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Thursday, October 6, 2016

"I am in charge of how I feel and today, I choose to be happy."

Moving out on my own has shown me so much about myself. From this experience, I've learned that  for a student, living in the city is crazy expensive and that to make it work, you have to "hustle." I've learned that we only have one life to live and that its important to make EVERY second count. On more than one occasion, I've been caught at the crossroads between these two: "surviving" and "living life." 

Just last week, I had a teeny tiny quarter-life crisis about the whole thing where I asked myself: What are you doing? I mulled about my latest decisions in life and the situations I've placed myself in. I realized that its near insanity to move out when only working a part-time job and having only a couple grand to my name! (A couple grand hardly covers initial moving costs in NYC!) I began worrying about how I was going to figure out my future, my job, my near and distant goals. I even cried a little over the exhaustion that had seeped into my bones after working seven days a week! I told myself that I didn't want to deal with it anymore, didn't want to "adult" anymore and, I'll admit, complained about having to do things for myself. 

It was on the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that I decided that I'd be happy! I realized that, yes, happiness is a feeling and feelings come and go, but its also something that I could decide to feel. I decided not to let the craziness of my life effect my life. Yes, there may be nights where I'll shed tears and days when I'm "so over it" but in the midst of all that, I decided, in advance to be happy. 

How? After making that resolution to be happy, I then mulled over how I was going to choose to be happy. How could I decided to be happy when my world was falling apart? How could I choose to be happy when I felt alone or afraid? I came to the conclusion that all I can do is think on a all that is going right for me right now!

Why be happy? Because I'm alive! Because even though I'm in a weird stage in life when I'm unsure of what I'm doing, I'm making strides to figuring things out. Because I have friends and family who support my dreams and push me to achieve them. 

So, will you decided to be happy? I know, it won't always be easy, but its always worth it

xoxo, Kianna Rose


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.
I think that quote summarizes my sentiments quite clearly. Lately, I've been overwhelmingly busy with quitting one job, applying and getting another, balancing a crazy schedule and making time for the things in life that I'm passionate about. My photography, videography, and writing have most certainly been neglected lately with no time allotted for them. It wasn't until just a few days ago that I remembered my little corner in cyber world where I could document and share all that is on my mind and heart.

It was in one of my rare "quiet times" that I began to consider ALL that I was really feeling and thinking. When life has you bound to it's worries, its honestly, really hard to stay grounded in faith and purpose. Speaking from personal experience, prayer and Bible reading have definitely taken the back seat lately as I've struggled to juggle my responsibilities. More often then not, I found myself incredibly overwhelmed and hesitantly admit to an unwelcomed breakdown or two.

It's here, on my blog, that I feel free to document my journey. It's been one heck of a ride, that's for sure but a process that I'm proud to claim as my own and tell to others. Since I haven't written in FOREVER, I felt it necessary to "re-launch" Kianna Rose Etc. with a set posting schedule. I know, I've made a similar promise in the past to keep up with posting, pictures and videos, but this time, I hope things will be different. Now, more than ever I feel to document my life and the ups and downs of it all.

Life has certainly taken me by storm and A LOT has been changing since my last update.

I quit two jobs, started another, contemplated moving to Kansas/Missouri, went to the beach, ran a 5K, started my second year of college and a bunch more that I can't wait to tell you all about really, really soon. Suffice it to say, as is the truth in EVERY chapter of EVERY story, things have not always been easy, but most definitely, worth it!

I've said ALL of that to say: Welcome back to Kianna Rose Etca lifestyle blog and personal journal of my life's journey. Here, you'll find tidbits of my everyday life, the good, the bad and the ugly. It'll be fun, I promise!

What do you hope to see on the blog? And what on earth have you been up to lately? I really, really want to know!

xoxo, Kianna Rose


Monday, July 25, 2016

A few weeks ago, I flew (for the first time alone!!!) out to Kansas for a few days. Since my dad moved out there for his work a few years ago, I hadn't gone to visit and thought that now was the perfect time to take the trip out there. 

Being from New York, I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I've seen the Wizard of Oz but my dad said  that Kansas City is nothing like the Wild Western frontier depicted in movies. 

Thankfully, my dad was right! Kansas City is actually pretty hip, with tons of cute cafes and modern bistros. 

