Tuesday, February 5, 2019

What I Eat: A {Good} Day in the Life


Hey loves! So I know I always say this, but I really do want to start blogging a bit more - I have this space on the web that I worked on for over a year, & I feel like I never utilize it. I really need to start! Like I said on my Instagram the other week, it is really hard for me to come up with stuff to write about lately. I think I am too hard on myself, I am always thinking: "no one will want to read that, thats not interesting enough, no one wants to listen to you ramble...etc." For me personally, I think 2019 is going to be a year of immense growth & change. I feel like 2018 I kind of kept myself at a standstill, because I was okay with routine, & I felt comfortable - but maybe not super happy in some aspects? Feeling a void. Like something was missing. One of my goals for 2019, & 29 (I have a lot of them this year) - is to listen to myself, not care so much about what other people think, & be okay with big changes. One of them - blogging & not giving a (excuse this) f*ck about if people like what I write about or not. & here I go rambling again... ;)

BUT despite the fact that I am going to write what I want to write about - I also love sharing this platform with all of YOU & sharing things that YOU guys want to read about. So. I put out a poll on stories the other week asking what you guys wanted to see. & one of the most wanted posts? Recipes. I feel like this is common ground for everyone. We all like to eat amiright?

Generally, I try to eat pretty healthy. Actually - tbh, I am the first person I need to stress this to right now. I have gone a bit off the handle if you will, eating A LOT over the holidays & its time to come back around to real life eats here! ;) I know I have said this in the past - but in college I literally didn't care about what I ate. I ate out constantly, had pizza rolls/cream cheese wontons/buffalo chicken in the freezer (& consumed this almost every night), & rarely ate a fruit or veg. I also felt like absolute crap majority of the time, was tired as f because all I did was eat, study, or go out when I found the time, & I was literally 30 lbs heavier. Yes, 30 lbs.

Now I {generally} try to only eat out or order in 1-2x a week tops, meal plan for dinners (I don't prep but I try to plan what I might make that week so I have healthier options in the house to choose from), & along with diet I work out at LEAST 3-5x a week depending on my work schedule. Most weeks I do make it 5! I will say, I do allow myself a "cheat" meal at least 1-2x a week (usually on the weekends). I generally don't "cut" things out of my diet - carbs, sugar, dairy, etc, because for me - this actually just makes me want it more. Back before I found this "lifestyle change" I literally tried every diet in the book. I cut carbs, I counted calories, I said no sugar, etc. I would make it say a month cutting these things, & then when the next month came I would just binge on bread or sugar or whatever it may be I cut because I hadn't had it all month, & then I was right back where I started. Now, I generally do pay attention to carbs/cals/sugar content in things - but I'm not insane about it (although sometimes I do take "breaks" from certain foods just to feel better in general). I just try to stick to a general diet routine & I told myself this is it for me. I can't ever go back to freezer food/fast food/take out/pizza every night Emily or I won't be happy. & this has worked. & I feel obviously so much better & my body has responded to it!

Also, I generally drink like 5 20 oz water bottles a day. I ALWAYS have water by me if I am at home - at work, not so easy. But I drink as much water as possible & this makes a big difference in the amount I snack/how energized I feel.


Okay - on to a {good} day in the life. I say good because I told ya'll I do "cheat" & I have days I don't eat so great. I love pizza (ultimate weakness) & homemade spaghetti (which I have a healthier option to this as well - I can share with you guys!) & sometimes order/get take out on the weekends. & I am 100% okay with that! But heres a typical weekday for me:

Breakfast:

(I always usually work out in the AM at 6-8A so I try to have bigger breakfasts to correlate with my workouts) - if I am working I work at 7A usually, so my breakfast routines aren't as spot on, but I still try!

+ Yogurt (I like basic vanilla greek), or I LOVE the "Oui Yogurts" in all flavors - with granola & raspberries/blueberries

+ Avocado toast (as seen above) - I make all variations, on wheat toast, with one avocado total between the 2 pieces of bread, everything but the bagel seasoning to top/or red pepper flakes, & sometimes for a treat I sprinkle on goat cheese, with a drizzle of lemon olive oil. SO DANG GOOD.

*I also love avocados baked in the oven with an egg in the middle. Such a power breakfast & fills me up for the whole morning.

+ Or, a protein smoothie! I have vanilla protein powder with a few chunks of ice, skim/coconut/almond milk, usually a dash of yogurt to thicken it, & whatever fruit I have stashed in the house. Otherwise I will use peanut butter/banana as a solidifier!

