Wednesday, December 5, 2018

BLOGMAS | what to buy A BLOGGER or A FITNESS ENTHUSIAST

I'm playing catch-up because it's bugging me like crazy to see that the days aren't exactly aligned. These were going to be two separate posts, but since I had to skip a day of Blogmas, we are going to combine them into one! I think my Blogmas schedule is going to be every other day!

I feel like there's a lot of crossover anyways, so it's perfect ♥ 

Nevermind that this post is going to entirely read as a personal want list-

what to buy for a.... BLOGGER

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The Blog Planner (printable) by Georgia Lou Studios 

1. A blog planner! 

Even if it is a physical journal, or an Etsy purchase of a downloadable (and therefore endless re-prints!) blog planner, this will go a long way in supporting your budding blogger buddy (like that?). Really, this little bit of support can be as cheap as $10 and it will mean the world to your friend or fellow blogger. We can always use more organization to get a handle on our blogs!

2. A gift card to their fave cafe

Seriously, some of us can get a lot more work done when we are surrounded by other human beings who are creating a pleasant buzzing ambiance near us. It distracts our minds from wandering too much and can ensure we are doing work because "look how important I look working on my computer right now- am I writing a screenplay? Or furthering my career? You'll never know!". 

I can't tell you how much a $10-$15 gift card to Starbucks can warm my heart ♥ (Shoutout to Reida and Tina specifically who've supported me this way before!)

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3. A blogging course

If you notice it's not too crazy of a price (or unless you view a $500+ course as a great gift ((((that's such a wonderful sign of trust, belief, and commitment♥♥))))). But there are plenty out there that are supporting smaller bloggers who in turn help other bloggers learn more about the industry. 

4. A seat pad

This one seems silly, but when your business/or serious hobby requires you to sit in a chair at a desk for several hours in the day or week, it does take it's toll on one's back and derriere. A simple $20 ergonomic seat cushion can do wonders!

5. A book by a blogger

Several bloggers out there have made successful businesses from blogging and even have gone so far as to publish books. There are literally thousands of books from bloggers in all kinds of different categories. Some get picked up by huge publishers, or some are self-published. Either way, you'll be supporting two bloggers at once with a gift like this.!

Whew! I could literally add about 2030493930 more useful items for a blogger in this list, but I figure it's time we ought to check out....

what to buy for a.... FITNESS ENTHUSIAST!

1. A smart watch with a fitness tracker

I've recently been totally lusting over the Samsung Galaxy Watch (and will hopefully make this purchase in the beginning of 2019!), and since it not only has connectivity to your phone and can connect to wireless headphones AND store music on it, it also tracks activity! If your fitness enthusiast is trying to track steps, heart rate, or sleep, a smart watch is ideal as it will give them all of those features AND let them keep their phone in the gym locker so they aren't fiddling with it too much. 

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2. A subscription to some kind of fitness/wellness app

Pay for a year of MyFitnessPal or Fabulous for your loved fitness lover. If they're super into tracking their macros, the MFP one is a great option. If they're looking for an overall wellbeing check, paying for Fabulous or even a mediation subscription can really keep their mental health in check .Each time they "oohm", they'll have you in their most grateful thoughts!

3. A gift card to their fave health related store

You can get them a gift card to a place like Under Armor, or even to their fave juice bar. I think gift cards are actually really sweet gifts and they're practical. You know the receiver will use them too, and the receiver gets that little boost of "Oh I don't need to pay for something even though I'm the one picking it out!", which is nice for me personally. 

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4. A massage!

Either you give them one yourself or send them to a nice relaxing 60 minutes of utter heaven. Like I said before, our physical health is important, but so is our mental health! That includes emotional and spiritual health too, so go ahead and spoil your fitness nut with a very much needed and most likely very welcomed massage. 

What would YOU give to a BLOGGER or the FITNESS ENTHUSIAST in your life? 

(PS, if you're a blogger who has written a book, please link it in the comments for others to see!)

Monday, December 3, 2018

BLOGMAS | "classic" foods i love to eat during christmas

Hi all! I apologize for not posting yesterday for the *official* Blogmas day 2, but there were some family issues going on that needed time to be addressed. Thanks to those on twitter who sent well-wishes! 

In other news- I have a second job! I'm trying to save up money for some big plans, but the current part time I have isn't cutting it anymore. So I've picked up another job and will hopefully get going really soon! Again, thank you to twitter fam that sent love and support for the interview.

Anyways, I thought I would quickly write up my official day two of Blogmas on some recipes we typically make during the Christmas season in my family. (I'm waiting for my preworkout to kick in and I think it's kinda making me jumpy already).

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1.
"yummy potatoes" aka the Mormon standard for funerals/get togethers/parties/anything, really, funeral potatoes

Apparently this stuff is being packaged and sold now? We've always made it from scratch. My mom came from a Mormon background (as for me? agnostic, you didn't ask but I had to clarify), so we've had a lot of "classic Mormon" dishes growing up. 

