VEGAN SUPERFOOD GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE

CHANELLE’S VEGAN SUPERFOOD GREEN GODDESS SMOOTHIE

 

 P: @victorofvalencia with @ simplystraws

P: @victorofvalencia with @simplystraws

  • Apple juice (organic unfiltered, no added sugar) for smoothie base
  • Amazing Grass Organic RAW PRESERVE Veggie Powder (contains twenty five billion probiotics per serving. Packed with whole organic super foods, like chlorella, spirulina, maca and more!  Here is a LINK to all of the ingredients.
  • Hemp Seeds * a rare balance of omega 3,6,9 fatty acids * Fun Fact: fat content helps deliver nutrients to the cells in your body
  • Fresh greens
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Turmeric powder – powerful anti-inflamatory

Don't forget to drink out of your reusable glass drinking straw- inspired by SIMPLY STRAWS

TRIBE DIARY: Camper "Fast" #PRSNTloveland Colorado

 p: @gibblegabby

p: @gibblegabby

Chanelle and I met about five years ago at my home mountain Winter Park Resort. I had attended the Oakley Progression Sessions and she was my coach. After that camp I had thought to myself that Chanelle was probably the coolest person who had ever set foot on earth. But, I wasn't to sure if Chanelle and I would ever see each other again. One day after school my dad picked me up from the bus and told me he signed me up for some camp called BPRSNT.

prsnt amarath bowl food

When he told me the news I wasn't quite sure what he was getting me into this time. I figured it would be the same as any other camp that I had been to. The camp blew me away, it was the complete opposite of what I had expected. During the fast two days of my experience at the BPRSNT camp I learned things that not only changed my perspective on life, but my view on how I should love and respect who I am as an individual. I left this camp not wanting to go home. It was as if I was in a completely different world with only loving, respectful humans and nothing else mattered. Every day I woke up receiving amazing positive energy from Chanelle and Kjersti, I ate the most delicious meals, learned yoga, went out and shredded with the raddest girls, came home and had the most touching conversations that made me view myself and others in a much different way than I had before the camp.

Since camp, I have been so inspired to cook myself homemade organic meals, set goals for myself, and give gratitude towards my life and the people surrounding me. I am so grateful I was able to go to  this life changing event that will stay with me for the rest of my life. 

LENTIL AND BUCKWHEAT CURRY

PRSNTkitchn: Lentil and Buckwheat Curry

 This lentil and buckwheat curry topped with broccoli leaves, carrots and sesame seeds is so quick and easy to make and tastes soon yummy + it's healthy and light.

This lentil and buckwheat curry topped with broccoli leaves, carrots and sesame seeds is so quick and easy to make and tastes soon yummy + it's healthy and light.

 

How to make the curry sauce:

One can of  organic coconut milk

 1/2 TBS turmeric,

1 TBS fenugreek seeds

A pinch of paprika

1 TBS GMO free / gluten free tamari or soy sauce

1 TBS freshly squeezed ginger root

Sea salt to taste

 + fresh jalapeños or other spicy peppers you may like

 

POST WORK OUT SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE BOWL

How about this amazing superfood bowl for a post work out session?

BLEND in Nutri Bullet

1/2 cup of organic strawberries

1 scoop of Amazing Meal Pomegranate Mango

4 Stems of fresh Kale

1 TBS Acai Powder from The Raw Chocolate Company 

1 TSP Maca Root Powder from

TOP with:

Coconut Shavings

Raw Mulberry Bits from The Raw Chocolate Company

Organic, fresh Strawberries 

Raw Goji Berries from Navitas naturals

Hemp Granola

PRSNT Founder: Chanelle Sladics talks Simply Straws Kickstarter

Hello! Simply Straws Here!

We are a boutique reusable glass drinking straw company which provides an alternative to the common plastic straw. Did you know 500 million plastic straws are used and disposed of daily in the USA alone? I know, crazy! So we set out to offset this specific plastic pollution problem.

We first thought stainless steel would be our solution, but we were quickly challenged by how hot, cold and potentially dirty our straw was. Then we considered bamboo and realized it was a host for mold in the long term. Once we went glass, we never looked back. Not only are they beautiful, our glass straws are incredibly durable (strongest commercially made glass on the market), BPA-free, non-toxic, sustainable, and handmade in California. Yes, right here in the USA!

