Recipes

Taco Tuesday!

It’s Taco Tuesday and we’re taco lasagna. I made this a few weeks ago and this healthy but delicious dish did NOT. It’s packed with flavor and has just enough spice to get your juices flowing (that’s what she said, just joking!)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 4 flat out wraps or similar
  • 1 C. Salsa
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1/2 of Mexican blended cheese
  • Instructions
  • 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

    2. Combine ground turkey and chili powder and brown on a skillet. Once cooked add salsa.

    3. Add a layer of meat mixture, 2 tortillas, 1/2 of cheese, meat mixture, 2 tortillas and remaining cheese to a 2 qt casserole dish.

    5. Cover with tin foil and cook for 25 minutes.

    6. University and brown cheese for 5 minutes.

    7. Let it sit for a few minutes and then enjoy!

    Wellness Wednesday

    Wellness Wednesday: 7 Foods for a Flat Belly

    With so many diets out there it’s hard to pin-point which one is right for you. One thing remains consistent: we all want a flat belly.

    Here are seven foods for a flat belly.

    Eggs

    Simple, I know. But eggs are a food that should be a staple in your everyday diet, and here’s why.

    Firstly, in one large-sized egg, you will find around 7 grams of protein, with 6 grams of fat and minimal carbohydrates.

    Not only does an egg contain a lot of protein, but it also contains high-quality protein.

    This is measured by the different types of amino-acid chains found in the protein source.

    Sweet Potatoes

    If you’re looking for a healthy carbohydrate source, look no further than the sweet potato.

    In just one potato, it contains 400% of your daily recommended vitamin A, making it very nutrient-dense whilst containing fewer calories than a regular, white potato.

    Spinach / Kale

    Yes, these leafy greens should be a staple of your healthy diet.

    I know it is not something that many look forward to eating or would like to eat every day.

    But the health benefits are amazing!

    So, if you can find a way to fit them in, you definitely should.

    Chia Seeds

    Packed with fiber, these healthy little seeds should become part of your everyday diet.

    Their fiber content will make sure your digestive tract will run smoothly and will also increase your satiety when you consume them.

    However, despite containing all this fiber, it’s the antioxidant qualities of chia seeds that is what makes this healthy food popular and recommended by experts.

    These antioxidants fight molecules that damage your cells and increase your risk of cancer as well as also helping with anti-aging.

    Almonds

    Many are aware they should eat nuts for a healthy, balanced diet.

    However, they are unsure which ones they should eat, and the quantities in which they should eat them.

    By far the best nut to consume for a healthy diet are almonds.

    Berries

    Berries are very good for you, and not only because they’re one of your five a day.

    They are high in antioxidants and help to fight chronic diseases.

    Not to mention the fact that, unlike some of the above healthy foods, these are very tasty and appealing to the palate.

    Oats

    This basic breakfast has become a staple in the diets of fitness fanatics.

    Plain and simple, yet packed with health benefits.

    This carbohydrate source is possibly the healthiest grain on the planet.

    I’m going to incorporate more of these in my diet in hopes to get a flatter stomach!

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    Wellness Wednesday: Intermittent Fasting

    Hi Friends! Well I finally did it, I hopped on the Intermittent Fasting (IF) train. I’ve been following Lauren Gleisberg workouts for a few months and she recommends to pair them with IF.What is It

    Intermittent Fasting is alternating intervals of eating and fasting. Most commonly, the fasting period is 16 hours with the remaining 8 hours spent eating. Basically, as soon as you consume food you “break your fast” and your 8 hour interval begins.

    How It Works

    IF is an effective fat loss technique because it allows the body to switch from burning sugar/carbs to burning fat for its primary energy source. When you eat, the body begins to digest by breaking down food into smaller components to be used within the body.

    Part of what we eat is immediately used. The excess food is saved as storage to be used for energy at a later time. Our bodies actually have a preferred order that it follows when looking for energy, glycogen (carb storage) is first and fat last. When too much time is spent in the eating interval, our body has enough glycogen to serve as energy so it won’t look elsewhere (such as fat stores).

