Why I Made Drinking Celery Juice a Priority

IMG_4718.PNGOver the last year celery juice has become the “cool kid” in the world of juicing. If you follow my Instagram you know I am drinking celery juice almost daily on an empty, over ice and our of a straw cause it taste better that way.

Many of us have never payed much attention to celery. We only ate it when it had peanut butter on it or was in a bloodmary. But I fell head over heels in love with it and honestly consider celery juice my beauti-fuel!

Celery has so many benefits especially when it’s juiced, if you are not a huge fan of only celery juice, drinking some sort of green juice everyday if possible is still so positive for your body. But I want to give you the scoop on the power of drinking celery juice solo, so let’s get into the nitty gritty of why you should be a fan of celery juice.

Disclaimer * If you are wanting to juice and not sure about it first consult with your practitioner.

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How to Drink it

Celery juice is most powerful when fresh and drank solo. If you are new to the juicing game to start out you can add in lemon or ginger to help you get used to the taste. I personally don’t pre-juice but if you do make sure to seal it tight in a mason jar and drink within 24 hrs of juicing. I personally drink my celery juice on an empty, over ice and out of a straw cause it taste better that way.

HCL

Celery juice helps to rebuild the hydrochloric acid in your stomach so it can properly break down protein. What is hydrochloric acid: HCL –is what we know as stomach acid – which helps your gut break down the food, specifically proteins. But when you have an autoimmune disease or have a chronic stress issue your HCL levels can drop super low. This creates symptoms like indigestion, acid reflux and can even create IBS. So if you are unable to properly digest your foods then you aren’t able to absorb the essential nutrients from food. But with celery juice contains cluster salt (mineral salts) which helps with digestion and helps to restore your stomach’s HCL levels.

King of Detox

Celery juice will DETOX  your body. Drinking celery juice will kill off unproductive bacteria in the gut, also detoxing the liver. Some people who’s body is super toxic can experience diarrhea, I haven’t had this problem but I do know people who have. SO it is smart to start drinking a smaller amount of juice like 2 to 8 oz of celery juice then work your way up to 16 oz. Check out the medical medium tips.

Diuretic

Celery juice is a diuretic and flushes the body of bloat. From my own experience celery juice definitely reduces my belly bloat, if I miss a few days of juice I notice an increase in gas and bloat. So I rarely miss a day of celery juice, but things happen like vacation so I have to just roll with it.

Reduces Cravings

Celery juice has been found to help reduced cravings. Often you’ll see cravings when our body is lacking certain minerals and vitamins. This happens due to a lack of variety in the diet or when we eat unhealthy foods all the time. Like I said before celery juice helps repair your gut and rebuilding the HCL, once your gut is repaired more quality nutrients will be absorbed into your system and decrease those annoying food cravings.

img_3417If you don’t want to start with just celery juice or you don’t want to juice anything yourself, I believe that any green juice is better than no green juice.

And make sure to remember my 3 Rules of Juice: 1. When buying juice make sure it’s a green vegetable juice with no more than 100 calories per serving. 2. Juices with little fruit content will mean the less sugar. 3. The farther down the ingredient on the list of ingredients, the less of the ingredient used in the juice!

Happy Juicing

xo- Whitney

Holiday Sleep Tips From Cara of “Taking Cara Babies”

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Happy Holidays Friends. I know how busy things can get over the next few months, the last thing we want is a change in our kids sleep pattern. You I know how important sleep is in our house from my post ABC’s of Sleep with Cara of ” Taking Cara Babies “. So I asked the sleep guru herself to give us a few holiday SLEEP tips to keep babies sleep on track over the holidays. So get ready to screenshot these sleep tips from Cara and save them for years to come!


