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Kombucha benefits… Bring ’em on!

A few weeks ago I dreamt someone made a smaller bottle of kombucha & we could buy it in stores. No joke, the next morning I spotted these cute, little bottles of Health-Ade Kombucha in Whole Foods. My dream literally came true.

I was so happy. Mostly because I usually can’t finish an entire bottle in a day, and sometimes, sadly, the rest would go to waste if I forgot about it the next day. I hate wasting, so having this smaller option was really exciting.

Arrash was confused how a small bottle of kombucha could make me so excited.

I told my mom the whole story later that day, and she said, “that’s great, usually dreams don’t come true.” LOL, thanks for the pep talk, mom ; )

The bottles in these photos are the original size, not the small one, but I’ll share some pics of the small bottles soon. If you want to see them now, I snapped a pic of the small bottle I’m drinking right now (also Pink Lady Apple) on Snapchat if you want to check it out (username: joyfetti)

If you guys are already big fans of kombucha (love it!), LMK what your favorite brands/flavors are so I can check them out.

If you’re not familiar with kombucha, here’s a little bit about it. Kombucha is fermented tea that naturally contains probiotics and healthy organic acids. It’s been around for thousands of years.

People drink it for all sorts of reasons.

Me, personally, I drink it because:

  • It supports a healthy gut since it naturally contains probiotics (WIN!)
  • It supports digestion
  • it tastes fricken amazing
  • & it makes me feel good

I’ve tried to get Arrash & my friend Jodie on board, and they don’t like the taste (yet! I’m still working on them), but I absolutely love it.

I even pretend it’s champagne sometimes, which is easy because it has bubbles. With the big bottles, I love pouring it into a champagne flute. It’s the best.

If you drink soda, try kombucha—maybe you can replace your soda for kombucha because of the bubbles.

Also… I’m now thinking it’s a good idea to stock both sizes in the fridge because I just finished my small bottle & I want more. Sometimes you just want more than you do other days, you know?

I started picking Health-Ade over the other brands mostly because of its taste but as I did more research, I was really impressed with them & happy my tastebuds picked them.

Their kombucha is 100% raw, and they only use cold-pressed juice from organic produce. I also love how they share a ton of info about their production process, on their site—they’re very open about it, which I like. Also, their kombucha is fermented 100% in glass to prevent plastic and metal leaching. I really like that! The only thing I wish they’d share, that I don’t believe they currently do, is how many live cultures are in each bottle. That would be really fun to know.

I’m off to clean the house a bit & maybe open up another bottle ; ) Happy (almost) Friday! Cheers!

<3,
Bita

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How to throw a party

Alright, before we get into it, I feel like we need to set the scene.

College parties were pretty basic… Cram everyone into a house & drink. Or was that just SDSU?

Now that we’re in our 20s ( late 20s—GAH! ) parties are definitely a little different so these are my tips for throwing a party now that we’re a bit older.

Create a drink station

Is it ironic that this is tip #1? Let’s go with it…

If you’re serving alcohol, create a drink station so guests can make their own drinks. This makes it so much easier for you to mingle and for everyone to get a drink if they want one. No delays.

Even if you’re making drinks for friends / family everything is laid out so it’s much more efficient.

If you can, provide a few different types of alcohol, a bowl of ice ( with a large spoon or ladle ), mixers ( I always include Perrier or Pellegrino ), plastic cups, straws, & slices of lemon and / or lime—these also come in handy when you convince everyone to take shots with you ; )

( P.S. even if you’re not serving alcohol—I still recommending making a drink station without the alcohol, because it’s still very convenient & you can play around with it and make it cute )

Have a mix of healthy & not-so-healthy snacks ( it’s a party—live a little )

I like to offer a variety of snacks so everyone can find something to munch on ( hopefully! )

I usually put out fresh veggies and hummus, some fruit, and the usual chips / salsa / guac. Oh and cheese and crackers, and popcorn. And sometimes nuts. I sometimes go a little overboard.

Also, I love those spicy Takis chips so I usually get those too. I use it as an excuse to have a little bit of something I’d probably never keep in the house. They’re just so good. It’s a problem.

