Something the Runners and Workout Enthusiasts would appreciate

Introducing FlipBelt from Runner and Founder of Level Terrain Apparel, Mia Do!

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Where was this product when I used to run?

I think it’s pretty genius. It’s sleek, comfortable, form-fitting and designed to carry all your on-the-go essentials while your hands are free to workout. The belt is made of a moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial spandex-lycra blend which slips right on with no bulk or no bounce. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes (XS to XL) and is machine-washable.

This is how it fits everything around your waist:

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This product can be purchased on FlipBelt’s website, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, AcademyBrookstone and REI.

For more information, watch this YouTube video.

I’m obsessed with Clocks…

For someone who’s notorious for running late, that’s a mouthful!

But seriously, I am! So ask me how did this obsession start? Well, I’ve been on the hunt for everything and anything vintage. In designing the new house, I have discovered that my style is country vintage. Which brings up a real-life issue I’m encountering these days…the rents don’t like anything which predates their times and I don’t like anything invented during mine. So now we’re in a dilemma to find furniture belonging to a mutually-exclusive century and well…

Anyways, we’ll save this topic for another day…

…back to clocks. So…during my numerous trips to flea markets and antique stores and all-nighter reads through several vintage magazines, I noticed how a simple but unique clock can add a creative flare to the room at a minimal price. Sometimes to bring excitement back into a boring room, you only need to make minor adjustments. All you need is an imagination…and a subscription to Better Homes & Garden! We always think big! Like buying a huge piece of furniture or changing up the entire room. Sometimes a fresh paint, a new lighting fixture, fresh flowers, new cushions, updated curtains, or a wall hanging can revive a dull room.

And that’s how clocks grabbed my attention! Just like that!

So I took upon myself to hunt for unique clocks for the house, something which could translate into a signature focal point of the room.

Back in February I posted about a recycled turntable clock I purchased from Etsy seller Pixelthis. Let me tell you what a conversation piece this clock has managed to become! Almost everyone who visited my place asked me how I got my hands on it. Many studied it carefully for several minutes admiring it’s impeccable finish. I feel proud of myself just thinking about it!

So here are some clocks I figured may grab your attention. Trust me, there are enough in this post to cater to everyone’s taste!

Or…how about…(drum roll please!) buy these as gifts for your friends!!! These clocks will make awesome gifts!!! Your friends will love you for it…you could be the new hero in their lives!

I’m telling you, you should buy…

this Wooden Mechanical Clock for your I-Like-To-Fix-Everything-Myself buddy

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which works like this…

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this LED World Clock for the Travel-Savvy buddy

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this Light Up Moon Clock for the Astronomy-Obsessed buddy

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this Recycled Bike Crank Clock for your MS 150 Enthusiast buddy

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this Recycled Bike Wheel & Tire Clock for your Bike-aholic buddy

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this Recycled Record Player Clock for your Music Junkie buddy

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this Recycled Kodak Camera Clock for your Photographer-Wanna-Be buddy

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this Whatever Clock for your Sarcasm-Overload buddy

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this Orbits Clock for the The-Aliens-Will-Abduct-Us-One-Day buddy

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this Manifold Clock for your Weed-Smokin’ buddy

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this Faux Books Clock for your Oprah-Book-Club buddy

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this Eye Clock for your Paranoid buddy

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this Sentence Maker Wall Clock for your Hooked-On-Inspirational-Quotes buddy

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this Melting Clock for your Science-Geek buddy

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this Pop Quiz Clock for your Math Teacher buddy

this Happy Time Fried Egg Wall Clock for your 24-Hour-Food-Network buddy

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this History of Art MoMa Wall Clock for your artsy-fartsy buddy

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this The Only Constant is Change Clock for your philosopher buddy 25198_zoom1this Unfinished Clock for your Procrastinating buddy (me!)

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this Directors Edition Clock for your Netflix-Is-My-Date-This-Weekend buddy

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…and last…but certainly not least…this Clock is made just for me!

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Ok, that’s enough!

There you go, brilliant 2,345,900 gift ideas at your doorstep!!!

17 Power Snacks To Lighten Up Your Dull Day

via BuzzFeed

Snackaholics, be prepared! Be it boredom, binging or both, now you are free to munch all day long without the fear of putting on the pounds. Well…just don’t go overboard!

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Are you bored at work?

Do you have the tendency to day dream a lot?

Are you borderline ADD?

Does food top your aphrodisiac list?

Is your job too stressful?

Well then you my dear look forward to your snack hours. And I’m here to make them snack worthy!

I do suggest you seek help if you answered “yes” to any of the questions above. It won’t hurt…

…in the meantime, enjoy these power snacks on me. Like these…

Banana Dog Bites? What a cool name!

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 recipe here

Frozen Yogurt-Covered Blueberries

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recipe here

Roasted Chickpeas

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recipe here

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

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recipe here

OR…

Say helloooo to Nutella Energy Bites!

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recipe here

Pretty awesome ways to keep a boring and busy day interesting eh!?

Read this article at BuzzFeed for more ideas on empowering your snack tooth!

And this wraps up my contribution to humanity on better and healthy eating!!!

28 Easy And Healthy Breakfasts You Can Eat On The Go

via BuzzFeed

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Time is a luxury these days. Either that or you’re a lazy bum like me who gets up 30 minutes prior to leaving for work which means no time to make a breakfast meal. Hence like many other fellow Americans, I resort to caffeine or carbs, the “quick fixes”, to jump start the day.

