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Hangover Chronicles: II

If you’re reading this, then I managed to survive yet another terrible hangover. Why was I hungover on a Monday, you ask? Because everyone knows Sunday Funday is one of the best trends going around & I might be diagnosed with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I had to go. I just had to.

I attended the famous Kiki On The River to start my night of fun. We ate, we drank, and we had a great time. I’ll make sure to dedicate a post about their food and dining experience one of these days. As if endless frozé (see: frozen rosé) wasn’t enough, my friends and I decided to make an appearance at a new club Mr. Jones on the beach. Been there? Maybe- it’s where SET Nightclub used to be & I see it being one of my new favorite clubs. Side-note: the club was slammed and it was a Sunday night… do you people not have responsibilities? Let me be you!

After a heart to heart conversation with my Uber driver & getting home at 4 a.m. to a very annoyed mother, I knocked out.

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Actual text from my mom. Sunday Funday- that’s why!

Waking up to gardeners outside my window this morning was fun. My friend slept over, so luckily I didn’t have to do this alone. After many thoughts and considerations, I decided that being vegan and surviving this hangover were two things that didn’t go hand in hand. One had to go, and I wasn’t planning on dying today. Stay tuned for a post on my vegan experience soon to come.

It seemed like an eternity went by before the pizza was delivered. I ate some, (which did not sit well AT ALL… how could you do this to me, cheesy goodness?) and was somehow convinced to NOT be a couch potato all day. A few hours of nausea and dehydration at its finest, I somehow managed to hold down my stomach contents and didn’t throw up. I did almost throw up in the Sushi Sake bathroom, though, but again I escaped that horror.

It’s 10 p.m. and I think I’m now getting over my hangover. Either that or I’m just so tired & I can’t tell the difference between my exhaustion and usual shitty hangover.

Stay thriving (and I will too),

Nicki G.

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Mushroom Chicken Pita

I’m on week three of my vegan diet and I’ve come across some recipes that I really like. I’ll be posting an update on my veganism soon, so stay tuned. For now, here’s my recipe from today’s lunch. My mushroom chicken pita was stuffed with sautéed mushrooms, Gardein chick’n strips, hummus, and almond cheese.

Ingredients

  • Gardein chick’n strips
  • Handful of mushrooms
  • Vegan butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Bread seasoning
  • Hummus of choice (I used roasted garlic)
  • One pita, halved
  • Favorite vegan cheese
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder

Prep

Start by preheating your oven (or toaster oven, that’s what I used) to 425. Once preheated, place two pieces of the chick’n strips on a lightly greased tray. Set the timer for 18-20 minutes and flip the tenders over half way through.

Get one half of your pita and warm it up in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften it up. Keep the other half aside. After its softened, spread a knife-full of hummus over the inside of the pita pocket.

When there’s about ten minutes left for the tenders to be ready, melt some butter to cover the bottom of your saucepan on low-medium heat. Once it’s warm, add your washed mushrooms. Season them with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. They should take five to seven minutes to fully cook.

After everything is done, cut the tenders into bitesize pieces and stuff the pita with the mushrooms and tenders. Tear up the other half of the pita and put it on the same tray you used to cook the chick’n strips. Drizzle some olive oil and bread seasoning over the pieces and toast to your preference. Finish your pita by sprinkling some of your favorite vegan cheese on top!

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Quick, easy, and delicious vegan lunch packed with flavor and protein.

Try it out and let me know how you like it in the comments!

Happy eating,

Nicki G.

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Hangover Chronicles: I

If you know me, you know I get the worst hangovers. Literally hours over the toilet not even being able to hold down a few sips of Gatorade. Why? I’m not sure. Maybe I did something really bad in a past life. So here I am, stuck suffering from horrible hangovers even if I only have a few beers.

I figured I’d make a series of my hangovers so other people can laugh at my misery, cause what’s better than laughing at other people’s problems (that sounds so bitchy, but  it’s so true)? So here’s chronicle I- and it’s perfect, ’cause I’m not dying.

