August 13, 2020

Birth Story: Happy Birthday Baby Olive

5063 S Cottonwood St, Murray, UT 84107, USA

Documenting as much as I could during my pregnancy journey was one of the main goals I had. Mainly due to the fact that this is my last pregnancy and I really wanted to take it all in (the growing belly, the heartbeat checks, the first kicks, and even the sickness). 

For this journal entry, I'm sharing baby Olives' birth process, but you can also check out my recap of the first trimester, second trimester, third trimester, and the fourth trimester(coming soon). 

Tuesday, August 11 - 9:30 am

Today I'm 39 weeks and my OBGYN has officially scheduled me for an induction. This visit was my last in-office visit and I couldn't help but feel this bittersweet feeling. This is the last time I'll go over this routine (check-in, give a pee sample, get my blood pressure, and weight) then chat with her about how close we are. Lastly, hear babies heartbeat and get checked for dilation. (She checked me today and I was close to a 3 yay) So we were able to get me scheduled for an induction at 39 +2 weeks. 

The hospital had called me the day before to tell me that I’m number one in line and they would call me the day of between 6:00 -11:00 am. The husband and I had a relaxing night of watching the frank Sinatra documentary. Enjoying a yummy dinner in our quiet little home. We finally were able to get some sleep at around 11pm. I think that both of us were too excited to sleep! 

Thursday, August 13 - 5:30 am 

Today our alarm woke us up around 5:30 am. I quickly got up and started to get ready for the day! Even though it is early, I'm feeling such peace and excitement! I get dressed and take one last belly picture for my weekly photo updates I'm working on. Looking at my big belly for the last time and rubbing my hands over gets me a little bit emotional. Once again, I can't believe that this is the last time I'll have a big belly. The last time I'll feel a little human inside me. (don't mind me casually bawling my eyes out).

It's around 6:00 am in the morning now and we still haven’t heard from the hospital so we both decided to take a nice little nap for a couple of hours. Daniel is sound asleep and I'm just looking around our bedroom thinking about how this is the last time it will just be the two of us in here. That baby bassinet will soon have our little human. Ahh! My sister just called around 7:30 am to see how I'm feeling. I just love her so much and the fact that we are the best of friends. I told her that we are waiting for the hospital to call us. I was finally able to get some sleep...

It's 8:30 am we finally get a call from the hospital and they asked me if I was ready to deliver this baby. I exclaimed YES!! At this point, I'm running around the house making sure everything is good to go. I quickly wake up Daniel and tell him it is time so off to the hospital we go. We get checked in and finished the registration process and were in our room by 9:40 am.



Our nurse came in and got all my IVs hooked up and went through all the routine questions to get us ready for birth. And if you read my pregnancy posts then you know that IVs were a huge part of my pregnancy and those little bags kept me going when I thought I was going to die of dehydration due to hyperemesis. The nurse asked us both about our birth plan and to be honest with you, our birth plan has always been pretty single: get baby out safely and try to avoid a C-section. Also: YES to an epidural and yes to skin to skin. 


10:40 am our OBGYN came in to get us pumped and told me that she was going to have the resident come in to break my water. The nurse then put me on Pitocin to get the contractions going. Right before they broke my water I asked for my epidural. See, with both Logan and Lia I knew that it would be best to get the epidural beforehand. So the anesthesiologist came in and got me all set up for the epidural. I squeezed Daniel's hand so hard because I was so afraid of the pain but this doctor was amazing! He did such a great job of keeping me calm by talking to me throughout the whole process. He had me lay on my side which was different from my last two pregnancies as they had me sit up. I honestly didn’t feel a thing besides the initial poke from the numbing injection. Daniel let me hold his hand and squeeze really tight! Once that was over the resident came in to break my water. I'm telling you, get the epidural! 


It’s now 11:20 am and I’m waiting for contractions to pick up and me to be dilated so that we can get our baby girl out! 


Around 12:20 pm our nurse comes in to see where I’m at. She checked me and I'm at 5 1/2. She told me this is great progress and that she would be right back since I'm dialing so quickly.  I tried to sleep but I couldn’t help but look over at Daniel, the man of my dreams. Just sitting on that uncomfortable couch and watching me and being there for me every step of the way. I started to get teary eyes because I’m so damn lucky! (honestly bawling right now just thinking back at all of the things we have gone through these last few months: him being a tech school and not sure he would make it for the birth, me being so sick and him being there and checking on me as much as he could all the way from Texas. Then, to him making me delicious meals when nothing sounds good).


