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)
•Easy to clean

Happy Eating!
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. 
Top: Blooming Jelly on Amazon can be found here.
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!
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 
-Toxic people 
Things to Bring into 2019:
-Yoga (obvi)
-More charity work and giving back
-Good belly laughs
-Quality time with loved ones
-Tea drinking habits 
-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)
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.
Gee Nicolette
Mental Health Awareness is Badass

Mental Health Awareness is Badass

I personally feel that us Millennials are going to change the world, one avocado toast at a time. All kidding aside, I think our generation is making it a point to open up and discuss difficult conversations. One of these being mental illness and the struggle many of us face on a daily basis. Talking about mental health used to be taboo, but is becoming discussed more often, as we all know someone that is impacted by this or feel it ourselves.
There is heightened awareness on the importance of self-care, but that looks a little different to each of us. Self-care for some is taking a bubble bath, while for others it may be going for a run. For me, self-care involves yoga, breath work, or sometimes a good nap. I started practicing yoga in college as an activity to do with my roommates (because it was a free class), but fell in love with it the more I practiced. I enjoyed that someone reminded me to breath for an hour. Inhale, exhale. It was exactly what I needed, especially since I am anxious majority of my life and don’t always take deep breaths throughout the day. When I feel on the verge of a panic attack, I try to using the breathing (Pranayama) techniques that I’ve learned in yoga (I highly recommend looking up and trying the following: Nadi Shodhana, Ujjayi, Belly Breathing, Kapalabhati, and 4-7-8 Breathing).

Being the avid clothing shopper that I am, I love supporting brands that make an impact and have an important mission. I recently came across the company, Own Your Stigma on Instagram. As soon as I followed them, I received a sweet message with a quote and reminding me that it’s okay if you aren’t doing okay. I just loved this because it’s the reminder we ALL need to hear. It’s okay to not be okay all of the time, but know that it will get better. I also think social media makes us feel that we need to always be doing something fun, exciting and instagrammable.
About Own Your Stigma:
Own Your Stigma was created to start opening up conversations about mental illness and to remove any shame or guilt that society has attached to it. They are even more badass because they donate 15% of all purchases to charities that support and provide help to people struggling with mental illnesses. “Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” 
Own Your Stigma is generously offering a coupon code for my followers use promo code GINA10%OFF to receive 10% off your next purchase!

Let’s keep the conversation about mental health going and be the support system someone needs!
Gee Nicolette 
Please remember The National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides free and confidential support 24/7. 1-800-273-8255
The Crisis Text Line allows you to text from anywhere in the United States and Canada to talk with a trained Crisis Counselor. If you’re in the US, text HOME to 741741. In Canada, text HOME to 686868. 
Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

I am writing this holiday gift guide blog post a little late, well because I haven’t finished my holiday shopping either. However, I do have some gift ideas that you can pick up just in time for the holidays.  
1. Insulated Water Bottle 
We all know this is the gift that is suitable for pretty much everyone. Between drinking water at home, the gym and the office, S’well bottles can do the trick for even the toughest person on your gift list! 
2. Jewelry
Of course we all know everyone loves jewelry. You can really never go wrong with a trendy or classic piece. I suggest checking out adorable and dainty pieces from Chicago based jewelry designer, Landon Lacey. They even have a Last Chance holiday sale going on (for us last minute shoppers) to take advantage of! 
3. Essential Oil Patches
If you have any aromatherapy or essential oil lovers to buy for, these natural patches make the perfect stocking stuffer and can be paired with diffusers, oils, or salt lamps! Oh, and they’re on Amazon Prime so you will get them just in time 😉 
4. Home Decor
If you are attending a holiday party and are looking for something to bring the host/hostess, you can never go wrong with a home decor piece (candles, decorative pillow, coasters, etc.). These also make great gifts for the new home owner/renter, newlyweds or people that love to decorate! Some of my favorite places to go for home decorations are HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Burlington and Ross. 
Happy Holidays!
Gee Nicolette 
Essential Oil Patches

Essential Oil Patches

I was so excited to share this post with you all because I recently started using the Natural Patches of Vermont essential oil patches and LOVE them. I posted about them on my Instagram Story and received so many questions from essential oil lovers looking for a review. They work for me because they’re not overly scented and they worked great with my sensitive skin (finally something that didn’t leave me with a rash)! 
I picked mine up at my local health food store, but you can order them directly from their website or on Amazon. If you order the variety pack, it comes with 8 different essential oil patches: Arnica, Bergamot, Citrus, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lavender, Lemongrass, and Rose Geranium. 

To use the patch, I washed the area I was going to place it on and then stuck the patch to my skin. Quick and easy! Here are my top favorites: 
I first tried the Sleep Comfort Formula with Lavender. It contains Extra Virgin Olive Oil (as the carrier oil), Lavender, Chamomile, and Jasmine essential oils. The scent was very mild and not overpowering. I placed it on my chest, which made it relaxing to fall asleep with it on because every now and then I would smell the lavender. I also like to take deep breaths and meditate with these on to help get the full effect and benefit from the oils. If you have a diffuser or salt lamp, you can add some lavender to enhance the aroma in the room. 
The Soothing Coughs and Colds Formula is packed with EVOO, Eucalyptus, Citriodora, Camphor, Peppermint and Lemongrass essential oils. This one is really nice if you are feeling under the weather. Place this patch on your chest and wear it throughout the day to help ease your congestion!
So far, my absolute favorite is the Stress Comfort Formula with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Bergamot, Ginger, Rosemary, and Lavender. I placed this patch on my chest and it had a stronger scent than the others, which was great for deep breathing techniques and meditation. I put this on before I went to bed and relaxed with an oil diffuser and salt lamp on as well. When I woke up, I could still smell the oils from the patch and actually ended up keeping it on until I had to shower! 
Happy Relaxation! 
Gee Nicolette
Featured Cocktail: Rose Rosé

Featured Cocktail: Rose Rosé

Getting through the holidays is a bit easier with a cocktail ;). Today’s featured cocktail is Rose Rosé. I was recently introduced to rose water and it’s safe to say I am obsessed with how delicious it is (and how fragrant is smells). I thought why not pair it with Rosé? Well, I did and it was worth sharing. 

Rose Rosé
You will need:
•12 oz. Rose Water- I used Petal’s Original Rose Flavor
•1 bottle Rosé
•Wine Glasses

In a pitcher, combine Rose water and Rosé. Stir well and serve! 

Alcohol free cocktail idea: Rose Water and Pomegranate Juice 

Drink responsibly.

Gee Nicolette