkles and all that good stuff.

Honey Mask

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Here’s another easy one. Warm up some honey and leave it on your face for 15 minutes. This one is especially good for those with dry skin. Just make sure the honey isn’t too hot.

Click here for more quick DIY facial ideas from Health magazine. Thinking of trying the avocado one next!