The holidays are a special time to make lasting memories with your family. Adding a sweet baby to the mix multiplies the JOY, but it can also multiply the stress. Here are a few simple tips to help you enjoy your baby-filled holiday while still protecting your sleep and sanity:

  1. Recreate your baby’s bedroom wherever you spend your night.

Whether you’re going out of town or staying for a late night at grandma’s house, try to replicate your baby’s normal bedtime surroundings as closely as possible. Don’t forget your sound machine, lovey, several pacifiers, sleep sack/swaddle, and even his own crib sheet for the Pack ‘n Play. If your baby is used to sleeping in a DockATot or Rock ‘n Play, make sure to take it with you!

Sometimes a dark room can be hard to find while you’re traveling, so we love this Snooze Shade or these travel black-out blinds so you can keep your baby from waking with that early morning light.

  1. Keep the same bedtime routine even outside of your own house!

A familiar bedtime routine tells your baby’s brain that sleep is coming, just like normal. If you typically give a mini massage, dress in jammies, feed her, and then read a book before placing her in the crib, continue to do that while you’re out of the house. If you need to shorten the routine, make sure to keep a few familiar elements. This predictable series of events remind her that it’s bedtime, even if her surroundings are slightly different. Consistency is so important!

Holiday Party Hack: If you’re not sleeping over, do your bedtime routine before placing your little one into the carseat. This can make the transfer to the crib much easier.

  1. Try to protect one solid nap per day.

During the holidays, it’s so tempting to fill the schedule with as many visits and activities as possible. You don’t want to miss out. However, an overtired baby can turn all of your coordinated fun and memories into a mess. For babies with more than one nap a day, attempt to get a solid morning nap in a Pack ’n Play or crib (instead of on-the-go). Send someone out for coffee or cinnamon rolls or snuggle by the fire while protecting that important rest for your baby. Starting the day rested can allow future naps to happen in the car seat, in grandma’s arms, or in the stroller while you sneak in that last bit of holiday shopping.

Remember: All that activity can be so exhausting for you and your little one! Watch sleepy cues for naps, and check out our blog post on Nap Schedules 5-25 months. If naps are short or happen on the go, bedtime may need to be earlier than usual.

  1. Make memories!

If you have been consistent at home with your baby’s sleep, now is the time to let go a bit. Relax and have fun; enjoy your family time. This is such a special time with your family and friends. Your baby can get back on track when you return home. If baby sleep is a mess before you add in the holidays, we can help with that too!

For more help with travel, hosting for the holidays, or baby sleep, visit our website. Taking Cara Babies exists to help you with baby sleep so that your whole family can thrive.

My Big Bold Brows: 5 Tips from Brow Guru Lindsay Merrell

IMG-1396 (1).PNGHoly Brows. Since I can remember I’ve always had super dark bold brows. Truth: I can’t say I always loved my bold brows, I mean I did have a high school stage ( like many of you) of trying to thin out my brows. Thankfully they always grew back and my brows are now bigger and bolder than ever!

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I’m really particular about my brows so much that I was only getting my brows shaped in when I traveled to Arizona. That had to change–I saw Lindsay’s work on Lauren of The Skinny Confidential and I decided to travel the hour to see Lindsay Merrell at Browtique. She has over 15 years brow shaping experience, she is an artist with a wealth of brow knowledge. So of course I asked her to share her top brow tips with us!


5 Brow Tips From Lindsay Merrell

  1. Find an eyebrow artist you like and get your eyebrows shaped at least ONCE in your life! They’ll go over your eyebrows with you, show you start, arch and end and your ideal shape. If you want to grow them out, let them know you’re ok with looking a bit shaggy to achieve fuller brows.
  2. Research your brow artist. It’s easy to do nowadays as many have social media accounts and share their work online. If you don’t know where to start ask a friend with great brows for a referral.
  3. If your brows are light or could use some pop, consider a TINT. Your eyebrows will look instantly fuller. The maintenance on brow tint is monthly. Staying away from things that strip your color will ensure longevity (ie. Chlorine in pools, glycolic cleansers, bleaching pads)
  4. If you over-tweezed in the past and are stuck with an unflattering shape, use a growth stimulant. Basically, the follicle no longer has its own food source and needs to be fed. There are a bunch out there at varying price points.
  5. When filling in your brows, wax based pencils adhere best to skin and powders adhere best to hair. A lot of times I’ll use both and blend with a spooly brush for a natural look. Add a matte cream highlighter under the brow for definition and end with brow gel to set and seal.
  6. Communicate with your brow artist! Tell her or show her what your brow goals are. It’s not pushy and annoying, it’s smart and effective. And everyone has different aesthetic tastes.

