no sugar for a week

Sugar has been a big topic lately, with the traditional media covering it and nontraditional media such as youtube talking about it as well. I don’t eat that much sugar as it is, but I found the topic really interesting, so I ended up reading up on it. The recommended amount of sugar for a women is 6 tsp a day and for a man it’s 9 tsp a day, but the average American consumers 17 tsp of sugar a day. There are a lot of negative effects sugar can have on your physical health, but I was more interested on how giving up sugar could improve my mental health. studies have shown that adults have a bigger risk of depression if they consume a lot of sugar. I was just hoping that by the end of the week my mood would improve and I would stop having my afternoon crash.

For me, breakfast was the hardest, since I normally start off my day with a waffle and sugar filled yogurt. Some mornings I woke up wanting my waffles, but this week forced me to try new things for breakfast and I ended up really liking some of them. A rice cake with avocado and egg whites is now one of my go to breakfasts.

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I got sick the day after I started this, so my boyfriend was really sweet and made me a smoothie without sugar. It was actually really good and I had some almonds with it. fullsizeoutput_25a9Lunches and dinners stayed the same with chicken salads and fried rice or sweet potato fries with chicken. fullsizeoutput_25a8

This started as a week challenge, but it’s been two months now and I’ve only had sugar once. This was easier then I thought it would be. A lot of things have been going on in my life recently and it hasn’t been easy dealing with everything at once, but I did find I was mentally doing better and coping a lot better with my current situation then I had dealt with things in the past. I was hoping that giving up sugar would get rid of my mid day crash, but I didn’t think that it would change anything physically. I’ve read a lot about what people eat effecting them more then how much they eat. Basically saying if someone eats 2000 calories of healthy food they are better off then someone who eats 1700 calories of junk food.

Since I didn’t expect my body to change a lot from this I didn’t take any before and after pictures, but after about two weeks I started to notice a big difference. One of the main changes for me was I didn’t bloat as much and it was a lot easier to burn fat at the gym.

I always think most things in moderation is the healthiest way to go and I will continue that. I don’t eat sugar anymore on a day to day basis, but every once in a while I like to have some rice dream with my boyfriend or a waffle.

I hope the post was interesting in some way x

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a quick summary of 2018

Usually when it’s a new year I go over my New Years resolutions from my last years blog post, but I deleted that post with my last blog. Because of that I decided to try something new this year. The last year has my life has been crazy. I got my first job, met the love of my life, and I got to live my life for the first time since I was 14. I decided I would put in a few of my favorite moments from this year and also some milestones.

Picnics: At the beginning of summer my boyfriend took me to this amazing garden for the day. It was so pretty. We got to eat lunch on perfectly green grass and look out on the lake, across the lake is the city. The day was amazing and the garden was amazing.fullsizeoutput_20e1To close the summer out we had another picnic at the park near my house. I also attempted my first bento box and after we ate we went on the swings because I still act like a child 80% of the time. IMG_6968

Workouts: Working out has become so important to me over the last year. It’s something that makes me happy and feel good. When I don’t work out for a few days I get pretty moody and get annoyed with everything. I can’t believe how far I’ve come this last year. I’m very slowly getting abs and I’m learning what works for me. IMG_6992

Jobs: I’ve has three jobs this year. Two of the stores I’ve worked for have closed, one closed four days ago. It’s been a huge learning experience for me. It was hard learning that first store was closing, because of how much I learnt and grew there in just few months, and because of how much I liked the people that worked there, but it ended up being for the best. I started talking more while I worked there, I learnt how to work in retail, and it was an amazing first job. (the picture is taking while we were packing up the store.)IMG_6096

Health: I don’t talk about my health to much on my blog because it’s not something that I talk about in my daily life. The past few years of my life have been filled with doctors appointments and pain, but this year I only had to see my specialist three times and only had four crohn’s flair ups. I had to go to the ER once this year and I got a virus, which both set me back a little bit from where I wanted to be, but I still got to my goal and that isn’t something I thought would ever happen.

