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Recipe: Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie!

This post includes a recipe for a carrot cake protein smoothie!

Hey Everyone!

I’m off to the gym so I am keeping this brief–but this smoothie was so good that I have to share with you! This was a spontaneous creation (& Holy freaking cow–it’s better than the real thing).

I like to wing it in the kitchen (no measuring!) and this smoothie was done that way…

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Recipe: Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie

Ingredients: 

All raw & organic:

-Almond meal

-Coconut manna

-Soaked cashews

-Soaked chia seeds

-Cinnamon

-Vanilla protein (I used Garden of Life’s Grain Free Vanilla)

-Stevia

-A handful of baby carrots

-Several cubes of ice.

Blend and boom! A healthy, rich, satisfying treat.

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Hapari Swimwear Review

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Hapari Swimwear

Overall Rating: images

About Hapari:

“Distinctive and beautiful, Hapari swimwear is designed to enhance a woman’s natural beauty – no matter her shape. At Hapari, we believe that every woman should look and feel great while having fun in the sun! And that is why our swimwear is created from the finest fabrics and with body-shaping features to help you feel comfortable and confident.

Our Swimwear Secrets

Not all of us have the time to maintain a perfect figure, which is why we create swimwear to enhance the curves you love and downplay those you don’t. Nearly all of our bikinis, tankinis and one-piece suits are made with secret pockets sewn into the breast area that can be fitted with our Illusions™ silicone enhancements to supplement your curves. Our S.O.S.™ line of tankini tops feature the same gorgeous prints as our other suits, but are built with an underwire directly into the suit to give you added support where you need it most. When it comes to swimwear, so many women have trouble with their midsection. Hapari’s exclusive Tummy Tuk™ bottoms provide extra coverage and support for your waistline. And our selection of swimskirts, swimshorts, wraps and cover-ups provide additional coverage and protection from the sun. In addition, most tops in our line of tankini swimwear can be worn in three ways: halter-top, criss-cross back, or tank style. You have the option to choose which works best for you. You can also match any of our tankini or bikini tops with any of our bottoms, which means that you can design a one-of-a-kind swimsuit that fits your needs. And all our stunning swimwear is made to move. They look great and stay comfortably in place no matter what your activity.

Our Beginning

Hapari has come a long way since 2005 when we were founded by moms who took issue with traditional swimsuits. They thought women shouldn’t have to choose between the perfect style and the perfect fit. They decided to create a line of swimwear for real women that was fashionable as well as flattering. Though a lot has changed at Hapari since then, our commitment to providing stylish swimwear for all kinds of women hasn’t.”

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My Thoughts:

What a fun group of pieces to try out! My favorite item of them is definitely the high rise bottoms. I have always had an interest in some semi-high waisted bikini bottoms to wear when I’m with my family at the beach. I also love wearing the traditional string bikini bottoms–however, sometimes they don’t stay put. These high rise bottoms stay in place, cover the honey and lower stomach well and are very flattering (I think). They are a great pair to have in your bikini rotation for those family swimming outings where you spend a lot of your time chasing the kids. Besides that, they are also just a nice change of pace from low rise bottoms.

I love to mismatch my bikinis–I rarely have a cohesive swim look going on. As you can see in the above photo, I paired the high waisted black bottoms with a multicolored triangle top. This top is fantastic. What makes it different from every other triangle bikini top is that the triangles provide a good amount of coverage and they stay in place (so you don’t feel like your chest is going to pop out–eeek!) I paired the red/orange top with the green bottoms. The bottoms are a vibrant green color which is fun to match with various tops. They are low rise, yet your backside does feel adequately covered in these.

The red/orange top fit a little bit differently than expected. There isn’t as much support as I would like. I don’t like for there to be any “movement” on my top half–and this top is just a bit too loose for my liking. I think it’s meant to be a more relaxed fit (perhaps) but I prefer the multi-colored top in regards to the support it offers. As a whole, Hapari offers some fantastic pieces that truly suit many body types and sizes. I see these suits being fun and flattering for moms who want to be adequately covered but still looking good.

