din-din time: quinoa, sweet potato, and sautéed romaine

Since I’m in the middle of my gap year right now, my days might not be as structured as yours. I don’t have any obligations that require me to wake up at 6am. I’m not working, and I’m not in school, but I still do it anyway. I treat my Monday through Friday just as you probably treat yours–hard at work, at my desk, fulfilling my own self-requirements.

Some days go by quick while others drag on and on and on. When my day is “done” at six o’clock, there’s only one thing on my mind: FOOD.

The recipe that I’m sharing with you today is perfect for night’s when you’re exhausted. It doesn’t require much effort, time or ingredients, but it’s still nutritious and god damn delicious! Bonus points: it’s vegetarian; however, if you don’t eat eggs, you can leave that part out. 🙂

Let’s get started!


Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

Serving Size: 1

Difficulty: Easy


  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • Half a cup of dried Quinoa
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 a head of romaine; chopped or intact
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pinches of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 pinches of minced garlic (fresh or preserved; I used preserved)
  • Sea Salt; to taste
  • Ground Pepper; to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • When oven is heated, pierce sweet potato with a fork several times
  • Place in oven on a baking tray lined with foil
  • Let cook for 45 min.
  • 20-25 minutes into the sweet potato cooking, begin to cook quinoa.
  • In a medium saucepan, add 1/2 cup of quinoa to 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, and let simmer until all liquid has been absorbed. This takes about 15-20 minutes.
  • As quinoa is simmering, heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper; stir.
  • Add romaine and press it down into oil and seasoning. Cover and cook for a minute or two.
  • Crack egg on top of romaine. Toss and stir for a few minutes until romaine is wilted, the egg is cooked, and all liquid has evaporated.
  • Continue cooking longer to char romaine or until desired doneness.
  • Remove from heat.

When the quinoa and sweet potato is done, your dinner is ready! Plate, serve, and enjoy! 🙂

I’m off to eat and go watch The Vampire Diaries. If you try this recipe out, comment down below and let me know what you think!


treat yo’ self to some strawberry-mango “nice” cream

I’m a fan of puns, in case you couldn’t tell from the title.

I think puns are one of the best ways to get a chuckle out of myself (yes, I make myself laugh sometimes–a skill every individual could benefit from). And damn, was it necessary yesterday.

See, I was having a rough night after a stressful day–I’m sure you can relate. So, even though I wasted most of my day, I still figured I had enough time to treat myself before bedtime. I’m on a health kick though, so I didn’t want to reach for my Ben and Jerry’s (my day wasn’t that bad), so I created an amazing substitute!

After I made my treat, I settled down to some Parks and Rec, and for those of you who know me, I’m OBSESSED with Tom Haverford and his shenannigans…so all in all, my night ended on a high note.

I hope you like the recipe. Let me know what you think! 🙂

My Strawberry Mango Nice Cream might not look this groovy, but it tastes amazing. I promise.


  • 2 handfuls of strawberries & mangos each (frozen)
  • 1 scoop of Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp. flax&chia seed mix
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • ½-1 banana


  • Blend until thick but smooth (more liquid may be needed to assist blending, but not too much unless you want a smoothie)
  • Freeze 30 min.

Why “Nice” Cream?

❌NO Guilt for treating yo’self

📺Best enjoyed while watching Parks and Recreation on Netflix (especially Episode 4, Season 4: Pawnee Rangers)



start your day off right: poached eggs + avocado

Every New Years up until this past year, I’d come up with the same list of resolutions, and the main one I’ve had on my list for the past few years was to eat less junk without dieting.

I’ve been a lot more successful this year by far, but I still allow myself to “cheat.” Once a week, I’ll allow myself a guilt free cheat meal, but never a cheat day. For me, this method works best, but there are still days that I fall off the wagon and eat crap all day… of course, I never plan this… it just happens😑Like, whatever. I’m young. Who said Cheetos were a crime? If anything, they’re a crime of passion because I LOVE CHEETOS AND I’M NOT AFRAID TO SAY IT.

