Thursday, May 22, 2014

Green Juice Recipe



Here's a simple paleo-fied green juice recipe for all my paleo fanatics out there!

What you'll need for one serving:
1 cup of Greens (Spinach, Kale, Chard, etc)
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 apple, cut into slices (I like fugi apples)
1 over ripened banana
2 tbs chia seeds
A few ice cubes to cool it off or you can pour it over ice

I got this bag at Sprouts Farmer's Market. It's perfect for green smoothies!

An over ripened banana adds to the sweetness of the smoothie! Yumm!

 Goodness I loooove almond milk!

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend, blend, blend!! 


Enjoy!!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Paleo Chicken Strips!



Mmmm mmm mmmm!!!! Thank God for Pinterest! I find so many great Paleo recipes on Pinterest and one of the latest goodies that has caught my attention are chicken strips! I found quite a few different versions so here's my take on them and here is a link to one of the recipe's that inspired mine. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
3 large boneless/skinless chicken breasts cut into strips (mine ended up more like chunks...oops!)
2 cups of almond meal
oregano
paprika 
pepper
garlic salt
2 egg whites
2 tbs coconut oil

Pre-heat the oven to 475.

Mix the dry ingredients together and then add the coconut oil into the dry ingredients to thicken it up a bit. I didn't put exact measurements for the seasonings because I eyeballed them. Once you've cut the chicken into strips, dip each strip into the egg whites and then into the dry ingredients. Then place the strips onto a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Easy peasy and very good!!!

Enjoy! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Paleo Recipe: Chicken, Mini Bell Peppers and BACON!!!




Here is an easy weekday recipe for all you bacon lovers!

Ingredients:
3 Strips of Bacon
3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast halves
10 Mini Bell Peppers, sliced in half
1/4 cup of chicken broth
Large Skillet

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. 

Place the bacon in a skillet on medium heat and cook for a few minutes. Then place the chicken and sliced bell peppers on top of the bacon.

Cook for about 6 minutes and then turn the chicken. After you turn the chicken, add the chicken broth, cover with a lid and cook for another 6 minutes, or until done.

Enjoy!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Costa Rica!!!!



Well I just returned from an incredible trip to Costa Rica with my husband and I cannot even begin to tell you how beautiful it was there! The weather, the ocean, the views; simply amazing! We spent countless hours swimming in the ocean and lounging on the beach; we zip lined through the Costa Rican jungle, sipped refreshing smoothies by the pool, watched monkeys as they swung from tree to tree and trekked down the small streets of Guanacaste, stopping at local shops and restaurants along the way. It was the perfect way to start our new adventure: traveling!! 

That's right, while we were hanging out at the beach one afternoon, it hit me. My job is... Okay... But it's definitely not my life nor my passion. My husband and I have both been blessed with great jobs and I thank God every day for His provision! But I've spent years trying to figure out what my passion really is and it finally hit me! I want to see the world! I want to visit other cities and experience other cultures. I want to taste different foods and see sunsets from all parts of the world. Traveling is my passion and luckily I found a man who's just as excited to experience it all with me! So within the next month, Jesse and I will begin our new adventure by "weekend traveling" and we will be documenting it all here on my blog, which will definitely be experiencing a name change of sorts. I'll still do makeup reviews and all that but the blog will focus more on our travels and we'll also be sharing the costs and deals we get too! So tell yo' kids, tell yo' wife, tell yo' husband, cause these kids are about to take you on an adventure!! Stay tuned!! :D

Now back to Costa Rica! We flew from Tucson to Houston to Liberia in about 6 1/2 hours (we found it was cheaper to fly out of Tucson rather than Phoenix) and as soon as we arrived in Liberia, we felt the heat and humidity!! We expected it and planned for it, but what we didn't plan for was the rain. Apparently the rainy season started a couple days before we got there, but according to the locals, it was a good thing. It had been very hot, dry and dusty since November but once the rain came, it dampened the ground and brought a cool, refreshing breeze to the area. It barely rained during the day so we were able to do all the fun stuff we wanted to do and then relax and listen to the rain from our bungalow at night. Oh yeah, we stayed in a bungalow on the beach in Guanacaste called "Hotel Playa Negra". If you're into surfing, this is the spot for you! If you're not into surfing, like me, then this is still a great spot for you!! The waves are huge and are so fun to surf/swim in.

Here are some photos from our trip!

