Outfit details: D&G aviators – $6 @ Encore Consignment in Mankato; Gap sweater – $7.69 (on clearance, orig. $69.99) @ the Gap; LOFT ruffled tank – $2 garage sale find; Antique ring – gift from my grandpa; ELLE jeggings – $13 (on 80% off clearance) @ Kohl’s; Mossimo flats – $4.98 (on 75% off clearance) @ Target.
Monthly Archives: April 2012
Happy Earth Day! – A day dedicated to increasing worldwide awareness and appreciation for our environment!
Not only do people all over the world celebrate Earth Day, but big businesses do, too!
Stop into your local Caribou or Starbucks with your reusable mug today for a FREE fill of coffee! Dunn Bros is offering a FREE beverage when you purchase any regular priced retail travel mug.
Or visit your nearest Target to receive a FREE re-usable bag (quantities limited). Target also currently has a link to a wide variety of coupons for earth-friendly products that you can print: http://coupons.target.com/earth-month-coupons Go green while saving green – win, win! :)
How do you plan on celebrating Earth Day?
Outfit details: Necklace – $6.80 @ Forever21; Apt. 9 paisley printed tank – $3.99 @ Arc’s Value Village in Brooklyn Center; New York & Company cardigan – $4.99 @ Goodwill in West St. Paul; Vintage belt - $.75 @ MVAC Thrift & More in Mankato; Gap jeans – $3.49 @ Goodwill in Coon Rapids; MIA wedges – gift from fiance via DSW.
Although I pride myself on being a frugalista and cringe at the thought of paying more than $5 for a shirt, I didn’t hesitate to shell out just over $100 for a juicer recently. Why, you ask? Subsequent to reading about the benefits of juicing and its natural healing properties, I simply couldn’t resist! (Also keep in mind that you can’t put a price tag on excellent health!) So without further ado, I wanted to pass along a little information about juicing and why you should consider investing in a juicer yourself! -
When you extract the juice of a fruit or vegetable, the result is a high concentration of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and enzymes. Put simply, juicing is an excellent way to get your daily dose of fruits and veggies.
Now let’s get to the best part - the benefits of juicing!
- improves the digestive system
- assists in weight loss
- detoxifies the liver
- helps the immune system stay at its peak
- flushes toxins from the body
- increases the concentration of cancer-fighting phytochemicals in the body
- revs your energy level
- best of all – it’s 100% natural! (plus gluten-free, raw and vegan!)
One of my favorite juice combos – carrot, apple & ginger (and sometimes I like to throw a beet in there for good measure!)
When juicing, it’s important to…
- Use organic produce whenever possible (you don’t want to be consuming pesticides).
- Wash the produce. Even if it’s organic, it is still important to wash your produce before consuming it to get rid of any dirt residue or bacteria from other people handling it.
- Drink immediately after making for the most optimal nutritional benefits (the antioxidants and other phytonutrients start to break down almost immediately once they are exposed to light and air).
- Compost the leftover pulp, or use it in various recipes, so that nothing goes to waste!
All in all, juicing is an easy way to provide yourself with a high level of quality nutrition resulting in a wide array of health perks.
So I’d love to know – what are your thoughts on juicing? Would you consider buying a juicer?
Yes, I found my wedding shoes this past weekend! I was on the prowl for a shoe that was a) somewhat vintage-inspired, b) not too high/easy to walk in and c) something I could wear again. So when I saw these I automatically thought, “Check, check & check.” And off to the register I merrily went.
P.S. These were runner-up (in the mustard shade).
