HEALTHY DESSERTS YOU AND YOUR VINAS CAN MAKE & MUNCH ON

Eating healthy is all fun and games until you reach that hour after dinner and your cravings for a cookie (or five) are sky rocketing! So why not keep your streak going with some yummy healthier deserts!?

Now you’re probably thinking, “UGH, why would I spend time baking tasteless desserts when I could just run to the store and grab some Ben & Jerry’s or Oreo’s?” Well I promise you won’t regret making these sweet treats! Yes I said sweet because they’re tasteful and will fulfill that pesky craving that comes every night around 8PM.

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL BARS

What you’ll need:

  • One egg
  • One cup rolled old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or sub almond butter)
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup Coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup Whole wheat flour, white
  •  2 tbsp Coconut oil

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 sheet with foil. Now, the fun part! Mix  the peanut butter, coconut sugar, honey, egg, coconut oil, and vanilla until its all mixed together.

Add the oats, wheat flour, salt, and baking soda until fully combined. Last but not least, add in that chocolate! Spread your batter in the oiled or foiled pan and bake for 15-20 minutes!

GREEK YOGURT CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

What you’ll need:

  • 1 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract

First, pour the milk in a saucepan and put it on low heat. Once its warmed up, add your chocolate and stir until its melted together. Once melted, remove the pan and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. Now add honey, vanilla, greek yogurt, and mix (until no lumps). Lastly, pour the mix into bowls and let chill for 2 hours. Enjoy!

FLOURLESS BANANA BREAD

What you’ll need:

3 ripe Bananas

  • 2 cups Rolled oats – old fashioned
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda

Before you begin preheat you oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick spray! First, combine all ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Now, pour into the pan! EASY. Bake for 20-25 minutes and let cool.

FLOURLESS BROWNIES

What you’ll need:

  • 3 overripe Bananas
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (or almond/any nut butter)
  • 2 tbsp or up to 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder (the more the richer)
  • 1 or 2 scoops of Protein Powder

Oven should be preheated to 350 degrees and a pan should be greased. In a microwave safe bowl (or on the stove) melt your butter. In a blender, combine the banana, cocoa powder, protein powder, and butter until completely smooth. Now pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 20 minutes (or until fully cooked). Cool and EAT!

Now I don’t know about you but I have some baking to do when I get home, right after my healthy dinner (;

Let us know which desert you and your vina decide to make! Start swiping right on the app asap!

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NEED A VACATION WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOME? VINA, YOU MUST TRY AR & VR

Have you ever just want to get up and go far, far away? Do you have dreams of drinking coffee in Parisian cafes, romping around Icelandic lagoons, or exploring Turkish bazaars? Yes? Well, Vina, that makes two of us.

While you might have sufficient dreams of travel, you might not have the all-important money, resources or time. In any other age, these limitations would sufficiently thwart you. But not in our highly advanced society where traveling is becoming possible without money or time. How you ask? With a little help from virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). So, grab yourself a fancy schmancy device, open up Google images and let’s go.

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You might have heard the terms VR and AR, but what do they really mean? How do they differ? What can they do for your perception of reality?

To break it down very simply: AR & VR products offer an engaging way to see really cool things in 360 degree content.  You can go from strolling the halls of the New York Met Museum to scuba diving off the coast of Costa Rica within minutes (and all from the comfort of your couch). While the two are often compared or talked about together, there is a  difference between the two realities.

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Putting a VR headset over your eyes is an entirely immersive experience. You will leave your current reality and dramatically enter a different one. Thus, with an VR set you can feel the sensation of climbing the Andes Mountains or visiting an Indian shrine. The immersion can actually be quite dramatic. Users of VR have reported feeling the physical sensation of riding a rollercoaster or being in a war zone while using a VR headset.

AR, meanwhile, enhances (ahem, augments) your lived reality. So instead of being transported to a new city, you might be able see the Eiffel Tower on your sleepy old city street (or a dinosaur in front of your local library).

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2017 is supposed to bring bigger and better changes; it’s predicted that AR and VR are here to take the world by storm. During 2017 the product will receive enhancements in resolution, price reduction, and improvements in use and setup, with the hope this will bring in new players and a bigger cliental. Microsoft and Intel already have plans for simpler, less expensive VR headsets that will be attached to PCs running Windows 10 Holographic Platform. And we can’t forget about Apple, word on the street is they are dabbling in creating an IPhone attachment by the end of this year!

Not only is this device awesome, but also the women who are working with these various tech companies are even better! They work on everything from design to programming of products. These role models include Tricia Clarke- Stone, the CEO and co-founder of Narrative (a creative tech and innovation agency), Robyn Tong Gray, chief creative officer and co-founder of Otherworld Interactive, and Danielle Dy Buncio, president of VIATechnik. These women are breaking the stereotype that exists within the tech world by working their booties off day in and day out to create something that can revolutionize our future! Complete badasses!