SIMPLY STRAWS x MASON JAR

 Our straws are a match made in heaven with mason jars, but we had to adapt the lid to accommodate our stunning glass straw. Here’s a peek:

THE SIMPLY MASON STRAW JAR LID 1.0 

 Our first custom lid was a great first step, but the lid leaked and made loud noises while in motion, like bumping around in the car!

THE SIMPLY MASON JAR LID 2.0

 After much time and sampling, our patented silicone grommet was born. We have tried and tested this new grommet with overwhelming success, but modifications still need to be made to accommodate all straw diameters we sell. 

 THE SIMPLY MASON JAR LID 3.0 (Kickstart)

 We didn't want to stop with the mason grommet lid! Listening to our numerous customer requests, we are currently creating a superior lid that will resist rust, will best accommodate all straw varieties, and will represent the quality we stand behind. All of our glass straws have a lifetime guarantee and we want our lids to also be the last ones you ever buy! 

Therefore, we introduced our first ever: rust free, single piece, hassle-free, dent-free, stainless steel custom mason lid, perfectly accommodating our glass drinking straws.

 

3.0 MASON STRAW LID PROTOTYPE

Now we just need YOUR help to get our stainless steel lid campaign off the ground! 

ONE PEICE. NO MORE RUST. NO MORE DENTS. NO MORE HASSLE.

Here at Simply Straws, we offer a beautiful and extensive line of durable borosilicate glass drinking straws and other fun accessories such as mason jars, custom lids, cozies, cleaning brushes, straw sleeves, and utensil kits. Last but not least, the newest addition to our ever-growing family is our patented silicone grommet mason lid, which has been a huge hit!

 We are also passionately committed to this plastic pollution challenge and commit a minimum of 1% of our gross income (thru 1% For The Planet) to benefit our non-profit partners whom are helping us activate and educate our world against these crucial plastic pollution challenges.

Our Non-Profit Partners

We'd like to leave the world a better place, sip by sip, and we’d like you to join us on this journey. By purchasing now from us, your reusable straw will offset over 30,000 disposable plastic straws in your lifetime!

By purchasing now from us, your reusable straw will offset over 30,000 disposable plastic straws in your lifetime!

Join our Simply Ambassador in being an agent for change, and looking good while doing it! 

 

LET'S MAKE A TOAST- THANK YOU

Developing this product and this Kickstarter took many many moons and was a team effort. Thank you to our families for being so supportive of this project and for the many late nights that it took.

Our heartfelt thanks to the following awesome humans:  

  • Kickstarter Video- Emily Wheatley | @FindingMacaroon
  • Filming - Emily Wheatley, Chanelle Sladics, Kjersti Buaas
  • Publicist- Jen Pearson | Single Fin PR | @singlefinpr
  • Social Media Ninja- Kimberely Bennett |Simply Straws
  • Graphic Design- Chanelle Sladics | @chanellesladics
  • Product Development- Cyndi Sladics, Gus, Jason, 
  • Campaign Team- Hayley Burchell, Vipe Desai, Cyndi Sladics, Chanelle Sladics, Jen Pearson, Emily Wheatley, Duke Burchell, Kimberley Bennett

Photography- Duke Burchell | Duke Loren Photography | @doooker Production- Hayley Burchell + Chanelle Sladics | Simply Straws 

and YOU! If you are reading this right now, THANK YOU for your interest, time, and consideration in backing this project. Hopefully telling your friends about this campaign! Please stay connect intergalactically on our social media channels. We can't do any of this without you!

PRSNT ADVENTURE: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Life is an adventure & ultimately we should treat every day like it's an opportunity to make reality out of our dreams. Last week we were supposed to go to a yoga & music festival but quickly realized upon arrival that there was wayyyy to many people there & the vibes were not quite what we had expected. A quick decision later and we were on our way to Yosemite National Park.

  Photo:   Ryan Griffin /   @Pac_fighter

Photo: Ryan Griffin / @Pac_fighter

As we got to the valley we had no plans or reservations and had to completely go with the flow and freestyle with what was available. Sometimes that ends up being the best way. We ended up meeting some very generous people, a young couple from Brazil/ Chile and an older couple from San Fransisco, who let us pitch a tent on their camp site the first nights.

