Stripes in the sun ☀️ 

If you’re ever in downtown Tampa and looking for a cute date idea, go to the Riverwalk. It’s such a relaxing walk and the scenery is to die for. At the end of the walk, there’s a fine arts museum that you can go to. (You have to pay for admission obviously) Also, this place is one of the best places to go watch the sunset 🌅. *fellas, you’re welcome” 

Shirt: forever 21 // Shorts: JCPenney // Shoes: G.H.Bass // Belt: H&M // Bag: Coach // Sunnies: H&M 

Much Love,

V

Sunsets in Tampa, FL 🌴

Tampa, you have my heart ❤️. From the beautiful sunsets to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. (Let me just tell you, if you’ve never tried Fuzzy’s – you’re not living life.) The chicken nachos is TO DIE FOR. 

Anyways, on my way to Tampa I stopped on Sunset Bridge and watched the sunset. (How ironic huh) Check it out! 


Dress: SheInside | Shoes: G.H.Bass | Sunnies: H&M

Much Love,

V

How to balance a Healthy Lifestyle 

I have to be 100% honest with you all, it’s HARD balancing a healthy lifestyle. Some say it’s impossible, but like my bio – even the word impossible has I’m possible in it.

As you all know (if you’re a new reader, keep on reading and you’ll be all caught up!), I recently started my full time job which has a longer work day than most. I wake up everyday at 5am and sometimes don’t get home until 8pm or 9pm. Yet I still manage to do a quick 30 mins to 1 hour workout daily.

When you’re working out, you HAVE TO motivate yourself by setting a goal. It could either be losing X amount of weight or building muscles. Whatever your goal may be, stick to it. Write it in a journal and track your progress daily. You could also take a picture every week to see your own progress, that’s always a great way to motivate yourself to work harder.

When working out, it’s important to be sweating your butt off. That’s how you know you’re pushing yourself. Since I have such a tight schedule, I usually workout at home by watching some YouTube videos instead of going to a gym. Here are some channels I LOVE working out to.

Boho Beautiful, she does a lot of yoga, Pilates and HIIT workouts. She shows you detailed instructions and does it with you. I LOVE doing this when I want to fit a quick workout in. I usually do 2 videos per workout.

XHit, it’s a channel showcasing various trainers with various exercises. It depends on what you’re aiming to do, they probably have it. Again, I usually do 2 videos per workout.

Lastly, the infamous Kayla Itsines! If you want, you can purchase her ebook guide online or download her app to purchase them as well. However, I found that if you do this little trick, you can do her Bikini Body Guide (BBG) for free.

  1. Search Kayla Itsines on YouTube
  2. Click on the first video. It’s of a woman doing the whole guide showcasing her transformation and it tells you what the exercises are.

Fair warning: the BBG is HARD and will make you SWEAT!!! But it’ll feel so good afterwards. Currently I’m only on week 1, day 2. Follow my health journey on my Instagram!!


As you can tell, I’m a skinny built girl – but I want to be fit and healthy. Follow my journey! 


Much Love,

Veee

What You Should Watch Next on Netflix…

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Jane The Virgin.

Yeah, I said it. I have to admit, when I first heard about this show, I was a little skeptical. The title seemed odd and the cover seemed uninteresting. Basically, I scrolled through it and I ignored it for a whole semester. But then, everyone kept telling me about how great this show is, and I just gave in. (I also just finished another show, so I was show-less)

My first impression of the show was – holy sh*t, SO MUCH DRAMA! For those who don’t necessarily like shows that goes in order and is related to drama, then this show is not for you.  But, for those who LOVE drama as much as I do,  you’ll LOVE this show. There’s so much unknown, so much suspense, and so much detective-guessing-work on your part. It keeps you thinking and wanting more, and most importantly, it’s not repetitive. (We all know how repetitive Pretty Little Liars is)

I would give this show a 9/10 stars. I look forward to watching season 2 on Netflix when it comes out! What’s your favorite show on Netflix??

Much Love,

Veee

Why you should invest in a face serum?

“Moisturize your face, take care of your skin, use SPF on your face, don’t expose your face to the sun for too long…” I’m sure we’ve all heard one of those phrases one way or another, whether we hated hearing it or we appreciated it. A few years back when I was still in high school, I definitely hated hearing it. However, now that I’m older (and hopefully wiser), I see the importance of taking care of your skin. You can take care of your skin in many different ways, but recently, I’ve gained a new found obsession/love – face serums.

