I Have Made the Vlog Video… Check it out!

So, I’ve been gone for, like, ever and where have been? Oh, you know, here….there…everywhere…nowhere. Is that vague enough for you? Because the truth is, I’ve been doing nothing. My camera broke, and I was unable to take pictures so I got super bummed and no longer wanted to blog. I have recently tried out a new form of blogging called vlogging, which most people have hear of. So, please, check out my oh so adventurous life in my very first vlog: I’m ‘Bout That Vlog Life.

Monday Munchies: Maple-Cinnamon Apple and Pear Baked Oatmeal by Oh She Glows

oatmealslice2_Brightened¬†Hello Friends and Welcome to Monday Munchies. First off, Happy Martin Luther King Day. Yes, it is a holiday. You don’t get the day off for nothing. And second, If you have ever read my About Me page (or have¬†scrolled down long enough on my home page)¬†you will know I like to cook and bake and eat. Boy do I love to eat. The smell of food just makes me happy. Except if it’s mushrooms. I hate the smell of mushrooms. Anywho, because of this (my love of cooking and baking, not my hatred of mushrooms), every Monday I will post a¬†little something new I have tried to cook, and this week it is maple-cinnamon¬†apple and pear baked oatmeal that I got from the Oh She Glows cookbook. I recently¬†checked¬†it out¬†from the library and¬†found so many that I wanted to try, which for the¬†coming Monday Munchies I will be trying a few recipes¬†out of it.¬†This is my first attempt¬†with this particular recipe¬†and the outcome was less than disastrous, which I am happy about.


I have never had baked oatmeal before but I found I quite liked it. It was a little mushy (but that is probably because of the type of oatmeal I used, which was not the one recommended in the recipe, but I’ll get to that later) and thick. It kind of tasted like cake, and my family loved it. It was gone in nearly an instant and I doubled the recipe.
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I must say, though, the weather was less than ideal. It was freezing in a very Southern California way and a lot darker than I like it. Which made for taking pictures of my little experiment less than ideal, so forgive me.



Today’s Monday Munchies Song:

The Little Daylight remix version of Sweater Weather by the Neighbourhood, spelt ever so British-ly.


Like I mentioned earlier, I did use different ingredients than what was said in the book, but before you scold me, just let me say it was not my fault. I could not find what I was looking for.
Copy of SAM_3950Actually, looking at it now,¬†there actually wasn’t that much of a difference. Instead of¬†gluten-free rolled oats I used¬†gluten-ful old-fashioned Quaker oats and instead of walnuts (sister has a nut allergy), I used almonds.¬†¬†Also, instead of green Anjou pears (which my Costco did not have at the time) I used¬†Bosc pears¬† which I thought would make¬†it mushy, but it actually had the opposite affect, they were one of the only firm things after the oatmeal was baked.

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And in my rush to finish before what little light I had disappeared, I had a few fudge-ups in the process. Like, I completely forgot to peel the apples and pears. It wasn’t until I had finished baking did I realize this, so total fail. Also, I think I let SAM_4158the¬†oatmeal and milk mixture sit to long, because the oats actually started soak it up.

One thing that¬†was hilariously annoying, is the fact that my little sister was “helping me” during this entire debacle. She had me mixing things I wasn’t supposed to mix, or mixing things too much. And then I had the worst time trying to open the applesauce from Trader Joes AKA the Applesauce¬†of Death.¬†All of us tried¬†opening the darn thing up, but¬†it never worked. I think It laughed at me while I was trying because it would squeak, but then never really be moving. That had to be one of the most¬†tedious things ever because I had to dial back the urge to slam it on the counter, though it probably wouldn’t have worked anyways because I’m¬†pretty sure¬†the thing was indestructible. I felt like¬†SpongeBob trying to open a bottle of ketchup but not even running it under warm water helped.¬†*sigh* Then, my brilliant younger sister realized that it had a plastic seal on it. OH. MY. GAHD. It had a seal on it. I can’t even. The darn thing didn’t even bend! I had no way of knowing! Gahh! I don’t even… Never mind. Despite that everything ended up turning out pretty well.
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Like a thick, not-too-sweet oatmeal cake. I’ll be trying something new for next Monday. If you try this recipe, tell me in the comment section below! :)¬†Until next time. Sage Out.

