Friday, February 28, 2014

Healthy Eating Tips: February

Hi all,

I hope you've all had a good month so far! I can't believe that February is almost over.. 2014 is flying by already! I couldn't let the month come to a close without giving you some more healthy eating tips

  • Aim to eat your veggies first - Best way to always ensure you’re getting your veggies in is to make sure they’re served with every meal and that they’re the first thing eaten! Plus most veggies are power foods which will keep you fuller longer! Fill up on that and you’ll be less likely to want the rest of that pasta that’s sitting on your plate.
  • Cut pop! - You all know how much I hate it.. but drinking water over pop makes a MASSIVE difference in so many ways. (Yes this included diet pop). If you need help if might be fun finding ways to jazz up your water by adding things like lemons, limes, orange slices, cucumber or berries. Healthy way to get in flavour.
  • Use Smaller serving plates, utensils - This has always been a big one for me. Filing a small plate with lots of GOOD food. YUM!

  • Smaller portions- This one feeds off the last one.. but try to just put LESS food on your plate.
    • Tip if you’re eating out: Ask to have half the food put into a takeaway container before it comes out. Also, consider ordering an appetizer instead of an entree. 

I hope that some of these help you out! Do you have any healthy eating tips that I should share?

Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Weekly Goals

Hi all,

You may have noticed last week that we posted our weekly goals. We will be continuing our weekly goals this week.. and here they are!:

Steph’s Goal: Write before I bite! That means either pre-tracking an entire day before or just by tracking what I'm eating before I eat it.

Update 1: This has been a tough one this week but every time I've tracked WHILE I'm eating instead of before. Not bad but not what I wanted to do.

Jenn's Goal: Increasing my water intake. I have not been using my plant nanny app for tracking water and I know I'm not drinking nearly as much as I should. Since drinking enough water is a very important part of being healthy, this will be my goal.

Update 1: I'm doing well, so far so good! Yay! Feels good drinking the right amount of water again, it really does make me feel better. Less groggy, less water retention and refreshed. The only down side to this goal is the amount of trips to the bathroom, my body will adjust :)

Thanks for reading!

Steph & Jenn

Monday, February 24, 2014

Motivation Monday

Hey all,

Just wanted to send out a motivational thought to you all this morning:

Start this week off fresh and make today a great day! Don't let anything bring you down today and push negative thoughts to the side. 

One thing to try? Try to not have any negative thoughts for 30 minutes, then 1 hour! Keep going :) It will improve your day. No matter what is getting to you... just brush it off... even if it's the snow off of your car :P.

Hope you have a good one!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Weekly Goals

Hi all,

We’ve decided to start a new habit! The habit of posting 1 weekly goal here and checking in 2-3 times per week with an update on that goal (in the initial post) and then with a summary at the end of the week.

The reason we are doing this is to not only keep you guys involved in our goals but to also help keep us accountable. That’s why we’ve chosen to post 1 goal per week as updating 3 or more goals 2-3 times a week could become a bit excessive and honestly a bit hard to stick to.

So what are we waiting for?! Let’s get started!

Steph’s Goal: Eating veggies at breakfast, lunch and dinner

Checkin 1: So the week has been going well except for the fact that I was away from home and was unable to have vegetables for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday (today). Not a big deal as it was great hanging around with Pete's family :).  I got home and made sure I had a serving for lunch! I will continue to do so for the rest of the week. Check back for another checkin on Tuesday.

Checkin 2:  Today is day 7 and today is the last day of our "weekly goal". I have been on point since Sunday and have since made sure I had sufficient amounts of veggies at my meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner! I've even preplanned my entire day today to ensure I have enough servings.

Summary: I would consider this week a success! I feel really proud of myself for not only pushing through with this.. but liking it! I definitely feel that I enjoy eating vegetables more after this weekly goal!
Jenn’s Goals: I am excited to start this new healthy habit, because setting goals is super helpful when striving for a better lifestyle. Since getting my fitbit as a very generous gift from my bestie, I have been able to monitor how many steps I take in a day. My daily average is about 7,500 steps, my goal is to reach 10,000 a day.

Checkin 1: On my first day I met 10,123 steps for the first time since using fitbit, felt good! Day 2 I reached 10,668 and then 10,116 on day three. Day four I didn't reach my goal, but I'm going to make up those steps I missed before this weeks goal is complete.

Checkin 2: I was not 100% successful in reaching my goals this week, I am happy that I got moving more than usual. I would like to revisit this goal when the weather is nicer and I'm able to go outside for walks.

Thanks for reading!

Steph & Jenn

February Beauty Questions

Hello lovely readers,

We've got some answers to some beauty questions for the month of February! Here the are:

Do you have a "beauty budget" or you spend freely? 
S: More like a “Don’t buy it if you can help it” rule. lol If I can’t stop thinking about it usually I will go back and get it. I’ll spend a decent amount on a product if I really love it (for example, Josie Maran Argan Oil).

J: Not really, I spend freely. However, I won’t spend more than $55-60 on one item.

