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May 22, 2016

Keeping it Up With Clairol's Root Touch-Up by Nice 'n Easy

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clairol Nice ’n Easy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you've been following my blog, which I knooooow you have, you'll know that I've been doing a series of videos included in blog posts where I decided to change up my look with the help of Clairol Nice ’n Easy. First, I dyed it, then I let you all know how I was maintaining the color and now I’m letting you guys know my experience with touching up my roots with Clairol's Root Touch-Up by Nice 'n Easy.

I'll start with the main thing: I have never, ever touched up my roots. Usually when I dye my hair I let it grow out because I don't use drastic colors and it's never been something that's been pointed out so only dying my roots was a first! But I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how simple the process was and how my hair turned out. I matched the Nice ‘n Easy color that I previously used on my whole head with the corresponding Clairol Root Touch-Up by Nice ‘n Easy color. You can find the chart that matches colors with root touch-ups on the side of the Clairol Root Touch-Up by Nice ‘n Easy box.




The first step in the process was to pour both products simultaneously into the handy little tray that came in the package. Once everything was inside the tray I mixed it up and was ready to go. Of course because I've never done just my roots before I had to read the instructions to see exactly how I was supposed to do this because I have a ton of hair. Luckily, when you do a root touch up you're only supposed to dye the parts of your hair that will show the most and for me that's where I part my hair when it's loose. You will also want to cover the entire front as well as the back. This way I cover my 3 hairstyles: loose, ponytail and bun. I have to say that I was a little skeptical about the precision brush because I have really thick hair so I didn't think it was going to be able to penetrate past the very top layer of hair and get what was underneath that might show through if it's a different color. I was extremely surprised and really excited over the fact that it really went deep into my hair and I know that all the roots in the area that I wanted to get covered got covered.

When I was satisfied that I covered all the areas where my roots would show the most I only had to wait 10 minutes for it to do its magic. Once the timer went off I rinsed my hair until all the color was gone and conditioned my hair before getting to work on drying and straightening. Because the initial color that I was given to dye my hair was so close to my natural hair color I didn't notice any roots but once I did the touch up and I dried it my hair looked so different in a way that I loved. My hair looks a little darker now, which I love, and while I couldn't tell where my new growth was before the touch up, it looked really uniform and perfect once the roots were done. Overall I'm very satisfied with this whole process and now I won't be afraid of doing my roots whenever the time comes because I know that it doesn't entail my entire head of hair. The Clairol Root Touch-Up by Nice ‘n Easy will last up to 3 weeks and is specially-formulated to be used in between coloring so I can keep using it until I'm ready to change my color entirely. Plus it comes in 21 shades!

If you want to see the process in live action, check out this video where I give you a step by step guide of the process.

A few things to note: I used the gloves that came with the instructions pamphlet and made sure to use them not only while I was doing my roots but when I did the skin allergy test. It's always important to do that when you're coloring your hair, even if you've done it before, to avoid any possible irritation. I did this 48 hours before and did it in a discrete area just like they recommend.



I'm so happy with how everything turned out and I can really tell a difference in how I can make a color last by taking the time to use the right products when I wash it as well as touching up my roots instead of waiting for it to grow out. If you've got roots that need to be touched up I recommend checking out to find your perfect match. Be sure to follow them on Clairol Twitter for the latest updates as well as checking out the Clairol YouTube to see what others have to say and get some great tips!

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May 13, 2016

Gym Bag Essentials That'll Freshen You Up Before Your Workout!

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I'm going to put all the cards out on the table. I'm a new workout junkie. When I was living in NYC the only thing I ever brought to the gym was a cold water bottle and towel but now I have a bag that's filled with so much more.


Even though I have a gym in my building that is open 24 hours I still do some classes, mainly Pure Barre, to switch things up a bit and not lose my interest in working out. I have a gym bag that (to me) is jam packed with everything I'll need to get ready to sweat so here's what I have in there and what think everyone else should have as well!



1. Yoga Pants

I used to work out in sweats but these are just so much cuter and COMFY!!! They're much better than shorts, I can run some errands before I hit the gym and not feel out of place (this is LA after all) and they are in my way restricting when I am doing any kind of work out.


2. Grippy Socks

The classes that I take are meant to be either barefoot or with socks so I always make sure I have these in my gym bag. I have zero interest in slipping when I already have a hard time keeping myself balanced!


