Friday, August 3, 2018

My Top Ten Fridge Essentials

I've been cooking and baking for most of my life and I try to eat most of my meals at home. Today I thought that it would be fun to share ten of my fridge essentials to give you a little peak into my kitchen! I try to eat healthyish, but I'm still young and in college so that doesn't always happen the way I want it to. If you like this post, let me know and maybe I can do a couple more about freezer essentials and pantry essentials!

Monday, July 30, 2018

What I'm Reading: August 2018

I'm going to be really honest and say that I definitely have not been reading as much as I should be. My pace has slowed way down and I am going to have to pick up the pace if I want to finish 18 books in 2018. If you've missed any of the previous What I'm Reading posts, the full archive is linked here! 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

What I'm Loving July 2018

It's the end of July already and I don't know where the summer went! This month was filled with a lot of excitement and I have a ton of new favorites that I wanted to share. If you haven't seen the last couple "What I'm Loving" posts, you can read them all here! 

Monday, July 23, 2018

A Ranking of La Croix Flavors

La Croix is something that you either love or cannot stand. I'm in the former group and have at least a can a day. I love La Croix so much that it was included in my June favorites post! For the uninitiated, La Croix is a flavored sparkling water brand with no sugar, no calories, and no added sodium. It is fizzy, fun, and tastes amazing! I haven't tried all the flavors (I believe there are 21), but I've tried a handful of the most popular ones and thought that I'd rank them! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

5 Summer Trends Worth Trying

It has been in the high 90s lately and it's been really feeling like summer! I thought it would be fun to do a fashion-forward post because lately the content has been more lifestyle geared. Here are five of my favorite trends for the summer as well as some pieces I'm loving. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

What I'm Watching: Summer 2018

It's really starting to feel like summer now! What I've been watching has shifted with the seasons yet again and I thought that it was time to share what I've been watching with you! 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Easy Ways to Eat Healthier

Lately I've been making a conscious effort to eat healthier because I noticed that I was eating worse than usual and feeling the effects. Here are a few easy changes I've made to help improve my diet. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

What I'm Reading: July 2018

I haven't been reading as much as usual lately, which is something that I want to change. Last month I only finished one book, which wasn't great, but I'm still on track to read my 18 books this year! Here's my thoughts on the books I've read in June and the books I'm planning on reading in July! 

Last Month's Books

Awaken the Giant Within - Tony Robbins 
I underestimated the length of this book when I first started it, which is why it took me so long to get through! This is a similar book to other self-help books, but still very interesting and useful. It focused on the psychology of success and how mindset plays a large role in it. If you're really into psychology or self-help books, this might be a good read, but if you want something shorter and easier to read, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero is another similar book. 

This Month's Books

The Secrets of Six-Figure Women - Barbara Stanney
This book is one of the ones that Amazon Prime members can borrow for free through Prime Reading. I've started reading it and it is really interesting. The author interviewed a whole bunch of high earning women and I think it'll be interesting to see what their mindsets are and how they balance their life. 

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
In last month's post I had this on the list of books I wanted to read during June, but I never got around to it. I haven't watched the tv show yet, but I've heard great things about it. 

Let me know in the comments what books you've been reading lately! Also, make sure to follow us on Bloglovin so you're updated when new posts are live. 


Thursday, June 28, 2018

What I'm Loving June 2018

Isn't it crazy that we're over halfway through the year? This month has been crazy busy for me, which is why I've been slacking on the posts just a tad. I've been super good about posting these favorites posts each month, so you can check out previous ones here! Otherwise, let me know in the comments what your favorites have been this month! 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Adventures in Brewing Coffee at Home

This past year I've grown into such a coffee person, but coffee is expensive and my $3.50 Americano from Starbucks was not doing my bank account any favors. I've had a Keurig in my apartment all year, which I've used off and on, but it doesn't brew the best tasting cup of coffee and I wanted to try something different. Enter, the moka pot. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Stay Hydrated this Summer!

