Beauty inside and out - Food

My Matcha Tonic Recipe For Energy and Beauty

April 1, 2019

I love the flavor of coffee but I’m trying to limit my intake.  I’ve given up coffee before where I only indulged on the weekends, but I almost always go back to it.  Honestly, there is nothing wrong with coffee, except that it increases your cortisol levels and affects your adrenals.  And because I can be sensitive to this, I’ve been swapping out my coffee for matcha tea the past week.

I have been playing around with different ingredients and concoctions in my kitchen to kick it up a notch, and I think I’ve mastered the perfect Matcha tonic.  I call it the Monarch Matcha, haha! And all of the ingredients help you glow from the inside out.  Enjoy! read more

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Dope Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

March 6, 2019

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Instagram should not make you feel like sh**. And for a lot of us, it does. The whole highlight reel thing can have you second guessing your personal journey, and what you are doing with your life.  There are definitely times when I want to throw social media away. But, because it is my job to be on social, I can never completely disconnect. And I do love the positives that social media brings into my life. One thing I do to manage this is to limit the amount of time I spend on social media. Of all of the platforms, I am on Instagram the most. But I don’t let it control me. I am not missing out on real life, trying to make everything an Instagrammable moment, or letting it take away time I could be reading, learning or building my business. read more

Beauty inside and out - Me

What I Do To Keep My Health In Tip Top Shape

February 13, 2019

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When we talk about the things we can control in life, mastering oneself is THE only thing you can control.  And that includes your personal health and wellness, which I am super passionate about. Although the approach is different for everyone, I thought I’d share what I do to keep my health in tip-top shape in a way that’s best for me. Hopefully, it can help you along your health and wellness journey.

Food

I am big on meal prep. It is the only way to ensure you are eating the way you want to eat.  For almost 10 years, I was a pescetarian, but I no longer eat that way. I do eat low carb (little to no white carbs) lean protein with lots of veggies and healthy fats.  So, basically, my plate is ¼ protein, ¼ healthy carbs and fats, and half vegetables. And my body loves it. I plan out dinner and lunch for the week. I cook my lunch for the week on Sunday, and I cook dinner on Monday and Wednesday.  On the weekends we eat out, aside from breakfast, and this is the time I cheat a bit here and there. I may throw in some pasta (the REAL pasta), doughnuts, etc. You gotta keep it balanced to stay on track. I believe eating healthy is an act of self-care, so you should also enjoy yourself.

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Fitness

My exercise routine is pretty simple.  I do a mix of yoga/pilates, strength training, walking, and hiking.  I also, HIIT here and there. I select my workout based on how I’m feeling and my energy level. I always listen to my body and figure out what it needs that day.  For instance, a couple of days before my period, I’m usually doing yoga or walking. And my workouts usually consist of 30-40 minutes five to six days a week. I workout mostly at home or in the gym in my building using fitness apps, Pinterest or YouTube videos.  Occasionally, I’ll go to a class. I find that being able to work out on my own, according to what I want to do, works best for me to stay consistent, and I’ve seen great results in doing so.

Wellness

Other things I try to do monthly or every couple of months is visiting my chiropractor and getting massages. I get lower back pain so I like to get a tune-up at the chiropractor every couple of months, and it helps so much. I enjoy massages for the relaxation and release that they provide.  Plus, you gift yourself an hour of no talking, no work, no social media. It’s just time for yourself. I also want to add meditation in here. I feel like everyone beats this subject to death, but the benefits are real. And although I almost never get a chance to do it daily, I do it as much as I can, and I notice a big difference in my wellbeing when I do.

So that’s all folks! What keeps you running like a well-oiled machine?  Share it with me in the comments!

 

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My Current Curly Hair Faves

January 28, 2019

I have been getting a lot of questions about what I’m doing with my curls because they have been living their best life (yes, even with consistently straightening my hair) over the last couple of years.  And I am really proud of that! My hair journey has been a long one, but I finally feel really happy with the health and condition of my hair. It’s usually easy to detangle, it grows quickly and is overall pretty easy to manage, which has not always been the case.

There were two shifts that happened over the last few years that I believe may have contributed to the condition of my curly hair.  One, I got serious about drinking my Glowing Green Smoothies 3-4 days/week. Two, I learned I had low-porosity hair and had been taking care of my hair all wrong.  So, I put a full stop on co-washing (I had mad buildup) and using coconut oil or heavy oils on my hair.  I noticed my hair was finally receiving all of the awesomeness from the products I was using because it was finally squeaky clean.  And my curls took off from there! So, here are the current products that are my ride or dies, and a few that have been around for years.  It’s not a long list, as I keep it pretty simple, and don’t follow any type of curly girl rules. I just do and use what works for me. read more

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How I Got Out of Debt | 11 Financial Tips For Big City Living

January 11, 2019

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Okay, since it’s a new year, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share my personal finance journey. And hopefully, my story and the financial tips I’ve learned will help you to improve your financial situation and hit your goals.

I’ve shared bits and pieces of my story in this blog post, here but I want to share a little bit more background on what lead me to change my habits and be completely debt free. No car lease, no nothing, and amassing a robust savings account.

My early years and money

My relationship with money throughout my life was both positive and negative. I have an independent spirit and at a young age, I’ve always loved having my own money and being in charge of it. Being in charge meaning what can I spend this on, today LOL.  I remember saving for my prom dress because I wanted a specific $300 dress my mom wouldn’t purchase for me. And I felt so good about buying that dress, knowing I did it on my own. So, I knew how to save and I knew I had to work for the things I wanted in life. read more

Travel

Long-haul Travel Must-Haves For Spain

December 13, 2018

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It is the week before our annual holiday trip to Spain to visit the in-laws, so I thought I’d write a post about my personal travel must-haves for long-haul trips. Hopefully, it doesn’t sound like every other blog post, telling you what you should and shouldn’t pack and blah blah blah. But I’m not gonna lie, there might be a little bit of that. Hey, if it works, it works. I LOVE to travel to new places, gain inspiration, and meet new people; but I loathe the process of transport. It does not excite me in the least. It actually gives me anxiety. Yes, even with global entry, I want to pull my hair out. I find myself always rushing even when I have given myself plenty of time. So, here are my long-haul travel must-haves that help keep me a little more sane while trippin’ (specifically in colder climates).  read more