Healthy Tips to get through the Holidays

The holidays are a time to celebrate another amazing year, and to count our many blessings. The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. I love the parties, wrapping, baking, drinking, and celebrating . The list can go on. One thing that is hard at times is keeping our balance through it all, and trying to avoid the crash that can happen due to all the chaos, and all the calories that we can accumulate. I know…who doesn’t love all the amazing food at the holidays.pexels-photo-239466

Here are some great tips to help you with the holiday stress

-For an all day pick me up, try to add some citrus to your day. It can be using an essential oil of orange, or even adding a bit of citrus to your tea. It is so uplifting and can help with alleviating holiday stress.
-Try to start your day with exercise. If that is doing yoga in your living room first thing in the morning, or heading to the gym for some weight lifting, it helps tremendously. I hit the gym every morning, and I couldnt imagine not doing it . My days are so much more relaxing after a workout.
-Do less and enjoy your days more. We try to get everything done too quick. we try to get our shopping done, wrapped, christmas cards sent out, family photos, and baking done quickly . For many its about having all these things to do, and everytime we get one done, it frees time up. Well the whole point of the holidays are to RELAX AND ENJOY. Take one day at a time and make a list of the things you want to do that day. The whole point is to enjoy the “holiday cheer”. We dont want to cram our days up, and miss the joy of all of it.
-Stick with your routine- Try to prioritize your days, and don’t do anymore than you can handle. If you want to take a day out to go to lunch rather than do something you “feel” you need to be doing, do it.
-Forget Perfection -We all want everything to be prefect in our daily lives, and we want everything to go as easy as possible. The world is not going to fall apart if it doesn’t. I see more and more people living under a radar, and thinking that if something is out of place or not put back exactly like it was that their world will fall apart. IT WILL NOT. Life is too fast these days, and sometimes its best to slow down and enjoy the music. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
-Start traditions. Traditions are so fun to do . You can look back and remember doing the things you love with your family. Its never too late. We have always had the tradition of heading to mass Christmas eve, and then coming home and letting our kids open one gift of their choice, then we sit up and watch A white Christmas. We have been doing that for years, and we love it.
– try to go tech free for a few days. The phone can drive you nuts to an extent. It can be just taking up your energy. It gets so monotonous, and its best to take a break from it . It gives you a mental beak, and you will realize that you are wasting energy and time on it. There is SO much more to do.
-Try to eat healthy during the days, and splurge a bit in the evening. If you know that you are heading to a gathering, then try to eat healthy that day. When the night comes, you can splurge a bit on wine and appetizers. Its all about balance. If you know that you ate too much the night before, get up and get in the gym or head to workout. you will feel so much better. The pounds will stay away too.
-Try to stay hydrated. For every glass of wine you have, drink a glass of water. It keeps you stay hydrated and feel better the next morning. Drinking wine or any other alcoholic drink can dehydrate you.

Its all about balance and being mindful. We all want to enjoy the holidays to the fullest. Try to just spend the holidays being stress free. Its so much more enjoyable. pexels-photo-239466

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The Magic in Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury has made her entrance into the Beauty world as big as it gets. Her products have made beauty headlines in a multiple of magazines, and she’s been featured with the best of the celebrities. I can’t tell you how much I have fallen in love with her products. fullsizerender-195

Her products have one word- AMAZING. I have recently started using her Magic cream. I can understand why she gave it that name. The ingredients that make up this cream is pure magic. They give your skin the dewy look, loading your face up with so much moisture. In my eyes, Charlotte Tilbury is a genius. I have never used a cream like this one. It goes to say why the price tag is a bit steep for some, but what you get out of it justifies the price. It goes a long way too. A jar can last you a long while. It doesn’t take much for this to work. The ingredients penetrate your skin , giving it hydration and helps fight the aging process. Your complexion looks radiant after applying this.Charlotte tilbury magic cream

I usually apply it before I apply any concealer. Its very important to apply this in an upward and out direction. It gets into every part of the face, without missing a beat. It is very hard to find a good moisturizer before using your makeup. This is by far the best. I read so many reviews on line before actually buying it, and cant tell you how pleased I am. Invest in the BEest and Buy some Magic!

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How to throw a stress free dinner party!

