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Recipes

Rice Crispy Treat Pops

March 29, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Rice crispy treats are always a crowd pleaser, but have you ever had bright chocolate covered rice crispy’s?? Look no further. Today, we will teach you how to bring the perfect spring treat to any get-together. Who else can’t stop baking with all these Spring colors to add to the mix? It makes it that much more fun! We can’t wait to share this simple recipe.

What you will need:

  1. Rice crispy cereal
  2. Colorful mini marshmallows + butter
  3. White chocolate melts
  4. Sprinkles + Candy pop sticks

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Step 1: Start by melting 3 cups of marshmallows on the oven in a sauce pan. You will need 3 tablespoons of butter to add with it. Keep on heat until completely melted.

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Step 2: Remove from heat and add 4 1/2 cups of rice crispy cereal. Mix well.

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We added a few more unmelted marshmallows to add to the mix for more color and texture.

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Step 3: Once mixed, add sprinkles. Next, grease down pan and flatten the rice crispy mix inside the pan. Cut into squares. Once you pressed and cut, put in the fridge to cool.

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Step 4: Let the treats cool for 20 minutes. Once cooled, remove from the fridge and stick the candy pop sticks in the bottom to create a rice crispy treat pop!

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Step 5: Now that all the treats are on the pop sticks, melt down the white chocolate melts. Follow the instructions on the back of the bag. Then cover the tops in the chocolate!

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Step 6: Finishing dipping them all in the chocolate then add sprinkles to top it off! Let cool in the fridge until ready to serve.

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Lifestyle

Weekend Getaway

February 19, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Cheers to the weekend! We thought we’d kick off this beautiful, sunny day on the water! What better way to spend a Saturday? Load up the cooler, grab your bestie and hop on the boat. Time to cruise away to an island for awhile!

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All aboard. We took the boat to one of our favorite locations, Masonboro Island. This is where many people come and spend the day with friends and family while enjoying the beachy views.

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Aloha sun rays!

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Ocean air, palms and cold brew… can we ask for much more? We made a pit stop and docked up to grab an iced coffee to accompany us.

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Good vibes all around! Takin’ it easy, living simply down by the shore.

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Don’t forget your pup! Our furry babes like the ocean too, duh!

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Where do you like to escape to on the weekends?

Lifestyle

Beach Yoga Flow

January 30, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Relax and free your mind. Getting started with a new year and new priorities can be a lot to load on your plate and can take a toll on your body and mind. It’s important to set goals, but dont forget to take care of yourself along the way. Did you know most of the stress we endure is brought on by ourselves? We decided to un-fog our mind and let free for a bit during an evening beach yoga session.

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Pay close attention to the air flowing into your lungs and be intentional with your breaths.

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Stay focused. Take in the good + release the bad energy.

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Take moments just to be still and give yourself time take it all in. Feel the breeze, smell the salt.

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At the end of the day, go over what you are grateful for. Make a mental list of all the good thats to come your way and how you will achieve just that. Taking time for yourself is so important, yet we often forget to take a minute and just breathe. We encourage you to get moving this week and stay active, or just take a moment to enjoy the life all around you. Namaste.

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Yogi model: @wolfuntamed

Inspiration

2017 Happy Jar

January 6, 2017 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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New year, new memories! We wanted to get 2017 started the right way. Today, we made a “Happy Jar.” The purpose of this jar is to basically document the positives in your year by writing something good that happened at the end of each day. It could be anything. We want to dedicate this year to positivity and happiness! You will write your happy moment on a little piece of paper and place it in the jar.

Supplies:

-recycled jar

-paper, scissors, glue

-metallic pen

-ribbon and jute, metallic string confetti

Let’s get started!

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Fashion

Autumn Apparel

November 1, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Bring on the layers and the chilly nights spent by the fire. We’re trading in our bikinis for sweaters and swopping out bright corals and blues for maroons and oranges! Pura Vida Bracelets match all the seasons. What colors are you wearing this time of year? Comment below! Check out the look we did for this crisp fall day!

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Recipes

Summer Smoothie Bowl

July 25, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Fruit is the ultimate snack in the summer heat and smoothies are even more of a dream on a hot day. Who says that making your own yummy treat should be difficult? We’re all about easy-peasy snacking! Today we are going to share with you one simple way  to make your own smoothie bowl at home! Let’s get started.

Recipe one:  Berry Delicious 

1. One frozen banana

2. A handful of spinach

3. A handful of raspberries

4. A handful of strawberries or blackberries

5. A handful or two of blueberries

6. 1 cup of almond milk, apple juice, or whatever liquid you prefer

7. Enough ice to thicken to your liking

Recipe two: Green Goodness

1. One and a half frozen bananas

2. A handful of spinach

3. A handful of chopped kale

4. 1/2 cup of coconut milk

5. 1/3 cup of orange juice (optional)

6. Chia seeds

7. Enough ice to thicken to your liking

Add ingredients individually into blender and puree until desired consistency.  Pour into your favorite bowl.  Easy enough, right?   Now time for toppings!

Add granola to both smoothie bowls.

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Bananas make the PERFECT topping to any smoothie bowl.

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Make your food beautiful!

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Enjoy!

Fashion

Island Escapes

July 22, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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We dream in palms and sea air. This summer is dedicated to livin’ easy and wearing pretty things. Need the perfect accessories for your beachy attire? We have the secret! Get creative and pair up any kind of stack you want. We have a look and color for every style. Do ya thaaang!

 

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Sinking in a sea of shells.

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Toss your hair up…

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Or leave it down and embrace the wind tossed, sandy beach hair!

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Whether in a dreamy island dress or in cut off jean shorts, you can pair your favorite bracelets with them all.

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Rock the look!

