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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tis the Season for Holiday Movies!

Hi Lovely,

As the Holiday season enhances joy and family time, let us celebrate that with movies! Here is a quick list of Classic Holiday Christmas movies to help get you jolly and merry and into the Holiday Spirit. These movies are so beautifully cozy that you, your friends, and your whole family will all have a ball watching them! So gather around your dinner table to enjoy these Holiday Classics while sipping on some eggnog <3
  
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
A White Christmas (1954)
Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Frosty the Snowman (1969)  
The Year Without a Santa Clause (1974)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
Home Alone (1990)
All I Want for Christmas (1991)
The Santa Clause (1994)

XOXO Lusciously Levi
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Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Ultimate Winter Playlist

Hi lovely,

"First day of November and first daylight savings Sunday"~ Lusciously Levi  

Now that winter is rapidly approaching, let us dive into the music world and wrap ourselves with all of its love. Music feeds the soul, helps release stress, and provides one with some sort of outlet for expression; it enhances one's ability to feel when in any given mood and evokes a sense of truthfulness, which in essence, brings forth clarity within yourself. This unique bunch is a classic mix of Holiday classics, oldies, and pop music with the utmost appreciation placed on the combination of lyrics, melodies, and overall sound. 

The Ultimate Winter Playlist

Holiday Favorites:

The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year by Andy Williams
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Mariag Carey
White Christmas by Bing Crosby
A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra 
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee
Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms
Last Christmas by Wham!
It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas by Bing Crosby 
Frosty the Snowman by Gene Autry
Winter Wonderland by Bing Crosby
Underneath the Tree by Kelly Clarkson 
Jingle Bells
Silent night
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town 


Oldies:

Moon River by Andy Williams
Never gonna fall in love again by Eric Carmen
Can't help falling in love by Elvis
I'm not in love by 10cc
Everybody's talkin' by Harry Nilsson
Give me just a little more time by Chairmen of the board
Alone again by Gilbert O'Sullivan
Ding a Dong by Teach in
Baby Hands up by Ottawan
Sunshine Reggae by Laid Back
Thought I'd Ring You by Shirley Bassey & Alain Delon
Oh Babe, What Would You Say by Hurricane Smith

Pop:

Hands to Myself by Selena Gomez
Zero by Chris Brown
Perfect by One Direction
I know what you did last summer by Shawn and Camila
Sober by Selena Gomez
Me and the Rhythm Selena Gomez
Same old love by Selena Gomez                                            
Confident by Demi Lovato
Freedom by Pharrel Williams
Cant sleep love  by Pentatonix
Hello by Adele 
Hollow by Tori Kelly
Body On Me by Rita Ora Featuring Chris Brown
Lean on by Major Lazer & DJ Snake
Writing's On The Wall by Sam Smith
How Deep Is Your Love by Calvin Harris & Disciples
Your love by Nicole Scherzinger
Don't hold your breath by Nicole Scherzinger

XOXO Lusciously Levi

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Be Grateful this Holiday Season

Hi lovely,

 

This time of year can prove to be quite stressful for the majority of people, from shopping for presents to stocking up on food. We sometimes get lost in the real meaning of Thanksgiving. Thus, we end up taking things for granted. We even get greedy at times, when in reality, we might have everything we need right in front of us. There is a lot more to celebrating the Holidays than what is perceived. While the major things to be happy and thankful for are our health and ability to work, we can expand beyond that and delve deeper into the true meaning of the Holiday Season. Let us all take a step back this year and for many years to come during the Holiday season to really get back into the authentic holiday spirit that encourages unity and peace for us and our loved ones.

 

1) If you have family and friends who love you, be thankful.


Love is something so dear it should be a privilege for all. The simple pleasures can actually bring us closer together during the holidays. We get caught up during the year as we go to work, school, take care of our family, spend time with friends, and pay the bills. This cycle of busy work makes us forget the real meaning of family: spending quality time together. Sitting around the table with your loved ones is a perfect start to create that unity with each family member. We can go around the table to express what gives us meaning in life, while relishing the aroma of the scrumptious holiday pumpkin pie baking in the oven. There are many lovely stories or poems to read during the Holidays including singing hymns that are lyrically joyful that will put a smile on everyone’s face from your baby sister to your grandma. These intimate conversations will generate affirmative interminable memories that can easily be preserved and treasured for future generations to come.  


2) If you live under a roof, take a moment to be thankful for that.


