So back in January…ish? I talked about my resolutions and goals. One of those was to get fit again. Where have I gone with that? Well, I was exercising a few days a week. And then I was playing co-ed soccer for a few games. AND THEN I SPRAINED MY ANKLE. And I’ve barely done anything since then, because it still hurts like a mother-f’er. So, now that it’s starting to heal up, I plan on getting back into a routine more. I was doing bikram yoga for a while. Guys that shit is no-joke. Super sweaty afterwards. I’ve been taking Marley out more to play, trying to go on more walks when the weather cooperates and trying to find simple workouts that I can do when I get home quickly before the rest of my life takes over. Stumbled upon this greatness today and have immediately fell in love with the humor, design and ideas: Capture Absolute GENIUS coming from Neila Rey who has a whole series of your favorite characters, books, movies and tv shows for you to workout as. Definitely go check her out here. I also love her 30 Day Challenge and plan to start TODAY. Once it’s through you can do it again and LEVEL UP to make it a bit harder.

Beach/ bikini body get ready… I’m coming for you.

PS: LOCAL PEEPS: DON’T FORGET TO ENTER TO WIN SOME FREE PIZZA (Nothing like pizza when you’re trying to get into shape right?)

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Great ready for another fun new series on CLA! This series is all about things happening around Detroit & the surrounding areas. Conveniently it’s going to be called “Around Town“. I’ve vow’d to myself to be more of a tourist of my hometown this summer and I’m hoping to bring all of you the down-low of what’s fun/ new and worth seeing in the area!

Starting off this new series is a fun trip towards the north-east side to Royal Oak. Myself and a fun group of bloggers hit up Blaze Pizza (Opened October 2013) to give it a try.

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Blaze pizza is the brain-child of Executive Chef Bradford (Brad) Kent, a man that grew up with a passion for food. Kent started cooking at the wee age of seven and quickly learned that food was more than just ingredients thrown together. We were told that his natural talent quickly evolved from dorm room creations at the University of Southern California to his first small plate catering company. Kent later went on to study at the culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and then studies at Cal State Long Beach earning a food science degree. So basically this guy knows his shit stuff.

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Darla, the Marketing Director for Blaze in Royal Oak told us that the company is super proud of their penchant for not only healthy, quality, fresh ingredients but also for their dough. We were told that their dough ferments for over 24 hours before being put to use. Then it’s rolled out, topped and thrown in the oven for 180 seconds (yep, 180 seconds… crazy fast!) before being pulled out, sliced and delivered to you.

The pizza dough here is a thin crust, making it quick to cook. Kent’s whole idea behind blaze was not only giving his customers a quality delicious, CUSTOM pizza, but giving them a pizza that they could order and eat on their lunch hour. Speaking of custom pizzas, one of the biggest winning points about blaze for myself was the ability to customize your pizza in smorgasbord of different ways all for $6.95 a pie. Yep, that’s right. There are no additional fees for 20+ ingredients. It’s unlimited ingredients, your way, all for $6.95.

But enough about the pitch stuff. Lets talk about my experience.

Being the over anal person that I have then tendency to be, I showed up WAY early to the event and was the first person to arrive. This worked for me because it gave me the chance to really check out the place and chat with Darla before anyone else showed up!

One of the biggest things for me with restaurants is BRANDING. And I’m pleased to say Blaze totally passed my branding test. From the exterior to the bathrooms the restaurant kept to a modern industrial theme with high integration of typography. Below are samples of the to-go pizza boxes & menu.

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The interior of the restaurant was definitely industrial & modern with the wood and metal mix of the tables, chairs & benches. The lighting was fun industrial lights in mural colors on the outside and fun pops of red on the inside. Right now Michigan has two locations in Royal Oak and Novi (with one coming soon to Kalamazoo), and this location had a private room up front for events. The wall of windows even open up for the classic RO restaurant feel during the warmer days.

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Once we arrived we strapped on wristband (showing we were part of a special party) and hopped into line. Blaze has some signature pizzas on it’s menu with fun names such as the Meat Eater, Art Lover, Link In and Green Stripe. All looked very appetizing but I felt like being my own chef and decided to Build My Own.

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The best way I could describe the building process is to say it’s very Chipotle-like. You start at one end with a staff member and choose your dough. Blaze has gluten-free dough available and they are quick to find out if your choice of the dough is for allergy reasons or a preference. Which is great, because those with allergies know that even the slightest mistake could ruin your perfectly good afternoon. Once you pick your dough and give your name you’re passed down to the next staff member to choose your sauce and cheese. (Another item to point out is that it’s great that once person doesn’t do all the pizzas, thus keeping any allergens separate for those allergic.)

