Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Overnight Oats in a Jar

Growing up I loved oatmeal.. so much that to this day it still brings back memories of my grandparents and my great-grandma. I haven't really eaten it too much lately as I think it takes too long to make and... I don't really take the time in the morning.

I wanted to make a post dedicated to an easy yet delicious breakfast that I have been eating a few times a week. Initially, I was making the exact recipe from called Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar which is absolutely DELICIOUS. Though when you make something so many times you pretty much memorize the recipe and start to become creative!

I altered the recipe a bit and have really enjoyed the outcome! Here's my slightly altered version based on the things I've tried:


1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup Almond Milk (you can use skim milk though I find it is very running)
1/4 banana - mashed
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup of your favourite fruit (or what you have on hand!)  -I've used raspberries, fresh ontario strawberries, blueberries and even apples (which is one of my faves)
drop of honey or maple syrup
pinch of cinnamon 
Chopped nuts (optional)

Put all ingredients (except nuts) into a mason or tupperware jar and give it a good shake! Put into refrigerator overnight and enjoy in the morning. I've made these a few days ahead of time and they've been good 3 days later.

This is a must try and I highly recommend it! It's easy, delicious and takes less than a minute to put together.

Have you tried another variation? If so, please share!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Motivation Monday

Hi all,

Hope you all have had a wonderful weekend! Just wanted to share a thought!

Let things go! Ease your mind.. be happy.. 

:) Something to think about!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Jenn's Top 5 Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Hey all,

I've stopped counting calories and instead focus on eating right, this is something I've been doing since I started trying to get pregnant for my second child. I do fall off track every so often and indulge in bad foods from time to time, I have bad weeks.. I am human. Trying to make the right choices is what matters and setting myself up with a plan with proper foods helps tremendously. I've been falling off track, and when I do I get very sluggish and kinda moody. I am a believer that whatever you eat reflects on the outside.

Today I have decided to share some tips with you that help me, maybe they'll help you too. My version of eating clean is choosing the healthiest options and less of the not so healthy ones.

Here are my top 5 healthy tips:
  1. Limit Processed Foods: Living in a world with many processed foods makes it nearly impossible to completely remove from my diet, but limiting them is something I try to do. Reading the back of packaging is helpful, if the list is hard to understand and super long I sometimes avoid it and opt for the home made option. That way I know what ingredients are added. 
  2. Increase Veggie Intake: I am guilty for not eating enough vegetables, and I definitely notice a difference in my system when I don't eat them. Some helpful tips are eating your salad before the rest of your meal, or incorporating vegetables in your breakfast like in an omelet or smoothie.
  3. Cut down on added sugars: Going to admit, I love candy! Cutting back helps me a lot, instead I go for fresh berries and fruit. Natures candy! 
  4. Focus on healthy fats: I like replacing cheese on my salad with nuts or try using avocado instead of mayo, they are both delicious alternatives. Also focus on getting lean meats, and cutting off all fat around the edges (if any) before cooking.
  5. Get Moving: Exercise in my opinion is just as important as eating right, and should be done daily in some shape or form. When I don't exercise I feel more tired than if I had, weird right? No matter how tired I'm feeling even getting in a 15 minute brisk walk makes a big difference in my fatigue and overall mood. 
These are the things I do and try to do daily, writing them down here is a big reminder for me. Hopefully this has also been helpful for you too.

Thanks for reading,
- Jenn

Saturday, June 14, 2014

June Beauty Questions

After a break we're back with some of our beauty questions! We'd love to hear your answers to some of these too! To comment scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Here we go!

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine?
S: I finally found one that works!! WHOOHOOO! Now I’m keeping it. The Tea Tree Line by body shop is really amazing!

J: I’m always trying new things to see what works best. I find that our skin has different needs as the seasons change.

Favorite bath and body brand?
S: Body shop by FAR!!! I LOVE the Satsuma scent and their Shea Body Scrub is the best thing I’ve ever used. I have (or at least have tried) pretty much every type of body care product that body shop has. The Vitamin E stuff is pretty awesome as well and the coconut body butter smells amaaaaazing.

J: I love bath and body works, they provide a large variety of scents and options. I absolutely love their Shea Cashmere products, Aromatherapy - Sensual, and Twilight woods.

If you could only buy from one brand, which brand would you choose?
J: I can’t pick, I use a lot of brands that all work together. This is a hard question to answer! If I had to choose, maybe Sephora brand because they have all your makeup needs and good quality for your buck.

S: GAH! How do I answer this one? I love variety. I would probably have to say MAC cosmetics or Urban Decey.. or Benefit.. See!? I can't decide!! I'm sticking with MAC!

What brand do you think has the best packaging?
J: After a recent discovery of this brand though Steph’s wantable box and researching their website, I’m loving the look of B├ęsame Cosmetics.

