Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Recipe: Blueberry 'n' Oats Muffins


Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Makes: 12 regular sized muffins

1 container (6oz) Yoplait Lactose Free French Vanilla yogurt
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/3 cup Gold Medal all-purpose flour (store brand works just as well)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 1/4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)
Coarse sugar (optional)

Let's Get Started
1. Heat oven to 400*F. Place baking cups in 12 regular-sized muffin cups, or grease bottoms of only muffin cups.
2. In a large bowl, mix yogurt and oats.
3. Stir in egg, oil, and brown sugar.
4. Stir in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt (batter will be lumpy).
5. Gently stir in blueberries (recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups, which I used, but felt I could get away with using just 1 cup, it's your discretion)
6. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
7. Sprinkle with sugar before putting the pan in the oven.
8. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown (I have a gas oven and found after 15 minutes my muffins were done)
9. Immediately remove from pan & serve warm.


When I made these, I made them the night before & the next morning I popped them back in the oven at 400*F for 3 minutes to warm them up (since we don't own a microwave) and it make a SCRUMPTIOUS breakfast! I even brought 4 muffins over to my neighbor which they seemed to enjoy! This recipe has to be my FAVORITE baking recipe ever, so far! It has the perfect amount of ingredients, the perfect amount of moisture, the perfect amount of soft and crunchy texture! I AM IN LOVE WITH THESE MUFFINS!! :D Enjoy & let me know how they turned out for you!
RECIPE GATHERED FROM: www.pillsbury.com
PHOTO GATHERED FROM: My Instagram - Follow me: lindseypav
*All opinions, comments, and notations are my own!

Friday, June 29, 2012

My Hair Care Routine

I am in no way a hair care expert. All statements below are my full OPINION! :)

So many people lately have asked me how I got my hair to stay healthy and mainly how I got it to grow 4 inches in just 4 months. Well, just one month ago I finally found the perfect hair products! I have long, super thick, wavy hair which tends to be very oily. All of my products can be found at any drug store such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Wamart, etc. Keep reading if you want to know exactly which products I use and how/when I use them! Xoxo!

The very first thing I do when I get in the shower is shampoo my hair. The reason being, when you shampoo your hair first, it rids of all bacteria, oils, and toxins which trickle down your body since your hair is at the top of your head & gravity obviously pulls down. By shampooing your hair first, you're stripping it of all oils. Since my hair is long and super thick, it tends to get weighed down but with this shampoo I've found it restores the volume to my hair! 
John Frieda: Luxurious Volume Thickening Shampoo

Use the desired amount that best suits your hair. For me, I squeeze & count to 2, that usually gives me enough product. I rub my hands together & then disperse the shampoo on my hair - focusing on my roots and scalp. You want to FULLY lather your hair until it feels like your hands are massaging foam. Once you feel it's lathered enough, go ahead and rinse... MAKE SURE YOU RINSE UNDER YOUR HAIR! People often forget to rinse that area and it causes build-up which makes your hair oily faster than normal!

Organix: Rejuvenating Cherry Blossom Ginseng Conditioner

After you've rinsed all of the shampoo out of your hair, next is conditioner! With my hair being naturally oily, I find that I have to use conditioner EVERY single time I take a shower. I take an amount no bigger than the size of a dollar coin on the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, grab my hair at my neck line, & begin rubbing the conditioner all the way through until my ends. With conditioner, you want to mainly focus on the ends of your hair since that's the part that gets the driest & gets split ends. Make sure you EVENLY rub this through your hair. AVOID GETTING ANY ON YOUR SCALP - it will just cause your hair to get oily! After this is in your hair, twist your hair & tie into a bun. With conditioner, you need to let it sit in your hair in order for the vitamins to work correctly! While your hair in in a bun, that is when you should finish washing the rest of your body. Once you're done washing your body, go ahead and undo your bun, rinse out your conditioner COMPLETELY & get out of the shower.

Organix: Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum

When you get out of the shower, go ahead and dry off your body & dry your hair with a towel. Take this serum and pump TWO squirts into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, grab your hair at your neck line, and begin applying the product to your hair. With the serum you want to focus MAINLY on the ENDS of your hair where the breakage tends to happen. Again, AVOID GETTING ANY OF THIS PRODUCT ON YOUR SCALP! Once you think you've evenly applied the serum to the end of your hair, rinse off your hands. Brush through your hair to make sure there are NO knots. Pump another 2 (or 1) squirts into the palm of your hand and repeat the process you just did before brushing you hair. With your hair being unknotted, it's allowing the product to work evenly. With whatever product is left over on the palm of your hand, take the ends of your hair and just swirl it in the product. It's really important you keep as much product on the end of your hair as possible. Then, I usually twist my hair in a Turbie Twist or you can just wrap your hair in the towel. By doing this, it keeps the product from dripping out of your hair. After about 30 minutes, you can go ahead and release the towel and let your hair air dry! 

