My ONE Goal for 2017

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Can you believe it’s almost 2017? GAH!

I can’t believe it!

I stumbled across this video by Tony Robbins the other day and I feel like it’s spot on with how to create happiness and reach your New Year’s Resolutions / goals ( so obviously I have to share it with you. It’s too good not to! )

Basically, Tony says it comes down to creating PROGRESS by creating new HABITS.

And for me, specifically, it also comes down to FOCUS.

I’m really ( REALLY! ) terrible at following the principle of “The ONE Thing“. But I believe in it… & it’s something I’m working on.

So this year, I’m focusing on ONE goal and ONE habit ⇢ fitness, working out every morning.

If you want to have an awesome year ( & why wouldn’t you? ), DEFINITELY check out this video—think about one area in your life you’d like to make better & what habit will help you get there… Help you make progress. I think you’ll love the video!

Tony shares his 4 steps for making progress towards the end of the video so I made a little cheat-sheet for us ( below ) to refer back to / pin.

If you guys go through Tony’s process ( or even if you don’t ) I’d LOVE to hear what your 2017 goals are. LOL I’m totally serious… I’ve asked / talked about 2017 goals with my boyfriend & his sister so many times now, it’s kind of become a joke.

But, I REALLY want to know. I love this stuff! So shoot me an email ( bita@joyfetti.com ), comment below or on Instagram, or tweet me… However you’d like. I’d love to hear from you! : )

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Switching gears for a moment, I want to give a shout out to tobi.com for sending me this super comfy, huge ( just the way I wanted, LOL ) navy sweater & this maxi dress ( both pictured above ).

I’ve been snuggled up in this sweater all day & probably will be for a good chunk of winter. I’m definitely packing it for our next Tahoe trip!

I feel like baggy sweaters are a staple during winter. Don’t you think? Especially solids. I love solids!

Okay… I’m going to bed so I can wake up early-ish ( LOL ) and go to the gym in the morning & run. Wish me luck ; )

HAPPY NEW YEARS!

I hope you have a safe & amazing NYE!

<3,
Bita

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How to Find the Right Pair of Running Shoes for YOUR Feet ( + an Interview With ARM! )

 

Hi Guys!

This post has been a long time coming. For the past 2-3 years I’ve been running and doing all my workouts in Nike Frees, which was all fine and dandy until it was extremely painful to run in them.

Side note… I should’ve seen it coming when my friend, Katrina told me Frees are NOT running shoes. Point taken. I learned the hard way.

She also told me about A Runner’s Mind ( ARM ) and their super personalized process for fitting you into the right pair of running shoes for YOUR feet.

So about 3 months ago I FINALLY walked in and the experience was AMAZING & SUPER personalized!

Dawson, who’s the co-owner at ARM, helped me find the perfect pair of running shoes for my feet ( so basically I have no excuse not to run! ) and I’ve been running in them comfortably for the past 3 months

And, this is just a bonus, but I think they’re super cute!

Luckily for us, he agreed to do a fun lil’ Q&A just for JOYFETTI. Thanks, Dawson!

Let’s get into it…

Please introduce yourself: 

I’m Dawson, co-owner and footwear buyer at A Runner’s Mind. I’ve been with the company for about five years now, and I have been involved with the running retail industry for over 8 years. I have been a marathon runner since I was in high school.

Can you tell us about A Runner’s Mind? 

A Runner’s Mind was founded on a simple premise: helping people. We focus a lot on developing relationships with people who walk through our doors as much as we focus on getting people into the right shoes and gear.

Our original founder and owner, Monte Keleher, first opened the store in Burlingame when the local running shop next to the high school closed. It left such a huge void in the community that he decided to open A Runner’s Mind a few years later in August 2010. Ever since then, our involvement with the community and our focus on customer experience has created such a huge following that we’ve been able to open a store in San Francisco ( 2013 ), and more recently in Lafayette ( spring 2016 ). It’s been great! We’ll continue to focus on development in the next upcoming years.

What truly separates ourselves from our competitors is not only our expertise and knowledge, but it’s how fully we integrate ourselves in every community we’re in.

