How to Make Champagne Bubbly Again

Just one little thing to boost the bubbles...

Last week we talked all about champagne, and I thought I'd carry that into this week to elevate Monday. Did you know that dropping a raisin into your bottle of almost flat Champagne or Prosecco will bring it back to bubbly perfection? Apparently any carbon dioxide left in the bottle will cling to the raisin's edge and release as tiny bubbles. Now you can make that bottle of bubbly last even longer than expected. Cheers! Xx. 

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The Drink More Water Challenge

Water is a very controversial issue these days. There are millions of people who do not have access to safe and healthy drinking water. Note: this is not just abroad. Flint, Michigan is still in the midst of an extreme water access problem. Other states are finding contaminated water problems and political issues blocking proper access. I definitely take advantage of this important resource, and I want to call attention to just how important water really is to the body and a healthy lifestyle of Great Vibes.

The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs about 83%, our skin 64%, and our muscles and kidneys are about 79%. Even our bones are watery! They clock in with about 31% of a concentration. Imagine how much your body suffers if you are not drinking enough water or getting a safe supply.

Dehydration causes an exceptional amount of health issues you might not associate with a lack of water. Short term memory can get a little fuzzy, it is the main cause for afternoon fatigue, and those pesky tension headaches can all be caused from too little H20. It's been found that not guzzling enough water can lead to holding onto excess weight (almost 10 pounds worth!), unexplained stress and anxiety, and a build up of toxins in your system. 

So now that you've probably freaked out, let's get you drinking an adequate amount for your body.

Generally the rule of thumb is if you are thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated, but some recent studies have shown that might not necessarily be true. Either way, if you are thirsty, drinking more water should be your MO. We're going to start small and build up to a level that feels comfortable for you.

While everyone puts in their own two cents, the old standby is 64 ounces of water a day, or eight 8 oz. glasses. Some will say half of your body weight in ounces should be consumed, so if you weigh 150 pounds, you might aim for 75 oz. of water a day. Also, the types of food being consumed (some have more water content than others like celery versus beans) and the type of exercise you engage in regularly (the more you sweat, the more you want to replenish) must be considered. 

This challenge is going to start you out small with just four, 8 oz. glasses of water the first four days. This is the traditional size of a reusable water bottle. I highly encourage investing in a nice glass or stainless steel one you keep on you always to stay hydrated and meet your challenge. You can do this! I'll be keeping up with you, so check in if you're struggling, and let's get started. 

The Drink More Water Challenge :: 

Days 1-4: drink 4 8 ounce glasses of water

Day 5: drink 4.5 8 ounce glasses of water

Day 6: drink 5 8 ounce glasses of water

Day 7: drink 5.5 8 ounce glasses of water

Day 8: drink 6 8 ounce glasses of water

Day 9: drink 6.5 8 ounce glasses of water

Day 10: drink 7 8 ounce glasses of water

Day 11: drink 7.5 8 ounce glasses of water

Day 12 -14: drink 8 8 ounce glasses of water

Bonus challenge! Incorporate water concentrated foods like watermelon, celery, romaine lettuce, etc. into your diet starting on day one. 

What's your favorite way to drink water? 

Tag @yourfriend_em on Twitter or Instagram with a picture of you, your water bottle, and your dedication to beginning the challange. Share this with people who could use some more H2O in their lives. Hashtag #thegreatvibesguide to spread the Great Vibes and encourage hydration! Xx

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How to Celebrate the Everyday

There are 24 days left until I drive back to Wilmington for the summer. I'm trying to make them count without losing sight of the simple, everyday joys. I was reminded last night how life is far more than last minute projects or wishing for the weekend. Celebrating the little moments -- like the anniversary of a great friendship or a successful outcome to a meeting -- are necessary to living a life of happiness. Enjoying these cherished snapshots of life can be challenging, so below are three ways to find joy in the little things. 

1. Write your joys down.

At the end of the day, write down three things you are grateful for or experienced during the day that had you slowing down and enjoying the moment. These can be a kind smile or word, coffee with an old friend, or a picturesque skyline on your drive into work. They don't have to be over the top or exceptionally unique, just lovely snippets of your life. This exercise opens your eyes to the little moments rather than constantly waiting for the next big thing. 

2. Breathe and engage in the moment.  

You can only enjoy the unique moments if you are paying attention. If you are in a situation where you default to staring at your phone, I encourage you to put it down and be present. Take a deep, solid breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Look around you. What is new? What is different? What is beautiful about your surroundings? Is there someone around you reading a book you love or wearing a pair of shoes you think are wonderful? Tell them, ask them, engage with them. You'd be surprised of the beauty found in green tinted trees just starting to bloom or the quick flash of a smile of a person caught in pure moments of enjoyment. 

3. Always have essentials on hand to celebrate or turn the day around.

While I will freely admit to disengaging with my surroundings or not being as grateful as I could, this is one rule I follow adamantly. I always keep champagne in my fridge to celebrate the little things like promotions and exciting news or to simply turn a frustrating day around. Champagne for me reflects the mood I seek in times of frustration or celebration; it is bubbly, different, and classy. Your simple way to turn a day around doesn't have to be champagne, but something that takes you away from 'the struggle' (i.e. balloons, flowers, a special coffee drink, etc.).

How do you enjoy the everyday moments? 

Tag @yourfriend_em on Twitter or Instagram with your favorite way to enjoy the everyday moment. Share this with people who could use some celebration in their lives. Hashtag #thegreatvibesguide to spread the Great Vibes! Xx

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