3. Sports Bra

My girls will not have fun without my trusty sports bra. I've been buying the same ones year after year because I finally found one that I can not only wear while working out but also to and from the gym without having the uniboob. These sports bras have hooks in the back like a traditional bra as the straps have really strong velcro which is great for me because as I lose weight (YES!) I need to make constant adjustments. 


4. Cottonelle® CleanRipple Texture Wipes

Did you notice anything missing? I'll point it out to you: panties. I like to work out with as littleas possible and Cottonelle lets me get away with that! Only Cottonelle® CleanRipple Texture is designed to clean better, so I'm clean enough to Go Commando. It makes sure that I have all the confidence I need while I'm doing positions that I've never done before. The last thing I need is to worry about my undies make me uncomfortable and taking my concentration away from what the instructor is asking for. Cottonelle® knows it takes a bold confidence to go commando, but once you’ve got it – it makes all the difference. 



5. Make-up Remover


I don't always hit the gym straight from home and even though I take the barre classes only a few blocks away I have my days where I lose all motivation once I look at my couch. Being able to wash my makeup off is a total must because I don't want to clog up y pores by combining it with sweat. I also don't want a dirty towel. EEK!





Aside from these gems I also always have my iPhone (for when I'm working out on machines) and my hoodie because it always makes me feel like I'm ready to kick some calories to the curb when I'm in full workout mode.

So there you have it! Now along with carrying these items in my gym bag I also make sure to have them in my bathroom because they are just a lifesaver. Having a clean face is my number one focus in life but I also like keeping the right toilet paper and Cottonelle® CleanRipple Texture is what works for me because it's designed to clean better than other leading value brands and their wipes are totally flushable. A problem I have with about 90% of the ones out there.





You can tell a lot about a person by what they keep in their bathroom and mine says I'm like to be as fresh as possible. What does yours say?



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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

May 4, 2016

Carbless Cinco de Mayo Recipes





I'm all about tacos. Love em to death! But sadly, I'm not a huge fan of carbs. They make me bloated, gain weight and a few hours after I eat them I start to feel really weird.

For Cinco de Mayo this year I decided to keep the taco tradition alive by having a feast without the carby tortillas. I made two small meals in order to have variety and have something to munch on throughout the day. The two meals were cheese shelled tacos and Mexican stuffed meatballs. Both were super easy to make and a total hit!

I made things a bit simple by using the sample ingredients and they were both really easy to make. I started with the meatballs because once the meat was seasoned I had to let it sit in the fridge for a few hours to let the salt, pepper, onions and hot sauce to really get into the meat. When everything was prepped I was ready to get started. Here are my two quick Carbless Cinco de Mayo recipes:

Ingredients

Ground beef
Onions
Garlic
Tomatoes
Cilantro
Lime
Cheddar cheese
Salt
Pepper
Avocado

Cheese Shell Tacos


  1. Season the beef with salt, pepper, onions, garlic and hot sauce. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Grate cheese to make taco shells. Refrigerate until ready to use
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees 
  4. Spoon grated cheese into non stick baking mat 
  5. Cook cheese in oven for 15 minutes or until they're full melted and spread  
  6. Press a paper towel onto to cheese to remove grease
  7. Remove cheese from mat and hang over a spoon quickly--don't let them start to cool before you do this. 
  8. Cook the seasoned meat until fully cooked
  9. Once cheese hardens--in about 15 minutes--put them on a taco stand to get ready for toppings
  10. Top with meat, avocados, tomatoes, cilantro and hot sauce.

Meatball Taco





  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees 
  2. Once the meat is seasoned form into round balls with an opening in the middle 
  3. Stuff with avocados, cheese, tomatoes, cilantro and hot sauce.
  4. Cover the "toppings" with meat, being sure to not have anything sticking out and that everything is completely covered
  5. Place meatballs on baking mats on drying rack over baking mat to keep its shape 


  6. Cook meatballs for 20-40 minutes. The liquid from the hot sauce and tomatoes will keep the meatballs from getting dry while letting it cook all the way through. Be sure to use your food thermometer to ensure high heat within the meatballs so that you don't take them out prematurely.
  7. Remove from oven when fully cooked and let cool until ready to eat
  8. Serve with hot sauce and enjoy.

Come on, tell me these don't look super easy to make?  I love being able to eat food that's packed with flavor without succumbing to added sugar, sodium and of course, carbs. I never thought I'd be okay eating something that tasted like a taco without a crunch or soft tortilla. Nor did I expect to use so much. And by 'so much' I mean even a drop, because I was never a huge fan of it until I came out to SoCal and started eating all the yummy food it had to offer.





