Episode 019: Vegetable Soup, Mantras & Goal Setting

Today’s episode is all about goals! Over a hot bowl of hearty, vegetable soup, we chat all about how we make (and keep) goals in life and our plans for the new year. We think a big pot of veggie soup is the perfect way to ring in the New Year! Get Rachel’s easy, peasy recipe below.

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Also in conversation, we talk about how the brain is wired to help you achieve your goals, share with you a review of our own personal goals for the past and upcoming year, and discuss how you can still be productive even while living a totally goal-less life. (Hint: goal-less but not direction-less!)

Things we discussed in this episode:

Rachel’s favorite 21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s

The Get To Work Book

The Minimalists:
100 Days With No Goals

Facts About the Brain:
Goal Band – Facts About Goals and Their Achievement
Psychology Today – 10 Things You Should Know About Goals

Elise Cripe on Goals:
Why I Set Goals
Making (and Reaching) Goals
Productivity and Goal Setting

Hearty Vegetable Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern beans
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1/2 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  4. 2 carrots, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  5. 2 stalks celery, diced, (about 1/2 cup)
  6. 2 cups red skin potatoes, diced (I like the skin on!)
  7. 1 clove garlic, minced
  8. 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  9. 1 cup shaved brussels sprouts
  10. 2 teaspoons 21 seasoning salute from Trader Joe's (or an Italian spice blend would work great too)
  11. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  12. 32 ounces low-sodium vegetable broth
  13. 1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt added diced tomatoes
  14. 2 cups chopped baby spinach leaves
  15. 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  16. 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan, optional
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mash half of the beans with a masher or the back of a spoon, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, potatoes, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, seasoning blend, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to high and add the broth and tomatoes with the juice and bring to a boil. Add the mashed and whole beans. Reduce to a simmer for about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Add the spinach leaves and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 3 minutes more.
  5. Throw lemon juice in at the end and stir in.
  6. Serve topped with Parmesan, if desired. I really like Trader Joe's Three Cheese Blend on top with additional ground pepper!
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's Tuscan vegetable soup
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's Tuscan vegetable soup
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Episode 010: Mocktails, Mall Workers & Personalities

Today’s episode is a good one not only because we’re talking all about our personalities, but we also made some fruity mocktails! That’s right, we made mocktails, because no one needs to hear us drunk on actual cocktails on this show. These aren’t just just any old mocktails though, we made PERSONALITY mocktails. Rachel considers herself to be a fun and sparkling “Blackberry Nectarine Wow-Jito” and Erinn is a a sweet but spicy “Pear Ginger Quirk.” We know, quit our day jobs and start naming drinks full-time.

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As this was the personalities episode, we took the ever-popular and pretty accurate, Meyers Briggs test. Erinn is an INFP and Rachel is an INFJ. One letter difference! We also discussed the best and worst parts of our own personality traits, the personalities of our significant others (different again!), how that impacts our relationships, and what gets on our nerves. Hint: Pushy, free sample-giving mall workers.

Things we discussed during this episode:

16 Personalities – Meyers Briggs Quiz (takes about 10-12 minutes and gives great explanations, visuals, and tells you who in history and pop culture shares your personality!)

Gretchen Rubin’s Four Tendencies Quiz

Liquor.com – What’s Your Cocktail Personality?

Type Heads and Stress Heads

Frequency of Personalities in the General Public

Thrillist – What’s Your Cocktail Personality?

