Best bars in chicago!

Chi-Town Breakdown

I’ve bee totally itching to write something a little different lately, and seeing as I had an absolute BLAST in Chicago I figured I should give the deets! Like where I went, what I loved, what I hated and what I wish I hadn’t run out of time for.

So the background of why we picked Chicago goes a little something like this – It was my roomie’s 24th birthday and we decided we should try something a little different. The Ancient Aire Baths had a little (or a lot) to do with our decision on where in the world to go but the rest of our plans were only roughly planned out. We thought we had it down with every day planned out down to the outfits – outfit changes and Instagram-able spots with the cutest photo ops, Duh. But upon arriving we were swarmed with recommendations of things to do from friends.

So we took all the lists we were given and sat down to narrow it down – naturally, the places that were recommended on more than one list were our MUST visit places! Our trip went as followed- 

Ancient Aire Baths

First stop Ancient Aire Baths! I cannot recommend this place enough!

Upon arrival, we quickly dropped our bags at the hotel and took an uber straight to the spa. Everything was booked in advance of course and I’m so glad we did! Not a moment was wasted sprawled out on the hotel beds before we set off to explore the city! 

The entrance to the baths is in an ALLEY y’all, and come to find out that’s pretty common in Chicago but at the moment we were hesitant as to where in the F our Uber was dropping us off. 

The whole experience was so cool and I won’t bore you with all the tiny details but just know that I got hands down the best massage EVER here. 10/10 recommend! Our bath time was split into two sections, one before and one after our massage and it was so so nice to let our muscles warm and loosen up in the hot baths before going into our treatment. Also, force yourself to do the cold water plunge – I promise you won’t regret it! 

The only advice I have for coming here is to bring your own hair/skin products for after. We did not and wished we had. They provide a few complimentary products and while the showering supplies were perfectly fine, the hair products available were very cira 2002 (I’m talking hair mouse and Garnier hair gel, like what)

 Oh, and before I forget, your time in the baths is timed and supposedly there is a bell sounded every 30 minutes but I don’t remember hearing one at all while I was there… You are able to ask the attendant how much time you have remaining but that’s kinda stress-inducing so I’m not sure what exactly the solution is here… Maybe they can be convinced to put a chic low profile analog clock on the wall? This is my only complaint 🙂

The Beatrix

Next up, dinner! 

For our first night in Chicago, we went the no makeup, leggings route and found our way down to the hotel restaurant for dinner which turned out to be excellent! What I find funny about this is that we ate at other hotel restaurants during our stay but for some reason, your own hotel restaurant always feels less glamorous, am I right? Anyway if you ever stumble upon The Beatrix while in Chicago, the hummus and kung pow cauli are musts!

Corey's Bagels

Day 2 started with bagels at Coreys Bagel’s – YUM 

We actually went here twice while we were in town because we have a serious weakness for a good bagel!

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Skydeck .... kinda

Next, cue failed Skydeck experience. The original plan was to get to the Skydeck right at opening and hopefully before the crowd but we couldn’t tell you if that plan worked or not as it didn’t happen… Already set to arrive late, we were advised by our Uber driver to get a drink or two before conquering the sky deck and If you know me you know that I’m TERRIFIED of heights so this sounded like a great idea! 

Once we were slightly tipsy we trekked our way back to the sky deck and got in line – WOWZA y’all that line is no joke. I mean Adele was ready to bail almost before we got in line but I was like “no no no, we will regret this if we don’t do it” 

Fast forward 30 minutes I spot a sign that says groups of 3 or less are restricted to 60 seconds on the Skydeck as a courtesy to other visitors waiting in line… Now I already know that it’s going to take my scared ass 60 seconds just to CRAWL out there and then I need at least another 60 seconds to gather my composure and take a photo. PLUS my buzz is already wearing off so at this point I’m ready to bail as well. 

I still want to do the Skydeck at some point and I definitely want to go back to Chicago but $25 apiece for a minute of deck time after waiting for what was surely going to be at least an hour was not what either of us had in mind for this trip!

The Hampton Social

The Hampton Social, cute atmosphere, v v picture-perfect Rose All Day sign (if you get lucky enough to arrive when people aren’t eating in front of it. Decent oysters but do not come with crackers? Is that a thing?

