Monday, April 21, 2014

::todays:motivator::



I have been watching a lot of documentaries lately - one of them being Hungry for Change - that one also being my favorite that I have got the book. 
Now in the documentary there was a woman being interviewed whose name was Kris Carr - Kris was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on Valentine's Day of 2003 ~ stage IV cancer ~ Kris was confused as to what many of her doctors were telling her, so she finally decided to take what she calls the "watch and live" approach. After she was diagnosed, she turned to nutrition to give her immune system a boost…and to increase her longevity. She documented all of this in her docu-film, "Crazy Sexy Cancer". 
She took her disease to spread the word and begin her journey where she ignited a global wellness revolution that resonated with thousands of people. 
Many flocked to her books and lecture to learn how to look better, feel better, lose weight, nourish their spirits and have more energy, among other things. 
It was a Crazy Sexy revolution! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

::different:direction::

A post from Monday I never posted! But thought I would share my thoughts anyways. 

I am beginning to feel that the reason I am not blogging so frequently is because I am not completely satisfied with the way my blogger looks - nor am I quite sure of which direction I want this blog to take.
I don't even know if people are reading my blog! Is it any different from any other millions of blogs that are out there?? No, probably not. 
I don't want to close it down because it is also my escape from the daily real world. 
But I think I gotta stop with all the editorials and take a little more time into each of my posts - quality over quantity, right? I always thought that I had to post at least 5 times a day to pique the interest of my readers - but that isn't the case, my numbers don't go up or down whether I post 50 times a month, or 5 times a month. 
So I think I need to think long and hard about the direction in which I want my blog to go. If I am going to keep using blogger as my platform or try something new, I just don't know. I also think that I haven't been on here that often because my life is work and school - and when I am not focused on either of those things I am doing a million others, all while trying to keep cool and my head intacted. 
So...do I want to go the fashion route? The cooking route? The nutrition route? I am not sure what it is that I myself desire as for the outcome of this blog.
But I will try my very best to make better quality posts and keep everyone updated as to what is going on. 

So that is all for now, Happy Monday...
As happy as it can be with a massive headache and super grouchy persona today...
At least it's raining.


-S.*

::detox::


 My 3-Day (okay, 3-1/2) Detox

I did it!!! I didn't want to but I did it! Lol. I embarked on what some may call a 'metaphysical' journey...hmm...I wonder why people would call a detox that...I must admit though, that it definitely was an eye opener for me. I am not sure what exactly compelled me to try this detox but I went for the gusto anyways. To be quite honest, it started with a smoothie in the morning and than afterwards I decided that I would have a smoothie for lunch - the cafeteria where I work is slowly closing up shop because students are leaving so there really isn't anything healthy here to consume. 
Anyways - let me recount to you my three days...what you could possibly expect from and maybe do differently, lol.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

::miss:helena::

I don't think this woman ages...
Helena Christensen, supermodel extraordinaire, models for Triumph Lingerie. 



::rambling::

Well!! We got our new caaaar! :) We picked it up last night and it was an exciting time - of course it was raining, but I loved it. ;) 
I thought nothing could rain on my parade at this point - except a hideously crappy mark from my school. :( I have been getting nothing but 90s on my tests and everything and than one assignment really just threw me for a loop, I am too ashamed to even post what the mark was! It was just, that bad. I shudder at the thought. 
But I have to move on...and just try harder, which is my plan. 
A few things in this post today - other than some editorials throughout the day. 


I Quit Sugar is out today by Sarah Wilson! Definitely want to get my hands on this book - AND, Candice Kumai's new book is coming out in 2 weeks!! WOOHOO!!! I am beyond excited for that one. :) 

Monday, April 07, 2014

::update:&:challenge::



It’s been a little more than difficult for me to do many things these days – let alone blog. I have seriously been slacking. More so than I ever have. I have just been busy with life in every aspect possible. Especially school, trying to catch up with that and when I do have some downtime I like to spend it in the bubble bath with a good book, or with my puppies – and man, of course. 
We recently purchased a new vehicle – which isn't surprising to some of you, I know. Travis doesn't keep a car for more than a year or two…and he is in love with his truck – but I guess we are just growing up and realizing that gas isn't cheap! We can spend upwards of $500 a month on just fuel to fill that gas-guzzler. So we have become more practical and have gone the fuel-efficient route and purchased a 2014 Volkswagen Passat Highline TDI (diesel). Travis, of course, had to get top of the line everything but it is going to be WAY cheaper on our wallets so we are looking forward to picking it up tonight. 