It's 1:40 pm the nurse comes back and this time I’m dilated to a 7 almost 8. She gets really excited and tells our OBGYN that I’m doing so great on my progress and that soon I should be ready to push! 


So around 2:40 almost 3pm, I start feeling sick due to fact that I had yet to eat anything since 7:00 am, and with gestational diabetes, I’ve been so used to eating every 2 hours. I let her know and she gets me some more IV and Zofran. I start to feel better as I take some sips of water. 


At 3:00 pm my OBGYN walks in and says let’s get this baby out! Daniel and I both look at each other and get really excited. I suddenly have all these feelings going through my mind from the last 9 months and can’t believe that it is finally time to meet our little princess! I didn’t care that I have been so sick and had all these issues through this pregnancy because I already knew that she was going to be worth it when I get to see her little face. 


At this point, I’m crowning and get ready to push. My nurse is holding my leg on one side and Daniel is holding the other leg. I told him to look the other way because I know how he doesn’t feel good when looking at blood and such or me in pain. Plus I didn’t really want him to look down there anyway. Haha, so we start the count down to 10. I suddenly remember how I need to push ( It has been 7 years since my last baby) so I start pushing but I start getting really nauseous due to hunger and not having any energy. Right as I turn over to tell the nurse I throw up. It’s okay though, soon after I feel this great energy coming over me and I'm ready to push! So we do the count down two more times and baby girl is out. 


As they lay her on my chest she lets out the sweetest cry and I feel this relief over me. All that anticipation, all the hard work leading up to this moment, and it's finally here. We did it! She is perfect! Baby Olive was born at 3:20 and weighed 6 pounds 10 oz. Just a little bit over her sister but around the same weight! I forget how tiny they are. Feeling her little heartbeat over my chest as she lays there brings all the emotions out once again. Daniel cut her cord with such pride! 


My OBGYN then tells me I did great and no stitches needed or tearing. She gets the placenta out and then goes off to help another momma give birth. The nurse makes sure I'm comfortable and leaves the room to let Daniel and I enjoy skin to skin for the next hour. We both were smiling so big. I enjoyed having her just lay on me where once again I felt her little heartbeat. It's honestly the best feeling in the World! The human body is amazing you guys! 


4 ish pm After being overcome with emotions, taking lots of pictures of baby, it was time to get to our new room. They wheeled us over and we got to get situated while they checked her vitals for us. The next 24 hours were spent at the hospital bonding with our baby girl and thanking our lucky stars for this precious little gift! 



Daniel: Thank you for being the amazing life companion that you are! I can't imagine life without you in it. We make the best team and I appreciate every little thing you do for me and our little family. Olive is so lucky to have a daddy that will be there and shower her with love and affection for many years to come. So hashtag blessed! 


love, 




August 9, 2020

Day trip to Antelope Island - Utah

Antelope Island, Utah, USA

UTAH BUCKET LIST: ANTELOPE ISLAND

Antelope Island is the perfect place for a quick day trip with your kids! We woke up early on a Sunday morning and my husband suggested we would go check out the wild buffalos, bison, and antelopes. 

We stopped and got some drinks and snacks for the drive and hit the road. From where we live it took about an hour to get there but it wasn’t too bad at all!

Once you get to the gate before going over the bridge to the island you can already see how beautiful the view is. The price was $15 dollars per vehicle and if you have someone 60 and older it is only $10 dollars. They gave us a map of the island and off we went to explore.



There are a few different routes you could take when you get to the island. One leads you to a beach where there is also a burger joint, different hiking, and biking trails, while the other leads you to all the wild buffalos off to either side of the road.

There were a few other families there and the best part about it is that everyone we keeping their distance and taking their time while parked on the side of the street. We started driving on this winding road when we spotted the first heard. The kiddos got so excited to see them up close! 





The island also has hiking trails that you can go on and you can even go camping there which I think would make it for a fun weekend with the wild bison!

Here are some fun facts about Antelope Island found on the interwebs:

Description

Antelope Island, with an area of 42 square miles, is the largest of ten islands located within the Great Salt Lake, Utah, United States. The island lies in the southeastern portion of the lake, near Salt Lake City and Davis County, and becomes a peninsula when the lake is at extremely low levels.

