Skin Care Junkie | Monthly Beauty, Makeup & Skincare Favorites

Welcome to a new Skin Care Junkie post! Going forward, I’ll be sharing a round-up of a few of my favorite beauty, makeup, and skincare products for the month.

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Are you a big fan of skin care and beauty products? 

Check out some of my other Skin Care Junkie posts: Alaska Glacial Mud Mask, Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil, Musely Hydrogel Eye Mask, Raw Beauty & Coconut Oil, Natural Beauty & Hair Products, Mix Rx Apothecary Collection, Balanced Guru Facial Toner, FRE Skin Care, HerStyler Hair Styling Products, Favorite Anti-Aging ProductsTravel Beauty, Current Beauty Must Haves, Daily Beauty RoutineSelf Tan Luxe Face Oil, My Latest Sephora Order, My Favorite Cleansers, and 5 Minute Makeup Routine

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Project Comeback | What I Eat in a Day

Building off the first Project Comeback post, I’m back today to share a peek into my daily eating habits while I’m working on tightening things up pre-birthday. 🙂 Welcome to the latest What I Eat in a Day post!

I’m usually happy eating the same thing every day. I like to do food prep on Sundays to get ready for the week, and have my meals planned out ahead of time. Here’s an example of a typical week for me when I’m trying to eat clean and stay on track.

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5am – Full water bottle

6am – Lemon water + Irish breakfast tea

7am – Collagen + iron supplement + detox shot or supplements (I alternate days on my morning detox shot and taking calcium + Vitamin B supplements)

9am – Breakfast! I’ve been LOVING baked oatmeal and have been playing around with recipes. Chia seeds, protein powder, ground hemp seeds… It’s a great way to introduce lots of nutrients first thing. On days when I’ll have a carb-heavy dinner I’ll have half a baked oatmeal serving plus a smoothie.

12pm – My go-to lunch lately has been a giant salad beast. I really enjoy loading up on hydrating veggies like cucumber, cabbage, and celery. My current salad dressing obsession is spicy carrot ginger, so stay tuned for a recipe!

2:30pm – An afternoon snack doubles as a pre-workout boost so I like to have a good combination of healthy fats and carbs. Coconut yogurt with almond butter or a smoothie are my favorite midday boosts.

5pm-6pm – When I’m walking home from my after work gym session I’ll usually munch on a bar. It’s an easy way to refuel on the move, just make sure that you find bars that aren’t super high in sugar. I have been obsessed with No Cow bars for YEARS and highly recommend them.

6:30pm – We like to eat on the early side which is great for me, since I don’t sleep well with a full stomach. Since I’ve been enjoying giant salads at lunchtime lately, I’ve steered clear of them for dinner. Roasted veggies or a stir fry with a plant-based burger is the usual right now.

What’s on YOUR plate right now?

Stay tuned for more Project Comeback posts on workouts, gym gear, and more!

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October Intentions | Goals + Plans

As I mentioned in my Project Comeback post last week – This Summer was amazing. Filled with weekends away, events, weddings, and fun with family and friends. That being said, as we head into Fall I’m not feeling my best. It’s been a wonderful few months of fun, but I didn’t do a great job of taking care of myself this Summer. Enter – My October Intentions!

Fall is my favorite season and I have plenty to look forward to the rest of this year – So I want to feel my best so that I can truly enjoy every minute.

