#kindawesome

Hello hello everyone!

How’s everyone’s week been so far? Hopefully good especially since tomorrow is Fridayyy, woohoo weekend!

Today I’d like to let you guys in on a really neat project KIND Snacks has going on called Do The KIND Thing.

 

Do the KIND Thing Projects 

  • Do the KIND Thing: Projects is a new program from KIND Healthy Snacks that is crowdsourcing socially impactful project ideas that are aimed at making the world a little kinder.
  • Each month, people can vote with acts of kindness on the idea(s) that most inspire them. At the end of the month, KIND will support the winning project with $10,000.
  • We currently have over 85 project submissions for the month of November, which you can check out HERE.

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It’s pretty darn awesome that a brand is not only dedicated to making healthy AND tasty snacks but also supports one project every month with $10,000.

If you have a project then propose it to Do The KIND Thing or browse through all the amazing project submissions on KIND’s site and support your favorite with a kind act.

Have an awesome day! :)

KIND Snacks sent me samples pictured in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed on HNC are and always will be my own. 

Missing You Always

Happy Monday everyone!

Lately, I’ve seriously put blogging on the back burner. School, work, friends, and mainly laziness are to blame. Today, however, is a new day and I’d like to end my back burning streak.

But before I move on like nothing has happened during my blogging hiatus, I feel the need to share with you a very tragic loss that myself and many others have recently suffered.

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For those of you who are no stranger to HNC, you can probably recognize Stephen, otherwise known as “The Boyfriend”. Stephen left this world on October 18, 2013 and with him he took a piece of me.

Over the years I’ve watched many close friends experience great losses but was blessed to be strangers with tragedy until now.

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It’s unfortunate what you realize when someone is gone…

And in many ways it’s fortunate the life lessons you take from those realizations.

The relationship I was lucky enough to share with Stephen was so much deeper than just being able to call each other boyfriend and girlfriend. He knew me better than anyone else and still wanted to get to know me further. He was truly my very best friend and the closest person to me so far in my lifetime.

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Stephen was a friend to many. He was so caring, loving, and thoughtful. He was too smart for his own good. He was outgoing and musically gifted. Self conscious and sometimes shy yet he made me feel more confident than ever before. Stephen was inspiring and motivating. He was excellent at arguing and a pretty good asshole at times. He was ticklish beyond words. Had a fetish with Q-tips and cleaned his ears an unhealthy amount. He loved the beach and had a odd obsession with Colorado. He scuba dived, sky dived, drove from Alabama to Colorado, and even rode an elephant. He was an amazing, perfect person with the most beautiful heart.

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I think about you all the time, everyday. Everywhere I look I see you. Everything around me makes me remember times spent with you. I miss your laugh so much it hurts. At times I doubt my ability to handle the pain of missing you and question whether or not time really does heal.

Even though I’d do absolutely anything in my power to bring you back I find comfort knowing you’re in a better place than all of us on earth. I know you’ve found peace and your only emotion is happy. We used to laugh at how cheesy it was that our “song” in junior high was Your Guardian Angel by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus but now I think the irony is beautiful.

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I am beyond thankful for all the precious memories I was so fortunate to share with you. The good times and the bad times, I wouldn’t trade one second I spent with you for anything in the world. You’ve taught me so much already and I know you’d want the best for me and everyone else. Thank you for being every bit of you. I will always love you.

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Until we meet again. Missing you always.

Fully Ready for Fall

Hiya!

This past weekend I headed home with a few of my favorite people to visit a few more of my favorite people. Camping, football, and a lot of chillaxin’ was involved.

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I brought my camera on our camping trip so that’s where the pictures are coming from today. There’s nothing better than a good candid shot. Am I right?

Anyone have an Eno hammock?

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They’re pretty neat little gadgets.

Here’s a glimpse at my paparazzi skills… :D

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(Corey is an L.L. Bean model by the way.)

Good people, good times. Nothing like it.

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Ohhh check dat fyyyuuuhhh. ;)

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After camping last weekend I am fully ready for fall to roll in. It’s my favorite season by far and I’m itching to bust out my boots and cozy sweaters, whip up batches of chili, and watch the colors change while sitting on my balcony. Ahhh…

Anything fun planned for the upcoming weekend?

I’ll leave you with this happy picture and happy quote. Wishing everyone a great rest of the week!

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“Whatever creates or increases happiness or some part of happiness, we ought to do; whatever destroys or hampers happiness, or gives rise to its opposite, we ought not to do.”
- Aristotle

She's baaack!

(She meaning me.)

Hey there!

So…uh…long time no blog, right? There should be an inside HNC joke about how many posts have a title pertaining to my being alive or back from blogging hiatuses.

Many of you might have started to come to the conclusion that I lost interest, gave up all together, or maybe even fell off the face of the world.

The latter is true…the face of the blog world, to be exact. (I haven’t even had the time to read blogs!)

Well, I’m here to let my people know that the hiatus is OVER!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since my yesteryears of high school (it wasn’t thaaat long ago, I know), back when a consistent schedule was practically given to you, it’s that you’ve gotta be on your toes 24/7 because your plans will change. Adaptability is the name of the game, y’all.

Anyways, I’m gonna share a few pictures of what I’ve been up to since the last time we spoke and maybe throw in a few food pictures since this is a health food blog after all.

