Druiff Beach, Aruba by Jason Boldero via Flickr
New Place // Aruba
All-inclusive resorts, white sand beaches, drinks with tiny umbrellas, and perfect weather are the top criteria for my next vacation. These requirements are very different from any vacation I’ve taken in the past but being almost 7 months pregnant, it’s a reoccurring daydream I’ve been having. So I guess there is one more requirement…baby friendly! One of the places on the top of my list is the Island of Aruba. Located in the Caribbean, just outside the hurricane belt, the year round temps are fairly consistent 80 degrees. The climate is also arid and desert like and less tropical and humid which can be nice if you’re out and about. White sand beaches wrap around the 74 square mile island, which means there are plenty of options (Top 10 beaches). Unlike myself, if you want to venture out there is plenty to do like visiting Oranjestad, the largest city and capital, spending the day in Arikok National Park, and opportunities for snorkeling, surfing, and windsurfing. If you’ve been to Aruba or have other places you think I should look into, please let me know!
Cool Thing // Oru Kayaks
I love being on the water in a kayak, canoe, paddleboard or other small non-motorized vessels. I’ve never owned a vessel of my own but would love to. One of the major factors holding me back is the space they occupy when not in use. If you don’t have a garage, or at the very least, a yard, this can be a major inconvenience. I have tried inflatable paddleboards and kayaks and although they are very well made, at the end of the day you still have to inflate and deflate which can be exhausting, time-consuming and at the end of the day are still quite heavy. Then I discovered Oru Kayaks, which folds up into a compact square shape and slide into a bag. Oru offers three different models, the Beach LT which weights 26 lbs, the Bay St which weighs 28 lbs, and the Coast XL which weighs 34 lbs. Whether you’re a casual paddler or an advanced white water kayaker, there is a model for you. Although they are not cheap, with the least expensive coming in at $1,299, the reviews are stellar. The fact you can backpack into remote lakes or take it on an airplane and travel anywhere in the world gets major kudos in my book. Now I need to find someone who has one I can take for a test paddle!
Best Self // Probiotics
For the last couple years, I have disregarded anything I heard about probiotics. My overall health is great so what do I need to take probiotics for? But just last week after discussing the benefits with my doctor I caved. Probiotics, in a nutshell, are live microorganisms that keep your gut healthy. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi as well as yogurt and Kiefer are good food sources. However, taking a supplement makes it easy to get your healthy dose of probiotics every day. So why are probiotics important? When you have a healthy balance of bacteria, it can reduce things like allergies, alleviate bowel disorders, lower cholesterol levels and help with weight loss to name a few. An imbalance can allow toxins and bad bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which can lead to disease.
I am not a regular Goop reader but I thought this article provided some good information on probiotics plus if I can make my skin glow…why not?
Happy Hump Day,