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Recipes

Detox Fruit Water Recipes

March 16, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Spring cleaning shouldn’t just be for your closet. Cleanse and rid your body of toxins with these healthy and delicious detox fruit water recipes.


Ingredients:
Portable Drinking Container (We love this leakproof Made by Fressko flask, which comes with a handy infuser, perfect for fruit or tea.)
Fruit, Cut into Small Pieces
Fresh Herbs

Directions:
Drop in any of these combinations of fruits and fresh herbs into your drinking container then fill with water. Easy! Drink throughout the day to stay hydrated, increase energy levels and nourish your body.


Pineapple Mojito

Pineapple
Fresh Mint
Cucumber
Lime

Citrus Surprise
Orange
Lemon
Lime

Berry Blast
Strawberries
Blueberries
Raspberries

Tropical Tango
Pineapple
Mango
Lime

Cool as a Cucumber
Cucumber
Mint
Lemon



 

Glass Flask: RISE – Made by Fressko
Hawaiian Gold Bangles: [ki•ele]
Instagram: @ki_ele

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Lifestyle

9 Things That Will Be Cool Forever

March 13, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Trying to keep up with trends can be tiring and at the end of the day, it’s not about adapting to what’s hip and trendy, it’s about remaining classic and timeless all on your own. Here are our top 9 things will be cool forever:

  1. Clueless – This coming of age movie is a staple in any girl’s movie collection. From fashion tips to relationship advice to learning about yourself, this timeless movie has it all.
  2. Disney World – Where the youthful, naive child in us comes alive. No matter what age you are, the whimsy of Disney World is infectious and can turn any person old or young into a playful, imaginative and energetic kid at heart.
  3. Faded Denim Shorts – Fashion trends come and go, but a pair of ripped worn-in denim shorts will live on forever. You can dress them up, down and around for any occasion.
  4. Converse All-Stars – A classic pair of black Converse All-Stars are the most versatile footwear you can ever own. And the plus? The more you wear them, the better they look.
  5. Beach Cruisers – Pedalling around in style on a vintage beach cruiser bike will always be cool.
  6. XXL Sweatpants – The bigger the sweatpants the better and the more you wash them, the softer and cozier they get. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone you wore them to the grocery store.
  7. Birthday Parties – You’ve made it another year so you should celebrate and surround yourself with the people and things you love!
  8. Pura Vida Bracelets – When you can set trends and stand out all while giving back to a great cause, that’s the coolest thing you can ever do.
  9. Being Yourself – Ultimately, the things you own can only increase your “cool” factor by so much. What really matters is being confident, true to yourself and embracing your uniqueness.


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Travel

ULTRA Music Festival: A Survival Kit

March 12, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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In 2 weeks, one of the biggest electronic dance music festivals will descend upon Miami. Are you ready? Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with our ULTRA Music Festival survival kit. Don’t forget:

  • Sunglasses
  • Bright, Colorful Clothing
  • Fun Bikinis/Swimwear
  • Comfortable Footwear
  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Your BFFs
  • Things That Glow
  • Ear Plugs
  • Advil
  • Cash
  • Patience and a Smile
  • Pura Vida Bracelets! (duh)






What are your ULTRA essentials? Comment below and share this post!

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The Takeaway: What We Can Learn from Music Festivals

March 11, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Who doesn’t love a good party? And when you throw in some of the world’s best DJs, locations and thousands of amped up festival go-ers, you’ve got a recipe for fun. Here’s what we can learn from music festivals:

Keep an open mind. You may go into a festival with the goal of seeing musicians and DJs you’ve loved forever, but always leave room to explore new music and genres. Just like in life, open up to the possibilities for new and different experiences. You never know what you might like and the interesting people you may meet encounter!

Dance like no one’s watching. It sounds so cliche, but letting go of the fear of being judged on how you express yourself is a very liberating experience. So dance however you want to dance as much as you can!

Enjoy the music and live free. Listening to music is scientifically proven to elevate our moods and decrease stress. It reminds us to be present and really “tune in” to the moment whether we’re by ourselves or with 10,000 or our closest party friends.

It’s all about good vibes and great people. Sometimes music festivals get a bad reputation, but it’s actually the opposite. Everyone you meet is there to have a good time, be happy and have fun. And isn’t this how we should wake up feeling every day? Whether we’re at Coachella or getting out of bed on a Monday morning, we should be excited to be living and look forward to every day.

Share this post if you’re going to a music festival this year! 