& always coffee! Usually only one cup with a splash of the "natural sweet cream creamer." If I am at work, all bets are off. Sometimes I have 2-3 :O

Lunch:

Lunches are hard for me. I won't lie, depending on my breakfast - I sometimes (usually) skip lunch unless I am at work! Work changes the game for me. I am literally RUNNING my ass off - if anyone doesn't know I am a hospital RN - so I am on my feet all day for 12 hours. I eat a lot more than I would at home at work. This routine works for me & I am usually full till dinner but I know it doesn't work for everyone! If I do have lunch it usually involves:

+ Butter lettuce or spinach salad with strawberries, walnuts, green onion, goat cheese, & balsamic vinaigrette.

+ Wrap (usually whole wheat) with turkey, low cal swiss cheese, mustard, light mayo.

+ a few pieces of turkey with cheese & mustard

Dinner:

I have so many dinner options so for right now I am just going to share one that I usually make 2-3 nights a week. It is so filling, easy to prep, & veggie packed!

+ Protein/Veggie Bowl - like I said, a staple in my diet. There are so many variations of these! I get the ready rice in brown/jasmine/basmati. Depending on what type of bowl I want to make (thai, mexican, bbq, etc), make the rice - chop up veggies or a base (usually cucumber, green onion, carrots, corn, green pepper, sweet potato, avocado, anything really) - throw on top of rice, pick your protein (I do chicken usually but tonight I am doing pulled pork, I sometimes do shrimp, or ground turkey if I am feeling a Mexican vibe, etc.) & then sometimes I'll throw on shredded cheese or goat cheese depending on what type of bowl I pick, & drizzle with a sauce of some sort - siracha, bbq, thai peanut, buffalo, etc. SO many variations to do with these & they are SO good! Ya'll will love these & be so satisfied after!

Snacks:

+ I LOVE reduced fat cheese its. They are a weakness, & I snack on them usually between breakfast/lunch, lunch/dinner.

+ Pickles. I know weird right? But I find they give me just enough zing to be fulfilled & I only need like 3-4 of them. I like the sweet & spicy babies. ;)

+ Tortilla chips - with greek yogurt/franks red as a dip. Sounds weird right? LITERALLY SO GOOD. You just take like 2-3 spoonfuls of greek yogurt (non-flavored obvi), add in 2-3 tbsps of franks red buffalo, sprinkle with say parsley or everything but the bagel seasoning & voila! Best. Dip. Eva.

Desserts:

I am not a huge dessert person. I don't love sweets... okay well I like sweets but honestly I get sick of them very quickly. Which may be a blessing, but my weak spot for savory is a curse. If I have a sweet tooth, its always right before bed - & in that case:

+ Cool Whip. HOLY MOLY. I just stumbled upon this as a dessert option & it is a game changer. Freeze this stuff & it acts as a better ice cream. No joke. So good. & only 25 cals a serving!

+ Halo Top Ice Cream! I love all flavors! Pistachio is my favorite ;)

+ Fruit Smiles! (am I 5? Lol.) I love these little fruit snacks & they are only 90 cals a pack! They sometimes fight my cravings more than just your basic fruit options.

+ Okay & my favorite dessert... a glass of red wine. Literally will give up a dessert any day for this sweet smooth blend. NOM.

& there we have it! A little {good} day in the life of eats for me! Hope you guys get some inspiration from these meals & if you have any questions ALWAYS feel free to DM/email me! Info in the contact tab of my page.

Love ya'll & Happy February. XX.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Gift Guides 2018


Short, sweet, & to the point - but here are my holiday gift guides for Christmas 2018! I am breaking it up to be Men's (I got a lot of requests for this), Women's (with a few tiers of specifics), & my own personal wish list. Hope everyone has been having a great time gearing up for the holidays! Thanksgiving was such a whirlwind, I can't believe Christmas is right around the corner! I absolutely love having my tree & all the Christmas decorations up. The fact that I can listen to "Christmas Pop" Spotify on repeat, have peppermint mocha creamer in my coffee on the daily, & watch Hallmark Christmas 24/7 has got me pretty dang giddy right now.

If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to DM me! Love y'all. XX. E.

Men's Gift Guide:


Women's Gift Guide(s):

The FitFanatic:


The Beauty Guru:


The Fashionista:


The Jewelry Lover:


My Wish List:


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Updated Skincare Routine


Hey all! I got a resounding YES for an updated skincare routine so I thought I would pop on & hit you with my current regimen & favorites as of late. Lets start with my skin journey - & how I would describe my skin "type." When I was in my early teens I did not care at all about skincare. I tanned all the time, didn't use sunscreen, & washed my face with hand soap (my friend (who is now an esthetician, gave me a lot of sh*t for this, lol.)) I never moisturized, & I never broke out super intensely, but I definitely broke out way more than I do now. The things we learn, huh? Now - in my late twenties, I veer towards a spray tan instead of the booth, definitely DO NOT wash my face with hand soap, & moisturize every single day.

