Tips from a content creator - lauryncakes

May 7, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT, USA



Here is the thing, up until now I have interviewed several people for my podcast show. Every single one of them brings me a new perspective. Their passions, hopes, and dreams ignite the fire in me. I leave every studio session inspired and ready to take on the World! Today's guest was no different.
Lauryn took a chance on me. She was one of the first people I reached out to while in the process of re-launching the Nina Talks Podcast. I remember sitting on my phone one-night scrolling through Instagram and thinking: 

"Who will take me seriously? This is a completely new direction and I don't have a lot of work to show for it. I'm going into it blind with just my words as well as hopes for the future."



I scroll past @lauryncakes on Instagram and add her to my list of "must haves" for the podcast. I have followed Lauryn long enough to know how much of a badass she is and that she is also kind, knowledgable in her craft, and just puts out so much positivity that I thought to myself: My listeners will LOVE her!


So I slid into her DM's I fangirled big time and went about my day... I honestly wasn't expecting her to respond to me right away because she is such a big influencer that probably gets many messages a day, but much to my surprise she responded and was all in! I had to take a double take because someone that I look up to was actually coming on my little show and was going to give my listeners her tips? what? I immediately froze and was elated with joy! 

Here are some of my favorite blog posts from Lauryn's blog: How to get invited to Events

Now onto today's episode: 




Until next Tuesday, 
XO
Nina 



RAINBOW CHIA PUDDING RECIPE

May 6, 2019 Utah, USA



                                                                   RAINBOW CHIA PUDDING
Talk about a colorful and happy way to start the day!  Who wouldn't have a smile on their face when this was in front of them.  These pudding cups make a fabulous breakfast, or snack, and young and old alike will appreciate the colors and flavors of this really pretty, really healthy pudding.  This should make even the picky eaters happy.  Try it and see, you're going to love this.








Chia seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiberiron, and calciumOmega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke.



HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:

1 pint of fresh ripe Strawberries
1 16 ounces can of organic mandarin oranges
2 large Kiwi's
1 pint of fresh blueberries
2 Tablespoons of Matcha powder
2 cups of Chia seeds
4 cups of Soy milk (you can use almond or whole milk if preferred)
Stevia
Honey
8 - 10 small glass containers (or containers of your choice)

HERE'S WHAT YOU DO:

In a medium bowl, mix the Chia seeds with the milk, and a Tablespoon of honey, cover and place in the refrigerator (NOTE - if the Chia pudding is too thick, add a little more Milk to thin). 
Wash the strawberries, remove the stems, and slice them into a bowl, reserving the juice in the bowl as you slice.  Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of Stevia, cover and set aside. Rinse the Kiwi's, dry with a paper towel, and slice the Kiwi's into a bowl, and set aside. Wash the Blueberries, and place on paper towels to dry.   Assemble the cups of pudding:  Remove the pudding from the refrigerator, and add a couple of Tablespoons to the bottom of the containers.  Spoon the strawberry juice evenly into the cups, over the pudding, and stir to make the pudding pink. Place three or four slices of strawberries on top of the pudding.  In a small dish, add about 1 cup of pudding and place half of the Mandarin oranges in the bowl, along with the juice from the can.  Smash the oranges into the pudding, which will turn the pudding a light orange color. Place even amounts of the pudding and mashed oranges into the containers, and top evenly with the remaining oranges.  In a small bowl, place 1 - 2 cups of the Chia pudding, and several slices of the Kiwi, and mash them into the pudding.  Add the Matcha powder, and mix well, turning the pudding green.  Place the pudding evenly in the containers, on top of the orange layer, and place remaining Kiwi - chopped, evenly in containers on top of the green layer of pudding.  Place half of the blueberries in the remaining pudding, and mash them into the pudding, creating the blue/purple color for the final layer of the pudding cup.  Place the blue/purple pudding evenly in the containers, and top with remaining blueberries.  Drizzle with honey, and serve.  Enjoy!


NOTE:  We used 6 - 8-ounce containers for the pudding cups.  Depending on the size of your containers, you may want to divide the pudding evenly into separate bowls before you add the fruits, and juices to make sure the same amount is mixed.  If you find you'll need more pudding, simply make 3 cups of Chia seeds, with 6 cups of milk, and 2 Tablespoons of Honey.   You will need larger quantities of fruit, and juices to color the pudding, but you can adjust accordingly, as you make the pudding layers.  If you want a brighter color, simply add more mashed fruit and fruit juice to the pudding.  You can also add natural food coloring found at your local health food store if you prefer really bright colors.  If you prefer, you can mix the pudding and the fruits to be mashed along with the fruit juice in a blender or food processor, instead of mashing the pudding/fruit by hand.