 Susan and Frank [made up names to protect the individuals] became our adopted grandparents, letting us pitch a tent on their site at North Pines camp grounds in Yosemite Valley. When the morning sun peaked through the big pine trees, we gathered outside their camper for a bite and share conversations about the up's and downs of life. This time created a beautiful bridge across two generations

Susan and Frank [made up names to protect the individuals] became our adopted grandparents, letting us pitch a tent on their site at North Pines camp grounds in Yosemite Valley. When the morning sun peaked through the big pine trees, we gathered outside their camper for a bite and share conversations about the up's and downs of life. This time created a beautiful bridge across two generations


YOSEMITE VALLEY

There are a total of 5 camp grounds centrally located in the Yosemite Valley. You have Upper and Lower Pines (closets to the Mist Trail and JMT head), north Pines where we stayed, Camp 4 (climbers camp located below El Capitan) and a walk in camp ground (no car parking). If you want to reserve a spot you need to do so when they open registration online. It fills up in minutes so make sure to be quick on the shutter. If you don't get a camp site reserved, you can always post up at the half dome village in the morning (get there early) to get on the list and grab a cancellation. They announce at 3pm each day, you can always try to share with someone else in line and better your odds.  You might get a site, depending on the number of cancellations that day. 

 A little morning yoga / PRSNTfit 

A little morning yoga / PRSNTfit 

 Taking a rinse (no soap shower) in the cold, refreshing river 

Taking a rinse (no soap shower) in the cold, refreshing river 

The beautiful river runs through the upper, lower and north pines campgrounds (it used to have way more water in it) and it's a perfect spot to take a dip to cool off in the hot day. Temperatures in Yosemite during the day in the summer gets up to 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit. The nights can get quite cold so we recommend bringing a good sleeping bag and wool layers. 

GOURMET CAMP COOKING

  Jet Boils  are staple camping utilities for us. You can boil water in no time and the different cooking options makes it easy to make gourmet camping meals.  Chanelle doesn't go anywhere with  Navitas Natural  goodies and I always have my yummy superfood from  The Raw Chocolate Company  to spice up my oatmeal.

Jet Boils are staple camping utilities for us. You can boil water in no time and the different cooking options makes it easy to make gourmet camping meals.  Chanelle doesn't go anywhere with Navitas Natural goodies and I always have my yummy superfood from The Raw Chocolate Company to spice up my oatmeal.


HIKING TRAILS

There are numerous hikes around the valley of Yosemite. You have some that starts down i the valley like 4 mile hike and Yosemite falls, but there is no longer water in the falls so it's not as exciting as back in the day. We found the hike to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point from the parking lot with the same name, to be great for a quick, light exercise with a stunning view. Follow the signs towards Glacier Point from the valley. It's not only a good warm up for the longer hikes like Nevada Falls, Half Dome or Clouds Rest, but it gives you a very good overview of the valley and it's surrounding mountains, providing you with some awareness of where you are at once on the forest trails. You can also drive to Glacier Point and get a closer view of Half Dome, but this is a really touristy spot. The views from the top of Sentinel Dome are stunning and you can pretty much see everything (including Half Dome, El Capitan and the John Muir trail up to Nevada Falls from here.

 The terrain surrounding Sentinel Dome is perfect for trail running 

The terrain surrounding Sentinel Dome is perfect for trail running 

 Balance, strength and coordination in one go at the top of Sentinel Dome with a stunning view of Half Dome

Balance, strength and coordination in one go at the top of Sentinel Dome with a stunning view of Half Dome

 From Sentinel Dome you get a stunning view of El Capitan

From Sentinel Dome you get a stunning view of El Capitan

 Watching the sunset on our way down from Glacier Point #jetboil

Watching the sunset on our way down from Glacier Point #jetboil

HALF DOME

To hike Half Dome you need a permit, and these are a little tricky to get. You can enter a lottery online and if you "win" you will receive an email saying you did in the morning. Give yourself at least two days to get a response, for example if you wanna hike on Sunday you apply on Friday. If you don't win, you can apply again. It charges you about $4 each time you apply, but it's worth that investment. 

