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Wine & Dine

I saw this yummy Facebook video post for Sushi Rice Dip by Buzzfeed Tasty! I pinned it and made it last week during Blizzard Jonas. We modified the recipe as noted below. It took about 10 minutes to make and longer to eat (which is a sure win since most things are eaten quicker)! 😀 😃

diggin’ in the rice dip and making a riceball / taco thing

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
2 cups water (approx)
0.5 Tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp oil
1 cup shiitake mushrooms
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp dark soy sauce
some diced onions (approx 1/8 cup)
1/2 avocado
a dash of sesame oil

Steps

1. Use a rice cooker to for the 1 cup jasmine rice. The water trick is to put your hand into the pot and the water should be covering half your hand. Pour in the 1 tsp of sugar and the 0.5 Tbsp of white vinegar.

If you do not own a rice cooker, cook over a pot for about 20 min over high heat until boil, then reduce to low heat.

2. Slice up your avocado in small cubes. Since this one was really big, we only used half.

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we didn’t know we were going to use just half, so we cut both sides up… so much leftover. smoothie?

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Wine & Dine

Coffee Kind is an online coffee shop to get speciality coffee from around the world. They also have a discovery subscription plan that mails you two bags of coffee (6 oz each) along with information on the beans.

I ordered my first box for medium / dark because they had an enticing holiday sale of “make a purchase and get random giftcard up to $50”. The first box is also 50% off (aka $10) with the promo code FIRSTBOX50. Not knowing I missed the order deadline deadline (the 10th of each month), I wondered why my order took so long to arrive back in December. It arrived mid-January like this:

the packaging box is so cute and fits the coffee bags perfectly!
the packaging box is so cute and fits the 2 coffee bags perfectly!
PC: Coffee Kind

Thanks to Snowpocalypse, we had a ton of time indoors to brew coffee. The bags of coffee were very aromatic 😍. I was practically like an addict squeezing the bag and sniffing the air valve. It smelled like roasted chocolates and baking spice, exactly like the tasting notes they described!

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more coffee sniffing – the medium body Iglesias (no milk or sugar), while catching up on some reading
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coffee just chilling with the bean crusher
coffee just chilling with the bean crusher

ABOUT THE BEANS

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Winnie

stitchfix-logoStitch Fix is your personal stylist, who will mail you a box of fashion finds based on your style every month (or whatever frequency you like).

My first box arrived on Wednesday and with 3 days to return, I dropped it into a USPS box last night since this Snowpocalypse is making NYC a stay-at-time-and-Netflix kind of day (or a UWIB kick-off join.me meeting day). Here is a collage of the 5 pieces and some ways I decided to put it on:

my sister actually opened the box on Wed night while I was doing BBG WK 10 Abs. I was like, "THEY KNOW ME, OMG! SO CUTE" and then she told me the prices and I knew I had to return it ASAP (after taking pics, haha~)
my sister actually opened the box on Wed night while I was doing BBG WK 10 Abs. I was like, “THEY KNOW ME, OMG! SO CUTE” and then she told me the prices and I knew I had to return it ASAP (after taking pics, haha~)
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My experience with Stitch Fix went from:
😮 – oh, what is this?
😀 – hey, this survey is kinda fun, *pins some things*
😦 – eh, a styling fee?
😕 – what if I don’t like the stuff?
📧 – 5 months later, discount code email –> 😁 aw yeah
📦 – package arrives!
👚👖👗 – yazz 😍
😭❄️ – when returning at the start of Snowpocalypse

Can you tell I love emojis? More about my experience in words and larger pictures…

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Wellness & Workout

I saw this article floating on Facebook yesterday and wanted to plug it on my blog as well! Going to keep this as future reference when I am super sore.

http://makeyourlifehealthier.com/36-pictures-to-see-which-muscle-youre-stretching/

You should all know that you need to stretch, whether you are a chronic sitter, a weekend warrior, or a daily exerciser. Stretching helps your blood reach your muscles and your joints move through their full range of motion, but it also improves your posture and athletic performance and reduces the risk of injuries and pain.

How do you know which muscles you are actually stretching or if you are performing each stretch the right way while you do yoga or the flexibility routine?

Well, here is a little knowledge on the topic, and having this in your back pocket, you can opt for the best stretches that best fit your goals. In case you start feeling pain, and not the regular, good pain, but the stretchy one when you know that something does not feel right, you should pinpoint the muscle that gives you the trouble and change the technique you have been using in order to avoid getting injured.

These stretches should be felt in the belly of your muscle. However, you should not feel pressure or strain in your joints, and if you do, it means that you are pushing too far. During the stretching, concentrate on your breathing and make sure these movements are as natural as possible.

36 Pictures To See Which Muscle You’re Stretching

Stop thinking about the time you are holding the stretch, but instead, start concentrating on feeling your muscles relaxing and returning to their natural, resting length. This may take about five to thirty seconds. If a stretch does not feel like it is doing something for your body muscles, change it and try another one.

The beautiful illustrations we present you are made by Vicky Timon, a yoga expert and author of “Encyclopedia of Pilates Exercises”, and James Kilgallon, CSCS, creator of Mazio’s Body Maintenance Program, contributed by giving the expert commentary.

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1. Camel Pose

Muscles emphasized: Rectus Abdominus and External Obliques. This stretch is though most appropriate for people who already have a good flexibility. Sitting on your heels, put your hands behind you, pushing your hips up and forward. Do not put too much pressure on your lumbar spine. Also, in case you have problems with your neck, do not drop your head back.

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