Don’t Knock the Eggnog! Spice it up.

Happy Holidays! Time for holiday cheer, or at least holiday drinks to keep the festive season going. One of my favorites is actually good ol’ eggnog with its creaminess. Sometimes I’ll add a little rum to it, but other times, I get a little more creative with my Indonesian inspirations.

Choosing Eggnog: If you’re not going to make your own and find yourself wandering down the aisle of Whole Foods (or your favorite grocery store) browsing eggnog varieties, one thing I like to look for is organic milk, and as few “thickeners” as possible, such as guar gum, carrageenan, etc. They are not necessarily bad or “dirty” ingredients per se, but if you can get eggnog with the shortest ingredient list with ingredients such as organic milk, cream, sugar and eggs, why not? If nothing else, it tastes better – to me at least.

Eggnog with Antioxidants? Yes!

I don’t usually associate Eggnog with a health drink, however you can sneak a little bit of spice in there to boost its health benefits without compromising taste – like a pinch of turmeric powder plus a crack of black pepper. Not only does turmeric have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits, it also becomes more easily absorbed by your body in the presence of oils/fats (and if there’s one thing eggnog has, it’s fat!) In small amounts, turmeric powder is fairly flavor-neutral, without the earthy flavor of its natural counterpart often used in Indonesian cuisines or health tonics like Indonesian jamu. The black pepper additionally aids in the absorption of turmeric’s benefits into the body, making it more bio-available, so go ahead – add a little spice to a holiday season!\

Cup o’ Holiday Java…

Coming from a tropical island of coffee and coconuts, I love mixing eggnog with coffee & coconut oil served warm. Coconut oil is great with coffee not only because of coconut oil’s great benefits, but in particular because it helps the caffeine release more slowly in your system so you get a more sustained energy boost vs the big jolt and crash. For festive cheer, I like a good amount of eggnog in it, making it quite yummy and comforting, whether in the office or at home. Add more excitement? Sprinkle with cinnamon, also a common ingredient used in Indonesian beverages to add warmth and sweetness without the sugar. The thick sweetness of the eggnog is cut by the deep, dark, bitter taste of coffee – it’s almost like a super rich, lightly sweetened café-au-lait with a hint of spices. Move over Pumpkin Latte, here comes something new.

Just typing this up got me in the mood for some eggnog – let’s see which one of the two I’m going to make now! Got any interesting holiday concoctions to share?

A Chat With The Founders – Mother’s Day Edition!

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Shop To Save The Earth

Here are some other companies that are encouraging customers to ‘Shop For Good’:

Whole Foods

Check out your local store to find out what sales and donations are going on today! Each location is different 🙂

American Eagle Outfitters

Bring your old jeans into the store to be recycled today and get 20% off a new pair!

J Crew

Save the Bees! Purchase a Save The Bees T-shirt and 50% of the sale will go to the Xerces Society.

No Nonsense

Recycle your used/ripped tights with No Nonsense!

Arbor Day Foundation

Join the Arbor Day Foundation and they will send you 10 trees to plant in your yard. Yay new landscaping!

Beauty Kind

5% of your purchase always goes to a charity of your choice when you shop on this amazing beauty site, so why not donate to the NRDC today!

A Fashion Guide to New Years Sparkle

New Years Eve is Rapidly Approaching

And to be perfectly honest with you, I haven’t bought an outfit yet.

Which is a major problem. You see, it is my belief that your New Years Eve outfit can completely make or break your fashion mojo for 2015. So whether you want to rock a classic understated look or sparkle so bright you rival the lights of Times Square, here’s a guide to totally nailing New Years Eve Sparkle for a fabulously ‘haute’ 2015:

So, You Want To Look…

Effortlessly Timeless

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And what’s more timeless than this 1920s inspired silhouette by Aidan Mattox? The vintage cut is almost universally flattering, and the intricate beading is made much more subtle by the nude-on-nude color palette.

Slightly Sultry

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The back of this leopard-sequined Dress the Population cocktail dress is definitely sultry. The modest boatneck front adds the ‘slightly’. And together they make the perfect New Years Eve outfit. Who knows, maybe it will help you meet Mr. 2015?

