Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Suja Detox Cleanse

3-day cleanses are very controversial as to whether or not they are actually healthy for your body.  I have done one in January for two years in a row now.  I don't eat horrible but I certainly am not the healthiest person out there. I like to do a detox cleanse once a year to clean out body from the toxins that have built up. I refuse to do an all juice cleanse because I can't go that long without eating. Plus I don't think they are very healthy.  I like to do detox cleanses that combine juices and foods.  Doing a detox cleanse is like a fresh start for your body.  Last year I did the Goop Detox and did not like it that much.  This year I did the Suja 3 Day Cleanse.  I loved the recipes and most of the juices.  It was relatively easy to do.  

My tips for a Detox Cleanse:
  • Drink at least 60 ounces of water a day.
  • It is okay  if you have to adapt the meal plan to fit your lifestyle.
  • Do a cleanse with a partner.  It is easier to hold each other accountable than to do it on your own. I've completed both of mine with my mom. She's actually the one that usually finds the ones we choose!
  • Stay busy.  The busier you are the less likely you are to think about food or being hungry.
  • Be active.  It is good to workout while cleansing, but don't do too intense of a workout or you will feel it later on.  On day 1 I did a 1 hour interval run and by 7 pm I was lacking energy.
  • A cleanse is a great way to jump start weight loss, but don't expect the weight to stay off once you finish the cleanse.  You have to maintain healthy eating.
What cleanses have worked for you?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Styling Jack Purcells

A few months ago I bought a pair of white low top Jack Purcell sneakers. This was a purchase I do not regret. They are made by converse, but have much better arch support than the regular converses have. I like their style better than original converses, they are a bit more fashionable. They were a great transition shoe in between riding boot weather and flip flop weather. Now that it is warmer, I am still finding ways to wear them.  Below are some ways to style your Jack Purcell shoes. 

To find these pictures and more of my styling tips check out my pinterest board!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekend Reads

Happy Sunday! This evening I am spending time preparing for my first day of field, for summer session, and getting ahead on work for my summer class. I hope you had a fantastic weekend. As you finish out your weekend, I wanted to leave you with some weekend reads. Enjoy!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Kitchen Adventures: Zucchini Pizza

A healthy take on pizza...

2 Zucchini

Mozzarella Cheese
Pasta Sauce

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
Cover a cookie sheet with tin foil.
Drizzle the baking sheet with olive oil to prevent the zucchini from sticking to it. 
Slice the zucchini into quarter inch thick slices.

Place the zucchini on the baking sheet.
Place a spoonful of pasta sauce on each piece of zucchini. 
I personally don't like sauce very much so I did a think coating.
Sprinkle cheese on each of the pieces.

Bake in the over for 15 minutes or until the cheese is lightly browned.

Bon Apetit!

Monday, May 11, 2015


This weekend I read an article, on ESPN, that I found very moving. As a former collegiate athlete I can relate to the handwork it takes to compete. I understand the feeling of training continuously but still thinking you will never being good enough. The transition from high school to collegiate athletics can be a difficult one, similar to the academic transition from one level to the next. Reading this article was quite eye opening for me. 

As a blogger and a twenty something, social media is something relevant in my life.  I can understand how social media sources like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. provide viewers with a reel of filtered forms of life.  Filters mask the reality of what life is actually like, they allow us to remove as many of our "flaws" as we possibly can.  Perhaps we need to start sharing snippets of our life unfiltered?

Read the article HERE.

Suicide is something that should not be taken lightly and can occur for a multitude of reasons. We never know what our peers are going through, so please remember to be kind to everyone. If you are going through a tough time in your life, remember that you are not alone.


National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Three More Semesters

Yesterday I finished my junior year of college. I cannot believe how quickly the time has gone by.  This year I turned over a new page and can say I actually am enjoying the university I attend. This time last year it was just a place to go to school, and now it is a place where I am surrounded by so many great friends and have made so many memories that I will forever cherish.  

This past semester was hands down the most difficult semester of my college career.  I took seven classes, nineteen credits.  Not only did I just take seven classes but I spent about one and a half hours a day driving (commuter problems), trained and completed a half marathon, was President of my sorority, joined another organization, maintained a relationship with Todd, was an active member in my honors society, and still managed to make time for FUN with my friends. I may not have made Dean's List this semester but I certainly learned how to manage my time and make time for myself. 

This week was the most challenging finals week I have had.  I took four exams, wrote four papers, wrote three unit lesson plans and had two presentations in the past week. How did I survive? Drinking lots of water, studying, and getting plenty of rest.  These three things each played a vital role in my success and survival.  I chose to drink water instead of coffee because the caffeine in coffee makes me feel anxious and water helps with hydration.  Studying is the key to success during finals week, but it must be done strategically in order to be effective.  Notecards were my study tool of choice this semester. Last but certainly not least important is sleep.  I made sure to get eight hours of sleep every night.  Being well rested helps with focus. If you work hard the weeks leading up to finals week and have good time management, then "all nighters" do not need to be an option. 

Some of my favorite memories from this semester: 

Winning Sorority of the Year 2014
Turning 21
Saint Patrick's Day with my best friend
Running my first half marathon

Greek Week
Twin Time
Study dates with Todd
Formal Friday

I'm looking forward to the upcoming year and all that is in store for me: nannying, beach trips, another semester of being President of my sorority, traveling to Arizona, moving into an apartment with some of my sisters, and making more memories. 

Here' s to the start of Summer 2015!

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