The Water Challenge

I’m not a health nut or anything. In fact, I’m far from it. So, what gives me the right to speak about health? Well, I’m trying to be healthier. I’m trying to live till I’m 100 years old, ok?

Well, recently, I’ve been on The Water Challenge.  What is the water challenge? My definition of the water challenge is, drinking as much water as possible in a day. Meaning, I drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.

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I started this challenge because I noticed that I don’t drink enough water. Throughout the day, I’d probably only drink one glass of water and I said, “Hmm, this is probably not healthy at all Raceen”, so, I decided to make a change.

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At first, it was really hard. You know, going from only drinking one glass of water, to drinking 8-10 glasses of water is hard. I had to force the water down, literally. Haha. But as the days progressed it got easier. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit right?

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So, what are some benefits of drinking more water?

  1. Drinking More Water Helps Treat Headaches – I have migraines often, so I find that drinking water helps with the intensity. As soon as I feel a headache coming on I drink lots of water to make it go away.
  2. Drinking More Water Helps with Weight loss – I’ve noticed that since I’ve started drinking lots of water, I’ve lost a little weight. This is because water increases your metabolism and helps you feel full longer. It is recommended by scientists to drink water half an hour before meals to feel fuller longer.
  3. Drinking More Water helps with constipation – This is probably too much information but I’ll say it anyways. Drinking more water has made me poop more. Before I rarely pooped. I’m glad that it’s cleaning out my system.

Again, I’m not a health nut. I’m just trying to be healthier. I gotta start somewhere you know what I’m saying?

Also, I’m not forcing anyone to do what I do. Do what makes you feel comfortable.

This is what I’ve been doing and I just wanted to share.

What health challenges are you taking on this week? Is it hard to be healthy?

Will you join me in this challenge?

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Random Thoughts : Bullying Can End

Have you ever seen the movie The Duff? If not, you should watch it. Like seriously. If you haven’t watched it, are you even human? I don’t think so. Why did I bring this movie up? Keep reading.

The Duff, is essentially a movie about a girl, who gets bullied and called ugly and guys don’t go after her because they think her friends are hotter. Seems familiar? Can you relate?

Right now, you’re probably wondering what the word, Duff means. Let me enlighten you. Duff means Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Yeah, people are dumb.

So how can I relate to this movie?

Well, believe it or not I was bullied in high school. I can’t relate to the fat part in Duff but I was always picked on. I guess my face said, “Pick on me”?. Sometimes I would just cry and wonder when it would end. He would call me “Ugly” and “Big Head” everyday. Then he would just laugh at me. My parents had no idea what was going on because I was afraid of telling them.

I remember I had this accident in class. My period had come unannounced and it spilled on my uniform but I didn’t know. When I got up there was blood all over my uniform and the bully just laughed at me and said, “You’re bleeding”. I was so embarrassed! If it wasn’t for him no one would know that I had an accident

I had beautiful girlfriends in high school, I still do. All the guys would flock to them or only talk to me because they wanted a chance with my friends. I used to feel so ugly. I often wondered “When is someone going to notice me?”. My self esteem was so low.

I wondered when would this all end?

Eventually, I learned to ignore the bully. And he eventually left me alone. I was so relieved.

To all those suffering or who have suffered from bullying just know you are not alone. It’s  not going to last forever. Those same bullies will move on to something else, or they’ll stop.

Bullies are just people who have low self esteem, have nothing better to do, or people who were, themselves bullied. Don’t let them get to you. You will survive. Bullies think that high school is all there is to life. They don’t think that there is life beyond high school and that’s sad.

I really feel bad for bullies.

I survived High School and I survived that bully and you can too. My friends and my perseverance helped me.I also learned to love myself and believe that I was beautiful despite that guys comments about me being ugly. He wasn’t even cute, so I don’t know what or who gave him the right to call someone ugly.

If I was looking for someone to date, he would never be my choice at all.

The only thing I wished I did more, was stand up for myself. I wish I had told that bully to go sit somewhere and leave me alone. But you know, in those moments when you’re being bullied, you’re not really thinking about what to say, or do. You just feel really afraid of the person who is bullying you.

But just hold on. If you can, find the courage to stand up for yourself. If not report that person to your teacher or tell someone. No one deserves bullying. No one.

Keep ya head up!

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Review : Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick

Imagine for a second that lipsticks were never invented. There would be chaos. Girls would be walking around with their lips dry, there would be no color to brighten up your face. Horrid, right? Let’s not imagine that.

