The Quick Antioxidant Filled Summer Salad

It’s that time! The time where the weekends are filled with family outings and good summer cookouts. I love salads. I love them even more when they are Healthy. This salad is one of my favorites to use as a side salad, or you add under a great Salmon fillet.

The Perfect Summer Salad http://www.pexels.com

Ingredients

2 Cups of Mixed Greens

1 Cup all Organic Feta Cheese

1 cup organic Cherry Tomatoes

Black Pepper

1 Full Pear diced up

1 cup olive oil

Dill Weed

1/2 cup Parsley

1/2 cup Black Olives

A Good Salad always starts with some Great Organic Greens. I prefer Mixed Greens for this salad. I love the Mixture of the Greens and the Multi of Antioxidants that it gives you. Try to stick with Organic as it’s much healthier. The Antioxidants are loaded up in this small summer salad.

Throw your Greens into a bowl and add in all the other ingredients. Try to dice up the pear before hand so that it saves you time. I always try to stick to Organic ingredients. If you want to add more cheese, and prefer a block then dice up the feta cheese before hand also. I like to take a small baggie and place the oil and Dill weed and Parsley in that and shake it. It really gives the salad a really good mixture. This salad feeds two people. If you want to serve more, double the ingredients . The salad is great paired with a good Pinot Grigio.

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Fourth of July Fashion Finds

It’s that time! The Fourth of July is in a few days, and it’s time to turn it up. It’s Party Time, and a Time of Celebration with your favorite people. We all have to look the part, and I have some great Fashion Finds to wear to your favorite festivities. These dresses are some of my favorites.

Venus Dress

This dress is by Venus. Venus has some really great dresses at great prices. You can check out their gorgeous dresses at http://www.venus.com. This dress is the perfect attire with the Red, White and Blue stripes. Perfect to wear to your festivities. It’s long and would look great with some neutral or white strappy Sandels.

Vici collection

Vici collection has amazing clothes. It’s honestly one of my favorite online stores to get my wardrobe from . The clothing is made very well and they have a huge variety of amazing clothes to pick from for each season. I love seeing their new arrivals and I’m always on board with ordering quick. Their clothing doesn’t stay in stock very long. Their clothing is true to size, and they really have the cutest clothes. The second dress is a long white summer stunner. Love the length and would look great with some neutral wedge heels. I love this dress for the Fourth of July.

The Third romper is an all time favorite of mine. It can be seen at Vici Collection. It has a gorgeous shimmer to it and would look great with a long necklace and some gorgeous summer heels. I love the length and overall look of this romper. This is a romper that could also be worn on off season at any function. If you haven’t checked out Vici Collection yet, it’s definitely a website you will fall in love with. I hope you all have an amazing Fourth of July.

Xo

Melissa

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The Best Way To Keep Energy Levels Up All Day

Summer is finally here and that means late summer nights and lots of fun. One thing that can really make you crave your bed earlier is tiring out early. Energy Levels can fluctuate up and down if you are not taking care of yourself the way you should be. If you are eating lots of sugar or drinking way too many cocktails, that can really make your energy levels linger day to day. I have a few tips on how to keep those energy levels up throughout the BEST season of the year.

DRINK PLENTY OF H2O

I can’t tell you how much hydration helps with energy levels. I can always tell when I need more water. I start to hit that late afternoon rock. I try to keep water with me all day and drink all day. I even add fruit to it so it doesn’t seem so boring. Hydration is key to any healthy lifestyle. We lose so much water just through movement alone. It doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be working out to replace water. The best thing I do is make my water each morning before walking out the door. If you are busy in the mornings, make it the night before. It will be nice and chilled for you when you wake up.

Healthy Breakfast Option

EAT A HEALTHY LIGHT BREAKFAST

I am not going to sit here and tell you that I eat breakfast every morning. I usually do a 16 hour intermittent fast. This keeps my energy levels up like no other, but that doesn’t always work for everybody. I recommend eating a light breakfast such as a healthy juice, or smoothie loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. I find that the heavier meal you eat first thing in the morning wears your energy levels down. Everyone is different so choose wisely. Avocado toast is always a great choice.

EXERCISE IN THE MORNING

I find that exercising in the morning really helps my energy levels. I truly love fitness and I feel it’s key when wanting to live healthier and happier. I feel exercise helps keep energy levels stable all day long. If you are a yoga crazy like me, that is a great start to any morning. If you are a runner, try to hit your running in the morning. I feel that exercising in the late afternoon or evening really doesn’t help keep your energy up. It makes me want to go to bed. I try to avoid any exercise late at night, especially if I have a summer fling to go to or any plans made with friends.

KEEP THE COCKTAILS TO A MINIMUM

I am the first to admit, I LOVE my wine. I really do. I just have really cut back on my cocktails. I feel at times, depending on the wine itself, that many make me feel tired early. A few have me tossing and turning at night. I don’t like not getting a good amount of sleep. I go hard through the days and I love my nights up in the summer. If I have wine, I hydrate well in between and cut back on the amount of glasses I allow myself. I actually love it. I do splurge on my vacations. Alcohol can wreak havoc on your sleep and health. Keep it balanced. You will feel so much better.