Do you utilize coupons, rewards cards and sales when you shop for cosmetics?
S: I use all types of rewards cards and I almost ALWAYS will pick something up if it’s on sale. I always stock up on my skin care products because they tend to have GREAT sales at Body Shop every once and a while. I sometimes have 2-3 bottles of toner under my sink at one time. :P

J: I don’t usually get coupons, but I probably would if I had any! I do have rewards cards, one for Shoppers Drug Mart (optimum card) and one for Sephora (beauty insider card). I definitely use both of these and reap the rewards!

What type of product do you buy the most of?
S: Nail polish FOR SURE. It’s so hard to resist. I’ve been very good lately though. If I was being more specific I’d say Urban Decay Palettes. I have the majority of them!

J: Hair oil, I love the way it makes my hair look and feel. Since I have so much hair, I go through it a lot.

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup?
S:! I love reading about the things before I buy them and the reviews are very helpful. I never actually buy online but will go into the store to try out the product after getting the information online

J: Ohhhhh yeahhh, SEPHORA! I get butterflies of excitement every time I go!

There you have it! Got a question? We have an answer!

Steph & Jenn

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil

Not sure about you, but for me.. finding a good moisturizer is just as hard as finding a good man! Over the past few years I’ve tried quite a few different moisturizers and STRUGGLED to find one that I liked that didn’t react badly with my skin. It came to a point where I just stopped using moisturizer in the summer because I didn’t feel that I needed it. At that point my moisturizer made my skin feel SO oily and I was having really bad skin issues (mainly redness). I stopped using it and most of my issues went away!

Winter came and I knew I would need a moisturizer again. I decided to look at the Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil that came in the Sephora Super Star gift pack I had received from Pete for my birthday. I honestly hadn’t really thought too much of it and didn’t really know what it was for. I had never thought about putting an oil on my face as it sounded so backwards.  Well am I ever glad I did because it has seriously changed the way I moisturize! My skin feels incredibly smooth, glowy and any skin issues I was having have completely gone away! I no longer have an issue with redness and my zits and annoying bumps have completely gone away. No wonder they call it a legendary oil! My skin is finally getting back to the shape it was in before I started having all of my issues!

This product can be used on your face, hands, hair and body. It is the ultimate moisturizer that you can use from head to toe! There are so many uses and benefits:

- Hydration (obviously) & nourishment - My skin has NEVER felt this good after using a moisturizer. You can even put it on your elbows, fingers and toes!
- Skin treatment for acne and acne scars- This is one of the major differences I’ve seen. I almost never break out anymore and my scars are fading! Have a blemish? Use a drop!
- Has healing and conditioning properties -Soothes eczema and rosacea.
- Treats split ends and smooths out flyaways- AND doesn’t make your hair look greasy!
- Soften cuticles- Just add one drop to your cuticles (one for each hand should be enough). Also great for treating the cracked skin near your nails too.
- Anti-Aging properties - Reduces the look of fine lines and I’ve actually noticed my skin is looking more youthful! Over the last year or so I’ve really been bothered by my wrinkles.. or smile lines as I like to call them.. and this has actually been helping with that!
-Hair treatment - Leave in overnight and wash out in the morning. Add a drop to gel, leave in conditioner or just rub into your hands and rub over and/or into your hair. Haven’t tried these (except the last one) but I intend to!
- 100% pure and organic - You could even eat it if you wanted to.. bit expensive for that though! Some people even use this on their babies.

How to use: Add a few drops to your palm and rub hands together. Either rub over your face, skin or through your hair.

What this cruelty free product DOESN’T contain: Parabens, fillers, fragrance/dyes or preservatives. This really is ideal for ANY skin type.

As someone who generally has very dry and flaky skin in the winter .. this has been a miracle worker and I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend it! I started off with a sample size bottle which you can buy from Sephora for $18 and it has lasted me MONTHS (even though I accidentally spilled half of it onto my counter.. whoops!). I’ve since gone back and purchased a larger size because I’m so impressed by what I’ve seen.

After using this product for the last 3 months or so I have one question : What DOESN’T this incredible product do?

If you're struggling to find a good moisturizer I think you should look into this one! It has proven to work well on any skin type.

Have a fantastic day!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Review: URBAN DECAY - De-Slick Mattifying Powder

Hey all,

I have found another great beauty product to share with all of you. This powder is a part of my every day routine, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

This item retails for $38 at Sephora, and it is worth every penny. The compact is also very pretty which is always a bonus. This is rated 4.4/5 on the Sephora website, so clearly I'm not the only person loving it!

I have oily prone skin, with large pores which is a mix of genes and a result of my acneic skin. I have tried all different kinds of 'pore erasers' and primers, I have found some that help but none that give me results like this powder. I feel like this powder would be great for all skin types if applied properly and sparingly. My skin can be sensitive and I've had no issues what so ever! 

This product is free of all parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

Application: I use the puff applicator that comes with the compact. Be careful not to put too much of the powder on the applicator to avoid a white cast, because a little goes a long way. Then lightly press into the skin in the areas you want mattified, or pores to appear less noticeable. I also recommend using this product as a touch up mid-way through your day.

Thanks for reading, and have a splendid day!
- Jenn

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