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How to go from hike to dinner ( without taking a shower )

EEK, sometimes you gotta do it…

This past Valentine’s Day Arrash & I hiked Big Basin in Boulder Creek ( in Santa Cruz County ), & saw the “natural bridge” at the Natural Bridges State Beach.

& then we went straight to dinner.

Well, technically we stopped by a local restaurant for a drink and an app first, but the point is there was no time for a shower before our vday dinner.

Clearly, Arrash made the plans ; ) LOL

But really… That was part of the fun—hopping from one activity to the other, without spending too much time on hair & makeup.

It was refreshing.

& super exciting! ( it was mostly surprises )

So I had to figure out how to go from hiking to dinner at a restaurant without looking or feeling gross.

[ Arrash & I at the top of Big Basin ]

Here’s what worked for me…

If you’re going straight from hiking to dinner at a restaurant…

Bring these items with you:

  • Baby wipes to wipe your face ( & armpits, LOL, if you want to… Pretty sure I did )
  • Your makeup ( so you can apply fresh makeup before dinner )
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume ( a small bottle or rollerball )
  • A change of clothes for dinner… I recommend bringing a top that doesn’t cling too much and is sleeveless or has cap sleeves ( sleeves after a hike suck because you’re still warm & that can make you sticky… Or is that just me? ) I brought black skinny jeans that I could put on in the car and a vneck. Yes, we changed in the car… So stretchy jeans were KEY. For shoes I wore white Keds. I think going for a casual, effortless-but-cute look makes it SO much easier!

Also, remember to put on sunscreen—so important! 

If you can, choose a restaurant that’s not too fancy so you can get away with a casual look & be comfortable with it.

Avoid curls—choose a hairstyle you can’t mess up while hiking. I went with straight hair. Easy-peasy.

After the hike:

  1. Wipe your face & put on fresh makeup ( if you want to )—point is, don’t leave on old makeup or pile on more makeup without taking it off first. It’s not good for your skin since you’ve been sweating ( it’ll clog your pores ). And layering on more makeup never looks as good as a fresh face, don’t you think?
  2. Apply deodorant & perfume. I took my small perfume bottle but if you have a perfume rollerball that works too! I might do that next time.
  3. Put on your change of clothes & fricken enjoy that dinner. YOU EARNED IT! Have dessert too : ) I did!

Speaking of dinner & dessert… If you guys are in the Bay Area or planning a visit you HAVE to check out the restaurant we went to because I still day dream about the food. It was that good!

We went to Au Midi, a French restaurant in Aptos ( also in Santa Cruz County )

It’s kind of a hidden gem.

From the outside, you’d never know how amazing their food is. It’s drool worthy.

& the experience was perfect!

P.S. when we walked in we saw a lot of French people dinning there, which I always think is a good sign considering it’s a French restaurant. If you go to a Persian restaurant, for example, and there’s no Persian people there… You should find a different restaurant ; )

Here are a few snapshots of what we ate ( demolished )

[ Au Midi’s soup de jour ]

[ Au Midi’s Stuffed Zucchini & Sea Scallops entrees ]

[ Au Midi’s Bergamote dessert. OH MAN, this was good!!!! ]

We started with the soup de jour ( AMAZING! ), and then got two entrees to share ( so we could try more, hahaboth of them were delicious! ), and then we had dessert.

Oh, and we ordered a bottle of wine and some dessert wine, too, to pair with our dessert…

Does anyone else make noises when they eat something they really like? Because I do…

I’m kind of like Wally Mars ( played by Jason Bateman ) in The Switch.

& boy did I make noises eating that dessert… Not sorry about it : )

Okay, I’m off to shower. Chat soon!

<3,
Bita

[ Loved this wine! ]

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Foods + drinks I always have in the house

Or at least I try to…

Sometimes I run out sooner than I expect.

But more often than not, you can find these foods & drinks in our house at all time, regardless of my food cravings or “food swings” ( LOL )

I’m VERY moody when it comes to food.

