Adios!

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By the time you read this, I will be en route to Costa Rica and couldn’t be more excited!  We have been going there for years and have meet tons of awesome peeps that have become our extended family, in a place that feels like a second home.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to most:

  • warm water waves
  • gallo pinto for breakfast
  • catch up time with lots of amigos
  • salsa lizano
  • shell’in
  • baby turtles
  • cocktails and sunsets
  • the return of my freckles
  • bikinis
  • being tech-free
  • naps
  • being reunited with the hubs

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Be back after Tofu-Turkey Day… Adios!

xx

Winter Wonder Water

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The holiday season is upon us.  We are running here, there and everywhere and it’s easy to pick up some sort of bug; and boy, am I feeling it!  I don’t think I’m sick, I think it’s more of allergies-turning on the heat-being run down from multi-day markets and running 14 miles this morning.  Either way, I have a surf trip to attend to later this week and I will not get sick!

In enters my go-to Wonder Water… The perfect combo of vitamin C, turmeric and ginger.  While both are great de-toxers and have multiple antioxidant effects, ginger relaxes and soothes your intestines, while turmeric is a great anti-inflammatory agent.  Lemon water is well-known for multiple benefits including digestion, clear skin and hydration.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1/2 inch piece of turmeric
  • hot water
  1. While the water is boiling, grate the ginger and turmeric into mug.
  2. Juice 1/2 lemon and pour into your mug.
  3. Pour boiling water into mug.
  4. Don’t be alarmed when you see pieces of ginger and turmeric floating on the top… give it a few minutes to seep and it will float to the bottom. If it makes you feel better, strain it after a few minutes.
  5. Enjoy your detoxifying, yummy, hydrating water!

This drink is also delish chilled. Simply follow the steps above and allow the drink to get to room temperature before refrigeration. Stays well in fridge for 3 days, although mine has never lasted that long!

Bottoms Up!

xx

The Power of People

Ferrying it to Bald Head Island

Ferrying it to Bald Head Island

Some call it peer pressure.  I prefer to call it ‘the power of people’ or ‘the power of a group’.  Being apart of a group can be very powerful.  Whether it be a group of farmers that form a market, The Surfrider Foundation, fighting to protect our beaches and oceans or my local running group, I feel this power from group dynamics quite often.

The past two weekends I ran races, and in part, this was thanks to my running group.  If it were not for having others to help me complete my long runs, hill workouts or track intervals, these races could have been a much less pleasant experience.  And if it weren’t for the water-stop cheering, cow-bell ringing, bike-riding next to me and fast pacers, my mental state thankfully stayed positive throughout each race.

Pre 1/2 marathon

Pre 1/2 marathon

Now, the training begins for my next race, a full marathon.  It has been 10 years since my last marathon (clearly not a positive experience), but thanks to ‘the power of the people’, I’m ready to tackle the training plan for the Wrightsville Beach marathon on March 22nd.

If you are lacking motivation or are seeking to be more social, I would highly recommend joining a group based on your interests.  Just jump in and do it, you will be happy you did!

xo

Sea Love Gift Bags Have Arrived

Another amazing customer (thanks Jill!)  has given me a wonderful idea… gift bags for the holidays.  Thrilled, I got right online and ordered some packaging materials and am happy to announce that these bad boys are here to stay!  Think holidays, hostess gifts, birthdays, bosses day, just because…

Each package includes: 1 Hand/Body Scrub, 1 Sea Salt, 1 Travel Pinch Tin and a Sea Love postcard…

You choose your scrub scent and salt flavor!

You choose your scrub scent and salt flavor!

Have you seen these?  My new fave!  Perfect for pocket, purse, desk, car, travel!

Have you seen these? My new fave! Perfect for pocket, purse, desk, car, travel!

Postcard (front)

Postcard (front)

Postcard (back)

Postcard (back)

… all wrapped up in turquoise tissue paper, placed in a burlap sack and tied with a shell.  You simply just  need to fill out of the attached gift tag.  Easy peasy!

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To purchase you super cute gift bag, simply order on Etsy or visit me at one of my upcoming markets:

Happy Gift Giving!!

xo

Upgrade Your Salad

Why is it that salads usually consist of bland iceberg lettuce, soft cucumbers and tasteless tomatoes?  I honestly think that salads get a bad wrap from meat-eaters because that is what they imagine when they hear/see “salad”.

One of my all time fave things to eat is a salad with anything other than those three things mentioned above.  Making a gourmet salad is really more simple than it looks:

  1. First start with a hearty, nurtrious green.  My faves are spinach, argula and kale.  Drizzle with olive oil, a bit of lemon juice (like a quarter slice of lemon) and sea salt.
  2. Toss with hands, so that each piece is coated.  If you’re using kale, you will want to actually massage the oil into the leaves for about 30 seconds.  Place the greens in the center of a bowl or platter.
  3. Look in your fridge for any interesting ingredients or leftovers that can be placed around the salad greens.  I personally like hardboiled eggs, any veggie from your veggie drawer, cheese, sweet potato, avocado, baked tofu, etc.
  4. Then do the same in your cabinet where your dry foods are.  I usually go for nuts, chia seeds and canned beans.
  5. Arrange your food options around the greens, so people can choose their own bites, sort of like those choose your own adventure books, but for your mouth!

