New Year Resolutions?

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Hello my beautiful readers,

🎉 HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 🎉

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the year!

With the new year also comes new years resolutions for so many of us. Now while I love the idea of new year resolutions, improving ourselves and doing things we’ve always wanted to try, I also think there not the most proactive. What I mean to say is, when we come up with these new years resolutions at the end of the year, we spend so much time thinking about what our ultimate goal for the year will be and so little time if any on planning the little steps needed to help us reach this goal.

This is probably the number one reason why so many of us fail with our resolutions. We haven’t prepared or planned the most important part.

What I wanted to share with you today is my favorite way of planning those little steps. It’s called monthly habits. I got the idea from a video I watched a couple years ago by Alex Ikonn, I’ll actually link it here so you can watch it. In the video he talks about how at the start of every month he tries to implement one good habit into his life. The habits can be anything, they could be not checking social media after 10 o’clock, waking up at 6am every morning or dedicating 20 minutes to reading every day, the choices are endless.

Now you can choose either to do random different good habits for the year like the ones I just mentioned or you can make them more specific to your goal for the year. To show what I mean I made a little planner/schedule of the year with the habits of that month next to it. For the example I used Learning Photography as the new years resolution..

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As you can see every month I’ve added a habit or challenge that will help me learn photography and really better myself at it. You’ll be making this same exact planner/schedule except instead of “learn photography” you’ll add your goal and then make the habits or challenges specific to that.

Just grab a book or a piece of paper, write it all down and then stick it somewhere you know you’ll see it everyday. It’s as easy as that!

The next step is putting in the hard work, patience and time into accomplishing these little steps. Give it all you’ve got and don’t be to hard on yourself if you make a mistake or don’t reach your goal for the day, there is always tomorrow!

I hope this helps you reach your goals. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read this! I love you all and I’ll talk to you next Monday!

xxx Mirjana

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The Wonderful Benefits of Chia Seeds + 2 Delicious Recipes

Recipes, Uncategorized

 

Hello my beautiful readers,

How are you all doing this fine day! For today I wanted to talk with you about Chia seed and all of it’s wonderful health benefits.

Chia seed is an amazing superfood that is both inexpensive and very simple to add into your daily diet. You can add them to your salads, cereal or oatmeal, yogurt, cakes, pancakes, drinks and so much more. Chia seeds are very versatile because they are flavorless. It doesn’t matter if your putting them in either a sweet or savory dish or drink they won’t change how it tastes only the texture.

Now whilst Chia seeds may be flavorless they are however packed with a bunch of amazing health benefits! Some I’ll list below..

Some of the wonderful health benefits of Chia seeds are….

  1. Packed full of antioxidants. They actually contain 3x more antioxidants then blueberries
  2. Helps you feel fuller, which is a huge help if you have trouble with over eating
  3. Keep your hair, skin and nails healthy and strong
  4. High in Potassium
  5. High in Calicum
  6. High in Iron
  7. High in Omega-3 fatty acids
  8. High in Magnesium
  9. Contain more niacin then corn, rice and soy
  10. Strengthens the immune system
  11. Boosts your energy levels
  12. Helps with weight loss

Now we’ve reached my favorite part of this post, THE RECIPES!!

It was pretty difficult choosing only two recipes to feature on this post, just search “chia seed recipes” on Google and you’ll see why, but since space was limited I ended up choosing two recipes I think will appeal to everyone since they are two classics: brownies and pancakes.

These two recipes I got of the sites All Day I Dream About Food and Two Peas And Their Pod. Maria, Josh and Carolyn are so creative and talented with the content they put out. Their recipes are always so eye catching and mouth watering, I could honestly spend hours going through their site.

On the top I’ve made their site names clickable so you can go straight to their sites if you want to check out more of the recipes they’ve shared and learn more about them.

Mocha Chocolate Chunk Chia Seed Brownies

This delicious brownie recipe is by Carolyn Ketchum from All Day I Dream About Food.

Original Post: http://www.bobsredmill.com/blog/special-diets/fiber-on-a-low-carb-diet

INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ cup Chia Seed Meal (about ½ cup whole seeds – I grind them in my coffee grinder)
  • ¾ cup Swerve Sweetener or other Erythritol
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Butter
  • 3 oz Unsweetened Chocolate
  • 4 large Eggs
  • ¼ cup strongly brewed Coffee
  • 2 oz Dark Chocolate Chunks (70 to 90% cacao)

METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 9 x 9 square baking pan. Line with parchment paper, with some overhanging the sides for easy release. Grease parchment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together chia seed meal, sweetener, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large saucepan over low heat, melt butter and chocolate together, whisking until smooth.
  • Whisk in eggs (mixture may seize), then whisk in coffee. Stir in chia seed mixture until well combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.
  • Spread batter in prepared pan and bake 15 to 16 minutes for a fudgier consistency or 18 to 20 for a cakier consistency.
  • Remove and let cool completely in pan.
  • Remove brownies from pan by grasping the overhanging parchment and lifting carefully. Cut into 16 squares.

Lemon Chia Seed Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries

These scrumptious pancakes are by Maria & Josh from Two Peas and Their Pod.