A balloon festival is held yearly, around Labor Day. Birdwatching on Antelope Island is well known. Observing wildlife is also popular on Antelope Island, especially the large numbers of bison which are part of the Antelope Island Bison Herd. Coyotes and antelope are sometimes seen close to the main roads and campsites, and bison often wander across the roads, though the bison are most often found towards the south end of the island near the Fielding Garr Ranch.




One of our favorite parts of the trip was when we were driving down the small road and this huge herd of mamas and babies decided to cross the road right behind us. We just all watched it right from our rear window as they went by. It was a fun experience to have them that close to us. 

As a reminder, it is not recommended for you to get out of your car when they are this close as they can charge towards you or your car and you can potentially get injured. They are wild animals after all!


Address: 4528 W 1700 S, Syracuse, UT 84075
Hours of operation: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM (Sunday-Saturday)
Price: Entrance fee: $15 per vehicle up to 8 people (Visit the park site for more information)

Make sure to add a day trip to Antelope Island to your bucket list! If you aren't sure how to start a bucket list I have written a helpful post on it so that way you know exactly what to do



August 6, 2020

BEFORE I LOVE SOMEONE ELSE, GOT TO LOVE MYSELF.

Peru

This chapter is taken from my self-published dating book... I've decided to add parts of the book to my blog so that you'll get to enjoy reading all my fun stories! You can also read about how I found my forever love, my first kiss, and how I gave up dating for lent



What if I told you that failing is part of the journey? What if everything that you have gone through has happened for a reason? Would you give up? Would pick up the pieces and try again? I say YES! Don’t ever give up on yourself! Don’t give up on your journey!


BEFORE I LOVE SOMEONE ELSE, GOT TO LOVE MYSELF.


How are you supposed to let someone into your life without fully loving yourself first? This is easier said than done. I struggled with what some call “closet depression” what this means is that you are going through all those depression symptoms, but you are very embarrassed and ashamed of letting others know. I didn’t take any pills that my doctors wanted me to take. I didn’t feel comfortable doing so. Instead, I opted for something more natural such as getting high on endorphins. Every time I would walk through that Gold’s Gym I would feel better and better.


I loved the person I was becoming. At 26 I was finally figuring out my identity. It wasn’t until 2016 when I decided to take the trip of a lifetime with my sister to Peru & Brazil. I learned a lot about myself then. I experienced the culture and saw things that made me cry, smile and ponder on. This trip was just what I needed. I’m not sure if it was when I reached the top of Machu Picchu and finally got see one of the 7 wonders of the World that I realized just how lucky I was to be alive and well or the fact that I was I FREE! I was letting go of all that built-up resentment and anger.


PERU TRIP with my sister and college friends - 2016


August 3, 2020

How to Prepare for an Earthquake

Utah, USA
Earlier this year, right around the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there was an Earthquake here in Utah. In the city of Magna that occurred on March 18th with a mainshock of 5.7 magnitudes. It came as a shock to a lot of Utah residents as it was the last thing anyone expected to happen. Besides a few broken household items and minor damage to the city, Utah residents were left with what it seemed like 1 million aftershocks that even four months later are still happening. Today's blog post will help you with preparedness tips and what you should do if this situation happens to you.

The University of Utah has been great at updating their site with graphs, information, and aftershock data like the one below: 

curtesy of UofU Seismograph Station


Here is how to prepare for an earthquake if you live in areas commonly known to quiver and shake. It's better to be safe than sorry, and this article shows you how.



If you live near an active fault line, you must know how to prepare for an earthquake. When preparing yourself, you must understand that half of the preparations deal with behavior during the quake, and the rest is how to live after. Read this article if you want to arm yourself with information on how to keep yourself and your family safe during and after an earthquake.

Earthquake Appliance Preparation

Earthquakes often cause broken gas lines or dangerous situations with energy and heating/cooling. Make sure your gas and electric appliances are in tip-top working order at all times. Especially repair any gas leaks by hiring professionals. Stores sell flexible pipe fittings for water and gas lines. Make sure your appliances and pipework have these fittings to prevent breaking.

The most dangerous aspect of an earthquake is all the falling debris. Inside your home, you probably have many things that could hurt you if they fell over. Secure heavy appliances like the water heater, furnace, and refrigerator to the studs inside the wall, suggests FEMA in an article called, "Are You Ready?". Also, make sure you place heavy items on lower shelves.

