Ahh, there’s nothing better than when a Friday pops up earlier than expected due to a short holiday week!
^ that was taken last weekend when we went up to the Santa Ynez Valley for wine tasting! I wanted to write a blog post on it, but we were only there for 24 hours so it wouldn’t have been very long😅
Anyway, I’m pretty happy it’s Friday because today I’m leaving to celebrate my friend Connor’s 30th birthday in Ojai! I’ve never been before, but I hear it’s beautiful, too. And then next week I actually go to Colorado, so lots of travel coming up!!
If you’re looking for some light reading after another week of news that’ll make your head spin, here’s what I’ve got for ya:
Today’s recipe is a bit different than usual – I’m adding in CBD Oil🙈
Truth be told, I always felt weird trying CBD products. I don’t smoke, I never have, and the idea of it just seemed strange to me, even though I’d heard such amazing things about it in the wellness world. A friend actually recently told me I should try using CBD oil to ease some pretty severe back pain I’ve been experiencing, too.
I haven’t actually been using it regularly so I can’t attest to its ability to ease that pain, but I can tell you that the easiest way to get me to ingest something is to put it in a dessert😂 And, as you know, I’m not actually following a paleo diet, but after doing my bone broth cleanse last week with Osso Good Bones, I’m definitely trying to eat a bit more grain-free.
Oh, and p.s. my YouTube video on what I ate in a day while I was on the cleanse + my review of it is now live!
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (definitely do not try this without parchment paper since the cookies might stick!).
In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking soda, and salt. Then add in the egg, ghee, and vanilla. Mix well – it may take a few minutes for the dough to come together but then it’ll be very wet!
Place a piece of parchment paper on the counter (also don’t skip this part!), place the dough on the parchment, and then add more parchment on top so the dough is in the middle. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out as thinly as possible, to around 1/8 inch. Use a circular cookie cutter or the rim of a glass to make circles and carefully transfer them to the baking sheet.
Bake for 28 minutes and let cool completely before making the chocolate mixture. Then, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave bowl in 30 second increments until completely melted. Add in the CBD oil if using and peppermint extract.
Using a spoon, drizzle and smooth the chocolate over the top of each cookie and place back on the parchment to dry. Once the tops are all coated and dry, repeat on the bottom (I used less on the bottom than on the top, so just a thin layer will do!).
Let cool completely before removing from parchment and store in an airtight container for up to 7 days. Or just dig in😉
Alright y’all, that is it for today! Let me know in the comments if you guys have ever used CBD oil before – I’m so curious to see if it’s truly worked for you!
I’ll be honest with you, this holiday has always kind of been whatever to me, whether I’m in a relationship for it or not! I think my favorite way to celebrate is probably just to treat myself and whoever I’m spending it with.
It’s also a excuse to indulge a little – get a mani/pedi, maybe a new outfit, get a present for someone I love, bake a rich dessert, or eat a fancy dinner! That being said, my bf and I have never gone out to celebrate Valentine’s Day, just because all the restaurants are so overcrowded and overpriced. I’m also not a big fan of fixed price menus since you don’t get as many choices!
So, instead, here’s a rundown of how I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day at home! And, luckily my bf doesn’t actually read this, so it’ll still be a surprise to him😉
A special, home-cooked dinner. Like I said, we love to cook at home! Since I’m now the one with the flexible schedule, I’m planning on making us a pretty full feast, just for fun! In the past, we’ve had risotto and lamb chops, so something a big more indulgent. I think I’ll continue the trend with this Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle or Shrimp and Bacon Risotto!
And dessert! Last year I made this Dark Chocolate Eclipse Cake and it was SO good. I honestly might just make that (’cause if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), but I’m also think something like these Brownie Layer Cheesecake parfait things could be cute, maybe with some strawberries on top for festivity🍓
Plus Foot Massages… because I’m not very good at giving full body massages and it’s cheaper than the real thing😂 Not to mention it’s more comfortable and fun to just do it at home! I got this foot scrub and lotion from Barefoot Scientist and I think Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to break them out!
And probably a movie. We don’t actually watch movies all that often, especially if we’re too tired on a weeknight to get through the whole thing, but we do like to curl up on the couch and watch something! Lately we’ve been loving The Good Place and the new season of True Detective.
But then a weekend getaway😍 We found out pretty recently that Alex has President’s Day off work, so we were thinking of heading up to a family friend’s cabin in the mountains tomorrow, but then we found out it’s got no power from all the snow! Instead, we’ll be heading up to the Santa Barbara area for wine tasting for just one night, but I’m so excited! I really just wanted to do something special since we’ve been spending so many weekends huddled up at home. Maybe the rainy season will end soon…
Anyway, that’s about it – I hope you guys have a fun night celebrating!! Even if you’re single or honestly just not even doing anything, take this night to show yourself some love. You deserve it!!!💕💕
You guys, January was actually freakin’ bonkers for me and 100% felt like it was 100 days long. And I know everyone says that, but I feel like this past months was one of the craziest I’ve had in a VERY long time! It flew by so quickly that I didn’t even have a chance to do a January Favorites post for you, so I apologize!
