Pumpkin Pie Smoothies.

Fall is finally here and I’ve finally gotten my life together a bit so I’m back FINALLY with a new post. If for some reason you don’t like pumpkin, you can absolutely switch it out for apples, figs, sweet potatoes, pears or whatever fruit or vegetable you’re into. I’ve included a mix of guilty drinks as well as some healthier options and it really just is about throwing it all into a blender and blending. ALSO if you don’t want something, you can easily substitute or disregard it so don’t worry too much about sticking to the recipes 100%.

Recipe #1 (serves 4)

  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin (chilled)
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporate milk (chilled)
  • 8 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Whipped cream, to taste (optional)

Recipe #2 (serves 2)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened soymilk or coconut milk beverage
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Ice cubes

 

Recipe #3 (serves 2)

  • 3/4 cup canned Pumpkin Pie Filling
  • 1/4 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup Soy Milk
  • 1/8 cup Applesauce
  • 1/2 Tbls. Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Recipe #4 (serves 2)

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 very ripe medium-sized banana
  • 3/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Ice

Recipe #5 (serves 1) 

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Blend the ingredients together and top with whatever toppings you want like whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, graham crackers, etc.

Hope you give these a try and if you do, tag me on Instagram @justbusydreaming for a shoutout ♥️

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Ways to stay more hydrated.

I don’t know about you, but it’s really hard for me to get even 8 cups of water a day. I have no idea how people just chug down bottles of water at a time without wanting to throw up. Since I know the struggle, here’s a few things I’ve used that have helped me stay hydrated.

  1. Buy a reusable water bottle
    • I love using bottles with straws because you don’t really realize how much you’re drinking so you end up drinking a lot. Personally, I really love Camelbak’s because they hold a lot of water without being too bulky. ++ I love that they come in all sorts of colors and sizes so that’s great: 
    • Carry a gallon around with you or keep it where you’re usually at. It can be a glass mason jar you keep in your car or reuse a milk gallon and mark off the sides with a sharpie so you can finish a little bit throughout the day. They also sell premarked gallons like this on Amazon:
  2. Keep a bottle next to you all the time.
    • As a student who works as well as has a ton of stuff to do, I know how hard it is to prioritize and if you’re anything like me, you won’t make too much effort to go out of your way to get water often. If you keep a bottle on your desk, next to your bed, bag etc like I do, you’ll be more likely to take sips and keep hydrated. If you buy a reusable one like I mentioned above, you won’t have plastic bottles laying around EVERYWHERE and you’re doing more for the environment.
  3. Put flavors in your water
    • For some reason, I can’t drink too much water because I can’t really stand the taste and I know it sounds ridiculous but many people feel the same way. I used to infuse water a lot but then that starting feeling like a chore and honestly, it’s just extra work and you can benefit more from just eating the whole fruit or vegetable. I usually just add a little bit of:
      • Juice
      • A few fruit pieces
      • Cucumbers
      • Mint
      • Squeeze a lime/lemon
      • Add in honey
      • Mix in a powder (they have things like Tang etc, they’re not healthy but if a little bit helps you tolerate drinking more, do it)
  4. MAKE POPCICLES.
    • I feel like a child but it’s true. It’s so easy to make homemade popsicles. It’s really just about getting the mold and filling it with what I mentioned above and adding some water and freezing it.
  5. Get a juicer or blend juices.
    • Buy a bunch of water-rich fruits and vegetables and just juice often to get a healthy intake which will include all of your needed nutrients. Personally, I don’t recommend juicing because a lot if not all the fiber is stripped out which is very nutritious for you. Just throw some stuff together that you think would taste good and make your own fruit/vegetable juices. Here are some fruits and vegetables that are water-rich:
      • Grapefruit
      • Watermelon
      • Strawberries
      • Cantaloupe
      • Honeydew
      • Melons
      • Lemons
      • Peaches
      • Pears
      • Blackberries
      • Papayas
      • Nectarines
      • Pineapples
      • Plums
      • Oranges
      • Cucumbers
      • Lettuce
      • Celery
      • Cabbage
      • Radishes
      • Watercress
      • Zucchini
      • Squash
      • Tomatoes
      • Bell peppers
      • Asparagus
      • Portobello mushrooms
      • Swiss chard
      • Cabbage
      • Cauliflower
      • Turnips
  6. Cook/Eat spicy foods
    • I know this may not be ideal for a lot of you but the spicier something is, the more water you tend to chug. On top of that, spicy foods also boost your metabolism. Be careful with this though and don’t go to what you really can’t handle because you don’t want to get heartburn or anything.
  7. Try making a habit out of it
    • It’s really good to drink water as soon as you wake up, before meals and right before bed so if you can, have a talk with someone you usually see or talk to around those times and try to work together towards this goal. There are also a lot of apps that will send you reminders like Waterlogged etc.
  8. Opt for carbonated water
    • Many kinds of water are carbonated, including sparkling mineral water, club soda, sparkling water or ‘seltzer water’, tonic water, and soda water. Mineral water, club soda, and soda water typically contain dissolved minerals such as potassium bicarbonate, sodium bicarbonate, or potassium sulfate which are meant to enhance its flavor, though sparkling water is water combined only with carbon dioxide with no other additives. Tonic water includes quinine.
    • I know there are a lot of options out there and a ton of machines but if you’re a soda lover, these alternatives would be beneficial for you.  All of these different types of carbonated water are available in ready-to-drink bottles and cans like LaCroix etc but you can also make some at home with a soda maker.