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Can we play in the ocean forever? Yes please!

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Take care, mermaids! We want to see how you styled your Pura Vida Bracelets! Tag us on instagram: #puravidabracelets #livefree

 

photographer: @michellebishoff

 

Travel

Aloha Weekend!

July 8, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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Who’s ready to get this weekend started? Headed anywhere wild? We are itching to sink our toes in the sand and feel the sunshine on our skin! There’s no other way to feel the bliss of summer time other than chillin’ out by the shore. Come along and take part on our island adventure!

Can we all take a moment and pause because this is palm paradise!

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Dock side hangs and takin’ it easy.

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Summer adventures call for hammocks, sunnies and your favorite Pura Vida bracelets, duh!

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Nothing but smiles and sunshine

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Ended our day the best way we knew how- cruising on a yacht!

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So long beach bums! We want to hear about your sea days. Tag your favorite vacay spots featuring your bracelets to #puravidabracelets on instagram.

Stay salty!

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Lifestyle

American Honey

June 30, 2016 — by Chelsey Bishoff

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June is over? Julying. Who else is making exciting plans for this month? July 4th is one of our favorites and we are so pumped for everything we have going on! This year, we’re making sure we deck out with our red, white and blue arm candy. Can’t celebrate the 4th without Pura Vida bracelets, duh! Wherever you find yourself this holiday make it count and look cool, too!

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Shine on, babes.

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Keep your tummy happy and bring along a refreshing snack on your 4th adventures.

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SPARKLERS!

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Enjoy your crazy day! Sending all our love. See ya next time!

Photographer: @michellebishoff

Lifestyle

10 Reasons to Smile on a Bad Day

June 3, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Life can throw you some unexpected curve balls and it can feel like the entire world is against you. But through all that rain, there is sunshine…you just have to know where to look! Here are 10 Reasons to Smile on a Bad Day:

1) You’re alive today. Take a deep breathe and be thankful for that.

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2) Going outside, laying in the grass barefoot and feeling the sunshine hit your face.

3) Pizza.

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4) Turning up the volume on your fave song and dancing around your bedroom by yourself. 840 million people probably did the same to this song.

5) The beach.

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6) Your smile can brighten anyone’s day, even your own.

7) If you’re having a bad day, try and make someone have a good day. You’ll both win in the end.

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8) Puppies and kittens being friends.

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9) Sleeping in and letting your bad day turn into a lazy day. This is totally acceptable! Always take time for yourself. And Netflix.

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10) You are only one person, you’re imperfections are what make you perfect and life will take its course however it chooses to. Don’t let a bad day turn into a bad week, bad month or bad life! Just try and smile through it all because you are strong.

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www.findinglightcreative.com

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What Does it Mean to Live Free?

June 1, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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If you’re reading this right now, take a moment to be aware of your surroundings, your feelings and your physical body. Are you happy with it all? If you are, that’s truly wonderful. And if you aren’t, well today is the day you start living free.

So what does ‘living free’ mean exactly?

First of all, don’t get stuck in the rat race. Yes, pursue your education, nurture your mind and work hard. But I challenge you to work hard for something you’re passionate about. Whether that be stocking groceries or becoming a high-powered attorney, do it with love in your heart.

It’s not always about how much money you make, how much more successful you are than your peers or the company car you get to drive — it’s about creating change by doing something you love and never actually “working” a day in your life.

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Most importantly, see the world. Nothing is more freeing than setting sail on your own adventure. It doesn’t have to be an epic journey across the world, but make time to go outside and actually see the world.

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Appreciate the grass in your backyard, the sun hiding behind the clouds and fresh air. Or take it a step further and live abroad! Do whatever your heart desires and take the time to figure out exactly what that is.

We are not trees whose roots get planted in the ground and are expected to stay there until it dies. We have legs to move. We have hearts to follow. And dreams to make come true. So, how are you living free?

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Lifestyle

The Art of Slowing Down

March 31, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Instant messages, instant coffee and Instagram. We live in such a fast-paced world that slowing down seems like the last thing on our minds. So here is your official reminder: Slow down! Here are a 6 ways we can all take a break to cherish every single minute and enjoy life:

1. Do less. Funny how although technology is supposed to save us time, it’s actually made us work longer and harder hours. Instead of trying to get everything done at once, prioritize what’s really important, take breaks and let go of the rest.

2. Be present. Thinking about the past and worrying about the future can fog your mind and before you know it, you’re asking yourself, “Where did the time go?”. It takes some practice, but bring yourself into the present moment and be aware of your mind, your body and your surroundings.

3. Disconnect. Leave your phone in the car, at home or better yet schedule a day of the week where you turn it off for the entire day. You’ll start to realize that those few minutes you spend checking e-mails, messages and social media add up to time you should be spending talking with friends, calling your mom or meditating.

4. Focus on people. To give someone your full, undivided attention is the greatest gift you can give. We can be so easily immersed into our own thoughts, technology and the outside world, that we must make an effort to shut out all of those distractions. Listen and connect with people rather than just being in the same room with them.


5. Appreciate nature. Go outside. Run around barefoot in the sand. Take a hike on a local trail or better yet, book a vacation and go on an adventure. Whenever and however you can, always make time to breathe fresh air and revel in Mother Nature’s beauty.

6. Find pleasure in anything. Similar to being present, this takes it a step further. Whatever you’re doing, find the enjoyable aspects of it. Get out of bed and feel the wonderful stretch as you lift your arms above your head. Sip your coffee and really take in the warm aroma. When you learn how to find happiness in the simplest of things, you begin to realize how much there is to be grateful for.

(adapted from Zen Habits)

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Monica Justesen
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Aaron Nakamura
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Eryn Krouse

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