I get really into something and I’ll eat it day after day, meal after meal, and then, eventually, I’ll need a break so I won’t buy it for awhile.

I go through phases.

But THESE are my staples.

Most of these foods are nutrient dense, versatile and easy to enjoy.

They’re available & affordable year round, and stay fresh for a pretty long time—or they’re versatile enough that’s it’s easy to use them into different meals and recipes within their expiration date.

This list definitely helps me with grocery shopping & creating a healthy kitchen, so I’m hoping it helps you guys too! ( You can repin it here for convenience )

Okay, let’s dive in!

Perrier / Pellegrino

I’m OBSESSED with sparkling natural mineral water—& I like to drink it from a champagne flute as you might have heard ( LOL )

Personally, I prefer Perrier because it has larger bubbles, but I’m more than happy sipping either.

Also, there’s something super refreshing about having sparking natural mineral water at night or in the middle of the night when I wake up, which happens more often than I’d like, haha.

P.S. If you’re looking for a soda replacement, definitely try Perrier. It’ll make it easier to break the habit.

Coffee pods

Right now I’m obsessed with Peet’s Coffee Major Dickason’s Blend—it’s a dark roast.

I have it every morning & I legit go to bed excited to wake up and have my coffee, through a stainless steel straw, of course ; ) It helps me avoid stains on my teeth & keeps my teeth white.

Coffee is also my favorite “pre-workout”. I have so much more energy when I workout after having coffee, than when I workout without it.

&… It keeps things regular.

You know you love coffee for that reason too, be honest.

Coconut creamer

All credits go to Arrash’s sister, Michelle, on this one!

Michelle ( Meesh ) introduced us to So Delicious Original Coconut Milk Creamer and it is so, so good!! Definitely a big reason why I look forward to my morning coffee, and why I prefer having coffee at home.

I stick with Original to avoid “natural flavors”.

I avoid them because “natural flavors” can refer to so many different things & I’d rather take out the mystery when it comes to food ingredients.

Tea

Okay, so, lately I’ve been starting my day with coffee & ending it with tea—usually peppermint tea. There’s something therapeutic about it, for me—and it helps me wind down for bed. It kind of signals my body and brain that it’s had dinner & it’s done eating… Which keeps me from binging / constantly snacking before bed.

Sometimes I’ll have a cup or two during the day too.

Very Persian of me, right? My parents sip Persian tea all day & night.

Peppermint tea is non-caffeinated so I feel good about having it at night. Plus, it’s delicious.

I drink my tea from a stainless steel straw. Gotta keep those teeth white ; )

Coconut water

I use coconut water in homemade juices & smoothies so I try to buy this in bulk too.

I’ve also been drinking it straight since from the bottle ( LOL ) since I started drinking Harmless Harvest—it’s SO good, and naturally sweet ( & pink ), so you can treat it like dessert ; )

Though it’ll never replace chocolate… Scroll down, dark chocolate is on this list, too.

I feel like Harmless Harvest is the closest you can get to fresh coconut water from a bottle.

A fresh coconut on the beach is pretty damn good, too. It’s the BEST.

I also love coconut water because it provides potassium.

Eggs

I’m a big fan of eggs because they’re versatile, easy to cook and full of protein.

I’m very particular about my eggs. I buy Vital Farms pasture-raised organic eggs from Whole Foods because they’re organic and have one of the most humane practices I’ve seen when it comes to hens and eggs.

How I use them:

I like to make hard boil eggs a couple times a week and keep them in the fridge to have with my morning coffee and / or to eat as a snack during the day.

I also love a quick omelet with spinach and sometimes, mushrooms + onions.

I’ll eat the omelet on it’s own or I’ll add it to toast to make an open-faced sandwich… Quick lunch idea you can fall back on! You’ve seen me make this on Snapchat if you’re following along : ) ( add me—username: joyfetti )

Cuties

I eat these like chips. Really.

They’re so good, plus, they’re in season during the winter when most of the fruits I’m obsessed with ( like berries ) are not. So, I’ve been eating a lot of these, which doesn’t help with my tooth sensitivity, but it’s worth it, with semi-moderation.

