Sweet satisfaction 

(Me shoving face as per usual in Italy) 

Although I am not one who believes in diets, with summer around the corner (thank god) I have been more conscious on what is going in my mouth replacing most of my snacks or desserts with healthier options that still satisfy my sweet tooth. I do this so that I CAN eat whatever I want on date nights, fun occasions and weekends. I never want the gilt of not going for ice cream….life is too short for that. BUT if I did it every night I would blow up like a blow fish. So…how does one have best of both worlds? It’s called balance. Below are a few of my favorite healthier snack options that I can’t get enough of. 

1. Fresh cut strawberries or pineapple with a little drizzle of chocolate sauce, maybe pair it with half a kit Kat.

2. Banana with one tablespoon of almond butter. This is the most filling.

3. Apple with cinnamon. Cinnamon is a game changer in life in general.

4. Toasted coconut vanilla yogurt with strawberries. Make sure the yogurt you pick though is not loaded with sugar. 

5. Frozen blueberries.

XOXO

CC 

Book Review: Behind Her Eyes

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by: Sarah Pinborough 

I got this book as my February “Book of the Month” from the book club I belong too and holy bananas this book was a page turner! I think I finished this book in two days. I literally was yelling in my head at one of the characters. This book was about a crazy love triangle involving a wife, doctor and mistress who was a secretary. Chance encounters, drama and messed up intentions bring all three together. When you think you know where the story is going or how its going to end, the plot twists! I was definitely kept at the edge of my seat with this one.

XOXO

CC

 

Warrior Pose for Pets

I couldn’t be more excited to share with you that I will be teaching a special Yin class to help raise funds for The Brodie Fund, which helps pets fight cancer. Whether you’re new to yoga or not, what better way to get introduced to the Yin practice while helping out our furry friends! This class is open to all levels. Meditation and the use of essential oils will be used in class for the ultimate relaxing experience.

For more information or to sign up online visit: http://www.breathelifesangha.com/workshops-events.html

XOXO

CC

THIRDHOME Travel Contest 

Below is a short video I put together of some of my favorite travel memories for a contest I entered in. I smiled ear to ear while making this video reliving these beautiful moments so making this video was well worth it for me regardless if I win or not.  You never know where the universe will take you!  😉

XOXO

CC

 

Kissing my twenties goodbye 

As I’m approaching my 30th birthday I’m mixed with emotions. Where the f did the time go!? I was having a conversation with my older sister the other day on how I wasn’t sure I was ready to be 30, I’m not mature enough, and I feel like I should be turning 22. She said, ” I know, but think about the person you were at 22…your not the same girl”. As per usual, my brilliant sister is right (shocker). Not that I was a bad person at 22, I was just different. Lessons have not been learned and I was in a totally different space. At 22 my biggest problem was getting to work on time and where I was going out that night…Oh and what Chanel bag I was saving for.  My twenties have truly been a blast. I have had some of my best moments, many scary moments and tons of heartbreak with guys. It was all worth it because it made me who I am today, happy and healthy, both physically and mentally. If I could go back in time I wouldn’t change a thing, to me that means I did it right.

Things I would tell my younger self:

1. Your doing a great job at having fun. Keep it up because when you hit 28 your not going to be able to keep your eyes open past 11pm or have 10 Red Bull vodkas and be able to get out of bed the next day.

2. Your doing a fantastic job at never settling in life, whether it be with guys friendships or jobs. You know your worth and keep on trucking.

3. You will understand at a young age the importance of your health and that without it you have nothing. Never take it for granted and take care of yourself. Oh and where SPF!!!

