Lately…

August 18th, 2013

Hi there! It has been nearly a month since I’ve blogged…I just became completely consumed with school. I found summer quarter challenging because the weather was so beautiful here in the Seattle area, especially in July. It was hard to focus on this…

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When the outdoors looked like this!

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I found everything inside of me resistant to studying, but I stuck it out and basically made my home in the library for a couple weeks. After one intense day of finals it felt soooooo good to be done! I forgot how amazing it feels at the end of a quarter to be finished and throw all your papers away.

The past week or so I’ve just been catching up on sleep, meeting with friends I haven’t seen for awhile, and of course keeping busy with work and volunteering. I have some blog posts in the works, so I’m glad to be re-entering the online world too!

Thank you for your patience, and for still checking this blog! What have you been up to this summer?

I hope you have a great Monday!

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Drugstore Beauty Products – Summer Favorites! {Video}

July 23rd, 2013

I filmed a video with some of my favorite drugstore products a few weeks ago, and just now got around to uploading it. I hope you enjoy! I really really like everything mentioned here.

By the way, since the time I filmed this I’ve become just a little fixated on the Revlon Lip Butters – they are SO GREAT. They feel so buttery and moisturizing, and yet they’re still pigmented like a lipstick. Pictured below is Sweet Tart, Raspberry Pie, and Juicy Papaya (a beautiful sheer color).

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Thanks so much for watching!

What drugstore products have you been liking lately?

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Quote/Thoughts on Time

July 17th, 2013

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It’s nearly midnight and I just can’t sleep! My legs are aching from a long run this morning, and my mind is tired from cramming for my Organic Chem test this afternoon. I’m actually a very good sleeper but it’s just one of those nights. I’m not complaining though, I actually feel quite content with life because I really wanted to get that test out of the way!

Since I’m up (and trying not to keep counting the diminishing hours until my alarm goes off at 5am) I thought I’d write a quick post about a quote I’ve been thinking about lately. It has to do with time.

I know I’m still relatively young, but now that I’m in my late 20s it just seems like time flies by incredibly quickly! I feel like I blink and another day has passed. This has been bothering me a little, although I couldn’t quite put my finger on why. Then one day I was flipping through a C.S. Lewis book I haven’t read yet, Reflections on the Psalms. I came across the last page, and this quote:

“Our hope (is) finally to emerge, if not altogether from time…at any rate from the tyranny, the unilinear poverty, of time, to ride it not to be ridden by it, and so to cure that always aching wound…which mere successions and mutability inflict on us, almost equally when we are happy and when we are unhappy. For we are so little reconciled to time that we are even astonished at it. ‘How he’s grown!’ we exclaim, ‘How time flies!’ as though the universal form of our experience were again and again a novelty. It is as strange as if a fish were repeatedly surprised at the wetness of water. And that would be strange indeed; unless of course the fish were destined to become, one day, a land animal.”

Sometimes just having someone define what you feel makes it much better…I’m still uncomfortable with the way time flies, but this quote is a reminder why. In the previous pages he talks about how we have tasted of the eternal and how we long to be with God. It is a tension that, for the Christian, exists constantly. (See Hebrews 11:13-16).

So anyway…I was just starting to get sleepy from writing this out and noticed a huge enormous spider scuttling around my room!! We had an epic battle to the death and now I think I’ll have to make some tea to relax from all this adventure.

I’ll be back on Friday with a video I filmed a couple weeks ago showing some of my favorite drug store beauty products of the last few months. Thanks for reading my late-night ramblings (I know this post was a bit random)! I hope you have a good Wednesday!

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Clean Cookies

July 15th, 2013

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Happy Monday everyone! Thank you so much for your kind responses to my last post about my new career in nursing. I’ve been wanting to share about my new adventure for awhile, and it’s so great hearing feedback from you and also to know that there are other nurses reading my blog. I’m hoping to share as much as I can about the process as I continue along. Right now I’m just trying to convince organic chemistry to fit inside my head even though the sun is calling me outside…

Speaking of sunny weather, it’s still July and I’m still trying to eat clean. One of my favorite lunches this past week was the one pictured below: whole wheat tortilla, laughing cow cheese (not necessarily clean, but only 35 calories), 2 eggs and sriracha sauce, with an apple on the side. Really balanced and good!!

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Today’s recipe is one I’m really excited about. It is inspired yet again by Blogilates.com. I called these Clean Cookies because you can make them with only two ingredients: banana and oatmeal!

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The fun part of these is that you can also spruce them up a bit if you want. I added dark chocolate chips and peanut butter. If you make them plain, I think they would be delicious with peanut butter on top, or with some berries for a very balanced breakfast.

I’m excited for these because I’m always looking for a quick/healthy breakfast that I can eat in the car on the go. I really hope you give them a try! Have a great week! <3

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Clean Cookies

Makes about 4 cookies (or 6 small)

Adapted from Blogilates.com

Ingredients
1 cup rolled oats
1 banana
3 Tbsp dark chocolate chips (optional)
2-3 Tbsp peanut butter (optional)
pinch of salt (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Use a food processor (or similar tool) to grind oats into a flour-like texture. Add banana slices and combine (use fingers if needed). Dough will be moist. Stir in extra ingredients if desired.

Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Roll cookies into balls and press down if you desire a flatter cookie. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack, and enjoy!

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