Choosing Healthier Options

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Last week I shared how I get motivated to work out including fun fitness programs and sprucing up my gym wardrobe. Today, I’m going to share a few things I’ve been switching up in my daily meals for a healthier diet!

Kitchen Prep

I used to eat cereal for breakfast and a sandwich consisting of bread, turkey, cheese and mustard for lunch. Hello Ciera, where the heck are the fruits and veggies?! That was just no good and I’m determined to live a healthier lifestyle so I’m being proactive and changing what I eat! The cool thing about the meals I suggest below is that you start with the basics but customize them with different fruits and vegetables so that it doesn’t get boring!

 

Breakfast

Now I eat greek yogurt with fruit and granola. I stick to plain greek yogurt and use vanilla almond granola to sweeten it up some. My favorite fruits to add are pears, blueberries, strawberries and bananas.

Yogurt Blueberries Granola Coffee Breakfast

Lunch

Now I eat quinoa with veggies. I like to cook a bunch of quinoa at the beginning of the week and then switch up the ingredients each day. My favorite things to add are spinach, carrots, broccoli, red onions, garlic and garbonzo beans. I really just throw in whatever we have in the fridge. I just drizzle a little olive oil on top then I usually top it with avocado, salt and pepper.

Quinoa Carrot Spinach Veggie Bowl

Beverages

Now I swap regular high calorie soda with the TEN sodas product line. I know that water is always your best bet but I just can’t completely give up my occasional soda. The TEN sodas come in four flavors, 7-up, Sunkist, Canada Dry & A&W, and I found them at Walmart. They only have ten calories a serving but with the same full flavor of their regular counterparts! I also tried the 7-up with a splash of cranberry juice and it was really good!

Ten Calorie Soda Option

What do you like to eat for a healthier diet?

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Printstagram Contact Cards + A Giveaway

With getting sick, trying to enjoy Mardi Gras and entertaining our of town guests, I took a little unexpected blogging break, sorry about that! But I’m back today with an awesome giveaway! Y’all know I love finding uses for my Instagram photos right? Well I just discovered Printstagram and they have tons of cool products including calendars, t-shirts, buttons, mini books and contact cards, which is what I got! You can easily create unique business cards by using any of your Instagram photos. Add text to their templates or upload your own image for the back. I decided to keep it simple and use their template with my Instagram name on the back of my cards.

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Printstagram Calling Cards

Printstagram Calling Cards

Printstagram Calling Cards

Printstagram Calling Cards

So what about the giveaway, right? Well you guys have the chance to enter to win a set of contact cards for your self! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway open worldwide, winner will be chosen at random.

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Good luck!! Have any questions? Feel free to contact meIf you are in a reader click out to access the Rafflecopter entry form.Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly. received contact cards as compensation for this post however all opinions are my own.

Back To Basics

I’ve been working to clean out my closet and create a more streamlined and cohesive wardrobe. My wardrobe has been neglecting for too long now! My sister and I had a huge garage sale last weekend and set up a shop my closet account on Instagram to clear old stuff out of our closets. When doing this, I realized that I’m missing a lot of simple black basics that would really help to tie my other pieces together! My black jeans have faded, I have never owned a leather jacket even though I’ve always wanted one and I’m in desperate need of a little black dress! Here are a few basics that need to make it into my closet ASAP! Do you have any basic items that you can’t live without?

Black Wardrobe Basics

Leather Biker Jacket / Studded Leather Crossbody Purse / Oversized Cashmere Scart / Wayfarer Sunglasses / Box Pleat Leather Skirt / Ponti Ruched Dress / Black Skinny Jeans / Leather Kinsey Boots / Scoop Tee

This post was sponsored by Scoop NYC but all opinions are my own. Scoop NYC is now an Ultimate Closet Warehouse Sale where some items are up to 80% off!

Meet Rekita of Her & Nicole

Hey guys, I want to introduce y’all the lovely Rekita of Her & Nicole today! Rekita is graphic designer and has an awesome lifestyle blog! Learn more about Retika in our interview below and then go say hi on her BlogFacebook and Twitter!

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Sum yourself up into one sentence I am a mother of 3 (2 boys and a new girl), an Army wife, a stay-at-home mom, and a self-taught graphic and web designer.

