And just like that, only one month of summer left to enjoy. I haven’t even made a single peach cobbler yet this summer! This weekend, I’m going to recruit Nora as my sous chef and do just that. Hope your weekend is equally delicious.
I’m back East this weekend, visiting friends and their adorable kids just outside of Boston. I always get nostalgic when I come back and what’s more quintessential summer than the East Coast? Two highlights of my weekend will be a lobstah roll and watching the Red Sox at Fenway tomorrow.
Last weekend I attempted a three-day juice cleanse. Less than 24 hours into the cleanse I called it quits. But nearly one day of cleansing taught me plenty.
Preparation is key. Prepare the night before you start the cleanse. On the first day of my cleanse, I had to go to the grocery store because I was missing a few ingredients for my breakfast juice. Then I had to clean the kitchen because we still had a few stray dinner dishes in the sink. The night before, ensure that you have all of the produce you need. Clean your kitchen so that it’s free of clutter and set up an area to juice. Get out your juicer and put it together, and pull out any extra containers you might need. While I love our Breville juicer, the pitcher that comes with it is relatively small and doesn’t even contain some recipes, so I had to use a larger pitcher and juice in batches.
Prep your produce properly. Many fruits and vegetables simply need to be washed before they’re fed into the juicer. Others need more preparation. The Reboot plan that I followed has a handy guide that outlines how fruits and veggies should be prepped for juicing.
Juicing is expensive. And it’s even more expensive if you buy the organic variety of the dirty dozen. I now understand why some people choose to buy juice cleanses rather than prepare them themselves.
You’re consuming copious amounts of produce. And a lot of it will likely be kale and other fibrous fruits and veggies. As my juicing guru friend told me, prepare to get cozy with your bathroom.
Hangry is a real thing. This is not rocket science. Hunger causes irritability.
Juicing is not toddler-friendly. It’s probably not baby-friendly, either. Despite the fact that I was cleansing and hangry, I still had a two-year-old daughter to care for and entertain. Luckily, my husband was home, too, and it was nice to have an extra set of hands and brain power to keep little miss entertained. (Also, thank you to The Wiggles, Thomas the Train and Sesame Street.)
Busy is good. An old colleague juiced semi-regularly, and she said it was important to keep busy. Of course, as a single, child-free woman, “busy” to her meant scheduling massages, napping, going to the movies and other amazing activities — when cleansing. I imagine a massage would’ve felt lovely on Friday afternoon, hours before I decided to kaibosh my three-day cleanse. Obviously, the thought is to keep yourself so busy that you don’t really think about eating. Distract yourself.
You will lose weight. I lost nearly two pounds in less than a 24-hour period. I’m not condoning a juice cleanse for weight loss purposes, as it’s not maintainable, but I suspect you will shed a pound or two.
It’s okay to quit. Not everyone is cut out to solely drink juice for three days. I’m not. I beat myself up about it for a tiny bit of time, but I’m totally over it. And now I know.
Remember that three-day cleanse I wrote about last week? I wish I was writing to tell you that I powered through the cleanse and have beautiful, glowing skin and so much energy that I don’t know what to do with myself. Spoiler alert: this is not what I’m writing to share with you. The cleanse was a bit of a… disaster. I almost made it through one full day, but not quite.
I woke up a little before 7 a.m. and, remembering that we didn’t have any sweet potatoes for our breakfast juice, decided to run to the grocery store before traffic got crazy. I got the sweet potatoes and the rest of the fruits, veggies, tea and coconut water that we’d need for the first two days of our three-day cleanse. I paid around $90. For this:
Around 8 a.m. I had a cup of hot water with lemon. I’ve heard people rave about this and had never tried it, but it’s not bad. It’s quite… cleansing. By 9:30 a.m. I still wasn’t particularly hungry — I don’t ordinarily eat breakfast, just have coffee — but I had my breakfast juice: peach delight. I figured I should have it then so that I could enjoy my coconut water as my mid-morning snack before lunchtime. Yes, I looked forward to a coconut water treat. I enjoyed my “breakfast.” The peach delight is one of my favorites. It’s satisfying and has a yummy, sweet taste.
