Hilton Head Island Farmer’s Market

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I can’t think of anything I love more than Sunday farmer’s markets. I don’t know if its the colorful vegetables, the friendly farmers, or the nostalgic sense of community that gets my creative juices flowing. I went down to visit my mom in Hilton Head and had to stop by the adorable Bluffton Farmer’s Market. Seeing checkered picnic blankets and corn husks immediately takes me to summer picnic BBQ dreamland. I find it really important to support local farmers markets… not only is the produce organic, its so inexpensive and it’s likely that the produce was picked that week so its the ripest produce you can find. Also, you can trust the farmers not to tamper with your food, like putting fake coloring, flavors or GMO’s in it. At the grocery store, it’s likely you’re buying an imitation of an apple from Uruguay. So go out and shop at your farmer’s market! We deserve the right to know where our food comes from.

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{Blueberry Mint & Sea Salted Watermelon all-natural popsicles}

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My next project is to make Cupcake & Cashmere’s DIY Tote Bag, perfect for hauling farmer’s market treasures.

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A Cabo Wedding

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I am finally back from an incredible vacation that took up all of my time for the past few weeks (apologies for the lack of posts!). I flew to Cabo for  a week with my boyfriend for my cousin’s wedding and finished up the trip in Malibu with my family. We stayed at the Cabo Surf Hotel, and since my entire family surfs we spent all day in the water… and all night celebrating in the jacuzzi. It was the most fun my family has had in a long time, I treasured every moment. The wedding was absolutely beautiful; Soft and glamorous beachy chic with starfish & baby’s breath accents. Tiffany wore a glamorous plunging back Katie Mary dress, and was seriously the most beautiful white angel walking down the aisle, I cried the entire time (first time bridesmaid :/..) The rehearsal dinner was filled with excitement and margaritas, we indulged in delicious yellowfin tuna tacos that the boys caught that morning. Everyone had so much fun taking pictures with the cutout mustaches, lips & glasses followed by a quite hilarious effort of Chinese Lanterns since the wind blew the only ones that made it into neighboring houses and almost caught all of Mexico on fire. The wedding reception was magical in the tropical wind under swaying palm trees and big strings of lights. {P.S. My cousins are incredible ice skaters and happened to pull a little spontaneous stunt during the reception… show offs…  the wedding was also featured on the Ice Network.}

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{The table seating was arranged in a bed of beautiful baby’s breath}

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{My brother and his girlfriend Emily with their Chinese Lantern}

Meet Samantha

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I have always been a healthy and active girl, growing up playing sports in an organically-fed family that stressed the importance of whole foods. Growing up in Los Angeles, I was raised to be considerably health-conscious with an overzealous and rather shallow emphasis on body image. My dad is a soul surfer and triathlete , my brother’s, one a college lacrosse athlete and the other a surf camp instructor, and my mother, a Pilates instructor.

At the end of my senior year of high school, I was suddenly diagnosed with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and Abdominal Migraines, a stress-induced illness which kept me up almost every night for one hour, sick as a dog, for a year. The only thing that helped ease the nausea was my lifelong frenemy, food. Fortunately, the illness wasn’t too severe and I was medically treated and alternatively inspired: my twisted relationship with food became my new passion.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~ Hippocrates

With that said, I decided to create this blog, initially because my friends were tired of being cornered and bombarded with nutrition lectures and I simply just wouldn’t shut up about it, but more importantly, I created this blog to document my detoxifying journey to ultimate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health through my everyday collegiate adventures of culinary experiments, fitness explorations and acquired knowledge through nutritious research and education. I will also share my personal knowledge of random beauty tips and tidbits that I have learned and collected over the years from family, friends and many many health and fitness magazines. I believe that everyone has the potential to access their true inner beauty glow that can only be revealed through a healthy lifestyle, inevitably releasing us from the heavy grasps of the Standard American Diet. This holistic way of living will without a doubt pump you so full of energy, you will soon be craving kale smoothies and long hikes… seriously, just you wait!

{While my blog strongly focuses on a plant-based, vegan and gluten free diet, healthy alternatives will be featured for non-hippies}