Face Routine – Insta Peel Exfoliant

 

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I’ve been told by my friends that for being 30 years old I have a pretty clean skin. I was lucky to Grow up with a mom that was about skin routines. She, to this day will share her favorite products with me. I will always take her advise because her skin is flawless.

My daily skincare routine is pretty simple. I try to stay away from too many products. As a matter of fact, I don’t really wear that much makeup.  And if I do I make sure that it is good for my skin. I’m more about that natural look.

I was ecstatic to hear about the Earthen Skin Care collection! They were kind enough to send me their instant peel exfoliant to test out.

The package comes with 6 six single use packets inside. This is not be treated as a mask, but more so as an exfoliator.

Application:

-Steam your face for 5 minutes, then gently rub it on certain spots of your face. Until you feel that it has been exfoliated enough. After that wash your face off.

At this point my skin felt so smooth and clean. It was the best feeling! Earthen recommends you to use it weekly/bi-weekly/monthly. I personally use it once a month.

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Stay tuned for a full face routine with different products that I use. For now, know that this has been added to my rotation! I for sure loved the way my skin felt afterwards

You can check out Earthen products online here: https://earthenskincare.com/collections/frontpage/products/instant-peel-exfoliant

Look for this instant peel and tell me what you think about it! #instapeel

xoxo,

Nina

Disclosure: Nina Talks has received a free product for this review. All opinions are my own.

 

ABC – Affiliate Blogger Conference

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Editors Note: This post may contain affiliate links. Nina Talks has also won a free ticket to the ABC conference. 

Have you been a blogger for a while, but still struggle with affiliate marketing? Or are you a brand new blogger looking to dive right in? That’s exactly where I’ve been! Although I have blogged for almost 10 years, this current blog “Nina Talks” is a re-brand from my previous blogs. In a way I’m starting over just like some of you. I’ve been reading a lot on affiliate Marketing lately.  Even though I work with Amazon.com for affiliate marketing. There is so many other programs out there that I’m excited to dive right in and learn about!

I was so excited to find out that I was a winner of the ABC scholarship!! I can’t wait to go to this conference and learn as much as I can and put it to work right away. I know that some of you bloggers my struggle with affiliate marketing too. And GUESS WHAT?? You can enter for a scholarship too! www.affiliatebloggerconference.com

Here are a couple of testimonies from the previous years:

Using the tips and tricks that learned at the conference, I immediately saw a 50% increase in my affiliate income.
-Camille, Six Sisters’ Stuff

“Thanks for introducing me to affiliates. I just got my first check for it. And it was for $500. Not kidding.”
– Aimee Cutler
I have been doing my blog for a few years now but have felt very discouraged with all the work I have done with no rewards. I have been to Affiliate Summit and felt that your conference gave me so much more than I learned there.
– LaRae, Get in and Go

ABC is Saturday, May 13, 2017 at The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ABC or the Affiliate Blogger Conference is a 1-day conference for bloggers and other influencers to learn how to use affiliate marketing to grow their business. Learn the ins and outs of affiliate linking, working with affiliate managers, and affiliate programs at ABC! All our sponsors have affiliate programs you can join!

The line up for the speakers looks awesome! Plus, it is happening at The Leonardo which is my favorite place in town. What are you waiting for? Come hangout with me! I would love to meet you and learn with you! Go register at : www.affiliatebloggerconference.com

Previous year attendees:

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xo,

Nina

 

Podcast Episode 3 – How to love yourself

Today’s Episode talks about how to love yourself. It’s one of those topics that are often pushed aside and not really talked about. I start with a big question: Do you love yourself?

Then, I’ll give you tips and ideas on what has worked for me. It sure is a great episode and I hope that you enjoy listening to it!  As mentioned on the podcast, There are 5 simple things I do daily to help me continue to love myself and live a positive life.

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5 simple things you should do daily:

  1. Daily compliments
  2. Find your passion
  3. Write your thoughts down
  4. Go out of your comfort zone
  5. Think happy and positive thoughts 

On the podcast I go in depth on those 5 things. You’ll have to let me know if you try them!

Xoxo,

Nina

Nina Talks Podcast # 2 – Hello Whimzy

Have you ever had a conversation with someone for the first time, but it just felt like you’ve known this person your whole life? Well, I recently experienced this with Lauren from Hello Whimzy. As you listen to this podcast, you will see exactly what I mean… I don’t want to give too much away because I want you to listen to all the awesomeness that it was! Lauren is a stay at home mermaid & our conversation was truly magical!

Hello Whimzy is a lifestyle blog that encourages readers to find happiness and joy for their families and for themselves by indulging in their own whimzical side, no matter how silly it may seem. Whether its performing as a professional mermaid, (seriously!) planning parties, crafting, beauty and fashion or finding activities for the little ones, it is my hope you will find things here that makes your heart fly because… What is life without a SPLASH of Whimzy?

Listen to the podcast below and make sure to follow Lauren on Instagram , Facebook & Blog!

