Protein Banana Pancakes!

I am super excited to tell you about……… BANANA PANCAKES! Say WHAT???? I can’t even begin to express how happy I am about these.

I recently started doing Pilates through a website, this girl is seriously awesome! Her name is Cassie Ho. Anyhow, she is all about clean eating and eating what is right for your body. She had this recipe of Banana Pancakes that I just tried today and it was awesome, so I wanted to talk about them to you today. Her recipe is as follows:

1 banana, 2 eggs, olive oil or coconut oil

Blend the eggs and banana together (I used a blender!)

Cook on olive oil-ed/ coconut oil-ed pan!

TA-DA Banana Pancakes!

But what I did that was a little different was I added some protein powder to my banana pancake mix as well. About a scoop of protein powder. Now its full of vitamins and protein and it is also very filling. Instead of syrup, I spread some sugar free strawberry jam over them! Unfortunately I ate the pancakes way to fast and didn’t even think to take a picture of them for you to see!  But seriously, its delicious, and filling. And you can make them and have extra for the next morning!

Guys, you don’t even know how excited I am about these pancakes right now.

You can check her video out for yourself here

The Banana Pancakes Recipe Video!

Exploring Wissahickon Valley Park

Good evening!

It has been quite a while since I last posted, but I have been super busy with work, class/homework, and my internship. I barely have a free moment! I finally scheduled an afternoon for myself to walk along some easy trials close to where I work.

Wissahickon Valley Park is part of the Fairmount Park system in Philadelphia, PA. It runs along the the Wissahickon Creek which stretches from Chestnut Hill to Manayunk. I have driven past this park many times while working over in Philly and have always desired to explore it. This park is so large that I barely made it halfway through the trails after 4 hours! I probably walked about 6 miles total along the easy trails. There are also moderate trails along the valley that I plan to check out in the future. Please visit the Friends of the Wissahickon website for more information and plan your trip today!

I shot my trip photos with my iPhone 5 and my Lieqi clip on lenses! I ordered them for around $10 on Amazon.

This kit included 3 different types of lenses: Fish Eye, Wide Angle, and Macro. They are AWESOME and I love to play around with them. It is so much fun to get photos from a different perspective. Check out my gallery below. And as always, please comment and subscribe!

Hair Fun!

Hello all!

It sure has been a while since I posted! But as some of you may know, I am recently trying to build a portfolio for updos for special occasions and such! Yesterday, I went to Jess’s house and was able to practice on her hair!! So thank you Jess for letting me practice!!! But I wanted to post pictures of what I practiced thus far! 🙂

This is my first Updo! More of a curly fancy ponytail!

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This is my second Updo, more of a curly messy bun!

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She made the perfect model to practice on since she has SOOOO MUCH HAIR:-)

So since it is practice, I’d be happy to hear what you think, and I am open to suggestions and ideas and constructive criticism. (Just nothing mean please!)  Thanks everyone and I hope every one is doing well on this Saturday! 🙂

More Budget Shopping at Whole Foods

Hi everyone! I’m here to share another Whole Foods Receipt with you!

2 bakery rolls – $1.50

1.5 lbs of organic broccoli (3 bunches) – $4.66

1 bunch of carrots – $2.49

1 pint organic blueberries – $2.99 (SALE!)

1 lb organic stawberries – $3.50 (SALE!)

1 large vidalia onion – $1.28

1 lock of sharp cheddar – $2.49

16oz organic salted butter – $4.49

1 jar peanut butter – $2.79

1 pack of chicken breast – $7.03

1 cantaloupe – $2.99 (SALE!)

Total with Tax (and reusable bag refund) = $36.00

Normally I’ll buy a few apples to have as my mid-day snack, but lately they have been giving me a belly ache after I eat them. So instead I got a few different fruits to make a fruit salad! I can have this for a snack every day this week.

The carrots, broccoli, onion, cheddar, and butter are for homemade broccoli cheddar soup (Panera copy-cat). I’ll post the recipe for you when I make it later this week! It is absolutely delicious! Also, the rolls are for me to dip in the soup. This will make a yummy lunch for about 5 days.

For my breakfasts I already had bread, but I’m running low on PB so I grabbed a jar.

For dinner, I picked up some more chicken. I have a few bags of frozen veggies already.

And there you have it. I am set for the week!

Feel free to comment or email me if you want any budgeting or meal planning advice!

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Jessica’s Photos from Mt. Tammany

I’m sure you’ve all read Steph’s awesome post about the Delaware Water Gap! Today I’m going to share the photos that I took from that amazing trip.