My skin type: I would say I lean more towards an oily base. I don't tend to "dry out" in the winter, & I am not genuinely prone to breakouts unless my hormones are raging, I eat crappy, or I am immensely stressed (& by breakouts I mean a few zits here or there - I have been really blessed to say I don't really have acne prone skin.) My skin tends to get fairly oily after I have had makeup on for awhile, so my goals with makeup are to really keep things matte if possible throughout the day.

& now lets get to the routine & products I am using at the moment! The goal for my skin at this point in time is to brighten, tighten, tone, & maintain. I have not done any type of injections or invasive therapy for my face (i've never done a chemical peel but I am definitely interested in trying it!) Last year I did get a "derma pen" facial - which involves a bunch of micro-needles penetrating the dermis - bringing collagen to the surface - minimizing wrinkles & improving elasticity. I did notice good results with this (thank you to my go to skin consultant & full time bestie Leah @ All Skin Speaks!) To maintain results you need to be consistent in treatments, & it is a pretty penny to keep up with, so unfortunately I haven't had a second treatment, YET.

I'm gonna break this up to make it easier to navigate.

Morning:

I start every morning by rinsing my face & cleansing with COLD water.

+ Cleanser (I use both AM&PM): Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate Cleanser

I then tone & lightly exfoliate to prep my skin for moisturizer.

+ Toning pads I use: First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Pads

I follow toning with a brightening moisturizer, & then prep my skin by "priming" it for makeup.

+ AM Moisturizer: I've been loving this because the brightening & toning effects have made a huge difference in the overall appearance of my skin! Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate "Glow" Moisturizer

+ Brightening Primer: (actually has brightening flecks in it to give your face that extra "glow") First Aid Beauty's Coconut Smoothie Primer

Morning Products:


Night:

For nighttime, my goal is to provide INTENSE hydration & to heal from everything I did that day (dry air, lack of water if I feel like I didn't get enough in that day, a cheat meal, etc.)

I start by cleansing like I would in the morning (same cleanser!) Being careful to remove all traces of makeup if I have any on. I then apply a thin layer of retinol serum.

+ Retinol: (I'd say I use this every other day) a TINY amount goes a long way. THIN layer of this. I use Murad's Youth Renewal Serum

After this has soaked in, I apply my night moisturizer.

+ PM Moisturizer: This has been my favorite for the past few months because I feel like my skin literally drinks it up. It feels like 10000 water bottles for my skin at night. Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Cream

Following my moisturizer, I apply a thin layer of under-eye serum.

+ Eye Cream: I switch between these but I feel like this leaves a great hydrating layer & leaves my under-eyes feeling more plump & refreshed in the AM. Volition Beauty Helix AM/PM Eye Gel

& lastly, lately I have been utilizing Rodan & Fields Lash Boost Serum to lengthen & strengthen my lashes! I am noticing HUGE results with this product & I can definitely say this is a little "miracle" in a bottle for your lashes. My lashes literally look SO much longer after even just 3 weeks of using this serum! If anyone wants any further information I can give you the name of my consultant & hook you up!

Night Products:


Weekly:

+ Intense Exfoliation: I have noticed a BIG difference utilizing intense exfoliation weekly. This leaves my skin baby smooth, my pores smaller, & makes me feel like I have deep cleaned my skins surface to start anew for the rest of the week. My deep exfoliating treatment I use right now is: Kate Somerville's ExfoliKate Exfoliating Treatment & I can't rant & rave about this enough.

+ Mask(s) & Night Serums: I switch up my mask depending on what I am trying to achieve that evening, which more often than not is hydration, firming, & plumping. My favorite masks at the moment that I switch between are:

*First Aid Beauty's 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask (I see a lot of plumping with this one)

*Glam Glow's Gravity Mud Firming Treatment (I notice my skin feels extra tight & firm following this treatment)

*Glam Glow's Dream Duo Overnight Transforming Treatment (this provides an immense amount of hydration)

*I also really love the Yes to Primrose Mud Oil Mask from Target (comes in an individual packet) - this is my favorite mud mask & leaves me skin feeling soothed, calm, & hydrated.

Weekly Products:


ALWAYS: Moisturize (full body.) Take off your makeup before you go to bed ladies! Drink lots of water. Balanced Diet. Workout. These are key to keeping your skin happy & although they are definitely easier said than done (I wax & wane constantly!) try to keep up with it when you can.

Now I know what you are thinking... how do I afford all of these products? What I have found that works best is buying trial sized samples & trying the product out first before you invest in the full sized product. The sample sizes usually last 3-5 months for me, because you really don't need a ton of product to see results. If you love the product, buy the full size! I really have found that when it comes to investing in something, investing in my skin has really paid off. I will never regret taking care of my face in the years to come! I usually ask for products for Christmas & my Birthday - & this helps with the cost as well. You won't regret taking these measures ladies!

Thank you guys so much for reading! If you have any questions at all never hesitate to direct message me! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Fall thus far. Love you all. XX. E.