Two Books I've Read In March

Two Books I’ve Read In March | Review

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am really into self-help books. It seems those are the only books I can read until the end. I have so many finance books…that are all half read…

This month’s books were both self-help and both had concepts of spirituality embedded in them. One of them, not as much as the other, and little more on the comical side of things.

I’m sure you guys have heard of Jen Sincero and read her book; You Are a Badass. This month, I read her sequel called I am a Badass at Making Money. If you haven’t read her original one, I highly recommend it. I always go back to it and re-listen to it, whenever I feel like I need a boost of motivation in my life. I also bought this month’s book on audible, which for me is great to re-listen to whenever I am cooking or at work or working on my blog. That’s what I love about audible, you can re-listen to any book whenever you want to ensure the points of the book really get carved in your brain.

The other book I read has officially become one of my favorite books of all time. It’s called Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell. It’s fighting for first place with The Alchemist. Both talk about the Universe having your back, well as all of the books I’ve read do, but in different ways.

Two Books I've read in march

I read both books at the same time this month as one was an audio book and the other was a hard copy. Which was in a way amazing to be able to embed the whole law of attraction/Universe principles in my brain.

Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell

This book is written so beautifully. It’s written different than most books in that it’s almost written like a poem. There are some pages that are motivational sayings or just quotes. I absolutely loved it. I think Rebecca did it on purpose to have it have meaning to you at a point in time that you needed to hear those words. I was a little weary about this book when I first started reading because Rebecca believes in reincarnation and it’s not something I believe in as of now, so I decided to just ignore that or in other words, respect other people’s views. Once I got passed that, I was able to enjoy the book. She doesn’t talk about it too much to make the book un-relatable for someone like me who doesn’t have the same belief. I’ve left so many little sticky notes in this book to be able to go back to and re-read. I’ve also learned so many practices related to mindfulness and meditations.

This book is, in the same breath, a book on self-help, self-confidence and spirituality. The books message is to follow your heart and to do what lights you up. In doing what lights you up, you give a chance to light up the world and allow others to have courage to light themselves up, too. This book is about believing in yourself, to taking out your ego and fear in what you do, and to follow your purpose in this lifetime. It’s about trusting that the Universe has your back, but also to put in the work. It’s also about trusting your gifts and that you have a voice that needs to be heard and have gifts that others are waiting to receive. It’s a beautiful book and has easily become one of my top 5 favorite books.

You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

I love Jen Sincero’s humor with her self-help books. She takes the subject and makes it light for readers. If you haven’t read You Are a Badass, I would highly recommend that first. This book is also, in some way, has spiritual side to it. She talks about Law of attraction, God and believing in a higher power or the Universe, which has your best intentions in this world. She talks about how to change your mindset around money and how many of us don’t think that we deserve it and how we can change that thought. She also puts into perspective why money is important and how it can be easily achievable (with hard work), if you put her concepts into action. She, herself was poor, had bad connotations with money until she was about 40, which is nice to hear because it means we can all still pick ourselves up and live a more meaningful live with the help of money. This is also on my audible app, and I’m excited to listen to it whenever I feel that I need to hear the concepts again. She really makes you think about the concepts by asking you questions and sharing what you can do to really understand why you need money in your life and how it would benefit you. Sometimes all it takes to understand ourselves is to put it in writing.

Two Books I've Read In March

I love that both books I read this month had spirituality concepts in them and if that’s your thing, too, then definitely give both of these books a try!

Photo Cred: Michelle Tan

Until next time,

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“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Unknown

Oatmeal Recipes to Make You a Morning Person

Oatmeal That’ll Make Anyone a Morning Person

Sometimes the best part of waking up is what you can look forward to for breakfast, especially on the weekends!

Unless, you hate breakfast, then you might disagree….

Growing up we are always told, breakfast is the most important meal and there were times when my mother had to chase me around until I ate mine before school!

