Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Friday 5

Hi, guys! Happy Friday to you! 🙂

I’m excited to share this new blog feature with you! It’s a spin on my What I’m Loving Lately, but a bit more concise and to the point. Since I know we’re all short for time – myself included – I wanted to cut to the chase and share my top 5 favorites from the week. (Five is also my lucky number, so I figured it was perfect for a blog post!) So, without further ado, here’s my Friday 5!

1. Magnetic lashes

Oooooh, yes. These babies are life-changing and truly the coolest beauty product I own right now. The nice folks from One Two Cosmetics sent me a pair of their Founder’s Lashes to try out, and I’m in lovvvvveee. I’ve already told just about every woman in my life about them, and I can’t wait to share with you guys too!

The lashes use micro-magnetic technology to attach to your natural lashes to create a bold, dramatic lash line in seconds. No need for (annoying) fake lashes or (expensive) extensions!

The lashes come with a handy-dandy applicator that makes applying them so simple – it honestly takes like 30 seconds to apply them. You attach the lashes to the applicator, hold it up to your lashes, press lightly, and listen for a tiny (magnetic) click to know that your lashes are in place. The lashes look long, thick, and totally natural – not at all fake and ridiculous like some artificial lashes. And the “budge-proof” magnetic technology secures your lashes until you’re ready to remove them, which takes like two seconds. (I just pull them off with my fingers.)

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Long story short, I’m totally obsessed and have worn these lashes non-stop since getting them. They’re so easy to apply you can wear them every day – not just for special occasions! If you’re interest in trying a pair for yourself, you can save 10% with code TINA10!

2. The “driving test”

I shared this on Instagram last week, but it’s worth another mention because I’ve been thinking a lot about my mood lately. I’m still surprised by how much things have changed in recent months! 🙂

Long drives = lost in thoughts, at least for me. My mind kind of goes into autopilot, and I often find myself running through my to-do list, making mental notes of what I have accomplished and what still needs to be done. Sometimes I get so into the zone that I start stressing about stuff that’s weeks away, and by the time I reach my destination I’m just a ball of anxiety. But lately, I’ve found myself thinking only happy thoughts while driving, which has taken me by surprise. Maybe it’s the CBD oil I’ve been trying out or the fact that we’ve been eating eating more of a plant-based diet, but whatever it is, it’s making me weirdly… happy!

Something I’ve come to realize is that while worrying in general is pretty pointless, worrying when you can’t actually do anything to make changes is even worse, and I was literally putting myself in that situation by obsessing about my never-ending to-do list while trapped in a car. Ughhh!

I’m definitely loving this positive change in my mood, and I’m going to make a conscious effort (especially with the new year on the horizon) to maintain this upward trend. It’s so refreshing and such a mental break to have my mind freed up to just chill and enjoy the drive rather than be bogged down with stressful thoughts. I can’t pinpoint exactly what’s causing it, but whatever it is, I’ll take it!

3. Brandless

I just placed my 3rd order with Brandless, so I wanted to give you guys a little update. This is not sponsored – I actually first learned about Brandless on Instagram, but it’s definitely right up my alley!

Brandless sells “better-for-you” quality products (i.e. non-GMO, organic, gluten-free) and makes them more widely accessible and affordable for everyone. They have direct relationships with their suppliers and customers, which eliminates all of the extra costs associated with inefficient and unnecessary markups. Nothing is more than $3, and every time you check out at Brandless, a meal is donated to someone facing hunger. Amazing, right?

And if you place an order, you can get $9 credited to your account using my (affiliate) link. How’s THAT for awesome?! We’re definitely big fans and will continue to order from Brandless!

4. 30-Day Minimalism Game

With the new year just around the corner, I’m loving this idea! Here’s how it works…

Find a friend or family member: someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day.

It’s an easy game at first. However, it starts getting challenging by week two when you’re both jettisoning more than a dozen items each day. Whoever can keep it going the longest wins; you both win if you can make it all month. Bonus points if you play with more than two people.

Mal and I are thinking about playing together as a team – starting January 1st. I think this would be such an awesome way (and kind of fun) to purge some of the junk in our lives!

5. Medical Medium

Ok, you guys are going to think I’m nuts (and maybe I am), but after like 20 readers/followers told me about Anthony Williams (aka the “Medical Medium”), I just couldn’t ignore him anymore. I started by listening to his podcasts and then went onto his books – and what he says is truly fascinating. It’s totally out there (Mal makes fun of me every time I mention it), but even one of my doctors said some of what Anthony says is spot on.

I dunno… and I know it’s insane, but when you have an incurable chronic disease and you’re still sick, you’ll try just about anything. I wanted to share for those of you who are open to it.



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Take A Peak Inside My New Book Feeding You Lies (plus a special announcement)

The book jacket for the hardcover version of Feeding You Lies was just finalized and I am so happy about getting this book out into the world. And I want you to be the first to see it! Here’s what what the front cover and binding look like:

Inside the front flap:

The back cover:

And, inside the back flap:

This is a truly groundbreaking book that is going to shake up how a lot of people think about diets, where we get our food from, and who to trust for food decisions. If you have some friends or family on your holiday shopping list who would love to know more about how to get healthy for life, this book would make a great gift!

It’s perfect for your parents, your siblings, your best friend, and even your close neighbors. The more people who know the information in this book, the better. We need to spread its message far and wide.

The official release date of Feeding You Lies is February 19, 2019. When you pre-order, it will be shipped on the release date. This makes it a great last minute gift, because you don’t need to wait for shipping! To give this book as a holiday gift, click here to get a printable gift card to let the recipient know that their book is on the way. This is all you need to do:

2. Print the gift card below and put it under the tree, in their stocking, or present it to your loved ones whenever you like!