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Just like with the sauce and cheese after choosing your options you’re passed onto the meat station and then onto the veggie station. I should also mention that at each station the staff member made sure to call you by your name. Which at first was weird, but is definitely a nice touch after the first time.

Blaze also has a nice selection of salads near the checkout and I grabbed a small caesar to taste test. Once you get to check out they ring you up and offer you a smores cookie for dessert. GET ONE. And have them warm it for you by the oven (Note: maybe get the cookie after you eat and have it warmed, because it tends to cool down while you’re eating.)

You wait all of maybe 3-5 minutes for your pizza to cook. Those ovens are gunning anywhere from 400-600 degrees on any given day, talk about HOT!

They call out your name when it’s pulled from the oven. And your handed your very own pizza. Pretty much maybe 10 minutes after you get in line. SUPER FAST.

I was so hungry at this point I almost forgot to take pictures. But don’t worry! I caught myself after I saw others making sure to get their shot!

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Delicious looking isn’t it? Well It tasted even better than it looked. I’m pretty much a huge fan of thin crust pizza, but this was definitely by far some of the better thin crust I’ve had in a long time. The outside crust was crunchy enough that it held up the weight of the ingredients, but not overly crunchy that you broke a tooth just trying to get a bite. The dough was sweet, and flavorful and divine!

Before I knew it more than half my pizza was gone! I swear someone was stealing my slices. I definitely couldn’t have eaten all that myself, right? I tried the salad and was please that it tasted fresh and the caesar was one of the dressings I liked. But the star of the show was definitely the pizza and the crust.

Suddenly I found myself with only two slices left and I made myself put down the rest so I’d have something for lunch later this week. Plus I still had my cookie to try.

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I thought the cookie was pretty good, but I wish I had eaten it earlier, because it and cooled down by this point and was a bit harder to bite into.

One of the bloggers attending had gluten allergies and made a custom gluten free pizza. Once we had all started eating the staff brought out more of their signature pizza pies for us to try. They also made sure to bring out a gluten-free version to compare. I was so impressed that the gluten-free version was so similar to the regular that I found it hard to distinguish the two. Can you?

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Because of her allergy this blogger couldn’t eat the smokes cookie that contained graham cracker. She mentioned (along with others) that Blaze should server dessert pizzas as well and the staff graciously offered to make her a dessert pizza. In fact they made dessert pizzas for everyone. This is an item totally not on their menu, but they were so eager to please and make sure that we were satisfied that they went above and beyond. Behold, the very first Smores Dessert Pizza from Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak.

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I basically wanted my own. But, I shared. #stupidmorals. I doubt they’d make these for just anyone, but maybe if they get enough feedback they’ll add it to the menu??

Overall we had a really great time. A HUGE shoutout to Chef Kent, Darla, Jeff & Tim for making us feel oh so welcome and for the wonderful meal. I will most definitely be back for more.

And here’s the kicker… Not only will *I* be back for more… but a few of you will be headed to Blaze pizza for a free Pizza Pie of your own! Courtesy of Blaze Royal Oak, 3 winners are going to win a pair (that’s two ;)) of free pizza coupons to Blaze Pizza Royal Oak! And ONE lucky winner will win a pair of Free Pizza Coupons AND a Free Blaze hat! Just like the one Chef Bradford Kent is wearing below. Great date night out spot!

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To enter to win a pair of Blaze Pizza Coupons just click the link below (it’ll jump you over to Rafflecopter). Giveaway is open until Tuesday April 15th 11:59PM and the Winners will be announced Wednesday! You can enter daily! Good luck!!

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Until next time,

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** I was offered a free meal to test out Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak without the expectation of a post or social media integration. All opinions are my own. Giveaway made possible by Blaze Pizza in Royal Oak**

 

HAPPY OPENING DAY!!

March 31, 2014 — Leave a comment

Hey guys, it’s opening day, and in Detroit that’s a statewide holiday.

It also happens to be my birthday. :)

So I’m out celebrating!

Go tigers!

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** THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, CONGRATS TO KATHRYN!**

You know that feeling you get when you feel like you’ve somehow stumbled upon something really cool and you just can’t wait to share it with EVERYONE.

I feel that way today about today’s guest on the blog.

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I’d like for you guys to meet Song, of Song Yee Designs

A few weeks ago Song contacted me asking if I’d like to try a review of her jewelry. Pretty necklaces? Definitely peaked my interest. So I hopped over to her Etsy shop to see what all the fuss was about and literally started favoriting items within a few seconds.

