Gluten-Free On-the-Go

When you have food restrictions or allergies, you often lose the option to pop into any restaurant or store for a snack when you are out and about. After finding myself starving on numerous occasions, I finally wised up to the importance of snacks. There are tons of gluten-free snacks on the market now, but since I avoid processed foods, I went on the hunt for items that were relatively shelf-stable and had very few ingredients. These are some of my favorites that have saved me from getting hangry when too many hours have passed in a situation where I’m unable to eat. I’m always looking for new snacks to add to my rotation though, so what are some of your favorite snacks when you are on the go?

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1. Sprouts Organic Kale Chips: I’ve written about my kale chip love before, but these are my current favorite. The ingredient list is super clean and they run about $5.99 so a little less than many on the market. I really love the sea salt variety too but for a fun change, I’m in love with these spicy, crunchy chips.

2. Larabar & Kit’s Organic Bars: I’ll admit that bars are a saving grace for me, as they fill me up and give me some nutrition when I don’t have time for real food. I’m really discriminating when it comes to bars on the market as so many have tons of added sugar and questionable ingredient lists, but I love these two because they contain only nuts and fruit. Although Larabars are more well-known, I do prefer the texture of the Kit’s one a little more as it is slightly drier and this dark chocolate flavor is perfect for when I’m craving something sweet.

3. So Delicious Coconut Yogurt: I used to be a big fan of yogurt before going dairy-free and was so excited when I discovered this yogurt because it’s the perfect snack that actually will hold you over. I love this particular unsweetened one because it only contains 1g of sugar and has a clean ingredient list. Lately I’ve become obsessed with cacao nibs and I usually add some, as well as almonds and if I have time, strawberries, for a great snack or meal.

4. Bare Organic Apple Chips: When I’m at home, one of my frequent snacks is a sliced granny smith apple, but I only like them cold and sliced, so when I’m out, these Bare ones are my favorite. What I love about these particular ones, is that they only have one ingredient: apples. They also have an addicting thin, crispy texture and are perfect when I need a snack that is going to last me for more than a few bites.

Seeing Clearly in Style

I have been a dedicated contacts wearer for years now, but haven’t had a pair of glasses in a very long time. It’s been on my to-do list, but was something that I kept putting off because it seemed like such an expensive, difficult task. But then I heard about Classic Specs and the process that had intimidated me in the past was no longer.

Classic Specs was born out of the Brooklyn Flea Market, so you know it’s cool and their glasses are crafted in Los Angeles with all of the features you could want. Finding the right glasses for your face shape can be challenging and CS understands that, so you can select 6 pairs online for an at home try-on session. That way, you can get a feel for what they look like, ask your friend’s opinion and snap a few selfies to figure out which one is right for you. Then you send them back and go online and order your faves, with all prescription glasses starting at $89.

I chose the Remson glasses in the Havana Tortoise finish and I couldn’t be happier with them. If you are more of a cat eye glasses lover, go for the super cute Sedgwick glasses! Overall, I was so pleased with the entire process and the high quality of the glasses and super nice packaging. Now I’ve been wearing my glasses around and I think they are such a fun, chic look that I’m loving.

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What I’m Wearing:

Top: J.Crew (similar), Cuff: LOFT (similar), Necklaces: H&M (similar)

Disclaimer: These glasses were given to me by Classic Specs but this post was not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Selling Clothes Online: The Basics

In Northern California, we’ve been spoiled with amazing weather lately in the high 70s and 80s and I am fully in Spring/Summer mode… however, my closet is not. My winter coats are still hanging and I’m constantly pushing past my sweaters in order to get to my tanks. This means that it’s time for a closet clean out. For those of you feeling the Spring cleaning vibes, I thought I’d share how I clean out my closet and make some money to spend on new clothes.

The first thing I do is go through my closet and take out items that I’m ready to part ways with. This usually includes clothing that I never really loved, clothes that I’ve worn a ton and am tired of, or clothes that aren’t in great shape anymore. For the items that aren’t in perfect condition, I put them in bags to take to Goodwill or Salvation Army. I sell the rest of the items online, through Twice or Thred Up. If you are new to selling clothes online, it couldn’t be easier, just follow my 5 easy steps!