Hydration is so important year-round, but even more so in the summer. You're sweating more, you're outdoors more, and you're consuming liquids that aren't all that hydrating (I'm looking at you, alcohol). Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use to stay hydrated during the warmer months. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

What's in my Beach Bag

I've been spending a lot of time poolside lately, and thought it would be fun to share what I keep in my beach bag with you! I've done a beach bag post pretty much every year, but this year I've been going to the pool more than the beach, so some items have changed. Let me know if there are any other summery posts you'd like to see in the comments! 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

5 Minute Summer Makeup Routine

Summer is my favorite season for beauty because less is often more. I almost never wear foundation or concealer because I'd sweat it off in the heat and the natural tan that I have lets me get away with wearing minimal makeup. I've been doing a really quick makeup routine lately with some new and exciting products and I thought that I would share it with you!

Monday, June 4, 2018

What I'm Reading: June 2018

Last month's What I'm Reading post was insanely long, so to balance it out, this post will be really short. I am still on track to read my 18 books in 2018, although I wasn't able to actually finish any of the books I've started in May. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Best Haircuts for Summer 2018

It has been a hot minute since I last got my hair cut, but the other week I picked up the scissors and made a change! Summer is such a great time for makeovers and style transformations, and hair is one of the easiest things to change. Here are a few of my favorite haircuts for the season! 

Monday, May 28, 2018

What I'm Loving May 2018

It's time for another What I'm Loving post! These are all the things that I've been loving this past month and that I wanted to share with you! Let me know in the comments what you've been wearing, listening to, watching, eating, drinking, and doing! 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Podcasts to Make You Feel More Productive

I am a huge fan of podcasts. I love having them on in the background when I'm doing social media, cleaning the apartment, or cooking. It just makes me feel so much more productive than if I had a television show on in the background. I've done a similar post a while ago, but what I listen to has changed and I thought it was time for an update. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

The 5 Most Refreshing Starbucks Drinks for the Summer

To say that I am a Starbucks addict would be an understatement. I visit at least twice a week and spend way more money than I should on my custom coffee drinks. I like to think that I've tried most of the menu and today I compiled a list of my top five favorite drinks for the summertime. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The 2018 Summer Skincare Routine

A year ago I did a Summer Skincare Routine blog post that has been super popular! I've gone through a little bit of a change this year and have minimized my skincare products so I thought I would re-write the post! 

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Easiest Workout For People With No Time

I've been consistently exercising for over a month now! That's a lot for me considering I haven't had a fitness routine since I was a cheerleader in high school over four years ago. The last couple years I've made excuses for myself such as "I don't have time" or "I should be studying instead" to keep myself from hitting the gym, but keeping myself from the gym was keeping me from living to my fullest potential. Whether you have a full time job or are a full time student, time is our most precious commodity and you might not think that you have enough to fit in a sweat session. Here is my workout routine. It's 40 minutes, three to five days a week, and super easy. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

What I'm Watching: Spring 2018

This has been such a good season for television shows and I'm so into it. I watch a lot of tv, probably more than I should, but usually it's on in the background when I'm cooking, cleaning, or when I'm running on the treadmill. Here's a breakdown of what I watch (shows in caps are ones that I actively keep up with). 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

How to Study For Science Finals

It's finals week for me, which means I'll be drinking double the coffee, getting half the sleep, and my stress levels will be off the charts. College is funny because a lot of people believe that "Cs get degrees," but my plan for a while has been going to graduate school after I get my degree, so it is really important for me to do well and get good grades. Everyone studies in a slightly different way and people have different goals, but this is how I study for my finals. 