Pear Ginger "Quirk"
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup pear juice
  2. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  3. 3/4 cups honey
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 1 (4-inch) sprig fresh rosemary
  6. Sparkling soda
  7. Optional: sliced pear for garnish and crystallized ginger
Instructions
  1. Combine pear juice, lemon juice, honey, sugar, rosemary, ginger, and nutmeg in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 5 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugars.
  2. Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the solids. Let syrup cool completely in the fridge.
  3. To serve, fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with ice cubes, add 3 tablespoons of syrup, fill with soda water to the brim, and stir. Add more syrup for a sweeter or stronger flavor.
Adapted from The Kitchn
Adapted from The Kitchn
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White Nectarine & Blackberry WOW-jito
Serves 2
Recipe inspired by two different recipes, by Christin Mahrlig of the blog Spicy Southern Kitchen and Fern Green of the book The Mocktail Manual
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Ingredients
  1. 2 white nectarines
  2. Handful of blackberries
  3. 8-12 mint leaves
  4. 2 tablespoons Turbinado sugar
  5. 2 glass cups
  6. 2-4 Ice cubes
  7. 2 cups sparking water or club soda
  8. 1 lime (for making sugar rim and adding to drink as desired)
Instructions
  1. Peel and dice nectarines
  2. Place nectarine pieces, blackberries, mint leaves, and sugar into a bowl and muddle together (using the top flat end of a wooden spoon works great!)
  3. Place even amount of fruit mixture into two glasses with 1-2 ice cubes per glass
  4. Top with sparking water or club soda- add as much as desired
  5. Squeeze in line as desired
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint to look fancy
  7. If adult beverage desired, recommend to add rum as desired
  8. To make a sugar rim on your glass before making your drink, squeeze half a lime onto a plate. Dip the rim of your empty cup into the juice, then immediately dip into a separately plate of the sugar.
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Episode 006: Edible Face Mask and Lip Scrub, Sperm Eyebrows & Beauty

In today’s episode we chat all things beauty! We enjoy a homemade food-based face mask and lip scrub- both are EDIBLE! As Erinn states, you can have a face mask at night, and breakfast come morning. Rachel suggests dipping some summer fruits into it- maybe even swipe a chunk of watermelon right across your face while wearing the mask. We won’t judge. Next time, we may add more sugar to the lip scrub to make it more gritty like our favorite lip scrub from Lush (Rachel likes Mint Julep, Erinn likes Popcorn!).

We talk our beauty philosophies, our biggest beauty mistakes (re: sperm-shaped eyebrows), what’s inside our makeup bags, and our tips for looking and feeling your most beautiful both inside and out! We got the idea from our favorite Beauty Uniform series on Cup of Jo, and from one of our favorite podcasts, The Girl Next Door Podcast, which currently has two different beauty-related episodes out (listen to those episodes here and here!).

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As promised, we are linking to all the products we used (and them some!). DISCLAIMER: We have recently become part of Amazon’s Associate Program where if you click a product’s Amazon link on our website and purchase the item through our direct link, we get a very small percentage back to support our show! We have monthly costs for hosting and publishing the show to iTunes as well as costs for recording equipment and ingredients for our recipes, and any amount helps us continue to produce our fun show for you and keep it free! Using our direct links costs nothing to you and your Amazon page will look exactly the same and allow you to use your current personal shopping account, only difference is Amazon will send us a small kickback. Your shopping will remain anonymous, though we will get a monthly summary of general items that were purchased through our links (but does not identify buyers whatsoever). Win win for us all, thank for considering using this to support us! And now back to those products…

Rachel’s favorite skin care and make up products:
CeraVe Daily Foaming Cleanser
Josie Maran Daily Moisturizer with SPF of 47
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation (when I used it I just mix it with the lotion above!)
Sephora Bright Future Concealer in custard, applied with this E.L.F brush or EcoTools brush
Gabriel Translucent Powder in light beige
NARS Multiple Stick
Brow Wiz Pencil in Ebony from Anastasia
Mascara- Too Faced Better Than Sex waterproof Mascara, Pacificia Stellar Gaze Mineral Mascara in Supernova
Shiseido Eyelash Curler
BareMinerals Well Rested Brightener
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye-Shadow Primer
BareMinerals convertible Eye-Shadow palette, applied with MAC brush 224
Eco Lips Mongo Kiss Lip Balm in Peppermint
Lipstick- favorite matte is Kat Von D in Lovesick, every day color is Mineral Fusion in Charming
Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
Boscia Make up-Break up Remover
Thayer’s Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner in Rose Petal
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion

Erinn’s favorite skin care and make up products:
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, Normal to Oily Skin
Avenue Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
Garnier Skin Active Micellar water (Bioderma is awesome as well!)
Daytime moisturizer- Coppertone Sensitive SkinFaces SPF 50
Toner- Pixi SkinTreats Glow Tonic
Tinted Moisturizer- current everyday is Laura Mercier Oil-Free in Blush
Concealer- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
Keepin’ things oil-free in Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent
Bronzer- Maybelline FIT Me in Sun Beige with the Sonia Kashuk Angled Powder Brush
L’Oreal Paris Tru Match Blush in Rosy Outlook
Highlighter- MAC Cream Colour Base in Shell
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (It’s growing on me…)
Eyeshadows- Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette and if I’m feeling fancy, Cover Girl True Naked Goldens Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner Pencils in Demolition and Rockstar
Physician’s Formula Liquid Eye Definer
Mascara- Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! or CoverGirl’s The Supersizer
Lip Stains- Revlon Balm Stains in Honey and Smitten and Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain in Strawberry Kissed
Even more lip obsessions- Carmex for chapped days, NYX butter glosses in Creme Brûlée and Fortune Cookie, TooFaced Perfect Lips Lip Liner in Neutral Nude (perfect for any shade of lip product and any skin tone! Long-lasting too!)

Rachel’s favorite hair, body and nail products:
For hands: Up & Up Daily Moisturizing Lotion (the Target knock-off of Aveeno!)
Deodorant- Schmidt’s in Bergamot & Lime, or Herban Cowboy in Love
Fragrance- Dirty by LUSH (favorite scent was Breathe Romance by Bath and Body Works which they stopped making! Ugh!)
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner
Orofluido Hair Oil
Hairspray- every day is CHI Enviro 54 Firm Hold, wishlist is Oribe Fine Mist
Sea salt spray- every day is Moroccan Sea Salt Spray by OGX, wishlist is Sachajuan Ocean Mist
Butter London Nail Polish (silver topped bottles are her favorite!)
Not mentioned on the show, BUT: her go-to secret product is Bag Balm. It was made for cows (ha!), but she uses it for EVERYTHING (dry skin, irritated ear piercing, healing scratch, you name it).

Erinn’s favorite hair, body and nail products:
Self-tanner-Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer (Fair to Medium)
Everyday Moisturizers- Alba Botanica Very Emollient Coconut Rescue Body Lotion & Trader Joe’s Pomegranate Body Butter
Fragrance – Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt (all the women in her family LOVE Jo Malone!) & YSL Black Opium
Mousse & Dry Shampoo from Toni & Guy
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
Garnier Fructis Morroccan Oil
OPI Nail Envy
Fave hairsprays- Pantene and Elnett

Of note, Rachel did some serious Internet sleuthing and found the “faux-quarium” toy of her youth which provided the gel needed to slick back her bangs in the 90’s:

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Also, Rach PRE-BRACES:

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and Erinn PRE-BRACES. Can we give a round of applause for tooth gaps?! Also, the hair, OMG the hair…

Erinn with gap teeth

This episode rated clean! We BLEEP out all the BLEEP-ing bad words! Our moms will be proud.

Vanilla Sugar Lip Scrub
Adapted from CollegeFashion.net
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp coconut sugar (could sub brown sugar as well)
  2. ½ tsp honey
  3. 1 tsp olive oil
  4. ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine honey and olive, add in brown sugar and vanilla, stir to combine.
  2. Apply a small amount to lips and gently scrub for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Rinse it off and apply favorite lip balm.
  4. For an extra gritty lip scrub, we recommended adding more sugar until desired texture is achieved.
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Greek Yogurt Honey Face Mask
Adapted from Health.com
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  2. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 1 Tablespoon honey
  4. Dash of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Stir or blend all ingredients to combine
  2. Slather it on (avoiding the eye area), then wipe off with a warm washcloth after 15 minutes. Feeling tingly? Don’t worry—that’s the cinnamon bringing oxygen-rich blood to the surface of skin, giving you a healthy glow!
  3. If desired, take a swipe of your masked face and eat!
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