Also, I’ll usually put them out in an Anthropologie bowl during dinner parties so people can snack on something healthy if they want.

Another Persian move… We always have fruit on the table.

Bananas

What is a smoothie without a banana?

Really though…

I tried to make a smoothie without a banana once ( because I ran out—GAH! ) and it was NOT good. It was gross.

I know you can make a smoothie taste good without a banana ( Google told me ), but for now, I’m happy plopping a banana into my smoothies at all times. YUM! Plus, bananas provide potassium and magnesium.

I also like topping them with peanut butter & cinnamon for a quick treat, or putting them on toast.

& I also eat them on their own…

And I feel like that quote “never make eye contact while eating a banana” was something I should’ve learned a long time ago. Whoops.

Same with lollipops…

I got weird looks when I was eating a lollipop in downtown Burlingame Avenue last month. Anyone else experience this?

Apples

Apples are a great staple. I use them in homemade juices, add them to salads, or slice them up and dip them in peanut or almond butter.

I also bite right into them —Adam & Eve style.

Apples are great when I need something sweet or crunchy, and they’re a good source of fiber and magnesium.

Lemons

Okay, lemons… I LOVE lemons! ( Oprah Winfrey Weight Watchers ad moment HAHA you know what I’m talking about? LOL, I LOVE her! )

I add lemons to soup ( usually bone broth ), homemade juices, fish, and a bunch of other recipes like this shrimp ceviche recipe I’m totally OBSESSED with!

I’m also planing to get back into drinking a glass of lemon water first thing in the morning… Anyone else doing this right now?

Read about the health benefits here.

Spinach

Spinach is SO versatile and full of nutrients like protein, calcium, iron and potassium.

I add it to omelets, pasta sauce, smoothies, homemade juices, yogurt ( after I cook the spinach ) and not surprisingly I use it as a base for salads, too.

Plus, you can freeze it if you buy too much, and can cook it / add it to the blender later, which is very convenient!

Frozen fruits

100% a staple! I buy these mostly for smoothies.

My favorites include strawberries, raspberries ( high in fiber ), blueberries, mango, pineapple, & peach. Berries are full of antioxidants and raspberries, in particular, are a good source of fiber.

Chia seeds

I add these to smoothies, my peanut butter, anything I can think of really… They have so many health benefits. They’re a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids & they provide a modest amount of protein as well!

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for optimal health & wellness, and they’re also anti-inflammatory.

Ground flax seeds

I love these for smoothies & peanut butter.

I get ground flax seeds because it’s easier to absorb the nutrients when they’re grounded vs. whole.

Like chia seeds, they’re a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids & provide a modest amount of protein.

Hemp seeds

I didn’t start eating hemp seeds until recently because compared to ground flax seeds and chia seeds they have more Omega-6 fatty acids ( which are pro-inflammatory ) than they do Omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s important to have a balanced ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 in our diets.

A 1:1 ratio is ideal, but most people today are getting a 16:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 so it’s important to incorporate more Omega-3 rich foods in our diet.

This balance is really important for overall health.

BUT ( !!! ), I started eating hemp seeds because they have more protein than chia & flax seeds & they taste SO GOOD!

If you like nutty flavors, you’ll love hemp seeds! I especially love them in my smoothies for an added crunch & nutty flavor.

Nuts

Nuts are great to snack on & they’re a great source of protein and healthy fats.

I usually get raw, unsalted almonds ( which also provide calcium & magnesium ) & slivered almonds, and sometimes walnuts ( a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids ) and cashews.

I’m also a big fan of sunflower seeds though I try to limit them because they’re high in Omega-6 fatty acids.

I like snacking on them, adding them to smoothie bowls, and sometimes, salads and yogurt.

Nut butter

Pure nut butter, without the shitty ingredients…

Trader Joe’s and Justin’s are good options for delicious and healthy nut butters. I’m a big fan of peanut butter & almond butter.

