Blue Hats, Nose Pickers, and Name Tags

It’s been awhile since my last post. I haven’t deserted this blog though. Lately I’ve been keeping busy with day-to-day life and school and sports. I’ve been actively writing, attending Muay Thai classes, and I’m in the thick of a psychology course online, all of which have been engaging and refreshing. Learning new things is fascinating.
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In fact, I have decided today’s post will be about learning. I recently read (in the psychology course) that there was a psychologist who stated that to learn was to observe. And I’ve found that to be true. Just observing small details around us can enrich everyday experiences and tune your perception to a level that even you may have never thought possible. Supermarkets, sidewalks, and streets are perfect to use to exercise your mind. As a test, look around for a moment, then close your eyes and try to remember how many blue hats, nose pickers, or name tags you saw. Call up random questions to keep your mind on its toes. If that were possible.
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The act of being aware of your surroundings, however pointlessly dull or exceedingly paranoid it may seem to you, may actually serve to save your life or another’s one day. It’s worth the ongoing practice. After all, we learn from the second we are born to the second we die, so why not make it a better overall experience?
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One never knows their own limits until they are surpassed and a new point is set forth, this time a goal.

Spiced Greek Yogurt

I’ve got my brain working and thought up another recipe for fall. Instead of having cereal or a piece of toast or plain yogurt or nothing for breakfast, why not try some spiced yogurt? It’s full of protein and healthy fats. Here we go…

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Spiced Greek Yogurt

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Any Greek yogurt

Liquid sweetener (optional. Use if you want a sweeter yogurt.)

Ground ginger, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom, ground cinnamon (*use a pumpkin pie spice mix if you don’t have each individual spice or want the recipe to be a lot easier to make*)

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Mix together the yogurt and a VERY small amount of each of the spices, or a couple shakes of a pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice. If you’re using individual spices, take caution in adding only a VERY small amount. (If it’s overdone, the yogurt will taste similar to the smell of Hobby Lobby around Christmas and Thanksgiving. ) Add a dime-sized amount of liquid sweetener. I used agave syrup, but honey will give the yogurt a better flavor. Mix again and top with nuts. Enjoy!

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This is really simple to make, and if you want to have some in the morning before work or school, make a larger batch on the weekend and store it in your fridge.

My Favorite Kind of Weather…

The weather has finally been getting colder! I went out on a walk before school and took some pictures.

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My favorite fall tea is pictured second. It’s like cider in a bag! It’s the Hot Apple Cider Tea by Republic of Tea. Speaking of favorites, I’m thinking about doing a monthly Favorites Post with my favorite nail polish, hand cream, hair product, school subject, tea, snack, movie, and song.

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Above are some nature photos I took on early morning walks, along with some pictures from my life: my dog, an antique coffee box, and our family’s aprons.

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I will be sharing a recipe soon! Maybe a nice cider.

Fall Decoration Ideas

As the leaves begin to turn and fall and the temperature begins to cool off, I can’t help but get excited for the colder months ahead. To get in the mood for autumn, I decided to share some of my own bedroom decorating ideas for fall.

First collage:

1, 2 – Use Christmas lights. To create a soft glow, use white Christmas tree lights. If you want, paint a sheer coat of an orange or golden yellow heat resistant or outdoor paint. Dry fully (about 1 day) and then use. If you do this, do NOT leave the lights on for an extended period of time.

3 – Make paper trees. Make trees out of brown paper bags. To learn how, click here.

4 – Hang autumn-inspired art. Nothing says ‘fall’ more than golden, orange, red, and brown leaves and pumpkins.

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Second collage:

1 – Use natural wood bowls to hold makeup brushes or jewelry. Natural brown is a characteristic of fall and winter.

2 – Show off traditional folk and Russian patterns. Drape a Russian patterned shawl or scarf over chairs and beanbags.

3 – Display dried and hollow gourds and squash. To preserve the gourd longer, paint Mod Podge over the entire surface after it is completely dried out. To see if it’s dry, shake it gently. If you hear seeds ratting, it’s dry. Also, tap on the side. If it sounds hollow and dry, it’s ready for Mod Podge.

4 – Use baskets to hold accessories. The basket is kind of a “fall symbol”. They’re also great for organization.

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Third collage:

1 – Use lava lamps. If you don’t have Christmas lights. lava lamps also create a soft glow and they are a retro and fun replacement.

