5 on Friday: Inspirational Pins

I have been feeling a little under the weather lately.. in a slump, so to speak. We all get there every now and then, but it is important to realize that each day is a NEW day. A fresh start. So, with that… today is my fresh start and for my 5 on Friday post, I am dedicating it to inspirational pictures or quotes. Enjoy! And feel free to share what inspires you…

ONE: I love to dance, but this can also apply to life… (Pinterest link)

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TWO: This pose in this exact place. Who wouldn’t want to be there right about now doing yoga? (Pinterest link)

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THREE: Now this is the greatest love there is. I have needed this reminder lately… (Pinterest link)Romans

FOUR: All I have to say to this one is… WAKE UP CALL! (Pinterest link)

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FIVE: Who doesn’t have the best of friends or family members? Hug someone tight tonight or call/text someone that you are thinking about them. Share the love! (Pinterest link)

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What to Eat Wednesday: Kids Teaching Kids

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I HAVE to tell you about a really cool program going on in the DFW area. Medical City hospital here in Dallas has a great community outreach program. The hospital has developed “Kids teaching kids,” where high school students develop healthy snack recipes for elementary school children. It is a FANTASTIC way for children to get involved in healthy eating habits and I love it.

I saw several recipes today and would love to try a few. If you have children, they will LOVE these. Heck, even if you don’t have children, you may find some recipes you want to try for yourself.

This program is free and Medical City hospital places all of the recipe books online. You have to take some time and check out one or a few of these recipe books. You will be just as impressed as I am! These are kids making these recipes up and naming them.. so clever!

Each recipe was required to have at least one fruit or vegetable. Here are a couple that caught my eye and I can’t wait to try…

Monkey Tails (from students in Allen, 2014)

Instructions:

  1. Peel the banana; Cut banana in half, widthwise
  2. Push popsicle stick in banana
  3. Use butter knife to evenly spread peanut butter
  4. Roll them in rice cereal
  5.  Wrap in wax paper
  6. Repeat steps 2-5 for the second ½ of the banana
  7. Freeze for 3 hours
  8. Enjoy with A Smile

Carrot Man (from students in Frisco, 2014)

Instructions:

  1. Cut 1 celery stick into thirds. Take 2 of the 3 strips and further divide into two pieces
  2. Place onto a plate (largest piece into the center and the other 4 pieces as arms and legs).
  3. Measure out 1 tablespoon roasted red pepper hummus and place on inside of celery.
  4. Take one thick slice of a banana and place on top of large piece of celery as the head.
  5. Take two chocolate chips and place onto the banana to make eyes.
  6. Place 3 raisins in the middle of carrot man’s body.
  7. Grate a carrot and sprinkle the shavings onto the banana as hair and then by the arms and legs. Enjoy!

Pictures and nutritional facts for each recipe above can be found in the recipe book archives. Just click here and find even more!

What are your Strengths?

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When was the last time you REALLY sat down and thought about your strengths? Was it when you got your job and you had to answer that silly question of, “Name 3 strengths and 3 areas of improvement.” I hate that question. Areas of improvement, really? What the HR rep really means is, “Tell me 3 things you suck at, but don’t sound too insecure so make them into a positive at the end or I won’t like you.”

So “areas of improvement” aside, what are YOUR strengths? I was talking with my dance teacher the other night and this very subject came up. He mentioned taking this Strengthbuilders course and finding out his top 5 strengths. This same course teaches you how to build off your strengths in all areas of your life.

Let’s pause for a second. How cool is that? Build off your strengths in all areas of your life. Notice the word weakness or area of improvement has not entered into the equation. Light bulb moment! What if I really thought about my strengths and focused on those more? I wonder what would happen.