By 11:30 a.m., I was tired. Not hungry, per se — tired. My day normally starts with two cups of coffee. I need the caffeine. My body was struggling. So I decided it was a good time to enjoy my coconut water.
Between noon and 1:30 p.m. I started feeling super hangry. Full-fledged hunger hit me. And I was oh-so tired. I prepped our green juices for lunch and dinner and damn, it’s a lot of work. Now I see why people bitch about cleaning the juicer, and better yet, why people just buy juice cleanses. I had kale everywhere and the last thing I wanted to do was drink a juice made of it.
Around this point, I came to the conclusion that juicing was a lot like breastfeeding (my brain could’ve been off due to lack of caffeine and the rest of the garbage I put into my body on a daily basis). The two are quite similar in that you put in all this effort — both are a production — you clean up the mess and you just want to take a nap, but you can’t. Because you have to start the process all over again. It’s exhausting.
By 1:30 p.m. I told KP that I thought I was finished. Then I drank my green juice and took a nap. Somehow bits of kale from the soles of my feet ended up in our bed. I hoped by some miracle I would wake up with more energy and feel renewed, with a desire to drink my afternoon snack, my dinner and my dessert juices. Nope. I woke up with a headache and hunger. The detox-like part of the cleanse?
Despite being angry with the world, I also felt enlightened. After sitting on the couch for about five minutes, contemplating, I decided my cleanse was over. Not even 24 hours into the three-day cleanse and I was over it. I came to grips with the fact that I am simply not cut out for this.
With what did I break my cleanse? Strawberries. And then it went downhill from there… KP fell off the wagon later that night, too. Misery loves company.
I woke with a spring in my step, not kale on my heels — a spring in my step. I don’t know if it was because I had nearly a full day of cleansing under my belt, or because I kicked the cleanse to the curb — I’m betting on the latter.
I thoroughly enjoyed my usual two cups of coffee — with hazelnut creamer — for breakfast. It paired nicely with a slice of homemade zucchini bread.
But rather than go back to normal, KP and I decided we’d do what I’ve done before — replace one meal per day with a juice. It’s not remotely as intense as all juice and nothing but juice all day, but it’s still a good way to incorporate a healthy juice into the day. We had a green juice for lunch and I actually felt pretty great afterwards. Or maybe I felt great going into it since my day started off with a solo trip to Target. Either way, I felt good.
We went all out and really broke the cleanse that evening — dinner at Maudie’s, one of our favorite local Tex-Mex places.
By day three, life was back to normal — that is, our new normal with one juice per day. Feels more manageable. More realistic.
I can’t imagine how I would’ve made it through three days of straight juicing. Admittedly, I’m a little bummed. I thought I had more will power. But I knew things were going downhill when, on day one, I compared less than 24 hours of cleansing to what a drug addict in detox might feel like. Perhaps a bit dramatic. Still, I’m glad that I gave it a shot and knew when to concede.
A while back, I mentioned that The Globetrotting Gal was changing a bit. If you’ve followed the blog since then, you’ve already been reading the changes. I’ve been posting about things other than travel, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading as much as I’ve enjoyed writing.
But I’m most excited about today’s changes. You might’ve noticed that The Globetrotting Gal has a slightly new look, with an official logo! I’ve been wanting to add a logo for some time but didn’t do it until now for a number of reasons. Luckily, I have a super talented friend, Elaine, who designed this beautiful logo for me.
While it was difficult to choose from the handful of logos that Elaine designed, I narrowed it down to three… and then to this one that you see above. It’s clean yet striking. And I love how “globetrotting” stands out. When Elaine explained her intent with the design, I knew it was the right fit.
“Combine a typewriter font with a computer font in a fresh way — a nod to writing in general.”
That’s exactly what this blog is all about — my writing. It fits perfectly. And I am so, so thankful to have such a talented friend.