2 – Find golden/orange/brown accented mirrors, brushes, and decorations. Candles are also a must.

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Thank for reading. Happy fall!

Big Healthy Salad and an Update

It’s been a crazy, fast summer and I finished my first week of school. It all went by so fast but it was very fun. We went to a water park, amusement parks, ate watermelon and played dominoes, went back to school shopping and finished unpacking our house. Although summer was a blast, I’m ready for fall. I haven’t been posting lately, however I’ll start blogging more in the next few weeks as school progresses. So to make up for the lack of posts, I decided to share a recipe with you! This salad is full of natural vitamins and fresh produce and it’s easy to make.

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Big Healthy Salad

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You’ll need:

One bowl or plate full of fresh, chopped romaine lettuce or fresh spinach leaves

A small handful of…

  • fresh corn
  • fresh chopped tomatoes
  • parmesan cheese, grated

Half a cucumber, sliced

Half a fresh bell pepper, chopped

A few slices of pickled beets (optional)

Dressing

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Combine all ingredients and enjoy!

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I’ll also post an entry with photos from the summer. ūüėČ

Packing Techniques

Hello there! I am on a different computer today, so I don’t have any of my photos. In fact, I am visiting relatives in a different state. When I was packing, I watched Meghan Rosette‘s video on packing on YouTube. I thought that her idea of sealing each outfit in gallon-sized Ziploc bags was worth a try, and sealed¬†each of my 10 outfits in bags, squeezing the air out. I had a very small suitcase and if I hadn’t done that, I would have had to use a different case. I would really recommend¬†watching her video on¬†packing if¬†you are going¬†on a trip, and¬†all of her videos for inspiration and if you want to learn how to do makeup, hair, or just have a little extra¬†time to fill. That’s all for this post because I don’t have any of my pictures!! So¬†go check out Meghan Rosette’s channel on YouTube.¬†

Remember me??

I haven’t posted in forever (or at least it seems like it) and still have no photos to post yet. I promise, when everything settles down, I will upload pictures of birthday cake, baked macaroni and cheese, quinoa salad, and desserts! I have photos of it all.

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One day, I went garage sale hunting with my aunt, uncle, and one of my cousins. It was hard to find some sales that hadn’t been closed already because it was so hot out. Anyway, we found a couple. At the last one, I bought a Chinese bamboo plate I plan on Mod-podging, a pack of unused, unopened hair curlers, and a 1/2(?) inch curling iron. I disinfected the curling iron and cleaned it completely, and it works great. My cousin bought a letter opener, and my aunt and uncle bought juice glasses and books. At the end, the woman in charge sold us everything for $3.00. End thoughts: I LOVE garage sales.

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In our new house, I have been doing some major work on my room that is post-worthy. I also have a handful of crafty ideas (lanterns, decorating light switch plate, crepe paper flower decorations, etc.), that I still have to work on. I will post more about this later when I have photos.

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The one quote I can think of that is useful for this time in my life is ‘Keep Calm and Carry On.”

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My Crazy Life

Ok. We just moved for the 3 billionth time, and have been going back and forth from our new house to the old house, cleaning every surface vigorously and loading and moving all the boxes that the movers missed. (They didn’t do a very good job. But that’s beside the point.) Now, we haven’t even unpacked the kitchen yet, (or anything else, for that matter) and in less than a week we are driving through the night to go to a relative’s graduation. Before that, there are two birthdays, unpacking, finding where stuff is, unpacking, deciding what to do with a giant cabinet that’s too tall for the house, unpacking, homework for online classes, and of course, we have to pack for the road trip. I kind of have to go into my happy fantasy place, and repeat the mantra, “Every little thing will be all right” like I’m Bob Marley or something. So keep your reality away from me.

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Oh well. Here is a quick recipe for sweet blackberry Greek yogurt. I actually made this for breakfast yesterday, so it’s perfect for a crazy lifestyle.

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Blackberry Greek Yogurt

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You’ll need:

1/2 cup 0% fat strained Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons blackberry jam (not to be confused with jelly, which has none of the fruit pieces)

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Stir the Greek yogurt until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of the jam. Stir. Add the remaining tablespoon. Stir again. Enjoy with sliced pears or topped with honey. Now hurry up and eat it before you are late for that class.

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I haven’t posted any photos, and I would post this one on the Recipes page if I had time to, but I have to go. It’s midnight.