I dip apple slices in it, spread it on toast, and sometimes have it straight from a spoon.

I know you do too ; )

Plus, the dogs love peanut butter!

Bone broth

My mom’s been making us bone broth for as long as I can remember. It’s one of my favorite recipes of hers.

Being a chicken ( no pun intended ) and not wanting to making my own bone broth from scratch, I found some delicious store brands that aren’t full of junk and taste delicious with some added seasoning.

P.S. Seeing a pattern here? I always read ingredients.

My favorite brands right now are Epic Homestyle Savory Chicken Bone Broth ( made with organic chicken ), which is shelf stable, & Bonafide Provisions Organic Chicken Bone Broth, which is frozen ( I just defrost it in the fridge for 24 hours )

I heat it up with pepper, pink himalayan salt & chili flakes, pour it in a mug & add fresh squeezed lemon—SO YUM!

Protein / nutrition bars

I love having protein or nutrition bars on hand for a quick snack ( or dessert, if we’re avoiding cake ; ) ) so I buy these in bulk too!

My favorites right now are Larabar Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Square Organics Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter.

What are your favorites? What should I try next?

Plant-based protein powders

I’m OBSESSED with Vega One—right now, we have the All-In-One Nutrition Shake in Natural and French Vanilla flavors, as well as the Vega Sport Performance Protein in Vanilla. I love that they’re protein based and taste amazing!

Dark chocolate chunks

So I have a sweet tooth…

I can limit my sugar intake and I’ve even gone months without dessert ( usually in preparation for a Vegas trip, LOL ) but I have low blood sugar so chocolate is basically my medicine ; )

I kid, kind of…

Sugar from fruits can help me from going dizzy when I’m low on sugar, but sometimes you just need some chocolate, you know? At least I do.

So I like to keep Whole Foods’ 365 Dark Chocolate Baking Chunks in the pantry. On a positive note, dark chocolate provides probiotics so it’s not only only good for your heart, it’s also good for your gut ; )

I add the chunks to my DIY goji berry trail mix and use them to make my chocolate covered almond haystacks—both of which I’ve made on Snapchat.

LMK if you want me to share these recipes on the blog?

& sometimes, I eat a few chunks from the bag : )

Dried fruit

If I need a quick treat… Something with natural sugar… I’ll reach for some dried fruit—usually dried apricot ( a good source of iron ), prunes or dried mango, without added sugar ( this is key! ) Fruit is naturally sweet, so there’s no need to add sugar. I also LOVE goji berries, which are a great source of antioxidants, and I’ll often add raisins ( & dried yogurt ) to my yogurt—raisins provide iron as well.

I always look for organic, unless it’s something with a think skin—like bananas & oranges.

Okay spill… What do you keep in your house at all times?

Would love to hear!

<3,
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: 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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Sunday Splash: I Love the Sunday Snooze

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( My fav kind of donut ⇢ pink with sprinkles! )

Is it just me, or is there something super soothing about Sunday nights?

Am I crazy?

It’s just so calm & quiet… ( LOL… Do I sound old? )

This month has been very “go, go, go” because we’ve had so many great occasions to celebrate.

But today was definitely a change of pace because like most of my Sundays, it was actually calm ( except for the last few minutes of Game 7. Those were definitely NOT calm. )

This week, I’m looking forward to working on some new projects for JOYFETTI & JOY Consulting Co., getting back into a regular schedule ( hopefully with early mornings! )—& DETOXING, kind of… Mostly from booze & cake. ; )

A little activated charcoal lemonade sounds soooo good right now.

BTW, please LMK if you have a particular brand or place you like to get it from—I’d love to check it out!

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( Celebrating Minty‘s 2nd birthday! Check out her 1st birthday photoshoot here, and SUBSCRIBE on YouTube for her birthday video coming soon. : ) )

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( Me, this week… More reason to detox ; ) )

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( I love these earbuds for running & for listening to music ( usually Spotify ) while working on JF & JCC. PLUS, they come with an awesome case so they don’t tangle up in my purse. )

What are your Sunday nights like? Are you dreading Monday or looking forward to it? Would love to hear!

