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Marilyn Monroe's Diet & Exercise Plan

Marilyn Monroe was known for having an amazing body, women today are still trying to look like her. I have always loved how womanly her figure was, she even had fat rolls. Women today seem to think fat rolls are something to be ashamed of. They are totally normal and Marilyn is the perfect example of that. Women in the 1950's were actually shamed for being too skinny! There were many advertisements shaming skinny girls and telling them men won't like them unless they gain weight. One said "if you want to be popular, you can't afford to be skinny". I know it's hard to believe, things have changed so much. They even had products for women to take to gain weight.


Marilyn Monroe had quite a bizarre diet. She did an interview with Pageant Magazine in 1952, here's what she said. 


Breakfast

"I've been told that my eating habits are absolutely bizarre, but I don't think so. Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room. When it's hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I'm dressing. I supplement this with a multi-vitamin pill, and I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry."


Dinner

"My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots."


Dessert

"P.S. It's a good thing, I suppose, that I eat simply during the day, for in recent months I have developed the habit of stopping off at Wil Wright's ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae on my way home from my evening drama classes. I'm sure that I couldn't allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods.”

Marilyn's exercise routine is quite refreshing, she did not over work herself or set impossible goals. She did simple exercises that she knew worked for her and stayed consistent. Here is what she said. 


Exercise

"Each morning after I brush my teeth, wash my face and shake off the first deep layer of sleep, I lie down on the floor beside my bed and begin my first exercise. It is a simple bust-firming routine which consists of lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head. I do this 15 times, slowly. I repeat the exercise another 15 times from a position with my arms above my head. Then, with my arms at a 45-degree angle from the floor, I move my weights in circles until I'm tired. I don't count rhythmically like the exercise people on the radio; I couldn't stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it.”

                                           
I think we all tend to over complicate our diets and workout programs. Marilyn showed that doing simple exercises and eating well is all you need. Would you try out Marilyn's eating habits? Let me know!


Crosley Record Player Review


Recently I got a Crosley record player. I've been wanting to get one for so long and I finally decided to splurge and get it! I got the Crosley X UO Cruiser Velvet Bluetooth Record Player in PINK! The record player I have JUST sold out:( Here is the same player in a different finish Crosley X UO Cruiser Metallic Bluetooth Record Player. I've had this record player for a couple months so I know what I like about it and what I don't like. That being said I am going to review this record player for anyone who is interested in getting one.

Pros:

  • Equipped with Bluetooth technology for streaming music wirelessly from any handheld device. This record player is great because you can play music from your phone or any blue tooth device and have it come through the speakers, the sound quality is great.
  • 3 speeds (33 1/3, 45, 78) The one thing I did not like about my old record player is that it was only one speed. This record player allows you to play all size records. Some records are heavy while others are light, if you have a one speed record player you won't be able to listen to different size records. If the record is too heavy it will make the music sound very slow and low. Having 3 speeds on this record player is a huge plus!
  • Headphone jack. This record player has a headphone jack, personally I would never use it because it seems awkward to sit by the record player with headphones but for some people it's a plus!
  • Automatic stop. I love this feature. When your record is done playing the turn table will automatically stop. Most record players keep spinning.
  • The volume on this record player is quite loud and crisp. New records still have that old school sound of a vinyl. Old records sound beautiful on this player!
  • Ascetically pleasing. This record player is definitely a beauty! It looks so gorgeous on my record stand, I also got my record stand from Urban Outfitters. The stand I got is sold out but I found another one that looks similar. The hardware on this particular player is brass so it gives it a vintage feel.
  • If you want to hear this record player as well as see my record collection you can watch my YouTube video.

Cons:

  • My one and only con is that this record player does not seem to work well with new records (records bought from Urban Outfitters). The audio seems to sound off tune at times. I'm not sure why this happens since it works beautifully with all my vintage records. I have only one new record so it could just be this record, I will try to buy another new record soon and update this post. 

Final thoughts:

  • I would definitely recommend buying this record player. I love it so much and I listen to it everyday! Plus it's fun to take pictures with it hehe! 

UPDATE 3/1/17

After I posted my video on this record player I got TONS of rude comments from record "specialists" saying Crosley's are terrible and will destroy my records. I did a lot of research on it and couldn't find much information to back up what everyone was saying. Many people say Crosley's are great for people who listen to them for "hobby" and play new records on them. What I've been told is that playing vintage records on a Crosley could damage the record because of the needle weight. Needless to say I ended up returning my record player (not happy about it haha) because I only listen to old records and did not want to take a chance ruining them. However, the main reason why I returned this player was because it started to skip when I would play a record. For now I will continue to use my vintage record player until I can find a new record player that I like. I know many people who have Crosley's and they've never had a problem with it so I may have just gotten a defective player.