(If you want to know more about Elaine and her innovative business — which is not designing blog logos — you can do so here.)
My running playlist is in need of some new jams. Even on shuffle, I get tired of hearing the same 100+ songs over and over again. Do you have a running playlist? A workout playlist? What’s on it?
While I tend to listen to what I suppose is labeled “modern rock,” everything’s fair game when it comes to my running mix. I actually like a lot of pop, hip hop and even some rap. I like poppy, upbeat music when I run.
Please, please, take a look at the songs on my current playlist and help me add some more! I’m open to podcasts or books, too.
“Don’t Wanna Fight” by Alabama Shakes
“Dearly Departed” by Shakey Graves
“Things Happen” by Dawes
“Love Like This” by Kodaline
“Jackie and Wilson” by Hozier
“Steal My Girl” by One Direction
“Kiss You” by One Direction
“Best Song Ever” by One Direction
“Tear In My Heart” by Twenty One Pilots
“Dreaming” by Smallpools
“A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay
“Ink” by Coldplay
“Don’t” by Ed Sheeran
“Sing” by Ed Sheeran
“Man In the Mirror” by James Morrison
“Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen
“Blank Space” by Taylor Swift
“I Lived” by OneRepublic
“Magic” by Coldplay
“If I Lose Myself” by OneRepublic & Alesso
“Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
“Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss
“Talk Dirty To Me” by Poison
“Roar” by Katy Perry
“Freedom” by George Michael
“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
“Story of My Life” by One Direction
“What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
“One Thing” by One Direction
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
“Fancy” by Iggy Azalea
“Bonfire Heart” by James Blunt
“Bruises” by Train
“Invisible” by U2
“Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson
“It’s Time by Imagine Dragons
“On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons
“Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
“Under Pressure” by Queen & David Bowie
“We Are Never Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift
“The Whole of the Moon” by The Waterboys
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
“We Are the Tide” by Twenty One Pilots
“Whistle” by Flo Rida
“Payphone” by Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa
“Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Hereos feat. Adam Levine
“Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys
“No One” by Alicia Keys
“We Found Love” by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
“Not Over You” by Gavin DeGraw
“Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You” by Kelly Clarkson
“Rumour Has It” by Adele
“Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People
“Good Feeling” by Flo Rida
“Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” by Beyoncé
“Forever” by Chris Brown
“Hey Mama” by Mat Kearney
“Good Life” by OneRepublic
“Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine
“Every Teardrop is a Waterfall” by Coldplay
“Hello” by Martin Solveig & Dragonette
“You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne
“I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” by Scissor Sisters
“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
“Umbrella” by Rihanna feat. Jay-Z
“Starlight” by Muse
“Innocent” by Our Lady Peace
“The Anthem” by Good Charlotte
“A Little Respect” by Erasure
“Kung Fu Fighting” by The Crystal Method
“Champion” by Kanye West
“Murray” by Pete Yorn
“Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)” by Pras
“Stronger” by Kanye West
“Viva la Vida” by Coldplay
“Lost!” by Coldplay
“Lovers In Japan/Reign of Love” by Coldplay
“4 Minutes” by Madonna feat. Justin Timberlake and Timbaland
“World At Your Feet” by Embrace
“Beat Goes On” by Madonna feat. Kanye West
“Disturbia” by Rihanna
“Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol
“She’s So Lovely” by Scouting for Girls
“Heartbeat” by Scouting for Girls
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John & Kiki Dee
“I Want You Back” by Jackson 5
“Rainy Day” by Coldplay
“I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
“Live Your Life” by T.I. feat. Rihanna
“American Boy” by Estelle feat. Kanye West
“Gives You Hell” by The All-American Rejects
“Ragoo” by Kings of Leon
“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga
“Paper Planes” by M.I.A.
“Still Not a Player” by Big Pun feat. Joe
“Gold Digger” by Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx
“Hey Mama” by Kanye West
“Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” by Michael Jackson
“Scream” by Michael Jackson
“Love and Memories” by O.A.R.