Having somewhere to live means the world to people who do not. On this holiday season remember the meaning of your home, your sanctuary: a form of shelter to which you can go to at anytime. Having a home is your protection; it is something to appreciate on this holiday season, let alone on a daily basis.  This fortification can supply you with a refrigerator to store food, a faucet for clean water, and a bathroom so that you can take care of your hygiene and take showers. The next time you finish taking a shower, say thank you for the ability to be able to shower in clean water. Having a roof over your head means that you have some place to sleep, and this is another privilege to be honored by. Being grateful is as simple as it seems. It is the opportunity for all of us to truly appreciate and value all that we have, at this present moment in time.  


3) If you use any form of technology, be thankful as this genius invention helps us stay in closer contact with our loved ones.


Technology is precisely at our fingertips where we can conveniently scoop out information by “googling” any question imaginable. 50 years ago that was only a dream. Let us take a step back to fully appreciate the fact that the Internet invariably offers us solutions to which we would be lost without. We are often on the Internet, either on Facebook or some other social network. In reality the Internet provides us with so much more than viewing someone’s updated status; we find quick tips on healthy eating, how to fix things, etc. We use it to our disposal, so the next time you send an email to your friend or Skype chat with your grandmother, say thank you for this astounding capability.


4) If you are celebrating Thanksgiving as well as the whole holiday season, be grateful for the American history that has endowed us with the freedom that we continue to have to this day.


Our forefathers brilliantly demonstrate that by having almost nothing, we can actually realize that we have everything we need. There is a fine line between the two. Our progressive forefathers commenced a new tradition of sharing food and time with all people. So on a day like today, it is only the beginning the holiday season, which exemplifies Thanksgiving in a new light. The liberation of women and slaves as well as the enhancement of civil rights continues to flourish. Let us be thankful for the progress for peace, the ultimate goal. Happy Thanksgiving <3






XOXO Lusciously Levi

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

4 Apps to Help Maintain a Healthier Lifestyle


Hi Lovely!

Today's post is all about Apps! There are some great apps out there to help keep you motivated, organized, and ready for a healthy balanced lifestyle. Look on below for some unique Apps.

Daily Arm Workout- Personal Trainer for the Upper Body

Your virtual personal trainer is present! You can bring him/her everywhere! Working out is great to keep up your health and energy on a daily basis but sometimes it gets overwhelming and you just get lazy to go to the gym. This superb app has many unique features including videos developed by certified personal trainers that assist you with 5 to 10 minute upper body workouts. If you literally have only 5 minutes each morning before work, there is no more excuse, so try this app for the arm, chest, and shoulder routine. There is no Internet required for this particular app so feel free to do all the workouts in the comfort of your own home! The workout series is essentially a guide to improve your muscle strength and overall energy levels.  

Find Me Gluten Free

The Find Me Gluten Free app fundamentally assists your healthy lifestyle by providing you with directions to restaurants that serve gluten-free food! Whether you love gluten-free baked goods or even fast food, this app will be your best bet to uncover that suitable gluten-free menu in your given area. Especially if you travel for work or are always on the go, this app will benefit your preservation of a healthy daily life as more and more people are being diagnosed with a gluten allergy these days. If you are near your home or in between states, this app will be your friend of choice when deciding to eat your next gluten-free meal!  

Fit Brains Trainer

Brain trainer is an indispensable part of brain exercising. As we get older, we do not always take persistent care of our brain in an intelligently motivating way. There are so many shortcuts that we end up thinking slower and concentrating less on a daily basis. However, with this unique app, which is free to download, it can boost specific areas of the brain including memory, concentration, problem solving, and more! These customized brain-training games include puzzles and games, which challenge your ability to think, grow, and learn. In addition, you will come out of these enjoyable and valuable exercises with improved cognitive performances as well as overall brain health.

Relax Melodies to improve your sleep schedule 

If you are the type of person who does not fall asleep at the snap of a finger, consider the Relax Melodies app: Sleep Zen sounds & white noise for meditation, yoga and baby relaxation. In this app, it will aid you in your falling asleep process all the while relaxing you through the combination of sounds and melodies, all chosen by your preferences! You get to produce the mix you prefer and adjust the volume and timer, so you can effortlessly lean back to relax, listen, and sleep! This app is quite diverse as it fits almost any group of people, whether you are a parent who needs help to put your baby to sleep soundly, or if you work at a stressful night shift and you need something to help you unwind and improve your mood. Even if you are into meditation or yoga, this can contribute to your lifestyle as it provides a customization for an exclusive and individualized experience.

