three worthy things

happy hump day! we’re halfway through the week, yeehaw!


the first item this week is dedicated to all you chefs out there. my sister, tiffany, found this amazing blog (i’d be really interested in how many times have i spoken/written/typed that phrase, ha!) and sent it my way. cookie and kate is a food blog that highlights fresh vegetarian meals, appetizers, snacks and desserts. i’ve tried a handful of her recipes and i’ve LOVED everything! doesn’t hurt that they’re relatively simple to make too!! some of my personal favorites:

broccoli, cheddar & quinoa gratin

thai red curry with vegetables

roasted cauliflower and lentil tacos with creamy chipotle sauce

best part about the majority of her recipes is that they’re rarely things i would just “throw together” on a random monday night. aka, it’s not just “another taco night” super creative!


the second item in this week’s has a bit of personal nostalgia connected. skip to the third if you’re not into it.

recently all mother nature is giving us is rain. [eye roll.] it’s got me really looking forward to summer! summer in maine at gay island to be precise.  the six hour trek to cushing flies by with the windows down on the back roads. we make a quick pit stop at the local store to stock up on wine, last minute goodies and more wine which we schlep down to the dock and load into the boat. a quick ride later and we’re unloading and cracking into the wine. weekends here are best spent with a good book, digging for clams and fishing off the dock. can’t wait for maine 2017!FullSizeRender-4


tattly is an amazing temporary tattoo website based in brooklyn. each tattoo comes in a set of 2 and if your heart so desires it, i’d be surprised if tattly doesn’t sell it. they’re super cute and what friend wouldn’t like a delivery of amazing temporary tattoos?! and you can add confetti to every order – definitely an added bonus. here are a few of my personal favorites. i’d love them during the summer months hanging at the pool or lake.

and if you need even MORE of a reason to buy one… or two or three… some are scented! let me know if you find any you can’t live without! maybe i’ll feel the same way!

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beauty bag revamp

as some of you may know, i’ve been struggling with my face for quite some time. i definitely wouldn’t categorize myself as someone who has severe acne but i also, am not the person who has porcelain skin. i do, however; have some discoloration and the occasional breakout [usually around my chin]. there are times where i feel like i’m a middle schooler going through puberty again. attractive, i know.

i’ve been eating the same things my whole life – i’ve always eaten dairy, gluten, soy, nuts, sugar, and i drink. you name it, i’ve eaten it and probably have for most of my life. i can’t blame any of my skin issues on food, or sleep, or stress or lack of water; so i’ve recently been trying to eliminate harsh chemicals that i’m putting into my body and on my body.


i’ve been reading ‘skin cleanse‘ by adina grigore and have, honestly, been appalled at some of the information i read.  i, instantly, became hooked and fell into the dark black [and i mean dark and black] hole of clean beauty product research. i wanted to know everything i could about clean beauty supplies.

i learned that the US only restricts 11 ingredients from cosmetics and they’re all listed here on the FDA website.

i had to stop the cycle and quit cold turkey.

i got talking with a friend of a friend about this clean beauty adventure i started and she told me about follain. it’s is a beauty store with a couple locations in boston, one in DC and a new one in NYC that focuses on clean beauty products from head to toe.

as most of you beauty addicts know, it’s hard to revamp your entire makeup bag all at once; it’s overwhelming and gets real expensive, real quick but i jumped in and made my first order from follain. i started small and there are still a bunch of products i’m lusting over.

[side note: i’ve been ordering from follain because of the raving recommendation, the close proximity to burlington which means quick shipping, and the great customer service. i accidentally ordered the wrong color in something and i emailed asking to exchange it. they responded immediately, sent me the correct color before they had gotten the wrong one, AND attached a return label for the wrong one.]

behold the holy grail:

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soapwalla deodorant // i was skeptical about trying the natural deodorant route but so far so good.

ilia tinted moisturizer //  i got the color T3 and i’m pretty happy. at this point, i think i’d still like a bit more coverage, but it applies smoothly and is very natural.