HOW TO: Warm Lemon Tea Detox (+ a free PDF)

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The first thing you probably think of when you hear lemon is sour. Or maybe yellow or lemonade.¬†It could also possibly that nasty flavor in virtually every candy bag. That’s completely understandable.¬†I, personally, think of all four at the same time which I think is actually virtually impossible so I probably don’t do that. Anywho, I had many run-ins with lemon¬†water before I decided to make it apart of my morning ritual. As¬†someone who is constantly looking for ways to better herself, I asked my sister for an easy, natural way to balance my pH, which has been known to¬†throw your body out of whack when off balance (Side effects include: acne, body odor, dry skin, unhappiness, etc etc). She¬†sighed, and reluctantly told me to try fresh lemon tea, then asked me why I didn’t look it up my self.¬†I ignored the last part, and asked her to tell me how to make it. I drank it¬†everyday for¬†about a week, until I¬†forgot. Then tried it again months later as part of a diet we were trying, and stopped¬†(the diet and the regular drinking of lemon water) as soon as I had a craving for turkey burgers.¬†¬†One brisk morning, after realizing that we were out of apple-cinnamon tea, I decided to try it again and have since stuck with it.

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As a part of my morning ritual, I drink 10 oz of warm lemon water. But before I get into how it’s down here are some of the benefits of drink fresh lemon tea–

Interesting Facts, Tips, and Benefits:

  • the d-limonene found in lemons is being used to dissolve gallstones associated with cancer. In other words, it has promising anticancer properties.
  • Fresh lemon juice aids in digestion and¬† relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn.
  • The pectin fiber helps fight hunger craving and aids¬†with weight loss.
  • reduces inflammation much like the turmeric mask but all over your body and joints.
  • antiseptic properties freshen breath
  • It helps to fight and prevent viral infections and colds. Though you can drink cold, drinking warm heightens the enzymes and helps calm sore throats.
  • the enzymes make you happier and the lemon water can (and should) be used in replace of coffee in the morning.

Directions:

It is incredibly easy to make, but it varies depending on your weight. Because I am under 150 pounds, I am supposed to drink somewhere between 8 and 12 oz of water, so I drink 10.

Boil one cup of water, and squeeze a half a lemon into your cup. That’s it. Do not drink boiling and burn your tongue, because that won’t help any, and you can always juice the lemon using an electric¬†juicer, but just make sure it is one ounce,¬†for¬†150 lbs and under and that it is fresh no matter your weight.¬†You can¬†ignore any seeds you may get, but stomach the pulp if you can, it contains many health benefits. If it is over 12 oz, drink over the course of a couple of hours because your body can only metabolize 12 oz of water at a time.

PDF coverI made a PDF that includes more benefits, tips, a how to guide on how to drink it depending on your weight, and facts about lemons and how much they help your body. It’s not long, only 5 pages–well, 4 if you don’t include the Resources, and 3 if you don’t include the cover. But how fun would that be? Not very. Until next time. Sage Out.

If you have any other questions, you can ask in the comment section, but you can also find most answers in the free pdf. Your Welcome.

Click Here for the free PDF:

15 Sweet Facts About Lemons and Lemon Water

*Side Note: Today was supposed to be a Fitness Friday, but due to the lack of sun this morning I was unable to take the pictures that I wanted to. But there should be a fitness post, next week. See you then ^-^*

Wandering Wednesdays: Being Shameless at Target and Costco at Night

Welcome the new segment of sagedandconfused that I like to call “Wandering Wednesdays” in which I “wander” and post about my findings and experiences. This gives me a chance to post something new every Wednesday, which is pretty flipping exciting if I do say so myself. Today, I went to Target and Costco at night which is fitting seeing how the freaks come out at night anyways. I didn’t see any, but it would’ve been really cool if I would’ve.

