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Attention #LADYBOSS, You Need a Vacation and Here’s Where to Go

July 12, 2016
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Vacation is something we all claim to want, yet often never take the time to actually plan and unplug from our everyday work lives (cue complaining). There has long been a stigma that being away from the office meant being away from work and being away from work meant you weren’t a “good employee” or a “hard worker.” However, what most people fail to realize is that taking time for yourself and exposure to different people, places, and cultures can make you more productive. After all, what’s the point in sitting in an office for 262 days for 8 hours a day if half of those hours you’re not really working because you’re tired of the same monotonous daily routing and end up bored and distracted by social media and surfing the web.

Not convinced? Check out the reasons below how/why your vacation will make you a better employee and/or boss!

Perspective: Experiences are what makes life memorable and worth living. They are also what influences our view of the world and how we internalize those views creates what we put out into the world. The ability to travel allows people to taste different food, interact with different people, and see how different cultures live. All of these things allow individuals to see the world differently.

Inspiration: Exploring different places and interacting with new people allows for maximum inspiration. Surrounding yourself in a new environment allows your brain to see, hear, feel, taste, and experience things it has yet to experience, so don’t be surprised if you come back from your travels with solutions to that problem you’ve been trying to fix for months, or a new business idea all together.

Opportunity: Travel, especially solo travel, can help you become a natural networker because traveling, especially alone, forces you to interact with other people. You can’t get to where you’re going in a foreign place without asking someone for directions at some point. You can’t order a meal to your liking in abroad without communicating with a waitress or street vendor without asking how the food was prepared. These are both natural ways for you to become comfortable with interacting with other people and different types of people, which boosts your natural capabilities to network.

Productivity: Trading in your office for a beach or somewhere new is great for productivity. Travel allows you to recharge your batter and renew your focus on work. If you’re on vacation because you’re beyond stressed and this is your last resort I need a break kind of trip, really try hard to block out work completely and immerse yourself in your new surroundings. Removing those stress triggers (email, I’m talking to you), are essential to complete re-energize your mindset so that when you do return to your “day job” you’ll be happy to be there.

So here’s the deal, take out those calendars, send the boss (or your team) an email, and dedicate time for that family (or solo) vacation that’s long overdue.

Not sure where to go? We tapped passported.com CEO/Co-founder, Henley Vazquez for a list of six destinations that are so special that even the most interesting Instagram feed won’t distract you:  

Where: Kennebunkport, Maine

Why: It’s classic Americana, a place where even the “fancy” parts are mellow, where no make-up is needed and there’s no scene to impress. Build sandcastles on broad beaches, chow on lobster rolls, fall asleep at 9 pm and wake up with an early morning hike or bike ride. It’s the antidote to busy city life.

Stay: Hidden Pond, a Kennebunkport resort with a collection of cute cottages that give guests the privacy of a house but with access to a resort. Local designers decorated each of the two-bedroom cottages, all of which are fun, funky, and perfect for families, or leave the kids with grandma and check into the studios, romantic tree houses tucked away in the forest.

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Where: Tuscany

Why: Duh, because Italy is awesome. But seriously, Tuscany has the history, the culture, the food and, of course, the wine that we all adore. Traipse around the streets of Siena, tour a winery, take a cooking class to learn some new recipes that you can incorporate as part of your family dinners at home.

Stay: Castiglion del Bosco or La Bandita, one a Ferragamo-owned resort with a kids’ club, vineyard and multiple restaurants, the other a boutique country home owned by an American music exec and his travel writer wife. Both are badass, and one will fit your budget, whether you’re ready to splurge or need to save your euros.

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Where: Nosara, Costa Rica

Why: Summer is Costa Rica’s rainy season, but it’s also when the swells are best, so if you’re a serious surfer, now’s the time to head south. Plus, a twenty-minute tropical downpour is the perfect excuse for an afternoon nap (you’ll be ready for one after hitting the breaks before breakfast), get a massage or kick back with a good book. This is the vacation to take sans kids so you can chill, big time.

Stay: Surf Simply blends surfing and science to create a one-week program that’s like camp for grown-ups. Twice daily sessions filmed by their in-house paparazzi crew gives you videos to bring home as well as an easy way to analyze your form (lookin’ good, girl), plus there’s an awesome chef, comfortable rooms and talks on tides and safety so you learn more than how to hang ten.