So what do I think you should do? Grab a VINA and travel! You know from your living room or coffee shop or whatever!

Let us know what you think about this compelling technology!

(Feature Image Via- @theoNEIUN)

EASY HOME REMEDY FACE MASKS FOR YOU AND YOUR VINA TO TRY

We all want picture perfect skin that’s bright, but not too bright. There’s a million face masks out there that claim to do the trick, but we all know how expensive those products can be! So why not make the masks yourself?

Here’s a few fun, quick, and easy masks you and your VINA can whip up!

Fight your acne, scars, & clear your pores!

Ingredients:

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  1. 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  2. 1 Egg white
  3. 1/3 teaspoon turmeric

In a small bowl stir up the egg white until its light then mix in the lemon juice and Turmeric powder. Apply the mixture to your skin for 10-15 minutes then when the mask is completely dry rinse it off with warm water and pat your face dry!

Antioxidant filled mask!

Ingredients:

  1. 1/4 ripe avocado
  2. 1 tablespoon raw honey

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Mash the avo up until its lump free and smooth! Next add in the honey and mix it up. Once its ready spread the mix all over your face and leave for 15 minutes. Now rinse with water and pat dry your face!

For the acne that just keeps coming back!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

Mash up the banana until you have a pretty lump free mix then mix in the baking soda and turmeric. Apply the mask for 10-15 minutes then rinse with warm water!

For stubborn oily skin!

Ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup cooked (cooled) oatmeal
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Stir up the egg then add the egg and the lemon juice to the oatmeal. Mix it all up and apply to your face for 10-15 minutes. Rinse the mask off with warm water and softly dry your face!

Get rid of those blackheads! 

Ingredients:

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  1.  1 tablespoon of organic raw honey
  2. 1 teaspoon of milk
  3. Clean strip of cotton

Mix the honey with the milk, heat it up in the microwave for 5 to 10 seconds, then mix it again to make sure its blended well. When the mixture is cooled down apply to all your troubled blackhead areas and firmly apply the (clean) strip of cotton. Wait about 20 minutes to let the mask dry then peel then slowly peel the strips away. After those stubborn guys are gone rinse your face & make sure to apply a moisturizer!

Now go get those ingredients and get to beautifying!

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10 REASONS YOU SHOULD FEEL CONFIDENT TODAY

Everyone always says that “confidence is key,” and it has become pretty much engrained into our minds. Although, we all know gaining confidence when you have little (or none) is one of the hardest things to do. Like myself, it is a challenge we are faced with everyday.  But here’s why we should put our confidence issues aside and own our bodies– as well as their gifts and imperfections.

  1. You are super unique (no matter how basic you may sometimes feel).
  2. Your confidence can be seen from miles away and you’ll automatically feel more attractive when your confidence radiates.
  3. You are too good to worry about what others may be thinking about you.
  4. You are loved.
  5. Others will more readily believe in you if you believe in yourself.
  6. Along with confidence, comes a sense of drive that will make you test your limits, which is never a bad thing.
  7. More confidence means the haters will affect you less.
  8. You are worthy no matter what your social status or Instagram followers amounts to.
  9. Beauty matters less and less everyday in this new wave of feminism.
  10. But… you are, in fact, beautiful.

Now, if you are one of us who lacks the right amount of confidence to truly succeed in life, at least you know have some tips on how to gain it! Confidence is like a sport, you can learn it and practice it; and with practice comes perfection, and with perfection comes even more confidence! Now go look your mirror right in the face (your face) and tell yourself some of these affirmations. Remind that vina staring back at you that you’re one of a kind and no one can take that away from you. Don’t let the world (or your own brain) tear you down. Life’s too short.

Comment below if you have any other good tips on how to boost self-confidence and then download the Hey! VINA app to meet some friends near you.

(Featured image via @torimumtaz)

HOW TO RECONNECT WITH A LONG LOST VINA

What was your childhood/tween years like? Did you grow up playing sports, dancing, or as a member of a recreational club? If you did then you’re probably like me and you probably met your bestie or two through a shared after-school activity.

Even though you didn’t go to school with them, you saw them multiple times a week at practices, games, performances, etc. They were awesome ladies who you would spill all your little secrets and talk about your issues at school. They were basically your rock but somewhere along the way you started to drift apart… not because you were a bad friend or they were, it was simply because we all have to grow up at some point.

So how do you reconnect with them and build that relationship again?

There’s only one way to do so… REACH OUT TO THEM! We all know this can be scary because you don’t know what the long lost vina is thinking or if she will even respond, but chances are your text will actually make her heart a little warm and she will 100% respond!

