I’m Doing ME!

I’m having a moment here

Like you know when you hear people say “I’m doing me” usually I feel like that is never what they really mean. Usually you hear that from some bitter girl who’s just trying to show her for the moment ex that she isn’t worried about him..which is BULL lol

Well I’m having a different kind of “I’m doing me” moment.

I love my boyfriend, friends, and family…to death. I’d do anything for them. But it’s time for me to worry more about myself than others.

This has a lot to do with looks….I use to have confidence issues even though only my closest friends ever knew. I went from high school…pretty well known, personable, always into something…to college in Atlanta where I knew NO ONE and NOTHING about ANYTHING. LOL But it had been my dream since I was 11 years old to be where I was…so I had to stick to it. Freshman 15??? Try Freshman 30 LOL I packed it on honey! Who knew ramen noodles had so many calories. And I was not going anywhere near the gym even though I payed for it with student fees!

I was a party animal my first two years in college. And the refund check and a loving mama made sure I had money in my pocket to have food and outfits and gas money at all times. But as the days went on the weight gain started (thanks Chipotle!) And as my weight went up…my confidence and number of wearable outfits went down. My daily outfit turned into a t shirt, jeans, and a hoodie smh. And I never understood why I had the confidence issues…because I’ve never had a man that I cared about call me fat…and no one has ever called me ugly.

I said all of that to say this….I”M DOING ME. I’m taking charge. I’ve been yoyo dieting a lot over the past couple of years. Last year I lost 50 pounds!! But I gained almost all of that back. Then in May of this year I got back on track. But my housewarming on June 1st I had lost almost 30 pounds….but after the party..I fell off again. But I promise to all of you and to myself…I’m back on my game! I can’t promise to be perfect…because I’m guaranteed to have bad days. But I will try my hardest. Cause honestly my weight is me! It’s my confidence, my health, everything. But before I was doing it for the wrong reasons…to look good for everybody else. Now I’m doing it for me!

Next I have to take better care of myself and put on the outside how I feel on the inside. All of my life I have been and can still be a tomboy. So as long as I have my lip gloss I really don’t need any other makeup…and my wardrobe could consist of nothin but t shirts and I’d be fine. But I’ve gotten a little better already. I’ve learned how to do a little eye makeup…and I dress up occasionally. I clean up really nice LOL!

Next I have to stop giving AF about everybody else. And I’m not even only talking about the drama I’ve encountered over the last couple of years. I’m talking about the “loved ones” and “friends” whom I never hear from until they need something. The “friends” who really wanna see me fail. The “family” who always has something to say about every choice I make. I’M DOING ME!!! I don’t care anymore! Anyone who really knows me knows that I don’t usually bite my tongue…tuh! Try me now! I’m not saying I’m going to outright be rude and disrespectful…but uhhh you’ve been warned. Don’t come to me with the mess.

To end on a positive note…I’m only 23 and I’ve reached the majority of my dreams! That’s a lot more than most women my age can say! I’m doing a little soul searching…and if a little confidence issue is the only problem I have…Life is gonna be great!!

Alright that’s enough venting for the day…trust me, I’ll be back for more  ; )

 

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Glow In The Dark Flower Pots

 

 

Buy a flower pot that you really like and use Rust-Oleum Specialty 10 oz. Glow in the Dark Spray paint to paint the pot. During the day, the paint will absorb the sunlight and at night the pots will glow.

I had to share this idea that my mom shared with me from Facebook!

 

After reading reviews on the paint…make sure you do at least 2 or 3 coats and place in direct sunlight.

Also Glonation (http://glonation.com/bright-time-glow-paint.php) claim to have the best and most pigmented glow in the dark paint. They say the glow lasts for hours and is very bright. The prices are very reasonable too.

 

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Healthy Cake Alternative for 4th of July!!!!

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Ingredients:
– 1 large seedless watermelon
– 2 cans full fat coconut milk (left in fridge for 6 hours or more), or thick yogurt, or whipped cream
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 Tbsp. raw honey
– 1 cup sliced raw almonds or shredded coconut
– Seasonal fresh fruit (for topping)

Directions:
TO MAKE THE COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM
1. Make sure to place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (or overnight). This will cause the cream to separate from the milk. The cream will be at the top of the can.
2. Open the can of coconut milk and scrape out the cream into a medium sized bowl. Hint: Always open the can from the bottom and pour the milk out into a separate container before scraping out the cream. You can use the saved milk for smoothies and other recipes.
3. Add the vanilla and raw honey to the mixture. Whip the cream with a hand mixer on medium speed and work your way up to high speed until the cream is fluffy. Place the bowl of whipped cream in the fridge until ready to use.

4. Also If you prefer…you can use thick yogurt or whipped cream instead of this

TO MAKE THE TOASTED ALMONDS OR COCONUT:
1. Place a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat and allow the pan to get hot.
2. Add the sliced almonds or shredded coconut and toss in the pan until they are toasted and turn a light brown color. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

TO ASSEMBLE
1. Remove the top and bottom from the watermelon and remove the rind from the middle section. You should be left with a cake-shaped piece of watermelon. Cut the watermelon “cake” into the number of wedges/slices you want. I recommend 6-8 slices depending on the size of the watermelon. (See above for a visual on how to cut the watermelon!). NOTE: You can leave the watermelon intact if you plan on traveling with it or do not want to cut it. Slicing a cake ahead of time just makes it much easier to dip the edges into the icing and then into anything else you want to adhere to the icing, such as the almonds or toasted coconut.
2. Pat the outside of the watermelon dry with paper towels (this is important because it will help the coconut whipped cream adhere better).
3. Dip the outside edge of each slice into the coconut whipped cream (or yogurt or whipped cream) and then into the toasted almonds or coconut, and reassemble the wedges into the cake shape on a serving platter. Top with more whipped coconut cream (or yogurt or whipped cream) and your favorite fresh fruit (ex. blackberries, strawberries and kiwi). Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

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INGREDIENTS
8 oz. Thinly Sliced Roast Beef
8 Slices Provolone Cheese
2 Large Green Bell Peppers
1 Medium Sweet Onion – Sliced
6 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms -Sliced
2 Tbs. Butter
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 Tbs. Garlic – Minced
Salt and Pepper – to taste

DIRECTIONS
Slice peppers in half lengthwise, remove ribs and seeds.

In a large sauté pan over low-medium heat, add butter, olive oil, garlic, mushrooms onions and a little salt and pepper. Sauté until onions and mushroom are nice and caramelized. About 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°

Slice roast beef into thin strips and add to the onion/mushroom mixture. Allow to cook 5-10 minutes.

Line the inside of each pepper with a slice of provolone cheese. Fill each pepper with meat mixture until they are nearly overflowing. Top each pepper with another slice of provolone cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese on top is golden brown.