People always think that vegetarians (such as myself) and vegans don’t get enough protein in their diet. I beg to differ. With a whopping 30 grams of protein, this is just one of many healthy veg recipes that defies that assumption! (Bonus – it’s quick, easy & extremely tasty!) Keep reading for the recipe…
What you’ll need:
- 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 c. shelled edamame
- 4.5 oz. of extra firm tofu (approx. 1/3 block)
- 2 oz. rice noodles
- 1 tbs. minced garlic
- Teriyaki sauce (I like Trader Joe’s soyaki)
*Optional add-ins: slivered carrots, sliced peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, pineapple, toasted sesame seeds, grated ginger
Instructions (Serves 1-2)
1. Cut tofu into cubes
2. Heat olive oil in a saute pan and add in tofu, flipping cubes onto a new side approximately every five minutes until all sides are golden brown
3. While tofu is cooking, cook edamame and rice noodles according to package instructions
4. Once everything is fully cooked, mix all ingredients together and drizzle with teriyaki sauce
Happy Monday! I realized it has been a while since I’ve done a thrift store haul, which is mostly because I’ve only walked away with one or two things in the past few months when I’ve gone. However, this past weekend was quite the exception! I scored some awesome items and figured I’d do a little bargain boasting on the blog ;) Check it out:
Vintage food scale - $7.50 @ local church rummage sale. Although this was a little on the spendier side, I am a sucker for unique vintage items and this makes for an awesome kitchen decor piece I simply couldn’t pass up!
Perfectly worn-in real leather boots – $1.50 @ local church rummage sale. These boots were no doubt a steal of a deal!
Dainty flower necklace and earring set – $2.50 @ local church rummage sale. Doesn’t this set just have “perfect for spring” written all over it?!
Lauren Conrad ‘coastal bohemia’ dress - $8 (still had orig. $60 Kohl’s tag attached) @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center. (features a cute cut-out and bowtie in the back)! This dress will serve as lovely date night or wedding guest attire for the summer!
H&M faux leather jacket – $8 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center. A wardrobe essential for those colder spring and summer nights!
Woven baskets – $5.99 for the set @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center. When I spotted these I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with them, but I knew one thing – I couldn’t say no to buying them! (Baskets of this sort are sold at Pottery Barn and West Elm for upwards of $70)! Can you say SWEET SAVINGS?! I sure can! :)
Target decorative vase – $1.99 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center. Hey, you can never have enough cute shelf decor! :)
Beaded necklace - $1.69 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center. The perfect type of necklace to dress up a plain outfit and add a little pizazz!
Necklace – $5.99 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center. This particular piece is more than what I would usually spend on a jewelry item from the thrift store, but I couldn’t say no to that gorgeous turquoise and gold coral combo – a truly unique piece!
Mossimo wedge booties - $4.99 @ Goodwill in Blaine. Brand new taupe-colored wedges for five bucks, need I say more?
Other items purchased but not pictured:
Limited sweater (packed away until fall) – $3.49 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center
Gap jeans – $2.99 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center
Sheer navy-colored scarf – $2.99 @ Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in Brooklyn Center
New bread baking tin – $1 @ local church rummage sale
Mossimo sunglasses – $4.99 @ Goodwill in Blaine
Have you scored any awesome items from the thrift store recently? Keep in mind that this is the prime time of the year to shop your local thrift stores while everyone is spring cleaning and clearing out their closets! :)
It’s pretty common knowledge that April 22 marks the official date of National Earth day, but did you know that April is Earth month!? While not everyone recognizes April as ‘Earth month’, here a few of my favorite companies/businesses that do: Aveda, Whole Foods Market, Origins, Seventh Generation, plus many more!
So what exactly is Earth month? It’s a month dedicated to inspiring awareness of the environment and implementing ways to preserve it for generations to come!
With that being said, I challenge you this year to get involved by doing one ‘green’ thing a day for the month of April. Whether it be something as simple as picking up a piece of trash from the sidewalk, or as large as buying all of your produce organic, every step counts! Better yet! – I challenge you to perform one act of green-ness each day, no matter what the month, because when it comes down to it, every day should really be Earth day, right?
Get started by reading my top 10 easy ways to green up your act. (Also, be sure to click the ‘green’ category on the left sidebar for other eco-friendly blog posts)!
Don’t get why being green is so important? Here is a brief article for your reading pleasure. :)