A New Start

Over the past year, I have been struggling to get quality content on my blog, just because of the time commitment it takes to write, edit and publish a post. It has been an internal battle because I LOVE to educate all of my followers about health & wellness, and I am very passionate about these topics.

But where time is little, I have been using my extra time to graduate nursing school, start my career, pour into my relationships and work on my own health & wellness. Working on my own health and wellness meant putting down my computer as much as possible because I spent 4+ years glued to a screen to maintain academic success. Now, I only open my laptop if I have to - which has just restarted with the wedding planning happening in my personal life (yay).

Big things on the horizon in 2019!

Big things on the horizon in 2019!

So, all of this to say, I am ready to take on a new start. Start fresh (I say this all while drinking a fresh lemon water & banana paleo muffins). I have still maintained the healthy lifestyle, but have failed to share it as often. I am back and at’em!

If you are not following me on Instagram, you DEFINITELY need to be doing so, since I do most of my posts on that social media platform. But, I will be bringing more recipes, inspiration, and education here on the blog too. Very excited for the things to come in 2019!

But I ask for grace, as this year is BUSY! Between my career, education, wedding planning and social life, I am a busy woman! But aren’t we all!

Cheers to 2019, and a long life of wellness.

Favorite Smoothie Recipes

Over the past year I have fallen in love with smoothies. They are so easy to make, full of nutritional goodness and tasty too! There isnt a crazy beautiful method to blending a smoothie, but i want to walk yall through my favorite recipes i make for myself on a typical basis.

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The most important thing to remember about smoothies, is that you do NOT want to forget about your veggies. Seriously, dont expect to make a smoothie with only sugary fruits in it, it is almost a waste of your time! Then you will just get a glycemic spike and crash in an hour. Try to balance your smoothie with a veggie-fruit 1:1 ratio.

Some little tricks I like to do:

I only ever use half a banana in my smoothies, just because of the crazy-high sugar load in bananas. And half of one still creates that super sweet banana taste!
I blend for a good 3-5 minutes to get it fully blended and not chunky.

Add your frozen ingredients first and your liquids last.


Recipes:

  • Frozen banana (half)

  • 1/2 cup berries (i like blueberries or strawberries)

  • Handful of spinach

  • Spoonful of almond butter

  • Cocao powder - A superfood, optional

  • Pure Protein Complete Powder from Young Living - Chocolate - for great nutrients, amino acids, digestive enzymes and protein.

  • 1/4 cup Riced cauliflower


  • 1/2 cup pineapple

  • 1/2 cup spinach or kale

  • 1/2 cup mango or half a banana

  • Multigreens from Young Living

  • Handful of carrots - you dont taste them at all

  • Half an avocado

  • Scoop of coconut yougrt

  • Pure Protein Complete - Vanilla

  • 1/2 cup berries

  • 1/4 cup riced cauliflower

  • Acai powder or frozen fruit packets - A great superfood

  • Handful baby spinach or kale

  • 1 frozen beet - Great for that time of month, ladies. Replenishes your iron stores.

  • Pure protein complete from Young Living.

  • A handful of walnuts, macadamia nuts or frozen coconut


  • Half an apple

  • 1/2 cup berries

  • Spoonful Nut Butter

  • Half a banana

  • Pure Protein Complete - Chocolate

  • Splash of vanillla extract

  • Handful of a leafy green

  • Tbsp Chia Seeds


The perfect smoothie balance is:

  1. Protein - Which is why i always add Pure Protein Complete (vanilla or chocolate)

  2. Fat - avocado, nuts, seeds, nut butter, coconut, coconut oil, etc

  3. Greens/Veggies - Riced cauliflower, spinach, kale, carrots, beets, anything your heart desires

  4. Antioxidants - Wild Blueberries, Ningxia Red, Acai, Gogi berries

Oh &&& I always like to add these a=in my smoothies each time to get maximum nutrition:

  1. Multigreens Capsules - opened up in my smoothie

  2. Ningxia Red - 2 oz

  3. Collagen Peptides - I like vital proteins

  4. Pure Protein Complete

  5. Coconut Yogurt

Hair Tranformation

Over the past year, my hair has radically transformed. 

