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As we gear up for a new year, it is often the time where we turn to deep reflection. Looking over the goals we may have set, the things we have accomplished, the people we met, and the things/people we have had to let go of. These three blog posts are jam packed with tips and tidbits that can really help you end your 2016 or start your 2017 with a new perspective and a fresh outlook. 

PREPARING FOR THE NEW YEAR & A READER’S SURVEY

NEW YEARS OUTFIT IDEAS – PART ONE

How to Maximize Your Self Focus

What was your biggest accomplishment of 2016 thus far and what are you most looking forward to in 2017? 

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Are you guys super excited about the holiday season?! Me too - kinda. Lol! But, don’t worry! This isn’t going to be a Morning Buzz dedicated to holiday posts because I am just a tad bit over reading them (even though I have one ready to post this week...the irony). So, sit back and check out some of my favorite non-holiday related posts that have made it on my list from last week.

THE LIGHTBULB MOMENTS

 

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Leave me some of your favorite posts in the comment area, k?!

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What’s been buzzing in these e-streets this week? Well, I am bringing you three of my favorite blog posts that have come across my radar.  Each of these has fed my mind, body, or soul in some capacity.  Please make sure to drop some links to some posts you may have come across in the comment section! I am all about being exposed to new things!

Why be a Replica when you were born Original? 

Eight Things You Don’t See When You’re Stressed, Overwhelmed Or Burnt Out

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Last week’s Morning Buzz was dedicated solely to things that would feed your soul.  I really hope you guys made the time to read and implement a few of the suggestions from some of those amazing bloggers. This week, we’re shifting to your body.   Just because summer is halfway done doesn’t mean we still do not need to be working on building our temples. You feel me?

I think all of us have seen Gabby Douglas on the mat at this Olympic Games and the last Summer Olympics and been like WOW. Talk about a young woman who is strong, graceful and just powerful. And we all know that, obviously, she spends a lot of time in the gym working out and fine-tuning her moves. But, what about her morning routine? What does Gabby Douglas do every morning to start her day on a healthy and focused note so that she can be her best?

As part of her partnership with Gillette Venus, we’re sharing Gabby’s morning routine. And, as you’ll see, this two-time Olympic Gold Medalist knows the importance of taking care of yourself inside and out! Read More...

To be totally honest, some of the “Tabata” workouts out there aren’t true Tabatas. The key is to really push yourself, and elevate your heart rate as quickly as possible. Otherwise, those 20 seconds will fly by and you won’t receive the benefits. So sorry, biceps curls aren’t going to do the trick. This is why many true Tabata workouts will involve powerful speed drills and plyometrics. You want to make every second count! Read More...

The Myth of Toning

Toning: The idea of “toning up” is just an increase in muscle tissue with low enough body fat to see the definition of the muscle and getting rid of “the jiggle”.
Muscle either expands or shrinks, so the idea or firming up your muscles is a myth. Fat doesn’t turn to muscle and muscle doesn’t turn into fat.

With this said, resistance training is necessary in order to gain muscle. Enough stress needs to be put onto your muscles in order for them to change and grow. The idea of “not wanting to get bulky therefore you don’t lift heavy is a myth approach. When opting for little to no resistance and a lot of repetitions might not put your muscles through the stress it needs and therefore it has no reason to adapt and grow. Read More...

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I have decided to dedicate this week’s Morning Buzz to share with you guys my Top 3 favorite posts that help to center me and bring me peace. While our focus is fitness and lifestyle, overall health is not just about what you’re eating or how much you’re moving. It’s also about what you’re thinking and saying.

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This summer heat is doing the absolute most which has forced me to spend more times indoors, but it’s also allowed me more time to find some awesome posts from some of my favorite bloggers  to share with you this week. Make sure you check them out and let me know what you’d like to see more of in the comment area.

