Month: January 2018

Amateur Horror Movie Review: Flatliners

Source: Red Box
Note: I haven’t seen the original Flatliners, only the remake released in 2017.

When I first saw the trailer for Flatliners, it was one of the movies I really wanted to try to see in theaters. With it coming out around Halloween, that desire was almost impossible to fulfill. There were so many other good movies heading to theaters, too! I decided to wait until it came to OnDemand. Let’s just say everything happens for a reason.

Instead of paying almost $12 to see this movie, I only wasted about $5, which was still too much money to pay in my opinion. I honestly wish I tried to search around for a Red Box in the area.

The movie was stretched to a 2 hour film when it could have been compressed to 90 minutes, tops. So there’s 2 hours of your day wasted then and there.

Movie Premise

For those of you who don’t know, the premise of the movie involves a group of medical school students who decide to flatline (stop their heart) for up to 5 minutes at a time and then resuscitate themselves in hopes of finding out what happens once you die. It’s a hush-hush study performed in the hospital’s basement (stupid) to see any possible near-death experiences and what brain activity occurs. From the trailer, it also seemed like each student who participated in this brought some kind of demon back with them once they were brought back to life.

Somewhat interesting, right?

There’s a group of 5 who participate in this stupid “study”, and one of them never even flatlines! He’s just there because he’s the only competent doctor out of the friend group. Without him, no one would be resuscitated. I’m not even sure how any of the other 4 got into this med school.

So they all flatline, come back to life, and then they’re able to start accessing areas of their brains that couldn’t be accessed before. They begin to experience heightened emotions and intelligence. You actually see why they could potentially be a doctor one day LOL.

This only lasts about a day until they’re haunted. I thought this was going to be the scary part but I was wrong. It’s just their sins/past mistakes coming after them. Each one of them has done something shady in the past and now it’s (literally) catching up to them.

In the end, it comes down to being a story of letting go of any built up guilt you have and to forgive yourself for your wrongdoings or mistakes or else they will haunt you, and eventually consume you.

Overall Thoughts

Basically this “horror” movie wasn’t scary at all, more of a thriller, if anything. I had all the wrong intentions about it. It didn’t really captivate my attention and I found myself on my phone for half of it. The other half of the time, I was wishing it would be over soon.

If you still want to see this movie, go into it with low expectations or just no expectations at all. It had such a horrible Rotten Tomatoes rating and I watched it anyways. This will always be a mistake. Take the Rotten Tomatoes rating into consideration.

I hope you enjoyed my (very) amateur movie review on Flatliners. I love watching any horror movies, even the stupid ones! I want to watch them and review them so you don’t have to suffer if you don’t have to!!

The Lazy Girl’s Guide: 5 Min Wavy Hair

Sometimes it’s hard to admit how lazy I can be; but, I will be the first to admit that I am totally lazy when it comes to waking up early enough to get ready and do my hair before work. I’ve touched on this before but I give myself the bare minimum when it comes to the time I give myself to get ready in the morning. I try to sleep in as long as possible and still try to make it to work on time. Right now, I wake up 30 minutes before I have to leave.

Doing my hair in the morning can be the most time consuming part of getting ready, especially if I even want to attempt to straighten it or curl it into loose waves. Since high school, I’ve been doing the same hair routine to get the beach waves I’m always looking for.

Side note: My natural hair is somewhat wavy already. I do this to add extra volume, texture, and to create the waves I want to see.

Get the look:

  1. Take a shower in the evening. I like to comb out my hair after I get out of the shower to get any knots out. I let it air dry for about 30 minutes or longer (this part isn’t crucial, you don’t even have to let it air dry prior at all if you don’t want to).
  2. My hair is naturally wavy so I don’t always add product but once in awhile I do to enhance the waves even more and to make them last longer. I add some leave-in conditioning spray, beach wave spray or curling mousse.
  3. I braid my hair into a single French braid. If you want to create more waves, braid your hair into two French braids. For the single braid, I stop about 4 inches from the end of my hair, end the braid and tie it off.
  4. Sleep with the braid(s) in overnight.
  5. In the morning, I take my hair down and loosen it up with my fingers. I gently comb my hair. I spray it with hair spray and put a little Argan Oil to eliminate any frizz in my hair.

Ta-da! There you have it: effortless waves and in no time to make them. Now you can hit snooze a couple more times!

