Monday, January 27, 2014

The Weekly Faith: Week 3

Hi everyone! Sorry my Weekly Faith blog for last week is so late. This was my first time filming myself like this so I underestimated how long it would take. I just thought a personal experience for this (last) week's Weekly Faith would be a great change of pace.

This is my story about patience that I hope encourages you in your walk with God. If you are at a point in your life where you're having trouble trusting in God's timing, I hope my story helps you. This is just a story to remind you that God knows best. I know it's long, so I know most people won't listen but for those who do watch it, may my personal story encourage you wherever you may be in life.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Commute Blessings: January 2014

Hi guys!!! I'm sorry it's been so long since I've shared a Commute Blessings post. I actually didn't mention my new plan for my Commute Blessings series but I've decided to try to mount the GoPro on my windshield in around the same spot on days where I think the sky might look really good. Then, instead of taking pictures, I took videos because I thought videos would capture commute blessings far better than photos would.

I don't really have much else to say, besides "see for yourself". I present to you my first video compilation of the commutes I have been blessed with because of what I get to witness while driving! Hope you enjoy!!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Salad That Makes You Full

Hello guys!! This is a change of pace because I haven't blogged about food in a while because I haven't really made anything since I've been living with my parents. But I did make something amazing for lunch today and I thought I'd share.

I usually hate salads. Not because I hate veggies but because they NEVER make me full!! No matter how big they are, they almost feel like empty calories because I'll be hungry in an hour. But this salad showed me it could make me full. And I want to share with you!

2 hardboiled eggs
6 slices of honey ham/sandwich meat
1/2 avocado
1 handful of cherry/grape tomatoes
1 handful of salad mix/mixed greens
3 handfuls of chopped lettuce
Salad dressing

These are just approximately the portions I used to make my salad. Feel free to mix up the portions to your liking and what you think will fill you up. I mostly just want to share the ingredients. The key ingredients are hardboiled eggs, meat, and avocado because those will help make you full. You can substitute the ham with grilled chicken or turkey breast or any other form of meat. Eggs are a great source of protein and it really only takes like 10-15mins to make, during which you can prepare the rest of the salad. Also, avocado is really filling. I'd put a whole avocado in there if you can really eat. Then, put the salad in a container that you can shake or a huge bowl where you can mix the salad around with the dressing. This helps you use less dressing and allows the dressing to spread everywhere. Note how little dressing I used for my salad, and that was actually a little too much! Will have to use less next time.

Happy healthy eating!!! :)


Sunday, January 19, 2014

Workouts of the Week: 1/13-1/19

Yay for 4 workouts this week!! I think that will be my goal for every week, try to do at least 3-4 workouts. Motivated to get fit, because although many may think I'm skinny, Fit > Skinny. Staying fit, eating healthier, and exercising often is better than being skinny. I love to eat so eating healthier is a little harder for me. However, I am trying to watch my portions throughout the day. On the other hand, I definitely can exercise and build muscles (and a toned butt haha).

You may be wondering why I watch ItsJudysLife during my workouts (especially this week). Personally, it helps to watch something that I enjoy and have been meaning to watch while I work out because it helps keep my mind off how hard the workout is or how tired I am. Also, I basically kill two birds with one stone when I work out and watch ItsJudysLife or any other TV show because I want to do both but time is limited for me throughout the workweek. It's a personal preference. You can try it out if you'd like!

Now for my workouts:

Wednesday - 30 squats, 40 lunges, 50 jumping jacks. I did a light workout because I originally planned on doing a full workout but I accidentally washed my face before the workout and didn't want to wash it again (strips away too much oil!) so I just did a really light workout that wouldn't make me sweat. I have a feeling I'll feel it in the legs the next day.

Thursday - While watching ItsJudysLife, I did this "Best Exercises for Lower Abs" workout by Shape magazine. It lasted about 45 mins because I was taking my time and had to take a while to read the instructions for each move. It was helpful breaking up each set into 10's or 5's. It didn't feel extremely hard to me. The last couple get a bit harder but just push through!! The next day or two you actually notice your lower abs sore. Such a weird feeling since I've never done workouts that targeted this area before. Very useful to have!! Repin it to your Pinterest board here.

Saturday - While watching ItsJudysLife, I did this workout. I did it only 2x because 1) I ran out of time because I had to meet up with someone (I did this workout in the morning before I shower and get ready to go out) and 2) Because I was dying!!!! It looked so simple but man, it's hard, especially since I'm just slowly getting into working out. So I worked out hard with doing this just twice. Also, I have a tendency to get light-headed if I work myself too hard with not enough energy inside of me, especially when I don't eat breakfast or any meal before I work out, so that's when I know when to stop. I did get a bit light-headed, but I guess I knew the workout worked me hard! Know your limits though, and don't push yourself too hard.

