99 Cent Store

99 Cent Store

So my grocery shopping routine has changed now that I am making less money than I used to. I go to the 99 Cent store first, Trader Joe’s second, and then Safeway or where ever…I’ll probably start checking Grocery Outlet soon too.

The 99 Cent Store has some awesome finds…you just have to keep checking. My favorite find so far has been a big bag of organic US grown Romaine lettuce! UGH! IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY! It was FRESH and stayed a long time – the bag had three stalks and it took time to eat up. The sell by dates my be close, but that doesn’t mean the product is bad. They seem to always have good carrots too. I’ve also picked up a big bag of fresh mint, a big box of sweet strawberries, and some celery. I’m so impressed.

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m so here for eating healthy and not paying through the nose.

 

 

 

I also tried a new recipe! Broccoli, Cheddar, Quinoa Cups!

They’re easy, tasty, and portable! I saw the recipe on Facebook and couldn’t resist. The original calls for mini muffin trays, but I don’t have one so instead of “bites” I made “cups”.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/273187/baked-broccoli-cheddar-quinoa-bites/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=link_diabeticliving_recipes&utm_campaign=eatingwell_eatingwell&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=5208B1B0-6F3E-11E9-A9CF-B4F14F017A06&fbclid=IwAR1R-SLhEnoO6Unet_5iEPgIbh-qjFhrCVJUUSxQK8KhED9Hf03ZBNiSMDo

 

Mine seemed a tad under seasoned, but that could be from my lack of onion powder…I grabbed a second garlic powder when I meant to buy onion! I felt silly. Also! I buy my spices at the 99 Cent Store!

If you give these a go let me know how they turn out or if you tweaked anything!

 

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Health Check In

Health Check In

Hey hey! So I’ve been pretty stressed and depressed lately, but I’ve not let that derail me from eating well. I’ve also started exercising again.

I think this has helped me get out of my funk… Life has been odd and I’m a sensitive person haha

I know I’m not doing it perfect, but I’m trying to be more balanced.

I’ve cut back on coffee (I drink it black).

I cut out sugar, dairy, most meat, and bread. I eat a lot of yams, eggs, and veggies. My body is pretty happy haha I drink a lot of peppermint tea, hot water and lemon, and just plain old water. On occasion some almond milk. I like to treat myself to bubbly waters, kombucha, and cold pressed juices 🙂

I do some gentle yoga, band work, and walk/ play ball with my dog. I eat meals based on the amount of exercise too. On the weekend I have a treat and I don’t feel sick after now because I’m not over indulging.

Life in general has improved. My clothes fit better and people are seeing a difference. Which is neat because I haven weighed myself in months… I’m gauging it simply by how I feel and how my clothes fit and not getting in a trap of “what does the scale say????” I get discouraged quickly that way.

Anyways I’m trying to take control of my life and it’s working. I read things that feed my inner man and I feed my physical man sunshine and raw veggies.

My whole self is improving 🙂 It really is a mind over matter battle and you have to take it one day at a time. I’ve done this before and I know I can do it again… and maintain. It’s important to me to get healthy and stay healthy.

Kora Organics

Kora Organics

IMG_4504What is in a glow?

Well, for me, it is a mix of: Staying hydrated, eating clean, avoiding dairy and sugar, trying to get enough sleep, with hazel, and last but NOT least – Kora Organics Noni Glow oil.

I’ve struggled with loving my skin for a long time. My stepmom always told me I had good skin, but as a pimple covered, overweight, young teen, I did not believe her. With my hormones raging, never washing my face, not drinking enough water,and drinking whole milk, I had a pimple or six all the time. Of course looking back I know why I did and I know that my pimples were nothing compared to those of my friends. Oh well haha

I def had a subscription to ProActive…that stuff works! If you use it and don’t eat dairy…. hahaha I’m afraid of what might actually be in it now – the smell was so strong and it burned. I don’t think I would use it now.

At twenty-six I’ve embraced my skin and I just shake it off when a stray blemish or two pops up. I know dang well I ate that cheese! Or it is my time of the month- coming off years of birth control I am seeing a few more than I normally would. I feel it is worth it though, I feel better in general now.

I began to start seeing it differently when I was around twenty-two. At that point in my life I was sticking to the Blood Type Diet (I recommend it!). My skin cleared up, my brain cleared up, I slimmed up and put muscle on in my weight training class. It was great. I have been converting back to this diet after going off it for a couple years – I became very depressed when my mother passed away and I let my diet and health go.

I can tell you that through trial and error the best thing I have found for skin is simply: watch your diet – dairy is a killer – drink lots of water, skip makeup when you can, exercise, wash your face at least once a day with a gentle cleanser, and find something to replenish the surface with.

Now as a wanna be sophisticated woman I use Kora Organic’s Noni Face oil.

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This can be purchased at Sephora for $68. It is not cheap. This is not a budget item.

I use this before bed after I cleanse and tone my face. I often wake up with a nice plump healthy completion. I first got a hold of this product through a trial size and I found that I really enjoyed the feel of it. The smell is not overwhelming and it pleasant. The oil is not too heavy and absorbs fairly quickly. This would work under makeup for a plump dewy look! I personally only use it at night or first thing in the morning though.

The claim is that it is for all skin types- I think it is probably safe enough, but I would use less if you are oily like me. I of course still use too much… the instructions say to warm a few drop in the palms and apply. I use a dropper full and put it all over my face, neck, and the upper chest.

They claim this is for uneven texture, dullness, and uneven skin. I cannot personally say this does all of that, but I would guess it does improve the skin. I can say my face is bright and moisturized. Sometimes to pamper myself I apply it with a cooled jade roller or gua sha tool. I use this to massage and de-puff my face.

The oil is made up of: noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil, and sea buckthorn oil. All of these are known for their skin enhancing properties. This is also cruelty free! and certified organic 🙂

My bottle is emptying quickly and I do not look forward to having to spend another $68. I do like this product, I would use it again, I think the lovely reviews that this product and Miranda Kerr’s other products have merit. I will however be trying out some cheaper alternatives.. Experiment time!

IMG_4527If you want to give your skin a boujee pick-me-up then this is your oil. I really think this oil has given my skin a healthy glow and keep it hydrated. I have a hard time with topical hydration and I’m sure this will be an ever evolving journey. I look forward to trying new thing and revisiting old favorites.

fun note! I am not using any filters in the selfie – just good old glow oil and great lighting haha! My picture will not be as polished as the paid bloggers because.. well…I’m not. I’m not being asked to tell y’all about this and I probably never will. I’m just here to tell you my experiences and hope y’all can relate 🙂

Let me know what you think!