New Blogger Spotlight!

A good blog can be hard to come by when there’s so many blogs out there and growing a readership can be even harder if you’re a niche blogger. You can secretly hope that your blog will be found in the abyss of blogs on the blogosphere but sometimes without the help of social media and a little selfless promotion you can get lost. I’m always looking for new blogs to read, and fresh ideas to inspire me. I always like to know what pages the bloggers I follow are reading because after all, like-minded bloggers will probably also have similar interests in blogs they want to follow as well. So I thought it’d be a neat idea to do Blogger Spotlights. Blogger Spotlight is open to EVERYONE and you can submit by the last Saturday of the month 11:59PM EST.

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The rules are simple:

1) Are we friends? If you’re following Little Bliss Book via WordPress, Email and one other blogging platform Facebook/Bloglovin/Google +/Pinterest you can submit even if you’re self-hosted or a blogger on Blogspot.

2) Contact me! Click on ‘Contact’ at the top of this page on the menu bar and briefly explain what your blog is about like this:

I’m a Bliss follower, yoga and DIY enthusiast, Amateur Chef focused on Gluten-soy-refined sugar free clean eating, and eczema-free living

Mention who your general audience is, something interesting about you, and if you could follow your bliss what would it be and why.

3) Send in your favorite quote. I like bottling words of wisdom and inspiration and making it sharable to everyone so send in a quote to feature as well.

Bloggers will be selected at random on the last Saturday of the month and be contacted the next day to feature on the first Monday of the month. Along with being featured in a post, you’ll be featured in the sidebar Monthly Blogger Spotlight.

So get ready and introduce yourself, I look forward to reading your submissions and blogs!

little bit about me and why I blog…

I was born with an autoimmune disease which affects my immune system. Most people will not have a single food allergy in their life, while others may have one or two items they may be sensitive to. I have a running list, probably over 40 items, I think I lost count. But the numbers don’t really matter because I try to focus on the things I can have rather than the things I can’t. I started off making this blog about eating cleanrecipes, and how to start a detox, and slowly I started doing product reviews on food productsskincare and eczema, sharing stories and discoveries I’ve made on new restaurants or at the farmer’s market.

So this month I’ve decide to feature Erica who has a similar story to mine from Edible Attitudes. She’s a teenager in high school and shares her story on A Teenager’s Perspective on Food Restrictions: A Practical Guide to Keep from Going Crazy. Check her out.

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Honorable Mentions! I was nominated by some great bloggers a while back for some blogger awards that I’d like to mention. Be sure to give them some blog lovin as well.

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The Beauty Advice Blog

Blissfully Brunette

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Lessons to Carry With You in 2014

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 Time is precious, and it’s the one thing you won’t ever get back. Don’t let anyone waste your time and don’t wait for the ‘perfect time’ to take a chance on something or you’ll always be waiting.

When I look back at the past year and think of all the ways that things couldn’t have gone my way, I realize it wasn’t because of sheer luck or because I was just having a good year that so many wonderful things DID go my way. It’s because in 2013 I made some promises to myself and I kept them and I couldn’t be more happier and yes I’ll admit I’m even proud of myself.

Lesson 1:

Give yourself credit where credit is due. Too many of us shy away from giving ourselves a pat on the back when we accomplish a goal or learn a lesson. We’re all human and it’s part of growing as a person. Being happy for  yourself  may seem like a corny concept at first but honestly just get over it. If you can be happy for someone else when they accomplish something, you can be happy and proud of yourself too.

Lesson 2:

Be patient with yourself.  Don’t throw in the towel too soon. Frustration is a good thing, it means you are challenging your boundaries and setting new ones. It took me 3 months of failing, tweaking, and restarting my detox to finally stick to something that worked for me and now the changes have virtually become permanent. They don’t say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” for nothing. You’ll have a few nuts and bolts missing in the beginning when you’re first building your dream, and you’ll get frustrated at why the puzzle pieces aren’t all fitting together like you wanted to. Take a break, take a detour, go on a ‘shopping trip’, get some ideas, and find the nuts and bolts you need and start back up. You’ll have the foundation, then the framework, and in no time you’ll see the finished house.  

