DIY Aloe and Lavender face mask

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DIY Aloe & Lavender Breakout Be GONE Face Mask

This DIY face mask recipe is one that every girl (or guy) needs up their sleeve! It’s totally a life saver. I mean not that there’s ever a good time for a zit, but sometime it’s just REALLY not a good time…

Another thing that I love about this mask is that the mess is extremely minimal. This baby is thin, goes on easily, rinses off easily and just gets the job DONE.

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Aloe Vera

Lavender Essential oil


I could literally write whole post about how awesome aloe vera is (& I probably will) but right now the most important thing to know is that aloe contains two hormones that specifically target acne! Auxin & Gibberellins both have strong antioxidant properties that reduce skin inflammation. Gibberellins also stimulates new cell growth so your skin can heal quickly and seamlessly!

Lavender has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that make it great for treating acne! Lavender is nourishing and soothing to your skin, it will decrease scarring and the appearance of dark spots. 

Also, know for its ability to relieve anxiety and stress, lavender will continue serving you and your skin past its topical benefits!

Lemon’s acidity can act as an antiseptic and kills bacteria. It also reduces redness and lightens the skin which makes it great at reducing any past acne scars you many have!

 Lemon does strips the skin of oils so be sure to follow this mask with toner and moisturize!

I am LOVING Shea Moisture’s Peace Rose Oil face moisturizer and Andalou naturals blossom toner

The recipe!

  • half a lemon
  • 1/4 cup aloe vera
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil 

Blend and apply to a clean face! 

Rinse off after 10 -15 minutes. Follow with toner and moisturize!

Hope you all enjoy this mask as much as I do! This recipe makes quite a bit so I always force literally everyone around me to participate. You could also store it in the fridge in a small mason jar or I mean you could  always make it a total body thing because why not! You totally deserve it!

Happy masking!

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The SO important thing I’ve been doing SO wrong!

Here are two weird bathroom stories that I would like to grace yall with. (and if you didn’t think we were close enough for that- we just got close enough)

I moved to the United States officially when I was like 7-ish. So, this is the second grade, just for context so you get a picture of how strange this was for me.

Because, in second grade, you aren’t like new to the whole school thing, but you’re new enough.

Anyway, for like weeks I had listened to my peers ask to go to the Restroom, and each time they were permitted to do so – like “ya no problem!” All whilst little Suzy is left to wonder what in the world a Rest-room was doing in this educational setting…

I’m not going to pretend like I EVER did well on a spelling test, but c’mon guys… our curriculum is by no means rigorous enough to need a REST-ROOM. (Hopefully, you can see my confusion)

So, one day I mustered up my courage and asked permission to go to the prestigious restroom –

I’m sure you can guess where this is going…

If you guessed soul-crushing disappointment you are right, my friend. Little Suzy was expecting a lounge chair, a couch, a Poole table, refreshments… and she was let down. HARD.

Oh and just a side note- no, I did not spend my first few weeks of second grade not using the bathroom, I’m just a normal person and I call it a Bathroom.

Bottle of water on wooden table in hotel white room. Green flowe

Now for the relevant story

I’ve always considered myself pretty healthy as far as diet and habits go. Of course, just like everyone else I, too, have fallen off the wagon a time or two.

Then the other day I realized I’ve been doing, like, the ONE most important thing completely wrong…

It actually kills me to admit this, but I have been seriously depriving myself of water!

Omg, that’s like nails on a chalkboard to me!! Like, how was I doing that to myself???

I came to this realization after being a total creep and noticing that EVERYONE in my office building went to the bathroom like 3X the amount I had to go.

*Cue obsessive research on how much water a person should drink a day*


So, How much water should you have?

Some sites said 1 – 1/2 ounce per pound body weight and some said your typical 8 glasses a day. I think both of these are probably good rules to go by, but having a water goal, in general, to meet by the end of the day is really what has helped me the most!

Figure out how much water you should drink a day and get to work!! & if you want to be a psycho like me, get yourself a Hydroflask and set alarms for the times you should be due for a refill!

