Sunday, August 31, 2014

30 Day Cycling Challenge!

30 Day Cycling Challenge! 

What another challenge? Yes! September I will be completing two challenges! This challenge is a little different so let me explain.

Unlike most challenges where you increase reps, resistance, speed, miles, this cycling challenge is about cycling for 30 days with one rest day a week. I am aiming for cycling six days a week but time will tell because truth be told, this is going to be a challenge!

Now for this one, I haven't been able to find an app that's designed for a challenge like this, so your best bet for keeping track is printing the image or using an app that could double for this one. 

I used to ride A LOT, back in the day. I would go for a minimum of two hours a session. Now I am building up my endurance and speed. However this time it's a little different because I will have my boogie with me, Nena! That's right, Nena my puppy will be going on rides with me in her pet trailer. (Future post on her pet trailer is coming soon!)

Normally, riding is fairly easy but pulling what could be considered dead weight is a bitch. There is no nice way to say it. On flat terrain it's ok but up hills there have been times where I am pulled back because it's a different kind of weight that I am still not used to pulling. 

We've had this trailer for a couple of months and have slowly increased speed and distance. My dog LOVES her trailer and is used to doing a lot of things with us so it was an easy transition. If your dog isn't used to being in cars, trailers, or moving thingers take your time when introducing because they can become very anxious. Don't worry I will dive more in dept on the pet trailer post soon!

Like the squat challenge I will be posting weekly updates, but the cycling updates will be going up a day after.

Are you in? Stop by Instagram or Facebook for inspiration and daily updates!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

30 Day Squat Challenge! Image & App!

I love my butt and want it to be at its best, so why not try a squat challenge!

I'm starting on the first and keeping track two ways, one is by marking off the day using the image below and the other is using the 30 Day Challenge app. I am using the android version but I believe you can also find it in itunes, so don't worry!

-On rest days I will be doing 20 squats but you can take a rest day. Take it a day at a time and see how you feel. 
-Think this challenge is too easy, try adding weights (2-10lbs). Still too easy hold the squat for 5-10 seconds. 
-Don't let your knees pass your toes! You can put stress on them and create an injury.
-Use a full length mirror or sliding door or anything that will show you your form. Keep your back straight and push your butt back and out. 

Disclaimer: I am NOT a trainer or doctor. Please take your challenge day by day and push yourself to YOUR own limit. If you are in pain (not sore) go visit the doctor. Some soreness will be felt, especially the first couple of days. 

Curious to see if I will make it through the first week? Well check back as I will be posting 10 day updates!

Whose in it with me?!



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe (Step By Step)

The excitement is over the top for this recipe and post. Before I jump into the yumminess that is this cake I want to thank everyone who stopped by and tried my Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe. It's been a hit and almost two years later I have another recipe that is a MUST try!

How many of you like brownies? Love the chewy gewy texture?

If you do, I am telling you that you MUST try this super easy Flourless Chocolate Cake. In all honesty it will take you longer to read this post than making the cake.


I have made this recipe many times now and substitution doesn't seem to be a problem. I have used different sugars, powder, raw, regular and they all work just fine. Also, depending on my mood and what chocolate I use I reduce the sugar by 1/3 of a cup and it still works and tastes great.

Add toppings! Try it plain then make another with different toppings, my current favorite mix is dry cranberries and chocolate chips! Yum!

Save yourself the time and energy and don't grease the pan/paper. The cake will slide right out.

This cake will bring all the boys to the yard, it's THAT good!

Ok, enough yapping!

Flourless Chocolate Cake

2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 Cup of Unsalted Butter
1 1/4 Cups of Chocolate (Semi or Dark)
1/4 Cup of Water
4 Large Eggs
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1. Preheat the oven to 375*F. Line your 8X8" pan (size doesn't matter though) with parchment paper/baking paper and set aside. DO NOT USE WAX PAPER!

2. Over a double boiler (a sauce pan with an inch of water, place your bowl) add SUGAR, BUTTER, CHOCOLATE, WATER and mix until melted together, side aside.