Ice skating: I went ice skating twice and I managed to not cling to the wall. Honestly it was so much fun. I fell a few times the first time I went. I went just before Christmas and I somehow only fell once and that was my boyfriends fault(don’t tickle people while ice skating.)IMG_E5137

 

 

I haven’t thought much about my New Years resolution this year, but I’m still going to make a few because they really do motivate me.

  1. Keep working out
  2. Try hard in school
  3. Keep writing
  4. Try new things
  5. Go for what I want
  6. Give myself a break sometimes
  7. Find more things that make living life incredible
  8. Continue learning new things

 

Some of these are kind of vague, but I’m trying to give myself some room to grow.

 

Happy New Year!!

 

blogging again and writing on my old blog

A year ago I switched over to a self hosted blog. It was a great experience and at the time I did it I had a huge passion for blogging, but as time went on I stopped wanting to write and didn’t even know what to write about. Blogging for me has always been about having fun and when it started becoming stressful I decided it was time to take a step back. I just moved and I thought it might be good time to start blogging again. I decided to get rid of my self hosted account and come back to this blog which is my original account. I didn’t move any of my followers or post from my other blog onto this one; because I lost my inspiration while on that blog.

This time around I’m not going to have a post schedule or worry about getting a post up every week. I’m doing this for fun and to get back to writing more, since its something I love so much.

bento boxes and end of summer

I have an obsession with anime and I always wanted to try the amazing looking bento boxes shown in a lot of anime. I have dozens of pins saved on Pinterest for ideas. This was my first one, so I didn’t go with to many elements. I made sushi, bok choy, some fruit, these tomato cheese kabobs, and rice shaped as a star. I also tried to make the carrots look like lotus flowers, but I think I missed the mark. Next time I want to try adding fried shrimp. IMG_6968IMG_6970

As for the picnic itself I had an amazing time. I laid under a tree with my boyfriend and after we went on the swing set at the park. The weather was so nice and considering it’s now cold I’m wanting another day like that.

 

 

DIY Fall Decor

All of these DIY’s are fairly simple and I was really happy with how they all turned out. You can get the majority of the supplies at a craft store or you can order it online. This is actually my first time decorating for fall and I probably went a little over board, but I am in love with the decorations and probably won’t want to take them down when spring comes along.

 

Leaf Garland

Supplies:

  • Fake Leaves
  • Gold Paint
  • String
  • Tape

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Step 1- I taped the leaves to cardboard to make them easy to paint and gave them all two coats of paint.

Step 2- Once dry attach the leaves to a string. I just tape them to an existing garland I had to make it feel like fall. If you want to know how to make the garland you can read about it here.fullsizeoutput_a32

 

 

Water Marble Coasters

Supplies:

  • White outdoor paint (you could also use acrylic paint and a sealant)
  • Coaster
  • Nail Polish
  • A container
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Step 3- Slowly pour nail polish into the water and let it spread, but don’t wait to long or it won’t move around easily. fullsizeoutput_a25

Step 4- Using your wooden stick use a light touch to move the nail polish around until your happy with it. Their will probably be some trial and error. Once you have you design ready dip your coater into water and using a cutip pick up all the nail polish that hasn’t gone onto the coater, so it doesn’t ruin your design. fullsizeoutput_a26fullsizeoutput_a27fullsizeoutput_a28

Step 5- Allow to dry and your done. If you want you can also seal it. fullsizeoutput_a53

 

 

Leaf Print Pillow

Supplies:

  • White fabric or a white pillow case
  • Stuffing
  • Gold Paint
  • Fake leaves
  • Hot glue gun or something to sew with
  • Black pom pom’s (optional)fullsizeoutput_a50

Step 1- Fold the fabric over and cut out the size you want. I used a pillow I already had to help measure the size I wanted. Since I wanted two I used the first one as a guide foe the second. fullsizeoutput_a3c

Step 2- Glue or sew around the edges, leaving a small whole at the bottom to turn it inside out and. to stuff the pillow. fullsizeoutput_a3d

Step 3- Paint a fake leaf and press it down onto the pillow case. Be generous with the paint and use something like a piece of cardboard to help push the leaf down. Repeat this using different sizes of leafs. fullsizeoutput_a40fullsizeoutput_a43fullsizeoutput_a42fullsizeoutput_a45

Step 4- Stuff the pillows and glue or sew the whole at the bottom. I also glued on black pom pots because I thought it looked really cute. fullsizeoutput_a58fullsizeoutput_a59

 

Hope you found this post helpful x

 

My Fall Essentials

fullsizeoutput_791Most of my fall essentials are just things to keep me warm as I hate the cold.  Though the cold is almost worth it when I get to see the trees change color, it’s unbelievably beautiful. This will be my first Fall and Winter to get colder than the 40s in about six years, so I’ll be hiding under under blankets for the next few weeks. I am loving Fall decoration and fashion though.

