February Favorites!

February in Ohio has brought some realllllllll weird weather, but it was a quick and pleasant month. Here are some of my favorite products that I enjoyed the whole month of February, enjoy (:

 

lululemon Toasty Tech Tight II

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I wear these leggings 99% of my life and I’m not even made about it. They are so incredibly warm because they have sweat-wicking tech fleece brushed on the inside of them. I’ve worn them in single-digit weather and could barely feel the cold wind on my legs, it was insane. They are probably the most comfortable pair of leggings I own, they’re stretchy & thick, they have a higher waist band & reflective pockets so they’re great or running at night. If it’s cold where you live & you want to get a good pair of leggings that will keep you warm outside, these are perfect!

 

Skin Food by Aubrey

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I discovered these products at my local Whole Foods store a few weeks back & decided I’d give them a try! I got the Detox Face Mask, the Lavender Probiotic Natural Deodorant, and the Immunity Body Butter. She creates Artisan organic skincare and all of her products are made with raw ingredients. Aubrey lives somewhat close to me & her products are sold locally in Ohio at select Whole Foods stores! Supporting local is huge for me & her products are seriously amazing. The detox mask you mix with water & then apply the serum after and the next day your skin will be glowing and radiant looking. The deodorant is fantastic & I can go through a workout and not smell myself (which is a huge feat for me lol). The body butter is probably my favorite item of all because it’s so hydrating and smells AMAZING! I really believe its very important to watch what you put on your body as well as what you ingest. It’s hard with all these products out now a days, but products like these make going to organic products so much easier! Check out her Etsy shop here (: She has everything you possibly think of!

 

Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit

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I’m obsessed. Lol. I really don’t have much to say about them except I was so excited to get these and they’re so different for me because I usually wear Free Runs & Air Max shoes. These are super light & they are actually incredibly comfortable, if you’re looking to change up your shoes or you’re bored with your current shoes, check these out!

 

Young Living Essential Oils

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I discovered Young Living not long ago & I’m so glad I decided to finally take the leap of faith. These oils are actually amazing & I’m not gonna lie, I was super skeptical about them to begin with. I figured what could an oil actually do for you? But boy was I wrong. I already have a few favorites but I’m thinking about doing a whole post on that here in the near future (let me know if you’d be interested in seeing a post like that!). Since using these, I’ve really reduced the anxiety I deal with, my sleep has gotten dramatically better, my stress has really lessened & so have the effects I have from it, and my energy level have increased. Sounds like a miracle but I really do believe these oils have worked, at least my mind believes they have because I’ve seen really great improvements from using these. I got the Starter Kit with the Dewdrop diffuser & if you don’t know a whole lot about essential oils, definitely do some research on them!

 

Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes

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These cleansing wipes are EVERYTHING. I’ve used just about every makeup remover wipe under the sun and these easily take the cake. I used them to take up normal makeup for about a week, but the real test was just the other night when I used them to take off a full face of glam makeup. I use the House of Lashes lash glue & if you’ve used it before you understand how incredibly hard it is to get all of it off. I’ve had lash glue stuck in my lashes before for over a week with this stuff. But I used one of these remover wipes and not only did it take every little bit of makeup off my face with just one wipe, it took off every last bit of the lash glue and a liquid lipstick with one swipe. I was so incredibly surprised & I’ll never use any other brand of makeup remover wipes again. Online it says they cleanse and tone the skin while hydrating thanks to the hyaluronic acid them. Best part? They’re $9… you seriously can’t beat them & if you’re looking for a great makeup remover wipe for travel or anything else – TRY THESE!

 

lululemon Base Runner Pant III

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I will never love a pair of sweatpants as much as I love these. Bold statement, but these are seriously the bomb. They are made with Rulu fabric & if you’re familiar with lulu’s fabric, you know when you see Rulu in anything, it’s going to feel like you’re putting heaven on your body. They are also sweat wicking, but honestly I wear these to lounge around the house in (currently have them on as I type this post..lol). They’re similar to jogger pants, they have a hugged sensation on your legs, but they’re baggy at the same time. They have a higher waist band and are tight around the ankles. The pockets are huge and they have a drawstring at the top. They’re just so comfortable, you need to at least try them on in a lulu store to feel them, I promise you’ll fall in love!

 

This post was relatively short, but so was this month! Let me know what some of your favorites for this month were & as always, thanks for reading (:

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Homemade Healthy Sweet Potato Fries!

I started making these with no recipe and just plans to wing it and hope they turned out okay, and booooooy did they ever. I’m really excited because this is the first recipe I’ve ventured out and made up on my own. I’m sure there’s 500 different recipes out there for homemade sweet potato fries, but I wanted to do mine a little differentialy because honestly I hate sweet potatoes. I have tried so many recipes to make them taste even okay to me and I’ve hated every single one of them. I’ve tried them baked, chips, mashed & even fried as a last ditch effort- nothing, disgusting. So this motivated me to try and do something that I personally would like & feel free to switch any of these ingredients up for something you might like more! I featured my favorite Flavor God seasonings that I use on everything & I decided I wanted more of a savory flavor on my fries, so these are the ingredients I gathered together and used:

-2 decent sized sweet potatoes

– avocado oil

-apple cider vinegar

-Flavor God Pizza seasoning

-Himalayan pink salt

I also used a potato peeler and a knife as seen in the picture!