In each room of your house, make sure each family member knows the safest location during an earthquake. Under a table, a sturdy door frame, or the inside corner of the wall make relatively safe locations if they are away from windows and potential falling objects.

Practice drills and help your family learn how to prepare for an earthquake by timing them in each room. Have children and adults rotate rooms, so they each get practice in every room of the house. Let everyone know that they should never go outside until the quake ends. This is when people get injured.


Emergency Kit

An earthquake emergency kit differs from a longterm disaster kit. Earthquake kits must be completely mobile and near you at all times. You should keep one at work and one handy at home. In this kit, include 12 dust masks, at least two candles, matches, toilet paper, safety pins, a small knife, cash, water, and a filtration straw. If you wrap the entire thing with a t-shirt and then a waterproof plastic bag, you'll be all set for a couple of days after an earthquake.

Although most people will never get injured during a quake, learning how to prepare for an earthquake protects you if the unthinkable occurs. Make sure each family member not only has their own emergency kit but also has knowledge of the safest places to go during an earthquake.

Here is a great PDF that was created to help you understand Earthquakes and what you should do. Download HERE




July 13, 2020

Keeping Children Busy in Summertime

Due to Covid-19 we haven’t been able to do as many things as we would have liked this summer. Here are some ideas of what you can still with your kids to keep them busy this summer:

Summer vacation. Some parents find this time a blessing, others a curse. Today's technology should block out that "boredom" word altogether. In many cases, parents find themselves dealing with children who are so used to modern conveniences, they have exhausted these fun things and once again are bored. 

Many parents make the mistake of allowing their child to loaf while on summer vacation. They the very common excuse: "they have worked so hard all year, they need to relax." Allowing children to lay around and play video games, watch television, and sleep all day does not make for very good memories, nor is it good for their health. Children need stimulation. Many activities are inexpensive, easy, and fun. 





Let them walk

Taking a walk is a great way to get your child out of the house and allow them to have a breath of fresh air. Make a fun day out of it. Walk with them to the park or to the local ice cream stand. Taking a walk on a summer day is a great way to kill time and allow for exercise. Walking will help you both feel better as well. Children with active parents who encourage their children to be active will likely grow up to be healthier adults.

Play a game together

On those rainy summer days, pulling out some of those old, forgotten about board games can be a long-lasting fond memory to a child. Remember when you were young, playing board games was likely a great time for you. Make those memories with your child. Pop some popcorn and sit around the table or on the living room floor. This time will also allow you to catch up on your child's life and allow him to catch up on yours.




Take them GeoCaching

Many folks ask, "what in the world is this"?  Geocaching is a treasure hunt, for adults as well as children, where you look for coordinates on the website, and use either GPS or a compass and find a treasure of some sort.  GeoCaching is free for anyone and kills a great deal of time. Treasures can range from restaurant tickets, teddy bears, toys, jewelry, etc. 

Teach them useful life skills such as cooking, sewing, building, etc. Boys and girls alike, rip their clothes eventually. Every child will benefit from knowing basic life skills. Who better to teach them than their parent. Again, this allows for important bonding time but also can be a great deal of fun.

Assign them a chore

Once children are old enough, let them help you around the house. If you have more than one child, make a chore chart and hang it on the refrigerator. Feeding the dog is a great starter chore as well as: unloading the dishwasher, cleaning their room, dusting, clearing the table, etc. You can even give them an allowance for performing these chores. You can teach them the value of earning for working, but that is a whole other article we will get into later.

There are a great many things you can do to help your child manage his time. Remember to make a life learning experience for your child. While resting and loafing is good sometimes, encouraging it all the time can lead to habits of it later on in life, and that is dangerous. Most importantly, whatever you choose to do, have fun while you are doing it. Fun creates smiles and laughter. Smiles and laughter make memories.

June 11, 2020

Foods that keep you cool in Summer

United States
When summer comes, your appetite usually goes away - you just don't feel like eating when the heat is on. It makes sense to choose foods that can help you to keep cool, so here's what should be on your plate this summer.



Take to the water

No, not the swimming pool or the ocean - although that's a good strategy for keeping cool. Foods with high water content will help your body to maintain the correct temperature and keep it hydrated, which is essential in hot weather. Salad vegetables such as lettuce, radishes, celery and cucumber, and fruits such as melon, grapes, apples, pears, and citrus fruits will all help you to keep cool. 