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Where: Aspen, Colorado

Why: The mountains are good for the soul. Hike, bike and see why plenty of people happily trade beach time for this Rocky Mountain town that blends the right about of chi-chi fun with great restaurants, A+ hotels and, of course, the great outdoors. The summer is also when the Aspen Ideas Festival lures luminaries to town, so you can edify your brain with lectures by some of the brightest minds in the world. Come back smarter and more fit.

Stay: Hotel Jerome, one of the town’s most historic hotels brought back to life by Auberge Resorts. The food rocks, the rooms feel like the inside of a Ralph Lauren dream, and everyone from John Wayne to Hunter S. Thompson has spent time here. It’s a classic.

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Where: Santa Monica, California

Why: LA may not sound like the place to unplug, but for ADD travelers who thrive on the action but still need some beach time, this is the place to be. Jog the coast in the morning, shop Abbot Kinney in the afternoon, throw in some culture with a visit to this summer’s Cindy Sherman exhibit at The Broad or a tour of the Getty. And if your kid has been hassling you for the Disney experience, celebrate that you can check it off in a one-day adventure versus dedicating an entire vacation to Florida.

Stay: Shutters on the Beach and its sister Casa del Mar are much beloved for good reason, but if you need a less pricey alternative, the Viceroy is just a block away, or check out the new bungalow suites at the Fairmont.

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Where: St. Barth’s, French West Indies

Why: St. Barth’s is the French Riviera for those who need an easier getaway and don’t want to fight the traffic into St. Tropez. Combine off-season prices with perfectly seasonal weather and some of the Caribbean’s best beaches, and you’ve got vacation gold. Pick up morning croissants at La Petite Colombe, float away work stress on Saline, collapse into a plate of the best ceviche at Bonito or dance the night away at Le Yacht Club. Whether you plan to spend your vacay splashing on the beach with the kids or snuggling with the hubby in a chic restaurant (or both!), there’s something here for everyone.

Stay: If traveling with kids, check into the Guanahani, whose kids’ club and spacious suites make it a perfect pick for families. Without kids, Eden Rock, Cheval Blanc and The Christopher are our favs.

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Feature image by Courtney Adamo, who is currently traveling the world with her five children. Follow her journey on Instagram @courtneyadamo

#FeelGoodMama, Balance, Beauty, Health

Not Just Juice: Amanda Chantal Bacon, Founder of Moon Juice, Shares Her Secrets To Good Health

June 16, 2016
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Los Angeles by way of downtown New York City, Amanda Chantal Bacon is the green juice goddess. No really, she swears by the stuff and after realizing her love for all things green and good-for-you, this healthy hot mama decided to make it her business. In 2012, Amanda opened the first Moon Juice in Venice Beach, CA and the company is now a cult favorite of health conscious celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley. Celebrity followers aside, the real reason heymama loves Amanda Chantal Bacon is that she has taken her passion for a healthy lifestyle and used it to help others feel better through food! Read on to learn more about Amanda, Moon Juice, and why YOU should start rubbing carrot oil on your face.

 

1.  How did you go from chef to making juice? Was this an easy jump to make or did people think you were crazy?

I started Moon Juice in 2012. I was a chef and had worked with Alice waters and Suzanne Goin and was poised to open a restaurant in LA. Through divine inspiration I took a brief pause to really open myself up to what was truly needed in the world and how to use my voice to change it. I wanted to bridge the gap between the healing world and the foodie world as I had done for myself.

Amanda Chantal Bacon Moon Juice

 

2. How do you start your day? What is a typical breakfast like for you?

A warm morning chi drink on way to school drop off, I drink it in the car! It contains more than 25 grams of plant protein, thanks to vanilla mushroom protein and stone ground almond butter, and also has the super endocrine, brain, immunity, and libido- boosting powers of Brain Dust, cordyceps, reishi, maca, and Shilajit resin. I throw ho shou wu and pearl in as part of my beauty regime. I chase it with three quinton shots for mineralization and two lipospheric vitamin B-complex packets for energy.

3. What’s your advice on staying healthy when you’re really busy?

I work non-stop and have a three-year-old, I’m on a mission and its go, go, go. My body and brain couldn’t keep up with my life if I were on a low fat diet. I have personally felt the effects of getting enough good fat into my diet and it has radically enhanced my energy, stabilized hormones, and nourished the nervous system. Also, setting your pantry up with a bunch of the staples and eating a lot of live food is easier than cooking meals every day.

