Whole 30 Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Happy Friday friends! I am nearing the end of week 1 on Whole 30. As some of you remember I’ve done it once before, and I felt like the beginning of 2017 was a perfect time! I wanted to share my new favorite breakfast with you today.

Let’s be honest here – Chia Seed puddings are trendy. You see them all over Instagram, Pinterest and other social media outlets. I think more people photograph them than actually eat the said pudding.

For me, however, this mason jar contained, berry topped and Instagram filtered breakfast has become a saving grace. I never eat breakfast, my mom never ate breakfast, I never saw my grandma eat breakfast, which could be attributed to the fact that she woke up hours before everyone else to do whatever grandmas do before the sun rise. So imagine me actually eating breakfast now! I hope you are as excited about it as I am.

The below recipe allows me to make 2 servings, making it a double win ūüėČ

You will need: 

1 cup frozen berries, I usually by mine at Costco

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

4 tbs chia seeds, I buy 2 lbs bag from Costco

1 banana, but if you don’t have one, don’t fear, it will still work out and thicken

Add some spices for a flavor kick, like vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, or ginger.

Place everything in a blender, I use a Nutri Bullet – another recent obsession of mine ūüôā Then evenly divide the mix between 2 mason jars, and place in the fridge overnight. In the morning, once the pudding is ready to eat, I top it with some fresh berries and enjoy, which I hope you will too ūüôā

Do you have a favorite breakfast food? Do tell!

 

Join me on my 2017 Health and Wellness Journey

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Today I am turning a new page here at BeingZhenya.com. I am starting a health and wellness journey that I want to share with you. I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog and whether to continue writing, and I decided that it was time to put more time and effort into it.

Since starting my first big job out of college last August I found myself spending more time on the couch with a glass of wine watching yet another show on Netflix. Even my regular trips to the gym seemed to be pointless.

That’s why I am starting 2017 with another Whole 30 challenge. Sam and I did it a year and a half ago and it worked so well for us. I will be sharing my grocery hauls as well as my favorite recipes with you. And even though the challenge is only 30 days, I am planning on continuing it through the year.

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If 30 days seems too long, I would like to recommend the POPSUGAR January Jump Start plan for 2017 which includes clean eating recipes and 2-week workout plan! It’s easy to navigate, and some of the workouts even include videos, so you can simply¬†follow along. I will be continuing attending classes at the WAC, sticking with strength and boot camp, but I will give a more detailed update once I see the January/February schedule.

Another important aspect of my health and wellness journey for 2017 is my mental and emotional health. I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends were battling depression and anxiety. I have been going through a lot over the past few months as well. Some of the major 2016 events included our move to Milwaukee, leaving my Minneapolis friends, graduating from college, starting a new job. It’s stressful when it’s just you, but when you are moving with a spouse, it’s even more so. I’m looking for 2017 to slow down and for things to settle down a bit, but we’ll see. I am planning on spending less time on my phone, more time with my friends and family, more time reading and writing.

I want to wish you all a happy new year, let’s make 2017 kick ass!

A Very Mod Style Monday Mode with LATTORI and Link Up

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Do you have a look or a style that you go for regardless of the season? Something you rely on when in doubt? For me it’s the mod 60’s style dresses that help show off my legs, while being work appropriate. I love this LATTORI dress exactly for that reason. It’s easy shape and vibrant colors help you get noticed, but not too much. Styling it was as easy as 1-2-3. I threw on some heels, and viola. That’s why I love dresses. They are an outfit on their own. I always feel better about spending money on a dress if I am in the store too. It’s an easy throw on solution to early morning dilemmas that I am sure we all face each and every day!

I hope you enjoyed this outfit! I have one more LATTORI dress to share and I am saving that one for next week.

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The blogger of the week is Ashley of Le Style Rogue. Make sure to Link Up this week to stay in touch with all of us and for a chance to be featured in the upcoming weeks! December is going to be an exciting month as well, full of giveaways!

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Fall Florals with LATTORI + Monday Mode Link Up

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Fall has been incredible this year. It’s been so nice and warm here lately, and I am hoping and praying the winter will hold off for as long as possible. Yes, I am looking forward to Christmas, I love this weather.

Today I am sharing another LATTORI dress with you, this one is probably my favorite. The soft velvet flowers, the burnt orange, the incredible flare of the skirt. This is fall in a dress.

I hope you are enjoying every last bit of fall wherever you are. Please join our weekly link up and help us spread the word!