 

Products I used:

  • Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray, $20, can find at Sephora
  • Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, $6, can find at Target, Ulta, etc.
  • Marrakesh Oil Argan and Hemp Oil Therapy, $22.99, http://bit.ly/2BAQq17

 

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Lately it’s been much milder when it comes to the temperature outside and I am loving it! It’s nice to get a break from the frigid temps and the wintery precipitations, if only temporary. Today, I almost wore a dress without leggings underneath but figured it would still be chilly when I went out to my car in the morning.

I decided to throw on leggings under my olive t-shirt dress, top it off with a denim jacket and blanket scarf with my brown boots. I love dressing in cozy outfits that still come off presentable enough for work.

I’m surprised I didn’t need more than a denim jacket when I stepped outside. It was still in the mid-40s when I left for work but felt so much warmer.

Get the look:

T-shirt dress: http://bit.ly/2EFLVVM 

Leggings: http://bit.ly/2BBgyZH 

Scarf: http://bit.ly/2GsYDDK

Boots: http://mcys.co/2C6FPvJ 

Jacket: http://bit.ly/2CzHVQQ 

Beginner Upper Body Workout

In the past, I’ve been horrible when it comes to working out my upper body. I love training my back but I have never been too thrilled to train my biceps, triceps, and shoulders. This year, one of my “resolutions” or something I want to work on is training my upper body. I decided the best way I can do that is target all the different sections of my upper body in the same session. This way, I won’t get bored just doing shoulders or just doing biceps. I added in a back superset since that’s my favorite and would motivate me for the rest of the workout.

I created and performed this workout last week and it left me fairly sore which is always a great feeling. It’s more for beginners because it includes a bunch of basic movements that you can do with light weights. It consists of 4 supersets. A superset consists of two exercises performed back to back with little to no rest in between. You will do 10-15 reps of exercise 1 in the superset then immediately move on to performing 10-15 reps of the second exercise.

Even though I labeled this as a beginners workout, it can be transformed to a more intermediate workout by increasing your weight. The workout has basic moves but everything can be adjusted according to your skill set and strength.

Between sets, you should rest 1-2 minutes before moving onto the next one. You don’t want to wear yourself out all at once and you want to make it through the entire workout. Give your body the rest it needs to keep pushing. Take this time to get your breathe back and drink some water or on BCAAs to help muscle recovery.

All of these exercises use dumbbells and the tricep dips can be performed using a bench at the gym or your couch if you’re doing this at home.

Please remember to warm up before going straight into the workout. Get on the treadmill or elliptical for a quick cardio warmup or jump rope for 5 minutes.

Use this as your next upper body session!

StairMaster Workout

The StairMaster is a great way to get cardio in and work up a serious sweat! Some may be intimidated by it and some may hate it, but you should definitely give it another try with this workout! I used to hate the StairMaster and couldn’t make it longer than 2 minutes when I first tried. I started doing longer and longer workouts to build up my stamina. Now it’s my favorite form of cardio!

I normally do this workout as a warm-up before leg day. It’s great because you can go through the workout as many times as you’d like depending on how long you want to workout for! I usually go through it once or twice as a warmup.

I put a range of speeds for most of the different exercises. Your speed depends on your skill level and should be a framework to go by, not something you need to stick to exactly. For me, normal walking speed is at least 10 or above but that won’t be the same for a beginner.

Give it a try next time you’re at the gym!

Beginner Kickboxing Circuit Workout

One of my favorite forms of cardio and exercise is kickboxing. I love how energized you feel and how strong you become! Some of my most sore days have been after an hour kickboxing class. And the best part is, you lose track of time because it’s that much fun!!

It’s important to find some form of exercise that you just completely enjoy and look forward to doing. You never want to be in a “funk” when you dread going to the gym or dread going for your daily run. You’ve burned yourself out to the point where you don’t like something you’re doing and that’s going to get you off track from your goals.

Living a healthy lifestyle, it’s easy to run into these funks. It can happen more often than you think. When you get in this rut, you need to change up your routine! Go for a swim instead of jogging. Practice yoga when you have pushed your body too far. Give your body a break and listen to it! Do something active that makes you happy! You may need to keep changing it up and that’s okay – just don’t give up

I created a beginner at-home kickboxing circuit workout that will only take you around 20 minutes to complete. It’s two circuits that have 4 exercises in each. For each circuit, you will complete all exercises back to back, doing each exercise for 30 seconds. Once you complete all 4 exercises in the circuit, you will rest for 30 seconds. That’s one round. You will complete this process again until you’ve done 4 rounds of circuit one. Then you get a 1 minute rest before doing the same thing with circuit 2.

