10 Facts About Me

 

Now that I’ve been around for a little while, I guess you dedicated readers deserve some fun facts about me! 🙂

1. I want to move to the East Coast sometime in my life.

2. I chipped my front tooth in 8th grade riding a scooter.

3. I crave donuts at all times of the day.

4. I can’t do a pull up.

5. I’m horrible at math.

6. I’m a morning person.

7. I want to open a trendy coffee shop.

8. I’m a dog person.

9. My favorite place to be is in a coffee shop.

10. I may or may not be starting a Youtube channel……… 😉

 

Thank you to Jack Antal for the awesome pics! Follow him on Instagram: _captainjackk!!!

Always,

Sam

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OOTD: Farmers Market

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Hi my name is Samantha Gomez and I spend my free time buying vegetables and taking pictures. Lol you guys already know I’m obsessed with Farmers Markets, and now its my favorite time of the year…FALL. So here’s a little outfit inspo for a Fall day out, buying cute produce in a cute outfit!

P.S. “Fall” in California means 80 degrees with a slight breeze. :/

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  • Top: Free People
  • Jeans: a.n. designs (My friend’s parents jean company check it out!!!!!) (goandesigns.com/)
  • Shoes: Target
  • Scarf: Target
  • Bag: Nordstrom Rack (Brand: Street Level)
  • Belt: Forever 21

Always,

Sammy G

Vegan Pumpkin+Oat Pancakes

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Hey guys!

This past weekend I whipped up a new recipe and want to quickly share it with you all!!

If you love pancakes, pumpkin, and being healthy this recipe is perfect for you if you have an extra 10 minutes in the morning!

** This recipe is very easy to eyeball amounts, but I will try to add measurements as best as I can!

What you’ll need:

  • Pumpkin Purée (1/4-1/2 cup)
  • Rolled Oats (2 cups)
  • Almond Milk (1/4-1/2 cup)
  • Cinnamon (sprinkle to preference)
  • Brown sugar (1 teaspoon)
  • Vanilla Extract (dash)
  • Maple syrup (1 tablespoon)
  • Blender

Instructions:

  1. Blend together all ingredients listed above.
  2. Cook on medium heat in pan.
  3. Finish with desired toppings.

**Recipe makes about 10-12 small pancakes

Bon Appétit!!

Sam

What I Buy At The Grocery Store

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Hey everyone!

I take pride in how healthy I eat considering it has taken me YEARS to stay consistent with my habits. I know how hard it can be to try and fill your pantry yourself without the help of your mom (welcome to college), but I think I can help at least a little bit! I would like to share the things I grab at the grocery store for those of us who need some help/inspiration or those who would like to start their health food journey! Also, I’m aware that some “vegetables” are actually fruits, but I listed them according to where they are located in grocery stores.

I eat mostly fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, leans proteins, and non-dairy products. I will include some **suggestions beyond what I buy. 🙂

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Vegetables:

  • Baby Carrots
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Bell Peppers
  • Onion
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Spinach
  • **Potatoes
  • **Brocoli
  • **Celery

I like to have a mixture of vegetables that I can eat raw, and a mixture that I can cut up and sauté! I usually will eat carrots and cucumbers raw, roast the sweet potatoes, and sauté everything else together! Spinach goes great with eggs, and onions add flavor to everything! Spaghetti squash is a great healthy alternative to spaghetti pasta!

Fruit:

  • Grapes
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Nectarines (if in season)
  • Melons
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • **Strawberries
  • **Apples
  • **Watermelon
  • Lemon/Lime

The options are really endless when it comes to fruit. I suggest you narrow it down to what you’ll really go through in a week, because fruit goes bad very fast. I eat a banana almost every morning with my oatmeal along with all my berries! Any other types of fruit I like to keep around to be able to grab something healthy to snack on throughout the day! Lemon and limes are good for detox waters and flavoring!

Protein:

  • Egg Whites
  • Chicken Tenderloins
  • Turkey Burgers
  • Veggie Burgers
  • **Salmon Fillets
  • **Deli Sliced Turkey Breast
  • **Tofu
  • Black Beans
  • **Pinto Beans
  • **Lentils

I stick to very basic proteins simply because I don’t really eat them. When I go out to eat I will usually get a meal with chicken, and eat mostly plant based at home just because it’s cheaper! I eat a lot of black beans and egg whites to make sure I get a good amount of protein at home. Turkey and veggie burgers are great alternatives to regular hamburger patties! I’ll be honest, I’ve gotten kind of lazy when it comes to making proteins at home on the stove or grill, so I look for substitutes that are still healthy and easier to prepare.