Here is what I think might happen…

  • I would focus less time on my weaknesses, because let’s be honest are we REALLY going to change and improve every weakness that we have? Heck no… then we wouldn’t really be ourselves, would we?
  • My self esteem would improve. I think many of us put too much energy on things we suck at. Things we think we can do better at. Wouldn’t we all be a little happier if we stopped bringing the “I am no good at ____” energy into our lives on a regular basis?
  • I would be more dedicated and confident in my pursuits. Think about this. If you know what you are good at and focus on using these strengths to add to your career, relationships, hobbies, etc. you are going to walk through town so tall, smile on the face, and an “I can do anything” attitude. That’s mojo, my friends.

I think other things would happen as well. All good things too. So, why do we focus on what we are not good at? Let’s focus more on our strengths and go from there. You in?

Five on Friday

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ONE: Sleep is so not overrated. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE sleep. The people who dislike sleep and tell you, “I can sleep when I’m dead,” are seriously missing out. I am looking forward to sleeping in this weekend. How about you? And to honor sleep today, I leave you with a very cute meme…

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Picture courtesy of dailypicksandflicks.com

 

TWO: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop hits the spot every time. My boyfriend came home early today and brought lunch. Isn’t that sweet? Brought home one of my favorites. I had two beef tacos and my taste buds were happy. Do you like Fuzzy’s?

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Picture courtesy of Fuzzy’s

 

THREE: Canton weekend. If you are from Texas or live in Texas, you most likely have heard of Canton. It is an extra large flea market. SUPER HUGE and has anything and everything you can want. My plan is to go on Sunday with my mom… and probably 500 million other people. But, even with the crowds, it is still fun and I still end up with some really awesome purchases.

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Picture courtesy of www.firstcantonmonday.com

FOUR: Adding spearmint to my water. I have a big stash of spearmint that I got through my local co-op. I thought I would end up making Mojito’s with the spearmint or some other crafty drink, but I quickly realized that it is EXCELLENT in water. And simple, of course. You know I like simple!

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FIVE: Free concerts. Anyone in the DFW area? Apparently there are free concerts all weekend long. Even Tim McGraw will be here. It’s the March Madness Music Fest. I am hoping that we get the energy to brave the crowds one of these days this weekend and see someone live. Gotta love free concerts!

What are you enjoying today?

Liebster Award Nomination

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I am thrilled to announce that I have been nominated for The Liebster Award by Michelle Hancock of Mind of Meesh. Be sure to check her blog out. Thank you, Michelle, for the nomination!

How does the Liebster Blog Award Work?

The Liebster Blog Award is given to bloggers with less than 500 followers in order to give them a little boost in followers and confidence. To accept the award, you must complete the following:

  • Make a post about the Liebster Award and thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • State 11 interesting facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new bloggers with 500 or less followers.
  • Write 11 new questions for your nominees.

So, here we go… let’s jump in!

Eleven Interesting Facts About Bri:

  1. I went to Texas State University to major in Criminal Justice and work for the FBI. I am now a Registered Dietitian and Wellness Coordinator. Funny how things work out!
  2. I interned with the San Antonio Spurs and turned 21 on the night they won the NBA finals in 2005. Most epic birthday ever! (I may or may not have sneaked in the locker room for some souvenirs…).
  3. I once blasted the song “Kiss the Girl” from Little Mermaid out of my dorm room window to this couple that were saying good-night after their date. It may have been immature (heck, I WAS only 18), but I am pretty sure I got him that second date!
  4. I was in London, England when Michael Jackson died. I was sad. He has the best dance songs ever!
  5. My pediatrician thought I was going deaf in one ear as a kid. I have always looked people in the lips instead of in the eyes (to read lips, because it helped me out). When I became an adult and changed doctors, my new doctor found a hole in my ear drum. After patching it up, my hearing is fine. But, I still tend to look people in the lips. And needless to say, some songs from my childhood have a WHOLE new meaning now that I know the REAL words.
  6. My sense of smell on the other hand is very strong and some scents will even evoke memories for me.
  7. I have been a so-called “president” twice now. One time for my sorority and another time for a nutrition organization.
  8. I have a fascination with California and Colorado. I even named my cat Cali after California. And I visit Colorado at least twice per year.
  9. My favorite color is purple. I don’t think I could ever get sick of it.
  10. I have lived in Dallas, Houston, and the San Marcos/Austin area of Texas. I have never lived out of this state. I do think my time will come though.
  11. Farts make me laugh. I know, you probably didn’t expect that. I grew up with two brothers so I guess laughing off their farts just came with the territory of being the sister. Now don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I like farts even though my boyfriend insists that I do. I really don’t. But, if I hear one from someone, I giggle. The word even cracks me up. Who came up with the word fart?

