Every time I try a new skincare product, I always hope for the best. I was at Marshalls shopping for bargains and I always stop at the skincare or body product section just to check it out.Read More
As the new school year slowly begins to creep around the corner, the idea of jumping back into academics and maintaining finances becomes extremely important for most students. With costs of things such as school materials, lesson plans, and of course -- books, costs slowly start to pileRead More
I have a new favorite recipe to share! I've always been a HUGE fan of sweets and what I've created has allowed me to kill two birds with one stone. Combining my love of Ice Cream + Protein powder, I've made a Protein Style Ice Cream Sunday and the results have been amazing. If you love Ice Cream + need some Protein in your diet - you'll love this just as much as I do!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Vanilla Ice Cream (Can also be non-dairy)
- 1 Scoop of Protein Powder
- 1 Scoop of Chocolate Fudge
- Whipped Cream
- Chopped Almonds
- Sliced Strawberries
- Sliced Bananas
WHAT TO DO:
- Put a few scoops of your ice cream and protein powder in a blender
- Blend until smooth
- Add the chocolate fudge
- Add whipped cream
- Top off your Sundae with fresh strawberries, bananas, and almonds
For those of you who know me personally, you know that I love to write. I'm a huge fan of expressing emotions through text and find it extremely therapeutic. About four years ago, I wrote a series of poems that reflected on my first year as a college student. For most people, this is a crucial time in one's life that promotes the opportunity for growth and experiences among many other things. This is the first time I've released anything from my book that consists of about 25 different stories. ** Some stories I've experienced, personally while others I interpreted. I figured that with today being #WorldPoetryDay - I'd release this in hopes of sharing one of my passions with you all.
"Keep in mind, I'm an artist, and I'm sensitive about my shit" - as Erykah Badu said it best. This work is not to be judged but evoke thoughts. Here it is. I hope you like it.
“Explore” “Take notice” You tried to tell me. Did you realize? As you watched me struggle to survive, I can't describe the way I've been moved It’s almost as if I've been put in an ocean By you of course, because it seems as if you want me to drown Drown out the sound of my voice with the things you think you want to hear What you'd like to hear - would be a lie I’ve always been complicated I told you I never had anything to hide I made it very clear You’d suggest something, I’d adhere To punish ones own friend I think ahead, and I know I’ll see through you again Like a melody , this connection sung with a beat The beat of your favorite song I can hear it on repeat.. To be honest, I didn’t think I’d have to be without your presence for so long I’m a strong individual I knew I couldn't be wrong Though we may have lost Defeat is something that I won't taste A strong sense of conflicting emotions Trying to convince myself that this wasn't a complete waste Until I realized that emotional freedom isn't a race... And while, I’ll say I’m open to it In order to face you again, I'd need time... Our passion created hell for me. I hated it and you more than anything else Yet, we both came out fine.
Hi readers & Happy Thursday :)
It seems like everyone is coming down with a huge cold and since I rarely get sick, I always panic when I do end up coming down with a bad cold or infection. The most recent cold I had lasted for about 4 days and got better with three simple ingredients that most people keep in their cabinet/refrigerator.
These three items are listed as:
While all three ingridients are extremely beneficial in their own right, mixing these three together is a tasty and quick way to soothe a sore throat and get your digestion track back in order.
Directions: Boil one cup of water on the stove. Boil the water until it gets as warm as you would like. I personally prefer my tea to be warm enough that I feel it working as it runs down my throat. When it gets hot enough make sure to put a spoonful of honey in the water and mix it in. Afterward, squeeze half a lemon in the mixture. Pour it all into your cup/mug and enjoy 😊
** I recommend doing this when you first wake up in order to set your digestive system before you intake any food.
Hope everyone is staying warm. Have a great weekend readers!
Hi everyone & Happy Thanksgiving!
I rarely find the time to dedicate any Lifestyle posts toward holiday themed topics because I don't usually celebrate any holidays due to personal and religious reasons.
However, I always seem to make time for Thanksgiving because I love the idea of unity it promotes. Being around family and friends is always a joy and to celebrate, I've come up with a list of the Top 10 things I'm thankful for. Going beyond the surface and not discussing materialistic items that can easily be taken away from us, I've come up with a list of things that mean a lot to me personally. Let the countdown begin!
10. The Beach
The beach has always been one of my favorite GO-to places to hangout with friends or clear my mind and be alone. I have a deep connection with the ocean and it's tranquility always leaves me feeling centered.
The gift of music has always been extremely near and dear to me. From as long as I could remmeber, I loved everything about music and how it made me feel.