Original Post: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/lemon-chia-seed-pancakes-with-roasted-strawberries

INGREDIENTS

For the Roasted Strawberries:

  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar in the raw

For the Lemon Chia Seed Pancakes:

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Zest of 2 large lemons
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Land O Lakes® unsalted melted butter, cooled
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil, for serving

METHOD

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine the strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar. Toss to combine. Pour strawberries on a greased baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Stir the strawberries and roast for an additional 7-10 minutes, until the strawberries are soft and juicy.
  • While the strawberries are roasting, make the pancakes. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest. Rub together with your fingers until lemon is fragrant.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar/lemon mixture, baking powder, soda, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs, melted butter, lemon juice, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to the flour mixture and stir just until combined. Do not over mix. Gently stir in the chia seeds.
  • Heat a griddle or pan to medium low heat. Coat with cooking spray. Drop about a 1/4 cup of batter onto heated skillet. Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip carefully with a spatula, and cook until browned on the underside, 1 to 2 minutes more. Continue making pancakes until the batter is gone. Serve warm with Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil and roasted strawberries.

That is all for today’s post. I hope you liked it and it got you motivated to try experimenting with chia seeds! Let me know in the comments what you thought of this sort of blog post, whether you liked it or not and if you would enjoy me doing more posts talking about different types of healthy food.

As always I want to thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my post. Your AMAZING, thank you! I hope you all have a wonderful week, I’ll talk to you all on Monday.

xxx Mirjana

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Top 5 Favorite Beauty/Fashion/Lifestyle Youtubers To Watch At The Moment!

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Hello my beautiful readers,

How are you all doing today! For today I wanted to share with you a list of my Top 5 Favorite Beauty/Fashion/Lifestyle Youtubers to watch at the moment.

It was pretty hard to narrow it down to just five since there are so many sweet and talented youtubers out there but in the end I decided to choose Samantha, Duan, Christine, Mimi and Niomi. I chose their channels for many reasons, 1. they work hard on their videos, 2. they are really down to earth and real – they never have this fakeness to them, 3. they are extremely sweet to their viewers and really take the time to respond to comments and interact with them, 4. their videos are always, at least to me, very inspiring and motivating and I could go on and on.

But since it’s 3 in the morning right now I’m just gonna end it there and share with you the links and also my favorite videos from their channels. I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

SAMANTHA ANN

Link to Samantha’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/newjerseygirl92

DUAN MACKENZIE

Link to Duan’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/xobabygrl38/feed

CHRISTINE KOBZEFF

Link to Christine’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/pinksofoxy

MIMI IKONN

Link to Mimi’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MimiIkonn

NIOMI SMART

Link to Niomi’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/niomismart

Comment down below and let me know who are YOUR top 5 favorite Youtubers to watch at the moment! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. I appreciate it so much! I hope you all have a wonderful week, I’ll talk to you all on Monday! 😀

xxx Mirjana

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MEET FullyRawKristina

Inspirational People, Recipes, Uncategorized

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Hello my beautiful readers,

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! In today’s post I wanted to share with you a new YouTuber I’ve just recently discovered. Her name is Kristina and she runs the channel called FullyRawKristina.

I absolutely love watching her videos! Her channel is a great mix of everything from recipe videos to in depth talking videos about raw vegan eating to vlogs and so much more. I find it really interesting seeing what her lifestyle is like since it’s so different from mine and I always find there is so much to learn.

Some of my favorite videos of hers have to be the recipe ones. She always shares the most mouth watering, delicious meals and I’m always so excited to go and try them out myself.

So in today’s post I wanted to share five of my favorite recipes. I really think your gonna love them, two are a reinvention of some classics like red velvet cupcakes and cheesecake.

Without further ado here are my five favorites…

.1. RED VELVET CUPCAKES with VANILLA ICING

 

.2. LAVENDER CHEESECAKE

.3.  VEGAN CHILI

.4. RAW BURRITO

.5. CAESAR SALAD

Yumm! 😍 They all look so delicious!!

Thank you so much for stopping by, I really appreciate it! If you end up trying out any of these recipes then let me know in the comments below. I’d love to get your thoughts on them!

I hope you have a marvelous week, I’ll talk to you all on Monday!

xxx Mirjana

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Reading Is Sexy!

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Hello my beautiful readers,

Happy Holidays and New Year to you all!! I hope your holidays were filled with laughter, love and happiness!!

As you may have been wondering no I haven’t forgotten about my blog, I was just on vacation with my family and there was no internet were we were staying so I couldn’t upload a post on Tuesday & Friday like I usually do but I’m back today with a new post for you all!

If you haven’t caught on already then you’ll quickly realize I’m a huge nerd at heart. I love reading and learning about everything. No joke really. I seem to find everything interesting. Are any of you like that too?

Since buying books can get quite expensive, especially if your an avid reader, then your like me and get super excited when you discover a new website that has a multitude of free books to read. 😀 What could be better, right! Since I did have a list of websites with free books saved on my computer I thought I would share it with you all in case you didn’t know about them. Here are 8 of my go-to websites for free textbooks and e-books.

  1. http://bookboon.com/en/textbooks-ebooks
  2. http://textbookrevolution.org/index.php/Main_Page
  3. http://people.math.gatech.edu/~cain/textbooks/onlinebooks.html
  4. http://ebookee.org
  5. http://www.freebookspot.es
  6. http://www.getfreeebooks.com
  7. http://www.gutenberg.org
  8. http://oerconsortium.org/discipline-specific

Have fun learning! 🙂

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