Faith Focus

 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” ~ Psalm 27:1

Being a Christian, it is important to talk about your faith. I didn’t really feel comfortable opening up on this subject until this year. When I finally was able to start having conversations with others about my faith I realized, I am not alone and I should do this more often! My faith has grown immensely because of my church and the people within it.

We definitely live in a difficult time, at least that I have found, to talk about religion and faith. But it is important to proclaim the good news of God. God is constantly working in our lives and we should celebrate and praise Him.

Find Places of Worship Near You

It is important to find a place of worship near you. I encourage you try out many different places of worship to see witch one you connect the most with. You want your faith to grow and prosper here, so, do not settle.

You can use many resources to find a place of worship near you. By simply posting a “Looking for recommendations in…” on Facebook you will receive a lot of options to try out!

Also, by simply going online you can find many resources to help your search!

Hear The Word Of God

Daily Devotion

It is important to devote time everyday to God. When we are able to take time, even just a couple minutes, out of our day to focus it on God is truly beneficial.

Bible Study

It is important to read the Word of God. The Bible contains what God calls us to do and how to act. The Bible acts as nourishment to our souls. Through The Bible we are able to realize what God is calling us to do.

Fashion With A Passion

“Style is the only thing you can’t buy. It’s not in a shopping bag, a label, or a price tag. It’s something reflected from our soul to the outside world—an emotion.” ~ Alber Elbaz

Fashion has always been an important part of my life. I love using fashion as a way to be creative and express myself. Coordinating outfits head-to-toe, shopping and stylizing is my domain! I don’t know about you, but when I’m wearing the right outfit I am able to conquer the day with confidence.

My absolute favorite accessory, what I find to be most important, what can make or break an outfit is of course, shoes. Growing up my love for shoes grew with my feet and now I have more than I can count, or should I say, more than I’d like to. But you know the saying “Anything is possible with confidence and cute shoes”!

Support Stores That Support All Women

It is important to support stores that support all types of women. There are many brands that are specifically targeted towards a certain body type or demographic of women. It is vital that we don’t stick to name brands. We have to give business to companies that are inclusive to all, especially when others are trying to exclude.

Websites & Reviews

How to Organize Your Closet & Accessories

We have all had a dream of what our perfect walk-in closet looks like. Although not very realistic, we can still make it look aesthetic with some simple tips and tricks that will turn your closet from blah to voilà!

How To:

  1. Remove everything from your closet.
  2. Organize your clothing by category.
  3. Draw out a design of how you want your closet to look.
  4. Arrange clothing by category.
    1. Color coordinate.
    2. Short sleeves > long sleeves > blazers.
    3. Shorts > skirts > jeans > pants.
    4. Dresses > jumpsuits.
    5. Etc.

Tricks:

  1. Place most-used clothing at eye-level.
  2. Use coordinating hangers.
  3. Turn hangers backwards to mark how often you wear your clothing.
  4. Stack thick items.
  5. Roll item that won’t wrinkle.
  6. Use drawer dividers.
  7. Organize drawers in the order you put on clothing.

DIY HACKS

  1. Sick of staining every shirt from deodorant?
    1. Gently rub protective foam used on hangers against the fabric.
  2.  Oil stain on a handbag?
    1. Coat the mark with baby powder and let it stand overnight. Repeat the process until the stain is entirely gone.
  3. Need to de-fuzz?
    1. Use a pumice stone.
  4. Not ready to get rid of those beautiful flowers?
    1. A dash of vodka into vase water will help extend the life of your flowers.
  5. Dirty suede?
    1. Get a piece of bread and remove the crust from it and allow it to become stale.
    2. Gently rub the dirt stains with the edge of the stale bread.
      1. To de-scuff suede: use an eraser or nail file.
  6. Lipstick stains are a pain!
    1. Use hairspray!
  7. Liquid on a solid?
    1. Apply shaving cream and a washcloth to your shirt collar.
  8. Stiff shoes?
    1. Slip into those snug shoes with socks as well as apply a hot hairdryer to your feet.
  9. Need leather that looks better?
    1. Add a couple drops of vinegar to a bowl of chilled water.
    2. Scrub the stains with a soft bristle brush until stains are no longer in-sight.
    3. Let dry overnight.
  10. Dull leather?
    1. Put some Windex on it!

