FOOD

My Juice Cleanse Experience

Last week I did a juice cleanse for the first time ever. I had never been interested in doing a juice cleanse. I prefer to chew my food and really don’t care for juice in general. However, Connor got a free juice cleanse from work, so I decided it was worth a try.

I ordered the juice cleanse like a month in advance. The juice came from the brand Jùs By Julie. I think it is based in New York. You can schedule when you want the cleanse delivered and there are multiple options for the length of time. The one-day cleanse was the free one, so that’s what I selected. It came a day late and I ended up freezing them because none of the days when it was delivered ended up working out.

The night before the cleanse I set the juices out to thaw. The instructions said that was what I was supposed to do. There were 6 juices in total. 3 of them were green juices, one had chia seeds, one had peanut butter, and the other was a spicy lemonade. I was initially pretty excited for the cleanse, but that quickly changed.

The first juice was called “Sweet Spin” (kale, spinach, pineapple, banana, mango, & rice milk). It was one of my favorites, but that was probably because it was the first juice. I had this one for breakfast and then a couple hours later, I drank the “Spicy Lemonade” (lemon, maple syrup, & cayenne). This was my favorite. I would drink this one everyday and I’m not a huge lemonade fan.

I had another green house for lunch. It was called “Green Radiance” (spinach, apples, strawberries, mango, coconut oil, & ginger). I was not a fan of this one. And at this point I had a bit of a stomach ache. I managed to drink one more at work, but I didn’t finish it. “Chia Berry” (chia seeds, pomegranate, strawberry, lemon, & agave) was not my favorite, but I think I would have liked it more if I hadn’t been drinking juice all day.

I got home from work and couldn’t imagine drinking another juice. I opened the “PB & Jùs” (peanut butter, strawberry, banana, & rice milk) and tasted it. Honestly, this was the juice I really wanted to try, but I had Connor drink it. The last juice, “Xtreme Greens” (spinach, kale, orange, pineapple, hemp seed, and lime” was the final green juice. I drank it the next day at work for breakfast. I just couldn’t keep drinking juice. I did have a little snack that wasn’t juice in the evening because I was hungry and did not want another juice.

Here are my overall thoughts. Juice has its time and place, and that’s maybe once a day. I missed eating real food and having variety. I was tired a majority of the day. The only time I had energy was immediately after drinking the juice. But the energy quickly disappeared. I had a headache most of the day and a stomach ache early in the morning. I do think I would have liked the juices individually throughout the course of the week.

I would do another juice cleanse to try again, but I couldn’t imagine more than a one-day cleanse. I don’t really know what positive results come out of a juice cleanse, but I guess you can feel good about eating real food and ingredients. Have you ever done a juice cleanse? How did you feel about the cleanse? If you haven’t done a juice cleanse, would you try one?

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COLLEGE, LIFE

I Truly Missed College For The First Time

Back with my first post of my new “schedule.” This is a sort of random post, but I love posting in the moment I am thinking about something.

Yesterday at Jewel (it’s a grocery store), I was telling Connor how I had my first moment of truly missing college this past week. There are moments here and there where I miss college, but I haven’t had a moment like this one where I actually wanted to be back. Typically, it’s Thursday night and I’m sad I’m not out at Brothers with my friends, or I just miss not having Friday classes. Three day weekends every week were the best! Sometimes I miss the restaurants. Sometimes I miss living in Bloomington and not relying on public transit. I also miss the basketball games a lot too, mostly because the IU basketball team is the only team where I know most of the players names.

This moment of actually missing college was one where I would want to be back in college doing it all. I’d say my best college memories were freshman and sophomore year. That’s definitely the part of college I was missing. A friend sent me a Snapchat memory from a party we went to sophomore year and that’s when it hit me. I miss the carefree life I lived. I miss that routine I had where I would wake up super early and stay up super late, but still be the most productive I have been in my life.

I miss the walks to class from the apartment I shared with my friend, Lauren. I miss going to the potentially terrible parties, but having a fun time because I was with so many friends. I miss putting on my suit and giving presentations I dreaded weeks in advance. I miss the frozen veggies I would warm up and cover in cottage cheese for dinner. That was my all-time favorite meal and it was so random. Sometimes (more like once a week lol) I do the same, but with cauliflower rice.