JUST BE AWARE GUYS! Because seriously I feel so much better than I ever have!

It’s so easy to get lost in your day and all the “important” things you’re doing, but in the end, what’s really important is taking care of yourself!!

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The 411 on Chocolate Cravings!

The 411 on your chocolate cravings

There are actually a few reasons you could be craving a big hunk of chocolate beside the fact that it is DELICIOUS!

The first and most obvious of course being that sugar is addicting.

Like actually, I’m not kidding.

Sugar triggers the same pleasure centers in the brain that are also affected by many drugs.

This is the same reason that putting yourself on that new sugar-free diet is often accompanied by a few days of sugar withdraw; headaches, lethargy etc.

But what if I told you that craving chocolate could not only be your body trying to tell you something but also be good for you?!


Dark chocolate- the superfood!

Dark chocolate, 60% and higher that is, has some badass qualities! I’m sure you’ve heard that it’s full of antioxidants and honestly, that’s reason enough for ya girl over here to not think twice about giving in to my cravings! Yet, there are even more reasons that, on your quest to remove sugar from your diet, you might oughta just let dark chocolate stay!

For starters, a chocolate craving might be your body telling you that you are running low on magnesium! Magnesium is needed for a whole boatload of body processes and dark chocolate is a good source of it. Low levels of this micronutrient can lead to low energy, sleep problems, anxiety or depression and hormone problems.

But it doesn’t stop there! Dark chocolate is also a good source of, Manganese (anti-inflammatory), Copper (immune and nerve health), and Zinc (growth and development)!

Dark chocolate and your skin!

Let’s talk Flavanols! Flava- what?? This must obviously be some fancy reason why chocolate is so damn good, right?


Flavanol is the particular type of antioxidant that is found in high quantities in dark chocolate. Because of their free radical fighting properties antioxidants and the foods that contain them are good for your cell health! Protection, regeneration, etc. All the good stuff! Eating Flavanol-rich cocoa can lead to smoother more hydrated skin due to the antioxidant’s ability to protect cells from harmful UV rays.7_0003_mailbox

Chocoholic Disclaimer!

Okay, Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have written this post at all… because let’s be real, another excuse to eat chocolate is the last thing any of us need… However, a reason to swap sugary, processed milk chocolate for dark chocolate is something your body will thank you for!

Just to be clear, though, milk chocolate does not have all these awesome benefits and will do nothing for you but fuel your sugar addiction! (ouch, maybe that was too harsh?)

And, of course, remember all in moderation! Dark chocolate still has its fair share of sugar, so don’t get carried away!

P.S. Justin’s Hazelnut butter is not technically dark chocolate over 60% but its seriously the best and with considerably less sugar than the other guys, I have to make room to rave about it! Bark thins are actually to die for, and Theo is possibly the love of my life? Pretty sure the feeling is mutual.

What are your favorite ways to satisfy your chocolate cravings?? Tell me in the comments below!

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P.S. The Valentines Artwork is by the super talented Ulia Choo!  – find her on creative market!!






3 Minute Kale Greek Salad!

3 Minute Kale Greek Salad!I think we can probably all agree that eating healthy is not convenient, but like it must be done!

So what are you to do when there’s 15 minutes left before you have to leave for work and you have done absolutely nothing in the way of preparing lunch/dinner for yourself. Plus your hair isn’t brushed and you aren’t even wearing pants.

Do you..

A) Crawl into bed and give up on today, it hasn’t started out well anyway.

B) Just eat out again, it’s not the new year yet so are new habits really necessary?

C) Sing in the mirror for 16 minutes and be late to life.. again.

D) 3 minute kale salad you saw on that blog that one time. BONUS- you have time for pants and a hairbrush!


(Answer at the end of this post)!

No matter what you picked, I’m going to go ahead and share this must have recipe with you because its literally been my lifesaver lately!


3 Minute Kale Greek Salad!

  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup chopped english cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup red onions (optional)
  • greek dressing (if you want to be alittle extra you can substitute this with oil & vinegar and a sprinkle of rosemary!)

