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Study Party!

Hi lovies!! I hope your day has been great so far:)

Your comments on my last post were so sweet, thanks for being the best bloggy buddies! I can’t wait to go to more meetups and share the amazing raw love with you guys:)

(by the way, if you haven’t tried Cookie Dough in a Bowl, you have not lived. Just saying)

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You’re probably wondering about this party a la studyudying that I’m talking about.

Having just finished my last midterms and finals of senior year, I thought I should share some super-handy study tips I’ve learned over the years so you can throw your OWN study party…with your textbook!

All taking vodka eyeball shots can now leave the blog, please and thank you.

No, really.

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Whaddafuh? Sorry, but that doesn’t look like that much fun. Painful is more like it.

Anywho, grab your textbook, snackage, and here we go!

Chef Katelyn’s Study Tips:

  1. Organize your study space.

    I know that when I see clutter, my brain is cluttered. I can’t focus for the life of me if there’s a stack of laundry sitting on my desk (or on the floor..cough). Make the space yours and fit for focus (how’s that for alliteration?).


    Turn off your computer monitor, put the magazines away, and throw away that plate that is now covered in pretzel crumbs. Which brings me to number two!

  2. Get some serious snackage.

    I’m talking crunchy, delicious, and munchable. When it comes time for me to study, I can’t focus much since it involves sitting still, which is no bueno for a girl with boundless energy. My favorites are carrots/crudités with hummus, pretzels or an apple with almond butter, or just anything crunchitizing. It keeps me awake, keeps my mouth busy, and keeps my tummy happy! Over the past week, I’ve been enjoying loads of hummus with raisins and Cookie Dough Bowls🙂


    I also like to sip on a green smoothie every now and then. It’s a giant boost of energy (GREEN!), and is the perfect vehicle for my favorite protein powder, almond butter, or some fruit all of the fruit in my house. (Beeteedubs, I’ll be doing a how-to post on Green Smoothies in the near future! Many of you are wondering how to make one, and make one taste GOOD. Never fear, CK is here!)

  3. Exercise!

    Not just for your booty, but for your happiness and general sanity. I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, and I get SUPER stressed out about tests (probably more than I should). A girl’s gotta let that stressful energy out somewhere! Enter the Dreadmill. Or circuit training. Or ellipticizing, or whatever it is that you do to GET YOUR SWEAT ON:) Plus, exercise is clinically proven to boost energy and ability to focus, so go and Just Do It!

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    Orange you glad we don’t dress like this any more? If you do, I’m very sorry to disappoint you, but it looks like you’re wearing your underpants on top of your body suit. Just sayin’.

  4. Skip the caffeine.

    Yeah yeah yeah, I hear your groans. I used to be a java queen, drinking coffee like it was my J-O-B back in the seventh grade (I kid you not). I could not function without my daily cup of brown stuff or else I would be a terrifying monster. Centuries later, the only caffeine I get in my diet is from chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. So instead of the $5 espresso, why not double-fist some delicious holiday tea? Or even better, Yogi Tea’s Gingko Clarity.

    I sip this non-stop when I’m studying! It’s specially formulated to enhance your memory and help you focus (score!) and tastes REALLY good (double score!).

    But, if you REALLY can’t go without caffeine and turn into a shuddery wingnut, try some Yerba Mate on for size. The caffeine won’t send you on a spin/crash cycle; instead, it contains antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, and B vitamins, as well as fatty acids, chlorophyll, flavanols, and polyphenols (the reasons why red wine, chocolate, and berries are so fantabulous for you!). It is said that Yerba Mate contains "practically all of the vitamins necessary to sustain life" (you can read more on Yerba Mate here). You can hardly say as much for coffee, which in fact is highly acidic and causes cortisol levels to rise, decreasing your body’s ability to burn fat or gain muscle. Yowza!

    Even better, munch on some chocolate. It’s a gift from God, so eat it and don’t feel guilty at ALL because you are a butt-whoopin study fiend!

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  5. Keep it interesting.

    Change locations every hour, and your brain will process the information better. A change in environment can enhance your brain’s alertness, allowing the information you read to be remembered more efficiently when it is associated with different memories in your brain.

    To step it up a notch, switch subjects every hour. This is mainly for the reasons above, but also because it’s boring to study the same subject for hours on end. You’ll get more done (and enjoy it more!) if you have variety.

