Friday, December 30, 2016

5 Life Changing Documentaries

I've been sick the past week and have spent a lot of time in bed watching Netflix. The latest documentary I've watched has been Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, which I'll talk about later in this post. I like how documentaries have the ability to open our minds to new ideas, concepts, and ways of living. Here are 5 that I particularly enjoy. 

Forks Over Knives: 
This is an incredible documentary. It advocates for a plant based diet by showing the correlation between the standard american diet and health issues. I have watched this documentary at least five times and it has changed the way I view the role of diet in my life. 

This documentary is especially relevant in America today. It looks at how mass incarceration of blacks is a form of institutional discrimination stemming from slavery in early America. It is a fascinating documentary and one that every American should watch especially considering racial discrimination is still a major issue in America today. 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi:
It's literally just the story of this old Japanese sushi chef that owns a three-michelin star restaurant. Sounds boring, but is actually super interesting. 

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
I've been following the Minimalists for a year or so since I saw their Ted Talk on youtube. This documentary focuses on the consumerist culture and how you can add more value to your life through minimalism. Super interesting watch and they have a great podcast series that's great too. 

Fed Up:
I am really in to food documentaries (if you couldn't already tell from this list) and this is a really good one. It pushes veganism and plant based living less than something like Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, or even Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. My sociology professor actually made us watch this and write a whole paper about it and it is really fascinating learning about how obesity and childhood obesity is a sociological issue and not necessarily a personal one. 

Let me know in the comments what types of documentaries you like. A couple others that I'd like to mention as good watches are Blackfish, the Cove, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I also think that Somm is a fascinating watch, but it was a little too long for me. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How to be a Good Roommate When Sick

So, you tried to stay healthy when everyone else was sick, but you caught the bug too. Don't worry, it happens to the best of us (written by the girl very sick in the middle of finals). I've been living with roommates for the past couple years and I'm sure many of you live with other people, so here are my tips for being a courteous roommate when sick. 

1) Quarantine Yourself
If you're sick with something very contagious (like the flu), please quarantine yourself until you're not contagious anymore. A good rule of thumb is if you have a fever you're contagious, although use your own judgement. This will hopefully prevent you from infecting everyone else. 

2) Disinfect
I am a firm believer that if you're the sick individual you're responsible for disinfecting everything. Even just taking a clorox wipe to all the handles, remotes, and switches helps cut down on the amount of transmittable germs. Also, if your roommate gets sick with whatever you have, if they've seen you disinfecting, they're less likely to be mad (this comes from personal experience). 

3) Do Basic Chores
If you're sick with the flu, nobody expects you to whip out the vacuum and clean the whole house. But do your dishes! Nobody wants to deal with dishes that are covered with your germs and it's annoying to have dirty dishes pile up in the sink for days. Load the dishwasher, take five minutes to tackle your dishes, eat off of disposable plates! Just make sure nobody else has to take responsibility for your messes. 

I feel like a lot of this is common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people don't consider these factors when sick. Let me know in the comments if you have anything to add to this list! And if you're not sick, (lucky duck), check out these tips to make sure you stay that way!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Faux Fur Everything

One of the biggest trends this winter (and every winter) is fur. I believe that fur is cruel, which is why you won't see me promote any Canada Goose or other real fur products. That being said, I love the look of faux fur and because faux fur is inherently cheaper than real fur, my wallet loves it too! Here are three ways to wear faux fur this season. This widget is shopable, so if you see something you like, click the image for more info! 

Faux Fur Vest: This is the best way to wear faux fur if you live somewhere south or west and don't experience freezing temperatures. I believe that less is more when it comes to wearing vests like these, and they're best used as a layering piece over plain, basic shirts. 

Faux Fur Trim: This is my personal favorite way to wear faux fur. The trim makes it trendy without making too big of a statement. If you get a jacket in a neutral color, this can be your go-to piece during the cold months layered over whatever else you want to wear. 