    Fasting allows your body to shift so it turns to existing fat stores to burn up as fuel.

    Basically by increasing the interval in which we do not eat, we allow our bodies to use fat as fuel.

    When we eat, the body begins the process of digestion: breaking down food into smaller components to be used within the body. Some of what we eat is immediately utilized. Excess food is saved as storage to be used for energy at a later time. Weight and fat gain is the results of too much food and “storage energy. Our bodies actually prefers glycogen first when looking for energy and fat last.

    When too much time is spent in the eating interval, the body has enough glycogen to serve as energy so it doesn’t look worse where (such as fat stores). When you fast it allows for this shift in which the body turns to our existing fat stores to burn up as fuel.

    To sum it all up…. if we keep replenishing our glycogen (carb) stores – such as through eating – our bodies will be less and less likely to burn up fat! By increasing the time we do not eat, we allow our bodies to use fat as fuel.Lauren suggest combing IF with weight training for best fat loss results.

    Benefit of Intermittent Fasting

    • Reduction of Body Fat
    • Improved Cellulite
    • Inflammation Reduction
    • Mental Clarity
    • Improved Energy
    • Self Control
  • Breaking Down Your Eating Schedule
  • Experts suggest 8 hours of eating, 16 hours of fasting. For me eating 11am-7pm (eating) 7pm-11am (fasting works best). I suggest slowly adjusting to your fasting schedule.
  • Eventually you will get to 8 hours of eating 16 hours of fasting.
  • 8 Hours of Eating
  • The second you eat or consume food you “break your fast”.
  • 16 hours of Fasting
  • After your eating window closes your fasting window opens.
  • I am not a licensed dietician, nor medical doctor, nor fitness expert. The purpose of this blog is to share my experience with weightloss, fitness and life in general and to offer a little entertainment along the way. If you are seeking a professional opinion on how you should achieve your goals, you should consult a professional. 

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    My Skincare Routine

    Happy Tuesday! Today, I wanted to talk about my skincare routine as so many of you have asked what I use! Generally speaking, I do not have a super time consuming routine and tend to only focus on a few products. I also drink plenty of water during the day, which I believe helps a lot, and I ALWAYS wash my face in the morning and at night.

    My Skin Type

    Let’s talk skin- I would say I have dry skin as certain areas can become quite dry (around my nose and mouth). As a teenager, I never had really had severe acne, but I will say that I did have mild acne with pimples mainly on my forehead and chin.

    I am very conscious about taking care of my skin and try to do small things to limit aging! I drink water constantly and try to get in at least 64 ounces per day. Fun fact- I hate sugary drinks like juice and soda and avoid them at all costs. I also never let my face in the sun- if I am laying out, I will cover my face with a towel or have a hat on. I think that limiting sun exposure, drinking fluids, and keeping your face moisturized (plus some good genetics- thanks mom and dad) can definitely help to fight the signs of aging!

    Skincare Routine

    About ago, I noticed my favorite bloggers were all using the same product, Tula. Being a beauty junkie and hearing so many people talk highly about this skincare brand, I jumped and bought some of their products! I did a little research and learned that TULA uses probiotics in all of their products. Basically, probiotics are the “good bacteria” we want in our bodies to help keep everything working like it should. By incorporating probiotics into their skincare, TULA’s products have been clinically proven to balance your skin, lock in moisture, and leave your complexion more hydrated and less inflamed. I was so excited to start using these products!

    Guys, I am not kidding you when I say that the first time I used their face cleanser, my skin was immediately so soft and glowing! I even made my mom use the face cleanser too haha! I started using a few other of their products including the Aqua Infusion Power Liquid, Pro-Glycolic 10% pH Resurfacing Gel, and the Hydrating Day and Night Cream and under eye stick. The power liquid is a super hydrating gel that always leaves my skin more dewy! The resurfacing gel helps to tone and exfoliate my skin, while removing excess oil (thank you!) and debris. Lastly, the day and night cream is a super thick product that is extremely hydrating (a little dab with do ya!). And finally the under eye Glow and Get it stick contains caffeine which instantly wakes up your tired eyes.

