Wellness

Yerba Mate Lemon Mint Iced Tea

This isn’t your average iced tea recipe! This refreshing iced tea is actually made with Yerba Mate; a delicious caffeinated tea that is perfect for someone who wants an energy boost minus the jitters you can often get from coffee or black tea. I first tried Yerba Mate 5 years ago at We Care; a spa in Palm Springs. For those of you who aren’t familiar with We Care, it’s a rustic spot in the middle of the desert that specializes in cleansing and detoxifying your body. When I was struggling with digestion issues years ago, this place saved me. Just 1 week there, completely rebooted my digestion and sparked my interest in wellness. Everyone from Tom Ford to Gisele flock there yearly to reset and recharge. Anyways, back to the tea!! What is Yerba Mate?Yerba Mate is a caffeinated tea made from leaves found in the South American rainforest. It’s not hard to find though – so don’t worry – it’s available on Amazon and any grocery store! What’s so special about Yerba Mate is that it’s packed with vitamins, amino acids, and polyphenols. Studies have found that it boosts your metabolism and reduces inflammation. It almost tastes like a black tea, but it’s more herbal and earthy. It actually has more caffeine than black tea, but again, it doesn’t give you the jittery side effects that tea or coffee would. If I ever need a mid morning pick me up, or something to sip on before a workout or big project, I reach for this iced tea in my fridge. It would be perfect to serve this weekend for Memorial Day! Yerba Mate Lemon Mint Iced Tea8 cups brewed Yerba Mate tea, cooled down2 tbsp fresh lemon juice1 lemon sliced thin6 mint sprigs Fill a pitcher with brewed tea. Add in lemon juice and lemon slices. Stir to combine. Serve in a glass filled with ice and garnish with fresh mint sprigs. Add raspberries, blackberries or cucumber for extra color and flavor! Enjoy your weekend!
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Life As An Introvert

