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

Friday Favorites

Here we are again. How is it Friday already?

This week was exhausting but I definitely found some things I’m loving that I want to share. Enjoy!

Wilmer Valderrama Interview // One of my favorite podcasts is called The School of Greatness and is hosted by Lewis Howes. This week he interviewed Wilmer Valderrama and the interview was truly one of my favorites. His life experience, advice, and outlook on life is nothing short of inspiring. The major take-away for me was to believe I can do anything I put my mind to, while also realizing I don’t need to rush to accomplish everything at one time. The best part? Lewis replied to my comment on Youtube!

Ben and Jerry’s Caramel Almond Brittle // Yet another dairy-free flavor I’m loving. Crunchy almonds and sweet caramel mixed into creamy goodness. The perfect snack to eat after work in the sun.

Veggetti // Disregard the peculiar name. This spiralizer is only $10 at Bed, Bath and Beyond and turns zucchini into low carb pasta. I was genuinely amazed when I started using it and there are so many things you can make with zucchini noodles. I ended up trying out this amazing recipe for zucchini noodles with avocado pesto and shrimp, and it was amazing.

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Witch Hazel Toner // I seem to always get lost in the skincare section at Target. This week I picked up this Witch Hazel Toner in the lavender scent and I have been loving it. I use it in the evening after I wash my face and before I moisturize. It picks up anything your face wash may have missed and gives your face such a clean, refreshed feeling. It also helps bring moisture into your face so you can achieve glowing skin.

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Google Partners // As someone who is very interested in digital marketing this was an amazing discovery for me. Google Partners offers free certification in Google Adwords and Google Analytics. If this is something you’re interested in or if you want to pursue a career in digital marketing I suggest checking it out. Just another certification to add to your resume. Just search Google Partners and click “Join Now”.

I hope you all enjoyed my favorites this week. Let me know your favorites down below!

XO

Top Travel Sites for Cheap Trips

Traveling is something that always has been and always will be very important to me. So many people ask how I travel and afford to take so many trips. But traveling cheaply is now easier than ever with the internet.

When I went to college, I knew I was going to make traveling a priority but because I was on a tight budget, I had to find a way to make it work without breaking the bank. These are the top sites I’ve used for cheap trips. I hope some of you find these useful in planning your next getaway!

Skyscanner // This is an app I keep on my phone. It’s convenient and easy to use so I like browsing through flights whenever I have free time (like when I’m in the waiting room at the doctor or getting an oil change). My favorite thing about this one, is that it has a very simple layout and it’s easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. It’s also excellent at finding some of the best flight deals!

Momondo // I used Momondo to book a flight to Spain and had a great experience. The site does redirect you to another site once you check out which can be a little daunting, especially if you’re not familiar with the site it takes you to, but I still had a good experience. I ended up getting a flight for $500 a person for my sister and I from Newark to Madrid! A deal like that can’t be beat. I’ve found the best prices for international flights on this site.

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Royal Palace of Madrid

Thrifty Traveler // I haven’t actually booked through this site but I’ve heard great things. It’s fun to scroll through and see all the random deals they have. This is a great site if you’re looking to book a random trip somewhere and the deals are out of this world!

Cheap Caribbean // I’ve used this site many times to book all inclusive trips and I’ve always had a positive experience. The site makes it really easy to bundle flight and hotel together. You can browse through honest reviews on resorts and pick the trip that’s right for you. You can even book transportation to and from the airport and excursions right on the site. I’ve found amazing deals and its great for finding spring break trips if you’re in college.

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Me after ziplining into a cave in Mexico’s underground river system

Traveling is a priceless experience in my opinion and if it’s important to you, you can find ways to save up and find some great deals.

If you know of any great travel sites let me know down below!

Happy traveling!

XO

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

I woke up this morning with a mean stomach bug after a long week. Although I’m feeling so sick, I knew I wanted to get up a post because blogging makes me happy, and because I feel we should choose to focus on the positives in life. I hope your Friday is going better than mine is and I hope you enjoy this post!

Tennis // I’m trying to incorporate different types of exercise into my routine on my cardio days. I’m having my boyfriend teach me how to play and it’s a great way to work up a sweat without even thinking about it. I’ve only played once so far (and I’m not very good) but I want to continue and hopefully get better over time.

Kettlebell Kitchen // We order these meals at work and they’re super convenient and healthy. Perfectly portioned meals for a person on the go. Kettlebell is only available in certain areas of the country but any kind of healthy meal service will work. And you can always recreate your own version at home like I did with this recipe for paleo chicken nuggets.

