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Here on MindofSnaps.com the goal is to allow you to follow along with the learning adventures of my friends and I as we attempt to quell our thirst for knowledge on a variety of subjects. 

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Beauty & Skincare (1)

Follow along with our adventures in beauty & skincare. Come with me as we learn about how to better manage our skin, get more creative with makeup, and maybe I'll even learn to do my hair. 

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Business (1)

From entrepreneurship to corporate ladder climbing, many of us have lives in the business world. Here we'll discuss business topics and concepts including sales, marketing and management techniques. 

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Cosplay (0)

Cosplay is incredibly interesting and requires a great deal of work. Here we'll likely discuss the fun of cosplay as well as hear from some popular cosplayers. 

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Family (3)

Family comes first. Here we'll discuss things we're struggling with as well as ways to strengthen and improve your relationships with your family members. 

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Fashion is complex and constantly evolving. Let's learn more about it together and explore our love of expressing ourselves through fashion. 

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Let's talk films and television! Here you'll find feedback on movies, TV shows and more. Don't worry, we'll be sure to include *spoiler alerts* whenever necessary. 

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Food & Drink (3)

This category is dedicated to some of the things many of us love most: food & drink. Pop in here to read about cooking, craft beer, bourbon and all kinds of other delicious things. 

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Gaming (0)

Who doesn't love games? Here we can discuss board games, video games and the gaming subculture as a whole. 

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Life (1)

Life can be hard. It's easier when you can learn from or connect to others who are experiencing the things you are. Here we'll have discussions about all kinds of things we experience in our lives, and how we cope with our biggest challenges. 

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Mental Health (3)

Mental health is incredibly important. Here we'll discuss some various mental health topics as well as tips and tricks to keep our minds at their best. 

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Mindfulness (0)

The entire goal of this site is related to Mindfulness in a general sense, here we'll discuss the conscious mind...whatever that is. 

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Music (0)

Music is magic. Let's talk about how music helps us get through our days and review some of our favorite artists / bands. 

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Our Society (1)

Our society is complex and ever changing. Let's discuss the current issues or important topics related to our society as a whole.

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Here you'll find some examples of my adventures in photography. I'll share with you some photography tips and tricks, and walk you through the creation of some of my images. 

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Physical Health & Fitness (1)

Exercise and physical activity are incredibly important. Here we'll discuss physical health suggestions, ideas and maybe even some workout plans. 

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Podcasting (1)

Podcasting is one of the world's fastest growing forms of content delivery. Here we'll discuss my adventures in podcasting as a new podcaster. 

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Reading (0)

Reading is so great for your mind, try to dedicate more time to it if you can. Here you'll find some of my own book recommendations along with what I got out of the books when I read them first.

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Spirituality is a concept that I'm incredibly fascinated by. Let's explore what it means to be spiritual, together. 

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Streaming (2)

This website wouldn't exist if it wasn't for streaming on Twitch. Here we can discuss all kinds of information related to live streaming on Twitch, YouTube and other platforms. 

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Travel (0)

This will likely turn into a food porn section from my travels, but hopefully it'll also include some ideas on how to travel more, places to travel and things to do in those places. 

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Five Tips for Starting a Podcast

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Five Tips for Starting a Podcast

Podcasting is one the best ways to market your brand and get more eyes on your content. If you stream or create YouTube videos you have most the gear you need. Podcasting has been the best tool for introducing new people to my Twitch channel. If you stream you can record episodes live upload the audio to your podcast feed and the video to your YouTube channel. While you're at it take a few clips from each episode and upload it to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Enough about why you should start one let's talk about how.

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Maybe We SHOULD Care When We Offend People: My Thoughts on Political Correctness

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I’m a pale, half-Mexican woman, with brown siblings and white parents. After our adoption, (long story, you can read about it in a few weeks), we were living in a predominately white area in the Chicago suburbs. My siblings and I represented probably a quarter of the entire Latinx/Hispanic population at the school, so needless to say, we - but especially my older brother and sister, stood out a lot.

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7 Reasons You Need to Start Using Apple Cider Vinegar Right Now

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I think it’s a safe assumption at this point to say that I’m sure you’ve heard of apple cider vinegar. Your friends or family might be using it, or you’ve read about how apple cider vinegar is a “super supplement” that gives some pretty crazy health benefits. You have to take all super foods and supplement claims with a grain of salt, because a lot of times these claims can be a bit incredulous, and none of us want to spend any money whatsoever on something that isn’t proven to work.

However, I’m here to tell you that apple cider vinegar is the real deal, and has some serious benefits to offer to improve the functionality of your body and help you be a better version of yourself.