With just using this product I've noticed my hair gets less dead ends and it has helped my hair grow! Not even kidding! The best thing is that it prevents frizz! I used to be a HUGE frizz ball if I ever let my hair air dry but now I can!!

After your hair dries and you notice it's a little more shiny than you would like it to be, or a little more oily... I recommending using 1 or 2 less pumps of the serum, but do not go without it!

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave a comment & I'll answer them as quickly as I can! I hope you enjoyed reading this & I really hope I helped some of you ladies out there who are trying to get longer, healthier hair!


Friday, May 11, 2012

Military Spouse Appreciation Day 2012

Military Spouse Appreciation Day
May 11, 2012

Military Spouses,

Today is your day to shine. Today is your day to embrace your love. Today is the day to let is be known that we have one of the toughest positions in life -- being a military spouse. It is one thing to be a spouse, but it's a totally different thing to be a MILITARY spouse. We endure some of the most difficult times one has ever known. We accomplish many tasks at hand that we never thought we'd have to experience. We fulfill the duty of being a wife, a maid, a cook, a lover, a financial planner, and a support system for our spouse. WE are strong.

My husband and I first got together in June of 2007. When we first started dating I knew immediately he wanted to join the military - mostly because we both had 4 years of JROTC together in high school. At the time, I had absolutely NO idea what it would be like to be with someone who's in the military. All I really knew was that we'd have to spend a lot of time apart and most of our communication would be by snail mail or by the phone if we got lucky.

Fast forward to May 2012, our high school graduation. My (now) husband and I were still together and he would be going off to basic training in just 2 weeks. I was panicking, I was freaking out, but I was doing my hardest to stand strong for my husband. On our 3 year "anniversary" he approached me with a Promise Ring and looked me in the eyes and promised he would "return when all of the Army training is done." THAT is when it hit me - I was about to embrace on the adventure that I knew so little about!

June 15 came so quick and before I knew it, I was balling my eyes out as I had to drop him off at the Recruiters Office so he can be on his way to MEP's and leave first thing the next morning. Never in my life have I felt so empty, so alone, so lost; I knew it was going to be a long road ahead. 

But, we made it through all 10 weeks of Basic Training and the day of "Family Day" at Basic was the best day (at that moment) of my life. When the Commander told all of the families that they are allowed outside to go find their soldier, I BOLTED, I mean, I ran so fast someone would've thought I was about to get kidnapped, out that door to go find MY soldier! It felt like HOURS trying to find him through all of the chaos of other families trying to search for their soldiers, too! Once I found his platoon, I ran up to his Sergeant (probably dumb of me, but I didn't care) and asked if I could go find him in the platoon. With his permission, I again, ran to the beginning of the platoon and started searching - head by head, glasses by glasses, uniform by uniform, beret by beret and then.... I spotted him. I found the love of my life in the mix of all of the other soldiers in his platoon, just standing there. Once our eyes met, I could've swore I entered a fairytale. The smile on his face was the biggest I've ever seen, his eyes lit up, he ran through everyone, I ran passed everyone, and once we met at the end of the formation, all I could do was jump into his arms. It was the best feeling I had EVER experienced and it was WELL worth the 10 weeks of snail mail!!!

When AIT came around, it was much easier. He would call me every night to say goodnight, he would text me every morning to say good morning. On every 4-day he would come home to Florida to come visit me. It was hard, but we managed. December 2010 rolls around and we got married. The 23rd of December was the BEST day of my life, hands down. But, as they say - gotta take the good with the bad & the bad with the good - because a month later he left to Korea for 12 months. It was the longest 12 months in my entire life but it made our marriage unbelievably strong!!!

They say the first year of marriage is the hardest and I couldn't agree more! Being separated as newlyweds (even though we were together for 4 years) was the worst possible thing but yet, the very best thing that has ever happened!!!


I'm not telling you all this to brag or to just rant on about my life, I'm sharing this because everyone thinks military spouses have a luxury... well, it's far from it! I am married to my HUSBAND, not the MILITARY. I support my husband and all of the soldiers who are in the United States military. As for the spouses, I will be the first one to give a standing ovation to each and every single one of "us." So, on this day, Military Spouses, stand up, keep your head high, put a smile on, and walk around knowing you hold one of the hardest "titles" known to man. Be proud that you spend MONTHS away from the one you love, be proud that they're across the world FIGHTING for us, be proud that you have the HEARTWARMING homecomings, and be proud that you get to CHERISH every single second your spouse is home -- because, nobody else knows what it feels like except, us.

