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Beneficial Morning Rituals

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Yikes! My blogging average has not been very good lately, and for that I apologize. Summer was crazy and Fall has started on an equally crazy note. Maybe sometime soon I’ll find the time to update and share some pictures (fingers crossed).

Anyway, how is everyone?

This is going to be quick – much to get done!! Every morning, I spend a little bit of time reading some articles, and this morning I came across this one, that talks about 7 things to do for a good morning ritual. If you want to read the article in its entirety, click the link. If not, here’s a summary of the recommendations:

The morning ritual that will make you happy all day…

  • Have something to look forward to: Plans with a friend are always good.
  • Manage your mood: Don’t check email. Do what gives you a feeling of control.
  • Eat breakfast: If you eat nothing and end up killing someone, well… I hope it’s not me.
  • Do something you dread: You’ve got the willpower. And you’ll feel so much better afterwards.
  • Send a “thank you” email: Yes, it’s that simple. Really.
  • Plan how you’ll deal with challenges: Think about the worst that could happen and it probably won’t.
  • Kiss somebody you love: If this makes you late for work, feel free to blame me

That’s all the time I can spare for now, folks! Enjoy the rest of your day 🙂

How Dogs Do It

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Hey Baby Loves,

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving 🙂 I ate lots of tasty food, spent time with family and drank copious amounts of wine and champagne because well… why not? Antioxidants, yo. There was an underlying hint of sadness to the holiday for me [though I hate to say it]; mostly because my boyfriend and I broke up the week prior so it was my first holiday sans partner. We were together for 5 years, so suddenly not seeing or talking to my best friend has been difficult, but life continues. I’m trying to stay distracted so if anyone has any advice, I’d love to hear it.

That’s all I’m going to say on that depressing subject SO to lighten the mood… these pointers are derived from this article which focuses on 10 Things We Can Learn From Our Dogs That Will Make Us Happier and Healthier Humans. Being an avid dog lover, it’s extra fabulous. Anyway, here they are:

1. Live in the moment. Each day is new and singular with great possibilities untainted by the lens of past experiences; take it as they come. Don’t dwell on past disappointments and don’t fret over the future, good or bad. This moment is all any of us has for sure.

2. Forgive. Don’t analyze why people did what they did, don’t harp on understanding it. Simply forgive you. The past is gone and time is precious. Every day matters.

3. Reward yourself with treats once in a while. It’s OK. Treats are good! Treats are part of being in the moment, showing love and appreciation to yourself and those around you. Treats can be small and include time spent together away from the complicated busy-ness of the world.

4. Take good care of yourself. Take naps, clean yourself, get exercise, get pampered, get regular checkups, take walks in nature and enjoy life without guilt. Make time each day for basic care so you are vital and ready for challenges and opportunities. Be the best you and be happy.

5. Attitude is everything (and body language and tone of voice matter). We’re here together now and that’s what matters.

6. Walk in nature. You’ll feel better, notice the natural beauty and let the stress of the day go.

7. Hugs matter (and kisses even if you have dog breath). Touch matters. I want to sit next to you and lie next to you and look you in the eyes so you will know how much I love you because I can’t put it into words, so I will show you.

8. Know your real needs. We don’t need a lot of stuff. Remember that.

9. Take time for the simple things (like laying on the furniture together). It doesn’t matter that I don’t like the Real Housewives of anywhere but I’m lying next to you and you’re happy. That’s enough.

10. Love is the only thing that really matters. If you are breathing, it’s a good day. Neither of us is perfect and it doesn’t matter. Real love sees no flaws. You will love me regardless to the end of my days. And I will do the same for you as long as I can and after.

Stay fabulous. Woof.

Portlandia

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Hello, loves!

Sorry I haven’t been so awesome at blogging lately. However, I was on vacation and didn’t always have computer access or time, so hopefully you all forgive me a teensy bit. Now, I’m just busy with life big decisions – more on that later. Anyway, want to hear more about my time in Portland?

Thursday, March 27th: Woke up at a pretty decent time, showered and gathered myself up for another day of adventuring in Portland, Oregon!

Portland FlowersThe weather was quite lovely, so I wanted to take advantage of that, which meant that my destination was Washington Park. It was absolutely stunning!! Such amazing trails; I was out and about hiking on them for at least 2.5 hours, touching and smelling all the trees that I could. I can’t help it, I feel at best when I’m in touch with nature, especially nature as breathtaking as the Oregon woods.

Washington Park

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So Majestic ❤

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Hairy Woman

After I explored all the trails that I could before my legs felt like they were about to fall off, I entered the Portland Japanese Garden, which was gorgeous. Just look at the pictures I captured! It was a little slice of tranquility; I even took some time to munch on a baby avocado that I had brought, just taking in the sights, smells and sounds. I loved it.

