Health Benefits of Juicing

We recently received a juicer as a wedding present and I am anxious to explore all the possibilities! Here’s a juice I’ve made several times from Dr. Oz’s 48 hour weekend cleanse.

 Kale, Pineapple and Ginger Detox Drink

Ingredients (Makes 4 Servings; Drink Throughout the Day)

1/2 cup pineapple

2 large cucumbers

1 bunch kale without stems (4 cups chopped)

1/2 lemon, squeezed

1/4 inch of ginger

1 bunch of mint (1/2 cup)


Combine all ingredients and blend in juicer.

*If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a high speed blender and squeeze the blend through a nut milk bag.  This is the same method used for making almond milk. The bags are the same as fine mesh produce bags or pantyhose.  You might need to add a bit more water to the blend to get more juice out.

It has a tangy yet refreshing taste from the lemon and cucumber/mint combo with a sweet finish from the pineapple.

Quite yummy!

Kris Carr and Dr. Oz enjoying green drinks

Kris Carr of Crazy Sexy Life, discovered the benefits of juicing when diagnosed with stage IV cancer- she had no other alternative treatments available to her.  Nearly 10 years later she is feeling better than she ever did even pre-cancer.  Check out more of her story and juicing recipes in her e-guide.

Here are just a few benefits of juicing that Kris mentions:

“Say hello to boundless energy, glowing skin, clear eyes, improved digestion and exceptional health and happiness. Say goodbye to toxins, excess weight, sugar cravings, addictions, premature aging and a lackluster appearance.”

The proof is in the juice!



The Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook

This handbook was a gift from my Maid of Honor, Jenee’s, mom.  She gave it to me the day after the bachelorette party in Mississippi.  I read halfway though it on my flight home to Maine.  I took a hiatus from reading during my whirlwind of planning and have finally had the chance to pick it up again and finish it.

It’s a lighthearted and very jokey account of dating, love, marriage, kids, and all the craziness in between.  It’s a fun read for someone about to embark on all of the above.  While reading, I thought about how Alex and I started in the first stages of dating and imagined us in some of the insane scenarios recounted in the book.  It’s amazing what two people go through together in life.  Others can look in from the outside, but when it comes down to it- it’s a story shared by two.  I look forward to seeing how our story unfolds.

Do you have any favorite reads about wedding prep or new marriage?  If not maybe you have some advice to share?

I’d love to hear your ideas! ~


DIY chalkboard menus

Our wedding was this weekend and it couldn’t have been more wonderful!  My year of planning finally paid off- thanks to everyone who pitched in and sponsored us 😉 too!  There are many beautiful moments and images to share which will be posted on my Wedding page soon- stay tuned!

I thought about creating these last minute chalkboard menus less than a week before the wedding.  I was really happy with how they turned out and the best part is they were fool proof!

I started with this chalkboard spray paint from Michael’s…

and used these center cut tree trunks as a base- also from Michael’s.  They fit perfectly with my dressy casual seaside farm wedding.

Just spray the wood with one coat of paint- staying about 20 inches away and make sure to do it in sections.  If you spray continuously- it will clog.   Give it a minute and one more coat.  Then wait about 12 hours before you write on it.  The can says to wait 24, but it worked fine for me before that.  It also said to prime the surface with some chalk and erase it- I didn’t do that either.  I wanted to keep it prisitine.

Let me know how this works for you or if you know of any other fun ways to use chalkboard paint.  (I still have a whole can!)

Take care,

Mrs. Lauren Lear 😉

Pin Worthy Tips

Here are a few tips and tricks that I have either created or found:

Summer Tips

1)  Fill a small empty perfume spritzer with cold water and stick it in your cooler for the beach.

This is great for in between dips- especially in Maine when it takes 20 minutes to muster the courage to enter the icy water.

2) Blondes only- in between dyes, use a bronzer and brush to magically dust away your black roots- tada!


3)  For a quick cool down, try keeping your makeup remover wipes in the fridge.  I use the grapefruit scented ones shown here- it’s an extra boost with an energizing scent!

Household Tips

1) Use hand sanitizer to remove unwanted paint drips from baseboards- very quick and easy for the less than tidy painter

2) This is one I borrowed from Pinterest.  Best method for trapping fruit flies: Put and inch of apple cider vinegar and banana slices into a clear vase.

Wrap an 8.5 x11 piece of paper into a cone and place into vase so that it fits snuggly into the bottle neck area.

The fruit flies fly in and cannot escape.  I take mine outside each week to let them go.

This tip has become quite handy of late due to my new plethora of fruit and veggie waste from my raw diet.

Computer Tips

1)  This one might be obvious, however, it is so useful I just had to share.

Type “unsubscribe” into your email search space to bring up every email list you are on and easily unsubscribe from all that you want.

It even highlights the word “unsubscribe” in yellow to make it easy to find.

Hope you find these helpful!



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