10 Simple Steps to Feel Pretty Right Now

Do you ever have those days where you just feel plain old BLAH?

You know..those days where you just want to throw your hair up, wear no makeup, baggy clothes, and stuff your face with every single toxic food you can get your hands on?

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Well, STOP right now!

When you are feeling down these are some of the worst things you can do to yourself.  It is complete and utter self sabotage (I am speaking from experience here-can you tell?!?)

Sometimes you just need a little boost.  And here are some things that always make me feel a little more girly, a little prettier, and a little more confident. Here we go!

1.)  GET A MANI/PEDI.  IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THAT, A QUICK FRESH COAT OF NAIL POLISH ON YOUR NAILS AND TOOTSIES WILL DO THE JOB!

I always, always feel way better after a mani/pedi.  I feel clean, and polished and nice and girly!

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2.)  PUT ON YOUR FAVOURITE SHADE OF LIPSTICK, A TOUCH OF MASCARA AND A SWEEP OF BRONZER TO GIVE YOURSELF THAT HEALTHY GLOW.

These products have to be my go to beauty essentials.  The wonders of bronzers, mascara and a great lipstick shade can do wonders for your complexion and give you that glow from within look-no matter how dull you feel inside!

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3.  CURL YOUR HAIR INTO BIG LOOSE WAVES.  OR IF YOU HAVE TIME, FRESHLY WASH ND BLOW DRY YOUR HAIR SMOOTH.

A sleek, bouncy hairstyle can add a little pep to your step.  Seriously, bedhead never made anybody feel better…

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4.  EXFOLIATE YOUR ENTIRE BODY, SHAVE YOUR LEGS AND MOISTURIZE WITH A THICK LUXURIOUS BODY BUTTER.

There is something about getting rid of the dead skin cells and having smooth touchable skin.  Choose your favourite scented body butter to give your senses a boost.

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5.  PUT ON A GREAT OUTFIT (YOU KNOW, THAT GO TO OUTFIT THAT ALWAYS MAKES YOU FEEL GREAT.)  ADD A PAIR OF HEELS.

Heels always fit…and you must have a favourite pair, I know I do!  A great outfit can make you feel like a new person.  It doesn’t have to be fancy, just something that makes you feel pretty and confident.

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6.  SPRITZ YOURSELF WITH YOUR FAVOURITE PERFUME.

Perfume is usually associated with getting ready for a special event or night out, so a quick spritz can help reignite those feelings of positivity instantly.

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7.  SWEAT IT OUT!  GET A QUICK 15 MINUTE WORKOUT IN AND REAP THE MANY BENEFITS!

What can I say, this is my FAVOURITE option.  I LOVE exercise.  Any and all forms of it.  Even if you don’t love it while you’re doing it (which btw you should be doing exercise that you love) there is no doubt you will feel amazing afterward.  Sweat it out!!!

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8.  TWEEZE THOSE BROWS!  DON’T GET ALL TWEEZER HAPPY, BUT A LITTLE CLEANUP CAN GO A LONG WAY!  FILL IN THE SPARSE AREAS WITH YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT.

Brows that are out of control and growing in places where they are not meant to be can just make you feel gross.  Clean up your brows and it will instantly make you feel cleaner, fresher and frame your eye area.

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9.  PUT ON YOUR FAVOURITE SET OF BRA AND PANTIES ON UNDERNEATH YOUR CLOTHES.  IT GIVES AN INSTANT LITTLE BOOST KNOWING THEY’RE UNDER THERE.

Seriously, this works.  I know when I feel crappy I want to reach for my old faithfuls like the worn out bra and the comfy undies.  But why can’t you have comfort AND look good?  A cute or sexy set really does give you a boost!

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10.  DRINK A LARGE GLASS OF LEMON WATER (EITHER ROOM TEMPERATURE OR WARM) WITH A GIANT HEALTHY SALAD.

You will feel better putting this into your body and not have to worry about the guilt.  Your body will be satisfied and it will help beat the bloat!  You will feel more energized versus sluggish from sugar or refined carbs.  Choose the greens!

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You will be surprised what a little lipstick can do for your well being.  Please don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all about the physical appearance!  Although sometimes, when you polish yourself on the outside, it can give you that extra push to take steps to heal yourself inside. Win-Win if you ask me!

These are the things that make me feel better personally that I have have been my go to’s forever.  You don’t have to do them all at once.  Even just one from the list can give you a huge boost.

I hope this brings a little sunshine to a day where you are feeling a little down!

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Rice Pasta Turkey Helper

You know like hamburger helper except not from a box…and turkey…and rice pasta   Haha..

I debated on posting this recipe because I usually don’t post my “throw together” dinners that are kind of boring, but this simple recipe was really delicious.  I don’t have many pictures for this one, so excuse the lack of creativity in this post.