First off, just a little background. I'm taking five classes this semester and I have finals for four of them. I have molecular biology, a molecular biology lab (with a written final), evolution, and molecular biophysics. None of my classes this semester have been math or computational heavy, so I spend most of my time on conceptual questions. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

My Springtime Morning Routine

School is almost over, but I thought that I'd write this post while I still have classes and a set morning routine. This summer I think my morning routine will change once I start working and my schedule changes, so there will definitely be an updated version of this coming in a couple months! 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

What I'm Reading: May 2018

I've taken the last couple months off of this blog, but I'm back with a huge list of books to recap for you! It's been my goal this year to read 18 books in 2018 and I've been making progress. Here are the books I plan on reading in May and the books that I've finished in March and April. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

What I'm Loving: April 2018

It's been a hot minute since I've done a "what I'm loving" blog post, but I'm bringing them back as a monthly series! Each month I'll be sharing with you guys what I'm wearing, listening to, watching, eating/drinking, reading, and doing. I hope that you share what you're loving in the comments so I can see what you guys like!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

New Post Schedule and Life Update

The other day I was looking through my blog and realized that my last post was in February. The past year and a half I've scaled back my posting, but this was the longest I've been MIA since the beginning of the blog in 2013. 

I could list all my excuses here, but you all deserve better than that. It's true that I have been busy with school and life in general, but so is everyone else. Instead of that, I'm making a promise: new posts every Monday and Thursday for the spring and summerTwo posts a week (maybe more over the summer once my workload lightens). I already have the next month or so planned out, but if you have any requests for posts or just general topics you want me to write about, let me know in the comments!

Now for some general life updates!

This spring has been the hardest semester of my entire academic career. I constantly feel like I'm drowning in work and studying (part of the reason I've neglected the blog), but I am so close to the end of the school year that I'm just trying to push through. I'm staying in Reno this summer to work in a lab instead of going back home. I already know I'm going to be miserable in the heat, but hopefully there will be some trips to tahoe to balance it out. I've also been on a huge self-help kick lately. Most of the youtube videos I watch are business/self-help and when the next What I'm Reading post goes up you'll see just how much I've been consuming self help content. Lastly, I made a twitter for the blog! You can follow me @theMBGblog and I'll follow you back!

I would so appreciate it if you guys followed the blog on Bloglovin so you don't miss any future posts. Also leave your social media or blog links in the comments so I can keep up to date on all of your lives as well! I use Instagram (@miss_sienna) the most, so follow me there if you want!

Monday, February 5, 2018

What I'm Reading: February 2018

I've gotten a lot of reading done during January while I was home for Winter break! My goal this year is to read 18 books during 2018 (you can read the full list of books I want to read this year here) with the eventual goal of working my way up to a book a week or every other week. Here's what I read last month as well as the books I'm planning on reading this one!

Last Month's Books:

Results that Last: Hardwiring Behaviors That Will Take Your Company to the Top - Quint Studer

My dad works in business, so we have a plethora of business-related books around the house. I decided to pick this one up and read it while I was at the beach one day, and while not particularly relevant to me or my field of study, it was an interesting read. It was a lot about company culture and facilitating growth and symbiosis between corporate and individual branches. It had a lot of concrete examples and statistics and the author really seemed to know his stuff. Definitely not a must-read for anyone, but if you're into business books or are in a management position, this is a worthwhile read. 

The First 90 Days - Michael Watkins 
This was another business book I read poolside while I was home for winter break. It's about how to transition jobs better and faster by cutting the time needed to start making changes from 180 days to 90 days. It is not at all applicable for me now, but there was a lot of content about communication with coworkers, bosses, and subordinates that is valuable. I think this would be a great read if you're planning or in the midst of a job change or promotion because it gives you actionable steps to improve the way you lead. 

Crucial Conversations 
This book should be required reading for everyone. It's all about ways to communicate more effectively with others when the stakes are high or emotions run deep. I've read this book at least three times in my life and I've learned something new each time I've read it. I could not recommend this book more, and I'm planning on making myself skim this book as a refresher once a year or so because it is that great. 