¡Sabor! Hot Sauce is super potent and flavorful sauce that worked well well as a part of my recipes. I like that I was able to use it inside my meatball as well as on the side in order to give the outside a bit of a kick.I like to cook with garlic but refrained from doing so because this sauce had already had a good amount in it. I'm telling you, if you're into hot sauce, you need to get on this. Head on over to their site to read more about it and order a bottle or two. It's not only a super great condiment, but adds a ton of flavor to any recipe!


In order to check the temperature of my meat while it was cooking I made sure to use my handy thermometer by Marshcone. This is my first time using one so I was excited to give it a spin while I made meatballs, since sometimes I've taken them out of the oven because the outside cooked a lot quicker than the inside. I like my meat medium rare but only when it comes to steaks. Meatballs and burgers are a whole other ballgame!

What is great about this thermometer is that it makes it super clear to know what temperatures you need the meat the be. Not only does it comes with batteries but it give you all the settings for beef, chicken and fish and it gives a heads up on what the temperature needs to be depending on how rare you like your meat. 

It also has a hold button which was great for me because I had to put it in the oven and didn't want the temperature to start changing once I took it out. I have to give this two thumbs up! It's easy to hold, the temperature tube is long enough to reach anything I may have in the back of the oven (if I happen to be cooking lots of food), easy to read display and the hold button. You can grab one of these from Amazon just like I did if you want to give them a shot.

All in all, this carbless Cinco de Mayo was a total win for me and I can't wait to keep my carbless life in tact as more holidays start rolling in!

May 3, 2016

Maintaining My Color with Clairol Nice 'n Easy CC+ Colorseal Conditioner

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clairol Nice ’n Easy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hello everyone, here I am a few weeks after dying my hair with Clairol Nice ’n Easy for the first time and I'm happy to say that the results are still super impressive. Like I mentioned in my last post, I immediately loved how natural the color looked as well as how shiny and healthy it was. The process was also super easy thanks to their step-by-step instructions.
For the past few weeks I've been making sure to keep my color from fading by using products that were made for color treated hair, as well as keeping it out of the sun as much as possible and not washing it too often. The product that has helped me the most throughout this process has been their CC+ Colorseal Conditioner, which was included in my box of hair color. I only wash my hair once a week because it's really thick and takes ages to dry so when I do it's my way of treating myself.


After I use a shampoo that's sulfate free and made for color treated hair I use Clairol's CC+ Colorseal Conditioner for Brunettes to keep my color feeling soft and looking super fresh until I'm ready to dye again. I always make sure to cover every strand and then I leave it on for a few minutes while I get other things taken care of. After I rinse it off the result is always amazing. Even when wet my hair has a nice shine to it, which is totally different from wetness, and my curls are really easy to comb through with my fingers. This makes the process of drying very easy. I only ever use a small amount of heat protectant because I'm not a fan of having products weigh by hair down so I know that the shine and feel of my hair is mostly due to the CC+ Colorseal Conditioner.


Check out this video that I made highlighting my thoughts on the results. I really must say that I really like how Clairol makes it very easy to not only color, but maintain your hair at home. I must have colored my hair at home 100 times in my life and was never fully invested in trying to make the color last because I never felt that I had a natural looking color like I do now.  





If you like my video on how much I love my hair color and the results of the CC+ Colorseal Conditioner and want to see what others have to say make sure you give their Clairol YouTube channel a look. And of course, follow the Clairol Twitter to keep up to date on new products and tips to keep your color treated hair looking fabulous!
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Apr 26, 2016

New Year, New Look with Clairol Nice ‘n Easy Hair Color

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clairol Nice ’n Easy for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I've been dying my hair for as long as I can remember. It's to the point where I don't believe that my natural hair color is, in fact, what it is and of course my hair decides to grow longer than a temporary color stays in. Needless to say, I was ready to try something new.

Clairol Nice ’n Easy hair color was that something. One of the first things that stood out to me about the brand was that they have 45 shades that range from the brightest blonde to a deep natural blue/black. This was important to me because it meant that I had more options to choose from. I have dark brown hair with red undertones so finding the perfect shade is very important. After all, I always want a hair color that looks natural and doesn't make it obvious that I've colored my hair. Choosing the right shade was easy because the back of the boxes lets you know what the hair color would look like based on the shade you currently have now.

