New Year's Resolutions That Don't Suck

New Years Resolutions that don't suck

Every year I make a list of New Year's Resolutions that I never accomplish and often forget about come February. It all started as a tradition when I was younger. My childhood best friend would call me on New Years Eve and we would rattle off our resolutions. Which usually included having a boyfriend. My best friend was better in this department. Which is why I gave up on resolutions being dreams that came true. 

With that being said, I created 5 New Year's Resolutions that don't fcking suck. Enjoy!

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1. HAVE MORE SEX - Yea, I said it! What? Women enjoy sex?! Yes, we do, well I do, and you should too. If you're an adult in an active dating life, relationship, marriage or if you're breathing - try to have more sex. It's good for you and fun. If you hate sex, either you legitimately hate it, or you're not sexing right. I'm hoping for the latter, because that's about getting to know yourself better. Don't be afraid to speak up, make requests, buy lingerie or change the routine. If you're not having sex for religious/personal reasons, then exchange "More Sex" with "More Self Love." It's just as fun, Either way, always keep it safe and healthy.

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2. STAY TURNT - No, I don't mean stay drunk 24/7. Though, if that's your lifestyle, do you. I mean, don't be afraid to have fun. Just because you become an adult, doesn't mean you can't go on adventures, laugh and play. Make time to go out with friends and make new ones. We get in these comfort zones of friendships, relationships, work etc. which includes making lame excuses for not doing fun shit. Damn it, while we're still young let's stay fcking turnt. Fun fact: from an older person's perspective you're always young. Woo hoo!

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3. READ A DAMN BOOK - If you read three books this year than this resolution is a success. Hell, if I read one book, I'm starting a book club called, "One Book A Year Bitches." Take a break from social media for a moment and make sure you still know how to read. By the way, I was in a book club once. That was short lived because A.) I kept having to reintroduce myself at every once-a-month meeting and B.) There was no drinking. No, I don't want to be in your book club, unless we have a toga party after reading "Pride and Prejudice," for a third time.

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4. DON'T BE BUSY, BE SMART - Guess what? Everyone's life is chaotic, you're not special. The word "busy" has become a grading system for how successful a person is. When I'm "too busy" I'm pissed, why? Because it means I'm not working smart. I'm overcomplicating, procrastinating or spreading myself too thin. This year is about finding balance. For me, this can be done by smart scheduling, meditation and knowing when to take a break.

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5. TAKE SOME RISKS - All the people that contribute to the world in big ways take risks. My whole business is a risk. Let's all vow to take a few more risks. I say "few" because, I read quotes that say, "do something everyday that scares you" and already feel defeated. That's a lot of pressure for 365 days. Some days I want to conquer the world and others, conquer Netflix and Chill. Risks don't have to be an everyday occurrence. I'm starting small and become a once a month risk taker! Already feels achievable.

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Here's to a Fabulous New Year hope you join me on this journey and Fck yea, attainable goals! What are some of your resolutions for 2016? Share in the comments or tweet me.

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BeautyBalm Studio, Los Angeles {Beauty}

Beauty Balm Studio in Los Angeles

Recently had the chance to visit BeautyBalm Studio to have my makeup done complimentary. I never pass up the chance to be pampered while picking up on new make up tricks. Hell yaaaassss!

BeautyBalm Studio is all about glam! The team behind this studio are veterans in the business. A lot of heart was put into the design with natural light, beautiful mirrors and offers of champagne - you'll never want to leave.  In addition to providing make up application, this studio doubles as a facial spa, with certified astheticians to keep your skin glowing

For my makeup application I choose a natural look and was taught about light contouring for daytime. The brands used for my look were - Becca, Kevyn Aucoin, Caudalie and Brett Freedman - the top shelf of makeup. The best part of the process was sharing the experience through a live stream on Meerkat. It was a blast having viewers from all around the world tune in. 

BeautyBalm Studio is the place to go to when you want to look and feel fabulous for that special event. Their menu offers a number of services including: make up application, brow waxing, lash extensions, facials and workshops. See the photos below for my BeautyBalm experience.

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Baked Chocolate Donuts With Rumchata Glaze {Recipe}

Chocolate Donuts with Rumchata Glaze

Every Sunday, I host the live stream, "Donuts & Chillin," through Meerkat. This live stream is full of fun, laughs and the occasional shot of tequila. I read books and research every donut before I make it. Mixing and matching to find a donut that fits what I'm, or my viewers, are craving.

I was craving chocolate and decided to make baked chocolate donuts. However, I put a small spin on mine by including chocolate Rumchata glaze. This glaze did not disappoint. The other fun part about it is that, if desired, you can add sprinkles or coconut shavings for more flavor.

Don't miss the "Donuts & Chillin" meerkat stream, every Sunday. Follow  @Tiffy4u on Meerkat to join in on the weekly fun.