I guess that is a pretty random description of me really missing college for the first time. I’d say I have adapted pretty well to the working world and it’s treated me alright so far. It’s just crazy to think I will never be in college again and that those 4 years passed so quickly! It’s a good thing there is Homecoming and Little 500 around for those times I want to relive the college days.

goals, hobbies, LIFE, TRAVEL, weekend

My New Blogging Schedule

Happy Friday! I am my best self on Friday. I’m not sure why, but I’m so happy and so motivated on Friday. I jump out of bed, race to work, smile all day, and feel good about the week. Today I was thinking how I really don’t have a solid blogging schedule.

I have definitely been more consistent this past year, but I think a schedule would be super helpful for me! I’d say I post 2 to 3 times a week, but it’s more sporadic. I always have random bursts of creativity throughout the week, so that has pretty much planned my blog posts thus far. However, I want to try implementing a schedule so I can plan out posts and be more consistent.

I am thinking Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday. I almost always post on Sunday with my weekend recaps/highlights. That is something I want to continue as I hope to have so many cool adventures in 2019. I already have some planned out, so stay tuned. Tuesday and Thursday just seem reasonable in addition to Sunday.

Let me know what you think about this new schedule. For those of you who plan out your blog posts more and set a schedule, what are your opinions on keeping a more set plan? Anything you don’t like? I hope you all have the best weekend and I will catch back up with you all on Sunday!

CHICAGO, ENTERTAINMENT, FAVORITES, hobbies, LIFE, TRAVEL

Instagrammable Spots in Chicago

This is a post have been thinking up for awhile. I love Instagram and taking photos of my adventures and food. Chicago has been a great place for me to do just that, so I wanted to share some fun places you can get a great Insta. Some of these are obvious. Some are my personal favorites. Some are off the beaten path of classic Chicago spots. And others are just fun. I imagine someday I will make a part 2 to this post because I am constantly finding new things I love to take photos of!

Starting out with the most basic Chicago photo opp…

The Bean

I honestly love The Bean. I think it is so cute and it is definitely a must-see spot in Chicago. There are so many ways you can get a good Instagram at The Bean. You can take a picture in front of it, get a view with the city like this one, or take a reflection picture. It may be one of the more touristy spots, but it is a must-see and great for Instagram.

Sky Deck

The Sky Deck is probably the number one “touristy” thing I wanted to do in Chicago. Luckily, I got to go during a work event, which was so cool! I would definitely pay the 24 dollars to go. I plan on going back with Connor during the summer on a sunny day! The nighttime view is cool too because you get to see all of the buildings lit up. It is a great spot to get an Instagram of the city or of yourself with the city below you!

Bombo Bar

You all know how much of a foodie I am, so there will definitely be some food related spots you need to check out for a cute Instagram. I have wanted to go to Bombo Bar since last summer. Basically, it has gelato, giant hot chocolates, and donuts. It is a little window outside of Bar Siena and is super cute in general. I definitely recommend the “bombolini” (pictured below).

“Greetings From Chicago” Mural in Logan Square

I think this is my favorite mural in Chicago so far. I love the Greetings Tour murals in general, but I really like this one because it sums up a lot of classic Chicago spots. I also love that it is in an area that isn’t as mainstream as the others. I personally love the areas outside of the city and exploring the neighborhoods, so the fact that this mural is in Logan Square is so cool to me. This mural is located right off the California stop on the Blue Line, so definitely venture away from the city, and check it out.

Eli’s Ark

I am so sad Eli’s Ark is closed for the winter season. I saw this place on a Chicago foodie Instagram and knew I needed to go. It is in the Wicker Park area near some other yummy spots. It is a fun place to get gelato because you can get each scoop to look like a different animal. You can get anything from a bear to a dog to a unicorn. During the holidays, they even had holiday themed scoops. Also, the gelato is delicious. They have the classic flavors, but also have more unique flavors like the sesame pictured below (the bear on the left).

The Hampton Social

I saw the Hampton Social all over Instagram before moving to Chicago last summer. I ended up going with some of my coworkers during our internship. It is located in the River North area, so if you are in the city, it isn’t too far! The neon sign is a huge draw for Instagram and I was pretty excited to take a photo of it when I went. The whole restaurant is super cute, and you should definitely get a glass or rose to really embrace the experience.

“Anything is possible” Mural in Andersonville

I like the positivity behind this mural in Andersonville. Andersonville is quite the walk from the Red Line, but I bet there would be a bus you could take, or you could always Uber. I love Andersonville for its cute shops, its coffee, and this mural. It is on the side of the Jewel Osco, so it really isn’t hard to miss once you get there!

