Currently . . . Feb. 2016

Good morning/afternoon/evening loves! ❤

I am slowly making my way into blogging again (by slow I mean a tortoise trying to walk through peanut butter slow!). It feels good to write everything out again and connect with the bloggers I used to read every single day! I typed up this post just before I have to head to class while sipping on some hazelnut coffee… mmmm. ❤ Today marks 1 year 4 months with the love of my life which even makes today that much more special. ❤ January was a good month for me, but February is already turning out to be even better!  mI thought I would share some currently’s, and hope to see what you are currently into as well! Without further ado…

 

Currently Reading . . . Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner

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Currently Listening to . . . We Found Love – Rihanna

Current Non-Guilty Pleasure . . . Napping, napping, and even more napping

Current Nail Color . . . Nude

Currently Drinking . . . Arizona Green Tea Zero

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Currently Eating . . . Power Crunch Salted Caramel Energy Bars

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Current Obsession . . . Sharp eyeliner wings 😉

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Currently Wishing . . . to go back to Disneyland

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Currently Needing . . . some cute dresses for the warmer weather

Current Bane of Existence . . . stress overload 😦

Current Indulgence . . . Make-up ❤

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Current Procrastination . . . Making more videos…

Current Confession . . . I’m really bad at taking my fish oil pills everyday…

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Current Blessing . . . I am getting more hours at work!

Current Excitement . . . I just started my first week of a 90-day challenge to kick start my fitness journey again!

Current Mood . . . Motivated af. 😀

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Current Workout . . . Fast paced treadmill walking after lifting weights

Current Link . . . https://www.youtube.com/user/LaurDIY (literally obsessed <3)

Current App . . . Instagram!

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-What are you currently indulging in?

-What are you currently excited for?

-What is your current blessing?

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Currently – April 2014

Happy April!

I can’t believe that we are already 1/4 of the way done with 2014. That blows my mind. Seriously.. it seems as if New Years was just yesterday! So far, this year has been filled with some pretty crazy events, experiences, and overall feelings. I have kept my head up and staying positive. I am ready to bring on April with a positive and optimistic attitude. I can’t wait to see what this month has in store for me. 🙂

 

 

Current Book:  The Weight of Silence – Heather Gudenkauf

“It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. 

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler. Calli’s mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter’s voice.  

Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor. 

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.”

I haven’t gotten the chance to start it yet, but I am going to start tonight. I love starting a new book at the beginning of each other. This one has been on my little library shelf for quite some time now. I think it’s time to crack it open and dive into a new story. 🙂

 

Current Music: Two songs that I have completely fell in love with.

 

Current Guilty Pleasure: Going out with friends to meet new people and try out new things.

Current Nail Color: I actually have my nails painted this month. I wanted to come in with a subtle spring color, and the first color that came to mind was purple. Of course. Purple is my favorite color, so I love loving down at my nails and seeing a pop of color. 

Current Drink: This may come as a surprise to you, but Diet Snapple Peach Diet. Shocker, right? 😉

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Current Food: I have been all about oatmeal for breakfast, snack plates for lunch, and quesadillas for dinner! They’re so dang good! Oh come on, you can’t deny that oozing cheese. 😉

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Current Wish List: Leggings, new clothes, chocolate (Yes, chocolate. Resses to be exact.), a massage, a new phone.

Current Needs: I need sleep, leggings, clothes that will fit me (all of them growing to be too big), and some self motivation to help push me through this last hectic quarter of school.

Current Bane of My Existence: All of these projects for school that are compiling up!

Current Indulgence: Taking a lot of time for “me.” I know we should all do that anyways, but with school starting back up, I need more time for me (to stay sane). I have taken up a lot of stretching and yoga, along with Netflix nights, spending more time with family and friends, and just taking in those moments to breathe.

Current Triumphs: Conquering “fear foods” such as Domino’s pizza, thin mint ice cream, gooey cheesy barley, and other delectable goods. I know it may not be the best for me, but knowing I conquered them is pretty damn satisfying. 