Now as an adult, I rarely go a day without eating breakfast. I’ve found that eating a nutritious breakfast has allowed me to stay in my consistent weight and get great results at the gym. Whenever I skip breakfast, I tend to eat more throughout the day, which ends up being way more than what I would’ve had for breakfast. Honestly, this is something that I notice a lot of people doing. The first thing I always ask people when they say they are gaining weight is if they are eating a nutritious breakfast, and the answer is always no. Of course, you know your body best and you should always do what works for you!

Best Quick Oatmeal’s:

I know we are all busy, so breakfast can be a tough thing to put in our morning routine, but I think you have to prepare for it. They say most people succeed because they plan on it. If you work a 9-5 job, bring your breakfast with you to work. Overnight oatmeal’s are super easy to make and there are a billion recipes on Pinterest for them.

I’ve been enjoying the Q’ia ones for work, they’re honestly the best quick oats and they have superfoods in them! I just put a little peanut butter and sometimes blueberries and I have a quick and easy healthy breakfast! I don’t like to go for Quaker ones as I find they tend to have not so great ingredients in them.

Here are the Q’ia one’s on Amazon. They are more pricey than regular, but I promise they are worth it. I’ve also have tried Umpqua oats and they are equally amazing. You can just buy a package of them on Amazon, and you are good to go for a quick, healthy breakfast and you don’t have to eat the Quaker ones, with tons of sugar. I do find the Q’ia ones sometimes do need a little sweetener and I tend to add a little bit of honey. Great thing about that is you get to control how much you want in it and it’s not any artificial sweetener.


The next oatmeal recipe I have is one that is a stable for me. I tend to have it more on the weekends as it takes more time to prepare. The key ingredient that makes it extra good is adding a banana. If you don’t like bananas, another way to make it creamy is by adding MCT oil or coconut oil. But seriously, adding a banana is a game changer.

You can add whatever toppings you want or have on hand and get creative with it. This recipe is super nutritious and very filling. If you have a long day ahead, I highly recommend you try this one!

Few notes: you can add sweetener of your choice such as maple syrup, honey, liquid stevia

Oatmeal Recipes to Make you a morning person

Creamy Banana Blueberry Oatmeal

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (mine were gluten free from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup water or milk of your choice
  • 1 banana
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey or sweetener of your choice
  • Toppings of your choice: pictured is goji berries, raspberries and coconut flakes. Other options could be peanut butter, nuts, cinnamon, strawberries, frozen cherries, shaved almonds….


1)     Bring oatmeal and water to a boil and add a pinch of salt

2)     Slice up your banana and add it to your oatmeal

3)     Bring the heat down once it has come to a full boil, stirring occasionally

4)     Once the oatmeal has soaked up ½ of the liquid, add in the frozen blueberries

5)     Next, add in your chia seeds and cinnamon and stir everything together. At this point, everything should be very creamy and don’t worry if your banana isn’t fully incorporated. If you want it to be, just mash it in more.

6)     Remove from heat and add in a bowl. Add your toppings of choice

This next one is one that I’ve been experimenting with and loving for mornings when I want something sweeter. This one involves chocolate and I don’t know about you, but I think chocolate is what makes a good morning, a great one! 🙂

This one is still healthy-ish, but it’s also good for the soul!

I love the chocolate and strawberry combo, so if you do too, then definitely give this one a try! I didn’t think to add any peanut butter to this one, but I’m sure that would be a great addition as well.

Oatmeal Recipes to Make you a morning person

Chocolate and Strawberry Oatmeal

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water or milk of your choice
  • 1 tbsp mct oil or coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 tbsp cacao powder
  • Honey or maple syrup or stevia
  • Dark chocolate of your choice
  • Strawberries


1)     Bring oatmeal and water to a boil and add a pinch of salt

2)     Add in your MCT oil or coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla

3)     Mix in cacao powder and sweetener of your choice – as much or as little as you’d like. Cacao tends to have a bitter taste to it alone, so be careful to not put too much.

4)     Remove from heat, add in to a bowl and decorate with strawberries and pieces of dark chocolate.

