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Getting inspired to eat healthy

March 20th, 2014 1 Comment

Eating “healthy” and “clean” isn’t as exciting as a hearty plate of pasta or a juicy hamburger next to a steaming basket of fries.  Or, as we all know, just a plate of bacon. Those meals don’t need a lot of fanfare to be appealing.  The same old yogurt with berries and over-scrambled eggs we eat regularly lose their luster pretty quick, in my opinion.

However, I’ve found that looking at beautiful, stylized pictures of healthy food on instagram pulls me back to the bright side and away from the fries.

Here are four instagram users I love to follow and inspire me to keep my diet clean.  Three of the four also have blogs where they post their healthy recipes.  Click the images to find their instagrams.

 

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@PhilosophieMama (Sophie) is a super cute energetic mother of 2 who created her own line of powdered super foods.  After watching her promote her line and post recipes on instagram I had to meet her. We had a breakfast date that could have gone on for days.  Since then, I’ve been using her  cacao magic superfood blend in my protein shakes.  Sometimes I just mix it with water.  Others I make a smoothie with spinach and acai.  It tastes like a milkshake!  Just what my little sweet tooth needs after a double SoulCycle day.  I’ll be hitting up the “Green Dream” next.  She also has TONS of recipes in which she incorporates the powders.  I just threw some into my oatmeal the other day and it went from bland to heavenly!

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Make magic happen.

August 28th, 2013 No Comments

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It’s out there.  Whatever you want. It IS OUT THERE.

You know you have to work to get it.

The choice is: will the work be a burden or a journey?

Choose to find happiness in the journey and magic will happen.

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Starting a new little business :)

July 25th, 2013 No Comments

Mary Rambin and Mason 2013

I’m not sure what’s gotten into me… I certainly don’t NEED one more venture on my plate.  But here I go!!!

When I started making granola for family and friends last year, they all instantly suggested I jar it up and sell it.  With all that’s been going on in my life, I just packed that idea up in the back of my mind until I settled down.  So here I am, living in Santa Monica with all of my boxes unpacked and my oven on fire baking granola.

Seedful Not Sinful Granola

The company is called Seedful Not Sinful.  Healthy snacks to fuel your body.  Devour without guilt!

Based on the recipe I posted before, I’ve crafted a recipe that has less sugar and more protein.  It’s pretty darn delicious if I do say so myself.  Blends I’ll make are: Original, Toasted Pecan, Raw Pistachio, Mulberry, Apricot and Raw Cashew.  If you have any other suggestions, please let me know.  More snacks to come, but just the granola for now.

SeedfulNotSinful.com is up and running along with the social platforms:

I would REALLY appreciate your support.  Please take a sec to follow the new biz and Like us on the ole FB.  I’ve been posting to these places recently moreso than on my own platforms. On the @SeedfulNotSinful Instagram:

Seedful Not Sinful Instagram Mary Rambin

I will be selling it directly to you if you want it and online, I just have to set that up.  In the comments below, I would love it if you would recommend local delis and stores you love so I can contact them about wholesaling it there.

All of this being said, I’m going to take one more week off from blogging to keep up the momentum.  You all should be outside anyway, away from the computer!  This week though, I will be shooting a lot of new videos for the site so there will be plenty to dive into when we all go back to school.  (Is summer really almost over?!!!)

Thanks again for your support!

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Interesting B.S. you’ll love for summer parties

May 29th, 2013 No Comments

It’s that time of year for weddings, BBQs, pool parties, beach days where you’ll catch up with friends and family.  You’ll love to learn about what they’ve been up to and offer them a few “happy” tie bits from your year.  And then…hmmm…what to talk about next?  The weather, new restaurants in cities they might not visit, the latest tragedy?  Yikes.

Besides scrolling through weeks of my facebook feed, I like to bring something fresh to the conversation.  Most of my friends could care less about tech news, so I have found when I bring it up, they’re always intrigued. If I’m in a group of men, their eyes actually light up (take note my fellow singles).

Here are a three nuggets you can throw out there to show you’re up to speed on the fastest growing industry on the planet.

1.  ”The Limo industry is going to die.  Have you used Uber yet?”

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Uber is the mobile application that allows you to call upon a black car or SUV in your area with one click.  Right now the service is only available in major cities, but has already revolutionized the taxi/limo industry.  Think about it, you can reserve a luxury car in seconds that will pull up in minutes and charge you a fare between that of a taxi and a limo.  Your credit card information is stored in the app and Uber pays the driver (tip included) for you.  A fun fact: Uber is testing out the system with taxis in NYC now.

Use my promo code w4nlt and get $10 off your first ride! 

