This weekend was just so incredible. It was slow, easy, insignificant and exactly what I needed. I had hoped to go for a long run this weekend but the unbearable heat made it very difficult for me to get outside (at least for running). Instead, I spent my time moving slowly on the beach and on the water.

I also introduced some new routines into my life, and boy am I glad that I did! I’ve started using my own homemade toothpaste. It’s a game changer. I’ve always been extremely skeptical because toothpaste is just one of those non-negotiables for me … one horrible experience with Tom’s and I was scarred for life. 

This time, however, I decided to give it a go because the ingredients were cheap and already in my kitchen. One sample brush couldn’t hurt, right? If I didn’t like it I could go back to my ultra cheap (89 cents!) Ultrabrite standard OTC toothpaste. If I did like it, however, then I’ve just discovered an even cheaper and safer toothpaste!

Anyway, I’ll write more on that later. Just know I’m loving it and I think you will too.

I did lots of indoor yoga with my mat laid up next to the air conditioner. It felt so good to slowly work my muscles and just relax into the poses. I have laid off my yoga practice lately, mostly because I was getting killer arms and that’s not really a look I dig … but it felt SO good to be back on the mat.

Then we headed over to the beach, like the rest of Miami, and parked ourselves on the $5 sheet I got from Urban Outfitters that-one-time back in college. It has turned into the perfect beach blanket for our adventures.

The sun was shining so brightly, the breeze was just right–not too strong, not too stagnant–and the water was warm and clear. It was perfect .

On our way to the beach we had to cut through Midtown in order to avoid the major backup on the causeway. I love it whenever this happens because you always see the neatest things in this part of Miami.

Midtown is known for two things: questionable safety and hipster art. This is the area where all the trendsetters like to hang out, all the artists like to display their epic proportions of art, and a lot of the crime in Miami sort of just happens.

During the day and early in the evening it is the quintessential art district. I love it so much and I think out of all of Miami this is really the best “culture” it has to offer. So I snapped this picture because I just could not get over how neat it is and how incredible this sub-culture here is.

When we got home I was greeted by a very lovely surprise package from Conscious Box. I was so excited when they contacted me and I was even more excited to open the box. I can’t wait to share my review with you!

Sunday I spent the day with the girls. We went kayaking and then grabbed lunch nearby. Look at that view …

There’s just something so soul-replenishing about girl talk. Kayaking through mangroves doesn’t hurt, either …

This was my down-to-earth, no-fuss, soul-replenishing, sun-shining weekend. I feel very strongly about self-care and I love, love, LOVE being able to support the cause!

How was your weekend??


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