Goddess and The Baker

I have probably blogged about Goddess 10 times by now, but I really love it. It is such a great spots for cute Instagrams. There are cute sayings on the wall that can be great backdrops for coffee picture or just a photo of the sayings. The coffee and food is also super cute. They have lattes with glitter, fun matcha, and colorful food. The rainbow cake was always a big draw for me to go there, so when I finally got to try it and take a photo of it, I was pretty excited! There are two locations in Chicago, but I prefer the one on Lasalle Street!

Pretty Cool Ice Cream

I remember seeing Pretty Cool on Instagram before I moved to Chicago and I knew I needed to go. It is located in Logan Square, so hit up the “Greetings From Chicago” mural, and then walk the 2 or 3 blocks to Pretty Cool Ice Cream. The whole shop is pretty much designed for Instagram. There are colorful walls, fun seating, a magnetic board you can spell words out on, and of course, the ice cream. There are so many colorful ice creams that look great in the shop.

The window seat in the very back of the Brown Line

The Brown Line might be a slower train sometimes, but it definitely provides scenic views. I have always loved getting the seat on the very back of the Brown Line right by the window. When you are moving away from the city, it gives a great view of the buildings. It even looks cool when you are going toward the city because you have the tracks and the train stops in view. This might be a more random place to take an Instagram, but its super easy and looks cool!

There are a bunch of other Instagrammable places in Chicago, but these are some of my favorites. What are you favorite spots for a good picture in Chicago? If you haven’t been to Chicago, or you aren’t from Chicago, what are some of your favorite photo opps?

 

CHICAGO, ENTERTAINMENT

I went to the wndr museum

I went to the wndr museum on Monday with my friend Emi. We started the night off at my favorite ramen place in Chicago, Ramen San. After slurping up our veggie ramen, we headed over to the museum. It is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but kind of not, if that makes any sense. It is decently close to the West Loop and and The Fulton Market for reference.

We walked through the doors and that is when the experience began. The employees, who all wear white lab coats, scanned our tickets and then welcomed us to the museum. We were first asked to pick a color for a bracelet. It was really just a colorful piece of ribbon. The color was supposed to speak to us and our mood. I chose teal and Emi chose lilac. I will come back to this later.

We started out the actual exhibits in the front room. There were neon letters spelling “wndr” surrounded by flowers, candy machines, people typing out poems, a chalkboard, and these color-changing, squishy lights. There were also some areas for photo opps and some other neon signs. I can see why most of the people there were taking Instagram photos, because it was definitely designed for that.

We wondered through the front room, and then entered the neutrino room. The lady working in that area described the museum as moving from the smallest thing, the neutrino room, to the largest, which was the infinity room. I really didn’t care for the neutrino room. It was kind of bland so I didn’t even get a photo of it.

The next areas all kind of blur together. There was a really shiny area, which looked cool when the light hit it different ways. There was a room which gave the illusion of one person being way bigger than the other. We really likes this one. There was an exhibit made all from straws, which looked really cool. There was a room with rainbow clouds that looked like cotton candy on the ceiling. There was a room with a jungle gym feel, which I really didn’t love. It was too dark and not super unique. The final stretch of these exhibits was a room with a floor design that moved with you. That one was pretty cool, but we weren’t in there too long.

After moving through those initial exhibits and rooms, we went through a more scientific room which I liked. Then moved on into the final area with a few different exhibits. We went in a room with a ton of balloons blowing around. It was pretty funny because everyone kept getting hit with the giant balloons. I think there was a time limit of 3 minutes in that room, and I would say that was sufficient. This area had some other photo opp areas, like a giant globe and some rocks you could pretend to hold up with your hands or feet.

The best part, other than the final exhibit, was the bathroom, mostly because the employee made it seem like it was a must-see part of the museum– one of the employees came up to Emi and I when we were roaming around and asked if we had checked out the bathroom yet. We hadn’t, so we headed that way. It wasn’t a cool exhibit or anything. It was just funny because there was a big red button that you pushed that made the lights change and music play. I don’t know why, but Emi and I found that to be hilarious.

We basically ended the experience at the infinity room. We had to stand in a pretty long line to get to it because only so many people were allowed in at once. While in line, we saw some colorful cards on a table. The cards matched up with the bracelet color we picked at the beginning. They gave a little description of the color you chose and what that color meant about your mood. They also had questions on the back to ask other people. I think this was one of the better parts of the museum because it tied things together a bit more.

