June 11, 2020

Foods that keep you cool in Summer

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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!

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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

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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 1, 2020

Do you suffer from Anxiety? Read This!

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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

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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
 

February 3, 2020

Air Force Life: from a wife's perspective

Earlier last year, Daniel called me during work because he had an important question for me... As soon as I answered he told me that he was thinking of joining the Air Force and what my opinion on it was. Without any hesitation, the word YES came out of my mouth. And with every fiber of my being, I knew that he was making the right decision! 

You see, my dad is an Army Vet so the military life is nothing new to me... Having watched my mom go through multiple deployments and really taking care of the household while he was gone made me feel confident that should that time come for Daniel I for sure could do this! 

So back to Daniel, from the moment I met him I knew that he would be perfect for the military life. The way he carries himself, how much he cares for others, how respectful he is, how determined he is to give it his all when he has a mission in mind, oh! I can't forget how health/fitness is important to him. So yes, he is the poster child for the military I tell you. 

The military was something that was always on his radar and he did apply right out of high school but due to an injury, he wasn't able to join at the time. 

This decision also made sense for our little family... As we are going to retire in the military so with him signing up later in life made it to where we only have about 20 years left. 


This photo is from the day that Daniel swore in and signed his contract. The months leading up to this moment had been keeping us busy with paperwork after paperwork and sleepless nights... So what a relief it was to actually get to this day and make things real. 

Soon I'll be writing more in-depth posts about the whole journey from joining, to basic training, to tech school, and drill weekends. 

For now, I will just say how proud I am of my husband and his decision to serve our country! 

xo,
Nina

January 13, 2020

5 Ways to save on your Wedding!


First comes love, then comes marriage.  After that is the huge bill for the wedding.  It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways you can save money on your wedding without skimping on the overall experience.  


Invitations

You don’t have to spend a ton on fancy invitations.  There are several options that you can go with that will still get the job done.  If you want to go with the most affordable option, you can go paperless. There are websites that specialize in wedding invitations that will allow you to email out an invitation to your guests.  If you still would like a physical card to be sent out, design them yourself and print. Websites like Canva.com are easy to use and you can either download and print at home or even opt to have them print and mail them to you.  Either option is affordable and completely customizable. *You could always look on Etsy.com for designs or printable invites.




The Dress

There are many ways you can save money on the dress.  A great way to find a beautiful dress without the high bridal store price tag is to shop department stores.  If you can shop for your dress around Winter Ball or Prom season, you’ll be surprised at how beautiful the dresses are, but a few zeros less on the price tag.  Another option is to shop the sample dresses at the bridal store. If you are able to find one in your size, you can save a lot of money because it won’t be custom.  *You can always search online for used wedding dresses such as Facebook Marketplace.

                           




The Venue

The venue you pick can be a huge burden on your budget.  When picking your date and location, think about what that price tag will bring.  If you really want to save some major money, skip a Saturday wedding. Most venues are marked up on Saturday because they are more popular.  If you are able to hold your wedding on another day, you can save a lot of money. When deciding on a venue, try to think of nontraditional options.  There are lots of options, depending on your area. Try restaurants, outdoor recreation areas or other local favorites. *Another great idea is to either look on Groupon.com or on Airbnb.com cheaper destination ideas.




Flowers

Flowers are a big part of the wedding but they can very costly.  When thinking about your floral arrangments and bouquets, consider what type of flowers you choose.  Lilacs are pretty but will cost you quite a bit. Choose a larger, more robust flower that is not as expensive.  Often times you can reuse your flowers that decorated the ceremony and repurpose them at the reception. Arches are great to move into the next venue and get the most use out of them.  Place vases on tables for your bridesmaids to store their bouquets during the reception. * You can also buy fake flowers from places like Joann's & Michaels Crafts.



BONUS TIP: Create a Wedding and Reception board on Pinterest to help your vision come to mind! Make sure to follow the Nina Talks Pinterest account as I pin all things wedding regularly:



We hope that these tips have helped on your journey to wedding planning. Share in the comments any other suggestion you might have!

xo, Nina






January 6, 2020

Chocolate Wine Cake Recipe

Chocolate & Wine are one of my most favorite combinations. How can one go wrong with that?

I have never been a big drinker, as a matter of fact, I am very lightweight when it comes to alcohol. Unless we are talking about wine. I can turn on sweet romantic melodies, drink wine, and make a delicious meal. Add dancing in the kitchen with Daniel, and we have the most perfect night!
Music moves my soul... It puts me in the best mood. Here are my recommendations for today's post:
  1. My Girl - The Temptations 
  2. Stand By Me - Ben E King
  3. Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
  4. I Will Always Love You -  Whitney Houston
  5. I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Aerosmith 
  6. Take My Breathe Away - Berlin 
  7. More Than Words - Extreme 
  8. Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden 
  9. Listen To Your Heart - Roxette
  10. Much Too Young, To Feel This Damn Old - Garth Brooks
Today I'm sharing with you one of my most favorite recipes. The best part about it is that even if you don't drink wine you can enjoy this deliciousness because the alcohol gets baked and you are left with a yummy combination of chocolate and wine.  A quick tip: Make sure that you buy DRY red wine (any brand will do). It won't taste as good if you get a different version.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups dry red wine ( I used Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon but you could also use 13 crimes)
  • Confectioner's sugar, for dusting


How to:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350; Butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
    2. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat for 2 minutes longer. Working in two batches, alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the wine, until just incorporated.
    3. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack; let cool completely.

I hope that you enjoy this delicious cake! Try it for your next night in with your loved one 🙂
xo,
Nina