Iced Matcha Latte

It just so worked out that I had this post planned for the day after St. Patrick's Day - what a perfect occasion to share this green drink! For those of you that don't know what matcha is, it's finely ground green tea leaves. I was asked by my sweet friend Katelyn what it tastes like and to tell you the truth, I have no idea ;) I can't quite put my finger on it, but it's so yummy and not much like regular green tea (it's much sweeter). I think most people like to serve their matcha lattes hot, but I've always had mine cold and love it. Maybe someday I'll go out of my bubble and try it warm... someday.

Of the many foodies and health gurus I follow, I don't think I've ever seen people make their matcha alike. This person adds cinnamon, this person puts it in a blender, this person uses a frother, you name it. So, I thought it would be fun to share how I make mine! I hope you like it + give it a try!

My Health Shelf

Hello, hello! After a much-needed, incredibly relaxing, absolutely perfect 2-week vacation in Florida, I'm the happiest camper around. It was suchhh a great time and was so nice to rest, recharge, and get a break from the hustle and bustle at home. I was hoping to get a post up while I was away, but family time always came first, so I never got around to it - and I'm 100% okay with that. However, my creative juices were flowing and I have a few good ideas for content to come!

On a side note, I've gathered all of my favorite products that I find so cool and put together my own little natural remedies shelf. It's become my favorite part of my room: my shelf with the BIGGEST green plant and all of my fun little gadgets inside! One thing I really enjoy is researching natural medicine, how diet affects us as people, and keeping up to date on all the latest trends in healthcare. I find it so interesting how the body works and how we can use outside substances (like the ones I have) to heal things internally. I always keep my opinions and ideas open and never turn down a good health-related article or podcast. My goal is to be as educated as possible about achieving optimum health by knowing what I need that my body doesn't already produce/supply. Take collagen, for example. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body that keeps our hair, joints, skin, and nails healthy. Our bodies supply us with this protein, but in fewer and fewer amounts when we become older or exercise strenuously. After I dug a little deeper into the benefits of collagen, I now take it every day and swear by it. I know there are so many new items out there that I'm unaware of, but I'm grateful and happy with everything I have now! So, here's a peek into my growing little shelf that's been doing the trick for me for quite a while now!

New Habits + Gradual Change

This time of year is always full of so much potential for so many people - resolutions, goals, reflecting on past achievements. I like change + even more so a challenge, so I was so tempted to set some crazy goal and try to get it done by the end of January. (Mind you, I didn't know what it was going to be because I never got that far.) I reread last-years blog post about how much I resent New Year's resolutions and decided to squash that whole idea. I've made good progress since last year and I don't think I need an unrealistic, crazy "challenge" for January to "kick me into gear" (another buzzword I've been hearing a lot lately; you're probably not being as lazy as you think you are, so chill and just make gradual changes!) A few days ago, I was looking through my bullet journal and stumbled across a half-finished page and immediately knew what today's post was going to be about. The page was titled "make it a habit" and I thought, especially being around resolution-time-of-year, this post seemed so fitting.

The Most Important Lessons I Learned in 2018

Happy (almost) 2019! It seems crazy to me that it's already almost January of the new year... I feel like just yesterday I was at the beach during the summer. If you've been following along since last year, you know I'm not the biggest fan of New Year's Resolutions. Only 8% of people stick to their fitness resolutions and I'm sure the numbers aren't much higher for anything else - I feel like it's almost a broken promise to yourself or to others that leads you to be even more discouraged. If you were to ask me, I'd say that every day when you wake up you need to decide what you want to change and what your priorities are and get whatever that is done, no matter how far into the year it is. That being said, I do always reflect on the past year and look back at all that I've learned after the Christmas festivities are over. I think it's safe to say that this year was full of lessons that were learned as a result of both positive and negative experiences, and I'm grateful for all of them. 

pure happiness with 3 of my favorite things - ice cream, my puppy, and my little sister

Roundup of my Favorite Recipes

HIII!! I hope you enjoyed all the mashed potatoes, pies, and turkey on Thanksgiving and realized all there is to be thankful for! But nowwwww, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! 🎅🎄🤶 I've already watched 3 Hallmark movies, decorated my room, and had a candy cane - I don't mess around with the holiday season ;) I'm hoping to start posting Christmas content next week, but I'm still sorting through all my ideas! (This makes me SO excited, I love this time of year!!)

Per request, today I've rounded up all of my favorite foods from my insta stories - breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, smoothies, you name it! Everyone I talk to always seems so interested in more fitness and nutrition posts here, so here I am, sharing all these yummy "recipes" in an attempt to inspire you to spice up your meals and eat nourishing, fulfilling food! 

Why I Love my Essential Oil Diffuser

My grandmother has always been really into natural remedies +  everything health-related and I think the older I get the more I become interested in those things as well. It's almost fascinating to me that so much of what is beneficial or necessary to our bodies come from plants and animals around us - starting with food and going to essential oils.

For Christmas last year, I bought my grandmother a mini essential oil diffuser, and she loved it! I decided to get one for myself and haven't regretted it for a second. (This is the link to it - it was only around $15 and has been going strong every night for almost a year.) I keep it by my bedside on an automated timer and when I go to bed I watch it switch colors - it's pretty neat! I find it so relaxing to watch and listen to the water before I hit the hay for the night. As much as it's so fun to watch, one of the best things about having a diffuser is all the health benefits. Every oil put into it has its own superpower and just by breathing it in, you're getting those benefits. Decongestion, soothed headaches, improved sleep, and reduced anxiety are just a few of the many things essential oils do for us! I love almost all the smells of the oils, so I don't just diffuse them because it feels like something I have to do to be "healthy" or because I know it has lots of pros. I chose to purchase my diffuser because I enjoy the smell + sight and the health benefits are an extra bonus!

Finding your Artsy Side

Throughout these past few months with field hockey, I've taken a step back from being fully committed to involving myself with other bloggers and companies, posting consistently, and writing with full passion. My mind always seems to be elsewhere when I'm writing, like how I should be studying for that upcoming test, how I need to be practicing field hockey, or that I could be out playing with my siblings, so posts always get put on the back burner while everything else gets done. I think that with all the stress of school and playing, the thing I really needed during the season was to be able to sit down and write everything down here, but I always just chugged through (#studentathletegrind) and here we are. I'm one of those people that thrives when I'm busy and I can't just sit around and do nothing, so this fall - my first year of high school and playing a high school sport - has been great. I've learned that sometimes you've just gotta prioritize because you won't always to be able to get everything you want to get done finished. I quickly said goodbye to being able to get all my homework for the week done on Monday night and have learned that I'll go insane if I try to pull off getting all of an assignment done on Friday night so I have the rest of the weekend free.