How I Like to Use Coconut Oil
A jar of coconut oil has many purposes in my house. Are you as obsessed with this magic oil as I am? Besides cooking with it and enjoying the light and tropical taste it adds, here are a few of my favorite ways to make a jar of coconut oil go a long way.
– Teeth Whitening. You can add some to your toothbrush to whiten your teeth naturally, as well as fight off any harmful bacteria lurking in your mouth.
– Makeup remover. It’s a fantastic makeup remover. Simply rub a small amount on your face, and wipe it off with a cotton ball. Your makeup will slide right off, and you’ll have a fresh glow about you, too!
– Skin moisturizer. On top of being a great makeup remover, it’ll also moisturize your skin well. It’s great to use as a lotion all over your body — it goes on smooth and smells great.
– Hair repair. You can also do a coconut oil hair mask that will replenish your hair naturally and quickly.
Do you use coconut oil in your house for multiple things?
What’s Your Summer Read?
What are you reading on the beach this summer?
One of my favorite ways to fill my cup is diving into a good book. It can be phenomenal for mental health and a huge stress reducer to disconnect from reality and dive head first into a story that unfolds with each passing page. Are you an avid reader, too?
What are you reading this summer? Drop it in the comments below so we can all find some new good reads from each other.
Make Your Own Popsicles
A great way to beat the heat during the summer is to make popsicles. Making your own popsicles allows you to create flavors you love and gives you the ability to make a healthier version that isn’t packed full of sugar. If you need popsicle molds, you can pick those up at Target or Amazon.
Grab a can of coconut milk or pure fruit juice and your favorite fruit, and you’ve got a delicious popsicle in the making. Coconut milk will make it more creamy while using fruit juice will leave it more fruity and tart. Blend your liquid and fruit together, fill your popsicle molds and let them freeze overnight.
I also have a delicious recipe video showing how to make my strawberry kiwi coconut vegan popsicles, so keep your eye out for that this month, too.
What Can We Celebrate?
What are you excited about?
What are you most excited about in your life right now? Any exciting plans coming up, advancements at work, a new hobby, personal growth — what’s going on in your life that we can celebrate together?
There’s nothing too small — so share your little or big victories below so we can start a thread of positivity and excitement. I can’t wait to read it!
Have You Seen This Water Bottle?
If you struggle with getting your suggested water intake in on a daily basis, there’s a helpful tool that may benefit you greatly. Have you seen the water bottles you can purchase that have timed lines on it? For example, it’ll show you how much water you need to drink between 8am and 10am, and so on throughout the day. When you see it laid out so plainly, it seems so much more doable.
Here’s where you can get one: https://amzn.to/2x9pz91
Do You Prefer Sound or Silence?
Do you prefer sleeping with white noise or silence?
Deep and restful sleep is so crucial for your wellbeing, and I love hearing all the unique tricks everyone uses to sleep well. Some love still and silence, while others sleep better with a sound machine or a noisy fan. What’s your preference?
Personally, I sleep best with silence.
Do You Eat Your Food Quickly or Slowly?
Are you a fast or slow eater?
It may not be something you’ve considered, but the speed at which you chew your food has a lot to do with your digestion.
Fast eaters may have more digestive discomfort than those who chew their food well. When you chew your food thoroughly, breaking it down before you swallow, it leaves less for your digestive system to break down, thus making it easier and quicker to digest.
It can be awkward to get in the routine of it, but chew your food 20-30x per bite and see what a week of this practice does for your digestion.
My Favorite Travel Snack
What are your travel plans for the summer? I’d love to hear the adventures you have planned, and even get some inspiration from you on some great places to visit!
While you’re traveling and on the go, I wanted to share a recipe for a homemade trail mix that would be great to take on the road. It’s so helpful to have tucked away in case hunger strikes.
– dark chocolate nibs
– dried cherries
– air popped popcorn
It’s Time to Reflect
What’s been great so far this year?
If you can believe it, we are more than halfway through the year already. With all the focus typically being on resolutions for the new year, I love the practice of taking a pause in the middle of the year and focusing on what is going well and what you’ve accomplished thus far.
It’s also a fabulous time to get the fire lit within you again if you’ve fallen off track with your hopes for the year. With all that said, its time to reflect.
What’s gone well for you so far this year?
Tips for Exercising in the Heat
Do you shy away from exercising outside during the hot summer months?
It can be challenging to conquer the heat and still get that workout in, but there are a few hacks I use during the hot months to get through them without ditching my workouts.
Going for a run in the early morning hours before the sun gets too hot is extremely helpful.
You could also do lower intensity workouts such as walking or hiking, and save the long runs for the cooler months. If you do choose to still workout outside, make sure you wear white or other very light colored workout clothes with breathable fabrics.
If you don’t already have one, you can pick up one of those cool neck wraps that stays cool for several hours. Wrap it around your neck as you’re outside to keep yourself cooled down as much as possible.
Lastly, choosing a shady park to run or walk in is another wonderful way to stay out of the sun.
Do you prefer indoor or outdoor workouts during the summer months?