Be mindful to even out the workout on both sides of your body. I prefer standing in Orthodox position. This is a fancy boxing term for left foot forward, right foot back. For exercises like Circuit 1, exercise 1, you will want to switch your footing position between circuits so you’re not constantly just working the one side of your body.

I don’t jump rope in my apartment so I just pretend like I’m jumping rope. It’s the same movement so it will work in the same way!

Remember to have fun, work hard, and get out of your comfort zone!

Healthy Breakfast Idea: Salted Caramel Protein Smoothie Bowl

Quick and healthy smoothie bowl to start your morning off tasty and balanced! 

How To:

This morning I was in the mood for a smoothie for breakfast and remembered I had the Olly Slimming Salted Caramel Protein Smoothie Powder in the pantry. I decided to mix this with 1 frozen banana, 2 TBSP peanut butter, 1 TBSP chia seeds, 2 TBSP cacao powder, and 1/2 cup of almond milk. It was so tasty! I topped it off with Bear Naked Granola in the Cacao & Cashew Butter flavor and fresh strawberries.

You can find the Olly Protein smoothies at Target in the health section!

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Pair leather with your favorite fall sweater. Here I put my tan leather jacket with my brown off-the-shoulder sweater. Wore this combo over the word’s most comfiest leggings and wedges!

Outfit Details:

Sweater: ZAFUL, $24.49, http://bit.ly/2EGdiiw

Leather jacket: Express, $148, http://bit.ly/2BDfEMd

Leggings: Express, $29.99 (the best leggings ever – trust me!!), http://bit.ly/2oldlVJ

Shoes: TOMS, $54.99 (so comfy!!), http://toms.sh/2Cc8P5o

Strawberry PB Oat Smoothie

Smoothies are the fastest and easiest way to get in some nutrients into your body early in the morning. I love trying out different recipes and altering existing ones to match my taste preferences. Smoothie boosters, like probiotics, lean protein, or slimming ingredients, are great to add in as well to get those benefits!

My favorite smoothie flavors are: strawberry banana, mango, mixed berry, and acai bowls. These were my go-to flavors until I stumbled upon Domesticate Me‘s website and found the PB&J smoothie recipe. I made my first couple ones strict to the recipe but after some time, you’ll know how much of each ingredient to toss in to suit your own preferences.

I used to use my blender almost 3-4 times a week, which became super annoying to continuously clean up after. I recently got a NutriBullet and haven’t looked back since. This thing is incredible and super easy! I love that it accommodates personal sizes and you can start drinking it straight from the container when it’s ready! The cleanup is a hell of a lot easier, too. I would definitely recommend purchasing one of these. 5 out of 5!

The smoothie recipe can be found here.

Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. 1 banana
  2. Strawberries
  3. 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  4. Honey to taste
  5. 1 TBSP chia seeds
  6. 2 TBSP nut butter of your choice (I use peanut butter)
  7. Almond milk/milk of choice

Directions:

  1. Toss all of the ingredients into the blender, blend it all up, and enjoy!

I’m so accustomed to making this smoothie that I just kind of eyeball the ingredients and toss them in. I use a fresh banana and then grab a handful or so of frozen strawberries. Tip: try using a frozen banana to make the smoothie colder and thicker. When my bananas start to look a little rough, I peel them, break them in half, and store them in a Tupperware in the freezer. I usually either use a frozen banana with fresh strawberries or frozen strawberries with a fresh banana. I rarely ever use both frozen fruits because it seems harder to blend, in my opinion.

The only ingredient I actually measure is the oats. Then I take a regular tablespoon from my kitchen utensils to drop in two dollops of peanut butter (I use natural peanut butter, like Justin’s Natural Peanut Butter or the Whole Foods brand). I scoop some chia seeds in there. Drizzle down some honey and fill up the container 1/3 or so of the way with almond milk so it can blend easily.

Most of the time I pour it out of the NutriBullet container into a glass and use a straw to drink it. If I’m on-the-go, I pour it into my mini Blender Bottle and I’m out the door.

This is such a simple and fast breakfast for those of you who “can’t fit breakfast in” or who “don’t eat breakfast”. There’s a reason why they call breakfast the most important meal of the day. I used to be like that, too. A smoothie is such an easy start to the day without feeling like you’re forcing a heavy meal down. It’s so important to start the day off with breakfast, to get your metabolism to wake up with you and fuel your day so that you’re not fatigued or feeling sluggish halfway through. When I have zero time in the morning, I whip up this smoothie and usually grab a granola bar of some sort to pair it with, just to help my body get going.

