Greens 101

Happy Memorial Day, readers! I want to address the importance of this day and those who sacrificed their lives to protect our nation. I hope you all take some time today to remember the significance of that.

I know a lot of you are cooking out today, having back yard BBQ’s, or enjoying a picnic in the park which is why I want to share with you all some fun little tips on how to add something healthy to your festivities of choosing. I came up with a few fun ways to easily add in some greens to your diet. Thanks to my friends at Evolution Fresh, they make it super fun and easy to incorporate a healthy lifestyle and a love for yummy greens!

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Recipe #1

I love a good salad, especially one that is colorful and flavorful!
Here is a simple way to make a delicious salad

Add:
Spinach
Carrots
Zucchini
Strawberries
Lemon
Optional- to keep it clean avoid adding any dressing. Instead, squeeze some lemon onto your salad and sprinkle on some pepper for added flavor

For a drink try any cold pressed Evolution Fresh juice and add a cucumber for a garnish

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Recipe #2

This one is my favorite! Cucumber Strawberry Orange Spritzer. Are your taste buds watering yet?
I began by pouring my Evolution Fresh Orange juice into a cup about half way and then filling the other half with sparkling water. Cut up strawberries and cucumber to give it an even more refreshing taste. Cucumbers are great to add to any drink like water, lemonade, or a spritzer.

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Recipe #3

This one was fun and so easy and perfect for kids too! Who doesn’t love a delicious icy pop? If you struggle with fitting greens into your diet this one is for you. Simply pour any green juice into a pop sickle mold and voila! You have a great summer time treat. The Essential Greens and Sweet Greens juices are perfect for this one πŸ™‚1 - IMG_0229 - Social

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I hope you all enjoyed getting some fun new ideas on how to add greens to your meals! Visit our friends at Evolution Fresh and learn more about the benefits of cold pressed juices.

xokris

photos by Skyler Fike

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Bluebonnet Lane

I think we can officially say Spring has definitely sprung meaning one important thing…Mother’s Day. Now I know it can be hard to find the perfect gift every year that you feel your mom deserves which is why I was so excited when I discovered Bluebonnet Lane. Their idea is simple- curated gift boxes for almost any and all occasions. But, the way they do it is lovely, classy, and incredibly unique. I must say, this idea is pretty close to perfect for any mom out there. You could even give this gift as a birthday present, an Easter gift, or just to send a little extra love to someone special.

After talking to Alexandria, the beautiful women who started this company, she shared with me some ideas she has for future curated boxes which is GREAT and has me excited to see what she will come up with next. What do you guys think? Wouldn’t it be cool to see a baby shower box, a bachelorette box, or holiday specific boxes?

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They hand delivered the “Essentials Box” to me complete with a floral arrangement (Uhm, BONUS!).

THE ESSENTIALS BOX INCLUDES:
Herbivore Pink Clay Bar Soap
Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak
Posh Skin Care Lavender & Peppermint Cleansing Grains
Stonebriar Collection Unscented Chambray Candle
Zoe’s Chocolate Pretzel Bar
Savour This Kitchen Gypsy Spice Blend
Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn
8oz Lovecup Coffee Co. House Blend
Gigi’s Remix Crunch Granola Mix
Top Shelf Glasses Coffe O’Clock Mug
The Social Type Personalized Handwritten Note

Mother’s Day Local Delivery:
– All local delivery orders for Mother’s Day must be placed by 11:59pm CST on 5/6/15.

– All shipped orders for Mother’s Day must be placed by 11:59pm CST on 5/4/15 for delivery between 5/7-5/10

xokris

Slappy Hour x Kristen Williams

Hello readers! I am really excited to share with all of you a little collaboration I just recently worked on. My buddy and talented skater, Travis, started his own skate company (Slappy Hour Skate Co.) where he takes old decks are reshapes them for new use. It’s such an awesome idea and and cool way to recycle. We decided it would be fun to get some of my custom art work on a few of them so I hand painted some decks and they are now up for sale on the site! Slappy Hour decks are only $30-$40, so pick one up and get skating!

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xokris

SLAPPY HOUR SKATE CO.

Strawberry Apple in the Arctic

It’s no secret we love a good smoothie (obviously). The best part of making your own is that YOU get to control what goes in and what stays out. Most stores add in ice cream or fattening sherbets and nobody has time for that when they wanna get their clean eating on! We partnered up with Arctic Zero on some of their deliciously low calorie frozen dessert. They sweeten their treats with monk fruit and organic cane sugar leaving the artificial sweeteners behind. One entire pint is only 150 calories leaving you guilt free while you indulge. I decided to use the strawberry flavor to my strawberry apple smoothie and it was SO good!

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How I made mine: Serving size 2

1 small bowl of chopped apples and strawberries
1 cup ice
1 cup strawberry Arctic Zero frozen dessert
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup apple cinnamon granola

Enjoy!

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xokris

Mom’s Apple Pie.

There is nothing I love more than my mom’s warm Apple Pie when fall rolls around. Her pies are infamous in our family and I love throwing dinner and lunch parties with her merely for the fact that I get to share the delicious dessert with my friends. One of my best friends is getting married next fall and we had a fun time preparing a Bridesmaid luncheon. Try this recipe with homemade or store bought crust and your taste buds will love you!

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5-6 apples peeled, cored, and chopped
Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
1 cup sugar
2 table spoons flour
Mix and pour over apples
Stir and pour into crust
Cook 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes

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Serve some cool cucumber sandwiches for a yummy appetizer.

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Chop up fruit and add it to your lemonade for a refreshing drink.

IMG_5940Gather some flowers from outside and toss them into an old Mason jar for a shabby bouquet.

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Nothing ends a lemonade party better than some acoustic melodies.

xokris and mom

Berry Delicious: Smoothie Recipe

Ready for something refreshing while the heat lingers around before fall? I made a sweet treat that I thought I would share with all of you that love blue berries and raspberries.

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What you need for this healthy snack (serving two)

4 cups ice
1 cup blue berries
1 cup raspberries
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup plain yogurt

Make your own Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Summer is still here no matter what all the mourning beach goers say, and my favorite summertime treat is always a refreshing smoothie (obviously). The most popular smoothies around our neighborhood are made with strawberries and bananas. There are many different ways you can make your own, and if you have a blender it’s pretty easy. Here’s one of our favorites!

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Ingredients: (serving 2)

Strawberries
1/2 banana
1 cup orange juice
1 1/4 cups plain Greek yogurt
3 handfuls of ice
Top off with granola and sliced fruit

xokris

Dumpster Treasures

It’s no secret that I sometimes like to pull things out of dumpsters and bring the items home with me (totally not weird). Things like dishes, old lamps, picture frames, and Β even a sweater. There are some times when I come across things that are really nifty, like an old skate deck that is unridable and someone thought to be garbage. If you ever see old surfboards, skateboards, or scrap wood, scoop them up! You could turn it into a really cool custom art piece.

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I decided I wanted to make a magazine collage on my board. I rounded up old surf magazines and cut out photos that inspired me.

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Once you figure out how you want to place the magazine cut outs on your board, grab some rubber cement (Hobby Lobby) and use a fair amount to glue the pieces, but not too much so that the paper becomes soggy! Finish up with a gloss coating over the entire front to give extra protection against tearing and give it some shine. Hang it up on your wall and you’ve got a cool art piece you made all on your own πŸ™‚

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Pretty radical, right? πŸ˜‰

xokris