Monthly Archives: July 2012

Smoothies: The lazy girl meal

I will be the first to admit that I am not the most domestic woman out there. Spending hours in the kitchen preparing a homemade meal has just never been in the cards for me.

Even though I am not much of a cook, I enjoy eating healthy. One of my favorite snacks/small meals are smoothies! They are fast, easy, and if made with the right ingredients, they provide you with many essential nutrients in one easy meal.

I’ve found that using frozen fruit as a key ingredient in smoothies works best. They eliminate the need to use ice, therefore making the smoothie much more flavorful. Frozen fruits also do not perish, so you don’t have to worry about buying a ton of fresh fruit that is just going to go bad quickly. I do like throwing in a fresh banana when I have one available.

Many fruit juices are filled with sugars and contain very little actual fruit juice. My favorite juice to use is Diet V8 Splash. This juice provides you a full serving of fruits and veggies in each glass! In my opinion, it is one of the healthiest juices on the market. I have recently also started buying Silk Fruit and Protein in mango peach. This juice mixture contains protein, calcium, and fruit juice. It will also make a much more creamier smoothie.

If I’m not using Silk Fruit and Protein, I usually will throw in a serving of yogurt to give me a source of calcium and protein.

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My typical smoothie recipe:

–       Frozen mango

–       Frozen pineapple

–       One banana

–       Diet mango peach V8 Splash

–       One yogurt serving

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I use a Hamilton Brach single serve blender. It’s the perfect size for one serving and the container is easy to take with you on the go if you are in a rush.

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I have found that smoothies are great for a nutritious breakfast or a light mid-day snack for those of us who are not quite Betty Crocker 😉

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Yummy!

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July 23, 2012 · 12:56 pm

P&G “Thank you mom” Campaign

I have always admired Proctor and Gambles advertising and public relations campaigns. They have been shown as examples of how to design and execute a good campaign in many of my advertising, public relations, and marketing classes. I personally am a fan because they are always heart warming and are able to key in on the emotional appeal of their target audience.

P&G has always been “a proud sponsor of moms”. During the 2012 summer olympic season, they are launching their biggest campaign yet, “Thank you mom”. This campaign celebrates moms of athletes and mothers everywhere. P&G will be running many television and radio ads (the most recent seen above) honoring mothers. They will be raising $5 million dollars for organizations and foundations that support local sports programs. P&G will also help send  Olympian mothers to London to support their athletes!

Now I know that this campaign was originally launched in April, but the most recent commercial really caught my attention and prompted me  to want to do a little write up about it. In my opinion, this campaign is the perfect example as to how advertising and public relations can team up and work wonders!

The official press release for this campaign can be found here: Proctor and Gamble

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High heels: The price of beauty

When walking in heels….

We all aspire to look like this:

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When in reality, we most likely look like this…

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WHOOPS!

Being a total of 5’1, I am all about sky high heels. Wearing heels puts me at about the same height as most of my girlfriends. If we’re getting ready and everyone else decides to wear heels, you better believe I am required to wear them as well or I look like a little tag along 12 year old child.

As much as I love the looks of high pumps, I absolutely hate the aching feeling that comes half way through the night. I also hate the awkward walk that comes along with this pain.

I’m not going to lie, I once face planted in the middle of a bar while wearing my highest heels. It was embarrassing, and as depressing as it is, I to this day have never worn those heels again.

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I decided to do a little research on how to make heels a little more comfortable and wearable. 

–       Apparently having strong legs will make wearing heels more comfortable. Having strong calves will allow you to wear heels longer with less pain. Try doing some toe raises.

–       Make sure you are wearing the correct size

–       Practice walking in your new shoes. This will break them in and also help you get a feel for them before you are out in public. Scuffing up the bottoms will help them become less slippery.

–       To help with slippery-ness you can also put some duct tape on the bottom.

–       Invest in some cushions or insoles to stick in your heels. This will help take pressure off.

–       And whatever you do… DO NOT TAKE YOUR HEELS OFF WHILE OUT! Your feet will swell and the heels will be about 20x more uncomfortable than before you took them off.

If stilettos aren’t your thing, try investing in a pair of wedges. Wedges are cute, casual, and much more comfortable and easier to maneuver than heels.

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July 8, 2012 · 8:40 pm

College Girls and Their Planners

I don’t know if this is a normal thing or not, but my girlfriends and I literally OBSESS over our planners. During the school year we love writing all our assignments and dates in them with pretty colored pens. Over summer we spend hours discussing what kind of planner we should get for the upcoming year. These planners will be with us a whole entire year, so this is a huge commitment… right….?

Deciding what kind of planner we will be getting has pretty much been the basis of our summer. There are so many different options that have so much to offer!

Here are a few of the planners that we have been scouting:

1. Lilly Pulitzer Agenda – $26

Lilly Pulitzer agendas are great because they offer many differ style options at a reasonable price. They are all colorful and fun!

Some of the features of a Lilly agenda:

  • 17 month calendar (August 2012- December 2013)
  • Weekly and monthly calendar pages
  • A sheet of STICKERS! Perfect for marking important dates
  • A generous amount of notes pages
  • Dates to remember and contacts pages
I had this agenda last year. I loved it because it had plenty of space for writing anything and everything that I could possibly want to write.

Where to buy: http://www.lillypulitzer.com  I have also seem them in many boutiques.

2. Erin Condren Life Planner – $50

This planner is a little more pricey, but it is personalized! There are many designs to choose from and each one includes your name or initials or whatever you would like on the front cover. There are even options (for a little extra mula $$) that allow you to include pictures on the cover!

Some of the Erin Condren Life Planner features:

  • PERSONALIZED!
  • Weekly/monthly pages
  • “Keep it together” pouch in the back (aka storage for miscellaneous papers, important notes, etc.)
  • Morning, day, evening slots in the weekly spreads (I absolutely LOVE this option because it helps to organize your day a little better!)
  • Stickers
  • Goals and to do lists on each monthly spread
  • Important dates calendar

For an additional cost, you can also add photo stickers with whatever pictures you would like.

Where to buy : http://www.erincondren.com/store/

I’m not positive but since this is personalized, I would guess this is the only place these are available.

I have recently ordered the Erin Condren Life Planner in cheetah print and am patiently waiting its arrival (which means I stalk my tracking number multiple times a day)

These are just two of the planners I have heard girlfriends talking about. I know Vera Bradley, Coach, and Kate Spade are also known to make cute and functional planners, so those might also be options to consider if you are in the market for a new planner.

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