3 Ingredient Avocado Breakfast Pudding

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The Amazing Avocado

Factoid for the day: Did you know that Avocado is actually a fruit? It’s considered a single-seeded berry that’s native to Mexico!

Why is the avocado so trendy and popular with the health nuts, hipsters, and foodies of the world? This is why everyone is in love with this magical fruit!

  • Decreases LDL (low density lipoproteins aka. the bad cholesterol). Researchers attribute the results to avocado’s monounsaturated fat content (a type of heart-healthy fat molecule), which may play an important part in lowering elevated cholesterolโ€”a factor in insulin resistance, excess weight, and obesity.
  • Helps to Shrink your Waistline! A diet rich in monounsaturated fat may actually prevent body fat distribution around the belly by down-regulating the expression of certain fat genes.
  • Full of antioxidants to help fight Free Radicals
  • Weight Management: An avocado provides nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients essential for healthy weight management, including 14 grams of satiating fiber and 66 percent (60 micrograms) of your daily need for vitamin Kโ€”a nutrient that helps regulate sugar metabolism and insulin sensitivity
  • On top of all of these health benefits, there’s the fact that Avocado tastes amazing!

Here is one of my favorite recipes using Avocado! Yes, it’s the same recipe that Kourtney Kardashian uses ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can use this same recipe and add cocoa powder for a chocolatey dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium, ripe avocado
  • 2 tsp. Manuka Honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Throw it all in a blender and Enjoy!


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Shake it Off



S H A K E off the excess holiday weight and bring on the lean muscle we know is under that fluff!ย  Our brand NEW It Works S H A K E is HERE and the timing couldn’t be more perfect!! ๐Ÿ’—I’ve added this shake into my daily routine to keep me on track to reaching my 2017 health and fitness goals!
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Find your Peppermint Bliss this Holiday Season

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Hi beauties!

New product Alert!!! This Peppermint Bliss Gift Set is my current obsession! There is nothing like the scent of Peppermint to get you in the Holiday spirit. Buy one for you and one for that special person on your list that deserves some pampering. The set comes in a cute, ready to gift box to save you time on wrapping and includes all of this:

  • 1 Sugar Scrub (6 oz)
  • 1 Body Lotion (6 oz)
  • 1 Lip Balm
  • PLUS 1 BONUS Travel Size Body Lotion (2 oz)
  • 1 Gift Box

Click Here to purchase this set for just $49 as a loyal customer! Hurry, because this delicious, limited edition set is only available while supplies last!

 

Have you tried Skyfit yet?!

I’m obsessed with my new workout app, Skyfit! If you’re bored with your workouts, you have to give this a try!

What is Skyfit?

Skyfit is an on demand audio workout program that combines the guidance of a trainer with an amazing playlist to keep you motivated! You choose when you workout and how you workout!

Here are all the ways you can break a sweat with Skyfit:

  • Elliptical
  • Treadmill
  • Outdoor Running
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Yoga
  • 5K Training
  • 10k Training

At just $9.99 a month, it’s WAY cheaper than my gym membership and way more fun!

Click Here to Check it out!

 

 

Glam Bathroom Makeover

Home Makeovers and DIY projects are my FAVE!!!
Our small bathroom on the main level was soooooo boring and dated and an in desperate need of an upgrade! Prior to the remodel, the walls were cream and the cabinets were oak. The granite was already there and the light fixture was one of those old hollywood looking lights that you can get at Lowe’s for around $15.

To paint the cabinets:

  • Remove the hardware
  • Wipe Clean
  • Sand with 80 Grit Sandpaper
  • Vacuum to remove dust
  • Prime (I used Zinsser Primer)
  • Once primer is dry, Sand with Fine grit sand paper. I used 220
  • Vacuum to remove dust
  • If the woodgrain is still showing through more than you’d like, you can prime again and repeat the sanding with fine grit sand paper
  • Then Paint:) I used a foam roller so that there were no brush marks on the cabinets.