SAM_3983Normally I hate going grocery shopping. It’s long, boring, and when I get home, we have to clean out the fridge and make room for the new food. Then wash all of the empty dishes and containers, which is straining and time consuming. Not only that, but it’s been cold recently and it gets dark a lot sooner than it does in the spring and summer months. But there is something about going out at night, that makes it more exciting.

(And look, a comet! I’m kidding. I’m not an idiot. I know that is not a comet. Obviously that is the UFO from the first season of the X-Files.)

SAM_3996You get to see the people that keep the same time as you do (though, when this picture was taken it was only just before 5 p.m. PST), the employees are grumpy because they have been working since early in the morning and don’t want to bother with helping you grab the bread because you’re only 5’5″, and you get to forget what you had actually came there to get because its late and you are really only looking to get back¬†home and watch TV¬† then go to sleep. Costco, was actually a lot emptier than it usually is,¬†which only reminded me that I was in a warehouse full of bulk options and substantial sizes of things you don’t need that much of, like cotton balls (Daria, anyone?). Target, on the other hand…
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…was full of unnecessary things I needed. Whenever I go to Target I break away from the pack to go look at the new t-shirts they got in. I have a mild obsession with graphic t-shirts, tank tops, sweaters, boy shorts¬†and caps. Really anything with¬†big words on it.¬†My real love is graphic t-shirts in the men’s department¬† because they had all of the funniest sayings and quotes but is seems as though the “Young Woman” section is stepping it up, because it was the hardest thing for me to put these sweaters back down.

Also, because I have a love for most things comic book (including DC Comics), I recently started watching “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and all I have to say is “Did you hear about Ward? That’s messed up right?!” Totally blew my mind in a really angry “WHY THE H#LL DID THAT HAPPEN?!” sort of way. I felt (feel) betrayed. The only thing I can do is remember how absolutely amazing the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer looks, and fangirl over that. Having James Spader in it was what sold it for me, and I more than looking forward to him being a villain. I already know he is going to rock at it. With it being released in my birth month is also a plus.

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SAM_4032 I don’t usually go for the sunglasses, but when I do…

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SAM_4038I’m also not much of a purse girl, but today I felt unwittingly compelled to indulge in my inner girl and grab all the bags I could get my hands on.
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SAM_4043 Then I have a nice talk with some wallets, and wonder shortly why my assistant wasn’t talking back.

SAM_4046 What is the first thing you go for when you visit Target? And how annoyed were you with Ward’s change in character, if you watch Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Do you hail hydra? Or are you a sheild? Join me Friday, as I go over some basic yoga moves for “Fitness Fridays”. Until next time. Sage Out.

HOW TO: Indian Turmeric and Greek Yogurt Face Mask

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So I was having a bad face day. You know, one of those days when your skin is extra dry, and you look at least 50 years older than you actually are? Where it feels like no matter how much lotion you put on you are still dry? Yeah, one of those days.

I’m sure there is a logical reason for this. Like, a monster came and sucked the moisture out of my skin while I was sleeping or I am in some freak re-run episode of Grimm and a spinnetod wesen has desiccated the skin on my face.¬†It could also be because it has gotten colder, and we have been keeping the heater on longer than usual so it has dried out¬†my skin. Or the fact that I live in the middle of the desert so it is naturally dry here. It’s all plausible, but I am going for the re-run Grimm episode.