I love your fitting process! Can you tell us all about it?

Thank you! It’s called a gait analysis!

It’s so incredibly important for people to understand how they move to find the right type of shoe.

The gait analysis breaks down an individual’s biomechanics and alignment to find the best possible fit. Running requires so much coordination and energy so we find the best ways to reduce the stress and fatigue on the body to keep you running faster, stronger and farther.

What kind of things do you look for during your fitting process?

There are several things we look for during the gait analysis.

It all starts with understanding the individual; your goals, history of injuries, running volume, any cross training activities you do, and the surfaces that you’re typically running on.

From there, we like to test the individual’s mobility to understand if there are any asymmetries or discrepancies in the body’s alignment, and we conclude by watching the individual run. We conduct a video gait analysis—which means we film you running so we can slow the footage down and frame-by-frame we can see how you carry your weight from one foot to the next.

Our goal is simple: if we can understand any underlying muscular imbalances, we can prevent injuries from happening. It’s about pre-hab, not rehab for us.

If we can make your body stronger, you can run/walk stronger, longer and with less issues!

Why is it so important to be running in the right pair of running shoes?

Finding the proper pair of running shoes for your body and activity is so critical to keeping you healthy and out there with fewer problems. It’s hard enough to find the time to stay active, fit and healthy. Injuries only make it worse. We can prevent injuries from happening by making sure you have the right equipment so that means replacing your old, worn out running shoes frequently and investing in the right pair!

What are some indicators that you’re in the wrong pair of running shoes? What should readers look for?

There are lots of different types of indicators or red flags that may suggest that you’re in the wrong pair of running shoes. If your feet are going numb during the middle of a run—you may have the incorrect size or width. Other things like blisters, callousing, arch pain or general discomfort are easy indicators that you may need to replace your shoes fast!

Are those indicators different from what you’d feel if your shoes were just worn out? How can readers tell the difference?

Sometimes those indicators are different, but frankly, a lot of the times they can be the same. Worn out shoes may present itself in different ways too—like suddenly, your hip is feeling sore after your normal four or 6 mile run. An old shoe loses its support and cushioning, and that kind of wear and tear on the body can take its toll. We typically tell athletes that you should be looking to replace your running shoes every 5 to 6 months depending on an athlete’s efficiency and running volume.

I know you love marathons! What are some of your favorites? 

I do! You remembered! I absolutely love, love, love marathons! My absolute favorite marathon has to be the San Francisco Marathon. It’s my hometown! Plus it was my first marathon when I was eighteen.

Which marathon(s) do you recommend for first-timers?

A lot of people tend to recommend flatter courses for a first-time marathoners. For instance, the California International Marathon is a net downhill course in Sacramento! However, what’s the fun in that? A more scenic race is worth the challenge. I suggest checking out Big Sur in April or the Napa Valley Marathon!

What’s your favorite snack to fuel you before your run? 

My favorite fuel for a long run tends to be one of two things: 1. Generation UCAN which utilizes a modified corn starch for a longer sustaining fuel source or 2. Picky Bar (Ah! Fudge Nuts—it tastes like a brownie!!) + Banana + water!

Both of those combinations have led for some of my best races!

How about after?

Post long runs I always look forward to my Generation UCAN Chocolate Recovery Drink mixed with Almond Milk. It tastes a lot like chocolate milk with so much more protein!!

Anything else you’d like to share with the JOYFETTI family? : ) 

Yes! Definitely! It feels like a lot of people are intimidated to start running for one reason or another. Whether it’s because they think they’re not good enough to run or don’t seem themselves as runners or they’re not fast enough—none of that is true nor does it matter. Running for me is not about competition. It’s personal. It’s something I do for myself to relieve stress and take a break from the chaos of life.

Granted, it has some great benefits in keeping people healthy, but a lot of what running becomes is personal. So make it yours. Go for a run or walk. Take on the day!

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Snuggle up in These Cute, Cozy Socks!

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[ All from Target & $6 or less! LOVE IT! ]

Hi guys!

If you know me, you know I’m always cold.

My idea of perfect weather is when everyone else is dripping with sweat. 