“Little Secrets” by Passion Pit
“California On My Mind” by Wild Light
“Kids” by MGMT
“Daylight” by Matt & Kim
“Hey, Soul Sister” by Train
“I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas
“Show Me What I’m Looking For” by Carolina Liar
“Shattered (Turn the Car Around” by O.A.R.
“Get Down Tonight” by KC & The Sunshine Band
“Say Hey (I Love You” by Michael Franti & Spearhead feat. Cherine Anderson
“OMG” by Usher feat. will.i.am
“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga
“Ditty” by Paperboy
“Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child
“Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
“All For You” by Janet Jackson
“California Gurls” by Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg
“Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry
“Dynamite” by Taio Cruz
“Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo Rida feat David Guetta
Today KP and I are starting a three-day juice cleanse. Whole Foods now owns us and every penny we once had. I am not remotely looking forward it, but we both agreed that we needed a kickstart to getting back on the healthy eating track, and any weight loss will be icing on the cake. Argh. Cake… something I won’t be eating this weekend…
My juicing experience to-date has consisted of replacing one meal per day with a fresh, homemade juice. Surprisingly, some of the juice recipes I’ve tried are quite tasty and mildly filling. Still, nothing but juice for three days is going to be a challenge. I’ll report back once I’ve recovered.
Enjoy your weekend and please indulge in some summer goodies for me.
It’s been so long since I’ve bought a new handbag. Eyeing Liberty London’s gorgeous Marlborough tote, in Oxblood, please.
Despite the blistering heat this week, I can still think fall. And I think I need to add these adorable booties to my collection. P.S. I love that Sole Society shows you how to wear the shoes, a la Stitch Fix.
When Nabisco started introducing Oreo flavors, I thought the idea was stupid. An Oreo is an Oreo, period. That was until they introduced the addicting s’mores Oreo. I swore I wouldn’t buy another package after we devoured the one I bought on a whim, yet they ended up in my shopping cart again this week. Oops.
Mrs. Meyer’s is my go-to for hand soap and some cleaning supplies. A little birdie tipped me off to their free shipping offer (and the fact that most things are cheaper than at my beloved Target).
We recently spent a week at my parents’ house in Southern Illinois. I love returning to the sleepy town that I grew up in, and more specifically, to the house that I grew up in — not just because my mom cooks for us and does our laundry (thanks, Mom!). Though, those are nice perks. Going home is almost always so relaxing. The pace is much slower than our normal day-to-day.
While I welcome a slower pace with open arms, I have a two-year-old who has yet to learn the definition of “slow pace.” So I tried to think of some things to do with Nora while we were in Illinois. Grant’s Farm in St. Louis was at the top of my list. It’s a great place to take kids of all ages, including toddlers. Grant’s Farm is essentially a mini zoo with some hands-on activities. I find it to be a little bit less of a production than the St. Louis Zoo (which is also great, by the way). I hadn’t been to Grant’s Farm in probably over 20 years, but not much has changed since then.
Upon arrival, you board a tram and are driven through the area called Deer Park. We saw animals from all over the world, including cows from India and deer from China. Riding the tram was the main fascination for Nora, though, not so much the animals. The ride ends at Tier Garten, where you disembark and see other animals like llamas, camels, zebras and birds. You can also choose to ride a carousel or a camel, depending on how risky you’re feeling. There are baby goats to feed, as well as parakeets. Yes, if it strikes your fancy, you can walk into a cage full of birds and feed them.
I don’t think Nora even realized there was a massive cage full of birds when we walked by (phew). She was content to simply watch those that had a bit more freedom.
The path through Grant’s Farm ends at The Bauernhof, where you can indulge in brats and pretzels in the European-feeling courtyard. Off of the courtyard are the stables which house the famous Clydesdales, as well as the hospitality room, where you can enjoy Anheuser-Busch products (if you’re 21, of course).