FIVE AWESOME WAYS TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR DEBT via GretasDay

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Image via GretasDay

Having a pile of debt longer than your arm is like trying to live with five bowling balls in your backpack. If the debt collectors don’t get you, the stress will, and my nerves became frayed quickly. Even though the debt wasn’t mine, I had to find a solution. Filing fraud cases and battling credit card companies becomes really exhausting. With that, I put together a debt repayment strategy that you (and your debt collectors) will love. Read More...

32 LOW CARB GLUTEN-FREE ZUCCHINI RECIPES (ROUNDUP) via Wholesome Yum

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Have you started seeing fresh zucchini at your local stores and farmer’s markets yet? Or maybe you have them in a garden of your own? If zucchini season isn’t in full swing yet where you live, it will be soon! What to do with all that awesome zucchini? I’ve got you covered with this collection of 32 (thirty two!) awesome zucchini recipes! All of them are low carb, gluten-free, and made with real food. Read more...

20 Budget Friendly Screen Free Activities for Your Child via Kori At Home

There are so many screen free activities for your child that you can do. I’ve only touched on a few and I hope that this list helps you out as well. One of my personal favorites? Read a book. And then if you’re really ambitious? Pick a chapter and act it out. Read More...

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RING THE ALARM!!!!


We are back with another dose of The Morning Buzz!  Today’s post is jam packed with stories from some of our favorite bloggers that may have flown a tad bit under your radar. Show them some love and hopefully you will become a fan, just like we did!

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HOW TO HOST A MIMOSA BAR via Our Mini Family

What do I love most about the weekends? Brunch. 

And my brunch game has been on point lately! Nothing beats sitting outside in the shade at home with good friends, good food, and good mimosas! But since the heat is so ridiculous right now (mind you, it was 115 degrees today) we can't all have brunch outside and be comfortable. I decided that it was time to take our weekly brunch indoors, and then I put together a mimosa bar for everyone to enjoy! Read More...

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How Meditation Helps Manifest Your Goals via HerAfter

Sitting listlessly at my computer, wondering why my mind feels wrapped in barbwire, as if every possible direction of action seems painfully wrong. I’m not sure what to create, who to reach out to, what step to take next; it’s an awkward but frequent mental state of this time in the morning, when breakfast’s coffee has warn off, and my body craves movement to get the juices – figurative and literal – flowing again. Read more...

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5 WAYS TO JUMPSTART YOUR SMOOTHIES via Eat Well and Sparkle

With the long nights I've recently experienced, it was even more important that my morning smoothie had a little extra "jump" in it to make it through the work day. I am not the nicest person when I'm sleepy AND hungry so my smoothies must be filling, full of energy and tasty. (I get mad at bland food too) Read more...
 

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With so many bloggers and publications offering you their takes on what is essential for you to know, how do you weed through it all? Don’t worry!  You no longer have to because we are bringing you our top picks from some of our favorite writers so you can stay in the loop! Grab your beverage of choice, and get your clicking finger ready because these writers are bringing you some pretty awesome recipes, health news, and inspiration.

You’re Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream via Social Being 721

You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. Why? Because youth, happiness and play have nothing to do with your age, but with your attitude. Albert Einstein put it nicely when he said, “Once you stop learning you start dying.” The only limitations you have are the ones you put on yourself. Where there’s a will there’s a way.

Start living your life and forgetting your age. Time and age are two concepts that hold us back from enjoying life and loving ourselves. See why you need to constantly be setting new goals and going after your big dreams. Read More...