So, as you can imagine, I’ve been pretty cold the past few weeks. Which is why I started looking for some cute, comfy socks to wear around the house.

Picture yourself snuggled up on the couch in some cute loungewear and a pair of these socks sipping on a hot toddy ( full disclosure… I’ve never tried a hot toddy but I really want to try one! Maybe I’ll make one this week. )

So I went straight to Target ( .com, LOL! ) because I feel like they always have cute, seasonal socks that don’t cost a fortune.

These are all $2-$6 ( !!!! ) LOVE IT!

#HANGRY 3-PACK SOCKS

Okay, I love these because they couldn’t be more perfect for me. Yes, I get hangry. Don’t you? ; )

SANTA WITH GIFT SOCKS

These are just so cute. I love Santa’s little nose.

RED STRIPE SOCKS

Don’t these remind you of candy cane? I love ’em! This shorter version is cute too!

SANTA PULL-ON SOCKS

This is perfect when you want to keep your feet warm, but you don’t want to cover your legs. If you like pull-on socks, check these out too!

Okay, if you’ve seen other cute, comfy socks leave a link to them below so we can all check ’em out!

HAPPY ( almost ) THANKSGIVING! : )

<3,
Bita

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How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

 

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I’ve always been into quotes and sayings—and understanding what they mean. So a few years ago ( for about a year or two—pretty crazy! ) I was fixated on a really common saying that “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” And I just kept thinking… “What does that mean? Why can’t you have your cake and eat it too?”

If you’re wondering, a quick Google search will tell you it means “if you eat your cake you won’t have it any more. The point is that if you eat your cake right now you won’t have it to eat later.”

I don’t believe that… LOL.

So I kept thinking about it. And I realized, you CAN—you CAN have your cake and eat it too. You just have to always be baking.

Meaning, you have to always be producing. And when you think about it it makes a lot of sense.

For example:

How can you have money and spend it too? Well, you have to constantly be making money. ( Or at least, making more money than you spend. ) 

“Know how you can have your cake and eat it too? Always be baking” – Bita Ehsanipour

I wanted to share it with you guys because it’s been on my mind a lot lately.

Right now, I think about it as I need to always be producing content. That’s something I’ve been focusing on right now: producing more content for JOYFETTI & JOY Consulting Co.

So, what do you think about the expression “You can’t have your cake & eat it too”? Do you believe it? Or do you agree with my thought that you CAN have your cake & eat it too. You just have to always be baking! ; ) Would love to hear!

xx,
Bita

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Did You Know? Teal Is the New Orange.

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[ Teal pumpkin + JOY Consulting Co. business cards + cute bunny thumbtacks! ]

HI GUYS!!

I didn’t get very festive for Halloween ( I did put out 3 white pumpkins next to the TV. LOL! Does that count? You saw them on Snap. ) BUT—if we lived in an area that got trick-or-treaters, I’d FOR SURE put out A TEAL PUMPKIN.

Here’s why:

FARE, which stands for Food Allergy Research & Education, is making Halloween more exciting & FUN for kids with food allergies through their “Teal Pumpkin Project“.

They explain:

“Every child should be able to experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween. But kids with food allergies are often left out of the fun, since most candy is off limits.

FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy. It just takes one simple act: offering non-food treats, such as glow sticks or small toys, as an alternative to candy.

Last year, households from all 50 states and 14 countries participated. This is a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all trick-or-treaters.”

To participate:

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[ The Mint Ball! ]

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[ Staring into the yonder. ]

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Some of my favorite items to have on hand are bubbles ( YES, PLEASE! ), mini slinkies ( such a throwback, I love it! ), bouncy balls, temporary tattoos & fun stickers! Basically all the things we wanted in our goody bags when we were little, minus the candy.

Okay, SO! If you participate ( I hope you do! ) share a photo of your teal pumpkin on social & tag @JOYFETTI & @foodallergy so we can see!!

