Sippin the Tea

Sippin the Tea

Tea is a delicious drink that has so many amazing benefits! I love Tiesta Tea because they categorize their tea so you can choose which function and flavor you’re looking for. Their five different categories include: energizer, slenderizer, eternity, immunity, and relaxer. I love the idea of categories because each day your preferred function could change. For instance, today I am in need of the relaxer function, but yesterday I needed some energy!

Each function has a variety of delicious blends and can even be used to make cocktails. In fact, I’ve teamed up with Tiesta Tea and Joriki Yoga to bring you a fun and exciting yoga & tea mimosas event on March 31st at the Joriki showroom. My blog readers get 50% off tickets! Purchase your ticket here and use code: gina50
Now, let’s go through some of my favorite Tiesta Tea flavors:

(because lavender everything)
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Add champagne for an instant mimosa 
Wearing Joriki Ikat Ombré Top and Ikat Ombré High Waist Legging 
You can purchase loose tea online or head to your local Target or grocery store to buy the brewed iced tea. 
Wearing Joriki Ikat Indigo Top, Give Back Mantra Tee and Ikat Indigo High Waist Legging
Check out Tiesta Tea’s delicious flavors for yourself at the event on March 31st!
Happy Sippin!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 

My Trader Joe’s Picks

My Trader Joe’s Picks

I honestly love Trader Joe’s because they have unique items that you can’t find at your typical grocery store. I shared a few of my favorite items on Instagram and received some DMs asking for more recommendations, so I put together a list of my current “must-have” items. 
1. Cauliflower Gnocchi I feel like everyone is talking about TJ’s cauliflower gnocchi right now but it really is as amazing as people say! I cooked mine in a saucepan with water over the stove and added olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, cheese and asparagus. I can’t say enough good things about it! 
**Current Favorite**
2. Shells with Brie and Asparagus– Trader Joe’s frozen meals are always a win for me. I like to try new ones every so often because they’re usually delicious and good if you’re on the go. Other than TJ’s, I rarely buy frozen meals at the grocery store. 
3. Riced Vegetable Medley- This is a really great side dish that is quick and easy (just add a little EVOO and seasoning if you like).
4. Blueberry Lavender Almond Beverage This beverage tastes exactly like a blueberry muffin and I’m here for it. I use this flavored almond milk in my coffee, hot chocolate, and event tea lattes. I haven’t tried it yet, but I want to use it in a blueberry muffin recipe. 
Other items I usually pick up each TJ’s trip but not pictured:
*Teeny Tiny Avocados
*Organic Lemons Bag 
*Mahi Mahi Burgers
*Strawberry Probiotic Yogurt 
*Argentinian Red Shrimp
*Asparagus Risotto
Head to Trader Joe’s to check out these products for yourself. Let me know your recommendations below!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette
But First, Self-Love

But First, Self-Love

With Valentine’s Day approaching this week, there’s a lot of talk about love. Whether you are celebrating love with your significant other, family member, friend or even your furry pet, any kind of love is beautiful, but the relationship we need to focus on is with ourselves. The media talks a lot about self-care rituals (which looks different for us all) but what we need to prioritize is self-love and actually speaking positively to ourselves internally. 
I recently took a spin class where they put our stats up on the board and showed us our rank a few times throughout the class. This is when I realized the importance of self-love and having positive internal conversations with yourself. When I switched to a positive mindset, it made pushing through the class a lot easier, versus having negative thoughts and telling myself, “You aren’t good or strong enough.” and guess whatduring that last sprint in class I kicked my name a few spots higher up on the rank list
If there’s ever a time where you doubt yourself or are maybe feeling down/overwhelmed by all of this Valentine’s Day talk this week, I have come up with a few journal exercises to help you remember you are loved and that you truly are a total badass. 

Grab your journal and start writing:

Today I have accomplished _____
I feel proud of myself when _____
I feel the happiest when I’m doing _____
3 things that bring me peace are _____
My favorite feature about myself is _____
Necklace: Bali Malas
Shoes:Adidas
Remember, you are a total badass. 
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 
Blueberry Lavender Almond Hot Chocolate

Blueberry Lavender Almond Hot Chocolate

Looking for a delicious drink to help you warm up during the crazy winter weather? After taking a trip to Trader Joe’s, I found this Blueberry Lavender Almond Beverage. I typically use almond milk in my coffee, but today I was craving chocolate (but then again, when am I not?), so I opted for a hot cocoa drink instead. 
You will need: 
Hot Chocolate Mix
Saucepan 
Mug
Any toppings you typically like add to your hot chocolate
Directions:
In a saucepan, add Blueberry Lavender Almond Beverage (1 cup per serving). Once the almond milk is heated, add in hot chocolate mix and stir well. Serve in a mug and add any additional toppings! 