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Leaf Earrings // Quartz Necklace // Feather Necklace
Agate Slice Necklace // Czech Glass Necklace // Lotus Necklace

I mean, I think it’s pretty obvious why I like her shop. The pieces are unique, fun, in-style with trends, but classic enough to dress up and down. For example, the Agate Slice Necklace, go open up another browser and type in agate slice and see what pops up. Pretty much every home store and DIY blogger has SOMETHING with agate slice going on right now. Imagine bringing that trend to your day to day style.

Clearly I’m not the only one that thinks her pieces are crazy good either. This lovely lady was just featured on Etsy’s home page and sold-out of the featured piece (edit: this item is back in stock!!)! I love also that she offers both gold and silver options of almost every piece. Gold is really *in* right now for jewelry, but I generally stick to silver so it’s really nice having that choice. My other favorite feature of her shop is the ability to customize your piece’s length. Women are made in all shapes and sizes and I’ve fallen in love with pieces off Etsy before that I’ve ordered only to be disappointed in the length of the piece. Being able to customize your piece so it works for you and your body type is a definite plus.

I had weddings the last two weekends so I was really looking forward to purchasing a few pieces that I might be able to wear and take with me to those events. I selected the gorgeous Crystal Quartz Necklace & a fun Arrow Necklace and then impatiently waited until they arrived.

Luckily I didn’t have to wait long, Song shipped the items and they arrived to my door just a few days later! Talk about quick service.

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I’m incredibly in love with the Quartz Necklace. I dressed it up for the wedding, and then dressed it down a few days later for date night. It’s so versatile for almost any outfit and I’m really glad I bought it longer in length. The chain itself is thick enough to let me adjust the size to whatever level I like best for the outfit. It’s definitely my new favorite piece.

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The arrow necklace is light and fun and adds charm to a plain t-shirt. I definitely recommend going long for this one though, I think I underestimated the length I’d like for it which limits my outfit choices for it. However I love the fun quirky feel of it and think it looks great with a colorful crew neck tee.

You know I didn’t just get to try on some pretty necklaces. I’m always wondering what makes creatives tick and I decided to quiz Song a bit to find out more about the designer behind the jewelry…

Justynn: Tell me about yourself…
Song: I grew up in Gold Beach, Oregon. Which is a tiny coastal town in Southern Oregon. I was always creative when I was younger  but never thought to pursue it as more than a hobby. I loved drawing, painting, and I even use to make simple beaded jewelry pieces. I went to college at Cal Poly in beautiful San Luis Obispo, California and I majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. I know, completely unrelated to jewelry making… but I think my education has really helped me to understand how to run a small business from the marketing aspect to finances and bookkeeping.

J: How/ When /Where did you get your start? What motivated you? Where did your creative gene come from?
S: A little over a year ago I was shopping around for some simple, quality jewelry pieces for myself and I had such a hard time finding exactly what I was looking for. So I decided to order some supplies to make a few necklaces for myself. After that I was hooked and eventually I opened my Etsy shop in April 2013.

J: What do you primarily concentrate on with your business?
S: I love working with gemstones and wire wrapping techniques, but I also love creating simple everyday pieces that can be worn with all your outfits. Sometimes I feel like I have so many design ideas floating around and not enough time to create them all!

J: Is this Etsy shop a full time or part time job?
S: I recently moved from San Diego up to Orange County so I have been looking for a full-time job, but in the meantime my jewelry business really has become a full-time job and I love it! I wake up in the mornings excited to start working on my business and it doesn’t even feel like work!

J: What piece is your favorite and why?
S: Oh my gosh I don’t think I could choose just one! There are so many that I love but I’ll try to narrow it down to a couple. I love these Quartz Arrowhead necklaces, the color is so unique and vibrant! I also love these Moonstone necklaces, I just think Moonstone is so gorgeous in how it catches the light with flashes of blue!

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J: Who are some of your favorite other Etsy sellers?
S: I love AvonnieStudio (www.avonniestudio.etsy.com) which is also located in Southern California. She makes really cute coffee mugs and other custom gifts. If you’re in the market for a custom coffee mug, check out her shop!

J: Ok, lastly, what do you want CLA readers to know about your business?
S: All aspects of my business are run by me and only me. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in my little “studio” corner of my apartment in Southern California. I’m a perfectionist and I always make sure each piece is a high quality product!

I feel like Song’s energy is just absolutely contagious. She seems to really have found her niche and calling in the art world and I for one can’t wait to see where she goes from here. I also have my eye on a few other pieces in her shop that might just be making their way to my doorstep in the near future.

Have you checked out her shop yet? Find a piece that you just can’t live without? Great, as a fun little bonus Song is offering up 10% off any Creative Life Antics reader’s purchase from now until April 25th. Just use the promo code: CREATIVELIFEANTICS at checkout to take advantage. That’s a whole month of savings! Mother’s day is just around the corner. Don’t wait till last minute to buy your wife or mom something sparkly.

