Lindi Belle:

:) Delicious!

Originally posted on Living Beautifully:

How many times have you either woken up late and had to forgo your breakfast or your morning was just so hectic, you didn’t have time to make it? I have a wonderful (and tasty) solution for you! Overnight oatmeal!

What you need:

  • Kerr jar or a Mason jar with lid
  • Measuring spoon (either 1/2 or 1/4 depending on how much you want)

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 or 1/4 cups of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 or 1/4 cups of 2% milk (you can substitute this for fat free or almond or soy milk. Just be sure that your amount of milk equals the amount of oats!)
  • A dash of ground cinnamon
  • A pinch of dried cranberries
  • A pinch of raisins
  • A pinch of slivered almonds
  • Either a drizzle of honey or a sweetener like Truvia

 

All You have to do is put everything into the jar the night before your busy…

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Mix and Match Your Wardrobe

Even though it may not seem like it, I absolutely LOVE fashion! I love getting new outfits and strutting around town in my awesome duds, so when I created a closet full of one hit wonders, I wasn’t surprised when I soon got tired of wearing the same old outfits again and again and again. And then I happened upon this amazing and inspiring blog! Not only does Audrey (the nifty author of Putting Me Together) post photos of astounding outfits that just make me squirm to go buy my own, but she also posts fabulous ideas on how to re-work your current closet, posts on travel tips, and just awesome fashion ideas in general!

After stalking her blog (okay, maybe not stalk, but heavily watching), I’ve begun to follow her  ideas starting with mixing and matching. And, wha-bam! I instantly had over 2x more outfit options! For example, let’s say you have the two outfits as seen below:

Two Simple Outfits

Cute, right? Now, just mix and match! And tada!

Two Simple Outfits

You now have 4 outfits instead of 2! (This may be no-brainer stuff to some of you, but for me and people like me who have closets full of one hit wonders, breaking out of the mindset that “this can only go with that” can be very difficult.)

I encourage you all to check out Putting Me Together! Audrey has done a wonderful job, and is extremely helpful to all–even those who are new at the re-working thing. I know she’s helped me a whole lot, and she doesn’t even know me! Check her out; you’ll absolutely love it!

I hope this post has been inspirational and informative! Thanks for reading!

~Love Lindi

Two Things for a Better Blog

Okay, since this week has been pretty slow at work, I was able to do some more research on successful blogs. Two things stood out to me that not many people think about: having a calendar of upcoming posts and the ability to email the author. I took the liberty in adding both of these to my own blog.

The calendar may seem like it’s just another add-on, but one way that bloggers can utilize this awesome thing  is by ‘living up’ to it. Think about it–if you broadcast that you are planning to post something, it gives you an incentive to actually do it. I set mine up by planning a year’s worth of posts (at least 2 a month) and putting them on my calendar. As I was making the calendar, I also added specialty posts around holidays and seasonal events. I may not have something to post every day, but now I’ll at least have 2 posts a month that you will know about (more if I add another post topic.)

How do you do this? It’s actually quite easy! You just have to create a Google Calendar, plan out your posts, and sync it to your blog (I found it the easiest to make a new page and put it there. The tutorial that I followed to do this is here). The calendar automatically updates whenever you add to remove something from it from the Google site, so you don’t have to worry about updating 2 calendars, and your readers will see the updates instantly. Right now, I have many holes in my calendar because I ran out of topic ideas, and this is where my other addition comes into play.

If you’ll look to the right, under the sign up bar, there is now a section that give you the option to email me. Once you click it, it pulls up an email automatically addressed to me so that you can request topics or give personal commentary. Like I said, confidentiality is extremely important to me, and I will not spam your email, and I will not give out your email address. The only thing that I will do is reply to you to: 1) accept your topic and tell you what day I will be posting about it, or 2) ask for clarification.

If you would like to have this option on your blog as well, all you have to do is (either on your About page or on the Text widget) use the HTML code as follows: <a href=”mailto:youremailhere.com”>email me</a> This particular code would pull up a blank email addressed to youremailhere.com after you click on the words ‘email me’. Simple enough, right? (If you just want to put it in a post like I did above, all you have to do is highlight the words you want people to click to email you [i.e. 'email me'], click the hyperlink button, and put your email address instead of a web address.) And, tada! You can now be emailed through your blog just like me!

Now you can have your own calendar and email option! I hope this post has been helpful to any (and all) bloggers out there! Thanks for reading!

~Love Lindi

 

 

A Few Things All at Once

First of all, happy belated 4th of July! I hope you all had wonderful times with friends, family, and fireworks!

Instead of shooting fireworks like we normally have done in the past, we decided to attempt to make glow in the dark bubbles by mixing the glowy stuff from glow in the dark bracelets with a bottle of bubbles. It didn’t work. The bottle was glowing a promising shade of green, but it wasn’t thick enough to make the thin walls of the bubbles glow. It was fun, though! Kind of like a science experiment that you’re afraid to release in case it’s toxic to the ground and might make perfect little circles of chemical death all over the yard. (Which it hasn’t…yet and probably won’t.)

