What It Feels Like To Be Heartbroken & How To Get Over Heartbreak

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In the entire course of my lifetime, I’ve been truly heartbroken…three times.

Two were romantic interests, and one was a close friend.

Yes, I’ve experienced and been through a number of toxic or incompatible relationships, but I can safely say that there were only three instances where I felt so emotionally torn up inside that I couldn’t even function properly throughout my day-to-day life. And no, I am not being overdramatic. When somebody truly means THAT much to you, you can actually feel this sort of hollow emptiness inside - a gut-wrenching feeling that feels like you are lacking something (or in this case, someone) important in your life.

To me, heartbreak is an extremely painful feeling that made me feel like I reached the weakest and most vulnerable point in my life. And in all honesty, only you can fix heartbreak on your own time, and nobody else can tell you how to feel or think when you’re going through heartbreak.

As just one influencer who is saturated within this overpopulated community of Instagram, I strongly feel that it is important to address both the good and bad experiences that I go through in life. To each their own, but I personally feel that I am able to be my most authentic and happy self when I am completely honest with you all. That being said, here are my three stories of heartbreak - all unique, all raw, and all unfiltered.


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Heartbreak #1 (Romance)


My first heartbreak happened when my college boyfriend broke up with me abruptly after I got back late one night from the movies with a friend. Although the two of us had completely different personalities and lifestyles, we intriguingly fell for each other. Maybe it was our mutual positive vibes and how we always wanted to have a good time with our friends? Or, maybe it was because we shared a similar sense of humor?

You can think of him as the “bad boy influence” who drinks, raves, and flirts with a lot of women, and I was more of that innocent Asian girl who went to class, took cute Instagram photos with her friends, and trying out new brunch spots with my girls. I honestly don’t know how we ended up together - however it happened, all I know is that we made each other happy.

Whenever we got into an argument, a compromise was always reached at the end. “Sorry’s” were given when deserved, and “I love you’s” felt natural and genuine.

College rumor says that I turned this bad boy into a better person. Peers mentioned that he changed for the better and “behaved more” (LOL) because of me - and that is truly the dangerous part about who I am. When it comes to dating, I always think I can change someone to be their best self, when in reality, the only person who can choose to change is that very same individual.

However, like any other couple, we had certain fights that kept reoccurring. Then, there was one big issue that made me realize that things were headed downhill for good - to put frankly, the issue revolved around lying and dishonesty. From that point on, I knew that things in our relationship were getting shaky, but I didn’t realize that things were going to end the way that they did.

The night of our breakup, I owned a wonky phone that sometimes just lost its damn reception for no good reason at all (this is why I can’t use shitty phones anymore) and failed to receive incoming texts for at least 24 hours. We had an argument on the phone just before I hung up, and I ended up going to the movies with a friend. Throughout that hangout, I frantically kept checking my phone for incoming texts from my boyfriend - but received nothing.

“Crap”, I thought. He never ignores me like this. Well, let me just go to the movies and maybe he’ll text me back later.

Upon stepping out of 21 Jump Street (hilarious movie, btw), I received a flurry of texts from my boyfriend talking about how I wasn’t replying at all and that it gave him serious time to think that we should break up.

As pathetic as this is to admit, I begged for him back. Not just once, but multiple times. Honestly, I just couldn’t imagine my life without him. We went on a Disneyland getaway together. We ice skated with friends in the beautiful outdoors rink at the popular Union Square. We bought Super Smash Bros. for his Wii so we could kick each other’s asses. We had homecooking and movie dates. We had nights where we laid in bed side-by-side to talk about just anything. AND, we even had an interesting yet ratchet (LOL) love story on how we eventually became official. Honestly, I just didn’t want to throw away this history over a stupid cellular device problem. But despite all of these fun dates, our problems were rooted deep underground, and I just didn’t want to admit that. Eventually, I realized I needed to grow the fuck up and be an independent adult for once. Why should I have to beg or convince a significant other to stay in my life? It’s honestly not worth the effort.

Although my mind and lifestyle accepted the breakup, my heart simply just couldn’t handle it. I remember walking aimlessly to class, telling my friends jokingly (yet seriously) that I was going to die as a cat lady. I remember the day that I sacrificed a once-in-a-lifetime hyped up beach hangout with my hip hop club members to see my ex one more time, in hopes that maybe we can get back together. We didn’t.

All in all, if I can recollect my thoughts correctly, I think it took me a total of six months to get over this one-year relationship. Everybody heals and recovers at a different time, so with every individual, the breakup recovery time will vary.

But even when I thought I wouldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, I eventually did. Eventually, I learned how to live my life without him. I learned how to experience happiness without a significant other. Then, the day came when I learned how to love again.



Heartbreak #2 (Friendship)


So what I recently learned about myself is the fact that I only endure genuine heartbreak when the other party turns a total 360 out of nowhere and starts to disrespect me. When somebody you love aims to tear you down on purpose, it hurts a shitload. It hurts way more than a stranger on the internet calling you “ugly”. It hurts way more than accidentally being shocked by that damn metal handlebar near the walkways while your sneakers are brushing up against the casino carpet of The Venetian at Las Vegas. Emotional pain can sometimes be more traumatic than physical pain, as the mind often plays tricks on you and can come up with an innumerable amount of excuses as to why he ghosted you after that amazing date or why she started talking shit about you behind your back to your closest friends at your own birthday party.

In all honesty, I’ve had my share of toxic friendships that I easily moved on from or didn’t get as hurt by, but I will say that one particular friendship broke my heart into many fractured pieces. Because of this one specific friend, I learned two very important lessons. When you think you know somebody, even for years, it’s very possible for that friend to change in the blink of an eye if something doesn’t go his/her way. Second of all, I learned that the more you give from your heart, the more pain you can receive as well.

Although I never labeled her as my best friend, she was pretty much a best friend, or at least one of my closest friends. We saw each other anywhere from 1 - 5 times per week, laughing over silly jokes, bonding over our love for animals, and chatting about work-related stuff. The reason we got along so well was because we shared pretty similar interests, but more specifically, we shared really similar morals/visions in both the work field and life in general.

I don’t want to go too deep into details out of respect, but all I can really say is that after we had a falling out, she completely changed the way she treated me. After three years of friendship, I didn’t realize that somebody could flip a switch and turn a total 360.

