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Recipes

Mango Coconut Overnight Oats

January 2, 2017 — by Cheyenne Joyner

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Want to kick off the new year right with a yummy twist on oatmeal? It is so easy to make and includes delicious mangos which are great for eliminating puffiness and bloating from all of those holiday treats! This oatmeal takes less than 5 minutes to prepare, and left overnight in the fridge.

img_0674What you will need:
-Rolled Oats (1/2 cup)
-Almond Milk (1/2 cup)
-Agave Nectar (1 1/2 tbsp)
-Shredded Coconut (1 tbsp)
-Chia Seeds (1 tbsp)
-Diced Mango (1/2 cup)

img_0666Place all ingredients in a glass cup or bowl, preferably with a lid to cover overnight.
Start with milk, and layer in your oats, coconut, diced mango, agave nectar, and top with chia seeds.

img_0668img_0679Mix it all up, place in fridge for a few hours or over night, and ENJOY!

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DIY

DIY: Desk Calendar

December 30, 2016 — by Cheyenne Joyner

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With 2016 coming to a close, there are many ways we can prepare for the New Year! One of them being: Staying Organized.

In this blog post, we will show you how you can create your own Desk Calendar Organizer to keep track of your days, and keep your desk clean and not cluttered.

puravida-12What you will need:
-A wooden organizer (found at craft stores or home section)
-Gift tags of choice
-String
-Stamps + Ink
-Pens + Desk Supplies

puravida-1Step 1) Using your stamps, mark your gift tags with the months of the year and the dates.

puravida-5puravida-3Step 2) Tie your sting onto the gift tag and attach to your new organizer at the top.

puravida-7Step 3) Add in your desk supplies that ten to clutter your work space and place inside your organizer

puravida-10Step 4) Stay organized and up to date in 2017! Have an amazing year!

DIY

DIY Bath Bombs

December 14, 2016 — by Cheyenne Joyner

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Bath Bombs are all the range in the relaxation department. They make the perfect gift this season, so why not try and make your own to give away!? These are so fun to pop in the bath and relax and the essential oil scent will make you want to stay in the tub forever!

puravida-21What you will need:
-Baking soda (4 ounces)
-Corn starch (2 ounces)
-Citric Acid (2 ounces)
-Dead Sea Salt or Epsom salt (2 ounces)
-Water (1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons)
-Essential oils or Fragrance oils (scent it up to you!)
-Coconut Oil
Make up pigment or food coloring (optional) 1-2 drops
-Dried flowers (optional)
-Bath Bomb molds
-Mixer

puravida-2Step 1) Add in dry ingredients into a mixing bowl. Citric acid, dead sea salt, corn starch, and baking soda.

puravida-3 puravida-4Bath bomb molds and essential oils almost ready to add!

puravida-6Step 2) Choose color of choice that you want to make your bath bomb batch with. We used a little sprinkle of make up pigment. Here is where you can also substitute 1-2 drops of food coloring (or even use some old eye shadow you have laying around). Either of these will be fine to use to add coloring to your bath bomb mixture. Add pigment to the dry ingredients.

puravida-7*Only use a little bit! Mix until color is stirred in.

puravida-8Step 3) Add dry ingredients to your mixing bowl.

puravida-9Step 4) In a separate glass measuring cup, add coconut oil, water, and essential oils and melt it in the microwave.

puravida-10Step 5) Using a spoon, slowly spoon in water/ oil mixture a little bit at a time to your dry ingredients.

puravida-11Slow and steady! Going to quickly will cause lumps and may mess up your mix.

puravida-12Step 6) Mix until no more lumps appear.

puravida-13Step 7) Pack in mixture into your bath bomb molds, allow it to overflow a little. If you are adding dried flowers, add them to the bottom of the mold before adding your mixture. Press them together, and gently remove one side from your mold. Place your bath bomb on a flat tray and surface and allow 10-12 minutes for them to dry. After 10-12 minutes have passed, gently remove the other side.

puravida-14Once your batch of bath bombs are out of the molds, keep them drying overnight for at least 8 hours.

puravida-15Tell us what you think of this post and if you are going to try these at home!