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And if that wasn’t enough Song’s also going to giveaway her favorite necklace, the Moonstone Necklace to a CLA reader! Entering to win the Moonstone necklace is really simple, just click

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to jump over to rafflecopter. The winner will be picked on April 2nd!

Well, that’s about all I’ve got for you today. Pretty good day so far huh? New jewelry, new friend… I’d call that a winner.

Don’t forget to enter and best of luck to all of you!

Until next time…

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March 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

COOK — something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.
MAKE — something I want to make.
WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.
NEED — something that I NEED.
WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.
SPACE — a place that inspires me

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COOK/ I stumbled upon this recipe yesterday and immediately went out to buy the ingredients. I love mac and cheese, but as well al know it’s just not the healthiest thing in the world. So hopefully if this go well I can substitute this in time to time to balance it all out. Trying it tonight!!

MAKE/ I found this really sweet hanging sign while searching for the items for my gift guides the last two weeks here, here, here and here. And fell in love with this one. But for the price, I think I could replicate really well on my own with this trick. Wish me luck!

WANT/ So really for spring and green and plants and OMG warm weather (it’s still snowing here in the mitten some days) that I’m really getting into having plants out in the home. I’m pretty sure I’m going to jump on the fiddle leaf fig train and pop one of these babies into my house. Here’s to not killing the thing…

NEED/ I can’t believe something like this doesn’t already reside in my paint supplies. How freaking genius is this? I need like 4 please… that way I stop buying brushes every time I go to paint…

WOOF/ While it’s not QUITE spring-like yet, I’m prep-ing for some bit time dog park dates and muddy potty breaks by adding these boots to my collection. Not the most glamorous looking pair in the world, but you can’t beat the price, and I won’t feel terrible getting them completely dirty. Plus with that color, you might not notice the dry so much… right?

SPACE/ I’m pretty certain my office is my next HUGE project so I’m pinning inspiring office spaces like crazy. Absolutely in love with the giant calendar and cork board in this fun office.

So glad it’s Friday. Mar’s driving me crazy wanting to get outside for some fresh air… I honestly can’t blame her so we’re hoping to swim by the park on our way home from work today! Hope you have a great weekend!!

Also being that it’s Friday…. it’s time to…..

#backthatazzup with Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
 
The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up and have a jam sesh with all of us!
Today’s Selection:
Ain’t Easy  – Rachel Farley
Pretty much sums up my life right now.

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So last week I revealed my next big project has gotten underway, and I started to remove the old gross wallpaper from my bathroom.

And… that’s about where I’m still at.

With a wedding last weekend, and one this weekend and a crazy few weeks in-between I haven’t been able to get back to the wall-paper removal process. But I plan to, soon. Because this picture just makes me a bit too happy still:

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That being said, I think it’s high time to share the direction I’m planning on heading with this mini renovation. I say mini because, I’m not removing or changing out tile (i don’t think…) and I’m definitely not pulling out/ removing the cabinet and nice granite counters (even though, they’re not really my pick). Continue Reading…

Struggle Bus

March 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

Well well well, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I’m riding the struggle bus hard today after a weekend of celebrating marriage, by possibly drinking an entire fifth of tequila (the jury’s still out on that one).

But I wanted to stop in and wish you all a Happy St. Pats and leave you with this:

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and possibly this:

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I should probably never drink tequila again… but who am I kidding? I have another wedding next weekend….

Struggle Bus Out-

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My Picks – CWTS 2014

March 12, 2014 — 3 Comments

So yesterday I received possibly one of the nicest emails from Diane over at South House Designs. She, like myself and countless other bloggers have decided to apply for Creating With The Stars 2014 over at East Coast Creative!

Surprise, I entered. Hopefully I’ll get in. If you want to check out the submissions look here. Extra bonus points if you click on mine  (#31, I think we might get an extra boost from the number of clicks our submission gets).

Anyways, her email basically said that she decided to pin her favorites that entered and I thought- hey, what a good idea. So below are some of *MY* favorite entries & I’ve also created a Pinterest board for my picks. Check these out and best of luck to my fellow applicants. Here’s to hopefully a great announcement next week!

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Also don’t forget to check out my entry! Click on #31 to vote for me!

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Thanks!

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OK, maybe not really four score. Google just told me that means “eighty years”. I’m not that old, yet.

I mean, it feels straight up 80 years ago.

When I bought my condo/ townhouse a little over 4 years ago, the space that sold me on it was the master bedroom/ suite.

The master was HUGE and had so many windows that it was just amazingly filled with light.

