Benefits of Lemon Water 

 

health-benefits-of-drinking-lemon-water.jpgOver the last few years I have taken my water intake more seriously. I hardly ever drink anything but water and I have felt and seen the changes in my body because of it.

Adding lemon to your water can help you in so many ways and it tastes great!

  • Balances PH System (potential hydrogen)
  • Hydrates Lymph System (tissues and organs)
  • It is a blood purifier
  • Rejuvenates your skin
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Flushes your body of toxins
  • Helps with digestion
  • Decreases wrinkles and blemishes
  • Relieves toothaches
  • Reduces fever
  • Lowers high blood-pressure
  • Soothes and heals throat infections
  • Relieves respiratory problems
  • Helps purify and stimulate the liver

 

Lemons are a natural energizer! No need for those sugary energy drinks!!

Lemons hydrate and oxygenate the body! It helps you feel revitalized and refreshed! Perfect for a morning boost or those dragging afternoons.

Drinking lemon water boosts your immune system!

  • Phosphorus (mineral found in bones and teeth)
  • Antioxidants (may prevent or delay some types of cell damage)
  • Magnesium (essential mineral for human nutrition)
  • Riboflavin (B Vitamin)
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Calcium

Okay, so you get the picture, right?

So go squeeze half a lemon in 8oz of water and drink up! ūüėČ

Xo

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Healthy Kid Friendly Smoothies

Let’s admit it, getting kids to eat healthy is not always easy. If you have a child that eats whatever you give him/her then that’s great and… What’s your secret? ūüėČ

My two girls give me trouble with vegetables so I often have to get creative. While my five year old had mastered making “the perfect sandwich” as she calls it, my one year old didn’t seem to be in the mood for anything.

I decided to pull out a container of fresh organic fruit I left in the freezer over night and try giving her a smoothie.

Kale and broccoli have both easily become two of my favorites veggies and I figured I’d throw them in the smoothie in hopes of tricking her tastebuds.

Let’s get to the ingredients, shall we? ūüôā

1 cup of Kale

1 large broccoli

1 large banana (frozen)

5  sliced strawberries (frozen)

1.5 cups of soy milk

1 tablespoon of melted organic unrefined coconut oil

Handful of ice cubes **Optional**

I’m a veggie head so naturally I LOVED it! The real challenge was the little one.

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I am happy to say that baby Zoey drank all 8 ounces and enjoyed every bit! ūüėČ

The smoothie had quite a bit of green to it but the banana and strawberries added enough sweetness to mask the green taste. No sugar is needed and let’s face it, sugar is BAD! If you absolutely must have sugar then go for a healthier alternative and try stevia, raw organic honey, organic agave, or my favorite, organic coconut sugar.

*Important Note* When looking for a sugar alternative you must be sure they are raw organic ingredients! If they are not then it’s no different than adding bleached sugar. It’s been chemically modified and we don’t want to put any of that in our bodies and much less, our children!

So, drink up the goodness and share it with the little ones! This recipe is sure to keep your little one asking for more!

Please let me know if you enjoyed this recipe and remember, if you have any questions and would like to see more posts like this one, let me know in the comments! I want to hear from you!

xo

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Vegetarian Friendly Salad


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I’ve learned a lot about food ever since I decided to go veggie last year. I found a love for new foods and colors!

Can we just appreciate the colors in the image above? Pretty right?

Let’s go over the ingredients!

I was craving a salad and since I don’t eat meat, I go heavy on the veggies.

1 Hard boiled egg

1 cup of Kale

Chopped red onion

4 Sliced Strawberries

Baby Carrots

1 Half of a Red Apple

I added a bit of grated cheese but it can be omitted of course ūüėČ

The dressing is a Lite Italian garlic blend by Newman’s. Just a cap full will do with a bit of lemon.

This is deliciously filling. Who said veggie life had to be boring?

xo

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Kindle vs Hardcover

This is a debate that has gone on ever since the e-book was first introduced. I remember when I first heard about the kindle many years ago, my first reaction was, “No way would I ever give up my hardcovers!”.

Over almost a decade of collecting books, I began toying with the idea of purchasing the e-book and the only reason the thought ever crossed my mind was being able to have my next read in my possession in less than sixty seconds! Although I am a serious sucker for a beautiful cover and the scent of the pages (yep, I’m a total nerd), oh and not to mention the absolute overwhelmingly joyous feeling of walking into a bookstore or library and being surrounded by the endless amount of beautiful words I’ve yet to read! **Sighs heavily**

Yes, I know I am completely obsessed and proud of it!

