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Raise your hand if your blood type is Coffee.

Can you see my hand raised all the way over here?????!!!!!!!!

Guys, it’s a pretty well known fact that I absolutely love love LOVE coffee, so when I say it is my blood type, I’m fairly certain that it’s the truth. I drink it as soon as I wake up…..I drink it throughout the day….and pretty much every barista in a five mile radius knows me by name and my order of choice. I’m not ashamed; coffee is my spirit animal and with it I am a magical sparkle-slinging girl boss.

Everywhere I go I try to scout out amazing local coffee shops or companies that are independently owned, have a fun story behind them, and aren’t your run of the mill corporate chain. In my world, it’s all about supporting small businesses. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts…..but if I have the choice of one of those two or a local company, I’m going with that local biz. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Awhile back I was trolling Instagram and checking out some different hashtags related to (you guessed it) coffee, when I stumbled across a business that had me at hello: Bones Coffee Company (Make sure you drop everything and follow their IG by clicking HERE!).
Another fun fact you may/may not know about me: I love skulls and skeletons, so when I saw the name and logo I just HAD to buy some of their coffee.

But then…..then I started to look through their website and the love at first sight feeling was solidified. They had a Chocolate Orange Coffee. CHOCOLATE ORANGE!  French Toast! Peanut Butter and Jelly….and so many more! Did these people jump into my brain and steal all my favorite things then go make a coordinating coffee???!!!! It sure seemed so.

Thus, a love affair was born.

Let me tell you all of the reasons why I love this coffee company:

1. The flavor selection is unparalleled. As someone who loves flavored coffee, I’ve never found an extensive flavor selection like the one that Bones offers. Besides the flavors available every day, they have amazing seasonal flavors, such as my personal fave Red Velvet (available around Valentine’s Day) and Carrot Cake (available for a few more days). Take some time and check out their website HERE. Isn’t the flavor selection insane???!!!!

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My current Bones collection. 

2. You have the option to buy a sample pack. Even though I was incredibly excited after surfing their website, I was still a little worried the coffee may not be as good as I had hoped. Luckily, they have a five pack option where you can select 5 sample packs and try a variety of flavors that you can choose. The sample packs are a decent size, which truly gives you an opportunity to determine the flavors you like best before buying the full size coffee.

3. Fast shipping. You know how to really win me over? Killer customer service and shipping. I tend to lack patience when it comes to waiting for items I can’t wait to receive…I can’t help it! The day I ordered my sample pack I had an email a few hours later stating it shipped, and just a few days later I opened a mail box with a wonderful coffee aroma. Was that an isolated incident? Nope. Every order I have placed since then has been shipped and received within a few days, and everyone who has ordered thus far on my recommendation has commented how impressed they are with the speed of their orders arriving as well.

4. You can purchase ground or whole bean. It may be weird to some, but some days I prefer using whole bean coffee and grounding it myself. I also use whole coffee beans as a base for all of my makeup brushes (I love having my makeup room smell like coffee) so I love having a wonderful flavored aroma in the air.

5. Clever packaging. I LOVE a solid marketing strategy, but when there are some clever references or pop culture humor infused, I am SOLD. Check out my personal favorite…..does this skeleton look familiar?

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6. You can drink your coffee in style. I love a solid handmade mug, especially unique shapes. The minute I saw the gorgeous mugs on the Bones website, I had to have one, and it has quickly become my favorite mug. If you are more of a travel mug style person, they have those as well, plus apparel.

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7. K-Cups! I was so excited when I saw Bones offered K-cups. I obviously make my own coffee at home, but when I go to my kickboxing studio I like to have coffee options on hand, so K-cups are the way to go for me. I always have them in my purse or gym bag.

8. They always have a fun deal or promotion going on. Had it not been for a recent promotion where every purchase received an additional random sample, I would’ve never fallen in love with Red Velvet or their Jamaican flavor (Kyle’s favorite). Recently I received a decal from them with a purchase and proudly rock it on my planner which goes with me everywhere.