Lipsticks are probably my favourite part of makeup. If I don’t have on lipstick I feel really weird. I have really dark lips so wearing  lipstick makes me feel more confident.

Today, I’ll be reviewing the Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick.

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I bought this lipstick sometime last year, and I must say, I really love it. The color that I purchased was Griselda. I chose this colour because I don’t like bright lipstick. I like when my lipstick looks dark. It’s a kind of dark berry color and it looks great with my red hair.

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On sephora.com the lipstick is  described as “An ultra-slim lipstick with a long- wearing, petal- soft matte finish, created in a rainbow of weightless, color-intense shades designed to flatter all skin tones. The size is 0.06 oz/1.7 g. The cost is $23 Canadian dollars.

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I like the fact that there is a lot of product on the stick. It’s  not like Mac lipsticks where, there is barely anything on the stick. It’s matte, but it doesn’t go on matte like mac lipsticks (Sorry for the constant comparisons mac). It’s very creamy when you apply it then it becomes matte. Genius, right?

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When it dries it’s matte but it’s not dried out matte like Mac matte lipsticks. EVERY TIME I wear mac lipsticks I always have to apply lip gloss over it because it’s so dry!. With this, when its dries it’s not that dry. It’s creamy, you know what I’m saying?

It’s really smooth and it doesn’t clump. I really love the dark colour and they have a wide range of colours. So if you want to go ratchet, there’s a colour for you or, if you want to be girly there’s a color there for you as well

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I also like the shape of the lipstick. The way it’s shaped makes it easier to apply the lipstick to the corners of your lips. I feel like the shape also helps me to keep the lipstick within the correct lines.

Below, are some pictures of me wearing it.

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I’ll give this lipstick a 5/5 stars. It’s not as matte as Fenty Beauty’s Stunna lip paint but I REALLY love the formula and I don’t really love super matte lipsticks anyway. I’ll definitely go back to sephora, to try out some new colours as well. Oh Rihanna please  don’t take all my coins.

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The Liebster Award

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Thank you to  iblissmakeup for nominating me. I’m truly thankful that you thought about me. This is a great way to meet other bloggers and network. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you
  • Share 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Create 11 new questions for the nominees to anwer
  • Let them know they’ve been nominated

11 Facts about me

  • I was born with 12 fingers, I had surgery when I was a baby to remove them. I still have the scars.
  • Black is my favourite colour, (Yes I know it’s technically not a colour but it’s my favourite).
  • I’m  an extrovert
  • I love going out, I hate staying in, when I stay in I start to feel depressed
  • I love my family, I don’t know where I’d be without them
  • I love hot weather because I love the sun, in Canada we don’t get a lot of sunshine so when it’s here I’m happy
  • I’m a very bubbly person, in a room of people I’ll be the one laughing
  • I LOVE fashion
  • I have more guy friends than girl friends
  • I love dancing even though I can’t dance
  • I love to talk about things, discussions about any topic are my favourite

Questions to me 

  1. What made you enter this community…. what inspired you? I read blogs all the time from fashion to relationships and I love taking pictures and I love clothes so I thought why not start a blog? So I bought a camera and did my research and now here I am.
  2. What kind of music do you like? I like all kinds of music, I like pop, alternative, gospel, EDM, basically almost anything except hard rock, metal and scream.
  3. Besides blogging what do you do? I also have a full time sales job
  4.  Are you a “stay at home person” or a party person? I’m not a stay at home person I hate staying at home but I don’t party either. I like doing adventurous things like going around the city and exploring or going to dinner or movies
  5. What inspires you in life…. what drives you? God and my family are what drives me. I want to make my mom proud and God is the one who gives me the strength to keep pushing
  6. Are you a sneaker person or a heels person?  I love heels, I’m not really a sneaker person, the only sneakers I have are converses
  7. What’s your dressing style like? My style is a mixture of sophisticated, edgy and cool
  8. How do you like your makeup….. what’s your makeup style? I like my makeup simple, typically I don’t wear eyeshadow at all and if I do it’s usually a sublime colour. My makeup is usually just foundation and contouring.
  9. What do you like to do when you’re bored? I like to sleep when I’m bored
  10. Do you have pets? No I don’t have pets but I want a rabbit and puppy and an elephant Lol
  11.  Describe yourself in 3 words I’m intelligent, fashionable and I love helping people.