So, let’s go over the perks of having a Kindle. I already mentioned the number one perk (for me anyhow) in having an e-book is the ability to feed the itch of getting that next amazing read in less than a minute. That is a definite winner in my book! (haha, pun intended)

Another plus is how light the Kindle is versus holding on to a heavy printed version. Portability is another winner in this battle with its lightweight frame. You can easily tuck it away in your purse without adding to the weight, leaving more room for a larger makeup bag! ūüėČ

Let’s talk storage space! Ever wanted a library as big as the one the Beast gifted sweet Belle? Oh yeah! I know every book crazed lover has had that same daydream at some point. If not, here’s an image to reflect on ;).

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Pretty spectacular, right?

Well, imagine having the same amount of books at hand all the time?! The kindle holds thousands of¬†books and you can take them with you anywhere! You also have access to thousands of FREE books! Yes, that’s right! FREE! As well as huge deals on books from $3.99 and lower! When it comes to battery life, it lasts up to a month without having to charge. Let’s admit the truth here fellow book nerds, the Kindle is pretty awesome!

On another note,

Let’s talk hard copies and how amazing it is to hold in your hands, smooth your palms over the beautiful cover art, oh, and did I mention the scent!!! Oh, wait. I did didn’t I?

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Okay, let’s get back to it before it gets weird… I really enjoy being surrounded by my collection of books. It makes me smile every time I walk by my large bookshelf and I can’t wait to continue building that collection! That can’t be beat by the Kindle. While I am a Kindle owner, I still and will always continue to buy hardcovers and paperbacks. I like to go back to the enjoyment of holding a book in my hands and storing it away on my shelf.

So, you might be asking yourself, “Who’s the winner here?”

It’s a tie ladies and gentleman. I need both in my life. For the most part, when I buy hard copies I tend to go for the stand alone’s, duets, trilogies, and quartets. If I know it’s going to be a long series then I usually prefer purchasing on the Kindle. Sometimes the price is better and I’ll be able to get the next book immediately.

In my honest opinion, it is necessary to have both options in a book lover’s and a student’s life. So, if you don’t have an e-book already, go and get yourself one! If you just so happen to be an online shopper like me, get your order in now! As there are many ebooks available, I prefer the Kindle by Amazon. I’ve always enjoyed the style of the devices and as an Amazon Prime member, I get prime approved two day guaranteed shipping! There are many benefits and I’m always satisfied with their service.

What do you all think? Ebook or hard copies? I’d love to know your opinions in the comments!

xo

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Jagged Heart

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Placing my hand over my chest awakens me from aimless dreaming. Thorns pierce my palm and yet I continue to press my hand down, urging my tears to stay hidden as I feel the warmth of the red waterfall soothe my cold body. I knew this heart of mine was a heavy burden to carry. I ignored the signs when I walked down the dead streets at night. I fear the world for it knows more than I could possibly ever bare. Little girls must show no weakness for the world will indeed swallow her whole. So, we become women and learn to swallow our pain but it never really goes away. I smile pretty and stand tall while my pain rests in my heart. Pain is far too heavy to keep hidden and with time and grace, it roots itself from within and reaches past its cage but this time, I can’t stop it from growing. I can’t stop it from wanting more but I press my hand down hard anyway. My efforts must count for something, shouldn’t they?

I suppose it’s a silly question as I stand before the world covered in sorrow with one unanswered question.

“Why?”

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Floating On Air

Trisha

Part 1

It’s past midnight and I find myself looking down at my fitted dress and it hugs all the right places. Although my figure never screamed “curvaceous”, the skin-tight dark brown dress my roommate forced on me did the job in swelling all the proper places. To be honest, even though I had never dressed like this before, I rather enjoyed the feeling of being anything close to as an attractive young woman.

My unruly dark curls never really did as they were told but again, my dear roommate who had the most beautiful natural curls, gave me a product she called “Liquid gold for curly-haired girls”. So of course I took it and did my best to work it in my waist length midnight colored locks.