On my trip, I got to spend some really special time with my dad, his finance and daughters-to-be. I met up with the amazing Haley Jane and even had a mini driving lesson.

Without further ado, here's a short video of my travels

Do you like video posts? Should I do more of these?Also, have you gone anywhere this summer?

xoxo, Kianna Rose


Friday, June 17, 2016

Since moving to Harlem, I've found a ton of really great coffeeshops, cafes and restaurants that I absolutely love and can't stop talking about. I had never considered myself a foodie, but something about Harlem's vibe and culture has really tapped into the inner foodie within me. With it being summer vacation, I've had a ton of extra time on my hands to explore the neighborhood and discover a few really awesome places. Here's a list of my top three favorite cafes so far:

Love Café - 283 Pleasant Avenue
Love Café is a really cute spot not too far from my house. When I walked inside for the first time, I fell in love with the bold orange on the walls and the hustle and bustle of the place. Being within walking distance with several elementary and high school, Love Café seems to be the hot spot with the local kids and teens. The menu is super cute and is what you would expect from a local café or deli. I ordered a vanilla chai latte with a slice of chocolate cake and it was all so delicious. Because the bar was full, I wandered to the back of the café where little tables were.

Crepe Café - 1642 Lexington Avenue
One word: AMAZING! This cafe was a bit of a walk for me... probably a 30 minute walk in platform  sandals, but it was well worth it once I walked in and ordered. Angel taught me that when going to a new restaurant it's always a good idea to ask the people who work there for their recommendations; naturally, they know what everything on the menu tastes like and have a good idea of what's popular. Just last week, we tried out an Indian restaurant and since we were both unsure of what to order, we asked the waiter and he helped us make a wise deacons. Point of the story: ask the staff for their recommendations! When I got to the cafe, I asked the girl at the front what I should order and she pointed me in the direction of something with chocolate so I ordered the Banana Nutella crepe. It came stuffed with warm, sweet and sticky bananas, and on top was a generous drizzle of nutella and a finishing dusting of powered sugar. To drink, I ordered one of their natural orange juices and sat down to do some work on my laptop. Each bite of my crepe was a heavenly experience, one I'd repeat everyday if calories and carbs didn't exist.

Evelyn's Kitchen -  2317 1st Avenue
Evelyn's Kitchen is a Harlem landmark! I mean, they were even featured in O Magazine! Anything with chocolate is always a good idea, so of course, I was all over the devil dog pudgies. Let me explain what exactly a pudgy is: it's a soft baked cookie that tastes like a delicious blob of cookie dough. I've been to Evelyn's Kitchen three times and each time, I've ordered several sweets (not all for my self of course... ) and it's a spot I'll continue to go often.

What are some of your favorite local spots? Have you ever been to NYC? Tried any of these places?

Also, I need to take more pictures!

xoxo, Kianna Rose


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Life has been incredibly and completely crazy as of late! Before I go into detail about the last semester and where on earth I've been, I'd like to say "hello." This post proved to be incredible long- or should I say, incredibly detailed, and so, grab yourself a cup of coffee and read about what's been going on.
Since my last post, I've finished my second semester in college, started a relationship with a really great guy and moved out! These past few months have been a whirlwind of wild, new adventures and I've learned so much about myself. I honestly don't even know where to begin explaining everything so I'll start with my second semester of college. If you want to read up on everything college related, click here.

The Spring 2016 semester was definitely a wake up call for me. Having done so well my first semester and finishing off with a 3.98 GPA, I expected my second semester to be a cinch! I took eight classes the first time and this past semester, I only took seven. My class schedule included Old Testament Literature, New Testament Literature, Global Literature, General Psychology, Fine Arts for Educators, Health Issues for Educators and Physical Education for Educators. Most of my classes were enjoyable, except for General Psychology. This class was incredibly boring and the three hours seemed to drag on. Thankfully, Debora, Brittany, Raphe and Ali made the whole thing slightly more bearable.
Aside from taking classes, I also went out with a couple of friends for lunch and coffee and then a synagogue visit for one of our classes. It was wonderful to meet other people who love Jesus and the friendships I've formed with so many of my classmates are ones that'll last a lifetime, I just know it. 

