20 Unique Date Night Ideas

img_5669Because we all need a little inspiration! Here we go.

  1. Margarita’s & homemade nachos at home
  2. Spa night, give each other coconut oil massages & facials
  3. One of you cooks dinner, the other makes dessert
  4. Bundle up & go for a night time walk
  5. Dinner at one restaurant, dessert at another
  6. Have another couple over for dinner & game night. This one is fun!
  7. Revisit your first date spot
  8. Instead of breakfast in bed, do dinner & a movie in bed.
  9. Dress up nice and go to a fancy restaurant
  10. Have a dessert for dinner
  11. Host your own private wine tasting
  12. Set up a romantic spot in your backyard & eat dinner by lantern & candlelight
  13. Move furniture out of the way & make your own dance floor.
  14. Make a dish from another country for dinner.
  15. Go out dancing!
  16. Drink wine, talk, listen to music. Sometimes it’s the simple things in life ❤
  17. Try a new restaurant
  18. Go to a restaurant and order each other’s dinner, so that it’s a surprise
  19. Go on a day trip to another town, then try a local dive.
  20. My favorite: ice cream sundaes and Netflix!!!!
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Amy Sedaris’s “Witchy-Poo’s Detoxifying Salt Scrub”

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If Amy Sedaris were an animal, she’d be my spirit animal. As a lover of her writing, and of DIY beauty products, this salt scrub recipe in her hilarious book just screamed my name.

Amy Sedaris’s book,  I Like You: Hospitality Under The Influence, is full of funny little tidbits, and lots of sage entertaining advice.

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“Witchy-Poo’s Detoxifying Salt Scrub”

You’ll need: 

-Salt

-Coconut oil, olive oil

-Essential oil

Amy says that basically you need 1 part oil to two parts salt. For my scrub I used 1/2 cup of regular table salt, and about 1/4 cup of olive oil. I then added 12 drops of Wild Orange essential oil.

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First, pour the salt.IMG_5843.JPG

Then, melt the coconut oil, and add it to the salt. IMG_5846.JPG

Stir well, then add the essential oil. Then stir again. IMG_5847.JPG

Scoop into a small jar, and you’re done!

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Raw Super Greens Smoothie

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With spring & summer a’ comin, I decided to make a smoothie that is extra nutritious, to get ready for swimsuit season! Beach body, here I come.

Be sure to drink your vegetables! ❤

Raw Super Greens Smoothie Recipe

Makes approximately 4 cups

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 spoonful of tahini
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 2-3 cups of spinach
  • 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey
  • 1 cup of milk or almond milk
  • 1 handful of ice

Blend well & serve!

 

Healthy Oatmeal Tahini Bowl

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? So better make it healthy and delicious!

Using what I had on hand, I made an oatmeal bowl using Bob’s Red Mill rolled oats. Whole grain, of course 😉 IMG_5824.JPG

Before adding the boiling water, I added a spoonful of tahini and about 2 teaspoons of raw honey to the bowl. IMG_5825.JPG

Garnish with apple slices, and enjoy!

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What Would You Be Willing To Do To Lose Weight?

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Recently a friend of mine joined the “It Works!” family as a health and wellness consultant.

Unfamiliar with It Works!? So was I.

Basically, it’s a multi level marketing company that sells health and wellness products, and it all started with a body wrap that helps diminish the appearance of body fat. Now, the company offers an array of fitness shakes, cleanses, serums, and even greens that are meant to help detoxify the body.

Why am I telling you about this?

Because scrolling through the It Works! website, it occurred to me how much people buy into hype.

I believe that diets don’t work, and there is no pill, powder, shake, whatever, in existence that can do what healthy eating does. Along with exercise, of course.

In my opinion, the best way to absorb the nutrients from fruits and vegetables is to actually eat them. Not in a powder or pill form. That just doesn’t seem right.

It seems some diets are basically replacing one bad thing with a lesser bad thing.

Weight Watchers, for example. They have their own line of snacks and desserts. But if you read the ingredients on the back of the box, it’s mostly processed junk that our bodies don’t need-it’s just fewer calories!

Some may say my lifestyle is extreme, but I am certainly reaping the benefits, which tells me that I’m doing the right thing for my body.

That said, I often get questions from people about the things that I eat. I always tell them that I eat a plant-based diet, with whole grains, nuts, oils, seeds, chicken, and fish. I also tell them that dieting is far too complicated these days. I say, if you eat healthy, everything else will fall into place.

Don’t get caught up with fad diets and “cleanses”, just get back to basics.

Just a thought to ponder.