Remember the sweets

My friend Jodie was helping me prep for a surprise party earlier this year and she put out a couple bowls of candy and chocolate & I loved it—everyone loved it! So from now on I always put out bowls of candy and chocolate during parties. They look super cute in these Anthropologie bowls.

OCHO is my favorite right now & these bite-size, wrapped OCHO minis are perfect for parties.

They also have these egg-shaped ones right now that are perfect for Easter.

Cool little tip… Chill your OCHO’s in the fridge before the party ( & after, if there’s extras, but I doubt it… ) because it’ll keep the chocolate shiny and it just tastes really good chilled. Try it!

Have some finger foods you can pop into the oven

If there’s alcohol, you’re going to get hungry. And so will your guests.

Honestly, even if no one’s drinking—you’re going to want more than snacks after a few hours. That’s why late-night eating is a thing.

So plan in advance and get some frozen appetizers you can easily heat up in the oven after a couple hours.

If I’m hosting more than 10 people I like to pick them up from Costco. Otherwise, I usually pick them up from Trader Joe’s. I look for finger foods and make sure there’s a vegetarian / vegan option in the mix. Last time, I got dolmehs ( dolmas ), potato samosas, and orange chicken—we put toothpicks in the orange chicken to make it a finger food.

Play music

Obviously… No surprise here. I love playing music on our Amazon Tap. Easy peasy, and the sound is great.

Have some games

Am I a kid? Maybe? I love games. & apparently my friends & family do too, or I’m just really good at convincing them to play with me ; )

Some fun games to play after a few hours of mingling… Card games, Cards Against Humanity, Phrase Party ( download the app )… Anything you can play as a group that hopefully makes you laugh and get a little competitive… It’s all in fun.

Okay, these are my tips. What are yours? Tell, tell.

Chat soon!

<3,
Bita

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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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Lovey-dovey hearts

HI GUYS!!!

Happy ( almost ) Valentine’s Day!

Do you guys notice all the pinks, reds, and hearts in every store? LOL, it’s hard to miss.

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day I figured it’s the perfect time to share some lovey-dovey heart items with you.

Side note… Once, when I was living at home ( I think it was about 2 or 3 years ago ) my mom looked around at all the stuff I had around ( my laptop, my laptop case, all of Minty‘s things ) and said with such disgust ( & in Farsi ), “I think I’m going to puke if you bring one more pink thing into the house.”

LOL. Whoops! ; )

So, when it comes to furniture and home design I lean towards neutrals ( usually white )… But when it comes to things, I love pink & I love hearts. LOL. Am I 5? ; )

Alright, enough about me… Let’s get into these cuties!

Okay, so obviously I had to find us some PJs with hearts on them—so perfect for Valentine’s Day! 😍 If I’m splurging on PJs, it’s definitely for these.

These are basically the grown up, “I’m into fashion but I make own rules” version of those bright red, heart-shaped sunglasses we all wore when we were little. Remember those? Definitely another splurge, but I’m always down to window shop ; )

These mugs are adorable ( !!! ) & even better, I love their message—the inside says, “love is love is love” all around. So perfect for Valentine’s Day & really every day. Makes for a great gift idea too!

I’m OBSESSED with my bkr bottles—& you most likely already know this. This one is especially great for Valentine’s Day. I also love this black / copper one & this baby pink / silver one. Super cute!

Okay, so I’m a big fan of writing things down on paper so I’m always kind of on the hunt for cute notebooks. This one is fun & personal because they print your name & initials on it, which I love. Also, Minted has great products. I love their quality.

ban.do is SO MUCH fun—this is the perfect dish to have on your nightstand. Doesn’t it just make you smile? : )

These pens are great! They’re cute but practical & also look great on Instagram ( let’s be real, that’s part of their appeal ; ) LOL ) But really, they’re great pens—I love writing with them.

Okay, how are you guys getting ready for Valentine’s Day?

If you’re looking for a quick and easy VDAY recipe ( something sweet ), definitely try these chocolate covered strawberries. They’re delicious & VERY easy to make.

<3,
Bita

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My ONE Goal for 2017

[ Mug | Pretty embroidery on this maxi dress ]

[ Monogram mug | metal strawsweater ]

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! : )

[ monogram mug | metal straw | white bralette | navy sweater ]

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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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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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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