The Friday Five: Oyster, Music, Sweetgreen, Watermelon Salad, and GIFs!

1. Reading: Thanks to my bloggy friend Heather, I discovered Oyster, a subscription-based reading app. For just $15 a month, Oyster gives you access to a collection of over 500,000 books. There are thousands of bestsellers and classics to choose from. You can also connect w/ friends and see what they’re currently reading and recommending. If you sign up using my link, we both get a $15 credit. icon smile The Friday Five: Oyster, Music, Sweetgreen, Watermelon Salad, and GIFs! I love reading on my Ipad at night so I’ve been very happy with this service. In just a week, I read 3 books. The first that I recommend is Before I Fall by  Lauren Oliver.

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DescriptionFor popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

If you sign up for Oyster, add me as a friend!

2. Listening: New favorite: Stay High (Habits remix) by Tove Lo and Hippie Sabotage.

3. Eating: Third time’s a charm seemed to be true for Sweetgreen. After two visits that were just so so, I gave the chain another chance at their Chestnut Hill location. The July special was much better than the salads from my previous visits.sweetgreen boston july salad special 500x375 The Friday Five: Oyster, Music, Sweetgreen, Watermelon Salad, and GIFs!

organic baby spinach + shredded kale with local roasted vegetables (zucchini, yellow squash, corn, radishes), roasted chicken, organic carrots, organic basil and toasted parmesan crisps; topped with pesto vinaigrette.
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4. Bookmarking: Snap Pea, Watermelon, and Edamame Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette from Joy The Baker. I can’t even imagine what this flavor combo would be like, but I can only hope it’s delicious.

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5. GIFS! 

online shopping

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when my grandmother told me i don’t have the patience for a pet

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the second i walk into a restaurant

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walking into a really fratty bar

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when i want to go dancing but really don’t want to get off the couch

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making new friends at the bar

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and

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have a great weekend!

Emergen-C Vitamin Packets + Giveaway!

I’ve always thought of Emergen-C as something people took right when they thought they were getting sick. I knew it wasn’t a cure-all, and was something one should take on a regular basis to provide immune support year-round. After reading more about the product, I learned it also enhances your energy naturally and helps you replenish electrolytes post-workout.

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I tried three different flavors:

  • super orange
  • tangerine
  • cranberry pomegranate

After trying each of them, I thought of it more as a fun, fizzy vitamin drink mix. With benefits! One Emergen-C packet has more vitamin C than 10 oranges. It includes 1,000 mg of vitamin C and other immune-supporting antioxidants zinc and manganese, and 7 B vitamins. I’m now drinking them once a day, mixed with the recommended 4-6 oz of water. I’m getting a boost of vitamins and it makes it easier for me to stay hydrated with flavored water.

I drop a packet into my water bottle, add water, shake, and sip!

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Aside from just mixing it with water, you can use it in recipes! Check these out for inspiration. These Orange Dreamsicles sound like … well, a dream!

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The company itself does more than just support your health. It also supports some noble causes and contributes to some  worthy organizations that are making a difference in the world:

  • Through Emergen-C Pink®, we are committed to the power of positive change; for every 30ct box sold, 25¢ is donated to fund breast cancer awareness, research, and prevention efforts (up to $100,000 annual donation).
  • For every box of Emergen-C Blue® sold, 25¢ directly supports the efforts of Surfrider Foundation®, whose goal is to provide protection to our oceans.
  • Through Emergen-C Kidz, 25¢ is donated the Vitamin Angels, who provide essential nutrients to one child for one year every time a box a sold (up to $100,000 annual donation).
  • Partnering with Operation Gratitude, Emergen-C sends packets overseas to help keep morale high and support our troops’ energy and immune systems.*

If you want a sample, head over to EmergenC.com or Facebook. You can also follow on twitter for exciting updates!

Even better, you can win a three-month supply and an Emergen-C water bottle. Just use the rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!

I am participating in a sponsored campaign hosted by Emergen-C® I received compensation for this post. While all opinions stated are my own, I make no claims about Emergen-C as a product or its effectiveness.
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Blissful Eats Granola and Boost Bites

I’ve got a great new food product to share with you guys! Meet Blissful Eats.

The company was started by Nicole Culver, who began her career as a special education teacher. After years of baking for her husband, colleagues, and students, everyone convinced her she should a baking business. After attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition she developed a business plan. Blissful Eats was launched locally in 2011 and spread around yoga studios, gyms, and among friends. Nicole then took a year and a half to spend with her new baby and enjoy being a mother. She  relaunched in June 2014 with new packaging and flavors…and they look and taste GREAT.

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When I first got the products, I admired the packaging – the branding, font, and colors were colorful, but simple. It’s definitely attractive without being flashy. Then it was time to dig in!

The granola comes in 3 varieties: paleo/vegan maple nut crunch, honey blueberry and nut
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Of the three, I liked the maple nut crunch the best. Honey blueberry was a close second. No nutty chocolate chip is a great late night treat. They’re great plain, but taste amazing with greek yogurt. I paired the honey blueberry with blueberry yogurt, the maple nut with vanilla yogurt, and the chocolate chip with….vanilla ice cream. Ha!

I first noticed that the granola isn’t very sweet, which I liked a lot, because I don’t want a lot of sugar with my breakfast, especially knowing that Greek yogurt is often full of it. It really makes for a great pairing.

They also have vegan and raw Boost Bars in two flavors: instant boost and chocolate chip cookie dough. Each package contains two bars that are perfect for when you’re having an energy slump. 

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All of the Blissful Eats products are certified gluten free and kosher. They use ALL non GMO ingredients. You can purchase Blissful Eats on Amazonblissful-eats.com, or opensky. You get free shipping on Amazon if you are prime or order over $35. Nicole was sweet enough to offer my readers 15% off orders at blissful-eats.com. Use code hungry15 at checkout.

For more Blissful Eats info, check out:

What are your favorite granola ingredients?