I replaced the hardware with new pulls once the black paint was dry. I found the lion’s head pulls in the clearance bin at our local ACE Hardware! I love a deal!

Then it was time for the walls. I filled in all the nail holes with spackle, let that dry and then sanded it even. I then painted the walls white. That took two coats.
I used a level and painters tape to tape off the stripes. I did 10 inch stripes and highly recommend using Frog Tape. In my experience it is the best, especially when using a dark color for striping. It never bleeds through it.
I painted the wall with the same black paint that I used on the cabinets using that same foam roller.
When the tape was removed…VOILA!!!! Instant glam!

The Tile work was more complicated. We removed the builder’s grade mirror first and removed the light fixture.
We used black subway tiles from Lowe’s. We also purchased a wet tile saw from Lowe’s that was around $89 (worth every penny!!!). Then we went to town tiling behind the sink. Tiling is easy, but getting the cuts straight is so hard for me! After the tile was done, we installed the light fixture..

We are so pleased with the outcome!!!

My Favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette


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This balsamic vinaigrette is a huge hit in our house! We literally do not use anything else! This recipe tastes delicious, is all natural and saves us money at the grocery store. No need to buy expensive salad dressings when you can make something this delicious from ingredients you already have at home. Some of the so-called “natural and healthy” salad dressings (which aren’t so natural or healthy with all the preservatives) can run you $8 a bottle! Crazy, right?!

This recipe is so easy. Just add all the ingredients below into a salad dressing shaker (even a mason jar works) and shake it up! Next step..enjoy!

 

3 Steps in Your Beauty Routine You should be following Daily

  1. Wear Sunscreen

    Not just when you’re headed to the beach or the lake, but EVERYDAY!! The first thing I do in the morningย  is apply sunscreen to my face. No joke! Even before I brush my teeth!!ย  I don’t care if I’m going to be inside all day or if it’s cloudy, sunscreen is happening!

I learned the hard way, guys. I am going to be 34 and have been wearing sunscreen consistently for the last 4 years. Before that though, my entire 20’s consisted of wearing spf 4ย  tanning oil (really, Jackie?!) while laying by the pool in Arizona. I’ve also had my fair share of sunburns (thanks to that spf 4) and I’ve even used tanning beds. Oh how I wish I could erase that from my past! Fast forward from my sun worshipping 20’s to my 30th Birthday.ย  I swear that exact day was when all of my sun sins flashed before my eyes and I noticed my once youthful face now was covered in Dark spots that made me look much older than my 30 years. That was the day I became very aware of the amazing organ that is our skin and how important it is to keep it protected.ย  Dark spots, hyperpigmentation and wrinkles are just some of the effects of sun exposure.

Vanity aside,ย  the #1 reason I choose to wear daily sunscreen is to reduce my risk of developing skin Cancer! Check out these stats, courtesy ofย  http://www.skincancer.org: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the sun causes 90 percent of all nonmelanoma skin cancers,1ย and other research links it to 65 percent of all melanomas.2ย Each year, an estimated 3.5 million or more new cases occur in the US of the nonmelanoma skin cancers basal and squamous cell carcinoma (BCC and SCC).3ย An estimated 76,250 new cases of invasive melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, will be diagnosed in the US, with nearly 9,180 resulting in death, according to the American Cancer Society.4ย ย Those are some scary stats, my friends!

Ok, so we know sunscreen is important, but which sunscreen should we be wearing?

I’m going to focus on facial sunscreen, since we’re on the topic of beauty routines. My dermatologist at the University of Michigan said that The most important thing to remember when choosing a sunscreen, is to pick one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. The other consideration is physical vs. chemical. Here is a helpful chart that compares the pros and cons of both, so you can make an educated decision on which is right for you.ย 

My derm recommended the Anthelios line from La Roche Posay. That line is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. It’s great to wear daily, as it’s very light and works perfect under makeup, but still provides superior protection from the harmful rays of the sun.

