Organization

When I’m at school, I find that my life is dictated by my planner. Without my planner I would be literally and metaphorically lost! I write down everything I need to do the day I should do it and then I write down the due date for whatever I am doing. That way I’m super, duper organized! Here’s a few more of my organization tips for the rest of you busy people 🙂

  1. Buy a planner and actually write in it. The day things need to happen, the time you’ve scheduled out for things to happen, even social events that just add happiness to your life. Write it all down and look at it every day.
  2. Sync up the calendar on your phone to your life schedule! That way you can get nice little reminders if you need them. Plus, everyone always has their phone on them so you never have to worry about lugging around a planner.
  3. For my sorority, we use an app called Gin System that links every event within in the sorority and the school together. You can also do this with Google docs with your boyfriend, roommate, or just any friends you wanna stay in touch with.
  4. Write yourself sticky notes and attach them to somewhere you look often. I find that if I attach them to my large mirror in my room I’m likely to look at it in the morning and then I won’t forget about whatever is on the note.
  5. Sometimes, I even text myself from my own phone! If I really need to remember something, I’ll text myself and then not look at the actual message so that the notification stays on my home screen!

I really hope these tips help you keep your busy life organized. I know that they help me! Between 18 credits, 13 hours of work, a sorority, and then my homework and social life I am an extremely busy lady.

-kk

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Ledbetter Macro E-Book

I’ve always been into health things and bettering myself. It’s part of the reason I was a dietetics major for two years (I jumped ship though and became a business major). I’ve been following Julia Ledbetter on instagram for a while now; I’ve always loved her story and what she had to say and how she felt about her body. It was incredible to me! I have always loved my body and I always will. It’s gone through a tragedy and put itself back together again better than anyone could have hoped for. Listening to Julie’s inspirational talks about your body and how it fluctuates are amazing to remind you, again, how much your body changes in a 24 hour period.

Anyway, to get to the point of this post. 8 weeks ago, I purchased the Macro E-Book from the Ledbetter’s Company. I had heard about reversing dieting for a while and I decided to finally try it! Reverse Dieting: Slowing working your calories up from a deficit until you hit your bodies maintenance calories. This increases your metabolism without you gaining weight. Meaning, when you want to cut down on body fat you’ll be able to eat more and still lose weight, without starving yourself.

I’m very happy to say that, even though I haven’t lost any weight, I’m eating around 400 calories more a day and I’ve lost 5 inches on my body! I’ve lost two whole on inches of my waist! Which is where my body likes to hold on to fat the most. This is obviously a journey to living a healthy/happy lifestyle instead of a diet, so you can be sure that I’m not done reverse dieting yet until I get up to eating 2,000 calories a day.

I mostly just wanted to share about how impressed I am with the Ledbetter team and the community that they’ve created on Facebook and how many people have come together to reach their health goals. It’s amazing to see so many people supporting each other and offering up ideas and help when someone asks for it. I would highly recommend looking into any of their guides, clothing lines, or just following them on instagram to to be motivated daily.

Like their motto says, Live Every Day Better.

-kk

Home Grown

I realize that the title of this post is titled “Home Grown” but let’s just get some facts straight. I love gardening! The idea of growing something that can sustain your life really interests me. But, I suck at it! I had an herb garden that was thriving and then I took it to college and they have now all withered and died. I think it’s because it’s too cold in my house. I don’t know? Help?

Luckily for me, Menomonie has an amazing farmer’s market. It’s a lot bigger than I thought it would have been! It makes sense though since there’s a lot of farmers around here and they all drive in on Saturday and sell all their goodies.

download.jpgI like to make Ryan wake up at the crack of dawn, 8 am, with me so that we can walk there and I can buy things for the week! Unfortunately he doesn’t like all the vegetables there so I never end up buying a lot but this week I bought some potatoes and a acorn squash. I’m super excited to cook them up to eat this week!

Ever since I’ve started trying to reduce my footprint, I’ve been buying more locally or I got a membership at the Co-Op or I started my own compost pile. It just makes me feel really good about the choices that I’m making and how they’re impacting the world. I just feel as if I shouldn’t make the world harder to live in for anyone else. If that means being environmentally friendly, then that’s what I’ll do.

I would just really encourage you all to go shopping at the Farmer’s Market, not only are they good deals but you’re helping out your local economy which is always a good thing!