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Images via CNK Daily via NickyGeezy's Instagram

Wish List: Nicky Geezy via CNK Daily

How many pairs of kicks do you have on your Wish List? We have TONS.  From our favorite Jordan 3's to a crisp pair of classic adidas Superstars, the options (and wants vs. needs conversations) are endless. So, we took a beat to think about what some of our favorite sneakchic influencers are wishing for in their shopping carts and the results are priceless.  We teamed up with our newest Boss Babe Ticara Davis for a new peak inside the Wish Lists of a few women who were kind enough to hip us to 5 sneakers they want, need, and have already. Read More…

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Lemon Butter Green Beans ( Revisited) via Budget Bytes

Yay, it’s the weekend! I’m going to be cooking up some delicious things this weekend, but in the mean time I wanted to post this “redo” of one of the first recipes I ever posted on Budget Bytes: Lemon Butter Green Beans. Why? Well, I happened across some incredibly fresh and beautiful green beans yesterday that were also ON SALE, so I just had to have them. The lemon butter treatment is my absolute favorite way to prepare green beans and the original post for this recipe, from waaayyy back in 2009, doesn’t do it justice. I’m doing it again just so that everyone can see how easy, delicious, and inexpensive real food can be. This is truly one of those “goes with anything” side dishes, so learn how to make them and make them often! :) Read More...

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I know we all have a sense of loyalty to those familiar websites we scroll through each and every morning before we attack whatever the day has for us.  But, if you’re not looking, you could be missing some hidden gems that will bring you the best in food, fun, and just life in general. I’ve made it my mission to deliver those stories straight to you in an effort to hip you to what you may be missing out on. Sharing is caring! Enjoy!

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PEACH STRAWBERRY LEMONADE COCKTAIL RECIPE via Simply Sinova

Spring is in full bloom here in Chicago! The weather is beautiful, the trees are filled with lovely flowers and honestly, I couldn’t be happier (spring is one of my FAVORITE seasons after all). Since the weather has been absolutely GORGEOUS, I decided to finally unpack our patio set from the garage and prep the background for all the fun outdoor spring and summer activities I have planned. Spending more time outside in my backyard is definitely one of my favorite things about this time of year. I love having lunch (or dinner) outside on the patio set or curling up with a good book while relaxing in the shade. I also LOVE hosting little get-togethers and outdoor parties during this time of year (nothing says spring like a fun backyard cookout!). After spending the weekend setting the patio set up, I decided what better way to celebrate spring (and finally decorating the backyard) than by hosting my first backyard get-together of the season. Of course it’s not a backyard bash without a few spring cocktails! Speaking of celebrations, today (May 10) Simply Sinova turns THREE! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for three years now (man, does time FLY by!). When I first started this blog back in 2013, I NEVER could have imagined all the wonderful opportunities, fun experiences and utter joy one little blog could bring me! Read More….

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Once upon a time, I asked Daryl what he wanted me to make as a vegetable side dish to some kind of meat recipe I was planning to make for dinner.  Out of the blue he responds, “How about some green beans with honey and garlic?” as if I had made them before.  I hadn’t, but it sounded good to me, so I played around and these de-li-cious Honey Garlic Green Beans were created.  I need to ask him to start making up food he wants me to make more often! Read More....

HOW I FIND COMFORT AND CONFIDENCE (DURING THAT TIME OF THE MONTH) via CoffeeWithSummer

Today, I am sharing 3 of my favorite stretches that help alleviate lower back pain and cramps. Now, don't worry! These stretches are easy and you don't have to be a dancer or even an athlete to do them! Don't be intimidated one bit. You've got this! Read More....

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After taking a little hiatus from bringing you our favorite stories for your mind, body, and soul from some of our favorite bloggers, we’re back!  After getting an inbox request from a reader, I decided that it has been long enough.  Time to give the people what they want, right? So here’s some of my favorite posts from this past week! Make sure you drop a comment and let me know what you loved about these stories and what you want to see more of!

 

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“Go To Sleep!” – Seven Techniques For The Anxious Mind via WellFitandFed

Between the elusive fairy and the obnoxious bedmate, sleep for me has been a journey. In my last post on sleep, I discussed reasons we may be sabotaging our sleep. Inconsistent routines, screens, and nutrition choices all have the ability to impact our sleep negatively. But even if you have all those sleep-impacting external issues figured out sometimes there is one other beast that keeps us awake when we should be fast asleep – an anxious mind. The anxious mind is like a broken faucet spurting water with no place to shut off the master valve. Having an anxious mind is troublesome anytime but debilitating if it hits when you are trying to get to sleep.