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Featured blogger of the week – Katherine of Bordeaux Blvd:

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Crushed Velvet

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The velvet trend is one of my favorites this fall! I recently got this Crushed Velvet Swing Dress at Forever 21 for only $12.90 (I actually got it in both colors), and have been loving it! It’s so soft and easy, plus you can style it in so many different ways! It makes a nice addition to my vintage velvet dress collection.

Are you wearing velvet this season? How do you style it?

All photos by Kaitlyn <3

Make sure to stop by the blog every Monday to check out the weekly Monday Mode Link Up, I love seeing everyone’s stylish outfits and beautiful faces!

And lastly please¬†check out my top velvet pieces for everyone’s wardrobe:

Cold Shoulder Dress from LATTORI + Monday Mode Link Up

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Happy Halloween! Even though I don’t have a Halloween costume post for you, I wanted to share this gorgeous dress I’ve recently received from LATTORI. It’s a stylish cold shoulder maxi done in a gorgeous velvet fabric. If you’ve been following current trends, you noticed that cold shoulder trend is popping up everywhere, from dresses to tops, to even sweaters. Have you recently worn a cold shoulder top? How did you style it?

Kaitlyn and I went to Lake Michigan for this shoot, and I absolutely love how she was able to capture the crashing waves against the rocks. I will be honest, I always wanted to climb these rocks to be honest. Today I finally got to do it in my heels!

This is not the last time you are going to see LATTORI on my blog, I have a few other amazing dresses to share with you, which Kaitlyn captured beautifully! Meanwhile make sure to check out some of my favorite cold-shoulder pieces ūüėČ


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The featured blogger from last week is Hypnoz Glam:

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And now for the link up:

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Mock Neck Turtleneck + Monday Mode Link Up

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It was such a gorgeous weekend here in Milwaukee, not even the presidential debate could ruin it. I’ve been listening to Regina Spektor’s new album “Remember Us To Life” on my way to and from work lately and her song “The Light” has really been speaking to me. I wanted to share it with you today, and remind you that sometimes we just need to keep trying, keep going and be that light that shines on us. Of course there are days when I am more of a Grand Hotel personage, but remembering that light helps me get through the day ūüôā

I’ve been obsessed with Kohl’s “Own your everyday runway” fall campaign, and I have to admit I own quiet a few pieces from that whole line up, including this Elle mock neck sleeveless turtleneck. It’s the softest coziest fall item in my closet at the moment, and did I mention I have it in 2 colors.


I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s been linking up with us every Monday for Monday Mode Link Up! It means the world to us! Your posts inspire me and help me stay on top of blogging.

Like I mentioned last week, Rachel, Jewel and I will now be picking our favorite posts from last week. These are the two looks that stood out to us the most:

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Ashley of Le Style Rouge

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Kim of Champagneista

Can’t wait to see what you have to share this week! And don’t forget to help us spread the word about the link up! Xo

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Beauty Favorites // May

Beauty Favorites May

It’s finally time to round up some of my May beauty favorites, and yes, I am fully aware it’s June ūüėČ

1. NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick in Sandstorm ($6.99) provides soft light brown matte finish on your lips and lasts through a few cups of coffee.

2. NYX Lip Lingerie in Baby Doll ($6.99) a light and brighter creamier nude that once again provides a matte finish for your lips.

3. It Cosmetics Sunshine in a Compact Vitality Anti-Aging Matte Bronzer in Warmth ($34) a soft lighter bronzer that makes contouring a breeze and comes with anti-aging ingredients including hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, and vitamins A, C & E.

4. Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose pre-shampoo treatment for fine hair ($24) is an oil that you use before shampoo and conditioner and leave on for 3-5 minutes. It changed my hair washing routine and my hair for the best. In addition to volume, shine and light rose fragrance is a bonus perk.

5. Sigma 3DHD Kabuki brush¬†($24) designed for all areas of the face to apply liquid, cream and powder products, this brush¬†has been perfect for blush this spring, and I can’t wait to use it with bronzer this summer!

6. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($55) is a rice-based enzyme powder that activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes to smooth the skin and accelerate cell renewal. Perfect for every day use, I prefer to use it in the shower.

7. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ ($38) a full coverage product that improves skin texture, brightness and increases skin hydration. I stopped using a day cream when I started using it. I am stepping up from the light to medium shade for the summer as well.