We have all been there. We have decided to throw a dinner party at the last minute , only to be stressed out , feeling as if nothing is going to go right. Well I’m here to give you the tips to make sure that you never feel that way again.

The biggest solution to not feeling stressed during a dinner party is preparation and planning. Procrastination is what brings on the stress. image.jpeg

Best tips for throwing a stress free dinner party

  • Always cook with the freshest ingredients possible. This will make everything taste better and is the more healthier option overall. 
  • Always prepare your meal plan ahead of time or your menu. This takes time away from the planning process. It will be so much less stressful when heading to the store. The last thing you want to do is sit in the store wondering what to make. I would make the menu out from everything from appetizers to dessert. If you know you are having guest that prefer gluten free or vegetarian dishes, try to opt for one or two to accommodate them. There are amazing dishes on Pinterest
  • Don’t stress about having everything perfect. Being stress free will give you time to entertain your guests and have fun. 
  • Play some background music when entertaining. This will break the stiffness up and makes everything flow so much more better. A great Pandora station is sister Nancy. It’s an ecclectic reggae. 
  • Make sure you have plenty of drinks and wine flowing at all times. I know all of my girlfriends favorite wines, so I make sure to have plenty of it on hand. I would advise to add in some cute little wine tags for all the glasses. The last thing you want is someone looking around for their wine glass. 
  • Dont skimp on the appetizers. Have plenty to choose from for when guests arrive. A great baguette with truffle oil and a variety of cheeses never hurt anyone. 
  • Have some great ambiance around the house. I have all my lights on dimmers and it helps to drop the lighting or raise the lighting when needed. image.jpeg

These tips are perfect for throwing that amazing party. You will go on being stress free about the little things going forward. Enjoy

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The best Egg nog latte for the holiday!

It wouldn’t feel the holiday season without a little egg Nog included right? I have the perfect recipe for this holiday season that will have you ditching that coffee for good. Many people do not like the taste of egg Nog on its own, and only enjoy it when it’s included in a recipe. If you are one of those people, this recipe is for you!

Egg Nog can be a bit heavy, so it’s best to find a reduced fat egg nog if you can. Many stores sell it.

1/3 cup skim milk
2/3 cup egg nog
1.5 fluid oz. espresso
1 pinch of ground nutmeg and cinnamon

Pour the milk and the egg Nogg into a steaming pitcher and heat between 145-165 degrees using a steaming wand. Brew the shot of espresso , then add to the mug. Pour the steamed milk and egg nog into the mug, using a spoon to hold back the foam. Spoon foam over the top. Sprinkle nutmeg and cinnamon on top! This is truly delicious! Enjoy!
The best recipe for the holiday

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The best makeup brushes and how to take care of them

Hi ladies ! 

Makeup is an important aspect in many of our lives. It can be somewhat stressful when trying to find the perfect shade to match our skin tone, or buying a lipstick that we can totally fall in love with. 

One huge aspect of applying makeup is the brushes we use to apply it with. There are many brush sets out there that are horrible quality. The minute you apply makeup, it seems some of the bristles fall out and end up on your cheek. Total turnoff right? I’ve had many brands that I’ve used, and some I’ve fallen in love with, and others I wouldn’t pay a dollar for. It comes down to this- You get what you pay for. Like anything else, paying more is the best option. 

My favorite brushes that I absolutely love is Mac cosmetic brushes. I can’t tell you how much I adore these brushes. They are versatile, and made of great quality. Yes they are on the higher side, but in the long run, you will be happier with them. The bristles are amazing and soft, and the best part is they can be cleaned very easy. The other brushes that are a bit less expensive , but amazing are the Sonia Kashuk brushes. These are carried at target, and really come in some cute designs. The Kabuki brush is my all time favorite. Once again the bristles are soft, and do not fall out over time. These are also prefect for a cute little Christmas stocking stuffer. 

Making sure you buy the better brushes is always important, but taking care of them is just as important. Refusing to clean brushes calls for more breakouts , and debris and germs that are carried onto your brushes. You want to keep them washed and cleaned after every use. I use a great Sephora brush cleaner. It is simply sprayed on and dried. It can turn your brushes into feeling brand new. Make the brushes count when shopping for makeup. It’s one of the most important tools that can make a difference in your investment. 

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