Joe and the Juice

Joe and the Juice, adorable coffee and juice bar! Pink cups are adorable! (also for some reason the entire block in this part of Chicago smells like a brownie and apparently, the wonderful smell comes from the Chocolate Factory, I didn’t get a chance to go but it’s on my list for next time!)

Two Dots and a Dash Tikki Bar – So here’s the thing, if you like Tikki bars then definitely check this one out but if a super sweet hangover in a glass isn’t your alcohol of choice then maybe skip this one – You’ll be standing in a small roped-off section unless you came early enough for dinner and a table. On a positive note, however, the cups are cool!

Two Dots and a Das Tiki Bar

Two Dots and a Dash Tiki Bar – So here’s the thing, if you like Tikki bars then definitely check this one out but if a super sweet hangover in a glass isn’t your alcohol of choice then maybe skip this one – You’ll be standing in a small roped-off section unless you came early enough for dinner and a table. On a positive note, however, the cups are cool!

The Boss Bar

The Boss Bar – Just a good ol regular bar, you know what I mean? The music was poppin’ the drinks were how you’d expect them to be and the crowd was happenin’ and sometimes that’s just exactly what you need!

Celeste

Celeste – Go here!! This bar is 4 floors that all have a completely different vibe! The Disco floor and the top Greenhouse floors were my personal favorite!

The Pizza Window

The Pizza Window – Look, this pizza is nothing special but seeing as you’ll probably be hammered when you stumble your way to this spot, will you even care? The answer is no, you’ll just be so happy for a late-night slice.

Cindy's Rooftop

Cindy’s Rooftop – This place is a must yall! It overlooks Millenium Park and the Bean so after you get your classic Chicago pic, come here for a yummy cocktail. The rooftop view is something you just can’t miss!

Flight Club

Flight Club – Flight club wasn’t on any of our lists but I’m so glad Chadd and Adele found it! This was one of the most fun bars if not THE most fun bar we went to. Craft cocktails here are a must, I got the Honey Bee and loved it. Playing darts was just good energy! I do have to say though, this is a day drinking spot strictly! Also, unless you plan on flirting your way into a dart board spot like Chadd did for us, plan ahead and book a reservation! You’d be surprised but apparently its a hot commodity!

Punch Bowl Social

Punch Bowl Social – By far the best punch bowl social I’ve ever been to and everyone I talked to agreed! This PBS was huge and we had an absolute blast bowling! Plus there are lots of photo op spots, so what more could you really ask for??

Ema's

Emas – We had a boozy brunch here and nearly missed our flight back… oops!

 I highly highly recommend the hummus sampler! And if you are looking to get a HYPE buzz the espresso martini is delish but if too much caffeine makes you anxious then maybe pass on this one!

Giordano's

Giordano’s – This is where we went for deep dish pizza and it was PACKED so as you can imagine the pizza was delicious! Also, yall listen up! Get the Italian dressing to dip your pizza into – thank me later.

Aloft Hotel

Aloft Hotel – Wait before I go, let me tell you where I stayed! The Aloft is nothing crazy but for what we paid we couldn’t have gotten a better deal! Aloft River North was in the perfect spot and everything we did was very walkable or just required a short Uber! Also, I have to say I’m usually not impressed with the hotel bed/pillow situation (I’m just that person that majorly prefers their own bed) but Aloft had some of the fluffiest most heavenly pillows ever!

All in all, I had a great time and I will definitely be back! There is so much we didn’t get to explore and I’m sure my next trip will have a whole new set of places to check out for eats drinks and adventures. I would love to know where you went in Chicago! So if you’ve been, hit me with all the places I’m missing in the comments!


Be Besties with Your Skin

Be Besties With Your Skin!

So before I start giving skincare advice let me tell you, my skin has been a STRUGGLE for me for as long as I can remember. Even in fourth-grade acne was a thing for me and trust me when I say, it was the absolute biggest source of insecurity. You guys, the day I got glasses I cried, like, sobbed because I realized my acne was so much worse than I had realized.

