30 Day Smoothie Challenge

Hi Friends! I hope that you are having a good week! So as some of you know I was participating in a smoothie challenge with my sister and I wanted to share how it went! 

This smoothie challenge is by Be Well By Kelley, the challenge can be found here: http://bewellbykelly.com/recent-posts/

There were two main things that needed to be done every day to complete the challenge, have one of Kelly's smoothies and get 30 active minutes a day.  Now these active minutes couldn't be split up they needed to be consecutive and this is how the smoothie had to be made:

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PROTEIN+ FAT+ FIBER + GREENS + LIQUID + FRUIT (1/4 cup or less optional) 
PROTEIN:  1 serving or 20 g of protein Organic pea, grassfed whey, bone broth or collagen
FAT: 1 tbsp. minimum per serving Almond Butter, Coconut oil, Avocado, Walnuts, MCT Oil – flavorless medium chain triglyceride oil from coconut or Sunflower butter
FIBER: 1-2 tbsp or 10 g of fiber  Chia Seeds, Flax or  Acacia. 
GREENS:  handful Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Parsley, Cilantro etc
OPTIONAL FRUIT: ΒΌ cup maximum per serving Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Acai
LIQUID: 6-8 oz per serving Unsweetened Almond Milk, Coconut Water (only acceptable for fruit free smoothies) Coconut Milk, Plain Water

This ladies and gentlemen are not your tropical smoothie lets just make that clear now. There are smoothie recipes available online, and more through her book which my sister had. The whole thought process on the smoothie is that you should have enough nutrients in the smoothie that you shouldn't eat until lunch.  There also is enough fat, protein, and fiber to keep you full and not enough sugar to spike your blood sugar. 

So how did I do?

I made it through 20 days of the smoothie challenge.  I couldn't do it all week, I had to allow myself some days to just eat normal food. At first, I felt really full, but some days I wasn't working out in the morning and it was a lot to try to drink a whole smoothie right when I wake up.  Because this smoothie is made with so much liquid and not a lot of frozen items it separated QUICKLY. But I do have to say that from now on when I make smoothies I will take this idea with me, a little less fruit, more almond milk and the incorporation of protein, fiber and fat. 

The working out? I was able to get in 6 days a week of active time. I had to give myself one day off because I'm an all or nothing girl and usually if I miss one day, I quit.  I wanted to set myself up for success but hey, life happens too.  Overall I really liked the idea of 30 active consecutive minutes. I walk to work from my parking garage and get 30 minutes that way some days but not consecutive. This changed my thinking a little about working out and I really liked this. 

So whats the takeaway?

I'm going to be honest, I liked the smoothies for like 4 days and then I hated it. I get the theory of staying full longer, but some days I just couldn't get the smoothie down and I was hungry in two hours. But I think I learned what to put in my smoothie to make them better for me. 

I realIy liked the exercise part of things, I am still trying to continue that challenge.  Even if my 30 minutes is just walking.  Im learning its important to move my body every day. 

Here are some of the recipes I did enjoy:

Pancake Party Be Well Smoothie

  • 1 Serving Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1-2 tbsp Nut Butter
  • 1 serving Raw Fiber Powder
  • 1/3 Banana (optional)
  • 2-3 cups Nutmilk
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup (to top)

BLUEBERRY MUFFIN

  • 1 Serving Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp of Any Nut Butter of choice
  • 1 Serving Raw Fiber Powder or 2 Tbsp Chia 
  • 1/4 cup Blueberries
  • 2 cups Nut Milk
  • Blueberries & Hemp Seeds to top

ALMOND BUTTER & RASPBERRY JAM

  • 1 Serving Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 tbsp Fiber (Chia or Flax Seeds to thicken)
  • 1/4 c. Raspberries
  • Nut Milk (Almond) 

Peanut Butter Cacao Nib Smoothie

  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • 1-2 tbsp chia 
  • 2 c unsweetened nut milk
  • 1 tsp cacao nibs

What do you guys think? Are you going to try the challenge? My advise would be have a friend do it with you and send photos of your smoothie every day.  Thats what my sister and I did!

Gifts For His Birthday

So it was H's birthday a while ago, and I feel like shopping for a boy is so hard! Girl's are easy, we point out stuff we want every day! HA.  Anyways I feel like its always hard to figure out new things if he hasn't specifically asked for anything.  So I came up with this list to help both of us out! 

Ps. I used Ebates to make these purchases and got money back.  You can too and get $10 immediately for signing up!

Here are some things on my list:

  • Vinyls
  • Wallet 
  • Nice Watch - This is always a good purchase
  • Home cooked meal
  • Sports tickets
  • Gear from his favorite sports, or place - I got Henry some shirts from our favorite brewery's since they are so big in Cincinnati and he loves them! 
  • A plane ticket home - This is a pricey one but if his family lives somewhere else this is an amazing gift
  • A nice bottle of liquor
  • A nice set of bar glasses - or any bar accessories like bottle openers, or whiskey rocks.
  • Collection item - If he collects anything add to the collection!
  • Work out gear
  • Wireless Headphones - to work out with, or use on a airplane
  • Gadgets they would find useful - for example, something for a video game, a hobby, their car.  Something they've had their eye on
  • A workout watch - Apple Watch, Fitbit.  I feel like guys love this
  • Clothes he wouldn't buy himself - A lot of times Henry just wont buy clothes for himself.  It's not that he doesn't want it but he wont get it himself. 
  • Videogames
  • Concert Tickets
  • Something that is an experience - Whether its a concert, sporting game, cooking class. Whatever he enjoys that you two can do together! 

This is my running list so far! I hope that it's helpful and if anything has sparked some ideas.  As long as the gift is thoughtful it doesn't matter how much it cost! Let me know if you have any ideas and I will add it to the list! 

Morphe Brushes

Hi Friends, so if you didn't know I use to have a subsciption with Morphe through Live Glam where I got a monthly bag of Morphe Brushes for $20.  It usually was worth a lot more but I was trying to grow my brush collection for cheap and I really love Morphe brushes.  So I have hand picked my favorites to share with you if you're looking for some new brushes! 

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E3- Precision Pointed Powder $16.99 - I love this one for contouring and blush with this pointed edge it can easily get into your cheek bones and works great for blush because its hard to pack on too much product on the tip.

E31- Deluxe Flat Buffer $20.99 This is my all time favorite brush for foundation and getting a flawless finish.

M176- Tapered Blender $4.99 So Im sure this isn't what this brush is used for but I love it for highlight because it spreads it nicely without making a stripe.

M433 - Pro Firm Blending Fluff $5.99 This is a great brush for the crease and getting your second color on your crease, its a little but more precise than a transition color brush.

M200- Deluxe Crease $4.99 - This brush is great for your overall transition color on your crease,

M441- Pro Firm Blending Crease $5.99 - This brush is even more precise than M433 but great for the crease as well.

M167 - Oval Shadow $4.99 This is just a great brush for shadow on the lid and packing the color on.

E39 - Detail Crease $4.99 I like this for detailed crease of course and to get the waterline.

I'm the type of girl that uses brushes for more than one use. I like to keep it simple but this is a great start to add any brushes to your collection! 

There are plenty of coupons through affiliates of Morphe (which means they get a percentage). But you get 10% off and I just pick one of my favorite at the time! 

What are your favorite brushes?!