Look out for more smoothie recipes in the future! For now, it’s easy to play around with ingredients and see what works best for your tastes and meal preferences. The possibilities are truly endless!

Sticking to a New Year’s Resolution

A little late, but Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a fun a safe holiday season! Much like years that have passed, I’m sure you’ve come up with at least one resolution for 2018. And much like years that have passed, that resolution tends to only stick around for a couple of weeks or if you’re lucky, a couple of months, and then disappears completely.

The million dollar question is: how do you turn these resolutions into lasting an entire year…or longer?

I’ve failed at my resolutions each year I’ve made them. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even create them anymore. Instead, I make small goals for myself and once I achieve them, I strive for something bigger. This brings me to my first tip for sticking to a New Year’s resolution.

1. Start Small.

Nothing is more intimidating than setting such a large and broad resolution for yourself and all the pressure that comes with trying to achieve it flawlessly. You can’t just have a resolution of “I want to be healthy”. Sure, that’s a great goal to have but there’s so many components that go into that. Simply, it’s too broad. And also, like I’ve said before, being healthy is a lifestyle and should be something that is fluid for the rest of your life. Going in at 110% all at once sets yourself up for failure shortly down the road. Let’s say you currently don’t have the best nutrition, hardly ever exercise, and have a horrible sleep schedule. You make the resolution to be healthy and go to the gym 5-6 times a week and totally cut out any and all unhealthy foods, it won’t last long. I’m not saying this to discourage you. I’m saying this because it’s realistic. Your body won’t be ready for this drastic change and you’ll feel discouraged and give up or begin to swerve off this path you’ve set for yourself and get back into your unhealthy routine. The best thing to do is start small and work your way up to where you want to be.

Start with a small goal that will contribute to the larger goal you have for yourself. Is your resolution to eat better? Start with drinking an extra glass of water with each meal. Do this throughout the week and increase the amount of water intake each week that follows. You won’t want to snack as much throughout the day when you’re consuming enough water. A lot of the time we think our bodies are hungry when actually they’re dehydrated and need water. Water is also great for bloating and flushing toxins out of your system. Do you see what I mean? This is such a simple and easy goal to obtain!

Do you want to get healthy in 2018? Start with a goal of going to bed 30 minutes to an hour early each night. Or try to wake up early to make time for your workout. You can also try to meal prep for one week and see how you stick to it. Achieve these small goals, master them, and then move on to bigger goals.

This doesn’t just apply to fitness-related resolutions. If you want to watch less TV in 2018, start off by reading a magazine instead. Find another hobby to do and try doing it for at least 30 minutes a day in place of watching TV.

2. Make it a Habit.

Research has shown that forming a habit can take at least 20-30 days. This is not necessarily a concrete number to live by as we are all different and have different strengths and weaknesses. This should, however, be a framework for how long you need to do something consistently for it to become a good habit. For some, it may take longer and for others a little shorter. Try to do what you’re trying to accomplish each day for at least a month and see how you’ve done. It may be waking up in the morning to exercise. Wake up each day for a month and this may already become routine for you. It will get easier and easier each day and start to feel more automatic after time.

3. Don’t self-hate or self-doubt.

Doubting yourself or being hard on yourself if or when you make a mistake will just bring yourself down. You’ll only hurt yourself by squashing your motivation. It’s okay to make a mistake or two, we’re all human – it happens! Instead, move on from it and keep working towards your goal. I know I have eaten one too many cookies in a day. I used to get discouraged and thought this would totally hinder any progress I could make. I realized that this isn’t a healthy way to react to slipping a little bit. Move on from it and keep going!

4. Share your progress. 

Share your progress with your family, friends, or coworkers. Anyone who loves and supports you will support you in your new goals and resolutions. They will want to help you reach your goals and even motivate you to do so. And if you have friends that aren’t supportive in your goals or stray you from where you want to be, you need to let go of them. Let go of any negativity in your life and block it out. This will only hinder your progress and you won’t ever be able to get to where you want to be.

For fitness-related resolutions, document your progress. Take progress pictures. Continuously weighing yourself isn’t the best way to measure your progress. Muscle weighs more than fat so the scale might not say what you are expecting it to. Take pictures throughout your journey to getting fit. Compare pictures over the course of months and see what has changed. Actually seeing the results will motivate you to work even harder!

I hope these tips will help you conquer your 2018 resolutions!