Growing up I was definitely more of a reserved kid. I was a TOTAL bookworm and threw myself into my homework and art projects. I loved playing make-believe in my treehouse, or accompanying my mom antique shopping. And I was happiest either one on one with someone – or completely alone. I loathed group activities and projects. They stressed me out, exhausted me. And I felt like I couldn’t get anything done with everyone talking over one another. Please No Summer Camp!My parents forced me to do group activities though – everything from softball to swimming, volleyball and track. I lasted about 1 year in each sport and would beg them not to make me go back. I wanted to take art classes (which were always calm + quiet). Or focus on my studies from the comfort of my home. I realize I’m making myself out to sound like a total nerd…welp I still am! My sister on the other hand, was SO outgoing. Obsessed with club volleyball, soccer team captain, always blowing off her homework to have huge choreographed dance parties with her friends in our driveway, and would go to sleep away camp for months over the summer. I can’t even begin to talk about how much I hated camp lol…. A Fish Out Of WaterMy best friends in middle school were semi introverted, but not on the level that I was. So I always felt like a fish out of water amongst my peers. That feeling stuck with me throughout high school, college and beyond. I somehow always gravitated to a more outgoing friend or group of friends (maybe because I so badly wanted to be seen as outgoing and also didn’t fit in with the “shy” crowd), and this left me feeling constantly out of place, confused and misunderstood. For basically my entire life, I tried to hide my introversion. It was impossible though. Like clock work, after I’d done too much socializing, I’d eventually get insanely drained and make up an excuse that I had to go home to grab something, had to work, didn’t feel well, couldn’t make it to the party because of X,Y,Z etc… Stigma Around IntrovertsI was always embarrassed to admit I was an introvert because society certainly doesn’t celebrate introverts. Introverts have been mislabeled and misunderstood forever. People think introverts are shy and reclusive, but that just isn’t the case. I’ve never thought of myself as shy – I love meeting new people and feel very comfortable walking into a room full of strangers and striking up conversation. I also LOVE to travel. Exploring new places and discovering hidden gems is one of my greatest passions. A Book About IntrovertsIt wasn’t until I read the book Quiet last year, that I came to fully understood and embrace the definition of an introvert. Susan Cain, the author behind Quiet, defines introverts as having “a preference for a quiet, more minimally stimulating environment. Introverts tend to enjoy quiet concentration, listen more than they talk, and think before they speak, and have a more circumspect and cautious approach to risk. Introverts think more, are less reckless and focus on what really matters – relationships and meaningful work.” Cain shares that between “one-third and one-half of Americans may be classified as introverts, though individuals fall at different places along an introvert-extrovert spectrum.” Those people are called ambiverts. Yep, I’m A Textbook IntrovertUp until this quarantine 51 days ago, I considered myself pretty 50/50 on the introvert-extrovert spectrum. I mean, I love going to a good party, catching up with friends, being out + about in NYC – it excites me and makes me feel alive! However I also really love my downtime at home reading, writing, creating and dreaming. Whether I go in or stay out really depends on my mood or the situation. BUT the majority of the time, as in about 90% of the time, I am perfectly content – actually over the moon – staying home by myself or with one or two people I love. I would choose staying home or doing something intimate and quiet, over a loud event, dinner, or party any day. Embracing IntroversionThe blessing and silver lining behind this quarantine for me personally, has been that after all of these years I’ve finally come to terms with just how introverted I really am. I feel SO grounded and content after this time at home, away from the pressure I have felt for years from both myself and others to go out, out, out and do so.many.things! In reality, my fun is recharging at home. Immersing myself in creative projects, cooking, teaching myself new things, and having low key movie nights cuddled with Charlie and T. May I add that I feel very fortunate to even have the option to stay home while so many others don’t! Anyways, when this is all over, will I be sooooo excited to throw on my heels and attend a fabulous party, dine out at a restaurant, and hug my friends? YES OF COURSE! DUH! But, knowing me, I will probably be ready to kick my heels off, throw my sweats on and get cozy about an hour or two in ;) To My Fellow IntrovertsTo all of my closet, or not-so-closet introverts and ambiverts, out there I feel you and I get you! Let’s change the stigma around introversion and be proud of what makes us who we are. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and read Quiet even if you’re not an introvert. My friend Grace wrote an amazing review on it in case you need more convincing. It’s truly an eye opening read that will help you understand not only yourself, but the people in your life.
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The Positivity Chain