With major changes to my career and schedule, I’m still trying to figure out this whole work and balance thing, so please bear with me😅 But for now, let’s just get back to Friday Finds, ’cause it’s been a hot minute!
How to Make Lasting Changes to Your Diet – THIS. I’ve never been one to make any super crazy changes to my diet, but that’s also because I strive to make healthy habits more just part of my lifestyle!
How to Make a Superfood Latté – So you can not be like me and spend $8 on a latté (yes I did that this week, no I do not regret it, but still…😅)!
Influencer vs. Expertise: The Dangerous Rise of the Fitness Influencer – This article was the TALK of my Instagram feed this week, wow. It’s actually an incredible post and so valid. I highly recommend it to anyone in the fitness space, or even influencer space at all. It made me really think about what I’m posting and how it’s affecting other people!
Well, that’s it for today. Go enjoy your Friday night, stay warm, and eat something yummy!!
This post is sponsored by Nurx, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
As you already know from following along on here, women’s health (and health in general, of course!) is suuuuper important to me. I’m actually just going to go ahead and tell any of you fellas out there reading to maybe click away to something else, ‘cause this one’s for my ladies!
Something that’s been on my mind for months now as I prepared for entrepreneurship is health insurance. I’m not married, and I’m certainly not under 26 anymore, so being able to afford to take care of myself is somewhat daunting, but absolutely essential. Sure, there are some things we cannot control (helloooo genes), but the good news is that there are so many things we CAN control. Here are some of the simple, cost-effective ways I’m prioritizing my health this first month of 2019.
Having collagen every single day – I’ve been taking collagen for almost a year now, but I wasn’t diligent about taking it daily until a couple months ago. but I have been so much better about taking it every single day this month. I put it right by my coffee so that I remember to blend it in each morning! In case you’re not familiar with collagen, it can work wonders on the human body. I primarily take it for strong hair and nails, youthful looking skin, and gut health, but it can also help with joint pain as well as brain and heart health!
Eating more plant based – after reading a few articles about how women have a harder time digesting meat products than men, I’ve been making to eat more plant based wherever possible! That includes things as simple as swapping my meat proteins for fish, tofu or beans, and even used a plant-based protein powder in my smoothies instead of whey protein powder. *The collagen I mentioned above can either be animal based or plant-based – I try to take marine collagen whenever I can!
Taking the Nurx at-home HPV test – I know it’s not glamorous to talk about, but this month is Cervical Health Awareness Month. HPV is the most commonly transmitted STI and most men and women are infected with HPV at some point in their lives. As women, it is critical that we use the technology that is now available to us to check our health, because there are certain things like cervical cancer that men just don’t really have to worry about. If we catch them, or our risk of having them, early enough, we can help protect ourselves!
This is why when Nurx reached out to me, I kind of flipped out a little. Nurx is an at-home HPV test that you can do without scheduling an appointment at your gyno (idk about you but I am busy af these days and sometimes those places are booked months out!). It’s the same quality as a pap smear and it’s an affordable option to check your risk for cervical cancer. If you have insurance, Nurx is only $15, but even if you don’t, it’s just $69 (and one could argue the peace of mind that comes with these screenings is priceless!).
I also love how convenient this kit is for women who may not have access to traditional health care, whether they live far from a doctor’s office or just can’t afford the appointments. It’s pretty crazy too – there’s a stat that says nearly 25% of women without health insurance haven’t check their risk for cervical caner in the past 5 years. We have to change this! And I think a product like Nurx could even make a serious difference in third world countries or other areas where doctors aren’t as readily available to people.
To take the test at home, you just download the Nurx app or go to Nurx.com, answer a few questions and then you’ll receive the kit in the mail! You’ll swab yourself (the directions are super easy to follow and give all the detail you need!), then place everything in the pre-paid envelope which will then go right in the mail. Easy peasy!!
Tell me – how are you taking control of your health this month?!
Aloha, babes! I am back from Maui and feeling so inspired, motivated, and grateful🌺
This post might be a long one, just because trying to sum up 5 incredible days in the most beautiful place surrounded by exceptional women is pretty challenging! But, I do want to tell you a bit more about the We Are HaumeaMother of Fire Retreat, which was originally organized by Joie Ruggiero, a Maui native, fitness instructor, and all-around stunning human being inside and out!
