Self-Care Sunday: Healthy Treats

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I definitely have a big sweet tooth, my roomie knows I’m always down for Dominos and cookie dough. (@sunflowersandseersucker lol) But, there are plenty of healthy alternatives to your favourite snacks and treats! I wanted to share some of my favourites.

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These are SO good! Perfect salad topper or snack. Chickpeas are high in fiber and protein to keep you energized. Here is a great recipe you can try!

 

 

Strawberry-Sorbet-The-Live-In-Kitchen-2-683x1024.jpgStrawberry Sorbet

This one is perfect for those hot summer days when you need something cold and refreshing. This recipe only calls for 2 ingredients! You can try this with any fruit you like!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fruit Dip

The simplest recipe ever! This dip is perfect for dipping any fruit or vegetable with! My favourite is apples, so good! You can find the recipe here. What is yours?

 

 

 

 

 

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This smoothie is so sweet and refreshing. The perfect smoothie for detoxing your body after too much sugar. Check out the recipe here!

 

What are your favourite healthy snacks?

 

Cheers

xoxo

 

Self-Care Sunday: Digital Detox

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It’s the 21st century and everyone is glued to their mobile devices. Not going to lie here but I am definitely one of them! It can be so hard not to when the rest of the world is. They have become part of our everyday lives and we almost forget what the world was like without them. Social media plays a huge part in society, both good and bad. It has the ability for communication across the globe as well as incredible ways of learning and understanding new information. But, it also creates mental health problems and concentration issues due to its addictive qualities.

My friend and I have decided to dedicate this week to a “digital detox”. Starting Sunday we will have a different task to get us away from our devices. Join me!

Sunday

Delete, unfollow, unsubscribe, to anything or anyone that doesn’t have an uplifting, positive, inspirational impact on your life.

Monday

Don’t look at your phone until lunchtime, especially not first thing in the morning!

Tuesday

Keep your phone out of your bedroom at night! This will stop the temptation to look at it and stay away from it for at least 2 hours before bed. Try to read a book or magazine instead!

Wednesday

Write a friend or a loved one a hand-written card through the mail

Thursday

Don’t look or post anything on social media

Friday

Go out to a social event without using your phone at all throughout the evening

Saturday

Switch your phone off for the entire day

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I can’t wait to start this challenge! Join me!

Cheers xoxo

 

Self-Care Sunday: Yoga

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I have this hanging in my room as a reminder to breathe throughout the day.

Being a ballet dancer for many years, I have always loved be active! As flexibility was always an important aspect for a ballerina, we would do yoga as a form of cross training. Yoga is great for improving both strength and flexibility while also working on balance. Yoga is also a great way to lower stress levels and anxiety through the deep breathing and meditation. The yoga practice has been around for thousands of years, it was a way to achieve harmony between the heart and soul on the path to divine enlightenment.

My Favourite Yoga Poses

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This one is great for stretching the spine and hips! While it also strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles, so important for a strong foundation! This pose is also good for relieving stress and improving your digestion. Try it out here!

 

 

bigkingdancer-56aa410c5f9b58b7d00342b0.jpgNatarajasana (or Dancer Pose)

Of course this is one of my favourites, after being a dancer for so many years! This pose is great for practicing your balance as well as stretching your thighs and shoulders. This pose can also be modified as well! Here is a video to get you started!

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Svarga Dvijasana (or Bird Of Paradise Pose)

This one took a lot of practice for me but I love it now! Standing on one leg will strengthen your calves, quadriceps, and glutes, as well as help you access and engage your core to keep you from losing your balance. Try it here!

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Practicing Yoga

Although there are numerous benefits of practicing yoga, here are the top 6:

  1. Decrease Stress and Anxiety
  2. Improves Quality of Life
  3. Reduces Chronic Pain
  4. Promotes Sleep Quality
  5. Improves Flexibility and Balance
  6. Promotes Healthy Eating Habits

Just because I love pictures that describe things, here is a picture of the benefits of yoga I found on Pinterest!

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Here is a great vinyasa flow that any level can do! What are your favourite yoga poses?

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Namaste Yogis

xoxo

Self-Care Sunday: DIY Facial

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Hello friends! I wanted to start something new for my blog this year. As one of my New Year’s goals is to practice more self-care, I thought this would be the perfect thing to add to my blog! Now introducing “Self-Care Sundays”, Sundays I will be making a blog post that share ways that I like to practice self-care.