ilia tinted lip conditioner // i chose the color arabian nights and couldn’t be happier with the color. it’s a great red that can you can build up nicely for a dark red or wear just one layer for daytime.

rms un cover-up  // this was one of the products i was most excited for. i’ve heard such good things about it and it has held up to the hype. this and a curl of the eyelashes is all i do when i’m really running late.

rms burti bronzer // this one is harder for me to get used to, but i think i’ll love it as soon as i get the hang of it.

rms lip 2 cheek // i think the lip 2 cheek will be my go to soon. again, with a little bit of practice, i’ll be reaching for it every day!


i hope this jump starts your clean beauty routine! let me know if you have any favorite products!

health for the win

we all have that one friend/coworker/acquaintance with the best eating habits that we admire. [my coworker’s name is lauren, but more on her later].

oh, and don’t lie to yourself and think that i’m in this by myself-you totally know what i’m talking about.

we look at them eating their super healthy breakfast/lunch/dinner and we’re jealous. jealous because they made a salad that actually looks really good, and not just a pile of green stuff in a bowl. jealous because it actually looks like they’re enjoying their salad, and here i am, suffering through the first half and giving up. we look and see them always carrying around an extra large reusable water bottle. and not only carrying it around, they’re actually drinking water. thus requiring a refill of the reusable water bottle. we see their clear face and healthy hair. we see their trim waistline but strong and lean muscles.

i want to be that person. 

i’ve been wanting to be that healthy, happy, strong, confident woman for a long time. i want to be confident in shorts, and a tank top, and a bikini. and don’t get me wrong, i’m not asking to be the skinniest person in burlington. i would just like to be healthy and confident in my body. and it’s freaking hard. it’s a serious lifestyle change that is so hard without an ally changing their life with you. it’s hard without a personal trainer/coach telling you exactly what you are and aren’t allowed to eat. this is where my girl lauren comes in BIG!

lauren and i have gotten to know each other a bit more as we’ve been working together for a while. i work day shifts and she works evenings, but sometimes i’ll work into the evening (depending on the day). regardless, she’s the girl eating something that looks really good and healthy, avoiding the nurses station with all the cookies, cake and muffins (aka: artificial foods) that patient’s families bring us. i asked her what her secret was to looking good, and having the willpower to not eat a ton of crap all day (because there had to be one). she started by telling me, that it was difficult at first, but turned easy once she got into the clean eating habit. she doesn’t get any cravings for sweets any longer. she also doesn’t let her social life go to waste. she’ll go out to eat, she’ll have a drink when she’s out – she hasn’t gone crazy – because EVERYONE needs wine. okay okay, enough about her. she told me about this book. and i bought it on amazon. and it has changed my life in a great way.

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now you should all go buy it. but here a few take away points for you [before you receive yours in the mail that is….] i’m not even going to tell you the reasoning behind these points, you’ll just have to read it for yourself! trust me it’s worth it!

stop using any sort of oil except olive oil and coconut oil

stop using white sugar, brown sugar, and artificial sweeteners.

stop using white flour and only use 100% whole wheat flour.

stop using anything with food coloring, “natural flavors”, or preservatives.


you’re all going to think i’ve gone crazy when i tell you that i’ve honestly felt a difference once i’ve cut out all that garbage. i’m not as tired, i have more energy, and i’ve started to crave healthier snacks and meals. but i won’t lie to you, it’s HARD! it’s hard when all you want for breakfast is a doughnut from your favorite doughnut dilemma shop in burlington with coffee and flavored creamer. i think breakfasts have been the hardest for me. i love cereal. i love granola. i love every sort of baked and delicious pastry there is. my days off i’ve been trying to make something different to keep me engaged.

today’s breakfast contained: two scrambled eggs, onion, sweet potato, avocado, and sriacha with a nespresso maple coffee. it was REAL good. i could’ve added a piece of ezekiel bread, but opted out this morning.

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i’m only a few weeks into this new journey and am sure i have TONS more to learn. i will obviously have my good days and my not so good days, but today, i’m feelin’ a-ok. i urge you all to join me in this “clean eating” journey that i’ve started. we can help each other along!