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Easy Smoothie Bowl Recipes & Homemade Raw Granola

One of my favorite meals to make is a smoothie bowl! They have a similar consistency to ice cream but they are healthy and help keep you energized. Everyday after my workout I make one of these smoothie bowl recipes. I also made homemade raw granola, it is so delicious. I usually don't care for granola but this one is soft and sweet!

Homemade Raw Granola 

Here's what you need:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 10 dates (I also love using date rolls, they blend so easily)
  • Any type of seeds/nuts
  • Dried fruit (I like pineapple, mango and coconut)

Blend the oats and dates together until fully blended. The consistency will be thick, sticky and pieces should lump together.

Blend in the seeds, nuts and fruit. Enjoy!

Raspberry Smoothie Bowl

Here's what you need:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries (I buy fresh fruit then freeze it, I feel that the taste is sweeter)
  • Splash of non-dairy milk

Blend these ingredients in your mixer. You want to add as little milk as possible. The less milk you add the more ice cream consistency it will be.

Feel free to add protein powder or a green boost powder. Here's my favorite green powder and it's under $15!

Place the smoothie bowl into a jar or bowl and top with the homemade granola. You can also add coconut flakes, chia seeds, flax seed, goji berries or any other type of topping you would like! The more toppings the better!

Mango Smoothie Bowl


Here's what you need:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 2 fresh mangoes 

Blend these ingredients together, that's it! You don't need milk for this recipe since mangos are so juicy.

Top with granola and any other toppings you please.


What's your favorite smoothie bowl recipe? 


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Grow Out Of Your Comfort Zone


The past month I have been focusing on growth. I'll admit it, I hate leaving my comfort zone. I feel the best when I am safe and secure. I think most of us like that feeling, we don't like change because we are afraid of the unknown. Not knowing what the outcome will be can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Being someone who suffers from anxiety I like to control and plan ahead as much as possible. This is something that I recently realized is SO unhealthy. The best things happen when you walk out of your comfort zone.


 If you follow me on my YouTube channel you would know I recently quit my job. I was working part-time on top of YouTube and blogging. I got this part time job because I felt like I wanted something safe, something that would always be consistent and dependable. The job was great, it taught me a lot about who I am, gave me better people skills and helped me to stand up for myself. I always told myself "well, if I fail at YouTube, I always have this job to fall back on". It was my safety net. Years ago I was a firm believer in "if you can dream it, you can achieve it" & "never have a plan B, plan A will work" somehow along the way I stopped believing in myself. About a month ago the word "grow" came to my mind and suddenly everything clicked! It was one of those ah-ha moments! (I'll explain more of this in a bit) I did a lot of praying and asked God to have my Pastor talk about growing on Sunday, if he did it then I knew I needed to quit my job and start this new chapter. Well, Sunday came and guess what the sermon was on? GROWTH! The next day I went into work and quit.


I have always wanted success and happiness for myself. I think we all have a different definition of success. My definition of success is being able to support myself/future family by doing what I love.  Numbers mean nothing to me, I don't care how many Instagram/YouTube followers I have nor do I care how much money I make. All I want is to be comfortable in life. I don't need fancy cars or big houses, I just want lots of love and happiness. I realized that my vision of success would come faster if I decided to step out of my comfort zone. Stepping out of your comfort zone may mean you have a much larger work load but with all of that work comes more success and a better future. I have always been scared of going up in my career because I knew I was comfortable where I was and I was content with the work load. Maybe you're comfortable living home or in a relationship but you know you'd be much happier in a different state or with someone else.



Here's my little blurb of inspiration for you. Whatever it is that you are scared to do, go and DO IT! Do not think about it, do not over analyze it, just go for it. Don't wait for things to be perfect to start because guess what? They will NEVER be perfect. Don't wait for tomorrow to start, get up right now and do what you are the most afraid of doing (as long as it's safe). Amazing things will happen to you. Leaving your comfort zone will be scary, it will be hard and maybe even stressful at times but the end result is SO worth it. Think of the hardest thing you've ever done or the worst situation you were ever in. At the time you thought you'd never get out and never be okay but look at you now! You are out and I bet you are much happier. Everything in life happens for a reason. You won't fail at whatever it is you want to do, failure does not exist unless you give up. Your plan may not end up how you expected it to but that's because something better will happen. Life is way to short to be anything other than happy. Today is your day to start your new life and put yourself first!

What is it that's keeping you in your comfort zone?

How To Let Go Of Someone Toxic


About two months ago I was feeling drained from a relationship. I felt as though I never knew what person I was going to be with that day. Would they be sweet and caring? Or would they belittle and bully me? If you have ever been through a similar relationship you know it is DRAINING! (I'm sure most of you are assuming I'm talking about my boyfriend but don't ya worry, it's not him! He is amazing and we couldn't be happier) The relationship I had with this person was very toxic and extremely unhealthy. When it comes to toxic relationships we often feel stuck, I know I did. I didn't know how to get out and I didn't want to hurt their feelings even though they were horrible to me.


One day this person pushed me past my limits and I knew that this was God's way of setting me free. I knew that what they had done to me was wrong and I could no longer pretend that I was okay. It was time to confront them. It wasn't easy, I was shaking, cold and hot all at once. After a night of sleep I woke up the next morning and felt FREE! I knew I would no longer let this person back in my life. I would no longer have to worry about them belittling me and I could finally just be happy. If someone in your life is toxic you need to set yourself free.


Know your worth!!
Don't ever allow someone to belittle you. It's easier said than done but this is so important. If you allow someone to push you around they will think it's okay and continue to do it.

