As The Snow Falls Outside – Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for Your Spring Break Get Away!

It’s that time of the year again … Spring Break! At first this young Boston-area college girl like myself most definitely thinks to herself “YES! VACATION, WARMTH, NO CLASS, HALLELUJAH”. But then reality sinks in and I realize “damn, I have been living the life of a hibernating grizzly bear for the past six months.” Let’s get real, sweatpants and baggy sweatshirts have basically become my second skin to survive the brutal Boston winter. I am practically Casper the Ghost, pasty white. Overall my appearance is definitely lacking. So, beach bod mode must go into hyper drive.

When it comes to working out I find I get bored quite easily, literally can only stay on the treadmill if I have a Netflix series streaming in front of my face, so my tip to staying motivated is definitely staying diverse with your fitness routine. Going to the gym, taking spin, and stretching with yoga classes has given me the diversity that I definitely need, and sometimes I even just follow youtube videos in my dorm room like the one below.

Working out can suck, but dieting is definitely worse LOL, I love my food and have found that making SATISFYING meal preps that keep me full is the key to not wanting to snack late night (chunky peanut butter on a chocolate rice cake w/ chocolate chips… I adore you). I am not going to bother you with my meal preps because let’s get real no one cares and you can find MUCH better ones on Pinterest.

However, I will share with you what my roommates have been doing as a “Spring Break-Crunch Time-Smoothie Cleanse”… I did not take part as I enjoy solid food too much.

Breakfast – Green Tea with Lemon

Smoothie:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Flaxseed
  • 1 Cup Raspberries
  • 1 Banana
  • ¼ Cup Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Almond Butter
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • Lunch – Smoothie made from:
  • ½ Cup Almond Milk
  • 4 Celery Sticks… lol this is such a diet it’s awful
  • 1 Cucumber… hahahahaha it keeps getting worse
  • 1 Cup Kale
  • ½ Green Apple
  • ½ Squeezed Lime
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Cup Pineapple

Dinner – Smoothie:

  • 1 & ½ Cups Coconut Water
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • ½ Cup Mango
  • 1 Cup Kale
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Avocado
  • ¼ Tbs Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Flaxseed

In addition to these “meals” the smoothie cleanse victim is allowed green tea before breakfast and after dinner, and water with lemon and cayenne pepper before and after lunch!

When I asked my dear roomies for a quote on their experience I was told that … “The smoothie cleanse made me feel good and the breakfast one was super delicious.” “I feel skinnier, but definitely crave some real food.” “The green one had a whole cucumber in it and I threw it up at work.”  So, take that for what you will.

Overall, I would say some mixed reviews … definitely not for everyone, but highly recommended to those who want to see a difference FAST!

When it comes to Spring Break, or any vacation/bathing suit wearing occasion there can be a lot of stress and pressure on us females, but it is important to love yourself and remember that in order to have a bikini body you simply need two things: a bikini & a body. LOVE YOURSELF.

 

Vacationing in the middle of the winter calls for lots of skin tone assistance, especially when you are a blue eyed, freckle faced Irish girl who could camouflage with the snow. So, I went to my girl Hannah @spraytansbyhannah who made me a golden goddess in the comfort of her own home (with her dogs – who loved me and me them – Hannah said I have good dog energy … which made me love her that much more). It was literally the easiest, most NATURAL spray tan I’ve ever had.

In home spray tan set up.

“Spray tanning brings confidence to anyone in minutes. I can see it on their faces the happiness when they leave! Mobile spray tanning allows anyone to get a spray tan in the comfort of their own home or location of choice. I go to the customer with a pop up tent for a quick in and out appointment in 15 minutes. A spray tan is perfect for weddings, bachelorette parties, birthdays, and sororities.” – @spraytansbyhannah

Hannah offer various shades, rapid tans and customized colors. Different shades allows you to get a spray tan no matter what your skin tone! The solution is made from a corn derivative so the sugar enzymes develop on the skin creating a custom glow based on your individuals skin. The Aviva solution is hypoallergenic, organic, cruelty-free, gluten and nut free, and paraben free. It dries in minutes, fades naturally and will not clog your pores. #PowerMoves

Now onto my spring break make up regimen. if you’re anything like me, you suck at putting on makeup, and DEFINITELY want to be able to swim in a pool/ocean without the fear of mascara dripping down your face. #NotCute What I am about to share with you is big, like practically life changing for me … get eyelash extensions.

 

I wake up in the morning, and DO NOT PUT ON ANY EYE MAKE UP, it is incredible. My girl Jaime Ross (@beautybyjaime) is the sweetest, most talented chick and makes me feel SO confident with my lash extensions. I am serious, if you have ever considered any type of eyelash extension you simply have to go to her.

Last but not least, the all important mani-pedi. I don’t know about you guys but when it comes to nail care in the winter … I do not give a damn. It is cold, it is dry, my cuticles are flying everywhere and the OPI light pink “Mod About You” (winter classic) color that I painted on myself has chipped away to practical nonexistence. So it is safe to say your girl deserves some spa time!

I headed over to Rose Nails on Moody Street, got a sick parking ticket #thxWalthamPD, and got the hook up. The service was great and I am so happy with how my white gel polish (tryna look tan okay) came out! Rose Nails has been around for almost 2 years and specializes in nail art, designs and all of the up to date nail trends.

Overall, I am super extra and it is totally not necessary to treat Spring Break like Senior Prom, but if you do I absolutely recommend each of these businesses but probably do not recommend the smoothie cleanse, (sry not sry). Do what makes you happy and remember that Spring Break is supposed to be exactly that, a break! Use it as time to relax, reflect, and recharge for the last leg of winter. I personally will be reading a lot of Jodi Picoult, doing a lot of horizontal laying, snorkeling and eating a bunch of carbs. 😉

Evidence that I was a little active this Spring Break. Stay tuned for my blog about my Aruba adventure! Lot’s of eating, drinking, sunning, and relaxing! Aruba is One Happy Island!

Thanks for reading & if you have any questions on the services I mentioned above feel free to reach out!

Instagram: shannonfairweather_

Email: shanfairweather@gmail.com

Till next time friends,

Xoxo,

Shan

 

 

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With an over-the-top LOVE for Boston, Shannon is a Junior studying Marketing & Creative Industries at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is also a Contributing Reporter/Editor for Dirty Water Media, Creator of Dirty Water Teen, Owner of Irish Twin Promotions, and Owner/Co-Creator of Sustainable Sippin', an environmentally friendly re-usable straw company In between school, dance and entrepreneurial adventures, Shannon loves social media, celebrity tracking, planning fun and engaging events, attending concerts, traveling, eating, drinking, and hanging out with her close friends … particularly her dog Bella. In her role in her family's media business - Dirty Water Media - Shannon created Dirty Water Teen to deliver the same entertaining and fun content to younger audiences that Dirty Water TV, Dirty Water Radio, Dirty Water Media, Dirty Water Sports & Dirty Water News have been doing for years. “Bostonians love to have fun,” says Shannon. “Dirty Water Media and Dirty Water Teen are cool ways to stay on top of the trends, attend the hottest events, and stay on top of the latest trends, styles, music, sports and experiences here in this amazing city!”

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