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation- I like to wear as little makeup as possible, but in the winter my skin looks red and just all around not great, so foundation is a must for me.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer- I use this for my under eyes and I absolutely love it. I don’t use it for my spots because it causes me to break out really badly, but other than that it’s an affordable concealer that works really well. The only bad thing about this product is they never have my shade at any of the stores that I go to, so I have to order it online if I want the right shade.

E.L.F. HD Setting Powder- When it’s cold outside I’m really bad about touching my face, so I need all the help I can get keeping my makeup in place.

 

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Boots- Since it apparently snows where I’m living right now my usual canvas shoes aren’t going to cut it. I actually got these at Charles and Keith awhile back, but it was always so hot where I was I did not want to wear them, but now I get the chance to.

Scarfs and Sweaters- The more layers the better during fall. It just started getting cold where I live and I’m already wearing three layers every-time I go out.

Hoodie- I can’t stress enough how much I hate the cold, so anything to keep me warm will be a favorite of mine. I’m seriously considering getting an electric blanket.

Sweatpants- I currently only have one pair that I bought off amazon cause I had no warm clothing and I wear them constantly. I think it’s time to buy another pair.

 

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Face Masks- My skin gets really dry during fall and winter, so I try to give it extra attention this time of year.

Books- Most of my free time during fall is spent under lots of blankets, reading, and drinking something warm.

 

 

I hope you liked this post and if you have any tips on how to stay warm please leave them in the comments below x

 

 

Daiso Haul

fullsizeoutput_768When I lived in Asia I used to love going to the Daiso, but when I moved back to the states their weren’t any. When I heard that the Diaso was now in the states I was really excited and wanted to go immediately. It looked and smelled just like the one I used to go to and honestly made me miss Asia a bit. It used to be that everything their was two dollars and I’m not sure if it’s because tax or shipping, but the prices tend to vary a bit more here. Most of the stuff I got was two dollars, but I got one item that was four.

fullsizeoutput_777fullsizeoutput_769I got this to use as a makeup bag. I’m not really sure if that is it’s intended use, as I can’t speak whatever language was on the tag, but it works really well as one.

fullsizeoutput_76afullsizeoutput_776I got a few things for my office. The first thing I got was these really cute gold paper clips that say love. I also got folders to help keep organized. I know it’s no longer summer, but the gold pineapples were so cute I decided to get the folder anyway.

fullsizeoutput_773I don’t have a lot of fall or winter clothes, so I got this hat. It was only four dollars and I thought it would be a good idea to have one as it snows in the winter where I currently live. I have been looking for a hat like this for about a year and a half and I guess I was looking in the wrong places. Now I really want winter to come so I can wear this hat, but at the same time I hate the cold and wish it would be warm year round.

 

I hope you liked this post x

No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

fullsizeoutput_72eCarving pumpkins has always been a big deal in my family. The older my siblings and I became the more intricate the designs became. Unfortunately I am allergic to pumpkins. As of early last year all my siblings have moved out, leaving no one to carve pumpkins, so I needed a new idea. I decided to do no-carve pumpkins; it was a way to still decorate pumpkins without it ending with hives. I basically just paint and glue stuff to pumpkins instead of carving them. I did this last year and I really liked how they turned out, so I decided to do it again this year.

 

The Confetti Pumpkin:

Supplies:

  1. Confetti
  2. White Paint
  3. Glue or Mod Podge
  4. A Pumpkin

Instructions:

  1. I painted all the pumpkins I bought white and let them dry overnight. It took two coats of paint.
  2. Glue the confetti to the pumpkin. Their is no real technique for this, but I found doing one layer, waiting for it to dry, then doing another layer of confetti worked the best.