Another thing that I’m tossing to you is that I’m making this post entirely on my iPhone using an app called BlogPress. I like it much better than the WordPress app because I can stick links into my post. With the WP one, I had to save it as a draft and then have to finish it on my computer at home. That was too bothersome! But not any more! The only thing that I don’t quite like, but will tolerate, is that you have to manually type the link. That’s fine with me, but if the links don’t work for a while, it’s because I’m having to figure out how it works. Here’s my first try: Information about the 4th of July. Update: It worked, so don’t worry about any links not working from here on out! :)

I hope you had a wonderful 4th! Thanks for reading!

~Love Lindi

A Dangerous Hidden Addiction You May Not Know You Have

Fact: The average person eats between 1/4 and 1/2 a pound of sugar a day–mostly without knowing.

It’s alarming, I know. I stumbled across this issue quite by accident. I was mousing over some news articles when one popped up claiming that doctors are arguing that sugar is bad. I’ll admit; I didn’t read the article, but I quickly googled the effects of sugar on the body and the benefits of limiting your sugar intake. That was three days ago. Since then, I’ve wandered through blogs and articles discussing this topic. Nearly every single one of them said the same thing:

Sugar is an addiction and should be considered as serious as drug and alcohol abuse.

Before you roll your eyes and exit out of this post, take this short quiz:

  • Have you ever used sugar as a reward for something?
  • Have you ever used sugar to change your mood (when you are sad, tired, or when you need a ‘boost’)?
  • Have you ever eaten sugar when you weren’t hungry/do you eat sugar when you’re not hungry?
  • Have you even had a bite of something sweet and felt compelled to finish the whole thing?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be addicted to sugar. Don’t be ashamed of this, though; I answered yes to all of them! I am a sugar addict, and I didn’t know until yesterday.

But, this is understandable considering that sugar is listed as a main ingredient in most of our foods–even the ones claiming to be healthy (No, seriously. Go look at your Special K brand cereals and snack bars–go look at the NatureValley brands; you’ll be amazed and alarmed.) Don’t even get me started on all of the sugary, fizzy drinks we are all addicted to (see what I did there?) But even though that the world as we know it is laced with sugar, and now that I’m aware of my problem (since sugar addiction is a really big problem that not many people are aware of), I’ve decided to take steps to correct it and prevent any long term side affects.

What long term side effects does sugar give you, you may ask? These:

  • Weight Gain. Most of the sugary stuff that we eat and drink are laced with ‘empty calories’ that build up over time (and more rapidly depending on how many empty calories you eat). This produces fat that can build up around your internal organs.
  • High Blood Pressure. Let’s face it; people with high blood pressure are always agitated and frustrated, and it’s extremely dangerous to your heart and arteries.
  • Higher Chance of Contracting Disease. I’m not talking about just diabetes but heart disease, stroke, and obesity–which is more dangerous than just weight gain. Obesity contributes to you becoming at rist for Type 2 diabetes and cancer. Didn’t know that, did you?

With these looming in my future if I continue to be addicted to sugar, I’ve begun to completely turn around my diet. After scanning blogs, support sites, and dietician websites, I’ve begun to figure out how to limit my sugar intake (and yours if you’re interested.) I’ve compiled my findings into a list:

  • PURGE. First of all, you need to get rid of all unnecessary sweets in your living area/work place/car (I used to have a stash in my center console.) It sounds heart-wrenching and emotionally painful, I know, but the results are worth it.
  • READ LABELS. Now that you’ve purged yourself of the temptations sitting in your space(s), try not to eat it when offered to you, and be sure you don’t accidentally eat it in your regular meals (remember the statistic at the beginning of the post?) All you have to do is read labels on everything that you buy. Just see where sugar falls in the ingredient list since the lists are made according to the amounts of ingredients from most to least. If sugar isn’t listed, look for honey, syrup, glucose, fructose, maltose, sorbitol, or corn syrup–just because it’s made from corn doesn’t mean that it’s good for you. If sugar (or other listed sweetness) is in the top 5, put it back on the shelf and hunt for something else. The sneakiest places that sugar is lurking are in snack foods (even ‘healthy’ ones) and drinks.
  • LAY OFF EXCESSIVE CARBS. Carbohydrates are chemical compositions in food that turn into sugar one you’ve eaten them. I mean stop eating chips just because they are there (since you may not have purged them when you were hunting for sugary things). Stick to a healthy diet (I don’t mean the term that people use now-a-days that limits what you eat. I mean a daily regimen of food that you should eat.)
  • EXERCISE! It burns off unneeded calories and the fat you may have gained eating empty calories in the past. It doesn’t even have to be hard–try your hand at yoga, or just go walking every other night (down the street, at the mall or supermarket–you name it!)
  • KEEP A POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE! Don’t tell yourself that you can’t have sugar. That only makes you want to have it more. And, don’t make a big deal when you do eat sugar. If you make a big deal about eating sugar (like a piece of cake at a party, etc.) you feel guilty and are prone to eat more sugar to feel better (remember the quiz?). All you have to do is be sure that you burn the calories that you ate by walking (or whatever your exercise is). No biggie.
  • EAT A PROPER DIET (THAT’S NOT LADEN WITH SUGAR). If you look at labels when you shop and refrain from indulging every time you get the chance, this shouldn’t be hard at all. Recommended serving sizes are as follows:
    Veggies–1 cup raw, 1/2 cup cooked
    Fruit–1 medium fruit (an apple, orange, etc.), 1/2 cup canned/chopped fruit. (if you get the canned, be sure that the fruit is in water and not sugary syrup.)
    Whole grains–1 slice of bread, 2/3 cups of cereal, 1/2 cup cooked pasta/cereal (like oatmeal), 1/2 cup cooked beans or lentils
    Dairy–1 cup of low fat/2% milk