Great eyebrows don’t happen by chance guys, they happen because of eyebrow guru’s like Lindsay! Don’t miss out on all of the great brow products within the post, my fave right now is Rapid Brow to give me EVEN fuller brows.

xx- Whitney

Gluten Free & Dairy Free Pantry Favorites- Positively Posie

30 Ways to.pngI can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “how do you eat gluten free and dairy free, what do you eat? In 2018 I totally expected more people to be open to the gluten free & dairy free way of life, but people are still leery.  So I want to share with you my favorite gluten and dairy free items that we eat on a daily basis. These are the stand outs, the must have items. Even if you aren’t gluten & dairy free these are still must try items… trust me you won’t be sorry.

A few thought nuggets about Gluten Free and Dairy Free items:

  • Make sure to inspect the labels– if it states “made in a facility that also processes wheat” it’s not truly gluten free.
  • Not all  gluten-free foods items are healthy! Just because it’s gluten free or dairy free doesn’t mean the product is SUPER clean or LOW in calories

Sauces & Spreads

+ kite hill- jalapeno

+ Hope Food- original hummus & spicy green chili guacamole

+ Simple Mill- Vanilla Frosting

+ Primal Kitchen- Lemon Tumeric Dressing

+ So Delicious-  Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Yogurt

+Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar 


Breads & Muffins & Cookies

+ Canyon Bakehouse Bread

+Udi’s Classic Hamburger Buns

+ Simple Mills Muffin Mix- Banana or Pumpkin 

+ Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Biscuit Mix

+ Immaculate Cookie Mix *contains soy ( available pre- made and ready to bake)

+Enjoy Life Soft Bake Cookies

+ Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars


Gluten Free Pasta

+ Green Giant Veggie Spiral 

+ Spaghetti squash  (youtube tutorial )

+ Explore Asia Organic Black Bean Spaghetti

+Tinkyada Organic Gluten-Free Brown Rice Pasta


Random Must Haves

+ So Delicious- Unsweetened Vanilla Yogurt

+Aleia’s Bread Crumbs Gluten Free Italian and Original

Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers

+ Ore Ida Potatoes (totes & sweet potatoes fries)

+ Enjoy Life Mini Chips

IMLAKESH Organic Cacao Wafers or Nibs

 

Organic Meats                               Organic Veggies

+ Turkey                                                        + Spinach & Kale  + Celery

+ Chicken                                                      + Asparagus          + Butternut Squash

+ Organic Wild Fish                                    +Cucumber          + Zucchini

 

Eating For Beauty: 3 Superfoods For Your Skin

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Raise your hand if you LOVE Superfoods.

This isn’t the typical post telling you all about random superfoods out there, Positively Posie is a place filled with wellness + beauty tips to improve your daily life and adding superfoods is a great place to start.  I’m specifically talking about superfoods that help with the skin.

Listen I’m an efficient lady when it comes to my body’s wellness and my skin of course. So adding in superfoods was a no brainer, it’s an easy way to detox and energize your body and skin.

And I can’t commit to one superfood, it’s just not gonna happen. There are THREE superfoods that I’m obsessed with and they are so easy to throw in your AM shake or even in some water.


+ moon juice: beauty shroom

I’ve been using this in my AM shakes for 2 months and I’m a huge fan. WHY I love: it adds a creaminess to my shake and it’s totally vegan. It’s full of skin-protecting superfoods to help preserve your natural collagen while hydrating skin from the inside out.

