5 Things We Forget We Are Thankful For

5 Things We Forget We Are Thankful For

A time we can reflect and be thankful for all of the amazing gifts we have been given throughout the whole year

It's Thanksgiving and the time of year when we stuff our face with calorie dense food and celebrate the love of family. It's a time we can reflect and be thankful for all of the amazing gifts we have been given throughout the whole year. Typically, every year, my family goes around the table and says something we are extremely thankful for from this year.

Of course, the most common things we are thankful for are our families, friends, pets and our faith; but, we often forget these 5 things to be thankful for.

1. Education

We are so lucky to live in a country where education is a privilege! There are so many children in other countries who are denied the opportunity to learn. We have the ability to read and pursue our dream careers, all because as United States citizens, we are granted the right to learn.

2. Dressing accordingly to the weather

Around the world, some countries are not as lucky to put on a heavy snow jacket when it's cold or shorts and tank tops when it gets hot in the summer. We have the ability to chose what we wear, based off our own personal style, and dress for whatever weather is coming our way.

3. The Internet

Living in the US is awesome because we are a progressive nation, we get to stay ahead of the time and hop online to google, watch tv or play on our social media accounts.

4. Our sense of smell

We can enjoy the aroma of our favorite foods, beautiful flowers and a clean house.

5. Yourself

You've been given the beautiful gift of life and made perfectly imperfect in the image of God. Nowadays self-criticism comes so much easier than self-praise and it's important to love yourself and everything that goes along with it.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and don't forget to count your blessings everyday, big or small!

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Everything You Need To Know About BANG Energy Drinks

Say goodbye to your favorite pre-workout drink.

BANG energy drinks from VPX Sports are the hottest new products for athletes everywhere. On every can, you'll find their catchphrase "Potent Brain & Body Fuel" and it gives you just that. Clean energy, laser-sharp focus, and no sugar induced crashes are just a few of the reasons these bad boys are flying off the shelves faster than retailers can keep them stocked. Haven't heard of them? Sound too good to be true? Let me answer your questions.

What is it? It's an energy drink that's kind of like your typical Red Bull or Monster. It's a perfect substitution for pre-workout supplements or coffee.

Who's it meant for? Anyone! A better question to ask is, "Who isn't this drink meant for?" On the can, you'll find a recommendation for no one under the age of 18 to consume the drink. You also may want to steer clear of it if you're sensitive to stimulants like caffeine.

What's in it? BANG energy drinks contain zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero sugar. But what you can find are BCAA's, CoQ10, creatine, and copious amounts of caffeine. These are things athletes often take as supplements.

What are BCAA's? BCAA's are Branched Chain Amino Acids. They are known to stimulate protein synthesis, increase muscle function, decrease your soreness after a workout, and even aid in repairing damaged muscles.

What's CoQ10? Coenzyme Q10 is found in the mitochondria of your cells and sparks energy production. It helps produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. People often take this as a dietary supplement when they feel tired or lethargic.

What's super creatine? Creatine does a great job in enhancing athletic performance by aiding growth of lean body mass (AKA muscle). When you take creatine orally, the amount in your muscles increase and helps regenerate ATP more efficiently. According to the nutrition label, this so-called "super" creatine is bonded to Leucine to make Creatyl-L-Leucine. On SupplementReviews.com, a VPX Sports representative allegedly said the following about the Super Creatine in the drink:

"The creatine in there is actually something very special...it is the world's only water stable creatine. It is Creatine-Leucine peptide. Think of this...if you mix creatine in water, it sinks and if you mix leucine in water, it floats....if you combine the two into a peptide, it creates a water soluble and water-stable form of creatine. It also has a fatty acid chain that makes it easier to cross the blood brain barrier. The focus of the super creatine is not for muscle function, but for cognition...by combining this form of creatine with caffeine, it works synergistically for mental focus."

How much caffeine is in one can? In one can of BANG, you'll be blessed with 300mg of caffeine. This is the equivalent to over three cups of coffee.

Is that even safe? Yeah, it is. In order for the caffeine in the energy drink to be lethal at any capacity, I would have to drink 30.7 cans.

So, what are the downsides? There are two things that come to mind. One is that consumers have no idea how much BCAA's, CoQ10, or creatine is actually in the drink. It could very likely be trace amounts too small to do anything beneficial. Two, BANG energy drinks do not go through the FDA approval process.

Is it really that good? Well, out of 113 reviews of the product on Bodybuilding.com, there's an average 9.6 overall rating. Most reviews comment on the quality of the energy, the cognitive focus, and the non-existent crash once the drink wears off.

What kind of flavors can I get? There are currently eight BANG energy drink flavors on the market: Black Cherry Vanilla, Cotton Candy, Sour Heads, Star Blast, Blue Razz, Champagne Cola, Power Punch, and Lemon Drop.

Where can I buy BANG energy drinks? You can find BANG energy drinks at Amazon, your local GNC or Vitamin Shoppe retailers, Bodybuilding.com, VPX Sports' website, some gas stations, and privately owned retailers.

How expensive are they? This depends on where you make your purchase. The cheapest place to purchase your BANG energy drinks is at Bodybuilding.com for about $2.00 per can. You can find similar prices on Amazon and at your local retailers. The energy drinks are most expensive through the VPX website where you'll pay about $2.75 per can.

How does BANG compare to other energy drinks? I'll give you some data on nutrition facts and you can make your decisions based on that:

16 oz. BANG: 300mg caffeine, 0g carbohydrates, 0g sugar.

16 oz. Monster Energy (regular): 160mg caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

16 oz. Red Bull (regular): 160mg caffeine, 56g carbohydrates, 56g sugar

16 oz. Rockstar (regular): 144g caffeine, 54g carbohydrates, 54g sugar

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You May have Ended your diary phase, but mine’s not over yet

Writing in a diary has changed my life for the better.


Every girl you talk to will tell you that at some point during their childhood, they were given a diary.

They would take the diary to sleepovers to show it off, write down all the names of boys they had crushes on, and jot down secrets that their friends would tell them.

The diary phase would last around a month or two, then suddenly the diary would be shoved into a drawer to never be written in again.

But have you ever thought about the hidden meaning behind a diary?

Living in our world today, finding a safe space to get away from everything is difficult to find.

Some people turn to social media pages like Instagram and Twitter to create hidden profiles for only few to see, some turn to Pinterest to find quotes that they relate to, and some turn to blogging sites to create pieces that help them to release emotion.

The problem with these actions is that no matter how much you can try to keep this secret world hidden, it'll always find a way to come back and connect to you. There is no secrecy on the web.

And if you actually know a way to keep something hidden online, please let me know.

The only way you can keep something truly hidden today is to physically write it down.

So, I started writing in a diary again about two years ago.

And I love it.

When you're younger and have a diary, you don't get the true meaning behind it. You don't realize all the great things that having a diary can do for your life.

Keeping a diary has opened up an entirely new world that no one even knows about besides me.

My diary is a place where I can vent about my day, complain about people, and find the words to describe what I've been feeling.

All while it never finding a way to haunt me later on. I know, what a concept right?

But besides that, what else does a diary do?

Life isn't easy, nor will it ever get easier. Sometimes the rough patches can take a toll on your emotional well-being. It happens to everyone.

What I've found with the diary is it ends up being a huge support during those hard times.

Talking to people about a difficult time can be awkward and embarrassing sometimes. The diary acts as a way to express emotion without the awkwardness of explaining the situation to another person who may simply not get it.

We may not have thought about it years ago as kids, but the diary concept is something that we could all use as young adults.

At the end of the day, it only helps things get better.

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