What are some tips you guys have for staying hydrated?

Stay hydrated, stay healthy, stay happy.

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Dealing with stress and frustration.

Since school season just started I felt like it would be a great time to post this. From teachers to friends, to work to everything, things can tend to get really stressful and unbearable at times and I’m here to help. Here are a few tips I have:

  • Sleep, you’ll be rested and feel a lot better
  • Rant to someone, I promise it’ll help
  • Get a pet, they’re soothing
  • Exercise or at least do yoga every other day because it has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress
  • GET A PLANNER. I cannot stress that enough. I promise your life will be so much easier. You can time block your life, write down deadlines etc.
  • Make a list and check it off as you go along. You’ll get a sense of satisfaction and completion and you won’t be so overwhelmed
  • Excercise. This is so so good for you mentally and physically, exercise helps reduce and helps release negative emotions such as anger, fear or worry and improves your mood because it releases endorphins, your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. It also relaxes your muscles that have been tightened because of stress.
  • If someone gives you a job and you know you won’t be able to do it don’t agree just to be polite, apologize and tell them you can’t so they get someone who can. If you do say yes you’ll get overwhelmed and frustrated and the job won’t be done right
  • Please, please, please try to get out of the habit of procrastination. Don’t save everything for Sunday night or like some people I know, Monday morning to do things/ last minute. Do small things at a time and you’ll be calmer.
  • Cry. This might sound odd, but crying helps you because they contain a lot of stress hormones which are released when you cry.
  • Smile. Even if it’s a fake smile, your body gives out endorphins and even if you’re not happy, your body will think you are and you’ll slowly become happier.
  • Help others. Seeing the happiness in others creates this feeling in people that makes them calmer and happier.
  • Stay away from other people. If you know you’re stressed, frustrated etc stay away from others because if you’re anything like me you’ll lash out or break down and do something you’ll end up regretting.
  • Find something like an outlet to let all the anger and frustration go to like screaming, breaking things (try ripping paper etc), punching a pillow, chewing gum or ice etc. Just find something inanimate so you don’t lash out on someone.
  • Take breaks. Whether it be in between when you are doing homework, studying, or just during the weekend. Go outside, breathe some fresh air, eat, walk around and then come back to whatever you were doing. If you do so your mind will be well rested and you’ll think better.
  • Set a time for yourself every day to unwind and relax whether it be a bath or watching an episode of a show before bed, take care of your mind and body.
  • If you’re doing something and you’re really frustrated for example a project etc. just stop. Sleep on it or come back to it in an hour or so, so that you’ll be calmer and have a fresher perspective when you see it the next time. This helps so your work won’t be sloppy and just thrown together.

