Sunday, May 22, 2016

Chai Protein Cookies

Hi Loves!

I know it's been forever, and I don't usually post on weekends. I do have so much amazing news to share, but I wanted to make sure to get on here to post my protein cookies I made tonight. Have I had protein cookies before? Sure! Look on Pinterest and you'll find a thousand recipes easily!!! But the thing that stands out in these cookies is the protein. I'm a huge fan of disguising healthy snacks as something completely junkie. I have a 13 year old boy and anything healthy I can get past his lips is a HUGE plus in my eyes!!! Cue the cookies. So using a clean protein is a must. You can click through in the recipe below to find what I'm using. So here we go....

12 servings - Around 100 Calories Each

~ 1 scoop Plant Protein (my fav new superstar protein here!)
~ 2 bananas, mashed until pretty mushy
~ 3/4 - 1 cup rolled oats, I used Bob's Red Mill to keep it Gluten-free
~ 1 tsp Cinnamon
~ 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
~ pinch of sea salt
~ 1 tsp aluminum-free, gluten-free Baking Powder
~ 1/4 cup of mix-in of your choice. I used Enjoy Life Choc Chips!

Preheat your oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients together until well mixed. There's no real science here. I started with the mashed bananas, then added the oats and other dry ingredients. Once they're all mixed, grab a spoon and scoop onto a parchment covered baking sheet. You should come out with 12. Depending on your oven, they should take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes or so. I flipped them over close to the end. Just cook until they reach your desired crispiness.

PS - this is not a crispy cookie. It's got more of a chewy consistency, but will crisp a bit on the outside. Just a small price to pay for a cookie with very limited ingredients and around 100 calories! By the way, these cookies are also vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, non-gmo, and free of artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives! Yay!!!

So that's it! Super simple & healthy! If you end up trying them or adding a fun mix-in, stop back and let me know what you think!!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Why I need a NuFace Trinity - A Review

Happy New Year! I can't believe it's been so long since my last post. The holidays flew by!!! I hope all of you had an amazing Holiday =)I'm so excited to share this post with you!!! I have been lusting after, actually coveting really, this one specific beauty device for quite some time. After a summer spent running outside with no added sunblock and furrowing from the sun, and a 35th birthday this past September, my skin has been left looking like a hot mess.

More specifically a vertical line starting to form above my left brow (the more active of the two) and a small indent starting to form above the center of my brows from constant furrowing. In 100% complete transparency, I considered Botox. It's like these little shits appeared almost overnight. Not even kidding!!! But after reading and reading about Botox, and also because of the Holistic-minded lifestyle I lead, I decided I'm not going that route without at least trying some alternatives first. And only when I'm just completely unhappy when I look in the mirror.

So one of the top items on my list was the Nuface Trinity. Now this little beauty's main function isn't really just wrinkles. It's more about fine lines, toning & tightening the skin and muscles on the face with something referred to as Microcurrent, or the "5 minute facial-lift". Retraining them in a way. I took this logic as possibly being able to soften my bulgy looking muscles in my forehead by "training them" to move in the opposite direction. My main issue was my forehead and just some very tiny little pucker lines starting to form on one side of my lips. Also, maybe a little lift of the brows as well.

I poured over the website, reviews, and youtube videos for months. I read as much as I could on this little gadget and all the benefits of microcurrent for the face. It seemed that the Trinity, more specifically the Ele attachment, was what I needed. However, even with my Christmas money from my parents, it just wasn't in my budget. So I hesitantly pulled the trigger on the limited edition rose gold NuFace mini. I had hopes that this would work on my issues, and even though I knew deep inside the Trinity was the better option, I hoped maybe this version would buy me some time until I could afford the big guns.

