real raw kitchen: weekend wanderer: a day in the sun

Monday, June 24, 2013

weekend wanderer: a day in the sun

This weekend was just so incredible. It was slow, easy, insignificant and exactly what I needed. I had hoped to go for a long run this weekend but the unbearable heat made it very difficult for me to get outside (at least for running). Instead, I spent my time moving slowly on the beach and on the water.

I also introduced some new routines into my life, and boy am I glad that I did! I've started using my own homemade toothpaste. It's a game changer. I've always been extremely skeptical because toothpaste is just one of those non-negotiables for me ... one horrible experience with Tom's and I was scarred for life. 

This time, however, I decided to give it a go because the ingredients were cheap and already in my kitchen. One sample brush couldn't hurt, right? If I didn't like it I could go back to my ultra cheap (89 cents!) Ultrabrite standard OTC toothpaste. If I did like it, however, then I've just discovered an even cheaper and safer toothpaste!


Anyway, I'll write more on that later. Just know I'm loving it and I think you will too.

I did lots of indoor yoga with my mat laid up next to the air conditioner. It felt so good to slowly work my muscles and just relax into the poses. I have laid off my yoga practice lately, mostly because I was getting killer arms and that's not really a look I dig ... but it felt SO good to be back on the mat.

Then we headed over to the beach, like the rest of Miami, and parked ourselves on the $5 sheet I got from Urban Outfitters that-one-time back in college. It has turned into the perfect beach blanket for our adventures.

The sun was shining so brightly, the breeze was just right--not too strong, not too stagnant--and the water was warm and clear. It was perfect .

On our way to the beach we had to cut through Midtown in order to avoid the major backup on the causeway. I love it whenever this happens because you always see the neatest things in this part of Miami.

Midtown is known for two things: questionable safety and hipster art. This is the area where all the trendsetters like to hang out, all the artists like to display their epic proportions of art, and a lot of the crime in Miami sort of just happens.

During the day and early in the evening it is the quintessential art district. I love it so much and I think out of all of Miami this is really the best "culture" it has to offer. So I snapped this picture because I just could not get over how neat it is and how incredible this sub-culture here is.

When we got home I was greeted by a very lovely surprise package from Conscious Box. I was so excited when they contacted me and I was even more excited to open the box. I can't wait to share my review with you!

Sunday I spent the day with the girls. We went kayaking and then grabbed lunch nearby. Look at that view ...

There's just something so soul-replenishing about girl talk. Kayaking through mangroves doesn't hurt, either ...

This was my down-to-earth, no-fuss, soul-replenishing, sun-shining weekend. I feel very strongly about self-care and I love, love, LOVE being able to support the cause!

How was your weekend??


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