Friday, December 30, 2016

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017.

Hey Internet pals -



I hope you all have had a really great holiday season thus far, and as 2016 is coming to a close, that means that it's time to reflect and talk about hopes for the new year.  I would just like to say that I don't really believe that a "new" year has the magic to automatically reset everything because yaknow time is a man-made construct and does not exist, but for the sake of this blog post, I will do it anyways.

Essentially, I want 2017 to be the "Year of Emily", and by that, I mean taking care of myself more and spending more time on myself.  Not in the selfish way of course; but, just spending more time on doing things that make me a better person

Goals for the New Year |

  • Get in shape.  I already have a workout plan figured out that I am going to do, including cardio, abs, and arm work outs.  This is something that I always tell myself I am going to do, but never have.  This year, I am really going to take it more seriously, because it is important to me.
  • Stop drinking pop/drink more water.  I gave up pop for Lent last year and I actually really felt the difference in my skin, teeth, and just body overall.
  • Become more confident and take more chances.  Body confidence is something that I have always struggled with and I hope that by taking my health into my hands, it will help with this.
  • Reduce stress. I have had quite a lot of stress in my life recently, and I would like to be able to handle stress or, even better, lower the amount of stress all together. 
  • Adopt a pet.  I love animals and I want to bring one into my family.


What are your 2017 Resolutions?

See you next year!
x Emily




Saturday, December 24, 2016

Comfy, Cozy Christmas Q&A



Hey y'all - new video!

Merry Christmas!

x Emily



Saturday, December 17, 2016

TMI #3

HEY FRIENDS -

I bet you are just DYING to know more things about me.  Well, without further ado. Here is TMI #3!


  1. Are you named after anyone? Auntie Em from the Wizard of Oz.  Also because my parents liked the name.
  2. When was the last time you cried? Yesterday.
  3. Do you have kids? No, but one day I hope.
  4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? Yeah of course!  Not to toot my own horn, but *toot toot*.  I think I am a pretty good friend.
  5. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Definitely not.  (That was sarcasm btw, if you didn't get the joke)
  6. What’s the first thing you notice about people? This is weird, but eyebrows.  I literally have no idea either.
  7. What is your eye color? Brown
  8. Scary movie or happy endings? Scary movie def
  9. Favorite smells? Vanilla, Limoncello, bonfire
  10. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? Arizona, so cross-country!
  11. Do you have any special talents? Lol not really
  12. Where were you born? St. Paul, MN
  13. What are your hobbies? Baking, photo-snapping, interneting
  14. Do you have any pets? Not right now :( but I want to soon!
  15. Do you have any siblings? One sister
  16. What did you want to be when you grew up? A meteorologist or a veterinarian
  17. Who was your first best friend? My BFF Emily, who is still my BFF now.  Going on 16 years of friendship.
  18. How tall are you? 5'10"
  19. Funniest moment throughout School? Can't even be bothered to think about anything from school right now
  20. How many countries have you visited? One (the US lol)
  21. What was your favorite/worst subject in High School? Human Anatomy was my fav, and AP Literature was my least favorite
  22. What is your Favorite drink? Animal? Perfume? Cranberry Apple juice; Snow leopard; Anything that smells good haha I'm not picky
  23. What would you (or have you) name your children? I've always liked the names Zoe, Aria, and Mia for girls; and Liam, Ethan, and Lucas for boys.
  24. What Sports do you play/Have you played? I used to play soccer, softball, and volleyball.
  25. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers? Shane Dawson, JennaMarbles, and tons of vlog channels.  I prefer everyday life vlogs!
  26. How many Girlfriends/Boyfriends have you had? 3
  27. Favorite memory from childhood? Hanging out with my Grandma after school. She instilled my love of music and art.  What I wouldn't give to have that again.
  28. How would you describe your fashion sense? My fashion sense is I-would-wear-cuter-clother-if-I-had-more-money-and-self-confidence-but-now-it's-basically-comfy-cozy-chic.
  29. What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?) Apple iPhone Rose Gold 6s.
  30. Tell us one of your bad habits! I fidget, especially if I'm nervous

That's it for now!
x Emily

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

My Break Up.

I made a video about this, which you can find here.  But I realized while editing/while filming the video, that I didn't really say everything that I wanted to say in that video, and I still really wanted to talk about it more clearly on here.  That is what a blog is for I guess.

Break ups suck.  Nobody likes being dumped.  It is such a horrible feeling, because you are always wondering if it was something that you did or why you didn't see it coming.  For me, I was completely blind sided by him.  I am always someone who can pick up on subtle hints and can normally figure out when someone is not feeling the relationship.  I didn't see this one coming.  At all.  This was just...so different to any relationship that I have ever had before.

***I also should have mentioned in the video that this was a long distance relationship.  We lived 2 hours away from each other, so we didn't get to see each in person that often, because of our crazy, different work schedules.  Hence why text communication was so important.***

Although some people would think it's crazy for people to talk about for only dating a couple of months, we talked about the future and where we wanted to be (and yes, marriage came up several times).  Retrospectively, yes, I wouldn't normally talk about marriage with someone who I only knew a few months.  But I think that that is something that made this relationship so special to me.  I felt comfortable being completely honest about my feelings and we were very up front with what kind of relationship we wanted.  We wanted the same things for our lives, and that's what made this break up so difficult for me.  Even several days later, I still get really sad when I think about it, the relationship, him, and what could've been.