My Answers to Michelle’s Questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging? I love living a healthy lifestyle. I also like to write. Put the two together and you get a healthy lifestyle blog. My hope is that it inspires others to live a healthy lifestyle too.
  2. Where did you take your last vacation? St. Lucia, baby! I would go back in heartbeat.
  3. What is your favorite social media platform? It’d have to be a tie between Twitter and Instagram. I am still figuring Instagram out and prefer pictures, but I know Twitter and have connected to a lot of peeps through it so far. Facebook is my least favorite.
  4. What is your favorite quote and from whom? “Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” -Jack Kerouac
  5. If you could eat dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Michael Jackson so I could watch him do the moonwalk live. Maybe he could even teach me how to do it myself.
  6. What are you obsessed with lately? Online shopping. I have found ways to balance my obsession, though, so no worries. I was blessed with a frugal mind so I don’t overdo it.
  7. What does your family think about you blogging? I have only heard positive, supportive comments. I have a kick-butt family, significant other, and circle of friends so all is well in my blog-hood.
  8. Describe yourself in one word? Exuberant.
  9. What are you most proud of? As corny as it may sound, I am most proud of my ability to love and connect. Those two qualities are so important to me. I am realizing that being proud of “things” and “star moments” are not worth much at all.
  10. Describe your favorite childhood memory. Any memory with Marcena and Molly. We used to bike to each other’s houses, rap houses, jump in random pools, have neighborhood parades…. we were crazy and fun ALL THE TIME!
  11. What is the latest book you have read? Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I would highly recommend it too.

My Nominees for the Liebster Blog Award are:

Please give these blogs a look and follow them on social media!

My 11 Questions for my “Liebster blogs”:

  1. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
  2. What is your all time favorite song?
  3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  4. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
  5. What do you do in your free time?
  6. If a genie granted you 3 wishes, what would they be?
  7. What is your favorite holiday and why?
  8. What words of wisdom do you live by?
  9. What are your top 3 favorite stores to shop at?
  10. What is your favorite way to relax and unwind?
  11. If you had one goal for your blog, what would it be? 

Thank you again Michelle of Mind of Meesh for nominating me! Everyone do her a solid and  check her blog out. You won’t be disappointed! Spread the love…

What to Eat Wednesday: Fennel

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I was like a kid in a candy store this week. I got my first half share from Urban Acres. This place is AWESOME, y’all! It is an organic produce co-op. There are many pick-up locations in the DFW area and membership is not too expensive. Plus, there is a groupon that cuts half the membership and first pick-up. If you have been wanting to try Urban Acres, google “groupon Urban Acres” and it will pull up. They have a mini share option if you don’t think you will need as much produce as what’s in the full and half shares. Great for singles!

Guess what was in my first half share? Fennel! I was so excited to get fennel, because it is a tasty AND fabulous-for-you vegetable. It has fiber, vitamin C, potassium, other minerals, and phytonutrients.

Here is a picture of my half-share. Doesn’t it look so colorful? I love that!

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The only thing about fennel is that I was unsure how to cut it and cook it. So, I did what every college kid does daily and what every adult does when they have questions… turned to google. Follow this link for a how-to on cutting (have no shame if you need this, I definitely did!). Follow this link for a tasty recipe from Giada. I was inspired by Giada for my recipe, but I don’t have the patience like she does so I altered it a tad. I chopped mine in small pieces, sauteed it in olive oil, and then topped with black pepper, sea salt, and Parmesan cheese. My taste buds were VERY pleased I must say. And my impatient self was pleased too since it took less than 10 minutes.

Have fun with fennel, dear friends!