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I ended up purchasing my mini from skinstore and they shipped it really quickly! I had to charge it the day I got it, so I didn't get to use it until the next day. That morning I woke up, gave my face a quick wash and immediately sat at my vanity and slathered the nuface primer gel all over my face. I was a little nervous, but turned it on the medium setting and glided it across my lower jaw per the instructions. I felt a tiny sensation, but nothing uncomfortable. I did all the quadrants of my face as suggested. The only adjustment I did do was move the nuface from those little bulges above my brows, outward, in hopes of relaxing them a bit. And let me tell you...... it worked! The indent that I hated so much was gone and I did notice a subtle difference in my face!!

I was extremely happy with the immediate results, and got the same results the next couple times I used the device. I did get a very tiny bit of muscle fatigue, but I'm assuming this would decrease in time. Ok, so this is where it appears that this review is taking a turn for the worst. But I assure you, this is not a negative review in the slightest.

I did return the NuFace mini. I know, I knooooow =( But I promise that I didn't return it because I was unhappy with it. Actually it was the opposite! So here is my immediate reasoning. The Trinity's price tag is a little on the high side, which is why I tried to cut corners by purchasing the mini. You can buy it from some approved retailers that offer coupons, making the price a little less steep, which I would suggest. But I so desperately wanted to try this little miracle, that I bought the version that wasn't really suited for me. So lets review my main skin issues:

~ very slight horizontal lines across the forehead
~ a vertical line forming off of my left brow
~ overactive muscles due to furrowing, creating an indent
~ slightly saggy brow muscles in need of some tightening

While the mini does address these concerns, I felt the large balls aka the face trainer (insert inappropriate humor here) were slightly difficult to maneuver on my face. I have a smaller face with delicate features and felt like some areas were getting double treatment. I felt like the biggest area of my face that would benefit from the mini, would be my cheek and jaw areas, which I feel are also the least of my concerns currently.

So why did I ultimately return it even though it was working for me?

Because I need the Trinity. Period. There's no cutting corners here ladies.

And I unfortunately just don't have the funds to keep the mini until I can afford the Trinity. I think if your main concern is loss of elasticity and feeling like your cheek and jaw area is saggy, the mini is great! I'm not saying it's not an amazing little device. It truly is, and if you're someone that just needs this little powerhouse (maybe someone that has already had Botox? Then you need it. I'll get into that later next week) and don't have the budget for the Trinity, then by all means.... pull that trigger. But I need that Ele attachment, which the mini doesn't have. Why do I need the Ele? It will be so much easier to use on those problem areas and to really get under my tiny little brows. And also, I feel like I need that more advanced, 15 minute facial-lift. This really and truly was too difficult to see without actually trying the mini.

So after reading this long novel of a post, I hope you see that this is a positive review and I hope that if you've been considering purchasing either the mini or the trinity, this has helped you! Even though I'm currently mourning the loss of my little rose gold beauty, I'm really really looking forward to getting my hands on that Trinity, hopefully in the very near future! I highly recommend this device and hope it works as well for you as it did for me!!!

Ps - I've been doing all kinds of research for natural alternatives to Botox & facelifts, and am planning a series to launch hopefully next week! I'm looking at devices, treatments, skin products, and more. If you know of a product or device that you would recommend for someone that only uses safe, non-toxic ingredients, please feel free to contact me!

DISCLAIMER: This review is based on a product I personally purchased. I was not provided with a sample or financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

What I'm Loving Wednesday - Thirdlove Bra review

Happy Wednesday Lovelies! Today's "What I'm Loving" is actually a review, because it's something that I've been loving so much, that I just have to share with you! A few weeks ago I was introduced to a company through Sweat Pink, as I'm an Ambassador. The company I'm referring to is called Thirdlove, and they offer a gorgeous array of daily wear lingerie with a Best Fit guarantee. What makes this company different from the slew of bra companies out there? Well, to put it quite simply, their product really backs the design and guarantee claims.