4. Life is short eat the cookie.

5. You will thank all the boys who gave you heartache in your life, every tear you shed, every awful thing that came your way. All the bullshit you had to deal with from the stupid dating websites you were on, all the lies and all the creeps. All of these boys are not for you, that’s why they have to be so mean, because if they loved you back like you loved them, you would have never met Steve and you would have never had a chance to truly find yourself, alone, in Bali away from everything and everyone. Steve is going to come don’t worry and you will be happier then you thought you ever could be. It’s the real deal. He’s literally a real life prince who will make you feel adored every day and treat you like the princess you really are. He will arrive on a shiny boat called the Pinapple Express and cook you all these fabulous meals and make you laugh until you cry, not cry until you laugh. He will bring you pizza and wine and books and hand made cards, he will smell nice and take you to Christmas Tree Shop because he knows you love trinkets.  He will love you like he’s never loved before and it will show. His actions will match up with his words.

6. You will want kids one day because this little munchkin Elle is going to come into this world and flip your life upside down. People will tell you she’s your niece but she’s really connected to your soul and you feel as if she’s yours. You may even tell strangers when you two are out for your walks the first 6 months of her life that yea she’s yours… and that’s ok! You will feel a love and bond so tight, you will just want to be with her night and day. She comes first! You will be crazy auntie CC one day and it will be one of the most important roles of your life. You will doubt if you could ever love your own child like Elle, people say you will but You find it doubtful, but at least it will make you finally want kids of your own. We’ll see!

7. You will realize that your quality of life is more important then any BMW or Chanel bag. You will actually sell some of your collection to fit the bill for some of your travel adventures. This fashion career is not for you, sorry your just not one of them. Your not a quitter but quit this one sooner rather then later. Your going to have a career where you help people. You will finally feel fulfilled with the job you do, but only if you take the risk of leaving the one you hate and starting over. Your never to old to start over. You will realize that you want to live a life of passion. Work to live not live to work. Forget societies way of life and make your own rule book. Who says you need a job with benefits or a 401k or be married with kids at 30? Take your sweet time. Work hard and do what you have to do to pay your bills, be responsible and live your life. Never ever do something for money, do it for passion and you’ll see how happy you will be.

8. You will loose some friendships but that’s ok. Sometimes people grow apart but you will always honor all the good times you had with those people. Sometimes people are not meant to stay in your life forever, sometimes they are just meant to get you though moments. You will though remain friends with most, and these people will be so good to you and you guys will always have the best times ever. You will support each other through thick and thin and embrace changes in life together.

9. It’s ok to be super attached to your family and want to live with mom forever. If anyone judges you they are just jealous your moms the coolest! 😉

10. Your truly going to learn so much about yourself and what you can do. In the beginning of your twenties you were full of the phrases “oh I could never do that” but by the end of your twenties your going to be saying “well if I survived the bugs in Bali I can do anything in life.” Your going to travel all over the world and majorly push yourself too your limits and set new limits and overcome fear over and over again. Your going to embrace the challenge of life and appreciate it’s beauty. Your going to have friends from all over the world and have experiences most will never get to experience in their lifetime.

Lastly, don’t worry hunny bunny, life is gonna be gravy. Every time you think you are being rejected from something good you are just being redirected to something better. To everything I have ever lost…thank you for setting me free.

XOXO

CC

Book Review: Close To Shore 

By: Michael Capes

Found this gem on sale at The Christmas Tree Shop, one of my favorite stores ever. This book is basically about the terrifying shark attacks of 1916 which was the influence for the movie Jaws. Not gonna lie I was quite terrified to read this book since I have a huge fear of being attacked by a shark. I was never a fan of swimming in rivers, and its doubtful you’ll ever see me in one again after reading this book!

Anyhow ,what I liked most about this book was that it was full of Jersey Shore history! (I do love my history) It mentions how the Jersey Shore became a place for rest for people, which hotels they stayed at, how bathing costumes came about etc. The most interesting fact to me was the evidence of the worlds first shark attack dating back to seven hundred years before Christ, found on pottery in the Italian island of Ischia, a place I have been too! If you are from Jersey, like history and the Jersey shore I highly recommend this book.