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I know you’re jealous of our American flag plates – LOL.

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So after I washed and scrubbed them, I cut the ends of the potatoes and any weird little parts off. I also skinned them completely because I hate potato skins, but feel free to leave the skin on if you like the skin! I also rinsed them off one more time after I skinned and cut them just to make sure there was nothing on them and they were ready to cut!

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Okay, this part made me want to cuss. After about 15 minutes of cutting and only having a quarter of a potato done, I requested the help of my mom & the cutting then went by much quicker. If you have something that makes fries for you, I would highly suggest using that because it would be much easier I’m sure haha. If not, grab two knives & your mom and catch up on whatever gossip you can think of – it’ll go by much faster!

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This is the seasoning I put on the fries after I put them in our NuWave oven. If you don’t have a NuWave… where have you been? Seriously, GET ONE. We use ours for every meal almost and it makes things to much easier and crispier than conventional ovens. Anyway, I mixed the apple cider vinegar, avocado oil, salt, & Pizza seasoning together here and then once I put them on the rack, I brushed the mixture onto the potato pieces because I didn’t want them soaked.

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Here they are on our NuWave rack & freshly brushed with the seasoning mixture. Again, if you don’t want to use exactly what I used for the seasoning, mix it up! You can use cinnamon, brown sugar & oil for a sweet fry or chili flakes and vinegar for a spicy fry! The possibilities are endless and honestly it’s just however you want your fries to taste! I, again, wanted a savory fry so I went with apple cider vinegar & pizza seasoning!

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So in the NuWave I cooked them for 7 minutes & when that time was up, I moved them around and cooked them again for another 5 minutes (I lined the bottom with foil so I avoided a mess with the seasoning and I could just simply crumple the foil when I was done instead of having to wash the bottom tray)! The NuWave seriously cuts down on cook time and it’s so incredibly convenient. We use ours for chicken, steaks, fries, tater tots, turkey, pizza, bread, cupcakes – literally everything. If you want to learn more about the NuWave I recommend it because it changed our lives. If you’re using a conventional oven I would suggest using a baking sheet lined with foil and cooking the fries for about 30-45 minutes at around 375. Also, with this method, after the first 15 minutes, I would shake them around every 10-15 minutes after that until they are golden brown! Again though, 12 minutes in the NuWave compared to 45 minutes in an oven… c’mon now. That’s why the NuWave is the bomb.

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These are the final product & they were DELISHHHH! I sprinkled them again with just a little bit of salt and Pizza seasoning immediately after they came out of the NuWave and they were delicious. They’re a healthy alternative to traditional fries and even though they take a little bit of prep and cooking, it’s worth it in saved calories!

Let me know if you try these and if you use my method of seasoning or if you used your own ! I would love to hear what you guys come up with so I can try it next time I make these! Also, here is a link for the NuWave set we have because I seriously highly recommend this to everyone that doesn’t like waiting around for things to cook – everyone in my family uses this (HSN usually has pretty good deals on these!). As always, thanks for reading (:

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Refreshing Summer Dip!

So I came across this dip recipe on Facebook about a month ago and had been meaning to try it because it looked absolutely delicious and I was told that it was as good as it looked! The original creator of this dip is Marilyn Hanbury from her Facebook page and looking through her recipes she has some AMAZING looking stuff! So I decided to give this stuff a whirl since I loved (almost) everything in it! + Recently becoming a member of Healthy Living Blogs, I decided now was a good time to do my first recipe!

So first to start off you need 2 jalapeños, 1 red bell pepper, 1 can of corn [no salt added] & plain non-fat greek yogurt. The recipe also called for a half a can of sliced olives but I couldn’t find the low sodium ones so I just omitted that! So this is what you’ll have once you have all your ingredients together! *I used the sweet potato chips for dipping!

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After you chop the red bell pepper & chop + de-seed the jalapeños you’ll want to add the whole can of corn and 16 oz of Greek yogurt together!

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^ All the ingredients!

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^ All the ingredients in a bowl together before combining!

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This is the final products and I tell you, it’s delicious with the sweet potato chips! I also added a little pinch of Himylayian pink salt and a bit of my Flavor God Garlic Lovers seasoning [here + they’re 100% clean and won’t ruin your diet!] After calculating one serving (4 oz) came out to be around 100 calories, low salt (if you use no salt added corn) and zero fat! Basically it’s completely guilt free and I can’t wait to eat some while I’m sitting by a pool this summer because it’s got really great flavor and it’s really refreshing! Next time, I might leave 1/2 of the seeds from 1 jalapeno in to add just a little bit of heat!

Let me know if you try this and if you like it + also, what are some of your favorite clean summer snacks?!

Thanks for reading (:

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