There you have it folks! The 4 previously mentioned Apps will uniquely provide you with positive health benefits if you take the time to commit to them individually. Your health is ultimately based on your actions, so with that be sure to sleep deeper, eat better, and relax in between! Click here to visit my health and wellness website for more healthy tips, free recipes, and more!

XOXO, Lusciously Levi 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

A letter to the child within you



Dear Self,

You are enough. With all the people competing and comparing around you, YOU are enough. Right now, right here, with all of your feelings and emotions, it is all beautifully fine. People will still judge you, they will talk about you, but it is not your business to associate with that. You just keep growing, keep spreading kindness, and keep expressing yourself through your heart. I just thought you needed to hear this.

I know you are trying hard to fit in; sometimes you try so hard that you lose your morals and adapt to concepts of ideals of what you "should" be doing, but I understand that you will do what you need to do at your own time and pace and it will have nothing to do with what people want you to be or not to be. Follow your authenticity, for it is what makes you free and not trapped by others who might feel the same way but are too frightened to get inside their own hearts so they enforce those ideals as a defense mechanism for their own insecurities. 

The best thing we can do for ourselves is feel, understand, let go, and grow. So go ahead and let yourself feel, this is the reason we are here, to feel and heal it all.

Now I challenge YOU to write a letter to yourself, through the eyes of your childhood. What were you like? Your hopes, dreams, fears? Did you feel loved, unloved, jealous, hurt, angry, happy? We need to reconnect with our childhood if we have any desire of evolving into truly loving and successful human beings without holding any defenses against others in our daily interactions. All that internal pain and blame is the root of it all. If you are not living from your heart and sharing joy with yourself or your loved ones you need to uncover a hidden layer of emptiness that is heavily placed over your beautiful heart. Maybe you didn’t get the love you needed as a child, or maybe you did. Whatever circumstance you experienced does not limit or inhibit you in any way to achieve the highest level of love in your heart, because now it is up to you to find that love inside yourself, on your own. It is a process and it is possible: LOVE for you by you from you to YOU. <3

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XOXO Lusciously Levi

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

When we search for LOVE...

Hi Lovely,


We like searching for love. We want someone to give it to us, from an array of different perspectives mostly in terms of support. Many of us want financial support, others desire emotional support, and some of the outliers might simply want to just be "left alone" from it all (a more rebellious kind of avoidance approach is systematically played out here, possibly because there is a deeper hurt invested). Think about the kind of love/support that you want for yourself for a moment.

    ~ Love is the silence of the soul ~

As we jump from relationship to relationship, or from the same arguments to similar emotional reactions, we need to learn to be more quiet, more still, and essentially to pay attention to our own internal desire for love and how we truly perceive it from a soul level. Physically it could be crystal clear what we want, but underneath the physical reasons there is a deeper meaning why that physical manifestation keeps popping up. Perhaps it is something we need to heal from our own selves, as an antiquated habitual cycle has most likely been instilled in all of us in one way or another (either consciously or subconsciously over time). All the love we need is ours and whatever we project outwardly is that sense of love that is in fact missing from our own hearts. Let us aim to become the love we seek from others.

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XOXO Lusciously Levi 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Be the witness of your feelings

Hi lovely,

So many times we get hurt or hurt others without really realizing why we do it or why we feel the way we feel. Then we end up brushing out those feelings and essentially sweep them quickly under the rug, trying to distract ourselves in any way possible. This is not the best way to handle it, as eventually those feelings will come back up, but with even more intensity than before.

The simple reality is, feelings need time. They need time to be processed, honestly felt, truthfully analyzed, ad wholeheartedly expressed.

"Just like children, emotions heal when they are heard and validated." ~ Jill Bolte Taylor 

When you begin to get into your feelings from a loving perspective, you stop pitying yourself, you stop blaming others, and you stop moving in endless cycles of doubt and confusion. Remember, to love yourself is the greatest revolution, because you are actively taking the steps to listen to YOU, your heart, your pain, and your insecurities. It is OK to listen, observe, and witness all that you are feeling.Write it down, share it with someone close, and let those feelings be heard. Let your emotions guide you so that you can find your soul.

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XOXO Lusciously Levi 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

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XOXO Lusciously Levi 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lift the layers of the ego and find your true self underneath the veils

Hi Lovely!
 