Step 1

Request clean out bags from Thred Up and Twice. These bags are free and come with pre-paid postage so the only thing you have to do is drop them by the post office once they are filled!

Step 2

Thred Up vs Twice

Both Twice and Thred Up accept current, on-trend clothing that is in great condition. Using the chart above, make two piles designating clothing and accessories for Twice or Thred Up.

Step 3

Fill the bags and drop them off at the post office!

Step 4

Twice: You will generally hear back from Twice quicker and should receive a payment in about a week. Your payment can be directed to PayPal, Venmo or check. If you prefer store credit, you receive a 25% bonus on your payment. If you are unhappy with your payout, you can pay $4.95 for shipping to have the items returned to you. Any items that are not purchased are recycled.

Thred Up: You hear from Thred Up when they receive your bag and it generally takes a few weeks to process after that. For items that will be listed for under $60, you receive the payout as soon as it is processed. Higher-end items that will be listed for more than $60 will be on consignment and you will receive a payout when your item sells. Your payment can be directed to store credit, donated to charity, or after 14 days, transferred to PayPal or a check. Unaccepted items can be returned by selecting “Return Assurance” for $12.99 when ordering a clean out bag or automatically recycled.

Step 5

Enjoy your newly cleaned out closet and some extra cash!

Questions:

-Do you ever sell your clothes?

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored in any way, I simply am excited to tell you about ways to clean out your closets!

Real Talk: How Do You Measure Your Self-Worth?

If you are new around my site, occasionally I’ll write posts I like to call “Real Talk”. I use them as an opportunity to discuss a topic that is on my heart lately and they are often related to issues that women are facing. To see previous Real Talk posts, click here

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about self-worth. In the world we live in, we are constantly inundated with messages trying to affect our self-worth. That you should be skinnier, richer, sexier or that for you to feel good about yourself you must do X and Y. That when you look in the mirror you should constantly strive to be more. And honestly? It’s exhausting. What the ads and magazines and shows don’t tell you though, is that your self-worth is not synonymous with any of these things! In fact, the methods of measurement don’t even work! Just like you wouldn’t measure the length of a table with a measuring cup, you can’t measure your self-worth with your weight, number of likes you receive or bank account either!

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Your worth is not measured by the number on the scale. 

Whether you weigh yourself daily or the only time you are weighed is at the doctor’s office, the number on the scale does not define you. That number holds an odd power because it can make you feel bummed or excited and rarely anything in-between in a matter of seconds. But here’s the thing… your body weight fluctuates and by attaching such strong emotions to a number, it gives it the power to change your outlook. And that number is only a small measurement of one thing and if you are twenty pounds underweight or overweight or somewhere in between, it will never be able to really measure the type of person you are. Also falling under this category for inaccurate measurements of worth are the number of times you went to the gym this week or the size that you take into the fitting room.

Your worth is not measured by the amount of likes you get on Facebook and Instagram.

Since we live in a digital world where a large portion of our social interaction happens online, it makes sense that we might get confused here. When we receive likes on a post, we feel good and in turn, feel good about ourselves. The reverse sometimes happens too, as when we don’t receive a lot of likes for a certain photo, we wonder if it really isn’t that good of a picture at all and begin to doubt ourselves. But the response we receive is just that… a response, based on a pixelated image on a screen and doesn’t say anything about who you really are.

Your worth is not measured by the amount of money in your bank account.

Money can measure many things (aka how much something costs) but it can’t measure who you are as a person. This one feels so cut and dry and yet it’s one that I think a lot of people struggle with. If you don’t have that much money then you might feel ashamed or embarrassed and let that define you. But if you have a lot of money then that doesn’t make you a better person either. It’s something that we judge ourselves and others on by attaching attributes to it like driven or successful, when really, those qualities aren’t defined by how much money you have in the bank.

So tell me, what other things don’t define your worth?