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Dreamy Desktop Backgrounds

August 31, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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If you’re like most of the population, you probably sit in front of your computer screen all day trying to stay on top of the emails and work that seems to just pile up. Well here’s a sight for your sore computer eyes: FREE downloadable dreamy desktop backgrounds for when you need a quick digital escape.

Right-click and save each image to your computer. Change your desktop background to your new dreamy image et voila!

Photography + Designs by @katgaskin

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Recipes

Vegan Coconut Cucumber Mint Popsicles

June 8, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Cool off with these healthy Vegan Coconut Cucumber Mint Popsicles with a surprise ingredient to give you an extra boost of nutritious power – turmeric! Thanks to our friends at Temple Turmeric for this yummy recipe.

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Ingredients:
1 13-14 oz can of Coconut Milk
8 oz Temple Turmeric Coconut Nectar Elixir
1/4 C Fresh Mint
2/3 C Grated/Shredded Cucumber – We used one 5-6 inch cucumber
1/2 Lime, juiced
2 Tbls. Coconut Nectar, Agave or Raw Honey

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Directions:
1) In a bowl, mix coconut milk and Temple Turmeric Coconut Nectar Elixir.

2) Thinly slice a small handful of mint and add to the coconut mixture.

3) Grate the cucumber using a cheese grater and add to the coconut mixture.

4) Squeeze 1/2 a lime and add your choice of sweetener into the mix. Stir until well-combined.

5) Pour the mixture into your favorite popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

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Follow Temple Turmeric for more yummy recipes using power-packed turmeric.

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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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Photos:
@findinglight
www.findinglightcreative.com

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Lifestyle

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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Header Photo:
@stephanieblaunc

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Lifestyle

Why You Should Drink More Green Tea

May 28, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Who knew your morning cup of tea could be so good for you? Calming your nerves, burning fat and giving you that extra boost of brain power are just a few proven benefits. Here’s why you should drink more green tea:

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  • It’s an excellent source of antioxidants
  • It burns fat, speeds up your metabolism and allows you to exercise for longer
  • It reduces stress and boosts brain power
  • It reduces high blood pressure
  • It helps protect your liver
  • It helps prevent tooth decay, strengthens tooth enamel and cures bad breathe
  • It helps preserve and build bones
  • It aids in digestion and keeps your tummy feeling happy
  • It clears up your skin
  • It boosts your immunity against illness
  • It rehydrates better than water

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Ways to get more green tea into your day:

  • Cold brew a big pitcher of green tea by placing 5 bags in a large glass pitcher of water and leave overnight on your counter
  • Add a squeeze of lemon and a drop of honey for a different taste
  • Replace the water or milk in your morning smoothie with green tea

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  • Make green tea ice cubes by pouring brewed tea and mint leaves into ice cube trays. Freeze overnight then use in your morning lemon water

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  • Make it a latte! Add some warm frothy milk, a teaspoon of coconut sugar and a splash of vanilla extract to your cup of green tea to make it a creamy treat
  • Instead of plain water, add green tea to your morning oatmeal

Header Photo:
Taylor Dane
www.taylordanephotography.com
@_tdane

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Travel

How to Find Your Next Cheap Flight

May 27, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Need to get away? Sometimes planning travel can be stressful and even before you’ve left, you need another vacation. Become your own travel agent with our fave websites to search, track and book budget airfares to save you time and money on your next getaway.

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1) Kayak Explore – http://www.kayak.com/explore

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Punch in your airport and dates then set a price alert that will notify you if your trip fare goes up or down. Price alerts are especially helpful for big ticket trips like flying to Australia where prices can fluctuate by a few hundred dollars. The most interesting thing about Kayak Explore is that it will predict the likelihood of your fare going up or down based on an analysis of historical price changes.

