Make your pantry practical for your on the go lifestyle!

Are you always on the go? If you are a working adult or even a college student, then your answer is most likely yes! While we try to balance our busy schedules, the first thing that we tend to cross out of our list is cooking. However, after about a week, not only will your wallet start to really take a hit but your waistline will soon follow. So over the past year, I’ve started to make changes to how I do my grocery shopping to incorporate quick ingredients that will make creating a meal faster. Today, we have to learn to make everything in our lives practical and the kitchen pantry is possibly one of the most important areas we can tailor to our lifestyles.  Whether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks, having these ingredients will shorten your time in the kitchen and allow for you to focus on other tasks:

  • Eggs – this great source of protein pretty much is a must staple in any refrigerator! Whether boiled or fried, eggs do not take long to make and will help you stay full.
  • Pasta – whether it is spaghetti or macaroni, pasta does not take long to cook and is filling. If you are watching your weight, switch to whole wheat pasta or even a quinoa or brown rice pasta.
  • Cereal – a cereal that is high in fiber is not only rich in nutrients and filling but is probably the quickest meal you can get.
  • Potatoes – cut into cubes, sprinkle some salt and seasonings, place it in the oven for about 20-30 minutes and you have a great accompaniment for your protein for dinner. For a healthier version, use sweet potatoes.
  • Milk – a great source of calcium, milk will come in handy for eating cereal or making a quick smoothie. If you have lactose intolerance or prefer an alternative, rice, almond, or soy milk are also great to have in stock and last longer.
  • Salad – it will not require you to use the stove and if it is already in a bag, you will simply need a bowl to enjoy. Add in a protein to help make it a more hearty meal.
  • Seafood – shrimp and fish are my favorites! Not only are they great sources of protein but neither take a long time to cook or to season. Just be sure to take it out of the freezer in the morning so it may defrost and be ready to cook upon your return home.
  • Fruits – they will keep you healthier, are great as snacks and when frozen can be blended into a smoothie. Add some dry oats in the smoothie for more consistency.
  • Nut butters – peanut, cashew, or almond, any of these nut butters will not only provide you with a great source of protein (especially if you do not eat meat) but they are also filling and can be used as dipping for some of your fruits or vegetables.

There are tons of other ingredients that you can keep in your kitchen that will help you reduce your time preparing meals but the above are suggestions based on what I keep in my kitchen and I hope they will give you an idea of what to keep in your kitchen to help make planning your meals a little less stressful.

Stay healthy!


Undergarments Please!

Have you ever seen a beautiful outfit on someone and was totally distracted from the outfit because the person was wearing the wrong type of undergarment with it? I have seen this type of infraction so many times that it’s pretty much the norm and I am no longer surprised. However, this will never make the sight attractive and for this reason, I’d like to share some basic tips about some of the biggest wardrobe faux pas that have unfortunately become too common:
– Bra: your bra is your best friend ladies! It helps your breasts defy gravity by providing support. Wearing the wrong bra with your outfit will prevent you from looking your very best. Here is one major suggestion that every woman should do: have a professional measure your chest so you can have your true size! This will make a major difference when you wear your clothes. Some women go their whole adult lives wearing ill fitted bras and as a result their breasts continually want to pop out of the top and when wearing a form fitted shirt you see a clear indentation separating their breasts. This does not make for a pretty sight, so ladies, on your next trip to the mall, stop by the underwear store of your choice and ask for a professional to measure you. Specialty stores such as Victoria Secret and Soma Intimates will not only provide you with your measurements but they will give it to you in writing along with all of the models that come in your size. This is a free service and you are not obligated to make purchase if you are not inclined to.
– Bra Straps: if you are wearing an outfit that has a racer back or is a halter top, please be conscious and make the effort to wear the appropriate bra with the outfit. Whether it is a strapless bra or a racer back bra, please do the necessary so that every person passing you does not need to know that you are fond of your new cheetah print bra! If you are unable to afford these specialty bras, you can invest in some bra clips and easily convert a traditional bra into a racer back bra. For a sleeveless outfit, if you are comfortable with going without a bra and simply use pasties to conceal your privacy, then by all means do so!
– Underwear: this has become the worst offense out of all undergarment offenses! Whether it is the sight of underwear mark under a spandex outfit, or the clear sight of the prints of underwear under a light colored attire, this infraction is not only very distracting but it also lowers the value of your attire. Be sure to carefully select your underwear when preparing your outfits and always stock the following types of underwear: seamless, dark colored, and flesh colored. If you are comfortable with thongs, I would also suggest the same types as well in thongs.
Ladies, we invest too much time (and money sometimes) in our outfits to let the look be ruined by wearing the wrong undergarments. In my opinion, having the right undergarments that fit properly already is half of the final look! And finally, my advice is to ALWAYS look at yourself in the mirror prior to leaving your house and try your best to catch any faux pas.


Let it Go!

If you own any entertainment devices, you know the song “let it go” was the unofficial theme song of 2014! While Elsa speaks of letting go in a different manner, I just wanted to share my thoughts on learning to let it go in regards to relationships that may be crippling your life. Whether it is personal or professional, romantic or platonic, many of us struggle with learning to let go. I’m referring to the relationships that have intoxicated your life and even when you know you want to stop feeling this way, you have yet to muster the courage to say enough and walk away from them. If you are like me, they affect every aspect of your life including your mood, your attitude, and completely fill you with negativity that ultimately take your joy away and prevent you from living your glam life! All the while, the culprit is living his/her life totally unaffected while you are working on giving yourself a coronary!
This is particularly hard in our personal relationships as they are usually marked by many memories and were formed many years ago. There is a sense of guilt that takes over our minds for even thinking of ending the relationship even when we know that removing it would mean peace of mind. Instead, we have conditioned our minds and bodies to deal with the stress rather than to take action. Women do this best as we are nurturers by nature and tend to always extend the courtesy of understanding others when they deserve to be cut out of our lives. Through many deep conversations with a few of my girlfriends, I’ve recently compiled the following tips to help me overcome my “fear” of letting go and I hope you will find them useful:
– Take some time to think about the problem, analyze and talk it out with a trusted friend if needed – don’t just give it a passing thought, really think it through. If it was an issue with a mere acquaintance, you would have quickly decided to either cut them loose or it simply would not have mattered. Therefore, out of respect for the length of the relationship, I advise you take sufficient time to reflect on the relationship and its issues. If you have someone close to you with whom you can share details, talk it out and listen to their feedback.
– Once you have thoroughly analyzed the issue, make a decision – analyzing an issue with no solution resolves nothing. So once you have considered all of the options, choose wisely the one that you feel best meets your needs and will have the most positive effect on your quality of life.
– Take action! – this will be the hardest part of this exercise however your life will change for the better once that decision is made! There is something liberating about making a conscientious decision and the way you feel once you’ve implemented it in your life! If you reflected long and hard prior to coming to your decision, once you take action, you will feel like you removed a major burden off of your shoulders.
Remember, these tips are to help you declutter your mental space as I strongly believe that your mental state will definitely affect your outlook on everything around you including how you take care of yourself physically. It will slow you down and prevent you from reaching your full potential. In no way should any of these decisions be made out of malice but rather in a hope to better your life. So, keep your eyes on your main goal and anything negative that is standing in your way of reaching that dream: LET IT GO! And if you need some help to motivate you, I suggest that you simply put on that catchy tune and sing along with Elsa, it will surely put a smile on your face and give you a start!

Tomorrow is not promised, so enjoy today and make it your best!