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DIY

DIY 12 Days Of Kindness Advent

December 13, 2016 — by Cheyenne Joyner

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What is Christmas without a little bit of kindness and giving? We wanted to inspire you to spark a wave of kindness the 12 days leading up to Christmas day! This DIY is a 12 days of kindness advent countdown. It will lead you to do an act of kindness each day until Christmas day.

Don’t let the kindness end at Christmas! Pass it along everyday and encourage those around you to give to others in need, not just around the Christmas season.

puravida-12What you will need:
-Inexpensive Coasters (we used wood and gold mixed to create a pattern)
-White Acrylic paint + paint brush
-Scissors
-String
-Hot glue Gun
-Regular school glue
-Printer
-12 Days of Kindness list printout (next page)
-Large stick

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(Feel free to modify this list or create your own!)

On the 12th day of Christmas:
-Comment on 12 strangers Instagram post with an encouraging comment.

On the 11th day of Christmas:
-Write 11 encouraging notes, and leave them in random places for strangers to find.

On the 10th day of Christmas:
-Make 10 cups of hot coco and cookies and give them to the homeless in your area.

On the 9th day of Christmas:
Gather 9 girlfriends and wear dresses to bring awareness to “Dresscember” Take a group shot and encourage your social media friends to do the same. Dresscember is a cause that brings awareness to human trafficking.

On the 8th day of Christmas:
-Leave 8 flower stems for 8 people. Make it known to those you love, or anonymous!

On the 7th day of Christmas:
Fill 7 stocking with candy and drop them off at a foster care facility.

On the 6th day of Christmas:
Buy the persons drink behind you at your next coffee stop.

On the 5th day of Christmas:
Buy a family in need Christmas presents.

On the 4th day of Christmas:
Offer to shovel your neighbors driveway or entryway from snow.

On the 3rd day of Christmas:
Send 3 donations to different organizations who provide clean water to others in need.

One the 2nd day of Christmas:
Head to your local hospital with 2 dozen cookies and thank the nurses for their hard work!

On Christmas Day:
Write one hand written letter to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and send it snail mail.

Step 1) Paint 12 coasters numbers 1-12, alternating between wood and gold if you find two different coaster types.

puravida-2Step 2) Let your paint dry.

puravida-3Step 3) Cut out your kindness daily tasks and correlate them to the right day.

puravida-4Step 4) Use school glue and paste them onto your coasters.

puravida-5Step 5) Tie your string on your sticks and space them out accordingly. Cut them all evenly.

puravida-6Step 6) Hot glue your coasters to the hanging string.

puravida-10Step 8) Make sure your string is tied tight and secure to the stick!

puravida-8Step 8) Secure to the wall where you want to display your advent countdown. Flip over one every day until Christmas!

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DIY

How To: DIY Christmas Table Garland

December 6, 2016 — by Cheyenne Joyner

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What a wonderful time of year! The beginning of the month is when we usually pull out all of the Christmas decorations. This year we wanted to inspire and encourage you to create your own!  In this blog, we will show you a step by step on how to create a simple yet professional looking Christmas table garland, and additional things to create the best holiday table. Made out of fresh greenery from your local floral shop or farmers market, you don’t need to be a professional to create this!

img_6085What you will need:
-Greenery from your local floral shop or farmers market. (We used seeded eucalyptus and baby eucalyptus)
-Mini Ornaments
-Light up Ornaments for the center
-Candles
-Christmas themed name cards
-Scissors
-Gold colored plates

puravida-4Step 1) Start by laying out your seeded eucalyptus or other greenery you might have purchased. Let the bottom of the steam go towards the center of the table.

puravida-5Step 2) Cut off stems of baby eucalyptus or second greenery option.

