Author Archives: Hoprah

Homemade citrus potpourri

I love the smell of fresh fruit and I found a new way to expand the benefits of eating an orange every day. After I peel off the skin, I chop it up into half-inch squares and put them in a decorative mason jar (or in this case an old jar for jam) as a […]

Tiny tips #1: Breakfast, over easy

Next time you want breakfast on the go, have your eggs and cereal but skip the milk. Lately I’ve been making fried eggs over medium or easy and topping it off with granola or cereal. It might sound gross, but the combination of sweet and savory, as well as the mix of soft and hard […]

Tips on how to have a better day by starting off with a better morning

This video is from BuzzFeed. If you don’t have time to watch, or read (the video is mostly text) the hacks, they’re below: 1. Have sex! It releases oxytocin. 2. Drink water to kickstart your metabolism. 3. Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. 4. Don’t drink coffee first thing in the morning. Caffeine […]

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Tiny tip: Overachieving

It’s not sustainable.

15 things my friend has learned in his 30 years

My friend posted the below status message on Facebook today.   I’m 30 today, and in all my life, I’ve learned a handful of things. Some are things from my experience, some things I’ve observed, some are lessons to live by. I really wanted to wind up with 30 things, but it only turned out […]

Letting go is so hard to do

To my friend who thinks she can’t let go

To my friend who thinks she can’t let go, You can. I know it’s hard. I know it’s difficult. I know you think you might not find someone like him ever again — and you’re right. You won’t. The next guy won’t be the same because he’s a completely different person! That’s the whole point. […]

Canadian Prime Minister made time to write a book on hockey

One mantra professionals always preach is “Practice your craft.” Bloggers should blog every day. Photographers should shoot every day. But our excuse is usually, “I’m too busy.” Being busy with school, jobs and family is one thing, but being head-of-state busy is another. Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister, found 15 minutes every day to write […]

Diet tips and tricks — Get fitter friends

If you hang out with fatties, you’re gonna be a fatty. “Nicholas Christakis, a physician and social scientist at Harvard, found when examining data from a long-term study of the residents of Framingham, Mass., health habits can be as contagious as a cold virus. By his calculation, an…individual’s chances of becoming obese shot up by […]

Workout tips and tricks — Shop online before working out

I was just about to hit the yoga mat a few minutes ago when I got an email from Brooks Brothers. “Sleek Suiting.” Sleek suits only work with sleek bodies. I haven’t worked out in two weeks, but need a new suit, so what to do? Buy and work out like hell, obvi. There’s no such thing […]