 

Like A Disco Ball

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This Alice and Olivia shirt-skirt combo may be the COOLEST New Years Eve outfit I have ever seen… which means I just may have solved my lack of outfit problem. Unlike most dresses that are sequined from head to toe, this two piece doesn’t overwhelm even small frames. I think it’s because of the bare midriff… which makes it 10x as awesome anyway.

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Holiday Travel Survival Guide

Holiday Travel is Stressful

Whether you’re driving 3 hours away to visit Great Aunt Eleanor, flying halfway across the world to spend New Years with your in-laws, or just crashing in your childhood room at your parents’ house in the next town over, holiday travel takes a toll on your health and patience. Try these tips for a happy, healthy, limited-stress holiday travel season:

1. Sleep

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Sleep on the plane, sleep on the train, sleep in the passenger seat while your husband drives the car. Just make sure you’re getting enough sleep to fuel you through that 6 hour christmas dinner.

2. Come Prepared

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Even if you have to pack light, don’t skip the essentials. Bring your own cleanser, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, and soap at the bare minimum. With stress already taking a toll on your body, your mom’s petunia shower gel is not going to help your skin situation.

3. Pack Re-wearables and Laundry Detergent

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Instead of packing your entire wardrobe for your 5 day holiday tour, pack a few essentials that you can mix, match and wash to create different outfits. Navy pants, a blazer, a cardigan, a skirt, a few tops and some statement jewelry should do the trick! Just remember to bring your own detergent to avoid any skin sensitivities.

4. Treat to Prevent

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Don’t wait for your New Years Eve pimple scare to start treating your skin right! Bring your favorite treatment mask to detox and de-stress the skin at the end of a long day. For oily/combination skin, a clay mask will draw out impurities. For dry skin or skin damaged by harsh winter wind, a nourishing moisture mask with phytosterols will restore the skin’s natural barrier and protect it from further damage.

 

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The Definitive Stocking Stuffer Guide

You’re Ahead of the Game

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You’ve purchased all of your big ticket items. The signed baseball for your boyfriend, the juicer for your sister, the new watch for your mom. That was easy. You knew what you wanted. 

 

Now comes the hard part: Stocking Stuffers. Little gems and gag gifts to fill the stockings of family and 

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For The Ladies

ModCloth Sock Slippers $10

Because everybody loves socks. And socks that are also slippers are 100% better.

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Crabtree-Evelyn Gel Eye Mask $6

So much cooler than a regular sleep mask. Pop it in the refrigerator for even more relaxing anti-puffy fun.

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JUARA Stoplight Mask Trio $16

Does your best friend have oily, dry, combination, sometimes breakout-y skin? These 3 masks cover every problem in the book… and they’re travel size!

Stoplight Travel (1)

For The Gentlemen

The Chillsner $25

Store in the freezer. Pop into open beer. Boom. Cold ass beer.

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JUARA Travel Size Rice Facial Scrub $12

Because your man likes to have baby smooth skin. And you like it too.

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W+P Carry On Cocktail Kit $24

For those who like to stay classy at 30,000 feet.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Cocktails!

It’s the Holiday Season!

 

Which means it’s also the season for delicious, cold weather cocktails. Warm up from the inside out with these JUARA favorite dessert drinks.

Ginger Tea Hot Toddy

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You can feel good about sipping this delicious detox cocktail… well, sort of. Lemon and ginger cleanse your body of holiday sugar, and whiskey gives it the kick you need to cleanse your mind of holiday craziness.

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Freshly Brewed Ginger Tea

2 Shots Whiskey

1 Tbsp Honey

1 Tsp Clove

1 Cinnamon Stick

1/2 Lemon

1/2 Tsp Vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Combine all ingredients (except lemon) in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Transfer into mugs and garnish with lemon wedges.

White Chocolate Irishman

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A twist on the classic Nutty Irishman, this creamy drink is like an iced adult white hot chocolate… complete with marshmallows on top!

INGREDIENTS

2 Parts Baileys Irish Creme

1 Part White Chocolate Liquor

1 Part Frangelico

2 Marshmallows

DIRECTIONS

In a large tumblr, pour the first 3 ingredients over ice.

Shake to combine, then pour.

Add marshmallows and enjoy!

Holiday Mulled Sangria

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“Hot Sangria?” you ask. Yes. And it’s delicious. Just trust us.

