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Slow down & keep it simple this summer.

CYH Lauren 2013I'm finally back into the swing of things after our wonderful wedding and amazing honeymoon in Hawaii. It's so great to get away every so often to recharge. I didn't realize how badly I needed a vacation until I was finally there. It took me a good 3-4 days to fully decompress and once I did - heaven! I made it a point to do as little as possible while not holding back at the same time:
I enjoyed plenty of guava kombucha & coconut bliss ice cream throughout my Hawaiian honeymoon. YUM!

I ate ice cream every morning after Lammer cooked me breakfast. (this kind!)

I read a book that I truly enjoyed. (this one)

I took a social media break.

I watched as many sunsets as possible.

I kept life simple and it felt REALLY awesome!
I came back to the mainland in a mellow mood,taking my time with everything I did. I didn't hop back onto social media for almost a week after I returned (and I missed nothing on there). And even though I'm back into my normal routine I stop every now and then reminding myself to take breaks to read a book, step outside, or believe it or not, do nothing!  Staying in vacation-mode is a constant practice but it really feels great. I encourage you to slip into it as well as we enjoy this summer!



Lauren Forney, HHC, RYT  *   Holistic Health Coach  *  Registered Yoga Teacher
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DIY Almond Milk
There's a lot of bull honkey in our food. Even in the so-called "healthy foods" at the health food store. It's not cool. Almond milk is one of those sneaky places where companies add harmful chemicals and preservatives...and that basically takes the "health" right out of it.

No worries though, making your own almond milk is actually super simple. No one ever believes me when I say that, but I promise!  Here is my super simple, really quick recipe. Brace yourself...

1 cup raw, organic almonds (soaked overnight)
5 cups filtered water
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt

Directions: Blend altogether and strain through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag into a large mason jar. Almond milk will keep in the fridge for 5-6 days.

There you have it.
Guide to Safe Sunscreens
It's really important to get outside and soak up some direct, unprotected sunlight for a good 15-minutes each day. However, if we're spending more than 15 minutes under the sun, it's smart to cover up with clothing, hats, shade or some natural sunscreen. There are some pretty dangerous sunscreens on the market - loaded with harmful chemicals and additives that do more harm than good. Check out the Environmental Working Groups 2014 Guide to Sunscreens to find a safer option for you and your family.

EWG's 2014 Guide to Sunscreens
Center Your Health's BLOG & Archive 
Here's what I've been blogging about during this past month:

Strawberry Ice Cream
Healthy Foods for the Liver
Buzz the Stress Away
Wedding weather & how the sun came through
The BEST parts of my wedding

We're Married!!

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