Mix it all up and enjoy!

I hope you LOVE this quick jem as much as I do!

Nutrition Facts!

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For anyone that is still scared of fat, STOP! look at that beautiful specimen of a nutrition label, that Fat and Fiber combo means this baby will keep you full! The kale is really the superstar here, but the fat content really helps it to be a satisfying meal. If you are Vegan and choose to pass on the feta I really recommend adding some sunflower seeds instead to keep this salad filling and well rounded!

P.S. The answer is obviously D!



Oh So Good for You Matcha Latte!

Wait… a latte that’s good for you?? Uh, count me in!

So I’m not going to lie, I’ve been overdoing it a bit with the coffee lately. I mean who can blame me though what is college even if not just a 4 four year coffee overload?

I usually drink the stuff that glues your eyes open. I’m talkin’ Americano- easy on the water and go ahead and add an extra shot! Then, send a decadent frothy latte my way after I’m good and awake!

But if we are being real with each other here, one coffee addict to another, while it’s not the Worst thing for your body it certainly isn’t the best either!

Coffee is pretty acidic and all that acid definitely can take a toll on your stomach if you overdo it!

I think most of the time I crave the creamy warm-ness more than the coffee itself so this Matcha latte is literally the perfect change of pace!

Matcha has a caffeine content comparable to coffee and in my search to report an actual number for you guys I came across some pretty bad ass reasons that Matcha trumps coffee!


Matcha VS Coffee – The ultimate caffeine showdown!

  • BETTER energy! The “power up” (for lack of a better description lol) brought by matcha is much smoother and doesn’t come with a crash like with coffee.
  • Antioxidants, which are always a huge plus!
  • Better breath! Let’s not lie, guys, the coffee breath is real. On top of that Matcha is actually good for your teeth while coffee stains those pearly whites!
  • CLEARER SKIN! So this is where my loyalty to coffee has met its match… Matcha has antibacterial properties and can help resolve acne!

DONE.       SOLD.

Are you as ready for this recipe as I am to brew myself a Matcha latte??

Matcha Latte Recipe!

So, originally I found this recipe on Pinterest and I fell in love at first sip, but I was determined to make it FROTHIER! Obviously, I need all the fluff. Heres my

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final product, enjoy!

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp Matcha powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • cinnamon (optional to add a lil holiday spice)
  • coconut sugar (substitute honey or maple depending on what you prefer!)

First mix the hot water and Matcha powder, think of this as your espresso shot! Add your sweetener of choice and cinnamon now too.


Frothing the milk is the most important step! You want to start with milk that is cold. I used canned coconut milk. Don’t be scared of the layers that the coconut milk separates into when in the can, use it all! Use a hand mixer or blender bottle to froth the milk and then pop it in the microwave for about 30 – 45 seconds. (make sure you’ve left extra space because the milk will expand even more in the microwave!)

Pour your creamy, frothy milk into your Matcha shot and voila!




5 Grocery Store Tricks to Keep the pounds OFF!

1. Don’t go grocery shopping while you’re hungry!

This one is like well duh! But seriously, don’t! More often than I’d like to admit I’ve let myself go to the store hungry and came out with a LOAD of crap that I know better than to buy.

Everything that I want to eat like right now goes straight into my cart, next thing I know I’m on Pinterest pulling up every recipe for any dessert I’ve ever wanted. All ingredients, boom. In the cart. All snacks, boom. In the cart! It’s pretty much a disaster.

We’ve all been there, but that’s no need to let it keep happening! If it’s not in your kitchen at home, it’s also not around to tempt you! And if you don’t go to the grocery store hungry then you will be SO much less tempted to put it in your cart in the first place!

2. Stay out of the middle isles!

This one is definitely more of a guideline! There are lots of things I get in the middle aisles that are perfectly fine. For example; beans, bread, coconut oil, peanut butter, oats, BANZA chic pea pasta, chia seeds, nuts, Angie’s BOOM CHIKA POP the list goes on and on… but KNOWING exactly what you are venturing into the abyss for makes all the difference in the world! Have a list and stick to it, don’t let yourself succumb to all the sugary processed temptress foods that lay within!