I thought I had tried everything and I really did feel hopeless but the truth is I wasn’t consistent with anything and I didn’t treat my skin like it was my friend.. so why would it be??

I picked at my face, I touched it constantly, I slept with my makeup on, I didn’t moisturize, I exfoliated with the nightmarish St Ives Apricot (Y’ALL KNOW) either way too much or not at all, I thought face masks were reserved for sleepovers, and I didn’t wear sunscreen… CRINGE like what was I thinking?? No wonder my skin hated me!

I didn’t treat my skin like it was my friend.. so why would it be??

When I decided I was going to start giving my skin some much needed TLC I honestly didn’t know where to start. There are thousands of products out there, so, like which one even goes on first?? How often do I exfoliate, and what even is toner.

Taking care of your skin is SO important and I most certainly wish I had started the good habits I have now YEARS ago, BUT, even though I only started really taking care of my skin maybe a year ago, I have seen the most AMAZING results!! I mean guys seriously I can’t tell you how weird/exhilarating/tear-jerking it was to look at myself in the mirror and realize I had no acne, my pores had shrunken, and even the neck wrinkles I dreaded were improving.

So here’s the TEA. Here are the things I learned and implemented to kick start the sincere apology to my skin

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7 Baby Steps to Good Skin

1 NEVER EVER EVER SLEEP WITH YOUR MAKE UP ON! I don’t care how tired or drunk you are. And if you ever have gone to sleep with makeup on (we’ve all done it so don’t lie) I want you to get up right now, go to a mirror and tell your face how deeply sorry you are and that you vow it will never EVER happen again. This is just asking for a break out disaster, you guys. 

Plus think about it… makeup isn’t nothing, it weighs on your skin while you sleep creating wrinkles and baggage. I love an oil cleanser to take off my makeup! Right now I use Origins Clean Energy but if you are in a pinch just grab some coconut oil and then finish with a foam cleanser!

2 SUNSCREEN!! Like I am screaming this!! Prevention is key when it comes to wrinkles and signs of aging! If your mother made you bathe in sunscreen and you protected your skin from the get go, then consider yourself a step ahead! (or behind? – just whatever direction looks younger mmmk?) Currently my fav sunscreen is – Replenix  Caffeine Sunscreen 

3 MOISTURIZE! Do this like your life depends on it! I used to be scared to moisturize because I thought it would make me break out but like that’s like not drinking water because you think you might drown… I like to rotate through a few different moisturizers through the week but right now I’m really  into Bliss drench and Quench

4 EXFOLIATE! I cannot with how much I’ve fallen in love with exfoliators! They do wonders for your texture (is that a weird way to put it?) I mean no one can GLOW with dead skin all over their face… And they will kick your black heads to the CURB. Who doesn’t want that!? Bliss also makes really good and affordable peel pads and you can NEVER go wrong with Exfolikate!

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5 FACE MASK – LIKE A LOT. You don’t need to be doing a spa day with your besties to treat your skin! Face masks can help with a lot of things and they all offer different benefits so why not take advantage! You really can never have enough sheet masks! I pick mine up from just about everywhere but SoKoGlam is one of my favorite sites to stock up on my masks!

6 DO YOUR RESEARCH – learn your skin! We are all so different in every way, including our skin, figure out your skin type and start there deciding which products are best for you! I highly recommend getting yourself a copy of The Little Book of Skincare. I heard about this book from The Skinny Confidential (another great skincare resource!) and it was a godsend. Like actually. This book is filled to the brim with so much good skincare knowledge. 

 7 BE PATIENT – You are building a relationship with your skin, some results you’ll see immediately and that is so fun and satisfying but somethings will take more time and thats okay. As much as we all wish there could be one answer and one master skin care regimen it just isn’t that way, but don’t let that discourage you! I promise you will be infinity grateful to yourself for starting a skincare routine.

You are building a relationship with your skin

Your skin is so important and taking care of it is something you’ll never regret – so like why not?? It can be overwhelming at first picking products and creating a routine but start small and before long you’ll be able to read what your skin needs like a book! 


