To all the girl bosses out there who leave their 9-5, go home, and hustle their dreams until 2am like nobody’s business. 💪 May we rise and slay, day after day. 👠 With grace we’ll say, “lovely is she who doesn’t stop till she has it all.”💄
It’s funny; growing up I never once heard from anyone that women can or can’t do certain things — I only ever found out some women in this country truly believe they’re oppressed after seeing it screamed in the streets. I never had that false belief crippling my ability to get anything done, so I kept on doing what I wanted, and nobody ever mentioned to me that I was a woman! Thank God I was never fed those lies at a young, impressionable age. I won’t get into politics here, because I don’t believe a lifestyle blog is the place for that, but if you are truly passionate about women’s rights please take the ones you have in this incredible country and use them to help women who TRULY have no voice. If you don’t understand what I’m talking about here’s a place to start: https://www.endslaverytn.org/
There are thousands of people, right under our noses, who are oppressed by lack of basic education, governed by fear, and lied to so much that they truly believe there’s no way out. No one should have to live under that type of oppression in a country where so many of us have the ability to affect real change in true life or death situations.
Instead of a ‘cheat day,’ or even ‘cheat meal,’ I’ve decided to try enjoying one ‘cheat item’ per week to keep myself on a healthy eating lifestyle track. Early last week I was trying to decide what my special Saturday treat was going to be and realized it wasn’t really a reward for hard work to ingest something that would take away from all my progress during the week! I wanted to trigger those foodie pleasure centers without derailing myself and going on a junk bender! I’m the type of person who can’t dip their toes in bad habits — I’m all in our all out. For me, forming good habits is as much mental as it is physical. I realized a ‘reward’ didn’t have to mean treating my stomach like a rubbish compactor! My first thought was to keep my ‘cheat’ treat at least gluten free, even if it had high fat and sugar content (baby steps!). I think I ended up truly enjoying a couple pieces of this cake because I knew it wasn’t chemical-ridden and damaging, which kept my mind-set on track for the following Monday. There’s no reason to purposefully torture yourself with something you know is bad for you. Why use unhealthy food as a reward at all?! While this cake is empty calories (there’s not enough of the right types of nutrition to keep your energy sustained, or your tummy full!), it was still a pleasure to eat (and isn’t that the point!?), and I can’t wait to make it again when I need a ‘little something’ to keep me going, and remind me what I’m working towards, without feeling guilty afterwards!
Gluten Free Chocolate Bliss Cake
A healthily decadent chocolate cake dessert that can be made for many different tastes and occasions!
Grease 9" x 13" glass baking dish with desired non-stick baking grease, oil or spray.
Place all dry ingredients in mixing bowl and stir gently to combine.
Add remaining ingredients to mixing bowl and blend until smooth.
Stir in desired nuts and baking chips (optional).
Pour batter into greased ban and smooth evenly.
Bake at 325F for 45 minutes or until fork inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
Allow to cool before serving.
I topped my cake with blueberries and added in the cashews and peanut butter chips for some added nutrients. However, you can choose any sort of add-ins that you'd like. I think next time I'm going to mix in chocolate chips to the batter and top with a strawberry compote!
As someone who isn’t a fan of bright colors, or giving up my fashion style identity while working out, it’s difficult to find fitness gear that reflects my personality! I understand the psychology behind eye catching fitness clothing (i.e. bright colors = happier mood!) but it’s the opposite case for me! When faced with bright colors I become discombobulated and unfocused, thus making my workouts less effective! I need calm tones, muted shades and a sense of serenity when working out. Recently I started the hunt for “the perfect” workout outfits for myself and realized there are probably a lot of fashion-minded girls like me who don’t wear brightly colored clothing, and as a result, don’t see the point in wearing them to exercise! After lots of searching I’ve found some great pieces and had to share with y’all! I’m watching the post office box for mine to arrive and am already so excited for everything to finally be matching! A few sets of matching, good quality exercise outfits are one of those “30 before 30” things everyone should have on their to-do list! Since I’m nearing 29 now is as good a time as ever!
I hope your next glow sesh is as fabulous as your outfit!
I have to treat my skin and hair with a little extra TLC in the Winter months because of the dry, cold air. Today I’m dishing on my Winter Beauty musts and discussing why each one is in my routine. Please know that I am in no way qualified to prescribe any sort of treatments or supplements, so if you’re thinking about switching up your skin or hair care routine, please consult with your physician before trying anything new or unfamiliar!
Vitamins: Everyone has different vitamin and supplement needs and I take extra care to stick to taking my particular blend every day to stay healthy. A few of my favorites are Rasberry Ketone(to help curb those Holiday sweets cravings!), Biotin(to boost overall health) andStress B Complex(all the B vitamins to keep me out of those winter blues!).
Hair: I’ve long touted the incredible health benefits of Thieves Essential Oil blend because it’s helped me in so many ways over the years. One of my favorite ways to use it is as a scalp cleanse. After shampooing my hair I will spray diluted Thieves on my scalp and let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing and going about my day. This rids my hair follicles of build up and oils and leaves my hair feeling and looking healthier, as well as promoting growth. I’m also loving It’s a 10 Miracle Leave in Product. One bottle lasts me about 4 months and I spray it on my hair after washing, before blow drying. This stuff truly is amazing; it leaves my hair shiny and bouncy with zero frizz or static.
Skin: Even when I neglect other beauty regimens I always take care of my facial skin! Right now a combination of Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer, L’Oreal Youth Code Pore Minimizer and L’Oreal Revitalift Night cream is my power trio! Truthfully, I’ve been using this combo for almost 2 years and I thought it was time to share! I find that pore care is essential for my normal/dry skin in the Winter.
If you haven’t heard about the restorative properties of Collagen you should check it out! I’ve been taking Collagen for over 4 years now and am especially mindful of making it part of my morning routine to take along with a vitamin C tablet. The glycine in Vital Proteins Collagen works amazingly towards lowering inflammation, which in turn can prevent many health issues. I also like the Great Lakes Collagen because it’s cold liquid soluble and I can shake some up in almond milk in the mornings.
Lastly, even if I don’t eat healthily the rest of the day, I make sure that my breakfast gives me a good kick start! Because there are so many germs floating around this time of year I make it a priority to ingest foods that support a healthy body and immune system! I’d much rather work on prevention than getting better from being sick and eating a good breakfast is part of that for me. A typical Winter breakfast for me includes eggs cooked in coconut oil, avocado and honey mustard on an English muffin or sandwich thin along with chopped banana or pineapple and 8 oz of unsweetened almond milk with 2 Tbsp of collagen.
Maintaining a healthy routine is so important when the stress levels of Holidays go up and temperatures drop outside!
With the on-going Snowpocalypse making casual weekend errands (like trips to the gym!) basically impossible in some parts of the country I thought today would be the perfect time to share another YouTube Workout Video Round-up! Ironically, I am writing this from my office with all the windows open and the sun shining in — In Germany no less! We’ve had unseasonably snow-less weeks lately and I love it.
I’ve included videos for three popular workout genres: HIIT, Yoga and dance. All you’ll need is a yoga mat/carpeted area/folded towel and a set of hand weights/water bottles. Don’t let the snow slow your beach body progress!
First a little blast from the past! Does anybody else agree that the 90s didn’t really end till 2004 (when this video was made!)?!
Next is my favorite HIIT video — Jillian was making these workouts before it was even a ‘thing’ — she’ll always be my favorite video workout instructor!
If you’re in a chill mood this last workout is perfect for you. Even though it seems low intensity I always wake up with sore muscles the next morning.
If you workout at home what’s your favorite video or DVD series?