I also mentioned starting a relationship with a great guy, Angel. Telling our entire story is a bit much for an update post, but suffice it to say, he's my favorite! We met at school, during my first semester. We never had any classes together so our initial interactions were limited to meeting up in the library, and passing each other in the hallways or elevators. Since starting our relationship, it's been wonderful going to church together, meeting each other's family's and exploring the city together! 

Also!!! I moved out! I know... its a big step, but its one I made with several factors in mind. I've always been a curious person, fascinated by the world and people around me. I've always been intrigued by experiences and hoped to have my own one day: to learn from my mistakes, to find out who I am and to discover what I was meant to do. I've dreamed of living in a cute apartment in the City with brick walls and an industrial feel and that's exactly what I got! So far, since moving out, I've explored cute neighborhoods like Soho, Spanish Harlem, Williamsburg and Ridgewood. It's when I walk though these neighborhoods that I am most happy- exploring cute shops, meeting new people and buying little mementos that will remind me of my journey are what I've longed for for so long- and now, it's my reality! Plus, with Angel as my tour guide, I'm eating a ton of really delicious food! Like yes to falafel sandwiches! 

Since life has been super crazy lately, I made a couple of goals for myself to make sure I stay focused while enjoying summer. 
  • Take ALST (my first "teacher test") 
  • Volunteer with the Relief Bus regularly   
  • Post weekly on my blog 
  • Invest in a 50mm lens 
  • Film and publish a vlog 
  • Study for and take my driver’s license test
  • Go to Washington D.C
  • Participate in marathon run 
  • Workout at least 3x a week
What have you been up to lately? What are some of your summer goals? 

Kianna Rose


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Yay! It's time for another college update!!! Did you like the one I posted last semester? I enjoyed putting it together and basing it off of my IG account.

Last semester was a major learning experience for me! Being fresh out of homeschooling, college was an adjustment. Learning to juggle classes, making friends and getting ALL of my homework done was something I had to learn, and because of God's help, I think I was able to make it work.

This past semester, things were feeling a lot more familiar and easy to navigate. I know where all of my classes were (but don't ask me for room numbers because that, I don't know), who to ask for help (Julia is the best. hand. down.) and that I have to save EVERYTHING on my USB (because some teachers lose your work and don't remember that you handed it in... But all is grace!)
1. let's do this. first day of my FNA class. 
2. late nights + early mornings. hashtag i want to go to sleep.
3. when FNA takes you outside the classroom. #collegegoals
4. city girl. all. the. way. plus, the library has some really pretty views. 
5. #tbtuesday to this morning when i wasn't tired, achey and just "so over it." thankfully, chai lattes exist and God is so good!
6. Sh'ma Yisra'eil Adonai Eloheinu Adonai echad.
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.
when New Testament Lit. takes you out of the classroom and into a synagogue. 
7. ah! what am i doing? you know, spending my spring break studying for psychology. oh, and I contemplated keeping the picture in color but thought it better to spare you of ALL the pink things. #thinkpink #givemeallthepinkthings #kiannalovespink
cheezin for days with this girl.😘 late night chats about pretty much everything under the sun + laughing our way through it all. tonight's convo conclusions: cuban food is always a good idea, throwback songs need to be sung again and it's NOT our fault that PSY is so hard! 
so... we took a bus + two trains and walked almost 10 blocks in an attempt to save time on our usual route... it took 2 hours but we loved it because we saw tulips. worth it? i think so. 🌷
messy PSY notes. it is what it is. 
i'm OFFICIALLY done with my first year of college! God is so good! plus, these guys made PSY so much better! these smiles are real... we passed and that's all that matters! 

Kianna Rose


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Being happy never goes out of style.
I completely and wholeheartedly agree! Being happy is always a good idea and a good choice even when your day is going *bleh* and your hair just won't cooperate. I see being happy as a choice. You don't have to be happy, but then you miss out on pretty much everything God has in store for you. 