I stood in the mirror for a few minutes staring at a woman who was unrecognizable. What happened to the girl with frizzy dark and crazy looking hair, eyebrows that were way too thick and unattractive, and clothes that screamed she was either a tomboy who was into women or was forced to wear her brother’s hand me downs.

Well, “Forget that girl”, I said, staring at my reflection. For now, I stood tall with beautifully defined, frizz free curls and it was only one part of the new me that I wanted to squeal about. I thought against it though, for squealing like a child might change my roommates mind on having me tag along to the frat party she had been talking about all week.

I heard my roommate step out of the bathroom on the other end of the apartment. I imagined anyone with ears could hear each step in those red bottoms she cherished so very much. There was so much power in each step and as I stood there watching Angie walk out in her black red bottom pumps and a body hugging gold mini dress with her short bouncy curls and cat eyes, I envied her in that moment, that moment that Angie spewed confidence from every corner.

“Angie you look like a super model.” I said, wishing some of her confidence would rub off.

“Thanks bitch. You look pretty fucking hot yourself, Trish. This look really works for you hun. You can thank me later when you have men at your feet tonight.” She said as she chuckled and reached for her keys and Channel bag.

I watched Angie get her coat ready so I ran to grab a small clutch and grabbed my black pea coat. Angie said if I was going to be her roommate then we should get to know each other a lot better and that required us going out on the town and having a few drinks first. “I guess that’s just how people do things here”. I thought to myself.

I promised myself that I wouldn’t have too much to drink. I had never had more than a glass of champagne at family gatherings so I don’t even know what the right drink’s are to order. I just hope I don’t make a complete fool of myself. College is the first time I have ever experienced freedom without having to worry about someone already intoxicated waiting at home, ready to unleash their wrath on me. This was my time to feel beautiful and hopefully have the best time of my life.

After riding with Angie and having a few sips of vodka in the car, she stopped and parked in what looked like a pretty creepy alleyway to me.

“Um, Angie, where are we? Is it okay to park here? Will the car still be here when we get back?” I asked, trying not to sound too worried.

“Don’t worry girl. I’ve been her tons of times and my car has always been here. I admit that it isn’t the nicest of places but people know how to have fun in this club and I think you will like it here. Frat guys come here and buy the place out all the time. So do you want to stay here and guard the car while I go inside and potentially meet my new guy? Or will you be joining in on the fun?” She asked, sticking her hand out waiting for me to take it. I thought about it for a moment but there was no sense in being stuck out here when the fun was clearly awaiting us inside the club. Even though the place looked like an undercover strip club, it was apparently one of the most popular clubs that played all the favorites; pop, R&B, Rap, and more.

I quickly grabbed Angie’s hand and we went in to join the rest of the madness that awaited inside.

As soon as I walked in I was a little blinded by the strobe light but after a few moments my eyes adjusted and it went well with the electronic dance music that was playing. We paid our way in and as Angie tugged at my hand, I followed her to the bar where she asked for two screwdrivers. I wasn’t sure what that meant but I was too busy watching the sweaty bodies dance and grind against each other on the large dance floor.

It was like nothing I had ever seen before and watching their faces made me feel all the more jealous to be honest. These people moving their bodies from side to side as their hands reached up for the sky might have been the most sensual thing I had ever seen and I wanted to be a part of that.

“Hey Angie, can you pass me that drink please?” I asked as she handed it to me. I looked at it with a quizzical look but chugged it down nonetheless.

“Shit! That burned Angie!” I said as I coughed and banged my chest with the palm of my hand.

“Well I’m sorry Trish but you didn’t exactly give me a chance to tell you to sip on it before you swallowed it down like a thirsty bitch.” She said as she began to laugh and sipped on her own drink. She ordered me another and told me to take it easy so I did as she suggested and let the cool alcohol find its way down as I sent a little message to my body to please agree with it so I could enjoy the night until the end.

The next song played and I was feeling pretty relaxed after my third screwdriver, which I now knew was orange juice and vodka. “Pretty tasty,” I thought as I drank it down and moved my way to the dance floor.

Angie was nowhere to be found but I imagined she was probably in some corner with a hot guy grinding their problems away.

“Hey beautiful.” A very tall dark handsome man with hazel eyes said to me.

“Uh…Hi.” I said as I managed to keep myself upright and flick a curl to the side in the most flirtatious way I could think of. I batted my eyes and smiled. In all honesty, I really felt like a fool.