Photo by: LMPav Photography


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Recipe: Bacon Chicken in the Crockpot

Photo By: LMPav Photography

Bacon & Sour Cream Chicken

1. Bacon
2. 1/2 cup Sour Cream
3. 2 cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup (OR) Diced Mushrooms & 1 jar of Alfredo sauce
4. Salt & Pepper
5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6. Boneless skinless chicken breast (2)
7. 1 Cup of Flour

1. Pre-heat your crockpot/slow-cooker on high. Pour 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil into slow cooker to let simmer.
2. Slice each chicken breast into 3-4 strips (for a total of 6-8 pieces)
3. (OPTIONAL) If your chicken is FROZEN, place 6-8 pieces of bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-low heat. Make sure your bacon is NOT crisp & is able to bend. Drain on a plate or paper-towel. Proceed to step 5.
4. If your chicken is NOT FROZEN, proceed with step 5.
5. Once bacon is cooled (if cooked) wrap one slice around each piece of chicken. Place bacon-wrapped chicken in crockpot.
6. In a medium bowl, combine Cream of Mushroom Soup (or Mushrooms & Alfredo sauce), sour cream, and flour and mix with whisk to blend. Pour over chicken in crockpot.
7. Cover crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours.
8. After the 2 hours, make sure your contents are bubbling. If they are, turn crockpot on medium.
9. After the 3rd hour, check your chicken breast to see if it's cooked. If not, continue to cook chicken for another hour on medium.
10. Once chicken is cooked, serve immediately, or let simmer on the "warm" setting.

Serve over a bed of rice or noodles.


Pinterest inspired RECIPE
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

LMPav Photography: Steilacoom, Washington


On April 7, 2012 I took a trip down to Steilacoom, Washington. My husband and I originally wanted to go to Fort Steilacoom Park, which we did, but on our way home, we got lost and found Pioneer Orchard Park. Yes, how ironic is it that we got lost but come to discover such a beautiful place?!

Well, this park was so beautiful that I had to capture every moment! These photos were taken with my Samsung NX100 camera around 2pm. We made a trip after this around 7-7:30pm, when the sun was setting, and that day I regretfully forgot my camera at home... DARN! Living on the West coast I am privileged to be able to watch the sun set longer than 10 minutes and, with this view, it is breathtaking!

With having recently moved to Washington and still trying to adapt to the area, Pioneer Orchard Park has changed most of my feelings about the Evergreen State. Yes, I still will always go back to my home (Florida), but I will give Washington the benefit of the doubt and agree that it is a perfect vacation spot!

The mountains, the blooming flowers, the snow, the villages, the close-knit community, and the warming long sunsets makeup for those long, dreary, wet, rainy days.

I hope you enjoy looking at these photos as much as I enjoyed photographing them!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Make Points Turn Into Money OR Gift Cards!

I want to share this website called "SuperPoints" with everyone. 
Every day they send you an email & inside of the email are points that could range from 1-50. Each time you click "Claim Points" on the email, it'll bring you to the SuperPoints page. You have the option of spinning the "SuperLucky Button," taking survey's, watching videos to earn points! You get 30 chances on on the SuperLucky Button & you can win up to 50 points with just ONE click of the button! (I won 32 points by just pushing the button today!) Also, the more friends that YOU invite, it will increase your number of clicks! You start out with 30 clicks on the button but you could earn up to 100 clicks!!!

After the first 500 points you earn, you can turn in your points for PayPal cash, an Amazon gift card, iTunes, Home Depot, & even Starbucks gift cards! Or, you can save up your points and win PRODUCTS like Mac computers and other electronics! I've already cashed in twice in the last year! So, if you guys would like to sign up you can!! ♥ 

If you have any questions, just let me know!




Thursday, April 12, 2012

Recipe: Pot Roast in the Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Recipe:
*Pot Roast with Veggies*
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: Approx. 6 hours

-3lb roast
-1lb of carrots (chopped)
-3 small tomatoes (or) 2 large tomatoes
-2 yellow onions
-1tsp Salt
-1 tbs Pepper
-4 tbs Italian Seasoning
-2 tbs Parsley
-1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  1. Put your slow cooker on high and let sit for 10 minutes
  2. Prep your roast. Pat dry. Rub salt, pepper, 1tbs parsley, and 2tbs Italian Seasoning all over.
  3. Pour Extra Virgin Olive Oil into bottom of slow cooker.
  4. Place roast inside of slow cooker and cover with lid.
  5. While your slow cooker is warming up with the roast inside, chop up your carrots, onions, and tomatoes. Throw together in a large bowl.
  6. Mix 1tbs parsley and 2tbs Italian seasoning into large bowl with vegetables. Toss together until all ingredients are evenly mixed.
  7. Pour vegetables into slow cooker with roast. Leaving top of roast exposed. Let cook on high for 4 hours then on low/medium for 1.5-2 more hours.