She cussed at me. She said hurtful things that aimed to make me feel like a piece of shit - in fact, she wasn’t even afraid to hold back how many hurtful things she said to me. She couldn’t look me in the eyes anymore.

Although I didn’t cry upfront and knew that dropping this person from my life would greatly improve my lifestyle, my heart felt completely empty. I felt like I had lost someone important in my life, despite the way I was verbally abused and emotionally tortured.

Honestly, I was so torn from this experience that I couldn’t even focus on work without thinking of her and the hurtful things she said to me. Whenever I tried to blog or create content, I ended up replaying the heartbreaking texts that she sent on repeat. Eventually, I told myself that enough was enough - I was suffering mentally and needed to give myself a clean break from it all. Because the damage was so bad, all I could really do was watch an Asian drama rom-com on Netflix to temporarily distract me from the heartache. Also, I always check in with one of my best friends whenever I run into a problem, and she knows just how much pain I endured from this broken friendship. As a supportive friend should, I believe she told me to just bounce back into work as soon as I was mentally ready again. I’m truly grateful to have her in my life.

Oh, but do you want to know what the funniest (yet not really funny) part about this “friendship breakup” was? I actually broke up with my boyfriend (at the time) during that SAME week, so I technically lost TWO people in my life that week. Heh, ain’t life grand (sarcasm intended). And yet, losing one of my closest friends drove me up the wall way more than losing my boyfriend (we weren’t really that compatible anyways and ended things on more mature terms) so this emotional reaction really told me just how much she meant to me.

I wish it didn’t have to end like this, but it did - and this experience taught me a lot of things. From this broken friendship, I learned that if you offer somebody your full heart to somebody with the wrong hands, he/she will do whatever they can to abuse that power. To make you feel like shit. To make you feel regretful. To make you feel hurt.

In all honesty, it sickens me when people will abuse their power when it comes to love. If I knew that somebody genuinely cared for me, even if it didn’t end on good terms, I wouldn’t go out of my way to hurt somebody. Instead, I would try to end things as civilly as possible, but this doesn’t always happen - and that’s life for ya.

All in all, it’s like I always say - you can be nice to everybody, but only trust few. Spread love, happiness, and positivity whenever you can, but keep your heart guarded until you’re absolutely sure you can let somebody in. This is something that I know I will continue to struggle with because I know that I love and trust too easily. However, I hope with time, I’ll learn to apply this learning lesson to my everyday life.


Heartbreak #3 (Romance)


Now, this is the story of a recent heartbreak that serves as the reason for my nightmares every single night for the last two weeks in a row. I figured I’d share this story with you guys in hopes that by pouring out my thoughts, I would be able to get this feeling out of my system (and most importantly, out of my goddamn dreams)! Let’s start.

My third heartbreak was from a man who ended up cutting things off with me (or you can say essentially ghosting me) spontaneously when I thought that everything was progressing forward. From going on multiple dates to meeting my closest friends to triple dates to chatting about weekend getaways, I thought I finally found a partner who had all the same interests as I did and who saw life from the same positive perspective that I saw it from.

I think the reason that I fell for him was because he was pretty much a male version of me (LOL, I know this sounds weird, but hear me out). First off, he is an entrepreneur like me. In his free time, he loves learning about anything - photography, videography, music editing, graphic design, etc. Hell, I thought that his photography was better than mine, and I’m the professional photographer here! Just the level of discipline and expertise that he had in almost every field that I loved in astounded me, and this high level of ambition reeled my interest even further.

Honestly, we didn’t date for very long, but the reason that I felt so hurt when he ended things was because he was one of the most compatible guys that I’ve dated in a long while. In the end, I think he scared himself, thinking things were getting too serious too quickly, and peaced out. Never have I once pressured him into a relationship, but he made up his mind and simply gave up without wanting to hear my opinion or thoughts. And again, this is also the type of person I shouldn’t waste my energy on - somebody who doesn’t even consider or value my feelings.

Again, like the first heartbreak, as much as I wanted to question his thoughts, I needed the help of my close friends to convince me that I was better off moving on. My closest friends have always warned me, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” but to be honest, I AM the type of person who cannot date multiple men at once and prefer to give my all in one relationship. Because of my trusting and vulnerable personality, I often end up shattered whenever I meet a potential partner who ends up changing their mind for whatever reason.

Sure, I can easily satisfy my friends by saying that I will date a bunch of people at once, but that’s just not the kind of person I am and I’ve learned to accept that. I learned that with dating, you have to be honest with yourself and that nobody can give you their two cents on what’s best for you.

But, a takeaway that I did learn with my friends is to never assume or set certain expectations while dating. Get to know each other first and go with the flow, but don’t picture a certain type of life with this person until things get more serious and you’re both on the same page. This is also something I need to work on, and hope that I can with time as well.


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So, where do I go from here?

Well, to be honest, my heart still aches to this very day. Each day does feel progressively better and better, and I don’t think of him much as I go through my work day. However, my subconscious says otherwise, as he keeps appearing in my nightmares and I wish it would stop. However, the heart wants what it wants, and I guess my heart is not fully over him yet.

However, to end this blog post on a more positive and inspirational note, my solution to getting over a heartbreak is to pour out your feelings (whether it’s to a friend, written on paper, or typed out in a blog post) and to distract yourself as much as possible. Hit the gym more often. Schedule a coffee date with somebody you haven’t seen in a while. Do more self-love and self-care activities. Keep moving, keep doing, and never look back. As soon as you get into the “I wonder why” or “what if” questionnaires, that’s dangerous territory that you want to escape as soon as possible. Instead, just accept that the breakup was just another learning chapter in your life, embrace how you are currently feeling (it’s okay to feel torn and hurt - it’s a part of life), and move on to focus on YOURSELF.

Luckily, I personally feel like I have been able to get over this guy faster than I imagined is because of the fact that I am making sure that I am using all of my work and free time as productively as possible so that there is no time to THINK about him. And to be honest, I am also addicted to productivity, hah.

At this very moment in time, I personally want to spend more time on myself these days. This means, creating more aesthetic and quality content that will help and inspire you guys. This means, focusing on my photography business and getting better at my craft - psst, be sure to follow @michellesunphotography on Instagram if you haven’t already! This means, learning more about various skincare ingredients and what products best work for my skin. This means, incorporating stretching back into my everyday routine. That means, whipping up new healthy recipes in the kitchen and sharing them with you all!