3. Separate your eggs.

4. Whip EGG WHITES until stiff peaks form.

5. Add EGG YOKES and VANILLA to chocolate mixture until well combined.

6. Fold mixtures together. Once it's all mixed together add batter to prepared baking pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until the top of the cake looks puffed and cracked around the edges.

7. Let the cake cool in pan 10-15 minutes (if you can wait). After it's cooled down sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into squares.


Step By Step

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I'm dying... but look at my nails!

There is a ghost legend in the Latin American culture that says that million of years ago people would see this little baby boy in a vintage stroller. You could even hear him crying from hunger and the dipping temps. When you would go to see and help the baby boy, you would notice him wearing an over sized hat. He would then tip it to the side and say "Mira mis dentesitos y mis unitas." (Look at my little teeth and tiny nails). Most people would literally lose their mind and others would go missing. 

On a different note...

I'm dying! Ok, so I am being dramatic but I somehow got food poisoning and it feels like I'm dying. I still have no idea how or when I got it, all I know is that I want to feel better already. 

The last time I had any type of poisoning I was on my "big" world trip. Now that time I actually thought I was going to die and all joking aside I was pretty close to it. 

Who wants to hear the story?

Ah, I'll tell you anyway. I was in St. Petersburg Russia about three weeks into my trip when I thought it would be a smart idea to fill my water bottle with tap water. 

Let this be a lesson to any traveller. BUY YOUR WATER, BOTTLED WATER!

Everything was great for the first couple of hours when I suddenly heard a humbly in my tummbly. My first thought was maybe I need to burp? (Because girls don't fart, lol) Immediately followed by "Get out of the way!" For about four days I was basically chained to a bed and toilet, while drinking more water thinking this is going to make me feel better. Not!

With whatever littler energy I had left, I made my way to this little Russian cafe and made friends with this woman, my angel. We talked and it came to conversation so I told her what I had, she handed me this milky powder. This is were you would say "No!" but I was so desperate I didn't think twice about it. I was told to mix it in juice, so I did. Five minutes later I was 100% better. Till this day I have no idea what that powder was, all I know is that she and it saved me.

Since I'm in bed, slowly recovering from this bug I thought I would share my NOTD.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I got my mojo back! - Why I stopped blogging.

As some of you may have noticed I took a little break from blogging and I think I am ready to share some of the reasons why I was MIA.

Let's go back in time for a minute, back to the beginning of datyorkLOVES. Orginally when I first started this blog I had selfish reasons of wanting to share my life, remember experiences and write. Believe it or not I used to be a writer, in a way. I would spend countless hours writing in journals, running out of pages to share this story, my story. Sometimes I would write so fast that I would run out of pages and my fingers would cramp up. I was so incredibly obsessed with writing that I would leave notes everywhere for anyone, write letters. You know, paper folded in three then placed in an envelope, slapped with a stamp and mailed? Yeah, believe it or not that was one of the ways I LOVED to stay in touch with people.

On a slightly related note: It is SUPER romantic when a man writes you a letter and mails it. Swooning!

Years passed and I continued writing until I stopped. I couldn't remember the last time I had placed pen to paper. My memory was shooty at best and I was loosing these amazing memories that I had created. So I birthed datyorkLOVES.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Jersey Boys (The Movie) - Film Review & Nails

Jersey Boys is a MUST SEE!

I have seen the Broadway rendition and have to say that the film version has done its justice!

I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive to see the movie thinking its going to be one of those great stories that gets butchered on the big screen like Eat, Pray, Love, but it wasn't. It was fairly accurate and very well produced. In fact, I liked it so much that I might go see it again this week! Weee!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy August!

Happy August 1st!

Since on occasion I go back through my blog and read my posts I want to write a little note for myself, haha. I remember thinking too many times that I was handed a bad hand. I don't share anything from my past because it's just that, a past. But I hope that today servers as inspiration for tomorrow.

You did it! I did it!

The majority of us set goals that we would like to accomplish throughout the year and allow us the 12 months to complete them. Two of my three goals have been accomplished in 8 months and I feel just that, accomplished. However, there is this one goal that is ongoing but this year it manifested into something physical (material). As an only child who was raised by a single parent, seeing the day to day struggles of life, my priority has always been to take care of my mother, make her life easy and as comfortable as possible.

