Organic vs. Regular Apples

At some point you really have to do your own research. I’ve always heard an apple a day will keep the doctor away. Did anyone ever specify if a regular apple or an organic apple mattered?

Apples contain nutrients that are friendly to the skin. The benefits of eating apples include antioxidants ,  fiber, vitamin c and potassium. According to experts the peel of the apple contains anti growth fighting activities against cancer. It’s weird there isn’t a cure for cancer, but somehow experts no exactly what to eat to help prevent it. Huh…

Have you noticed the shiny pretty apples that has a longer shelf life than the dull apples? They are usually filled with pesticides to coat the exterior of the fruit. However, that pesticide enters the apple. This means you’re ingesting pesticide. By which you are trying to eat healthy. How backwards is this? Guess what? According to experts pesticides cause cancer.

Buy the ugly dry dull apples. No, they don’t last long on the shelf. They aren’t meant to be a display on your kitchen. Eat them. Get a quality apple slicer, because some are flimsy and will break after a few uses.  It’s not just the dull apples, make sure they are organic.

Things you can eat to include apples in your diet:

  1. If you eat toast, eggs,   chicken apple sausage with apples slices
  2. Peanut butter and apples slices for snack
  3. Wheat crackers, dairy free cheese and apple slices
  4. Oatmeal with apple slices
  5. Pancakes and apple slices…you get the gist

Eat organic apples. A healthy diet begins with fruits and veggies. I hope you love my pictures. I love photography and I always try to use my images for every blog. untitled-4658-1.jpg

 

Regain A Positive Identity

Let me start from the least important to the most important factors.

1. Inspire others:

If you radiate positivity and happiness to others, you’ll internalize it. It will naturally become who you are. If you follow me on Instagram @ daralynn_l  I exemplify how it has become apart of me.

2. Seek an expert:

If you are truly unhappy with yourself, a Psychologist or therapist may be able to help you work towards self love.

3. Get help from a close friend:

A real friend will tell you the truth . They see things inside of you, that you can’t readily see as you are in the moment of your feelings. Ask them if they’ve ever felt the way you do. If so, how did they handle the concern.

4. Always surround yourself with positive people:

It helps to be around people that will be you up. They are your biggest cheerleaders. They think you’re an awesome and talented person.

5. Become social : 

Get interested in others. It takes the focus away from yourself. Do this by being genuine and honest. Some people can detect a fake a mile away. Celebrate other peoples accomplishments such as a new baby, new house,  promotions, marriages or test scores. In turn others will unconsciously do the same for you. You don’t want to boast about yourself and become misinterpreted as a narcissist.

6. Be intrinsically motivated: 

Being able to rely less on others for praises or financial gain in order to achieve your goals.  Be persistent and take chances. Involve yourself in activities that make you feel alive and complete. Like me, I enjoy building a beautiful portfolio of a woman. It makes me feel good, to show her what she’s missing- a gorgeous woman in front of my lens.

7. Create attainable goals: 

The first thing to do is fix what you can change. It doesn’t matter if it’s directly for you or not. If it’s bothersome work on it. Having goals increases happiness.  This will help you progress to your true self. I have a financial goal this year. I wrote down the plan and the goal on how I will achieve it.  Let go of what you can’t change.  For instance your height,  ethnicity  or  your family upbringing.

8. Build your character: 

Donate your money or time to a charity. This helps you feel like you are giving back. There are places to donate clothes to ( for instance) a women’s shelter. The women may be getting shaped up to get back into the work force, but they don’t have any business attire. You may have tons of nice business casual clothes to donate. It can put a smile on the recipients and face and yours too.

9. Have respect for yourself:

Treat yourself well and not allow anyone to treat you like old garbage. Get enough rest, drink plenty of water. This is how you respect health. Choose your clothes wisely according to your body type and the occasion . Putting time into your wardrobe says a lot about how you feel about your appearance. This is widely connected to self love.

10. Have a little positive talk with yourself:

If it will help, post positive affirmations around the house. Take selfies and positive them on Instagram with positive messages. This removes anxiety, negative emotions and increases confidence. If you didn’t pass a test. Tell yourself it’s ok. Now you know what to expect when you take it again.

Don’t allow small mistakes effect your overall health and identity. untitled-1606-2_pp

You’re awesome !

 

 

The Origin of the Word Flap Jacks

untitled-4603-1.jpgHere is another excuse to show you a photo I created; one morning after making flapjacks.   The first time I ever heard that word is when I was a little girl knee high to a sidewalk. My dad would talk about how he ate so many flapjacks growing up.