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Baked Chocolate Donuts with Rumchata Glaze  {Print This Shit!}

Notes: this recipe makes 6 - 10 chocolate donuts, and it only takes about 45 minutes in total to make. 

Donuts Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup sugar 

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup whole milk

  • 3 tablespoons oil (or butter)

  • 1 egg (at room temperature

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/4 cup hot water

Chocolate Rumchata Glaze Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups confectioners sugar

  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup melted butter

  • 2-4 tablespoons of Rumchata

  • Sprinkles or coconut flakes (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and slightly grease donut pan.

  2. Mix together the dry ingredients - flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and sugar in large bowl. Then mix in the wet ingredients - egg, milk, choice of oil, vanilla. Mix until smooth. Slowly stir in hot water until completely combined. Batter will be thin.

  3. Fill a pipping bag with your batter, but we warned without a round tip or batter tip, it will flow out quite fast. You may want to spoon it into each donut mold. Fill each mold about 2/3 full. Put them in the oven and allow them to bake 10-12 minutes.

  4. Once done, gently go around the edges with a knife before placing them on the cooling rack.

  5. Glaze: In a medium bowl mix together confectioners sugar and cocoa powder. Add melted butter and vanilla, and stir until fully combined. Slowly add the Rumchata, until it has taste and consistency you desire.

  6. Dip the donuts into the glaze and add toppings! 

Chocolate Rumchata Glazed Donuts

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Travel Diaries: New York Business trip

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I love my job, as an advertising producer, because it allows countless opportunities. Last week, I got an email that a major brand wanted to fly Live Art Love to New York for a brainstorming session that week. This is amazing because I love traveling and NEW YORK is my second favorite place in the U.S. after Los Angeles. Third, is Vegas, for the debauchery reasons but I'll save that for another post.

Anyway, we stayed in Midtown at the Carlton Hotel which was beautiful and walking distance to Madison Square Park. The brainstorming session was a lot of fun. We threw around ideas with some of the smartest people in the advertising world for a brand. During the meeting they referred to us as the "SWAT Team" for advertising. This is our most badass compliment to date. To know you're creative ideas are valuable is a great feeling.

Side note, during the brainstorming session we got to play with play-doh which is an exercise for bringing back childhood imagination. Next time you're trying to think of creative ideas, break out the play-doh!

While in New York, I also fit in a little fun time. I went to my favorite Pizza spot, Artichoke and grabbed drinks at the Ace Hotel and 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar with New York friends. 

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Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze

Tiffy Diamond Meerkat Donut Stream

Every Sunday, I host the live stream, "Donuts & Chillin," through Meerkat. This live stream is full of fun, laughs and the occasional shot of tequila. I read books and research every donut before I make it. Mixing and matching to find a donut that fits what I'm, or my viewers, are craving.

One of my friends and loyal meerkat viewer, @Cakey_Poppins sent me a set of amazing gold mixing bowls for my stream.  I didn't have mixing bowls and was so excited for this upgrade to my live stream show. Before these, the struggle was real, using anything I could for a bowl. As a thank you, I included her name as a sign throughout my stream for others to follow her on social media.

Don't miss the "Donuts & Chillin" meerkat stream, every Sunday. Follow @Tiffy4u on Meerkat to join in on the weekly fun. You can also watch through my website, TiffyDiamond.com.

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Apple Fritters with Pure Maple Glaze
Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze
Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze

Apple Fritters with Maple Glaze {Print This Shit!}

Notes: this recipe makes 8 - 10 apple fritters, and it only takes about 45 minutes in total to make. For the apples I used one tart (granny smith) and one sweet (red delicious). However, I feel you can use any type of apples you desire. If you want to have a tart and sweet taste then use both, if you're not a fan of both - stick with sweet apples.

Donuts Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar 

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • 2/3 cup whole milk

  • 1  1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • Vegetable oil for frying

  • 2 1/2 cups apples - peeled and cored cut into chunks

Maple Glaze Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups confectioners sugar

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon butter soft

  • warm milk or water as needed

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients - flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Then, whisk together the wet ingredients - eggs, milk, melted butter, 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Fold in the dry ingredients until you see a few streaks of remaining flour. Gently fold in the apple chunks.

  2. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Heat at least 3 inches of oil in a deep pot or fryer (I use a fryer). The oil temperature should be 350 - 355 degrees. When the oil is hot enough use an ice cream scoop and a large spoon. Scoop the dough on the large spoon and then flatten it a bit before dropping it into the oil. You don't want the dough to be spherical. Fry a few at a time, to not overcrowd. Fry 1 minute and 40 seconds or until golden brown, then flip over and fry the other side for 1 minute and 40 seconds. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove each fritter and drain thoroughly on the baking sheet lined with paper towels. Repeat with all batter.

  3. Glaze: In a medium bowl whisk together confectioners sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract, butter and cinnamon. If the glaze is too thick, add milk or water until your desired consistency.

  4. Dip the fritters into the glaze and enjoy immediately! 

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