Anyway… what I wanted to share with you guys during my post today is what I do to eat healthy throughout the day. I believe that breakfast is KEY! 🙂 We’ve all heard the saying, “Start your day off right!” And it’s soooo true, I can’t stress that enough.

On days where I fall off the wagon, it’s usually because I neglect breakfast–I either skip it or I eat processed food with no nutritional value. However, on days that I spend a few extra minutes in the morning making breakfast, I tend to eat clean for the rest of the day. Now, when I say making breakfast, I don’t just mean popping a bagel in the toaster or pouring myself a bowl of frosted flakes. I mean, cooking something on my stove, or cutting up fruit and placing it in a bowl of yogurt with enough effort to make it “instagram worthy.”

I believe actively making and eating something nutritious first thing in the morning creates a standard for the day. For the rest of the day, I don’t have to try very hard to scope out healthy options because I’m subconsciously thinking about cleaner ones. Also, I’m not that big of a cook, but I feel like when it comes to meals besides breakfast, they’re a cinch to make for the sole reason that I didn’t just wake up like I did in the morning. If you don’t understand this, try forcing yourself to think and use the stove when you’re half asleep. It’s sorta the worst thing ever, but it’s worth it in the long run.

Today’s recipe is of my new favorite breakfast, and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do! It’s poached eggs with smashed avocado on rye toast. The reasons why I love it is because it only takes about 10 minutes to make, and the recipe doesn’t require loads of dishes. It’s also insanely delicious, protein packed, and will keep you satisfied during your busy mornings. Pair with a cup of joe and you’re golden!

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients and Supplies needed:

→Note: No vinegar is necessary to poach an egg. Personally, I hate anything with vinegar in it…period. I did try poaching eggs with it though, and while it helps give a nice shape to the poached egg, it changes the taste and texture of the egg too much for me to enjoy it. If you enjoy using vinegar, go for it, but just know that this recipe excludes it.

  • 2-3 eggs (fresh are best, but not necessary)
  • Half an avocado
  • 2 slices of rye bread, toasted
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste
  • Water
  • A wide, non-stick skillet
  • A small cup to crack your eggs in; a measuring cup is fine
  • A thermometer
  • A slotted spoon
  • A toaster

If you’ve never poached an egg before and need a little guidance, check out Alton Brown’s video on YouTube. It’s how I learned!


  • Place your wide, non stick skillet on the stove and add 1.5 inches of water.
  • Bring the water to a bear simmer. The water will be ready when it reaches 190°F (you’ll see little bubbles on the bottom of the skillet)
  • Crack one egg into a small cup, keeping the yolk intact.
  • Create a whirlpool by stirring your water with a spoon, then push the cup into the water and slowly pour in the egg.
  • Repeat for your remaining eggs
  • Keep the eggs in for at least 4.5 minutes (longer if you prefer your yolks less runny). Be sure to maintain the 190°F heat of the water as your eggs poach.
  • At this time, toast your bread.
  • Slice your avocado in half. Place half of it in a sandwich bag, and put it in the fridge to keep for later use. Remove pitt from the half you’re using. Dice before scooping it out of the skin.
  • When your toast is done, smash avocado on top of it. Season with sea salt.
  • Remove eggs with a slotted spoon when time is up. Pat them dry with a paper towel to remove any extra water.
  • Cut eggs in half. Place on top of toast and avocado. Season with pepper.
  • Eat and Enjoy!


short hair is just as sexy + beautiful as long hair

Here’s a little anecdote that I’m sure will make you laugh, and allow you to understand where I’m coming from when I say that short hair is just as beautiful and sexy as long locks.

After growing my hair out from something that was a mix between a bob and a bowl (Coconut Head from Ned’s Declassified, anyone?) in elementary school, I quickly allowed my thick, wavy hair to reach my bum. It was soooo long, and everyone thought it was so pretty. But I had a secret.

