Tuesday, 28 January 2014

DIY Inspiration: Valentines Day Sharpie Mugs

It's that time of year again, time to start thinking of cheesy ways to overtly express your devotion. For me, I always prefer to DIY something special for my special someone. More DIY Valentines Day gift options will be coming shortly!

Here are a couple, quick easy and cheap sharpie mugs designs that you can whip up on the fly...

1."Don't go bacon my heart"and "I couldn't if I fried"
Sharpie Mugs <3
(Source: Unknown)

2."I love you a whole latte" and "You're my cup of tea"
Make these super cute #DIY Sharpie #mugs with this tutorial from Living YOUR Creative! http://www.livingyourcreative.com/2014/01/diy-sharpie-mugs/
(Source: Living Your Creative)

3. "Together forever, never apart, maybe in distance but never at heart"
Sharpie mug!
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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Thought of the Day

Explain your anger, don't express it. It will immediately open the door to solutions instead of arguments.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Tried It - Chichpea Cookie Dough

For weeks I have been wanting to try out a recipe that I found for mock cookie dough on Pinterest. Why was I so excited about trying this? Maybe it's because I have a rampant sweet tooth. Or maybe (just maybe) it's because I managed to eat a whole batch of raw cookie dough while writing a paper last week...

Whatever the reason may be, I was intrigued by the idea of a guilt-free, healthier study snack. The recipe (adapted from ) is quite simple.

1 Can  Chickpeas (strained, patted dry, with the skins removed)
1/4 Cup Smooth Peanut Butter (add more to taste)
2 to 3 Tbs. Honey (or Agave)
Chocolate Chips

1. Blend together chickpeas, peanut butter, and honey until smooth.
2. Scrape down the sides of the blender and mix with a fork to insure that all ingredients are incorporated.
3. Add chocolate chips.
4. Refrigerate until you are ready to eat.
5. Enjoy!

Here is an approximate nutrition breakdown per serving.

Nom nom nom..
- J

Thursday, 2 January 2014

New Years Resolution: Be Prepared

Welcome to 2014!

As we begin a new year, many people are setting resolutions. They flock to the gyms or decide to reduce their consumption of (fill in the blank). This year, my resolution is simple but also very broad - Be Prepared.

I know that radical change does not suit me very well. When trying to change habits, I have found that incremental changes are often longer lasting. It is easy to become disheartened about your resolution when you aim for a drastic change and fail to consistently change your lifestyle. After a week of extreme exercising, I have often had my one scheduled day off turn into two or three. Justified by me rationalizing that my muscles just needed a bit more time to recover. These off days often stretch into off weeks or months and, before you know it, you are no more fit than when you started and but have the additional guilt of not fulfilling your goal.

Let me be clear, I do not believe that there is anything wrong with setting resolutions but I do feel that every lifestyle change should be accompanied with a plan or method of measurement.  Be that an achievable gym schedule or a list of books that you would like to read within the next year.

For me, things where I can view my progress and adapt into step-by-step are often the most effective resolutions. For example, three years ago I decided to set a seemingly minor resolution - to stop using sugar in my tea. I am a regular tea drinker and often have two or three cups during the course of an evening if I am working/studying. On an average week, I estimate that I have approximately 8 cups of tea. If I add a spoonful of sugar (approx. 1 Tbs.) to each cup, that means that I was consuming 8 Tbs. of sugar per week. This equals out to 1 cup of sugar every two weeks and 26 cups of sugar every year. Over the course of three years, this is equivalent to approximately 42 pounds of sugar that was not consumed*. While a minor change, this resolution was a very achievable

Why "be prepared"? What do you mean? - At the end of the last semester, I had a very difficult time balancing my life. It was my first semester of graduate school and I was completely unprepared for the influx of responsibilities. Personal, social, school and work all became a bit of a mess and I didn't feel like I was doing anything to the best of my abilities. When I say that I would like to resolve to be more prepared, I mean that I would like to become more organized and proactive in regards to my schedule.

In some way, this blog will hopefully work to keep me on task. I will aim to post about different initiatives that I am taking to better prepare myself for unavoidable busy periods and will try to evaluate different techniques for anyone interested.

Happy New Year and best of luck with your resolutions!
- J

* This is assuming I maintained the same consumption habits and does not account for warmer months when I would be less inclined to drink hot beverages. It is merely meant to demonstrate how minor and acheivable changes can have large impacts over a period of time. 

Wednesday, 1 January 2014