+ Raw Beauty- green superfood powder

No surprise here… everyone knows I’m a huge fan of HUM nutrition. Well this product much does it all , it has 39 beauty detox superfoods to help improve your energy, support radiant, hydrated skin and boost your metabolism.

+ apple cider vinegar

Okay maybe you hate the taste or smell but my apple cider vinegar obsession runs deep. Since I was a kid I had a love for apple cider vinegar and would dump it cooked spinach and could eat it like everyday. So I love adding it to my shakes and or in my morning water with a bunch of lemon. I’m sure you’ve heard how amazing apple cider vinegar and it really is…but do you know why it is so good.

Studies shows that Apple Cider Vinegar 

• Reduces oxidative stress in your body

• Helps improve insulin resistance

• ACV promotes an alkaline gut environment

• Promotes a healthy cardiovascular health

Lets Get Real: What’s Your PM routine

unnamed.jpgWe hear it a lot- –  the phrase “me time”. Finding me time has become harder as my miss B has grown older. As a type A personality I’ve had to create rituals in my everyday life to find some sort of balance.

My evening ritual is something that I look forward to all day, it just helps me refocus my energy and power down for the day. Sounds silly maybe but it works for me.

Skincare: I’m a huge believer in taking off your makeup before hitting the sheets & a having a killer skincare routine– shocker. So I double cleanse off all my makeup, I have been doing this for awhile now and its just my thing– plus I incorporate my whole other skincare routine. For my hyper-pigmentation I’ve been using no BS. super clean & natural vitamin C, plus some must needed anti- aging retinol or a cleaner way to beat fine lines Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil , a dab of eye cream… the whole deal. AND wait can we please talk about Kopari Coconut Rose Toner. I have been using it for a month now and it’s my new best friends. It helps reduce my monstrous pores and balance my skin which I’m always looking for and it FREE of all the bad stuff: GMO’s, Sulfate, Cruelty and Paraben!

I’m also all about slipping into crisp, clean sheets- – which mean using my Slip pillowcase nightly… anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, anti-bed head! We spend a lot of of our lives sleeping so might as well make the most of it with the best pillow case.

There you have it, I want to know your PM routine because I’m always up for trying something new! Share in the comments

-xo Whitney

 

How To Get Rid of Dark Circles and Dark Spots with Vitamin C

Did you know just a half a grapefruit each day can ensure the average adult is meeting at least half of typical Vitamin C requirements!

If you haven’t heard of Vitamin C you’re probably living under a rock. Vitamin C is an everyday thing we consume through citrus foods or a supplement. But truly Vitamin C deserves a place in our skincare routine!

For me Vitamin C is the first steps for fighting my dark circles and pigmentation. There are other treatments people use for pigmentation like hydroquinone, retinol, alpha & beta hydroxy acids. For my skin those treatments created way too much extra inflammation, redness and irritation. Don’t get me wrong they are right for some people but right now for me Vitamin C is my go-to product.

i like Vitamin C for many reasons…

✔️ It’s an antioxidant that goes around sucking up free radicals. Free radicals bounce around in skin cells, causing damage. Free radicals occur from sunlight, pollution, heat/ cold. Pretty much anything that comes in contact with your skin.

✔️ Fights hyper-pigmentation preventing melanin production. Thanks to sun exposure, pregnancy or birth control hormones, we can see an increase in melanin production. Vitamins C helps to break up those melanin deposits over time.

✔️ Brightens your skin even if you don’t have dark circles or hyper-pigmentation. It’s going to help give you that bright glowy look.

✔️ Vitamin C is needed in the creation of collagen. Collagen & elastin are crucial for anti-aging & healthy skin. One of the causes of dark circles is the thinning/loss of volume of skin under your eye. Putting Vitamin C under your eyes will help create new collagen and skin turn over, and hopefully decrease fine lines and wrinkles.

✔️ Decreases inflammation…if your skin gets it irritated and red easily then Vitamin C would be a great addition to your daily skincare routine. If you have acne scars or rosacea think about calming that angry skin with Vitamin C.