I'll cut to the chase and say that my General Psychology class ended early and my New Testament Literature class was canceled! Since we had so much time on our hands, some friends and I decided to do our PSY homework together. One part of the assignment was to "List ten things that make you happy." Despite this question being pretty simple and self-explanatory, I mulled over writing a list that sounded "right" to my Psychologist/therapist professor. I finally came to the conclusion that writing "chocolate" doesn't make me a shallow person! (I dare you to say otherwise!) It's okay to say that little, seemingly insignificant things make you happy if they really do! You see, happiness is temporary and sometimes, seemingly insignificant. It's based on living in the moment and enjoying every minute of it. So long as my (eternal) joy is found in Jesus, I can smile when I eat chocolate and enjoy myself when I'm hand lettering.
Without further ado (perhaps about nothing...) here are some things that made me happy today:
  • Getting to school on time even though I woke up SUPER late.
  • A canceled class tomorrow! (Unfortunately, my professor broke his toe... )
  • Feeling {pretty} confident about my PSY quiz today.
  • Wheat Thins Toasted Chips Veggie flavor. (Thanks Debora!)
  • A class that ended early today! 
  • My PSY teaching saying how much she appreciates my punctuality. (Um... thank you)
  • Making a new friend with the girl I scared the first day of class.
  • Girl talks + chocolate with my PSY squad. #SquadGoals 
  • Group chats with my N.T classmates. (We still can't seem to find the video assignment due today!)
  • Sister time with my littlest little.
  • Planning on a healthy dinner and intense workout later tonight! #LetsDoThis
  • Treating myself! (TBA tomorrow on IG!)
What made you happy today? 
Kianna Rose


Saturday, February 27, 2016

If we're being real, we'll all admit that we put our skin, in particularly, our faces, through a lot! Oh! Let me count the ways! Everything from putting dirty iPhone screens to our ears or pimple-popping (yes, I went there!), there is more than enough reason to cleanse, exfoliate and all that good stuff to help clear our skin.
In my experience and through much trial and error, I've finally discovered that not all face washes are the same! Some cleansers strip the skin or irritate it beyond belief, but over the years, I've found a few cleansers that I love to keep on hand. Here are my top three face washes and cleansers. 
YES TO BLUEBERRIES Smoothing Daily Cleanser
This cleanser is absolutely luscious! When applied to the skin, it is a milky consistency and when I rinse it off, my skin feels super soft and moisturized. It doesn't smell like blueberries or like anything sweet for that matter but the smell is pleasant. Though I haven't noticed it clear up my skin, it does amazing job of brightening and hydrating!

GARNIER® CLEAN+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub For Oily Skin
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!!! I love the little beads that exfoliate and the formulation has proven to really clear up my skin. I've noticed that my skin is much brighter and incredibly fresh after every use.

WARNING: This cleanser is strong and really good at what it's supposed to do: cleanse! I did notice that after about a week of using it, the skin around my eyelids started peeling. Even with my sensitive skin, I was able to combat the dryness with moisturizing after every use. My skin is used to it and doesn't dry out anymore.

This cleanser boasts some pretty serious claims! When I received mine in the mail, I read about it's cruelty-free formula that excludes ingredients like alcohol, parabens and sulfates, making it super safe for all skin types. Instead of all of those chemicals, this cleanser is made with rose hip oil, rich ocean minerals & vitamin e that are supposed to make your skin glow!

I've been using this cleanser for a while now and honestly notice a bit if vibrancy and glow to my skin after I use it! Even though it says it doesn't have any harsh chemicals, I find that it does smell a little synthetic... Maybe it's the oils or the vitamins in it?

What are your favorite cleansers? Do you have an established skin care routine? I'd love to hear about it!

Kianna Rose


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Do you remember this post, where I shared five of my favorite ways to jazz up the average cup of hot cocoa? Well, with winter upon us and the weather growing colder every day (or so it seems!), I've found myself drinking lots of hot chocolate lately.

More hot chocolate + same old recipes = five MORE ways to jazz up you hot chocolate
1// Add coffee! My friend Bethany put me up on adding a packet of hot chocolate power to my cup of coffee. This is a great way to add a bit more jazz to your drink and make it extra decadent! Yay for indulging!

2// Add coffee creamer. A few weeks ago I saw making a cup of coffee and the thought popped into my mind, "Why not add a fancy flavored creamer to my got chocolate?!" We had some dulce de leche creamer on hand and a few splashes of it in my cocoa was perfect!!! Or you can stir in some evaporated milk or a spoonful of condensed milk.

3// Use a different kind of milk. I know that hot chocolate is usually made with whole cow's milk, but why not switch up the milk for once? My favorite is almond, but I'm sure you could also use coconut milk! Let me know how that tastes! 