S: Gotta go with Urban Decay on this one. I love the look of their palettes and eyeshadow cases.

Which celebrity always has great makeup?
J: I love Adele, both her music and style.

S: Mila Kunis! She always looks fantastic! (Though I agree with Jenn and LOOOVE Adele and her make-up style too!)

Thanks for reading and don't forget to share your opinions!

Steph & Jenn

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

VoxBox Review: imPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway

Hey all,

So a few months back I (Steph) signed up with a community called Influenster which is a site where you earn badges by making reviews on products, filling out quizzes and being active in the social media community. It's free to join and eventually when you earn enough badges they send you beauty boxes of products to review. I was lucky enough to recieve the imPressManicure VoxBox which contained two different kinds of the imPress Press-On Manicure by Broadway. Each package came with 24 nails and 12 different sizes... One size sure does not fit all in this world!

I've asked Jenn to tag team this post with me because honestly I wasn't all that excited over the nails and I needed her encouragement. They sat on my table for 3 weeks before I asked Jenn if she would review them with me. I'm not really into press on nails or putting anything on your nails other than just nailpolish.. but this actually changed my mind and I was pleasantly surprised.  Let's get to it!

Application was very easy, but it is advised that you pick the sizes required and lay out in order before starting. There is no glue with these nails, instead there is a sticky adhesive that is already on the nail. Once you peel off the clear protector (be careful not to touch the adhesive as it will make the nails not as sticky). The sticky adhesive only covers about 1/2 of the nail. 

Steph's review:
When I first saw these nails I thought.. "This nails are incredibly long and square! Ugh.. not my style" and then Jenn told me you could cut/file them down. Yay! That made the experience sooo much better for me. I HATE long nails! The application process was sooo incredibly easy it made me consider buying some! The one thing I would recommend doing is cutting your (own) nails down beforehand which is something I had forgotten to do. On the drive home from Jenn's I ended up getting my hand stuck in my hair.. which was .. fun to say the least. I lasted less than 5 hours because after I ate dinner and saw all the food stuck in-between my nails I wanted to be sick! Maybe tacos was the wrong choice as my first meal with the nails? I would buy these if I was going to a wedding, bachelorette party or for a night out.. but they don't last long enough for everyday wear.

Rating: 2.5/5

Jenn's review: 
I loved the simple application process, and the cool designs that this product provides. I didn't like the way they felt on my nails. I did suck it up and left mine on and was careful with them to try and make them last as long as possible. They ended up falling off one by one almost 24hrs later. My hair also kept getting caught in the gaps, ouch! I think this is a great product for the person who wants fancy nails for a date night out or special occasion, but does not like committing to nails for a longer period of time. Removal of these nails were simple and fun, the nails that did not come off on their own were easily peeled off. I likely do not see myself purchasing these in the future.

Rating: 2/5

So overall I'd say we would both likely not buy these unless we found a spectacular design or had a special event to go to. 

Thanks so much for reading our review!

Steph and Jenn

Friday, June 6, 2014

Weight Watchers Check in: June 6th

Hey all,

I had a bit of a rough week.. but I'm still down (slightly). Anyways.. lets get right to it!

Weight Change: Lost .4 lbs. Not a lot but it's not a gain!

Highs of the Week:  I've been getting out A LOT more. I have been trail walking, going for longer walks and trying to be outside as much as possible. Probably why I didn't gain this week!

Lows of the Week: Lack of tracking :( 2 weeks in a row! I really need to see improvement in this field. What's the point of being a member of Weight Watchers if I'm not going to follow the plan?

Plans for next week: Starting tomorrow I will be planning my entire day ahead (the night before). If I fail to plan .. I'm planning to fail!

Thanks for reading and thanks for the motivation!


Sliced Baked Potato

Hey all,

I'm baaackk!! After an extremely busy few weeks, I'm happy to say we are almost all settled at our new address. We are all loving the new space, and extra square footage. Yay!

Since I haven't written a food post in awhile I thought it was a great time to share something I tried with all of you. Circling around facebook is this below picture, lots of people on my friends lists were sharing this. So, being the potato freak I am, I had to try it.

 This is the end result! BEAUTIFUL! It was very delicious, it's something I will for sure be doing again. I feel the size of potato I used caused my cooking times to almost double the suggested. I also broiled on high for a few minutes at the very end to crunch it up a little more. I would love to try being creative and adding cheese and extra fixings in the slices. This was a hit with my toddler boy too, he loved picking out the slices and eating them. Bonus! Mommy win! This was also super easy to cut, but would be really hard to do if I was using a dull knife. Just take your time cutting it so you don't go all the way through, and end up with a mangled potato.

Thanks for reading!
- Jenn
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