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The feeling is so, so real via Imgur

Don’t worry about the months or years that have gone by, and definitely don’t be intimidated by her awesome lifestyle you see on her Instagram feed. After all you probably stalk her profile every time they post a new pic and I know you want to know how her life without you is so find out for yourself.

First, grab your phone find their number or DM them! What do you say? Well, start with a compliment (because who doesn’t love a compliment!) then go on to talk about how long its been and in conclusion, express to them how much you would love to get coffee or a quick bite to eat (sounds a little bit like dating but in a way it kinda is)!

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Two vanilla soy lattes, please! via WeHeartIt

 

Next is actually getting to the coffee/food date. Like most plans you make in advance, you begin to question… how can I get out of this, what excuse can I make, or what if it’s weird? The answer is you can’t and it’s only weird if you make it weird. So get your butt off the couch, turn off your fav Netflix show, and head out the door!

Remember, at one time you two were BFFS that ruled the world and now with all the passed years, you have much to catch up on, so be excited! And hey if it’s not awkward (which it won’t be) and the past years didn’t deteriorate your friendship then you got your vina back!

Download the Hey! Vina app to reconnect with your long lost vina and let us know how it goes!

(Feature image via @lexlovescouture) 

GUY FRIENDS ARE GREAT, BUT HERE’S WHY HAVING VINAS IS 100X BETTER

So, we all know having guy friends is pretty easy. They don’t care about most things; they don’t expect you to do anything or give advice; they don’t cause drama, and they can sit in silence for hours. It all seems simple but this is boring! You know what is never boring? Your female besties! Here’s why:

THEY CARE

As I said, guys really don’t care about your issues or what you do. Okay, seems great– no opinions but your own. That means no care and advice! I need guidance on whether I am making the right decision, being irrational, in the wrong, etc. The truth is, your vinas will be the first to tell you the truth (even if it isn’t what you want to hear) and make you feel cared for

THEY MAKE TIME FOR YOU

They take time out of their day to think about you. We all have crazy busy lives, but getting a text just to check in is one of the most heart-warming things because it shows your vina cares. They are always ready to give advice, let you vent, or just sit and talk.

THE DRAMA IS OUT OF LOVE

They do cause drama, but out of love, of course! Drama isn’t ALWAYS a bad thing– it can add a little spice and excitement to your life. It’s okay to be angry at each other once in a while, but the next morning you usually end up laughing it off. The best part about friend drama is that, at the end of the day, you can actually bond over it!

Girlfriends will always be there for you and will always give you a shoulder to cry on. Not only are they incredible, they’re very important. So, get out there and go hangout with your vinas! They will make you smile and always brighten your day.

What do you and your BFFS do? Let us know! And don’t forget to download the Hey! VINA app

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WHY WE’RE OBSESSING OVER ARIANA GRANDE

When you think of Ariana Grande what words come to mind? Beautiful, sexy, tiny, girly? But, what about fighter.

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After the Manchester catastrophe on May 22 where hearts were broken, the world was devestated and concert experiences were ruined for so many. Some of us wondered: what’s next for Ariana Grande? Would she ever sing again? Or would she bounce back faster than you could say “one love?”

The answer was HELL YEAH she would sing again! Grande made the decision to stand tall and fight back against the horrors that are trying to bring the world down.

On June 4th Ariana made her first appearance back on stage since the tragedy to honor the victims and their families with a “One Love Manchester” concert. Not only did she perform again but she performed in Manchester, where it all happened. She wasn’t going to let anything take her away from her loving her fans, or stop her from showing them her love.

Grande’s love helped many of the Manchester community (as well as the rest of the world that was watching) find their strength and taught them how to use that strength to capitalize on fear. Scooter Braun, Grande’s manager, spoke to the crowd that night. He wanted to make sure every one of them knew they were brave for facing the world after the devastation that had occurred there. Grande gave her own thanks to her fans for being “strong and unified.” But she has herself to thank.

Without the courage she showed by holding the One Love Manchester concert, many would have continued living in fear; too scared to attend a concert or another crowded event. Becky Jones was on of these fans in attendance at the May 22 concert and on Sunday she spoke of the emotional strength the concert helped her gain back, stating that concert are what she loves, so nothing was going to hold her back.

Another defiant “One Love Manchester” attendee, Tyron Webster, said he and his friends made the decision to come to the concert on Sunday because they were not going to ler one persons cowardly act ruin our life. They planned to “have an amazing time, enjoy life, and sings at the top of their voices.”

So, Ariana Grande, thank you for seeing the best in the world and showing how strong individuals can be. Needless to say you are one bad b*tch.

What do you think about Ariana’s badass attitude and dedication to her fans? Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to download the Hey! VINA app to meet likeminded girls wherever you go.

(Feature image via @arianagrande