Keep a melon sliced up in the fridge for a refreshing any time treat. Summertime is strawberry time, and all berries contain anti-inflammatory properties, which can help take the sting out of sunburn, so tuck into those strawberries, safe in the knowledge that they're helping you to keep your cool.


June 4, 2020

HOW TO START A BUCKET LIST!

United States

WHAT IS A BUCKET LIST?

A list of things you want to do before you “kick the bucket”



Let me tell you a little secret, 10+ years ago I used to have a bucket list blog named "The Bucket List Girl" and it was my pride and joy. I focused on helping others understand that you don't have to be "rich or dying" to start a bucket list. You can find more about what happened to that blog this old blog post named once a blogger... But as I'm sitting down to write this post I can't help but feel a little nostalgic about writing on such a subject that I used live and breathe. So as you look at these tips I'm about to share today, I hope that you truly take the time to sit down and start a bucket list for yourself. No matter how old you are are, or what your financial situation is because writing things out will really help you get closer to that goal!


How to start a bucket list, no money but want to travel, how to complete a bucket list


5 QUICK TIPS ON HOW TO GET STARTED:


  1. Look online for inspiration. Google search: “Bucket list ideas” You will stumble upon the most beautiful pictures from all over the World.
  2. Watch the movie “The Bucket list” (even though they were old and about to kick the bucket you should still get an idea of what a bucket list is)
  3. Buy a notepad or a journal that you can write down ideas on. You can also use apps on your phone. For example “notes” and create a “my Bucket List” list.
  4. Start a Pinterest board. What that is going to do is, you are now going to have a visual for your inspiration. If you want to go more in-depth you can create a Travel Bucket list board or a Food Bucket list to name a few. I have a few categories I have created for myself self such as Couples Bucket list, Travel Bucket list, Fall + Winter Bucket List & Summer Bucket List.
  5. The reason I say “Bucket Lists” is that I think you should have more the one Bucket List. 



WHY SHOULD I HAVE A BUCKET LIST?


As an avid bucket lister, I get asked this question a lot. My answer to you is: WHY NOT? I truly believe that it is a great idea to have a list of your goals, ideas, and things you would like to accomplish while alive. You don't have to be old, rich, or sick to start one! Start now! Start one Today! Think about all of the new adventures and opportunities... for example going on a hot air balloon ride, or participating in a Utah version of Cupcake Wars.

BUT REALLY, HOW DO I GET STARTED?
  1. Here is how simple this process should be for you:
  2. Grab a pen & Paper
  3. Number it from 1-10 (small steps)
  4. Start with 1 or 2 goals that you would like to accomplish
  5. Hang your paper somewhere in your house that you walk by often. Then Forget about it for a day… (I put it on my Fridge)
  6. As you go thru your day, Ideas are just going to come to your mind at the most unexpected moments… Trust Me it Works! That’s when you grab your list and start writing your ideas down.
  7. The sky is the limit! You can start with the basic and easy goals, then move on to Dreams & Wishes.
  8. I have a notebook that I carry around with me everywhere I go! I also use my calendar on my phone to schedule things. Google & Pinterest are my resources!
  9. inspiration is everywhere! The other day I was out on a drive and saw a couple of homeless people on the side of the road. that inspired me to add “Help out at a Homeless shelter” & ” Food Drive” to my Summer Bucket List.

June 3, 2020

How To Naturally Cleanse Your Body

Utah, USA



The human body is in almost constant contact with toxins that come from multiple sources like pesticides on vegetables, caffeine, fats, and sugars. Exposure over time can lead to a host of health problems, including fatigue, allergies, and a lower overall quality of life. This is why it's so important to periodically cleanse the body naturally. Detoxing from time to time will remove toxins and clean your body out, which will leave you feeling great with much more energy. Here are a few strategies that are completely natural.

June 2, 2020

Black Lives Matter


I’ve got a lot to say on this subject and my heart has been so heavy... Soon I’ll have the words to share  exactly how I feel, but today I will proudly stand for #BlackOutTuesday with the Black community fighting against racial injustice in America. To help, please text FLOYD to 55156 to sign the Justice for George Floyd petition.

May 29, 2020

Reduce Reuse Recycle

United States
I often think about Mother Earth and what I should be doing to make a difference. You see, I grew up with a reduce/reuse/recycle mindset. So what changed? Did I become lazy? Or did I just do what was most convenient and easy for me?  I’m still trying to figure that out myself...  