This year ( like I do most years, HA! ) we’re taking my niece & nephew trick-or-treating and then checking out the neighborhood where I grew up—the houses go ALL OUT there! I love it! We’ll do a little walky walky & a little sippy sippy ; ) I’ll share it on Snapchat so be sure to come along! ( username ⇢ JOYFETTI )

Happy ( almost ) Halloween!!!

xx,
Bita

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[ It totally looks like she’s pooping, right? ]

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A Fun Surprise With POPSUGAR Must Have Box

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[ Minty modeling ; ) ]

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[ POPSUGAR September Must Have Box full of goodies!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! ]

You guys, a few weeks ago I did a little—no, BIG ( LOL, let’s be honest )—happy dance when I got the POPSUGAR September Must Have Box in the mail.

POPSUGAR was hosting this little promo with bloggers so I entered thinking who knows, maybeeee I’ll get selected LOL. I didn’t know if I’d make the cut.

And no, I’m not having a little boo-hoo me moment, trust me, I’m not…

It’s just the idea of getting the POPSUGAR Box sounded SO amazing I KNEW there’d be a bunch of bloggers trying to get in on the promo.

So when the box actually came in the mail… I was… Surprised.

And SOOOO happy. LOL. Can you blame me?

I feel like the fun thing about subscription boxes is it breaks up your routine… You know? Sometimes work / life / school it can feel too routine, like you’re on a hamster wheel, just going through the motions… So a fun package in the mail is a very welcomed surprise.

That’s part of the fun with online shopping too, right? You get a rush when you buy something, and another rush when it arrives in the mail. Pretty awesome.

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[ Awesome Briogeo deep conditioning mask from the box. It smells sooooo good AND it works! ]

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[ These GFB Bites, also from the box, were delicious! ]

BUT! The best part about the POPSUGAR Must Have Box? They send you items you actually WANT.

So simple, right? LOL. They nail it with the products.

For example… I’d been eyeing this Briogeo deep conditioning mask for monthssss. Why didn’t I buy it yet? No idea.

It’s all over Instagram and I kept thinking “OMG I have to try this” but I didn’t get it yet.

It was in the box. POPSUGAR to the rescue. LOL.

It smells aaaamazing AND it works. I was SO, SO excited!!

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[ Minty wanted in on the fun, too. HA! ]

Another standout? I’ve been slacking on my at-home manis so this adorable NCLA Mani E.R. kit came right in time. I think it was a sign I have to get back on it…?

But really, take a look…?

Isn’t it the perfect kit to take with you on the go? In your purse… On a vacation… To have in your car? It’s perfect. Right?

I’m super excited about it! And I’m definitely taking it with me on my next trip.

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So hopefully this has been fun ( LOL )… Hearing about how excited / obsessed / happy I am that POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try, but I’m REALLY exited I get to share the fun with you too!

POPSUGAR gave me a special coupon code ( SHOP5 ) so you can get $5 off your FIRST POPSUGAR Must Have Box. SO COOL, right? P.S. I’m not getting a commission off the code, just sharing the fun! Plus, I feel like it’s an awesome gift to give someone during the holidays!

You can see what was in previous boxes in “Past Boxes” here if you want to take a peek! It’s fun!

I LOVE this item from the July box. So cute!

Okay, dish… What are you hoping will be in the October Box? Let’s guess… : ) Leave a comment on Instagram with #MustHaveBox.

xx,
Bita

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Sara Kashlan of Kash in on Health on Living Healthy & Creating a Life You Love

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HI GUYS!!

I’m SO sorry I’ve been so quiet on the blog lately. It took me a few weeks to realign my priorities and declutter my life ( I’m making that a thing if it isn’t already ; ) ) Even though The ONE Thing is one of my FAVORITE books, I’m really, REALLY bad at practicing “The ONE Thing”. But I’m working on it. Anyways, it feels really good to be back.

This blog post, has been a long time coming…

You know when you meet someone & you instantly click?

I feel like that’s what happened when I “met” Sara, the founder of Kash in on Health—an awesome health & wellness blog. Except, we didn’t meet in person… We found each other on Instagram ( LOL ) So 2016, right?

For those who don’t know Sara ( yet ), I want to introduce you.

She’s authentic, personable, sweet, AND she’s on her way to becoming a Registered Dietician. SO COOL!

