Fitness Friday: Hemp Hearts (and Yes I know it isn't actually Friday)

It's been awhile since I've done a proper fitness friday post, due to the fact that I haven't been the most fitness conscious person lately and that I need to work on my time management. But more than thinking "why haven't you been posting these lately" you're probably thinking "but this isn't Friday Hanna" and you'd be right. I decided that I'd have to share about my latest discovery in healthy eating today though because on Friday I know that I'm going to fall way off the wagon eating appetizers and loads of candy so it'd be a little hypocritical to talk about eating healthy, that and I'm quite excited about Hemp Hearts!

So here's a little bit of background. I was given these hemp hearts to try by the wonderful people over  at Manitoba Harvest Company. They've been around since 1988 and are a B corporation which means along with making a profit they have social and environmental conscious. But what about Hemp? Although it is in the same family as marijuana it is nothing like it, it won't cause a false positive in a drug test and won't give any sort of high. Hemp has been used for centuries in food, clothing, rope, paper, bedding, plastic, paint and fuel. Of course, my main concern is eating it though.

I've talked about flax seeds and chia seeds lately and to be honest I thought that was the only way, other than eating fish which I won't do, to get omega 3 fatty acid. You have to sprinkle it on your food, which is hard to remember. That's why I was so happy to find out about hemp hearts, which can be eaten alone as a snack.

My first thought when I tried a few was that they were just "okay" but then I couldn't stop eating them, like a healthy version of potato chips. I'm absolutely in love with them. 2 oz only have like 300 calories and a ton of vitamins.  You can check out all the options they have available at as well as recipes. For 20% off  HHSweatPink14 

Outfit: Cutout Black Dress for Curves


Naturally I'm a fairly thin girl. I don't really have any sort of curves, but am lucky enough to have both a narrow waist and narrow chest which gives me the illusion of having something. Somehow though when I put on this black dress, which I assumed was going to be a whole lot less modest than it is, I magically get a butt and boobs. Which of course is always exciting. The slit is a little high, and kind of annoying with such a long skirt so this isn't a dress you can just wear out and about, but I decided on a clubbing or "hot date night" look that it's more than appropriate for. 
 Dress - Before trying this dress on, my first thought was that it was going to be a "ho dress". When I put it on though I was pleasantly surprised at how modest it is. Then I realized how curvy it made me and I was even happier. The best part though is that you can wear your normal bra with it, something that can't be said about a lot of the dresses that I own. 

Shoes - I remember in my bow back dress outfit featuring these shoes. They're perfect for making the dress look a little more classy, and giving it a little bit of a rocker feel. A more daring girl might want to go for a higher heel though since the dress is so long. 

The Devil's Hand - Prophecy Party & $15 iTunes Gift Card

By now I think you guys should be well aware of the fact that I'm a huge Halloween fan. Evidence in that skeleton sweater I like to wear around . Of course since it's frowned upon to go tricker treating at my age and I'm too young to go drinking (not sure that I would anyways) my favorite Halloween activity is to watch scary movies. The new horror film, The Devil’s Hand is out now on VOD!  Starring Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), and Adelaide Kane (The CW’s Reign), seems like the perfect fit. 

"When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion - on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil's Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts. " 

It's especially perfect if you're looking to have a get together and throwing a "Prophecy Party" with five friends. 

Download The Devil’s Hand on iTunes here -
Download The Prophecy Party Player’s Guide here -

Now for that giveaway. To enter Simply watch the trailer, download the Prophecy Party Player's Guide and comment below about either one. Then you'll be entered to win a $15 iTunes gift card. Each household is only eligible to win One (1) $15 iTunes Giftcard via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

I'm almost where I want to be

Back in high school I remember making a mental list of what I wanted to do while I was in college, and what kind of person I wanted to become. Since then I've reevaluated these "goals" of mine , but a few of the basic things about what I wanted to spend my time doing stayed the same. I wanted to continue going to school full time, toward my engineering degree, have a part time internship during the school year, and have most of my weekends filled with modeling jobs, like the hair one I talked about. All while being able to maintain my blog with posts at least a few times a week. 

This semester, when I wasn't even thinking about all of my lofty goals, it seems like everything has fallen together in that regard. Of course they aren't perfect. School is still hard and stressful, my (paid) internship is a little boring, and the modeling job I have for the rest of the semester isn't print but an hourly spokesmodel gig that I was "strongly persuaded" to do (but more on that later). I also need to work on the whole posting more often thing...

That said, I'm really proud of myself. A year ago, or even six months ago I would have been too shy to go to a job interview or a photo shoot, and now, it's no big deal. I feel like I've been come more of an adult too, and not just because of my new dark circles. I still have a few things I need to work on, and two very specific goals that need a lot of work for me to achieve, but I'm a whole lot closer than I was even a few months ago. 

Brocato Shoot (a.k.a. why I'm no longer Blonde)


Previously I've done a little bit of modeling but this gig I just happened on by chance. I was searching around on the internet, for student films, and somehow came across a listing that was looking for models for a hair dye advertisement. On a whim I sent in two photos, a simple selfie and an older modeling shot and got a message back saying the photographer liked my look but there was one condition... I'd have to dye my hair brown. At first I thought no way, but the shoot was scheduled for the weekend before school started, and I wasn't doing anything else. Plus I've never been anything but a blonde so I figured it would be fun.
First I had to go to a fancy salon and make sure my hair was able to be dyed. Thanks to a little help from a hair mask I had passed the initial test and was able to go in on a Sunday and do the dying. There were two other girls there a redhead and a blonde that weren't getting nearly as extreme of a change as I was. It wasn't too long before I was in the chair, first they put in colors since I was almost bleach blonde and let that sit for awhile. Then a few goes at the brown dye and five hours later my hair was done. Then on to wardrobe and I was done for the day. 
On Monday I came in bright and early 8 am and quickly went to hair and makeup. I had no idea how long the two of those things could take. So long that we only got in 2 1/2 looks in which I was a little sad about. As you can see though by my selfies things like false bobs and completely changed makeup does take a bit of time. 

The photographer, Josh Flowers, was great to work with, I don't have any complaints. And his partner, Kaite Butler who did all of the fixing (and putting together the wardrobe) was awesome. I do have to say though that I did have a little trouble with the group shots. It was my first time doing it, and it's so hard to see what look everyone else is going for. Something I need more practice on for sure. 

The whole shoot lasted about eight hours and by the end I was exhausted, never have I done such a long shoot. Hurrying up to change and then sitting in a chair and being yanked around for quite awhile and then rushing to get ten minutes of photos in was a little stressful, and it got so hot in the studio. That said, the whole thing was a lot of fun. The other girls were great and all the hair and makeup ladies (and one guy) were all so nice. 

Oh yeah, both days they provided a great lunch. 
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