Monday, July 25, 2016

Happy National Sundae Day with Yonanas

That moment when you realize it's National Sundae Day and you're on a diet! Well, not to fear! Yonanas is here to save our diet plan with it's amazing ice cream making product. You can make delicious, creamy, low-cost,healthy frozen treats in minutes with the Yonanas!‎ When it comes to making a tasty ice cream treat that is healthy, substitute your base with frozen bananas. Here is a quick & easy ice cream sundae recipe courtesy of Yonanas (p.s. The Yonanas is on sale right now! Check it out here.):

1. Buy cheetah spotted bananas. Remove the peel and freeze for 24 hours.
2. Thaw the frozen bananas for 10 minutes prior to using Yonanas maker
3. Place a bowl at the open part of the Yonanas maker.
4. Turn on the Yonanas maker and insert the bananas into the chute. Push the fruit down using the plunger that comes with the Yonanas.

Walaah! You now have an "ice cream" base! Don't stop there! Add in organic chocolate syrup or even fresh raspberries or strawberries.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Belly Bloating Busters

Guest post: When we want to look our best for a special occasion we typically think, hair, make-up, a great outfit and some killer shoes. What we forget to add to the mix is being mindful of food intake. Eating the wrong foods before an event can sabotage your beauty plan. Certain foods can give your gut an instant bloat that looks and feels awful. Luckily there are belly bloating busters offered Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O.; Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine. 

For a girl’s night out: Don’t be afraid to have a large meal beforehand. If you are planning for an active night, whether dancing, bowling or party hopping, you will need the fuel and protein is key. 

Dr. Calapai has created the perfect meal for a pre girls night out:
-      1 grilled chicken breast (approx 4 oz)
-      1/2 cup cooked brown rice and lentils
-      1 cup steamed string beans
This combo will fill you up without weighing you down, and will give you the energy you need to dance the night away!

For a dinner- date: Don't "just have a salad." All the vegetables in the salad will actually cause your stomach to bloat more. 

Dr. Calapai suggests ordering fish with one side of grilled vegetables. “Wild Salmon is jam-packed with heart healthy vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids. If Salmon is not an option, mackerel, sea bass and lemon sole are all good options as well. As for the veggies, try to steer clear of cauliflower or broccoli which may cause bloating. Opt for grilled zucchini, asparagus, or carrots which will keep your tummy tamed!”

For a day at the beach: If you’re going to the beach you need a healthy, energizing meal to get you through the morning but you don’t want it to show in your stomach.  You’re probably thinking that the easiest thing to eat before you head out is some Special K with skim milk. It’s low in calories after all, right? It doesn’t matter how low-cal it is, the dairy and multi-grains will expand in your intestines, causing your gut to stick out. 

Instead of cereal, Dr. Calapai has a belly bloat busting recipe for oatmeal pancakes. Take 1/2 cup raw oats, 3 egg whites, 1/2 apple, and a dash of cinnamon and throw in a blender to create the pancake mix. This high fiber non-fat breakfast choice offers whole grain fiber plus additional fiber from the apple, and protein from the egg whites. It's a great filling way to start the day, and will not create any abdominal gas or bloating, so you can go bikini-bare with ease!

For an afternoon luncheon: Eating a well-balanced lunch is essential for boosting energy and productivity; giving you power over that mid-day slump and keeping your metabolism active. Oftentimes people want to skip lunch in hopes of losing weight and grab an energy drink to keep them going. This is so bad! The carbonation from an energy drink will make you more bloated then a light lunch. Dr. Calapai says, “For a mid-day luncheon, your best bet is a salad chock-full of fresh vegetables and greens, topped with a piece of grilled fish, low-fat tuna salad, or fresh turkey breast slices. Throw a few walnuts or almonds on top and dress with a low fat/low sugar dressing, to finish off your delicious salad creation!”