Makes approximately  8 - 10 six to eight-ounce servings. Larger containers will make 6 - 8 pudding cups, smaller containers will make 10 - 12 pudding cups.







Don't forget that fruit is natures candy and you should be enjoying it daily!
xo, 
Nina


How to Pinterest with Annette Barney - Pinconcierge

May 2, 2019 Utah, USA

Have you been wanting to learn more about Pinterest and how you can use it to drive traffic to your site? Well, you're in for a treat!




I had Pinterest expert Annette Barney stop by the studio and share all of her tips and tricks to help you succeed. It was a very detailed conversation and she didn't hold anything back. I asked everything that needs to be known about how to use Pinterest successfully for your business and how to truly drive traffic! She has a great Pinterest Strategies Business named " Pin Concierge" that does the following:

"We help influencers concentrate their time on content creation by managing their Pinterest presence online.  Adjusting to the changing platform, tracking analytic results and advising you on trends,  we can keep the power of Pinterest referral traffic coming to your business. "



Also, can you count how many times I say the word Interesting? Because I say it a lot! ha

Here are some good reads I found on her site: 

https://www.pinconcierge.com/podcast/healthy-food-bloggers-on-pinterest

https://www.pinconcierge.com/podcast/promoted-pins-website-prep

Annette also "fun blogs" and it is known as the Origami Foodie on the internet, check out this awesome blog: 



Find Annette online:  
Business: https://www.pinconcierge.com/
Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/pinconcierge/ 
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/pinconcierge/ 


Listen to her episode below and let us know what you think! Don't forget to rate and subscribe if you really enjoyed it!


5 Ways to show self-love on a daily basis

April 30, 2019


In order to be truly happy in life, we must first love ourselves.  Loving ourselves doesn’t mean being egotistical or a narcissist.  It means showing yourself self-love and truly being happy in your own skin.  This is easier for some people but with a little daily maintenance, self-love will become natural and all aspects of your life will begin to fall into place.  



When we seek acceptance from others, it is very difficult to ever truly be happy in our own skin.  We have to unconditionally love who we are, the good and the bad.  If we focus on our accomplishments and achievements instead of comparing ourselves to others, we can truly be happy in many areas of our lives.  

If you were to ask me about my weight a year ago, I would have taken offense to it. I was going through this weird stage due to all the health problems that prohibited me to be at the gym six days a week (hence the weight gain). We often compare ourselves to our peers, celebrities, Instagram models, athletes and honestly up until the summer of last year, I was in the same spot and was self-conscious about my image (even though there was nothing I could do about it due to my health).

That quickly changed once I accepted that this is my body and I should be proud of it! It also changed because I started to show self-love daily. So, if you are struggling with this right now, here are some ways you can begin to practice self-love on a daily basis:

Accept Yourself.  This isn’t always easy but accepting that you have strengths and weaknesses and that is okay is the first step in truly loving yourself.  Not everyone is good at math or cooking or maybe even walking and chewing gum at the same time, but for every person that isn’t good at one of those, there is another that is.  That is okay.

Set Boundaries.  Every relationship you are in, whether it be friendly or romantic should have a set of boundaries.  If you are not okay with something, stand up for yourself.  If you don’t like how someone is treating you, talking to you or making you feel it is okay to tell them that.

Set Personal Quality Time.  Everyone needs time for themselves.  We all need hobbies and time to do the things that make us happy.  Ensuring you have time to either do a hobby, read a book or just meditate can help you to relieve stress, Make time for YOU.

Talk to yourself.  No, you don’t need to walk around having a full-on conversation with yourself, but you should take the time to check in with yourself.  Listen to yourself and pay attention to ensure you are getting what you need.  Are you feeling down?  Figure out what it is that is making you sad or stressed.  Paying attention to yourself and getting to the core problem can make a huge difference in your overall well-being.

Be kind.  It’s easy to beat yourself up when you make a mistake, or something doesn’t work out as planned.  Have patience with yourself and understand that it isn’t the end of the world.  We make mistakes but we learn and move forward.  It is okay to not always be perfect.  It’s easy to give someone else understanding, but you must do the same with yourself.  Speak to yourself kindly and with patience.  Reflect and learn.




