A Little Quiz

Thanks to Ashley from Sweet Carolina Belle for this one!

1. What brings you the greatest joy? My family. I love being up here and close to a bunch of my cousins. My little twin, Maddie and me last weekend:

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2. What are your vices? Spending too much $ on food. I swear I am in Whole Foods like half the week. But hey, I’ve got to eat, right??

3. What is on your nightstand? Way too much stuff and it gives me anxiety when it’s cluttered. But the things that are always there are: fresh flowers, the best journal, this bookSt. Lucy, and this random poem I accidentally found in a library book. (The previous person was using it as a bookmark, but I was so happy to find it.)


4. Do you have a secret talent? Not many people realize I speak Spanish. It’s always a surprise when I can eavesdrop on a conversation and report back. 😉

5. What is your greatest indulgence? Food. Hands down. But not one particular thing — I just enjoy all of it as a hobby. Cooking, learning about nutritional aspects, following food trends. And I love forcing food on people like an old Italian grandmother.

6. What should everyone try at least once in their life? Living on their own! Traveling alone. Eating at a restaurant alone.

7. What makes you laugh? Aziz Ansari. God I love that little man. I’ve seen him twice (in Charleston and Harvard Square) and he was hilarious both times.

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I consider myself an introvert.

9. What is on your bucket list?  Montreal, Greece, Italy (again). Uh, hello, who wouldn’t want to go here?

10. What is on your feet right now?  These wedges. (On sale and so comfy!!)

11. How did you make your first dollar? At 15/16 I worked at Sonic Drive-In as a carhop. I wore skates for one day, crashed into a car with a bunch of milkshakes and was told “You can just wear your sneakers from now on.” I loved that job. I worked with a bunch of my friends and we had a blast.

12. What superstition do you believe in? I never ever put my purse on the ground. “A purse on the floor is money out the door.”

13. What items in your closet do you wear the most? White jeans, denim jacket, and more pink than I’d like to admit.

14. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? Whether it’s something little or big, anything I’ve gotten from my grammy or my grandparents has been the most special. They both have a way of finding the most perfect-for-me gifts.

15. What is on your liquor shelf? I don’t have anything (!). Just wine. Still my favorite:


16. What is on your kitchen counter? All that I can think of is a tea kettle and a Le Creuset dutch oven. I hate stuff being on the counters.

17. What would you never leave home without? Phone, debit card.

Question for you: What’s your secret talent?

Loving Lately – June

Ok first, I got my hair snipped again. I had let it grow out a bit (for me, ha) but knew I needed  a little clean up. I told my fave guy to “just do what you do best” and he did not disappoint!

blonde hair highlights wavy angled bob

LOFT has *the* cutest shorts this season. I own these pink jacquard shorts and these elephant shorts (both 50% off!). I also adore these geo shorts, these flamingo shorts, and embroidered shorts. All on sale!ann taylor loft jacquard shorts sole society sandals

This My Saint My Hero bracelet makes me so happy. I found it at The Paper Store but you can also purchase here or on their site. Mine is from the “Breathe” collection and acts as a reminder to take a breath when you’re stressed and remember that God is all you need.

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Summer salads, yes please! They’re all I want lately. Check this out one from Bukowski Tavern. It’s got candied orange peel on it!

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I sometimes run around the Tufts University campus, and the other day I found these colorful steps. How fun are they?

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My town has an awesome bike path that goes on for miles. I finally took a long walk down it and spotted this cool mural.

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Extra outdoor activity = extra dessert. Soft serve is my favorite! Extra jimmies please.soft serve ice cream malden jimmies

What are you loving lately?

 

Boston Juicing Cleanse

Last week, a couple of coworkers and I did a 3-day juice cleanse. I think this is my fifth or sixth juice cleanse so I was pumped to do one with other people. It’s nice to have the support and encouragement while you’re going through it. Not only that, but being able to moan and groan during day 2 is easier when you have a buddy facing the same challenge.