 

 

Special Announcement: When you pre-order a hardcopy, you get a gift too

We are working on some incredible bonuses to send everyone who pre-orders a hardcopy of Feeding You Lies. And, you will get even greater bonuses if you buy 3+ copies. So it just makes sense to buy a few copies as gifts now. We’ll announce how to claim these bonuses soon after they are finalized, so stay tuned!

When you pre-order on Amazon, they have a pre-order price guarantee. This means that if the price goes down any time between now and the book’s release date, they will only charge you the lowest price. So pre-ordering now is the best way to guarantee that you’ll get the best price!

Fun ways to give the Feeding You Lies gift card for the holidays:

  • Wrap up a copy of The Food Babe Way and stick the gift card to the inside of the book with a note that book #2 is on its way!
  • Put it in a small stocking filled with organic treats.
  • Bake some organic cookies and package them in a cookie tin with the gift card.
  • Tuck it inside a holiday card with some of your favorite photos with them. I love to mix old and new photos with some of our best memories!
  • Stick it in a tea mug along with an assortment of organic teas, wrapped up with lots of ribbons.
  • Wrap the gift card in a small box or envelope. Then, nest it inside a larger box, wrap it too and put it in a larger box… and keep going until you have several boxes wrapped inside each other. This is fun for someone who you like to tease… the anticipation will kill ‘em… ha ha

Pre-order your copies of Feeding You Lies here:

After you order, don’t forget to print out your gift cards!

Do you want to receive a copy of Feeding You Lies as a gift?

Share this post with your friends and family and let them know! Who knows, you might find this gift card in your stocking!

Thank you to everyone who has already pre-ordered Feeding You Lies. Your support and love is so appreciated.

Xo,
Vani

P.S. If you pre-order the book, even for gifts, you will get the upcoming bonuses we will be announcing soon! Stay tuned!

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Plenty Of Food

(We don’t really know the official rules for Elf on the Shelf,

but I move her around the house and Mazen thinks she’s magic!)

Hi friends!! (I just wrote Friday – lol!) I have lots of food news to share with you.

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First: did you know Kodiak Cakes makes flapjacks in a cup!?

It’s basically pancake mix that you add milk (or water) to and then microwave for a minute. Insta deep dish pancake! I found this at Wegmans, and it made for a great super quick breakfast. I am thinking that you can DIY one too with any pancake mix and a cup?

More breakfasts in a hurry:

Not my most glamorous meal of late!

Lunches have been better though! Oh how I missed you cold smoked salmon <3 I wrapped some up with cream cheese and red pepper strips. I would have added some spinach or greens if I’d had any but the fridge was empty as can be until…..

….the highlight of my lunch week, however, has been ordering some meals from Plenty!

The owner, Della, is a badass personal chef here in Charlottesville (her Instagram will blow you away!) Each week she sends out a menu on Thursday, and you can opt in to any of the dishes by Sunday – including lunch/side salads, quiche, soup, and a handful of dinner entrees. You can order as much or as little as you wish. I love that there’s no required subscription so you can order more or less depending on your week in both number of items and portion size. And Della DELIVERS the delicious, healthy real food meals to your home on Mondays.

I am used to having plenty (haha) of time to prepare lunches, but now that I’m home solo with a little baby, my time is much more limited. While I could food prep during his nap, I’d rather spend my time on other things, like writing blog posts, getting in a workout, or, ya know, showering?! So I figured now was a great time to treat myself to some really nourishing meals.

This was my first week and I ordered the following:

+ half a quiche with green chili, cheddar, and chorizo and a homemade butter crust (I love that you can order just a half – it was still huge!)

+ a curried sweet potato and farro salad

+ a fall kale salad with sweet potatoes, feta, pine nuts and the most delicious lemon maple dressing

+ one dinner entree: mini salmon cakes with arugula and a Mediterranean quinoa salad with feta, herbs, bell pepper, and a lemon dressing

You GUYS it has been so fun to have all this food in my fridge. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next week!

(The farro and kale salads mixed with quiche on top!)

Thomas and I loved the mini salmon cakes, and the portion size was perfect for two.

Our dessert game as been 100% as well because we made Gimme Some Oven’s Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies.

They are amazing. Highly recommend!!

In non-food news, I did some re-organizing of my house. Call me Mrs. Grinch, but when the Christmas clutter comes out it forces me to simplify everything else. I spent some time re-styling our living room shelves aka taking away 1/3 of the clutter. I also minimized the color palate to white, aqua, wood, and a little gold, and I like the look more than the rainbow I had before. (Our foot sacks are from Etsy :mrgreen: )

Linens were thinned and consolidated. (These were previously stuffed into a geometric basket.)

I also swapped in my more neutral couch pillows so balance out all the red and green : ) Little Birch says hi! BTW, the Dock A Tot might be my MVP newborn item…

When we got the Kitchenaid mixer down for the cookies, I realized how awful it was to have such a heavy appliance up so high. It used to sit between the seagrass baskets below. I realized that these chicken wire baskets I had downstairs fit perfectly in that slot. (They were a find from Wal-mart actually! They have such a great inexpensive storage options.) Where the other white basket is we used to have a wine rack, but I never used it because I had to get a step stool to reach the wine (no bueno!) So removed the X part and put a wire basket there too that now holds papergoods.

Wine + Kitchenaid are now on my little island cart that I bought on Etsy. (More wine is on the way!!)

I’ll leave you with this photo of B from our family photo shoot. More photos will be shared soon!

HI GUYS!



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