I am hoping it will be forgiven because of the simplicity and deliciousness of the end result 🙂

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Ingredients: 

This recipe is pretty flexible, as I kind of threw in the amounts that I had on hand.  Feel free to make it your own and add as little or as much of the ingredients listed!

1/2 package Brown rice pasta

1 package extra lean ground turkey

1 tsp ghee

Soft Goat’s cheese (about 4-6 oz)

Dried oregano, to taste

Dried basil, to taste

Sea salt, pepper to taste

Grape tomatoes, a dozen

Kale, chopped with stems removed, about a cup

Garlic (a few cloves, minced)

Onion (sweet), chopped

HOW TO:

  1. Cook rice pasta and set aside (according to package instructions, usually about 6-7 minutes and rinse with cold water afterwards)
  2. Heat ghee and add turkey, spices, salt and pepper.  Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  3. In a separate pan, cook garlic and onions in a little oil until caramelized and browned (it will get a little thick and become sweeter in taste)
  4. Add goat’s cheese, tomatoes and kale to turkey.  Cover and let simmer until tomatoes soften (this won’t take long)
  5. Add caramelized onion and garlic.  Simmer, covered for about 10 minutes.
  6. Combine meat mixture with the rice pasta and serve immediately.

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Again, I didn’t plan on posting this so it is lacking in the picture department!  But the flavours were wonderfully delicious and creamy.

Can you tell our go to for a lazy night is turkey mince and rice pasta?  That…or poached eggs on toast…lol

I hope you enjoy as an easy weeknight dinner!

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Quick Beans on Toast

I had this for lunch today since I didn’t really have time to put “real” beans on toast together the traditional way.  Not much of a recipe, but thought I would share my creation.

I quite often have a couple of pieces of toast topped with similar ingredients.  It is such a great option when you are busy or simply don’t have the energy to put a real recipe together.

This version was super simple, minimal dishes and everything was already waiting for me in the fridge 🙂  Healthy, quick, and hearty!  Woo hoo!

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You will need two pieces of toast.  I used Gluten Free today.

Top in the following order:

2 tbsp Black Bean Dip

Pea shoots, sprouts, spinach or whatever greens you have on hand

Sliced hard boiled egg

Cracked black pepper, salt if you desire

Sliced tomato

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There are so many toppings that are wonderful on toast.  I chose a mix of proteins today to keep me full.  It was delicious 🙂

I hope you enjoy!

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Overnight Blueberry Chia Pudding

3 ingredients make up this lovely addition to any breakfast.  Super fast, super easy, and super delicious.  Just the way I like it!

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I use this chia pudding as a layer in parfaits, on top of greek yogurt, on top of oatmeal, etc.  You can also eat a bowl on its own with a little granola or your toppings of choice.

Ingredients:

1/3 c chia seeds

1 c frozen wild blueberries

1 c unsweetened almond milk

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COMBINE BLUEBERRIES AND ALMOND MILK IN A BLENDER.  BLEND UNTIL SMOOTH.  THIS MIXTURE WILL YIELD ABOUT 1 1/4 CUPS.

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ADD THIS MIXTURE TO A JAR WITH A LID, FOLLOWED BY THE CHIA SEEDS.  STIR TO COMBINE ALL INGREDIENTS WELL.

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IT WILL LOOK A LITTLE WATERY, BUT DON’T FRET, A FEW HOURS IN THE FRIDGE OR BETTER YET, OVERNIGHT, AND IT WILL THICKEN UP NICELY.

(COVER AND REFRIGERATE OVERNIGHT)

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GOOD MORNING!!!

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I hope you enjoy this simple recipe.  As always, please let me know if you try it out and any suggestions or comments.

Bye bye 🙂

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Put the Lime in the Coconut Smoothie

I have been a little obsessed with making my smoothies and meals look a little more scrumptious.  I was not being visually stimulated enough by my smoothies any longer.

I was loving this tangy yet sweet concoction this morning.  Yummm

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Onwards an upwards to the next level smoothies, overflowing with yum and goodness.

Oh, and let me assure you, this is not complicated, in fact it is easy.  All you have to do is get a little creative, a little messy and throw in a dash of whatever you have lying around!

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Please excuse my nails…I am in desperate need of a mani/pedi!

Toppings pictured:  Sliced kiwi, puffed quinoa, frozen raspberries, shredded unsweetened coconut

Ingredients for Smoothie:

1 c coconut water

1 c frozen pineapple

1 scoop greens powder

1 kiwi, peeled

1 tbsp raw cashews

1 tbsp coconut oil

Juice of 2 limes

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Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.  

Drink as is or make it a little fun and heartier and add some other toppings!

To layer as somewhat of a smoothie parfait as pictured, pour a little smoothie into your glass or jar,  add sliced kiwi around the edges, throw a little puffed quinoa in there and fill up the rest with smoothie.

Sprinkle a bit of unsweetened coconut on top along with some quinoa puffs and berries, grab a spoon and dig in!

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As always, I hope you enjoy and would love feedback or suggestions!

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