Here is my thought of the week:
 
Lists-we are very good at making lists. We make to-do lists, career lists, relationship lists, ideas in our heads, the list goes on, pun intended! We have become a generation that enjoys that feeling of control and efficiency. There is nothing wrong with that, until it begins to become an obsession.
These lists and ideas are made by our ego, that little extension of our true selves that feels the need to be the center of attention all the time. If we continue to feed it, we are only ending up losing ourselves. The ego loves competition. It wants to feel validated every moment of every day. If we give in, we will confuse our mind.

Lift the layers of the ego and find your true self underneath the veilsSo how can we control our egos so that we can live a life that is truthful, kind, and loving? Well, first things first: Stop trying to impress people. Stop putting on all that makeup and jewelry. Try going Au Natural for a few days and notice the difference. Take a break from everything that makes you feel tense and journal down your feelings. Maybe you want to watch a funny show or dance around your bathroom while brushing your teeth. Get silly, love yourself, and have fun a bit more when possible.

The main thing would be to not compare yourself to anyone else. Your life journey is special to yourself and you have a right to honor that. Follow your path, do good around you, and focus on love. This is how your ego will be tamed down.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Very Veggie Vegan Smoothie!

Hi Lovely, 

Happy Wednesday! We are in the beginning of September and that means that Fall is just around the corner. Still, this heat is prevalent among us and a nice smoothie just might calm us down at least a tad. Sometimes you are in the mood for a berry fruity kind of smoothie (I know I am!), while other times you just want that potent-taste-filled-with-lots-of-greens-smoothie to essentially offer you a kick start to your day.

Today's smoothie is a vegetable based one. I know a lot of people are vegan or try to eat a minimal amount of animal products for health or morality purposes. Whatever the reason may be, here is a fabulously tasty smoothie to get you going on a weekday (or weekend) morning. Here is the simple recipe:

Very Veggie Vegan Smoothie 
Serves 1

- 1/2 tomato
- 1-2 stalks of celery
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 clove garlic (strong taste yet effective for energy)
- 1/4 cup of water (you could use more or less depending on your preferred consistency of the smoothie. If you want a thick based smoothie use less water but if you want a thin based one, use more.)

Blend up all your ingredients in a blender and serve :)

Enjoy!

XOXO Lusciously Levi 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Labor Day Weekend and Identity

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Hi Lovely,

Who is excited for Labor Day Weekend? To start off your weekend on the right note, I thought I would share one of my newly published articles with The Good Men Project. This article is about the distinct connection of dating and identity. If you are currently a bit lost in the dating world or if you simply want to know how to maintain your current relationship all the while cultivating your own individual identity, feel free to check the article out!

Dating and Identity article


Happy reading!

XOXO Lusciously Levi  

Monday, August 31, 2015

Wrapping up the Summer with a September Super Moon Poem

There's just something about that bright round moon
Feeling its' full presence from midnight to late afternoon
Shining down upon your overwhelming heart
Encouraging your joyful laugh or tearful cry; the full moon evokes it all, tearing you apart

This is not a bad thing, being exposed to how you feel
For hiding any ounce of your truth is like apologizing for being real
The summer sky holds memories and much more
What are we willing to surrender to, as we feel opened or closed, looking for a loosely hinged door

Just know how ever lonely you feel when you look up
So many others follow in your footsteps, we are all one, waiting for our close up
Searching, finding meaning, understanding others, and oh the feeling
Breaking all the rules for a while; temporarily protected by what we're concealing

This is the journey that must be taken
To unravel each layer of frustration, to feel your inner soul slowly awaken
From the pain and confusion of the past
So that it will smoothly fade away, not ever needing to stand by or last

The super full moon is a powerful force that shakes us to our core
Instilling thoughts and concepts that govern our actions; wild they may be, unable to ignore  
The moral of it all is to feel your feelings and let them come and go
Like the rapid waves of the ocean; its' sole purpose is to remain steady in the moment, as only then will you begin to grow

XOXO Lusciously Levi

Image Credit: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/files/2013/06/supermoon-may5-2012-x.jpg

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The Ultimate 2015 Summer Playlist

Hi lovely!

Now that summer is coming to a close, let us wrap up with all the beautifully emotional experiences that we have had with a connection to music. Music feeds the soul, helps release the stress, and essentially provides one with some sort of outlet for expression; it enhances one's ability to feel when in any given mood and evokes  a sense of truthfulness, which in essence, brings forth clarity within yourself. This unique bunch is a classic mix of oldies and pop with the utmost appreciation placed on the combination of lyrics, melodies, and overall sound. So here it is! 