XOXO

CC

Book Review: Dark Secrets

Dark Secrets by: Michael Hjorth & Hans Rosenfeldt

I purchased this book on sale at ShopRite over the past summer but never got around to reading it. I love to watch ID investigates and any show that has to do with solving crime. If I could handle blood and gore I think I would have made a great detective. This book is about solving a murder mystery which takes place in Sweden full of twist and turns. Right when you think you know who the killer is, new information is found, and your looking in a new direction. Towards the end of the book I literally was at the edge of my seat reading….I was totally shocked on who the killer was and never saw it coming. I do not want to give too much away, but lets just say when I read the last line of the book I literally said out loud “no way!”

I did like that the book took place in somewhere that I have never been which sparked my imagination. This book is a little long but its nicely written and easy to follow when you pick up where you left off.  Dark Secrets was a page turner for sure!

XOXO

CC

South Africa 11.16

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It all started one night in July when I got one of the usual “There’s a cheap ticket deal wanna go for a long weekend” text from one of my best friends Chrissy. This time it was for South Africa for only $625.56 round trip nonstop. Not even realizing what I’m committing to I’m like yeaaaah!!! (16 hour plane ride and a 6 hour car ride to stay somewhere for two nights…yes I said TWO). I must say a safari was never on my bucket list. It’s not like I’m some animal hater or anything, I just don’t know that much about them, and have never thought it would be possible to save money for a safari knowing how much the airfare costs alone. Low and behold, it happened. Don’t limit your dreams by saying or thinking “never”,  you never know what life will throw at you. This seems to be one of the many lessons I come across over and over again in this fabulous life I live.

Panic attacks, Malaria Pills and many late night secret phone calls to Chrissy trying to back out, me and 4 of my crazy girlfriends boarded a flight to South Africa.  The airline itself was nice and the staff was super friendly, thank God, but once you’re on a plane for more than 10 hours, you just start to go a little nutty thinking it’s never ending. We landed early in the morning and met our driver Mr. Big, who was going to drive us to the camp. I think I literally slept the whole way because when I awoke, we were in the park with a flat tire.

We were staying at the Baobab Hill Bush House, an old rangers’ quarter, situated in the middle of Pafuri Camp equipped with our own chef and house-keeper. The house was stunning. We even had a swimming pool in our backyard in which the elephants would visit for late night refreshments.

  It sounded great in theory when we booked the house…super luxurious and relaxing. Don’t get me wrong I loved the house but when night falls, and the cook and house-keeper left, that’s where my imagination and anxiety got the best of me. Being in the middle of a park where there are deadly animals, no cell reception, just a “walkie-talkie”, which was located at the entrance of the house, bugs the size of house pets that could be poisonous, the threat of malaria, dinky screen doors for protection (sorry but an elephant could have totally barged through it if it wanted to), 5 girls staying alone, in a foreign country…yeah, I basically came up with worst case scenarios. What if someone tried to capture us? Who would make it to the walkie-talkie on time? Where would we hide? In the house or with the WILD animals outside that can eat us. I know I sound ridiculous but for someone who does not have a clue about animals and was fearful from the beginning, yes these were thoughts that ran through my head. The last night we were there the electricity blew. Well…The frantic calls coming through the walkie-talkie to the rangers must have been hysterical! I can totally laugh about it now but then it was pure utter panic.

During this trip below are just a few things that gave me anxiety:

  • Bugs
  • Animals that can eat me
  • Our screens
  • Being alone at the house
  • Our truck not having sides, a cheetah could easily climb in if they wanted to
  • Malaria
  • Being taken or held hostage for a ransom
  • Dying from Deet overload

 We had an amazing tour guide named Sarah. She was super shocked that we flew all the way to South Africa for two nights. Sarah knew everything about the animals, and their behavior. She stressed how lucky we were because we got to see the “Big Five” in just two days, something that is not common. It was so nice to see someone so passionate about what they do and I learned so much from her. She had her hands full with us for sure. We took two safaris a day, one starting at 5AM and one starting late in the afternoon coming home past sunset. We would relax at beautiful view points, enjoying BBQ snacks and wine.  All our meals were cooked for us and the food was AMAZING! During the day we had down time since it was a billion degrees and relaxed by the pool. We would be in bed by 8PM every night and would stay up to see our animal friends explore in our backyard.






