Friday, August 15, 2014

7 SIMPLE HEALTH AND FITNESS TIPS

This post is kind of different from what I usually write about but I think it is a very important topic. A huge aspect of Be Wise is taking care of ourselves. Health and fitness is vital to our well being. I am no expert when it comes to this stuff and I will never pretend to be. However, I AM a huge expert at putting off or finding excuses to not exercise. This is something that I have decided to work on. Not so I can have a great bod come summer time (although, Im not against that) but more so that I am healthy and actually feel good. 
I created a list of a few things that I have found work for me. For the most part I believe they are super simple, because honestly, if they weren't I wouldn't be doing them. I started really focusing on getting more in shape about a month ago and so far Ive been able to stay on track with these simple little tricks. 
 
Its really hard to accomplish something if you dont know what you're working for. Set goals for yourself, but be reasonable. If you make the goals too far fetched you will likely endup giving up too soon and accomplishing little to nothing.

This one has made a huge difference for me. Not only does it hold me accountable it helps motivate me seeing the progress Ive made. Even when they are small changes it helps a ton knowing that I am moving forward and accomplishing my goals. 
I get really bad headaches very frequently and I have found that drinking water helps a ton. I discovered this handy little app called Drinking Water. Its a free app that helps track how much water you are drinking throughout the day and it helps me a ton. 
When I tell myself I cant have something all it does is make me want it more. Ive never done any crazy diets and when I want a cookie, I eat it. This has worked really well for me. I know it sounds crazy and it might not work for everyone, but I have found it makes it easier to not binge on things that that I know aren't good for me.  
Now I know I just got finished talking about not depriving myself but I am honestly not a huge fan of soda. In fact, I really dont like it at all. I will always pick a glass of water over soda so this one is really not too hard for me. I am sure that this has helped make a huge difference in my health. Now, this doesnt mean that I never have soda, but it is extremely rare. Occasionally I want a little bit and when I do, I allow myself to have some. I would just advise picking water over soda as often as you can. 
This isn't a new concept but I try as often as I can to take the stairs instead of elevator, park farther away than normal, etc.  I dont know how much of a difference this makes but if nothing else, it makes me feel like Im progressing by making these simple changes. 
I know I talk about this all the time but I think it is incredibly important.    You might not be as healthy and fit as you would like right now, but with time and effort you can be.  Don't give up. Don't be too hard on yourself. Most importantly, DO NOT COMPARE! If you are not progressing as fast, or looking as fit as someone else, its OK!  Compare yourself to YOU. Not someone else. Track your own effort and progress.  

Our bodies are such incredible blessings. I think we are too quick to criticize what we have.  When I find myself being too critical or negative about my body I try instead to focus on what I love about it instead. I know it sounds silly, but make a list of all the things you love about yourself. Even if its a small list. Think of all the incredible things your body can do. Focus on those and be grateful for what you have instead of what you dont.  
As I stated above, I am no expert. These are just the things that I have found work really well with me and I felt like sharing them with you.  If youre struggling with getting fit, try them out. They might just work for you too.   

What tips and tricks work to help motivate you to stay healthy? 

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Friday, August 8, 2014

CHOOSE HAPPINESS

Post Written by: MARY || graphics: BE WISE ART
 Lately I have been thinking of ways and reasons to be happy and turn the negative situations or the not so ideal incidents of life into good uplifting experiences. Of course in many cases there seems to be no way out, that nothing helps and nothing could possibly fix your problem. Though in my short time so far here in this life I have noticed a reoccurring solution.   
If you choose to have a happy disposition and a positive outlook on life, even if you can't see any form of a silver lining, you will convince your mind to know that everything will be ok, because the best is yet to come. If you want a happy life, you must first be a happy person. 
When you are happy, you make others around you happy as well, it becomes this super radical contagious effect that in turn only makes you happier! What more could anyone want in this life? Happiness is a blessing that is given to us all, it only depends on what we do with it. Personally I choose happiness over anything, and that is what makes life good.


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Monday, August 4, 2014

3 BAD HAIR HABITS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW YOU'RE DOING

Let's be honest, our hair goes through a lot. With all the styling, coloring, blowing, tugging, pulling, teasing, it's a wonder we have any hair left at all. If you are at all like me and feel like it takes fooorevvver for your hair to grow, and it's a lucky day if it's a good hair day, then you might want to take note of these surprising hair tips. There just might be a few things you are doing to damage your hair that you were completely unaware of. 


When your hair is wet it is at it's very most vulnerable and delicate state. This means it is vital that you aren't rough with your hair while it is still wet. Brushing and combing your wet hair can cause your strands to break. 
ALSO, aggressively rubbing your hair with a towel can cause frizz and make your hair even harder to style. Since wet hair is more susceptible to damage than dry hair, it is important to be extra gentle. 
I have tried my best to completely quit using towels on my hair and it has made a  HUGE difference! I have naturally curly hair [or wavy, depending on the day] and it has a tendency to get pretty frizzy.   
Now when I am drying my hair I either let it air dry completely or use a t-shirt to blot it dry. I have noticed a dramatic difference in my hair. Right off the bat my hair is wayyyy more shiny and that is always a plus! It is far less frizzy than ever before and styling has been super easy.  In just a few weeks I have noticed such a positive difference in my hair and it has been such an easy fix. I completely recommend ditching the towel!

While this one seems fairly obvious, I honestly never really considered how my hairstyles could be having a negative affect on my hair. When you have your hair pulled tight causing tension on each strand it can permanently damage the follicles. 
SCARY FACT: Traction Alopecia, a condition that will permanently weaken your hair follicle making it impossible for it to grow can be caused from excessive tugging and pulling of your hair. Avoid this potential hair loss by loosening up your styles and allowing your hair to have a rest.