 The John Muir Trail starts at the Valley Floor of Yosemite National park and continues through amazing landscape all the way to Mt Whitney

The John Muir Trail starts at the Valley Floor of Yosemite National park and continues through amazing landscape all the way to Mt Whitney

 Good gear pays off on long hikes, do not forget your hiking shoes, like us ;)

Good gear pays off on long hikes, do not forget your hiking shoes, like us ;)

As soon as we got our permits to hike Half Dome, we packed our gear and headed out. Our permits allowed back country camping over night, but since this was a spontaneous trip we had to rent bigger pack packs at the shop in half dome village at the mountain shop for $15/day. We only had brought our regular tent so we had to get creative on the pack job. There are two options for trails; the Mist Trail and the well known John Muir Trail. We decided to take the JMT as it's a bit less steep and more comfortable with big packs. Don't get us wrong, this trail is still quite steep, starting at the valley floor on 4000 feet climbing switchbacks 4000 vertical feet up to the top of Half Dome.

 Nevada Falls looking beautiful from one of the look outs of the JMT

Nevada Falls looking beautiful from one of the look outs of the JMT

  The recommended amount to bring for the Half Dome day hike from the valley is 4 Liters per person. #zealoptics

The recommended amount to bring for the Half Dome day hike from the valley is 4 Liters per person. #zealoptics

  The top of Nevada Falls is your last change to fill water, so make sure to bring a water Filter, especially if you are overnighting. 

The top of Nevada Falls is your last change to fill water, so make sure to bring a water Filter, especially if you are overnighting. 

  Nevada Falls is also a great place to stop and take a refreshing dip and cool off from the heat.

Nevada Falls is also a great place to stop and take a refreshing dip and cool off from the heat.

LITTLE YOSEMITE BACKPACKERS CAMP

 From the Valley to Little Yosemite Camp Grounds it's about 4,3 miles. From the top of Nevada Falls it's only about 1 mile and much flatter terrain, so you don;t need more than about 40 min- 1 hour from there

From the Valley to Little Yosemite Camp Grounds it's about 4,3 miles. From the top of Nevada Falls it's only about 1 mile and much flatter terrain, so you don;t need more than about 40 min- 1 hour from there

 There are bear boxes provided at Little Yosemite Camp Grounds, but if you are hiking further to the next camp grounds you need to bring a bear container yourself

There are bear boxes provided at Little Yosemite Camp Grounds, but if you are hiking further to the next camp grounds you need to bring a bear container yourself

The nights and mornings are quite cool and temperatures go down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit this time of year. In the day time it tends to heat up and get as high as in the 90s so it's good to layer so you can shed through out the day

 Our set up at the back packers campgrounds was pretty sweet. The camp grounds are locate in the back country, 4.3 Miles from the Valley Floor. You do need a permit to sleep there [a ranger checks everybody who comes through] #CLWR

Our set up at the back packers campgrounds was pretty sweet. The camp grounds are locate in the back country, 4.3 Miles from the Valley Floor. You do need a permit to sleep there [a ranger checks everybody who comes through] #CLWR

 The view along this trail is heart opening

The view along this trail is heart opening

 Chico Bags are our favorite lite daypacks

Chico Bags are our favorite lite daypacks

  Get To The Cables Early In Order To Beat The Crowds. It gets quite crowded by the time everyone from the valley makes it up there. Be There Before 10am and you should be dialed. If You Are Hiking From The Valley Floor That Means Starting Your Hike Around 5am as it's 8.2 miles to the top. 

Get To The Cables Early In Order To Beat The Crowds. It gets quite crowded by the time everyone from the valley makes it up there. Be There Before 10am and you should be dialed. If You Are Hiking From The Valley Floor That Means Starting Your Hike Around 5am as it's 8.2 miles to the top. 

  Photo: @Pac  fighter

Photo: @Pacfighter

 In the back you can see Clouds Rest

In the back you can see Clouds Rest

 View of the surrounding mountains

View of the surrounding mountains

We made it to the cables at 10 am, after a quick hike from Little Yosemite. We found some worn gloves at the base of the cables that people had left behind. We highly recommend using gloves, as you get a much better grip on the cables up. It's quite steep and can be slippery on the rock. 

