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    Keto Quick Start: Keto Chicken Tenders Sneak Peek

    Hello friends! Hopefully by now you’re back in the swing of things at work, you’re ready to tackle your 2019 goals and you’re bright-eyed & ready for whatever this month throws at you. I know I am! I was happy to get back to the office today, see my boss and coworkers whom I haven’t seen since before the holidays and enjoy a good lunch together. But getting back into the work routine means I am SUPER tired this evening. I looked for a quick, healthy dinner and Diane Sanfilippo’s Keto Chicken Tenders recipe hit the spot. The book is available as of yesterday! Buy it here on Amazon, since…

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    Keto Quick Start: Book Review

    Keto Quick Start Launch Team When I found out I was a part of the Keto Quick Start Launch Team I did a tiny dance in my cubicle. I’m super honored to be one of the first people to read this book, especially since I’ve been a long time listener of the Balanced Bites Podcast. At the same time, I was nervous because after my first foray into a ketogenic diet, I was critical of it. It was too easy to fall into a trap of eating nothing but meat and cheese, which seems less like a healthy modern diet but more what a disgruntled trucker named George would eat.…

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    10 Things to Get to Kick Off Your Wellness Journey

    The main reason I used to buy these health focused magazines during my weight loss was because I was seeking the plans, the recipes, and the research about how to feel good, look good, and be happy. I believed that just reading about nutrition and exercise would make me as bright and vibrant as the pages themselves. – Andie Mitchell What to Get to Get Started At its core, weight loss that’s rooted in wellness consists of eating better and moving more. I know you know that. If nothing else, as Andie Mitchell wrote, there’s a barrage of information every day on how to do that in some way, shape…

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    My Weight Loss Story

    Real talk: At least once a month, I get asked about how I lost over 50 lbs since graduating from college and I never quite know how to answer it. I wish there was a clear-cut answer like “I ate 1500 calories, never any nightshades, also I pray the Lord’s Prayer and sing a Cardi B song to my quinoa. Also, unicycling.” Anyway, I’d gained 20+ lbs between my sophomore and junior year but nothing about my habits had changed. Later I learned that I had a hormonal imbalance. That being said, I continued to pack on the pounds after getting out of an abusive relationship; I’d comfort myself with…

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    Shadowbanning: What is It and What to Do About It

    Oh, shadowbanning. I’d argue that this is one of the most contentious topics in the social media and influencer spheres. What is shadowbanning, you ask? It’s basically an ambiguous, unconfirmed practice by social media platforms that depreciates or hides content– basically anything from certain hashtags to content agreements. Some do not think shadowbanning exists because Facebook / Instagram haven’t confirmed it publicly. In my personal and professional experience, it does exist: models having content blacklisted due to a single hashtag, engagement drops with certain tags or captions. My guess is that there’s two purposes for keeping the shadowban on the down low: 1. By not being able to rely on…

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    Parlor: Kansas City Restaurant Opening September 2018

    I love food. I know, that’s not unique to most carbon-based beings, but I love everything about trying new food. Double points if it’s cuisine from a place I’ve never visited. Triple points if it’s walkable in downtown KC. In other words, Parlor is my jackpot. Parlor is a new Kansas City Restaurant located in Crossroads. It bills itself as a bar with SEVEN restaurants, a “curated collection of KC’s freshest food offerings. I had the opportunity to check out Parlor with other local social media influencers before the big opening in the coming weeks. Here’s the scoop on Parlor: There’s Sura, Karbon, Yaki Ya, Mother Clucker, Farm to Market, Vildhast, and…

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    3 Tips for Taking Better Selfies

    Everybody loves a good selfie: The girl with makeup on fleek. The middle-aged dude who needs a Facebook profile photo, but doesn’t want to get up from the recliner (NCIS is on, can’t miss that.) The 1,000 guys on Tinder with a fish (Do you all have the same hobby? We don’t live in a hunter-gatherer society anymore, guys). A group of besties at a concert feeling as unstoppable as Taylor Swift’s girl gang. Mock it as much as you want, but the selfie is here to stay. Dare I say it’s practical? Not everyone has access to a photographer at all times, but if a photo needs to be…

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    A Hair-Raising Tale: My Journey with Alopecia

    I wish my alopecia story was more exciting, more of an Eat, Pray, Love kind of deal just with more hair products. It’s more about me yelling at my hair brush like Regina George did in Mean Girls when she realized she was eating Kalteen bars. It took me 8 years to be brave enough to own up to my hair-raising issues:  Diagnosis: I noticed that my previously frizzy hair was starting to, well, not be quite so Hermione-esque. A hair stylist pointed out that my hair was thinning at the ripe old age of 21. I did what every college girl would do hearing that news: had a breakdown…

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    iPhone Photography For Beginners #1: Natural Lighting

    Though I do some freelance photography, normally most of my photos are taken on my iPhone 7S+; would you really want to lug around a DSLR everywhere you go? I love social media, but not that much! What I’ve learned is that good iPhone photography is like gas station sushi: It can be of questionable quality. But you know if it’s good when you see it, and the setting says a lot about quality. I could wax poetic about different settings and filters on your smartphone, but if I could scream one thing from the roof tops it would be to find natural light. But even when I do tell…

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    3 Tips for Writing Better Instagram Captions

    But first, a story. I finally gave into the three years of Stitchfix ads I’ve gotten on Facebook. I was in a fashion rut, was time crunched due to a busy stint at work and thought I’d go full Tom Haverford and treat myself. The gist is that you pay $20 a month, a freelance stylists curates 5 items and mail it to you on a semi-regular basis. But I learned a good lesson about articulating my personal style that I want to share: I took the little quiz at the end of my Stitchfix registration. TLDR: I thought I covered every single detail of my daily and aspirational style.…