7 Ways to Make Time for your Friends (when you're busy AF) with Bota Box

This is sponsored by Bota Box. All opinions are always my own. 

If you're like I am, you're scheduled is filled to the BRIM.

Work, hobbies, workouts, chores, travel...it can get a little crazy. It seems weird that sometimes I go weeks between seeing my friends, especially when they are the people I love the MOST.

If I'm trying to do things I love at all times, why am I not seeing my friends more often?

I know for me it can be difficult to do anything but work. If anyone has asked how I 'balance it all', I really don't. I work 7 days a week, all day, and I don't do much outside of it as of late. It's nice that what I love isn't work for me.

Podcasting, blogging, even my job (which lets me be creative and lets me travel a lot) doesn't feel like work.

CLICHE I KNOW, and it's not ALWAYS true. I mean ya girl works in excel sometimes and really wants to bash my head into my monitor but for the most part I love staying busy, and doing things at ALL TIMES. 

I've been finding myself working more and more, and most of my friends (other creatives in LA) work in the same field I do, which perpetuates our little working cycle. It's good, yes, but I realized I need to separate every once in a while and really put in the time with my friends that doesn't involve work. 

Especially with Lindsey (and Justin for sure) but with The Almost 30 Podcast, we are in CONSTANT communication. From 6 AM until 9 PM at night, we are talking through things. Podcasting is A LOT OF WORK. She and I are talking about the sound production, marketing, guest scheduling, invoicing, events...there's a lot to do and since it's growing, we always are trying to stay ahead. 

Basically, from a friendship perspective, Lindsey and I have been all business lately.  

So, in an effort to make more time for the people I love, I scheduled a wine night for she and I.

Lindsey is a wine girl (meaning when she's having a nice dinner or out she'll have a glass or two) so making sure to think of what she wants in our evening is important. When you want to make more time, to show your friends you love them, what more do you need than their favorite wine?

In full transparency, you hundred babes know that I drink sparingly. I'll have a glass or two (if it's good wine) but it's not something that's been a priority for me. So having Bota Box around is a new thing, but it was perfect to bring for our wine night.

I realized you guys are right :). Having a good wine makes any occasion that much more special, and even though in this case were just hanging at her apartment it made it so special. 

Sipping *delicious* vino from nice glasses made it seem so much more like an event than if we were just drinking our usual La Croix. It was easy for me to take the box (and mini Bota's!) to her house, and storing them in the fridge was a piece of cake. 

What I planned for the night in was, first the food. I got a few different side dishes from Erewhon (my favorite grocery store ever in L.A.). Things like cauliflower, sweet potato, zuchini noodles, salad...a variety. For our drink, I had my two Bota Box's and mini Bota's, which are small to-go wine containers that are resealable and can go anywhere. It was easy! 

In order to make time for my friends (and do nights like these) it's key that it was scheduled, I planned the meal, and we had the nice touch of some wine. 


Other ways to make time for your friends:

Call a friend while you're driving or cleaning: Multi-tasking FTW!

Combine your to-do's with your hangouts: My favorite. Who doesn't love a Target run with your friends? 

Weave friend time into 'me' time: I am ALL ABOUT THIS. I will schedule chill yoga sessions, massages, anything with friends that's also spa-like. Use your recovery time with your besties. 

Use that lunch time: Seriously, I am all about leveraging a lunch hour. I schedule meetings with friends during lunch all the time. It breaks up the day, and gives you a little pep in your step since you're getting out of the office for a bit.

Do chores together: I'm serious this is weird, but I can have fun with my friends anywhere, so if they need to pick up, or run errands, I'm all about it!

Put it on the calendar, pay for it, and keep it low key: Just like I did with our Bota Box night in. I love that with Bota Box, it keeps it really casual, easy to transport, and made the night that much more fun. 


Let's talk about the fact that Bota Box, well...comes in a BOX. I know boxed wine gets a bad rap for no reason (maybe it's a flashback to college days when people bought boxed wine because you can get more than just with a bottle?)

But, Bota Boxed wine is actually better because:

  • It creates 85% less waste than traditional wine bottles 
  • It's 100% recycleable
  • You get more per package (4 bottles per Bota box) 
  • It's easy to travel with (you don't need to freak out that the glass will shatter)
  • The pouch is BPA free
  • It doesn't cost an arm and a leg (ALL ABOUT THIS ONE)
  • Plus there is the cute little Bota that you can throw in your bag for BYOB dinners or when you're out with your friends.

When trying to save the environment, save money, and get a better value, this is the move. 

Besides being a better value and better for the enivornment. I am LOVING the way both the Rose and the RedVolution taste (probably because they've won various awards for value and flavor).

I had a full glass of each (as Lindsey and Stef our other friend did too) and we were raving about how good Bota Box tastes.

