Monthly Archives: May 2016

Snooze Right

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Hi There ~

I can’t say I personally have any serious sleeping issues, but I know a lot of people that do, and this post is catered to you fine folks. However, I think anyone could benefit from it at least a little bit.

With the increasing popularity of fitbits, sleeping apps and other fancy watch-things, most of the general public is now becoming aware that sleep is a multi-faceted thing. In case you are not aware, when you sleep, your body cycles through five stages over roughly ninety-minute periods:

  • Stage one: Light sleep. Sleep so light you may wake up from it and not even realize you were sleeping.
  • Stage two: Marked by sleep-specific brain waves that last only a few seconds at a time. You realize you were sleeping if woken up.
  • Stage three: Deep sleep that involves long, rhythmic bursts called delta waves.
  • Stage four: Deep sleep, called “slow-wave sleep,” where your brain is the farthest away it will ever travel from conscious thought. When woken during this stage, disorientation and “sleep drunkenness” are experienced.
  • Stage five: REM {rapid eye movement} stage where the brain is as active as it is when awake and where most dreams occur. Hormones are sent out to the body to paralyze itself so arms and legs don’t act out stories in dreams.

Kind of freaky, no? I think so. But when I say freaky, I mean it in a cool way.

Sleep is serious business, and if you’re having severe sleeping problems, it is not something to take lightly. Here are some things you should try and do if you want to successfully catch those zzz’s:

  • Dim lights in your home half an hour before bed
  • Only use your bedroom for sleep and intimacy
  • Keep the TV and computer out of your bedroom
  • Don’t eat fast food {well, don’t do this ever}
  • Lose weight
  • Eat breakfast near a window with natural light in the morning to restart your circadian rhythm
  • Weight train
  • Do yoga
  • Try acupuncture
  • Get a massage
  • Stay on a schedule
  • Work on daily deep breathing exercises, “belly breathing”
  • Look at pictures of sleeping people before bed
  • Don’t put pressure on yourself to sleep
  • Write thoughts down in a notebook (don’t ever make mental “to-do” lists before bed)

That’s all I have on the subject right now. I have to go and carpe some diem – so much for Sunday being the day of rest – rock on my dears!

Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

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Bonjour beauties 🙂
A local wine/beer shop (The Savory Grape) that I’m a fan of is doing some great things lately, including awesome posts about booze! Below is a copy of one that I enjoyed and thought you may as well.
Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
Bourbon and Rye are two types of whiskey that often get confused. Read our recent post

about their differences.

Rye was originally very popular in the Pre-Prohibition era and held its own through the ’30s. Bourbon production gained in popularity after this time, when sweeter, smoother styles caught the attention of many American imbibers. Rye recently has been “rediscovered” as an after-dinner drink and a main component of many classic and modern cocktails. Below are the different rules for bourbon and rye production.

Regulations for Bourbon Production:
1. Must be made inside of the United States. One of the most common misconceptions about Bourbon is that it needs to made in Bourbon County.
2. Must be at least 51% corn and 49% of the rest of it can be other grains.
3. Aged in new charred American Oak barrels.
4. Can’t be distilled to an ABV higher than 80%.

5. When it enters the bottle, it must be at least 40% ABV. Don’t forget that 49% can be other grains, with the most common types being rye and wheat. As a general rule of thumb rye adds spice; wheat and corn add sweetness.

Regulations for Rye Whiskey Production:
Many of the rules of rye production are similar but..
1. Must be 51% rye and the rest can be other grains.
2. Needs to be aged in brand new charred American Oak barrels.
3. The same upper limits apply for distillation apply as bourbon, not to exceed 80% ABV.
4. The same rules for entering barrels apply as well, not to exceed 62.5% ABV.
To be considered rye whiskey, it doesn’t have to be produced in the U.S. Canada has a
long standing tradition of using rye in its whiskey and has its own rules for production.
There are no standards as far as the minimum rye content in Canadian Whiskey, or any

regarding aging either. One of the only 100% rye whiskeys actually comes from Canada.

Bourbon & Rye Taste Differences:
Bourbon is fuller, richer, sometimes sweeter and has more concentrated notes of vanilla, baking spices and caramel. Rye is often drier and has more of a focus on the vegetal aspect. Canadian Rye is more mellow and light, with a hint of the rye spiciness. Taste test and see what you like best. Our team is split!

Elon Musk: MVP

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Hello!

As some of you may or may not know, I am slightly obsessed with Elon Musk. Not in a creepy sort of way, but… if him and Talulah ever stop working out for real, I would be more than happy to take her place. He is the man (except truth be told I’m not fully convinced he’s human). I could spend a while proving my point, but as a baseline maybe you should watch this then get back to me.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and Happy Mother’s Day to all whom it may apply! xox