*~*~*~*

On another note – since the middle of February, up until now, I have lost a total of 22lbs. This is quite an accomplishment! I am averaging about 3lbs a week which is a lot healthier than what I have done in the past to lose weight. So I am feeling quite accomplished. I am also not restricting any foods but I am eating as clean as I possibly can. I also decided that I am going to try and do a vegan challenge. The only thing I really won’t give up is cheese, eggs (only local and organic) and fish. 
This will have to start after I used up all my chicken and barley stew that I just made over the weekend – and a lot of it. 
The reason why I decided on this is because I recently watched a video where egg farms are killing 150,000 male baby chicks a year – for absolutely *no* reason because they just feel that they are useless. This was heartbreaking to me…and this is just an egg farm. What about all the other meat industries in Canada and the US? I can’t imagine – but I will do more research. Therefore, as much as it pains me to waste money – I am going to throw out all those mass produced eggs I purchased at Costco a week ago – just because I have no idea where they came from and I also haven’t got the slightest clue as to whether their production is humane or not. 
What bothers me the most is that many people just go and consume these things, that they have no idea where they originated from! They have no qualms at all by putting something into their mouths and bodies that could a) wreak havoc and destroy their immune systems, organs, etc and b) is done unethically and in return you support these inhumane ways of getting food onto your plate. I am not an animal rights activist, but come on people, use a bit of common sense, here! Don’t you want good, high quality product?? 
I shudder when I think back on what I watched…it’s seared into my brain permanently and no wonder many people don’t watch those videos – it’s heartbreaking. But they choose to be indifferent about what is going on – and sometimes I think that is worse. 
Because if you had seen what I seen, than you would be making quite the similar decision as well. 
Living things don’t need to needlessly suffer – especially not in a cruel and inhumane way – there is absolutely no reason for it. None, whatsoever. So open your eyes, and start making smarter, educated and well-informed choices and in the long run, your body (and your conscious) will thank you for it. 


-S.*

::the:great::

I loooove Kate Moss but dislike very much Terry Richardson {who shot the editorial and cover} - either way, I need to pick up the newest issue of Harpers Bazaar because, well, she's on it! This is on newsstands now. ;) 




-S.*

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

::peru:peru::

Oh my gosh...I haven't posted in such a long time! I have been busy - but I know that's the same old song and dance from me. But I'm being honest!! Anyways...I'll make sure to share a few posts with you today. :) 
Here are some editorials to start your day!
We have the gorgeous Catherine McNeil by Mariano Vivanco for Vogue Russia. 




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

::happy:reading:&:dream:library::


Grrr....the brand new Kate Moss book *was* available on Amazon and now it's disappeared! Will ship in 1-3 months! :( *tears*tears*tears*
This book was released as an homage to her 40th birthday and to her beyond successful career...I own pretty much all the Kate Moss books...because I'm obsessed with her and want to BE her. Lol.
Anyways...it's available on the US Amazon if anyone is interested. Please let me know what you think! I am desperate to find out what that book is like! I can't even find it in my local stores!
Anyways...
I told you I would share some new Spring reads and here they are! They aren't novels...but I am sure you are going to have a lot of fun reading them - of course, there are cookbooks...I read those like I read Harlan Coben or Dean Koontz. ;) 

Happy Reading!!


"The Body Book" by Cameron Diaz - $15.99 CDN
Wow, the price of this book has come down a lot since I threw it in my wish list bucket on Amazon. Okay, I must admit, I wasn't a *huge* fan of Cameron Diaz...I don't know why! I guess she annoyed me immensely in Charlie's Angels...but I did love her in The Mask with Jim Carrey.

Anyways...for some reason when I saw that she released a book all about nutrition and your body there was a switch that flipped and I though - yea, I could like her again. I don't know why! I guess I am loving all people that tout healthy living these days. I love even more the photo of her here...no makeup and just happy to have a copy of her own book. That'll be me one day! Mark my words!! :D
I looked through the book (online) and it really does seem quite interest, a no nonsense, layman terms take on nutrition and being overall healthy.

"Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier, and stronger in this positive, essential guide that is grounded in science and inspired by personal experience.
Throughout her career, Cameron Diaz has been a role model for millions of women. By her own candid admission, though, this fit, glamorous, but down-to-earth star was not always health-conscious. Learning about the inseparable link between nutrition and the body was just one of the life-changing lessons that has fed Cameron’s hunger to educate herself about the best ways to feed, move, and care for her body. In The Body Book, she shares what she has learned and continues to discover about nutrition, exercise, and the mind/body connection.
Grounded in science and informed by real life, The Body Book offers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up. From demystifying and debunking the hype around food groups to explaining the value of vitamins and minerals, readers will discover why it’s so important to embrace the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods. Cameron also explains the essential role of movement, the importance of muscle and bone strength and why we need to sweat a little every day.
The Body Book does not set goals to reach in seven days or thirty days or a year. It offers a holistic, long-term approach to making consistent choices and reaching the ultimate goal: a long, strong, happy, healthy life."

Sunday, February 23, 2014

::the:weekend::


There are many books that will be coming out in the next few months…Spring and Summer is the start of something new, so of course the latest and greatest books will be out on shelves to fill up those warm Summery days at the beach. I am *definitely* going to be going to the beach this year, and who knows, maybe camping! Or I would prefer, glamping. This way I can bring my babies with me too. :) I am sure they would love it. Mind you, I would have to go to the vet and look into tick prevention, fleas and such. I don't want them catching anything. 
Anyways, this weekend so far has been a gorgeous one, the sun has been out for most of it and I love waking up to the sun shining into our apartment. It's not that cold out either, so it almost feels like Spring is around the corner. :) 
Travis and I got up quite early this Sunday morning as the Canada/Sweden game is on (GO CANADA!), so far 1-nothing. ;) 
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