Manta Monday: Do You

This, super harsh, Mantra Monday is brought to you courtesy of Frank Zappa. I actually really, really love this quote. I look it up from time to time when I need a good old kick in the rump. 

I sometimes find myself caught up in what everyone else's version of my life looks like. Until there are just way too many versions to keep up with, that's when I turn to Zappa. If my mind is spinning looking to keep everyone else happy, without making myself happy, then I deserve what I get. Let's rewind a little, not so much that anyone deserves anything bad, it's just important to remember you are responsible for your own happiness.

Sorry mom.

I had to throw one of those in there, just in case. See, your life no matter who's involved in it, will always be your own. Whether your contributing to the happy you or the sour you, is also your decision. Whether you live a life that makes you proud (even if you're the only one who's proud of it) is on you.

So, while the input and caring of other people is nice, there's really only one final input you need. It's your own in case you didn't get that. :) So, go out there and make yourself the happiest little you, you can be, by ignoring everyone's advice and looking inward for all the inspiration you need.

All the best.   

Walnut Pesto

If you're super into pesto, but not super into paying like $15 an ounce for pine nuts, you'll definitely want to try it with walnuts. It doesn't taste exactly the same, buuuuuut it's still extra delicious. Plus if you don't like it, you're not breaking the bank. 

This recipe may just get some much needed pesto in your life if you've been avoiding it for any, ehem, financial reason. 

I modified my pesto from this one here. Mine's got more walnut + cheese to pesto ratio. I also didn't prep any of my ingredients, because, food processors, that's how come. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1 cup of fresh basil
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of olive or grape seed oil
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Directions:

  • Put all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Serve as a dip or on pasta.

Grape + Oatmeal Flour Moisturizing, Calming, and Anti-Aging Face Mask

I first learned about this mask on the Dr. Oz show. On there they used flour with grapes. Apparently, it's a common skincare remedy in France. I swapped the wheat flour for oatmeal, which is moisturizing, calming, and great for skin that is easily irritated. 

I've been using ground up oatmeal as face wash and I couldn't be happier with it. It's awesome for puffy eyes and those monthly breakouts. If I'm having a particularly harsh skin day, I'll make this mask with the mashed up grapes and just relax and let all the puffy grossness disappear when I wash it away. 

One thing to note, is it's always good to use organic grapes, since you're mashing up the whole thing and putting it on your skin. Pesticides and chemicals could potentially make a bad skin condition worse. 

If you don't have any oat flour on hand (I didn't) just pulse 1/2 cup of oatmeal in the blender. It doesn't have to perfect, but the finer pieces will stick better to skin. The larger pieces have a tendency to flake off. 

The skin of the grapes contain powerful antioxidants, and they're also loaded with vitamin E. So, grapes are good for protecting and moisturizing skin.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 4 or 5 grapes
  • 2 tablespoons of oat flour

Directions:

  • Mash up grapes with a fork.
  • Mix in oat flour.
  • Apply the mixture to damp skin and let it dry.
  • Once it's dry dampen hands and scrub to exfoliate.
  • Clean off with warm water.