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Sangria!

April 21, 2010

As Friday edges closer, the only thing I can think of is sitting back and relaxing on a patio with a drink! One of the best drinks for warm days is Sangria! I fell in love with Sangria many summers ago in Germany.

For those who aren’t aware, Sangria is a type of wine punch native to Spain. It consists of a mixture of wine, juice, carbonated soda and various types of fruit!

I love, love, love sangria! It is so refreshing and delicious. I’ve made it at home many times myself and would like to share an easy recipe with you all so that you can enjoy a lovely glass of sangria on a warm day!

To make a classic Spanish sangria:

Ingredients (very simple):

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange
  • 1 1/2 cups rum
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • 1 cup orange juice

I’m not even done my post and I’m craving a drink…

Make sure the fruit, wine, rum and orange juice are well chilled. Slice the lemon, lime and orange into thin rounds and place in a large glass pitcher. Add the rum and sugar. Chill in the fridge for at least two hours. When you’re ready to serve, crush the fruit lightly with a wooden spoon and stir in the wine and orange juice. Adjust sweetness to taste if so desired!

I personally like to use fruit that really absorbs the alcohol such as apples, peaches, pears and raspberries!

ENJOY! YUM

Gitte

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For all you shopaholics out there

April 21, 2010

Well, since we live in a technological world today and the internet is such an influence in our lives, it’s no doubt that some of us like to online shop…right? I know I do, though I’ve had to cut down on my online purchases since school started…

Anyways, here are  a few helpful pointers for you shoppers to take advantage of when online shopping for sample sales!

Hitting the sales online means you will avoid the long lines, YAY!

1. Save the date: find out about sales info on BLOGS such as Thebudgetfasionista.com. Around 10 sales launch every day.

2. Do the prep: a lot of sale don’t allow returns, so go into the actual store and try on the items you’re interested in and check the prices.

3. Shop bottom-up: scroll down to the bottom of the web page after logging in, since most shoppers start at the top.

Online sale shopping pays off…you’d be amazed at the sales you can find online and how much cheaper items are.

Give it a try!

Gitte

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My social media experience!

April 19, 2010

Social media is pretty much an inevitable part of our lives today…there’s no way to deny that! I will confess that I am somewhat addicted to Facebook, but my God, it’s so hard not to be.

Ugh…there should be a detox program for people who want to slowly weed out Facebook. It’d be a great money-maker! I could sure use it. Way too much of my precious time has been wasted on Facebook, and now that I’m entering the professional world, I feel as though I should refrain from using it so much.  If anyone has any helpful suggestions on how to lessen Facebook addictions, please let me know ASAP!

Only through school have I started to use Twitter and blogging as another social media tool, but they just don’t have the same appeal to me…Facebook will always be my one and only true social media love…sigh 🙂

I can see the practicality of using a blog and/or Twitter for business purposes, but I think it’ll take me a while before I start to use them for personal gain. Maybe once I quit my Facebook addication I’ll find a new one in Twitter or blogging…it’s pretty much a vicicious circle, I’m sure!

Well, I’ll leave it at that…I have to check my Facebook…

Cheers,

Gitte

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How to destress before exams

April 15, 2010

Well, seeing as how next week we have two big final exams, I thought I’d lend a hand and offer a few helpful hints on how to make your life less stressful before the big test!

Obviously, the easiest way to feel less stressed about an exam is to study! Studying is 100 per cent necessary to pass tests. Start studying ahead of time (which is not always possible…aka the situation we currently find ourselves in) and take study breaks every couple hours and do something completely non-study related to relax your mind.

If possible, find ways to make studying fun by making a game out of it by playing 20 questions or Jeopardy. This will make the studying more desirable and you are more likely to retain information you desire to remember. Finding a study buddy is another fun and interactive way to study.

Remember to go to bed early the night before you test because a good night’s sleep will keep you focused! This is very important, remember to eat breakfast the morning of your exam. Food fuels your body and your brain, and you want your brain fully functioning on the day of the exam.

Remember to reward yourself for all your hard work studying…make plans to do something after you’ve written the exam, like, say, SHOPPING, or going for a pint…

And, lastly, just relax before the test and take deep breaths and be confident!

Good luck everyone!

Gitte

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Life after school…

April 15, 2010

I know many people have posted blogs talking about being done school and all that fun stuff, so I thought I may as well do the same.

The countdown is on… one more week, one more week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! April 23rd is going to be an epic day! Oh, the things I plan on doing on my week off will be glorious.

I pretty much plan on being as useless as possible for the first few days and just taking some time for myself in order to relax before practicum starts. This includes sleeping in till I feel like it, coffee in bed while reading an actual novel (absolutely nothing school or work related), and catching up on missed TV shows.

It’ll be such a relief to not have to go to bed thinking about schoolwork every night and stressing about marks and projects because I’ve had some rather disturbing dreams about school, and they must end!

I think everyone deserves a break after the year we’ve had!

p.s.

I look forward to celebrating the end of our program with my classmates next weekend!

Cheers,

Gitte

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Wonderful Weather

April 12, 2010

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that the weather quite often influences my mood…

We all know Edmonton is prone to insane weather patterns, which I’m sure we have all grown to love and embrace (NOT), and therefore I’m blaming my poor study habits on the weather!

The past couple of weeks have been, for the most part, nicer than expected…the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, people are out and about, and I’m sitting in my apartment, at my desk trying to be productive…

When the weather is so beautiful, I want to be outside taking advantage of the weather and enjoying the fresh air….so this may shock you, but I was happy when we had our little cold spell/snow last week! When the weather is gloomy and bad, I’m perfectly content sitting indoors doing homework because I know I’m not missing anything outside.

So if the good weather could please hold off till next Friday, my sanity and grades will thank you!

Cheers,

Gitte

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Food for thought…literally

April 8, 2010

Hello! All this talk of food and stress has lead me to the topic of brain food! During the next few weeks we will all be busy and stressed and our bodies will need proper and healthy foods to keep our minds sharp!

So here are a few brain foods that will help improve hormone production, brain chemistry, mood and cognition!

1. FISH is the single most important element for optimal brain health. Salmon, mackerel and tuna all contain the best form of Omega-3 fats, which are the healthy fats your bodies need.

2. NUTS offer a plethora of protein, fiber and fat as well as vitamins and minerals that your brain thrives on. Almonds make a great healthy snack.

3. BLUEBERRIES & STRAWBERRIES contain antioxidants which boost cognition, coordination and memory. Berries are great on their own or in yogurt, cereal and salads.

4.GREEK YOGURT, or European style yogurt as it’s often referred to, perks you up and improve mental awareness. Greek yogurt is the fattening kind, but it’s the good kind of fat! Avoid the sugar-loaded yogurts.

5. AVOCADOS boast a healthy fat that promotes blood flow and keeps your mind functioning at its peak. So don’t let the fat content in avocados fool you!

I enjoy all the foods above, so I know what I’ll be eating over the next couple of weeks. I suggest you all do some smart grocery shopping and pick up a few of these brain boosters!

Ciao,

Gitte