Animal Cruelty Prevention

I think it is important to be aware of the frequency of how often animal abuse occurs. I love animals and I think majority of individuals can relate to how happy they make and how their innocence is beautiful. Pets can always tell what kind of mood you are in and know exactly how to help make you feel better. After researching I found that majority of animal abuse comes from neglect and abandonment, I find it heartbreaking to ever imagine forgetting about your “little ones” and I feel every animal/pet deserves a loving home. Also learning that animal abuse traces all the way back to ancient times and became popular in the United States opened my eyes to how much of a large-scale problem this issue has had an opportunity to turn into. I hope everyone can do their part in helping prevent animal cruelty from existing whether it be by donating if they have the means, volunteering if they have the time, or simply reporting if they know/think animal abuse could be occurring somewhere they know about.

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Graduation is Here!

The end of the semester has me beyond excited as well as extremely stressed! I am so thankful to be done with school next weekend. It is kind of strange that I will graduate this Saturday but finals are not until next week. I want to feel free and celebrate, but I know that I will still have tests and projects to turn in before it is official. Not having a job ready for me right away definitely has me a little worried so I hope that it I won’t be waiting forever to earn an internship with a company. On the other hand, having a month or two off from school before having a “real” job/internship won’t be the worst thing in the world. I just hope it won’t last more than a few months! Regardless, I am focusing on finishing this last week up and am going to be more than satisfied this weekend knowing that I finally made it to graduating with a major in public relations and double minors in art history and psychology!

Healthy Christmas Treats

I love indulging on the holidays, but as I get older I realize I need to be smart about what I put in my body and that there are many delicious recipes that are just as tasty as any unhealthy Christmas dessert without all the guilt and extra pounds afterward.

Here is one I found from Eating Healthy that I am going to try this year:

Almond and Honey Butter Cookies

I cup whole almonds, toasted

1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

I cup all-purpose flour

I teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cups + 1/4 cup honey (divided)

1/3 cup canola oil

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temp)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons toasted, sliced almonds

  • Process whole almonds in a food processor or blender until finely ground (you will have about 1 1/4 cups ground). Transfer to a large bowl and add whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt; stir until just combined. Beat 2/3 cup honey, oil and 3 tablespoons butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add egg and vanilla and beat until blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir to combine. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
  • Roll tablespoons of dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Press the tip of your index finger in the center of each cookie to make an indentation. Bake the cookies, in batches, until set and barely golden on the bottom, 13 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool for 30 minutes.
  • Combine the remaining 1/4 cup honey and 1 tablespoon butter in a small bowl until creamy. Use about 1/4 teaspoon to fill each cookie and top with 2 sliced almonds, if desired.

Nutrition

Per cookie: 

94 calories

5 g fat 

1 g sat

8 mg cholesterol

12 g carbohydrates

2 g protein

1 g fiber

43 mg sodium

9 mg potassium.

A few tips on the side:
It is also easy to change some of your already favorite recipes to be a little healthier by using whole wheat flour instead of white and using honey as a sweetener instead of sugar. Almond butter is a good substitute to peanut butter as well. I have also read that cinnamon helps boost the etabolism.

Holiday Work-Out Tips

With the holidays here, there is food EVERYWHERE and who could blame us for wanting to splurge? But there are things you can do to keep from letting all that hard work go to waste.

Schedules get pretty hectic this time of year, you can still do condensed workouts that are more intense than your regular routine. Squats and lunges are my favorite for lower body. If I don’t have free weights for upper body I try to do as many push-ups as I can. And as an all over workout I love getting in planks, usually for about a minute forward and on each side.

Also, keeping in your routine, trying to get in those mini workouts everyday keeps you on schedule. It is so easy to get out of the habit and so hard to get back into it.

If you go on vacation or are not near a gym (or have time to get there), you can still do sit-ups, squats/lunges, planks and go for jog.

I also love yoga, even just stretching as much as possible will help you keep those long, lean muscles and will help you bounce back into routine even with a little break from the intense part.

It’s all about moderation too, give your body time to relax and enjoy the holiday and family time. Just remember to set aside 15-20 minutes for some “you” time.

Thanksgiving Plans

I am so excited to go back home to my parents’ this week for Thanksgiving! I started thinking about it and realized it has almost been a year since I have been back to Yelm. Not that it has been that long since I’ve got to see my parents, they are nice enough to make the 6 hour drive to visit me here in Pullman.
There is not much to do in Yelm, it’s a very small town without any fun hotspots or sites to see, but since it has been a while I am really looking forward to see my old house and my friends that will be there too.
It’s funny how easy it is to get bored of a place when you have lived there for a while and then suddenly miss after being away. Plus, my parents are going to cook a huge meal for the holiday and that will probably be the best part.

5 Things I’m Thankful For

With Thanksgiving coming up in a couple weeks, my newsfeed has been full of “what I’m thankful for” posts. I have an ongoing list of things to be thankful for but I decided to make a list of the top five most important things to me.

The first thing is my amazing parents. I wouldn’t be here without them, not just as a person but where I am today, They have been my biggest supporters in every single thing I have done and I have always been able to go to them for advice or help no matter what the circumstance. The amount of thanks I owe them is endless and I am so lucky to have such amazing people setting an example for me.

The second thing I am most thankful for is being able to attend WSU. I have learned so much at school and met so many wonderful people as well as had some of my best experiences. The communication program here has helped guide me toward figuring out exactly what I’d like to be doing after graduation and I am thankful to have had some great opportunities.

The third thing I am thankful for is my friends and boyfriend. They also have always been there especially when I just needed someone to talk to about my frustrations or worries, but also to help create some of the best memories.

The fourth thing I am thankful for is being able to handle two jobs and a full school schedule during my last semester at college. It has taken off so much stress being able to have more income coming in so I can save up before I graduate. It has helped me learn time management and proved to me that I can balance more than I thought.

The final thing I am thankful for is graduation coming in 4 weeks. I has been four and a half long years at college and I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! I can finally start to feel accomplished and relieved to finish college, with all its ups and downs it has helped shape me into who I am as a professional and person in general (cliche I know, but hey it’s true what they say).