It's not you, it's them
These bullies in our lives are often the most insecure people. I know it may seem hard to believe that someone who is loud and vociferous could be insecure but trust me, they ARE! Ever hear of that quote "confidence is quiet, insecurities are loud"? This quote is spot on. Those who are insecure feel the need to be loud and bring the attention all to themselves. My personality is very timid so when I am around people like this I tend to shut down because it makes me feel uncomfortable.

Put on your big girl (or boy) panties and do it
This is something I personally struggled with. I hate confrontation, I try to avoid it at all costs. As I've gotten older I've realized it's not healthy to keep these feelings inside. It feels so much better to tell the person how you are feeling. If they are anything like the relationship I was dealing with they will most likely deny it.

How I handled it
So you may be wondering how I handled this situation. As I mentioned earlier this person pushed me past my limits, I had given them so many chances. I knew that I was exhausted from the relationship and I needed to be happy and put myself first. I didn't yell, I didn't write a huge text of all their faults, I simply said "I'm not going to allow you to push me around anymore, I am done with this conversation". We often feel like we have to respond to texts or calls but we DON'T. Silence is such a powerful thing. The next time someone tries putting you down simply do not answer.

I strongly urge you to look at each relationship in your life and evaluate whether it's lifting you up or tearing you down. Life is too short for negative relationships and you are worth so much more!!

Have you ever been in this situation? What did you do to get out of it?



Must Haves For Spring

The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping, that can only mean one thing. Spring is here! Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I feel like a new gal, my mood gets happier and the clothes get cuter. Whenever Spring comes I love to channel a Parisian vibe. The French style is so effortless and chic. In today's post I am going to share with you my must haves for Spring 2018!

The Straw Bag
I'm pretty sure this is on everyones list this year. They are so cute and go with any outfit. Here are some of my favorite straw bags.

Shoes
This has been my favorite year for shoes. I normally can't find many shoes I like but this Spring season I have found a wide variety of shoes that I am obsessed with!

Sunglasses
Who else is in love with the retro sunglass trend? They make me feel like a vintage queen!

Clothes
I have been loving the fashion trends this year! I have some pieces listed below that have caught my eye!

Makeup
Each season I like to change up my makeup, I always go for a natural look but I tweak the colors. This season I have been loving Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and so many products from Urban Decay!


Those are my current favorites for this spring! What are your go-to items for this Spring?!

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Pastel Easter Puff Cookies



Every Easter my family and I make these puffs! They are delicious with a cup of coffee and look so festive. They are a must for our Easter, I hope you all enjoy them as much as we do!  

Cookies

4 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
3 cups flour (add 1/2 cup extra if the batter is too wet)

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla together until combined. Slowly add in the oil. Next, in a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. Slowly mix the dry ingredients into the wet, dough will form.

Step 2: Roll dough into small balls, place on lined sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until puffy. Be careful not to over-bake! 


Icing

Powdered sugar
Lemon juice
Water
Vanilla extract (optional)
Food coloring

I have no exact measurements for the icing, the icing should look like a thick glaze. I usually start with a cup of powdered sugar and slowly add in water and lemon juice (and vanilla to taste if you choose) until the consistency is is thick but slightly runny.

Divide the icing into separate bowls and color each icing a different pastel color!

Once cookies are cooled dip in frosting and place on a baking rack so that any excess frosting can drip off. Store these in an air tight container to stay moist. 

Decorate Your Home For Christmas Like The 1950's


Christmas in the 1950's were so beautiful. The trees were wrapped with colorful lights and the branches were decorated with tinsel. One of my favorite things about watching old Christmas movies is seeing how beautifully decorated the homes and trees were (here's a list of my favorite old Christmas movies)  In this post I am going to share with you how you can make your home feel old fashioned for the Christmas season. If you would a video version of this post you can watch my video here.

Lights

Many trees had the big colorful lights strung around the tree. I tested out the colorful lights on my tree and they clashed a bit with my home decor so I opted for some white lights. Christmas lights that have a bigger bulb will automatically give your tree an old fashion feel.

Garland

Adding garland to the tree is a must. I found some vintage garland when I was at a vintage market. They sell tons of garland on Etsy if you are looking for some that is authentic. If you want some newer garland then Amazon has some great choices!

Bubble Lights

Bubble lights are a classic! If you want your tree to look like it was picked out of a 1950's movie, you have to get bubble lights. I got mine from amazon and they were very affordable.

Tinsel

If you have ever seen an old fashioned Christmas movie you would know they go overboard on the tinsel. The more the better! I personally think it looks beautiful!

Tree Topper

An angel is very classic for the top of a tree. Check out your local antique store and I'm sure you will be able to find some vintage tree toppers there.

Toy Train

Toy trains are a must! I always see trains under Christmas trees in old movies. I found my train on Amazon and it was under $21. It even makes noise and blows steam. I was quite excited to see how awesome it looked under the tree.

Fake Snow

If you want  to have a simple yet vintage tree, you can get a can of fake snow and spray your tree. It will make your tree look magical.


Popcorn and Cranberries 

Take a needle and thread and string popcorn and cranberries to make a gorgeous garland for your tree!




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My Favorite Old Fashioned Christmas Movies

Christmas movies are so magical! Every year I get asked what my favorite old Christmas movies are so this year I made a list. I have A LOT more Christmas favorites but these are my top picks! I also added some movies from the late 90's- early 00's because they are too good to skip. If you want a full list of my favorite old movies click here. I hope you enjoy!