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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New, Healthier Me | Tips & Tricks

Hello Everyone.

So today I wanted to post about what I have been doing the past couple of weeks to stay healthy and fit. It has not been an easy journey. I can never say no to a cookie, cake or just anything sweet. But, I have told myself that if I want to feel better about myself and just feel good in my own skin that "no" was going to have to be in my vocabulary a bit more often when it came to bad foods. So I have kind of forced myself to say "yes" to working out more and "no" to unhealthy foods.

Here are the things that I have been doing to keep me motivated, eating healthy, and exercising more.

1. Counting My Calories
One of the things that has really helped me is keeping track of the calories that I consume a day. This might seem a bit weird, but it works and It is a good way to see how many calories you can have a day according to your height, weight and I think age too. To track my calories I use an app on my phone called "MyFitnessPal". This app helps me keep track of the foods I eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. It also helps me keep track of how much water I drink and I can also enter the amount of exercise I have done. This app gives you a number of calories you can intake according to your body, and will keep track of it. I love this app. I use it everyday and I really see a difference with the way I eat now. It is one thing to go an work out and then to go eat really bad things and one to work out and concentrate on what you eat.

2. Exercise
Along with changing my eating habits, I have added exercise to my daily routine. This has been even tougher for me than eating healthy because I am just naturally a lazy person. I would rather lay in bed all day than get up and go work out. But this has dramatically changed within the past couple of weeks. I have been getting up earlier than I would and heading to the gym for about an hour. First, I run a mile, once I get off the treadmill I start doing my ab work outs, then arms, and finish off doing squats. I also got P90X which I can barely do, but I try to do them. I love feeling sore because then you know you are doing the work outs correctly and that I am actually working those muscles out.

3. Staying Motivated
When working out and eating healthy, staying motivated is not an easy task. For me, I liked going to the gym a couple of days at the beginning of the week and the loosing my motivation to go to the gym towards the middle of the week. I told myself in the mornings that I would go at night after work, but then I was just too tired to work out once I got home. Now, I force myself to go. It is really difficult to get up in the morning and go to the gym, but once I do I love the feeling of accomplishment once I get home. I feel like I did something good and I start my day off feeling great about myself. That's why even thought it is a constant battle to get up in the morning and go to the gym, I have to remind myself the great feeling afterwards. So if you are like me and finding it hard to get motivated to go to the gym, don't give into it. Force yourself to go, even if it is for a little while, trust me you will feel so good after you go.

So those are some of my tips on how to stay motivated and eating right. I hope that this helped out a bit. 

If you have any tips and tricks to go to the gym, staying motivated, or eating healthy, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear what you have to say. 

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Eyebrow Routine | Video

It has been a month or so since I have filmed a video and it felt so good to be able to sit down and film one. I absolutely love it, but editing seriously is the worse. But I did it and I am happy to share this video with you all. 

This video is all about my eyebrow routine. All the products I use and how I use them. So without giving to much away, here is my quick video on my eyebrow routine. 

Make sure to subscribe! :)

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lemon Pistachio Cheesecake Bars

I was so excited when I found this recipe and I even more so when I was able to make these bad boys.
Not only is it as delicious as it sounds, but its super simple to make and its a no bake recipe so that's just awesome. The only down side is having to wait for these to set in the fridge because I just wanted to eat them right away. So please, if you love lemon and pistachios or even if you don't; try this recipe. You are going to love these. They are sweet and the hint of lemon zest in the mix gives it the perfect kick. 
So, for this you will need:

For the Crust:
5oz of Unsalted Pistachios
1 cup of Graham Crackers
3oz of Unsalted Butter
3/4 cup of chopped toasted hazelnuts

For the Filling:
2 packs of Cream Cheese
1 cup of Sweetened Condensed Milk
Zest of 1 lemon

To Get Started:
Add the pistachios into a food processor and process them until they are a fine crumb. Once they are crushed, add the graham crackers into the processor until they graham crackers and pistachios are a fine crumb. Then add your butter into the food processor (make sure it's melted!), and blend until your mix is damp and has a sandy feel to it. 

Once that is all done, grease a pan that is either a rectangle or square to give them a bar shape at the end. Add the sandy mixture to the pan and lightly press it either with the back of a spoon or with the palm of your hand and cover the bottom of the pan and up the sides of the pan. Make sure that the bottom is completely covered and no pan is showing. Then, place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 25 minutes. 

For the Filling:
Beat the cream cheese, zest of one lemon and condensed milk until it is all smooth and well combined.

Take the pan out of the fridge, and carefully add the lemon cheesecake mix until it covers the base of the pan and it is all smooth and even throughout. Then place the pan in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or over night. 