puravida-6Step 3) Layer the greenery’s together creating a blend of the two.

puravida-8Repeat moving downwards toward the center of the table.

puravida-10Step 4) Begin a new layer now going the opposite direction, plan to meet the two at the center of the table.

puravida-12Step 5) Make sure the bottom of your steams are clean and have an even cut. Cut off any excess greenery that makes it look too full.
puravida-13Step 6) Continue adding additional greenery to your liking.

puravida-14Step 7) Time to add your center piece! Light up ornaments. Found at most craft stores around this time of year.

puravida-16Place this strand of ornaments in the center.

puravida-17Step 8)  Make sure ornaments lay where you can see them. Tuck the battery pack underneath.

puravida-18 puravida-19Step 9) Add a few clear candles to add some light. (fake or real both look great!)

puravida-20 puravida-21Time to add colored ornaments!

puravida-22Step 10) Add your mini ordaments every couple inches, alternation colors.

puravida-23Step 11) Now add your pretty plates of choice! We chose gold ones.

puravida-27Step 12) One last step for an added final touch, cute Christmas name cards! Use these when you have guests over for a special dinner to make them feel extra welcomed.

puravida-31Don’t forget sparkling cider, YUM.

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Recipes

Easy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

November 29, 2016 — by Cheyenne Joyner

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Zucchini Bread? Yes, a vegetable is the main ingredient in this delicious chocolate goodness. It will leave you wondering, how? With fall time ending, that means squash and zucchini slows down too. We wanted to make the best of this vegetable. You will want to try this delicious bread out! It is so sweet and delicious, and this time of year is perfect for baking and trying new things.

psalmsthirtyfour-8What you will need:
-Chocolate chips (3/4 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips)
-Shredded zucchini (1 1/2 cups)
-Flour (1 cup)
-Sugar (1/2 cup)
-Cocoa powder (1/2 cup unsweetened)
-2 eggs
-Greek Yogurt (1/4 cup)
-Canola oil (1/4 cup)
-Instant coffee (1/2 teaspoon)
-Baking powder (1/4 teaspoon)
-Baking soda (3/4 teaspoon)
-Salt (1/4 teaspoon)
-Pure Vanilla Extract (1 teaspoon)

psalmsthirtyfour-1Step 1) Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients: Flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, instant coffee, and chocolate chips. Whisk together until combined.

psalmsthirtyfour-2Step 2) In another bowl, add eggs, oil, yogurt, sugar, and vanilla.

psalmsthirtyfour-3Step 3) Whisk together all ingredients.

psalmsthirtyfour-4Step 4) Combine wet ingredients to your dry and fold together, folding in your zucchini at this point as well.

psalmsthirtyfour-5Step 4) Spray a baking pan with non stick spray . A 9×5 (or 8×4) loaf pan will work. Add batter inside.

psalmsthirtyfour-6Step 5) Bake on 350 for 45-55 minutes. Allow bread to cool completely then stick on a cool board or rack.

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Lifestyle

Pura Vida x dixie on dallas x Breast Cancer

October 18, 2016 — by Cheyenne Joyner

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How it all got started.

2014 was the year that I did something for myself and for so many others—in very different ways. For others, I was fighting to help find a cure for breast cancer. A huge task. I had pledged to walk 60 miles with my best friend to fund research to find a cure to hopefully one day stop breast cancer altogether. Little did I know, it was going to impact my life more than I ever could have imagined.

I asked my friend Elisabeth if I could walk with her in 2014. I was nervous because she had done the walk before and I didn’t want her to think I was trying to steal her thunder. She is an active cancer philanthropist and thankfully welcomed me into her group. We went on training walks and bought matching gear. She gave me the tips and tricks to fight all things blisters and boobies.

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The walk. 