 

2.  ”Twitter has a new thing on the market called Vine, it’s like Instagram for videos.”

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That pretty much says it all.  Vine is Twitter’s new mobile app that allows you to shoot 6 seconds of video that the app sews together so you can upload a cute little video instantly to one or many of your social platforms.  It’s fun, but no one really seems to be using it yet.  That’s why you will blow people away with this one.  A friend of mine made my first Vine video at a Memorial day pool party the other day.  Here it is:

(Click the video to turn sound on.)

 

3.  ”The new head of Yahoo! is really making an effort to turn the Titanic around.”

 

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Within a year of being hired as the new CEO of Yahoo!,  Marissa Mayer has made some really big changes at a remarkable speed.  She revamped flickr into a platform people are excited to use again, released the innovative Yahoo! Weather app,  hired a wealth of talented executives, acquired Tumblr (my favorite blogging platform) for $1.1 billion, and is now in talks to buy Hulu.  She’s made a few questionable moves, but otherwise, she has her pedal to the metal and is determined to make Yahoo part of our “daily habit.”  And, on top of it all, is a new mother!  Sounds like it’s time to buy up some Yahoo! stock (if you ask industry insiders.)

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InstaChristmasGift

December 5th, 2012 No Comments

This is probably the most inventive, fun, and EASY gift idea I’ve come across in a long time!

StickyGram, a UK based company, is a service that allows you to create a sheet of nine square magnets using any of the photos you have taken on Instagram.  It takes about 4 minutes to make and costs $15 a sheet.  BRILLIANT.  And so much fun to make.

The only one little complaint I have is that you can’t use your friends’ photos to make them personalized sheets.  You can only use your own photos.

Use my code FRIENDFMRP and get $2 off your first order.

YOU MUST ORDER BY DECEMBER 9 TO GET YOUR STICKYGRAMS IN TIME FOR CHIRSTMAS.

I came across this idea on Pinterest, pinned it on my Holiday Gift Guide board and it was an instant favorite.  You can also find it on my MTM gift guide and GIVEAWAY for 2012.

 

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Best place to be right now in Atlanta

April 6th, 2012 1 Comment

When it’s 70-80 degrees outside, you’ll always find me on a patio, no matter where I am in the world.

After spending the last week in Atlanta, I was surprised it’s not as easy as you would think to find a patio where you can get great food and wine.  Most of them back up to the street, which I’m not a fan of.  Who likes to hear cars racing by when you’re trying to chat and relax.

Here are the few I’ve found with a pleasant atmosphere, good crowd, and delicious food (that’s important!).  An * will denote restaurants voted one of the city’s best.

For the life of me I can’t think of these two places in Decatur I love….. My other favorite thing to do is a pack a picnic and head to Chastain or Piedmont Park.  Can’t go wrong with that.  AND I can bring Mason :)

For my favorite patios in NYC, LA, Houston, and more, click here.

(Photo: Yes, I’m posing.  At Ecco.  Love their bar too!)

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Instagram is now available for your Android phone

April 4th, 2012 No Comments

Ok you crazy Android users, welcome to the world of photo fun that is Instagram!

I’m willing to bet that most of you who have iPhones already have the app, but just in case, I’ll explain it for everyone here.

Instagram is quick and easy photo editing and sharing app.  Here’s how it works:

  1. Snap a pic or choose one from your library.
  2. Size and crop the pic to fit the square.
  3. Play with the filters at the bottom of the screen until you find one you like.
  4. Add a border, contrast, and focus if you want.
  5. Write a clever comment and enable geo-tag to share the location so people can see where you are on a map (great for restaurant sharing).
  6. Distribute to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Fouresquare, or all of them at one time.
  7. Scroll through cool photos from people you follow.

You’ve seen tons of photos I’ve used instagram to enhance. It’s kind of addictive actually. Plus, I love how I can shoot the pic to all of my platforms instantly.

Try it out, the app is free, and follow me – Mary Rambin of course.

 

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So jealous of her just-threw-it-up ‘do.

April 3rd, 2012 1 Comment

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I saw this girl sitting on the curb as we were waiting in line for Fiona Apple at SXSW in Austin (where boho chic thrives).

When I asked her how she did it, she looked at me and said politely with her eyes, “Is she serious,” and actually responded, “I just threw it up.”

Well, of course she did! Ugh, I can never pull this together, no matter how long I try.

The best part was when I asked if I could snap a few pics and the guys next to her started laughing. Then when they realized I was serious they were all impressed with her. She was graceful about the whole thing, which is why she is truly a natural beauty :)

Long story long. Love her hair. Great look for spring. If you make it happen, let us know how you did it please!

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