The Evolution of Fashion

Fitness With Finesse

“Respect your body. It’s the only one you get.”

We often tend to put fitness on the back burner. Either we do not have time during our day, we don’t have enough energy when we can workout, we are too afraid to start or just have no interest in pursuing the fitness lifestyle. Although these are all valid reasons as to why we aren’t active, there are far more benefits to fitness that outweigh the reasons to a no fit lifestyle.

The nice thing about working-out and fitness is that it is all personal to you and what you want to achieve. Fitness isn’t about looking a certain way, it’s about feeling a certain way. When you do something good for your body, like working out, you are going to feel much better because endorphins are released when you exercise.

If you are a beginner, take it easy on yourself. You don’t have to start off with crazy workouts, you need to build up to fitness levels. The more you workout the more you will be able to do and achieve. Working out with friends is a good way to stay motivated and accountable.

WORKOUT CIRCUIT

  • 80 Calf raises
  • 100 Squats
  • 2: 1min Wall sits
  • 80 Lunges
  • 20 Push ups
  • 50 Crunches
  • 30 Cross legs
  • 20 Leg crunches
  • 20 Heal touches
  • 20 Leg raises
  • 50 Russian twists
  • 50 Bicycles
  • 2: 1 min Planks
  • 30 Weight lifts
    • *Repeat Three Times*

TIPS

  • 30 – 40min workout is ideal
    • Higher intensity for a shorter amount of time builds your endurance faster.
  • Mix up your workouts
    • Your body will start to adjust to the stress levels of your workout and you won’t be getting an effective workout.
      • Strength training: change your routine every few weeks.
      • Cardio: cross train.
  • Water
    • Stay hydrated throughout the day, water can take a couple of hours for your to absorb, you want to make sure your body is hydrated before, during and after your workout.
  • Protein
    • You need to eat protein to help replenish your muscles after a workout. Cardio and strength require protein for building muscles.
  • Apps

Equipment You Need To Get Started

CONFIDENCE IN CLOTHING

It is important that you feel confident in what you are wearing. When you are wearing a killer outfit, you will kill your sweaty shredder. Find activewear that is cute and affordable.

WORKOUT PLAYLIST

Flex Your Food

“By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgement.”  ~ Steve Maraboli

It is extremely important to feed your body with healthy, nutritious food. Often times we struggle with eating, specifically what foods we should and should not eat. A tip I recommend is always choosing the healthiest option available to you. Choose food that is organic, natural, raw and real. The most important thing to do: Listen to your body.

Açai Bowl

This açai bowl is a personal favorite for a refreshing smoothie bowl. This recipe is made with fruit, açai berry puree and yogurt, all natural ingredients. Açai bowls are a good way to mix up what you’re eating while still feeling fulfilled from your meal. You are able to have some personal creativity when it comes to making your bowl. You can add your favorite toppings, making sure to include a lot of colors for optimal nutrition.

Course | Breakfast, Snack

Cuisine | American 

Prep Time | 10 minutes 

Cook Time | 1 minute 

Total Time | 10 minutes 

Calories | 187kcal 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of apple juice
  • 1 large banana sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 frozen packet of açai berry puree (100 grams), broken into pieces
  • Assorted toppings such as sliced almonds, berries, shredded coconut, granola, chia seeds, sliced banana, mint sprigs, etc.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place the apple juice, banana, frozen berries, yogurt, honey and açai puree in the blender.
  • Blend until thoroughly combined and smooth.
  • Pour the smoothie into 2 deep bowls.
  • Arrange the desired toppings over your smoothie bowls and serve.

NUTRITION

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Cholesterol: 1mg |Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 7.6% | Calcium: 1% | Iron: 1.7% |

Quinoa Salad

I know, I know. You are reading this and thinking of course, another boring salad. However, this is no boring salad. This salad is packed with some of the most nutritious ingredients while still having burst of flavor, bite after bite. A healthy option for sure, with flavors that will keep your taste buds wanting more, it’s good.