The pictures you are seeing in today's post would have never been put on my blog had I not been on feeling confident in my own skin. I'm wearing a set from TOMBOY X Earth Day Collection in the whale shark print. 

ABOUT TOMBOY X:
TomboyX was founded the way many brands are, trying to fill a need that had gone unfilled for far too long. We asked ourselves, “How hard can it be to make good underwear?” And by that, we meant underwear that fit regular bodies and fit how we saw ourselves. And underwear that anybody could feel comfortable in, regardless of where they fell on the size or gender spectrum.   In trying to fill a need, we unwittingly unleashed an outpouring of emotion. 


ECO-FRIENDLY 
The majority of our cotton underwear and swimwear are Oeko-tex 100 certified—a highly-regarded international standard for non-toxic fabrics. Additionally, the process that gives our activewear it's quickdry, antibicrobial and moisture-wicking properties uses crab and shrimp shells instead of finishing with synthetic chemicals. Our luxury MicroModal fabric is made out of sustainably harvested and processed Beechwood fibers. And our Signature Prints use a water-based, earth-conscious method, recycling water well above the standards required. We are always looking for the greenest, cleanest method for everything we make.

SHOP HERE:


xo,
Nina



Disclosure: Nina Talks LLC was gifted TomboyX product for an honest review. All opinions and decisions for sharing my thoughts about it on the blog are my own. 

Nina Talks Podcast Episode #9 - Hopes for Fertility

April 23, 2019

Today's episode was a great one! Tedi and I used to work together years back, and I'm so thankful for technology because I have been able to keep up with her amazing story. Listen to today's episode so that you know what I'm talking about ;)

For now, I would like to leave you a few links from topics that were discussed during the episode:

Things to Say to an Infertile Couple

Top 10 tips to pay for IVF

Running and Fertility Treatments



Find her on Social Media: 

Running with Infertility, typically where I hang out.
IG: @runningwithinfertility1

Hope for Fertility handles
IG: @hopeforfertility

Listen to the episode below: 





Remember Twilight?

April 16, 2019

Oh, Twilight, the 2005 Saga that every mom and a teenage girl were obsessed with... 

For those of you that have yet to hear about TWILIGHT let me give you a little background story: 

According to Wikipedia: Twilight is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. Released annually from 2005 through 2008, the four books chart the later teen years of Isabella "Bella" Swan, a girl who moves to Forks, Washington, and falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen.

from https://stepheniemeyer.com/the-twilight-saga/

Now that we have that out of the way, you might be thinking why on earth am I bringing up the Twilight series right now? Well here is why: My friends Emily & Maren are the biggest Twilight fans I know and have recently decided to start a brand new podcast together named: 

Each episode the girls dive into a chapter and dissect every little detail as well as take us down the memory lane. They have been to Forks three times and have pictures to prove it: 

 



It was such a pleasure to have these two lovely girls in the studio! They are truly a fun duo! 
We laughed-cried and remembered the Twilight times. Right towards the end of the episode, we tested to test out their knowledge which it was so much fun to put them on the spot. 

Go show these girls all your support and love because they deserve it! Listen to our episode below: 



xo, 
Nina

Avocado Chocolate Mousse Recipe!

April 14, 2019


One of my favorite memories from when I was a teenager was the fact that my momma would make us "avocado anything" shakes, mousse, ice-creams-you name it! It would always turn out delicious. 
Fast forward to now, I'm in my 30s and I still love Avocado treats! Here are some great nutritional facts if you are still on the fence about eating this delicious fruit:

One-third of a medium avocado (50 g) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a great nutrient-dense food choice. The avocado is virtually the only fruit that contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat–good fat! California Avocados are naturally sodium-, sugar- and cholesterol-free.

·        Avocado Is Incredibly Nutritious.
·        They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas.
·        Avocado Is Loaded with Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids.
·        Avocados Are Loaded with Fiber.
·        Eating Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels.

Amazing right? Which it brings us to today’s post, this delicious guilt-free recipe:

AVOCADO CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

This is a great alternative to traditional chocolate mousse.  The flavors are wonderful, and we promise you won't miss the dairy at all!  Plus, the avocado's make this a really healthy treat.  It's easy to make, and looks dramatic in small individual dishes, for a grand presentation.  This is one that will definitely go in your favorites!

HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
2 large ripe avocados
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
3 Tablespoons of coconut or almond milk
3 Tablespoons of honey, or 1/3 cup of Stevia
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 banana
4 teaspoons of dairy-free chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups of red raspberries

HERE'S WHAT YOU DO:
In a food processor or blender, add the avocados, cocoa powder, coconut milk, Stevia, (or honey) vanilla, and banana, and blend until all ingredients are blended and smooth.  Scrape down sides of the container, and blend again, making sure all ingredients are blended.  Remove the blending container, cover, and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour, until completely cold, before serving.  Serve 1/3 cups of Mousse, topped with a sprinkling of chocolate chips, and raspberries.  Enjoy!
Serves 6






 The macronutrients for this yummy dessert per serving is as follows:


Try this out next time you are looking for a quick and easy dessert! 


xo,
Nina 


Nina Talks Podcast!

April 8, 2019

We are back baby!

It's been a long time coming and I couldn't be happier to announce the re-relaunch of 

I have missed talking on a microphone. I missed that sense of community that comes with the Podcasting world!

So in order to come back at it full force, I knew I had to make a few changes! Starting with my podcast cover. I had an extremely talented photographer named Vanessa - check her Instagram out @itsvanessphotography take these for me, and I created the artwork on canva.com What do you think?


Then I wanted a new intro created because although I loved my previous one, it just wasn't cutting it. So I went back to the same guy that did my first intro with some ideas and he created this brand new one for me:


She is a lifestyle blogger, published author, bucket list crosser, and a girl that’s a little obsessed with pandas. Her Mission? To bring you Utah’s most influential people. Each week, Nina will get personal with her guests as they share their messages in hopes to you inspire you! Are you ready? Welcome to The Nina Talks Podcast!

Lastly, I wanted to change my directions and the mission for the podcast. So with that in mind, I decided that I would only interview locals and focus on Utah brands/influencers and just anyone that has a voice! With this, I figured that having a studio to go record it would be ideal and after researching a little bit on it I was able to find one in Sandy thanks to the awesome people at the SLCC Miller Campus Incubator. The building is all about start-ups, small business owners and other podcasters like me. I was lucky to get set up with the Professor from the Communications Department at SLCC and he has the coolest setup. 

The studio is one of the best things that has happened to me! Being able to connect with my local friends while they are sharing their messages really has inspired me.

The schedule for the episodes will be on every TUESDAY from this week on! So stay tuned for the episodes to come and don't forget to check back here for show notes and links to my guest's socials. 

Hope you are all ready! 

xo, 
Nina

5 steps to help you change your mindset!

February 4, 2019

If I'm being completely honest with you, 2019 has started out a little rough. Between my kiddos being extremely sick, new semester, and my crazy work schedule. Things have been anything but normal. Every time a New Year is about to begin there are always these thoughts in my head about what I want to accomplish for the upcoming year. I love making lists and writing my thoughts down so they can be looked at often and hopefully inspire me. So my question today is: 

How do you stay motivated when life happens?


That's the hardest question to answer because everyone's approach is a little different. However, what I have found that if I follow the steps below my mindset instantly changes: 

Make a list of GOALS! 
Here is the thing, you aren't going to make a huge list that probably will be forgotten about. This list will be only 3 goals a day. That way as soon as you wake up you can go over the goals and hopefully achieve them by the end of each day. 

Plan a VACATION!
By planning a vacation month ahead it will give you something to look forward to. One of my favorite things to do is have a list of potential places I would like to visit with my family. The weeks leading up to it get me motivated and excited about what's to come. (We have a small vacation planned for each month of the year)

Take ME TIME every day!
What I would like you you to do is to purposely plan 20-30 minutes of alone time. I want you to plan an activity that you usually enjoy and that relaxes you. Yoga, workout, shopping, reading a book, taking a bubble bath, and just anything that brings you joy!

Live with PURPOSE & be PROUD!
When I was in my early 20s I used to live up in the Avenues, there I met some of the most interesting yet insightful people. Often my neighbors would be going out for walks and would stop and strike up a conversation. This one elderly man specifically, asked me what my profession was. I casually answered him: "I'm just a child care provider" that's when he looked back at me and said: JUST? No dear, you are more than Just! Learn how to live your life with a purpose and be extremely proud of what you do. No matter what that is. That has stuck with me through the years

Don't be afraid to FAIL!
This one hits close to home because I'm quickly realizing that the older I get, the more cautious I am with decisions. I'm often afraid to take that leap of faith. because it makes sense to be worried about the what ifs? nope! I say go for it! This year for sure has proven to me that if I go for things will eventually happen for me! 

So many things are changing on the daily, but if you don't focus on changing your mindset what's the point right?

xo, 
Nina


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