Current Blessing: Although I am facing quite a few health issues, I am blessed for the recovery I am taking in order for my body to recovery. Back in the day, I used to flip out if I rested too much. Now, I am enjoying it, because it is helping me mentally with balance and physically with obvious reasons. 🙂

Current Outfit: I’m rockin’ the dark colors right now (unintentionally) while it’s pretty hot outside. Go figure. *eye rolling emoji* I am wearing black basketball shorts (at least I’m wearing shorts, right?) because they are better than jeans and pretty darn comfortable and a dark grey v-neck.

Current Excitement(s): Knowing I have less than two months left of school, moving to my new house soon, becoming more confident and a social butterfly, making new friends, and overall living the life I am living.

Current Mood: Pure and utter bliss.

 

-What are you currently reading?

-What’s your current music of choice? 

-What are you excited about? Triumphant about? Blessed about?

-What are you indulging in?

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I Don’t Know How To React

Happy Thursday! I am going to keep this intro short and sweet to get straight into the thoughts..

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Thank you Amanda for hosting! 

1. I got some really bad news yesterday, and to be honest, I don’t know how to react to it. I really don’t want to get into details, but what I found out is going to effect me for the rest of my life. Literally. I couldn’t help by cry right in front of the doctor. I couldn’t even muster out a word to my mom as we walked to the car. I can tell my parents are really concerned, but I don’t even know what to say. I am at a literal loss for words. All I want to do is crawl up into a ball and sleep, but that will do no good. I am trying to stay as positive as I can, but this burden is really weighing down my heart. I have done a lot of praying. I have done a lot of crying. I’m sorry I started out this post so heart heavy. I promise the rest are on the more positive side.

2. To cheer me up, my mom bought me Pho for lunch. Goodness this woman knows me so well. My love for pho is unreal. I mean come on, how can you not love how tasty it is and how it opens you up? I am able to handle more spicier foods now, so my throat and nose are really thanking me for that.

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3. I can spend hours upon hours in a bookstore, primarily Barnes n Nobles. I was in there for a good few hours exploring the aisles while drinking some coffee. Doesn’t that sound perfect? To me it does. I finally came across Divergent and am looking forward to diving right into it. Doesn’t the movie come out tomorrow? I’m going to read the book before watching the movie. Who agrees that books are always better than the movie?

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4. You guys.. my obsession for Diet Snapple Peach Tea is about to come back. I finally found these again after weeks of looking. Let’s just say I will be taking more frequent trips to the 99 cents store. 😀

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5. You know what else I found? Stevia. I have been looking ALL OVER for it and I finally found it at Big Lots! I can’t wait to try it out. What are some things you add Stevia to? Suggestions much appreciated. 🙂

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6. I don’t think I am ready for Spring Break to be over. I am grateful for an education, but I am really not looking forward to waking up early and spending 7 hours at school. I know that the work load is going to increase. You know what makes me happy though? I will only have 9 more weeks left of school. HOLLA!

7. I finally started using Snapchat. I mean I downloaded the app a while ago, but I was “too lazy” to take pictures. What am I kidding? I looked like a hot mess every time I got a snapchat. It’s actually pretty fun when you get comfortable with taking random pictures. If anyone wants to snapchat, let me know!

8. You know what else I have been using more lately? Twitter. I have these periods where I go on it for a long time all the time and then it switches to never opening up the app. I have been using it a lot more lately and I don’t really think I will stop any time soon. I have been talking to some pretty cool people on there. You should follow me and tweet me so we can become friends. Okay? 😉

9. I think it is safe to say that Ashley and I would be the perfect roomies. I mean we both live in Arizona, we love roasting veggies (and eating them), peanut butter fanatics, foodie twins, and our personalities are so in sync. What do ya say girl? You up for it? We’d get into some pretty crazy adventures!

10. I’m thinking about cutting my hair short this Summer. Should I or should I not? Opinions are welcome.

I hope you are having an amazing day and week. ❤

-What do you use Stevia in?

-What’s your favorite book? What are you currently reading? 

-What’s your favorite comfort food?

-What’s your snapchat name? Twitter name? 

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Thinking Out Loud – Blink of an Eye

“Because I’m happy..”

I’m happy because today is Thursday and you know what Thursdays’ mean?

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1. Is it just more or did this Thursday come in a blink of an eye? Seriously, it feels like just yesterday I was waking up bright and bushy eyed at 5 a.m. for school. Where is this year going? I mean it’s almost the middle of March! WHAT. Well, at least it means that the weekend is soon upon us. 😉 Always got to think of the positive, right?

