8.31.2014

5 Day Juice Cleanse and Giveaway with Just Organic Juice

It tastes like CHRISTMAS people, CHRISTMAS!

If you follow me on instagram @alyciagrayce you would know that a few weeks back I did a five day juice cleanse from Just Organic Juice! After watching the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix one night, I was fascinated by the idea of juicing and health benefits you reap. I have always wanted to try one and see what it was like. I honestly wondered if juice could really satisfy me all day, let alone three or five days.

When Just Organic Juice contacted me about trying out one of their juice cleanses to review, I was pretty excited. I have always felt that juice cleanses were pretty pricey, and never wanted to commit to trying one without knowing if I was going to enjoy it let alone be able to drink just juice for five days straight. So this was my opportunity! I started with a three day cleanse and was going to let them know if I wanted to do a five day. I wanted to make sure I was feeling good and felt like I could really do a five day. After reviewing their site, I picked the Hard Boot Cleanse from Just Organic Juice. I wanted a step up from the beginner Soft Boot Cleanse because I have drank juices before and knew what to expect with how they tasted. The Hard Boot cleanse is also their signature cleanse,  and "JOJ’s signature (and most popular) cleanse, designed for an ambitious beginner or an experienced cleanser who needs to reboot metabolism and refocus energy on life extending habits. The “Hard Boot” Cleanse will flood your body with live enzymes, vitamins and minerals, give your body the digestive rest to clean house, and help you shed those extra pounds. JOJ’s legal counsel has required the following disclaimer however, please read, “WARNING: the ‘Hard Boot’ cleanse will leave you addicted to feeling great and wanting more.”


Okay, so where should I start? First and foremost, the juices were DELICIOUS! As someone who has tried several other juice brands, I can attest that JOJ is one of the most scrumptious, in fact, I would say it is the best tasting I have ever had. The grapefruit and mint juice was a total treat, and their AlmonDelight is seriously out of this world yummy. These two were by far my favorite and they are more like rewards during your day of juicing. My co-workers were pretty jealous every time I pulled my grapefruit and mint juice out in the morning! The AlmonDelight literally tastes like how Christmas smells, and I can honestly say that if everyone around me was eating ice cream and I had one of these juices I wouldn't even be tempted, it is that yummy.

The only negative side affect I got from the juice, wasn't really a negative to me, especially because it is expected. I had some liquidy poop (TMI), but that didn't even happen until after day three. Besides that I was pleasantly surprised that I has no negative side affects from the juices. I was always completely satisfied and never hungry. I didn't have any headaches, and felt like I had a ton of energy. Way more energy then I normally do that lasted into the night. It was amazing! It really was an eye opener because it showed me just how much of an addiction food is. I missed having a hot meal, and being able to chew. I realized how these sensations did nothing more than simply comfort me. I didn't miss the food itself, as much as the comfort it provided, and that was a huge wake up call to my eating habits. Once I was able to acknowledge that, it really wasn't difficult and I continued on to do the five day cleanse. I will note that I am not a huge beet fan, but the beet juice didn't bother me at all until day five. I think the monotony of the diet got to me with the beets, but it didn't matter because it was the last day! I also knew I had that AlmonDelight waiting for me!


I know everyone is wanting to know if I lost any weight, which I am sure peaks a lot of people's interest in doing a cleanse. But I want to make it clear that this is first and foremost about your health. I really learned a lot about my food triggers, emotional triggers, and what it means to really give my body the nutrition it requires to function at it's best. I tend to get bloated during the week when I am overeating, and I ended the five days feeling more alert, energized, and not bloated. I also lost six pounds! I personally think most of that was just water weight that I normally am retaining from poor eating habits. But even if I hadn't lost a pound it wouldn't have mattered because of how amazing I felt. As I type this I can tell you that I have been craving the juices. I can sense my body wants them and misses them. This experience has shown me that my body responds so well to juices and having more vegetables and fruits in my diet and that I need to give it that. Now that I know this, I am much more willing to spend money on juicing in my future. In fact, I am pretty dead set on buying a juicer now! haha I wont lie, I miss the convenience of having these juices delivered to my door (in the cutest bag by the way) and having all my meals just planned and done for the day. Talk about saving yourself A TON of time!


As JOJ says, "Organic juices and cleanses will serve most any purpose: jump start metabolism, change eating habits, flatten a belly for that special event, increase energy, improve mental clarity and performance, or simply provide peace of mind that you are giving your body an organic infusion of nature’s best to invigorate the body and mind for healthy living."

All I can say to that is YES, YES, YES! If you have ever thought about doing a juice cleanse, TRY IT! And today I am SO excited to host a giveaway for JOJ so that one of you can experience this as well. I really am excited for you guys. Today JOJ and I will be giving away a Three Day Juice Cleanse from Just Organic Juice.
 

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8.26.2014

Bear Lake Weekend

I had a TON of questions about this sweater when I posted this pic on Instagram. You can find it  HERE.
 
