Happy Monday!
Motivation when it comes to fitness can be hard at times. We can lose track when we get busy, when we juggle many things, like family and a career. Fitness needs to be important in your life because how good are we when we really aren’t taking care of ourselves. We are better mothers, friends, our moods are better, and we feel better overall. I have some amazing motivational tips that will keep you wanting to move everyday.
– If you fall off the bandwagon, get right back on. It doesn’t matter if you have to start over. Another day is a new start.
-Buy some amazing workout clothes that are comfortable.Nothing is worse than having a workout ruined because of a poor wardrobe choice,and and it starts with a base layer They are super comfortable and are made well. These clothes are like no other.
-Always keep clean ,healthy snacks on hand. We can often find ourselves driving through a fast food joint when we are in a hurry, and have the kids in the back. Keep some healthy snacks on hand like almonds, bananas, and good protein bars.
-keep a journal. I cant tell you how amazing it is to keep a journal of how you feel during and after your workouts. It keeps you motivated for more.
-Make you time for fitness. Cut out a small portion of your day to get to the gym or your favorite class. You are only keeping yourself healthy on the inside and outside. Do your body good!

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Fall is in the air. The cooler weather, pumpkin candles, burning fires, and of course we can’t forget the pumpkin spice lattes! Yum! Well this recipe is one of my favorites , and my family loves it! My amazing pumpkin bread. This is perfect for an after dinner dessert or even a good little snack. My basic points to this recipe is use organic ingredients .

11/2 cups all purpose organic flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp. Ground cinnamon
3 organic bananas
8 tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed organic light brown sugar
2 large organic eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place a pan on a baking sheet. Whisk the flour , baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together. Set aside.
IN another bowl, mash bananas into a chunky paste. Whisk the melted butter, Brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla into the bananas until blended. Add the dry ingredients into 3 parts- stir into the nuts. Bake 55 to 75 min. Enjoy!

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Sugar is Sugar! It is found in so many things, that many of us think not. I’m here to tell you YES, there is! This list includes everything from wine, beer, ice cream, syrups, and artificial sweeteners. You really have to watch what you buy in the store, because all to often , we will throw something in our carts that we feel is healthy, when in reality it isn’t! One thing that drives me nuts is when a company puts a product out there that they claim is made of all natural products, and you cant pronounce one ingredient on the back. This stuff is killing americans, and over time it really does cause so many health issues as we grow older. The ideal diet is to AVOID any type of horrible additives, sweeteners, preservatives, fillers. These are not real , wholesome food. These junky preservatives help to keep things on the shelves longer, and give it the sweet taste that draws so many americans to them. The best bet is to shop the outer perimeter of the grocery store, unless you are a whole foods market. The wholesome raw fruits and vegetables is where to keep your ideal diet. The sugar intake that Americans are consuming today is why the childhood obesity level is at an all time high. Sugar causes many things to go weary in the body.

-If you or anyone you know suffers from an auto immune disorder, the best bet is to take out all gluten and dairy. I have seen people with these type of disorders get so much better when taking those things out of their diet.

-Chronic pain -Many people who have eliminated sugar out of their diet, and turned to a wholesome raw diet has seen amazing results. Sugar does nothing good for our bodies. It breaks down many efficiencies in it. There are many ways to cut back or cut out. You can always substitute ingredients for healthier ones. You can make amazing smoothies and juices by using raw, fresh ingredients. Sugar is a huge culprit for diabetes. If you are suffering from this, try to take out the sugar and see how your body responds. Nothing good comes from sugar intake. smoothie blend

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Happy Thursday!
We all get those days where we wake up, and we don’t feel the best, or think we look the best. You could’ve had a great night out, and drank too much wine, or going through major hormonal issues, and feel you are having severe breakouts. Well guess what? It’s all normal. We have all been through it one time or another, and I have some of the BEST beauty hacks that you will love. The best bet when going out, or you know you are going out, is make sure to eat before you go, and drink one glass of water between your glasses of wine, or your preferred drink. This helps majorly with dehydration. Dehydration causes the skin to look drab, and lose color. If you feel you have that Hangover face- try using a gel moisturizer on your face after putting in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. This will reduce your eye puffiness, and reduce the redness. A great one to try is the garnier moisture bomb.
Going out that night? The best way to prep skin is to use sheet masks. They sell great ones at sephora.These will instantly bring a glow to your skin like no other. Are you having severe breakouts due to hormones? Well my best advice is to dab Differin gel onto your breakouts. It will instantly dry your skin out, and it will be back to new in no time. Remember to always keep your skin hydrated by drinking lots of water, and try to avoid using different brands of skin care products. It can really hurt your skin.

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We live in a society where worth can be determined by age. As I’m writing this , I am 42 , moving toward 43. I have to admit, there are days when I get up , look at my growing kids, and it has to sink in that I’m in my 40’s. wow, it was like yesterday that I was pushing strollers and setting up play dates. As much as I would love just one of those days back, I’m embracing my age and where I’m at in my life. With society plastering all kinds of photoshopped pictures and social media pressing hard on the crazy anti aging products, it’s always easy to blame society on how this world relies so much on beauty, youth and worth. I have read about the 80 year old body builder , and the 100 year old marathon runner. They are inspiring and living. Living in my terms is what keeps us young and thriving. Yes, we may not be in our 20’s, but even so what do you really know about life in your twenties? Living each day to the fullest is what it’s all about. Rocking your age like no other. I love my 40’s,and where im at in life. Yes there are days that I wish I had my 20 year old body back, but as hard as I work out, I’m actually loving my body now . I can still do many things that I did in my 20’s, and I wake up every day thankful that it’s still working. You get what you put in. If you aren’t happy with something, FIX IT. CHANGE IT. You live one life. Get out and try new things. I always try to live outside my comfort zone. That’s just my personality. It has opened so many doors for me in so many ways. I blog and campaign for a living, and yes I love it, and im reminded every day that when I go for a campaign, im at times, competing with 20 something bloggers. Honestly, I’ve been chosen over them due to my wisdom and training in that aspect , and the fact that i have more experience with certain things. Believe me, age is what you make of it. You can look, feel, dress, eat, live any way you like, and it’s up to you how you choose to feel everyday you jump out of bed and choose to live your day. Get up and rock the skin your in! 

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