Weird right? But it totally makes sense. When our bodies aren't getting the nutrients they need overtime it will begin having a negative effect on all the different functions of our bodies, hair growth included. Skipping out on breakfast starts our day without the necessary nutrients needed and in doing so our bodies do our best to make up for that. This means that any nutrients will be used for more important things and our hair suffers. 
Skipping breakfast can cause hair to shed more easily and grow much slower. If you have a tendency to skip out on breakfast, now might be a good time to rethink that habit. 

What are your favorite hair tips and tricks?

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

DAISY LOVE




This is such a fun outfit for summer and a great back to school outfit as well. It's seriously so comfy. I kept most of the outfit fairly simple to help the skirt really pop.   
What back to school outfit ideas do you have?
Top: Forever 21 || Skirt: Pacsun (Similar) || Shoes: TOMS || Watch: Feral Watches || Necklace: Callisto Jewelry


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Thursday, July 31, 2014

HOW TO SET GOALS AND ACHIEVE THEM || FREE PRINTABLES

I feel like I am always finding myself creating lists of things I want and even need to accomplish. Occasionally I am fairly good at accomplishing these tasks but often they seem to be set aside for "tomorrow". I have also found that whenever I set a goal, I start out with lots of enthusiasm but overtime that excitement begins to wear off and I give up. 
So, I came up with a plan. 
This plan was actually inspired by a strong desire to buy the Fuljifilm INSTAX Instant Smartphone Printer. I discovered it online and immediately thought, "Are you kidding me?! I HAVE to own this." I mean honestly, look at that beauty.
However, as beautiful as it might be, I can't justify spending $199 right now. So, instead of frivolously running out and blowing all my money. I decided I would earn it. I would set goals and if I accomplished them, then I could buy it.  
So, how do you set goals and actually achieve them? 
Well, for starters, I have a REASON to accomplish them. I have a reward in sight that I am working towards. But there is more to it... I researched the topic and I put together a fool-proof way to accomplishing your goals if you really follow the steps. 
There are five important steps to accomplishing your goals. Lucky for you there is an easy way to remember these steps. These are SMART goals, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. 
1. SPECIFIC: Whatever your goal is, you need to make it specific. If your goal is to be more healthy, then you need to set specific goals like "This week I will exercise each day for at least 30 minutes." This way it is easier to track your progress and focus on what you are actually trying to achieve. 
2. MEASURABLE: Along with being specific, it is important for your goals to be measurable. Wanting to be healthy is great and making that goal more specific is an awesome start, but we need to be sure we are setting goals that can be measured in order to track our progress. 
3. ATTAINABLE: This one is super important and seems to be the most difficult for me. I always have these really lofty goals and when I can't accomplish them I get really discouraged and give up. When setting goals it is completely fine to start kind of small. In doing so you are less likely to give up annnnd its a huge confidence booster when you can track your progress and you see how far you have come.   
4. RELEVANT: It is important to have a firm understanding of why you are working towards this goal. If it isn't something that is relevant or of real importance it can be difficult to continue working for it. You have to be motivated by something. 
5. TIME-BOUND: Goals NEED deadlines. If you haven't set one then it is easy to put things off and wait until tomorrow. This often leads us to a list of unfinished and unaccomplished goals. Deadlines offer the necessary push we need to get things started and keep them going. 
 I created this printable to help you get started on accomplishing your goals. In the top half you write what your long term goal is. On the bottom half you will write out your short term goals that will help you accomplish your long term goal. It is super important that you fill out the "complete by" section so that your goal remains "Time-Bound".  As you set your goals make sure that each one is SMART, (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound).
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

LEMON BAR ICE CREAM SANDWICHES

So I decided to get a little bit domestic and make this yummy treat. I was standing in line at the grocery store and saw the recipe on the "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine cover and couldn't help myself.  I was surprised by how simple it was to make and honestly, it was BEYOND delicious! Such a good treat for a hot summer day. ENJOY! 

MAKES: 25 Servings  
PREP: 30 Minutes 
 BAKE: 12 Minutes 350º F  
Freeze: 4 Hours 

INGREDIENTS:1/2 cup butter, softened3/4 cup sugar1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar1/4 teaspoon salt1 egg1/2 teaspoon vanilla1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 1 3/4 quart container vanilla ice cream1 10-ounce jar (1 cup) lemon curd  

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350º F  
2. Cover a 9x9x2 inch baking pan with tin foil and set aside for later. 
3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and add sugar, lemon peel, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. 
4. Beat in egg and vanilla until completely mixed. 
5. Slowly begin mixing in all the flour.
6. Take half of this mixture and pat it into the bottom of your prepared pan. 
7. Bake for 12 minutes (or until browned). 
8. Use the foil to lift cookie from the pan and cool on wire rack. 
9. Allow pan to cool and then repeat with remaining dough. 
10. Place ice cream in a large bowl and allow it to soften. 
11. Add lemon curd to ice cream. 
12. Gently remove cookies from the tin foil. 
13. Line your pan with plastic wrap. 
14. Place one cookie on bottom of pan. 
15. Add ice cream mixture on top of bottom cookie. 
16. Place second cookie on top of the ice cream. 
17. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours.  
18. Cut into squares. 
19. ENJOY! 



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BRIGHT HEARTS





Call me crazy but this rainy weather has been fantastic! I honestly thrive on cloudy, overcast, rainy days. This outfit might be a bit strange to wear on a day like this, but honestly, even with the "dreary" weather I am feeling bright and happy as ever! 
Hat: Forever 21 (Similar Here) || Neclace: Mindy Mae's Market (On Sale!)  || Top: Gifted (Similar Here) || Pants: Pacsun (Similar Here) || Shoes: Converse || Watch: Nixon || Bracelet: Etsy || Rings: Urban Outfitters




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