You've probably heard the terms "shop local" and "shop small" before, right? If not, they simply mean to do your shopping from a local business where you know where your products are coming from while "shop small" means to shop from small businesses (not huge franchises). Being a daughter of a small business owner, I'm going to tell you what it means to my family to shop small and to shop local.
A favorite and simple summer smoothie of mine consists of 2 basics: frozen bananas and orange juice. It's smooth yet citrus flavor is a perfect summer treat and I almost always have the two ingredients on hand.
On this rainy fall day, I was having myself a "Little House On The Prairie" marathon (because yes I own every season) while sitting in bed and the aroma of my pumpkin caramel candle was taunting my taste buds for a good 'ol fall treat. I made my way into the kitchen in hopes to find something I can whip up. I thought about how long it's been since I had a smoothie. Then a simple idea popped into my head and I had try it!
Here's what you'll need:
1 1/2 bananas sliced
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
About 1 cup of orange juice
(optional ice cubes [I like mine extra cold])
What To Do:
After the bananas are sliced, lay the sliced on a plate, wide container, or simply leave them on a plastic cutting board. Sprinkle the cinnamon and clove evenly over the bananas and freeze until frozen. Mine took about a half hour to freeze.
Put spiced bananas, orange juice, and optional ice in the blender and blend until smooth, or a consistency you personally enjoy. Add more cinnamon or clove if you want! I'm a cinnamon junky and pile that stuff on.
There you have it! A nice Autumn twist to a simple summer smoothie!! Enjoy :)
It has been quite some time since I last posted on my blog. Nearly 5 months to be exact. During that time I was juggling several life events such as weddings, my NEPHEW was born, and SUMMER. Need I say more? I also found a company that is super awesome and they accepted me into their ambassador family with open arms.
As you all know, I'm running an Etsy shop, selling Mala-inspired necklaces and bracelets. I have already written an article on what they mean to me, and they're about to mean a lot more. You probably all know about the devastating earthquake that happened almost a week ago in Nepal, and I want to use my success with Foxy Malas to help them as much as I can.
In case you haven't noticed (which you probably didn't), I have not been blogging lately. For the past couple of weeks, actually. I've been on a busy schedule, and my editorial calendar just didn't have the power to dominate my personal calendar (bad habit?). I have been busy, and I even got sick for a few days, and by the time my day is over I'm way too tired to even think about writing. I'm trying my best to switch my schedule around these days so that I can make time to write more often. Because today, I realized when I don't write for a while, things pile up that I'd like to share. So, here's the past couple of weeks in a little nutshell.
Here's the current scene: I'm sitting atop my bed, listening to a hip hop playlist on Spotify. My attempted editorial calendar spread out on my left, and my personal planner laying on my right. Laptop is in front of me on my lap. Tea in hand as I scratch my head using a pen with my other hand. It is currently 9:41 PM on a Friday night. I like to think this scene makes it look like I work hard, trying to be as close to a writer as possible, but I'm sitting here trying to figure out what the heck I'm doing.
As my first writing prompt from 365 Days of Writing Prompts, the questions was: "Have you ever made a New Year's Resolution that you kept?" The answer is: Yes. I have, but I don't give myself much credit for it.
As an amateur writer, I always look for opportunities to improve my writing. As I was sipping my hot green tea, I began to browse the internet. I was trying to figure out [free] ways to further my writing career, and I came across the Daily Post blog. This site was a gem. It had many helpful tips about writing and beginning a blog.
Let's face it, I'm an Instagram addict. For me, it started out as slightly dull. I posted about anything and everything (as a high school student). I was only really following people that I was going to school with, whether I really knew them or not. It was a basic social networking app on my phone that specialized in posting what I had for lunch, group photos, or the gross spider I found in the shower. I didn't really have any rhyme or reason for my IG.
It wasn't until after I graduated from high school when I discovered there were some pretty awesome IG accounts out there. Accounts that really intrigued me. They all had a theme, and usually they were bloggers as well. I could scroll through their entire feed without it growing stale. I follow so many of these accounts now, that I cannot name them all in one post, but I can tell you my top 5 favorites as of right now.
1. Joy Prouty. @joyprouty