5 tips to drink more water

Most people know they should drink water daily, but how many of us actually do it? The truth is that drinking water is a constant struggle for me, I know I should do it but I am constantly dehydrated!

Why exactly is water important anyway? Well- it helps control calories, energizes your muscles, helps to control body fluid balance and gives you glowing skin.

Here are 5 tips that have helped me to get more water in:

1. track your water.
you can use bracelet beads, a notepad or an app like myfitnesspal or waterlogged, but just track it!

2. use a filter.
filtered water does taste better, so get a filter you will actually use.

3. have a glass (or two) before each meal or snack.
frequently, thirst is confused for hunger so drink a big glass of water before you eat.

4. sneak in extra water with tea, fruits and veggies.
the tea is pretty self explanatory, but remember that fruits and veggies contain water and a fiber bonus.

5. Flavor it!
sometimes I will just add cucumber or a slice of lemon, but this spa water recipe is one of my favorites.

take 5 spa water recipe with watermelon and cucumber recipe via sunny vegan

Ingredients: per 1 serving

2 cups chilled filtered water
1/4 cup cucumber, sliced very thin
1/4 cup watermelon, sliced or cubed


combine ingredients in glass, allow to stand for 5 minutes.


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Not only that, Stayfree® is giving you 30 days of FREE yoga!
They have made it so easy for you too, just go the myyoga.stayfree website where you can look up where to purchase products ( luckily TarJay, I mean Target, has them) upload a copy of your receipt and start 30 days of free yoga with Gaiam. You can read more about it here, but hurry as this offer ends March 12th.

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I’d love to hear your best water trick or struggle too!

Thanks again to  Stayfree® and Sverve for sponsoring this discussion, as usual, all opinions are my own.


February 25, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Robert - My best water drinking trick is to strategically place cups around the house. This way, when I see the cup, it reminds me to fill it up with water!

February 27, 2015 - 7:11 pm

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement - I always, ALWAYS forget to drink water during the day. It’s not like I don’t like it, I enjoy it immensely! I just forgot to drink. I also have that issue with eating, too. I love your tips though, they’re all great! I’m going to have to try that recipe for flavored water 🙂

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That’s right, free yoga thanks to Stayfree® They have made it so easy for you too, just go the myyoga.stayfree website where you can look up where to purchase products ( luckily TarJay, I mean Target, has them) upload a copy of your receipt and start 30 days of free yoga with Gaiam.Stayfree Free Yoga  As much as I love to go to the studio, there are times that it’s just not possible ( like today while I’m home with a sick kiddo) but that doesn’t mean that my practice has to suffer. I can roll out my mat and get my ohm on at home, and you can too for free. Here is my little home set-up, it looks so much like the one on the site, don’t ya think? Then I can quickly stream classes on my mac or tv.sunny vegan- stayfree giam free yoga space at homefree yoga from Stayfree and Giam tvSince you are going to need feminine products anyway, why not stock up on Stayfree and get some free yoga while you’re at it. I like the Ultra Thin with wings, they stay put and are flexible enough to move with you from sun salutations to warrior pose. But hurry up, this awesome offer ends March 15th! I’ve been using online yoga classes for 2 years now and Gaiam is definitely the best. From complete beginner to seriously advanced, they have it all. Right now, as my life is complete chaos, the I am love  collection has been a huge help. I’m curious to hear, have you ever tried an online yoga class?   Disclaimer, this is a sponsored post on behalf of  Stayfree® and Sverve, as usual, all opinions are my own. 

February 24, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement - I completely agree, a lot of the time due to illness there’s no way I can make it out of the house period let alone to a single yoga class! It looks like you have a gorgeous setup in your own home though; I’m super jealous! 🙂

simple living – check in

It’s hard to believe that we have been in the mountains for more than a year already, and that we just moved again. While not perfect with our Simple Living plan, we have definitely changed for the better. I was actually doing quite well until we moved. You know how moving requires all kinds of unexpected things, like shower curtains and paint, so I have been spending and buying much more than normal.
This was not a planned move and we chose this house solely based on the things we couldn’t change. The view is amazing, I stop and take it in several times a day, which is good considering how bad the house really was when we bought it. Not only was it previously a rental, it had been neglected for years and smelled so badly that we couldn’t even move in until all the flooring had been replaced ( 25 year old carpet soaked with the urine of great danes bad- yuck!!). Once the flooring was in, we had to remove a bunch of drywall that was also urine soaked (double yuck!) and then we could get down to removing the wallpaper from the kitchen ceiling and start painting.

It’s been a few weeks of work and I have months of DIY work ahead of me, but as the kitchen is almost finished, I can’t wait to share it all with you and hopefully enjoy a slower simple living pace for the winter.

I do have this print framed and on the new mantel, I hope that you can find a place to use it as well.

live simply free printable word art via sunny vegan

Hello November!

prince family pumpkins


I can’t believe it’s November already and I have decided to sign up for my 1st NaBloPoMo ( National Blog Posting Month ) where you post every day of the month and yes, I may have just lost my mind. Life has been crazy with an unexpected move, total house renovation, soccer, choir and I topped October off with my first case of pneumonia!
Living without a kitchen hasn’t left me inspired to blog much, but since it should be finished this week it seems like a perfect time to commit myself to this blogging challenge.

Can you believe it  actually snowed today so I am ready to look forward to T-day and Christmas, after a quick look back at yesterday’s Halloween fun with my girls, that is. Last year I was so busy doing stuff that we didn’t decorate, didn’t carve pumpkins, and barely made it trick-or-treating. They may never let me forget it, but this year I made sure that we carved pumpkins and decorated just a little .
I hope you’ll join me this month for a little inspiration, relaxation and maybe even rejuvenation. Bring it on November 2014!

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thai pumpkin soup

thai pumpkin soup recipe from sunny vegan


I love the tastes of fall, especially pumpkin. I definitely lean towards the savory side and this thai pumpkin soup came together in minuets with such a warming texture and taste that I am making it again today.

Since we just moved, AGAIN, I have been remodeling the kitchen in the sadly neglected home we bought. The good news is that it will be finished next week and I can’t wait to show you all the transformation. The biggest problem in the kitchen is the stove, which I use a lot, as it has 2 setting. High and Off. Seriously, you can’t adjust the heat or the flame goes out and you are then leaking gas! It’s not just annoying, it’s dangerous so we ordered a new stove which is on the way from NY right now. Gotta tell you, I am ready for things to be more normal and spend time cooking rather than painting or tiling every day.

Back to the soup and pumpkin, which taste do you prefer, savory or sweet pumpkin?


Ingredients: 4 servings

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium onion – I used red because that is what I like best
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon fresh ginger- chopped
1 1/2 cups organic pumpkin puree
2 cups organic vegetable broth
1 cup canned coconut milk- shake well
1-2 teaspoons red curry paste – I keep it mild to serve the kids, but add as much spice as you like!
1 Tablespoon cilantro – plus more for garnish
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice


In medium saucepan, saute onion in olive oil until soft and translucent. add next 7  ingredients and stir until heated through. using either a Vitamix or stick blender, blend ingredients until smooth. add lemon juice, stir and season with salt and pepper and serve.
Garnish with coconut milk, cilantro, chopped nuts or green onion.


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