Sunday - While watching ItsJudysLife, I tried out Blogilates on YouTube!! My friend Joy recommended her to me and I'll definitely be using this channel as a workout resource. I only did this one workout so far but I highly recommend it. I may start out with her shorter workout videos and then ease myself into her longer ones. Anyway, this is the workout I did. 10 minutes long, which is good because I didn't have much time this morning. It's pretty fast though, so I probably only ended up doing a few of the moves half the as many times as she did but it's still a workout! Just try your best and try to keep up with her. That's what I did with a couple few second breaks. If I keep following her videos, I'll probably start getting used to the pace and go faster and faster with time :) 


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Afternoon Tea OOTD

I went out for afternoon tea at Crown and Crumpet in San Francisco with a couple of my girlfriends today. We decided to dress cute today and luckily it was a beautiful day in the city. So because we were dressed kinda cute, we tried to take OOTD pics for my blog!! Thanks for supporting me and my blog and contributing today girls :) 

Model: Melissa
Dress: Forever21
Cardigan: Forever21
Sandals: Agaci
Bag: Michael Kors


Model: Joy
Tank: Macy's
Skirt: Forever21
Cardigan: Forever21
Booties: DSW 
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack
Bag: Kate Spade

Dress: Forever21
Cardigan: H&M
Shoes: TOMS
Watch: Timex / Target
Bag: Michael Kors

And of course, here's a little sneak peek at our lovely tea experience at Crown and Crumpet!


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Weekly Faith: Week 2

This week's message comes from my favorite church, Rolling Hills in El Dorado Hills, CA. I get the opportunity to attend service there once in a while because I visit the area often. When I went to their Christmas Eve service and heard about their Satisfied series, I was so bummed I wouldn't get to hear it in person. Lucky for me, they post them online! :)

So here is the first of their Satisfied series. It serves as a great reminder that anything you possess can't satisfy you completely. "You are not what you own." If this topic at all appeals to you or interests you, feel free to take a listen! I highly recommend it. And you can even dive in deeper by checking out their second message in the Satisfied series (which I have yet to). You can find the message here. Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Workouts of the Week: 1/6-1/12

First workout of the new year!!! And also...first time working out in the past few months (oops!) Just thought I'd start trying to document my workouts again to give you ideas on what you can do at home since I don't own a gym membership and don't plan on owning one. My strategy is to watch something while I do 15-30mins of working out.

Monday - While watching The Bachelor, I did this workout 1x minus the last 2 sets of crunches. I know it sounds lame considering this workout is meant to be repeated 3x but this was my first workout in months and I'm just slowly getting back into it. I didn't do the last 100 crunches because I was shaking so much while doing them, it was so uncomfortable. But nevertheless, this workout made my core sore the next day! Pin it on Pinterest here.

Tuesday - While watching Parenthood online, I did this workout 1x. Took about 15mins. It's a little hard to keep track of time but I just had the stopwatch going on my phone the whole time. Great cardio and leg workout. Pin it to Pinterest here.

Wednesday - rest (so sore!)

Thursday - rest (still sore?!)

Friday - rest

Saturday - While watching YouTube videos, I did this workout (only 1x) and 35 squats. Took about 10mins. I had to go out for the whole day so I didn't have much time.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Blush Pink Sparkles

Create sparkly nail polish easily by mixing a transparent, sparkly nail polish with any color you want. I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Disco Ball and Essie in Ladylike. I thank Eunice for gifting these two beautiful colors to me and I just decided to mix them both (her suggestion). Putting a sparkly coat on top of a nail polish really dresses it up easily. I highly recommend these two colors, especially Disco Ball for painting on top of any color! I used 2 coats of Ladylike, 1 coat of Disco Ball, and top coat on top. Very easy way to glam up your nails without buying already glittered nail polish. Also, you can probably control how much sparkle gets added with Disco Ball. I'll have to play around with it :)


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Weekly Faith: Week 1

These past few months, it's been really hard for me to love. You may be thinking, what does that mean? How can you not love? It seems easy to do, but for me it hasn't been. When I'm upset or angry, it's hard for me to be patient, hard for me to forgive, hard for me to be kind, and of course, hard for me to love.

Last month, a friend suggested to check out this message from RealitySF, called A Culture of Love. So I did. And it was amazing. A Culture of Love is not about boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife kind of love. It's about all kinds of love, like love for your family, for your friends, for enemies, for strangers, and for significant others. It was so good, that I'm pretty sure I listened to it about 5 times. And I'm pretty sure I'll listen to it a few more times in the future. It really gives me the right mindset when it comes to loving on others. I recommend sitting down and watching the video the first time. After that, feel free to download the audio for it and play it in the car or during work like I have before (love that you can download it to my phone easily!) I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! Find the link here :)


New Blog Series for 2014!

There are a lot of things I want to do to start off the new year right. This is one of them. I'm introducing a new series called "The Weekly Faith" to you.

