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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

Mint Ice Cubes

  • 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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Rings: Tidepool Love

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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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Lifestyle

Life Check: 10 Questions To Ask Yourself

May 15, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Sure it’s always good to catch up with friends and family, but when’s the last time you checked in with yourself? It’s time to have a conversation with yourself to see how YOU are doing by asking these 10 questions:

1) How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
2) If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
3) If not now, then when?
4) Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
5) Who do you love? What are you doing about it?
6) Do you celebrate the things you do have?
7) When was the last time you tried something new?
8) What is the difference between living and existing?
9) Time or Money?
10) If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?

Borrowed from KratosGuide.com

Photo:
Stephanie Blaunc
@stephanieblaunc

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Travel

Destination: Waikiki, Hawaii

May 14, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Revered as the birth place of surfing and Aloha spirit, Waikiki is a tourist hot spot for any and all beach lovers. Located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, Waikiki is the perfect spot for people watching, world-class shopping and boasts the best views of the iconic Diamond Head.

What to Do
Rent a SUP or surfboard and paddle out into the middle of this giant shallow bay. You may even see a turtle or 4! Don’t wanna get sandy? Then get spending as you stroll along Kalakaua Avenue. With everything from high-end handbags to bikinis on a budget, it’s a shopaholics dream!

Where to Eat & Drink
Sip on a Mai Tai from the infinity pool at the Sheraton Waikiki which overlooks the entire turquoise bay then eat, drink and spread aloha at an evening luau.

Where to Stay
For the most authentic island experience rich in Hawaiian culture and history, stay at the Moana Surfrider, the very first hotel built on Oahu in 1901.

Where to Party
Hop on a sunset catamaran cruise (drinks and panoramic ocean views included) then head to The Beach Bar at the Moana Surfrider for seaside cocktails and more uninterrupted views of the big blue.

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Fashion

Our Beach Bag Essentials

May 13, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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We emptied our beach bags to show you what to pack for a day in the sun and sea!


Stay shady and feel good in sunglasses from Blenders Eyewear. Polarized lenses provide protection from the sun and with endless color combinations, you’re gonna want more than one pair.


Stay golden with easy-to-apply temporary metallic tattoos from Flash Tattoos. Be mindful of tan lines!


Stash all your beach goodies in this super cute and functional Vamastyle ‘Beach Daze’ Tote. Pair it with the Tidepool Love ‘Aloha Forever’ Waterproof Clutch and keep your things dry while you play in the ocean.


The Bambi Top in Black Ginger from Stone Fox Swim is the perfect balance of sleek and sporty.


Did you know all Pura Vida Bracelets are completely waterproof? Just make sure you give ’em a rinse after a day at the beach to remove any salt that may discolor metals.

And most importantly, don’t forget to bring lots of good vibes and good friends!

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Lifestyle

6 Ways To Unleash Your Creative Genius

May 12, 2015 — by Griffin Thall

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Being creative is one thing, but having the power and control to turn your creativity on and off is gift. Here are 6 ways to unleash your creative genius:

1) Try new things. When we learn something new like how to skateboard or play the guitar, we use a different part of our brain. This is a huge part of being creative; having the ability to think outside of the box and in alternative ways.

2) Travel. Change up your surroundings and you’ll automatically begin to see the world in a different way. We can get stuck in a creative rut because we are physically stuck in our offices or the local coffee shop. Go on an adventure and you’re sure to be inspired by all the new sights and sensations.

3) Quantity over quality. Start with one concept and have a brainstorm session where you write or draw anything and everything that comes to your mind in 2 minutes. There are no bad ideas at this point, it’s simply an exercise to get your creative juices flowing.

4) Channel your inner child. When you’re a kid, your imagination runs wild with fun fantasies, fictional characters and wonderful adventures. Unfortunately, as we grow up, we lose this ability to dream out loud. Spend time with the little ones in your life and play pretend. Sometimes it’s good to let go of reality and see where our brains go.

5) Create an inspiration board. With sites like Pinterest and Tumblr, it’s so easy to visualize a concept through gathered images. Besides, we all know that pinning to our “DIY” board is so much fun.

6) Don’t force it. The only rule to being creative is to do what comes naturally to you so don’t try too hard. Being creative should be fun and if you feel like you’re forcing it too much, you’re not being true to yourself.

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