Even though I've dyed my hair before I did the skin allergy test that was recommended because I've never used this product before. Every brand and product are different and sometimes a company changes their ingredient and even the slightest change can cause an allergic reaction. It's best to do the skin allergy test in an area that is discreet, like the inside of your elbow or the back of your neck, 48 hours before you plan on dying your hair to ensure that you'll be good to go and not have any issues while coloring.

 


Clairol Nice n' Easy hair color came with the instructions, gloves and three different bottles that are labeled very detailed so you know exactly what to do. The color blend formula is to be added to the color activated bottle and shaken with the tip still in place or a gloved hand to avoid putting color all over your walls that should go on your head.
 



Check out this quick how-to video that I created discussing what my process was using this product for the first time.



Once the product was in my hair I let it sit for 25 minutes before rinsing it off. It wasn't long before the water ran clear and all the excess dye was gone from my head. My hair felt a but dry at that time so it's great that their CC+ Colorseal Conditioner gave it the moisture that it needed. Even with my thick head of hair I only had to use a little more than half of the tube and when I rinsed it off after 2 minutes the softness was back.
 

Since I have extremely thick and curly hair it took about 2 hours to get it completely dry and straight. The end result was a color that was a bit darker than I thought it would be but that was perfect because even though I living in sunny SoCal, the days here have not been so sunny lately, so having it a bit dark was great. Plus, it got rid of the red undertones in my hair that I am really not a fan of. Check out the end result below. Compared to the color in the video, I'd say it's a bit more natural because it's not as light as I had it before.

I'm awful at straightening my roots but I'm loving this new color!
It's a new year so why not try something different. Coloring your own hair at home is quick, easy, and not to mention inexpensive so head over to their website to read up on their product before you go out and pick the perfect shade for the look you're going for.

Don't forget to check out some other how-to video's on the Clairol YouTube channel and link up with them on Clairol Twitter to stay up to date with their product line!
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Apr 22, 2016

Keeping Up With My Natural Lifestyle with Tom's of Maine's Products at Target

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom's of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.


The longer I stay in Los Angeles the more natural my life is becoming. It's not as a way to "fit in" but having almost unlimited sunshine makes me want to take care of myself, and all that surrounds me, more than usual.

Tom's of Maine Luminous White Made to Matter Toothpaste is one of the things that is helping me with this. Not only do they have a reputation for using the most natural ingredients, but their new products work really amazing while doing so.





I purchased their Luminous White Toothpaste which is exclusively sold at Target, and was very happy with the results from the first use. Not only did it not include ingredients that I didn't need, but it left my mouth and teeth feeling extremely clean and fresh.


I've never been one to "celebrate" or do anything for Earth Day but now I realize that I'm celebrating it every day. I walk a lot more than driving or taking mass transit, I started to grow my own herbs and vegetables in order to ensure that I'm only putting the best, organic ingredients into my body and I try to not be wasteful overall in terms of saving energy when it's a cool night out, etc.



All of my loyal readers know that I'm slowly making the transition into living a greener lifestyle and I can't only do that with the foods in eating.
Buying from a company like Tom's of Maine, which I never would have done before while I was living in New York City, is just an extra step in helping me live a better a greener life. It's especially easy when the product totally rocks and I can give it a glowing recommendation. Make sure to put these items on your Cartwheel App and take advantage of their cartwheel offer so that you don't forget to grab it on your next trip to Target!

And if you've got a man in the house or kids that you're buying toiletries for check our their other Made to Matter items like the North Woods deodorant for men as well as their Wicked Cool! one for kids so that the whole family can get involved!


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Apr 19, 2016

Moving Around Until You Set Down Roots Shouldn't Be a Burden

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
Staying in one place for long is not my idea of fun!



I'm that one obnoxious person that can easily say they're a NYLA. Or that wants to say it at least! With my heart and soul in New York City and my body in Los Angeles it's hard to do certain things that mean I'm setting roots. Getting a California ID was tough and I cringe whenever I call a highway the freeway but one thing that I haven't done yet is fully furnish a place.

Next month is my four years anniversary (or moviversary, because why not?) and it's a great time to reflect on how deep my roots here have gotten. I went from living in a studio apt with a Murphy bed in a questionable part of North Hollywood to one of the most coveted luxury buildings in the area but I can count on one hand how much furniture I've actually purchased. Committing to a couch means I'm committing to this city and while I love it I love that Paris and London are in my not so distant future.

When I moved into my new building I was checking out all the things offered and saw that I would get discounts from CORT Furniture Rental. I checked out their site, their offerings, and thought it was a great idea for someone like me. Fast forward to now, three months later, and the opportunity to delve deep into what CORT was all about and share it with my readers landed on my lap.





