Homemade Coffee Body Scrub

My love for coffee does not discriminate… I like it hot, cold, in the morning or the middle of the day, on my body, you name it. Take a little time this Labor Day weekend to pamper yourself with this homemade coffee body scrub recipe that will leave your skin feeling baby soft!
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Love Yourself

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Rather than an egotistical, self-centered, narcissistic mindset, self-love is the desired regard for one’s own well-being and happiness. Through my journey of both setting and achieving some of my fitness and academic goals, as well as developing from an adolescent to a soon-to-be 21-year old feeling confident in my own skin has become vitally important.

(Although I will be touching on the realm of self-love for females, it is equally important for males and they face many of the same challenges)

Over my (short) lifespan, I have grown to grasp the importance of feeling comfortable in my own skin, at whatever height, weight, skin or hair color I might have. I am a strong believer that there is not one, two or three ideal body types and that society has far too strong of a push in one direction or another. From a young age girls are faced with media swarming them with images of tall, skinny girls that have been photoshopped to perfection.
As a result, girls begin to feel insecure and uncertain about themselves. With confidence, I am convinced that girls should be proud of their bodies and their appearance and the personal comparison with others is the most detrimental thing that one could do. There is no definition or formula for beauty and each and every one of us is beautiful in our own unique way.
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Don’t Be Too Cool For School

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At last! I am done with summer school, which was one of the best and worst decisions I have ever made: the pain was intense but short; nevertheless, I had to work my bootaaay off. Regardless of being slammed with work, I was able to set aside around an hour each day to working out and rehab, although I am looking forward to dedicating these next couple of weeks to going all out. But… can you all believe it is AUGUST!? Where did the summer go… Last time I checked it was still May.
A little update on the craziness that is my life… I am now reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, which is all about “meat”, where it comes from, why we eat it, its journey from the farm to our plate + more. I am not very far into it but I will definitely give a more in-depth review once I have finished it. Next, I am going to read The Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and it exposes the truth about the effects of wheat, sugar and carbs on the brain… don’t worry though, I will not be going gluten free! Ever!
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I have also received my new Garmin Vivoactive watch which I am excited to incorporate into my workouts. It has a number of functions that I don’t quite know how to use to their full extent but it has great reviews so once I have used it for a couple of weeks I will be sharing my overall experience with you all!
July was a quick month but here are a few of my favorite things from the past few weeks…
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Staying On Track With A Busy Schedule

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Ahh! I apologize for being slightly MIA these past few weeks. Unfortunately, it is going to continue for just another couple of weeks as I finish up my summer class (which proved to be more demanding and fast pace than originally planned) but I promise I will be back! Regardless of the heavy course load, I have made a great effort to get my workouts in early, eat well and stay hydrated.
I am going to share a few tips and tricks that I have used to fit my workouts in, despite having such a busy schedule.
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Small Stepping Stones to Weight Loss

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Okay, so I am well aware that fitness and health trends come and go but when I saw the latest, it actually blew my mind. No, not the Fitbit but… EATING BANANA PEELS. When I think of eating a banana, I consider the peel trash… compost at best.
When I saw two articles posted back to back, I knew that I had to take a peek to see just what the new craze was all about. “The One Crazy-Delicious, Weight-Loss Food We Know You’re Not Eating”… They would be right; I usually don’t include banana peels in my daily cuisine. I have never and probably will never munch on a banana peel, let alone cook with it… which led me to the next article… “Five Ways to Cook With Banana Peels.” Including but not limited to: Banana tea, which consists of soaking the peel in hot water before drinking it or blending the peel into a smoothie.
(If you’re interested, or don’t believe me… Check it out)

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While banana peels may or may not be the new “weight-loss” food… there are a number of other foods and tricks that you can incorporate into your day to day routine that may encourage weight loss.
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We came. We saw (a lot). We conquered.

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This past week, I traveled to the Wild West for the first time. Upon our arrival in Salt Lake City, mountains surrounded us, some snow-capped, others covered with green ground cover. Coming from an initial elevation of just about 800 feet to nearly 8,000 feet, there was a chance that we may feel some of the symptoms of elevation sickness but luckily we adjusted quickly.
We drove, we hiked and we rode horses.

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We saw it all… from bison, to elk, to moose (whose plural is still… moose) and the national parks did not disappoint, aside from not seeing a bear on our entire trip.
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Navigating The Real World


In college, you are constantly surrounded by questions of what you are majoring in and what you are going to do after college… It is hard to plan at my mere age of 20, what exactly I am going to be doing in 10 years, 20 years or even 50 years. It is overwhelming to say the least.
As times progress, it seems as though it is steadily becoming more and more difficult… first, to get into college. The acceptance rates are dropping, the minimum required GPA, SAT score and number of extracurricular are rapidly growing. Unfortunately, a weekly visit to a nursing home or soup kitchen just won’t cut it anymore… colleges are looking for and demanding more out of their students. It has both its benefits and its downfalls. While it is pushing students out of their comfort zones, forcing them to actively participate in the community and beyond, high school students do not have enough time to do it all.
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Dear Sophomore Year

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 2 years down, 2 to go. But where did the past two years go? You mean in the same amount of time I will be on my own… for the rest of my life?
The easiest two years have past and the hardest two years lie ahead of me. Some of the hardest decisions have yet to be made while some of the most difficult obstacles have been overcome. Beginning college is a roller coaster, to say the least. Filled with new experiences, people and situations that you have never been faced with before. You are completely independent from your parents, forced to do your own laundry, feed yourself, and wake up on time in the morning. College will teach you lessons that cannot be learned anywhere else.
During your freshman year, you enter a new world where you have the freedom to make your own decisions and for the first time, you are held completely responsible for your actions. Everything is entirely up to you. You probably grow the most during your first year of school… Then, during your second, everyone expects you to know the ropes. They expect you to act more mature and make decisions that will permanently impact your future. I’m not ready to make decisions on what I will be doing in 10 years, 20 years or even 40 years… What if I want to change those decisions? What if I don’t actually want to be a biology major? Eek!
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Master Your Stress

  
As the semester winds down, many college students, including myself, face great amounts of stress as they prepare for final exams and ending their semester. I often times find myself craving unhealthy food and picking up to-go rather than cooking a nutritious meal because of the time that it takes. Many people pull all nighters in the library and miss out on much needed sleep in hopes of cramming information into their brain at the last minute.
We are all guilty of neglecting our general well being during a time of high stress, regardless of the cause.
Surprisingly, small amounts of stress may actually be good for you.
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Technology Detox

Sometimes I think that we all need a technology detox to realize just how dependent we are on our cellphones. Rather than seeing things with our own eyes and creating memories in our brains, we seem to prefer to capture events through our camera lens and store the memories on our phones. It is sad to think that rather than enjoying concerts with our own eyes and ears, we are recording them on our phones to replay later and share with friends and family.

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In today’s world, we love to take pictures of food (me included)… but why? Instead of taking note of the restaurants surroundings or how great it tasted, we take pictures of our food from every angle.
 Take one bite… snap a pic.
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