Guest Blogger .. Meet Sophie from swekiwi.com

Hi Ladies!

I have another amazing guest blogger this week that wanted to do a write up for Fit and sofieBliss, and I am so happy to meet this wonderful girl. Meet Sophie from www.swekiwi.com.

9 Tips for Preventing Breakouts

if you are anything like me, you struggle with breakouts from time to time, and they are just as annoying every time you get them. While there is no miracle cure that will get rid of them in an instant, there are many things you can do to try to prevent them.

  • Wash your face every night and every morning .This one may be a given, but you’d be surprised to know how many women sometimes go to bed without removing their makeup. Make sure you clean your face properly before going to bed, or the makeup will be clogging your pores.
  • Clean your Makeup brushes. – When you use your brushes, they soak up any dirt and oil you have on your face, and the next time you use them, you’ll pretty much be rubbing that dirt and oil back into your face. It’s recommended to clean your brushes at least once a week. I often clean my brushes with the same cleanser I use for my face , but please note it will only work if it’s a makeup removing cleanser. You can otherwise use liquid dish soap, but make sure you rinse it out properly.
  • Change your pillowcase often.-Oil and dirt from your face transfer to your pillow while you are sleeping. Even if you do wash your face every night, dirt will build up and clog your pores and cause breakouts unless you change your pillowcase often. I recommend changing it atleast once a week , but preferably every couple of days.
  • Keep your hair out of your face.-Even if you wash your hair regularly, your hair transfers oils to your face, and can cause breakouts. Its recommended to keep your hair out of your face as much as possible. This is especially important if you use a lot of product in your hair.
  • Don’t touch your face. – We all do it, but we shouldn’t. I don’t know about you, but when Im bored at work, I often sit resting my chin in my hand. By doing this, your transferring dirt from your hands to your face, which in turn clogs pores and causes breakouts. So if your aware of doing this, wash your hands often.
  • Wash your face before and after exercising.– Sweat will clog your pores, so its important to wash your face after a workout. Wash your face before too, and don’t wear makeup during your workout session to prevent your clogs getting clogged.
  • Don’t squeeze your pimples. -I know its tempting, and it feels like they will go way faster if you squeeze them. This couldn’t be further from the truth. By squeezing them, youll transfer dirt from your hands to your face which in turn could cause more breakouts. You’ll also risk scarring. When your squeezing a pimple, you might also be spreading the bacteria inside the skin and you may end up with more pimples.
  • Reduce your stress levels.-Stress is never good, and could potentially cause you breakouts. If you feel stressed, think about the things you could do to reduce it. Perhaps try yoga, pilates, or simply go on a short holiday.
  • Moisturize even if you have oily skin.-When you don’t moisturize, your skin will try to create it own oils instead, and this can cause breakouts. I know from experience that it can feel really strange to moisturize when you know that your skin isn’t dry, but trust me , It really does help. sfCheck out Sophias blog at http://www.swekiwi.com
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Farmers Market Bliss… Time to hit up your local market

Hi Beauties!

I love that time of year when my local farmers markets are going on, and I can go pick out some of my favorite fruits and vegetables, and shop for some wonderful pies and baked goods. There are so many great reasons you should hit up your local markets, including that your helping out in such a huge way. I’ve been to quite a few farmers markets over the years, including my absolute favorite San Francisco. I seriously still dream about that market. Seattle has another amazing market, with their fresh fish out daily.

This time of year , where there is an abundance of produce, really helps bring our health back to life. Their are so many amazing recipes that incorporate huge tomatoes, beautiful squash, and my all time favorite eggplant. The fruits, gorgeous in color,  can be added to any great summer salad, and is sure to be quite delicious. Any of the great vegetables, can be added into a healthy pizza. My all time favorite pizza , is the Margarita Pizza, which I make a lot during this crazy , and busy time. I add the tomatoes, a little olive oil, and basil to it, topped with a bit of mozzarella cheese, and its one of my family’s favorite. Squash , which is one of my favorite vegetables, can be grilled, and added to a little shrimp, and red peppers, and you have yourself a great stir fry. Eggplant parmesan is one of my weekend favorites, that I usually save for a Sunday evening when my kids are home, and its not hectic. You can also pick up some gorgeous flowers while your at it.

FMTake the time to walk through your own neighborhood  farmers market, and help those farmers out , and give back a little. You can find so many dishes to incorporate into your family’s schedule, and I’m sure they will love some new delicious dishes to try, with added health benefits.

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Cherry Green Smoothie Delight

Good Morning!

I had posted last week that I would be putting up some really good smoothies that you can make at home, that has a ton of vitamins and minerals in them, and hopefully you will love them just as much as I do. This is the Cherry green Smoothie, and it has dark sweet cherries in them, ( which cherries are full of antioxidants). Blend and Enjoy!

  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/2 frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 3/4 cup organic baby spinach
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons honey ( optional)

Combine almond milk, cherries, spinach, banana, flaxseed and honey ( if you use) in a blender, and blend until smooth . Serve immediately. This was a great recipe I found in my Paleo smoothie book ( http://www.pilbooks.com/cookbooks. You can find them online, or look for their amazing Paleo recipes in this book. juice2

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