Both recipes are my go-to’s, although, I do tend to gravitate towards the first one more. You can really make these recipes your own by putting in anything that you like. I always add peanut butter to my oatmeal, which just makes it even better – especially with the banana combo. Once you’ve tried these, I’m sure they will become your stable as well! Who said oatmeal had to be boring right! 🙂

Thanks for reading, hope you have an amazing day ahead!

All the best,


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“I’ll eat some breakfast, and change the world.” – Unknown





10 Affirmations for Self-Love

10 Affirmations for Self-Love

For today’s wellness Wednesday, I want to share with you some positive affirmations you should repeat to yourself daily. I find the whole saying of ‘you can’t love anyone else until you love yourself’ to be so true.

With affirmations, you allow your inner body (or soul) to believe everything you say, and in turn allows you to be more positive towards yourself. Once you attract that type of love for yourself, then when you go in union with anyone else, you and that person’s love join together in perfect unity – whomever that person may be!

These affirmations are written to help you build confidence, to love your body, your soul and mind. I want you to become whole after repeating these affirmations. I would highly suggest meditating before or after to amplify the effects. Also, if these are uncomfortable to say, you can start with writing it down.

Instructions: Sit relaxed in your chair and take a deep breath. The key is to put your full heart into these affirmations and to believe with every inch and ounce of you every word you say. Even if you don’t 100% believe everything you’re about to say, make a promise with yourself that in that moment, you will put all your trust in everything you say.

10 Affirmations for Self-Love:

  1. I am ENOUGH. Who I am, what I do and what I have is enough.
  2. I am beautiful. I am blessed. I am confident.
  3. My life is overfilling with joy and happiness.
  4. I attract love everywhere I go.
  5. Something amazing is about to happen to me today.
  6. My body is beautiful, and it allows me to live out this beautiful, amazing life.
  7. Everything I need is already within me. My courage, compassion, strength and love radiate inside me.
  8. I am light. I am joy. I am love.
  9. I am worthy of so much love.
  10. I am pure beauty and treasure all that I have.

Here’s a meditation practice I’ve been enjoying from Tone It Up. I love Karena and she makes it easy for you by talking you through it. She also has affirmations in it as well. Give it a try! It’s simple and makes you feel amazing after. If you need to skip through the beginning, I believe she starts the practice at the 1:58 mark.

10 Affirmations for Self-Love

Hope you all know how much you are worth. I know it can be hard, but I know you can persevere through anything and any negative mindset.

I want all of you to live out your best life, as always. And don’t forget to take care of you, so you can take over the world. <3

With love & gratitude,

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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare

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Two Books I've Read in February

Two Books I’ve Read in February | Review

As some of you know from my previous post about my 2018 reading list, my goal for this year is to read two books per month.

I can proudly say, I have accomplished that so far. It definitely does take dedication, but like I’ve said, I didn’t put myself on a high unachievable goal. It is a goal that’s, yes a bit challenging, but also very achievable with a little habit change.

The two books I’ve read this month had both the same feel to it, which was about reaching your goals and dreams. They were both written so uniquely and had a dreamy feel to it.

The first book I’ve read is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Two Books I've Read in February

This is a very well written book and is written almost like a poem. One of the first books I’ve read where the writing wasn’t all structured the same as any other book. I guess it makes sense with the title of the book being about art and that writing is a form of art. I see what you did there Steven Pressfield….

If you are struggling to create something because of your negative thoughts or your own laziness, give this book a try. It allows you to step out of your shell and to step out of your conformity and to get closer to your authentic self. It’s, in a way, a book about how to get closer to your soul and to your souls calling. I highly recommend it. It’s also an easy read.

The next book I’ve read (which many of you probably already read), is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Two Books I've Read in February

I think I finished this book within a week. I have never read a book this fast since I was in high school. The last books that got me feeling like I was in a fantasy world, all caught up in their world was Twilight. Ha! I know, good ol’ days (or maybe not for Twilight haters…). This books is officially my favorite book out of any other book I have read. This book is written so well and so magically that it takes you to another place.