I saw my husband (Drake) at Story Nightclub last night, so needless to say, I was drinking with friends & having a great time. I ended up alone, doing my own thing, of course, because NG (see: drunk alter ego) loves to wander. Before I knew it, I was getting phone calls from my friends telling me they were outside. When did it become 4 a.m.? I obviously had no idea how to leave this club, so I was asking every bouncer for directions and finally convinced one to walk me out and help me find my friends. Once found, we Ubered home and went to not one, but TWO different McDonald’s to find out they were closed. We ended up at Taco Bell (gross) and the only thing I could eat was cinnamon twists because #vegan. Side-note: I asked if they had hash-browns and the cashier was very confused. I also stuck my entire body out the window and yelled while ordering my Baja Blast Freeze. Idk. I was excited.

So here I am today, one Baja Blast Freeze and order of cinnamon twists later. I slept a good four hours before waking up starving and with my full face of makeup. I drove my ass to Chipotle with my friends to try and settle my eager stomach and ate a good seven bites before wanting to throw up (I didn’t, though, so yay me).

Today’s chapter isn’t bad, I’m just extremely exhausted. Consider this a warm up for what’s to come. My mom’s probably pissed. Sorry. Whatever. Enjoy following my hangover chronicles and feel free to laugh.

Love, your favorite Hangover Queen,

Nicki G.

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P.S. Follow me on Twitter for live-action tweets of my nights. They’re half annoying, half hilarious. @nicki_gee. And if you’re lucky enough to have me on Snapchat, sorry.

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Vegainz

As a lot of you already know, I’m a pescatarian. September marks one year of no red meat, while my chicken intake has varied throughout the past year. After watching the documentary What The Health (twice), I decided I’d try to go vegan. If you’re interested, follow me and my weekly journey! I’m not sure how long it will last, but it’s definitely worth a try.

For breakfast I’ll be having things like oatmeal made with almond milk & topped with fruit, toasted wheat bread topped with tomatoes and onions, smoothies, or my signature avocado toast (sans the egg, though). Lunch and dinner is where it’ll get more tricky for me. I don’t like tofu or tempeh, so I have to see what I figure out. I love Gardein products, so I’ll definitely be experimenting with all their delicious vegan options. I plan on incorporating new veggies, mushrooms, and pasta.

I think the most difficult thing for me is going to be giving up cheese. I’m a cheesaholic, so this really is a sacrifice. I’m taking it one week at a time to see how it goes. If anyone has any suggestions/recipes, feel free to share! I’d love to try them out and see how they turn out. Also, stay tuned to my Instagram story where I’ll be posting my meals as I go through the week!

Love always,

Nicki G.

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5 Ways To Sleep Better At Night

If you’re like me, you’re a shitty sleeper. Let me explain. I am a sleepy girl with a busy life. I go to school full time, work part time, and enjoy having a social life because I’m not a loser. With that being said, I suck at sleeping. I’m a certified Nap Queen, but when it comes time to hit the sack at the end of a long day (yes, day, because after long nights I seriously knock tf  out), I cannot fall asleep.

I’m sure it happens to a lot of you. You’re sleepy all day, purposely do not take a nap when you get home, and then once you lie down, it’s impossible to fall asleep! Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s my undiagnosed anxiety. Maybe (see: yes) it’s stress. Whatever the reason may be, instead of restorting to popping a Xan as a part of your bed time ritual, try these natural ways to seriously improve your sleep. Seriously, they work.

1. Melatonin

Classic go-to sleep aid. It’s natural, and really does help you fall asleep as soon as you turn the lights off and lie down- & stay sleeping through the night. My only suggestion would be to take it waaay before you’re planning on waking up in the morning. This shit stays in your system and although you’ll get an amazing nights sleep, you’ll be groggy all morning if taken too late at night.

2. Chamomile Tea

I’ve never been a tea drinker- not iced, not hot. It seriously tastes like dirty water to me. But after countless nights of tossing and turning, I finally listened to everyone who suggested chamomile tea to me and gave it a go. I went with Tazo, but I’m sure all brands are good. The lavender and other herbs really help relax you and make falling asleep (and staying asleep) so easy.

3. Lavender Oil

I had always heard about essential oils, but thought they were some weirdo hippie remedies all the crazies used. Well, call me a weirdo hippie crazy girl, cause this works. The moment I began dropping a few drops of lavender oil on my pillows before bed, I started having the best sleeps. I sleep hours without waking up, and having the scent of lavender so close to me is so relaxing and wonderful. Be sure not to drop too much though, because the scent could get really strong and uncomfortable. Two to three drops on your pillows and sheets should do the trick.