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Nuts and Grains:

  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Fruit and Nut Mix
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Unsalted Rice Cakes
  • Powdered Peanut Butter
  • **Brown Rice

I am obsessed with oatmeal, so I constantly have a mason jar filled with rolled oats. My go-to snack is fruit and nut mix, and prefer to buy my own amount from the bins at any health food store. I like to add quinoa to any meals that needs a little protein boost, and snack on tortillas chips and rice cakes.

Non-Dairy:

  • Almond Milk (unsweetened original)
  • Almond Milk Coffee Creamer (vanilla)
  • **Non Dairy Ice Cream
  • **Non Dairy Yogurt

My body does not process dairy very well so I have eliminated it from my diet, and have seen amazing results. There are so many alternatives to regular dairy products that taste just as good, if not better!

Other Must-Haves:

  • Hummus
  • Snack Bars (my favorite are Lara Bars)
  • Vegan Chocolate

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I prefer to have at least 5 options of fruits and vegetables in my kitchen at all times. This allows me to have many options of combinations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to pair with my beans, proteins, or grains. Once you have committed yourself to healthy eating, you will find that it requires multiple shopping trips a week, because your produce will either run out or go bad. For me, healthy eating is a hobby. I love always researching what my body needs to thrive, and creating my own recipes with new items.

What’s most important is that you eat what makes YOUR body feels good! 🙂

Bon Appétit!

-Sam

 

Hot Yoga…Hot or Not?

 

 

Hey friends!

So you all probably know by now that I love yoga. I have been doing yoga since I was 9 years old, and I would go with my mom to her yoga classes! I find it very relaxing, while also challenging. Not only does it challenge your strength, but your mind as well. Yoga focuses on being present in the moment, so naturally you find your mind wandering and have to bring back the focus to your mat. Some would think trying to focus on the here and now is challenging enough, now try adding 15 degrees to the room!!

The past week I have been going to hot yoga classes at a yoga studio called Corepower Yoga. Not only do they crank up the temp to 92 degrees and up, they add more strength exercises to their practice as well! So they questions is…do I like it or hate it? Well, I LOVE IT. Theres something so clarifying about sweating so much that I have to close my eyes and mouth or else the sweat will drip into them. The class is amazing, but what’s better is the feeling after the class. I seriously felt so cleansed, and proud of myself for being able to be that uncomfortable, but also relaxed at the same time. Hot yoga is a great way for me to tackle my anxiety.

A few recommendations…

  • Steady breathing will get you through the uncomfortableness.
  • Go into the studio a few minutes early and just lay on your mat to get used to the temperature.
  • Don’t be afraid to step out if you need.
  • Hydrate before.
  • WEAR GOOD WORKOUT CLOTHES THAT ABSORB SWEAT!

 

I cannot stress the last bullet enough! I chose to wear just some yoga pants and a sports bra each day, and made sure they didn’t make me chafe or smelly lol.

LUCKY FOR ME… 90 Degrees by Reflex sent me the cutest outfit duos!! I wore these combos of outfits pictured to most of my classes this week, and they were amazing! I’ve purchased their clothes from T.J. Maxx before, and I’m so happy my collection is growing. The clothes are super affordable and great quality! Thank you 90 Degrees for sending me these beauties!!! 🙂

 

I hope I inspired some of you to try hot yoga or just a regular yoga class!

Namaste

-Sam

 

 

5 Ridiculously Easy/Basic Hairstyles

Hey guys!

I have been so  busy moving back to school and haven’t had any time to make any new posts! I started school, and I am in the process of getting my routine back!

Unfortunately, I have 8 AM classes 3 times a week, so that means I have very limited time to get ready because I try and sleep as much as I can. I have mastered the art of styling my hair in a very short amount of time, and I thought I would share my go-to looks help out! All these styles require very little styling tools as well! 🙂

1. Messy Low Bun

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I would like to thank this hairstyle for getting me through my life. This messy low bun can be a cute addition to a lazy outfit, or can be paired with something nicer to bring attention to your outfit. With short hair my buns only require a quick loop, but with long hair I either do a twisted cinnamon roll bun or a loop with a second hairband to secure the hair. I like to pull out my front layered pieces to make the style look more effortless and messy.

Required tools:

  • Hairbrush
  • Hairband

2. Messy High Bun

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I like a high bun for hotter days, lazy days, or with a high neckline top. I repeat the same step of a loop bun but on the crown of my head and pull out fewer pieces in the front. With short hair I sometimes have to pin the hairs above my neck so they don’t fall out of the ponytail. Once you have mastered the art of a perfect messy bun, you have mastered the art of life.