Summer is about having fun. We are avid travelers, but I love spending summer nights listening to music, hanging with my friends and family and eating amazing summer cuisine. Take care of your health and you will have loads of energy to make many more great Summer Memories.

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4 Questions To Ask When Picking Workout Clothes

Wearing proper workout clothes is more important than people think. Good shoes are an absolute must because you need support, especially if you’re running. Compression clothes are good for improving performance and reducing muscle fatigue as well, so it’s always a good idea to invest in some. But choosing workout gear can be tough because there are a lot of choices out there and the price range is quite big. Workout clothes are often affected by fashion trends and it can be hard to know whether something will actually improve performance or if you’re just paying over the odds for brand names. If you haven’t got a clue where to start when you’re buying workout clothes, here are a few things to consider.

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What Kind Of Exercise Are You Doing?

This is the first question you need to answer because different workouts require different gear. If you’re running or cycling, for example, you might want to go for something that is a little looser so you’ve got a good range of movement. But if you’re weight training, you might want something with a tighter fit. There are no hard and fast rules here and you need to pick something that is comfortable for you but it’s always important to consider the exercise that you’re doing and the range of movement that you’ll need. However, when it comes to picking shoes, you do need to specialize and find something that is designed for that particular activity.

How Good Is The Quality?

You can pay a lot of money for designer workout gear but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality is going to be better. Workout clothes are under a lot more strain than your normal clothes so it’s important that you buy stuff that is made by a good quality fitness clothing manufacturer so you don’t have to keep replacing it all of the time. Don’t be fooled by brand names and automatically assume that price means quality because that isn’t always the case. Instead, get a feel of the items and look at the stitching to see how sturdy they are.

What Fabric Are They Made From?

The fabric that your workout clothes are made from is so important. You want something that will draw sweat from your skin and then dry out very quickly. When you’re choosing normal clothes, something that is 100 percent cotton is great because it’s soft and comfortable, but cotton workout clothes are no good. It doesn’t dry out very quickly at all so you’ll be drenched after a hard workout. Instead, you want to look for clothes that are made with polyester, spandex, and lycra because these materials are all good at absorbing sweat and keeping you cool.

Do They Look Good?

When you’re picking workout clothes, functionality and comfort should always come first but you still want to look good. Don’t let the look of the clothes cloud your judgment and make you forget about all of the other important things, but you should find something that you like the look of so you feel comfortable wearing it.

If you consider all of these things, you’ll be able to get good quality workout clothes for a good price.

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My Favorite Hydrating Oils For Great Summer Skin

Summer Is finally here, and that means Good Skincare. Hydrating Oils are a Must Have. We all know by now that the sun can do really harmful damage to your skin. It can dry it out, enhance wrinkles, and age you like no other. I am NOT going to sit here and tell you how harmful the sun is. I absolutely love traveling and soaking it up. I DO however take precautions when going out in the sun.

I recently just returned from Europe where the sun was a scorcher. I absolutely loved it, but I made sure every day to use a good SPF and a good hydrating oil in the morning and before bed. Hydrating oils give your skin hydration through out the day. When used in conjunction with a good SPF, you can’t go wrong. I have a list of my favorite hydrating oils that I use almost everyday.

SUNDAY RILEY OIL

I can’t tell you how much I love this oil. I first received this in a fabfitfun box last year and I was totally hooked. This oil is Infused with advanced Vitamin C, turmeric, evening primrose oil which all of these hydrate, brighten , and leave your skin glowing like no other. I would have to say this is my ultimate favorite.

TRUE BOTANICALS

This oil is pure radiance. This gives your skin balance. If you are suffering from any redness on your face, this oil is for you. It clarifies the skin, and gives it hydration throughout the day. It truly is magic. It is loaded up with great ingredients like Hemp, Pumpkin, grape seed oil, Algae extract, and Astaxanthin. These all work wonders for your skin. You can apply 2-10 drops to moist skin everyday followed by a good sunscreen.

BIOSSANCE OIL- This oil is Top notch. Its a pure bestseller. This instantly hydrates the skin while locking in moisture. It leaves your skin feeling as soft as a baby’s bottom. It also helps with any redness and irritation. One thing I love about this oil is how weightless it is. This is definitely a high performing oil. I feel any of you would have such success with this.

Hydrating oils are crucial to add to your daily regimen. We all lack vitamins everyday on your skin due to pollution, the environment, the sun, and much more. It’s great to add a bit more protection to your skin added along side your sunscreen. If you add a hydrating oil day and night, I promise you will see such a huge difference in your skin. It can be a bit overwhelming picking one that works well with your skin. You can always contact the maker and ask for a small sample. Enjoy the Skin your In!

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