Watermelon Feta & Mint Salad

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Watermelon is the fruit of summer; it’s sweet, refreshing, and pairs perfectly with fresh mint and feta cheese. This salad is a great side dish for any protein (especially our Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs!), and the perfect beach n’ go snack all summer long. Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp fresh chopped mint
1 sweet onion, sliced into rings
1 lb watermelon, cut & diced
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
S + P

Instructions
1. Combine red wine vinegar, olive oil, chopped mint, S + P in a bowl
2. Combine onion, watermelon and feta, then pour dressing over

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Giada_Forte Summer 2015

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I recently stumbled upon Giada_Forte, a collection designed and produced by Giada Forte and her brother Paolo Forte. The line is rich with timeless pieces and is made with the finest Italian fabrics right in their hometown of Veneto, Italy.

Don’t you just love a good sibling and local story? Shop their line here.

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Why I Did The Clean Program & How It Worked For Me

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I’ve spent the majority of my adult life weighing the same amount – around 107 pounds. I’ve always been active and eat healthy but I’m also fortunate to have thin parents who passed on good genes. I didn’t really think a whole lot about my weight until I turned 30, went to the doctor for a checkup, stepped on the scale and realized that I had gained 15 pounds.

I knew I had gone up a pants size (or two), I knew I was buying baggier clothing, I knew I didn’t feel good about myself and I knew I was in denial about all of it but I didn’t realize I had gained 12% of my body weight. I didn’t (and still don’t) own a scale so over time as the clothing got tighter, I made all sorts of excuses – “I’m just bloated, must be getting my period” or “these must have shrunk in the wash” were regular thoughts.

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