 

Lifestyle

7 Reasons Why Music Rocks

March 6, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Music is life. The right song at the right time can uplift anyone and make us feel like we can do anything! It’s always there when we need it, knowing the exact words to say and how to say them. We love music and here’s why:

  1. Hearing our favourite song will always make us smile.
  2. Music equals dancing. And dancing equals FUN. Whether at the club, at a music festival or alone in your bedroom, swaying and jumping around with the volume on high is a guaranteed good time.
  3. No matter how sad or mad we are, Taylor Swift heals all. At 15, 22 or any age really, times get tough and no amount of chocolate ice cream will make us feel better. Music has a way of speaking to our pain and problems better than any BFF and we’re thankful to all the talented musicians out there for helping us heal and move on.
  4. Science also says music rocks. Studies have shown that listening to tunes can help us focus, workout harder, calm nerves and increase chemicals in our brain that cheer us up.
  5. Music helps us remember the good times. Our first dance, our first road trip or that summer we spent at the beach, we could curate a soundtrack to our lives all thanks to those songs that play in the background while life’s greatest moments happen.
  6. One word: Karaoke. Need we say more?
  7. There will always be music. There is an infinite combination of words, melodies and notes to last more than a lifetime. Genres come and go, new artists emerge and old songs become captured treasures. With the simple press of the play button, we’ll be taken to new places, reminded of old memories, experience great emotions and rock on forever!

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Travel

Insta-Worthy Roadtrips: Where to Go & What to Bring

March 4, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Pack a bag, grab your camera and just go! There’s nothing like driving on the open road, with the sun setting over the ocean, windows down and having your friends along for the ride. Whether you have a few days or a few months, take a road trip along one of these amazingly picturesque drives:

1) For the nature enthusiast: Banff & Jasper Park (Alberta, Canada)
During the summer or winter, wind along forest-lined roads, mountain cliffs and lakeside lanes with the Rockies never out of sight. Make sure to stop along one of the many panoramic look outs or take a relaxing dip in a natural hot spring.

2) For the adventurer: Sea to Sky Highway, (British Columbia, Canada)
Starting at sea level in Vancouver, you’ll drive along Highway 99 discovering scenic ocean vistas, dramatic waterfalls, pristine provincial parks, tons of wildlife and soaring mountains. A few hours later, you’ll be in Whistler, where you can spend the day doing some of the best hiking, biking and skiing the Canadian Rockies has to offer.

3) For the ocean lover: Pacific Coast Highway (California, U.S.A)
If time isn’t an issue, make your way down the Cali coast and let those laid-back beach vibes just sink in. With coastal cliffs, the sound of giant crashing waves and that unforgettable smell of salty, ocean air, make sure your windows stay down and your camera stays on.

4) For the fun seeker: Highway 1, Florida Keys (Florida, U.S.A)
This 113-mile drive takes you from the mainland of Florida to the beautiful teal waters of Key West. With funky hidden tiki bars, scuba diving in colorful coral reefs and roadside seafood shacks, there’s no shortage of exciting stops to make along this stretch of ocean road.

Don’t Forget to Bring:
1. Maps and/or GPS
2. A camera, charging cables and car adapters
3. Comfy clothes, a toothbrush and Pura Vida Bracelets!
4. Snacks and water
5. MUSIC
6. Good vibes

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Recipes

Toasted Coconut Crunch Granola

March 3, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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It’s no secret that we LOVE coconut. Add some excitement to morning routine with our Toasted Coconut Crunch Granola. Perfect on top of oatmeal, smoothie bowls and yogurt parfaits or on it’s own with some coconut milk. We can’t get enough!

Ingredients:
3 C. Rolled Oats (not instant)
1/3 C Honey
1/4 C Coconut Oil (melted)
1 C Shredded Coconut (preferably fresh, but dried works too)

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 C Chopped Nuts or Seeds

Directions
1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix the rolled oats, shredded coconut and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together the coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Pour this wet mixture into the dry mixture of oats until everything is coated.


2) Spread mixture evenly onto a large baking sheet and place on the middle rack of your oven. Bake for 20 minutes, stir and bake some more until golden brown (usually 5-15 minutes more). You’ll want to keep watch of your precious granola as the coconut can burn easily!

3) By now, your kitchen is probably hugging you with the nutty smell of toasted coconut and warm scent of vanilla. Cool the granola to room temperature and stir occasionally. As it cools, this is when the crunch gets crunchier. Yummy!

 

4) Store the cooled mixture in a container for up to 2 weeks, but we doubt it’ll stick around for that long once you’ve taste it.

 



What’s your favourite way to enjoy granola? Share this post and spread some morning cheer!