Trevor and his friends decided spur of the moment to get together at Bear Lake for the weekend. Since moving to Utah I have heard a lot about Bear Lake, but had never been, so I was pretty excited to finally see why this place was so great. For those of your who don't know, Bear Lake is in both Utah and Idaho, right on the border. We got in late Friday night, so when I looked out the window of our condo Saturday morning and saw the gorgeous blue, blue, blue lake, I knew I already loved it there. The town reminded me so much of Waterton, Canada, which I have blogged about a lot in my Canada trips. I just felt at home in a sense. Unfortunately for us the weather wasn't that great. It was rainy on and off the whole weekend, but when the sun came out we soaked up as much of it as we could. Even with the rain it was a great weekend. I couldn't get over how beautiful it was!
 

8.25.2014

Eyebrows Before and After

I am resurrecting an old post to talk about my eyebrows! You guys, I don't think I can articulate how much this tiny little beauty treatment changed my whole look! I guess I don't need to, the pictures do it enough justice. The other day while at work a co-worker mentioned how she had noticed a significant difference in my pictures from instagram from before my eyebrows. How much older I looked, and in a good way ;) I won't lie, it is all I can see now. Whenever I see an old picture of myself I think I look like an alien! haha Seriously! I am SO happy I wasn't stubborn and tried something new.
 
For years I have had people want to give me eyebrows, and for years I resisted the change. I credit this change to the internet. Yup, the good ol' internet. Beauty YouTube channels, combined with comments from GOMI (Get Off My Internets) kept pointing it out. So I had them done by the best and I will never look back. I needed them. After having this change for about six months now, I realize that is has changed everything for me. Not just in regards to my look and how I do my make up, but with how I feel. I feel more beautiful and more myself. I feel my age and I am more confident!

I write this because I want to reiterate how important it is to try new things. Change can be uncomfortable, but sometimes it can really be that thing that changes everything for you, for the better. I know something like eyebrows is a vain example, but really, think about what could happen if you applied this to every aspect of life. Who knows what could come from it?! Listen to people's advice, and try new things!
 



I have had so many questions regarding me getting eyebrows! I put together a little YouTube video with my story and the products I have started using! Hopefully this helps :)



Products Mentioned Below: 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow
 

8.20.2014

Lake Blanche Hike Big Cottonwood Canyon


I have never fully taken advantage of the fact that I live in the beautiful State of Utah. I am surrounded  by some of the most gorgeous landscapes there are and it is literally in my back yard. One day while talking about this with my co-workers we agreed we all wanted to start hiking more, and right there on the spot decided we would go that weekend. It is always nice when you love the people you work with, and I have always seemed to really luck out in that over the years. So me and my two friends Sarah and Alix met up and hiked to Lake Blanche located in the Twin Peaks wilderness area of the Wasatch Mountains. It was such a gorgeous hike! Not going to lie though, it totally whooped my butt. It is a six mile hike and takes about two and half hours to get to the lake, so I was pretty exhausted and sore after! The mountains and canyons in Salt Lake are beautiful and I feel lucky that we get to live so close to such beautiful outdoors. I look forward to enjoying them for years to come.

8.19.2014

I'M LOVING: JCREW FACTORY

I have always been a huge fan of J.Crew Factory! They have such classic pieces for a more affordable price point than J.Crew. They recently added a bunch of new arrivals and they have some really great pieces! Instead of putting together an entire outfit that goes together I figured today I would just share all the items I'm loving! From my picks it looks like I am ready for fall... Oh and they are offering 25% OFF online right now and most of this is already on sale as it is, sooooo, be prepared :) 
 
 
A / B / C / D / E / F / G / H / I / J / K / L / M

8.18.2014

Baby Blessing - Canada

 SISTERS ❤

I mentioned awhile back that my sister was pregnant with what is nothing short of a miracle baby. After 10.5 years of marriage, 3 adoptions, 1 miscarriage, a 3% chance of getting pregnant naturally, and they weren't "trying" to conceive anymore... I don't know what else you would call it. While I was on a plane to Thailand, adorable little Piper was born! A GIRL. My sister has three boys and was pretty convinced this baby would be a boy as well. Her and her husband opted to wait to find out the gender and I was just convinced it would be a girl. As I mentioned in the blog post about the baby shower we threw for her, I got her the most adorable little girls dress. Which was my way of willing it to be! It has been killing me to not have met my niece, but I finally got to!

When my parents told me they would be driving through Salt Lake if I wanted to hitch a ride with them to my Piper's baby blessing, I just couldn't pass it up. I wish I didn't have to come back so soon because I always have so much fun at her house! They live right on a lake and with sun not going down in Canada until around ten in the summer, we just play, play, play into the night! Lots of jumping in the lake, and back into the pool/hot tub, eating and goofing off. Never a dull moment at the Palmer household. It was really fun to see so much family. My grandparents were there, along with my other sister and some extended family. I stayed for the weekend but had to fly back on Monday while everyone stayed, which was a total bummer, but hey, a girl has go to work!

Before we even got to Canada we stopped in Washington for a family reunion. We camped for two nights and spent the time with my aunts and uncles and great aunt and uncles, you get the idea. After the reunion we drove into Canada through the BC side. We never enter through British Columbia because it has always been out of the way, but since we were coming from Washington it was the closest. It is by far the best way to go in regards to the views! I felt like I was watching a constant painting move across my car window. Stunning beautiful country. My Grandpa likes to call it "God's Country."


One of the small towns we stopped in on the way up! I would seriously move to a place like this!