Skinny Girl Frape

SKINNY GIRL FRAPE

Hot girl summer is not over, and frape season is just getting started. So everybody put your hands in the air for a healthy frape recipe! Mhmm, you heard me right, a HEALTHY FRAPE – this is not just a less sugary version that kinda tastes like sweet dirt. This is a full-on, NO refined sugar alternative that tastes great and actually has some killer perks for your body and brain (think Lion’s mane and Chaga).

If you’re like, but what actually are those things? Don’t worry I’ll give you the whole 411 on the situation.

Skinny Girl Frape Recipe

1 frozen banana 

2 cups almond milk 

1 packet Four Sigmatic Lions Mane and Chaga mushroom  coffee mix

Thats literally it! 

BLEND AND ENJOY

The Frappuccino 411

Does your Starbucks frape contain amino acids, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants? I think no. Sugar, caffeine and a big ol crash are all you get for your $6.25 – 500 calorie mocha cookie crumble. Thank me later for this power-packed alternative!

 

 Lion’s mane has been shown to promote the health and growth of brain cells, this decreases the onset of diseases like Dementia and Alzheimer’s and while this may seem like something way too far off to worry about, just remember prevention is KEY. Lions mane and Chaga both are great anti-inflammatory foods that help decrease oxidative stress in your body – lamens terms? These two offer great anti-aging benefits! Repeat after me, the more antioxidants (and sunscreen) the fewer wrinkles!


Healthy 5 Ingredient Bagels

Healthy 5 Ingredient Bagels

Ya’ll I love a bagel, like really really I could eat one everyday for the rest of my life but goodness gracious do those doughy halos have a lot of calories. Ya girl is trying to get abs, okay, and since abs are made in the kitchen (or so I’ve heard) there have been some changes happening around here. So when I learned I could make myself bagels that had almost HALF the calories… I’m thinking did you say bagels or BAEgels. I’m smitten and this recipe has stolen my whole heart so obviously I have to share!

Healthy 5 Ingredient Bagels

2 Cups all purpose flour (can substitute for whole wheat or gluten free flour) 

2 Cups whole fat plain greek yogurt

1 1/4 Tbsp baking powder 

1 1/2 tsp salt 

+ As much Everything but the bagel seasoning as your heart desires 

Make sure you have extra flour for shaping the bagels. 

Heat the oven to 375°. Combine all ingredients. You know the drill – no particular order here except you’re going to want to do the seasoning last of course.

 I used this super cute silicone baking mold specifically for bagels, but you can also just roll your dough and then pinch the ends together.

 Since I opted for the baking mold, I sprinkled my TJ Everything but the Bagel seasoning onto the bottom of each bagel…. pocket? hole? crevasse? – (You get what im trying to say) My thinking was that as the bagel rises it will press itself into the seasoning and the result will be picture perfect seasoned doughy curves. – I was right.

If you’re shaping your bagels by hand however, you’ll want to wet the dough on the top side and then sprinkle the seasoning on before popping those suckers in the oven.

Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until golden. Cool and enjoy! 

I put mine in the fridge to store for a yummy breakfast all week!

How to have your BAEgle!

Okay so your bagels are made, cooled, beautiful and ready to be shoveled into your mouth, but after all that hard work you deserve all the toppings! On the weekends when I really get to take my time waking up and making my breakfast I love LOVE a lox bagel! You’ll need smoked salmon, cherrubs (these are the best tomatoes honestly), red onion, and if you’re feeling really fancy don’t forget the capers! For the cream cheese I use toffuti (I’m not dairy free but I do like to limit my dairy products for my skin’s sake) or I opt for no cream cheese and use smashed  avocado as my spread. Salt and pepper, always, and enjoy! 

*nutrition info for bagels without toppings

SLUT SHAMING & MEAN GIRLS

SLUT SHAMING & MEAN GIRLS

Its about time we girls have a heart to heart.. healthy food is great and all but this post is about a different healthy practice that gets pushed under the fuckin rug and trampled over like that guy you shoved deep into the friend zone 5 years ago. (sorry bud, we are all rooting for ya)

GIRLS. Stop being so BITCHY and INSECURE and own the BADASS self that you ARE.

