PlanetShoes + Icebug Fun Run Postponed

We’re postponing this run due to snow on the ground.  Please check back for the new date!

We’re so excited to be putting on a fun run with our good friends at Icebug!  The run, hosted by Boston fitness blogger Athena Karalekas will take place Saturday, March 28th.  We’ll be giving away Icebug shoes, t-shirts and other fun prizes, so lace up those sneaks and join us for a run around the Charles River!

The Details:

Who:  Anyone and everyone’s invited!  Please bring your friends and family – the more the merrier.

What:  5K (about 3 miles) run around the Charles River in Boston.  Don’t feel obligated to run; there will be walkers, bikers, strollers…whatever gets you outside.  Route details are below.

When:  Saturday, March 28th.  We’ll be meeting up at 8am.  The run will start at 8:30am.

Where:  We’ll be meeting up in front of the Charles River Community Boat House.  The Boat House is right in between the Longfellow Bridge and the Hatch Shell.  See map below.

Why:  Because it’s been a long winter and it’s time to get outside and enjoy spring!  Plus, there will be sweet prizes!

Route Details (click on the map to make it bigger): 

Route

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday!

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Breaking the Smartphone Addiction

breaking the smartphone addictionThe verdict is in… according to digital analytics firm Flurry, we now spend an average of 2 hours and 57 minutes per day on our smartphones. That’s a huge portion of our day: almost 1/8 to be exact.

While no one can argue their ultimate convenience and how they’ve shaped productivity and business, as you may imagine, there’s a bit of a downside to all this screen time. In our always-connected lifestyle, some parts of our positive interpersonal connection seem to be slipping away.

As we’ve written about before here on the blog, it’s so important to occasionally disconnect. Not only can phone addiction harm your relationships, but it may be hurting your health; smartphone use late at night is said to decrease sleep quality, thereby decreasing productivity and energy during the day.

One movement we love, #DinnerMode, challenges everyone to put down the phones and devices and take an hour per day to truly connect with the ones you love and the surroundings that inspire you to be your best self. Take the challenge for an hour at night; you could see some serious improvements in your sleep habits.

All this comes together to inspire us to be less connected via technology, and more so via face-to-face contact. So how can you start?

Turn off notifications
You’ll look at your phone much less if it isn’t always buzzing at you to beg for attention. Turn off all notifications via settings: Facebook, email, Pinterest… and only get into the app when you really want to.

Uninstall unnecessary apps
The more apps, the more to stare at…and ultimately click into. Having the apps on your phone is a constant reminder to check things that don’t really matter. Stick to the minimal amount of apps, and use the web to look up those things you really need to. Taking that extra step to get into Facebook via your internet app may be just the incentive to forget about checking it.

Turn on “do not disturb” or airplane mode
During the work day, out to dinner, or spending time with family, turn your phone on “do not disturb”. Without any notifications coming in, you’ll be bound to throw your phone to the wayside to enjoy a little “disconnected connectedness”.

Out of sight, out of mind
If all else fails, stick it in a drawer, leave it at home for the day, or throw it in your purse. If it isn’t in the corner of your vision, chances are you’ll be less likely to even think about it.

Have you tried any of these methods before? Would you be willing to? Let us know in the comments!

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Healthy, Easy-to-Prep Lunches for the Week Ahead

healthy_easy_lunchesIf your week is anything like one of ours, you tend to get a little busy once Monday rolls around. Hectic schedules are super conducive to grab-and-go meals… a quick stop for a bagel and coffee during a rushed morning, a mayo-laden sandwich for lunch, and quick pizza for dinner are all easy, scrumptious solutions to a frenzied lifestyle.

However, as you may have guessed, this lifestyle isn’t the most nutritious. We’re all about grabbing convenient meals every once in a while, but letting this type of hectic week totally get the best of your eating won’t do wonders for your health. Void of nutrition, these foods tend to be highly processed, stripped of the good stuff like those vitamins and minerals that keep you feeling wonderful.

One way to start on the path towards healthy eating? Make lunches ahead of time! Sunday nights, when you’re cooking dinner, throw an extra can of beans on the stove, chop some extra veggies, and you’ve got yourself a few days worth of healthy to-go meals.

We’ve come up with a variety of quick, healthy lunches to prepare on Sundays and get a head start on your week. Try it out this week; we’d love to hear how it goes for you!

1) Baby Peas and Cheese Frittata
2) Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers
3) Beans and Cheese Salad
4) Garlic Mushroom and Provolone Melt
5) Quinoa Salad with Peppers and Figs
6) Hummus Veggie Sandwich

What’s your go-to lunch special? We’d love to hear from you! 