I would love to nominate

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My questions to you

  1. If someone gave you enough money to start a business – no strings attached – what kind of business would you want to start and why?
  2. What makes you happy?
  3. What matters to you most?
  4. How do you like to do your makeup?
  5. What’s some of the best advice you’ve ever been given?
  6. What’s your ideal weekend?
  7. What made you start blogging?
  8. What’s your favourite quote?
  9. What’s your life story in 2 sentences
  10. What’s your favourite beauty product right now?
  11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

This was really fun I hope you’ll enjoy doing this as I have.

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Releasing Negativity

Have you ever had some really negative thoughts? Thoughts like “I’m not pretty enough” or “I don’t deserve this job” or, “No one is going to love me”. Do you worry about things that you have no control over? Whether it’s self imposed or something else, negative thinking can be a big obstacle in our personal development.

It’s a struggle that each of us go through daily. Being positive, takes a lot of work but it can be achieved. Instead of doing the easy thing and drowning in negativity, why not work at being more positive?

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Here are some full proof ways of releasing negative thoughts which I practice as well

  1. Whenever you start to feel worrisome, smile – Acknowledge that your worries are just an old habit that you’re choosing to release. Negativity is a choice and by smiling you’re telling negative thoughts to leave you alone.

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2. Take Deep Breaths – I have anxiety problems so this helps me to calm down. As you exhale say “I’m letting go”. Remind yourself that you don’t have to choose negative reactions any longer.

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3.Focus on something else – Sometimes, when I feel a negative thought coming on, instead of wallowing I try to focus on something else. I go clean my room or read a book to keep my mind focused on something else

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4. Be Grateful – Whenever I feel negative thoughts coming on I remember to be grateful. Gratefulness puts things in perspective and helps me to feel at peace. I thank God for my family, I thank God for a roof over my head etc. After doing this, I feel so much better.

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5) Don’t believe what you think – When my mom got sick I had thoughts of “Oh I’m going to have schizophrenia too and I’m not going to be able to have kids because they’re going to have schizophrenia too”. I felt paralyzed by my thoughts .My manager was the one who told me “You’re not going to have schizophrenia, you’re going to live a happy life”. That really changed my mindset. Believe in yourself.

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Releasing negativity isn’t easy, but, you have to start somewhere if you want to be happy.

You can start with these affirmations

  • I release fear and negativity, I choose to find joy in the present instead.
  • I choose to release fear.
  • I choose to have power over my thoughts.
  • I choose  to have a more peaceful attitude everyday.

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I’m not saying that, you’re going to be in a happy bubble everyday  and nothing is going to affect you. If that were the case we would be probably be in heaven right now. But in the same way that happiness is a choice so is negativity.

You can choose to wallow in negativity or rise above it and release it.

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Why I like Online Shopping

Online shopping is not for everyone, maybe that’s why I like it so much. All you have to do is put your items in your shopping cart and you’re done! No hard lifting, no stress.So easy!

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I’ve been shopping online now for a long time. Do I go to the mall? Yes, sometimes but I’m often disappointed.

So, why do I like it so much?

1) I can get the new arrivals before they arrive in the store – Sometimes, I’ll see something online and want to purchase it but, when I go into the store they say they haven’t received it yet. Like what? I like my clothes fresh out the warehouse you know what I’m saying?

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2) You don’t have to wait in line – Have you ever been inside Zara on a Friday? Girl, you should see that line. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Who wants to spend hours in a line when you can have your clothing delivered right to your door.

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3) You get to stand out – Online shopping allows you to stand out. You get the chance to wear one of a kind pieces that no one else has. Every time I wear something unique people ask me “Where did you get that from?” and I’m like “Online!’.

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4) It’s easy – All you need is your credit card or visa debit and that’s it. LOL. You don’t have to spend hours walking through the mall looking for stuff. You just go online and search for what you want and BAM you purchase it and it’s delivered to your door. It’s like magic!

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5) Online has what I want – Have you ever gone into the mall and couldn’t find what you wanted? Yeah, that’s me. I often go into the mall with a vision and most times the mall doesn’t have my vision. P.s. mall, can you get my vision? Hahah.

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Online shopping is really convenient. A lot of my friends say that they could never do it. They ask me “So how do you know your size?”, well, from experience girl.

The first time I bought jeans online they were so tight! But over the years from going to the store and knowing what my size actually is, I now know how it works. You could say I’m a pro now, hahaha.

I only go into the mall really if I’m close by to one, or to test out makeup in Sephora.

As I said before online shopping isn’t for everyone but it works for me. I love it, it’s so easy!