I have since learned that several large windows mean you never sleep in past 10 and it means you wallet is a lot lighter. Not only for blinds/ window treatments, but also for heating and cooling reasons.

But back to my story… The SUITE sold me. So while the master was yes- quite lovely. I feel in love with the bathroom as well.

Let me clarify.

I fell in love with the size of the bathroom, the size of the shower, and the amount of storage in there.

I did not love the bathroom wallpaper.

Yes, wallpaper. Continue Reading…

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You know when you wake up in the morning, you need a little something extra to get yourself going on the right foot? I mean, clearly you do… Coffee shops like Starbucks are all over the freaking place. Starbuck, Caribu, Biggby, and Tim Hortons just to name a few…

Well, like most people, I need a little extra help in the morning. But I LOATHE coffee. Love the smell, if I could drink the smell I would. But I can’t, and frankly, I just can’t stand the taste. That being said, however I do generally get my caffeine buzz from tea or every great once in a while I’ll treat myself to a rich, yummy hot chocolate.

I’ve tried them all, Starbucks, Caribu, Timmy’s… They’re good, but $$. So when I was offered the shot to try out this *new* type of hot cocoa, I pretty much leaped out of my chair into my computer screen.

Crio Bru is one ingredient. Ground Cocoa Beans.

I mean, it can’t really get any better than that can it?

Well, lets just say I don’t think Starbucks will be offering me a job as a barista anytime soon. I don’t think I actually brewed it correctly.

Crio Bru is a packet of ground cocoa beans that you actually brew with either a french press (don’t have one…) or a regular coffee machine. You’ll need a gold filter (don’t worry I and to google what that was too) because the paper filters just won’t cut it. I heard from some of my fellow bloggers that tried it in a french press that it turned out better.  So I’m going to take their word for it that I just messed something up big time and that whatever came out of my coffeemaker wasn’t was it was supposed to taste like.

However– When I was doing my research of the product, I noticed that they had recipes that you could use it in.

YOU CAN BAKE WITH THIS STUFF!

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So of course, I baked…

And wouldn’t you know it, the cookies turned out pretty darn good!. I use my Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with the substitution of 1/3 Cup Cocoa Power & 1/3 Cup Crio Bru Maya and then made the recipe like regular after that.

The cookies came out a bit fluffier, more brownie-like, with hints of cinnamon, vanilla and cayenne. Perfect to get that hint of spice, but nothing over-whelming.

Overall I’m satisfied with the baking aspect of this product, I think I could use it in other recipes and it would turn out pretty well too. Creme Brûlée anyone? Maybe Chocolate Pots? The chocolate itself being ground up Cocoa beans is a bit bitter, but when combined with the sugary sweetness in dessert you get a real rich chocolate flavor without too much sweet.

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More fun facts about Crio Bru and Cocoa Beans taken straight from Crio’s Site:

The cocoa beans used in Crio Brü and Crio Beans are superior to most foods because they deliver so many nutrients that we each need to boost health and wellness*. Here is list of some of the benefits of incorporating cocoa beans into your life:

Boost your immune system

  • Antioxidants fight oxidative damage and free radicals in the body. Cocoa (or cacao) contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world, including polyphenols, catechins, and epicatechins. By weight, cocoa has more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, açai, pomegranates, and goji berries combined. To see the ORAC USDA chart, go to our Crio FAQs page.
  • Zinc plays a critical role in supporting your immune system, liver, pancreas and skin.
Increase energy naturally

  • Cocoa beans contain a natural stimulant called theobromine that is a relative of caffeine. Unlike caffeine, theobromine gives you a noticeable increase in energy without making you feel nervous or jittery. Cacao naturally contains about 1% theobromine.
  • Theobromine is gentle, mild, has a slow onset, is long lasting and non-addictive whereas caffeine is intense, strong, fast acting, short lived and addictive. In short, it gives you healthy energy as part of a healthy diet.
Curb your appetite and lose weight

  • Cocoa is one of the great weight loss foods because within its extraordinary nutrition profile it contains the minerals and molecules that help curb appetite, promote weight loss and healthy living.
  • Compared to soda, fruit juice and other drinks, Crio Brü has a nominal number of calories and only 1.5 carbs per serving with many health benefits making it an incredibly healthy drink and a great addition to any health and fitness program.
Support your heart, digestive system, brain and bones

  • Cocoa has more magnesium than any other food, which supports the heart, aids digestion, balances brain chemistry and builds strong bones. Over 80% of Americans are chronically magnesium deficient.
  • Crio Brü is a 100% gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, fat free food.
  • Crio Beans are a 100% gluten free, dairy free, cholesterol free, soy free and sodium free food.
Oxygenate the blood and maintain healthy blood sugar levels