Perhaps I'll share in detail what I have been able to provide for her but until then I will share my bright and fun mani that is just perfect for August. Sorry for being a tease.

Remember, always support your greatest supporters, your parent(s).


Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Westin Palm Springs Ca

Random fact about me I am a Hyatt girl BUT I think I am starting to like the Westin. It's a really nice resort. When I travel, the majority of the time you will find me at a Hyatt, I just like that I can go to any Hyatt in the world and (for the most part) the service and amenities are always the same. However, with my recent stay at The Westin, I think I may have just been converted!

Minus two little mishaps the stay was f*ckin' amazing! There are staff members for EVERYTHING, including but not limited to: someone buttering your toast, towel boys (that are sexy), shuttle drivers to get you to different parts of the property, valet, dog walkers, and one of my mini favorite things was water stations. They have water stations throughout the property with flavored water and lemonade. Yum! Don't know if you know but I drink crazy amounts of water, so it was a very nice amenity. Speaking of which there is a gym, tennis courts, pools (5 maybe more) and adult only pools (personal fav) and so much more. 

It was really nice to just relax and to disconnect from the world for a little bit. Here is a tiny sneak into my trip. Enjoy!

The Westin Palm Springs Ca

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bonita Pink & OPI You Glitter Be Good To Me

Before jumping into this mani I want to say that I am in awe of how quick this year has flown by. We are at the end of July, entering August and it seems like yesterday it was New Year's and I was in Colorado. I miss Colorado, a lot!

Anywholicious, I seem a little indecisive with what color to wear, hints to a slight delay in posting this week. Do you ever have a hard time choosing the next color for you mani?

In other news...
How fun is learning? I thought I would share some cool "facts" about the color pink. Let me know what you think.

This color represents compassion, nurturing and love. It relates to unconditional love and understanding, and the giving and receiving of nurturing.

A combination of red and white, pink contains the need for action of red, helping it to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white. It is the passion and power of red softened with the purity, openness and completeness of white. The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits.

Pink is feminine and romantic, affectionate and intimate, thoughtful and caring. It tones down the physical passion of red replacing it with a gentle loving energy. Read More...

While we are in a pink mood here is Bonita Pink and OPI You Glitter Be Good To Me

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Queen Mary Kind Of Day - Long Beach, Ca

Hands down this was one of the best and funniest weekends ever!

The day started with a mini road trip to Long Beach, Ca about two hours south of me. Finding the liner was fairly easy with a GPS and parking was even easier.

We arrived almost an hour before opening and decided to walk around the area, just check things out and take photos. Once 10AM rolled around we got our tickets and that's when the adventure started.

Our Passport Tour Tickets provided us with a audio tour, WWII Tour, Scorpion Submarine Entrance and Ghost and Legends Tour. I feel that I might have left something out... hopefully not. Just know that the Passport Tour is the best option as for the pricing goes.

Tip of the Day: Bring comfortable walking shoes. This is not the place to wear heels!

A Queen Mary Kind Of Day - Long Beach, Ca
Find all of the woods used throughout the Queen Mary in the first class lobby/shopping area. 

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade. Yummy! $4 at the cafe. 

Audio Tour Thingymajiggy. I kid you not when I say you have to walk from one end of the liner to the other to get this little sucker and you have to make that same trip to take it back and get your I.D. I.D. is collected as a "deposit."

Fun fact: The Titanic would fit in the Queen Mary. Yes, that makes the Queen Mary bigger than the famous Titanic. 

Maybe you can help me with this one. I know this a Birds of Paradise but is it dead or is there a black version of it? Either way it's gorgeous and of course I was fascinated with it being that I LOVE black. 

Speaking of which, I am slowly transitioning into other colors as far as my wardrobe goes. It's literally 99.9% black but I getting some color in there. Now its about 90% black and 10% color. By color I mean gun metal gray, haha. I kid, I kid, I am throwing in some blue, pink and white, mostly white though. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Stop Buggin'! - Ladybug Nails

It might be me or my gender or perhaps both that lead me to completely freak out at the sight of a bug. My mother shares this story of when I was about 16 months old and I would go into the garden, collect caterpillars and give them to her. I am so lucky to get the story every time I need her to kill a bug for me.

