Monday, July 16

DiSCOVER | Green Smoothies & Photo-A-Day

It's Summer...
and although I'm still up at 3:45 a.m. most days...
trying to slip in extra work hours before anyone wakes up...
I've still been able to sneak in some fun here and there with the kids.
(which is also the main reason for getting such an early start on my day).


I've also discovered a couple of new things I've chosen to implement into my daily schedule...
I thought you may be interested in them too...

THING ONE
Green Smoothies
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I've got some lifestyle goals for myself...
one of which includes continuing to incorporate more vegetables into my daily diet.
This green smoothie recipe is one of the best I've found, (thank you Grandma Kirkland)
and allows me to start my day off right.

RECIPE AND INSTRUCTIONS (Makes 2 servings)
5 cups spinach (or kale) 
2 medium bananas (frozen)
2  1/2 cups water
1/4 lemon (frozen)
agave nectar (to your liking)
1/2 cup frozen pineapple/mango pieces

Combine everything using a heavy-duty blender.

TIPS:
Purchase the following items in bulk from Costco/Sam's and then freeze in Gallon Size Ziploc Bags
Spinach (yes, you can freeze spinach. I didn't know that either).
Bananas (peeled and cut in half)
Lemons (quarter the lemons and freeze - seeds & rind included)
Pop the cut lemons in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes and then shake the bag so the lemons don't stick/freeze together.
Pineapple/Mango Frozen Fruit - already bagged *wink*


THING TWO
Photo-A-Day Challenge
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I have discovered "PHOTO-A-DAY" prompts created by Fat Mum Slim.
These are daily prompts to inspire you to photograph/document the everyday.
The list of prompts above is for the month of July.
(Today is July 16th so the prompt is "sign").

Taken straight from the Fat Mum Slim website
Here’s how to play:
1. Look at the list. What’s the prompt for the day? Let’s pretend it’s self portrait.
2. Take a photo of yourself, either in the mirror or some way else.
3. Upload your photo to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, your blog, Pinterest or where ever it is you want to share your photo. Use the hashtag #photoadayjuly so people can find your photos
4. Check out everyone else’s photos. Comment or like them!



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For me...
PHOTO-A-DAY was just what I needed to push me to document the everyday...
which has led me to REALLY look at the little things around me...
and photograph things I may have previously thought to be insignificant...
which in reality are the little details of my life that tell my story.

It's also inspired me creatively.
I've been having so much fun using the amazing apps available for
truly taking my "iPhoneology" to an entirely new level.

Here are a few examples from my Instagram feed...

Photo Prompt: Building

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Photo Prompt: Open
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Photo Prompt: Chair
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Photo Prompt: Fun
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Photo Prompt: Best Part of Your Day
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Photo Prompt: Busy
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Photo Prompt: Self Portrait
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Photo Prompt: Something Cute
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Photo Prompt: Drink
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Photo Prompt: Empty
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I LOVE looking back through my photos...
remembering the little moments.

If you are inspired to join the Photo-A-Day challenge - jump right in.
And don't stress if you miss a day. (or two...or three - don't sweat it...it's supposed to be fun - not a arduous task). *wink*

Otherwise, if you are just looking to make photo-taking more fun...
check out the list below:  


My favorite iPhone apps: (most are available for Android phones too).
Phonto FREE

I'll be sharing a simple tutorial this week to take you through the steps of my process.

Another FABULOUS TiP:
From my computer, I absolutely LOVE using Pinstagram for viewing my Instagram photos.
Pinstagram makes it super easy to
• follow others
• comment on photos
• "LOVE" photos
• Pin photos to "Pinterest"  (super cool)
• Post to Facebook
• Post to Twitter

I hope I've helped to get your week off to a great start!
If you've been inspired to join PHOTO-A-DAY...I'd love to know.

Looking forward to a fun week ahead!

KEEPiNG iT REAL
I've been packing J's lunches in the morning...
and sending him off with a green smoothie too.
He wasn't excited at first...
But after tasting the smoothie - he's not complaining. *wink*
Besides, it makes me feel good knowing I'm pumping him up with good vitamins.

2 comments:

Athienna July 17, 2012 at 8:30 AM  

Thanks for the app share!! I downloaded a couple and I already love them. I also love postalpix to print my photos and they are a great quality. I love hearing about new apps!!

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