Back to School: Make Your Own Emergency Bag

Back to School: Make Your Own Emergency Bag

I don’t know about you, but during the school year I tend to use my backpack as a purse, computer bag, and lunch box. Who wants to carry 3 or more bags? Not me. My backpack goes with me from school to work and everywhere in between. When I leave home it is packed full with all the essentials. Which is great, until I want to use a bag that isn’t my backpack. When this happens, I have to move all the important stuff from bag to bag. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, until you forget something in the other bag. My solution to this dilemma is to put together a little bag that holds any items I might need in case of a “mini” emergency. I am calling them mini emergencies because these are everyday items that I’m sure you have wished you had many times during the week.  But if you put together your own mini emergency kit, you will no longer have to wish you had these everyday items! Because you will always have them near by! Below are some ideas for your emergency bag, but that doesn’t mean your bag has to be limited to these items! If you know how to sew and find yourself with holes in your clothes often, throw in a sewing kit. Do you have dry eyes toss? Well then toss in some eye drops. If you are accident prone, consider carrying bandaids. This about what you often find yourself wishing was close by. Whatever comes to mind, throw it. Ideas for your emergency bag! 1. BAG |...
Transitioning to Post-Athlete Life: Tips from a Former Athlete & Registered Dietician

Transitioning to Post-Athlete Life: Tips from a Former Athlete & Registered Dietician

This post contains affiliate links. At the age of eight I started competing in my favorite sport, volleyball. I knew that I wanted to play at the Division 1 level someday. It was a dream that soon became a reality. Now that I am done playing it begs the question, now what? I found this book by registered dietician, Lauren Link titled “The Healthy Former Athlete”. Through this book she ventures into this post-athlete life. As a former collegiate swimmer, she can relate to this transition of being on someone else’s time to your own. This seems exciting, but to an athlete, this can be frightening territory. Throughout the book she dives into what your new workouts will look and feel like. What your new diet will be like. And finding your identity outside of your sport. So, whether you are a former athlete, or just transitioning to a new phase of life, the tips in this book can be quite beneficial! 5 Take-Aways from the book: The Healthy Former Athlete 1️⃣ Balance is key There are a lot of things about being an athlete that require you to go all in. One thing Link emphasized in the book was whether it be working out or eating, balance is the best thing you can do for your physical and mental health. This is a page we can all take out of the book. Life is not about restrictive diets, 60 hour work weeks, or 2 hour “get thin” cardio workouts. Although there are weeks that maybe require more work, finding a balance makes for a happier and healthier life....
Back to School: What’s In My Backpack

Back to School: What’s In My Backpack

This post contains affiliate links. Today it is all about the things that I keep in my backpack for a day on campus. All of these items are what I use on a daily basis for class. Your list might vary depending on what classes you take, but I wouldn’t leave home without these items. The notebooks, folders, pens and markers are my absolute favorite. I think school is more fun with a little investment in organization & fun colors. And the color coating of my studies helps me retain the information. Obviously, we all learn differently, but if you haven’t tried organized note taking click the links below and order yourself some new supplies for the year! CHROMEBOOK | MACBOOK PRO | PANASONIC EARBUDS | AIRPODS | AIRPOD CASE | NOTEBOOKS | FOLDERS | PLANNER | PENCIL CASE |FAVORITE PENS | SHARPIE HIGHLIGHTERS | PAPER MATE PENS | WITE OUT | BLUE LIGHT GLASSES | PHONE CHARGER | PORTABLE CHARGER | WATER BOTTLE Computer This one is pretty obvious, if you want to take notes, or have your assignments on your computer, you are going to want access to those things while in class. If you have your computer in your backpack, you should have your computer charger! Even if it has full battery, better to be safe that sorry! I’ll link the two computers I have used in college and talked about in my “Back to School Essentials blog”. CHROMEBOOK | MACBOOK PRO Earbuds I like to keep my AirPods on my key chain, but I keep a pair of cheap earbuds in my backpack as back...
From the Garden: Zucchini

From the Garden: Zucchini

This post contains affiliate links. Have you ever had 17 zucchini at the same time and no idea what to do with them? Does that happen to you every freakin’ year? I hear  ya. I got so tire of the annual zucchini attack I stopped growing them. Lucky for me my friends didn’t 😋 Now, every year, I am gifted zucchinis weekly. Great for me and great for my friends who have no idea what to do with their 17 zucchinis. But still, when someone gives you three zucchinis you think, how will I eat these before they rot? Or before the next person gives me three more? Well I have the answer for you. After much research (taste testing) I have found what I think are three super easy and fast recipes for zucchini. Double chocolate zucchini bread, that can be frozen, and goes along perfectly with a cup of coffee or a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Baked zucchini bites that honestly take 10 minutes from start to finish. And zucchini fritters because they go with breakfast, lunch or dinner. DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI BREAD ➡️ An awesome recipe for when you have an absolutely giant zucchini on hand. It also doubles and triples easily. I always find a recipe online that I like the idea of and start to change things every time I make it. Let me say that the recipe as it was originally created is fantastic. Follow it and you won’t be disappointed, but get a little creative and you just might surprise yourself. For this recipe I have tried a variety of different...
Back to School Must Haves

Back to School Must Haves

With a new semester starting (and it being my last semester – YES!) I thought I would share some of my school essentials. I have been using most of them every year. But as always, we find good or better options as time goes on. These are my MUST HAVE back to school essentials. First, I honestly use these items every day. Second, they have made my college experience so much easier. Third, I hope that this list may help you with your semester. If you follow along with my posts you will see my essentials for your dorm/apartment storage, sustainable living, grocery shopping and more!   BACKPACK | PLANNER | NUTRIBULLET | KEURIG | CHROMEBOOK | MACBOOK PRO | EARBUDS | AIR PODS | AIRPOD CASE | CHAI TEA | GRANOLA BAR GRANOLA | WALL STORAGE | HANGING STORAGE Technology A good computer will make your life so much easier. I used a Chromebook all through high school so that is what I knew. When I left for college I got a new HP and I hated it, it was big and bulky and the battery didn’t last. So half way though my first semester I went to Costco and got a new Chromebook. I loved my Chromebook. It did everything that I needed. But I didn’t need a lot. I used Google Drive for everything. If you expect to need more than the bear minimum out of a computer I would suggest not getting a Chromebook. I just got a MacBook Pro, and it is honestly the complete opposite. I am still learning how to use it,...
Wellness Wednesday: Workout Recovery

Wellness Wednesday: Workout Recovery

This post contains affiliate links.  There is a lot of information out there saying drink this, eat that and promising some incredible results for sports performance and weight loss. In fact there is so much information that I think we have actually lost sight of food. We have lost sight of the joy of cooking. The joy of sharing a table with family and friends. The joy of food. Yes, it is true. Food is fuel. We literally need it in order to keep our body running. And yes, there is an entire science built around nutrition for peak athletic performance, nutrition that can treat the sick, and the nutrition we need to survive just to name a few. However, food is so many other things. It is social … creative … delicious. I am going to provide you with my simple approach to workout recovery. In hopes that it helps you navigate all of the information and get back to enjoying food. SIMPLIFYING RECOVERY There is a very simple truth to workout recovery. And it is based on science. First, on a macro level your body needs carbohydrates, proteins and lipids (fats).  Second when you workout you deplete your carbohydrate stores. Which are in high demand to continue functioning the rest of the day. Third your muscles breakdown under the stress of exercise and protein repairs and builds them. So after a workout you should be consuming both carbohydrates and protein to help your body recover. Now, what about water or sports drink? Well it really depends. I follow one basic guideline for deciding between the two. Again,...