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday & Father’s Day!

<3,
Bita

 

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Sunday Splash: Dominican Republic, Puppy Love & Our GIVEAWAY Winner!

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[ Our flight into Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We arrived! ]

Hello, hello, hello—HAPPY SUNDAY!

How’s your day been?

Today was my first Sunday back from DR & it felt soooo good! I was so relaxed, so energized, & so not hungover, which was a really nice change from vacationing in DR. We stayed at a resort with swim-up bars in all the pools, soooo… As you can imagine, it was very easy to get drinks.

AND! … SUPER easy to get to the beach, which I loved. We had a view of the ocean every day at lunch ( it was so incredible ), and we could run back and forth from the pool to the ocean in less than a minute. It was AMAZING.

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[ My FAVORITE⇢ the ocean—it was so gorgeous, so blue ( ombre blue! ) & super warm. ]

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I’m putting together a “What to Pack for Punta Cana” post this week, so stay tuned for that.

&, side note—some of my friends asked me to share some makeup & skincare posts, so stay tuned for more of those in the next few weeks.

I really, really want to know what YOU ( yes, you! ) what to hear about, so please let me know… Comment below, email me ( bita@joyfetti.com ) or let me know on social. I want to hear from you. : )

So… Why was today so relaxing?

It’s all about how I started the day.

I got coffee with a few of my girl friends ( LOVEEE ) this morning, & it was SO nice to catch up with them, get a little caffeine buzz & walk Minty.

I feel like a little get-together with the girls is a MUST, right?! Like water… I need it to survive.

After a 3 hour ( LOL, that’s how I like ’em ) coffee date, I sat myself at the computer where I’ve been working for the past 5-6 hours ( not complaining, I love it—& I took breaks here & there. )

I poured myself a big glass of Kombucha—GT’s Guava Goddess—in a champagne flute, opened a bottle of Pellegrino ( LOL, getting wild ; ) ), put on some Cuban music, and lit a citrus candle.

I switched over to JOYFETTI Playlist — Carefree on Spotify a few hours ago to mix it up.

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[ My go-to salad lately ⇢ organic arugula, goat cheese, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, + salt & pepper. So simple & so delicious. ]

The Guava Goddess in the champagne flute looks SO much like a Bellini, right!? I’m kind of into it…

I got a bottle of sauvignon blanc with notes of grapefruit earlier today, & it’s still chilling in the fridge. I just sipped on my Kombucha all day and pretended it was a Bellini. ; ) HAHA. Next time ⇢ definitely GT’s Guava Goddess + champ. YUM!

I had the BEST sauvignon blanc with notes of grapefruit last night, with dinner, so naturally, I picked up a similar bottle so I could have a liiittttle bit more. ; ) I don’t know the name of yesterday’s wine, but I’ll get it for you guys this week so you can try it out if you’d like. It was a-mazingggg.

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[ Minty found some shade & peace ( HA ) in a little tunnel at the dog park yesterday. Follow her on Instagram for more pics & vids. ]

This week was FULL of doggy play dates and visits to the dog park, which I LOVED! Minty‘s been warming up to dog parks, slowly but surely. She’s making progress, little by little.

I snapped all the fun from yesterday’s dog park, but since we went in the afternoon it’s not in my story anymore, I’m sorry! Follow us on SNAPCHAT so you don’t miss any of the fun. Username ⇢ JOYFETTI

In other news ⇢ we have a WINNER!! Jessica, ( @mommywithtwins7 on Instagram)—congratulations!

Thank you, everyone, who entered the healthy snacks giveaway on Instagram. Let me know… What do you want to see in our next giveaway?

Have a great Sunday night! : )

<3,
Bita

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Healthy Snacks for When You Want a CRUNCH, or Something Sweet ( + a GIVEAWAY! )

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HI GUYS!

I’m super excited to share this post with you because not only do I get to share some of my favorite snacks with you—I get to actually SEND THEM to one of you.