Favorite Vitamin C Products

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Vitamin C Gone Bad. It’s important to remember that Vitamin C aka ascorbic acid degrades quickly, making it inactive & ineffective.Vitamin C is really sensitive to light and requires a very specific acidic pH to remain stable. Keep your products in cool dark spaces and if the product starts to turn yellow it means it’s degrading and it’s time for a new bottle.

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There are lots of options out there to treat dark circles and hyper- pigmentation, it’s important to find the one that fits your skin the best. As always if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments!

Mircocurrent Facials- What You Need To Know With Celebrity Esthetician Sadie Adams

 

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So this isn’t a new concept around here – I love self care + skin care & wellness.  I’m all about taking care of ourselves in a holistic manner, so when I heard celebrity esthetician Sadie Adams on the Balance Blonde podcast I was totally captivated by her. There is a magical quality about Sadie’s skincare approach, she is a scientist + healer.  So I’m thrilled to have her guest post today and share her knowledge about mircocurrent facials.

Sadie is a natural esthetician, self care & skincare guru. She studied anatomy, Ayurveda, and yoga therapy which led her to create Take Care. Located in L.A. and NYC, Take Care is a wellness collective of esthetician an, meditation and movement facilitators focused on continued education, self-care and balanced living.

Sadie is known for using microcurrent technology and meditative energy to deliver anti-aging facials that will give you that glow-y fabulous look we all want. If you haven’t heard of microcurrent technology, don’t worry I hadn’t either. It’s a subtle electrical current developed for the purpose of regenerating tissue and tissue function. But let me leave it to the expert Sadie Adams to explain the 5 Reasons why mircocurrent facials can change your skin and overall wellness.


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1. It increases ATP

By approximately 500 percent during the course of a treatment, flooding tissue with subcellular support and creating an environment that helps to clear stagnation and balance the fluids and membranes. This increases the cell membrane permeability and the health of the skin and tissue!

2. It works with, and stimulates the sub-circulatory channels, which run throughout the entire body.

Microcurent can balance and amplify the intelligence of vital junctures, where two or more tissues interface, as keys to subtle sub-circulatory systems.

Working with these systems offers immediate access the body as a whole. There are points on the surface of the body that can be used to detoxify tissue and as diagnostic tools, giving the practitioner insights about the client’s constitution and imbalance. Microcurrent can enhance the adaptogenic qualities of these points, stimulating the body’s biochemistry to produce exactly what one needs to strengthen (or pacify) and to heal – aligning body, mind and consciousness.

 3. Measurable increase in natural collagen and elastin production.

Ones age, health, and self-care strategies (including the frequency of microcurrent application -professional and/or home treatments) will influence the percentage of increase over a given time period. Some reports boast 10-15% in collagen production and even up to a 50% increase in elastin production in just a few weeks time.

4. Product penetration, circulation, reduced acne, acne scaring and fine lines.

Research shows the having a reserve of ATP encourages collagen and elastin formation which can soften and intergrade scar tissue and mitigate inflammation discoloration, pigmentation and fine lines. Having such a reserve triggers lymphatic drainage and over time dramatically clarifies fluids and increases blood circulation.

Microcurrent supports the tissues ability to process information, including nutrients, increasing the efficacy of topical products. There is also a specific application of microcrrent that is used to drive products into deeper layers of skin.

 5. Energy clearing and balancing tone

This delicate current is a simulation of the vibration of the human body. It galvanizes proprioception, helping the cells become aware of themselves and increasing the communication between the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones.

As an energy worker, I find that augmenting a treatment with microcurrent enhances coherency in the various layers of tissues as well as the peripheral and central nervous system. I feel that there is a lot possible, in terms of supporting the processing of stagnant energy and perceived trauma, depending of the intention and participation of the client


And that my friends is what I call mixing science AND healing energy to prevent aging. I mean what I’ve learned over the years is we have to be proactive people with our skin & health.

