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

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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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5 Step Makeup Tutorial

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Hello my beautiful readers,

Today I wanted to share with you a video I filmed last week. It’s called the 5 Step Makeup Tutorial, which is basically my go-to makeup look on days when I’m in a rush and running late. It’s really simple to do and the end result is so cute. I always love the way it turns out!

I hope you like it and find it helpful in any way! 🙂 I’ll talk to you all in my next post.

Have a beautiful day!

xxx Mirjana

Collective Haul featuring Temt, Maybelline, Valleygirl & more…

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Hello my beautiful readers,

For today’s post I wanted to share with you my newest video. It’s a collective haul filled with everything I purchased during the month of July along with a few things from the end of June.

I hope you like it and can find some inspiration from it. Also if you have any ideas for future videos I should film let me know either in the comments here or on YouTube, I would love to get your feedback.

I hope your all having a beautiful day and I’ll talk to you in my next post!

xxx Mirjana

Gary Vaynerchuk: The Social Media King

Inspirational People, Uncategorized

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Hello my beautiful readers,

How are you all this beautiful day?

For today I wanted to officially kick of my new series for this blog. The series will be called ‘People Who Inspire Me’, that’s what I’m going to call the series for now but I’m thinking I might change the name down the road to something else. My main goal of this series is to once a month introduce to you all someone who has inspired and changed my life in hopes that you to can get inspired and motivated by them.

To kick this new series of the first person I’ve chosen to feature is the king of social media Gary Vaynerchuk.

I first discovered Gary a few months back and he has honestly changed my life so much since then. I am so grateful for the invaluable advice and lessons he has taught me, he’s someone who has really helped me understand social media marketing and business so much more clearly now. I actually took a few business courses online before I found Gary’s Youtube channel and I can tell you right now I absolutely hated them. I learnt more from watching one of Gary’s 20 minute videos then I ever learnt in a 3 day course.

I really recommend to anyone whose considering taking a business course to first go and watch Gary’s videos and read his books before spending money on a course. Personally I think you’ll learn a ton of amazing advice from him since he has been running businesses for years now so he has a lot of experience and knowledge on the subject.

                                           BOOKS BY GARY

Crush It: Why NOW Is The Perfect Time To Cash In On Your Passion

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Crush it is definitely one of my go to books for inspiration. In this book Gary shares how he took his family’s local retail wine business and turned it into a national industry leader just by using social media.

Where you can get it: http://www.amazon.com/The-Thank-Economy-Gary-Vaynerchuk/dp/0061914185/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=41L836nMSGL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR106%2C160_&refRID=0G8SE6DPX75N9D91EYRE

The Thank You Economy

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With this book I actually wanted to share with you this amazing review done by  Julien. His video is honestly one of the best reviews I’ve ever watched…

…you gotta admit that was a pretty amazing review!

Where you can get it from: http://www.amazon.com/The-Thank-Economy-Gary-Vaynerchuk/dp/0061914185/ref=pd_sim_14_3?ie=UTF8&dpID=41L836nMSGL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR106%2C160_&refRID=0G8SE6DPX75N9D91EYRE

              Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World

61eRCiTDr7L And here’s another one of my favorite video book reviews this time by Jared Polin. He has such a great, fun personality which makes his videos really enjoyable to watch. In this video he does a quick review on Gary’s book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook……

….also let me know in the comments whether you prefer I find video book reviews like this or if you like it better when I write out what I think about the book with a quick summary!

Where you can get it: http://www.amazon.com/Jab-Right-Hook-Story-Social/dp/006227306X/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=61eRCiTDr7L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR129%2C160_&refRID=0YRS23HA77SE13Q4JQ8W

#AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness

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This book is actually one of his new releases, it just came out today. Even though I haven’t yet read it yet I have no doubt that it’ll be just as amazing as his previous books. A little of what you can expect to read about in this book is marketing, entrepreneurship, and management. He also talks about complex issues that affect everyone in the workforce, from the value of a traditional education to the best investment strategies. Gary also shares a lot of his personal stories and lessons he’s learnt from years of working in a family business, raising children and getting healthy.

Where you can get it: http://www.amazon.com/AskGaryVee-Entrepreneurs-Leadership-Social-Self-Awareness/dp/0062273124/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=51HKM8cZSjL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR105%2C160_&refRID=0D3HM4AG1NGSNYW4GDJY

                                    #AskGaryShow

The AskGaryVeeShow is a show Gary does on Youtube where he answers questions sent by his fans about marketing, family business, social media, entrepreneurship, and startups . The episodes are always filled with so much priceless and valuable advice and tips, you should definitely check out this show!!! You will not regret it!!

                                        DailyVee

DailyVee is a vlog series Gary started at the end of last year where he gives us a behind the scenes look at what his life looks like in a day. It’s a great series to watch if you want to get some insight into what his life is like as an entrepreneur and see just how hard he works.

I really hope you enjoyed this post!! I had so much fun writing it for you all and I hope Gary inspires you just as much as he’s inspired me. I’ll talk to you all in my next post.

xxx Mirjana

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