How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Happy Monday to you all!

I can’t believe we are in the end of January. February starts this week!! That just means it’s closer to spring, am I right?

So, yesterday I finally put my foot down to wash my makeup brushes…because, believe it or not, I’ve never cleaned my makeup brushes! Any of the ones I’ve owned over the years I have never cleaned…and I know that is BAD for my skin. I don’t wear a ton of makeup, and I don’t have a lot of brushes like some girls do, but I knew it was time to do it!

I’m so embarrassed by my foundation brush, you guys!!

There are many things out there on how you should clean your makeup brushes, but I just wanted something simple, easy, and not many steps involved. Who wants to use up too much time just to clean your makeup brushes?

I have one brush just for my foundation, and one brush for my powder, so I knew once I got going it wouldn’t take me too long!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Your brushes

-small plate or bowl

-Warm water

-dish soap

Step One: mix water and dish soap on your plate or bowl

Step Two: Swirl brush around in liquid mixture until clean (water will turn the color of your makeup, and you may need to do this step a few times depending on your brush)

I had to repeat this second step 4-5 times with my foundation brush!!

Step 3: Rinse out thoroughly under sink + lay out to dry.

Easy Peasy! With one of my two brushes only used for powder, it was easy to clean and not much to come off, but the foundation brush on the other hand… I will have to keep this a regular habit. You are supposed to clean your makeup brushes at least Once every couple of weeks (I’ve heard) so I will have to stay on top of this!

It’s good for your brushes and good for your skin!! 😀

10 Thing You May Not Know About Me

Happy Friday guys!

Today’s post I am sharing 10 facts you may (or may not) have known about me.

1.Before majoring in Exercise Science, I was an art major (photography + graphic design)

(I still love taking pictures!)

2.Sunrises vs Sunsets? Sunrises!

3.I love most crime shows + at one point seriously thought about going into forensics. 

4.My little dog, Jack, is my sweet baby 

5.I enjoy going to the shooting range with my dad.

6.Christmas was my favorite holiday as a girl 

(Halloween + Thanksgiving + Christmas…top 3 in order)

7.My favorite type of food is Mexican, with Chinese as a close second.

8.My current favorite movie is Anchorman…because I only saw it for the first time a few weeks ago! 

9.I love Succelents

10. No matter where life takes me, I always know God has a plan for my life and loves me unconditionally! 

Healthier Takeout Pizza?

Pizza is one of those popular foods, that just about everybody loves. At a young age, we see pizza serves in schools, at classroom parties, birthday parties, sleepovers, trips, etc. It is just one of those staple foods that is such a good go-to and is usually delicious.

Even as I am older, I still love me some pizza, but I don’t always feel like eating the classic pepperoni + cheese, Hawaiian, or meat lovers.

Some days I am craving pizza, but just want a little bit healthier version of it, and I don’t always want a frozen pizza, either.

Never fear, though! Pizza places are offering more and more options where you can make your pizza just a little bit healthier.

The pizza above is from Pizza Hut, and is thin crust, no cheese, lighter sauce, spinach, onions, and pineapple. I made my own and customized it to how I wanted it.

When a pizza can be that customized, you know the pizza company wants to accommodate what you need/want. Some people are lactose intolerant, and can’t do cheese. I can’t do a lot of it, so I opted for none.

You can pick and choose what you want as your toppings. Don’t like pineapple? No problem! Want only a certain meat and one veggie? Or maybe regular crust? Go for it!

Over the weekend when pizza was ordered at my parents, they got a regular pizza meat lovers and I ordered my (above) pizza. You bet I enjoyed a slice of that too, along with 2 slices of my own…and maybe half a cheese stick! (Balance, am I right?)

So don’t feel like you should take out pizza all together if you are on a healthy lifestyle journey, because you can definitely keep it involved!

QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

-what’s your all time favorite pizza?

-if you were to customize a healthier pizza, how would you make it? 

Healthy Chocolate Bark

Hiya, friends!

I am sorry I am so late this week getting a new post up. A couple days I had planned on keeping track and taking pictures of what I ate throughout the day, and I forgot to take any more after lunch!

I do hope you enjoyed the snow day(s) you may have had from work or school and that you stayed cozied up with a blanket or fire. I know Matt and I did!

Today I want to share with you a quick and easy recipe for any of you chocolate lovers out there. I don’t know how many of you have a sweet tooth, but I feel mine is growing back and I just crave a little something sweet at some point in my day.

Of course, it’s ok to treat yourself to a candy bar, or a piece of birthday cake, or a dessert around the holidays, but there are ways you can enjoy chocolate and it not stop any progress or get you off track.

This chocolate bark is SO good and so EASY to make. It’s also very customizeable, so you can always tweak the ingredients that I used, as well as change up what you want to add in your chocolate bark.

Here’s what you will need:

-1 cup coconut oil (this can be found in almost any grocery store)

-1/2 cup peanut butter (not pictured, but I decided to add it in)

-1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

-1/4 teaspoon salt

-1 teaspoon vanilla

-1 teaspoon almond or butter extract

-Whatever add ins you want: pecans, candy, coconut, etc.