Stop pushing others down just to bring yourself up and stop comparing yourself by “hotness”

GIRLS. Stop being so BITCHY and INSECURE and own the BADASS self that you ARE.

Apparently this year I’m all about the SUPER late new years resolutions so lets just pile another one on – in 2019 I will not mindlessly gossip about another girls appearance. I will not compare myself to any girl that happens to be dating or sleeping with someone that I have dated / slept with. I will not assure any of my friends that they are prettier than their ex’s new boo. I will not hold hate in my heart as a means to make myself feel better in some fucked up way.

This is my official notice, I refuse to participate in the girl hate. I’m not here for it.

For the last year I’ve really been trying to filter my negative words and thoughts, especially those centered around other women.

We all do it, and if you claim sainthood here, do you girl but you know in your heart I speak the truth.

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Stop pushing others down just to bring yourself up and stop comparing yourself by “hotness”

We perpetuate a culture that allows us to be put up against each other.

We have created the premise.

We have provided the tools.

Recently, an ex informed me that I was a 7-8 on my best day and his new boo was a 10/10 on any day

And it made me sad.

Not because I care what number I am to someone on a scale designed to be a hurtful jab, but because I realized that all of the comparing that we do as women sets us up to be targets of this hurtful deteriorating behavior. And girl, if your reading this, I’m here to say you are BEAUTIFUL and I mean that truly.

We women are a powerful force to be reckoned with, but can you just imagine how strong we could be if we could learn to support each other and stand  up for each other fiercely?

Not just stand up for your bestie or your main bitch, but stand up for the women you don’t even know, for the ones you disagree with and even those who you no longer call a friend. The thing is, we don’t all get along as humans and that’s just the way things are BUT does that give us the right to degrade someone’s character or judge them by their looks? It doesn’t.

I challenge you to join me in this resolution for 2019 – and well the rest of my life. I challenge you to hold more love in your heart and I challenge you to set an example for all the women around you, young or old.


Life Update: Where TF I’ve Been

Life Update: Where TF I've Been

My life has completely changed since the last time I posted on this blog and I feel like the need for an update is in order. I typically don’t share things that are particularly private or personal to my life, but this time I want to spill the details!

Okay, maybe not all the details.. but I want to recap on the crazy beautiful mess that has been my life for the last 8 months and how I’ve gotten to the point where I’m at, right now.

2018 was a hell of year. I laughed, I cried, I lost people dear to my heart and I gained people I will be grateful for forever. I learned so much about myself and I could not be more excited for what 2019 has in store.

2018 was one hell of a year 

Roughly 8 months ago I made the move to Houston from Midland, and guys, ya girl was ecstatic. I appreciate the time I spent in Midland so much but it was not ever home. I wanted to be back in the big city from the moment I moved to the west TX oil patch and it was finally happening.

 Then, about 3 months into our move my boyfriend decided we were moving back… Y’all I was devastated and cried almost everyday. 

Now listen, I’m not trying to say Midland is a loathsome place, I’m trying to say that I knew the part of my life that was meant to be lived there was over. For me the idea of moving back felt like a step backwards. Like maybe even a leap? Is that dramatic?

 Cue being faced with the decision of what to do about my relationship, what to do about the fact that I loved my boyfriend and I absolutely adored our dog.

We decided to try long distance but I think realistically the trajectory of our lives was just focused in different directions.

The decision to stay in Houston was one that came with a ton of judgement but also a ton of support. It taught me who was on my team and it forced me to acknowledge what it was that I wanted. Me! What do I want for my life.

 

No matter how powerless you may feel, you always have a choice.

At the end of the day, the point was as simple as this – I was not happy before and suddenly I was in my element.

Giving up my dog was absolutely one of the hardest most heartbreaking decisions of my entire life but despite how fiercely I love that little guy the truth is that on my own I can not give him the life that he deserves. That’s a hell of a hit to the ego to admit but for the sake of his life I have to be honest and admit that the responsibility of having a pet is one that I can not realistically carry out at this point in my life.

So here’s the next crazy thing, the job that enabled me to stay in Houston quite literally fell into my lap! Like guys when the universe sends you signs you just have to listen. I met my current boss on Bumble BFF (yes, it’s really a thing) and about a month after meeting her I moved in with her in an attempt (a successful attempt I might add) to get back on my feet a little before moving into a place of my own.