Don’t worry; you aren’t alone in your endeavor to limit the sugar in your life. There are other people out there who are attempting to do the exact same thing as you (for example, here’s a blogger who even has a blog dedicated to her fight for a sugar-free life.)

If the thought of living live without sweetness discourages you to even try to live sugar-free, you can always use sugar substitues. But before you go out and buy the most convenient substitute, be sure you read up on the stuff. For example, know that Splenda has potential side effects. For more information specifically about Splenda, see this website. Here’s a quick site I found for the best (and healthiest) sugar substitues.

There are plenty of books and programs you can join that will help you limit your sugar intake. My particular favorite is the 30 Day Sugar-Free Challenge that was designed by a doctor to break the sugar addiction. There are two versions to this–one you can pay for, and one that is free (I use this one). It signs you up for daily, encouraging emails to help you with your journey. The only thing that I don’t agree with in this program is that the creator says to stay away from grains–even whole grains. Since eating whole grains is how I get most of my fiber, I eat my grains in moderation, but I follow everything else.

However, you should know that if you cut your sugar intake cold turkey (especially if you’ve been eating substantial amounts a day), you will have ‘flu like’ symptoms. I’m going through them right now, but they only last for a week or so. Don’t worry; you aren’t really sick. It’s just your body expelling the nasties you’ve begun to stop feeding your body. For more information, see the bottom part of this blog.

I really hope you don’t go into denial and refuse to admit that you are addicted to sugar (if you are, and you know it.) I hope this post has been informative and inspirational to you all. Thanks for reading!

~Love Lindi

It’s Official–I’ve Converted to Mac

Le gasp!!!!

That’s right! I’ve officially given up my beloved Windows for the streamlined perks of Mac (including, but not limited to iCloud and less chance of getting a virus). I will admit, though–the deciding factor on my conversion was the fact that I could put the formatting bar of Pages and Mac Word on the menu bar instead of having to put up with the annoying floating bubble that has everything smushed onto it.

Fear not; there is a point to this post. I know that I am not the only one to be drawn to the Mac side. But one thing that nearly made me turn up my nose and run back to the familiar Windows was that I could only open my documents through Mac Word–I cannot STAND Mac Word! It’s clunky and lacks an alphabetizing button! I wanted to open everything into Pages, but every time I tried, my computer said that I was not authorized to do so. (You should probably know that I have been using a computer that runs both Windows and Mac, but it IS a MacBook [a MacBook6 to be precise], so I can pull doc and pics, etc. from the Windows side to the Mac side–the only problem was that it wouldn’t let me change anything.)

What does anyone who needs an answer but doesn’t know the answer do? That’s right–I went to Google. Specifically, I went here, and it SOLVED EVERYTHING!!!

And, naturally, something ELSE had to go awry once I had begun to settle into the new way of Mac–my iTunes wouldn’t recognize any of the music that I had purchased on my iPhone! I downloaded all of the updates and system updates and restarted my computer. I went to purchased items, and it SHOWED the songs I had purchased, so I eventually stumbled upon the button that allowed me to download all of the songs to the iTunes. Excited that I had finally figured it out, I hit it, but when the bubble popped up for my password, it said Buy instead of download. I had already bought the songs! I wasn’t going to buy them all AGAIN. I was a giant ball of confusion and irritability until I removed my payment info from my account, saved it, reopened iTunes, and tried again. Everything downloaded smoothly, so as of right now, I have no beef with Mac–aside form being angry at iCal because it refuses to let me delete an event I accidentally created, but that’s not really something big.)

I’m excited that now, I can constantly write on my stories and work on different documents with iCloud seamlessly and painlessly. It’s almost like I don’t even need my 8G flash drive anymore! That’s fantastic! I’ll still be sure to keep a copy of my docs on the drive in case iCloud ever freaks out and deletes my stuff (which, hopefully, will never happen). I’m looking forward to getting my own copy of Lion instead of Snow Leopard and figuring out all of the cool things I can now do, but for now, I’m content.

The point of this post is to encourage all of you who have just been converted over and to those who are considering converting that, even if things seem strange and aggravating at first, keep pushing and keep trying–you’ll get the hang of it.

Thanks for reading!

~Love Lindi