  • The trace mineral manganese found in cacao assists iron to oxygenate the blood and form hemoglobin.
  • Found naturally in cacao, copper helps build healthy blood.
  • Nearly 80% of Americans are deficient of the trace mineral chromium that helps promote a healthy blood sugar level.
  • This is another reason Crio Beans are truly a healthy chocolate.
Feel great, increase focus, reduce stress and sleep better

  • An endorphin or “bliss chemical” called anadamide is produced by our body after exercise that makes us feel great. It has also been found in one plant – cacao.
  • Our body produces the chemical phenylethylamine when we fall in love and increases focus and alertness. This natural chemical is also found abundantly in cacao.
  • Cacao contains serotonin, a primary neurotransmitter in the body that helps build a “stress defense shield”.
  • Tryptophan is a natural anti-depressant amino acid contained in cacao that transforms into stress-protective neurotransmitters that enhance relaxation and promote better sleep.

So it’s good for your heath too!

Well, maybe the cookies aren’t. But if I can pretend that the Crio Bru made them just slightly healthier for me… well, I might just have a few more…

Toodles!

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ANNNNNNNND She’s Back… after a slightly scary OS update that left me unable to use some of my fabulous programs & some internet issues leaving me unable to upload images, we’re back with the last couple type! If you missed any of last week’s posts, we’re talking fun unique wedding gift ideas for that wedding you’re headed to next month. Before you can find yourself a hot groomsman or bridesmaid you need to get some shopping done for the mr & mrs to be.

Last we left off with the ever adventurous Outdoorsy Couple. The type we all kinda wish we were… but would probably prefer sitting our ass on the beach vs. swimming in the water… Today we’re going to talk about the CLASSIC LOVE couple.

If this all confuses you, you probably missed my mind bowing conclusion that we all fit into 4 categories…

These categories are:

The Classic Love/ Romance Couple — This is the down to earth maybe modest couple who are conservative and completely in love with each other. They look forward to spending their life together, popping out some rugrats and look forward to the house with blue shutters and a white picket fence. Possibly a dog or two. I would call them traditional in all sense of the word and their wedding would be an even to match.

The Artsy Hipster Couple — This couple is all about trying the new cool restaurant in town before it’s even popular, they love art shows, live music and Etsy. This couple fill their home with eclectic homemade touches and plan their vacations around the next music festival. Their wedding will most likely have some DIY touches and a live band.

The Party Never Stops Couple — This couple put more thought into their reception than the actual vows, because they want their guests to have an amazing time. This couple is the pair that always throw events at their house and have all the ingredients/ tools to whip up a killer cocktail or jello shots in their cupboard RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT. They’ve got 20 extra ping pong balls for beer pong and a few extra air mattress for those who go a little too hard. They live to entertain.

The Outdoorsy Couple — This couple spend the majority of their time outside vs. in. They are always traveling, hiking, camping and have one entire closet or section of their garage dedicated to their gear. This couple love campfires and are more often found in REI than Meijers. They know exactly what freeze dried food tastes the best, and can tell you what direction you’re facing in the woods by observing the moss.

Anyways, back to the classic love couple. Here are the picks that would fit this couple perfectly…

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Throw // Keurig // 3-D Art
Cutting Board // Let It Go // Jewelry Dish
Bicycle For Two Print // Plush Monogrammed Robes

I’m loving the let it go sign… that might be a fun DIY for next week!

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Whelp, yesterday’s post didn’t happen. What DID happen was my ass totally getting annihilated by my very first bikram yoga class. You know … the one in 100 billion degree room, that last for over an hour and 45 minutes. That one.

Yeah, after that class, my ability to do anything but shower, take Marley to drop a poop and crawl into bed went to zilch.

So, that means TODAY we are going to talk about…. THE OUTDOORSY COUPLE. (how’d you know?)

Monday, I blew everyone’s mind by breaking down all couples into four categories. They probably spend across two or all of them, but for the most part they generally sit in one.

These categories are:

The Classic Love/ Romance Couple — This is the down to earth maybe modest couple who are conservative and completely in love with each other. They look forward to spending their life together, popping out some rugrats and look forward to the house with blue shutters and a white picket fence. Possibly a dog or two. I would call them traditional in all sense of the word and their wedding would be an even to match.

The Artsy Hipster Couple — This couple is all about trying the new cool restaurant in town before it’s even popular, they love art shows, live music and Etsy. This couple fill their home with eclectic homemade touches and plan their vacations around the next music festival. Their wedding will most likely have some DIY touches and a live band.

