Monday, May 26, 2014

Healthy Girl Series

Awhile back my family and I decided to go healthy! YAY! After watching the documentary Forks Over Knives we were convicted to let go of a lot of things in our diet, namely milk and dairy products, meat, high sugary, and processed foods. When I say give up I mean its not that we never eat it, its all about modifying. We have replaced cow's milk with natural homemade almond milk. Instead of store bought bread we make our own. We also eat a lot of fish now instead of meat or chicken. When you take out things that you are accustomed to eating, it can be hard to come up with substitutions and healthy alternatives. I am going to be sharing some of our favorite recipes in hopes of inspiring you in your healthy eating lifestyle. Eating healthy can still be yummy!!! 

For this recipe you will simply need 1 can of tuna, 1 avocado, bread, and salt and pepper.

Place your avocado in a food processor to save time in not having to hand smash. Mix your tuna with the creamy avocado, which substitutes the use of mayonnaise. You can add salt and pepper to flavor it.
When paired with some delicious homemade bread you'll have one delicious and healthy lunch! (Its always good to add some fruit to your meals wether in actual form or in a smoothie.) 

Hope you enjoyed and were inspired to make delicious healthy food. I seriously reccomend watching the Forks over Knives documentary!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

EOS V.S. Burt's Bees V.S. Baby Lips

There is nothing worse than having super chapped lips. Chapped lips are something I used to suffer with. I finally decided enough was enough and dedicated myself to finding a cure. Thankfully the prognosis was simply some chap-stick. Over the course of three months (Jan. - Mar.) I have conducted somewhat of an experiment to find the perfect chap-stick. My findings are as follows.

As you can see through the chart, I liked each one for different reasons.

The EOS chap-stick had the overall highest points for each category and rightly so. I was completely happy with it and it worked immediately to repair my lips. Though you may not be able to stick this in your back pocket and run out, the chunky size makes it easy to find in a messy purse. Conveniently enough, the flat base prevents your chap-stick from rolling away.

I liked Burt's Bees a teeny bit more than my EOS because it felt more natural. It scored low on texture not because it was nasty or anything, but because it took some getting used to. Because the base is beeswax, which is known for being quite firm, it took some extra effort to get it on your lips. I enjoyed the continuos moisturized effect it left. 

Baby Lips is a super cute and fun looking chap-stick. Promising smooth soft baby lips, Baby Lips (Quiver) almost made true on their promise. While using this chap-stick I noticed that the outer part of my lips were super soft, but weirdly enough the inner was still dry. It did not last as long as the others so that was set back for me. Because of its oily texture, I wouldn't use this as your staple chap-stick. Overall it is a cute girly chap-stick to keep in your purse and comes in different pigmented and non-pigmented shades. 

NOTE: I am a super chap-stick smearer :) I will coat and re coat my lips until I have a nice layer on top, so the endurance varies from person.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Book Review- Daises are Forever

Having read Snow on the Tulips, I was super stoked to read the next book this author wrote. The story plot was very intriguing, but the author failed to see it through. The book began with some serious edge of your seat tension, but gradually slipped to a casual story. With the many different point of views it was hard to draw close to the main characters and keeping the whole picture straight. I really would have enjoyed some more narrow escapes from Mitch, him being an escaped POW and all, but his role seemed too easy. 

I really enjoyed that the author took two real life stories to use as the inspiration for Daisies are Forever, making the book much more authentic. The first part where Gisela leads a band of people escaping the Russians is based on Ruth Sabine Hildegard Lippert. The second part is based on the authors own aunt who experienced the awful bombings in Berlin.

I very much enjoyed the historical aspect of the book over the fiction. The inside view to the life of the average  German person during the war was both eye opening and informative. 

I received this complimentary copy from Litfuse in exchange for this independent and unbiased review. 

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Video: BFF Tag!

Ideally I would love to fill this blog with so many interesting posts, tutorials, life posts, and all things girly, however; life always seems to get in the way. I would also love to start posting videos more frequently. The first one I made was on my family's trip to DR, then I made one on tips for drinking water, a no-heat curling method, and today's is a collaboration with Kianna. 

I have mentioned this girl plenty of times on this blog, so you should all know that we are best friends/ cousins. She's my prima hmna, crib-mate, babysitting buddy, crime fighting, make believe playmate, long time confidant, and sister-in-Christ. 

Here is a little something we put together. You can finish watching the second part and bloopers over at Kianna's blog.