But most importantly, this means allowing myself to go with the flow of life and to not force myself to follow society’s standards of when it is the “prime time “ to move out, settle down, and/or get married.

Life is truly beautiful when you move at your own pace, so why rush? Why live your life by rules created by the norm when society has a completely different pathway and lifestyle that isn’t your own?

After all, I truly believe that if you are a good person with good intentions, life will throw you something beautiful once in a while when you least expect it. With that being said, I hope that I can find that beauty and inner peace once again as soon as my heart mends. To those who have experienced or are currently experiencing heartbreak, you’re not alone in this journey and just know that you always have the support system of your friends and family to steer you in the right direction. You can definitely count on loved ones during a time like this - that’s what loved ones are for, after all. To help you through the good and bad times in life.

And to those those who made it this far, thank you for reading this personal chapter of my life - it truly means the world when I can share my honest thoughts with the world. I love you guys so much, and hope that you can find inner peace with any previous of your heartbreaks because life is much more enjoyable when you let go of grudges and welcome acceptance with open arms.


Outfit Details:

Hat: NET Taiwan

Dress: wearNYLA

Booties: ALDO


Photography By:

Huyen Tran (@huyentxo) from www.huyentxo.com


Current Skincare Favorites - March 2019 Edition

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Hello everybody! So It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written about skincare - and honestly, I kinda miss it. These days, you can find most of my skincare reviews on my Instastories, as I often talk about the latest products that I’m trying all the while never forgetting to include my usual favorites. Since it’s been a while since my last skincare themed blog post, I thought I’d share my recent skincare go-tos with you all in today’s March 2019 edition of Current Skincare Favorites!


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SPF


You recognize the saying “Mom always says don’t leave the house without a sweater?”. Well, Michelle always says don’t leave the house without sunscreen! Honestly, you and your skin will thank you years later down the road when you begin to notice the first signs of crow's feet and wrinkles (I’m in my mid-20s and already spy forehead wrinkles, eek!). If I could go back in time, I would have totally started an in-depth skincare routine as early as my teenage years. However, let’s not focus on what we didn’t do in the past, but instead, what we can do in the present.

My number one go-to SPF product of all-time at the very moment is Dermalogica’s Prism Protect SPF 30. Honestly, I ended up trying this product due to an influencer campaign that I agreed to, but I also have to say that I am HOOKED on this product. Not only does it feel like a hydrating moisturizer, but it also contains SPF 30 so that your skin is protected by the harmful UV rays that the sun exudes. Additionally, it is not too sticky or chalky, but very hydrating for my skin! These days, I bring the Prism Protect with me to work if I don’t have enough time to apply it at home before I leave the house in the morning (gotta beat that morning rush hour traffic, ya feel me?). At work, I apply this SPF product liberally all over my face and neck right before I do my makeup. If I go sans-makeup for the day, then I consider this sunscreen as the last step of my morning skincare routine instead.

Buy the Dermalogica’s Prism Protect SPF 30 here.


Toners


For some reason, March has been the month of trying out more Asian skincare brands in specific, but I have no complaints about that whatsoever! Also, I asked you guys recently on an Instagram poll if you prefer Asian skincare or American skincare, and a whopping 85% of you voted for Asian skincare! I never realized that the love for Asian skincare among my followers was extremely high, but I’m also happy to learn that you guys had a chance to try Asian skincare products!

I’ve always been a long-time fan of Sulwhasoo, a high-performance Korean skincare brand that honestly made me fall in love with the actual concept of having a multi-step skincare routine. Something about this Korean brand just literally makes my face feel like a million bucks whenever I use their skincare, LOL - honestly, it has to do with the lightweight texture and post dewy glow I see when I look at the mirror after applying a few Sulwhasoo products to my face.

Two Sulwhasoo products that I’ve tried recently include the Snowise Brightening Water (aka a toner) and the First Care Activating Serum. For the Snowise Brightening Water, you can shake the bottle and pour a few drops into a soft cotton pad before gently applying it all over your face.

Before switching over to Sulwhasoo, my previous go-to toners included TULA’s Pro-Glycolic 10% PH Resurfacing Gel Toner, Bliss’ Rose Gold Rescue Toner Mist, and BABOR’s Rose Toning Essence. TULA carried the first gel toner that I ever tried, and I loved how this product was more thick and gel-like (since I’m not always a fan of too watery substances). In other words, TULA’s toner made me feel like their product actually made a difference in my skin, whereas some toners just feel like plain water. Bliss is honestly a new brand that I’ve recently picked up, but I love the floral scent that my nose picked up when I spritz a couple sprays on my face. As for BABOR, this is a German skincare brand that I’ve also been a long-time fan for and have no complaints about any of their high quality products, especially their Rose Toning Essence.

Buy the Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Water here.

Buy the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum here.

Buy the TULA Pro-Glycolic 10% PH Resurfacing Gel Toner here.

Buy the Bliss Rose Gold Rescue Toner Mist here.

Buy the BABOR Rose Toning Essence here.


Serums


Once my toner has been completely absorbed into my skin, that’s when I apply serum - my favorite step of any skincare routine! Serums are designed to deliver powerful ingredients into one’s skin and I can literally feel the difference in the texture of my skin every time I reach the serum skincare step.

One current serum that I’ve been obsessing over is Innisfree’s Intesive Hydrating Serum With Green Tea Seed. For the last few months, I’ve been using nothing but this serum and I’m almost out of my first bottle (and proud of it!). The green tea carries an intriguing scent, and I just love the way my skin feels super hydrated and dewy upon application.

If I’m doing my morning skincare routine specifically, I either opt for Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum or Dermalogica’s BioLumin-C Serum. Everybody raves about Drunk Elephant products so I knew I had to try their serum out. Meanwhile, I am infatuated with Dermalogica’s BioLumin-C Serum so much that I stocked up on 2-3 extra boxes as soon as mine runs out! Talk about being a crazy skincare lady alright.

All in all, you can thank serums for that glowy complexion that all skincare bloggers show in their Instastories.

Buy the Innisfree Intesive Hydrating Serum With Green Tea Seed here.