Remember, if you can’t do something, it’s not the end of the world, you have second chances, extra credit and so much more and it will be ok.

Good luck guys and I hope this helps 🙂

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Fruits for beautiful skin.

Not only are fruits good for your insides, they’re also good for your outsides. When you’re trying to be healthy you should remember that it’s not just about the products you use on them, it’s all about what you eat as well. Here are some fruits that can make your skin AMAZING:

Apples:

Apples are a great conditioner & toner for your skin, they have amazing skin-healing powers and have been used as a beauty aid for centuries.

-Add a cup of apple juice to your bath to cleanse and soften your skin.

-Apple juice, when applied to your hair scalp, can prevent dandruff. You can use it as a final rinse after shampooing your hair.

-Apples are filled with pectin – essential for fighting the dreaded acne.

-The juice of apple can be used as a breath freshener too. *not relevant but nice to know*

Lemons:

Lemons are a classic home beauty ingredient for a reason.

-Lemons are used to cleanse, lighten and freshen skin and hair.

-Use lemon slices to soften rough skin spots such as elbows & heels.

-Lemon slices help deodorize. Mix a few teaspoons of lemon juice in your bath and you’ll feel fresh the whole day.

-Lemon juice can be added to your favorite cleanser or shampoo to refresh and tone your scalp.

-If you use it a few times a month mixed with your shampoo,  it’ll help prevent dandruff.

-Lemon rinds can be rubbed on to scars as it aids healing.

-Lemon is a natural bleach so it can help to fade out dark spots and acne scars too.

Bananas:

They’re rich in protein and natural fats so they can be used on all skin types.

-Banana is a great emollient for your skin and hair

-Make an easy facemask that will make your skin supple by applying mashed banana all over your skin and leaving it on for 20 minutes. Once you’re done, rinse off with warm water and make sure to moisturize.

-Mashed banana also makes a wonderful hair conditioner when mixed with a 1 tablespoon of honey. It’s perfect for keeping hair beautiful even if dyed regularly.

Pineapple:

Pineapples are great skin softeners, which cleanses and rejuvenates dull and dry skin.

-Use pineapple slices on rough skin spots like knees, elbows, and heels.

-Use a slice of pineapple like you would use a sponge or loofah to scrub your body in the bath or shower.

Papaya:

Papaya is rich in papain enzyme and Vitamin A which is the best treatment for exfoliating your skin.

-Apply mashed papaya and 3 teaspoons of aloe vera gel and massage all over your body monthly for fresh and glowing skin (leave on your skin for no more than five minutes & rinse thoroughly) [use it with caution for the first time because it may sometimes irritate sensitive skin]

Peaches:

Peaches are highly emollient and perfect for dry skin types.

-Mash a fresh peach and combine with a tablespoon of plain yogurt to make a smooth paste, apply to your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and your skin will feel moisturized and supple to the touch.

Hope these helped. Let me know what your favorite fruits are 🙂

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Alternative Makeup Removers

There are a lot of times when you just don’t happen to have makeup wipes on you or you come home from a party at midnight and you don’t want to wake up with three more pimples but are too tired to go out and buy some wipe etc. So here are some things you can use that will fulfill the purpose of taking off makeup:

