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Self-Care Sunday: Healthy Treats

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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.

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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!

 

 

Strawberry-Sorbet-The-Live-In-Kitchen-2-683x1024.jpgStrawberry Sorbet

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fruit Dip

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?

 

 

 

 

 

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This smoothie is so sweet and refreshing. The perfect smoothie for detoxing your body after too much sugar. Check out the recipe here!

 

What are your favourite healthy snacks?

 

Cheers

xoxo

 

Self-Care Sunday: Digital Detox

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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!

Sunday

Delete, unfollow, unsubscribe, to anything or anyone that doesn’t have an uplifting, positive, inspirational impact on your life.

Monday

Don’t look at your phone until lunchtime, especially not first thing in the morning!

Tuesday

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!

Wednesday

Write a friend or a loved one a hand-written card through the mail

Thursday

Don’t look or post anything on social media

Friday

Go out to a social event without using your phone at all throughout the evening

Saturday

Switch your phone off for the entire day

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I can’t wait to start this challenge! Join me!

Cheers xoxo

 

How Ballet Shaped Me

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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.

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I first started ballet at the age of 3. I trained in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus, the school of the Royal Ballet. I love the RAD method, it focuses on the importance of technique and foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: My first Nutcracker ever, I was a Sugar Plum Fairy Attendant

Right: My good friend, Stephanie and I before our Grade 3 exam

Self-Discipline

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

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Nutcracker 2010: I was a Teenage Party Girl, my favourite role! The perfect combo of dancing and acting!
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Odette Variation from Swan Lake

 

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.

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Coppelia 2015: Prayer with Waltz of the Hours girls

Patience

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!

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My dear friend Julia and I in Serenade

Being Humble

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.1488232_669952866369503_14761566_n.jpg

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.

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Senior Performance of Coppelia

 

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Dancing in college has been very different but has been so much fun! I’ve learned so much about all different types of dance. I met my roomie and forever dance partner!

 

Lifelong Friendships

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.

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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.

 

xoxo

Self-Care Sunday: Yoga

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I have this hanging in my room as a reminder to breathe throughout the day.

Being a ballet dancer for many years, I have always loved be active! As flexibility was always an important aspect for a ballerina, we would do yoga as a form of cross training. Yoga is great for improving both strength and flexibility while also working on balance. Yoga is also a great way to lower stress levels and anxiety through the deep breathing and meditation. The yoga practice has been around for thousands of years, it was a way to achieve harmony between the heart and soul on the path to divine enlightenment.

My Favourite Yoga Poses

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This one is great for stretching the spine and hips! While it also strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles, so important for a strong foundation! This pose is also good for relieving stress and improving your digestion. Try it out here!

 

 

bigkingdancer-56aa410c5f9b58b7d00342b0.jpgNatarajasana (or Dancer Pose)

Of course this is one of my favourites, after being a dancer for so many years! This pose is great for practicing your balance as well as stretching your thighs and shoulders. This pose can also be modified as well! Here is a video to get you started!

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Svarga Dvijasana (or Bird Of Paradise Pose)

This one took a lot of practice for me but I love it now! Standing on one leg will strengthen your calves, quadriceps, and glutes, as well as help you access and engage your core to keep you from losing your balance. Try it here!

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Practicing Yoga

Although there are numerous benefits of practicing yoga, here are the top 6:

  1. Decrease Stress and Anxiety
  2. Improves Quality of Life
  3. Reduces Chronic Pain
  4. Promotes Sleep Quality
  5. Improves Flexibility and Balance
  6. Promotes Healthy Eating Habits

Just because I love pictures that describe things, here is a picture of the benefits of yoga I found on Pinterest!

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Here is a great vinyasa flow that any level can do! What are your favourite yoga poses?

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Namaste Yogis

xoxo

Vogue’s 73 Questions

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Inspired by the Vogue series, I wanted to challenge myself to Vogue’s 73 questions!

 1. What’s your favourite movie?

The Great Gatsby

2. Something I cannot live without?

My pearls

3. Fictional character I relate with?

Charlotte from Sex and the City

4. A book you plan on reading?

One Day in December

5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you?

