Seamless Essentials| Laundry

My feeling about laundry is love/hate. And really, the hate part is just the fact that I have to walk outside of our 3rd floor condo to a communal laundry room about 200 yards away. But deep down, I do love having clean laundry and it’s not one of my most hated chores (see: vacuuming). I love the fresh smell, I love all my clothes put away, and I love having fresh sheets on the bed. What makes laundry more enjoyable for me is having awesome products. With two Golden Retrievers and a very stinky fiance, I need an arsenal of products. And boy, have I found them. Each of the products below have made my trips to the laundry room more efficient and more fun. I can’t promise your’s will become more fun, but efficiency- we can work on that!

 laundry essentials for a Seamless Life

 

Staple Items

Meyer’s Clean Day Laundry Detergent: I love this stuff so much! It comes in the best scents and always leaves my clothes clean.

Meyer’s Clean Day Fabric Softener: Heavenly. My favorite scents are Lavender and Basil.

Method Squeaky Clean Dryer Sheets: The resealable pouch is perfect for these reusable sheets.

Specialty Items

Borax Detergent Booster: I throw this in when I’m washing towels, sports clothes, anything that needs some extra oomph.

Stain Brush: This is perfect for mud stains or wine drops. A toothbrush works well too!

Vaska Oxygen Booster: I add this to my whites and it always makes them brighter.

Lavender Dryer Bags: The finishing touch on fresh laundry. The smell is addicting. I sometimes throw these in my pillowcases or blanket box too!

The Look | Over The Knee Boots

I recently got a pair of over the knee boots after months of contemplation. I had been wanting a pair that was inexpensive to test out the trend, but most of the cheap pairs were, well, cheap. But then I came across a pair at my local boutique for under $50 and I had to grab them! They are so fun to wear and more versatile than I originally thought. Below are some of the ways I love styling mine, plus some inspiration from my favorite fashion forward celebs.

over the knee boots from A Seamless Life

Seamless Tips: Surviving a Juice Cleanse

When you mention the topic of a juice cleanse, people usually have some pretty strong opinions. They might think of it as a “phase” that was created in Hollywood a few years ago. They might have tried the lemon, cayenne, maple syrup cleanse once and have abolished all cleanses since. Or maybe you’ve done one successfully, maybe more, and you’re actually kind of into them. Well this post is for you last group of people. Today’s focus is not really why you should cleanse but rather a little helpful guide once you’ve made the decision and you’re ready to stick with it. These are tips I picked up during the past few I’ve done and also tips from more experienced juicers I’ve talked with. I hope they help!

S tips- surviving a juice cleanse from A Seamless Life

 

BEFORE | So you’ve decided to do a juice cleanse, congrats! Whether you are doing 1 day, 3 days, or even a month you are taking a step towards health and your body will thank you! There are a few things you can do before you start to give yourself the best possible chance of succeeding- and maybe even enjoying- the cleanse.  First, I highly recommend stocking up all at once for your cleanse if possible. If you are juicing at home, try to get your produce ahead of time (it will be fine 3-5 days at least). If you’re doing a cleanse with pre-made juices, try to get the entire supply at once. That way you are committed fully and have no reason to even enter a store and be distracted. That being said, if you’re about to blow a heavy chunk of change on these juices, TRY them out before hand. I don’t recommend waiting until the morning of your cleanse to realize you don’t actually like celery, or beets, or something else that you could easily avoid if you know about it ahead of time. Give yourself the opportunity to taste different variations and find ones that taste great and you will be happy to drink. (Unlike me, who had to plug my nose just to guzzle the Roots drinks after finding out I actually hate beets:/)  Also, to make the transition easier, it is highly advised to start streamlining your diet to become more comprised of fresh fruits and vegetables. The less crap you have leading up to the cleanse, the less withdrawals you’ll have when you cut it cold turkey. (As tempting as it is to eat 5 pizzas the night before your cleanse, I highly advise you not to. You will thank me later.)

DURING| You are going to go through ups and downs, and you need to be aware of that. There will be times where you feel like you’ve never been more clear headed. There will be times when you could justify selling your firstborn child for a cheeseburger. You gotta just roll with it. There are a two places you should definitely avoid at all costs: 1) Grocery stores. Don’t even think about it. It is torture. You will suddenly crave things you’ve never even thought about before. If you do need to replenish your produce supply, try to go to an open-air farmer’s market where you won’t be swayed by smells of a bakery or Snickers bars in the checkout line. 2.) Pinterest, or all food blogs in general. This is really hard for someone like me who works in social media and has Pinterest open all day. But, if you care about your sanity, just don’t do it. On a different note, the mental clarity is definitely something I felt when I was cleansing and I started writing down everything I thought about. Sometimes I would get great recipe ideas, a blog idea, whatever. You might find that stepping away from the computer and putting pen to paper gets the creativity going.  During the cleanse it is important to include water throughout your day to supplement the juices. They say about 8-16 ounces between each juice is good. It will also keep you fuller. If you want something besides water, coconut water works great. I’ve also found that teas can be helpful. If your digestion feels off, you can try the Smooth Moves tea. If you have trouble sleeping there is a great tea for that as well (called Nighty Night.) Lastly, if you feel like you’re dying and not wanting to keep going, try snacking on a few apple slices or grapes. Usually that will fill you up, give you a nice sugar rush, and give you that feeling of eating that you’ve been craving. I typically have a warm carrot broth at nights and then before bed have a few frozen grapes for dessert.