Basically in short, Bumble BFF sent me this wonderful tribe of women who I could not be more elated to know.

A mantra, learned from my Mom, that I’ve tried to hold in high regard throughout my whole life is this – Jump and the net will form. Meaning set the intention, and go for it! I believe that even more deeply now than I ever have.

So as a last impression of this post here are a few things I learned in 2018 and want to work on in 2019.


All about oral health

P.S. This Post has a Giveaway at the End!

All About Oral Health

Lets talk my must haves, why I have 2 very different toothbrushes, my non negotiable tongue routine (YEAH), and my receding gum line. Ew, was that last one TMI…? IDC IDC It’s important!

No One Likes Bad Breath.

First off NO ONE likes bad breath. (it was worth repeating, we can all agree)

And if we are being honest, brushing regularly is just simply not enough.

Bad breath is caused by bacteria build up in your mouth, and that bacteria is not just on your teeth, it’s on your tongue too! Brushing your tongue is definitely a good first step, but it’s definitely, also, not the most efficient way to bid bad breath goodbye!

But tongue scraping? Oh yeah, it’ll do the trick!

So, I’m not above admitting I was not the avid tongue scraper I am today before listening to The Skinny Confidential Him & Her podcast. (episode 103 go listen, you wont regret it!) But now, you absolutely will not catch me skipping this step in my routine. I mean, honestly, why this habit isn’t engrained into us from birth the way a fascination with reality TV is, I have no clue

 

Tongue scraping isn’t a fad either, guys, its a thing. Its been apart of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries!

The Ayurvedic reasoning behind this habit is spiritual as well, and if you are interested in learning more about that, this book is the perfect resource! I highly recommend! But the idea is that removing the film layer of bacteria off of your tongue reduces not only the bacteria that reside there, but also reduces the bacteria that you are swallowing throughout your day. 

P.S. Your tongue should NOT be white just like your teeth should not be yellow! 🙂

Two Toothbrushes and the 411 on my Receding Gum Line

In all seriousness I should have probably lead with this because it is so important! Receding gum lines are not uncommon and are often caused by brushing too hard and using too rough of a toothbrush. Two ways to know if you are brushing too hard are –

1 – The bristles on your toothbrush for your teeth and your toothbrush for cleaning the cracks between the tiles in your bathroom look the same. (Yikes- time to settle down tiger)

Actually … I feel the need to clarify that, that is an exaggeration. Your bristles should stand tall & proud just like the day you bought them!

2 – Sensitive teeth! Chances are if your teeth are sensitive to temperature, your gums have started to recede and more of the root of the tooth is exposed.

The bad news is receding gums are the first step toward Gum Disease. If you are like me and the two symptoms above apply to you I’m sure you are currently thinking “F U C K  N O” because that is EXACTLY what I thought!

Before the panic sets in all the way, I’d like to add,  there is SO much hope! First chunk the toothbrush – I’m willing to bet if you brush too hard you also have a medium to hard bristle brush. ALWAYS go with soft! just like your skin, your teeth don’t need to be roughed up to be cleaned.

 

Because its my hobby to make everything in my life as difficult as humanly possible, I have two toothbrushes. I guess its like my version of the whole “my food can’t touch OCD” thing? 

For regular toothpaste brushing I use my quip! I made the switch because it really really helps me chill out and brush gently. The vibrations are timed as well which I love and I get sent a new brush head every three months. I don’t know about y’all but I think I’m actually the worst about replacing my toothbrush so the subscription thing is ideal!

The second toothbrush in my arsenal is an eco friendly bamboo toothbrush by Avistar care and it is fabulous! I use this brush for my charcoal teeth whitening powder after I’ve brushed my teeth. Both of these brushes are soft bristled and very gentle, as they should be!

The Avistar toothbrushes come in a pack of like a billion, guys, and the whole quip situation is not the cheapest thing in the world, so if you are looking for an affordable oral care upgrade like now, these brushes are the way to go! (throw a tongue scraper in your cart to while you’re at it because if there was ever a time to utilize two day shipping, its now!)