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How to be Happier

People might think that happiness is elusive, it’s not. Just because you’ve had a lot of sad days, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be happy. Bad days don’t last. Yes, sometimes life  circumstances might occur that are out of our control, but happiness can be attained. God didn’t place us here, to wallow in sadness, he wants us to be happy. God says “Though weeping may endure for a night, Joy, comes in the morning”.

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I’ve often feel like I don’t deserve to be happy, or I shouldn’t feel happy because of this, or that. I used to feel so guilty. But you know what? Tell that voice to shut up. YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY. You deserve to laugh after all you have been through, you deserve that house, you deserve that new job. Stop feeling guilty because God wants you to be happy.

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How can someone feel happier? Well, here are some tips that help

Play an Upbeat Song– You know that song you like? Yeah, that one that makes you get up and dance? Yeah play that. And get up and dance. I like playing Cardi B’s “I like it”, to get me in the dancing mood or some of Kesha’s old songs. Dancing makes me happy.

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Go Outside– Fresh air, is good for the soul. If you’re feeling stuck or sad just go outside it will do wonders for you, try it out.

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Make Plans– Even something small like going to the movies to see that film that you’ve wanted to see with a friend will make you happier. I like going out at least once per month. If I don’t go out sometimes I start feeling blue.

Get off Social Media and Find Something to do– You wanna know something? Endlessly scrolling through social media is not healthy. Get up and go do something. Go call a friend or go for that run that you’ve been planning since last week. The only reason, I’m on social media so often these days, is because I have to keep up my engagement and for my blogging. I’ve deactivated my Facebook so many times in the past and honestly, I felt happier. Find a hobby, clean your house, that’ll make you feel better.

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Express Gratitude – Sometimes when I’m feeling blue, I  start listing off all the things i’m grateful for.I feel so much happier and lighter afterwards. I say things like “I’m grateful for my 10 toes”, “I’m grateful for the roof, over my head”, “God, thank you for my family, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have them”.

Be kind – One day, last year, when it was really cold, I helped this blind guy find the bus stop and I helped him get off the bus as well. I felt really good about that. I couldn’t stop thinking about how, if I wasn’t there, there would be no one to help him. That made me really happy that day. Sometimes the smallest acts  of kindness can do wonders for others and for your soul as well.

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Treat Yourself – Girl, go on that shopping spree, or go for that massage. This will break you out of that rut that you’re in.

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Let things go – Negativity isn’t good for anyone. That person that you hate from 3 years ago is enjoying their life and what are you doing? Hmm?. Holding on to things will only make you angry and unhealthy. If you don’t know how to let things go you will never be happy. Leave the past in the past.

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Be positive – My philosophy is that, a positive attitude always goes a long way. I say it to my coworkers all the time, and when I do I always feel like some motivational speaker or something LOL. But it does go a long way. Mindset is everything. The computer broke down at work? Still a good day. You forgot your jacket at home? Still a good day.

I’m not saying that you’ll never have bad days. In fact, happiness is something that you have to work on consistently. I’m also not saying you’re going to be walking around giggling all day. But, happiness is a choice. You can choose to be Happy or wallow in sadness. Choose Happiness. Life is too short to not be HAPPY.

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My Fight With Depression

I’ve been depressed for the longest time but it’s not something that many people know because I’ve never really talked about it. People would always say things like “Oh you’re so happy”, but little did they know, that I was not.

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So, what is depression? Depression is defined as ” A state of feeling sad; marked by feelings of hopelessness, inactivity and dejection”. I remember feeling depressed at 18 because my life wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I felt so hopeless. I would sleep all day and wake up at 4 pm at times.

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At one point, I even tried cutting myself. I had thoughts of killing myself daily. At church or around my friends I would pretend as if I was fine but I wasn’t. Fast forward to 2012 when things became worse.

That year, my mom had a manic episode. She had just come home from church in hysterics which was very baffling. We really weren’t expecting that, at all. My mom had never displayed any signs of mental illness, so to see her behaving like that was a shock to my system. My dad called the pastor and he came and prayed for her and she eventually calmed down and went to sleep. We had no idea what to do so we left her for a bit.