8. It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream ($48) works for all skin types, even the most sensitive (worked for me when I had my semi-annual finals stress rash breakout). This product deeply hydrates, restores radiance and reduces the look of pores, uneven texture and discoloration with collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and colloidal oatmeal. It also smells amazing!

9. NYX Wonder Pencil ($4.49) A concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner all in one, it’s a must-have for everyone! I use medium shade for the summer.

10. It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eye Brow Pencil ($24) when it comes to eyebrows, I’ve done it all – gel, dye, eyeshadow, numerous pencils, but this has been my favorite out of all! This¬†universal (yes, one color does fit all + covers gray!) and long-lasting eyebrow pencil has an¬†oval shaped tip which makes it perfect for both thin and thick brows. The spooly end brush gives a natural polished look.

11. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague ($5.99) one of the few bright colors that I have been wearing after I switched to the nude side. Being a lipstick junkie is hard, but this raspberry color makes it easy and fun. And, of course, once again I am a fan of the matte finish.

12. NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam ($7.49) perfect for face and body and for when I get tired of all the matte finishes.

13. It Cosmetics You Sculpted! ($40) foolproof contouring, hands down! So far I’ve been using soft contour, matte and radiance highlight the most, and it doesn’t take more than 2 minutes every day. Make up is really not that hard when you think about it.

14. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Foaming Mask ($56)¬†brightens, detoxifies and refreshes skin, because that’s exactly what I needed after stressful days and sleepless nights during the finals. It’s like an instant miniature face lift! On the side note, I still can’t believe I pulled 23 credits off.

15. It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush # 7 ($48) a foundation and concealer brush that I’ve been using with powder and only powder. I still think nothing is better for applying foundation than your own fingertips. The concealer brush is perfect for applying powder in the eye area, I specifically use it to blend out any eye shadow imperfections that I’ve created (because you know, I am almost 30 years old, I have yet to learn how to do a good crease blend ūüėČ )

16. Eco. Refresh Cleansing Lotion ($12) an odd one out of this whole review, random product I came across, which actually got the job done. Made in Australia specifically to care for sensitive, dehydrated or combination skin. This lotion contains Papaya, Vitamin E and Oat Extract to easily remove makeup while calming and nourishing the skin and repairing damaged tissue. For someone who constantly suffers from stress rash breakouts, this product was perfect.

17. Heavenly Luxe Angled Radiance Brush #10 ($38) a brush that I use with the You Sculpted! palette, works so well, because I, for once, followed directions¬†ūüėČ

18. Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender ($20 for a full size, $10 for travel) That meme that’s going around telling everyone that by the end of the week my hair is 92% dry shampoo is true, and I can’t tell you how many times this product has saved me time this past month.¬†Texture is an added bonus.

Well here you have it, my May favorites!¬†Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, and what your thoughts are. Also, was this too long of a list? Not long enough? Do share! And finally here is a fun little Periscope video by yours truly! Enjoy!

MN Bloggers Photoshoot by AM Photography

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Last Tuesday my friend Morgan messaged me and asked if I was free later that day. After I said I was she proceeded to invite me to a photoshoot with other bloggers somewhere out in Eden Prairie. That invitation turned into one of the best nights of last week! Not only did I get to participate in a fun shoot and see some drone action, I got to meet two incredible ladies behind AM Photography¬†(you can read more about the shoot on their blog), as well as a lot of local bloggers whom I’ve never met before.

Morgan –¬†Construction 2 Style

Amy –¬†Construction 2 Style

Katie –¬†Jkath Design Build + Reinvent

Jen –¬†Paisley + Sparrow

Ashley –¬†Illest Optimist

Jeanna –¬†Fiercely Fetching

Brenna –¬†Snap Agency

Katie S. –¬†Food by Katie

Zhenya –¬†Being Zhenya¬†(yours truly)

Brigette –¬†#dogmom

PS. I will now be accepting all the blonde comments and jokes! And make sure to check out this live video from the shoot because everyone did a stellar job introducing themselves and it’s fun to see someone you’ve been seeing online in real life!

Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

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green tea smoothie recipe

green tea smoothie recipe

This is my favorite smoothie, I drink that at least once a day. I hope you like the recipe as much as I do!

1 cup frozen spinach

1 cup frozen fruit

16 oz green tea – 4 oz strong green tea mixed with 12 oz water (you can change the tea to water ratio to taste)

1 tbsp protein powder (I use Lean 1 or Orgain)

1 tsp vegetable powder blend (I use Green Vitae Essence)

Blend and enjoy!