This trip would count as my second major hiking trip. Mt. Tammany is around 1500ft above sea level (pretty close in height to Hawk Mountain actually). By researching a few websites, I knew what to expect and had confidence that I could complete it. Sure, it was exhausting but the views were worth it.

Delaware Water Gap

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Beauty Hack ~ Fingernails

Happy Thursday every one! 🙂

Do you like to get your nails done but just can’t afford it?? I went to school for cosmetology and learned some tricks that really do work that I’d like to share with you. Since I wanted to save money and NOT spend it on going to a salon to get my nails done, I had to get creative, especially for special events where I NEEDED to get my nails done. I am here to tell you how to do your own pretty nails for $5.00 – $7.00!!!

So, I’m sure MANY girls have dabbled around with “push on” or “glue” nails, as I have, with no avail. They would inevitably fall off in your sleep, in the shower, doing dishes or picking your nose, within the first 12 hrs of putting them on. How very frustrating????

Okay, go to Walmart, or Rite Aid! (I am relatively sure these are sold at other stores, but I am not sure what they are priced there.) You are going to pick up one of these brands of “Press-on” nails! Or you can pick up multiple brands/colors so you can have fun with it later! Thats what I do 🙂

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Okay, starting to seem like a horrible, messy idea, right? JUST TRUST ME! 

You will also need: a buffer, a nail filer, nail clippers, cotton ball, nail polish remover (even if you don’t have any nail polish on).

If you do have any nail polish on, please remove before you start!

Also, I suggest taking the nails out of the package and sizing them to your nails now! Place them in a line in the order of your fingers! This will make it so much easier!

1. Clip your nails as low as you can get them, with out cutting your skin. (If you can’t get them shorter thats okay!!)

2. What I usually do next is, really get in there and file all sides of my nail (except the bottom, obviously). You don’t have to do this but I feel like I have more control over the “Press on” nail when my actual nails are not in the way.

3. Place a small amount of Nail Polish Remover on a cotton ball and go over each nail thoroughly. This will dehydrate your nail. This is the key to helping the glue stick to your nails for an extended period of time.

4. Push your cuticles down with a pusher, and buff each of your nails efficiently. You should have lots of nail dust! This too will aid in dehydration of your nail!

5. Once more, thoroughly soak each nail with a Nail Polish Remover filled cotton ball! This is the final time, this will clean all your nail dust and ready your nail for the glue!

6.  Start with your pinky nail and work your way to your thumb, one hand at a time! Pick up the nail at the tip, with the bottom towards you, flip it over and dab the glue INSIDE THE NAIL. Do not attempt to place the glue on your actual nail first, this will create a mess of glue and air pockets under your nails.

7. Once the glue is in the “push on” nail, CAREFULLY flip the “push on” nail, and rest it over your real nail, making sure its straight and in the place you want it. Note: Do not press the nail right away. This will also create a glue mess and air pockets. Instead, just place the “push on” nail over your real nail, making sure it fits. Wait a few seconds (I usually count to 7), and as it starts to stick, I will then push the nail down to make sure its glued on well. Repeat this for all ten nails!!

The first few times you do this may be a little messy, but I PROMISE, these nails will last you. The key is to dehydrate your nails!   And remember, you don’t need a lot of glue! Too much glue will create air pockets! Air pockets help your “push on” nails to fall off easier!

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These are my own nails that I did 2 weeks ago! Still on, and getting ready to change them!

* This is great for any special event that you really don’t want to spend any extra money on than you have to!

* Easy to put on and take off

* You can also do this for your toes!!

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* If you are worried about “Dehydrating” your nails, you can always take them off after your occasion. I like to buff any remaining glue off, wash my fingernails, then place coconut oil on and around every nail to give them some hydration/moisture!

Also… I like to hike! I deliver mail/packages, do hair updo’s, and I have a 5 year old. I am tough on my hands, but these nails are tougher, and have lasted! And the best part is, if one of them or all of them do fall off, then it only cost $5.00 – $7.00!

I just did my sister’s nails about a week ago, mind you, she is a dog groomer and has a one year old son, and can be pretty rough on her nails as well. She just texted me yesterday and told me that all of her nails are still on, and that she is going to try to do these nails herself since I showed her a few tips!

Again, you don’t have to do this, but just keep in mind, it’s budget friendly, they do last, and they are super pretty 🙂 If you have any questions, please feel free to comment and ask!! I would be happy to help!

Thanks for reading and I hope you give this a try!!!