More please!

I seriously feel like I just died and went to heaven after tasting this smoothie. After I got back from my workout today, I started craving something sweet. If there is one thing I have learned on my healthy eating journey is that you don’t always have to deprive yourself. If you are craving something just make sure to eat a healthier version of whatever it is. For example, if you are craving ice cream after a long day of work or school just opt for some frozen yogurt with fresh fruits. If you are at home and have some time you can try out this Strawberry almond smoothies recipe!

Ingredients

1 banana | 1 cup of almond milk | 1 Tbsp of almond butter | 1 cup of strawberries | 1 cup of ice | 2 scoops of protein powder (optional)

Hope you guys love it. Let me know know what you think. Happy Saturday!

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Strawberry Almond Smoothie

 

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A Breakfast that won’t Disappoint!

 

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To be honest with you guys, I’m not a morning person. So getting up early in the morning to prepare breakfast before heading out is not my thing. However, since I embarked on my healthy eating journey I have seen and experience the benefits starting the day with a healthy breakfast. Eating a leftover pizza and drinking a diet does not equal the term “healthy.”  Eating a healthy breakfast is good for you because it gives you energy through out the day and prevents you from eating too much during the day. Try your best to eat a breakfast that is full of protein and fiber. If you are not really a morning person like me, chances are you don’t have enough time in the morning to prepare a healthy breakfast. So what do you? You make a smoothie. Yes, I know this isn’t breaking news or tip of the century. But it is an important and easy solution. For those of you who are always on the go, a healthy smoothie is the way to go. Smoothies are filling and take little time to make. I practically make smoothies everyday. If I don’t have it for breakfast, I have it before or after my workouts. I have so many smoothie recipes that I enjoy making but here is one of my favorite:

 

Strawberry Mango Smoothie:

Ingredients:

1 cup of chopped mangos

1 cup of chopped strawberries

3/4 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt

1 cup of ice

1 tbs of vanilla extract (optional)

 

Directions:

Add 1 cup of ice to blender

Then add chopped strawberries, mangos, non-fat yogurt

Blend till smooth

Enjoy!

 

Let me know what you guys think. Are smoothies the way to go or nah?

What are your favorite smoothies recipes?

 

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Remember that New Years resolution you made?

It’s been said that new years resolution usually don’t last more through the third week of January. only a few amount of us actually stick to our resolutions; “University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals.” For most of us, that static may seem unsurprising. Back in November 2013 I decided to living a healthier lifestyle. For me it wasn’t really about the weight. Sure I wanted to lose a few pounds but most importantly I wanted to permanently make more healthy decisions daily.

To make that dream a reality, I decided to start out my New Year’s resolution after Thanksgiving of last year. I was going to start on January 1st but I asked myself ” why wait when you can start now?” So from then on I made it a goal make more healthy decisions everyday. I made sure to make small simple goals each week. My first step was to reduce my sugar intake and I achieved that by eliminating drink soda completely and eating less sugary cereals. It was pretty hard for the first two weeks but then my body began to the adapt to the changes I made.

Fast forward to today. It’s been four months since I embarked on my healthy journey. I can proudly say I have no regrets! I only wish I had started my healthy eating joinery much earlier. If you are one of the millions of people that wrote down a New Years resolution but abandoned it, don’t fret there is still hope for you! After all, we are just in the third month of the year. There are three things that helped me accomplish my resolution and stay on track.
1. I Stopped procrastinating.
2. I Stopped giving excuses.
3: I Started out small, but thought big.

Procrastination is a silent dream killer. It’s slowly hinders you from becoming successful in life. So if you want to lose weight, saving money, quit smoking don’t put it off another day. The key is to start now! Don’t wait till next Monday, next month or even next year to begin your resolution. Time waits for no one.Trust me, when you look back three months from now, you will be glad to see you have lost that 15 pounds, bought that new car or started your business.Remember your future depends on what you do today.

In order to accomplish your resolutions or goals, you need to STOP giving excuses! Excuses don’t burn calories, give you a degree or make you a millionaire. You have to push yourself to achieve your goals. Nobody else will do it for you. Your success is your responsibility. Next time you want to give an excuse ask yourself “are my excuses worth more than my dreams?”

“Go big or go home!” I am sure most of you are familiar with that phrase. While we have been taught to do big thing it’s also important to note that it’s the little steps we take daily that takes us to the places we want to go. After all nothing happens overnight. You didn’t gain 30 pounds in one month so don’t expect to lose it all in one month. Slow and steady wins the race. It doesn’t matter how slow you are going as long as you keep moving forward. The baby steps you take today will help you achieve your resolutions.