One of my favourite things to do is facials! They are so good for your skin and are a great way to relax. Every Sunday night I try to do a facial before the start of a new week. I wanted to share my DIY facial that you can do at home!

DIY Facial

Step 1: Cleanse

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First, take off any makeup you have on your face with makeup remover or a makeup wipe. I like to use coconut oil as it is moisturizes and removes everything easily. Then, wash your face with a gentle cleanser, I use Philosophy’s Face Wash. I have also used Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser. Both are very gentle on your skin and don’t have ton of stuff in them.

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Step 2: Exfoliate

My favourite step, time to get all of the dead skin off! This will help create an even skin tone, refine your pores and decrease wrinkles. Scrub your face with an exfoliator for 2-3 minutes, repeat if you need! Use circular motions and move upwards on your face. I use Philosophy’s Microdelivery Exfoliating Face Wash or I make my own! Here is one of my favourite green tea exfoliator’s I found on Pinterest!

 

 

Step 3: Steam

If you don’t have one of those fancy steamer things that salons use (I don’t lol), you can use just a bowl of hot water. All you need to do is boil some water and put it in a bowl. Then, put a bath towel over your head and put your face over the bowl. This will allow the steam to open up all of your pores before you put on your mask. You can also use a sink or a hot shower to do this as well!

Step 4: Mask

After all of that deep cleaning to your skin, time to give it what it deserves and pamper it! You can either buy masks from the store, I find good (and cheap) ones at Target and T.J. Maxx. But you can also make your own according to your skin type! Pinterest has tons and tons of ideas. Follow the directions of how long to leave the face mask on, typically 15-20 minutes.

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Step 5: Tone & Moisturise

After you rinse off your face mask, time to apply some toner. Toner helps maintains your skins pH and refreshes your skin. I like to use Thayer’s Rose Petal Toner or this one I found at T.J.Maxx. Next, apply a moisturiser to your skin to finish off the facial. Some of my favourite moisturisers are Cetaphil’sLancome’s, or just coconut oil. What is your favourite?

 

Any tips or tricks for DIY facials? Let me know below!

Cheers xoxo

Trader Joe’s Trip

With back school right around the corner, I took a trip to my local Trader Joe’s to stock up on some healthy snacks and foods for school! IMG_0487.JPG

I couldn’t resist all the beautiful flowers they have!

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So here is what I got! All under $30! Which is pretty good if you ask me! Trader Joe’s provides great food for low prices. Products include gourmet foods, organic foods, vegetarian foods, imported foods, and the staples. They love to hear from customers and won’t bring products back if they get a bad review. They always have some great healthy foods I like to stock up on!

Here are some of my favorites!

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Creamy Almond Butter

 

 

I’m a HUGE fan of any kind of almond and peanut butter! Really any type of nut butter lol. I normally just stick with peanut butter because of the low cost and convenience of it. But, Trader Joe’s has great almond butter that is under $5! That’s pretty good for almond butter! They have salt and no salt versions!

 

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Organic Vodka Sauce

 

 

 

I love pasta! Who doesn’t? I have it almost every night! Vodka sauce is probably one of my favorite kinds but I’m very picky when it comes to it. Trader Joe’s makes a great one that is organic too!

 

 

 

 

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Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds and Dark Chocolate Cacao Nibs

These are both great for smoothie bowls! I have one almost every morning so these are a must for me! You can either blend in the hemp seeds or put them on top! You can also put them in salads, on top of yogurt or even make hemp milk! I like to blend them and put the cacao nibs on top!

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Just Mango Slices

 

 

I love mangos! These dried mango slices taste just like gummy candy! They are perfect for when you are craving something sweet and want to make a healthier choice! Be sure to get the “Unsulfured & Unsweetened” ones, trust me you don’t need to extra sugar!

 

 

 

 

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Organic Pomegranate Hibiscus Kombucha

 

 

One of my new favorite drinks, Kombucha! A fermented black tea beverage, filled with tons of probiotics! They come in so many great flavors! My favorite are mango and pomegranate!

What are your favorite Trader Joe’s snacks?

Cheers xoxo