*WARNING* Your house will start smelling like yummy goodness after the first 2 hours of cooking!! Risk the temptation at your own pace! ;)

After your roast is all finished, cut pieces while it's still in the slow cooker. 
Add additional salt and pepper as needed.

(I served mine over buttery rice)


Friday, April 6, 2012

Mission Body Rock: Before it Begins

*Mission Body Rock (MBR)*
Before it Begins

Hello everyone! My name is Lindsey, I'm 20 years old, and I created "Mission Body Rock" to take a leap and transform my body, my health, and my lifestyle. In order to do this, I became a coach for Team Beachbody!! It is a program that incorporates Shakeology, TurboFire, P90x, and many other workout programs. Every 30 days, I will post new pictures of my body, along with my current weight and measurements so that the progress will be VISIBLE. I hope all of you reading this series introduction will stick with me during this journey to help motivate me, inspire me, and help me push through! 

What would you love to accomplish?
During "Mission Body Rock" I hope to lose 50 pounds, get rid of my arm flab, strengthen my leg muscles, gain abs, and "lift" my butt. I also plan to gain healthy eating habits, religious workout routines that become a part of my every-day routine, and to feel better about myself; mentally, physically, and emotionally.

What made you realize that you need a change?
The main thing is my health. I noticed over the last few months that my asthma has gotten bad, to the point where I have to take 2 puffs of my inhaler every night before bed or I will start wheezing and coughing! Another thing is, when I look in the mirror, I feel disgusted. I don't feel happy, I don't feel proud, I feel gross. I honestly do not know how I let my body get this bad. I am the heaviest weight I've ever been in my entire life, I am completely out of shape, and I don't feel pretty anymore - even when I put on makeup. 

When were you happiest about your body?
My freshman year of high school (2006-2007) and when I got married (December 2010). I used to play volleyball, I used to be fit, I used to have amazing legs, I used to be extremely active, & I used to be religious to the gym! The way I am now... it's not ME!!! I WANT TO BE ME AGAIN!!!

Would you love to inspire others?
Of course I would! In 2010, I went to the gym EVERY single morning of the work week at 9am. I did a workout class for 1 hour and then either did cardio or lifted free weights. In 5 months time, I had lost 50lbs! So, by my wedding day, I felt AMAZING and looked GREAT! I know losing weight is possible but I also know that feeling good about yourself is even more possible!!!

How do you plan to inspire others?
I plan to keep consistent with this blog series: "Mission Body Rock" and I also plan on creating a YouTube series on my channel so people can actually WATCH the transformation that is about to take place! I really hope they'll be motivated to make a change in their life and take part of Team Beachbody!

Do you have a time frame or distant goal?
For my short term goal: by this summer (July 2012) I would really love to get rid of my belly fat. I want to be able to wear a bikini and feel good about myself! For my distant goal: I want to run a marathon. I don't care how long of a marathon, I just want to be able to say "I RAN A MARATHON" once in my life!

How do you plan on maintaining your dream?
Since I have asthma, I plan on doing cardio every single time I work out, whether it be running, jogging, an elliptical, or even a treadmill. It will not only help my asthma, but it will also help me improve my cardiovascular system so I will be able to run a marathon without passing out or getting tired!

View my Team Beachbody page HERE 
if you want to transform your body!

View my Shakeology page HERE 
if you would like to begin a journey yourself!

HEIGHT: 6 feet, 3 inches
SHOE SIZE: 12 in women


Weight: 240.8lbs
Bust: (Will update later)
Waist: (Will update later)
Hips: (Will update later)
Pant size: 14/16 womens
Shirt size: L/XL womens

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Take A Chance!

I personally like to think of LIFE as a one-way street - you are supposed to stay within the lines, heading towards one direction, you may hit some potholes or head over some hills, but eventually, you'll get to your destination. I often wonder what everyone else thinks LIFE is compared to...

Throughout my personal life, I have been offered so many opportunities and I try my best to take every single one. I'm currently twenty years old and have been offered to give speeches, have my poetry published, asked to be a writer for a magazine, asked that my photos be publicly displayed, and most importantly, I have been recognized. No, I am not a famous poet, photographer, or artist, but I have fame in my own way.