    Now that you’re keeping variety, take a break for a few minutes every 20 minutes to a half hour. Your brain needs breaks in order to stay alert! No wonder you’re falling asleep on your textbook;) Stretch, do some jumping jacks, grab a snack, go to the bathroom, whatever. Just get off your toosh!

  6. Determine what is most important.

    Dedicate yourself to what you know is going to be tested, especially parts that you don’t understand. Skim the rest, and you’ll be fine. Short on time? Use a review book or write down the most important sections, and study only that. I’ve found the Princeton Review and 5 Steps to a 5 books especially helpful!

  7. Don’t cram!

    Do NOT cram and end up in a jam (that rhymes:)). Instead, space your studying out for a few days, a week, or two weeks ahead of time. It sounds like it takes a ton of work, but it’s really not. You’ll thank yourself when you aren’t freaking out the night before!

  8. SLEEP.

    In all truthfulness, the most useful and important tip of all. Set a “cut-off” time for yourself, and make sure you close the books at that time and get to bed. You’ll want to stay up late and read those last few chapters of notes, but when it comes down to it, none of that is going to matter if you’re tired while you’re studying or falling asleep on your test the next day. Your reasoning skills will be way sharper with a good night’s rest! Plus, you’ll probably be a lot more cheerful:)

  9. Rewrite your notes.

    Make flashcards, redraw drawings, or simply copy over your notes. Writing or drawing it over again will help to cement it in your memory. Plus, flash cards are great for quick reference and quizzing yourself! Hollaa

 

So now that you’re a pro at studying, let’s study party it up! Who’s bringing the cookies?

To read study tips from the experts, you can check out:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Gab at UneVieSaine!! She just turned 21 aka real party, not one with textbooks. And her blog is awesome, so go wish her happy birthday! All of us at CK are sending you love and giant margarita glasses:)

So, tell me…

What are your favorite study tips?

Uh, duh. Scroll up please.

What are the best ways you’ve found to stay focused?

Chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. And Dreadmilling!

Will you send me a new loofah? Mine broke:(

Seriously, this is a problem. How am I supposed to suds up with this?!

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Sorry, body wash. I’ll be seeing bar soap for a little while.

(p.s. If you see me and I smell less than delectable, blame the loofah, not me.)

On the agenda for tonight?

  • Dinner
  • Catch up on blogs
  • Going to SLEEP!

I have been getting hardly any sleep because of exams, and yesterday I took a napsky that ended up being more like a hibernation. I take my naps seriously, people!

Have a good night, and see you tomorrow for Indulgence Friday! I’m already planning a scrumdiddlyumptious brekkie, stay tuned!

xoxox,

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Three Things

Good morning bloggie babes! Thank you for all of the sweet comments on my last post, I love you guys like you wouldn’t believe:) If you haven’t had a chance to look yet, I highly recommend it. The discussion going on in the comments is highly uplifting, you all are so beautiful!

This morning’s post is a tribute to my girl Janae who requested that everyone do a tangent of three random/awkward/weird things about themselves on their blogs.

Here we go!

  1. I eat straight hummus and raisins mixed together. A LOT. (I make my own hummus because I can’t stand the saltiness of packaged business, you could never eat a whole cup of that stuff straight, now could you?)
    It tastes good, don’t knock it till you try it;)

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    Awesome

  2. When I listen to music on my own time, it’s always something slow and relaxing like Michael Buble, Norah Jones, you get the idea. I’m a bit of a sap. But when I work out, I listen to hard-core rap. When I run, don’t be surprised if you hear me singing about gettin’ Arab money.

  3. I drink tea. A LOT. I have a thermos that is SO cute that I carry around 24/7 with my collection of tea bags that goes on forever and ever (and a bag of Stevia that semi-looks like an illegal substance when I put it in my tea).

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That’s all for now loves! I have to head off to classSmile

Tell me three weird/awkward/random things about you!

xoxox,

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OIAJ & Time to De-Stress

This morning, I had Oats In a Jar.

And they were good.

Pre-stirrage

Post-stirrage goodness..nom nom nom 🙂

Into the pot went:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • melted banana mixed in 🙂

Into the jar went:

  • steaming oats
  • 2 tbsp. almond buttah from the jar
  • a handful of raisins
  • cinnamon (obv)

I can’t get enough of the banana-nut-butter oats combo. I’ve been having it every morning for the last week, and it has not once gotten old (way to have some variety, Katelyn!). It’s fine.

