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I went shopping yesterday and got a new swimsuit that I’m really excited about! I haven’t bought a new swimsuit in awhile because I don’t wear swimsuits that often, but this summer my family is going on a trip to the Bahamas so I figured that would be a great excuse to buy a new suit! Here it is:

Now I just have to make sure I keep a flat stomach until August when our trip is so that I can feel great showing off the neon colors!

I got the suit at H&M and both pieces together were about $30–such a deal!  Where is your favorite place to get a swimsuit?

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Over the past few weeks I’ve gained some weight and not been able to lose any despite eating healthily and working out.  I definitely do not consider myself overweight,  but I’ve a hard time seeing my actions not reflected in my appearance.  I have to decided to try to nix unhealthy habits.  In order to do this realistically, I think it’s best to start with just one habit: my need to drink pop.  I always drink diet drinks, but I still feel this is not healthy.  I am hoping this will help me lose some bloat too.  I usually drink pop when I am hungry, but know that I will be eating a big meal soon so I don’t want to spoil my appetite.

What are simple things you do to stay healthier?

What are your tips to nix pop cravings?


I made a “cooking bucket list” for the summer and one of the items on it was banana bread since I’ve never made it before. I found a great recipe for blueberry banana bread here. Mine wasn’t as brown on the outside as I had hoped, but it was moist on the inside and tasted great!

 

Blueberry Banana Bread

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cups)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

10 oz blueberries

Directions:

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 9″ X 5″ loaf pan.

– In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

– In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients, except blueberries.  Add in flour mixture and stir until just combined.  Fold in blueberries with a spatula.

– Pour batter into loaf pan.

– Bake for about 55 minutes, until a toothpick comes out with only a few moist crumbs.

– Let cool in loaf pan 10 minutes, then let cool completely on wire rack.

What’s your favorite bread recipe?


For my first post, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself.  I am 21 years old and just finished my junior year of college.  I love to cook, bake and stay active so most of my posts will pertain to those things.  I recently ran the St. Jude Country Music Half Marathon, so running is my most recent fitness craze.  Since I am home for the summer, I am able to cook a lot more, and I hope to share those recipes!

I’d love to hear feedback and what kind of things people want posted!