Busy Busy Busy!!!

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Well hello there! I know I haven’t been posting much but it has been a crazy summer of working and getting ready for LAW SCHOOL! I am really considering making a video diary so my family can see what its like and so I can remember all these crazy times years from now. I have also moved into a new apartment, so I will probablyyy do a home tour video or post… or both. Thank you so much for checking in with me! See you soon!

My Take on Toast

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Hi guys! Long time no see!! I have been busy, as usual, but I am hoping to get back into blogging again. I am currently in the process of getting ready for my first year of Law School this fall, so its been a mix of trying to get papers and apartments finalized and all that fun stuff. In the mix of all that I have been trying to do more cooking at home, and new recipes. Today for lunch I made this super yummy avocado toast, but I added my own little twist to it.

Ingredients: 
1 Avocado 
2 pieces of bread (toasted)
1 tbs sweet corn 
1/2 tbs of finely chopped red onion
1/2 tsp of chili powder 
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp white pepper

So I love avocado toast but I wanted to kick it up a notch. I had chopped a red onion up the night before, and also made fresh corn and took it off the cob for a salad yesterday. So I mashed up the avocado in a bowl, added the corn kernels, onion, salt, chili powder, and pepper in a bowl. It really isn’t that complicated or exciting, but the resulting spread on the toast is so yummy compared to just salt and pepper which is what I would usually have. The spice of the chili and onion, mixed with the sweet pop of the corn made for a perfect flavor mixed with the buttery avocado. I can’t wait to have my roommates try this soon, and eat it again later this week! If  you try it, let me know what you think!

 

Feeling Alive Again

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Hi there everyone! I am so happy to be back to writing here and so happy to be back to feeling like my normal self. I haven’t been active much since January, which wasn’t easy for me, but I had so much going on in my personal life that it was almost too much to handle. In December I went to a doctor to look at a few swollen lymph nodes in my neck that I had ignored for almost 2 years. This simple check up ended up being a four month long endeavor that would change my view on so many things. I ended up having multiple ultrasounds, CT scans, PET scans and 2 surgeries in a matter of months. The words cancer and lymphoma were constantly in my mind and always being looked for in my body. Finally we got answers these past two weeks, my tonsils in my PET scan came back so abnormally bright that it was 100% necessary to immediately take them out. After all these tests, we have found that I had a very very bad infection that could have been going on in my body for much longer then 2 years. This was a huge relief, I felt like the world had been lifted off of my shoulders and I could finally breathe.

Now my tonsils have been out for almost a week, and my lymph node in my neck that was the largest, and had never changed in size,  is almost half what it was before surgery. I not only feel joy in the fact that I am cancer free, but I also for the first time in what feels like years feel awake. I didn’t realize how tired and groggy whatever was going on in my body was making me. I had spent the beginning of 2016 in this dark place of fear and anxiety, and now I feel as though I can breathe and finally begin to enjoy all that life is offering me right now. My family and friends have been the most amazing people during this, but my boyfriend has just gone above and beyond anything I ever expected from another human being. He was there when I would break down and cry and he was always checking on me and still to this day brings me little gifts and things to make sure I am happy and feeling my best. Without him and the love we share, and the undying love and support from my wonderful parents and sister, I can’t imagine that I would be where I am today. I only have 3 more weeks in my last semester of college, which has been nothing like I ever expected it. I have a lot of work to catch up on, but when I am not slaving away over the books I look forward to spending time with the people I love and bringing joy back into their lives and the lives of others.