Buy the Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum here.

Buy the Dermalogica’s BioLumin-C Serum here.


Moisturizers


I’m so excited that I can finally share with you guys the ONE favorite moisturizer I’ve been using for the last several months - introducing Algenist’s GENIUS Sleeping Collagen! Not only did they spoil us with a sample of this product at their Christmas Blogger Brunch event, but they also gifted us a personalized GENIUS Sleeping Collagen at their 2019 event on the rooftop of The Jeffrey Hotel. And by personalized, nothing gets better than seeing the top of your moisturizer lid say “Sweet dreams, Michelle!”. Adorable, just plain adorable.

You have to try it for yourself, but I love how this moisturizer leaves my face feeling extremely moisturized and soft to the touch. The texture is thick and packed with essential ingredients to nourish your skin, the most important one being collagen. At their rooftop event earlier this year, I asked my esthetician too many damn questions (that she was more than delighted to answer, LOL) in regards to the purpose of collagen and why our skin needs it so badly. Long story short, she mentioned how the older we get, the less our body is able to produce collagen. Thus, we need to play our part and introduce collagen back into our skin in the form of a collagen-packed moisturizer. Collagen serves as the key to youthful, radiant skin and helps eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, and all other sorts of side effects that come with the natural process of aging.

Don’t question collagen, just get it.

Also, one more product that I wanted to give a shoutout to was VENN Skincare’s Age-Reversing All-In-One Concentrate. I was recently testing out this product one weekend, and LOVE the innovative idea of packing all of the ingredients of a toner, serum, and cream into one product. Talk about convenience at its finest! VENN Skincare is a luxury based Korean beauty brand, and their concentrate is designed to improve your skin’s complexion in a minimal amount of steps. Totally fell in love at first application (is that even a sensible phrase? LOL).

Last but not least, I wanted to conclude this skincare review section by mentioning a brand and product that I was referred to by one of my blogger besties, Huyen from @huyentxo. Huyen visited California not too long ago so that she can create aesthetic content (with and without me) all the while trying bomb SoCal food. Of course, when bloggers travel out-of-town, they have to carry their skincare favorites! While downloading all of the raw photos she took of me in her hotel room, I had the chance to raid her skincare stash and ended up trying her PhytoQuench Hydrating Day Lotion by ApotheCARE Essentials. This face lotion smelled absolutely AMAZING and I wish I owned a bottle myself! Not gonna lie, it’s awesome to have friends that love skincare just as much as you do so you can talk about what you love (and don’t like) about various skincare brands and products. All in all, it all comes down to both skin type and personal preference, but I write these blog posts so that I can share MY favorites with you all!

Buy the Algenist’s GENIUS Sleeping Collagen here.

Buy the VENN Skincare Age-Reversing All-In-One Concentrate here.

Buy the ApotheCARE Essentials PhytoQuench Hydrating Day Lotion here.


Eye Creams


I’ll be honest when I say that I haven’t been over-the-top sold by any eye creams that I’ve tried out recently. However, the eye creams that I am using at the moment include BABOR’s Eye Cream (the version I use is discontinued, noooo!), Dermalogica’s Total Eye Care With SPF 15, and Innisfree’s Intensive Hydrating Eye Cream With Green Tea Seed. All of them are amazing in their own way, but in all honesty, I am still looking for that one eye cream that I’ll never stop raving about. If you have any recommendations, send your girl a DM stat! ;)

Buy the Dermalogica Total Eye Care With SPF 15 here.

Buy the Innisfree Intensive Hydrating Eye Cream With Green Tea Seed here.


Masks


I just have to be upfront with y’all and say that I’m a pretty lazy masker. If I don’t feel like I have a free 20 minutes in my day (which to be honest, I usually don’t LOL), I will not mask for what feels like an eternity. However, ever since I received a facial from the OSEA Skincare Studio in Venice, I was introduced to a bomb mask that I’ll never forget called the Red Algae Mask. Not only was this specific mask used during my facial, but it was recommended by my esthetician since it is designed to target and reduce blemishes all the while minimizing pore appearance. Because I have cystic acne on my chin, it was highly recommended that I use this mask once a week.

When it comes to OSEA Malibu’s skincare collection, I can guarantee that you will absolutely love their products due to their vegan ingredients and cruelty-free measures.

Buy the OSEA Red Algae Mask here.


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Do you prefer reading skincare product reviews or watching them on Instastories/YouTube? What are your current skincare favorites?

Talk to me in the comments below - let’s chat!


Photography By:

Huyen Tran (@huyentxo) of www.huyentxo.com


Outfit Details:

Necklace: Kendra Scott

Dress: Showpo (A lovely gift from Huyen! ;) )

Booties: ALDO Shoes


The Five Minute Journal Review: How It's Positively Changed The Lives Of My Loved Ones & Myself

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At the end of the day, your quality of life revolves around your mindset - how you think, how you act, and how you react.

On one end of the spectrum, you could be the richest person in the world and still be unhappy, despite owning all of the most desirable designer luxury goods in the world. In contrast, you could be just making ends meet and remain fairly happy with where you are in life when it comes to housing, family, and more.

An asshole could cut you off on the road, you flip them off out of anger, and you allow it to ruin your entire day. Or, you can take this situation with a grain of salt, acknowledge that they are a dickhead when they drive, and move on with your life.

Although it may be inevitable to control certain circumstances that happen in your life, there’s one thing that you do have total control over - your mindset.

Even when shit hits the fan, when things aren’t going your way, when you feel like the world is against you….

At the end of the day, with the right mindset and attitude, you can overcome ANYTHING.


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No, this isn’t some flowery bullshit to help temporarily boost your ego - this introduction right here, in all honesty, is the truth and nothing but the truth.

When I was going through depression a few years back, it took me a huge amount of strength and courage to actively change my mindset - to lift myself mentally from the dark pits of despair and to climb up to the top to see the light again. From my personal experience, depression feels like I’ve hit rock bottom to the extreme point where I actually feel like my life would NEVER get better. However, as soon as I ditched the negatives and actually focused on the positives of my life, everything around me that was once muted and dark began to feel colorful and vibrant once again.

The same has to do with gratitude.

