1- Smashpop Popcorn Crisps: In an attempt to eat mindfully and to live a healthy life, I try to avoid processed foods as much as possible. Like I mentioned in my post about 6 Game-Changing Nutrition Rules to Live By, I almost always opt for almonds or fruit if I need a snack.
With that being said, I love popcorn and occasionally indulge my popcorn cravings by making my own popcorn in a brown bag or on the stove with a tiny bit of coconut oil and sea salt.
A few weeks ago I spotted Smashpop ‘Sweet and Salty’ Popcorn Crisps on the shelf at Sam’s Club. Being the popcorn lover that I am, the bag caught my eye and I decided to test them out.
The verdict: a delicious and relatively healthy alternative to chips or other processed snacks! My kids love them, as do I. Although I still encourage you to opt for whole foods like almonds or fruit as snack option, if you’re going to reach for a processed snack food, these are one of your healthier options!
In case your interested, the ingredients are as follows:
NON-GMO BASE (YELLOW CORN, WHOLE GRAIN SORGHUM, WHITE RICE FLOUR, POTATO FLOUR, TOMATO, SPINACH, CARROT, BEET, SALT), SUNFLOWER OIL, SUGAR, SEA SALT.
2- Playing Catching Up: Way back in the summer of 2004 when I volunteered with The Teak Fellowship in NYC, I had the good fortune of working along side an exceptionally intelligent and charismatic girl named Emily who was studying at Princeton. Our days that summer were spent working, but our free time was spent galavanting around the city, binge watching Sex and the City, and forging the foundation for a lifelong friendship.
I can honestly say that Emily is, by far, one of the coolest, most intelligent people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. She’s inspiring, enlightened, and well-spoken. She’s generous and kind-hearted. To put it simply, she’s kind of my hero.
As soon as I started planning my summer in the USA, I naturally got in touch with Emily and let her know that I was hoping to spend two months stateside. She and Megan had plans to attend a wedding on the east coast, so we immediately started devising a plan to see each other for the first time in six years.
Though it took lots of planning and loads of driving on Emily’s part, we managed to pull off a 24-hour catch up session that was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of our trip home!
3- Zoo-topia: My little sister drove up from Charleston for a long weekend last week, so on Friday when we spontaneously decided to take the kids to the North Carolina Zoo.
From the very start, I figured my kids wouldn’t last too long in the heat and I was right. We’d almost made it from the parking lot to the zoo entrance when my daughter started complaining that she was tired…
So, with that in mind, we decided to just take a quick tour of the Africa portion of the zoo. We were in and out of the zoo in under two hours, having hit all of the African highlights: lions, monkeys, apes, elephants, zebras, and giraffes.
While we were at the zoo, my daughter spotted several people walking around with frozen lemonade. Despite the fact that my little Franco-American princess had no idea what lemonade even was, she decided that she absolutely, positively had to get her hands on a frozen lemonade.
Unfortunately for her, however, the vendor we found was sold out, so my daughter spent the next hour frustrated as she hunted, in vain, for another vendor. The actual animals in the zoo were, as it turns out, not nearly as interesting as a cold, frozen beverage!
When her efforts at locating a lemonade vendor proved futile, we eventually broke down and promised that we’d stop for a frozen lemonade at Chick-fil-a on the way home.
Though my daughter claims, retrospectively, to have enjoyed our trip to the zoo, I’m pretty sure we could’ve saved ourselves some time and energy had we just skipped the zoo altogether and just headed to the closest Chick-fil-a right from the start…
4- Father’s Day: Living abroad means I miss out on celebrating holidays, birthdays, and the likes with my family. When I do happen to be stateside for a big day, it makes it all the more special to me.
This year I was so excited to be able to celebrate Father’s Day with my dad and my family! We went to church together, then went out for Thai food before heading back to my parent’s house to hang out and give my dad his gift.
We even conned my future brother-in-law into playing photographer so we could get some family photos!
5- Be a Sun Bum: I’ve spent the past few days being a beach bum in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina which means I’ve been coating myself in sunscreen multiple times a day. Last year my sister sent me an interesting article about the ingredients in sunscreens and how awful many of the mainstream sunscreens are for you. I immediately trashed all of my sunscreens and went on a hunt for a cleaner sunscreen. I ended up picking up my first bottle of Sun Bum SPF 30 Original Sunscreen Lotion and I have never looked back!
This year I also picked up some Sun Bum 50 SPF Original Spray Sunscreen and I love how quick and convenient the spray is for those times when I just don’t have the time or motivation to coat myself in lotion. All of the Sun Bum products I’ve tried have been awesome, so if you’re in the market for some sunscreen to protect your skin this summer, I definitely recommend that you give Sun Bum a try!
Have you tried Smashpop Popcorn Crisps? What’d you think?
What about the Sun Bum sunscreen?
Do you have another sunscreen you swear by?
Drop me a line in the comments below! Love love love to hear from you all!