Once they have sat in the fridge and ready to come out, its time to decorate! Now, I skipped this part but, you can do whatever you like with your lemon bars. You can add crushed pistachios at the top with the lemon zest, or do as I did, and just add the lemon zest on top for decoration. 

To cut these, I used a large kitchen knife to make a clean cut down and make them into bars!

And that's it!  Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Blog Tips | Add Back to Top Button

So as a new little thing that I have promised myself, I want to start posting more DIY for your blogs and just more post in general. As you guys can tell, I have COMPLETELY redesigned my blog for the millionth time, but this time I think this one is going to stay for a very long time. Anyways, lets get started on our Blog Tip!

If you scroll down on my blog, you will tell that I have a little "Back To Top" Button on the bottom right hand corner and I think it is so handy! I love it. So I wanted to share it with you guys!


Log into your Blogger, go to Template > Edit HTML and find the code <head>. Once you found it, copy the paste I have provided right BELOW that:

<script src=''></script>

Then go to your Layout section > Add a Gadget > HTML/JAVASCRIPT and paste the code below into that section:

<!--Smooth Back to Top Button Start-->
jQuery(document).ready(function() {
var offset = 220;
var duration = 500;
jQuery(window).scroll(function() {
if (jQuery(this).scrollTop() > offset) {
} else {
jQuery('.back-to-top').click(function(event) {
jQuery('html, body').animate({scrollTop: 0}, duration);
return false;
div#page {
max-width: 900px;
margin-left: auto;
margin-right: auto;
padding: 20px;
.back-to-top {
position: fixed;
bottom: 2em;
right: 0px;
text-decoration: none;
color: #000000;
font-size: 12px;
padding: 1em;
display: none;
.back-to-top:hover {
text-decoration: none;
<a href="#" class="back-to-top"><img src="" alt="Back to Top" / ></a>
<!--Smooth Back to Top Button End-->

And that is it! You can change the one that is already as default or place your own. Just simply create on, Upload it to a post on Blogger, Turn the "Compose" at the top left hand corner to HTML and copy the image where its starts "http:example" and replace it in the code! Make sure to ONLY replace that. Changing anything else can ruin the code!

Hope that you all found this helpful and that is works!

AU REVOUIR for now!!
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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

 I thought it would be cool to post something a bit different from the usual, so here it is! Red Velvet Swirl Brownies with roasted walnuts. I am obsessed with red velvet anything. Cake, cookies, cupcakes, you name it but I had never tried red velvet brownies so when I came across this recipe I knew i just had to try it. I was also excited to see that this brownie recipe also had a layer of cream cheese that went on the top of them and they turned out delicious! So I wanted to share this recipe with you all and hope that you enjoy them!
 Brownie Layer 
1 Stick of Unsalted Butter
1 cup of Sugar
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
Pinch of Salt
1 Tbsp Red Food Coloring
1 tsp Vinegar
2 Eggs
3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
1/4 Toasted Walnuts

Cream Cheese Layer
8oz softened Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Sugar
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
 Alrighty, so here is what you need to do.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter your baking pan really well too!

For the Brownie Layer: Melt the butter in a saucepan or in the microwave until completely melted.  Remove the butter to a large bowl and add the sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar mixing between additions. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and stir it into the cocoa mix. Fold in the flour until lightly combined. Stir in the walnuts and pour the batter into your prepared baking pan, saving 1/4 cup of the batter to spread over the top later.

Cream Cheese layer: Blend together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Gently spread the cream cheese layer on top of the brownie batter in the pan. Dollop the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese layer. Using a skewer or the tip of a knife, drag the tip through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before cutting.

And that should be it!! To find a video about this recipe CLICK HERE!!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

My Morphe Palettes

I feel like its not just me that is currently with everything Morphe. Morphe brushes, concealers, and of course their palettes. Over the past couple of months, I have been obsessing over their palettes and to be honest, they are the only eyeshadows that I currently use. I have abandoned all of my other palettes for these. Not only are they cheap, but the quality of the product is really awesome. There is seriously nothing better than a great product for a great price.  I could go over how amazing all of these different palettes are, but that would take ages and it would be a really long post. 

The thing is, all Morphe palettes are great. Their shimmer shadows and matte shadows just work amazingly. No doubt about it. They are really pigmented and really easy to blend. If you haven't tried out any of these palettes, I really recommend that you do. Here are the Morphe palettes that I currently own but of course, I plan to own more very soon. 

PS: My favorite one (and maybe everyone else's) is the 35O Palette. 

Links to where you can get these palettes are below each image! :)
Their newest one, the 35F Palette. 

35E Palette, which I cant find on the site..

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