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Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Latte

October 9, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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It’s not officially fall until you’ve had your first sip of a pumpkin spice latte, right? Save some bucks (and a few calories) and follow this recipe which, unlike the one from Starbucks, actually has pumpkin in it!

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Ingredients

Makes 2 drinks
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1 to 2 shots espresso, about 1/4 cup
1/4 cup heavy cream, whipped until firm peaks form

Equipment

Mixer, whisk, or hand blender, to whip cream
Saucepan
Wooden spoon
Whisk
Blender
Espresso maker or coffee maker

Instructions

1) Heat the pumpkin and spices: In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the pumpkin with the pumpkin pie spice and a generous helping of black pepper for 2 minutes or until it’s hot and smells cooked. Stir constantly.

2) Stir in the sugar: Add the sugar and stir until the mixture looks like a bubbly thick syrup.

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3) Warm the milk: Whisk in the milk and vanilla extract. Warm gently over medium heat, watching carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil over.

4) Blend the milk: Carefully process the milk mixture with a hand blender or in a traditional blender (hold the lid down tightly with a thick wad of towels!) until frothy and blended.

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5) Mix the drinks: Make the espresso or coffee and divide between two mugs and add the frothed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or nutmeg if desired.

(Recipe via the kitchn)

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Lifestyle

Halloween Costume Ideas

October 8, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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If you’re like us, you still haven’t thought about your Halloween costume and will be scrambling on October 30th to put something together that’s easy, but also awesome. Have no fear (except when you’re walking through the haunted house) because we’ve got you covered with these Halloween Costume Ideas:

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Bracelet-inspired Costumes

Sailor = Anchor Wrap Collection

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Gypsy = Cuff Collection + Arrow Charms + Feather Charms

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Mermaid = Bubble Bath Pack

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Hula Girl = Hawaiian Orchid Pack

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Glam Rockstar = Studded Collection + Track Bead Collection

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Lifestyle

All We Need is Sunshine and Surf

October 5, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Surf is always best served with a healthy dose of sunshine. Grab your bestie, your bracelets and head into the week by catching a few fun waves with us!

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Bracelets featured:
Silver Infinity Burgundy
Gold Circle Dark Grey
Silver Track Bead Seafoam
Beaded Blue
Platinum Blue

Models:
@maya.harrison (Bikini from @dakine)
@sydkay_ (Bikini from @jolynclothing)

Photos:
@sandiegophotographer
info@nathanpetty.com

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Recipes

Breakfast Berry Parfait

October 2, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Whip up this make ahead Breakfast Berry Parfait the night before for the answer to your hectic fall schedule. Store in mason jars or releasable containers so you can grab and go in the morning! If only getting out of bed was this easy.

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Ingredients:

– 1 Cup Mixed fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries etc.)
– 2/3 Cup of your favorite yogurt
– 1/2 Cup of your favorite granola (We like Mamma Chia Vitality Granola)
– Honey (optional)
– Mason jars or releasable containers

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Directions:

1) Layer the ingredients in your mason jar in the following order: Granola, berries, yogurt. This way, the granola at the very bottom doesn’t get too soggy.

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2) Drizzle the very top layer with some honey for extra sweetness.

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3) Refrigerate overnight then enjoy when you need a morning pick me up on the go!

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Lifestyle

20 New Ways to Challenge your Comfort Zone

September 23, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Sometimes we can get caught in the routine of our everyday lives and fall into a funk. When’s the last time you tried something for the first time? Here’s your reminder to do something new today (big or small!) and explore beyond your comfort zone — you’ll use a different part of your brain, slow down time and add some excitement to your life. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1) Learn how to knit.
2) Try a new workout at the gym.
3) Order a different drink from your coffee shop.
4) Try a new recipe on the weekend.
5) Buy a vegetable from the grocery store you’ve never eaten before.
6) Bike to work.
7) Get DIY crafty and make something with your hands.
8) Take a break from your technology and go shell hunting.

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9) Eat vegetarian for a few days.
10) Start a mini garden in your backyard.
11) Volunteer for a few hours on weekends at your local animal shelter.
12) Spend time with your grandparents and ask them what it was like when they grew up.
13) Learn a new dance.
14) Make flower crowns with your BFF and have a photoshoot.

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15) Eat with your opposite hand at dinner.
16) Visit the library and take out some books.
17) Explore a new part of your home town that you’ve never been before.
18) Organize a bracelet swap with your friends and freshen up your wrist wardrobe!

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19) Enroll in lessons for a sport you’ve never tried before (swimming, tennis, surfing, volleyball)
20) Travel to a new place by researching it online.

So what are you waiting for? Here’s a great TED Talk called ‘Try Something New for 30 Days‘ to get you inspired!

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Photos:
Cecilio Barrantes
@ceciliobarrantes
www.ceclaxon.com

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Inspiration

Dorm Room Ideas

September 22, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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As the school year kicks off and you’re settling into your dorm room, we want to give you some ideas to personalize and pretty up your new space. The space might be small, but this means you have to think BIG. Here are some dorm room decor ideas that we love:

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Recipes

Aloha Energy Bites

September 18, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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What better way to celebrate Aloha Friday than with these yummy Aloha Energy Bites? Packed with the sweetness of pineapple, creaminess of coconut and crunch of macadamia nuts, these healthy snacks will have you hula dancing into the weekend!

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Ingredients:
Makes approximately 12 – 15 bites
1 cup shredded coconut (divided)
¾ cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
½ cup chopped dried pineapple (We used unsweetened to control the amount of sugar)
2 Tbsp water
1 serving vanilla protein powder
2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp honey (We didn’t add any, but feel free to add some extra sweetness!)

Directions:

1) Combine ¾ cup of coconut and macadamia nuts into a medium bowl.

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2) Combine the dried pineapple and water into a small microwave safe bowl and heat for 20 seconds. Remove and allow to cool enough to handle.

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3) Add the reconstituted pineapple to a food processor and pulse into a paste.

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4) Add the pineapple paste to the coconut and macadamia nuts along with the protein powder, vanilla and honey. Mix to combine. The consistency should be sticky and form a ball.

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5) Roll 1 inch balls of this mixture and then coat with the remaining ¼ cup of coconut. Place in the refrigerator to set for a few minutes. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Inspiration

Spotlight: tentree

September 17, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Up to now, tentree has planted 6,125,450 trees.

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We love seeing and supporting other companies who are doing great things and giving back. Just like our bracelets, every tentree item you purchase makes a difference. The company is “rooted” in providing sustainable clothing made from organic, recycled materials by socially and environmentally responsible factories.

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With each purchase, 10 trees are planted whose life and environmental impact will live on way longer than any piece of clothing. The trees live for 20-30 years, but also provide seedlings which in turn grow into more trees. It’s a domino effect we can really get into!

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Shop our entire collection of Charity Bracelets and complete your good deed for today!

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

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Inspiration

5 Year Recap

September 15, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Today, we’re feelin’ 5 and alive! As we celebrate our birthday, we wanted to reflect back on our journey over the years and share our most cherished Pura Vida highlights with you. Since starting out 5 years ago, we’ve:

– Donated over $592,000 to our charity partners
– Added 100 full-time artisans to our team in Costa Rica
– Created over 1,000 bracelets styles
– Added 12 employees to our San Diego team
– Ranked 624 out of 5,000 fastest growing companies in America by Inc.
– Sold over 3,000,000 bracelets
– Been selected for the 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 list

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Here’s to another 5 years and beyond!

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