I appreciate the honesty.  Honesty and communication is some of the most important things to me in any relationship, and I'm glad that he was able to be honest to me about what he was feeling.  I know this was hard on him too.  He was always the person right from the get-go that talked about the future and how we had so much in common and he hoped I would be a good fit for his forever-partner.  My heart aches for him too because that must have taken a lot of thought and self reflection to come to terms with ending a relationship, particularly one that seemed to be almost fate.

Was the relationship perfect? No.  I didn't agree with some things he did.  But no relationship is perfect.  But I didn't want perfect.  I want something that makes me feel comfortable and warm and loved.

In terms of moving on, it's going to take some time.  Again even though it was a relatively short relationship, it felt like forever and I opened myself up and shared things with him that I have never shared with anyone else before.  So yes.  It hurts.  It will probably still hurt in the future.  But I want to make sure my heart has time to heal before moving on.  Moving on takes time, and I am not the type of person who can just "rebound" with another guy quickly.  Yes.  I will still get upset when I think about it.  Hell, I'm even getting teary-eyed writing this blog post.  I still look at my phone every once in a while, hoping to see a new text from him.

Thank you for all the nice messages.  It makes my heart hurt a little less.  I really needed it. <3

"Dan", if you happen to read this,  I am sorry that I couldn't fill everything you needed.  I really wish that I could have.  I am here if you ever need anything. I hope you find happiness.  I really do.

xx Emily

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Quinoa Chili [VEGAN]

Today was chilly out!  And for a chilly day, nothing is better than a good bowl of CHILI (LOL see what I did there??! I crack myself up sometimes.)  Anyways, I was in the mood for a hot bowl of chili and decided to try and find a recipe, loved it, and knew that I had to share it with my lovely internet friends.

The recipe is from Cooking Classy and can be found here.


INGREDIENTS:
2 cups cooked quinoa (from 2/3 cup dry)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced (1 3/4 cup)
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce 
1 (14.5 oz) can vegetable broth
1 (7 oz) can diced green chiles
2 1/2 Tbsp chili powder (***I didn't add this, but if you like it spicier, go for it.)
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground coriander
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed (I used dark red)
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen corn
1 Tbsp lime juice

DIRECTIONS:
Heat olive oil in a large enameled pot over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot add onion and saute until translucent, about 4 minutes. 
Add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cooked quinoa, vegetable broth, green chiles, chili powder, paprika, sugar, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture just to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover pot and allow to simmer 30 minutes.
Add in all kidney beans, black beans, corn, and lime and cook until heated through. Serve warm with optional toppings and sides ( diced avocados and tortilla chips, or anything you want!).


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Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

x Emily

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Vegetable Pasta Fagioli [VEGAN]

You know those cold, winter days where you want nothing but a warm bowl of soup?  Well today was one of those days and I made a soup recipe that I really want to share with you today.  I found this recipe from Cilantro and Citronella on Pinterest (as I do most recipes haha), and it is literally SO easy.
Mmmmmmmmm!

Sautéing the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots.


Simmering the mixture down.  
Voila!  The finished delicious soup!

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
Half an onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 zucchini, sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
28 oz can of whole tomatoes (***I used diced tomatoes and it worked fine)
20 oz of white beans
4.5 oz baby spinach
1 cup vegetable stock
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pepper, to taste
7 oz pasta (***I used macaroni elbow pasta, but you can probably use any shaped, short pasta you have/can find)

DIRECTIONS
Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add the oil, onion, carrot and celery. Fry for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and transparent.
Add the garlic and fry until soft, then add the zucchini and basil. Fry for another couple of minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the tomatoes and their juice and use your spoon to break them into smaller pieces.
Add the beans and their liquid, spinach, vegetable stock, parsley, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile in a separate pot, cook the the pasta until al dente. Drain and add the pasta to the soup. Serve immediately.

*NOTE: Unless you want mushy noodles, don't add the pasta until you are ready to eat!

So delicious, easy, and healthy!  I hope you make this recipe at home.  If you do, tag me on Twitter or Instagram (@emilyciernia) with #EmilyMakesLunch.

x Emily

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Festive Season


Today is December 1st, which means that it is officially the Festive Season.  It also means that I am allowed to put up the Christmas tree, listen to Christmas music, and drink all of the holiday drinks from Starbucks!

A list of things that I am excited for the holiday season:
  1. Christmas trees
  2. Gingerbread smells
  3. Peppermint lattes
  4. Cold nights by the fireplace with hot chocolate
  5. Spending time with family
  6. Bentleyville
  7. Christmas Movie Marathons
  8. Sweater Weather
  9. Endless baking
  10. Decorating the house for the holidays

I am so excited for this time of year!  Let me know what is something you love (or hate lol) about the holiday season.  Also, let me know what types of blog posts/videos you would like me to do during this month.  Thanks in advance :)

x Emily