What To Write About When You Have Nothing To Say, or How To Set a Content Calendar

Some times when I sit down to write I know exactly what I’m going to say…other times like now I don’t.

Between trying to keep my writing straight for the Bottom Line (CBS’s blog), my own blog, and my speech writing, my head is a jumble of words and source notes.

When I find myself in that kind of quandary I turn to my blogging calendar.  Yes, my blogging calendar.  I try to sit down at the start of the week (usually Sunday while I’m meal prepping), and figure out what the blog posts will be for the week.  Sometimes they’re really strong and interesting, or I have a great event coming up that I can talk about.  Other times, like now, it’s a boring post just updating you on how I keep my day straight.

A classmate of mine asked me once, what’s the hardest thing about blogging? My answer was simple, content.  Coming up with interesting pieces that readers want to learn more about, or a post they’ll connect with.  What I Wore In A Week comes from the fact that I post what I wear every day on Snapchat, mainly so I can get feedback from the more stylish members of my friend circle.  I learned long ago from my pageant coach, a camera is more helpful than a mirror.  I never thought anyone would enjoy or want to see how I put my clothes together, but surprise surprise they do.  The same goes for the healthy recipe remixes, I love cooking and eating, so I figured someone else out there does also. But coming up with a content schedule helps me figure out when I need photos, what I need to gather, and all the other stuff that goes along with it.

Also, with how hectic my schedule is I need a content calendar, or else I’m sitting on the second floor of Uris pulling a blog post out of thin air (which I may or may not be doing).

Really what this post is about, is thinking through the brand and content of your blog, giving yourself a schedule, and sticking to it.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

P.s. If there are any stories, topics, or ideas you have that you don’t see here feel free to leave a comment!

What I Wore In A Week and a midterm

Midterms…the bain of my existence and a reality right now.

Last week (honestly I don’t know what week it is now), I had two midterms (managerial statistics and corporate strategy), and I did my best not to fall in to the sweatpants, ponytail, vortex of stress.

I know that when I’m most tired and down, I have to try and fix myself up and get dressed up.  Because in the words of Dion Sanders, “when you look good you feel good, when you feel good you play good, and when you play good, they pay good,” or in my case grade good.

So here’s to trying to keep it classy when you just want to lay down.

I also had the joyous fashion challenge of dealing with bloating, cramps and all the other fun of my monthly visitor.  I kid you not, dressing for stress and PMS is no fun! But I think I did a decent job, and it helped me not feel like a ball of frazzled emotions or a Cathy cartoon rolling around school.

I challenge you, when you aren’t feel your greatest, make a little extra effort, you’ll surprise yourself with how much better you’ll feel, when you look in the mirror and don’t see a reflection of how you feel staring back.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Ice Cream, Nice Cream

I love ice cream, and honestly who doesn’t…and if you say you don’t, I know you are lying.

When I was younger I discovered Hagen Daaz on a family vacation to Mexico, and legit ate it every day, for almost every meal (man I miss my 8 year old metabolism).

Fast forward to my adult life, and I have yet to find a flavor of Steve’s Ice Cream I don’t like. I fully endorse everything in moderation, including moderation. But even I know if I want to fit into my skinnies, I can’t have it every day. So thank goodness for Nice Cream!

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Nice Cream is a cleaner alternative to my favorite treat. Honestly, it’s bananas blended with some of my favorite healthy mix-ins. It satisfies my sweet tooth, I don’t feel guilty, bloated, and stuffed with added sugar.

Here’s how simple it is:

1 banana

1 tbsp chia seeds (I love adding tons of fiber where ever I can)

2 tbsp almond butter (preferably raw, cause it’s amazing)

…and that’s it, maybe a splash of almond milk. But you blend all of that, or toss it in the food processor.  And if you want more, double it, share it, do whatever. It’s vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and makes your taste buds so happy. Switch it up however, use cashew butter, peanut butter, carob chips, goji berries…play with your food and find what makes you happy and satisfied…maybe even add a tablespoon of protein powder.

Clean eating takes an adventurous spirit, finding out how to enjoy what you like in a way that you can enjoy it, and that your body will thank you.

Hope you like this nice cream as much as I do.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

What I Wore In A Week: First Week of School and Electric Zoo

The first week of school was a blur of excel sheets, learning team meetings, and attempting to stay sane.

Now that I’m wrapping up my second week, I long for those days of orientation when my biggest concern was turning in one homework assignment every day…rather than 5 every day.

But honestly, it took my stylist at DryBar yesterday to remind me, there are people who wish they could have gotten in and would gladly trade places.  Thank you kind hair sage…now for the clothes.

By the middle of the week I was all about comfort and staying cool, so it was a challenge achieving that goal without going straight to my yoga pants and workout clothes. Don’t worry, athleisure will find it’s way to posts once the weather gets cooler.

Also, if you’d like to know how EZoo went, I can’t tell you, I bailed at the last minute because I couldn’t pretend to like EDM any longer!!!!

To see more OOTD posts as they happen during the week, you can also follow me on Instagram.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Coco Crazy: Gluten Free Protein Cake

I love food.

I love the process of creating food.

I love health and wellness.