I love that she’s into eating well and living healthy, but also makes a point to treat herself.

SO, without further ado, here’s a fun Q&A to get you acquainted:

HI SARA!! Introduce yourself:

Hiiiiii! My name is Sara Kashlan. Avocado lover + part time blogger for Kash in on Health from Orange County, California. I’m currently in graduate school to become a registered dietitian.

What advice do you have for readers who are feeling unfilled or like something’s missing?

First things first—I’ve definitely been there. After college, I worked as a social media manager for 3 years and was literally going through a pre-quarter life crisis ( more details about that here ). Long story short, I wasn’t happy or satisfied with what I was doing and I needed a change. I knew I loved nutrition but the thought of going back to school to take a bunch of science pre-requisites was terrifying. I ended up taking the leap and while it wasn’t a smooth ride, it was by far the best decision I’ve made yet.

If you’re feeling unfulfilled, I HIGHLY suggest taking some ‘you’ time to learn more about yourself. Travel, read a new book, try a new exercise, tap into your creative side, start a side business or blog… The possibilities are endless. With time, things will slowly start to come together.

How did you figure out that going back to school and becoming an RD was the right move for you?

I’m a big believer in doing what you love. You’re going to be working for the rest of your life, so why not do something that makes you happy? I personally knew that if I continued in the career I was in, nothing was really going to change and I would remain unfulfilled. With that being said, I’ve always loved health & wellness and after going to a yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico, I realized I wanted to make a career out of it. Took me a while to figure it out, but hey, better late than never! The first step I took was getting Plant Based Certified from Cornel University. After that, I realized I wanted to dig deeper into nutrition so I decided the grad school RD route was the way to go. I also started my health blog, Kash in on Health, as a way to share my passion for health with the internet world.

What’s your life like now that you’ve taken this leap?

It’s prettyyy busy but I wouldn’t want to have it any other way. I’m currently doing rotations in Los Angeles where I shadow dietitians in different fields & that’s been super fascinating! I also work part time as a nutrition consultant and do blogging on the side for fun : )

You’ve tried several lifestyle “diets”… Raw, vegan, vegetarian, low carb / high fat, you name it… What’s your take on all of them?

Honestly, diets don’t work. I had to experiment and try them for myself to really figure that out. Overall, it’s hard to stick with them and you end up depriving yourself from one thing and compensating it for something else. Trying a variety of fad diets made me realize that eating healthy is a way of life. It’s important to eat a variety of healthy carbs, fats, and proteins. & It’s okay to treat yourself every once in a while. We’re all human & it’s better to enjoy yourself and move on rather than stress over it. I’m really into psychology and mindful eating so I’m a big believer in the mind / body connection. For example, if you beat yourself up over eating something that’s considered not “healthy”, I truly believe it slows down your metabolism. Instead, enjoy that treat and continue with your healthy lifestyle.

How would you explain your “diet” currently?

I really don’t like to label myself but if I had to I’d probably say I follow a mostly plant-based diet. For me, that means the majority of my diet consists of fruits & vegetables, with some eggs and fish. I eat chicken & meat occasionally.

What’s your #1 tip for living a healthy & active lifestyle long-term?

Start your mornings with a big glass of water. Every. Single. Day. Ideally warm water ( bonus if you add lemon to it! ) It totally sets the tone for the entire day and clears your mind first thing in the morning. So many of us mistake thirst for hunger so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day! It’s incredible for your skin, too!

What motivates you to eat healthy & stay active?

For me, health & fitness make me happy. You know how some people get hangry? Well, I literally get like that when I feel myself slacking off in my meals or workouts.

What’s one of the most surprising or interesting things you learned while in your program?

Hmmmm. That’s a tough one.  A lot of my clients are mind blown when I tell them that one teaspoon of salt is the limit for sodium intake in a day, which is about 2300mg. A teaspoon of salt seems like nothing, but it really goes a long way! Plus it can make you bloated and isn’t so great for the abs!

Where should readers go if they want to find credible information about nutrition online? What resources do you recommend?

NutritionFacts.org is a good one!! 

