Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sassy Water - Pinterest Experiment #1

So the big reveal…the first pinterest-thingy that I am trying! And I’ll bet you’re thinking that it’s something super-duper exciting, no?! Well guess what? It’s “Sassy Water” - That’s right! SASSY water!

I realize that water actually may not sound at all that exciting to some of you, but let me tell you – water CAN be exciting…IF you put yummy stuff INTO it! I pinned this post a while back in my “fitness and running” board, with the intention to start drinking more water than I currently do…a goal I would bet most of us share. So the link to the website that references this post is here: http://www.asweetsimplelife.com/home/2012/1/16/sassy-water.html/

This morning I created my sassy water, and had extra lemon and mint, so I threw it into my water bottle and left for the day. The original blog post mentions that the water is best left overnight or for at least 8 hours, but if you can’t wait that long the minty/lemony water is actually amazing right away. Now it’s no mojito, but the flavours remind you of one! And no added calories or getting drunk in the middle of the day ;) There are as many different flavour combinations as you can think of, and sooooohhh much better than flavoured water with sugar – or even worse, fake sweetener!
So if you are like me and need some H20-spiration, then try it!

P.S. Just tried the water I left all day in the fridge with the cucumber/mint/lemon – and I actually prefer it without the cucumber! The cucumber was surprisingly overpowering. I guess you just have to spend some time experimenting with what you like! Let me know of any good flavour combinations you come across!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

One Pin Per Week

On May 22nd 2013, I officially have 1,578 pins. I believe that of those 1,578 I have perhaps ‘made’ approximately 1,575 of those. Give or take 3. Ok – really, to be fair, some of these pins are jokes that make me laugh; photos of a home that I may never realize for years; wise words; or one of my favorite “boards”…the one of adorable and beautiful animals. So really, if I just focus on the stuff that I have intentionally pinned in order to eat, craft, or otherwise put to use in my life, I would estimate that there are at LEAST 800. (Because let’s face it, most of the stuff I pin anyway is about food…and eating…or fitness and dieting lol)!

I think a lot of times we don’t try these new pins because it takes that extra effort, and we usually “default” to what we know (our 'go-to meals') or what is easy. And in an effort to shake things up a bit AND to actually TRY some of this stuff, I have decided that I am going to do at LEAST one pin a week and then let you all know how it turned out.

A week you say?? That’s not exciting! OF COURSE I started out by saying one a day! If you know me at all, you already guessed that! OF COURSE I wanted to say and DO one a day, with the zeal of that crazy girl who did one of Julia Child’s recipes each day for 365 days (did you SEE how miserable she was at times?) but I have at least matured to the point where I know that is not possible :)

Now if you have done the math, and if I never add one more pin to my boards (IMPOSSIBLE), then you have figured out that it’s going to take me more or less the next 15 years to accomplish this goal. Lol. But that’s ok. So it's at LEAST one a week, and if I feel like being over-ambitious some weeks, maybe you’ll see a few more. But we are going into Summer, people.

Have a great day and check back in the next few days for the first PIN I create! I have no idea what the hell it will be, so your guess is as good as mine! http://pinterest.com/stacy_lavoie/pins/

Tips for Managing Stress & Anxiety (plus a smoothie recipe!)

Read my latest blog post on You Ate:  https://youate.com/tips/september-stress-autumn-anxiety/ And my smoothie recipe!