The Alchemist is a good book on teaching you life lessons, to get closer to your soul and to never stop being a dreamer. It shows you that absolutely anything is possible for you if you just ask and want it bad enough. This book is about a little boy going out and finding his treasure and I feel that this book is a treasure in itself. I felt so happy reading this and if you haven’t read it yet….what are you doing!! Go and get this book, and thank me later. 🙂

Both of the books had the Law of Attraction embedded in them, so if that’s your thing, then these books will be helpful for you in your journey.

Thanks for reading!

xx, Ozzy

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“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” J.K. Rowling

Favorite Kettlebell Workout

Favorite Kettlebell Workout

“Do your squats,

eat your vegetables,

wear your red lipstick

and don’t let boys be mean to you.”

Sometimes getting to the gym is the hardest part of working out and it takes a lot of will power.

But…when you get there, the motivation is sometimes still not there. I feel that most of us have those days when you have no motivation to go and once you do go, you still just don’t feel like doing anything.

For those days when you don’t feel like working out, here’s a quick workout (only 20 minutes), that really gets your whole body toned. Whenever I do this workout, I feel a bit sore the next day because it’s quite intense without feeling too much. It’s beginner friendly and honestly the best workout. It’s also fun!

You can do this workout at home because all you need is a kettlebell. You can get one from Amazon here for only $25 and you got yourself an easy (well, not easy but convenient) workout at home!

I cannot rave enough about Tone It Up. I’ve been following them for about 6 years now and they are the most supportive community I know. If you are looking to be your healthiest and best self, look no further. These girls are such sweethearts and I feel like I’ve really gotten to know them within the years I’ve been following them. They also have a complete meal plan that you can purchase if you are struggling in that area. I personally own one, and it’s great. They always have challenges that range from one week to thirty days. They make it fun and pretty easy for you. I’m not sponsored by them, I’m just sharing my love for them.

This kettlebell workout is my favorite from them, but they have MANY more workouts. If this one isn’t for you, just search them on YouTube and you will find their other workouts.

Hope this will help you get in shape and motived to be your best self!

Have an amazing weekend!

With love & gratitude,

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How to Stop Dreading Monday's With Mindfulness

How to Stop Dreading Mondays With Mindfulness

I haven’t met many people who actually like Mondays, but I do know it is possible…

Many people don’t enjoy Mondays due to not being satisfied with their job. But it is possible to love Mondays and it usually happens when you find your passion; when you follow what’s within you and your souls calling.

For me, I’m in the midst of my search. I believe finding your purpose is a similar path as someone going in search to find a treasure. You get clues each day of what it is that you’re meant to do and if you listen to the cues and your intuition, you will always be directed towards it.

Do I believe everyone is here with a purpose? Yes, 100%. Now, that doesn’t mean we all follow our purpose. Everyone’s purpose isn’t extravagant either – it could be as simple as being an amazing mother. Or it could be the best doorman; full of enthusiasm and cheerfulness. 

How to Stop Dreading Monday's With Mindfulness

The other day, I really hit a point in my life where it really sank in that we only have one life to live. I understand others have different beliefs, but regardless, no one is guaranteed to live this same exact life. None of us also know for sure what waits for us at death. The point I am trying to make is, stop dreading each moment. In my discovery, it almost felt like I’ve gotten closer to the idea of the purpose of life, which is that we have a purpose to make a difference for the next generation ahead. It’s our duty.

You may be bitter in believing any of this because you may not love your job and you may not be in a good place mentally. I get it. It’s not easy and it’s not a good place to be mentally. And switching jobs isn’t as easy where you can just quit and figure out what to do. Not many of us are at that financial state to do so. 

Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the process and no reason not to. I believe we should really enjoy each moment. I also believe tribulations make us who we are and believe each path we were given has a purpose in the big picture. With each tribulation, you get closer to who you are meant to be, so, why not have a positive attitude during the process?

Essentially, the ideal time you would stop dreading Mondays is when you start doing the things you are most passionate about. But you may not know what that is yet, and you may not know how to get there if you do know what your passion is. For the time being, if you are at a job that is draining and not motivating, take a step back and write a plan. It’s important to take action each day that will eventually take you out of that state.