2. You guys, I don’t know if you can tell, but I am so flippin’ excited that Spring Break starts tomorrow afternoon! All of this studying for finals tomorrow is frying the heck out of my brain. This girl needs a week off from AP and honor classes. My oh my.. I just hope it gets somewhat easier in the last few weeks of school. Speaking of which.. I can’t believe the year is almost over. I was really thinking about it in class yesterday, and you know those thoughts that just surprise the bajesus out of you? Yeah.. pretty much sums up my reaction.

3. Speaking of Spring Break, I am pretty upset that on Saturday I get to be at school at 9 am for a 3 hour exam instead of sleeping in. I could have gone yesterday and today or tomorrow after school, but my teacher is giving a 10% bonus to our grades if we go Saturday.. Luckily there will be a big breakfast at 8 a.m. so I guess it won’t be so torturous bad.

4. Lately, I’ve been so happy that I am finally able to workout! You don’t even know how good I feel once the endorphin’s kick in and I start sweating like crazy. (Cute image, right?) I just feel so good afterwards. Seriously, it’s like the best feeling ever (besides when I know/see food coming 😉 ). I am not going hardcore at the gym, but I am making use of my weights to do some workouts at home. Primarily Blogilates because I love her attitude and her workouts do challenge me.

5. I went out of my ‘comfort’ zone with food and ate not 1 but 3 of these bad boys. (Not all at once.) They brought back some childhood memories. Oh the joys of treating yourself and making progress.

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6. The heat is coming upon Arizona. Already getting up in the 80s. Oh how joyous it will be at 120. Hopefully I move before the Summer or this girl will definitely turn into a lobster. o.o

7. So, I started reading The Color Purple and Ashley.. you were right. I was tearing up like crazy. I don’t think I could handle seeing the movie. It is an amazing read though. I highly recommend it!

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8. My hunger is non-stop. I can eat a good ol’ meal yet my stomach feel empty about 20 minutes later. What is this? A faster metabolism? Let’s hope so!

9. Please wish me luck with my exams.. I have studying like crazy. I don’t think this much lack of sleep is good for the body. I’ve maybe gotten about 20 hours this week so far? How am I possibly functioning? Oh right, coffee and endorphins.

10. I love Kitty and Red on That 70s Show. Kitty’s vibrant personality never fails to make me smile along with Red’s “I’m gonna kick you a**” answers. Oh how I love binge watching this show. 😀

I hope you have an amazing day. ❤

-What workouts do you like?

-What is your favorite treat?

-What do you have planned for the weekend?

-How do you deal with the stress from exams?

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Spill It Sunday – All About the Fats

Can I just start out by saying that I have been loving this weekend primarily because I have been involving it around reading? Ever since Arman’s S.I.S post on books, my passion for reading has sparked and is increasing by the day! I have already accomplished reading two books. In one weekend? That’s pretty accomplishing for me! I’ve been choosing to do what makes me happy and that helps me stress less. Que the reading. I just love getting lost in books. I always get so emotionally attached.. I may or may not have been stay up until the wee hours of the morning (unintentionally..) lost within the words. Any who.. it’s time to switch over to the topic of fat. No, not the type that is bashed by the media, but food. Food is one of my favorite topics, so thank you Arman for focusing this post around it.

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Oh, ya know.. Trying to be cute. 

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1. What is your favourite fat source?

– I am indecisive between peanut butter or avocados. I have to have my daily servingS (yes, I emphasize multiple servings) of peanut butter, because I crave it in the morning and at night. On the other hand, I love the creaminess and texture of avocados. I have been adding avocado to my wraps and it just takes the taste to a whole new level! Can I get a free-bee and name two? 😀

2. What is your favourite nut? What is your favourite nut butter?

-I pretty much just answered the second part to this question above. My favorite type of nut lately has been almonds. I think it’s because of the trail mix I have showed in previous WIAW posts. I have been picking at the almonds and my mouth has been in bliss. Don’t get me wrong, I love almond butter, but peanut butter just has that more dominate taste that really amps up the flavors in my oats.

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3. What fat is receives unfair flack? What fat is most overrated?

