I definitely have a big sweet tooth, my roomie knows I’m always down for Dominos and cookie dough. (@sunflowersandseersucker lol) But, there are plenty of healthy alternatives to your favourite snacks and treats! I wanted to share some of my favourites.
These are SO good! Perfect salad topper or snack. Chickpeas are high in fiber and protein to keep you energized. Here is a great recipe you can try!
This one is perfect for those hot summer days when you need something cold and refreshing. This recipe only calls for 2 ingredients! You can try this with any fruit you like!
The simplest recipe ever! This dip is perfect for dipping any fruit or vegetable with! My favourite is apples, so good! You can find the recipe here. What is yours?
Sunrise Detox Smoothie
This smoothie is so sweet and refreshing. The perfect smoothie for detoxing your body after too much sugar. Check out the recipe here!
It’s the 21st century and everyone is glued to their mobile devices. Not going to lie here but I am definitely one of them! It can be so hard not to when the rest of the world is. They have become part of our everyday lives and we almost forget what the world was like without them. Social media plays a huge part in society, both good and bad. It has the ability for communication across the globe as well as incredible ways of learning and understanding new information. But, it also creates mental health problems and concentration issues due to its addictive qualities.
My friend and I have decided to dedicate this week to a “digital detox”. Starting Sunday we will have a different task to get us away from our devices. Join me!
Delete, unfollow, unsubscribe, to anything or anyone that doesn’t have an uplifting, positive, inspirational impact on your life.
Don’t look at your phone until lunchtime, especially not first thing in the morning!
Keep your phone out of your bedroom at night! This will stop the temptation to look at it and stay away from it for at least 2 hours before bed. Try to read a book or magazine instead!
Write a friend or a loved one a hand-written card through the mail
Don’t look or post anything on social media
Go out to a social event without using your phone at all throughout the evening
Ballet has always been a huge part of my life, it has shaped me into the individual that I am today. I am so thankful for ballet. I wanted to share the important life lessons it has taught me throughout the years.
Left: My first Nutcracker ever, I was a Sugar Plum Fairy Attendant
Right: My good friend, Stephanie and I before our Grade 3 exam
Ballet has taught me how to be hardworking and self-motivated to achieve my goals. Ballet takes years and years of training in order to master the technique properly. I danced 6-7 days a week and remember times when I just wanted to quit and be done to have a “normal kid” experience. There were days I was so sore from the previous day but I knew the goals I wanted to achieve. Ballet is very self-disciplined, the teachers are not there to tell you how great you are doing. They are there to give you the tools for you to be the best dancer you can be. You have to apply their corrections in order to improve.
Left: Tiny Tots’ Beauty and the Beast, I was Belle and Stephanie was Maurice
Right: Tiny Tots’ Pinocchio, I was the Blue Fairy
The Importance of Taking Care of my Body
I credit dance to my love for health and fitness. Dancers know their bodies better than any other athlete, we know when we are off toe and know the slight change we need to make to fix it. We know how to listen to our bodies to know what they need. Dancers know the importance of eating healthy foods to fuel their bodies in order to perform their best. They know the importance of resting and taking care of their bodies in order to heal.
Ballet training takes many, many years in order to master the technique it requires. Ballet requires lots of patience in order to achieve your goals. You will not be able to master a perfect pirouette on your first try, maybe not even your 100th. But after lots of long days in the studio, you will get there!
When I was younger one of my ballet teachers told me how she loved how humble I was and people who were humble make the best ballet dancers. They get noticed for all of their hard work and determination without being in your face about it. I think this is an important trait as a future healthcare professional.
Nutcracker 2013: On left Vincenza as Russian Trepak, middle Taylor as Chinese Tea, on right me as Mirliton
The Importance of Teamwork
When dancing in the corps, you must rely on your fellow dancers to be there for you. Corps work together in order to stay in perfect sync. If one girl is off, that can affect the entire corps. Ballet dancers must rely on each other to know when to do the next movement. Fellow dancers are so important in order to create beautiful ballets. Ballets like Swan Lake and Giselle have the corps playing a huge role throughout the entire ballet.
I have met my best friends through dance. They are truly the most amazing people and I am so grateful for these friendships. They share all of the long hours in the studio to the most beautiful moments on stage!
A Form of Self-Care
“Everything at the ballet was beautiful”, ballet is graceful, elegant, and tough. Despite all of the blood, sweat and tears it entails, ballet is a form of expression. It is a creative outlet I got to when I need to relax and destress. Just spending 5 minutes in the studio a day, can change my whole day.
I’m so grateful for ballet. It has shaped me into the person that I am today. It makes me so happy to be apart of something so beautiful and historic. I know ballet will always be in my life.
With back school right around the corner, I took a trip to my local Trader Joe’s to stock up on some healthy snacks and foods for school!
I couldn’t resist all the beautiful flowers they have!
So here is what I got! All under $30! Which is pretty good if you ask me! Trader Joe’s provides great food for low prices. Products include gourmet foods, organic foods, vegetarian foods, imported foods, and the staples. They love to hear from customers and won’t bring products back if they get a bad review. They always have some great healthy foods I like to stock up on!
Here are some of my favorites!
I’m a HUGE fan of any kind of almond and peanut butter! Really any type of nut butter lol. I normally just stick with peanut butter because of the low cost and convenience of it. But, Trader Joe’s has great almond butter that is under $5! That’s pretty good for almond butter! They have salt and no salt versions!