9. New flavors happen often. Recently Bones released a Bluesberry Coffee that is beyond incredible….it smells just like a blueberry muffin. My hope is one of these days some type of doughnut inspired coffee is introduced..you guys all know that the doughnut is my second love right behind coffee.

10. The Bones staff is amazing. I have loved getting to chat with those involved with Bones and was very excited about their willingness to let me learn more about their company and share the info with you. I admire their entrepreneurial spirit and how innovative they are in an industry where a lot of companies are afraid to push boundaries.

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Cheers to this fab coffee company!

I asked the Bones crew to answer some questions I had…..here’s what they had to say:

How did Bones Coffee get started? We are a family owned and operated business with roots in the Pacific Northwest, where we were deeply submerged in an artisan coffee culture. When we relocated to Southwest Florida, we wanted to bring that culture with us and launched Bones Coffee Company with the goal of making delicious, freshly roasted artisan coffee accessible to everyone.

How did you come up with your name? We wanted to project the vibrance and edginess of our flavors on our packaging. When we were developing our first variety, High Voltage, we imagined a skeleton in a lab concocting the highly caffeinated brew. Our brand name really developed from that point and Bones, our beloved mascot, has been present on every label (in some form or another!) since.

What makes your coffee different from others on the market? We really wanted to bring our customers coffee that they couldn’t buy at the local grocery store, and we also wanted to ensure that each bag is of the highest quality – so we roast to order in small batches. I think another thing that really sets us apart is that we provide the coffee drinker a really unique experience from the aroma of the coffee when they open the box, to the distinct artwork on each label, to the robust flavor from a freshly brewed cup.

Where are you based? We’re owned and operated out of Cape Coral, Florida!

Are you only a retailer, or are you found in any coffee shops? Bones Coffee Co. is currently online only, but we just recently rolled out a wholesale program and our coffee is starting to show up in gyms, restaurants and other specialty shops.

What is your #1 selling coffee? Maple Bacon! It’s sweet and smoky – an irresistible flavor combination!

How often do you change flavors? We’re constantly trying to come up with new, innovated flavors that people haven’t tried yet with coffee. We aim to release a new one each month, but it really depends on when inspiration hits!

How do you determine what new flavors would be? We base our flavors off of things we love! Then we try and come up with a way to make it work with coffee. It’s a lot of trial and error and testing so that we bring only the best to our customers.
Do you sell anything else besides coffee and mugs? Yes! We’re always trying to expand our offerings due to high demand, but we currently carry tumblers, hand thrown mugs by Deneen Pottery, decals, hoodies and t-shirts!

Describe your coffee in three words: Ultimate. Coffee. Experience.

Thanks so much, Bones, for your amazing coffee and customer service! Now let’s do something fun together………

How about a GIVEAWAY so we can begin the quest for Bones Coffee World Domination…….
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Who wants to win some free coffee???? By now you probably want to try Bones, and I want to hook you up!

I’ve partnered up with my pals at Bone to give you the chance to win a $50 gift card toward any coffee you want! That means you can choose peanut butter and jelly, bananas fosters, chocolate orange, sample packs….whatever flavor you just have to try!

The giveaway begins NOW, and the winner will be announced next Tuesday, April 10th.

To enter, head over to Instagram:

☕️ Follow me @sparklefitnessbabe
☕️Follow Bones Coffee @bonescoffeecompany
☕️Tag a friend who also loves coffee (one tag per comment; no limit to number of comments and tags)

All three steps much be completed for your entry into the giveaway to be valid! No purchase necessary.

I can’t wait for you to fall in love with this coffee like I have!

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Rock the Reset: Day 19-20-21

Guysssssssssss!

I did it! I freakin did it! I finished The Ultimate Reset!

The last three days were much easier than I thought they would be….well, Saturday aka Day 20 was a little tricky. Since I was so close to being done I had a few moments where I said to myself, “Oh, I can do whatever I want today….I’ve made it this far.” Somehow something snapped in my brain every time this happened and got me back on track.

