30 Acts of Kindness

Tiny, gracious gestures really can turn your own (or someone else’s) day around. After having an absolutely terrible week someone sent me a text message that completely turned my day around. It made me think of the little things that we can do to leave this place better than we found it. Here are 30 simple acts of kindness that can change someone’s day.



30 Random Acts of Kindness
1. Tell someone you love them.
2. Smile at people more.
3. Cook a meal for someone.
4. Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in line.
5. Leave a note in the morning for your roomie or significant other.
6. Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in awhile.
7. Give a generous tip to your waiter.
8. Hold the door open for someone.
9. Bring in your neighbors trash cans.
10. Offer to babysit your friend’s kids.
11. Leave a penny heads up for someone to find for good luck.
12. Compliment a stranger.
13. Let someone go in line in front of you.
14. Make someone laugh.  
15. Leave extra time on a parking meter.
16. Send a present to a soldier.
17. Leave random inspirational sticky notes on a mirror. I found one the other day when I was at Target on the mirror that said, “You are enough.”
18. Pay the toll for the car behind you.
19. Donate supplies to an animal shelter.
20. Send a surprise package to someone.
21. Wipe down gym equipment after you use it.
22. Call a grandparent.
23. Make a new friend.
24. Donate clothes
25. Forgive mistakes.
26. Say “Thank You”
27. Walk the cart back to the front of the store.
28. Bring a meal to someone who just had surgery or a baby.
29. Avoid gossip.
30. Make someone a mix CD.

Doggy Discovery: Wondercide

 {Wondercide Natural Pet Products}

I live in a highly wooded area and as you can imagine my yard is constantly filled with new animals - most recently a set of twin fawns. Jack current prescribed flea and tick medicine makes him itch, cry and I am pretty sure it burns him - as you can imagine I am not a fan of it. That’s when I was introduced to Wondercide, line of natural products that I now could not live without.

Skin Tonic is a must have product for your pet. Just as we get dry, itchy or irritated skin or pups do as well.  Skin Tonic is great for you and me and our pups as well! Since I started using it on Jack he’s no longer itching like crazy. I highly recommend this if you live in a cooler state for fall and winter, your pet will thank you!
EVOLV is an all natural flea and tick treatment for dogs and cats. It not only repels, but kills on contact. If you are concerned about the chemicals you're putting on your pet this is a great alternative. Since I started using this with Jack I have not found one flea or tick attached to him.

Pure Via Review & Giveaway

  The following post and giveaway is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Pure Via. All opinions are my own.

Happy National Iced Tea Month! Yes it's a real thing! The lazy days of summer are upon us, and nothing is quite as refreshing as a tall glass of iced tea. I am a huge advocate of not drinking my calories - you know I love my fruit infused spa waters. After receiving my Summer Fit Kit from Pure Via it offered the perfect opportunity to try out their zero calorie sweeteners paired with a class of fruit infused tea.

Pure Via is an all-natural sweetener that is made with stevia and has zero calories. The Fit Kit included two types of Pure Via - individual serving packets of non-GMO Pure Via crystals and two different types of liquid drops, plain and vanilla (my favorite!) flavored. I love the indiviual packets paired with fruit and the liquid drops are fab in tea and coffee.

Infused tea is crazy delicious and simple to make. Just mixed up a pitcher of instant iced tea add your favorite fruit and refrigerate overnight or at least 2-3 hours. Don't forget to add a packet or two of Pure Via to your glass and enjoy!

Now here's your chance to WIN a Pure Via Summer Fit Kit which includes:
• 1 Box of Pure Via non-GMO packets
• 1 bottle of Pure via stevia liquid
• 1 bottle of Pure Via vanilla stevia liquid
• 1 container of instant iced tea
• 1 plastic Pure Via mason jar and straw
• 1 Pure Via pedometer
• 1 Pure Via SPF 15 lip balm.







