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Howdy Folks –

I was just put in charge to manage the URI Environmental and Natural Resource Economics’ blog, “Rhody Green“. Feel free to take a look by clicking the link or the url below and see what challenges ENRE students are tackling locally and abroad! 😀



Rhody Green ENRE Blog

Love Thyself


Hiya Dears!

Well, I just spent a sold three and a half hours editing a proposal for my assistantship advisor. Let me tell you, getting paid decent bucks to read and edit things is awesome.

On an unrelated note, a blogger health lady that I follow posted a thing about ways to improve your self care, or something like that. Anyway, I jotted down the list and thought I would share it with you lovely folks. Can’t hurt to self-care, right? RIGHT.

  1. Take a relaxing candlelit bath
  2. Go to a restorative yoga class
  3. Take a walk outside
  4. Prepare a healthy meal full of local veggies
  5. Treat yourself to a massage
  6. Meditate for 10 minutes when you wake up
  7. Cozy up in front of the fire with a cup of tea
  8. Go to a cafe and read a book
  9. Host a girls night
  10. Have a date night in
  11. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi
  12. Color!
  13. Start each day with a glass of warm, lemon H20
  14. Take 5-10 deep breaths whenever your feeling stressed
  15. Send a handwritten card to a loved one
  16. End each day by writing down 3 things your grateful for
  17. Unplug for an hour, a day, or a week!
  18. Journal
  19. Buy yourself flowers
  20. Listen to live music
  21. Have a solo dance party

I actually do a lot of these, so I guess that means I enjoy pampering myself, which well… is true, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. You’ve got to take care of number one, folks. Don’t forget that!

x’s and o’s as always ❤

Tea Talk: Fat Reduction


Hey Baby Loves,

The grind called Graduate School continues! I’m always busy it seems, but I guess I should appreciate it. I scored a big Graduate Assistant job which I’m incredibly stoked about, but I’ll save the details for that for a later date when I’m more informed.
Before I launch into my theme for today, I wanted to talk about something Max and I did this weekend, called Adventure Rooms. We went to the one in Middletown, CT, and it was awesome. Essentially, you have one hour to escape out of three separate rooms via solving puzzles, problems and riddles. We were told that for groups of 2 people that the escape rate was 20%… and we escaped with 8 seconds left on the clock. Talk about a close call, but hey… we made it! BOOM. If this seems like your kind of thing, I highly recommend you try it out.

Here’s our victory shot:
Adventure Rooms

Moving on: I want to talk about Tea. As you may know, I am an avid lover of tea. It’s just so delicious with a multitude of benefits to your overall persona, how could you not be a fan? In today’s tea talk, I want to hone in on those lovely leaves that help with fat storage and weight loss.

  1. Green Tea. Due to its high content of EGCG (a type of catechin), which has the capability of turning off genetic triggers for diabetes and obesity, green tea is great for reversing those pesky fat-storage genes. It also helps amp up CCK levels, which is a hormone that quells hunger.
  2. Barberry. I had no idea what this was until doing my research; it’s a natural chemical made from barberry shrub that can help prevent weight gain, boost energy expenditures, and decrease your receptors that lie in wait on the surface of fat cells. This means you will absorb fat sources less.
  3. White Tea. Fun facts: white tea has the richest source of antioxidants (which triggers the release of fat from cells) of teas and has 3x as many polyphenols as green tea. According to a study, white tea can help accelerate the breakdown of fat while blocking the formation of fat cells, AND it speeds up your liver’s ability to turn fat into energy.
  4. Rooibos. Another tea high in polyphenols (as well as flavonoids, particularly aspalathin), which inhibit the formation of new fat cells. Aspalathin can also reduce stress hormones, which as we know can trigger hunger and fat storage.
  5. Black Tea. Side note: when you are stressed, adrenaline causes fat cells to release fatty acids to your blood stream. Black tea is another great tea that reduces stress and normalizes your cortisol levels; cortisol absorbs the fatty acids and stores them in your belly… yuck.
  6. Pu-erh. This was another new one for me. Pu-erh is fermented green tea that is dried then rolled into blocks. It lowers a bad fat found in the blood and potentially belly fat as well, essentially shrinking fat cells.

Welp, that’s it for today. I have real world work to do and a movie to watch before I have to return it to the library. Over and out, fabulous peeps!

Get Out! Do Things!


Bonjour mes belles amis.

It’s FRIDAYYY! This is the first Friday since school started that I don’t have an exam and let me tell you… it feels freaking fantastic. To top off the awesomeness, my first class was cancelled; I’ve been at the office since 8:45 anyway, but this means I have time to blog for you 🙂 I know, you’re stoked.

Need something to do this weekend?