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Unicorn Pumpkin:

Supplies:

  1. Glue
  2. Glitter (two different colors)
  3. Hot Glue Gun
  4. White Paint
  5. Paper
  6. Black Acrylic Paint or Black Paint Marker
  7. Foam sheets, the color doesn’t matter
  8. Pink Jewels (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Paint your pumpkin white

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2. Cut four triangles out of the foam sheets. Two big and two small, the size of them should depend on the size of your pumpkin. You will also need to cut out this weird sort of triangle shape from paper; it will be the horn. fullsizeoutput_72b

3. Cover the ears and horn in glitter. I made the big triangles gold and the smaller ones silver. fullsizeoutput_727

4. Once dry, glue the triangles together. Roll the horn and glue it using the hot glue.

5. Using hot glue attach the horn and ears to your pumpkin.

6. Using black paint or a paint marker, paint the eyes and mouth. fullsizeoutput_728

7. This step is optional, but I took some pink jewels and glued them on to give my unicorn rosie cheeks. fullsizeoutput_731fullsizeoutput_73a

 

Melting Silver Pumpkin:

All you need for this one is white paint, metallic paint, and a paint brush. Then just take your metallic paint and drip it down the sides of your pumpkin. Use the brush to paint the top of your pumpkin. This one is definitely the easiest. No-carve pumpkin ideasfullsizeoutput_737

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I hope you liked this post and happy halloween x

Small Ikea Haul

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Recently I went to Ikea with my mum. The plan was to get a few things for the new place, but that isn’t what happened. For the most part I stuck to my list though I got a few small items that I found while walking around.

The first item I got is a light bulb. I have wanted this since the first time I saw it and I finally decided to buy it. fullsizeoutput_6ea.jpeg

The second item is a cactus. I got multiple plants and pots, but the rest will be in a separate post.fullsizeoutput_6e0

I also picked up a plain grey pillow for the chair in my bedroom. The last item I bought is a blanket. 

Fall is here and although it is still warm where I live the cold is coming and I’m preparing. I do not like the cold, so the more warm stuff the better. fullsizeoutput_6e8

Everything looks really cute in my room! I hope you have a great day x

DIY Room Decor

My family moved about two weeks ago and my room has been looking quite bare, so I decided to do some DIYs to add more of my style into my room. I tried to keep it simple, because with school and moving I haven’t had a lot of free time, but I still wanted everything to be really cute. For most of these I just used supplies I already had, but you should be able to find everything at a craft store or online. DIY Room Decor 4

Tape Headboard

All you need for this one is tape. I found some different designs on Pinterest and then took inspiration from those to create my own design. I used black masking tape, but washi tape will work just as well.

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Garland:

❤ Twine

❤ Yarn

❤ Small clothes pins

❤ Polaroids (you can print these if you don’t have a polaroid camera)fullsizeoutput_6901. I started off by making tassels. If you don’t know how to make them their are lots of tutorials on Youtube fullsizeoutput_6a1fullsizeoutput_6a22. Next cut your twine to the length you want and hang it up 

3. Tie the tassels to the twine, add your polaroids, and you done!fullsizeoutput_6a3

 

Cork-board:

Supplies:

❤ Paint

❤ Tape

❤ Thumb tacks or old stud earrings

❤ Chain or stringfullsizeoutput_6911. Tape off the section you want to paint with making tape.fullsizeoutput_6922. Paint and let dry completely.fullsizeoutput_6933. Cut the chain to the length you want and attach it using thumb tacks or stud earring(I lost a bunch during my last move): I don’t recommend hot gluing the chain on as it won’t stay as well.fullsizeoutput_69dfullsizeoutput_69e4. Hang up and pin whatever you want. Mine will end up covered in reminders.fullsizeoutput_6a6fullsizeoutput_6bd

 

Shelf bracket lamp:

These have been all over Pinterest for awhile and I have been wanting to get one for over a year now. I finally went to Ikea and got a shelf bracket, a light bulb that I thought was really cool, and a cord. I’m not sure if this is Really a DIY, but I wanted to include it.

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Hope you found this helpful x