Lesson 3:

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Lesson 4

YOU create your own happiness.

So those are just 4 lessons for 2014 that I carry with me from 2013, I could write on and on about some more I learned, and maybe I will in the future but these are just some basics. It’s easier to be passive and let things happen as they will; I know I was guilty of that in years past and always thought things were as they were and that I couldn’t really change the way my year would shape out, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

How To Change Your Attitude On Happiness

It’s officially sweater weather (sort of). I live in Florida so it’s tropical most of the time, but I’ll bust out my cardigan and boots any chance I get. Including this festive cup.

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Sweaters on mugs…I don’t know anything that’s cuter

There’s only 1 month left until 2013 is over; 31 more days and we’ll never have this year back again except through photographs and memories. Did you make the most of this year?

I saw a friend’s Facebook status up  the other day: Can’t wait for this year to be over. 2013 you were not good to me.”

I read that and thought, I liked 2013 compared to 2012. But what did I do differently this year to make that change? The only thing I could thing of was my attitude. Reacting, or rather not reacting to things that I would otherwise let get the best of me. Happiness is what you make of it, it doesn’t come find you. When you go into a store, you have a vision. You have an idea of what outfit you want to wear. You wouldn’t say “I think i’ll just wait here, dress you come to me when you’re ready.” You take charge and search the racks. You try on what works, and toss what doesn’t. Sometimes something you see will inspire you to take a different path, but you have to be open to that idea to experience it. You have to create it yourself, and that starts with your attitude. Like many, on January 1st I set some resolutions for myself. After having a rough time with being hospitalized in 2012, I wrote down some goals on index cards and made a conscious decision to follow through. I had made New Year’s resolutions before, but I’ll admit I usually forgot about them after the month of January. So I decided I’d be more accountable this year.

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I actually ended up doing two 5k’s, another cleanse, and I’ve been taking more artistic risks.  There’s something about setting goals for yourself that brings out a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, and makes you want to do more. But like they say,

There’s no reward without risk.

Even in moments of doubt the key is to keep the vision. I like to keep an inspiration board in my room. Sayings, role models, humorous pictures, fashion that inspires me, art, dishes I want to try, or cupcakes. I love cake.

Dreams should come in a size too big so we can grow into them. Like with anything you start off crawling. There will be falls and stumbles before you can start walking. In no time you will start running at warp speed, but it’s important to not ditch those early efforts. That would be self sabotage. Sometimes we want to be great at everything the very first time we try it, but that’s not how it works. Think of it as training for long distance running. You wouldn’t run the full marathon the first day of training. You’d log the first few miles your first week and go from there. Likewise, train yourself to keep a good attitude and build those muscles. Slow and steady wins the race.

4 Things That Will Humble You

1. Be humble for the worst things in this world are the same matter as you. Be noble for the stars in this galaxy are made of the same matter as you.

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2. Nick Vujicic

Nick, a motivational speaker, was born without limbs, something most of us possibly take for granted. He was able to overcome his physical disability and go onto lead a normal life in a fulfilling career, get married, and even have a child. If he was able to find someone to love him without any limbs, raise a family, and find his passion in life to motivate others, so can you.

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3. This young gentleman has been through things that many of us would find unimaginable. Watch as he wows the judges during a talent show.

4. Everyone should know the joy of riding on a swing

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Striking Truths

I’ve always liked bottling words of little wisdom from quotes or sayings and playing with imagery. A lot of the images I’ve used on LBB come from my own camera and with some fine amateur editing skills and my favorite little sayings (like I do here) you have a little bliss-ism. Yes I’m totally making up that word. But I recently discovered a website that actually sells posters of these quotes called strikingtruthsCheck it out, they’re pretty inspiring. Happy Motivation Monday! And as always…Follow Your Bliss

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Health Motivation Tips For Success

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Whether this is your first time going on a cleanse/diet or your nth time, motivation is key to keeping yourself on track with any type of diet or fitness goal.