    Morning Routine

    First, I wash my face with the cleanser using my Clarisonic, then I apply the resurfacing gel with a cotton ball, then I apply the power liquid and last I eye the under eye glow and get it stick. I let my face completely dry and then start applying my makeup.

    Nighttime Routine

    At night, I do the same steps above, but at the end I apply the hydrating cream. Sometimes, I will just put the cream on a few of my more dry spots (around my nose and mouth), but other times I will just put it all over my face! 

    Below, I linked each of the items that I use!

    Masks

    About once a week, I try to do some type of face mask- typically on Sunday nights. My favorite face mask is this one– I love how my skin feels afterwards and I really do think it helps to unclog my pores. I feel like with so many masks I really don’t notice a difference afterwards, but I always notice that my skin looks better once I have used this mask. Although I will try out other masks, I always come back to this one. One of my other favorites include this one here.

    For those of you that would like to try out TULA, I would recommend starting off with one of their “starter packs.” These packs come with smaller, travel-size products so you are able to try the products for less! TULA has three different starter packs including the discovery kit (the one I started with), the clear complexion kit (for those struggling with acne), and the anti-aging discovery kit (for those who want more anti-aging products). 

    Over the last few months, I have definitely noticed that my skin is more supple, dewy, and radiant. I feel more confident not wearing makeup and am so happy with how my skin has transformed. I would highly recommend trying out these products if you are looking to switch up your skincare routine! *As a side note, this is not a sponsored post- I genuinely love these products and wanted to share them with you all!

    If you try out TULA, let me know how it goes! I would love to hear your thoughts on it and how much you love it! 

    As always, thank you for reading and sharing!

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    Wellness Wednesday: Why I started using the Billie Razor


    I don’t know about y’all, but I’ve really been enjoying our Wellness Wednesday series every week! If you’re new around here, you can catch up on all of our Wellness Wednesday posts here. Today’s post is a little unique and to be honest, is covering a topic I hadn’t given much thought prior to connecting with the brand. But the more I learned about Billie – their product, their purpose – the more I realized just how important it was for me to try + share with y’all!

    It may seem pretty random to dedicate an entire blog post to the razor I use, but hear me out. There are parts of my beauty routine that I put a lot of thought, research, and care into. When it comes to beauty and skincare, I won’t use just anything – I’m pretty sure y’all know that by now. I really scrutinize the products I put on my face from foundation to moisturizer. I have tested out every concealer and self-tanner under the sun. I’m super particular about hair products and tools. But when it comes to shaving my legs? I literally just grab whatever razor has the most appealing packaging and seems most familiar to me. I don’t pay close attention to ingredients, pricing, or anything like that. SO when I had the opportunity to learn more about Billie, I decided it was definitely worth a look. I mean, if not every foundation is created equally, that same logic probably applies to razors, right?

    All about the Billie brand 

    Billie is a female-first brand that delivers both razors and body products (of amazing quality!) at a super discounted price. I had honestly never thought of getting my razors delivered, but then I realized just how convenient and, tbh, sanitary this is. (Am I the only one who forgets to regularly replace their razors/cartridges?!) A key part of the Billie brand, which I love, is the belief that women not only desire the same quality as men when it comes to shaving, but that it should be available at a reasonable price point too. If you think about it, when you hear about ‘quality shaving companies’ you most likely don’t think about products and services aimed at women. You think of guys taking care of their faces/beards, etc. You can read more about their brand and mission here.

