Weekly Recap 3.19.17

Newsletter No. 001 

First I have to thank everyone who signed up for the Newsletter.  I appreciate all the support and feedback. So far the newsletter is designed to be a little recap of my week focusing on three topics: things I bought or want to buy (which will mostly fall under the umbrellas of beauty, food, and home goods), media I’m consuming (anything from news articles, tv shows, podcasts, books, etc.) and the best thing I ate all week – either my experience with a recipe or a restaurant.  If you know someone who might enjoy the content please send them here to sign up.  Thanks again!


what I wanted 

Grown Alchemist

I am a shameless skincare junkie and I definitely don’t need another mask to try but I’m so enticed by the promise of Grown Alchemist’s Enzyme Exfoliant.  Grown Alchemist is an Australian-based company selling skin, body and haircare products all made from organic, botanic-based ingredients.  Lately I feel more compelled to look for products formulated without harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients – even though it is tempting when they deliver results! I also appreciate the company’s commitment to sustainability in product and packaging.  If I like the mask I’ll probably try the color-protecting shampoo and the lip balm.


entertaining things

Missing Richard Simmons


Dan Taberski’s Missing Richard Simmons is the most engrossing podcast I have listened to in a long time.  I’ll admit that before listening to this I didn’t know much about Richard and really only saw him as the butt of a joke.  After listening I’m amazed by his compassion for others and his success.  This podcast is like a mini-series consisting of only 5 30-minute episodes.  Taberski’s engaging storytelling makes it a must-listen.


the best thing I ate this week

My Go-To Smoothie Recipe 

I don’t have a cutsie name for the green smoothie I start my day with every morning but I would describe it as well-balanced and tropical.  It’s made with spinach, pineapple, orange and coconut.  The spinach is packed full of vitamins, the fruit adds sweetness and potassium, and the coconut milk adds plenty of fat to keep me full.  I usually have this with eggs for breakfast but will sometimes just take the smoothie alone to go.  No, I do not have a Vitamix.  I use this blender by KitchenAid.  I would recommend this blender because it’s only $100 and has never given me any issues.  I make a big batch of the smoothie, pour it into silicone ice cube trays and freeze.  When I want to make a smoothie I just blend a 5 cubes with a half cup of water. Surprisingly to me the cubes keep their flavor for well past a week in my freezer.  I love making the smoothie with frozen cubes because it creates a refreshing, slushy effect and the smoothie will stay cold for a long time on the go (I love Working Glasses because they are inexpensive, durable, and easy to clean).

Here’s the recipe:

1 14 oz Can Coconut Milk
1-2 Cara Cara Oranges
1/2 lb pineapple, cubed
1 lb baby spinach

Blend the coconut milk, orange, and pineapple together.   Add spinach one handful at a time, blending until incorporated.  Once all the spinach has been added, blend on high for a few minutes to ensure no flecks or bits of leaves remain.  Pour mixture one-inch, silicone ice cube trays and allow to freeze completely for 24 hours.  Pop cubes out of the trays and store in a freezer-safe bag.  Makes about 36 cubes.  To serve blend 5-6 cubes with 1/2 cup of cold water.

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