Here are some sure-fire tips I used when I went on my own personal elimination diet:

Go public!

Share your journey by telling your family, your neighbors, your coworkers, and your friends. It shows accountability. If Susie at work knows you’re going on a health cleanse, but sees you stuffing your face with a handful of fries at lunch you’ll look less credible. We tend to break the promises we make for ourselves, but when we know another pair of eyes are watching us we’ll most likely stick to our goals. It may seem scary at first, coming out so openly, but you’ll be surprised with how many people will actually cheer you on in full support. So forget about the judgement. If anything, you might just inspire someone to start their own detox or fitness journey and they’ll be the ones coming to you for advice.

Use social media

Share your fitness pictures or recipe ideas. Just be careful not to spam your friends’ Facebook walls everyday. In this case I would use Facebook sparingly, and use a blog, or Instagram to document everything. These platforms are great for documenting lifestyle changes because they’re niche-specific. If you don’t feel like you have the time to blog, definitely go with Instagram. Don’t underestimate the value of a good hashtag. They’ll help direct you to the categories you’re interested in, and lead you to connect with other like-minded people that can inspire you. I suggest using or searching tags like #fitness #cleaneating #healthy #recipe.

Trust the process

Expect that there will be setbacks. There will be days when you don’t see progress, and you’ll feel like giving up, but that’s when you need to push through it the most because after that hump you’ll see the results. Once you start to see the progress, you’ll feel too good to go back to feeling bad again. If you fall off the wagon, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Start where you left off the next day. I mention this in Making time for a Detox:

It took me nearly 3 months to get myself ready to fully commit … One week I would cut down on my sugar and wheat intake, and the next week I would see a piece of strawberry shortcake beckoning my name and I would cave…The following week when I felt like I was ready, I would start up again and this time I would try to cut out a said food for 2 weeks. I did this on-and-off-again for the next 3 months, gradually increasing from 2 weeks to 3 to 4, etc. until I felt like the changes I had made would allow me to fully commit…

Stop counting

Leave that to your accountant. No more counting calories. As long as you’re keeping your processed foods to a minimum and have less than 30 grams of added sugar a day, you really can eat all the healthy food you want.

Document

Write down what you’re eating. If you’re at work, fill in your calendar while you’re on a break. At school? Jot it down in your planner if your teacher’s putting you to sleep. If you’re always on your phone, there’s apps like MyPlate among others that help track what you’re eating, and even breakdown the ratio to carbs, fat, and protein you are consuming.

Most importantly stay positive and enjoy the process. Have fun with creating new meals and recipes that you would never pair together before. You don’t have to be a great cook…I know starting off I certainly wasn’t. I could get by with the basics, but I had no clue until I started to really get dirty in the kitchen of how I could play with different flavors. Good luck and as always…

Oops I did it again…

 I’ve been nominated! This time for THREE awards by 4 great bloggers: Liebster Award (road2beauty), Versatile Blogger Award (Catching Zees & Beauty Vancouver) and Very Inspiring Blogger Award (sensitive flour). What makes these awards so great is that it gives bloggers a way to connect with other great like-minded people and personally it has lead me to discovering other great inspiring blogs. So check out the 4 great bloggers who nominated me and show them some blog lovin’ as well!

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THE RULES:

1. Display the Award Certificate on your blog

2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.

3. Present deserving bloggers with the award.

4. Link your nominees in the post and let them know about their nomination with a comment.

5. Post a few interesting things about yourself.

Here we go:

1. I’m a trained dancer so naturally my feet can never stay still

2. Before going gluten-free I used to be able to eat a whole pizza by myself. My friends say I have the appetite of a man.

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3. I went to the same university at the same time as famous American footballer Tim Tebow did. Go Gators!
4. I was born and raised in New York City.
5. Believe it or not, I wasn’t always allergic to peanuts. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were my fave as a kid. Why I grew up to be allergic to them I have no idea.
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6. For the New Year of 2013, I made 13 resolutions…and one of them was to start a blog. CHECK.
And now time for my nominees: Continue reading