Full Faux Fur: This is the full shebang. Best reserved for fashionistas in trendy cities like NYC or LA. This can be really cute with heeled boots, jeans, and a basic shirt, but can go overboard really fast!

Let me know what you think of the faux fur trend in the comments! Also, let me know what the weather is like where you're at! It's been unusually warm here in Reno for this time of year (like mid 50s), but I know a lot of you have been dealing with snow and cold!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

What's In My Party Purse?

I've been going out a little bit more this year (it is college after all), and I've gotten really good about packing my bag before a night out. In this video I wanted to go through my party purse essentials! 

A lot of these items are geared towards people that stay out late and may or may not be applicable to you or your situation (definitely not everyone needs to cary makeup wipes on them!). If you wear contacts, I highly suggest bringing the contact case with solution and a spare glasses because I really have been poked in the eye when I'm out, lost a contact, and spent the night practically blind because I didn't have glasses on me. Be smarter than Sienna! Stay prepared! 

Let me know in the comments what your party purse essentials are in the comments below! Also, give this video a thumbs up and subscribe if you like my videos!

How To Start Daily Journaling

I've been journaling regularly for the past nine months. I've made a really good habit of taking time to write every single day, and I wanted to share some of my tips and tricks with you. Journaling is so beneficial and you should definitely give it a chance if you're curious! My method takes less than ten minutes every day, and is the easiest thing in the world to do! 

If you don't want to watch the full video, here's how I journal...

Everyday I take some time to write three quick bullet points. These can either be things that I'm grateful for, things that I did, or just general statements about how I feel that day. Really, it can be anything! Most days this takes around five minutes to do and is super quick. Other days, I want to write more. Either as a reflection on life, goal setting, or I want to write a longer paragraph about an event that occurred. It's great when I write longer statements, but I never pressure myself into feeling like I need to write a lot. That's when I get overwhelmed and stop writing regularly. 

Watch the video for more information about my journal and to see me read a couple of my entries! Let me know in the comments if you journal as well and what type you do! I was thinking about trying bullet journaling at the start of next year, but I am a hardcore planner gal and don't know how easy of a shift that will be. Give this video a thumbs up and subscribe for more! 

Christmas Gift Guide: For The Hard To Shop For

I've done a lot of gift guides in the past, but I wanted to do a very special one this year. A lot of gift guides are tailored towards certain types of people like the athlete, bookworm, fashionista... This gift guide is for the hard to shop for. These are the people that you end up putting off until the last minute and end up giving gift cards or cash. Here are a few gift ideas that they'll love and you can order online!  

Amazon Prime is amazing! It gives free two day shipping and access to movies, books, and music. Giving the gift of prime would be really good for young adults or college students that might not want to spend the $99 for it, but would benefit from it greatly. The best part about gifting Amazon prime is that if the recipient is already a member, the gift turns into a Amazon gift card automatically.
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The Perky Goat is a cool new subscription box company that I recently came across. Each box is $30 and comes with two bags of coffee and a bonus item. You can gift either a 3 month, 6 month, or year long subscription. If you're interested in buying this, I have a coupon code for you! Use HOLIDAY2016 to get 15% off a purchase made before 12/24/16! 
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Everyone has Netflix, everyone needs Netflix, and the perfect gift would be gifting a subscription so your friend doesn't need to buy their own Netflix. You can buy Netflix gift cards, which they can redeem for a subscription online, in stores, but if you're too busy for that, you can gift an e-gift card too! On a side note, you could also give this to someone if they're currently using your password and you want to kick them off of your account ;)
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If the person you're shopping for lives in a large city, doesn't have a car, or simply uses Uber a lot, a gift card would be a great gift! Uber gift cards can be used for rides or food through Uber eats! If you don't already use uber and would like to, you can use the code siennao23ue for a free ride up to $20! 
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Let me know what you like to buy for the hard to shop for in the comments! Also, let me know what types of holiday videos or blog posts you'd like to see! I'm not doing Vlogmas this year because I am so busy with school and don't fly home until the 20th, but I want to do lots of fun holiday videos anyway!