You can do this type of practice with any uncomfortable situation, it doesn’t have to be a just on a Monday. Maybe you like your job, but there are other parts or times in your life where you are not enjoying, and you can implement this practice during those times.

To be clear, practicing mindfulness while experiencing uncomfortable situations does not necessarily make it go away, but it does allow you to better cope with the situation and make the experience easier to tackle.

Mindfulness /ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ noun a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

That is the modern day’s explanation on it and they hit it spot on. Mindfulness is a practice in which you become more aware of your surroundings, you notice things you normally would ignore and essentially, it’s a practice to get yourself out of the automatic way of thinking. We are not meant to be like robots and yet we easily act like it in most of our daily routines, which then leads us to miss the important things life has to offer.

Currently, I am reading the Alchemist and it reminds me of the part where the boy is told to hold a spoon full of oil and concentrate only on that spoon without letting anything spill, and while doing this he misses out on all his beautiful surroundings. Not practicing mindfulness is like this. Not being mindful of your surroundings and the little miracles of everyday living is missing out on the beauty of living. So, although, you may be in a position where you are not loving what you are doing, I believe you can always turn it around by practicing mindfulness and being positive that things will change. Of course, you must work through it so that your situation does change, but there is no reason to be miserable during the process. Remember, you only have one life to live – don’t let it go to waste. Everything about this life is extra-ordinary and beautiful – all you have to do is become one with it. 

Remembering that your work doesn’t have to take up all your life is one step closer to stop dreading Mondays or any other day. You can make anything else become the dominant part of your day by focusing on that one activity. For example, for me I love taking cycling or boxing classes, which I do in the mornings before work. I focus on how good it made me feel, how fun it was, how strong it made me feel all day instead of focusing on the bad parts of my day. You can also do it vice versa where you can hype yourself up for your class and how you will be taking care of your body at the end of the day.

Throughout my day, I tune into the little things that happen, such as focusing on someone’s face while they are talking to me or focusing on a song I’m listening to or just noticing my surroundings. It may seem so minuscular of just focusing on one thing, but it really is the small things that make the biggest impact. Mindfulness is like this in that way that every small thing you focus on allows you to be more in tune with your body and soul. It takes in all the small things that happen to you and allows you to appreciate them immensely.

When I discovered mindfulness, I felt like I discovered the key of life. It’s not an easy practice, but with all things, it takes time and effort. I use an app called Chill, where it reminds you to be mindful throughout the day. You can also view your mindfulness quote each day and I think it’s a nice little practice in your day. 

How to Stop Dreading Monday's With Mindfulness

Here are some other things you can do to ensure you won’t dread Monday’s:

  1. Go to the gym first thing in the morning
  2. Wear something that makes you confident and happy
  3. Write one goal you would like to accomplish for that day
  4. Meditate
  5. Laugh. Call your mom/dad/sister/brother or best friend and just laugh it out – train your mind to be happy on Mondays
  6. Health = your wealth. Feed your body nourishing foods and take good care of your temple
  7. Have a gratitude journal. Write down everything your grateful for each morning. It may take a while until the success of this will show, but just be patient and you will notice your heart is growing to be more grateful each day, which in turn will make you more positive and allow you to manifest more of what you want

Until you reach the moment where Mondays become an ordinary day where you can fully enjoy it, try to do this routine to improve your week. Always start on a strong note, because life no matter what will catch you on the blind side. And like my mother always says, be stronger than life and you’ll be guaranteed success!

Finally, always remember, progress = happiness, so every small little win you have, don’t forget to celebrate it! Every time you have a good feeling, stay there for a little longer than you normally would. Feel it out and with your mindfulness practice really notice how it makes you feel. When you prolong a good feeling, it will allow you to feel and stay more positive throughout the day, but also will allow you to look back at it and remind yourself of the experience.

