Well, today is the day. I am 6574 days old. Which means that I am legally an adult (whatever that means). My 18th birthday. It seems a bit surreal. I have dreamt about being this old since I was a little girl. How cool it would be, how much I would know and have experienced. But not really. I do not feel like I am 18, not at all. I feel the same as I felt when I was 13. However, I have changed so much over the years, so much. But then I have also stayed the same. This is one strange day, but one I look forward to every year. June 6th is my favorite. It means summer, sunshine, happiness, end of school, my birthday, all the good things (Strength and Sunshine's birthday is also coming up at the end of the month!). What will I be doing to celebrate this monumentous milestone? Well, nothing. Today is also my senior prom, but I am not going (I am still not sure how I feel about this). I am skipping school though 😉 I think I will just take it easy, read my new book (see below for more details on that!), make some birthday pancakes of course, work on some GW stuff (Fun...). We also get out housing assignments today at 12pm...God help me. Really, I am just going to try and enjoy this day and take it easy. One thing I am excited about though is...I can vote! Woohoo! To bad I missed the primaries earlier this week....Did you know it is also D-Day and National Doughnut Day? June 6th is a busy day huh 😉
Well, enough of that, I am excited about this Friday Finisher! It is really super long, but it's my birthday so I'll do what I want 😉 Have a happy time reading!
No FTSF this week. It will run every other week during the summer now!
Monday: Power Monday #47 The Gluten-Free Community
Tuesday: Almond Joy Quinoa Flakes
Wednesday: Artichoke Spinach Chicken Burgers & Fennel Beet Parsnip Puree
Thursday: Blog Reviews: Lets Be Honest
(I was scared to post this one. I thought I hadn't written it well enough to effectively get my point across, but I was blown away by your response! They you so much for the discussion and chiming in. Head on over and read it if you haven't yet! Thanks guys, I honestly love you all 😉
Blog Posts and Links I loved this week:
Life, Mind, Body, Spirit:
You can learn valuable lessons with the most unexpected things!
Stop the bashing, everyone is different and no way works for everyone.
This may help you out in your search!
How many posts have to be written about this for people to understand?!
+ How I Replied...
Really great read on body image and fitness
From one strong woman to another 🙂
It is okay to let go. Material possessions are only what we make them. Beautiful read!
Wow, this is really great. We should be focusing on "wholeness" not happiness. It just isn't the most effective thing to dwell on.
Yea. I have to agree here. You trumps all 😉
It's all about the breath.
+ Secrets Of Success: 8 Reasons You Should Take A Break After Racing
Take time to recover, refocus, and recharge!
+ Rest Day Mental Mind Game
You may hate it, but it is all part of a healthy fitness routine.
Interesting. Do you use essential oils? I think I should try Peppermint.
Ah, the eyes of the yogi soul 😉
Suffer from seasonal allergies? Start eating these foods!
+ Is Fasting During Workouts Necessary? (And Smart?)
It is not necessary for getting lean, but it can be beneficial when done on occasion.
We all need to work together to make healthy eating education and choices a reality!
Three cheers for hemp seeds!
Are you a carb addict? Learn what may be driving your craving and addiction.
The question is, what is healthy living to you?
Sounds exactly like me 🙂
Interesting. If it's not Celiac, it might be this.
The media just has to stop.
Jokes about Celiac and Gluten-Intolerance are not funny and not okay.
Time to evaluate. Are you addicted to stress?
There are a lot of factors, but simply, just eat real quality food. Period.
+ Supplements: All My Questions Answered By A Registered Dietitian!
Great great quality info here! Must read!
+ Stress + Weight
Stress is no good. But it is so hard to reduce...
Blogging & Social Media:
Very interesting rant from a Facebook executive and Josh Wolford's response to it.
Great lessons in a rather short amount of time. I need to start thinking of the lessons I learned from one year!
Ever wonder why you picture comes out a bit pink?
Things to keep your eye on to help improve your blog.
+ How To Be A Good Blog Commenter
I love comments! But lets make them quality comments.
Great tips to get your social media going! (And yes, please, make easily visible icons...please!)
+ Blogging & Biz - How To Sell Yourself To A Client
Think of yourself as a brand and that everyone you come in contact with could be a potential client.
Fashion & Beauty:
O man, it's really mostly just how our women bodies are made.
Really interesting. You might be better off with none!
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Fruit Kabobs with Almond Milk Whipped Cream. So cute! Finally a vegan whipped cream that doesn't use canned coconut milk!
Gluten-Free Vegan Blueberry Bagels. Okay so I did some bagel baking last weekend. I finally got some to work, but damn, I with I had this recipe sooner!
Cherry Berry Smoothie. Fruity goodness! So bright and pink <3
Chili Lime Vegan Burgers (Gluten-Free). She uses water chestnuts in there too! Awesome!
A few things I loved about my week or am grateful for:
+ It's a given, but I am grateful it's my birthday...obviously! However I do wish o so much that I could be in Utah right now with all the Blends 🙁 Major bummer. (That was my one birthday wish...damn you plane tickets!) What should I do today and this weekend to make up for it? Hmm...
+ That this push-pin project I complained about for my photo class in done. Here is my 12in by 12in block and here is the full finished product. It is a portrait of our principal...yea weird...was not my idea. My block is in the second row from the bottom and the second one in on the right.
+ Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are final days so they are a bit shorter and we get out at 12 something. The Thursday is the last day for everyone besides seniors (I'm skipping). The Friday we go in for graduation practice all day, go home, get ready, go back...and GRADUATE! Is this real life? I thought the end would never come..ever.
+ I have a new food obsession as of yesterday. I haven't had corn on the cob in so long! But last weekend I bought just one stalk and planned on cooking it some how some way. Since we have no gas for our grill (still), I choose to risk burning the house down by cooking it in the oven. My brother and I were just waiting to start smelling smoke, haha! But...all you do is trim any of the hanging off husks and strings, leave it wrapped in the tight husks though, place it directly in the oven on the rack at 350°F and roast for 30-35 minutes. The husks steam the corn and wow. It is just so amazing! It was really easy to eat too and didn't get stuck in my teeth! I am in love! Yay corn!
+ I started reading a new book! I devoured it yesterday and read 100 pages already! It is called Packing Light, by: Allison Vesterfelt. I plan on doing a review when I am done. It is so fabulous! I can't wait to start having time to escape in to beautiful books again...starting now!
So tell me:
+ What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Nothing, nothing at all. I might get up enough motivation to quickly study some math for finals, but I'm not to sure about that. (I may just get outside for some new yoga selfies!)
+ What book are you reading right now?
+ Have you ever roasted corn on the cob in the oven? Do it!
I wish this post was more profound, but I think I need some time to let my birthday sink in. Maybe next week you will get some of my thoughts on life, ey? Anyway, Happy weekend my beautiful friends! Get out in the sun and live a little!
*****O yea, and I guest posted over at Sara's blog yesterday about 8 Tips For A Home Yoga Practice. So go check it out y'all!*****
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