As soon as you take the time to count your blessings, you will realize just how lucky you are. You will learn how to easily drown out all of the noise, drama, and petty shit in life that you don’t have time to deal with. Ultimately, expressing gratitude will teach you how to focus on the bigger picture.

Today’s blog post is a bit different from the normality of my typical blog posts - and it’s all thanks to one gratitude journal I want to introduce to you all called The Five Minute Journal. Because of this journal, I’ve learned to actively express gratitude for everything and everybody in my life and to never take for granted what I have right in front of me.


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Who here thinks about gratitude? We all do to a certain extent.

However, who actually takes the time these days to actually focus and write down our blessings for the day? Not that many of us, to be completely honest.

I get it, I get it - we have so much to do in our busy lives. Why take the time to write down what we’re grateful for when we have it all right in front of us, or why bother writing it down when we can say it out loud? Well, research shows that actively writing down and addressing your blessings consistently will lead to an increased level of happiness.

By being the happiest version of yourself, your mindset will gradually shift towards a more positive light and insignificant or petty things will eventually bother you less and less. That’s why these days when I encounter an unkind or inconsiderate asshole on social media or in real life, I brush him/her off quickly because I know that my positivity and valuable time is not worth stressing out or feeling drained about my interaction with a negative source.

With the Gratitude Journal, you only think about the happy things in life. You focus on the positives in addition to what you can improve in your life on the daily. None of that negativity, none of that drama, and none of that bullshit.

By addressing your blessings every single day, you will begin to transform into the best version of yourself, as you will actively become aware of who/what you are grateful for and why you are grateful for that person/thing in your life. After opening Page One of this journal, that mentality of “you against the world” will slowly shift into “you and how you perceive the world”.

Isn’t it crazy how one journal can make such a huge difference in perspective?


Honestly, there must be some magic sorcery or powers behind this gratitude journal because as soon as I finished reading the introduction and completed my first fill-in-the-blanks of Day One, I already felt a HUGE boost of energy and positivity throughout my day. I felt invincible. There was just something about writing in this journal that transformed my outlook on life, and it’s difficult to explain in words. My mood was instantly uplifted, and I felt that like an unstoppable Sim character with fully charged green bars in every life meter category possible. (Yes, sorry gamer girl nerd reference)

Because of just HOW instant this transformation felt, I knew that this was a journal worth sharing with all of my loved ones. Thus, I’ve collaborated with The Five Minute Journal to GIFT each close friend of mine (or at least the ones I KNEW would continue using this journal) their very own gratitude journal in hopes that they can experience the same uplifted energy that I felt from this one book.

After surprising a few of my friends with The Five Minute Journal in front of their doorstep, I had to check in with them weeks later to ask them how they enjoyed their very first gratitude journal! Down below, you’ll find an honest testimonials from a few of my friends. I told all of my friends to be completely honest with their review, and this is what they wanted to share with the world.


I think this journal is perfect for everyone including those who don’t really like to journal (like myself). There’s a lot of gratitude journals out there, but I’ve always had trouble sticking to a journal since it can be time consuming. This one is so simple and quick to fill out! Also, I love the quotes at the top and the beautiful cover. A short 5 minutes every day can bring you positivity and balance. I keep it by my bed so now it’s part of my morning and night routine.”

- Lenora C.


Wendy H. from @hsiaoproductions

Wendy H. from @hsiaoproductions


5 minute journal is awesome! I love that it helps me unwind at night, reflect on the good of the day, appreciate my accomplishments, and in the morning, helps me to set the intention to have gratitude, positivity, and an overall wonderful day.

- Wendy H., Videographer from Hsiao Productions (@hsiaoproductions)


Linh D. from @xcapewithlinh

Linh D. from @xcapewithlinh


The five minute journal has really helped me feel grateful for my everyday life routine. My day job is so demanding that I tend to forget all the good things that happens throughout my day. I used to focus so much energy and time on the bad stuff so with this journal, it has really forced me to think deeper and find the good things in all this mess you call life!

- Linh D., Blogger & Content Creator from @xcapewithlinh


Marisa H. from @mariseeezy

Marisa H. from @mariseeezy


The five minute journal is a great way for me to start my day. I noticed that when I write in it consistently, I think more positively and little things that normally would have bothered me, don’t anymore. I have a better outlook throughout the day and it’s a great reminder for me to reflect on things and people I’m most grateful for everyday.

- Marisa H., Blogger & Content Creator from @mariseeezy


Alright, well where do I even start? Let me give a little backstory on my exposure to The Five Minute Journal I had seen this on Mimi Ikonn from @mimiikonn on Instagram. I was always interested in checking it out, but never did, so I forgot about it. Fast Forward to sometime in 2018, I was watching Michelle’s Instastories when BAM! She was talking about The Five Minute Journal and her thoughts about it. I messaged Michelle privately asking more about it. On January of this year, I received a package in the mail from her and it was The Five Minute Journal, by far a very thoughtful gift. So what did I do when I received it you might ask. Well I started it! I have been doing The Five Minute Journal for a month and a few days. It has changed my perspective on things, in a sense that I wake up and instantly begin thinking of things I am grateful for, rather than thinking ‘oh here we go another morning.’ Without getting to into this, my family and I are going through a tough road and this small Journal has made all of difference. It has made me look at the silver lining in all negative situations, it is slowly transforming me into a more positive person. Like I said I have only been doing this journal for about a month and a few days, it has already impacted my life in such a wonderful form and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me because of this journal. Thank you Michelle for sending me this wonderful gift, you have introduced me to such a wonderful change.

- Eva O., Blogger & Content Creator from @simplyevahxo


Maya R from @missmayaya

Maya R from @missmayaya


Beginning my day with the five minute journal has truly changed my life! I had always heard about the power of gratitude and affirmations, and implementing them into my daily routine has allowed me to stay positive no matter what.

- Maya R., Content Creator from @missmayaya


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If there is one thing that I am eternally grateful for, it is the simple discovery that one of my life passions is to inspire others through my platforms to pursue their goals and chase their dreams. To write inspirational posts like these that resonate with my community. To leave a lasting impression in hearts of others. To make a positive difference in the lives of anybody reading this.