Sunday was an awesome day….I was traveling and somehow stayed on track until the evening, where I celebrated the Reset being over with a tiny piece of the homemade coconut cake I made for my mom’s birthday. I made this decision because I had completed all of my supplements so everything was technically over, and I wanted to celebrate my mom. I have no regrets.

Waking up this morning I felt wicked awesome. I snapped this picture really fast after i put my contacts in because I was incredibly anxious to compare what I saw in the mirror to the before photos I took Day 1. I was very pleased. I’ll be sharing my official photos a little later, but let me drop a few numbers with you….over the 21 days I lost 9 pounds and almost 3 inches from my waist. I also lost about 1/2 each from each of my thighs. I’m very much okay with those numbers.

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Yes, losing some weight and inches is cool and all, but my motive for doing this program wasn’t to have a massive transformation. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this program…..I knew it was more mental than anything. I wanted to see if I could really live the vegetarian lifestyle….and if I could avoid my friends coffee, cheese, and doughnuts. Most importantly, I wanted the result that many people rave about after completion: a strong appreciation for food in general and how it impacted my body.

Let me share a few other takeaways from the Reset with you (other than the inches from my waistline):

My sleep improved: I think we all know I’m a night owl that survives on a strange amount of sleep. I work mostly at night and often don’t have the best night’s sleep. I now realize how much the quality of food I eat impacts the quality of my sleep. During these three weeks I slept like a baby….I woke up rested and felt terrific. On the few occasions where I slipped up (Krista’s baby shower and the doughnut incident especially), my sleep was off and I noticed a difference.

Skin clarity: I usually have pretty clear skin, which I attribute to my daily dose of Shakeology, however, with the focus I had on my water intake each day I saw even more improvement. Even during that time of the month (sorry, dudes who are reading this), I didn’t have any breakouts or issues.

No digestive issues or bloat: Well, the majority of the time. On those occasions where I messed up my stomach let me know what was up immediately. If you recall, on one of the occasions I shared a photo here on the blog where I looked pregnant because of how bloated I was (thanks, little piece of pizza). I had the same issue with the doughnut. Currently I am reading the book Wheat Belly, which discusses how gluten can impact your body. After my isolated incidents during the Reset, I can attest to the fact that my body and gluten do not get along….which I’ve always suspected. Awhile back a doctor told me I had celiac disease, which was later proven to be a false diagnosis, but I always questioned whether or not I had an intolerance. Moving forward I am going to be majorly avoiding gluten.

An appreciation for how great my body feels: I shared this image and quote awhile back, and it continues to ring true with this experience. Internally, my body felt incredible….it’s hard to describe. It just felt clean and good.

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But……

Since I am being honest with you guys, I did struggle with this challenge, and it wasn’t just because I was without my BFF Coffee. Don’t get me wrong….it was tough and there were moments I felt like a drug addict going through withdrawal, but I didn’t cheat one time with coffee.

The biggest struggle for me: the exercise and lack thereof. I finished the 3 Week Yoga Retreat, but I hated every minute of it. Like I said before, it just wasn’t for me, and even as a fitness professional there will be workouts that don’t gel with me. This is one of them. Sorry, yogis. You can keep your cow and downward dog poses….i’m happy to return to munchkin claps and genie tuck jumps.

Exercise is something so much more to me, and I don’t know if I can ever properly describe it. It’s therapy for me; it’s the one part of my day where I feel like a normal human being….the one part of my day where i momentarily forget about the huge hole in my heart and the grief I live with daily. It’s the time where I get out my emotions…my anger…my sadness…and my frustrations. Going three weeks without a serious sweat session did a number on me. I felt moody and depressed, and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t exactly a peach to be around. So the emotional aspect of this Reset…..yeah, it was rough for me.

Today I resumed normal exercise, starting back with the 21 Day Fix since the workout calendar aligns perfectly with my upcoming trip to Punta Cana. It felt amazing to be sweating and jumping and tossing around weights. I had coffee…pretty much immediately, and it was such a lovely reunion. I introduced eggs and meat back into my diet and my body felt sluggish and uncomfortable most of the day. I knew that would happen as I reintroduced foods to my body. Overall, my mood returned to normal….I was happy to be back in my normal routine.

