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Healthier Substitutes for Unhealthy Foods

First of all, hello again! I feel pretty horrible, that after making it a goal to post regularly in 2018, I ended up going on a two month hiatus… It’s no excuse, but I just had a lot going on in my personal and work life, and was too busy and uninspired to create any content. I’m starting to get back in the hang of things though, so stay tuned for more regular updates from here on out! 🙂

Throughout the past year, I’ve started to make healthier eating choices, both consciously and unconsciously. Giving up meat definitely has helped, and so has cooking more, as making my own food means I can adjust recipes according to my own taste. Age is probably a factor as well – I’m only 25, but I’ve already started to notice that I can’t binge eat junk foods like I did before 😦

Anyways, as I was thinking about this, I thought I could share some healthier foods that I’ve found to be decent, sometimes great, substitutes for a lot of unhealthy foods that I used to eat very often. Of course, with all of this being said, this doesn’t mean I don’t indulge every once in a while… I just do so in moderation now 🙂

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BOOK REVIEW | Everything I Never Told You


Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng, is a fiction novel about a mixed-race family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. The story starts with the disappearance and death of the middle child, sixteen-year-old Lydia, and from there, explores how each member of the family deals with the grief while also delving into each character and their relationship with the other members of the family.

This is a type of book that I normally would not have much interest in reading, but with my desire to support an Asian-American author and the book’s appearance on multiple must-read lists when it was first released, I felt like it was a no-brainer for me to give this book a try.

(Minor spoilers ahead)

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I had originally planned to do another SKINFOOD product review, but I had just written one last week, and I recently got into this new podcast that I wanted to share with you guys.

My interest in podcasts comes and goes. I really got into listening to them on my daily work commute and whenever I was driving, but then the interest died again after a few months. A recent conversation with coworkers about audio books once again sparked my interest, so I went on the Podcasts app and downloaded a bunch of different ones that I thought I would like. I decided to start with Cults, hosted by Greg Polcyn & Vanessa Richardson.

Before I continue, I would say you shouldn’t watch this if you get triggered by descriptions of violence or abuse, as the cults that this podcast covers usually have committed violence or abuse of some kind to its own members or other victims.

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FAVORITES | September 2017



Another month has come and gone, and that means another favorites! This month, I share with you three beauty favorites, four fashion favorites, a movie favorite, and a TV show favorite.

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BOOK REVIEW | Stillhouse Lake

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Reading crime/thriller novels is my guilty pleasure. When I’m in the mood to read but don’t really want to use my brain, I love diving into these novels, where the most I have to think about is whether the protagonist is going to survive or who is the killer. These are especially nice to read when I’m traveling, and, on my most recent trip, Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine was the book of choice.

(No spoilers ahead, because it’s that type of book 🙂 )

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I first heard about Sphinx, by Anne Garréta, a while back when Jenn Im on Youtube talked about it in her favorites. The premise intrigued me – it was a romance between the narrator and their lover, A***, and the author didn’t use gender markers for either character throughout the book. I was curious how the author accomplished this linguistic feat, so I purchased almost immediately. However, my reading had been slow in the last few months, so it wasn’t until just last week that I finished this book.

(This review will not include spoilers.)

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BOOK REVIEW | Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget

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Ironically enough, I’m finishing up a glass of red zinfindel as I write a review of this book, Blackout: The Things I Drank to Forget, which is about the author Sarah Hepola’s her alcoholism and her road to recovery.

Generally, I don’t veer towards memoirs, but the title of this book really caught my eye, and when there was a Kindle eBook sale on this book, I thought “why not?” and decided to give it a go. I’m glad I did, because it was a great read, and a book I would recommend to all of my friends.

(Spoilers ahead)

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