Last but not least, I wanted to give a special thanks to The Five Minute Journal for collaborating with me on this Happiness Project of mine and to my friends who have shared their honest thoughts about this gratitude journal with me. Not only am I grateful to have discovered The Five Minute Journal, but I am also blessed to have amazing friends as avid supporters of my blog who helped contribute their thoughts to make this a communal blog post that I hope will leave a positive message with you all.


The Most Instagrammable Cafe in Taiwan: VVG Hideaway

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Because of the beautiful aesthetics of this one particular Taiwan cafe, I knew I wanted to give an entirely separate review to the lovely VVG Hideaway in Taipei City, Taiwan. In fact, I discovered this hidden gem (it’s literally hidden…we had to park near a random stranger’s house and took a 5-min walk down a random hill to get here) through a blog post written by Singapore blogger, Christabel Chua from @bellywellyjelly, when she visited Taiwan a while back. As soon as she posted photos from this Instagrammable cafe, I knew I had to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit this place for myself!

You know those Facebook videos you find on your newsfeed that have catchy titles such as “The Most Instagrammable Restaurants In Taiwan” or “15 Places You Need To Dine At In Taiwan”? Well, VVG Hideaway would honestly make the cut in any press-related restaurant videos filmed in Taiwan because it is literally #cafegoals when you analyze the exceptional quality and presentation of the entrees and drinks, the clean and minimal aesthetics of the cafe, the customer service, etc. Since I am not from Taiwan and will probably not visit this country often, I would honestly come here EVERY single time because I personally believe it is the ideal location to grab tea/coffee and desserts with friends or a loved one, to catch up on some quiet reading time, or to get that Instagram-worthy shot. If I had to put my finger on it, VVG Hideaway reminds me of one of those quaint, private “treehouses” that is tucked away from the hustle and bustle and noise of any neighboring city.

In today’s blog post, I’ve listed a numerous amount of reasons on why I loved my first-time experience at VVG Hideaway and why you should add this particular cafe to your Taiwan bucketlist as well


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1. This cafe has a very clean, cozy, minimal, & welcoming vibe - both indoors and outdoors.


As soon as I took one step into this lovely cafe, I felt like I was going to star in an Asian drama (LOL, I’ve been watching too many of these as of lately - thanks a lot, Netflix!). The first thing you see upon walking in is are two hostesses to your left waiting to greet you, and adjacent rooms that contain bookshelves, various decor, greenery, and more. In fact, the entire cafe is an open space, meaning there is a lot of walking room and rooms to browse through while you’re waiting for your seat.

With huge bay windows surrounding the entire cafe, it is amazing to see just how naturally lit this entire place is without a huge necessity for what’s normally deemed, “shitty restaurant lighting”. Essentially, you are spoiled with a beautiful view of the outdoors (BTW, the outside is just as pretty as the inside!) as you munch on the cutest menu options that VVG Hideaway has to offer. Plus, this natural light is perfect for bookworms like me - if I lived in Taiwan, this cafe would seriously be my number one work, reading, or study location of all times.

When a cafe provides an ample variety of food/drinks, perfect window lighting, a picturesque view, and plush sofas, you know that you’re about to feel pampered AF.

*Note: Please reserve a table for your party at least a few days to weeks in advance.

See VVG Hideaway’s Yelp page here.



2. A huge variety of menu options to choose from when it comes to ordering food, drinks, and/or dessert. Aesthetic and delicious!


I remember browsing the menu for a few minutes in deep thought before deciding what I really wanted to try! After careful consideration, I ended up ordering their Iced Coffee and Tiramisu Cake.

Honestly, my Iced Coffee was one of the best coffee drinks that I ever had. Not only did I find it super cool that my ice cubes were made entirely out of coffee, but it was also fun to pour the milk and creamer into the glass to see the entire mixture combine into one delicious beverage. It contained the perfect amount of coffee flavor; in other words, it was not too sweet or too bitter, but just right. If only we had this place in America!

As for my Tiramisu dessert, it tasted beyond delicious and I had no complaints at all. It was a combination of sweet, light, decadent, and fluffy. The best part? It didn’t contain too much alcohol (because we know some tiramisus can taste a bit too bitter!) and tasted just like a cake, so that made me a happy camper!

If I had to recall the other menu options to choose from, VVG Hideaway also served sandwiches, spaghetti, soups, salads, alcohol, and more. In terms of the price point, Wendy mentioned that the desserts and drinks ranged from around $6 - 9 USD each, while the entrees were a bit pricier. You can click the link here to view screenshots of the menu.

*Note: Each person in your party must spend at least $16 USD minimum to dine here.


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3. Solid customer service.


Although I cannot speak Chinese, I had no complaints about the customer service. From cordially greeting our party to leading us to our table to taking our order, everything went smoothly.

I do have to say that the menu items do take a bit of time to prepare, so just expect to wait 10 - 15 minutes before you get your order!


4. Photography-friendly policy.


Not only was I able to take a billion photos at this dream cafe without judgment or weird stares from others (sorry Wendy), but I saw other customers taking fun cafe photos here as well.

However, they do have a strict policy against videography so just FYI! I love how the staff was kind enough to tell us about their policy after they spotted us creating content and apologized for the inconvenience, even though they didn’t cause us any inconvenience at all. When it comes to customer service, I appreciate employees who know how to communicate their policies in a clear and concise way all the while remaining respectful and polite to their customers.


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So after reading my review and looking through these photos, are you convinced to add this place to your Taiwan bucketlist? What would you order if you were here?

Talk to me in the comments below - let’s chat!


Outfit Details:

Hat: Irene’s Story

Top: Free People

Cardigan: Uniqlo USA

Skirt: Irene’s Story

Boots: DSW


Six Ways To Shower Yourself With Self-Love

OC lifestyle and fashion blogger, Michelle Sun from @missmisschelle, shares a personal story about self-confidence and self-love in addition to six tips on how to indulge in self-love this Valentine’s Day.

Healthy Recipes For A Healthy Lifestyle

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One of the most effective ways I found to keep me accountable on achieving my goals is to have a close friend hold me accountable for my actions. For gym days, it is Marisa and Alex pushing me to lift more weight than my trembling body thinks it can handle. For eating healthier, it’s Huyen texting me pictures of her healthy meals to remind and inspire me to make better food choices throughout my day. For anything work-related, it’s Wendy keeping me motivated, productive, and pushing me to produce my best work. Honestly, I am eternally grateful for all of these friends (and more) who keep me in check, because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today when it comes to my mental or physical health.

