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What Creativity Means to Me

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I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want | Live Colorful

I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want. I know this because I grew up listening to stories about the power of imagination, just like the stories LIFEWTR is sharing through the artwork on their bottles. That’s what gets me excited about partnering with LIFEWTR and 7-Eleven, and bringing you amazing inspirational stories to create and refresh your creative soul.

I was thinking about why creativity matters so much to me the other day, while I was trying to explain it to a friend. I told her a few stories of my childhood and how both of my parents are extremely creative.

My dad used to draw amazing portraits, and I’m reminded how talented he is every time I go to my grandma’s home and walk up the staircase. An uncle was telling me a story one day and he mentioned how my dad used to sit down at the table in the corner of their bedroom to draw until midnight, and how much they hated it because the light was on for hours. He and his six brothers shared a “bedroom”, that was more like an open space on the second floor of their home. I always think of that when I complain about the space I have in my home for art and crafts.

I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want | Live Colorful

My mom developed her creativity from early age, and more from necessity than anything else. She didn’t have much as she grew up, which lead her, and her siblings, to use whatever they could find to create the things they needed to survive. Growing up like that defined my mother’s character and her confidence to believe that she could create whatever she imagined. I looked up to her all my life, because she inspires me to dream.

I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want | Live Colorful

I like to remember myself at four years old when I used to sell my artwork to neighbors for 50 cents. I remember that, and how 11 years later, I found one of my old neighbors and she told me that she still had one of the painting she bought from me because it reminds her how brave I was that day, knocking on her door and selling her my adorable artwork. It was a bit weird, but also kind of awesome, to know that one person in the world kept something I made because it made her feel something positive.

Walking through 7-Eleven, and finding these colorful bottles featuring art from three young artists who have discovered the empowerment that comes with creativity, made me feel really inspired to come back home and create.

I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want | Live Colorful

I believe, just like LIFEWTR believes, that inspiration is as essential to life as water, because it moves us forward by unleashing our creative potential. Their series 4 bottles focus on ‘Arts in Education’ and the focus is to bring art back to schools. You can learn more about that initiative here!

I believe that creativity can transform people’s lives, and empower them to create, dream and imagine whatever they want | Live Colorful

Every few months, LIFEWTR will be launching a new series of LIFEWTR bottles focused on a unique aspect of art, and putting the spotlight on three new artists. I can’t wait to see their Series 5 ‘Art Beyond Borders’ bottles and I’m sure they’re going to be super colorful, too!

Find these amazing LIFEWTR bottles at your local 7-Eleven and tell me, what does creativity mean to you? What is LIFEWTR inspiring you to create today? For more LIFEWTR inspiration, click here!

Easy and Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

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Easy and Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe. Receta de Granola Casera Fácil y Saludable  | Live Colorful

For a long time I’ve wanting to share with you this recipe about how I make my homemade granola. I make it often, and some of you asked me about the recipe, so here it is :)

My mother in law shared a recipe with me a long time ago and I lost it, so I started to make my own recipe using the things I remember about her recipe ha ha, and it actually turns out yummy!  One thing I like about making granola is that I always can change ingredients and use what I have at home. Some days I use walnuts, and others sunflowers, chopped cashews or almonds or mix two or three of those using the recipe measurements. But the end result is always similar, and so delicious!

This recipe takes about 10 minutos to prepare and 60 minutes to bake. It’s something you can start in the morning while you are cleaning the house, playing with your kid or making your art. This recipe makes about 5 cups of granola and will last approximately three weeks if you store it in a airtight container.

Easy and Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe. Receta de Granola Casera Fácil y Saludable  | Live Colorful

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of cranberries
  • ¼  cup of sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup of chopped almond seeds
  • 6 tablespoons of water
  • 3 tablespoon of agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

STEPS:

  1. Turn on the oven to 250 degrees
  2. In a bowl mix the oats, cranberries, sunflower seeds and almond seeds.
  3. In another bowl mix the water, agave and vanilla extract
  4. Add the oats, cranberries and nuts to the bowl with the water, agave and vanilla extract and mix together until they are completely covered
  5. Spread the mix in a large cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 60 minutes but come back every 15 minutes to move the granola with a spoon so it doesn’t burn in just one side
  7. Let it cool and store in a container with a lid and enjoy!

Easy and Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe. Receta de Granola Casera Fácil y Saludable  | Live Colorful

How to Make Non-Dairy Mexican Spiced Mocha Popsicles

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How to make vegan mocha paletas with a spicy touch | Live Colorful

I created this recipe for ebay a few months ago and I wanted to share about it here on the blog because I know you guys are going to love these yummy mocha paletas during the warm days of spring and summer!

My mom’s hot chocolate memories inspired this recipe. I’ll always remember tasting the hint of sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon mixed with a toasted chocolate flavor. So when I started to make my own coffee, I started to add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon together with 4 tablespoons of ground coffee and place it to brew. Using that idea I created these mocha paletas, but as a special touch, I added a pinch of cayenne pepper. They are soooo good!How to make vegan mocha paletas with a spicy touch | Live ColorfulTip: If you would like to create a milder version just add half the amount of spices listed below in the ingredients list.

How to Make Non-Dairy Mexican Spiced Mocha Popsicles

How to make vegan mocha paletas with a spicy touch | Live Colorful

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 tablespoons of ground coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 bar of Mexican chocolate bar, something like Chocolate Ibarra or Chocolate Abuelita is a great option
  • 1 cup of almond milk

How to make vegan mocha paletas with a spicy touch | Live Colorful

STEPS:

  1. Stir together the ground coffee, cinnamon, chili powder and cayenne pepper, place into the brew basket.
  2. Set the carafe in place to brew. I made about 3 cups of coffee.
  3. While the coffee is brewing, mix almond milk and a bar of a chocolate bar to make hot chocolate. You can add as much chocolate as you want for a more intense and sweet flavor.
  4. When the brew is complete, mix the coffee with the hot chocolate and place the mix into the popsicle molds.
  5. Allow pops to freeze fully overnight, or about 8 hours.

How to make vegan mocha paletas with a spicy touch | Live Colorful

Stay caffeinated with this refreshing treat this spring/summer!