As you may or may not know, I am a Christian. I haven't been attending church much since I graduated 6 months ago but I did go this past Sunday. The message revolved around New Year's Resolutions and how many people typically break their resolutions. However, the pastor suggested one resolution for all of us: Matthew 6:33 "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." I've decided to take his suggestion seriously and really try to seek Him first, for guidance in things such as patience, kindness, hope, and most importantly--love. I personally feel that in order to seek Him first, I have to expose myself more to Christian messages, videos, articles, books, music, and the Word. Currently I do listen to KLOVE, a Christian radio station, throughout most of my 2-hour round-trip commute but I want to know Him better so that I can be a better person toward others around me. I think that sharing pieces of Christian resources that I use will help keep me accountable and also to speak Life or encouragement to others.

This blog post series will include anything I want to share to help encourage you or anything that I felt was really helpful or eyeopening to me. It can be a Bible verse, a message I heard online, quotes from a book, a specific song...really anything. I hope this helps you grow closer to God this year as well! And if you're not Christian and stumble upon my blog, feel free to ask any questions about anything I post or simply enjoy the little tidbits of Christian encouragement wherever you may be in life :)

P.S. All banners for this series are made by me and the photos behind them are taken by me. They are glimpses of the beautiful sceneries I've seen that I call God's creation. I hope you like them because they have been created perfectly by God, captured permanently by me to share.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Ski/Snowboard Outfit Ideas for Beginners

What to wear skiing or snowboarding? To start off, I'm not an expert. I've been skiing since I was a toddler and only in Northern California (Tahoe/Reno area) which I'm sure doesn't get anywhere close to the temperatures in other colder states, but I don't see this done very often so I figured it'd be a good idea to share what I would personally wear to ski/snowboard in California. You don't have to copy me completely of course, but if it's your first time or you have no idea what to wear or where to begin when it comes to snow gear, I really hope this helps you out!

What's the difference between ski gear and snowboard gear?
That's a good question. I actually don't know. I've worn this both skiing and snowboarding and it worked just fine so an outfit like this would probably work fine for you if you're new to either activity. I personally get really cold so I tend to layer more but some people who get hotter or tend to sweat more can do without a layer or two, like #10 and #11 pictured below. You kind of just have to find out how many layers is right for you after you go out the first time. Remember, they're layers so they can be taken off as needed!

Outfit Ideas/Suggestions
Here is what I wore for skiing in 40 degree Lake Tahoe recently, with alternative suggestions in italics:
  1. Goggles or sunglasses 
  2. Gloves/snow glove liners or warm mittens to keep your hands warm in the car
  3. Snow gloves
  4. Scarf or face mask to block the wind and cold from your face and neck
  5. Ski headband or beanie to keep your ears warm
  6. Wool socks
  7. Camelbak backpack or normal small backpack to keep water, snacks, keys, wallet, etc.
  8. DriFit long-sleeve top or thermals or turtlenecks or other tops that can absorb sweat
  9. Leggings or thermals or thin sweatpants
  10. Windproof jacket or fleece or sweatshirt or pullover to keep you warm
  11. Waterproof ski jacket with inner fleece layer or any other waterproof shell jacket
  12. Snowboarding pants or snow bib
Here is a closer look of what each layer looks like on:

A really important thing about snow outfits is that they can get pretty expensive to purchase. Luckily, my parents bought me the jacket (which includes the fleece layer inside), pants, goggles, and snow gloves a few years ago. These are typically probably the most expensive part of the outfit. Jackets and pants are $100+ each, goggles $40+, and gloves ~$40. The tip here is to either borrow from friends or family who aren't going to use the snow gear at the time or to hit outlets and sales for snow gear.

Looks Aren't Everything on the Slopes
I've realized that looking good in snow gear is hard, and you really shouldn't try too hard especially if you're a beginner. Your first time out, don't feel pressured to purchase the whole snow outfit beforehand. Try to borrow as much as you can, even if all your clothing items don't match--realistically, a lot of beginners' clothing doesn't match and that's perfectly fine. Actually, "not matching" seems to be becoming more of a thing now because people want to wear colors that will make them stand out so it's easier for their friends/family to spot them. (Tip: Try not to wear all black or all dark colors. When going down the slopes with friends/family, it's harder to spot you if you're wearing common colors others are also wearing. That's why I chose a pink jacket and white pants!) Also, baggy and loose is good. Barely anyone I see is wearing a tightly fitted outfit because, well, skiing and snowboarding would be really uncomfortable that way. Go baggy, comfortable, and warm! I know the layers may make your body look way bigger but it really doesn't matter as long as you're warm and comfortable.

I really hope this ski/snowboard outfit guide helps you in trying to figure out what to wear on the slopes if you're unsure of what to wear. I'm sure it's way different in colder climates but hope this helps you California girls!! :)