If you don’t trust yourself at first, you can always stick to ordering your non-perishables on Amazon pantry. (I’ve included some links to my fav things!)

3. Know your labels!

Are you ready for a horror story?? Last week I was perusing the sauce isle for the best pasta sauce choice and naturally, I picked up the one advertised as “healthy!”. However, upon inspecting the label and comparing it to a pasta sauce by the SAME BRAND that lacked the “healthy” claim, I was horrified to find the fat, calorie, carb, and, sugar content was HIGHER in the “healthy” version! In fact, its only better feature was a slightly lower sodium content. Now, this isn’t to say that all companies lack the know-how on classifying their foods, but your body will certainly be glad you took the extra couple of seconds to inspect your foods labels!


4. Don’t be afraid of fat!

Those labels that claim to be your best weight loss friend do not have your best interest at heart! While they aren’t lying about being lower in fat, they are completely taking advantage of the fact that there is a HUGE misunderstanding of the role fat plays in our bodies.

Why you want whole fat!

You wouldn’t buy a reduced fat avocado, would you? Real is always better than fake!

  • Some vitamins are fat soluble and cannot be used by your body unless they are eaten alongside fat!
  • To make a food low fat the fats that are still present are changed chemically and your body will have a way harder time using them.
  • We use fat for damn near everything! No, seriously you need it. Like, a lot! Our cells use fat like its going out of style.. but now that it has gone out of style…. well it’s becoming an issue.

P.S. Fried food still hates your goals. Sorry.

5. Have a list of meals!

How many of you have been grocery shopping, bought a TON of stuff, gotten home and realized you have the ingredients for a whole two meals! The stress is real am I right?? I am unfortunately queen of letting my yummy veggies go bad just because I’m not prepared and don’t have all the ingredients I need to make a meal out of them! So here’s my ultimate solution, write your grocery list based on MEALS! so simple right? but it really does make a world of difference.

Plan your dinners for the week and have an idea of what your breakfasts and lunches will consist of, make your list based on this and of course give yourself a little wiggle room!

Planning meals for your week this way will also help you stay on track eating healthy instead of giving in to what is easiest that night!

Happy shopping!

XOX, Sus

Healthy 2 Ingredient Chocolate Pudding!

Attention chocolate lovers!!

This is a MUST know recipe!! TWO ingredients yall, and it is seriously delicious!

Two Ingredient Chocolate Pudding Recipe

  • 2 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1 Cup of Ripple Chocolate pea milk

That’s it! Easy {pea}sy! I usually make mine the day before and leave it in the fridge overnight, but the chia seeds will absorb enough of the chocolate milk to have a pudding consistency within a couple hours! Then top with whatever your little heart desires and enjoy! 🙂


Nutrition facts!

The simplicity of this recipe is not even close to the only thing that makes it healthy! Chia seeds are pretty badass for a few reasons on their own, here are a few that I thought worth mentioning-

  • TOTALED UP.pngThey are loaded with antioxidants so they are anti-inflammatory and promote healthy skin! Antioxidants help your body get rid of damaged cells- this means new healthy glowing skin for you!( Can I get a hell yeah for that one??)
  • Getting rid of damaged cells also means reduced signs of aging!
  • They are also jam-packed with vitamins and minerals
  • Promote a healthy heart and digestive system
  • Can aid in weight loss! Because they are high in fiber, and protein, chia seeds will keep you full! you’ll be surprised how filling a small serving can be!

Ripple Pea milk is impressive as well, it’s high in protein and calcium and completely plant-based! The refined sugar content of this chocolate pudding is also low considering the only sugar is coming from the pea milk!

Check out this link to Dr. Axe if you want to know more about chia seed benefits! Chia seeds should be pretty easy to find at your local grocery store, but just in case, I also included a link above!

I hope you enjoy!! Let me know what you think!!