Have you ever thought about where the name flapjacks originated?  Flapjacks dates back to the 1300’s when ” flap” was used in place of “flip.” The jack was used to refer to something smaller than normal. No one really knows why flapjacks was used to describe pancakes, but there isn’t any difference than today when a named is tagged on to something and you never really know why.

I can only eat just one because I normally make them huge. It’s tough for me to order flapjacks  from a restaurant , no one seems to understand my love for the  charred, crispy edges. Never drown them in syrup. It will soak up regular syrup and you’d find yourself pouring more and more. Now you’ll find yourself eating a bowl of sugar.  It’s best with pure honey or agave nectar.   It’s delicious with a strong sweet taste. The taste is so strong until you only need  very little for flavor. Not to mention agave is derived from a plant. Which is much healthier than refined sugar.

Flapjacks are often  served  with syrup, chocolate chips, whip cream, blueberries, bananas, cherries, apples, powdered sugar, chicken, candy sprinkles, jam, honey , agave nectar, applesauce, oranges, nuts, caramel sauce, yogurt and shredded coconut.  If you have tried anything different . Share it with me. I’d love to know.

The Next Word That Comes After Summer, Is Corn.

Hey there! I’m so happy you stopped by. I was hoping we could chat a bit about how elated I am that summer is here! My first thought is bring out the grill. Who wants to stand over a hot stove during the summer? The smell of summer is so tantalizing , but depending on what part of the world you live in. Summer is really here! You no longer have to dream about it or look at beautiful summer adventures in magazines.

Fresh corn is one of my favorite summer foods. Especially the yellow and white corn mixed. Oh! Did you know that  June 11th is  National Corn on The Cobb Day?

There are so many ways to cook corn on the cobb, including boiling, roasting, grilling and steaming. Most of the time I don’t eat it in any elaborate way.  Salt, pepper and a bit of vegan butter will suffice. Believe it or not I’ve eaten fresh corn on the cobb without any seasonings. It’s like a Mercedes, it great alone. How do you like yours?

Here are some recipe ideas using corn :

  1. Roasted corn and tomato salad
  2. Creamy corn chowder
  3. Mexican elotes bisque
  4. Charred corn and black beans
  5. Veggie graten
  6. Sweet corn ice-cream

I can’t leave without touching the heath benefits of corn.  I wanted to be a nurse. Therefore, it’s in my blood. The antioxidants in corn helps protect the body from cancer and heart disease. I’m sure you get the most health benefits from corn that isn’t highly seasoned. Don’t quote me on this. I’m not a doctor. It’s just my educated guest. ( Hehe) The sweet corn is  loaded with lutein.  It promotes healthy vision. So, eat your sweets!

For me, I’ll take mine plain.untitled-4590-1.jpg

 

Facing Fears And Loving Yourself : The Solution to Being a Happy Successful Woman.

I have been contemplating writing this blog about this topic for so long. Yet it keeps resurfacing my brain like the plague. This time I decided I’m going to write about the importance of women ( of all races) loving themselves and facing their fears. Believe it or not the two goes hand in hand. If you’ve been following my blog I discuss things that interest me. This shouldn’t be a surprise , because it’s what makes a good blog, when one can share their  knowledge and interest. However, I hope my blog doesn’t seem too broad or bore you to death.  I mean my topics are related to anything from food, weddings , and shopping tips. Initially my idea was to discuss only photography tips. It’s my main interest in the world . My eyes is a lens. I see potential photos throughout my daily life.  For the longest I couldn’t think of a blog title and AskDaralynn , just stuck into my head.  It probably doesn’t  make much sense, because I rarely get asked questions. This will possibly be the first blog without a photo. I love photos and its pretty tough for me to write a blog without  posting a photo. However, this is more about something very thought provoking . I want you to really dig deep into your soul and only think of yourself at the moment.  Place a photo in your mind of yourself, while reading this blog.

If you’ve been hating yourself. Stop it today! I know this sounds like a cliche, but you are truly beautiful inside and out. No one can be a better you, than you.  As a woman myself this thought process did not come to fruition over night and it didn’t come until I believed it. A million people can tell me I’m awesome! Until I made up in my mind that I’m smart, beautiful and worthy, things begin to change for the better.  Hopefully you are still with me here. This is an unusual topic for me. However, it is something I’ve struggled with for years.