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What’s your favorite plant-based ( vegan? ) recipe? We have to know! ; )

Another tough question! I loveeee me some cauliflower buffalo wings with some Majestic Garlic Spread ( the spread is raw / vegan and can be purchased at Whole Foods ). THE BEST! Now I’m hungry…

 Favorite ( healthy ) snack?

Celery or apples with peanut butter… Hands down. 

Cocktail of choice?

I’m really not much of a drinker but I do love me some sparkling water with lemon! 

Guilty pleasure? ( mine’s chocolate! HA! ) 

Oh boy. I have a big sweet tooth which is why I love to bake my own healthy desserts. But if I had to choose one guilty pleasure it would have to be chocolate chip cookies. The soft, gooey, chocolate chips melt-in-your-mouth kind. Mmmm…

What do your mornings usually look like?

Right now I wake up between 5:30 and 6 a.m., drink 1-2 BIG glasses of water, my peppermint tea and then eat breakfast. After that I check my emails and head to work.

What’s your weekly workout schedule?

My schedule is kind of all over the place right now so I don’t really have a set routine ( in the process of fixing that though! ) Lately, I’ve been working out in the afternoons. In terms of specific workouts, I like to change it up between circuit training, pilates, spin, stairs and yoga. When I don’t have time to take a class I love going outside and doing stairs or sprints. Ideally, I try to workout 5 days a week. On the weekends I love hiking.

What’s your must-have beauty item?

Tinted sunscreen / moisturizer for sureeee. Can’t live without it!

Favorite natural beauty product?

Right now I’m loving my ice face roller, haha! Does that count as a beauty product? It’s so refreshing and totally relaxes me! My skin looks so much brighter after ice rolling and makeup goes on better as well!

Favorite quote?

“The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it.” I really, truly, 100% believe this.

What’s your favorite book? Or a book you read recently & LOVED?

The last book I read and loved was The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The biggest lesson I got from it was to live a more simple life with less stuff / clutter. Another book I love is The 4 Hour Work Week. I haven’t had much time to read lately so I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts instead!

Favorite podcasts?

The Art of Charm, #AskGaryVee Show, and TSC Ask Him & Her are my current faves!

Anything else you’d like to share with the JOYFETTI family? : ) 

I think that’s about it! Thanks so much for having me! If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to email me at sara@kashinonhealth.com.

+ Want more? Follow Sara on Instagram & check out her blog, Kash in on Health

<3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: Boxes on Boxes on Boxes

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[ AQUA dress found here. ]

WE DID IT!!!

We just moved into our new apartment in San Jose. We’re surrounded by boxes and I couldn’t be more happy.

Today’s our first full day in our first home together & there’s something really special about that ( but I won’t get all sappy on you ; ) )

My goal is to unpack EVERYTHING ( Gah! It’s a LOT! ), so we can bring the dogs home tonight. HAPPY DANCE!

It’ll be the first time all 3 of our dogs are living together ( LOL this should be very interesting ) so I’m very excited about that. The Zoo is finally coming together! ( that’s what we call the three of them )

Since I’m pretty terrible at moving—like REALLY bad—I Googled “how to pack when moving” a week ago ( weird? ) and I found this awesome article in The Denver Post. It has some great tips & tricks.

I’ll share a full post on our move ( and the tips & tricks I’ve picked up ) soon, so stay tuned for that.

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In other news, I’m VERY excited to stock our fridge, and line up all our drinks ( LOL! ) A little OCD-action for ya… ; ) Of course, there’ll be a row of Health-Ade Kombucha ( YUM! ) & Perrier—we need to restock these ASAP.

Come hang out on Snapchat to see more of our move. UN: joyfetti

xx!

<3,
Bita

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[ Shipping influencer packages for a JOY Consulting Co. client. Boxes were DEFINITELY a theme these past few weeks. ]

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[ My little Mint ball. ]

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Sunday Splash: So Much Food & Catch Phrase

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[ Fresh coconut water on the beach. ]

This weekend definitely had a theme ⇢ lots of food—& A LOT of CATCH PHRASE ( my newest obsession! )

Do you guys know Catch Phrase?