Stay warm and enjoy!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 
Himalayan Salt Block Cooking

Himalayan Salt Block Cooking

We all known Himalayan salt is a huge trend right now (salt lamps, caves, seasonings, etc.). My sister  recently gifted me a Himalayan Salt Block used for cooking and I am already in love.
If you’re a foodie or love to cook, you should definitely consider investing in one of these babies! You can purchase one at a specialty cooking store or online here. You can cook with your salt block on the grill or over a gas stove. If you want to serve cold dishes on the block you can chill it in the refrigerator. 
There are so many benefits to cooking with a Himalayan salt block:
•Adds healthy minerals to foods (Himalayan salt is better for you than table salt) 
•Enhances flavors of foods (no need to add a ton of seasoning to food- just a little EVOO)
•Holds heat longer (this is great if you are using your salt block to serve food on at a party)
•Antimicrobial
•Easy to clean

Happy Eating!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 

A Trip To Indy

A Trip To Indy

Whenever I travel to different places, I tend to fall in love with the cities. There’s something about the public transportation, hustle and bustle, and local businesses that make me excited to explore. I recently visited Indianapolis and wanted to share my experience. This is the perfect road trip destination because it’s not too far from Chicago and still has a lot to offer. It’s also a great place to stop along the way if you’re headed to Nashville!

What to See:
Soldiers and Sailors Monument/Monument Circle is located in the center of downtown, which is a great place to start your visit and walk around. 
Where to Eat:
Garden Table is a farm to table restaurant and juice bar. They have two locations in Indy (Mass Ave. and Broad Ripple). This is a great spot for brunch, dinner or to grab some appetizers. 
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Ring: Icing- similar style can be found here.

Where to Drink:
Easley Winery offers wine tastings and tours. Wine tastings are available daily and cost $5.00. Tours are available Saturday and Sundays at 12:00pm and 1:00pm. 
Where to Stay:
There are a lot of hotel options in downtown Indy. Another great option is Airbnb. They have some cute “retreat” spots available. Some popular ones: 
Photo Opportunities:
Mural outside The Alexander hotel. Bonus if you are driving because it’s in a parking lot (except it is a private area so grab your photo quickly). 
Now it’s time to book your visit to Indianapolis!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette 

Things to Leave Behind in 2018

Things to Leave Behind in 2018

There are many things that can occur in one year’s time. Those things teach us lessons and help us grow. While mental health awareness increases (which thank goodness for this), more people are ditching New Year resolutions and are starting to cultivate intentions. Intentions can be things that you want to leave behind from the previous year, things you want to continue doing/bring into the new year, setting boundaries for yourself/relationships, or maybe it’s coming up with a mantra that will help you focus on your goals and being happier. 
I’ve come up with a list of things I want to leave behind in 2018 as well as positive things that I want to continue to work on and bring into the new year. I encourage you all to spend some time meditating and doing the same! 
Things to Leave Behind:
-Always saying yes to stuff I hate 
-SO many memberships that I have and barely use (this is because I’m a “yes” person. I’m kind of like Ross and Chandler trying to quit the gym). 
-Unrealistic expectations 
-Comparing myself to others 
-Gender norms 
-Control and the need for perfection
-Mental health stigmas 
-Overthinking
-Toxic people 
-Overscheduling
Things to Bring into 2019:
-Yoga (obvi)
-More charity work and giving back
-Good belly laughs
-Quality time with loved ones
-Tea drinking habits 
-Wine 
-Meditating 
-Celebrating all things both big and small
-Continued learning  
-Supporting small businesses
-Getting rid of things I don’t need (one step at a time with this, especially the shoes and purses)
-LOVE
If you are interested in learning more about intention setting and journaling, come to my yoga and intention setting workshop with Joriki Clothing. A portion of ticket sales will benefit mental health and awareness organization, NOSTIGMAS. Purchase tickets here.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
XOXO,
Gee Nicolette