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  • Exploring Seattle, WA: Missed Flights, Museums, Pike’s Market, and Marijuana

    Posted By Amanda Froelich on November 9, 2017

    Hey, lovely!

    So, a couple of weeks ago, Aaron (my partner/bf) and I finally took a trip to Seattle, Washington — a place we both adore. I’ve been before, but it was his first time to the state. And oh goodness, we fit in so much in just a few short days.

    To begin with, things didn’t start off so easily… I was ridiculously silly and for the first time ever, mixed up flight times. Just as we were heading to the airport, I checked the tickets and realized… our plane had finished boarding.

    Needless to say, I was a bit crushed.

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    But, if anything, Aaron and I are both persistent. So, we went to the airport and bit our tongues as we bought new flights. Hard part over, right? Eh, for the time being…

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    The rest of the trip, for the most part, was great! We ended up arriving in Seattle 8 hours later than we planned, but we let the hiccup go. Our first stop?

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    A marijuana dispensary.

    To followers who are surprised as hell, please don’t be. Aaron and I are involved in the cannabis industry (you can read more here and visit our blog My Stoned Kitchen) because we support marijuana as a medicine. If people want to smoke it for recreational use, cool — it doesn’t bother us.

    After acquiring plenty of pre-rolls, a new pipe, shatter and a pen, we took a Lyft to our Airbnb. The modern townhouse ended up being perfect for our stay, as it is located in a beautiful location and the hosts were incredibly gracious.

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    The next morning, Aaron and I got dressed, tried some cannabis-infused coffee, and then took a bus to downtown Seattle. Pikes Place Market was the first stop on our agenda.

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    Because Aaron and I are both foodies (go figure), we took advantage of all the great eats we came across. He tried plenty of deep-fried seafood dishes, and I gorged on fruit and weird creations such as this: (It was actually super yummy)

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    On our way to see the world’s first Starbucks, we also tried some fresh-brewed apple cider. Oh my goodness, guys, this was a treat.

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    And then, of course, being coffee-a-holics, we indulged in fresh coffee… at pretty much every stop.

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    A few other things we did on the first day include…

    Visiting the Art Museum, where there was a special installation for Andrew Wyeth

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    Walking 10+ miles around the city…

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    Going on the Underground Tour (we HIGHLY recommend this)

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    Credit: CityPASS

    Visiting another dispensary, then retiring to our AirBnB (hot tub, woo!)

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    The Second Day

    The second day in Seattle, Aaron and I repeated the previous morning and walked to the bus station. After catching a ride to downtown Seattle, we visited Capitol Hill. There — I swear, it’s really difficult knowing if someone is homeless or just a hipster.

    Like, REALLY difficult.

    We also visited the docks near Pike’s Place Market

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    Rode the Ferris Wheel

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    Toured the Aquarium (otters, seals, yippee!)

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    Credit: The Seattle Times

    Credit: The Seattle Times

     

    Walked a lot to nowhere in particular

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    Visited Smith’s Tower but, unfortunately, did not go on the tour

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    Ate at Chaco Canyon (a vegan, live food restaurant)chaco-canyon

    Oh – and Biscuit Bitch

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    All in all, we fit in a lot during our time in Seattle and enjoyed every moment.

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    Airline Troubles — Again

    Ahhhh. So, it turns out that if you miss a flight (at least, when you fly through Spirit), you have to inform the airlines or else they’ll sell your seat back.

    This happened to usMeaning, we had to buy two seats back to Las Vegas, once again, after arriving at the airport THREE HOURS early.

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    Fortunately, we took the lesson in stride, paid the fee (after insisting on a reduced rate), and made it home to Las Vegas.

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    Troubles while traveling are expected. At the end of the day, you have to just enjoy yourself and appreciate the little things.

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    So there’s a recap of our Seattle, Washington trip! Thanks to all our friends who suggested sights to see and things to do during our stay.

    Much love,

    sign-amanda

  • How To Make Hydrating Papaya Boats {Raw, Vegan} + Standing Rock Update

    Posted By Amanda Froelich on November 28, 2016

    Hey, lovelies!

    Okay, this might be the simplest recipe ever, but it’s still a great one to know how to prepare. Granted, one is most likely to make this dish if they live in the southern U.S., Latin or South America, and tropical regions elsewhere, but it’s still possible to create even in colder climates like the Mid-West (where I am right now… brrr!).