I love that CORT has more than one option
 

What initially drew me to CORT was that they had items listed by room or by piece. I'm good on bedroom furniture but my living room still needs a lot of work. I've been hesitant to purchase anything pricey because I feel like I'd rather do that when I buy a home. I've also avoided buying second hand items from online sites because I would feel a lot more comfortable knowing that everything in my place has always been well kept.

The great thing about CORT is how convenient it is. If you're like me and like to move around a lot it's so much easier and convenient to not have to deal with moving large items from place to place and rent furniture instead. For someone like me, with very little things in terms or furniture, their move in ready package is amazing because all you have to do is go on their site and pick things out room and room and voila...no need to wait months to have a fully furnished place with things that may not work out with the next apartment.






This is what my latest apt looked like for almost 3 months as I slowly got it furnished

There are always two things that happen when I move. One, I end up getting rid of a ton of things and then two, once I move into my new place, I go through another purging. With my clothes, shoes, records and sentimental items being the main focus of my moves I'm so glad I don't have to worry about whether or not a couch that I bought secondhand is worth the move.

If you're thinking of making a big move across the country or are moving out on your own for the first time you should totally give CORT a try. They have a wide range of styles that you can chose from and if you decide that the place you're in isn't for you it relieves you of the stress of trying to sell things you don't deem worthy enough to move!
 
 




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Apr 12, 2016

All Shoes are Make For Walking Thanks to Foot Petals Sock-free Saviors

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foot Petals for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Having had to commute to school and work using mass transit for over 15 years has made a walker out of me. Even now that I live in LA I prefer to pound the pavement if I'm going somewhere that requires a walk that's 20 mins and under. I take a car to and from work about 6 times a week and I walk the others. I like walking because it lets me see things that I miss when I'm in a car and it lets me stop and smell the roses, or go into a shop to try on a pair of shoes on a whim.

Walking also gives me time to think. I remember years ago when I was in Paris for a solo trip I loved getting up early and go for walks so I could soak up the sights and sounds, and also get to know myself. With all that being said, sometimes walking gets on the way of my comfort. During my NYC days I lived by the theory that beautiful shoes required Tylenol because they were hardly ever comfortable. These days I'm a whole lot practical but still wear some shoes that aren't the best for walking, especially when my job requires me to look nice and run around taking care of our clients. 
I love how thin these are!
No need to worry about one size that doesn't fit all!

The Foot Petals Sock-free Saviors were easy to get fitted. I put the heel of my foot at the bottom edge of and checked to see if I needed to leave it as it was or cut it to medium or small. I had to go for medium so I went to work cutting them out and put them in my favorite pair of booties. With my Sock-Free Saviors I was ready to head on to work and then run some errands after wards without bringing along a pair of sandals or sneakers in order to really put them to the test. 

Making sure my favorite booties will always be comfy!
I decided to walk a little more than normal today because I wanted to see how long it would have taken for my feet to start getting tired and it took a bit longer than normal. I wasn't rushing to sit down whenever I had a free moment and the soles of my feet weren't in pain. I manage a lot of people at work and am always walking around the office answering questions, going to the printers or getting tons of coffee and I have noticed a major difference in how my feet feel afterwards.

 I'm really happy with these and even though they are made of materials that I can wear over and over, I think I'm going to get a few extra pairs to keep inside the shoes and boots that I wear the most when I'm ready to hit the town. I tend to wear a few of the same pairs of shoes over and over (creature of habit!) so the fact that they over odor control, keep my feet dry and are machine washable is amazing. I've never used any kind of insoles that were able to give me all three so I was walking on cloud nine over that.
 
These Foot Petals make being on my feet at work all day a dream!
 
April 1st is National Walk to Work Day and I plan on making full use of these. Let me know in the comments below if you plan to take advantage of it as well! And be sure to check out (and like) the Foot Petals Facebook to stay in the loop!
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Mar 29, 2016

Coming Up Roses





I recently moved into a new apartment that has huge built in shelves in the bathroom. I thought about using them just for my linens but decided to make them a bit more girly by making use of some of the items I've purchased for shoots. The first theme I decided to do was roses because I secretly adore the color pink. I also received an amazing Chloe perfume set for Christmas and their bottles designs are meant to be displayed.

After a trying year I've been focused on finding ways to calm my mind, create a sense of peace and have feel good vibes so while I always liked the scent of roses, I started to like it even more when I read about how great it was for the senses. It aids in depression by boosting self esteem and help relieve anxiety and i's a great aphrodisiac--trust me, I know. Wearing my Chloe perfume drove my last boyfriend nuts!

