Thursday, July 30, 2015

Crave-able Breakfasts

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In recent weeks (probably because I've taken to drinking protein-laden smoothies every morning), I've begun to obsess over breakfast foods. I should note that this doesn't necessarily mean that I want them and crave them, it's just that I think about them a lot now. Here are a few that have been on my mind ...

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{Nutella Stuffed Pancakes via Recipe Tin Eats}

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Celebrating Clueless - AS IF!

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{Clueless "AS IF!" spoon available at Bon Vivant Design House}

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Clueless (one of my all-time favorite movies from the 90s!), I stamped an "AS IF!" teaspoon for my morning latte! Now I can feel like Cher for a few minutes every morning ;)

I remember going to the theater with a group of friends the summer before high school began to see this movie and it was like a crash course in how to be a teen. Okay, perhaps sans the convertible and Beverly Hills mansion. But everything else was reasonably spot on. It was a much appreciated tutorial for a girl transitioning from middle school to high school! During my four years on my high school campus I can confirm that Cher's sage advice held true. 

Thanks, Cher! 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins at Irvine Meadows

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It has been a lifelong dream of mine to see The Smashing Pumpkins in concert, so it was pretty much the best gift ever when my boyfriend gave me tickets for our anniversary this year. They were playing with Marilyn Manson at Irvine Meadows, a venue that I hadn't been to before!

Armed with a double vodka soda, I settled on a grassy knoll much like I used to when I was in high school (sans the boozy drink, of course) and sat in awe of Marilyn Manson's awesomeness. He was amazing!

The crowd erupted when Billy Corgan took stage but, while he was undeniably wonderful, Marilyn Manson had the edge. Even still, the air became electric when Zero came on and in that moment everything felt right in the world.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Simple Secret to Losing Weight

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Diets kind of suck, right? You go hungry and eat miserably boring food when you do allow yourself a nibble, and it seems like as soon as you've reached your goal weight (if you ever even get there before throwing in the towel), the lbs sneak right back on.

I've been struggling with losing weight more than I ever have before and it's been baffling. I started exercising more, I cut out fast food, I ate less ... but no change on the scale. 

I finally started doing some research and found an overwhelming amount of people saying that instead of dieting we should be detoxing. Most importantly, it was dietitian after dietitian preaching this concept. They explained the science behind it which, in a nutshell, is this:

Sugar converts to fat very easily. Wheat converts to glucose which is another form of sugar, so cut both of those out of your everyday diet. Also, unnatural chemicals in our food get stored in our existing fat cells and plump them up even more, so cut out processed foods asap!

After looking into some detox programs I found one that seemed easy to follow and actually stick to. Dr. Oz's Total 10 detox is hands down the most amazing "diet" that actually makes sense! I won't bore you with the details, but I did it for 12 days before allowing myself a holiday weekend cheat and am back on it by choice - because I feel fantastic while on it!

I lost weight, inches and headaches. I gained energy and my overall mood improved. My old jeans fit again, my skin stopped randomly breaking out and the best part was that I was NEVER hungry! In fact, I actually had a difficult time finishing the food each day because it was just too much. 

Now that I'm back on the detox I'm tweaking it just a little to make it easier on myself. Namely, I'm cutting the amount of protein by a couple of ounces each meal. I was always so full from lunch and dinner that I never even touched the allowed snacks, all-you-can-eat veggies and all-you-can-drink broth. Seeing as how variety is the spice of life, I think the key to sticking to the plan is mixing things up a bit more. 

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my little success story because it's been life changing for me. It's so silly that the answer to my physical issues was so simple and right under my nose this entire time!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Magic in Motion


I've been mesmerized by this guy's dancing for awhile now. Pair his moves with this Glass Animals song and you have a hefty dose of magic!

P.S. This is my absolute favorite video of his.

Blog, I've Missed You!

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I feel like I've spent the past year making apologies and beating myself up for not being consistent in my routine (blogging being a part of that). The truth is that aside from being busy, I've been handling life. Life can become hard sometimes and the past 12 months have been especially so. Medical woes and finances took a toll, but after one year and two days I'm just ready to be me again.

With that, hello blog! I've missed you 


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Friday, May 22, 2015

The Secret to Life & Happiness


Watching old people listen to new music is one of life's fun little treasures. Wouldn't you agree?! I basically melted as I watched these oldsters listen to George Ezra's Budapest for the first time. Then I proceeded to re-play the video about a dozen times over the next few days.

I really hope I'm like that little dancing lady at the end of the video one day. I'm convinced more than ever now that dancing and music is the secret to life and happiness!