Where were you born and where do you call home? I was born in Atlanta, Ga and home is at Fort Hood, Texas

What do you currently do for a living? Is it what you’ve always dreamed of doing? If not, what would you like to be doing? Right now I am a stay-at-home mom, but I dream of have a s successful graphic design business. It is my passion, I get so excited when I learn something new,  and I wake up wanting to try out new ideas.

How and when did you start designing? I started when i was a freshman in college (about 10 years ago) when designing my own blog.

Do you design as your “day job”? I really consider taking care of my kids a day job. It is when they are napping or sleeping at night when I get to have fun designing. 

What gets you excited? Designing someone’s blog or website. 

What’s your setup like? Do you have an office, work from home? Do you work alone or with a team? I work from home, although I wish I had an office at home.  (One day i will) 

Where do you go to find inspiration, and what are you inspired by? I am inspired by other designers, so  I go to their sites to se what they have done, and say to myself, “I can do that or will try that!”

If you could accomplish one BIG thing in your lifetime, what would it be? It would be to raise my kids to be respectful, loving and successful adults. That would be my greatest accomplishment before becoming a successful freelance web designer.

Sleep in or get up early? With 3 kid under the age of five, I can never sleep in.

Coffee or tea? Sweet Tea

Pet peeves? People who are so judgmental. 

Favorite color? Purple

Favorite food? Lasagna with a side salad

See currently loving sources here

Click Your Life iPhone Photo E-course Giveaway

I introduced you all to Kara a few months ago when she released her e-course, The M. Well, Classes Kara Made has launched a new amazing class that y’all have to know about! It’s called Click Your Life and it’s an online course for iPhone photography.

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The iPhone camera is the most used camera in the world. I use it every single day to document my life (and to post to Instagram!) and it has honestly replaced my DSLR for day-to-day documentation. The quality is really incredible and I’m happy to share all my secrets about how to make your photos even more fabulous. -Kara

Click Your Life is a basic guide for iPhone photography and includes eight lessons on lighting, general tips, tips for Instagram, and 5 lessons on great iPhone apps.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Once again Kara is nice enough to give two Ciera Design readers free enrollment into this e-course! Enter below using Rafflecopter.

And y’all, if you don’t win, or want to get started NOW, this class is super affordable for all of the information you’ll be getting! The introductory price of $8.50 is only for a limited time. The price will rise in early 2014 when additional content is added so sign up now! 

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5 Tips For Getting Your Holiday Cards Ready

Hello! I’m Sylvia the designer from {via}vacious Designs. I’m so happy to be guest posting today and sharing my passion for stationery with you! It’s that time of the year when your mailbox is overflowing with beautiful, colorful holiday cards. I want to share some of my top tips for getting your own holiday cards ready to be sent to your loved ones.

5 Tips For Getting Your Holiday Cards Ready

1. Order and send your holiday cards early

By getting them done early, you can focus on the other fun holiday festivities you have planned. Did you move recently? Sending your cards early also helps those on your holiday card list recognize you have a new home address.  

2. Proof for grammatical errors

We all have oversights during this busy season, even stationery designers, so be sure to thoroughly look at your proof to ensure everything is correct. One of the most common typographical errors I see during the holidays happens while signing cards. When signing your holiday card, there is no need to put an apostrophe in your name. So for example, when signing our card this year we’ll use The Stremmings not The Stremming’s. The apostrophe shows ownership, which is not the case when signing your card (correct example: Santa’s cookies).

3. Be candid

If you want a photo card, but didn’t have time to get any family photos taken this year, don’t worry! Your photo(s) doesn’t have to be professionally taken. The candid photos from throughout the year are many times the best and show personality.

4. Use your time wisely

If you write a personal message, have a goal to do a certain amount a night. Tackling your holiday cards this way will keep you from being too overwhelmed with your long list of friends and family members. You will also be able to get the rest of your holiday chores done, too!

5. Be efficient

Holiday cards don’t have to be expensive! There are many discounts available during the holiday season as well as shops where you can buy the digital file and print as many as you need. If money is tight for gifts, opt for a photo card—a picture says a thousand words.

I hope these tips help make your holidays a little less stressful so you can focus more on being with your family! To put these tips to use, I’m offering 20% off to Ciera Design blog readers with the coupon code CIERADESIGN20 good through Dec. 31, 2013. Happy Holidays! Find {via}vacious Designs on Etsy and on Facebook.

DO YOU HAVE ANY EXTRA TIPS? SHARE THEM IN THE COMMENTS!