TIPS ON HALF DOME:

  • You need a PERMIT to hike Half Dome 
  • Bring a headlamp
  • Bring an airhorn
  • Layer so you can shed
  • Bring gloves if you have to clim the cables
  • Calculate 4 L of water per person for day hikes from the valley floor to Half Dome
  • Get to the cables before 10 am to beat the crowd
  • Bring plenty of snacks with you
  • Bring water filter if you are over night camping
  • Cable climb takes about 15 min
 The hike up the cables takes anywhere from 10-20 min, depending on how comfortable you are with these kind of climbs and how many people there are   Photo:   Ryan Griffin /   @Pac_fighter

The hike up the cables takes anywhere from 10-20 min, depending on how comfortable you are with these kind of climbs and how many people there are

Photo: Ryan Griffin / @Pac_fighter

 Embracing Life To The Fullest At The Top Of Half Dome  Photo: Ryan Griffin / @Pac_fighter

Embracing Life To The Fullest At The Top Of Half Dome

Photo: Ryan Griffin / @Pac_fighter

 Stoked to be up there

Stoked to be up there

 That iconic rock

That iconic rock

Taking a moment, reminding ourselves to #BPRSNT
We are all creatures of the divine, perfectly imperfect
— @BPRSNT
 Taking it all in on the way down via the John Muir Trail. Calculate about 4 hours from the top of Half Dome to the Valley Floor

Taking it all in on the way down via the John Muir Trail. Calculate about 4 hours from the top of Half Dome to the Valley Floor

EXPLORE THE VALLEY FLOOR WITH BIKES

We highly recommend bringing bikes to the valley if you have space. There are bike paths everywhere and so much to see. With a bike you can move around efficiently and peacefully.

 We had originally brought our  TERN  folding bikes along for a music festival, but we ended up using them to get around in the Yosemite valley instead

We had originally brought our TERN folding bikes along for a music festival, but we ended up using them to get around in the Yosemite valley instead

 Pedal that lactic acid out of your hiking legs 

Pedal that lactic acid out of your hiking legs 

 With a bike you can see so much in one day

With a bike you can see so much in one day

 A relaxing day in the hammock by the river after our big hike, feels well deserved

A relaxing day in the hammock by the river after our big hike, feels well deserved

 Making sure I refuel with organic multivitamins on the go from  #PURPS

Making sure I refuel with organic multivitamins on the go from #PURPS

 Check out how small these bikes get #TERN

Check out how small these bikes get #TERN

 

PACKING LIST 


PACKING LIST FOR OUR TRIP:

 All the essentials for an adventure into the back country. We could have been out for 2 nights with what we brought. 

All the essentials for an adventure into the back country. We could have been out for 2 nights with what we brought. 

  • Big Back pack 60 Liters
  • Sleeping Bags 15 degree
  • Tent (We used our regular tent)
  • Water filter (we purchased the Sawyer from REI- to filter water from rivers, streams etc.)
  • Water Gators (3 Liter-always an option to fill less)
  • Map of Trails
  • Airhorn (Hiking in the dark with bears and wildlife)
  • Goal Zero solar chargers
  Take note of what you used on your trip and what you were "missing" to be more prepared for your next adventure

Take note of what you used on your trip and what you were "missing" to be more prepared for your next adventure

  • Light clothes for hiking (smart to bring things that dries quick)
  • Wool layers and down jacket for cold nights
  • Extra socks
  • Light hiking shoes
  • Down booties for cold nights
  • Small, lightweight Towel
  • Light packs (Chico Bag)
  • Fanny Packs for day hikes 
  • Zip Locks for Trash and Poop
  • Hat (PRSNT)
  • Sunglasses (ZEAL and Oakley)
  • Goal Zero charger
  • Sunscreen (We love All good)
  It's a fine line between bringing to much and not enough. Remember that you have to carry your pack up   steep sections, so be mindful of what you "need" and don't "need" 

It's a fine line between bringing to much and not enough. Remember that you have to carry your pack up steep sections, so be mindful of what you "need" and don't "need" 

 

  • Camera
  • Carabiners
  • A little bit rope / paracord for emergencies
  • Knife/ Leatherman
  • Headlamp
  • Compass
  • Jet Boils (The Flash)
  • To-GO-Ware (spoon is most likely enough)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • A little sponge + Dr. Bronner's soap to clean Jet Boils after cooking
  • Dice or cards to play games at night
  • Journal and pen 
  • Lighter and waterproof matches
  • First Aid Kit (w/ blister bandages and manduka honey for cuts)
 Maca maple cashews from  Navitas Naturals

Maca maple cashews from Navitas Naturals

 Organic, Raw and delicious snacks from  The Raw Chocolate Company  

Organic, Raw and delicious snacks from The Raw Chocolate Company 

 Basically leave nothing behind on the trails but good vibes. (yes you have to bring your poop back out with you or  dig down your poop 6-7 inches :)

Basically leave nothing behind on the trails but good vibes. (yes you have to bring your poop back out with you or dig down your poop 6-7 inches :)

 If you had a peak through our packing list you should be pretty ready to go. Have fun and enjoy the adventure that awaits.