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I use to take so much pride in my hair, it was long, healthy, thick and shiny. But once i started college, my hair started falling out and i had the WORST split ends. I didnt feel like i was doing anything different to cause this, but now i realize the change.

When in college my diet was horrendous, i was stressed every day, lacked sleep, lacked a routine and used cheap hair products full of awful ingredients. It was a recipe for hair disaster. 

So my hair quickly shrunk in length, became brittle and lacked that bouncy shine. 

In just ONE YEAR, maybe even less, i have radically transformed my hair. It is now thick again, shiny, bouncy, healthy and long. No more split ends or crazy hair loss either!

Here is what I did:

  • I STOPPED using those cheap hair products full of awful chemicals and ingredients. I started using Young Livings hair products, which automatically started making my hair so much prettier. 
  • I did all of the things listed in this post about my hair routine, consisting of Mermaid Hair Spray and hair masks. Link here.
  • I started eating lots of nutrition. I cut out the chemicals, took the initiative to eat cleaner and nutritionally. It made a huge difference in my skin and nails. 
  • I started my supplementation routine. I started being very concise with my supplements. I take b vitamins, sulfur supplements (sulfurzyme) and other nutrient rich supplements. 

Overall, these small, but impactful things, changed the hair game for me. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend that you do the same. If you want to start this journey of getting your hair healthier, it doesn't take much money or energy! Just establishing a routine and actually DOING IT!

If that is YOU, follow this link to sign up with a BASIC WHOLESALE MEMBERSHIP and add the Young Living Shampoo & conditioner (I love the Copaiba Vanilla) + Super B + Sulfurzyme + Lavender + Rosemary + Cedarwood + Tea Tree to your Essential Rewards or order! Best investment ever.

Before... super thin and stringy and short. It would NOT grow. 

Before... super thin and stringy and short. It would NOT grow. 

Hair flip - thank you very much!

Hair flip - thank you very much!

AFTER!! Healthy hair.

AFTER!! Healthy hair.

At Home Facial

Easy-peasy 7-step facial that will change your complexion

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I think facials are the most important thing in the self-care industry. I try to get a professional facial every other month. But, it is hard to find a professional to do it with all-natural products that don’t damage your skin long-term.

A quick and easy thing you can do to spice up your self-care routine and add an additional spazz to your girl’s night and do one on each other!


What you will need & my recommendations:

1.     Gentle cleanser

a.     ART Gentle Cleaner by Young Living

2.     Exfoliating scrub

a.     Satin Mint Facial Scrub by Young Living

3.     Washcloth

4.     Face mask

a.     ART Crème Masque (let sit for 20 min) by Young Living

5.     Face moisturizer

a.     ART Light Moisturizer by Young Living

6.     Toner

a.     ART Toner by Young Living, or Frankincense Essential Oil


Instructions:

1.     Clean. Remove all makeup (I like to use the Seedlings Wipes for this) and then wash your face, neck and ears with a gentle facial cleanser.

2.     Exfoliate. Using your exfoliating scrub, gently rub in using your fingertips starting on your temples moving into your forehead in gentle circular motions. Then start at your jaw line and work it into your cheeks, chin and nose. Paying extra attention to your forehead and nose. You can also add in a lip scrub to this step as well! I love the Poppy Seed lip scrub by Young Living.

3.     Steam. Fill your sink with hot/warm water and soak a couple of washcloths in it. Ring out the towel and then press it onto your face 2-3 times. This locks in the moisture and cleans the exfoliating scrub off. It also adds a touch of refreshment when you add lavender oil to your water.

4.     Massage. A gentle stroke and massage on the jaw line and temples goes a long way for your circulation and pressure points. 

5.     Mask. If you have oily skin, clay masks work best. If you have dry skin, cream or gel masks work best. Work this into your face gently and leave it on for the recommended time the directions suggest on the masks label.

6.     Tone. Use a toner to balance the pH on your skin. After you exfoliate, it can take hours for your skin to naturally secrete enough oils to balance the pH. Here you will need to use a toner to neutralize the acidity.

7.     Hydrate. Moisturize your skin with a smooth, thick moisturizer all over your face and neck.