For today’s blog post, a popular subject that a lot of you guys requested was a compilation of healthy recipes that I have tried and love. Personally, I admit that I start eating unhealthy meals when I cannot think of anything to cook at home and END UP buying fast food or takeout due to the short-term gratification effect it has on us. However, because homecooked meals often lead to healthier eating choices and lower expenses, I KNOW that I want to hop back on the healthy bandwagon and I plan to take all of you with me! This month, I’ve partnered up with Milk And Eggs to introduce to you guys a bunch of fun, easy-to-make recipes that don’t require a lot of time or prep work. Let’s jump into it!


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Before we get started, I want to emphasize that these meal suggestions or recipes are HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES than what you could find at your local restaurant or fast food chain. Personally, I find that when I make the effort to swap out unhealthy ingredients for more nutritious ones, it makes a HUGE difference in both calorie and nutrient intake.

There are so many health benefits when it comes to eating healthy, such as a more uplifted mood, better sleep, etc. With a little discipline, you can attain all of these health benefits as well, and it’s not hard to do once you make small changes in your life! So without further ado, let’s get started!


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Breakfast Options


  • Two Scrambled Eggs & Two MorningStar Farms Maple Flavored Vegetable Patties

    • Ingredients:

    • Directions:

      • Cook two scrambled eggs in a pan and add a dash of Trader Joe’s Onion Salt. Honestly, this salt just adds so much flavor to my eggs and I can’t imagine ever cooking eggs without this spice!

      • Add oil to pan and pan-fry two vegetable patties. Cook on medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes, then flip patty to cook the other side for another 3-5 minutes.

        • Nutrition Facts: One vegetable patty contains 8g of protein and is only 80 calories! These vegetable patties are low in calories compared to your standard bacon and sausage options!

  • Supreme Omelette

    • Ingredients:

      • 2 Brown Eggs - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Trader Joe’s Onion Salt

      • 1 Organic Red Onion - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Organic Mushrooms - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Organic Green Onions - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Organic Spinach - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

    • Directions:

      • Add oil to pan, then two eggs. I choose to scramble the eggs just a LITTLE bit so that the yolk and egg whites are combined.

      • Wash vegetables and chop into bite-sized pieces. Add chopped vegetables to the scrambled eggs mixture.

      • Cook for 3 minutes on medium-low heat, before flipping omelette in half (like a quesadilla!) once one side is cooked well! Fold in half.

  • Avocado Toast

    • Ingredients:

      • 1 Slice of Whole Wheat Bread - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1 Brown Egg - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Trader Joe’s Onion Salt

      • 1 Organic Avocado - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

    • Directions:

      • Place 1 slice of whole wheat or multi-fiber bread/bagel in the toaster. Meanwhile, add olive oil to the pan and cook one egg on medium-low heat until fully cooked. Personally, I like to scramble mine, but you can do sunny-side up if desired! Add Trader Joe’s Onion Salt to the eggs because that shit is BOMB!

      • Slice 1 avocado in half. Scoop out avocado into a bowl and mash. Add a dash of garlic salt and black pepper. Spread avocado mash on to toasted bread.

      • Add cooked egg on top and serve.

  • Scrambled Egg & Hashbrown Breakfast Burrito (LOVE this recipe because you can meal prep and freeze these burritos and/or take them with you on-the-go to work! Find the original recipe link here.)

    • Ingredients:

    • Directions:

      • Bake 1 frozen hashbrown on 425 or 20 - 25 minutes. Cut into bite-sized pieces once baked fully. Should have a crunchy texture!

      • Heat tortilla in a pan on low heat until it warms up slightly. Do not cook until hard/crispy - just enough to warm it up!

      • While the tortilla is warming up, scramble two eggs in another pan on medium-low heat. Sprinkle Trader Joe’s Onion Salt on the eggs.

      • Place warm tortilla on a plate, and add scrambled eggs and chopped hashbrown on to the tortilla. Add 2 tbsp of salsa. Personally, I also like to add a bit of ketchup and sriracha as well!

      • Wrap into a burrito and serve.

  • One Bowl of Plain or Vanilla Greek Yogurt With Chopped Fruit & Toppings

  • One Bowl of Quaker Oats’ Oatmeal

    • Directions:

      • Add one pre-packaged Quaker Oaks packet or 1/4 bowl of plain oatmeal to a bowl. Add a little bit of cold water until the oats are almost floating (make sure not to add TOO much water!) in the bowl. Microwave for one minute.

        • If you don’t like plain oatmeal, you can add a dash of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon for added flavor (just don’t go crazy with the sugar, hah).


Meat/Fish Recipes


  • Roasted Lemon Pepper Cod (With A Side Of Veggies)

    • Honestly, you can purchase the BOMBEST roasted lemon cod from your local Costco - it comes premarinated! Just follow the instructions on the box and you’re good to go :) Pair with your favorite side of veggies - I love eating this fish with stir-fried green beans!

  • Meatloaf

    • Ingredients:

      • 3-4 lbs of ground meat (Use organic or grass fed/no hormone from Whole foods or Trader Joe's, Lean 10% fat, Use a mixture of beef and turkey) - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1.5 to 2 cups of Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs

      • 3 Brown Eggs - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1 Organic Red Onion, minced - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1 cup parsley/cilantro, minced - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder

      • 1.5 to 2 cups of water (Use less water if you think the meat mixture is mushy already)

      • 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt

      • 1 teaspoon pepper

      • 1 tablespoon cumin/coriander powder

    • Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Let sit/marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator. After a few hours, take the mixture out of the fridge and form into a rectangle loaf in a loaf pan. Bake at 375 degrees for about 1 hour or 1.5 hours. Optional: Add ketchup on the top for the last 15 minutes.

  • Honey Soy Sauce Flavored Salmon

    • Ingredients:

      • Fresh or frozen salmon - psst, the salmon on the Milk & Eggs website is BOMB! Buy it here.

      • Pepper

      • Honey

      • Soy Sauce

    • Directions:

      • Preheat oven to 350F.

      • Wash salmon under a running faucet, and use the edge of a knife to scrape across the salmon skin for extra cleanliness. Use a dry paper towel to absorb all of the water out of the fish. The paper towel process is SUPER IMPORTANT so that your fish doesn’t come out mushy!