AFTER | Yay! You’re done! How was it? Let me know in the comments below. Depending on how the cleanse went, you might be feeling ready to dive into a big salad or you might be ready to scarf down an entire Big Mac. Either way, it’s important to take your time transitioning back into your normal foods. I consider the first day after the cleanse to be a gradual transition back into eating regularly and usually by day two I’m fine. Some people take longer to adjust. Here’s what my first day looks like: Wake up and start with some fresh fruit. If you want to add a juice, great. Then around 10 I will add in a smoothie full of fruit and greens. For lunch it’s good to have a huge salad full of raw veggies and maybe some seeds. After this time it is okay to start adding cooked food, like a warm grain, a broth based soup, etc.  Like I said, typically by day 2 I can wake up and eat my normal food, but everyone is different. Listen to your body and do what’s right for you.

I hope those tips help you with your juice cleanse! If there’s anything I missed, let me know in the comments below!

Ch-ch-changes

You might have noticed some changes around the blog already (hello, new logo!) but there are even more headed your way. After many weeks of working out big picture goals for this blog, I’ve come up with a new branding strategy, some new content organization, and an overall better idea of what this blog is all about.

So, what is it all about you ask? Well, this blog is a lifestyle blog, but it’s more than that. It’s meant to be as practical as it is beautiful. Oftentimes I find myself browsing these elusive lifestyle blogs that have absolutely stunning photos, perfectly executed DIYs, effortless style and amazing hair all at the same time. Most of the ideas are beautiful, but not practical for the amount of resources of the average girl. We need to know how to get things done quickly, inexpensively, and of course, beautifully too. This blog is here for that. Whether you need help in the kitchen, want to get in touch with your green thumb, or need to set the perfect table for Easter, I’m here to help. I’ve spent the past few years reading more blogs than you can even imagine. I also have spent an enormous time reading and learning about healthy lifestyles, nutrition, etc. I’m happy to share this knowledge with my readers because it has helped me so much. I am by no means a nutritionist, a doctor, a chef, or even a professional party planner. I’m simply sharing my self-taught knowledge with others, and also looking to learn from my readers too!

Below you will see a breakdown of the new editorial content. The blog has four main categories, each of these topics are things I’m very passionate about. For the Food+Drink section, I can’t wait to share my favorite recipes and food knowledge. My Go-To Recipes are ones that are made in under 30 minutes, use minimal and inexpensive ingredients, and require little to no skill in the kitchen. My Recipes To Try are ones that you might want to save for a Saturday night dinner. These recipes are either more time consuming, require obscure or expensive ingredients, or require a certain level of skill. (Trust me, no recipe on this blog is out of reach for anyone. A few years ago, I didn’t even know how to boil water. With the help of my fiance and a LOT of Food Network, I’ve become a confident and joyful cook, and you can too.)  In this section I will also be touching on my favorite “superfoods.” I use this term loosely as it’s basically just a highlight on my favorite health-packed foods. And lastly, a few libations will be featured, because you deserve it.

Next up we have the hostess category. This is where we’ll cover the best table decor, what to wear in a pinch, and fun ways to celebrate life’s everyday occasions.  Also, we will be featuring a glimpse into how others like to entertain with tips and tricks to make it easy to replicate.

The Home + Garden section is definitely one of my favorite categories. I love exploring how people choose to live and decorate their abodes, so I can’t wait to share a peak into some new homes and gardens. I also will be featuring some products and services that make life easier, more seamless, in my Necessary Indulgence series. Another great feature in this category is the Do It By Monday series. This will feature different DIY projects and easy ways to keep your house and life running seamlessly.

Lastly, the Life, ETC section. Some series are familiar to you, and others will be completely new. I’m excited to share with you my new blog content as we head into the new year. Thanks for reading!

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Seamless List: 5 things to think about before Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

S lists- 5 things to think about BEFORE thanksgiving

 

I love hosting Thanksgiving. I love planning all the recipes, cooking all day, getting decorations up, having everyone over, and I love spending a day really focusing on what I’m grateful for. Life is moving at crazy speeds right now and it’s so important to slow down and appreciate everything I have been blessed with. Anyways 🙂 in order to have a wonderful Thanksgiving, it’s important to think about a few items ahead of time so that you can spend the day focusing on your friends and family. I’ve put together my list of 5 big things to think about before Thursday morning. If you take some time to plan out these items, you’ll surely have a smoother day and less stress. And that’s what we’re going for, right?! Do you have any tips for making the big day run smoothly?

