Worry 'bout yuhself! This little girl trying to buckle her seat belt without the help of her dad might be one of the funniest things I've seen in a while.
Seriously, watch it again. Then watch it a couple more times. It just gets better!
The are few things so simply pleasing as waking up early. Everything is quiet before the rest of the world wakes up, and by 3 o'clock in the afternoon you feel like the day should be ending because you've already done so much. On a less productive note, waking up early means you've earned a nap for the day. Lucky you! As a motivation for getting myself up early, I've created a morning routine that I get excited to get out of bed for.
1. Open the curtains - enough said. Needless to say a little sunshine makes waking up a whole lot easier, but even if it's raining at least you'll know the weather!
2. Stretch - this step used to take the form of me wiggling around in my bed for a little while, but I discovered that actually physically climbing out of bed and moving around boosts my energy more than (well, at least before) the consumption of any sort of caffeine stimulant. I've recently started to incorporate these yoga moves to get the blood flowing.
3. Skimm. Yes, that's with two m's. My new favorite news sharing platform - The Skimm - gives you a neat (and very witty) summary of the previous day's events in your inbox every morning. The tone is conversational but extremely informative. Its a great way to keep yourself informed, and is also a quick and easy source for conversation starters for the day.
4. Blog round-up. There are so many amazing blogs out there but there are a few I check daily for an early dose of inspiration.
Most post early and daily, so they are ready to go when I wake up.
Cupcakes and Cashmere
The Fashionable Hostess
Heart of Light
The women who write these blogs are motivated, clever, and original and I have yet to be disappointed.
5. Tea or coffee - depending on the mood I'm in this step could either come before or after I delve in to my computer-related routine. Tea (with lemon and honey) if I'm feeling leisurely, coffee if I'm feeling motivated.
What's your morning routine?
I decided it was time to take a stab at making my own green juice. I've been buying the stuff at $4 a bottle for a couple of months now, and always feel so accomplished and healthy after I finish a bottle but the guilt of spending so much got to be too much. I concocted this recipe, which was intentionally lacking on sweetness, as a base on which to build. I'm thinking next time I'll add a bit of watermelon for a sweeter, more summery feel!
[skip to the bottom for the words-only version]
I started out with a fairly simple base - celery, cucumber, green apple.
Next, I threw it all in my handy-dandy juicer.
Once you're finished with all the veg, the juice should look like this. For now, leave the film at the top, since we will strain later!
Next for the leafy greens! I chose spinach and a bit of basil for an herby sharpness. The juice can definitely take it because most of the other flavors are fairly muted. I know that's some sad looking basil, but it was leftover from tomato-mozzarella sandwiches yesterday and I didn't want to waste it!
Finally I threw the juice, along with the herbage (no need to de-stem them, they add fiber!) into the blender and let 'er rip.
This is what the final, unstrained product looks like (gorgeous!). Below is an example of strained [back] and unstrained [front]. You be the judge - I chose to strain mine for a smoother feel.
Now sit back and enjoy all the green-leafy-veggie-healthy goodness!
The Words-Only Version: Basic Green Juice
The Heavy Artillery:
2 green apples
2 stalks celery
1 lg. handful spinach
6 leaves basil
1. Cut all the veggies into the size appropriate for your juicer.
2. Juice the apples, cucumber, and celery.
3. Transfer the juice into a blender, add spinach and basil.
4. Pulse for approximately 10 seconds, then let it roll on high until smooth (approx. 2 min)
5. Strain over a glass.
6. Chill and serve!
You can customize this any which way you like, there are no limits! I'm thinking variations with kiwi, mango, cranberry, and watermelon!
*I am the first to admit that a juicer might be one of the most inconvenient pieces of kitchen machinery ever made. They are bulky, tedious to clean, and have limited uses. BUT that being said, there is nothing more delicious than fresh juice. It might just be worth it if you can get your hands on the right model.
There are no words to describe the tragedy that was the Boston Marathon bombings. But in times of terrible sorrow there are moments like these give us hope. This is why I love my city. #bostonstrong
Be safe and love each other.
It's finally here...well, almost here. Graduation! I could not be more excited to get on with my grown-up, big-kid life. Boston has been so good to me but it's time to start fresh in a new city in a new apartment!
I'm one of those people who anxiously count down the days to even the most seemingly insignificant occasions. It is easy for me to get excited for change - I've moved 7 times in my life so I'd say I'm pretty well versed in moments like these. One way I've found to attempt to corral my excitement is to make paper chains. You know, those things you made when you were 4? My sisters and I used to make red and green paper chains for the days leading up to Christmas, and it is a tradition I have carried with me through my academic career to mark the ends of semesters, of sports seasons, of exam periods, and of school years. One year I was so eager for the semester to finish I made a chain that was 156 links long. While I definitely don't recommend that (that's a lot of paper), I do recommend instituting a paper-chain-like-tradition for monumental events in your life. Here's a glimpse at my chain as it stands.
This year's began with two months to go - 60 days. That may seem like an aggressively long paper chain, but the act of methodically ripping off one link of the chain every night before bed helps me to appreciate just how little time I have left here at school. I highly suggest it for anyone who is as easily excited about these things as I am - sometimes it helps to get yourself in a little kid state of mind and really just take the time to be excited.
It helps me to label each of the days individually on the links of the chain - that way if I'm not around to rip off a link or I lose track it is easy to pick it right back up without a tedious recounting process. I also like to mark out the more significant days along the way as milestones - the embellished pink link marks the final day of regularly scheduled classes!
What do you do in preparation for big life events?