Two easy nutri-bullet smoothies

 For Christmas, my mom bought a Nutri Bullet as a "family gift." Really, though, I'm the only one who uses it. I think it's absolutely wonderful. Basically, it's a really powerful blender/juicer combination for frozen fruits, vegetables, etc. 

A lot of people use Nutri Bullets for green smoothies, which generally include a leafy vegetable (spinach, kale), whatever other fruits and vegetables you want, and a "boost" like seeds or nuts. 

Anyways, since (when I'm at my mom's house) I have a smoothie pretty much whenever I'm not eating eggs (if you read my earlier post, you'll know I really like eggs), I thought I'd share my favorites. The first is a "green smoothie" because it has kale (hence the color) and the other is just your typical fruit-colored smoothie, specifically of the strawberry-banana variety. 

note: With a nutri bullet, you often don't use exact measurements. You just kind of throw stuff in until it reaches the "max" line (yielding a 12-16 ounce smoothie). Also, don't let your liquid (water, milk) surpass the "max" line. Other than that, you just put in amounts that seem reasonable. You can totally make these smoothies with a regular blender, too, as long as it can handle frozen fruit.

 Tropical green smoothie 

veggie: kale   ✩   fruit: frozen banana, frozen mango   ✩   
boost: raw cashews   ✩   liquid: water, squeeze of lemon

Why this smoothie is great: It feels really healthy because it's green, but it just tastes like mango, which is delicious. That's pretty much it. 


 Strawberry & banana 

no veggie  ✩   instead: vanilla yogurt   ✩   fruit: frozen strawberries, frozen banana  
✩   boost: chia seeds and cacao nibs   ✩    liquid: milk of choice, a tad of vanilla 

Why it's great: Lots & lots of calcium. Also, chia seeds are basically little nutrient bombs, apparently. They are high in antioxidants and omega-3s and many other healthy things. Cacao nibs also have a lot of fiber and antioxidants and iron, so that's a plus.

Let me know your favorite smoothie combinations! 

 ♡ Julia 

How to have a happier morning

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During high school, I've always gotten up early. Like, 5:45 am early (I have a longer-than-average school commute), and sometimes earlier if I have extra homework to finish. I also generally never hit snooze, (almost) never oversleep, and never end up running super late, at least to the extent of having to skip breakfast or forgo brushing my hair. This isn't because I'm a cheerful morning person though, I promise. I just have a vehement hatred of rushing and a fear of being late. But despite appearing like a "morning person" on paper, I have spent many mornings being uninspired and not particularly happy. 
Lately, (mostly inspired by bloggers with beautiful lives and charming "morning routines") I've been trying to be a little bit less of a miserable cow when I start the day. I know I'm far from an expert on perfect mornings, but I also know that when I do the following things upon waking, I feel a bit happier. And that's pretty nice. 

Go to bed earlier.

( A piece of obligatory advice that you probably aren't going to start following if you don't already. I have genuinely tried to do this. Sometimes it's just impossible. Moving on...) 

Use an alarm that doesn't sound like death.

It's hard to feel happy when you wake up to a fire-alarm-esque sound in your ear. Instead, I use Sleep Cycle as my alarm clock. Partly because it tracks my sleep and guilts me into going to bed earlier (use with discretion, though; some people can get more stressed out by realizing their constant lack of sleep), and partly because it wakes me up to soothing wind chime-y sounds like "warm breeze" and "forest glade." 

Use light to wake up faster.

When I wake up, I automatically turn on my bedside lamp. It's like a reflex. I know I won't fall asleep again if I do this. You can also use the "Philips Hue" function on Sleep Cycle to temporarily blind you when your alarm goes off. It's lovely.

Put lemon in stuff

Lemon water is apparently really good for you. I'm sure you've read those things about how drinking hot water with lemon in the morning is really magical. I don't know about that, but I do know that I have recently become obsessed with squirting lemon juice into my water and green tea in the morning. Mostly because I think it tastes good, it makes me feel more awake, and it seems to help with stomach discomfort. 

 Listen to music while getting ready.

Whether you spend five minutes throwing on clothes or twenty-five minutes curling your hair, there's time for a song in there. This is the biggest thing that has improved my mood in the morning. I just pull up a lighthearted Pandora radio, and suddenly everything seems slightly cheerier.

 Write in a journal for, like, 5 minutes.

I've been an avid journaler since age 12. I used to always do this at night, but then I started staying up later to do homework, and it began to feel like a chore to write in my journal when I really just wanted to sleep. So now I try to take a few quick minutes to write in the morning before I go downstairs. It actually makes me motivated, because it encourages me to have the sort of day I'll be proud to write about tomorrow. 