INGREDIENTS

1 Bottle Red Wine (your favorite kind)

1/2 Cup Rum

1 Cup Sugar

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Nutmeg

1 Macintosh Apple

Rind of 1 Orange (organic)*

DIRECTIONS

Dice the apple into bite sized pieces.

Combine wine, rum, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg into a medium sized saucepan.

Bring to a boil, then add apple and orange rind.

Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes, then garnish with cinnamon sticks and serve.

*Be sure to use an organic orange rind to keep toxic pesticides from cooking into your sangria.

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A JUARA Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Recipes

are irresistibly delicious. They’re also full of butter, sugar and carbs galore. Take a gander at our JUARA Approved Thanksgiving Recipes for a slimmer take on your holiday favorites.

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Fall Squash Salad

Replacement For: cranberry sauce, butternut squash soup

 

3 cups Arugula

1 Pomegranate, seeded

1 Butternut Squash, cubed

1/2 c Pumpkin Seeds, toasted

1/4 c Dried Cranberries

1/3 c Goat Cheese

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Raspberry Vinegar

Salt & Pepper to Taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss. Serve immediately!

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Replacement For: Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole

 

1 lb Sweet Potatoes or Yams, peeled & cubed

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Butter

1 Tbsp Honey

1/4 c Pecans, halved

1. Boil the potatoes until soft.

2. Drain the water and mash, adding in cinnamon, butter and honey.

3. Serve warm with pecans on top.

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Replacement For: Candied Carrots, Candied Sweet Potatoes

 

1 Bunch Long Stem Carrots, green chopped off

2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

2 Cloves Garlic, diced

1 Tsp Olive Oil

1 Tsp Agave

1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. In a medium sized bowl, mix all ingredients so that carrots are fully coated.

3. Roast for 20 minutes, flip the carrots over, and roast for another 20 minutes.

4. Serve warm.

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Cinnamon Poached Pears & Peaches

Replacement For: All of the pies in your life

 

3 Pears, halved and pitted

3 Peaches, halved and pitted

2 Tbsp Honey

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

1/2 c Chopped Walnuts

Coconut Sorbet

1. Preheat Oven to 400

2. On a baking sheet, lay the peaches & pears skin-down.

3. In a medium sized bowl, combine honey, cinnamon and walnuts. Fill the peaches and pears with this filling.

4. Bake for 25 minutes or until caramelized

5. Serve warm with a scoop of coconut sorbet

 

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the Season…

For Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and the holidays are on the way! Arm yourself with fabulous gifts for family, friends, and holiday hosts with this ‘Best Of’ guide to JUARA gift giving.

Gifts Under $50


New Awake Candle $32

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A fresh, delicate candle inspired by the scent of the rolling tea fields of Indonesia at sunrise, cool mountain air and crisp morning dew featured in JUARA’s Tiare Jasmine line. Designed to inspire happiness and increased energy!


Hope Candle $32

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 A beautiful, soothing candle with a divine scent inspired by JUARA’s cult favorite Candlenut Body Creme. 

10% of sales from this candle will be donated to Walubi, a charitable relief organization dedicated to aiding the poor and disaster-hit areas of Indonesia through emergency relief work and rebuilding of infrastructure.


Coffee & Creme Set $49

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A beautiful chocolate brown tin featuring our Invigorating Coffee Scrub and   Candlenut Body Crème.

This simple 2-step beauty ritual in a giftable, deorative can, enhances radiance, exfoliates, hydrates, firms & softens skin. What a delightful way to rejuvenate and energize both your skin and your senses!


Gifts Under $30

Candlenut Obsession Trio $25

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Discover an instant obsession! This trio features travel-friendly sizes of your favorite candlenut products. Take these conveniently packaged versions of Candlenut Body Polish, Candlenut Hydrating Shower Gel, and Candlenut Body Creme on-the-go, or gift them to a friend!


Mini Stoplight Mask Trio $16

Perfect forStoplight Travel (1) the JUARA Girl On-The-Go (or maybe for yourself during the busy holiday travel season!)

This trio features travel size versions of our Rose & Willowbark Blemish-Free Mask, Avocado Banana Moisture Mask and Turmeric Antioxdant Radiance Mask in an organza bag with postcards.