Low Carb Cinnamon Almonds!

I have been trying to switch to a lower carb higher fat food plan. I was doing no carbs after lunch but now I am trying to limit them more and replace them with fats where I can. I made these yesterday and they were SO simple. usually a small container of cinnamon almonds costs about 7 bucks. The pre portioned 100 calorie bags are even more expensive than that so I figured it may be more cost effective to make my own.

Ingredients: 2 cups raw almonds, one egg white, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup truvia, 1 tbsp cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.

Whip the eggs a little bit, but you don’t want them to be stiff. Add in the rest of the ingredients (minus the almonds) and mix them together. pour in the almonds and mix them together.

Spread them out on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 300 for 15 minutes, mix them up, and bake for another 15.

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Sunday Inspiration

Here is some inspiration for your Sunday night.

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Sometimes, things can get really scary. You think you’re ready to dive in and do something big for yourself but you realize that maybe now is not the right timing. Sometimes you can work hard and have big dreams, but the things you need to do to achieve them may seem like more than one person can handle but that is OKAY. Even when things get scary it is important to be keep you head high, and be brave. You can try things, and they may not always work out in your favor, but you need to keep going and find other ways to be brave.

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I haven’t necessarily been so good at choosing happiness lately as much as I try. In the end, I am the only one who controls how I am feeling so this is something I need to remember as well. Some days you may not feel like you can handle anything you are given in life, but you always need to find the light at the end of the tunnel. I know I have recently stepped out of my comfort zone to try something and realized in the end that it may not be the right option for me, as much as I wished it was. I will choose happiness and realize that things happen for a reason.

Long Time, No Talk.

Things have been insane around these parts!

I finished up my summer work with the theater camp, I was recently in a play, and work has been CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY! The end of the summer went well and I was so ready to get back into the swing of things working with the kids and being in school on a normal schedule. What I had expected for the year and how the year is starting off are two totally opposite, thought. I am loving working with my little kindergarten kiddos, and I love the people I work with… but there’s no room during the day to take any sort of break to just regroup for a hot minute. Maybe once things settle down I could try to work it into my schedule. Otherwise, I am enjoying the extra half hour a day of pay. 🙂

I just finished up my second weekend of our theater company’s Scenes and Songs. I did it last year as well, and this year was just as fun. I’m so lucky to have been able to be a part of it. Here is a little peek at the costumes I got to wear. It was a variety show/cabaret type of show so I the costumes were all different!

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While I was away I not only went to see a nutritionist, but I have also been working out with a trainer and I’ve lost another 10(ish) pounds. I have been working really hard and I can see the results I have finally been wanting. I plan to keep this up until I reach my goal!

I am going to try to keep up with this much more than I have been recently- so here’s to more updates and posts on this end!

Busy Busy BUSY!

Things lately have been so incredibly crazy I have completely neglected this blog which I HATE.

I have been working at camp
and hanging out with friends and just trying to enjoy the time this summer that I have.

I will update soon!

A Tip for Your Topknot

Keira Lennox

Elizabeth Mayville Topknot Illustration {image source}

I like big buns and I cannot lie.

But for a style that looks so effortless, it can be awfully tricky to master the just-messy-enough topknot. Or maybe it’s just me. Anyone else get a cockatoo crest on the majority of attempts?

{Yeah, it’s probably just me.}

In last month’s issue of Allure, there was a feature on How to Get Surfer-Girl Hair. It shared a tip that totally changed my topknot game: Start by working two big handfuls of mousse into your dry hair from roots to ends. The mousse gives your hair some volume and grip, making it much easier to twist into a bun without any weird pieces jutting out.

When you’re sufficiently moussed — don’t be shy; handfuls, ladies —  flip your head and roughly dry your hair with a blowdryer and your fingers. While you’re still upside down, gather all your hair…

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San Fran!

A few days ago I got back from my vacation. Since we got back, I have been a little off since I have been so tired and not quite feeling well due to a lack of sleep, but I am slowly getting back to being myself.

With that being said, over vacation I didn’t follow Jenny Craig, but I did eat the best that I could (with a few treats here and there). The two weeks before vacation I didn’t go either so I anticipated a large gain for the last month but when I weighed in today, I had only gained 2 pounds! I didn’t want to say no to myself if I really wanted something but I tried only eating half of my meal and sharing with the rest of my family. Some nights, I just ordered clam chowder because it was so incredible out there everywhere we went.

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I normally don’t like gaining at all but under these circumstances I was glad that was all that I had gained for the last few weeks including on vacation. With that being said, I had some really amazing food so there are no regrets here.

While we were there, we got to do some amazing things. We had a picnic in Napa Valley and did some wine tastings. We were in San Francisco, Sausalito, Monterey, Carmel, and Yosemite. I have discovered a new love for being outdoors and climbing things. That was a highlight for me. Climbing down into the water at the bottom on a waterfall, the rivers, I just really enjoyed all the water. I also got my first hot stone massage and my first facial, which I really enjoyed.

Now that I am back home and back into a schedule, I am planning on focusing mainly on hitting my goal. I still haven’t been making too much progress and it’s time for that to end. My mom and I have both decided to step it up, and I couldn’t be happier to have a partner in it. I’ve done enough messing around, on and off, that I just need to recommit myself and DO it. I’m sick of saying I’m doing well knowing that I could be doing so much better so that ends now.

SO my vacation was wonderful, I will post some pictures next, and I am ready to move on!

A Fourth of July at the USA’s Golden Coast; OOTD

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This 4th of July was one of the more quite but satisfying of holidays. I only just moved to the beach a few days ago and I was able to enjoy the fireworks from right outside of my apartment. I also got to witness a pretty tame Mallow out on the 4th, marshmallow fight that happens annually in San Diego.

My outfit for the 4th of July is pretty subtle, and not as red as my OOTD was last year. Considering the beach atmosphere and San Diego’s laid back appeal, I went with a simple cobalt skater skirt and a faded American flag t-shirt. Nothing fancy, just ready for a day of fun and relaxation.

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Hope you all had a splendid Fourth of July celebration

OOTD details:

White canvas shoes – Vans – $50

Cobalt skater skirt – Cotton on – $10

American flag t-shirt – Cotton On- $5

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Quick Tip: How to Clean Brass Jewelry

Keira Lennox

A Pretty Penny - How to Clean Brass Alex & Ani Bracelets C started an Alex & Ani collection for me about a year ago, and every now and then he surprises me with a new one. I love that each bracelet comes with a special meaning; everyone’s stack tells a little story about who they are. After several months of daily wear, my brass Alex & Ani bracelets started to tarnish and leave black marks on my wrist. I was super bummed and thought they were ruined, until I learned this simple trick from a friend on Facebook. A Pretty Penny - How to Clean Brass Alex & Ani Bracelets You’re going to need some ketchup. If you don’t have any in the fridge, take this opportunity to make a trip to Chik-fil-A for waffle fries and pick up a pack or two. I mean, any excuse for waffle fries is a good excuse, amiright? A Pretty Penny - How to Clean Brass Alex & Ani Bracelets - BEFORE Cover each brass bracelet in a thin layer of ketchup, and let them sit for a minute…

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