In Pursuit of Happiness

Posted April 26, 2017 in happiness, in pursuit of happiness, self-care and 5 more

Happiness isn't something that just happens to us. We must create our own happiness. 

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I always thought that once I was skinny I would be happy. Or once I graduated from college and got a real job I would be happy. Or once I got a better job I would be happy. Or when I got a boyfriend I would be happy. Or when I was finally out of debt I would be happy. 

Does this sound familiar? We often assume that there's something physical or tangible that will create a lifetime of happiness. Or when we reach a certain level of success, we'll be happy.

I'm not sure when I realized that grasping at things outside of myself would never make me happy, but that shift in my mindset changed everything.

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Weekend Recap {April 21-23, 2017}

Posted April 24, 2017 in Weekend Recap, yoga, meal prep and 4 more

How was your weekend?

My weekend was full of yoga, seeing friends, hanging out with my family, relaxing and eating delicious food. 

I really needed to have a weekend without a to do list, and just go with the flow. It was nice to relax when I needed it and have some impromptu fun outings. 

Here's a look at the weekend...

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Salted Date Protein Oatmeal {vegan}

Posted April 19, 2017 in Salted Date Protein Oatmeal, plant protein recipes, protein oats and 3 more

This easy-to-make oatmeal tastes really decadent, but it's full of nutritious ingredients plus plant protein!

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Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day. I typically prefer sweet breakfasts like oatmeal or protein pancakes, but I always throw in avocado toast with eggs or a veggie egg scramble a few days a week to get in more vegetables.

I've been on a cold oatmeal kick lately. Maybe this is weird, but I don't cook my oats. I guess it's sort of like overnight oats, but I don't make them the night before. 

I just throw them together in the morning and eat. 

The recipe I'm sharing today is my cold oats method, but you could definitely cook your oats and eat them warm. 

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Weekend Recap {April 14-16, 2017}

Posted April 17, 2017 in Weekend Recap, kombucha, fermentation and 4 more

Did you enjoy your holiday weekend? 

The weekend felt short with Easter festivities and with the BF working both Saturday and Sunday. 

My to do list went untouched and I started the week feeling a bit tired. But the BF and I were able to get in a date night, I made it to yoga and I got to spend lots of time with my family. 

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My Current Favorite Affordable Natural Beauty Products

Posted April 13, 2017 in affordable natural beauty products, detox, real food detox and 3 more

There are thousands of chemicals in beauty products, many of which can be absorbed in the body. Luckily, there are many high quality and affordable natural beauty and skincare products.

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I recently created a brand new workshop all about detoxing, and presented it at my favorite yoga studio - Avani Yoga Studio

It was really amazing to give a workshop there as a wellness expert because I've always really admired and looked up to the yoga teachers at Avani. It's where I fell in love with yoga and deepened my practice through yoga teacher training. 

Because I believe that living a healthy, happy life is about so much more than food, I included information about detoxing your beauty routine in my workshop. 

It reminded me just how far I've come with my skincare and beauty regimen. Over the past few years, I've transitioned to using (mostly) natural products. I've found a few products that I absolutely love and use all the time, but I'm always finding new products. 

I love skincare products and makeup, and I love testing out new products. So I thought I would share some of my recent (more affordable) favorites. 

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No Bake Almond Butter Cookies

Posted April 12, 2017 in No Bake Almond Butter Cookies, plant protein powder, almond butter cookies and 2 more

These delicious cookies are easy to make and full of good-for-you ingredients like coconut oil, oats, dates and plant protein. Plus they're vegan!

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Sometimes nothing will satisfy your sweet tooth quite like a cookie. 

I made these no bake cookies for one of my wellness workshops. These were actually a happy accident. I started making a new energy ball recipe, and I got the wild idea to make cookies instead to change things up.

They turned out to be really delicious!

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