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.

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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.

Dairy Free Bhakti Chai

Although I’ve been counting the days until sweater weather, I can’t think of anything to post that’s autumn-y. All I could think of is fruit and iced teas despite the fact that it’s already October. As the weather got colder and leaves began to fall, I finally, finally, had an idea. Why not post a chai recipe? I was making some today and decided to share it.

 

Dairy Free Bhakti Chai

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Bhakti chai concentrate

Silk PureAlmond almond milk (vanilla)

A teacup

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Mix together a 1:1 ratio of chai concentrate and almond milk. If the concentrate is sweetened, then there’s no need to use additional sweeteners. However, if it is not sweetened, add a small amount of honey or stevia. Heat the chai mixture over medium heat in a pot on a stovetop for hot chai. Pour hot chai into teacup and enjoy!

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I have to admit — I’m a sucker for hot drinks in fall. So fill up your coffee mugs and pull on your sweaters to help me ring in the chilly days ahead!

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. 

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.

How to Heal Damaged Nails

After wearing nail polish a lot, my nails started to crack and peel at the ends. They chipped and tore all the time! If you’re having the same issues with your nails, here are a few of my cure-alls:

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1. Stop wearing nail polish! This is the most important tip I could give! I did an experiment with Styrofoam and nail polish. I put a drop of polish on the foam and it burned an inch through. Different colors had different effects, and the darker the color the more it burned through. Give your nails a break for at least 5 – 8 weeks.

2. Use lotion on your hands daily, once in the morning and once at night. Rub it into your cuticles and nail beds, and use more than you think it sufficient.

3. Use cuticle oil on the nail itself instead of just the cuticle.

4. Stop messing with your nails! Don’t bite them, shape them with a file, or use those fake nail things. Refrain from pushing back your cuticles and filing your nails, as this weakens them.

5. Cut them shorter. If you trim your nails short then they have less of a chance of breaking off or splitting.

6. Eat healthily. Eat fruit, veggies, and protein every day as you should and drink plenty of water.

7. Use this nail cream if all else fails.

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Hope these tips help you restore your nails!

Outdoor Photography and Reverse Videos

I’ve been doing some photo posts lately, so I decided to do a real post with words. Over the past couple weeks, I took lots of pictures of my backyard: the trees, blossoms, flowers, new plants, and tulips… (also, you can see that I’ve been using A Beautiful Mess‘ new photography app available on the App Store!)

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My brother and I bought an app that reverses videos, and we have had a BLAST playing around with that. Some things to experiment with if you like reverse videos:

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  • Pick flowers = place flowers and join them to their stems
  • Spray water = draw up water from the ground
  • Jump out of a tree (carefully!) = leap into a tree
  • Eat food = take food out of your mouth whole/
  • Tear paper into little pieces and sprinkle them = pick up pieces of paper using “the Force” and join them seamlessly.
  • Crinkle paper up = smooth paper out

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Have fun!

Bite-Sized Post: Top 5 Recipe Voting!

Vote on one of these 5 recipes from here and check next Monday to see which won!

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Homemade Temporary Hair Dye!

Get ready for the warmer months ahead and show a little color to brighten things up!
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If you have blond or light brown hair, this works best. If your hair is darker, then you may want to bleach it out a little first. DON’T bleach your hair without professional instructions or a kit!! This works best with small sections of hair.
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Temporary Hair Dye
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You’ll need:
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1 plastic bowl
1 plastic spoon
An assortment of food coloring
1/4 cup water
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In the plastic bowl, mix the vinegar, water, and 10 drops of any color you want. Dip a small section of your hair into the bowl of dye. Soak for 1 – 2 minutes. Dry just a little with a paper towel. Pull back the rest of your hair and secure away from the dyed part. Blow dry the dyed section on medium/cool setting on a blow dryer. Enjoy your fab new look! To remove, wash hair. If the dye doesn’t come out one time, try again. If the dye is still in, click here for a solution. Here are some color mixes for you to try out:

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1 part red + 1/2 part yellow = red orange

2 parts yellow + 1 part red = yellow orange

2 parts blue + 1 part red = blue purple

2 parts red + 1 part blue = red purple

2 parts blue + 1 part yellow = blue green

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BOO! Hahaha…:P

Enjoy! Have a great day.