One thing that’s for sure is I’m ready to change and focus on what’s important. When I was in my early 20s I used to be obsessed with trends and fast fashion. I only shopped at the mall and went through my clothes so fast that I didn't even think to check if they were ethically made. While in high school I dreamt of attending FIDM. I wanted to design my own clothes and learn the ins and outs of the fashion industry. I even applied in my senior year. Unfortunately, I couldn’t afford to go so changing majors was the only option. Here we are, a few years later and I’m working on an Ethical Fitness Line because I'm still very passionate about fashion but just in a rad-cool way that makes me so happy. (more on this in the near future). The quote below stands out to me and I want to make sure that when my line comes out it is ethically made, it lasts, and it will somehow help the earth. 

The best part about creating a collection from the ground up is that you can pick every single detail. Such as will my leggings be made out of recycled water bottles? 

So How can we help mother earth? It's simple, you don't have to completely change your whole lifestyle but a little goes a long way, and anything that you do counts. Here is one of my favorite quote on this subject: " We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly"

May 18, 2020

A letter to our baby girl

Utah, USA
Dear baby Olive,



You aren’t even here yet and already so loved... I can’t help but think of how lucky we are to be bringing such a precious little thing into this world. 

We are getting closer and closer to the finish line and mama is finally starting to feel like herself again. Mama has been sick from the moment we found out you were inside me all the way in now as we are heading into the third trimester. It’s been worth it and it will continue to be worth it when we get to see your beautiful little face. Every moment, every kick, every sleepless night staring at the ceiling, every sickness and emergency room visit, every emotional outburst is so freaking worth it! We are lucky and you’re worth it baby girl!

Daddy is currently doing something that only a small % of Americans do... He is in the Air Force and he gets to protect us and fight for our freedom. He is the type of man that your mama dreamt of. Someone that would take charge and do anything and everything to give his little family a better life. Daddy is my hero and soon enough he will become yours too!

May 4, 2020

Coffee Brewing 101 and French Press Tips

The French press is a wonderful method of brewing excellent coffee with consistency. For this reason, many coffee shops will "cup" coffee using the press. Every barista has their own favorite technique of preparing a French press, and many will defend it to the end. The press is very easy to experiment with, and so long as you have the basic steps down, brewing a "bad" French press coffee is not easy.



That being said, the most important component of having an excellent cup of coffee is the freshness of your beans. It doesn't matter if you managed to score a half-pound of Jamaican Blue Mountain that had been sitting on the shelf of your local coffee supplier (though rarely is Blue Mountain coffee left in plain view!) if the coffee has not been roasted in the last week, or very carefully sealed (preferably vacuum-sealed) the coffee just will not bloom. More on that later.

The second component is a good home grinder. There is no argument that a burr grinder will give you the most consistent grind of the bean, which is very important in brewing coffee to ensure even extraction of flavor from every grind particle. If you have to grind your coffee at your supplier, your safest bet is to buy only enough coffee for the next day or two. 



Make sure it is carefully sealed. You might notice a one-way release valve on many aluminum bags of coffee. These valves prevent the bags from bloating as the coffee is degassing, that is, losing its freshness as carbon dioxide is released from the roasted beans. Ground coffee will degas at an accelerated rate. The loss of gases will diminish your bloom.

This is normally where connoisseurs will detail the mineral components of your tap water that will destroy the flavor of your coffee. Honestly, as long as your water is not terribly hard or polluted, a simple Brita water filter will make for an adequate source of water. No need to waste packaging by using bottled water if your tap water is potable.

Finally, your press. Personally, I am a fan of Bialetti and Bodum. Bodum has fairly inexpensive presses in a full range of sizes, from the short two-cup press and upwards of twelve cups. (Remember that a "cup" in the world of coffee is a meager four liquid ounces, called a "tasse.") Bodum is also very easy to find replacement parts for. The glass carafes that cause so much woe are easily replaced, at anywhere from one-quarter to one-third the price of the full French press set. Filters are also readily available.

For the purposes of this tutorial, I will assume you are using a four-cup press, which is the most popular sized press for personal use. You can always measure down if your press is larger. Now we are ready to begin!


Get it ready

Remove the plunger/filter mechanism, and measure enough water for your press. In a separate pot, bring it to a boil. Remove from heat; by the time you finish step 2, your water should be the perfect temperature to brew.