-kk

Youtube Favorites

I’ve been really busy this past week since I’ve been starting school! This week I make an extra $2 an hour where I work and I also have a full credit load (18 credits) this semester. Which is why I haven’t been around at all this week yet! Hope you all can understand.

When I have some free time I really like watching Youtube videos and listening to Podcasts! I think that Podcasts are really great for listening to in the car on when you’re doing LISS exercises by yourself. Which is ironic because one of my favorite Podcasts is a Fitness Podcast. Whoops. I also really like Fitness Vloggers! I like seeing how they balance their lives with their fitness lives and they don’t let their fitness lifestyle take over their lives.

Youtube and Podcasts.pngA few of my favorite Youtoubers are GracefitUk, Brittany Lesser, NIkki Blackketter, Amanda Bucci, and Sarah’s Day!

Ironically, my two favorite podcasts are by two of my favorite Youtubers!

I really enjoying listening to Bucci Radio by Amanda Bucci and the Female Perspective by Brittany Lesser and Kash.

If you’re ever looking for a few Fitness Vloggers or Buisness Podcasts or just Female information Podcasts, give these ones a listen! Plus, they always talk about other vloggers and podcasters who they find very interesting. It’s a great way to find more to listen to!

-kk

Packed and Planned

This semester I have a shift every single week that starts around 6 am and my boyfriend works several 6 am shifts. I wanted something that we could grab really quickly to eat for breakfast because no one wants to wake up earlier than they have to and I’m never really that hungry in the morning!

I did a few typical breakfast foods that were easy, hard boiled eggs, overnight oats, eggo waffles. That sort of stuff. I wanted it to be cheap and easy and preferably homemade.

I decided to make some homemade granola bars, that were a little more filling, hopefully!

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Ingredients:

2 Cups Oatmeal, 1/4 C Almond Milk, 1 TBS Maple Syrup

2 Whole Eggs, 1 Cup Blue Berries, A Pinch of Salt

I mixed everything together and put it in a greased muffin pan for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

In total this recipe made 12 muffins, I threw six of them into the freezer and the other six into my fridge.

I figured this would be a really good snack to have in the morning before I get to work! I could smother some peanut butter between two of them or just eat them plain, I could also always add some eggs and make this a meal! This is one of my new favorite things and my boyfriend loves them too. I’m hoping that these will remain a quick, delicious, and healthy snack for us!

Do you have any good snack or easy to prep meal hacks for me? Let me know!

-kk

Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

I’ve always tried to live by the saying that’s up above. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe. Mostly because I think that it’s extremely accurate, what you put into the world is what you’re going to get back. I always try to put happy vibes and be compassionate and helpful when there’s people who need my help! I also really believe in Karma and all that mumbo jumbo. What you put into the world is what you get back.

I moved into my rental house two days ago and I forgot how well my roommates and I got along. I forgot how much I missed seeing their faces everyday and that they were such good people to be around and I’m honestly so excited to spend this year living with them.

I plan on making a full out post on my adventures of moving in and how I decided to decorate with my room and tips and all sorts of other things. But first I just wanted to make this really appreciating my roommates and my friends and my boyfriend because they’re great and I hope that they think that I’m great too. Basically, I just love them.

-kk

Food, Phones, and Homes

I feel like a lot of stuff has happened this week! It’s very unimportant stuff that’s minuscule but I just got back from vacation and I’ll take any sort of happy, exciting things that I can get!

#1: my dad pays for my cell phone and that’s great and it helps me out a lot. He recently switched plans so I now have an IPhone 7. Which takes BEAUTIFUL pictures by the way. 10/10 would recommend if you want a good picture taking phone but aren’t necessarily a DSLR camera kind of person.

#2: My step-dad came home and gave me three egg plants that had me grown in a family

friends garden. So I made pizza with them! The crust was just a simple Pizza Crust from some bag of mix because I didn’t feel like going all out! Once the crust had baked for 5 minuets, I spread some minced Garlic and Basil on to the crust. I then spooned out my Pizza Sauce (I like a lot of sauce). While the Pizza Crust was baking, I had sauteed the Eggplant in order to get it crispy! I I then sprinkled the pieces of that onto the pizza, along with feta cheese, and Spinach! It was a pretty good pizza, I was impressed with myself.