Most used phrases:

  • Where is the DEET?
  • BRI THERE’S A SPIDER COME GET IT!
  • OMG
  • I’m scared
  • Can we go back in the Jeep? (me)
  • Do you have white wine?
  • Should we open wine?
  • Is there gonna be wine?
  • Is there more white wine?
  • Guys calm down
  • Can I sleep with you? (no one wanted to sleep alone except Les, LOL)
  • This heat is brutal
  • WTF was that?
  • Is this safe?
  • I thought we were going to be in the Jeep

Despite all my fears it was one of the best decisions of my life to go on this trip. I learned so much about animals and myself and what I’m really capable of. I met amazing people and saw amazing things that most people never get to see in real life. I am so grateful for this adventure. Looking back on this trip I can see that my fears were silly, as most are. If your looking to go on a Safari trip I highly suggest visiting this park and ask for Sarah to be your guide! https://www.returnafrica.com
Total cost of the trip: $1725.56  which included food, drinks, accommodations, hotel transfer, flight, tipping and souvenirs.

Link to Video: https://youtu.be/otHysraXRBM

Packing Tips: With our frequent long weekend getaways I’m use to cramming all my stuff in a carry-on. I overpacked on this trip because I didn’t know what I would need and didn’t want to feel like I needed something. Its not like I could run down the street to the store if I did! All my medicine took up most of my bag, lol. Below are a few things I would say are necessary for this trip, and things you can leave at home.

  • Workout leggings and tops, the kind that absorb sweat because thats all you will be doing is sweating. (may vary depending on time of year you go, I went in November)
  • A scarf you can wrap around your mouth and nose…it can get quite dusty at times
  • Cough drops, throat can get scratchy from the dust
  • SPF!!!! I can’t express that enough…like the highest number you can get your hands on
  • Hat if needed and sunglasses
  • Sneakers
  • DEET
  • Don’t bother with makeup none of us touched it…you sweat it off in two seconds
  • Don’t bother with doing your hair totally not worth it and the animals could care less
  • Light long sleeve top for sunset because when the sun goes down it can get cool
  • Adapter for charging all of your cameras
  • Mini notebook to carry so you can take notes on all the amazing animals you will see

 Some random info I took away from this trip:

  • SA has some of the best sunsets I have ever witnessed
  • Elephants are the most amazing creatures
  • My spirit animal is the “Heart Attack Bird”
  • Just because you see a lion or cheetah it does not mean it is going to come maul you
  • Buffalo have a crazy stare down tactic used to intimidate…and it works
  • Zebra are hard to spot because they blend in with everything
  • The Lion King is real…I swear the camp looks just like the movie
  • Your risk at this specific camp of getting malaria is quite low, calm down
  • Elephants sense fear like dogs so try and stay calm
  • At 5 AM it is already super bright
  • Deet melts your nail polish off
  • Animals are amazing creatures
  • I have the best adventure buddies in the world ❤ (well I already knew that)





XOXO

CC

 

 

 

 

Why You Should be Eating Turmeric Everyday ….

Turmeric is like the super god spice, it’s super healthy for you. It’s organge in color with a peppery taste. To me it tastes like Indian food mixed with old spice. I like to put it on my eggs in the morning, whether they are scrambled, hard boiled etc. You can put this powder on anything really…chicken,steak, in your salad or soup. Below are a few reasons to get on the Turmeric kick:

1. Turmeric has been shown to have effects on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. (Research is still going on)

2. Tumeric is an anti-inflammatory agent so it can help reduce joint and muscle pain even  relieving arthritis pain.

3. Tumeric is known to fight bowel disease.

4. Lowers cholesterol and blood presssure and is also good for your heart and liver.

5. Fights prostate cancer and reduces your chances of getting leukemia and colon cancer.

So yeah Tumeric can vastly improve your health and it is super easy to incorporate it into your diet.

XOXO

CC