We spent somewhere around an hour and a half to two hours at Grant’s Farm. There’s no admission fee but it costs $12 to park. A great little way to spend a morning!
This sums up our week: sleepy. All three of us have been unusually tired all week. Even Nora slept in til 8:00 most days. (Yes, for those of you who don’t live with a toddler, that is sleeping in!) KP attributes it to our first week at home, post-vacation. And he’s probably right.
KP and Nora can catch up on sleep all they want this weekend. I’ll be busy hosting one of my girlfriends from New York. I was thinking today how we haven’t seen each other in nearly five years. It’s time for an in-person catch-up!
Whatever you’re up to this weekend, have a good one.
I vividly remember summer road trips when I was a kid. The first one I can recall was when I was four years old. My mom and grandma drove my two sisters and me to visit our great-aunt in Miami, Florida. It was just a wee 18-hour drive from Illinois, which was thankfully spread across two days. My two sisters and I piled into the backseat of Mom’s Ford Granada and had to keep ourselves busy. One vacation treat we always got was a new Barbie doll, but of course the novelty quickly wore off. So we would color in Barbie coloring books, play travel Connect Four, play a version of I spy, catalog other cars’ license plates in hopes of seeing one from each of the 50 states and gesture at truckers to get them to honk their horns.
I like to think Nora will do some of those same things on our road trips in years to come. We already attempted I spy on our last road trip, and that lasted for about three minutes. Luckily I had plenty of other ways for her to pass the time in my arsenal of Mom goodies.
Before we take a road trip with Nora, I pack up one reusable shopping bag full of stuff that I think might entertain her for some period of time. A trip down the dollar aisle at Target is a great place to find cheap things for road trips, but a lot of those items are geared towards older kids, and Nora’s only two. On our recent 14-hour road trip to Illinois, I was very thankful to have packed these six road trip must-haves in my Mom bag:
Crayola’s Color Wonder Color & Go set is recommended for ages three and up, but Nora did just fine with it. If you’re unfamiliar with Color Wonder, the magic is that the markers only color on Color Wonder paper. So no biggie if the uncapped marker falls on the car seat, or your child is like Nora and likes to color all over herself/himself. The yellow case is perfect for travel, as it fits perfectly on little laps and has two clips to hold the paper in place.
The iPad is reserved for long road trips, otherwise Nora would want to watch The Wiggles every time we drove to the grocery store. We make sure it’s loaded with plenty of videos — namely, The Wiggles and Sesame Street — and fully charged, then we pop it into this iPad headrest mount holder. Although the holder is designed to be mounted on the back of the front seat headrest, we used to jimmy it on the backseat headrest when Nora was still facing backwards in her infant car seat.
Find the least offensive children’s music that you’ll be able to stomach for hours on end, and load up the iPod with tunes. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of Nora’s current favorite, Music Together’s Triangle Song Collection. Surprisingly, there is some children’s music out there that doesn’t make me want to jab my eyes out with a hot poker.
… and when your kiddo’s tunes are just too much for you to take any longer without steering the car right off the road, pop these Kidz Gear headphones on her/his little head and enjoy the silence, or your own tunes. I found them at Target and we just used them for the first time. KP was skeptical but Nora thought she was pretty cool. Plus, there’s a volume control switch so you don’t have to worry about your child going deaf.
It seems like a no-brainer to pack snacks, but I’m always surprised at the parents I see on airplanes who haven’t packed snacks for their kids. We try to be healthy, but rules get bent greatly for road trips. Nora is partial to these Earth’s Best Sunny Days Snack Bars.
Stickers are the ultimate two-year-old treat, I’m learning. And they’re harmless, mostly. We learned that the stickers from Nora’s Sesame Street coloring book could essentially double as duct tape. We learned this after she covered her legs with them.
You don’t have to do or buy anything elaborate to keep your toddler entertained while on the road. Have options so that she/he can mix it up every so often, and if all else fails, a stop to stretch the legs and breathe some fresh air always seems to help everyone in the car.