You should check out my Instagram. Go to http://www.instagram.com/daralynn_L  It’s mainly about self love. If you are struggling with self love, I want you to do two things for me. Take a bunch of selfies and post them on social media. Analyze them and mention as many great things about yourself as you can think of. It doesn’t matter what you wear or how your hair is styled. You don’t have to post your thoughts . People will think you are a narcissist  or some snob. Just post a picture and say something nice. Leave a nice quote. It works for self love. Comment on something nice about another woman.  Do it! In the beginning if you’re not accustom to photos of yourself, you’ll feel silly or you may think you don’t look good enough. Do it anyway! The more pictures you take, the more positive things you say, it begins to become a part of you.  Hopefully this topic will inspire someone to change their existing situation to a much better one.

Facing fears doesn’t always mean you should face each and everyone of your fears, but the ones that have enslaved you the most in life. Often times its is the fear of being independent , strong and loving yourself as a women. Without courage and a positive mindset, the will to challenge yourself, you’ll always have doubt. You’ll always depend on a man to make you whole. If the man in your life disappoints you, you’d have to settle because of the lack of self esteem and skills.

The brain is a powerful organ. It will grow into the direction based on the information it is fed.  Feed it negativity and it becomes who you are.  A negative Nancy. If you not only speak on positive things about yourself, but act on them as well.  It will become second nature. You’ll begin to feel better about yourself, start to treat yourself in a more kind and loving way and that’s when the doors of success start to open. No matter what you think you see in the mirror; tell yourself otherwise. Repeat each day: I’m worthy, beautiful and good as any other woman . You can’t rely on others to see your worth. If you need someone to express your worth each day; you aren’t confident in yourself. You’ll only live for compliments.

This isn’t about women who chant and boast about how they don’t need a man, but more about being happy with yourself. No matter where you are in life, in order to be a successful woman, in anything you do;  you must FIRST love yourself. This sounds like I’m beating this topic over your head, but it is so true. Too many women hate themselves.   There are the normal struggles like PMS…that’s a mouth full in itself.  Then we add more pressure by sizing ourselves  up with others.   We have the media and men to thank for that. It’s easy to find yourself not good enough. Your boobs are to small, saggy, or too big. Your waist isn’t small enough or its too big. Your skin is too light , too dark , your hair is too curly, too nappy or too straight . You are too tall, too short, too fat, to small. You’re not smart enough, good enough or you walk strange . If you hear this all of your life, it’s enough to drive anyone insane. Plastic surgery can not fix your mind.

The happiest woman is the confident one whom loves herself.

 

 

What! Coffee Has Health Benefits.

About nine months ago I decided to alleviate a few more things from my diet.  I mean why not? It’s been 30 years ( literally) since I ate any red meat. I’m on a roll!  I no longer drink any sodas , especially my favorite Dr. Pepper. Then I decided to discontinue drinking  caffeine free coffee. I heard it’s a synthetic  drink and is bad for you. I know the coffee   (at least I thought) with caffeine is worse.

I’ve always had this thing about not allowing any thing such as bad habits control me. Not to mention there are so many people in the world with bad health; whom continue to eat things that worsen their health.  I’m not perfect, but I try to listen to my body and do what’s best. Finally I am proud to say my main drink of choice is  water. I actually crave water. I know, I sound sick.  I can drink juice, Almond milk  or lemonade  and will not feel a sense of satisfaction until I’ve had some water.  Some of you can relate.

However , here is the problem at hand. I gave up caffeine free coffee, because I heard it’s bad for me as I’ve mention. Another problem I have is repeating myself. Ok back to the subject:  Coffee  causes insomnia , nervousness, upset stomach, increase heart rate, headache, anxiety, nausea,  ringing in the ears and diarrhea. I’m sure there are other symptoms from drinking coffee.  It’s surely caused irregularly heart beats and increased my heart rate, caused nervousness and upset  my stomach.  This is why I stayed away from the caffeine . The caffeine free has small traces of caffeine.  If you ask me, it’s like saying I don’t use crack , but I use crack light. Therefore, I decided not to drink it at all. I have the coffee pot, and coffee maker at home. Perhaps I’ll donate it soon. It’s taking up space in my pantry. Sometimes I think I’ll have a relative over that will ask me for coffee.  I’ll hold on to it a little longer.  Yes, I was really into the caffeine free stuff. In my refrigerator was all of the non dairy flavored creamers  to enhance the taste. It was full of sugar and each time I poured it in my coffee, I felt bad. my conscience would ask why are you doing this to yourself.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not perfect. I’m not extremely strict on my diet. I still eat cookies guys. A for sure weakness. The doctor would have to tell me to step away from the cookies , before I give them up. I must add, that my cookie intake has decreased. Too much of anything can be bad. Sugar is not the best thing in the world to eat. annie-spratt-65077

The confusion comes along when I read an article that express the benefits of coffee. It protect agains Parkinson disease, type 2 diabetes, liver disease and some cancers. Come on now.  The sugar that most people put in their coffee is enough to cause diabetes alone. Is coffee good or bad for me?

