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I just moved into my own apartment a couple months ago and one of my favorite things about it is (aside from shamelessly dancing along to some Robin Thicke in my underpants) I find that overall, I'm a much more productive human being. I'm not quite sure why, but I assume it has something to do with my inability to sit still combined with no television and no one around to distract me with conversation or wine (I never say no to wine; it's sometimes problematic). I have been practicing my headstands daily, playing guitar until my fingers blister and doing the dishes in a timely manner! Mature adult over here, watch out.
My favorite newly founded productive habit? I started reading, a lot. I also just discovered goodreads (I know. Was I living under a rock?), which in my opinion, is the best invention since the library. Keeping track of the books I want to read has never been easier and having it on record is great motivation for finishing up what's currently 'on the shelf'. It's also opened up a lot of
stalking doors because now I can see what my friends read! Combined with the powers of Spotify- I can discover anything I ever wanted to know about a person. (Don't judge, we both know you're either guilty or ashamed you didn't think of it sooner.)
I loved reading ever since I was a kid, but haven't been the most avid reader for the past several years. Getting back into it is addictive and transformative in the best way. This may be the nerdiest thing I've said
to date today but, expanding my vocabulary is quite fun. When I read I love to flip down the pages with inspiring quotes and keep a log of my favorite words. Pedantic was the most recent fave. Look it up. See anything pedantic popping up on your FB newsfeed today? I sure did. Always do.
Anyways... what have I been reading you might ask? Well since I moved into my grown up pad, I've read Animal Dreams & The Night Circus. I am currently reading The Road Less Traveled and Into the Woods. (I know, two books at once? Go me!) I did a review of Animal Dreams over here, but in short, it was amazing and I'd love to get my hands on another Barbara Kingsolver masterpiece. That lady has a way with words. The Night Circus was in one word, indulgent. Fiction to the max with a lackluster plot, but the most beautiful magical descriptions you can imagine. Superfluos? A bit. Enjoyable? Absolutely. My imagination went wild and the imagery crept it's way right into my actual dreams. To counteract that, I chose The Road Less Traveled, which is balancing out this book binge quite nicely. It's written by a psychologist and explores the psychology behind love, spiritual growth and development. It goes into parenting and early childhood development, how that affects our mentalities and approach to dealing with life itself. I find it fascinating. Into the Woods is more of a murder mystery/thriller type deal, which I'm sure I'll enjoy, but I'm not very far yet.
Since jumping back on the reading boat, I feel a little annoyed with myself for letting this passion fall to the wayside for so long. For the past several years, I probably only read two or three books a year. I was always making excuses that I was too busy, or had something more important to do. (I am great at coming up with excuses for why I can't do something that will likely only benefit me. Anyone else know the feeling?) It took living alone and that uncomfortable silence to grant me some clarity of how I was vs. how I should be spending my down time. Now I choose to spend my time productively. Sometimes that means manning the couch with a book in hand, and other times that means getting together with a friend drinking too much wine on a Tuesday. It's all about balance, right?
I brought my book to a pool party over the weekend and I got heckled, for sure. I suppose that's what prompted this post...
I have something to admit - I'm having major shoe lust right now with the Tacitas from the summer collection. I took a little break from wearing sandals this summer, but when I started wearing them again the first pair I put on were my Tacitas. They made me four inches taller and and feeling like a rockstar (no, really - I felt like a major babe wearing these haha). They're on major sale right now and I just know that they would be great for the duration of the summer, and through the fall and even winter months (especially if you live in the Southwest!).
Hello there Blowfish Buddies, I have come to share my newest obsession with you all and that is…Lemon Water! Living and eating healthier is something I have been really trying to work on, so when I heard adding just a little lemon to your water had amazing health benefits…I was sold!
A Little Lemon can make a Big Difference!
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Lemons are packed with Nutrients, including Vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, and fiber!
The Bountiful Benefits of Lemon Water!
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1. Gives Your Immune System a Boost
2. Excellent Source of Source
3. Aids Digestion
4. Cleanses Your System
5. Freshens Your Breath
6. Maintains Clear Skin
7. Increases Weight Loss
8. Reduces Inflammation
9. Boosts Your Energy
10. Cures Caffeine Cravings
11. Fights Viral Infections
Add a Lovely Lemon to Your Life!
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Squeeze a half of lemon into a glass of water
Lemon in lukewarm water is recommended
Drink first thing in the morning
Wait 15 to 30 minutes to eat breakfast
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Read more on why you should start each day with a Glass of Lemon Water here.
Hi Lovelies! Hot chocolate is probably one of my favorite things to drink, & being that it's summer time it's not the most ideal beverage to have while the sun is blaring down on you. Then I remembered when I was in Vegas, I had frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity 3 & knew that would be the perfect summer substitute! The recipe below should yield about 4 servings. Enjoy!!