4// Make it winter-ish. Since hot chocolate is typically a winter drink, why not make your next cup extra festive with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy canes. Plus, this looks really pretty! 

5// Put together a hot chocolate bar! If you're someone who likes to throw parties (or you like going to parties!) I'd suggest a hot chocolate bar! You can lay out a bunch of fun toppings like M&Ms and caramel syrup. You can add anything that would transform your otherwise plain jane hot cocoa fab into something super decadent! 

Did you try any of the ideas I posted last time? Do you have any suggestions on how to jazz up my next cup of cocoa? If you don't drink hot chocolate, what hot beverage do you enjoy? Tea or coffee? 
Kianna Rose


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hello hello! If you ask me, I'm doing pretty well with posting regularly on my blog! Between late night studying and juggling classes and a work schedule, 8 hours of sleep are a luxury! When I'm feeling tired or ehh, I'll sometimes (emphasis on sometimes!) put on a little makeup, as a pick me up. Like for special, jazzy occasions.

Now, when I say my "everyday makeup routine" I do not mean that wearing makeup has to be or even is an everyday thing for me! When I was younger, I desperately wanted to wear makeup. I was never one who was interested in eye shadows or heavy, dark eyeliner. To be perfectly honest, a swipe or two of mascara and a dabbing of either concealer or BB cream was all I was really interested in. Now, as a busy college student, I look at makeup as an after thought. Now, don't get me wrong: I love testing new products! I'm just not dependent on makeup nor do I let it define my inner and outer beauty! Basically, I said ALL of that to say: I don't wear makeup everyday, I don't have time for that but here's my routine for the days when I do put myself together.
I first wash my face with a few different products. I like a clean slate to work with each time I'm getting ready to put on my makeup. BTW: I always wash my face... not just when I'm putting on my makeup!!! Just in case there was any confusion...

Want to know my favorite skincare products? Let me know and I'll post about my tops three face washes + cleansers real soon!

Then, I'll put on my moisturizer and lip balm as a primer for a lipstick or stain

Depending on the kind of day or event, I may or may not prime. When I do primer, I use the Baby Skin primer and if you ask me, it works just as well as the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. If I don't put on primer, I go for my Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation. I also alternate and use a new foundation serum from e.l.f that I absolutely love! After I apply my foundation, I add a bit of brush/bronzer to warm up my face a bit. I also love the Tarte BB cream! It's my FAV!

For me, mascara is all that I like to put on my eyes for a quick, easy look. My favorite mascara right now is the itCostmetics Hello Lashes mascara. Again, I also alternate products and use the Smashbox Full Exposure mascara or an e.l.f one that washes off wonderfully!

I also like to line my waterline with nude liner to brighten my under eyes a bit. Doing this helps me to look a little more awake when the truth is I probably went to sleep at 2A.M.

I have really sparse eyebrows so some days, I like to fill them in. For perfectly filled in brows, I use the Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit and their 60 Seconds To Beautiful Brows. These two kits come with pencils, a brow powder and a setting gel as well as a brush for precise application. It's amazing how filling in your brows can absolutely transform your look anreven if you aren't wearing any makeup, give you an altogether more put together and groomed appearance! Thankfully, when using bits and pieces of these two kits, I am able to fill in my brows quickly and they turn out every time! 

Lipstick is one of my favorite makeup items. Even if you aren't wearing any makeup, a fun lip color can really pull you together. Depending on the day, season and event, my lip color will change. 

Currently favorites include: 
- theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matt(e) Hughes Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Committed 
- NYX butter gloss in Maple Blondie or Devil's Food Cake (CAUTION: USE THIS SPARINGLY!)

Do you wear makeup? What's your everyday/ not-so-everyday routine?

Kianna Rose


Saturday, January 23, 2016

We all have hair goals. My hair goals involve healthy + hydrated curls that bounce when I walk and shine in the light. If we keep it real, I haven't quite been curl conscious... In recent years, I've been straightening my hair, so much so, that now, my curls are limp and some parts are entirely straight! For a while now, I've been doing some research and found a few products that promise to help my crushed curls regain they're luster and bounce!
Months ago, I purchased a Hask Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner and I think it worked well to repair my damaged hair and left if smelling AMAZING! 