Here are some my recent salad adventures:

Kale, hard boiled egg, sautéed sweet potato, avocado, baked tofu and goat cheese

Kale, hard boiled egg, sautéed sweet potato, avocado, baked tofu and goat cheese

Spinach and argula, white beans, sweet potato, burrata cheese, hard boiled egg, flax seeds, walnuts and a piece of toast with roasted red pepper hummus smeared on it

Spinach and argula, white beans, sweet potato, burrata cheese, hard boiled egg, flax seeds, walnuts and a piece of toast with roasted red pepper hummus smeared on it

Kale, quiona blend, avocado, 'shrooms, beans and homemade ricotta

Kale, quiona blend, avocado, ‘shrooms, beans and homemade ricotta

Kale, local shitake 'shrooms, sundried tomatoes, radishes, cucs and topped with flax seeds and nutritonal yeast

Kale, local shitake ‘shrooms, sundried tomatoes, radishes, cuds, artichokes, burrata and topped with flax seeds and nutritonal yeast

Local bib lettuce, cabbage, radishes, artichokes, green onion, pickled 'shrooms and sautéed purple sweet potato

Local bib lettuce, cabbage, radishes, artichokes, green onion, pickled ‘shrooms and sautéed purple sweet potato

They were each amazing and literally made with either leftovers or something that I had handy. Get creative, have fun and dig in!

xo

Sa’shay’ing Through 13.1

To hear that I sashayed through 13.1 miles, you may think I’m being conceited… but please read on to understand my pun.  Today I ran a half marathon (13.1 miles for those not in the know).  While I felt prepared because I put in the miles, I was also coming off of a vacay.  As in 4 days of traveling, drinking, eating, hiking, visiting friends and family, multiple delayed flights and not sleeping long hours like I’m accustomed to.  Yes, the trip was amazing, but not my typical pre-race routine of homemade pasta, red sauce and in bed by 8pm.  I instead ate my prerace dinner in an airport while we were delayed for the 3rd time.

Three things on my side however:  a great friend who picked up my running packet at the expo, daylight savings time giving me another hour of sleep and another friend who was going to be my pace buddy.  Bruce and I decided that we were going to try to run 1:45, which equates to about an 8 minute/mile pace.  Being registered for a full marathon in March, I was curious to see what I could run a half marathon in to begin my planning for the full marathon training.

This morning, something (one) was shining down on me because all went according to plan.

I am lucky to be apart of an amazing crew of runners, Wilmington Road Runners Club.  Many of us carpooled and/or met at the start to wish luck and take some cute pics…

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Once the race started, my pacer-friend Bruce suggested that we start a bit faster than planned to give ourselves a “cushion”.  Being filled with adrenaline (and caffeine), I eagerly agreed.  It’s hard to explain, but athletes who have had a good race, good game, good surf sesh can relate.  Something just took over and I was in a zone.  A zone that I worried would end in a bad way.  Going out too fast is kind of my thing and so is blowing up mid-race.  But today, that it didn’t happen.  I held out as long as I could, which was long enough.  I had AMAZING support on the course.  Friends cheering every few miles certainly did boost my energy levels.  But there was something (one) else.

I knew what this “something” was going into the race.  I thought about it while running.  I drew energy from it and somehow it helped me to feel as though I was floating through some of the race.  I am not sure if I will ever have this feeling while running again.  While it’s hard to explain, I am honored to have felt it for 1 hour and 43 minutes today.

Ryan Shay, a friend of mine passed away 7 years ago (tomorrow) during the NYC Marathon Olympic Trials.  He passed away from a heart condition at the 5.5 mile mark.  Today, his brother ran the NYC marathon to honor Ryan (yes, he is super fast, like his bro… 2:19).  I would like to say that I ran todays Battleship 1/2 for Ryan today, but something tells me that he did more for me today, than vise-versa and for that I am appreciative.

Mile 10

Mile 10

Pre-race gear

Pre-race gear

xo

 

 

Shell’in Life

One of the most common things that I hear from customers revolves around my packaging, more specifically, the shell that is tied to each bottle and bag.  If you have yet to buy a Sea Love product (shame on you), there is a shell tied to each product, like so…

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I must say, it does look adorable and you know that when you receive a Sea Love product it is truly hand-made vs. coming from a factory.

These ‘lil shells are handpicked by me usually during beach walks with my very patient dogs.  And believe it or not, there is a science behind it.  The shells cannot be too big, too small, too heavy, too fragile, too curvy and they MUST have holes.  Yes, I could drill a hole (like too many people have suggested), but I would prefer it to be natural.

Someone once worriedly asked me if I thought I would eventually “take” all the shells away from Wrightsville Beach (seriously).  Don’t worry peeps, I usually throw the good ones (aka without holes) back and everyday, thousands more shells magically appear!

Here are some pics of the ones I get excited to find (note the delish salt background)…

These can be fragile, but when they are not, they are my fave!

These can be fragile, but when they are not, they are my fave!

Small oyster shells are great for the salt jars, while the large are perfect for the scrub bags.

Small oyster shells are great for the salt jars, while the large are perfect for the scrub bags.

No idea what these are, but when they have holes, they rock!

No idea what these are, but when they have holes, they rock!

Most commonly found shell, I'm thinking.

Most commonly found shell, I’m thinking.

These pinky fingernail-sized shells don't have holes, but I can' help to collect them too.

These pinky fingernail-sized shells don’t have holes, but I can’ help to collect them too.

And it's always good day when you find of piece of this...

And it’s always good day when you find of piece of this…

…but I'm always searching for one of these… with no luck!

…but I’m always searching for one of these… with no luck!

I suppose if all the shells on Wrightsville run out,  I’ll have to just travel to get more shells.  I’m thinking Bali, Tahiti or head back here…

Tavarua, Fiji

Tavarua, Fiji

But in the meantime, WB will suffice :)

xo