Would I recommend The Ultimate Reset? Yes, I would. I think everyone should do it once. You learn things about yourself….not only about what foods cause problems, but how much you appreciate other foods and what they can do for your body. You learn about willpower and getting through something incredibly challenging. You just grow as a person.

Am I upset I had a few slip ups? Not at all. In fact, I think everyone doing this program should have a few. Why? I immediately saw how that food impacted my body, and I could associate the negative feelings and effects to one particular food. When you are focused on a restricted diet it is much easier to do that. I am thankful for those “bad” moments during the Reset; I truly think I had a better appreciation for my body and the foods I ate after that because I could see the difference.

I’m glad I did it, but as glad as I am that I did it, I’m even happier that it is over.

Would I do this again? Possibly. If I was ever on bed rest or restricted from exercise, then yes. That is the only way though….I’m not giving up exercise again unless a doctor says so.

I’ve got to give a huge shoutout to all of you and those in my daily life who have been holding me accountable…..I know I have been a challenge, but you all have kept me on track and helped me so much.

Crossing The Ultimate Reset off my 2017 Vision Board and moving onto the next adventure.

Oh yeah, and about that vegetarian thing….no way in hell. I’m a carnivore, and there’s no tap dancing around it.

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Back with my boo coffee. 

 

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Rock the Reset: Day 17-18

Today is Day 19.

DAY FREAKING NINETEEN!!!!!

The end is so close I can taste it!

Let me recap the past two days for you.

For some reason, I am still more focused this week than I have the previous two weeks. I swear, people in my life have been tempting the heck out of me, but I have not fallen victim once. NOT ONE CHEAT…not ONE!

I ended up changing up my meal plan a little bit because i fell so in love with the Coconut Collard Greens that I have been eating them with every dinner…..you have to try them. I’m already working on my meal plan for next week and guess what….they are making an appearance again!

I’ve been chatting with a lot of people about my Ultimate Reset experience lately….so many people have questions about what I’ve been doing. Here’s a few answer to the questions I have been getting the most:

1. How am I surviving without coffee?
To be honest, I am still riding the struggle bus with this…..coffee is such a huge part of my daily routine, and I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have gone to grab a mug from the cupboard and make a cup. I thought for sure I would cheat and have a cup at least once, especially with all my travel….I pass Dunkin and Starbucks on nearly every trip. Not giving in to coffee is something that I am extremely proud of myself for doing. I’ve saved a lot of money by not stopping, I will tell you that.

2. Have I been using my pre workout, Energize?
No. Energize is all natural, and some people claimed to have used it while on the UR. Since I was only doing yoga, I didn’t feel like I needed the extra jump on my workout. You better believe I’ll be back at it Monday. I love that stuff!

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2 Days Left of Yoga!

3. What has been the hardest part of the Reset?
For me, not doing intense workouts. I know a lot of people love yoga…bless your hearts….but it isn’t for me. All of us have workouts we love and workouts we don’t connect to as much….this just happened to be that workout for me.

Besides the fact that I love high intensity workouts and a solid sweat, workouts truly are therapy for me. Ever since my dad passed away, I have relied on my workouts to help me feel better. They put me in a good mood and give me a sense of accomplishment, plus I know my dad would be proud since he was always very focused on living a quality, healthy life. My mood has been very much a roller coaster, and I’ve been more depressed over these few weeks than I have for a long time. I truly feel like this is tied directly to exercise.

4. Am I really eating only fruit for breakfast?
Yes, yes I am, and I actually like it. Since I have always struggled with my purple containers, this helps me get them in early. I also have all day to burn them off, which is great because of the slow to digest sugar found in it, as well as the carbohydrates.

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5. What am I craving?
I have no idea why, but Filet O Fish sandwiches from McDonalds. I don’t even like them, but they have been on my mind 24/7. WTF. They say the foods you crave the most are the foods that are the worst for you…..clearly I am an example of this.