    Nonetheless, papaya boats are awesome! Consuming fruit in the morning is a great way to hydrate your body, nourish your system, and move your lymphatic system. Papaya, especially, is a great fruit because it’s high in fiber (great for digestion), vitamin A (nourishes skin, eyes, nails and hair) and is high in digestive enzymes so, again, helps clean out the colon.

    If anyone suffers from constipation, I highly recommend they consume more papaya.

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    Fun fact: even the seeds of papaya are incredibly nutritious. They help rid the body of parasites and are extremely good for digestion.

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    This recipe was actually included in my recent cookbook (which can be found here), and I HIGHLY suggest you check that resource out because it’s full of 80+ plant-based recipes, a 2-week menu plan, and ALL the info one might need to adopt sustainable, vibrant change.

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    Without further ado, here’s the recipe for papaya boats:

    Nourishing Papaya Boats {Raw, Vegan}

    Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

    Serving Size: 2

    Ingredients: 

    • 1 medium papaya
    • 1 mango
    • 1/2 cup sliced fruit (strawberry, guava, banana, etc…)
    • shredded coconut (optional)
    • cinnamon (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Begin by halving your papaya and scooping out the seeds with a spoon. Then, peel your mango and slice into chunks.
    2. Mix the mango with another fruit of choice and add in a sprinkle of shredded coconut. Mix again.
    3. Next, scoop your mango mixture into the semi-hollowed-out inside of the papayas. Garnish with fresh herbs (mint is delicious) and serve as is!
    4. As you can see above, the options of what you can fill your papaya boats with are endless!

    It’s really that simple… And oh-so-delicious! I used to make papaya boats when I catered retreats in Costa Rica (and taught citizens in Kenya, Africa how to eat healthier).

     

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    And I could leave you with this recipe, but I have some important information to share. Normally, I’m pretty reserved about sharing other aspects and interests of my life on Bloom for Life, as I mainly want it to be a resource for sustainable change. But guess what? When I do that, I leave a bit of my heart out.

    I’m a multi-talented, very diverse individual. When I’m not teaching people how to eat and live healthier, I’m giving reiki sessions to clients. When I’m not doing that, I’m writing for the alternative media site True Activist, helping to “expose the truth a lie at a time”, because I believe the official “narrative” most citizens in the U.S. believe is inaccurate and oftentimes fear-based. When I’m not doing that, I’m offering various other services – from PR work to photography to reflexology to yoga… You name it – it’s done. At present, I’m also attending university in South Dakota (where I grew up) to gain a more solid educational background to go farther in life. And, because I love to learn.

    One thing I haven’t shared anything about on Bloom for Life – despite having been covering it for True Activist since April – is the Standing Rock protests which are taking place near Cannon Ball, ND. In case you haven’t heard, supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are protesting the development of a four-state Dakota Access Pipeline which threatens to uproot burial ground and contaminate the Missouri river. There’s a LOT to learn about what’s going on, and I’ll share some links below for you to follow:

    Company Behind DAPL Rounds Up Wild Buffaloes, Keeps Them Without Food Or Water [Watch]

    Woman Arrested On Own Property After Her Land Was Stolen By DAPL

    Basically, my update is that this next weekend, I’ll be returning to Standing Rock as a member of the press to document more of what’s going on there, as well as be an advocate for sustainable change. Following are some photos from my first trip a month ago:

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    My other announcement is that I’m going to stop trying to categorize and dissect every aspect of my life – especially pertaining to Bloom for Life. I feel like this website is my baby, and it’s something I want to nurture and allow to grow. I am SO much more than just a chef, and it’s time the other talents and interests I have overflow into this resource.

    With this revelation, I think I’ll feel more comfortable producing videos and encouraging readers to what I always suggest: opening one’s mind to bypass perceived obstacles and ‘live a life they love’. It’s time we wake up, brothers and sisters. Are you with me? 

    xo

    sign-amanda

  • Bloom for Life ~ Welcome Video

    Posted By Amanda Froelich on December 28, 2014

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    Posted By Amanda Froelich on November 25, 2014

    Hey lovely, Bloom is taking off in a new direction: Videography!

    People – including us – love sharing messages in visual format, and creating videos helps to do just that. But you need to subscribe to the Bloom for Life YouTube Channel, and you do that by clicking HERE

     

    Thanks for subscribing! Many awesome things are coming (including the 4 Facets of Healing).

    Stay tuned!

    xo