 I have personally felt the effects of getting enough good fat into my diet and it has radically enhanced my energy, stabilized hormones, and nourished the nervous system.

Amanda Chantal Bacon Moon Juice

4. I just read an interview where you outline your meal plan for the day and felt instantly jealous and inadequate thinking about my carb and take out filled food day. What are two quick healthy changes a New Yorker on the go can make to her diet?

Eat more live food – even if that means sprinkling some fresh herbs on your pasta. Also, adaptogenic herbs are the most important group of herbs to take in the now age; they’ve been treasured in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries, to boost energy and resilience. Adaptogens not only increase the resistance to the negative effects of long-term stress, but can relax you and energize you at the same time, while also being tonic, meaning they are immune-stimulating and increase your peace. I am always snacking on adaptogenic herb mixes. You start your day with something that’s so heavy with these herbs that have so many minerals, aminos and adaptogens that really get into your system. Something like my morning drink which is loaded with good, raw, healthy fat, so you’re feeling great. You’re not feeling like you need to have that bagel and cream cheese or the crash after coffee. So it’s snacking but it’s a purposely potent snacking. All you need in most cases in ½-1 tsp so a jar can last you months!

Adaptogens not only increase the resistance to the negative effects of long-term stress, but can relax you and energize you at the same time, while also being tonic, meaning they are immune-stimulating and increase your peace. I am always snacking on adaptogenic herb mixes.

 Amanda Chantal Bacon Moon Juice

5. What are some things we can keep in our pantry to create healthy simple meals?

Fresh herbs and organic vegetables, fermented veggies, good quality olive oil and sea salt.

6. What’s been your biggest pinch me moment?

Every day on this ride of my life called Moon Juice!

7. You opened you first store while you were pregnant? What was that experience like? How did you juggle everything with no sleep?

I found out I was pregnant with my son Rohan a week after I signed the lease on the first Moon Juice Shop, on Rose Avenue in Venice. It was the size of a shoebox, but as a New Yorker, I knew that small and cramped could work. What I didn’t know was how I could possibly nurture and give birth to both a human and a business at the same time. Once Rohan was born, I barely slept, I would get up in the middle of the night to feast on juices, avocados, and coconut yogurt to feed my own body as I was providing sustenance to my ravenous baby boy. I was completely energized by the bliss of birth and meeting Rohan and of seeing my dream become a reality, I will never be able to separate the birth of my child from the birth of Moon Juice, but it was a time that really pushed me to put these foods and herbs that I believed in really on the line.

Once Rohan was born, I barely slept, I would get up in the middle of the night to feast on juices, avocados, and coconut yogurt to feed my own body as I was providing sustenance to my ravenous baby boy.

Clair de Lune – it’s a collaboration I did with Odacite. It’s a box set that comes with a little spray made of Bulgarian organic rose and fresh aloe that you spray on your face. And then I take two to three drops of the pressed wild carrot seed oil and I spread it with my fingertips on my face. It’s like juice for your face. It’s not cut with anything. It smells like a perfume-y dirt. I put this on three times a day and it just sinks in and is on par with my advocating for us to be eating good raw fat internally, we should also be putting pure essential oil onto our face. I think that we were all taught in the ’90s if you eat fat you get fat and if you put fat on your face, you get pimples. Both of those things are incorrect. Part of doing this collaboration was to get the re-education of anointing ourselves with oil.

I think that we were all taught in the ’90s if you eat fat you get fat and if you put fat on your face, you get pimples. Both of those things are incorrect.

The other thing I drink all day long is Beauty Dust, which has schizandra, pearl and goji mixed with water. I just tap it into a water bottle, though you can do it hot or cold. Skin and hair love it. I don’t brush my hair or put anything in it. I feed my hair from the inside and the Beauty Dust keeps it shiny and lustrous throughout the seasons. It’s like drinking the new-age version of Snapple iced tea all day.

I feed my hair from the inside and the Beauty Dust keeps it shiny and lustrous throughout the seasons. It’s like drinking the new-age version of Snapple iced tea all day.

To learn more about Moon Juice visit their site here.