~ Saturday, October  24th (tomorrow) in Providence is the Great International Beer Festival. There are two sessions: 1pm and 6:30pm. You will see me at the 1pm chunk; I think it’s fun to wander around Providence a little tipsy in the daytime, especially with the fall foliage this glorious. The fest will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center (they have a parking garage) and tickets will be sold at the door for $52. Yeah, it’s a little steep, but you get unlimited samples from over 250 breweries, there’s live entertainment, plus it’s a fun experience and a great way to support some local (and non-local) brews.
~ If the prefer the performing arts to slugging beers, this weekend (Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 7:30pm and Sunday @ 2pm) the Festival Ballet Providence will be presenting Ballets Russes Reinvented at Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Tickets range from $23-85; I find that to be pretty affordable.
~ Sunday, October 25th at 4pm in the Fete Ballroom there will be a bunch of wrestling matches put on by Beyond Wrestling. The event itself is called Gratitude Era and tickets are $25. I personally have never been to a wrestling match before and I don’t know if I will go, but I thought I would try and cater to a vast spectrum of readers.
~ For my more rock-er friends, check out Firehouse 13 either Friday, October 23rd or Saturday, October 24th. Tonight, The Paraplegics will be playing for $8 and doors are at 8pm. Tomorrow Darkside NYC will be playing along with a multitude of openers; doors are at 8pm and tickets are $10.
~ Not to leave out my nerdy peeps, tonight, October 23rd at 9pm at the AS220 Main Stage there is an All Ages Spelling Bee. If you want to participate and prove you’ve got the SAT word swagger, signups are at 8:30pm and the fee will be $8. Watching is free and spectators will have a chance to win some stuff, too. If I can convince Max to come with me, you bet your rears I’ll be there.
~ Last one! Tonight, October 23rd, at 7:05pm in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center there is a Providence Bruins game. We are playing the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the first 1,000 fans to arrive receive a free magnet schedule (oooh, ahhh). Tickets range from $22-33.

There’s a nice array of things to do, je pense. After class today, I will be carving pumpkins with some classmates and enjoying the wondrous weather.
By the way — this weekend is supposed to be the peak of fall foliage in our section of New England, so be sure to get outside and enjoy before Winter strikes! Last weekend, Max and I went apple picking and conquered a corn maze at Dame Farm in Johnston, and I would definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance. The maze wasn’t excruciating and you win candy at the end if you find all the check points. Aaaand the apples were delicious and there were some good varieties to pick!

Welp, that’s it for me today. I have to go attend a seminar by a post-doc dude from Yale who is talking about Projection Bias in Solar Electricity Markets. Nerdlove. Over and out.


Happy Humpday!

I’m currently sitting at my desk at school with an ugly cold wishing I was curled up in my bed right now, but alas… it is what it is.

I really ought to start my Mathematics for Economists homework before my Advanced Microeconomic Theory class starts, so this will be a short post – plus looking at my computer screen in this state gives me a bit of a headache. Fun times.

The past few months I haven’t been attending as many concerts as I would like to, so I’m trying to get back on that horse. After a brief query, I came across a few local concerts coming up; most of which I am definitely planning on attending as long as life doesn’t get in the way. These are:

  • Beats Antique on Friday, October 2nd at 19h00 (Fete Ballroom)
  • Zedd on Tuesday, October 6th at 19h30 (Ryan Center)
  • Passion Pit on Wednesday, October 14th at 20h00 (Ryan Center)
  • Cold War Kids on Thursday, October 22nd at 19h30 (Lupos)
  • Guster on Thursday, November 5th at 20h00 (Lupos)
  • New Politics on Thursday, November 19th at 20h00 (Lupos)

Other than musical concerts, there are two other events that may be of interest to some of you – they certainly are to me.

  • WBRU Craft Brew Fest on Saturday, October 3rd – there are two time slots (Lupos)
  • Kevin Hart on Saturday, October 17th at 19h30 (Dunkin’ Center)
  • Rhode Island Comic Con, November 6th-8th (RICC & Dunkin’)

Well, that’s all I got for now, folks. Stay healthy and awesome and let me know if anyone plans on attending these… maybe I’ll see you there!

x’s and o’s

Some Events To Ponder

Cocoa For The Win



Look at me, posting in the early evening! I worked this morning and then did a post-work gym session (bench press, awh yea), so now I have the rest of my Sunday to relax before my first FULL week of classes begin. Don’t y’all feel loved that I choose this precious free time to focus on you? You should.

Speaking of focus, the yoga studio that I attend (which was called Focus Yoga) has since merged with All That Matters yoga, which now has three locations: East Greenwich, Wakefield, and Providence. Since I work at a juice bar (i.e. am health conscious), an instructor came in and gave me a free yoga class pass… YAY FREE STUFF. I’ll do a little synopsis for you guys once I go, and if you’re a Rhode Islander, try it out for yourself! Yoga = very good for you. They also offer beginner classes, so don’t be afraid; yogis are very nice people.

While I was in the sauna today, I was reading a Women’s Health magazine, and I obtained some pretty cool information that naturally, I wanted to share.

Fun Fact: We have zero oil glands in our lips, which is why they can get so dang dry; especially when mercury levels drop. To combat this crispy dilemma, try and use lip balm that contains Omega-3, -6 or -9 fatty acids — they help seal in moisture. A good example is Chapstick Total Hydration.

Maybe you never gave any thought to nail polish and the ingredients within, but take heed: there can be some pretty gnarly things in those bad boys. Major nail brands have been reformulating their products to be “3-free”, which means they are free from the carcinogens toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde (yikes). Then, there were “5-free” options, which are free from synthetic resin and camphor. Now, parabens and animal products have been eliminated in “7-free” lines, though the only company I have seen selling this is Pacifica.

Finally, the best for last; in my opinion. In the past I have talked about cocoa and cacao and how they are awesome for you and great in smoothies. Now, apparently, cocoa is also great to bathe in. Yes, that is correct. Due to its high level of antioxidants, soaking in cocoa can make your skin feel luxuriously smooth and supple. So, if you’re daring enough to try it (which I certainly am), here’s a recipe:

  • 1/8 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 c instant dry milk*
  • 1/2 c unscented bubble bath

*Use 2% or whole milk; the fat content will help moisturize your skin. It also acts as an exfoliate.

For best results, add ingredients to warm running water, froth it up and relax for at least 15-20 minutes while the antioxidants work their magic. BOOM!

That’s it for me tonight, folks. Happy Sunday 🙂