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  • Tone It Up Fall Fitness Challenge: I’m looking forward to this 31 day challenge with the lovely ladies of Tone It Up. I downloaded the app (there’s a deal on the first three months now!) and have day one under my belt. Follow along on Instagram, I’ll be sharing my workouts and thoughts on the experience.
  • Nighttime Routine: Perfecting my nighttime routine has been a goal of mine for the last few months, but I tend to fall off track on weekends or when I travel. This month I want to focus on sticking to my routine each night. This often includes a bath, a 10-15 minute yoga routine, 3-5 minutes of guided meditation, and no phone in bed.
  • Self Care: When I’m busy and stressed, I have a tendency to forget to take care of myself. The little things – Like drinking enough water, writing my daily affirmations, and getting adequate sleep – Tend to fall by the wayside. This month I will make a conscious effort to spend a few minutes each day checking in with myself and seeing how I feel and what I might need.
  • Train: With all the travel this Summer, I haven’t been consistent with my running. I’m tackling the Golden Gate Half Marathon the first weekend of November, so I need to log some miles this month to prepare myself. I don’t do traditional training programs, since my body can’t handle that much running, but I need to do better than I have been doing lately.
  • RELAX: While I love Fall and look forward to this season all year-long, it’s also a very stressful period. Q4 in the financial world is a rough one, and work has already started to pick up. So, with that mind, I’m going to put some time and effort into relaxing each day. From bathes and yoga to getting enough sleep and reading good books.

What are YOUR intentions this month?

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MCLV Mange | Apple Spice Cake

There are two things that say Fall to me in the kitchen – Pumpkin and APPLES!

Stemlit Farms just sent me some of their amazing SweeTango apples and I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen. Last year I did a healthy twist on a traditional Apple Crumble, so I wanted to try something different this season. Enter – The Apple Spice Cake. A yummy, spicy, Fall treat filled with sweet apple chunks. It’s gluten-free and vegan.

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{Vegan // Vegetarian // Gluten-Free} 

Apple Spice Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil {you could also do 1/4 cup of oil and 1/4 cup of applesauce}
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 apples {cored & chopped}
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts {I recommend walnuts or pecans}
  • Optional: Shredded unsweetened coconut is a yummy addition as well

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 325 and spray & lightly flour a 9 inch bundt pan, a 9 inch round pan, or an 8×8 baking pan
  • Mix together sugar and oil, then add in the eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla. I used an electric hand mixer, but you could also use a stand mixer or mix by hand.
  • In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  • Next, slowly mix the flour mixture into the bowl of wet ingredients. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to incorporate all of the mixture.
  • Fold in the nuts and chopped apples. If needed, you can add non-daily milk to reduce thickness of the mixture, one tablespoon at a time.
  • Pour the batter into your baking dish and put in the preheated oven. Baking time is between 45-60 minutes, depending on thickness of the mixture and the size of your baking dish. Check the bake at 45 minutes and each subsequent 5 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes prior to removing from the pan.
  • Enjoy!

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Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series here to see what you’ve missed so far.

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Project Comeback | A Week of Workouts

There’s something about birthdays…

I love birthdays. I love celebrating other people’s birthdays and, after the occasional short-lived panic attack, I love celebrating my birthday too. But, despite my love of birthdays, the anticipation of one arriving can sometimes send me into a bit of a frenzy. I always want to feel, and look, my absolute best on each birthday. So at the end of Summer or the very beginning of Fall I’ll inevitably have a moment of “Oh wow – My birthday is in ___ weeks. Time to get serious.” And I’ll proceed to order all the anti-aging products at Sephora and start working out like a crazy person.

This Summer was especially fun and, if I’m honest, indulgent, so this year’s birthday pandemonium has had a touch more hysteria than normal. Enter – Project Comeback.

I adore having goals and something to reach for. I thrive when I’m pushing myself and trying to achieve something tangible. What I’m trying to say here, is that I’m hyper-competitive. And I’m definitely my favorite opponent. So, with almost 6 weeks to countdown, I’m happily chugging along towards my goals. While diet is a huge factor in a healthy lifestyle and in losing weight, I’m going to focus on the fitness aspect first.

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So, without further ado, here’s a week of workouts in Project Comeback:

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

  • 11am: Stretching + 20 minute bodyweight circuit
  • 5pm: 30 minutes of cardio + sauna

Thursday:

Friday:

  • 11am: Stretching + 20 minute core workout

Saturday:

Sunday:

Tell me the truth – How do YOU deal with birthdays?

Note: This isn’t a guide for anyone else, nor am I telling you how you should workout. Everyone responds to different types of workouts and intensity, and if you’re unsure how to get started on your fitness journey, I recommend talking to a trainer or consulting your doctor first to ensure you’re healthy enough to begin working out regularly. 

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