Friday, March 24, 2017

Lets talk Podcasts

So I recently removed Facebook and Instagram from my phone and deactivated our Netflix account. I was spending SO MUCH TIME scrolling that I was having a really hard time feeling productive and getting things done. So with all of my new found time not spent with my face glued to a screen, I found podcasts.

I'd heard a lot about podcasts from friends but didn't quite understand what they were or how you even found a podcast to listen to or anything like that. One girl who I had been following on Instagram for a while had started a podcast so I started listening, and I really liked it! I like that I could do other things while I listened, too! I listened while doing the dishes, while vacuuming, while getting ready, while going to sleep, while driving, etc. Pretty much any time I had free time I was listening to podcasts. I tried a bunch of different ones. I listened to podcasts about blogging, about fashion, about a plant-based diet, about getting out of debt, and so much more. And I've finally settled on two favorite podcasts:

Awesome with Alison by The Alison Show and Happier with Gretchen Rubin (which Alison from Awesome with Alison recommended).

I love Awesome with Alison because she is just downright fun. I wish we were friends in real life. She is real and funny and tells it how it is and is enthusiastic and I think she's awesome and she makes me feel awesome when I listen to her podcast.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin took me a minute to get into but I love that it's all about living a happier life. She gives tips and insight into how to be happier and some of the things she's suggested, I've tried and they really do work!

Do you have any podcasts that you have been listening to lately and loving? If so, tell me!

And here's a picture of some pretty flowers in honor of this amazing Spring weather we are having! Go on a walk and listen to a podcast why dontcha? :)

xoxo, Chelan
Photo via Pinterest

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Washington D.C. Trip!

Hey y'all! I hope this post finds you having a wonderful day! Parker and I are in Washington D.C. for the weekend and it's been a little bit crazy but totally fun! We've both never visited this city before so we were really excited when the opportunity presented itself. 

Parker is attending a medical school conference and I just tagged along because why not, right? Anyway, I thought I would just share some of the photos to show what we've been up to in the city so far.

We, unfortunately, didn't get to do or see everything on our list because it's been so busy but we are luckily coming back in July with my parents so we have scouted out some of the best restaurants and sites to see as well as saved some things for that trip!
We have been so pleasantly surprised with the little glimpses of spring here! I can only imagine what it looks like when everything is in bloom. The few blossoming trees we've seen this weekend have me giddy for warmer weather and all the greenery out east!
I love all the cute houses on every street! The yellow door in this photo just makes me happy. 
Low-quality phone selfie of us at the movie the other night. We found a cute old theater, right around the corner from where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and decided to go to the movie Lion. I could seriously write a whole post on how much I loved that movie. I cried the whole way through. It was tragic and touching and got me in all the feels! Have you seen it? If so, what are your thoughts? I'm dying to talk to someone about it!
My tourist look featured in this bathroom selfie lolz. I liked the lighting in the bathroom at the conference center so a photo had to happen.
Heading into the National Archives Museum to see the Bill of Rights, The Constitution, and The Declaration of Independence.
Me hanging out at our Airbnb while Parker was at his conference. I got a little bored haha.
The hope diamond! The Natural History Museum had a really cool exhibit about gems and minerals. The colors were AMAZING! I swear I said, "Wow! Look at the colors!" at every case. 
We just saw Hidden Figures a few weeks ago (loved it, by the way) so I was pretty pumped to go to the Air and Space Museum to see the actual space suit that John Glenn wore when he orbited the earth!
Isn't this tree the prettiest?!

I just love travelling with my best friend! Thanks for reading :). xoxo, Chelan

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

#chelancooks My Mother's Brew

I'm not one for sharing recipes... I've shared maybe one recipe before in my life and that was here. I am not a good cook but I do have a few meals that I make often and love. So I'm gonna start sharing those few recipes, whaaaat? lol A new series is coming to the blog folks and it's called #chelancooks. Be prepared for some super simple and super yummy dishes coming right up! 

Now, to start us off on this series, I have something that you don't even have to cook and you don't eat it. It's actually a drink ha! I thought this was a safe place to start. But guess what! This drink here helped me kick my caffeine addiction. You read that right.... I AM NO LONGER ADDICTED TO CAFFEINE! Are you proud? I'm quite proud of myself if you couldn't tell by the all caps there. I've been 'off' of caffeine since before our trip to Mexico around American Thanksgiving and I had it once or twice over Christmas break and a little bit here and there since. This is HUGE, you guys. I've been drinking caffeine every day since before I can remember (possibly even in the womb lol). I do still crave the carbonation, though, but I'm making progress and that deserves to be celebrated. This drink helped me curb my cravings, which is why I've decided to share it with y'all.
Sidenote: forgive the non-traditional recipe format... I'm informal here and don't do measurements or anything.

My Mother's Brew

+ Carbonated flavored water - as much as you can fit in your cup (I use a pretty big cup). I really like the lime, cherry limeade, and peach 67 cent ones from Walmart.

+ 1 True Lemon flavoring packet. My favorites are peach and cherry limeade and I always check before to ensure that I'm getting the ones without tea.
+ Lots of ice.
+ About 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar with the 'Mother'.
+ Raspberries (optional).
Basically, pour all of this into a large cup and mix and viola! You've made My Mother's Brew!
My mom introduced me to this beverage over the summer and when I took my first sip, I choked. I wasn't expecting such intense flavor and carbonation! But the more I had, the more I liked it. And apparently, there are a lot of good things out there about consuming apple cider vinegar so that's cool.

Anyway, if you give this a try, let me know what you think! Happy Tuesday!

xoxo, Chelan