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Kettlebell Paleo Chicken Nuggets with Sweet Potato Fries 

NASA hat // This hat is just too funny and cute. I love the sarcasm of it and it fits my personality so well. Perfect for anyone who values their personal space. I like baseball hats for the beach and I like how this one is slightly distressed. I bought it in blue but looking back I would have purchased a different color. I didn’t realize how similar the color of the writing would be to the hat. Still cute regardless and adjustable.

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Game of Thrones // It’s back! And WOW, what an opening. I won’t spoil it for you but if you haven’t started watching I highly recommend it. Trust me. It’s GOOD.

Skipping foundation // In the summer I like wearing more minimal makeup. Because of this, I switch from a liquid foundation to a BB cream in the summer. I’ve been using the Garnier one for years but for some reason this year, it was causing me to break out really badly. I still like wearing it for even, light coverage and I like the added benefit of SPF especially for the beach but I think wearing it all day at work was too much for my oil-prone skin. I’ve since switched to using concealer and then setting it with a translucent powder. Add bronzer and blush and you have the perfect, summer, fresh-faced look.

I hope you all enjoyed this post even though it’s short.

I want you all to have the happiest, most amazing weekend.

Until next time.

XO

7 Ways to Deal with a Job You Hate

I’ve had many jobs in my short time here on Earth. I’ve been a lifeguard, a waitress, a babysitter (best job ever), an intern at a winery, a brand ambassador, a cashier at a department store, etc. The list goes on and on! 

Because of my work experience I’ve had many great experiences and also some really terrible ones! I switched around a lot in high school and college because many of these jobs either didn’t pay enough, were seasonal or both. This switching around definitely filled my resume but it also gave me a sense of what kind of work I like doing. 

At one point or another we all have to deal with a job we don’t like or even hate. So how do you wake up on Monday morning and get there? And how do you grin and bear it before you find something else? 

Today I’m going to share 7 ways you can deal with a job you hate. Hopefully these tips can make your work week a little less painful and give you some sense of relief. 

Be prepared // If you already dislike your job, be careful not to make it even worse by going in unprepared. Pack your lunch the night before, figure out what you’re going to wear, keep your work bag organized if you have one and have a general idea of the tasks you’ll be doing the next day. When I’m feeling really organized, I write down what I’ll be doing at work the next day in my planner the night before. This allows you to go into the office feeling your best and feeling confident. And of course, show up on time!

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Do your best // All you can really do is your best. Give it your all and remember that everyone makes mistakes. What’s important is that you bounce back.

Enjoy your off time // This may be the most important tip on this list. Take care of yourself on your time off and enjoy yourself. Workout, eat balanced meals, stay mentally healthy, go out with friends, listen to podcasts or read articles on personal development. Having a good time out of work and focusing on yourself will feel so rewarding and it will give you something to look forward to after work. Knowing that your life is full will give you the motivation you need to push on.

Don’t take things personally // This is a hard one but try not to take everything to heart. That meltdown your boss had last week? The condescending comments your co-worker keeps making? They’re not actually about you. It’s about them and their own insecurities/flaws that they’re taking out on you. Like I mentioned, as long as your doing your best, you’ve done your part. Don’t let anyone make you feel less than. Of course, constructive criticism or correction is fine. But if you start feeling like you’re in a toxic environment you’ll know it’s the people around you that have the real issues. 

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Communicate your struggles // If you have a boss that is open to discussion (which I hope you do) and/or an HR department you can go to, do it. Sometimes voicing your frustrations can actually make things better  and there can be solutions to issues you’re having that you may not know about. If it’s a position you really care about, try your best to make things better. You’ll never have the answers to your questions or the solutions to your problems if you don’t ask. 

Find the good and focus on that // Go into the job focused on the benefits you’ll receive instead of focusing on what you’re doing for your employer. Yes, the tasks you’re doing are benefiting your boss or your company but they’re also most likely benefiting you. What are you learning? What can you take away from this job?Figure out skills you’re taking away from this position. What can you use in your next job? There may even be skills you can use in your personal life. For example, my last job gave me great commutation skills which I can use in virtually any position. But those skills have also helped me in my personal life to become better at holding conversations, making friends and being less introverted. 

Look for something else // At the end of the day you can always leave. If this position won’t get you further in your career, if you hate going to work, if it’s a toxic environment or if it’s just not the right job for you, you can always leave! There are so many opportunities out there and life is way too short to do something you hate. 

I hope this list helps some of you to have a better Monday. Be sure to let me know some of your tips down below. Are you dealing with a job you hate? I would love to hear your stories.

As always thank you for reading!

XO