The Party Never Stops Couple — This couple put more thought into their reception than the actual vows, because they want their guests to have an amazing time. This couple is the pair that always throw events at their house and have all the ingredients/ tools to whip up a killer cocktail or jello shots in their cupboard RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT. They’ve got 20 extra ping pong balls for beer pong and a few extra air mattress for those who go a little too hard. They live to entertain.

The Outdoorsy Couple — This couple spend the majority of their time outside vs. in. They are always traveling, hiking, camping and have one entire closet or section of their garage dedicated to their gear. This couple love campfires and are more often found in REI than Meijers. They know exactly what freeze dried food tastes the best, and can tell you what direction you’re facing in the woods by observing the moss.

Today we’re headed outside with the couple that spends more time planning their summer camping and figuring out how they can fit hiking, kayaking and work into one single day then they do sleeping.

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Wood Sign // Hammock // Portable Recharger
Lets Go On An Adventure // Luggage Tags // Bench
Drunk On Patios // Running Soul Mates
Bocce Set // Anniversary Wine Crate // Recycled Sign
Waterproof Box // Cornhole Set

Back tomorrow with the LAST couple (Listed will be postponed till next week!)
Also this weekend you’ll be seeing some fun new posts as well ;)

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Welcome back! If you missed my spiel yesterday, we’re talking fun unique wedding gift ideas for that wedding you’re headed to next month. Before you can find yourself a hot groomsman or bridesmaid you need to get some shopping done for the mr & mrs to be.

Now yesterday, I blew everyone’s mind by breaking down all couples into four categories. They probably spend across two or all of them, but for the most part they generally sit in one.

These categories are:

The Classic Love/ Romance Couple — This is the down to earth maybe modest couple who are conservative and completely in love with each other. They look forward to spending their life together, popping out some rugrats and look forward to the house with blue shutters and a white picket fence. Possibly a dog or two. I would call them traditional in all sense of the word and their wedding would be an even to match.

The Artsy Hipster Couple — This couple is all about trying the new cool restaurant in town before it’s even popular, they love art shows, live music and Etsy. This couple fill their home with eclectic homemade touches and plan their vacations around the next music festival. Their wedding will most likely have some DIY touches and a live band.

The Party Never Stops Couple — This couple put more thought into their reception than the actual vows, because they want their guests to have an amazing time. This couple is the pair that always throw events at their house and have all the ingredients/ tools to whip up a killer cocktail or jello shots in their cupboard RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT. They’ve got 20 extra ping pong balls for beer pong and a few extra air mattress for those who go a little too hard. They live to entertain.

The Outdoorsy Couple — This couple spend the majority of their time outside vs. in. They are always traveling, hiking, camping and have one entire closet or section of their garage dedicated to their gear. This couple love campfires and are more often found in REI than Meijers. They know exactly what freeze dried food tastes the best, and can tell you what direction you’re facing in the woods by observing the moss.

Yesterday we talked about the fun, cool, and always interesting Artsy Hipster Couple, and today we’re going on the completely opposite side of the spectrum and are going to talk about the Party Never Stops Couple.

If you read the text above, I classified this couple as the always looking for a good time party hosts… And everyone knows, if you’re going to throw a good party you have to have the right tools… below are some great options for this couple.

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Optimist & Pessimist Glass // Fun Love Artwork // Custom Liquor Markers
Coasters // Martini Glasses // Bottle Opener // Pour Spout
Easiest Wine Opener Ever // Beer Pitchers // Heart Bottle Stopper // Yours, Mine, Ours Decanter
Mountable Bottle Opener // Custom Cutting Board // Party Games Like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity

I’d love that custom cutting board, but I’m weird so…

Back tomorrow with another type of couple!!

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Well, it’s that time of year folks. Where we open our hearts and our wallets to help celebrate the love and marriages of our closest friends and family members. I’m apparently getting to that age where everyone’s getting married and popping out kids. I have 3 weddings myself to attend this year of close friends and going as the wedding date to a few with friends as well. Along with weddings comes the pre-wedding festivities of bachelor & bachelorette parties and the dreaded bridal shower. If you’re anything like me, you find getting the wedding gift both the best and worst part of the wedding. I’m so picky about gifts. I always want to make sure it’s something they’ll love, and use… or want. And I always want it to be different or creatively wrapped or something artsy.

Probably the hardest part of gift giving is being able to read the couple. Sure you can go and pick items off their registry like everyone else, but why not add something fun to the gift that you’re sure they will love. It’ll show you went the extra mile, and make you look like a rockstar.

In my opinion most couples fall into a set of four categories:

The Classic Love/ Romance Couple — This is the down to earth maybe modest couple who are conservative and completely in love with each other. They look forward to spending their life together, popping out some rugrats and look forward to the house with blue shutters and a white picket fence. Possibly a dog or two. I would call them traditional in all sense of the word and their wedding would be an even to match.