2) Skyscanner – http://www.skyscanner.com

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Skyscanner is our go-to search engine when we know where we’re going and when we want to go. It aggregates fares from a lot of international airports that you wouldn’t normally see on popular travel sites and also offers you airline combinations if time isn’t an issue, but money is tight. Skyscanner is always the first step when booking international travel and great for searching discount flights within Europe.

3) Hopper – http://www.hopper.com/

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For the flexible traveller, Hopper will keep watch of fares to your favourite destination and send you an e-mail when those prices are on sale. This handy website will also show you the best time to shop, buy and fly to any destination in the world. Because Hawaii is always a good idea and a cheap flight to those dream islands is always on our radar.

4) Google Flights – https://www.google.ca/flights/

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Don’t know exactly where you want to go, but have some dates in mind? Google Flights will show you a world map of all the airports and their prices from your airport between two dates.

Our favourite feature though is the ‘Lowest Fares’ graph. Once you input your destination airport, Google Flights will chart fares day-by-day from month-to-month and you can toggle between different trip lengths to see how your flight prices fluctuate. This came in handy when we booked a last-minute trip to Costa Rica because we knew we were getting a great price compared to fares for the next 6 months.

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Inspiration

11 Inspiring Instagrammers You Should Follow

May 26, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Here’s a round up of our favorite Instagrammers to keep you motivated, inspired and to fill your feed with prettiness!

1) @momentaryhappiness

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2) @taramilktea

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3) @mattcrump

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4) @inspire_yourself_

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5) @stephanieblaunc

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6) @stoked_yogi

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7) @lifebeforework

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8) @scottypass

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9) @dametraveler

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10) @barefoot_surf_travel

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11) @katgaskin

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Recipes

Healthy ‘Summer Splash’ Juice

May 23, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Staying hydrated never tasted so yummy! Blend up our 3-ingredient ‘Summer Splash’ Juice for an instant hit of refreshing tropical sunshine. Here’s how:

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Ingredients:
3 C Watermelon
1 C Pineapple
1/4 C Cucumber
Coconut Water (optional)

Directions:
1) Peel and chop everything so it can fit into your blender.

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2) Drop in the watermelon first, then pineapple and cucumber last.

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3) Whiz up everything until juicy smooth. Add a splash of coconut water to get the mixture going if necessary. If you’re blender comes with tamper (like Vitamix), use that to push down the ingredients while the blender is on. Don’t attempt this with just any regular spoon!

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4) Now go outside, walk barefoot through the green grass and sip on your Summer Splash under the sunshine!

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Lifestyle

10 Reasons Why You’re Awesome

May 21, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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We could all use a little pick me up, so here are 10 friendly reminders about why YOU are awesome:

1) Out of over 7,000,000,000 people in the world, there is no one that looks exactly like you.

2) You know the words to at least one Taylor Swift song.

3) You somehow grew from one microscopic cell to the person you are today. #mindblown

4) Your smile can brighten anyone’s day.

5) You are someone’s soulmate.

6) No matter what anyone says, your taste in music is the best.

7) You are great at something.

8) As Drake said, you look beautiful wearing sweat pants, hair tied, chillin’ with no make-up on.

9) You are loved and give love.

10) Your imperfections are perfect.

Photos:
Chloe Smith Photography
@_chloesmithphotography

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Travel

Destination: Eleuthera, Bahamas

May 20, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Just 50 miles east of Nassau lies a tiny island paradise where the deep blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean and bright turquoise calmness of the Caribbean Sea meet. Tickled pink colored sand, endless beaches and those laid-back Caribbean vibes are in no short supply. Here are the top beaches in Eleuthera:

1) Double Bay Beach
Two words: PINK SAND. Once you step foot onto the sandy shorelines of Double Bay Beach (pictured above), you seriously feel like you’re floating on air. The soft, fine sand is a light hue of rose pink and contrasts beautifully with the turquoise of the Atlantic.

2) Alabaster Bay – Coco Di Mama Hotel & Restaurant

Snorkel all day in the shallow, calm waters then grab dinner on the balcony of Coco Di Mama’s restaurant while watching the sunset. Get away from it all and still enjoy the amenities of an on-site hotel and bar.