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The warmer weather has helped me get outside a bit more….the dogs love walks, and it makes me feel like I am kind of exercising when Im not really. I finally was able to break in one of my new pairs of shoes….how cute are these? Incredibly comfortable, too.

Hope you all are having a great Friday! Don’t forget, if you want to jump in my Operation: Fit-ish Online Challenge Group, deadline to register is Monday! To register, please complete the quick form HERE. It’s going to be a lot of fun….I’ll be doing the 21 Day Fix, but it is an open Beachbody group, meaning any program you want! Can’t wait to get Fit-ish AF with y’all!

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June Beauty Finds: Sparkle or Dull?

This month’s beauty blog led me to my favorite stores: Lush. I honestly thought I had tried everything in the store, but this month I stumbled upon an item that claimed to help hydrate dry and tired hands. Since I have had my struggles with dry hands and sometimes lizard like skin, it immediately jumped to the top of my “to try for the blog” list.

Product #1: The Golden Handshake Hot Hand Mask

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Before I go any further, let’s address the elephant in the room. THAT NAME! C’mon Lush. I don’t like buying products that could be mistaken for something in the urban dictionary. When I mentioned to a few people I was trying this item, they all said the same thing….golden shower? Um, no. Not even close.

Back to the product. For starters, let’s talk about the price. At $4.95 it’s not a bad price for Lush. I have spent a lot over the years on products that claim to moisturize hands, so I figured this was a reasonable amount if it worked well. I should state that is for ONE of the Handshakes. The name is very fitting, as you can see. A tiny oil hand covered in gold glitter (we know how I feel about glitter) that comes on a popsicle stick.

To use this product, you need to heat a bowl of water and then submerge the little hand in it, stirring as it thickens. Seems simple, right? I thought so. However, for some reason, my glittery mixture never thickened, which was a disappointment.
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After your mixture thickens (or in my case just hangs out and does nothing), your next step is to submerge your hands for fifteen minutes so the mixture can coat the hands and soften them. I did this one hand at a time because I was multitasking as always. Even though my mixture wasn’t thick like I had anticipated, I still could feel the oil on my hands and some softening did happen once I removed them from the water.

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FINAL VERDICT: DULL!

This product was okay. Did I think it was anything special? Not really. My hands felt a little softer, but truthfully many things can help with that. I didn’t like that I had to spend so much time sitting around, and the oily water was a bit messy to clean up. I will stick to my Become Hand Smoothing Cream because that always works, smells great, and it takes a quick minute to work. I’ll stick to my tried and true Lush products for the time being.

Product #2: Tweexy Nail Polish Holder

I will fess up. The ad for this popped up on my Facebook one day and I impulsively purchased it. I had to. How annoying is it to fumble with the nail polish bottle when you are trying to do your nails?!??!?!?! I wondered if this was all that the ad hyped it up to be.

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If you haven’t heard of this item, it is a silicone little ring-like device that expands to fit on two of your fingers regardless of the size of them. It has special internal grips to hold your bottle of polish and balance it. The brand claims it works with every kind of polish and bottle. There’s not much more to it than that.

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FINAL VERDICT: SPARKLE!

Guys, I loved loved loved this item! I always have issues with where to place my nail polish bottle….I may be guilty of spilling a bottle or two in my day, too. This product totally removed that issue from the equation. It was comfortable and super easy to use. If you are a nail polish junkie like me, you need to buy this!

Have a great Fourth full of sparkle, my friends!

sparkleon

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Healthier Coffee for all!

I love coffee.

I love coffee a lot.

In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s my blood type.

Over the years my coffee style has evolved. Back in the day I actually hated it….yes, you heard right. I hated it. If I needed a boost I opted for pop instead of coffee. The taste of coffee was just….ugh! I’m not sure when I actually decided I liked coffee, but I can’t believe I used to choose that carbonated nastiness over my now favorite beverage!

