Friday, February 25, 2011

How to Get Silky Smooth Hair

Tonight my hubby and I with a bunch of our friends are going to stay on an island! Camp life. I can't say I'm too thrilled about not having a bathroom available though. It should be interesting! I will absolutely be blogging about it when I get home tomorrow afternoon.

For now I wanted to slip in a quick blog about shiny hair. I have wavy/curly hair and I almost always blow it dry and straighten it out sometimes leaving the bottom wavy. No matter what style I go for it always requires heating my hair which can be very damaging.

I've also fallen into the habit of washing my hair everyday and I am trying really hard to break it. These factors combined leave my hair dry and thirsty. Not to mention I live in FL, the land of humidity.

A few months ago I learned a super trick to achieving shiny hair in no time. All you have to do is pour some olive oil in your hand (the better the quality, the better it works but I'm cheap ;)

Next, rub the olive oil into your pony tail. Make sure you don't get any on the top of your hair or scalp because this will lead to a greasy look.

Tie your hair up in a bun and go about your normal activities. I leave mine in for a few hours but it's really up to you.
*Chickpeas in the background hehe :)

When you are ready to wash it out, do your normal shower routine. Do Not try to scrub your hair extra hard to get it out because you want it to have a lasting effect.

Dry hair and style and just wait and see the shining results!

I am going to do this about once a week because it makes my hair look so much healthier and super shiny!

Wish me luck on my camping adventure! :)

What is your favorite "hair recipe"?

xoxo Jessenia

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Food That Loves You Back

Eating healthy is not easy. If anyone has ever told you it is, they lied.

Today I was about to go for a run when realized I was feeling pretty weak and almost shaky. Upon this realization I started to think of the probable causes. It took me all of about a half of a second to discover it was because I hadn't eaten a strong breakfast or lunch.

You see, the problem with eating healthy is that you have to be intentional with your eating and if you become lazy, you will certainly feel the results.

I am a vegetarian and I also do not eat fish or dairy. Some would say this limits my variety but I know better. However, I don't always give myself the variety I need because it takes preparation and time! Hence, what happened today.

So as I sat and thought about my need for intentional eating, I started snacking on some Kashi cereal and saw that on the box it said "Food That Loves You Back". Ah ha! I then decided to go to Publix to stock my refrigerator and cabinets with food that would love me as much I love it!

I know how to eat balanced meals. I know how to prepare them but I don't always do it. We all fall into eating ruts. We all get lazy. I'm the biggest culprit but I am encouraged that with some dedication I will feel as great as possible and eat some amazing food while I'm at it.

Now that I'm home from Publix, I made myself the first Green Monster I have had in ages. Why has it been so long?! The ingredients are a heaping handful of spinach, a handful of strawberries, and a cup of vanilla almond milk. The result: mud water that tastes like heaven. :)

Moral of the story is .. Make sure you are getting the fuel your body needs, eat intentionally, eat with a purpose! It's worth your time. I promise. :)

Do you ever fall into eating ruts?

xoxo Jessenia

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Random Mumbo Jumbo

I'm back! I cannot believe it has been almost 7 months since my last blog! That is unacceptable. I'll have to say, I missed it a ton but I was so busy I hardly seemed to notice.

I feel like I have so much to say but I don't want to put it all into the same post so I will give you the quick update on the past 7 months and then talk about today.

In summary:

  • I finished my degree in Secondary Biology with student teaching for 3 months and now I am teaching part-time time a technology charter school. 
  • My one year anniversary with the husband was in January! woo hooo :) 
  • and ... I have been a vegetarian for a whole year!

I've been really busy but having a great time! I love my life and I am so so blessed.

Now for today. Since I work part-time now, I have most of my afternoons free which gives me plenty of time to get stuff done around the house, relax, and workout.

Today I went running around my neighborhood at about 5:30. I felt pretty good but I'm not quite up to speed with where I've been in the past. I feel like there's always something that gets in the way and I stop running for a while and then have to from scratch. Anyone know what I mean?

My most recent excuse was that I was sick. sniffle sniffle.

I did notice while I was running that I could smell dinners cooking from all the different houses. It was amazing! I found myself taking in huge whiffs of air and trying to figure out what food was cooking. Weird, I know ;).

I definitely think I smelled mashed potatoes and green beans at one house. I looove mashed potatoes and green beans.

I've also started listening to Pandora while I run instead of my iTunes. It's a great way to be introduced to new music. I highly highly suggest listening to the Daft Punk Radio while running. I know you'll love it!

Okay, time to figure out what to make for din din. I'm so glad to be back and have a million things on my mind to share so stay tuned!

What have you all been up to?

xoxo Jessenia