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2. Use Eye Cream every AM and PM

Eye cream is sometimes thought of as an extra step vs. an essential step when it comes to skin care.ย  Read this next statement and then tell me what you think, essential vs. extra……โ€œThe eyelid is the thinnest skin on the body and since itโ€™s constantly active ย (we blink 10,000 times a day), the skin around the eye area is the first to show age,โ€ says dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman. So it stands to reason that they need a little extra TLC.”ย  I don’t know about you guys, but I’m gonna go with ESSENTIAL!

So..what should you look for when choosing an eye cream?

  • Caffeine: to constrict blood vessels under eyes to reduce puffiness
  • Antioxidants: to prevent free radical damage
  • Peptides: to stimulate collagen production (i.e. retinol)
  • A light cream: Heavy creams can increase fluid retention and exacerbate eye puffiness

My absolute favorite product and one that I use every morning and night religiously, is It Works Lifting Lip and Eye Cream..It’s my secret to looking like I had a full 8 hours of sleep! It’s a cream gel, so it’s super light but still very moisturizing. It satisfies all of the above as far as what to look for in an eye cream and is so affordable at just $29 for a month’s supply (loyal customer pricing)! Can’t beat that! There is no reason you should pay $250 for a quality eye cream.ย  Added perk: It’s meant to be used around the delicate skin of the lips as well! The skin around the lips is just as fragile as the skin around the eyes and is one of the first places that wrinkles appear. I LOVE a multitasking product!

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3. Take a multivitamin

I could go on and on about the benefits of supplementation, but for this article’s purposes, I’m going to focus on what I like to call “the beauty nutrients.” When choosing a multivitamin, they’re not all created equal. Make sure you look for a whole food based vitamin vs. a synthetic vitamin. Synthetic vitamins don’t come from living food sources, but are made from chemicals that are mass produced.

Check out these amazing beauty nutrients and what they do for your body to keep you looking and feeling your best!

Vitamin C: We all know Vitamin C for it’s immune boosting capabilities, but what most people don’t know, is that Vitamin C is essential to collagen production. Vitamin C also protects skin cells from sun damage.5
Vitamin E: Acts as a cell membrane protectant — it guards what comes in and what goes out of the skin. When combined with Vitamin C, it protects against UV damage. 5
Beta-carotene: Beta-carotene is crucial for skin health. It converts to Vitamin A, which is critically responsible for cell repair and growth. 5
Polyphenols: These exhibit anti-cancer properties and may reduce the risk of sun-related cancers. Found in Green Tea5
B Vitamins:ย  B should stand for BEAUTY! Check out what these B vitamins do for your hair, skin and nails!
      • Niacin, vitamin B3: used to improve the appearance or severity of some skin conditions, important to keep the hair follicle healthy6

      • Pantothenic acid, vitamin B5: Promotes faster healing of skin wounds and is most effective when combined with Vitamin C6

      • Biotin, vitamin B7: essential for maintaining the texture, tone and strength of your locks, and a deficiency in B7 can lead to hair loss6

      • Folic acid, vitamin B9: Is Important to to keep the hair follicle healthy. A deficiency can slow down cell division within the hair follicles, which also slows down hair growth. Also important to health and growth of nails. Improves the ability of the epidermis, the upper-most layer of the skin, to retain moisture โ€“ leading to softer, smoother skin with less dryness and flakiness, and a reduction of fine lines6

      • Cobalamin, vitamin B12: regulates your skinโ€™s pigment production and location, preventing hyperpigmentation, which is the darkening of skin on certain parts of your body. Also, B12 helps the body to absorb the essential mineral iron, which is necessary for healthy and strong nails6

My daily multivitamin is the It’s Vital Core Nutrition. This plant-based,whole-food multivitamin gives me the essential antioxidants, phytonutrients, and vitamins I need throughout the day with controlled-release technology. It’s gluten free and easy to swallow. On top of the beauty nutrients, it also contains metabolic support to help my body burn more calories. #Winning

IMG_7269I hope these 3 steps will be a welcome addition to your beauty routine! Have a great day, beauties!

-Love,

Jackie

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