Since there's so much in the box, we had leftover and now it's a serious favorite at home. Justin has been LOVING having the wine on hand. It's easy to pour a glass for us and to hang together at the end of the day :).

Nothing makes him happier than when I drink a glass of wine, ha. 


The types of Bota Box wine that I really love are:

The RedVolution, which has flavor notes of black cherry, cooa and a HINT of spice. It's super a smooth, full-bodied wine that "culminates into a juicy, well-balanced finish."

Oh and the Rose? It's dry but not sweet. Super crisp (perfect for summer) it has aromas of raspberries and red rose and flavors of strawberry cake and grapefruit zest. We served this one well chilled.



Honestly I feel so lucky that I was able to incorporate Bota Box into our night in, it made the experience special for me and my #1 sistah, and is now the best part of our fridge at home. 

So excited for you to try Bota Box - all the flavors have won so many awards, and are listed as some of the best wines around. What's your favorite type of wine to drink my babes? 

Also get to scheduling some time with your friends, okay?

Love ya,

Krista

How to feel full and energized all day with the BEST breakfast ever (ft. PlantFusion Protein)

Are you guys in any Facebook groups on FB? 

I’m in a few and I feel like one of the questions that always comes up is about vegan protein. What’s the best, what tastes good, and what brand does everyone love?

This one has come up in the Almost 30 Podcast Secret Group, more than once. There’s so many brands out there, it’s hard to choose. I’ve tried them all – you name it sistah.

But I've decided and committed, that PlantFusion Vegan protein is my FAVORITE thing. 


Okay WHY is it my favorite thing?

  • I didn’t know it was possible to feel so full from a protein powder: SERIOUSLY. Leveraging the Fab 4 Smoothie Method from Kelly LeVeque of Be Well By Kelly (make sure to listen to the Almost 30 Podcast episodes) I can stay full for at least 4-5 hours. Let me break down the Fab 4 if you aren’t familiar in a sec.
  • It’s SO SMOOTH. It makes super smooth, buttery soft, silky smoothies. If my smoothie isn’t thick AF I don’t want it, and the consistently is on freaking point.
  • It has everything you need it in and then some:
    • It’s the only plant-based protein shake that compares to whey: enhanced with 4500mg of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and 3,350mg of glutamine, PlantFusion is a complete and extremely potent source of protein. It’s the first plant-based protein that compares to animal proteins (like whey) in amino acid density and balance.
      • It’s SUPER nutrient-dense: it has a 21 grams of protein + amino acids and only 120 calories.
      • MAJOR KEY. It’s free of all major allergens: No dairy, soy, gluten (wheat), eggs, nuts, fish, tree nuts, or shellfish. There’s no artificial flavors and preservatives.
      • One of my favorite parts it that it’s easy to Digest: It contains a proprietary blend of enzymes to ensure anyone can digest it. With other proteins I’ve had a bloated belly, been uncomfortable, but not with this one.  
  • I can buy it on Amazon Prime (2-day shipping for life).
  • The flavor, again by far my favorite. I’ve had some that doesn’t taste like anything, or just isn’t good, and I really look forward to my shake every day. You can buy a $10 sample kit, here
  • Making a shake in the morning is such a quick easy way to get a great filling breakfast in, and set myself up for a good day. It keeps my blood sugar stable, and is s super easy to make.
  • I can bring the $10 sample kits with me when I travel so that I'm staying right on the go. 

I love it so much that, sometimes I find myself STALKING group threads, because I feel like I need to tell everyone about PlantFusion. It’s like a hobby of mine. 

I’m cool right? 

Although this post is in partnership with PlantFusion, I would have written this anyway, because it’s hands down my favorite protein powder I’ve ever used and I won’t use another since I started having it.

I look forward to my shakes in the morning. Even when it's done, I am looking forward to the next smoothie the next day. I love how they make me feel full, they give me energy, I don't feel bloated and it's SO DELICIOUS.

Because me with protein powders, I’ve seriously, had them ALL.

I’ve been vegetarian for over 10 years, vegan for 2 and I’ve been making smoothies and shakes for a real long time. 

I’ve enjoyed some of them, and not enjoyed some of them, but I never really thought I could love one as much as this. 


Along with Plantfusion, I leverage the Fab 4 Methodology when I make my shake. 

Again, you must listen to the Kelly episode ASAP because she breaks down why you need to have one smoothie a day to kick start a healthy lifestyle.


Kelly’s Fab Four:

Fat: Fat doesn’t make you fat! Rather, it helps your body produce hormones; is essential for the absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K; increases insulin sensitivity so your muscles absorb glucose more efficiently instead of storing it as fat; makes meals more satisfying so you can stay full longer without dips in blood sugar.

