Healthy Living · Holistic Health · nutrition

7 Tools To Naturally Boost Your Immunity During Cold And Flu Season

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The cold weather months can be tough on us, both mentally and physically.   In the midst of the joy that the holidays bring, we are usually faced with extra stressors that can make us more susceptible to getting sick.  The shorter days can contribute to feelings of sadness and depression, especially for those with SAD.  Though it can be a challenging time of year, there are plenty of ways to naturally support your body’s immune system and stay vibrantly healthy during the winter months.   I’m excited to share some holistic strategies that have helped me to stay positive and healthy during this time of year. Continue reading “7 Tools To Naturally Boost Your Immunity During Cold And Flu Season”

Blogging · Budgeting · Travel

How To Support Your Wanderlust With A Digital Biz | Guest Post By Patrick Foster

Emily here!  I hope you’re all gearing up for an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.  This guest post is my early Black Friday gift to you.  It’s full of creative ideas from e-commerce expert Patrick Foster on how you can support your travel habit.  I hope his practical tips encourage you to look at the realistic possibilities of work as a digital nomad.  I know this post has lit a fire in me to turn my blog and nutrition coaching into a location independent business!  Enjoy!

When you’ve got a burning case of wanderlust, it’s hard to ignore. Traveling the world, seeing new sights and meeting new people is a calling like no other.

Unfortunately, experiencing everything the world has to offer doesn’t come for free. Plane flights, hostels, visas — they all cost money. Either you work your way around the world in bars and coffee shops, or you go home for a few months and work in a menial job for a few months. Continue reading “How To Support Your Wanderlust With A Digital Biz | Guest Post By Patrick Foster”

52 Weeks Challenge · Product Reviews

52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 10 | Warby Parker’s Free Home-Try-On Program

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I’m in the market for a new pair of glasses and recently discovered Warby Parker’s Free Home-Try-On Program.   You start with taking a quiz on their website about the frame shape, color, and size that you’re looking for.  Once you select the 5 you want to try, they ship them out to you for free!   Once you receive your selections, you have 5 days to test them out and figure out which one(s) you like the best.  After 5 days, you mail them back with the included pre-paid shipping label and have NO obligation to buy.   If you do end up liking any of them and want to buy a pair, you can easily add your prescription and order them online!  Since I don’t currently have vision insurance, I really appreciate that all their frames are affordable, with options starting at only $95!   Another thing I appreciate about Warby Parker is that for every pair sold, they donate a pair to someone in need.  How cool! Below are the 5 frames I tried out at home! Continue reading “52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 10 | Warby Parker’s Free Home-Try-On Program”

Healthy Living · Healthy Swaps · Holistic Health · Product Reviews

Non-Toxic Personal Care Part 1 | An Honest Review of Real Purity

Over the past few years, I’ve been focusing on switching to safer and less toxic personal care products.  I have a few holdouts, but the majority of what I put on my skin and hair these days is free of harmful chemicals and endocrine disruptors.  Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing a 5-part series with you about my favorite affordable non-toxic products, so I hope you’ll find some good ideas for new brands to try! Continue reading “Non-Toxic Personal Care Part 1 | An Honest Review of Real Purity”

52 Weeks Challenge

52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 9 | Mexican Popsicles From La Super Michoacana

45-degree weather didn’t stop me from satisfying my sweet tooth at the heladeria (ice cream shop) known as La Super Michoacana today.   I’d seen a lot of positive press about this dessert spot hidden in a strip mall, but had never gotten the chance to try it.   We finished lunch at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant and plugged the address into the GPS – it turns out it was only a few steps away and we had never even seen it because it’s so well hidden.  Once you find it, the exterior will surely catch your eye with its bright and inviting colors and matching truck outside! Continue reading “52 Weeks Of Trying New Things | Week 9 | Mexican Popsicles From La Super Michoacana”

Travel

My Experience As A Google Local Guide | Connect Live 2018 San Francisco Recap

In October, I was selected along with 150 other Google Local Guides from 59 countries to attend the Google Connect Live Summit in San Francisco!  (This is the city where Gabe asked me to marry him, so it holds an extra special place in my heart).  The process to apply for Connect Live: Local Guides level 5 and above were eligible to apply.  I’m a level 8 so I figured I would give it a shot.  We had to submit a 60-second audition video describing why we should be chosen and what our favorite things were to contribute to Google Maps.  I enjoy contributing photos and reviews of pet-friendly and fitness-friendly locations around the US and the world, so I mentioned that in my video.  Full disclosure: I didn’t make the first cut invitation, but thankfully there were some spots that opened up for various reasons, so I was thrilled to get a last-minute invitation and grateful that my job allowed me the time off without much notice!  This video gives a fun summary of the energy and enthusiasm at Connect Live!

Continue reading “My Experience As A Google Local Guide | Connect Live 2018 San Francisco Recap”

52 Weeks Challenge

52 Weeks of Trying New Things | Week 8 | Relationship Building Exercises

At church, we’ve been attending a Sunday School class called the Art of Marriage, and have talked about tools to build your relationship and improve communication.  For those of you that are not married, don’t stop reading yet – many of these principles apply to any close relationship that you want to improve or learn more about.  In class, we have mainly talked about the 5 Love Languages and the book that goes along with it.   Gabe and I have previously discussed our love languages, but for this week’s adventure into trying new things, we wanted to explore some other aspects of interaction to continue to get to know each other and how we can effectively communicate.  We landed on two new tools that have been helpful to go through. Continue reading “52 Weeks of Trying New Things | Week 8 | Relationship Building Exercises”