Remember those crunchy apple clusters I shared with you on Twitter & Instagram in October because they’re so yummy, sweet & crunchy? Well, Peeled Snacks got in touch with me after they saw my tweet to tell me about their other products, and low and behold, they’re just as good!

They’re delicious.

And the best, part—you can find them anywhere, even Terminal 3 at LAX. Back story, I’ve flown out of Terminal 3 at LAX twice in the past year & it’s THE WORST. Why? The food options. No bueno.

BUT, lucky me, I spotted a cute, blue package of Peeled Snacks’ Paradise Found so while my best friend was snacking on sour candy, I snacked on healthy dried fruit, a banana, and a hot green tea. ( But I totally had 1 or 2 pieces of her sour candy, haha. )

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[ Love that Much-Ado-About-Mango has only ONE ingredient—organic, non-GMO mango. ]

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When I want something sweet, Paradise Found or Much-Ado-About-Mango is perfect ( full of vitamins A, E, & C to help maintain a healthy immune system & skin glowing ), and when I want a CRUNCH, I grab a bag of Peas Please.

Peas Please is the only organic, baked pea snack on the market, AND it offers 1 whole veggie per serving without the corn and unhealthy fillers most “veggie snacks” contain.

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They have three flavors ( sea salt, southwest spice & garden herb. ) Southwest spice & garden herb are my fav.

OKAY, you have to try them…

So, Peeled Snacks & I are giving one lucky winner the following prize pack:

+ 1 bag Peeled Snacks Paradise Found
+ 1 bag Peeled Snacks Much-Ado-About-Mango
+ 2 bags Peeled Snacks Peas Please, Garden Herb
+ 2 bags Peeled Snacks Peas Please, Southwest Spice
+ 2 bags Peeled Snacks Peas Please, Sea Salt

YUM!!! 8 bags of yumminess!

⇣ ⇣ ⇣

Here’s how to enter:

+ Follow @JOYFETTI on Instagram
+ Follow @PeeledSnacks on Instagram
+ Comment on this Instagram post, tag @PeeledSnacks & tell me why you have to win.

Extra credit: ‘Like’ Peeled Snacks on Facebook

⇡ ⇡ ⇡

Contest ends Thursday, May 12, 2016 @ 11:59 p.m. PST

( ^ super specific because I use to manage social media for Men’s Wearhouse and our legal was always pages and pagessss long. This is short. ; ) )

I’ll pick & announce the winner by the end of the week.

HAPPY SNACKING!

<3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: Garlic Steak & Martinis

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[ A little motivation for the week ; ) ]

HI GUYS!

Happy Sunday! It’s super hot here in Burlingame ( 73° ) so I’ve been waiting for it to cool down a bit before taking Minty on a walk.

Yesterday was exciting—I tried Espetus in San Francisco for the first time ( it’s a Brazilian Steak House ) & I ate myself into a meat coma…

A group of us went to celebrate our friend’s birthday & it was AMAZING.

Their “gauchos” come to your table with different cuts of meat ( 12 different kinds ) roasted over mesquite, and they slice and serve it to you right then & there. It’s SO good!

My favorite was their garlic steak.

AND, they have a really good salad bar. I was especially into their mango salad.

Wear a baggy shirt if you go, trust me.

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[ A little snippet from Snapchat. Add me ( JOYFETTI ) for more quick & easy recipes. ]

Before dinner, we had martinis at Martunis ( a piano / martinis bar in SF )—I had an espresso martini because I was lagging.

They also make a really good extra dirty martini.

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[ LOVING all the flowers on our walks lately. It smells amazing outside. ]

& today… I prepped for the week & took a bunch of photos for the blog & my clients.

How was your weekend!? Tell, tell.

xx,
Bita

 

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Superfood Spotlight: Dragon Fruit

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[ Bite-sized cubes, so yummy! ]

HI GUYS!

Today I’m sharing some benefits of one of my FAVORITE fruits, ever ⇢ DRAGON FRUIT.

This fruit is insane—it’s so yummy, so pretty, AND it’s full of benefits.