The First Date trick I Wish I Had Known Years Ago

Lastly, I want to talk about this LIFE SAVING product that I am so mad at myself for not having discovered sooner. GUYS this is like reinventing the wheel level shit I’m about to lay on you & I just need you to be ready. 

INDIVIDUALLY. PACKAGED. FLOSS PICKS.

Floss picks are a thing, I get it, but these babies are –

1. Cute AF

2. Individually packaged for easy & discrete purse storage (a must)

3. Very oddly strong! (like I’m talking stronger than my tongue scrapping obsession)

Stashing these bad boys in my purse is a first date trick I wish I had known about YEARS ago! – Because we all know boys aren’t worth a damnnn when it comes to letting you know when theres something wrong on your face, much less in your teeth! *eye roll*
Like trust me, you telling me about the piece of spinach that moved in next to my left front tooth is WAY less embarrassing than getting home and finding it myself!

 

Wow, Wow was that a rant or what?? If you made it to the end of this post, congrats your teeth love you more already!

If you tried any of my recommendations I want to know all about it in the comments or feel free to slide into my DM’s any old time!

GIVEAWAY ALERT

I very sincerely love the shit out of everyone who has been so supportive of me and this page! SO in addition to working super hard on busting out as many posts as I can, I also wanted to do a GIVEAWAY.  (Also bc who doesn’t love packages??)

I’ll be picking TWO people to receive some of my favorite Avistar care products! Just make sure you are following me on instagram (@skimzey) and following this blog! (if you aren’t, enter your email at the bottom of this page!) 

Giveaway ends 5/25/18

Winners will be notified 5/26/18 via instagram 


Morning Cacao Smoothie

Cacao Brain Power Breakfast Smoothie

This has been my absolute FAV breakfast smoothie lately! And before I even get into the recipe I just want to say, I 10000% get that it looks GROSS. But can I just take a minute to emphasize that it just LOOKS  that way?? This smoothie is my fav for a reason!! It is so tasty not to mention its packed with yummy vitamins and minerals, making it the perfect way to wake up and tell your body “I FUCKING LOVE YOU”

Photo by Brigitte Tohm

Cacao Breakfast Smoothie 

– 1 Frozen banana

– 1 Mejool date 

– 2 Table spoons cacao

– Big handful of spinach

– 1 1/2 Cup almond milk 

– 1 Tablespoon chia seeds 

Throw it all in a blender and enjoy!

If you're thinking - "a smoothie for breakfast wont keep me full!"

What if I told you that you could make your smoothie in a way that it would in fact keep you full!?

Heres a little way to tailor your smoothie to you! – 

Make this smoothie the way the recipe says and then make a note of what time you get hungry that day! (before lunch of course! this is not a drag it out as long as you can suggestion!) If you find that you weren’t able to make it to lunch on this recipe then add a table spoon of coconut oil to your smoothie the next morning and try again! If you still find yourself hungry before lunch, add another table spoon of chia seeds! This is adding more calories of course, and thats the point! You are adding GOOD calories that your body can make EXCELLENT use of!

 


Toasty Tuna Salad

TOASTY TUNA SALAD

I cant be the only one that seriously loves tuna! And tuna salad… omg don’t even get me started! Unfortunately its not the healthiest thing in the world… or even close to it for that matter… So, i took matters into my own hands and made my own PROTEIN PACKED substitute! 

It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s yummy, & it packs a punch in nutrition terms! Obviously I cant keep this jem of a recipe to myself!

Toasty Tuna Salad Recipe

– 1 whole Avocado 

– 1 can Albacore white Tuna NON GMO 

– Small handful of Cilantro 

– Two slices of toasted bread (I prefer Powerseed by Dave’s Killer Bread)

& that literally it! chop everything up, add salt and pepper to your taste, mix and pile it sky high on some toast! So easy right? 

Stop fat shaming

This is the part where you say “DAMNNN SUSANNE thats a lot of fat, are you sure this is a healthy choice?” 

Heck yeah I’m sure! Can you guess where most of the fat in this recipe comes from?