Little Women

6. Favourite TV show?

Sex and the City

7. Favourite Cuisine?

Italian

8. iPhone or Android?

iPhone

9. Twitter or Instagram?

Instagram

10. Best Place I’ve Visited?

London

11. What’s your favourite food?

Pizza or Pasta, can’t decide

12. Least favourite food?

Any meat

13. What do you love on your pizza?

Just cheese:)

14. Favourite drink?

Cider

15. Favourite dessert?

Any kind of cookie (including dough)

16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Dark

17. Coffee or tea?

Tea always

18. Favourite makeup product?

Mascara

19. Dream country to visit?

Italy

20. Heels or flats?

Heels

21. Favourite song?

Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray

22. Favourite Accessory?

Sunglasses

23. What’s your favourite colour?

Pink

24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?

No thanks

25. To be or not to be?

To be.

26. Dogs or cats?

Dogs

27. Diamonds or pearls?

Pearls

28. Stairs or elevator?

Stairs

29. Pilates or yoga?

Pilates

30. What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

Chocolate Peanut Butter

31. What’s your favourite board game?

Disney Monopoly

32. Favourite season?

Fall

33. What was the movie that made you cry?

Manchester by the Sea

34. If you could have one superpower what would it be?

The ability to read minds

35. Do you like surprises?

No

36. Is there a dessert you don’t like?

Pie

37. It’s brunch, what do you eat?

French toast with a mimosa

38. What do you usually order in Starbucks?

Chai latte

39. Who is the last person you texted?

V

40. What’s your favourite brand?

J Crew

41. Best way to de-stress?

Diffusing essential oils with my salt lamp and face mask

42. How do you like your coffee?

I don’t drink coffee

43. What colour of dress did you wear to prom?

Sea foam green

44. What’s your favourite flower?

Peonies

45. What was the last thing you ate?

Hummus and pita bread

46. Do you like your handwriting?

Yes, sometimes

47. Do you bake?

Yes I love baking (hate cooking)

48. Favourite sound?

Pointe shoes

49. Favourite app?

Pinterest

50. If you could raid one woman’s closet who would it be?

Kate Middleton

51. Favourite holiday?

Christmas

52. Favourite smell?

Lilly Pulitzer perfume

53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My dad

54. Jogging or swimming?

Jogging

55. Any regrets?

Not continuing ballet professionally

56. Hair colour?

Blonde

57. Eye colour?

Blue

58. Scary film or happy endings?

Happy endings

59. Favourite season?

I love the expectancy of Spring.

60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?

Kate Middleton, Walt Disney, The Queen Mother

61. Hugs or kisses?

Hugs

62. First pet? 

Jack

63. Worst subject in school?

Math

64. Favourite thing in the world?

Handwritten letters

65. Sweet or savoury?

Both!

66. Lipstick or lip gloss?

Neither

67. Guilty pleasure?

Chocolate chips

68. Favourite city?

Boston

69. Shop in store or online?

Online

70. Plane or boat?

Plane

71. Dream proposal?

Disney or Christmas time

72. Morning ritual?

Cup of green tea

73. Pen or pencil?

Pen

Self-Care Sunday: DIY Facial

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Hello friends! I wanted to start something new for my blog this year. As one of my New Year’s goals is to practice more self-care, I thought this would be the perfect thing to add to my blog! Now introducing “Self-Care Sundays”, Sundays I will be making a blog post that share ways that I like to practice self-care.

One of my favourite things to do is facials! They are so good for your skin and are a great way to relax. Every Sunday night I try to do a facial before the start of a new week. I wanted to share my DIY facial that you can do at home!

DIY Facial

Step 1: Cleanse

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First, take off any makeup you have on your face with makeup remover or a makeup wipe. I like to use coconut oil as it is moisturizes and removes everything easily. Then, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, I use Philosophy’s Face Wash. I have also used Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser. Both are very gentle on your skin and don’t have ton of stuff in them.