Now is it going to feel like you got bit by a radioactive spider and completely change you into a superhero? No. But, it is absolutely something that will improve certain aspects of your body. On top of that, it’s inexpensive AND is not difficult to start adding to your daily health regimen. All you need is a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar 2 times a day to start working towards a healthier you.

So, what does apple cider vinegar do? Let’s look at 7 health benefits of apple cider vinegar and you can decide for yourself if it is something you want to go for.

LOWERS BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS 

  • Lower blood sugar levels is the most proven benefit of apple cider vinegar. Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, is detrimental to our bodies. Temporarily it causes increased thirst, headaches, fatigue, and concentration issues. Long term, we’re talking skin infections, healing issues, nerve damage, and stomach or intestinal issues.
  • Consuming one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water one or two times a day is a great way to combat hyperglycemia and keep those blood sugar levels at low and manageable levels.

LOWERS CHOLESTEROL

  • Maintaining cholesterol is vital for our overall heart health. Cholesterol builds up in our arteries, causing our arteries to narrow and harden, which in turn makes the heart work significantly harder. This puts a strain on our entire bodies, because a lot of our health starts right from the heart.
  • Apple cider vinegar is a great way to keep your cholesterol levels low and have your heart functioning properly and efficiently. Apple cider vinegar has a fiber called pectin. Bad cholesterol attaches itself to the pectin, which effectively eliminates the cholesterol. Again, add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into your diet each day to keep that cholesterol down.

IMPROVES INSULIN SENSITIVITY

  • Apple cider vinegar helps with insulin sensitivity. Insulin is the hormone that transports sugar from the blood to our tissues to be utilized for fuel. Insulin levels often become too high and can cause insulin resistance, which can in turn lead to high blood sugar levels and diabetes.
    Consuming apple cider vinegar can improve insulin sensitivity significantly, especially in those that have type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance. You want to be insulin sensitive, meaning that your body adjusts well to insulin and can keep blood glucose levels at normal and optimum ranges.

HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT

  • Those couple tablespoons a day also have been proven to help individuals to lose weight. Interestingly enough, studies show that with zero additional changes to a diet, you can lose up to 4 pounds over the course of just 12 weeks simply by consistent consumption of apple cider vinegar. How does apple cider vinegar do this? With a term called satiety. Satiety simply means that you feel full. Feeling full means that you don’t eat as much as you normally would. That way, you consume less calories, and at the end of the day calories in versus calories out is the formula for weight loss.
  • One of the biggest issues with weight gain has always been snacking. Even when people count calories they often forget to include snacks throughout the day, which add up significantly since most snacks are high calories. Apple Cider Vinegar interspersed in between meal times can help you cut down on snack cravings and lower your caloric intake.

AIDS WITH ACID REFLUX

  • Acid reflux affects a lot of us. It is caused by acid backflow from the stomach towards the esophagus. This leads to heartburn, nausea, and excessive burping and belching: plenty of side effects I’m sure we’d all love to keep to an absolute minimum. What may sound strange is that low levels of stomach acid is what actually contributes to acid reflux.
  • Apple cider vinegar is very acidic, and can help provide relief for acid reflux by adding additional acid into the digestive system, which in turn prevents backflow from the stomach and gets rid of acid reflux.
  • Also at this point I want to once again mention that you need to be sure to dilute apple cider vinegar in water, and maybe add a bit of honey as well. Taking shots of apple cider vinegar is not going to feel good. That comes from personal experience, not just the knowledge that shooting incredibly acidic liquid logically does not make sense to do.Take your time with a nice diluted glass and enjoy it as much as you can, knowing that some serious benefits are coming your way.

REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE

  • I already talked about how lowering cholesterol helps with our heart health. Another way that it helps with heart health is through lowering blood pressure. High blood pressure makes your heart work harder. Over time, this weakens and deteriorates the heart. That should be a sentence that scares you.
  • Thankfully, the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar lowers blood pressure and minimizes the risk that high blood pressure causes in terms of heart disease and coronary health. Keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is the number one cause of death, and that will not change.

IMPROVE SKIN HEALTH

  • Now, so far all of the benefits I’ve discussed have to do with internal health benefits. For our final benefit, I’ll give you a benefit for the largest organ on your body. I’m talking about our external organ: the skin.
  • Apple cider vinegar has acetic, lactic, succinic and citric acid. These acids provide a recipe to help inhibit the growth of bacteria that causes acne. Many acne treatments have a ton of ingredients that can dry out and harm sensitive skin.
  • Apple cider vinegar provides a natural solution that won’t have the side effects of acne products.
  • Additionally, apple cider vinegar can reduce scarring. It is somewhat of a natural toner, and can improve both the texture and pigmentation to diminish the visibility of scarring. This is huge because it not only improves our physical appearance, but also contributes to a better self image and more confidence.
  • Fun recommendation, substitute apple cider vinegar for water in your favorite facial mask to get additional benefits that the mask has to offer. This can help to leave your skin more even and balanced with its toning attributes.