Hope you can implement mindfulness to your days and to your Mondays and realize how wonderful little things can really be. We are not guaranteed any of this, but we are given this gift and it’s important to enjoy it, to not take ourselves too seriously and strive to make it a better place for all because we are all in it together.

Until next time,


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“Do not seek Enlightenment by rejecting your senses and thoughts. When you are neither attached to nor detached from them, when you are neither abiding with nor clinging to them, then you enjoy perfect unobstructed freedom.” – Huang-po


5 things to make you happy

5 Things That Make Me Happy

Happiness: highly sought out emotion by humankind, but inevitably seen as complicated and not always attainable.

Sometimes all it takes to feel happiness is to change your perspective. Happiness, like many other things in life, is a process of small wins. You won’t always feel good everyday, but you can choose how you feel everyday. I hope in reading this, it will change your perspective and allow you to go do the things that make you happy, which could be as simple as eating your favorite food or drinking tea and reading. However way that may be for you, I hope you live a life full of magic and hope you look at your life with awe because all of what we have is truly amazing.

5 Things That Make Me Happy

I ran into this post from a fellow blogger and decided to give it a shot as well. It’s always fun to read about what makes others happy and can put you in a positive mood, so in the end it’s a win-win situation! And what better way to celebrate what makes you happy than on a day dedicated to love…. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

5 Things That Make Me Happy:

  1. Watching Makeup Tutorials

If you couldn’t guess by now, I love makeup. I’ve loved it since I was in middle school. I would always dress up and play with makeup because it always put me in a better mood. Makeup is fun, exciting and it’s washable. To me, makeup is like playing with art and making your own art. It doesn’t matter if you are good or not, it’s a form of therapy in some way. Everything in the world or in my life could be going wrong or could be a mess, but makeup is always there to cheer me up and to remind me not to take life so seriously!

“There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path.” – Buddha

    2. TurnStyle Cycling

I am addicted to this, and luckily for me, it’s a good addiction to have. I have been going about once a week and it seems to be the perfect amount for me in conjunction with my gym. I love this because it allows me to feel strong, and gets rid of any limitations I have on myself. I love the songs they play and love how intense it is. I always give it all I got…and come out of it so sweaty! It’s like a little mind game I play on myself to prove that I am stronger than I believe. Who doesn’t want to feel strong? I come out of it so happy and eagerly looking forward to going back to this studio each time.

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates

    3. Writing

I love writing, if you couldn’t tell by now. But I especially like writing in my journal. I like to write more about positive things and whenever I finish writing it’s like all my problems and anxiety go away. It’s a quick 10 minute breather to be mindful and to focus on one thing. I’ve been journaling since I was in the 4th grade and I am excited that one day my kids will be able to go on my life journey with me by reading everything I’ve written. If you haven’t tried journaling I highly suggest it. All you have to do is just write. It could be about anything that’s on your mind; just grab a pen and paper and start writing about the first thing that pops up on your mind!

“Don’t waste a minute not feeling happy. If one door closes, run to the next window – or break down a door.” – Brooke Shields

    4. Reading

Reading takes you to another world, it allows you to forget about all your troubles and focus on one thing. Both writing and reading is a form of meditation. You could have a terrible day, or could be in an angry mood, but once you start reading everything goes away. It also grows your mind, and anything that allows you to grow, allows you to live out this life a little longer, I believe. I always learn something new with each book I read and feel that I become a better version of myself.

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

    5. Music

Lastly, this one is so crucial for me. Music goes as far back as I can remember. I mean I’m sure everyone enjoys listening to music, but for me, it has always had a deeper meaning. It allowed me to get through times when I was sad, angry, disappointed, disgusted – really any emotions I’ve had, I was able to change it with music. Growing up, if anything was going wrong in my life, I would just listen to music and forget about it. Music takes me to another place and allows me to be imaginative and creative in my thoughts.

“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you.” – Henry David Thoreau

Those are the 5 important things that always put me in a better mood or allow me to be calm and mindful.

Would love to know what helps you feel your happiest self, let me know in the comments below!