How are you doing? What has made you feel good this week? I wanted to share 10 things that made me smile, laugh and/or feel inspired. In case you missed past week’s Positivity Chain blog posts, you can check them out here and here! The Power of a Handwritten NoteNever underestimate the power of a handwritten note. Maybe it’s a little love note you leave on your partner’s bathroom mirror, or a cute card you send your bestie, or even a note you send to a complete stranger who is feeling lonely in a nursing home. The other day, I was down about something and I happened to check my mail, and noticed that a reader had sent me a beautiful handwritten note thanking me for a beauty giveaway I sent her. It was such a thoughtful, unexpected gesture and it made me tear up! Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie MixI have tried so many brownies over the years and let me tell you, nothing beats the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate brownie mix. Even Bon Appetit agrees and wrote an entire article on it!!!!! A ton of you have been saying you buy it in bulk at Costco which is great if you live near a store. I get my Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate brownie mix at our local market, but there are a few sellers on Amazon who have them in stock. They’re ADDICTING…I’m on my 4th box in a month! This is the brownie pan I use – and it’s on sale. Misfits MarketMy sister and her husband have been ordering produce boxes from Misfits Market for over a year and love what they’ve gotten. It’s such a wonderful concept and something I’m looking to try! Basically this company eliminates food waste by saving any misshapen fruits + veggies from being thrown out by farmers! These are all perfectly good fruits + veggies, but because of their slightly odd shape, most markets won’t take them. The boxes are SO reasonably priced (well below market prices) which makes it even better. What IfMy girlfriend who lives in LA sent me this text and I thought it was so profound. “California schools have been out for four weeks. Now that they’ve cancelled school for the rest of the year, students will miss 2.5 months of education. Many people are concerned about students falling behind because of this. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education… But what if… What if instead of falling “behind” this group of kids are advanced because of this? Hear me out. What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing. What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quiet. What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower? What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, organize their space, do their laundry, and keep a well run home? What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less? What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of everyday? What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants? The previously under appreciated essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and healthcare workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?! What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life? What if they are ahead?” $15 feeds 55 Children in NeedOne of my favorite charities; City Harvest set up an incredibly easy + fast way to donate to those in need (it legit took me 10 seconds.) Simply text LUNCH to 20222 and YES to confirm, to donate $15 to City Harvest which feeds 55 children. The charge instantly comes from your cell phone provider bill, so you don’t have to input any payment info. Misery Loves Company PodcastThe Skinny Confidential podcast is one of my favorites and I had the honor of being on it in August! This episode about being positive during quarantine is a must listen. Foot MaskI just ordered this exfoliating foot mask and CANNOT begin to express the joy it brought me LOL. My feet are scary right now and this is SO NECESSARY! GiveawayEveryday on my Instagram @kattanita I do a gift card giveaway – all of the details are here. It’s been so fun seeing who enters and how you each use the gift cards! A New Martini RecipeLast weekend for Easter, T and I experimented with a few new martini recipes and made up this yummy one which tastes like a Bellini. All you need is: 1 shot peach juice, 2 shots vodka, splash of lemon juice. Shake over ice and enjoy. You can’t taste the vodka at all! Blair’s Home TourBlair recently shared photos of her Florida home and OMG it is so amazing! Bright, colorful, modern, cool just like her signature fashion style. Take a look and be prepared to be majorly inspired. Enjoy your weekend!
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The Positivity Chain

I’m excited to continue my new weekly series; The Positivity Chain, which highlights positive/happy/funny/inspiring things that caught my attention this week. Feel free to share anything in the comments below that caught yours!!! :) Podcast on Financial/Investing Tips For Women Over the years, I’ve felt frustrated because I’ve barely seen any financial advice or content that’s actually geared towards women! Grace and Becca’s Bad on Paper podcast recently brought on Sallie Krawcheck who is the Founder of Ellevest; a digital financial advisor for women. Sallie taught me so much in this episode in very simple terms, and really inspired me to up my investment game. My dog Charlie now resembles Rod Stewart I don’t know about any other dog mom’s out there, but my dog Charlie’s fur is starting to resemble Rod Stewart’s hair LOL. I’m tempted to cut his hair myself…but that could also end very badly, so I think I’ll just wait it out. New TV Stand Thomas’ birthday is on Sunday so I bought him this super lightweight 13 pound TV along with this chic acrylic TV stand to put in our living room for movie nights. Our living room set up is now more functional but still aesthetically pleasing!!! Dance Party to 90s music I made a Spotify playlist with all of my favorite songs from the 90s and have been blasting it and dancing around the house. I hadn’t heard some of these songs in legit a decade so it was really fun to revisit them!!! MEMORY LANE! Tik Tok I have yet to make any Tik Tok videos (I honestly feel like I’m too old haha!) BUT I have enjoyed watching a few select people’s videos. My friend Lou’s page is HILARIOUS – her videos have had me laughing all week. Under $40 Sweatpants I just ordered these under $40 jogger sweatpants. I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival! FYI I sized up because ASOS tends to run small and I like a baggy fit. Creativity Isn’t Dead My friend Krystal has been producing the most gorgeous, inspiring content all from her apartment building. This photo was particularly breathtaking! Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe Liz always shares the best recipes – and I am SO excited to try this easy chicken pot pie recipe next week. Looks delicious! I’ll definitely be adding some biscuits on the side too!!! Stand Up Comedy Show If you’re looking for a good laugh, PLEASE turn on any of comedian Sebastian Maniscalco’s Netflix shows. He literally has me in tears from laughing so hard. A Healthy-ish Cocktail Add vodka to this lemon ginger slushy and you will be in heaven!
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