Recently, I tried out the Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Hair Care Collection and have implemented their products in my curly hair routine. Right now, I'm testing out this line to see if it works for my curls.

When I wash my hair, I use the Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Shampoo and the Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Conditioner. This duo smells absolutely incredible and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth. While in the shower, I apply the shampoo all over my head and let it sit for a bit. After about 10 minutes and a lush scalp massage, I rinse out the shampoo and liberally apply the conditioner. I comb out my curls with my fingers or a wide tooth comb (brushes and curly hair are never a good idea!) and again, let the conditioner seep deep into my curls. If you have curly hair, you know that your tresses are always in need of moisture and too much conditioner is not possible! 

If I'm straightening my hair, I like to apply a pea-sized amount of the Macadamia Shine Oil Treatment to my ends. This oil is essential to smoothing away fly-aways and adding amazing shine! Again, if I've straightened my hair, I like to use the Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Deep Conditioner after cleansing and conditioning. I feel like after the heat, my hair needs repairing, so this deep conditioner is perfect. I let this stuff penetrate my curls for about 10 minutes and rinse it out. After, my hair feels rejuvenated and ultra moisturized! 

Moisture and repair! I love how this collection of repairing products leaves my hair feeling, looking and smelling! Slowly but surely, my curls are getting bouncier and shinier! 

All of Hask's hair products are fee of sulfates, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colors and gluten! All of these are enemies of all hair types!

If you have a normal to oily scalp, you may want to skip this collection. With it's oil-based properties, the shampoo may leave your hair feeling oily and weighed down. If you want the benefits of the conditioner, deep conditioner and oil, I'd recommend using your favorite shampoo and finish off your routine with the rest of this collection's products!
After I step out of the shower with my wet curls, I add a bit of the Macadamia Shine Oil Treatment and wrap one of these nifty little things around my hair to dry my curls without the unnecessary friction and frizz! I usually wash my hair at night (this works best for me!) and while I'm asleep, the towel kind of just falls off and by that time, my damp hair dries into perfect curls, with a ton of body! #HairGameStrong

What is your current hair routine + your fav products? Do you have curly hair? If so, 
how do you keep your curls looking fab?


Friday, January 15, 2016

Sometimes, you just need a green smoothie, you know? I love making this this one because it's super good tasting and super good for you!
2 large handfuls of your favorite greens. 
     FIT TIP- I personally love using just spinach because of it's mild taste, but hey, if you like the earthy taste of kale, go for it! 
1 banana, frozen
     FIT TIP- Or you can use 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berry mix if you have that on hand! 
1/4 tbsp of cinnamon
1 cup of almond milk or water

In a blender, add in your spinach, berries, cinnamon and finally your almond milk or water. You can also add ice if you want your drink a little more refreshing! Blend on high for a minute or two, pour into a glass and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the top for garnish. 

In order for any of the ingredients to make their way into my smoothies, they have to be jam-packed with nutrients and healthful benefits. Here's the 411 on each of this smoothie's ingredients:

Spinach/Kale: Both spinach and kale are great sources of amino acids (protein), calcium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and iron. These greens help create and maintain beautiful skin and support a healthy immune system and strengthened body! Basically, these greens are all around super foods!

Blueberries- Blueberries are jam-packed with vitamin C and tons of fiber.

Bananas- Bananas are a good source of iron and potassium which helps with muscle strength, metabolism, and water balance. 
Almond milk- Almond milk is low in fat, but high in energy, proteins, and fiber. It contains vitamins like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc. Woah baby!

Cinnamon- Cinnamon has anti-oxidant effects and also helps with bloating.

Do you like drinking green smoothies and juices? How do you like to stay healthy? And, what do you think of this new series? 

DISCLAIMER: I don't intend for this blog to, in any way, become a fitness blog, but a healthy lifestyle is one of the many things I enjoy living.

Kianna Rose


Friday, January 8, 2016

It's Friday and I know how tempting it can be to give in and give up healthy eating on the weekend. Have no fear, Kianna Rose is here with a (hopefully!) regular series here on the blog titled "Fit Friday." Every other week (or every week? What do you think?), I'll share a tip of two on staying healthy, fit and totally fab... even when you're in college and staying up late doing homework and being tempted with pizza and quesadillas. Its a new year, so don't give up or give in!
Now, huge part of being fit and living a healthy lifestyle is establishing some sort of routine that is easy to follow and stick with. Last year, I began my fitness journey and over the course of the year, I experimented with different workouts and routines until I found a few that really worked for me. 