This Month's Books:

A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway 
Last year I read two Hemingway books (The Sun Also Rises and The Old Man and the Sea) and really enjoyed both of them. This book is one that I've heard great things about and I already have a feeling I'll enjoy this book. 

The Art of Happiness - The Dalai Lama
I'm trying to couple a fiction with a non fiction book so if I end up juggling two books at a time it's easier to keep them straight. This book just sounds important and meaningful. I truly believe that happiness is endgame in life and if this book leads me closer to achieving it, I'll be content. 

I feel like I've started this year SO STRONG in terms of reading my 18 books and I am definitely going to try keep this momentum going! Let me know in the comments what books you're reading this month and if you have any book recommendations!

Monday, January 29, 2018

18 Books to Read in 2018

Last year I made a list of 17 books I wanted to read in 2017. At the end of the year my final book count was 16/17 books in 2017, so I thought I'd do the same thing for this year. I didn't end up finishing all the books on last year's list, so I added them to this list too!

1) Results that Last: Hardwiring Behaviors That Will Take Your Company to the Top - Quint Studer
Full disclosure, I'm writing this post on 1/5 and I've already finished this book. There wasn't really a reason that I wanted to read this book, but it was lying around so I did!

2) How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are
I love the idea of Parisian style and culture and this book has been on my list for a long time! This will probably be one of the more fun books on the list!

3) You Are a Badass - Jen Sincero
I've heard the greatest things about this book! It's supposed to be a self-help book geared towards the younger generation and I am so excited to read it.

4) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck - Mark Manson 
This is another book that I've heard great things about! It's a self-help book about gaining happiness through being realistic, not overly positive, and seems interesting.

5) A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway 
Last year I read the Old Man and the Sea and the Sun Also Rises, so I guess you could say I'm on a bit of a Hemingway kick! I know that this book resonates with a lot of people and I know people who call this book their favorite Hemingway novel, so I'm really excited to read it.

6) Letters from a Stoic - Seneca 
Stoicism is something that has intrigued me for a while, but I haven't had time to research it as much as I'd like. I've read online that this book is a good starting place, so that's why it's on my list.

7) Crucial Conversations 
This book was assigned in high school, but I never ended up reading it at that time. I think I skimmed it a couple years ago, but I never read it fully cover to cover. This book is about communicating more effectively, which is such an important skill, and I thought it would give me tips on how to interact with people in a healthier way. 

8) The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Steven Covey
I don't know much about this book, but I've been reading a lot of "my favorite book" posts and this book has shown up time and time again. I really like self help books (if you couldn't already tell from the list), and this comes really highly recommended. 

9) On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
I'm taking an evolution class this semester and I think that I'd like to give this book another shot. I read it Junior year of high school, but almost four years have passed since that, and I'd like to see how my opinion of the book changes. 

10) This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald 
I adore literature from the Jazz age and consider The Beautiful and Damned to be one of my favorite books of all time. I have never read this book, and I don't know much about it, but it sounds like a book that I'd like. 

11) The Great Gatsby - Fitzgerald
I've read the Great Gatsby countless times before, but I haven't read it recently. It's an easy read and a book that I adore, and I would like to read it again this year. 

12) Lolita - Vladamir Nobokov
Another classic that I've never read, but feel like I should before I die. 

13) The Art of Happiness - The Dalai Lama 
The title just sounds like a meaningful, important, life changing book. I already know that I'll be able to take something away by reading this and hopefully it'll help me improve my life. 

14) Lean In - Sheryl Sandberg
I've read a lot of articles discussing the merits of Lean In, but I've never actually read the book. I have heard great things about it from friends of mine who've read it and I'm excited to read it myself. 

15) Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
I've heard so many people call this book the best book they've ever read, and I really like short stories. 

16) Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert
This is another carry-over book from last year's list that I didn't get a chance to read in 2017. 

