Finals Week is Upon Us

One class stands between me & my last LDOC of fall semester (last day of class, that is).

As I said before, this year is full of lots of lasts… But with the closing doors, there are many more being opened.

As you plunge into the dreaded finals week, don’t neglect yourself! It’s so easy to let stress consume you & let the more important things, such as sleep, eating, + exercise, fall to the wayside.

Here is your friendly reminder to not forget to do the little things!

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Three Bean Veggie Chili

There’s nothing like a big bowl of hot soup on a cold day, that’s for sure.

+ this one is PERFECT, for a light, protein-packed, meal.

The holiday season is busy busy busy, but this recipe is SO simple for even your busiest of days.

Simply throw all the ingredients, let it simmer, & enjoy.

It’s sure to warm your heart + fill your belly.

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No Procrastination November

And just like that… it’s November.

Oh my, where did the year go?! It’s always crazy to me how the year starts out, seeming daunting, yet full of possibility.  Then, before we know it, it’s winding down & those new year’s resolutions that we once made are loooong gone (what resolutions did I even make…?)

Life has been busy, as I’m sure it has been for you too. Perhaps you follow along on my Instagram (@oomyquad), where I have been a little, okay a lot more active with posting.

In between this busy thing called like, I’ve been cooking, schooling, practicing a little bit of tennis, all while trying to hold onto these precious last moments of my senior year of college (OK WHAT!?). It feels like there are so many lasts… last first day of school (ever? Nope… hopefully not yet). Last time registering for classes. Last fall tennis season. Last college football game (as a student). It feels like everything is a last. (except I will appreciate that last exam… but there’s no rushing that).

But hey… the whole world is waiting for me to make even more firsts!

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Vegetable Korma

With a busy schedule (as I am sure most of us can relate), the only way for me to truly stay on track with clean eating  is meal prep. I am not a huge fan of the traditional chicken + broccoli for lunch & dinner (5x a week) especially because I’m vegetarian, but more because its BORING!

This healthy combo has been one of my go-to recipes recently!

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Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Simple. Creamy. Naturally Sweetened. & Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or a dessert. 
Chia seed pudding is a mini powerhouse of calcium, antioxidants and omega-3’s. + I’m a big fan of anything that I can pop into the fridge & have breakfast waiting for me in the morning! (ahem, 0vernight 0ats)
I’ve avoided making + eating Chia Pudding for as long as I can remember. I was always so unsure of what the texture would be like + what it would taste like, but after some research, I decided to take the plunge & I’m so glad that I did.
We’ve been hearing for what seems like years, how great Chia seeds are. Just last year, I shared their many benefits. Sprinkle them on top of salads, sandwiches, blend them into smoothies or use them as an egg replacement… the possibilities seem endless.
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My Gratitude Project

“When you arise in the morning,
I hope that you all had a safe + fabulous holiday weekend!
I am so grateful for a week of beautiful weather at the beach, surrounded by my family, celebrating our freedoms + opportunities that our country provides, & simply just relaxing.
With such a busy schedule during the school year, I rarely have time to just sit & read. This summer I have been using my free time as an opportunity to grow my mind + dive into books that I’ve been interested in reading. I somehow found myself reading what some might cynically call “self-help” books; although, I prefer to consider them as personal development.
I will be the first to admit that reading a personal development book won’t magically organize your office space that you’ve been avoiding or permanently change your life.  There is no straight forward + easy path towards achieving ultimate happiness & well-being. If there were, I am sure that you would’ve heard of it by now… we all would have. If it was easy, we’d all be doing it. It takes work. It’s a process of practice & growth.
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Steps to Your Best Week Yet

Happy Sunday! Want to make this week a great one? I mean, well… Of course, who wouldn’t!?
Use Sunday to relax, get organized & prep for the best week ahead. These tips will help avoid a frantic Monday morning, forcing you to brush your teeth in traffic as you nearly rear end the car infront of you.
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