How To Start A YouTube Channel PART 2: Filming Equipment

Hello loves! A while back I made a blog post on how to start a YouTube channel  and to my surprise it did very well. Since then, I have been getting a ton of requests to make a part 2 about my filming equipment. Today I will share all of the camera equipment I use. You can view my YouTube channel here

Let's start with the camera and lens. The camera I use is the Canon T5i . I love this camera because it has auto focus. So when you sit down to film you don't have to worry about if you are in focus. My first camera did not have auto focus, I had to take a giant teddy bear and sit it on my bed then focus my camera to it and run into frame and film. This often ended in a blurry video which was so frustrating. The main lens I use is the Canon 18-135mm STM. It is amazing!! It gives the background a nice soft blur and keeps me in focus. It helps to create a smooth video and amazing photos. If you get this lens make sure you get the STM. If you do not you will hear the lens auto-focusing in your video and it will be very annoying. You can also use an auto-focus remote, that way you can sit down and use the remote to focus yourself in frame. The second lens I use is the Canon 50mm. This lens takes GORGEOUS photos, it creates a very blurry background which is what most YouTubers look for. The issue with this lens is that it is very difficult to film with, it is very shaky and auto-focuses loud. I love using this lens for my thumbnail photos. On my camera I have a microphone. The mic I use is the Rode video mic pro. It is amazing, it will block out any background noise.
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Now let's talk about lighting! I love using natural light, if I can't use natural light due to the weather I will use studio lights. A ring light is also a must for beauty bloggers! The Diva Ring Light will make you look flawless and add a more professional look to your videos.
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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Cookies



Hello loves! Today I am going to share with you an easy pumpkin spice latte cookie recipe! They are quite addicting so beware! I have many other pumpkin spice recipes on my YouTube channel you can check out! 

PSL Cookies

Recipe adapted from VeryBestBaking

Makes about 40 cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. instant esspreso powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (I used earth balance) 
  • 1 cup  pure pumpkin
  • 1 large egg (since I'm vegan I used an egg replacer) 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

PRE HEAT oven to 350.


CREAM sugar and butter until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until dough forms.

SCOOP small ball of dough onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes.

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-4 tbsp. water
MIX until glaze is formed.

DRIZZLE glaze over top of cookies. 

DIY Pumpkin Spice Bath Bombs


Hello loves! Today I will show you how to make bath bombs just like Lush sells! These are pumpkin spice bath bombs and they smell amazing and make your skin feel so soft!

What you'll need

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid 
1/2 cup Epsom salts 
1 tsp. water
2 tsp. pumpkin pie essential oil
2 tsp. coconut oil 
Orange food coloring
Bath Bomb Molds
Adapted from recipe found on google search.

MIX all the wet ingredients. Next, add the dry. Mix until combined.

FILL each bath bomb mold with the mixture, pack tightly. Add extra bath bomb mixture and press the two molds together to form the bath bomb. Makes 2 1/2 bath bombs. Let dry for 24 hours before removing. 

REMOVE bath bombs from the molds and enjoy!! 


Vegan Chilli


Hello loves! Today I am going to share with you my favorite vegan chili recipe! Whether you're vegan or not this recipe is delicious! I love making this on a cool autumn day, it's so easy to make and tastes amazing!

What you'll need


2 cans fire roasted garlic diced tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
4 cups vegetable broth
1 packet taco seasoning
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 can beans

ADD all the ingredients into a crock pot. Cook on high for 2 hours or until the quinoa has fully cooked. The longer you cook this, the thicker it will get. In the photo above I ate the chili before it got fully thick (I was too hungry hehe).  If you do not have a crock pot you can cook this on the stove top in under 30 minutes!

Some fun toppings for this chili

  • Avocados 
  • Cheese
  • Lime
  • Jalapeños 
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Disney World/Land Copy Cat Treats


Hello Vintage Dolls! Today I am sharing with you copy cat recipes for Disney treats! You can find these treat at Walt Disney World as well as Disneyland. I will show you how to make Dole Whip, Mickey Mouse Pretzels and Butterfingers Cupcakes! These are all very popular treats from the park, if you haven't tried them you definitely should! They won't disappoint! You can watch my video for these post for more info.

Butterfinger Cupcakes


Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 10 cupcakes
Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com
  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. white distilled vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
PREHEAT oven to 350°
WHISK all dry ingredients together. Next, mix in all wet ingredients. Fill your cupcake liners to 2/3.
BAKE 16-20 minutes. Let cool.


Buttercream Frosting

Recipe adapted from Wilton.com
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup earth balance or butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 tbsp. milk (I used almond milk)
CREAM the butter and shortening in a bowl. Slowly add sugar, vanilla and milk until the frosting forms.


Assemble the cupcakes..

  • Butterfingers bar (Vegan option 'Thumbs Up' candy bar)
  • Store bought chocolate frosting
  • 2 piping bags
  • Chocolate chips

Cut a 1 inch hole into the cupcake. Remove the excess cake. Fill a piping bag with store bought chocolate frosting and pipe the frosting into the cupcake hole. Place the excess cake on top of the chocolate frosting. 

Place the buttercream frosting in a piping bag, no tip is needed. Pipe a classic swirl on the cupcake.

Melt chocolate chips and cover the cupcake with the chocolate. 

Crumble a butterfingers bar (or 'Thumbs Up' bar if you're vegan) and sprinkle it over the cupcake! 

Mickey Mouse Pretzel


Follow the pretzel dough recipe from boardsandknives.com
Makes about 5 large pretzels.

Pre-heat oven to 450°

Form the pretzel dough into 3 circles. 2 small and one large. Attach the 2 small circles on top of the large one to form Mickey's head. 

Combine 2 cups warm water and 1/4 cup baking soda in a large bowl. Dip the pretzel into the mixture. Place the pretzels on a greased baking sheet (If you want to add salt you can sprinkle salt on now) and bake for 10-15 minutes. 

Dole Whip


Recipe adapted from blendtec.com

  • 5 ounces coconut milk
  • 5 ounces almond milk
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
Blend all ingredients in a smoothie blender. Pour into your favorite bowl and enjoy!!