This Week’s Favorites #4

Three articles
52 Easy Yet Highly Effective Ways to Motivate Yourself
22 Smart and Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself
The 5 Steps to Focus Your Mind and Flow Into The Zone

Mastering your mean girl – Book
I am still reading the book but I’ve been enjoying it and learning so much.

Brownie Blues – Instagram / Website
I first spotted their beautiful packaging and I knew I had to check them out! I tried their brownie and to keep it short: it is the best brownie I have ever had, no exaggeration. Also, I need to add that I am not easily impressed by dessert for two reasons: I love baking (which means I have high standards) and I avoid refined sugar (I find most dessert too sweet for me). The texture is the softest a brownie can ever get, it is too good to be true. I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you the rest. If you are a brownie lover, this is a must try.

Yogurt Parfait Breakfast

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There were times when I had this for breakfast for weeks nonstop. I think I might be back to that phase. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and sour, crunchy and creamy, and a perfect start to the day.

Ingredients

2-3 tbsp yogurt
1 handful granola
1 banana
1 handful strawberries (or any berries)
1 tbsp flaxseed (or any seeds)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
pinch cinnamon

Method

1. Mix yogurt with vanilla extract
2. Add granola
3. Add fruit of choice; I like banana, strawberries, and sometimes raspberries
4. Add toppings; I like to add cinnamon and flaxseed

This Week’s Favorites #3

I Only Knew Love – Song

Golden Latte – Recipe
I’ve been making this latte more often the past week; I especially love having it in the evenings. Also, the many health benefits of turmeric are a plus (Google it).

Cairo – Bilingual Typeface
I’m all for well-designed bilingual typefaces (Ar/En). I often get excited about finding new ones and using them.

ActionableBooks – Website
I was doing research when I came across this website. It has a good collection of self help book summaries. I am so glad I found this for two reasons: I have a long, long, long list of books I want to read and I want more nuggets of wisdom in less time; and I need a good quick reminder of the ideas in the books that I’ve already read. A few of the first book summaries I went through: Creative Confidence, The Creative Habit, Big Magic, War of Art, Grit, etc.

Typography Tutorial

This Week’s Favorites #2

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Figs & Olives
I’ve mentioned this on Instagram but it’s adding in my favorites. I recently read about the medicinal benefits of figs and olives. I wondered how they would taste together and I gave it a try. It is an interesting combination! If you like sour and sweet, you’ve got to give this a go.

Coolors – Website
When I’m working on a new design project, one of the basic things it choosing the color palette. I recently found this color schemes generator, it’s super easy to use. You can generate your own or browse ready-made palettes.

iOS 10 Update
I love the new layouts, typography updates, keyboard & lock sounds, interface animations and bedtime feature.

Quote: God loves us because who God is, not because who we are.
I was flipping through a book I’ve previously read, God Never Blinks, when I read this quote. The book is collection of 50 life lessons the author has went through. She goes over spirituality, self growth, positivity… etc.

Bilal – Movie
For some reason, I wasn’t so excited to go watch the movie but then a few people highly recommeneded it. The movie is “produced by hundreds of international animators at the Middle East’s largest animation studios, Barajoun Entertainment”. It is “based on the life of the historical figure Bilal Ibn Rabah, an African slave who became one of the early followers of the Prophet Muhammad, Bilal is a grand-scale, fast-paced animated adaptation that is both empowering and inspiring in its call for social justice and equality. […] Religion aside, it is a strong story well told that creates plenty of emotional momentum”. The theme I related to the most is inner-freedom and getting rid of self-restraints. I highly recommend the movie and I’m definitely watching it again.

NameChanger – Application
I love everything organization and minimalism. One thing that I still haven’t got to, is organizing my digital photos files. It’s always been, well, not super organized. I finally found an easy-to-use software that renames files in batches.

Favorite Sites for Healthy Recipes

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This past year I’ve become more aware than ever about the food we eat and how it affects our overall wellbeing. It was around a year ago when I decided I was going to really shift my diet. Along the way, my family has gradually adapted a lot of the clean diet philosophy (no more deep frying at home, I’m so grateful!).

One of the biggest struggles for us though has been dessert. This is where a lot of these sites have come to use. I’ve found lots of delicious recipes here which are free of refined sugar, dairy, gluten and processed foods. I’ve been really trying out alternative/healthier recipes to our favorite desserts including cheesecakes, apple crumble, cookies, brownies, pies… Enjoy!

1. Jessica Sepel
2. Minimalist Baker
3. Delciously Ella
4. Oh She Glows
5. Nutrition Stripped

Healthy Food Spots: Juice Smith

A while back I was at Deerfields Mall when I saw a new stand under construction. It said Juice Smith, so I assumed it was going to be a new health spot and that got me excited. Recently, I passed by and gave it a go.

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First off, I love the menu! They have four categories: Polish the Skin, Sharpen the Mind, Forging the Body and Form the Muscle. I think this brilliant. I went straight to the Polish the Skin menu… and I felt like trying all of them, haha! They all seem like nutritious and delicious combinations. Eventually, I chose the Papaya Ginger smoothie and it was divine.

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I have to mention that I was really happy about the glass bottle (I’ve been looking for these). I’m definitely going to reuse it at home and probably at university.

Design-wise, the interior is very well put together. I also think they’ve done a pretty good job with typography and visual branding. I approve.

I can’t wait to go back and try more, the Bright Eyes smoothie is next on my list. I’m super grateful we’re seeing more beautiful health options here in the UAE and I’m looking forward to more.

Juice Smith Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Locations: Abudhabi (UAE)
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