He smiled, revealing a beautiful white smile and said, “My name is Derek.”

I gave him a wide smile and said in my bravest voice, “My name is Trisha.”

“Well, Trisha, do you want to go join me on the dance floor?”

I was a little scared but now that I was really looking at him, his kind hazel eyes and six-foot frame was very welcoming I might say. I figured tonight was my night for fun and well, this guy looks like a lot of fun.

“Sure, I would love to dance with you, Derek.” I said as I grabbed his outstretched hand.

I followed him to the middle where the lights were shining in and out in the dim-lit room. The DJ was playing a reggae song so we were up close against one another, moving our waists side to side as we moved in closer to close the space between us. I must admit that this was the most fun I had ever had in my life and maybe it was the vodka giving me the courage but all I wanted to do was get close to Derek and dance until my feet couldn’t hold me up anymore.

Derek and I were flushed against one another as we swayed from side to side, he placed his hands on my hips, gripping them ever so gently with a little squeeze once in a while. I suppose that meant he liked me but I was so lost in the motion that nothing else mattered except the music. I let my hands run up the side of my body as I moved and hooked my fingers into my hair, closing my eyes as I completely lost myself in the music.

I felt Derek’s hands take a tighter hold on my hips and I imaged him watching me dance with my eyes shut.

In that very moment of pure freedom and happiness, I felt the warmth of his body against mine. I opened my eyes quickly and what I saw staring back at me was pure desire.

“You are so sexy Trisha.” He said in a low sultry voice. I was surprised I could even hear him with the loud music but our surroundings didn’t seem to matter anymore. It was as if it were only the two of us in the whole world.

Derek backed me against a wall where there were no other people so we would have privacy, but privacy for what I wonder?

“Er…Thank you.. Do you, um, want to get another drink? I think my roommate might be waiting for me by the bar.”

“Nah baby, your girl left a few minutes ago.” He said with a sly smile that made me feel a little uneasy.

“But I came here with her, she wouldn’t just leave me and we just got here not too long ago. There’s no way she’s gone already.” I said, paranoid and searching the room.

“She left with her boy Rafi. Give her a call if you want. I’ll take you home though. Don’t worry love.” He said as he cupped my back with his large hand.

“Um, okay then. Well, can you just take me home now then? I have a huge biology test tomorrow and I don’t want to be late.”

Derek looked a bit annoyed but he nodded his head and led the way out of the club and towards his car.

“Let me open that for you.” He said as he unlocked the passenger side to his black Impala. I thought how much of a gentleman he was at that moment as I slid myself in comfortably and waited for him to walk around to his side.

I reached over to the driver’s side and unlocked his door for him to return the same courtesy and he smiled wide which made me do the same. Derek got in the driver’s seat and leaned over to my side with a look I have never seen a man give me. He gave me a look of yearning and I felt something deep inside of me scream out in response. A feeling I am not familiar with but wouldn’t mind exploring.

Please let me know in the comments if you are interested in knowing what happens next with Trish!

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Simple Nail Art

So I was busy decorating my Erin Condren planner when I suddenly felt like doing something with my nails. I have become even more obsessed with my nails ever since I went natural. I am always changing polishes (with my husbands annoyance) and who has time to do all those awesome designs?! Certainly not this mom!

While I don’t have nail stencils, I do have hole punchers and washi tape. I already had my nails painted from the night before in the loveliest shade of lavender. OPI’s Tickle My Francee. I grabbed another fave from OPI in the color Alpine Snow and my all time favorite fast drying top coat by Seche Vite.

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I grabbed my craft scissors I already had nearby (couldn’t find my office scissors for the life of me!), the washi, and my gifted little heart-shaped hole puncher from my bestie :).

IMG_3120It was really simple to be honest. I don’t know why I hadn’t tried this sooner! I cut a piece of washi large enough to cover my entire nail and then punched it with the hole puncher. When you remove the tape, try to be careful so you don’t rip it.

Place the tape on your nail in the desired position.

IMG_3123Paint over the tape and quickly remove it.

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Once you’ve removed the tape, move on to the next hand and repeat the steps before sealing it with your favorite top coat.

IMG_3126And there you have it! The end result. I hope you all enjoyed this post and once again, please feel free to share your own suggestions! I love hearing from everyone!

xo

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