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There’s a New Brand in Town… Meet Toni Pons!

toni pons sandalsThere’s a new set of shoes in town… and we’re kind of obsessed. Manufactured in Spain, Toni Pons is a seventy-year-old brand infused with Mediterranean style. Handcrafted and beautifully constructed, these colorful espadrilles are made with exclusive, high-quality, natural materials that pass the test of time.

Originally made with recycled tire soles, rubber and jute, Toni Pons understands the necessity of natural, eco-friendly materials and the importance of bettering one’s environmental footprint. These espadrilles feel-good in more ways than one; with enhanced comfort via environmentally conscious materials, wearing Toni Pons makes both your feet and your soul feel uplifted.

toni pons sandalsBeautiful styling—complete with bright, fun colors, beautiful silk and linen uppers, and wrapped jute soles—make these shoes the perfect addition to any spring wardrobe. Worn with dresses, shorts or a great pair of white jeans, these colorful shoes help you stand out the whole day through. We can’t wait to slip on a pair, spend a whole day window shopping and hitting up our local cafe for a delicious iced tea.

Check out our newest styles, from flat sandals to wedges. Which are your faves?

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Caramelized Onion, Carrot-Top and Swiss Quiche

 Caramelized-Onion-Carrot-Top-and-Swiss-Quiche1Fresh produce is some valuable stuff. Nutritious, scrumptious and irreplaceable, it’s almost impossible to not be obsessed with leafy greens, fresh squash, and the bright colors of carrots, peppers and sweet corn.

This value is unmatched, and because of this, we hate to waste any of the produce we grab from our favorite farmer’s market. Letting any of it go bad just feels sinful!

That’s why, when we came across this quiche recipe on Everybody Loves Pretty, we simply had to share it. One of the main ingredients? Carrot tops! These nutritious leafy stems are typically discarded, but this recipe changes that. With gentle, subtle carrot flavor and the classic nutritional benefits that come from your favorite leafy greens, these leaves are a great addition to salads, soups and sandwiches. Once you start using them, you’ll be sorry you ever threw them away!

This Caramelized Onion, Carrot-Top and Swiss Quiche is perfect for Sunday brunch. With an easy homemade crust, veggies for flavor and some added cheese, this may just be your new go-to.

Try it out this weekend and let us know how you like it!

Ingredients

Caramelized-Onion-Carrot-Top-and-Swiss-Quiche3For the Crust:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cold water (I used refrigerated)

For the Filling:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bunch carrot tops, washed and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup swiss cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Check out the full recipe instructions on Everybody Loves Pretty!

About Everybody Loves Pretty
Run by Candice, a twenty-something who has a joint passion for both cooking and baking, Everybody Loves Pretty was created as a creative outlet for the young professional to share her love for everything pretty. Completely self-taught, this impressive baker loves to try new unique recipes and create her own through inspiration from the Food Network, cooking shows and watching her very own family.

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Happy World Water Day!

#Wateris happiness

Today, March 22, marks the 22nd annual World Water Day, a day of appreciation sponsored by the United Nations to take a step back and look at the ways in which water affects us each and every day.

As is stated on the World Water Day website, today is “a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.” Water may not be something we remember to be thankful for throughout our daily routines; yet the designated day reminds us to take a step back each year and remember the ways in which water nourishes us and helps us thrive.

wwdWater is at the heart of public health, keeping us hydrated and disease-free. It is one of the most important parts of any ecosystem, keeping the natural world alive and well. Water is a huge part of our economy, keeping industry running every single day. It is inextricably linked to energy, that which powers our homes and cars, and is a vital aspect of the food we eat.

With the grand effect water has on our lives, we thought we’d commit to a couple every day changes to appreciate and conserve water this year.

  • Take shorter showers. The best trick we’ve found to lessen the length of your cleaning time is to set up a quick playlist of 2-3 songs. When the playlist runs out, you need to be out of the shower. Try decreasing the amount of songs on your playlist each day and you could get your showers down to merely a few minutes, saving hundreds of gallons of water daily.
  • Commit to Meatless Mondays. The meat industry utilizes a ton of water: 660 gallons of water is used to make one hamburger. Commit to Meatless Monday this year, getting creative with your cooking, to easily decrease your water footprint.
  • Conserve energy. One kilowatt-hour of electricity takes about 25 gallons of water to produce. Being sure to keep the lights off when you aren’t using them is a simple step in reducing the gallons of water you use per day.

As is evident, reducing your water usage can be easy with a few small changes to your every day behaviors. On another note, these changes can simultaneously be beneficial for your health and the environment at large.

How do you conserve water during the day? We’d love to hear your ideas!

 

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