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!

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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! 🙂

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!!!

Jim Thorpe, PA

Hey all! Well, I haven’t exactly been anywhere too cool recently to post about, BUT there is one place that I was at not too long called, Jim Thorpe, PA! Jim Thorpe is a little town in the mountains by the Poconos! Its cute, it’s quaint and a really nice get away for a decent price!

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I really wanted to take Pete, my boyfriend, some where nice for his birthday this year and I found Jim Thorpe to be in my budget!! We stayed in a private apartment while we were there, which was the most expensive thing, totaling around $330.00. But we stayed two nights, in a private apartment, with a kitchen that was completely stocked with food,  a small dining area, a couch, a little television, a very comfortable bed, with our own entrance and reserved parking spot (which was fabulous because if you have ever been to Jim Thorpe, you know parking doesn’t come easy!).  The woman who owns it was very friendly and had bought Pete a box of chocolates for his birthday which she left on the coffee table! It was a very nice apartment, one that I would recommend to anyone if your looking to spoil yourself for a moderate cost! I loved it! 🙂

While we were there, we walked around the cute town and enjoyed the festivities they were having as it was Jim Thorpe’s birthday celebration. They had vendors, all sorts of tables set up for arts and crafts, live music that echoed through the mountainous town! It was really neat!! Then, we took the train ride through the mountains. I believe it was about $10.00 each. Not to bad! It was a relaxing train ride, the guide educated us on the history of the town as well as the nature that surrounds it. The wild life was awesome and the view was incredible!

We also did a tour of the Old Jail tour in town. It was very interesting and also inexpensive, I believe $7.00 per person!

At Jim Thorpe, there are plenty of places to eat for a great price, sights to see for free, and many, many tours to do for usually no more than $15.00!

While I was there, I looked into camp grounds around the area. There are many. The one I was interested in was Roundstone Camping!  I’d like to go camping here, and do some hiking sometime soon. The cost is only $38.00 for a tent site, I believe.

If you are interested in in getting out for a weekend, I highly suggest going here! Whether you prefer to enjoy a private apartment, do the tours and eat at the more pricier places (which are very delicious) OR if you like to get down and dirty with a tent, a backpack and yourself, get some inexpensive food, go hiking and swim in the river afterwards, this is the place for you! Me? I love both 🙂

Please check out the Jim Thorpe website for yourself sometime!

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Delaware Water Gap, NJ

I had moved up to North Jersey, the more mountainous section, within the past year or so. I never realized how much I loved the mountains and nature until I did so. I have been to California, Georgia, upstate New York and France, so I have seen much larger mountains before. It was sure a sight to behold, and I appreciated every bit it of it. However, the desire to “explore” those mountains and feel at peace with nature was just not really there for me.

It wasn’t until a couple months ago when Jessica asked me if I wanted to go hiking not to far from my home, at the Delaware Water Gap. I thought about it and excitedly agreed. I’ll be honest, I only hiked a handful of times in my entire life, and I HATED it, Haha! Once in California, which was quite a bit ago, and a little bit in France, and a few trails in South Jersey (where I am from). When I moved up here, I started walking around the huge lake that I live on, which I love doing, but other than that I really hadn’t done much hiking! So when she asked me to go with her, I actually felt excited this time, I felt different, like I would enjoy it! And you know what? I loved it!

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We got there around 9:00 in the morning, parking was free, which is awesome and there our journey began! And it. was. hard. The mountains at the Delaware Water Gap aren’t super huge, therefore I thought it would be (somewhat) a simple task! Oh, how wrong was I! Suddenly, this mountain was the largest mountain in the world to me. From not hiking anything in years to suddenly hiking a mountain with a difficulty level of medium, I thought I was going to die (or get eaten by an orc)! Initially, there was some wooden stairs to take. But when the steps had ended, it was all rock and earth! And the mountain was steep. I think I needed to take a break every 5- 10 minutes 😦 ! How out of shape I was! But I simply couldn’t wait to get to the top!

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You can see the incline a little bit here but it was steeper than this!

We marched along and climbed up those rocks and trudged through the heat and, finally, we made it to the top! We had done it! We saw the world from the top of a mountain that we had climbed! It was a wonderful, glorious, happy feeling, one that I wanted to keep achieving many times over, and I knew at that moment, looking down at the river so far below that this was only the beginning of a wonderful lifetime of new adventures. We sat on top of this mountain, on a huge rock, ate some lunch and rehydrated as we enjoyed the beautiful view! I don’t think either one of us was ready to make our way back down.

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This was only part of the view!

After we regained some strength we decided to get a move on. I think, in a way, it was harder to hike down since the slopes were steeper and we had nothing to keep us balanced! But step by step we made it down. As we were hiking, we found an awesome area where there are waterfalls. We were sweating, and the water looked so inviting, so we climbed down to romp around in the water a little bit. We stayed by that fresh water for maybe another half hour or so enjoying every moment! I was not ready to leave there. Actually, I probably could have stayed there all day!

It was a four hour journey in which I had so much fun! Though I felt exhausted, I couldn’t wait to do another hike! YAY 🙂

Check it out for yourselves!! 🙂