4. Reading

I love reading, but it 100% puts me to sleep. I just almost fell asleep doing a discussion post because I had to read a case study (see: boring). If you’re finding it difficult to fall asleep, pick up a book you’ve been saying you were going to get around to reading and read it. Read a chapter a night, and not only will you get sleepy and fall asleep, but you’ll eventually finish a book on your book list!

5. Powering Off

The most difficult of them all. I can’t seem to power off my electrical devices an hour before bed as recommended. What if someone texts me (they don’t)? What if there’s Twitter drama (there isn’t)? If you can manage to power off your devices at least an hour before bed, it’s proven you’ll fall asleep more easily and sleep better through the night. Maybe one day I’ll have enough will power for this. For now, I’ll try the other tips mentioned above and continue waiting for texts that aren’t coming and drama that isn’t happening.

So I’m a sleepy girl who can’t sleep. Do you see my dilemma? Thankfully, these things have really helped me sleep through the night, so I hope they help you too. Try it out this week and let me know how it goes. And no, putting lavender oil on your pillows after chugging four margaritas at happy hour doesn’t count. Try this out on a Tuesday night or something when you aren’t drinking. And if you’re chugging four margaritas at happy hour on a Tuesday, I wanna be you.

Snoozy sleeping,

Nicki G.

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We’ve Got The Juice

No seriously. We do. 99% of us are obsessed with juices, smoothies, & overpriced fruits. And yes, I did just totally make up that statistic. Why are we ok with spending $10 on a “detox” juice, but can’t afford to buy groceries? I’m not criticizing, I myself am an overpriced juice fanatic. I’d rather spend $9 on a smoothie than buy a $15 shirt at Forever 21. Why is society making me this way??

Anything green is trendy and ‘gramable (word I made up; means able to be posted on Instagram). Don’t act like you haven’t posted a picture of your açai bowl or superfood smoothie on Instagram before. I know you have. We all have. I guess it’s just the world we live in today. New juice bars pop up everywhere, and us millennials are forever trapped into expensive juice and overprices salads. I spent $20 on my lunch the other day and all I had was a sandwich and a juice. Who does that??? Me. And you.

Moral of the story? Work an extra shift so you can buy your weekly juice. Or wear the same outfit three times ’cause you can’t buy a new shirt.

My go-to spots? Raw South and Roots Juicebar. I’ve been dying to try new spots here in Miami, so let me know if you have any suggestions!

Happy juicing,

Nicki G.

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Monday Breakfast

I woke up this morning feeling well rested (jk, I never feel well rested) and made my usual delicious breakfast. I like to change it up, & today I was feeling cinnamon roll waffles. I figured I needed some protein to get through this dreadful Monday, so I scrambled one egg. I also had half a peach, but I only had it because my plate looked way too empty without it. Obviously, I had my usual black coffee for some extra oomph this morning. Here’s what you need!

Ingredients

  • One brown egg
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Pillsbury cinnamon roll dough and icing
  • Half a peach
  • Cooking spray- olive oil & non-olive oil
  • Hot sauce- optional

Prep

I scrambled my egg with a dash of milk and salt and pepper to taste. Spray the pan enough so the eggs don’t stick. While that was cooking, I put the cinnamon roll dough into my super cute mini waffle maker. Make sure you spray it with a non-olive oil based cooking spray. I use PAM.

Cook the cinnamon roll waffle until it’s golden brown and carefully remove it from the waffle maker. Ice it with however much icing makes you happy. You deserve it, it’s Monday. I topped my eggs with some Red’s hot sauce to spice things up (literally). Complete your plate with half a peach- I leave the skin on, ’cause *most* things are better with skin (lol). There you have it- Nicki’s Monday breakfast. Side-note: I didn’t taste a peach until like a week ago. They’re pretty good.

My coffee of choice is Starbucks Breakfast Blend. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I usually just add two organic cane sugar packets. If you want something sweeter without the creamer (kind of rhymes, right?), sprinkle on some cinnamon and stir it in.