  • Oils – These few oils are great because not only do they take off makeup, they also leave your skin moisturized after so you don’t have to take additional steps like applying moisturizer etc. Since they are oils, they dissolve waterproof makeup so you don’t have to scrub on your eyes, lashes or skin. Just pour a little bit on a cotton ball or cotton pad and wipe it off. For stubborn eye makeup, hold the cotton ball or pad, soaked in oil, over your eyes for 10-20 seconds and gently push onto your eyes and wipe it off.
    • Coconut oil (One of my favorites but don’t use if you have a lot of acne or oily skin)
    • Olive oil (Non-comedogenic and great if you have acne since it won’t clog pores)
    • Jojoba oil (Unscented oil that is very similar to the oils produced but your own skin)
    • Baby oil  (I recommend you use this if you have really delicate skin because if it’s gentle enough for babies, it’s gentle enough for you)
    • Almond oil (Pulls out dirt from your pores)
  •  Your normal cleanser – Apply a little bit to your dry skin and rub in circular motions for about a minute all around your eyes, hairline and everywhere you have makeup. Wash it off with warm water and then finish off with cold water to close your pores back.
  • Vaseline – The oil in the petroleum jelly dissolves the makeup so let it fit for a few seconds before you wipe it off (I don’t really recommend you do this on your eyes though since your eyes are way more sensitive than your face).
  • A thick moisturizer – Slather on a lot of lotion, let it sit for a minute or two and wipe it off with a tissue or exfoliating pad.
  • Baby wipes – You’ll need more than you would if you were just using makeup wipes.
  • Your exfoliator – Don’t do this all the time because it will dry out your skin.

I hope that these help you out during your time of need,

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How to reduce the appearance of under eye bags.

The area around your eyes is the thinnest and most delicate skin of your face. That area, in particular, is filled with small blood vessels and due to many things like allergies, dehydration (which can also be caused by eating foods with a lot of salt which causes fluid retention), lack of sleep, smoking etc that can cause these vessels to burst which causes a dark shadow, a lowkey bruise-like kind of look. They’re totally harmless and not that hard to take care of.
Here’s some things (there’s a lot but here’s the most popular ones) that cause eyebags:
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Coffee Addiction
  • A large alcohol intake
  • Iron Deficiency
  • Menstruation
  • Crying
  • Pregnancy
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Loss of skin elasticity/Aging
  • Eczema
  • Allergies
  • Sleeping with makeup on
  • Kidney Problems
  • Overworked Eye Muscles
  • Dry eyes
  • Excess rubbing
  • Sinus Infection
  • Genetics
  • Hormone Imbalance
Here are some things you can do if you’re looking to reduce their appearance:
– Really use the weekend as a time for you to de-stress
– Catch up on your sleep during the weekend or whenever you don’t have work, school etc and make sure to set a bedtime routine for yourself, try to go to bed early and wake up early BECAUSE sleeping TOO MUCH CAN ALSO CAUSE EYE BAGS. Yup, there needs to be a balance in everything, don’t sleep too little or too much, just as much as you need to stay happy and fuel your body.
Here’s the needed sleep amount  from the National Sleep Foundation for every age group and I highly suggest that you try to get AT LEAST the lower half of the recommended amount:
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– Drink tons of water, that really helps detox your body and reduces the amount of salt and toxins out of your body. Also stay away from things that cause you to get dehydrated like caffeine, alcohol, things with a lot of sodium (like frozen foods, and just things with a lot of salt)
– Cold compresses are known to temporarily reduce bags. Place a cold compress under your eyes for 10-15 minutes before bed and 10-15 min after you wake up. Some good examples of cold compresses are:
  • Refrigerated spoons
  • Ice pack
  • Tissue dipped in cold egg whites (mixed or not, your preference) [helps tighten skin]
  • Cotton pads dipped in chilled milk
  • Cold potatoes slices
  • Cold cucumber slices
  • Refrigerated tea bags
– Don’t over exfoliate and rub your eye area a lot and make sure that before bed you always clean your skin.
-Try facial exercises (there’s a ton of videos on youtube) to help strengthen your face muscles.
-Avoid sleeping on your back, gravity can cause your skin to sag so if you can, sleep on your back and if that’s hard for you, surround yourself with pillows.
-Use eye creams. Gently pat it on and it’ll help repair your skin.
-Make sure to always moisturize your face to help retain moisture and elasticity and wear sunscreen at all times when you go out.
– To reduce the APPEARANCE of under eye bags, use 2 concealers, use a concealer STICK that is one shade lighter than your skin tone then use your favorite cream or liquid concealer over it ♥

Hope these helped! Let me know if there’s any you already do below in the comments. Please let me know if you have any requests for future posts.

Much love,

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