If you had a peak through our packing list you should be pretty ready to go. Have fun and enjoy the adventure that awaits.


OUR GIFT OF THE PRSNT

We hope you enjoyed this gift, shaped by our experiences and urge to explore what this planet has to offer. The aim was to create a journey for you to follow, through images and words, in the spirit of awakening the adventurer that lives in us all. We hope we inspired curiosity for the outdoors  and presentness in your heart. Please feel free to share this blog post if you found it helpful.

 Nature inspires us to love and give unconditionally

Nature inspires us to love and give unconditionally

PRSNT ADVENTURE: CAMP XANADU

PRSNT goes to Catalina Island with Xanadu

In order to keep growing we need to be learning. We can seek inspiration from sources within ourselves but it's also important to get inspiration from sources outside ourselves. Last weekend we jumped onboard for an adventure of self discovery to Catalina Island with our friends @thexanadulife

A conscious group of leaders aiming to create positive community through experiences of wellness, education and green living. Gatherings like these pave the way and set an example for how you can party with a higher purpose. 

 Arts and crafts to stimulate our creativity and ability to be in a PRSNT state of mind

Arts and crafts to stimulate our creativity and ability to be in a PRSNT state of mind

I cannot get enough of good, sober, loving, authentic, creative, playful vibes! Thank you Xanadu for creating a space for us to get weird and have an epic weekend in Catalina! It was awesome dancing my heart out at the silent disco under the stars on the beach and connecting at the campfire sharing from the soul
— Chanelle Sladics

One of the aims for the Xanadu gathering on Catalina Island was to create a safe environment for adults to play, get lost and let go of their comfort zone, without any drugs or alcohol. That's why this weekend was fully stacked with fun games and play shops combined with intimate circles of trust and compassion. On Saturday night there  is a talent show where you can perform if you like and people practice a judgement free zone, so no worries regarding whether your talent is good or bad. You immerse yourself into the arts and into creativity, which opens up for possibilities to connect with people in a very authentic way. And the best ting, you are on island time (no time 😉)

 Weird in costumes was "the normal" on this adventure

Weird in costumes was "the normal" on this adventure

 Make your own camp name tag through arts and crafts

Make your own camp name tag through arts and crafts

 All kinds of shapes Dream Catchers made for unique art to be enjoyed around the camp site

All kinds of shapes Dream Catchers made for unique art to be enjoyed around the camp site

 Getting weird in our thrift store one pieces

Getting weird in our thrift store one pieces

Yoga, free diving, kayaking, stand up paddling, silent disco dance on the beach under the stars, bow and arrow and dream catcher play-shop, Acro yoga, Mind lab with goal setting speakeasy and a full on scavenger hunt including creating a team float out of scrap materials, was just a few of the activities provided this weekend. We found the bow and arrow play-shop very captivating and primal.

Kjersti Buaas BPRSNT XANADU CATALINA ISLAND
Embracing life to the fullest reminding ourselves how much nature constantly inspires us! We are all creatures of the divine, perfectly imperfect. Let judgement go and open up space for the infinite possibilities that nature & the universe provides us, everyday
— Kjersti Buaas
 Co-Founder of Xanadu Heidi providing beautiful face art

Co-Founder of Xanadu Heidi providing beautiful face art

 Yummy food created with intention and love

Yummy food created with intention and love

 Our Tribe "Global Lights" in front of our tent cabin. Our group represented many different countries and cultures, hence the name we gave our tribe
 Getting our morning BLINDFOLDED yoga time in on the beach. Not being able to see provides gratitude for what we have and challenges our senses and balance so much.

Getting our morning BLINDFOLDED yoga time in on the beach. Not being able to see provides gratitude for what we have and challenges our senses and balance so much.