Our bungalow...



Our view during breakfast every morning...


Me being silly with my husband...


Love...


My friend Bill...


The view from our room...


Let's talk about food!


 (Above: breakfast at Negra Grill / Below: Costa Rican Coffee)


Three restaurants that I recommend if you're staying at the Hotel Playa Negra or in close proximity to it are of course the "Negra Grill" which is located on the property of the hotel, "Jalepeno's", and "Kon Tiki". The food at the grill is okay, a little bland for my taste but some salt can fix that. They have excellent smoothies (mango was my fave), tasty Costa Rican coffee and yummy omelets for breakfast! 

Jalepeno's is a very small restaurant down the road from the hotel, 9 minutes if you're on foot, and they serve breakfast and lunch. We had super nachos for lunch one afternoon that were so delish!!


Lastly is Kon Tiki!! I looooove pizza and this restaurant had some of the best brick oven pizza I've ever tasted! They're open for dinner at 6:00 and it's a little far from the hotel so you will need either a taxi or a rental car to get there but if you're ever in the area, take the time to stop there. You won't regret it!


Now let's talk about all the fun stuff you can do there!

Surfing: like I mentioned before, this is a great spot for those who like to surf. If you don't know how to surf, they have instructors who will teach for a couple hours out on the water. It's $40 per person for 2 hours. And once you have it all figured out, there is a surf shop right off the beach where you can rent boards for the day.


Zip lining: if you are afraid of heights, you might not like zip lining because they take you all the way to the top of a mountain and then you zip line all the way back down, which means, you're pretty far off the ground. It is a little scary at first but it is probably one of the coolest things I've ever done and I'm so glad I was able to do it. Our "canopy tour" consisted of 11 cables and it took about 2 hours at $50 per person.





Horseback riding: you can go on a horseback tour on the beach or through the towns for 2 hours at $40 per person.

One thing I wish we would have done but didn't know it was available to us until the last day was to do a boat ride through the Palo Verde National Park. A tour guide takes you on a boat through the park where you can see and hear all the different animals in the jungle. That would have been amazing!

Even though we didn't get to do everything we wanted to do, we still had a great time!! My husband and I were able to spend some quality time together and enjoy each other's company without the hustle and bustle of work and other obligations.

If you're interested in planning a similar vacation and want to know how much it cost us, keep reading.

Flight and hotel through Travelocity: $2064.14
Expediting my passport last minute:
$170.00
Snacks, toiletries and swimsuits:
$150.00
Taxi to and from the airport in Liberia: $185.00
Food in Guanacaste: $220 for 6 days
Zip lining: $100
Sunburn: free

Last thing... If you plan on ever leaving Costa Rica, you will have to pay a "departure tax". The rate we paid when we left was $29 per person. Ridiculous. I know. 

Total: 2889.14 for six days in paradise! (Not including departure tax)

Thank you for reading and I look forward to sharing so many more adventures with you! (if there is anything else you'd like to know, feel free to comment below and I'll get back with ya!)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day 42: Paleo Peach Ice Cream


Here is a quick and easy ice cream recipe for all my Paleo lovers!

Paleo Peach Ice Cream

1 can of coconut milk
3 sliced and peeled peaches
or
1 large can of pre-sliced peaches (syrup removed)
1 tbsp of raw organic honey
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of vanilla extract

Easy steps...
Blend the peaches in a blender or food processor. I used canned peaches because it was too late to run out and buy fresh peaches. Next time I will!


Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend until well mixed.

Then pour your ingredients into an ice cream maker and let it run for about 25 to 30 min.




Last step: Enjoy!!!


Thanks for reading!!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Product Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet

PERFECTION LUMIÈRE VELVET SMOOTH-EFFECT MAKEUP BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 SUNSCREEN (12 BEIGE ROSÉ)

I was so excited when I stopped by the Chanel counter today and saw them putting out this new foundation! I've used Perfection Lumiere in the past and I am a huge fan so I just knew this foundation had to be good.

First thing, like all of Chanel's products, this foundation has an incredible fragrance. If you're not a fan of scents then you might not like it but I absolutely love it! It's fresh and clean and has just a hint of perfume. Perfect!