I was given the opportunity to participate in the Mother of Fire Retreat after meeting Joie last month at an event. I knew that with the timing of things to come (aka me launching my business!), going to Hawaii for a few days of fitness, fun, manifestation, empowerment, and connection was just what I needed to kick things off.
So, without further ado, let me share with you some of my favorite moments from my trip to Maui, Hawaii with We Are Haumea!
Athletic Geometry with Joie – You guys. If I had to pick a favorite workout of all time (that isn’t a dance class), it would have to be Joie’s class. It’s a combination of cardio dance and sculpting, and though it’s quite possibly the hardest workout I’ve ever done, it’s SO fun. Each move has a true purpose and helps sculpt more than one muscle group at a time, so it’s efficient, too. Joie teaches at ModelFit in LA and Alo Yoga too, if you’re in the area and ever want to go to her class!
Manifesting with Gwen – On our first full day of the retreat, we had our first workshop with Gwen, who was the vision and healing coach throughout our days in Maui. The first of her three workshops was my absolute favorite because we got to dive deep into what we see for ourselves in the future. We wrote down on paper who, what and where we want to be. Instead of writing these things down as “I want” we wrote them in present tense as “I am.” We then spoke these desires out loud to one another and somehow it made them feel more tangible, like there was no question that we could achieve each and every one of them. Afterwards, I felt like I could do ANYTHING, and still do.
Yoga with Elise – I can’t even tell you how sad I am that Elise is based in New York because I would literally take her yoga class every day! While her classes definitely call in strength and make you sweat, they also stretch and move the muscles in ways I don’t do very often. Her voice is incredibly soothing, she’s funny, kind, helps with poses if you need any adjustments, and really brings something unique to her practice. If you’re based in NY too, find her at any of the three Sky Ting locations!
Getting to Know the Women – I truly think the best part of an experience like this is meeting the other people. It’s kind of amazing, but all 9-10 of us had incredibly unique backgrounds and yet had so many things in common, too. For example, Elise and I actually went to NYU at the same time and even have mutual friends. How crazy is that?! I just couldn’t have asked for a more incredible group of strong, powerful women to be surrounded by. Some were in their late 20’s or early 30’s like me, some were mothers, some were business owners and some were just trying to figure out what they wanted to do, but we ALL connected in a way I can’t even begin to describe.
Sunrise at Haleakala – So I’ve seen the sunrise at Haleakala before, but I can tell you that it is just as breathtaking the second time around (and probably the 3rd or 4th, too). We woke up at 4:45, drove up the mountain and caught the sunrise from the 3rd tallest mountain in the world at 7:05am. I’ve never seen anything like this anywhere else in the world – you’re high up above the clouds and the colors are just spectacular. If you’re lucky, the park rangers will be chanting in Hawaiian as the sun rises, but no matter what you’ll be able to see the incredible crater with deep red rocks once the sun has fully risen.
Exploring the Grounds at Lumeria Maui – Man did I try to take a photo beautiful enough to do this property justice, but I don’t think I even came close. Imagine the most lush place you’ve ever seen, add in some gorgeous red and purple plants, palms, and hibiscus flowers. Then include a few beautiful buddha statues, twinkle lights in the trees, an area with 4-5 hammocks, a great lawn and a stunning pool. Please just come visit this magical hotel if you ever get the chance! The food was to die for, too.
Beach Workout + Cleanup – This one was another super special moment to me. On day three, we did a bit of sculpting on Baby Beach, then spent about 40 minutes picking up micro plastic from the beach. At first you don’t even notice it (it almost looks like specks of colorful seaglass) but then you realize it’s EVERYWHERE – just tiny pieces of plastic that sea creatures like turtles can accidentally swallow littering the beach. Seeing how real this micro plastic problem is made me feel a bit helpless, but also motivated to reduce my plastic usage now that I’m back home. I’m also grateful that we had the opportunity to give back to the land we were visiting.
Well, if you made it the end of this post, you’re a rockstar and I can’t even begin to express how much gratitude I have for this platform and the incredible people it’s brought into my life. If you want more, you can watch my vlog from the trip below:
Thank you for reading and please let me know if the comments if you have any questions! I truly think anyone could benefit from attending a retreat like We Are Haumea – it truly is life changing!
Hi friends! I’m going to be talking about something a little different on here that’s becoming increasingly more important to me: green beauty!
I honestly was never super into beauty (like makeup, skincare or hair care) until a couple years ago. And now? I’m kind of obsessed. But you know what’s crazy is that there are a lottttt of chemicals in the stuff we generally put on our bodies from everything to soap to deodorant to foundation and hairspray. Luckily, options that are paraben-free and sulfate-free are becoming more and more available, which is amazing!!