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Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp via Our Little Everything

This would definitely classify as an “easy” recipe because all you have to do is toss the shrimp in some flour, then the batter, and then the coconut, refrigerate and fry….buuuuuut when you’re doing little shrimp after little shrimp, it can be time consuming.  I tend to use medium shrimp only because it’s the easiest to find around here, but larger shrimp would definitely speed up the process.  I also remove the tails on the smaller shrimp so they don’t get covered in batter.  I don’t want to accidentally eat a tail, sorry.  If you have larger shrimp, I would leave the tails on so that battering them up is a little less messy! Read More

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FIT FAM + @ALBIONFIT via Ruthie Ridley Blog

Ben and I have definitely put fitness at the top of the priority list for our family.  We were both extremely active growing up and want our children to be active in sports as well. Ben went to school to be a PE teacher, so his PE teaching tendencies often come out while teaching the kids and myself different exercises, workouts and games! Read More

 

Morning Buzz For Your Mind, Body, and Soul

I constantly find myself saving links to post that travel down my facebook and twitter feeds. The list has become quite long and I often wonder when am I ever really going to come back and read through alllll of those stories. If you feel like you are in the same boat, just know that you can always check here for the essentials. I mean those buzz worthy stories that have absolutely nothing to do with ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians.’ This is where you can find all things awesome that will help you grow your mind, body, and soul. So, let’s get started showing some love to a few pretty awesome people providing stories with a little substance. 

SneakHER Style: We all have our 9-5’s and most of us can’t wear our kicks to work, but what about your side hustle? The job you work on after your corporate days to make way for the future you want. When you have meetings for your freelance work, there are no rules, no one to tell you what you can and cant wear, and what is or isn't appropriate. Read more via CNKDaily.

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6 Simple Ways To Beat The Winter BluesWhen winter hits and it starts getting dark at 4pm, I find myself feeling a little down. I’m not as happy or outgoing, just really not myself. I wasn’t able to put my finger on exactly why I was feeling that way, until I talked to a friend. Then I realized I might be affected with a little bit of the winter blues. Read more via The Write Balance. 

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Image courtesy of The Write Balance.com

Natural Homemade Bubble Bath: On my gradual journey towards a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been slowly eliminating products with harsh chemicals from our home and replacing them with homemade versions. If you’re a regular reader here, you know I am stingy with my time and money so I’ve only made the switch when it’s easy and affordable to make products myself rather than buy the store version. For examples, check out my Homemade Beauty Products  and Homemade Cleaning Solutions. In the winter, I like to take a nice, hot bubble bath to relax and warm up from the freezing weather outside. Have you read the ingredient label on store-bought bubble bath? Here’s what mine said: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, and 6 more ingredients equally long and difficult to pronounce. I did some research to see if it would be difficult to make my own and discovered that most natural homemade bubble bath recipes only need 3 ingredients! Read more via The WonderMom Wannabe. 

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Morning Buzz For You Mind, Body, and Soul

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This week has been full of great content from some of my favorite bloggers! Each of the stories this week have provided me with a double dose of inspiration and motivation, as well as some helpful nuggets that I plan on implementing next week. I added one of those MankoFit workouts to my rotation this week and your girl is weak in the knees!

Body-EAT CLEAN MEAL IDEAS WITH PASTA!: Raise your hand if you love pasta! I have good news for you! I've found a high protein, low carb alternative. Explore Asian has reinvented the pasta aisle changing an everyday favorite into a ridiculously healthy and nutritious meal. Read more...

Body-Cardio: Before or After Weights?: Should I do cardio before or after weight lifting?This is something I have discussed with a number of people and I thought I would share my opinion, and hopefully get yours too! Read more...