The Artsy Hipster Couple — This couple is all about trying the new cool restaurant in town before it’s even popular, they love art shows, live music and Etsy. This couple fill their home with eclectic homemade touches and plan their vacations around the next music festival. Their wedding will most likely have some DIY touches and a live band.

The Party Never Stops Couple — This couple put more thought into their reception than the actual vows, because they want their guests to have an amazing time. This couple is the pair that always throw events at their house and have all the ingredients/ tools to whip up a killer cocktail or jello shots in their cupboard RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT. They’ve got 20 extra ping pong balls for beer pong and a few extra air mattress for those who go a little too hard. They live to entertain.

The Outdoorsy Couple — This couple spend the majority of their time outside vs. in. They are always traveling, hiking, camping and have one entire closet or section of their garage dedicated to their gear. This couple love campfires and are more often found in REI than Meijers. They know exactly what freeze dried food tastes the best, and can tell you what direction you’re facing in the woods by observing the moss.

No of course, not every couple falls into just one category, they might spad across a few, and that’s the beauty of what I’m about to give you next…

I’m going to give you some awesome gift guides for each couple, and it’s up to you to view and pick from those ideas to fit your couple the best. I myself feel thta i fit across the bottom three pretty well and would enjoy gifts from any of those lists.

Today though, we’re going to start with the Artsy Hipster Couple. This is probably the category that is MOST me. I love DIY touches to a wedding, that not only makes it more affordable, but more personal. I also obviously enjoy these touches to my home.

So this list is comprised of items that are perfect for the Artsy/ Hipster couple.

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Cross-Stitch Art (working on finding the right link… ) // Map Heart Art // Thumb Print Art // DIY Art Kit
Personalized Cutting Board // Name Sign //Hello Pillows
Everything We Need Art // Pennant // Mugs

 

Check back tomorrow with another list for a different couple type!

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COOK — something I found that looked yummy that I plan on re-creating.
MAKE — something I want to make.
WANT — something I don’t “need” but want.
NEED — something that I NEED.
WOOF — something for Marley or Ziggy.

*NEW CATEGORY* SPACE — a place that inspires me

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COOK/ I pretty much just went round eyed and started salivating when I saw this photo. Recipe is pinned and you can bet your ass I’ll be trying it soon.

MAKE/ I’ve been looking around for a while now for some fun soft baskets to hold extra toilet paper in the bathrooms in my home… And I’m fairly confident that I could pull together two on these. Now I just need to actually get started on them… baby steps. right?

WANT/ Since seeing this pillow on Michael’s couch here… I’ve wanted this pillow. Even before he gave sources for everything I literally search for this pillow. I think it would be super cute in ANY bedroom.

NEED/ I’ve been on a whole crazy organization kick lately and one guilty party is my closet/ laundry area. I’ve got some big plans for that area and that’ll hopefully hit the blog soon and these baskets would be a great addition. (Telling myself that so I get my ass in gear) The other huge area that needs organization? My drawers… ALL DRAWERS in my house. It’s bad guys… WAY BAD. These drawers spacers would put a nice dent into my utensil drawer issue.

WOOF/ Marley’s not really a fast eater, she tends to eat a mouthful and then walks away. I call her a social eater. So because she doesn’t have an empty bowl all the time, sometimes it hard to remember just how much she’s actually had to eat that day. I’m starting to make a routine out of it (in hopes it puts her on a schedule more) but this cute art would be a nice reminder coming down the stairs in the morning or right next tot he door when I walk in.

SPACE/ Guys, New category– I’m stoked. Sometimes I just get so inspired by a space that it’s hard to tell you why. This bedroom that was featured on apartment therapy is very calming (which a bedroom should bed). I love the wide planks I totally want to do that to a wall of my own, and I also love the bed and bedding. That’s how I want my bed to look and feel… like the most comfortable thing you could ever crawl up into.

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty sure this week has been out to get me. I’m so glad it Friday, and that I have a two day break from the craziness. 

PS, USA vs. CANADA Hockey today… noon. CANT FREAKING WAIT. Winner gets to deport Justine Bieber. And I’ll be honest. I cant stand that little shit anymore. The stakes are SO HIGH with this one.

Also being that it’s Friday…. it’s time to…..

#backthatazzup with Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants to Work
 
The purpose: To start our weekend with some fantastic jams.
The station that inspired it: “Back That Azz Up” on Pandora Radio.
The rules: Link your jams up and have a jam sesh with all of us!
Today’s Selection:
Happy  – Pharrell Williams
This song is making me bounce my ass right out the door… ;)

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