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Easy peasy! You have no excuse not to eat breakfast- it’s the most important meal of the day for a reason! Give yourself the energy you need on a Monday & #eatwithme. In case you’re wondering where my adorable mug is from, I bought it yesterday at Forever 21. Their new home collection is so cute! Make sure you check it out here.

Happy Mondaying,

Nicki G.

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Love Yourself 2017

Just a quick reminder to always love yourself first. Until we realize that that’s the key to even beginning to finding happiness, we won’t be happy. If someone is bringing you down, cut them out. If someone is loving and supporting you- hang out with them more. A lot of us are too young to be wasting energy on people/things who don’t deserve it. Even if you aren’t young- don’t worry it’s never too late. The year is more than half way over and there’s no reason to keep wasting it on shit that isn’t worth it. YOU are worth it & we need to always remember our worth. Love with all your might and if someone doesn’t appreciate it, their loss. Save it for someone who will cherish it with everything they have.

Rant over, but I know some of us need the reminder.

LOVE always,

Nicki G.

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Threefold Cafe

I had been wanting to try this spot out for a while- but always forgot about it when the famous question, “Where do you wanna eat?” was asked. Luckily, when I suggested a Friday brunch to my mom, she found Threefold Cafe online and we quickly made plans.

The place is quaint and adorable and I’ll definitely be back to try more menu items. I visited their South Miami location- but there’s another one in Coral Gables. I started my dining experience with a classic cold brew (obvs). I didn’t add any cream or sugar and it was perfect to taste. It also comes served in a mason jar- so cute! I ordered the Anyway Eggs which, as the name implies, is two eggs anyway (I went with over-easy) served over some Zak the Baker (yum!) bread. My mom had the Smashed Avo which maaay have given my avocado toast a run for it’s money. It was enormous (but delicious). We also indulged in some Little Kid Waffles for dessert (you can have dessert with breakfast, right?) which were bomb.

Overall I definitely recommend this place if you want a casual, yet super cute breakfast spot. It’s moderately priced and great for a date (whether it’s with your boo or your mom). Check out some pics I took!

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Happy brunching!

Nicki G.

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Coffee, Wine, & Sunshine

Coffee, wine, and sunshine. Just a few things I need to get through the weeks. Like a lot of you, I can’t survive a day without a cup of coffee in the morning. I know, I know, coffee isn’t the best source of energy, but I can’t seem to make the switch to matcha yet. My cute coffee mugs help me get through the mornings (and I guess the caffeine does, too) & they make for a #trendy picture. I also drink my coffee black, which makes me a little more of a bad b*tch (kidding…ish), & cuts out a ton of unnecessary calories. Life hack?

And wine? Yes, please. What helps you relax after a stressful day of school and work? Wine. What goes great with popcorn and a good movie? Wine. What helps you feel better after you fail an exam you studied so hard for (ok fine, only the night before)? Wine. You can’t ever go wrong, and there are so many different varieties to bless your pallet with.

This summer’s fad: Rosé. You see it everywhere. If you follow @thefatjewish and @babewalker on Instagram, you’re definitely familiar with the Rosé empire they’ve built the past few years. I also stumbled upon a website that delivers unique (and extremely trendy) bottles of wine right to your doorstep, Winc. I tried it out for myself and was totally hooked. Choose from whites, reds, rosés, and a ton of different blends. I have my bottle of Summer Water Rosé waiting in my fridge for the perfect occasion, so I’ll keep you guys posted on how it tastes. Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 11.07.08 AM

Speaking of summer, let’s talk about the big star in the sky. As a resident of the sunny Sunshine State, Vitamin D is a must. The beautiful beaches of Miami, Fl, or your friend’s pool that might as well be a part of a hotel on the beach, are great ways to get outdoors and soak up some rays. If you don’t have any friends who have pools, go make some. Summertime is all about getting a bomb tan and spending time outside. Don’t forget to lather up in some SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays- I’m currently paying the price of a bad sunburn. No really, I look like a tomato.

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Stay hydrated during these major heat waves (and obviously rock a cute pair of sunnies)! Literally everything goes wrong once you’re dehydrated. Everything. Trust me, I’m almost a nurse.

Have a kick ass day,

Nicki G