How to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

For a long time I knew Apple Cider Vinegar was good for me but I didn’t know how to incorporate it into my diet. If you’ve ever opened a bottle of ACV you will know the smell is….HORRIBLE. The smell of vinegar is so overwhelming and I could never figure out how to get this stuff into my body.

If you don’t know the benefits of ACV you can research and find so many articles. Not only is it a natural antibiotic but it also contains powerful polyphenols, helps you to burn fat and is great for both digestion and immunity. The list of benefits honestly goes on and on.

I finally figured out a simple way to incorporate it into my diet and I wanted to share it with you all.

You will need:

12-16 oz of water

1-2 tsps Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)

1 slice of citrus fruit (I prefer orange)

Pinch of ginger (optional)

Pinch of turmeric (optional)

1.) Take your citrus slice and squeeze it into a cup or water bottle.

2.) Fill your water bottle and add your turmeric and ginger.


The citrus and the spices add a certain amount of tangy flavor that really helps to compliment the ACV. The combination of these ingredients tastes really delicious and refreshing. It’s the perfect way to start your morning as well.

Let me know if you guys enjoy posts like these. Nutrition was my major in college and it is an interest of mine so I would be happy to do more nutrition/food related posts.

Hope you all have a fantastic Thursday!

XO

6 Ways to be Happier Today

It's Monday. The perfect day to talk about happiness.

I used to be the type of person who thought happiness was hard to come by. I was sort of an angsty teen and I always felt like my anxiety was going to make being happy really hard for me. Once I got out of that stage, went away to school and became the person I am today, I realized it's not hard once you get the hang of it.

Happiness is something I feel like I've mastered. Both my outlook on life and my reactions to negative situations help me maintain a pretty steady level of happy. For example, on Thursday I backed my beloved car into a parked car at my friend's house. A simple lack in judgement and absence of caution caused a major annoyance and stab to my pride that I definitely did not want to deal with. After it was over and done with my friend said, "Wow, you handled that really well." And I replied with, "What other choice do I have?" No one was hurt, the damage was minor, the other person was extremely nice about it, and it happens to people all the time. Why let a great day be ruined by one mistake?

This kind of thing does take some time and some practice to master so I thought I would provide some easy tips to start feeling happier TODAY. I hope you all enjoy and find these useful.

Gratitude // This is so important! Wake up in the morning and think about what you're grateful for. Go to bed at night and think about it again. Think about it in the shower too if you want. Everything from the most simple (sunlight, flowers) to the more materialistic (house, car) can be included. If you want to be successful and if you want to be happy you have to think about the amazing things you already have first. You'll be amazed at how much this changes your life.

Nature // There are proven benefits that nature has to offer and sometimes all you need is to literally put your feet on the ground to feel "grounded". Nature has a calming effect and can really put things into perspective. Realizing the sun will still rise and set tomorrow no matter what happens today will make you think about your problems a little differently.

Self-care // This includes many things: exercise, eating right, adequate water intake and good quality sleep. Some say the gut is the second brain in that what we eat can have serious effects on our mental state. When you're taking care of your health, life suddenly becomes easier to manage. If you can take on your health you can take on anything.

Journaling // Journaling is a great way to release the "brain gunk" that may be floating around in your subconscious. Sometimes we don't realize what is effecting us and journaling for 15 minutes can be a great way to get those emotions out in a safe, helpful way. It's also really interesting to look back on.

Visualization // Or as I like to call it, imagination. I personally have always had a great imagination and I'm very good at visualizing. This is a great way to start off your morning. Take a few minutes and visualize what your life will be like tomorrow, a year from now, five years from now and so on. It's actually really fun and you can literally imagine anything you want. Delve into your wildest dreams and really feel yourself being in the place you want to be in.

Planning // Make plans with your family or friends or even just schedule time within the week where you'll do some kind of activity. Going shopping, going to the beach, or going out to dinner are all great options. When you have something to look forward to it makes life that much sweeter.

I hope this post helps you to achieve a happier tomorrow. I want you all to know that happiness is achievable! Sometimes it just takes a little bit of work and some lifestyle changes.

If you want to see more posts on happiness feel free to let me know in the comments below and if you want to get to know me a bit better feel free to follow me on my social media sites.

XO

Friday Favorites

Hello!

I’m back at it again with the Friday faves. Here are the things I’m loving this week. Enjoy!
Kendall Rae // I love true crime, missing person cases and conspiracy theories. This has been a fairly recent obsession and I love finding channels on YouTube that explore these topics. I recently found Kendall’s channel and she does a great job of going through the details. You just can’t help but get sucked into her videos. Not only that but she also brings awareness to some of these cases so that they’ll hopefully get solved.

Van’s Gluten Free Waffles // During the week I don’t have much time to eat breakfast and I’m usually not hungry. I usually just bring some fruit and a bag of rice chex to work or I make a smoothie and bring it with me. However, on the weekends I like having more of a treat breakfast like waffles or pancakes. I’ve been trying (and failing) to be gluten free so I wanted to find a quick, easy alternative to traditional frozen waffles. Van’s is a great alternative and they taste surprisingly good.

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Love Galore by SZA and Travis Scott // THIS SONG. I’ve had it on repeat for the last week. I personally love Travis Scott and I’ve listened to SZA in the past. If you’re a fan of rap and R&B I would recommend listening. It’s the perfect summer song and something about it is just so catchy.

Giving // Over the past year I’ve been giving to St. Jude’s which is a children’s hospital that takes care of kids with cancer and their families. No family at St. Jude’s pays for anything. I did not grow up in a family with a lot of money but if there’s one thing I’ve learned as I’ve grown up, is that we all have something to give no matter how small it is. Even if it’s just your time, give something. I have an automatic donation each month that comes out of my bank account and goes straight to St. Jude’s. It’s a small donation but it adds up! I recommend finding a credible organization that you care about and start small. You never know who you’re helping or what impact you’ll make.

Murad // About 6 months ago my mom bought me a facial for my birthday. After the facial they recommended Murad products because that’s what they used on my face. I gave in and treated myself to the expensive Murad exfoliator they used and WOW was it worth it. It’s lasted a very long time because it only needs to be used twice a week and it improves the texture of my skin dramatically every time I use it. My sister has the clarifying cleanser which I sometimes steal and that also works great. It helped get rid of some blemishes I was struggling with and made my face feel so clean. Definitely expensive but worth the price if you’re feeling bougie.

As always I hope you have a lovely Friday and enjoyed this list.

Happy weekend!

XO