With love & gratitude,


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“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” – George Sand


3 simple ways to improve gut health

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Gut Health

***New Year, New Me!****

Isn’t that how it goes? We all put ourselves on such a high pedestal when the new year strolls in, but why? We are all human and we make mistakes. I think the best way to have a great year is to not put yourself on a high pedestal and on unattainable goals.

Small wins and small fights will get you to your goals, I promise. When you don’t listen to what the diet industry is telling you to eat, and instead eat what your body is telling you to eat, miracles happen. That is; you start to eat because you love your body and not because you want to punish it. I certainly do not want you to do that. I want you to cherish your beautiful body that was brought into this life in order to live out your best life!

This year I will be focusing more on health and I figured what great way to start then to start with your detoxifying your gut! Gut health is the cause of many, many things. If you can keep your gut healthy, then you can truly feel healthier and happier.* I want you to let go of your expectations, and I want you to take baby steps. If you are more advanced in your health, then I want you to still cherish your small wins everyday and step out of your comfort zone.

So essentially, regardless if you are a beginner or very knowledgeable in the health category, you will both be practicing the same thing – which is small wins and a minor habit change.

As clichéd as the “New Year, New Me” saying is, something about the new year really does feel refreshing. You can really let go of what you didn’t like from the past year, and work on improving yourself for the new year. As I always say, if you are not growing then you are dying. I know, that sounds intense, but it’s true. I’ve seen it happen. When you don’t grow your mind and body, your body reacts negatively (as you would imagine). So, let’s become healthier and happier together – one small win at a time!

Why is gut health important:

In the simplest terms, if you want to have more energy, better skin, feel good, and allow you to shed some weight, then you have to take care of your gut!

These are in no means ways to get “skinny”! This is purely for health as in everything to do with diet should always be about your well being and overall health.

You want to keep yourself healthy and strong to experience life as long as you can, and it’s best to start healthy habits early on. But you’re also never late to change bad habits, so let’s first kick the bad stuff out of our gut to have it function properly in order to absorb the good stuff.

Interesting facts:

Did you know we have more bacteria cells than human cells? Some doctors joke that we are more bacteria then human species.

Serotonin in the body is produced mainly in the gut!!! You know, the feel good stuff that you need to feel happy. 

This is the part where if you want to feel good, you should first try taking care of your gut health. Nothing else you do will work, if you don’t take the gut in order to have more energy.

What happens in our inside excretes into what happens externally. Maintaining the bad bacteria against the good bacteria is a good way to fix all of this.

I know we all have busy lifestyles and doing anything extraordinary for our health is usually out of the question these days. So I wanted to show you these 3 different ways you can improve your gut health without much effort!

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Gut Health:

1. Lemon/Ginger/Turmeric Shot


As many of you may already know from this old blog post, where I went in depth about  the benefits about lemon, ginger and turmeric, then you already know I like to take these in the mornings. This allows my body to flush out all the toxins while taking in all the benefits of ginger, turmeric, and lemons. It’s a quick and easy way to help your digestion and your gut while improving your health, skin and many, many other functions. It’s quick, easy and I find that if you have a juicer, it makes things even easier, but a blender will work as well.

2. Lemon + Apple Cider Tea


For days that I do not want to take an intense shot, I will have a “tea” version of something that will allow me to detox naturally and improve my gut health. To do this, I pour half or a whole lemon, a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a little bit of honey in luke warm water.  You want to make sure the water is not too hot as this will kill some of the enzymes in the lemon. This tea gives me a boost of energy while cleaning out my gut, helps my digestion, and clears my skin. I really notice the energy right away. If you are trying to consume less coffee, give this a try! The apple cider vinegar has so many benefits which some are actually supported by science, but in its simplest explanation, it stimulates digestion hence why some crazy diets tells you to incorporate this magic item. I’ve been having this every morning lately since its the winter time and it feels nice to have something warm and I really notice the energy and my skin improving – definitely give this a try! If you don’t like apple cider vinegar, you can always just put lemon and some mint.