Mind/Soul- Tristen Paige: Philanthropist/Founder, Turning Paiges. Pasadena, CA: Would you be shocked if we told you that it ('it' being this very website you're browsing while probably trying to avoid actually checking your work emails) doesn't matter much to us if your sneaker collection is on the small side. Despite what you might think, it's not always about the sheer volume of brands lining one's sneaker rack; it's ultimately the stories and experiences behind the shoe (or shirt, or bag... we're not too picky) that really draw us in. Example: Tristen Paige. Read more...

So, make sure you show some love to the bloggers featured on this week’s Morning Buzz and feel free to leave some links to some things you have seen around the web that promote a #HealthyLivingLifestyle for your #MindBodyAndSoul.

Morning Buzz for Your Mind, Body and Soul

It seems that every time I log on there is another buzzworthy story that should definitely be seen.  That said, I want to take the time to highlight some of my favorite healthy living, lifestyle posts and put them all in one spot so my favorite readers (psst! I’m talking about you!) can take advantage of all of the goodies that motivate and inspire me on my journey to grow my mind, body, and soul.  Are you ready for a little blog lovin’?!

6 MANKOFIT WORKOUTS THAT WILL GET YOU RIGHT AND TIGHT: Holiday’s are the time of year that tests how truly committed you are to your fitness goals, and if you’re like me, you probably adopted the “you only live once” mantra and went ahead and enjoyed that Patti Pie and table full of delicious goods baked by grandma an ’em during Thanksgiving. Read More

2 Fitness Apps I Like To Use When I Can't Make It To The Gym: It is finally starting to get cold here in Dallas, and I will be the first to say that I do skip going to the gym when its below 50 degrees outside. I HATE the cold. However, that doesn't mean I skip my workout. I still get my sweat on, but just in the comfort of my WARM and cozy apartment. I like to use home workout routines that don't allow too much equipment and is no more than 30-45 minutes long. Read More

5 Ways Sleep Improves Fitness Performance & Recovery: You train like a beast in the gym, your nutrition is on point, your #fitsagram game is strong… so what’s missing? When it comes to fitness, it may seem like you’re hitting all of the important points, but there’s one thing you’re probably skipping. Read More

What are some of your favorite post this week that promote a healthy living, lifestyle? Leave the links in the comment area! Hope you enjoyed a little blog lovin' before you enjoy the weekend!- XoXo Brit

OU Students Found New Organization Devoted To Mental Health

 

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and often times we forget that it all ties together. OU Sooner Mental Health met for the first time in October. The club's purpose is to bring awareness to mental health on campus through student involvement. With all of the stigmas surrounded with mental health it's great to see students come together to bring awareness.

This group was formed not only for those that may suffer from mental illness but also for the friends and " support systems" for those suffering.   " There are many stigmas that criminalize and demonize mental illness, and we need to change that conversation and mindset. We are part of something bigger than ourselves in really helping people realize that." Read more...

 

The Huffington Post Help Us Defy The Odds With These 8 Tips

We've all read the bleak statistics: Study after study drills home the fact that less than 5 percent of folks who shed pounds are able to keep them off.

Yet, some do defy the odds.

Like Sandie Leonard, whose extraordinary journey I chronicled earlier this year. At that time, she and I had been working together for six months and she'd hit memorable milestones. Now, looking back over a full year, there are many new lessons to share and high points to reflect on at we celebrate this special anniversary. Perhaps there are some pearls of wisdom you can take to heart and apply to your own journey. Let's first look at what a difference a year can make. Read More...

Another Day.....Another Food Recall.

Dole Fresh Vegetables of Monterey, CA, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of bagged spinach due to a possible health risk from Salmonella contamination. The product being recalled is Dole Spinach coded A27409B & A27409A, with an Enjoy By date of October 15 and UPC 7143000976.

This precautionary recall notification, announced on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, is being issued due to an isolated instance in which a sample of Dole Spinach salad yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development’s Laboratory Division. Read More..