Treat Yourself

So since it is Saturday, I like to treat myself every now and then. Don’t we all! But of course, I hate to ruin my diet or feel guilty afterwards. As I was doing a little grocery shopping the other day, I came across this little gem! Anyone who knows me will tell you that I just adore ice cream.. ahhh it’s a weakness! Anyyy whoo, I got to reading the labels and found that this stuff is an indulgence without the guilt!! I didn’t believe it at first. I’m quite the skeptic at times. Buttt as I compared it to other brands, I felt I should at least test it out. I am glad I did!! If you like coconut milk, you’ll especially love this. It tastes just like ice cream, although not as super sweet. I had a few spoonfuls of this last night and I felt as if I was having a treat but I didn’t feel bad for it after. It’s non dairy and has no sugar added so there is only 1g of sugar, 140 calories and 12g of fat per serving. Seriously, if you like guilt free ice cream, give this a try! (You probably won’t find it in the regular ice cream section though- try looking in the soy/ gluten free/ organics section.) They also have different flavors like mint chocolate or cookie dough if you’re not into coconut!

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Protein Berry Superfood Smoothie

Good morning! It’s Saturday morning and I am up and at ’em already. I’m usually a morning person anyways but today I’m especially peppy. One thing that does the trick to get me going and energized is my superfood smoothie. I make one almost everyday. I mix it up constantly but for the most part, many of my ingredients are the same.

My favs right now are maca powder, raw cocoa powder, vegan power smoothie protein powder in vanilla, chia seeds, acai powder, and super greens or wheat grass powder.

I know I know, seems like a lot and probably more complicated than it is worth, but take yourself over to your nearest Whole Foods and you’ll find all of it in one aisle. It is worth it!

I like to use frozen berries because its cheaper than fresh fruit and it eliminates the need for a bunch of ice which can make your smoothie icy or watered down. Somedays tho, I omit the fruit and just make a lighter liquid drink. I also add in flax seed or flax seed oil too.

To make:
1 cup almond or coconut milk or coconut water
1 tbsp raw cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp maca powder
1/2 tbsp acai berry powder
(1 tbsp flax seed)
1 – 1 1/2 cup frozen berries
1 1/12 tbsp raw vegan protein powder
1 tbsp super greens powder

Put all ingredients (or more/ less if you like) into blender and blend until smooth. Then enjoy!

With the protein from the powder and the almond milk, the green goodness you’re getting (which is like a serving of green veggies) and the fiber from the fruit, you’ll feel good but not stuffed and you’ll stay satisfied longer throughout the morning. Sometimes, I especially like these after a work out. It replenishes my body and gives me the protein I need to help my muscles.

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xxx SSG

DIY Elf Door Sign

While I was at Hobby Lobby today, I came across the holiday section… Oh boy was I delighted! Also I was dying to craft everything and anything. Luckily I had some self control… Sort of. I decided to skip the big projects for now when I came across this cute little wooden Elf sign. It was only $4.99 (half off, a sale which I couldn’t pass up). I thought it would be a quick and fun craft to hang on the back door. I hate leaving that door empty since that’s the door most people use anyways! So I found some other fixings (also half off, yay!) and went home and got to work!

Basically, all I did was take black puff paint and write our family name on it. I found a thick, sparkly ribbon and made the bow. The jingle bells, also from HL and only $3.99 (again, half off) and the gold string to hang them only $2.99. The strings, I cut different lengths to give it some personality, and then simply hot glued the ends to the back and then covered with a small piece of heavy duty tape to ensure they were secured. Easy as pie!

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Easy (and adorable) DIY MakeUp Storage

So as any girl, I Pinterest A LOT! I finally found time to craft something from my DIY board and I’m pretty excited about it! I love make up so naturally I have tonssss. I also love organization. And with that, I took some jars, the candy jar is from Hobby Lobby (only $6) and the other two are old candle jars. To make, take those candles with that tiny bit of wax left and pop ’em into the freezer. Once frozen, the wax will slip right out (you may need to crack it some depending on the shape of the jar). After that I just decorated them with some ribbon and lace I had lying around and voila! Crafty and adorable make up storage!

The tools:
Jars of your liking
Ribbon or decor of your liking
Hot glue gun (a crafty girl’s best friend)
Scissors

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xxx SSG