Course | Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Cuisine | American 

Prep Time | 20 minutes 

Cook Time | 20 minute 

Total Time | 40 minutes 

Calories | 319kcal 

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 5 pickling cucumbers, peeled, ends trimmed, and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 bunches mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 heads endive, trimmed and separated into individual spears
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded and diced, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan.
  • Add the quinoa, stir once, and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, over medium heat for 12 minutes. Strain and rinse well with cold water, shaking the sieve well to remove all moisture.
  • When dry, transfer the quinoa to a large bowl.
  • Add the cucumbers, onion, tomato, parsley, mint, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and toss well.
  • Spoon onto endive spears, top with avocado.
  • Serve and Enjoy.

NUTRITION

Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrate: 32g | Protein: 7g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 467mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Total Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 3g|

Taco Pizza

Healthy pizza? What’s this? Yeah that’s right! Here is a healthy pizza recipe that will crush your pizza cravings with Italian and Spanish flavors.

Course | Dinner

Cuisine | Italian, Spanish 

Prep Time | 30 minutes 

Cook Time | 30 minute 

Total Time | 60 minutes 

Calories | 511kcal 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound 90%-lean ground beef
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup fresh salsa or pico de gallo, divided
  • 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • Fresh cilantro & sliced pickled jalapeños for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat grill to medium-high.
  • Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in beans, chili powder, cumin and salt. Remove from heat and stir in ½ cup salsa (or pico de gallo). Transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch oval.
  • Oil the grill rack. Grill the dough until puffed and lightly browned, 1 to 3 minutes. Turn it over using tongs. Spread the beef mixture on the crust and sprinkle with cheese. Grill until the cheese is melted and the crust is lightly browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a cutting board.
  • Mix sour cream and lime juice. Top the pizza with lettuce, the remaining ¼ cup salsa (or pico de gallo) and the sour cream mixture. Garnish with cilantro and jalapeños, if desired.

NUTRITION

Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrate: 48g | Protein: 33g | Cholesterol: 86mcg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 548mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Total Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g| Folate: 35mcg | Vitamin A: 2,206 | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 3mg |

Double Chocolate Layer Cake

There are a lot of healthier alternatives to the standard dessert we know. Your sweet-tooth will thank you for this delicious combination of flavors.

Course | Dessert

Cuisine | Raw Vegan 

Prep Time | 30 minutes  

Total Time | 60 minutes 

Calories | 2226kcal 

INGREDIENTS

For the Cake:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
    • Use buckwheat groats, almond flour or any nuts instead of oats
  • 1 cup gooey dried figs
    • Use any other gooey dried fruit instead of figs and dates
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
    • Use cocoa or carob instead of cacao.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • Water, as needed
  • A pinch of Himalayan salt

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup gooey dates
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • Water, as needed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder (optional)

For the Raw Chocolate Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons or cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons water, as needed

For the Garnish:

  • Mint leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

To Make the cake:

  • Grind the oats into flour. Then in a food processor, blend the flour with the rest of the ingredients, adding some water if you need to, until you get a heavy dough-like mixture that holds its shape when you press it between your fingers. It should also be easy to the whole thing into roll into a giant ball.
  • Roll out flat, about 1/4-inch thick, and cut into large circles, about 4 inches across, with a cookie cutter. These will be your cake layers. Put the cake layers in the refrigerator until they have hardened up.

To Make the Frosting:

  • Blend everything until smooth and thick, adding water as needed. You want it to have the consistency of frosting.

To Assemble:

  • Frost a cake layer, then add another on top, and so on and so on until you’ve used up all your cake or all your frosting. Decorate as you like and enjoy. This would be terrific with banana nice cream.

NUTRITION

Total Calories: 2226 | Total Carbs: 397g | Total Fat: 36g | Total Protein: 26g | Total Sodium: 29g | Total Sugar: 271g |

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