I would also like to note that this shows two positive traits I have/had; a green thumb and sharing!

What I am about to share, might come across as over dramatic but I just have to tell you! I have poor vision, as in wear glasses and need the lights on (get your minds out of the gutter), however when it comes to bugs I can see those suckers a mile away! So let me share this little story that I will NEVER forget. Ready?

Picture yourself relaxing on a big comfy bed, with Sex and the City the movie playing in the background. You are watching and I am working on my finals. Out of nowhere I see something on the ground in my bedroom move, I pause for a moment, scan the area and nothing so I go back to my final. Zip! There it goes again. Now I am placing my laptop to my side and thinking what was that? When out of what seems nowhere comes a cricket!

See its not the harmless bugs that get me, it's the fact that I don't get a warning, it just appears!

I'm sitting on my bed when I jump on my feet and scream bloody murder. Meanwhile my friend, Dave goes deaf, as he has never heard me scream like that before, then as per usual he starts laughing so hard he farts.

Every time I think of this story or see a bug thats the memory that comes into play. So very long story short. I freak out. My questions is what do you do when you are confronted by a pest?

In all honesty I don't know why I can't kill the thing or get over it. I see it, I know I dont like it and I know it needs to not be near or around me. I dwell on the pest being in my sight. Sigh, I'm so silly and maybe a little weird. What's a complete mystery to me is where they come from?! Do you know?

In lieu of my bug terrors I thought why not create something bug worthy and CUTE! Here are Ladybug inspired nails!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

$100 Manicure...

I went a little crazy the other day... I am not complaining at all, on the contrary I am very grateful and happy with the life I have. However, I am human and I would think like most people we tend to have those very overwhelming days where everything goes to sh*t. See, I felt that I had couple of those days in a row and thought I need to relax and pamper myself. Which lend me to book this amazing over the top $100 manicure. To most people disbelief, I'm not as stingy as I may seem, haha. 

Manicure was booked, I went and I was so incredibly disappointed that I actually started crying. It may have not been the actual manicure that made me cry but everything else that did, and this was the final straw. I couldn't hold it in anymore. 

I'm not easy. I have never claimed to be. If anything I come with a disclosure, haha. 

All I wanted was a luxurious, rich, relaxing manicure that would kind of knock me out. Perhaps even make me fall asleep midway? I don't know, maybe I am just thinking crazy. 

I was specific and kind when I asked, "Please cut the nails square or straight with SLIGHTLY round edges (so I don't scratch a bratha, haha) and DO NOT cut my cuticles." I had the colors chosen and when I looked down at my nails, this is what I see!

This $100 manicure!

That's not it, it then proceeded to chip (flaking off) as I walked out of the spa. 

Because I joke around A LOT! I thought this has to be a joke, where are the cameras. To my surprise there were none within a 20 mile radius.

This is my life lesson... Dahlia don't pay $100 for a manicure. Take 20 minutes and do it yourself, just how you like it. Meow! (Apparently I'm turning into a cat. Which I really shouldn't be as I am allergic but I digress.)

Due to the nature of these photos parental discretion is advised!

Warning! Warning!! Warning!!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

All of Me - John Legend & Red Nails

What would I do without your smart mouth? 
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You've got my head spinning, no kidding, I can't pin you down
What's going on in that beautiful mind
I'm on your magical mystery ride
And I'm so dizzy, don't know what hit me, but I'll be alright

My head's under water
But I'm breathing fine
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind

Madre mia, I am in a lovey dovey mood today. Do you ever have those days where everything is beautiful, romantic, sweet, thoughtful and roses? Today it's one of those days and the first song that came to mine was All of Me by John Legend. 

Up until this song I can't really say that I was a fan but I've gone to the trouble of listening to all of his songs and I have to admit that they are pretty good. Are you a John Legend fan? 

What's more lovey dovey and romantic than red nails? Ok, so maybe there are other things but let's pretend that it's red nails today, haha. 

Solid Red Nails
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