I’ve never used them before and have always been skeptical. I hated the feeling of putting oil-like serums on my skin. Why would I want to make my face oily after washing all the dirt and oil off my face? – made no sense to me. BUT, once I started using the face serum, I’ve seen a significant difference in my face. It looks more vibrant and healthy comparatively, also it makes my skin moisturize all day long.

There are a lot of different face serums out there, for some guidance as to which brand to purchase that will benefit your skin the most – check out this article.

Take your skin from drab to fab with one of these 8 worthy face serums”

What’s your favorite brand of serum? Share your thoughts to help readers like yourself! 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

Bring it on, 10 mile bike ride💪🏼

   
   

I went on a 10 mile bike ride with my boyfriend a few days ago. This trail is call the Columbia Trail, it also connects a few towns together. It’s hard to tell you where it’s located, because you can start from any point in any town you’d like. 

We started in a town call Long Valley, NJ, ended up in Califon, NJ. We found a stream on the way and stopped for a few pictures. But, I really wanted to stop so I could rest. We can keep that in the DL. Once we arrived in Califon, we got a quick lunch at a place call Rambo’s Country Store. Such a cute little store, it’s been around since the 1990’s. I’ll have that blog up in a few days, you don’t want to miss out! 

How do you like to work out? 

Much Love, 

Veee

Why falling in love is the best feeling in the world?

  
If you’re anything like me, then you most likely, love Nicolas Sparks movies, or any kind of love movies. As much as I hate to admit it, I secretly love it. I love watching two people slowly fall for each other and eventually fall in love. When I was younger, I always dreamed about  that “magical” moment, but who didn’t? As i got older, I thought it was more and more unrealistic and even not possible. I remember at one point, I actually told myself that – love ain’t real. (haha, in those exact words too.)

I’ll be realistic, you might not find that special someone until later on in your life – and that’s okay. You might meet him/her in high school, college, your first job, the unconventional bar, or at a friend’s party. Who knows where you’ll meet him/her? But, I think that’s the fun of it. The anticipated feeling that you will soon be so heads over heels for someone that you know or haven’t even met. I remember when I had that feeling and I thought it was the most magical feeling in the world, and I wasn’t even in love yet!

Then one day out of nowhere, you meet someone so amazing that you just can’t help but smile. Everything he/she does is so perfect. From the way he/she walks, talks, acts, you love it all. I call this the “I like him/her so much, I think I might be a stalker” phase. You want to know everything that he/she is interested in and how you can incorporate that into your life and spark a connection. Eventually, you end up being friends with them. You start to talk and find common interest, yay! You two exchange phone numbers, and stay up every night talking on the phone/texting. The world seems to disappear as you allow yourself to melt into this relationship. It’s just you and him/her against the world. That feeling right there, is what makes falling in love so great. When you feel like nothing is in your way of happiness and he/she is on the other side, ready to commit.

Being in a committed relationship is hard work and I’m sure anyone in one can agree. But, I can guarantee anyone can agree that it’s so worth it in the end. Seeing that smile on his/her face at the end of the day, that’s what makes it so worth it. To be honest, what doesn’t take hard work and effort? School, work, family, friends, everything takes time. As long as you truly believe that it’s totally worth it, then you go for it! Love conquers all. 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

Ramen Burger – the healthy version

Ramen burger has been the hype lately and I still haven’t had the chance to try it. Nonetheless, I decided to make it myself and recreate this delicious dish. If you’re interested, then keep on reading.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of ground turkey
  • 2 packs of ramen noodles
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 4 portabella mushroom
  • 1 potato
  • provolone cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • olive oil for cooking

This recipe is super simple, homemade. It’s definitely healthier than your average burger or ramen burger. 😉 Check out how I made mine:

