This year, Doug and I decided to rent a house in East Hampton for the month of August. For as long as I can remember my family has spent summers in the Hamptons and I am very excited to have our own little corner of it to enjoy this month. Instead of going back and forth from NYC to East Hampton on weekends as I usually do, I have decided to stay put for the majority of August at my own personal summer camp of sorts. I plan to fill my days with lots of exercise, farm stand shopping, writing, working on projects, recipe creating, and time with family.
Traditional medicine and I don’t get along so well. I refuse to take any over the counter painkillers, pills and even most antibiotics unless 1 million percent necessary (gasp! horror! judgment!). If I have a raging headache I am more likely to treat it with acupuncture and water than Advil. On the rare occasion I get a cold I flood it with green juice and ginger tea before I turn to over the counter cold medicine. When allergy season hits (and it sometimes hits me hard) I will Neti Pot my brains out if it means I can avoid Claritin, Allegra etc. etc. etc.
What little girl wasn’t obsessed with mermaids at some point? The romance, the adventure, the flowy hair, the seashell bras! My mermaid fascination is probably due to a certain Disney movie that was oh so popular when I was growing up. I think I can still sing all of the words to “Part of Your World.”
There are certain phrases in our society that I find perplexing. “Let’s grab a coffee” is one of them. Oftentimes the friend asking me on said coffee date does not drink coffee, and knows that I don’t touch the stuff either. Yet somehow, coffee has become a stand in for “let’s spend some time catching up over a beverage.” I would like to change that. Recently, I have been making an effort to ask friends if they would like to grab a juice or a smoothie. I think it’s catching on as last week a (very pregnant) friend of mine asked me on a smoothie date. I was delighted.
I talk about green juices and green smoothies a lot. A lot. I often find myself answering friend’s questions about anything and everything green juice and smoothie related. What are they? Why drink them? Where can I get one? And most importantly… what is the difference between a green juice and a green smoothie? Since juicing vs. blending can be a vexing question for many I thought I would talk a little about the difference between the two and the benefits of each. That’s right, juicing and blending both have their benefits IMHO. Many people are either juice or smoothie monogamists. Juicers won’t blend and blenders won’t juice. I am not one of them. I am an equal opportunity green beverage lover and both smoothies and juices play a vital role in my day.
What girl doesn’t love a good bag? I know I do! Clutches, totes, satchels, I am an equal opportunity bag lover (bag obsessor). However, there is one particular bag that holds a very special place in my heart. Baggu. In a gorgeous array of colors and patterns these eco-friendly, reusable bags are not just for the grocery store. I have used mine as a shopping bag, beach bag, tote, place for my wet spin clothes etc. etc. I keep a Baggu in every one of my purses so no matter where I am I always have one at the ready. I long ago gave up taking disposable shopping bags from stores, and thanks to Baggu I am always carrying my purchases in style.
My favorite part of summer is eating meals outdoors. Last night when the heat had broken and the rain had ended Doug, Maddy and I went for an impromptu dinner at one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. That’s right, Maddy came too. We sat outside and tied her to one of our chairs while we ate. She loved being included in our outing and had a great time people (and dog) watching while Doug and I ate dinner.
I am a big believer in eating as seasonally, locally and organic as possible. In season, local, organic food simply tastes much better. It is also much better for you as you do not have to worry about scary chemicals and pesticides leaching onto your fruits and veggies! If you doubt me try a tomato in December and then again from a local farm in August. It’s a different fruit all together. Ditto for corn. I will only eat corn in the late summer, preferably from one of my many favorite farm stands on Long Island.
Having an organized kitchen is key to healthy cooking. Knowing what you have and having it easily accessible will get you cooking more and ordering out less. An organized pantry full of staples will also save you time and money. We’ve all been there, you come back from the grocery store with another jar of coconut oil or bottle of vinegar when it’s twin is already sitting in the pantry!
I love the comfort of a routine. I truly am a creature of habit and thrive when I have a set schedule to follow. Perhaps this is why I always loved school? Being able to look at my schedule and know that (at least for the semester) every Monday would resemble every other Monday was comforting to me. Now, as an adult my weeks are far less symmetrical. One day I could have back to back to back meetings and appointments all over the city, and the next I could be at my desk all day.