Without going into embarrassing detail, after I had my son many years ago, I struggled with finding a quality, good fitting bra that was still sexy, but can be worn under an assortment of clothing daily. Victoria's Secret didn't seem to fit me well anymore, and I like inexpensive bras from Target, but while they might be kinder to your wallet, they don't really last the test of time, and can be quite finicky with fit. I found it especially difficult after I lost quite a bit of fat in a couple month period doing the BBG. A hefty dose of that fat seemed to be located in my chest region, sigh*** And while I only lost a size, I found myself dealing with a plethora of bra woes once again.

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So when Thirdlove offered to send me a box of a few of their bestsellers, I, of course, accepted! Us Fitgirls like to feel pretty too! =) Once I received my package, I was not disappointed. First, it was wrapped so pretty inside, it was like receiving a gift. I'm kind of a sucker for branding, packaging, and the like. If something arrives to me in a plastic bag shoved in a shipping box, I might not be ordering from you again, Just sayin' . It's all part of the whole image. That impressed me a lot!

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In my box, I received The Feather Light Spacer bra in Nude with a matching mesh bikini, and a Plunge Perfect Bra in Stormy Lilac with matching Mesh Thong. There was also a little satin bag included as well. Both Bras were a perfect fit! They are both really pretty, as well as practical. They look flattering under a shirt. Which is important to me because some bras can make you look like you have pointy boobs. I hate that! The Plunge Perfect is a beautiful color and does fit well, but the Feather Light bra is the best fitting bra I have ever tried and it's so comfortable! I absolutely LOVE it and definitely plan on ordering another! So with all the love aside, I'm going to be honest with you..... The prices are a little on the mid to high end, but comparable to Victoria's Secret. This kind of scared me when I first looked at the company to review. But after trying the bras, I would absolutely spend the money. They are great quality and with proper care, should last a while. Beauty & Comfort is a hard combo to find in the lingerie world.

The last and coolest thing I want to mention, is the App! Thirdlove has a an app where you can be virtually fitted. I seriously thought this would be totally bogus. I've tried the questionnaires on other bra sites and they are so WAY off base as far as recommended size, it's laughable. This app relies on a series of private photo's you take within the app. Don't worry, they aren't saved anywhere. So I tried it out fully expecting to get the normal, ridiculous recommendation I've gotten in the past. But this genius little invention was spot on! I don't know how it does it, but it was completely accurate. So if you've had similar bra shopping struggles as me, I highly recommend trying out Thirdlove! If you do decide to give them a try, make sure to enter in code TLVIPCE10 at checkout to get $10 off your purchase of $50 or more! And don't forget to stop back to let me know how much you love your new bras!!! =) 

They offer a guarantee, so what do you have to lose! Other than those uncomfortable, icky bras you currently own, of course ; ) Make sure to check them out on Twitter, FB, Pinterest, and on their gorgeous Instagram feed!!! 

DISCLAIMER: As previously mentioned, a sample box of products was provided to me for review purposes. I was not financially compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

What's New Tuesday - Bra's, Beauty, and BBG

Hi Babes! I've been so scattered lately and have so much going on, I definitely haven't stuck to my blogging schedule the way I've hoped. I feel like time is just moving at warp speed since September started! Just when I seem to get my bearings, something else is thrown my way. Such is life though right? So what's new with me......

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I've been trying out a lot of great products over the last couple months to bring you some great reviews. One of which is long overdue and will be up tomorrow! Hint Hint - it's an amazing Lingerie line that guarantees a perfect fit. And, it's the most pretty, flattering, and comfy lingerie I've ever tried!  I've also been on the hunt for some new organic skincare. My skin has literally been freaking out since my birthday in September. I think hormone imbalance is to blame, and I just started some new supplements to help combat and balance my estrogen dominance, so I'm crossing my fingers it helps! In the meantime, I've been using my favorite apple peel every week and also started using a great organic Retinol cream that I really like so far.

