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March 10, 2017

5 Fun Things 3.10.17

1. Who’s watching Big Little Lies? Please someone say yes so we can discuss!  In general, I’m not a Reese Witherspoon fan, but I adore her role in this series. If you haven’t started it yet, you have time to catch up this weekend before the 4th episode on Sunday. Make it your mission!

2. My very favorite Zella leggings are on sale for $28!! I wear these so much during the week that when I wear jeans to work, my coworker comments that I’m actually wearing pants. In my defense, I go to barre at lunch so…I’m just prepared? I usually buy the full length, but since spring is right around the corner, I’m ready for crops.  And maybe this hot pink pair too because you can never have too much of your favorite color.

3. After I mentioned my interest in Beautycounter products, my long-time blog reader turned friend James raved about how great their charcoal cleansing bar is, saying it did wonders for his acne-prone skin. I like that it contains organic green tea and coconut oil to draw out impurities and hydrate your skin at the same time.

4. Tell me this isn’t the coolest photography gadget. It’s an adjustable tripod that holds both cell phones and DSLRs that can stand or clip onto surfaces. All I can think of when I look at it is a little monkey holding your camera for you while you snap away using the remote. Adding this to my list of things I’m taking to St. Thomas!!

Ever since I started taking photography classes for work, I geek out over these gadgets. Anything to help me avoid awkward photoshoots like this one from Tuesday (the one day this week I wore pants ha!).

5. And if you haven’t noticed from this post, I’m fascinated by how easy it is to turn videos into gifs. I use the Photoscape app to edit 90% of my photos for work. One of the features is a gif creator, but in general it does a fantastic job at taking my work to a whole new level of #foodporn. Even if I have to lay on the floor to get that perfect shot. 😉

 

Oh, happy day. It’s Friday. Bless yourself!! xo

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March 9, 2017

Golden Milk Chia Pudding with Pomegranate, Coconut & Pistachios

Golden Milk Chia Pudding with Pomegranate, Coconut & Pistachios

I’ve been a fan of chia seeds for a couple years. For a tiny little seed, they’re pretty versatile! You can add them to smoothies, sprinkle them over salads, or use them to make chia pudding. Chia seeds are mini powerhouses packing more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than blueberries, and more Omega-3 than salmon. Because of their ability to thicken and gel, making chia pudding is an easy way to turn them into a meal. If you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, this Golden Milk Chia Pudding with Pomegranate, Coconut & Pistachios will now be your go-to recipe. It’s sweet, tart, and savory and packed with fiber to keep you full all morning.

And I’m sure you’ve seen the turmeric popping up all over your feeds. It’s all the rage right now. So whip this up and you’re suddenly #basic like everyone else. 😉

Golden Milk Chia Pudding with Pomegranate, Coconut & Pistachios

Golden Milk Chia Pudding with Pomegranate, Coconut & Pistachios

  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup canned light coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • Chopped fruit
  • Chopped nuts
  • Coconut flakes
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the almond milk, coconut milk, maple syrup, and spices until smooth.
  2. Stir in the chia seeds until evenly combined. Let sit for 5 minutes, then stir again. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Serve with your choice of toppings.

The beauty of this recipe is that there are dozens of ways to customize it. You can change the flavor, the toppings, the sweetener, and even add protein or matcha powder. Try a variation of fruits, nuts, seeds, spices, and milks. The options are endless.Golden Milk Chia Pudding with Pomegranate, Coconut & Pistachios

Pro tips: Mamma Chia Organic is my favorite brand. Major deal here.  I make 4 servings in advance for the work week. It tends to keep well for several days and I often mix up my toppings each morning so I don’t get bored. I find that when I add plenty of fruit and nuts I stay full for hours!

Are you using chia seeds yet? What would top your pudding with?

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March 7, 2017

Here’s What I’m Bringing to St. Thomas

I feel like I’ve been prepping since the moment I booked my flight. It’s been rudely cold here again and I’m itching for some heat. Oh, and a tan.

As usual, Target saved the day when it came time to buying new bikinis. Every year they’re really on their game with the trends. I ordered a bunch and ended up keeping these 4.

pink scalloped | blue strappy halter | navy pinstripe | pink pineapple

The Jet Set by Beautycounter. I am a horrendous packer and try to bring everything with me so I figured this will help me cut down on the products I need to pack. The set include the citrus mimosa body wash, citrus mimosa body lotion, daily shampoo and conditioner, charcoal cleansing bar and a travel bag. It’s on sale right now and I think I can squeeze a few mini bottles in that bag. 😉

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Then, for when I’m on the sand I’m going to use their Protect Suncare line. No way I’m not shielding my face from the rays. That’s one thing I’ve been super conscious about in my 30s.

SPF30 Sunscreen (on sale!) | SPF15 Lip Balm

Maestra. I get so so anxious flying and the only thing that keeps me calm is immersing myself in a good book. I’ve heard great things about this thriller so it’s coming with me! Anyone have any beach reads? (I prefer thrillers or non-fiction!)

Of course I’m bringing snacks, too. When don’t I? Let’s hope my Almond Butter Stuffed Dates are TSA approved.

Anyone have any beach reads? (I prefer thrillers or non-fiction!) Who’s already a Beautycounter fan?

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March 6, 2017

National Cereal Day! (Giveaway Inside!)

There’s a national food holiday for…well, every single food you can imagine. Except maybe kohlrabi, but what is that anyway? Just kidding. But heads up bc tomorrow, my friends, is National Cereal Day. And I’m celebrating my sharing my favorite line and giving some to you! Woop, woop.

I grew up loving Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams, and Cheerios. I’m sure you did too. But these days we’re all a bit more health conscious and sadly, the aforementioned goodies are loaded with sugar, dyes, and freaky ingredients we really don’t need. And that’s where Nature’s Path saves the day with their natural, certified organic, non-GMO goodies. They make a variety of breakfast products — I’m a huge fan of their Qi’a Superfood Cereal, Love Crunch granola and bars, and EnviroKidz line.


Whether you like your cereal soaked in milk or topped with fruit, today we raise our spoon to celebrate the breakfast classic. What’s your cereal personality?

  • Classic and timeless: You like simple and traditional: flakes and milk, thank you very much.  Try: Heritage Flakes, a blend of ancient grains including wheat, barely, quinoa and spelt, lightly sweetened with honey, it has 6g of fiber, 17g of whole grains, and 4g of protein.
  • Super healthy: You like your breakfast packed with nutrition – the best way to fuel your day! Try: SuperFlakes, superfood and sprouted grain cereal with organic sprouted sorghum, whole grain corn, coconut and chia, it packs 7g of fiber, 35g of whole grains, 5g of protein and is an excellent source of ALA Omega 3s.
  • Variety is the spice of life: You have been known to combine different boxes of cereal so each mouthful has different textures. Try: Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise, a blend of gluten free puffs, crispies and flakes and a delicious vanilla sweetness with 3g of fiber, 12g of whole grains and 2g of protein.

Check out all of the cold cereals here. Some of my current faves are Cranberry Vanilla Qi’A, Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla, Peanut Butter Panda Puffs.

Want to win a prize pack of Heritage Flakes, Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise and Superflakes? Enter below! Giveaway runs until March 17th. Good luck!

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