Summer Happy Hour, Differently

Photo courtesy of The Awesome Green

Photo courtesy of The Awesome Green

Oh man. It's been a while since I've done one of these but I am bringing the links back (!!!) This mostly excites me, but I hope that you find some educational and fun gems as you breeze through these each week. 

So in light of Summer Solstice and the beginning of a new season, I'll give a little ode to happy hour; but not your gin & tonic infused happy hour that you may be used to. Rather, your happy hour may be the cozy morning hours before you begin your day with a warm-cuppa-whatever-it-is that lifts your spirits and energizes you. Or, that afternoon post-yoga moment of glow when you crave a hydrating & nourishing smoothie to fill your tank back up. Cheers to nourishing summer sips that leave you without the hangover. 

Photo courtesy of The First Mess

Photo courtesy of The First Mess

It's no surprise that I'm a matcha lover, so it goes without saying that this Coconut Cashew Matcha Latte swept me right off my feet. Blend the whole thing up and enjoy it hot or iced. 

Photo courtesy of The First Mess

Photo courtesy of The First Mess

Exchange your piƱa coladas for these beautiful Green Coladas. And don't worry, there isn't a huge list of crazy ingredients that go into this one, just some tropical vibes & greens powder of your choice and voila! 

Photo courtesy of The Awesome Green

Photo courtesy of The Awesome Green

And because Beyonce nailed it with Lemonade, kick it up a notch more with Turmeric Ginger Lemonade. Turmeric and Ginger are potent little things, with anti-inflammatory benefits that help make your digestive system happy and functioning well. 

Just because it's rewarding and fun to do things with your hands that don't involve typing or texting or getting sucked into the Instagram trap, here are some DIY diddies that may add some visual appeal to your home base. 

Succulents are always fun, but what about growing your own pineapple plant? Sometimes it's the simple things that can bring so much joy. 

Photo courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect

Photo courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect

Moon Magic! Celebrate the moon phases with this marble moon phase wall hanging

And of course, some metallic leather coasters for your happy hour sips.

I like to dig deep every now and then, if you haven't noticed from certain posts where the words and feelings just flow in the moment. Dedicate some time for these slightly lengthy, but worthy reads. Much valuable information is packed into these posts.

The Roots of Mental Health, a Q&A with Kelly Brogan, M.D. on the gut-brain connection and how diseases (such as Alzheimer's) may actually manifest due to what's going on in our gut. 

The Emotions, a look at how each organ in our body is based on an emotion and when out of balance, can cause specific symptoms. 

Highly sensitive people: a condition rarely understood; research showing how the region of the brain that deals with empathy and sensory information is different in people who score highly on the sensitivity scale.

And finally! In celebration of my favorite kind of CAKE, here's Carrot Cake three ways: as morning oatmeal, as a smoothie, and as actual vegan CAKE with pistachios & lime coconut frosting. 

Photo courtesy of Nirvana Cakery

Photo courtesy of Nirvana Cakery

Now go have a wonderful weekend.

You are amazing, keep going. 

xx Allison