Before the Chanel makeup artist applied it, she checked the color against my jaw line to make sure it was a perfect match, and turns out my color is 30. It matched PERFECTLY, as if this shade was made for me! How awesome is that?! Picking out foundations is always a battle for me so it was nice to find one that matched so well. She then removed all of my old makeup and toned my skin with Lotion Douceur which balanced my skin. Then she applied a moisturizer, which I didn't happen to catch the name of, as well as an under eye cream. 

Using a foundation brush, she applied the Perfection Lumiere Velvet all over my skin. It's surprisingly very liquidy but it went on smoothly and it evened out my complexion quite nicely. One layer gave me medium coverage, which is what I like, but if you're looking for full coverage, I believe two layers will do that for you. 

The best part about it, besides the fragrance, and the coverage, and the fact that it's oil free and has an SPF of 15 is the velvety/matte finish! It looks and feels so soft, as if it was just set with a powder, which is exactly what I need for my oily/combination skin. It's lightweight and feels like you're not wearing any makeup at all!

She rang me up, handed me a bag of samples, and I was out the door. When I got to my car I took a picture so I could see what it looked like in natural light...


This may not be the best picture but you can at least see here that the color matches my skin... my neck and my face are even and that's what we want! Yay!

Look at these goodies...


I've been wearing it for about 4 hours now and I don't look or feel oily at all. It still has that powdery finish too! 

Now, I almost ended this blog by saying this was the best foundation I had ever tried and I recommend it to everyone in the whole UNIVERSE! Okay, maybe that would have been a bit too extreme, but you get the picture! Anyway... then I thought I should take a picture using the flash and see how that looks. Well ladies, you know that white cast that we all hate?! Here it is...

*this picture was taken 4 hours after application*

Oh Lawwwd!! That is not good. Remember how I said the shade matched my skin perfectly?? Well, apparently it doesn't in flash pictures. The coverage is excellent as you can see, but the white cast is a no-no! So sad!!! The Chanel makeup artist did give me some samples of a darker shade (to use when I get nice and tan on my trip to Costa Rica, baby!!) so I am going to try that out tomorrow and see if that makes a difference. I will let you know how that goes!

Day 2! So I have returned with an update on shade 40. 

I applied shade 40 this morning at around 5:30 am. Here is a selfie I took at work to show you the color match...


Looks pretty good, eh?


And here's another photo, this time using flash. NO WHITE CAST! YAY! I guess going up a shade was the solution to my problem.

Did I mention that this picture was taken 17 hours later?!! After a long day at work and then a few hours at play practice, my girlfriend and I went out for a night on the town. Look at how this foundation held up all day! (This picture has no filter, btw) Talk about long lasting!!

My final thoughts: I love this foundation! It's definitely the best foundation I have ever used and I recommend it to all my girlfriends with oily/combination skin! The price tag is $45 but sometimes a girl needs to splurge! Trust me, you'll like it!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Biosilk Review


Over the last few years I've heard a bunch of makeup gurus boast about Biosilk and I could never justify spending over $25 for shampoo and conditioner! Okay, call me cheap, but I'd way rather find a cute top or some new sandals for $25 bucks instead. Anyway, I was out shopping at Target a couple weeks ago and as I was browsing the "high end" shampoos and conditioners, I saw a bonus pack containing one Biosilk Shampoo AND a Biosilk Silk Therapy Oil for only $13! GANGA!!! I couldn't pass it up! Even my husband encouraged me to buy it... my man knows a good buy when he sees one!

Well... I've been using the shampoo and oil for about a week now and although I haven't noticed much difference with the shampoo, I have fallen in love with the oil! I love, love LOVE the way it smells! If you've read my blogs before you know that I am huge on scents. If something smells funky, I will not buy it, no matter how expensive it is or the quality of it... I just don't like stank!

The best part about the oil is how soft and shiny it makes my hair, without weighing it down. A little goes a long way with this stuff too. After I style my hair, I put about a dime sized amount of oil on the palm of my hand, rub my hands together and then run my fingers through my hair. Here is the result...


I like to add a little extra to the hair underneath, right above my neck, because it gets pretty tangled throughout the day. Since I've been doing this, I've noticed my hair doesn't get as tangled! 

I also like to use it on my body right after I get out of the shower. Yes, this stuff has even replaced my lotion!! I've noticed my hands are a lot softer and my skin doesn't feel as itchy anymore. 

I know the oil can be pricey, but now I know what those beauty gurus were always talking about! The oil is good stuff and definitely worth the splurge! 

Happy Friday!