Meal Prep Club – Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe

I’ve been Meal Prepping for quite sometime now… After weeks and weeks of making meals ahead of time to keep me on track, I decided that it would be fun to start some sort of “Meal Prep Club” with my friends where we would get together once a week and cook delicious meal together and enjoy each others company.  Here is one of my favorite quotes that goes so well with meal prepping:  “If you fail to plan, plan to fail.”

Chicken Burrito Bowl

(recipe below)

How to Start Meal Prepping

It might seem intimidating, and like a lot of work, but I promise you that the end result is worth it! I usually take a couple of hours on Sundays to prep for the upcoming week. Here are a few easy steps to get you started:

1. Find a good set of Tupperware. It will keep your meals fresh, and separated. I would suggest a set of 5. So you have one for each day of the week. If you go to your local store they are only five dollars for a set of two.

2. Buy great quality cups/tumblers. For your drinks. I suggest a blender bottle for your shakes. Then, a plastic tumbler for your waters.  These can be found anywhere really, but I got mine from Walmart.

 4. Shopping trip: I usually will take a day of the week, or go on the weekend, and do my shopping for the meals I’m prepping. When eating healthy, it can get a bit expensive. What I recommend is price matching your fruits and vegetables. Wincos is one of my favorite stores to shop for everything. Here are my food staples: Chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes, rice, eggs, and two types of fruit.Then, it really depends on what else you feel like  adding. I usually start with the staples, and go from there. Also, you can get your protein, oats, and yogurts for breakfast.

5. Cook/Bake away! I usually set aside 2-4 hours out of my Sunday for this. This is counting the time that it takes to prep your fruit & veggies, then your chicken. I suggest using tin foil on your pans. Less clean up for later. Also, when you are baking your food you should be able to bake four separate things at once. Just use tin foil to separate your meals in the pans. Example: In one pan I will bake the chicken with veggies, then the sweet potatoes. The more you do this, the less time it will take each Sunday. It is all about setting up a routine.  There are great Meal Prep ideas on Pinterest in case you run out of ideas.

  • Salad in a jar
  • Chia seed pudding
  • Overnight oats
  • Sweet potato chips
  • Fruits in a jar

Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe:

INGREDIENTS
2–3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 bell peppers, any color, sliced
1 large red onion, sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon taco seasoning
Salt and pepper
1 jar salsa
3 cups cooked brown rice, divided
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 lime, sliced into wedges
Fresh cilantro to garnish

PREPARATION
1. Preheat oven to 400˚F/200˚C.
2. Line a baking sheet with foil.
3. Place the chicken, peppers, and onions on the baking sheet and drizzle with oil.
4. Sprinkle the taco seasoning evenly over both sides of the chicken breasts.
5. Salt and pepper the peppers and onions, tossing to coat.
6. Top each chicken breast with a generous pour of salsa.
7. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes.
8. Rest chicken for 10 minutes, before slicing into strips.
9. Add a base of brown rice to 4 food storage containers. Top each with a scoop of black beans, corn, additional salsa, cheddar cheese, cooked peppers and onions, and sliced chicken. Garnish with fresh cilantro and a lime wedge.
10. Store in the refrigerator (and enjoy any extras immediately). Can be kept refrigerated for up to 4 days.

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PS: If you are in Utah, send me an email if you would like to be part of my “Meal Prep Club”

There you have it!

xo, Nina

Podcast Episode 1 – Introduction

Since this is the first episode, I thought I would introduce myself to you and give you a little bit of background information on things mentioned on my intro.

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to do a podcast. I’ve never been a huge fan of my voice, as it gets a little pitchy when I get excited! So lets hope you don’t get to see too much of that one here. But I can’t promise you guys it wont happen!

Press play so that you can learn a little bit more about me. Oh! As a bonus you get to find out why I’m so obsessed with PANDAS!

Thank you for listening!

Xo, Nina

Childhood Obesity

Editors Note: This was an original paper written for my College Essay.

I’m currently in school finishing up my Fitness & Nutrition Degree, so you will get lots of fun info from my studies. I’m so passionate about this topic, and I hope to share lots of information with you weekly!

Have today’s children become lazy?  How healthy are the school lunches?

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Child picking sugary snacks over fruit. Source: www.healthsourcechiro.com

It is no surprise that today’s children have become more sedentary as well as overweight. When further investigating children that are currently in school, there are plenty of reports that warn us of the “Obesity Epidemic”. Per site CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a height from fat, muscle, bone water, or a combination of these factors. Obesity is defined as having excess body fat. Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance” too few calories expended for the number of calories consumed, and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and sentimental factors.

Have today’s children become lazy?

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Children playing with electronics. Source: Google.com

With technology at their fingertips, it has become the norm for children to be lazy and go after the convenient snacks at school, at home, or at fast food places. These snacks can vary from donuts, to candy, to chips, and finally to the ever-convenient dollar menu at fast food places like McDonald’s. Have today’s children become lazy? In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period. (CDC.gov)

It is very rare nowadays to see children without an electronic device. Even if they are indeed spending time outside, or hanging out with friends, they are still glued to their cell phones, iPads, video games, or computers. You might see children playing outside, but if you observe how they intereact with each other, you will notice that their electronic device is playing a big part on their interaction.