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Baby Avocado

Baby Avocado

Once I had my fill of the Japanese Garden, my final stop in Washington Park was the International Rose Test Garden. Sadly, there were no roses or even buds, but it was the end of March, so I wasn’t expecting anything. It was still cool to see all the different species of roses that they grow there, and there was a pretty amazing amphitheater on the edge of the garden. There also happened to be an older couple dancing on the stage of the theater… it was so heartwarming and just made my fall in love with the West Coast that much more.

IMG_5668Eventually, I had to bring my trailblazing to an end. Mostly because I was hungry and needed to sit down for a little bit to give my hardworking legs a bit of a break.

After getting directions from a lovely woman working at the Rose Garden Shoppe (she gave me rose tea — so tasty), I was surprised as to how close I was to downtown Portland! I didn’t even have to take the Max; I wound up walking down a giant hill with lovely houses lining it and was spit out onto Burnside – a very main street in Portland, one that I spent a great deal of time exploring.

Considering I was feeling quite hungry, I had to stop for lunch. I walked into a restaurant called Pizzicato, where I ordered a sandwich with turkey, homemade pesto and tomato with a side salad and homemade balsamic vinegar dressing. It was delicious and cost me about $6, score! Pizzicato also had the most adorable artwork on the wall, check them out below. I also went into a chocolate and sweets shop, Moonstruck and ohhh man it was mouth-watering! I had a tiramisu macaroon and a dark chocolate espresso treat. Stop by this place if you are ever in the area.

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Gold Digger

Gold Digger

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Garlic-A-Scent

Tasty Treats

Tasty Treats

Let’s see; I spent the next hour or so just soaking in the sights and sounds of Portland, and then met up with Natasha and did some grocery shopping for our dinner. We wound up making steak fajitas with homemade guacamole with all the fix-in’s that our hearts desired. Plus, we paired it with some pear wine — which was quite tasty! Then we just hung out and watched some Grey’s Anatomy before bed. Second full day = success.

I swear I’ll catch you up fully soon!

Skinsational

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What’s up my friends? One thing that is up for certain: my amount of followers! I’m up to 87 now I believe, THANK YOU!! I hope I’m making your days a little brighter and giving you some information that is actually useful to you. As always, I adore your feedback, so don’t hesitate if you have anything to share/ask/whatever!

As you may or may not know, I am in the process of working into my daily diet foods that are proven to have amazing benefits for the skin. I want skin that glows with the white hot intensity of 1,000 suns.
My first post gave a list, so please if you missed it, check it out. I wanted to adhere to my promise and expand a little on each ingredient; there’s a lot, so I will do them in bite-size chunks of 5.

Before I get to that, though, I wanted to share another recipe that I concocted with said beneficial foods. It’s a little on the tart side, but quite delicious! Enjoy 😀

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In case you can’t see what the ingredients are in the picture, I’ll list them here for you: 1/2 cup homemade almond milk, 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt, 1/2 stalk kale without stem, handful oats, large pinch of alfalfa sprouts, 1/4 cup pomegranate juice, handful of blackberries, raspberries, cranberries and blueberries. ALL of those ingredients are known to be beneficial for your skin… score one for the home team!

Okay, now for the breakdown:

Cocoa: Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple. Dark chocolate is even better, containing high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant. For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity. Also, when applied topically, the caffeine in chocolate may temporarily reduce skin puffiness.

Yogurt: The protein you get from eating dairy helps skin become firmer, making it more resistant to lines, with Greek yogurt being especially beneficial; the protein content of Greek yogurt is often double that of regular yogurt. Eat a single serving each day to smooth out your complexion.

Pomegranate: These puppies are packed with polyphenol antioxidants, which fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the deed. If you apply it to your skin, the fruits’ antioxidants help smooth lines and moisturize.

Walnuts: Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which improves skin’s elasticity. These nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snacking on a handful of walnuts each day should help to improve your complexion’s texture.

Peppers: According to Dr. Wu, women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Studies also have found that carotenoids — the antioxidants in yellow and orange veggies — can decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun. I would aim for about two cups of peppers daily.

There you have it, my dears. I am proud to say that today I have incorporated all of the recommended amounts of these ingredients into my diet, so here’s to hopefully getting that glowing skin.
You are all beautiful and talented individuals; always remember that, and don’t forget to smile!

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Xmas Trees, Acrobats & Happy Things

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Here are some sweet vids from Strasbourg, France. WHY DO I HAVE TO LEAVE EUROPE?!

^Sorry about this being sideways. It’s a crazy old clock made ages ago, but it’s so freaking cool! And high-tech for it’s time. Watch and you’ll understand.

^ There was a full on choir at the big church in Strasbourg. It was pretty neat, to say the least.

^ Some international dancing. Huzzah!

^This tree was a magical thing to behold. Not quite as big as the one in Times Square, but it’s quite impressive nonetheless. Apologies for the fact that it’s sideways, I don’t know how to change it.

^The French… I love them and their randomness. In Strasbourg, there were two acrobats attached to a giant moon looking thing, and they did a routine wayyy high up in the air. It was pretty freaking baller.

Paradise Re-Incarnated

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