In the beginning I would load my coffee up with flavored creamer and sugar to disguise the taste, then slowly started to cut back on all of those “add ins” I put into my cup. When I became a health and fitness coach, I started to pay more attention to how I was fueling my body. The creamers I loved….I was sad to find out how bad they were for me, but I knew that I couldn’t drink my coffee black. What in the world could I substitute for the fabulosity I had been using?

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Here are some healthier alternatives to keep your coffee flavored and tasting great without loading it with unnecessary calories:

Coconut Oil and Extract: Coconut Oil has about a million uses, so I was excited when I added it to my coffee! Besides smelling like a beach,  coconut oil is great for boosting your immune system, increasing energy, and speeding up your metabolism! All you do is add one teaspoon of coconut oil, a splash of extract if you prefer (I love hazelnut), and blend in a blender or with an immersion blender. It makes it nice and frothy with a kick of extra flavor!

Coconut Oil and Unsalted Grassfed Butter: Also known as Bulletproof Coffee, I wasn’t sure how I felt about putting butter on anything besides toast, especially because I had read many articles sharing reasons NOT to drink bulletproof coffee.  However, I had read articles that shared how having your healthy fat early in the morning helped with focus and mental clarity, so I figured I would see for myself what the fuss was about. Blending the ingredients in with your coffee created a delicious latte , but I wasn’t a fan of cutting out other areas of my breakfast due to the nutritional content of the butter. Some people love this and drink it daily; my only recommendation is to do your research to see if it aligns with your current meal plan/diet.

Almond Milk/ Coconut Milk Creamer: I always have these on hand for my shakes so from a cost effective standpoint, I don’t need to purchase anything additional to flavor my coffee. Using a splash in your coffee with a bit of Stevia is a great way to add a little sweetness without the calorie overload (Sidenote: Stevia is all natural and a better alternative to sugar, but don’t use much…it is much sweeter than sugar).

Cinnamon: Replace your creamer with a teaspoon of cinnamon. This is my new favorite recipe, and it has a bunch of health benefits! Not only does it save you over 75 calories a cup, but adding cinnamon can help reduce cholesterol and blood sugar. Pay attention next time you are at Starbucks….you’ll see a cinnamon shaker at the coffee stand!

Make your own creamer: I used to follow the recipes for homemade creamer from Deliciously Organic, only I would use almond milk in place of the heavy cream. Making your own allows you to control everything that is in your creamer and the recipes make a ton!

Remember, everything is okay in moderation. Sometimes I indulge in regular coffee creamer (I love the Nestle Coffeemate Samoa flavor), but I don’t go overboard. Make smart choices…you don’t want to drink all of your calories!

All this coffee talk has me needing to brew another cup……or hit the coffee shop!

Happy Caffeinating!

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Favorite Finds of 2015

As a self admitted beauty addict, I am always interested in finding products to add to my ever growing collection. 2015 brought a lot of new products into my life….some good, some bad, some cheap, some expensive. I wanted to take a quick minute to share with you my absolute favorite finds so you can check them out, too! My goal was to share my top ten, but I couldn’t….there were twelve items that had me jumping for joy this year, and I have to share them all!

Let’s meet my favorite finds of 2015!

12. Aloha Coconut Chapstick

I am always after great lip products (there are a couple on this list) because  I hate chapped lips. Running outside in the winter often wrecks havoc on them, so when I find products I love that help with it, I get excited. My mom got me this chapstick this year (she knows about my love for all things coconut), and it not only smells great and tastes great, it works great, too.

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11.  The Wet Brush

Hair care is important to me….have you seen this mane? It can go from a perfectly manicured hairdo to a rats nest very quickly if I fail to take care of it. I’ve tried about a billion brushes in my day, but this one takes the cake. I can have a major tangled mess, and this bad boy has worked wonders on my hair. There are various sizes (I always have a mini one in my purse for emergencies), and if you do some searching, you can find these super cheap….even Groupon runs deals on them from time to time.

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10. Bare Minerals Bareskin Perfecting Face Brush

Makeup brushes are one thing that I do not skimp on. If you buy cheaper ones, I have found you have to replace them more, bristles fall out, and you end up spending more. Invest in quality brushes. Trust me, your face will thank you.  This foundation brush is my favorite ever. See how the middle is kind of cut out? I know it looks strange, but this really helps evenly distribute your foundation on your face for a flawless look.

