Matcha power smoothie, created to get you going and keep you going. Click through for recipe >>
Matcha power smoothie, created to get you going and keep you going. Click through for recipe >>

matcha power smoothie
Lately I’ve been on a full on caffeine bender. Every once in a while I find myself going overboard, and that’s usually when I need to double check what’s going on in my life (hello, why am I trading sleep for double shots of espresso?!?) and re-evaluate. I just told you all in my post on being productive that you need to treat yourself better, so I decided to start doing just that! Step one: find something to replace my coffee with.

I talked about how great matcha is a while back, but totally forgot all about it until I started digging through my kitchen cabinets. It’s a straight up wonder ingredient, so I decided to combine it with some of my other favorite ingredients to make a well rounded power smoothie. This is something that should definitely get you going first thing in the morning, but I could see it being a great afternoon pick-me-up as well.

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6 tips on how to be productive so you can start accomplishing more. 6 tips to help you be more productive, so you can stop procrastinating and start getting things done. Click through to read how >>6 tips to help you be more productive, so you can stop procrastinating and start getting things done. Click through to read how >>

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I’m going to let your guys in on a little secret behind the method to my blog madness: I’m not just writing for you, I’m writing for me. Yea, I want everyone who comes to my blog to find something that inspires them, is useful, or thought provoking, but that really only works if I write about stuff that is interesting or useful to myself as well. A lot of the time, we’re totally learning about a subject together, which I think is super rad (we’re totally bonding).

That said, from the end of 2016 through till now, I’ve found myself really struggling with being productive. I don’t know about you, but I expected the new me (that I became January 1st, obv) to just kinda get with it. To help us both switch gears with this fresh year, I decided to put together a list of tips to help us stay on track. Here’s some things that are tried-and-true for me, and some new tips that I hope are helpful for you: View Post

seasonal depression

I think it’s about time someone wrote a winter blues anthem in the same vein as Lana’s summertime sadness. The shorter daylight hours, crappy cold weather, and just overall feeling of gloom really do a number on a person. I know we’re on the better side of winter solstice (it was December 21) so the days are slooowly getting longer, but until we get to that point, S.A.D is gonna be hanging around.

Well, what exactly is S.A.D.?

This stands for seasonal affective disorder, which is basically depression brought on by the season change. It tends to linger from late fall until the start of spring, and results in symptoms like the following:

• low motivation
• insomnia
• fatigue
• apathy
• weight gain
• moodiness
• appetite change
• trouble concentrating

Basically, life just feels really dang hard, okay? To help us all survive until sunnier days (literally and figuratively), I decided to put together a list of tips to cope with the winter blues. I hope that if you’re struggling some of these lend themselves to be useful to you. ♥ View Post

letting go

As we’ve arrived at a new year, and for many, a proposed “fresh start” (new year, new me, right?), I felt it was only apropos to share a post on how to truly move on. I’m writing this for anyone who has something they want to move forward from, whether it be a relationship (friendship or romantic), a bad job, or just a bad mental place they want to shake themselves out of.

The problem in this day and age is that letting go and moving on from anything isn’t as hard and fast as it used to be. Things don’t just disappear when they no longer serve you, but instead relocate to the recently deleted folder, to the archives, or to the stranger side of a friend request. No, moving forward from something takes a little more now. I decided to reiterate the mindset I talked about here, which I used to get over my loss from my break-in earlier this year, and hope these tips are helpful in general for growing forward/upward/outward.

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Tips for moving forward:

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I think giving back and helping others is important year ’round, but I find that people are especially inclined during the holiday season. Sometimes though, you just don’t know how to give back, ya know? It can get a little overwhelming when all you’re thinking is “Where should I be putting my money? Who should I be helping?” There’s so many options out there, and unfortunately so many people who could use aid, that it gets a little hard to choose.

That’s where I decided to help you out. I picked 5 “topics” that I find to be pretty important to me, and then chose charities that fell within that spectrum. Everything I’ve picked has at least an A charity rating, and from what I found via charity navigator, actually donates pretty much all the money raised to their actual cause! Nothing worse than donating money with the intent of helping only to realize you’re just funding the CEO’s lavish lifestyle!

So here, if you feel like the presents you purchased just aren’t doing the trick, give back a little more this Christmas:

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Easy DIY coffee and charcoal face scrub that cleans, exfoliates, and firms your skin. Click through to read how to make it! >>Easy DIY coffee and charcoal face scrub that cleans, exfoliates, and firms your skin. Click through to read how to make it! >>

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Has anyone else been having a rough time with the effects of the weather on their skin lately?? The constant rollercoaster of temperatures has been doing a huge disservice for me and leaving me with crazy combination skin, so I decided to try to whip something together to make me feel better.

I don’t know if any of you remember those Frank. scrubs that were going around a couple years back, but I partially put this together with those in mind (basically, the part where you use coffee grounds as a skincare ingredient). While I intended to use this on my face, there’s just so much goodness in each part of this recipe that there’s really no reason to not just smother yourself with it so you can get the full body experience, ya know? I think tripling the recipe would be sufficient for covering your whole body.

(I actually love how good everything makes my skin feel so much, that I used two of the ingredients from this scrub in my most popular mask, here.)

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Okay, I know I promised on instagram that I’d be sharing a recap of my Thursday trip to NYC with you, but this post coming first just made way more sense. I’m about to experience schedule overload while covering shifts at both of my jobs and won’t have a day off for at least two weeks. I decided to look into the best ways to ensure that I don’t lose my damn mind, and figured it’s probably something others could benefit positively from as well! Here are my tips for surviving when your schedule gets out of control so you make it to that vacation on the other side (or a whole day in bed, let’s be real).

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1. PRIORITIZE

Use a planner, a notebook, or even the notes app in your phone, but make a list for yourself of all the tasks you’re looking to accomplish. When your head is absolutely spinning from running around nonstop, it helps to have a list to refer to! It also helps if you use a system of ordering what needs to be done first or immediately, and what can be pushed off till later. I like to add stars, but numbering works too! View Post

flywheel experience

flywheel experience

Recently I realized I’d somehow given up on my health.

At some point within the last two months between the stress of moving (and trying to settle after doing so!), two jobs, and just life in general, I’d basically stopped caring about myself. I ate like garbage, slept nonsensical hours that were either too little or too much (I actually missed work shifts!! that’s never happened!), and started filling in the black hole stress created by drinking constantly. It wasn’t until I noticed symptoms from my autoimmune disease had crept up in full force in the last few weeks that I decided to take back my health. View Post