Day #1 of Essence of Vitality Cleanse

30 Nov

I fell off my healthy kick so long ago that I feel it’s time to do something drastic before getting back on track. I purchased this essence of vitality cleanse after reading about Chef Ahki. She was my summer girl crush (they change frequently, lol) because her skin glows and she always seems to be rocking beautiful sundresses. Anyways, after doing a bit more research I decided I was up for the challenge and the financial investment was symbolic of the investment I wanted to make in my healthy lifestyle as I move forward into the new year.

The taste though ya’ll. Whoo! I took the recommended 2 oz at about 11pm and I had lemonade on hand to help chase it down…. Tip for ya – get a real lemon and be prepared to eat ALL of it. This stuff is so pungent I could barely keep it down. Don’t smell it first. That was my big mistake. Also make sure you brush your teeth right after. That will help. This stuff is very bitter and the flavor is crazy strong.

On the positive side – I feel it moving throughout my entire body. Waking things up. I’m not exaggerating. It’s kind of awesome. I’m looking forward to healthy eating and fun with food preparation for the next 21 days. Wish me luck!

Ashley

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27 Feb

Quinoa for Breakfast

23 Feb

This recipe will be especially useful to those of you on a plant based diet – I’m talking about my fellow vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians, and FLEXatarians out there, lol. I’m not really a “bean +  nut” eater so I have to get creative when it’s time to incorporate high protein foods into my diet. Below find a single serving recipe for this protein packed “oatmeal” alternative. If you’re making this for more than one person don’t forget to double it, etc. Consider making enough for the week and just warming it up in the morning for a quick and healthy start to your day!

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This is some quinoa that I purchased in bulk from my local health food store. A little goes a long way so I consider it to be pretty affordable.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2-1whole organic banana
  • 1/4 cup white quinoa
  • 1/3 cup almond milk or almond coconut blend
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Continue reading

Best Cupcakes in Town

5 Jan

Lemon Cupcakes

Yes that’s a lemon cupcake with cream cheese buttercream filling- these treats are divine!

If you’re in Lafayette, IN then you have got to stop by Star City Coffee & Ale House, downtown off Main Street. Trust me, these cupcakes are worth blowing your New Years Resolutions for!

www.starcitycoffee.net

♥AGS

Curlformers on 4B/4C Natural Hair

5 Jan

I’ve been natural since January 2009 but the last two years I’ve gotten super bored with my hair. As a result, I’ve been very rough with my tresses and have vowed to give them more TLC – I have even committed to experimenting with styles before transitioning to locs later this year. As many around me have probably noticed, I got a little too content with the puff I rocked most of this winter, so before my hair breaks off any further (yup, the damage has been done) I’ve decided to give some fun new styles a try…

When I say I’m bored, I really mean I’m bored with two strand twists and twist-outs. Instead of trying a twist-out based hairstyle I decided to go with Curlformers. I purchased a kit from my local Sally’s Beauty supply store. Before curling, I washed and detangled my hair with
a Denman brush. After applying my favorite leave-in conditioner, Kinky Curly Knot Today, I then applied a light layer of oil I mixed up a while back. Followed by a dab of Oyin Handmade’s Burnt Sugar Pomade to each section as I went along.

I basically followed the instructions on Continue reading

Handmade Brown Sugar Body Scrub

4 Jan

Brown Sugar Body ScrubThis Christmas I was determined to MAKE my friends and family members gifts instead of buying pre-packaged ones. For women who have it all there’s lots of pressure to pick the perfect gift but how can anyone diss a heartfelt gift made by hand with love!

Christmas was only a few weeks away and I was having trouble coming up with a good idea.  Thankfully, just before I was ready to give up I came across this link on Twitter promoting a “How-To” article for Body Scrubs. It looked easy so I decided to give it a try.  Continue reading

Funk Butter Review

30 Dec

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I’ve heard and read a lot about the dangers of antiperspirants and deodorants and although neither are bad enough to get removed from drug store shelves, I’ve decided to try an all natural alternative. I figured this is the perfect time of year since it’s winter (meaning 80% of the time I’m cold not sweaty) and Continue reading