#3: I’m moving into a new house this weekend! A.K.A. I’m moving into the house that I’m going to be renting for the next two years. Which is still just as exciting! I know that I’m going to have to budget my life better and probably work a few more hours in order to afford life but that’s okay because anything beats dorm life! Honestly, I’m just excited to have my own kitchen, and while I know my roommates and I will argue sometimes, I’m still excited. I’ll make a post on how I decorated and how I made sure that I could afford the pieces that I wanted to have in my room after I’m done making it look pretty!

That’s really all that’s gone on in my life recently, I mean I went to a wedding but there’s not much to report on that one. Mostly I’m just sort of coasting right now! i’m just waiting for things to happen instead of making them happen because I don’t have anything that I want to make happen!

Got any really good Pizza combinations I should try? Let me know!

-kk

Where’s the Beef?

I’ve been thinking more and ore about my meat consumption while I was on my vacation because I started eating A LOT  more meat. When I say A LOT more I mean I went from maybe eating it once every two days to have it for two meals a day! Which is a lot, especially when I haven’t really been digging the texture of meat anyways. It just hasn’t been satisfying for me lately.

Therefore, I’m going to start reducing this amount! I’m going to start incorporating more eggs, beans, and legumes into my diet. I also plan on buying some meat alternatives because ya girl likes a hamburger or some meatballs! Don’t worry folks, I’ll keep ya updated. Protein Packed Vegetarian Meals.jpg

I guess my biggest struggle with reducing the amount of meat that I’m eating is that I’m going to end up struggling to meet my protein goal everyday (Something I already struggle to do!!). My goal is to eat 125 Grams a day, this is actually lower than what I was first recommended because I couldn’t reach that goal but shhhhh that’s a secret. I’m typically already 15 or so grams under this a day so I’m hoping to find some good ways to, at least, reach 110 grams a day. I already use protein powder and I eat a lot of egg whites!

So yeah, my only problem is reaching the protein goal without just eating straight protein powder all the time! If anyone has any tips or suggestions I would love to hear them because I need help!

I will, of course, keep all of you updated as this plan continues to unfold.

-kk

Seattle Washington

I am so so happy to be home, I can’t even explain. I literally got home an hour ago and the feeling is unreal. There’s nothing like getting to sleep in my own bed or see my doggo or wander around my own house without pants on!

Yesterday, I flew from Sea Tech airport to Denver International to Minneapolis St.Paul Airport. I spent a grand total of 12 hours in the airport with and switched time zones twice. Which isn’t so bad maybe if you’re flying internationally but I was ready to be done traveling after that.

For the past week I’ve spent my time in Everett Washington. It’s 30 miles outside of Seattle and you’d think it’d be a quaint little town but no. It has a population of 106,000. Far bigger than I expected. I was stay at my boyfriend’s apartment for the week since he had an internship out there and I missed him a whole boat load.

To be honest, I wasn’t super impressed with Everett. Maybe it was the large homeless population, the stores from Ryan’s coworkers about how they’ve had residents kidnapped a block away from the apartment complex, the heroin addictions that left needles laying around on the sidewalks, or the not one, but TWO condoms I slipped and fell on while I was there walking around on the sidewalk. 20884734_1833749073306330_1370849456_n

Even with all those issues I spent a majority of my days, while Ryan was at work, wandering the city. I walked 4 or 5 miles every day out of pure boredom, trying to find the nicer part of the city and places to explore. One day, I decided to walk to Trader Joe’s which was 6 miles round trip from his apartment. There’s just not a whole lot to do if you don’t have a car and you don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on Ubers.

We did take an Amtrak train into Seattle one day though! I’ve never been on a train and I Ryan love’s trains so he enjoyed that quite a whole lot. The train station was about a mile away from Pike’s Market so we wandered that for a majority of the day and ate at this restaurant on the Pier called the Crab Pot. I’d recommend it! They had good seafood and it wasn’t overly expensive like a lot of the restaurants. I enjoyed exploring but we only had six hours in Seattle before we had to go back to Everett.

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Maybe it’s because I really like enjoy exploring nature and I just went to the wrong parts of Washington. Trust me, there are some truly beautiful parts to explore. My best friend Ashton went there two weeks before me and did just that. I don’t think this is a place that I’ll be returning to unless I have a better game plan and the opportunity to explore more of Washington.

I loved my vacation but I’m so excited to start my life in a new home and to start school again and just be home.

-kk

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