Back to school

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tomorrow my life is about to get even more crazy. 18 hrs of classes on top of all the other craziness I have going on. Of course I had to create a cute little binder cover for each subject. So I decided I would share it with you all. Find me on Instagram @itsmypurelife and share pictures of your binder. I hope you all have a great fall semester!

I used Archistico  font from You can find all kinds of cool free font on this site so go check it out. Click on the images and save, open up in word and type in your subject!


Faux Cucumber Sushi

Friday, August 16, 2013

What fake sushi.... YEP! I really am not a fan of sushi at all, really the only time I eat it is when I visit one of my best friends in Arkansas. So this recipe was a throw together because I had cucumber that I really needed to use so this is what I came up with. Very yummy, light, and full of flavor. I will give your directions on how to make each separately. LETS DO THIS. 

What you will need: 
- 1 cup quinoa 
- 1 cucumber (try to get one the same size all the way though)
- 1 avocado 
- 1 can of tuna 
- red pepper flakes 
- chili powered 
- salt and pepper

Make the quinoa as directed on the box. While that is cooling place avocado in a med bow and smash, after it is fully smashed add the can of tuna,  dash of red pepper flakes, and chili power (set aside). Cut your cucumber in half use the largest side and start to scoop out the middle where the seeds are. I just used a butter knife and scrapped them out. With the other half start to peel on one side till you have enough at least 5 strips, cut in half.  

(you can use a mandolin or a hand peeler which is what I used) 

Small Roll) Once the quinoa is finished and cooled spread think layer on cookie sheet or cutting board. Roll avocado and tuna mixture into little balls and roll continuous on one side, you want to try and leave the two ends free of quinoa. Place roll in cucumber slices, this part is kind of tricky you have to be gentle but still get the cucumber wrapped tight. Continue till you have no mixture left. 

Large Roll) Once the quinoa is finished and cooled mix about half a cup into the avocado tuna mixture.  Then start stuffing the hallowed out cucumber. You will want to make sure it is packed in there pretty tight. Then slice and enjoy. 



Sweet potato nachos

Monday, August 12, 2013

I saw a pictures that someone had posted to Instagram, whoever you are I am sorry I tried to find the image again to give you credit and could not find it. Since I couldn't find the images with the recipe I just dove right in and tried to create something similar.

This is probably one of my favorite meals to date, it is so yummy and full of flavor. By the time you get done reading this post your mouth will be watering I am telling you :)

What you need:

- 1 med sweet potato
- Olive oil 
- salt/pepper
- half an onion chopped
- 1 tbs minced garlic
- 1 whole jalapeno minced
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 1 can of black beans (half the juice drained)
- 1 package of ground turkey 
- 1 package taco seasoning 
- Lawry's seasoning salt
- Garlic salt

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Cut sweet potato into half inch slices, toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper till they are well coated. Place on lined cookie sheet or stone and place in the over. Watch carefully and tune as needed till they are brown and crispy. 

In a skillet combined garlic, onion, and jalapeno let sweat down till they become translucent. Then add the can of black beans place on low heat and let simmer for about 5 min, set aside. 

Cook ground turkey in a skillet and add half a package of taco seasoning, Lawry's seasoning salt, and garlic salt before the meat is fully cooked.

Top ground turkey with bean mixture and surround with sweet potatoes. Top with Greek yogurt and salsa. ENJOY


Strawberry shortcake protein shake

Friday, August 9, 2013

If you guys spend as much time in the fruit and vegetable section as I do you will notice they have a lovely display of EVERYTHING you would possible need to make strawberry shortcake.  In my urger to resist purchasing the pure sugar filled cakes I decided to make a protein shake vision.

This recipe is super duper easy all you need is:

-1 scoop vinilla whey
- 8 oz almond milk
- 6 large strawberries
- 1 tsp sugar free/fat free vanilla pudding

Place it all in the blender and boom you have a yummy healthy alternatives to strawberry shortcake.


I'm human, believe it or not.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

When I started out on this fitness journey 2.5 months ago I never realized the impact it would have on me as a person and my view of others.  Starting this blog a month or so before my journey began my intention was to use it to keep me motivated and accountable throughout. In doing so I found that posting to social media in general had kept me motivated and staving to reach my goal with an even bigger passion than I intended. Thus leading me to the point of this blog post, I am human I make mistakes, I fall, I post like a mad women to facebook, and I love taking pictures of myself. SO WHAT!

My Facebook and Instagram post are annoying, pointless, and conceded.

I have started on this journey for myself no one else. Like I said before though this journey I have realized how my point of view of others has changed. We all know that we care what we look like but I didn't realize just how much others care what you look like. I feel like as teenagers we grow up with this judgmental point of view, from what brand of cloths peoples are wearing to how much they weigh. NEWS FLASH it doesn't go away when you "grow up" everyday you are judging someone weather it be intentional or not. My post are a simple motivation to keep myself on track and document my progress, if I can motivate myself and maybe motivate just one other person it is worth it.  So please do what you need to do to motivate yourself, those who don't like it will ignore it and those who care will help to empower you along the way. I j challenge you that next time you look at someone or their social media post and think the slightest though it in your head about them remember you don't know their story. Life is full of insecurities don't feed them. 

I act like I am perfect. 

Woah, this makes me laugh. If you know me at all you know I am so far from perfect it is unreal! I feel that some people think that with my post I am trying to make people thing I am this crazy healthy nut who eats only healthy things and wants to be super skinny. WRONG for starters just in the last 24 hrs I have eaten Reese's peanut butter cups and a grande Carmel macchiato. If you want to take the time to look up the amount of sugar and calories in two things you will find that I am not perfect. I have cheat days (usually Sunday) and some days when I just totally abandon what I am working toward. Sure some days I am like "damn I really should of eaten that" and others I think "I am working my ass off I can have a candy bar if I want it". We all have these little things that we fight with any journey SUGAR happens to be mine. So if you see me in the store stocking up on fruit this is my way of trying to defuse my crazy chocolate or sugar carvings. I do not want to be perceived as perfect, I want people to know that being healthy is a journey a lot of people start down and ultimately fail. If we open up and accept each other we can all be imperfect and reach our goals together. 

BOOM the proof and I enjoyed every last bit and drink too!
(Comment below tell me what your favorite cheat snack or meal is)

To those of you working toward a goal.

No matter what the goal is don't let others judgments or self thoughts set you back. I saw a quote the other day that was so perfect. "Your setback is a platform for your comeback" so if you have a small or big setback in your goal just keep going. Unless you give up there isn't any goal that is out of reach. 

I may not get to my fitness or even my business goal in the time frame I wanted who knows I may never get there (yeah I said it), but I can tell you one thing it is that I am going to continue to do it for me and kicked ass the whole way. 



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