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2 Key Moves for Toned Legs & a Firm Booty!

Toning your legs and booty doesn’t have to be a series of complicated & confusing movements. Nor does it require equipment. Using equipment is optional, and only includes one dumbbell or kettle bell (when you do it my way). You can stick to basic moves and still reach your goals and get the results you want.

Squats and Lunges

are two moves that will effectively target the biggest muscles in your body. Your leg muscles are dense and expansive, making them highly effective calorie burning machines. Furthermore, when you work these muscles, you are elevating your heart rate and increasing your metabolism. This will help your overall health, fitness and ability to keep fat off.

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Squats

There are many different squat variations; my favorite of which is the sumo (or plie) squat. Here are some key pointers to keep in mind while you perform a sumo squat.

1. Walk each of your legs out so they are a bit wider than shoulder-width apart.

2. Point your toes away from your body at a 45 degree angle.

3. Keep your posture strong with your butt back, shoulders back and chest out.

4. Bend your knees and drop your butt down so that your knees form 90-degree angles.

5. Do not let your knees drift farther forward than your toes. (Letting that happen will encourage knee injury).

6. Drive your weight down through your heels and push your body upright.

Sumo squats target the inside of your quadriceps and your glutes a bit more than a traditional squat does. Refer to the above picture for depictions of the correct form. Proper form is crucial in effectively engaging all prime movers (muscles) as well as preventing injury.

Advanced Variations:

As pictured, you can add weight to this move to make it a full body workout. Driving weight above your head in combination with the sumo squat move will engage and tone your shoulders. Making the move an explosive jumping motion is another way to exhaust those muscles for a quick, challenging workout (while also engaging your calf muscles). If you fancy yoga, you can hold this pose with weight (as pictured) and will feel the same burn!

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Lunges

Lunges are an absolute powerhouse move for toning the back of your legs and glutes. They also happen to be one of my favorite exercises. I love the added challenge of balance, especially when using weight. Just like in performing squats, there are some key pointers to keep in mind when lunging:

1. From a standing upright position, take a large step forward with one of your legs.

2. Bend & drop your back knee so that it touches (or comes very close) to kissing the ground.

3. Like in performing squats, do not let your knee exceed your toe.

4. Make sure you are maintaining a strong posture through the duration of the movement. Keep your shoulders back, butt back and chest out. As you fatigue, you will be tempted to lower your torso each time you drive your leg down. Challenge yourself to keep your torso perpendicular to the ground the entire time.

5. Drive your weight down through the heel of your front leg, push your body back to an upright standing position.

Refer to the above picture for depictions of lunge form.

Something that applies to both squats and lunges: when you are driving your weight back up, the part of your foot that you are driving weight down into will target different muscles in your legs. For example, if you drive your weight down through your toes in performing a squat, you will feel your quadriceps (the front of your thigh) engaged, whereas if you drive your weight down through your heels, your hamstrings and glutes will be more engaged. I generally recommend pushing your weight down through your heels (as I love a great booty workout) but it also tends to keep your center of gravity more controlled and keeps you more stable. I urge you to experiment with both!

Advanced Variations:

Add weight! Adding weight ups the challenge, which makes you stronger, which makes you leaner, etc. You can also incorporate a trunk twist mid-lunge to challenge your core and engage your oblique muscles. To take it up another notch, try lunge jumps. In a lunge jump, you are propelling your body into the air each time you drive that front heel down. In other words, you are jumping up from a lunge position and landing with the opposite leg in front of you. This will incorporate your calf muscles and elevate your overall heart rate in a hurry. Like with merely any exercise, you can morph a lunge into a yoga move by holding this lunge pose for as long as you can. You will work the same muscles, while also improving muscular endurance and overall balance & flexibility.

Happy squatting & happy lunging–challenge yourself to get your patootie firmed up for summer time!