How healthy are the school lunches?

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Flickr: USDA/ Lance Cheung

A recent study named “The Healthy Experience” was completed. A report the healthy primary prevention trial developed an integrated multi component intervention program to moderate risk factors for type 2 diabetes in middle schools. The nutrition component aimed to improve the quality of foods and beverages served to students. Changes in the School Breakfast Program (SBP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and a la `carte venues are compared to the experience of control schools. The study was conducted in 10 school districts located at 7 sites across the country. Each site recruited 6 middle schools serving largely minority and lower income populations that were randomized to control or intervention. (Mobley, Connie)

In the graph below you can see the comparison of study. The Proportion (%) of Types of Beverages (A) and Snacks/Desserts (B) Served at a la Carte at Baseline and End of Study in Intervention and Control Schools.

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The Healthy Experience Graph

As you can see in the Graph above, the result is incredible. Children usually follow by example. To see that almost 80% of children have switched to drinking water at the end of the study, and about 50% went with healthier food choices means that there is still time to change the way children go about their day to day. The same goes for electronic use, as well as time spent outside.

There needs to be a change! If those changes can’t be made at home, we need to push for the school districts, superintendents, and local influencers (Bloggers) to help pass a law for “The Healthy Experience” to happen at every school in the nation.

So what do you think? Are you ready to help make a change in your community?

WHY I WRITE…

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One of the one number questions I get asked quite often is why do I blog? why do I write?

I would like to take you back to where it all started…

Siting in middle school at my classes, my mind was usually wandering off to this magical place. This place was peaceful. It was colorful. It was full of life. There was music. There was love. It was an amazing place! My teachers would always catch me staring off into the distance. Their response was usually the same: Karina! Are you paying attention? 

Now, I vividly remember asking my parents for journals. For art kits. For music to listen to and so on… I loved getting creative. I loved that they saw my vision. This little girl with so much joy in her eyes. With so much potential. They let me Dream! I was DREAMER, I am a Dreamer!

I actually have lost count of how many journals I own. One of these days I’ll through all my boxes and count them all. 

About 10 years ago, things were starting to get digital. I was fresh out of high school. Had just moved out of my parents house. Still journaling away. One night, while doing research on Google, I found this site named Typepad. It was a site that I could write down my own thoughts. A blog!

It was then, on a cold January day that I created my first blog. Years and years of writing online, and having multiple sites on different platforms such as Blogger & WordPress. Things were going really well in life. Then my world came crashing down…

I was in the middle of a divorce, depression, and trying to be a good mother. 

I once again turned to writing, but I had lost my voice. That little dreamer in middle school was gone. Something was missing. My writing consisted of angry thoughts. There was no passion to it. I was right in the middle of a phase where I a well known blogger by many. It was almost like I was living a double life. Online, things were perfect. At home, not so much. Not knowing what to do I decided to quit blogging all together. There was still writing here and there, but once again, my passion for it was gone.

So here we are today,

I’m happy to say that I have found myself. My inner peace is back. That little girl from middle school is back. She still has a wandering mind. Music still moves her soul. Art still brings out colorful meanings to her life, and finally, writing is now out of happiness. It is the best therapy. It’s truly her happy place.  

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As you read my weekly blog posts, and listen to my podcasts. I hope to inspire you all to find your WHY!

xo, Nina

Nina & Bia – ViDi Ambassadors!

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If you follow me on my Social Media Channels, then you know how much I love my ViDi Camera! My sister and I are ambassadors for ViDi. We truly have loved using our cameras everywhere we go!

Karina and Beatriz are sisters originally from Brazil who now spend much of their time traveling the world and blogging all about it. They recently made a trip to Peru, exploring the Andes Mountains, ancient Inca Ruins and experiencing the rich Peruvian Culture. See their blog to keep up with their latest adventures.

About ViDi: For the people. By the people. ViDi was founded with a vision to make quality cameras accessible and affordable to everyone around the globe!

The new ViDi LCD. The easiest to use, most versatile action camera. Everything comes included giving you more for your adventures. Come, See, Conquer with ViDi.

Features

  • 1.5″ Rear Screen Display to frame the perfect shot
  • Full High Definition HD 1080P at 30 FPS
  • Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
  • Takes Videos and Still Images
  • Waterproof Case (down to 40 ft)

What’s Included

  • ViDi Camera with LCD Screen
  • 4GB Micro SD Card
  • Transparent Waterproof Case
  • Extension Pole — for all your selfie stick needs.
  • USB Cable — charge up while you’re downloading sick videos.

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ViDi LCD Action Camera $99

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We love this Lama Selfie we took in Peru!

Go check them ViDi out you guys!  ViDi Cameras

xoxo,

Nina & Bia