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9. Kat Von D Lock It Foundation

Speaking of foundation, this year I finally found my soul mate shade and brand. With my wedding approaching, I went into a Sephora and had the poor sales associate try pretty much every single foundation known to man on my face to find the perfect shade and coverage. Prior to finding Kat Von D I had dabbled with Becca foundation, but having to mix two colors to perfect the shade for my face was not only annoying, but costly. The minute this angelic foundation from Kat was on my face, I knew I had found the one. The coverage is amazing, it is light and doesn’t feel or look cakey, and even though it is a little pricey, you don’t use a ton with application. Worth every penny. Before buying it, I advise you go into a Sephora or Kat Von D retailer and have someone shade match you. You don’t want to spend $35 on a bottle and get home only to realize it is too dark for you.

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8. Lush Space Girl Bath Bomb

I am obsessed with Lush and obsessed with anything that makes a bath feel like a spa day. I’ve had many items from Lush in my day and have never met a product of theirs that I hated, but this year I met the Space Girl bath bomb, and a new favorite was born. The smell is great, there’s some sparkle to it, and there’s some sparkle to it, and it is just cute to look at (I’m such a girl).

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7. Nyx Bloody Mary Matte Lipstick

I accidentally found this lipstick when searching for the perfect shade for my engagement photos. We all know I am obsessed with red lipstick (my signature shade is Mac So Chaud), but I wanted something a little different with a bit more of a pinkish/reddish hue. One day I strolled into Ulta and realized Nyx was having a huge sale, so I figured it was worth a shot. There, for about $3.00, I found Bloody Mary. It’s a quality Matte and stays on without reapplication. This purchase started a really healthy relationship with Nyx that I don’t see ending anytime soon.

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6. OGX Coconut Milk Serum

I’ve blogged about this fabulous stuff earlier in the year, but I have to talk about it again. It’s ah-mazzzzzz-ing. Again, I love coconuts and having healthy hair, and this combines both! I take a small dollop of it each night and run it through my hair to keep it healthy and shiny. Plus, I go to bed smelling of the beach, and I’m ok with that. A little of this goes a long way though, so word from the wise…..don’t use too much!

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5. Lilly Lashes 3D Mink Lashes

False eyelashes are my thing….I wear them pretty much every day, so I like to think I know a thing of two about them. This year I cheated on House of Lashes, my usual go to lash place, and purchased some mink lashes from Lilly Lashes. I was beyond pleased with the quality, how long they last, and the look. I’ve worn them for pretty much every big occasion this year and won’t be quitting anytime soon. My favorites are Mykonos (seen below) and Miami (which I wore for my wedding). If you aren’t sure how to apply them or the hype behind them, I made a quick tutorial awhile back that may help you……you can access it here .

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4. Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm

All time best lip balm, right here. This is intensive and has helped me on even the coldest of days. I don’t even know what else to say about it other than it makes my lips happy and has prevented me from problems in the cold weather!

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3. Daily Grind Snarky Bar

Oh-Em-Geeeeeeeeeee. As a coffee addict, I usually jump at anything with coffee in the title. When I saw this soap, known as a snarky bar, I had to have it. Made with coffee grounds? Ok! I don’t know if I thought maybe the coffee on my skin would give me an extra boost or what, but needless to say, I tried it, fell in love, and now will always be using one.

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2. Urban Decay Naked on the Run

I can’t live without this set.Urban Decay is my #1 makeup brand of choice, and when I was purchasing some other items, a kind sales associate suggested I consider buying this palette. Best suggestion ever. In this you get 5 eye eyeshadows, blush, bronzer, highlighter, lipgloss, eyeliner, and mascara (my favorite mascara FYI). At $54, it is a steal. Now whenever I am on the go, I grab this and have pretty much everything I need! I love it so much that it is something I gifted to some friends this year at Christmas. Great for anyone on the go! P.S. Right now it is on sale for $32. Buy it. You’ll thank me!