3) Sky Beach Club
Spend a day at Sky Beach Club. Lay by the infinity pool, sip on an ice cold Kalik, the local beer, from the swim up bar and enjoy all the perks of the beach while staying sand-free. This poolside paradise is the perfect balance of ocean vibes with a touch of luxury.

 

4) Ten Bay
Grab a beach chair, your umbrella and a cooler full of cold drinks and you can literally set yourself up in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. The shallow waters of Ten Bay are so calm and clear that you feel as if you’re in a big, warm beach bathtub.

 

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Lifestyle

5 Life Lessons from Classic Children’s Books

May 19, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Before College textbooks sucked the fun out of reading for pleasure, we grew up indulging our childhood imaginations in our most cherished storybooks. Here are 5 Life Lessons from Classic Children’s Books you might have overlooked:

1) “Why did you do all this for me?’ he asked. ‘I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.’ ‘You have been my friend,’ replied Charlotte. ‘That in itself is a tremendous thing.” – Charlotte’s Web, E. B. White

Lesson: There is nothing more valuable in this world than true friendship.

2) “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Happy Birthday to You, Dr. Seuss

Lesson: Be proud of and love who you are. Don’t try to be anyone else but yourself.

3) “Always remember, you are braver than you believe, strong than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne

Lesson: You can achieve anything. The first step is to believe in yourself and the rest will follow.

4) “Then from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat, so he gave up being king of the wild things.” – Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

Lesson: Wild adventures are fun, but there’s no place like home.

5) “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” Love You Forever, Robert Munsch

Lesson: No matter your age, we should be grateful for the unconditional love from the special people in our lives.

Photos:
Taylor Dane
www.taylordanephotography.com
@_tdane

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Travel

7 Benefits of Traveling Alone

May 18, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Just like high school English, it should be mandatory for all young adults to take an extended trip by themselves. Coming into your own as an adult without the structure of scheduled classes and teachers telling you what to do and how to act can be daunting. Here are the benefits of travelling alone:

1) Learn to love being by yourself. Always connecting with friends and family can make us forget how to spend time with the one person who matters most: ourselves. When you travel alone, you’re essentially going on dates with yourself and have time to appreciate what a kind and happy person you are all on your own.

2) You are 100% accountable for your decisions and their outcomes. If you lose the map, it’s your fault. If you partied way too much last night, it’s also your fault. Being completely responsible for your actions is a huge life lesson that many of us seem to stumble through. When you travel alone, you’re allowed to make mistakes and also learn from them.

3) Develop your people skills. You’re bound to meet new people along your solo travels. This is your chance to interact with unique personalities, new cultures and people from completely different upbringings.

4) Practice problem solving. You ran out of money, you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere and your phone is dead. What do you do? If this were a question in your textbook, you’d take the time and effort to craft the perfect response, but when you’re actually in this situation your true problem solving skills get put to the test.

5) Acquire life skills and apply them to the real world. The best way to learn is by doing. Feeding yourself, managing your finances, being on time, setting a goal and putting a plan into place in order to achieve it are all life skills that you gain and master once you travel alone.

6) Do what you want to do. Wake up to watch the sunrise? Or stay in bed all day and order room service? When you travel on your own, you can do whatever the heck you want and don’t have to be considerate of anyone else’s preferences but your own.

7) Discover who you are and think about who you want to become. The most important and valuable aspect of travelling alone is how much you get to know yourself. You don’t have to play up to your parents’ expectations or adapt your behaviour to that of your friends’ to fit in. You really get to be YOU.

You also have endless amounts of time to think when you’re flying solo. While you’re in such a calm and quiet state of mind, you have the opportunity to reflect on what sort of life you want to lead and this sort of reflection is important to leading a life filled with happiness and good vibes.

Remember to be safe, aware of your surroundings and always let other people know where you’re going to be staying on your solo adventures!

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