Boston Juicing is the cleanse we chose, based on my coworker’s recommendation. She’s done many of Boston Juicing’s cleanses and highly recommended it. Benefits of doing a local juice cleanse? The freshest juice and you’re supporting your neighbor.

I was psyched when we got the juices on Monday. I was ready! 6 juices a day, 3 days.

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Right off the bat, I liked that Boston Juicing allows you to either choose from two types of cleanses or make a customized cleanse. “The Purifier” includes fruit and veggie juices + an nut milk, while “The Detoxifier” is more intense and does not include a milk.

I chose a customized cleanse that was more veggie-based and included almond milk. These are the juices I selected and the order in which I drank them:

  • Alkalizer – chlorella, cucumber, lime, mint
  • Beet Happy – beet, apple, lemon, ginger — SO gingery
  • Lean & Green – kale, parsley, cucumber, green apple, lime
  • Fruits & Roots – ginger, carrot, beet, orange, apple
  • Lean & Green – kale, parsley, cucumber, green apple, lime
  • Almond Milk – raw almonds, filtered water, pure vanilla bean extract , organic honey

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Not surprisingly, juices that contain beets are always my favorite. And a juice called Beet Happy? Definitely working for me. And with this cleanse, I really enjoyed The Alkalizer. It reminded me of the infused water I drink — I always add mint & lime to mine. So refreshing!

As with any juice cleanse I’ve done, Day 1 is always exciting — getting to try all the flavors and kickstart the reset. Day 2 is the hardest, you’re feeling a bit full and wanting to chew on something so badly. Day 3 is interesting. While you feel all juiced out and often find it difficult to swallow (quite literally), the end is near! The feeling of accomplishment starts to set it.

Why do I love the occasional cleanse?

  • for 3 days I don’t have to think about meals, at all. No planning!
  • it’s a nice reset of the palette — everything tastes much better after!
  • it’s a great reminder of mindful eating. there’s no picking at snacks or waiting for dessert
  • it’s a mini challenge of your self control
  • it’s a great time to reflect on your healthy living goals

It’s up to you on how often to cleanse, but I like do them every 6 months or so. For me, it’s not about weight loss, but a reminder that food should be nourishment. I so often look at food as a hobby, and while that’s totally okay with me, it’s more than that. Food is fuel!

For more info on Boston Juicing, check out their website. They’re a small local company with FREE delivery services throughout the city of Boston. Their goal is to revitalize, refresh, and restore your body. All of their juices are delicious and there are a bunch to choose from. Enjoy!!

Fenway Tour & Boston Red Sox Game

I think I’ve been to a handful of Red Sox games since I moved here two years ago. When the weather in Boston is behaving, they’re a lot of fun. At least for a couple of innings…if we’re winning…and we have beer. Ha. Let’s face it, baseball isn’t the most exciting sport, now is it? 😉

Last week my friend Lauren and I did a tour of Fenway before the game. Neither of us had been on one before, so we figured hey, why not learn about one America’s most beloved ballpark.

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The tour was quick, but took us into the warming field and up to the Green Monster. This is where the best view is!

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Thanks, Red Sox photographers, for taking this pic of us. What the heck kind of magical filters do their cameras use?? It was so hot we (had to) put ice in our wine so this camera must have a sweat filtered lens.

boston red sox fenway stadium green monsterAfter the tour we picked up food and drinks and got to our seats. We sat in the right field roof deck area which, though high up, has an awesome view and atmosphere. There’s a huge hangout area with a big bar and a lot of people crowd around during the game.

boston red sox fenway stadium budweiser right field roof deckWe made friends with our table mates who were really cool and put up with us taking too many pics and chatting about work during the game. We were laughing at how differently men versus women watch games. Girls can’t stop talking about…life stuff that has nothing to do with the game. Eye roll, right?

But the best part of a Red Sox game is when the sun goes down. The prettiest view of the sky, every time!

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Now hurry up football season!