I have a few bloggers that I absolutely adore. One such blogger, Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth. Not only is she amazing, has a great plant based focus, but she makes single serve recipes! Now I will be completely honest, I am a portions monster. If a really good recipe has 6 servings, it’s hard to stop yourself at 1/6th of a delicious black bean chocolate cake. A while back she posted an amazing single serving chocolate cupcake/mug cake. Well I just had to try it, with a little modification. I wanted some added protein, and to make it gluten free. I don’t have celiac’s disease, but with an underlying thyroid/autoimmune issue, it doesn’t hurt to avoid it from time to time.

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Adapted RFFMBT Chocolate Protein Mug Cake

3 Tbsp Brown Rice Protein

1 Tbsp Unsweetened carob/cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp unsweetened carob chips (or vegan carob, or chocolate chips…use what works for you)

1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 Tbsp maple syrup

2 Tbsp Water

1 Tbsp Egg Whites

1/2 Tbsp Almond Butter

1. Mix dry ingredients – protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, and carob chips together in a small bowl. Mix everything together until just combined. DO NOT overmix.
2. Add wet ingredients – melted coconut oil, maple syrup, egg whites and water and stir until batter is well combined.
3. Spray a microwave safe mug generously with nonstick cooking spray and pour batter into the mug.

This recipe is delicious, dairy free, gluten free, packed with protein, and you can fully devour it all alone and not feel awful. I like to top mine with some raw almond butter because why the hell not.

If you aren’t sure about what kind of brown rice protein to get, I recommend Perfect Fit Protein or SunWarrior Protein (I used Perfect Fit Vanilla to make this one).

Have fun experimenting in the kitchen, mix it up!

Can’t wait to hear how much you enjoy this cake :-p

XOXO,

MacKenzie

My Worst Relationship

I have to be honest about my absolute worst relationship. I hate running.

Now the asterisk of this statement, I’ve run 3 marathons and 1 half marathon.

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…and I have hated every second of it.

I have tried so hard over the last year, like any bad relationship, to make it work.  I even recently signed up for a half marathon as a way to force myself to fall back in love. Much like a last ditch effort vacation to rekindle a romance, I knew it was a bad idea when I hit register but went through with it anyway.

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Between the stress of business school orientation, and reading Maria Menounos’s Every Girls Guide to Diet and Fitness, it hit me that it was time to cut it off. She talks in her book about the 50 year plan. Try as I might, I don’t see myself 50 years from now running road races. I don’t need to pick up a lifestyle habit that stresses me out, makes me feel awful, and just doesn’t give me that emotional support I get from other forms of exercise.

I have new fit goals, and I’ll share them another time. But I think I’m ready for a trial separation from my worst relationship. Running and I will see each other time to time through some HIIT intervals, a Precision Running Class at Equinox, or even a trip to a boutique workout…but in terms of being as serious as we’ve been in the past, I think those days are over. And maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll run another Disney race, or this time apart will draw us back together, but for now running and I are going to see other people.

XOXO,

MacKenzie

Clean Eating and Candice Kumai

When I was a pre-teen I was diagnosed with PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It’s a nasty health issue to deal with, and if you want to learn more follow this link.

I refused to spend my life taking countless pills and struggling to feel normal when all my friends were enjoying pre-teen life. I learned about blood sugar, macrobiotic eating, alkalizing your body, and a host of other healthy living topics. I’ve always had a fascination with holistic living. To be completely honest, my parents let my have a holistic living coach when I was 13, who also acted as my spiritual shaman, because I refused to take adderall after a teacher’s recommendation. I shopped at Whole Foods when it was still fresh fields, and I used to eat birthday carrots instead of cake…by choice (geez no wonder I had a hard time making friends).

It wasn’t until college that I started trading my raw vegan chocolate balls for chocolate cookies.

Now my body is so sensitive to clean eating that I can feel the imbalance coming. I swear if I get “cute” and binge on sugar I can legit feel the insulin pouring out of my eyeballs.

I’m always experimenting with how to enjoy food and feed my body properly. There are a host of chefs and cookbooks that do a solid job of helping to find that balance (shoutout to Rocco Di Spirito and Goop.com)…but my favorite and #WCW is Candice Kumai. Kumai is a former Top Chef contestant, Bar Method enthusiast, road runner, amazing chef, and all around badass.

This past Lent session I gave myself a Julie/Julia style challenge of cooking one recipe daily from her cookbooks: Cook Yourself Sexy, Pretty Delicious and Clean Green Drinks.

I cooked up a storm, made amazing things from scratch, tried new ingredients, and every day was a new culinary adventure. My real test was if my dad would eat it, I knew I was on to something…and he loved every bite.

I think the most daunting thing about changing your eating habits is the fear of deprivation, at least for me. I find that all of Candice’s recipes are bursting with flavor, and they even inspired me to create my own healthy swaps (I’ll share those another time).

But seriously, how could you not want to listen to this woman, look at her…

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Candice has a new cookbook out called, Clean Green Eats. I can not wait to work my way through the recipes in that book (when I moved to Manhattan one of the only boxes I cared about had all my healthy eating cookbooks).

XOXO,

MacKenzie