      • Place salmon on a piece of aluminum foil on a baking pan. Add a dash of pepper to the salmon. In a separate mixing bowl, combine 1 - 2 tablespoons of honey with a little bit of soy sauce. Too much soy sauce will make this salmon taste salty AF! Pour honey and soy sauce sauce mixture over the salmon.

      • Bake salmon for 15 - 20 minutes, or until well cooked - you can poke a chopstick or fork into the fish. It should be a tender, '“falls off the bone” type of texture and not raw/wet.

  • Tempura Crusted Japanese Mayonnaise Salmon (this is a HOMEMADE recipe from a college friend ;) Honestly, not the HEALTHIEST recipe on this list but at least it has salmon!)

    • Ingredients:

      • Fresh or frozen salmon - psst, the salmon on the Milk & Eggs website is BOMB! Buy it here.

      • Pepper

      • Garlic Salt

      • Lemon

      • Japanese Mayonnaise (you can pick this up at your local Asian grocery store - Hmart or 99 Ranch should have it!)

      • Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs

    • Directions:

      • Preheat oven to 350F.

      • Wash salmon under a running faucet, and use the edge of a knife to scrape across the salmon skin for extra cleanliness. Use a dry paper towel to absorb all of the water out of the fish. The paper towel process is SUPER IMPORTANT so that your fish doesn’t come out mushy!

      • Place salmon on a piece of aluminum foil on a baking pan. Spread a thin layer of Japanese mayonnaise with a butter knife until salmon is covered evenly. Add whole wheat bread crumbs on top of the mayonnaise layer, followed by a dash of pepper and garlic salt. Lastly, add a few drops of lemon juice for that added citrus kick!

      • Bake salmon for 15 - 20 minutes, or until well cooked - you can poke a chopstick or fork into the fish. It should be a tender, '“falls off the bone” type of texture and not raw/wet.


Vegetarian Recipes


All of these vegetable dishes are GREAT to eat as side dishes! Also, vegetables are a great way to substitute unhealthy fillers such as white rice.

  • Enoki Mushroom & Baby Bok Choy Stir-Fry

    • Ingredients:

      • Baby bok choy - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Enoki mushroom (1-pack) - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Bragg Liquid Aminos - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

    • Directions:

      • Wash, chop, and dispose of ends of enoki mushroom (always comes with a chunk of dirt, yuck!). Wash, chop, and dispose of ends of baby bok choy.

      • Add olive oil to pan and throw mushrooms/bok choy into pan on medium-low heat. Add a little bit of Liquid Aminos for added flavor (don’t add too much or it’ll be super salty!). Pan-fry for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are “soft”/”liquidy”.

  • Green Beans Stir-Fry

    • Ingredients:

      • Organic Green Beans - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Shallots

    • Directions:

      • Add olive oil to pan and pan-fry green beans for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Add shallots for an extra kick of flavor. SO DAMN GOOD.

  • Spaghetti Squash (find original recipe link here).

    • Ingredients:

      • 2 whole spaghetti squash

      • 1 1/2 lb ground turkey (or beef) - buy it from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

      • Freshly ground black pepper

      • 4 cups marinara sauce (homemade or jarred) - I prefer using Rao’s Homemade Marinara sauce linked here.

    • Directions:

      • Preheat the oven to 450F.

      • Split the squashes in half & scrape out seeds. Line an oven tray with aluminum foil. Season the spaghetti squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place flesh side down and roast for 30 - 40 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from the oven and let squashes rest until cool enough to handle.

      • Meanwhile, heat marinara sauce in a large saute pan for 3-5 minutes on medium-low heat. For vegetarians, you can add chopped red onions, mushrooms, or any other vegetables that you would like your spaghetti squash to come with! For meat lovers, you can add ground turkey or beef.

      • When squash is cool enough to handle, using a large kitchen spoon scrape the strands of squash from the inside of the skin. Toss the spaghetti squash in the pan with the hot marinara for just long enough to get hot. Serve and enjoy.

  • Honey & Balsamic Vinegar Roasted Brussel Sprouts (see original recipe link here).

    • Ingredients:

      • 1 1/2 lbs fresh brussel sprouts - buy it from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 2 tbsp olive oil (for baking)

      • 1 tbsp olive oil (to mix with honey and balsamic vinegar)

      • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

      • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

      • 2 tsp honey

    • Directions:

      • Preheat oven to 425F.

      • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

      • Peel off the outer dry/dirty brussel sprout leaves, cut the bottom off and slice in half.

      • In a large bowl, toss brussel sprouts with olive oil and black pepper to coat thoroughly.

      • Bake brussel sprouts in oven for approximately 20 minutes.

      • Take brussel sprouts out of oven and coat with honey, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil mixture.

  • Olive Oil Roasted Brussel Sprouts

    • Ingredients:

      • 1 1/2 lbs fresh brussel sprouts - buy it from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 2 tbsp olive oil

      • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

    • Directions:

      • Preheat oven to 425F.

      • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

      • Peel off the outer dry/dirty brussel sprout leaves, cut the bottom off and slice in half.

      • In a large bowl, toss brussel sprouts with olive oil and black pepper to coat thoroughly.

      • Bake brussel sprouts in oven for approximately 20 minutes.

  • Roasted Sweet Sweet Potatoes with Honey & Cinnamon (find original recipe link here)

    • Ingredients:

      • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 1-inch cubes - buy it from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling potatoes after cooked

      • 1/4 cup honey

      • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

      • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    • Ingredients:

      • Preheat oven to 375 F.

      • Lay the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a roasting tray. Drizzle the oil, honey, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the potatoes. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes in oven or until tender.

      • Take sweet potatoes out of the oven and transfer them to a serving platter. Drizzle with more extra-virgin olive oil.


I hope that this detailed list of recipes has left you guys more inspired to cook something new in the kitchen! Let me know which recipes stand out to you, or which recipe you want to try out! Also, since Valentine’s Day is coming up, why not take one of these recipes and whip up something special for the boo? Heh ;)

What is your favorite meal/entree to cook? Is it breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert?

Talk to me in the comments section - let’s chat!


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Milk & Eggs; however, all opinions remain my own.