Being surrounded by beautiful trees and land has always provided an outlet for reflection.
Having access to clean water (although we here in California are in a drought) is something that I will never take for granted and I am extremely thankful for what I'm blessed with. I'm also proud to be standing in solidarity with those who are currently protesting at Standing Rock - indigenous people are fighting to keep their sacred land and clean water #NODAPL
6. The opportunity for knowledgeable growth
I've always been a fan of learning. The ability to learn more about things will always drive my desire to be even smarter
Laughter is an essential part of my character and without it, life wouldn't be enjoyable. I'm happy to be allowed those moments of laughter when I feel like I need it most.
4. The ability to be creative
Over the years, I've found that being creative isn't easy for everyone. I am blessed to have an artistic drive that allows me to have my hand in different art forms.
3. Loyal & True Friends
Everyone knows I have the best friends on the planet. I'm thankful for their presences, loyalty, personalities and their patience because dealing with me isn't always the easiest.
Family will always been the core of who I am. I'm thankful for every member of my family and even my friends who I've adopted as family. I'm thankful for everything they do and who they are as people.
1. Self Growth
Growing personally is one of the many facets of young adulthood. At 21, I'm at an age where I'm learning about new things and applying them as my life starts to form. I believe getting to know myself has allowed me to look toward completing certain goals and challenge the things I learned when I was a lot younger.
Well everyone, there you have it. There are many other things I'm thankful for but these were the biggest on my mind today.
Hope everyone has a great rest of your holiday!
Netherland born artist Sander Steins creates art that showcases the rich and dark contrasts of the society we live in today. Instantly. Passionate.
Traveling is an activity that brings immense joy to people's lives. For individuals who are fortunate enough to see different parts of the world, travel destinations can serve as experiences of a lifetime. In my short 20 years of living, I have been able to travel to some of the major cities in my home country, the United States. If you're familiar with me and my website, you'll know that I've spent a good majority of time between my home state of Southern California and New York City documenting every step of my experiences.
I recently had the opportunity to travel again. During this trip, I discovered that I'd have the opportunity to bring one of my best friends along as he traveled through the East Coast looking for a potential graduate school. Before this trip began, I had serious thoughts about travelign with close friends due to multiple bad experiences. I've always been are that being with close friends in a home setting like an easy task. Seeing that we chose to spend time with each other, I never factored in how leaving that home setting could affect a friendship. My past travel experiences led me to analyze my travel habits. I realized that I needed to apply three key factors both before and during my trip. Those factors were - Willingness, Selflessness, and Positivity. While all three key factors seem general, I've broken them down in order to explain why each can either make or break a trip.
1. Willingness - The idea of willingness attributes to being flexible. When traveling with friends, it is important to share time. Since you're traveling as a unit, being flexible regarding activities is something that is needed in order to ensure that things will go smoothly. Being willing to explore something your friend is interested in also shows that you're willing to compromise. For example, I found it helpful to set goals with each other. Plan out your days with enough room in your schedule to achieve both or the multiple goals you and your friends would like to meet. Being able to be open-minded on vacation calls for happiness amongst every party and can prevent the idea of neglect within the relationship.
2. Selflessness - Selflessness ties into the idea of Willingness. In order to be selfless, one would have to remove themselves out of every single equation in order to comply with an idea that the other may have regarding the time that is being used together. Being selfless is also realizing that the other person(s) on the trip may have envisioned their trip being different. Selflessness is a great way to ensure that time is spent both wisely and efficiently. Side note: It also involves doing things that aren't extremely important to you but may be important to your friend.
3. Last but certainly not least - Positivity. For those who know me personally, you know my attitude towards situations can be a bit extreme at bad times (I admit it). My largest recommendation of all is to ALWAYS, I repeat, ALWAYS, REMAIN POSITIVE while on vacation especially, if you're traveling with one other person. While some situations cannot be controlled, I've found that one of the biggest things that could ruin a vacation or even a friendship is having a negative attitude. My best advice is to remain calm, look at the bright side - you're traveling! And of course - remain positive and remember the fact that your travel experience is something that most people don't have the luxury of doing.
*** Before writing this article, I had only traveled with a few of my friends. While every situation has worked itself out, I can say that some of my friends and I did't perform the same tasks when it came to traveling. While most people may be good friends, the reality is that - not everyone you call your friend is good to travel with, no matter how close you are. If you are thinking about embarking on a journey with a close friend I say follow these key rules & no matter the outcome of your trip, you'll remain close friends with the person you took it with :)