Friday, November 27, 2015

Light's Out - It's Not Black Friday

With people camping out for hours in the cold and mobs pushing through their fellow crazed shoppers on well-planned store routes, the day after Thanksgiving has become no better than a mouse maze teasing consumers with their prized cheese at the end.  This nationally acclaimed day has garnered more attention and recognition than the actual holiday it follows.  In fact, advertisement clippings that usually broadcast all of the products and decorations associated with the upcoming holiday barely display any Thanksgiving decor; instead, the focus surrounding the words "Thanksgiving" includes deals, steals, freebies, and the most concerning enticement - the word "open". 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Change Your Perception, Change Life

People are so mean.  There is too much hatred.  Technology causes more of a burden than anything.  The education system doesn't work.  Buildings destroy nature.  No one takes care of anything.  Everything is rush, rush, rush!  The world is messed up. 

With all of the crimes and evil taking place in the world, it's rather easy to have such a negative perception about life.  News stations constantly bombard us with all of the terrible happenings of the day; people stumble through tough obstacles by the minute.  It cannot be denied that we are all surrounded by awful doings and harsh scenarios.  However, we don't have to allow these situations to overshadow all of the good that does exist.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Broccoli and Cauliflower Herbed Quinoa

I don't know about you, but one of the reasons that I love going to Costco is because of their food samples.  On a good day (go Saturday, around noon, especially before the holidays), you can walk around, get some exercise, look at all the interesting new gadgets, and basically have a full course meal from sampling all of the delicious tasters lining the aisles.  Okay, so this might sound pathetic, but I actually really do enjoy this venture.  Not only can you find new foods for purchasing that you are otherwise too apprehensive to buy without knowing how it tastes, but you can also use these samples for your own cooking inspiration.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A Mug of Hyson Tea With Me: A Hyson Package Unboxing and Tea Review

Do you still get giddy over something that has been perking you up since childhood?  That is the feeling I get every time I receive a package in the mail.

For me, receiving mail and packages is like spotting gifts under a Christmas tree.  Although the purpose of Christmas is not about (or should not be about) receiving gifts, the excitement and thrill that awaits you underneath the tree is always there, peaking your curiosity.  You anxiously wonder what is tucked away in each package.  Big boxes or small, they all hold something of mystery that you secretly can't wait to discover. 

When I spot the mail pushed into our mail slot or resting on our stoop, I secretly hope that something exhilarating is hiding behind the seal.  Typically, my innocent fervor is crushed with the unfurling of bills and advertisements.  However, a package I recently received held for me the excitement and wonderment  that I crave.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Thanks - It's Not Just For Thanksgiving

When I was a little girl, I was blessed to have a mother whose creativity extended way beyond handing me a video game counsel to play with (thank you, daddy).  My mother constantly designed projects for my brother and me to work on.  We made dream catchers, an octopus out of yarn, our own version of an American girl doll, Play-doh sculptures, and countless other crafts. 

My mother was and still is the epitome of crafty, especially when it comes to paper.  Since my mother always wanted to be a teacher (she would have made one of the most inspirational out there), she lived out her fantasy classroom through her children.  She would decide upon a theme and we would travel to the local library where we checked out stacks of related books and VHS tapes.  Not only would we read and watch videos about the subjects, but we would also work on worksheets and listen to little lessons that she put together.  From gardens to space, my mother always found ways to make the topics interesting.  Eventually, to culminate our "unit", we would turn a corner of our tiled kitchen wall into a mural illustrating our current theme.  A large colored sheet would set the background, and then using construction paper and paper cutouts that she handmade, we would craft our own interpretation of our lessons.  These projects truly were some of my most memorable childhood activities. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Baked Spicy Orange Pork Loin Roast

Pumpkin spice, apple pie spice, cinnamon spice - fall seems to be all about the "spices".  Today, I have a recipe for you that has a citrusy hint with a kick of some actual spice!

Although you may think of sipping on a tall, refreshing glass of orange juice in the summer, oranges are actually considered winter fruits since they are harvested during the fall and winter months.  High in Vitamin C, oranges will boost your immune system, helping to keep you healthy during the formidable flu season that falls along with autumn.  Along with the spicy ingredients, this recipe will help keep your body strong and healthy.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Essena O'Neill: Stll Inspiring Offline

While cooking and cleaning around the house, I have developed a habit of listening to "vlog" style videos on YouTube for some background noise.  Up to date on all my subscribed YouTubers' videos, I browsed through YouTube's recently uploaded video feature to find some white noise to help entertain me through my chores.  I came across a recent video by YouTuber and social media celebrity Essena O'Neill.  To be honest, although she has a large following all across social media platforms, she's an entertainer younger than me, catering to a younger audience.  I had never heard of her before.  However, the title of her most recent video instantly peaked my interest and being quite adventurous when it comes to watching new videos, I decided to listen to it.  Note:  I consider this "adventurous" only as a mock on how society's values have changed with the influx of social media presence, as O'Neill's video teaches.  

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

'Tis the Season...So Celebrate It

Ahhhh, Halloween's over!  Finally, I can prepare for Thanksgiving!  Maybe I should start Christmas shopping...Ohmygosh Valentine's Day is soon.  What treats am I going to bake?!

If those above words are streaming through your mind, stop.  Breathe.  Relax.  You aren't alone.  In fact, I think the stores are many holidays ahead of you.