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Hangover Chronicles: II

If you’re reading this, then I managed to survive yet another terrible hangover. Why was I hungover on a Monday, you ask? Because everyone knows Sunday Funday is one of the best trends going around & I might be diagnosed with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I had to go. I just had to.

I attended the famous Kiki On The River to start my night of fun. We ate, we drank, and we had a great time. I’ll make sure to dedicate a post about their food and dining experience one of these days. As if endless frozé (see: frozen rosé) wasn’t enough, my friends and I decided to make an appearance at a new club Mr. Jones on the beach. Been there? Maybe- it’s where SET Nightclub used to be & I see it being one of my new favorite clubs. Side-note: the club was slammed and it was a Sunday night… do you people not have responsibilities? Let me be you!

After a heart to heart conversation with my Uber driver & getting home at 4 a.m. to a very annoyed mother, I knocked out.

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Actual text from my mom. Sunday Funday- that’s why!

Waking up to gardeners outside my window this morning was fun. My friend slept over, so luckily I didn’t have to do this alone. After many thoughts and considerations, I decided that being vegan and surviving this hangover were two things that didn’t go hand in hand. One had to go, and I wasn’t planning on dying today. Stay tuned for a post on my vegan experience soon to come.

It seemed like an eternity went by before the pizza was delivered. I ate some, (which did not sit well AT ALL… how could you do this to me, cheesy goodness?) and was somehow convinced to NOT be a couch potato all day. A few hours of nausea and dehydration at its finest, I somehow managed to hold down my stomach contents and didn’t throw up. I did almost throw up in the Sushi Sake bathroom, though, but again I escaped that horror.

It’s 10 p.m. and I think I’m now getting over my hangover. Either that or I’m just so tired & I can’t tell the difference between my exhaustion and usual shitty hangover.

Stay thriving (and I will too),

Nicki G.

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Vegainz

As a lot of you already know, I’m a pescatarian. September marks one year of no red meat, while my chicken intake has varied throughout the past year. After watching the documentary What The Health (twice), I decided I’d try to go vegan. If you’re interested, follow me and my weekly journey! I’m not sure how long it will last, but it’s definitely worth a try.

For breakfast I’ll be having things like oatmeal made with almond milk & topped with fruit, toasted wheat bread topped with tomatoes and onions, smoothies, or my signature avocado toast (sans the egg, though). Lunch and dinner is where it’ll get more tricky for me. I don’t like tofu or tempeh, so I have to see what I figure out. I love Gardein products, so I’ll definitely be experimenting with all their delicious vegan options. I plan on incorporating new veggies, mushrooms, and pasta.

I think the most difficult thing for me is going to be giving up cheese. I’m a cheesaholic, so this really is a sacrifice. I’m taking it one week at a time to see how it goes. If anyone has any suggestions/recipes, feel free to share! I’d love to try them out and see how they turn out. Also, stay tuned to my Instagram story where I’ll be posting my meals as I go through the week!

Love always,

Nicki G.

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5 Ways To Sleep Better At Night

If you’re like me, you’re a shitty sleeper. Let me explain. I am a sleepy girl with a busy life. I go to school full time, work part time, and enjoy having a social life because I’m not a loser. With that being said, I suck at sleeping. I’m a certified Nap Queen, but when it comes time to hit the sack at the end of a long day (yes, day, because after long nights I seriously knock tf  out), I cannot fall asleep.

I’m sure it happens to a lot of you. You’re sleepy all day, purposely do not take a nap when you get home, and then once you lie down, it’s impossible to fall asleep! Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s my undiagnosed anxiety. Maybe (see: yes) it’s stress. Whatever the reason may be, instead of restorting to popping a Xan as a part of your bed time ritual, try these natural ways to seriously improve your sleep. Seriously, they work.

1. Melatonin

Classic go-to sleep aid. It’s natural, and really does help you fall asleep as soon as you turn the lights off and lie down- & stay sleeping through the night. My only suggestion would be to take it waaay before you’re planning on waking up in the morning. This shit stays in your system and although you’ll get an amazing nights sleep, you’ll be groggy all morning if taken too late at night.

2. Chamomile Tea

I’ve never been a tea drinker- not iced, not hot. It seriously tastes like dirty water to me. But after countless nights of tossing and turning, I finally listened to everyone who suggested chamomile tea to me and gave it a go. I went with Tazo, but I’m sure all brands are good. The lavender and other herbs really help relax you and make falling asleep (and staying asleep) so easy.

3. Lavender Oil

I had always heard about essential oils, but thought they were some weirdo hippie remedies all the crazies used. Well, call me a weirdo hippie crazy girl, cause this works. The moment I began dropping a few drops of lavender oil on my pillows before bed, I started having the best sleeps. I sleep hours without waking up, and having the scent of lavender so close to me is so relaxing and wonderful. Be sure not to drop too much though, because the scent could get really strong and uncomfortable. Two to three drops on your pillows and sheets should do the trick.

4. Reading

I love reading, but it 100% puts me to sleep. I just almost fell asleep doing a discussion post because I had to read a case study (see: boring). If you’re finding it difficult to fall asleep, pick up a book you’ve been saying you were going to get around to reading and read it. Read a chapter a night, and not only will you get sleepy and fall asleep, but you’ll eventually finish a book on your book list!

5. Powering Off

The most difficult of them all. I can’t seem to power off my electrical devices an hour before bed as recommended. What if someone texts me (they don’t)? What if there’s Twitter drama (there isn’t)? If you can manage to power off your devices at least an hour before bed, it’s proven you’ll fall asleep more easily and sleep better through the night. Maybe one day I’ll have enough will power for this. For now, I’ll try the other tips mentioned above and continue waiting for texts that aren’t coming and drama that isn’t happening.

So I’m a sleepy girl who can’t sleep. Do you see my dilemma? Thankfully, these things have really helped me sleep through the night, so I hope they help you too. Try it out this week and let me know how it goes. And no, putting lavender oil on your pillows after chugging four margaritas at happy hour doesn’t count. Try this out on a Tuesday night or something when you aren’t drinking. And if you’re chugging four margaritas at happy hour on a Tuesday, I wanna be you.

Snoozy sleeping,

Nicki G.