We can’t be waiting until we are 50 to start working on our skin, we have to start now. Obviously, a mircocurrent facial is on my skin to- do list. Until then I will just be using my at home high frequency machine which is a little different but still fantastic. Gosh, you guys I’m a huge fan of facial tools I think that should be my next post, leave me a comment if you would want to see a post solely about KILLER facial tools?

Thank you Sadie Adams for sharing your beautiful work with us, I hope we all can try a microcurrent facial in the near future!

 

Hope you enjoy! x

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Instagram Worthy Spots in North Park, San Diego

unnamed-7San Diego, California what a place! Being a military family you never know where you’ll end up next, so I’m all about exploring and make the most of our time here. North Park is probably my favorite spot, it’s a vibrant community filled with small businesses, a booming matcha scene (I’m addicted) and lots of Instagram worthy scenery.  I put together a little something I like to call Positively Posie’s North Park Instagram crawl.. SO here it is Ta- Da!

Pigment: Probably my favorite store in San Diego! Guys there are succulents everywhere, it is a total dream land! This store is like if a rainbow and a unicorn had a baby. If you can’t tell I am obsessed with this store. I’m always inspired to make or buy something and of course take a photo quick pic in front of their ombré pink wall…it’s a must!

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Artelexia: Next walk down the street to Artelexia, a wonderful store full of handcrafted Mexican gifts, art, and home décor. If your looking for vibrant color and culture this is the place for you. Buzzfeed recently named Artelexia one of the 6 Culturally Vibrant Brands on Instagram. I mean GUYS they have a DYI piñata bar seriously…HOW FUN! And you can’t forget to take a picture on their Instagram worthy “ You are Radiant ” mural. The colors are out of this world and the message is perfect!

San Diego, North ParkIMG_9056.jpgartelexa San DiegoHoly Matcha:  I swear there is something Instagram worthy on almost every wall in North Park. Walking into Holy Matcha it’s hard not to have a smile on your face.  The tropical pink and green décor is so inviting, it really makes you want to sit and relax for a few. For those of you who don’t know, Matcha is highly concentrated powdered green tea, it has tons health benefits and is filled with antioxidants… so delish! My drink of choice is the Matcha Latte with coconut milk.

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Communal coffee: is a super fun and trendy coffee shop, that has definitely become a hot spot for social media addicts to visit while in San Diego. I mean who wouldn’t want a picture on next to their amazing Coffee + Flowers wall! Why Coffee +Flowers, well communal coffee is a joint store with the Native Poppy flower shop! So the store is filled with the aroma of coffee and flowers, it doesn’t get much better than that! While the ambience is amazing the menu is out of this world. Lavender honey latte, vanilla bean latte, and rose vanilla latte the list goes on and on.unnamed-12.jpg

If you are looking to have an INSTAGRAM worthy experience, check out North Park. It will not disappoint you guys, highly recommend!

-xo Whitney

Keep it Tight and Toned: Online Cardio Videos That Kick Booty

Tone it up girlGUYS, like I have told you before I am a BIG fan of at home workouts.

I don’t have the energy to pack up my kid every day of the week and head to the gym. TRUTH is you don’t need the gym, because of the internet you can find workout videos to get that tight little tush.

All you need is space in your home where you can move and sweat, a computer, yoga mat, and to kick it up a notch 3-7 lbs weights.

Even if you haven’t worked out in months, start with a good basic cardio video. Just get moving– start every day by moving for 30 mins. It’s life changing, starting my day MOVING puts me a in a good mood the rest of the day.

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Hopefully these will help you start moving every day- -30 mins just start with doing something for 30 mins.

Side Note: I really have fallen in love with PopSugar at home workouts, they are the best!

Let me know if you have any favorite at home workouts, I am always up for trying something new!

XO

Whitney

+ Check out my favorite At Home Arm Workouts 

+ Don’t forget those sexy ABS- – my favorites online videos are HERE for you!