 Headed out with the private boat to Catalina Island

Headed out with the private boat to Catalina Island

 Arriving the beautiful Catalina Island

Arriving the beautiful Catalina Island

 Chanelle dancing her heart out, setting her soul free

Chanelle dancing her heart out, setting her soul free

 The boat ride over to Catalina Island takes about 1 hour

The boat ride over to Catalina Island takes about 1 hour

 Why wait to express yourself?!!

Why wait to express yourself?!!

We don’t try, we Xanadu!
— Founders Heidi and Ryan

Thank you for having us Xanadu - to find out more please visit www.thexanadulife.com

YUMMY & HEALTHY BREAKFAST BOWL

Here is a favorite breakfast bowl of ours that came to life by just having a good time in the kitchen. We are such big fans of eating clean and healthy, meaning using ingredients that are grown in pure soil, without all the chemicals and GMO's 🌱

Our bodies are depending on us to take care of them and through our food we can create a healthy environment. This will show both on the inside and outside of ourselves. We also believe that the food has to taste good, so by using high quality ingredients like this is also a ticket to successful, simple and delicious meals. 

This breakfast bowl involves organic fresh greens at the bottom, sourdough artisan whole grain bread, avocado and eggs from pasture- raised chickens. Drizzle organic, cold pressed olive oil over the whole bowl and sprinkle with raw hemp seeds. Top it with sea salt of good quality and fresh cracked pepper. Finish with a squeeze of lemon and jalapeños for spice. We assure you this bowl will inspire some loud sounds and make you wanna go dance 💃

4 WORKOUTS FOR THE BACK TO REINFORCE GOOD POSTURE

Rubber bands come in many different lengths and resistance. They are lightweight and convenient to bring on the road. The exercises below encourages you to engage your shoulder blades and gives you great stability challenge in the extended positions. As professional athletes and snowboarders, we are faced with everything from shoulder injuries to back pain from hard landings. We find it extremely important to combine more heavy strengt training with more light weight exercises that focuses on alignment.

PHOTOS BY: Nikol Herec

 Move arm from start position to end position. Pinch shoulder blades in both positions. Do 10 reps and repeat with other arm.

Move arm from start position to end position. Pinch shoulder blades in both positions. Do 10 reps and repeat with other arm.

  Go as slow as needed in order to pinch shoulder blades in all positions. Keep your amor close to your body. Go only as far as you feel in control. Pay attending to your shoulder blades not "hiking" up.

Go as slow as needed in order to pinch shoulder blades in all positions. Keep your amor close to your body. Go only as far as you feel in control. Pay attending to your shoulder blades not "hiking" up.

  Arms should be extended out in front of you in a "V" shape.     Pinch shoulder blades in both positions.   Make sure your elbows DON NOT   extended behind your head.

Arms should be extended out in front of you in a "V" shape. Pinch shoulder blades in both positions. Make sure your elbows DON NOT extended behind your head.

  Extend your arms in front of you. Pinch shoulder blades in both positions. Do 10 reps. 

Extend your arms in front of you. Pinch shoulder blades in both positions. Do 10 reps. 

By pinching your shoulder blades in all the positions you train the rhomboideus muscles and the lower part of trapezius, which is good for the posture. These exercises can also help if you struggle with "winging" a muscular imbalance.

3 CORE wORKOUTS FOR BETTER SELF ESTEEM

A strong core is fundamental to perform your best in any activity. It's also linked to good self-esteem and and can help prevent injuries and bad posture. Make sure you switch between exercises for your lower back and your stomach muscles to create balance.

PHOTOS: Nikol Herec

 Plank to pull ins.

Plank to pull ins.

PIKES 

Upward Phase: 

Start in a plank position and make sure your shoulders are lined up directly over your hands. Engage your abdominal muscles and pull your legs towards your chest. Keep looking at your stomach as you pull your legs all the way through, keeping them straight and strong. Your toes should point downwards and your legs glued together. Pull your legs all the way till your hips are stacked over your shoulders, looking like a handstand. Keep your torso stable and spine as straight as possible.

Downward Phase: 

Breathe in and go slow as you move towards a plank position. Pay attention on your alignment, keeping your torso stable and head and spine in line. The intensity of this exercise can be increased by lengthening the straps and positioning your body further away from the anchor point of the bands.

 The Mountain Climber.

The Mountain Climber.

Before using bands you should be able to effectively stabilize your low back with your core muscles, because these exercises are advanced.