Take 5

TGIF! I’ve been enjoying a relaxing day after a hectic week! Here are this week’s 5 things.


1. An interesting article about becoming an expat on the cheap

2. This really is the cutest ice cream shop in Palm Springs

3. This article contains all you need to know about açaí including how to pronounce it!

4. Read this interview with my latest Instagram muse

5. Plan the perfect night in with friends


Make your own yoga mat spray

After a sweaty yoga practice, it’s very likely that your mat is kinda gross – never mind 30 days of it! It’s super quick and easy to whip up some of your own yoga mat cleaner and today I’m going to show you how!

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All you need is a spray bottle, water, a household cleaner such as witch hazel or vinegar, and essential oils (I used eucalyptus and lavender).

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Fill your spray bottle 3/4 of the way with water, the remaining 1/4 with your household cleaner (I used witch hazel), and 5 or more drops of each essential oil.


Now shake, shake, shake everything together!


Voila! Your homemade yoga mat spray is ready to hit your yoga mat!

Ways YOU can help save earth!

Happy earth day! We all have birthdays to celebrate our lives on so it’s only fair that the earth gets one too. After all if it didn’t exist we wouldn’t either!

Chugging down that train of thought, did you ever stop to think about how harming the earth will backfire on us and harm the people living on it too? Yes – that’s me and you! So here are some ways we can be earth super-heroes together! If we all do a little here and there, we can make a difference!

Stop using the garbage can 

Okay of course I don’t mean that literally. I mean start thinking twice before you throw something out. Can you reuse it? Can you recycle it? Can you compost it? The blue and green bins do have a purpose you know – and a good one too! Let’s let them do their job, ok?


Turn out the lights

Earth super-heroes – here’s your job on the weekends! Turning out the lights when you’re not using them is the easiest thing you could do and it saves electricity instead of wastes it. All it takes is the flick of a switch. And take advantage of the natural sunlight when you can! After all that’s one of the reasons why it’s there.

Spare the plastic or save the plastic 

Zip-locs and plastic grocery bags – nemesis of the earth. Plastic doesn’t decompose so when you throw ’em out and they end up in landfills, 4r0all they do is sit there! So why don’t you save them the boredom and let them move onto their next life. Or just stop using plastic altogether and explore other options out there like Tupperware and cloth shopping bags.


And save the water too

Turn off the faucet when you’re brushing your teeth! I’m sure you’ve heard it a billion times and if you still haven’t listened to that great piece of advice – do it now! And have you ever considered how much water you waste when you take a 10 minute shower? Yeah I’m not gonna do the math but that’s a lot of water going down the drain – literally. Spare earth the 10 minute concert. You can sing in other places too.

Say so long to hairspray

Unless it’s the earth-friendly kind that doesn’t come in aerosol cans! Who knew that our seemingly innocent helpers actually hurt the ozone layer that protects us from the harmful  UV rays of the sun?! Friends, our lives are more important than our hair.

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Make less or eat more

I’m sure we all know the sorrowful tale of food and waste. So I’ll spare you the sad story and just ask you to next time make/take less food or eat everything on your plate. Don’t let it end up going to waste. And I know it sounds cliche but it’s true – think about those who are less fortunate than you. (Ok that rhyme was both amazing and unintentional.)

Go vegetarian 

Raising animals for meat uses up a lot of resources and produces a lot of greenhouse gases. So by eating less meat or dropping the food group entirely you’re actually contributing positively towards the environment.


Get some exercise 

I know how convenient it is to hop into your car and drive to your destination but poor earth will be left in the dust coughing up those fumes. Consider stretching your legs and walk – or bike! – to your destination if it’s local and think public transportation or carpooling if it’s further away. By helping yourself get some exercise you’re helping the environment too!

3Have another tip on how we can save earth? Please share it below!

And make sure you share these tips with your friends. I’m sure they’d want to be considered heroes too!

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