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Step 2: Exfoliate

My favourite step, time to get all of the dead skin off! This will help create an even skin tone, refine your pores and decrease wrinkles. Scrub your face with an exfoliator for 2-3 minutes, repeat if you need! Use circular motions and move upwards on your face. I use Philosophy’s Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash or I make my own! Here is one of my favourite green tea exfoliator’s I found on Pinterest!

 

 

Step 3: Steam

If you don’t have one of those fancy steamer things that salons use (I don’t lol), you can use just a bowl of hot water. All you need to do is boil some water and put it in a bowl. Then, put a bath towel over your head and put your face over the bowl. This will allow the steam to open up all of your pores before you put on your mask. You can also use a sink or a hot shower to do this as well!

Step 4: Mask

After all of that deep cleaning to your skin, time to give it what it deserves and pamper it! You can either buy masks from the store, I find good (and cheap) ones at Target and T.J. Maxx. But you can also make your own according to your skin type! Pinterest has tons and tons of ideas. Follow the directions of how long to leave the face mask on, typically 15-20 minutes.

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Step 5: Tone & Moisturise

After you rinse off your face mask, time to apply some toner. Toner helps maintains your skins pH and refreshes your skin. I like to use Thayer’s Rose Petal Toner or this one I found at T.J.Maxx. Next, apply a moisturiser to your skin to finish off the facial. Some of my favourite moisturisers are Cetaphil’sLancome’s, or just coconut oil. What is your favourite?

 

Any tips or tricks for DIY facials? Let me know below!

Cheers xoxo

Spirit, Mind, Body

With the new year, everyone is making resolutions and goals for a better me. My school teaches the philosophy of spirit, mind, and body as the pillars to an overall healthy individual. Wellness and health are important parts becoming the best version of you! Whether it’s physically, socially, or mentally, it all makes up your health. I wanted to share some ways to help you work on wellness this new year!

blog-lily-pulitzer-hero.jpgDrink more water Okay guys, I’m really good at this one in the summer but at school I tend to forget this one. Water is so important for a healthy body. It helps with nearly all of the body’s functions, especially the kidneys. Water helps flush the body of toxins as well as regulates the digestive system. I try to drink around 100oz+ a day. I use the Lilly Swell Water Bottle to help me with my water intake. Here is an article I found with more benefits of drinking water!

Take the stairs My goal each day is to take at least 10,000 steps. By opting to take the stairs instead of elevator can help increase your step intake as well as be much faster. You can also park farther away when going to the store, take the longer route to class and walk during your lunch break! Here is some creative ways to increase your steps!

Meatless Mondays Being a vegetarian, this one doesn’t really apply to me. But, I know so many people who are trying to make the switch. It can be difficult, but by designating oneimages.jpg day a week to no meat can slowly ease you into the lifestyle. There are so many benefits to following a plant-based diet, you can check them out here!

Exercise 10 minutes or 50, it is better than no exercise at all! I know how hard it can be to get exercise in with busy schedules but, it is so important! I try to make sure I have it scheduled in for at least 20 minutes a day. Not only do I feel better about myself but It is a destressor for me. This can be hitting the gym, taking a walk or even just finding some open space. Some of my favourite ways to exercise are pilates, yoga, biking, and cardio kickboxing. Here are some body weight exercises you can do anywhere!

Mindfulness Being present in the moment is so important to be an overall healthy individual. Sometimes we get very wrapped up in everything going on we forget to be in the present moment. Meditation is a great way to be in the present moment. I like to meditate before bed, as it helps relax and clear the mind. Here is a quick meditation to get you started!

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Sleep I am somebody who doesn’t function properly unless I have at least 8 hours of sleep at night. Sometimes that is hard to meet when you have a very busy college schedule. This semester my goal is to aim for at least 7-9 hours a night. Having a sleep schedule has always been difficult for me, I’ll take any chance to sleep in that I can get. This semester my classes all start at 9:30 am so I can try and enforce a sleep schedule more. Here are some tips I found that help to get better sleep!

 

 

Cheers to year full of health and wellness! Let me know your favourite ways to maintain your health!

xoxo