For those who don’t… It’s a word guessing game—there’s usually two teams, and you’re trying to get your teammates to guess whatever word or phrase you’re given without saying the word or phrase… You have to explain it to them verbally.

You can find it on Amazon or you can use an app, like “Phrase Party” on your phone ( that’s the one we used ).

Once your team guesses the word or phrase correctly you pass it on to the other team, kind of like Hot Potato, and you keep doing that until the buzzer goes off. Whichever team is holding it when the buzzer goes off, looses the round.

Not surprisingly… We got super into it, and pretty LOUD. LOL. It’s really fun.

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[ ‘Hot & Cold’ cocktails at Shell Shock in Mountain View—SO GOOD! ]

To start the weekend we went to this DELICIOUS restaurant in downtown Mountain View called Shell Shock Restaurant on Friday, and it was perfect because I really wanted fresh seafood & a spicy / refreshing cocktail.

If you’re around Mountain View, you HAVE to check it out.

Order their ‘Hot & Cold’ cocktail if you like spicy drinks. It has Hornitos Plata, cucumbers, jalapeños, & fresh lime juice… It’s really good!

I spent Saturday with family… We BBQ’ed, caught up with each other, shared stories, and played Catch Phrase ( Phrase Party ) until a little after midnight. It got pretty competitive. ; )

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[ A HUGE Ponderosa lemon from my aunt’s backyard. ]

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[ A delicious Bloody Mary at Kitchen Story SF—spicy, just the way I like it. ]

The theme continued on Sunday. The girls & I went to brunch at Kitchen Story SF and then had a little picnic at Dolores Park… With more Catch Phrase. LOL. It’s addicting!

By the way, I felt very San Francisco-y spending the day at Dolores Park. AND… THERE ARE SO MANY CUTE PUPPIES THERE! I basically oohed & awwed the entire time we were there. Minty came with us too, obviously. ; )

But… Let’s not breeze through brunch because brunch at Kitchen Story is AMAZING.

Since I’m not having eggs ( aka no Benedict for me—I’ll share more about this soon ) I ordered their Veggie burger without cheese and without ailoi. It was DELICIOUS—so was their Bloody Mary. It was spicy, just the way I like it.

How was your weekend…? What are you looking forward to this week?

If you need a little pick-me-up or retail therapy ; ), check out these super cute home picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

xx,
Bita

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[ Check out my favorite home items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale here. ]

Shop my weekend look + CATCH PHRASE ( LOL ):

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale… Fav Items for the Home

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You know what’s fun?

Online shopping.

& Browsing!

I’ve been browsing & pinning a lot lately, especially for my home & office so when I checked out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I went STRAIGHT to the ‘HOME‘ section.

Plus, when you’re shopping for your home you don’t have to worry about FIT.

Side note ⇢ have you ever purchased a baggy sweater online that looked so cute online and then you got it in the mail… And it looked terrible when you put it on? Me too. Which is why I love online shopping for my home / office. LOL.

Since there’s so many great deals happening right now, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite home items that are on sale ( big time! )

Ready? : )

I really like that this comes with a holder because it helps the kitchen stay organized. Plus, how cute are these copper handles? I LOVE ’em!

Doesn’t this pillow make you smile? I love the clean lines and bright, happy color.

But really… This entire collection. I’m obsessed with marble, especially white marble. This tray is perfect for displaying everyday lotions and beauty items so they’re accessible, but still organized.

This rug is SO cute! Plus, it comes in 4 different sizes ( or dimensions )—this long, narrow one is perfect for long hallways ( if you live in San Francisco you know exactly what I mean. )

This basket is perfect for holding toys ( Minty‘s, LOL ), magazines or other items in your home. AND it’s super cute—such a great find!

I’m almost always burning a candle when I’m in the house, but I love having an oil diffuser in the bathroom. Antica has amazing scents like pomegranate / currant / blood orange, grapefruit, and vanilla / bourbon / mandarin—sounds sooo good, right?

Have you guys been shopping ( or browsing ) the Sale? I’d love to hear what you’ve been eyeing! : )

xx,
Bita

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