Under the top layer of my “beautiful” and “feminine” hair was a giant rats nest knot. We had to make a trip to the hairdressers so she could cut it out.

Problem solved, right?


This happened not once and not twice, but three times until I finally learned my lesson. After the third knot, my parents would check to make sure I’d brush it. My dad would threaten me that he’d give me a buzz cut or a crew cut. That threat always scared me into taking care of my hair from that point on.

Like I said before, my hair is thick and wavy, so it’s a pain in the a$$ to straighten, blow dry, and keep frizz away. In middle school, I started wearing my hair in a bun almost every day because I didn’t want to deal with it, and I hated it falling in my face. My dad, being a guy, hates when he sees me wear my hair up. He always asks for me to wear it down, because it’s beautiful.


When I got my hair cut this past week, I did it for the reasons I explained in yesterday’s post. But another reason why I did it was because I was tired of slaving over it. When I came home, my dad was shocked. I think he was sad too. I don’t want to say he hates it (even though he says that he loves anything I do), but he prefers my old hair without a doubt. When I told my boyfriend, Justin, about my dad’s reaction, Justin said it didn’t surprise him.

When I pitched my new hair idea to Justin, he told me to go for it and thought it would look good on me. When I finally got it cut, he loved it, and that is new to him. Justin always thought that girls needed to have long hair to be pretty… until I got my hair cut short. When he saw how flattering and sexy it was, he changed his mind about what makes a girl beautiful. (Cue the confetti and party poppers! A celebration is in order!)

What this little scenario tells me speaks volumes more than just hair style. It’s about women. It’s about what beauty is.

I think one of the reasons why short hair styles (including bobs and pixies) aren’t fully embraced by youthful young women is because they’re not viewed as beautiful. Why is that? Not to get all “raging feminist” on you, but I think the reason is that girls are afraid that the guys in their life won’t think they’re attractive. I mean, save the short hair styles for your thirties, like when you’re “old.” That’s total crap!

Girls, if Shailene Woodley, Emma Watson, Julianne Hough, and countless other celebrities can rock the shortdo, there’s no excuse you can’t too.

Be bold. Be daring.

hoppin into spring with a bob haircut

Springtime is the perfect time for something new!

Last spring, I sprung (haha, get it?) for some bangs, and this year they’re back, but with a little twist:

I got a bob haircut! It’s super short and super layered, and I absolutely ADORE it.

When I went to my wonderful hairdresser (whom I’ve known since a kiddo), she was just as surprised as I was that I was daring enough to chop it all off. Like, 8 inches. Chop. Chop. Chop. The last time my hair was this short, I was in elementary school, and I looked like Scout from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

So, why did I do it? A few reasons (and trust me when I say this…cough, cough, Dad…I did this for no other reason):

Hair Health: For the past couple of years, I’ve really been into dying my hair to follow different seasonal trends. The BIG ones were having my hair ombré in Spring and Summer 2013, adding purple/red highlights put in for winter season, then going lighter and lighter in the Spring and Summer 2014 seasons, before I went as blonde as I desired this past fall and winter. YUCK! Now, luckily, I never heat-treated my hair on a daily basis during those intense dye sessions. I’d always let my hair air dry (I don’t own a hair dryer, and I don’t think I ever will), I never needed to add curl to my already curly hair, and why on earth would I straighten something that’s going to get frizzy? Anyway, now that I’ve cut off all the color and treat my hair with a coconut oil mask once a week, my hair is nothing BUT healthy!

One of my “New Years Resolutions” was to go to the gym and be healthy. I’ve lost the Freshman 15 that I managed to put on in one semester (shhhhhhh!!!) and then some, as well as put on weight…muscle weight! DAMNNNN (whenever I pass by a mirror, I tend to flex…) So, new body, new me!
If Julianne Hough can pull it off (especially in Safe Haven, which is always a viable option when I want to watch a movie), why can’t I?
I couldn’t be happier with my decision, and while you don’t haveeee to get a ‘bob’, be sure to try something new. Playing it safe is soooo last season.