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So between those hormone issues I mentioned, school being crazy, adjusting to the crazy weather flux in NJ, and battling my recent cold, I've fallen halfway off my Fitness regimen. I've been doing Kaya Itsines BBG program (both 1 & 2) for over a year now and love them. But I'm still in the process of trying to figure out the best way to eat for me. Mainly something anti-inflammatory and endurance supporting. This can be tough. Right now I'm leaning towards low sugar, going off grains, and definitely no more dairy!!! I'm getting ready to restart BBG 1 next Monday and I'm looking forward to it. I've been pretty depressed lately with feeling like my routine has been thrown off a bit and my energy feeling so zapped. I want to feel like myself again! So BBG restart it is, maybe with a little Alexa Jean Fitness thrown in, and a weekly dose of yoga!

And last, I've been researching some classes to start taking on the side. I currently work part-time and I love where I work, so I'm looking into maybe Web Development/Coding as a Freelance on the side. I'm pretty tech-savvy, so I'm hoping it's a good fit. I'm just unsure because even with the thousands upon thousands of tech jobs out there, it seems like a very competitive market! I'm thinking of trying Skillcrush. If any of you have any input, tips, or experience in coding, or with Skillcrush specifically, I would to hear about it!

That's all for now, make sure to stop back tomorrow to check out my latest review!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What I'm Loving...

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts and since I've been loving so many things lately, I thought it was appropriate to start again this week! Let me preface by saying this is not a sponsored post. It's just a smattering of some things I'm loving so much lately, that I just have to share with you =)

So lets start with my latest beauty savior. I have really crazy skin, lets just get that out of the way right now. And depending on my diet, it can go from bad to worse in a minute. If I eat ice cream or frozen yogurt, I get dermatitis with a side of sinus infection. I kid you not! If I eat too much sugar, I break out like a teenage girl. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have the face of a teenage girl, but the spots, eh not so much. Lately my skin has been crazy and I finally pinpointed that it's due to too much sugar in my diet. Whether it be from too many candy binges (yes, some of us health nuts eat candy from time to time) or foods that turn to sugar in the body. I'm looking at you white rice! So while my skin has calmed down, the weather flux and the breakout treatments have me dealing with some uneven skin. Enter Shea Terra's Cape Aloe.

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I've had this gem for quite a bit. When I first bought it and tried it, it didn't seem to work for me. Maybe it was my skin at the time, or the manner in which I was using it. But things change I guess. And lately it's been my skins "knight in shining armor". I wash my face like usual and put it on at night and then in the morning before I apply my makeup. It gives a nice little dose of moisture and even helps keep my face a little more balanced (aka not an oily mess) during the day. Aloe also helps with blemishes as well. So it's a win win. Shea Terra is one of my fav natural beauty brands by the way. If you don't know them, you need to check them out! Moving on...

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Another thing I'm crazy over right now is this amazing book that was released fairly recently by Juli Bauer of PaleOMG. I just bought her book a few days ago, and wow. Amazing!!! I mean, every single recipe looks SO good. Obviously if you're a vegetarian or vegan, this won't be appealing to you, since it is a Paleo cookbook. But if you're one of my meat-eating friends, then you will love! All the recipes are healthy, and look so flavorful. I have yet to make one from this book in particular, but I've made a couple recipes from Julie's blog and they turn out delicious. I can't wait to start meal planning. This book might actually make food shopping exciting again!

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And last, but definitely not least..... I have been infatuated with Spotify lately. I've always been a music buff, having grown up with a Drummer Dad who was probably playing me Zeppelin in the womb. But Spotify has me enamored. I've been a subscriber for several months and I love it. I go running outside all the time and I like to have the option to listen to my curated playlists while being out in the woods with no wifi signal. But my favorite couple features are the Weekly Discovery playlist they send you every Monday, and also the suggested artists. I have found so many amazing bands this way. Definitely some that I might not have found otherwise. If you're on there, stop by my profile and check out a couple of my lists!

So that's my latest roundup of favorites. What are you loving lately? Have you tried any of the items above? what do you think?!