Greens: The health benefits of green leafy vegetables comprise an extensive list, but they ultimately cleanse the blood and fuel the body with oxygen.

Fiber: health benefits of fiber include reducing the incidence of heart disease, lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose levels and inflammation, and even weight loss.

Protein: This is where Plant Fusion comes in. Eat Protein in the Morning. People who got 35 grams of protein at breakfast were less hungry throughout the day and saw favorable changes in the hormones and brain signals that control appetite.


All 4 of these things are tools in your tool belt that can be a game changer for the way you feel about your breakfast, and the way you feel about your day. Stable blood sugars help improve mood and provide a foundation for clear decision making. A diet high in fiber can. Healthy fats can.

Protein is the building block.

Again, so excited to share this with you guys. YES I did this in partnership with PlantFusion but I’ve never felt better about sharing with you (if I haven’t shared it already!)

ENJOY and let me know your favorite smoothie recipes pls!

Xoxo

Krista

*P.S. Running a giveaway of PlantFusion over on Instagram! Head over there to win!

Thanks for PlantFusion for partnering with me on this post! All opinions are my own. 

INSTAGOALS: How to create a beautiful cohesive Instagram

SUP LADIES!

Hi!

So sharing a little 'pretty instagram feed' insights today, because...the important things in life ya know?

Let me start by saying, that I personally dont think my feed is amazing, and I think secretly at points everyone hates their feeds, ha. I go in waves where I can't even look at it, nor will post reguarly. 

We're all too critical of ourselves (and one another for that matter).

Sometimes I want mine to be more moody, more editorial, include more of a diversity of shots, blah blah blah.

Just think, before Instagram we had none of these thoughts.

 SMH.

Anywho, so my instagram feed has definitely evolved through the years. I did the whole 'instasize' thing and it's my biggest regret in life. All of the images are different sizes and I have dope images from places like Morocco, Vietnam, Patagonia...that are instasized aka weird. 

I also was a XX Pro Filter queen, and, to be honest, some of my photos look like I'm on fire I am so tan and filtered. Those got deleted. Sorry memories, but ya gotta go. I also was a huge 'clubber' before so I had images of bottles and shit...SMH.

So I've learned from my mistakes, but I did the majority of my learning when I got my websire redone by GoLive HQ - you can read about my experience here.

Going through an entire branding exercise, and redoing all aspects of Hundred, bled to my Instagram feed too.

My graphic designer, said, 'no matter what, just keep your mood board colors consistent'.

My mood board was what I created on Pinterest to describe the look and feel of Hundred Blog - you can see it here:

This has lots of pinks, blues, some aqua, and it's beachy, California, with a bit of an edge. 

But when you see these images you think of Hundred Blog, right? That's what's important.

So applying that same principal, I looked at my instagram feed. Realizing that almost all big bloggers, like Happily Grey for example, follow this same strategy. They keep the color scheme consistent so that the overall theme of the Instagram is visually appealing when you look at the profile. It means these images are 'theirs' and they have a certain vibe.

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Happily grey is known for keeping everything cool, everything grey and all of it neutral. She uses the same filters and the same photo editing every time so that it's unique to her.

Same Chicstyling. She follows a pattern - consistent pattern of grey, one detail shot, one full body, one with the face. Every row has that same idea. 

For my instagram, I like to keep it bright, and the colors in the blue and pink color palette. I definitely move off that sometimes, but within every 3-4 posts I bring it back to those colors so that it's cohesive. I'll use a beach scene, or something that helps to tie it all together so that it follows the same brand visual. 

Pick your color scheme: The best feeds have a recognizable color feel at a glance! This is what draws you in and makes you want to stay around for more. 

Give yourself options: Take LOTS OF PICTURES. Yes be that girl, be annoying and take all of the angles in all of the lights. Don't screw yourself with only a few options! 

Plan: The major key to creating your dream feed is understanding your aesthetic. What do you want people to think and take away from visiting your feed?When I’m planning a feed, I like to make sure that everything is laid out in a cohesive way – shots in the same perspective or category next to one another or above one another I try to avoid (looks boring). To understand the state of my current feed and my future feed, I use UNUM so that I can see the 'squares' together. This also helps me to make sure I am staying consistent with my colors and that my pictures are varied and look good together. 

Write rad captions: This is really important to me. My photos are good, but you need to know about ME, the person behind it. I love captions more than pictures because you get insight into my personality and humor. Make yours, YOU. 

Use natural light and FOCUS. DUH. 

My favorite photo editing apps, here. 

At the end of the day, Instagram aids in adding a visual personality to your brand and a way to reiterate your message and purpose.

Focus on that, and you're good.

Let us know any other tips you have. Would love to hear from you.

Happy Monday,

xoxo

Krista