July 25, 2017

Why I Joined Maskcara Beauty

Why Maskcara? “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked to join a direct marketing sales team. Perhaps it’s my blog, or perhaps it’s my over-ambitious personality, but sometimes I think I’m wearing a sign that says, “Approach me about your business opportunity.” And quite honestly, I take every single attempt at recruitment […]... Read More

 

July 8, 2017

7 Salads That Don’t Suck

  Today I’m challenging the notion that salads must be low-calorie, boring, and full of lettuce. Aka salads that suck. Here are 7 awesome salads that don’t suck. 7 easy ways to eat a fresh and fabulous meal, without wondering, “Ok, that was good, but what’s for dinner?” All of these salads are packed with nourishing […]... Read More

 

March 15, 2017

Hawaiian Poke Bowl with Veetee Rice

The New Trend: Poke Bowls Is it just me, or are poke bowl restaurants all the new rave? Made popular in Southern California, this fast-food sushi trend is finally hitting Las Vegas. There is literally a poke bowl shop on every single street corner! I’ve always loved a good Hawaiian poke bowl, but now that they’re […]... Read More

 

February 20, 2017

Filet Mignon DIY Sushi Rolls

Do It Yourself! Why spend money on expensive sushi when you can make it yourself? My husband and I had so much fun making these DIY sushi rolls for date night! They are the perfect compromise for couples who are one-part meat eater and one-part sushi lover like us. We love PRE® Brands Meat for […]... Read More

 

February 17, 2017

Honey-Lime Chicken Pineapple Boats

Easy and Packed with Flavor! As a brand new momma, I’m super pressed for time. So my dinner recipes need to be easy-peasy, or they aren’t happening. What I love about this dish is that it looks like it popped out of a 5-star Hawaiian restaurant, but even the most amateur chef can create it! As long […]... Read More

 

February 14, 2017

4 Things No One Told Me About Breastfeeding

Let me preface by telling you that my husband and I were both formula-fed. And believe it or not, we were awesome, healthy, non-colicky kids. That being said, we are both health nuts. And for us, it was never a question. Our baby would be breastfed. I distinctly remember a comparison being made between formula-fed […]... Read More

 

Covered Goods: Product Review

What I Love About Covered Goods It’s a multi-use nursing cover … that also happens to be a car seat cover, shopping cart barrier, and scarf, too. Not everyone is comfortable breastfeeding in public. And if you’ve read my post, 4 Things No One Told Me About Breastfeeding, then you know I’ve struggled with nursing. But today, […]... Read More

 

February 10, 2017

The Veggie Bullet: Product Review

If you’re looking for recipes to make using your Veggie Bullet, be sure to visit my Veggie Bullet Recipe Page. Are you ready to amp up your kitchen game, my friends? From the maker of NutriBullet comes a 3-in-1 tool that will change the way you look at food prep! I am a huge advocate of anything that […]... Read More

 

November 30, 2016

Our Baby Boy Has Arrived.

Our sweet boy entered this world 3 weeks earlier than we anticipated. And in 3 short days, he has stolen our hearts. When we found out we were pregnant in April, we were anticipating a Christmas baby. How fitting! Our little bundle of joy would make the perfect gift. But he was much too anxious […]... Read More

 

November 23, 2016

My PinkBlush Maternity Shoot

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living My baby you’ll be.” As Thanksgiving approaches, I can’t think of a more fitting time to reflect on life’s blessings and acknowledge everything that I am grateful for. Just last year, my husband and I were celebrating one month of marriage. […]... Read More

 

The 7 Habits of Healthy, Happy Individuals

“You can’t be 100 percent all of the time, but you can be 80 percent all of the time.” – Yumi Lee, Hollywood Trainer for Jessica Alba

1. Balance. The 80/20 principle is not a diet, but a lifestyle change that can lead to sustainable weight loss. Focus on eating real, nutrient-dense foods 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time, you can have more flexibility and freedom. No more feeling guilty about going to dinner and cocktails with a friend!

2. Consistency. Health is a habit, and consistency is key. Focus on building healthy habits like staying active and cooking at home instead of testing your self-control.

3. Don’t Crash Diet. I can teach you how to live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight long-term. Cutting foods from your diet cold-turkey can lead to rebounds and unhealthy relationships with food.

4. Carbs are Your Friend. Especially slow-digesting, unprocessed, high-fiber carbs. Nothing drives me crazier than when I hear someone say, “I’m not eating carbs.” Unless you have a clinical reason to follow a ketogenic diet, understand that carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy. Their primary role is to provide the brain and nervous system with fuel.

5. Be Mindful. Examine the thoughts, feelings, and internal pressures that affect how and why you eat. Learn to be attentive and try to avoid multitasking while you eat. Aim to eat until you are satisfied, and try to avoid being stuffed or left starving.

6. Quit the Negativity. Negative thoughts about food can trigger overeating or under eating. Recognize that you have the ability to control how you react to these thoughts. Negative chatter and “fat talk” (i.e. “I’m so fat!” or “I can’t believe I just ate that!”) can cause a lasting detriment to your own or someone else’s self-esteem.

7. Progress, not Perfection. Set small goals aimed at improvement, rather than perfection. If you focus on being better, not being best, you can grow, bounce back from difficulties, and keep moving forward. Try to focus on the internal, not the external. The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday.