Wednesday, October 31, 2012

One of Martha Stewart's Beauty Secrets

Since it's Halloween, I saw it appropriate to share this for today. One of Martha Stewart's Beauty Secrets, number 2 in fact, (see #1 HERE) is to relax for at least 20 minutes a day. No, driving for 20 minutes doesn't count, and neither does eating during your 20 minutes break. You need to sit or lay and CHILL for at least 20 minutes. Martha Stewart has an extremely busy schedule, she's always in meetings, You could spend your time reading or watching a calming movie, or some experts say you should just do nothing. I hope you can get off work or school a little early (like me, YAY!) and take some time during your time off to do the following, found HERE:

  1. Sit

    Find a comfortable place to sit. Sit with you back straight and feet on the floor. Be comfortable, but alert.
  2. Close your eyes

    Just relax. Close your eyes. Let everything fall away.
  3. Breathe in

    Breathe in through your nose. Feel the breath fill your body.
  4. Breathe out

    Exhale through your nose. Feel your body collapse. Breathe out fully.
  5. Repeat

    Continue breathing. After each time your breath in and out, say (or think) the word “One”. Continue for 20 minutes. You can change the word to anything meaningful for you.
  6. Practice daily

    Repeat this everyday. Have a set time to do it. Don’t worry about setting an alarm, just have a clock nearby that you can see. If you start drifting in thought, gently return to your breathing.
  7. Mini-relaxations

    During your day, stop a few times and ‘do a mini’. Just breath in and out for about a minute. This will relax you and begin to teach your body how to respond to stress in a calm way.



Thank you for all the birthday wishes and the kind words! My birthday was a few days ago, Sunday, and I thought that I should take the time to say thank you to all of you. You helped make my day feel special and I felt of your love. Thank you!

(No, this was not my actual birthday cake. I found it floating on the internet and I totally loved it, so I thought I'd share.)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

3 Healthy (Clever) Snacks

I eat a healthy breakfast, a healthy lunch and a healthy dinner, but the places where I run into trouble are the snacks in between my meals...those are the hardest! My stomach can be so hungry, I make the terrible mistake of eating whatever is "easy" instead of what is healthy. My stomach says, "FEED ME NOW" ...and I do! And in the past it has usually something from a vending machine or a fast food restaurant. But for the last few weeks, I have been a lot better at this struggle and I attribute it to Pinterest. I stumbled upon a fabulous PIN to help me stay healthy during those in between meals, and I wanted to share it with you! Here are 3 easy snacks to keep you healthy and your stomach happy:

Not only are the snacks below delicious, but the way to package them is super clever! Just make them all at the beginning of the week, and then you have plenty of snacks all week long! The pictures of snacks that I'm showing are NOT one serving. They are one or two or three! If I just take the entire container to work, then I don't need to refill one or two or three times each evening when I bring it home; I'm set for the week! Here are the snacks:

For each, just put the lid(s) on, keep it in the fridge at work (or eat it quickly) and you'll be set all week with plenty of snacks!

Note: This is enough celery to last the average person two weeks, but I love celery, so it will probably be gone by Friday. Plus, celery is a good choice because it takes more energy to break down than there are calories (SOURCE)! The jar with the carrots is a baby food jar! This one is long and skinny, but you could also use a small one. And for the apples, make sure you lightly coat your sliced apples with lemon juice so they don't go brown. And the neat thing about this snack is that the Yoplait yogurt fits perfectly within this Meadow Gold cottage cheese. It's like they were meant to fit within each other. 

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Monday, October 29, 2012

DIY: Elbow Pads

I'm loving elbow pads lately, aren't you? They're just so cosy and have that well-worn feeling. Love it! I've been meaning to sew some on an old, worn sweater of mine, and I finally got around to it! Look how adorable this sweater is, you love it, right? (Don't pretend you don't). Here are a few steps at how to do it, and if you do this project, I wanna hear about it!!!! Comment or email me so I can see a picture of your new, elbow padded sweater. Perfect for the fall weather that's finally here!


Get an old sweater and some suede fabric, you won't need much.  Find a sweater that you really love. I found this sweater at D.I. in Provo and I'm so pleased with it. It's a cosy, vintage, hand-loomed, well-worn sweater. It even has a few little holes, but it's so cosy, I don't even care!! (And come on, Cally-Ho? How adorable is that?) Cut out your suede in ovals that, proportionately, will fit your sweater. Pin them where your elbows go! (It looks really stupid if they're too low or too high, so take your time to find the right place. And then all you need to do it sew them on with a sewing machine!!! I did a straight stitch first, and then went back over it with a zig zag stitch that pushed up right to the edge of the suede. It can be slightly tricky because you need to have half of the sweater on the arm of the sewing machine, but go slow, don't stretch the sweater too much, and you'll be just fine!!

So easy, right?? Comment if you try this project out!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

My Future Home

"My future home"as in 20 years from now...I know, I'm a little ahead of myself. Just ask Mr. Bullock, he'd tell you that I do that all the time. Woops! I just can't help myself!

For this future home of ours, I'm really LOVING the "white" look, so I created a whole new pinboard for it recently, you can see it HERE. I'm a little obsessed, it's kinda getting out of hand. I just can't stop myself from daydreaming of eventually living in this house! Someday, it will happen. Mark my words.

And I think the reason why I like this look so much lately is that it follows some basic elements and principles of design. It follows form, function, texture, balance, movement, proportion, repetition, shape, texture, etc. You can find all of these in almost each image. That's what I want to create in our future home. A balanced truth of principles and elements of design. And it looks amazing, too! Bonus!

And until I find and move into this future home, check out a few of my favorite "white"' home ideas here on my blog instead. You like them too, don't you?

Can we just speed up time so I can move here TOMORROW??

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One of Martha Stewart's Beauty Secrets

Remember a few weeks back during my guest post HERE about my deep dark secrets I knew about Martha Stewart's beauty routine? Well the day has come for me to SHARE THOSE SECRETS!!

Here's the deal, listen carefully....

Each Wednesday for the next five weeks, I will be posting one of Martha Stewart's Beauty Secrets!!!

I'm kicking this off with one of her best secrets, and it's something easy that everyone can do! Ready?

One of Martha Stewart's Beauty Secrets is to drink lemon water in the morning. Take half or quarter of a lemon, and squeeze it into a cold class of water. I prefer icy cold water in the morning because it also helps to keep me awake! She talks about this secret in her upcoming book that comes out this June (I helped design a few pages of the book during my internship there in NYC this summer!) so that's how I know this little secret. Drinking lemon water in the morning is such an easy thing to do! And it has some MAJOR health benefits! Check out these 10 reasons why lemon water is so good for you, especially in the morning (found HERE):

1. Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH: Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.
3. Helps with weight loss:   Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet (see #2) lose weight faster.

4. Aids digestion:  Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.
5. Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin:  The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.
7. Freshens breath: Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this. I admit, I’m slightly worried about it.
8. Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.
9. Keeps you zen: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.
10. Helps kick the coffee habit:  After I have a glass of hot lemon water, I actually don’t crave coffee in the morning. This is weird, I can’t explain it, but I’ll take it. ***I don't have a problem with this, but I'm sure there are people out there who do.***

There you have it! One of Martha Stewart's Beauty Secrets! Check back next Wednesday for the next secret!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

How to Talk to Anyone

Do you ever get shy when you need to talk to someone new? Or maybe you just don't know what to talk about. I read an article awhile ago and I thought it had great advice, so I want to share it with you! And I'd also like to say thank you to my mom who gave me the best advice ever, (not included in the 6 tips, but equally as awesome). My mom told me this when I was really young and it has stuck with me since then. If you don't know how to meet someone new, the easiest line you can say is "Hi, my name is Alexi, what's you're name?" Easy, peasy!! 

But after you have said hello and you need to keep a conversation going longer than names, then follow these 6 tips: 

(Article found at site above, and text below includes slight editorial changes from me.)

Start something. 
If you sit around like a schmuck and wait for someone to suddenly shower you with conversation; you’ll be sitting and staring at the wall all night. Good things do not always come to those who wait, so get off your butt and start a conversation yourself. If you’re going to a social event, have some potential discussion topics in mind before you get there and you’ll be able to utilize small talk effortlessly and frequently.

Look for common interests. 
Let’s say you see an interesting person at the bus stop you want to make small talk with. What’s that person doing while he/she waits? What’s he/she wearing? Do you see anything about him/her that suggests an interest that he/she shares with you, like reading a book by an author you like, wearing a T-shirt representing a band you listen to, or maybe he/she has the same stamp you have? Don’t take these little things for granted—they are there to promote conversation from like-minded people.

Don’t get too personal. 
If you’re aiming for small talk with someone you met two seconds ago, it’s best not to discuss exceedingly personal things like your infected fingernail. If they kick off this kind of intimate chit-chat and you’re up for it, then engage. Otherwise, leave your personal life, health, and political views on the back burner until the person lets you know they’re comfortable talking about such things.

Keep discussion topics broad. 
If you constantly want to chat about one thing—like your extensive assortment of Star Wars toys—people will probably find you boring. It’s okay to be proud of your expertise in a certain area, but shut up about it once in a while and make small talk about something else. If you find a fellow Star Wars geek, you can probably chatter about Yoda all night, but when you’re intermingled with non-Star Wars fans, try talking about more universal things like tastes in music or maybe employment. These are topics other people can make small talk about without needing to gracelessly derail from a tremendously specific subject. Basically, have something resembling a life and your horizons will be automatically broadened.

This is a big one, especially if your talking with women. Yes, do some of the talking, but shut your mouth and listen now and then too; whomever you’ve singled out won’t be too interested if they can’t get a word of small talk in edgewise. Take this advice from a married woman, girls dig guys who listen, especially if they are looking them in the eye and not at your phone or the tv.

Know when to call it quits. Once in a great while, you meet someone you can really connect with and the small talk flows like water. But even then, you have to know when the conversation fuse with this person has burned out. Thank them for the chitchat and tell them you need to use the bathroom or get a drink or something; if you’re lucky, maybe they’ll give you a phone number or an email to continue to chat in the future.

Do you have any other tips to conversation starters?

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fast vs. Healthy Foods

I made this stop motion video a few months ago for a school project and I wanted to share it with you! (It is NOT sponsored by the Ad was part of the assignment to be sponsored by someone.)

And sorry to Burger King...but let's face it. You're food is NOT healthy. But it IS FAST, so you have the healthy meal beat on that one!

Share this with your friends if you like it!