Required tools:

  • Hairbrush
  • Hairband

3. Messy Low Ponytail 

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Another hairstyle that is ridiculously easy, but helps me to look way more put together than I am! A low ponytail can look a little more professional than a bun sometimes. I prefer to straighten the hair in the ponytail, but that step is completely optional. Something fun to add is a braided piece of hair to wrap around the ponytail to cover the hairband!

Required tools:

  • Hairbrush
  • Hairband

4. Slick Low Ponytail

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I tuck my hair back when I have to look somewhat professional, want to highlight my makeup, or if my front layers are just frizzy and not cute lol. I like to pin pieces behind my ears to make sure they don’t move around. With a nice face of makeup and a good lip color, this easy slick pony can transform your entire look in less than a minute! I also like to add a pin at the base of my ponytail to give it a teased and tousled look.

Required tools:

  • Hairbrush
  • Hairband
  • Pins

5. Natural and Tousled 

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It has taken me years to figure out how to get the perfect curled hair that looks completely effortless AND doesn’t take me 45 minutes to achieve. I have finally mastered the look, but don’t hate me if it doesn’t work for you because really everyone’s hair is sooooo different. With that being said, I use a Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch curling iron, but use it with a wand technique. For my short/medium length people out there, I focus on only the top layer of my hair so its not so poofy. I hold the iron upside down with the tong open and wrap only 1-2 times away from my face for only about 5 seconds. I pick out random pieces around my head always curling outward, and finish by pinning one side behind my ear. I tousle and lift my hair at the roots to give a messy/thrown together look. For my people with longer hair I suggest using the same technique, but try wrapping your hair around the iron enough times so you have about an inch and a half of hair at the bottom that isn’t curled. This will make the curls look more beachy and relaxed rather than spiraled.

Required tools:

  • Curling iron/wand
  • Pin (optional)

 

This is the hair God gave me, so this is the hair I am familiar with styling. I have been styling my own hair as long as I can remember and I know it can be so frustrating to learn what works best for you. I suggest experimenting and not being afraid to try new things! (Like randomly deciding to chop off 6 inches LOL) 🙂

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Thank you to my friends at Goody for sending me all my hair necessities just in time for back to school!! These items are lifesavers! 🙂

-Sam

Talk Coffee To Me

 

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So yeah, I’m addicted to coffee and have been for a while. My addiction isn’t the cute “omg but first coffee” t-shirt collection, it’s more like “omg I’ve had a migraine since 8 am someone get me coffee before I die”.

I’ve decided to share all my go-to coffee orders with you guys, so I named them according to when I like to drink them, or how they make me feel lol. Whether you’re an aspiring coffee drinker, looking to change up your order, or just want to see some cute pictures of coffee, you’re in the right place!

Iced Coffee: 

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  • Mid-Day Pick Up: Iced coffee w/ 1 pump of vanilla syrup, soy or almond milk, and cinnamon
  • I’m Exhausted: Cold Brew w/ 2 pumps vanilla syrup, soy milk, and cinnamon
  • Just Some Coffee For Fun: Iced vanilla latte w/ soy or almond milk

When I need more of a wake up, I tend to get stronger drinks like the cold brew, but I will get a latte if I’m just wanting the taste of coffee!

Hot Coffee:

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  • Warm But Not Fuzzy: Hot coffee w/ a side of soy milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon
  • Morning Blend: Hot coffee w/ 1 pump of vanilla syrup, soy or almond milk, and cinnamon
  • Too Early For This: Hot coffee w/ brown sugar and cinnamon
  • Warm And Fuzzy: Hot vanilla latte with almond milk

I usually only have hot coffee in the mornings and when I’m cold. Hot coffee is THE BEST with a little cookie or something sweet to pair.

At Home Coffee:

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  • Don Francisco’s Vanilla Nut Medium Blend
  • Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Almond Milk Creamer: Vanilla
  • Silk Soy Creamer: Vanilla
  • Silk Soy Creamer: Original
  • **All these products come in a variety of flavors as well.

 

I don’t always stick to vanilla flavoring. I sometimes will try hazelnut, caramel, or pretty much anything that sounds good! Vanilla is just always my go-to! I only drink almond and soy milk with my coffee, but other alternatives include nonfat, 2%, coconut, and more!

There are many other reasons I love coffee besides the caffeine! Drinking coffee has a long list of proven health benefits, can be used as a way to satisfy your boredom hunger, and can be a great way to catch up with friends!

Bottoms up!!

-Sam