Right from the very beginning I knew this was where I was meant to be. Seeing so many people walking for the same cause was truly amazing. Day 1 was overwhelming in the best way possible. There was an energy like nothing else, lots of spirit, emotions, and pink. Lots and lots of pink. The same excitement carried over to Day 2.  The walk was around Mission Bay, so the view was great and the path made it easy for friends and family to come. By mile 30, I needed to see the people that helped me get there. The people who helped me fundraise and make posters, and who offered continuous support. It gave me the strength I needed to keep going after passing the halfway mark. The emotions started rolling in on Day 3. I couldn’t believe how far I had walked and how many touching stories I had heard along the way. I’ve known many women who have been affected by breast cancer and my hate for this disease is what fuels my fire to keep walking, that day and everyday. As soon as I turned on Park Blvd. and made the descent into the last mile my legs were no longer tired and I was ready to fight even harder to do my part to find a cure.

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The experience. 

To say that I do the 3-Day walk every year solely for breast cancer research, funding, and finding a cure would be a lie. I also do it for myself. Now I do not have cancer so let’s not get confused, but there is a selfish part of me that does it as sort of a mental healing. Walking past signs that say “I’m alive because you walk” will never leave my memory. Helping someone in this way is the best part of who I am as a philanthropist. Each year that I walk, I pray that I don’t know anyone who has breast cancer.  One day, I hope, events like this will not even exist because there will be a cure. I’m so grateful to potentially be a part of that.

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Pura Vida Bracelets x dixie on dallas x Breast Cancer

I was so excited for the opportunity to team up with Pura Vida.  I’ve admired their work and business model for a long time. Having the support of a local company is so rad and I can’t wait to walk wearing my new breast cancer Ella & Ivory bracelets this year.  I’ve created specialty prints for my modern calligraphy business, dixie on dallas. When purchased, all proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation as well as help me get to the 3-Day walk again. These simple motivational quotes are perfect for the fighter in you and the survivor in every breast cancer patient.

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Inspiration

Looking Lunar

October 5, 2016 — by Cheyenne Joyner

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Our Crescent Moon Ring launch has everyone at Pura Vida really excited. The moon and the ocean have a strange and beautiful connection. The moon grows and recedes in the sky just like the tides on the beaches we love so much.

We picked the Crescent moon growth phase for our ring because it is symbolic for creating, growing, and thriving—  a mantra we aim to live our lives by everyday.

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The Crescent moon is a symbol for new beginnings, so the day that the new Crescent moon rises is supposed to be the best time to begin something new.

We see this as the perfect opportunity to grow and become the person you’ve always wanted to be. Plant something physically, internalize a new mantra mentally, or commit yourself to practicing a healthier lifestyle. Whichever you choose to do, practice it until the next full moon to make it a habit!

Here are a few ways to make the most out of the next new crescent moon.

Make it Your Mantra

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Some people think of a personal quality that that they want to work on. Do you want to be a kinder, braver, or more creative person? Pick one trait and intentionally practice it each day until the full moon. Use this trait as a your new mental mantra.

When it’s over look back on how much you’ve grown since the beginning.

Plant Something Physically

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The day of the rising Crescent moon is the best day to plant something physically, too. It’s the perfect day to start that succulent project you’ve been wanting to.  Planting something will make a positive impact on the environment, and can also positively impact you. Taking care of this new plant (or garden if you go big) will help you practice discipline and commitment.

Watching something grow physically can be a great reminder that you are growing internally during this time as well! As you watch your new plant grow let it be a reminder of the positive change you’re bringing about.

Create New Beginnings

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Creating healthy habits is hard, use the new Crescent moon to give you the inspiration you need to get on track. Is there a difficult yoga pose you’ve been trying to perfect or a list of hiking trails you’d like to conquer? Maybe you’ve been wanting to be more intentional about the food you’re eating.

If you’ve been wanting to commit to making a positive change in your body, start on the day of the next Crescent moon and try to keep it going until the full moon.

What’s something you want to work on this Crescent moon? Let us know in the comments!