 

Thank you so much for reading this far and sticking with me through these months. And I know my Mom, Dad, family, and my boyfriend will probably read this too. Thank you all so much for al you do for me I love you all so much❤

Myakka River State Park

 

Florida is such a beautiful state, so many people think that all we have here is beaches and theme parks but there is so much more to Florida then that. We have some amazing nature parks, and one right in my hometown backyard is called Myakka River State Park. This is a sprawling river habitat with forests and wetland prairies that are brimming with wildlife. There are alligators, countless birds including some majestic birds of prey that one can often find hunting in the river. Deep in the forests there are deer, cats, and other small creatures enjoying the shade away from the hot Florida sun. One amazing thing about Myakka is how interactive and guest friendly it is. You can spend time renting a canoe to float down the river and in the reeds, or you can rent out a bike to bike along miles of paved roads along the river bank and through the trees. They even have a tree-top canopy walk that allows you an unprecedented view above the trees and across the landscape. I grew up coming to this park, but every time that I come back I am always left finding more things to see and do, I hope to one day rent out one of their cabins or bring a tent and camp in the park. There is nothing quite like sitting and listening to the birds on the viewing deck for awhile and taking in the fresh air. These are just a few of the picture I took while I was there this past week. If you are ever in the Sarasota area, be sure to drop in to Myakka State Park and spend some time among the trees and on the water and see more of Florida.

 

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Here is a sleepy little gator taking in the heat on a nice Spring day.

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Here are just a few of the creatures you’ll see patrolling the water! IMG_9108IMG_9138

Not only can you find an abundance of animals here, there are also such amazing plants and trees to see. In the summer the river lights up in yellow when the lilies bloom.

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Clear skies, palm trees, and 75 degree weather. There is no place better to be then out exploring Florida nature!

 

 

 

Coconut Oil Love

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It is almost summer!! Well at least here in Florida it is, and for me that means coconut and tropical everything. My newest coconut fin is this shampoo and conditioner duo by HASK. It has such an amazing smell, its almost like a sweet tanning oil, and I love it! Not only does it smell delicious but with no parabens or sulfates it keeps your hair feeling light and clean with almost no weight. To add to the coconut goodness once a week I coat my hair (pre-shower) with Trader Joe’s Virgin coconut oil and let it sit for as long as I can and then wash it out with these bad boys. Then as a final touch I use the HASK bamboo oil on my wet hair. All in all these products are amazing and for their price (5.99$ at Target) you can’t get a better deal!

 

 

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What I Have Been Up To

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Well hello there friends! Sorry I haven’t been around too much!! I have had a pretty crazy 2016 so far. I have had some medical stuff going on which I don’t want to say too much about because it is still unclear what is really going on, but other then that my world has revolved around school! I have two more months left until I graduate and I am finishing and submitting my law school applications as we speak. I wanted to share this little picture I took last week at Disney World where I like to spend my free time that I have. Would you be interested in more posts on disney? Food reviews? or Tips? Let me know!!

I hope you’re all having a joyful and lovely February and I can;t wait to get more posts coming your way!

Delicious Dark Chocolate Greek Yogurt Brownies

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Can something be both healthy and delicious? The answer is yes,, yes it can. My roommate made these amazing brownies with super healthy ingredients and I have to say they tasted like a super dense fudge brownie but without all the crazy ingredients! Here is what you will need to make this tasty treats!! ( Makes about 8-16 thick 1/2 inch brownies)

Ingredients

12 oz non-fat Greek Yogurt

1/6 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips

1/6 cup dark chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups plain flour

2 cups Dark brown sugar

1 cup cocoa powder

2 Tbs vanilla extract

2 Tbs coconut oil

3/4 cup vanilla almond milk

12×9 in pan

Steps

  1. preheat oven 350F
  2. In small sauce pan melt the dark chocolate chips with coconut oil on low heat
  3. In a large bowl mix all dry ingredients ( Flour Cocoa Powder, and Brown Sugar)
  4. In a small separate bowl combine the almond milk, greek yogurt, vanilla, and melted chocolate.
  5. Slowly fold wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients.Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add into pan spreading mixture evenly.
  7. Put in oven for approximately 35 min
  8. Spread mini chocolate chips on top after you take the pan out of the oven.
  9. Place pan in refrigerator for 20 minutes or until desired coolness
  10. Eat and Enjoy❤

 

I hope you try this recipe let me know if you do!!