Seamless Tip: Holiday Edition

Hi there! Can’t believe we are already knee-deep in the holidays! With Thanksgiving this Thursday, I thought I would focus on some holiday-centric posts this week. Whether you’re attempting to host Thanksgiving for your first time or you’re a seasoned party-thrower, I’ve got some tips to help your week run smoothly. First up is a common mistake rookies make- cleaning the turkey! It might sound like a smart idea, but really, you turkey does not need a bath in the kitchen sink. All that does is spray germs around your kitchen, which is NOT how you want to start the day. By baking the turkey, the germs are all killed and you don’t have to lift a finger. Easy peasy! Happy feasting, my friends!

Seamless Tip Holiday Edition

Superfood Spotlight | Artichokes

Superfood Spotlight Artichokes

 

Don’t let the prickly exterior of the artichoke scare you. This nutritious plant is full of benefits and tastes great too! The artichoke is full of antioxidants like quercertin, rutin, anthocyanins, cynarin, luteolin, and silymarin.  Thanks to cynarin and silymarin, artichokes are very beneficial to the liver. Studies have found they may even regenerate liver tissue.  It also is known to reduce cell growth in many forms of cancer, including prostate, leukemia, and breast cancer.  Ingredients in artichoke leaves have been shown to reduce cholesterol by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase. They raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL). Also, an artichoke contains about a quarter of your dietary fiber. These are just some of the many benefits! Quick mention is needed that while the heart is the most flavorful, the leaves actually contain most of the nutrition, so don’t skip the leaves! 

If you’re wondering how to eat one of these things, or even how to cook one, I suggest watching a few videos on youtube. You’ll be a pro in no time!

Bonus- one of my favorite dips for artichokes is simply using a few tablespoons of Veganese (normal mayo will work too) and adding some balsamic vinegar. Mix together and you have a zesty dipping sauce!

My Christmas Wishlist

It’s that time of year again. Everyone publishes their gift guides, wishlists, and must-haves for the holiday season. I’m going to spare you the millionth gift guide (you’re welcome), but I will share my current wishlist. I think it’s always fun to peak into someone else’s brain and see what they’re coveting at the moment. And without further ado, here’s what I’ve been hunting down online…

My Xmas Wishlist from A Seamless Life

 

FOR MY CLOSET

1. I’ve had my eye on this furry vest from Michael Kors for years now. It just looks sooo cozy.

2. I live in cashmere sweaters during the colder months, and I have a slight major love for grey.

3. These Ugg slippers are a godsend. I have worn mine so much there are holes. Time to re-up!

4. A cool take on leather, this brown hoodie looks very french chic. Oui!

FOR MY KITCHEN

5. Cute mugs in the morning help make the early wake-up calls more bearable. It’s a fact. Plus, this one is from the new Doctor’s Closet Shop, which I adore.

6. An espresso machine! Gah to have one of these beauties in my kitchen…I don’t think I’d ever leave the house.

7. I adore copper, and this tea kettle is the perfect way to leave a little copper touch in the kitchen.

8. The vitamix has been on my wishlist for ages, but now the Ninja looks like it might take the cake! All the power of the vitamix and a third of the price. I’ll take it!

LITTLE LUXURIES

9. I’m a huge sucker for nice lip balms. I blame it on the fact that I grew up in Arizona 😉 This La Mer one is creme of the crop.

10. This Tory Burch bracelet is the modern way to showcase charms. The horse shoe is my favorite, of course.

11. I am a pretty simple girl when it comes to beauty, but this stuff is something I am happy to splurge on. Try it, your soft skin will thank you.

12. I’ve been on a hunt for some new, unique sunnies. These are perfection.

FOR MY COFFEE TABLE

13. This tray is amazing. Nuff said.

14. With weddings on the mind, I would love to add some new books to add to my collection and this one from Vogue is a timeless treasure.

15. A new lamp like this one would surely make the living room shine bright.

16. And these little trinkets of coral go well with our beach vibe, but still keep with the look we have going.

 

What’s on your wishlist at the moment?

How To: Make Enchilada Sauce

How to make enchilada sauce!

 

This is a tried and true recipe for enchilada sauce. Before I found this recipe, I used to always grab a can of sauce and call it a day. Making sauce from scratch was too time consuming and difficult, right? Wrong! This sauce is so simple, I usually have all the ingredients on hand. And, it takes only 15 minutes to make! Surely you can whip this up before starting on the enchilada filling and not even notice you added a step. Try it next time you make enchiladas!

Ingredients:

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to use 1-2 tbsp of sauce)

1 cup of tomato sauce

¾ cup of chicken or veggie broth

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp chili powder

pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

Saute the garlic in a saucepan for about 2 minutes, until fragrant.

Add in the remainder of ingredients and bring to a boil.

Then, reduce to a simmer (level 2) and let it cook for about 10 minutes.

Seamless Tip: How to Repen Bananas

Tip: How to Ripen Bananas

 

Have you ever wanted to make banana bread or a smoothie but your bananas are still too green? I have a great tip! Sticking the bananas in the oven and baking them brings out the flavor of a fully ripened banana. It does become a tad mushy, so I would only suggest doing this if you’re going to mash up the banana anyways, such as in baked goods or a drink. Try it out next time you see some green bananas on the counter!