Well here are quick, easy and healthy breakfast meals you can prepare in 10 minutes or less the morning of or the night before. Time should no longer be an excuse to not eat healthy!

Like this…

Chia Pudding which involves 3 simple ingredients: milk, chia seeds and honey! And if these ingredients don’t appeal to you then try her suggested variations like orange, chocolate, pistachio, almonds, agave, bananas, cardamom, or masala chia!

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recipe here

Ricotta and Honey Sandwich

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recipe here

Quinoa Granola Bars with no precooking!

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recipe here

Healthy Muffins made with oats, carrots, skim milk and bananas

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recipe here

OR…

Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich

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recipe here

Read this BuzzFeed article for more on-the-go breakfast recipes including recipes for power smoothies, for those umm weird folks who find the energy to workout in the mornings!

Tomorrow we will cater to snackaholics!

18 Mason Jar Salads That Make Perfect Healthy Lunches

via BuzzFeed

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Oh I love it when BuzzFeed posts something buzzworthy!

Like these amazing 18 mason jar salads which can be easily prepared in a matter of minutes.

Look cool and healthy at the same time!

So…Halloween is around the corner which means I’m going to eat healthy (or try my best to) for the next few weeks so I can binge on some candy. That said, this week my posts will be dedicated to healthy eats!

I figure every now & then we need someone to spill some fresh meal ideas into our brain. Because attempting to search for recipes on Pinterest means letting yourself be consumed by a black hole for 123 hours!!! aaaaand nothing gets done…

So…what’s the trick to creating salads in a mason jar:

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The dressing goes first.

Then goes the grain or protein…

Then the fixings…

Then the leafy greens.

A formula as simple as this can create a:

Burrito Bowl Salad

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recipe here

Egg and Avocado Mixed Salad

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recipe here

Asian Noodle Salad

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recipe here

OR…

Pomegranate and Pear Salad (yummm)

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recipe here

Read this BuzzFeed article for remaining 14 recipes.

And off you go in prepping your lunch meals for the remainder of the month.

Tomorrow we will share ideas on how to jump start your day with a healthy simple easy breakfast meal!

The most uplifting playlist ever, according to a neuroscientist

Science has determined the world’s most “feel good” jam!

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via Tech Insider

If you ever need a little pick me up, one neuroscientist says he has the playlist for you. Dr. Jacob Jolij, of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, created a playlist of feel-good and uplifting songs — and a formula for finding them.

It wasn’t as easy as crunching some numbers, though. According to Jolij, “A “feel good song” is rather tricky to define. Music appreciation is highly personal and strongly depends on social context, and personal associations. In that respect, the idea of a “feel good formula” is a bit odd — factoring in all these personal aspects is next to impossible, in particular if you want to come up with a quantitative feel good formula. Basically, what you need are song features that you can express in numbers.

Not sure about you but I can use a playlist like this from time to time…heck we all can!

This playlist is available for you on Spotify and YouTube.

 

Of course our friend Freddie tops the list!

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I’m sooooo not a morning person!

2016 is not even here but I already know what my new year resolution will be. To become a dedicated morning person! I’m determined to do that next year even though I’m a confirmed night owl. I come from a family, I mean generations of night owls. I feel alive after dusk. Bed is my favorite place in the world after dawn. Well…all that is set to change in a matter of months. I’m giving myself a 3-month grace period to embrace and enjoy my night owl-ness as much as I can before I let go of an inherited habit.

Meanwhile, I gotta get creative in helping me become a morning person! Apps? Crazy alarm clocks? Anything to put an end to my infamous snooze fest!

So what do you think of these?

Walk Me Up is an App which forces you to walk a number of steps before the alarm will shut off. OMG I’ll be so annoyed each morning!

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Or how about invest in an alarm clock I have to chase to shut if off. This clocky rolling alarm clock jumps into the air and runs off on carpet or wood once the snooze button is pushed! I’ll be a sight to see every morning!

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Either way, I know I’m going to need one of these!

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I think I will be ok if 2016 takes its time to come around!

 

via Buzzfeed

The Power of Forgiveness

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I will admit. If there is one thing I have struggled with on few occasions is forgiveness. Imagine someone you trust wrongs you and then spares no apology. Their lack of empathy fuels three strong words in your head: “How dare they?” Emotions linger and soon hurt turns into anger: “Who the hell they think they are!” Anger provokes revenge: “I’m going to teach them a lesson!” Revenge drags you down the path of damaging the perpetrator only to find out the same path has turned you into one. As Confucious wisely quoted: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

Earlier this year I read an article on The Atlantic – “The Forgiveness Boost“. Beautiful and insightful piece about, well, forgiveness.

“When someone holds a grudge, their body courses with high levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. When cortisol surges at chronically high levels for long periods of time, Worthington says, it can reduce brain size, sex drive, and digestive ability.”

Sometimes you forgive a person not because they deserve it but because you deserve your inner peace. Not letting go will only weigh you down in the long run. Plus…

“Making amends with those who trespass against us yields a number of physical and mental benefits. Sometimes even victims of the worst crimes can find solace in letting go.”

Perhaps we can learn a lesson or two by reading about Worthington’s journey in this article!

Etsy Find of the Day!

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Loving this TAKEN Keychain by Etsy seller giftforbestfriends! This keychain can be custom made with any name, date or symbols (with 23 symbols to choose from). Such a cute gift to give to your friend on their engagement, wedding or anniversary.

And it’s only $10!!!!