For traveling days: These days airports are getting bigger and so are the food courts. It’s tempting to give in to the convenience of fast travel food, but the combination of a high-sodium smorgasbord and air travel equals a very bloated body from head to toe. There are better options. Eat before you leave for the airport.  Dr. Calapai suggests packing your carry-on with fruits, vegetables, and granola bars. These bloat busting options are usually available at airport kiosks. Also, avoid the beverage service on board. Stick to water, you will have a happier flight and feel revived upon arriving at your destination!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Sorority Girl's Guide To Living a Disciplined Life

We are all about constant self-development. Co Founder, Karen, had the amazing opportunity to attend a leadership conference lead by John C. Maxwell, the #1 Leadership Expert in the world. He has created over 100 books, selling 25 million copies worldwide. During his talk, he spoke about living intentionally. One of the biggest ways that we can all live intentionally is by having order and direction in our lives. The best way to achieve that is to have a disciplined life. Since that can often be hard to imagine, Karen has shared the way with which she is striving for discipline and it is through an hourly schedule. From the time she wakes up to the time she goes to sleep there is something intentional she is involved in. Use her layout and plug in your daily value-added activities. Simply copy and paste her schedule into the notes section of your phone or in a Word of Googledoc and input your day-to-day. Then, share it with a close family member or friend so they can hold you accountable.

Tips on things to fill your day with: reading an informative or inspirational book, exercising, building a website, learning a new craft, eating three meals and three snacks a day, praying, allocating a "social media time". Can you think of any more?

A Disciplined Life (example)

6:30AM - Eat
7:00AM - Leave for gym
7-7:35 - Workout
8AM - Shower/Get ready for the day
9AM - Eat breakfast
10AM - First appointment
11AM - Eat Snack/ listen to inspirational messages
12PM - Second appointment / Talk to God
1PM - Lunch
2PM - Last appointment
3PM - Snack
4PM - 7PM - Side projects and/or social media time
7PM - Dinner
7PM-9PM - Meetings if applicable/ prepare for next day
9PM - Wash face/ brush teeth
9:30PM - Read
10PM - Pray/Go to Sleep

Friday, March 25, 2016

What Is the Diva Cup?

This may be TMI, but hey we are girls so it's a topic worth discussing. Have you ladies wondered about the Diva Cup? It's for that time of the month and we have been wrapping our heads on how it actually works. We have actually heard nothing but great things about it and have heard success stories from fellow sisters so we decided to do some research on it. Click the video above to learn more about the Diva Cup. Let us know what you think if you decide to try it. Leave your reviews in the comment's section below!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wedges Every Girl Must Have This Summer!

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Wedges are a absolute must-have in the warm seasons!  You can wear them with everything and anything and you can either dress them up or down- honestly, however you want to!  There are many different styles of wedges though, so unless you have a endless amount of coins in your piggy bank, it's probably best to invest in a couple different styles of wedges that you can wear with almost everything!

Here are our top 6 picks on must-have wedges of this 2016 season!  When it comes to color, definitely go with either white, tan, or black- this allows you to match it with literally every color you can think of.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday! xo

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The BEST, Cheapest Mascara

We know we have gushed about mascaras before, but this new one shared by Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae and San Diego Weather Anchor & Reporter, Kristen Keogh, takes the cake...or rather, takes the MASCARA. A lot of awesome, eyelash lengthening mascaras cost a pretty penny, but thanks to Kristen, we have found an awesome mascara that offers coverage, length, and doesn't burnout your wallet. It's called Boots No 7 Maximum Volume Mascara.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Things To Do To Celebrate Your Anniversary

Love is always in the air and if you're like us, we really enjoy having some versatility in our relationships when it comes to celebrating anniversaries. Do something fun or out of the box as every milestone in a relationship deserves some attention, right? Below are some of our fave ideas.

  1. Plan a trip out of the country. How fun would it be to make memories in a different country with your beau? Don't fall under the trap of "we can't afford it!" With businesses like Busabout, you can now travel in an affordable way.
  2. Take a cooking class!
  3. Go take a hike - literally! The Grand Canyon or places in Colorado and California are our fave spots to go on an adventurous escapade.
  4. Consider glamping at Joshua Tree.
  5. Take a cruise
Think there's more to add to the list? Leave your suggestions in the comment's section below!
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