1.First, melt your coconut oil and peanut butter and mix together in a bowl.

2.Add in all other ingredients except for your add ins, and stir well.

3.On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, pour melted mixture evenly on pan.

4.Sprinkle on any add ins you wish, and place in freezer for 45 minutes to an hour.

5.Once frozen, break up in pieces, and store in freezer.

As you grab these out of the freezer, they are ready to eat. Some chocolate barks will be too hard and you have to wait a few minutes. With this made from coconut oil, it is not too hard, and it will feel as if it will melt in your mouth.

I am a BIG fan of this recipe and it will be something I will continue to make for years to come!

If you try this out, let me know what you think, and what you added in!

😀

3 Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work

We are not even one week into 2018 and I am already so sick + tired of seeing all of these diet + weight loss ads being advertised.

Yes, a lot of people have goals at the first of the year to lose weight, tone up, or just be healthier; but with all of these companies promising you quick weight loss if you eat this, count this, or buy their product, it’s no wonder people get confused and/or fall off the bandwagon shortly into the year.

(Strawberry smoothie from Neighborhood Brew, off Valleydale)

I’ve fallen into diet traps before in my lifetime, researching different approaches, eliminating certain foods, and of course, calorie counting. All of these got me in bad places and was NOT good for my health, both physically and mentally.

Our bodies are incredible machines. I mean, God made us, how could they not be?

Food is fuel to our bodies. We need it not only for energy, but for our bodies even to be able to function. We must feed our organs too! Food is also meant to be enjoyed.

(Buffalo Wild Wings: Wings + bacon cheese fries)

It is important we have a balance of exercise, feeding our bodies nutritious food, but also feeding our bodies food for pleasure. It can confuse our minds if we fall into all of these diet traps. I am practicing every day to follow more of this healthy balanced, intuitive eating lifestyle, and each day with each step forward, I am finding it more freeing

(night time cereal combo of Vanilla Chex + Fruit Loops)

So, why do diets NOT work?

I’m here to give you 3 reasons why.

1.Diets essentially slow down the process of losing weight. 

But, wait! Aren’t diets supposed to help us lose weight faster? NO. When we put our bodies through any kind of “diet”, it is actually a stressor to (and on) our bodies. Our bodies tend to fight against us when we are going through something like this. That should be our first clue! Extreme dieting, eliminating food groups, and being so restrictive is not what our bodies were made to do or be put through. Dieting just causes our stress hormones (adrenaline + cortisol) to increase.

So, all this time you were thinking going on a diet would relieve some stress? Think again.

(Salad I put together with leftover chicken tenders + orange pieces)

2.They usually don’t work long term/Aren’t always sustainable.

If someone goes on a diet to lose “X” amount of pounds, and they had to eliminate a food group, be restrictive, sacrifice going out with friends + family, and maybe even had a to take a certain company’s product, what happens when this person reaches their goals?

Are they going to continue to miss out on enjoying dinner out with family + friends? Are they willing to continue to pay for the product or eliminate a certain food group the rest of their life?

Realistically, it doesn’t always work.

In many cases, people end up gaining weight back after reaching their goal and getting off the diet, but their happiness may be through the roof if they are able to enjoy things they missed out on before.

Of course, I say everything in moderation, but we must also consider our happiness. Want to enjoy a date night with your significant other and enjoy a good meal + dessert? Go for it!

A lot of this falls under intuitive eating, which I will talk more abut in future posts. All in all, think about going through a particular “diet” for the rest of your life. I’m sorry, but I don’t want that for my life!

(Panera Bread: Side salad, Butternut squash soup, and baguette)

3.Diets usually are NO FUN!

Let’s be real…when has a “diet” ever been rainbows + unicorns? NEVER. There may be some excitement in the beginning, because, hey…I have goals and I want to reach them…but soon that dies off when you are craving a piece of bread, a glass of milk, or even a piece of chocolate. Nine times out of ten, when you eliminate something and tell yourself you aren’t allowed to have it, the cravings for that will only get stronger and stronger. So much strong, that you just might give in, ruin your “diet”, you get down + frustrated with yourself, and you feel you have to start over.

Who wants to live like that?

I used to think I ruined things if I gave in to eating something that I truly wanted. I no longer want to be like that. It DID stress me out, I got frustrated with myself, and it’s not worth it. If you want a food, it should be enjoyed!!

Having a balanced lifestyle of both healthy + nutritious foods, and those foods that give us pleasure, is what it’s about. I am 4 year out from 30 (oh lawd) and I am at the point where I want to give my body the nutritious food it needs to function, but also enjoy foods I love, try new things, and NOT be stressed about it.

(Ice cream of all kinds is good. I have always enjoyed Arctic Zero for a healthier option)

So before you sign up for this “diet” or buy this product, think twice about long term and your happiness and health.

If you need someone to guide you through it, or need someone to help reach your goals without going on a diet, please contact me! I am starting this year as a health coach and I want to help you get where you want to be without falling for these gimmicks and false hopes.

Whether it is for personal training or health coaching, you can always email me at toloveandliveblog@gmail.com.