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The Pure Life: Our Simple Guide to Essential Oils

February 27, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Smell is one of our most powerful and underrated senses. It can trigger emotions, memories and feelings of attraction. Not to mention their natural healing benefits. To help you get in the best state of mind and body, here’s our guide to essential oils and their uses:

Lavender

  • Add a few drops to a warm bath for ultimate relaxation
  • Help aid with sleep by dabbing some oil in your wrists and temples
  • Stop the itching from an insect bite or discomfort of a bee sting
  • Benefits: Calming, relaxation, uplifting to your mood

Lemon

  • Use to clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Improve circulation by rubbing on skin
  • Brighten up the flavor of your water or desserts
  • Benefits: Detoxifying, rejuvenating, cleansing

Peppermint

  • Use with your humidifier to soothe coughs and congestion
  • Add to hot water and make an upset tummy taming tea
  • Apply sparingly (this stuff is very concentrated!) to back of neck to increase energy
  • Benefits: Cooling, antibacterial, energizing

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Love Yourselfie: How Selfies Teach Us to Love Ourselves for Who We Are

February 26, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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These days our online profiles get just as much traffic as a busy city street during rush hour. Whether we’re looking good or looking for a bit of a confidence boost, we’re all guilty of a little selfie love now and then. And that’s totally okay!

There is no greater or more important love than the love we feel for ourselves. When we take a good selfie, it gives us an opportunity to embrace our uniqueness, appreciate our beauty and share that with others. So take it!

Let’s show the world how confident, beautiful and awesome we are. Get snap happy, throw on some bracelets and tag your selfies with #puravidabracelets so we can see!

Recipes

Vegan Coconut Mango Pudding

February 23, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Curb your sweet cravings with our super easy, nutrition-packed, guilt-free Vegan Coconut Mango Pudding. Dessert for breakfast? Yes please!

Ingredients:
1/3 C Chia Seeds
1 C Coconut Milk
1/2 Mango, chopped

Directions:
1) We weren’t kidding when we said this recipe was super easy. Simply combine the chia seeds and coconut milk in a bowl, stir, cover and set overnight in the fridge. The mixture will expand so make sure there’s some room to grow in the bowl.


2) Wake up to a creamy, coconutty, tropical treat that’ll have you questioning whether this is healthy or not. Believe us, it is!


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8 Reasons Why Being 20-Something is Awesome

February 22, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Our 20s can either be some of the greatest or toughest times in our lives, so here are some reminders why living through this decade is the best.

1. We have our own style.

Over the years, we’ve fine-tuned our personal style and can distinguish between what looks good on us and what just looks plain whack.

2. We know who we are.
We have our own opinions and aren’t afraid to voice them. We no longer have to try and fit in like a chameleon, but instead are confident in our own skin and strive to be different and unique.

3. We can spend money on fun things.
We now earn some decent coin and can spend it at our heart’s content. Spa treatments, ridiculously priced clothes, personal training, international vacations, the list of luxury never ends.

4. We have drafted an all-star lineup of friends.
The friends we have today will probably be the ones we have for the rest of our lives. We recognize what a meaningful relationship is and cherish the ones around us way more than we used to.

5. We are educated, beautiful and street smart.
We’re eloquent, business-savvy, critically aware of news, politics and pop culture. Not to mention that we are still in the prime of our youth. Move over Beyoncé!

6. We take care of our bodies and it shows.
We go to the gym, drink green smoothies, stopped eating McDonald’s every day and now treat our bodies as sacred temples. Living a long, happy life is our priority and we realize the importance of health at a young age.

7. We have direction, but there is still opportunity to grow.
We’re up for that awesome promotion and are able to finally advance our careers. Re-locate to Europe? No problem. Quit the office job and become a helicopter pilot? Do it.

8. This is the start of our real life.
This is our chance to sit down and really think about our career, where we want to create a life and what kind of person we want to be. The beauty of it all is that we have complete control over what happens.

So dream big, live free, have fun, do what makes you happy and pursue your passion because at the end of the day only you can decide your future. Share this post if you agree!

 

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Creative Ways to Show Your Appreciation

February 21, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Gratitude is great. So get ready to kill them with kindness today with these fun and meaningful ways to say ‘Thank You’.

Mail a Thank-You
Remember that time mail was actually physical, non-electronic mail? Send a little handwritten thank you letter via the post office and make someone feel extra special.

Dedicate an Instagram Post
Take a break from the selfies and show how grateful you are by writing something nice about someone and posting a beautiful picture of you two together. #besties

Phone-A-Friend
In this digital-age, instant messaging has become the standard for communication. Call up your friends and family just to simply chat or say a quick ‘Thanks!’. It will definitely catch them by surprise.

Make Them Something
Sure expensive gifts are lovely, but spending time instead of money always ups the value and thoughtfulness of a gift. Need some ideas? Check out the rest of our blog for some crafty DIYs that make great presents.

Now, show us some gratitude by sharing this post! Please and thank you 🙂