 Eat a breakfast you're excited about.

I love eggs. I love them in just about any variety, but especially scrambled. They may require a bit more labor than, say, just grabbing a yogurt, but I love eating them so much that it's worth it to cook them a few times a week. I also feel this way about smoothies. 

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And read them during breakfast. If you love reading blogs as much as me, this one's a no-brainer. See my post about the blogs that inspire me, if you're curious as to what I read. 

Anyways, these are the things that have helped make my mornings a bit cheerier. Not all days are going to be super happy, but when I do little things that I enjoy in the morning, I feel more ready to face the day in all of its imperfect glory. 

♡ Julia 









A few blogs that inspire me

I'm new to blogging, so I've been learning as much as I can and gathering as much info as possible over the last few months. This has mostly involved setting up a Bloglovin' account and reading as many blogs as possible. For those of you who don't know, Bloglovin' is a sort of social media site for bloggers and blog readers. You can follow all of your favorite blogs and see all of their recent posts in your feed, and you can even "save" posts that you want to reference later. 

Anyways, here are just a few of blogs that I have been admiring! 

From Roses

"A beauty & lifestyle blog for the everyday girl"
I love From Roses for it's beautiful photos and somehow always relatable content. I get genuinely excited to read every post, just from seeing the title and photo. My favorite posts on this blog are the many calming, self-care posts with gentle reminders and tips that make me feel at ease just by reading them.
Posts I've bookmarked: University & Creative Degrees, An Easy Guide to Photographing Beauty Products, The Art of Making & Managing Time

a balancing peach 

"A blog for all things life, beauty, and balance"
I don't even remember how I came across this blog, but I've been following it for a while and I've witnessed how much more amazing it becomes each day. This blog has some of the prettiest flat-lay style photos I have ever seen. And all the posts are written in a funny, light-heated yet genuine sort of way.
Posts I've bookmarked: How to Create an Eye-Catching Flat lay, The Everyday Brushes Guide, Create a Pretty (& Cheap) Gallery Wall 

Sophie Rosie. 

 "Creativity, health, happiness, and style"
This blog is genuinely fun to read. It is not uncommon for me to laugh under my breath while reading it. Sophie has a really funny, distinct, not-overly-serious voice in her writing. But even so, she writes a lot of bravely honest posts about self care/love, and many pretty fashion posts too.
Posts I've bookmarked: Uninspired, Yes I can be body confident

Bloomin' Rouge 

This blog is an inspiration for me in terms of it's bright white photos, and 100% honest writing. I came across this blog fairly recently, after reading the post "When I hate my body" and I was left in awe by her brutal honesty and openness. I've been following since.
Posts I've bookmarked: When I hate my body, High end makeup starter kit

Atlantic- Pacific 

This is a fashion blog, so it's all photos of pretty outfits in pretty city settings. I love it, because many of the outfits fit exactly with my style. Many of the bloggers I follow have a simple, clean, black-and-white sort of style, so I was very pleased when I found this blog as it's a bit more colorful and lace-heavy. I don't know what else to say. It's just filled to the brim with lovely photos of lovely clothing.
Posts I've bookmarked: Spring & Gingham, Pastels & Lace

A Clothes Horse 

This is another fashion blog, also including some hair, travel, and style-inspiration posts. Rebecca, the blogger, has the cutest style of all time. Her outfits often feature colored tights, adorable purses, and funny, unique patterns. She's American, but she lives in Ireland, which provides some really breathtaking photo settings.
Posts I've bookmarked: Outfit: Dressing for the forties, Easy pull-through braid

Anyways, these are a few of the blogs I regularly follow on Bloglovin' and find inspiration from.
I also have a Bloglovin' account of my own, so if you're on there, check it out!

♡ Julia 



Welcome to my blog, Julia in Bluhm.
I'm Julia, I'm eighteen years old, and I'm finally starting my own blog as a part of my high school senior project.
If I had to classify this blog, I'd say it's a style, life, figuring-it-out blog, probably with some ballet stuff thrown in. That being said, I expect that this blog (and I) will evolve in the future. After all, I'm no expert, I'm barely an adult, and I'm still very much "in bluhm" (heh, sorry). Since I absolutely love writing, I thought this would be a good way to make sense of it all. 

me & the cutest dog of all time

trying to look photogenic (?)

So, that's just about it. If you're interested in reading about my obsession with pretty clothes, my random musings about life, and my absurd amount of ballet dancing, check back! I'll likely post 3ish times per week (at least for now). 

You can also follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest!

♡ Julia