Put the QT back in Quarantine

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Hey family!

This COVID-19 has me out here trying some new stuff. Don’t worry I am staying 6 feet away from people. But after eight days of being in the house, fresh air was definitely needed.

During my time of hibernation social distancing, I decided to watch a new show on Netflix called GLOW UP.

Instead of enchanting you with my rhetoric, this review was made with a dash of iMovie skills and my iPhone 7.

WATCH BELOW:

WARNING: You will want to take cinematography lessons from me after watching this video.

It’s only 5-6 minutes because I have the attention span of a 6-year-old child. Can we talk about this thumbnail image people… someone better take me out the library and teach me this hip YouTube thing.

If you watched my video until the end…you are amazing. Seriously, hats off to you. There are some pretty good bloopers in there. I think the bloopers are longer than the video…

Definitely inherited my father’s cinematography skills.

ANYWAY

Glow Up is breathtaking show about art and beauty coming to life.

What is beauty, you ask? (damn that’s a deep philosophical question that society has been grappling with for centuries…)

Confucius said “Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.”

Popular opinion has told us “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or “beauty is only skin deep”

I think a freshly printed paper of my final essay the day I have to turn it in to my professor is beautiful. Come on, there is something attractive about a nice looking document. Am I right? #official.

Pizza is also pretty cool. And chocolate too. Damn, do I only see beauty in food? That’s probably because my Quarantine schedule is:

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It be like that sometimes.

Glow Up shattered my stereotypical opinions of this through makeup. This show is simply inviting. A cheerful reminder that our colorful collection experiences are worth celebrating. Since we are social distancing, you can try out new looks in the comfort of your home and no one has to know 😉

So change your sweat pants and comb your hair. After watching GLOW UP you’ll be putting the “QT” back in Quarantine.

Stay healthy and home my friends <3

Until next time,

Lauryn 🙂


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New: Confessions of A College Girl Blog and Tutoring

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Hi everyone 🙂 Thank you all for supporting my new book🙂

Love the idea of spreading genuine thoughts/ experience/ advice about what it is like to be in college. So, I’ve added a new page to this blog so I can share these genuine stories, thoughts and experiences with you.

Also, I love sharing advice about the college/graduate school admissions process! I have studied and taken two of the most difficult exams in the United States: the MCAT and LSAT, both require diligent study, and proficiency of reading comprehension and understanding dense reading materials.

I am a energetic and passionate law student! Graduate from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), received my Masters from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and now a law student.

I speak native Spanish and French and love tutoring in all subjects: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. My proficiency in a range of subjects are designed to improve a student’s credentials in their current study and for admission to their choice high school, university and/or graduate school.

One-on-one online SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT tutoring for students looking to maximize their score. These test are important test since many schools weight it the same as your undergraduate GPA. It’s amazing how a 4 hour test will mean the same as 4 years of undergrad! Maximize your chances of success on the SAT, GRE or LSAT with a JD Advising tutor.

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Yours,

A College Girl

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Published :)

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Hello Reel Family!

I AM SO HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE MY BOOK IS OFFICIALLY PUBLISHED AND AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON AMAZON!

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Thank you for all of the positive messages I have received about this journey 🙂

From a budding relationship with the Director of Financial Aid to get free tuition  to living with roommates (which she calls the Chamber of Bitches) this is a collection of stories about sex, studies and student loans.

More importantly, these fragmented stories are built for you. To keep it interesting, all of the stories are based on true events with a spice of imagination. Confessions of a College Girl is more than the complicated emotions of a struggling student. These stories allow you, as the reader, to become this college girl’s best friend.  Hope you enjoy this genuine, unapologetic story of a fictional college girl 😉

Yours,

an Author

Just Getting Started in 2020…

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Hiiii Reel Family!

Wishing you all a wonderful and happy new year!

I am super excited about 2020! The year 2019 has brought significant growth to my personal and professional life. So thankful for another year!

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Accurate depiction of me on New Years Day

In the meantime, stay tuned with Reel Review by Lauryn in 2020 because I’m just getting started. . . 

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Ready to Launch…

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Hi everyone!

I am super excited! The manuscript is finished, the edits are done.

This is it people the book is complete!

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All I need to do is polish up this cover and then we are ready to launch!

What’s the book about you may ask?

It is a fun, authentic and unconventional look on college life! It is unapologetic, fun, spunky and I definitely plan to keep it real for you. It doesn’t matter whether you have finished college, just started or only went for one semester, this book is a collection of short stories meant for you.