Once we got to the front of the line, we sat down and put on little booties. They helped protect the exhibit. We discovered we were only allowed in the exhibit for 1 minute. We snapped a few pictures and were back outside before we knew it. We agreed we could have used an extra minute or 2 in that room. After the infinity room, there were a few other interactive areas, but nothing too crazy. Emi and I exited through the gift shop and completed our trip to the wndr museum.

I think Emi and I had similar feelings about the museum. We thought some of the exhibits were cool, and agreed that it wasn’t worth 35 dollars. It seems like a good place to take kids or to take cool photos. There were a lot of people with fancy cameras snapping cool shots, but Emi and I really didn’t focus that. I think if you have been interested in going to the wndr museum, you should go just to see what it is all about. I definitely don’t regret going because I had it on my radar for awhile and Emi and I had a fun time! Have you been to the Wndr Museum? If so, what was your favorite exhibit? What pop-up museum experiences have you been to?

 

LIFE, weekend

Sunday Night Routine

Happy Sunday! I always have mixed feelings about Sundays because I love relaxing and getting my life together, but I also get sad because the weekend is over. However, my Sundays usually look pretty similar each week. Whether I am home in Chicago all weekend or on a little weekend trip, I make sure I am relaxing and prepping for the week by 4 or 5pm.

Connor and I usually try to get to the grocery store on Sunday so we have food to get us through lunches and dinners. So typically Connor and I start our Sunday evening by making dinner. Today we got our favorite take and bake pizza from Aldi for dinner. Mostly because we were just getting back from a weekend with our college friends, but also because it’s so yummy.

After dinner, I usually throw in a load of laundry. It could be the first of the day, or the fourth or fifth of the day. I like getting ahead of laundry so I have all of our work clothes and work out clothes clean. Having options makes the week less stressful. Plus, our laundry piles up really fast. I feel like I wear 2 or 3 different outfits each day depending on what I am doing after work.

I like to shower early on the weekends so I can let my hair air dry, rather than going to bed with it wet. Then I always do a face mask. I love face masks and do them multiple times a week. Today I used the Moon Mask from Glossier. Face masks always make my face feel clean and soft for the week ahead!

I typically watch Netflix with Connor throughout the rest of the night until I am tired, so around 9pm lol. Between Netflix, I try to blog or at least brainstorm ideas for the week and get my stuff together for work. I pack up my backpack with workout clothes and anything I need for work. I also pack my lunch. Tonight I packed breakfast and lunch. I made a yogurt bowl for breakfast with Greek yogurt, frozen berries, and granola. For lunch I packed a veggie burger patty, hummus with carrots, and cottage cheese. I find this meal to be really filling, but also easy to snack on through the day if I need to.

Sometimes I will read before bed. Right now I am reading “Where Am I Giving?” by Kelsey Timmerman, and it’s good so far! As for the TV shows Connor and I watch throughout the night, we will watch things like The Good Place, This Is Us, or It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Tonight we started season 3 of Narcos. It’s alright so far. I really haven’t been paying close attention.

That pretty much wraps up my Sunday night routine. It’s nothing exciting, but I love feeling like I got to relax over the weekend! I also love getting things somewhat in order so I can workout, relax, or blog after work! What are some things you like to do on Sundays?

CHICAGO, goals, hobbies, job, LIFE

I Feel Like I Haven’t Posted In Forever

Hi everyone! This is going to be a shorter post and the title of this post says it all. It’s weird because I posted a few days ago, but it feels like forever. I am usually dreaming up new posts ideas, writing my ideas down on the train, or just posting more consistently. Even my Instagram hasn’t had as many photos as usual. I haven’t really been thinking about my blog or my posting as much as I would like to.

For some reason, I haven’t felt as creative or inspired this week. I am probably just tired. Work pretty much consumes my life, which makes sense because that’s my job. I have also been running more frequently after work, so I have been getting home later and going to bed sooner. I am usually really good at balancing my hobbies, but this week has been a bit hectic feeling.

I am definitely excited that it is Friday and the weekend is nearly here. I am ready to relax and get ready for next week. I have a few blog posts in the works, but none are ready yet. Hopefully next week I will have more posts up.

I need to figure out a good time to work on my blog, my Instagram, start my podcast, and keep my apartment in order. How do you balance all of your hobbies with your real life? Any tips?

I hope you all have a great weekend! I am excited to share some new posts with you and can’t wait to read the posts you all write this weekend!