She thought that funeral potatoes sounded too sad, so she always called them yummy potatoes for us because, well, they are! 


2. Ham, ham, thank you, ma'am. 

I love a good Christmas ham. Turkeys kinda suck and roasted chicken goes almost along the same vein (it's also just not a very "yay" type of food for me since I eat chicken daily). But a Christmas ham? Mmm, mm, mm! 

3. Rolls! 

I like to make this easy artisan bread that I learned how to make back in high school when I took advanced cooking (seriously, this was the easiest class in the world AND I got free food!)

Here's a quick link to the EASIEST, YUMMIEST bread ever! If you don't like a super hard crusty crust (my grandma can't eat it), put the pan of water in at the same time with the bread instead of pouring it into a hot pan. 

4. Gravy

I could eat gravy and mashed potatoes, gravy on rolls, gravy on ham- I mean... There aren't many things on a classic Christmas spread that you can't gravy-fy. I won't link to a gravy recipe because everyone does it so differently!

What's your fave classic Christmas foods? 

Saturday, December 1, 2018

BLOGMAS | it's beginning to look a lot like blogmas


Snow is falling, the temperatures are dropping, and I'm actually wearing a coat for once in my life. 

Oh, and gloves!

Today marks the first post of Blogmas 2018! It'll be my first year attempting this, and unlike blogtober, this event is actually planned out! I'm so excited to publish these posts I have either fully written or mostly written (and soon to be finished). 

Are any of you participating in Blogmas this year? If so, is it your first year or are you a seasoned veteran? 

Anything you want to see? Let me know!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

sometimes trusting your gut means you eat a lot of ice cream


... It could also mean your period has started, but let's go with trusting that gut feeling.

Today has been a weird day of roller coaster emotions, and I do know a lot of that is definitely attributed to my obvious fluctuating hormonal state right now, but at the same time, I feel so overwhelmed with choices in life. 

The prospect of moving back home to the Seattle area was brought up in a conversation today, and as it's something I've been thinking about, I'm sure the universe was manifesting my thoughts into vocal expression. And yet, I'm terrified. I want to go back home, I really do. 

But it costs money and with money comes anxiety and with anxiety comes dread and the dread turns into depression and the depression turns into full-blown apathy and then the-

It's just a mess. 


So tonight, I'm trusting my gut instinct to not think about it anymore and to eat ice cream. Hey, Halo Top is a healthier-ish alternative to actually eating a pint of ice cream. (I can really only manage like 10 small bites of each before I tap out on sweet overload anyways.)

What do you do when things get stressful?

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

versatile blogger award ♥


Wow! Okay, so let me say first of all a HUGE thank you to both Chelsea at One Inspired Mama and the DeVaulls at Wanderlust with the DeVaulls for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!

I've been blogging on and off again for probably about.... ten or so years, and rarely have I ever had blogger friends who are so interactive and wonderful. So a very big and heartfelt thank you to these wonderful folks, and to you for reading ♥

Rules

Thank the person who nominated you for the award
Include a link to their blog
Select and nominate 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

1. I can unicycle - this is just such a random thing I can do that I like to share it haha. My PE teacher taught students during lunch how to unicycle when we were in third grade, and I basically never forgot how to. 

2. I love to cook! My favorite blogs to read are cooking blogs since I'm always so inspired in the kitchen to make something yummy and more often than not, healthy.

3. I've traveled more internationally than I have domestically (sight-seeing wise).

4. I'm left-handed and right-brained.

5. I could eat miso soup with rice all day everyday and probably never ever get sick of it. It's my ultimate comfort food.

6. I'm pretty much down for every music genre, but I'm so highly selective when it comes to country because I don't like it! Just Dolly Parton ♥

7. I can sing "Let It Go" in 5 different languages. I used to work in daycare with kids who spoke a variety of languages, so I tried to learn it in the languages they spoke! I'm rusty, but I can pretty much get my way through it in Korean, Japanese, Spanish, French, of course English! 

My nominees are...

1. Alex @ http://www.californiapollution.com/
2. Geraldine @ https://geraldinetalks.com/
3. Taylor @ http://charcoalandgrace.com/
4. Lavrax @ https://lavraxlondon.com/
5. Molly @ https://mindofmolly.com/
6. Polly @ https://pollyspad.blog/ 
7. Elin @ https://myblurredworld.com/
8. Laura @ https://laurahasablog.co.uk/
9. k.a. @ https://undoubtedlyyoung.com/
10. Bella-Rose @ https://thoughtswithn.blogspot.com/
11. Jessica @ https://www.jessoshii.com/
12. Jackie @ https://thishalcyonlife.com/
13. Megan @ https://www.meganbreukelman.com/
14. Hiro @ http://hiroko.io/
15. Allison @ http://livingasallison.com/