Happy Thursday! Busy week over here, so for this edition of Thinking Out Loud, I’m just going to share some random stuff from the Newport Folk Festival last weekend. If you want to listen to some of the artists who played this year, NPR has been streaming a lot of the show.

*As a dietitian, I’m a stickler about hydration. Water is super-important and does our body all kinds of important favors. I actually talked with Yahoo Beauty the other day about a surprising benefit to drinking plenty of water.

We drank tons of water during the festival, but I also tried a few of these Spindrift seltzers. The cucumber flavor was especially lovely.

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and I could live with the nutrition stats. The 2 grams of sugar in here are naturally occurring from the cucumber and citric acid. A lot of people get hung up on 0 grams sugar as the end goal, but there’s sugar naturally present in all foods that contain carbohydrate. The bigger problem is added sugars and sweeteners, so if something just happens to have a tiny bit because it’s part of the whole food, it’s way easier for me to get on board for that. This was refreshing without being sweet.

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*It was great to spend time with some of the ladies in my family. This mother-daughter picture makes me smile.

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*Getting home from a trip is always a bit hectic. Luckily, I was able to take some time Tuesday to prep food, test a couple recipes, and catch up on laundry after a media event in the morning. For a school assignment, I had to take a photo of the inside of my fridge. I have to admit, I’m pleased. I must have had a past life in the Depression or something, because a well stocked fridge feels like such a relief and comfort.

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*I finally caved and got a gel manicure. Holy crap, it was life-changing. I couldn’t stop looking at my nails for hours afterwards. Still can’t.

How do you readjust to real life after vacation? 

This post has been part of another Running with Spoons Thinking Out Loud link party, where randomness is the name of the game. Thanks to Amanda for hosting.

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