17) The Defining Decade - Meg Jay
I'm still at the beginning of my 20's and if this book can help me navigate this decade a little easier, I'm all for it. 

18) Awaken the Giant Within - Tony Robbins
Whenever I hear the name Tony Robbins I think of that Kardashian episode where Kourtney spends the whole episode walking around quoting him. That being said, this is one of the most influential business books ever and something I've wanted to read for a while. 

So these are the books I want to read this year! When it comes down to it, I just need to get through 1.5 books a month in order to get this list done, which is totally doable! I like to think that I have a good mix of business, wellness, fiction, non-fiction in this list, but if you have any great book recommendations, leave them for me below! Also make sure you're following this blog on bloglovin because the What I'm Reading February post is coming very soon!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What I'm Reading January 2018

Happy new year!
Last year one of my new year resolutions was to read more. I made a list of seventeen books I wanted to read during 2017 and while I didn't end up reading all of the books listed, I ended up reading most of them. My 2017 book count (excluding books I needed to read for school) was 16/17.  I'm go
ing to be doing another post on 18 books I'd like to read in 2018 that'll be going up soon, so make sure you're following this blog on Bloglovin so you don't miss it! 

Last Month's Books:

The 4-Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss
This is a book that I've wanted to read for a long time. I've heard that it's life-changing and that it is a "must read." I liked it, but I don't think that it's fully applicable for me in my life right now. If you're considering entrepreneurship or work a 9-5 and are looking for more freedom, this would be an amazing book for you to read. There are a lot of actionable tips in this book (like automation and time management), but I think that if I wasn't a student, I could take more away from it. Highly recommend reading this book, it just might be a better read once you're fully "adulting" and working. 

The 4-Hour Body - Tim Ferriss
I've been on a bit of a Tim Ferriss kick if you couldn't tell. This book is incredible. If you've ever struggled with health, weight, or fitness, this book is a total game changer. It once again has a lot of actionable tips and regimes that you can easily implement into your life. I didn't actually read this book (I had an audio-version), but I'm still including it in my book count for the year like I did for The Sell. 

2017 Recap:
If you're new to the blog and don't want to catch up on the previous What I'm Reading posts, I thought that I'd list a few of my favorite and least favorite reads of 2017. 

Starting with the best...

1) Breakfast at Tiffany's 
It's different than the movie both in plot and the character traits of Holly, but it is brilliant. It's a very, very short read, but a classic for good reason. It was by far my favorite book that I've read this year and is a book I can see myself reading in the future. 

2) The Sun Also Rises
This year was the second time reading this book, and I was reminded of how much I loved it the first time I read it. It's an easy book to read (as far as Hemingway goes), but is deep and feels especially relatable to me at this point in my life. This book also has one of my favorite ending lines (Gatsby is another book with a fantastic last line). 

3) The Beautiful and Damned
This was the first book I finished this year, and another one that I could see myself re-reading over and over again. It's by Fitzgerald, who is another one of my favorite authors. It's beautiful and tragic and although it is fiction, captures real feelings in a way that resonates authentically. 

...And now the worst...

1) How to Win Friends and Influence People
It felt redundant and after I finished the book I had an overwhelming feeling of "isn't this common sense?" I think my expectations for this book were too high, but I started it thinking I would get life-changing advice, but finished realizing that this book was nothing more than a reminder to do what I already know. 

2) Eat, Pray, Love
I HATED this book. It felt overdramatic and egocentric. I never once empathized with the main character because all her misfortunes and lamenting seemed so trivial. The "eat" section of the book is the only part that I actually enjoyed, but there is no way that I would ever read this book again. 

I'm still creating my reading list for the year, but once I get it figured out, I'll make another post sharing it! I really enjoyed pushing myself to read more because reading for fun has been a neglected hobby of mine these past few years. Hopefully I'll be better bout making time for reading and can finish even more books next year. Let me know in the comments what books you've read recently and if you have any recommendations!