What I’ve been up to:

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That might seem like a lot but it is just a glimmer in comparison of everything else I’ve been doing lately. I should probably have added a few pictures of my school work since that has stolen a huge chunk of my time yet again…I’m in class right now, by the way. ;)

These pictures in a nutshell: Hanging out with some of my favorite Scottsboro natives, Color Run, my best friend in the whole wide world came for a weekend, and Baton Rouge adventures. Maybe I’ll get around to filling in the blanks later but for now this will have do.

 

What I’ve been watching:

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DEXTER! My roommates and I are hooked on this show. I know we’re a little behind on the trend but hey, now we get to enjoy it well past its end. Speaking of the end, we will all cry.

 

How I’ve been sweating:

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(^^^Picture from a walk, not run, but generic prescription viagra you get the point.)

It’s been the usual and a lot of whatever I have time for. TurboFire and some weights at home are always quick and easy options.

A few of my pledge sisters and I are running the RnR NOLA in February (!!!) so I’ve been going on plenty of runs as well. Who else is scary excited for fall running weather?! *Hand raised* Fall and spring are my FAVORITE times of the year to run.

 

What I’ve been eating:

All of these picture belong to my Canon at home and like I said, I’m in class! But I did find this food pic on my phone. ;)

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I shall see you shortly, take care.

:D

Guest Post: Carrots Over Cake

Hey guys how’ve ya been?

Things have been rather entertaining around here but I’ll get to that tomorrow. Right now I want to introduce you all to Beth Waters cialis online ordering from Carrots Over Cake. She put together an awesome guest post to share with you all so without further ado, here’s Beth!

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I’m Beth Waters; the mother of two overly energetic and wonderful children. I am both a freelance writer for medical companies such as Liberty Medical and a blogger at Carrots Over Cake. I have decided to live a life of health and happiness with my family and love writing about my journey though it!

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Beginning a Workout Routine & Staying Motivated

With so many of us wanting to get in shape to maintain our best weight possible, beginning a workout routine and staying motivated is a common challenge many of us fail to execute.  The combination of our lack of commitment, willpower, and hectic lifestyles make it easy to stray away from our fitness goals.  By following these tips, you’ll help fulfill your fitness goals and stay on track to find a happier, healthier you!

Setting Realistic Goals

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One of the main reasons that result in people failing in their health and fitness plans is because of unrealistic goals and expectations.  Setting goals that are impossible or difficult causes de-motivation to infiltrate your mind and encourages you to fail.  Instead, do yourself a favor and be realistic.  Should you feel the need to lose 30 pounds, instead of weekly weigh-ins, focus on five-pound increments.  Do not put a time limit or deadline on yourself, especially if you are new to working out.  By forming these realistic and intimate victories, you will boost your self-esteem as you build muscle and determination.  With no limitations, you can keep yourself on track to a healthier workout routine.

Starting Small

Before you start setting fitness goals, keep in mind that many people vow to turn their lives upside down in order to acquire a healthier lifestyle.  While changing your entire lifestyle or altering your routine is seen as a courageous and noble idea, the success of this devotion almost never works.  On the other hand, implementing small changes gives you and your body enough time to adjust to this new, healthy way of living.  Small changes will not bombard or overwhelm you because you will begin to see your fitness goals being accomplished.  For example, instead of removing carbohydrates from your diet completely, make an effort to switch to whole grains.

Starting small as you begin a workout routine is crucial if you are determined to stay motivated and positive.  Going too big, or too hard, too fast will leave you feeling demoralized, unhappy, and de-motivated to continue.  As you begin to figure out a workout routine, make sure you stick with workouts that are suitable to your fitness level.  It’s important to note that any exercise or active movement counts so don’t get discouraged if you can’t run five miles on your first attempt.  Starting small will give you the endurance that you need to build up your muscles as you break down your insecurities.  Staying motivated will help set you on the path to successfully run five or more miles.

Staying Positive

On the path to beginning a workout routine and staying motivated, it’s easy to get discouraged.  Avoid thinking negative thoughts and engaging in negative behaviors that encourage you to give up on your fitness plans.  Staying positive lends significant benefits when it involves ongoing motivation and self-esteem.  A few great ways to stay positive and motivated is to acknowledge and celebrate small accomplishments, surround yourself with positive people, and refusing to beat yourself up should you make a mistake. 

Switching Up Your Routine

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Just because your goal incorporates a “healthy lifestyle,” doesn’t mean that it needs to be boring.  Your diet and workout routine does not have to monotonous.  Stick to your general regime, but try incorporating new, exotic recipes into your dietary plan every so often.  Don’t be afraid to try different workouts either, who knows, you might even smile because you’re having fun!

Inspiring Others

There’s no better way to stay motivated than to serve as a source of inspiration for others.  Write, or blog, about your experience as you start your new workout routine.  Following other health bloggers on their journey is a great way to connect, share, and motivate each other.  Sharing your personal struggles and accomplishments is a great source of inspiration for others.  If you aren’t ready and proud to flaunt and expose your hard work, then no one else will be inspired or motivated to listen.  Being encouraged and promoting positive energy are two of the best feelings to gain and have as you begin a workout routine.

Begin a workout routine today and stay motivated as you strive to keep your fitness goals.  Here’s to a steady pace as you begin your journey toward a happier, healthier, prolonged life.  Good luck!