  1. Cook your ramen until tender, drain it and rinse it with cold water. Make sure it’s cooled before proceeding to the next step.
  2. Mix your cooled ramen with 2 eggs until well mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pack a square patty size in cling wrap, this should yield 8 patties in total. After wrapping it, place it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
  3. With the ramen in the fridge, you can now cook the turkey burger. Mix the ground turkey with the soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper together. Start forming your patties, it should yield 5 thick patties.
  4. Add oil to your pan and start placing your patties down. Cover and let it cook through. Place cheese on top when done.
  5. Now, cut your potatoes into small strips. Start frying with olive oil when finished. Take it off the pan when done.
  6. Lastly, cook you portabella mushroom. Put it in a pan with some oil, cover it and let it cook through.
  7. Now you can start cooking your ramen “bun”. Put some oil on a pan and start frying the ramen 3 minutes per side.
  8. Slice your avocado now!
  9. You can start putting your burger together now! Ramen on the bottom, then the portabella mushroom, followed by the turkey burger with cheese and topped with a fresh avocado. Place the homemade fries on the side and you’re done!

Enjoy! This tasted really juicy and delicious. If you try this recipe out, comment below! 🙂

Much Love,

Veee

Chicken Satay with Cauliflower over Rice

Hi Loves xx,

Two nights ago, I created this delicious, mouthwatering, tender, juicy, chicken satay over rice. This recipe is SUPER simple and requires only a handful of ingredients. I was going to create actual chicken satay with this recipe, but I thought it would taste super delicious as a sauce like meal. So let’s get right into the recipe!

You’ll need…

4 Chicken Breasts
1 cup of Coconut Milk
2 tablespoon of Curry Powder
2 teaspoon of Turmeric Powder
2 teaspoon of Sugar
1 teaspoon of Salt
1 Cauliflower

And…THAT’S IT!!

First, cut the chicken breasts into cube form – put that aside. Also, cut up the cauliflower into individual cauliflower bite form. Now, combine all the dry ingredients together – sugar, salt, turmeric powder, and curry powder – in a large bowl. Then, add in the coconut milk, and start stirring it together into a crepe mixture consistency. Slowly add in the cubed chicken breast in the mixture. After it is all submerged into the mixture, slowly add in the cauliflower – make sure they’re all submerged into the mixture as well. Let it sit for 5 minutes in the mixture.

At this time, pour some olive oil, or any kind of oil, into a cooking non-stick pan. Put your fire on medium heat, allow the oil to heat up at this time. After the 5 minutes is up and the oil is all heated up, you can start cooking your chicken and cauliflower. Pour out the whole mixture onto the heated pan and allow it to cook, until the chicken and cauliflower are cooked through all the way. The cooking time should be around 15 minutes or less. At this time, you can start placing your rice on your plates. When the chicken and cauliflower are fully cooked, place the combination over rice – and enjoy!

Let me know if you decide to try out this recipe!! 🙂 I would LOVE to see your creation.

Much Love,

Veee

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Penne Vodka with Chicken and Peppers

    Total cook time: 30 minutes || Prep time: 5 minutes || Total cost: <$16

So…I decided to try and create a penne vodka dish with a twist of peppers. This wasn’t as creamy as I’d like it to be, probably because the vodka sauce and pasta ratio was way off. Anyways, it was still delicious, if you want to know how I create this dish – keep reading!

You’ll need….

1 box of ziti
4 chicken thighs (they’re more tender than breast)
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 bottle of vodka sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon of Montreal Chicken blend
1 1/2 teaspoon of Chili Powder
salt and pepper to taste

First, you’re going to dice up the chicken thighs. Then, start cutting the peppers into thinly strips and cut that in half, so it’s almost the width of the diced up chicken. Start by putting some olive oil and butter into a pan, heat it up in medium heat. Once it’s heated up, start putting the peppers in and allow that to cook for 5 minutes. Take it out of the pan and put it aside. At this time, start cooking that pasta based on the box instructions.Then put more olive oil and butter onto the heated pan, start cooking the chicken. Move the chicken around constantly, don’t allow it to get burned. By moving it around, it allows the chicken to get cooked evenly and not dry it up. Once the chicken is cooked through, put the peppers back in. By this time, your pasta is most likely done. Drain it and put it aside. Back to the chicken, pour in the vodka sauce. Put the lid on and allow it to simmer for around 2-3 minutes. Start putting the pasta onto the plates, then pour the chicken and peppers mixture on top of it. I added some dry parsley for garnish and red pepper flakes for taste. ENJOY!

Let me know if you recreate this dish!

Much Love,

Veee

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