I love pasta! Who doesn’t? I have it almost every night! Vodka sauce is probably one of my favorite kinds but I’m very picky when it comes to it. Trader Joe’s makes a great one that is organic too!
Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds and Dark Chocolate Cacao Nibs
These are both great for smoothie bowls! I have one almost every morning so these are a must for me! You can either blend in the hemp seeds or put them on top! You can also put them in salads, on top of yogurt or even make hemp milk! I like to blend them and put the cacao nibs on top!
I love mangos! These dried mango slices taste just like gummy candy! They are perfect for when you are craving something sweet and want to make a healthier choice! Be sure to get the “Unsulfured & Unsweetened” ones, trust me you don’t need to extra sugar!
One of my new favorite drinks, Kombucha! A fermented black tea beverage, filled with tons of probiotics! They come in so many great flavors! My favorite are mango and pomegranate!
I’m going to pick up where I left off on my Disney vacation with the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood studios!
The most magical place on earth! There are so many rides and attractions to see here, you might need more than one day! With 6 different themed lands, there is so much to see! My favorite is Main Street U.S.A! The smells of the fresh baked goods with the friendly faces make it so home-like. What is your favorite?
Disney is filled with delicious foods and treats to try! Some of my favorites in the Magic Kingdom are the Dole Whip located at Aloha Isle in Adventureland. It’s a nice and refreshing treat on a hot day! Also, be sure to stop by Gaston’s Tavern for a warm cinnamon bun the size of your head!
My favorite rides in Magic Kingdom:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Storytime: During our visit to the Haunted Mansion’s pre-show, the cast member in the room decided to get very into his role. At the end of the pre-show when the lights go out, he moved to be in front of my sisters and I. Once the lights came back on he was standing right in front of us just staring. My sister didn’t notice at first then she turned and screamed so loud. It was so funny and had the whole room laughing! He really made our stay!
The behind-the-scenes of all things Hollywood! There are so many live shows, thrilling attractions and backstage tours behind all of the magic!
My favorite rides:
Tower of Terror: This ride is so much fun! I feel like I walked right into the 1930s hotel! The bellhops make you feel like you are an actual guest at the hotel as they send you off to the twilight zone. Be sure to hold on tight, I always fall out of my seat!
The Muppets 3D Vision: Such a sweet and funny movie with some of your favorite muppets characters! Gotta love Beaker!
Rockin Rollercoaster: One of the biggest thrills Disney offers. 0-57mph in 2.8 seconds with a series of inversions, loops, and corkscrews. There are 5 different cars that all have a song to go with them, so you never know what you will get!
My favorite spot to eat in Hollywood Studios is PizzeRizzo! Featuring your favorite muppet Rizzo, there is a wide section of foods for anyone! My favorite is the pizza, It’s nothing fancy but for some reason it’s so good!
What are your favorite tips and tricks of Walt Disney World?
Last week I took a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida! I LOVE Disney! It is such a magical place, where dreams really do come true! I’ll be sharing some of my favorite parts and some must sees/dos for your next trip!
One of my favorite places to go in the summer is the racetrack. Every summer my friends and I take our annual trip to Saratoga, NY to watch the horse races. It’s fun to relax and spend a fun day with good friends!
My favorite part of going to the races is dressing up of course! My dress is from Lauren James, I have it in sea foam green! It’s one of my all time favorite dresses! She makes perfect dresses for the races. My friend V on the right is wearing a Lauren James dress as well. You can find it here!
I also am wearing a sun hat that I got at target and added my own ribbon for a special touch! My shoes are from Marshalls, not sure of the brand tho! And my pearl necklace, and as Jackie Kennedy would say “pearls are always appropriate!”
We did bet a little money for fun but only 2 of us actually won something. Sadly, it was not me. My horse came in last place:(, that’s what happens when I pick the pink one lol.
We’ve been going to the races for the past 3 years, and it’s such a fun tradition. I look forward to it every summer! The Saratoga race track opened in 1863 and is open for the summer with racing 6 days a week. There is many other fun things to do in Saratoga as well. I used to come up here quite often when I was younger for ballet auditions and we would always stop at the Cold Stone and Alex and Ani store on our way home! They also have many shops and delicious restaurants. They have a Lilly store so you know thats’s always on the list!
Here are some of my favorite restaurants!
Wheatfields I always get the Pesto Radiatori, so yummy!
Here’s a look at some of the past years outfit looks!
My first year at the races, I wore this long, blue Lilly Pulitzer dress! They don’t have the exact same color but they have some that are pretty close! Love this dress! It is so versatile, you can wear it to school, grad parties, or even just running errands!
Year two I decided to take a little different route with my dress choice. I’m wearing a black Calvin Klein dress! Finally got the memo, and bought a black sun hat to match. And of course my pearl necklace to tie the look together!
Finally back with to Lilly again this year. I’m wearing a green Lilly Pulitzer shift dress! This isn’t the exact one I’m wearing but this is the same style! I love this dress, the cut is perfect! Also, can’t forget the obligatory hat and pearls to make the outfit complete!
My friend V on the left is also wearing a Lilly Pulitzer, this is the closest one I can find! And my friend Steph on the right is wearing a Lauren James dress. Here is a similar one!