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1. Tony Moly Banana Hand Milk

I cannot live without this item….I’m dead serious. It is my absolute favorite find of 2015 and is with me everywhere I go. Besides loving coffee, I am obsessed with bananas. This lotion is not only packaged like a cute banana, but it smells just like one and moisturizes better than anything else I have tried. You’re welcome.

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Here’s to lots of great beauty finds in 2016!!!!!

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Rave of the Week: Being a Good Witch

If you ever have to interact with me before 10am, there is one piece of information about me that you absolutely must know.

I need coffee.

Correction: You need me to have coffee.

I wish this was legit.

I very much like to get up early, and I very much like to be productive. Often I am doing work before the sun comes up….sometimes even holding conference calls where interaction is a must. When this happens, I am already about 3 cups in. I’m a busy person with deadlines, an Inbox constantly full of emails, videos to record, trainings to lead, meal plans to create, exercises to do….coffee is to me what gas is to a car. I don’t go without it.

During the month of May I had an amazing little surprise from Panera: free coffee for the entire month. I like having a My Rewards card, but to be honest, I don’t use it all that much because I pack my meals and stick to my meal plan. However, when I learned of this little gift from the coffee fairy, I took advantage of it every.single.day. In fact, I am now on a first name basis with the barista, Brianne, and I have a little morning gang I see daily that is composed of 4 gentlemen all in their 80’s. Panera, I love you and please, feel free to share this with me any time you wish. It absolutely was an amazing gift.

Coffee. It happens.

One day a few weeks ago I posted this picture on my Facebook to showcase my coffee cup cemetery (and my strong lipstick game). An acquaintance of mine messaged me and told me that I needed to stop drinking coffee because it was healthy. No, no it’s not, acquaintance. You clearly haven’t had your coffee and are not thinking correctly.

Go get yourself one of these IVs, sister.

Back when I didn’t care about my health, I had no problem ordering the fattiest drinks on the menu or overloading my coffee with those delicious creamers (hello, Samoa creamer….I am talking to you). However, I have learned about how bad some of those drinks are for you and have made modifications. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy a Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks here or there, but when I do I get my soy milk fix and drink them sparingly.

My favorite way to have my coffee involves the secret gem of the kitchen, coconut oil. Are you using it? Im serious, you should be. I use coconut oil for so many things that I probably should devote a blog to it so you can learn how versatile it is. My favorite use is putting it into my coffee. Not only do I love the taste, but it helps me avoid the “I need the sweet creamer taste” that I used to get back when I was going through creamer withdrawal.

Here’s how I make my coffee. P.S. You can use any kind of extract your heart desires, but I love caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla.

Hello, lover.

So back to my acquaintance telling me coffee wasn’t good for me. I’d like to share with you some of the health benefits so you can see for yourself that, just like milk, it does a body good.

Reasons why Coffee is the bomb.com. 

Benefit #1: It increases energy levels so you don’t feel as tired.

Benefit #2: It helps boost your metabolic rate by as much as 11%….. meaning it helps you burn fat.

Benefit #3: It DOESN’T contribute to high blood pressure, like sodas do.

Benefit #4: It assists with the increase in adrenaline in the bloodstream.

Benefit #5: The smell of coffee decreases stress.

Benefit #6: It is a huge source of antioxidants and helps fight free radicals.

Benefit #7: It helps your memory…..moderate amounts of caffeine increases the size of the hippocampus, which assists with long term and short term memory.

Benefit #8: 200 to 300mg of caffeine helps your heart perform better by improving the blood flow.

Benefit #9: It helps reduce the risk of diseases such as cirrhosis, Alzheimers, diabetes, gout, liver disease, and cancer.

Benefit #10: It can help suppress your appetite .

Here’s to all of you whose blood type is also Starbucks. And based on the fact this blog entry is posting at almost midnight, someone better make sure I am caffeinated in the morning…..or else you may be seeing the Wicked Witch.

Found this online...so true.

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