Good Tasting Green Smoothies

I’ve been wanting to give green smoothies a try for a while now but they look kinda of gross to me. They’re green…it just doesn’t look appealing to me. But, I decided to suck it up and try one. I found three recipes that I like a lot! They taste fruity but they have vegetables in them! I do not like vegetables at all so drinking a fruity smoothie while getting my daily does of vegetables in was awesome! Here are a few smoothies I found and loved!

 

De-Bloating Smoothie

1 banana

1 cup strawberries

1 cup pineapple

1 cups spinach

1 cup coconut milk

Breakfast Smoothie

1 cup water

1 tbs. flaxseed

1 banana

1 cup raspberries

1/4 cup spinach

1 tbs. almond butter

2 tbs. lemon juice

Mango Green Smoothie

3 cups  kale or spinach

1 cup light plain soy milk

6 prunes

1 cup frozen mangos

2 cups frozen strawberries

1-2 tbs. flaxseed

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Zeta Tau Alpha: What Zeta Tau Alpha Is About…

of love & roses

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to laugh with.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone you can rely on.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to hold on to.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to share your tears.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to celebrate with.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to volunteer with.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to make you smile.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to make memories with.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to call a family.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to bond with.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to grow up with.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about having someone to be there for you not only through the best of times, but also through the worst of times as well.

Zeta Tau Alpha is about…

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Homemade Natural Toothpaste

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon baking soda

5 drops of essential peppermint oil

1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (optional)

Put baking soda in a bowl, add the other ingredients and mix until you achieve a proper paste texture. Add a small amount of baking soda if it’s runny; add more coconut oil if it’s too dry. Taste, and add more essential oil if you want a more flavorful paste. Store in an opaque container (required to protect the hydrogen peroxide) and use as usual.

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2014 Reading List

  1. Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
  2. The Beautiful and Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. Les Miserables- Victor Hugo
  4. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
  5. Sense and Sensibility- Jane Austin
  6. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austin
  7. The Help- Kathryn Stockett
  8. The Glass Castle- Jeanette Walls
  9. Breakfast at Tiffany’s- Truman Capote
  10. The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. Nice is just a place in France
  12. Girls in White Dresses- Jennifer Cole

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Benefits of Omega 3 Fish Oil

Not everyone out there enjoys the taste of fish…but even those who do, still don’t eat enough to get the proven health benefits from consuming omega’s. Fish oil supplementation can obtain you some awesome health benefits while managing your weight & metabolizing foods better.

The reason why fish oils are good for you are the omegas EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) & DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which are known to help reduce inflammation in the body along with many other health benefits such as;

1. Protect against osteoporosis

2. Protect against heart disease

3. Protect against breast cancer

4. Reduce PMS symptoms

5. Enhance beauty of skin and hair

6. Relieve depression

7. Weight control

8. Promotes healthy joints

9. Reduces inflammation

10. Reduces signs of aging

You see there are tons of excellent health benefits that come along with fish oils & I bet I’ve even missed a few. I’m all about fish oils for increasing energy, moods, of course for healthy skin, hair & nails…and who wouldn’t want to take fish oils to help prevent aging. Forget fighting wrinkles with cream, start from the inside in. Help your bod out a little by providing your body with high quality fish oils and I promise you will feel the difference.

10 Reasons Why Pittsburgh Is The Greatest City

1. The Sports Teams

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2. Beautiful Skyline

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3. They have their own language

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4. Their signature sandwich has fries on it

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5. A lot of movies have been filmed their

6. Cost of living is low

7. So many bridges and rivers

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8. Movies such as Perks of Being a Wallflower, Jack Reacher and Batman have been filmed their

9. The Carnegie Museum of Art  ,Andy Warhol Museum , Mattress Factor, Heinz Hall, Benedum Center, Cathedral of Learning etc.

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10. Kennywood Park

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5 Life Lessons from Harry Potter

I have read all of the Harry Potter books many times since they were published. After reading them and watching the movies I came to realize the important lessons that were weaved into the storyline. J.K. Rowling did (as Ron Weasley would say) bloody brilliant job at creating this amazing story and giving good life advice.

1. With the support of friends, anything is possible.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione complete each other. Each is very brave, but the talents that make them successful are unique. Without Hermione’s brilliance or Ron’s creativity and support, Harry would not have been nearly as successful in his endeavors. Through the hardest of times, they were always there for each other, and even when they had their fights, they always found their way back home.

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2. Never judge a book by its cover.
Snape is one of the best examples of a character with the ultimate plot twist. Although it is known throughout the series that Dumbledore trusts him, I personally developed a strong hatred for Snape throughout the series because I felt that he betrayed Harry. However, in the end, he redeemed himself by proving that he was always protecting Harry. Despite his greasy hair and obnoxious manner, Snape is a hero. Harry even names one of his children after him. It can be hard not to make judgments, but sometimes, people may surprise you.

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3. It is great to be smart, but sometimes, that isn’t the most important thing.
As Hermione says in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, “Books! And cleverness! There are more important things — friendship and bravery.” As Hermione pointed out, sometimes knowing the right answer is not enough. Although Harry never would have been nearly as successful without the expertise of Hermione, it is his bravery that makes him able to fight for what he believes in. In terms of real, non-magical, high school life, a high value is placed on intellectual ability and getting into college. Although this is important, other personality traits can be equally as vital, if not more crucial, than being on the honor roll.

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4. You control your future through the choices that you make.
Sometimes it may seem that everything is out of your hands. However, with the right mindset, you can control fate. Although the sorting hat typically decides what house each Hogwarts student is placed in, Harry sways it with his own two cents. For teenagers, everything seems to be controlled by pressure from parents, teachers, and friends. It may seem like everything is out of your control, your thoughts, and ultimately, your actions, can change what may seem like a predetermined fate.

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5. Love is the most powerful weapon you can have.
Love was Harry’s savior many times throughout the book. His mother’s love protected him until he moves away from home (and, spoiler alert: it is why Voldemort was unable to kill Harry way back in the Sorcerer’s Stone). When he moves away from his aunt and uncle’s house, Harry comes to the realization that the power he held over Voldemort was not in who was a better wizard. What gave Harry so much power was the fact that Voldemort will never know love. Harry’s love for his friends allowed him to put them before himself when making the ultimate sacrifice. Knowing that there are people out there that love you and loving others provides the support and motivation necessary to make it through hard times.

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Happy Veterans Day!

ART BY LAC

Thank you to all those who have served and are currently serving from the bottom of my heart!

Veterans Day Graphic by Lauren Ashe Carlisle

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Tervis Tumblers

My uncle, who works at Tervis Tumblers in Florida sent my family these water bottles! I think they are adorable! Of course I got the one that says DIVA, no surprise there. And of course there are the Steeler tumblers because my family is made up of huge steeler fans!

You can find all kinds of designs on their website or even customize your own  tumbler!

Check them out at http://www.tervis.com

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