Be sure to subscribe to this email list to get more juicy details 🙂

I was so excited to share this with you!  I am on a roll with my New Years resolutions! What are yours? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!

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Book Writing Update!

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I have been writing for five days straight.

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The writing process has been such an adventure. As of today, I have finished the manuscript and on my third round of edits.

I am exhausted, to say the least. I am so excited though! Can’t wait for you all to read about an authentic fiction story. 🙂

If you are currently writing a book would love to hear about your journey! 🙂

Subscribe for more juicy updates!

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Me editing this book. . .

Amazing Health Awareness: A Review of Forks Over Knives

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I finished watching this documentary at 6:28 pm. By 7:02 pm I was at the grocery store picking out carrots, bell peppers, beets and veggie pasta, eager to transform my current Mediterranean diet to a plant based one.

How did I get from my couch to the grocery store in record time?

Forks Over Knives. 

Unable to find a action movie, I decided to explore the “Documentary” section.  I was intrigued by Forks Over Knives since I just wrote a recent article about food.

The holidays are a wonderful time. It’s a time to relax, catch up and gather around with family and friends. It is also a great time to discover new ways to improve ourselves leading into the new year. Cheesy I know. But once I watched this movie, I was shocked about how great it was!

They went through everything! From interviews with doctors to a large longitudinal health study done in China.

I thought to myself, Why haven’t I started this diet sooner?

After watching the documentary,  I have a new sense of awareness about the foods I choose to eat. The film made it simple. Statements were supported with facts that inspires people to make a change. A cinematic masterpiece.

If you’ve been inspired or just thinking about a plant based diet in general, I encourage you to visit watch the documentary or visit the Forks Over Knives website. They have delicious recipes and starter tips about developing a healthy diet.

I have to admit, it has only been a couple days of this new lifestyle.  I feel in control and empowered by my food choices. I even look better too.

The film highlights diseases such as hypertension and diabetes can be reversed when people start implementing a plant based diet.

The movie can be enjoyed alone or with family. Warning, have your car keys close to you because once you finish, you’ll end up running to the grocery store with a new sense of health and happiness.

To get started, I recommend getting one of their cook books. I don’t know about you but I am not one of those super fancy chefs in the kitch. Homegirl needs help. These books are fabulous and really break out healthy eating in a quick and easy way.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated with the results 🙂

Until next time.

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Great News. . . I’m Writing a Book!

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Hi Family,

I have been writing a lot lately and I love it. After many nights with the gang (my tea, my computer, a notebook and my favorite pen), I am happy to announce I am writing a book!!!

I love what I am doing everyday. I wake up early in the morning to get started on my edits and spend the late hours in the night endlessly researching about publishers, favorable book sizes and color schemes. The best books have the best covers. . . obviously.

I am super excited! I plan to finish the book by the end of this year and release it to you in 2020!

I am super proud of this moment and wanted to write it on my blog to keep you informed and document this journey with you.

Will update soon 🙂

Happy Holidays

xoxo,

Lauryn

A Guide to Mindful Eating

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WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

I took a trip to Chicago this past week. Before I left, I ate some hummus and chips for lunch. Stamped at the bottom of the hummus package said “Best Buy” along with an arbitrary date. Thinking this was just any other day, I tossed it. There was still hummus in the jar, and I didn’t think about the consequences of food waste.  I didn’t think about that hummus until I was choosing a movie on the plane, and clicked on Wasted: The Story of Food Waste.

“90% of Food Waste in America goes to landfills”

This was a shocking statistic. I have to admit, at first I thought this documentary was some sort of scare tactic. But this documentary took on a new twist.Wasted  incorporated the harsh realities of food waste in a tasteful manner. Through the eyes of great chefs.

Let’s face it. If you know these articles by now you know that there is some sort of celebrity crush. This documentary delivered and served up two smokin’ chefs:

Chef Dan Barber:

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Dan Barber 

As a chef in New York, Dan inspires his customers by creating great unique dishes that utilize every part of any plant or vegetable he uses. As a chef, he strives to create delicious food that are grown locally and allow customers to enjoy meals that were made from uncommon fruits, veggies and grains.

Entrepreneur and activist Tristram Stuart:

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I’m not eating carbs this week, but that smile can convince me otherwise. Tristram Stuart, founder of Toast-Ale, is extremest attractive has taken all of the unwanted pieces of bread to make an unlikely product: beer. His company Toast Ale, aims to eliminate bread waste into a tasty new product for all to enjoy.