Never in my life did I think I would be twenty years old and married, let alone move 3,500+ miles away from "home," or have the opportunities given to me that I've accepted. People go through life every single day caught up in the events they often call the "could of, would of, should of's" but not many people can say they've taken a  chance and it happened to be the best thing that's happened to them!

Now, I don't know if it's because I always try to seek the best in every situation, or because I like to think of the positive outcomes rather than the bad but, there has never been a moment where I have immediately said "no" to an opportunity that has come my way. So, if you're someone who's reading this blog that has something just hovering over your shoulders that you've been debating on for a while, GO FOR IT

You may be someone who has the opportunity to go to a college that is a few states away from your family, or the opportunity to transfer to a new job that you've never done before, or the opportunity to have your work published in a place you never thought it would be, or the opportunity to try something you've NEVER done before... TAKE IT! What is holding you back? Is it the fact that you'll be a few states away from your loved ones? They're just a plane, train, or car ride away! Is it the fact that you're transferring to a new job or a new location and you're nervous that you won't know anyone? You meet people every single day of your life and honestly, the people you're "friends" with now may not even be there for the rest of your life! The ones that matter will be the ones that stick with you, no matter what choice you make!

Take the new opportunity; take the chance, because you never know when a moment like this will come around again! Just think about it, if you take this once in a lifetime chance, you'll be looking back - years later - saying, "it was the best decision" instead of "I wish I took the opportunity when it was handed to me."

I say whatever decision you have in your life right now, GO FOR IT! What's the worst that can happen, this opportunity wasn't what you expected? So what, a new one will come around!! Like they say, "when one door closes, another one opens."

Hakuna Matata!!!


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

For My Dear Friend...

Each year there are thousands of babies who pass away from an illness that has overtaken their lives. A good friend of mine whom I've known since elementary school contacted me the other day and let me know that she has lost a baby in her family due to an illness. It struck me at that time that people every single day often overlook children, adults, diseases, and sicknesses. You never know when your "time will be up."

I usually do not do posts like this but because she is a friend that is close to my heart, I have decided to reach out for her and her family for a helping hand. If you're not familiar with the March of Dimes, it is a charity walk (sort of like Relay for Life) and when you walk, "you give hope to more than half a million babies born too soon each year. The money you raise" or donate, "supports programs in your community that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. And it funds research to find answers to the problems that threaten our babies." Since 1970, the March of Dimes program has raised over $2 billion to benefit babies all around the country.

If you're not in the area, like myself, and wouldn't mind donating to this organization, you may do so HERE. Not many people realize how much $5 can do for someone. If we can get everyone in just a single state to donate $5, there would be enough money to help HUNDREDS of families! So, even if you're just able to donate $5, that is perfectly fine!If you're unable to walk or donate, my dear friend and myself just ask that you give prayer to her family. They need as much strength as they can get at this point in time!

If you're in the
 Nashville, Tennessee area and would like to participate in this walk, it is on April 22, 2012 at 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

If you're not in the area, like myself, and wouldn't mind donating to this organization, you may do so HERE. Not many people realize how much $5 can do for someone. If we can get everyone in just a single state to donate $5, there would be enough money to help HUNDREDS of families! So, even if you're just able to donate $5, that is perfectly fine!If you're unable to walk or donate, my dear friend and myself just ask that you give prayer to her family. They need as much strength as they can get at this point in time!

If you're able to donate to this cause, that would be such an amazing blessing to not only the March of Dimes, but to my dear friend's family and the loss of their baby, and also to the several babies and mothers who will receive treatment and research in hopes to find a cure for the loss of so many children.

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this, it means so much to me and I know it will mean a lot to my close friend! I would love to hear if you're going to be walking at this event also! Or, if you decide to donate!


*Names have been withheld from this blog post in respect to the family*

Monday, March 26, 2012

Recipe: Eggplant Mumble Pasta

*Eggplant Mumble Pasta*
Serving Size: 3
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 1/2 box of spaghetti 
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1/2 sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large eggplant, diced
  • 1 tbsp parsley (or basil)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  1. Boil water in a medium pot on high. Break spaghetti in half and cook in boiling water until soft.
  2. In a large saucepan, poor olive oil in and let simmer. 
  3. Once oil begins to simmer, add in eggplant, onion, corn, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Stir periodically until onions are soft.
  4. Add salt, pepper, and parsley (or basil) into eggplant mixture. Cook 6-8 more minutes.
  5. Drain spaghetti and add eggplant mixture into spaghetti pot.
  6. Serve alone or with garlic bread.