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Friday, September 20, 2013

Healthy Foods With Recipes!

Due to the recent and unexpected bad weather and my work schedule I will not get the opportunity to make a new tutorial until next weekend. I use natural lighting and lately there has not been much since days are getting dark so much faster. So, in the meantime I want to share with you some delicious new recipes I have been trying and absolutely LOVE!

The last 5 months I have been living a healthy lifestyle by eating mostly unprocessed foods and exercising regularly. My body totally agrees with me on this new lifestyle. I used to eat a lot of junk food and cheap processed meals I can easily find in the frozen section since it was quick and easy, and I did not have to spend so much time preparing my meals.

Although I do not have any weight issues, I wanted to tone up so eating healthy has given my body more energy to exercise and as a result I have lost almost 10 pounds without really trying. I wanted to share some delicious healthy meals I have made over the last couple of months. Remember, you have to nourish your body the right way by moving away from processed foods to unprocessed foods because a healthy diet is vital, and of course exercise! Mainly it is all about portions and control to keep the weight off for good, but DO NOT starve yourself because the results would only be temporary in that case.

I also want to mention that I looove cooking and trying new recipes! If I had more time to cook I would cook all day everyday, but since I work I prep my meals on my days off.

Here are some delicious recipes I found on Pinterest that inspired me, of course I substituted some ingredients and made my meals the way I preferred so I did not follow the recipes step by step, but these are the basic recipes if you like what you see. :)

Shrimp, chicken, and avocado salad. So filling and packed with protein. Recipe found here.

Chopped Thai chicken salad. Crunchy, fresh and delicious! Takes on a whole new meaning of the word 'salad.'

Hot naked spaghetti. I added my own homemade tomato sauce on top with a bit of Parmesan cheese.

This makes for a very wonderful side dish; baked seasoned asparagus with mozzarella cheese. Seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and olive oil. Whatever season you like, really.

Orange chicken and veggies with a side of white rice. You can opt for a healthier choice which is brown rice, but I like my white rice.

Beef teriyaki with a side of steamed broccoli and white rice.

Chicken teriyaki with a side of steamed broccoli and quinoa. First time trying quinoa and I loved it!

Sushiiiiiii! I was craving sushi so bad one day and luckily I found an amazing recipe and made some California rolls with eel sauce, which the sauce is not healthy but it's an exception. I am addicted to sushi to say the least. ;)

Lemon, garlic, cilantro honey salmon with baked red potatoes and steamed broccoli and green beans. The other dish was with zucchini.

Mango salsa tilapia with a side of zucchini fries. The recipe says to grill, but I baked the tilapia instead.

Of course you have to have your sweet treats from time to time. Fruit salads are the way to go, oh and chocolate. You cannot forget chocolate. Remember, portions is key!

Strawberries, bananas and pineapple fruit salad.

Chocolate covered strawberries! Yummmmm!

Eating healthy is a lifestyle change and once you have done it for awhile you do not find yourself craving bad foods as often, well at least in my experience. I am not in any way a health expert, I only do research online and this has been my personal experience that has worked for me. It is okay to treat yourself from time to time because your body deserves it. Since I cut out a lot of unprocessed foods (not all) I am more aware of what I am putting into my body which gives me a huge sense of control and accomplishment. All and all, it can be expensive, but I would rather spend more of my money on healthy foods than to spend it on future doctor visits because of health issues. If you take care of your body, your body will love you back.

Until next time, lovelies! :)
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Monday, September 16, 2013

DIY: Pink Long Sleeve Shift Dress

I received a request recently to make a long sleeve shift dress, so I made a shift dress! I absolutely love these dresses, they are simple yet adorably feminine. Why I never attempted to make one-- I have no clue, but I am SO glad somebody mentioned to make this dress. I am always open for project suggestions (hint, hint)! ;)

As soon as I was making this dress I fell in love. The fabric I used is like a silk polyester, very light and movable.. anddd a little transparent, but I had a white bodycon tank I can wear underneath it. Problem solved!


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In the process of making the dress.

The finished long sleeve pink shift dress!

I wore this dress with my fabric flower crown I made a couple posts ago. Sweet and pretty, yeah? :)

I feel like a cute little hippie. Haha.

Without the flower head crown. Plain and simple, still very feminine.

If you have any tutorial suggestions please feel free to let me know! I would love some new ideas. :)
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

DIY: Simple Flowy Lace Tank Top

I know summer is ending for some, but the southern summer does not end untilll... December! Hahaha, seriously it does not get cold down here that often and I feel like the seasons have shifted (just my crazy opinion, haha). But anyway, the weather for September is still a high of 90+ degrees, with the humidity being hot as heck! I decided to take advantage of this heat by creating a simple flowy lace tank top to go with any outfit which can easily transition into the fall as well.

I used a lace fabric found from Jo-Ann Fabric for $4 a yard. I used about a yard since I wear tops in a size xsmall/small.

My YouTube tutorial for those interested in making this top!

I wore this lace top with my black Levi cuffed shorts I made earlier this summer and some filgree chandelier earrings.

 To transition to cooler weather I wore an oversized royal blue cardigan I purchased from Old Navy.

Simple and sweet; how I like my outfits to be! I hope your summer was wonderful, I'm trying to enjoy the rest of what the southern summer has to offer. :)

ALSO! You lovelies have one more week left to enter my very first giveaway! Rules and more information are found here and on my YouTube channel!

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