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A FABULOUS Housewarming Idea…

I thought this was worth a repost as I have so many friends moving in June and July!  This is also a great engagement gift idea…there are a lot of those happening around me too.  Congratulations and best wishes to you all!

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I have a friend in Florida who is the best gift giver.  Like ever.  Her husband came to visit us last summer and Jen sent with him the sweetest care package for me with a picture of the four of us from a recent vacation, a fabulous candle, Tkees!!!!, a makeup bag and sunscreen…all in a super swanky beach bag.  The girl is amazing. Point is, she always knows what to give anyone on any occasion.

Another girlfriend in Richmond just moved into a new place and I wanted to get her something unique so of course I ask Jen for a suggestion and ta-da!  She gives me the perfect answer: bread, wine, and salt.  Why is this the perfect answer?  Check this adorable blog out for the long version but here’s the short story:

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Love it right?

So simple but so fun to shop for.  And what a great opportunity to turn your friends onto some clean versions of these basic items.  I ended up with homemade crostini (homemade my Ellwood Thompson’s, not me), Spanish cava (because, duh), and pink Himalayan sea salt.

I also threw in some Justin’s Almond Butter packets and a SUJA green juice, because why not??

Love this easy and sweet idea!

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The Skinny on TSC: A Review

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ICYMI, BEC has a maj girl crush on lifestyle blog The Skinny Confidential and it’s mastermind, the stunning Lauryn Evarts.  But, did you know that Lauryn is also a published author?  I honestly loved her book and YOU will too.  Bonus: It’s a quick read; I finished it in one sitting simply because I could not put it down.

The Skinny Confidential: A Babe’s Sexy Sassy Fitness and Lifestyle Guide begins with one of my favorite concepts: “fake it ’til you make it”.  Throughout the book Lauryn inspires us with this sort of simple but awesome advice.

There is a recipe section (swoon!) that shows us what and how she eats, shares her personal cravings (flamin’ hot cheetos!), details info on everything from cleanses to juicing, hangovers to kombucha.

I loved the rather hefty focus on fitness.  Lauryn highlights several exercises with fabulous photos of things you can do at home for FREE.

As someone who doesn’t wear much makeup at all, it’s ironic my favorite chapter in the book is “WTF’s In My Makeup Bag“.  Lauryn’s less is more approach is perfect for girls who like to look fresh faced and flawless but need a little help (meeeee). She also spills on her favorite products, go-to skin care routine, and how she gets that gorgeous hair of hers so damn shiny and sexy.

The more you look at the TSC site, the more you will appreciate Lauryn’s care free fashion sense.  She looks so freakin‘ put together but not like she’s trying too hard…know what I mean?  Effortless and stylish and comfortable!  In the book she teaches us how to get this look and for that, sister, we are grateful!

Check out her blog, order her book, and follow her on social media.  We promise, you will love her and her BRILLIANT blog as much as we do.

xo,

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Six Pantry Essentials

You’ve got your freezer well stocked, now what about your pantry?  Here are a few items I always have in my cabinets for a quick snack or the start of a healthy meal.

Raw Almond Butter– Slather toasted Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread with AB, sliced banana, and local honey, thicken up your healthy at home Asian sauces, make a banana bowl if you really want some satisfaction, and add a scoop to your BEC green smoothie!

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Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar– Take a small shot with LOTS of water before heavy meals, add a splash to your smoothie, use in place of other vinegars in any recipe for a healthy boost and add a few drops to your facial cleanser for clearer skin!  This is a miracle product…for real, y’all.

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Ancient Grains– Use any of these nutty, delicious, HEALTHY ancient grains instead of pasta for lunch, alongside proteins for dinner, and mix into a salad for crunch and texture. I am partial to farro, quinoa, and amaranth.

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Coconut Oil-Use for sautéing, melt to use on roasted veggies, make insanely delicious vegan fudge, and use for oil pulling!

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Organic Chicken Stock-The liquid for a fabulous soup, the base to your ancient grains instead of water, or use in place of wine to deglaze a pan.

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Superfood “Extras” for your banana bowls, oatmeal, smoothies and salads.  I always have on hand chia, flax, acai powder, matcha powder, white mulberries, and goji berries.

What’s always in your pantry?

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