Have your Cake and Eat it Too!


It doesn’t matter if you celebrate Easter or not, if you walk into any store there’s tons of candy all around tempting us into a sugar high! I’m all about healthy living and that means not depriving yourself of the things you love. Part of having your cake and eating it too is to make substitutions when you can so you enjoy a healthier treat. Candy is still candy, but when you make it yourself you know the ingredients that are going into it and can use portion control. Plus I love being in the kitchen! Dark chocolate peanut butter cups are one of my favorite candies so I decided to recreate my own. I used this recipe from the Sprouted Kitchen and substituted almond butter for peanut butter because that’s what I was craving.

 

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 Gooey melted chocolate!

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This can get messy… Don’t wear white!
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Make sure to press down the peanut butter mixture so that the chocolate on top dries flat.
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Enjoy your sweet treat!

The Best Relationship Advice I Ever got From a Movie

I know! I shouldn’t take any kind of romantic cues from rom-coms, but I couldn’t help myself. This line was just too good!

Press play to find out the best relationship advice I ever got from a romantic comedy 

 

We are told to push and make things happen when sometimes the best thing to do is let things flow. Whether you’re in the beginning, middle or end of a relationship, make sure you’re doing the things that make YOU happy. When you’re happy people can’t help but be attracted to you. People will come into your life; doors will open where you didn’t think there were any. Just remember you’re not responsible for anyone else’s happiness just as they’re not responsible for yours! Need help getting happy? I have a few happy tricks up my sleeve!

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4 Tips for Getting out of your Bad Mood

Feeling a little low? You don’t have to let your bad mood take over your whole day. A small energetic shift can turn the volume up when you’re feeling less than your best. In this video I share the tricks I use to get out of a bad mood!

Press play for my simple ways to shift your mood.

 

 

You have the power to choose whether you stay in a bad mood or get out of it. Make the decision to get happy because happiness is an inside job. Dance around like a crazy person, laugh out loud, take some quiet time for yourself and get grateful for all the wonderful stuff you already have in your life. What do you do when you’re in a bad mood? Let me know in the comments below!

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Why Expectations Get the Better of You!

Expectations. We all have them. We expect a situation to turn out a specific way. We expect others to act certain ways, do particular things, to fulfill certain needs for us and when they don’t, well, we get disappointed. The word “disappoint” is defined as “to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of.” Why are we using our time and brain power on wishing people would act certain ways?

Press play to find out what to expect when you have expectations:

 

 

 

 

We have no control over what people do so why use your energy on it? Instead think about where your real power lies. You have the ability to control how you act and how you perceive a person or situation. In those moments where you feel let down by a friend, disappointed in a romantic partner or upset at a parent, remember that the only person you can change is yourself. Ask yourself, did my expectations of this person cause this discomfort? Expectations are super limiting. I wouldn’t want the pressure of living up to someone’s expectations of me so why would I put that on someone else?

 

The Real Way to Get Bikini Ready in Time for Spring Break

It’s definitely that spring break time of year when every magazine is telling me how to “Lose 5 Pounds in 5 Days!” or “How to Fit into your Bikini in Time to Hit the Beach!” Let me save you the trouble and tell you that those quick fixes don’t work. Wouldn’t you want to feel great about your body all of the time?

I know that it’s not always easy to love your body. I’ve struggled with it especially as a dancer, but these tips I share have completely changed the way I think about how I look and that’s why I know they can work for you.

Click play to learn about the real way to get bikini ready in time for spring break.

 

 

 

 

As always self-love is a practice, which means some days will be easier than others, but focusing on your thoughts and actions can help you make a shift that you can stick with for the long run.

 

Why Comparing is a Big Waste of Time

I know we all do it! We compare ourselves to other people. We look to our friends, siblings, relationships, celebrities and see what they have and wonder why we don’t have it. Comparing is a hard habit to break, but I’ve got two main reasons why we should cut it out.