TRUST THE MOTHER

When you're buying apple cider vinegar, be sure to look for the term "With the mother" somewhere on the bottle. The Mother is basically a group of beneficial bacteria similar to what is used in Kombucha. This helps create an unfiltered apple cider vinegar that has more benefits than one that is not filtered. Filtered is great for cleaning, but not for something you want to trust in your body like the more natural version. 

Most people recommend Bragg Organic Apple cider. It's between $4-$6 and is found at pretty much any grocery store, GNC, or WalMart.

TRY IT OUT

Apple cider vinegar falls in the category of simple life adjustments that have real, attainable benefits. These are exactly the type of adjustments I love, because they don’t really change my routine or provide any inconvenience whatsoever. I’m not changing my lifestyle. I’m not breaking the bank. I’m partaking in an extremely minimal change that adds value to my well-being. All I have to do is pour a little apple cider vinegar in some water and stir it. Two times a day equates to about 2 minutes of total prep time. No excuses.

The other great thing about it is that there is essentially zero downside as far as giving apple cider vinegar a chance. Take a couple tablespoons and dilute them in water a few times a day and discipline yourself to try it out for a month or two. If you don’t see much change, stop. However, I’d wager that you will feel some changes, even if only a little, that make the 2 minutes of your day and 6 dollars or so per month absolutely worth it.

I find it easiest to take it with meals. I’m not much of a snacker, so I don’t worry about having a diluted apple cider vinegar concoction during snack times to withstand any cravings or urges. You may have snacking issues though so going between meals may be the best for you. Try it out, there’s no wrong answer. The key is just going for it. You can always adjust, but the first step is to try.

Have you started using Apple Cider Vinegar yet? What results have you seen? Let us know in the comments below!

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Reel Review: Avengers: Infinity War [Spoilers]

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WARNING: Contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.

The. Wait. Is Over.

Every nerd’s dream, (including my own) of seeing their favorite Marvel characters team up to fight their most menacing and challenging opponent yet, has finally become a reality with the release of Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War.
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"Can I give you some feedback?"

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There are only a few phrases that send shivers up peoples spines. “We need to talk...” “Can I give you feedback?” “Anyone want the last slice of pizza?”. All of these can trigger all sorts of anxiety and emotions. My goal throughout this post is to help you with at least two of them (you’re on your own with pizza).

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5 Steps to Better Mental Health

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As someone who has struggled almost her entire life with depression, panic disorder, anxiety, insomnia, ADD and more - I want to be able to help others to not feel the way I've felt in the past. I'm not a doctor, but I have been actively working on managing my mental health and have had some great success lately. I want to share some of the ways that I've managed to improve my mental health, and the science I found that backs up the reasons why it's working. Please keep in mind as you read this that I'm not a medical or mental health professional, so this advice should not take the place of you speaking to your own doctor or doing your own research. 

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5 Things Adoptive Families Hear that Probably Don't Come Across the Way You Think They Do

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I was so excited when Snaps asked me to be a part of the writing included on her new website. The opportunity to write about adoption to an expanded audience is something I was eager to take part in. That being said, I had *NO* idea what specifically to write about. I didn’t want my first post to be too heavy or negative. At the same time, I didn’t want something that’s just fluffy and feel-good. After several days of thinking about it and talking with my wife (she’s awesome, by the way), I decided on a simple topic based on the questions our family hears most often, both on Twitch and in real life: Five common phrases things every adoptive family hears, that probably don’t come across the way you think they do.

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3 Reasons Why Your Coffee Sucks

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Quite the headline, I know. I’m sure you read that and said, “well, this should be interesting” or “who the [expletive] is this know it all anyways?” Well, don’t take it personally, you shouldn’t anyways because honestly, it just may not be YOUR fault. So who am I anyways? To give you a brief background I am a not a know it all, just someone who has turned a personal obsession into a new opportunity. I didn’t always have a love affair with coffee, I didn’t actually enjoy it until my mid twenties but all it took was one good cup to turn that switch on for me. There was something about this particular cup of coffee that I just couldn’t put a finger on why it was better but it was, drastically. Thus began my deep dive and from that is what eventually led me to starting Kings Coast Coffee Company with some of my best friends and now excellent business partners. So let’s deep dive and explore the top three reasons why your coffee may suck.

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