I try to workout 6 times a week, making Sunday my rest day. Monday-Wednesday I push hard and Thursday-Saturday, I take it a little slower. Here's what my weekly routine looks like:

Monday-Wednesday: 30 minute full body workout 
Thursday-Saturday: 15 minute full body workout

Monday: Abs
Tuesday: Abs
Wednesday: Abs
Thursday: Arms
Friday: Glutes
Saturday: Legs

For these target areas, I also like to follow along with a YouTube video from PopSugar Fitness or Blogilates. Both of these channels are AMAZING and wonderfully upbeat. These shorter workouts range from 5-15 minutes and are a perfect way to work out specific parts of your body. I also use Pinterest for workout inspiration! Check out my favorites!

I used to be a member of a gym and think that I will renew my membership sometime this year. When I did go, and when I return, I like to use the elliptical as well as the stationary bike. These two machines give your legs a serious workout and if you're watching a video or listening to music, you won't even notice the burn... much. Oh, and the treadmill too!
Do you like to workout? Gym or at home? Any questions or suggestions for future posts?
Kianna Rose

P.S. You have to try the Blogilates squat challenge!!!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Woah baby! A whole year has gone by... again! I can't hardly believe how quickly time is going by! 

I look at 2016 as a fresh start. Indeed, it'll be a year of uncertainty and unpredictability but that's the most exciting part! I look forward to all that God has in store for me! To think, by this time next year, my life could be completely different or entirely the same, and the exciting part is seeing what happens!
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This year, I hope to be intentional and slightly ambitious (compared to previous years)! Now, I don't plan to go over the top; actually, I have a few small areas that I'd like to improve upon and grow in.

(RE)TURN TO MY FIRST LOVE- To be completely honest, since starting school, I've slacked in my spiritual disciplines. This year, I strive to "repent and do the things [I] did at first" (Revelation 2:5). I strive to pray more, read the Bible more and grow in my relationship with Christ. A friend at school shared that his life goal is "God first, you second and me third" and that motto is something I hope to live by. I hope to live my life more for God and others and give more of myself to serving others!
Some things I'd like to implement are:
  • Praying for at least 15 minutes before rushing off to school! 
  • Daily Bible reading until I finish it in a year. 
  • Invite a friend or two to church.

(RE)EMBRACE A HEALTHFUL LIFESTYLE- Last year, I gave up processed foods, refined sugars and excess sodium. Exercise was a huge part of my weekly routine; in fact, I worked out 5-6 times a week and was getting pretty toned if you ask me! Unfortunately, college life got in the way, formal papers and groups projects mounted up and at the end of it all, I was so OVER it... Cucina Liberta has the BEST Chai Tea Vanilla Latte in town and pizza with friends was a pretty usual thing. This year... starting on Monday, because it's January 3 and we're still celebrating, I'm re-embracing the lifestyle that was doing my body so much good!
Some things I'd like to implement are:
  • No processed foods... al least during the week. Its going to be a slow transition back into responsible, health conscious eating :) 
  • Drinking at least 80 ounces of water everyday. 
  • Exercise at least 5 days a week. 

(RE)DISCOVER MY PASSIONS- I'm a go-getter. Naturally, I'm drawn to trying new things and becoming passionate about it if it is something I genuinely enjoy. With school, work and church, I find that "me time" is limited if not completely nonexistent! This year, I want to just take a break, take it slow and take out time to learn and experiment. I want to rediscover my passions and work toward improving.
Some things I'd like to implement are:
  • Blogging at least once a week, collabing with other bloggers and working with more brands.
  • Working on my photography + videography. Now, I don't intend to go pro, I just love playing around with my camera and editing softwares.
  • Reading at least five books this year. These books can be both fiction or non-fiction. Any suggestions???

(RE)LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST- In it's expanded form, this resolution includes loosening up a bit, smiling a little more, loving freely, giving by grace, thinking good thoughts, persevering and pressing on, etc.. Basically EVERYTHING on my 2K16 pinterest board :)
Do you make New Years Resolutions? And do you really stick with them?
What are your resolutions for this new year? 
Kianna Rose