Press play to find out why comparing is a big waste of time

 

 

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Next time you find yourself comparing, give yourself a break! We are all on earth for a unique purpose. This means that your life’s journey is different from everyone else’s and ALL YOUR OWN.  Next remind yourself that everyone is comparing themselves even that person you’ve made really special in your mind so don’t feed into the circle of comparisons! As always feel free to leave comments below with your feelings about comparing yourself to other people.

 

Stop Stressing Over Valentine’s Day

 

Do you roll your eyes when stores start putting out all their Valentine’s Day cards? Are you in a panic to find a date before the 14th? We put so much pressure on this holiday and it’s time to stop the stress! I love Valentine’s Day because it gives us the opportunity to celebrate ALL the love in your life.

Click play to learn how to stop the V-Day stress:

 

 

 

Sometimes we look to romantic relationships to make us feel whole or complete when really self love is the key to having more love in your life. One of the greatest tools we have is to think about where love currently exists in our life already. Celebrate the romantic relationship if you’re in one, but don’t forget about all the other examples of love you have in your life. Below I’ve listed some easy ways to show your love:

  • Call your grandparents
  • Send your mom flowers
  • Buy your sister chocolates
  • Give your barista a card
  • Smile at a stranger
  • Text an old friend saying you were thinking of them
  • Cook dinner for your roommates

Let me know in the comments below how you’re showing your love this holiday! Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

How to Create More Time in Your Day!

 

Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time in your day to get everything done? Have you ever been so preoccupied with all that you have going on in your life that you’ve shampooed your hair twice? Well, I’ve been there and today I’m here to help you create more time!

Click play to learn how to create more time in your day

 

 

 

Here’s the scoop: although self care is a super trendy phrase, it does have a lot of significance. When you give yourself permission to take care of yourself you create more time. How is this true? Well when you give yourself  “me time” you center, refocus and recharge for all the other activities in your life.

When we get on an airplane the safety demos always tell us to put our own oxygen mask on before we help the person next to us. That same premise goes for real life also. How can you expect to take care of anyone or anything else if you don’t take care of yourself first?

I want to hear from you! How can you add more self care to your life? Share with me in the comments below!

Do More of What you Love!

Do you spend more time during your day doing what you love or doing what you hate? In today’s vlog I share an exercise to help you take a look at the activities in your life and start doing more of what you love!

 

Homemade Natural Beauty Products

As a health conscious girl, I try to be aware of the food I put in my body but what about the products that go ONTO my body? The more I thought about all the chemicals in my daily grooming products the more research I did on how to go the natural route and these are some of my favorites. Best of all, every ingredient can be purchased at the grocery store!

Oatmeal Face Scrub 

This may sound like breakfast, but this face scrub will leave your skin feeling great. The oatmeal serves as a skin soother, while the honey is a natural moisturizer. Yogurt’s lactic acid brightens and smooths your complexion.

Ingredients:

  •  1 Tablespoon of oats
  •  1 teaspoon of honey
  •  2 Tablespoons of yogurt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Apply to face using small circular motions. Rinse with warm water.

Epsom Salt Body Exfoliator

Epsom salt is made up of magnesium sulfate. It helps to flush toxins from the body making it the perfect body exfoliator. It’s also known to soothe achy muscles and decrease bruises.

Ingredients:

  • Epsom salt
  • Sesame oil
  • An empty jar

Directions:

In your jar combine Epsom salt with sesame oil until a paste is made. Use in the shower to smooth skin. You can also use a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I like lavender) to make it smell great too.

Almond Oil Moisturizer

Almond oil has essential fatty acids which balance the skin’s moisture levels. It’s easily absorbed into the skin and rich in vitamin E.

Ingredients:

  • Almond oil

Directions:

Rub almond oil onto skin directly after a shower.

Strawberry Teeth Whitening

It may seem counterintuitive because of the berries’ bright red color, but they are actually natural teeth whiteners. Strawberries contain malic acid which removes stains from teeth, but don’t do it more than once a week because the acid could damage the enamel of the tooth.

Ingredients: 

1 Strawberry

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.

Directions:

Wash strawberry under cool water then cut off stem. Mash the berry with a fork in a small bowl until it is pulp then add baking soda until they form a paste. Brush onto teeth and leave for five minutes then remove with toothpaste.