3. Chia Seeds

3 simple ways to improve your gut health

Thus far, if none of those options sounded good to you then I would suggest trying chia seeds. This is fairly the quickest way to help your gut. It’s also not as intense as the two other options above. It does have a weird texture, so if you are not into that then you may not like this option. For this one, all you have to do is mix a tablespoon of chia seeds with some water and wait until it becomes a gel like form. Once it is at that consistency, it is ready to consume. You can have this first thing in the morning. The gel like consistency of the chia seeds will allow it to grab (kind of like glue) all of the bad stuff in your body and excrete it easily. If that doesn’t sound good to you, you can always try to incorporate chia seeds in your diet in a more delicious way, like chia seeds pudding!

Why Is Gut Healthy Important?

Gut health is crucial for anyone who is suffering with any of these symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Acne
  • Mood swings

Some things to keep in mind:

The first place you should always start your journey to good gut health is with what you are eating. If you work together with the list above and have a good diet, then your gut health will be healed in no time.

Some foods to consider to eat are more greens that are cooked. Perhaps try eliminating dairy out of your diet for about 30 days to see how your gut reacts to it and see if it makes you feel better. You can also try this with gluten, if that seems to be your problem.

Some foods that are great for anti-bacterial properties are grape seed oilginger, garlic, fermented vegetables such as saurkraut and oregano oil. Of course, do not take all of these all at once and aim to try one at a time and see what works for you.

Once we have gotten rid of the bad bacteria, we have to bring in the good bacteria. You can do this by taking probiotics everyday. The brand that I love is Garden Of Life brand, which is the one I use. For men, I would suggest this one.

Like I said below, it’s not all that complicated to help your gut everyday. Try one of those and see what works for you! And I hope this allows you to research further about your gut health and to give it a try to keep it healthy.

Until next time,


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Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

Simple Oil-Free Homemade Hummus

Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

This is one of the easiest recipes you will find. It should only take you about 5 minutes, and if you are a hummus lover like me, then this recipe is essential for you!

I got this recipe from my brother in law who is Middle Eastern, so you know it is delicious and legit! 🙂

I’ve been hearing for years that packaged hummus (as all packaged products are) has many additives. It is not as fresh as you’d want it to be and usually for most of them you have to consume within a week.

Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

I’ve been meaning to find a recipe for which I can make at home because honestly, I eat hummus with everything – whether that is with my salad, meat, vegetables, rice…really anything. I know sounds intense, but I’m a girl that loves flavors and can’t eat things plain.

This recipe is super simple and you can really adjust it to your liking. If you are out of hummus and feeling like you need it, just whip this up within 5 minutes and you are good to go.

I used my NutriBullet to make this, which just made this process even quicker and more simple!

simple oil free homemade hummus

This has quickly become my stable and I am excited to make this instead of all the processed ones I’ve been buying. I will definitely play around with it to make different flavors, such as roasted red pepper hummus!

Few notes:

  • The tahini I bought is from a middle eastern store, but any tahini brand should work as long as it is 100% sesame seeds!
  • Play around with the ingredients until you reach the consistency and taste that you desire. This recipe is really what you make it, so get creative!
  • If you do want oil on yours, just drizzle olive oil on it once you have transferred it onto a bowl.Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

Here is the printable recipe:

Oil Free Homemade Hummus

  • Servings: n/a
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • salt & pepper
  • 1-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Water as needed


  1. In a blender, pour in all of the ingredients and a little bit of water.
  2. Blend until smooth, if it seems a little too thick add more water and blend. Taste as you go to make sure you have it to your liking.
  3. Refrigerate and enjoy!

Hope you guys enjoy this super simple recipe! I know I will be making this all the time.

Happy New Years and hope everyone has a great year ahead!

Until next time,


“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” – Shakespeare

Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus

This is one of the easiest recipes you will find. It should only take you about 5 minutes, and if you are a hummus lover like me, then this recipe is essential for you!

I got this recipe from my brother in law who is Middle Eastern, so you know it is delicious and legit! 🙂 Continue reading “Simple Oil Free Homemade Hummus”