     The products + my personal review

    When I received my Starter Kit a couple of months ago it contained the razor base/handle, magic holder (super convenient!), and two 5-blade razor cartridges. I also got some of the body products to test out and review, too. The Billie razor is uniquely designed to give you a close shave without being harsh on your skin. I have super sensitive skin and didn’t have any issues with any of the Billie products. My skin was insanely smooth and soft, and I didn’t have any bumps or irritation after shaving. Seriously y’all, it gives you the BEST shave! The blades are actually framed with aloe so I found that to be extra soothing on my skin. Another thing I love about the razor and all of the products is that they are totally toxin-free and made with natural, high quality ingredients.

    I also tried out some of the Billie body products: the lotionthe shave cream, and the body wash. All of their products are made with natural ingredients and the price point is extremely reasonable (the lotion is only $12). My fave was probably the lotion because my skin needs all the hydration it can get, but I honestly loved all of them! Every products smells AMAZING and is designed with the goal of leaving your skin smooth, hydrated, and healthy.

    How the Billie subscription services work 

    When you sign up for the Billie razor service, they’ll deliver your Starter Kit which includes a razor handle, magnetic razor holder, and two razor cartridges for $9. The price point is seriously unreal, especially for the quality! Then, Billie will send you four replacement cartridges however often you need them for $9. Another amazing part is you don’t have to pay for shipping! Shipping is free and you can always add on other products to your orders – like the body lotion, super luxe shaving cream, etc. It’s really that simple! You can get started by ordering your starter kit here.

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    Updated Summer Makeup Tutorial

    Happy Monday ladies! It was beautiful here over the weekend so I enjoyed the beach and pool and got some reading done. I’m currently reading The Last Mrs. Parish by Liv Constantine and really enjoying it. It’s defiantly a page-turner.

    I realized that my last makeup tutorial was filmed nearly 6 months ago, so I decided it was time to update it in case you missed it, I shared a full tutorial today on Instagram stores (and it will be saved to my highlights too!). I decided to also add a blog post here on my site, in case anyone preferred to read more about products and why I love them!

    I wanted to also create a post here with a list full of the products I use in order that I use them:

    1. After washing and drying my face, I first apply this primer to help my skin look radiant and glowy.
    2. I apply this foundation (shade NC41) with this powder brush all over my face – don’t forget to blend your neck too!
    3. I apply this under eye brightening corrector (in shade light to medium ) to brighten my under eye. I usually just use my finger to apply.
    4. I apply this concealer (shade NW32) underneath my eyes and on any blemishes I may have. I use a dampened beauty blender to blend the product into my skin.
    5. Next, I set my face with this setting powder and this powder brush.
    6. I fill my brows with this (in the shade medium brown).
    7. One of my favorite products for summer is this eyeshadow palette – I typically apply it in this order: first color all over my lids and under brow bone with this brush, 7th color to outer corner with this brush. This color to the center and fourth color in crease with this brush and blend it all together with this brush.
    8. I apply this eyeliner (in the color jet black) to my upper line and out a bit for more of a ‘cat-eye’ look.
    9. I go back to my eyeshadow palette and apply the very last color on my right to my bottom lashes from the end to the middle with this brush.
    10. I use this primer to my eye lashes and then apply this mascara. I apply 3-4 coats and really get the mascara from the root of my leashes to the end.
    11. I use this bronzer (in the shade rich amber) with this brush to contour my face. I focus the product along my hairline, my cheekbones, and jaw line. I will also try to carve out my chin by applying some product on either side of my chin (watch my instastories if this sounds confusing!).
    12. I apply blush using this brush on the apples of my cheeks. I have this blush (in Gentle) and this blush (in orgasm) and alternate between the two.
    13. For the night, I will also add some highlighter in the color Radiant Light on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, and the cupid’s bow of my lips – I use this brush.
    14. I will use this brush and apply this setting powder one last time to set the whole look .
    15. I have been using this lipstick in the color Kylie all summer and have been loving it!

    Below, I have included all of my holy grail makeup products. I have been using 85% of these products for nearly 2 years, so I definitely can vouch for every product – they are all amazing! I also included all of the makeup brushes I use – each brush is from Sigma and I have been using these brushes for years.

    Makeup

    Makeup Brushes

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