This documentary was the prime example of innovation. I was inspired, captivated by the creativity of one of the most amazing chefs around the world. I thought to myself, how could I eliminate food waste in my own life. Here are three tips to eliminate food waste in your life:

1. Eat Ugly Produce

Many foods are wasted at the store merely because they don’t look perfect on the shelf. In reality, they have the same great taste. I’ve made it a mission to pick to ugly bell pepper or that apple with a slight bruise. We all have imperfections, even our foods and it’s time to embrace it because it’s all delicious 🙂

2. Connect with Food

Although we all may not have a chance to grow our own food, we can choose to buy locally from the communities around us. 🙂

3. Cook more! (maybe with an attractive Sous-Chef)

Fuel your creative spirit or propose a fun date night in! Whatever the dish, cooking more will allow you to experiment with new dishes guaranteed to use all of your new, fresh and healthy resources!

Additional Reading: If you would like to learn more about the food waste epidemic or would like to learn more about food waste be sure to check out these resources below:


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Why we should all live life on Temptation Island

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Usually I try to obtain from reality TV, but I have been sucked into yet another show that has singles ages 21 to 35 looking for love on a lost island in the middle of the ocean.

These shows typically have the same layout: 20 single girls, 20 single guys. It is a battle of the sexes. A colorful cocktail of single young men and women willing to showcase every moment of their love life. Or “love” life.

Temptation Island adds a surprising twist. The show brings 4 couples to an Island in Hawaii, each with a unique problem in their relationship. The girls and guys separate into two villas where they are welcomed by a group of the opposite sex all looking for love.

At first I thought that it was just a regular dating show. But the fact that the couples are going through the experience together adds a spicy twist. At the end of their journey, the couples reunite and have three options: leave the island together, leave the island alone or leave with someone else.

Temptation Island is already in their second season. But it is not finished. However, I am IN LOVE with the first season. I even had time to rewatched the first season. . . it’s just that good.

There are four amazing couples, but one in particular is what made Season 1 extra spicy.

Kaci and Evan

Kaci and Evan dated on and off for ten years. They both entered Temptation Island looking to engage in the entire experience: date new people, act like they are single and decide if they are truly meant for each other. They both knew that it would be difficult to resist temptation but little did they know it would be even harder to resist falling in love.

This is what happened to Evan. After just one month on the Island and 6 months later, he proposed to Morgan, one of the singles he met on the island.

Evan and Morgan–> this is the link to their Youtube Channel!

The UGLY TRUTH

Home girl Kaci was shooketh. And I was too. To be honest this is what the show was meant for. I know what you’re thinking: maybe I need to sign up for temptation Island. But the truth is . . .

EVERY DAY IS TEMPTATION ISLAND!

Think about it. There are couples everyday, faced with singles who are looking for love. Sure it may not be as cut throat or in an isolated island environment. However, we all have the opportunity to create a life and relationship we want, whether or not it is on reality TV.

Here are three ways we can all live life as if we were on temptation Island.

1.SAY YES

The singles on the Island had the opportunity to say yes. Yes to hanging out. Yes to dates. Yes to enjoying each other’s presence. However, in the real world life gets in the way. We have exams, meetings, conferences, travel. We are busy. But if we said yes more often? Yes to the birthday party, wedding, book club invitation, or dinner invite. This will lead us to more opportunities to create lasting friendships or even relationships.

2. Make unsocial activities social.

How many times do we decide to “work from home” or even workout at home. BORING. How are we expected to find our “Morgan” or “Evan” when we spend a majority of our time at home, sitting in front of a screen?! Yes you.

I challenge you to go to a gym class, or a coffee shop to do work. . Let’s get out there, and get busy.

3. Live Life in Abundance

The reason Temptation Island worked so well is because you had four guys in a relationship presented with 20 singles eager to meet them. In their mind they are thinking “wow look at all these options.” I think this fostered them to want to build a connection with other people, unafraid. If we all acted like we were on Temptation Island and felt like there was an abundance of people waiting to meet us, I think we would be more open to developing opportunities.

Final thoughts…

Not bad for a reality tv show. To my surprise, it is a hit. I loved this show and you should too. The process is not designed for couples to learn about their relationships. It is more about learning about themselves.

On the surface, it appears to be another show about singles on some uncharted island. But, it teaches you important life lessons about relationships, self development and confidence.

Let’s go out into the world today living on Temptation Island because let’s face it, temptation, life, and love are everywhere.