This blog is not meant to verbally beat up on coffee drinkers. Receiving mixed information on weather it’s good or bad for my health is the real problem. I should be able to make an informed choice to do something or not. With all of the misconceptions , it makes it that much more difficult. I love the flavored coffee. I gave them up to improve my health. Now I’m not sure if I’m giving up some of the small joys in life in vain.

One thing I no for sure. I can’t go wrong drinking water. …unless I’m poisoned.

10. Reasons Why You Can’t Be Anything You Want To Be.

As a child I had high hopes for my future. At nine years of age, I knew I wanted to be a photographer . Then later ( Young adult) in my life I added midwifery to the list as well. My love for photography is steadfast. There isn’t a moment I don’t think about how I can turn something into an art form from a photo. I see things differently when I look at it.   Experts say that people like me are right brained. I’m creative and definitely intuitive.

As for being a midwife.  I never became one, but I tried by enrolling in college and studying until 3:00 in the morning.   The courses were not so bad. I scored very high in subjects such as,  anatomy, English and science.  The not- so -easy stuff to most people. However, my math scores …lets just say there wasn’t a score board for me. Often times my scores were ( F t) . Have you ever heard of F plus? That was me.  I wanted so much to be a midwife, because I found the reproductive system highly interesting. My goals were to take my photography skills and integrate it with midwifery. Clever huh? Despite how much I tried it didn’t happen. I tried for over 2 years in college, until I was kicked out of college after academic probation.  No matter how great my other classes were going, I needed to pass them all.  Yes, I could have tried at a later time in life, but life got in the way, got married, had children, grew older and the math side of my brain is completely hopeless.  The math side of my  brain didn’t shut down. It never opened.  I have a reason for my math skills being so low, but thats another blog.

Anywho, my passion for photography is alive and well today. I get the pleasure to photograph women  in all situations. However, I do not like nude photography. There is a lot more beauty and appeal in clothes. My genre  is beauty and weddings. I’ll find the beauty in any woman and catch it with my lens!   I don’t like basic stare( cheese photos) at the camera type images. Although there are times when that type of photography is needed. Such as a family photo or product shot.  I’m always thinking the possibility of the photo becoming wall art.

I’m not where I want to be in the field of photography . I’d love it if I got to shoot more weddings and beauty images.  It would be a plus be able to have more images framed and hung on the walls of my customers. I’ve been working on my home gallery for years.  A dream differed !

Who says you can be anything you want to be? It’s the classic phrase every parent has probably said. There are so many obstacles that can get in the way.

  1. Health
  2. Job
  3. Family members
  4. Spouse
  5. Yourself
  6. Lack opportunities
  7. Knowledge
  8. Money
  9. Friends
  10. Tools

 

I can’t be anything I want to be – but I can be a lot more of who I am already ? A great photographer!sweet-ice-cream-photography-91777.jpg

Petite And Being Fit

Many people think you have to be overweight to have fitness issues. The truth of the matter is anyone can have problem areas or something about their body they wish to improve. In this blog I’m not talking about someone with body image issues or low self esteem . Thats a different blog.

This blog is more about getting back into shape. Although I’ve never stopped working out on some level; I once worked out religiously.  I had a schedule. Today is yoga, tomorrow is weights, and so forth. What happened ? I’ll tell you what happened in a nutshell. In order: I fell on some photography equipment ( I’m a photographer) during a session. I injured my knee. My knee hasn’t been the same since, then later my daddy died. Yes, I said my daddy. I’m an adult, but that was my daddy. After those two episodes I couldn’t get back to life. My dad was my world. The best man that God has ever put before me.

Here I am still blessed despite. It is a wonderful thing to be a size 2 at 48 years old. No, I’m not bragging at all. It truly is a blessing. Fortunately I’ve never been a large person. My entire life I’ve worn a size zero ( 0) until I got in to my 30’s. Now I’m happy to say I’m the ideal weight  for my height and age. This is according to my doctor.  The only thing desire the most is to tone up.   I don’t hate the way I look, I know I can use some improvement . However, I’m not conceded by the slightest.

I love taking pictures of myself , because pictures are one of the most endearing things to me. To have a piece of life frozen in time is priceless. I can never get it back once the day is gone, but I preserved it on film or digital. Back to this picture that gave me the ah ha moment. I had been complaining to myself regarding getting my legs  into shape, but it didn’t dawn on me, just how much until I took this selfie.