Anywho,¬†before this dry skin debacle,¬†my sister and I had looked up a new, healthy, natural face mask that we could use on our skin when we got the chance. Though we had heard about it before, we decided to look up a yogurt and turmeric face mask after watching an episode of The Mysteries of Laura where Meredith Bose mentions what she uses on her skin to make it look like that of a pre-pubescent boy (man, I watch a lot of TV).¬†Her skin regimen includes a yogurt and turmeric mask. And because of my bad skin day I decided to use a similar mask. It consists of Greek yogurt, honey, and turmeric. Despite the obvious, here’s why you should use it:

The Benefits:

  • Turmeric has natural anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.¬† These properties, help soothe¬† and promote healing in acne-prone skin. They also reduce redness and inflammation¬†characterized by eczema, which two of my sisters actually had when they were younger.
  • Women in India and other parts of Asia use the combination of honey, yogurt, and turmeric¬†to promote skin rejuvenation and soften the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
  • Regular use also may reduce¬†the redness and small pimples associated with rosacea.

Now for that good-good

Warning: For fairer skin tones, this may temporarily dye your skin.This appears as more of a glow than anything and lasts only a few days.

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Directions:

Rinse face with luke warm water and pat dry. Mix together a spoonful of yogurt (enough for a single use, first try), a teaspoon of organic honey, and around a tablespoon or¬†two¬†of turmeric to the point that it is¬†a bright yellow. While face is still slightly damp (not dripping) use your clean finger tips to slather the yogurt mixture onto your face and neck. Try to avoid your hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows (unlike me)– If done too many times it will dye those as well. Keep on for 20-30 minutes. It will tingle slightly and it will smell strongly of turmeric, but in the end, you hardly notice and the time passes by quicker than you’d think.

After that, you rinse your face and neck, pat¬†them dry and apply your favorite moisturizer. That’s it. That alone restored my faith in my skin.

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I have started doing this a couple of times a month and have thoroughly enjoyed it. But remember, it does stain your skin slightly (more so the lighter your skin), but more in a slight glow than anything. There was a stronger glow my second time around so it appeared as though I was sun-kissed. If you try it, tell me how it went. Until next time. Sage Out.

13 Different Ways to Say ‘Happy New Year!’ in English

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A couple of days ago I made a list of Happy New Years in 15 different languages. I have now made a list of 13 different ways to say happy new year in English. So, consider this a part 2 to the first list and my last hoorah for 2014.

  • Happy New Year! (tried and true)

  • Great¬†New Year! (totally belittles the norm)

  • Have a prosperous new year!

  • I hope your New Year is not bad! (they won‚Äôt know what to think about this)

  • I hope 2015 is your best year yet!

  • Have a happy, healthy, successful new year! (if you‚Äôre feeling extra generous)

  • I hope you get all you deserve this new year! (for the person you don‚Äôt really like)

  • I hope you really like your new year!

  • May next year be better than your last! (Like… last year or my last year? Really think about that.)

  • Congratulations on making it to 2015! (wait, what?)

  • Live long and prosper this new year. (for the trekkie)

  • May the force be with you this new year.¬† (for the star wars fan)

  • May 2015 be newer than 2014! (because nothing is worse than an old new year)

There are only 13 because I couldn’t think of 15. If you guys can think of anymore, put them in the comment section below. Remember, guys: “Don’t take life so seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyways.” Your New Year will be great because I said so. Sage Out.

HOW TO: Say ‘Happy New Year!’ in 15 Different Languages Other Than English

2014 is ending and the New Year is coming quickly now that Christmas is over. For me, this year has been full of discoveries and realizations.¬†I would go into that but I don’t really remember all of the discoveries and/or realizations. But I will say,¬†it has been slow and fast, easy and hard, happy and sad–¬†truly a¬†big ball of contradictions, but I am glad I went through it so that I will not have to go through it ever again. Ever.

Now, I know that not all countries and religions celebrate the New Year on January 1st. What I am not sure about is whether all countries and/or religions even celebrate the new year. But, I have, regardless, procured a list of happy new years in 15 different languages other than English.

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