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Healthy Habits and Self Care

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  Dear Summer, Since we are getting back into the groove of things with school and other activities starting back up, I thought that I would emphasize how much self care and healthy habits are important! Life will always get stressful, which is why it is so important to take care of yourself to stay healthy mentally and physically. So here are my healthy habits and self care things that I practice. Take baths or a nice long shower. Nothing feels as good as a long bath or shower after a hard workout or dance class. During quarantine I experimented trying to take baths and I fell in love! I absolutely love using bath bombs and bath bubbles ! It's so fun and really good for your muscles. Sometimes, I'll even take ice baths and plop a few ice cubes in the bath to sooth my muscles after a long dance class. I can't recommend this stress reliever enough, so good! Face Masks! No, I'm not talking about the plastic or cloth masks that we wear now. Although, you should definite

Back to School Challenge!!! Can I do it??!!

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  Dear Summer, Since my school starts on August 18th, I decided to do a little daily journal to get on the right schedule. My goal time to be in bed is 10:00pm and my goal time to wake up is 6:00am. I’m planning to get into this schedule to be prepared for school and to become more productive, hopefully it works! Night 1: I am already late for the 10pm bedtime, so I'll have to make this quick. I have to actually wake up tomorrow morning at 6am because I have babysitting on Monday morning. I think that this will help me wake up since I have to be there on time. I’ve changed my night routine to help my morning routine by sleeping with my curtains open that way the sun and heat wake me up. My friend Anike (who is definitely a morning person) taught me this hack since it helps her in the mornings. She is an amazing yogi and I love her youtube videos, click here to view them ! I eventually want to wake up at 5 am every day after this challenge because for some school days I have to wake

Muffins and Gardens

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  Dear Summer,  Every year my family plants a garden full of fresh and organic vegetables. This year, we are producing so much zucchini we have to keep thinking of creative ideas to eat them! One of the recipes that we always make with the zucchini is chocolate chip zucchini muffins. I love them so much because they are great for breakfast along with some orange juice and fresh fruit. Without any further ado, here is the glorious recipe!  Ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon ground allspice 2 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups grated zucchini 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips Directions: Preheat the oven to 325.  In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and allspice.  In a small bowl, beat the eggs oil and vanilla.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Then, fold in the zucchin

Food and Quarantine

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Dear Summer,  Since quarantine, my mom has been making so many new recipes to try that way my family can have a variety of meals to eat. We recently tried this tasteful quinoa salad that she made up on the spot and I absolutely love it!  Ingredients: 1 cup of chopped roma tomatoes 2 tablespoons of basil leaves 2 tablespoons of parsley leaves Feta cheese (optional, as much as you want to put in) 1 cup of chopped cucumber 2 cups of cold cooked Quinoa Lemon vinaigrette  Pinch of salt and pepper  Recipe for vinaigrette: ¼ cup of olive oil 1 clove minced garlic 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1 large lemon) 1 tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar or champagne vinegar 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey Kosher salt and black pepper to taste Instructions: First you will make the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, maple syrup or honey, salt and pepper. Set aside.  In a larger bowl, combine the cold cooked quinoa, cucumber, tomatoes, ba