This was taken 1 day ago.  So I’m not cheating with an old photo. LOLuntitled-1736-1There isn’t anything wrong with my legs. They work great. Besides these are the legs God assigned to me. I want to be stronger, toned and have  nice shaped legs. I am committing to do just that.  Before  I really do extensive work outs with my legs, I’m going to pay a doctor another visit . I want to check on my left knee for advice on what type of exercise to perform based on my issue with my knee. The problem is it will dislocate sometimes. I’ll find myself bent over on the floor crying and popping in back into place. After this happens it’s sore for a month. Then that leads me to another workout setback.

Lastly, I want to say don’t beat up on yourselves too bad ladies and gents.  Take each day at a time. Work on baby steps. I started by just walking a few times a week for 1 hour. I’ve noticed a change in my endurance and strength already. You can do it too! Whatever it is you want to improve on yourself go for it! Don’t look at celebrities, or anyone else in magazines, social media or TV as the parameter for what is acceptable as beauty and fit. You have to be your own kind of beautiful!

Don’t Have Your Wedding Without Those Lashes.

 

 

Have you ever heard someone say, If you have on jeans with holes  and a T-shirt, but your hair is done; you look good? Your hair moved the attention away from how  you’re dressed down you look. Really, no one noticed.

That stands for eyelashes as well. We know they are fake. Besides you’re not trying to fool anyone.  You want to look alive and what better to do it then with faux lashes on your wedding day.

Ok, we’ll be the first to admit that faux eyelashes can be a little intimidating. They’re difficult  to put on the first ten times, they seem a bit dramatic when you’re not used to them — and  they may seem to obscure  your eye sight if you aren’t use to them. Bare in mind beauty, not only includes pain, but discomfort sometimes. It’s just the way it is when you are a girl.

Get that face done, ( I hate saying beat)  it’s your special day.  Your photos will be proof you took time to enhance your beauty. The lashes instantly make you look glamorous, they don’t clump like mascara and they’re easy to remove.  Last but not least , they’re perfect for emotional times. They’ll withstand the tears. All the makeup in the world doesn’t look complete unless you have on those gorgeous falsies. It’s like mowing the lawn and forgetting to edge. Imagine it’s your wedding day. The lashes will cut the time it takes to make you look prettier. So many things can go wrong on your day. Don’t allow being late become one of them.

Lashes come in different material:

It depends on your budget and what you’re willing to spend. The most realistic are human and mink. The mink lashes are pricey. They can cost $17.00 from Mac to $35.00 from Velour lashes. You can buy a pair of human hair lashes for $5.00 at Walgreens .

False Lashes Are Healthy :

I know you’re thinking  I’m crazy.  It’s true, falsies are healthier than mascara. Falsies don’t help them grow, but they don’t disturb your lashes.  Mascara causes lashes to become brittle and weak. All of that rough housing to take off the mascara the evening after your wedding is a pain.  Most brides opt to leave it on and wake up with it all over their  pillow.

Wedding photo: Angelita Espara

Lashes on bride: Mac

Lashes Pictured: Target

 

Add that special touch to your day.  You’ll look and feel so gorgeous!

Break the Late Night Munchies

Eating late night snacks is a bad habit for many people. It’s exactly what I said a habit. Motivational and self help experts like Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar have said it takes 21 days to break a bad habit.

Chances are, you satisfied your hunger at dinner, so these late-night munchies are not about being hungry. It’s a habit developed from , boredom, stress, or fatigue. No matter what the cause, eating at night usually leads to overeating . If you eat more calories at times of day when you’re not active, you’re likely to gain weight.

Favorite food munchies:

Ice cream, potato chips, cookies, candy, donuts and latte’s with a lot of sugar.

Sweet solution:

* Resolve not to eat late in the day or after dinner.
* Distract yourself — curl up to a good book
* Eat  a handful of veggies
* Increase the fiber in your diet-  Try eating beans to keep you feeling full.
* Increase the protein in your dinner

* Always eat in the kitchen or dining room, this helps curb “eating amnesia,” that mindless munching in the bed
* Eat slowly and savor the taste of your food. Give yourself 15 to 20 minutes for your brain to get the signal that you have had enough.
* Eat breakfast every morning
*Drink plenty of water. Not only will it help you stay hydrated, it will give you something to do with your hands and mouth. Try not to drink after 6pm unless you want to sit by the potty all night. untitled-4428-1