What benefits? Glad you asked!

+ First up, antioxidants. They’re full of vitamin C—a small dragon fruit will provide you with almost 35% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. Vitamin C strengthens your immune system. It helps your body get rid of toxins, heal cells, and cope with stress. It’s also an important antioxidant for overall health and clear, beautiful skin ( so is water! )

+ Next up… FIBER. According to this source, it can be used as a natural remedy for constipation.—”Dragon fruit seeds, in particular, appear to have strong laxative properties.” ( Don’t worry, they’re not TOO strong. ; ) ) One of the nutrients that contributes to this is fiber.

+ Keeping your skin tight & youthful—you can thank all the antioxidants & vitamins!

+ Protecting your hair color—this one isn’t about eating it. According to this source, if you put the juice of a dragon fruit or a conditioner containing it on your scalp, it can help protect your chemically treated or colored hair. Pretty cool, right?

+ It’s anti-inflammatory and helps decrease joint pain.

+ On top of all that, it’s low in cholesterol, rich in vitamin B1, B2, and B3, and minerals such as iron ( it provides more than 10% of your recommended daily intake ) and calcium, the seeds are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, AND it’s only 60 calories.

YUM! I’m a super fan.

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[ My favorite way to eat dragon fruit ⇢ round slices… Dragon fruit “cookies” ; ) ]

I know some people make smoothies or ice cream with it… Sounds delicious, but I like to eat it piece by piece & savor it. I told you, I’m obsessed.

I like to slice them into circles, peel them, and eat them like cookies. ( LOL ) 

HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEA? Dragon fruit cookie monster…?

Sometimes I cut them into cubes. How do you eat your dragon fruit? Show me on Instagram, so I can take a peek!

xx! <3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: Retail Therapy & Steering Clear of Pizza ( AH! )

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[ Spicy ‘Mexican Hipster’ cocktails & ceviche at Milagros in Redwood City—SO good! You have to check them out! ]

HI LOVES!

Who’s excited for Monday?!

Crickets?

LOL.

I, for one, am super excited for a fresh week where I’m healthy & not coughing myself to sleep—I think I finally got rid of my cough. Fingers crossed.

The retail therapy helped a lot… ; )

PLUS, I feel like getting cute office supplies is kind of like getting new school supplies in August/September.

It gets me excited to plan & execute.

Just like how the school supplies got me excited for the school year, these office supplies get me excited for the work week—throwback to middle school, & I’m kind of into it…

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[ Ban.do Sweet Talk Pens ( obsessed! On sale here ), palm leaves notepad + bkr bottle ]

So the plan for tomorrow:

wake up early, drink my lemon water, start a new week of BBG, have a protein smoothie & tackle the day, starting with social media posting & photography for the blog & JCC.

do what's most important first

[ I’m always reminding myself of this—it’s so important. ]

Since I shoot a lot of my photos inside, I try to get them all in before 1 p.m., 2 p.m. at the latest, so I can use natural lighting, which is one of the many reasons I use the Sunscape & The Weather Channel apps very regularly.

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[ I loved this book! I definitely recommend it. Sweet Talk Pens on sale here. ]

In other news, I’m trying to steer clear of bread/pasta/rice/cheese… ( HA! Nottttt easy ), until next month ( but I’ll throw in a few cheat meals here and there ), so of course every other commercial on TV last night was about pizza.

It’s okay. Just a few weeks & I’ll be in DR ( Dominican Republic! )

So worth it.

If you guys are planning a fun, tropical getaway or just looking for some cute bikinis, definitely check these out, and I’ll post some more soon. And please let me know if you spot any bikinis or one-pieces you LOVE so I can check them out too. Thank youuu! Oh, & if you’re getting this ViX “Zebra” bikini ( it’s 35% off! ), keep in mind it runs super teeny. I learned the hard way. HAHA.

Kay, I’m off to brush Minty‘s teeth ( they’re SO tiny! ) & get ready for bed.

Sweet dreams! xx

<3,
Bita

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