Grind the coffee

While the water is cooling, grind your coffee on the coarsest setting (sometimes labeled "French press" or "Percolator" in-store grinders). You're looking for one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee per four ounces or one cup of water. It might take a few times before you are able to eyeball the number of whole beans you need to grind. If you have a small kitchen scale, approximately .12 pounds of whole coffee beans will fit one 4-cup press. Ground coffee goes into the glass carafe.

Pre-wetting

Drizzle just enough water over the grounds to dampen them all. This "pre-wetting" stage is important to many different types of coffee brewing techniques, so the grounds are not shocked by the addition of too much hot water at one time. Set a timer for one minute.

DO NOT STIR.

You might see the coffee starting to bloom. Congratulations! Your coffee is fresh. If it hasn't yet, you have one more opportunity to see it bloom.

When your timer goes off, fill the press half-way

Again, do not stir. Let it sit for another minute. If you do not see a bloom this time, raise heck with your coffee supplier; your coffee is stale.

Fill the press to the top.

With a wooden or plastic spoon (a metal spoon will cool the water down), stir the slurry 5-10 times until you see a pale rust-colored foam rise to the top. Fresher coffee will reach this stage with just two or three stirs. There is no need to stir beyond ten times, so long as the grinds begin to settle to allow for complete extraction. Let the pot sit for another two minutes.

Insert the plunger

Make sure when you plunge that the force is perpendicular to the surface the press is sitting on. Otherwise, the filter will rock to one side, and grounds will seep into your coffee. Press. Pour. Imbibe.

If the resulting coffee is not at your desired strength, reduce or increase the final steeping time by thirty seconds each test run. Thirty seconds is a long time in the coffee brewing world, especially when the entire process of making a French press takes only four minutes! You might also want to experiment using more or less coffee, using a coarser or (beware!) finer grind.



Good luck with all your coffee endeavors.


May 1, 2020

Do you suffer from Anxiety? Read This!

Utah, USA
The research you are about to read today was originally part of my Anxiety Presentation for College; With everything that has been going around and all the Covid-19 talk, I think this is great timing to share all the information I know about Anxiety. 

Anxiety & Symptoms:


An anxiety disorder is characterized by a sudden feeling of panic, fear, restlessness, and uneasiness. The treatment includes medications, therapy,  you could use other natural approaches such as breathing exercises, food therapy, and flotation therapy.

  • Trigger: Usually the person is found in a situation that triggers it internally/externally
  • Thoughts: Fear, negativity, confusion, regrets.
  • Anxiety: whole body starts to get weak, your mind is somewhere else, and then panic comes into play.

April 28, 2020

CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING

Utah, USA
Lately, I have been on this chocolate kick which I am totally blaming it on a baby girl since she is making me crave all things sweet... So yes, I've made my fair share of cakes and desserts but I also want to make sure to make some healthy and delicious recipes as well. 



This is a great way to eat chocolate in a healthy pudding, and still be sugar-free, and good for you!  You can make this ahead, keep it in the fridge, and enjoy it anytime you need that chocolate boost, or to satisfy a craving for something chocolaty and delicious!  This is also great to share with friends, for a healthy alternative to sugary desserts.  You'll love this recipe.

CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING


HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:

2 cups of Chia seeds
4 cups of coconut milk
1 Tablespoon of vanilla
2 Tablespoons of Stevia
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
8 - 10 - 6-ounce glass containers

HERE'S WHAT YOU DO:

In a medium bowl, combine the Chia seeds, milk, vanilla, Stevia, and Cocoa powder.  Mix well until all ingredients are well blended.  Fill glass containers with chocolate pudding, top with chocolate chips, and chocolate shavings (OPTIONAL).  Cover containers, and place in the refrigerator.  Puddings may be kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Enjoy!

Makes 8 - 10  6 ounce servings



I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Don't forget, you can always sub the chocolate for a different flavor and still make this delicious dessert. 

XO, Nina


April 6, 2020

8 Healthy & Delicious Smoothie Recipes!

Utah, USA
Breakfast is considered one of the most important meals of the day. It provides your body with the essential nutrients to keep your energy level up throughout the day. Nutrients are the substances in foods that are required to support body function and maintain health. Such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and protein. Try adding at least 1 cup of fruit to your diet daily.


Here are 8 Healthy & Delicious Smoothie Recipes by some of my favorite food bloggers that will make your mornings much brighter and delicious:

1.  Raspberry Lemonade Smoothie
















There you have it, which one of the recipes above is your favorite? 

xo, 
Nina