I want to share some of my favorite products with you guys because in my opinion, healthy living encompasses everything from what we put IN our bodies to what we put ON them. After all, what goes on our skin ultimately goes into it, anyway.
Green Beauty Favorites – Hair Care
Formulate Shampoo & Conditioner – So this is a new company that I actually had the pleasure of working closely with during the second half of 2018! Formulate makes customized hair care, and I don’t just mean you get to pick your scent and your major hair concern. This stuff is suuuper personalized and you do fill out a pretty in depth (but not too time consuming!) quiz when you start.
They even ask things like your zip code, sensitivity level of your scalp, and what tools or products you use to style your hair. Their products are preservative, paraben, sulfate and cruelty free (YAS), and they have a super easy to use app where you can adjust any of your information/give feedback on your formulas. I also love that they send you a really detailed description of what’s in your products – it’s nice to have that transparency!
Full disclosure, I did have to get my formula re-made three times because the first couple batches were making my hair knotty, but their customer service is SO speedy and they work with their chemists to make sure your formula takes into account all of your feedback. I highly recommend this company and I love what they stand for!
Aquis Leave In Conditioner (from the Prime Starter Kit) – You guys I have been obsessed with this stuff. I color my hair with bleach, so it gets super knotty sometimes and I love spraying this in when I get out of the shower!! The entire starter kit is fantastic, but this bottle and their hair wrap towel are the two things I use the absolute most.
Jason Organic Coconut Oil – Umm please never underestimate the power of an inexpensive, no-frills product! I swear by hair masks and I won’t spend money on anything else but this coconut oil. I’ll rub a bit between my hands and then smooth it into my hair (either on the ends or all over!). About once every two weeks I’ll do this and just put my hair up in braids or a bun, then shower it out after an hour or so. It’s fantastic!
So there ya have it! I’ve been really loving exploring the green beauty options that are out there these days, so stay tuned for a skincare edition of this post, as well!
Let me know in the comments if there are any clean/green beauty products you’ve found that actually work!!
We’re are TOASTIN’ to Friday over here, my friends!
This week was…interesting to say the least, but very eventful in some of the best ways possible! I went to the Tone It Up Love Your Body Series launch event on Tuesday (yes, Karena and Katrina are two of the most beautiful and kind women on the planet!!), had some friends over for dinner (nothing beats ending the day in good company), and made some MAJOR life moves.
I have something super exciting coming for your guys on Monday, but in the meantime, I’ll just get back to sharing my Friday Finds since it’s been awhile! 🙂
Arm Song Workout – I love ALL of Nicole’s workout videos so much. This one is super short/not intimidating at all, so it’s nice for days you feel lazy or just need a little extra boost to your workout!
I know I’m a few days late, but HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Man, am I ready for 2019 you guys. I took a much needed 2-week break (from life, work, all the things) and while I feel a liiiittle bit behind getting back into things, I feel SO motivated and well-rested.
After spending a week at home in New York, my entire family and boyfriend went to the Bahamas to ring in the new year in Baha Mar! If you’ve never been there, it’s basically three gorgeous hotels rolled into one big resort property with a casino, convention center, pools, beaches, and more. I knew I would have fun going into it, but this place beyondddd exceeded my expectations! We had such a blast and I miss it already!
I won’t blab too much, but here’s a collection of photos I took while we were there! We stayed at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and spent the majority of our time on the property eating their delicious food, soaking up the sun, exploring the grounds and relaxing. They also had an incredible gym that overlooked the property and even had some machines outside. Let me tell ya, those views alone were motivating😍
We were able to watch fireworks on NYE from my parents’ balcony, which was probably the most epic fireworks show I’ve ever seen in my life. They also have a sanctuary with sharks, manta rays and sea turtles, an area where flamingos live, and all the food trucks are actually air streams – it’s SO cool. You can even blend your own daquiri by peddling a bike, but I forgot to take a photo! Here are a bunch of photos I DID take, though…
Have you ever been to Baha Mar? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it!!! I wish we could’ve stayed an extra day, but maybe I’ll just have to go back😊
Okay it has been a MINUTE since our last Friday Finds, huh?!
Life just took over, guys. I’ve also been feeling slightly uninspired, and I think that’s probably just because I’m in that home stretch to my holiday vacation. It’s interesting how much easier it is for me to be open on here than it is on Instagram where I feel like it’s important for me to be positive at all times. Granted, I don’t want to be a bummer, just wanted to be real with you!
In any case, I’ve still been reading my favorite blogs and media sites because that’s what keeps me sane sometimes! It’s literally the part of my morning routine I can’t give up, no matter how busy I am. Here are some of my faves from the past few weeks!