Moom Organic Hair Removal Review

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Moom Organic Hair Removal

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Moom Hair Removal Kit with Tea Tree Oil

Moom’s Description:

“Sweet Natural Alternative to Shaving and Waxing.

This kit includes all you need for a surprisingly refreshing hair removal!

  • 6 oz. (170 g) 100% Natural Hair Remover
  • 18 washable, reusable Fabric Strips
  • 4 wooden applicators

Moom® is chosen by women around the world, who are enthusiastic about natural, herbal skin care.  This revolutionary product offers the benefits of long term depilation, diminishes the pain and eliminates the discomfort of waxing and other methods.  Moom® has taken the ancient art of sugaring and revolutionized it.  Adding only the highest quality beneficial ingredients and using fabric strips, makes the process cleaner and more effective.

Moom® does not damage the skin, thus no need for after treatment lotions to repair the skin.  In fact, Moom® leaves your skin softer, healthier and younger looking naturally.  Moom®’s exclusive formula gently removes the hair from the root, leaving your skin hair free and silky smooth for up to 8 weeks.  This unique product stands alone as the gentlest, the most effective and the most pleasant long term hair remover.

  • The one made by a mother for her daughters.
  • Virtually painless, because of the precise adhesion level of Moom®.
  • Regrowth is sparser and hair finer, reduces hair removal frequency.
  • The original 100% natural, contains only Sugar, Water, Lemon Juice, Chamomile and Tea Tree Oil.
  • As simple as 1, 2, 3.  Spread on skin.  Rub fabric strip.  Pull off.
  • Washable, reusable polycotton strips for face and body last for years.
  • Strong enough for the most stubborn hair, yet gentle enough for the most sensitive area.
  • Can be used for legs, face, bikini area, underarms and whole body.
  • Water soluble – simply rinse with warm water.
  • No animal testing.
  • Unconditionally guaranteed.

Ingredients:

Sugar, Lemon, Chamomile, Water, Tea Tree Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Love the simplicity of the ingredient this. This just goes to show that great products do not have to be complicated.

This sugar based “wax” works very well is is very effective is removing hair from area that the mixture is applied to. The fact that the residue can be washed off with warm water is great. Often times, the clean up is time intensive–but not in this case.

The reusable strips increase the longevity of using this product and show that Moom values making “green” products.

After evaluating the eyebrow mixture’s ingredients, I see that Moom is capable of making high-quality, completely organic hair removal mixtures. My only wish for improvement regards just that. Having this body sugar mixture 100% organic is desirable.

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Moom Eyebrow Shaping Kit

Moom’s Description:

“MOOM Organic Eyebrow Shaping Kit is specifically designed for the delicate areas of the face. You will achieve long-lasting and salon results in the comfort and privacy of your home. MOOM Organic Eyebrow Hair Remover comes in an easy to use tube with precision tip that allows you control and ease of application.

  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Gently removes hair with its root, leaving you hair free for weeks.
  • Effective on fine as well as coarser hairs
  • Ideal for the delicate area of the face
  • Water-soluble
  • Fabric Strips are washable and reusable
  • Pampers your skin while shaping your eyebrows. No need for pre/post treatment lotions.
  • Contains only pure, gentle and Certified Organic ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Organic Sugar Cane
  • Organic Chamomile Tea
  • Organic Lemon Juice
  • Organic Tea Tree Oil
  • and Organic Pomegranate Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Moom is one of the few organic hair remover brands that I have been thoroughly impressed with. They have every facet covered: great ingredients, effective products, portability and fantastic customer service.

This eyebrow kit is nothing short of stellar. It is comprised ENTIRELY of organic ingredients, is highly effective in removing my eyebrow hair, and is the perfect size to toss into your travel bag. This product is an absolute dream for an organic beauty enthusiast to find.

This product could not be better. It is my go-to for facial hair removal. (Hint: you certainly can use this for other areas on your face, if needed!)

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.