What is Your Color?

We all have our own color that makes our eyes pop out, freshens the color of our skin and makes our hair puff just a little bit higher. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, being a redhead with pale skin, my colors are a tad different. As much as I try, it doesn’t always look best when I rock any hue. The colors that compliment me the best are drastically different- really bold, or really neutral. The lighter colors: coral, tan, emerald, white, etc.
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Or the bolder, darker colors: black, forest green, purple, etc.

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Playing with different colors and analyzing what it does to your bodies tones helps you find your true colors. I suggest bringing a friend, or two, with you the next time you go shopping. Try on colors you would normally never wear, and see how they react. Are your friends expressions different? Is your expression different? Do they notice your haircut now (even though you got it cut three weeks ago..)?

Never be afraid to wear colors, especially when that coral dress looks much better on you than that little black one. Image

 

Stick Out That Green Thumb in Five Easy Steps!

It’s spring! Even though the last few days have been filled with ashy clouds and cold breezes, it’s time to start planting my garden. The clouds will be gone shortly and the sun will soon shine down on my white planter box. It’s time to start prepping.

Step One

Before you start buying every plant you see, decide where you will grow them. Figure out a section in either your front or backyard that you can designate for your garden. Measure out how much space you have and what kind of depth and shape you would like your planter box to be.

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Step Two

You can either build your own planter box or purchase one from your local home goods store: Home Depot, Lowes, etc. If you have a local gardening store, I recommend going there first. They are more likely to give you the advice you need, plus you’ll be supporting the local economy!

Step Three

Choose which kind of plants you would like to grow. Do you want to see flowers out your kitchen window or be able to grab fresh rosemary and basil for tonight’s dinner? There are many, many options to choose from when deciding on which plants to grow. It is truly up to what you want out of your garden.

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Step Four
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Step Five

Once your planter box is assembled, you have chosen your plants, bought your soil and nutrients, you are ready to begin planting! Carefully pour the soil into the planter box, leveling it out evenly. Depending on how deep your plant is, dig a hole wide enough for it to fit comfortably. Make sure to lightly pat the plant into the soil and cover it’s surrounding roots with nutrients. A few green thumbs will recommend speaking to your plants, giving encouragement. From experience, my plants usually thrive more with a nice hello as I water them.
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Get Fit Quick

Now is the time to get into shape! I am sure all of your new years resolutions have fizzled out by now..mine sure have. SO change that lazy focus and get ready to get in shape. You don’t want to be crash dieting a week before summer begins, do you? Not only will you gain your weight back right away, but you won’t be tight, healthy or  fit. Start working out now so you can show off your six-pack in your hot new bikini!

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Writing Prompt: Day One

In order to explore my writing abilities and to continue blogging daily, I am going to respond to writing prompts. This is today’s prompt:

Whether you’re an open-book, or still wrapped in packaging tape, you’re a person who has real feelings, passions and ideas. How you express those to the people around you, says a lot about your personality.

Depending on who it is, and what the subject is, I find myself still wrapped in packaging tape. Though, to most of my family, my boyfriend and my closest friends, I am an open book. If you want to keep most of your life to yourself, it is important to establish those guidelines between what you share and to whom you share it to.

For example, you don’t necessarily share your experience at your first rave with your boss Monday morning, but you will with your edm friends.

Some of the best advice I was ever given, or actually read, was,
Don’t ever tell anybody anything, if you do you start missing everyone,”
from the book, Go Ask Alice. This quote meant so much to me as I went through my teenage years and realized how life changes, how you loose people, gain people and forget people. That’s life.

No matter how much you share your life with someone, and open up to them, you can still loose them at any moment. It is truly up to you how much of your life you feel comfortable sharing and with whom you want to represent. Do you want to be yourself in everything you do? Or would you rather put a front, and be yourself to only yourself? It is your own life, but I suggest being yourself in everything you do. The people who accept it, accept you, and the people who don’t, you don’t need anyway.

I Miss You…Not.

Do you ever get tired of saying, “I miss you“. Have you listened to how it sounds? Ugh.

English, being the simple language that it isn’t, lets words like those have completely different meanings. For example, telling an ex lover that you miss them, is completely different from telling your friend who just moved an hour away.

As time goes by, and more experiences add to your belt, you start to decipher the different meanings those words have and the effect they can have on people. I’ve said those words to many people, in many contexts and am tired of saying it… to be frank.

If you miss somebody bad enough, you’ll make it happen. You’ll see them, talk to them, hear them, feel them, whatever it is you’re missing of them, you’ll make it happen. And I don’t always mean with your ex lover. Friends come and go, too, especially go, but the ones that stay, don’t say you miss them. Don’t let the hole develop that creates the void of them in your lives.

No matter what life puts you through, make time for the people you love.

Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

As a regular subscriber to LC (Lauren Conrad), when I received this recipe in my inbox, I couldn’t help but repost. These look delicious and fit perfectly into my diet. Thanks Team LC!!

Recipe Box: Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

Feb 25, 2013 by Ilana Saul
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Hello, everyone! It’s Ilana from Team LC. There’s a lot of talk of love during the first half of February, but that doesn’t mean the focus on the heart should fade away post-Valentine’s Day. Instead of talking dating or romance today though, I wanted to share one of my favorite heart-healthy recipes. I made a resolution to kick my processed sugar habit this year, so I’ve been on the constant hunt for alternative ways to satisfy my sweet tooth. From my delectable Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding to plain Greek yogurt drizzled with agave and cinnamon, I now have quite a few guilt-free treats in my repertoire. These Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites (adapted from a recipe by Averie Cooks) are one of my very favorites. Not only are these tasty little morsels free from dairy and processed sugar, but they’re also full of healthy whole grain oats to keep your ticker in tip-top shape. Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try…

Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites

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Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2 Tbsp agave syrup
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sweet cacoa nibs (you can sub dark chocolate chips if you’re not staying away from sugar like I am)


Directions

  1. Combine oats and cashews in a food processor and grind into a flour-like consistency.
  2. Add agave, maple syrup, and vanilla, and blend again until smooth.
  3. Transfer your dough into a mixing bowl and stir in cacao nibs by hand.
  4. Roll the dough into approximately 12 chocolate truffle-sized balls. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later.
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It was pretty hard to resist popping these into my mouth before I photographed them. Luckily, the process for making them only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Are you going to give this healthy recipe a try?

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xo Ilana
Team LC