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On my birthday, I went shopping with my best friend and then she decided to come home with me because I had plans to go to dinner later. When I came home, my mom didn’t know who I was so she started cursing at me and told my best friend to get out because we were lesbians. She then proceeded to run after my friend and I, so my friend decided to leave. After my friend left my mom tried to run after me as well so I ran to my room and locked it. I waited until she was calm and then I left the house and went to the Mcdonalds washroom to change for my dinner. I didn’t want to disappoint my friends and the only person who knew what was going on was my best friend. I was really sad and scared. The next day, I told my dad that something had to be done because my mom was only getting worse. To sum it all up, my mom was taken to the hospital by police escorts and diagnosed with Paranoid schizophrenia. I was really sad during that time. I didn’t want to live. I felt the lowest of low. The person who I knew to be my mom was no longer there. I was devastated. I felt like my world was over.

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I didn’t actually start feeling better, until 2 years ago. A friend of mine, invited me out, to a movie called ” Collateral Beauty”. In it, the main character loses his daughter and he just stops living, but then, some of his friends came up with a plan to help him get better. One quote that stood out to me was ” Just be sure to notice the collateral beauty. It’s the profound connection to everything”. This made me think about everything that I had been through and that I had a purpose in life. It taught me to never give up on myself. Did I have depressive episodes after that and did my mom have manic episodes after that? Absolutely, but I learned to fight through the feelings.

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Here are some tips that helped me to fight my depression

  • Be active- Whenever I feel depressed I like to go for a run. Running clears my head and helps me feel less sluggish. I run for 15 mins and do other exercises to get my blood pumping. Do what you can.
  • Don’t Isolate yourself- I used to isolate myself all the time whenever I felt depressed but I realized it only made me feel worse. Confide in a friend, or, when your friends invite you out, don’t say no. You’ll feel a little better trust me, I know.
  • Do things that you once liked to do- If you once liked to draw, go draw. Sitting on the couch doing nothing will only make you feel worse.

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The point of this blog post is to share my story and let you know that there is hope. You can survive depression. I am not a victim, I’m a Survivor! Hope this helps someone out there.

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Outfits : Spotlight on Dungarees

In Canada, the weather can be very volatile. Recently, we’ve been having somewhat warmer days, as recent, as last week. Dungarees, are a great option for this transitioning weather. They’re long, so if it gets cold, you won’t be freezing and they’re very versatile.

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The ones that I’m wearing are from Asos.com. They’re made of polyester and they’re very comfortable. Throw on a T- Shirt underneath and you’ll look like one of the cool kids, or add an off the shoulder top and you’ll look like a bohemian babe.

 

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Dungarees are making a comeback this season and I’m here for it.

 

I chose these black ones because black, is my happy colour and I feel like my best self wearing black.

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You can wear these to brunch or on a hot date with your man. They are very effortless and fashionable and you won’t break the bank trying to purchase one of these.

 

I bought these about 4 years ago, but here’s a link to purchase similar ones : Asos.com

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How To Make Green Juice

People ask me all the time “What’s in your smoothie?” or “what does that taste like?”, or they’ll say stuff like “eww it’s green” or, “that’s nasty”. I’m not a health freak or anything but I like to take care of myself, given my family history with illness. I lack energy and most times I have to take iron tablets to feel better, so what better solution than going the natural way?

 

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Green Juice is easy to make, really easy. All you need to get is a green leafy vegetable and a fruit or, if you wish to forego adding fruit, you can just use veggies. I like  adding fruit to my juice because it adds taste but everyone has their own preferences.

Once I drink green juice in the mornings I feel more energized and just overall better.

Green juice tastes like fruit, really, (You’re probably saying “stop lying”), but I’m not lying, it really does taste like fruit juice. Many people have this misconception that green juice tastes very bitter or nasty but it doesn’t, trust me, if it did I wouldn’t be drinking it EVERYDAY. And I wouldn’t lie to you, I’m a very straightforward person.

So, how does one make one make green juice? Well…….

  1. Add half cup of water to your blender
  2. Add Kale leaves, or any other green leafy vegetables that you may have e.g. Spinach, broccoli etc
  3. Add 1 banana or any other fruit you might have e.g. apple, strawberries, blueberries etc
  4. Add 2 ice cubes
  5. Blend and pour into a glass

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Green juice promotes healthy skin

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Green Juice promotes weight loss

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Green Juice promotes improved energy

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Green Juice promotes overall health

I’m not trying to convince people to drink green juice. I’m just sharing my experience with green juice and how it makes me feel.This post is for the people who want to know how it’s made or they’re curious about what it tastes like. It tastes really good that’s why I drink it everyday and it makes me feel really good

I’m curious, what natural drink makes you feel good?

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