Most of the fat comes from the avocado! In other words lots of polyunsaturated fats in the form of omega 3’s, and monounsaturated fats! Avocado contains saturated fat as well but, it’s all good because saturated fats or omega 6’s (it’s less hated name) are used by your body in a 1:1 ratio!

And boy are fats used by the body, we need them for just about every bodily function you can think of! So, stop fat shaming, try this recipe, and don’t forget to tell me what you think!

 


toiletries

cover photo by Charles Deluvio

Toiletry Must Haves

Toiletries are such a necessity and I cannot believe they aren’t talked about more often! Like let’s be honest, we are all SO picky about our make up, our clothes, our food… but when it comes to toothpaste and tampons we just grab one off the shelf?? UH no. 

Of course we all have our favorite things, but how much do we know about whats in them? And do we really even care? You might not now, but give me 5 minutes of your time and I’ll tell you why you should!

Deodorant - a must!

First off, lets talk deodorant! The first time I tried natural deodorant, I was not convinced – It’s more expensive, it doesn’t work, it’s just a giant pain, really. So I chose to ignore what I had been told about how terrible traditional deodorant was for you and moved on with my life.

But the facts kept following me around and it was eating me up that I was knowingly not taking care of my body!

PAUSE- If you don’t know what the big deal about traditional deodorant is, let me fill you in! 

Traditional Deodorant contains Aluminum and Parabens which have been linked to cancer and diseases like alzheimer’s. I totally get that you aren’t eating your deodorant but toxins are absorbed through the skin as well!   

 

So, anyway, I set out to find a natural aluminum free deodorant that would actually work! What I found was NATIVE, and I am completely hooked!! This stuff is so great guys! They even sent me two travel sizes for free with my order and they’ve been tiny life savers because, lets be real, my mornings only look calm and collected on snapchat. I forget even the most important things constantly, ya feel!?

Obviously, we have to talk tampons!

Your vagina is your friend y’all and I know that once a month it sure as hell feels like you aren’t friends… but shut up, yes you are. Remember, your skin ABSORBS and your lady parts are a whole lot more absorptive than your arm pits so like HELLO pay attention! 

An old coworker of mine used to make fun of me and joke that I probably use organic tampons, and this got me thinking… like wait is that a thing? I had never even considered what was in a tampon or if it was good or bad, I mean its not like the options are just endless in that department… its kinda just the thing you use and thats it, right? 

The alternative is well, not for everyone, but that shouldn’t mean I’m doomed to make my baby maker a toxin absorption center!

Luckily for us ladies, the girls at LOLA have figured this shit out! Their tampons are 100% organic cotton & thats it! I wish I could tell you about all the bad stuff in other tampons, but the thing is they are not required to disclose that information… so obviously the don’t. IDK ABOUT YALL- but thats just a little terrifying.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, LOLA also delivers monthly. I mean guys, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Next order of business are those pearly whites! - Toothpaste

Two things – whitening & brushing. 

Brushing your teeth is just a thing you do mmkay? and then whitening is something extra you do because who doesn’t want a dazzling white smile?? 

I use Thieves Dentarome Ultra toothpaste and I love it! I love the taste, and it certainly has made my teeth whiter.

Now, the debate on fluoride goes on and on, but I won’t get into all of that. I really am just into the idea of using a more natural product and this all natural essential oil toothpaste does the trick for me! 

Whitening!

Even though the Thieves toothpaste whitened my teeth I wanted more!! Baking soda definitely works but it’s way gross, and I just wasn’t about it. Whitening strips or treatments at the dentist were also a no go because they make my teeth so extremely sensitive. So, I tried Avistar Care Natural Charcoal Whitener & Detoxifier, and was SOLD. Their charcoal is infused with coconut, and really truly works! I wish I had before and after pictures for you guys but I mean lets be honest… that would mean I had my life together… and I very obviously do not!

I used my charcoal after I brushed in the morning or night or both for about two weeks, now I just add it into my morning about once a week and everything is perfectly up-kept! The results aren’t as fast as strips or the dentist but for teeth that aren’t sensitive, like, there is not even a question in my mind which I prefer!

What toiletries so you swear by?? I would love to know your must haves in the comments!!