If you haven’t tried Katie’s melted banana trick, hon, you are missing out. Try it. Now. (not to be bossy or anything 😉 )

Nom nom nom 🙂 Currently getting banana oats cravings…

But, onto other things!

What time is it? It’s…

 

Time to De-Stress:

You know that feeling where there’s just so much to do, but somehow not enough time in the day to do it? Or that weighted-down feeling you carry around when you’re just stressed?

Hello, high school!

I’ve been feeling ultra stressed lately, so I’ve been looking for some ways to de-stress. Such as:

Tea 🙂

 

Yoga (especially Power Vinyasa! still have to try hot yoga)

 

 

(yes, I know it’s not a yoga picture, but it came up in my Bing search and it made me laugh! 😉 )

Hot chocolate 🙂 The reason for the season, lovies!

 

 

Runnin’ runnin 🙂 And spinning!

 

 

Eating peanut buttah noodles while catching up with friends..

 

 

…and more tea.

 

 

I am such a tea girl. I always have some tea in my favorite thermos! My favorites currently are Yogi teas and Tazo teas – especially their Refresh, Honeybush, and Vanilla Rooibos varieties. Keeps me nice and warm 🙂

 

And baking! Especially these Oatcakes:

Expect a recipe soon! They were to die for – reminiscent of my childhood and perfectly moist. They were delicious by themselves (I scarfed them down, notabigdeal), but I discovered they were even more out-of-this-world with some good pb and apple butter. Mmm 🙂

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite way to de-stress?

Time for me to sign off, y’all – readings on the U.S. economy are calling my name! Enjoy the rest of your evening, lovlies 🙂

xoxox,

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Busy Bee

Good morning lovlies! Hope everyone had a nice evening 🙂

I had a pretty relaxed one filled with leftover kabocha squash with azuki beans, savory quinoa, and roasted brussels sprouts, my favorite! (halve brussels, preheat to 350F, place cut-side down on EVOO’d baking sheet, drizzle with EVOO and sea salt, roast for 15 minutes) Mmm 🙂

This morning I woke up bright and early – at 6:15 am! – to check email, hydrate, and go for my run. At first I was kind of sluggy and not motivated, but then I turned on the Today show and started my workout. Since I’m training for a 5K (hopefully I’ll be able to do 5K by the race!), I did an endurance workout I saw online last night, but tailored it to make it a bit harder.

I did a 5 minute jogging warmup, stretching before and after, then repeats of 5 minutes running and 1 minute powerwalking, then a 5-minute walking cooldown. Total, I logged 30 minutes and 2.25 miles. Not bad! I felt good, so I’m going to keep up with the running/walking workouts and build up my endurance. Of course I stretched forever and then did my abs!

By the way, I do not have any fancy workout gear. I don’t like spending money on much other than a good pair of sneakers and running shorts, so this is my daily attire 🙂

Watch I got at Target in the 3rd grade. No joke

With a "new" band 🙂 2 dolla velcro!

My sneaks 🙂 Asics alll the way, baby!

The usual

On the Today show this morning, I was shocked by one of the stories – a girl named Phoebe Prince who had recently moved to a new town was being harassed by a group of kids in her high school, and couldn’t take it anymore, so she committed suicide. Sad, right? I felt awful for this girl, and couldn’t believe that kids could be so cruel. Normal emotions, right?

Well, a reporter came onto the show and talked about how a giant story had emerged that Phoebe had been a giant bully/harasser at her previous private school in Ireland, and had been on antidepressants for a long time, somehow making the harassment not as bad since she “already had problems”.

Now, where do people get off talking about a poor girl who just killed herself like that? Phoebe’s friends and family are probably completely distraught, and in all this madness, the people harassing her are looking for a way out with use of this story. It’s terrible.

What do you think of the way they’re handling this story?

I’m honestly pretty disgusted that people would try to compensate what they did by “victimizing the victim”. Read more about Phoebe’s story here.

Okay, enough with the sad. Onto happier things! 🙂 My brekkie this morning was so yummy, filled with 1/2 a grapefruit, oatmeal, and tons of berries since I love them so much 🙂

Of course, no morning is complete without some Yogi tea.

Time for me to go get ready for the day! I have a long list of things to do (yes, I make a list for myself every night before bed 🙂 )

Have a good day everyone!! Try not to be too busy 🙂

Question of the Day: What’s your morning routine like? How do you make it more efficient?

I look forward to hearing your tips 🙂

xoxox,

Katelyn

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