“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.”- Tom Hiddleston. The fact that you made a resolution in January shows you recognized that you need to make some changes in your life which is a step in the right direction. However, it is not enough, it time for you to take action. Even if you start and fail it’s alright as long as you don’t give up. Make the most of this year!
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9 More Days.

I know what you’re thinking,  “it’s not nine more days till Christmas!” Yea but it looks like many people are worried they aren’t going to make it to Christmas because the end  of the world is on December 21,2012.

Really?

Well no. According to NASA, Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know, however, it will be another winter solstice. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

So that is it folks. Don’t get over stress this seasons. You already have a lot to deal with. Of course, the world will end someday but I don’t think anyone will be able to predict when.So enjoy the company of your family and friends and take nothing for granted. Be grateful for what you have!!

Happy 12/12/12

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html

First World Problems

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Hi Everyone!
I hope you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving. In the light of Black friday I wanted to post this video because I know at this time of the year many people just focus on the material things they can buy or get. Hopefully, after watching this video, you’ll appreciate the people and the things in your life more.

Enjoy!

Every Penny Counts

So we all know  that the our economy hasn’t been the best lately. And for the  average college student its twice as hard. Many people are looking for ways to save money. As for me, I have found an easy way to save money  on somethings that I usually spend unnecessary amount  of money on.  This magical way is called D.I.Y. Yes folks, it is the old fashion (Do it Yourself!).

There are so many blogs and websites that are dedicated to helping people make things by themselves rather than buying them. I love DIYs because it turns on my creative side, allows  me to put a personal touch on my style and of course SAVE me money! I have listed some DIY websites that I’ve found helpful and think is worth checking out. Most of them are fashion/girl oriented (Sorry guys!). However, if you have a daughter, wife, mother or sister you could share this with them:)

  • The first DIY website that I adore  is: www.birt.co- Started by Brit Morin, Brit + Co. is a lifestyle brand that provides the digital generation with savvy shortcuts for their online and offline lives. Unlike other DIY sites, this website has materials and innovative ideas for both genders. The best part is they have a free app you can download that contains the same contents as the website.
  • http://www.runwaydiy.com-  Runway DIY takes  fashion and style trends from the runways and the pages of magazines and makes them accesible to everyone through step-by-step do it yourself projects.
  • http://www.psimadethis.com-  This website and brand is founded by Erica Domesek. Her motto is “I see it. I like it. I make it.” she gives detailed tutorials on how to make simple fashion and lifestyle accessories.
  • http://www.dismountcreative.com- Dismount Creative blog was created by Alicia DiRago.This amazing blog is updated twice a day with everything that inspires Alicia in fashion, craft, design, decor and lifestyle.
  • www. ispydiy.com-  This is a place for spotting style you love and doing-it-yourself! The creator Jamie Beck gives easy instructions on how to make simple but chic jewelries, accessories and household decorations.

Now, I know some of you are like “I am not  really creative” or “I don’t have time or the patience to make things myself.”  but I urge you to give a try before dismissing this idea. If you feel DIYs isn’t your craft then you can continue using coupons or other things that works best for you. I hope you guys take a minute or two to check out those lovely websites.

Happy Blogging!!!

Insta-WHAT!?

Hello people of the world (people who have internet access),

      I hope you guys had a more fun and productive day than I did. Lately,  I’ve found myself spending more time on my phone than I ought to.Thanks to an somewhat addicting photo app called INSTAGRAM! If you’re a person that does not own a smart phone or someone who couldn’t  careless about social media, then don’t really pay attention to this post EXCEPT  if you have teenagers. Also, if you are not sure what Instagram is, I will explain it to you in the easiest way possible.  Well according to urbandictionary.com Instagram is “A popular photo-sharing app flawlessly tailored to the explicit purpose of taking over two decades of technological progress in the realm of mobile digital photography and rendering them utterly worthless via application of appalling “filters” designed to transform the original clarity of images recorded by advanced digital sensors into the mottled likeness of expired film from the 1950′s developed in coffee grounds.” So in other words, Instagram is app where you can give your boring looking pictures a retro look and share them with your friends, family and strangers. Now, some of you are like “Why should I get this app?”

Three reasons:

  1. Get Instagram if you are an artist or photographer. Instagram is great platform to share your talent and artistry with millions of people around the world. By posting my photography on Instagram, I have receive amazing feedback from people around the world who appreciate my talent.
  2. Instagram is also a good way to promote and publicize your business and company. By posting pictures daily, people can keep up with your company’s growth and any news or promotions your company has to offer.
  3. Download Instagram, if you want a photo diary or daily photo log  that you can share with friends and family. If you are afraid of creepy people seeing your pictures, you can turn your account setting to private so that only people you allow can see your pictures.

For those of you who are curious, I do have an Instagram. Two, to be precise. One is my personal acccount and the other is for my photography.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers!!