With all of that it's only natural that I want at least one room in my apartment to be dedicated to subconsciously making me feel good even though I'm never there for more than 30 minutes at a time. And not only does the essence of roses make my mind feel great but I absolutely adore walking into my bathroom and looking at my perfect little shelf. Here's what I was able to get in order to put this shelf together. I received a lucite tray a few months ago and thought it was just what I needed to take great photos and I was right. I was finally able to get the perfect white, or any color background that I wanted for my shoots. But once I got my light box I didn't need it anymore and thought it would be a great way to display my favorite products.




1. Chloe Perfume Box Set- This is one of my favorite Christmas presents from this past year. This has been my signature scent since 2014 and I had finally ran out of my original bottle. I love this set because it came with the lotion, a small travel size and it a cute tin box. I was going to use the box to hold arts and craft items but having it on display is so much better


2. Artificial Rose Petals- Over the summer I had a great idea for a post on scents and bought rose petals for a video that has yet to be properly edited-whoops! Anyway, I'm not sure if I will ever use these again so I didn't know what to do with them but I know that I can't have these tucked away because I'll forget about them.



3. Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap- I've touted this brand before and I will do it again. I'm in love with this companies products, especially the ones that are rose scented. These bar soaps are great for the shower or on a bathroom sink in a cute tray.



4. Bracelets- I love bracelets but I can't wear them because I work on a computer all day and end up putting them off to the side. They're cute when I want to hang out with my friends but wearing one of them everyday is a no-no. When I saw these at ban.do I kinda lost it though and needed to have them. I was also in my breakup shopping binge so I had to have them even more. I'm glad I snagged these when I did because they're no longer being sold on the site. While the colors aren't all pink or rosy I think they add a nice touch.






5. Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Face Mask- I had this for almost six months before I actually used it because it was an impulse buy. Once I got into the scent of roses I decided to give this a try. Not only do I love how hydrated my skin is the scent is heavenly. I like wearing it overnight sometimes in lieu of my retinol cream just to change things up a bit.


There you have it! I've already started on my lavender shelf but I'm still searching for more products in order to consider it complete. I also have others that I want to create themes for because I think only having two out of four isn't going to work so keep an eye out for the rest!


Mar 28, 2016

A Quick & Simple Healthy Choice Meal



Thank you Healthy Choice for sponsoring this post. Visit your local retailer to pick up your own Healthy Choice Simply Cafe Steamer or Original Cafe Steamer meal today!




I love food. Love love love! So it's no surprise that I write about it a lot in this blog. Sadly though I'm also super busy sometimes which means that I have no time to cook. With Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers I'm always guaranteed to have a rich, flavorful meal that's never dried out. My absolute favorite one of their dishes is there Chicken Margherita with Balsamic because it has two of my favorite ingredients: pasta and chicken. 



     


When I get home from work on a busy day I pop one of these in the microwave, make my sides if I want to eat a bit more or change into my house clothes and within 5 minutes my food is ready to go. I usually buy a few of these, especially when I know I'm going to have a busy week, because it let's me stick to healthy meals and prevents me from ordering pizza or tacos while I'm heading home from work.




Tonight I paired my meal with a spinach, tomato and parmesan cheese salad that I tossed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I'm such a spinach and tomato addict so I take any chance to eat those two. Sometimes I mix these in with the Healthy Choice steamer but I opted to have it as a side tonight.





What I like about Health Choice Steamers is that their meals are made with real ingredients and no preservatives so they're always fresh and tasty! The ingredients aren't frozen in the sauce so they have a fresh and more vibrant taste. It's really noticeable after you mix the pasta/chicken with the sauce and I never need to add salt or pepper for flavor. 

The best thing about the cafe steamers is that the sauce cooks separate from the food using the tray-in-tray system which is what prevents the food from tasting soft and overdone. Plus, I like putting the food into the sauce afterwards. It makes me feel like I actually cooked!








I've got to say that a year ago I would never buy a frozen meal because the few times that I tried them the meat and veggies would be dried out and they would lack flavor. Healthy Choice is the only major frozen food brand that has meals that can call all of their products 'healthy' as approved by the FDA so it makes me feel good eating it. The cost isn't bad either since it averages at $3.29. If you're a fan of quick and delicious meals and want to stay on a health kick you should totally check out their Facebook page to learn more about them and see what other flavors they have.



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