 -Erm, I would have to say the fat in meats. Especially red meats. It does have benefits to it!
Erm.. I would have to say coconut oil? I haven’t had it, yet it’s emphasized everywhere! Where are the substitutes for it?

4. Link up a favourite recipe embracing fats (it can be your own or another bloggers!)

 -I find it unfair to choose favorites, so I’ll just say any recipe that emphasizes peanut butter. 😉

5. What is YOUR perception of this macronutrient?

-I used to fear fat, because I believed the myth that “Fats make you fat.” It got to the point where I didn’t eat peanut butter for 2 years. WHAT. Oh how naive I was.. I think my servingS are making up for the lost years. Right? 😉

Don’t fear fats. They are good for you!

6. What benefits do FATS play in YOUR personal eating habits?

-Recovery.Happiness.Balance.Knowledge.Expansion.

Recovery & Knowledge: They go hand in hand.  The more I researched, the better I found it helped my recovery and how beneficial it was for my health and body.

Happiness: I now don’t fear the delicious fats in nuts, nut butters, avocados, meats, seafood, yolks, etc.

Balance: Knowing I can now have fat and incorporating it into my meals for more satisfaction.

Expansion: Expanding my taste palette. Opening up to new recipes. Trying new flavors. 😀

I hope you have an amazing day! ❤

-What’s your favorite fat?

-What’s your favorite nut butter?

-What is your favorite recipe with fats?

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Spill It Sunday – I’m a Bookworm

Hey, hey, hey! It’s Sunday funday. 🙂 

Today marks the halfway point of my four day weekend. I’m happy to say that this weekend has been filled with going out of my usual comfort zone and hanging out with some new people. I’ve noticed that the more people I meet, the more nonawkward I am when talking to people for the first time. This is a big accomplishment for me since I usually stay home on the weekends. I’m becoming a beautiful [social] butterfly! (Please tell me someone got that reference..) Anywho, onto the topic of today’s post; books.

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Thank you, Arman for hosting!

Curls for daaaaays. (Yes, I’m wearing shorts.)

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I’ve always been a book worm, so this post is perfect for me. Although it may not seem like it now with my hectic schedule, I love indulging into a good book. I can polish one off in a few hours. Once I start, I can’t stop. I always get lost into all of the new worlds and become attached to the characters. I laugh, I cry, I rejoice, I get angry. I’m preeeeeeetty serious about books as you can see. I have a little library in m my room. Am I the only one who marks up their books with pen/pencil/highlighter to emphasize memorable/inspiring quotes? o.o

1. Favourite novel of all time?

-I have a tie between two books.. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen and Vixen by Jillian Larkin.  I got so emotionally attached to the characters in Dreamland. I kid you not, my parents couldn’t get me to put that book down. I have read it about 6 times already. I highly recommend it. Sarah Dessen is such a gifter rider. Vixen caught my attention, because I am all about that time period. Seriously, I love reading and learning about flappers. I don’t know why, but I find them fascinating. Probably because of their beauty and carefree nature.

2. Favourite genre (e.g. Crime, Thriller, Biography, Fitness etc)

-Right now, I have been into fitness and nutrition books, but ultimately I would have to say either thrillers or crime. They always know how to suck a girl in. Unless I do read to the end, I usually think about so many different scenarios until I find out the true result.

3. Favourite childhood novel/Favourite teen novel?

-I read the entire Goosebumps series, Captain Underpants series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, the Magic Treehouse series, the Nancy Drew series, but they never really would be proclaimed as my favorite. I would probably have to say Harry Potter.

4. Favourite Series?

-I can’t just choose one.. I loved reading the Harry Potter series, Hunger Games series, the Crank series, the Pretty Little Liars series, the Flapper Girls series, etc. You can’t make me choose just one..

5. Which book would you hope future generations will continue to consider a classic?

-The Freedom Writers. I absolutely love it. It sends such a powerful message as well.

6. Worst novel to be written?

-Erm.. I haven’t really read any bad books, but I guess The Babysitters Club. It never really interested me..

Well, that’s a wrap for this post. I hope you are having/have an amazing day! ❤

-What’s your favorite book?

-What’s your favorite book series?

-Are you a book worm?

-What book are you reading right now?

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