Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Almost a Bagel.. Under 100 Calories

Disclaimer: This is definitely not a bagel. Definitely not your average bagel, this tastes more like the Trader Joe's Sprouted Wheat bagels. Basically as a kid my mom would buy us those, so it's a very similar taste to this, and was very familiar. However if you're used to the wonderful white flour bagels this might not be all that bagel-y to you! It tastes good never the less, and racks up at 95 Cal, 4 Net Carbs, and 7 Grams of Fiber! Compared to your average bagel... (which has 280 Cal, 58 Carbs, and 42Grams of Fiber) or even the Trader Joe's sprouted wheat (290 Cal, 59 Carbs, and 5 Grams of Fiber) it's a pretty good option; not to mention those are the facts WITHOUT the cream cheese. So have one of these instead (cream cheese included). Heck, have two.

1 Light Creamy Swiss Wedge
1 Carb Cutting Tortilla

Spread cheese on wrap and enjoy!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Let's Speak about my Laurie Halse Anderson Love Affair...

If you didn't get my undoubted punny-ness in the title, let me spell it out for you. Speak is a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, about a girl after something horrible happens to her and she can't speak up about it. This book was touching and intriguing and wonderfully written. I love the way Anderson writes, it grabs me. This book was wonderful and brought up many things for me, like self worth and communication. I'd highly recommend this, as well as The Impossible Knife of a Memory (which I LOVED). I just picked up Catalyst and am super enticed as well! Basically, try out one of her books! You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

This book is called Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and it's by Ransom Riggs. It's YA/dark fantasy about a teenage boy whose grandfather dies, resulting in him going to the magical island of his grandfather's childhood to uncover some mysteries and help him release his mental anguish caused by the event. I think this was such an interesting and fantastic book because it doesn't have your run of the mill plot lines, there are many surprising twists and turns; this book also has a very interesting idea that I've never even thought or seen of before (which is rare). In the beginning I thought it was creepy because I had no idea of what was going on, and wasn't going to continue reading it so I put it down. However I picked it back up and am so glad I did because I found this delightful! I really loved the vintage photographs woven throughout the book, they really gave the characters life and provided a unique feel and imagery to the book. This book made me want to explore and made my imagination come to life. I finished the second book as well, and there is probably going to be a third! I preferred the first book but the second is great, and I must reiterate: the photographs totally grab me. I love photography and it just makes the books very special!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Coconut Oil= Shaving Cream


Coconut oil, as we all know, is tres good for us! It withstands high temperatures, helps fight off yeast and fungus; as well as fighting off bacteria and viruses that make you sick! It stops healthy fats and tissues from aging. It's also a good moisturizer because it has the antioxidant vitamin E.
  So last week or so I reached the bottom of my EOS shaving cream in vanilla (which I liked quite a bit!) and decided to use coconut oil as shaving cream because I had heard good things about it. Those good things were true! It works just as well, if not better than EOS ,and my legs are moisturized and softer after using it! It apparently prevents leg breakouts after shaving too which is a major bonus. It also is purely natural! I think a good rule, though I don't always live by it, is if you wouldn't eat it don't put it on your skin! Minor differences in products can be very good, even if it's just switching your shaving cream.

 How I apply it:
1. Grab some from the jar (I've been using Trader Joe's brand) and rub onto self!
2. If legs are wet, shave normally. If not, splash a layer of water onto legs (the oil and water don't mix so the water stays on your legs) and shave.
3. Voila magical hairless legs.

Ps. I got the info in the first paragraph from this link

Friday, March 14, 2014

Book Review: Burned and Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

These are YA/Fiction novels wrote in poetry, which I love. These two books follow a girl named Pattyn who was raised by a doormat mother, an alcoholic father possessed by his own demons, and a smothering Mormon religion on her journey to love, acceptance, and finding her role in life. The second book switches on and off from her point of view, and her sister Jackie. I've read Ellen Hopkins before but this is my favorite series because it was intense and the second book made me tear up at several points. I think I preferred Smoke however I preferred it because Burned set it up so well. I think these were fabulous because they were very real, very gripping, and the characters were so real.They made me think about family, life, and love in different ways; these books also made me very thankful for what I have and the acceptance I've mostly always been surrounded by.I would definitely recommend them.

Note: I was going to take pictures but I returned them to the library. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fully Loaded Tuna Salad

Hi! I made this for dinner and it was sooo good. This recipe only serves one!

Fully Loaded Tuna Salad:
1/4 Bell Pepper (I used red)
1 celery stalk
1 can of tuna
1 tsp of mayonnaise 
1 tsp of mustard
And a squeeze of lemon!

Dice the veggies very small. Mash the tuna and condiments using a fork, add veggies and lemon, stir.

Enjoy! This was perfect for a night of babysitting. I also packed seaweed and a homemade chai tea latte (almond milk and stevia sweetened). 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Shopping in Pheonix

I have a lot of family in Pheonix so we decided to come down here for ski week. We decided to go to the outlet mall and I purchased some things ;)

So many things were on sale!!! I got this belt and the ring (below) at Lucky Brand. I really needed a belt and I love the detailing on this. 

I simply adore this, it makes me feel very confident and it's very sturdy. I hope it won't turn green like most rings do.

Afterwards I picked up some jean shorts. They're "festival" shorts from American Eagle outfitters. They'll be so nice for this trip (the weather is fabulous!)

Finally we popped into Fossil, where there was fantastic deals! This wallet is perfect because it's small and red (good fung shei).

It's also purple on the inside! I couldn't wait, I transferred all my wallet stuff in the car.

I also got a glasses case there, which is very sturdy and nice. It's kind of big for my purse but it will protect my new glasses!

These are the glasses I got! They are black with rhinestone detailing on the side. They were such a score because it's hard to find sunglasses that compliment my face shape. 

Today was awesome! I got very nice, pretty things that I'll use forever :) We also went to an amazing restaurant for lunch; I will upload the details later!