GIVEAWAY CLOSED

DIY: Ombré Tote Bag

My parents recently brought me a gorgeous bouquet of peonies from their backyard the colors inspired me to create a striped ombré tote, that's become the perfect accessory at the farmers market. Just grab some painters tape (I love Frog Tape) and tape the bag into quarters. Paint in your desired colors, let dry and peel off the tape. Tote bags have never looked so chic.






Guacamole

I used to be scared of guacamole. Ordered all my Mexican food "no guac or sour cream." Then about two weeks ago while out with a friend I forgot to ask for no guacamole, so I decided to try it. Seriously, I had never even taken a bite of it before or tried an avocado. With one bite my life changes and Mexican food reached all new heights for me. I actually asked the restaurant I was at for their recipe and they so kindly shared it. So here is Spanglish's recipe for Guacamole.



Spanglish Guacamole
Ingredients
3 ripe avocados
2 Roma tomaoes, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup cilantro, fresh
2-4 teaspoons salt
1 garlic clove, pressed

Directions
1. In a large bowl, mash avocados until desired consistency is reached.
2. Add diced tomatoes, diced onion, lime juice, cilantro, salt and garlic.
3. Mix completely.
4. Cover and refrigerate for at leash one hour to combine flavors.
5. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy.

Herb Garden

I absolutely love fresh herbs and this weekend I hit up Home Depot to buy some favorites -- basil, thyme, rosemary, mint and lemon balm. I planted them in a window box, which is the perfect and easiest way to grow herbs.



Pet Health: Bug Bites

The bugs here are ridiculous especially the mosquitoes and black flies. Jack has gotten bit a few times (see pictures below), and to save you from wasting money on a vet trip I have a fabulous tip for you. Get some Skin So Soft (I paid $10 for a large bottle) from Avon dilute it with water and place it in a spray bottle. Spray it all over your dog especially their belly and groan area (the most sensitive where the bugs bite) at least once a day and mosquitoes, black flies and other bugs will leave your furbaby alone.
 {bite day one}

{bite day two}
 
 {No bugs!}

Edible Cookie Dough

In college one of my friends that lived upstairs found out that I was having a really rough week. The next thing I knew he was at my door with the essentials cookie dough and ice cream (best service ever right!).  Except he had just made the cookie dough, it didn’t contain eggs and it was amazing! Below you’ll find the fabulous recipe that you’ll quickly become addicted to.


Edible Cookie Dough for One (or Two)
Ingredients:
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1.5 tablespoons milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup flour
pinch of salt
favorite add-ins: chocolate chips, nuts, m&m’s, peanut butter chips, toffee, etc.

Directions:
1. Combine the butter and brown sugar with a mixer on low for 1 minute.
2. Using a spoon gently stir in milk, vanilla, salt and flour.
3. Combine using a mixer on low for 30 seconds to one minute.
4. Stir in add-ins with a spoon
5. Enjoy or if you’d like it to be a bit firmer, place in the refrigerator for an hour.

30 Summer Date Ideas


The temperatures are heating up, and I’m sharing 30 summer date ideas you and your beau are sure to adore. Leave a comment with any ideas you have!
30 Summer Date Ideas
1. Go to a drive-in movie.
2. Visit the zoo or your local aquarium.
3. Go for a starlit walk.
4. Take a cooking class.
5. Fly a kite in the park.
6. Hang out at a bonfire
7. Go stargazing.
8. Visit an amusement park.
9. Escape the summer heat and catch a show.
10. Take dance lessons.
11. Plan a picnic.
12. Check out a free summer concert.
13. Go to a baseball game.
14. Take a sunset hike.
15. Backyard camping.
16. Take a trip to your local winery for some wine tasting.
17. Go rollerblading.
18. Be a tourist in your own town.
19.  Enjoy a trip to your local ice cream shop.
20. Take a hot air balloon ride.
21. Go fishing together.
22. Take a road trip.
23. Enjoy a walk along the beach.
24. Go rock climbing.
25. Play putt-putt
26. Watch the sun rise or set.
27. Go go-cart racing.
28.  Swing at a park.
29. Have a nerf war.
30. Hit up a farmers market.