what i want

1.  Michele Sports Sail Large Dial Watch : Gold watch with a navy face has been my obsession for a while now. It’s about time I invest in one.

2. Clare V. Haircalf Flat Clutch: Fur everything, please.

3. Miu Miu Suede Wedge Sandals: I would wear these wedges with every single thing in my wardrobe.

4. Raen “Remmy” in Cobalt : If you have been following my blog, you can see me sporting these Raen sunglasses in champagne crystal more often than not. I am a big fan of these light weight sunglasses. Why not get them in blue as well?

5. Nasty Gal “The Big Easy Satin Top”: I love the high/low silhouette of this oversized Satin top.

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The Clean Program: review & giveaway

I write to you from feeling-like-Beyoncè land to announce that I have completed my first cleanse from Dr. Alejandro Junger’s “The Clean Program.” I’ve tried different forms of cleansing in the past because of all of  the hype, but The Clean Program hits the ball out of the park. The product from the Clean Program I used was the 7 Day Cleanse. The focus of this cleanse is to support energy levels, promote good digestion (think less bloat), and improve mental clarity. Sounds like the mumbo jumbo promise of every cleanse you’ve ever read about, right?

Wrong!

No mumbo jumbo promises involved with this cleanse. The improved energy I’m feeling as a result of this 7 Day process is the bees knees. In fact, the amount of energy & less bloat I have continually felt during and since the cleanse has inspired my lazy butt to not only make healthy lifestyle changes, but also to order the CLEAN shakes and supplements to keep on hand to use daily.  I am so thrilled that Dr. Junger has developed a cleansing program that incorporates high quality ingredients (in the shakes and supplements) and an easy to follow diet structure that I can continue into my oh so busy everyday life. I didn’t know it was possible to feel this good without depriving myself. Well, minus the whole no alcohol (aka no champagne) thing…….

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Anyways, now that you’ve read my overall thoughts and feelings on the cleanse, here is a breakdown of how I ate on the 7 Days of cleanse. In preparation for the cleanse (or operation feel like Beyoncè), I grocery shopped for my lunches and for the ingredients I wanted to mix with my breakfast & dinner shakes.

Here is my relatively hassle free grocery list:

2 rotisserie chickens

4 organic avocados

4  apples

3 lemons

Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter (food of the gods)

2 Cartons of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (goes great with the vanilla shakes and a splash of cinnamon)

Bag of brown rice

Bag of Quinoa

For lunches throughout the cleanse, I chose to alternate between two options: a large bowl of  brown rice, quinoa, and chopped avocado with a splash of lemon and a plate of rotisserie chicken & half an avocado. For my breakfast and dinner shakes, I mixed the vanilla shake packets with almond milk, cinnamon, and 2 spoonfuls of almond butter. I highly recommend adding the almond butter to your shakes because it keeps you satiated longer aka prevents you from wanting to gnaw ones arm off. So my days consisted of a morning shake, a packed lunch, and a shake for dinner. You can find a full list of what you can and can’t eat here.

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Before I reveal the giveaway I have in store for you guys, I want to mention my favorite concept from The Clean Program called the 12 hour window. According to The Clean Program, the 12 hour window is the amount of time required  between the breakfast and dinner shakes to promote the cleansing process while you sleep. The 12 hour window provides the 8 hours your body needs to digest and the 4 hours it needs to cleanse. I made a point to allow myself twelve hours between my dinner shake & morning shake and have continued the use of this concept after finishing the cleanse. I have noticed a significant increase in my quality of beauty sleep. Even if you don’t give this cleanse a whirl, I recommend following the 12 hour window concept to see how you feel!

Ok, I’ve rambled enough about my obsession with The Clean Program – now for the good stuff. If you are interested in trying this 7 Day Cleanse, check out all the invaluable information at The Clean Program’s website here.  Also,  I am giving away a FREE 7 Day Cleanse for you guys! The more you share this post, the more chances you have to win a free 7 Day Cleanse from The Clean Program ($164 value)!  Click on the ” A Rafflecopter Giveaway” link below for all of the instructions. Good luck, my loves!

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xx,

Cath

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Create Your Own Spa Meditation

Over this past month, I have had several inquiries about my personal meditation practice. I should start by clarifying that I do not sit indian style on a fancy pillow chanting “om.” I use meditation in a way that allows me to do it daily and passionately without feeling bogged down by a chore. Chore = snore.

How do I do this, you ask?

Below are my tips on how I turn my meditations into my own luxorious abyss that resembles what I like to call – “a spa meditation.”

Spa Meditation Guidelines:

1. Use headphones. Preferably ones that allow you to lay on your back comfortably without noticing they are in your ears.

I prefer the Bose Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Headphones. 

2. Use a guided meditation that is conducted by a voice that puts you at ease & simultaneously includes soothing background music such as theta brain waves, subtle nature sounds, or tibetan bell chimes.

I realized the value of a good guided meditation when I was reading the 40 Day May Cause Miracles book by Gabby Bernstein. I tried to perform each day’s tasks as they were listed in hopes of getting the most out of Gabby’s 40 day process. Doing so involved activities such as journaling & listening to meditations guided by Gabby Bernstein. The journaling was an effective tool for me, but her meditations were the opposite of effective. Personally, something about her voice and the eerie lack of background music did not relax me. As a result, I got into the habit of thinking I was never going to master the coveted skill of meditation until I found (drumroll please) my beloved Chopra Center Guided Meditations. These meditations are as relaxing as a full day at the spa.

The cherry on top? They are short & sweet and embedded with powerful messages.

3. Remember that you can either sit indian style with your spine erect and neck straight or you can lay on your back. If you choose to lay on your back, it is important to keep your neck straight so that the energy of your chakras and meridians may flow freely. Try to avoid using a pillow under your head.

I choose to lay on my back because this position allows me to breathe deeply and get into my spa meditation groove faster than sitting indian style. 

4. Purchase a few of my favorite Spa Meditation accessories

– A Sleep Mask

– Young Living Essential Oil: Peace & Calm (place it on your third eye or into a diffuser)

– A Salt Lamp for soothing light

5. Last but not least, pick an easy, doable time to meditate and stick to it.

I meditate before I get out of bed in the morning, before I fall asleep at night, and sometimes on my lunch break if I need an extra dose of positivity. If you are doing meditation in a way that works best for you, I promise you will become addicted to the change in lifestyle & the better sleep you will experience.