My Ultimate Summer 2015 Playlist

Oldies:

Tom Jones: Man who knows too much
Tom Jones: You Know Me
Robbie Williams: Supreme
Boney M: One Way Ticket
Boney M. Sunny
Harry Nilsson: Without You
Chris Thompson: If you Remember Me
BLUE SWEDE: LONELY SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Air Supply: Goodbye
5000 Volts - I'm On Fire
The Rubettes: Sugar Baby Love  
The Turtles: Happy together
The Partridge Family: I think I love you 
Marie Laforet: Roman d'Amour  
Earth and fire - Memories
Jane Birkin: Orang Outan 
Slade: My Oh My 
Florent Pagny: L'air Du Temps
Al Jolson: LIZA (TILL THE CLOUDS'LL ROLL AWAY)
Uriah Heep: Easy Livin'
Tony Orlando: Tie a yellow ribbon 'round ol' Oak tree 
Three Dog Night: Eli's Coming 




Pop: Zedd: Beautiful Now
Selena Gomez: Good For You 
Tori Kelly: I was made for Loving you
Tori Kelly: It shouldve been US
Tori Kelly: All in my Head
R5: Can't say I'm in love
R5: I know you got away
R5: Lightning strikes
R5: Heart made up on you
R5: Pass me by
Pia Mia: Do it again
Hilary Duff: Tattoo
Russian Red - Fuerteventura 
Girls aloud: The promise
Bridgit Mendler: Top of the World  
Elle King: Ex's & Oh's



Enjoy :) and comment what your favorite summer songs are!

XOXO Lusciously Levi

Monday, August 17, 2015

Ballet Barre Workout Preview

Hi lovely,

Now that summer is in full swing and we are in the intense heat of mid-August, our minds can get a bit off balance and our bodies might soon follow too especially if we are not taking care of that internal mind/body/soul trinity connection. To help get you more on a relaxed wavelength I have decided to begin doing ballet workout barre exercises. Here is a short preview of what kind of combinations will pop up from time to time. The goal is to do these exercises repeatedly both on the right side and then on the left side in order to gain a sense of communication within your body as well as muscle strength and flexibility. Let me know if you have additional ideas about the combinations!


Ballet Barre Workout Preview

XOXO- Lusciously Levi <3

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Favorites

Hey lovely! 

Summer is officially upon us, can you feel it? We have sun, rain, and everything in between with the unpredictability of the weather. So many wonderful things this month, so let's get started!

Favorite combination of moments: 


Here we go folks: On June 21, 2015 we have Father's Day, the first official day of summer, and the summer solstice (in the northern hemisphere) which creates the longest day of the year because the sun is at its highest northernmost point in the sky. The solstice marks the onset of summer, and basically it means the "midnight sun"; that is, the sun is able to shine on earth all day (at noon the sun appears to be at its highest elevation or altitude above the horizon, occurring at the moment the earth’s tilt toward the sun is at a maximum).* This noontime position changes very minimally for the days directly preceding and following the summer solstice. I think it was the latest sunset of summer, at around 9pm: fun in the sun all day, literally! Solstice means "sun stands still", so we here on earth feel as though we are a bit woozy (reminisce if you were feeling drunk Father's Day weekend without any alcohol in your system!)
 
* http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=clifeatures_summersolstice

Favorite song(s): 

This one is great and inspired all by my amazingly musical loving dad (which works great, since it's Father's Day as well!) First off I gotta say YouTube is totally awesome. Once you finish listening to a particular song, YouTube follows it up automatically with a similarly themed song that was previously played. Highly sensitive and specific, it really is superb. The first song that I am in love with is called: "TornerĂ³"(1974) by the Italian group I Santo California . The second song is "Ti amo" (1977) by Italian singer Umberto Tozzi. The third is: "Mamma Maria" (1982) by Ricchi e Poveri. I see there is an Italian theme going on. Take a listen to these and let me know what you think.

Favorite tea: Lemon ginger tea has been a great tea to drink in the summertime. It tastes a bit bitter in the best possible way! If you have a sore throat, or if you just love the combination of tangy flavors, your best bet is lemon ginger tea!
Favorite movie:

How to steal a million (1966) is such a refreshingly smart comedic movie without too much unneeded drama and emotional tension like today's movies possess. Such a lovely movie with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole partnering up in crime and in love. Gather your family and friends and make a night of it.

Favorite quote:

 "We interrupted each other to say the same thing"  

Don't you love being on the same page with someone to the point where you both want to literally interrupt each other to say the exact same thing! So hilariously funny, this quote was coined in the moment of true friendship bonding.

Have a great summer y'all! 

XOXO- Lusciously Levi